Friday, 23 January 2015

South African Youths & Police Officers Loot Foreign Shops After a Shop Owner Shot A Boy Tying To Rob His Shop - Pictures

Man running away with Cash Drawer looted from a foreigners shop

The violence erupted after a foreign shopkeeper shot dead a teenager who had allegedly tried to rob him on Monday night in the iconic township. More pictures after the cut
"Young boys wanted to rob a shop and the owner opened fire and killed one of them," police spokesman Kay Makhubela told AFP. "That made the community angry, and that's what started all this."
Children push a shopping cart past a wall bearing painted portraits of former South African president Nelson Mandela in Soweto in 2013

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Children push a shopping cart past with looted wares passing a wall bearing painted portraits of 
former South African President
South African police said Friday they had arrested 121 people after mobs went on a looting spree of grocery stores owned by foreign nationals in Johannesburg's Soweto township.
Dozens now face charges of public violence -- including a police officer caught on film participating in the looting, Lieutenant-General Lesetja Mothiba, police commissioner of South Africa's economic hub Gauteng, said at a press conference Friday.
Little girl running with Items stolen from a Foreigners shop
At least 80 shops, most of them owned by Somalis, have been looted over the past few days, he said.
On Friday, Mothiba reported "strengthened police deployments" across Soweto, which was a crucible of the fight against apartheid.
"We are pleased to report that after the flare up yesterday afternoon, the situation was relatively calm overnight," he said.
Dozens of those arrested appeared in court Thursday on charges of public violence, with scores more set to appear Friday and Monday. One person is being held for murder while eleven will answer unlicensed firearms possession charges.
Most of the arrested are between the ages of 20 and 31, he said. 
"Various items such as fridges and groceries valued at thousands of rands were seized during the arrests," said Mothiba.
South African young men pushing a fridge stolen from a foreign shop
A second person was killed on Wednesday night, but police said they were still investigating the circumstances.
Amid widespread poverty and unemployment, frustration in Johannesburg's run-down neighbourhoods often boils over into anti-immigrant violence.
In 2008, deadly xenophobic violence broke out around Johannesburg townships, killing 62 people.

FG Shuts Down Buhari-Osinbajo Fundraising Platform

Buhari/Osinbajo 2015
According to Thisday, Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, on Thursday disclosed that the federal government had directed the closure of a fund-raising platform set up to enable supporters contribute N100 to the presidential campaign of General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd) and Prof. Yemi Osinbajo.
Fashola, who is also the Director of Buhari/Osinbajo Campaign Fund, added that the decision of the federal government to shut the 35350 platform was nothing but repression of freedom, which obviously violated section 39 of the 1999 Constitution.
He expressed profound disappointment at the decision of the federal government at a news conference which he addressed at Lagos House, Marina, alongside another member of the Fund, Mr. Ben Akabueze, and his Special Adviser on the Media, Mr. Hakeem Bello.
Disturbed by the blockage, the governor showed an official letter addressed to the GSM operators which the Buhari/Osinbajo Campaign Fund partnered with purely for commercial transactions, insisting that the operators were engaged in line with the services they contracted to render in the country.
Fashola said the directive to shut the platform was contained in a letter dated January 19 with reference No:  NCC/CAB/GEN/2015/VOL.1/004  which was signed by the Director of Consumer Affairs, Mrs. Maryam Bayi, and the Head of Legal and Regulatory Services, Mrs. Yinka Akinloye, on behalf of the Executive Vice-Chairman of Nigeria Communication Commission (NCC), Dr. Eugene Juwah.
He explained the role of the Minister of Communication and Technology, Mrs. Mobolaji Johnson, who he said personally called and compelled the operators of ‘ten codes’ not “to carry our campaign message. I think this is very low.”
If the federal government fails to reverse the platform, the fund director said all legal means to protect our rights “to communicate and carry our campaign message will be within the ambit of what we will explore as far as court action is concerned.”
However, Fashola observed that the fact that the country’s judiciary “has been shut down due to industrial action will frustrate legal action.
He added that he never expected to witness some of the “distasteful and disgraceful conduct” that the agencies of the federal government, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Jonathan/Sambo presidential campaign team “have embarked upon by way of repression of freedom. As a Nigerian, I feel personally embarrassed.
“Can a government that says it cares about young people and wants their votes be shutting down their generation platforms? This is what young people use for communication.
“ Indeed, all of you are aware that the presidential campaign also used this platform in 2010. President Goodluck Jonathan himself has a Facebook page.
“If this is not media censorship, I do not know what it is. So, by yesterday afternoon, apart from issuing letters that the telecoms operators should not carry our message, they have shut down the 35350 platform for sending message to contribute N100 to the Fund.
It happened around 2:30 p.m. on Thursday. Before that happened, after we left this place on Monday afternoon, we were getting four to five messages per minute.”
The governor acknowledged the massive response from Nigerians desirous of change to the platform, which the NCC shut down at about 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, noting that at the time it was shut down, over 5,400 people “have contributed to it.”
Fashola accused the NCC of double standards, saying the commission had in a letter dated October 21, 2010, with reference no: NCC/TSMI /short Code/ Vol.9/044/ 2010 granted approval to the Goodluck/Sambo presidential campaign to use the same platform.
The letter was signed by the Director Technical Standards and Network Integrity, Dr. B.M Sani, having approved the application of Wagilri Communication Limited for short codes to be used for fund raising for the Goodluck/Sambo Campaign then.

Thursday, 22 January 2015

Breaking News; Massive Fire Engulfs Apartment Units & Displaces Hundreds

A massive fire at a New Jersey mid-rise consumed  175 apartments and displaced up to 400 residents. Fortunately, no one was injured. More pics after the cut.....
The fire broke out around 4:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Avalon at Edgewater, along the Hudson River across from Manhattan. Fire officials haven't yet determined what caused the blaze or why it spread so quickly.
The blaze shot flames high into the sky, as crews battled to bring it under control.
Because of the time of day when the fire occurred, most residents were away. About 160 residents were taken to a local shelter late Wednesday night, said New Jersey Mayor Michael McPartland.
Early Thursday morning, the fire was still burning -- even though crews have been able to contain it. The city shut down schools in the area, and told residents to stay away. The mayor declared a state of emergency.
Source: CNN

Northern Central Youths Appeal For Take Off Of HYPPADEC

Prof Chinedu Nebo
Prof. Chinedu Nebo

Some concerned youths in the North Central geopolitical zone have urged President Jonathan to ask the Minister of Power, Professor Chinedu Nebo to expedite action for the immediate take-off of the Hydro-Electric Power Producing Areas Development Commission (HYPPADEC).

The youth, under the aegis of North Central Youth Forum, lamented that despite the president’s assent to the bill establishing HYPPADEC, it was yet to commence operation.

The youth, in a statement signed by Alhaji Hamzat Idris, (Kwara), Mr. Ishola Olawole (Kogi) and Hajia Hawa Saliu (Kebbi), lamented the delay in the take-off of the commission despite the budgetary allocation of N250 million in the 2014 budget.

The concerned youth, who said that the paperwork had been passed to the Ministry of Power after the president’s assent, enjoined the minister of Power, Professor Nebo, to play his part and return it to the presidency for final approval.

They stated that they have it on good authority that the presidency had approved the composition of the management of the commission and that “it is only expecting the Ministry of Power to return the paperwork to it for final ratification.”

They recalled that they made a similar appeal to the president in a letter sent to him in December, 2013, saying that copies of the letter were also sent to the Chief of Staff (Presidency), the National Security Adviser, Special Adviser to the President on Political Matters and the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

The letter to the president had read, “we recognise your (President Jonathan) good intention which culminated in appending your signature to the bill that established the commission after it was passed by the two chambers of the National Assembly, but, we are, however, constrained to author this letter in view of the importance of the commission to the well-being of the people of the North Central zone.
“It is pertinent to mention here that the effect of devastating flood that always ravage most parts of the North Central states during the rainy season can only be best addressed by the commission.

“Rather than ad-hoc arrangements, Your excellency will do well to expedite action on the take-off of HYPPADEC.

“The commission, based on the provisions of the Act that established it, is better placed to find a lasting solution to the incessant flooding occasioned by the rainy season and the release of water from hydro dams situated in Niger and Kwara states.

“The bill establishing the Hydro-Electric Power Producing Areas Development Commission vested in it the responsibility of managing the ecological menace due to operations of the hydro-dams and related matters.

“We therefore, appeal to Your excellency to immediately constitute the management of the commission since the names of those to serve in it had been forwarded to the appropriate quarters since this does not require the confirmation of the National Assembly.

“We believe that such a move, apart from improving the living standard
of the people of the entire North Central geopolitical zone, will also endear Your excellency more to our people.” 

If HYPERDEC is allowed to take off, it will alleviate a lot of problems associated with flood, ecological, erosion etc It will also provide employments for thousands of youths in the North Central zone.
Any positive action on this your excellency, will equate to overwhelming support from the teaming youths of the North central.

OBJ Speaks About Buhari`s Certificate Issue: "Jonathan Did Not Even Complete His PHD"

Below is what the former president allegedly said. I use allegedly because after now, he will come out and say he never said it. Read below...
The truth of the matter is that Jonathan is aware that Buhari is qualified to contest for President Election but some hawks with Jonathan, do not want him to contest Because they believed that he will win and come for them.
The issue came up in 2007, and we investigated and found out that his WASEC is with the military and that was why he was allowed to contest in 2007.
Buhari cannot listen to anyone about his certificates because as a General of Nigeria Army,he will speak when he chooses, not by Femi Fani Kayode and Okupe asking him.
Fayose and other corrupt People including Kashamu do not want Buhari because of his anti-corruption slogan. Even Jonathan did not finish his PhD course but when it was presented we stated that, it does not matter but many people do not know because it was PDP thing.
I see Buhari as the next President and Jonathan is aware of that, and that is the reason they are hitting him everywhere to put confusion in his camp. But a General is always a General….

Nigerian Born Hollywood Actor Dayo Okeniyi Granted US Citizenship

26 year old Dayo Okeniyi is a Nigerian American actor, popularly known for playing the role of Thresh in The Hunger Games. He became a US citizen yesterday Jan. 21st. More pics after the cut

APC Presidential Candidate Gen. Buhari's Classmates Come Out to Defend Him.

During his media briefing yesterday, Gen. Buhari mentioned two prominent Nigerians he went to school with, former president of the Court of Appeal, Justice Umaru Abdullahi and former inspector-general of police, Alhaji Ibrahim Coomassie. The two men have spoken to the media confirming that they indeed went to school together.

In an exclusive interview with Leadership, Alhaji Coomasie said they & about 5 prominent Nigerians attended the same school.
Coomasie said Buhari was the head boy and loved to play football during their days in school. He mentioned the former PCA Justice Abdullahi; Gen Shehu Musa Yar’Adua; the late Grand Khadi Halilu, and a Second Republic senator Abdul Ali as some of their classmates.
Coomassie said:
“While we were in school, Buhari was the head boy. He loves playing football. We were all close friends in school. After we finished secondary school, General Buhari decided to join the military, I joined the police and Justice Abdullahi decided to go to the university.”
“I, the late Shehu Yar’Adua, the late Halilu, a Grand Khadi in Katsina, Senator Abdul Ali, a Senator in the 2nd Republic and several other attended the same school”
On his part, Justice Abdullahi described Buhari as a brilliant student when they were in school, saying he was Buhari’s classmate from primary to secondary school, saying:
“I, Buhari and some others had the best results during our final examinations in secondary school back then. He was a very brilliant student in school, no doubt; we attended the same school from primary to secondary school.”
 Source: Leadership

Katsina College Releases Buhari's WASC Results. See document

Premium Times has exclusively obtained the secondary school certificate examination results of Gen. Buhari from the Government College, formerly Provincial Secondary School, Katsina, where he graduated from in 1961. The results, according to PT, confirms Buhari’s claim that he undertook the University of Cambridge West African School Certificate Examinations and obtained five credits in English Language, Geography, Hausa Language, History, and Health Science.

Premium Times obtained the computer printout from Cambridge University as well as a statement of result, signed by the current principal of Katsina College, dated January 21, 2015. See it after the cut

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Niger State Governor, Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu React to His Deputy Decamping to APC

Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu
Niger State governor, Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu, said despite the defection of his deputy, Hon. Ahmed Musa Ibeto, to the All Progressives Congress (APC), he remains the deputy governor of the state.
He also said that Ibeto’s rights and privileges would not be infringed on.‬
Ibeto and over 300 officer s of the state on Monday dumped the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the APC and attended the presidential rally of the party‘s flag bearer for next month’s election, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari.
The deputy governor hinged his defection on irreconcilable differences and the refusal of the national leadership of the party to address the anomalies that characterized the governorship primaries won by the former Chief of Staff to the governor, Hon. Umar Nasko.
Aliyu spoke shortly after he collected his Permanent Voters Card (PVC) at the Tunga Primary School, Tunga, Minna, on Tuesday.
The governor said his deputy reserves the rights to determine who and what groups he wants to join, adding that his defection does not make any difference.
“Everybody has the right to decide which group to belong to. He is a deputy governor, he will continue to enjoy all rights and privileges due to his office,” the governor told journalists.

Source: TheNation

Hero Muslim Employee Who Saved Lives at Paris Supermarket During Terror Attack Granted Citizenship by France

Lassana Bathily, the Mali-born Muslim employee who saved the lives of several shoppers at Kosher supermarket during the Paris attack that left 4 dead, has been granted French citizenship by France.

The 24 year old guided terrified customers to safety in a supermarket chiller when terrorist Amedy Coulibaly burst into the supermarket on January 9th and killed four people. Lassana, who was in the store's underground stockroom at the time, hid many customers in a freezer. He then escaped and was able to give police valuable information about what was happening inside. He's been praised for his quick-thinking and bravery and is being called a hero.

To reward him, the French government granted him citizenship during a ceremony that held today, saying his 'act of humanity has become a symbol of an Islam of peace and tolerance.'

Receiving his citizenship, Lassana said with tears in his eyes 'Tonight I'm very proud and deeply touched. I'm not a hero, I am Lassana. I'll stay true to myself. People are all equal to me and skin color isn't a matter. France is the country of human rights,' 

Some of the people he saved pictured above. Below is the story he told of what happened that day
"When they ran down, I opened the door [of the freezer]. There are several people who came to me. I turned off the light, I turned off the freezer. When I turned off the cold, I put them [hostages] in, I closed the door, I told them to stay calm.'

After the siege ended, Lassana said many of the customers came to shake his hand and thank him for what he did. He's lived in France since 2006 and had filed an application for French citizenship last year.

Gen. Muhammadu Buhari Releases Press Statement on Certificate Scandal

For starter, there have been alot of noise on the social media about the where about of the certificate of the APC presidential Candidate Gen. Buhari, as it was not displayed by INEC, a situation that has been used by PDP as the bases for their campaign. Today GMB has address the press, and here is what he has to say;

Good Morning , Gentlemen of the Press.
I only consented to address you this morning because of the genuine concern expressed by many supporters and other well-meaning Nigerians that the issue be addressed. Otherwise, I would have dismissed it for what it is—sheer mischief and would not have considered it an issue worth the nation’s while.
I had assumed all along that all my records were in the custody of the Military Secretary of the Nigerian Army. Much to my surprise, we are now told that although a record of the result is available, there are no copies of the certificates in my personal file. This is why I formally requested my old school the Provincial Secondary School, Katsina [which is now known as Government College, Katsina] to make available the school’s copy of the result of the Cambridge/West African School Certificate. This will be made available to the press the moment this is available.
However, before we obtain that, let me say for the record that I attended Provincial Secondary School, Katsina. I graduated in 1961 with many prominent Nigerians, including General Shehu Yar’adua, former chief of staff at the Supreme Headquarters, and Justice Umaru Abdullahi, a former President of the Court of Appeal. We sat for the University of Cambridge/WASC Examination together in 1961, the year we graduated. My examination number was 8280002, and I passed the examination in the Second Division.
And although the ruling party may want to wish this away, the issue in this campaign cannot be my certificate which I obtained 53 years ago. The issues are the scandalous level of unemployment of millions of our young people, the state of insecurity, the pervasive official corruption which has impoverished our people and the lack of concern of the government for anything other than the retention of power at all costs.
Thank you very much.
General Muhammadu Buhari

For The Ladies, 10 things You Shouldn't Do When You Meet a New Guy - By Adejoro Olumofin

This article was written by the Flamboyant Psychologist Adejoro Olumofin. Enjoy...
Ladies, 10 things you shouldn't do when you meet a new guy or new catch. 
(1) Don't take your friends along with you when he invites you on a date 
(2) Don't go to his house unannounced 
(3) Don't ask him for money 
(4) Don't compare him to your ex or talk about your ex, only if he request
(5) Don't get drunk on your first outing with him.
(6) Don't wear see through or exposing outfits on your first outings 
(7) Don't bore him with all your family or personal issues 
(8) Don't talk about Marriage 
(9) Don't pry about the size of his pocket, his earnings or the car he drives 
(10) Don't be too quick to post his picture on instagram, Facebook, (social media) etc. 
Some Ladies today wonder why after a guy has shown interest in them or after 2/3 dates he disappears or doesn't return their phone calls, text bbms. I have listed some of these reasons above.

1) Don't take your friends along when he invites you on a date: Some Nigerian Ladies for some reason that is beyond me, take their friends on a date with a guy they just met. I can attest to this because it has happened to me before. No positive outcome can come out of this but some of the negatives are: 
(i) The guy will be turned off 
(ii) He may start liking or prefer one for your friends to you 
(iii) He will never get the opportunity to know you as much as he wants because of the 3rd wheel 
(iv) He may think you don't have a mind of your own
(v) He may turn you and your friends back

(2) Don't go to his house unannounced: One thing a man hates the most is for you to show up at his house unannounced or invited especially when he just met you. That's a "NO NO" because he'll just think you're a stalker or a psycho and he'll act out.. Some ladies out of emotions and lack of trust show up at a guys house, what they don't know is they are pushing him away or giving him reasons to leave.

(3) Don't ask him for Money: Some Ladies meet a guy and in less than 2/3 weeks the demands start rolling in. Please pay for my hair, buy me birkin bag for my birthday, my rent is due, or plain & simply, I need 500k or 1 million. Every guy would take off when they meet a Lady like this. They would say she's opportunistic and compare her to the ladies who are not asking them for a kobo or dime.

(4) Don't compare him to your ex or talk about your ex, only if he requests: Some Ladies compare and contrast their new guy to their old one, not only in their mind but to his face as well. They say things like my Ladi used to take me to KFC you're taking me to Mr Biggs, Jide bought me Prada for my birthday last year you're buying me Zara.. Guys hate being compared, it punctures their Ego so allow him be the Boss and take you out, don't compare or dictate terms of dates or gifts.

(5) Don't be to quick to upload his pictures on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter (Social Media) : Ladies, you just met a guy, a new flame, the relationship is at its early stages, there's still so much you don't know about him why upload his pictures for the world to see? The relationship may not even be defined yet.. By doing this, you're giving people room to influence and alter your infant relationship. Also you don't want to be like those people who have to cleanse their instagram and Facebook pages of a guys picture every 6 months because of a breakup.

(6) Don't wear see through or exposing outfits on your first date: Guys are very Impulsive and instinctive by nature, by wearing a dress or gown that's says "SEX" that's all that will be on his mind and nothing else. He won't want to hear anything about you anymore; your personality, your job, your family etc.  All he'll be thinking about is how he'll take you to his house or hotel room because you've sent him a signal saying you want sex.

(7) Don't bore him with your Family issues: Some ladies carry their personal or family problems out with them on dates, instead of making waves and progress with their new guy, they talk about how their house got burnt last week, or how their friend always borrows money or clothes from them, or how they hate their sisters or brothers.. All these are TMI (Too Much Information) Focus on him and let him Focus on you.. Don't allow extraneous variables creep in and take over your conversation.

(8) Don't talk about marriage or the future: The number one thing guys are scared of after God is Commitment or Marriage so if you just met a guy and you're already talking about marriage or children he is definitely going to take off and say you're putting him under pressure and he can't keep up.. Let him be the one to bring it up not you because he'll say you're desperate.

(9) Don't pry about his pocket, earnings or the car he drives: A friend of mine went on a Blind Date at Radisson (Lagos) to meet a Lady who his cousin had introduced him to through Instagram. He complained he had not even ordered a drink when his date asked him: What car do you drive? That was her first question.. "What do you drive?" Most guys would be offended by this and even have a negative impression about you immediately, because a guy would wonder do u like me or my car?

(10) Don't get drunk on your first outing with him: Firstly Ladies, this is for your own safety a lot of ladies have been taken advantage of because they were intoxicated. You also don't want to embarrass yourself and say or do things that you can't defend or verify.
Psychologist are of the opinion that First Impression carries 80% of any encounter and that after an impression is made it is very difficult to adjust Cognitive views and Perceptions about that subject.. Ladies don't allow extraneous variables such as friends, impulses, needs, emotions, competition, social media, family pressure control your First Impression..
God Bless 

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