Another Terrorist attack in Borno hours after a cease fire was announced

Channels news which was the first to report the ceasefire agreement between the Nigerian Government and the Boko Haram sect even before the Nigerian Government announced it, is reporting a fresh terrorist attack in Borno state barely a day after.
Some of the report
“At least eight people have been killed in separate attacks suspected to have been carried out by Boko Haram militants in two villages in Borno State, north-east, Nigeria.
The attacks are coming barely a day after the Federal Government announced a ceasefire agreement with the members of the sect.
The insurgents were said to have attacked the village of Abadam on Friday night, killing at least one person, while a second attack on the village of Zhur in Hawul Local Government Area this morning, left at least seven people dead.
The latest attacks appear to confirm the doubt that have been expressed by some Nigerians regarding the sincerity of the terrorist group in agreeing to a ceasefire which was announced on Friday by the Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh.
Part of the agreement is to enable the release of the Chibok girls, whose abduction in April caused international outrage.”


UK Home Office allegely Bans Bishop Oyedepo from entering the Uk

From Sahara reporters:
According to the source, the ban arose from
preliminary investigations by Britain’s Charity Commission that determined that monies donated to Bishop Oyedepo’s church for charitable purposes were funneled to Nigeria to fund the preacher’s flamboyant lifestyle.
Bishop Oyedepo owns a plush private jet and
has a fleet of expensive cars, among many
other astonishing personal assets.
Bishop Oyedepo was barred from entering the
United Kingdom in July. However, when
SaharaReporters contacted Nicola Kelly, a press officer at the immigration desk at the UK Home Office, she declined to comment on the case. The same day, our reporter spoke to one Emmanuel Igban, a media aide to Bishop
Oyedepo, but he denied that the high-flying
preacher had been banned.
But our British source asserted that Bishop
Oyedepo and one of his sons had been aware
of the probe of church finances for at least
three years now. He added that the probe was
triggered after the British Charity Commission found out that the wealthy pastor had taken out more than £16 million from the UK since 2009.
He added that the commission closely monitors
any repatriation of church resources, disclosing that any repatriation of funds of that size was most likely illegal.
According to the source, Bishop Oyedepo
claimed that he was running a not-for-profit
religious organization, “but the commission
determined that he was diverting funds to
engage in a series of profitable ventures.”
Bishop Oyedepo, who recently turned 60, is
believed to be Nigeria’s richest pastor and is
widely regarded as one of the richest
televangelists in the world.
The UK government has distributed notices
warning airlines that operate flights to the UK not carry the bishop.
Mr. Oyedepo’s private jet is also barred from
entering the UK airspace with him on board.”

Again, S’Africa seizes $5.7m arms cash from Nigeria


The Asset Forfeiture Unit of the National Prosecuting Authority has seized $5.7m (R64m) for yet another arms deal between South Africa and Nigeria.

This is the second multimillion-rand arms deal between the two countries in the past month that has resulted in the money being frozen in South African banks.

Last month, R103m in $100 bills stashed in suitcases was seized at Lanseria Airport, north of Joburg.

The money was frozen in both cases for allegedly being the proceeds of illegal transactions.

City Press’ sister paper Rapport has learnt that the department for offences against the state in the Special Investigating Unit is also involved.

Documents in the newspaper’s possession show that the earlier consignment was approved by the Nigerian government – that country’s national security adviser personally issued the end-user certificate for the transaction.

An entire “shopping list” was supplied with the certificate, which included everything from helicopters to unmanned aircraft, rockets and ammunition.

Sources close to the investigation said the latest transaction was between Cerberus Risk Solutions, an arms broker in Cape Town, and Societe D’Equipments Internationaux, a Nigerian company in Abuja.

An impeccable source said this company paid the R60m into Cerberus’ account at Standard Bank.

Cerberus was previously registered as a broker with the National Conventional Arms Control Committee, but the registration expired in May this year.

The marketing and contracting permits also expired at the same time.

The company has since applied for re-registration, but the application lay in the NCACC’s mailbox for more than two months.

Sources told Rapport that Cerberus apparently tried to pay the money back to the Nigerian company, after which the bank became suspicious.

The NPA’s Asset Forfeiture Unit subsequently obtained a court order in the South Gauteng High Court to seize the money. Cerberus’ attorney, Martin Hood, this week declined to comment on the matter.

NPA spokesperson Nathi Mncube said there were no indications that the two transactions were related.

“However, both are now the subject of a criminal investigation and all possible information and connections are being investigated,” said Mncube.

Nyanya blast victim, Dominic, dies after surgery in Abuja

One of the two victims of the May 1, 2014 bomb blast in Nyanya in the Federal Capital Territory, Mr. Chiamaka Dominic, is dead, The PUNCH learnt on Monday.

His death came barely two weeks after a surgery had been carried out on one of his two legs.

The surgery was sponsored by Women for Change Development Initiative, an NGO owned by the First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan, which paid the N1.4m and equally gave him money.

The Boko Haram Islamic sect had claimed responsibility for the attack, which claimed many lives.

He was said to have died on Sunday night at University of Abuja Teaching Hospital, Gwagwalada, where he had been receiving treatment.

Dominic, a driver from Ehime-Mbano Local Government Area in Imo State, left behind a pregnant wife and two children (aged between 3 and 5).

One of his friends and relative, Felix Okwudiri, confirmed the death to our correspondent, while several calls to his wife, Ijeoma, for response could not get through.

“Yes, Chiamaka Dominic is dead; we are on our way to the hospital but I am yet to get in touch with his wife,” he stated.

The now deceased driver was first admitted at the Accident and Emergency Department of Wuse General Hospital, Abuja, but was transferred to the UATH  with another victim, Mrs. Monica Solomon, due to severe burns and injuries.

Our correspondent also learnt that when they were in Wuse General Hospital, the Minister of FCT, (Bala Mohammed) promised that the government would take good care of the two victims while the minister’s wife was said to have also provided a bag of rice.

The minister allegedly failed to fulfill his promise.

Dominic, had, in an interview with our correspondent about a month ago on his hospital bed, expressed gratitude to the First Lady for coming to his assistance.

“I thank the First Lady for her magnanimity, she is indeed a mother and I know that I will live,” he stated.

When contacted, the spokesperson for UATH, Mr. Frank Omagbon, confirmed the Dominic’s death to The PUNCH in a telephone interview.

“About two, three weeks ago, surgery was carried out on one of his two legs affected, waiting for a strong degree of gearing to take place before the other one,” he said.

The Special Assistant to the President on Gender Matters, Dr. Asmau Abdulkadir, through whom the N1.4m was disbursed, screamed when our correspondent informed her of Dominic’s death.

“Oh my God! I am not aware, was it as a result of the second operation? I got to the hospital and was told that a surgery had been done on the first leg while the treatment continues. I have even reported to the First Lady that surgery had been done on the first leg. The second leg was to be operated last Friday. I’m to see him again this Wednesday. I went there, he was very bright and looked okay,” she stated.

Chelsea’s Diego Costa says he won’t play for Spain unless he is fully fit

Monday 6 October 2014 18:50


Diego Costa has reassured Chelsea he will not play in Spain’s upcoming Euro 2016 qualifiers against Slovakia and Luxembourg if he is not fully fit.

Although he has been in prolific goalscoring form for the Blues since his summer move from Atlético Madrid, Costa has been struggling with a hamstring problem since last season and Chelsea boss José Mourinho revealed recently the 25-year-old was barely training.

Mourinho would also have preferred to see his player rest during the international break in order to receive treatment.

Costa, nevertheless, was called up by Spain coach Vicente del Bosque for the upcoming qualifying double-header, and the Brazil-born forward insists he is ready to contribute.

“I’m here ready to play,” he said to Spanish sports newspaper Marca after linking up with his international colleagues on Monday.

“I’ve had some problems but it’s getting better.

“I’ve already played three games in a week and the coach (Del Bosque) knows that I carry some problems but I will treat them during the week.”

However, Costa also says he will not take any risks with his fitness.

He added: “I don’t want to be in the middle (of Spain and Chelsea). Mourinho has not told me anything.

“One has to take into account that many times I am the one that makes the decision depending on how I feel.

“Here I have the confidence of the coach, the technical team, and if there is a problem I tell them.

“If I’m here and I’m injured then I don’t play because it would be worse.”

Costa, who made his Spain debut in March in a 1-0 friendly win over Italy, has yet to score for his adopted country after five matches but he is hoping to finally make an impact with the two-time defending European champions.

He said: “What I want more than anything is to succeed here (national team). Up to now things haven’t gone as I had thought they would or as people expected.

“This is why I really want to do a good job with Spain.

“I haven’t scored but if you look at the games I’ve played, I haven’t really had many opportunities to do so.

“I need to work hard in order to score my first goal, something which would make me very happy.”

Costa moved to Chelsea from Atlético in a £32m transfer deal this summer and he has not disappointed.

He scored his ninth league goal in Sunday’s 2-0 triumph over Arsenal that lifted Chelsea five points clear at the top of the Premier League standings.

“Things are going very well, but not just for me but for Chelsea,” Costa said. “I’m delighted.

“Against Arsenal it was complicated but we managed to win.”