Archive: Jun 2014

President Goodluck Jonathan writes to the Washinton post

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I have had to remain quiet about the continuing efforts by Nigeria’s military, police and investigators to find the girls kidnapped in April from the town of Chibok by the terrorist group Boko Haram. I am deeply concerned, however, that my silence as we work to accomplish the task at hand is being misused by partisan critics to suggest inaction or even weakness.

My silence has been necessary to avoid compromising the details of our investigation. But let me state this unequivocally: My government and our security and intelligence services have spared no resources, have not stopped and will not stop until the girls are returned home and the thugs who took them are brought to justice. On my orders, our forces have aggressively sought these killers in the forests of northern Borno state, where they are based. They are fully committed to defending the integrity of their country.

My heart aches for the missing children and their families. I am a parent myself, and I know how awfully this must hurt. Nothing is more important to me than finding and rescuing our girls.

Since 2010, thousands of people have been killed, injured, abducted or forced by Boko Haram, which seeks to overwhelm the country and impose its ideology on all Nigerians. My government is determined to make that impossible. We will not succumb to the will of terrorists.

The abduction of our children cannot be seen as an isolated event. Terrorism knows no borders. This month, Nigeria, Benin, Cameroon, Chad, Niger, Britain and the United States established an External Intelligence Response Unit to share security information on such threats in West Africa. I propose that we build on this step to establish an enduring, worldwide commitment to destroying terrorism and those who finance or give safe haven to the terrorists.

In September, I will urge the U.N. General Assembly to establish a U.N.-coordinated system for sharing intelligence and, if necessary, special forces and law enforcement to confront terrorism wherever it occurs.

In Nigeria, there are political, religious and ethnic cleavages to overcome if we are to defeat Boko Haram. We need greater understanding and outreach between Muslims and Christians. We also know that, as it seeks to recruit the gullible, Boko Haram exploits the economic disparities that remain a problem in our country. We are addressing these challenges through such steps as bringing stakeholders together and creating a safe schools initiative, a victims’ support fund and a presidential economic recovery program for northeastern Nigeria. We are also committed to ridding our country of corruption and safeguarding human and civil rights and the rule of law.

Something positive can come out of the situation in Nigeria: most important, the return of the Chibok girls, but also new international cooperation to deny havens to terrorists and destroy their organizations wherever they are — whether in the forests of Nigeria, on the streets of New York or sanctuaries in Iraq or Pakistan. Those who value humanity , civilization and the innocence of children can do no less.

Culled from the Washington Post

Nigerian singer offers her virginity to Boko Haram in exchange for kidnapped schoolgirls

 

  • Adokiye says she wishes she could be exchanged for the schoolgirls
  • That she would sleep with 10-12 men a night if she had to
  • The offer has been called both brave and a publicity stunt on Twitter

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Nigerian pop singer and peace ambassador has sent shock waves across social media by offering her virginity to Islamic militants in exchange for the return of hundreds of kidknapped schoolgirls.

Adokiye, 23, made the proposal to Boko Haram members to help free the 276 Nigerian girls which they snatched in April from the largely Christian north-eastern town of Chibok.

The singer and actress from the country’s Imo State told Nigerian newspaper Vanguard: ‘This is 11pm in the night and do you know what I am thinking about? Those little girls, where they are and what could be happening to them.

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Twitter user Singhatul2014 said the offer was ‘very touching’ and that Adokiye should be given a Nobel Peace Prize, while user Kunleadefioye asked: ‘And what can one make of this Adokiye offer –
genuine, gallery play, tacky postering or…’

Meanwhile, Islamists fighting for Boko Haram are leaving their forest hiding places after a number of senior militants died as a result of relentless attacks by snakes and bees, it has been claimed.

Two suspected Boko Haram gunmen arrested in Maiduguri in north eastern Nigeria claimed that members of the group have now fled the Sambisa Forest, close to the border with Cameroon, following ‘incessant snake bites’ and bee stings.

Nigeria’s army have been trying to flush the militants out the area for months, but it appears they are now leaving voluntarily in the belief the attacks are the spirits of their victims haunting them.

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Convicted Felon gains popularity via Social Media

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More details has emerged on the 30 year old felon whose mugshot won the hearts of thousands of women around the world after it was posted on Facebook. He is gorgeous but behind those ice-blue eyes is a much less attractive story of gangs, grand theft and forgery. UK Daily Mail reports below… 

Jeremy Meeks’ handsome photograph made social media swoon when the Stockton Police Department shared it on its Facebook page on Wednesday – sparking thousands of shares, ‘likes’, memes and very suggestive propositions.

But the married 30-year-old dad, who was arrested on five weapons charges and one gang charge when cops allegedly found a pistol in his trunk, has a much less desirable rap sheet, it has emerged.

For a decade, he has been in and out of courtrooms in California and Washington for crimes including resisting arrest, faking his identity and grand theft, for which he served two years.

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He also bears gang tattoos, including a teardrop beneath his eye – often to symbolize a gang killing – and the word ‘Crip’ on his forearm, suggesting his link to the notoriously dangerous Crips gang. In a statement released on Friday, Stockton police said he was part of the Northside Gangster Crips. He appeared briefly at an arraignment in Stockton on Friday wearing an orange prison jumpsuit and handcuffs and only spoke to confirm that he wanted a court appointed lawyer. His bail was set at $1m and he is due to appear again June 27th.

In their statement, cops explained that he was stopped after he was seen leaving a home where a search warrant was about to be executed and, after carrying out a search on his car, cops found a 9mm round of ammunition and a small amount of ‘what is believed to be’ marijuana in his passenger compartment. Inside the trunk, cops also allegedly found an unregistered and loaded Springfield Armory .45 caliber semi-automatic handgun along with two extended magazines for the firearm. Stockton police explained that the documented gang member has a felony conviction and a two year state prison sentence from a 2002 conviction for grand theft from a person in Solano County. But records show that was just the start of his trouble with the law. In April 2005, Meeks was charged with identity theft in the second degree and resisting arrest in Spokane County, Washington, although the second charge was later dismissed.

According to the investigating officer, Meeks was spotted picking up a package of pellets at the Sporting Goods Department of the General Store and leaving the store without paying. When he was pursued he threatened the store security officer saying he would ‘f*** you all up… mess you up’ as well as threatening to ‘kick your ass’ until he was sprayed with pepper spray and arrested. Meeks initially tried to pass himself off as his brother, Emery Meeks (pictured above with him), who already had an outstanding arrest warrant. It was only the following evening after he had been booked into Spokane County Jail that his true identity became known and he was charged with Forgery and Identity Theft. At the time there was also an outstanding warrant for his arrest in California. He plead guilty in October 2007 and was sentenced to 71 days and ordered to pay $800 in fines and fees. In 2007, he was charged with negligent driving and driving without a license, although this second charge was later dropped and he was fined just $252. Speaking to News10 from behind glass in Stockton this week, he told News 10 that he also served nine years for grand theft, although records were not immediately available. Records from April this year also reveal that he was arrested for resisting a peace officer or EMT in San Joaquin County – throwing doubt on his claims that he is now staying out of trouble.

Public Information Officer Joseph Silva called Meeks ‘one of the most violent criminals in the Stockton area’.
‘It’s been a long term investigation over many weeks and Mr Meek’s gang was identified as the most violent and active gang in the area,’ he told MailOnline. ‘Two of his charges are gang related.’
A tattoo running along Meeks’ right forearm shows the word ‘Crips’ – the name of a notorious U.S. gang known to be involved in murders and drug dealings, although there is no suggestion that Meeks has been involved in any such crime.
Silva declined to provide further details about the activity he had been involved with.
Despite this extensive rap sheet and his part in local gangs, Meeks and his family still insist that he is not involved in criminal activity.
Doshaney Lewis, 22, the girlfriend of Terry Joe Bailey, who was arrested at the same time as Meeks, said that the pair were no longer involved in the Crips.
‘I cannot deny they were members and they call each other brothers but they have given all that up,’ she told MailOnline. ‘This has all been ridiculous. People think this is funny but the families are hurting.’
Miss Lewis, who is unemployed and eight months pregnant with Terry’s child, said they carried the guns for protection like many Americans. They were on their way to the warehouse where they workwhen they were arrested, she said.

And speaking out from jail, Meeks insisted his gang days were behind him. ‘I appreciate [the attention] but I just want them to know that this is really not me,’ he told News 10 from behind glass. ‘I’m not some kingpin.’ He would not reveal the meaning of the teardrop tattoo beneath his left eye – which is sometimes a gang sign for carrying out a murder or relating to time spent locked up – but simply said he has done some things in the past he’d rather forget. The ink sometimes represents hardship in life, while other reports say the outline of a tear is worn when the person has lost someone close to them – and then filled in when they get revenge.

Meeks added that he learned of his new-found fame when he spoke with his wife. They have been married for four years and have one child, a three-year-old son, together.

Speaking to MailOnline, relatives also insisted that he left the gang life more than seven years ago, found God and settled down with his wife, child and a job.
His niece, who lives in Florida, said that her uncle is ‘amused that he is famous off his looks’.
‘He is a loving father, husband, brother, and uncle,’ she said. ‘He has a past and because of it he is being stereotyped. We wish all the judgement would stop… He just wants to get home to his family.’
She admitted that he had been involved with gangs when he lived in Washington but gave up the ‘gang life’ more than seven years ago.
‘He gave his heart to God, that is why he changed,’ she said.
Afterwards, he got married and had a child. Of his wife, the niece added: ‘She just wants everything to go back to normal.’

She said she was uncertain if the gun in the car was his – ‘but I assure you IF it was his he wasn’t using it for terrorism or anything remotely close’, she insisted.

His sister (pictured above with him) added to TMZ that he had the gun for protection.
His mother, Katherine Angier (pictured above with him), has also insisted that her son is innocent and has even set up a GoFundMe page to raise $25,000 to get him a fair trial.
Angier apparently has been in trouble with the law for offenses including drugs, aiding and abetting a criminal, trading property for welfare checks and battery, according to records.

‘He has a job and he was on his way to work, with no gang affiliations as per two of the charges,’ she wrote on the fundraising page.

‘He has old tattoos… which causes him to be stereotyped. He’s my son and he is so sweet. Please help him to get a fair trial or else he’ll be railroaded.’
So far her fundraising page has raised less than $500 – and her son seems to be getting more propositions than cash.
‘Hit me up when u get out daddy, I got a list of naughty things I wanna do to you,’ one donor wrote
The sordid suggestions also continue to appear on the Stockton police’s Facebook page, where the felon’s photo was liked more 20,000 times in less than 24 hours.
‘What is he guilty of?! First Degree Sexiness?!’ wrote fan Ashley Pruitt Carden, while Rhonda Cee, quipped: ‘He’ll probably be on next years prison calendar…Mr….EVERY MONTH!’
And many agreed Meeks had missed his calling.
‘He needs to be a model,’ wrote Bettina Jones. ‘I would buy whatever he’s selling!’
Meeks was charged with illegally possessing firearms and ammo, carrying a loaded firearm in public and criminal street gang activity.
Three other men, Terry Bailey, 22, Juzri Coleman,18, and Joelin Coleman, 44, were also arrested on felony weapons charges.
The repeat offender is being held on $900,000 bail, but perhaps not for long. There’s talk amongst the commenters of raising the funds to set him free.
And there’s been all sorts of memes using his mugshot

Swedish millionaire to referee U.S. World Cup opener against Ghana

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Being a referee is a tough job in any sport, but especially so in soccer, where the disrespectful players, combative fans, and overwhelming media attention make you wonder exactly what sort of person would willingly take up such a thankless position. A love for the sport is a preresquisite, but in the case of Swede Jonas Eriksson, the referee who will manage Monday’s match between Ghana and the U.S., you have to wonder how much he must love the sport given that he’s an independently wealthy millionaire.

It’s true that many referees manage games as a hobby, but it’s rare for for one to have such a notable private life. A former shareholder in a Swedish media company with offices in Stockholm, Hong Kong and Dubai, Eriksson sold his 15% share a number of years ago for about $10 million.

While many would retire with that sort of windfall, Eriksson instead

decided to change careers, commenting that, “I’ve had a fantastic life as a businessman… but since 2011, I’ve dedicated myself to being a professional referee and I’m having the time of my life.”

For the most part, Eriksson is a confident, respectful referee, save for a number of controversial decisions, including a run-in with Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini. After Eriksson sent offMartin Demichelis during a crucial Champions League match against Barcelona in 2014, Pellegrini commented that, “It was not a good idea to put a referee from Sweden in charge of such an important match.”

Eriksson’s bank account might be larger than that of some players, but that doesn’t make him any less committed to the game. In fact, withmatch-fixing and bribery probes grabbing headlines across the world, Eriksson might be the perfect referee.

As Eriksson said himself, “All the money hasn’t changed anything, the best thing I do in my life is still refereeing football.”

Female suicide bomber triggers self in Gombe

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Confirmed reports coming from Gombe state has it that a woman suicide bomber detonated a bomb this morning along Military Quarter Guard in Biu Road in Gombe State, killing herself. The bomb, which the woman was reportedly carrying in her purse, went off before she got to the Quarter Guard believed to be her target. Eye-witnesses believe that the bomb went off prematurely. There are reports that one soldier died in the explosion but there have so far been no official confirmation

17 year old Nigerian girl who commited suicide found close to Hudson river

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The body of 17 year old Nigerian-American high school student, Omotayo Adeoye , was found on Tuesday June 3rd, five days after committing suicide by jumping off the George Washington bridge into the Hudson River. 

Her body was found floating few meters away from where she had jumped off the bridge into the river on the afternoon of May 29th. The police department’s Harbor Unit and Riverside Drive fished her out of the water. She was declared dead by emergency medical service officials.
Reports say Omotayo decided to take her own life after she was caught cheating during a difficulty German Language examination by her teacher at the high school of Math, Science and Engineering in Manhattan. She was reportedly brought out and disgraced in front of her peers. Supposedly ashamed of her actions and the humiliating consequence, she immediately left school with the intention of killing herself and also left a suicide note behind which read “I just want to go away forever on the bottom of the river.”.

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According to school officials, Omotayo was a student who scored high grades in class