Thursday 30 January 2014

Ondo Immigration Service Raid And Make Arrests At 'Baby Factory' In Okitipupa!

Ondo State Command of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) busted a 'baby factory' syndicate on Wednesday in Ilutuntun, Okitipupa local government area of the state.

During the raid Command officials were pelted with sticks and stones.
21 people were arrested, including pregnant women and nursing mothers, and five children were found in a building owned by Mrs. Happiness Ogundeji.

Ms. Ogundeji was arrested along with her husband, Mr. Abiodun Ogundeji. 
It is alleged by the NIS they operated the baby factory for years.  

Ondo State Controller of the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS), Musa Alhassan said they were given a tip about the illegal child trafficking and adoption syndicate by Command headquarters in Abuja, following weeks of surveillance. 

Mr. Alhassan added that Imo Command had been on the trail of the suspect for years after escaping to Ondo State.

Mrs. Ogundeji described the allegations against her as untrue and said she runs a herbal clinic, and those who were arrested were her patients and servants.  

Ogundeji also said she had several businesses including dredging sand and construction companies in Imo, Rivers and Ondo State.
Sources told Saharareporters the suspect owned the De-Choice Construction Company at Ore in Ondo State, andT three filling station in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

Her husband, Mr. Abiodun Ogundeji said he is a civil engineer with Chevron in Rivers State and claimed no knowledge of his wife's 'baby factory' business saying her businesses are construction, oil and gas. 

One of the people arrested told Saharareporters nearly all of them were impregnated in Imo State and transferred to Ondo State. 

The source said after giving birth, their babies were collected and taken away by 'madam,' and the whereabouts of their babies is unknown. 
Many of the arrested people were unwilling to talk about the owner of the 'baby factory.'

The suspects and her victims have been transported to National Agency for the Prohibition of Traffic in Persons and Other Related Matters (NAPTIP) office in Lagos as at the time sending this report.


A preliminary toxicology report shows that Justin Bieber tested positive for marijuana and the anti-anxiety drug Xanax after his arrest last week in South Florida.
The report released Thursday also shows no presence of other illicit drugs in Bieber's system, such as cocaine or oxycodone. The 19-year-old pop star was arrested last week on Miami Beach on charges of DUI, resisting arrest and having an expired driver's license.
Bieber has pleaded not guilty but told police after his arrest last week that he had been smoking marijuana and took a prescription drug.
A previous police report found that breath tests placed Bieber's blood-alcohol content below the .02 level considered intoxicated for under-21 drivers.

Central African Republic: 'Scene of absolute horror'!

In recent weeks there have been more reports of atrocities committed by rival militias in an atmosphere of increasing insecurity.
Map showing the location of the Central African Republic and the countries that border it
Peter Bouckaert, director of emergencies for Human Rights Watch, told the BBC's Focus on Africa programme he saw French peacekeepers do nothing while corpses were mutilated at the airport at the capital Bangui on Wednesday. The French defence ministry has not commented.
In recent weeks there have been more reports of atrocities committed by rival militias in an atmosphere of increasing insecurity.
We found a large mob of people, and French soldiers at the scene. The crowd was mutilating two bodies of Muslim men that they had just killed with machetes.
A man mutilates a corpse of a Muslim who has just been killed near Bangui airport
There were probably about a dozen people involved in the mutilation. They were probably members of the anti-balaka Christian militia.
Large crowds of people had gathered, including children.
They cut one man's genitals off and put them in his mouth.
It really was a scene of absolute horror.
People were filming this on their cell phones and many were laughing. When we left the scene, they said: "Keep on filming, because we're not yet done."

No safe area
The French soldiers were there, just sitting metres away, and didn't stop this horrific mutilation from taking place.
The soldiers were heavily armed, they could have easily parked one of their armoured cars next to these two bodies, which were about 50m [164 ft] apart, and stood by them until the Red Cross came to collect them.
But instead they checked out the scene and then they got back in their cars and drove away.
There is no more safe part of the city for Muslims. We see them being killed everywhere in Bangui, and Christians as well.
We were at the morgue two days ago, and it really was a scene out of Dante's Inferno. They showed us the death records in case after case of people who had been lynched in the street, shot, burned.
These scenes are repeating themselves throughout the country, not just in Bangui.

Escaping justice
The Christian population has suffered tremendous abuses under the Seleka for the last 10 months.
Now the Seleka is leaving, and every position they leave, the Muslim community is attacked, entire Muslim communities are just being wiped off the map.
I met the head of military intelligence for the Seleka, he said it was over for Seleka. We saw him drive out of Bangui the next day in a large convoy of Seleka generals, heading for Chad and protected by Chadian peacekeeping troops.
They're not only escaping the slaughter but also escaping justice for the crimes they committed against the population.
It is the Muslim community which is facing the wrath of the majority Christian population for the crimes committed by the Seleka.
We're talking about children being slaughtered in front of their Muslim parents with machetes.
It really is an orgy of bloodshed.
A French peacekeeping soldier holds a confiscated machete in the district of Combattant near the airport of the capital, Bangui, in the Central African Republic - 29 January 2014

Why I didn’t run against Obasanjo in 2003 -Atiku!

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar on Thursday adduced reasons why he refused to run against President Olusegun Obasanjo in 2003.
He said he declined the invitation,which would have made him to contest the presidential ticket of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party with Obasanjo, on moral grounds.
Atiku, who was said to be responding to a remarks from one of the participants at his South-West consultative meeting in Ibadan on Thursday,  noted that contrary to the notion that his best chance to have emerged as the president of the country was in 2003 when stakeholders in the PDP offered him the opportunity to contest against his former boss, President Olusegun Obasanjo, he still found it difficult to accept the offer because doing so would be going against the position the PDP had earlier taken at a Caucus meeting to retain the presidency in the South.
A statement by the  Atiku’s media office in Abuja said the former Vice President noted that his ambition and indeed that of any politician could not be realised in negation and commitment to party decisions.
Yes I may nurse legitimate ambition but I am not the kind of person who will want to climb the political ladder because an opportunity cheaply presents itself. You don’t have to stand in the way of commitment to party decisions because you stand the opportunity to benefit from an infraction,” Atiku said.
The statement said a snap vote taken at the end of the South-west leg of the consultative meeting at the Golden Tulip Hotel showed that the All Progressives Congress  as the preferred party with 60 per cent , Peoples Democratic Movement  followed with 29 per cent while support for the PDP was said to be 11 per cent.

Nigeria to spend N1.5 trillion on police reforms – Jonathan!

According to the News Agency of Nigeria, President Goodluck Jonathan said the Federal Government would spend N1.5 trillion in the next five years to reform the Nigeria Police Force.

Mr. Jonathan made this known at a two-day retreat on Sustaining Nigeria Police Reforms, in Makurdi on Thursday.
The event was organised by the Police Service Commission, PSC, in conjunction with the Benue State Government.
Represented by Bala Mohammed, the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, Mr. Jonathan said government was committed to building the capacity of the police in the country through ongoing reforms.
Mr. Jonathan said that 60 per cent of the money would be provided by government, while the remaining 40 per cent would come from the private sector, including non-governmental organisations. He assured that the Federal Government was committed to equipping the police for enhanced performance.
The president urged the commission to build a police force that was impeccable and committed to ensuring the security of all Nigerians. He said the Federal Government had accepted the recommendations of the Anambra State Governor, Peter Obi’s committee on the police and would soon issue a white paper on it. He advised participants at the retreat to contribute meaningfully to the topics, noting that such recommendations might help the government to tackle rising cases of insurgency in the country.
The Governor of Benue State, Gabriel Suswam, in his remark, said that the police had to imbibe the discipline of being accountable to the elected representatives of the people.
Mr. Suswam said that by being accountable, the police would consult widely with the people through their representatives to reflect their views on police reforms.
The governor said reforms that never reflected the views of the people would be disregarded. He called on the police to redouble their efforts in providing security to the people, especially as the country was drawing closer to elections.
Mr. Suswam condemned agitations for state police, pointing out that the country was not ripe enough to have state police.
In an address, the Chairman of the PSC, Mike Okiro, called for a national policy on policing to ensure continuity of policies in the force.
Mr. Okiro, a former Inspector General of Police, decried the non-implementation of various police reform committees in the country. He said that most of the committees echoed the need for police restructuring, training and retraining.
The PSC chairman also spoke on the need to review the training curricula, upgrading of training institutions and increased funding. He said the cumulative effect of the identified lapses was declining morale of the officers which adversely affected them in discharging their duties.
Mr. Okiro said for reforms to be effective, “They must bring about a change or improvement in the status quo by correcting perceived faults, removing inconsistencies and abuses.”
He expressed regrets that even the Parry Osayande’s recommendations, which the government accepted, had not been implemented.
The Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar, said the police management, had aligned its policies with the recommendations of previous reform committees.
Mr. Abubakar said the essence of the alignment was to strengthen the police for effective service delivery in line with international best practices. He also appealed to the PSC to approve the decentralisation of the powers to promote and sanction officers.

What Manner of Democracy?!


A few days after the registration of the All Progressive Congress (APC) early last year, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur was asked for his comment on the implications of having such a formidable opposition against the ruling party at the centre. In responding, the then Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) National Chairman was at his most ebullient: “If you go for a contest, you have the striker – you know Lionel Messi? PDP is Messi in that contest. We will dribble them like Messi. Tell them (APC) that the chairman said PDP is the Messi (of Nigerian politics).”
Given the time and efforts it took to remove him as PDP National Chairman, Tukur certainly knows some tricks about the art of dribbling. In the course of the long drama, I spoke to some people within the Villa who felt rather frustrated about the antics of Tukur who indeed kept dribbling them about when he would turn in his letter of resignation. However, what the old man failed to realize is that Messi, even with all his dribbling skills, plays within a team where he enjoys the support of others. At the end, “Lionel Tukur”, to borrow the language of my friend and current presidential spokesman, is now effectively a yesterday’s man!
Interestingly, I have in recent days reflected on Tukur’s statement about dribbling, not for entertainment but rather as a political philosophy. Against the background of what is happening in the country today, the old man sounded truer than he probably intended. It says something about the nature of our democracy when the chairman of the ruling party would gleefully advertise “dribbling” skills rather than efforts to advance the interest of the people.
However, before you crucify the PDP, it may also be useful to pay attention to what the APC has been saying or not saying, even when the promoters want us to believe they are different! After a crucial all-night meeting last week, what came out from the main opposition party was not how they intend to reposition the country for peace and prosperity but rather a directive to all its members in the National Assembly to stop any deliberation on the 2014 budget, stay action on ministerial confirmation hearing and block approval of new service chiefs forwarded to the Senate by the president “until the rule of law and constitutionalism is restored in Rivers State in particular and Nigeria in general.”
No matter the gloss anybody would want to put on that directive--and I have read some ignorant allusions to “government shutdown” in the United States—the APC position is, to put it mildly, a bad judgement call. That then explains why it has rankled many Nigerians, including non-partisans who believe that obstructionism cannot be the philosophy of any serious party seeking power to govern. Yet the response of the APC to the misgivings being expressed has been to abuse those who disagree with their stance, with a statement dripping with invectives and name-calling.
It was the late American journalist and scholar, H.L. Menchen, who wrote that the whole aim of practical politics “is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins; all of them imaginary”. So to that extent, it is not too difficult to understand what the Nigerian opposition is trying to do. But at a time our country is seriously challenged on all fronts, political parties and those who seek power (or want to retain same) must begin to come up with practical ideas on how to resolve some of the contradictions that have for long held Nigeria back.
In societies where the people are taken seriously, the essence of the multi-party system is to expand the space for reasoned elaboration while affording the electorate the opportunity to choose between a set of alternatives. From history, party structure was actually meant to respond to the internal forces within a society but in a situation where even under a plurality of political parties, there are no debates about issues, programmes and ideas, such a system is endangered. And we can see evidence of that in our country today.
Just 12 months to the next election, nobody is telling us anything about how he or she would address our pressing challenges. To compound the problem, the media is not helping to set agenda on the way forward. That is not going to help the country. There are issues we should put on the table: The collapse of public education at virtually all levels, and how those who aspire to lead us would address the problem; the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) that is taking forever to be passed by the National Assembly and for which nobody within the executive seems to be committed, beyond dotting the landscape with expensive but meaningless billboards; unresolved issues relating to the deregulation of the downstream sector of the petroleum industry; the ever rising recurrent expenditure; the seemingly intractable security challenge in a section of the country etc.
The foregoing are some of issues on which those who aspire to lead us must be tasked and the media can help by redirecting the conversation. Unfortunately, we are failing on that account.
In 2006, I attended a conference in Maputo, Mozambique, where Mr. Wachira Waruru, then Managing Director of the Kenyan Film Corporation, joined a panel to discuss “What defines excellence in African journalism and how do we get there?” According to Waruru, African journalists, no matter from which country, have something in common: We always express frustrations “about leaders without vision, leaders without integrity, leaders that are corrupt” then he posed the questions: “Where are the African journalists when these leaders are elected? Why do you people (journalists) sit idly by when the electorate vote wrong people?”
The mindset of most African voters, in Waruru’s summation, is the same and because politicians understand that, they exploit it. The average voter, he argued, exercises his/her franchise on the basis of some narrow and primordial considerations. Using his country, Kenya, as an illustration, Waruru gave the example of a member of parliament who devised an election-winning mechanism. With his constituency comprising of four districts, the man married four wives, one from each of the districts. While he may not have made much contribution in the Parliament, at election time, according to Waruru, the lawmaker would remind his constituents that as their son-in-law they had a responsibility to vote for him.
After charging the media on the need to help the people in setting agenda for leaders, Waruru gave another example of what happened in Kenya in 2005 in the course of the campaign leading to a major referendum. He said both the people in power and the opposition politicians decided to do their campaign by criss-crossing the country in helicopters, perhaps because the roads were not motorable. Quite naturally, whenever these politicians reach any village, they would create a spectacle with their helicopters to dazzle the people and in the process throw some debris in the air. “The major part of their stay is spent on being entertained by drummers and dancers after which they will spend about five minutes abusing their opponents. They will say nothing about the merit of the referendum or the issues involved. Not surprisingly, after they leave, the villagers will spend the next weeks talking about the beauty of their helicopter!”
In the run up to the 2015 elections, it would appear that Nigerians are already preoccupied with ‘helicopter’ debate rather than the real issues which affect our lives. But if you look at the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) timetable, it seems we have all concluded that campaigns don’t matter and that office seekers do not have to sell anything to earn our votes. According to the INEC timetable, those who aspire to rule Nigeria are only allowed to campaign for less than three months!
Of course we cannot blame the INEC that is working within the parameters set by the Electoral Act but the question remains: Where in the world do you have such a system that decrees a period (and a very short one at that) during which office seekers have to sell themselves to the electorate?
In most advanced democracies, politicians spend at least 18 months on the campaign train, during which they sell their ideas, have their temperament tested and are scrutinized even on the way they conduct their personal affairs and how they live their lives. But here, all it takes to aspire for office is to print some glossy posters with which they deface the environment and then make some outlandish promises on the pages of newspapers.
Because they are not tasked, most politicians in our country today seek power for reasons that are not inspired by a desire for justice or social reformation. Some want to be able to dispense favours to friends and cronies, some simply to enjoy the good life at the expense of the people and others just for the vanity of being driven around in long convoy of cars with siren blaring and police men terrorizing innocent road users. But for how long do we continue like this before something gives?
In 1999 when we had the elections that ushered in this democracy, the first set of people we elected to public offices told us nothing and made no commitments to which we could hold them. Unfortunately, we have sustained that tradition of promise-nothing, do-nothing. Now that we are moving towards another election cycle, our politicians are busy abusing and threatening one another and they are likely to do that until they get to the point of their acrimonious primaries that will be followed by endless litigations. And then we will have the elections without knowing what the contenders actually offer us.
It makes no sense that it will take less than 90 days of campaigning for mostly ignorant politicians to canvass their views and engage with the public on our disgraceful education, our sorry infrastructure and the increasing alienation of most our young population. The tragedy is compounded by a media culture which is either indifferent or too lazy to help set the agenda of public discourse. Yet a democracy based on a ritualistic and mechanical conception of elections alone can at best showcase an appearance of popular participation without advancing the course of the people. The end result will always inevitably be the enthronement of pockets of autocratic imposition led by persons who neither understand the meaning of democracy nor the rudiments of governance.
Culled from ThisDay

Woman stabs brother-in-law to death after argument in Lagos!

A 32-year-old optician in Lagos is dead after an argument with his sister-in-law resulted in him being stabbed to death.
Ikechukwu Oriuwa, the medical director of Lens Craft Eye Clinic located in the Olodi Apapa area of the state, is said to have been killed by his brother’s wife, Obiageri, after he chastised her for being careless.
Obiageri is said to have stabbed the deceased on his hands and stomach leading to his death from the injuries.
The assailant, a mother of three children allegedly stabbed the victim, described as the younger brother of her husband, to death with a penknife, at their family house located on 52 Ladega Street, following a misunderstanding. The incident, which occurred at about 10am on Tuesday, took the Oriuwa family from Okwelle Okigwe, Imo State, residents and neighbours by surprise, as no one thought that a little quarrel could lead to murder. 
Trouble ensued when the suspect’s generator, which she used in her shop in the building, caught fire. The victim, it was gathered, confronted his sister-in-law, cautioning her against carelessness that could set the building ablaze. The woman reportedly got angry and challenged the victim. It was gathered that when the victim saw that the matter was getting out of hand, he retired to his room, but the suspect stormed his room and started smashing his property. In the process of trying to stop the suspect, whose husband was said to reside abroad, she allegedly pulled a knife, stabbed the victim on the hands and stomach and fled. Sources stated that the victim was rushed to Zollinger Hospital on Taiwo Street, Olodi Apapa, where he was confirmed dead. 
A witness revealed that after stabbing the victim, the suspect ran to Tolu Police Station to report that she had been assaulted by a man. But while she was making the report, tenants in the building also came to the police station to report the death of the optician and the police arrested and detained the woman. 
Following his death, youths in the area went on rampage, setting property belonging to the suspect on fire. Meanwhile, the matter has been transferred to the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID) in Panti, Yaba, while the body of the medical doctor has been deposited in an undisclosed mortuary. 
When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer of the Lagos State Command, DSP Ngozi Braide, confirmed the incident and said investigation was ongoing. Yes, I have heard about the matter, but we are still investigating it,” she stated.
Source:  Daily Sun 

Justin Bieber deportation petition to face White House review after getting 100,000 signatures!

Pop star Justin Bieber's recent run in with the law hasn't won him many 'Beliebers'.  According to report, thousands of people apparently wants him deported to his native Canada.

A petition filed January 23 with the White House read: " We the people of the United States feel that we are being wrongly represented in world of pop culture. We would like to see the dangerous, reckless, destructive, and drug abusing Justin Bieber deported and his green card revoked. He is not only threatening the safety of our people, but he is also a terrible influence on our nation's youth. We the people would like to remove Justin Bieber from our society".

Folks, do you agree with this petition?

Wondering what happens to the "American Dream" here.

Smoking in cars carrying children soon to be banned in the U.K!

Smoking in cars with a child inside could soon become illegal, if a vote in the House of Lords is passed on Wednesday.
Labourhas proposed an amendment to the children and families bill intended to discourage people from smoking around young people.
Drivers would be committing an offence if they failed to prevent smoking in their vehicles when a child was present.
The shadow health secretary, Andy Burnham, said Britain should follow the example set by Australia, Canada and a number of American states.
He told Sky News, "When it comes to improving the health of children, we are duty bound to consider any measure that might make a difference.
"Adults are free to make their own choices but that often does not apply to children and that's why society has an obligation to protect them from preventable harm.
"Evidence from other countries shows that stopping smoking in the confined space of a car carrying children can prevent damage to their health and has strong public support."
Smoking in workplaces and enclosed public spaces has been banned since 2007.

Tanzania manhunt for serial killer in Tarime!

Information reaching us reveals that the Police in Tanzania are hunting a lone gunman who has killed at eight people and injured three over several nights in the northern region of Mara.
The killings began on Saturday night and included a raid on a bar.
Witnesses say that in some cases the man demanded mobile phones and money, on other occasions he did not take anything from his victims, Tanzania's Citizen newspaper reports.
The attacks have created fear in the district of Tarime, it says.
According to Tanzania's Habari Leo paper, the gunman has also been attacking people he meets on the road.
Many businesses are opening later in the morning and closing earlier to avoid the gunman, and the town of Tarime resembles a ghost town at night, the Citizen reports.
Tarime police commander Justus Kamugisha told the BBC that the manhunt was still continuing five days after the attacks began.
Police investigators have arrived from Tanzania's main city of Dar es Salaam to assist in the search, he told BBC Swahili.
The weapon the man had used was thought to be a submachine gun or an assault rifle, he said.
A special operation involving about 160 police officers was launched on Thursday morning, the police commander said.
"We will not rest until we get him and bring him to book," Mr Kamugisha told the Citizen.
BBC Swahili TV's Salim Kikeke says it is not unusual for people in the Mara region, which borders Lake Victoria and Kenya, to illegally carry arms in order to protect their livestock.

Government sends the Army to assist flood hit Somerset communities!

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The government is reported to have sent the army to assist the flood-hit communities of Somerset Levels that have been under water for the past month.

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Jealous Ex Sets Estranged Husband, New |Lover And Daughter Ablaze!

A woman in a jealous rage after losing her husband to another woman has landed herself into serious trouble in Ghana, West Africa, after she was arrested for allegedly setting her husband, his new lover and their daughter ablaze which lead to their death.

According to reports, the victims; Peter Amos Asobayire, 35; his wife, Felicity Asobayire, 25, and their two-and-a-half-year-old daughter, Sarah Asobayire, were burnt beyond recognition.
It was gathered that the suspect, Efua Badu, 33, popularly known as Saman Kwenim was reported to have set fire to a can of kerosene and threw it through the window of the uncompleted building which the family lived in at  Dome CFC at about 2 a.m. Monday.
According to Graphic Online report, two other occupants of the building, Tanko Asobayire, 28, and Michael Amanguri, 25, escaped unhurt as they were said to be sleeping in another room in the building.  
Badu, a chop bar operator, was said to have been married to Asobayire for seven years, during which period they had two children, a six-year-old boy and a two- year-old girl. Asobayire is alleged to have recently informed the suspect that he was no longer interested in their marriage. 

The Accra Regional Police Commander, Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCOP) Mr Christian Tetteh Yohuno, told newsmen in Accra yesterday that Asobayire allegedly sacked Badu from their abode and brought in his new wife, FelicityHe said the suspect became offended on hearing that her husband had brought in a new woman. According to the police commander, the suspect claimed she decided to burn down everything in the house to teach the man a lesson. The suspect, he said, also claimed that she set a can of kerosene ablaze and threw it into the room, thinking that there was no one in the room. Mr Yohuno said the suspect claimed she took to her heels on hearing of screams from the room. 

According to Mr Yohuno, preliminary investigations by personnel of the Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS) led the police to arrest the suspect after it had emerged that someone might have set the family ablaze. There were fresh burnt marks on her hand and cheeks when she was arrested, but the commander indicated that the suspect earlier denied the charge, but after thorough interrogation she allegedly confessed to committing the crime.  
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When the Daily Graphic visited the scene around 2 p.m. yesterday, residents of the area had gathered around the entrance of the house discussing the issue.  
It was observed that property running into thousands of cedis had been destroyed by the fire, while some materials believed to be the body parts of the victims were seen. 
An eyewitness who pleaded anonymity, the fire began at approximately 2 a.m. Monday.

Cultists issue death threats to youth ‘corpers’ in Kogi!

The compulsory one year youth corp program which all college graduates under the age of 30 must undergo might be a nightmare for some ‘corpers’ serving in some parts of Nigeria.
According to a blogger, Linda Ikeji, a mail was sent to her by a batch A Corp member serving in Victory Model College, Efodo – Okpo, Olamaboro L.G.A of Kogi State.
The Corper complained about the death threats they have been receiving from secondary school students in the school which was their place of primary assignment.
According to the Corper, the unidentified students wrote death threats on the board in the school’s classrooms and right now they are scared for their lives and what the students may do to them and have gone into hiding.
Read the mail below:
It’s no good news to hear that NYSC Corp Members are treated with discontentment in Kogi State, especially in remote local government like Olamaboro.
There have been cases of some drunk youths ganging up to launch attack on corpers at their capital project sites, accusing them of integrating strange norms into their culture
Let me go straight to what I witnessed this morning. I woke up this morning like every other boring mornings in the village where I serve, dressed up, and went to the school. On arrival, all the students were gathered at one corner looking at me and the other Corp members, some with satisfaction, while others with pity.
On getting to the class rooms, we saw some write-ups directly warning me and other three (3) batch A Corp members. The pictures attached to this email will help tell the story better (even with the wrong English).
As am writing this report, four(4)  of us (batch A) and two (2) other batch C corpers are on hide out, praying God to intervene on the issue.
Batch A passing out parade (POP) comes up on the  13th of February, and the question is why would people whose lives we have impacted for close to one year decide to reward us with death threats?

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Pope Francis graces Rolling Stone magazine cover!

Pope Francis became the first pontiff to grace the cover of Rolling Stone magazine. 

Though it is reportedly a typical picture of the pope, smiling and waving, above the cover line, "The times they are a-changin.'

But this is one popular pope. Only last month he was smiling from the cover of Time magazine as its 2013 "person of the year." And that was his second Time cover appearance last year.
Rolling Stone is a rock music magazine, so it is a landmark decision to feature him.
Inside the magazine is a 7,700-word profile by contributing editor Mark Binelli, who writes: "In less than a year since his papacy began, Pope Francis has done much to separate himself from past popes and establish himself as a people's pope."

‘Gov. Okorocha caused all my problems’ – Man caught trying to sell his 7 children laments!

Imo state Governor, Rochas Okorocha

A man in Imo is said to have tied his 7 children to a wheelbarrow in a bid to find buyers for them. It was gathered that 44-year-old Israel Dike tied the children’s hands and was on his way to an unknown destination with them when he was intercepted by officials of the Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development.
Dike is said to have attributed his actions to his “dwindling economic fortunes” and he also blamed the state Governor, Rochas Okorocha for not fulfilling a promise he made to him. 
According to information received, the 44-year-old man, Israel Dike, is a native of Odenkume, Obowo Local Government Area of Imo State, but resides in Ugwu Ekwema, Egbu Road, Owerri. The children’s hands were securely tied to a wheelbarrow while the man was soliciting for buyers for the children, saying he was fed up with his dwindling economic fortunes. 
A staff of the ministry said: “Following a tip off, a high powered team led by the Commissioner for Women Affairs, Mrs. Nma Onyechere, quickly went and rescued the children.” 
Apart from disclosing that he planned selling some of them with a view to enabling him take proper care of others, Dike equally lamented that Governor Rochas Okorocha put him in the mess he has found himself today. 
“Owelle Okorocha is the cause of what I am passing through today. He made me a promise in the past and has failed to redeem it till today,” Dike said. 
Speaking to newsmen at the scene, the commissioner described Dike as a “depressed man, who is mentally deranged.” 
While urging Dike’s wife to go for family planning, the commissioner equally promised that government would carefully ascertain the level of the man’s mental problem. Answering a question, Mrs. Onyechere said the ministry would find a way of giving out the children to foster parents with a view to ensuring adequate care and their education.

Ice breaks in Syrian peace talks as two sides observe minute of silence!

Opposing sides in Syria's civil war stood together to observe a minute of silence on Thursday in honor of the tens of thousands killed in the three-year conflict, a rare symbol of harmony a week into peace talks that have so far yielded no compromise.

We pray and hope this ends well, a lot of innocent casualties out there.

Media Mogul, Oprah Winfrey turned 60!

Oprah Winfrey reached a personal milestone on Wednesday, Jan. 29: her 60th birthday. 

The TV mogul reflected on her life's biggest accomplishments in the January 2014 issue of O, The Oprah Magazine.
"Sixty. I'm turning 60 this month! I'm so glad I've lived long enough to say those words and celebrate their meaning," she wrote before the big day arrived. 
"I'm turning 60. I'm alive. Healthy. Strong."
"I'm turning 60, and—please don't take offense—I no longer have to be concerned about what anyone thinks of me! (You know, the old Am I doing it right? Am I saying it right? Am I being what or who I'm 'supposed' to be?) I'm turning 60, and I've earned the right to be just as I am," she continued. "I'm more secure in being myself than I've ever been."

What really happened between 9ice and I – Tony Payne opens up on cheating allegations!

Toni Payne just can’t seem to catch a break. The ex-wife to musician, 9ice recently came under fire again for saying that women shouldn’t leave a cheating man.
This made a lot of people assume that she was supporting infidelity especially because of the widespread belief that she cheated on 9ice and so caused the end of her marriage to him.
Toni has responded to her critics and she has decided to address the cheating issue “once and for all”:
Excerpts from her blog below:
I have learned over the years that you pick your battles. I have also learned that it is wise to ignore certain things, but when that certain thing is something that could impact another being negatively, then I would be doing a disservice by ignoring. I woke up this morning to a tweet by a twitter follower of mine (blazingpearl). She had retweeted a friend who retweeted a quote that was supposedly said by me.
Apparently some blogs are touting the idea that I am okay with cheating. “Toni Payne Said, do not leave a cheating man” Toni Payne said its okay to cheat”. I have NEVER in any way shape or form, condoned cheating. It is hurtful, wrong, can be dangerous and I do not advise anybody male or female to cheat on their mate. I know different people used different headlines to address my tweets.
I am only referring to those blogs whose headlines on twitter said I was okay with cheating. To those who quoted me without saying I was okay with cheating. Thanks for staying within the professional lines. My tweets were about self love. We cant deny that not everyone leaves a cheating spouse. The point I was trying to make was, if you decide to stay, please work on loving yourself instead of being miserable because your man is creeping. That is IF you decide to stay. I am not here to judge anyone who wants to stay with a cheating spouse, we all know what we can endure in life and we all know what makes us okay as individuals.
I felt like tweeting advice that may or may not help someone that may be going through some difficult times. You never know who is reading and I feel some words I have stumbled on have helped me too so why not. I really don’t want to stop tweeting advice because of some mischievous few, but misconstruing my words on such a sensitive topic is irresponsible.
I talk about my experience because that is what I have to share. I can not speak about someone else’s opinion or experience. Only mine!Speaking about your experience in life does not mean you are dwelling on it. It doesn’t mean you are insecure, foolish, or you don’t know what you are doing. It simply means, you are wiser, and wisdom is a lot of times earned via learning from experience.
To those who still believe I cheated on my ex. I am sorry to disappoint you, I NEVER cheated on my ex-husband. Its not who I am, it will never be who I am. Tell yourself 1 million times, Toni Payne cheated, it will never make it true. Nobody caught me in any lie, or in any bad situation, nobody slept with anyone he was close to.
Sometimes, men want their freedom, and the fact is you cant force them to stay. Same goes for women. Everyone wont have a perfect relationship, not everyone will stay married forever, we can only aspire to.
 I am truly tired of this topic but since it seems to keep popping up, I felt it is best to finally address it properly. If anyone decides to hang on to the lie after this, that is their own cup of tea. I have a talk show to record, poetry to write and a child to raise. she twitted.