Nigeria’s First Lady Hospitalized In Germany – Sahara Reporters

Dame Patience Jonathan

Nigeria’s First Lady, Mrs. Patience Jonathan, has been in a hospital in Germany in the last four days, Abuja State House sources have told SaharaReporters, undergoing treatment for food poisoning.

The sources say Mrs. Jonathan, who is also a Permanent Secretary in the Bayelsa State civil service, was airlifted to the hospital by an air ambulance in midweek under emergency medical conditions.

Presidency sources stated that the emergency airlift departed for Wisbanden, Germany, but it is not clear if her treatment was being undertaken in that city. They said she was only able to speak earlier today, four days after her arrival, because the illness had been so severe that she lost her voice.

Our sources could not say when she will return to the country. Nigeria’s political leaders and their families routinely seek expensive medical attention abroad, an irony occasioned by their failure to develop the same facilities at home. In the past few years, two former First Ladies have died on foreign hospital beds.

Navy SEAL’s firsthand account of how Osama bin Laden’s was killed


A Navy SEAL’s firsthand account of the raid that killed Osama bin Laden pulls back the veil on the secret operations conducted almost nightly by elite American forces against terrorist suspects.

Former SEAL Matt Bissonnette’s account contradicted in key details the account of the raid presented by administration officials in the days after the May 2011 raid in Abbotabad, Pakistan, that killed the al Qaeda leader, and raised questions about whether the SEALs followed to the letter the order to use deadly force only if they deemed him a threat.

Mr. Bissonnette wrote that the SEALs spotted bin Laden at the top of a darkened hallway and shot him in the head even though they could not tell whether he was armed. Administration officials have described the SEALs shooting bin Laden only after he ducked back into a bedroom because they assumed he might be reaching for a weapon.

Military experts said Wednesday that if Mr. Bissonnette’s recollection is accurate, the SEALs made the right call to open fire on the terrorist mastermind, who had plenty of time to reach for a weapon or explosives as they made their way up to the third level of the house where he hid.

Mr. Bissonnette wrote the book, “No Easy Day,” under the pseudonym Mark Owen as one of the men in the room when they killed bin Laden. The book is to be published next week by Penguin Group (USA)’s Dutton imprint. The Associated Press purchased a copy Tuesday.

For years, the primary weapon in the war on terrorism has been unmanned drones firing missiles from the sky. But the Bissonnette book reveals a more bloody war waged by special operators, one the public hardly ever gets to see up close.

The book offers intimate details of a special-operations mission. The most memorable scenes are also the most human moments. Mr. Bissonnette describes one of the SEALs dressing the wounds of a woman who was shot when she lunged toward the SEALs. In another scene, a terrified mother clutches her child, and a young girl identifies the dead man as Osama bin Laden, seemingly unaware of the significance of those words.

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In that regard, the bin Laden raid seems destined to become an anachronism. Nearly every top al Qaeda figure killed by the United States since the 9/11 attacks has died in a remote-controlled strike by unmanned drone aircraft — their deaths seen back in Washington via high-definition video. An estimated 80 top terrorist leaders have been killed in places like Pakistan and Yemen, according to the, which tracks such airborne strikes.

Special-operations troops often conduct raids similar to the bin Laden strike a dozen times a night in Afghanistan, and previously in Iraq, killing thousands of mostly mid- and lower-level terrorists. It’s all part of a war on terrorism that is winding down and giving way to the drone war outside traditional war zones, given the scheduled drawdown of most U.S. troops in Afghanistan by the end of 2014.

“No Easy Day” shows how routine such operations have become. But the public rarely hears about them unless the target is as historic as bin Laden.

The SEALs, according to Mr. Bissonnette’s description, were prepared, as they had been in other raids, for a gunfight in close quarters, which likely would last only a few seconds, with no margin for error. By the time the SEALs reached the top floor of bin Laden’s compound, roughly 15 minutes had passed, giving the terrorist leader adequate time to strap on a suicide vest or get a gun, he said.

Mr. Bissonnette says he was directly behind a point man going up the stairs in the pitch-black hallway. Near the top, he said, he heard two silenced shots fired by the first SEAL into the hallway. He wrote that the point man had seen a man peeking out of a door on the right side of the hallway, but Mr. Bissonnette could not tell from his vantage point whether the bullets hit the target.

• AP writers Matt Apuzzo and Adam Goldman contributed to this report.


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A President Under Fire – By Dele Momodu

President Goodluck Jonathan

Fellow Nigerians, this must be the worst of times for our President, Dr Goodluck Ebele Azikiwe Jonathan, who’s facing a barrage of criticisms from members of the opposition and society at large. This time last year, it would have been unimaginable that Mr President’s romance with the highly sentimental and emotional people of Nigeria would soon go up in smoke. I have never seen any man waste so much goodwill in so little time. The transfiguration of Mr Transformation has been too rapid and total. Historians and psycho-analysts will surely examine and determine how a man who waltzed around the cities and some villages of Nigeria as a Messiah only last year has virtually become a pariah in his own country within a twinkle of an eye.

Here was a man who ran one of the most blistering political campaigns ever known in this part of the world. The money expended on the PDP rallies would have erected a few Burj Khalifa’s in Dubai. One would have expected such a man, who held so much promise of a breath of fresh air, to have urgently settled down to tackle the myriad of problems afflicting Nigeria and Nigerians. But that was not the case. The Jonathan who was sworn in on May 29, 2011, was ostensibly different from the one who seemed to be a man of the people during his whistle-stop campaigns. In short, Nigerians were short-changed. The new Jonathan behaves more like a Minister of Foreign Affairs, the way he circles and traverses the earth like an astronaut. It is as if our latest President came determined to break the record set by former President Olusegun Obasanjo.

For a man who inherited too many liabilities, one expected to see a visionary and selfless leader who would speedily put some austerity measures in place, by cutting government prodigality and profligacy to the barest minimum, embark on aggressive infrastructural development, revamp our educational institutions, provide job opportunities, create an enabling environment for business, attract local and foreign investments, clean up our over-polluted environment, deflate the convoluted political class, and above all, try to lead by example.

It does not bear repeating that no one has ever been luckier in life. In 13 eventful years, our President has been permanently in power as Deputy Governor, Acting Governor, Governor, Vice President, Acting President and President. Theoretically, he was well-prepared and sufficiently groomed for power. Those claiming that he has been in power for only one year are misinformed. He has been in full control since the death of former President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua. If my Arithmetic is good enough, President Jonathan has in reality spent more than half of a normal term. Under his tenure more oil money has flowed in. What more could one ever ask again from God and one’s country? This amazing largesse from the Creator was enough to humble any soul and inspire him to higher ideals. But we found a President ever willing to maintain the status quo, not minding that this same system had failed his predecessors.

But to whom much is given much is expected. Many Nigerians had invested all their hopes in a man of humble beginnings who should understand the excruciating pains the ordinary citizens have endured. They did not expect a replacement of one oppressor with another. The people had pinned their hopes and aspirations on a man who appeared meek and expected him to perform sporadic miracles. Nothing less would assuage them. But early into the Jonathan presidency, the signs were ominous. It was obvious the President was not prepared to rock the boat and that all he wanted was to mark time and enjoy his full terms in office with as little discomfort as possible.

However, acutely frustrated Nigerians would not accept this. Too many things were going wrong at the speed of light. And there were many questions begging for answers. To compound the President’s headache, some irritants, called critics, waged an unrelenting war against him on social media which was supposed to be under his firm control. It was one of the weapons he used to portray the image of our own Obama. His spin-doctors even told us he was technologically savvy. But that was then. The times have changed and his opponents are getting on top of the game. They have launched a sustained attack on him and his weak policies. The new strategy is to pummel him into his corner and ensure a comeback is practically impossible when the next election comes.

Unfortunately for Jonathan and his media team, since nothing concrete has been happening in government, the presidency has had no cogent defence against its vociferous accusers. He has not helped matters himself by wasting money and frittering resources away with reckless abandon. His budgets have revealed a leader who spends more on a few politicians than the larger populace. The feeding allowance to the first family sounds like a fairy-tale. Nobody in this world would believe our leaders earn far more than President Barack Obama, his cabinet and American legislators. In addition they receive more emoluments than any soul on earth. What makes matters even worse is the lack of visible performance on all fronts which has earned his government notoriety and opprobrium.

In a fit of panic or whatever, he has had to jazz up his public affairs department by employing our big Brother, Dr Doyin Okupe, a gifted propagandist who’s expected to help bully his aggressors. He’s to join the Minister of Information, Labaran Maku and Special Adviser on Media, Reuben Abati to form a formidable team against invaders. How far they can go remains to be seen but there’s no doubt that Dr Okupe has raised the tempo of media action in Aso Rock. His strategy is to use attack as the best form of defence. But it is not going to be that simple.

It would be nicer if we are attacked with details of performance and not a rehash of the same old government excuses. We’ll love to know how many kilometres of roads have been upgraded to international standards with all the money allocated to the Ministry of Works over the years. We should be told how much it has cost the nation to upgrade our power generation to a paltry and unambitious 4,000 megawatts, probably less than what would power an Olympic games’ village. It would be nice to see how the President has launched a revolution in the Education sector. I would personally love to know the political philosophy that drives the vision of our President. Who are his heroes and role models? What books does he read for stimulus? Where does he hope to take Nigeria at the end of his first tenure? What has he done to warrant the prediction of a compulsory victory at the next polls, whether we like it or not, as gleefully announced by Dr Okupe? Does he see Nigeria only in terms of turn by turn and his qualification only on the basis of place of origin and zoning system?

Rather than provide answers, the handlers of the President have become completely paranoid. And there is nothing as dangerous as a neurotic government. It sees enemies where none exists and disregards genuine advice when it is offered. Won’t I be a beneficiary of good and responsible governance? As for me and my house, we don’t have anything personal against anyone. We just want a good country where many things work well. We do not want our intelligence insulted by government agents who think we don’t deserve the good things we see in other places. They should descend from their high horses and talk to us with respect. Leaders of nations that are doing well won’t talk down on critics. They accept criticism as an integral part of democracy.

Every statement they issue these days is an attack on perceived and imaginary enemies. Their querulous disposition is understandable and pitiable but it won’t help their boss who certainly needs more friends than enemies. This is a President under intense fire from every angle within and without. The man who purportedly brought Facebook to Nigeria, as gleefully suggested at a colourful ceremony, has totally absconded from his favourite medium. As a matter of fact, he has broken the world record as the most abused leader in ancient and modern history. His unrelenting critics have taken over the social media where they are daily firing darts at him. And the impact is being felt in the Presidential villa. It seems so bad that Reuben Abati issued a release this week in which he called social media critics “unintelligent and mischievous.” He also said the intelligent ones are wasting their time to promote unproductive tendencies. It is a sign that the heat is on if my Brother is sounding this tough.

Leading the group of opposition politicians and critics on Twitter is Mallam Nasir El Rufai with over 100,000 passionate followers. I plead guilty to coming a distant second with nearly 54,000. We have a few other young but politically-conscious Tweeps like Japheth Omojuwa with 36,000, Kayode Ogundamisi aka Canary with 22,000, Chinedu Ekekeee with over 9,000, Babatunde Rosanwo with over 11,000, Patrick Obahiagbon the bombastic grammarian and former member of Nigeria’s House of Representatives, with over 19,000, Dino Melaye former member Nigeria’s House of Representatives with over 12,000, Femi Fani-Kayode former Minister with nearly 5,000, Tolu Ogunlesi journalist, satirist and international award winner, with over 21,000, Tokunbo Afikuyomi with nearly 2,000, Rosemary Ajayi with over 1,000, Kathleen Ndongmo with over 6,000, Funmi Iyanda with nearly 15,000, and several other influential bloggers. I must mention that Linder Ikeji has become a household name who has combined general interests with politics on her soar-away blog.

It is noteworthy that despite the relative brouhaha caused by social media in Nigeria, it is morning yet on creation day. The social critics need to fully mobilise our huge population nationwide. The erratic pace of telecoms is a dampener but things are picking up. Apart from Nasir who has crossed the 100,000 mark on Twitter, no politician has come anywhere close. As small as our community of social critics looks, its impact is being felt in powerful circles. The fuel subsidy crisis went viral as a result of the social media explosion. It is only a matter of time before elections in Nigeria would be largely influenced by technology. Those who hope to keep our people perpetually in bondage are clearly missing it. The youths hold the key to our future. When they make up their minds about change, nothing can stop them.

The Nigerian ruling elite is so far lucky that our showbiz community is not overtly political like their American counterparts who used their stupendous influence and reach to cause the miracle of a Blackman becoming the most powerful leader on earth. Just imagine what would happen with a combined mega-force of Don Jazzy at 401,000 followers, D’banj at 306,000, Peter Okoye of P Square at 165,000, Wizkid Ayo Balogun at 332,000, Banky Wellington at 235,000, Davido at 137,000, Naeto C at 141,000, Eldee the Don at 205,000, Sound Sultan at 102,662, Tiwa Savage at 153,816, Basketmouth at 111,339, M I at 18rs.4,372, Dare Art Alade at 99,423, and so many others.

I dream of that day the showbiz community and the advocates of reform decide to work together. The change we crave will happen like magic.

Activist Priest, Rev. Ugbolor, Charged With Murder Of Olaitan Oyerinde, Personal Secretary to Edo State Governor


The Nigeria Police Force today in Benin City, Edo State, arraigned before a Benin Magistrate Court, Rev David Ugbolor and nine others arrested in connection with the murder of Comrade Olaitan Oyerinde, the late Personal Secretary to the Executive Governor of Edo State.

It would be recalled that last week, a High Court sitting in Benin City, Edo State, Nigeria, ordered the Inspector General of Police (IGP), and the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), to release Rev. David Ugolor from detention immediately and unconditionally. It was the second time the court was issuing that order.

The 10 men arraigned today faced different charges bordering on conspiracy, murder, armed robbery, illegal possession of arms and receiving stolen property.

The suspects arraigned are:

1) Danjuma Musa

2) Murtala Usman

3) Auta Umaru

4) Moses Asamaokoro alias Auchi

5) Garba Usman Maisamari

6) Umaru Adamu alias Daura

7) Rev David Ugbolor

8) Wilfred Isarhieirhiu

9) Hassan Babatunde Aliyu and

10) Idris Abdul Hameed

Garba Usman Maisamari, Danjuma Musa, Muritala Usman, Moses Asamah Okoro, Auta Umaru Ali, Umaru Adamu alias Duna, Rev. David Ugolor and others now at large, were arraigned for conspiracy, armed robbery, stealing and the murder of Olaitan Oyerinde.

Wilfred Iserhiienrhien was charged with illegal possession of AAA cartridges, while Hassan Aliyu Babete and Idris Abdulahamid were charged with receiving properties belonging to the late Oyerinde.

The investigation into the murder of Oyerinde uncovered yet another separate and independent murder of another Nigerian. It was revealed that Abubakar Mohammed, Ilyasu Abdullahi, Danjuma Musa, Moses Asama Okoro and Muritala (surname not known) now at large, had been involved in a previous case of conspiracy, armed robbery and murder that led to the death of one Alhaji Ismaila Aliyu. On a separate charge sheet, therefore, they are charged with conspiracy, armed robbery, stealing and murder of Ismaila Aliyu.

The IGP assures Nigerians that the Nigeria Police Force will do everything within its power to ensure that justice is not only done in the on-going case, but manifestly seen to have been done.

The case has been adjourned to 27th September, 2012, while the suspects have been remanded at Oko Prison in Benin. Meanwhile, the case file will soon be forwarded to the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) for legal advice.

Rev. Ugbolor, an activist priest, is the Executive Director of the Africa Network for Environment and Economic Justice (ANEEJ), a non-governmental organization. He was detained by the police over allegations that he hired assassins to kill Mr. Oyerinde, who was his close friend. Earlier this month, the State Security Service (SSS) paraded some persons they accused of killing Mr. Oyerinde, but Rev. Ugolor was not among them.

“On the day the SSS paraded the suspects, the investigators and robbers revealed to the whole world that it was a robbery incident that went awry and displayed several items belonging to Comrade Olaitan and members of his household that were recovered from the robbers,” ANEEJ Policy Officer Innocent Edemhanrhia said in a statement on August 6.

Culled from SaharaReporters

I Love to be Called a Nigerian Says “A Black Lover White Woman”.

I am a white American that married a Nigerian. I grew up in Bauxite, Arkansas. I have lived in Nigeria for the past 7 years with my husband. We have two children together. We have been married for 12 years now. My father has never met my husband and has refused to accept my children also.

When I had my first baby, a little girl that is now 12 years old. I called my father and said that I wanted to come and see him for Christmas with my baby. He said, “I don’t want any black people in my home!” and hung up the phone!

I grew up in an all white school with only one mixed girl in the school. I was treated horribly in school because I dated a black boy that lived in the next town at the age of 16. My father told me that he would disown me and to this day, I have never received a phone call from him.

I was called nigger lover in school and nobody wanted to sit by me. I knew what it felt like to be rejected. I was sent away to several different homes for troubled children because my mother did not want me to be with a black person. She would lock the phone up in
her room.
But, today I live in the blackest nation, Nigeria. And today I am happy that I did not end up racist like them or should I say ignorant.”

Osogbo agog as Aregbesola unveils 8,000 young OMOLUABI

osun defender - calisthenics

*Says “Our calisthenics programme to inspire a new generation of leaders with team spirit, collaboration and commitment”

The Governor of the State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola on Tuesday said that the calisthenics programme being introduced to schools in the state will be a lifestyle-changing project that will build a new generation of students who will appreciate the essence of team spirit, cooperation and collaboration.

The governor said these attributes are essential for the emergence of a new set of future leaders who would appreciate service to humanity.

The governor made this known while delivering his address at the official launch of the Osun School Calisthenics Programme at the Osogbo City Stadium in Osogbo.

The display brought out an uncommon degree of social coordination which was inculcated into the students through six months of rigorous trainings conducted by Cuban experts and Osun trainers.

Aregbesola noted that virtues such as team work, esprit de corps, which are highly desirable in society and social interactions are also derived from and fostered by calisthenics.

He held that the importance of physical exercise to the development of healthy human person cannot be over-emphasised, adding that, Calisthenics has been known to have the substance of unity, harmony, balance and team work and thus presents one of the best engagements for teaching young children the cooperative spirit in a simple, delightful and interesting way.

The governor stressed that his administration views physical education with all seriousness, and regard formal education as incomplete without its physical development component.

According to Aregbesola, “The Osun School Calisthenics is not a frivolous brainwave that will be swept away by the tide of time. Rather, it is a well-conceived programme as part of the overall redesign and reorganisation of the education system in the State of Osun.

“As we have emphasised, the calisthenics programme is not only an out-of-school sports activity but a lifestyle-changing project for building a new generation of students who are physically robust, mentally sound and socially well-adjusted. And we are not alone in this view. We have history to draw upon, and this is also supported by practices in other lands and climes.” Aregbesola averred.

He further stated that “An added advantage of this programme, especially in our own peculiar situation, is that, by providing a platform for fraternisation and positive integration and engagement in a worthwhile endeavour, it makes the students unavailable for potentially destructive out-of-school activities, such as political brigandage and other criminal activities. This is further underscored by the fact that sporting, besides other things, has become a big industry in our modern world.”

The governor noted that the programme is not entirely new in the State and that it is a revival of similar programmes by Chiefs Bola Ige’s and Bisi Akande’s administrations on a sustainable and enduring basis.

He added that the programme is not a terminal one designed to end on some specific display date, but one designed to be a permanent feature of school system and curriculum, hence the need for government to have gone as far as bringing experts from abroad to train people as continuity trainers who would in turn continue to train others long after the expatriates have departed the state.

The governor noted that the calisthenics training programme is spread throughout all the federal constituencies in the state, where young students from JSS 1 and JSS 2 classes are selected.

Aregbesola stressed that countries around the world where there is a well-organised and deliberate sporting programme of catching them young always excel in global competitive sporting events.

The governor added that the sterling performances of countries like the United States, China and Great Britain in the recently concluded Olympic Games in London attest to this fact, and that It also contrasts with our country’s poor showing in the games, stating that, this is one of the areas the State is determined to address.

Late leader of the Unity Party of Nigeria, Chief Obafemi Awolowo and the former governor of Old Oyo, Chief Bola Ige, former governor of Lagos, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, Chief Bisi Akande, were all on display through the beautiful display by the students as heroes who have contributed to the development of the region.

Aregbesola paid glowing tributes to both Ige and Akande who had pioneered the scheme during their administrations.

The school calisthenics programme was launched amidst pump and pageantry as the Osogbo City Stadium was filled to its fullest capacity with colourful display of images depicting the new face of Osun and the attributes of the people.

Some of the inscriptions displayed and promoted during the launch include RAUF: NEW ERA; IPINLE OMOLUABI, EWA OSUN, COOPERATION among others.

An elated Aregbesola punctuated his speech with songs and dances which electrified the stadium and spurred those in attendance into a frenzy of jubilation.

I Rape Girls I Meet On Facebook, Cynthia Is My 5th Victim – Facebook Killer Reveals

Cynthia Akuzogwu Udoka - facebook crime victim

“I have done this say like, four times before now but none of the girls died. This is the first time someone died in the process. Whenever they take the drink, I will sleep with them and they will just lose memory of all that transpired,” said Nwabufo Okwumo. gathered that the killers also revealed that the late Cynthia had a vibrator sex toy with her which they also used on her. The details are sad but will teach everyone a lesson.

Emotions ran high at the Lagos State Police Command headquarters Ikeja on Wednesday, following startling revelations by two university students on how Cynthia Osokogu, the only daughter of a retired General was strangled inside a hotel in Festac area of the state.

While the police paraded the suspects, Nwabufo Okwumo, 33, and Odera Ezekiel, 23, discovered to be cousins, claimed their intention was never to kill the 25 year-old post graduate student of Nasarawa State University but to collect her money and jewelries.

The “main” suspects, Nwabufo, a 300 level Accounting student of the University of Lagos, admitted to have been chatting with the deceased on BlackBerry for sometime. In the process, she revealed her true background including the fact that she owned a boutique.

But unknown to her, Nwabufo who hails from Nnewi, Anambra State had a sinister motive. Along the line, the deceased, according to him, informed him that she was coming to Lagos to buy wigs and attachments for her saloon. The suspect then paid for the air ticket.

How the deed was done
The deceased arrived Lagos on July 21, 2012, and she was picked at the Murtala Mohammed Airport by Nwabufo and driven straight to a hotel called Casmilla on 6th Avenue, Festac town where Nwabufor had earlier made reservation with a fake name.

Inside the hotel, Nwabufo reportedly offered a bottle of Moet to Cynthia which she reportedly declined on the ground that she does not take alcohol. The suspect thereafter, asked her to take a Ribena drink from the fridge. But unknown to her, the three packets of Ribena had been drugged. He confessed that she took three; one in the afternoon, another in the evening and the third, the next morning.

Next day, she reportedly became tipsy. Even at that state, it was reliably gathered that Cynthia did not allow Nwabufo to sleep with her the previous night.

It was learnt that in the morning, the second suspect, Odera came in. At that point, Cynthia who apparently had started feeling the effect of the drugs asked who the visitor was. Rather than getting an answer, she was reportedly pinned down by Nwabufo, with her hands and legs tied. At that state, Nwabufo allegedly raped her twice. His cousin, Odera reportedly took over and used a sex vibrator on her.

What led to her being killed
In his confessional statement, Nwabufo said his intention was never to kill her. He admitted however, that Cynthia was not his first victim, disclosing that all he did was to propose to them through blackberry and later invite them to the hotel, where he drugged and dispossessed them of cash and other valuables.

According to him: “It was a mistake, I never meant to kill her. I invited her from Abuja as my friend on July 21. I was trying to dislodge her by tying her hands and I hit her in the process. I tied her because I did not want her to know I was escaping from the hotel. We had a mutual agreement for her to come over. I met her from BB (blackberry) group chat. She came to buy some things for her boutique in Abuja. We had a disagreement. I did not rape her. It was the devil’s handwork.

“I wanted to run because I knew I had committed a serious offence against her. I thought she had money on her that I can collect. So in the process, I tied her with cellotape to make her not to shout. I was not the only person, it was I and my cousin, Odera that did it. We tied her together and beat her together.

“Yes, I invited her and in the process we felt like robbing her of all she had. The condom the police saw on me is what I used personally. I used it on her based on the sex toy with her. She came with a vibrator sex toy, so I inserted the condom on the sex toy and later dropped it there. I did not make love to her. If they test the condom forensically, it will prove that I did not use it on her.

“I drugged her with RAFINOL through Ribena drink. I bought three packets of Ribena and when she took it, she became weak. It was my cousin that drugged the drink, he used a syringe and administered ten tablets of it inside the drink.

“Usually, I use hotels in Festac. I have used Opera mini Hotel, Benny, Chelsea and Concilia. I feel bad because I did not bargain for this – to kill her in the first instance. It is just unfortunate and it was an accident.”

His partner in the crime, Odera Ezekiel, said: “ I am also an Accounting student of Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka. The morning it happened, my brother called me to come to the hotel to help him bind the girl so that he can dispossess her of her belongings.

“My mission at the hotel was to come and help him bind the girl. In the process of trying to bind the girl, she put up struggle and we assaulted her and in the process, she passed out. I did not hit her with any hard object and we didn’t have any weapon with us. My brother only told me he wanted to take her money. I have not done it before. He asked me to buy the drink for him”.

Culled from OLU FAMOUS

We Were Drugged And Raped By Cynthia’s Killers –2 Ladies Open Up

Cynthia Akuzogwu Udoka - facebook tragedy

Following the parade of the killers of Cynthia Osokogu by the Police on Wednesday, two ladies have come forward to report that they had also fallen victim to the suspects antics in the past.

The two ladies who reported to the Area E Police Command, FESTAC, Lagos disclosed that they were also drugged and raped several times by the suspects in Lagos. gathered that the ladies identified the suspects – Nwabuzo Okumo and Odera Ezekiel – as those who deceived them through social media and used and dumped them. They wrote statements to back their claims at the police station.

The Police Public Relations Officer, Ngozi Braide, confirmed that the ladies claims were being investigated. She, however, declined to give the name of the two ladies for “security purpose”.

The suspects had confessed that they usually used hotels within the FESTAC area to commit their crimes. Okumo said, “I chose hotels in FESTAC because there are many hotels in the area. I don’t kill the girls, I only drug them, sleep with them and steal their belongings.”

It was learnt that due to their confession, the police had quizzed some employees of some of the hotels in the area for not reporting such crimes in the past.

It would be recalled that the suspects drugged and beat up Cynthia, the only daughter of Maj.-Gen. Frank Osokogu (retd.) before she died on July 22, 2012.

Culled from OLU FAMOUS


Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola


The good people of Osun, on behalf of the State Government, I congratulate us all on the 21st anniversary of the creation of our state. Osun was one of the nine new states created by the military administration of the then General Ibrahim Babangida on August 27, 1991. The others are: Abia, Anambra, Delta, Jigawa, Kebbi, Kogi, Taraba and Yobe. It was like yesterday when the old Oyo State was split into two and Osun State emerged with its capital city in Osogbo.

This was the culmination of the efforts of our people for a state of our own that will facilitate the development of our land and our people. Pioneering work was done by the first military administrator of this state, the then Colonel Leo Ajiborisa. Alhaji Isiaka Adeleke became the first civilian governor, even if his regime was truncated by the military intervention of 1993. Several military administrators held sway until Chief Bisi Akande was elected civilian governor in 1999. Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola took over from him in 2003 until he was replaced by our progressive administration.

Our state has gone through many ups and downs but we thank God today that we have resumed the path of greatness. It is noteworthy that our people have cast aside the borrowed robes of violent and striving people with which they were adorned by past impostors and have put on the garment of Omoluabi whose hallmark is hardwork.

I can imagine the then Colonel Leo Ajiborisa starting a state de novo. He had to put every structure of state into place from scratch. He had to determine the secretariat, government house and office accommodation. He quickly improvised and started converting markets and sundry other places for good use. The only material he had was the people that were hurriedly dispatched from Ibadan, without accommodation and office, hanging around under trees and sheds, subjected to pounding by the elements, separated from their families, but with pride in their heart that they now have their own state and determination in their face to give what it takes to make the state succeed.

I want to specially commend those courageous and patriotic staff who endured the hardship and sacrificially stood by the state, even when some of their colleagues were doctoring the records to enable them stay behind in Ibadan as indigenes of Oyo State. Many of those dutiful pioneer staff are still in service, you have my special commendation.

Before we came into office, Chief Bisi Akande’s government has been unrivalled in vision, dedication, commitment, transparency and integrity. He definitely has set a ‘dangerous precedent’ which the power mongers would not want to be taken too far. He was brazenly rigged out of office in the 2003 election.

Our administration has been in place since November 27, 2010 and we have recorded a number of firsts. We do not want to blow our trumpet. We leave that for posterity. However, it on record that:

  • · Our administration rebranded Osun State, giving the people a positive image and outlook. The reference to the state as Ipinle Omoluabi enhanced the people’s sense of self worth and positioned them for self development and nation building.
  • · Education summit was held, involving stakeholders who looked into what went wrong with education and proffered the way forward.
  • · The creation of Osun Youth Empowerment Scheme (OYES) under which platform 20,000 jobs were created in less than 100 days of the administration.
  • · The establishment of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission that seeks to address the injustices of the past in the state.
  • · A medical mission in partnership with Oranmiyan Worldwide tagged Jigi Omoluabi during which eye examinations were carried out, leading to provision of eyeglasses for the visually impaired and eye surgery for those who need it.
  • · Establishment of O’CLEAN for the environmental sanitation of Osun State and declaration of 90 days environmental sanitation emergency.
  • · The establishment of Osun Rural Enterprise and Agriculture Programme (OREAP) for job creation and poverty alleviation.
  • · Empanelling a committee on the urban renewal.
  • · The acquisition of 31,000 hectares of land for food farming.
  • · Increase in monthly pension from N30 million to N250 million.
  • · The first state to offer workers N19,001 minimum wage.
  • · The tackling of the perennial flooding in Osun State through proper channelization and the arrest of flood this year in spite of heavier rainfall.
  • · Signing of memorandum of understanding with the Borough of Southwark in the United Kingdom for cultural and social exchange with Osun Local Governments.
  • · Obtained commitment from the Chinese Government and companies on agriculture development and industrialisation.
  • · Massive construction of roads in all the local governments in the state
  • · Reform in the education sector with the construction of state of the art schools
  • · Provision of free train services at festive periods
  • · Investing in the security of our people through the establishment of the Swift Action Squad
  • · Sending medical students to train abroad

We have been working day and night to touch every aspect of governance in order that our people will have the good life. Three issues, among others, have been of particular interest to us. These are education, job creation and food production. These constitute the critical foundation upon which other aspects of development can be built. Our vision transcends now. We are looking at the future and we are preparing our people for that future where they will compete favourably with the best in every area of life.

Our focus is human development because it is humans that drive development, not machines and not technology. If our people have quality education, are gainfully employed and well fed, they will recreate their environment, create wealth and engender development. Our people are great and we have a history of greatness. Though the march was halted, I am very pleased that we have resumed the journey to greatness.

I will like to thank every individual and group that has had hand one way or the other in the making of our state in the past 21 years. What we have today is the collective effort of successive administrations. The burden of taking our state to greatness however rest on our shoulders – from the government to the citizens. We are the ones who will create the future we desire for ourselves, using our God-given resources, talents and ability.

Once again I congratulate us all on the 21st anniversary of the creation of our state and wish us all a happy celebration.
Osun a dara o.

How Prostitution, Drugs Reign Supreme In Kuramo Beach before the Ocean Surge

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The notorious, infamous Kuramo village fell to ocean fury and the rage of the Lagos State government last week. But tales of prostitution and drug peddling which defined its exixtence have come to the fore, as insiders recount.

Kuramo Beach, to its residents, is escapism of some sorts. Besides its regular occupants, prostitutes and drug peddlers see the place as haven for their operations. It was like an island on its own.

For those who wanted to ‘feel high’ on illicit drug, Kuramo also gave them that illusion of being on top of their world. Kuramo offered unending music, blaring from speakers of numerous drinking joints that lined the ocean front.

But the music stopped early hours of Saturday, August 18, around 3:00am, when ocean surge, entombed a large section of the shanties and cabins. It was not only the shanties and cabins that fell casualties, about 16 persons were also swept away by the ocean rage.

By Sunday, the picture became clearer, as government agents moved in, and demolished the remaining shanties. As a result, the residents have scattered. But some of them still wished it were a bad dream that would soon go away. They were seen on Wednesday still hanging around the Kuramo Beach extension.

Some of them lived there for over 10 years, and for those in this category, it is difficult, having another place to call a home. One of them, who pleaded anonymity, said Kuramo though offered them a shelter; it also played host to a lot other negative indulgences.

According to him, over 50 per cent of the inhabitants were prostitutes and they were the main attraction, given the number of men who trooped in, mostly at night.

He said, “The prostitutes are the main attraction in Kuramo village. They were there in all shapes and sizes. From 8:00pm, men would start arriving. Some after gulping some bottles of alcoholic drink, would face the commercial sex workers.

“Besides prostitution, drug also came handy here. Whatever it was you wanted. Is it marijuana or crack (cocaine)? They were available. A pinch sold for N250, a wrapper of marijuana is N50. Again, there was another form of marijuana, which a wrap sold for N200. That one was the concentrated type.

“And for those who wanted to enhance their sexual performance, there were those who sold the local aphrodisiac called Bura ntasi.”

This source who spoke fluent English, said the prostitutes who lived inside the cabins, where they paid between N800 -N1000 daily, depending on the size of the room, were however, conscious of being infected with HIV/AIDS, as they insisted their clients must put on condoms. But he however, added that they had perfected some tricks, in which they swindled some unsuspecting clients.

The source said,“These prostitutes had agents, and the agents normally lurked around. As soon as any man entered the room with any of them, he would be asked to hang his trousers by the window. As soon as the client got carried away by the sexual ecstasy, the agent stealthily picked the trousers from outside, and emptied the money and valuables therein.

“Many patrons of prostitutes here had lost their valuables in that manner”. According to him, the prostitutes charged between N500 -N1000, and all depending on negotiation skills of the client.

“Kuramo ran on 24 hours basis, it hadly went to sleep.”



Jason Njoku wins Entrepreneur of the Year for Technology at the Future Awards, Nigeria

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26 August 2012. Jason Njoku, CEO and Founder of iROKO Partners has won the acclaimed title of Entrepreneur of the Year [Technology] at the 2012 Future Awards, held at Port Harcourt, Nigeria on Sunday 26 August.

The Awards recognize leading young entrepreneurs and leaders from the worlds of media, science & technology, entertainment, agriculture, government and business in Nigeria. On receiving his award for Entrepreneur of the year [Technology], Njoku says: “It’s an incredible honour to be recognized by the Future Awards. This award isn’t just for me – it’s for the entire iROKO Partners Team – the company simply wouldn’t exist without their input, expertise and, ultimately, passion. I’d also like to commend and congratulate my fellow nominees – there was very strong competition for this and the list of names on it is a true testament to the level of hard work, raw energy and talent coming out of Nigeria at the moment.”

Njoku heads iROKO Partners, the world’s largest online distributor of African entertainment. Since its launch in 2010, the company has registered over 4.5 million unique visits from lovers of African entertainment in over 150 countries around the world, across its three platforms, iROKOtv, iROKING and iROKtv, as well as on its YouTube channels. In July 2012, iROKOtv+ was launched – a subscription service where viewers can access brand new Nollywood movies in HD for only $5 a month.

The Future Project (TFP) is a social enterprise/change communications firm affiliated to Red Media Group that is set up based on a strong, practical commitment to human and capital development, especially in Nigeria. It is also committed to finding effective and innovative ways of addressing social issues. It has become one of the most respected private sector-driven development platforms with a history of verifiable impact, including in under-privileged and grassroots communities

iROKOtv, has been groundbreaking in bringing over 5,000 Nollywood films to the African Diaspora. To date, over 13 million hours of Nollywood movies have been watched on