Monday, 21 July 2014

Nigerian Air Force Helicopter Crashes In Borno State

Nigeria’s Defence authorities have confirmed that a helicopter belonging to the Nigerian Air Force crashed today South of Bama, Borno state.

A statement by the Director of Defence Information, Major General Chris Olukolade, said the Mi-35 helicopter was on a training mission, and crashed South of Bama, in Borno State, “due to technical fault.”

He did not say if there were any casualties or survivors, but stressed that it has been established that the crash was not attributable to enemy action.

Political Permutations & Power of Incumbency as The Battle for PDP Gubernatorial Ticket Hot’s Up In Benue State.
The Tor Tiv Blessed 4
It is no longer news that 2015 is near and politicians are beginning to strategize for the upcoming general election. On the ordinarily I have purposely not been blogging much about the Benue State gubernatorial race (The reason is reserve for another day).

Today I would like us to engage our mind to the PDP gubernatorial ticket. Although the gubernatorial list of aspirant under PDP is much, I hope I’ll be able to list all in no specific order. They include;

Hon. Samuel Ortom – Minister State Trade and Industry/ Supervisory Minister of Aviation, Michael Aondoakaa (SAN) – Fmr. Attorney General of the federation, former registrar of COREN, Felix Atume, permanent secretary of internal affairs, Hinga Biem, former speakers of Benue State House of Assembly, Terhemen Tarzoor, Alex Adum, Peter Chieshe and David Iorhemba, as well as permanent secretary of local government pensions, Andy Uwouku among others.

A week ago we heard about the Tor Tiv blessing 4 selected governorship candidates, the criteria to which some of us are oblivious of, although that is not my main concern, it will be fare if the criteria used can be made known to the electorate, since we are practicing democracy and not SELECTOCRACY hehehehe that is if such word exist.

 The reality is on ground is that; the battle for the PDP ticket is between Hon. Ortom Vs the other PDP aspirants! I know this will sound familiar to many but strange to others.

It is glaring that among the PDP gubernatorial hopefuls Hon. Samuel Ortom’s experience in politics and his current status as the minister has given him an edge over all the other aspirants, that is not to say he will find it easy getting the ticket, even though we all know he has the backing from Aso Rock/PDP National secretariat(deny it at your peril). It is also evident that Hon. Ortom does not enjoy much love from the current governor Gabriel Suswam, even though they might not be fighting on pages of papers, Dr. Ortom’s loyalty to Senator George Akume (The former governor) we hear is the reason behind the strained relationship.  No one can dispute  the ability of the governor to make it possible or impossible for Hon. Ortom to clinch the Mega ticket, believed to be one way ticket to Benue State Government House come 2015.

Come to think of it; do Benue people think the incumbent will hand over power to a person that will out-do him? I doubt.

Some may ask, how can he achieve this when hon. Ortom has the backing from OGA AT THE TOP?
Simple, in case the primary will done by the normal voting; the votes will definitely be shared among the many aspirants, living no single aspirant with the majority votes needed to win the ticket. In such scenario, the other candidates will liaise together and give their votes to any of the other candidate other than Hon. Ortom as instructed by oga at home, can the PDP upturn such victory? No I do not think so, because of the obvious reasons (Ameachi’s vs Celestine Omehia case in River State on my mind). The worst part is that, Hon. Ortom has been an obedient and loyal PDP member, having held different positions at the state and the nation secretariat of the party and currently a minister, I doubt if he will dump the PDP to any other party to achieve his ambition.

To confirm my fear for Hon. Ortom’s; on Saturday (July 19th, 2014) governor Suswam was on NTA where he said that "Mr. President is a democrat and he (Suswam) doesn’t believe in 'Abuja has anointed this person” he went further and say that anyone coming from Abuja should be ready to tell the people what he has”. Prompting me to ask almost immediately, wasn’t he too from Abuja too? Hehehehe but hey that is not my point. Another question that quickly came to my mind was, who is this ABUJA ANOINTED? The answer is also obvious…..

In conclusion, no one should under estimate the power of the incumbency at the PDP gubernatorial primaries, although I am not under-estimating the power or Ortom/Aso-Rock/PDP National Secretariat. Hehehehe, a file can be submitted to EFCC and the rest will go smoothly #Wink don’t say I told you.

I hope I made some sense, let’s talk about it.

Stunning Confession of Captured Boko Haram Terrorist, Sadiq Ogwuche "I Won't Beg for Forgiveness, I love Killing Infidels"

Nyanya bomb blast suspect who was recently extradited from Sudan, has began with stunning confessions at State Security Service (SSS) Headquarters in Abuja. Contrary to the expectation that Ogwuche will be sober as a result of his ordeal and probably ask for forgiveness. He is allegedly defiant and vowing to continue with what he termed as spiritual revolution at the least opportunity.

The suspected terrorist, who was wearing trousers and long sleeve with blue colour stripes, said in fluent English language that he has no regrets for his dastardly act in the April 14, 2014 bomb blast that killed over 70 people and injured about 120 others at Nyanya area of Abuja.
"I don't deny that I am the executioner of the Nyanya bomb incident. I did it in order to draw government's attention to our demands. We want our detained colleagues released and compensation paid to those of our colleagues who were killed by the federal troops during operations. We want Islamic rule in the whole of northern Nigeria. Western education is a sin against Allah. It's time for dialogue between government and Boko Haram leaders for the way out of the deadlock," he was quoted as saying.
Ogwuche was immediately taken into custody from the special flight which touched down at Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport at about 3 pm on Tuesday July 15, 2014. The flight arrived from Khartoum, Sudan, to hand the returnee fugitive over to Nigeria Security Forces for interrogation. On hand to receive him at the Presidential wing of the airport were spokepersons of the police, ACP Frank Mba, Department of State Services, Marilyn Ogar, Major General Chris Olukolade of the Army and coordinator, National Information Centre, Mike Omeri.
National Daily sources said Ogwuche had camouflaged as a student of Arabic language at the International University of Africa, Sudan, before eagle eyed security operatives uncovered and arrested him.
He was extradited after nearly three months of intensed diplomatic and security engagement between the federal government and the Sudanese counterpart. National Daily learned that stringent efforts were being made to extradite other fugitive suspected terrorists from Sudan and other African countries.
"This is a great break through for the security forces especially the International Police (Interpol). The department of state services in Nigeria collaborated with the Nigerian police to achieve this feat. They got the Interpol to be involved in the intelligence and strategic planning which resulted in the arrest of Aminu Ogwuche. 
So, Ogwuche is right now with the State Security Services who are closely working with the police," said an informed security source, adding: "His preliminary interrogation has began. We know it is the duty of the police to prosecute but we are talking about national security here. So far, Ogwuche is facing preliminary interrogation by a team comprised of SSS officials and the police. I can tell you that he was first detained at Abuja Interpol office before he was moved to an undisclosed DSS detention centre in Abuja. He is expected to be handed over to the Police for prosecution.
"The government must do something now or the bombing will continue. There is no regretting anything because we are fighting a just cause to liberate our people from western education and religion," the light complexioned and gaunt looking suspected terrorist said.
Ogwuche vowed not to forgive the federal government for waging war against Islamic fundamentalists in the country saying that Boko Haram highest echelon is prepared to contain government determined onslaught against terrorists.
"Federal government has been trying without success to wipe out Boko Haram. They killed our leader, Muhammed Yusuf and hundreds of others yet we still exist. We are a force to be recognized. You ignore us at your own peril. We are particularly pained by the killing of hundreds of our members across the forest in northern part of the country. Although we equally killed federal troops, we will never forgive the federal government for the incessant killings. We are well armed to fight back and we will never surrender".
Boko Haram is well funded and highly equipped organization with capacity to take over the whole country if it so desires," Ogwuche ranted.
The Nyanya bomb blast mastermind boasted that he is still lusting to shed more blood of those he described as "infidels."
"If I am left alone, I will still kill those infidels who have refused to repent of their sins against Allah. This is my mission on earth. My mission is to wipe out infidels from the face of the earth. You call me bomb detonator, and I love that. I am ready to kill again. In fact, I enjoy killing people who are unbelievers; those deceived by western education and disobedient to Allah and his holy Koran. I don't care what will happen to me now because if I die, I shall go to heaven for doing god's work. I won't beg anybody for forgiveness but I can assure you that my so called trial will not be an easy exercise. If I like, I plead not guilty in court to make things difficult for the federal government but inside my mind, I know I did the damn thing. It is my word against federal government evidence. I know a little bit about the intricacies of the law through the study of several law books. Nobody can push me around because I am not a fool," said Ogwuche who was born in the United Kingdom. 
The captured fugitive terrorist who regaled his interrogators with gory tale of his exploits in the world of violence said he and hundreds of Boko Haram members were trained in Somalia and Pakistan in the science of terrorism. "I don't deny that we have links with foreign terrorist groups. We have many friends as well as may enemies. It doesn't matter if I am killed others will continue the struggle. There are millions of Boko Haram members in Nigeria and overseas. Was our great leader Mohammed Yusuf not killed, did his death lead to the end of the Boko Haram? We are determined to start a big jihad across the nation, first, wait and see. Our is something like spiritual revolution. When they arrested Kabiru Sokoto, they celebrated as if Boko Haram is all about Kabiru Sokoto. That is how they celebrated the death of Yusuf Mohammed. They will keep celebrating individuals while million agents of Boko Haram operate," Ogwuche said

Gabrielle Union And Dwyane Wade Set to Wed!

Gabrielle Union And Dwyane Wade Sent Out Their Wedding Invitations
Gabrielle Union and Dwyane Wade are finally getting married and their wedding won’t be a hashtag-type affair with real-time images and updates all over the Internet.
 The couple’s wedding invites were sent out this week, and it clearly states that cameras and cellphones are banned from the lavish affair for privacy reasons.
Gabby and D-Wade are requiring everyone to have photo IDs. Security will be tight, too, with the couple advising guests to arrive at least 30 minutes before to “process through security.”
The couple will wed Saturday, August 30, 2014.

Graphic pics: Female Ritualist Caught With Decomposing Body Of a 3yr Old Boy in Lagos

Our neighbourhoods and street are becoming more dangerous everyday, Parents please, always look out for your children.. Yesterday in Lagos the woman pictured above, pretending to be a mad woman, was caught on the Mile 2 Bridge in Lagos with the decomposing body of a 3 year old boy. A police officer who saw her dragging the blue Ghana Must Go bag (pictured), stopped her to search the bag and inside it he discovered the boy's corpse and a lot of charms.

She was immediately arrested and taken away. When you continue, you will see pics of the dead little boy. If you don't have the heart, don't look. It's truly heartbreaking. That's someone child!.  BEWARE they are so many ritualist moving around.... Never let your child out of sight. 

Here's a pic of the police officer who caught the woman...

Former Minister of Petroleum, Dr. Rilwanu Lukman is dead.

He died this morning in Austria. He was 76 years old. 

Rilwanu Lukman is a Nigerian engineer who held several ministerial positions in the Nigerian Federal government before becoming Secretary General of OPEC (Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries) from 1 January 1995 to 31 December 2000.

On 18 December 2008, Lukman was appointed Minister of Petroleum Resources by Nigerian president Umaru Yar’Adua, holding office until March 2010.

Lukman was born in Zaria, Kaduna State on 26 August 1938.

He trained as a mining engineer at the College of Arts, Science, and Technology, Zaria (now Ahmadu Bello University), and then at Imperial College, London.

He earned a higher degree in mining engineering from the University of Mining and Metallurgy in Leoben, Austria (1967–1968).

He obtained a degree in Mineral Economics from McGill University, Montreal in 1978, and an honorary doctorate degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Bologna in Italy.

His first job in the mining industry was as an Assistant Mining Engineer with A B Statsgruvor of Sweden (1962–1964).

After returning to Nigeria, Lukman was appointed an Inspector of Mines, later Senior Inspector and then Acting Assistant Chief Inspector in the Federal Ministry of Mines & Power in Jos, Plateau State (1964–1970).

He then became General Manager of the Cement Company of Northern Nigeria (1970–1974).

By 1979 Lukman had become General Manager and Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Mining Corporation, Jos.


IG of Police Conducting Traffic in Abuja

Leadership by example, Inspector General of Police, MD Abubakar fully dressed in Traffic Police uniform, was controlling traffic at the popular Ministry of Finance Junction in Central Abuja yesterday July 20th. This is not the usual camouflage Nigerian leaders are known for, he is a great man and my Brekete family will attest to this.  Today Ordinary Ahmed nicknamed him "The Listening IG".  Hmmmm more like you will make Nigeria a better place again..

Friday, 18 July 2014

Meet the Family That Missed Flight17 by Minutes+Chilling Audio Transcript From Rebels Shooting Down The Plane

Barry and Izzy Sim (pictured above) were planning to travel to Kuala Lumpur with their young baby on Flight MH17 but were told by staff at Amsterdam's Schiphol airport that the plane was too full. The family was then given seats on a later KLM flight, just hours before the plane was shot down.

"You get this sick feeling in the pit of your stomach... We started getting butterflies. Your heartbeat starts going.' Barry Sim said of his reaction after he heard the plane he desperately wanted to board was shot down.

His wife said; 'There must have been someone watching over us and saying "you must not get on that flight".' The couple later cancelled their flight with KLM after the women refused to fly. 

Meanwhile U.S intelligence has confirmed that the plane was shot down by pro-Russian separatists who mistook the jetliner for a Ukraine military plane. And it is a Russian-made weapon.

Continue to read a transcript of conversations between Russian military intelligence and Ukrainian separatists that were intercepted by Ukraine’s Secret Service moments after Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 was shot down...

A view of what is believed to be a BUK surface-to-air missile battery being driven along a path on July 17in Torez, Ukraine just two hours before the plane was shot down...

The first exchange is between one Igor Bezler (pictured above), identified as Russian intelligence, and Vasili Geranin, a colonel in the Russian Federation separatist force. 

Bezler: We have just shot down a plane. Group Minera. It fell down beyond Yenakievo (Donetsk Oblast). 
Vasili Geranin: Pilots. Where are the pilots? 

Bezler: Gone to search for and photograph the plane. It’s smoking. 
Geranin: How many minutes ago? 
Bezler: About 30 minutes ago.

This is followed by a subsequent conversation between two separatist rebels identified by Ukrainian intelligence as “Grek” and “Major”, believed to be after an inspection of the crash site.

Major”: These are Chernukhin folks who shot down the plane. From the Chernukhin check point. Those Cossacks who are based in Chernukhino.

Grek”: Yes, Major.

"Major": The plane fell apart in the air. In the area of Petropavlovskaya mine. The first “200” (code for dead bodies). We have found the first “200”. A Civilian.
G: How are things going there?
M: Well, we are 100% percent sure that it was a civilian plane.
G: Are there a lot of people?
M: Fuck! The debris was falling straight into the yards. 
G: What plane is that?
M: I haven’t figured out yet. I haven’t got close to the main wreckage. Now I’m nearby the place where first bodies started falling. Here are remnants of internal brackets, chairs, bodies. 
G: Are there any weapons?
M: Nothing at all. Civilian belongings, medical scraps, towels, toilet paper. 
G: Are there any documents?
M: Yes. One belonging to a student from Indonesia. From Thompson university.  

A third conversation is of an unidentified rebel and Cossack commander Nikolay Kozitsin.

Rebel: Regarding the plane shot down in the area of Snizhne-Torez. It’s a civilian one. Fell down near Grabove. There are lots of corpses of women and children. The Cossacks are out there looking at all this. They say on TV it’s AN-26 transport plane, but they say it’s written Malaysia Airlines on the plane. What was it doing on Ukraine’s territory? 

Kozitsin: That means they were carrying spies. They shouldn’t be f*cking flying here. There is a war going on.

God help us!

First Photos of Passengers of Plane That Was Shot Down yesterday Killing 298, Including 80 Children

298 people died yesterday July 17th when Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was blasted out of the sky at 32,000 by a surface-to-air missile, allegedly by pro-Russian rebels.

Among the dead were 80 children, including three Australian children, (pictured left), Mo Maslin, 12, (left), his brother Otis, eight, (centre) and sister Evie Maslin, 10, (right) who were traveling with their grandfather Nick Morris. According to Australian newspapers, the family had been on holiday and the children’s parents had remained in Amsterdam for a few extra days while Mr Norris took his grandchildren on MH17 to get them back to Australia in time for school. The plane was going from Kuala Lumpur to Australia. 

More than 100 AIDS researchers who were heading to an international conference in Australia were also on board the plane. 

There were 173 passengers from the Netherlands, 27 from Australia, 44 from Malaysia, 12 from Indonesia, 9 from the UK, 4 from Belgium, 4 from Germany, 3 from Philippines, 1 from Canada and from New Zealand. See more photos after the cut...

Victim: Briton Glenn Thomas, 49, UN worker from Blackpool

Real estate agent Albert Rizk, and wife Marie. And Melbourne student Elaine Teoh (right)

Victims: Perth man Nick Norris (left). Nun, Sister Philomene Tiernan (right), a teacher at eastern Sydney's Catholic girls' school in Kincoppal-Rose Bay,

Recently retired pathologist Roger Guard (left) and his wife Jill (right) from Australian

 Passport of a Dutch teenager

Pilot: Eugene Choo Jin Leong was flying MH17 when it was shot down.

 The Maslin kids
Regis Crolla, left, was one of the 173 Dutch nationals on board the flight out of Amsterdam, while stweardess Azrina Yakob, right, was working on board the flight
AIDS researchers Pim de Kuijer (left) and Martine de Schutter (right) were travelling to Melbourne for an AIDS conference

Leading HIV researcher Joep Lange

Lagos State Approves Six-month Maternity Leave for Mothers And 10 days For Fathers

Lagos state government has introduced a new leave regime for all male and female civil servants in the state. Henceforth, all male civil servants whose wives give birth are entitled to a 10-day paternity leave while female civil servants had their maternity leave extended from 3 months to 6 months.

The new leave regime was announced today by the Lagos State Head of Service, Mrs Josephine Williams at a press conference held at the Baguada Kaltho Press Centre, in Alausa, Ikeja.
"A female officer shall be entitled to 24-weeks maternity leave with full pay in case of her first two deliveries. The said leave shall commence, at least two weeks before the expected delivery date; a male officer, to who a new baby (or babies in case of multiple births) is born shall be entitled to 10 working days" she said.
She added that subsequent deliveries after the second baby by any employee will only get 12 weeks maternity leave for a female officer while the men will not be entitled to the 10-day leave.

Special adviser to the Lagos state Governor on public health, Dr Yewande Adeshina, said the 6 months leave will enable women complete the mandatory months required for breastfeeding new born babies.