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Polythene bag causes panic in Kogi

A black polythene bag, containing wastes, found at the gate of a church in Lokoja, Kogi State, caused pandemonium among residents of the city; a day after 17 people were killed by suspected terrorists in an attack on a church in the state.

A member of the Revival Fire Church, who did not want his name published, dispelled rumours that a bomb was found in the premises; adding that the bag which sparked the panic was later found to contain faeces.

Simon Ile, the state’s police spokesperson, confirmed the development, and urged residents to go about their normal activities.

The rumour had paralysed government business and commercial activities in Lokoja as residents scampered for safety from the imaginary bomb.

In the confusion that ensued, government offices and business premises, including commercial banks were locked up.

As civil servants hurriedly locked up their offices, taxi drivers and commercial motorcycle operators ran for their dear lives.

Explosions rock Maiduguri as troops raid homes

xplosions rocked parts of  Maiduguri Saturday as troops engaged suspected Islamic radicals and raided homes, residents said.

The explosions, which began late Friday, occurred in three neighbourhoods notorious for attacks blamed on the Boko Haram sect, and residents fled as troops went door-to-door arresting people suspected of complicity, they said.

“Last night, there were explosions in Gwange area which went on till the late hours and today the explosions continued in Kalari and Budum neighbourhoods,” Modu Ari, a Budum resident, told AFP by phone from the city.

“Soldiers moved from house to house arresting people, forcing residents to flee their homes to escape arrest,” said Ari, who had left his house with his family on Saturday.

Ali Faltaye, a resident of Kalari, said troops battled suspected sect members in the area, sending residents fleeing to avoid being caught up in the fighting or arrested by soldiers.

“Since morning loud explosions have been going on in the area and soldiers have been breaking into homes making arrests”, Faltaye said.

Military and police authorities were not available for comment.

Troops from Joint Task Force who were deployed in the city two years ago to combat Boko Haram have been accused of burning homes and committing rights violations against residents whom they accuse of complicity with Boko Haram whenever there is an attack blamed on the sect.

The soldiers have denied such accusations.

The group has stepped up bomb and gun attacks since the start of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.

- Vanguard

Naeto C’s Porsche Cayenne wedding gift: Auto Lounge boss reacts to alleged SUV fraud sale

The most controversial wedding gift in recent years has taken a new turn as Lagos big boy, Larry Onuegbu reacts to the accusation that he sold a Porsche Cayenne SUV 2009 model at the price of a 2012 model to Dumebi Kachukwu, who then gave it to Naeto C as wedding gift.

According to reports, Dumebi was said to have found out that the car was not brand new, and it also wasn’t the model he had requested and paid for. The car is now a subject of police investigation, and in police custody.

The Porsche  Cayenne
According to Larry,” Dumebi was aware that the Porsche car is a brand new 2010 model and he made a delivery request of the car to Naeto C’s wedding which was honored as the car was parked in front of the reception. 

“When Dumebi arrived at the venue of the wedding, he thanked me for the delivery and promised to send a cheque of 14million naira on Monday but I didn’t see it. So I called him on Tuesday and he promised again to send the money to my bank account on Wednesday but by Thursday evening when I didn’t see my money I called him again to ask for the 14million Porsche and the 4million he owes me for the Infinity car he bought from me in January this year. An invoice was sent to him on request but he started telling me stories that he wants to check if the car is not stolen. I was annoyed but after he made his confirmation, it was revealed that I bought the car from one Mr.Peter last year July which is the truth.”

Larry who has been in the car business for the past 12years and definitely knows the difference between a fairly used car and a brand new one also made it known that Dumebi brought back the car to his office with a flimsy excuse that the car is fairly used which he reacts thus in his words, “I sent him away with the car, I told him to bring the car back the way he took it away.”

The Auto Lounge C.E.O. who is also the C.E.O of Mega Point Ltd located at Akin Adesola, Lagos. One of the top luxury auto dealer company. Larry Onuegbu says his businesses are open to anyone who doubts his integrity as he has nothing to hide. He insists that Dumebi must pay him to the last kobo because he has done this same thing not once, not twice and gone scot-free but this time he’s ready to battle it out with his last blood.

Larry revealed that he has nothing to do with D’banj and Naeto C whom Dumebi called up to start saying unsavory things about him on the internet. He also made it known that he took care of Naeto C’s bachelor’s party at Auto Lounge without charging a dime because he sees the rapper as a young person who is full of potentials. He states clearly that he has nothing against them because the person he has dealings with is Dumebi.

Furthermore, Larry points out that Dumebi has threatened to blackmail him. According to him, Dumebi claims that he has blackmailed Fmr. Vice President Atiku, so Larry would be an easy prey. In his words,

“We have had issues like this before on a Bentley which he returned, claiming that it was a stolen car. I took that car back because I didn’t want to go down with him. This time, he should just give me my money because I don’t even know where the Porsche is and have been receiving phone calls from different numbers with threats that I won’t live to receive that Dumebi’s money. I have reported that to the necessary authority. Also I have been receiving calls all over the world from people who keep asking if I am in police custody. I tell them that I was never involved in any shady deal besides I have never spent a second in police custody.”

During the interview, Larry expresses his shock over Dumebi’s threat of blackmail in the media when all he did was to do him a favour. He also informed that Skymits Motors at Ikeja claims Dumebi owes 32million naira.

In Larry’s words, “Dumebi cannot prove what he is doing for a living because he is a fraudster, money launderer and I can match him one-on-one anywhere in life. Don’t use me to impress anybody. You want to return the Porsche after D’banj has announced that the car is a wedding gift to the couple in your name. We agreed on everything that he’s going to pay on Monday but now that he has shined with the car and can’t raise the money he’s telling me stories.”

Larry who makes it known that he is ready for further interviews with the media promises to go all the way down even if it’s the last thing he achieves in life.

Dana Air crash: Coroner issues arrest warrant on Red Cross, Conoil, and Total

Those who the bench warrants were issued on include Red Cross Society of Nigeria, Conoil Plc, and Total Nigeria Limited.

The Lagos Coroner gave the order while responding to a submission made by Mr. Femi Falana (SAN) whose law firm, Falana and Falana Chambers, petitioned the Lagos State Chief Coroner, Justice Lateefat Okunnu, for an inquiry into the air crash.

At the resumed sitting of the inquest on Thursday, Mr Falana reminded the Coroner that some oil companies and emergency agencies that have been served with summons are yet to appear before it.

The human rights lawyer also suggested that the authorities of the Nigeria Police Force should be ordered to investigate the deaths of people that died on the ground, emphasizing that it is not the responsibility of the Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB).

He noted that the AIB is only to investigate the causes of the crash of ill-fated Dana airline.

Dana Air Flight 0992 crashed into a residential building in the densely populated Iju-Ishaga area of Lagos on the 3rd of June, 2012, killing all 153 passengers and crew on board and nine people also lost their lives in the affected building.

Magistrate Komolafe and other interested parties also agreed to schedule appearance of more witnesses following the submission of the counsel to the Nigerian Airspace Management, Mr. Obi Okwusogu (SAN).

- Channels

Woman finds live python in her toilet

 A 74-year-old Pensioner from Schwanstetten in southern Germany could not believe her eyes when she lifted  her toilet sit and found a live Python in her Toilet, immediately she called the police, who tried to flush the serpent from its hiding place.

“However, the reptile was in no mood to show itself to the officers so the fire brigade was called in. They opened a manhole in the garden and were able to remove it from the plumbing,” a police statement said.

A snake expert was then calledto access the situation, and Sse identified the serpent as a two-year-old royal python, normally not dangerous to humans, and offered to take it home until the owner steps forward.
“Until we have cleared up whom the reptile belongs to, the police have registered it as a lost item,” concluded the police statement”

Yes we have chemical and biological weapons – Syria admits finally

he Syrian regime acknowledged for the first time Monday that it possessed stockpiles of chemical and biological weapons and said it will only use them in case of a foreign attack and never internally against its own citizens .

Foreign Ministry spokesman Jihad Makdissi said the stockpiles are secure, in an apparent response to widespread international concerns that they could fall into the hands of the disparate bands of rebel forces fighting the government.

“No chemical or biological weapons will ever be used, and I repeat, will never be used, during the crisis in Syria no matter what the developments inside Syria,” he said in conference broadcast on state TV. “All of these types of weapons are in storage and under security and the direct supervision of the Syrian armed forces and will never be used unless Syria is exposed to external aggression.”

Syria is believed to have nerve agents as well as mustard gas, Scud missiles capable of delivering these lethal chemicals and a variety of advanced conventional arms, including anti-tank rockets and late-model portable anti-aircraft missiles.

Israel has said it fears that chaos following Assad’s fall could allow the Jewish state’s enemies, to access Syria’s chemical weapons and has not ruled out military intervention to prevent this from happening.

- AP

The Dark Knight Rises Shooting suspect Tells Authorities he is ‘The Joker’

Connections between “The Dark Knight Rises” as a movie and the Aurora, Colorado shooting that claimed the lives of at least 12 victims are bound to be pointed out in the days and weeks ahead. But there is at least one potentially harrowing link between the two right now: according to an ABC News report, shooting suspect James Holmes has identified himself to authorities as The Joker.
New York Police Department commissioner Ray Kelly told reporters today (July 20) that the 24-year-old shooting suspect informed Aurora authorities that he “was The Joker.” Additionally, Kelly said that the alleged gunman had dyed his hair like the fictional Batman menace.
“We have some information, most of it is public,” Kelly said, as reported by TMZ. “It clearly looks like a deranged individual. He had his hair painted red, he said he was ‘The Joker,’ obviously the enemy of Batman.” (Joker’s hair color is actually green, as readers of the comics and viewers of the films well know.)
ABC News cites two additional federal law enforcement officials who confirm “the details of The Joker costume.” The identities of these officials have not been revealed. Police have said that Holmes was armed with bullet-proof gear and a gas mask as well as two handguns, a shotgun and an automatic rifle at the scene of the crime.
Holmes’ family offered the following written statement regarding the tragedy: “Our hearts go out to those who were involved in this tragedy and to the families and friends of those involved.”
In a press conference earlier Friday morning, President Barack Obama said that “we may never understand what leads anybody to terrorize their fellow human beings like this. Such violence, such evil, is senseless. It’s beyond reason.”
“Our time here is limited and it is precious,” the president added. “What matters at the end of the day is not the small things, not the trivial things that so often consume us and our daily lives. Ultimately, it’s how we choose to treat one another, and how we love one another.”

- MTV.com

The Dark Knight Rises Shooting suspect Tells Authorities he is ‘The Joker’

Connections between “The Dark Knight Rises” as a movie and the Aurora, Colorado shooting that claimed the lives of at least 12 victims are bound to be pointed out in the days and weeks ahead. But there is at least one potentially harrowing link between the two right now: according to an ABC News report, shooting suspect James Holmes has identified himself to authorities as The Joker.
New York Police Department commissioner Ray Kelly told reporters today (July 20) that the 24-year-old shooting suspect informed Aurora authorities that he “was The Joker.” Additionally, Kelly said that the alleged gunman had dyed his hair like the fictional Batman menace.
“We have some information, most of it is public,” Kelly said, as reported by TMZ. “It clearly looks like a deranged individual. He had his hair painted red, he said he was ‘The Joker,’ obviously the enemy of Batman.” (Joker’s hair color is actually green, as readers of the comics and viewers of the films well know.)
ABC News cites two additional federal law enforcement officials who confirm “the details of The Joker costume.” The identities of these officials have not been revealed. Police have said that Holmes was armed with bullet-proof gear and a gas mask as well as two handguns, a shotgun and an automatic rifle at the scene of the crime.
Holmes’ family offered the following written statement regarding the tragedy: “Our hearts go out to those who were involved in this tragedy and to the families and friends of those involved.”
In a press conference earlier Friday morning, President Barack Obama said that “we may never understand what leads anybody to terrorize their fellow human beings like this. Such violence, such evil, is senseless. It’s beyond reason.”
“Our time here is limited and it is precious,” the president added. “What matters at the end of the day is not the small things, not the trivial things that so often consume us and our daily lives. Ultimately, it’s how we choose to treat one another, and how we love one another.”

- MTV.com

The Dark Knight Rises Shooting suspect Tells Authorities he is ‘The Joker’

Connections between “The Dark Knight Rises” as a movie and the Aurora, Colorado shooting that claimed the lives of at least 12 victims are bound to be pointed out in the days and weeks ahead. But there is at least one potentially harrowing link between the two right now: according to an ABC News report, shooting suspect James Holmes has identified himself to authorities as The Joker.
New York Police Department commissioner Ray Kelly told reporters today (July 20) that the 24-year-old shooting suspect informed Aurora authorities that he “was The Joker.” Additionally, Kelly said that the alleged gunman had dyed his hair like the fictional Batman menace.
“We have some information, most of it is public,” Kelly said, as reported by TMZ. “It clearly looks like a deranged individual. He had his hair painted red, he said he was ‘The Joker,’ obviously the enemy of Batman.” (Joker’s hair color is actually green, as readers of the comics and viewers of the films well know.)
ABC News cites two additional federal law enforcement officials who confirm “the details of The Joker costume.” The identities of these officials have not been revealed. Police have said that Holmes was armed with bullet-proof gear and a gas mask as well as two handguns, a shotgun and an automatic rifle at the scene of the crime.
Holmes’ family offered the following written statement regarding the tragedy: “Our hearts go out to those who were involved in this tragedy and to the families and friends of those involved.”
In a press conference earlier Friday morning, President Barack Obama said that “we may never understand what leads anybody to terrorize their fellow human beings like this. Such violence, such evil, is senseless. It’s beyond reason.”
“Our time here is limited and it is precious,” the president added. “What matters at the end of the day is not the small things, not the trivial things that so often consume us and our daily lives. Ultimately, it’s how we choose to treat one another, and how we love one another.”

- MTV.com

Serial offender: Man arrested for gropping in public transport, this is his 169th arrest

Apparently crime of a sexual is not a big deal of a deal after all, at least not in New York or New Jersey. According to the authorities, Giovanni Verdelli was arrested for the 169th time after he groped a woman from Jersey City on the PATH train. Verdelli was arrested Monday morning when undercover Port Authority Police Department officers caught the 60-year old at the Grove Street Station in Jersey City. According to a spokesperson for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersy, Steve Coleman,  the Brooklynite tried to flee them, attempting to jump aboard the 33rd st train to Manhattan.

Joe Brenneck and Brian Isaacs from the Port Authority Police Department were able to identify Verdelli from a cell phone photo taken by Verdelli’s 28-year-old victim. According to Coleman, Verdelli allegedly assaulted this woman (who was not identified) on June 30 and then again on July 3rd. When Verdelli was arrested, he was wearing the same clothes that the woman had captured him wearing on the cell phone photo. Coleman said that at the time of his arrest Verdelli was carrying marijuana. Verdelli was ordered to be held at the Hudson County Correctional Center in lieu of a $20,000 dollar bail. He was charged with two counts of criminal sexual contact. These fourth degree offenses could land up in jail for a maximum of three years.

According to the authorities, most of Verdelli’s prior charges (stretching all the way back to the 1970s) were not of a sexual nature — most of them. Verdelli pleaded guilty to theft of services after jumping over an MTA turnstile. He then served 10 days in jail. Even though his behaviors are criminal and a nuisance, Hudson County Prosecutor Edward DeFazio says, ”In New Jersey you cannot get an extended term on a disorderly persons conviction. And in New York it’s the same, you cannot get an extended term on a misdemeanor conviction.”

DeFazio says that his office will ask for a longer sentence this time to isolate Verdelli from society for a while. They will be in contact with New York City Prosecutors about the arrest on Monday. If Verdelli is convicted on these groping charges, he will then receive an additional violation on his status as a sex offender.

You might expect that a man who has been arrested 169 times would eventually end up in prison for a decent period of time.  But  that’s not the case with this guy.  Let’s hope that he stays behind bars at least long enough for women to feel safe when they are riding the trains.

- Black Like Moi

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