HORROR: I Met My Victim On The Internet, Says Accused Murderer

British banker, Rurik Jutting, who is accused of murdering two Indonesian women in his upscale Hong Kong apartment, was a cocaine addict who had developed drug-induced fantasies, a court heard Wednesday.

The 31-year-old Cambridge graduate and former securities trader for Bank of America-Merrill Lynch has pleaded “not guilty” to two murder charges, on the grounds of diminished responsibility.

He pleaded guilty to manslaughter, which was rejected by the prosecution.

Since the trial started Monday, jurors have viewed harrowing iPhone footage of Jutting torturing his first victim, Sumarti Ningsih, 23, for three days before he killed her by cutting her neck with a serrated knife at his apartment two years ago.

Days later, he killed Seneng Mujiasih, 26, cutting her throat.

Mujiasih’s body was found in a pool of blood in Jutting’s living room on November 1, 2014, while Ningsih’s decaying body was discovered stuffed into a suitcase on his balcony.

In court Wednesday, prosecutor John Reading said Jutting had become increasingly withdrawn and “deeply addicted to cocaine”, citing a toxicologist’s report.

Footage from police interviews played in court showed Jutting saying he had started to take more cocaine at weekends for six weeks before the killings.

“I’ve had cocaine previously, but not in such a large amount,” he told police.

“When I started taking it, it started bringing out long and extended fantasies,” he said.
Speaking calmly, he told police what he had done. “Yes I did kill her,” he told two interviewing officers. “I cut her throat. These are the only two people who have been killed by me,” he added.

Jutting told police that he had met Ningsih on the website ViolentVV under the “casual encounters” section, storing her name in his phone as “Indo”. He said that initially, he had not planned to kill her.

When asked by the interviewing officers why he had killed her, he replied: “It’s a question which I think I’ll always asks myself.”

He said he had considered flying back to see his parents in Britain before handing himself in.

The jury was shown 20 photos recovered from Jutting’s phone, including pictures of Ningsih bound and gagged, and of her body in the shower.

Forensic pathologist Poon Wai-ming told the court Ningsih had been found in a suitcase in the foetal position, her neck severed.

Jutting said that when it came to his second victim, Mujiasih, he had spent a few minutes deliberating whether to change his plan and not attack her.

“For a period of time, a short period of time, the human side of me kicked in,” Jutting said.
“I did some more coke and that side of me just went,” he added.

Ambulance officer To Shing-fai described Jutting as talking to himself and crying in the hallway outside his apartment on the night the bodies were discovered.

Jutting faces a life sentence if convicted of the murders.

The killings shone a spotlight on the seedy underbelly of the finance hub. Jutting’s flat lay streets away from one of the city’s red light districts.

Indonesian migrant organisations in Hong Kong have called for justice for the women, and compensation for their families.

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Groups Accused Of Profiteering From #BringBackOurGirls Contradict Selves

The two associations denounced by the #BringBackOurGirls campaign on Monday made contradictory claims about contacting the #BBOG group before embarking on a controversial fund raising program.

In separate discussions on the matter, one of the groups, Africa Support and Empowerment Initiative, said it tried contacting #BBOG leaders to no avail. The other association, Peace Corps of Nigeria, however, said the #BBOG group was never considered a part of the fund raising program.

The two groups on Monday organised a program with the theme: “Official Inauguration and Signing of Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the Chibok Girls Endowment Project” at the headquarters of Peace Corps in Abuja.

The President of Africa Support and Empowerment Initiative, Hadiza Buhari Bello, daughter of Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari reportedly received a N3.5 million cheque from Peace Corps’ National Commandant, Dickson Akor, as part of a Memorandum of Understanding.

At the venue, a banner was placed on the wall explaining the theme of the program.

The banner had the #BringBackOurGirls logo written in red, with people also dressed in red around its premises.

However, no representative of the #BBOG group was present at the event.

The #BringBackOurGirls group in a statement signed by its co-conveners, Aisha Yesufu and Oby Ezekwesili, denounced the groups as well as the said program.

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Sudan Accused Of Chemical Weapons Attacks In Darfur

Sudan’s government has been accused of killing scores of civilians this year in at least 30 suspected chemical weapons attacks in a remote area of the country’s Darfur region.

In a report released on Thursday, Amnesty International estimated that up to 250 people, including many children, may have died as a result of exposure to the chemical weapons agents in the Jebel Marra area since January.

The UK-based rights group, which said that its investigation was based on satellite imagery and more than 200 interviews, alleged that the most recent attack occurred on September 9.

“There have been relentless attacks, there have been crimes against humanity, and now this level of viciousness with the use of suspected chemical weapons,” Tirana Hassan, Amnesty’s director of Crisis Research, told Al Jazeera.

“The use of chemical weapons is a war crime. The evidence we have gathered is credible and portrays a regime that is intent on directing attacks against the civilian population in Darfur without any fear of international retribution,” said Hassan.

Amnesty said it had presented its findings to two independent chemical weapons experts.

“Both concluded that the evidence strongly suggested exposure to vesicants, or blister agents, such as the chemical warfare agents sulfur mustard, Lewisite or nitrogen mustard,” the watchdog said in a statement.

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Man Accused Of Chopping Off Penis Of Wife’s Lover

 A doctor said on Thursday that a Vietnamese man is recovering from a penis reattachment operation after the husband of his mistress allegedly sliced off his genitalia.

Dr Nguyen Van-Dong of Bac Giang General Hospital said in Hanoi that the patient’s condition is stable, but it will take some days to learn if the function returns to the victim’s genitals.

He added that adding it took half a day to reattach the penis.

A media report stated that the suspect, 29-year-old Nguyen Van-Huan from Bac Giang Province, began stalking his wife after he suspected that she was having an affair.

It said that he allegedly caught her with an unnamed 32-year-old man at a hotel where he allegedly chopped off the man’s penis.

The report noted that the penis was found two hours later 200 metres away from the hotel after the victim’s relatives convinced Huan to reveal its location.

It said that Huan is now being investigated on charges of “deliberately inflicting injuries’’.

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Pastor Accused Of Rape, Abortion Of 13 Teenagers Says, ‘I’ll Marry All The Girls’

THE General Overseer of Tongue of Fire Restoration, Chukwuma Nwkocha, who was accused of abduction, defilement and illegal termination of pregnancies for about 13 teenagers has defended himself.

The 34-year-old indigene of Imo State said he was only aware he slept with one of the girls, Kingdom, adding that he promised to marry the 17-year-old girl. He also said he might marry all the girls if that would bring about peace.

The pastor stated that the parents of the girl and some of his parishioners were aware of his relationship with the her. “I only slept with Kingdom and I have the intention of marrying her. I know she is much younger, but I have seen in the country that a 15-year- old girl got married to a grown up man and it was not a problem. Her parents were aware of our relationship but they are not aware that we were having sex.
According to him, “one Pastor Stephen carried out abortion for Kingdom, and told her that he was not in support. Stephen also said he asked Nwkocha if he slept with the other girls and if he was aware that about six of the girls were pregnant.

Responding, the Pastor said, “I didn’t not sleep with them, I only gave them shelter in my church. I was trying to be a good pastor. When I come to church, these girls would say that they wanted to come and spend weekend at my house. I kept on dodging them, but one day I was placed in a tight corner, when one of the girl’s mother came to me and said that they had accommodation problem.

“I could not have turned down her plea, but she persisted that her daughter could be with me, so I helped out and it turned out like that for everybody. I couldn’t help one and leave the other. I also trained them in school”, he stated.

He also argued that the girls were not found in his house, but in the church, which was where they stayed.



Infertile Man Accused Of Mutilating His Wife For Not Giving Him Children

A Kenyan man has been accused of cutting off his wife’s hands and mutilating her for not giving him children — even though doctors told him he was the one who was infertile.

Jackline Mwende’s husband is accused of attacking her in their home in Machakos, Kenya with a machete in late July, the Los Angeles Times reported on Monday. According to Mwende, 27, her husband, Stephen Ngila, slashed her face, leaving her disfigured, and cut off both of her hands. A neighbor told local media that area residents heard screaming and called the police. She said that upon entering the house, she saw rooms spattered with blood and a severed hand on the floor.

Mwende told The LA Times that the marriage had started out happy, but eventually turned sour over the couple’s fertility issues. She said that after a doctor told them that Ngila was infertile in 2014, her husband started drinking and beating her. Her parents pleaded with her to leave, but her church leaders advised her to stay in the marriage.

“In most cases, every time there was a problem, I would run to our pastor,” she said. “The pastor would always tell me, ‘Jackie, please persevere. That man will come to change one day,’” she said. “I always wanted to protect my marriage so I decided to stay with him.”

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Lagos Prophet Accused Of Abducting Teenager

A 26-year-old prophet with Immaculate Ministry in Satellite Town, Lagos, who allegedly abducted a teenager, has revealed that he did it to liberate the victim’s family from a spell.

Parading the suspect yesterday at the Lagos State Police Command, Ikeja, the command’s boss, Fatai Owoseni, said: “The suspect, David Ifunaya, abducted the victim for three weeks after the victim told him that her father is a herbalist.

“Throughout her stay in his place, neither did he nor his victim call her parents, who were searching everywhere for her. She was later traced to the suspect’s home in Satellite area of Lagos, following which her parents reported the case to police.”

However, the suspect claimed that he did what he did to cast out a spell from the teenager. He said: “I met the girl earlier this year and ministered to her. I told her that her family was under a spell and later gave her a handbill, which she rejected saying that her aunt would be angry with her for collecting a Christian handbill, since they are Muslims.

“She, however, requested for my number which I gave to her. Since then, she calls me for prayers and counselling. I even prayed for her and she passed her JAMB exams.

“When she called and told me she was coming to my house without the knowledge of her parents, I refused but later agreed because she kept pleading that she needed spiritual help.

“She also lamented that nothing was going on well for her and her family and attributed it to the spell in her family. She said she was convinced I am a man of God because since I prayed for her, things have been going on well with her.”

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Marketers Accused Of Raking In Profits Selling Aviation Fuel As Kerosene

As the price of kerosene continues to soar because of inadequate supply, marketers have been accused of selling Jet A1, better known as aviation fuel, as kerosene, in the process making a kill of N50-N100 per litre.
The diversion of the product to fuel outlets where it is sold as household kerosene has also been blamed for the scarcity of Jet A1 and several flight cancellations and delays in the aviation sector in the last one month, according to reports..
Kerosene and jet fuel are nearly identical in every way except for a few additives in modern jet fuel, with industry experts describing the latter as nothing other than cleaner kerosene with no sulphur content.
However, the scarcity of foreign exchange in the country has made it very difficult for oil marketers to import and supply petroleum products that would sufficiently meet the needs of consumers.
As such, several marketers have started diverting Jet A1 to fuel outlets where it is sold as kerosene at a higher price than aviation fuel.
Aviation fuel sells for between N198 and N200 in Lagos while kerosene goes for N200 to N300 per litre.
Investigations revealed that marketers now prefer to sell Jet A1 as kerosene after degrading it and that explains the scarcity of aviation fuel in the past one month, leading to flight cancellations and delays.
Informed sources confirmed that aviation fuel is highly refined kerosene with zero sulphur, which when used for cooking leaves the pot without soot.
But instead of importing kerosene, oil marketers import aviation fuel because almost all modern refineries in the world no longer refine kerosene owing to the low demand for the product as a heating oil in several countries.
However, Nigeria’s refineries, which were built between the 1960s and 1980s still produce kerosene and unlike refining plants in other parts of the world, the Nigerian plants have not been upgraded to refine only diesel, petrol and Jet A1.
A seasoned aeronautical engineer and pilot, who operates a non-scheduled flight out of Lagos, said at the weekend that the current scarcity of aviation fuel would persist until marketers and the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) begin to import sufficient kerosene to meet consumers’ demands.
The source said that every jet engine can use kerosene, but Jet A1 is of higher quality because it has no sulphur.
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Sex Scandal: Accused Lawmakers Deny Allegation, Insist On Proof

The House of Representatives on Tuesday, mandated its committees on Ethics and Privileges and Foreign Affairs to investigate alleged sexual misconduct against three of its members.

This followed a motion brought under Order six, Rules two and 22 of the House Standing Orders by one of the accused, Rep. Mark Gbillah (APC, Benue).

In the motion, Gbillah described the action of the U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr James Entwhistle, in petitioning the house, as a move to tarnish the image of the lawmakers and the hallowed chamber. He said that no such incident occurred as reported by the ambassador, and insisted that the envoy should provide proof to support his allegation.

Gbillah, who was accused with Samuel Ikon (PDP, Akwa Ibom) and Mohammed Gololo (APC, Bauchi) of the crime, said that none of them was interrogated by U.S. authorities over the allegation.

He said that there was, therefore, the need not to draw conclusion on the matter until it had been properly investigated.

The motion was unanimously adopted through a voice vote.

However, Rep. Nnena Elendu-Ukeje, Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, cautioned that the matter should be taken with utmost seriousness so as not to jeopardise Nigeria-U.S. relationship.

In his remarks, the Speaker of the house, Mr Yakubu Dogara, urged Nigerians to tread with caution on the matter until the persons involved were proven guilty.

He therefore referred the matter to the relevant committees “to be handled in line with international best practice’’.

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House Of Reps ‘Investigating’ Members Accused Of Sexual Misconduct In U.S.

The House of Representatives says it has commenced investigation into allegations of attempted rape and sexual misconduct against three of its members during their recent trip to the United States.

The United States ambassador to Nigeria, James Entwistle, in a June 9 petition to House Speaker, Yakubu Dogara, said Mohammed Gololo (APC-Bauchi) grabbed a hotel house keeper and solicited sex in his Cleveland hotel room.

He also accused Mark Gbillah (APC-Benue) and Samuel Ikon (PDP-Akwa Ibom) of seeking assistance from car park attendants to help them arrange services of prostitutes.

The accused lawmakers travelled with seven other Reps to the U.S. for the International Visitor Leadership Program.

The U.S. envoy said his country’s officials carefully examined complaints about the Nigerian lawmakers and confirmed their identities. He said their conduct was a blemish on the image of Nigeria.

The three legislators have denied the allegation.

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Community Banishes, Burns Down Home Of Man Accused Of Witchcraft

The youth of Enwagba Enyigba community in Abakaliki local government area of Ebonyi state on Saturday razed the house of a 35-year old man in the area, Paul Nwafor, accusing him of using witchcraft to suppress their progress.

The youth, allegedly led by one Uche Oroke and Livinus Akpuru invaded Mr. Nwafor’s house and set it ablaze.

Also burnt were the man’s yam barns, tricycle, popularly known as KEKE, which was given to him by his friend, domestic animals and other valuables.

They equally banished him from the community.

Community members said the man’s home was invaded while he was away for the burial of one Chukwuma Mbam.

Narrating his ordeal, the victim said a group of boys stormed his home on the fateful night and accused him of money ritual and other fetish acts and threatened to deal with him.

He disclosed that he was ostracized from the village and banished from visiting or transacting any business with anyone or group in the local market.

He alleged that the villagers threatened to kill him if they sight him around the community and that his farmlands had been shared among members of the community.

Mr. Nwafor called on the state government and human right groups to come to his aid.

The traditional ruler of the community, Michael Mbam, who confirmed the incident said Mr. Nwafor and some members of the community had little misunderstanding.

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Navy Declares Fake Captain, Others Accused Of Bribery Wanted

The Nigerian Navy has declared an impostor who collected bribe from unsuspecting members of the public as a senior naval officer wanted for impersonation.

The Director of Information (DINFO), Commodore Christian Ezekobe, made this clarification on Monday following a report that one “Captain Olugboyega Olubiyi Ayokunle” who claims to be a senior officer of the Nigerian Navy collected the sum of N100,000.00 from Mr Olugbemiga Ayeni as mobilization fee for investigation into alleged fraudulent dealings involving another naval officer, whose name is given as Prince Aderemi, Aderemi’s wife and one Mr Olugbenga Ayeni.

Ezekobe said that in view of the report and a formal complaint forwarded to the Naval Headquarters by Mr Olugbemiga Ayeni on the behavior of the said “Captain Olugboyega Olubiyi Ayokunle”, the Nigerian Navy carried out a thorough investigation on the identity of the names mentioned and discovered that the men who are parading as officers of the Nigerian Navy are impostors.

“To this end, the Nigerian Navy wishes to state categorically that the said Prince Aderemi is not a naval rating as alleged. Also Captain Olugboyega Olubiyi Ayokunle whose photograph is hereby attached to this disclaimer is not a Nigerian Navy officer. The naval uniform insignia worn by the suspect is fake as such not that of the Nigerian Navy,” he stated.

“Therefore he cannot be serving in the Western Naval Command of the Niigerian Navy as alleged in the news report,” he added.

The DINFO declare that the said “Captain OA Olugboyega is a wanted Person by the Nigerian Navy for offences ranging from impersonation and illegal possession of fire arms as shown in the attached pictures”.

To this end, he said, the general public is advised to henceforth desist from dealing with the imposters who claim to be in the Service of the Nigerian Navy, as the Service will not be responsible for their fraudulent activities.

He however, urged that “when and wherever sighted, they should be apprehended and handed over to the nearest Naval or military formation for prompt action”.

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Amnesty International Condemns The Reinstatement Of Nigerian General Accused Of Possible War Crimes

Human Rights group, Amnesty International (AI), has condemned the reinstatement of a former commander of the 7 Division of the Nigerian Army, Ahmadu Mohammed, who the organization accused of possible war crimes following the alleged execution of suspected Boko Haram detainees in Giwa Barracks, Maiduguri, Borno State.

Amnesty implicated Mr. Mohammed, a Major General, alongside other serving and retired military chiefs for possible war crimes following the alleged torture and extra-judicial killings of more than 8,000 suspected Boko Haram detainees.

Mr. Mohammed was specifically accused of overseeing the killing of 640 detainees at Giwa Barracks, Maiduguri, Borno State on March 14, 2014 after the Barracks’s detention centre was attacked by Boko Haram.

Mr Mohammed was retired in 2014 after a mutiny by soldiers who accused him of knowingly leading them into a Boko Haram ambush around Chibok on May 12, 2014.

More than 70 soldiers were killed in the ambush. Mr Mohammed, whose vehicle was shot at by the angry soldiers during the mutiny, has been quietly reinstated after he allegedly wrote several letters to the army authorities asking to be recalled.

In a statement Monday, Amnesty International described the reinstatement of Mr Mohammed as a “monumental failure of the government to stamp out impunity for wars crimes at the highest level.”

“Major General Mohammed must be investigated for participating in, sanctioning or failing to prevent the deaths of hundreds of people,” said Salil Shetty, Secretary General of Amnesty International.

 “Young men and boys, rounded up by the military, were either shot, starved, suffocated or tortured to death and no one has yet been held to account. It is unthinkable that Major General Muhammed could resume command of troops before an investigation has even begun,” Mr. Shetty added.

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Royal Family Accused Of Photoshopping Princess Charlotte In Their Christmas Card

Above is the adorable Christmas card photo Kate Middleton and Prince William shared with the world a few days ago. In addition to Prince George’s perfect knee socks (I will never stop loving them) the world also noticed something else about the card. Buzzfeed reports that some people online questioned if the royals had Photoshopped the family pic.

According to some folks with sharp eyes, if you focus on Prince Charlotte and zoom in on her head, you can see some Photoshopping. It goes a little blurry around the edges of her head and near her shoulder and arm.

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Buhari, FG Accused Of Maintaining Silence Over Zaria Killings After 48 Hours

More than 48 hours after a deadly encounter between troops of the Nigerian Army and members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria led to several deaths in Zaria, Kaduna State, the Nigerian government has yet to comment on, or condemn, the killings.

Details of what transpired Saturday remain unclear with the army and the Shiites giving different accounts of the clash.

Both sides however agree there were “loss of lives”.

The Islamic Movement in Nigeria, a Shia Muslim group led by Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, says hundreds, if not thousands, of its members were killed when soldiers stormed its base in Zaria and opened fire on unarmed civilians.

We could not independently verify that claim.

The army, in separate statements, said members of the group blocked the convoy of its chief, Tukur Buratai, a Lieutenant General, and attempted to kill him – an allegation the Shiites deny.

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Lagos-Based Journalist Arrested In Cameroon, Accused Of Spying For Boko Haram

A Lagos-based Cameroonian journalist, Simon Ateba, has been arrested by Cameroonian authorities as he investigated the conditions of Nigerian refugees camped in the country’s far north.

The journalist, who managed to leave a messages on his Facebook page before he was locked up Friday, said he was arrested for venturing, without permission, into a refugee camp with 50,000 Nigerians.

He later told a colleague that the authorities were threatening to charge him for espionage – saying they suspect he was spying for the extremist Boko Haram sect.

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N8bn CBN Fraud: EFCC Opposes Bail For Accused

As the trial of some bankers, including the staff of Central Bank of Nigeria and some commercial banks over alleged fraud amounting to N8 billion continues, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has urged the Federal High Court in Ibadan to reject their bail applications, noting that the accused persons might jump bail due to the weighty allegations against them.

The anti-corruption agency, which was represented in court by Mr. Rotimi Jacobs and other retinue of lawyers, argued that if the accused persons were granted bail, they could obstruct the course of justice.

Another argument raised against the bail applications filed by the accused persons was that some of them were allegedly harassing the witnesses that could testify against them.

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CBN N8bn: Accused Weeps As Children Appear In Court

One of the bankers standing trial for alleged fraudulent activities totalling N8 billion broke down in tears, yesterday, as her three children came into the courtroom of the Federal High Court to greet her.

The suspect, who had been in detention at Agodi Prisons, Ibadan, since the case instituted against them by Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, began last week, cried repeatedly even after the children had left.

All the eight suspects in the first batch were led into the court in handcuffs, some minutes before 9a.m., except the woman among them. As soon as they sat down, the handcuffs were removed before the commencement of proceedings.

This came just as relatives of the suspects became hostile to journalists, especially photojournalists who tried to take photographs as they were about boarding a rickety prison bus back to the prisons.

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