Friday, 3 July 2015
President Buhari has sacked the Director General of the State Security Service SSS, Mr Ita Ekpeyong (pictured above) and has appointed Mr Lawal Daura as his replacement..See details below
Mr Ekeyong’s sack was contained in a statement released and signed by the Head of Civil Service of the Federation, Danladi Kifasi.The new DG was born in Daura on August, 5, 1953 and attended the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria from 1977 – 1980. Mr Daura’s appointment is with immediate effect.
Suspected Boko Haram militants killed at least 97 people who were praying in mosques or cooking at home in a northeastern Nigerian village, witnesses said Thursday.
“The attackers have killed at least 97 people,” a local from Kukawa village, who gave his name as Kolo, told newsmen. Details to come soon.
Thursday, 2 July 2015
Following the legalization of gay marriage across America by the Supreme Court last week, Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe, who is known for his extreme anti-gay views has been making headlines. Earlier this week was a marriage proposal to president Obama and yesterday, he allegedly said what you see below during another interview;
"Even satan wasn't Gay, he chose to approach naked Eve instead of naked Adam." - President, Mugabe on homo sexuality.
So earlier today a certain media platform, The Union, reported that Kaduna state governor, Mallam Nasir El Rufai had declared N90 billion and 40 houses in the FCT as his assets before the Code of Conduct Bureau.
"Governor Nasir ElRufai of Kaduna State has declared his asset. He is worth N90 billion. The governor’s assets declaration came as a big shock to most Kaduna residents yesterday as he allegedly declared ownership of 40 mansions, most of which are located in Abuja. Kaduna State Director Code of Conduct Bureau, George David, however, declined to comment when contacted." The Union wrote
Reacting to the publication, El-Rufai, through his media aide, described it as false and says they will be suing the publishers. Find the statement signed by the governor's media aide, Samuel Aruwan after the cut..
The 11-year-old girl who became an internet sensation when she dumped her 'cheating' boyfriend with a witty text message insists "it's easy to stand up to boys - you just have to speak your mind".
Kaitlyn Nickens broke up with boyfriend Joey after discovering he had gone to the park with another girl behind her back.
Her text message exchange with her soon-to-be ex was posted on Twitter by Kaitlyn's older sister Madi and has since been shared thousands of times worldwide.
This is the moving story of a fisherman forced to work as a slave for 22 years..His incredible journey from slavery to freedom was documented by AP
Myint Naing was willing to risk everything to see his mother again. In 1990, his father drowned while fishing, leaving him as the man in charge at just 15. He helped cook, wash clothes and care for his siblings, but they kept sliding deeper into poverty.
So when a fast-talking broker visited the neighborhood three years later with stories of jobs in Thailand, Myint was easily wooed. The agent offered $300 for just a few months of work — enough for some families to survive on for a year. He and several other young men quickly put their hands up to go.
His mother, Khin Than, wasn't so sure. He was only 18-years-old, with no education or travel experience. But he kept begging, arguing that he wouldn't be gone long and relatives already working there could look after him.Finally, she relented.
Neither of them knew it but, at that moment, Myint began a journey that would take him thousands of miles away from his family. He would miss births, deaths, marriages and the unlikely transition of his country from a dictatorship to a bumpy democracy.
He would run away twice from the ruthless forced labour on a fishing boat, only to realise that he could never escape from the shadow of fear.
Yet on the day he left home in 1993, all Myint saw was promise. The broker hustled his new recruits to grab their bags immediately, and Myint's 10-year-old sister wiped tears from her cheeks as she watched him walk down the dirt track away from their village.
His mother wasn't home. He never got to say goodbye.
After easily skirting police at the border with Thailand and being held in a small shed with little food for more than a month, Myint was shoved onto a boat. The men were at sea for 15 days and finally docked in the far eastern corner of Indonesia. The captain shouted that everyone on board now belonged to him, using words Myint would never forget:
'You Burmese are never going home. You were sold, and no one is ever coming to rescue you.'
He was panicked and confused. He thought he would be fishing in Thai waters for only a few months. Instead the boys were taken to the Indonesian island of Tual in the Arafura Sea, one of the world's richest fishing grounds, stocked with tuna, mackerel, squid, shrimp and other lucrative species for export.
Myint spent weeks at a time on the open ocean, living only on rice and the parts of the catch no one else would eat. During the busiest times, the men worked up to 24 hours a day, hoisting heavy nets rippling with fish. They were forced to drink foul-tasting boiled sea water.
His mother collapsed after seeing him..
He was paid only $10 a month, and sometimes not at all. There was no medicine. Anyone who took a break or fell ill was beaten by the Thai captain, who once lobbed a piece of wood at Myint for not moving fish fast enough.
Nearly half the Burmese men surveyed by the AP said they were beaten, or witnessed others being abused. They were made to work almost nonstop for nearly no pay, with little food and unclean water.
They were whipped with toxic stingray tails, shocked with Taser-like devices and locked in a cage for taking breaks or attempting to flee. Sometimes, the men said, the bodies of those who died were stashed in the ship's freezer alongside the fish.
By 1996, after three years, he had had enough. Penniless and homesick, he waited until his boat returned to Tual. Then he went into the office on the dock and, for the first time, asked to go home.
His request was answered by a helmet cracking his skull. As blood oozed out, he used both hands to hold the wound together. The Thai man who hit him repeated the words that already haunted him:
'We will never let you Burmese fishermen go. Even when you die.'
That was the first time he ran away.
An Indonesian family took mercy on Myint until he healed, and then offered him food and shelter in exchange for work on their farm.
For five years, he lived this simple life and tried to erase memories of the horrors at sea. He learned to speak the Indonesian language fluently and acquired a taste for the food, even though it was much sweeter than the salty Burmese dishes his mother fixed.
But he couldn't forget his relatives in Myanmar or the friends he left behind on the boat. What happened to them? Were they still alive?..
I n 2001, he heard one captain was offering to take fishermen back to Myanmar if they agreed to work. He was determined to find a way home. So, eight years after he first arrived in Indonesia, he returned to the sea.
Right away, he knew he had fallen into the same trap again. The work and conditions were just as appalling as the first time, and the money still didn't come.After nine months on the water, Myint's captain broke his promise and told the crew he was abandoning them to go back to Thailand alone.
Furious and desperate, the Burmese slave once again pleaded to go home. That, he said, was when the captain chained him to the boat for three days.
Myint searched wildly for something, anything, to open the lock. Working it with his fingers was useless. Then he managed to fashion a small piece of metal into a makeshift pick and spent hours trying to quickly and quietly unlatch freedom. Finally, there was a click. The shackles slid off. He knew there wasn't much time, and if he got caught, death would come swiftly.
Sometime after midnight, he dove into the black water and swam to shore. Then he ran without looking back, in clothes still weighted by sea water.
He knew he had to disappear. This time, for good.
After he ran the second time, Myint hid alone in a bamboo shack in the jungle. But just three years later, he fell ill with what appeared to be a stroke. His nerves seemed to stop firing properly, leaving him easily chilled despite the oppressive tropical heat.
When he became too sick to work, the same Indonesian family cared for him with a kindness that reminded him of relatives back home. He had forgotten what his mother looked like, and knew that by now his favourite little sister would be all grown up. They likely thought he was dead...
What he didn't know was that his mother was like him: She never gave up. She prayed for him every day at the little Buddhist altar in her family's traditional stilt house, and asked fortune tellers year after year about her son. They assured her he was alive, but in a faraway place difficult to leave.
After eight more years in the jungle without a clock or calendar, time began to blur. Now in his 30s, he started to believe the captain had been right: There really was no escape.
He couldn't go to the police or local officials, afraid they might hand him over to the captains for a fee. He had no way to call home. And he was scared to contact the Myanmar embassy because it would expose him as an illegal migrant.
In 2011, the solitude had become too much. Myint moved to the island of Dobo, where he had heard there were more Burmese. He and two other runaway slaves farmed chilies, eggplant, peas and beans until the police arrested one in the market and put him back on a boat. The man later fell sick at sea and died.....
One day in April, a friend came to him with news: An AP report linking slavery in the seafood industry to some of the biggest American grocery stores and pet food companies had spurred the Indonesian government to start rescuing current and former slaves on the islands. To date, more than 800 have been found and repatriated.
This was his chance. When the officials came to Dobo, he went back with them to Tual, where he was once a slave — this time to join hundreds of other free men.
After 22 years in Indonesia, Myint was finally going home...
They wailed and wept so loudly, the whole village emerged to see what seemed like a ghost. 'That guy's been gone for 20 years,' one man said.
Myint, his mother and his sister walked arm-in-arm to the simple stilt house of his childhood.
As his sister helped wash his hair, his 60-year-old mother turned pale and collapsed against a bamboo ladder. Then, suddenly, she grabbed her heart and began to gasp for air. Relatives and neighbors fanned her and fetched water and a lime to smell, but her eyes rolled back into her head. Someone yelled that she wasn't breathing.
'Open your eyes! Open your eyes!' he screamed, beating his chest with both hands. 'I'll look after you from now on! I will make you happy! I don't want to see you sick! I am back home!'
She slowly revived, and Myint took a long look into her eyes...He was finally free to see the face from his dreams. He would never forget it again.
Culled from AP
Rihanna has finally dropped the video to her smash hit, Bi*ch better have my money..The video was directed by her and megaforce.She says she had the idea for the video eight months ago...
Ya girl got director skillz!!! The concept for this piece came to me 8 months ago!!! So you can imagine how anxious I am right now!!!She wrote
Trust Rihanna to slay the video..
A Muslim leader who heard that a member of his own community had vandalised a nearby church, he acted not just with words but with deeds.
Hamid Slimi, imam of the Sayeda Khadija Centre in Mississauga, Canada, paid a visit to the St Catherine of Siena Roman Catholic Church where he was shocked to see the damage. Pages had been torn from the Bible, an alter had been damaged and a cross had been thrown to the floor.
Mr Slimi then returned to his mosque and organised its members to raise money to help repair the vandalism, carried out in May. In one day they managed to raise around $5,000. Mr Slimi told The Star.
A 36-year-old man, Oludare Adewale, has been arrested and charged before Oshodi Magistrates’ court for allegedly peeping at his neigbour’s wife, Victoria Emmanuel, in their bathroom in Lagos State western Nigeria.
According to PM News,the incident happened at 23, Arowojobe Street, Oshodi where both the defendant and victim reside.
The woman had gone to take her bath in one of their bathrooms in the morning and Adewale followed her and entered the other bathroom under the guise of taking his bath as well.
In a chilling case of an eye for an eye,a rebel group in Syria has responded to ISIS by beheading ISIS terrorists .. Hours after ISIS released a video where they beheaded 12 of their fighters, Jaysh al-Islam also released videos of their fighters capturing Islamic State fighters and slaughtering them.
In the video, the Jaysh Al-Islam soldiers,are dressed in the orange jump suits that are normally worn by prisoners of ISIS...The Islamic State's captured soldiers, dressed in black and given something to drink before each of their faces are shown in the video ..They are forced to kneel as a commander announces:
"Allah did not make a disease without appointing a remedy to it.""The most serious calamity for our jihad today is a group of people who grow at a time of division among Muslims.
Wednesday, 1 July 2015
Once again,Two suicide bombers struck on Wednesday morning after accidentally blowing up themselves at Molai Leprosy/General Hospital .The blast which claimed their lives injured two others..
According to Vanguard, the fresh twin suicide bombing which took place at about 11am Wednesday was coming at a time and a day when the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osibanjo paid a one day visit to victims of insurgency in the state.
OMG! This is one of the victims of Boko Haram bombing. Vice president Yemi Osibanjo met with the baby and her mum at the Maiduguri teaching hospital.
The vice president is on a visit to Borno as he inspects the Boko Haram ravaged state..
Today, former Aviation Minister Femi Fani Kayode was discharged and acquitted of money laundering charges leveled against him by the EFCC.In response, he has released a statement ,changing his name in honour of God.
“Ladies and gentlemen, I am delighted, humbled and relieved by this verdict. In the last seven years, I have been subjected to the most malicious, vicious, sinister, well-orchestrated, insidious and devastating form of political persecution and wickedness.
The whole process almost destroyed my life, my family, my reputation, my health and my career. I thank God for his goodness, his mercy and for the fact that today, the whole nightmare has finally come to an end.Initially, I was accused of stealing N19.5bn of public funds when I was Minister of Aviation. It was thrown out by the courts. Then I was accused of stealing N6.5bn. It was thrown out by the courts. Then I was accused of laundering N200m. It was thrown out by the courts.
Read EFCC Press statement below;
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, today received with shock, the ruling of Justice Rita Ofili- Ajumogobia of the Federal High Court Lagos, acquitting Mr. Femi Fani-kayode, a former minister of aviation, of the two count charge of money laundering preferred against him by the Commission. The Commission is making effort to obtain a Certified True Copy of the ruling, to enable it respond appropriately after careful review of the judgment.
This is popular transgender Shaun Brooks and her boyfriend Bless. Shaun used to be a man...but she's now living as a woman and it looks like she removed her eggplant and now has a Vagina ... does that make Bless straight? Or he's still a homosexual? Please share your thoughts.
See more pics after the cut...
Blac Chyna says she and her new man haven't gotten down yet,because he is muslim and is fasting..While leaving a strip club on Sunday,TMZ asked her on how she would celebrate J'Leon Love ,who just won a big boxing match in Las Vegas.She said ..
I'm still waiting,'So listen, he's a Muslim,''so I'm still waiting.'
A Nigerian man simply identified as Chinedu (pictured above) died this week after jumping from the 3rd floor of his apartment building at Mutari Sadangi in Malaysia as immigration/Malaysian police invaded his building. Chinedu, said to be from Ani Oma in Delta state, was rushed to the hospital after landing head first. He later died in hospital from internal injury. His friends sent in the photos so people can know what's happening to some Nigerians in the country. They sent photos of Chinedu after he'd been certified dead. See it after the cut...*warning - graphic photo*
They were spotted together on the 14th of June
Another Hollywood marriage bites the dust ...Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner have confirmed that they have split up, after 10 years together..
The couple, whose 10 year anniversary passed on Monday,to People Magazine ..
"After much thought and careful consideration, we have made the difficult decision to divorce,".We go forward with love and friendship for one another and a commitment to co-parenting our children whose privacy we ask to be respected during this difficult time. This will be our only comment on this private, family matter. Thank you for understanding."
An 11 year old school girl has become and internet sensation after her breakup text message to her boyfriend went viral..Her elder sister shared the screenshots which has been retweeted over 9,000 times,with many shocked at the manner in which the 11 year old dumped her cheating boyfriend....
Angry over the fact her boyfriend,Joey cheated on her,she slammed him,telling him''screw you.You are not on my level""
Lol...this is serious!11 year old?.. See the final exchange below...