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he U.S. warned its citizens Wednesday that a Muslim extremist sect may attack hotels frequented by foreigners in Nigeria’s capital, the second time it has advised such an assault is possible in the widening sectarian fight in the West African nation.
The warning offered no specifics about the threat posed by the sect known as Boko Haram, only saying that the Nigerian government was aware and taking precautions to stop such an assault. The United Kingdom also issued an advisory to its citizens Wednesday noting the U.S. message, saying its “existing travel advice is consistent with this warning.”
Deb MacLean, a spokeswoman with the U.S. Embassy, said she could not offer any other information about the warning. However, she said U.S. officials spoke with the Nigerian government before issuing the alert. A similar alert issued in November angered Nigerian officials.
Boko Haram’s purported leader, Abubakar Shekau, is seen in an image taken from a video posted by sympathizers of the radical Muslim sect. (Associated Press)
Early Wednesday morning, an Associated Press journalist in Abuja only saw private security guards checking cars at the major hotels in the capital. Most opened the trunks of cars and looked at vehicles’ undercarriages with mirrors on telescoping poles. However, at the Sheraton, private guards appeared to be using a hand-held explosive detector when walking around vehicles.
The National Assembly also appeared to have more police officers guarding it Wednesday morning.
The U.S. issued a similar warning in November after Boko Haram launched an attack in the northeastern state of Yobe that killed more than 100 people. That warning specifically mentioned the capital’s Hilton, Nicon Luxury and Sheraton hotels. With popular restaurants and bars, the hotels draw diplomats, politicians and even reformed oil delta militants.
Pakistan is preparing to deport the widows and children of Osama Bin Laden.
A court sentenced the three women and Bin Laden’s two eldest daughters to 45 days in prison for living there illegally, and to be deported.
Their detention ended on Tuesday night and media crews spent Wednesday camped outside their residence hoping to film their departure.
Pakistan’s deputy interior minister said they want to proceed “as early as possible” but documents are not ready.
Imtiaz Safdar Warraich told AFP news agency: “The required documents are being prepared and it is being done swiftly. It is not just an issue of deportation, but also there is an issue of acceptance”.
The agency reported that a senior Pakistani official said they are waiting for approval from the Saudi and Yemeni governments, who need to agree to accept the widows and their children before the deportation can proceed.
The women have been in Pakistani custody since US special forces killed the al-Qaeda chief last May.
The youngest widow, Amal Abdulfattah, may be deported to Yemen
The widows – two Saudi Arabians and a Yemeni – were held at a house in the capital, Islamabad, which was designated as a “sub-jail”, with all of their children.
It is not clear if they are still at the residence – some security guards at the scene said the family was moved two days ago.
At the time of their court case their lawyer Atif Ali Khan told the BBC’s Newshour programme that the women were very happy with the verdicts and were looking forward to being reunited with their families soon.
Julie Zalinski, a woman from Reading, Berkshire, England, was traumatized when her boyfriend, 53-year-old Adrian Rowland killed himself while talking with her via Skype, the Mirror reports.
Zalinski told the paper she and her friend watched in horror as Rowland slashed his wrists and slit his throat and stomach while on a business trip in New Delhi, India.
“He walked into the kitchen, grabbed a glass and smashed it on the table then stuck it straight into his neck,” Zalinski told the paper. “He was holding his bloodied wrist out to the screen. He wanted us to see. I don’t think he realised he was bleeding.”
In shock, Zalinkski called the police in the U.K. in the hopes that they could contact authorities in New Delhi, according to the Oxford Mail.
Unfortunately, Indian law prevented authorities from breaking into Rowland’s room, meaning he was left to die from his injuries.
Zalinski said she believes the incident is the result of a mental breakdown.
“He was just in a complete state. He was sweating profusely and his eyes were just staring,” Zalinski told the Oxford Mail.
“He kept saying ‘they are going to get me, they are going to get me.’”
According to the Oxford Times, the 53-year-old’s cause of death was listed as heavy blood loss resulting from the self-inflicted injuries.
- Huffington Post
Florida Judge Jessica Recksiedler, overseeing the George Zimmerman second-degree murder case, is expected to step down Wednesday, reports the Sun-Sentinel.
Recksiedler’s replacement will be someone chosen from among three remaining felony judges in Seminole County.
A statement issued by court officials Tuesday said Recksiedler will decide what to do no later than Friday. However, that decision should be made clear Wednesday, when the judge is expected to sign an order taking herself off the case.
According to the paper, Zimmerman’s defense attorney Mark O’Mara filed paperwork on Monday asking her to step down from the case because her husband is a partner of attorney Mark NeJame, who is reportedly under contract with CNN to give analysis of the case.
Central Florida lawyers agreed she doesn’t have many options other than to grant O’Mara’s motion because there is a possible conflict of interest.
The 28-year-old Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder for fatally shooting 17-year-old Trayvon Martin on Feb. 26.
Goodluck Ebele Azikiwe Jonathan exemplifies the African political renaissance at a time when the people of the continent are starting to reap the fruit of their resources and their hard work. President Jonathan, 54, possesses the qualities needed at this moment of great challenges, having come to power at a crucial moment in the history of Nigeria. The country has grown out of its past of corruption, mismanagement and brutality, but the foundation of good governance is still fragile.
In two short years, President Jonathan has shown the same dexterity he demonstrated as governor of Bayelsa, the same ability to find the remedies to the many complexities of running a nascent democracy. He has spearheaded the fight against corruption and turned Nigeria into an example of good governance. He has also made a significant impact on consolidating peace and security in West Africa. From the onset of our own crisis, Liberia has benefitted from the support of Nigeria. President Jonathan not only upheld the trend but added to it.
With leaders like President Jonathan, Africa is sure to move toward prosperity, freedom and dignity for all of its people.
Johnson Sirleaf is the President of Liberia
Reality star Kim Kardashian might make an appearance soon somewhere unexpected. No, not your neighborhood Sears to promote her clothing line: Glendale City Hall. That’s because Kim wants to be the city’s mayor!
Kardashian revealed her political aspirations in a “bonus clip” from her sister’s show, “Khloé & Lamar” on the E! network. “I’ve decided I’m going to run for the mayor of Glendale,” Kim tells her sibling.
There is one little hitch: Arguably the most famous Armenian beauty since Cher doesn’t actually live in Glendale.
That’s an easy fix, though: Kim says she will buy a house in Glendale to establish residency, and, “in, like, five years,” run for mayor. Oh, and first, Kim may or may not realize, she would have to run for city council, then vie for the mayorship–Glendale doesn’t run a city-wide election for mayor, but rather promotes a councilmember for the one-year term. (It’s a wee bit trickier than Foursquare.)
It’s not an outrageous idea to current Glendale civic leaders:
“I would support her,” Glendale City Councilman Rafi Manoukian told E! News. “I think she would make an excellent mayor.”
Meanwhile, City Councilman and former Glendale mayor Ara Najarian said he thinks “it’s a great idea,” adding, “I have offered her the position of honorary chief of staff to my office to help her get acquainted to Glendale.”
Others think it’s a pretty cool idea, too: “So run, Kim, run. Glendale needs you, if only to shake off the Jewel City’s undeserved reputation and give it a little bling,” concludes a supportive L.A. Times op-ed on the subject.
But Franklin Avenue is hoping Glendale residents will “relax” and not start looking to move to neighboring Burbank or Los Angeles. They talked to another local blog, Tropic Station, who explains that those four years on the city council might make the mayor bid less appealing to Kim, since it would mean “endless meetings on sign ordinances and water rates and a bunch of other unglamorous stuff.”
- LA Times
Today, in the debut broadcast of Amanpour, CNN International’s Christiane Amanpour interviewed Hamid Karzai, President of Afghanistan, about the massacre of 17 civilians – allegedly at the hand of U.S. Army staff sergeant Robert Bales. She also interviews Dr. Jim Yong Kim the new president of the World Bank, and Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, the finance minister of Nigeria who had requested a more open nominating process for the leadership post at the World Bank.
The full show transcript is available here.
Amanpour airs weekdays on CNN International at 3:00pm with a replay at 5:00pm Eastern in the U.S. and at 21:00 CET, with a replay at 23:00 CET.
Excerpts of the program are also available via www.cnn.com/amanpour after the broadcast.
The Nigeria military is cranking up the heat on crime and terrorism in Borno State. The Joint Task Force confirmed on Tuesday that four persons, including three robbers and one suspected member of the radical Boko Haram sect, were killed in the state capital of Maiduguri.
Speaking to the press in a phone interview, spokesman for the military, Lt. Col. Sagir Musa, confirmed the killing, adding that JTF operatives had been following up on a tip when they raided a Boko Haram hideout in the early hours of Tuesday in the Pompomari ward of the metropolis.
He said the raid resulted in the killing of the suspected sect member, adding that weapons, ammunition and explosives were recovered following the bust.
During a similar operation conducted in Wulari metropolis, the JTF arrested some 13 persons said to be members of the Boko Haram sect. The individuals are now in custody and are part of an investigation.
Musa added that in other development, the JTF, responding to a distress call in Gomari ward, had engaged the some armed robbers in a shoot out, killing three of the suspected robbers in the process.
The JTF spokesman called on the general public to remain alert and assist security agencies in tackling crime and terrorism in Nigeria’s troubled north.
- Nigerian Eye
A Nigerian-born traffic warden was forced out of his job after exposing that illegal immigrants were issuing parking tickets on the streets of London, a tribunal has heard.
Michael Onumajuru, 49, claimed that his boss at NSL – which operates parking enforcement for Camden Council – was at the centre of a racket in which Nigerian migrants used fake passports to gain work.
But when he challenged his managers he was transferred to a different base and then dismissed after almost three years on the job.
Mr Onumajuru told the hearing it was his boss, operational support manager Adebowale Onadeko, who was ‘at the centre of the illegal working’, and around 40 per cent of the wardens were employed unlawfully.
At one point, he was even ordered by supervisors to ‘concentrate on issuing tickets and not worry about illegal workers’, he said.
In his witness statement to Central London Employment Tribunal, Mr Onumajuru said: ‘Shortly after commencing employment in July 2008 it came to my attention that the respondent was employing illegal workers.
‘Whilst I was training with other members of staff they told me that they were using fake documents to work and that the respondent was aware of the situation.
‘I informed them that I was shocked to hear that the respondent was aware of their status and still took them on as employees.’
The workers reported the conversation to NSL, he said, and afterwards he was ‘not allowed to work with those particular employees’.
He confronted Mr Onadeko about the situation, he said, complaining that a criminal offence was being committed and that matters were ‘deliberately concealed from the authorities’.
Racket: Mr Onmajuru claims around 40 per cent of the NSL wardens were employed illegally
He said he made three protected disclosures, he said, the first to Mr Onadeko in July 2008, again in March 2009 and November 2010.
The tribunal heard he informed Mr Onadeko of three employees working with false passports, including one who admitted to him he had acquired his ID from someone in Peckham and it had been manufactured at a fake passport factory.
He was subsequently subjected to abuse from the staff he had reported, he added, and complained to the HR team of the ‘bullying and harassment’ he had received from Mr Onadeko.
But the following day, Mr Onadeko told him the woman in HR was junior to him and ‘nothing would happen’.
At a later date, he was called into a meeting with Mr Onadeko and another manager. Mr Onumajuru said: ‘[They] advised me that they could not accept the low rate of tickets that I was issuing and that I should concentrate on issuing tickets and not worry about illegal workers’.
‘I understood this to be a direct threat to me,’ he added.
- Daily Mail
MTN Nigeria Communications Limited has finally laid to rest the controversy over the genuineness of the call logs rejected as credible evidence by the National Judicial Council’s (NJC’s) probe panel, by confirming that it released them to the police.
The call data on mobile numbers belonging to the suspended President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Ayo Isa Salami and others, from the Police at Area G Command Headquarters, Ogba, Lagos, were rejected by the Justice Umaru Abdullahi probe panel due to what the panel described as “doubtful and unreliable source.”
The panel subsequently used the call data obtained by the office of the National Security Adviser (NSA), which covered only three months, to absolve Salami and other jurists, saying that the data were not comprehensive enough to indict them for unethical communications with parties in Osun and Ekiti governorship appeals.
The call data now being confirmed as authentic by the telecoms firm cover five months.
Oyinlola and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Osun and Ekiti state chapters, had gone to court, claiming that MTN deliberately released incomplete call data to NSA in order to protect Salami and certain politicians accused of unethical communications during the trial of appeals arising from the governorship elections in the two states.
They are asking for N150 billion damages and revocation of MTN’s operational licence.
In MTN’s statement of defence to the suit, the firm acknowledged that the call logs from the Nigeria Police Area G Command Headquarters, Ogba, which the petitioners presented to the panel as exhibit and rejected by the panel, were from it.
In paragraph 8, the firm claimed that “In response to paragraph 22-23 of the Statement of Claim, the 1st Defendant (MTN) stated that it always cooperates with security agencies and acceded to their legitimate requests while adhering to its rigid procedures to ensure its customer confidentiality regime is not compromised or prejudiced and also within the confines of its capacity and storage constraints. It was consequent upon this that the 1st Defendant, upon request for call data records from Nigeria Police Force Area G Command Headquarters Ogba, forwarded the CDRs to the Command.”
In MTN’s response, handled by the chambers of the former Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abdullahi Ibrahim SAN, the telecoms giant insisted that it could only provide data covering three months.
- Nigerian Eye