Archive for October, 2015

Russia opens criminal case after airliner crashes in Egypt @arthurrichard61

Russia’s top Investigative Committee has launched a criminal case against airline Kogalymavia after one of its planes with 224 people aboard crashed in Egypt on Saturday, Russian news agencies said, quoting the committee’s spokesman.

The Airbus A-321 jet was flying from the Egyptian Sinai Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh to St Petersburg in Russia when it went down in a desolate mountainous area of central Sinai soon after daybreak. Most of those aboard appeared to have died, an Egyptian security officer at the scene said.

RIA news agency reported that the Investigative Committee’s case had been brought under an article regulating “violation of rules of flights and preparations for them”.

Interfax reported committee spokesman Vladimir Markin as saying that the case had been brought under Article 263 of the Criminal Code: “Violation of the safety rules for movement and exploitation of air, sea or internal water transport”.

Markin also said that a group of investigators and crime experts had been formed and would head to Egypt.

“They will operate in agreement with the competent organs and together with the representatives of the Republic of Egypt in accordance with the norms of national and international law,” Markin said, according to Interfax.

Oprah Winfrey Finally Speaks Out About Her “Secret Son”@arthurrichard61

Oprah Winfrey | Photo Credits: Corbis.

Oprah Winfrey has set the record straight about being “ambushed” by her “secret son,” as a tabloid so claims.

In an interview , Winfrey explains that her so-called son, Calvin Mitchell, is a boy she met in the early ’90s while filming in the Chicago projects for There Are No Children Here. Winfrey became so taken with Mitchell that she decided to help him and his family by enrolling Mitchell in a private school and helping his mother find a job.

But after the school principal called Winfrey to say that Mitchell hadn’t been attending class, the family explained that they couldn’t wake up on time to get him to school.

“We realized they don’t have any clocks in the house,” she said. “We went out, Stedman and I, went to K-Mart that moment, got a bag full of clocks, came back to the house, taught them how to set the alarm and all that.”

Despite Winfrey’s best efforts, Mitchell was eventually expelled from school and then refused to attend a Mississippi boarding school Winfrey found for him.

“I said, ‘Calvin, this is the moment. This is a seminal moment for you. I know you are 16 and can’t see the road ahead, but if you leave this school and refuse to get an education — I have tried to offer you an education twice — there isn’t another school I can put you in. If you leave this school, I am done. There is nothing else I can do.’ … And that was my last conversation with Calvin in the early ’90s,” explained Winfrey.

When Mitchell recently approached Winfrey after she taped The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, the TV mogul initially wanted to set up a time to speak with him privately. Though that changed once she found out he had spoken to a tabloid.

“When I realized the whole thing was a setup, I was no longer interested in speaking to him,” she said.

“I learned from that experience, if you really want to change somebody’s life, you gotta be able to spend enough time with them to change the way they think about what their life can be,” said Winfrey. “It isn’t enough to give a person a new life or money or a new car, you have to teach them how to fish themselves.”

Court jails oil thieves for 84yrs

Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court sitting in Lagos yesterday convicted seven men to 84 years imprisonment for illegal and unlawful dealing in 1,459 metric tonnes of Premium Motor Spirit, popularly called petrol. The court sentenced each of the convicts to a jail term of 12 years each  commencing Friday after the Judge found them guilty of the five count charge preferred against them.

The convicts are; Adedamola Ogungbayi; Olaniran Olabode; Suraju Gasali; Moses Emmanuel; Wilson Bonsi; Okaraodi Uche and Onyeogo Happy. Apart from the jail term, Justice Abang also  ordered the forfeiture of the vessel, ‘MT Good Success’, used by the convicts in stealing the said petroleum product, as well as the recovered petroleum product to the Federal Government.

The judge also ordered the forfeiture of the sums of N66.6m and $975,000 belonging to the convicts’ company, Hepa Global Energy Limited, domiciled with the First City Monument Bank to the Federal Government. To ensure a compliance to his judgement, Abang ordered the filing of an affidavit of compliance with the order within 21 days of the judgement.

The convicts, were arraigned alongside their vessel and company on August 28, 2014 on five counts alongside one Padoun Jacob, who was discharged and acquitted by the court. The judge, in setting Jacob free on all the five counts, described him as a desperate job seeker, who became a victim of circumstances.

The judge noted that the stolen petroleum product had been loaded  before Jacob was employed by Hepa Global Energy Limited on February 7, 2014.

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(Real) Man with heart disease needs N10m for surgery


“Sometime in December 2014, I went to have my bath and I noticed that I was becoming weak and dizzy. After a while, I collapsed and fell down in the bathroom. That time, I was alone because my family went on vacation. So I struggled to get up, put on my clothes and headed for the hospital. That was the beginning of my trouble,” Andrew Mmarkwe, who is currently battling a heart disease, told Daily Sun.
Since after this incident, Andrew Mmarkwe, has not regained his health. It has been from one hospital to the other. When he got to the hospital the first day, medical experts conducted three different types of medical tests on him. He was subsequently told that there was nothing unusual, so he went home. But his situation did not improve.
Two days later, he was back again to the hospital as a result of general weakness of the body, tiredness and loss of appetite. On this occasion, he was admitted in the hospital, and further tests were conducted. About eight different kinds of medical tests were conducted on him, including tests on the liver, kidney function, urine, stool, blood pressure, blood sugar and blood glucose. He was again told that all the results were within range and that there was no cause for alarm.
“I kept going back and forth for about three months, and they were giving me different kinds of drugs which appeared to be managing those complaints, but I wasn’t significantly improving,” she said.
It was at this point that Andrew, a graduate of English and Literary Studies from the University of Calabar, decided to go to another hospital to have a second opinion. There, they did further medical tests, about eight, and he was told again that there was nothing adverse that they noticed. It was at that point that the management of the company where Andrew works intervened, since he had been away from work for four months.
“My company arranged that further medical test be carried out by yet another hospital. So the tests were done and they came up with a confirmation that there was an unusual thing about the heart,” he said.
However, the hospital didn’t have a cardiologist in-house, so they couldn’t proceed with the management of the case. So, Andrew was referred to yet another hospital. He said at the hospital he was stabilized for just one night.
“The doctors told me that their hospital was not equipped to handle such crises. So I stayed there for a night. By the next morning, my office again intervened by quickly conveying me to another hospital on the Lagos Island where I spent two nights, at the end of which they only tried to make me stable. After two nights, the doctors said they couldn’t proceed as well because they didn’t have a cardiologist. I was eventually referred to a hospital with a cardiologist where further tests were carried out and I was eventually diagnosed of a heart condition known as cardiomyopathy. In a layman’s term, it means an enlarged heart that is inefficient and ineffective in pumping blood to the system.”
As a result of this, Andrew said he has been experiencing swollen feet, breathlessness and tiredness. “I can’t eat or drink water because if I do, my feet and stomach will swell up. I am generally weak and restless,” he lamented.
According to experts, this situation is life-threatening because since the heart is not working well, it is putting more pressure on the other organs. It was at this point that he was advised to go for a heart surgery abroad.
“As it is, the consultant physician that is currently managing my case has advised an urgent surgery of the heart so as to correct the weak valves. On communication from the hospital overseas, an approximate sum of N10 million will help conduct the surgery. So I humbly appeal to good spirited individuals, corporate organisations, state governments and groups  to please come to my aid. They should not let me die. I have spent all that I have trying to cure this illness,” he stated.
Those wishing to assist Andrew may reach him on 07088326320 and 08077241792.

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(Football) Cameroon sacks coach Finke


Cameroon coach Volke Finke has been dismissed from the job.

The decision was taken by the Cam­eroon Football Federation (Fecafoot) Executive Committee on Friday.

German Finke, 67, had been in charge since May 2013 but suffered poor cam­paigns at the 2014 World Cup and 2015 Africa Cup of Nations.

Fecafoot announced on its Twitter page that Alexandre Belinga has been appointed interim head coach to be as­sisted by Djonkep Bonaventure.

The pair are likely to be in charge for the two-legged 2018 World Cup qualifi­er against Niger on 13 and 17 November.

Once a dominant force in African football, Cameroon have struggled in the past five years and Finke was unable to turn around their fortunes.

At the World Cup in Brazil, Finke’s side lost all three games as the team imploded; Alex Song was sent off and team-mates Benoit Assou-Ekotto and Benjamin Moukandjo clashed on the field.

Cameroon appeared to recover when they qualified unbeaten for the Nations Cup in Equatorial Guinea a year later but they were eliminated at the first hurdle at the tournament.

(Trending News) FG sacks 34 Customs officers


What is paramount in life is change. All Progressives Congress (APC) president-elect, Muhammadu Buhari, has started changes in all governmental agencies.

Fujiipop news revealed that despite the forced retirement of five Deputy Comptrol­lers General, three Assistant Comptrollers General and 26 Comptrollers were in one sweeping move kicked out yesterday.

There are indications that the Comp­troller General of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Hameed Ali may not be done with his re-organization of the para­military establishment in line with his three-point mandate to reform, restruc­ture and increase revenue.

Aside the impending “tsunami”, it was learnt that the Customs boss plans to ad­dress the perennial issue of stagnation by dismantling the godfather structures which placed some “anointed” officers on ranks far higher than their unfavoured counterparts. That aspect of the reform may see some officers demoted and oth­ers elevated.

According to the Spokesman of Customs, Wale Adeniyi, the five Dep­uty Comptrollers-General of Customs (DCGs) who had earlier given notifi­cation to the Comptroller-General for voluntary disengagement, are John Atte, Ibrahim Mera, Musa Tahir, Austin Nwosu and Akinade Adewuyi.

“Three others of the rank of Assistant Comptroller-General are also affected in the re-organisation. They are Madu Mohammed, Secretary to the Nige­ria Customs Board, Victor Gbemudu, Zonal Coordinator Zone ‘A’ and Bello Liman, Assistant Comptroller-General, headquarters. The rest are of the rank of Comptrollers serving in Customs head­quarters, zonal offices and various area commands. The Comptroller-General of Customs stated that the retirements were part of measures to kick-start the reposi­tioning of the service for improved per­formance”, Adeniyi said.

Though their disengagement was termed voluntary, Saturday Sun learnt they were actually axed but given the room to resign as soft landing.

The development, it was learnt, has sent jitters down the spines of the “sur­viving” senior Customs officers, who suspect the Comptroller General may soon release another sack list that will consume them.

For many, the ongoing sack was antici­pated as the Customs boss, Hammed Ali had at different fora, hinted of plans to weed out those he described as bad eggs within the system.

He said corrupt officers had strangulat­ed the service, thus reducing the amount of revenue generated into the govern­ment’s coffers.

The coming of Ali

When Hammed Ali, a retired military Colonel was appointed the Customs Comptroller General following the re­tirement of his predecessor, Abdul­lahi Dikko Inde, he was literally told to cleanse the Customs, which is undoubt­edly a major revenue generating artery of the government but believed to also be a cesspit of corruption.

Before Ali was named as the new CGC, all the DCGs and some ACGs were reportedly romancing many influ­ential politicians to be made the Cus­toms boss following Abdullahi Dikko’s retirement.

Top government sources who con­fided in Saturday Sun said the lobbying soon turned into rivalry as some of the power-hungry Customs officers began attacking each other.

“The in-fighting was too fierce. All of them wanted power and I’m sure the President must have shocked them by announcing an outsider. But most of them were already billionaires follow­ing intelligence reports on them. That was not a soothing news to Buhari and he brought in Ali as a shocker. He will surely sweep away some bad eggs once he fully settles down”, a source had pre­dicted.

Unending corruption

Findings by Saturday Sun showed that Ali, a greenhorn in Customs quick­ly settled down to understand how the Service operates. He identified corrup­tion as the major blight the growth of the service. He also discovered that cor­ruption had become so institutionalised that there was no way any importer or businessman can transact any legitimate business without bribing Customs of­ficers.

Ali was also fully briefed about the connivance of Customs officers and agents to shortchange the government by under-paying container and vehicle tariffs just to enrich a few persons in the system.

He also learnt of “flying containers”, a slang that means containers exit the ports without documentation. All par­ties involved share the proceeds and the government gets nothing. The former Customs CG, Abdullahi Dikko once described Tin Can Island Command of the service as the most corrupt Customs formation.

At a recent meeting with manufactur­ers in Lagos, the new Customs boss was shocked when he learnt about 70 signa­tures are required before any of them can get their raw materials out of the Tin Can Island Port in Lagos.

“About 70 people will have to inspect the goods and append their signatures to the documents releasing the goods, while about 40 signatures are required for the same process at the Lagos Port Complex (LPC), Apapa”, they said.

All these, it was learnt formed part of the reasons for the mass sack.

Another challenge that propelled Ali to disengage so many officers is to ad­dress the issue of stagnation and “fa­voured” postings.

“I’ve realised that there are anomalies in the promotion and posting of Cus­toms officers. We have complaints on it. We have cases where people were promoted based on godfatherism and so we’ll review them. We also have cases of those who have been stagnated in a particular position for a very long time for no just cause and we also want to ad­dress that. We also have those who have been glued to a place where they make money via bribes and other underhand deals. We’ll also look into it. A commit­tee is looking into these issues. It is al­ready working out modalities to address these anomalies. Soon, you’ll hear what we are doing about them”, Ali said at a recent press conference.

Painful surgery

Importers, freight forwarders and oth­er members of the import community have described the ongoing reform as a painful surgery that must be performed for the Customs and indeed the nation’s economy to reposition for greater effi­ciency.

They accused the Abdullahi Dikko administration of running the Customs as a mafia ring where “his boys” en­joyed juicy posting and rapid promotion and others left dejected.


(Soceity) John Fashanu confesses his brother Justin was a gay

…How he paid his late brother £75k to stop him from coming out as gay

Ex-footballer, John Fashanu has confessed that his brother, Justin Fashanu was a gay.
The former England player, revealed the extents he went to prevent his elder brother, Justin Fashanu from coming out as gay. He said he paid him £75K to keep quiet about it.
The former Wimbledon striker made the shock admission a week after it emerged two top footballers – including an England star – plan to come out. In his first in-depth interview about brother Justin since his tragic suicide in 1998, he said:
“I begged him, I threatened him, I did everything I could possibly do to try and stop him coming out. I gave him the money because I didn’t want the embarrassment for me or my family. Had he come out now, it would be a different ball game. There wouldn’t be an issue, but there was then. Things are different now. Now he’d be hailed a hero.”
Justin Fashanu shot himself into the limelight with a stunning goal against Liverpool in 1980, Nottingham Forest subsequently shelled out a record £1million for him but he failed to hit the heights expected.
In a newspaper interview in 1990, he claimed to have had an affair with a married Tory MP he met in a gay bar. John, 53, said:
“I’ll never forget when Justin first told me. He called me in the evening time and said to me: ‘I’m gay’. Then he said to me: ‘I’m planning to go to a newspaper’. I said to him: ‘Oh heavens forbid… oh my God. We don’t need that. You’re mad’. He promised when I gave him the money he would not go out and say that. Two days later… bang… headlines in a newspaper. I looked like a sucker. For me and my family it was like Hiroshima or Nagasaki on our lives. It knocked us dead, it was a total shock.
“People might not like it, but I was trying to protect my family. You’ve got to remember the public’s perception of homosexuality at that time was that it was an abomination . It was taboo. Street boys were beating up gays in nightclubs. I give him credit for having the courage to come out and say it. But it caused a lot of confusion and animosity towards him, me, and my family.
“During matches, 30, 40, sometimes 45,000 supporters sang at me: ‘You’re big… you’re black… your a*** is up for grabs… Fashanu… Fashanu’. As a result of him saying what he said, my mother died because of the stress. She actually died a year later on the day of his birthday.
“She was already old, very fragile and suffering cancer. Then to be told her second eldest son was a homosexual was too much.”
John condemned Justin, then at Leyton Orient, soon after he came out and infamously said he would “not want to play or even get changed” in the same dressing room.
But last week John said:
“I’ve never spoken about these things before because I was stamped a homophobe. But things have changed and I make it very clear: I was wrong. It was ignorance on my behalf. I didn’t understand him. I was trying to protect my family and I was worried about the effect on my career. In the process I lost my brother and I am very sad about that.
“He committed suicide because he was so distraught the world would not accept a black man who was homosexual. I couldn’t understand it and I couldn’t accept it and so whatever relationship we had before was killed .
“Previous to that, we had been very close, but it just shattered everything. I didn’t speak to him again. There’s a lot of sadness and regrets.”
Two premier league stars including an England international are about to come out as gay and Fashanu says :
“If these young men feel it is the right time to come out and announce they are homosexual, please don’t anybody victimise them. Please be careful with words, don’t let it lead to the destruction of two men in their prime. I didn’t have that wisdom 20 years ago and it led to the destruction of my late brother Justin.
“We must accept them. I beg everybody not to make the same mistakes I made. Give them as much understanding as possible.”
John is a practising christian and he believes his brother was not actually gay, he credits his TV presenter daughter, Amal, 27 for helping him change his attitude.
“My daughter Amal is a very strong activist for gay rights,” said John, who now lives in Nigeria, where homosexuality is still illegal. She has helped me a lot to understand a lot more about another way of life, which homosexuality is. I love her and I am very proud of the way she speaks about her uncle.”
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