Thursday, March 31, 2016

Hispanic Ted Cruz turns to White Mom For Anchor in USA


A woman in Benin City, Edo State, Mrs Ohosa Ejimai, has alleged that she lost a 7-week pregnancy, after she was attacked and molested at her shop by a team led by the Edo State Commissioner for Transport, Mr Isimeme Oregbe.She said apart from the loss of her pregnancy and bodily harm caused her, the goods in her shops were also carted away by the commissioner’s team, thus, her resolve to sue the commissioner and the Edo State government the sum of N100 million for assault.Mrs Ejimai spoke in Benin when she was presented to journalists by the Publicity Secretary of the Edo State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr Chris Nehikhare, at the state secretariat of the party.The woman said she was in her shop located at 14, Mission Road, Benin City, at about 5:00p.m. on February 2, 2016, when some people led by the Commissioner, Mr Oregbe stormed her shop and started packing the goods therein, adding that in her attempt to prevent the commissioner and his team from removing her goods, she was slapped and hit. “They tried to push me into a vehicle, hit my head and fired shots into the air. People rushed me that day. I was taken to the Benin Central Hospital and reported to the Oba Market Police Station.“The third day, I started bleeding. So I went to the hospital. At the hospital, doctor confirmed that I had lost my 7-week-old pregnancy.“When they called me to come and pick my goods, I only saw about five per cent of the goods taken from my shop. They told me to take whatever was available as they don’t usually release seized goods.”Speaking on the plight of the woman, Mr Nehikhare said members of the PDP could not fold their arms and watch Governor Oshiomhole and his agents unleash terror on the people of the state.When contacted, the Commissioner for Transport, Mr Osimeme Oregbe, said Mrs Ejimai’s goods were seized because she displayed her goods on walkway, adding that the woman attacked members of the task force on street trading that were with him.“She was involved in assault and battery. If she lost her pregnancy, I don’t know. It would be very unfortunate if a pregnant woman could behave that way. Whatever happened to her that day was her making.”“She assaulted everybody on sight that day. I’m sure she was not well brought up, otherwise she would not have behaved that way. She put her goods on the walkway. That was what happened.“As you can see, it is all politics. I am not surprised she ended up at the secretariat of the PDP to make her allegation. She said she is going to court and we are ready for her. It was unfortunate the PDP did not show the beginning of the scene to reveal all that happened that day.

Maverick Soccer Coach Jose Mourinho named as new Nigeria Chief coach

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Man stripped of US citizenship for lying on naturalization form

Monday, March 28, 2016

Don Lemon Snaps at Omarosa, Abruptly Ends Segment on Trump

24 Least Intelligent U.S. Presidents Ranked By IQ

George W. Bush

We could have a real field day on this one, as we take a magnifying glass to previous U.S Presidents and their IQ’s. But before w e delve deeper we need to be crystal clear about one thing. The formal IQ test that we know and love today was only invented in 1905 A French psychologist called Alfred Binet. That being the case, one can only speculate what the ‘IQ’ of Presidents who reigned before that time was, and that is just what UC Davis professor Dean Simonton did back in 2006. In his groundbreaking study, Simonton used something called historiometrics to estimate what former President’s IQ’s would have been based on books they wrote, speeches they gave and the like. Interestingly, according to the modern day IQ scale, most former Presidents were pretty smart, relatively speaking and it seems they occupied The White House for good reason. Just bear in mind that the IQs presented here are estimates, and should be seen as such.

Monday, March 14, 2016

Darryl Hunt, imprisoned for more than 19 years for a murder he did not commit, found dead in a car in Winston-Salem

Darryl Hunt, imprisoned for more than 19 years for a murder he did not commit, was found dead in a car in Winston-Salem early Sunday. In 1984 at age 19, Hunt was charged with the rape and murder of a newspaper copy editor. The case was racially charged. Hunt was black and the murder victim was white. Hunt spoke against the death penalty for years after his exoneration in 2004, exhibiting a calm that made an impression on friends and strangers. He traversed the the state with People of Faith Against the Death Penalty and traveled overseas with the documentary “The Trials of Darryl Hunt,” speaking about abolishing the death penalty and improving the justice system. “I think everyone who saw Darryl .
At his original trial, Hunt was convicted of first-degree murder and barely escaped getting the death penalty. The conviction was overturned, and he was tried a second time in Catawba County in 1990, and again he was convicted.
After 19 years in prison, Hunt was exonerated in February 2004 after DNA evidence led police to Willard Brown, who confessed to the killing. After he was exonerated, Hunt was pardoned by then-Gov. Mike Easley. He was awarded a settlement of more than $1.6 million in 2007 and founded the Darryl Hunt Project for Freedom and Justice, an advocacy group for the wrongfully convicted.
But Hunt was also haunted by his experiences, said those who knew him. He would use ATMs daily, not so much to get money but so he could create a time-stamped receipt and an image recording his location.
“Even after all this time – he still carries this kind of fear and anxiety,” said Phoebe Zerwick, who in 2003 as a reporter for the Winston-Salem Journal, wrote an eight-part series on Hunt’s case.
Zerwick now teaches at Wake Forest University and regularly asked Hunt to speak to classes. His last spoke to a group of her students in late January.
“Anybody I’ve ever met who has met him has been deeply touched by him,” she said. “He’s really moving to college students.”
Mark Rabil is an attorney who represented Hunt from his first trial through to his civil settlement with Winston-Salem more than two decades later.
Rabil said he knew Hunt was innocent the first time they talked. “He was very open and trusting,” Rabil said. “There didn’t seem to be any question about it.”
Rabil and Hunt recently traveled together to the University of Virginia for a program at its public policy school.
Hunt often talked about the problems of people released from prison, Rabil said. Hunt called it “homecoming.”
The trauma of wrongful convictions, years in prison, and the responsibilities he took on after he was free wore Hunt down, Rabil said.
“In the long run, he eventually got the death penalty,” Rabil said.

The 'Innocent Prisoner's Dilemma'

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Igbo Nation Is Not Ready For Secession – Bishop Chukwuma


Rt. Rev. Emmanuel Chukwuma, the bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Enugu state, has assured the federal government that the Igbo do not need Biafra.
According to Chukwuma, those young people who took to the streets calling for the actualisation of Biafra were simply frustrated by bad leadership. The Punch reports that the cleric expressed his assurance on Thursday, January 14, while briefing journalists in Enugu state. The bishop stressed that the Igbo need massive infrastructural development in the South-East region and to be treated with justice and equity by the government led by President Muhammadu Buhari. Chukwuma noted that the pro-Biafra agitation is not necessarily a call for secession, but a protest against marginalisation and neglect by the federal and state governments. He added that the Igbo truly believe in ‘one-Nigeria’ and do not want to see the country divided. “The people of the South-East have invested so much in Nigeria to want to pull out now. The Igbo nation is not ready for any secession now because most of us have invested so much in Nigeria as a whole and we cannot abandon our investments.

To Be Handled By This New Judge “We in the South-East don’t want any war. We are not pushing for secession, we are not asking for sovereignty at all.

I am not in support of the agitation for Biafra – the pro-Biafra agitation is misguided,” he said. According to the cleric, those young people who took to the streets calling for the actualisation of Biafra were simply frustrated by bad leadership and its consequences, such as poverty and unemployment.

“Those who were marching for Biafra are mostly youths who have been frustrated, so many of them have been used and dumped by politicians.

They are misdirected youths who felt that was the only way to express their frustrations. “They were not given proper representation by those they elected – constituency offices are non-existent. The agitation for Biafra is just a camouflage, it is a protest against bad leadership,” he noted.

The bishop advised President Buhari not see the agitation as a rebellion on the part of the Igbo as they are committed to the unity of Nigeria. “The president should try as much as possible to understand that Igbos support his administration. We support his anti-corruption campaign. The federal government should try not to be vindictive,” he concluded. Meanwhile, Bishop Amaechi Agbo, the general overseer of Bethel House of God Mission in Enugu, has warned Buhari that the continued detention of Nnamdi Kanu, the director of Radio Biafra, would throw Nigeria into crises. “As for Biafra, it will come to pass but not now. Crisis will force Nigeria to separate from Biafra and nobody can stop it at the appropriate time,” he said.l

Osinbajo Aborts Indian Trip , but Not For Fear Of Saraki's Take Over

Professor Yemi Osinbajo, Vice President
Vice President  Yemi Osinbajo has dismissed insinuation that he aborted a planned official trip to India because of the need to prevent Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, from assuming the acting presidency of the country.

Reports had suggested that Saraki would have to act as president for a few days, in line with the provision of the constitution, since both President Muhammadu Buhari, billed to travel to Equatorial Guinea today and the vice-president would have been out of the country simultaneously.

The report also alleged that Osinbajo’s advance team had already been dispatched to India before State House protocol realised that that there had been a clash in the foreign trips that the president and vice-president were scheduled to undertake.

It also alleged that over $250,000 had already been expended on the aborted trip.

The Presidency has, therefore, rubbished the speculation, as it told the Nigerian Tribune in Abuja, on Sunday, that the report, which appeared in some online publications, was meant to cause confusion.

Giving the position on phone, the Senior Special Assistant (Media and Publicity) to the President in the Office of the Vice President, Laolu Akande, said the report was baseless.

He said even if the president was not in the country, he continues to perform his functions unless he is on vacation and, therefore, the question of saying the vice-president aborted his trip to stop the Senate President from acting did not arise.

“If the president were to be abroad, he is still the president except he is on vacation or indisposed, or for some reasons he is unable to perform his responsibilities,” said.

The presidential aide said the speculation are “wide speculation that adds no good to public information, but just confusing everybody. But I think Nigerians know better.”

He also said the money said to have been spent on the journey was mere speculation, as a Federal Government delegation had been invited to the meeting and would still be in attendance.

“Nigeria has been invited to the Indian/African summit and the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment will be leading a delegation to the event.

“There is nothing like cancellation. Remember that the visit of the vice-president to any country is not treated in secrecy.

“Whenever the vice-president is to travel out of the country, we inform Nigerians. So, this story in question is a bunch of speculation. There is no cancellation.”

Archbishop of Enugu Most Reverend Emmanuel Chukwuma Bans Women "Skimpy Dresses" To Church

The Archbishop of the Archdiocese, Most Reverend Emmanuel Chukwuma, disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Enugu, on Monday. Chukwuma said the ban was to return moral chastity on persons, especially women, who attend such functions in the church. He said that the Archdioceses had directed priests and senior clergymen to henceforth inspect wedding gowns and approve them before the solemnisation of weddings. The cleric also said using veils to cover sleeveless wedding dresses would not be allowed again in Anglican churches in Enugu. “I have directed ushers and wardens in various churches in Enugu to ensure that no sleeveless-dressed girl, lady or women enters into the church under any guise. “Whether it is the church wedding, reception or any other programme celebrated in the church or within the church premises, it will not be allowed,” he said. “We will collaborate with the governors’ wives to organise seminars and workshops for fashion designers in the zone for them to join this campaign,” he said. The archbishop said that the stance against indecent dressing would help to check sexual harassment and provocation, which lead to prostitution and rape in the society.

Court orders unconditional release of Dasuki’s aide March 14, 2016 •EFCC behaving like under military era, Judge says

A High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, sitting in Jabi on Monday ordered the release of Col. Nicholas Ashinze, a former aide to the ex-National Security Adviser (NSA), Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd) unconditionally from the custody of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Nigerian Army without any condition.

Ashinze has been in detention since December 13, 2015 when he was arrested by EFCC operatives over an alleged link with the $2.1billion Dasuki arms deal. But, in spite of the long detention, he has not been charged with any offence.

Ruling on a fundamental human rights suit filed by Chief Mike Ozekhome (SAN) on behalf of Col. Ashinze, Justice Yusuf Haliru ordered that the applicant be released on bail on self-recognition.

Justice Haliru said the court will not allow the anti-graft agency to act as in the instant case as if it is above the law, adding that the era of over zealous officers arresting and detaining citizen without arraignment on alleged offence is over.

The Judge said Ashinze’s detention for over three months without trial, was illegal, wrongful, unlawful and constituted a blatant violation of the fundamental rights of the applicant”.

The judge also ordered the immediate release of documents and items the anti-graft agency seized from the house of the applicant.

The Judge held that although, fundamental human rights enforcement proceedings were not meant to be an escape route for suspects of crimes, they were to help in containing the excesses of government agencies and wondered why EFCC kept Col Ashinze in custody for long without charge or is it that he has been found guilty by EFCC or the Army without trial.

“The EFCC Act is not superior to the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. The respondents in this matter have not behaved as if we are in a civilised society. They have behaved as if we are in a military dictatorship ?where they arrest and release persons at will.

“The respondents, I must be bold to say- the EFCC and the Army- have behaved like illiterate”, Justice Haliru added and also held that by virtue of section 36 of the 1999 constitution, as amended, an accused person was deemed innocent until proven guilty in a competent court of law.

He said although, EFCC and the Nigerian Army who is Ashinze’s employer are creations of the Constitution of Federal Republic of Nigeria, they are to operate within the ambit of the laws that established them.

In his words, “the detention of Col Ashinze for three months without arraignment before a competent court or an administrative bail is unfortunate.

“It is illegal, unlawful and a violation of his fundamental human rights to have detained him for more than 48 hours without charge”, he ruled.

Justice Halilu also asked, “Why has the 1st respondent kept the applicant without bringing him to court? Why was the applicant, being a serving military officer, who could be easily reached, not granted administrative bail? Or is it that the applicant has been found guilty and already serving his jail term?”

He added, “Nobody should be subjected to the whims and caprices of the EFCC. The essence of the rule of law and constitutional provisions is to ensure a just balance between the ruler and the ruled, between the powerful and the weak.

“Though the EFCC has the responsibility to investigate financial crime, it must however conduct its operations in accordance with the rule of law.

“The court is empowered to guard against i?mproper use of power by any member of the society or agency, EFCC inclusive.

The court refused Ashinze’s prayer for perpetual injunction to restrain the respondents from arresting him, saying that such an order will amount to stopping EFCC and the Army from carrying out its lawful functions.

Justice Haliru also declined to award N500million damage asked by the plaintiff for the wrongful arrest and detention, on the ground that Col Ashinze is a serving military officer and the damage asked of can not be justicable.

Earlier, before the ruling, counsel to the EFCC, James Ojogbana has announced an appearance and urged the court to adjourn the ruling to enable EFCC filed response to the suit.

Dismissing the EFCC application Justice Haliru said that all the respondents were duly served with the documents and hearing notices but failed to enter appearance or filed counter affidavit.

The respondents in the suit, the EFCC, the Chief of Army Staff and the Nigerian Army have not shown interest in the matter.

Ashinze had prayed the court for an order releasing him from custody, that his arrest and continued detention since December 23, 2015 “without being given any reason and without granting him administrative bail within 24 hours or 48 hours of his arrest and detention, is illegal, wrongful, unlawful and unconstitutional.”

Blogger And Humans of New York creator takes a 'moral stand' against 'hateful' Donald Trump

The creator of Humans of New York, Brandon Stanton, has written an open letter to Donald Trump, describing him as hateful and racist
The creator of Humans of New York, Brandon Stanton, has written an open letter to Donald Trump, describing him as hateful and racist

He called out offensive retweets he has made - many of which are racist images of 'lies' - and slammed his incitements for violence
He called out offensive retweets he has made - many of which are racist images of 'lies' - and slammed his incitements for violence
One of the examples he used was the quote by Benito Mussolini he shared, which read: ' It is better to live one day as a lion than 100 years as a sheep.' Trump said: 'It's a very good quote.'
One of the examples he used was the quote by Benito Mussolini he shared, which read: ' It is better to live one day as a lion than 100 years as a sheep.' Trump said: 'It's a very good quote.'

The creator of Humans of New York has written an open letter to Donald Trump, describing him as hateful and racist.
Photographer and blogger Brandon Stanton, who uploads uplifting pictures and stories of strangers he meets to the popular Facebook page, wrote a scathing post about the Republican frontrunner on the social media site.

Admitting that he had never been one to wade into politics, he said he was taking a 'moral stand' against the billionaire mogul, whose campaign events have been blighted with violence and protests in recent days.
He called out offensive retweets he has made - many of which are racist images of 'lies' - and slammed his incitements for violence.
One of the examples he used was the quote by the fascist Italian leader Benito Mussolini he shared, which read: 'It is better to live one day as a lion than 100 years as a sheep.'
Trump said: 'It's a very good quote.'

Stanton also condemned his advocation of torture and the murder of terrorists’ families.
In the post, he wrote: I try my hardest not to be political. I’ve refused to interview several of your fellow candidates. I didn’t want to risk any personal goodwill by appearing to take sides in a contentious election. I thought: "Maybe the timing is not right."
'But I realize now that there is no correct time to oppose violence and prejudice. The time is always now. Because along with millions of Americans, I’ve come to realize that opposing you is no longer a political decision. It is a moral one.
'I’ve watched you retweet racist images. I’ve watched you retweet racist lies. I’ve watched you take 48 hours to disavow white supremacy. I’ve watched you joyfully encourage violence, and promise to ‘pay the legal fees’ of those who commit violence on your behalf.
'I’ve watched you advocate the use of torture and the murder of terrorists’ families. I’ve watched you gleefully tell stories of executing Muslims with bullets dipped in pig blood. I’ve watched you compare refugees to ‘snakes,’ and claim that ‘Islam hates us.’