Shekau “Mentally Sick And Unstable”, Army Says After Sect Leader Appears In New Video

The Nigeria army says Abubakar Shekau’s latest video has confirmed its suspicion that the Boko Haram leader is “mentally sick and unstable”.

Earlier on Sunday, Shekau released a new video claiming he was “fine now” after being struck by the Nigerian army in an air raid.

“People of Nigeria, Buhari and his wife, Idris Derby who has a goat eye, and people of Niger and the whole world. I’m fine now but once my time is up, you won’t see me again,” he had said.

“You should all prepare with all your armed forces, even with our own John Kerry of US. They should all prepare with Ban Ki-moon also.”

Responding to the video via a statement by Sani Usman, its spokesman, the army said Shekau had derailed and no longer believes and practises the Islam he professes to follow.

“The attention of the Nigerian Army has been drawn to a video clip released by the so-called Abubakar Shekau faction of the remnants of the Boko Haram terrorists group this morning,” read the statement.

“In it, the purported leader of the group in his usual insane manner made all sorts of assertions to the point of threatening various towns, groups and individuals. He also tried, albeit failingly, to deny the air raid by the Nigerian Air Force in which he was wounded.

“The video has shown beyond all reasonable doubt the earlier suspicion that the purported factional terrorists group leader is mentally sick and unstable. The ranting is also another sign that the end is near for him which is part of the signs of all wicked people.

“The Nigerian Army wishes to assure the public that they should not be bothered by the contents of the video clip. This is because the facts on the ground speak for themselves.

“It is public knowledge that the military has been making concerted efforts to clear the remnants of the terrorists and rescue all persons held hostage by them especially the abducted Chibok Secondary School girls. This is a task that will be accomplished, no matter how long it takes. We are determined in this regards. Already thousands of persons have been rescued by troops from the terrorists.

“The video has further shown that he has derailed and no longer believes and practices the Islam he professes to follow; as he was absent at the last Eid prayers video. It is equally reported that he could not even lead prayers. The public should not be fooled by this individual.”

“No nation or society would believe him or any Boko Haram terrorist based on antecedent and as he has shown over times to be irrational and therefore unreliable especially when it comes to negotiations on the release of the abducted girls. Therefore he must release them unconditionally.

“We want to assure Nigerians especially the residents of Maiduguri, Kano, Kaduna and Zaria not to panic as we have more than what it takes to defend them and deal decisively with the remnants of the terrorists group.

“We would like to reiterate that Boko Haram terrorism as it was known, is gone for good. We are just counting down to the day when all the few remnants will be totally wiped out or brought to justice. However, a window still exists for the repentant ones among them to lay down their arms and surrender to justice.

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Turkish President Appears In Istanbul To Denounce Coup As Rebel Soldiers Surrender

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has flown in to Istanbul, after an army group said it took over the country.

He was seen surrounded by cheering supporters, saying in a live TV speech that the coup attempt was an “act of treason” and the army must be cleansed.

Sixty people died during overnight clashes, many of them civilians, and 754 soldiers were arrested, officials said.

Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said the situation was largely under control.

He has ordered the military to shoot down aircraft being used by coup plotters.

Earlier, one of the helicopters being flown by forces involved in the coup attempt was shot down over the capital Ankara.

Hulusi Akar, are still unknown. He is reported to have been taken hostage by rebel soldiers.

Gen Umit Dundar, commander of the 1st Army, has been appointed acting chief of staff.

Sporadic gunfire is still reported in major cities.

Reports also say rebel soldiers in some areas have been surrendering their weapons to police loyal to Mr Erdogan.

The surrender of one unit of 60 soldiers, who had taken control of one of the Bosphorus bridges in Istanbul, was shown live on TV on Saturday morning.

Istanbul’s main Ataturk airport is now under army control, and flights – which had been interrupted for some hours – were due to resume from 06:00 (03:00 GMT).

In a statement, the Turkish foreign ministry said the coup attempt “was foiled by the Turkish people in unity and solidarity. Our president and government are in charge”.

“Turkish Armed Forces was not involved in the coup attempt in its entirety. It was conducted by a clique within the armed forces and received a well-deserved response from our nation.”

It is unclear who is leading the coup faction or how much support it enjoys.

The group earlier declared that a “peace council” now ran the country and there was a curfew and martial law.

Soldiers were seen at strategic points in Istanbul, with jets flying low in Ankara.

Two large explosion were also heard near Istanbul’s central Taksim Square.

There were also reports of blasts at parliament building in Ankara. MPs were believed to be hiding in shelters.

Broadcaster CNN Turk was reportedly taken over by soldiers, and its live broadcast was cut.

In Washington, US President Barack Obama urged all parties in Turkey to support the “democratically elected government”.

Nato called for “full respect” for Turkey’s democratic institutions.

European Council President Donald Tusk said the country was “a key partner for the European Union”.

“We call for a swift return to Turkey’s constitutional order,” he added.

Speaking in Istanbul in the early hours on Saturday, President Erdogan promised to clean up the army.

“Those who drive around in tanks will have to go back to where they came from,” he said.

He also dismissed the coup leaders as “terrorists”.

Mr Erdogan earlier told CNN Turk by mobile phone the action was by a “parallel structure” that would bring the necessary response. He has used this term in the past to refer to Fethullah Gulen, a US-based Muslim cleric he accuses of fomenting unrest.

However, in a statement, Mr Gulen rejected any suggestion he had links to the events.

“I condemn, in the strongest terms, the attempted military coup in Turkey,” he said.

Mr Erdogan had called on people to take to the streets to oppose the uprising.

He said: “I urge the Turkish people to convene at public squares and airports. I never believed in a power higher than the power of the people.”

The president said he had returned to Istanbul from the holiday resort of Marmaris in the south-west of the country. He said the town was later bombed.

Defying the announced curfew, a number of Erdogan supporters turned out on Taksim Square in Istanbul late on Friday.

There were reports of clashes there, with some on Twitter saying that gunfire had been heard near the square.

After the military takeover was announced, a statement from the group was read out on national broadcaster TRT. It said that the democratic and secular rule of law had been eroded by the current government. There would be new constitution, it said.

Mr Yildirim told NTV by telephone: “There was an illegal act by a group within the military that was acting out of the chain of military command. Our people should know that we will not allow any activity that would harm democracy.”

Traffic was stopped from crossing both the Bosphorus and Fatih Sultan Mehmet bridges in Istanbul.

Gunfire was also heard outside Istanbul police HQ and tanks were said to be stationed outside Istanbul airport.

BBC

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Shekau’s Photo Appears Twice On Army Poster Of Insurgents Declared Wanted

Nigeria’s Army Chief, General Tukur Buratai, on Wednesday Declared 100 members of the dreaded Boko Haram group wanted.

Buratai unveiled publicity materials containing the names and pictures of the wanted insurgents including that of its leader, Abubakar Shekau.

A close look at the publicity material however revealed that Shekau appeared twice on the poster containing the photograph of the wanted members.Shekau double i

While Shekau visibly appeared as number 100 on the poster, his image is also used for number 97.

Sheaku’s double appearance comes despite previous claims by the army that he had been killed.

It is not immediately clear the reason for Shekau’s double appearance on the poster.

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Alison-Madueke Appears At Westminster Magistrates Court

There are indications that the trial of Nigeria’s former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke may have commenced in London, United Kingdom.

A BBC correspondent, Sam Piranty on his twitter handle said Mrs. Alison-Madueke was at the Westminster Magistrates Court, Central London on Monday.

He could however not confirm if charges have been brought against the embattled minister who arrived the court at 10.00 am.

The BBC correspondent tweeting @sampiranty had said “CONFIRMED Alison Diezani-Madueke was at Westminster Magistrates court at 10 this morning.”

He said the former Minister had earlier reported at the Charring Cross Police Station from where she was apparently moved to the Westminster Court.

It would be recalled that Mrs. Alison-Madueke was arrested in London last Friday alongside four others.

The UK Crime Agency has yet to reveal the identities of the other four Nigerians who may be charged for money laundering offences.

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Boko Haram May Have Fooled Nigerians With Its Sallah Day Video

Few days ago, the Boko Haram insurgents group released a video of its members observing prayers in commemoration of the Eid-El-Kabir celebration.

The video released by the sect is apparently to counter statements by the Nigerian army that the Islamist insurgent fighters were on a steady retreat, with Nigerian troops seizing a sizeable territory hitherto occupied and controlled by members of the terrorist sect.

Recall that the army has consistently revealed how it has decimated the group and weakened its power to carry out coordinated attacks.

While the group may have succeeded in creating an impression with the video that it is still strong and kicking, a twitter user who goes by the name Janguza has exposed what may be a deceit by the sect.

He identified some irregularities in the new video released by Boko Haram, which clearly looks deceitful.

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Saraki Finally Appears At The Code Of Conduct Tribunal

After days of dilly-dallying, Senate President Bukola Saraki finally turned up at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) on Tuesday to answer charges of alleged corruption and false declaration of assets.

Saraki, who adorned a milk-coloured flowing ‘Agbada’, entered the court room with a number senators. He was guided to the second row of seats, where he sat poring over his phone.

The Senate President had made had said on Monday that he will appear at the Tribunal today after failing to get the at the Federal High Court in Abuja to halt his trial  by the CCT .

The Court of Appeal also failed to grant his request seeking to quash the warrant of arrest issued on him by the CCT.

“Following the adjournment for the determination of the motion on notice and the substantive suit before the federal high court to 30 September, and the appeal pending before the court of appeal adjourned to 29 September, ?the senate president has decided, as a law abiding citizen, to appear before the tribunal in the interim,” a statement by his media office had said.

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Shocker: ‘Dead’ Politician Appears, Testifies at Delta Election Tribunal

The National Assembly Election Petition Tribunal in Asaba, Delta State, was startled as a politician reported to have died and been buried suddenly appeared physically and testified in court.

The politician who is member of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr Christopher Anirah, stated that he was not only alive but was hale and hearty, adding that all reports the tribunal had received concerning his alleged death were false.

Anirah, stunned the tribunal with his testimony at the on-going trial in an election petition between Gibson Ighofose Akporehe of the APC (Okpe, Sapale and Uvwie federal constituency) and Evelyn Omavowan Oboro of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

While giving evidence in the matter, the former House of Representatives member claimed that his supposed ‘Death Certificate’ was forged.
Anirah had been subpoenaed to testify before the tribunal.

However, Akporehe, the APC candidate in the last House of Representatives election, through his counsel, Mr. Charles Umweni, had told the tribunal that the witness he intended to call (Anirah) could no longer appear before the tribunal to give evidence as he (Anirah) had died.

Akporehe, who is challenging the victory of Oboro in the election, claimed that Anirah died of cardiac attack and, therefore, could not be subpoenaed to give evidence in the ongoing trial.

Nevertheless, the uncommon drama ensued when the Chairman of the three-man tribunal panel, Justice Adebukole Banjoko, called out the Anirah’s name during the resumed hearing of the matter on Wednesday in Asaba.

At that instance, a man who claimed to be Christopher Anirah jumped to his feet and stepped into the witness-box to testify as directed by the tribunal chairman.

It took an appeal from Justice Banjoko to restore calm in the court as the startled audience instantly reacted to the unfolding drama rather noisily.

Anirah, during examination by the respondents’ counsel, Mr. Onome Egbon,   told the tribunal that he was the rightful candidate of the APC for the Okpe, Sapele and Uvwie federal constituency in the state in the 2015 National Assembly election until his name was allegedly and  “fraudulently substituted” with  the name of Ighofose Akporehe on ground that he (Anirah) was dead.

He told the tribunal that Akporehe had deceived the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to remove his (Anirah) name from the list of contestants for the election having allegedly “forged a death certificate from a General Hospital that I died of cardiac failure and hypertension.”

Somebody allegedly made to pose as his family member and testify that the death rumours were true in order to convince INEC to carry out their evil plan of substituting his name, Anirah further said.

He however said he received several death threats through phone calls, warning him to steer clear of the election tribunal premises with the intention of testifying in the on-going trial.

Anirah said: “The notice was supported with a forged death certificate signed by a non-existent Dr Jude Omoefe from a non-existent Government Hospital in Okpe, Orerokpe. It says Christopher Anirah died of cardiac failure and hypertension. Also backing the notice is an affidavit of death dated January 15, 2015, and deposed to by one Okonji at the Ughoton Customary Court, Ughoton in the state.”

He then took the tribunal through the series of events, starting from when he won the party primary election to the morning of March 28, 2015, when he was finally told that he had been substituted.

Anirah said although he got wind of the “evil and desperate plot to rob me of my mandate,” he could do nothing as all his efforts to save it were futile.

“I travelled briefly out of the country. “When I returned on January 23, 2015, I heard that one Cyril Ogodo, the deputy state chairman of my party, had sold my mandate to one Gibson Akporehe while the party claimed not to know about it.

“When I formally reported the matter to the party, the state chairman, Erhue, and the gubernatorial candidate, Otega Emerhor, instructed the deputy state chairman (Ogodo) to go back and restore my name, which he did after collecting some amount of money from me.

“Surprisingly, after my name had entered the final list of INEC, I got wind of their plan to substitute my name on the ground that I was dead. I then wrote to APC and INEC (he also tendered copies of the letter). I went there myself to submit the letters in which I informed them that some people were faking my death in order to substitute my name. That was on January 24.

“Before then, during our campaign at Orerokpe, the APC governorship candidate told the people at the rally that in a few days time, they would know who would be the House of Representatives candidate. After the rally, I met him and asked why he made such statement knowing I was the candidate. He just smiled and didn’t say anything.

“Five days later, I got a call from INEC in Abuja that if I was alive I should come to their office at 7a.m. the next day. The call came at about 9 p.m. That same night, I left Sapele at 11p.m., drove overnight to INEC headquarters in Abuja where I met Mr. Ibrahim Bawa, the head of legal unit of the commission.

“They interviewed me during which I gave them evidence that I was alive.
They then assured me that I could not be substituted because I was alive. They said they were not happy over the  issue, asking why the APC of all party did such a thing. They said I should meet the APC national chairman, who signed the letter of substitution, to revoke it.”

Based on the INEC advice, Anirah said he went to the APC national chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, who he said apologised and promised to call a meeting to discuss the matter in order to have the substitution letter revoked.

Eventually, that promise by Odigie-Oyegun was never fulfilled, Anirah pointed out. “What I saw was that on March 27, a day before my election, Oyegun, Cyril and Otega conspired and went back to submit the same letter to INEC that I was dead and then submitted the same forged death certificate.

“On the strength of that, INEC headquarters then wrote (he also attached a certified true copy of the letter) to its office in Asaba that I was dead and should be substituted. I was informed at 8 a.m. on the day of the election that I had been replaced,” he said.

The complainant added that since then he had been making efforts to have the alleged culprits arrested all to no avail.

“I want Nigerians to help me fight this injustice, because if they let these people succeed, it could be another person tomorrow. It is unfair and inhuman for a man who is alive to be technically erased from the surface of this earth.

“My mother, children and friends are yet to get over the shock they experienced when they got the news that I was dead”.

In the petition, Akporehe of APC is challenging the election victory  of Oboro of the PDP with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), the PDP and eight others joined as respondents.

Meanwhile, Oboro in her preliminary objection filed from Peter Mrakpor’s chambers,  is asking the tribunal to dismiss Akporehe’s petition for lack of merit, saying  it is an abuse of court process.

However, Anirah has become Oboro’s main witness in the matter.

Thisday

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PDP Appears Jittery Over Buhari’s Anti-corruption Drive, Says President Should Not Politicise The Issue

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) appears to be uncomfortable with the decision of President Muhammadu Buhari to recover public funds allegedly stolen by government officials in the last administration.

Apparently worried by the decision, the PDP has expressed fears that the exercise might become a witch hunt aimed at discrediting and undermining the opposition.

In a statement issued on Monday by its National Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh, the party cautioned the President against politicising the issue of corruption in the country.

The PDP said, “While we expect the present administration to be serious about the fight against corruption, probe and persecute each and everyone involved in such, irrespective of their party leaning, we restate that these must be done within the ambits of the law and must not be used as a witch-hunt ostensibly to discredit and undermine the opposition. We therefore caution against the current drama of politicising the issue of corruption in the country.”

The party said no amount of intimidation, blackmail and propaganda by the Presidency would stop it from standing shoulder to shoulder with Nigerians in demanding that the President kick-start his government and commence implementation of his campaign promises.

The statement described as “lame and diversionary” claims by the Presidency that the financial mess created by the last PDP led administration was still being cleared.

President Buhari had stated that he met a near empty treasury and huge debts at the time he assumed the Presidency on May 29, a situation he  said, was one of the reasons for the delay in appointing his cabinet ministers.

But the PDP said the delay is creating loopholes through which some persons claiming closeness to the President have infiltrated executive bodies, arm-twisting and conniving with unscrupulous elements in the bureaucracy to siphon the nation’s resources in the last 30 days.

The statement added that the PDP would not in any way be cowed by threats and wild allegations by the Presidency into abdicating its responsibility of speaking out as an opposition party where the system is derailing.

“The PDP and indeed all well-meaning Nigerians were appalled by the response from the Presidency regarding our call for prayers to enable President Muhammadu Buhari-led APC administration locate its bearing, compose a government and halt the prevailing stagnation with its huge negative impact on the system.

“Instead of addressing the issues raised, the Presidency descended to insults, abuses and innuendos, a stance which not only bears out the case made by the PDP but also raises questions about the capacity of this administration to shoulder the enormous responsibility of governance.

“Furthermore, the analogy of the Augean stable is completely baffling to us at this level as it goes to a great length to question the capacity and the sincerity of those around the President.

“In Greek mythology, Hercules in his ingenuity took the task and efficiently cleared the Augean’ stable in a day for which he demanded a reward of a tenth of fine cattle belonging to the king.

“Nigerians would not want to believe that in the so-called clearing of the Augean stable, although not delivering in one day, President Buhari wants to play Hercules in his demand, this time, by wanting to run the government alone without the statutory components of the executive as enshrined in the constitution.

“We ask, is the so-called clearing of mess responsible for his inability after 90 days of winning an election to make up his mind on rudimentary appointments such as Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Chief of Staff and his demand for 15 Special Advisers as approved by the PDP controlled Seventh Assembly since June 5, 2015?

“Perhaps we need to draw President Buhari’s attention to the fact that while he is busy clearing his imaginary mess on the pages of newspapers, some persons claiming closeness to him have in the last 30 days been piling up sleazes that also need his attention in key agencies of government.”

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South African Appears On Video Claiming To Be Killer Of Foreigners; Issues 14-Day Warning

The video you are about to watch may change your views on life permanently.

You are strongly urged to watch this video with careful composure.

There are no scenes of violence in the video however it does contain very disturbing speech.

The individual in this video who says he goes by the name, Sergeant Mabutu Butu Meseko Zuma, Ngugu, with his alleged friend, ‘Maseko,’ claims to be a South African behind the killing of many  fellow African foreigners in the country in the recent xenophobic unrest plaguing the nation that has government undertones.

This fellow praises and promises more killing of foreigners in South Africa.

South Africa’s president, Jacob Zuma’s son has been accused by opposition activist Julius Malema of verbally promoting the xenophobic attacks.

We reported recently South Africa’s minister of small business actually suggesting support for looting against foreigners unless the ‘foreigners’ teach South Africans their ‘trade secrets.’

South Africa has deployed its army to Johannesburg and other violent regions.

Watch the video

 

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