I strongly believe that the Muslims are nice, sincere, friendly and gentle people. Based on all these good qualities or attributes, why is their behavior so devilish? Something is wrong somewhere that needs to be addressed. For one thing, I believe that the badbehavior of the Muslims could be partially attributed to poverty, political sentiment, inferiority complex, quick at temper,backwardness, lack of value for life, mass illiteracy, religious jingoism, failure of the Imams to preach tolerance in the Mosque, over brainwashing of Muslims faithful and lawlessness in the Nation, among others. I also believe that they need to grow-up and be civilized because of their behavior is too barbaric. Muslims should swallow their pride and hide their inferiority complex, if that is the case. The earlier the Muslims stop this animalistic behavior the better for them. Muslims are the ones putting down their own reputation through their actions. As of now, non-Muslims all over the world feel uncomfortable around any Muslim or group of Muslims for safety reasons. If someone says bad thing about your religion do the same to his/her own religion. It doesn’t call for any criminal action. The Muslims need to overcome the above challenges to be loved again by the society. Let us respect one another.
You are Blessed,
Elder (Dr.) Chukwuma Nwaonicha
Little more than a prostitute — Student sells virginity for $780,000
A Brazilian student has sold her virginity in an online auction for US$780,000 as part of a documentary organised by an Australian filmmaker, although a man who did the same only fetched US$3,000.
Catarina Migliorini, 20, was the subject of 15 bids, with a Japanese man named only as Natsu winning on Wednesday night, according t
He beat out competition from 14 other men, mostly from Brazil but also from India, Australia and the United States.
A male whose virginity was also auctioned, 21-year-old Sydney student Alex Stepanov, fetched US$3,000, paid by a Brazilian woman.
Australian media said Migliorini would be “delivered” to her buyer on board a plane to Australia and that she would be interviewed before and after losing her virginity at a secret location.
Filmmaker Jason Sisely, who began his project in 2009 and caused outrage when he put posters up in Sydney and Melbourne saying “Virgins Wanted”, said Migliorini was ecstatic and had not expected as much such interest.
“The auction closed last night and Catarina is extremely excited. She was speaking to her family in Brazil online and they were extremely happy for her,” he told Australian online news site Ninemsn.
“But I guess they didn’t expect her to do something like this.”
He said the act would be consummated, but not filmed, in the next few weeks.
“We will fly over the winner to Australia and obviously, for the sake of the film and privacy, we can’t disclose where and when the act will take place,” he said. “I have to leave some details for the documentary.”
On a “Virgins Wanted” trailer on YouTube, Migliorini said: “I haven’t found the right person to do it with, I’ve been too busy with other stuff.”
She added: “It’s more sane than doing it drunk at a party with a stranger.”
According to Britain’s Daily Mail, Migliorini’s decision to sell her virginity to the highest bidder has sparked outrage across the globe, with some claiming she was little more than a prostitute.
But she defended the move.
“I saw this as a business. I have the opportunity to travel, to be part of a movie and get a bonus with it,” she was quoted by the Mail as saying.
“If you only do it once in your life then you are not a prostitute, just like if you take one amazing photograph it does not automatically make you a photographer.”
She will reportedly use part of the cash to build homes for poverty-stricken families.
Sisely told Ninemsn that under the terms of the auction a condom was compulsory and Natsu must be tested beforehand for any sexually transmitted diseases.“I’m looking forward to my audience’s response to the film,” he said.
Magistrate court 1, sitting in the Port Harcourt magisterial District has on Wednesday October 17, 2012, ordered that Alhaji Hassan Welewa,59, the traditional ruler of Omuokiri-Aluu, in Ikwerre Local Government Area and 12 others be remanded in prison custody pending the release of legal advice from the office of the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP), in the ministry of justice in Rivers State.
Welewa and the other accused persons, Lawal Segun, 28, Ex-Sgt Lucky Orji, 43, Cynthia Chinwo, 24, George Nwadei, 20, Ekpe Daniel, 30, Okoghiroh Endurance,24, Gabriel Oche, 33, Ozioma Abajio, 23, Endurance edet, 27, Ikechukwu Louis Amadi alias Kapoon, 32, David Chinasa Ogbada, 30 and Chigozie Evans Samuel, 22, were arraigned on a five count charge of conspiracy and murder of Ugonna Obuzor, Toku Lloyd, Tekena Elkanah and Chidiaka Biringa by lynching and burning them to death contrary to sections 324 and 319 of the Criminal Code, Cap 37, Laws of Rivers State of Nigeria, 1999. Most of the accused persons were in tears except for one Cynthia Chinwo who was identified as the lady that brought the fuel used to roast the victims to ashes.
As 247ureports.com gathered, Chief Magistrate Emmanuel Woke, the trial magistrate in charge of proceedings, after listening to the charges brought against the accused persons, ordered that they be remanded in custody on grounds that his court lacked jurisdiction on the matter. He however reminded them of the right to approach a high court for their bail application and adjourned the matter to December 20, 2012 for mention.
An uneasy drama ensued during the arraignment of the accused persons between the police and the judiciary staff as they were barred from entering or going out of their offices by the men in police uniform till the arraignment was over.
The drama started when the police blocked the entrance leading to the court room upstairs. Some of the court staffs were seen arguing with the ferocious looking policemen that flooded the court arena fully armed. When approached, one of the policemen simply replied that they were merely carrying out an order from above.
It took the intervention of the Public Relations Officer of the Judiciary Staff Union, Kiele Cletus before they were allowed to gain entrance to their various offices upon presentation of their identity cards. The staff and other persons were however barred from witnessing the proceedings as the court room was heavily barbed by armed policemen.
Some of the suspects had on Tuesday, said that the police participated in the torture and eventual death of the victims. Two of them, Ikechukwu Amadi alias Kapoon and David Ogbada, particularly pointed out in their separate statements to the press that policemen were witnesses to the crime. They however noted that while one of the policemen tried to rescue the victims from the crowd, the other one joined in the beating till their eventual death. The good police man had to leave the scene of the crime after warning the angry mob of the consequences of their action.
CONFUSION OVER THE BEHEADING OF A 70 YEAR OLD MAN IN AkWA IBOM STATE
By Asu Nyong
As poverty continues to take its harsh toll on the major oil rich State of the Niger Delta in Nigeria – Akwa Ibom State, some bizarre killings are going on unabated, albeit, unheard. The recent is the decapitation of the head of a man by name Udo Jimmy (AKA Ete-Isang) in a small village called Ikot Odion in Eket Local Government area of Akwa Akwa Ibom State.
Ete-Isang, as he was fondly called left his house in the evening of Monday to scout for straws to feed his goat did not return back even after night-fall. Worried by this strange development, the children quickly reported the matter to the newly elected VillageHead, Chief Ekomobong Peter Assam who wasted no time as he summoned an emergency town hall meeting of all the villagers to discuss the matter.
A search party was immediately dispatched to comb the bushes in the direction where he was said to have been seen earlier in theday. His lifeless body was found just less than half a mile from his backyard along the road leading to a nearby stream called Odu Iyak.
The Divisional Police office of Eket, Mr Idowu Owohunwa was intimated where he immediately visited the scene alongside some of his men for proper investigation. No arrest was however, made as no strong suspect was identified by the villagers the in course of police preliminary investigation.
But a young lady in her early thirties simply known as Edikan who spoke to this reporter said she saw a strange young man along the road of the bush stream while going to fetch water to cook food for her children and met a young man who easily got angry with her and questioned her why she was staring at him so intently, then treathed to beat her if she continued staring at him. She said though she did not know him but could recognize him if she saw him again.
A community leader, here, Mr Akpe Isang, while reacting to the incident said he believed that it was the hash way which poverty has significantly ravaged the state thereby compelling young men to ttake to toritual killings by beheading people to make quick money.
“There is no doubt in my mind that poverty is the cause of this incessant beheading and ritual killing going on in Akwa Ibom State. This is the area where Akwa Ibom government has failed woefully in addressing.”
But in contrast to this, a second school of thought blamed the killing of this septuagenarian on witchcraft. One of the community spokespersons who spoke on account of anonymity said Mr Jimmy returned from Calabar three years ago after the death of his eldest son and settled at home. Witchcraft was widely believed to be the cause of his son’s death.
“He returned from Calabar about three years ago after the death of his son. His son’s death really shocked many of us. I think people actually thought then this was caused by supernatural forces. So I really suspect some men who nurture this belief could be responsible to his death.’’
Killing like this has been going on for some time now in different parts of Akwa Ibom State which may not have anyconnectivity with politics as they mostly involved people from the local community which have no business whatsover with politics. In Oron area, fior instance, about seven people were beheaded just last month alone in different villages. However, what may be the cause of this very death, still remains a mystery.
But it will be recalled that in 2001, more than eleven people including children believed to be witches and wizards were tortured and killed in this village alone and buried in an unknown mass grave.
By Mecky I. Peter
Stepping Stones Nigeria (SSN) is reportedly sponsoring another documentary in Akwa Ibom State. The focus of this documentary this time round is not however clear. But investigation revealed that some children, mostly mentally derailed ones were seen being interviewed by a UK based journalist, one Robin Hammond who works for the London Telegraph and Guardian.
Investigation revealed that the journalist visited the Divine Children home in Uyo where they secretly filmed some children while interviewed. Another report has it that the crew visited the Psychiatric Hospital in Eket where they offered financial inducement to allow them film some mentally ill persons mostly children.
A junior officer in the only Psychiatric Hospital said he felt so bad and uncomfortable the way the journalists were interviewing, snapping and filming the children.
“They initially made us to believe that they were charity workers who came to offer support to the inmates here. But the way they were interviewing, filming and capturing the sick ones made me to realize they were journalists as they did not even give anything as donation except offering some amount of money which I did not know to one of the officers who was aware of their coming. I was concerned that this could lead to some problem when our boss becomes aware.
“They saw a child who was brought from Uyo, the Divine Children Home and they knew her already; and if it was planned, they paid more attention to her than others after their. It was then I knew she was one of the children labeled as a witch. He Spoke to some of them, but this was not an official visit…..
Robin Hammond came to Nigeria with Gary Foxcroft in 2007 with one lady where they did a documentary titled: Children are Targets of Nigerian Witch-Hunt which was an encouraging first move to bringing to limelight the unheard-of story of the Nigerian witch children.
Nonetheless, what the new documentary is targeting mentally ill children with the sponsor of Stepping Stones Nigeria’s Director, Mr Foxcroft will bring about, is still a matter of gesticulation.
A staff in the Divine Children Home, Uyo confirmed the visit of the journalist, but said he was not aware that they were doing secret filming.
Of course, the white man came here with two black men; we did not know their main mission. What they have in mind was only known to them. Some white men have been coming here as charity worker. But this one did not say they were charity workers. Said they only come to visit the children, so we give them access.
Mr Rocky Nsi, a budding journalist in the Akwa Ibom state said he was contacted to serve as a guide to them but declined as he did not know their main motif.
An astute observer, revealed that since Stepping Stones Nigeria’s coffer was fast depleting, Mr Foxcroft and with the newly established NGO called Witchcraft and Human Rights Information Network (WHRIN) founded by Gary Foxcroft himself, there was the need for another documentary to boost the new organization. This too could be a good guess work. We will find out and report soon what the new Gary-Hammond documentary is all about.
Mecky I. Peter – Uyo
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I believe Samuel E’s assessment of last night’s debate is valid to an extent. I think the President’s performance was much better and very encouraging to his supporters. Personally, I would have liked to see the President be more aggressive in countering and challenging Romney on many of the disingenous claims he made and has made months leading this debate. For instance, the false claim that gas prices were a buck 80 when President Obama took office is totally false. Nationally, at the end of Bush administration gas price average had topped $4:11 a gallon. At that time, the Republican lie machine argued that a President had no control whatsoever over soaring gas prices because it is simply out of a President’s hand due to several uncontrollable factors. That was their argument. However, under President Obama, they seem to think rising gas price is his fault. I think the democrats do a terrible job making their case to the American people. They’ve allowed the republicans and their tea party fringe elements to control the discussions on the economy and mostly everything else with distortions and misinformation.
Romney kept jabbing at how President Obama has prevented oil companies from drilling on Federal lands thereby losing opportunity to create jobs. This has been the story for a few years now, and it was repeated yesterday until the President finally rebutted that false claim by countering with the facts of the matter. I think he should do more of this.
One thing I would like to point out to Samuel is that, in real time debate with stakes this high, not every claim would be countered. Yes, the President missed a few opportunities to score points by presenting the facts as opposed to the lies being told. However, he had to get his point across and given the debate format and time limits, he had to pick and choose what issues were important to focus on so he could get his message across to mostly the independent voters in the audience and those viewing from home. Too much back and forth could have bugged down his message and that would have been playing into Romney’s strategy. Overall, it was much much better performance and he had better credibility than the arrogant, condescending, and flip flopping Romney.
Princi I (FL)
By Renee Ghert-Zand
A UJA-Federation of New York employee was sentenced in Manhattan Supreme Court to six to 18 years in prison for stealing and selling personal information of donors, the New York Post reported yesterday. Tracey Nelson, 25, who had worked as a clerk for the organization for three years, was part of a $2 million identity theft operation that targeted banks and a car dealership, in addition to the Federation.
For two and a half years, Nelson photographed donor checks, and sold the names, address, and credit card account information of approximately 200 Federation donors to others who used them to order duplicate cards or open and plunder dummy accounts. She was fired in summer 2011 after the theft was detected.
Among the donors whose personal info was stolen were former AIG chief executive Maurice “Hank” Greenberg and billionaire investor Ira Rennert. The finances of the individuals whose identities were stolen were not impacted, as banks and credit card companies covered the losses.
Nelson reportedly pled guilty to grand larceny, with its hefty sentence, so that she could take advantage of college classes offered in state prison that would not have been available to her had she awaited trial at Rikers Island. According to Nelson’s lawyer, his client had been intending to use the $20,000 she netted from the identity theft scam to attend community college.
Somewhat shockingly, Nelson applied for and received unemployment insurance checks while in prison. Manhattan prosecutors stopped the payments as soon as they discovered she was getting them.
District Attorney Cyrus Vance, Jr. is confident that Nelson’s sentence will send a strong message. “If there was any doubt that identity theft is a serious crime, today’s sentence removes it,” he told the New York Daily News. “When individuals abuse a position of trust for personal gain, they cause financial damage to banks and deprive victims of their good credit, their time, and their peace of mind.”
Godswill Akpabio Capitulates: Akwa Ibom State Employees to be paid
For months, Godswill Akpabio has been blamed for taking funds meant for the salaries of state employees to bribe Nigerian judges, while laundering the rest by taking the funds out of the country in chattered planes. Reliable sources say after being informed by all the postings on different fora that have repeatedly accused Akpabio of not paying salaries to workers, other state governors, Nigerian dignitaries, and the presidency, have questioned Akpabio to know why he is not able to pay the workers.
It has also been confirmed that some Akwa Ibom State workers, fed up with the situation, decided to by-pass their union representatives to organize a state-wide strike by holding secret meetings in late hours of the night. When the information about the secret meeting leaked to Akpabio, he panicked and immediately contacted his cabinet members and ordered them to begin putting money together to pay the workers.
This writer has been authoritatively informed that Akpabio has issued directives mandating the payment of workers from April to September 2012. He has also ordered that government contractors, some who have been owed for over one year, should also be paid.
While this may sound like good news to the beneficiaries, everyone should remember that Godswill Akpabio has been known to be a pathological liar who has failed in the past to keep to his promises. It will be better for the workers to receive this news with caution in order to avoid disappointments.
I take this opportunity to thank all those who have been taking the advantage of various social media to complain about the non-payment of salaries. My appreciation goes particularly to members of Ibom and IbibioNation for a, who have been exposing the problem by posting it on the fora unrelentingly. There is no doubt that it is because of your shouting which has caused Godswill Akpabio to cave-in to your complaints.
What we are waiting for is to see if Akpabio will keep his promise or if he will reneged on it as he has done in the past.
Ikpafak Thompson Essien
Revolutionary new technology that produces “petrol from air” is being produced by a British firm, it emerged tonight. A small company in the north of England has developed the “air capture” technology to create synthetic petrol using only air and electricity. Experts tonight hailed the astonishing breakthrough as a potential “game-changer” in the battle against climate change and a saviour for the world’s energy crisis.
The technology, presented to a London engineering conference this week, removes carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. The “petrol from air” technology involves taking sodium hydroxide and mixing it with carbon dioxide before “electrolysing” the sodium carbonate that it produces to form pure carbon dioxide. Hydrogen is then produced by electrolysing water vapour captured with a dehumidifier.
The company, Air Fuel Synthesis, then uses the carbon dioxide and hydrogen to produce methanol which in turn is passed through a gasoline fuel reactor, creating petrol.
Company officials say they had produced five litres of petrol in less than three months from a small refinery in Stockton-on-Tees, Teesside. The fuel that is produced can be used in any regular petrol tank and, if renewable energy is used to provide the electricity it could become “completely carbon neutral”.
The £1.1m project, in development for the past two years, is being funded by a group of unnamed philanthropists who believe the technology could prove to be a lucrative way of creating renewable energy. While the technology has the backing of Britain’s Institution of Mechanical Engineers, it has yet to capture the interest of major oil companies.
But company executives hope to build a large plant, which could produce more than a tonne of petrol every day, within two years and a refinery size operation within the next 15 years.
Tonight Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) officials admitted that while the described the technology as being “too good to be true but it is true”, it could prove to be a “game-changer” in the battle against climate change. Stephen Tetlow, the IMechE chief executive, hailed the breakthrough as “truly groundbreaking”. “It has the potential to become a great British success story, which opens up a crucial opportunity to reduce carbon emissions,” he said.
“It also has the potential to reduce our exposure to an increasingly volatile global energy market. “The potential to provide a variety of sustainable fuels for today’s vehicles and infrastructure is especially exciting.” Dr Tim Fox, the organisation’s head of energy and environment, added: “Air capture technology ultimately has the potential to become a game-changer in our quest to avoid dangerous climate change.”
Peter Harrison, the company’s 58 year-old chief executive, told The Daily Telegraph that he was “excited” about the technology’s potential, which “uses renewable energy in a slightly different way”. “People do find it unusual when I tell them what we are working on and realise what it means,” said Mr Harrison, a civil engineer from Darlington, Co Durham.
“It is an opportunity for a technology to make an impact on climate change and make an impact on the energy crisis facing this country and the world. “It looks and smells like petrol but it is much cleaner and we don’t have any