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Wednesday, 19 September 2018

18-Year-Old Football Star Reveals Why He’s Chosen To Play For Nigeria Over Germany.

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German-born 18-year-old defensive midfielder, Jonas Benjamin Chimezie David, has revealed why he has chosen to play for Nigeria instead of Germany. David, who led the U-19 of Hamburg to glory last season, is widely viewed as one of the top prospects in the club’s academy.

OwnGoal revealed why he opted for Nigeria ahead of Germany and his immediate aim of playing for Nigeria at any level.

He was quoted as saying, “I want to make my father proud and playing for the country that he comes from will help me fulfill my aim of making him very happy.

“I am blessed with the most wonderful set of parent. They support my decision and I pray it comes to pass soonest than later.

“I have not been to Nigeria yet, but this is a fact I really want to change in the nearest future. Hopefully, before, or if I get invited to any of the national teams of Nigeria.

“Honestly, I want to progress through the ranks, meaning, I will love to start from the youth teams but that doesn’t mean I’m not eyeing the senior national team of Nigeria.

“John Obi Mikel, the captain and I share similar characteristic as midfielders and I hope to emulate his success with the Nigerian team and also match his achievement at club level,” he told OwnGoal.

Final year Nigerian student dies in India.

A Nigerian final year pharmacy student of the NIMS University, Jaipur, India, is dead.According to reports, Mubarak Muhammad Musa, passed on, yesterday, in India, after a brief illness.


Alleged Cult Member Pleads Guilty in Starvation Death of Daughter.

A Georgia man authorities say was connected to a black supremacist cult pleaded guilty Tuesday in the starvation death of his 15-month-old daughter, PEOPLE confirms.

Calvin McIntosh, 48, also pleaded guilty to three counts of cruelty to children, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Per his plea agreement, McIntosh was sentenced to life in prison followed by 30 years on probation, according to the Gwinnett County prosecutor’s office. However, McIntosh will be eligible for parole in 30 years.

McIntosh entered Alford pleas to the charges against him, allowing him to accept punishment while still maintaining his innocence.

McIntosh had been charged with cruelty against Iasia Sweeting, the mother of the slain baby, Alcenti. Sweeting was found starving inside an Extended Stay Hotel in Peachtree Corners, but that charge was dropped as part of the plea.

Sweeting has alleged that McIntosh kidnapped, raped
 and held her in captivity for four years before she was discovered by officers in the hotel room. She could not be reached for comment.

The surprise plea came on the second day of jury selection for McIntosh’s trial.

Also charged in the case is McIntosh’s daughter Najlaa, who is also accused of murdering Alcenti and depriving three of McIntosh’s children of food — two of whom he fathered with her.

It is unclear when Najlaa will go to trial. Najlaa’s attorney Charles Wrinkle has said that Najlaa was also a victim of McIntosh.

The case came to light on November 11, 2014 when McIntosh nonchalantly walked into Atlanta’s Northside Hospital with the lifeless body of Alcenti.

The infant weighed only 7 pounds at the time of her death.

Cultists kill final year medical student, 9 others at AAU graduation party.

What was supposed to be a peaceful graduation party of the students of Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma, Edo State, turned a bloody even last night, as about 10 people were killed by cultists.

Trouble allegedly started after two guys got into a serious fight at the venue, Judges quarters in Ekpoma. However, as people were trying to separate them, the other guy said they tore his cloth and they must pay.

He later left with his friends, only to return with guns, in search of the person that fought him. Upon sighting his opponent, they opened fire on him and those who separated the fight.

According to reports, about 10 people were killed, among who was one Dr. Einstein, a final year medical student set to graduate next week.


Criminals murder another priest, Rev. Fr. Jude Egbom in Orlu.

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The Catholic Diocese of Orlu, is in the news again, albeit for the wrong reason. One of its priests, Rev. Fr. Jude Chidi Egbom, was gruesomely murdered by armed hoodlums. This happened when the Local Ordinary, Most Rev. Augustine Tochukwu Ukwuoma, was attending a meeting of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria, CBCN, in far away Sokoto State.

The sad thing is that there had been previous dastardly killing of priests of the Catholic Diocese of Orlu. The most recent was that of Rev. Fr. Cyriacus Onunkwo, who came home from his base, to bury his father. Tragically, the priest was killed, even before he finished arranging for his father’s burial.

The Diocese grieved as father and son were buried. The ever smiling, gap-toothed Fr. Egbom was until his untimely death, the Parish Priest of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Amucha in Njaba Local Council Area of Imo State.

Amucha is the ancestral home parish of the Catholic Bishop of Orlu, and a shouting distance away from Nkwerre, the home of community of so many notables in the state. As the news of Fr. Egbom’s death spread like wild fire, so also were the versions weaved around his death.

One of the tales had it that the priest was on his way back to his parish, when he ran into armed robbers, who were operating at the time, and the hoodlums pumped hot lead in his direction.

This silenced him on the spot. Another story surrounding his death was hinged on what another group termed “pure assassination.” An obviously very angry priest, who spoke to South-East Voice on telephone last Saturday, on the issue, blamed his death on “possible hired assassins.”

Although the priest neither mentioned any name or linked the alleged assassination on his homilies, he, however, expressed serious pain over the loss of another brother priest to triger-happy gangsters operating in Imo.

“Nigeria has a way of handling its investigations. We have been told that about two persons have been arrested in connection with the murder of the priest. Did the nabbed suspects do the planning and execution alone? Do they have sponsors? If yes, who are they? Will they be identified, nabbed, paraded like these ones and prosecuted? The questions begging for answers are many and varied”, the cleric said.

Other peddlers of this assassination angle of the story, preferred linking the priest’s murder to the alleged strong position he held in the past, against some of the actions and policies of the government of the day. Despite all efforts, South-East Voice could not confirm this from any parishioner or priest, before going to press.

The third version is that the late Fr. Egbom was said to have driven to his barber’s shop at the popular Amaokpara Junction by Amaigbo Road in Nkwerre, to have a hair cut. It was also said that after the hair cut and just as he was about entering his car, an unknown gunman from nowhere emerged, shot him several times on the chest and disappeared.

This third version, appears to be what the Imo State Police Command believes in, especially as it was also narrated in a different prose, by the State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Dasuki Galadanchi, when he paraded the two suspected killers of the Catholic priest at the State Police Headquarters, Owerri.

His words: “On September 10, 2018, the Command received the report of the robbery and killing of Rev. Fr. Jude Egbom, the Parish Priest of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Amucha, Njaba Local Government Area of Imo State.

“The hoodlums invaded a barbing salon at Umuka Nkwerre and demanded the keys of one Toyota Avalon and Camry cars, parked in front of the barbing salon and in the process, shot sporadically, killing the Rev. Priest and injuring another victim.

“In a swift reaction by operatives of the Federal SARS, Imo Command, two suspects involved in the dastardly act were arrested. They are Chigozie Uzoukwu, male, aged 33 and a native of Umusieke, Owerri Nkworji, Nkwerre Local Government Area and Peter Boniface Ochokwu, male, aged 21, and from Umuibu, Owerri Nkworji, Nkwerre Local Government Area.

“They are members of the gang that have been terrorising Nkwerre Local Government Area and its environs in recent times.

“The Reverend Father’s vehicle and the vehicle used by the hoodlums have been recovered from the suspects. Other members of the gang, who are on the run, are being hunted by the team of investigators,” the CP recounted.

Continuing, Mr. Galadanchi itemised the recovered exhibits to include one black Toyota Corolla with registration number, FKJ 984 EV, used by the hoodlums for the operation, and one Toyota Avalon car with registration number RLU 369 AE, belonging to the murdered priest.

“The police also recovered one locally made shotgun from Kelechi Nnajiuba, two travelling bags containing shoes, clothes and other personal effects, suspected to belong to the slain Rev. Father, as well as 46 Permanent Voter’s Cards, recovered from Chigozie Uzoukwu,” the CP said.

The seeming initial mystery behind the identities of the murderers may have been unraveled, even if temporarily for now, but the big questions begging for answers remain: Why are these hapless, defenceless priests mowed down at will? Who will stop the periodic killing of priests in Orlu Catholic Diocese? Is this instant case mere happenstance or was it  planned?


Suspected cult groups threaten to kill SSS Director, Police Commissioner, others in Cross River, give reason.

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The Vikings and Skylo cult groups have threatened to attack security chiefs in Cross River State over the arrest and detention of their members.

In a statement made available to newsmen on Tuesday, the groups listed the security chiefs to be attacked to include, the Director of State Security Service, Commissioner of Police in Cross River State, Commander of the 13 Brigade of the Nigerian Army, Calabar.

Others listed were: the State Attorney General, some members in Governor Ayade’s administration, Hon Mike Obi, Mr Oliver Orok, Secretary to the State Government, State Chief Judge, State Chief Registrar and Mr Frank Ayade.

The statement jointly signed by seven members of the two groups, Udom Ekpo, Asuquo Daniel, Etim Udoeyop, Ikang Damong, Francis Okon, Emmanuel Okon and Asuquo Francis, lamented the condition of their members in SSS custody.

“We have heard of all what is happening with members of Virkins and Skilo confraternities. They were arrested in Obudu and brought to Calabar by Police and State Security Service.

“We want to let you know that we are going to kill the Director of State Security Service in this State. We are going to assassinate the Commissioner of Police. We are going to make Cross River State ungovernable for Prof Ben Ayade and his aides.

“We are giving the government 24 hours to release Mr Effiong Ekarika and Ebok Obong, Chairman of Vikings and Skylo with immediate effect.

“If not, we are going to cause mayhem and breakdown of law and order. We are going to kill or kidnap Chief of Staff, Mr Orim. Just watch out and see what is going to happen. We have mobilised our boys and ammunition for this assignment,” the groups stated.

The groups further alleged that one of their leaders, who is a serving member in the President Muhammadu Buhari administration would come to their rescue in case of any untold hardship

Reacting, the Clans Club International charged Gov. Ben Ayade and other security chiefs in the state not to succumb to threat by miscreants to terminate the lives of top government functionaries in the state.

In a communiqué to mark the 32nd anniversary of the group in Calabar, president of the club in the state, Dr. Fred Obeten, stated that it was wrong for any individual or group of persons to threaten a government, which is the soul repository of the coercive powers of the state.

“We call on government not to succumb to cheap blackmail but do all within its powers to bring the promoters of such terrorist activities to book speedily.

LAUTECH Final Year Student Dies A Day To Project Defense.

Just a day to his project defense, Mr Ojo Dolapo, a final year student of LAUTECH and the only child of his mum, reportedly died at Shalom hospital in Ogbomoso, Oyo State.

At a time when his mum was expecting that very soon, she would begin to eat the fruit of her labour over her only son, she received the news of the death of her son. We pray God comforts the family of the deceased and use the occurrence to draw as many concerned close to Him.

Sometime ago it was alos reported that a student of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, LAUTECH, Ogbomoso, Fatai Morenikeji, suddenly died on the football pitch.

It was gathered then the deceased, a 400 level student of Chemical Engineering, was playing football with his friends, when he slumped and died. Reacting to the occurrence, Vice-Chancellor of the university, Professor Adeniyi Gbadegesin, commiserated with the students who gathered in front of the Senate Building of the university. He also expressed sympathy with the parents of the deceased.

He immediately inaugurated an investigative panel to probe issues surrounding the incident, with a view to forestalling a future occurrence. The panel got 72 hours to submit its report to the university authorities.
The university’s Director of Medical Services, Dr. Caleb Adegbosin, who also spoke on the incident, said the deceased was rushed to the university’s clinic before being certified clinically dead, and that all efforts to save his life failed. The Vice-Chancellor, in declaring a three-day mourning period, assured the students that their welfare, including medical care, wowould continue to be given topmost priority attention at all times.


Nnamdi Kanu Is Not Save And Well In London – Fani Kayode.

Former Aviation Minister, Fani Kayode has refuted claims made by Ex Abia State Governor, Orji Uzor Kalu that the IPOB’s leader, Nnamdi Kanu is currently safe in London.

“Nnamdi Kanu is where I told you he is; he is in London; he is safe,” Kalu said yesterday, after a private visit to former military President, General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida (rtd) at his uphill residence in Minna Niger State.

But reacting to the statement made by the APC chieftain in a series of tweets Fani Kayode stated the claims are not true.

Read Below his tweets:-

Even though we disagree politically Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu and I remain friends. I must however point out the fact that it is not true that Nnamdi Kanu is “safe and well” in London as he has suggested. Nnamdi was abducted by the Nigerian military one year ago and is still missing.


Two killed, police men injured as suspected cultists, Hausa traders clash in Asaba.

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There was pandemonium on Tuesday night at Cable Point Quarters in Asaba, Delta State following a fight that broke out between some Hausa traders and a group of suspected cultists.

The fight, which broke out after a cult group allegedly attacked some Hausa traders over inexplicable differences, left three police men severely injured and two of the cultists feared killed.

It was gathered that some shops within the area were allegedly looted and destroyed as residents scampered for their dear lives. Two vehicles were also destroyed.

An eyewitness, Jude Nwani, told our correspondent that the fight was caused by a disagreement over sales of gold materials and some dollars between the suspected cultists and the Hausa traders.

The cultists allegedly stabbed the Hausa traders on their hands and left them in a pool of blood, a situation other Hausa traders mobilized immediately to avenge.

But the police Commissioner in the state, Mustafa Muhammad, who confirmed that there was a fight between some Hausa traders and suspected cultists to journalists in Asaba, disclosed that six persons have been arrested.

He added that some policemen in their attempt to maintain laws and order sustained unexpected injuries, stressing that they are currently being treated at the hospital.

He said, “Investigation is on going, and we have arrested six persons in connection with the fight which occurred at about 9.30pm. The police have restored peace in the area as two of the suspected cultists were feared killed in the process. We want to assure that those involved in the act will be brought to book.”

South African Armed Robbers Shot Dead After Opening Fire On Police.

Yesterday, various police units responded to intelligence with regards to a planned robbery.

Police spotted a BMW vehicle with three occupants along the N2 near Mandeni in South Africa.

When police attempted to stop the said vehicle, the occupants allegedly fired shots at the police officers.
Three suspects were killed during the shootout with police. Fortunately no police officers were injured during the shooting.