Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Nigerian Police recover N111m bribe cash from 23 INEC officials in Rivers rerun

The Joint Investigation Panel, which probed the legislative elections in Rivers State, alleged that the state government bribed officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission with N360m to rig the poll.

The panel stated that it recovered N111.3m from 23 INEC officials, who confessed to have received the money from the Rivers State Government officials to manipulate the December 10, 2016 rerun polls in the state.

The panel, which presented its findings at the Force Headquarters, Abuja, on Tuesday, indicted six dismissed police operatives for misconduct and misuse of arms during the polls, contrary to the provisions of Force Order 237.

The officers – ex-Inspector Eyong Victor, ex-Sgts. Peter Ekpo, Oguni Goodluck, Orji Nwoke, Okpe Ezekiel and Tanko Akor – had been dismissed by the Force.

The errant operatives were said to have stormed the Port Harcourt City Council Secretariat and prevented the movement of election results of Emouha polling unit to the appropriate collation centre designated by INEC in disobedience to senior officers present.

The Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, inaugurated the panel on December 22, 2016, following the violence that rocked the poll in which Mohammed Alkali, a Deputy Superintendent of Police, and his driver were beheaded and their heads thrown into a river.

The panel, which comprised 12 officers of the Nigeria Police Force and three from the Department of State Services, was mandated to investigate the various infractions, incidents, and violence that marred the rerun elections in Rivers State and any relevant matter.

The panel attributed the violence during the election to lawlessness and leadership failure.

Speaking during the presentation, the panel chairman, DCP Damian Okoro, said, “The sum of N111,300,000 was recovered from 23 INEC officials.

Okoro said, “Three INEC officials said they met with Wike and that the Rivers State government gave them money. Out of N350m, N15m was given to each of the electoral officers and N5m was added by the government of Rivers to the EOs who were in charge.

“Consequently, the sum of N111,300,000 was recovered by the panel from the 23 electoral officers.”

Okoro said the committee established cases of misconduct against some electoral officers and law enforcement agents, who, according to him, allowed themselves to be compromised in their line of duties.

He stated that violent crimes, such as armed robbery, kidnapping and politically-motivated killings by militants and cult groups enjoyed the funding and protection of desperate politicians in the state.

He said, “These lawless elements target not only the political opponents of their sponsors but also law enforcement agents, especially the police, mostly within the Ogba/Ndoni/Egbema Local Government Area which is the axis of evil of cultism.

“The violence that occurred in Rivers State before, during and after the rerun elections was a reflection of lawlessness and leadership failure of narrow -minded politicians and their gullible supporters.

“Oftentimes, politicians make inflammatory statements that incite their supporters to avoidable violence that leads to the destruction of lives and properties and eruption of violence.”

He complained that Wike refused to cooperate with the panel.

The IG said the panel findings and recommendations report would be forwarded to the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, for implementation, adding that the indicted INEC officials would be prosecuted.

He said, “I see no reason why a rerun election will lead to the beheading of our officers, who were there to do their lawful duties. I believe that the report will go a long way to put an end to individuals seeing election as a do-or-die affair.

“We will take appropriate actions in conjunction with the law officer of the federation, the Attorney General of the Federation, in order to put an end to most of the abuse and electoral violence in this country.”

On the status of those indicted, Idris stated that they would be prosecuted as public officials.

“We are going to forward the report and our recommendations to the Attorney General of the Federation,” he added.

Commenting on the recovered money, Idris said it would be returned to government treasury.

“From the confession of those the money was recovered from, they said the money was from the state government. I can assure you that from here, the money will go into government treasury because this is a recovery on the basis of an investigation conducted.

“Six police officers were indicted and they have already been dismissed and I can assure you that they would also be charged to court,” he explained.

He dismissed insinuations that the probe was targeted at Wike, noting that it was open and transparent.

The police boss said, “The investigation was open and very transparent. We wrote to the governor, they (panel members) went to meet him but in his own wisdom, he refused to cooperate. We believe that what determines the outcome of this report is the transparency and the goodwill.

“Whoever that is involved has been arrested and isolating the governor will be a disservice to this country. The report should be seen as a corrective measure. Those indicted cut across different classes of life.” Read More

Pregnant Woman gave birth to goat after 3 years


According to a Facebook user, Simeon Chukwu, a woman who had been pregnant for the past 3 years recently got delivered at Karaka Community Hall in Rumuowha Eneka area of Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

While family members were excited the lady had gone into labour, their joy quickly turned into sorrow as the woman was reported to have delivered a goat instead of a baby.

More dangers await Nigeria and its people - IPOB

More dangers await Nigeria and its people - IPOB

The IPOB also said that God is angry with Nigeria because its government has continued to detain Kanu

The Indigenous People of Biafra has described its leader Nnamdi Kanu as a ‘prophet’.
The IPOB said all that Kanu prophesied about Nigeria is currently manifesting.

The group in a statement released by its spokesperson Powerful Emma said: “The indigenous people of Biafra IPOB and it’s leadership worldwide wants to use this medium to remind Nigeria government and Nigerians what is about to befall on the contraption called Nigeria in the near future.”

Emma also said that God is angry with Nigeria because its government has continued to detain Kanu.
“The Almighty God the Chukwu Okike Abiama is angry with Nigeria government and their failure to heed for the total release his prophet mazi Nnamdi Kanu.

There’s a saying that a Prophet is not recognized EVEN in his own kingdom.

“Mazi Nnamdi Kanu the leader of the Indigenous people of Biafra took the entire globe by storm when he elected to be the voice of the voiceless nation Biafra,” Emma said.

He added that: “A lot of people both at home and in diaspora saw his moves and determination as a huge joke of the century. Many saw him as another youth seeking for relevance.”

Many saw him as hungry man who wants to earn a living through defrauding the vulnerable. Nobody took the messenger and the message serious.

The Nigerian state saw him as a rascal that must be tamed. Some of the people within the Biafran enclave saw in him as an unassuming and over ambitious young man.

People never believed in the spiritual realities that the affairs which Mazi Nnamdi Kanu is incharge spearheading are still governed by the creator of the universe, which is God Almighty Chukwu Okike Abiama.

Scientifically, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu was able to prove that cultural, religious and value variations in Nigeria are a major threat to the existence of Nigeria.

“Before Mazi Nnamdi Kanu was arrested, he was able to highlight what will befall the Nigerian state if the quest for the restoration of Biafran is not granted.

The Nigerian nation in their usual way instead of discussing and negotiating took a dangerous path of arrest and detention.

Looking at the state of affairs in Nigeria since the arrest and detention, one can confidently say that Mazi Nnamdi Kanu is now a Prophet of God.

“Is there anything he said that has not come to pass?

Does Nigeria government still wait till all he has said comes to pass? That may spell doom for Nigeria and its people. The truth remains that things have fallen apart and the centre can longer hold. The continued detention and incarceration of Nnamdi Kanu in the prison is not an option.

The group said, all that is happening in Nigerian since the past one year, is an evidence of the spirituality of Biafra and its leadership.

“The ideology is spreading like wild fire and a lot of young and old keying into it.

“The Prophet of our time and the leader of the Indigenous people of Biafra IPOB should be released unconditionally and the process of honest and transparent discussion and negotiations must commence forthwith, failure to do so Nigeria should expect more dooms.

Again, Nigeria government and the citizens should not wait like in the case of Pharaoh till the nation receives the last plague before doing the needful.

God is not a man that he should lie. Nnamdi Kanu is divinely sent on a mission and must be seen as such. No harm must befall the prophet of God.

ROMANCE: You Can Keep Your Man (and You) Happy, Faithful, & Satisfied

Relationships are delicate, complex, and always changing. Some marriages last 70 years, some last 72 days (looking at you, Kim)—and while neither of those options is necessarily right or wrong, most people enter a relationship hoping it will last a long time, if not a lifetime. There is no one-size-fits-all secret to a lasting, happy, and faithful relationship, but there are some general guidelines.

Full disclaimer upfront: Nothing can make a relationship last with somebody who doesn’t want it to last. These tips will not prevent arguments, infidelity, or other problems, but they can help foster a healthy environment and productive partnership. Clear communication, openness to new experiences, and respect for your partner are key if you want to build a lasting, loving relationship.

1. Make your partner a priority: Take time often to let your boyfriend or hubby know how special he is to you. We get that life gets super busy; school, jobs, kids, and other commitments often get in the way. Taking time out of your day to send a sweet text or pick up his favorite snack on the way home is a simple way to remind him he’s always on your mind.

2. Respect yourself: Sometimes negligence is the issue, but other times we get too far on the other end of the spectrum. Putting your partner first 24/7 is a great way to burn yourself out and kill the passion in your relationship. Don’t be a doormat, and don’t let yourself go trying to do everything for him. Confidence is attractive, and taking care of yourself is a must.

3. Have body confidence: Expanding on the last point, body confidence is super important to keep the spark alive in any sexual relationship. People change, and so do bodies. If you’ve gained weight since you first met, or you started getting dark chin hairs, or an emergency appendectomy left you with a weird scar, who cares? We guarantee you that decent, worthwhile dudes are not turned off by this. Shutting down your sex life over a few new stretch marks is sure to be a relationship killer. Don’t let time and gravity stop you from doin’ your thang, girl.

4. Don’t use sex as a bartering chip: Withholding sex because he didn’t take the garbage out or reserving half-hearted BJs for birthdays is a really bad idea, unless you want your SO to think you consider sex a chore.

5. Keep an open mind: This goes for a lot of things (seriously, just try the restaurant he wants you to try), but we are specifically talking in the bedroom. Everybody has different tastes, and if you want to keep your love life exciting, it’s wise to approach sex with a relaxed, non-judgmental attitude. As long as it doesn’t hurt you or throw your moral compass out of whack, adopt an “I’ll try anything once and twice if I like it” attitude. And if he’s into something you just can’t get down with? Try super hard not to let him know you think his kink is weird or gross. Most people have already had enough sexual shame to last them a lifetime (thanks, abstinence-only sex education!).

6. Trust him: We know rom-coms taught you that men are incompetent horndogs who turn into drooling cavemen around even mildly attractive women, but please remember to respect your partner’s intelligence by not falling for this shit. Do not hound him about his cute co-worker, neighbor, or friend. Insecurity is a major boner-shrinker, and unwarranted lecturing, snooping, and accusing are sure to get you nowhere. If you have any legitimate concerns about cheating, a respectful and honest conversation is usually the best place to start.

7. Don’t talk behind his back: All couples are bound to encounter some difficult times, but airing your dirty laundry is usually a bad idea (unless your partner is abusive or doing something illegal or dangerous, in which case you should definitely seek the help of a third party). If you have run-of-the-mill relationship drama, ranting to your friends and family will often make things worse. Remember, just because you can forgive your man, it doesn’t mean they can. If you plan on working past it, keep it to yourself.

8. Flirt with him: Flirting keeps your passion alive, and it is a vital part of any good relationship. Plan solo dates often, try new things together, and pinch his butt cheeks just for fun. A little sexting never hurts, either.

9. Support him: Encourage him if he wants to try something new. Support him if he's going through a rough phase in life. Generally, men do not open up as easily as women do, so don’t expect a heartfelt conversation every time he’s going through a rocky patch. Something as simple as telling him he’s doing a good job or making him a nice meal after a long day can make him feel cared for.

FUN: Don't spoil the fun, share it

Buhari laughing crazily

I beg laugh small & relief tension!!!Be careful who you share secrets with ....Three pastors met & agreed to sincerely tell each other their problems, which must be kept a secret between the three of them. The first pastor said; my problem is money💰. l do steal even from the church offering 😔. Please pray for me.
           You must laugh
The second pastor; mine is women. Whenever l see any woman, my desire will be to go to bed with her. Infact l have slept with most of the church (female) members.

😒 Turning to the third pastor to hear his problem, he started crying 😢(it took his friends some effort to calm him). When they asked him to continue, he was still crying😭, he said my problem is gossiping, when we leave this place everybody will hear everything the two of u have just told me.😭 Please pray for me!😩...😭 The two pastors fainted. Don't spoil the fun, pass it on to make people laugh...!! 😃...😄...😆....😂...😂

‘Buhari not sick, only exhausted by problems affecting Nigerians'‘Buhari not sick, only exhausted by problems affecting Nigerians’

‘Buhari not sick, only exhausted by problems affecting Nigerians'‘Buhari not sick, only exhausted by problems affecting Nigerians’

CHAIRMAN, Senate Committee on Police Affairs, Senator Abu Ibrahim, All Progressives Congress, APC, Katsina South said Tuesday that President Muhammadu Buhari was not sick, but only exhausted as a human being.

Senator Ibrahim who is one of the closest Senators to President Buhari said that those spreading the rumour that President Buhari is sick missed the point, just as he stressed that the weight of the country’s mounting problems exhausted him.

He reeled out issues that might have taken a toll on the President which include destruction of oil pipe line that HAS reduced production to almost half, fall in oil price that has affected the economy and led to recession, and the falling exchange rate that has affected the purchasing power of most Nigerians, adding that some of those talking about the falling exchange rate fail to also talk about what led to weak Naira against the Dollar.

Senator Ibrahim who noted that he has been in constant touch with President Buhari, said that he was actually with him the day the president left the country.

Speaking to Journalists Tuesday when he was accosted at the National Assembly lobby, Senator Ibrahim said that every Nigerian is aware of the zeal and passion President Buhari came into office with, adding, “President Buhari will soon come back” noted that there was no need for Nigerians to be unduly apprehensive because Mr. President is not sick but exhausted by the weight of the problems the country is going through.”

He however urged Nigerians to continue to pray for the President to come home and continue his work to put the country in a better footing, adding that Nigerians have the right to list what they wanted the President to do when he is back home.

President Buhari didn’t give us date of his return —Senate

Buhari didn’t give us date of his return —Senate

The Senate on Tuesday confirmed the receipt of a letter from President Muhammadu Buhari, informing the legislature of his intention to extend his medical vacation in the United Kingdom.

The upper chamber of the National Assembly however failed to provide details of the letter.

 Earlier on Sunday, the Presidency had announced that Buhari’s 10-day vacation to the UK had been extended.

The extension was contained in a three-paragraph statement made available to journalists by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina.

 Adesina said the extension was necessary to allow the President complete a series of tests recommended by his doctors and get the results before he could return to Nigeria.

Although he said Buhari had already dispatched a letter to the National Assembly on the extension, he did not specify the duration of the extension.

The Chairman, Senate Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Sabi Abdullahi, while BRIEFING journalists on the letter,  said, “ …You will recall that we received, before we suspended plenary, a letter from Mr. President which was dated 18th January, 2017, where he informed the distinguished senators that he was proceeding on his vacation for 10 days and this is to meet the constitutional provisions…

“In this second letter, he is informing the Senate that he is extending his vacation because in the cause of that routine medical check-up, there were still some tests his doctors still want to run further and so, because of that, he is extending his stay.  This is a constitutional provision and let me say it is within his prerogative to do so and we are in receipt of that letter accordingly.”

The spokesman said the Senate was waiting for the safe return of the President.

When asked if the date of Buhari’s return was stated in the letter or it was indefinite, Abdullahi stated that the letter did not say indefinite “because indefinite is taking the matter out of context.”

He added, “But, then, he said he’s extending (his vacation); that is, beyond the 10 days he had asked for and because the tests that are going to be run are not in his hands (to be determined by him) – it is in the hands of the doctors – he is not giving us a date. But, definitely, he’s extending (his vacation) and I think that is what is IMPORTANT.”

When asked for how many days the legislature would permit the President to remain on vacation, the Senate’s spokesperson said he was not sure if the constitution had a specific duration for a President’s absence from duty.

Abdullahi was also asked whether it was compulsory for the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, to reconvene the lawmakers and read the content of the letter at the plenary on the floor of the chamber.

Abdullahi said, “I am here to speak on behalf of the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. We are in receipt of that letter and we are telling you because Nigerians have been asking. Whatever is reported through whatever medium is not my own business. Our business is what we do here and that is what I know. Now that we have the letter, I am here to say we have the letter and that is what is IMPORTANT.”

When asked to react to the opinion of a lawyer that Buhari’s letter remained invalid until it had been read to the lawmakers, the Senate spokesperson stated that the lawyer was not a senator.

Abdullahi also could not be categorical on the date the letter was received by Saraki.

The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, had, penultimate week, in an interview with CNBC Africa, monitored in Abuja insisted that Buhari was not ill.

Adesina had insisted that Buhari was only in London on vacation and was not in any hospital.

Meanwhile, Adesina has said the circumstances surrounding the health status of President Muhammadu Buhari could not be compared with what obtained with the late President Umar Yar’Adua in 2009.

Adesina said this on Tuesday in an interview with BBC Focus on Africa Today, monitored by one of our correspondents, while reacting to a question that the government had been silent on updates on the President’s health.

The SA had been asked, “The Action Congress in 2009 RENEWED its call on the Federal Government to give Nigerians a daily update on the health of President Umaru Yar’Adua to stem the growing rumours surrounding his state of health. Now, why are you guys not doing the same thing that was suggested eight years ago?”

Adesina said, “The circumstances are not exactly the same. I think we are talking about two ‘incommensurates’ here. Because with President Yar’Aduua in 2009, one, he left the country, nobody knew where he was going. With President Buhari, we knew where he was going, with President Yar’Adua, we didn’t know when he was coming back, with President Buhari, a date was given.

“President Yar’Adua left without transmitting power to the Vice-President, President Buhari didn’t leave until he had transferred power to his deputy, the Vice-President who is now the deputy president. So, you can see that the two circumstances are not exactly the same.”

Mother of dead backpacker slams Trump's 'terror list'

                                  Mother of dead backpacker slams Trump's 'terror list'
The mother of a backpacker killed in Australia has slammed Donald Trump for including the stabbing death on a list of supposedly under-reported terrorist attacks, claiming the president was using her daughter to demonise Muslims.

The US leader this week accused "dishonest" media of purposefully failing to report on attacks by radical jihadists, for which he provided no evidence, in the wake of his contentious travel ban on people from seven mostly-Muslim nations.

The White House distributed a list of 78 incidents it said were "executed or inspired by" the Islamic State group, saying most "have not received the media attention they deserved".

Five Australian attacks were included, including a cafe siege in Sydney in 2014 that received global headlines and the stabbing deaths of British backpackers Mia Ayliffe-Chung, 21, and Tom Jackson, 30, last year.

Agence France-Presse filed five stories on the backpacker killings which were also widely covered by the British press and other media in Australia and around the world.

In an open letter to Trump posted on social media, Ayliffe-Chung's mother Rosie Ayliffe said it was wrong to connect her death with Islamic fundamentalism.

"The possibility of Mia and Tom's deaths being consequent to an Islamic terror attack was discounted in the early stages of the police investigation," she said.

Frenchman Smail Ayad has been charged with their murders at a backpacker a hostel in Home Hill, a rural town in north Queensland state.

Police said they had found no signs of radicalisation despite Ayad saying "Allahu Akbar" (God is greatest) during the attack, and ruled out any terror links.

"There has been no indication whatsoever that any radicalisation or any political motives existed that caused him to attack the people that he did," ‎Detective Superintendent Ray Rohweder told a press conference last August.

Rosie Ayliffe said "any fool can shout Allahu Akbar as they commit a crime" and said she had travelled extensively in the Islamic world and "encountered nothing but respect and hospitality".

"This vilification of whole nation states and their people based on religion is a terrifying reminder of the horror that can ensue when we allow ourselves to be led by ignorant people into darkness and hatred," she added in the letter.

"My daughter's death will not be used to further this insane persecution of innocent people."

Also on the Trump list of atrocities he claimed were under-reported were the Paris attacks of November 13, 2015, the Nice truck-attack of June 14, 2016, and the San Bernardino mass shooting in California in December 2015.

All dominated global headlines for days

Appeals court presses Trump administration on travel ban

Appeals court presses Trump administration on travel ban

President Donald Trump's order temporarily banning U.S. entry to people from seven Muslim-majority countries came under intense scrutiny on Tuesday from a federal appeals court that questioned whether the ban unfairly targeted people over their religion.

During a more than hour-long oral argument, a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals pressed a government lawyer whether the Trump administration's national security argument was backed by evidence that people from the seven countries posed a danger.
                                    Najmia Abdishakur (R), a Somali national who was delayed entry to the U.S. because of the recent travel ban, is greeted by her mother Zahra Warsma (L) at Washington Dulles International Airport in Chantilly, Virginia, U.S. February 6, 2017.

Judge Richard Clifton, a George W. Bush appointee, posed equally tough questions for an attorney representing Minnesota and Washington states, which are challenging the ban. Clifton asked if a Seattle judge's suspension of Trump's policy was "overbroad."

The 9th Circuit said at the end of the session it would issue a ruling as soon as possible. Earlier on Tuesday, the court said it would likely rule this week but would not issue a same-day ruling. The matter will ultimately likely go to the U.S. Supreme Court.
                                   Roodo Abdishakur (2nd L), a Somali national who was delayed entry to the U.S. because of the recent travel ban, is greeted by her mother Zahra Warsma (L) at Washington Dulles International Airport in Chantilly

Trump's Jan. 27 order barred travelers from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen from entering for 90 days and all refugees for 120 days, except refugees from Syria, whom he would ban indefinitely.

Trump, who took office on Jan. 20, has defended the measure, the most divisive act of his young presidency, as necessary for national security.

                                   Shanez Tabarsi (L) is greeted by her daughter Negin after traveling to the U.S. from Iran following a federal court's temporary stay of U.S. President Donald Trump's executive order travel ban at Logan Airport in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S. February 6, 2017.

The order sparked protests and chaos at U.S. and overseas airports. Opponents also assailed it as discriminatory against Muslims in violation of the U.S. Constitution and applicable laws.

A federal judge in Seattle suspended the order last Friday and many travelers who had been waylaid by the ban quickly moved to travel to the United States while it was in limbo.

August Flentje, representing the Trump administration as special counsel for the U.S. Justice Department, told the appellate panel that "Congress has expressly authorized the president to suspend entry of categories of aliens" for national security reasons.

"That’s what the president did here," Flentje said at the start of the oral argument conducted by telephone and live-streamed on the internet.

Cameraman distracted by TV contestant's breast

Boobs distraction
This is stunning! Cameraman distracted by TV contestant's 'see-through' swimming costume during live show
The person operating the camera appeared to accidentally cut the woman's face out of the picture - instead zooming right in on her breasts
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A camera operator was left red-faced after they got distracted and zoomed in on a contestant's breasts during a live TV show.

Patricia Martinez was competing on the Spanish edition of Splash! - a diving game show where celebrities are trained by athletes before going up against each other in a live studio.

Her dive, perfect except from a slightly wobbly entry into the water, meant she came away with an extremely high score.

Colombia: Peace talks with ELN rebel group begin

Colombia's government representative Juan Camilo Restrepo, right, shakes hands with National Liberation Army (ELN) representative Pablo Beltran during a ceremony marking the start of formal peace talks in Quito, Ecuador,

Rebels from Colombia's ELN left-wing group and government negotiators have begun talks seeking to end more than five decades of conflict.

The negotiations were launched at a ceremony in the capital of Ecuador, Quito, where the talks will be held.

Delegates stood side by side as the Colombian national anthem was played.
The talks follow the success of four years of negotiations with Colombia's largest rebel group, the Farc, which signed a peace accord in December.

The chief ELN negotiator, Pablo Beltran, urged both sides to rally around the points that united them and leave aside their differences.

The top government representative, Juan Camilo Restrepo, said he expected to draw from the lessons of the negotiations with the Farc to reach a peace accord with the ELN.

They both agreed that this is a once in a generation opportunity for Colombia to achieve peace.

'No more kidnappings'

"Colombia and the world realise that it's very unlikely that this opportunity for peace will come before us again," said Mr Restrepo.

He called on the rebels to officially suspend its kidnapping policy during the negotiations.

The ELN relies on the ransom obtained from the kidnappings or "retentions" to finance their activities.