P.M. NEWS Nigeria » Odd News http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com First with Nigeria News - Nigerian leading evening Newspaper - Sun, 14 Dec 2014 11:57:06 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0.1 Animals Go To Heaven, says Pope Francis http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/12/12/animals-go-to-heaven-says-pope-francis/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/12/12/animals-go-to-heaven-says-pope-francis/#comments Fri, 12 Dec 2014 06:47:23 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=222609 VATICAN-TURKEY-POPE-TRIP

Pope Francis declared recently in his regular weekly address at St. Peter’s Square that animals go to heaven. He made the statement while trying to comfort a boy who was upset about the death of his pet dog.

Quoting several biblical passages as evidence that animals go to heaven, Pope Francis said, “The holy scripture teaches us that the fulfillment of this wonderful design also affects everything around us… what lies ahead… is therefore a new creation… It is not an annihilation of the universe and all that surrounds us. Rather it brings everything to its fullness of being, truth and beauty.”

The 77-year-old pontiff then concluded: “One day we will see our animals again in eternity of Christ. Paradise is open to all God’s creatures.”
Reacting to Francis’ statement, the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera wrote optimistically that the pontiff had effectively declared an expansive “hope of salvation and eschatological beatitude to animals and the whole of creation.”

While the declaration from the controversial pontiff might have brought consolation and relief to animal-loving Catholics who have mourned the loss of a pet, it probably caused Church conservatives more hand-wringing over their fears about their pope’s escalating “liberalism.”

Soon after Francis made the statement, the Italian company Eurolactic Italia, which produces donkey milk as alternative nutriment for babies allergic to human and cow milk, presented him with two donkeys, Thea and Noah, as Christmas presents.

Media reports quoted an official of the company, Pierluigi Christophe Orunesu, saying that Francis confessed that he loves donkey’s milk having consumed it as child. Thea and Noah would no doubt be in heaven to provide the pontiff a constant supply of milk.

Francis’ declaration that “heaven is open to all God’s creatures” could be interpreted by the theologically naive only as a statement expressing the sincere feelings of an animal lover. But it is one sufficient to spark an acrimonious debate till kingdom come among church theologians who have hitherto assumed that the privileges of heavenly beatitude are reserved exclusively for humans.

The notion of animals going to heaven is one that church leaders and theologians immersed in anthropocentric biblical worldviews have apparently never given much thought to. The question of what happens to our favorite pooches and moggies after death only began assuming significant dimensions recently
with the Christianity Today, in 2012, raising the question, “Do Pets Go to Heaven?”

But soon after publication of the article, Pope Francis’ predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI, moved quickly to slam shut firmly the pearly gates of heaven against animals, declaring in the midst of his brief papal tenure, that animals are “not called to the eternal life,” and pointing out that animals are never mentioned in connection with salvation and eternal life in the Christian scriptures.

But how do we resolve the contradiction between the statements of two equally infallible vice-regents of God on Earth?

Benedict’s predecessor, Pope John Paul II, is reported to have said in 1990 that “…animals possess a soul” and “in this respect, man, created by the hand of God, is identical with all other living creatures.”

However, Pope John Paul II offered no inspired papal insights into the animal hereafter, thus empowering Benedict to declare in effect, and in line with church tradition, that only humans have immortal souls.

While animal lovers quote Isaiah 11:6, which says that in the life hereafter “the wolf shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the young goat, and the calf and the lion and the fattened calf together,” others sidestep the inconvenient verse, pointing out that the bible makes it clear in Mark 16:16 that only “he that believes and is baptized shall be saved.”

In truth, the Apostles never baptized or preached the gospel to chickens, dogs and cats. Even human gentiles were granted the boon of heavenly afterlife only as an afterthought; that is, after the Jews rejected the message.

Ultimately, the notion that animals go to heaven raises a medley of theological riddles for those with the leisure to indulge in unbridled rumination over the spiritual mysteries of existence:

If animals go to heaven, do they also go to hell? Will my donkey suffer eternal damnation for that well-aimed kick at my groin, or my pitbull hellfire for attacking my toddler son? Will my hen go to perdition for cracking and eating its own egg, effectively aborting its own offspring in the womb?

What about earthworms, the bacteria in my gut, HIV and Ebola viruses that have caused untold suffering to humanity?

And where does God draw the line in the hierarchy of animal lifeforms that separates those eligible for afterlife from those not sufficiently evolved to benefit from the comforts of heavenly bliss?

On the contrary, do non-human life forms have an assured automatic ticket to heaven for lacking a moralizing intellect?

–Culled from Digital Journal

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Ugandan maid pleads guilty to baby torture http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/12/08/ugandan-maid-pleads-guilty-to-baby-torture/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/12/08/ugandan-maid-pleads-guilty-to-baby-torture/#comments Mon, 08 Dec 2014 08:27:38 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=222113 Jolly Tumuhiirwe, 22, faces up to 15 years in prison

Jolly Tumuhiirwe, 22, faces up to 15 years in prison

A Ugandan maid pleaded guilty Monday to torture of a baby, a case that has shocked the country after a video of her abusing the child was made public.

The 22-year old maid, Jolly Tumuhiirwe, faces up to 15 years in prison for the crime.

Worried parents, who installed a CCTV camera when they were at work, were shocked to see they had filmed the maid pushing the 18-month-old baby girl to the floor.

She then kicked the child’s face and stomach before putting her entire weight on the girl’s back, and then dragged her out the room apparently unconscious. The baby was left bruised and shaken by the abuse.

Battered baby receiving treatment at the hospital Photo: peacefmonline.com

Battered baby receiving treatment at the hospital
Photo: peacefmonline.com

The disturbing video has been seen or shared hundreds of thousands of times on social media.

After her arrest, police said she would be charged for attempted murder, but in court Monday faced torture charges alone.

State prosecutor Joyce Tushabe said the maid, who had no lawyer, “was remorseful” in court.

“She said she was sorry for the act,” Tushabe said. “She asked for forgiveness from the parents of the child, the nation, and those she said were affected by her acts.”

Tumuhiirwe was remanded in custody and will be sentenced on Wednesday.

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Defeated Sokoto senator slaps House of Rep member http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/12/05/defeated-sokoto-senator-slaps-house-of-rep-member/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/12/05/defeated-sokoto-senator-slaps-house-of-rep-member/#comments Fri, 05 Dec 2014 10:02:21 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=221764 Senator Umaru Dahiru Tambuwal

Senator Umaru Dahiru Tambuwal

By Haladu Abubakar/Sokoto

A frustrated governorship aspirant of the All Progressives Congress in Sokoto state, Senator Umaru Dahiru Tambuwal vented his anger on a delegate and member of the House of Representatives, at the primary that produced Speaker Aminu Tambuwal as the candidate last night. Senator Dahiru slapped Isah Salihu Bashar Kalanjeni representing Tangaza/ Gudu federal constituency.

It was not clear what led to the slap. Some said Dahiru had sensed defeat and was looking for an object to transfer his frustration.

Isah Salihu Bashar Kalanjeni: the rep member slapped

Isah Salihu Bashar Kalanjeni: the rep member slapped

But witnesses said Dahiru was on the queue to vote when he saw Bashar and dashed out to give Bashar the dirty slap.

Security men rushed to separate the men and calm them down at the Giginya Memorial stadium,venue of the exercise that drew over 3,000 delegates from across the 23 local governments with 244 wards.

In the primary election, Dahiru scored only 23 votes, while Speaker Aminu Tambuwal ran away with victory,by polling 3,462 votes out of the 3,513 cast by the delegates.

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Court refuses to recognise chimpanzees as ‘persons’ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/12/04/court-refuses-to-recognise-chimpanzees-as-persons/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/12/04/court-refuses-to-recognise-chimpanzees-as-persons/#comments Thu, 04 Dec 2014 22:16:10 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=221726 A Chimpanzee eating groundnuts

A Chimpanzee eating groundnuts

Chimpanzees are not entitled to the same rights as people, a New York state appeals court ruled Thursday, thwarting an advocacy group’s attempt to get primates freed from captivity.

The Nonhuman Rights Project said it was already pursuing an appeal at New York state’s highest court in a bid to move four privately-owned chimpanzees to a sanctuary.

The group argued in court in October that chimps have such similar characteristics to humans that they should be recognized as “legal persons” and given the right to liberty.

But a panel of appeal judges in the state capital Albany on Thursday declined to enlarge the common-law definition of “person.”

“A chimpanzee is not a ‘person’ entitled to the rights and protections afforded by the writ of habeas corpus,” the judges wrote.

“Unlike human beings, chimpanzees cannot bear any legal duties, submit to societal responsibilities or be held legally accountable for their actions,” they continued.

“It is this incapability to bear any legal responsibilities and societal duties that renders it inappropriate to confer upon chimpanzees the legal rights… that have been afforded to human beings.”

The Nonhuman Rights Project says it is the first time anyone has ever sought a writ of habeas corpus applied to an animal.

“The court ignores the fact that the common law is supposed to change in light of new scientific discoveries, changing experiences and changing ideas of what is right or wrong,” it said.

The case hinges on the group’s effort to have a chimpanzee called Tommy removed to a sanctuary to live out the remainder of his days.

The charity says Tommy is being held captive in solitary confinement in a “small, dank, cement cage in a dark shed in temperatures” well below those of his native land in Africa.

“He is unable to do the things that are natural to chimpanzees. He cannot build a nest, socialize with others of his own kind, or forage for food,” the charity says on its website.

Last year, his owner Patrick Lavery told local newspaper Times Union that the chimp “likes being by himself” and has a television set, cable and a stereo for entertainment.

The group also wants freedom for three other chimps — Kiko, deaf and living in a private home, and Hercules and Leo, owned by a research center and used in locomotion experiments on Long Island.

A hearing was held in Kiko’s case before a court in Rochester, New York on Tuesday.

The Nonhuman Rights Project says Kiko is partially or totally deaf because of abuse suffered on the set of a “Tarzan” movie before being acquired by his current owners.

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Syrian 75th person beheaded in Saudi http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/12/03/syrian-75th-person-beheaded-in-saudi/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/12/03/syrian-75th-person-beheaded-in-saudi/#comments Wed, 03 Dec 2014 10:08:27 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=221533 Saudi Arabia on Wednesday executed a Syrian convicted of drug smuggling, bringing to 75 the number of locals and foreigners beheaded in the kingdom this year despite international concerns.

The sentence against Ridwan Awad Mohammed Awad was carried out in the city of Qurayyat near the border with Jordan, the interior ministry said.

He was caught trying to smuggle “a large amount” of amphetamine pills into the kingdom, added the statement on the official Saudi Press Agency (SPA).

The interior ministry said this week that authorities had seized more than 41 million amphetamine tablets during the Islamic calendar year that ended in October.

It also said nearly 1,600 Saudis and foreigners were arrested for drug-related crimes between February and September.

The oil-rich Gulf state saw the third highest number of executions in the world last year after Iran and Iraq, according to Amnesty International whose figures did not include China.

Rape, murder, apostasy and armed robbery are also punishable by death under the kingdom’s strict version of Islamic sharia law.

In September, an independent expert working on behalf of the United Nations expressed concern about the judicial process in Saudi Arabia and called for an immediate moratorium on the death penalty.

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Bangladesh court convicts British reporter of contempt http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/12/02/bangladesh-court-convicts-british-reporter-of-contempt/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/12/02/bangladesh-court-convicts-british-reporter-of-contempt/#comments Tue, 02 Dec 2014 07:18:49 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=221427 David Bergman

David Bergman

A Bangladesh court on Tuesday found an award-winning British journalist guilty of contempt for questioning the official death toll of three million in the country’s 1971 independence war.

Judges from a special war crimes court ruled David Bergman’s blog in November 2011 had “hurt the feelings of the nation” and ordered him to pay a 5,000-taka ($65) fine or go to prison for seven days.

“Bergman has been found guilty of contempt of court. He is fined 5,000 taka or seven days imprisonment if he fails to pay the fine. And he is imprisoned until the rise of the court today,” prosecutor Tureen Afroz told AFP.

The case was seen as a test of the country’s commitment to free speech after Bergman cast doubt on the official version of one of the most contentious issues in Bangladesh’s short history.

The judges said Bergman was unprofessional when he commented on the work of the International Crimes Tribunal, the domestic war court, which has found several top opposition leaders guilty of mass murder over their role in the conflict.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has justified the war crimes trials on the grounds that the scale of the bloodshed demands that perpetrators be brought to justice.

Most of the deaths have been blamed on troops loyal to the regime in Islamabad, which ruled over Bangladesh — then known as East Pakistan.

But Hasina’s government says Bangladeshi militants were behind some of the most brutal killings, including the massacre of intellectuals.

Most independent estimates say the actual toll would be hundreds of thousands.

Critics say her government has deliberately exaggerated the number of people killed as a way of intimidating her opponents and of countering unease from abroad about a process that lacks any international oversight.

Lawyer Abul Kalam Azad who filed the petition against Bergman told AFP the judgement was “fair and right”.

“No one has the right to question the three million death toll in the 1971 independence war. It is a settled issue,” he added.

Bergman’s lawyers have argued that his blog posts were “accurate, fair, and logical” and his comments about the court “fell well within the permitted limits of fair criticism”.

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Video of maid savaging baby shocks Uganda, police step in http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/11/24/video-of-maid-savaging-baby-shocks-uganda-police-step-in/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/11/24/video-of-maid-savaging-baby-shocks-uganda-police-step-in/#comments Mon, 24 Nov 2014 14:30:48 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=220666 *Here is a video every parent who leaves his child in the care of a house maid must watch

Uganda maid savaging an 18month old baby

Uganda maid savaging an 18month old baby

Ugandan police have arrested a maid for attempted murder after she was seen on a film abusing a baby, reports said Monday, in a case that has shocked the country.

Worried parents, who installed a CCTV camera when they were at work, were shocked to see they had filmed the maid pushing the 18-month-old baby girl to the floor.

She then kicked the child’s face and stomach before putting her entire weight on the girl’s back before dragging her out the room apparently unconscious, newspaper reports said.

The obviously mad maid slapped the baby when she rejected the food being offered her. Then the mad is seen forcing the baby to swallow several spoon-feeds at a go. Moments after, the baby vomited the food. That provoked the maid’s insanely brutal reaction, according to the video in circulation.

The disturbing video has been seen or shared tens of thousands of times on social media.

The Family of the Uganda baby

The Family of the Uganda baby

Police spokesman Fred Enanga said the maid, named as 22-year-old Jolly Tumuhiirwe, had been charged with attempted murder. She is due in court on December 8.

The parents told Uganda’s New Vision newspaper the baby was traumatised and bruised.

“The video of this baby being beaten is shocking,” UN children’s agency chief in Uganda Aida Girma said.

“Any such act of abuse and violence against children is completely unacceptable.”

The baby’s father is Erick Kamanzi, a staff at a reputable NGO in Kampala.

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‘Black widow’ with seven dead partners arrested in Japan http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/11/19/black-widow-with-seven-dead-partners-arrested-in-japan/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/11/19/black-widow-with-seven-dead-partners-arrested-in-japan/#comments Wed, 19 Nov 2014 07:59:37 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=220142 A 67-year-old millionairess was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of poisoning her husband with cyanide as it emerged six former partners had already died, in Japan’s latest apparent “black widow” case.

Chisako Kakehi has been the beneficiary of a combined 800 million yen ($6.8 million) over the last two decades, Jiji Press said — insurance money and other assets she received after the seven men’s deaths.

Husband number four Isao Kakehi fell sick suddenly at home and was confirmed dead at a hospital in December last year, less than two months after the couple married.

An autopsy found highly toxic cyanide compounds in his blood.

That came after the September death of a 75-year old boyfriend, who fell suddenly ill after the couple ate together at a restaurant, Jiji said.

Kakehi’s dalliance with death began in 1994 when her first husband passed away at the age of 54.

In 2006 her second husband, whom she had met through a dating agency, died of a stroke aged 69, while the third marriage ended in 2008 with the death of her 75-year-old partner, Jiji said.

This picture taken on March 13, 2014 shows 67-year-old Japanese woman Chisako Kakehi, who was arrested in Kyoto on November 19 on suspicion of poisoning her husband

This picture taken on March 13, 2014 shows 67-year-old Japanese woman Chisako Kakehi, who was arrested in Kyoto on November 19 on suspicion of poisoning her husband

A boyfriend, believed to have been suffering from some form of cancer, died a year later, and in 2012 her then-fiance met his fate after collapsing while riding a motorbike.

Traces of cyanide were detected in his body, media reports said.

Kakehi was arrested Wednesday by police in Kyoto on suspicion of murdering her latest husband. She has denied any involvement in his death.

“We suspect she did it for money,” a police investigator on the latest death said without giving details of the amount involved.

– ‘Doomed by fate’ –

Police are now working on the theory that she could have been behind the deaths of at least some of the other six.

This picture taken on March 13, 2014 shows 67-year-old Japanese woman Chisako Kakehi, who was arrested in Kyoto on November 19 on suspicion of poisoning her husband with cyanide

This picture taken on March 13, 2014 shows 67-year-old Japanese woman Chisako Kakehi, who was arrested in Kyoto on November 19 on suspicion of poisoning her husband with cyanide

“We can’t say how many now… Given their advanced age, we have to proceed carefully to judge whether their deaths were actually the result of foul play or not,” the investigator told AFP by phone.

Questioned by reporters earlier this year, former bank worker Kakehi protested her innocence.

“If people suspect murder, I’d find it easier to bite my tongue off and die,” she told reporters in March.

Jiji Press quoted her as saying in an earlier interview that she was “doomed by fate” to suffer a series of deaths among those close to her, and protesting that she had no access to poison.

If she is found to have been involved in the deaths of numerous partners, Kakehi will become the latest example in Japan of a “black widow”, named for the female spider that devours its mate after coupling.

In 2012 Kanae Kijima was sentenced to hang for the murders of three men, aged 41, 53 and 80, whom she met through Internet dating sites.

Kijima, who was at one time a paid-for mistress, poisoned her victims with carbon monoxide by burning charcoal briquettes after drugging them with sleeping tablets.

She is in jail awaiting the outcome of an appeal to the supreme court.

Another woman, fomer bar hostess Miyuki Ueta, is also waiting on the outcome of a supreme court appeal against a death sentence for the killing of two men.

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Saudi groom abandons wedding after seeing bride’s face for the first time http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/11/18/saudi-groom-abandons-wedding-after-seeing-brides-face-for-the-first-time/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/11/18/saudi-groom-abandons-wedding-after-seeing-brides-face-for-the-first-time/#comments Tue, 18 Nov 2014 21:04:28 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=220094 Saudi Arabia

A Saudi groom, from the town of Medinah, has divorced his bride on their wedding night after seeing her face for the first time when the photographer asked them to pose for pictures, The Mail Online has reported.

The UK newspaper, quoting the Saudi daily Okaz newspaper said the couple had agreed to marry each other despite having not met face to face – a popular custom in Middle Eastern countries.

But when the bride removed her veil and smiled for the camera, her new husband leapt to his feet in disgust.
“You are not the girl I want to marry,” he declared. “You are not the one I had imagined. I am sorry, but I divorce you.”

According to the Daily Okaz, the bride immediately collapsed in a fit of tears as panicked wedding guests stepped in to try to resolve the dispute.

But their efforts were to no avail.

‘The groom said he had not been able to see his bride’s face before marriage,’ Okaz reported. ‘When he divorced her, the bride collapsed and the wedding turned into a night of tears.’

News of the jilting was met with anger on social media. Afra wrote on one social media network: ‘He caused her great pain through his irresponsible attitude, and he deserves to suffer.

‘He should appreciate that beauty is in the character, not the face. Unfortunately, many young people today are interested only in looks and ignore values and morals. May God give her a better husband who will appreciate her for who and what she is.’

Reported by Okaz newspaper and Mail Online

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2015: Dimeji Bankole throws money at commuters, Okada riders http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/11/13/2015-dimeji-bankole-throws-money-at-commuters-okada-riders/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/11/13/2015-dimeji-bankole-throws-money-at-commuters-okada-riders/#comments Thu, 13 Nov 2014 20:45:06 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=219599 Abiodun Onafuye/Abeokuta

Dimeji Bankole

Dimeji Bankole

What could be described as a popularity test played itself out Thursday evening at Kuto roundabout, Abeokuta, the capital of Ogun state when former Speaker of the Federal House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Dimeji Bankole was sighted throwing money out from his vehicle to Okada riders and some commuters standing at the park.

Our correspondent who arrived the scene of the action few minutes after the former number four citizens had left saw some of the Okada riders and commuters discussing the matter.

An eyewitness account reported that Bankole, whose posters for the position of governor on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP have flooded most towns in the state was coming from Oke Mosan area in a convoy that was driving towards the GTB-Oke Ilewo road. His convoy was however stuck in a light gridlock around Kuto roundabout where he seized the opportunity to feel the pulse of the people.

“We were standing by the park around Kuto roundabout waiting for cab, then we saw a convoy coming from NNPC and heading towards our direction. It was the slight gridlock that occurred around that area that made us know that it was the former Speaker. We heard the blaring of siren but never thought he was the one because since he returned from Abuja, about three and half years ago, he has been going around quietly until lately.

“He was in a black Jeep, wearing a traditional attire of white guinea with white cap to match. When his car got to where Okada riders were, he wound down his glasses and when some of the boys sighted him, they started praising him and urging him to give them money. Some of the Okada riders ran in front of his convoy and instead of giving those boys their own share from the national cake, he decided to cause chaos around the place by throwing the money out. This immediately sparked a survival of the fittest contest, as people began scrambling for it.

Another eyewitness said: “He is throwing money all around because of the elections. Was he not the one that was once winding up all his vehicles? Padlocking all his gates with soldiers and policemen guarding it? Now that he needs the people again, he is deceiving them with N100 notes. Has he forgotten that Ogun is not Ekiti, where they believe in stomach structure,” the eyewitness said.

Most of the Okada riders who spoke with our correspondent revealed that they are collecting what rightly belongs to them but was in his custody, “Can you imagine the embarrassment? Some of our boys at the park who know him just saw him when he was trapped in the go-slow they went to him to salute him, maybe he was going to drop something for them.”

A woman, who was caught in the web of the action expressed disappointment at the former Speaker’s action, noting that, he did that deliberately to gauge how much the people like him.

According to the woman, who preferred to be identified as Mama Tubosun, she said, “I nearly collapsed following what just happened now. We were here waiting for a cab, when suddenly, I saw these Okada boys running and shouting, I thought something is happening. While we were trying to run inside the Metro bus park for safety, somebody just said, he has thrown it out. I nearly collapsed because I thought it was bomb they were referring to until I saw the boys pouncing on themselves scrambling for money.

Dimeji Bankole alongside other nine aspirants are jostling for the governorship ticket of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP in Ogun state and political observers are of the opinion that if he is given the ticket, the party may pull a surprise in the governorship election in February 2015.

Other PDP governorship aspirants are: Abayomi Majekodunmi, Jelili Kayode Amusan, Isiaq Abiodun Akinlade, Gboyega
Nasir Isiaka, Engr. Anthony Ojesina, Prince Yanju Lipede, Omooba Segun Adewale, Rafiu Ogunleye and Remilekun Bakare, who defected from APC, Osoba camp to PDP recently.

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Rio unveils first nudist beach http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/11/11/rio-unveils-first-nudist-beach/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/11/11/rio-unveils-first-nudist-beach/#comments Tue, 11 Nov 2014 22:17:17 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=219382 Abrico Beach

Abrico Beach

It is a city where the locals have long enjoyed showing off a bit of bronzed flesh, but the people of Rio can now go all the way.

Abrico beach, an hour’s drive west of Rio’s center, was officially designated the Brazilian city’s first nudist site on Tuesday.

“This is a courageous decision by the mayor and it will help Rio become a cultural and tourist reference point, especially with the city about to celebrate its 450th anniversary and the 2016 Olympic Games,” said nudist activist Paula Nogueira.

Last year, Nogueira and another activist, Ana Rios, organized a topless “protest” via Facebook to celebrate the start of summer — but only six women showed up at Ipanema beach near the city center.

Despite Brazil’s reputation for frivolity and sensuality, topless bathing — never mind nudity — is frowned upon by many.

“I have always found strange this puritan attitude in Brazil where you see naked women everywhere during carnival and on magazine covers — yet going topless on the beach is a crime,” Rios said during last year’s protest.

Claudio Hailuc, representing a group of Abrico naturists, welcomed Tuesday’s move.

“We’d been lacking security and respect for a long, long time,” he told Rio daily O Dia.

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8 Indian women die, dozens critical after mass sterilisation http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/11/11/8-indian-women-die-dozens-critical-after-mass-sterilisation/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/11/11/8-indian-women-die-dozens-critical-after-mass-sterilisation/#comments Tue, 11 Nov 2014 05:51:18 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=219272 File Photo: West Bengal mass sterilisation over 100 women-dumped unconscious field after operation Photo: ibtimes.com

File Photo: West Bengal mass sterilisation over 100 women-dumped unconscious field after operation
Photo: ibtimes.com

Eight women have died in India and dozens more are in a critical condition after a state-run sterilisation programme designed to control the country’s billion-plus population went badly wrong.

More than 60 women are in hospital after suffering complications from the surgery over the weekend and 24 of them are seriously ill, authorities in the central state of Chhattisgarh said Tuesday.

“Reports of a drop in pulse, vomiting and other ailments started pouring in on Monday from the women who underwent surgery,” said Sonmani Borah, the commissioner for Bilaspur district where the camp was held.

“Since Monday, eight women have died and 64 are in various hospitals,” he told AFP by telephone.

The government would investigate what went wrong, he added, as angry residents took to the streets of Bilaspur on Tuesday to demand immediate action against the doctors.

State governments in India frequently organise mass sterilisation camps under a national programme whereby women are given 1,400 rupees ($23) as an incentive to undergo the procedure.

Under pressure to meet targets, some local governments also offer other incentives such as cars and electrical goods to couples volunteering for sterilisation.

Although the surgery is voluntary, rights groups say the target-driven nature of the programme has led to women being coerced into being sterilised, often in inadequate medical facilities.

Last year, authorities in eastern India came under fire after a news channel unearthed footage showing scores of women dumped unconscious in a field following a mass sterilisation.

The women had all undergone the procedure at a hospital that local officials said was not equipped to accommodate such a large number of patients.

The Indian Express daily said the surgeries in Chhattisgarh were carried out by one doctor and his assistant in around five hours.

“There was no negligence. He is a senior doctor. We will probe (the incident),” the chief medical officer of Bilaspur R.K. Bhange told the newspaper.

The medical superintendent of the main hospital in Bilaspur where many women were admitted said it was difficult to say what could have caused the deaths.

“It would be premature to speculate on the reasons for this tragedy. We are giving priority to treating the woman admitted here as their blood pressure has gone down,” Ramnesh Murthy told reporters late Monday.

“We will know the reasons only once the post-mortem is completed.”

A 2012 report by Human Rights Watch urged the government to set up an independent grievance redress system to allow people to report coercion and poor quality services at sterilisation centres.

It also said the government should prioritise training for male government workers to provide men with information and counselling about contraceptive choices, but despite the recommendations to the national government, problems persist on the ground.

India’s family planning programme has traditionally focused on women, and experts say that male sterilisation is still not accepted socially.

Government figures from 2008 shows that around one third of the 54 percent of the population that reported using any form of family planning opted for female sterilisation.

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Nigeria’s Reality show: The man who eats fire and mashed glass http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/11/09/nigerias-reality-show-the-man-who-eats-fire-and-mashed-glass/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/11/09/nigerias-reality-show-the-man-who-eats-fire-and-mashed-glass/#comments Sun, 09 Nov 2014 08:22:38 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=219073

The Fire eater of esure

The Fire eater of esure

On 8 November 2014, the people of Esure, Ijebu-Mushin in Ogun state marked the 28th Esure Etumora Day, a celebration of unity and togetherness in the town under the kingship of Oba(Dr) Kamoru Sansi.

The performer that wowed the revellers however was the man that dared the impossible: eating fire and mashed glasses. This is not magic, but a reality show.

We bring you the video by Emma Osodi

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Man disfigures girlfriend’s face in jealous rage http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/10/30/man-disfigures-girlfriends-face-in-jealous-rage/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/10/30/man-disfigures-girlfriends-face-in-jealous-rage/#comments Thu, 30 Oct 2014 08:42:13 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=217892 Police line

Taiwan police arrested a 79-year-old man after he sliced off his girlfriend’s nose, ears and lips and flushed them down the toilet, suspecting that she was cheating on him, officials said Thursday.

The man, identified only by his family name Huang, tied the 47-year-old woman to a bed in his home in central Changhua city and attacked her with a knife. He later flushed the body parts down the toilet before calling for an ambulance.

Police found a note written by Huang that said: “The thing I can’t have I will never allow others to easily obtain. I will end it in the bloodiest way.”

News of the brutal crime was splashed across front pages of several local dailies.

Huang, a wealthy landlord whose wife passed away last month, began dating the woman, a yoga instructor, six months ago but the relationship soured after she revealed having another suitor, police said.

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French man dies after drinking game http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/10/29/french-man-dies-after-drinking-game/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/10/29/french-man-dies-after-drinking-game/#comments Wed, 29 Oct 2014 14:21:55 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=217806 Police line

A man in the central French city of Clermont-Ferrand has died of alcohol poisoning after knocking back 56 shooters in a drinking contest, local media reported on Wednesday.

The incident took place at the weekend in a bar, which challenged punters to down as many shot glasses of whisky, rum and other types of liquor as they could stomach.

The 57-year old victim’s intake beat the local record but his feat ended in tragedy a few hours later when he fell into a coma.

However, he was rushed to hospital where he died the next day.

According to the public prosecutor, the police are investigating the death, including the role of the bar manager, who could face manslaughter charges for serving such dangerous quantities of alcohol.

Report says extreme drinking games have claimed the lives of several people recently in Europe.

A game started on social media called NekNominate, which challenged people to “neck” or down a drink in one gulp, was linked to a handful of deaths from injury or alcohol poisoning in Britain and Ireland earlier this year.

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Dogs nab Nigerian after jumping White House fence http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/10/23/dogs-nab-nigerian-after-jumping-white-house-fence/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/10/23/dogs-nab-nigerian-after-jumping-white-house-fence/#comments Thu, 23 Oct 2014 13:28:04 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=217167 White House

White House

A suspect who climbed over the White House fence Wednesday was nabbed by Secret Service agents and dogs, a spokesman for the elite agency said.

“At approximately 7:16 pm (1116 GMT), an individual climbed the north fence line of the White House,” the spokesman said.

“The individual was immediately taken into custody on the north lawn of the White House by Secret Service Uniformed Division K-9 teams and Uniformed Division Officers.”

The fence climber was identified as 23-year-old Dominic Adesanya from Marlyand, near the US capital, the spokesman said.

“Charges are pending. Adesanya was unarmed at the time of his arrest.”

Video on local media appeared to show a man being intercepted by officers before he had a chance to reach the White House.

“The subject is being transported to a local hospital for evaluation,” the Secret Service spokesman added.

Dominic Adesanya: Instagram via Mega Don

Dominic Adesanya: Instagram via Mega Don

Adesanya’s father later told ABC 2 that his son had been arrested at the White House before and that he wanted to speak to the president about how people were out to get him. The father said that the family had tried to get him help.

Adesanya’s last post to Instagram on Tuesday showed an I Voted sticker captioned ‘Voted for this B #ImpeachObama.’
Other photos show him in action for Stevenson University in track and field, or showing off his physique in shirtless selfies.

It was reported that Adesanya also seemed to have an obsession with the Rothschild family, in particular Nathaniel Philip Rothschild, the British-born Swiss financier.

On a LinkedIn page with zero connections, in place of a job title, he describes himself as an ‘American Slave’ and rants about the Rothschild banking family.

“Still waiting for Nathaniel Philip Rothschild and his father; Nathaniel Charles Jacob Rothschild-4th Baron Rothschild to let me go,” his profile states.

On September 19, another man, Omar Gonzalez, jumped the White House fence and allegedly sprinted across the lawn and entered the building with a knife in his pocket.

Gonzalez has been indicted on two counts of “assaulting, resisting, or impeding” US Secret Service agents.

In jail since his arrest, Gonzalez is an Iraq veteran reportedly suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.

He is accused of entering the main door of the White House after sprinting across the presidential mansion’s lawn. The president and his family had left the White House only a short time before.

This and other security lapses sparked withering criticism of the Secret Service and led to the resignation of the head of the elite presidential protection agency.

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Australian convicted in child sex sting with virtual girl http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/10/22/australian-convicted-in-child-sex-sting-with-virtual-girl/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/10/22/australian-convicted-in-child-sex-sting-with-virtual-girl/#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 07:14:55 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=217031 The 10-year old Filipina called Sweetie

The 10-year old Filipina called Sweetie

An Australian man caught in a global sting to trap child sex predators using a virtual 10-year-old Filipina called Sweetie has been jailed, in what is thought to be the first conviction from the operation, reports said Wednesday.

Dutch rights groups Terre des Hommes said in November last year it had used a computer-generated Filipina girl — dubbed “Sweetie” — in Internet chat rooms to ensnare paedophiles.

Over a 10-week period more than 20,000 predators from 71 countries approached the virtual 10-year-old asking for webcam sex performances and that more than 1,000 paedophiles had been identified as a result.

The group has said that several offenders have since been arrested after the information was passed onto police, including in Australia, Poland and the United States.

Australian man Scott Robert Hansen is the first person to be convicted in the online sting which snared 46 Australians, news.com.au reported Wednesday.

Court officials said that 38-year-old Hansen had been sentenced on three charges, including using a carriage service to transmit indecent communications to a person aged under 16, and possessing child exploitation material on Tuesday.

He was also charged with failing to comply with a sex offenders order.

“He was given a two-year sentence, suspended after 260 days he has already served in custody,” a court spokeswoman told AFP.

Terre des Hommes has said they did not approach anyone on the Internet but instead waited for people to approach Sweetie and ask for sex acts.

The rights group also stopped the conversation as soon as someone offered Sweetie money for sex acts.

Australian Federal Police are understood to have searched Hansen’s home following a web chat with “Sweetie” in which he was naked and masturbated, a spokesman for Terre des Hommes told news.com.au.

When the sting was revealed in 2013, Terres de Hommes said its researchers found the experience shocking.

“To put yourself in the shoes of a 10-year-old Filipina girl and seeing what some men want from you has been a shocking experience for them,” said its head of campaigns Hans Guyt.

“Some demands and acts were really obscene.”

The group said it wanted to raise the alarm about a largely unknown but quickly spreading new form of child exploitation that has tens of thousands of victims in the Philippines alone, known as webcam child sex tourism.

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Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and the naughty wind http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/10/21/catherine-duchess-of-cambridge-and-the-naughty-wind/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/10/21/catherine-duchess-of-cambridge-and-the-naughty-wind/#comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 22:20:09 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=217015 The wind catches the coat-tails of Britain’s Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (L) as she stands with her husband Prince William, Duke of Cambridge (2R) attending the ceremonial welcome ceremony for Singapore’s President Tony Tan Keng Yam at the start of a state visit at Horse Guards Parade in central London on October 21, 2014.

Singapore’s President Tony Tan Keng Yam began the first full day of engagements in the first state visit by a Singaporean president to Britain. AFP PHOTO / JUSTIN TALLIS

Catherine Duchess of Cambridge and the naughty wind

Catherine Duchess of Cambridge and the naughty wind

Catherine and Williams without the wind disturbing her poise

Catherine and Williams without the wind disturbing her poise

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Chaos as India marathon leaders miss turn, take the bus http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/10/20/chaos-as-india-marathon-leaders-miss-turn-take-the-bus/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/10/20/chaos-as-india-marathon-leaders-miss-turn-take-the-bus/#comments Mon, 20 Oct 2014 07:42:39 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=216722 A marathon ended in farce in India after the pilot car overshot a turn, forcing the top three runners to take a long detour before abandoning the race — and taking a bus to the finish line.

The leaders, who missed the U-turn at the 16 kilometre-mark (10 mile), ran four extra kilometres before officials finally stopped them and told them they had taken the wrong route, a newspaper reported Monday.

Realising they had no chance of recovering ground, the three abandoned the 42-kilometre race in the southern city of Bangalore on Sunday and borrowed money from spectators to take a bus to the finishing line.

“There were no officials on the road where we were supposed to take the U-turn,” one of the runners, Inderjit Patel, told the Times of India. “We were just following the pilot car.”

In the file: Photo: sodelhi.com

In the file:
Photo: sodelhi.com

“It was too late when we were told what had happened. There was no point continuing the race. I am not bothered about missing the prize money, but disappointed that we had to suffer this humiliation.”

Race organisers admitted the mistake and apologised. But there were other screw-ups in the race, which was flagged off by Olympic gold medallist and multiple world champion distance runner Haile Gebrselassie of Ethopia.

Runners had to line up at the start behind a row of heavy-set security guards who were slow to get out of the way when the flag went down, causing many competitors to trip over them.

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Indian footballer dies celebrating a goal http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/10/20/indian-footballer-dies-celebrating-a-goal/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/10/20/indian-footballer-dies-celebrating-a-goal/#comments Mon, 20 Oct 2014 05:37:49 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=216716  Peter Biaksangzuala: tragic somersault

Peter Biaksangzuala: tragic somersault

Footballers in the habit of somersaulting on the pitch after netting a goal need to read this: A young footballer has lost his life in India’s north-east after injuring his spinal cord while celebrating a goal he had scored, newspapers reported on Monday.

Peter Biaksangzuala, 23, fell backwards on his head as he took a series of somersaults after scoring the equaliser for his team in a local match in Khawzawl town close to India’s eastern border with Myanmar last Tuesday, the Times of India said.

As he lay on the ground in pain, unsuspecting team-mates jumped on him to celebrate before they realised the extent of the injury and summoned an stretcher to rush him to hospital.

Peter Biaksangzuala: in the hospital before his death

Peter Biaksangzuala: in the hospital before his death

Biaksangzuala died on Sunday after his condition deteriorated in hospital as doctors attempted to repair his damaged spine, the newspaper quoted hospital staff as saying.

Lal Hmar, a football official in Mizoram state, told reporters in capital Aizawl that the young footballer had donated his eyes before his death.

“Peter was a very talented player who dreamt of playing in the national league,” Hmar said. “His death has come as a big shock to all of us. We all thought he will recover.”

Hmar said the local association was planning to hold a charity match in Biaksangzuala’s memory.

Footballers are known to injure themselves while celebrating a goal, but there is no recorded instance of it causing a death.

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