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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Pastor Charged For Rape - Gbooza.com

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A 44-year-old pastor, Samuel Cobbina, the overseer of Nazareth Prayer Ministry, is in the grips of the law for attempting to rape a 28-year-old married woman, Eze Rita.

Pastor Cobbina was charged with attempting to commit a crime contrary to section 18(1) of the Criminal Code of Act 29/60.

The complainant, Eze Rita, is a hairdresser who resides at Alajo.

Narrating the facts to the court presided over by Ali Baba Abature, the prosecuting officer, Inspector Akrofi Ansah, said on 17th February, 2012, Eze went for prayers with a friend at Nazareth Prayer Ministry at Sapeiman after she had discussed her problems with her friend.

During prayers, Pastor Cobbina disclosed to Eze that there was a revelation about her and that she needed special prayers and directions so she should meet him after the service, around 5:30pm.

Pastor Cobbina invited Eze into his room under the pretext of giving her divine direction to solve her problems.

Cobbina, knowing what he was up to, intentionally delayed Eze till 10:30pm when she could not get access to transportation to her house.

He started fondling and caressing her and demanded to have sex with her but she refused, asking him to stop because she was married.

Eze’s friend, after waiting for her for some time, started calling her on phone to find out what was keeping her but Cobbina seized her phone and switched it off.

He then called Eze’s friend, who is a witness in the case, and informed her that she had left for home.

In a bid to satisfy his libido, Cobbina dragged Eze on the ground when she attempted to run away.

He sprinkled some concoction on her face and threatened her that if she refused to have sex with him, she would die after 3 days, after which he tore her dress.

Around 4:30 am, Cobbina, realizing that he could not succeed, opened the door and allowed Eze to go.

Eze lodged a complaint at the Tesano Domestic Violence and Victim Support Unit (DOVVSU) and Cobbina was arrested. During interrogation, he admitted that he demanded sex from the complainant.

via peacefm

Source: http://www.gbooza.com/forum/topics/pastor-charged-for-rape#ixzz1nnVH90WI

Please Read! True Life Story From Abuja - By wolaoye

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This story is told by Alph Ekpenyong. It is heart-rending. See what unscrupulous Indians are doing to Nigerians on Nigerian soil:





I am hurt and I wish to spread this news fast. If you had listened to the network news in FRCN this morning, this issue was seriously broadcasted and analyzed by the Reporter. It was also broadcast Monday last week.

The Indian operated Specialist hospital in Karu Site, Abuja are Quacks, Fake, 419 and exploiters of Nigerians. If you know anybody going or planning to go to that hospital, please stop the person immediately.

The hospital was built by FCT as Karu General hospital but all of a sudden it was leased to this killer Indians to operate as specialist hospital.

Charges in this hospital is exploitative, only registration alone in N25,000.00.

MAIN ISSUE

In November 2011, my sister went to the Indian Hospital for Fibroid operation. The Indian thieves diagnosed her and said her case is very complex. She was charged a total of N700,000.00. On the day of operation, she was taken to the theatre and was Open up. What do I mean. She was torn OPEN-UP and stitched back without removing any fibroid. When she recovered from the effect of the Anastasia, they congratulated her for successful operation and that lumps of fibroid had been removed from her. My sister requested from the doctors to see the lumps which is a normal practice in every hospital, the Indian thieves said the lumps had been taken to lab for analysis, that they will show her later. Till today my sister have not sighted the fibroid lumps that was removed from her.

From the night after the operation, my sister started feeling serious pains than what she had before. She complained to the Indian thieves, they said it will be okay and discharge after three days with the pains. She went home and had more pains than ever aside the torn wound. We decided in December 2011 to go for scan in another lab. The scan result shows that there are heavy lumps of fibroid in her and that there is absolutely no sign that any removal attempt had been carried out even though there is evident that she was opened up for surgery. We tried the scan in another specialist hospital in Asokoro, Abuja. It was the same result. My sister then disguised herself with another name and went for scan in the same Indian specialist hospital Abuja and they confirmed that she was open up but not an iota of fibroid was removed from her. My sister lied to the scan officers that the operation was done in Benin hence she will require a comprehensive report from the Indian Killer hospital and the they did a beautiful job in putting the whole report in black and white.

January this year, my sister went for the same fibroid operation in another hospital in Asokoro, Abuja and she was operated successfully and the lumps of fibroid removed were shown, the operation was videoed and pictures of everything were taken and are well kept.

She has written petitions to Medical and Dental Council of Niger, Nigerian Medical association, Minister of Health, and we making effort to present it to the National Assembly. Many media reporters have interviewed her, Some have written already. FRCN has carried twice as main news item.

Investigation by media reveals that those Indians are quacks, they do not posses basic medical credentials. The Head of the hospital an Indian woman is not a medical doctor. The deputy is her son and not a medical doctor as well. A specialist hospital operating in a Nigerian Government Built Infrastructure do not have a medical director!

Nigerian Medical Council have confirmed that this Indians were brought during the former Minister of FCT and were horridly given temporary permission to operate without passing through the normal registration procedure by the council.

DONT BE A VICTIM, BE WARNED. SPREAD THE NEWS TO ANY NIGERIAN YOU KNOW. AVOID INDIAN SPECIALIST HOSPITA, KARU SITE, ABUJA.

ALPH . EKPENYONG

Source http://ngmix.net/lib/vendor/web/articles/2/5716.html

OPC Member Kills Etisalat Employee Over N10 Toll - Punch


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A suspected member of the Odua Peoples Congress known by the pseudonym “Ultimate” on Monday allegedly killed an employee of Etisalat, Chukwuma Eze, in the Ejigbo area of Lagos State during an argument over N10 toll.

PUNCH Metro learnt that N10 toll was collected by the OPC members at a footbridge that links Ejigbo with Ajao Estate.

It was gathered that the deceased told the collectors that he had only N1, 000 denominations with him and offered it to one of the collectors who asked him to come back for his balance.

Eze was said to have agreed but was shocked when on his return a female member of the group insisted that the deceased did not give N1,000 to the collectors.

The telecoms employee was said to have been angered by the denial resulting in a fight between him and the female member of the group.

Sensing that the female member of the group could not match Eze’s strength, “Ultimate,” was said to have brought out an object suspected to be charm and hit the telecoms employee with it on the chest.

Eze, who is to marry in April, reportedly slumped and died on the spot.

It was learnt that immediately words filtered in that Eze had died, his kinsmen in the area carried out a reprisal and attacked some members of the OPC found at the footbridge.

A source told PUNCH Metro that in the ensuing pandemonium, a member of the OPC was also killed, while some motorcycles and a generator belonging to members of the group were vandalised.

The spokesperson for the state police command, Mr. Joseph Jaiyeoba, who spoke to our correspondent on the telephone confirmed the incident but said facts about the incident were still sketchy.

He said, “One Chukwuma Eze was allegedly killed by some people collecting money at a footbridge but we cannot say for sure if the collectors are members of the OPC or the local government revenue collectors.

“The incident caused a stir as some friends of the deceased confronted and fought with the suspects."

To read more click here: Punch Newpaper
 

Rapist, 65, jailed 20 years after attacking child - Yahoo News


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It has taken 20 long, painful years, but justice has finally been served with the imprisonment of a 65-year-old man who raped a child in 1992.

The ordeal had left the victim, now aged in her 30s, "mentally scarred by the experience" inflicted on her by UK publican Harry Davey, recorder Bernard Gateshill told Leeds Crown Court.

"Your young victim spent 20 years thinking that you had got away with raping her," Mr Gateshill said.

"You have clearly ruined her life.

"The reality is you have escaped justice for 20 years and your victim has had to wait 20 years for an acknowledgement that you wronged her."

For two decades, Davey denied any wrongdoing and forensic tests at the time were inconclusive, Britain's Daily Mail reported.

What finally landed Davey in prison was advances in technology as part of a cold case review, which enabled testing of DNA traces on the girl's clothing.

"The victim . . . had gone to Davey's smallholding in Bradford in 1992 to help a family friend feed pigs. She was allowed to ride horses there, along with other girls," The Mail reported.

"Sophie Drake, prosecuting, said she went to the defendant's house thinking his wife was at home, but Davey was there and his young child was in bed. They were in the living room together when he grabbed her.

"The court heard Davey pushed her on to the sofa, pulled down her jeans and ignored her protests as he raped her."

The then-schoolgirl was spat on, beaten, bullied and forced to move because people claimed she had wrongly accused a married man of rape.
Davey has been jailed for six years and eight months.

Source Yahoo

Monday, February 27, 2012

Breaking News: James Ibori Pleads Guilty In London Court - Global Reporters Vienna






One of the Nigeria's wealthiest and most influential politicians and former Governor of Delta State Chief James Ibori  has pleaded guilty to fraud and money laundering as charged in London court.

It would be recalled that the British police had accussed him of stealing $250m over eight years of his governorship.

He will be sentenced on 16 April as he faces up to 10 years in London prison.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Igbo Cultural Society Austria In Memory Of Ijele Ndigbo, Chief Emeka Odimegwu Ojukwu - Global Reporters



 Dear Sir/Madam,


The Wake Keep & Requime Mass scheduled for tomorrow, Saturday, 25th February and the Requim Mass for Sunday, 26th February are not only for adults.
Pleease come along with the children to join in.
Incase if one has any donation to make, it is also not too late.

Thanks and God bless.
Chris Uzodimma Ozoike
General Secretary, ICS-Austria

Friday, February 24, 2012

Ikemba II and the Shocking Politicization of Igbo Tradition By Odimegwu Onwumere - Global Reporters Vienna











It’s not only theatrical, but also profanity that one of the sons of the deeply revered late Igbo Icon, Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu, Ikemba Nnewi, has unwittingly chosed to haul the corridor of disrepute. Not the quintessential Barrister Debe Sylvester Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu – the applauded first son of the late Ojukwu who has respected the father even to death – but the ambitious Emeka Odumegwu Ojukwu Jr. was it who has acted diminuendo by going to his maternal home and was crowned Ikemba II by some (better called autonomous community leaders) masquerading themselves as Traditional Rulers, when they could not conduct themselves in the ethics and ethos of the tradition they are boasting of defending.

An elder does not stay at home and watch children celebrate vulture for kite or celebrate masquerade for human being. It is not of a child to play with the father’s penis instead of the mother’s breast, but this Ojukwu Jr. has preferred to play with the proverbial father’s penis instead of the mother’s breast. As if the Ikemba title is a dynasty, and even if it was, is it in the position of this Ojukwu Jr. to be crowned Ikemba II? And if he must be crowned Ikemba II, is it supposed to be at the maternal village? And if it must be at the maternal village, is it supposed to be when his father is not buried? This act is the height of orchestrated rudeness and mumbo-jumbo ever practiced against the Igbo tradition.

When Dim Ojuwku was alive, many of us could retrospect the dawdling this Ojukwu Jr. made of himself by the center of attraction scenario he created around/for himself and was parading himself in that mode and his incessant complaints that certain persons should stop playing politics with the health of his father. This was published in the media. He went further and mandated that information henceforth about the health condition of his father should ooze out from him. Reading Nigerians thought that he was the late Ojukwu’s first son.

But when observer-Nigerians who knew those he was talking about saw that they continued to dish out the news about Ojukwu’s health in London, we didn’t get any contradiction from this figurative first son of Ojukwu. Also, when the news of Ojukwu’s death filtered into Nigeria and we waited for him to (make a nationwide broadcast because he likes much publicity), he didn’t. To the point the palace of the Igwe Nnewi, the hometown king, lost its patience and was infuriated that it was not aware that Ojukwu had died because it had not been formally informed according to the tradition and culture of the Nnewi people. At his point, this Ojukwu Jr. seemed was hiding under the table and was peeping from there to envy whoever that would officially inform their kingdom that Ojukwu had died.

To the upset of many people that (a whole man like) Ojukwu could die and upto that period his kingdom was not duly informed, we read from Barrister Debe Sylvester Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu in the newspapers of how he (as the first son of the late Ojukwu) was accompanied by some elderly uncles in the enlarged Ojukwu family to the Igwe Nnewi and informed the palace of the death of his father. It was a shocking revelation that the late Ojukwu had (a first son) whereas this Ojukwu Jr. was expending his energy as if he was. And he didn’t argue against Debe.

One characteristics of Debe Ojukwu which is in line with Igbo tradition and culture is that he respected his father by not making his voice heard while his father was still on the socio-pol-eco stage in Nigeria. Even when his father wanted him to be his ‘successor’ while he was alive, Debe was always ‘running’ because the big masquerade was on the stage. This is what a wise son who was bred and brought up in the Igbo tradition and culture does. Even in the European cosmology, do we not hear that two captains do not stay in one boat? So, how come is this Ojukwu Jr. not remembering the mother’s breasts he sucked before navigating against the tide to collect Ikemba II? (Ochekwara ka nna ya nwuruo tupu ya gawa ichi ozo?).

The abominable act of this Ojukwu Jr. is evidence in any community where the real custodians of culture are deprived of the Igwe or Eze stool because they are not university graduates or do not have money, but someone who made his money through questionable means will be the preferred candidate because he has money or a Professor who has never lived among/with his people will be the preferred candidate.

This has been the new culture in ala-Igbo in crowning the ‘modern day’ Igwes and Ezes who use money to lobby for autonomous community for them to be appointed Igwe or Eze after. And instead of the Ofo (Ancestral Staff) known of the Igbo tradition will be given to them, Staff of Office from the State Government will be given in the place of the Ofo and an enlarged Certificate of Office will also follow.

All the newspapers and radio and television jingles will celebrate the coronation of such Igwe or Eze hence he leads his people from the Aso Rock or Government House of his state and confer chieftaincy title to both the good, the bad and the ugly without checks because he singlehandedly appoints his cabinet (are there traditional kingmakers in Igbo communities again?) and becomes business associates of the ruling politicians and surround himself with formidable security agents and becomes lord to his people that they hardly see him or have access to his house christened palace he visits at will to run his kingdom like a political office because every of his power comes from the political office.

Ndigbo do say that a woman dances and walks on a fallen Iroko tree the way and manner she likes of which she cannot do when the Iroko is standing. We also say that it is only a foolish child that points at his father’s house with the left hand and sells the land his late father bought. This Ojukwu Jr. should know that through proverbs Ndigbo and their ancestors communicate so much. Our ancestors, in one of their proverbs, warn that it is only a foolish child that chases the rat (like the Ikemba II) while his house is on fire, especially when his ailing father or mother is lying in the burning house.

The late Ojukwu during his life time never minded such a shilly-shallying rat. He was majorly concerned with the acuity of a united Ndigbo, which epitomizes the Igbo philosophy, that a bunch of broom is expedient to one broom. How will the late Ojukwu look at this equidistant of the Ikemba II title? This act of the wise man’s son should not be treated with equanimity, because it will lead the Igbo to be watching without help, the sun crossing the equator and watch helplessly, the day and night become equal.

Odimegwu Onwumere, a Media Consultant, writes from Rivers State. Mobile: +2348032552855. Email: apoet_25@yahoo.com

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Horror: Rampaging Lion Kills Two Persons, Animals In Yobe State - The Telegraph


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A lion has killed two herders and 30 livestock in a settlement in northeastern Nigeria's Yobe State, the environment commissioner said Tuesday.





"We have a lion on the rampage which has so far killed two people and around 30 herd", Ahmed Wakil Sarki told AFP.

He said the lion attacked the settlement on the edge of a forest in Gujba district, 30 kilometres (20 miles) from the state capital Damaturu on Monday.

"We are trying to mobilise our rangers from the wildlife department to capture the predator alive or hunt it down to avert further destruction," he said.

Mr Sarki said the lion was believed to be holed up near Damaturu as residents in nearby villages reported seeing the devoured remains of animals they suspected to have been killed by the big cat.

He added that it was not clear whether the lion lived nearby or came from afar.


The Telegraph

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

West Africa: ECOWAS to Introduce Single Currency by 2020 - Ekweremadu

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Enugu — THE Economic Community of West African States, ECOWAS, is to introduce a single currency in the sub-region by 2020, while it will become effective in English speaking countries in 2015.


Speaker of the ECOWAS Parliament, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, made this known at a dinner organized for members of the Administration, Finance and Budget Committee of the organisation after their one week meeting/workshop in Enugu weekend.

Ekweremadu, who is also the Deputy President of the Nigerian Senate said his tenure as speaker would see the parliament performing all its legislative functions to the fullest and taking the sub- region to the next level.

In his words: "Our parliament will henceforth screen the list of Commissioners for the Commissions, scrutinize and pass budgets as well as make laws that would transform the sub-region."

He also said ECOWAS had transformed from being a committee of states to becoming a committee of the people, adding that it was for this reason that the meeting/workshop was drafted to hold in other places other than state capitals as was the practice in the past.

In his speech, Chairman of the Committee on Administration, Finance and Budget of the parliament, Alhaji Farouk Lawan, paid glowing tributes to the speaker of the parliament and called on members to support him to achieve all the laudable dreams he had for sub-region.

In his remarks, the fourth deputy speaker of the parliament, Michael Nyaunu, thanked the speaker, government and people of Enugu State for the hospitality extended to them during their one-week stay in the state; describing the people of the state as peaceful, warm and friendly.

SOURCE Vanguard (Lagos)

Friday, February 17, 2012

The Massacre Of Igbos: Okorocha’s Statement Very Unfortunate - By Uzoma Ahamefule



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Fellow concerned Nigerians, whose pain I share with visa-versa, I address you all under compulsion as a patriotic citizen of the federal Republic of Nigeria with agony of helplessness and deep sense of responsibility. The aches from my tears of sorrow are uncontrollably wetting my lips to tremble because the answers to my many questions about Nigeria seem very far to reach.

You are probably asking; why this lamentation? You can ask that over and over again because your relatives are not involved in the killings in the north. I am lamenting because the massacre of the Christians in the north particularly the Igbos is painfully a reminiscent of the genocide in 1966 that led to the Nigerian Biafran war. I am lamenting because I am painfully mourning the deaths of fellows in the north and their forceful exodus is agonizingly evocative of another abandoned properties in the making. I am lamenting because the Igbos have always been at the receiving end at any crisis in Nigeria, call it religion, politics or ethnicity they have always paid the ultimate price. I am lamenting because many of the Igbos that have been killed like idiots will get a mass burial in the north against Igbo tradition, that is, if their corpses are discovered. I am lamenting because President Goodluck Jonathan from a southern minority is the president of Nigeria, therefore everywhere should be ungovernable. Where is one love and unity? I am still lamenting and weeping because many of the Igbos in the north now are homeless refugees hiding without food in their stomachs and without knowing whether they will be killed in the next minute. If you beat a child at least it is fair enough to allow that child to cry out some emotions. I am crying because I am emotionally and psychologically down. News just got to me that a friend of mine was one of the people murdered in the Kano bomb, thus, I am furious.

And with this at the back of my mind, if what was credited to Chief Rochas Okorocha, the governor of Imo state, in the media that the killing of the Igbos in Kano was a fabricated story should be true, then, it is very unfortunate. These were the words of Okorocha as described and quoted by Champion newspaper, “Okorocha told Governor Rabiu Kwankwaso that he was personally disturbed at the rate of phone calls and text messages that were sent to the east that many souls of Igbo people were killed in the multiple bomb blasts of Kano which necessitated his visit to see for himself. The Imo governor noted that on his arrival he went to Sabon Gari where many of his people live, ‘but after going round and meeting with virtually everybody all of them denied that the story of killings of Igbo people were cooked for unknown reason, as such they are baseless and unfounded’ He said already he had directed that all those that have started running away to stay behind as there was no basis for their leaving Kano …” This declaration is unacceptable when you remember the number of Igbos that were reported by Nigerian newspapers to have been murdered in that very particular bomb blast. This statement is disappointingly full of hopelessness for those Imolites that are still alive in Kano and had nursed the notion that their amiable governor would be magnanimous enough to understand the precarious danger they were in and rescue them from roaring lions. Alas! They have misconceived and must be disillusioned. In custom to traditions, it was very painful to see the agonizing faces of those bereaved families wailing in sorrow beside the graves of their departed ones in mark of respects to their final and untimely journey beyond. And Okorocha captured all this pitiful moments but yet decided to play politics with the emotions of the people by telling those affected to close their mouths and clean their crocodile tears because they were all fabricated deaths and burials.

I know that Okorocha has always been a political show man that likes playing to the gallery for accolades which turned him to an occasional traffic controller in Owerri and an economics teacher in the secondary schools as if he had had less works in the office. Because Okorocha is dreaming of the president seat of Nigeria, he has already started playing the dirty politics now with the lives of the Igbos annoyingly. Okorocha went to Kano to smoothen his presidential ambition and not on a mission of finding out the situation of the Igbos as he claimed. Here are the words of Ohaneze Ndigbo Chairman in Kano state Chief Tobias Idika refuting the claim of Okocha, “He came for his own political business. He did not come to see Ndigbo. He did not set foot in the community […] We have evidence of 55 dead Igbos – there names and their corpses …” According to information reaching me, Okorocha is scheming to remain the governor of Imo state in 2015 and then to contest the presidential election in 2019, and based on that he would not like to be seen as a tribalist. Hence, after meeting Governor Rabiu Kwankwaso, he ate ‘Suya’ and chewed ‘Gworo’ and made such regrettable proclamation because his families are not involved. Okorocha is a Nigerian and after being a governor he should be over qualified to aspire for the seat in Aso Rock but not deceptively by the way he did. We must be honest at all times and criticise objectively, Chief Rochas Okorocha is doing well in Imo state. But that is not the purpose of this article, but his statement in Kano. I like Okorocha as a philanthropist that is putting smiles on the faces of the people but a square peg must be put in a round hole.

Because everything about the Igbos has been politicised in Nigeria to the extent that whenever an Igbo man stands up against injustice meted to a fellow Igbo which ordinarily the person would still have done if it had happened to a Benue man etc., the person is immediately branded a tribalist. Why do Igbo politicians allow themselves to be boxed into this state of shading away from the Igbo course or not openly identifying themselves with Igbo problems like other elites from other tribes? Is the civil war not over? Does it mean that every Igbo elite that speaks about injustice against Ndigbo wants secession, therefore has got no political future at the federal level? And obviously it was because of this mindset that Okorocha had told such a blatant lie about the dead Igbos for his presidential ideas to be accepted in the north as a nationalist or a patriot. It was exactly the same frame of mind that made Chief Jim Nwobodo in 1999 during PDP primaries in Jos to address the congregation in Hausa language without using Igbo language, but he forgot that he has been condemned irredeemably beyond his redemption to remain Igbo man till eternity. It is equally the same reason that makes the Igbo elites to abandon the harmless Igbo youths who are MOSSOB members to indiscriminate arrest and imprisonment in the hands of the authorities when the Hausa and Yoruba elites etc. never stopped protecting their youths under any forum. What is wrong with Igbos?

Okorocha should know that he is not more patriotic than some of us therefore he should call a spade a spade for all of us to have the desired atmosphere. It would be recalled that I had earlier supported Okorocha’s government through one of my articles titled “Igbo president may be the first president to be impeached in Nigeria,” you can Google it. In that article I equally pointed out few things that were against ethics and norms of democracy and advised Okorocha from my point of view. In the same manner I advise him again to concentrate on giving Imolites dividend of democracy because his performance will catapult him to any height and should not get himself distracted with the presidential idea like the way he is going about it now. I equally advise him to beware of those green snakes in green grass that are in his cabinet. A late political juggernaut K.O Mbadiwe described them as a “political Edi Abali” (those that will be with you in the afternoon but in the night they move with their lanterns to your political enemies), they are very dangerous and be wary of them because they will betray you like they betrayed Chief Ikedi Ohakim. Rochas, this “political Edi Abali’s” are advising you to failure therefore, ignore them to save your political life and please as a temporarily safety measure send a rescue team to the north immediately and evacuate those Imolites that are willing to come back but are trapped financially or otherwise. In the same manner I advice all the eastern and south south governors to take politics out of this issue because life is very precious and save the lives of their indigenes because they are the primary targets.

The killings of the Christians in the north are ungodly, barbaric, and senseless and must stop now. Every honest Nigerian must rise in condemnation of this evil. Irrespective of tribe or religion it will always be beneficiary that we in unison at all times condemn wickedness whether it was meted to Yorubas, Hausas, Igbos or Efiks etc. for peace and tranquillity.

The Igbo people can survive in any place as long as life exist there because they are hard working and that is why they are welcomed and loved by many anywhere they go to. And because of their nature of openness, hospitality, friendliness and intelligence, thus, you find them in every part of Nigeria developing. They are the true symbol of one unity and as such the emblem of Nigeria is under threat again. Please Nigerians, this iniquity in the name of ethnic or religious killings must by all means be halted now before it escalates because no tribe, religion or group has got a monopoly of killing.

While I commiserate with the bereaved families and pray that God grants them fortitude to bear the loss, may the souls of the departed victims rest in peace, Amen.

My last respect for a brave man who saw tomorrow, the lion that guided his people, Eze Igbo gburugburu, the Ikemba of Nnewi, Colonel Emeka Odimegwu Ojukwu, Ijele Ndigbo, rest in peace until we see to part no more. Adieu!



Uzoma Ahamefule
A concerned patriotic citizen writes from Vienna, Austria.
Uzomaah@yahoo.com
+436604659620 (sms only)

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

“Go And Drink Your Oil, IGBO Can’t Blackmail North, Go Home If You’re Tired Of Staying’”–Sen. Joseph Waku Explodes


By Republic Reporters New York.



New York [RR] ABUJA–In an exclusive interview with SUN-Newspaper Senator Joseph Waku said that “IGBO can’t blackmail the north, and he categorically tells them to “Go home if you’re tired of staying”–RepublicReporters New York has learned.




Among other things Senator Baku addressed include, telling South-South and South-East to go and drink their oil, Yoruba can eat their cocoa, we will eat our yam, to hell with disintegration, he fumed. He added: ”Am disgusted with the so-called South-South Youth Forum, threatening Nigerians. And I have never heard a responsible person from that region coming up to say these young people are saying this on their own. So, one begins to wonder whether this is a grand plan to cause confusion so that Nigeria can disintegrate. To hell with disintegration of Nigeria. Let everybody answer his father’s name. Let them go and drink their oil, we will eat our yam. Yoruba will eat their cocoa in their region. Life will still continue. But does that solve the problem? The answer is no. But the president is sitting down there and listening to people making advertisement of secession and they are not arrested. Yet, some fools somewhere are saying why don’t you arrest Babangida? Why don’t you arrest Atiku? Why don’t you arrest Gusau? Why don’t you arrest Ciroma? What have they done that warrants their arrest?

“And you think by so doing, the nation’s problem will be solved. How can some people say we will secede and the national security operatives didn’t say anything or fault the threat? He also gave Boko Haram chance to do the kind of nonsense they are doing. Everything boils down to leadership. I was deeply involved in the campaign for the Late MKO Abiola. I was his campaign coordinator for the then middle-belt. I was initially his coordinator for Benue State but when he emerged in Jos as the Presidential candidate, I was upgraded to the coordinator for the entire middle belt. When his election was annulled, we all teamed up with him. But when Yoruba decided to make it Yoruba affairs, I then pulled out. I pulled out because I was working for a Nigerian that I knew his competence. I knew his support cut across borders of religion and tribes. Besides, Nigerians don’t bother about religion when it comes to leadership. Look at the most complicated election Nigeria went through at that time: Muslim/Muslim ticket. Yet, Nigerians came out with dignity to cast their votes for these gentlemen. Again, there was Buhari/Idiagbon regime. Nigeria is not all about religion or tribe. But when one tribe is trying to claim that it is wiser than others, that is where we have problem that is going on now. Boko Haram has become a big threat to the unity of this country to the extent that the Igbo have given directive to their people in the north to move back home owing to the feeling that they are being targeted. How do you see this development?Ndigbo are not being targeted. If you read our last communiqué by the Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF), we advised Nigerians to stay where they are. We even attempted to defend the elders of the South-South despite the reckless pronouncements of their youth. But up till now, none of their elders has come out to tell the nation that they are not involved in what their youths are doing. The ACF has come out to say that we are not in support of that. So, northerners have not given any instruction to Igbo to leave. We are under a constitutional provision which allows freedom of movement and association. But if those staying in the north are tired of staying in the north, they are free under the constitution to move. But the north cannot accept a blackmail that Igbo are being targeted. Let them come out with what is motivating them to move back home. Of course, they are free to move anywhere in this county. They probably have recorded more casualties than any other tribe.(Cuts in). They recorded more casualties because in terms of religion, particularly in the north, the Igbo dominate Christian religion. So, if a church is burnt, naturally, Igbo who are in the church would be affected. In Kano which is predominantly a Muslim state, is Boko Haram group not killing people there? The problem of Boko Haram has gone beyond tribal issue.




Q: Some people still believe that northern elders have not spoken loud enough on this Boko Haram issue. Have they? How would they have spoken? Have they been consulted to speak? I know some southerners tried to accuse the northern leaders, Adamu Ciroma and co that said if Goodluck Jonathan becomes president, the government would be miserable. He said that because he knew as of fact that the people would not be happy and they are not. He has spoken sufficiently because you know that it was not the turn of the South to produce the president. Let me not deceive you, people are angry. Our governors in the north are angry. But they don’t know what to say and the people of the north are against them because they sold out. They betrayed the confidence reposed in them; they sold out the north. Isn’t it an irony that the same people they would have ruled over are the same people being slaughtered?



Read full text of Sen. Waku interview with Omoniyi Salaudeen of SUN-Newspaper, dated February 12, 2012 beneath:



Senator Joseph Waku is the Vice National Chairman of the Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF). In this interview, he speaks on a wide range of issues agitating the minds of many Nigerians-national security, corruption, bad governance among others. In what appears to be a new perspective to the security challenge facing the nation, he posited that the threat of Boko Haram might be a grand design by a particular section of the country to give the north a bad name so that they can execute their secession plan. He said, “We northern leaders are even contemplating that Boko Haram is his (Jonathan’s) own making to blackmail the north so that they can secede. It has reached a dimension for one to believe that there are some people somewhere that are fueling this crisis to give a dog a bad name so that they would have a reason to secede. We are beginning to suspect that there is a plan against the north.” Excerpts…



Have you finally retired from politics?If you are in politics for economic benefits and you can’t achieve that expectation, then you may retire. But when you go into politics to render services to the downtrodden, the less privileged in our society, speak for the voiceless people, you will never retire. You can take a back bench, but you will always comment on national issues. For me, politics is not all about staying in office. If you insist on office holding, you become not just a politician but a job seeker. So, there are two dimensions in this case. One is a job seeker politician that must always be in the office, the other is a seasoned politician that must speak for the less privileged people in the society. In and out of office, one can still render services to the nation. And that is what some of us have been doing. I am not going to fight for any elective office, but if I am called upon and the calling is genuine, then I may consider it. But I am not going to quit politics. Politics is in me. As I wake up in the morning, the first thing I say is ‘oh God, thank you for waking me up, give me the opportunity to speak for the less privileged.’ I don’t ask God what I will eat or enjoy for myself, but the opportunity to speak for the less privileged. So, it is not all about office because office is a privilege. You may not be a politician; yet, you may find yourself in the House of Representatives or the senate. You can also be a politician without running for any elective post. So, these are two different scenarios in this game. Revelations coming out of the House of Representatives Committee probing the controversial petroleum subsidy funds have shown how some cabals are holding down the country.



What is your opinion on this?



I hate to hear the word cabal. You mean there is nothing like cabal?I said I hate the word cabal. Why?Cabal is a group of people given the responsibility of looking after the majority. Nigeria is about 150 million in population. Those in government are less than three million people. That is the cabal itself. These are the privileged few trusted with the responsibility of looking after this great nation. But they have found within themselves a few criminals who are holding down the nation. Unfortunately, the leadership knows them and shields them from being prosecuted. For me, such people are not cabal; they are criminals within a group of Nigerians who are given the responsibility of looking after the affairs of this country. We should not be calling such people cabal; they are criminals within the group. And the government knows those criminals that are cornering our wealth. So, they should be prosecuted and jailed to serve as deterrent to others in the future. For sometimes now, I have not been speaking on the state of the nation. And it is not out of fear or out of cowardice; it is because I just don’t want to make comment. I have turned down a number of interviews from many media organizations because I am sick and tired of what is going on in the country. So, I decided to keep my eyes and ears widely open to hear and see where those leading the country are taking us. Nigerians were jubilating voting for Jonathan as president of this country. He needs to sit up and deliver on his electoral promises. Government is not about ethnicity, it has a wider perspective than that. He had better stand up so that this country will not collapse under his government even though he has confessed to us that the system has collapsed under his leadership. He made the statement and I took him up on that. The question is: What is he doing in the office if the nation has collapsed?



As hardened as former President Obasanjo was, he brought into consideration authoritarian spread of appointments. The National Security Adviser of Mr. President was a northerner. The Director General of SSS was a Yoruba man but a Muslim. And so it was for all other service chiefs. These are sensitive positions. Now, Jonathan went and picked National Security Adviser from his village. He picked Director-General of SSS from his village. He picked Chief of Army Staff from his village. So, Nigerians are folding their arms to watch these people if they can help to solve the nation’s security issues. He also brought in an Inspector General of Police whom he knew ab initio of his incompetence when he served as the Commissioner of Police in Bayelsa State during his tenure as the governor of the State. Is this is a pay-back time? You don’t personalize governance. If you personalize governance, the nation suffers. And that is the dilemma we are going through today. I am disgusted with the so-called South-South Youth Forum, threatening Nigerians. And I have never heard a responsible person from that region coming up to say these young people are saying this on their own. So, one begins to wonder whether this is a grand plan to cause confusion so that Nigeria can disintegrate. To hell with disintegration of Nigeria. Let everybody answer his father’s name. Let them go and drink their oil, we will eat our yam. Yoruba will eat their cocoa in their region. Life will still continue. But does that solve the problem? The answer is no. But the president is sitting down there and listening to people making advertisement of secession and they are not arrested. Yet, some fools somewhere are saying why don’t you arrest Babangida? Why don’t you arrest Atiku? Why don’t you arrest Gusau? Why don’t you arrest Ciroma?What have they done that warrants their arrest? And you think by so doing, the nation’s problem will be solved. How can some people say we will secede and the national security operatives didn’t say anything or fault the threat? He also gave Boko Haram chance to do the kind of nonsense they are doing. Everything boils down to leadership. I was deeply involved in the campaign for the Late MKO Abiola. I was his campaign coordinator for the then middle-belt. I was initially his coordinator for Benue State but when he emerged in Jos as the Presidential candidate, I was upgraded to the coordinator for the entire middle belt. When his election was annulled, we all teamed up with him. But when Yoruba decided to make it Yoruba affairs, I then pulled out. I pulled out because I was working for a Nigerian that I knew his competence. I knew his support cut across borders of religion and tribes. Besides, Nigerians don’t bother about religion when it comes to leadership. Look at the most complicated election Nigeria went through at that time: Muslim/Muslim ticket. Yet, Nigerians came out with dignity to cast their votes for these gentlemen. Again, there was Buhari/Idiagbon regime. Nigeria is not all about religion or tribe. But when one tribe is trying to claim that it is wiser than others, that is where we have problem that is going on now. Boko Haram has become a big threat to the unity of this country to the extent that the Igbo have given directive to their people in the north to move back home owing to the feeling that they are being targeted. How do you see this development?Ndigbo are not being targeted. If you read our last communiqué by the Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF), we advised Nigerians to stay where they are. We even attempted to defend the elders of the South-South despite the reckless pronouncements of their youth. But up till now, none of their elders has come out to tell the nation that they are not involved in what their youths are doing. The ACF has come out to say that we are not in support of that. So, northerners have not given any instruction to Igbo to leave. We are under a constitutional provision which allows freedom of movement and association. But if those staying in the north are tired of staying in the north, they are free under the constitution to move. But the north cannot accept a blackmail that Igbo are being targeted. Let them come out with what is motivating them to move back home. Of course, they are free to move anywhere in this county. They probably have recorded more casualties than any other tribe.(Cuts in). They recorded more casualties because in terms of religion, particularly in the north, the Igbo dominate Christian religion. So, if a church is burnt, naturally, Igbo who are in the church would be affected. In Kano which is predominantly a Muslim state, is Boko Haram group not killing people there? The problem of Boko Haram has gone beyond tribal issue. Some people still believe that northern elders have not spoken loud enough on this Boko Haram issue. Have they? How would they have spoken? Have they been consulted to speak? I know some southerners tried to accuse the northern leaders, Adamu Ciroma and co that said if Goodluck Jonathan becomes president, the government would be miserable. He said that because he knew as of fact that the people would not be happy and they are not. He has spoken sufficiently because you know that it was not the turn of the South to produce the president. Let me not deceive you, people are angry. Our governors in the north are angry. But they don’t know what to say and the people of the north are against them because they sold out. They betrayed the confidence reposed in them; they sold out the north. Isn’t it an irony that the same people they would have ruled over are the same people being slaughtered? And that is why I said when people are angry is like when God is taking judgment. If you leave everything to God to take decision, the aspect of His decision will affect everybody. Isn’t this killing enough for somebody to call the group to order? That is if a government is there. This matter is no longer a village Boko Haram that we were talking about in Maiduguri, they have gone scientific. It is the duty of security apparatus to map out proper strategy for dealing with the problem. It has gone beyond a village kind of revolt. It is not a thing that you will say because Senator Waku is the Vice National Chairman of Arewa Consultative Forum, he should go and talk to his people. The President and Commander in-Chief of Armed Forces said that there are Boko Haram members in the executive council, the police, SSS, and the military. And we northerners are saying bring these people out so that we can be vindicated that we don’t know them. If their offences require facing a firing squad, bring them out. He is the Commander in Chief; he is the nation’s Chief Security Officer, why is he keeping them? We northern leaders are even contemplating that Boko Haram is his own making to blackmail the north so that they can secede. It has reached a dimension for one to believe that there are some people somewhere that are fueling this crisis to give a dog a bad name so that they would have a reason to secede. We are beginning to suspect that there is a plan against the north. But there is a report in the media that some northern governors are giving financial aids to Boko Haram to prevent them from striking in their state. What is your take on this? I don’t know about that. That report boils down to leadership issue in this country. It means nothing is hidden about Boko Haram again. If it is true that those people approached some governors for finance so that they will not attack their states, then the Federal Government should hold those governors responsible. They should tell Nigerian who came to make the request whether they turned it down or accepted it. We are not kids. I have been in this game for 45 years. By the time I mark my birth coming up in the next few weeks, I will be 66. So, you can imagine I have started this game in my tender age. Is this the reason why some people are saying that he is not in charge? I believe he is in charge as the President. He can be weak but it doesn’t mean that he is not in charge. What then is the fate of the downtrodden at the receiving end of all these crises?That is the crisis the leadership ought to have avoided ab-initio. As it is often said, when two elephants fight, it is the grass that suffers.



This is what we are witnessing today. Everything you have said boils down to bad governance. Do you see the scenario like the Arab Spring happening in Nigeria? When it first started in Tunisia and Dimeji Bankole, former Speaker of the House of Representatives, said it cannot happen in Nigeria, I looked at him and laughed. He does not understand what revolution is all about. Revolution is no respecter of a brother or a sister. It is a spontaneous reaction. So, we must be very careful to avoid such things in this country. A president cannot be disgraced any time he takes a decision that is not in the best interest of the people. If a president takes an unpopular decision and comes out to say I am sorry, I reverse it, it is a plus to him. It is not a sign of weakness but rather an acknowledgment of the yearning of the people. And he would be respected in history as a powerful president. But some criminals around President Jonathan wouldn’t tell him the truth. Do you see this government having the political will to arrest and deal with those implicated in the ongoing probe of subsidy fund by the House of Representatives? If they don’t have the political will, Nigerians have. No one can take Nigerians for a ride again. Nigerians will take them to public court, which is worse than ballot papers. If government doesn’t take action, Nigerians will take action. There are several actions that Nigerians will take. I don’t know what decision they will take, but I know they will take action. This is where the integrity of the National Assembly is at stake. We are waiting to see the outcome. Everyday my brother, Farouk Lawan, sits on the proceeding of the probe, Nigerians are watching and they are waiting for the outcome of that committee.Many people see the activities of legislators as self-serving; especially considering the ways and manners they allocate fat allowances to themselves. Do you feel bothered about that as a former member of the National Assembly?What pains me about Nigeria is that our people don’t appreciate your role until you are dead. This is my personal Assistant in the National Assembly; ask him how much I earned as a senator. I earned N83, 000. And no press in Nigeria came out with that. As a matter of fact, for nine months when we started, we were earning N13, 000, while the House of Representatives members were earning N11, 000 per month. Nigerians didn’t say anything about it. It was later that Revenue Mobilization and Fiscal Allocation Commission raised it to N83, 000. Again, we did not fix allowances on our own and we did not take salary allowances. What we took was furniture allowance. And furniture allowance is accountable. You pay back; otherwise, you wouldn’t get clearance from the clerk of the National Assembly. We paid back. Nigerians held us in high esteem because they saw it that it was a better National Assembly. We were able to tell Mr. President, don’t do this. We were able to put the president on his toes. Nigerians didn’t consider that worthy enough of publication in the newspapers. Perhaps, the facts and figures were not made public.(Cuts in). But why are the current ones being made public? Obasanjo is a crude blackmailer. All this he didn’t tell the press. And when he did, he misinterpreted furniture allowances. The furniture allowance we took was a loan which we paid back. In fact, when I was leaving the National Assembly, they came from the store to check the items. Those who said they would not pay the balance of the loan, they packed their items. And none of these came to public knowledge. Every senator was given a vehicle until later on when they approved a back-up car. And what was the car (Peugeot) to me in the senate and many Nigerians? I can’t remember when last I had Peugeot in my fleet. But Nigerians took it up. And I don’t blame them. It was the first kind of it. We knew every eye was on us, and that was why we were very careful. Did you hear anything like constituency contract in our time? But we brought the idea of constituency project to the National Assembly. What we did was to advise the executive to approve constituency projects and award the contract to an approved contractor. Mr. President thought that we were going to be the one who would earn the credit. But we said no, give the contract to whosoever you want in our various constituencies so that the credit can come to you that you did something for them. What would you suggest as a way to rescue Nigeria from the precipice? Government should not be personalized. Government should be inclusive and not exclusive. Governance is not exclusion. We took a letter to the dictator, late Abacha and told him the danger of his self-succession plan. We said government is about inclusion and that policies of government should be made known to the people. My wife and I had run away from our home. Policy of government should be people-oriented programme. Government is not about slogan as Jonathan keeps mouthing his transformation agenda. What is the meaning of transformation? What are you transforming when they are killing Nigerians on a daily basis? Governance is more than sitting in that office. Government is to extend hands of fellowship to various interest groups so that you can always get feedback as to when they are happy. Jonathan should make a statement about the South-South’s provocative pronouncements because we are suspecting that someone is behind them. And it is not the best. How many votes did the South-South give him to make him president? The entire vote of South-South is not up to Kano. He should see himself as a national leader and act the same.

SOURCE Republic Reporter New York.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

How 144,000 Virgins Fan Our Spiritual Leader While Asleep” -Yet Another Phantom Report By Walter Duru - Global Reporters Vienna






Press Release


Ordinarily, the recent false publication on pages 10 and 11 of the Saturday Vanguard Newspaper of 11th February, 2012, alleging that 144,000 Virgins fan the Founder and Leader of Brotherhood of the Cross and Star, Leader Olumba Olumba Obu while asleep, among other ruses, would have been treated with the levity that it deserves.

But considering the gravity of the allegations and in order to put the records straight for posterity and for those who genuinely care to know the truth, we are inclined to respond as appropriate.

We are amazed that at this age and time, a news medium could publish such a damming story without making efforts to either seek the truth of the matter or at least, balance their report.

In today’s digital environment, it is common knowledge that with the aid of Information Communication Technology, it doesn’t take rocket science to track any information from an Organisation, not to talk of one as Universal as Brotherhood of the Cross and Star.

While we await legal counsel on how to extract necessary legal remedy from the Nigerian newspaper, we are inclined to register our disgust with the shameful attitude and ``pull them- down- syndrome’’ of some news media. It is unfortunate that the Vanguard allowed itself to be ridiculed with such a false and blasphemous report from Ishola Balogun, a religious bigot, who is unable to separate his fanatism from professional practice.

No doubt, this latest sponsored attack on the Leader of Brotherhood of the Cross and Star is recklessness taken too far.

The question is, why are we so interested in disparaging innocent people and Organisations without any reasonable proof of wrong doing?
We implore the Nigerian Mass Media practitioners to embrace the ethics of the noble profession of Journalism and operate within the precincts of accuracy, objectivity, patriotism and national development.
For avoidance of doubt, the role of the 144,000 Virgins in Brotherhood of the Cross is in clear conformity with the provisions of the Holy Bible, as recorded in Revelation 14:1-5.
The Virgins are “those who follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth, neither are they defiled and from their mouth are found no guile…”
If one may ask, is it that Brotherhood of the Cross and Star, whose membership includes all the movers and shakers of this world is so poor that it cannot afford the comfort of an air Conditioner or at least a fan for the Leader, if required?
Again, the World Headquarters of Brotherhood of the Cross and Star is at 34 Ambo Street, Calabar and not Ambrose Street, as quoted by the lazy reporter. If Lozina and her hobby spent 14 years in Brotherhood as claimed, how come they do not know where the BCS WHQS is located? The story is not only malicious, but a mere propaganda and royal falsehood, aimed at scoring a cheap point and popularity.
The individuals mentioned in the publication, Lovina Amangala Iburere and Enoch Iburere were psychiatric patients who were delivered of insanity in a healing home in Brotherhood of the Cross and Star.

About a decade ago, in her usual illusion, she granted an interview to the ‘News Magazine’, claiming that she was seeing lizards and other strange things; a development that suggests distorted mental state.

Now that she has returned to the devil for spiritual help to perform miracles, it is obvious that her psychiatric problem may have returned. We recommend that she urgently visits a psychiatric Hospital for treatment before she gets to her former nude status.

More importantly, Lovina, who operates a ‘business center’, which she calls the Truth Ministry and co-founder of Christ World Charity Ministry, and her so called husband, Enoch Iburene are well known for their deceit and penchant for evil practices.

The strong presence of Brotherhood of the Cross and Star in Lagos State is their greatest threat, as all their hidden satanic temples, acts, false prophesies and miracles are presently being exposed.
In 2003, out of fear that the Kingdom will expose all her immoral and satanic practices that earned her expulsion, she ran to the ‘News Magazine’, paid a reporter and granted a false interview.
The effort to blackmail is simply the ranting of ants engaged in an unending scramble for relevance. Now that her shrine has fallen, hunger and poverty are gradually laying eggs in their home. But can this save her household?

Now, following the ongoing Media Evangelical programme of the Fold in Lagos, coupled with the unshakeable presence of the Holy Spirit in Lagos, her hidden ‘shrine’, which she has been covering with the so-called Pentecostal Church is shaking, hence her resort to blackmail.
Unless she confesses with her business partner, which she parades as her husband, they will never have peace, as no one can deceive God.
For those interested in knowing the truth, Brotherhood of the Cross and Star is a Divine Spiritual School of Practical Christianity established by God Himself. It has one Universal Leader, Master, Teacher and Sustainer, Leader Olumba Olumba Obu. His First Begotten Son, His Holiness Olumba Olumba Obu is the Chairman, Head of administration and Sole signatory of the Kingdom.

Its teachings are centered on love, and love conquers all things. Agents of darkness are fighting with every available arsenal to pull it down. Unfortunately for them, it is a Kingdom that has come to dwell forever, as darkness can never overcome light.

For the gullible Journalist who can do anything for peanuts, we urge him to subject himself to professional training, to enable him understand and abide by the ethics of the profession.
Walter Duru
Media Consultant

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NAPTIP Seeks Imo Govt. Support To Fight Child Traficking And Labour - By Uche Onwuchekwa Global Reporters Vienna

By Uche Onwuchekwa
OFFICE OF THE CHIEF OF STAFF TO IMO STATE GOVERNOR
PRESS RELEASE
Chief of Staff Prince Eze Madumere (middle) and members of NAPTIP during the visit
NAPTIP SEEKS IMO GOVT. SUPPORT TO FIGHT CHILD TRAFICKING AND LABOUR AT THE GRASSROOTS
Imo State Government has said that it will declare war on Child Trafficking, Child labour and any other form of crime against humanity at the Government House, Imo State during a courtesy visit by members of National Agency for Prohibition of Traffic in persons or other Related Matters (NAPTIP).
Speaking, on Thursday, February 9, 2012, during a courtesy visit on the Chief of Staff to Imo State Governor, Prince Eze Madumere, the leader of the group, Mrs. Ebele Ulasi explained that most of the victims of trafficking in person and child labour are more endemic at the grassroots thereby revealing the change in strategy of the group to tackle the hydra-headed monster call child trafficking and child labour.
Furthermore, while soliciting for Government’s participation, she said that the only adoptable strategy is hands-on-deck approach to the menace. She said that it was on the above premise that the group had come for a Town Hall meeting, which is tentatively scheduled for February 24, 2012, co-opting all the traditional rulers in the State since they could reach out to the people at the communities better.
In response to the group’s mission, the Chief of Staff to Imo State Government extolled the efforts of NAPTIP in fighting the menace of Child trafficking and Child labour saying that it is a crime against humanity. He further expressed enthusiasm in the partnership being sought by the group saying that Imo State already had organized its community to further make the presence of the Government closer to the people through its fourth tier Government where the Monarch will be the nominal head with other elected officers at the community. He, however said that Traditional Rulers in Imo State are the Chief security officers of their various communities saying that the State had already declared war on all forms of crime and social vices. He however assure the participation of the Government since Governor Okorocha will at every other time supports such projects since it is in tandem with the Rescue Mission Agenda.
UCHE ONWUCHEKWA
Media Assistant to the Chief of Staff

Imo State: Group Passes Vote of Confidence On Imo Govt. BY Uche Onwuchekwa - Global Reporters Vienna

BY Uche Onwuchekwa

OFFICE OF THE CHIEF OF STAFF TO IMO STATE GOVERNOR
PRESS RELEASE

 
A group under the aegis of Voice of Imo people Organization (VIPO), yesterday, Thursday, February 9, 2012, has honoured Prince Eze Madumere KSC, with a Merit Award of Excellence in recognition of his immense contribution to the development in Orlu Local Government and Imo State in general.
The group led by Chief Barr. Gerald Okorie made their submission through their leader Barr. Okorie saying they are passing a strong vote of confidence on Prince Eze Madumere who they described as an adopted son of Orlu. “He is a man whom we have discovered to be passionate about the welfare of the people just as His Excellency, Owelle Rochas Okorocha. Barr. Okororie maintained that the token honour they had given Prince Madumere was to encourage him to continue in the manner, which has attracted so much goodwill to him.
Prince Eze Madumere in his response thanked the members of Voice of Imo People Organization (VIPO) for the vote of confidence on him. He, however, enthused that the honour done to him by the group is dedicated to the Governor of Imo State, Owelle Rochas Okorocha whom he described as the beckon of hope and the architect of all that is happening for the good of Imo people. He further assured the group that the present Government of Imo State means well and will stop at nothing to rescuing Imo totally form the curses of the past.
Uche Onwuchekwa
Media Assistant to
the Chief of Staff

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Hausa Policeman shoots Igbo bus driver in Onitsha for N20 Bribe – Hausa Igbo Clashes-Global Reporters Vienna




THE commercial city of Onitsha was, on Thursday, in turmoil as an angry mob took over the city protesting against the killing of a bus driver suspected to be a member of the Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) by policemen on account of his refusal to give N20 at a checkpoint.
The incident occurred when the driver of a Coaster bus with registration number AA 768AHD, identified as Edwin, drove away from a checkpoint by ABS junction, and was pursued by one of the policemen who caught him, deflated the tyres of the bus and thereafter shot him in the neck, killing him instantly.
The conductor of the bus, Samuel Ekwueme, who was weeping profusely, said that the driver gave the policemen N20, which they refused and insisted that he should give them N50, “My oga said that he had paid in the former trip and drove away. But we did not know that one of them was following us on motorcycle and he intercepted us and shot my oga in the neck and immediately escaped.”
It was gathered that a passenger on the bus sustained bullet wounds, when the policeman opened fire on the bus before he escaped.
The situation took a dangerous turn when angry mob, comprising drivers and okada riders, went on the rampage with the corpse of the driver, attacking Hausas and looting their shops in reprisal.
The bus, which was said to be fully loaded with passengers, took off from Nkpor junction and was heading to the Ose Main market, Onitsha, when the incident happened.
One of the passengers, who gave her name as Ifeoma Obi said that the deceased did not do anything that warranted his being killed, adding, “it was just sheer wickedness on the part of the policeman who, because of just N20, wasted this young man’s life.”
She also said that when the policeman first shot at the tyres of the vehicle, the driver had to stop; a situation she said helped the killer cop to shoot at the deceased from a close range, shattering the glass of the vehicle.
The situation took an ethnic coloration as drivers and other hoodlums in the commercial city went on the rampage, baying for the blood of Hausas on the grounds that the policeman who shot the deceased was Hausa.
The situation also escalated when the angry mob descended on the police team sent by the Anambra State Commissioner of Police, Mr Muhtari Ibrahim, to appeal to the rampaging crowd which led to the policemen retreating to avoid further casualties.
It was gathered that the Divisional Police Officer in charge of Central Police Station, Mr Abdul Yusuf escaped death, as the angry mob descended on him when he led his men to the scene of the incident .
The angry mob also unleashed their venom in different parts of the commercial city hunting for Hausa people which led to many of them taking refuge at the Central Police Station and other police stations within the city, with many others around the Bridge head crossed over to Asaba, the Delta State capital.
Reacting to the development, the new Igbo leader, Chief Ralph Uwazuruike, advised members of MASSOB not to touch any Hausa but should dismantle every police checkpoint within the zone with immediate effect.
According to Chief Uwazuruike, who spoke through his second in command, Chief Rommy Ezeonwuka, the dismantling of police checkpoints became imperative at a time when the security of Ndigbo can no longer be guaranteed, even in their land.
“For an Hausa policeman to shoot an Igbo driver here, because of mere N20 shows that the policeman is a Boko Haram member but we have urged MASSOB members to leave Hausa people alone, because they are not our problem. They should concentrate on dismantling all police checkpoints within the zone,” he said.
When contacted, the Commissioner of Police, Mr Ibrahim, said the killer cop had been arrested and would soon undergo orderly room trial and prosecution and called on the rampaging mob to calm down as efforts to settle the matter had commenced.
Meanwhile, there was stampede in Asaba, as northerners in Onitsha, Anambra State, fled into the town as a result of attack on them by persons suspected to be members of MASSOB.
Tension was high in Abraka market populated by northerners and other parts of the town as people took to their heels to avoid any attack.
Several of them who escaped with wounds from Onitsha are now taking refuge at the B Division of the Nigeria Police in Okwe, Asaba.
The Delta State Police spokesman, DSP Charles Muka, who confirmed the report, said the command had deployed its men to strategic locations in Asaba to contain the situation, refuting the rumour that Hausas and Igbos were fighting in Asaba.
But Delta State police spokesman, Mr Muka, told newsmen that calm had been restored to Asaba.
“There was panic movement from Onitsha into Asaba because of the violence there. We have posted our men to secure the entire city and as I am speaking to you, vehicular traffic is moving on the expressway. I am in the Hausa Quarters and there has been no incident there,” he said.
However, he confirmed that his office had not been briefed about the violence that erupted in the town.
A police source said four persons were killed in Onitsha as a result of the violence, while a police/army team had been deployed in the trouble spots.
Igbo leaders had also intervened, while some northerners in the troubled area hade been moved to the army barracks in the commercial city.
source talkofnaija.com

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Enough Of Igbo Blood By Chris Ngige - Global Reporters Vienna

Global Reporters Vienna, Austria
Chris Ngige

Since 1966 till date, Ndigbo have been a target at every slightest social unrest. Even if it is communal, religious or political dispute in any part of the country, our brothers and sisters are the worse victims. Most of these crises have nothing to do with Ndigbo but they have always been sacrificed as victims and spoils of war.


We cannot continue to sacrifice our blood and our lives always. Several homes in Igbo land still nurse the wounds of hostility, arson and other forms of brigandage just because they are Igbo. We have shed enough blood.



PRESIDENT JONATHAN LIED - Former Governor Timipere Sylva




Timipre Sylva

Chief Timipre Sylva has read with utter dismay some statements credited to the President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, at the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) campaign rally on Friday, 03 February in Yenagoa.

Two things stand out in the President’s speech. He talked about a stoning incident in Yenagoa that he watched with pleasure and the Tower Hotel project in Yenagoa that was conceptualised by the Government of Chief Diepreye Alamieyeseigha, which Jonathan took over as Governor of Bayelsa State and passed on to Sylva as Governor.

The stoning in Yenagoa happened during the president’s visit and it was widely believed to have been arranged by a few misguided elements, which with the backing of Mr. President, had used the presidential security to subvert the security of the state on purpose to embarrass Governor Sylva. Sponsors of the incident had tried to deny their involvement and present the event as indicative of the governor's non-performance.

The world now knows better, of course. Everyone is now perfectly well aware of the mastermind of that insult on the Ijaw nation.

But let us state that it was not the governor who was disgraced by the stoning. Instead, it was the president himself.

Now, if stoning is a yardstick for non-performance, are we also right to say that the burning down of Mr. President’s house in 2007, in the run-up to that year’s general elections, was also an act of rejection by the people of the state? A lot of people believed that the burning of his house and the action of militants in 2007 were an expression of rejection. Is Mr. President now confirming that wide belief?

In addition, can we also say that the stoning of President Jonathan in May last year in Uganda was a global act of rejection?

Besides, it was after the stoning incident in Yenagoa in late 2010 that Mr. President came back to Yenagoa, raised the hand of Sylva, and spoke glowingly about his achievements, saying he has performed excellently well and that the people of Bayelsa should vote him into office. It was after the stoning that he came back and voted in the January 2011 PDP governorship primaries and gave a glowing report of Sylva's performance. So what suddenly changed from January 2011 to later that year when President Jonathan manipulated all the institutions of state, including the armed and security forces, the judiciary and critical organs of democracy like the political parties, in full cry, leaving the security and economic challenges which he faced, to embark on OPERATION REMOVE SYLVA as the sole mandate which the people of Nigeria gave to him?

Didn’t Jonathan know there was a stoning incident when he came to say Governor Sylva should be voted in January?

President Jonathan also in his speech described the Tower Hotel, Yenagoa, as “a monument of disgrace,” insinuating that the edifice is still at the stage he left it as governor. This is a barefaced lie and a misrepresentation of open facts.

Sylva wishes to clarify that the hotel was at the second floor when he took over from Dr. Jonathan as governor. It is now at its 18th floor, as the whole world can see. Sylva agrees that the job has been delayed, but explains that the reason it has been delayed is because the contractor, whom Dr. Jonathan himself chose and awarded the contract to, asked for a variation of N5 billion.

Let Jonathan tell the world how much he paid this contractor and how much Sylva has paid the contractor. And we are aware that this same contractor is not building a house for Sylva in his village.

Far more than Jonathan’s tenure, Sylva has performed given the challenges he faced.

It is unfortunate that President Jonathan could have such a disgraceful outing last Friday. At a time when it was being widely suspected that he might be involved in the questionable acts around the Bayelsa State governorship contest, his outing on Friday, 03 February, has conclusively proven that all along, he has been behind all the shenanigans in Bayelsa State deliberately to destabilise the state for his own selfish interest.

Nigerians expected President Jonathan to tackle security, unemployment, power, critical infrastructure, etc. They never expected him to manipulate democracy for his strange motives. What all these show clearly is that the exclusion of Sylva from the primaries of November last year was based on nothing other than President Jonathan's inordinate whims. The event of last Friday confirms once again that Sylva has not committed any offence known to the PDP constitution or the Nigerian constitution to warrant his exclusion.

The Bayelsa State governorship race was a critical democratic test case for President Jonathan; and we dare say that he has failed to prove himself as a believer in democracy and free choice. Chief Sylva is in court trying to put right the infractions because he believes our country may be doomed if this subversion of democracy in Bayelsa State is allowed to stand.



DOIFIE OLA

Media Aide to Chief Timipre Sylva