NIGERIA: No JAMB registration, no mobilisation for corps members – NYSC insist

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The NYSC Director, Public Relation, Mrs Bosede Aribigbe, on Tuesday advised prospective corps members to obtain their JAMB registration numbers, to avoid demobilisation.

Aribigbe  in Abuja said  that one of the requirements for participation in the orientation exercise was the presentation of JAMB registration number.

According to her, only corps members, who are duly qualified and registered with JAMB will be mobilised for the scheme.

She, therefore, advised prospective corps members to obtain their registration numbers from JAMB to qualify for the exercise.

Aribigbe said: “I am advising the prospective corps members to make sure that they obtain their JAMB registration numbers to be able to participate in the orientation exercise.

`‘They must liaise with their Students Affairs Department to be able to secure the JAMB registration numbers, if they do not have it.

“Parents and guardians of those who are going for degrees and HND through remedial should encourage their wards to obtain the registration number, to enable them participate in the exercise.

“This category of students should give the registration number to their student affairs departments immediately they secure it, to ensure they will participate in the scheme.”

She said that the pre-mobilisation workshop for the 2013 Batch ‘B’ exercise was billed to hold in April.

She recalled that some of the prospective corps members due for mobilisation in the 2013 Batch `A’ exercise could not do so, due to failure to present JAMB registration numbers.

She disclosed that the 2013 Batch ‘A‘ orientation exercise for corps members deployed to Yobe and Borno would hold from April 4, to April 25 in the Nasarawa and Benue camps.

She also said that 70,000 corps members were mobilised for the 2013 Batch `A’ orientation exercise nationwide.

NAN reports that the scheme had in a statement signed by the NYSC Director-General, Brig.-Gen. Nnamdi Okore-Affia, also advised corps producing institutions to abide by the admission quota.

The statement issued on Feb. 13, reveals that the quota system was approved by National Universities Commission and National Board for Technical Education, which are education regulatory agencies.

The statement further revealed that graduates of institutions whose courses were not duly accredited would also not be allowed to participate in the orientation exercise.

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NIGERIA: 10-Year-Old Girl Raped 5 Times By Dad’s Friend

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A 10-year old girl (name withheld) who lives at Agbado Ijaiye area of Lagos, southwest Nigeria, has alleged that her father’s best friend, Sunday Nwankwo, raped her five times in two years.

Nwankwo was arraigned at the Magistrate’s Court 6, Ikeja and sent to Kirikiri Prison as he could not perfect the stringent bail conditions granted to him by the magistrate.
The accused had pleaded not guilty to the charge of defiling a minor and having carnal knowledge of her forcefully. He was granted bail on the condition that he provides three sureties in kike sum of N100,000 each, three years evidence of tax payment to the government and each of the surety must possess landed property worth N5 million.The accused was alleged to have been having sex with the little girl since she was eight years old.

Test conducted on the girl at the Orile Agege General Hospital showed that she was no longer a virgin.The alleged illicit act was exposed when the three-year old brother of the victim told their mother that somebody used to lay his sister down when nobody was around. Their mother became curious and questioned the girl, who later revealed that Nwankwo had been having sex with her, saying that he had slept with her five times.
According to the girl’s mother, "When I first asked her, she denied it but when I threatened to pour pepper on her, she opened up and said it was her father’s friend that slept with her. She said by the time I gave birth to my second son, that was the third time her father’s friend had slept with her. I gave birth to my second son two years ago, when she was eight years old." She explained that because the church the family attended was far, she usually asked her daughter and the rest to go to the Four Square Church in Nwankwo’s compound, which gave the man the opportunity to carry out the alleged act.

She said: "My husband has been feeding Nwankwo for years. People even thought my husband was his younger brother because of their closeness." The 10-year old girl, who is in Junior Secondary School 1, had explained to her mother and the Esther Child Rights Foundation, which pursued the matter, that Nwankwo would lay her down on a plank after putting a foam on top of it and then have carnal knowledge of her. She alleged that the man usually brought out a knife and threatened to kill her if she reported the matter to anybody.
The little girl added that because he lays her on a plank during the act, that was why she normally complains of waist pain.

The matter was reported at the AIT Police Station which led to the suspect’s arrest. It was gathered that the police tried to cover up the matter even when the test conducted on the girl proved that she was no longer a virgin. The test result was tendered to the police but they were not willing to prosecute the suspect. The culprit was released and re-arrested after the Esther Child Rights Foundation, a non-governmental organisation, intervened and demanded for justice. This led the police to arraign the suspect at the Magistrate’s Court 6, Ikeja.
According to the Executive Director of the foundation, Mrs Esther Ogwu, she got to know about the matter when the mother of the raped girl contacted her, saying that the police tried to cover up the matter but that due to her persistence, the alleged culprit was charged to court. Ogwu said she interviewed the raped victim and that she narrated all that happened to her and how she was defiled by her father’s best friend several times. The case has been adjourned till 24 May, 2013 for hearing.

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NIGERIA: No ‘presidential directive’ can stop merger of progressive parties – ACN

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The Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) has warned that no presidential directive or executive order can stop the coming together of progressive forces in the country to democratically take power from the do-nothing PDP in 2015.

”No force on earth has ever been able to stop an idea which time has come, which is what the All Progressives’ Congress (APC) represents. It is therefore futile for anyone to embark on such an impossible task,” the party said in a statement issued in Lagos on Tuesday by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed.

”Nigerians are yearning for change. Therefore targetting our leaders won’t help the disappearing behemoth, whose so-called reconciliation efforts have even worsened its plight.
Needless to say that every attempt or attack on perceived political opponents by the government and it apparatchiks will be revealed, contested and resisted.

”The leaders of APC know what they are up against and are mindful that the battle ahead may be rough and difficult, yet they are irrevocably committed to establishing a party that will sound the death knell of the bumbling PDP and bring development to Nigeria,” it said.

ACN said it is aware, all along, that all the attempts to derail the registration of the APC, by some impostors who have been loaded down with dirty funds by their ‘ogas at the top’, were masterminded from the seat of power and the highest echelon of the PDP, by those who have totally abandoned governance for dirty politics, even though there are almost two years to go
before the next elections.

It described as an eye-opener but not a surprise the report carried by a national newspaper on Tuesday, April 2nd, that a presidential directive, dated March 26th, 2013, has been issued by the presidency for everything to be done to
frustrate the merger of opposition parties.

ACN recalled that in a statement it issued on Jan. 8th 2013, it alerted the nation to the desperate measures being planned by the PDP-led federal government to discredit and silence key opposition leaders, especially ACN leader Asiwaju
Bola Tinubu and his CPC counterpart, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, as well as
their political associates.

”The report by the national newspaper confirms what we already knew, including the sinister plan to stop Tinubu ahead of the 2015 elections. We will like to add that part of this plan is to hurt his business interests, scare off most of his business partners and political associates, try to pin some activities of BokoHaram on him and generally go after the leading figures including governors in the APC initiative.

”But there is also another plan, which is to ensure that elections either do not hold in 2015 or that they will hold under curfew. To achieve this, those who have now succumbed to a mortal fear of the APC are stoking the fire of violence across the country, either through incompetent handling of existing crisis or
by instigating fresh ones. With the North-east and the North-west in the throes of violence, the South-west is their next target in this regard, and we will reveal the full details of their shenanigans in due course,” the party said.

ACN warned, however, that do-or-die politics or violence for whatever
reason will not spare anyone, include the instigators, just as constricting the democratic space will eventually stifle democracy.

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NIGERIA: I sell petrol at N48 per litre – Pipeline vandal

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A suspected oil pipeline vandal, Komuko Ayekede, says he sells stolen petrol at N48 per litre.

The suspect, who was arrested by the Inspector General of Police Special Task Force on Anti-Pipeline Vandalism Unit on Sunday, added that he had numerous customers including filling stations, due to his attractive price.

He however pleaded with the police to release him and the other four suspects, Oluwafemi Bamidele, James Awolowo, Eugene Stanley and Kunle Ogushe, in the spirit of Easter.

“We thought that on a day like Easter, security operatives would go and rest with their families. Please forgive us at least for the sake of Christ that rose from the dead because of you and me,” he said.

Narrating how he joined the illegitimate business, Ayekede, 52, said he was involved in sand dredging but joined other vandals when he couldn’t make ends meet.

He said, “I was engaged in sand dredging. Some years ago when my business was not moving well, my friend, Ebi, advised me to join him in pipeline vandalism. Initially, I said no because I was a hardworking person, but when it dawned on me that this was the only source of living, I joined Ebi.

“We were using kegs but because of the level of the water, we introduced the use of sack which contains a larger quantity. The sack can contain as much as 125 litres of fuel or diesel. Normally we move about 270 bags per trip.

“When we get to the pipe, we will open it and use our own valve to block it immediately. You then run it through the hose to the water where the bags and my boys are waiting.

On how they sell the products, Ayekede said there were always buyers at Apapa to collect the product at N6000 per sack of 125 litres.

He said, “Selling the product is not a problem. There are so many of them at Apapa. The main job is to collect the product and successfully cross the river especially through FESTAC canal. This is why we normally work at midnight.”

Stanley, another suspect, claimed he was an aspiring footballer based in Bayelsa but was pushed to crime because he needed money to bribe scouts who would help him get a good offer in Europe.

Another suspect, Bamidele, who claimed to be a university dropout, said he was not part of the vandals but only wanted to patronise them.

Friday Ibadin, who is in charge of the Task Force said that at about 12am, on Sunday they got an intelligence report that vandals were at Ijedodo, Ijegun in Iba Local Government Council Development area of Lagos.

He said they were arrested around 7th Avenue, FESTAC with 270 bags of 120 litres of petrol.

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Tunisia’s Islamist leader backs death penalty

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Rached Ghannouchi, the head of Tunisia’s ruling Islamist party, said he backs the application of the death penalty, describing it as a “natural law” in a television interview to be broadcast Monday evening.

“We say that capital punishment is a natural law, a soul for a soul. And whoever threatens the life of another must know that his life is also threatened,” the Ennahda party’s veteran chief told news channel France 24.

He was asked in particular about the punishment of rapists, after a number of incidents in Tunisia, including the case of a three-year-old girl repeatedly raped by the caretaker of a children’s nursery, which has caused shock and anger.

“This crime must be sanctioned in the severest possible way and I would even say yes, by capital punishment,” Ghannouchi said.

“Rape is like a death sentence for a woman and for the entire family.”

Under Tunisia’s penal code, rape, murder, acts of terrorism and plotting against the state are punishable by death, but in practice no executions have been carried out in Tunisia since 1991.

Amna Guellali, the Tunisian representative of Human Rights Watch, said she regretted Ghannouchi’s comments, which follow efforts by rights groups to get the death penalty’s abolition inscribed in the new constitution currently being drafted.

“It is a setback, given that Tunisia has a moratorium on the death penalty. It’s a challenge to that and it’s quite serious,” she told AFP.

Guellali said the Islamist leader was publicly expressing the position of a number of members of his party, who believe the death penalty is “something natural, an obligation in Islam and a just penalty for… an atrocity that has been committed.”

Ennahda, which heads Tunisia’s coalition government, is frequently accused by the secular opposition and rights activists of seeking to Islamise society and impose the key provisions of sharia, or Islamic law.

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Mandela spends fourth day in hospital with ‘no significant change’

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Nelson Mandela spent part of Monday with his family at his hospital bedside, the South African government said, adding that there was no significant change in the condition of the frail anti-apartheid hero.

The 94-year-old former president and Nobel peace laureate has been in hospital since late Wednesday being treated for a recurrent bout of pneumonia.

“He spent part of Family Day today with some members of his family,” the presidency said in a statement in its first update on Mandela’s health on Monday.

“There is no significant change in his condition” since the previous presidency statement on Sunday night which said doctors had reported “a further improvement in his condition”.

In a report on Saturday, the presidency said doctors had drained excess fluid that had built up on the lining of his lungs because of infection.

The procedure, described as the tapping of a pleural effusion, has helped him breathe without difficulty, it said.

South Africa’s revered first black president was admitted to an undisclosed hospital late Wednesday for his third hospitalisation in four months. It remains unclear how long he may stay.

In December last year, he was in hospital for 18 days for treatment for the lung infection and gallstones surgery, his longest admission since he walked free from jail in 1990.

He was diagnosed with early-stage tuberculosis in 1988 during his 27-year jail term and has long had problems with his lungs. He has also had treatment for prostate cancer and has suffered stomach ailments.

Mandela’s latest health troubles have led to outpouring of prayers and good wishes from around the world, including from US President Barack Obama.

South African President Jacob Zuma’s office said Mandela’s family “appreciate the support they have been receiving from the public”.

But Mandela’s illness has also seen South Africans come to terms with the mortality of the father of the “rainbow nation”.

Instead of being concerned about his illness, “we should rather celebrate what he stood for, and what he continues to stand for, that he has been an icon of peace, an icon of service,” Catholic priest Father Sebastian Rossouw told worshippers in the Soweto township on Sunday.

At home and abroad, Mandela is idolised as the architect of South Africa’s peaceful transition from white-ruled police state to hope-filled democracy, a unifying symbol in a country still riven by racial tensions and deep inequality.

After leading his African National Congress to victory in the first multi-racial elections in 1994, Mandela served a single five-year term as president before taking up a new role as a roving elder statesman and leading campaigner against AIDS.

He retired from public life in 2004 and has not appeared in public since July 2010 when he was at the Soccer City stadium in Soweto for the World Cup final.

It is the second time that Mandela has been hospitalised in less than a month, after spending a night for check-ups on March 9.

Pleural effusion is the accumulation of water between the lining covering the lung and that of the chest wall, experts say.

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ZIMBABWE: ‘Dead’ Prostitute Comes Back to Life

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A prostitute in Zimbabwe 'died' during a hotel romp with a client – only to come back to life as her body was being put in a coffin. The vice girl reportedly collapsed during a sex session last week at the Manor Hotel in Bulaweyo. Convinced she was dead, her shocked client called the police – who sent paramedics to collect the body.

But as they were loading the 'corpse' into a metal coffin, the hooker suddenly woke up screaming.
Local news reports claim she leaped from the casket, yelling: "You want to kill me, you want to kill me". LMAO. Continue reading…

Terrified staff and guests at the hotel who had gathered to watch the scene unfold, fled in panic.
A source told Bulaweyo24 News: "It was like a movie. People were running away in different directions. It was a scary incident because we were all convinced that she had died because she was just cold. Miracles surely do happen."

The shaken hooker – known locally as MaNdlo – was escorted home by another prostitute.

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Pastor Arrested, Charged Over 492 Fake Marriages

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A vicar has been charged with presiding over 492 fake marriages in 16 months – equivalent to one a day.

Reverend Nathan Ntege was arrested in June last year following an investigation into sham marriages by the UK Border Agency. The 53-year-old is accused of conducting a string of fake marriages at the St Jude's with St Aidan Church in Thornton Heath, south London, between December 2009 and March 2011.

Ntege has been charged with 14 immigration offences, including one offence of conspiracy to facilitate unlawful immigration and 13 charges of assisting illegal entry in relation to 492 marriages held at his church. It is believed the border agency's Criminal and Financial Investigation Unit started investigating after a tip off about the vast number of marriages conducted at the church. Ntege, who is originally from Uganda but lives in Croydon, appeared at Croydon Magistrates' Court on Wednesday along with his 79-year-old verger, Brian Miller, of Selsdon, south London, who faces the same charges.

The pair spoke only to confirm their names and were bailed ahead of a hearing at Croydon Crown Court on Friday. Gilena Petkova, 50, has also been charged in relation to the alleged offences. She is accused of being a 'fixer' for fake weddings and was allegedly married in a sham service. Petkova has been charged with conspiracy and five charges of assisting illegal entry and is due to appear at Camberwell Green JPs on February 7. Claire Holder, a lawyer for the Crown Prosecution Service, said last week there was 'sufficient evidence and it is in the public interest' to prosecute the three.
Ntege was bailed on condition that he does not attend St Jude's, officiate at a religious building or service and or apply for travel documents. He was suspended by the Diocese of  Southwark when he was arrested last year, pending the outcome of the case. In 2010 Reverend Alex Brown was jailed for conducting 360 fake weddings in Hastings in a case the CPS described as the 'biggest sham marriage case it had seen'.

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Mandela treated for pneumonia, breathing ‘without difficulty’

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Former South African President Nelson Mandela remained in a hospital on Easter Sunday while receiving treatment for a recurrence of pneumonia, the government said.

South African presidential spokesman Mac Maharaj said there are no updates on 94-year-old Mandela since an official statement Saturday on his condition. That statement reported the anti-apartheid leader was breathing without difficulty after having a procedure to clear fluid in his lung area.

Many South African congregations celebrating Easter included Mandela in their prayers.

"The whole world must come together and pray for him," Zacheus Phakathi, a security guard, said at an outdoor service on a hill overlooking Johannesburg.

In Pretoria, the capital, Henry Hyar, a restaurant waiter, standing by a hospital where Mandela is believed to be, said it was unfortunate that Mandela could not be with his family at home during Easter.

"I'm not happy about it," Hyar said. "We're praying for him to get better as soon as possible."

Mandela was admitted to a Pretoria hospital near midnight Wednesday. It was his third trip to a hospital since December, when he was treated for a lung infection and also had a procedure to remove gallstones. Earlier in March, he spent a night in a hospital for what officials said was a scheduled medical test.

Mandela became South Africa's first black president in 1994 after elections were held, bringing an end to the system of white racist rule known as apartheid. After his release from prison in 1990, Mandela was widely credited with averting even greater bloodshed by helping the country in the transition to democratic rule.

The Nobel Peace Prize laureate has been particularly vulnerable to respiratory problems since contracting tuberculosis during his 27-year imprisonment for fighting white racist rule in his country.

The elderly are especially vulnerable to pneumonia, which can be fatal. Its symptoms include fever, chills, a cough, chest pain and shortness of breath. Many germs cause pneumonia.

The office of South African President Jacob Zuma has said doctors were acting with extreme caution because of the Mandela's advanced age.

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South Africa: 5 air force members Killed in Helicopter Crash

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Five South African air force members died in the weekend crash of a helicopter that was patrolling in an anti-rhino poaching operation, the South African military said Sunday.

The crash happened Saturday evening in South Africa's Kruger National Park and that the crew was among those killed, the military said.

The helicopter was on a scheduled patrol of the park and an investigation has begun to determine the cause of the crash, the military statement said. It identified the aircraft as an Agusta A109 light utility helicopter.

South Africa is struggling to stem rampant poaching of rhinos, whose horns are sold to buyers in Asia.

The number of rhinos poached in South Africa since the beginning of the year has increased to 188, including 135 in the Kruger park alone, South African authorities said last week.

Also last week, South African media quoted authorities as saying three rhino poachers from neighboring Mozambique were shot and killed by game rangers in the Kruger park.

Rhino horn is made of keratin, a tough protein found in human fingernails. There's a belief in Asia that ingesting ground-up rhino horn cures diseases. However, no medical evidence supports that.

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