Court jails fraudster for duping Australian $800,000

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Justice Kudirat Jose of a Lagos High Court, has convicted and sentenced Promise Ntuen Ekemini to one year imprisonment, for hijacking the e-mail of a lawful owner of a property, located in Western Australia valued at $800,000 and attempting to sell the property.

He was arraigned in April, 2014 on a 5-count charge bordering on conspiracy to defraud, attempt to obtain money by false pretences and forgery. Justice Jose found him guilty of all the charges and convicted him. His sentence will from the day of his arraignment.

Ekemini got into trouble by impersonating Brian Roderick Daniel, owner of a property located at No. 143, Sprinaway Parade, Falcon, Western Australia and offering his property to buyers on the internet without the consent of the owner. The Australian Police alerted the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, to monitor a controlled delivery of some documents related to the transactions to Ekemini. He was arrested at the point of collection of the documents

House of Reps To Probe Tompolo

The House of Representatives has concluded plans to probe the reported acquisition of warships by a company owned by an ex-Niger Delta militant, Government Ekpemupolo (Tompolo), Daily Trust reports.

Speaking at an interaction with journalists in Abuja yesterday, Chairman,  House committee on Media and Public Affairs, Honourable Zakari Mohammed said the house was concerned about the development, therefore the House will investigate the issue once it resumes next year January.

The lawmaker, representing Baruten/Kaiama Federal Constituency in Kwara state said the development was scary and worrisome.

Zakari further said such procurements of that magnitude was supposed to be the sole responsibility of the Nigerian navy and not outsourced to an individual or a private organisation.

He said: “This is a cause for concern. We have gotten certain systems wrong in the country. The development is scary and worrisome. We thought such procurement was handled by the Navy. On resumption, the relevant House Committees will look into it to know the facts of the matter.
“The individual (Tompolo) was paid to protect our waterways but the irony is that we still have a lot of leakages. The House of Representatives faulted that contract but our reservations were buried in sentiments,” he concluded.

Two days back, the Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Mr. Patrick Akpobolokemi  disclosed that the five war ships acquired by Tompolo’s company, Global West Vessel Specialist Ltd, were purchased on behalf of the agency.

In another development, recent reports suggest that the structure of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Delta state is now under the control of Tompolo.

2 sentenced to death for stealing fowls in Osun state

The Osun High Court in Okuku, has sentenced two men to death for stealing fowls. The convicts, Olowookere Seguana & Morakinyo Sunday were found guilty of breaking into the home of the complainant Balogun Tope and stealing his fowls. The men had been in his house before to steal.

The robbers had also been sighted around the complainant’s house with a cutlass and dane gun. They also confessed to earlier robbing one Alhaja Umani Oyewo in her house and stole broilers, eggs and kegs of vegetable oil from the house.

They were charged with conspiracy, robbery and stealing. In the judgement, there were convicted on three counts: death for conspiracy, life sentence for robbery and 3 years’ imprisonment for stealing.

The Worlds Most Unfaithful Wives Are…..Nigerian Women! According to New Survey  

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Trending online is a new global survey on infidelity carried out by condom manufacturing company Durex.

Over 29,000 people from 36 nations interviewed revealed that the females from the listed countries are the most culpable to infidelity and adultery.
List after the cut:

Top 10 Most unfaithful women in the world

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1. Nigerian women:

62% of Nigerian women are unfaithful. Recently Major Chitsiko, a soldier, committed suicide after his wife cheated on him. The couple was estranged. Also in November 20011, Erelu Tola Solomon, a social elite in Lagos and Abuja, decided to ruin her 25 year marriage after having sex with a Lagos businessman.

2. Thai women:

59% of women living in Thailand admitted to cheating on their husbands. The rules seem more relaxed in Thailand than they are in the West. Many husbands even allow their wives to commit adultery.

3. British women:

A UNLV article on infidelity and extramarital affairs noted that Britain have cases at a rate of 42%, The country experiences a high rate of women cheating.

4. Malaysian women:

33% of Malaysians are known to cheat. 39% of the Malaysian women, in particular, are known to betray their marriage vows. It was also revealed that Malaysian men have on average 3 sex partners.

5. Russian women:

33% of Russian women are known to be cheaters. Interestingly enough, the adulterer is not the one to blame in Russia. The finger points towards the person who kindles the affair. The fingers also point to women and that has been a century old tradition for 100s of years.

6. Singaporean women:

Durex also established that 19% of women in Singapore are known to be unfaithful. Singapore men are known to have up to 16 sex partners, which explains why the country has 19% unfaithful women.
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7. French women:

Women in France are 16.3% likely to commit adultery. Men are 22% likely. A Huffington Post article believes that France makes adultery mandatory – 93% of the population is committing it.

8. American women:

14% of married women in the USA admitted to having an affair once during their married life. 54% of the married men did not know about their spouses extramarital activities. This comes in a society where 50% believe that adultery is morally wrong. Interestingly enough 61% of Americans believe that adultery should not be a crime.

9. Italian women:

The judicial system in Italy has decriminalized adultery for married women. Women now can lie about having an affair to protect their honor.

10. Indian women:

Indian Women are also known to be adulterous. Adultery is considered as a crime and is placed under Chapter XX, which deals with offenses relating to the sacrament of marriage. As per the Indian jurisdiction, the law related to adultery is mentioned under Section 497 of the Indian penal code. Section 498 of the Indian penal code also states the law related to adultery.

All in all, 50-65% of husbands and 40-55% of wives have an affair before they are 40.

141 Children Murdered By Taliban In Worst Hit Yet, Suspected To Be Revenge Attack For Malala’s Nobel Prize  

Grief etched across their faces, the women hug one another in visible grief as they are watched on by other mourners

In the deadliest slaughter of innocents in Pakistan in years, Taliban gunmen attacked a military-run school Tuesday 16th December, 2104 and killed 141 people — almost all of them students ages 10-18 — before government troops ended the siege.
The massacre of innocent children horrified a country already weary of unending terrorist attacks. Pakistan’s teenage Nobel Peace laureate Malala Yousafzai — herself a survivor of a Taliban shooting — said she was “heartbroken” by the bloodshed.
Even Taliban militants in neighboring Afghanistan decried the killing spree, calling it “un-Islamic.”
The rampage at the Army Public School and College began in the morning when seven militants scaled a back wall using a ladder, said Maj. Gen. Asim Bajwa, a military spokesman. When they reached an auditorium where students had gathered for an event, they opened fire.

A 14-year-old, Mehran Khan, said about 400 students were in the hall when the gunmen broke through the doors and started shooting. They shot one of the teachers in the head and then set her on fire and shouted“God is great!” as she screamed, added Khan, who survived by playing dead.
The teacher is said to have been doused in petrol and set alight, her pupils forced to watch her die an awful, agonising death.
The victim was allegedly singled out because she was married to a senior army officer.

From there, they went to classrooms and other parts of the school.

“Their sole purpose, it seems, was to kill those innocent kids. That’s what they did,” Bajwa said. Of the 141 people slain before government troops ended the assault eight hours later, 132 were children and nine were staff members. Another 121 students and three staff members were wounded.

The seven attackers, wearing vests of explosives, all died in the eight-hour assault. It was not immediately clear if they were all killed by the soldiers or whether they blew themselves up, he said.
The wounded — some still wearing their green school blazers — flooded into hospitals as terrified parents searched for their children. By evening, funeral services were already being held for many of the victims as clerics announced the deaths over mosque loudspeakers.
The government declared three days of mourning for what appeared to be Pakistan’s deadliest since a 2007 suicide bombing in the port city of Karachi killed 150 people.
“My son was in uniform in the morning. He is in a casket now,” wailed one parent, Tahir Ali, as he came to the hospital to collect the body of his 14-year-old son, Abdullah. “My son was my dream. My dream has been killed.”
One of the wounded students, Abdullah Jamal, said he was with a group of eighth, ninth and 10th graders who were getting first-aid instructions and training with a team of army medics when the violence became real. Panic broke out when the shooting began.
“I saw children falling down who were crying and screaming. I also fell down. I learned later that I have got a bullet,” he said, speaking from his hospital bed.
Another student, Amir Mateen, said they locked the door from the inside when they heard the shooting, but gunmen blasted through anyway and opened fire.
Responding to the attack, armored personnel carriers were deployed around the school, and a military helicopter circled overhead.
An expert has claimed that the horrific events which unfolded could have been in retaliation to 17-year-old Malala winning this year’s Nobel Peace Prize.
The massacre was also said to be an act of revenge against the Pakistani army, which has been attempting to suppress the Pakistani Taliban in their north Waziristan tribal homelands over the past few months.
Malala – the youngest ever person to win the award – was shot by the Pakistani Taliban in 2012 while on a school bus, as punishment for advocating education for women in Pakistan.
She has since become a worldwide symbol for the fight against oppression on women and the right to education.
Hours after the attack, Malala led the national condemnation on the ‘atrocious’ events, saying she was ‘heartbroken’ by the ‘cold-blooded act of terror’.
A little more than 1,000 students and staff were registered at the school, which is part of a network run by the military, although the surrounding area is not heavily fortified. The student body is made up of both children of military personnel as well as civilians.
Most of the students appeared to be civilians rather than children of army staff, said Javed Khan, a government official. Analysts said the militants likely targeted the school because of its military connections.
“It’s a kind of a message that ‘we can also kill your children,'” said Pakistani analyst Zahid Hussain.
In a statement to reporters, Taliban spokesman Mohammed Khurasani claimed responsibility for the attack, saying it was retribution for the military’s operation in nearby North Waziristan, the northwestern tribal region where the group’s fighters largely have been based.
 Khorasani also known as Tehrik-i-Taliban – said:
‘It’s a gift for those who thought they have crushed us in their so called military operation in North Waziristan.

‘They [the Pakistani military] were always wrong about our capabilities, We are still able to carry out major attacks. Today was just the trailer.
‘Six of our Mujahideen, including three suicide bombers took part in this attack and with the grace of almighty they all executed the plan very accurately.
‘We selected the army’s school for the attack because the government is targeting our families and females. We want them to feel the pain.’  
In its offensive, the military said it would go after all militant groups operating in the region. Security officials and civilians feared retribution by militants, but Pakistan has been relatively calm.
The attack raised the issue of whether this was the last gasp of a militant group crippled by a government offensive or whether the militants could regroup.

HE PAKISTAN TALIBAN: A HISTORY OF SLAUGHTER

Over 1,000 schools have been destroyed by the Pakistan Taliban since 2010, but today’s massacre isn’t just the worst atrocity carried out on a school, but on any target.
In May 2010, members of the organisation stormed two mosques packed with worshippers, throwing grenades and indiscriminately opening fire. The ensuring shootout and hostage situation left 94 dead and more than 120 injured.
Up to 2,000 worshippers were thought to have been in the two mosques in Lahore, Pakistan’s second city, when the two groups of at least seven gunmen and three suicide bombers struck as traditional Friday prayers ended.
In June this year, the Pakistan Taliban killed 29 people in a terrifying siege on Karachi Airport when ten gunmen dressed as Airport Security Force officials stormed Terminal One.
Armed with automatic rifles and rocket-propelled grenades, they triggered a gun battle that raged for 10 hours and left dozens dead and wounded.
Afterwards, the group claimed the attack was revenge for the death of its leader Shahidullah Shahid. It was believed they militants intended to destroy or hijack aircraft before they were stopped by the security personnel and commandos.
Angered at US drone strikes on its mountain retreats, in June last year a group of Taliban gunmen slaughtered 10 tourists at the base of Nanga Parbat, in an attack that sent shockwaves through the climbing community.
The gunmen were wearing uniforms used by the Gilgit Scouts, a paramilitary police force that patrols the area. They abducted two local guides to find their way to the remote base camp – one of which was killed in the shooting.
The Taliban has also attempted to enforce its opposition to women’s rights to education through violence. In January last year, five female teachers were massacred when militants ambushed a van transporting them home from their jobs at a community centre.
The teachers and two health workers – one man and one woman – were killed in the conservative Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province when the militants on motorcycles opened fire with automatic weapons.
It was in this region that a Taliban gunman shot 15-year-old Malala Yousufzai in the head last October for criticizing the militants and promoting girls’ education. Last week she was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
However, the bloodshed in Pakistan pales in comparison to the violence perpetrated by the neighbouring Afghanistan Taliban.
Throughout the 1990s and 2000s, the organisation has been held responsible for several massacres in the cities of Kabul and Mazar-i-Sharif that left thousands dead.

This is really really sad and heart breaking. May the souls of these innocent children rest in peace, Amen.

Police arrest power-drunk cop’s team members, detain DPO

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The police have arrested other six cops at the scene of the torture of a couple in the Lekki area of Lagos State.

A police source told us on Tuesday that the policemen were being detained at the state police headquarters in Ikeja to explain their role in the incident.

Our correspondent had reported how Ejeh Smith and his wife, Grace, were allegedly tortured by a police corporal, Dada Ogunsanya, in the Lekki area.

They were going home in a cab when the incident happened.

Ogunsanya was alleged to have hit Ejeh with his rifle and stepped on the stomach of his wife, while the other policemen looked on.

A passerby, who saw the attack, was said to have insisted that the attention of the police DPO be called to the incident.

The DPO, Aisha Haruna, on arrival at the scene, allegedly backed Ogunsanya’s action and deleted Grace’s recordings of the attack.

Following  report of the incident, which drew the ire of Nigerians, the Inspector General of Police, Suleiman Abba, ordered “a full-scale investigation” into the case.

Abba, in a statement by the Force Public Relations Officer, Emmanuel Ojukwu, said the police would not spare any cop found culpable in the course of investigations.

Our correspondent was told that the police had detained all the policemen involved in the incident pending the conduct of an orderly room trial.

The source said, “The police have arrested all the policemen on duty that night and they are currently being detained at the police headquarters.

“The DPO is also being interrogated to know the extent of her involvement.”

It was learnt the police wanted to conduct the orderly room trial for Ogunsanya on Tuesday, but postponed it for reasons our correspondent could not ascertain.

Speaking on the development, Ejeh, said, “I met with the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Cornelius Aderanti, and he said they have arrested all the seven policemen.

“The CP said they are conducting investigations to know if the policeman is guilty or not, and he assured me that the law will take its course.

“I just want justice to be done and I want to thank all Nigerians who have been supporting us since this started, especially the media.

“This case has cost me my convenience and time, but it is good if I can get justice.”

He said his health condition and that of his wife had improved.

The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, Kenneth Nwosu, had yet to get back to our correspondent on the development as of the time of filing this report.

Taliban gunmen Gunmen kill 145 in school attack

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Taliban gunmen yesterday stormed a military-run school in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar, killing no fewer than 145 people, mostly children.

Pakistani officials declared a military operation to clear the school over.

The overwhelming majority of the victims were students at the school, which instructs grades 1-10. Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif condemned the assault and rushed to Peshawar to show his support for the victims.

As darkness fell on the area, officials said they had cleared the school of militants.

A Pakistani military spokesman, Asim Bajwa, said 141 people died in the attack — 132 children and nine staff members. He declared the operation over and said the area had been cleared. An additional 121 pupils and three staff members were injured.

He said seven attackers, all wearing explosives vests, died in the assault. It was not immediately clear if the militants were all killed by the soldiers or whether they blew themselves up, he said. Bajwa described an assault that seemed designed purely to terrorise the children rather than take anyone hostage to further the militant group’s aims.

“Their sole purpose, it seems, was to kill those innocent kids. That’s what they did,” he said.

The horrific attack, claimed by the Tehreek-e-Taliban, a Pakistani militant group trying to overthrow the government, sent dozens of wounded flooding into local hospitals as terrified parents searched for their children

“My son was in uniform in the morning. He is in a casket now,” wailed one parent, Tahir Ali, as he came to the hospital to collect the body of his 14-year-old son Abdullah. “My son was my dream. My dream has been killed.”

The attack began in the morning when the gunmen entered the school and started shooting at random. Army commandos quickly arrived at the scene and started exchanging fire with the gunmen. Students wearing green school uniforms could be seen fleeing the area on Pakistani television.

Outside the school, two loud booms of unknown origin were heard coming from the scene in the early afternoon, as Pakistani troops battled with the attackers. Armored personnel carriers were deployed around the school grounds, and a Pakistani military helicopter circled overhead.

Pakistani television showed soldiers surrounding the area and pushing people back. Ambulances streamed from the area to local hospitals.

The prime minister vowed that the country would not be cowed by the violence and that the military would continue with an aggressive operation launched in June to rout militants from the North Waziristan tribal area

“The fight will continue. No one should have any doubt about it,” Sharif said.

Bajwa said that 1,099 students and staff were registered at the school.

It is part of a network of schools run by the Pakistani military around the country. The student body is made up of both children of military personnel as well as civilians. A government official, Javed Khan, said most of the students appeared to be civilians rather than children of army staff. But analysts said the militants likely targeted the school because of its military connections.

“It’s a kind of a message that we can also kill your children,” said Pakistani analyst Zahid Hussain

One of the wounded students, Abdullah Jamal, said that he was with a group of 8th, 9th and 10th graders who were getting first-aid instructions and training with a team of Pakistani army medics when the violence began for real

When the shooting started, Jamal, who was shot in the leg, said nobody knew what was going on in the first few seconds.

“Then I saw children falling down who were crying and screaming. I also fell down. I learned later that I have got a bullet,” he said, speaking from his hospital bed.

Another student, Amir Mateen, said they locked the door from the inside when they heard the shooting but gunmen blasted through the door anyway and opened fire.

In a phone call to reporters, Taliban spokesman Mohammed Khurasani claimed responsibility for the attack, saying the suicide bombers carried it out to avenge the killings of Taliban members at the hands of Pakistani authorities.

Peshawar has been the target of frequent militant attacks in the past but has seen a relative lull recently.

The Pakistani military launched the military operation in the nearby North Waziristan tribal area in June, vowing that it would go after all militant groups that had been operating in the region. With the launch of the operation, security officials and civilians feared retribution by militants but until Tuesday, a widespread backlash had failed to materialize.

Tuesday’s attack calls into question whether the militants have been crippled by the military or will be able to regroup. This appeared to be the worst attack in Pakistan since a 2007 suicide bombing in the port city of Karachi killed 150 people.

The violence also underscored the vulnerability of Pakistani schools, which was dramatically exposed in the attack two years ago on Malala Yousafzai, a Pakistani girl shot in the head by a Taliban gunman outside her school in the Swat Valley for daring to speak up about girls’ rights. She survived, becoming a Nobel Prize laureate and global advocate for girls’ education but out of security concerns has never returned to Pakistan.

Militants have also blown up schools in the northwest.

“I am heartbroken by this senseless and cold blooded act of terror in Peshawar that is unfolding before us,” said Malala in a statement.

New N100 Centenary Note Will Be In Circulation From This Friday


Front of the Centenary note

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has announced that the commemorative N100 banknote that was recently unveiled by President, Goodluck  Jonathan will go into circulation from Friday, December 19.
The CBN said the new note would be launched by the Godwin Emefiele, CBN governor, at a ceremony in Abuja on Friday and would be immediately followed by a simultaneous issuance of the currency across its branches nationwide.
The commemorative note, which is embedded with features to assist the visually impaired recognise genuine notes, also has other security features easily identifiable through look, feel and tilt of the currency note.

 
back of the 100 Naira centenary note
The CBN governor had during the unveiling of the new banknote explained that the new note was designed with enhanced security to offer robust resistance against counterfeiting. Authentication features of the note include window micro-optics, showing the national flag and numeral 100 indicating the value of the denomination and the attainment of the centenary period.

“The new design retains the portrait of Chief Obafemi Awolowo both in the ink that is the interglow level, as a portrait and also in a paper as a shadow image. There is a spark feature of a rolling manila bar, which was the instrument of transaction during the slave trade era. At the back side of the currency is the introduced Quick Response Code (QRC), a digital communication feature that highlights and sources all the information about the centenary. With the QRC application, the barcode on the banknote can be scanned by users to read a brief history of Nigeria,” the CBN added.

The commemorative note would circulate alongside the existing  N100 note.