Thursday, August 11

BREAKING: Colombia trash Nigeria 2-0 in Rio Olympics

BREAKING: Colombia trash Nigeria 2-0 in Rio Olympics

Coach Samson Siasia

Dream Team VI suffered their first loss at the male soccer event of the Rio 2016 Olympics, losing 2-0 to Colombia at the Arena Corinthians in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on Thursday morning.

Coach Samson Siasia prosecuted the game with a markedly changed side, bringing in Daniel Akpeyi, Kingsley Madu, Aminu Umar, Popoola Saliu and Ndifreke Udo in place of Emmanuel Daniel, Abdullahi Shehu, Imoh Ezekiel, Stanley Amuzie and Usman Muhammed.

Colombia stunned Nigeria four minutes into the match after the Dream Team VI sloppily gave away possession around the centre circle, allowing a Colombian attacker to float a sumptuous cross to captain Teofilo Gutierrez, who calmly converted from close range.

It was a goal that destabilised Nigeria, as Siasia’s boys struggled to find their rhythm, and they were soon thanking goalkeeper Akpeyi for miraculously saving a point-blank header that seemed destined for the far right of the net.

But the Dream Team soon got hold of the free-flowing passing game that had served them so well in the tournament, and it wasn’t long before a neat chance was fashioned out after a lengthy spell of dominance.

A smooth passing run ended up with striker Sadiq Umar gaining possession on the right side of the opposition zone. He would square the ball to a surging Oghenekaro Etebo, but he fluffed his lines in a manner uncharacteristic of the reputation he had earned for himself thus far in the tournament.

Nigeria bossed the play more as the match wore on, Mikel Obi orchestrating most of the offensive moves with such expertise reminiscent of the player he was at the World Youth Under-20 Championship in Holland in 2005. Still, the first half ended one-nil in favour of the South Americans.

Etebo spurned another close-range chance minutes after the restart, after Mikel’s deft lob freed Aminu on the left. The Osmanlispor striker squared the ball to Etebo, but his delicate flick from a tight angle didn’t work, and the Colombians profited from the ensuing goalmouth scramble.

Colombia went ahead in the 62nd minute, Dorlan Pabon blasting home a penalty after Akpeyi fouled a Colombian attacker in the six-yard box at the end of a counter-attacking play.

Siasia tried to chase the game with a double substitution in the 70th minute, sending on Usman Muhammed in place of Popoola Saliu, and Imoh Ezekiel for Aminu Umar.

Yet, it was Colombia that missed a golden chance to go three goals up in the 72nd minute when Preciado controlled a precise lobbed ball to take out Nigeria’s last standing defender but — with only Akpeyi to beat — inexplicably sent his effort wide off the far post.

The roving Stanley Amuzie was then brought on to replace Madu with 11 minutes left on the clock, but Etebo would be stretchered off three minutes later, meaning Nigeria saw out the remainder of the encounter with a man down.

The rest of the match was lacking in real attacking ability, leaving Colombia to run out match winners, booking their place in the quarter-finals behind Nigeria, as the Dream Team topped the group despite the loss.
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From October 1, if commercial vehicles overspeed, FRSC will know

From October 1, if commercial vehicles overspeed, FRSC will know

The Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) will as from October 1, begin the enforcement of the speed limiting device.

The speed limiting device will enable the FRSC determine when vehicles go beyond a pre-approved speed limit.

Boboye Oyeyemi, corps marshal, revealed on Wednesday, that the commission had gotten the presidency’s approval to begin implementation of the process.

He noted that the FRSC would momentarily compel only commercial vehicles to install the device on their vehicles before subsequently extending the enforcement to private vehicles.

Oyeyemi stressed that the FRSC was particularly interested in enforcing the speed limiting device so as to reduce road accidents.

“The final directive from the Presidency is clear; the enforcement date for the implementation of the speed limiting device is on Oct. 1 and we have had series of stakeholders meeting.

“The essence of today’s meeting is to finally convey the directive of the federal government to the stakeholders that with effect from Oct. 1, the implementation and enforcement would commence.

“We already have the portal that we will use to monitor this, we don’t need to pursue any vehicle, we will just stop you like we verify licence.

“On the tablet we will check whether your vehicle has been installed with the device, if it has not, we will impound the vehicle and we make sure that you do the right thing.

“We are not talking about fines now ,it’s to save lives so we will impound the vehicle then the owner of the vehicle will be made to install the device before the journey continues.

“For car occupants in a crash with an impact speed of 80km/h, the likelihood of death is 20 times what it would have been at an impact speed of 30km/h.

“Speed is the major cause of crashes in Nigeria with commercial vehicles accounting for 65 per cent of the crashes” the FRSC boss added.
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PDP convention should be suspended - Sheriff

PDP convention should be suspended - Sheriff

Senator Ali Modu Sheriff

The Factional National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Ali Modu Sheriff, has insisted that the party’s national convention slated for August 17 in Port Harcourt be put on hold.

Sheriff also insisted that the venue of the proposed convention be shifted from Port Harcourt to Abuja at a yet to be agreed date.

The ex Borno state governor has insisted on these demands since the date of the convention was announced.

He tabled the demand at Tuesday night’s meeting with a reconciliatory team set up by the party’s Board of Trustees (BoT).

The aggrieved Sheriff also demanded the removal of the Rivers State Governor, Mr. Nyesom Wike, as chairman of the convention planning committee.
He also asked that the local government and ward congresses conducted under his watch but were later cancelled by the Ahmed Makarfi led caretaker committee be upheld.

But the team, headed by a former Minister of Information, Prof. Jerry Gana, could not agree with Sheriff’s demand and opted to take the message back to the BoT in council.
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Nigerian mother pays man £1000 to pose as her baby’s dad to avoid deportation

Nigerian mother pays man £1000 to pose as her baby’s dad to avoid deportation

Faust Abolore

A Nigerian mother, Faust Abolore, who paid a man £1,000 to pose as her newborn baby’s father in order to avoid deportation, has been arraigned before a court in the United Kingdom.

According to UK newspaper, Standard Evening, UK police found out about her fraudulent act through online pictures of the real father cradling his son at a naming ceremony.

Faust Abolore, 29, was said to have hired one Anthony Ezekpo, 44, in a plot to gain British citizenship, using his name on the baby’s birth certificate and a subsequent passport application, Inner London Crown Court heard on Wednesday.

Abolore had claimed she lived with Ezekpo, providing the UK authorities with a fake address.

However, the UK police stated that the baby’s real father, Peter Gentry (a Nigerian), was photographed at the naming ceremony, on September 15, 2014, “in the role of the doting dad.”

The police told the court that Abolore wired £1, 000 to Ezekpo’s bank account the day her baby’s birth certificate was signed and that she entered the UK illegally.

“He was enlisted as part of a fraudulent scheme to get British citizenship for her to remain in the UK. A man turned up with her at council offices in Greenwich to register the birth and get a birth certificate. The man putting himself forward as the father was not Mr. Gentry but Mr. Ezekpo, and they both said they lived together,” police prosecutor, Adam Gardner, said.

Abolore gave birth to her son at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Woolwich on August 6, 2014, and a photo on her phone showed Gentry cradling the newborn child.

The police further claimed that she submitted a passport application signed by Ezekpo and counter-signed by one Samson Awoyinka.

“Mr. Awoyinka said he knew Mr. Ezekpo for five years from his church congregation. This was not true, he barely knew the man. He then admitted he signed the passport application and went to Greenwich,” Gardner said.

The court also heard that Abolore, who was arrested in September last year, refused to consent to a paternity test.

“She had a great deal to hide. She knew if she gave consent to the DNA test it would reveal the truth that Mr. Ezekpo was not the father and her application for a passport and birth certificate were all lies,” the prosecutor said.
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The name ‘Avengers’ came from the lips of Jonathan, says RNDA

The name ‘Avengers’ came from the lips of Jonathan, says RNDA

Goodluck Jonathan, immediate past president, is the grand patron of Niger Delta Avengers (NDA), says splinter group, Reformed Niger Delta Avengers (RNDA).

The RNDA recently “broke away” from the NDA, which is behind for the recent spate of attacks on oil installations in the Niger Delta region.

A statement released on Wednesday by Cynthia Whyte, spokesperson of the RNDA, stressed that Jonathan came up with the name “Avengers”.

In the statement obtained by Sahara Reporters, Whyte revealed that Jonathan spearheaded the formation of NDA to counter the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND), after the Okah brothers failed to support his re-election bid.

Jonathan recently alleged that the Okah brothers were after his life, and the latter responded by vowing to sue him within 60 days over the allegation of assassination levelled against them.

Furthermore, Whyte noted that Jonathan had made known his intention to release Charles Okah, alleged mastermind of the 2010 Independence Day bombing, from Kuje prison, should he endorse him for re-election.

“Like every sponsor, sympathizer and operative earlier mentioned who has equally denied links with the Avengers, we can understand the wisdom behind their decision; as their participation was always meant to be covert.

“Mr. Kingsley Kuku and Mr. Gordon Obuah, [Special Adviser] on Niger Delta and Chief Security Officer to President Jonathan, respectively were selected to visit Charles Okah in Kuje prison.

“Mr. Daniel Alabrah was given the assignment to draft an endorsement statement for Charles Okah to go through and pass on to MEND.

“It therefore came as a shock when MEND did the opposite and endorsed Buhari. Mr. Jonathan was livid with anger and swore that the Okahs would rot in prison.

“It was around that period the idea of forming the Niger Delta Avengers was conceived. In fact the name “Avengers” came from the lips of Goodluck Jonathan.

“As election day approached, certain stakeholders were mobilized to form a force to standby and ensure total anarchy in the South-South and South-East within 24 hours if the election results were not favourable to Jonathan.

“It took everyone by surprise to learn that Mr. Jonathan had conceded defeat even before the final results were released. The standby force who were to attack specific targets were told to stand down. They were all compensated in US dollars cash.

“MEND was aware of this plot through a spy that could not be identified, and the group began its campaign to counter every effort of the NDA and the Biafra agitators to this day.

“If former President Jonathan provokes us further with denials of this revelation, we will reveal more sordid details. The prison authorities in Kuje who witnessed the closed door meeting from the outside can attest to that night visit of November 2014.”
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Wednesday, August 10

Oh No! Pretty 22-year-old Girl Murdered By Sponsor for Dumping Him (Photos)

Oh No! Pretty 22-year-old Girl Murdered By Sponsor for Dumping Him (Photos)

The girl was brutally murdered by a man she dumped after sponsoring her education

A man has brutally murdered a girl who dumped him after he had sponsored her education and spent so much on her.

A pretty 22-year-old girl has been brutally murdered as revenge by a man who sponsored her education after she dumped him.

The man had spent so much on the girl before she decided to dump him. He couldn't take it and acted in a shocking manner.

It is alleged that the incident happened in Ghana.

Oh No! Pretty 22-year-old Girl Murdered By Sponsor for Dumping Him (Photos)


The shocking story was narrated by a Ghanaian musician identified as Opanka on Facebook.

He wrote: "This beautiful lady was only 22-years-old, she was killed by his Sponsor for dumping him. The guy had spent a lot on her education, but after she graduated she decided to dump him & went to live with her boyfriend.

What a loss to the family, she had parents, brothers & Sisters who had great hopes on her. Now she is gone & gone 4 good, never 2 be seen again. Dear young Ladies can you kindly think on this. Be Principled and live within your means.

Oh No! Pretty 22-year-old Girl Murdered By Sponsor for Dumping Him (Photos)


NB:- Ladies be very vigilant n appreciate your background and be satisfied with the little you have alright, don't let money deceive you because MEN ARE NOT TOYS... Share and let others know!!!"

Oh No! Pretty 22-year-old Girl Murdered By Sponsor for Dumping Him (Photos)

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It’s Our Duty To Pad Budget, Says Reps Member

It’s Our Duty To Pad Budget, Says Reps Member

Abiodun Olasupo

A lawmaker representing Iseyin/Itesiwaju/Kajola/Iwajowa federal constituency, Abiodun Olasupo, has said that padding of budget is one of their constitutional responsibilities as members of the House of Representatives.

Olasupo, who is the Chairman House of Representative Committee on Legislative Compliance, made the revelation on Wednesday while on inspection of some of the intervention and federal government projects under his constituency.

Citing Sections 80 and 81 of the Nigeria constitution, Olasupo argued that it is within the powers of the Green Chamber to alter the budget, adding that it doesn't make sense to criminalise the act.

He argued that whenever the budget presented by the executive arm of government does not reflect true federal character, it is the duty of the House of Representatives to pad or alter it.

“If you look at the Nigeria Constitution, what Honourable AbdulMuminin Jibrin refer to as padding is tantamount to what the constitution defines as the function of a member of House of Representative because the constitution guarantees the three major function of making law, appropriation, and over sight.

“In appropriation it is either for us to add, subtract or change and what Hon Jibrin has been trying to say is that we are changing, inserting and adding, so if that is what he calls padding then that is what the constitution expects the house of representative to do.

“In my own opinion been an active member during the budget defence, I was involved in the budgeting system of up to six ministries, I participated in FERMA, NAVY, health institutions, governmental agencies and a whole lot of them.

The entire budgeting system make it possible that if you are elected as a member of national assembly and you are not ready to do what Muminin Jibrin calls padding then you are a failure, because basically the budget that is been brought to the national assembly does not reflect the principle of federal character as guaranteed by the constitution,” he said

“When the executive are bringing the budget they are not considering my constituency, so they will bring a budget to me and I am expected to approve it, and if it doesn’t have the interest of my constituency you want me to keep quite, no I won’t, what I will also do is to insert what will favour the people of my constituency which is what Jibrin calls padding.

“I am not saying somebody is wrong or right but I do not see what is bad in attracting projects to my constituency. For the first time in the history of this country a budget presented by the executive was reduced when a president personally presented the budget to the national assembly personally.

It means that we are shifting away from impunity, and corruption that has characterised the government of the past,” Olasupo added.
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Rio Olympics: Mikel disappointed not to carry Nigerian flag

Rio Olympics: Mikel disappointed not to carry Nigerian flag

Chelsea midfielder Mikel Obi has said he was disappointed he could not carry the Nigerian flag at the Rio Olympics opening ceremony as the captain of the 85-man Nigerian contingent due to logistical problems.

Mikel revealed in a column he wrote for the Evening Standard: “Unfortunately, I didn’t end up carrying the Nigeria flag at the opening ceremony as expected.

“Our first two games were in Manaus and we arrived so late, we didn’t have the time to arrange for me to fly to Rio straight after the Japan match and then come back again to face Sweden.

“We decided it was going to be too much for me as it takes four hours each way.

“It was obviously disappointing.

“I watched some of the ceremony but then I got a bit too emotional and had to switch off because I knew I was supposed to be there.”

Female table tennis star Funke Oshinaike, who is attending her sixth Olympics, carried the Nigerian flag.

Mikel said after all the drama surrounding the Nigeria Olympic team, “winning the gold medal is the only thing on my mind”.
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UK begins 24-hour visa service in Nigeria

UK begins 24-hour visa service in Nigeria

The UK has launched Super Priority Visa Service in Nigeria to allow customers to process their applications within 24 hours.

The British High Commission, on its website, said the new service would meet the needs of those who require urgent service to travel.

The British High Commissioner, Paul Arkwright, expressed delight over the introduction of the Super Priority Visa service in Nigeria.

Arkwright said, “I am pleased to see the Super Priority Visa service being launched in Nigeria.

“This comes with an additional cost but is designed to give greater flexibility to our customers and underlines our strong commitment to make improvements to the visa services we offer.

“We expect this new service to be particularly useful for business. We understand that business opportunities and urgent requirements can arise at very short notice.

“We recognise this and want to facilitate such travel to the UK with this new super-fast service.”

The High Commission said the introduction of the service allowed customers greater flexibility to choose from a number of visa products to meet their needs.

“It is offered alongside our current Priority Visa (front of queue processing five to seven-day) and standard (15-day) services.

“The UK is the only European country to offer a visa decision in 24 hours.

“The Super Priority Visa service is aimed largely at key business customers and those needing to travel urgently by providing a visa decision for collection at the Visa Application Centre the working day following submission.”

It said the service costs 750 Pounds in addition to the visa fee and would be available to eligible customers applying in the Abuja and Lagos Visa Application Centres.

The High Commission said those applying in the “Visitors” or “Points Based System Tier 4” are eligible to use the Super Priority Service.

It said appointments are available from Mondays to Thursday from 8.30 a.m. to 10 a.m. and Fridays from 8.30 a.m. to 9 a.m. at the Abuja and Lagos centres only.

“Extending the Super Priority Visa service to Nigeria is another example of how the UK is leading the world in the provision of premium visa services for those coming to the UK to visit, do business or study.’’
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Again, Nigeria receives fund for humanitarian assistance

Again, Nigeria receives fund for humanitarian assistance

File photos of internally displaced persons

 The United States of America has announced the release of N11.9 billion as humanitarian support for Nigeria

– The U.S said this fund will be used to provide critical assistance to Nigerians affected by conflict and insurgency as well as individuals in the Lake Chad Basin Region

The Nigerian government has again received foreign aid as relief for internally displaced persons in the Lake Chad Basin region.

The United States government on Wednesday, August 10, announced that it will be providing more than $37 million (N11.9 billion) as an additional humanitarian assistance to Nigerians affected by conflict in the region.

The U.S in a statement said the fund will be used for assisting Nigerians caught up in insurgency and insecurity in the nation and around the Lake Chad Basin.

On Friday, August 5, the European Union Commission announced the release of €9 million (N3.18 billion to the Nigerian government for same humanitarian activities in the north east.

Just like the U.S the EU commission’s support will be made available for humanitarian aid support to Nigeria, Niger and Cameroon as they face crisis in various insurgency hit regions.

“The savagery of Boko Haram has triggered a humanitarian crisis in Nigeria and surrounding countries in the Lake Chad Basin region,” the U.S said.

The announcement was made by three senior US Agency for International Development (USAID) officials – Nigeria mission director Michael T. Harvey, U.S Office of Foreign Disaster’s assistance director Jeremy Konyndyk and Office of Food for Peace deputy director Matt Nims – the statement said.

With this new funding, the U.S will be providing more than $318 million in humanitarian assistance since the 2015 fiscal year to the Lake Chad Basin region and continues to be the single largest humanitarian donor to the region.

“In addition to humanitarian funding, USAID provides targeted assistance that seeks to reduce extreme poverty and improve the quality of life for Nigeria’s most vulnerable communities through improved governance and civic participation at the federal, state, and local levels; reduced corruption; a strengthened private sector as a source of job creation; and improved quality of social service delivery,” the U.S added.

It also said that since the inception of insurgency in the region, families have been driven from their homes, millions left without enough to eat while human rights abuses are widespread.

“Despite gradually improving security conditions, the humanitarian situation remains dire. Throughout the region, approximately 5 million people need emergency food assistance, and 2.5 million people are displaced,” the U.S statement said.

It also added that the funding to the United Nations and non-governmental organization partners will help thousands of Nigerians including individuals in the Lake Chad Basin area receive “critically” needed assistance.

“The food assistance will be delivered to conflict-affected communities in the Diffa Region of Niger, including populations who fled their homes following the recent attacks in Bosso.

This new food assistance will be coordinated with the humanitarian community in Nigeria to scale up the overall regional food response,” it said.

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Politicians are jobbers, padders, says Donald Duke

Politicians are jobbers, padders, says Donald Duke

Donald Duke

– Nigeria has been reeling under a very harsh economy and Donald Duke, former Cross River governor, is hitting hard at politicians

– Duke also criticised the ‘change agenda’ of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration even though the government has continued to raise hopes

Former governor of Cross Rivers state, Donald Duke, broke his silence on Wednesday, August 10, by slamming politicians in the country.

File photo of President Muhammadu Buhari and other politicians during the presidential campaign of 2015

He described politicians in the country as nothing but jobbers and padders in a report by The Cable.

The report said Duke was speaking at an event organised by the Kukah centre, Abuja, with the theme: ‘From activism to political power: the challenges of democratic governance in Nigeria’, when he made statement.

He also slammed the President Muhammadu Buhari administration over the type of ‘change agenda’ it was offering Nigerians.

Duke reportedly said: “Sadly, politicians in our society are jobbers and padders and apply the word change.

“As a member of the PDP or what is left of it, the change they do me one kind.


“So change is not always necessarily the way to go, as for the change wey we dey so, only time will tell.”

The event had Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo state, as the major speaker.

Buhari’s government had for weeks experienced consistent attacks and criticisms over the state of the nation as well as an economy that is seriously sliding.

The government has, on its part, continued to churn out reasons the country is where it is currently just as Kemi Adeosun, the finance minister, has disclosed that the government will resort to borrowing to fund the 2016 budget due to the declining price of oil in the international market.

Nigeria is largely dependent on proceeds from oil, but the resurgence of militancy in the oil-rich Niger-Delta region has reduced oil production while the falling prices of crude in the international market has reduced revenue to the country.
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This is Buhari’s Opportunity To Kill Corruption – Jibrin

This is Buhari’s Opportunity To Kill Corruption – Jibrin

The former House of Representatives Committee Chairman on Appropriations, Abdulmumin Jibrin, has said that his allegations against some members of the house on the budget padding scandal is President Muhammadu Buhari’s opportunity to kill corruption.

Jibrin, who made the statement via twitter said that the ongoing commotion about the budget padding scandal is clearly an act of God.

He said, “I strongly believe that what is happening today is beyond Hon Abdulmumin Jibrin or corrupt Speaker Yakubu Dogara. It is clearly from God

“It is a clear sign that Almighty God has answered the prayers of Mr President to completely wipe corruption out of Nigeria

“As events unfold, Nigerians will come to realise that this is what I have always wanted to do, fight corruption!

“I strongly believe that God has prepared me all my life for this. It is a non-negotiable destiny of mine.

“I say to Speaker Yakubu Dagara and the 3 other principal officers, the House of Representatives belongs to Nigerians listen to the voices of Nigerians, take a moment and listen, you will do the right thing. In any case, you will, may be at the wrong time!!!”

In earlier tweets, Jibrin accused Dogara and other members of the leadership of the lower house of institutionalizing corruption in the legislature.

He said, “The question on the lips of Nigerians is why then did the same Speaker Dogara say he “sacked” me on the grounds of padding allegations?

“I have said repeatedly and wish to restate that I did nothing wrong and I committed no offense. I did not abuse my office or corruptly enrich myself in the 5 years I have been in the House.

“The only reason why they wanted me out is my independent-mindedness, resistance to corruption and my refusal to “play ball” on abuse of office they institutionalized in House. They want to have someone that can do their corrupt bidding.

“Now that I have exposed the fact that Speaker Dogara and 3 others are the padders, padding is no longer an offense, Shame! Shame!!&shame!!!

“This is what I have always wanted to do, fight and expose corruption in the House of Representatives

“I have fought corruption internally in House. Now, I cherish this rare opportunity to do it externally. Yes, it is coming after I left office which some people still question. But does that in anyway affect the substance of the allegations I have raised so far?”

Continuing, Jibrin said, “As it stands today, these corrupt elements have infiltrated the House, making the institution a hub of systemic corruption. I repeat, there is massive individual and institutional corruption in the House of Representatives aided and abetted by Speaker Dogara.

“And all Nigerians have a responsibility to avail themselves of this rare opportunity to flush out corruption in the House. I have pledged my continuous support and assistance to the security and anti-corruption agencies.

“Let me also state that contrary to some myopic opinion that it would affect the institution of the House, It will rather free the institution of the grip of these corrupt vested interests, restore its intergrity and shape it to become a pride to us.

“While Speaker Dogara and 12 corrupt members are running from pillar to post trying to re define padding, avoid the anticorruption agencies.

“And looking for cover or soft landing, I have held several meetings with the agencies, provided useful documents and vital information.

“They obviously have so much to hide, so much to fear and every reason to run to high places looking for an exit plan, we call them cowards!”
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HEARTBREAKING!!! See How Nigeria Police Killed A Young Man In Rivers State – The Details Will Make You Cry (Photos)

HEARTBREAKING!!! See How Nigeria Police Killed A Young Man In Rivers State – The Details Will Make You Cry (Photos)

A young man identified as Iyke Ogbonnaya,27, was allegedly murdered by Nigerian police on Sunday, August 7 at about 10.am.

According to his brother Kalu Ogbonnaya, who shared the photos on Facebook, his brother was killed following a fight that broke out in their area.

HEARTBREAKING!!! See How Nigeria Police Killed A Young Man In Rivers State – The Details Will Make You Cry (Photos)


He wrote;

“My fellow Nigeria, you people should see what the Nigeria police has don 2 my beloved brother Iyke ogbonnaya, I thought dey said the police is our friend but dey are not dat’s for sure, see how dey brutally killed my brother over two fighting oh! @ mini okoro police station, 27yrs on sunday 7 August 2016”
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BRT buses resume operations after drivers’ one-day strike, lost N50m

BRT buses resume operations after drivers’ one-day strike, lost N50m

Drivers driving the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) buses resumed work on Wednesday after Tuesday’s protest over delay in payment of their salaries, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.

This came just as Primero Transport Services Ltd., the operators of the scheme, said that it lost no less than N50 million during the one day protest.

The management, led by Mr Fola Tinubu, however, expressed its apologies to its teeming commuters for the pains the strike brought on them.

NAN reports that the drivers had also protested against alleged unfavourable working conditions of service.

A correspondent of NAN that visited the Majidun Depot of the company in Ikorodu on Wednesday morning saw some of the drivers preparing their buses for the day’s operations.

He, however, saw some of them loitering outside the depot.

He noted that the atmosphere changed positively when Mr Fola Tinubu, the company’s Managing Director, rode in the first bus from the depot to its Ikorodu Terminal.

NAN reports that at the terminal, Tinubu reassured commuters that the buses had resumed their regular services.


After then, the first set of buses rolled out of the depot at 7.15 a.m.

NAN reports that the scheme, being operated by Primero Transport Services Ltd., provides bus services along dedicated lanes in the metropolis with Lagos Island to Ikorodu and vice-versa enjoying a great boost.

NAN also observed that policemen from the BRT Monitoring and Enforcement Task Force were seen manning the main entrance to the premises.

Tinubu, after the ride told NAN that the buses had resumed operations.

“As you can see, the buses are back on the road, we have rolled out over 100 buses and we are pushing more out.

“So all I can do is to appeal to residents of Lagos to bear with us, it was circumstances beyond our control; it is over now, our buses are back on the road.’’

He said that drivers who were yet to report for work could do so, saying “the terms of employment have been spelt out; if you are comfortable with it you can come and work.

“If you are not, you can look for employment somewhere else; it is not by force for us that somebody has to work for Primero.

“So if they are happy let them come in, I don’t have grudges against anybody.

“As you can see, all the ones (drivers) that were out yesterday are back at work now, so if the few that are outside want to come they can do so.

“I am not putting a deadline on it right now, he said.’’

Tinubu said that the company lost no less than N50 million when commenting on the financial loss from the strike.

“Though, a minimum of N50 million was lost by the company, residents of Lagos bore the pain the most during the one-day strike embarked upon by the drivers.

“We’ve not even quantified it yet; but we are looking at least N50 million.

“But more importantly, what about all the people (commuters) that wanted to go to work and couldn’t do so, or were late for work, contract.

“How do you quantify the sufferings that people went through yesterday; so, let us forget Primero’s loss.

“All I can do is just beg them (commuters) and apologise,’’ he added.

He said the company would continue to provide quality services to its commuters, as well as create conducive working environments for its members of staff.

“In fact, this event (the strike) will re-energize me, and I will intensify my efforts, not only to make the busmen happy but also to provide a better service for Lagos residents,’’ he said.

Tinubu also expressed the company’s appreciation to Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State and the Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority (LAMATA) for resolving the issues that precipitated the strike.

“The governor has been very good on this issue; I thank him so much.

“He is one of the people that made the resumption possible because he cares a lot about the commuters.’’

NAN reports that less than 20 minutes after the buses resumed operations, hundreds of commuters heading for various destinations had thronged the Ikorodu Terminal to board them.

Some of the passengers told NAN that they were excited with the resolution of the impasse between the BRT management and its protesting drivers.

Mrs Folashade Adebiyi, a businesswoman, said, “It’s indeed a relief that the drivers had called off their strike; yesterday (Tuesday) was hellish for some of us.

“I want to thank all the parties involved in the resolution and ensured the buses returned to the road.’’

Another passenger, Mr Mathew Obinna, urged the management of the BRT buses to ensure such a lull did not reoccur.

NAN reports that Primero, which began operations in November 2015, has 434 buses in its fleet and more than 2,000 staff. (NAN)
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SHOCKING! Three Dead Including A Student As Cultists Go On Rampage In Lagos Area…

SHOCKING! Three Dead Including A Student As Cultists Go On Rampage In Lagos Area…

Gunmen suspected to be cult members have invaded Abule Nla Road in the Iponri area of Lagos State, shooting at youths in a restaurant. During the shootout, three persons were reportedly killed.
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The victims comprised a student of a polytechnic in Ogun State, Damilola Adegoke, and two of his friends, identified only as Kehinde and Junior, aka Hypo. It was learnt that another friend, who sustained gunshot injuries on both legs, was recuperating in a private hospital in the area.

PUNCH Metro was told that the attackers, who reportedly came in a car, stormed the restaurant – Iya Illa Mini Mart – on Abule Nla Road by Vaughan Street at about 8pm on Sunday and opened fire on the drinkers.

It was learnt that 20-year-old Damilola died on the spot, while Kehinde and Junior, an auto mechanic, were rushed to a hospital where they were also confirmed dead.

It was gathered that policemen from the Iponri division came to the area to remove Damilola’s corpse and to examine the restaurant which had chairs smeared with blood.

The policemen, assisted by members of the Vigilantes Group of Nigeria, reportedly arrested two of the gunmen on Ilaje and Otumara streets in the area.

Damilola’s father, Folorunsho Adegoke, said his son had come home from school to collect pocket money before he met untimely death.

He said, “Damilola came back on Friday. He came home to collect some pocket money. He was a student of the Moshood Abiola Polytehcnic, Ogun State. He and his friends were having fun at the restaurant when they shot him.

“The policemen were here on that evening. They said the attack was cult-related. I have put my comfort in God.”
The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, SP Dolapo Badmos, confirmed the attack.

She said, “The police recorded one death. Preliminary investigation reveals that it is a cult reprisal. Investigation is ongoing, while effort is on to arrest the fleeing suspects.”

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UNBELIEVABLE: Mother & Son Who Fell In Love Face Jail Time , Said They Are Ready To Go To Jail (photos + Details)

UNBELIEVABLE: Mother & Son Who Fell In Love Face Jail Time , Said They Are Ready To Go To Jail (photos + Details)

EXCLUSIVE: ‘We ended up kissing and kissing led to other things’: Mother, 36, and son, 19, who fell in love when they met last year after she gave him up for adoption as a baby, say they’ll go to JAIL to defend their relationship

Monica Mares, 36, and her son Caleb Peterson, 19, of Clovis, New Mexico, face up to 18 months in prison if found guilty of incest
The couple said that they are willing to risk everything to be together

They have decided to go public with their affair in a bid to raise awareness of Genetic Sexual Attraction (GSA) relationships
Mares, a mother of nine, gave birth to Peterson when she was 16 years old, and he was adopted shortly thereafter

They were reunited for the first time last year after reconnecting over Facebook

The couple, who live separately in Clovis, New Mexico, developed feelings for each other and their relationship became sexual a few weeks later

But they are banned from having any contact with each other by the courts

A mother and son whose forbidden love affair could land them each a lengthy jail sentence have declared they are ‘madly in love’ and nothing will tear them apart.

UNBELIEVABLE: Mother & Son Who Fell In Love Face Jail Time , Said They Are Ready To Go To Jail (photos + Details)


Monica Mares, 36, and her son Caleb Peterson, 19, face up to 18 months in prison if found guilty of incest at a trial later this year in New Mexico.

But the mother and son couple have vowed to fight for their right to have a sexual relationship and are appealing to the public to donate to their legal fund.

In an exclusive individual interviews with Daily Mail Online, they told how they are willing to risk everything to be together – and have decided to go public with their affair in a bid to raise awareness of Genetic Sexual Attraction (GSA) relationships.

UNBELIEVABLE: Mother & Son Who Fell In Love Face Jail Time , Said They Are Ready To Go To Jail (photos + Details)


Monica Mares, 36, and her son Caleb Peterson, 19, face up to 18 months in prison if found guilty of incest at a trial later this year in New Mexico.

But the mother and son couple have vowed to fight for their right to have a sexual relationship and are appealing to the public to donate to their legal fund.

In an exclusive individual interviews with Daily Mail Online, they told how they are willing to risk everything to be together – and have decided to go public with their affair in a bid to raise awareness of Genetic Sexual Attraction (GSA) relationships.


UNBELIEVABLE: Mother & Son Who Fell In Love Face Jail Time , Said They Are Ready To Go To Jail (photos + Details)


Mother and son Monica Mares, 36, and Caleb Peterson, 19, of Clovis, New Mexico, claim to be ‘madly in love’. But they face up to 18 months in prison if found guilty of incest



Mares and Peterson have decided to go public with their affair in a bid to raise awareness of Genetic Sexual Attraction. This photo was taken before the court ordered them to stay away from each other
GSA is defined as sexual attraction between close relatives, such as siblings or half-siblings, a parent and offspring, or first and second cousins, who first meet as adults.

Mares said: ‘He is the love of my life and I don’t want to lose him.My kids love him, my whole family does. Nothing can come between us not courts, or jail, nothing.

‘I have to be with him. When I get out of prison I will move out of Clovis to a state that allows us to be together.’

Incest is a crime in all 50 states, but the specifics of the laws and punishment vary greatly from state to state.

Mother-of-nine Mares said she would even give up the right to see her other children if she was asked to choose between them and her lover.
The couple who currently live separately in Clovis, New Mexico – and are banned from having any contact with each other by the courts – first embarked on their love affair towards the end of last year.

Mares was just 16 when she gave birth to Peterson – whose pre-adoption name was Carlos – and he was adopted as a baby.

The 36-year-old, who didn’t raise Peterson, saw him for the first time in 18 years last Christmas when she picked him up at his adoptive father’s house in Texas and brought him to her home after the pair got in touch over Facebook.

The couple soon developed romantic feelings for each other and their relationship became sexual a few weeks later.

‘The first time I met my son in person I was so happy and excited I gave him a big hug,’ Mares said.’I went to go pick him up at his dad’s house in Texas.

‘He gave me a call and asked me to pick him up, I got butterflies in my stomach.



Mother-of-nine Mares said she would even give up the right to see her other children if she was asked to choose between them and Peterson



Mares saw Peterson for the first time in 18 years last Christmas when she picked him up at his adoptive father’s house in Texas after the pair got in touch over Facebook



The couple has vowed to fight for their right to have a sexual relationship and are appealing to the public to donate to their legal fund. These photos were taken before they were forbidden to see each other by the court

‘I met him outside and I knew it was him when he came towards me. He was crying and he gave me a hug.
‘It was almost love at first sight but first it was mother love. He gave me a mother hug.

‘He came home in the truck and came to live with me and we were both happy as mother and son.’
Mares said that at first nothing happened but she then started getting these ‘crazy’ feelings.

She said it felt different because she didn’t raise him as her child yet after all these years he came back to her.
‘It felt like I met somebody new in my life and I fell in love with him,’ she explained.

She continued: ‘At first I told him, “I’m sorry I don’t know how you are going to react to this. I’m your mom and you’re my son, but I’m falling in love with you”.

‘And he said: “You know what I am too. I was scared to let you know”. He was falling in love with his mom and I was falling in love with my son.
‘We talked about it and we took off to the park. I said, “Would you ever date your mom?” And he said: “would you ever date your son?” And I said, “Honest truth yes I would”.’

Mares says Peterson is the best thing that has happened to her in the past 19 years and wants to be with him for the rest of her life.
Mares (pictured in an undated family photograph) didn’t raise Peterson, whose pre-adoption name was Carlos



Mares pictured in an undated photograph

Mares (pictured in undated family photographs) didn’t raise Peterson, whose pre-adoption name was Carlos

Mares says Peterson (pictured above as a baby) is the best thing that has happened to her in the past 19 years
Peterson said he made the first move and kissed his mother while they were spending time together one day

She understands that she risks losing all her children and going to state prison but they both want to fight it.
‘Caleb is willing to go through the same thing. Whatever it takes to be together,’ she said.

At first the couple lived happily together in Mares’ mobile home with her two youngest children Uriah and Joseph – keeping their relationship a secret from the world.

Mares’ youngest son even began calling Peterson ‘dad’.
But police soon found out about the clandestine affair during a call over a row between the family and some neighbors.
The couple was charged with incest – a fourth-degree felony in New Mexico – following the February 25th incident.

They were arraigned and appeared jointly in court in April – but were held in custody for breaching their no-contact order.
They were released on $5,000 bond and now face a trial by jury in September.

Currently Mares is not allowed to see any of her children or have any contact at all with Peterson.Yet she maintains that is has all been worth it.

‘It is every bit worth it,’ she said. ‘If they lock me up for love then they lock me up. There is no way anybody could pull us apart, and I really do love him.

‘It hurts he is far away. It hurts really bad. I wish I could see him, talk to him, but I can’t risk it.’
The couple live separately in Clovis, New Mexico. Pictured above is Peterson’s home in the small town

At first, lived happily together in Mares’ mobile home (pictured above) with her two youngest children Uriah and Joseph. Mares’ youngest son even began calling Peterson ‘dad’
Because the court has ordered Peterson and Mares to stay away from each other, Mares is not legally allowed to stay at this address next to her son’s home

Peterson said he started falling love with his mom about a week after meeting her – but claims as he grew up with an adopted parents he never really saw Mares as his mother.

‘I never had anyone cook me meals or give me anything,’ he said. ‘I never got anything my entire life and she went out of her way to make me happy and after about a week or so I started having feelings for her and I guess I fell in love.

‘It went beyond a mother-son relationship I never really viewed her as my mom. In certain aspects I do but mostly I don’t.
‘I never thought I was crazy for having these feelings because I didn’t see her as my mom, it was more like going to a club and meeting a random person. It didn’t feel wrong, it felt normal.’

Peterson claims it was him who made the first move not his mom.
He recalls: ‘We were hanging out just talking and I looked at her and she looked at me and I kissed her.

‘It was a real kiss it had feelings behind it, there was a spark that ever since then it just stayed.
‘Honestly I never thought we would get into trouble for our relationship. We were both consenting adults – when it comes down to it.

‘She’s adult I’m adult I can make my own decisions. I never thought it would blow up into something like this.’

Because the couple are not allowed to be in contact, as a sign of his love and commitment, Peterson left a rose for Mares on the bench at the park in Clovis where the couple first expressed their love for each other.

Mares later collected the rose from the Clovis park bench and held it close to her heart
Mares also said that it didn’t feel strange or wrong when the couple began their sexual relationship – but admits that it probably wouldn’t have happened if she had raised Peterson.

‘The first time we were physical ended up holding hands and then we ended up kissing and the kissing led to other things,’ she said. ‘I felt comfortable with him and we fell even more deeply in love.
‘If he had been with me all his life I don’t think anything would have happened between us.’

As well as legal trouble, the couple has met opposition from friends, neighbors, family members and the wider community.
Mares has been attacked outside her home and subjected to death threats.
She said: ‘I’ve been having a lot of trouble from the people in Clovis. They call me incest.

Dayton Chavez, Mares’ ex and father to two of her sons Moses, nine, and Joseph, 12, says he supports Mares and Peterson’s relationship
Mares says other moms she knows don’t understand what she’s going through but says her kids have said they will love her no matter what.

But with a torn look on her face, she added: ‘But if I had to choose between my son and all my other kids I’d chose him.’
Peterson added: ‘My dad walked out on me because of it.

‘There’s a lot of negative comments I read on Facebook and things – people say it’s disgusting, it’s gross, she’s your mom but it doesn’t hurt me or affect me at all.

‘If they were in my situation or if they were to find out that somebody they loved was actually related to them then they’d be saying the exact opposite.’

Peterson admits that sometimes he wonders if he should have done things differently – if only to spare his family the pain.
But he said that even if the judge offered to spare him jail if he stopped all contact with his mother, he would refuse.

And he has vowed to wait for Mares if she is jailed and he isn’t.
‘Sometimes the easy way isn’t the best way,’ he said. ‘Sometimes we have to make that life decision that’s going to change and affect everything but when it comes down to it, it’s worth it.

‘I will wait for her if she gets a jail sentence and I don’t. For me it’s not about patience it’s about commitment.
‘If I’m committed to something I follow it through that’s the kind of person I am.

‘If I love her enough and I’m crazy enough to stay in Clovis for her and crazy enough to face all the courts for her then waiting a bit of time to have the rest of my life being happy then I’m willing to do that.’

But Prosecutor Andrea Reeb, District Attorney for the Ninth Judicial District in New Mexico, says she expects Mares will face jail time
Daily Mail Online interviewed the couple separately to ensure they did not breach their court order.

As a sign of his love and commitment, Peterson left a rose for Mares on the bench at the park in Clovis where the couple first expressed their love for each other.

He said: ‘She’s never had anyone give her a rose. If I could I’d give her everything she wants. I miss talking to her and seeing her. There’s not a day that goes by that I don’t think about her.
‘If I could speak to her now I would say to her: “I love you and I miss you and I can’t wait to see you again.”‘

Despite the immense opposition to the couple’s relationship, Mares and Peterson do have supporters in the community – including Dayton Chavez, Mares’ ex and father to two of her sons Moses, nine, and Joseph, 12.
He said: ‘I’ve told them I still love you guys either way. I support them.

‘I would like to see the government get out of their business and let them live a normal life – let them live how they want to live.
‘It would be different if it was a domestic violence situation but it’s not.

‘My point of view is they need to be allowed to live just how they are that’s what America is built on.’
Peterson said that he is willing to wait for his mom if she’s jailed, despite the risk of further prosecution

The couple – who both have roots with Native American Apache tribes – is also being supported by Cristina Shy who runs www.lilysgardener.com, a support and advocacy website for related couples, also known as consanguinamorous people.

Cristina, who is involved in an illegal relationship with her half brother in Minnesota, said: ‘Our whole community is watching this case and looking for updates.

‘It needs to be brought to the attention of everybody in the country and people need to start thinking differently.
‘It was the same with gay people just a few years ago and now they can get married they are accepted.

‘Well why not consanguinamorous people like us? We are all adults. We are not pedophiles, there’s no domestic issue we are in love, we want to be together but we are related. That shouldn’t be a deciding factor.’

But the mother and son couple have vowed to fight for their right to have a sexual relationship and are appealing to the public to donate to their legal fund.

In an exclusive individual interviews with Daily Mail Online, they told how they are willing to risk everything to be together – and have decided to go public with their affair in a bid to raise awareness of Genetic Sexual Attraction (GSA) relationships.
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Mother and son Monica Mares (pictured), 36, and Caleb Peterson, 19, of Clovis, New Mexico, claim to be ‘madly in love’
Mother and son Monica Mares, 36, and Caleb Peterson, 19, of Clovis, New Mexico, claim to be ‘madly in love’. But they face up to 18 months in prison if found guilty of incest

Mares, a mother of nine, gave birth to Peterson (pictured as a baby) when she was 16 years old. He was adopted shortly thereafter
Mares and Peterson have decided to go public with their affair in a bid to raise awareness of Genetic Sexual Attraction.

This photo was taken before the court ordered them to stay away from each other
GSA is defined as sexual attraction between close relatives, such as siblings or half-siblings, a parent and offspring, or first and second cousins, who first meet as adults.

Mares said: ‘He is the love of my life and I don’t want to lose him.My kids love him, my whole family does. Nothing can come between us not courts, or jail, nothing.

‘I have to be with him. When I get out of prison I will move out of Clovis to a state that allows us to be together.’
Incest is a crime in all 50 states, but the specifics of the laws and punishment vary greatly from state to state.

Mother-of-nine Mares said she would even give up the right to see her other children if she was asked to choose between them and her lover.
The couple who currently live separately in Clovis, New Mexico – and are banned from having any contact with each other by the courts – first embarked on their love affair towards the end of last year.

Mares was just 16 when she gave birth to Peterson – whose pre-adoption name was Carlos – and he was adopted as a baby.

The 36-year-old, who didn’t raise Peterson, saw him for the first time in 18 years last Christmas when she picked him up at his adoptive father’s house in Texas and brought him to her home after the pair got in touch over Facebook.

The couple soon developed romantic feelings for each other and their relationship became sexual a few weeks later.

‘The first time I met my son in person I was so happy and excited I gave him a big hug,’ Mares said.’I went to go pick him up at his dad’s house in Texas.

‘He gave me a call and asked me to pick him up, I got butterflies in my stomach.

The couple has vowed to fight for their right to have a sexual relationship and are appealing to the public to donate to their legal fund. These photos were taken before they were forbidden to see each other by the court

‘I met him outside and I knew it was him when he came towards me. He was crying and he gave me a hug.
‘It was almost love at first sight but first it was mother love. He gave me a mother hug.

‘He came home in the truck and came to live with me and we were both happy as mother and son.’

Mares said that at first nothing happened but she then started getting these ‘crazy’ feelings.

She said it felt different because she didn’t raise him as her child yet after all these years he came back to her.
‘It felt like I met somebody new in my life and I fell in love with him,’ she explained.

She continued: ‘At first I told him, “I’m sorry I don’t know how you are going to react to this. I’m your mom and you’re my son, but I’m falling in love with you”.
‘And he said: “You know what I am too. I was scared to let you know”. He was falling in love with his mom and I was falling in love with my son.

‘We talked about it and we took off to the park. I said, “Would you ever date your mom?” And he said: “would you ever date your son?” And I said, “Honest truth yes I would”.’

Mares says Peterson is the best thing that has happened to her in the past 19 years and wants to be with him for the rest of her life.

Mares (pictured in an undated family photograph) didn’t raise Peterson, whose pre-adoption name was Carlos
Mares says Peterson (pictured above as a baby) is the best thing that has happened to her in the past 19 years
Peterson said he made the first move and kissed his mother while they were spending time together one day

She understands that she risks losing all her children and going to state prison but they both want to fight it.
‘Caleb is willing to go through the same thing. Whatever it takes to be together,’ she said.

At first the couple lived happily together in Mares’ mobile home with her two youngest children Uriah and Joseph – keeping their relationship a secret from the world.

Mares’ youngest son even began calling Peterson ‘dad’.
But police soon found out about the clandestine affair during a call over a row between the family and some neighbors.
The couple was charged with incest – a fourth-degree felony in New Mexico – following the February 25th incident.

They were arraigned and appeared jointly in court in April – but were held in custody for breaching their no-contact order.
They were released on $5,000 bond and now face a trial by jury in September.

Currently Mares is not allowed to see any of her children or have any contact at all with Peterson.Yet she maintains that is has all been worth it.

‘It is every bit worth it,’ she said. ‘If they lock me up for love then they lock me up. There is no way anybody could pull us apart, and I really do love him.

‘It hurts he is far away. It hurts really bad. I wish I could see him, talk to him, but I can’t risk it.’
The couple live separately in Clovis, New Mexico. Pictured above is Peterson’s home in the small town

The couple live separately in Clovis, New Mexico. Pictured above is Peterson’s home in the small town

At first, lived happily together in Mares’ mobile home (pictured above) with her two youngest children Uriah and Joseph. Mares’ youngest son even began calling Peterson ‘dad’

At first, lived happily together in Mares’ mobile home (pictured above) with her two youngest children Uriah and Joseph. Mares’ youngest son even began calling Peterson ‘dad’

Because the court has ordered Peterson and Mares to stay away from each other, Mares is not legally allowed to stay at this address next to her son’s home

Because the court has ordered Peterson and Mares to stay away from each other, Mares is not legally allowed to stay at this address next to her son’s home

Peterson said he started falling love with his mom about a week after meeting her – but claims as he grew up with an adopted parents he never really saw Mares as his mother.

‘I never had anyone cook me meals or give me anything,’ he said. ‘I never got anything my entire life and she went out of her way to make me happy and after about a week or so I started having feelings for her and I guess I fell in love.

‘It went beyond a mother-son relationship I never really viewed her as my mom. In certain aspects I do but mostly I don’t.

‘I never thought I was crazy for having these feelings because I didn’t see her as my mom, it was more like going to a club and meeting a random person. It didn’t feel wrong, it felt normal.’

Peterson claims it was him who made the first move not his mom.
He recalls: ‘We were hanging out just talking and I looked at her and she looked at me and I kissed her.

‘It was a real kiss it had feelings behind it, there was a spark that ever since then it just stayed.

‘Honestly I never thought we would get into trouble for our relationship. We were both consenting adults – when it comes down to it.

‘She’s adult I’m adult I can make my own decisions. I never thought it would blow up into something like this.’

Because the couple are not allowed to be in contact, as a sign of his love and commitment, Peterson left a rose for Mares on the bench at the park in Clovis where the couple first expressed their love for each other.

Mares later collected the rose from the Clovis park bench and held it close to her heart

Mares also said that it didn’t feel strange or wrong when the couple began their sexual relationship – but admits that it probably wouldn’t have happened if she had raised Peterson.

‘The first time we were physical ended up holding hands and then we ended up kissing and the kissing led to other things,’ she said. ‘I felt comfortable with him and we fell even more deeply in love.
‘If he had been with me all his life I don’t think anything would have happened between us.’

As well as legal trouble, the couple has met opposition from friends, neighbors, family members and the wider community.
Mares has been attacked outside her home and subjected to death threats.

She said: ‘I’ve been having a lot of trouble from the people in Clovis. They call me incest.

Dayton Chavez, Mares’ ex and father to two of her sons Moses, nine, and Joseph, 12, says he supports Mares and Peterson’s relationship

Dayton Chavez, Mares’ ex and father to two of her sons Moses, nine, and Joseph, 12, says he supports Mares and Peterson’s relationship
Mares says other moms she knows don’t understand what she’s going
 through but says her kids have said they will love her no matter what.
But with a torn look on her face, she added: ‘But if I had to choose between my son and all my other kids I’d chose him.’
Peterson added: ‘My dad walked out on me because of it.

‘There’s a lot of negative comments I read on Facebook and things – people say it’s disgusting, it’s gross, she’s your mom but it doesn’t hurt me or affect me at all.

‘If they were in my situation or if they were to find out that somebody they loved was actually related to them then they’d be saying the exact opposite.’

Peterson admits that sometimes he wonders if he should have done things differently – if only to spare his family the pain.
But he said that even if the judge offered to spare him jail if he stopped all contact with his mother, he would refuse.

And he has vowed to wait for Mares if she is jailed and he isn’t.

‘Sometimes the easy way isn’t the best way,’ he said. ‘Sometimes we have to make that life decision that’s going to change and affect everything but when it comes down to it, it’s worth it.

‘I will wait for her if she gets a jail sentence and I don’t. For me it’s not about patience it’s about commitment.

‘If I’m committed to something I follow it through that’s the kind of person I am.

‘If I love her enough and I’m crazy enough to stay in Clovis for her and crazy enough to face all the courts for her then waiting a bit of time to have the rest of my life being happy then I’m willing to do that.’

But Prosecutor Andrea Reeb, District Attorney for the Ninth Judicial District in New Mexico, says she expects Mares will face jail time

But Prosecutor Andrea Reeb, District Attorney for the Ninth Judicial District in New Mexico, says she expects Mares will face jail time
Daily Mail Online interviewed the couple separately to ensure they did not breach their court order.

As a sign of his love and commitment, Peterson left a rose for Mares on the bench at the park in Clovis where the couple first expressed their love for each other.

He said: ‘She’s never had anyone give her a rose. If I could I’d give her everything she wants. I miss talking to her and seeing her. There’s not a day that goes by that I don’t think about her.

‘If I could speak to her now I would say to her: “I love you and I miss you and I can’t wait to see you again.”‘

Despite the immense opposition to the couple’s relationship, Mares and Peterson do have supporters in the community – including Dayton Chavez, Mares’ ex and father to two of her sons Moses, nine, and Joseph, 12.

He said: ‘I’ve told them I still love you guys either way. I support them.

‘I would like to see the government get out of their business and let them live a normal life – let them live how they want to live.
‘It would be different if it was a domestic violence situation but it’s not.

‘My point of view is they need to be allowed to live just how they are that’s what America is built on.’

Peterson said that he is willing to wait for his mom if she’s jailed, despite the risk of further prosecution

Peterson said that he is willing to wait for his mom if she’s jailed, despite the risk of further prosecution

The couple – who both have roots with Native American Apache tribes – is also being supported by Cristina Shy who runs www.lilysgardener.com, a support and advocacy website for related couples, also known as consanguinamorous people.

Cristina, who is involved in an illegal relationship with her half brother in Minnesota, said: ‘Our whole community is watching this case and looking for updates.

‘It needs to be brought to the attention of everybody in the country and people need to start thinking differently.
‘It was the same with gay people just a few years ago and now they can get married they are accepted.

‘Well why not consanguinamorous people like us? We are all adults. We are not pedophiles, there’s no domestic issue we are in love, we want to be together but we are related. That shouldn’t be a deciding factor.’

Cristina is hoping to raise enough money to get a high profile attorney to defend the case and says the couple is willing to fight all the way to the US Supreme Court.

‘This case could set precedent and change laws throughout the United States,’ she said.

But Prosecutor Andrea Reeb, District Attorney for the Ninth Judicial District in New Mexico, doesn’t agree.

She says incest is against the law and carries a maximum 18 month jail term and/or a $5,000 fine.

Speaking to Daily Mail Online from her office in Clovis, Reeb concedes there is a chance Peterson could be spared jail because of his age – but she’s doubtful Mares will be treated as leniently.


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Nigerians yearning, crying for PDP to return to power – Jerry Gana

Nigerians yearning, crying for PDP to return to power – Jerry Gana

Prof. Jerry Gana

The Head of the Peoples Democratic Party’s reconciliation committee, Prof. Jerry Gana, on Tuesday said Nigerians are yearning and crying for the return of the party into power.

The PDP relinquished power at the federal level in 2015 when it lost to the All Progressive Congress after 16 years of dominance in the country’s presidential elections.

Since the lost, the party has been embroiled in different turmoils, the most recent being the face off between Senator Ahmed Makarfi and Senator Ali Modu Sheriff, who are engaged in a legal battle over the leadership of the party.

In a bid to resolve the crisis, the PDP Board of Trustees, led by Senator Walid Jibrin, inaugurated an 18-man reconciliation committee to unite party stalwarts.

Speaking after a meeting with Sheriff, Gana said the committee had taken note of the problems causing disaffection within the party.

He said, “We are here to find out together how PDP can be solid, firm, cohesive and triumphant.

“This is because Nigerians are waiting for PDP, they are missing the PDP, they are crying and yearning for PDP because the 16 years of democracy cannot be wasted away.

“We are here not as a panel, not as a court, not even as an appeal committee but from the BoT as heirs of the family.

“In a family there must be sometimes problems here and there but there must be re-consolidation. Where there are elders people say things don’t go wrong.

“The purpose of our being here is for this party to be strong again and be reunited.

“We are delighted that there have been clear resolutions on the determination and the desire that the problems be resolved, unity be re-established and for PDP to move forward.”

On his party, the disputed National Chairman of the PDP, Sheriff, said that the rule of law must prevail for the party’s crisis to be resolved.

He said that the crisis continues to linger because leaders in the party are not alive to their responsibilities and keep perpetuating it.

He said, “I am ready to listen at any time to the committee but for the crisis to be fully resolved, the rule of law must be followed.

“The moment we want to use one impunity to address another, it will not work.

“If our leaders had taken their responsibilities, we would never have had most of the problems we are facing today.

“When a leader refuses to stand up to his responsibilities, there will be problem.

“Why am I saying this?

“Some of our leaders are party to our problems.”

Briefing newsmen after a closed-door session, Sheriff commended the efforts of the BoT toward reconciling feuding parties and affirmed his availability now that the BoT was now better informed on the crisis.

He said, “All that was discussed today were the problems. They will go back to the BoT that sent them.

“I am sure that in the next meeting, they will come back with recommendations that will bring lasting solutions and peace to the party.”

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Makarfi deceiving Nigerians, Ize-Iyamu wasting his time campaigning – Sheriff

Makarfi deceiving Nigerians, Ize-Iyamu wasting his time campaigning – Sheriff

Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu

Factional national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Ali Modu Sheriff, has advised the caretaker ‎chairman of the party, Senator Ahmed Makarfi, to open up on the current state of affairs in the party.

Speaking when Madam Esther Opera, the Edo State deputy governorship aspirant of his faction visited him, Sheriff said he was expecting the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to publish the names of Edo gubernatorial candidates, including his candidate, Mr Mathew Iduoriyekemwen‎.

INEC had declared that it recognised M‎akarfi’s candidate, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu as PDP candidate for the Edo State governorship election.

Sheriff said: “What the court says is that the only person that can submit PDP gubernatorial candidate to INEC for Edo and Ondo states is Sheriff.

“So, I don’t know why they are deceiving Nigerians. Instead of following the rule of law, they are there wasting their time. They are only just trying to destroy our party by wasting people’s time, making pronouncement and plans that will not even get out of their backyards.

“If pastor Ize-Iyamu likes, let him campaign from now to a thousand years to come, the governorship candidate for Edo State is Matthew.

“There is no basis for his candidacy. He cannot come from a non-existing caretaker committee and rush to say he has become a candidate of PDP.”

In his reaction, Makarfi in a text message said, “are all governors, National Assembly members, BoT members and 29 out of the 30 state chapters where congresses were concluded, whom we represent, deceiving Nigerians and Sheriff not doing so?”

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Police discover thousands of bullets buried in Anambra community [PHOTOS]

Police discover thousands of bullets buried in Anambra community [PHOTOS]

There was shock and panic in Agulu, Anaocha Local Government Area of Anambra State on Tuesday as policemen uncovered a cache of bullets buried underground.
The bullets were buried on a piece of land in the area.

While members of the community denied knowledge of how the bullets got there, the state Commissioner of Police, CP, Sam Okaula, briefing newsmen at the site where the bullets were buried, said several buckets of bullets have been unearthed and that there were still some left which were yet to be brought to the surface.

Police discover thousands of bullets buried in Anambra community [PHOTOS]


“The bullets were discovered while the foundation of a building project for a community member was being dug.

Police discover thousands of bullets buried in Anambra community [PHOTOS]


“Investigations is ongoing to find out the purpose the bullets were acquired, when the bullets were acquired and who bought and buried the bullets.

“A full investigation will be carried out and we will be able to establish the purpose why they have been found in the area,” Okaula added.


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6 Things That Can Trigger a Seizure Even If You Don’t Have Epilepsy

6 Things That Can Trigger a Seizure Even If You Don’t Have Epilepsy

Harrison Ford has played a hero in the movies, but in real life, he gives that distinction to his 26-year-old daughter, Georgia. Earlier this month, the actor revealed that Georgia has epilepsy, and that it took years for her to get the proper treatment. “I admire her perseverance, her talent, her strength,” he told the Daily News.

Epilepsy isn’t always easy to identify. The disorder typically isn’t diagnosed until a person has had two or more “unprovoked” seizures—that is, seizures that don’t have a clear trigger, explains Vikram Rao, MD, PhD, an assistant professor of neurology at the University of California, San Francisco.

It turns out there are multiple things that can trigger a seizure, which is essentially a surge of electrical activity in the brain. And just because you have one, that doesn’t mean you’ve got epilepsy. But you should always get checked out by a doctor afterwards, says Dr. Rao.

Here, six things that are known to trigger seizures even in people who don’t have a neurological condition—and what to do when a seizure strikes.

Stress

Seizures triggered by stress look similar to epileptic seizures, mainly because they can have the same symptoms—numbness, confusion, convulsions, and more. But there are differences in the brain electrical activity between the two types. In fact, research suggests that somewhere between 5% and 20% of people with epilepsy may be misdiagnosed and, in fact, suffering from seizures provoked by anxiety or underlying trauma.

RELATED: 25 Surprising Ways Stress Affects Your Health

Low blood sugar

Your brain is a huge consumer of glucose, says Dr. Rao. When your blood sugar levels drop too low—a state called hypoglycemia—your brain has trouble functioning normally and the result could be a seizure. Since hypoglycemia is a potential a side effect of diabetes medications, diabetics may be at a higher risk for this type of seizure.

Heatstroke

You already know that playing soccer for hours on a scorching-hot day can be dangerous. In that kind of heat (and under that kind of exertion), people can have trouble cooling themselves down. Once your internal thermostat reaches about 104 degrees Fahrenheit, you risk damaging your organs, including your brain: “The brain doesn’t function as well at higher temperatures,” says Dr. Rao. Once heat illness sets in, the brain can misfire, possibly triggering a seizure.

Alcohol Withdrawal

An estimated 2 million people may experience alcohol withdrawal every year, according to a 2004 study in the journal American Family Physician. People can develop a tolerance to (or dependence on) alcohol, and the wiring in their brains can reflect that. So when some people quit cold turkey, it leaves their brains in a new, altered state that can set them up for a seizure, usually within 48 hours after their last drink, says Dr. Rao.

Certain medications

Antidepressants like bupropion (a.k.a. Wellbutrin and Zyban) have been associated with seizures in certain studies. And some antibiotics, like penicillins and quinolones, and pain medications like tramadol (sold under the brand name Ultram) might increase the risk of seizures too.

Sleep deprivation

Too-little sleep is a powerful trigger for seizures, says Dr. Rao. (He’s seen seizures in college students who’ve stayed up for days in a row cramming for an exam.) “No one knows the exact reason behind this,” says Dr. Rao, “but sleep is restorative. We spend one-third of our lives sleeping, so we know it’s important.”

RELATED: 30 Sleep Hacks for Your Most Restful Night Ever

What to do if someone has a seizure

Oftentimes, less is more. Rule number one: Keep the person safe. That means making sure she doesn’t accidentally hurt herself, either on a nearby sharp object or by falling down the stairs.

As Anto Bagić, MD, PhD, the chief of the epilepsy division at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center puts it: “There’s no ‘heroic’ measure necessary.” Don’t try to restrain the person (she might panic and lash out even more aggressively) and do not put anything in her mouth (she might choke on it). Besides, it’s a myth that people can swallow their tongue during a seizure.

Either give her some space or, if necessary, guide her to a safer area, Dr. Bagić explains. If she’s lying on the floor, gently turn her on her side so that her saliva doesn’t block her airway.

Most seizures resolve themselves within five minutes, so if it goes on for longer than that, you should call 911, says Dr. Bagić. More often, however, the person will regain consciousness after a few minutes—and when she does, stay calm.

“When people are coming back [from a seizure], that’s when they’re at their most vulnerable,” says Dr. Bagić. “It can be scary if the first thing they see is people staring at them or panicking.”

Another key point: Stay with the person until you’re sure that she’s completely recovered. Do all that, and it’ll be heroic enough.

Source : http://news.health.com/6-things-that-can-trigger-a-seizure-even-if-you-dont-have-epilepsy
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