Tuesday, May 21, 2013
The Nigerian Drug Law Enforcement Agency disclosed that they had opened investigations after the Arik Airline workers were allegedly caught with cocaine in the Uk.
NDLEA spokesperson, Mitchell Ofoyeju said the allegations constituted a national embarrassment.
“We are aware of the arrest and we have
opened an investigation into the matter,” Ofoyeju said.
Banji Ola, Arik Air spokesperson said he was not aware of the incident or flight details.
However, Arik Air image maker, Banji Ola said he was yet to be briefed on the matter.
It would be recalled that in December 2011, a 29-year-old Arik Air female hostess, Miss Chinwendu Uwakaonyenma
Ogbonnaya, was arrested at Heathrow Airport over allegation of drug smuggling into the United Kingdom and was thereafter sentenced to five and a half years imprisonment last year.
A 28-year-old man, Ayodele Olaoye, who was allegedly kidnapped by a lady, Esther Phillips, he met at a Club in Opebi, Lagos, has narrated his ordeal before an Ikeja High Court.
Esther was said to have conspired with six others to commit the alleged offence.The other suspects are Patricia Nna, Kingsley Okonwa, Osita Adigwe, Uzochukwu Ezioha, Jude Sunday and Michael Olarenwaju, who are being prosecuted by the Lagos State Directorate of Public Prosecution, DPP.
The seven defendants who were arraigned on March 5 are facing a five-count charge of conspiracy, armed robbery, kidnapping and neglect to prevent felony.
Led in evidence by Mr Ade Ipaye, Attorney General of Lagos State and Commissioner for Justice, Olaoye said he had taken the accused to bed twice since they met in February 2012 and they became friends.
Olaoye, who said he came back into the country in December 2011, after his graduation from a university in England, said the first defendant gave her name as Jenny and claimed to be a student of Lagos State University, LASU.
Olaoye who was testifying at the trial of the seven kidnap suspects before Justice Olabisi Akinlade, said on April 22, 2012, at about 4 p.m, which was on a Sunday, the first defendant asked him to follow her to her hostel in LASU and he agreed because he trusted her.
How I was kidnapped
Olaoye said he drove his Nissan Muranno SUV and picked Philips up at a first generation bank in Opebi and they moved towards LASU with Phillips giving the directions that he should go and pick her friend, the second defendant, whom he said gave her name as Juliet.
He said after they had picked up Nna, the second defendant at Dopemu, Philips told him that the lady was her school mate.
According to him, after driving for sometime, they told me to stop at an isolated place because they were pressed, adding that immediately he stopped the car, three men, Okonwa, Adigwe and Ezioha, entered his car through the back door.
He said the defendants who were armed with a battle axe and knives dragged him to the back seat and took his mobile phone, wrist watch, necklace and money.
Olaoye said he was tied up, blindfolded and taken to an unknown destination by the first to fifth accused persons who told him to cooperate or they would kill him, adding that they took his phone and called his mum first to inform her that he was in a cage.
The plaintiff said after speaking with his mum, they also called his father and told him that he was in a cage and demanded a ransom of $400,000.
He said Phillips specifically told him to try and convince his parents to pay the money or the guys would kill him.
Olaoye said he was incarcerated for four days, adding that the defendants collected N5 million ransom from his parents.
According to him, his father, Mr Segun Olaoye, paid N5 million to them which they shared among themselves.
He said it was while they were sharing the money that he was able to sneak out of the house where he was being held and took a motorcycle to his father’s office in Gowon Estate in Iyana-Ipaja.
After which he wrote a statement at the Police station but he couldn’t remember the exact date or the particular police station.
However, the matter has been adjourned.
I have been dating my boyfriend for 6months now. We have been good friends for almost 4yrs b4 we stared dating. We are very much in love. We both graduated from schl a while back and he got a job while we r awaiting
nysc. He is the one that's bn taking care of his own finances evn on campus. He is quite hardworking too and takes care of some of his siblings. I understand perfectly, and I try not to make demands at all. I'm quite comfortable.
The problem is, my bf is always edgy and touchy when he is broke. We don't stay around each other, but I try to spend a weekend hanging out with him evry month since we left schl. Even when we are just communicating on phone, I know when he is broke. Its always bad. Attimes he just ignores me or passes a comment that's really depressing. When he comes around, he always aplogizes and returns to his sweet and loving self. At those times when he is broke, he won't take anytin from me or allow me help him out. I try to send sms, and assure him that evrytin will be fine but he doesn't want me to evn interfere. I don't know what to do or how to act each time he is in that state. I go thru personal challenges, but I try to act normal and explain to him and he helps out when he can. He advices me a lot too.
Is something wrong, or am I just being paranoid? Or is it just the male ego thing?
A statement by the Office of the Press Secretary in the White House stated this yesterday while clarifying Obama’s visit to Africa.
A copy of the statement entitled “Statement by the Press Secretary on the President’s Travel to Africa” was made available to LEADERSHIP.
The statement reads in part, “President Obama and the First Lady look forward to traveling to Senegal, South Africa, and Tanzania from June 26 - July 3. The President will reinforce the importance that the United States places on our deep and growing ties with countries in sub-Saharan Africa, including through expanding economic growth, investment, and trade; strengthening democratic institutions; and investing in the next generation of African leaders.
“The President will meet with a wide array of leaders from government, business, and civil society, including youth, to discuss our strategic partnerships on bilateral and global issues. The trip will underscore the President’s commitment to broadening and deepening cooperation between the United States and the people of sub-Saharan Africa to advance regional and global peace and prosperity.”
This is the second time that Obama is skipping Nigeria from his visit to Africa as the US president had excluded Nigeria during his first visit to Ghana on July 11, 2009.
The US president had alluded his inability to visit Nigeria during the trip to Ghana on the grounds of poor democratic credential and corruption. But the situation is now worse as the aforementioned issues have now assumed a frightening dimension.
On why he decided to visit Ghana then, Obama had said, “Ghana’s history is rich, the ties between our two countries are strong, and I am proud that this is my first visit to sub-Saharan Africa as President of the United States.
“And I have come here, to Ghana, for a simple reason: the 21st century will be shaped by what happens not just in Rome or Moscow or Washington, but by what happens in Accra as well.
“This is the simple truth of a time when the boundaries between people are overwhelmed by our connections. Your prosperity can expand America’s. Your health and security can contribute to the world’s. And the strength of your democracy can help advance human rights for people everywhere”.
The source said that militants, who were dislodged from Sambisa Game Reserve and other camps in Borno, had sought refuge in the Adamawa forests, especially in the Zumo area of Song Local Government Area.
He also said that the sect members had been sighted in the forests of Maiha and Fufore local government areas of the state.
“Most of the Boko Haram members who are running away from the military operations in Borno are moving into Adamawa State. They are regrouping in Zumo area of Song Local Government Area. Some are in Fufore and Maha local government areas. This particular area has a combination of mountains, rocks and bushes that extend to Cameroon,” he said.
Our correspondents learnt that the sect members mingled with civilians when they were escaping from Borno to Adamawa State.
Adamawa has a complex topography comprising mountains, rocks and thick forests that extend into the nation’s border with Cameroon.
It is a mountainous land crossed by the large river valleys – Benue, Gongola and Yedsarem. The valleys of Cameroon, Mandara and Adamawa mountains form part of the landscape.
The source, who spoke on condition that he would not be named, said that the focus of the Defense authorities that are coordinating the fight against the militants would change in the next few days from Northern Borno to Adamawa State.
He further stated that the influx of suspected insurgents into Adamawa explained the decision of the Defense Headquarters to deploy additional 1,000 troops in the state in preparation for a similar military operation in the area.
The source said, “This might be the reason behind the decision of the Defense Headquarters to deploy additional 1,000 soldiers in the state.
“The attention of the Defense authorities and the Special Forces deployed to flush out suspected Islamic militants in the North- Eastern part of the country may shift from Borno where some of the earliest battles have been fought to Adamawa State.”
At least 91 people confirmed dead, authorities say, and at least another 233 injured in local hospitals
More than 20 children are among the dead, including the seven found drowned in Plaza Towers
Children were told to hold on to the walls, while teachers shielding the students with their bodies
Hundreds of homes wiped out and more than 8,000 people left without power
The devastating tornado was larger than 1999 storm in the area that left 36 people decade
A desperate search is underway for survivors after a giant two-mile wide tornado roared through the suburbs of Oklahoma leaving 91 dead, including seven children who drowned in a pool of water at their school.
Plaza Towers Elementary was in the direct path of the giant twister and today rescuers were combing the debris to find 24 students who went missing after the building took a direct hit during 45 minutes of terror yesterday afternoon.
President Barack Obama has declared a major disaster area in Oklahoma, ordering federal aid to supplement state and local efforts in Moore.
Another elementary school, homes and a hospital were among the buildings leveled by the 200mph winds leaving residents of the town of about 50,000 people stunned at the devastation and loss of life.
Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin expressed her grief on behalf of her state for the parents of the missing children, aged between five and eight, as the death toll across the Oklahoma City suburb of Moore escalated.
'Our hearts are broken for the parents that are wondering about the state of their children that had been in the schools that have been hit today,' Fallin said. 'I know that there are families wondering where their loved ones are.'
She added that rescuers were 'looking under every single piece of debris' for the missing.
That sets a state record for pythons captured or killed in the wild. The previous record measured 17 feet, 7 inches.
Jason Leon was not hunting pythons but, while driving late at night recently in southeast Miami-Dade County, he and a friend spotted about 3 feet of snake protruding from the brush.
Leon applied the brakes, climbed out of the car, grabbed the visible portion of the snake, and began hauling it onto the road.
The giant constrictor responded by trying to wrap its body around one of Leon’s legs, but he was able to dispatch the reptile with a knife.
Burmese pythons are native to grassy marshes of Southeast Asia and can grow to about 23 feet and weigh up to about 200 pounds.
In Florida, where they’ve been released as pets and escaped from wildlife facilities, there are thousands of them, mostly within the Everglades ecosystem.
As such a large and voracious invasive species, they’re a threat to native wildlife. The state would like to eradicate them, if that were possible.
Leon, meanwhile, is being praised.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission issued a news release, in which exotic species specialist Kristen Sommers stated:
“The FWC is grateful to him for both safety removing such a large Burmese python and for reporting its capture…With the help of people like Mr. Leon and our ongoing partnerships with other agencies, the FWC is advancing what we know about Burmese pythons in Florida.”
Leon, who said he once owned Burmese pythons and has experience handling the nonpoisonous snakes, reported the capture via a hotline used for reporting exotic species.
The python was delivered to the University of Florida’s Fort Lauderdale Research and Education Center where it was measured and a necropsy was performed.
One of them wrote this letter to 247naijagossip.com showing 'his' anger at the Igbo-lady, who has allegedly brought shame to them. Below is the letter;
Dear Judith Opara Mazagwu,
Whenever I eventually meet you the daring she-d** in person, I shall ask effusively: “Nwanne nwanyi, I bu onye Igbo?” If your answer is affirmative, I shall yell: “Tufia!!!” to high heavens and probe further: “Nna gi na nne gi, ha bu cha ndigbo? Is your father and mother originally Igbos?” If you, the architect of w**re-llywood, return a negative answer, I shall heave the deepest sigh of relief and dance with reckless abandon. I shall wail with anguish if your parents are truly of the noble Igbo stock.
Opara’s daughter, what has the Igbos, who pride their women in purity, decorum and royalty done to you? What has Ikemba’s people done to deserve the putrid essence you displayed in that raunchy movie trailer? The dignity of womanhood, you desecrated shamelessly.
You should have converted your nomenclature to that of the an**al kingdom before you set the cameras rolling. Who called the shots for filming that monstrosity that debased womanhood and motherhood? Yes, you suffered child abuse but how does being molested at the age of 19 confer a p0*n star designation? Who sponsored the spread of your g3nit*ls in public sphere with that pervert who wants his scenes deleted after the collateral damage had been done? I hope a copy of Destructive Instinct will be delivered to Censors Board in Nigeria for classification.
Judith Opara, that bald headed bloke was actually squeezing, kissing and car3ssing your bu*t0cks and b00bs on camera while you were letting out uhhhs and ahhhs? You had the nerve to upload same online? What manner of poverty configured the mental faculties of a 41 year old mother of two to engage in unclad and display the se% tape on the internet without consideration for her children’s future?
It is an abomination in Igbo land nay Africa for a child to behold his mother in such intense s3xing expedition. Not even se% starved r*pis*s dare to devour a victim before her child’s very eyes. I hope your children will never watch Destructive Instinct, the atrocity you produced.
Until we can trace your lineage to Igbo kindred, I doubt the language of your name. I challenge your brothers, sisters, cousins aunts, uncles (your parents are most definitely dead), friends, relatives, classmates etc to write a rejoinder and authenticate your tribe. I enjoin other concerned brethren both at home and in the Diaspora not to judge you harshly but pray to God whom you offended with impunity, to hasten a financial breakthrough that will discourage your big screen whorish aspiration. Your choice of career is an aberration to us, of eastern Nigeria.
I solicit for contributions from public spirited Nigerians and Africans. Afro Candy is in dire need of rehabilitation – mentally, medically, financially, spiritually and otherwise.
A psychiatrist facility will do a lot for Ada anyi nwanyi. The woman who can perform unclad, unclad on stage owes a psychotherapist a visit.
My dearest sister, conduct a thorough research and you will discover that bl*e film practitioners are never regarded, not even in Hollywood. I advise you to refrain from s3xu*l motion pictures that will further saturate our cyber space with unwholesome content.
His wife and kids, who have since been abandoned by the former president's friends and business associates, now live in a small flat at the state housing estate along Murtala Mohammed highway in Calabar. No aides, no cruising of luxury cars, no partying, no money to spend lavishly. That's their new life now.
Charles Taylor was forced to resign as president and take up political asylum in Nigeria. He arrived Nigeria with his family on August 12, 2003 but was extradited in 2006 to stand trial for war crimes.
In 2012, he was found guilty of all 11 counts of "aiding and abetting" war crimes and crimes against humanity.
Odozi, who said she lives in Owanta village in Ika North-East Local Government Area of Delta State, came to Lagos last week and because she didn’t have anywhere to sleep, slept at Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries where she begged for money to come to the old secretariat in Ikeja.
Odozi at the court premises, Monday. She said she was directed by an official of Human Rights Commission in her state to come to Lagos that she would get help.
According to her, she needed N200,000 for garri and melon business and would not leave Lagos until she got the money for the business.
Odozi who said she bore the five children to one Donald Ugbaja, a former police officer in Delta State, said she was left alone to shoulder the responsibility of taking care of the children including twins after his death.
Odozi who brought out her breasts to demonstrate that she still had a child she was nursing, said she didn’t have any means to feed herself and her children. She said if the Governor of Lagos State could give her N200,000, she would start business with it.
Asked if she would like to be trained in any skill, she said no, adding that she just needs the money to start the business of garri and melon.
She appealed to the Federal Government and well-meaning Nigerians to come to her aid, adding that she started having children when she was only 17 years old and that the father of her children drove her out after she had the fifth child.
He was given a six- month suspended jail sentence with hard labour by the Avissawella magistrate.
In the year 2009, a 44-year old woman was married to the suspect at the marriage registration office in Getaheththa. Later, he married her 20-year-old daughter at the marriage registration office in Deraniyagala.
The suspect informed the court that he is ready to accept his second wife. The first wife was considered the defendant in the case since the daughter had married the suspect knowing that he is her mother's husband.
Jessica Curphey, 20, was rushed to hospital after she developed excruciating pain on her right side.
Just weeks earlier, her GP had diagnosed a urine infection, prescribing her antibiotics.
But scans at Surrey's St Helier Hospital revealed what doctors first thought was a 17cm cyst on her right kidney.
Then 11 days later, further tests showed Jessica actually had two kidneys on her right side, the second of which was the 'cyst' - and was so damaged it would have to be removed.
But during the operation, surgeons discovered yet another kidney, meaning Jessica had four and the 'extremely rare' privilege of having double the amount.
After having the damaged kidney removed in June last year, Jessica is now raising money for Kidney Research UK.
She said she had a lot to thank her housemate Steph for, who first rushed her to hospital.
She said: 'At first I didn't know how to feel because I had been told so many things.
'Now it's quite fun watching how people react when you tell them that you've got an extra kidney.
'I suppose it's weird not knowing what's going on inside your body until something happens.
'It was a difficult experience but I was looked after and I've come through it the other end and looking forward to the future.'
Consultant urological surgeon Robyn Webber said: 'Having three kidneys on a single side of the body is exceptionally rare. There are perhaps fewer than 100 cases described in textbooks and papers.'
Jessica's mother, Alison, 45, raced down to Surrey from Manchester when she heard her daughter had been rushed to hospital.
Alison said doctors drained more than 2,000ml of infected fluid from the damaged third kidney - which was unable to drain because it was damaged.
She said: 'Jess had never been ill before this. Because this kidney was so badly stretched and damaged by the infection, the consultant urologist informed Jess that the only solution was to have it removed.
'He said he would try to save the lower kidney but prepared her in case both of them had to be removed.
'As you can imagine there were lots of tears all round but we were just thankful that they had managed to stop her going into septic shock.'After the operation on June 11 Jessica made a full recovery and is looking forward to finding out her degree results.
Alison said: 'Jess was placed on the enhanced recovery programme and in true 'Jess fashion' she charmed and delighted everyone with her recovery.
'The nurses called her "smiler". Three days after having a major organ removed, she was discharged.'