Wednesday, 1 August 2012

JTF Kill Two Boko Haram Suspects, Intercepts Eight Rocket Launchers

 The Joint Task Force (Operation Restore Order) has intercepted a Hilux Van stocked with high profile weapons including eight rocket propelled grenades and their accessories in Borno state.

A statement by the spokesman of Joint Task Force Lt. Col Sagir Musa said the interception of the weapons was made around 9:00pm on Monday the 30th of July 2012 at Daban Masara a border village between Nigeria and Chad in Mongono local government area of the state.

Musa said the weapons were hidden inside desert palm tree leaves including 10 rocket bombs, 10 rocket charges, two AK 47 riffles, 13 magazines with six rounds of 76 special ammunition and an ATM card.

He said the interception was based on intelligence report and that two suspected members of the Boko Haram sect accompanying the consignment were killed in an exchange of gun fire while one fled.

The Hilux Van according to the statement is with the registration number NGU 19 XA.

The spokesman appealed to the public to cooperate with security men by giving useful information that will help in ending the insurgency.

The Department of State Security Service (DSS), Multi National Joint Task force and other security agencies from Nigeria, Niger, Chad and Cameroon constitute the task force.

Gbenga Daniel: I'm Being Persecuted Like Jesus'

A former Ogun State Governor, Gbenga Daniel, on Sunday said his trial can be compared to that of Jesus Christ who was persecuted for being compassionate.

Mr. Daniel made this statement at the 50th birthday anniversary of Sina Kawonise, the former commissioner of information and strategy during his administration held at conference hotel, Ijebu-Ode, Ogun State.

According to the former governor, "his court trial remains the biggest probe in the history of the state and meant to persecute him for no just reason".

He likened his trial to that of Jesus Christ, Obafemi Awolowo and Abraham Adesanya.

"The question is this, why was Jesus christ crucified despite his good work, why was Obafemi Awolowo persecuted, why was Abraham Adesanya persecuted. It was only because they dare to correct the wrong in the society".

Mr. Daniel held that he has been falsely accused of being a ritualist, a murderer and a fraudster in order to crucify him.

"There is no offence they have not accused us of, we are facing the biggest probe in the history of this state,all in a way of persecution, but till date they have not establish the offences," he said.

He said he would remain unperturbed despite the trial adding that he would remain bold to embrace the truth at all time.

Mr. Daniel evaded the question of which party - Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) or the Peoples Party of Nigeria(PPN)- his supporters belong to in the current dispensation.

He simply said, "If there is no crisis there won't be solution, but with recent political unfolding events, solution is in sight."

During his tenure as governor, Mr. Daniel allegedly diverted funds and properties belonging to the state for private use.

He is currently on trial for corruption before an Ogun State High Court.

Access Bank Wins £653 Million Suit Against Erastus Aknigbola

Access bank PLC has won a £653 million fraud lawsuit in Britain against the former Chief Executive Officer of bailed-out Intercontinental Bank, Dr Erastus Akingbola.

Delivering the judgement in a London High Court on Tuesday, presiding judge, Justice Michael Burton, ruled comprehensively in the bank’s favour in respect of all aspects of its claims against Dr Akingbola.

In his ruling, Justice Burton said Dr Akingbola is responsible for directing the bank to buy its own shares at a loss of about N145 billion, siphoning money to companies controlled by him or his family and using Intercontinental funds to buy real estate in the UK.

According to the judgment, Dr Akingbola wrongfully caused the bank to acquire 3.7 billion of its own shares between 2007 and 2009, and that he directed about £68 million to a group of companies in which he had an interest in order to help them pay off “substantial debts.

Intercontinental was among eight lenders bailed out by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) in 2009 after a debt crisis caused in part by loans to speculators in equities.

The CBN had asked the UK to extradite Akingbola after the bailout, though he later returned voluntarily to Nigeria in July 2010 to face the criminal case.

A trial in that matter is still on-going.

Snoop Dogg becomes Snoop Lion, releases New Reggea CD soon

Snoop Dogg says he was "born again" during a visit to Jamaica in January, is changing his name to Snoop Lion and is ready to make music that his "kids and grandparents can listen to."
The artist known for gangster rap is releasing a reggae album called "Reincarnated" in the fall.

The West Coast rapper held a news conference in New York on Monday. Later he played five songs for a small crowd, including one called "No Guns Allowed." It features his daughter.

The album will be followed with a documentary of the same name. It features him making music and will include some personal elements of his life, a producer of the film said. It will debut at the Toronto International Film Festival in September.

source: Yahoo News

Happy Birthday Kanu Nwankwo @ 36years old

Happy birthday to Kanu Nwankwo, OON, as he turns 36years old today.(born 1 August 1976),

Ghanaian Super Star, Van Vicker is 35 today.

Happy birthday to Ghanaian screne superstar, Van Vicker as he turns 35years old today. Many happy returns.

Segun Arinze, Justus Esiri Robbed In London Hotel

News coming from London about two Nollywood icons, Segun Arinze and Justus Esiri is not palatable as we learnt that they were robbed in their London Hotel located in Surrey, United Kingdom some days ago.

Gist has it that the ugly incident allegedly happened at Teavelodge in Surrey, UK. The hotel had three keys shared among the clientele, the hotel manager and the female Polish cleaner who cleans the apartment.

The actors have been in London for a month now staging a theatre tour including 'The king must dance naked' and other stage plays. They have also been at the Nigeria House, Royal Theatre, Stratford, London.

On that fateful day, the actors reportedly went for their usual rehearsal. On their return, they noticed that their belongings had been tampered with. After doing a check, they discovered that some valuables have grown wings and flew away.

Segun reportedly lost his Ipad while Justus Esiri was unlucky as his international passport with various visas in it, his travelling documents, laptop, monies and several other valuables got missing.

Though the matter is said to have reported to the police, but no arrest has been made yet. We also learnt that the hotel had no CCTV cameras to capture the alleged robbery footage.

However, on Justus Esiri's lost passport, the Nigeria mission in the UK reportedly issued a new passport to him on self-recognition. This, as were gathered, was done based on his National Honours of Order of the Niger (OON) award.

Segun, Justus and other cast including Olu Jacobs, Joke Silva, Bimbo Akintola and others are expected back in Nigeria on Monday, August 6, 2012.