Friday, 28 February 2014

LinkedIn makes China connection

LinkedIn, the networking site for professionals, has done what few other foreign online services have achieved -- it has successfully set up its China operations.

With the launch of a simplified Chinese version of its hugely popular "social" media site for professional contacts, it is set to exploit a gap in this potentially lucrative market.

In a blog post, CEO Jeff Weiner yesterday announced the low-key beta version launch. "The new Simplified Chinese website will broaden our reach to the country's more than 140 million professionals who currently represent roughly one in five of the world's knowledge workers," he said.

With four million Chinese users -- according to Weiner -- LinkedIn has a long way to go to catch up with China's native social media sites and apps, which number in the hundreds of millions. WeChat, the Chinese social media app of the moment, has a reported 272 million users.

Chinese cooperation

The announcement has come under fire already, with reaction to Weiner's online admission that the company has agreed to cooperate with Chinese authorities on data storage and censorship.

"Government restrictions on content will be implemented only when and to the extent required," his post read.

"LinkedIn will be transparent about how it conducts business in China and will use multiple avenues to notify members about our practices.

"The company will undertake extensive measures to protect the rights and data of our members."

Internet giants Facebook and Google have previously pulled out of China due to concerns over censorship and privacy, while Yahoo has previously been criticized for apparently handing over data on dissidents to the authorities.

MasterCard : 60% of Chinese online shoppers made purchases via smartphones

There’s more evidence that m-commerce is on the rise in China, after a recent MasterCard survey found that over half of Chinese consumers who shopped online did so via their smartphones.

The annual e-commerce survey, which was conducted across 25 markets between November and December 2013, included interviews with 7,010 respondents from 14 Asia-Pacific markets. It found that two-thirds of consumers in the Asian region go online to shop. What’s notable is that nearly 100 percent of respondents from China indicated they made at least one online purchase in the last three months — and 59.4 percent of them made their purchases via smartphones.

This comes as no surprise considering that in 2013, Chinese companies have been wooing consumers to shop on their mobile devices.

Furthermore, the trend of shopping via messaging apps also emerged last year, which is especially pronounced in China with Tencent-owned popular messaging service WeChat. Recently, Tencent invested in ‘China’s Yelp’ Dianping, as it seeks to up the ante of m-commerce and drive mobile shopping right within its communication platforms.

MasterCard cites the “ubiquity of Internet-enabled mobile phones” as contributing to the rising popularity of m-commerce in Asia. Across the 14 APAC markets surveyed, 46.8 percent of consumers cited convenience as the most compelling reason for smartphone shopping, while 41.3 percent pinned it down to the ability to shop on the go, and 40.8 percent said it was due to the growing availability of apps that make it easier to shop.

In Thailand, 51.2 percent of online shoppers made purchases via their smartphones, while that figure stood at 47.6 percent in Korea, 47.1 percent in India and 46.7 percent in Indonesia. The figure in Thailand comes despite recent information on chat app Line’s flash sales showing how m-commerce is behind e-commerce in the region — and indicates that m-commerce could very well be on the rise there, but maybe not yet on Line.

Interestingly enough, clothing and fashion accessories overtook apps for the first time ever to become the top category of items purchased via smartphones. Pierre Burret, the region head of Asia-Pacific, MasterCard Advisors, says that “this indicates a strong and successful shift by merchants to enhance the mobile experience to consumers to make it more convenient.”

Going forward, Burret notes that there is a strong need for e-commerce (and in turn m-commerce) providers to provide secure payment solutions to consumers in Asia — as the MasterCard survey also found that security remains a key consideration, with 85.3 percent of respondents citing it as a top concern when shopping online.


CBN: Licence of 101 Bureaux De Change firms revoked

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has revoked the licence of 101 Bureaux De Change (BDC) companies for their involvement in money laundering and other financial infractions.
The CBN, in a circular released on Friday in Lagos, said the revoked BDCs had inadequate documentations on huge foreign exchange purchased from banks.
The CBN in the circular said the BDCs were unable to provide satisfactory evidence of the purchase and utilisation of autonomous foreign exchange.
CBN spokesperson, Mr. Isaac Okoroafor, in a text message, confirmed to the News Agency of Nigeria the revocation of the operating licences of 101 BDCs.
“The BDCs were involved in money laundering and failure to provide adequate records and documentation of huge autonomous foreign exchange purchased from banks,” Okorafor said.
NAN reports that 17 other BDCs were fined N34 million or two million naira each for infractions of the BDC guidelines.

NCC imposes a N647.5 million sanction on three major network service providers

The Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC has imposed a N647.5 million sanction on three major network service providers, Airtel, Globacom and MTN Nigeria Limited for failing to meet the key performance indicators for quality of service in the month of January 2014. Continue reading below...

NCC spokesman, Tony Ojobo said the three companies have also been barred from selling SIM cards with effect from March 1 to March 31, 2014, and from any form of promotion of their networks until they improve on the failed indicators which include call set up success rate, drop call rate and signal congestion.

Airtel Network Limited and MTN Nigeria Communications Limited are to pay a fine of N185 million each while Globacom is to pay N277.5 million before March 7.

NCC warned that failure to pay the fine before the deadline would mean a daily increase of N2.5 million until the fine was offset.

The Nigerian telecommunications market has been adjudged one of the fastest growing markets in Africa with almost 120 million mobile phones users but the services from the telecoms companies have deteriorated in recent times forcing most users to have multiple lines.

The telecommunications regulatory body was lately compelled to impose sanctions of over N600 million on three network operators following their failure to meet key performance indicators resulting to declining quality of service and a short-change of consumers.

Photos: Chinese police save hundreds of babies from online trading racket

China has smashed four child-trafficking rings and arrested more than a thousand people for using websites and instant messaging groups to trade babies, Chinese authorities said Friday.

On February 19, police from 27 provinces across China rescued 382 babies and arrested 1,094 people suspected of buying and selling infants online, China's Ministry of Public Security said in a statement on its website.

The sting was part of a six-month operation launched after police in Beijing and Jiangsu in eastern China received reports of a website promoting private adoptions.

Potential buyers

Further investigations uncovered a virtual black market -- involving four websites, online forums and some 30 groups on a popular Chinese messaging platform -- that connected traffickers with potential buyers.
The ministry said some of the people arrested confessed to using the sites.

According to local media reports, 27 suspects were arrested in the country's southern Sichuan province, where 13 babies were also rescued. Another 43 suspects were arrested and 11 babies rescued in Anhui province, in eastern China.

A woman arrested by police in Leshan, Sichuan admitted to buying two baby girls from Wuhan and Chengdu, in August 2013 and January 2014, respectively, Chinese state broadcaster CCTV reported.

Another couple in their 30s told CCTV they used a Chinese website to buy a baby from an expectant teenage couple in Chengdu. They paid 20,000 yuan (US$3,250) for the child.

It is not known where the other arrests took place.

Major concern

Child trafficking has become a major concern in China, as traffickers seek to profit off a growing demand for healthy babies from potential adoptive parents both in China and beyond.

Last month, a Chinese doctor received a suspended death sentence for selling babies to a trafficking ring. The woman, an obstetrician at a hospital in Shaanxi province in central China, sold seven babies in six separate cases after persuading her patients that their newborns were sick and should be given up, according to statements posted on the local court's official microblog account.

The ministry said its investigation into the online baby-trading networks is still ongoing. It did not say whether charges have been brought against any of the suspects, or if the trafficking extended beyond China.

Report: CNN

Racist Comment: Man Sues For $1.5million because they Gave Him Only One Napkin

McDonalds has made a new golden arch enemy -- a California man is suing the company for $1.5 MILLION ... because he says he only got ONE NAPKIN with his meal.

Webster Lucas claims he was stiffed on napkins at the Mickey D's in Pacoima, CA on January 29th -- after ordering a Quarter Pounder Deluxe -- and when he went up to the counter to ask for more, he was rudely rebuffed by the manager ... who insisted he already got some.

According to his lawsuit, Lucas -- who is black -- then retorted, "I should have went to eat at the Jack-in-the-Box because I didn't come here to argue over napkins. I came here to eat."

That's when Lucas says things got racist -- claiming the manager (a Mexican-American) mumbled something about "you people."

Lucas subsequently emailed the general manager  to complain -- insisting he couldn't work because of the "undue mental anguish" he was suffering as a result of the napkin debacle -- and says he was insultingly offered free burgers in return.

Lucas wants to super size instead -- $1.5 million.

Nigeria Military ‘Intensifies’ Campaign To Stop Boko Haram: Mask men..

Nigeria’s Military Defence Headquarters today said it had intensified a new approach aimed at containing the Boko Haram insurgency, but it gave no details except to solicit information of the public. 

In a statement on the security situation in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa, which are under emergency rule, the army described the upswing in the attacks by the militants as typical of the intention of the terrorists to intimidate the people into subscribing to their false claim to invincibility.

“This distressing situation notwithstanding, it must be pointed out that the current activities of the terrorist groups is actually at best a reaction to the renewed offensive against the terror outfit whose operatives had infiltrated the country to support their hitherto depleted membership and counterparts in their daring acts to reinvent relevance by embarking on renewed attacks on soft targets,” it said.

The statement further said the army’s “specialized campaign” which is being undertaken simultaneously in the three states is in furtherance of efforts at apprehending the terrorists and ensuring they do not escape out of Nigeria as they are desperate to do.

“Unfortunately, however, they have in the course of their flight towards various borders, continued to perpetrate mayhem as noticed in some parts of Adamawa state yesterday night where they attacked communities,” the statement said.  “In desperation for money and food, they looted and burnt banks, shops and filling stations along their way through Michika as they headed for Cameroon border. Six of their fighters were killed two captured while nine of their vehicles were destroyed; one soldier and three civilians also died in the encounter.”

The statement speculated that the militants involved in the latest attacks are the elements that perpetrated the mayhem against students of Federal Government College, Buni Yadi, Yobe State and other places.

“They have been holed up and are still engaged in suicidal fighting apparently with a view to attaining martyrdom status, as troops close in on the die-hard ones among them.”

It called on citizens in the states, particularly those living near the borders, to assist the security forces by reporting any movement of the group if noticed in their locality as that would enhance the operations of the military, as well as assist in apprehending or eliminating the militants.

“All things being equal, the activities of this murderous group will be further degraded towards total elimination shortly,” the statement said, urging the citizens to show understanding of the situation and continue to cooperate with the security forces especially with information on the movements of these terrorists.

Photos: Soldiers take over streets in Victoria Island in route march

The soldiers were spotted this morning on several streets in Victoria Island. No one knows for sure what the march past was for but shouldn't they be in the North instead? Just asking! Centenary tin!!!


Deportation: South Africans deport Nigerians for flimsy excuses

South African immigration continue deporting Nigerians for the flimsiest reasons. Starting from their airport, they deport you for allegedly carrying what they call 'fake' yellow card.
Sometimes they raid local hotels and  pick Nigerians up while going about their lawful businesses.
Earlier today eleven Nigerians are set to be deported for hotel reservation reasons.  Even those staying at their apartments are also affected because according to South African immigration, their names didn't appear on the apartment lease claiming  that they are mere guests.

Hmm! How long will they continue with this? Time for the government to act why all this ASAP....

TF? Rihanna bares her bare breasts in see-through top (SEE PHOTOS)

Rihanna but why? The singer bared her bare boobs in a sheer black top with nothing on underneath as she attended Balmain's Paris Fashion Week after-show party yesterday night. See the pics after the cut...but if you're viewing from the office, biko ji wa yo...(sofry sofry). It's quite x-rated..:-)

Thursday, 27 February 2014

Man dies in romp with commercial sex worker in Aba - Vanguard

A man, identified as Ogadinma Chukwu, has lost his life while having sex with a commercial sex worker at a popular brothel located on St. Michael’s Road, Aba, Abia State.

Sources said the deceased, whom they alleged to be a regular visitor to the brothel, died while romping the prostitute.

It was gathered that immediately Chukwu slumped and died, the prostitute contacted her colleagues and the manager of the brothel who moved his corpse to a sanitary lane at the back of the brothel.

As a result of the development, shop owners around the area quickly closed business for fear of police arrest.

Those who spoke anonymously to vanguard reporter disclosed that some staff of the brothel at about 5 p.m. brought out the corpse through their back door, dropped it at the sanitary lane and disappeared.

When vanguard correspondent visited the area, the brothel was deserted as people were gathering at the adjoining St. Michael’s Road by York Street junction and Hospital Road.

A cross section of sympathisers said the deceased might have died of a cardiac arrest or exhaustion as white foam gushed out of his mouth.

Policemen from the Aba Central Police Station, who conducted a search at the scene, recovered an ATM card, a cheque book, cash of over N200,000 and a Man O’ War Association of Nigeria identity card, bearing the name, Ogadinma Chukwu.

Contacted, the Commander, Man O’ War Association, Aba, Uche Egbuziem, identified Ogadinma Chukwu as a former member of the association, stressing that the deceased and some other members of the group still use their old identity cards.

Abia Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, ASP Geoffrey Ogbonna, could not be reached for comments at press time, but a senior police officer said the corpse had been deposited in a mortuary.

He said an autopsy would be conducted to determine the cause of the man’s death.

Report: UK spy agency intercepted millions of webcam chats, stored images

Yahoo is slamming as "completely unacceptable" a British agency's alleged collection of digital images while eavesdropping on webcam chats, a spokesperson for the Internet search engine said Thursday.

And Yahoo says if the electronic spying took place, the online mainstay had nothing to do with it.

"We are not aware nor would we condone this reported activity," the spokesperson said following a published report by the UK-based Guardian newspaper that Britain's Government Communications Headquarters, known as GCHQ, spied on people using Yahoo webcam chats, whether or not those users were investigative targets.

According to the Guardian report, which cites documents leaked by former National Security Agency intelligence contractor Edward Snowden, the GCHQ collected the images under a program known as "Optic Nerve."

The documents show, according to the Guardian, that the GCHQ -- with reported aid from the U.S. National Security Agency -- intercepted and stored the webcam images of millions of Internet users.

If the report is true, it is "completely unacceptable," the Yahoo spokesperson said.

The mass collection of digital images of Yahoo users began because GCHQ targets were known to use the search engine's webcam, the documents said, according to the Guardian.

During a six-month stretch in 2008, the GCHQ allegedly collected images from webcam chats from 1.8 million Yahoo users globally, the newspaper reported.

The still images were allegedly collected at five`-minute intervals during the chats. One document, according to the Guardian, compared the collection of digital images to that of a massive digital police mugshot book.

GCHQ declined to speak to the allegations, citing a longstanding policy that it does not comment on intelligence matters.

"Furthermore, all of GCHQ's work is carried out in accordance with a strict legal and policy framework, which ensures that our activities are authorized, necessary and proportionate, and that there is rigorous oversight," according to a statement released by the agency's press office.

GCHQ is not bound by the same rules that seek to limit the NSA collection of information on its citizens. However, according to the Guardian, there are additional legal authorizations required before the agency can search for data on suspected targets in believed to be in Britain.

According to the documents, there was no mechanism in place to block the collection of data on U.S. and U.K. citizens, the Guardian reported.

The leaked documents also allegedly provided insight into how the spy agency grappled with how to deal with the pornography it encountered in webcam chats.

"Unfortunately, it would appear that a surprising number of people use webcam conversations to show intimate part of their body to the other person," one document said, according to the Guardian.

The GCHQ estimated that up to 11% of the digital images it collected from the webcam chats were explicit, the Guardian reported, citing the leaked documents.

As a result, the GCHQ allegedly warned its analysts that some of the material collected may be offensive.

"User who feel uncomfortable about such material are advised not to open them," one document said, according to the Guardian.

Source: CNN


Did you know that President Goodluck Jonathan who is accusing Sanusi Lamido of acts of financial reckless is in actually fact angry because Sanusi refused to spend $2billion for gadgets for him in Aso Rock? Well, that is one of the “sins” of the CBN governor. Because he gave money, from what he has able to make through his diligent work, to some universities and bomb blast victims, the Presidency got angry.

During the tenure of Charles Soludo, the highest money CBN ever gave the federal government was N8bn but today Sanusi has given the same government over N600billion. Why didn’t they ask him how he was able to make so much money in the CBN when others could not? That is the sad reality in Nigeria today.

Read Sanusi’s story below as stated by him…

My story, by Sanusi Lamido Sanusi

As at the time I came into office, several things had collapsed. From banks to stock exchange, they had crashed. Inflation was at 15.6percent three months before I became Central Bank Governor; there was already instability in every sector of the economy. When I look back, I thank God for the people who supported us and criticized us as well because criticism has made us stronger. Also, when I look back, I can point to several things that have changed after our arrival and till date.

Keeping inflation down

For the first time in a long while, we have been able to keep inflation at about 7percent since January 2013 and it is still like that up till this moment. As far as instability and exchange rate is concerned, we have worked tirelessly to ensure things work out well for the economy.

We also introduced cash reduction in the system. Although most people didn’t like it because they felt it will add more problem to the exchange rate because people want to buy dollars but against all odds, the cashless policy has worked and it’s still working today.

On the face-off between CBN and NNPC

I must say that we are not EFCC. What I have been talking about is the areas that affect my job which have been a dwindling in the money that comes into the Federation Account. Let me make it clear, the disputed $20billion may be gone. And what some people want is the continuity of this; that stealing of public funds should continue.

On his suspension

I must say that there was no time when the CBN received any letter from the Financial Reporting Council of Nigeria. At no point were we given any letter to respond to over any financial allegations. Also, nothing in the letter declared that I did anything wrong. I can tell you that CBN does not operate the way it’s been presented because all facts and statements of account are there for everybody to see.They said we spent N1.2billion on the police – even if that is true, is that corruption? Did I set up my security outfit and pay myself? I want to repeat that I have had my last day in office. I have achieved everything I set out to achieve. Looking at the suspension letter, I was not given the benefit of doubt to respond or explain myself.

Court order

However, I have a court order now enforcing my fundamental human right because once they seize your passport, you don’t know the next step they will take. I took an exparte motion to court to ensure I am not harassed.

On the allegation that he is partisan

When I was in King’s College, I was in Form 2 when Bukola Saraki came into Form 1. He has been my friend since we were 11years old. Also, El-Rufai has been my friend. I never knew I will be CBN Governor because I had wanted to study law, also Bukola Saraki never knew he would become a politician because he read medicine. These people remain my friends and, with all sincerity, every one of us has friends across political divides. These are things some Nigerians categorize and accuse me of being a politician. Also, I had known Governor Fashola and Bola Tinubu since I was in First Bank. I am a Lagos boy as well and my children were all given birth to and groomed in Lagos. When Nasir El- Rufai heard what happened, he decided to come to the Lagos airport so that if I am going to be arrested, it will be in the company of some of my friends. He never came to the airport as an APC member but as a friend. I am not a politician.

What next on NNPC

It is not my responsibility anymore but I can comment as a Nigerian. I can talk if I feel like. I believe nobody will challenge me that I did not speak out when I was supposed to as CBN Governor. If the next CBN Governor wants to pursue the missing funds matter or the National Assembly wants to go ahead, they are free of do so. Can you imagine a sitting Minister on national television saying they spent money without appropriation. In any other country, such minister has sacked herself. To me, that is not financial recklessness.

Let me simply ask, if the Nigerian Constitution says don’t spend money without appropriation or says don’t pay subsidy and the Minister went ahead to pay, is it not a problem? Technical problem is what we deal with at CBN, we deal with CRR and other issues.

In this kind of situation of investigation going on, you are supposed to either keep quiet as a wise man or walk away. But as you can see, I am not a wise man.

Donation of 100million

It is called principle of donation. During the Ikeja bomb blast explosion, the CBN Governor then, Joseph Sanusi, gave N10million. So I was not the first person to do that. This is contained under Corporate Social Responsibility. The blast in Kano did not affect Kano citizens alone, SSS offices, police stations were attacked and these are federal offices which have several people from the South working there. I can tell you that 80percent of the victims of that bomb attack are not Kano citizens, there were several Christians from the South involved and I gave N100million to their families. What is bad in that? Why are people not complaining about the N500million I compelled the Bankers Committee to give to flood victims in Benue State and other places? What is wrong in it? With CSR, you cannot do everything in all the 36states of the federation; you will do the little you can.

Mint printing!

This is one area that we have been able to cut down on spending. In 2012, CBN spent N38billion on mint printing down from the N49billion spent in 2011. In 2013, we spent N35billion and, in my 2014 budget, my plan was to spend N30billion. So we have been bringing down the cost of printing.

Under the Fiscal Responsibility Act of the CBN, we contribute 80 percent into the Federation Account. In 2008 before I became Governor, CBN contributed N8billion into the Federation Account. In my last year, CBN gave N159billion. In 2012, we gave N80billion, in 2011, we gave N60billion. In the first four years of my term as CBN Governor, we gave government about N279billion. The National Assembly called to commend me.

We have been able to give N600billion from surplus alone and the money is made from prudent finance, cutting down currency expenses, every over headline has gone down. So I can say, with all sense of humility, that the last thing anybody can accuse me of his financial recklessness.

–By Sanusi Lamido Sanusi


Photos: Chris Brown texting Rihanna after Drake romance gets intense in Paris

Insiders claim Chris Brown has been reaching out to Rihanna since completing his 90-day stint in rehab and her camp is terrified the volatile couple may reunite.

From Page Six 

“Chris started texting Rihanna on her birthday [Feb. 20], and the two have been sending each other a flurry of texts ever since,” said a source close to the singers.

“Rihanna didn’t write back right away . . . but later that night she started getting sentimental and texted back, ‘thank you,’ and asked how he was,” our source added. “Since then, the two haven’t stopped texting each other and friends are freaked out that she’s going to start dating him again.”

See photos of Rihanna and Drake out together on Tuesday night in Paris.

AGF: 20 Auditors Working on NNPC’s Account

                                                    Mr Samuel Ukura, AGF

The Auditor General for the Federation (AGF), Mr Samuel Ukura on Thursday said that 20 auditors trained in gas and oil auditing were examining the accounts of the NNPC.

Ukura said this when he appeared before the House of Representatives Committee on Public Accounts in Abuja to defend the 2013 and 2014 budgets.

The Senate had called for a forensic auditing of the NNPC’s account to unravel the alleged missing 20 billion dollars.

“We had a budget of N60 million for training and we were able to train 20 officers who are presently on the field auditing the accounts of the NNPC,” he said.

The AGF also said that his office mopped up about N100 million unspent funds for the purchase of vehicles for his office.

Ukura said the contractors, Innoson Motors, failed to supply the vehicles as at Dec. 31, 2013.

He said that the Bureau of Public Procurement (BPP) had issued his office with a “Letter of No Objection”, directing him to award the said contract for the purchase of vehicles to Innoson Motors.

According to him, since the vehicles were not supplied, no money was paid for them.

The Auditor-General said that his office was only able to buy five Toyota Hilux pick-up vans and one Prado jeep.

He said this was done at the cost of N49.9 million out of the N180 million initially earmarked for the purchase of vehicles.

On the performance of the 2013 budget, Ukura told the committee that the recurrent budget was implemented 100 per cent while the capital budget was implemented only 57.7 per cent, amounting to N374.157 million.

In a remark, the Chairman of the committee, Rep. Solomon Adeola (APC- Lagos), directed the AGF to submit all payment vouchers and receipts of payments and contracts awarded by his office.

He said the AGF should again appear before the committee on Tuesday, March 4 to defend the 2014 budget.

The committee also summoned the Director- General of the BPP, Mr Emeka Eze, to appear before it on Tuesday to shed light on the vehicle purchase. (NAN)

EFCC Re-Arraigns 3 Pastors

The EFCC on Monday re-arraigned three pastors for allegedly defrauding Angel Estate Residents Association in Amuwo-Odofin, Lagos of N7.9 million.

The defendants, David Eshiet, (44), Samson Ugbara, (47) and Adesanmi Aderoju, (43), were re-arraigned before Justice Kudirat Jose of an Ikeja High Court.

They are facing a six-count charge of conspiracy, obtaining money by false pretence, forgery and uttering.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the defendants were previously arraigned on 13 March 2013 before Justice Olabisi Akinlade.

The trio had pleaded not guilty to the charges and were granted bail in the sum of N500,000 each.

During proceedings, the EFCC Counsel, Mr Ben Ubi, said that the re-arraignment was necessitated by Akinlade's transfer out of the criminal division.

Ubi asked the court to order the defendants to re-take their plea and his request was granted.

He alleged that the defendants had conspired to fraudulently obtain N7.9 million from the complainants.

The prosecutor said that the money was obtained on 27 October 2011, under the guise of helping the complainants to source a loan of $100 million.

He said the association wanted the loan to finance some community projects and that the defendants had obtained the sums as processing charges.

Ubi also accused the defendants of forging various documents which were used in facilitating the fraud.

According to him, after collecting the money, the defendants failed to secure the loan as promised, which led the complainants to petition the EFCC.

NAN reports that the offence of obtaining money by false pretences attracts between seven and 20 years imprisonment, if an accused is found guilty.

All the defendants, again, pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Following the re-arraignment, their Counsel, Mr F.O. Udokporoh, urged the court to allow them to enjoy the bail earlier granted to them by the former judge.

The judge acceded to his request and adjourned the matter till 19 May for trial.


Two US Men Arrested For Sexually Abusing Cows

Two men were accused of sexually abusing animals after they were caught on CCTV camera in a local farmer’s barn, Mirror reports.

According to footage, Reid Fontaine was trying to have sex with some animals, while Michael Jones was filming it.

The farmer had set up CCTV cameras in his barn as he wanted to discern why the cows were displaying anxious behaviour and not producing milk and this was how he caught the suspects.

Both suspects have been charged with one count of sexual misconduct.

Photo: Davido gets a Rolex watch from footballer Samuel Eto'o

Nice one bro thanks for the gift!!!! See below both dining together after the cut....such a good friend.

Nigerian man found frozen to death in the wheel of US bound plane

The body of a Nigerian man identified only as Chris Dikeh, with a Nigerian Passport and in his mid-30s, was found in the wheel well of a parked South African Airways plane in Washington.The deceased believed to have frozen in temperatures around -60°C, boarded the aircraft from Dakar, Senegal,

Airport authorities say the male body was recovered from the landing gear of the Airbus A340 belonging to South African Airways. The flight arrived in Dulles on Wednesday last week.

In a release sent to Per Second News by officials of the South African Airways and signed by SAA spokesperson Mr Tlali Tlali said...

” (SAA) has initiated an internal investigation into the discovery of a human body on its aircraft in Washington DC, in the United States of America.Once at the Dulles International Airport in Washington DC, it was discovered that there was a fault with the landing gear of the aircraft A340-300 and the aircraft had to receive attention. It led to SAA dispatching its engineers and technicians to the US to identify the cause and to fix the fault on the aircraft.During the process of conducting tests on the aircraft, SAA engineers discovered a human body in the centre wheel well”.

“SAA will offer its full cooperation to the US authorities and/or law enforcement agencies in an effort to ensure that a thorough investigation into this incident is carried out as expeditiously as possible.We regret any loss of human life and are deeply concerned about the suspicious circumstances surrounding this incident and for that reason we have initiated an SAA internal investigation into the whole matter”,

According to South African Airways, the plane initially departed from Johannesburg and made one stop in Dakar, Senegal before arriving in the U.S. It’s still unclear when the body got into the wheel well of the plane.

Meanwhile, Per Second news gathered that a Pathologist, who carried out a post-mortem examination on Dikeh, said he might have died hours after take-off as oxygen levels plummeted.

Officials of the Department of Homeland Security have contacted the Embassy of Nigeria to confirm his citizenship status

PHOTONEWS: NFF Unveils World Cup Jersey For Brazil 2014

The Nigerian football federation today unveiled a brand new jersey for the 2014 FIFA world cup in Brazil.

The jersey, which will be officially launched on March 5th when the Nigerian national team meets Mexico in a pre-world cup friendly taking place in Atlanta, Georgia

Head of the marketing department, Mr. Adama Idris has described the jersey as a 'climacool' designed to fit into all weather as the Brazilian weather changes over time depending on location.

The colour of the jersey is lemon green, a totally different one from the green color typically associated with   the Nigerian national flag.

By SR Sports

Photo : NDLEA Nabs Ghanaian Comedian with 1.5 kilos of Heroin

A Ghanaian comedian, Musah Iddrisu, and a Congolese, Inana Cedrick, have been arrested the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency.

Iddrisu and Cedrick were arrested during the inward and outward screening of Ethiopian airline passengers respectively at the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu.

Ndlea Commander at the airport, Mr. Udoh Nsikak-Abasi, said, “Iddrisu was found to have ingested 450 grammes of cocaine. He was on his way to Thailand. Cedrick was caught with 1.500 kilogrammes of heroin which he tried importing into the country.

Drug Trafficking: Nigerian student sentenced to death in Malaysia

A 28 year old Nigerian student, Prince Bartholowmew Obitube, has been sentenced to death by a high court in Malaysia for trafficking drugs. The Shah Alam High Court yesterday Feb 26th gave the death penalty to Obitube after he was found guilty of trafficking cannabis, also known as marijuana.

The accused, a student with a private college in Kuala Lumpur, was arrested with 9,189kg of cannabis at Desa Satu Apartment, Gombak on Aug 20, 2011. According to the facts of the case, Obitube was caught by police from the Gombak Narcotic Crime Investigation Department, following a tip off, within the apartment area after he tried to run away with a backpack containing the drugs.

The offense, under the Dangerous Drugs Act in the country, provides a mandatory death sentence upon conviction.

Drug Cartel Beauty Queens Face an Ugly End

In the wake of his arrest, El Chapo leaves behind a wife that now joins a long list of Mexican beauty queens whose fairytales were cut short by their law-breaking lovers.
When the Mexican marines burst into El Chapo’s apartment, the biggest drug dealer on earth was making breakfast for his beauty queen wife and their two-year-old twin girls, who had joined daddy and mommy on the lam with little pink suitcases.

Although El Chapo’s wife, Emma Coronel Aispuro, is an undeniable beauty, some may question the legitimacy of her crown. She was voted the local Coffee and Guava Queen in 2007 over four other contenders only after hundreds of black-clad gunmen on motorcycles flooded the town and El Chapo himself flew in with even more gunmen to host a lavish party to announce his intention to marry her.

In ensuring he was marrying a beauty queen, El Chapo was observing a tradition that  goes back more than half a century, when the nephew of Mafia Boss Sam Giancana married Miss Sinaloa of 1958. This completely legitimate queen, Kenya Kemmermand Bastidas, subsequently moved with her husband to Sicily, where the Mafia made known its views regarding one of its own marrying a Mexican, no matter how beautiful she was. She was found murdered in her oceanfront home in 1960. She left behind an 11-month-old daughter.

Bastidas proved to have been a trendsetter back home in Mexico when Miss Sinaloa of 1967,  Ana Victoria Santanares, married cartel boss Ernesto Carillo Fonseca. Santanares was 18 at the time and soon had two children. She lasted only four years before the excitement of being with a rich and powerful bad boy was eclipsed by a mother’s worry for her kids’ safety. She moved to Colombia and remarried by the time Carillo was convicted of participating in the torture and murder of DEA agent Enrique Camerena.

Miss Sinaloa of 1968, Tatiana Thompson Tennessee, had not yet married her boyfriend when she was shot to death in a crossfire while they were on a vacation in Disneyland.  At least she got to become a beauty queen—a dream denied another Sinaloa teen, 16-year-old Enedina Arellano Felix.

Arellano reportedly had her heart set on becoming the 1977 carnival queen of Mazatlan and certainly possessed the necessary looks. The problem was that both Mexican and U.S. authorities targeted her six brothers for arrest as major drug dealers. The brothers are said to have feared that her candidacy would draw too much attention.

“She was a slender girl with a perfect figure… and she possessed a striking Argentine beauty, although the only problem she had was that she came from one of the most established Mexican narco families,” a Mexican magazine notes.

Unable to become another Sinaloa beauty queen married to a big time gangster, Arellano allegedly became a big time gangster herself, named by authorities in 2008 as the first female drug kingpin, the head of the Tijuana Cartel. Her bachelor’s degree in accounting no doubt proved useful in handling the astronomical profits. She is said to have brought her son and her sister into the organization.

While her brothers were still in charge, one of them, Francisco Rafael Arellano Felix, decided to become the latest gangster to marry a beauty queen by abducting the 1990 Mazatlan Carnival Queen, 17-year-old Rocio Del Carmen Lizarraga Lizarraga. He was undeterred by the fact that she was already engaged to a young man from a prominent family.

"CARNIVAL QUEEN MAZATLÁN KIDNAPPED," read the front page headline in a local paper.

The victim then released a statement reporting that she had accepted an offer she couldn’t refuse to marry her abductor.

"I, Rocío Del Carmen Lizarraga Lizarraga, Queen of Mazatlan's Carnival 1990…accept with resignation the path that fate has brought me and if God put me on this path I must follow it. I hope that with the blessing of God, my parents and all of you who came to appreciate me a little, manage somehow to be happy."

Three years later, gunmen affiliated with the Tijuana cartel run by the Arellano family tried to kill El Chapo by firing on what they thought was his luxury car. Instead, they killed Roman Catholic Cardinal Juan Jesus Posadas Ocampo. El Chapo escaped in a taxi, but in the ensuing furor he was arrested and sent to prison.

By several accounts, El Chapo essentially ruled the facility. He was even able to have a mistress, a woman in her 20’s named Zulema Hernandez.

“After the first time, he sent to my cell a bouquet of flowers and a bottle of whiskey," Hernandez later told a Mexican writer. "I was his queen."

In 2001, El Chapo escaped by hiding in a laundry cart. Hernandez was released soon after and El Chapo made her part of his cocaine operation only for her to end up in a car trunk, with “Z” for the rival Zetas carved into her breasts, abdomen, and buttocks. El Chapo wanted a real queen, anyway.

In 2006, he met 17 year-old Emma Coronel Aispuro from La Angostura, a remote village of a dozen houses reachable only by a rough dirt road. She put her name in contention that November to become the queen of the following year’s Great Coffee and Guava Festival in Canelas, but she was initially considered a long shot, as the four other contestants were from larger towns.

In keeping with tradition, each contestant hosted a party to promote her candidacy. Coronel’s was set for January 6, 2007, the Day of Epiphany, also known as Three Kings Day.

At 11 a.m., some 400 men on 200 motorcycles roared into Canelas in black uniforms and fanned out through the town toting automatic weapons and pistols. A plane landed at the local airport with a band called Los Canelos. Six more planes later swooped in and El Chapo stepped from one of them in black leather sneakers. He was wearing a baseball hat, a jacket and jeans with a pistol stuck in his waistband. He was also carrying an automatic weapon, as were three planeloads of men in green, military-like attire.

The party commenced in the town square and Coronel announced that she and 54-year-old El Chapo were engaged to be married on July 3, her 18th birthday. Bodyguards made sure the couple had room to dance as the band began to play “Crossing Mountains and Streams,” the song that El Chapo was said to have used to woo his bride-to-be.

Across mountains and streams I've come to see you
You're a flower, you are beautiful

You're a perfumed rose who was born for me.

Hold your breast close to mine

And embrace me because it's cold, and I will be happier.

The next morning, El Chapo flew away. Nobody was more surprised by all the extravagant partying than his No. 2 in the cartel, Ismael Zambada Garcia, who had always known El Chapo to be prudently low key.

“I knew about that party, but it was an exception in Chapo's life. If him or me were to exhibit ourselves that way, they would have had captured us already,” Zambada, who is known as El Mayo, later told a Mexican writer in a rare interview.

A detachment of the Mexican army arrived the next morning and stayed until February 21, two days before the new queen was to be crowned. Nobody could have been surprised that the onetime long shot Coronel was the winner.

On February 23, Coronation Day, El Chapo arrived with three bands. Each played “Running across Mountains and Streams” after the carnival’s director set the crown atop Coronel’s fair head.

On July 2, a day before the date the couple had announced, El Chapo became the latest local gangster to marry a beauty queen. The ceremony was more in keeping with his usual inconspicuous style, with only a few guests and the guards ringing the town for security, not show. Her reign as Coffee and Guava queen ended with the nuptials and the title automatically passed to the princess, the runner-up who otherwise would likely have been the queen to begin with.

The day after the wedding, the Mexican military swooped into town. The couple had already headed off to their honeymoon, by one report in Colombia, by another in the nearby mountains, but perhaps someplace else altogether.

A half-century after Chicago Mafia boss Sam Giancana decided Miss Sinaloa of 1958 was not good enough for his nephew, El Chapo could luxuriate with his beauty queen in the knowledge that he controlled virtually all drug sales in that faraway American city and had been declared its Public Enemy number one.

“Clearly more dangerous than Al Capone at his height,” the Chicago Crime Commission declared.

In the summer of 2012, the wife of the drug dealer Forbes was calling a billionaire and one of the most powerful people on earth traveled to the town of Lancaster north of Los Angeles. Coronel gave birth to twin girls on August 15 at Antelope Valley Hospital, the first at 3:50 pm, the second a minute later, both automatically American citizens. The space on the birth certificates for the name of the father was left blank. After all, the twins’ birth country was offering $5 million for their father’s capture.

El Chapo had maintained at least indirect contact with his two previous wives, and a wiretap targeting one of them is said to have helped American agents track down one of his henchmen. That, in turn, led to one of his safehouses, which may have made him fear that none of his safehouses were safe. He ended up living decidedly modest in the fourth floor apartment in Mazatlan where he was captured.

He did have a weapon, but he did not reach for it, maybe because he was too surprised or maybe because the kids were there. The enduring image of the capture is not of an arsenal as in other cartel busts, but of the two little pink suitcases.

The breakfast he had been cooking sat on the stove as he was trundled off to a waiting helicopter. His twins remained in the care of their mother, a beauty queen of iffy legitimacy in a long tradition of beauties who ended up with beasts that do not belong in a kid’s fairytale.

Did a Texas Man Slay the Mythical Chupacabra?

A south Texas family claim they shot and killed an infamous chupacabra after coming face-to-face with the strange coyote-like animal on their property.

Doug Ohrt and his family were at home in Victoria County ranch Sunday night when they heard a chilling howl.

“My grandson ran outside and shot him from about 240 yards,” Ohrt, 79, told ABC News. “It’s mangy looking and it’s got long hair on the back and hair on its legs.”

"My grandkids said ‘Oh that's a chupacabra’," Doug Ohrt’s wife, Lucy, 77, told ABC News affiliate KAVU, referring to the infamous mythical beast that has long been part of folklore and legend in the South.

The chupacabra is said to closely resemble a coyote, but with a skinny, hairless body and patches of mangy hair. It also has a reputation for sucking the blood from livestock, hence its name, meaning “goat sucker” in Spanish.

"It's usually got long hair on it and this one doesn't and that's what makes it different from a regular coyote," said Lucy Ohrt. "I’ve heard people say they've gotten young calves, but they have never gotten any of ours.”

Doug Ohrt says they’ve been hearing long wailing howls at night time for at least the past year.

“It would get real close and try to get into the dog food,” he said.

Numerous other sightings over the years have added to speculation that the chupacabra lives on past the legend, but experts aren’t so sure the creature killed actually exists.

"I've seen squirrels, raccoons and coyotes in this area with the same features," Josh Turner, a wildlife biologist with Texas Parks and Wildlife, told KAVU.

"They're a mythical creature that most people see, but what it really is sarcapotic mange which is caused by a mite that bites the animal and it can be on any mammal -- dogs ,cats, coyotes foxes, and humans can get another version of it as well," Turner said.

"If you do shoot it or something, wear gloves if you want to move it because that mite can get on your pet," Turner recommends.

In June 2010, ABC News reported two mysterious, coyote-like creatures have been spotted within a week of each other in a 10-mile stretch of north Texas that were claimed to be chupacabras.

click on the ABC News affiliate KAVU,

Nebraska Inmates Barred From Getting Married

They have not seen each other in 15 years, but jail cell lovers Paul Gillpatrick and Niccole Wetherell are suing the Nebraska prison system for the right to get married.

The Nebraska Department of Correctional Services told ABC News that state law requires married couples to be in the same room for the wedding ceremony and Gillpatrick and Wetherell, both convicted murderers, are incarcerated in different prisons. It is too dangerous, an official said, to move them to carry out the nuptials.

Their case has been taken up by Nebraska's chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union which argues that the state is violating the couples' constitutional right to get married.

Gillpatrick, 42 and Wetherell, 34, met in 1998 and briefly dated until 1999 when Wetherell was sentenced to life in prison for first degree murder.

Gillpatrick was incarcerated in 2010 for 2nd degree murder and the use of a deadly weapon to commit a felony. That crime was unrelated to the murder committed by Wetherell. Gillpatrick is facing a maximum amount of jail time of 90 years for both charges.

Tyler Richard, the communications director at the ACLU of Nebraska, told ABC News that the couple keeps in touch through letters. They became engaged two years ago.

"She makes me laugh, she brings smiles to my face every day and I want to marry her," Gillpatrick wrote in a letter to the ACLU.

The couple has filled out the appropriate marriage intention forms and submitted them to the Religions Coordinator at their respective prisons, the ACLU said. However, the Department of Correctional Services is unwilling to place the couple in the same room or to use modern technology to make other arrangements to allow the ceremony to go forward.

State law requires "the parties to be 'in the presence of the magistrate or minister,'" Dawn-Renee Smith, spokeswoman at the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services, told ABC News.

"We are not interested in approving or disapproving of the marriage. It is simply that we are not going to take someone out of a secure facility to do so... Public safety is the ultimate concern in their case," Smith said.

The ACLU, however, insists they have a right to get hitched.

"All we are saying is that these two individuals have the right to be married and somehow there needs to be an option to allow them to do this constitutionally protected right," Richard said.


Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Pastor Who Had Seexx And Knowingly Transmitted Hiv Virus To Congregants Gets 10 yrs In Prison

After being convicted just one month ago of knowingly exposing female congregants to the HIV virus, former pastor of Full Gospel Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia, Minister Craig Lamar Davis, has been sentenced to 10 years in prison, reports My FOX Atlanta.

previous reports on Davis, who was accused of carrying on extramarital affairs with two women. One of his accusers, who allegedly remained celibate for 15 years prior to sleeping with the minister, tested positive for the deadly virus, while his second accuser, Ronita McAfee, tested negative. Davis, however, denies ever sleeping with McAfee.

“My smiles are empty. My laughs are empty. My hellos are empty. My hugs, kisses and touches are empty,” McAfee said in the courtroom during Davis’ sentencing hearing.

Davis also took the stand during the hearing, where he begged for mercy.

“I take full responsibility for everything that has gone on,” said the former pastor. “My heart truly goes out to her [unnamed victim's] daughters. Very bad decision and I opened the door for a lot of people to be hurt.”

“This has been an ongoing nightmare,” McAfee told Fox after sentencing. “I’ve woken up out of my sleep with anxiety, uncontrollable shakes, thinking that I was HIV positive.”

Davis, who learned of his positive HIV status in 2005, was charged with two counts of reckless HIV.

Centenary Anniversary Broadcast by President Jonathan (pls read)

This is the national broadcast by Pres. Jonathan on the occasion of Nigeria’s Centenary Celebrations today Wednesday, 26th February, 2014. Read his full speech below
Dear Compatriots,

1.  I extend warm greetings and felicitations to all Nigerians as we celebrate our nation’s centenary; a significant milestone in our journey to Nationhood.

 2. One hundred years ago, on the 1st of January 1914, the British Colonial authorities amalgamated the Southern and Northern Protectorates, giving birth to the single geo-political entity called Nigeria which has become our home, our hope, and our heritage.
 3. I have often expressed the conviction that our amalgamation was not a mistake. While our union may have been inspired by considerations external to our people; I have no doubt that we are destined by God Almighty to live together as one big nation, united in diversity. Continue...

4. I consider myself specially privileged to lead our country into its second century of existence. And as I speak with you today, I feel the full weight of our hundred-year history. But what I feel most is not frustration, it is not disillusionment. What I feel is great pride and great hope for a country that is bound to overcome the transient pains of the moment and eventually take its rightful place among the greatest nations on earth.

5.         Like every country of the world, we have had our troubles. And we still do. We have fought a civil war. We have seen civil authorities overthrown by the military. We have suffered sectarian violence. And as I speak, a part of our country is still suffering from the brutal assault of terrorists and insurgents.

6.            While the occasion of our centenary undoubtedly calls for celebration, it is also a moment to pause and reflect on our journey of the past one hundred years, to take stock of our past and consider the best way forward for our nation.

7.         Even as we celebrate our centenary, we must realise that in the context of history, our nation is still in its infancy.

8.         We are a nation of the future, not of the past and while we may have travelled for a century, we are not yet at our destination of greatness.

9.         The amalgamation of 1914 was only the first step in our national journey. Unification was followed by independence and democracy which have unleashed the enormous potentials of our people and laid the foundation for our nation’s greatness.

10.    In challenging times, it is easy to become pessimistic and cynical. But hope, when grounded in realism, enables and inspires progress. Therefore, as we celebrate our first century of nationhood and enter a second, we must not lose sight of all that we have achieved since 1914 in terms of nation-building, development and progress.

11.    Today, we salute once again the great heroes of our nation – Herbert Macaulay, Ernest Ikoli, Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe, Sir Ahmadu Bello, Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, Chief Obafemi Awolowo, Alvan Ikoku, Chief Harold Dappa-Biriye, Dr. Michael Okpara, Chief Anthony Enahoro, Mallam Aminu Kano, Mokwugo Okoye and Chief Michael Imoudu among others.

12.    We must be inspired by our past to overcome the obstacles we face in the present and honour our forebears by realising the promise of a Nigeria that is not only independent but also truly unified, prosperous and admired the world over.

13.    The history of Nigeria since independence is the story of a struggle to fulfill our great promise. The discovery of oil in our country in the late 1950s offered new hope of prosperity but we have not always been able to reap the benefits in a fair and equitable way.

14.    The situation was not helped by political instability and the frequent suspension of democracy by military coups. During the civil war, the very existence of our country was cast into doubt but through it all, the promise of a Nigeria that is united, free and strong remained in our people's hearts.

15.    Thanks to the efforts of our statesmen and women, and millions of ordinary Nigerians, the union endured and flourished.  I would like to specifically commend members of the Armed Forces for their contributions and sacrifices to keep Nigeria one.

16.    General Yakubu Gowon had the wisdom and grace to declare that the civil war had seen "no victor, no vanquished" and welcomed, "the dawn of national reconciliation".

17.    It was in this spirit that General Olusegun Obasanjo collected the instruments of surrender at the end of the war and later became the first military ruler in our country to hand over power voluntarily to a democratic government.

18.    While the Second Republic did not last, his fine example was later followed by General Abdulsalam Abubakar who paved the way for our current democratic dispensation which has lasted longer than the previous three put together.

19.    As we celebrate our centenary, I believe that it is vital that we focus our thoughts on the vast potentials of a unified and progressive Nigeria; and build on the relative stability of the Fourth Republic to achieve accelerated national socio-economic development.

20.    I also believe that the future greatness of our country is assured by the favourable tail winds of a resilient population, ecological diversity, rich natural resources and a national consciousness that rises above our differences.

21.    We are a unique country. We have been brought together in a union like no other by providence. Our nation has evolved from three regions to thirty six states and a Federal Capital Territory.

22.    We have transited from the Parliamentary to a Presidential system of government. We have moved our capital from the coastal city of Lagos to Abuja, at the centre of our country.

23.    Today Abuja stands as a monument to our national aspiration for greater unity; it symbolises our dream of a modern nation unhinged from primordial cleavages and designed as a melting pot of our diversity.

24.    If in our first century, we could build a new capital city, we can surely build a newer, stronger, more united and prosperous Nigeria in the next century that will be an authentic African success story.

25.    The whole world awaits this African success story. With our sheer size, population, history, resilience, human and natural resources and economic potentials, Nigeria is divinely ordained to lead the African Renaissance.

26.    That is why I am confident that in the next 100 years, those who will celebrate Nigeria’s second centenary, will do so as a united, prosperous and politically stable nation which is truly the pride and glory of Africa and the entire black race.
 27.    The key to the fulfilment of that vision is our continued unity as a nation. Perhaps one of the most amazing stories of our political evolution in the last hundred years is that an ordinary child of ordinary parentage from a minority group has risen to occupy the highest office in our country.
 28.    As we march into the next hundred years, it is my hope that mine will no longer be an extra-ordinary story but an accepted reality of our democracy that every Nigerian child can pursue his or her dreams no matter how tall; that every Nigerian child can aspire to any position in our country, and will not be judged by the language that he speaks or by how he worships God; not by gender nor by class; but by his abilities and the power of his dreams.

29.    I am proud and privileged to have been elected leader of Nigeria and I consider it my solemn responsibility to act in the best interest of the nation at all times.

30.    Dear compatriots, in line with the thoughts of that great son of our continent, Nelson Mandela, let us not judge ourselves, and let not the world judge us by how many times we have stumbled, but by how strongly we have risen, every single time that we have faltered.

31.    Even as we remain resolute in our conviction that our union is non-negotiable, we must never be afraid to embrace dialogue and strengthen the basis of this most cherished union. A strong nation is not that which shies away from those difficult questions of its existence, but that which confronts such questions, and together provides answers to them in a way that guarantees fairness, justice and equity for all stakeholders.

32.    My call for the National Conference in this first year of our second century is to provide the platform to confront our challenges. I am confident that we shall rise from this conference with renewed courage and confidence to march through the next century and beyond, to overcome all obstacles on the path to the fulfilment of our globally acknowledged potential for greatness.

33.    I have referred to national leaders who did so much to build our nation in the past hundred years but nation-building is not just a matter for great leaders and elites alone.

34.    All Nigerians must be involved in this national endeavour. From the threads of our regional, ethnic and religious diversities we must continuously weave a vibrant collage of values that strengthen the Nigerian spirit.

35.    The coming National Conference should not be about a few, privileged persons dictating the terms of debate but an opportunity for all Nigerians to take part in a comprehensive dialogue to further strengthen our union.

36.    I am hopeful that the conference will not result in parochial bargaining between competing regions, ethnic, religious and other interest groups but in an objective dialogue about the way forward for our nation and how to ensure a more harmonious balance among our three tiers of government.

37.    My dear compatriots, as we celebrate our centenary, the security situation in some of our North-Eastern States, sadly remains a major concern for us. Just yesterday, young students, full of hopes and dreams for a great future, were callously murdered as they slept in their college dormitories in Yobe State. I am deeply saddened by their deaths and that of other Nigerians at the hands of terrorists. Our hearts go out to their parents and relatives, colleagues and school authorities.

38.    We will continue to do everything possible to permanently eradicate the scourge of terrorism and insurgency from our country.  We recognise that the root cause of militancy, terrorism and insurgency is not the strength of extremist ideas but corrupted values and ignorance.

39.    That is why our counter-terrorism strategy is not just about enforcing law and order as we have equipped our security forces to do. It also involves expanding economic opportunities, social inclusion, education and other measures that will help restore normalcy not just in the short term, but permanently.

40.    I want to reassure Nigerians that terrorism, strife and insecurity in any part of Nigeria are abhorrent and unacceptable to us. I urge leaders throughout Nigeria to ensure that ethnicity and religion are not allowed to become political issues.

41.    I hope and pray that one hundred years from now, Nigerians will look back on another century of achievements during which our union was strengthened, our independence was enhanced, our democracy was entrenched and our example was followed by leaders of other nations whose ambition is to emulate the success of Nigeria; a country that met its difficulties head-on and fulfilled its promise.

42.    Finally, Dear Compatriots, as we enter a second century in the life of our nation, let us rededicate ourselves to doing more to empower the youth of our country. Our common heritage and future prosperity are best protected and guaranteed by them. We must commit our full energies and resources to empowering them to achieve our collective vision of greatness in this second century of our nationhood.

43.    That is the task before our country; that is the cause I have chosen to champion and I believe we will triumph.

44.    I wish all Nigerians happy Centenary celebrations.

45.    Long live the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

46.       I thank you.

Yong-gi Cho, pastor of the world’s largest mega church sentenced to prison for embezzlement

The founder and pastor of one of the largest Pentecostal churches  in South Korea, Cho Yong-gi, has been sentenced to three years in prison for embezzling church funds.

According to reports, Pastor Cho of Yoido Full Gospel Church in Seoul, was found guilty of causing $12 million in losses to the church by having officials in 2002 buy stocks owned by his eldest son, Cho Hee-jun, at four times the market value.

The church was founded in 1958.

Christian Post reports:
The 78-year-old pastor, who founded the church in 1958, will also have to pay about $4.6 million in fines.

The junior Cho will also be serving a three-year prison term for colluding with his father, the Seoul Central District Court ruled.

According to The Gospel Herald, Cho was also found to have been evading 35 billion won (US $3.3 million) in taxes. The elderly pastor first came under investigation in 2011 when he was accused by 29 church elders of embezzling church funds and privatizing church assets.

Cho was apparently given a light sentence by the Seoul court because of his long-standing contributions to society, and will have a five-year stay of execution.

A biography of Cho on the English version of the Yoido Full Gospel Church website says that the pastor, who came to faith after attending a crusade led by American missionary Ken Tines, met Jesus in a vision one night while he was fasting and was baptized in the Holy Spirit.

“Pastor Cho gives thanks to the Lord for his 47 years of ministry, and has been sincerely serving 750,000 church members,” the biography states. “In the early 21st century, the church’s goals for next 10 years are to build 500 prayer houses and 5,000 satellite churches in Korea, and to expand global mission through internet broadcasting, and to enlarge overseas mission to the third world countries, including North Korea.”

'Samuel Eto'o is 39, not 32' his baby mama Anna Barranca claims

A week after Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho was secretly filmed saying he thinks Samuel Eto'o is older than his age, his ex Anna Barranca has spoken out saying Eto'o is way older than 32.
"The problem with Chelsea is I lack a scorer. I have Eto’o but he is 32 years old, maybe 35, who knows?’ Mourinho said in a private conversation but it was secretly recorded and published on a sports website. It has since been taken down.
Now Eto'o's former lover, Anna Barranca, who is 43years old and has an 11year old daughter, Annie,  with the footballer said he's not 35, but 39 going on 40.

The Italian hairdresser (pictured above with her daughter) told The Sun UK today "I think Samuel is not 35 he is more 39. Samuel was born in 1974 and so that makes him 39 now.' She claims she was informed of Eto'o's true age when they were dating by a friend who grew up with Eto'o in Cameroon.

According to his passport, Eto'o was born in 1981. #Footballagethings :-)


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