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Posted by: slimsaint - 08-12-2018, 02:48 PM - Forum: Naija Directory - No Replies
  • Fast-rising singer, Victor AD has spoken out about how he felt when people said his song encourages ritual killings.[Image: Victor-AD.jpg]
    When rave of the moment singer, Victor AD's song, Wetin We Gain hit the music airwaves, it caught fire and became everyone's favourite in Nigeria.
    However, there have also been widespread  whispers that the song inspires ritual killings and fraud.
    However, in a chat with Showtime, Victor AD, has finally expressed how he felt when the news  first came to his attention. 
    “To an extent I felt bad but again due to the fact that I have been through a lot, I will say this one is just a tip of the iceberg compared to what I have been through based on the street that I grew on. I have struggled and waited to be where I am today, so when I hear people say all those things I just shrug it off as one of those things people will do to get your attention.
    "They are even making me more popular. People now want to hear the song that is making people want to go into rituals killings and all that”, he said.
    He rubbished claims that the song encourages ritual killings or fraud.
    “The thing is either ways people get inspired any way they want. This same song that they say is inspiring people negatively has also inspired people positively because I got a text from a woman who said the song renewed her husband’s hope of securing a job after a long time. That’s a positive vibe. You won’t say because Kanayo O. Kanayo inspired people to go into rituals because he used to act ritual movies. People just do what they want to, he said. 
    Speaking on the success of the song so far within a short period of its release, he said; “I never thought it will go this far. It wasn’t a strategy for me to blow. It was just a conversation between me and God. If you listen to the song you would see so much pain in it. Even with all the sufferings, my parents and younger ones still pressurize me to pay some bills as the first son that I’m.

    "The song was also about how I came to Lagos with the mindset that once I come to Lagos everything will be fine, how I slept under Obalende bridge for three days just to make sure I met marketers and yet nothing came out of it”, he concluded.

Posted by: slimsaint - 08-12-2018, 02:43 PM - Forum: Naija Directory - No Replies
  • [Image: bomb-explosive-1.jpg]
     The strange suspected explosive discovered
    Daily SUN reported earlier on Friday that there was panic among residents around the Asaba end of the River Niger Bridge following the discovery of a strange object suspected to be an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) otherwise known as bomb.
    According to reports, the strange object was discovered by site workers who were digging a foundation for the perimeter fencing of the ‘C’ Division of the Delta State Police Command.
    The discovery of the suspicious object threw the workers and the entire neighborhood into confusion, as some of even scampered for safety for fear of the unknown.
    Divisional Police Officer (DPO) of the state, CSP Anietie Eyoh was adamant to speak on the discovery when approached, noting that the safety of his men, workers and Nigerian citizens was of paramount interest to him.
    Confirming the discovery, however, the state Commissioner of Police, Anthony Ogbizi disclosed to a correspondent on phone that the object has been evacuated by men of the Bomb Disposal Unit of the command for analysis.

Posted by: slimsaint - 08-12-2018, 02:40 PM - Forum: Naija Directory - No Replies
  • One of the most successful Nigerian musicians of all time, 2face Idibia, has made a confession about what having kids from different women nearly did to him.[Image: 2face%20and%20Annie.JPG]
    2face and his wife, Annie cover Genevieve magazine
    2face Idibia, the legendary Nigerian pop star, and his wife, Annie, have appeared on the December edition of leading lifestyle magazine, Genevieve.
    The couple who got married in 2013, spoke about their marriage, career and 2face Idibia's many children.
    During the interview, 2face made a confession. He disclosed that having many children from different women almost sent him into depression
    ''Having so many children from different women at such a young age almost sent me into depression' - 2face tells Genevieve magazine. I drank alot because people laughed at me and called me names. Nobody cared that I was an artiste or that I hard worked so hard'' he said
    2face has seven children. Two with Annie, Two with Sumbo Ajaba-Adeoye and Three with Pero Adeniyi.

Posted by: slimsaint - 08-12-2018, 02:37 PM - Forum: Naija Directory - No Replies
  • A commercial motorcyclist has been reportedly crushed to death by a fuel tanker in a community in Ondo state.[Image: cyclist%20dead1.jpg]

    A commercial motorcyclist simply identified as Kayode, has died in Ondo.
    Kayode was crushed to death by a fuel tanker at Oma Junction, Alagbaka area of Akure, Ondo State capital on Friday.
    Local reports show that the incident happened when the fuel tanker which was heading towards Yeoma Plaza was stopped by the traffic warden on duty. The tanker driver lost control of the vehicle and rammed into the motorcyclist who was approaching the junction, killing him on the spot. 
    "The tanker was stopped by the traffic warden but the driver claimed he lost control of the vehicle and rammed to the bike man and crushed him. The tanker first dragged the cyclist forward and eventually crushed him before stopping. We tried to rescue him but it was too late because the vehicle was on him.”
    The younger brother of the deceased escaped unhurt from the accident but lamented that Kayode got married a couple of weeks ago,  while his wife is pregnant.
    Angry Okada riders, however, besieged the scene of the accident and descended on the driver of the vehicle. He was quickly rescued by some security operatives who took him away.

Posted by: slimsaint - 08-12-2018, 02:34 PM - Forum: Naija Directory - No Replies
  • The National Youth Service Corps has reportedly terminated pop star, Davido's participation in the scheme for violating some rules.[Image: Davido%20nysc.jpg]
    Davido at NYSC Lagos camp
    The National Youth Service Corps has sanctioned popular artiste, David Adeleke, aka Davido, for violating camp rules during the mandatory three-week orientation camp, Saturday PUNCH reports.
    Top sources in the NYSC told one Saturday Punch that for “absconding” from the camp during the orientation camp, the Corps had to “dekit” the artiste, which brought to an end his participation in the 2018 Batch ‘B’ Stream II in Lagos State, where he had been posted.
    The source said, “The NYSC was constrained to “dekit” Davido for violating the rules guiding conduct and activities in the camp. As a matter of fact, he absconded because he was away from the camp without permission. That prompted the Corps to issue him a query which was sent from Abuja. So, he is no longer a serving corps member.”
    The artiste, it was gathered, violated many of the scheme’s regulations.
    Other NYSC bylaws violated by Davido include bringing vehicles into the orientation camp; disclosing official information; engaging in private practice; taking part in partisan politics and reporting late for duty.
    However, it was also gathered that he may be remobilised for the scheme.
    While replying to a post on Instagram during the week, the artiste had said that his NYSC programme had been terminated. He later deleted the comment from the post made by a friend.
    Meanwhile, Articles 2 and 15 under the Code of Conduct subtitle in the NYSC Bylaws (Revised in 2011) state that every corps member shall not leave orientation camp without the written permission from the state coordinator, and every member shall not bring vehicles or motorcycles into the orientation camp.
    The articles, however, stated that any member found guilty of violating these provisions, among other provisions, will be liable to be decamped and sent out of camp.
    Section 15 (ii) added, “Any member who brings vehicles or motorcycles to camp shall not be registered, and if already registered, shall be decamped.”
    The NYSC Director of Information, Adenike Adeyemi, who told Saturday PUNCH, in a response to an enquiry, that the Corps had communicated with the popular musician over his activities during his service year, however, did not say what punishment had been meted out to him for breaking several bylaws.
    Davido’s enrolment for the NYSC had created a stir, as he became the cynosure of all eyes at the Iyana Ipaja, Lagos orientation camp when he arrived for registration in August 2018.
    He had also posted pictures of himself in the NYSC kit on Instagram, as other corps members in Batch ‘B’ Stream II swarmed him at the camp. Just afterwards, Davido left the camp and began a series of violation of the rules of the service.
    It was observed from his Instagram page that just after a few days in the camp, he travelled to Boston, Massachusetts, as he embarked on a tour of the United States.
    He thereby violated the Section 2 of the bylaw, which says all corps members must participate in all activities in the camp.
    It could not be ascertained if he did not violate the second law, which stated that corps members leaving the orientation camp should get the written permission of the state coordinator.
    But the Assurance crooner did not stop at Boston, as he also visited Philadelphia, New York, Washington DC, Georgia, Minnesota, London, Sao Tome, Accra, Mayotte, Lebanon, UAE, among others.
    Davido, within the period, was also actively involved in the electioneering of his uncle, Ademola Adeleke, the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the Osun State September 22 election.
    For weeks, the artiste shuttled between Lagos State, where he was based, and Osun State, where the election held.
    But the NYSC law not only prohibited participation in partisan politics, it also said corps members should not leave their place of primary assignments without the permission of their state coordinators.
    Davido’s manager, Asa Asika, declined comment, saying he does speak for the press.

Posted by: slimsaint - 08-12-2018, 02:31 PM - Forum: Naija Directory - No Replies
  • An assistant superintendent of police has gotten electrocuted while trying to fix a pumping machine inside his house.[Image: Dead-hand.jpg]
    Eneje Festus, an Assistant Superintendent of Police, attached to the Ojodu-Abiodun Police Station, Ogun State, has been confirmed dead after he was electrocuted in the course of fixing a pumping machine in his house on Obada Estate, Morogbo, Lagos State.
    According to Saturday Punch, it was gathered that he had burns on his hand, chest and cheek and died on the spot before he could get help.
    His body was said to have been deposited at the Badagry General Hospital while the incident was reported at the Morogbo Police Division.
    The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, CSP Chike Oti, who confirmed the two cases to our correspondent, said the command had commenced investigations.
     He said, “The police got a report that one Moses Noah got electrocuted at his residence on Baale Street, Igbo-Efon. Detectives visited and photographed the scene while the corpse was evacuated.

     “On November at about 9.45pm, the station received a report that a police officer serving in Ogun State Police Command allegedly got electrocuted while fixing the pumping machine in his compound. The scene was visited and photographed by detectives. On close examination, burns were seen on the hand, chest and cheek of the deceased. Investigation is in progress.”

Posted by: slimsaint - 08-12-2018, 02:28 PM - Forum: Naija Directory - No Replies
  • A young security guard has reportedly killed himself by electrocution inside his room in a community in Lagos state.[Image: lag.JPG]
    Igbo Efon area
    According to a report by Saturday Punch, the relatives of a 22-year-old security guard on Baale Street, Igbo Efon, Ilasan, in the Ajah area of Lagos State have said that they are in the dark about the circumstances surrounding his alleged suicide.
    The guard, Moses Noah, reportedly plugged a pair of wires in his room’s socket; tied the two other ends to his hand and neck and switched on the socket.

    It was gathered that no suicide note was found in the room, which he shared with a cousin named Gideon.
    Noah, who doubled as a cleaner in the compound he guarded, was described as a quiet person.
    City Round learnt that the incident happened around 9am when Gideon, went to buy food on the street. He was said to have met the door locked from inside when he returned home.
    It was learnt that Gideon forced the door open after calling Noah several times without getting any response. He reportedly met Noah dead.
    The incident was said to have been reported to policemen at the Ilasan Police Station, who removed the corpse.
    A relative of the deceased, who gave his name only as Amos, said he had visited Noah six days before the incident.
    Amos explained that Noah told him he wished to travel to his hometown in Kaduna for Christmas, but that he did not have money.
    Amos, who said he brought Noah to Lagos from Kaduna in July, told Saturday Punch that he advised the guard to wait till April 2019 and he agreed to do so.
    He said, “I was the one who brought him to Lagos in January. I took him to my elder brother in Igbo Efan because where I lived could not accommodate both of us. He and my brother, Gideon, worked as cleaners and guards in the same compound and they lived in the same apartment in that house. He was paid N30,000 monthly.

    “I usually called him. On Friday, November 16, when I visited him, he said he wanted to travel home for Christmas, but did not have money. I advised him to postpone it till April next year and that he would have had enough money by then. That was our last discussion.

    “On Wednesday, November 22, Gideon called me and said Noah killed himself. I was shocked. According to my brother, they were both working that morning when he (Gideon) went on the street to buy food. He said he left money at home and returned to the room to get it. On getting to their room, he met the door locked.

    “He knocked on the door but Noah did not answer. He then forced his way in and discovered that he was dead with a pair of electric cables on him. He plugged the cables in a socket. He wrapped one around his left hand and the other one around his neck. He was not married. I do not know why he would kill himself and my brother said he did not tell him anything prior to the incident. The only thing I know is that he was a quiet person.”
    Amos said Noah’s corpse had been buried in Kaduna, adding that he was the first child of his parents.
    He said there was no pressure on the 22-year-old from his mother or siblings even though their father was dead.
    “Everybody was shocked. I checked his phone, but I could not find any strange information there and he did not drop any note before the incident,” Amos added.
    Efforts to reach Gideon proved abortive as his line indicated that it was not reachable. Amos, who had returned to Lagos, said he (Gideon) was still in the village, adding that the network was bad there.

Posted by: slimsaint - 08-12-2018, 02:24 PM - Forum: Naija Directory - No Replies
  • Traders who have been in the habit of doing something really disconcerting to bags of rice before selling them, have been exposed.[Image: rice.JPG]
    UThe traders reducing the rice
    A Nigerian man has exposed the scam being carried out by some traders in order to make quick money in Nigeria.
    The man identified as Woli Kekere, posted a trending video on Facebook exposing the traders.
    In the video, some women (apparently traders) are seen removing about eight Derica cups from each bag of rice after which they will use a new bag to repackage it and make it look like the usual 50kg bag of rice.[Image: woli.JPG]

Posted by: slimsaint - 08-12-2018, 02:20 PM - Forum: Naija Directory - No Replies
  • A serious air tragedy has been averted in the city of Port Harcourt after a plane which was trying to land, suffered some faults.[Image: Port-Harcourt-International-Airport.jpg]
    File photo: Port Harcourt international airport.
    According to a report by The Guardian, some irate passengers have urged the minister of aviation to probe the near air mishap involving Aero Contractors on Thursday night at the Port Harcourt international airport.
    Some of the passengers on board flight NIG 317 told The Guardian that the plane tyres at the point of landing failed to eject, thus, making it impossible for the aircraft to land for over 45 minutes.

    The flight, which was scheduled to depart Lagos by 18:50pm, was delayed till 8:00pm when it eventually left for Port Harcourt.

    The passengers explained that though throughout the flight, there was no sign of the impending mechanical malfunction; people however became agitated after the pilot announced that the plane was set to land and yet could not for over 45 minutes.

    The flight eventually landed Port Harcourt airport at 10:00pm.

    Agitated passengers have urged the minister of aviation to probe the incident and possibly audit the company’s planes in a bid to avert an air mishap.

Posted by: Eagletale - 08-12-2018, 07:54 AM - Forum: Opinion Page - No Replies
  • [Image: 8DCCE621-18BB-48FD-87FF-4B41A8D60866.jpeg]

    I read on a friends wall where he said he needed rest from his failure, that expression struck a chord in me, I realized that even failing is hard work. Nobody actually fails from doing nothing. In fact for you to have failed, you would have put in a significant amount of energy into what you did, that you eventually failed in. What it means is that to fail is to have tried your hands at something.

    So failure is actually success in it’s own right. Only those who dared to try failed. Those who never tried cannot be addressed as having failed. Any one who has not tried at anything is not qualified to be seen as having failed.

    You are steps ahead of people, Plenty people who have chosen to remain in their comfort zones of indolence either for fear of failure or fear of what people will say. Own your failure with pride. Rest from it, you have worked really hard.

    Failing is not a bad thing on it’s own because it’s success in the making, it’s success that is still on the pipeline. It affords you the opportunity to learn from all your experiences that built up to failure, then you keep getting better until you become refined as gold.

    Failure affords you the privilege of insights.

    It makes you steps ahead of folks who have not walked the path you walked.

    It makes you a consultant of some sorts because you are in a better position to help someone avoid certain paths you towed.

    So when next you try but fail, refuse to beat yourself up. Remind yourself that failing is hard work in it’s own right. The only way not to fail is not to try at all. When the world people try to remind you of your failures in certain aspects of your life, remind them that those who have never failed are those who have never taken any bold steps towards trying. Remind them that the biggest tragedy in life is not in failing, it’s in not trying at all.

    If you have given it your best shot and failed, Please do not mourn your failure but celebrate your efforts, celebrate the experiences gathered so far. Celebrate the fact that you are now better equipped to try again because you have learned from your mistakes.

    As the year calls it a day, and you have taken stocks and concluded that you have not reached where you pictured yourself to be at the start of the year, take a rest from your failings. Do not forget that failing is success on it’s own. Life is a journey of rising and falling. Remember still, that with life, nothing shall be impossible!!

    Uche Eze Ann

Posted by: Eagletale - 08-12-2018, 07:53 AM - Forum: Opinion Page - No Replies
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    The game is over for Buhari. He and his minders know it. Atiku will win at least 45 percent of the Muslim north and more than 45 percent of the southwest. These two blocs are supposed to be Buhari’s strongholds, but he is losing them because of his ruthlessly dreadful and strangulating ineptitude. Atiku will, of course, win more than 70 percent each of the Christian north, the southeast, and the southern ethnic minority bloc. So it’s obvious that 2019 would be a blowout for Atiku.

    The signs are apparent even to the dumb. That’s why there’s frenzied, transparent panic in Buhari land.The only option left for Buhari now is to rig himself back to power, and that’s what he’s planning to do. That’s precisely why he has refused to sign the electoral bill. His reason for not signing it is that, “any real or apparent changes to the rules this close to the elections may provide an opportunity for disruption and confusion in respect of which law governs the electoral process.” That’s such a blizzard of senseless verbiage that communicates NOTHING! It’s a linguistic, communicative, and rhetorical fraud.

    Buhari knows he can no longer win a free and fair election, so he wants to go down with the nation by planning a massive nationwide rigging. But he is daring people who are more vicious than he is in electoral villainy. PDP is going to prepare for a rigging, not an electoral, contest in 2019. Buhari can’t win that contest. The power brokers that matter in the nation are against him because they know he will literally kill the nation from which they steal. The “international community” doesn’t want him because they can’t afford the tragedy of a war-torn Nigeria, which a Buhari second term will surely precipitate.

    Whether he agrees to a free and fair election or chooses to rig, Buhari will be history in 2019.

    Farooq Kperogi

Posted by: Eagletale - 08-12-2018, 07:51 AM - Forum: Politics - No Replies
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    The ultimate duty of the court is not only to punish the guilty, but also to acquit the innocent. Is Ganduje innocent? The Kano State High Court seems to suggest so, despite what our eyes can see. It declared that corruption is a criminal offence and, therefore, the House of Assembly has no power to investigate him for corruption. And with a judicial fiat, the Court has stopped the House of Assembly from distracting this God-fearing gentleman!

    Nigeria is a land of endless absurdities and double standards. If Saraki wins in court, the usual reaction is: “corruption fights back.” But if Ganduje wins in court, the shocking reaction is silence and apathy. We can’t demonise one crook and canonise another for the same offence and expect the world to take us seriously. If you are in the good books of the powers that be, you carry a crown for corruption, but if you are out of favour, you carry a cross for the same offence. Treating crooks unequally cripples the war against corruption and robs it of credibility.

    By declaring that only the ICPC, EFCC and the police can investigate Ganduje in a criminal matter, the Kano High Court has, in effect, got the governor off the hook. By the mere fact that none of these agencies is keen to touch him because of his connection Ganduje is as good as free from the consequences of the bribery scandal. You may argue that the EFCC cannot prosecute him because of his constitutional immunity, but the courts have ruled that a governor can be investigated while still in office. Former Governor Ayo Fayose of Ekiti State was rigorously investigated by the EFCC while he was still in office. Has the rule changed because Ganduje is involved?

    The Ganduje bribery scandal has put our conscience, our morality and our sincerity on trial. We can’t love investigative journalism only when those being exposed happen to be our political opponents. Jaafar Jaafar has been called names, and sinister motives have attributed to his effort to expose corruption. The whistle blower has repeatedly challenged his critics to clone him too taking bribes to prove that he was a hatchet man. Instead of proving that clonining a man taking bribes is as easy as ABC, they have been busy diverting our attention with ridiculous excuses. It sucks!

    Na-Allah Mohammed Zagga

Posted by: Eagletale - 08-12-2018, 07:50 AM - Forum: Opinion Page - No Replies
  • I regret voting for the man who promised to reduce fuel pump price but increased it.

    I regret voting for a man who promised not to pay fuel subsidy but paid the most

    I regret voting for a man who promised to convert presidential fleet to national carrier but later fleeced Nigeria in the name of a new national carrier

    I regret voting for the man who promised to provide 3 million Jobs annually but instead destroyed 12 million Jobs in 3 years according to the NBS.

    I regret voting for the man who promised to scrap first lady office but appointed 11 aides for the First Lady

    I regret voting for the man who promised Nigeria economic prosperity but made Nigeria the poverty capital of the world.

    I regret voting for the man who promised to fight corruption but reinstated and promoted the sacked pension fund thief; Abdurrasheed Maina.

    I regret voting for the man who won his election on ‘integrity’ slate but harbours a certificate forger, grass cutter, and more in his cabinet.

    I regret voting for the man who thinks foreign rice is not good for Nigerians but foreign hospitals are good for him.

    I regret voting for the man who can’t provides his credentials.

    I say No to Buhari in 2019 – Sunday Akoji

    Is the above true? – Akinloye NG

Posted by: slimsaint - 07-12-2018, 12:29 PM - Forum: Naija Directory - No Replies
  • A young man who left his house for work in the commercial city of Lagos, has been hit by a stray bullet and has landed himself at the hospital.[Image: bullet-wounds-1.jpg]
    The victim
    A Facebook user identified simply as Margaret, has taken to the social media platform on Thursday, to thank God after her brother survived a stray bullet that pierced his stomach on his way to work last Friday.
    While sharing photos of her brother in a hospital receving treatment for the bullet wounds sustained, she wrote;
    "My sister's help me Appreciate God,, the Alpha and omega,,, the unchangeable changer,, Jehovah overdo,, the ORIGINAL GOD,, delivered my brother from a stray bullet (Accidental discharged) last week Friday on his way to work,, bullet from nowhere hit him on his Abdomen entered and came out through the back,,, God is wonderful,, because it's an uncommon grace.. indeed our God is great..."
    See another photo of the victim below;[Image: bullet-wounds-2.jpg]

Posted by: slimsaint - 07-12-2018, 12:26 PM - Forum: Naija Directory - No Replies
  • A young lady who almost committed suicide in the commercial city Lagos yesterday, has shared her shocking story on social media.[Image: commit-suicide-lagos-1.jpg]
    King Amarachi and her slit wrist
    A Facebook user identified as King Mavis Amarchi, has taken to the social networking platform to reveal how God saved her from ending her life after she almost committed suicide in the Lekki are of Lagos yesterday, December 5th.
    The young lady who is residing in Lagos said that she has been battling depression for six months and had no longing to continue living. 
    According to her, on several occassions, she had attempted to take her life by way of overdosing on drugs or cutting herself but her mother always came through to rescue her.
    Below is how she narrated her story and share some photos;

    "5-12-19 was the day I gave up on life.
    I gave up on my mom, my brother, and my friends. I was tired of Life, Family, Everything. I have tried overdosing myself with series of drugs twice, but God will always send my mom to my rescue. I have been battling with depression for the past 6months. At first I tried cutting myself with blades to feel better, it helped a bit tho. One, two, three till it became a habit. Yesterday I took the worst step of my life, I headed to law school bridge lekki to end it all.

    Young lady who almost committed suicide in Lagos yesterday shares her story.[Image: commit-suicide-lagos-3.jpg]
    When I got there I said to myself "yes this is my final bustop". But my Gracious God said No that he has plans for me. He sent his Angels to take charge over me, two policemen and a brother, they came at the peak of time.
    Then I realized God's purpose for me. I realized I was selfish I never thought about the pain my mom would go through, what about my brother. I realized I only have God to talk to, the Almighty who is faithful in his words. I have learnt to talk to him when I'm down, he would listen and won't judge me, he would give me peace of mind and solution to all my problems.

    Young lady who almost committed suicide in Lagos yesterday shares her story.

    I alone knows what am going through and I have only God to turn to. Please try and reach out to your loved ones, call and text them people are going through a lot you know nothing about. Help me share this in every way you can, media, group chat, Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram. Help me save a life. No problem, No one is worth stressing nor dying for. GOD IS THE ONLY WAY

    #This IS MY STORY

Posted by: slimsaint - 07-12-2018, 12:23 PM - Forum: Naija Directory - No Replies
  • A young man who is said to have killed his own father in the Federal Capital Territory has been dragged to face the wrath of the law.[Image: Police-charge-son-over-Abuja-bizman%E2%8...illing.jpg]
    The suspect, Huzaifa Hussaini Usman The deceased, Alhaji Hussaini Usman
    According to a report by Daily Trust, a 22-year-old man has been charged by the police in Abuja for allegedly killing his own father.
    The deceased, Alhaji Hussaini Usman, a businessman and contractor, was allegedly strangled to death in his residence at Abdulkareem Adisa Estate, Apo, Abuja on October 28. Police investigators have reportedly concluded after over a month of investigation that the deceased’s last son, Huzaifa Hussaini Usman, was the main suspect in the murder.
    Sources familiar with the development said the story was first circulated on October 28 that armed robbers invaded the house of the deceased and strangled him.
    “He was said to be on his way to the mosque around 5am with Huzaifa when the assailants attacked him and asked Huzaifa to face the wall,” a family source, who asked not to be named, said.
    A neighbour of the deceased was said to have explained that after the morning prayers, those that came late to the mosque reportedly heard some noises coming from the deceased’s house and put a call across to him but that he didn’t answer.
    They were said to have finally gotten access to the house after calling the wife of the deceased.
    “When they entered, they saw the dead body of Alhaji in the sitting room. Those that entered said they were suspicious because they knocked on the door severally and it took a long while before it was eventually opened.
    Huzaifa was said to have told people that after he discovered his father had been killed and the assailants had left, he dragged the corpse to the sitting room from the compound and he went to call his mother before they went to the mosque to call for assistance.
    The family source said this conflicting narrative led to further questions. “Huzaifa said they went to call people from the mosque but the people from the mosque said they actually went on their own to make enquiries in the house. These are a group of people, so we believe they cannot be lying.”
    He added that “on Huzaifa’s body, there were scratches that looked like finger scratches. So we were suspicious and asked how he came about the scratches since he earlier said the assailants asked him to face the wall.”
    The source further revealed that suspicion grew when they discovered that Huzaifa did not accompany the corpse to the National Mosque despite being the only man in the house since his elder brother, Aliyu Hussain, was in Kano the night of the incident.
    It was gathered that the request of the police to conduct an autopsy on the corpse was rebuffed by his family members who insisted he should be buried immediately according to Islamic rites.
    About two weeks after the incident, Huzaifa was invited by the police and has been in detention since then.
    A source familiar with the police investigation said Huzaifa admitted that he gave money to someone to kill one Ismail but not his father.
    However, spokesman of the FCT Police Command, DSP Anjuguri Manzah, while confirming the arrest, added that investigation had been concluded and a charge has been filed against the son as the principal suspect before the High Court of the FCT.
    He however said a date has not yet been fixed for the arraignment of the suspect.

Posted by: slimsaint - 07-12-2018, 11:57 AM - Forum: Naija Directory - No Replies
  • The final words of a convicted murderer who was executed 36 years after being on the death row has been released.[Image: Earl.jpg]
    David Miller
     A convicted killer who spent more than 36 years on death row in Tennessee was executed by electric chair on Thursday, the second time in five weeks that the state used electrocution to carry out a death sentence.
    David Miller, 61, was pronounced dead at 7:25 p.m. CST at the Riverbend Maximum Security Institution in Nashville, according to a statement by the Tennessee Department of Correction.
    Asked by the warden whether he had any last words before he was executed, Miller replied: “Beats being on death row,” department spokesman Tylee Tracer said.
    Miller, convicted of first-degree murder for the 1981 killing of a 23-year-old woman, Lee Standifer, had been on death row since March 1982.
    Edmund Zagorski, a convicted double murderer, was executed by electric chair on Nov. 1, the first time Tennessee had used electrocution to carry out capital punishment since 2007. His was the first execution by electrocution anywhere in the United States since 2013.
    Earlier in the evening, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected Miller’s final appeals. Justice Sonia Sotomayor dissented from the majority ruling, as she did when the high court denied Zagorski’s petition for a stay.

    “Such madness should not continue. Respectfully, I dissent,” Sotomayor wrote in the Miller opinion.
    Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam declined an 11th-hour bid for clemency, the governor’s office said in a statement on Thursday.
    Miller chose to be executed by electrocution because he believed it would be less painful than lethal injection, according to court documents.
    The U.S. Supreme Court in October denied a legal challenge by Tennessee death row inmates to the state’s mix of lethal drugs, which has led to some flawed executions in recent years.
    Lethal injection is the preferred method of putting people to death in all U.S. states that have the death penalty, according to the Death Penalty Information Center.
    The day after Zagorski’s execution, Miller and three other Tennessee death row inmates filed another lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Nashville arguing that the state’s lethal injection and electrocution protocols violated the U.S. Constitution’s ban on cruel and unusual punishment. The lawsuit said a firing squad was a less painful alternative.
    The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against the inmates on Nov. 28 and said a firing squad was an outmoded method of execution.

Posted by: slimsaint - 07-12-2018, 11:55 AM - Forum: Naija Directory - No Replies
  • Two grandmothers have been reportedly clubbed to death in a community in Ondo state allegedly for money ritual purposes.[Image: youths-prot-ritual.jpg]
    Youths protesting the killings of two grandmothers in Ondo. 
    According to a report by Vanguard, residents of Oke-Egbe community in Ikare Akoko area of Ondo State are still mourning over last week’s gruesome murder of two septuagenarians, who were hacked to death by yet to be identified ritualists.
    Anxiety had gripped the community and its environs when news of the bizarre killings spread like wild fire. First to be clubbed to death with a pestle was a petty trader, Madam Modinat Ala, 72.
    Her vital organs of her body were removed by suspected ritualists who stormed her residence located at E/97 Okeegbe Street, Ikare. She reportedly opened the door for her assailants thinking that they were her usual customers, who visit at night to buy the petty household needs she sells at home.
    The other victim, a 75 year old tenant, Awawu Abdukarim was hit severally with the same pestle for “poke nosing” when the killers of Madinat were busy carrying out their dastardly act.
    She was said to have heard strange noises and rushed out to check on her friend, Madinat, only to suffer the same fate as she too was attacked. She reportedly saw them opening up and removing her landlady’s vital organs. The four year old grandson of Modinat, Dada, who lived with her was lucky as the killers only shaved his dreadlock and went away with it.
    Although she got to the hospital after she was attacked but didn’t survived it as her head was reportedly battered with the same pestle used to kill their main target, her landlord.
    Vanguard gathered that the killers of Modinat must have known her movements hence; they visited at late at night, battered her head with a pestle and thereafter removed vital organs from her corpse. 
    Their death sparked off protest across the communities as youths demanded for the arrest of their killers who allegedly lived within the communities. Leader of the youths, Kabiru Adeleke, who expressed shock over the killings described the women as “friendly, easy going and loved by all.”
    Adeleke said the community could not fathom the reason why the grandmothers were the target of the suspected ritualists. Noting that the killings were becoming rampant in the area, the youth leader recalled that “no fewer than three mentally challenged women had been killed in the same manner in the community within a month.”
    Adeleke said: “I want to call on our community leaders to beef up security in this area. This crime is alien to our people and we need to watch out for strange people in our area.
    “I am sure that within the couples of week, the perpetrators of this act will be brought to book. We know what our fathers can do and we want them to swing into action, rather than wait for police investigation.
    “We need our peace in this area. If we don’t take decisive steps, these Yahoo boys will kill us one after the other in this community. They started with mentally deranged people, and they have graduated to using normal people.” 
    The traditional ruler in the area, the Owa Ale of Ikare, Oba Samuel Adegbite- Adedoyin, described the killing as alien in the community noting that the killings justified his clarion call for the state police.
    Oba Adegbite-Adedoyin said: “It is rather unfortunate and anathema to the cause of Ikare people which must be condemned in its entirety. I hope the law enforcement agencies will see to the root of the matter.”
    He maintained that state policing is the only way the security of lives and property can be ensured.
    He said: “There are many advantages of state policing, known as community policing in some society. A policeman supposed to know the nook and cranny of his society as well as the people of the area.” 
    Spokesperson of the Ondo State Police Command, Mr. Femi Joseph said two suspects, including a tenant of the deceased grandmothers, Moses Olaniyi, have been arrested.
    Joseph said: “The killers left no trace behind as the killings were perfectly done because the assailants opened the door to the deceased’s room and after the dastardly act; they closed the door and left the house without any hindrance.”
    He, however, assured that the Command will get to the root of the matter adding that the investigation would take police detectives beyond the state as those suspected to have committed the crime had fled the community after their dastardly act.

Posted by: slimsaint - 07-12-2018, 11:53 AM - Forum: Naija Directory - No Replies
  • There are indications that President Buhari might rejig his cabinet as the 2019 general elections draw closer.[Image: Buhari%20sad2.JPG]
    President Muhammadu Buhari
    President Muhammadu Buhari is contemplating rejigging his cabinet in a bid to bolster his chances of succeeding at the 2019 presidential polls, SaharaReporters has been told.
    It is not exactly clear how soon the President would ring the changes, but a source in the presidency told SaharaReporters that it could happen at Friday’s emergency meeting of the Federal Executive Council (FEC), or it could be delayed for a few weeks. 
    The emergency FEC meeting was primarily convened for approval for the 2019 Appropriation Bill, with the government hoping to present the budget proposal to a joint session of the National Assembly next week.
    But the source told SaharaReporters that a cabinet reshuffle at a time like this, with elections approaching, should be no surprise.

    “The President is considering dropping ministers with political baggage, and those contesting, and is also hoping to strengthen his campaign spread,” he said.
    Since becoming President in May 2015, Buhari hasn’t altered his cabinet, the members of which he waited six months before announcing.
    Aisha Alhassan, popularly known as Mama Taraba, is the most recent Minister to reluctantly bow out of office. She quit in acrimonious circumstances as Minister of Women Affairs in late September, after she was disqualified from contesting the Taraba State governorship election on the platform of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
    That was two weeks after Kemi Adeosun, then the Minister of Finance, belatedly resigned following months of sustained public pressure after it was exposed that she did not undergo the mandatory National Youth Service Corps (NYSC).
    Kayode Fayemi, then Minister of Solid Minerals Development, left in May to contest the Ekiti State governorship election, which he won — he was sworn in in October — while Amina Mohammed resigned as Minister of Environment in February 2017 after she was appointed United Nations Deputy Secretary General.

Posted by: slimsaint - 07-12-2018, 11:51 AM - Forum: Naija Directory - No Replies
  • Another unbelievable humiliation that Tinubu had to stomach came as a result of the sudden death of Prince Abubakar Audu and INEC declaring the Kogi governorship election inconclusive.[Image: Tinuuu.JPG]
    President Muhammadu Buhari and Ahmed Bola Tinubu
    Ahmed Bola Tinubu is arguably the self-proclaimed leader of the Yoruba in Nigerian politics. It couldn’t be more obvious than during the 2015 presidential election when he got many Yoruba to vote for President Muhammadu Buhari. Buhari so literally worshipped him that had Tinubu sneezed, Buhari would have easily caught cold.  
    But once Buhari became president, the humiliation and side-lining of Tinubu began. The House speaker position Tinubu reserved for one of his political godsons, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, was lost to Yakubu Dogara. The Senate president post he reserved for Ahmed Lawan went to Bukola Saraki.
    But there was nothing more humiliating than Buhari merging three powerful ministries — housing, works and power — and assigning them to Tunde Fashola, who in 2015 suddenly turned Tinubu’s worst enemy to the extent of both publicly throwing mud at each other. In fact, nothing was more humiliating to Tinubu than Buhari using Fashola to spite him.
    Another unbelievable humiliation that Tinubu had to stomach came as a result of the sudden death of Prince Abubakar Audu and INEC declaring the Kogi governorship election inconclusive. Instead of Hon. James Abiodun Faleke, Tinubu’s political godson, Yahaya Bello, who was only second in APC’s primaries, was picked to replace the late Audu. Tinubu made a lot of threats but seemed totally ignored by Buhari.
    The next was the Ondo APC governorship primaries where Tinubu’s candidate, Segun Abraham, lost to Rotimi Akeredolu who was Abuja’s preferred candidate.
    These coups were carefully planned and targeted at dismantling Tinubu’s southwest power bloc with the goal of positioning Tunde Fashola and Kayode Fayemi to replace him as the popular ‘southwest Buhari boys’.

    Having been so humiliated, Tinubu began to publicly criticize the Buhari administration to the extent of regretting supporting him in 2015. And, by early 2017, he publicly accused Buhari of mismanaging the economy. He said, “You have to spend yourself out of this recession and you cannot do that by consistently stifling the banks of liquidity…Yes, Buhari inherited an economy in peril but his actions thereafter worsened liquidity crisis and deepened a haemorrhaging credit crunch.”
    Also unable to control her anger, Tinubu’s wife Senator Remi Tinubu started protesting her husband’s endless humiliation by the same Buhari whom he had helped to become president. Both husband and wife’s protests were completely ignored by Buhari.
    Even as recently as the Ekiti governorship election, APC candidate Kayode Fayemi insultingly told Tinubu to mind his business and never interfere. So humiliated, Tinubu quietly stayed away and was only allowed to come to campaign for Fayemi on the latter’s terms.
    Tinubu was not involved in the deal that got Senator Iyiola Omisore of the SDP to back the APC governorship candidate for the Osun governorship election.
    The biggest kick in the teeth was when John Odigie-Oyegun, APC national chairman who was Tinubu’s ally, began to distance himself from him while openly realigning with Buhari. With Tinubu so encircled, he remained the national leader of APC only in name.
    But cry not for Tinubu for he brought the humiliations to himself. Being politically so greedy, Tinubu wanted all government positions determined by him alone. Besides the VP position he gave to Osinbajo and the FIRS chairmanship position to Babatunde Fowler, former Lagos State Board of Internal Revenue executive chairman, Tinubu also wanted to control the leadership of the National Assembly along with ministers from almost all the 36 states. Even the EFCC chairman, Ibrahim Magu, was handpicked by Tinubu, using the vice president. And with Saraki’s Senate refusing to confirm Magu, he has unbelievably remained acting chairman since then.
    But as the 2019 presidential election approached, Buhari once again needed Tinubu. He also knew how to catch Tinubu to submit to his political manoeuvering. First, aware how Wale Tinubu’s Oando was in deep trouble for having inflated the values of Oando’s shares, Buhari reached out to Tinubu at a time his younger brother was being questioned by officials of the Securities and Exchange Commission. Second, Tinubu was invited to fly with Buhari to London. And during this long trip, as a military tactician, Buhari informed Tinubu of his readiness to hand over power to him come 2023. It’s on the basis of this false promise that Tinubu became so uncontrollable in Buhari’s re-election project to the extent of sacrificing the Afenifere and the overall Yoruba and national interests. In the meantime, Tunde Fashola was strategically asked to keep silent and possibly stay out of political circulation. This way, he would never make the mistake of bumping into Asiwaju Tinubu until the 2019 elections are over.
    When Tinubu demanded the removal of John Odigie-Oyegun as the APC national chairman and his replacement with Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, Tinubu’s political hangman, it was quickly granted. Another but failed request of Tinubu was the insistence on the humiliation and removal of Bukola Saraki as the Senate president.
    Now in full control of APC, Tinubu and Oshiomhole ensured that they took the battle to the enemy governors, including the chairman of APC Governors’ Forum, Imo State governor Rochas Okorocha; Ogun State governor Ibikunle Amosun; Zamfara State governor Abdulaziz Yari, Governor Akinwumi Ambode of Lagos, and many enemy senators. With this the duo had since set the APC on fire.
    Tinubu’s lack of political sophistication can’t be more obvious. This is because a seasoned politician would have known Buhari’s 2019 re-election game. Or does Tinubu need to be reminded the kind of disdain Buhari has for him, especially given how Tinubu turned Lagos State into a personal empire?
    Unbelievably, how could Tinubu in all his political calculations think that Buhari would ever allow a Tinubu, a Muslim southerner, to become his successor, and a northern Christian becoming his running mate? Unknown to Tinubu, Buhari’s preferred successor should be Gov. Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State who could possibly be paired with either Mallam Muhammed Bello (minister of FCT) or Engr. Suleiman Adamu (water resources minister and Buhari’s nephew).
    As far as Buhari is concerned, how could Tinubu, whose Alpha Beta has been collecting tax revenue on behalf of Lagos government and retaining as high as 10%, expect Buhari to allow him to become Nigeria’s president and possibly bring in the same Alpha Beta to be collecting tax for the whole country and retaining 10%? Or the same Tinubu whose wife is a senator, whose daughter is the president-general of a market women’s union even when she is not a market woman, and whose son-in-law is a powerful member of the House of Representatives?
    If Tinubu were politically sophisticated, he would have known that  Buhari’s political fate has since been decided by the country’s most powerful army generals — Olusegun Obasanjo, Ibrahim Babangida, Abdulsalami Abubakar, TY Danjuma, and Aliyu Gusau. Had Tinubu been sincere to himself, he would have known that it would be easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than Buhari to win the 2019 presidential election, especially given how world powers such the US, the UK, EU, Canada, Saudi Arabia, Iran, etc., have all agreed that Buhari must go so that peace, unity and economic prosperity could return to Nigeria.
    If I were Tinubu, this would have been the most appropriate time to settle scores with Buhari. There wouldn’t have been a better time to revive the old friendship with Atiku, the next president. Even if Tinubu doesn’t feel like publicly supporting Atiku, it would have been politically wise for him to keep quiet rather than cry more than Buhari the bereaved, as he did recently.
    Who was Tinubu trying to impress with his recent vulgar language? Wasn’t it simply exposing his quick-to-anger personality, his self-self-praise? A man controlling his kind of regional political power bloc shouldn’t have been this undiplomatic in language. Or is Tinubu telling us that once one lived in a ghetto one could have left the ghetto without the ghetto leaving one? “Self-discipline,” Elbert Hubbard rightly said, “is the ability to do what you should do, when you should do it, whether you feel like it or not.” This important leadership personality trait seems to be completely lacking in Ahmed Tinubu. He was recently caught on camera bitter and shouting, as he told Governor Ambode, “You don’t dare talk when I am talking! Because I have spoiled you (by making you governor), you now talk when I am talking.” Did Tinubu fail to recognize that he should have respected, not necessarily Ambode as the chief executive and the number-one citizen of Lagos State but the office of the governor of Lagos which Ambode occupies and Tinubu once occupied himself?
    Another Tinubu’s recent outburst is where he publicly said, “We don’t fear, whether he (Atiku) is meeting in the jungle, in Dubai or in Abu Dhabi…but we are not going back to the illusion of the PDP…We can’t go back to the pit that we inherited for 16 years. They can strategize from anywhere, but a leopard cannot change its skin.” This only shows Tinubu’s tactlessness. It also portrays his political naiveté and his endlessly living in the fool’s world. Imagine believing that Buhari will hand over to him in 2023 should he ever win!
    I thought Tinubu, as Atiku’s old friend, would have imbibed some leadership qualities from him: his calmness, friendliness, generosity and tolerance; particularly his likeability among the Nigeria youths whom he is always interacting with on social media and at social events. Also, didn’t he learn Atiku’s humility and bridge-building ability among political allies and across ethnic and religious divide? Did he not grasp Atiku’s quality of being a trusted deal-maker with exceptional love for the poor, whom he helps through many foundations and social causes?
    You Tinubu are too imperial and withdrawn, always calculating what you can take out of the system. As a result, you are not seen to be a nationalist but a regional leader. Of course, it is not too late for you to abandon the APC ship, which Buhari is about to sink.

    Enwegbara, a development economist, writes from Abuja.
    Email:; phone: 07038501486

Posted by: slimsaint - 07-12-2018, 11:47 AM - Forum: Naija Directory - No Replies
  • In an emotional moment captured live on television this Friday morning, Nigerian TV show host, Morayo, broke down in tears and apologized to her husband over her controversial comment on child abuse.[Image: tvc-morayo-1.jpg]
    Morayo speaking live on TV this morning
    Popular TVC presenter and show host, Morayo Afolabi-Brown, broke down in tears during her live show, "Your View" on Friday morning, as she apologized to her husband over her viral comments that even though she trusts her husband so much, she will never take chances of allowing him bath their daughter.  
    Recall the TORI News had reported yesterday that the TV presenter had taken to her Instagram page to share a video where she responded to clarify things after her stance on preventing child abuse, and set things straight.
    She had said: "My husband is not a pedophile, he's a highly responsible, decent man. He can never do anything to hurt any of his children."
    She disclosed that her statement isn't about her husband specifically but about those women whose husbands abuse their daughters yet they bury their heads in the sand because they do not want to be associated with the stigma.[Image: tvc-morayo-2.jpg]
    While speaking on live television during her morning show this Friday morning, Morayo, who has been trailed with criticisms and bashings on social media, broke down in tears and apologized to her husband.
    "The last 24 hours have been tougher than I expected, my sincere apologies to my husband, I love, trust and respect you! It was an error and I'm really sorry!," she said this morning during the live show.

Posted by: slimsaint - 07-12-2018, 11:44 AM - Forum: Naija Directory - No Replies
  • The pregnant Ondo medical doctor who was abducted recently, has been released after a ransom of N2 million was paid.[Image: pregnant-woman.jpg]
    File photo: Pregnant woman
    One of the abducted health workers of the Federal Medical Centre (FMC) in Owo in Ondo State, has been freed, SaharaReporters reports.
    The heavily pregnant medical doctor was released on Thursday at about 2am on Owo road.
    On Tuesday, workers of the FMC were abducted along the Owo road.
    The kidnappers also seized a lecturer with the Rufus Giwa Polytechnic in Owo (RUGIPO) in Ondo State, who was on his way to work. They demanded the sum of N50million as ransom.
    It was learnt that the female doctor, identified as Mrs. Ayeku, was freed from captivity due to her condition. A source at the FMC, who confirmed her release, said the doctor was receiving treatment at a hospital in Akure.
    The source, who preferred not to be named, said the doctor was released after the family paid ransom.
    "Truly, I can confirm to you that one of our workers who was kidnapped on Tuesday has now been released. I gathered that she was freed due to her condition, but not until her family parted with the sum of N2million as ransom," the source said.

    "She is currently receiving treatment in a hospital in the state capital, and I am aware the female doctor is doing fine."
    Femi Joseph, Police Spokesperson at the Ondo State Police Command, confirmed the doctor's release via a phone call with SaharaReporters in Akure.
    Joseph said the pregnant doctor was released on Thursday midnight along the Owo road after the Police combed the forest for several hours in search of the victims.
    "Yes, one of the abducted victims was released today and she is the pregnant doctor," he said.

    "They released her at the midnight when they noticed that the Police was close to them. We have received her, and she is currently receiving treament in the hospital due to the trauma that she faced in the thick forest. But let me assure you that we shall not relent in arresting the pepetrators of this crime and we will bring them to book, so they can face justice.

    "The Ondo Commissioner of Police, Mr. Gbenga Adeyanju, has set up a rescue team to ensure that others still in captivity are rescued unhurt."
    At the time of filing this report, it was gathered that the Ondo Police Commissioner had already summoned a meeting with heads of all security agencies in the state.

Posted by: Eagletale - 07-12-2018, 12:19 AM - Forum: Global Gist - No Replies
  • [Image: 32113640-701C-4A29-899B-52E4644BE984.jpeg]

    An Israeli company known for its sophisticated phone surveillance technology rejected accusations that its snooping software helped lead to the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

    NSO Group denies claim it helped Saudi government hack critic Omar Abdulaziz’s phone and uncover his conversations with slain journalist.

    The NSO Group has faced similar claims in the past that its products were used to stifle dissent in other countries. But the alleged connection to the Khashoggi killing is the most high-profile case to date, drawing new attention to the secretive company’s business practices and the Israeli government’s oversight of private defense contractors.

    The latest case against NSO was spelled out in a lawsuit filed in an Israeli court Sunday by a Saudi dissident. In the suit, Omar Abdulaziz, a sharp online critic of the Saudi royals who lives in exile in Canada, said he was friends with Khashoggi and that their communications were monitored by the Saudis using NSO software.

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    Abdulaziz said he clicked on a link sent to his phone in June 2018 that exposed his mobile communications to Saudi authorities. The lawsuit says Abdulaziz faced increased harassment by Saudi authorities after he clicked on the link, including the detention of family members in Saudi Arabia.

    Abdulaziz also believes that his cooperation with Khashoggi was a “crucial factor” in the killing of the US-based columnist for The Washington Post. The men had been working on a project to rein in pro-monarchy Saudi trolls.

    In this photo taken on December 15, 2014, Jamal Khashoggi looks on at a press conference in the Bahraini capital Manama. (AFP/Mohammed Al-Shaikh)

    Alaa Mahajna, a lawyer for the Saudi dissident, said the suit alleges that NSO sells technology to “dictatorship states” like Saudi Arabia to spy on journalists and human rights activists.

    “The lawsuit proves that by using this technology, Saudi Arabia succeeded to follow after Jamal Khashoggi and his interactions with Omar Abdulaziz,” he said.

    The lawsuit says Abdulaziz was notified that his phone was compromised by internet watchdog Citizen Lab. It cites news reports and other sources claiming that NSO Group sold Saudi Arabia the technology in 2017 for $55 million. Abdulaziz is demanding about $160,000 in damages and an order preventing NSO from selling its technology to Saudi Arabia.

    In a statement to The Times of Israel on Sunday, NSO called the lawsuit “completely unfounded.” It claimed the suit was based on inaccurate “press clippings” and showed “no evidence that the company’s technology was used.”

    “We take an extremely scrupulous approach to the licensing of our products — which are only provided after a full vetting and licensing by the Israeli government,” it said.

    The Defense Ministry said it is “meticulous” in granting export licenses, but it declined to comment on its policies, citing security concerns.

    The NSO Group’s smartphone-hacking technology has emerged as a favorite for authorities seeking to crush dissent across the Middle East and Latin America.

    The Israeli firm’s software is part of a larger family of malware that allows spies to take remote control of phones from anywhere in the world — turning the devices in targets’ pockets into powerful surveillance tools.

    The company said its products “are licensed for the sole use of providing governments and law enforcement agencies the ability to lawfully fight terrorism and crime in the modern age.”

    Founded by Israeli entrepreneurs, NSO was sold in 2014 for $130 million to the US private equity firm Francisco Partners. Today, it employs some 600 people and is believed to be valued at over $1 billion.

    The secretive company rarely speaks to the media, does not publicly identify its customers and does not even have a website.

    But a person familiar with NSO said the company keeps tight oversight over its sales. He said the company will not do business with 21 countries, including Russia, China and Turkey, as well as many others blocked by the Defense Ministry.

    He also said NSO has an “ethics committee” that includes human rights experts and former U.S. officials that must vet every sale. He said the committee has blocked over $100 million in deals over the past three years, though he declined to elaborate. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he was discussing inside corporate information.

    The company says it does not assist its customers in the actual monitoring process. But the person familiar with NSO said the company has a number of safeguards to prevent misuse of its products.

    For instance, it can restrict in which countries the product will work, and it limits how many people can be targeted by its flagship “Pegasus” product. He estimated that at any given time, there are no more than 150 to 200 “targets” among all of its customers worldwide.

    “We do not tolerate misuse of our products. If there is suspicion of misuse, we investigate it and take the appropriate actions, including suspending or terminating a contract,” the NSO statement said.

    NSO has been under the spotlight for months as dissidents, journalists and other opposition figures have claimed the company’s technology has been used by repressive governments to spy on them. These include Mexican and Qatari journalists who have already filed lawsuits against the company and an Amnesty International employee who was allegedly targeted by the software.

    Any possible use of Israeli technology to police dissent in the Arab world could raise uncomfortable questions both for Israel, which still sees itself as a bastion of democracy in the region, and for countries with no formal diplomatic ties to the Jewish state.

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu frequently boasts of warming ties with Arab states, in what is widely seen as a reference to Saudi Arabia. Last month, Netanyahu paid a landmark visit to the Gulf state of Oman. He has promised that there will soon be additional announcements.

    Any Israeli connection to the Khashoggi killing—even indirect or unintentional—could complicate Netanyahu’s strategy. It also could draw scrutiny to the Israeli Defense Ministry’s opaque export policies.

    Itay Mack, an Israeli human rights lawyer who is highly critical of Israeli weapons exports, said the Defense Ministry has notoriously lax policies for the lucrative industry, giving Israel an advantage over competitors.

    “What Israel is offering is no limitations,” he said. He noted that when Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte visited in September, for example, he praised the ease of buying Israeli weapons. “It’s the same story with spyware,” Mack said.

    Mack filed a court petition last year to halt NSO’s use of its technology in Mexico after reports that it was being used to target human rights activists, lawyers and journalists. The court ruling remains under a gag order.

    2. Timesofisrael

Posted by: slimsaint - 06-12-2018, 11:19 AM - Forum: Naija Directory - No Replies
  • The ruling All Progressives Congress has been accused of buying votes for as low as N10.[Image: atiku-abubakar.jpg]
    Atiku Abubakar
    The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, has alleged that the All Progressives Congress is engaging in vote-buying for as low as N10.
    The former Vice President tweeted this on Wednesday via his verified Twitter handle, @atiku.
    He tweeted:
    "This is what the APC are doing. They are buying PVCs, they will come to you and give you N10, N20, N50 to buy your PVC - they are buying your future. Do you want to sell your future? Don’t sell your PVCs because they are going to use it against you. 
    In terms of corruption, Nigeria is worse of today than we were in 2014. In terms of economy, we are the poorest country in the world today. In terms of insecurity, we are most insecure than at any other time in our history. 

    It is time to return Nigeria to PDP, because the best years of this country was when the PDP was governing our country from 1999-2015. 
    Today we have listened to the failures of the APC government since 2015 till today. There is nothing they have not promised us, they promised us security, jobs and better economy, they failed. Whatever they promised, they failed. 
    Thank you very much my brothers and sisters of the North Central zone."
    Read the tweet below:

    Atiku Abubakar

     · 19h
    Replying to @atiku
    In terms of corruption, Nigeria is worse of today than we were in 2014. In terms of economy, we are the poorest country in the world today. In terms of insecurity, we are most insecure than at any other time in our history. #PDPNorthCentralRally #LetsGetNigeriaWorkingAgain

    Atiku Abubakar

    This is what the APC are doing. They are buying PVCs, they will come to you and give you N10, N20, N50 to buy your PVC - they are buying your future. Do you want to sell your future? Don’t sell your PVCs because they are going to use it against you. #PDPNorthCentralRally
    3:58 PM - Dec 5, 2018
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Posted by: slimsaint - 06-12-2018, 11:15 AM - Forum: Naija Directory - No Replies
  • It has been revealed that some Nigerian hackers are currently planning to scam as many as 50,000 finance execs around the world.[Image: scam.JPG]
    A group of hackers based in Nigeria is trying to trick thousands of top executives across the globe into sending them company funds.
    The ambitious scheme that mainly targets chief financial officers via email is described in a new report by cybersecurity firm Agari, which investigated the group after coming under attack itself.
    "Targets included companies in a very broad range of sectors, from small businesses to the largest multinational corporations," the report warns. More than half of them are in the United States.
    The attackers are carrying out an increasingly common scam known as "business email compromise" in which they attempt to pose as a company insider, such as the CEO, requesting a money transfer to an outside account.
    The FBI estimates that businesses around the world lost more than $12 billion through this kind of email scam between October 2013 and May 2018.
    Agari said that the Nigerian group, which it calls "London Blue," has developed a highly sophisticated operation to dupe money out of finance executives.
    "London Blue operates like a modern corporation," the report says. The group has people working on business intelligence, sales, email marketing, financial operations and human resources, according to Agari.
    It carries out attacks in multiple languages and has at least 17 collaborators in the United States, United Kingdom and other Western European countries who are mainly involved in moving stolen money, Agari added.
    50,000 finance execs on the target list
    The email security firm said that during its investigation, it got hold of a list of the group's potential targets this year that contained more than 50,000 finance executives, of which 71% were CFOs.
    Agari declined to reveal how it secured the data, other than saying it had actively engaged with the scammers. It said it had shared the info with US and UK law enforcement.
    "Several of the world's biggest banks each had dozens of executives listed," it said. "The group also singled out mortgage companies for special attention, which would enable scams that steal real estate purchases or lease payments."
    As well as the United States, companies in more than 80 other countries were on the list, including Spain, the United Kingdom, Finland, the Netherlands and Mexico.
    Agari said it became aware of London Blue after the group tried to trick the security firm's own CFO in August. Agari said it "then engaged actively with the attacker, giving us an initial glimpse of the gang that we would widen into a penetrating X-ray."
    London Blue relies on commercial data providers, most recently one based in San Francisco, to build up its list of targets and gather information about them, according to the report. That includes executives' names, company titles, work email addresses and personal email addresses.
    The list of more than 300 potential targets on which Agari's CFO appeared was obtained by London Blue from a commercial data provider in November 2017.
    The list also contained information about "CFO victims at one of the world's top private universities, a major enterprise data storage company, a famed guitar maker, casinos and hotels, a retirement home, and small and medium-sized businesses of all types," the report says.
    Agari estimated that the scam has caused damage worth hundreds of thousands of dollars.
    Source: CNN

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