Friday, 20 September 2013

3-year-old boy among 13 injured in shooting at Chicago park

A mass shooting at a Chicago park left a 3-year-old boy in critical condition and returned the spotlight to gun violence in the city with the nation's highest number of homicides.
The child was among 13 people shot in Cornell Square Park on the city's South Side late Thursday night. None of the other victims were listed in critical condition early Friday.
The January shooting death of another child, 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton, brought national attention to Chicago because the band majorette had performed in Washington at events surrounding President Barack Obama's inauguration in January.
The president invited Pendleton's parents to his State of the Union speech in February. Obama mentioned her in that speech and a few days later when he returned to Chicago, his hometown, for another speech in which he pressed for stricter gun laws.
Police charged two men in Pendleton's death. They said the two were gang members seeking revenge and mistook Pendleton for someone else.
Investigators believe Thursday night's shooting was also gang-related, said Officer Ron Gaines of the Chicago Police Department.
The 3-year-old victim was shot in the ear, and the bullet exited through his mouth, said Officer Ron Gaines of the Chicago Police Department.
The other victims included two 15-year-olds who were listed in stable condition, Gaines said. The remainder were adults ages 21 to 41. Four were in serious condition. The conditions of the others were listed as stable or good. One adult was treated and released from a hospital.
The shooting occurred in Cornell Square Park. Video from CNN affiliate WLS-TV showed police had taped off an outdoor basketball court.
No suspects were in custody late Thursday.
The FBI's annual crime report this week showed Chicago had 500 homicides in 2012, up from 431 in 2011 and more than any other American city. Chicago officials have said homicides this year are below the 2012 pace.

Source: CNN

Noting 'crucial details' implicating Syria, Kerry pushes for urgent U.N. action

(CNN) -- America's top diplomat pressed hard Thursday for international action in Syria in the wake of last month's chemical weapons attack, saying "the U.N. Security Council must be prepared to act next week" given a report he says shows Syria's government is culpable.
Speaking ahead of next week's U.N. General Assembly, in which world leaders and diplomats convene in New York, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said "the complete removal of Syria's chemical weapons is possible here, through peaceful means." But urgency is needed, he added, saying, "Time is short. Let's not spend time debating what we already know."
"This fight about Syria's chemical weapons is not a game," Kerry told reporters. "It's real."
Washington has been leading the charge for action -- including possible military intervention -- in Syria since an August 21 chemical weapons attack outside Damascus that U.S. officials estimate killed about 1,400 people.
Kerry and others have said Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's government was behind the attack; al-Assad and fellow Syrian officials have adamantly denied that claim and blamed rebels. A report from U.N. chemical weapons inspectors who went to Syria had the potential to offer a fact-based assessment with the potential to bridge the divide.
That report came out this week. While, per its directive, it did not cast blame on any one side, Kerry said that it offered "crucial details" that make the case implicating al-Assad "only ... more compelling."
"Anybody who reads the facts and puts the dots together -- which is easy to do and they made it easy to do -- understands what those facts mean," Kerry said.
As an example, Kerry said the U.N. report notes that only the Syrian government forces are capable of using the type of chemical weapon-laden munitions and rockets the way were used. Kerry said it's unrealistic to think anyone but they had access to such weapons as well as the means to deliver them.
"There's not a shred of evidence that the opposition does (have that capability)," he added.
But Syria, and its longtime ally Russia, continue to offer a starkly different viewpoint.
Moscow has described the U.N. report as "distorted," with Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov telling Russia Today it was built on insufficient information.
In the same interview, Ryabkov said Syria has provided evidence -- which Russia is studying -- that implicates rebels carried out the attack.
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday stressed that opposition fighters may have done so in order to provoke an international response. Material has been taken from the Syrian army, he added.
Yet, without mentioning any country or group in particular, Kerry said Thursday that such theories distracted from a critical need for the international community to act quickly and decisively in Syria.
"We really don't have time today," the secretary of state said, "to pretend that anyone can have their own set of facts."
Minister: Russia could help move, destroy weapons
The rhetoric out of Moscow might seem sharply opposed to that out of Washington. But Russia was the one to offer a proposal that U.S. President Barack Obama and others have embraced -- to eliminate the Syrian government's chemical weapons stockpile -- and it signaled its intent Thursday to help with that plan.
Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said his country is willing to transport and destroy Syrian chemical weapons, although only as part of an international coalition.
In fact, Russia and the United States agreed earlier this month on the framework for such a plan, and Syria has said its willing to give up its chemical weapons.
But reaching a final deal at the United Nations will be tough. U.S. and French officials want to include the threat of military action in the event Syria doesn't comply. But Russian officials don't want any wording that could trigger the use of force, a point Putin reiterated at the same Valdai forum -- an annual meeting in which experts, pundits and diplomatic personnel gather for discussions with senior Russian officials -- that Shoigu attended.
"The threat of using force is far from being the way to solve all international problems," Putin said Thursday, adding the U.S. Congress should be going through the U.N. Security Council rather than debating the use of force against Syria.
The Russian leader questioned merits of Western military intervention, saying it hasn't worked elsewhere in places like Libya.
"Good motives, good intentions, led to these military interventions in Libya," Putin said. "But did it bring about democracy? The country has been divided up into countries like tribes fighting each other."
And what if al-Assad doesn't comply with any deal, as rebel leaders believe he will? Putin brushed off a question Thursday as to what Russia would do if that proves true.
"We don't have any reason to believe they won't implement what they have said. If they don't, we will reconsider the question," he said.
Syrian leader says he welcomes U.N. inspectors' return
Meanwhile, Syria's president says he'll welcome the return of U.N. investigators to follow up on more allegations of chemical weapons use in his country.
"We've been asking them to come back to Syria to continue their investigations," al-Assad told Fox News in an interview broadcast Wednesday.
Al-Assad said he hadn't had time yet to analyze the U.N. investigators' findings, but he stressed that they have more work to do.
"They haven't finished it yet," he said, adding that it's clear that rebels, not his government, were behind chemical weapons attacks.
Ake Sellstrom, the head of the inspection team that visited Syria after the August 21 attack, told CNN that another visit could take place as early as next week.
U.S. surveillance satellites indicate Syria's government has moved its chemical weapons in recent days, two Obama administration officials -- each with a different agency -- say.
One of the officials said it "is unclear (if) they are moving them to consolidate the stockpile and then declare it, or are they moving it around to conceal it." Both officials asked to remain anonymous due to the sensitive nature of the information.
As world leaders continued to debate what to do about such weapons, violence continued to rage inside the Middle Eastern nation much as it has, on a daily basis, for well over two years.
The U.N. estimates more than 100,000 people have died since March 2011, a period in which harsh government crackdowns against protesters devolved into an all-out civil war. Another 2 million fled their homeland, while more than 4.25 million have been displaced within Syria, also according to the United Nations.
The president of another of Syria's long-time allies, Iran, offered Thursday to broker efforts to bring peace to the war-torn nation. In a Washington Post op-ed, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani announced his "government's readiness to facilitate dialogue between the Syrian government and the opposition."
There was no immediate reaction to Rouhani's offer from any key players in the struggle. Yet given the military support that Iran has reportedly given al-Assad throughout this ordeal, it seems unlikely the rebels would consider any Iranian official a truly independent broker.
Amidst all this talk, the bloodshed continues. The opposition Local Coordination Committees of Syria reported at least 82 dead across the country Thursday, including 15 killed by shelling from Syrian warplanes in the Idlib province town of Sinjar.
But the violence didn't just pit opposition fighters against government forces.
For a second straight day, Free Syrian Army rebels clashed with fighters from the al Qaeda-linked Islamic State of Iraq and Syria near the northern town of Azaz, not far from the Turkish border.
Abu Thabat, a Free Syrian Army official, said his group has received reinforcements from two other battalions in the fight in what's been rebel-controlled territory. They've managed to push the al Qaeda-linked fighters back some, though the battle continues.
"We are regrouping," Thabat said. "We will call for more reinforcements and will probably attack tonight."
A short time later, though, a scanned letter signed by an Islamic State of Iraq and Syria member, a captain in the Free Syria Army and two witnesses appeared to indicate that these hostilities were over -- at least for now.
According to the letter posted on the Facebook page for a rebel-held border crossing community, the parties have agreed to an immediate cease-fire, the prompt return of prisoners and seized property and the formation of a committee to look at resolving the two sides' dispute long-term.

Incredible: Man Kills 3-Month-Old Son For Money Ritual

20-year-old Polycarp Tajan from Maikatako Village in Bokkos, confessed in an interview with newsmen in Jos, the state capital, that he suffocated his three-month-old baby boy (names withheld) to enable him cut off his tongue for money-making ritual. Tajan said his quest for money took him to a native doctor, who asked him to bring the tongue of his first-born child for the ritual.
He equally blamed his action on the devil, influence of alcohol and greed. He said: “I was really in need of money and someone told me about money ritual. I went to meet a native doctor, who demanded the tongue of my first-born child. “When I came home that day, the baby was on the bed and my wife was cooking in the kitchen. I used the pillow to suffocate the baby.”Police sources said Tajan’s wife raised the alarm that led to the suspect’s arrest. The native doctor was still at large. 

So pathetic! The heartless man killed his own (innocent 3-month) old infant for money? How was he ever going to "enjoy" that money?

Girl Stripped Naked For Slashing Her Friend's Face With Razor Blade Because Of A Man

Girl Stripped Naked For Slashing Her Friend's Face With Razor Blade Because Of A Man
Wow! No word to described what happened between these beautiful ladies, but according to my source, it was alleged that these two friends got into a heated argument in Markurdi, Benue state over a sugar daddy and the friend proceeded to slash her face with a blade. People who witnessed it stripped the offender and beat her up...

I think there is no other way to explain what happened as you can see from the photos below

Girl Stripped Naked For Slashing Her Friend's Face With Razor Blade Because Of A Man

Source: Miss Petite

Breaking News: Nigerian wins World Muslim beauty pageant

A Nigerian woman tearfully prayed and recited Koranic verses as she won a beauty pageant exclusively for Muslim women in the Indonesian capital Wednesday, a riposte to the Miss World contest that has sparked hardline anger.

The 20 finalists, who were all required to wear headscarves, put on a glittering show for the final of Muslimah World, strolling up and down a catwalk in elaborately embroidered dresses and stilettos.

But the contestants from six countries were covered from head to foot, and as well as beauty they were judged on how well they recited Koranic verses and their views on Islam in the modern world.

After a show in front of an audience of mainly religious scholars and devout Muslims, a panel of judges picked Obabiyi Aishah Ajibola from Nigeria as the winner.

While the event in a Jakarta shopping mall paled in comparison to Miss World on the resort island of Bali, in which scores of contestants are competing, Ajibola was nevertheless overwhelmed.

Upon hearing her name, the 21-year-old knelt down and prayed, then wept as she recited a Koranic verse.

She said it was “thanks to almighty Allah” that she had won the contest. She received 25 million rupiah ($2,200) and trips to Mecca and India as prizes.

Ajibola told AFP before the final that the event “was not really about competition”.

“We’re just trying to show the world that Islam is beautiful,” she said.

Organisers said the pageant challenged the idea of beauty put forward by the British-run Miss World pageant, and also showed that opposition to the event could be expressed non-violently.

Eka Shanti, who founded the pageant three years ago after losing her job as a TV news anchor for refusing to remove her headscarf, bills the contest as “Islam’s answer to Miss World”.

“This year we deliberately held our event just before the Miss World final to show that there are alternative role models for Muslim women,” she told AFP.

“But it’s about more than Miss World. Muslim women are increasingly working in the entertainment industry in a sexually explicit way, and they become role models, which is a concern.”

Hosted by Dewi Sandra, an Indonesian actress and pop star who recently hung up her racy dresses for a headscarf, the pageant featured both Muslim and pop music performances, including one about modesty, a trait the judges sought in the winner.

The pageant, which also featured bright Indonesian Islamic designer wear, is a starkly different way of protesting Miss World than the approach taken by Islamic radicals.

Snowballing protest movement

Thousands have taken to the streets in Indonesia in recent weeks to protest Miss World, denouncing the contest as “pornography” and burning effigies of the organisers.

Despite a pledge by Miss World organisers to drop the famous bikini round, radical anger was not appeased and the protest movement snowballed.

The government eventually bowed to pressure and ordered the whole pageant be moved to the Hindu-majority island of Bali, where it opened on September 8.

Later rounds and the September 28 final were to be held in and around Jakarta, where there is considerable hardline influence.

But there are still fears that extremists may target the event — the US, British and Australian embassies in Jakarta have warned their nationals in recent days of the potential for radical attacks.

More than 500 contestants competed in online rounds to get to the Muslimah World final in Indonesia, one of which involved the contenders comparing stories of how they came to wear the headscarf.

The contest was first held in 2011 under a different name and was only open to Indonesians, Shanti said, but after the media began comparing it to Miss World, it was rebranded as a Muslim alternative to the world-famous pageant.

Because of its popularity, organisers accepted foreign contestants this year for the first time, with Iran, Malaysia, Bangladesh, Brunei, Nigeria and Indonesia represented.

Samsung Confirms BBM™ on Galaxy Smartphones

Samsung today confirmed that when BBM™, the mobile social network, launches for Android smartphones on the 21st September 2013, it will be available as a free download for Samsung Galaxy smartphones across Africa from the Google Play store.
“We are pleased to officially announce that BBM will be available for Samsung Galaxy smartphones across Africa,” said EmmanouilRevmatas, Director of Hand Held Products, Samsung Electronics West Africa. “We are focused on driving consumer experiences based on customisation to suit every lifestyle. By offering an additional messaging service through our Samsung Messaging Hub, it has never been easier to stay connected. This is another way that we are providing our customers with a more integrated lifestyle experience and a powerful new way of communicating and sharing. It’s really about giving the African market what they want – and what they want is choice.”

Samsung users will join a vibrant community of 60 million BlackBerry® smartphones customers who rely on BBM to stay in touch with friends, family and colleagues every day. Samsung GALAXY smartphone users will have access to an extensive range of BBM features, including BBM chats and multi-person chats with BBM Groups, as well as the ability to share photos and voice notes. BBM will form part of Samsung’s Messaging Hub as a complementary addition to the current slate of propriety and third party messaging services that Samsung customers enjoy.

"We are excited to welcome Samsung customers in Africa to the global BBM community,” said Andrew Bocking, Executive Vice President for BBM at BlackBerry. “Samsung customers will enjoy the conversational immediacy that BBM offers with the distinctive ‘R’ that lets you know your message has been read. They'll also be pleased with the control BBM gives them over their contact lists and how they share their information. Every BBM customer gets a unique PIN, so you don’t have to give out your phone number or email address to a new or casual contact."

BBM for Android can be downloaded for free from the Google Play Store on 21st September 2013 and is compatible with GALAXY smartphone devices that run Android 4.0 (Ice-Cream Sandwich) and above.  Data charges may apply, as determined by local operators and service providers.

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American Visa Lottery: Why Nigerians Are No Longer Eligible For The 2015 DV Lottery – United States Consul-General

Few days ago I reported on this blog that Nigerians will no longer be Eligible For 2015 US Visa Lottery Program. In case you missed it then, you can read it up HERE. And now the United States Consul-General, Mr. Jeffery Hawkins, has given reasons why Nigeria was excluded from the Visa-Programme.
Hawkins told journalists at the U.S. Consulate General in Lagos, that Nigeria was among other countries that had in the last five years, sent more than 50,000 immigrants to the country through the programme.
“As at today, Nigerians have graduated from being under-represented to being a fully well represented group in the U.S.

“There is therefore no longer any need to encourage Nigerians to apply to travel to the U.S. through the Diversity-Visa-Programme.

“Already there are too many Nigerians in the U.S. that have benefited from this programme,’’ he said.
The envoy explained that the diversity visa was created to promote countries with low rates of immigration to the U.S.
Hawkins said that Nigeria and other affected countries had already exceeded their quota in the last five years.
He, however, stressed that the U.S. authorities would continue to give preference to Nigerians travelling to U.S for visits, business transactions, studies and professional engagements.
“All other types of immigration from Nigeria to the U.S, apart from the diversity visa, would continue unabated.

“Also, let me say that the ban has nothing to do with our relations with Nigeria now, and in the years ahead,’’ the News Agency of Nigeria quoted the envoy as saying to journalists.

How James Ibori Tried To Bribe Me With $15M (N2.4 billion) + Assasination Attempts On My Life ---Nuhu Ribadu

It has been revealed that  former Delta State Governor James Ibori tried to bribe anti-corruption boss Nuhu Ribadu in 2007 with $15 million (about N2.4 billion) in cash in a bag so heavy one man alone could not lift it, Ribadu told a London court on Thursday.
Ribadu said he pretended to take the bribe because he wanted the cash as evidence to use against Ibori in a prosecution, but rather than keep the money for himself he had it taken straight to the Central Bank of Nigeria to be kept safe in a vault.

He told the court that about $1 billion flowed from federal government accounts into Delta State coffers during Ibori's eight years in power, and he estimated Ibori had stolen or wasted more than half of that amount.
Ribadu, who was chairman of Nigeria's Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) from April 2003 to December 2007, was giving evidence at a confiscation hearing in which prosecutors are seeking court orders to have Ibori's assets seized.
Under Nigeria's constitution, state governors enjoy immunity from prosecution but are limited to two terms in office. With the end of his second term looming in April 2007, Ibori was worried the EFCC were planning to prosecute him, Ribadu said.
"He was very desperate to terminate the investigation," he told the court.
In late April 2007, a meeting was arranged between the two men at a "neutral place", the house of Andy Uba, a close associate of outgoing President Olusegun Obasanjo.
Ibori arrived at the house with several members of his staff and a very large black sack containing $15 million in cash. Ribadu said he watched as two of Ibori's men lifted the heavy sack and handed it over to his own EFCC staff. "It was a bag that an individual could not carry alone," he said.
The EFCC men drove the bag to the central bank where the money was counted and boxed into smaller containers. The court was shown photographs of the boxes of cash.
"I have given you money Nuhu, just give me my clearance," Ribadu quoted Ibori as telling him after those events.
Instead, the EFCC continued to investigate Ibori's affairs and had him arrested on corruption charges on December 12, 2007.
But Ribadu said the climate had changed since Obasanjo had stepped down and President Umaru Yar'Adua had been sworn in. Ribadu said Ibori was close to Yar'Adua, and the new attorney general Michael Aondoakaa sought to neuter the EFCC.
On December 27, just 15 days after Ibori's arrest, Ribadu was sacked as chairman of the EFCC. Efforts to prosecute Ibori in Nigeria foundered, and he was eventually prosecuted in Britain because he had laundered some of his millions there.
After his removal as EFCC chairman, Ribadu told the court he survived two separate assassination attempts including one during which three shots were fired at his car.
After the second attempt, he fled Nigeria by what he described as the "bush path", first by motorcycle taxi across the border to Benin, then by an Air France flight to Paris and then to Britain where he was given refuge at an Oxford college.
Ribadu remained in exile until after the death of Yar'Adua in May 2010. He told the court that under new President Goodluck Jonathan, the climate changed again and he returned home.
It was also that year that Ibori's luck turned. He was arrested in Dubai on a British warrant and extradited to London a year later. He is now serving his term at Long Lartin maximum security prison in central England.

Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Photo: Paul Okoye proposes to his longtime girlfriend, Anita Isama

A few weeks after Peter Okoye proposed to his longtime girlfriend, Lola Omotayo, his twin brother has followed suit. A few hours after he returned from his US/Canada tour, (they returned just this morning) Paul Okoye proposed to his longtime girlfriend and baby mama, Anita Atokwu-Isama. He proposed to her this afternoon somewhere on the Island. Big congrats to them.

Stop encouraging corruption, President Jonathan tells Nigerians

While addressing the 54th Annual Conference of the Nigerian Economic Summit that held in Abuja yesterday, president Goodluck Jonathan blamed the level of corruption in Nigeria on the society. He said instead of punishing corrupt people, we reward them.
“When you talk about corruption, the private sector is involved; the public sector is involved; even the individuals, including other societies, and I wouldn’t want to mention names so that I will not be attacked. But I know that if collectively all of us don’t reward corruption, people would not be attracted to corrupt practices, but when we all reward corruption, then of course, we will be tempted to go in that direction.
“I want a society where all of us will frown against people who come up with what they are not supposed to have. If a young man who just started a job and within six months or a year comes up with a car of N7m to N15m and you clap for him, then you are rewarding corruption." the president said. More when you continue...

“So for us as a nation to bring corruption down in Nigeria, it’s not just blaming government or blaming police, but all individuals must frown at people who have what they are not supposed to have, who live in houses they supposed not to live in; who drive cars they are not supposed to drive and who wear suits more expensive they can afford.

“And until we, as Nigerians are able to do this, then invariably we are all rewarding corruption and until we stop that, I don’t think we will get to where we want to go. We believe that we should not create an environment where people would be tempted to take what belongs to the public because that is why even in the fertilizer business we talked about electronic wallet, e-Wallet, so that funds are not exposed to corrupt people"