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Wednesday, 4 July 2018

Becareful of These Equipment

We all use public bathrooms or stay in hotel rooms, and not to scare you, but do you really know who is watching you while you're going about your business?

Technology moves at the speed of light with new products and gadgets meant to make our lives easier, but there is also a dark side — one you might not even realize you're seeing until it's too late. There are people looking to prey on others by engaging in criminal activity, and it can be as easy as installing a hook.

While these may look like ordinary hooks, they're actually meant for a far darker purpose.

Notice the double hooks, which are not usually the standard in coat hooks.

Anything look a little off to you?

They can be easily attached to any wall in the home or places like a public bathroom, and you probably wouldn't even give them a second thought.

But be warned — if you see this in a public bathroom or a hotel room, please leave immediately and call the authorities.

So what’s the big deal about an innocent-looking hook?

Because hidden inside this wall hook is a tiny camera that records people in the bathroom, hotel rooms, and change rooms.

Women in particular have been recorded while in the shower or changing without their knowing.

They’re privacy is completely violated, and they aren’t even aware of it.

Pretty horrifying, right?

Doesn’t it make you think back to every hotel room you’ve ever stayed in and wonder if you were secretly being watched?

Shockingly, these sneaky little cameras are easy to find and even easier to install.

The camera comes with a charger and transfer cable, and the hook is like any other found at a hardware store.

The camera records video and audio through the small hole at the top.

Often times, the footage from the camera end up on the Internet for the world to see without the knowledge of the person featured in it.

That hole is a giveaway that something is NOT right with the hook and that criminal activity could be going on.

But it gets worse.

Want to know what makes it even creepier?

These wireless cameras can be recorded remotely, and the wireless remote control works through walls. 

So someone could be watching the footage as close as the next room.

That’s enough to make you never want to check into a hotel again.

One thing you might notice is that it's set somewhere in a room that is out of place.

For example, if you see a hook in a place that doesn’t make sense for a hook to be, trust your instincts.

Sometimes you can see the light when the camera is recording.

That’s your sign to get out of dodge and call the police immediately.

What makes this so scary is that these spy camera hooks are accessible, inexpensive, and easy to purchase by criminals.

While they were originally created to increase security around your home, in the hands of the wrong people, they can make it easy to prey on unsuspecting victims.

Thankfully, knowledge is power.

If you know that coat hangers can contain cameras and are extra vigilant when traveling or using a public facility to undress, you’ll be able to protect yourself from unwanted snooping.

Check out the video below for more info on this unsettling trend.

Sadly, it seems to be getting more and more common by the day, but if we spread awareness that this is going on, we can help to shut it down.

Because no one should be able to take your privacy away from you.


Ejaculate More To Put Cancer At Bay

Zimbabwean men are being encouraged to have sex more often to beat killer disease cancer. The Cancer Association of Zimbabwe (CAZ) claims frequent ejaculation lowers prostate cancer risks that often attacks men, reports Daily Nation.

Hence CAZ is encouraging men in Zimbabwe to be sexually active and ensure they at least have 21 ejaculation in a month that will go a long way to help reduce the risk of one them contracting prostate cancer.

According to the body, its research showed that men who ejaculated 21 times a month had a 33% lower risk of contracting prostate cancer.

“Prostate cancers is one the rise and besides encouraging men to eat healthy, we now encourage them to be sexually active and at least have 21 ejaculation in a month as discovered by researchers. Twenty one ejaculation in a month can reduce the risk of prostate cancer by 33 percent as it may flush toxins out of the system,” read part of a statement from CAZ published by B-Metro.


The statement from CAZ also encouraged men who take alcohol to ensure they only drink three pints of beer (averagely three bottle of beers) in a week and those who smoke to stop the habit immediately to fight cancer.

“Research has also made it clear that mean should only drink three pints of beer in a week and women a glass of wine to reduce the risk of cancer,” it continued in part.

The body also cautioned on daily consumption of meat terming it as one of the major cause of cancer and urged its citizens to just eat meat that fills their hand palm in a week.

CAZ a however advised that the most effective way to curb cancer is by having diet programs, exercises and regular checkups.

According to the body, more people in Zimbabwe are now dying of cancer as compared to other diseases and infections namely tuberculosis and HIV.


Am Done With Nigeria

Former Minister of Finance, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, at an event preceding the signing of the book, ‘Fighting Corruption is Dangerous: The Story Behind the Headlines’ held at the Politics and Prose, Washington DC, which had in audience members of her family, friends, colleagues, international institutions representatives, disclosed why she wrote the book. She also read two portions from the book, to illustrate what she had to go through in the fight against corruption in Nigeria.

She also revealed how her bold move to confront a deadly group saved her from being confined to a wheelchair the rest of her life, just as she revealed how Christine Lagarde’s visit in December 2011, was almost marred by a top official in Jonathan’s government all in a bid to arm twist her to back down in implementing the presidential order to end Cargo Tracking Note, a transaction that was yielding $6 million annually but was not getting into government coffers.

Why did you to write the book?

When I set out to write, I knew I was going to write a book because I wanted to write a sequel to my first book. You may not have seen it, it is also from MIT Press called ‘Reforming the Unreformable: Lessons from Nigeria’. It captures public policy lessons from the first time that I was in government as finance minister and all the various reforms that were done with the economic team that I worked with under President Obasanjo at the time. It talks about our efforts to get debt relief etc but focused a lot on the macro economic reforms.

I thought after a second time in office I will be writing a volume two which will focus on reforms in the real sector – agriculture, telecommunications, and power. What exactly were the reforms we did in those sectors and what were the successes and failures. So, I actually set out to write volume two but when I sat down, what came out from my laptop was different. I found myself putting down the story of what happened to my mother. And that meant that somewhere deep inside … and as I was doing it I was very emotional, very upset and I realised how upset I was at what had happened and in many senses still I am.

So, I wrote that chapter and I showed it to my husband and he said, well, ‘you have to finish, why was she kidnapped?’ And that led to the next chapter and the rest is history. So I ended up writing a somewhat different book from what I had expected to write and it became this book about fighting corruption.

So, one of the reasons was a very personal account of what happened to me and the reasons why it happened and the stories about the different ways that people were trying to engender leakages within the economy just came out. And that became this book. So that was the first thing, to get out that story. As I was doing it, also all the explanations for the personal attacks and the other attacks I suffered during the time within and outside government, this came naturally as part of the flow.

Why did these things happened, it all began to make sense. I needed to make sense of it to myself, I needed to make sense of it to others, and I needed even to make sense of it to members of the economic team. And I am very, very happy that today we have Dr. Nwanze Okodegbe, right here. He was the Chief Economic Adviser to the president and he was a member of that team. We saw a lot of odd things together. So explanation as to why this thing happened, that is the first part.

The second was that there is just so much going on about corruption in emerging markets around. South Korea, you saw what happened to the president being jailed for 24 years. Brazil, there was so much noise about the car wash scandal. Venezuela, Mexico, Peru, Malaysia, you name it, so many examples of emerging markets countries having one discussion after the other about corruption.  And as a development economist, you know this is something central to the work we do, something we worry about. And we just talked about fighting corruption and trying to make sure that resources that should go to eradicating poverty, providing services for poor people are not hijacked by those in society who would do that.

The third reason was just one of giving hope. When you hear about corruption there are rarely any success stories action, people don’t focus on those who are fighting corruption and what successes they made. They focus on more salacious aspects. How much people have stolen, how much they have and what is happening to them. And the tough fight that is really needed and the people who are doing it are not talked about.

In addition to that, there is the tendency to focus as I said on the more sexy aspects in terms of who was arrested, who did what to whom, how much did they steal and what is happening. But the tough, tough work of really wanting to fight corruption of institution building is not talked about. And I am very convinced as I have said to other audiences, that the difference between people in my country and other African countries or the US or Europe is much related. If they had the same weak institutions that we have, people will also put their hands on the money. It is because these countries have very strong institutions that you find fewer leakages. There is corruption everywhere, whether it is in Europe or the US but the degree is less with those countries with stronger institutions. That work of building stronger institutions takes time. And that was partly what we did in Nigeria, put down some few institutions that helped to block some leakages.

So I also wanted to put that down and draw people’s attention to the fact that it is the hard work that is needed, whether it is strengthening the judiciary, whether it is putting in place in the ministry of finance the kind of financial management systems that are needed in order to manage your finances in modern fashion that doesn’t allow leakages from the budget.

Can you tell us about the Christine Lagarde’s encounter?

About six weeks into the implementation in early December 2011, I received a message that a top ranking presidential aide wanted me to stop by his office any time I was in the Villa. The Villa is the equivalent of the White House. This official was one of the important aides in the Villa. So, I went to his office the next day. The presidential aide told me that he wanted to convey a message to me that they were people not happy with the port reforms especially the abolishment of the Cargo Tracking Note. And he asked me, indeed advised me to reinstate it. I was dismayed because the fact that the matter has been brought to his attention meant that whoever the unhappy people were, they were influential. I explained the genesis of the port reforms, the situation of the presidential task force and the approvals for action given by the president. By implementing the reforms measures we were just carrying out the presidential approvals. He said he understood but that I should nevertheless find away to reinstate the Cargo Tracking Note.

I left his office very troubled. Being on the wrong side of people who had this kind of top levels influence made me uneasy. I knew they could be consequences but I also knew that there was no going back on these important reforms. Clearly the $6 million from the Nigerian Ports Authority from the Cargo Tracking Note not being remitted to the treasury must be going into some influential pockets.

The morning after meeting with the presidential aide, the consequences began to become clear. I was privileged that part of my daily routine was to join the president and his family and his few close friends in Christian fellowship and morning prayers in the residential complex of the Villa. It was a way to gain strength for each difficult day. The prayer normally began at 6am so by 5:45am every day, I arrived at the Villa gate I was routinely waved in. That morning the gates remained firmly shot as I drove up and I was told I could not go in. Taken back I asked why, all I could get as a response was that the gate keepers had received instructions not to let me in for morning prayers. I began to argue but realizing that it was fruitless, I returned home. At that point I felt a mistake had occurred and thought no more about it.

But for the next three days I was blocked from entering for the early morning prayers at the Villa. By the third day, the security officers at the gate all of whom knew me well told me, ‘Honourable Minister Ma, I think you need to talk to the presidential aide, ‘they gave me the name of the aide and it was the same person who had asked me to restore the Cargo Tracking Note. Then I understood. When I called one of my prayer fellowship friends on phone, Mr. John Kenny Opara and told him about the situation, he said he would discuss this with the villa pastor and they will intercede on my behalf.

After going to the gate and not allowed in for the fourth time, I pushed the situation to the back of my mind and turned to the preparations for the upcoming visit to Nigeria of the Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund, Madame Christian Lagarde, on December 18-20, 2011. My biggest preoccupation was to ensure that in the raging national debate about the phase out of oil subsidies, Madame Lagarde’s visit was not miscast by the media or anti-government forces as the IMF telling the government what to do on energy subsidies. Madame Lagarde, was equally concerned that her objectives be clearly understood as reviewing our macroeconomic and growth reform and offering encouragement and support.

The visit proceeded smoothly as Madame Lagarde met with members of the Economic Management Team, the Central Bank and other important bank officials. She was scheduled to meet with the president on the final day of her visit December 20. There are usually many protocols and conventions to observe on high level visits especially when the visitor is accorded head of state’s status as Christine Lagarde was. One of these is for such dignitaries to enter the Villa for a meeting with the president through a gate designated for Heads of State only. Because Madame Lagarde was to use this gate, I had asked my staff to double check and ensure all was in order and I was reassured that this was the case.

But when the motorcade reached this gate it was denied entry. Embarrassed, I tried to find out from the security guards what was going on; they said they had no instructions for her to use that gate. And we should proceed to the entrance reserved for state governors, certain designated ministers I was one of them and other dignitaries. We were already running late. So I apologised to Madame Lagarde and told her there must be a mix up and asked the drivers to proceed to the other gate. When we got there we were again denied entry. By this time it was clear to me that there was no misunderstanding but that this was deliberate. We were told to go back to the regular entrance used by everybody, park our car there and we will have to walk, five minutes down the villa corridors which were long and leading to the president’s meeting room.

Such treatment of such dignatory at the level of head of state was unheard of. Christine, clever as she is had figured out something was wrong but she didn’t know what. She handled it all with gaits and elegance telling me she didn’t really care which gate she went through or how far she had to walk as long as we met with the president. By this time we were about 10 minutes late. We eventually made it to the meeting. When the president enquired if everything was alright, she replied wittily, Mr. President there was a bit of a mix up about gates and we had to walk here. But it gives me the chance to see your beautiful Villa and its lovely gardens. The President looked puzzled but smiled and started the meeting. I never shared with him or with Christine Lagarde what I thought had happened that day.

It shocks me to this day that the gate saga as I later described it to John Kennedy, my prayer meeting friend, was part of the fall out of eliminating the Cargo Tracking Note. It still seems unbelievable that people will put at risk such a high level and important visit for the country’s economy because of personal interest. John Kennedy and the Villa pastor eventually persuaded the top presidential aide to drop this tactics by explaining to him that such tactics could backfire if one day the president summons me for an emergency meeting as he was wont to do and I was prevented from entering the villa and had to tell him why. Eventually, the pressure from the abolition of the Cargo Tracking Note lessened but I remained uneasy until the end of the administration.

But one of the reasons I wrote this book as I said is also to give hope and for the younger people to know that there are actually things you can do that will block corruption. That if we can build all of those institutions and we did at that time, and if you can take a stand that you can have victories that will illustrate that we shouldn’t all give up, we can make it.

What are the lessons?

There are several lessons that I think we should take away from the book. One of the most important ones and I call them reflections from the frontline is that, in fighting corruption, corruption has to be fought from inside not outside. Outsiders cannot fight it. Outsiders can help – donors, country partners and others have a role to play but they can only play a supporting role, they have to find partners from inside, who know exactly how the place works and how it can be fought. You can’t also fight alone, you need coalitions of support, and it is not one person.

People tend to say Okonjo-Iweala fought corruption, no. There were teams, there were members, and you need coalitions. I had people on my ministry, I had people in the economic team, and I had others. You need support from above in other to make it work. You need communications and signalling that this is not the right way a place should run and that you are going to do something about it. And you need your personal integrity if you are to going to fight this kind of corruption, you absolutely yourself and your team must keep your noise clean and your head straights because if you even deviate one iota, they will get you and you will be punished for it. You have got to have a talk with those working with you; you have got to have a lot of personal integrity.

And those fighting needs help. Is not good enough to stay out here as development partners and practitioners and urged the fight against corruption. I’m lucky because I had options, I had people who supported, I had a place to go. I am very grateful to the international community for the support they gave and for those within the continent who also reached out. There were several heads of states that were supportive. But what if no one knows you? What if you don’t have a track record outside? What if you had nowhere to go? This is what the development community must think about. If you want people to fight corruption they need to feel the support and they need safety nets, they need to be able to come out if necessary and have a place to go to and resources to support them. So I am advocating that some of the foundations, some of the institutions should think about starting a fund.

I know that when Nuhu Ribadu at the time that his tenure at the EFCC had finished, he needed somewhere to go when things were not so easy for him. There was no money, no support. I was at the World Bank then as managing director and together with Todd Moss of the Center for Global Development and others, we got together and we manage to get the Norwegians to put money for 18 months to support Nuhu and his family and they gave him a place at Center for Global Development. He was able to bring out his wife and children and they were able to live for 18 months and by that time things had calm down and he was able to go home again.

And then Detongo from Kenya, it was only when friends at Oxford University in England arranged something for him that he was able to have support. But these are adhoc measures and I want us to think of some kind of more permanent supportive system that can encourage people who are really putting themselves on the line to stay steadfast and fight corruption. There is a movement and people are interested in doing this, so let’s see how it goes.

Is corruption more prominent in Africa?

I don’t think corruption is an African problem. It is not in our culture, it is not peculiar to us. In this book, there are few pages about Nigeria, and one of the things I say is that majority of Nigerians are honest, hardworking people who just want the government to provide basic services and then get out of the way and they will do the rest. And that is what it is. The majority of Nigerians are honest, hardworking people just like anywhere but we do have sometimes corrupt and kleptocratic elites, that have captured the heart of governance and so in essence we were held hostage. And it is the same in many countries but in Africa our institutions are not strong enough, there are weak. To illustrate to you, in one of the chapters in the book, I talked about the first time I became finance minister, I discovered that the ministry of finance was still doing a lot of things manually and by cash. So if we wanted to pay the ministry of agriculture, we will transfer the money to them. They will give us a payroll number at the end of the month and then we will total it up and pay. That means you can introduce all kinds of names into the system each month. And so there was a bit of a racket, where people higher up will introduce two or three names, we called them ghost workers and they all died and became ghost pensioners. And people were collecting this money because we didn’t have the system.

So when I discovered this, I was horrified and I said to President Obasanjo at the time that we had to do something and what we did was to go to the World Bank, DFID, USAID Agency and the IMF and we asked for him. We took a World Bank credit of $76 million, so, this is documented to help us build the system. It was an economic governance project and we put in three systems and it took 10 years.

Part of the reason I went back the second time was that when I left the first time, it slowed down and something that should have been finished was still lying there because people were not too interested in completing the work including the government.

We built Government Integrated Financial System Management (GIFSM) that built a platform to link the treasury with the ministries, with the accountant general’s office so we could at least have an IT and an electronic platform for our cash management. Then we put in the Integrated Personnel and Payroll System (IPPS), which required civil servants to get biometric ID, if you do that and you give us an account we can pay you directly and we don’t have to transfer money. The third part was Treasury Single Account (TSA), which we moved away accounts from the banks where the ministries were keeping them into the central bank, we migrated all the capital accounts first and we were about to do the recurrent accounts in the second time around, when we left office.

As I’m saying this is very difficult, if you think of this as fighting corruption this is not the kind of things that make people run right, all these things GIFSM, IPPIS, TSA sound very technical. But if you say I arrested somebody and blasted it in the press everybody will sit up but that is not going to build you these systems. What I am trying to say is that it is not cultural or inherent it is the absence of such systems.

By the way in the book I did document that we were able to weed out 64,000 ghost workers through the system (IPPIS) and saved the government $1.1 billion.

Is there a role for a Nigerian in the Diaspora to play in this fight?

You know this is going to sound funny to you, many people said to me that ‘after all the experience and the attacks, I will never go back,’ some young people will say if you were there and they did all these. But you know I went back not once but three times – I went the first time as economic adviser, second time as finance minister, third time as finance minister and coordinating minister. And I will still say one of the best ways to contribute is to try and go back but it entails a lot of sacrifice and a very, very thick skin. You know that is one of the ways. Nobody is going to help us build that country. It is very easy, I could have just stayed where I was, I had a perfectly wonderful job that I love. There was nothing driving me and I wasn’t going there to steal, so there was no reason for me to go. I went because I love my country and no matter what, Nigeria is probably one of the most difficult and complex countries to manage but it is also one of the most interesting and I love it. And that will not change. And if you love it you will want to do something to contribute.

So what I still say to young people in Diaspora, it does not have to be in government, it could be in civil society, it could be in the private sector but if you think you have a skill, there is a niche where you can show that things can be done well and properly, do it. If you can even contribute by changing the life of one person, do it.



Councilor Nabbed For Killings In Benue

Police spokesperson said the suspects admitted to have carried out several killings in different locations in the state.

Police have nabbed one councillor and seven other suspects in connection with the killings in Benue State.

One of the suspects has been identified as Benjamin Tivfa, a serving councillor of Fidi ward in the state.

Police spokesperson Jimoh Moshood, said Tivfa admitted to have supplied arms and ammunition to the bandits for their criminal activities.

He identified other suspects as: Victor Ganabe, 35; Daniel Kyase, 33; Adajo Tomza, 28; Msugh Teraki, 23; Julius Avaan, 49; Terkula Udeh, 37; and Sunday Cheche, 34. They all admitted to being members of Benue State Livestock Guards.

Moshood said: “The bandits confessed that the councillor is a member of their gang and responsible for supply of arms and ammunition including money to finance their operations.

“The councillor admitted to have bought 15 rounds of AK47 ammunition from the last suspect, Sunday Cheche and also confessed to have provided money to finance the operations of the gang.

“The bandits admitted to have carried out several killings and armed robbery attacks on innocent people in different locations in Benue state.”

He said investigation is in progress to arrest other members of the bandits at large.


Lawyer Arrested For Fake Miracles

Kayode and his accomplices Adeborode Ogunlaja, Sodiq Owolabi, Abolaji Alabi, Mukaila Abolaji, Abiodun Adebayo and Abolaji Adebola, were all arrested following a petition to the police from the businessman, this was contained in a statement by Spokesperson of the state police command, Abimbola Oyeyemi, who paraded the suspect before newsmen.

The petitioner, Olufowobi, who runs a farm in Ijebu Ode, alleged the lawyer made several attempts to make him part with millions of naira through various dubious means. He said after several failed attempts, the lawyer connived with his accomplices to get him kidnapped for ransom.

The police spokesperson said following the petition, the Commissioner of Police in the state, Ahmed Iliyasu, directed the officer in charge of FSARS, Uba Adam, to conduct an investigation.

“In compliance with the CP’s order, the outfit embarked on a technical-based investigation and also technically monitored the activities of the said lawyer.”

During the investigation, the lawyer was caught on tape planning with the others to use any possible means to make the businessman cough out N250 million. The police swung into action and arrested some of the accomplices who confessed to working with the lawyer to kidnap the businessman.

“On interrogation, Mukaila Abolaji narrated how the lawyer in collaboration with Adeborode Ogunlaja lured him into the plan to fraudulently extort money from the complainant and how the money will be shared among them, stating that he reluctantly keyed in to the plan because of the amount of money involved.

“In his own statement, Abiodun Adebayo who regretted knowing the lawyer, accused him of once using him to profess a fake miracle in a crusade organised by one of his pastor friends where he was asked to tie a live tortoise on his chest and come out while the crusade is going on to confess been a strong member of an occultist group who is disturbed by the pastor’s prayer.”

The Commissioner of Police, Mr Iliyasu, has ordered the suspects charged to court as soon as the investigation was concluded.


Notorious Five Man-Gang Arrested

A five-man suspected armed robbery gang, terrorizing Ijebu-Ode and Epe environs have been harnessed by operatives of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (FSARS), Abeokuta, Ogun State capital. The suspects, two of whom are siblings, have at one time or another been charged to court for armed robbery.

It was also gathered that most of them, whose cases were yet to be disposed of by an Ijebu-Ode Magistrate's Court have jumped bails

Most worrisome is that two notorious criminals currently in the Ijebu-Ode Prison, where the arrest of the five-man robbery gang members are still awaiting trials, Obabiyi a.k.a Oba 'B' and Ojubintin, call from the prison to give orders to the bandits on where next to operate in Ijebu-Ode

The use of phones and laptops in the prison, though not allowed, but according to the suspects, it was done through the active connivance of prison warders who, they said, sometimes resorted to general checkings, to mop up the gadgets at the disposal of inmates, but the exercise was not in totality.

Among the places the suspects confessed to have operated were Epe Road, Satina, Kajola, Emuren and Eruwon, all in Ijebu-Ode, aside Epe axis.

The five-member gang are Adeleke Ajayi, a.k.a Ajasco, 28, Segun Ajayi, 30, Gabriel Oriola, a.k.a Stone, 31, Adebayo Opeyemi, 33 and Wasiu Ogunlana, 28, who is the gang's armourer.

Their arrests followed a tip-off on the syndicate's robbery escapades, leading to Wasiu's nabbing with three locally made guns, comprising two single barrels and a double barrel, all pistols.

Also found in his possession were 13 rounds of live ammunition, which he claimed belonged to the group and consequently named the four other suspects, whose arrests were through technical intelligence.

A spectacular incident narrated by Wasiu Ogunlana as the first operation that threw him into prison in 2014 was the death of one 'Mama Sunkanmi' in Ijebu-Ode.

According to him, during the woman's wake-keep and lying-in-state, he went there as a guest of one of the deceased's grandsons, simply identified as Mayor, and tactically removed the gold necklace worn on the deceased and replaced it with a substandard one.

He said the whole episode was a conspiracy between him and the said Mayor, adding that they sold the necklace to one Aboki in Ijebu-Ode for #90,000.

Wasiu stated that, the development so much piqued family members, who resorted to consulting a diety, to detect who changed the necklace.

However, sensing the repercussion, which would lead to mysterious death, Mayor was said to have owned up to the family, resulting to their arrests and arraignment in court.

"We were in the prison between 2014 and 2017. After serving my jail term, Oba 'B', from the prison connected me with Adeleke Ajayi, a.k.a Ajasco, leader of the gang, and we went for the Satina operation. It was the same Oba 'B' that, also from the prison, controlled one Ejima, a Beninoise, to give me the three pistols for our operations. At the end of each operations, we give Oba 'B's share, in monetary terms, to his wife, who takes it to him in the prison", Wasiu revealed

Meanwhile, Ogun State Commissioner of Police, Iliyasu Ahmed, has ordered the FSARS to, on completion of investigation, charge the suspects to court..


Dismissed Soldier Finally Met His Waterloo

A soldier who was dismissed from active duty found terrorizing Ebute Meta, Lagos, has finally been arrested after months of harassing unsuspecting residents of the area, with the help of his former colleague who is still in active service.

The suspect identified by a nickname “One bullet” was arrested after he went to raid some suspected yahoo boys with the help of some SARS officers. After the raid, they extorted their victims of N220,000 and an iPhone X.

However, Huskey, a friend of the victims, reported the matter at the Bonny Camp soldier barracks and some officers were deployed to take up the issue. One bullet was subsequently arrested and now cooling his feet in detention.


Aiye Confraternity Bursted During Initiation

Police operatives from the Lagos State Command bursted some teenagers suspected to be members of cultist inside a forest where they had gone for initiation.

The incident happened on 23rd June, 2018, at the Epe area of Lagos where they had gone to be initiated into Aiye Confraternity.

They were said to have been recruited from different states of the federation and brought to the place for proper initiation before the police got the information and busted the place around 2am that day.

About 25 of them were arrested while several other suspects scattered in the forest and it was not certain what happened to some of them because the place was a thick forest.

Some of the suspects arrested were mainly teenagers from other locations in the state and they included, Jude Olamide, 15, Monday Arukwe, 15, Emmanuel Osho, 17, Ajayi Olamide, 17, Tawede Moyowa, 17, Ajagbe Samuel, 17 and Dele Femi, 18. Others were Tosin Ogunbabe, 17, Ismail Shuaib,17, Habeeb Olaiya, 19 and many others. The police also recovered locally made pistol, expended cartridges and different types of phones as exhibits and kept them at the State Command.

This was confirmed by the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Imohimi Edgal, at the State Command, Lagos. The boss police expressed concern over the activities of the young boys who were being initiated into cults and blamed the parents for lack of care for their children.

He said that the suspects arrested at Epe came from their various states to Lagos and left their homes for days without their parents asking to know about their movement. He reiterated that he will not allow the activities of cult groups in the state and any person caught must be arrested and prosecuted.

CP Edgal said that the police busted the suspects following credible intelligence available to the Command about the suspects at Epe. Hence, he mobilized the officers and they went there when they were conducting the initiation rites for the new members in the forest and busted them.

He said that the suspects will be charged to court including the teenagers for prosecution.


Senator Sheu Sani Reveals People Behind Killings In Nigeria

The Senator representing Kaduna Central senatorial district in the national assembly, Senator Shehu Sani says Nigerians does not need to blame nameless desperate politicians as the brain behind current Fulani herdsmen killings.

According to him, If a serving State Governor can openly confess to be paying Herdsmen in his state to stop killing, then there was no need to keep looking for culprits somewhere else.

In a statement on Twitter, he joked that the government may find the sponsors in Mars,Venus, Jupiter, Uranus or Saturn.

Recalled that the governor of Kaduna state, Nasir El-Rufai has on December 3, 2016, disclosed to some journalist that his government paid Fulani herdsmen to stop the killing in Southern Kaduna.

“For southern Kaduna, we didn’t understand what was going on and we decided to set up a committee under Gen. Martin Luther Agwai (rtd) to find out what was going on there. What was established was that the root of the problem has a history starting from the 2011 post-election violence.” he had said.

“Fulani herdsmen from across Africa bring their cattle down towards Middle Belt and Southern Nigeria. The moment the rains starts around March, April, they start moving them up to go back to their various communities and countries.

“Unfortunately, it was when they were moving up with their cattle across Southern Kaduna that the elections of 2011 took place and the crisis trapped some of them.

“Some of them were from Niger, Cameroon, Chad, Mali and Senegal. Fulanis are in 14 African countries and they traverse this country with the cattle.

“So many of these people were killed, cattle lost and they organised themselves and came back to revenge.

“So a lot of what was happening in Southern Kaduna was actually from outside Nigeria. We got a hint that the late Governor Patrick Yakowa got this information and he sent someone to go round some of these Fulani communities, but of course after he died, the whole thing stopped. That is what we inherited. But the Agwai committee established that.

“We took certain steps. We got a group of people that were going round trying to trace some of these people in Cameroon, Niger republic and so on to tell them that there is a new governor who is Fulani like them and has no problem paying compensations for lives lost and he is begging them to stop killing.

“In most of the communities, once that appeal was made to them, they said they have forgiven. There are one or two that asked for monetary compensation. They said they have forgiven the death of human beings, but want compensation for cattle. We said no problem, and we paid some. As recently as two weeks ago, the team went to Niger republic to attend one Fulani gathering that they hold every year with a message from me. ” he added.


Only You Can Change Nigeria - Macron

French President Emmanuel Macron has persuaded and encourage Nigerian youths to be actively involved in politics to coreect the country's errors.

Describing politics as important, the French president said only Nigerians could redeem their image and that of the country.

Macron, who was accompanied by Lagos State Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, threw the challenge on Tuesday night when he visited the Afrika Shrine in Ikeja at an event tagged:
               “Celebrate African Culture”.

The event was attended by former Anambra State Governor Peter Obi, former Ogun State Olusegun Osoba, Prof. Wole Soyinka, Senator Ben Murray-Bruce, Fela’s lawyer Femi Falana and others.

Macron noted that the future of Africa and the task of making it great rested with Africans, stressing that the youths have a crucial role to play.

“Africa needs a new generation of Africans to share the new narrative about Africa all over the world,” he said.

According to him, politics is important because it is a tool to change the society. He described the Afrika Shrine as an iconic place of strength, music and culture.

The late Fela, he said, was a politician, who wanted change for the society.

“I am very happy to be here. Let me remind you that this place – Shrine – is a music place as well as politics, which is needed to change the society. So, I will say to the youths, politics is important, be involved.

“The Shrine is a cultural hub, an iconic hub and it is very important for me first on a personal level, and that is why I want to say with a lot of humility that I recognise the importance of this place, I recognise the place of culture in this current environment,” he said.

Macron announced the launch of the 2020 African Cultures Season in France. He said the event would help create a unique face for African culture in Europe.

“I discovered Nigeria and a lot of my friends are here. I discovered Lagos and I discovered the shrine. This place is an iconic place and it is a place where the best of music is given. I have to say my main memories about this place are friends, proud people, proud of their culture, proud of their art and music. I have a very different view of Africa than a lot of other people in Europe,” he said.

Macron stressed the need for Africa and Europe, especially France, to build a new commonality.

The African Cultural Season 2020 in France, Macron said, will be about promoting African culture in Europe, adding that the event will be for Africa and by African artistes.

“It will include people with fashion, African movies, new generation of artistes will be coming from Africa and it will be organised by them to show Europe and France the real culture of Africa.

“The event will be financed by African leaders. It will not be sponsored by France or European businesses, but by African businesses; it is brand new. This season is a unique one and it will be the new face of Africa in Europe organise by Africans, providing what you like and what you have here,” he said.

Ambode said the President’s visit was expected to signal the dawn of a new collaboration between France and Lagos State in the quest to make the state the culture and entertainment capital of Africa.

The governor said the event was also about celebrating African culture, which was a positive step for France as it sought to rebuild its relationship with Africa.

There were also Art Exhibition, Fashion Show, display of Nollywood scenes, presentation of a painting of Fela to Macron by Ambode as well as pencil frame artwork of Macron done by 11-old old Kareem Olamilekan drawn within two hours.

Highpoints of the night include performances by dance group, Footprints of David, music artistes, Yemi Alade, Charlotte Dipanda from Kenya and a brilliant performance by Femi Kuti to bring the event to a close.

The event presented an opportunity for Macron and Ambode to interact with musicians, artists, fashion designers and film makers.

Macron also yesterday officially unveiled a French Cultural Centre, Alliance Francaise, at Ikoyi, Lagos.

He said the centre was part of the measures to scale up the relationship between France and Nigeria.

The French president assured Nigerians of the commitment of the government and people of France to development of infrastructural projects in Lagos.

Ambode expressed optimism that the historic visit will go a long way to break any barriers between Nigeria and France as well as foster greater collaboration for economic, social and cultural growth.

The governor said his administration was delighted to host Macron and his visit would also signal a new era between both countries, especially for Lagos where talents in the arts and creative industry abound.

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