24 Jan 2017

Update! Kidnapped students, staff of Turkish School regain freedom after 11 days in captivity

The kidnapped staff and students of the Nigerian Turkish International School, Ogun State, have regained their freedom, Channels Telvision reports.

They were released on Tuesday evening, January 24th. One of the parents told Channels Television that ransom worth millions was paid through a negotiator and the gunmen gave the assurance that the victims would be released.


The eight students and staff were abducted from the school premises by unknown gunmen. According to staff of the school, the gunmen gained entrance through the back fence of the school, escaping through the swamp.

Men of the Nigeria Police and the anti-kidnapping team of the Ogun State Police Command, have since been on the trail of the abductors.

Sahara Reporters' Man Arrested and Stripped By Police After His Graduation

According to SR Publisher, Omoyele Sowore:
"A Citizen reporter with Sahara Reporters, Segun Olawoye has been arrested by the Police shortly after his graduation. According to Sahara Reporters owner, Omoyele Sowore, his cameraman and UNILAG student activist, Olorunfemi Adeyeye were also detained. They were reportedly stripped, beaten and detained on the orders of the Police Commissioner of Lagos state, Fatai Owoseni."



Buhari's female aide, Lauretta Onochie accused of trafficking girls for prostitution

These "revelations" are from human rights lawyer Emeka Ugwuonye:

'A MAJOR BREAK IN THE TRACKING OF THE DUBAI MADAMS AND THEIR AGENTS
- A KEY MADAM REVEALED AS A SOCIALITE WITH APPARENT CONNECTIONS TO NIGERIAN POLITICIANS.

I wish I always had good news to report, but our world has as much evil in it that it is impossible to keep to that wish. Today, I am ready to make public some snippets of the outcome of a long standing investigation we have been pursuing on the Dubai Madams, their agents and s*x-trafficking /s*x slavery in Dubai, Greece and Italy with connections to Nigeria.

The report of my investigation was not to be released until the end of January. But events have forced me to act sooner by disclosing the identity of, by far, one of the major master-minds and super agents in the human trafficking rings with Nigeria and abroad.

This woman goes by different names to various people...
To the 15 girls in UAE, Italy and Greece that we have linked to her, she is known as “Aunty Lolly”. To some people that have worked with her in Dubai, she is simply “Lolly”. To those who have worked for her, she is “Madam” or “Aunty”. To the ordinary people who meet her on social network, she is Lauretta Onochie. These various names belong to the woman whose pictures are shown here. She maintains a Facebook page in which she projects herself as a sympathizer of the Nigerian ruling party.

On the surface, judging by our apparent silence in the past three months, one might think that we had given up on our fight against the Dubai Madams and their agents in Nigeria. But far from it. You must know that I have been representing the two girls, whose n*de video clips outraged the world. When you undertake such tasks, you cannot give up easily. I had thus continued deep underground investigation of the Madams while preparing a major legal challenge to their operations. I needed to do that because I owed professional obligation to those girls and I have a task in this group to fight human trafficking.

It has not been easy to fight the war against human trafficking. The first obstacle we have had is that the victims are too ashamed, too scared and two poor to come out to tell their stories. I managed to have inbox exchanges that run into volumes and thousands of pages with these victims. Gradually, they began to trust and to find the confidence to tell their stories. Even at that, they remain vulnerable to law enforcement agencies both in the countries where they are and back here in Nigeria if they were to attempt to come back. They are fugitives, made so by others. They are outcasts, hunted by law enforcement, exploited by the wicked traffickers and their agents, and despised by all else.

The second challenge we have is that those who engage in human trafficking – the Madams and their Agents in Nigeria – are very powerful people. They belong to powerful networks of criminal gangs, politicians, financiers and racketeers. They are savvy. They have incredible ability to intimidate and awe anyone who dares them. Because of their access to powerful people, they have posed a major threat to me personally and to any group that tries to fight them. This has been so abundantly revealed through my investigations both here in Nigeria and foreign countries like the UAE, Italy and Greece.

Ms. Lauretta Onochie is clever as much as she could be cruel and mean-spirited her victims. As part of her cleverness, she has associated herself with the Abuja politicians. She likes photo-up opportunities with the most powerful politicians, including Presidents and Vice Presidents. Even though these politicians may not know about the details of her connections with the international human trafficking rings, this woman uses her pictures with the powerful people as a key instrument of shining her credibility and intimidating the victims of human trafficking and their families. Seeing a picture of her and the President is enough to silence the parents of a victim of human trafficking. That is enough to silence any official likely to ask questions. That is enough to get any curious immigration official who intercepts her girls to let them go unstopped. That is enough to cause you and I to believe that she cannot kill an ant. Yet, she is a vicious trafficker of poor girls into international prostitution.

My attention was first drawn to Lolly in August of last year. But she was just a mirage them. She was simply defined vaguely as the big Madam. Instead of getting to her, my investigation led me to one Ms. Blessing (which is certainly not her real name – just the name they give the girls). Blessing works for Aunty Lolly; that was the information I had. I pursued Ms. Blessing and the information I shared with the authorities led to the arrest of Blessing with 3 girls at the airport in October. (I reported this arrest before, but then I had not known who Lolly was). But my curiosity was triggered further when Blessing and the three girls were released in less than 24 hours. And Blessing vanished into the thin air. I knew there was a bigger fish behind the scenes. I returned to my contacts in Dubai. Again the investigation kept coming to one Lolly.

We came to the conclusion that whoever Lolly was, she must be a big player in the business. This is the business of recruiting young girls, promising them good life in Dubai and elsewhere, swearing their parents to shrines, selling them off for $5000 to $15000, making nude videos of them and using thugs to intimidate their parents back here in Nigeria, and making sure that immigration officials are bribed at the airport to let the girls through despite being underage. Two girls we have been tracking in Italy apparently came through a Lolly by another sub-agent, not Blessing. This suggests that the Lolly is big in the business. We would not have suspected that Lauretta Onochie could be the Lolly for many reasons. Lauretta Onochie based on her Facebook presence looked like a decent lady. Her support for President Buhari seems so honorable and something we would not expect from someone in the business of human trafficking. 

But something yielded in three days ago, which resolved the puzzle within 3 days.
As you well know from at least one previous incident, the Dubai Madams had attempted to mount a major reputational or credibility attack on my person. Their goal was simply to wage a scandal campaign against me and to project me as a bad person. This was their way of discouraging their girls from dealing with me and to scatter my social media support base, as well as to get certain officials working with me to develop cold feet. They made various efforts and have spreading various fabricated stories against me. In other words, they have always planned series of information attack against me. I have to recognize that they are brilliant and quite organized in this.

In a last bid in this effort, Lauretta Onochie brilliantly recruited a number of person who have grudges against me, especially some people that were removed from our Facebook group. She recruited a man I removed from the group after so many complaints from married women that he s*xually harassed them. She recruited a man in New York, whom I almost sent to jail for beating his wife and nearing killing her. She recruited Anne Nkwocha, a former DPA admin that I removed for gross misconduct. They have these people and more lined up in the information attacks against me. (I have sms from Anne Nkwocha to confirm their plot). I don’t think that these recruits are involved in human trafficking. They are just people angry with me, and Lauretta identified them.

The attack on me was launched on Sunday morning on the Facebook walls of Lauretta Onoshie. My mind went to the most important project I have at hand, which has been so sensitive I have had to pursue it discretely. That was my work on the Dubai cases. By Tuesday morning, I had to confront the girls. I started with one girl who has been reluctant to tell me much. I assure her of protection if she would talk. She was prepared to talk. But I suggested that she should simply send me the Facebook profile picture of Aunty Lolly. Low and behold: there she was – Lauretta Onochie, as in the Facebook page.

I couldn’t believe my eyes as I looked at the picture of Lauretta Onochie. I had to control my excitement. I needed further verification. I sent her pictures to many of the girls we are in contact with, asking for them to confirm if they knew the person on the pictures. Two girls in Greece, one girl in Italy and four in UAE have responded to my querry. They all said that was Aunty Lolly. Note that the girls in UAE did not know about the girls in Greece or Italy – the girls did not know about the other girls in the other countries. But wait. You haven’t heard the last.

After my court activities in Abuja on Thursday, I was so tired, not having slept since Monday. I got to my hotel and fell into a very deep sleep from 6pm to 11pm. I woke up and logged on to Facebook. I had a message from someone I had never known before. The message was simple: “Sir, the lady attacking you on her Facebook is a Madam. Be careful.” I responded: “Which lady is attacking me?”. The person just got back to me and confirmed it was Lauretta Onochie'.

Source: Due Process Advocates (DPA)

Glamorous Young Woman, 29 Branded A Gold Digger After Marrying Elderly Tycoon 92

Eyebrows across the world have been raised after a 29-year-old woman married a wealthy 92-year-old.

Young bride Charity Mumba has rushed to pour water over suspicions, insisting her new hubby Peter Grooves is the love of her life.

Despite her efforts, Charity has come under fire online after a photogaph from the pair's weddingin South Africa went viral.

The new Mrs Grooves, originally from Zambia, moved to South Africa in search of a new life — which she found with her husband Peter.

The controversial wedding comes following a reported trend of young Zambian women moving to South Africa in search of wealthy, elderly partners.

Commenting on the wedding snap online, netizen 'Mtokolo Limpo' said: "Zambian women are a disgrace, you come all the way to dine with an old man, what special attention are you going to give him apart from sucking up his money."

'Longlu Vlami' shared their opinion on the matter: "It is sad that women nowadays don’t know how to work hard but just find a life with a finished old man, very soon he is dying and she will inherit his riches."

And 'Mercy Nhlovu' added: "That girl must be taken back to Zambia. Rubbish!"
'Tulani Zulu' commented: "Nice couple, I see nothing wrong if they love each other."

Omg! Photo of Newborn baby stuffed in plastic bag and abandoned in field in Kebbi State

A newborn was found stuffed in a plastic bag and abandoned in a field in Argungu, Kebbi State. Hausa Facebook page, Rariya posted the photos. More photos below...


EFCC docks ex-NBC boss, Emeka Mba, others for N2.8b fraud

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC on Tuesday, January 24, 2016 arraigned a former Director-General of the National Broadcasting Commission, NBC, Emeka Mba alongside three others before Justice Gabriel Kolawole of the Federal High Court sitting in Maitama, Abuja on a 15-count charge of money laundering and procurement fraud to the tune of N2.8billion.


Mba was arraigned alongside a former director of finance, NBC, Patrick Areh; Basil Udotai (trading in the name and style of Technology Adviser) and Babatunji Amure (trading in name and style of Divine Partners).
They were alleged to have at various times connived and transferred a sum of N2,899,723,500 from the account of NBC through various proxies for their personal gains.

Mba was also alleged to have used his office as NBC DG to award contracts without following due procurement process.
Shortly before the defendants took their plea, counsel to the fourth defendant, E. C Ami asked the court for a short adjournment to enable him respond to the counter affidavit filed to the by the prosecution.


“My Lord we filed a bail application since 25th of December and we were just served with a weighty response, therefore we urge the court to give us a short adjournment to enable us reply”, Ami urged.

Responding, counsel to EFCC, Ben S. Ikani said that the defence should rather be concerned with the court granting the defendants bail on such conditions that will enable them attend trial.

Justice Kolawole after listening to both counsel, said that there is no need to speculate on the court proceedings since the judicial process requires the defendants to take their plea before there can be hearing on bail application. He therefore ordered that the charges be read to the defendants for them to enter their plea. One of the counts reads:

“That you, Emeka Mba (while being the Director-General of the National Broadcasting Commission), Patrick Areh (while being the Director, Finance and Account of the National Broadcasting Commission), Basil Udotai (trading in the name and style of Technology Advisors) and Babatunji Amure (trading in the name and style of Divine Partners) on or about the 15th day of August, 2015 in Abuja within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court conspired amongst yourselves to commit an illegal act to wit: laundering the sum of N2,899,723,500.00 (two billion, eight hundred and ninety nine million, seven hundred and twenty three thousand, five hundred Naira) and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 18(a) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2011 (as amended) and punishable under Section 15 (3) of the same Act”.

The defendants pleaded not guilty when the charges were read to them.
In view of their pleas, Ikani expressed readiness to commence trial immediately.

Mba’s counsel, S. I. Ahmed, moved a motion for bail of his client, but could not go far when the judge suggested that rather than wasting the time of the court on arguments, counsel to all parties should take an hour break to go agree on terms of the bail.

At the resumed sitting after the break, the parties agreed that the defendants should continue with the administrative bail earlier granted them by the EFCC.

However, Ikani noted that the conditions of the administrative bail had no monetary consequences attached to it, and said the sureties might not have anything to lose in the event of the defendants jumping bail. He urged the court to add a sum to protect the interest of the prosecution in the event the accused jump bail.

Justice Kolawole, thereafter ruled that the defendants should continue on the earlier bail terms adding a sum of N50million against each defendant. The defendants are to produce one surety each, who must have landed property anywhere in Nigeria. Their international passports which they earlier submitted to the EFCC should be transferred to the court. He ordered that the condition given must be met within 14 daysfailure of which the defendants would be remanded in prison custody.

The matter has been adjourned to February 28, 2016 for commencement of trial.

Female Lawmaker In FAKE Customs Recruitment Scam... may be arrested

Angela Nwaka, who represents Aniocha South constituency in Delta State House of Assembly, is said to have landed herself in a serious criminal offence over her alleged involvement in a fake Nigeria Customs Service recruitment exercise.

The female lawmaker, through her media aide, Patrick Ogbogu had issued a statement on a purported Nigeria Customs Service recruitment exercise and posted same online, calling on youths of Aniocha South constituency to apply for the job.

The release on facebook entitled "Job Opportunity For Aniocha South Youths," read:

"Unemployed graduates of Aniocha South origin are kindly advised to avail themselves of this job opportunity as advertised by the Nigeria Customs Service and better your lives. Interested persons should apply using the website please.Signed Hon. Angela Nwaka, MP, DTHA."

The press statement which was accompanied with a purported Nigeria Customs Service recruitment advertisement and the picture of the lawmaker, warned that the exercise was strictly for only indigenes of Aniocha south constituency. A social media aide to governor Ifeanyi Okowa, Lilly Udeze Okolugbo and other supporters were among those said to have been recruited by the lawmaker to convince her unemployed constituents to apply.

On reading through the statement which emanated from the lawmaker's office  accompanied with the purported Customs recruitment advertisement, Sahara Reporters contacted the Nigeria Customs Service headquarters in Asaba, but an official who pleaded that her name should not be mentioned as she was not permitted to speak on behalf of the service, described the purported Customs recruitment advertisement as nothing but a fraud.

"Its a scam, its a fraud," the Customs official said.

Also contacted on the issue, an official in the zonal office of the Nigeria Customs Service in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, told SR that the service is not recruiting. He also characterized what is going on now on social media as a scam, warning Nigerians not to fall victims.

Nonetheless, an investigation by SR revealed that hundreds of Aniocha South youths have fallen victim of the scam. One source said that many of the unemployed youths of the local government have been duped of their hard-earned money following the call by the lawmaker.

An unemployed graduate from the constituency who simply gave his name as Okolo, said his attention was drawn to the statement signed by his representative and he followed all the guidelines in the Customs advertisement but before he could learn that the whole thing was a scam some aides of the lawmaker had collected the some of N10,000 from him.

"I am not only the victim, there are so many other unemployed youths from Aniocha South constituency who also fell victims and [were] scammed,” Okolo said. “So many of us were scammed."

It was however learned that following a series of petitions against Ms. Nwaka, security agents may soon step into the matter and arrest her.

Contacted, Ms. Nwaka who was mute for several seconds, claimed that she is now alerting people that the recruitment was a scam, but when asked about the signed statement pasted by her media assistant, she dropped the call.

As of the time of filing this report, the lawmaker's media aide had deleted his bosses' statement and the Customs recruitment advertisement from his Facebook timeline.

Police Arrest 2 Brothers For "Refusing To Give N200k Bribe"

According to Kola Edokpayi, who shared the news, Policemen in Edo State arrested and detained two Edo men who are based in Kano but came back home for their grandmother's burial.

They were arrested at Stella Obasanjo Hospital while waiting for the corpse of their grand mother.

According to Barrister Benjamin Iluobe, the police arrested them for being in possession of weed, when they could not find wrap of igbo with them, they accused them of membership of secret cult. 
The police demanded N200,000 from them for their freedom. However, they refused to comply with the police on the ground that they are innocent. Barrister Iluobe Benjamin questioned the rationale behind the bribe even though the Commissioner of Police wasted money to organize a seminar "Change begins with me". 
He exchanged text messages with the CP who claimed to know it all in our state. 
The CP, Harilu Gwandu, defended the "illegal" action of his men and angrily ordered that the young men should be charged to court to teach Barrister Iluobe a lesson. 
Presently, the brothers are in custody because they refused to part with N200,000.

Teenager Steals Money From His Parents and Uses It to Hire Two Prostitutes for Threesome S ex ...photo

A 15-year-old boy has left his family members in shock after he stole his parents’ money and used it to hire prostitutes.
The 15-year-old boy has found himself in serious trouble after he reportedly stole money from his parents and went to stay with a suspected hooker he met in Harare’s Avenues for threesome s*x, a court heard.
According to court documents, one of the prostitutes identified as Rumbidzai Gwangwawa while speaking during the trial, told the court that the teenager wanted to take her and another hooker for a threesome before he decided to accompany her to her place of residence.
“When I first came across him, there was another woman who was hugely built.
“He also wanted her and he told us that he was prepared to pay so that he could have s*x with us at once.
“We later agreed and he paid US$10 before we went to have s*x.
“He never lasted for long.
“The complainant then told me that he was prepared to add another US$4 so that we could spend the night together.
“I then asked him if he was prepared to go with me to my place and he agreed.
“He then hired a taxi and we went to Tiperary’s Night Club where he was taking some alcohol.
“The complainant also hired another cab and we went to my place in Msasa Park,” she said.
Rumbidzai told magistrate Tildah Mazhande that she had s*x with the teenage boy the whole night. According to H-metro, she also told the court that the teenager had a fight with her ex-husband after they clashed at her place of residence on another day.
“On December 12 my ex-husband came to my place with intention to see our child.
“The complainant also arrived some 30 minutes later and he clashed with my ex-husband.
“They had a fight which saw the complainant rushing to Hatfield police station.
“At the police station he said he was 19 years old when the statement was being recorded.
“He also said that he was studying at a university in Australia,” he said.
The prostitute is facing serious charges. It is said that the boy was found after some days of staying with the suspected hooker by the parents.

I made up my mind to stay married -Mercy Aigbe

Nollywood actress and producer,Mercy Aigbe has revealed the secret of her successful marriage .The actress who is married to hotelier,Lanre Gentry,told Encomium.ng,she made up her mind to stay married.She said
It has been cool and it’s been God all the way. Before I got into it, I had actually made up my mind that come what may, I was going to stay married. Although, I won’t say there weren’t some challenges along the way, I am just being focused. And I have been praying about it and God has just been helping me. So, it’s been God all the way.

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