Saturday, 19 August 2017

Heavyweight Champion Anthony Joshua Bias For Pounded Yam And Ewedu Is The Best Ever (Photos)

Heavyweight Champion, Anthony Joshua imagines how one could eat Pounded yam and ewedu without meat.

The boxer champion is a well known lover of Nigerian food particularly pounded yam.

Joshua is prepared to battle WBA Championship belt against heavyweight Luis Ortiz of Cuba World heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua once again shows off his love for Nigerian food as he posts videos of pounded yam and eweduhe he ate late at night.

In several videos posted on Snapchat, the heavyweight boxer champion reveals people want him to vegan but his love for Nigerian food makes it almost impossible.

In his word; "Big Man Ting (BMT) for the first time in my life. !!! I looked at the this food and thought I shall take out the meat!!!

"Jeesssunnnn baba a beg remove these vegans from life!!! Pounded and yam with no meat!!! Hoooo my God!! Gerrrr outt."

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Corruption: Nigerian Police Under Scrutiny By Chioma Gabriel

Policemen on training
…Menace dates back to 1891

…How poor remuneration, working conditions demean the image of the police

By Chioma Gabriel, Editor Special Features

The police are not here to create disorder, they’re here to preserve disorder—Richard J. Daley

It is a common parlance that the police are your friends. But in a country like Nigeria, the ordinary citizen thinks the policeman is anything but a friend.

Policemen on training The challenges of Nigeria police are many. Besides poor remuneration, living in a squalor, the presence of a policeman scares a Nigerian rather than gives confidence. About four out of every ten Nigerian will always have a bitter story or a bad experience to share about the police.

Many slang terms, often considered derogatory or offensive, exist for police officers. These terms are rarely used by the police themselves and instead are used by criminals, prisoners, or by the general public

Ask the bus driver, taxi driver, traders, and shopkeepers who are accosted on a daily basis by armed police officers who demand bribes and commit human rights abuses against them as a means of extorting money.

A typical Nigerian would rather not have anything to do with the police. Some call them all kinds of names and would avoid them like a plague.

Right or wrong, the police should be worried if the public has no confidence in them.

Reports abound of high-level police officials who embezzle staggering sums of public funds meant to cover basic police operations. Extortion, embezzlement, and other corrupt practices by Nigeria’s police undermine the fundamental human rights of Nigerians.

The police are alleged to frequently extort money from the public at taxi stands, in marketplaces, or from people going about their daily lives. The police stations are extortion camps. Even victims of robbery or other types of crime pay “homage” before their cases are handled.

Popular for its check-point activities,  most extortions occur at police roadblocks, ostensibly put in place to combat crime. These checkpoints are a lucrative venture for the police who routinely demand bribes from drivers and passengers alike.

On many occasions, the check-points were abolished but several illegal check-points abound. Some officers would say theirs are not check-points but ‘stop and search’.

No matter what it is called, the stop and search or the checkpoint is like a two-edged sword. Tail, the officer wins, head the ordinary citizen loses.

Should things continue to be that way?

Only last Thursday, the news media were agog with the report computed by the National Bureau of Statistics, NBS. According to this report, the highest incidents of bribery occurred during encounters with the police.

The report said police officers are the public officials to whom bribes are most commonly paid in Nigeria.

It stated: “Of all adult Nigerians who had direct contact with a police officer in the 12 months prior to the survey, almost half (46.4 per cent) paid an officer at least one bribe, and in many cases more than one since police officers are also among the three types of public officials to whom bribes are paid most frequently (5.3 bribes per bribe-payer over the course of 12 months) in Nigeria.

“At the same time, the average bribe paid to police officers is somewhat below the average bribe size. Although fewer people come into contact with judiciary officials than with police officers over the course of the year, when they do, the risk of bribery is considerable: at 33 per cent, the prevalence of bribery in relation to prosecutors is the second highest, closely followed by judges and magistrates, at 31.5 per cent. The experience of corruption in encounters with public officials whose duty it is to uphold the rule of law can lead to the erosion of trust in public authority,” said the report.

Litany of corruption

The media in Nigeria have reported corrupt enrichment by senior officers in the Nigeria Police Force.

In 2005, former Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mr. Tafa Balogun was sentenced by a Federal High Court, Abuja to a six months imprisonment for concealing vital information to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over his alleged business concerns and interests in some companies amounting to over N17.7 billion.

The former police boss had pleaded guilty to eight of the 56 count-charges directly affecting him and was convicted for six months in each of the charges.

The court verdict was believed to be the culmination of the series of plea bargain being worked out by Balogun’s lawyers and those of EFCC for two months.

He was directed by the court to pay N500, 000 on each of the eight counts charges totalling N4 million.

The court had also directed that Balogun forfeited all his assets while ordering the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) to strike out names of his companies from its register.

The number of properties he forfeited as listed by the EFCC totalled 14. They were located in choice parts of Lagos and Abuja.

In 2012, former Inspector General of Police, Sunday Ehindero faced trial for embezzling money meant for the police force.

An Abuja High Court judge said Ehindero, in his capacity as Inspector General of Police embezzled N16 million, meant for the police

Attempt by Ehindero to quash the charges against him were dismissed by the judge, Mudashiru Oniyangi.

ICPC had said Mr. Ehindero, and a Commissioner of Police in charge of Budget at the Force Headquarters, John Obaniyi, connived to embezzle the funds.

While Mr. Ehindero was retired from the police, Mr. Obaniyi was suspended.

Some of the embezzled funds included N567 million, donated to the Nigeria Police for the purchase of arms, ammunition and riot control equipment, during the tenure of Mr. Ehindero as police chief by the Bayelsa State Government.

The money was deposited in a bank from which it yielded an interest of N16 million. The interest disappeared between Mr. Ehindero and Mr. Obaniyi, according to ICPC.

Ehindero was also later cleared.

He was not guilty of the charges. In 2016, a former Director of Police Pension Fund reportedly moved N24 billion into different accounts.

An investigator for the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission witness (EFCC), Mr. Mustapha Gadanya, told an FCT High Court how the ex-director, Esai Dangabar and others scammed the scheme.

Dangabar alongside  Atiku Kigo, Ahmed Wada, Veronica Onyegbula, Sani Zira, Uzoma Attang and Christian Madubuke were standing trial for complicity in the over N24 billion scam in the police pension office.

Gadanya, who was led in evidence by the EFCC counsel, Mr. Rotimi Jacobs (SAN), told the court that the bank analysis revealed that Dangarbar fixed some amount in the bank to yield turnover.

He said about N320 million was deposited in Skye Bank between May 2008 and July 2009 for his companies. The turnover accrued to the suspect was said to have amounted to N249.8 million and N241 million respectively, which was later sent to the Federal Government after it was discovered.
Marching police officers
The marching police officers In August 2015, one of Nigeria’s anti-corruption agencies alleged that another former Inspector General of Police disbursed millions of naira of public funds in fraudulent payment of air fare for Abuja-based staff of the commission who attended training in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.

In a report that alleged the former IGP’s profligate waste of public funds, the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) revealed that the ex police boss paid N11,750,000 to the staff of the police commission to cover their supposed air flight tickets and airport taxi fares to attend training that took place in the Federal Capital Territory.

The report also alleged that the ex police boss claimed and received payment for two official conferences that took place in Dublin, Ireland, and Orlanda, Florida during the same period. The report alleged that the former police boss had asked the permission of the presidency “to utilize the Abuja-Orlando-Abuja airfare for an upcoming conference.”

The ICPC chairman, claimed that irregular and fraudulent payments in the report showed corruption, abuse of office and fraudulent act through which the former IG allegedly swindled the Police Service Commission. ICPC investigators also alleged that the ex police boss misspent more than N275 million of the commission’s funds.

But the report dated August 6, 2015, did not call for criminal prosecution of the former IGP . It only ordered the officers who received the payment to refund the money to the government.

The former IGP was eventually cleared of all allegations.

New trends in corruption

Police bulletins and releases are replete with reports and allegations of inappropriate behaviour amongst officers.

Allegations of citizens being sexually assaulted or shot for refusing to give bribe abound.

Corruption in the Nigerian police force, from armed officers extorting money at checkpoints to top officials embezzling public funds, has led to the beating and even killing of innocent civilians, according to a report by Human Rights Watch.

Institutionalised extortion, lack of political will for reform and impunity mean Nigerians are more likely to encounter police threatening them and demanding bribes than enforcing law, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said in a 102-page report.

In major cities in Nigeria, including Lagos and Abuja, Human Rights Watch said armed police set up checkpoints at evenings ostensibly to control high levels of crime, including armed robbery and kidnapping.

“But the checkpoints are in reality illegal and tolls at which officers attempt to force motorists to pay money, but frequently becoming more aggressive.

“Extortion-related confrontations between the police and motorists often escalate into more serious abuses,” the report, based on interviews with more than 145 victims, said.

“The evidence suggests that police officers have on numerous occasions severely beaten, sexually assaulted, or shot to death ordinary citizens who failed to pay bribes demanded.”

But Nigerian police spokesman Emmanuel Ojukwu said the report contained “largely embellished innuendos”.

“Admittedly, the Nigerian Police Force has identified the conduct of some of its personnel in the areas of corruption, extortion, arbitrary arrests, torture and even extra-judicial execution,” he said on the police website.

Discpline of officers

But the new face of the Nigerian police is evidently saying that enough is enough to corruption in the force. On July 24 2017, the Lagos Police command sacked three officers for extortion from the public

The three officers found guilty of illegal arrest and extortion were: Okelue Nkemeonye, Braimoh Sunday and Yusuf Olukoga.

Assistant Commissioner of Police, Abayomi Shogunle of the Public Complaint Rapid Response Unit (PCRRU) in Abuja said the dismissal followed an internal trial at which the men were found guilty, under the Police Act, of corrupt practices and discreditable conduct.

In a major image-makeover effort, the PCRRU sent to the public such messages as: “Remember, Bail is Free, PCRRU says NO TO IMPUNITY and our quick response will put a smile on your face.”

The complainant in his message to the PCRRU, told the horrendous story of how he was abducted by a team of policemen that morning as he came out of a bank to transact business and held all day until about 6 p.m. Not only was he beaten by the policemen, they used his ATM to withdraw money from his account, and transferred money into another account provided by one of them.

According to ACP Shogunle, “Upon the receipt of the complaint, a case with Tracking Number PCRRU637624 was registered and acknowledgement of complaint sent to the complainant. PCRRU Investigation team was dispatched to Ikorodu where all the three dismissed policemen including AP No. 98199 ASP Bayo Obadia who led the team were apprehended. PCRRU preliminary investigation reveals that all the allegations contained in the WhatsApp message actually happened.”

He said the four police officers who were armed on the day of the incident had falsely paraded themselves as operatives of Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) despite not being posted to SARS by police authorities.

On July 9, 2017 ,the Inspector General Of Police, Ibrahim Idris sacked four officers of the Ogun State Police Command over extortion and bribery.

The sacked officers are: Inspr. Mufutau Olaosun, Sgt. Adebayo Temitope, Cpl. Bakare Taiwo and Cpl. Adesoye Ayokunlehin.

Police authorities said the officers were charged, tried and found guilty in an Orderly Room conducted at the Area Command Headquarters, Ijebu-Ode for two offences against discipline as provided for in Paragraphs E (iii) Discreditable Conduct and C (ii) Corrupt Practice, under the First Schedule of Police Act and Regulations Cap. P19. Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004.

The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Ibrahim K. Idris, while reiterating his stand on zero tolerance for corruption after the sack of the officers vowed to “flush out those tarnishing police image” from the Force. The IGP also impressed it upon the PCRRU to ensure that all allegations of professional misconduct against the police are promptly investigated and officers found wanting in any proven case be made to face appropriate sanctions as stipulated by relevant laws.

On June 20,2017, the Nigeria Police authorities dismissed two traffic wardens,Shuaibu Suleman and Musa Muktari three weeks after they were found to have extorted N15,000 from a motorist in Abuja.

The Inspector General of Police, said the two traffic wardens, Musa Muktari, Force Number; 394120 GDI and Shuaibu Suleman, Force Number; 10627 GDII, attached to Wuse Police Division, FCT Abuja Command were dismissed from service for corrupt practice. The dismissal of the two wardens came after a motorist (name withheld) filed a complaint to the Public Complaint Rapid Response Unit, PCRRU, Force Headquarters Abuja on May 30.

The complainant stated that while driving his vehicle on May 29, at about 12:30pm along Wuse Market road, he was accosted by the two Traffic Wardens who accused him of “beating traffic light” despite the fact that he did not.

The wardens led him to an Automated Teller Machine (ATM) not far from the scene where he was forced to make a withdrawal of Fifteen Thousand Naira (N15,000) from his account which he gave to the traffic wardens.

One of the wardens forgot his mobile phone in the victim’s car. The extorted N15,000 was recovered from the wardens (N7,500 each, as the money was already shared).

Indeed, complaints of maltreatment and extortion from officers are endless.

And it was never as bad as now, possibly, due to the recession.

Plagued from the beginning…

According to the books, the first police force was established in 1861 by the British colonial administration in the territories known today as Nigeria. The 100-man contingent was essentially a consular protection force based in Lagos, which later became known as the “Hausa Force,” so-named after the ethnicity of the men recruited into the unit. But as the British expanded their reach to the east and north, they formed additional police forces comprised largely of recruits from outside the communities in which they were to be deployed.

Even these early forces were notorious for their abuses and general lawlessness.

In 1891, the consul general of the Oil Rivers Protectorate in what is presently eastern Nigeria expressed shock at the “numerous acts of lawlessness and pillage” by the police, who were commonly referred to in the community as the “forty thieves” in police uniform.

Similarly, the governor of Lagos colony acknowledged in 1897 that the Hausa Force “no doubt behaved very badly in the hinterland by looting, stealing and generally taking advantage of their positions.”

The use of violence, repression, and excessive use of force by the police has characterized law enforcement in Nigeria ever since.

Establishing a National Police Force

The British merged Lagos colony and the southern and northern protectorates in 1914 and named the new colony Nigeria.  The northern and southern regional police forces were later merged, in 1930, to form the colony’s first national police—the Nigeria Police Force (NPF).

The British also established local police forces under the control of traditional leaders. During the colonial period, both the NPF and the local police forces were implicated in numerous acts of abuse and corruption. In 1952, for example, a member of the Nigerian parliament decried the “old sergeants” in the NPF who, he claimed, were “steeped in corruption.”

Members of parliament also criticized the NPF traffic division during this period for having “exposed itself to bribery and corruption and thus lowered the prestige of the force.”

Good conduct

But despite these ugly reports, it was established that many Nigerian police officers conduct themselves in an exemplary manner, working in difficult and often dangerous conditions.

On April 6, 2017, Inspector General of Police, IGP Ibrahim Idris decorated Mr. Akinbayo Olasunkomi Olasoji, the Area Commander, Mushin in Lagos, with the rank of Assistant Commissioner of Police.

The decoration of ACP Olasoji and eleven other Commissioners was based on special recommendation for exemplary service at the time families of 112 police officers who lost their lives or suffered life threatening injuries while tackling criminality in different parts of the country were given Police life assurance benefits totalling N180million by the IGP.

On February 11 2017, the Police Service Commission (PSC) promoted six senior police officers for rejecting huge sums of money offered as bribe to compromise them in the course of doing their duties.

The Commission in a statement explained that the promotion was imperative because the officers displayed rare and exemplary courage to resist corruption.

Those promoted were: “CSP Sulaiman Muhammad Abdul, CSP. Olusoji Akinbayo, Inspector Sunday Idowu, DSP Mu’awuyya A. Abubakar, Inspector Eheziekia Abiona and Sergeant Ogunbiyi Agbabu.

In a statement, the PSC said: “The Police Service Commission has promoted six senior police officers who have shown rare and exemplary courage to resist corruption.

The Commission approved the promotion of CSP Sulaiman Muhammad Abdul to the rank of Assistant Commissioner of Police for his outstanding performance in the fight against corruption.”

Sadly though, eighty-seven years after its birth, members of the force are viewed more as predators than protectors, and the Nigeria Police Force has become a symbol in Nigeria of unfettered corruption, mismanagement, and abuse.

Poor remuneration, bane of Nigeria police

Except something is done to tackle poor remuneration and living conditions of the personnel in the police force, there may never be an end to corruption in the Force

The poor take-home package contributes directly to the alarming rate of corruption in the security organisation and rampant attack on and extortion of civilians by personnel.

A police constable, according to reports earns between N22, 000 and N27, 000, depending on his length of service and accommodation plan; a sergeant earns about N30, 000, after deductions of tax, accommodation allowance and others; while an inspector now earns at least N50, 000 monthly.

Among senior officers (SPO) , an assistant superintendent of police earns a little above 80,000 after deductions have been made.

Severally, the Federal Government has been urged to address the issue of poor salary for police officers and men to boost their morale and bring an end to corruption in the sector .

Compared to what their colleagues in the United States of America (USA), United Kingdom (UK), Ghana and South Africa, earn, the Nigeria police do not earn salary but ‘survival stipend’.

The Bureau of Justice Statistics stated that the average starting salaries of new police officers ranged from $26,600 to $49,500.

“In the US, the city or state where police officers work affects their wages.

As of 2012, the starting salary for officers in the Miami Police Department was $45,929. “New police officers working for the Los Angeles Police Department start out earning $46,583 with a high school diploma.

“Officers who had completed at least 60 credit hours of college and had at least a 2.0 grade point average started out earning $48,462 in Los Angeles. Those who had a bachelor’s degree or more advanced degree earned $50,342.

“Thousands of officers and men of the Nigeria Police receive some of the poorest pay even in the West African sub-region, and the worst hit are the rank and files popularly known as ‘The Force’s foot soldiers’ who spend decades in the line of duty but are hardly promoted, accommodated or paid well.”

In Ghana, the government had increased the minimum wage of an average police officer by 16.7%, from 6 GH¢ per day to 7 GH¢ per day. Ghanaian police officers, for instance, earn more money than their Nigerian counterparts, and receive better training and welfare packages.

In South Africa, the National Salary Data of South Africa said an average police officer earns R142, 900 per year.

In Great Britain, “Police officers receive very competitive pay and benefits packages. Rates of pay vary by force, generally starting at an annual rate of around £23,000, and rising with each year of experience.

But in Nigeria, officers live in squalor within and outside the barracks. They work for months from broken-down vehicles, uncompleted buildings and garages.

While submitting a report on how to improve the welfare of the Nigerian police personnel in 2012, a former chairman of the Nigeria Police Service Commission, Parry Osayande, told the then President Goodluck Jonathan that the police in Nigeria were the worst paid in the West African sub-region.

Reacting to the recent report by the National Bureau of Statistics, NBS, a retired Police Commissioner, Alhaji Abubakar Tsav said: ‘’I am not surprised because the level of corruption in that era was so much. It was a period when the issue of corruption was not taken seriously. With that kind of attitude, it is therefore, not surprising that people paid that much in bribes.’’

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BREAKING: Presidential Aide, Femi Adesina Says President Buhari Will Come Back To Nigeria Today

Femi Adesina said President Buhari will address Nigerians in a live broadcast on Monday, August 21

The presidential aide said the president also greatful to all Nigerians for their steadyfastt prayers for his recovery

President Muhammadu Buhari is expected to arrive later today, Saturday, August 19

President Buhari is expected back to Nigeria today, Saturday, August 19, 2017.  This was made known by presidential spokesman Femi Adesina in a brief statement.

The statement read thus; "President Muhammadu Buhari returns to the country later today, after receiving medical attention in London.

"The President had left the country on May 7, this year, after handing over power to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, who has functioned as Acting President since then.

"President Buhari is expected to speak to Nigerians in a broadcast by 7 a.m on Monday, August 21, 2017.

"He thanks all Nigerians who have prayed ceaselessly for his recovery and well-being since the beginning of the health challenge." He said.
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Russell Simmons Writes Open Letter To US President Donald Trump, Tells Him To Wake The F*ck Up!

Russell Simmons, music executive  and owner of Def Jam Records wrote an open letter to his former friend, US President Donald Trump.

Russell narrate how Trump has helped a Muslim woman become the first muslim to win the Miss USA pageant;  how he opened his country club to Jews when they got turned away from other clubs;  how he dated a beautiful black girl and bragged about how wonderful she was; how he helped Miss Angola win the Miss Universe pageant.

He however, added that Trump has since changed during the election and after becoming president. Adding that he needs to wake the f*ck up! Read the full letter to Trump below:
"Dear President Trump,

Remember when, from the behind the scenes, you strategically helped Rima Fakih win the Miss USA pageant, making her the first Muslim woman to ever wear the crown? Remember how influential you were to crowning Leila Lopez from Angola, who is black, as Miss Universe? Do you remember me introducing you to the beautiful black supermodel Kara Young? You were smitten with her, dated publicly and bragged about how wonderful she is in numerous interviews.

Do you remember all of your New York Jewish and African-American friends you probably spent more time hanging out with than all the WASPs you could find? Do you remember making sure Jews who were turned away at other country clubs had an open door policy at Mar-a-lago?

Do you remember that guy? I do. That was the Donald I called friend. That is the Donald I know. Where is he now? I have to believe he is still in there, somewhere.

The yogis say that life's journey is inward and we grow into the self by struggle and obstacles placed before us, and that they are only there to speed up our inevitable evolution, toward our connection to God or the higher self.

All the turmoil surrounding your time in office is a test. It can be used for good or used for evil. You can ace it or fail it. It can push you toward being a smarter, more evolved and more self-aware version of yourself or be used to destroy you and the people you took an oath to serve. There is a ticking clock over your head, and the fate of the nation and maybe the world has already been severely altered by you.

The trouble is, time is running out. It takes but a second for disaster to strike. Remember Rwanda? As I assume you know, it was started by extreme Hutu nationalists in the capital of Kigali and soon before anyone could stop it, the genocide spread throughout the country with staggering speed and brutality. Previously law-abiding citizens were incited and encouraged by local officials and the Hutu Power government to turn on their neighbors. Sound familiar?

Or what about the lost second that was a mere five years between when the concentration camps of Auschwitz were established to when Hitler took his own life? Or who can forget the widespread ethnic cleansing that accompanied the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina from 1992 to 1995?

None of these experiences should be ignored. It is time you take responsibility for your role in inciting this violence. Your time in office has dramatically heightened tensions and damaged our democracy.

Is this the legacy you want to leave behind? Your children's legacy and your grandchildren's legacy? On the road you are on, old friend, the Trump name will come to be regarded in American history as a wannabe dictator who surrounded himself with bigots, white supremacists and money-hungry wolves.

If you do not change your course immediately, you will go down in history as the great divider, the destroyer of the environment and the embodiment of everything we as Americans have fought so hard to call ours. You have put in place many people whose mere presence is racially charged. Others who are there only to empower the rich at the expense of the poor.

Everyone has darkness in them and everyone has light. For all of us, this is a constant battle — but the one who wins is the one we feed. You can begin to feed the light. The racist, bigoted movements you are feeding now are gaining power by your words, actions and refusal to hold people accountable for the destruction they are causing in your name.

Racial tensions are rising, as is the Resistance. Their clashes have just begun and there have already been casualties such as Heather Heyer on your watch. Tensions are only going to reach more of a crescendo and more blood will be shed. And the people will blame you, and rightfully so. There are not two sides to a Nazi or a white supremacist, Donald, and you know damn well what you said on Tuesday was horrendous.

The good news for you is you are still in office. You can turn this around. You can beat down racists and bigots, you can stop putting money into coal, stop destroying our environment, stop worsening climate change by empowering the factory farming industry.

And for the love of all that’s sacred, you can stop tweeting threats to North Korea that may get us all into a nuclear war. You can find your highest self. You can become conscious. Scripture tells us the Donald I knew — or an even greater Donald — is still there inside you, sleeping. It is time to wake him the f--- up".

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Al-Shabaab Islamist Reportedly Behead 3 Kenyans, Burn Houses In Fresh Attacks

Deadly Somali Islamist militant group, Al-Shabaab allegedly beheaded three persons and burnt many houses in fresh overnight attacks in Kenya’s coastal region of Lamu.

According to the Kenyan Coast Regional Police Commander Larry Kieng who confirmed the attack today said that security officers are pursuing the attackers said; "we have launched investigation into the attack at Maleli village by suspected Al-Shabaab militants, who also torched several houses".

Recall, last month, suspected al-shabaab militants beheaded nine men in an overnight attack on a village in the Kenyan coastal district of Lamu, few days after the armed group killed three police officers in an attack on a nearby village.

Kenya’s Interior Ministry announced that curfew was imposed in three districts after the attack. The ministry said in a tweet that the 12-hour curfew, from 6:30pm affects parts of Lamu, Garissa and Tana River and is to be in place for the next three months.

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I Don’t Bleach My Skin, I lighten It - Actress Khanyi Mbau Says

Actress Khanyi Mbau before and after (Image courtesy Google)
Many people may have been wondering why some prefer bleaching their skin

The South African actress Khanyi Mbau of recent took time to explain that there is difference between bleaching and skin whitening.

She also enumerated the advantages of skin bleaching.

It’s often common these days to see people (men/women) who have just embraced skin bleaching or skin whitening. A case in point is Snapchat queen, Bobrisky.

And now, Khanyi Mbau, a South African personality and actress known for her white skin has come out to debunk the rumor that she bleaches her skin. She rather said she only lightens it.

“There’s this thing where people believe that I bleach my skin. I don’t bleach my skin, I lighten it. There is a difference between lightening and bleaching, and people just don’t get it,” she told South African live video streaming service, VOOV.

According to her; “People who are lightening their skins using gallons and overd*se on (skin whitening products) glutathione tend to have skin like mine. Pinkish, lightish, like an albino colour. My skin does (have this complexion) because I overdo everything in life. There are no side effects. All it does is make me lighter and it is like having loads of vitamin C, which means I don’t get the flu easily.” She also added.

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Is He Scared Already? Floyd Mayweather Labels McGregor 'Extremely Dirty & Illegal' Ahead Of Las Vegas Big-Fight

The undefeated and previously retired boxing champion. Floyd Mayweather has come out to criticize Irish UFC champion, Conor McGregor, claiming the boxer is extremely dirty and performs illegal boxing techniques ahead of their megafight in Las Vegas on August 26th.

Many boxing observers believe Conor McGregor, 29, has age on his side and could use it to his advantage against Mayweather, 40, who has been out of professional boxing since May 2015.
McGregor, a kickboxer, will have to avoid using his legs and fight Mayweather with his hands only, but Mayweather called out McGregor after seeing video clips of a sparring session between Conor and former world champion, Paulie Malignaggi. The footage gave Mayweather an insight into the boxing skills of McGregor, who has a tendency to try 'a lot of grappling, a lot of wrestling, (and) a lot of illegal shots'.

"I had a chance to see it, I thought it was real interesting but (there was) a lot of rabbit punching, illegal rabbit punching behind the head". Mayweather said on Thursday.

"A lot of the shots were illegal, a lot of grappling, a lot of wrestling, a lot of illegal shots. That’s just my honest opinion. But I’m pretty sure the referee is going to be fair on both sides. I want the referee to be fair and treat both competitors — myself and Conor McGregor — even and fair. I just want to have a good solid fight". He added.

"I look forward to following the (Marquess of) Queensberry rules of boxing and I’m pretty sure (McGregor) looks forward to following the Queensberry rules of boxing. He had (boxing referee) Joe Cortez in his training camp which is a great thing".

"(But) even though he had Joe Cortez in his training camp I've still seen him being extremely dirty. But my job is not to worry about the referee, my job is to go out there and fight and let the referee do his job".

Mayweather as well blasted McGregor for going 12 rounds with a retired, 'out-of-shape' Malignaggi.

"Some may not call it a knockdown. At the end of the day, it only counts when you get under the lights, that’s just the gym". Mayweather said.

"We shouldn’t be here judging Paulie, a guy that has been retired, commentating and travelling the world, not going to the gym at all, just going in there with an athlete period who is working out every day. Honestly, it shouldn’t have even gone 12 rounds with a young guy that’s active".
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"My Husband Was Completely Innocent": Grandmother Whose Husband Killed Himself Blasts Her Teenage Granddaughter Who Accused Him Of Rape

A widow, whose husband commit suicide, has said she will "never forgive" their  "wicked" granddaughter for claiming her husband of raped her.

The granddaughter, Megan Morrison wrote a letter begging her grandmother not to hate her but insisted her grandfather had indeed raped her (read here) as earlier reported by LIB.

However, Vivienne Harrison, 62, claims her teenage granddaughter was "lying" when she told police she was raped by her husband Malcolm, 74, between the ages of eight and 10.

Vivienne, who has been married to Malcolm for 46 years, spoke out after her estranged granddaughter, 17, wrote a letter pleading for reconciliation. The grandma, from Sinfin, Derby, reacted to her granddaughter's letter and revealed she will never forgive her grandchild.

She revealed to MailOnline: "It's all lies and she's wicked for taking away from me the best person in the world. Never for as long as I live will I forgive her or even give her the time of day for what she's done. I disown her. She killed my husband. And that goes for her mother, my own daughter too. They have brought shame on our family. I have nothing left in my life apart from a pot of ashes."
Mrs Harrison described her late husband as "a true gent and perfect father and grandfather who would never harm a soul". Malcolm denied the charges last year and was found dead on July 31 in a burning car in a suspected suicide. He died on the final day of his trial before he could have been convicted or found innocent of any offences.

Mrs Harrison said: "And with hand on heart I bet they would have returned a not guilty verdict. He was totally innocent."

The mother-of-three, who is estranged from two of her children, added that her own "flesh and blood" had turned against her out of greed and to create "a surreal drama" which has wrecked her life.

She said: "If he had been guilty, believe me, I would have known it. But he couldn't live with that one per cent chance that maybe a jury may find him guilty and a judge send him to prison so he made the decision, he took his own life. In law it used to be you're innocent until proven guilty but now you're guilty until proven innocent."
Mrs Harrison is now disabled and recently suffered a stroke. She is being taken care of by her daughter Louisa Nelson - the only child she's at peace with. She has estranged herself from Vanessa for backing her daughter Meghan and has previously disowned son Jack Burton, 45, for personal reasons.

She said of Meghan: "She's asking me to forgive her and not hate her for accusing my husband of something I know he never. She's evil and her lies have led him to taking his life and robbing me of my future."

For years Mrs Harrison shared "a happy and loving relationship" with her daughter and granddaughter and they even lived next door in the neighbouring modest council semi until two years ago. Mrs Harrison said her husband loved spending time with his family after returning from trips away.

She said: "We'd take Megan to the cinema, to the shops, have a fun time, there was never anything untoward. He was a brilliant grand dad. Then I found out that Megan had a pal who claimed she had been abused by her uncle and Social Services paid for her to go to nice places and do nice things without her family. Then suddenly Megan said Pops, that's what she called her granddad, has been abusing me. I came out of the blue and I think her motive was greed and infamy but I never believed her for one moment.

"Why would she sit by his coffin and say she loved him if he had really hurt her. It is a figment of her imagination, what she claims happened. She never got on very well with her mum and seeked attention. My husband was a gentleman from the first day I met him. He always provided for me and the family and was never in trouble with the law. He would do anything for anyone and would never harm a fly. When he was arrested on suspicion of abuse I stuck by him. He re-assured me it was all lies and I never doubted him for a moment. I see my granddaughter walking past my house giving me V for victory signs as is she's won. She's goading me.

"But I'm finished with her forever and her mum, who had the cheek to send me a birthday card with a £20 note during my husband's trial. I tore them both up and posted them back to her and that is the last contact I've had."

Mrs Harrison's daughter Louisa Nelson, 43, a head chef from Derby who is caring for her mother, told MailOnline:

"My father was my best friend and would never harm anyone. Sadly Megan and her mum thrive on drama and have invented a story. He went off in his silver Mondeo Titanium car, his pride and joy, which he later set light to and died in.

"There was no suicide note, but what he did was a statement, he died before his accuser to prove a point, he was innocent. He couldn’t bear that people may judge him for something he never did. I would like your website readers to know that we have not sought a fee to give our side to the story but want to get across that we will never ever have contact with those two people ever again."

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Boxing Champion Anthony Joshua Pays Tribute To His Mother In Sweet Instagram Post

British-Nigerian heavyweight champion, Anthony Joshua, who's presently on holiday with his mother, Yeta Odusanya and other family relatives through his Instagram page offer a touching tribute to his mom.

Sharing a group photo, he added the caption: "Let's make a toast... To the struggle, they went through to raise us to be men".

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Actor Brian Okwara Shares How Being 'Handsome' Is Affecting His Relationship With Women

Brian Okwara, ex-Mr. Nigeria, model and actor, said most ladies don't take him seriously because he is handsome.

In his word; "My biggest challenge is for God to give me the strength not to be a lady’s man," Okwara revealed in an interview with TS Weekend.

He further said, "There is something you need to understand about being a lady’s man. Yeah, you are a lady’s man and you can’t run away from it, it is something nature has endowed you with. But there is a flipside and it is that people tend to stereotype you and hardly take you seriously.

“Any woman that walks into your life will just say ‘oh Brian, we have seen your type before; are you not a fine boy?’ And you are like ‘what do you mean by that?’ It is a good thing that you walk into a room and every woman is ogling, but there are people that actually see the other side of life and attach importance and value to relationships, and they will not really like that after a while. I want people to like me for who I am and not judge the book by its cover.”
He also talk on how this has affected his relationship with members of the opposite sex, the actor said:

“I would say I have lost friendships that way. Some people just see me and say ‘Brian, come on, I know your type’ and I am like ‘oh sorry, you don’t even know me’.”

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Most Corrupt States In Nigeria Exposed - National Corruption Survey 2017

The Statistician General of the Federation/CEO Nigerian National Bureau of Statistics, Dr Yemi Kale has proven his mettle once again by the brilliant results produced from an ambitious project titled - National Corruption Survey 2017.

The survey which seek to analyse one of the greatest challenges Nigeria has, corruption, was revealed in form of infographics on his official Twitter page.

The graphics explain and show statistics of the various workings of corruption in Nigeria. From those affected to those who perpetrate it.

Below are some of the salient parts of this survey:
Most corrupt states in Nigeria infographic Source: National Bureau of Statistics
According to the above infographic, the prevalence, frequency and average number of bribes paid to public official by zone is highest in south-west and north-west.

The south-west includes the following states: 
1. Lagos 
2. Ogun 
3. Osun 
4. Oyo 
5. Ekiti 
6. Ondo 

And in the north-west we have the following: 
7. Kaduna 
8. Zamfara 
9. Kano 
10. Katsina 
11. Jigawa 
12. Kebbi 
13. Sokoto
Corruption in the Nigerian public sector Source: National Bureau of Statistics
Also just between June 2015 and May 2016, we see that Nigerians gave out about N82 million in bribes alone especially in the public sector.
National corruption survey 2017 Source: National Bureau of Statistics
It was also revealed that almost 52% of Nigerians paid bribes when in contact with a public official.
Who takes the most bribes in Nigeria? Source: National Bureau of Statistics
The most common bribes in Nigeria are paid to policemen and the least are paid to nurses.

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Friday, 18 August 2017

Nigerians Reportedly Granted Permission To Protest In Front Of Abuja House Tonight By UK Police (Photos)

Tonight, Nigerians in UK will join the #ResumeOrResign protest.

According to Facebook user, Chidi Cali, the United Kingdom police has granted permission and provided security cover for a peaceful protest in front of Abuja house tonight.

Chidi Cali shared photos on his page with th caption, "LONDON PROTEST #Buhari #Resume or #Resign. British Police and Kensington and Chelsea Council has provided safety barriers for our guys. The parking in that road has been suspended for car users. TODAY: 18/08/2017 (5pm) to 19/08/2017 (8:30) 2 Campden Hill, Kensington. W8 7AD. Please dress warm as Temperature will drop below 12 degrees".

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Hate Speech: APC Will Get As Good As They Dished Out To Others Over The Last Few Years - Femi Fani-Kayode Says

The former Minister of Aviation, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode took to his Facebook page in reactions to plans by the Federal government to treat hate speech as an act of terrorism.

Recall, Osinbajo announced plans by the Federal government during the National Economic meeting in Abuja yesterday. Osinbajo says this is hypocritical of the government.

Read his post below...

"APC thrived on hate speech between 2014-2015. Today, that seed they sowed is haunting them, they now say it's terrorism. Hypocrites!"- Jackson Ude, Pointblank News

Hypocrites indeed! Yet lions pay no heed when goats bleat and when cattle murmur. Dragons lose no sleep when the cock begins to crow.

Whichever way they want to play it, whatever they do and whatever they say the APC will get as good as they dished out to others over the last few years.

We are not intimidated by their threats and their attempt to intimidate and silence us. Resisting tyranny and evil is a divine obligation.

We must shed our fears and we must never forget that the Lord is with us. We must never forget that even though they may have today, we have tomorrow.

We must be focused, we must be strong and we must be bold knowing that we serve a God who is mighty in battle and who never fails.

He is the El Shaddai and the Elohim. He is the Lord strong and mighty, the Lord mighty in battle.

He is the Lord of Hosts, the God of the Armies of Israel and the Ancient of Days.

He is our shield, our glory and the lifter of our heads. He is awesome in battle and His banner over us is love.

With Him, victory is ours and our enemies shall be brought to heel and crushed under our feet like the desert dust.

We go forth in battle formations in the name of Yahweh and Jehova the Most High, knowing that sweet victory and victory alone awaits us!
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"I have Wrinkles, He Has Freshness" - 64-Year-Old Wife Of French President She Talks On 'Challenge' Of Having A Husband 25 Years Younger

The wife of the French President Emmanuel Macron, Brigitte Macron, has spoken for the first time on being married to a man 25 years older than.

According to Brigitte, the only challenge is that "he is younger than me".

In a very honest interview with Elle magazine, the 64-year-old accepted the fact that she is always reminded of the age gap every morning when she stares at her boyish husband.

‘Of course, we have breakfast, me with my wrinkles, him with freshness, but that’s how it is,’ said Mrs. Macron.
On speaking about the public pressure that forced her husband to abandon their plans to give her the official title of First Lady, she claimed she is nott bothered about their opinion.

"I don’t feel like a First Lady,’ said Mrs. Macron. ‘That’s the translation of an American expression, and I don’t like anything about it."

Mrs. Macron whose age gap with the president caused a wide outrage around the world, following how she started dating him while he was her teenage student at school, also said: ‘When I read about us, I always get the impression that I’m reading someone else’s story. Our story is so simple.’

"If I hadn’t chosen this, I would have missed out on my life". She said.
Brigitte, who has three children with her ex-husband whom she divorced in 2006 and married Macron in 2007, has no child with the President.

The couple is currently enjoying a romantic holiday in Marseilles, south of France.

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IPOB Leader, Nnamdi Kanu, Igbo Leaders Hold Meeting Ahead Of Anambra Governorship Election (Photos)

Leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu and some Igbo leaders of thought are presently holding a crucial meeting in Owerri, the Imo state capital ahead of the November 18th Anambra state gubernatorial election.

The leaders who are meeting under the umbrella, Ala Igbo International Foundation, are putting heads togeher to fashion out ways for a peaceful governorship election in Anambra and the South East as a whole.

Nnamdi Kanu has over time maintained that the Anambra governorship election would not hold not until the Federal government succumb to conduct a referendum for the possible creation of Biafra.

See photos from the meeting below...

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Five Jihadist Killed And 7 Persons Injured - As Gunfire Erupts In Beach Resort South Of Barcelona Hours Following Death Of 13 In Van Attack In Spain

The police force for Spain's Catalonia region said its troopers shot and killed four suspects and wounded a fifth in a resort town south of Barcelona in "respond to a terrorist attack."

This occured in a shootout 70 miles from Barcelona in an operation linked to yesterday's massacre, which claimed 13 lives and left more than 100 injured after a van mowed down pedestrians.
The confrontation came about eight hours after a van swerved through a pedestrian walkway in a popular destination in downtown Barcelona.

Shocking video footage shows bodies strewn across the ground after armed officers gunned down the terrorists who had explosives strapped around their waists.

Gunshots could be heard and police officers were seen running down a street in Cambrils, to the south of the Catalan city, shortly after midnight.
Seven innocent people - including an officer - were injured and witnesses have said the shooting happened close to a taxi rank in the coastal town.

Police said they are treating the latest incident as terror.

This latest incident comes just hours after a van ploughed into pedestrians in Barcelona.

Reports say the group had attempted to carry out a similar attack to that on Las Ramblas by driving a van at pedestrians but their vehicle overturned and they were shot by officers.
Police this morning confirmed they had 'shot the perpetrators' and urged locals to 'avoid going out' and to 'stay home'.

The regional police said on Twitter early Friday that troopers fired on the five suspects in Cambrils, a seaside town about 100 kilometers (62 miles) from Barcelona.
The regional police said in another tweet that they are investigating whether the Cambrils suspects were wearing explosive vests. Its officers planned to carry out several controlled explosions.

The force says it is working on the theory that the Cambrils suspects were linked to the Barcelona attack, as well as to a Wednesday night explosion in the town of Alcanar in which one person was killed.

Update: The fifth has been confirmed dead by thr Police.

Source: Daily Mail

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Send Nnamdi Kanu Back To Prison - Federal Government Tells Court

The Federa Government has asked a Federal High Court in Abuja to revoke the earlier bail granted to Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and send him back to prison.

According ot the federal government, Nnamdi Kanu has gone contrary to the conditions attached to the bail granted him on April 25, 2017 on health ground and has reportedly conducted himself in manners that threaten public peace.

The goverment also cited Kanu’s purported threat that elections would not hold in South East states not until the governmnet conducts a referendum on whether or not Biafra should secede.

The federal government in a counter-motion, dated August 1, 2017 filed by Magaji Labaran of the Federal Ministry of Justice, prayed the court to dismiss an application by Nnamdi Kanu seeking a review of the bail conditions.

The government further noted that not only had Kanu met the bail conditions and was enjoying the bail, it was an affront to the court’s authority for the IPOB leader to approach the court for the review of the bail conditions, having purportedly gone contrary to the bail conditions.

“The offence for which he (Kanu) is standing trial is not ordinarily bailable; the court, not withstanding, granted bail to the 1st defendant/applicant (Kanu) on health grounds on 25th April 2017.  Among other conditions for the bail of the 1st defendant is that he should not be seen in a crowd exceeding 10 people; that he should not grant any interviews, hold or attend any rallies; that he should file, in court, medical updates of his health status every month. The bail conditions were perfected by the 1stdefendant/applicant, which he is currently enjoying".

“Rather than observing all the conditions listed above, the 1st defendant, in fragrant disobedience to the court order, flouted all conditions given by the court. The 1st defendant equally incited his members to disrupt, disallow and boycott elections in South East states, starting with Anambra State gubernatorial election scheduled for November 18 if the Federal Government failed to hold referendum for the realisation of the state of Biafra. The 1st defendant has already declared the bail conditions given by the court unconstitutional before approaching this court with the application for variation. Rather than showing remorse for his actions, the 1st defendant approached this court with an application for a review of the same conditions for the bail which he grossly flouted".

“Considering the above, that the 1st applicant has violated the conditions on which the terms of his bail were premised, we urge this court to commit the defendant to prison by invoking the provision of Section 173(2)(B) of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, 2015. We categorically state that justice would have been denied the state by this court, if the state is not protected from the offences being perpetrated by the 1stdefendant/applicant, who is currently on bail,” the Federal Government said.

Recall Kanu and four other suspected IPOB members Chidiebere Onwudiwe, Benjamin Madubugwu, David Nwawuisi and Bright Chimezie are being tried before the Federal High Court, Abuja on offences relating to conspiracy and treasonable felony.

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Gov. Yahaya Bello State-Of-The-Art Ongoing Building Project In Okene, Converts Public Street Entrance To His Private Gate (Photos)

The Kogi state governor, Yahaya Bello reportedly putting finishing touches to his state-of-the-art country home on Mahmoud Atta street, GRA Okene, Kogi State, TheCable reports.

Meanwhile, residents of the exclusive residential area are complaining about the disruption the 42-year-old governor has brought upon their lives.
Yahaya Bello is converting the street entrance to his private gate.

“He has converted the main street entrance to his private entrance and is creating another entrance for lesser mortals like us,” a resident complained to TheCable.

“A governor converting a public road to a private and exclusive road for himself. This is a big shame.”

Reacting, Kingsley Fanwo, spokesman of the Governor Yahaya Bello, said his principal has made a better provision for the affected residents.
“Some of these issues are not the way we see them. The point is that if he is building a house and the structure is affecting the road network and he is giving the people a better road, they should be grateful,” he told TheCable.

“It’s not as if he is obstructing the road and he is not doing anything about it. It’s not that he is flexing his power as governor. He has been considerate enough to give them a better road.”
Source: TheCable; Photo credit: Okai Usman Austin

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Hackers Reportedly Demanding For $6.5 Million In Bitcoin Following ‘Game Of Thrones’ & ‘Westworld’ Leaks

Home Box Office (HBO), popular American premium cable and satellite television network owned by Time Warner of recent lost control of their social media account to hackers.

Home Box Office was first hit by the ‘major cyber attack’ last month, July where hackers threatened to leak a massive 1.5 terabytes of stolen content.

Meanwhile, personal details of the ‘Game Of Thrones’ cast members have been shared, including the upcoming season 7 episode 6. The ‘fourth wave’ hack happened earlier this month of August, 2017.

On Wednesday, an organization that identifies itself as 'OurMine' took control of the cable giant’s social media accounts. As well as the Facebook and Twitter account for HBO itself, they also seized control of the social channels ‘Game Of Thrones’ and ‘Westworld’.

‘OurMine are here. We are just testing your security,’ one post read. Another message tried to get the hashtag ‘#HBOleak’ trending.

Nevertheless, HBO seemed to had since taken back control of the accounts and deleted the posts.

Among the content stolen in latest hack was the shooting schedules for ‘Game Of Thrones’ and the upcoming season 2 of ‘Westworld‘ – which may give away potential plot details.

Mashable report said that it has been claimed that the OurMine hackers are demanding for about $6.5 million in Bitcoin from HBO in exchange for not leaking additional files.

According to a statement by HBO, they said: “There is an ongoing investigation we will have no comment beyond the statements that are already out there.”
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Exposing The Presidency's Hypocrisy On Buhari Being A Private Citizen - Reno Omokri

On Thursday, Aso Rock Villa insisted that President Muhammad Buhari is a 'private citizen', but on the 6th of September, 2012, President Bihar's Special Assistant on Digital media had insisted that Good luck Jonathan administration must show Same Patience live on TV. So a First Lady is public person while a President is a private citizen? Issorai!
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