ISIS Claims Responsibility For Cairo Cathedral Bombing

So-called Islamic State say it was behind a bomb attack on a church in Cairo on Sunday in which at least 25 people were killed.

One of its fighters carried out the suicide attack on the Coptic Christian cathedral, the group said in a statement.

Egyptian President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi had earlier named the attacker as Shafik Mahmoud Mohamed Mostafa, 22.

Mr Sisi said the attack caused “pain to all Egyptians”.

IS named the attacker as Abu Abdallah al-Masri.

President Sisi used his address at a service for victims on Monday to urge the government to amend the country’s terrorism laws, which he said were “restricting the judicial system” in its battle to prevent such attacks.

He also declared three days of national mourning for the victims of the blast.

The Christian minority in Egypt has frequently been targeted by Islamist militants.

Egypt has seen a wave of attacks by militants since 2013, when the military overthrew President Mohammed Morsi, an elected leader who backed the Muslim Brotherhood, and launched a crackdown against Islamists.

Some of Mr Morsi’s supporters blamed Christians for supporting the overthrow.

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Shell Seeks To Block Nigeria Pollution Claims In London Court

Dutch oil giant Shell on Tuesday urged a High Court judge in Britain to block pollution claims brought against it by more than 40,000 Nigerians, demanding the case be heard in Nigeria instead.

Lawyers for the claimants are demanding action from Shell to clean up oil spills that have devastated their Niger Delta communities for decades.

But Royal Dutch Shell lawyer Peter Goldsmith told High Court of England and Wales judge Peter Fraser that the cases concerned “fundamentally Nigerian issues”, and shouldn’t be heard in London.
“The claims raise issues of Nigerian common law, customary law and legislation,” he said during the first day of the three-day hearing. “The events are said to have occurred in Nigeria and the alleged physical damage is all said to be found in Nigeria.”

Shell pointed out that the case involves its Nigerian subsidiary SPDC, which runs a joint venture with the government. Goldsmith said the case was aimed at “procuring an ‘anchor defendant’” to establish the High Court’s jurisdiction over SPDC, opening the door for further claims.

Daniel Leader from legal firm Leigh Day, which is representing the claimants, said oil spills from Shell’s pipelines had “blighted the lives of the thousands of Nigerians who live in Ogale and Bille” communities.

“It is clear to the claimants that Royal Dutch Shell is ultimately responsible for failing to ensure that its Nigerian subsidiary operates without causing environmental devastation,” he said in a statement.

“At the moment these communities have no choice — they have to take them to court to get them to act.”

King Emere Godwin Bebe Okpabi of the Ogale community told AFP his community had no option but to seek a ruling in London.

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Teen Claims She’s 9 Months Pregnant With Jesus, See What An Ultrasound Revealed

Haley, 19, claims she’s nine days away from giving birth to a baby boy. She says her unborn son is Jesus and claims she often feels him kicking and moving in her stomach.

However, Haley’s mother, Kristi, says her daughter is a “compulsive liar.” She says she has given her multiple pregnancy tests and taken her to different doctors, and all have concluded that Haley is not pregnant.

Adamant that she is carrying a child, Haley asks the Dr. Phil show to give her an ultrasound so she can prove to everyone that she is having a baby.

In the video above, Dr. Travis Stork, ER physician and host of the Emmy Award-winning show The Doctors, reviews Haley’s ultrasound. “The most notable thing on this ultrasound isn’t what we see, it’s what we don’t see,” he says.

Watch the video above to see what the ultrasound reveals.

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Study Claims Scottish Independence Will Be More Damaging Than Brexit

Scotland’s possible independence from the UK is more likely to harm the country’s finance sector than the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union (EU), according to a new research.

According to the study released by the Strathclyde University on Monday, Scotland’s banks and financial institutions are expected to survive the Brexit shock with no major implications.

However, the outlook of an independence from the UK looks grimier than even a “sharp” Brexit, the research warns.

Under the “hard Brexit” formula, the UK may lose its preferential access to the EU’s single market and suffer from soured relations with other EU members.

“The uncertainties for the sector following independence look even greater than those following a sharp Brexit,” read the report, which was conducted by former Royal Bank of Scotland economist Jeremy Peat and Owen Kelly, head of Scottish Financial Enterprise.

“There are risks associated with Brexit but, historically, they are not the largest that the industry has faced,” the report continued.

“While it is not easy to see new opportunities arising from Brexit, equally the threats are not, given the diversity of the sector existential.”

Around 90,000 people are directly employed by the Scotland’s financial services, while another 90,000 jobs are indirectly dependent on the industry. Overall, the sector contributes £8 billion to the economy.

Scottish and British officials have been at odds over Brexit, ever since an EU referendum in June.

Although nearly 52 percent of Britons opted to leave the bloc during the vote, some 62 percent of the Scottish people voted against the decision.

British Prime Minister Theresa May has made it clear that she will complete the Brexit process by 2019 and that Scotland has no veto over it. She has also turned down Glasgow’s calls for an ‘equal’ role in the Brexit negotiations.

The spat has revitalized Scottish hopes for secession, two years after the first independence referendum on September 18, 2014, where 55 percent of the voters opposed the idea.

According to Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon says Scotland and the other two devolved administrations—Wales and Northern Ireland—were in favor of the UK remaining in the single market.

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Report Claims Nigerian Security Officials Are Sexually Exploiting Women, Girls Displaced By Boko Haram

Government officials and other authorities in Nigeria have raped and sexually exploited women and girls displaced by the conflict with Boko Haram, Human Rights Watch said Monday.

The rights group said in a statement that the government was not doing enough to protect displaced women and girls and ensure that they have access to basic rights and services or to sanction the abusers, who include camp leaders, vigilante groups, policemen, and soldiers.

Human Rights Watch said in July, it documented sexual abuse, including rape and exploitation, of 43 women and girls living in seven internally displaced persons (IDP) camps in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.

The victims had been displaced from several Borno towns and villages, including Abadam, Bama, Baga, Damasak, Dikwa, Gamboru Ngala, Gwoza, Kukawa, and Walassa. In some cases, the victims had arrived in the under-served Maiduguri camps, where their movement is severely restricted after spending months in military screening camps.

“It is bad enough that these women and girls are not getting much-needed support for the horrific trauma they suffered at the hands of Boko Haram,” said Mausi Segun, senior Nigeria researcher at Human Rights Watch. “It is disgraceful and outrageous that people who should protect these women and girls are attacking and abusing them.”

Four of the victims told Human Rights Watch that they were drugged and raped, while 37 were coerced into sex through false marriage promises and material and financial assistance.

Many of those coerced into sex said they were abandoned after they became pregnant. They and their children have suffered discrimination, abuse, and stigmatization from other camp residents. Eight of the victims said they were previously abducted by Boko Haram fighters and forced into marriage before they escaped to Maiduguri, the group said.

Women and girls abused by members of the security forces and vigilante groups – civilian self-defense groups working with government forces in their fight against Boko Haram – told Human Rights Watch they feel powerless and fear retaliation if they report the abuse.

 A 17-year-old girl said that just over a year after she fled the frequent Boko Haram attacks in Dikwa, a town 56 miles west of Maiduguri, a policeman approached her for “friendship” in the camp, and then he raped her.

“One day he demanded to have sex with me,” she said. “I refused but he forced me. It happened just that one time, but soon I realized I was pregnant. When I informed him about my condition, he threatened to shoot and kill me if I told anyone else. So I was too afraid to report him.”

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Patience Jonathan Claims $200m From EFCC

Former first lady, Mrs. Patience Jonathan has slammed a $200 million suit against the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

She is asking the court to mandate the anti-graft agency to pay her the sum as damages for freezing her accounts containing $15,000, an action she claimed infringed on her rights.

She is also seeking an order of court, directing the unfreezing of her account and another order restraining the EFCC from taking further steps in relation to the said account pending the determination of the suit.

Justice Babs Kuewumi fixed December 7 for hearing.

The EFCC had on September 22 ordered the freezing of some bank accounts belonging to her.

The Commission said the action was due to the ongoing investigation into the alleged money laundering charge preferred against her.

When the matter came up for mention, yesterday, women numbering over 100, invaded the premises of the Federal High Court, Lagos, to protest the freezing order placed on the bank accounts of the ex-first lady.

Joined in the suit are  Skye Bank, a former Special Assistant to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, Waripama-Owei Dudafa, Pluto Property and Investment company Ltd, Seagate Property Development and Investment Company Ltd, Transocean Property and Investment Company Ltd and Globus Integrated Service Ltd.

When the case was called, Mr Rotimi Oyedepo, announced appearance for the EFCC, while Mr Granville Abibo appeared for Jonathan.

Oyedepo informed the judge that the case was coming up for the first time, adding that some of the respondents had yet to be served with the court’s processes.

He said the case was not yet “ripe for hearing”, having been served with the processes on October 19. He asked for time to enable him file a response.

His submission was, however, not contested by counsel to the plaintiff.

Immediately, the court rose,  the  women carrying placards swooned toward a vehicle belonging to the EFCC, chanting solidarity songs in Ijaw and English languages.

Some of the inscriptions read: “Ijaw people are in solidarity with Jonathan”, “Unfreeze ex-President Jonathan’s wife’s account”, “We urge EFCC to abide by the rule of law”, “Women must be heard.”

In an affidavit in support deposed to by Mr Sammie Somiari, a lawyer, he averred that on March 22, 2010,  Mr.s Jonathan had opened five different accounts with Skye Bank with the assistance of one Damola Bolodeoku and Dipo Oshodi.

According to him, Jonathan who duly completed and signed the mandate forms later discovered that apart from one of the accounts that bore her name, the other four accounts were opened in the name of four companies belonging to Dudafa.

He said she also observed that the ATM cards of the said accounts were issued in the names of the companies, adding that she complained to Dudafa, who promised to effect the necessary changes.

He said Dipo Oshodi also promised to effect the necessary changes.

Somiari averred that Jonathan was not a director, shareholder or participant in the companies and the funds in the said accounts were solely owned and operated by her.

“Dudafa does not own any part of the funds in the said accounts.”

According to the deponent, the Skye Bank official, (Oshodi), did not effect the instructions of the plaintiff to change the name of the said accounts to her name, despite repeated request.

He stated notwithstanding the refusal of the bank to effect the necessary changes, Jonaathan had been using the said ATM cards without any interference.

The deponent averred that sometime in July, Jonathan discovered that the ATM cards were not functioning, and immediately contacted the bank, who informed her that a “No debit/freezing order” had been placed on the accounts.

“On further enquiry, the bank informed her that the accounts were frozen on the directive of EFCC as a result of ongoing investigation in relation to Dudafa.”

Jonathan, therefore, contended that she was never arrested or invited by the EFCC prior to the freezing order placed on the accounts.

She further contends that the freezing order on her funds on the directive of EFCC without an order of the court is unlawful and illegal.


Four Year Old Girl Initiated Sex, Former Mayor Who Admitted Rape Claims

A  former city mayor who admitted to raping a four-year-old girl has claimed she was a ‘willing participant’ who initiated sex, reports have said.

Richard Keenan served as mayor of Hubbard, Ohio, in 2010 and 2011. He faces multiple counts of rape and attempted rape of a child.

According to the Youngstown Vindicator, Kenaan who confessed to a social worker and family members said his abuse of children spanned over three years but claimed his four-year-old victim ‘initiated sex’.

He has checked himself into a psychiatric clinic. Nonetheless, A judge must now decide if his confessions are admissible in court.

Keenan is due to stand trial in April next 2017.


NCAA Dismisses Airlines Fold Up Claims

The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), on Thursday dismissed claims that some airlines were winding down their operations in the country.

The authority dismissed the claims in a statement signed by the NCAA Director-General, Captain Muhtar Usman, in Lagos.

Usman said on the contrary, the airlines were merely suspending their operations temporarily to enable them undertake certain operational overhaul and strengthen their overall operational outlay.

“One of the airlines, Aero Contractors Ltd., at present has only one serviceable aircraft.

“This is in contradiction to the Nigerian Civil Aviation Regulations (Nig.CARS) which stipulates that no airlines operator shall carry out schedule commercial operation with only one aircraft.

“The minimum acceptable number is three aircraft.

“In other words, any airlines with one aircraft is in contravention of the NCAA regulations, therefore cannot be adjudged to be capable of providing safe operation.

“The only option available for such airlines is to suspend its operations temporarily while other aircraft arrive in due course,” he said.

Usman, however, said that NCAAs Regulations provided a window for such operator to embark on non-schedule operations in the interim.

He explained further that the First Nation Airlines on its part was in the middle of an Engine Replacement Programme for one of its aircraft.

“Another aircraft is due for mandatory maintenance as is allowable by NCAA.

“In these circumstances, these airlines clearly cannot continue to undertake schedule operations, hence the inevitable recourse to self-regulatory suspension.”

The director general said NCAA wished to reiterate that on no account would it compromise safety and security of airlines operations in the airspace.

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Petrol Scarcity: Fire Claims 7 Lives in Akwa Ibom

It was a black Friday in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State capital, as seven persons lost their lives in a fire incident said to have been caused by poor storage of fuel.

The inferno, which occurred about 2am at No 33 Ntia street off Ekpri Nsukara within the Uyo metropolis, claimed the lives of a woman and three of her children as well as three grandchildren of the landlady of the compound.

Luck was, however, on the side of the landlady, Madam  Monica Effiong,  and  another occupant of the compound, Emmanuel, who were rescued and taken to the hospital.

An eye witness, Mr Ekemini Obot, who is the grandson to the landlady, Madam Monica Effiong, said his wife noticed the fire in the next compound went going out to urinate and raised alarm which attracted neigbours for rescue.

However, luck was not at the side of the victims in the fire incidence as the fire had consumed them before the needed help could come.

Mr. Obot said his grandmother and another occupant in the compound were rescued  and rushed to the University of Uyo Teaching hospital for medical attention.

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Pakistan Prime Minister To Investigate Panama Papers Claims

Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif announced Tuesday the formation of a commission to investigate allegations made in the so-called Panama Papers that linked his family to a series of offshore companies.

“I have decided to set up a high level judicial commission headed by a retired judge of the Supreme Court. This commission will decide after its investigation that what is reality and how much weight these allegations should be given,” Sharif said in a TV address broadcast nationwide.

The leaked papers, comprising 11.5 million documents from Panama-based law firm Mossack Fonseca, exposes how some of the world’s most powerful people have secreted their money offshore, and also implicated Sharif’s sons Hasan Nawaz and Hussain Nawaz.

“Some of my friends advised me that because there are no allegations against me and that both of my sons are adults and responsible for their own affairs, I should remain separate from this issue… but my dear compatriots, I want the facts to be presented before the nation and every Pakistani should be aware of the reality of the allegations,” he said.

Among those named are three of Sharif’s four children — daughter Maryam, who has been tipped to be his political successor, and sons Hasan and Hussain — with the records showing they owned London real estate through offshore companies administered by Mossack Fonseca.

“I would ask those who repeat these stereotypical allegations and stage everyday a circus, that they go in front of this commission and prove their allegations,” Sharif said, while emphasising that his family’s wealth had been hard earned and they were being victimised.

Sharif’s son Hussain has also denied the allegations saying his family had done “nothing wrong”.

“Those apartments are ours and those offshore companies are also ours,” he said.

“There is nothing wrong with it and I have never concealed them, nor do I need to do that. It is according to British law and laws of other countries that it is a legal way to avoid unnecessary tax via offshore companies,” he told local tv channels when the Panama Papers were first released.

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Shiite Leader Debunks Human Rights Abuse Claims

One of the leaders of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, Abdulmumi Giwa, has denied allegations of human rights abuse levelled against their members by residents of Zaria.

Speaking in an interview on Tuesday, Mr Giwa described the allegation by the Gyullesu elders as a propaganda sponsored by government.

He said the government was using the claims to justify the killings of innocent members of the movement, popularly known as Shiite, and to distract the attention of the public over the recent incident.

The Shiite frontrunner also said the claims were mere lie.

The leader of the group, Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky, had lived with Gyallesu residents happily, despite attempts by security operatives to cause disharmony at various times.

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82 Year Old 911 Caller Claims She Heard Neighbors Screaming “ISIS Is Great” During Sex

An 82 year old woman called 911 after thought she heard a neighbor screaming, “ISIS is good, ISIS is great,” while having sex.

The police apparently had no idea what to say to the woman, so they just told her to call back if she heard it again.

Brown Deer Police Chief Mike Kass thought the call was pretty funny, tweeting, “maybe taking see something say something a little to far?” while a few other people on Twitter said police should’ve taken the claim more seriously and investigated further.

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FG Planning To Silence Me, Claims Metuh

Apparently fearing his date with the cold arms of the law, the National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP),  Chief Olisa Metuh has cried out over an alleged move by the Federal Government to persecute him.

Metuh failed to give reasons for his claim that the government was after him, but made a veil reference to the ongoing wave of arrests of some of his colleagues in the PDP over monies received from the office of the National Security Adviser.

Addressing a press conference on Tuesday at the party’s national secretariat  in Abuja, the PDP spokesman alleged that he had been “hounded, harassed, intimidated and threatened severally” in the last seven months for voicing out the view of the opposition.

He said the apparatus of government should not be used as an instrument to settle scores, adding that he never had any contract dealings with the immediate past Federal Government or any of its security apparatus.

“In the last seven months, as opposition spokesperson, I have been hounded, harassed, intimidated and threatened severally. In order to avoid personal and family pressure, I had refrained from bringing them to the public domain,” he said.

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Wale Claims Kendrick Lamar Hasn’t Answered His Calls Since His First Grammy Nomination

As Kendrick Lamar snatched eleven nominations, making him the most nominated hip-hop artists in a single year, Wale took to Twitter to respond to fans’ inquiries about the whereabouts of his Grammy acknowledgement.

During the conversation, one fan suggested that Wale and Kendrick go on tour, and the MMG rapper replied that K. Dot has allegedly been dodging his calls:

The assertion had the masses inquiring about whether or not Wale and Kendrick are on bad terms. Wale further raised eyebrows, by making a subliminal statement about his music, seemingly in comparison to that of Kendrick’s.

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FG Approves 413bn Naira Oil Marketers’ Subsidy Claims

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) says the Federal Government has approved the payment of 413 billion Naira to oil marketers as outstanding payment for subsidy claims.

According to the NNPC, the payment would ensure that there would be no scarcity of the product.

“It is our belief that with the outstanding payment due to Oil Marketers now assured, the marketers and other downstream players will join hands with the NNPC to guarantee that the nation remains wet with petroleum products all year round,” the Corporation said in a statement by the Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, Mr Ohi Alegbe.

The corporation also stressed that it had injected additional volumes into the market, in order to ensure zero fuel queues ahead of the festive season and beyond.

This, the Corporation intends to achieve in collaboration with its downstream subsidiary, the pipelines and products marketing company and other players in the supply and distribution of fuel nationwide.

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Lamar Odom’s Father Claims The Kardashian Family Won’t Allow Him Visit His Son

Lamar Odom’s father is lashing out at Khloe Kardashian.

Though Joe Odom had previously been seen at Sunrise Hospital in Las Vegas, Nevada, while his NBA star son remained in critical condition, he now says that the Kardashians are preventing him from visiting Lamar at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California.

“I’m mad because this is the second time I came to see my son and they won’t let me see my son,” he told TMZ outside the medical facility on Wednesday. “Like I’m a villain or something… that’s my son.”

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Iraq Claims ISIS Chief Baghdadi Hit In Air Raid

Iraq claimed Sunday to have struck a convoy carrying Islamic State group leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in an air raid near the Syrian border but said his fate was unknown.

 In Syria, meanwhile, regime troops backed by Russian air strikes made progress on two fronts but were battling other rebel groups.

And Syria’s opposition National Coalition said it will boycott UN-proposed peace talks, citing the Russian air strikes among a list of grievances.

Iraqi aircraft hit Baghdadi’s convoy as it was “moving towards Karabla to attend a meeting of the Daesh (IS) terrorist leaders,” an Iraqi security statement said.

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Boko Haram Claims Abuja Bombings On Twitter

Boko Haram has claimed responsibility for twin bomb attacks on the outskirts of Nigeria’s capital, Abuja, the group said in a message posted on social media on Sunday evening.

At least 18 people were killed and 41 injured in the bombings on Friday night, in Kuje, to the west of Abuja, and in Nyanya, to the east, the authorities said.

Suspicion immediately fell on the Islamist militants, who last year said they were behind two attacks in Nyanya that left more than 90 dead.

The claim of responsibility on Twitter was signed by Islamic State in West Africa Province, used by Boko Haram since its pledge of allegiance to the militants in Syria and Iraq in March.

It showed photographs of three men in combat fatigues, holding automatic weapons and in front of the group’s insignia, and claimed they had carried out “martyrdom operations”.

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New Study Claims Homophobic People Often Have Psychological Issues

Homophobic attitudes may say a lot about the person who holds them, new research suggests.

 A new study of university students in Italy revealed that people who have strongly negative views of gay people also have higher levels of psychoticism and inappropriate coping mechanisms than those who are accepting of homosexuality.

This doesn’t mean that homophobic people are psychotic; rather, psychoticism is a personality trait marked by hostility, anger and aggression toward others. But the study does suggest that people who cling to homophobic views have some psychological issues, said lead researcher Emmanuele Jannini, an endocrinologist and medical sexologist at the University of Rome Tor Vergata.

“The study is opening a new research avenue, where the real disease to study is homophobia,” Jannini told Live Science.

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Abba Moro Sued By ICT Firm, Claims N350m Damages

Former Minister of Interior, Comrade Abba Moro, has been dragged before a Benue State High Court, sitting in Makurdi, the Benue State capital, by Bosmos Infotech Limited, claiming the sum of N350 million as damages for false, wicked and malicious defamation to tarnish its hard earned reputation.

Counsel to the plaintiff, Barr Ocha Ulegede and Co, who instituted the legal ac­tion for his client following public declaration by the former minister that Bos­mos Infotech Limited, dur­ing the ill fated Immigra­tion Service recruitment exercise went through the ministerial tenders’ board, but upon investigation it was not registered to re­cruit along with three other companies.

He revealed that to the bewilderment of his cli­ent’s imagination Bosmos Infotech Limited has at no point sought for any bid­ding; talk less of tendering any proposal to engage in any recruitment transac­tion whatsoever.

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Blind Prophet Claims Late Ooni Of Ife Gave His Life To Christ Before His Death

The late Ooni of Ife, Oba Okunade Sijuwade, who died last week, had a premonition of his death.

He told a Christian minister recently that God had told him the date of his death and that he would not be physically present when one of his children would be getting married this month of August, urging the man of God to ensure he was present at the marriage ceremony to give spiritual guidance to his children.

Few months ago, Oba Sijuade also visited the Hour of Mercy Prayer Ministry, at Ojedeji Two, Moniya near Ibadan, to surrender his life to Jesus Christ and became a born again Christian.

These claims were revealed by the General Overseer of the Church, Prophet Muhideen Kasali, while ministering during the August monthly Night service, held at Ori-Oke Alaseyori, Moniya, at the weekend.

Kasali, who is blind, had earlier sang glowingly for over two hours in honour of the late Oba, recalling how Oba Sijuwade stormed the Church mountain and said he had come for the salvation of his soul, asking that the prophet pray for him.

Said Prophet Kasali: “His royal father the late Oba, with all his wealth and majesty, came to this mountain of Mercy to surrender his life to Jesus Christ for the salvation of his life.” Oba Sijuwade said he was doing so because God had revealed to him that he (Muhideen Kasali) is a true prophet of God. Prophet Kasali said afterwards that he prayed for the Ooni and God received him and handed a certificate to heaven to him and the angels were happy for his redemption.

Prophet Kasali who was addressing over ten thousand faithful on that night, explained that few weeks ago, late Oba Sijuwade called him into his palace at Ile-Ife, Osun State, and said God had revealed to him the date of his death.

Therefore, he (Prophet Kasali), should ‘spiritually search’ his palace and residence to discover whether there was anything unholy or ungodly there. “After I was conducted round, I told him everywhere was in order spiritually.

“Late Ooni told me that he was embarking on a journey very soon and I should take care of his family. At this point, I asked him about the marriage of his son coming up this month of August. He answered that he won’t be around to witness the marriage ceremony.

“On the day the late Ooni died, his spirit came to my residence at the Mount of Mercy, Moniya, at exactly 5:00 am and knocked my door. I woke my assistant, Bidemi, up after opening the door to ask if there was anybody asking for me. He said it was 5.00 am and nobody was looking for me. I asked spiritually and discovered it was the late Ooni that knocked the door to say goodbye.”


This Video Claims The World Will End October 7th 2015

A campaign found on the internet, with the website address, ct7th.comclaims the world would end on the 7th of October 2015. Read excerpts and watch video below: 

We have now entered into the darkest time in Earths’ history, as we are living in the day of judgment, and heading for the final end of all things, the destruction of the universe, and the beginning of the new heavens and new earth, very likely to be on October 7th 2015.


UN Peacekeepers Face New Sex Abuse Claims In CAR

THE United Nations (UN) peacekeeping contingent serving in the Central African Republic (CAR) are accused of sexually abusing street children in Bangui, a UN spokesman has said.?? UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon’s, spokesperson Stephane Dujarric said the latest incident was the third case of alleged child sexual abuse involving peacekeepers in the CAR to have surfaced in recent months.

“If the allegations are substantiated, this would constitute a grave violation of UN principles and of the code of conduct of peacekeepers,” Dujarric said.

The UN mission in Bangui has notified the troop-contributing country of the new allegations and has opened an investigation, Dujarric said. The country of origin was not identified, but a UN official said it was an African contingent. ??The “member-state will be requested to take swift and appropriate punitive action,” he added.

In the wake of previous cases, the UN MINUSCA force asked Morocco to open a formal investigation after allegations that one of its soldiers raped a girl under the age of 16.?? A UN report by rights investigators last year detailed testimony from children in the Central African Republic who said they were sexually abused by French troops and soldiers from Chad and Equatorial Guinea.

The sexual abuse allegedly took place from December 2013 to June 2014, a few months before the United Nations took over from the African Union mission with its MINUSCA force. Last week, a UN report said that South African soldiers face the most accusations of sexual abuse while on UN peace-keeping missions.

The UN said it had received 480 allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse relating to its peace-keeping and special political missions between 2008 and 2013, with South African troops facing the most allegations of abuse.

The report showed that South African troops faced nine allegations, followed by Uruguay with eight allegations and Nigeria with seven allegations. The details of the allegations were not given.

France announced last month that 14 soldiers were facing possible charges in the case that only came to light when it was reported it in April.?? In the most recent case, MINUSCA received allegations on June 19 that two girls under age 16 had been sexually abused in Bangui, a UN official said.

The girls, who have been offered medical assistance, told a local rights group that they received food and goods in exchange for sex and that the abuse started in 2014.? ??The troop-contributing country was notified on Monday of the allegations and given 10 days to advise the United Nations on the measures that it intends to take in response to the serious claims.

Under UN rules, military personnel serving in peace operations face possible prosecution at home.?? Ban on Monday appointed a three-member panel to review how the United Nations handled the child sexual abuse allegations in the Central African Republic.

Former Supreme Court justice of Canada, Marie Deschamps, will lead the review that is expected to begin work next month, with a final report to be submitted within 10 weeks.

An internal UN report revealed this month that UN blue helmets routinely buy sex with jewelry, cell-phones and televisions in countries where they are deployed. The United Nations has 125,000 peacekeepers deployed in 16 missions worldwide. The MINUSCA force was deployed in September, taking over from the AU force that had been sent to help restore order after the country exploded into violence following a coup.

North Korea Claims To Have Cured Aids, Ebola & Cancer With Single Miracle Drug

North Korea has created a wonder drug which not only cures Aids, but also eradicates Ebola and cancer, if the latest proclamation from the country’s news agency is to be believed*.

An announcement says that the miracle cure consists of ginseng grown from fertiliser and a mix of other ingredients- but did not reveal the special combination.

The dictatorship, which is known for making far-fetched claims about its achievements, says that the medicine will apparently be injectable and will be known by the name of Kumdang-2.

In a statement published by Korean Central News Agency of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea to herald the news, Dr Jon Sung Hun said: “The researchers insert rare earth elements (REE) into insam (gingseng) by applying the mico-elementary fertilizers of REE to the fields of insam.”

“The injection is made of extracts from those complex compounds. As a strong-immuno-activator, the injection has been recognized to prevent different malignant epidemics.”


Man Who Claims JayZ Is His Dad, Blasts Him In New Interview

Even though Rymir Satterthwaite, 21, does look a great deal like music mogul and superstar Jay-Z, Satterthwaite and his mom’s claim that Jay-Z is the young man’s father have yet to be proven — something the music mogul has denied. Jay-Z has also refused to take a paternity test which has been the focus of several lawsuits Satterthwaite and his mother, Wanda, have been pursuing for several years.

In a new interview with RadarOnline, the younger Satterthwaite said, “It was a big case for me because I really wanted to find out who my father was.”

Satterthwaite also told the gossip website he is frustrated because he and his mother cannot come close to matching Jay-Z’s virtually bottomless financial resources — to continue to pursue their claims.

Wanda Satterthwaite bases her claim of Jay-Z fathering Rymir on her contention she had a very passionate romantic involvement with the musician back in the early ’90s, before his career really had taken off.

Rymir also told RadarOnline that a principal reason for his lawsuit  is to seek funds for his mother, whom he says is medically fragile, due to suffering from severe asthma and a weak heart, due to a genetic condition.

The only child Jay-Z (real name Shaun Carter) admits to fathering is his daughter,Blue Ivy — born to his wife, Beyonce in January, 2012.

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Amaechi Denies Ill-Treatment Claims By Former Deputy

Former Governor of Rivers State, Rotimi Amaechi, has denied claims by his then-deputy, Tele Ikuru, that the latter returned billions of Naira to him and the state government.

The former deputy governor, in a thanksgiving service at the weekend, said he returned over two billion Naira cash to Amaechi bur expressed disappointment at Amaechi that, in spite of all his contributions, his former boss did not give him any parting gift and left him “hard and dry.” He felt mistreated.

However, Amaechi denied the claim by Ikuru.“Tele is lying. He did not return any money to me. And I am not aware that he returned any money to the coffers of the State government. My former deputy’s ill-advised comments against me are indeed shameful and pitiable,” Amaechi said through his spokesperson.

“His attack on me, his disgusting lamentation about parting gifts only goes to confirm what I have always known and said about those on the other side of the political divide in Rivers State where my former deputy now belongs that all they want is to share the resources and commonwealth of Rivers people among themselves. This is why they fought me and are still fighting me,” Amaechi said.

He added that it was unfortunate that his then-deputy had turned against him.

“It is unfortunate that Tele Ikuru, who I kept as my deputy in spite of the strong opposition against him…almost everyone was against him but I retained him and even ran with him for a second term, against the advice of most of my political associates, would now attempt to hideously disparage and attack me,” Amaechi said.

Ikuru quit the Amaechi’s All Progressives Congress for the People’s Democratic Party ahead of general elections in March. He served the state for more than seven years.

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Meet 60 Year Old Woman Who Claims Boko Haram Respects Her

Meet Madam Aduke Jimoh, a brave woman, who has spent 60 years of her life traversing the northern part of Nigeria, buying and selling hide, skin and palm oil.

Speaking with The Nation, Madam Aduke Jimoh, popularly known as Mama Aduke, shared her encounters with the dreaded Boko Haram sect.

She is in her early 80s, very quiet and could easily go unnoticed in a crowd. Although a businesswoman had made money and acquired properties, she is philanthropic and does not live ostentatious life. In her compound in Owo, Ondo state, there are heaps of animal hides and skin, kegs of palm oil, packed in all the corners.

When asked how she got around at her age despite the pervading insurgency, she said that she was not afraid of terrorists.

“I don’t fear anybody except God. Walahi! I have come across tigers, bears and some other dangerous animals and even bandits while crossing the Cameroon border; I have also come across the so-called Boko Haram militants, but I can tell you that they respect me.”

Speaking about her succesfull trading business, Mama Aduk said:

“I don’t know any other business other than buying and selling hides and skin, palm oil, and I have been doing this for the past 60years. I buy my products from Muni in Adamawa state; I had my children and trained them there. I have houses in Damaturu, Baga, Bauchi and in some other places in the North. I am a philanthropist. I hate to see people suffer.”

The first time Mama Aduke encountered the members of the Boko Haram sect was about 14 years ago, when they were less aggressive.

“I used to meet them in the bush; they were then armed with their riffles and I would be singing for them: Yaro mbasa Yaro, baba Yaro mbasa times, I came across them three years ago and last year. I remember them saying then Yaro, while they in turn would be dancing. And then they would let me go. They used to tie red scarfs on their heads and leather strings on their waists.

“In recent that part of their grievances was that they don’t want prostitution, they don’t want to see people (women) who go about half-naked and many other things. Some of them were Almajiris before. But later I began to hear news of how aggressive they have become. The first time I heard of them ever killing, was when they killed policemen. I felt so bad because that negates the image I had of them.

“In those days, they hardly gave anybody serious cause to worry. Some of them are in Dorobaga, Oke Dutse, where they used stones to build houses. The other issue I heard them complain about was that our government was bad and that after going through school, young people have no jobs. They also said as an old mother or woman like me is supposed to be entitled stipends from the government and not be working like I was doing,” she said.

Mama Aduke added that the Boko haram members usually sang and danced every time she met them:

“Whenever I see them, they would start singing for me and they would be dancing too. I used to meet them around the Maiduguri border.”

Continuing her narration, Mama Aduke said that the Boko haram members used to tell her that they would stop fighting the day someone like Muhammadu Buhari became president, because all graduates who are out of job would get jobs.”

However, she denied the allegations that Buhari was behind their insurgency as it was widely rumoured.

“Buhari has no hands in it and neither does IBB; people just mischievously used their names because of their fame,” she said.

Aside the Boko haram insurgency, the octogenarian businesswoman stated that she and other traders used to encounter other dangers while traversing the country.

“We use to see dangerous animals like tiger, but I never afraid. Whenever I saw them, I would say ‘Kai na mana!’ and they would go into the river. I remember when some bandits attacked us when our vehicle broke down around Potiskum.

“They did not attempt raping me; you know I am an old woman. They just took my money, 50,000 naira and left,” she said.

When asked if she has some supernatural powers that keeps her from dangers, the woman gave a knowing smile and said “I don’t know”.

Over time Mama Aduke has acquired competence in several languages and is very proud of it.

“If you know the kind of people you do business with, you learn their languages. I speak Yoruba, which is my language; I speak Hausa language, like I’m chewing kolanuts; while the French language for me is like speaking my Owo dialect. So you see, I am a linguist,” the woman said proudly.

“I came back home due to my old age. I had all my children in the North and they all went to school there. Today they are scattered all over; some are in the US, the UK, and Nigeria, practicing their different chosen professions. As I speak, I not only have landed properties in the North, I also have houses. So I am blessed. Some of my children are still in Damaturu. However, my husband is dead,” she said.

Mama Aduke revealed that she knew President Muhammadu Buhari before he was elected, adding that she had no doubts that he would deliver all his campaign promises.

“I know Buhari; now that he has come, there will be peace. He is not the greedy type, he has only one house. He is also a generous man. I remember when I met him during a Ramadan festival, we all went to his house where he fed us and gave us money.”


Amaechi Claims Corruption Probe A Mere Witch-Hunt

Former Rivers State Governor, Chibuike Amaechi, has accused his successor, Nyesom Wike, of threatening, coercing and blackmailing officials of the past administration to implicate the former in corruption.

Amaechi said the governor was approaching especially civil servants to make false, phony and bogus statements that would make legitimate government transactions appear as corrupt practices.

Speaking through his media aide, David Iyofor the ex-governor urged Rivers people, the media and the public to be watchful, vigilant and discern the fraudulent acts of the current governor to make him and his administration look bad.

“As I noted earlier in a previous statement, Nyesom Wike is going ahead with his plan of attempting to deride and discredit me and my administration by blackmailing and arm-twisting key government officials to distort legitimate government transactions in his desperation to cook up, and fabricate baseless, concocted and unfounded cases of corruption against me and the administration I ran” Ameachi said

He alleged the current governor has tried to threaten, harass, and force Permanent Secretaries and Directors of Finance and Administration (DFA) in various ministries, parastatals, agencies in the state into doing his bidding of painting me as corrupt in the administration of the State.

“The State bankers and some of our contractors are also not spared in his mission of tarnishing my reputation. As a matter of fact, Wike has only one agenda as he governs Rivers State – the agenda to portray me as corrupt, by whatever means, no matter how ridiculous and phony it looks”
Ameachi added

Amaechi also described as a fraud the video and pictures of the looted and vandalized Government House the current governor is circulating.

“The images are a fraud, arranged and executed by Wike to enable him vote billions of Naira from the state treasury to renovate and refurbish the place, as well as accuse me of corruption. I repeat, this is clearly a game, a grand conspiracy to siphon state funds under the sub-head of renovating and refurbishing a supposedly ‘vandalized and looted’ Government House, while also falsely smearing my image,” he said.

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Bin Laden Not Buried In Arabian Sea, U.S Journalist Claims

The White House is dismissing as “baseless” a controversial report alleging President Barack Obama’s administration lied about the circumstances surrounding the 2011 killing of Osama bin Laden.

“There are too many inaccuracies and baseless assertions in this piece to fact check each one,” White House National Security spokesman Ned Price said in a statement to reporters.

He took aim specifically at journalist Seymour Hersh’s assertion that the administration collaborated with Pakistani officials to kill the al Qaeda leader, saying that “the notion that the operation that killed Usama Bin Ladin was anything but a unilateral U.S. mission is patently false.”

“As we said at the time, knowledge of this operation was confined to a very small circle of senior U.S. officials. The President decided early on not to inform any other government, including the Pakistani Government, which was not notified until after the raid had occurred,” Price said.

“We had been and continue to be partners with Pakistan in our joint effort to destroy al-Qa’ida, but this was a U.S. operation through and through.”

It was the White House’s first response to Hersh’s stunning report, published this weekend in the London Review of Books, outlining what he describes as the true circumstances surrounding bin Laden’s death. Other former administration officials have panned the report as well, and during the daily press briefing, White House spokesman Josh Earnest again dismissed the report, citing CNN National Security Analyst Peter Bergen’s comment that “what’s true in this story isn’t new, and what’s new in the story isn’t true.”

“I thought that was a pretty good way of describing why no one here is particularly concerned about it,” he said.

Citing an anonymous “major U.S. source,” Hersh writes that the Obama administration cooperated with Pakistani intelligence officials to kill bin Laden, and that the chief of staff of the Pakistani army and director general of the Inter-Services Intelligence Agency knew about the mission, contrary to Obama’s claim that Pakistani officials weren’t aware of the raid in advance.

A U.S. official with detailed knowledge of the outreach to the Pakistanis after the raid tells CNN that based on the reaction it was clear the Pakistanis did not know in advance

CNN National Security Analyst Peter Bergen immediately rebutted Hersh’s allegations in a post that contradicts most of the claims in his 10,000 word report.

“Hersh’s account of the bin Laden raid is a farrago of nonsense that is contravened by a multitude of eyewitness accounts, inconvenient facts and simple common sense,” Bergen wrote Monday.

Hersh’s source is identified as a “retired senior intelligence official who was knowledgeable about the initial intelligence about bin Laden’s presence in Abbottabad.”

And on CNN’s “New Day” on Monday morning, Hersh defended that sourcing and questioned why the Obama administration hadn’t yet responded to the report.

“This is not a wager — this is a story that has to be dealt with by this government very seriously,” he told CNN’s Chris Cuomo.

Hersh stuck by his claims on CNN. In explaining why he relied largely on the “major U.S. source,” Hersh said that it’s “very tough for guys still inside to get quoted extensively,” and declared that he “vetted most and verified” his sourcing with further reporting in Pakistan.

But Hersh, who has drawn criticism for his heavy use of anonymous sourcing before, admitted that he had gotten some things wrong in his reporting before.

“I would argue that a lot of the stories I wrote were pretty much on-mark,” he said, but he acknowledged: “Nobody’s perfect, of course — everybody’s done bad stories.”

Indeed, he said he may have gotten the state where the military practiced the operation wrong in the piece because “sometimes my geography gets lousy.”

Hersh also revealed that the piece hinged in part on an on-the-record interview with former ISI head Gen. Assad Durrani who told him, “look, you got the story.” That was “one of the things that made the story doable now where it wouldn’t have been” before, he said.

Bergen, in his report pushing back on Hersh’s claims, says he reached out to Durrani and received a far different response.

Durrani said there was “no evidence of any kind” that the ISI knew that bin Laden was hiding in Abbottabad but he still could “make an assessment that this could be plausible.”

Hersh also pushed back against skepticism over the claims in his article, calling it a “Lewis Carroll fairy tale” to believe bin Laden would’ve been hiding in such an easily accessible region of Pakistan.

The administration has said they received information on bin Laden’s whereabouts by tracking his courier, and that the top military target was killed in a firefight with an elite team of Navy SEALs.

But Hersh writes that the Obama administration had initially agreed to say bin Laden had been killed by a drone strike; that ISI was holding bin Laden a prisoner at the Abbottabad compound where he was killed, and that a former senior Pakistani intelligence officer told the U.S. of his whereabouts for the $25 million award being offered at the time.

Hersh also reports on boasting from some SEALs that bin Laden wasn’t given a burial at sea that adhered to Islamic religious traditions as the administration had claimed — rather, his remains “were thrown into a body bag and, during the helicopter flight back to Jalalabad, some body parts were tossed out over the Hindu Kush mountains.”

Hersh also alleges Obama’s speech announcing the successful mission was “put together in a rush,” not vetted or cleared by national security officials and created “chaos in the weeks following.”

“This series of self-serving and inaccurate statements would create chaos in the weeks following,” he said.

Hersh quotes his source as saying: “This was not the fog of war.

“The fact that there was an agreement with the Pakistanis and no contingency analysis of what was to be disclosed if something went wrong — that wasn’t even discussed,” the source says. “And once it went wrong, they had to make up a new cover story on the fly.”

Hersh won the Pulitzer in 1970 for his shocking report on the My Lai massacre during the Vietnam War that was widely credited with contributing to the public backlash against the war, and has since reported on conflicts in Iraq, Iran and Syria.

But Hersh has come under frequent criticism for his heavy use of unnamed sources. In 2004, for instance, his report that Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld effectively approved abuses against terrorists held at Abu Ghraib prison was dismissed by a Pentagon spokesperson as “the most hysterical piece of journalist malpractice I have ever observed.”

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Okorocha Claims Victory, Says Supplementary Election Unnecessary

Governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha, has faulted the independent Electoral Commission for declaring the state gubernatorial election inconclusive and announcing supplementary elections in some wards across the state.

Mr. Okorocha, who spoke to journalists at the Government House in Imo State early Monday, said the supplementary election would have been unnecessary if INEC had considered the number of Permanent Voters Card distributed in the affected areas instead of the number of registered voters.

INEC Returning Officer of the State, Ibidapo Obe, announced that the election was inconclusive because the margin (79,529) between the frontrunner, Mr. Okorocha and his contender, Emeka Ihedioha of Peoples Democratic Party, was less than the number of registered voters (144,715) in wards across the state where elections did not hold or were cancelled due to violence. He said a new date would be announced for a supplementary election.

Though Mr. Okorocha recognised the provision of the electoral law in respect of the number of registered voters, he said INEC should have considered distribution of PVC in the affected areas instead of registered voters as only voters with PVC can vote.

“The electoral act has talked about registered voters and in the workings of that act and in the spirit of the law, you cannot not make use of number of registered voters, you have to make use of number of PVC collected…”

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