Thursday, November 27, 2014

Petroleum Minister, Alison-Madueke Elected First OPEC Female President

          Nigeria's Minister of Petroleum, Dieziani Alison-Madueke has been elected the first female president of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC). She was elected today at the ongoing 166th General Meeting of the body in Vienna, Austria.She replaces former president of OPEC, Libyan Vice Prime Minister for Corporations, Abdourhman Atahar-Ahirish. She was elected for one year and is expected to immediately resume office.Congratulations 

Kendall Jenner goes for Sixties chic in new photo shoot to 'change the face of fashion'

      The momager, who's known to promote her daughters' careers at any opportunity, took to Instagram to upload several pictures from the 19-year-old's shoot.Shot by photographer Ben Toms, Kendall models a number of throwback styles as she attempts to 'change the face of fashion'.Channeling sixties icon Twiggy, the brunette beauty looks uber stylish while sporting retro hair styles such as a blunt fringe and a classic bob.The fashion is typical of the post-war era and captures Kendall's desire to try to make a name for herself away from her family.OK, so it's not balancing a glass of champagne on her rear like sister Kim, but then again, nothing ever will be.However the sky does seem to be the limit for the reality star who was recently named the new face of beauty giant Estée Lauder.

Indian Girl Dies After Revenge Fire Attack


        A girl has died in northern India a week after a gang of men set her alight for fighting back when they tried to molest her.The 15-year-old's family told police six men had dragged her inside her house after she objected to their lewd gestures and attempts to touch her.She was doused in kerosene and set on fire.The attack happened in Shahjahanpur village, Uttar Pradesh state, and is the latest in a series of horrific sexually-motivated attacks in the country.The girl was taken to hospital but died on Sunday night, police superintendent RK Sahu revealed."Four of the six accused have been arrested," he said."All of them belong to the same village and are of the same caste as that of the girl." Police are hunting for the other two men.India's attitude to violent attacks on women has been in the spotlight in recent years after a number of shocking news.

Police Arrest Dangote Impersonator, Plotted to Abduct Beauty Queen


     The Lagos state Police command has rescued the current Miss Nigeria International 2014 & daughter of an aide to Kwara state Governor, Miss Sa'adat Bibire, who was abducted two weeks ago by a gang of kidnappers who deceived her to come to Warri, Delta state from Lagos after they promised to make her the ambassador of the Aliko Dangote brand.
     The gang, made up of students of the Delta state Polytechnic Ozoro, had opened a Facebook account disguising as Aliko Dangote and contacted Sa'adat. They invited her to Warri with the promise to make her Dangote brand ambassador. On getting to Warri, Sa'adat was kidnapped and taken to a place on the outskirts of Ozoro town in Isoko Local Government Area in Delta state. The kidnappers then contacted her family and asked for N20m ransom, which was supposed to be paid into a Malaysian account. Parading one of the suspects before newsmen, the Lagos state Police commissioner said a manhunt for the kidnappers was immediately launched after they contacted the girls family but only one of them was arrested while the others are currently on the run.
    When interrogated, one of her abductors, 23 year old Patrick Ifada (pictured above), said he was lured into the kidnap gang because of the money offered"I accepted to join the gang because of the money involved. We opened a fake Facebook account pretending to be Alhaji Aliko Dangote and we convinced her to come over to Delta State to meet the businessman. At first, our ransom was N20 million. When they were not forthcoming with the money, we brought it down to N15 million and then N10 million. I was the one staying with the victim in our hideout. We were using the quarters of one of our members, Destiny. We are five in number and I was promised a huge sum. Other gang members are Destiny, Marcus Omajuwa, Ugada and Chuka. We are all students of Delta State Polytechnic, Ozoro, ND 1. I was studying Computer Science. She was in our hideout for about two weeks. We asked the Special Adviser to pay the ransom into a Malaysian account that one Fred helped us to set up. None of us raped her. Destiny told us we were only going to make money from her family, and not to assault her" he told VanguardThe wife of one of the kidnappers was arrested alongside Patrick.

Gunmen kill 7 soldiers, 43 others in Zamfara

     According to Vanguard, about 50 people, including seven soldiers, were reportedly killed in Zamfara State yesterday by gunmen suspected to be cattle . The attackers were also alleged to have burnt some houses and destroyed other property worth millions of naira.According to police sources, the alleged reprisal attack, believed to be the deadliest in recent times, occurred at Lilo town in Gusau Local Government Area of the state.It was learnt that the incident followed the recent killing of some rustlers by some people in the area.Eye witnesses said that the attackers stormed the area when everybody was going about their businesses and opened fire at anybody on sight.
      “They just entered the town armed with sophisticated weapons and before we knew it, they had started shooting whoever they came across, which also led to the death of soldiers on surveillance who confronted them,” it was said.Vanguard reliably gathered that hundreds of the victims who sustained injuries were currently receiving treatment at Mada Hospital in the state.“We have lost so many things, especially lives,” one Sa’adu Musa, a resident of the town, who narrowly escaped death,Musa, who sobbed as he spoke said: “Just few hours after I left, a phone call came to me that I should not go back to Lilo because it has been overtaken by enemies. I fainted because I knew how I left my family.”
        He said the town had been deserted as those who survived the attack had since taken refuge at nearby villages, including Mada town and Kwatarkwashi for fear of further attack on them.Musa told Vanguard that he left the town for another neighbouring village to see one of his friends when the rustlers struck.
     Spokesman of the state Police Command, DSP Lawal Abdullahi, confirmed the attack but explained that only eight people were killed while another eight were injured.Abdullahi also confirmed the burning of some houses and the stealing of 92 cows by the suspects, pointing out that the command had started investigations into the matter.“The command is still investigating this painful incident. We are yet to make any arrest but by God’s grace, we will fish the attackers out just like we did the other time,” Abdullahi said.


Breaking news: British embassy convoy attacked in Kabul by a suicide bomber

       The vehicle was hit by an explosion, believed to have been carried out by a bomber on a motorcycle in the country's capital Kabul, according to officials.A British embassy spokesman confirmed the attack and said some people in the vehicle were wounded, without providing further details. He added that the vehicle was not carrying any British diplomats.Kabir Amiri, the administrative head of Kabul hospitals, said that at least five Afghan civilians were killed and up to 34 wounded. Afghan Public Health Ministry spokesman Kanishka Bektash Turkistani said the wounded included five children. The attack took place in the east of the city, shaking parts of Kabul and sending a huge plume of dust nd smoke into the air. Eyewitness Mustafa Deveci told MailOnline: 'The explosion happened at around 10am. I saw 5 or 6 civilian cars blown up on the road, I couldn't tell which ones belonged to the British embassy. 'I saw the damage of the smoking cars. The explosion happened on -- it's a very busy road, it's the main road going from Afghanistan to Jalalabad, it's always full of people.'
         All the seriously injured people had already been taken to hospital when I got there, but I saw a guy sitting at the roadside with minor injuries. A woman ran up to him and asked if her relatives were all right, he told her they'd been killed. She just broke down and started crying and cursing.''She was pointing at the car in the picture I tweeted. The rest of her relatives were travelling in it. I heard they were going to a wedding in Jalalabad.' 'Foreign vehicles were targeted by a suicide attacker on a motorcycle,' Deputy Interior Minister Gen. Mohammad Ayub Salangi said. Earlier, a local police officer said the attacker was in a car packed with explosives.The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack in a brief statement.

Policeman kills first class graduate over girlfriend


        A gun-happy policeman has killed a 30-year-old first class graduate of Economics from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, according to reports. The victim, Moses Murtala Aminu, who lived at No. 67 Ahmadu Ahidjo Street, Narayi High Cost family residence, Barnawa, Kaduna State went to a party on Sunday, where the police constable that killed him, Alex Okpe, was beating up his girlfriend outside the party venue. When he tried to intervene, the policeman got angry and shot Aminu, who died on the spot. The constable was also said to have shot in the air as he escaped on his motorcycle.Officers attached to the Barnawa Police Division had since arrested him, reports say.Kaduna State Commissioner of Police, Femi Adenaike confirmed the incident. According to him, Alex Okpe has been arrested and he confessed to the killing on interrogation.Okpe however claimed that he fired the shots in ‘self-defence’.“The suspect is in the cell and we have commenced investigation. And if he is found guilty, we will give him an in-house trial and summary dismissal so that he can face the law for homicide,” Adenaike said.


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