Thursday, June 16, 2011

Explosion Rocks Police Headquaters in Abuja, Nigeria

ABUJA – At least one person has been killed in an explosion outside police headquarters in Nigeria’s capital Thursday, an emergency agency said.

An Associated Press reporter at the scene said the blast occurred in the parking lot at police headquarters and more than 50 cars had been damaged and burnt by the explosion. The reporter saw emergency workers carry away a dismembered body hit by the blast.Yushau Shuaib, spokesman for Nigeria’s National Emergency Management Agency told AP at least one person has died, but had no further details.

The cause of the blast was not immediately clear. Thick black smoke could be seen from far away at the time of the blast, and fire services have since put out the fire. Army, police and emergency workers were also at the blast site.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Malawi to debate public farting ban

BLANTYRE - Malawian lawmakers will next week debate a law change to criminalise public farting, which a cabinet minister said had been encouraged by democracy.
"The government has a right to ensure public decency. We are entitled to introduce order in the country," justice and constitutional affairs minister George Chaponda told independent radio station Capital Radio.

"Would you like to see people farting in public anywhere?"
Since the country embraced multi-party politics 16 years ago people had felt free to fart anywhere, said Chaponda.

"It was not there during the time of dictatorship because people were afraid of the consequences. Now because of multipartism or freedom, people would like to fart anywhere, he said.

Chaponda, a key figure in President Bingu wa Mutharika's government, said that if Malawians cannot control their farting "they should go to the toilet instead of farting in public.

"Nature can be controlled... it becomes a nuisance if people fart anywhere."

A lawyer himself, Chaponda said that under the amended law farting will be considered a minor offence.

Chaponda's Democratic Progressive Party will bank on its majority to pass the amendment to a law which was first introduced in 1929.

The amendment, which will make farting in public an offence, is not yet public and it will be presented to parliament for debate as part of a review by the state-sponsored Law Commission of the country's penal code.

Nobody in Malawi has been arrested nor convicted for farting under the old law, as police did not enforce it.

The old law states: "Any person who voluntarily vitiates the atmosphere in any place so as to make it noxious to the health of persons in general dwelling or carrying on business in the neighbourhood or passing along a public way, shall be guilty of a misdemeanour."
The southern African state is a conservative society with punishable previous bans on long hair for men and trouser-wearing for women.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Robbers Blow Up Bank Vault With Dynamite; Hotelier, Soldier Killed

They also broke the bank’s automated teller machine, ATM, and carted away an unspecified sum of money. Residents of the area, who witnessed the robbery attack, said it was as if there was war as the robbers were shooting throughout the period the robbery operation lasted. The police were said to be helpless because of the sophisticated weapons the robbers used.

An eyewitness claimed that the robbers came in through the Ayetero-Ijele, Ogun State boundary and escaped through the same route after their successful operation. The Area Commander of Area “G” Police Command, Mr. Mobolaji Odesanya, an Assistant Superintendent of Police, ASP, visited the scene of the crime this morning.

He promised that the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Marvel Akpoyibo will also visit the scene very soon.

Mr. Odesanya also added that investigation into the incident has commenced. In another incident, an army sergeant and a hotelier identified as Mr. Ogu, were yesterday night killed by armed robbers near a fast food restaurant along Morocco-Bajulaiye Road, in Somolu, Lagos State.

Mr. Ogu was said to be in his car with two other occupants when he ran into the robbers and was shot. An eyewitness told P.M.NEWS that the sergeant, who was a guard nearby, was attracted to the scene by gunshots but he was also shot by the robbers before he could do anything. A source at the scene said the robbers, who were about 10, were attacking a popular beer parlour in the area when the car rammed into them.

As at the time of filing this report, Ogu’s car with registration number AT 988 AGL, with blood stains all over and perforated by bullets, had been removed from the scene to Alade Division of the Nigeria Police, Somolu. The Divisional Police Officer, DPO, of the station declined comment.

He referred P.M.NEWS to the state police command, Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Frank Mba for further enquiry.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Boko Haram Kills Deeper Life Pastor

As a result of the wanton killings of Christians in the north, the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN has told Christians to use whatever means to defend themselves when attacked by the fanatics. It was mourning in the Deeper Life Bible Church in Maiduguri when the news of the death of Pastor Michael Medugu, a District Pastor, was made known to church members.

The pastor had just attended the Tuesday leadership meeting of the Deeper Christian Life Ministry when he was hacked down by a gang of extremists along with three others. P.M.NEWS gathered that the pastor had left the meeting to go to his pharmaceutical shop where he was dispensing drugs to a customer at about 7.05 p.m. on Tuesday when the enemies struck.

He left behind his wife and seven children to mourn him. His senior pastor, Ama Awokoya wept when he was told that Medugu had been killed, shortly after he asked Deeper Life faithful to pray against attack on Christians in the Muslim dominated region. Others killed with him were identified as Obinna, Mr. James and Baba Joy.

They were Medugu’s neighbours. The attackers were said to have escaped after carrying out the dastardly act. CAN President, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, who was sadened by the news called on Christians to brace up to defend themselves and family when attacked by the Muslim extremists, saying that the killings were no longer tolerable.

“It really does not make any sense for a peace-loving Christian to watch his family members being slaughtered without doing anything to defend them. “People are calling me from that part of the country daily. These people are disenchanted by the daily killings which had instilled fear in the minds of Christians in that region to the extent that some are now migrating from the region, because they believe that the government has not demonstrated enough commitment to defend the citizens,” he said.

“It is sad that some people have persistently laid siege to the region in a deliberate attempt to exterminate every Christian in the area. For how long shall we continue like this? It is no longer acceptable in this civilized age, for human beings to kill fellow citizens in the name of fighting for God,” he added. Oritsejafor further said that the incessant killings might be a ploy by the enemies of President Goodluck Jonathan to discredit his administration and give the impression that the president was not effective.

Another Christian leader who reacted to the killing is Evangelist Uma Ukpai, President, Uma Ukpai Evangelistic Organisation, saying that “there will be no end to the religious crisis in the North unless the Christians in the area take it upon themselves to defend their lives and property.

“Do you know that whenever the perpetrators of the crisis are arrested they are released before hand without any form of trial? This thing has continued over the years and not one person has been prosecuted successfully.”

Friday, January 7, 2011

Worshippers Pay N1,000 To Enter Oyakhilome’s Church

Christ Embassy Church in Lagos, South-West Nigeria, is being turned into show business as members were made to part with N1, 000 each as gate fee before they could enter their church to attend the New Year’s Eve service, P.M.NEWS can reveal.

P.M.NEWS confirmed that only members who could afford the N1, 000 gate fee were allowed into the premises of Christ Embassy Headquarters at Oregun, Lagos, where self-styled cleric and business man, Pastor Chris Oyakhilome, preached on 31 December 2010.

The N1,000 ticket at Oyakhilome's Christ Embassy church

Indigent members who could not afford the N1, 000 tickets, were denied access and sent back by security men at the gate, it was learnt.

The church, a source said, realised about N25 million from about 25, 000 members who bought the tickets.

It was gathered that the church informed its members that it decided to impose a gate fee to control the huge crowd that always besiege the church on the New Year’s Eve church service.

“Pastor said that to control the crowd and only allow genuine members who could do anything to be in church, it was good to pay a gate fee. Last year for instance, even senior pastors in the church could not secure a seat in the church on New Year’s Eve service,” our source said.

The ticket, bought by our correspondent, was still on sale today, five days after the New Year’s church service took place.

A copy of the ticket has the following information printed on it: “one service…different locations worldwide impact! Time: 7 pm, Venue: Loveworld Convocation Arena, N1,000, December 31st New Year’s Eve Service With Pastor Chris.”

There is also a bold picture of Oyakhilome wearing one of his flashy suits. On the background there is a huge crowd in adulation of the man who once boasted that he will never be broke in life.

At the back of the ticket is a bold inscription : “ This ticket admists one person.”

The development, described as scandalous by those who got a glimpse of it, is unprecedented in the history of Christianity in Nigeria.

In the medieval period, similar scandals led to the break-away of Martin Luther from the Catholic church. This led to the formation of the Protestant movement.

At that time, Catholic priests were collecting money, known as indulgences, from worshippers before they could confess their sins.

These indulgences had become big business in much the same way pledge drives have become big business in Nigeria.

The development outraged Luther and others who kicked against it, quit the church and founded the protestant movement.

The latest scandal in Oyakhilome’s church comes only weeks after he appeared before the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, to answer questions on money laundering allegations.

According to TheNews magazine edition of 13 December 2010, the alleged laundering of $35 million by Christ Embassy was traced by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission with the help of foreign partners.

The magazine reported that Oyakhilome and money have had a bitter-sweet relationship. While money has brought him a lush lifestyle: an eye-popping auto collection, a movie-star wardrobe of stylish suits and choice properties that include a stunning church auditorium, it has also brought him an arm-long list of scandals.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Bombing Rocks Nigeria's Capital Once Again!!!

Couple of hours ago, a bomb went off in Abuja, being the capital city of Nigeria. Killing about 100 people and many others injured in the disaster. According to witnesses, it happened in fish market where the bomb was placed. We are not really sure who is behind all this disaster occurring to Abuja, but it’s said that the people behind this bombing could be the jos people. All these bombs explosions seem to be occurring just in the presidential election period. WHY?

For the sake of Nigeria and the people living in it, please let’s stop killing ourselves and unite for the children to grow and build our nation Nigeria. The more bombings that occur, the worse it gets in our society. It gets no better! I feel sorry for the market people.