P.M. NEWS Nigeria » Odd News http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com First with Nigeria News - Nigerian leading evening Newspaper - Mon, 17 Aug 2015 14:15:18 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 Boko Haram: Adamawa Govt to pay prayer warriors, vigilantes N200 mn http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/08/14/boko-haram-adamawa-govt-to-pay-prayer-warriors-vigilantes-n200-mn/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/08/14/boko-haram-adamawa-govt-to-pay-prayer-warriors-vigilantes-n200-mn/#comments Fri, 14 Aug 2015 13:21:23 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=249795 Governor Jibrilla Bindow of Adamawa State

Governor Jibrilla Bindow of Adamawa State

The Adamawa Government on Friday announced that it had earmarked N200 million to engage prayer warriors to seek divine intervention toward ending the state’s lingering security challenges.

Alhaji Abdurahman Jimeta, Chief of Staff, Adamawa State, disclosed this in a media chat aired on the Adamawa State Television, which was monitored by NAN in Yola.

Jimeta explained that the money was sourced from the state and Local Governments joint account.

“We have earmarked N200 million for prayers to seek for Allah’s intervention in tackling the Boko Haram menace and other insecurity challenges threatening the stability of the state,” Jimeta said.

He said that part of that money, which would be spent as security votes, would go into assisting local vigilance teams and security operatives.

On agriculture, he explained that the state government had ordered fertilisers worth over N3 billion for the 2015 farming season.

He called for massive support toward the success of government efforts for a peaceful and stable Adamawa, adding that not much could be achieved in an atmosphere of chaos.

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Islamic State Releases Hit List Comprising 1,400 Names http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/08/13/islamic-state-releases-hit-list-comprising-1400-names/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/08/13/islamic-state-releases-hit-list-comprising-1400-names/#comments Thu, 13 Aug 2015 13:35:39 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=249627 An Islamic State (IS) released a ‘hit-list’ of no fewer than 1,400 people, and includes the details of eight Australian police officers, defence force employees and public figures.

Representatives from IS took to social media on Wednesday night to announce the publication of the list – mostly made up of U.S. Defense Force personnel.

The release of the list was accompanied by an order to strike, prompting warnings of lone-wolf style attacks on Australian soil.

Members of the Australian Federal Police (AFP) had their details hacked and posted to the list.

A Victorian state politician, health workers, a defense force member and an army reservist also had their details posted online.

The government released a brief statement on Thursday, saying that “as a matter of principle and long-standing practice, the government does not discuss specific cyber incidents, activities or capabilities.

“Discussing details of any cyber incident could jeopardise ongoing investigations, monitoring of cyber incidents and the ability to protect information and networks,” the statement said.

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, aka Caliph Ibrahim, is head of Islamic State

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, aka Caliph Ibrahim, is head of Islamic State

A spokesperson said the government was taking the threat ‘very seriously,’ adding that the security of Australian citizens was `the first priority.’

“We are advised that all relevant law enforcement and security agencies are looking into these claims and are in contact with relevant state and international partners,” the spokesperson said.

Meanwhile, the AFP said it would continue to ensure the safety of Australian citizens as well as its members and employees were not compromised.

The list contains the names, departments, e-mail addresses passwords and telephone numbers of those eight Australians.

According to news, IS supporters have encouraged lone wolf-style attacks, with one saying the list was `useful’ for those intending to carry out an act of terrorism.

“This information is very useful for lone wolves to act and kill,” one of them said on a social media.

A note accompanying the list also said that “with the permission of Allah (we) will strike at your necks in your own lands.”

The Minister for Assisting the Prime Minister on Counter- Terrorism, Michael Keenan, is expected to be briefed by the AFP later on Thursday.

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Ogun police arrest nurse for stealing baby http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/08/10/ogun-police-arrest-nurse-for-stealing-baby/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/08/10/ogun-police-arrest-nurse-for-stealing-baby/#comments Mon, 10 Aug 2015 00:48:03 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=249151 Abiodun Onafuye/Abeokuta

The Commissioner of Police in Ogun, Abdulmajid Ali addressing policemen PHOTO: Abiodun Onafuye/ Abeokuta

The Commissioner of Police in Ogun, Abdulmajid Ali addressing policemen
PHOTO: Abiodun Onafuye/ Abeokuta

Nemesis caught up with a nurse, Titilayo Adebola on Friday when she was arrested at Arogun village by the police detectives attached to Ewekoro Division of Ogun State Police command for stealing a new baby boy.

The nurse, who took the delivery of the baby in the hospital on June 13, 2015, had lied and deceived the mother that she had a still birth and the baby was dead.

In a statement issued Sunday evening and signed by the State Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, DSP Muyiwa Adejobi, copy which was sent to our correspondent, she was arrested by the police when the mother got a reliable information and immediately informed the police.

“The good sympathizers in the community noticed that the nurse, suspect, who was never pregnant suddenly started nursing a baby that she could not even breast feed.

“They informed the mother who later reported the case to the police in Ewekoro on 7th August, 2015.

“In the course of police investigation, it was revealed that the suspect, a mother of seven (7), had issues with her initial marriage then got married to rich man, whom she wanted to have at least a baby for.

According to the statement, “The police operatives, who made professional moves, have recovered the baby alive and unhurt. The suspect has, however, given credible statement that will assist the police and the matter will soon be charged to court.”

The State Commissioner of Police, CP Abdulmajid Ali has commended the police operatives for the good job they did and directed that the matter be properly investigated so as to get more useful information that will help in the prosecution of the case.

He also charged owners of hospitals or maternity homes to operate legally and always employ credible and trusted nurses and staff who will be committed to their duties and respect the ethics of their professions and the laws of the land.

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Blackout looms in Edo Police Command over N151mn unpaid electricity bill http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/08/07/blackout-looms-in-edo-police-command-over-n151mn-unpaid-electricity-bill/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/08/07/blackout-looms-in-edo-police-command-over-n151mn-unpaid-electricity-bill/#comments Fri, 07 Aug 2015 20:05:42 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=248935 Jethro Ibileke/Benin

Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase

Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase

The Benin Electricity Distribution Company, BEDC, has lamented the huge debt owed it by the Zone 5 and Edo State Command of the Nigerian Police, which runs to the tune of over N151 million.

The company’s image maker, Mr. Curtis Nwadei who disclosed this during an interactive session with journalists in his office at the weekend, lamented that with the huge debts owed it by the police, the electricity company now finds it difficult to continue to function properly and make electricity available for its consumers.

“The Command alone is owing us N48, 392, 675 million. At Zone 5, it is the same old story. Zone 5 alone and the barracks is owing us N103, 000, 000. You can imagine what it’s like working for a place where we don’t get anything in return. How do you want us to pay salaries, maintain vehicles when we are so heavily indebted to? We buy this energy and we pay the supplier of energy,” he lamented.

Nwadei however denied rumours that the Zone 5 Command and Adesuwa Police Station were disconnected from the power grid because of the indebtedness by the police.

He blamed the power outage on fault on the transformer that supplies power to the Command and vandalization of yet another one servicing the area.

“The much I can say about that is that the Edo State Police Command is not disconnected. What happened was that the transformer feeding them is bad, and because of the debt, we can’t raise money to repair or replace the transformer. So I wonder how we are expected to raise money and invest in such a place where we are not getting anything in return.

“We visited the Commissioner of Police on this issue about three days ago, that was on Tuesday, and we told him our predicament that we don’t have the money to repair the transformer. So it is very wrong for anyone to say that anybody disconnected the Command. You can go and look at the transformer yourself to verify whether we really disconnected them,” he stated.

While further affirming that they have not disconnected the command from sources of power, the BEDC spokesman however warned that plans were on underway to disconnect the barracks adding; “we can disconnect the barracks because the police high command had made it clear that those living in the barracks should pay their bills.”

Reacting to the situation, the Public Relations Officer of the Edo State Police Command, DSP Stephen Onwuche, appealed to the BEDC to repair the transformer since the two companies work as a team.

“They said the transformer serving this headquarters and Area Command is bad and we have made efforts to reach out to BEDC and we are still talking. We have always been there for them each time they need us and now, we too, we are in need of light. They should please partner with us along this line and do for us what we equally do for them,” Onwuche said.

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Togo fetish market helps the sick and politicians http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/08/06/togo-fetish-market-helps-the-sick-and-politicians/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/08/06/togo-fetish-market-helps-the-sick-and-politicians/#comments Thu, 06 Aug 2015 10:10:10 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=248716 Togo

Lucien Yekpon, a Lome traditional healer, sat on a stool surrounded by fetish objects — skulls, feathers, statuettes — to place his hand on the head of a patient and recite incantations.

“You will soon be completely cured,” Yekpon told the 35-year-old visitor, who had travelled to Togo from neighbouring Benin to seek a remedy for migraine that dogged him for three years.

“I have been treated in several medical centres in Benin (but) the pains have persisted,” says Adolphe Houndji, a tailor from Benin’s main business city, Cotonou.

Just three days after his arrival in Lome, Togo’s capital, Houndji has started to feel the magic touch, reporting that he feels “much better.”

Located in the heart of the rundown Akodessewa district, the fetish market is famous across west Africa. All manner of ailments are treated, ranging from malaria and typhoid fever to erectile dysfunction, asthma and tuberculosis.

About 100 healers and witchcraft doctors work there and have mostly come from from Benin, the historic home of the polytheistic religion known as voodoo, which takes multiple forms and is known as vodun in west Africa.

Traditional worship and magical practices were mixed with some Christian rites during the colonial era. “This market is a heritage from our grandparents. We initiate our children into it so that they take over from us,” explained Paul Adounsi, 40, while he attended to a patient from Senegal seeking a cure for his sinusitis.

– Ebola fears deter tourists –

“Most of the clients (in early days) came from Lome,” said Houndjenoukon Boccovo, a renowned healer.

“It was in 1963 that (our elders) got the idea to create this market” in Togo’s capital itself, bringing their services closer to their main customers

A dozen altars adorned with totems for vodun divinities stand behind stalls displaying skulls, dried animal skins, reptile bones, feathers and statuettes.

The nauseous stench of decaying flesh oozes out in alleyways. “All that you see on the shelves are ingredients used in the preparation of our products…

For example, a properly crushed tortoise’s shell, combined with certain herbs and honey can cure a chronic asthma patient,” Yekpon says.

“Patients come from all over… Some whites also patronise us,” he claims.

But tourists from Europe and sometimes America tend to visit the market more out of curiosity than to consult with the healers.

Their number has fallen since last year’s outbreak of the Ebola virus in several west African countries, the market’s main tour guide, Elias Guedena, says regretfully.

“Ebola caused many tourists to flee because most of the objects displayed are derived from animals in the bush (a major source of Ebola transmission). But over the past two months, they have been coming back gradually,” he adds.

– ‘We are not witchdoctors’ –

A traditional healer from Kpalime to the north of Lome, Olivier Massenon, travelled more than 100 kilometres (60 miles) for a singular purpose. “Today, I bought three heads of a powerful bird, known as ‘Aziza’ to make medicine for a patient who has suffered from a feeble sex drive for eight years,” he says.

“He will never be healed in a hospital because the spirits have revealed that he has been bewitched. After two weeks of treatment in my care, his penis will recover all its strength,” adds Massenon, 35.

Ailments blamed on witchcraft are numerous in the Lome market because hospitals and doctors are unable to treat such cases, which are “not natural”, Yekpon says.

In a separate domain, the market plays host to a different set of clients when elections are coming near, Boccovo says. “Politicians come to ask us to prepare charms to enable them to succeed at the polls.

“During the July 2013 parliamentary elections, especially during the electioneering campaign, I even prepared rings for some candidates” to enhance their chances, he adds.

Boccovo declined to reveal whether the charms worked to maintain professional secrecy.

There are few clients for whom the healers of Akodessewa will not work, but they turn away “those who want charms to harm their neighbours,” Boccovo says. “We are not witchdoctors.”

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Man beheads wife to get evil spirit out of her http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/08/04/man-beheads-wife-to-get-evil-spirit-out-of-her/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/08/04/man-beheads-wife-to-get-evil-spirit-out-of-her/#comments Tue, 04 Aug 2015 22:58:24 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=248542 Police logo line

A court in Arizona said on Tuesday that a man who admitted to decapitating his wife and her two dogs in a bloody incident in Phoenix said he was attempting to “get the evil out of her”.

The prosecutor said Kenneth-Dale Wakefield, 43, also said he had smoked marijuana and the designer drug spice before the gruesome killings in a Phoenix apartment on July 25.

The prosecutor said Wakefield, a transient with a history of mental illness, was booked into a Maricopa County jail on Aug. 1 on one-count of first-degree murder and two counts of animal cruelty after being released from a local hospital.

The prosecutor said he was held on two million dollars bond and was expected to appear in court for a status conference on Aug. 7.

Police said in a court paper that Wakefield said during an interview that he stabbed his 49-year-old wife, Trina Heisch, multiple times before decapitating her and killed the dogs by cutting their heads off.

The police added in a probable cause statement filed in Maricopa County Superior Court that Wakefield said he was trying to get the evil out of Trina.

Police said the Phoenix man had severed his left arm at the elbow and gouged out one of his eyes before being discovered.

It said the blood-splattered scene was found by a neighbour who told police he was checking up on the couple because he knew the man had mental illness issues.

It said they entered the home and found the headless Heisch in a bedroom closet along with the two dogs.

The police said large amounts of blood was spread across the floors, cabinets and walls of the apartment, and several bloody knives were recovered.

The neighbour said when he opened the door of the apartment, he saw Wakefield naked, with part of his arm cut off and his right eye missing, then he called the police.

Meanwhile, investigators said both Wakefield and his wife had histories of mental illness, domestic violence and drug abuse.

The investigators said Wakefield was arrested in 2003 for attempting to kill a family member, while Heisch was arrested in March for domestic violence as she was alleged to have tried to stab Wakefield.

They said family members said during investigation that the two married after meeting in a mental health facility.

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Boko Haram Elements Reach Out For Dialogue –Anas http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/08/04/boko-haram-elements-reach-out-for-dialogue-anas/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/08/04/boko-haram-elements-reach-out-for-dialogue-anas/#comments Tue, 04 Aug 2015 15:22:30 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=248471 The Centre for Crisis Communication, a non-governmental organisation, on Tuesday said that some persons claiming to be Boko Haram members had approached it for dialogue to end insurgency in the country.

The Executive Secretary of the centre, retired Air Commodore Yusuf Anas, disclosed this when he briefed newsmen on sundry national issues, including cattle rustling and National Assembly crisis in Abuja.

Anas, who did not reveal the identities of the persons, said the centre strongly believed in their renewed request for dialogue because of several telephone conversions with them.

He said the centre was encouraged by a recent statement credited to President Muhammadu Buhari on government’s willingness for dialogue to listen to the group.

Air Commodor Yusuf Anas

Air Commodore Yusuf Anas

The executive secretary said the centre was working on authenticating the proposal, stressing that it would facilitate a meeting with relevant government agencies to finalise the process.

“The recent statement by President Muhammadu Buhari on government’s readiness to negotiate with credible members of the sect has rekindled the hope for dialogue.

“The centre views this gesture as a good one as it has opened a window of opportunity for dialogue for those insurgents that are willing and ready to lay down their arms.

“This position is predicated on calls made to this centre by some members of the Boko Haram, requesting for genuine and comprehensive dialogue that can end the crisis.

“I can state here that we have received such calls and these people have indicated interest to dialogue with authorities on the possible end to this insurgency,’’ he said.

He said the centre was in support of dialogue that was genuine, comprehensive and result-oriented.

Anas said the new position had become imperative in view of the fact that military options alone could not resolve the issue.

“The centre, however, suggests that such dialogue should be done with every sense of caution and responsibility, bearing in mind disappointment in previous attempts at negotiations.

“Considering the unspeakable atrocities which the group has visited on Nigeria and Nigerians, this option is no doubt a hard sell.

“Nevertheless, the centre will continue to support and encourage all efforts toward bringing insurgency to an end in our country,” he said.

On the lingering National Assembly crisis, the Executive Secretary appealed to all the contending individuals, groups or parties to “sheath their swords’’ in the national interest.

He said the crisis had the potential to plunge the nation into further chaos by adding more problems to a polity that had already been bedevilled by a myriad of problems.

On the issue of cattle rustling and farmland destruction, Anas said the issue had reached an alarming proportion that must be tackled frontally.

Anas said the bloody clashes in Taraba, Kaduna, Benue, Nasarawa, Niger, Plateau and other parts of the country had become unbearable.

“This recurring but often violent crisis perpetrated by unknown hoodlums has continued to traumatise innocent and enterprising Nigerians engaged in cattle rearing and farming.

“The crisis is perhaps accentuated by the economic hardship and joblessness.

“The centre commends Gov. Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State, for his efforts in resolving the crisis through the ‘Cattle Initiative’ to fight against cattle rustlers in Kaduna, which has already recorded huge successes.

“The centre is calling on governments at all levels to ensure that every action aimed at finding lasting solution are put in place to enable the return of normalcy in the nooks and crannies of our communities.’’

Anas also commended recent efforts adopted by all stakeholders to tackle the resurgence of armed banditry, kidnappings, pipeline vandalism, among others.

He called for concerted efforts to address the issues from all directions in order to create an enabling environment for peace to reign across the country

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Kaduna Govt. warns residents against stealing refuse bins http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/07/31/kaduna-govt-warns-residents-against-stealing-refuse-bins/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/07/31/kaduna-govt-warns-residents-against-stealing-refuse-bins/#comments Fri, 31 Jul 2015 15:18:17 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=247982 Malam Nasir El-Rufai, Kaduna State Governor

Malam Nasir El-Rufai, Kaduna State Governor

The Kaduna State Government has warned residents against stealing refuse bins provided for the collection refuse in the state.

Mr Salihu Ahmed, Director of Environment in the state Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, gave the warning in an interview with NAN in Kaduna on Friday.

Ahmed alleged that residents had been “stealing the refuse bins” provided at market places, streets and major junctions, especially in Kaduna metropolis.

Ahmed, who was reacting to complaints by some residents of Sabo Tasha and Barnawa on the non- provision refuse bins in the areas, said government was doing its best to meet its obligation.

He further alleged that four large refuse bins placed at strategic locations around Sabon Tasha market were stolen by miscreants.

“Its surprising that after a while four refuse bins located at Sabon Tasha market suddenly disappeared.

“The bins were provided to address indiscriminate dumping of refuse in drainages to avoid flooding. How could people steal them?

“This display of unpatriotic attitude undermines governments effort at keeping the metropolis clean,” the director said.

Ahmed said henceforth direct shop owners in areas where the theft of bins was rampant would “pay for subsequent refuse evacuation”.

He said the reason why there was always heap of refuse by the road side in Barnawa was because there no refuse disposal sites in the area.

“Our officials evacuate the refuse every morning but by evening it piles up again.

“We spoke with the elders of the area to create space for the site, but we have not heard from them,” he said.

The director appealed to the residents to exercise patience, assuring that the ministry was making efforts to address the problem.

Ahmed urged people in the state to always keep their surroundings clean to prevent outbreak of diseases

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Blind man, woman defraud accommodation seeker of N550,000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/07/29/blind-man-woman-defraud-accommodation-seeker-of-n550000/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/07/29/blind-man-woman-defraud-accommodation-seeker-of-n550000/#comments Wed, 29 Jul 2015 19:04:36 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=247734 court of law

A visually-impaired man, Sule Akinyemi and a woman, Olajumoke Awosika, were on Wednesday charged with defrauding an accommodation seeker of N550, 000 at a Surulere Magistrates’ Court, Lagos.

The accused are Akinyemi, 62, and Awosika, 51 and are facing a four-count charge of conspiracy, stealing, use of residence for obtaining by false pretence and obtaining money under false pretences.

The duo pleaded not guilty.

But the prosecutor, Sgt. Jimah Iseghede told the court that the accused with others still at large committed the offences at No.1, Dipo Olubi St., Surulere -Aguda in Lagos.

He said the accused collected N550, 000 on the pretext of letting a mini-flat to the complainant as the owner of the property.

“Akinyemi pretended to be the owner of a mini-flat and collected the sum of N550, 000 from the complainant, Mr Ayodele Ayedun, with a promise to rent out the mini-flat to him.

“Awosika brought Ayedun to the blind man to make payment, and he was caught while making a transaction at the bank.”

Iseghede said the virtually-impaired man had been brought to the court several times for the same offence.

The offences, he noted, contravened Sections 285, 312 (a&b), 315 and 409 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.

Ruling on the bail application of the accused, the Chief Magistrate, Mrs A.F. Adeeyo, granted them bail in the sum of N100, 000 each with one surety each.

She said each surety should provide evidence of tax payment, while their addresses should also be verified.

The magistrate adjourned the case to August 6 for mention.

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Insurgents Kill 25 People In Borno http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/07/28/insurgents-kill-25-people-in-borno/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/07/28/insurgents-kill-25-people-in-borno/#comments Tue, 28 Jul 2015 14:47:30 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=247619 At least 25 people were killed by suspected Boko Haram Islamist militants in raids on Monday afternoon and Tuesday morning on three communities in Nigeria’s northeastern Borno state, military and police sources said.

Fighters in pick-up trucks attacked the town of Dille and two smaller communities in the Askira/Uba area in Borno state about 250 km (160 miles) south of Maiduguri the capital of Borno state and the epicentre of the insurgency.

Vigilantes resisted the attack on Dille that came around 1 p.m. local time (1200 GMT), the sources said.

FILE PHOTO: Boko Haram child soldiers

FILE PHOTO: Boko Haram child soldiersbok o

A police source who declined to be named said the attacks on the smaller nearby communities came early on Tuesday.

Boko Haram has been trying to carve out an Islamist state in the northeast of Nigeria for the last six years. It controlled large swathes of territory in three states last year before being pushed out of the major towns it controlled.

The militants have dispersed into various pockets across Borno state, notably along the Niger border near Damasak, Lake Chad, the Sambisa forest reserve and around the Mandara mountain range that borders Cameroon.

Borno state governor Kashim Shettima said this month that seven local government areas out of 27 were “largely inaccessible because these lunatics called Boko Haram still move up and down the areas”.

On Tuesday, the European Union said that about 800 people are reported to have been killed in the countries around Lake Chad. Nigeria and its neighbours, increasingly targetted by the insurgents, are setting up new headquarters for their multi-national joint taskforce in Chad’s N’Djamena.

A Reuters tally showed that more than 600 people had been killed in Nigeria alone since President Muhammadu Buhari’s inauguration at the end of May, when he promised to make getting rid of Boko Haram his top priority.

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Gaddafi’s Son, 8 Ex-Officials Sentenced To Death http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/07/28/gaddafis-son-8-ex-officials-sentenced-to-death/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/07/28/gaddafis-son-8-ex-officials-sentenced-to-death/#comments Tue, 28 Jul 2015 13:10:30 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=247600 A Libyan court on Tuesday sentenced to death Saif’ al-Islam Gaddafi, son of late dictator, Moamer Gaddafi, and eight former officials on charges related to killings during the 2011 uprising that ended his father’s rule.

The Criminal Court in Tripoli also sentenced to death by firing squad Gaddafi’s intelligence chief, Abdullah Senussi, and former Prime Ministers, Baghdadi al-Mahmoudi and Abuzaid Dorda.

The court convicted them of genocidal crimes, including incitement to the killing of peaceful protesters, enlisting mercenaries and setting up armed militias to quell the anti-Gaddafi uprising.

The court also sentenced 23 other defendants in the same case to jail terms ranging from three years to life imprisonment.

Saif’ al-Islam Gaddafi

Saif’ al-Islam Gaddafi

The court said the rulings can be appealed even as it acquitted four co-defendants and referred a fifth to a mental hospital.

Meanwhile, New York-based Human Rights Watch (HRW) said the trial was flawed.

Joe Stork, HRW Deputy Director, Middle East and North Africa, said the trial has been plagued by persistent, credible allegations of fair trial breaches that warrant independent and impartial judicial review.

He insisted that the victims of the serious crimes committed during the 2011 uprising deserve justice but that can only be delivered through fair and transparent proceedings.

Saif, 43, did not appear in court for the verdict.

He has been in custody in the western city of Zintan since his capture in late 2011.

Saif took part in the hearings for his trial, which started in April 2014, via a video call from his prison in Zintan because of security reasons.

In recent months, Libya has descended into chaos as the North African country is divided between two rival governments backed by competing militias.

In 2011, the International Criminal Court in The Hague accused Saif of crimes against humanity and issued arrest warrant against him.

Gaddafi, who ruled Libya for more than four decades, was captured and killed by insurgents in his hometown, Sirte, in October 2011.

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British lord resigns after ‘taking drugs with prostitutes’ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/07/28/british-lord-resigns-after-taking-drugs-with-prostitutes/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/07/28/british-lord-resigns-after-taking-drugs-with-prostitutes/#comments Tue, 28 Jul 2015 08:28:08 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=247554 Lord Sewel caught in the act

Lord Sewel caught in the act

London (AFP) – A British politician resigned from the House of Lords Tuesday after a newspaper published footage of him allegedly snorting cocaine with prostitutes.

Lord John Sewel, 69, apologised for the “pain and embarrassment” he had caused after the Rupert Murdoch-owned Sun newspaper published pictures of him apparently wearing an orange bra as he chatted to two sex workers.

Scotland Yard has launched an investigation into his actions and raided his home at an exclusive block of flats near the Houses of Parliament on Monday night.

“I have today written to the clerk of the parliaments terminating my membership of the House of Lords,” Sewel said in a statement. “I want to apologise for the pain and embarrassment I have caused.”

On Monday, Prime Minister David Cameron questioned whether it would be “appropriate” for Sewel to continue approving laws amid the “very serious allegations” against him.

Sewel previously represented the main opposition centre-left Labour party in the House of Lords, the Houses of Parliament’s unelected upper chamber.

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Lagos police arrest passenger smoking on board http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/07/27/lagos-police-arrest-passenger-smoking-on-board/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/07/27/lagos-police-arrest-passenger-smoking-on-board/#comments Mon, 27 Jul 2015 06:00:53 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=247362 Muritala Muhammed International Airport

Muritala Muhammed International Airport

The Lagos Airport Police Command has arrested a Nigerian passenger, Lawal Oluwabusola, for smoking cigarette in an Arik Air flight on London to Lagos route.

In a statement on Sunday by Mr Livinus Chukwuma, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Airport Command in Lagos, said that Olubusola was arrested on Sunday upon landing in Nigeria.

He was apprehended at the international wing of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos.

The PPRO said the suspect’s action was not in consonant with the in-flight safety procedures.

“The suspect was smoking electronic cigarette in the lavatory which triggered off emergency alarm system in the aircraft causing confusion among passengers,” he said.

NAN reports that in 1992, the International Civil Aviation Organisation had passed a resolution mandating its 152-member countries to go on smoke-free by July 1, 1996.

Chukwuma said that cigarettes smoking, or anything else that produces smoke or flame, is prohibited during flight especially in commercial aircraft.

He said that the suspect has been arraigned in court on two count charges.

According to him, the charges are in accordance with Section 2(1) of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) Bye law 2005, and Section 166(1) (d) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State.

In a related development, the command said it had also apprehended a man for stealing the sum of $1,400 belonging to an Air France bound passenger at MMIA.

Chukwuma said the passenger was taking some rest on a couch in Gabfol lounge at MMIA waiting to board the flight and forgot her purse containing the money.

Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police, Airport command, CP Frederick Lakanu, urged airport users to conform to the rules and regulations guiding the airports and aviation industry.

He said that ignorance is not an excuse.

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Fire service rescue man, 40, from death by sex enhancer http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/07/25/fire-service-rescue-man-40-from-death-by-sex-enhancer/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/07/25/fire-service-rescue-man-40-from-death-by-sex-enhancer/#comments Sat, 25 Jul 2015 14:33:33 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=247267 Rasak Fadipe

Rasak Fadipe

The men of the Lagos State Fire Service said on Saturday that they rescued a 40-year-old man from death after he used a sex performance enhancer that enlarged his penis beyond expectation.

The Director, Mr Rasak Fadipe, who made the disclosure to NAN in Lagos, said the man wore a metal ring on his penis.

The ring, according to him, was to enhance erection and ultimately enhance sexual satisfaction but turned out to swell the organ beyond his expectation.

“His experience turned sour when the penis became so erect and swollen beyond his expectation and could not come down and the ring could not be removed.

“When it became apparent that the condition was threatening his life, he rushed to the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), Ikeja for help.

“The hospital invited the service to rescue the man, when they could not easily remove the ring.

“We successfully removed the metal ring in collaboration with the hospital staff at the emergency unit using our rescue tools,” he told NAN.

“The incident happened at about 3.15 p.m. on Friday and it took us about 50 minutes for the operation.

“The man wore the ring to enhance his penis for sexual satisfaction, but it turned out to be a threat to his life,” Fadipe said.

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Teacher jailed for caning pupil http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/07/17/teacher-jailed-for-caning-pupil/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/07/17/teacher-jailed-for-caning-pupil/#comments Fri, 17 Jul 2015 15:21:40 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=246449 court of law

A magistrate court in Alexandra, Johannesburg, has sentenced a school teacher, Philippine Rakosa, to one year imprisonment for caning a grade two pupil.

NAN reports that the Sowetan newspaper on Friday in Pretoria said that the teacher was jailed on Wednesday for hitting an eight year pupil with a hosepipe for failing a class test.

The paper said the incident occurred on Feb. 8, 2014, at Gordon`s Primary School in Alexandra, north of Johannesburg.

The publication quoted the Magistrate, Gideon Suhnetler, as saying that it was time teachers realised that corporal punishment was outlawed in South Africa.

It said that a medical doctor testified that the child suffered hand sepsis, a skin infection that changed the wound to various colours.

“Her hand no longer works properly and there are fears it might not recover entirely,” the doctor said.

The paper also said that the pupil testified via video feed that the teacher assaulted her, claiming that she had copied from another pupil.

According to the paper, the pupil`s mother told the court that the teacher offered her bribe to close the case.

The teacher, according to the Sowetan, said she paid the money after being told to do so by her Head Master.

Rakosa said the head master wanted the matter settled before the media got the information.

The magistrate, however, said that it was impossible for an adult like the teacher to accept a liability if she had not committed the offence.

He said the teacher`s testimony was not trustworthy and was aimed at defending herself.

The paper quoted the prosecutor, Jackie Letsoalo, as requesting the court to jail the teacher for five years.

The magistrate exercised leniency and jailed her for one year because she was the sole breadwinner in her family and had two children.

The teacher`s husband, the publication also said, was unemployed.

The Sowetan said that while there were many cases in the country, this was the first time a teacher had been sentenced to prison.

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Cameroon Bans Burqa After Attacks- Governor http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/07/16/cameroon-bans-burqa-after-attacks-governor/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/07/16/cameroon-bans-burqa-after-attacks-governor/#comments Thu, 16 Jul 2015 10:31:27 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=246310


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Boko Haram Attacks Buni Yadi http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/07/10/boko-haram-attacks-buni-yadi/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/07/10/boko-haram-attacks-buni-yadi/#comments Fri, 10 Jul 2015 13:02:22 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=245723 Boko Haram militants attacked the northern Nigerian town of Buni Yadi in Yobe state late on Thursday and it was unclear how the fighting had ended, military sources said.

There was no information on any casualties after the attack that started at around 9 p.m. (2000 GMT), the sources said on Friday.

A Reuters correspondent saw a detachment of troops with armoured personnel carriers and a fighter jet heading towards Buni Yadi on Friday morning.

Boko Haram's Abubakar Shekau

Boko Haram’s Abubakar Shekau

“Those boys (Boko Haram) came to Buni Yadi yesterday and attacked our people. They came in about nine Hilux (pick-up trucks) and opened fire… Our people have mobilised for reinforcement,” one the sources told Reuters.

Buni Yadi was one of the towns that was captured by the insurgent group in 2014 and then reclaimed in March this year by Nigeria’s army. Boko Haram has been trying to carve out a state adhering to strict sharia law in the country’s northeast since 2009.

The group took over large swathes of territory last year but were pushed back into their last stronghold in the Sambisa forest reserve with the combined efforts of Nigerian and regional forces.

The militants have since dispersed and reverted to guerrilla tactics and including hitting towns well outside its Borno state heartland such as in Kaduna and Plateau states over the last two weeks.

President Muhammadu Buhari has made quashing the insurgency his number one priority and is building up a base in Chad’s capital N’Djamena out of which regional forces can deploy and attack the militants.

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Woman gives birth to Brazilian hair http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/07/08/woman-gives-birth-to-brazilian-hair/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/07/08/woman-gives-birth-to-brazilian-hair/#comments Wed, 08 Jul 2015 18:46:24 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=245555 FILE PHOTO: Hair


A 26-year old woman in Zambia’s Luwingu district has given birth to pure hair, according to the Luwingu District Medical Officer, Dr Ernest Mutale.

The Zambia National Information Services (ZANIS) on Wednesday reported the woman had been 10 months pregnant and she gave birth to pure hair and a little blood.

According to Dr Mutale, the woman, a Ms. Mwape, was referred to Luwingu District Hospital from Chikoyi rural health centre after she gave birth to something that looked like Brazilian hair.

Mutale explained that Mwape is a mother of two children and this bizarre pregnancy was her third.

He said that after a medical check-up, Mwape narrated that she was feeling as though the pregnancy was normal as she would feel the baby kicking in her womb.

The Luwingu District Medical Officer said that Mwape attended ante-natal regularly but her medical records showed that there were no irregular movements.

He said that the medical team suspected Mwape had a molar pregnancy but after several medical check-ups results showed that it was not.

Report says Mwape is still admitted to Luwingu District Hospital waiting further medical check-ups.

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Iceland parliament legalises blasphemy http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/07/03/iceland-parliament-legalises-blasphemy/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/07/03/iceland-parliament-legalises-blasphemy/#comments Fri, 03 Jul 2015 17:55:32 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=244938 Helgi Gunnarsson: pushed for blasphemy to be legalised

Helgi Gunnarsson: pushed for blasphemy to be legalised

The Parliament of Iceland legalized blasphemy in Stockholm on Friday.

A member of the opposition Pirate Party described it as a great victory for supporters of freedom of speech.

Helgi Gunnarsson, one of three Pirate Party legislators, said the party introduced the proposal in January, shortly after the deadly Islamist attack in Paris on the satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo.

He said prior to parliament’s decision, blasphemy violations could be punished with a three-month prison sentence or a fine.

“Even if the anti-blasphemy legislation was not actively enforced, it was perceived as a means to silence people.”

Gunnarsson said the legislation was not targeting any faith, and noted that the old anti-blasphemy law had been “a Christian law.

“Under the old anti-blasphemy law, people do not have the right not to be offended.

“There is legal protection against hate speech or incitement as well as the right to privacy,” he said.

Gunnarsson said at the 63-seat parliament, 43 members voted in favour of the measure, one voted against and three members abstained, while 16 were absent.

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Two men die rescuing a chicken http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/06/27/two-men-die-rescuing-a-chicken/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/06/27/two-men-die-rescuing-a-chicken/#comments Sat, 27 Jun 2015 19:45:16 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=244240 Police logo line

Two men on Saturday died while rescuing a hen that fell into a well in Dawakin Tofa local government area of Kano state, Daily Trust has learnt.

It was gathered that the incident happened in Gargari village of the local government area at about 5am shortly before the Muslims dawn prayers.

The two men are Garba Adamu (60) and Ali Abdullahi (50). The hen belonged to Adamu but his neighbour Abdullahi jumped into the well when Adamu was trapped in it.

Efforts by neighbours to rescue the two men inside the well yielded no result.

When officials of the Kano Fire Service arrived, they maneuvered and removed the men from the deep well only to discover that they had ceased breathing. The chicken too was found dead.

In a telephone interview, the Director of the Kano state fire service, Alhaji Balarabe Kabara confirmed the report, saying his men removed the lifeless bodies of the men.

Kabara who described the death of the men as unfortunate said they have handed over their corpses to the Divisional Police Officer of the local government police division.

“When the first man jumped into the well in order to remove the hen, he drowned thus the other man went inside to rescue the first person,” he said in a phone interview.

It was gathered that the two men have since been buried at the burial ground of the area in line with Islamic injunctions.

When contacted the spokesperson of the Kano Police Command, ASP Magaji Musa Majia confirmed the report, saying the men were pronounced death at the General Hospital.

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