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Monday, 15 May 2017

"Even the Devil can't stop me" - Mercy Aigbe declares as she returns back to work


Mercy Aigbe has fully returned to work after her marriage crashed over allegations of domestic violence. Responding to people saying she should slow down, Mercy captioned the photo above; 
"Did I hear someone say slow down? Even the Devil can't stop me."

South African Generations star Mandla Hlatshwayo killed

Mandla HlatshwayoImage copyrightFACEBOOK
Image captionMandla Hlatshwayo's father was also killed trying to stop a robbery
South Africans are paying tribute to a former actor on popular local TV series Generations who was killed during a mugging on Sunday night.
Mandla Hlatshwayo and his friend were shot after confronting a group of men who had robbed women of their mobile phones in a pub in Soweto.
Those who knew the 40-year-old have described him as a selfless man.
South Africa has one of the highest murder rates in the world with more than 50,000 cases reported every year.
Many are using social media to send message of condolences to the family of Mr Hlatshwayo, who was also a disc jockey for local radio station Jozi FM.
The hashtag #RIPMandla has been trending since news of his death broke on Monday morning.
Jozi FM head Mpho Mhlongo, who confirmed the star's death, noted that Mr Hlatshwayo's father was also killed some years ago during a robbery.
Mr Hlatshwayo's death has sparked a debate around how to tackle the country's rampant crime levels but it makes many realise there are no easy solutions, says the BBC's Pumza Fihlani in Johannesburg.
There have been no arrests yet.

South African Generations star Mandla Hlatshwayo killed

Mandla HlatshwayoImage copyrightFACEBOOK
Image captionMandla Hlatshwayo's father was also killed trying to stop a robbery
South Africans are paying tribute to a former actor on popular local TV series Generations who was killed during a mugging on Sunday night.
Mandla Hlatshwayo and his friend were shot after confronting a group of men who had robbed women of their mobile phones in a pub in Soweto.
Those who knew the 40-year-old have described him as a selfless man.
South Africa has one of the highest murder rates in the world with more than 50,000 cases reported every year.
Many are using social media to send message of condolences to the family of Mr Hlatshwayo, who was also a disc jockey for local radio station Jozi FM.
The hashtag #RIPMandla has been trending since news of his death broke on Monday morning.
Jozi FM head Mpho Mhlongo, who confirmed the star's death, noted that Mr Hlatshwayo's father was also killed some years ago during a robbery.
Mr Hlatshwayo's death has sparked a debate around how to tackle the country's rampant crime levels but it makes many realise there are no easy solutions, says the BBC's Pumza Fihlani in Johannesburg.
There have been no arrests yet.

Primary school pupils in Kenya block road with desks after their school was demolished

Movement was paralysed along Mbagathi Road, Kenya on Monday morning after pupils of Kenyatta Golf Course Academy, barricaded the busy road to protest the demolishing of their school.

Details are still sketchy but reports indicate that the private school was demolished by unknown persons over the weekend following a land dispute.

The pupils placed their desks across the road and sat on them, blocking traffic in the morning rush hour.
"We want our school, we want our school, we need to study in school" they chanted. I like my class and I like studying. They have now removed our class and there is no way we can study. All the students want to study," one pupil stated.
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Primary school pupils in Kenya block road with desks after their school was demolished

Movement was paralysed along Mbagathi Road, Kenya on Monday morning after pupils of Kenyatta Golf Course Academy, barricaded the busy road to protest the demolishing of their school.

Details are still sketchy but reports indicate that the private school was demolished by unknown persons over the weekend following a land dispute.

The pupils placed their desks across the road and sat on them, blocking traffic in the morning rush hour.
"We want our school, we want our school, we need to study in school" they chanted. I like my class and I like studying. They have now removed our class and there is no way we can study. All the students want to study," one pupil stated.
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Bin Laden’s son Hamza threatens U.S. over father’s death

Hamza, Osama Bin Laden's son threatens U.S.

Hamza, Osama Bin Laden’s son Hamza threatens U.S.


Osama bin Laden’s son reportedly seeks to avenge his father’s death and is poised to become the new leader of Al Qaeda.
Personal letters seized in the raid that killed bin Laden show that his son, Hamza, is set on avenging his father’s death, Ali Soufan, a former FBI agent, told CBS News in an interview that will air Sunday.
“He tells him that…he remembers ‘every look…every smile you gave me, every word you told me,” Soufan said about bin Laden’s son. Soufan also told CBS News that Hamza wrote that he considers himself “to be forged in steel.”
Soufan said that Hamza’s path to become the leader of the terrorist organisation was created years ago when he was used as a propaganda tool in bin Laden’s videos.
He was seen sometimes holding a gun.
The agent added that he has even started to sound like his father.
“His recent message that came out, he delivered the speech as if it’s his father, using sentences, terminology that was used by Osama bin Laden,” Soufan said.
Hamza is believed to be about 28 years old and has been named as a “specially designated global terrorist” by the U.S., as he has recorded four audio messages in the last two years, aimed at the U.S.
“He’s basically saying, ‘American people, we’re coming and you’re going to feel it,” Soufan said.
“And we’re going to take revenge for what you did to my father. Iraq, Afghanistan’. The whole thing was about vengeance.”
Source: Fox News

North Korea says missile could carry large nuclear warhead

(CNN)North Korea says the missile it tested Sunday is capable of carrying a large nuclear warhead, state media said Monday.
The country's leader, Kim Jong Un, supervised the launch of the Hwasong-12 missile that reached an altitude of 2,111.5 kilometers (1,312 miles) and flew 787 kilometers (489 miles), according to state news agency KCNA.
    The test was "aimed at verifying the tactical and technological specifications of the newly developed ballistic rocket capable of carrying a large-size heavy nuclear warhead," KCNA said.
    North Korea warned the United States not to provoke it, saying the "US mainland and Pacific operations" are within range of North Korean missiles.
    Analysts called this North Korea's most successful missile test ever and a significant advancement in its quest to build a nuclear-capable intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM).
    An image from North Korean state media Rodong Sinmun shows Sunday's missile launch.
    "North Korea's latest successful missile test represents a level of performance never before seen from a North Korean missile," aerospace engineer John Schilling wrote on the blog 38 North, published by the US Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins University.
    The high altitude and long flight time -- 30 minutes, the US said -- indicate a missile with an extended range, according to David Wright, co-director of the Union of Concerned Scientists.
    Writing on his organization's blog, Wright pointed out that if the missile did reach that height and fly that far, it could reach the US territory of Guam in the Pacific.

    Step towards long range missile?

    Guam is home to Andersen Air Force Base, through which the US Air Force rotates heavy bombers including B-1s, B-2s and B-52s.
    KCNA said the test showed North Korea "has all powerful means for retaliatory strike" should Washington take any military action to stop its nuclear weapons program.
    Tong Zhao, an analyst with the Carnegie-Tsinghua Center for Global Policy, said if the missile does have the range to hit Guam, it could give North Korea "a regional nuclear deterrence," meaning it might not need to pursue an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), which could reach the US mainland.
    But Melissa Hanham, senior research associate at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies in California, said it could be a stepping stone to just that.
    "This may become half or a third of an ICBM," she said, pointing out that ICBMs are built in two or three stages stacked atop of each other.
    An image from North Korean state media shows leader Kim Jong with a missile on a mobile launcher.
    Hanham also said the fact that the missile's re-entry vehicle flew so high above the Earth put it under more stress than a warhead might undergo when fired on a more normal, flatter trajectory
    North Korean engineers "may well be able to draw warhead re-entry data from that which is applicable to their ICBM ambitions," said Euan Graham, an expert on North Korea at Australia's Lowy Institute.
    "Given speculation over the past months about the possibility of military action by the Trump administration to prevent Pyongyang from acquiring such weapons, the possible testing of ICBM subsystems in this low-key manner may be a North Korean hedge against the possibility of such action," 38 North's Schilling wrote.
    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un surrounded by officials on the day of the May 14 missile launch.

    Differing assessments

    US officials said the missile launched near the city of Kusong, in western North Korea, flew across the country and into the Sea of Japan/East Sea, hitting the water about 60 miles from Vladivostok in eastern Russia.
    Russia, however, said the missile fell 310 miles (500 kilometers) from its coast, according to a report on RT.com.
    Russia initially responded to North Korea's test by putting its far eastern air defenses on high alert, according to a report from the RIA-Novosti news agency.
    Russian President Vladmir Putin reportedly discussed the launch with Chinese President Xi Jinping during a meeting in Beijing. "Concern was expressed about the escalation of tension, including in connection with the launch (of the missile of the DPRK)," Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov was quoted as saying in Russian state media.
    Sunday's test is the first from North Korea since South Korean President Moon Jae-in took office last week. Moon has advocated dialogue with North Korea to denuclearize.
    Moon said the missile test violates UN Security Council resolutions and called it a severe challenge to the peace and security of the Korean Peninsula and the world, presidential spokesman Yoon Young-chan said.
    South Korea needs to show the North that even though talks are possible, it will only be possible if North Korea changes its attitude, the President told staff.
    He said South Korea would respond to provocations.

    Messages from Pyongyang?

    North Korea's Kim launched Sunday's test as Chinese leader Xi Jinping hosted a major trade and infrastructure summit with multiple world leaders in Beijing.

    Putin warns against 'intimidating' North Korea after latest missile launch

    Beijing (CNN)Russian President Vladimir Putin has condemned North Korea's latest missile launch as "dangerous" but warned against "intimidating" Pyongyang.
    Speaking in China, Putin called for a peaceful solution to the ongoing tensions on the Korean peninsula, Russia's Sputnik news agency reported.
      "I would like to confirm that we are categorically against the expansion of the club of nuclear states, including through the Korean Peninsula," Putin told reporters. "We are against it and consider it counterproductive, damaging, dangerous," he said.
      But in comments that appeared aimed at the US, he said that "intimidating (North Korea) is unacceptable."
      For its part, North Korea said the missile test was in response to the nuclear dangers and threats posed by the US and its followers.
      "We will conduct ICBM tests anytime and anywhere in accordance with the decisions made by our central leadership," North Korea's ambassador to China Ji Jae Ryong said at an impromptu press conference at the country's embassy in Beijing Monday.

      US territory in reach?

      North Korea tested a Hwasong-12 missile Sunday which reached an altitude of 2,111.5 kilometers (1,312 miles) and flew 787 kilometers (489 miles), according to state news agency KCNA.
      Analysts estimated its ranged as 4,500 kilometers which would put the US territory of Guam within its reach.
      A small island in the Pacific, Guam is home to Andersen Air Force Base, through which the US Air Force rotates heavy bombers including B-1s, B-2s and B-52s.
      KCNA said the test showed North Korea "has all powerful means for retaliatory strike" should Washington take any military action to stop its nuclear weapons program.
      Putin made the comments on the sidelines of the One Belt One Road summit in Beijing, a meeting of 29 heads of state convened by Chinese President Xi Jinping to push his vision for China's global expansion.
      The Russian president called on all parties to "find peaceful solutions."
      Putin's partial defense of North Korea came after White House press secretary Sean Spicer suggested that the missile test may provoke a more forceful response from the Kremlin.
      In a White House statement released Sunday, Spicer said: "With the missile impacting so close to Russian soil -- in fact, closer to Russia than to Japan -- the President cannot imagine that Russia is pleased."
      The US and Russia also offered differing estimates for where the missile splashed down. The US said it terminated flight just 96 kilometers (60 miles) from the Russian port city of Vladivostock, whereas the Russian Defense Ministry said it landed 500 kilometers (311 miles) from its Pacific coast line.

      Russia's relations with North Korea

      While Russia and North Korea don't have strong trade ties, they are building on their economic relationship. New ferry services are running between the countries and Russia has given permission for some 50,000 North Koreans to carry out manual work on projects in Russia.
      Russia is one of the few countries that has diplomatic relations with North Korea. Kim Jong Un's father, Kim Jong Il, went to Moscow on a state visit during his rule in 2011, and Putin visited Pyongyang in 2000.
      "While Russia is concerned about North Korea and its missiles, it also sees North Korea as an opportunity to gain leverage with the West, the US in particular," said Matthew Chance, CNN's Moscow correspondent.
      "Russia doesn't want North Korea to have nuclear weapons, but the response from officials in Moscow has been minimal because they know Russia isn't one of Pyongyang's targets," he added.

      Usain Bolt helps dig grave for late friend/Olympic silver medallist, Germaine Mason


      Sprinter/100 metre and 200m world record-holder, Usain Bolt was recently filmed in Portland, Jamaica helping to dig the grave for his late friend, Germaine Mason.

      34-year-old Mason, who won a silver medal at the Beijing Olympics, died in a motorcycle accident in Jamaica on April 20.


      He reportedly fell off of his bike on the Norman Manley highway in East Kingston while trying to swerve to avoid oncoming traffic, and died at the scene.

      Mason had been friends with Bolt since 2002 and is set to be buried on May 21st.

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      Security expert says Boko Haram's threat to bomb Abuja is real

      Security expert says Boko Haram's threat to bomb Abuja is real

      A renowned security expert, Dr Ekhomu Ona, has expressed serious concern over the recent threats by Boko Haram. The Islamist group had threatened to bomb Nigeria's capital, Abuja in a new video clip released by Abubakar Shekau, the sect's leader. While the Nigerian Army has dismissed the two video clips as mere propaganda, Dr Ona argued that the swapped commander now has a better inside knowledge to plot a good attack. 
      Returning commanders of Boko Haram to the battlefield is not a great idea. However, we have no choice in this case because we have to secure release of our girls. And I praise President Muhammadu Buhari for that. But then, we really have to take it as a credible threat. “It is a credible threat because we have active terrorist cells that are all over the country. We have them in the Kogi axis; we have them in the outline districts of Abuja. As someone who just returned to the field, he has better inside knowledge now to carry out the threat. Prison is the prime radicalization ground for many extremists. That is where they meet and share ideas,” Dr Ona told Daily Sun.

      He further noted that freed Boko Haram members were the forerunners of major attacks in the recent past. His words: “Prison gives them opportunity to be together and to plot good attacks. Besides, there is a lot of radicalism in those cells which have not been well infiltrated by our intelligence agencies.” 
      He advised the federal government to focus on effective control of explosives which Boko Haram relied upon in its terrorist activities. He said: “There is a poor control of explosive ordinance in the country. Today, explosive ordinance is available everywhere for people who do blasting and quarrying, for farmers who need fertilizer. “There must be a focus on controlling explosive in the country. “Another thing is that what is bugging them has not been resolved in the society. “These people are saying that there is a lot of corruption in Nigerian society, there is injustice. You are a liar if you say we don’t have corruption and moral depravity in our society today. They believe it is only under Sharia that these can be resolved, which is wrong.” 


      Friday, 12 May 2017

      Pastor Kumuyi, the humble man of God

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      Sunday, 9 April 2017

      Xenophobia: Nigeria, South Africa set up early warning centre

      Xenophobia: Nigeria, South Africa set up early warning centre
      Foreign Affairs Minister Geoffrey Onyeama says Nigeria and South Africa have set up a 24-hour early warning system to protect Nigerians from unwarranted attacks.
      Onyeama said at the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) Forum in Abuja that Federal Government was ready to intervene.
      “Wherever any Nigerian is threatened or in difficulty, we will always intervene quickly, an example of this was in Italy, you will recall last year or the year before there was a Nigerian who was attacked and killed.
      “We quickly engaged with Italian Government and really took all the necessary steps, arresting people and pay compensation to the family. So we will always engage to protect Nigeria lives wherever they may be.
      “We are hoping now to set up a 24-hour call centre so that Nigerians anywhere in the world can call a particular number whenever they are in distress,”
      He said that the Nigerian High Commission in South Africa had been directed to facilitate legal support to help the victims of recent xenophobic attacks in the country to get their compensations.
      The minister said that the victims of the attacks had been advised to make inventory of their losses through a mechanism that had been created, known as the early warning unit.
      “What we have done is that we visited the scenes of these attacks; we spoke to victims, we saw their businesses and we advised them to make an inventory of their losses.
      “And, that the mechanism we have created, the early warning unit, what will then happened is that they should submit all their claims through the Nigerian High Commission to be presented at a high level meeting to push the issue of compensation.
      “First of all we have to see what the insurance laws provide and really take it from there; the important thing is that this should be addressed.
      “We also asked the high commission to facilitate with legal support, to identifying lawyers and all that to help in the process.
      Onyeama decried attacks on Nigerians in South Africa and India which sometimes led to death and expressed concern that the South African situation was more troubling because it often re-occurred.
      “We have engaged directly with the highest levels of government of South Africa. The Vice President of South Africa spoke with the Acting President at the time
      “I went to South Africa with the Minister of Interior and we were able to get the South African Government to set up an early warning unit.
      “We wanted an institutional mechanism that will address the issue of xenophobia in South Africa.’’
      Onyeama said that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs identified the fact that the Nigerian Union in South Africa did not have any access to the South African Government.
      He said the Nigerian community felt it was at the mercy of the South African police.
      “We were able to get the early warning unit, comprising the Nigerian High Commission there and the Nigerian Consulate but most importantly, the Nigerian Union in South Africa.
      “On the South African side, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Home Affairs which is in charge of the police and the police.
      “They will be meeting regularly to share intelligence, share information, build trust and develop strategies for early warning intervention.
      “We thought that was a very important achievement; it is institutionalised, they meet once every quarter or they could meet earlier,” he said.
      The minister said that he had directed the Nigerian High Commissioner in South Africa to arrange the first meeting as quickly as possible.
      He expressed the hope that the step would go a long way to address the situation.
      Onyeama described the attack on Nigerians in India as a one-off thing because it was a response to a particular incident.
      He said what was gratifying about the Indian case was that the Indian Government was very quick in condemning and arresting suspects. (NAN).

      Ivanka Trump backs her father's decision to carry out airstrikes against Syria


      Donald Trump's decision to bomb Syria in the wake of a chemical attack against civilians has been met with mixed receptions but Ivanka is firmly on her father's side. She took to Twitter to express her 'pride' at her father's decision.

      Three soldiers, five policemen shot in Lagos

      Three soldiers, five policemen shot in Lagos
      Police, Security officers at the scene
      Gunmen suspected to be militants on Saturday night stormed Ishawo in Ikorodu, a Lagos district and shot three soldiers and five policemen.
      It was yet to be ascertained if the security operatives were dead or alive.
      It was gathered that the militants stormed Woodland Estate and engaged personnel of Operation Awatse in a fierce gun battle.
      The gunmen, who took the operatives by surprise, allegedly fled into neighbouring creeks after the attack.
      It was gathered that residents of the Estate have been apprehensive since the incident, with many calling for another military raid of the surrounding creeks.
      Spokesman for the Lagos Police Command, Olarinde Famous-Cole, an Assistant Superintendent (ASP) could not be reached for comment at the time of filing this report.

      Police searching for family of Nigerian man who died in Oakland fire, US

       

      Four people were killed in a four-alarm fire which broke out at an Oakland apartment building in 2551 San Pablo Ave, Oakland on Monday, March 27th. Four others were taken to the hospital for treatment, including two children.

      One of the victims has been identified as a 36-year-old Nigerian man, who stayed in Room 223. The coroner said his name is not being released until the victim's family is notified.

      According to neighbours, he kept to himself, loved computers and would sketch Oakland landscapes with a set of colored pencils.

      His background is something of a mystery. Neither neighbors nor mental health providers who referred him there know much about his personal life, or how he wound up living in a second floor room of the halfway house run by Urojas Community Services.

      According to Oakland Fire Battalion Chief Erik Logan, about 80 to 100 people lived in the West Oakland building, which housed people recovering from addiction. He said crews were able to rescue seven people before the intensity of the fire forced firefighters from the building.

      Officials said they received calls reporting the fire around 6 a.m. and crews were quickly on the scene. However, the blaze was well underway and they rapidly elevated the fire to four alarms and retreated from the burning structure. The blaze was visible for several miles and sent a massive plume of smoke over Oakland.

      The three other victims named Edwarn Anderson, 64, Cassandra Robertson, 50, and Ashantikee Wilson, 41, have been identified and named by the Alameda County Coroner’s Office. But the Nigerian man was badly burned.

      The coroner was finally able to identify him by a single fingerprint, but his name is being withheld until family can be notified — a fruitless search so far.

      All research so far has led to dead-ends. Sheriff’s investigators learned he once lived in Cincinnati, but nothing more. One person who might have known him, Wilson, his apparent roommate in the San Pablo building, also died in the fire. "We’re having a hard time getting a hold of (the family),”"Alameda County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Sgt. Ray Kelly said. “Everybody we talked to doesn’t know him well or was just a friend. We don’t know how he ended up here."

      Coroner’s officials were able to determine the person died from smoke inhalation. Days later, deputies received a hit from the FBI lab from a fingerprint, but it provided little more than a name. Investigators believe the man’s family may reside in Nigeria and attempts to contact anyone there have been unsuccessful, even after speaking with his social worker and others, Kelly said.

      The deadly fire tore through the three-story building nearly four months after an inferno claimed 36 lives at the Ghost Ship warehouse across town, in the Fruitvale district.

      As fire investigators continue to probe what has initially been ruled an accidental candle fire, the coroner’s office is working to bring closure by finding the family of the fourth and final victim from Room 223.

      Urojas co-director the Rev. Aurea Lewis, who is hosting a memorial for the four victims on April 23, remembered a man who stuck to a pattern. She likened him to the Dustin Hoffman character in the movie “Rain Man.” He had lived with Urojas for more than three years, she recalled. "He was a very quiet, observant man,” Lewis said. “He came to church every Sunday and in his own way praised."

      She has no idea how he came to the United States. “It was very sketchy,” she said. "He was extremely savvy with computers. Computers were his way of expressing himself, and he liked to paint with colored pencils,” Lewis said.
      Source: Mercury News/San Francisco CBS Local