Archive for September, 2012

This little boy was found yesterday 29th Sept 2012 inside the bush near a river in Okpuno, Awka Anambra State, crying by the community security service during the sanitation exercise. His legs were bound in chains and locked with a padlock.

Investigations reveal the little boy’s father known as Alhaji by his fellow Okada riders and hails from Igala community of Kogi state, chained his two legs and left him in that bush for three days without food or water.

Meanwhile, the man had told his neighbors that his son has been missing for three days now and had joined them in searching for him, without them knowing that he is the brain behind his son’s disappearance.

But luck ran out on him Sunday morning when the security men from the community discovered the boy crying in the bush. The little boy happens to be the only child from his former wife, who is no longer living with him.

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It was a gory scene as three undergraduate students of the University of Maiduguri, Borno State were discovered slaughtered and lying in the pool of their own blood in their one room self contained apartment in the 202. Housing Estate along Bama Road largely occupied by students of the university as a result of short supply of hostels within the school premises.
The trio included one Abdul popularly known and called shizzy D presently in level 400 in the faculty of Engineering followed by one Halima, a level 500 student of the prestigious faculty of Law and also another popularly known as D2. It was not immediately known who were in the fore front of the attack as at the time of filing this report. The news of the attack rented nerves on the entire student population while the memebers of the J.T.F has since taken their dead bodies to the mortuary and the area adequately cordoned off.

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History was made today with the naming of former  World Bank Vice President for Africa, Mrs. Oby Ezekwesili, to the Board  of Bharti Airtel Limited, a leading global telecommunications services  provider with operations in 20 countries across Asia and Africa.
Ezekwesili, a former Minister of Education as well as Solid Minerals  in her native Nigeria, becomes the first Nigerian to be so appointed by  Bharti Airtel, which has its headquarters in India. Her appointment  followed the restructuring of Bharti Airtel’s Board, according to a  statement dated September 30 and released from the company’s regional  headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya.
The statement sent to News Express by e-mail explained that  the changes on the Board of Bharti Airtel also extend to its subsidiary  Bharti Infratel. “The changes have been effected in view of the proposed Initial Public Offering (IPO) of Bharti Infratel, which is a leading  provider of passive telecom infrastructure in India,” the statement  said.
A world-renowned expert on economic reforms and economic governance,  Ezekwesili (shown in photo) has a strong track record in the  transparency, accountability, good governance, and anti-corruption  movement worldwide, having been one of the co-founders of Transparency  International.
As the Vice President of the World Bank in charge of the Africa  region, she was responsible for operations in 48 countries in  Sub-Saharan Africa and supervised a lending portfolio of over US$40  billion. Ezekwesili previously served as director of the Harvard-Nigeria Economic Strategy Program in Boston and Abuja. She holds a master’s in  international law from the University of Lagos, a master’s in public  policy and administration from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government,  and is a chartered accountant.
Commenting on the restructuring, Mr. Sunil Bharti Mittal, Chairman  and Managing Director, Bharti Airtel said: “These changes have been  effected in line with our strong corporate governance culture and will  ensure that Bharti and Singtel have distinct representatives on the  Boards of Bharti Airtel and Bharti Infratel. I am confident that these  two world-class Boards will continue to guide these companies to greater heights. I would also take this opportunity to thank the outgoing  Directors for their contribution to the Board of Bharti Airtel.”

Source: News Express

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The Delta State Commissioner for Higher Education, Hope Eghagha has been kidnapped.

According to information , the kidnappers attacked the Commissioner on the late morning of Sunday, September 30,2012 near Asaba, the capital of Delta State. The attack was reported to have killed the  Commissioner’s security men. The Commissioner is believed to have been snatched unhurt.

The Commissioner was kidnapped at Abavo community as he drove from Warri to Asaba.

Unofficial reports suggest that the surge in kidnapping activities in Asaba is unconnected with the former head of anti-kidnapping group within the police force stationed in Asaba. The head of the anti-kidnapping unit was reported to have been fingered by kidnappers as having played a role in facilitating the numerous kidnappings in Delta State.

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A residential duplex collapsed in Abuja on Saturday, with no death or injuries to occupants.

The building, a semi-detached duplex housing two families, located at the Citec/Mbora estate, came down Saturday morning. According to the residents, the building vibrated for a few minutes before collapse and allowed them enough time to escape.
The building which is the third to collapse in the “poorly constructed” estate in the last three months, had long been sighted with cracks.

One of the residents of the estate which was built by Citec International Estate Limited and sold for N50 million per duplex, said the buildings are too fragile, built with fake building materials and as a result expected the collapse. He said residents had complained severally to the estate managers and the Federal Capital Development Authority about the inferiority and weakness of the buildings, but both authorities ignored the complaints.

The estate is located along the Jabi Airport road bypass in Abuja. The collapse highlights the poor quality of buildings in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital city.

A contact person for the estate, who identified himself as Ayo, denied the building collapsed. He said the estate noticed the “problem,” on the wing that collapsed, and evacuated the occupants before bringing it down.

Officials of the city’s development control often shove aside their quality control functions for a tip from estate developers, looking away from inferior constructions, and risking the lives of occupants of such buildings.

This year, at least five buildings have collapsed in the city, killing at least four people.

 

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Ahmed Grema Mohammed, a top immigration officer whose confessions led to the arrest of others who have been carrying attacks on government officials across some States of the North.
According to the Spokesman of the JTF, Lt. Colonel Sagir Musa, those already apprehended are some security personnel who have been carrying out attacks in Borno and Yobe which he said was a major breakthrough in their efforts at flushing out insiders in the security forces collaborating with the deadly groups.

A Statement by Musa said that those arrested have confessed to being active members of the Boko Haram sect who joined the sect well before the 2009 crisis and received a lot of training in and outside the country.
He said that Grema also confessed to have been trained alongside 15 other members of the sect on weapon handling, assassinations and special operations in Niger Republic.
Musa said Grema was arrested at a checkpoint on his way to Maiduguri while impersonating as a Nigeria Army lieutenant.
He further said during the trip Grema had planned killing a former special adviser to the immediate governor of Borno state.
He also disclosed that Grema had equally confessed to the killings of some senior civil servants, security agencies and politicians in Yobe and Borno States who spoke against the activities of the sect, including the slain former chairman of Damboa LGA, Alhaji Lawal Kawu.
Grema was also among those that led attacks on Yobe Police Command, Damaturu Prison, some primary schools, among others.

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The Nigeria Army says it has killed some suspected members of Jama’atu Ahlis Sunnah Liddawati WalJihad, also known as Boko Haram, in Zaria.
Several people, including a woman, were arrested during the operation and the troops seized and destroyed a building which was heavily loaded with explosives and the storage of Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs).
A statement signed by the Army Public Relations Officer, Captain Ibrahim Abdullahi, said the gunfight took place in the early hours of today when the militants engaged troops and the State Security Service (SSS) in a fierce fun battle in Gaskiya Layout, Tukur-Tukur, Zaria.
Captain Abdullahi said the engagement followed a tipoff that Boko Haram was planning a major suicide mission in Zaria, Kaduna and Suleija to coincide with this week’s Independence anniversary celebrations.  A joint operation was then launched on a residential building in Gaskiya layout to flush out the terrorists.
The statement did not say whether any innocent people were killed, or whether the militants were the only residents of the building.
Captain Abdullahi said the IEDs were intended for the various operations the sect was to carry out, and to inflict maximum casualty on army troops.
“As a result, a controlled detonation was carried out by Army Engineers so as to save other law abiding residents of the area and to stop further planning and execution of the nefarious, destructive, criminal and deadly activities of the Sect,” the statement said.
Investigations will determine the extent of the involvement of the individuals who were arrested during the operation.
Meanwhile, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) said two people were killed in the operation and another bystander was injured.

Source: SaharaReporters

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Men of the Nigeria Police Force from Abeokuta, Ogun State Command, have arrested two Pastors for possessing and driving vehicles stolen by armed robbers.
The Ogun State Commissioner of Police, Ikemefuna Okoye, said the cars the suspects possessed, were on a police list of stolen cars
The Pastors are Promise Ozavehe of ‘Champions Shorph Ministries’, Igando, Lagos and Muyiwa Olayeni of ‘Cherubim and Seraphim Church’, Isara, Ogun State.

CP Okoye said the car found with Pastor Ozavehe, was robbed in Ilorin, Kwara State; while he was arrested along Ibadan-Lagos Expressway.

Also the car found with Pastor Olayeni, was robbed in Ogbomoso in Oyo State, while he was arrested in Isara, Ogun State.

In his reaction to the theft allegation, Pastor Ozavehe said the controversial car was given to him by another pastor colleague. He accused the police of denying him access to his family and lawyer as he languished in detention. “Why should they put me into this mess, I am a pastor with five years experience, the car was given to me by a colleague pastor in Ilorin, who now made a detour that he wants his car back, and next thing I see is my arrest. I have been in detention for over 24 hours, the police beat me mercilessly, seized my phone and never allow me to have contact with my family and lawyer.”, he said.

Pastor Ozavehe said he is a PhD holder in Theology from South Africa.

On his part, Pastor Olayeni said that he could not explain what befell him as he was confused about the whole situation.

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A Qatar Airways flight from Doha safely made an emergency landing in Nigeria’s economic capital Lagos after encountering a problem with one of its tyres, the civil aviation body said.
“The plane has landed safely,” said Harold Demuren, the head of Nigeria’s Civil Aviation Authority. “We lost one of the tyres.”
The aircraft landed at the cargo terminal of Murtala Mohammed International Airport on Saturday and was then towed to an area where passengers were able to disembark, officials said.
Qatar Airways flight QR592 was travelling the regular Doha-Lagos route and reported the tyre problem to Nigerian airport authorities, said Demuren, who identified the aircraft as an Airbus A330.
He said no passengers were injured during the emergency landing and that one of the plane’s tyres had to be replaced. A mechanic at the airport said one of the plane’s left tyres was flat.
Three passengers who were on board said that the crew had made no announcements about a mechanical problem during the flight.
“They landed safely. There was no problem. I didn’t notice any other thing,” said Raphael Ashala, 30, a Nigerian who was on his way back from a Doha business trip.
Emergency vehicles including fire trucks were on hand for the landing, the AFP news agency reported.
The airline’s online tracker said the flight arrived in Lagos at 2:29pm (13:29 GMT), but the plane touched down at least 30 minutes before that.
The website made no mention of any incidents during the journey, saying only that flight QR592 had “arrived”.
In June, a McDonnell Douglas-83 operated by Dana Air plunged into a neighbourhood near Lagos airport after reportedly suffering double engine failure. The crash killed all 153 passenger and crew as well as at least six people on the ground.

Source: SaharaReporters

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Investigations by SaharaReporters revealed that Nigeria’s Petroleum Minister, Diezani Alison-Madueke, booked and paid for two rooms in two separate high-cost hotels during the four nights she spent in New York City during the just concluded United Nations General Assembly.
Impeccable sources within the Presidency and the delegation of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) disclosed that the minister’s two rooms were booked under a pseudonym.
Saharareporters discovered that Joe Mordi, one of the minister’s closest aides who works at the NNPC office in London, booked her into a one-bedroom suite at Four Seasons Hotel located at 57 East 57th Street, New York.
When SaharaReporters inquired at the hotel, a staff said that the suite cost $5,000 per night. Ms. Alison-Madueke, who is known around Presidency circles as “Prime Minister,” was also booked into another room at the Pierre Hotel on 2 East 61st Street in New York where President Goodluck Jonathan lodged during his stay in New York. SaharaReporters found out that her room on the 28th floor of the Pierre Hotel cost Nigerian tax payers $3,000 per night. There were also additional charges in taxes and service fees.
Ms. Alison-Madueke arrived in New York in style on a private jet on Monday from London where she had made a brief stop to continue treatment for an undisclosed ailment. She is billed to return to London today. President Jonathan left New York last night around 6:00 p.m. and has arrived in Nigeria very early today.
SaharaReporters also learnt that, apart from the lavish double accommodation enjoyed by the Petroleum minister in two of New York City’s most expensive hotels, her delegation of seven NNPC officials also engaged in other acts of reckless spending. “The NNPC hired ten limousines to ferry its 7 officials, including the General Managing Director,” said our source. Five of the limousines, rented for $1,800 each per day, were stationed permanently in front of the Pierre Hotel while another five were put to the service of the NNPC officials at the Four Seasons.
The Nigerian delegation’s profligacy during the New York trip earned the attraction of America’s mainstream media. New York-based National Broadcasting Corporation ((NBC), one of the top three television networks in the US, yesterday reported that African delegates from the poorest countries stayed in some of the most expensive hotels and shopped in high-priced retail stores during the UN General Assembly. The network focused on delegates from such countries as Togo, Swaziland, and Nigeria. SaharaReporters had earlier reported that President Jonathan was quartered at the Pierre Hotel in a suite that cost $10,000 per night.
International measurements of social indices routinely rank Nigeria as one of the world’s least developed countries. Some 70% of Nigerians live on less than 2 dollars per day. “It is sad that the mindless waste of public resources in New York by President Jonathan and other Nigerian officials was happening at a time when two million Nigerians have been displaced from their homes by ravaging floods,” said an Abuja-based civil society activist.

Source: SaharaReporters

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