Thursday, 28 January 2016

#OscarsBoycott: Obama speaks up

Since the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said it was altering membership rules in response to an outcry over the diversity of its voters and nominees, another uproar has erupted around Hollywood. Many academy members are protesting that the new measures unjustly scapegoat older academy members and imply they’re racist.
Fiery letters have poured into the academy. Trade magazines are littered with critical op-eds from members. Meanwhile, civil rights leaders and others say the academy’s actions didn’t go far enough. More steps are needed, they say, to make the Oscars and the industry more inclusive.
Reforms meant to calm a crisis seem to have only further enflamed it. This year’s February 28 Academy Awards are looking less like a glitzy gala and more like a battlefield.
“We all have to calm down a bit. The conversation has become unduly vitriolic,” says Rod Lurie, the writer-director of “Straw Dogs” and “The Contender” and a member of the academy’s directors’ branch. “Nobody in the academy should dignify any accusations of racism,” Lurie said in an interview, “but there obviously are biases that are created by the demographics of the academy.”
The typically slow-moving academy acted swiftly last week, holding an emergency meeting of its Board of Governors. In the wake of a second straight year of all-white acting nominees — and calls for a boycott of the Oscars broadcast — the 51-member board unanimously voted to revamp membership rules in an effort to change the makeup of the largely white, male and older association of some 7,000 exclusive members.

WE MUST STAND IN OUR POWER.

Your Service To Nigeria Wasn’t Selfless, You Left Appalling Records – Falana Replies Okonjo-Iweala

Radical Lagos lawyer, Mr. Femi Falana, SAN, has accused the immediate past Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala of leaving behind appalling records, advising her to “stop giving the erroneous impression that she rendered selfless service” to Nigeria since her salaries were paid in dollars.
The brickbat started when Falana sent a petition to the ICC prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, describing as “criminal” the transfer of recovered $322 million loot of former Nigerian dictator, Sani Abacha, to the then National Security Adviser, NSA, Sambo Dasuki.



He said Okonjo-Iweala should be prosecuted since such happened under her watch, adding that, “The failure of a former Finance Minister, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala to prevent widespread and systematic corruption including the re-looting of the Abacha loot amounts to complicity under the Rome Statute, and therefore fits the legal requirements of a crime against humanity.”
But responding on Monday in a statement by her media adviser, Paul Nwabuikwu, the former minister absolved herself of complicity in the arms deal, saying she gave her approval for the transfer after receiving an order from Goodluck Jonathan, the former president, to transfer a part of the recovered Sani Abacha loot to Sambo Dasuki, the former NSA, after also securing guarantees that the money would be properly accounted for.
Nwabuikwu argued that while Falana and his sponsors have claimed that billions of dollars of Abacha funds were recovered and that Dr Okonjo-Iweala should account for the recovered funds, the fact is that some of the funds recovery was done under the regime of former leaders, Abdulsalami Abubakar and Olusegun Obasanjo when she was not even in government.
But reacting to Okonjo-Iweala’s statement yesterday, Falana accused her of being quick to deflect criticisms by accusing anyone seeking to hold her to account for her ‘appalling records’ in government, of having ulterior political motives.
The statement in part reads:
When Prof Chukwuma Soludo alleged that about N30tr could not be accounted for under her watch he was described as “an embittered loser. When comrade Adams Oshiomhole questioned the illegal withdrawal of $2bn from the Excess Crude Account, he was accused of having animus towards her because she had blocked Edo State from obtaining a loan.
“Therefore, instead of exchanging vulgar abuse with the former Minister I shall respond to the diversionary allegations which lacerated her response and the attempt to extricate herself from the mass looting of the commonwealth under her watch.
“The claim that I am unfamiliar with the mandate of the ICC shows that Mrs. Okonjo-Iweala has not been following the practice of the court and its active and robust approach to its mandates, in particular with regard to the investigation of crimes in Darfur, the warrant of arrest for Joseph Kony (Uganda), and the warrant of arrest for Ahmad Harun, (Sudan).
“In many decided cases, the ICC has expanded its mandate to humanitarian issues, aimed at forestalling and impeding the perpetration of crimes which cause gross human rights abuse. There is absolutely nothing in the Rome Statute of the ICC to suggest that the court cannot address impunity for enormous financial crimes (and its crippling impact) which took place while Mrs. Okonjo-Iweala was the Finance Minister and the Coordinating Minister of the economy.
“Dr. Okonjo-Iweala also claimed that my petition against her to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) “were lacking in credibility”, without any substantiation of what this means or specific rebuttal of the allegations contained in that petition. She has however not denied the accuracy of the claims in my petition.
“Whereas the former Finance Minister had insisted that only $500 million was recovered from the Abacha loot my petition detailed the recovery of $4 billion. As she could not challenge my claim Dr. Okonjo-Iweala now says that the $500 million was the amount recovered while she was the Minister of Finance under President Obasanjo. In making that claim she did not take cognizance of her recent statement that while she gave out $322 million to Col. Dasuki the sum of $700 million had been set aside for development. From her own account, over $1 billion was recovered from the loot under the Jonathan regime when she was coordinating the economy.
“Dr. Okonjo-Iweala has continued to give the erroneous impression that she rendered selfless service to the nation. But while her colleagues who served as Ministers under President Olusegun Obasanjo were paid their salaries and allowances in the local currency she received hers in dollars despite a judgment of the Court of Appeal which had declared the payment illegal and unconstitutional in the case of Fawehinmi v The President (2007) 14 NWLR (Pt 1054) 275. In order to weep up sentiments Dr. Okonjo-Iweala referred to the unfortunate kidnap of her 84-year mother, two years ago. But it is public knowledge that the lumpen elements involved in the kidnap were arrested by the Lagos State Police Command.
“From the report of police investigation the kidnappers were palace guards who were inspired by sheer avarice. In fact, they were arrested by the Police following the disagreement over the sharing of the N12 million ransom paid to them for the criminal enterprise. In the Appropriation Act of 2011, the sum of N245 billion was budgeted for fuel subsidy. But at the end of the year, Dr. Okonjo-Iweala had authorized the illegal payment of about N2.5 trillion to a cabal of fuel importers. As usual, she washed off her hands like Pontius Pilate. In order to unearth the monumental fraud I petitioned the EFCC and gave oral testimony before the House of Representatives Committee which separately investigated it.
“In the same vein, I have just asked the Group Managing Director of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation under the Freedom of Information Act to provide information on the failure of the NNPC to pay into the Federation Account the sum of $9.7 billion out of the $11.8 billion dividends paid by NLNG from 2004-2014. I have equally demanded information from the NEITI over its claim that the NNPC and some oil companies are indebted to the Federal Government to the tune of $19.1 billion. Dr. Okonjo-Iweala’s claim that I own the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) is far-fetched and laughable.
“A simple google search would have shown her that while I am one of the legal advisers of the organization, there are other very distinguished lawyers and academics of international repute on SERAP’s board. Her claim that SERAP is ‘discredit’ is the exact opposite of reckless characterization because it is an organization that has won national and international recognitions—including nomination for the UN civil society award; the Ford Foundation Jubilee Transparency Award; and the Wole Soyinka Anti-Corruption Defender Award. It is my belief that the recovered loot should be channeled towards job creation and infrastructural development. Therefore, all hands should be on deck to ensure that the recovered loot is not criminally diverted by another set of looters,” Falana’s statement read.

Woman Gives Birth To Bouncing Baby Girl On The Streets In Onitsha

                           

Wonderful ! It was a moment of joy after a woman in labour delivered a bouncing baby girl in a vehicle belonging to the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in Anambra state. FRSC officials were alerted of a woman in labour at Upper Iweka in Onitsha area of the state on Tuesday, Jan, 26. Before they could rush her to a hospital, she gave birth to the new baby on the way (by the roadside) -with the aid of people around. 

Both baby and mother are in good condition. - 

Adesola Amosu former Chief of Air staff,Detained by EFCC

The Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) has arrested the immediate past Chief of Air Staff, Adesola Amosu. Operatives of the anti-graft agency arrested Amosu yesterday night at about 9pm and has kept him in their custody since then. 

The former Air Force chief is among the senior military officers President Buhari recently ordered the EFCC to investigate in the ongoing $2.1 billion arms deal scandal. A source in

Horrific moment woman was dragged on to the tracks of a moving train and crushed to death (Video)


Video shows woman dragged on to the tracks and killed while getting off Mumbai train



Security cameras captured the horrifying moment a woman died after she was sucked under a moving train as it pulled into a platform.
Kiran Devi Thakor was dragged on to the tracks after she lost her balance while trying to disembark the train before it had completely stopped at Borivali railway station, in Mumbai, India.
A man desperately tried to save her as she slowly slipped into the gap between the train and the platform but within moments she had fallen beneath the carriage.

200 shops, Cars destroyed in Ketu Sawmill fire [PHOTOS]

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Fire gutted the Ketu sawmill in Lagos state, an estimated 200 shops and other valuables have been reportedly destroyed.

The fire, which started around 4.30am was reportedly caused by excessive current from the circuit breakers.
It was  gathered that the fire was finally put out around 10am, even though no life was lost.

Ronney's wife Coleen Rooney shares first picture of her newborn baby Kit with her older sons


Coleen posted the black and white image today, showing off her boys Kai, six, and two-year-old Klay with their little newborn, as the older of the boys bottle fed him. Along with the picture, she wrote: 'Love at first sight! My boys.'

Friends and Family celebrate Wike’s victory (Photos)




Even as jubilation continues to greet the Wednesday Supreme Court’s judgment that upheld the outcome of the April 11, 2015 governorship election which brought Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State to power, Here are the photos of how Wike, friends, families and colleagues celebrated the victory.

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Your service to Nigeria wasn’t selfless, you left appalling records – Falana replies Okonjo-Iweala

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Radical Lagos lawyer, Mr. Femi Falana, SAN, has accused the immediate past Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala of leaving behind appalling records, advising her to “stop giving the erroneous impression that she rendered selfless service” to Nigeria since her salaries were paid in dollars.
The brickbat started when Falana sent a petition to the ICC prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, describing as “criminal” the transfer of recovered $322 million loot of former Nigerian dictator, Sani Abacha, to the then National Security Adviser, NSA, Sambo Dasuki.

Woman sells her three-month baby for N300,000


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This actually crazy , and it has been happening a lot in most states in Nigeria .The Bayelsa State Police Command has reportedly apprehended a 28-year-old woman, Enoch Oyikepreye, for selling her three-month-old baby.
In a statement on Wednesday, the state Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Mr. Asinim Butswat, said the suspect sold the baby girl to a 30-year-old lady, Tony Esther.

Texas Man Executed by Lethal Injection For Killing Game Warden

Texas Department of Criminal Justice photo of Texas Death Row Inmate James Freeman
A Texas man has been executed for fatally shooting a game warden after he was chased for 90 minutes when he was spotted illegally hunting.
James Freeman, 35, became the second death row inmate to be executed by lethal injection in Texas in as many weeks after the US Supreme Court declined to review his case earlier this month.
He was suspected of illegally hunting at night in Wharton County, southeast Texs, when a game warden spotted him in on 17 March, 2007.

Evil Brother holds Sister Hostage for 8 months for Rituals, feeds her twice a week .( Graphic Photos )



Photos of a once beautiful lady who is now a shadow of her old self courtesy of her evil boyfriend has emerged online, and gone viral.   The young lady whose name was not given  was  held in captivity in a deep pit by her boyfriend for 8 months. The evil boyfriend who used her as sacrifice for money rituals is said to have fed her twice a week, as part of the instruction for the rituals. Unfortunately for the man, the Lady was miraculously  found in the pit were he kept her. The boyfriend has since been arrested and the lady is being taken care of. 

The incident happened in Tanzania. 

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Do you recognise any of these Celebrities #ThrowBackThursday

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#Throwback Thursday .. The first 1st, 5th, 10th,15th,20th people to get the answers correctly will get their choice of network recharge cards . 

*Singing I don get alert Godwin *

Saraki replies Obasanjo on N/Assembly corruption allegation

Saraki replies Obasanjo on N/Assembly corruption allegation
Senate President, Bukola Saraki today responded to former president Olusegun Obasanjo's letter, saying members of the 8th Senate are committed to good governance, transparency and accountability.
Obasanjo had in a letter to Saraki and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara accused the National Assembly of corruption.
What he said ...
" I will want to assure President Obasanjo(former)  that the leadership and membership of the 8th Senate are committed to good governance, transparency, accountability, due process and responsiveness to the economic reality of our nation. It is for this reason that the legislative chamber has introduced bold and progressive reforms in the management of the finances of the National Assembly.

Panic as London to LA plane turns around as passengers & crew fall ill, then air is tested before paramedics are let on & luggage seized for checks

There was a strange occurrence on American Airlines Flight AA109 from London to Los Angeles. 6 cabin crew members and two passengers suddenly fell ill, forcing the plane to declare an emergency landing and return to London. When they landed at Heathrow, passengers said they were not told anything other than they should remain in their seats. An official from the London Fire service got onboard the plane to carry out tests on the air inside the cabin before passengers were allowed to disembark but their luggage was confiscated for analysis.

President Buhari presents 2 anti-corruption bill to Senate for passage

As his campaign against corruption continues, President Buhari yesterday sent a letter to the Senate asking for the amendment of two bills that will advance his fight against corruption. The bills are the Money Laundering Prevention and Prohibition Bill 2016 and the Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters Bill 2016.
The Money Laundering Prevention and Prohibition Bill 2016, if passed into law, would expand the scope of money laundering offenses, provide protection for employees of various institutions as well as bodies who may discover money laundering, and the establishment of mutual legal assistance in criminal matters. 

The bill if passed into law will also enhance customer due diligence, provide appropriate penalties and expand the scope of supervisory bodies, while recognizing the role of certain self-regulatory organisations to address the challenges faced in implementation of comprehensive anti-money regime.

Bank staff says Metuh ran 5 accounts, as court varies bail conditions


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An official of Diamond Bank Plc, Eno-Mfon Effiong, yesterday, told the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja that the National Publicity Secretary of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Chief Olisa Metuh, who is facing trial over alleged N400 million fraud, ran five separate accounts with the bank.
Effiong, who told the court that she was the account officer to Metuh’s firm, Destra Investment Limited, explained that the company already had a balance of N6,676,576 in its account, prior to the date the Office of the National Security Adviser, ONSA, credited it with N400 million on November 24, 2014.

Check out Amber Rose's Explict reply to her Ex-Kanye West

Volatile: Kanye, here in June 2009 with Amber, has previously stated he only dated her because his now wife Kim Kardashian was not available
Kanye West reignited his long war with ex Amber Rose after dragging her name into a 30 tweet tirade against Wiz Khalifa on Wednesday. 

But her revenge was rather more concise - a short, shocking and sexually explicit response that caused a collective gasp across the Internet. 
The latest chapter in this ugly battle of the exes began when Kanye launched an epic rant at Wiz, Amber's rapper ex husband, and father of her son, Sebastian. READ IT HERE

See what she wrote after the cut .

Kanye West calls his ex Amber Rose a 'stripper' and gold digger in epic Twitter rant at Wiz Khalifa..



Wild, wild West: Kanye West unleashed a tirade at Wiz Khalifa on Twitter on Wednesday. The pair both dated Amber RoseWild, wild West: Kanye West unleashed a tirade at Wiz Khalifa on Twitter on Wednesday. The pair both dated Amber Rose

Kanye West unleashed an epic tirade at Wiz Khalifa in one of the greatest celebrity Twitter feuds of all time.
The rappers both dated Amber Rose and Kim Kardashian's husband made several angry comments about his ex during the vitriolic stream of consciousness.
He referred to Amber as a 'stripper' and implied she was a gold digger by referencing lyrics to his hit song. Amber and Wiz, who were married for a year, have a 23-month-old son, Sebastian, together. 
The feud began when Kanye announced he changed the name of his upcoming album to Waves, which Wiz took umbrage to and later tweeted something involving 'KK,' which appeared to set Kanye off but later admitted it was a misunderstanding as it was actually a reference to marijuana.

Tyra Banks, 42, and boyfriend Erik Asla welcome 'miracle' son York via surrogate after 'traumatic' IVF struggle

Proud parents: This is Tyra's first child with her boyfriend Erik, who she is pictured with here last month

Banks and boyfriend Erik Asla have welcomed their first child via surrogate.
The 42-year-old supermodel confirmed the happy news of baby York's arrival on Wednesday as she shared a photo of the newborn's pink and blue striped hospital hat.
She wrote: 'The best present we worked and prayed so hard for is finally here. He's got my fingers and big eyes and his daddy Erik's mouth and chin.

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News Dino Melaye gives more details of how gunmen allegedly tried to kidnap, assassinate him

Senator Dino Melaye, representing Kogi West, has given more insight into how he escaped from gunmen who attacked him in Gwagwalada. Th...