BREAKING NEWS: Akpabio Relieves, Effiong Abia, Albert Akpan, Others


GOVERNMENT OF AKWA IBOM STATE
24/4/2014
PRESS RELEASE

In view of the need to reinvigorate the machinery of Government and drive further the Uncommon Transformation Programme of the State, His Excellency the Executive Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Chief (Dr) Godswill Akpabio, CON, has approved a minor cabinet reshuffle.
Accordingly, the following Commissioners have been relieved of their appointments.

Governor Akpabio.

Governor Akpabio.

1.   Mr. Bassey Albert Akpan, Former Commissioner for Finance

2.   Bar. Effiong Abia, Former Commissioner for Rural Development.

His Excellency has directed the affected Commissioners to hand over to the Permanent Secretaries in their respective ministries. The Governor however thanked the former Commissioners for their contributions to the development of the State and wishes them success in their future endeavours.

Similarly, His Excellency the Governor has approved the relief of the following Board Chairmen of their appointments:

1.    Obong Sunny Udom

(Former Chairman, Akwa Ibom Property and Investment Company Limited, APICO)
2.   Hon. Patrick Ifon

(Former Chairman, Akwa Ibom Water Company Limited)

3.    Obong Dan Akai

(Former Chairman, Akwa Ibom Newspapers Corporation, AKNC)

4.   Hon. Alex Nyong
(Former Chairman, Akwa Ibom Broadcasting Corporation, AKBC)
5.    Hon. John Asikpo

(Former Chairman, Akwa Ibom State Environmental Protection and Management Board)

6.   Abom Tony Esu
(Former Chairman, Akwa Ibom State Agency for Community and Social Development)
His Excellency, the Governor further thanked the affected officers for their services to the State and wishes them success in their new engagements.
Signed
 
Aniekan Umanah
Hon. Commissioner for Information and Communications
Akwa Ibom State – Nigeria

Nigeria’s Infamous Witch-Hunter, Helen Ukpabio Deported From UK.

By Bryan Silver

Helen Ukpabio, Nigeria’s witch-hunter

The British Homeland Security has deported Mrs. Helen Ukpabio, the President and Founder of one of Nigeria’s largest Pentecostal churches believed to be leading the spread of witch-hunting in the country. A United Kingdom based human right activist and charity worker, Ms. Modupe Debbie Ariyo announced this in a one paragraph sentence via her Facebook page on Friday, April 18, 2015. “Helen Ukpabio deported from UK…hurray!!!” Ariyo said. Ariyo, who’s the Executive Director of Africa Unite Against Child Abuse (AFRUCA) in furtherance of her terse release sent as a confirmatory note of the deportation, said that the British Home Secretary, Ms Theresa May was pressured by human right activists and the UK press to act. “Theresa May was under pressure from charities to act…the evidence was overwhelming too” she stated. Ms Ariyo called on her Nigerian counterparts and the press to borrow a leaf from their action which led to the deportation of Ms Ukpabio.

“Now, it is up to our Nigerian colleagues to learn from our example. These people can be challenged. They are ordinary human beings like you and I.” Ariyo maintained.

Ukpabio, who arrived London last week for a chain of three weeks deliverance service but barely held two of her services when the press and human right activist got wind of her presence and mission to the United Kingdom and invaded her deliverance service with placards. This was followed by protests and petition to the British Home Secretary.

In one of her books, ‘Unveiling The Mysteries of Witchcraft’ Apostle Helen Ukpabio states, ‘If a child under the age of two screams in the night, cries and is always feverish with deteriorating health he or she is a servant of Satan.” Human right activists have been very critical of this view and argued that Ms Ukpabio who is a trained nurse should know that, Nigeria, like other African countries is known for mosquitoes spread and poor health condition; as her view has compelled poor and ignorant parents to abandon such children or even kill them.

Ms Ukpabio who had eqaully churned out lots of music and films espousing which hunting of children, aged and weak people also owns a film industry. On July 3, 2009 Ms Ukpabio hired gun men to attack the Child’s Right and Rehabilitation Network (CRARN) in Akwa Ibom State, the only children centre in Nigeria that takes care of witch branded children, apparently with the mission to hurt its Director, Mr. Sam Itauma. But when they could not get hold of Itauma who escaped through the roof of his house, they turned their anger on the protesting children of the centre, and beat them up.

Two of the children, eight and eleven years in age, where hit with gun’s butt to a state of coma and were rushed to the government hospital. Shocked by the news of the attack on the children, the Akwa Ibom State governor, Chief Godswill Akpabio paid unscheduled visit to the CRARN Centre in Eket to console with the children.

Ukpabio did not rest; she dragged CRARN to a federal high court in Uyo seeking $1.5 million from the organization. She also filed two other cases requesting the court to close down the witch stigmatized children centre.

Ms Ukpabio is also known to have reined terror on any dissenting voices of her views. In one of her madness, she reportedly unleashed terror on the Brotherhood of The Cross and Star, in Calabar, a church she broke away from and founded the Liberty Gospel Foundation. During the onslaught, more than two hundred her armed thugs attacked the Brotherhood church with loss of lives and property worth billions of Nairaira.

 

Apostle Helen Ukpabio may be banned from entering Britain

 Apostle Helen Ukpabio, season of deliverance ended abruptly

 

 

 

PDP Chairman Brutalized By Drunken Soldiers And Looters.

By SaharaReporters, New York

The attack on Chuma Nwofor, took place at about 10:00 am on the morning of Tuesday, the 15th day of April 2014. Chief Barrister Chuma Nwofor, a former deputy president of the Chambers of Commerce mines and agriculture. Witnesses say soldiers of the 302-brigade Onitsha brutalized Chuma Nwofor in an unprovoked attack. They are believed to have been under the influence of alcoholic beverages, and witnesses said, suspected to be on a mission to loot.

Chuma Nwofor, a former state chairman of the PDP in Anambra State, was also the former commissioner and special adviser for the environment, and was twice a Governorship aspirant under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP.) This random attack from soldiers on Chuma Nwofor has shocked the local community.

Barrister Nwofor was reportedly driving to Asaba, after visiting his clients who had placed orders with his company for Nigeria breweries, the products to which he is a key distributor. Once arriving to the Upper Iweka road in Onitsha, which is under construction, and has only one lane, Chuma Nwofor got stuck in a traffic jam.

In the midst of this traffic jam an army pilot pickup truck was approaching with another private vehicle behind it. Barrister Nwofor on sighting them, and correctly in obeying traffic rules, had veered off the road to create room for the pilot pickup truck, and Honda car accompanying. Some minutes after they drove pass, a second army truck with no siren, or escort car, forced itself into the middle of the road, and had hit Barrister Nwofor’s car, and the car in front of Barrister Nwofor vehicle, a Mitsubishi Van.

The occupants of the Mitsubishi Van came out of their car, and confronted the army truck driver, and complained of reckless driving. While this was taking place, Barrister Nwafor also approached the truck driver, to also inform him of the damage he did to his car. The truck driver, witnesses say,  was under the influence of alcohol, as the alcoholic odor was oozing out of his breath.  Eyewitnesses who were there told SaharaReporters that one could literally smell the odor of alcohol on the driver, and coming out of his vehicle. The situation intensified, and the driver became angry over the questioning of what occurred. The more the struck drivers pressed their queries, the angrier the driver of the military vehicle became.

Then, without warning, the unidentified driver of the military vehicle, and four other soldiers who were passengers in the truck, all from the 302 brigade, immediately pounced on Barrister Nwafor, beating him up with iron rods from their vehicle, and witnesses say, also with the butts of their guns. It was a brutal scene, and some witnesses say, the drunken soldiers tore open his head with their blows. Blood was rushing profusely from Chuma Nwofor’s wounds. The soldiers carried him a short distance, held him up and slammed him down hard on the tarred road.

Barrister Nwofor, say witnesesses, then lost consciousness and the soldiers quickly made a move to collect all the items in Barrister Nwofor’s vehicle, including the money that his customers had paid him. The money allegedly stolen by the soldiers is the equivalent of over a hundred thousand dollars (N17,000,000).

Barrister Nwofor was lying unconscious on the road, and the soldiers, to the surprised of the startled witnesses, then carried him, and threw him inside their pickup van, and drove straight to their barracks. Once getting to their barracks, Barrister Nwofor regained consciousness sometime afterwards, much to the surprise of the soldiers.

A good Samaritan present, who later spoke to SaharaReporters on the condition of anonymity, had pleaded with the soldiers to let Barrister Nwofor go for treatment to a local hospital. He was still bleeding, but they bluntly refused the request, and kept Barrister Nwofor in the cell for an additional 3 hours.

The decision to hold Chuma Nwofor, it is believed, was a decision to ‘buy time,’ witnesses say, and enable the soldiers to cleanly cart away the money, and the items they removed from the vehicle. Sometime later, Barrister Nwofor then confronted the officers, including Captain GC Ohaeri, over who gave the instructions to continue holding him as prisoner. Chuma Nwofor was released shortly afterwards and allowed to leave and see a doctor, but the lead-up to his release was described as tense.

Captain GC Ohaeri discussed with the group of military men involved what to do next, and witnesses say, with guns pointed at Chuma Nwofor, they then marched him out of the barracks.

Chuma Nwofor had requested the names of the soldiers involved, but the captain refused to disclose their names, or identify what rank the men held.

According to several eyewitnesses outside the barracks where a small crowd had gathered, Chuma Nwofor was reportedly carried by by-standers to Onitsha General Hospital. It was there where he was taken to the emergency ward, and was examined by Dr. Okwusogu.  It was there that the doctor recommended he go to the surgical department to determine the extent of damage from his wounds.

Chuma Nwofor had lost a lot of blood, and lost consciousness several times, according to witnesses. It is obvious, say motorists from the scene of the original confrontation, and others who had contacted SaharaReporters for this story, that this is a well-planned robbery, and an act of intimidation. Why remains unclear. Was it meant to achieve a goal of stealing from a prominent citizen? Speculation continues to fly in this case.

What is known in the hours since this story unfolded is that Chuma Nwofor has since contacted lawyers, one of them is barrister Sam Ologunorisha (SAN).  The plan now is to take up the matter with the National Human Right Commission and to also sue for recovering of the stolen funds and damages.

The issue at stake for many watching this story unfold is why would the army allow a drunken officer to be on the road at that time of the morning armed with guns? Chuma Nwofor says he will be suing them for 500 miliion naira damages at the federal high court.

Rumpus in Akwa-Ibom PDP over SSG’s guber ambition.


Governor Godswill Akpabio’s alleged support for Udom Gabriel Emmanuel’s governorship ambition is creating fresh tension in Akwa Ibom State, reports Assistant Editor, Dare Odufowokan
Fresh crisis appears to be rocking the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Akwa Ibom State following disquiet in some quarters within the party over the alleged gubernatorial ambition of Udom Gabriel Emmanuel, the Secretary to the State Govrnment (SSG).

Akpabio

Akpabio


Like in most of the states across the country, the most talked about thing in Akwa Ibom State today is the political battle for the coveted seat of the governor, which would be vacant in May 2015 when the current occupant, Governor Godswill Akpabio, would have completed his second term in office.
While it has been widely rumoured before now that the governor may have brought Udom into his cabinet to prepare him as a successor, trouble started when some chieftains of the party accused the SSG of campaigning to be elected as governor while still in office.
The chieftains alleged that the governor is working clandestinely with the leadership of the party in the state on a plot to endorse the candidature of the SSG as the PDP governorship flag bearer in the 2015 general election, which they described as against internal democracy.
It was also alleged that while the governor orchestrated the ouster of the immediate past SSG, Umana Okon Umana, from office on the excuse that he caused distraction in governance by working towards his 2015 governorship aspiration, he is looking the other way now as his new SSG’s governorship campaign efforts grow bigger and bolder by the day.
Speaking on the crisis threatening to tear the state chapter of the PDP apart, a chieftain of the party, Edward Ekah, who is also the leader of the Coalition for Good Governance (CCG), said by his actions, the state governor has shown that he is not to be trusted to allow for a level playing ground in the political battle to choose who flies the party’s banner in 2015.
“The current issue which some of you have chosen to call a fresh crisis has to do with the glaring political activities of the current SSG while still in office. These are obvious campaign activities showcasing his interest in the 2015 governorship race. One would expect that he would have been cautioned by the governor or removed.
“We are saying this not because we think it is wrong for him to play politics while in office but because we believe there is a precedence. You will recall that up till this moment, the only excuse given for the sudden sack of Umana Umana from office to pave way for the emergence of Udom as SSG was that he distracted governance with his political activities.
“The same government that said that is not only condoning same activities by the new SSG but in fact, promoting them. To us, this is double standard and undemocratic. If Umana cannot stay in office as SSG and aspire to be governor, we think Udom shouldn’t do the same. With this singular act, Governor Akpabio has shown that he will not allow a free and fair contest for the party’s gubernatorial ticket in 2015.
“This is why we are calling on party elders to speak out against this undemocratic norm before it is too late to tame these people,” Ekah said.
It would be recalled that on July 31, 2013, Akpabio, administered oath of office on Udom as the new Secretary to the State Government (SSG), to replace Umana, who was said to have officially resigned a day earlier, in order to pursue his 2015 governorship ambition in the state. Udom, until the appointment, was Executive Director of Zenith Bank Plc.
Before his announced voluntary resignation from office, Umana and the governor had been at loggerhead over what sources claimed was the former’s gubernatorial ambition. It was alleged that the governor, who before then had been in support of Umana’s ambition to succeed him, had developed cold feet about the project following his resolve to back someone from Eket for the job.
The development created bad blood between the two erstwhile friends and political allies of many years. Soon, the bad blood grew into rivalry that soon gave birth to altercations. In no time, pressure was allegedly mounted on the former SSG to quit the administration or risk being thrown out. His governorship ambition was described as a distraction for the administration.
After weeks of holding out and vowing not to abandon his governorship ambition, even after the governor reportedly nominated him as the Managing Director of the NDDC, Umana’s resignation was announced by the government and Udom, who hails from Eket district of the state, was appointed to replace him.
Administering the oath of office to the new SSG at the state banquet hall, Uyo, Akpabio noted that both Emmanuel and Umana posed intimidating credentials needed to run the state. He said the changes were in response of meeting the demands and challenges of the uncommon transformation of the state, urging the people to accept changes now in the interest of the total transformation of the state.
“Today as you witness the change in the office of the SSG of Akwa Ibom State, you must remember that change is part of life and to sustain the momentum of what we are doing,” he admonished. The governor praised the immediate past SSG for his meritorious service to the state, saying: “Mr Umana Okon Umana, goes down in history as the longest SSG in the state.”
The governor said, the state government and people of the state really acknowledged Umana’s contributions and service to the state, especially his roles in government, starting as a career civil servant that culminated in his appointment as permanent secretary, also elevation as the Commissioner for Finance and finally as SSG from 2007 to July, 2013.
“Umana, to me is a brother and not just a friend. He has displayed exceptional competence in the discharge of his official duties and contributed significantly right from the former regime of Obong Victor Attah to the present administration.”
Noting the credentials of the new SSG, the governor said he would bring very strong skills in the discharge of his duties. He also charged the new SSG to avoid any form of distraction while still serving the people of the state in his current position.
But some party sources said hardly had Udom settled down in his new position before posters and flyers announcing his governorship ambition flooded the state. “Campaign offices and vehicles heralding his ambition are also all over the state as we speak,” Ekah added.
Also, the governor has been accused of being personally involved in the ongoing struggle to ensure the emergence of Udom as the next governor of the oil-rich state in the 2015 gubernatorial election.
According to a Edidiong Akpan, a chieftain of the party, “I heard that the governor recently said he will spare no cash in ensuring that Udom becomes the governor in 2015. I was told the governor made the declaration at the inauguration of a 31-member steering committee which he set up to coordinate the campaign of Udom Emmanuel across the state.
“By the inauguration of the Campaign Steering Committee, which membership is drawn from the 31 local government areas of the state, the governor as far as I am concerned, is telling us where his interest lies ahead of the 2015 gubernatorial election in the state.
“Information reaching us indicates that governor Akpabio is bent on making Udom Emmanuel, who has been his long-time business partner, and whom he recently appointed as the Secretary to the Akwa Ibom State Government (SSG), the governor of the state in 2015.
“However, I can tell you that the governor’s decisions have not gone down well with most of our leaders in the PDP. And I know that other political stakeholders in the state are ready to confront the undemocratic plot with stiff rejection. This is why you can see that the governor is having a running battle with interested parties who feel that such an imposition may not augur well for the growth of the party in the state.
“Recently, we formed a coalition in our resolve to resist the attempt of the governor to foist his stooge on the people. This is the reason for the current tension within the party. If Ukpabio could sack Umana for having govrnorship ambition, we think he should not be supporting Udom to promote his own ambition with tax payers’ money,” Akpan said.
Chief Edet Nkpubre, a former South-South national vice chairman of the ruling party, while reacting to insinuations that the governor may have settled for Udom as his successor, recently said the governor cannot choose a leader for the people.
“Well, I don’t know who the governor is supporting. He has not told us who he is supporting. The day he tells us we will tell him no. He has not told Akwa Ibom people who he is supporting. All we are hearing are rumours. The day he tells Akwa Ibom that he is supporting Udom Emmanuel or that Udom Emmanuel is his candidate, you will see the reaction of the people both from Annang and Oron. There is Law of Succession.
“When Judas was removed as one of the disciples when he betrayed Jesus; when they were looking for a replacement, what did they (disciples) say? Look for a person who has been with us for some time; who has been coming in and going out with us. They didn’t go to bring an outsider. If the governor is looking for a successor, he should look around those who have been working with him and there are so many of them in Oro Nation.
“Democracy without fairness is not democracy. We don’t want a democracy that is not inclusive, which discriminates against other ethnic groups because you are the largest and you want to lord it over other ethnic groups forgetting that they are the bread winner of the state. That is a democracy based on injustice. It is a democracy that would create crisis. A democracy that is based on injustice is a democracy that would create crisis,” Nkpubre said.
Culled from The Nation

Call To Ban Helen Ukpabio Escalates in UK

Popular woman of God and movie actress cum producer, Lady Apostle Helen Ukpabio, has been described as being a danger to children and may be banned from entering the United Kingdom if their media have their way.

Apostle Helen Ukpabio may be banned from entering Britain

Apostle Helen Ukpabio may be banned from entering Britain

The Founder and General Overseer of Liberty Gospel Church who is renowned witch hunter has been at logger heads with the Akwa Ibom State government since she began her campaign of catching alleged child witches.

The government had accused her of torturing, maiming and even causing the death of some children in the event of forcing them to confess to being witches and wizards.

 She was once reported as saying;

If a child under the age of two screams in the night, cries and is always feverish with deteriorating health, he or she is a servant of Satan.

This statement of hers has made many to see her as an enemy of children and the British press are against her negative believes about children which they see as being detrimental to them.

The Independent newspaper in the UK wrote this about her:

The Home Secretary Theresa May, is being urged to step in to prevent a Nigerian “witch hunter” returning to the UK after she flew in to preach to congregations in London.

Lady Apostle Helen Ukpabio, founder of the controversial Liberty Foundation Gospel Ministries, is believed to still be in the capital after addressing three gatherings last week.

The Pentecostal preacher claims to have been betrothed to Satan as a teenager before being rescued from a cult at the age of 17. She now specialises in liberating captives in “deliverance sessions” that critics claim are little more than crude exorcisms.

Among her advice to parents is the suggestion: “If a child under the age of two screams in the night, cries and is always feverish with deteriorating health, he or she is a servant of Satan.”

Campaigners say such beliefs, prevalent in some parts of the developing world, can put children’s safety at risk. They have written to Ms May to urge that the pastor be banned from the UK after the current tour.

It is important that the UK authorities send a message to the world that branding children, or anyone, as a witch, is beyond the pale.

Lady Apostle Ukpabio has been in the forefront of hunting for witches in her native Akwa Ibom and her target happens to belittle children and sometime, frail old men and women.

She has also been fingered in the torturing of these helpless kids so as to make them confess to being witches.

Most of her movies have been on the activities of witches and wizards operating and causing limitations in people’s lives.

Do you think the British press is justified in wanting her banned from entering their country?

Nigerian Medical Doctor Shot Dead By Her Husband In US.

Tall,elegant and brilliant Nigerian medical doctor Isioma Ebegbodi was murdered in cold blood by her Nigerian husband in Texas state of America on Saturday March 22, 2014.She attended Queen’s College Yaba Lagos and later proceeded to University of Lagos to study Medicine.

She was until her gruesome murder a medical resident physician at Marshfield clinic in Texas.

What really went wrong between a 36 year old wife and her 63 year old husband?Was she suffering in silence until the tragedy happened?So many questions with limited answers.

A 63-year-old Nigerian man was later charged with murder after he confessed to the shooting to death of his wife around 3 a.m on Saturday March 22,2014 in west Harris County, Texas USA.

Martin Ebegbodi went to a neighbour’s house and asked him to call police after getting into a fight over argument and then shot his wife, 36-year-old Isioma Ebegbodi.
The Harris County Sheriff’s Department arrived at the house in the 19700 block of Youpon Leaf Way and arrested Ebegbodi.

Gbemisola Boyede,former schoolmate to Isioma wrote this tribute for her on Facebook

Here I am just as I was breathing the sigh of relief that justice was done in the case of Titi Arowolo murdered by her husband in a grotesque act in their own home here in Nigeria
And watching with bated breath the ongoing trial of Oscar Pistorius who shot dead his girlfriend in his luxury house in Pretoria on Valentine day
I got the rudest shock of my life that a colleague, friend, former classmate in medical school was shot dead at 3am on Saturday in Texas, United States by her own husband! This is too close home for comfort!
Someone tell me what’s going on?
Why are people who professed to love forever and who vowed before God and man pulling the trigger to abruptly cut short the lives they are to protect?
How do we explain this to the innocent children who are going to be deprived for life of parental love and care? Mum is dead but dad isn’t available because he’s serving terms for killing mum?
How? How?? How???

Medical doctor killed

Medical doctor killed

Please if you’re in an abusive relationship riddled with domestic violence, this is the time to get out!
Please stop keeping the front of happiness when you’re dying inside!
The society may not understand, we may even condemn ignorantly
But you owe it a responsibility to those innocent children to be ALIVE!
Please get out NOW to a safe house
I don’t want to ever mourn another victim of spousal or domestic abuse
I can’t begin to describe all the emotions I’m going through
So you can only imagine what her parents, sister and children will be going through!
This is so sad and how many times I’ve wished in the last 48 hours, we can turn back the hand of the clock!
Rest in peace Isioma, Issy Awele Ebegbodi and I pray God comfort your children and family and us all mourning you!
It shall be well!
With deep sadness, We announce the untimely passing of our dear friend and Colleague OGQC (93, “Z” set) Dr Isioma Ebegbodi Nee Unokanjo on Saturday 22nd March,2014 in Texas in the most tragic circumstances.

 

From a confirmed source,Isioma’s friends and colleagues from Medilag(Unilag medical school) and concerned Nigerians are presently collecting funds together towards her three children’s education.

May God grant her family and friends the fortitude to bear this immense loss.

God bless and replenish you as you contribute to this worthy cause.

For further details please email: yemikeks@yahoo.co.uk, funmi_g@yahoo.com

2015: Jonathan Makes Secret Pact With Fayose, Fani-Kayode, Others To Frustrate Corruption Trials

President Goodluck Jonathan
By Saharareporters, New York

Facing the prospect of a stiff challenge to his reelection in 2015, President Goodluck Jonathan has stepped up plans to neutralize his political foes and make new friendsand allies.

A key part of the president’s plan involves a secret deal to scuttle the ongoing prosecution of several former public officials on corruption charges in exchange for their political support.

An investigation by SaharaReporters discovered that Mr. Jonathan, who faces a major challenge from the opposition, especially the All Progressives Congress, and from within his own party, the Peoples Democratic Party, has started preliminary negotiations with several suspects in corruption cases on the possible obstruction of their prosecution in court.

Already, the president’s strategy has met with some key success for him as well as for suspects being tried by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). One of our sources said one of the early successes of the president’s strategy was the “victory” of former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Dimeji Bankole, in a case the EFCC filed against him before an Abuja high court.

“Dimeji Bankole walked home free as a result of a deal that was reached with the Presidency,” a source familiar with the case claimed. Mr. Jonathan reportedly courted Mr. Bankole’s support for the 2015 presidential election. In addition, Mr. Jonathan encouraged the former speaker to run for the office of the Governor of his home state, Ogun, under the platform of the PDP.

Many of Mr. Bankole’s key aides have, however, vowed not to support him because, as one of them stated,  “He has told us that he won’t contest.”

President Jonathan’s coddling of corrupt suspects has created some disquiet among some leaders of the EFCC. An official of the highly compromised anti-corruption agency told our correspondent that he could not believe that the president would fraternize with a figure like Ayodele Fayose, a former governor of Ekiti State. Mr. Fayose, who is facing prosecution for massive money laundering, recently emerged as the PDP’s governorship candidate in Ekiti State.

Before the primary, which has been described as “a sham” by 13 disaffected aspirants, including Mr. Jonathan’s immediate past Minister of Police Affairs, Caleb Olubolade, Mr. Fayose had gone to town to state that the president had endorsed him.

Buruji Kasamu, a suspected drug baron who is wanted in the United States of Americafor drug trafficking, is also backing Mr. Fayose. Mr. Jonathan’s chumminess with Mr. Kasamu, despite his well-known legal troubles in the US, was one of the factors cited by former President Olusegun Obasanjo for withdrawing from PDP activities.

former chairman of the PDP’s Board of Trustees, Mr. Obasanjo insisted that it was too much of a moral burden for him to be in the same political party with a wanted drug baron.

Last week, President Jonathan met with Femi Fani-Kayode, a major opposition critic as well as one of the major former public officials being prosecuted for corruption by the EFCC.

A source close to Mr. Jonathan told SaharaReporters that the president’s inner circle recommended courting Mr. Fani-Kayode after the latter made sharp outbursts against his party, the APC. “The president saw a great opportunity to use Chief Fani-Kayode’sprosecution as a winning tool to woo him,” said a source familiar with the ongoing negotiation between the two men. The source assured that the cases against Mr. Fayose and Mr. Fani-Kayode would end up the same way former Speaker Bankole’s did.

Our source added that some members of the president’s camp were opposed to the strategy of offering deals to corrupt politicians in order to curry their support. “Some of us have cautioned that he [President Jonathan] doesn’t need to do this. He should not be desperate because the opposition is already in disarray. But some hawks insisted that he has to toe the line of wooing corrupt politicians.”

The source stated that the cases against Mr. Fani-Kayode and Mr. Fayose would soon be dismissed, with the Presidency quietly instructing the EFCC not to appeal the verdicts.

“We can win election without these people, but I still don’t know why the President continues to listen to people who advise him to seek alliances with every moneylaundering suspect,” said a source.

President Jonathan has demonstrated a bold support for corruption and for corrupt officials. He has retained Petroleum Minister Diezani Alison-Madueke on his cabinet despite her involvement in several corruption scandals. He also pardoned former Governor Diepreye S.P. Alamieyeseigha from his home state of Bayelsa. The former governor was arrested in London for money laundering, and was subsequently convicted for corruption in Nigeria and served a short jail term. Mr. Jonathan also seems reluctant to fund any serious anti-corruption effort. A top official of the EFCC recently stated that the commission was broke.

Boko Haram abducts 200 schoolgirls in Borno

school girls

Suspected Boko Haram insurgents on Tuesday abducted no fewer than 100 girls at the Senior Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State, following a violent attack in the town.

But the BBC quoted parents to have told it’s Hausa service that at least 200 girls were abducted.school girls

Eyewitnesses said the girls who were in school preparing for their Senior Secondary School CertificateExamination were abducted at about 3.00am.

Mr Joseph Walama, a resident, said the attackers numbering about 50, stormed the town in a convoy ofToyota Hilux vehicles before unleashing terror on residents.

“They arrived in the town at about 10.00pm in a convoy of no fewer than seven Hilux vehicles and took controlof the town and set fire on residential and public buildings,” Walama said.

He said some of the attackers engaged in mass looting of food items, while others harassed residents at will.

“Then suddenly they headed for the Senior Secondary School, Chibok, which is a WAEC examination centre.

“Some of the teachers and students took to their heels on sighting them, but they eventually abducted those who remained in the hostel.

“They packed food items and the students into an abandoned lorry before heading for the Sambisa forest,” he said.

The Borno Commissioner of Police, Alhaji Lawal Tanko, confirmed the attack, but said he did not have details of the incident.

Kano Rally: Jonathan attacks Kwakwanso, accuses governor of maladministration.

-Premium Times 

Mr. Jonathan said the Kano government under Mr. Kwakwanso has received over N255 billion as local government funds since 2011.

President Goodluck Jonathan, Tuesday, accused the Kano State Governor, Rabiu Kwakwanso, of improper use of the state’s local government funds since assuming office.

The president made the accusation during the rally to officially welcome Ibrahim Shekarau, a former Kano governor, to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

Mr. Shekarau decamped to the PDP from the All Progressives Congress, APC, in January after the incumbent joined the latter from the PDP late last year.

Speaking at the rally, Mr. Jonathan said the Kano government under Mr. Kwakwanso has received over N255 billion as local government funds since 2011. He asked the 44 council chairmen in Kano to challenge the governor on what he has done with the funds.

The president also said that contrary to Kano governor’s claim, Mr. Kwakwanso did not support him in the 2011 presidential primaries of the PDP.

The governor recently said he regretted ever supporting the president during the primaries and for the 2011 elections. He said he would not receive the president when he arrived Kano because of Mr. Jonathan’s poor performance as president.

In his reaction at the rally, Mr. Jonathan said Mr. Kwakwanso did not vote for him at the PDP presidential primaries.

He said when it became clear to everybody that Mr. Jonathan would win the primaries, held at the Eagles Square, Abuja, Mr. Kwankwaso left the venue midwayto the elections.

“How can he therefore say he elected me,” Mr. Jonathan said.

The president also accused Mr. Kwakwanso of refusing to release money provided for Kano delegates’ refreshment.

Mr. Jonathan, who did not make any reference to 2011 general elections, said that Mr. Kwankwaso did not also give Kano PDP delegates monies provided for them as allowance to facilitate their movement to the venue of the primaries.

While speaking on the federal government’s plan for Kano, Mr. Jonathan said the federal government was committed to agriculture and that groundnut pyramids would soon return to the state.

In his speech, Mr. Shekarau called on President Jonathan to do something about the lingering poverty in the state.

He urged him to help the people of the state by revamping the irrigation and Fadama farming, saying, this would create employment opportunities to the residents

Mr. Shekarau assured the president that if he does this, PDP would get massive votes from residents of the state in 2015.

Stunning: The Youngest Mother The World Has Ever Seen| 5-Year-Old Lina Gave Birth To Baby Weighing 2.7kg.

By Berti

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Rhodiesworld went back in history in her Saturday special to bring her readers, one of the most fascinating birth records in human history, at least in recent time.

This amazing birth and pregnancy got Lina Medina’s parents worried. Lina, one of nine children in this poor family of the Peruvian Andes, had a seemingly inexplicable abdominal growth which was growing larger by the week.
Fearing she had cancer, Lina’s parents brought her to the doctor. The Peruvian girl was cancer-free; she was, however, seven months pregnant. 

Six weeks later, on May 14, 1939, Lina gave birth via Cesarean section to baby Gerardo, who weighed six pounds at birth.

Lina was five years, seven months, and 21 days old at the time of Gerardo’s birth — the youngestmother on record.
In performing the c-section, doctors noted that Lina had gone through puberty at a very early age, called “precocious puberty.”
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Researchers further pieced together shocking details of Lina’s ascent into “adulthood”: she had developed mature breasts by age four and had her first menstrual cycle at two and a half (with some reports suggesting that her first period came at the age of eight months).

She’s never revealed the identity of Gerardo’s father — and, in fact, may not know who it is; the doctor who delivered Gerardo noted that Lina’s mastery of the details of her pregnancy was fleeting, due in part to her young age. But the pregnancy was definitely real.

One photograph of the pregnant five year old exists (available here) and scores of evidence — x-rays, doctors notes, biopsies, etc. — exist proving the pregnancy and delivery to be true. After she gave birth, she appeared in a photo with her doctor and son, seen above.

Lina and her parents ended up raising Gerardo. Until he was ten Gerardo believed she was hisolder sister, but around that age he was informed that Lina was, in fact, her mother. For her part, Lina is otherwise healthy and still alive today, albeit in incredibly poor conditions. She married later in life and, in 1972, had another son.

Gerardo died in 1979, at age 40, of a bone marrow disease unrelated to his mother’s age at his birth.