Tuesday, April 21, 2015

3-yr old lured with Gala from Lagos rescued in Ogun(Photo)

On Sunday at the Surulere Baptist Church, Ojuelegba Road, Lagos State two unidentified men sneaked into the church premises and abducted a three-year-old girl, Oluwabunmi Ajelero.

It was gathered that the girl was playing with other children on the church premises at about 1pm when the kidnappers came in through the back of the church and tricked her out with Gala, a popular sausage, before whisking her away on a motorcycle.

Our correspondent, however, learnt that the girl, was rescued in Abeokuta, Ogun State, on Monday by the police and reunited with her parents.
Punch Metro learnt that Oluwabunmi’s parents and other members of the church were inside the church immersed in the service when the incident happened.

The service, it was learnt, was grounded when one of the toddler’s playmates alerted the congregation to the incident.It was further learnt that the captors had pretended as members of the church and established rapport with children in the church.

Our correspondent was told that Oluwabunmi’s friend cautioned her not to follow the strangers, who reportedly escaped through Nathan Street.

Speaking with our correspondent at about 8am on Monday, the victim’s father, Oladapo Ajelero, said the captors had contacted him on the phone, telling him to cooperate. He, however, said they had yet to request any ransom.

He said,
 “It happened around 1pm on Sunday. The children finished their service before us and were playing on the church premises; Oluwabunmi was among them.

“Suddenly, one of her friends rushed in and said two men had lured and taken her away through the back of the church. Some people in the area said they saw her sitting between two men on a motorcycle. I learnt they escaped through Nathan Street.
“Our hearts are broken, we don’t know what to do anymore. They have called and instructed me to cooperate. I am still expecting their calls, but for now they have not asked for any ransom.”
Oladapo explained further that one of his relatives went to Surulere Police Station to report, but he was told to come back and make a formal statement after 24 hours of the girl’s abduction. f.

A security guard of the church, Mr. Moses Oyedeji, said the kidnappers would have been rounded up if they had entered through the main entrance.
 “I was on duty yesterday, but the children were playing at the back of the church. That was why I was not aware of the intrusion. It was when they had fled that her playmates said she was lured with Gala.”
A resident of the area, Simon Joseph, said he saw the girl, but he thought the men had come to the church for service.

“I was waiting for a friend outside when I saw those two men with the girl on a motorcycle. I thought they were family and were going back home until a few minutes later when people rushed out from the church and started looking for the girl,” he said.
A member of the church, who declined to mention his name, told our correspondent that they learnt that the girl would be released if the family paid an undisclosed ransom to the kidnappers.

The Lagos Police spokesperson, DSP Kenneth Nwosu, however, said Olawunmi had been rescued by a police team drawn from divisions in the state, adding that he was not aware that the family paid any ransom.

He said,
“The child has been found in Abeokuta, Ogun State and reunited with her parents. Investigations are ongoing to track down the kidnappers.”

The father, however, could not be reached for comments on the phone after the police confirmed that the girl had been rescued.

Calls made to his line rang out and he had yet to reply to a text message sent to his number.

US Begins Extradition Of Nigerian Senator Elect Buruji Kashamu Over Drug Trafficking Charges

April 20, 2015 – US Begins Extradition Of Nigerian Senator Elect Buruji Kashamu Over Drug Trafficking Charges

The government of the United States of America has begun fresh moves to extradite Senator-elect, Buruji Kashamu to face drug trafficking charges, which he has been evading for several years now.

This was revealed by his lawyer, Mr. Ajibola Oluyede, in a petition to the National Human Rights Commission, NHRC.

In the petition, Oluyede also accused former president, Olusegun Obasanjo, of being behind the plot to extradite Kashamu.

According to Oluyede, “Kashamu’s enquiry revealed that indeed there had been moves by US officials within the region to secure the assistance of the head of the INTERPOL division in Nigeria, Mr. Solomon Arase, a Deputy Inspector General of Police, for the arrest and delivery to the US officials of Kashamu for transportation to the US without following the due process required by the Nigeria Extradition Act.

“Mr. Kashamu’s informant revealed that Arase has confirmed that Donna Chabot approached him in January 2015. The said Ms Chabot is an attaché with the Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement at the American Embassy route Des Almedies BP, 49, Dakar, Senegal and requested that INTERPOL Nigeria assist in the abduction of Kashamu for the purpose of his forcible transportation to the U.S. to face trial before Judge Norgel.”

According to Saharareporters, the name of the self-acclaimed philanthropist and a stalwart of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, came up in a Court ruling dated September 25, 2009 by Judge Charles R. Norgle of the United States District Court in Chicago, Illinois in which the Judge upheld Kashamu’s indictment by the U.S government on drug trafficking charges and conspiracy to smuggle heroin into the country. Kashamu was described by the U.S government as the kingpin of the drug cartel.

In his response, Kashamu published several rebuttals in the newspapers and alleged that he was not the one being sought after by the United States Government, but that the alleged crime was committed by one of his brothers who is now dead. Kashamu, in his defence, also claims that he had been cleared by a British Court and produced what purports to be the decision of a Magistrates’ Court in England. Kashamu also referred to his issuance of German visa sequel to his clearance by international security agencies as a further proof that he is not a fugitive and that the U.S. may have been looking for a wrong person.

However, the matter is far from over as the United States government insists that the man the U.S government is looking for is no other person than Buruji Kashamu, not his brother and that the government of the U.S. still regards Buruji Kashamu as a drug kingpin and a fugitive from the United States law. The U.S. further states that it has never withdrawn its warrant of arrest against Kashamu, maintaining further that the charges against Kashamu remain pending and will request for his extradition from Nigeria in due course.

The United States Government has also accused Buruji Kashamu of using fraudulent means to obtain a German Visa in 2009. The U.S government notes in its brief that Kashamu communicated with German officials using the name “Buruji Kashamu Shodipe” instead of Buruji Kashamu. According to the U.S. government, Kashamu was indicted in the United States under the name “Buruji Kashamu” and the warrant of arrest against him was issued in that same name. It is the position of the U.S. that any confusion by German officials that led to the issuance of a Schengen visa to Kashamu may have been caused by Kashamu’s use of the surname “Shodipe” in his application and communications with the German consulate.

Saharareporters investigation has revealed that there is indeed, a pending criminal action against Mr. Buruji before the United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois involving fifteen people. The Case 1:94-cr-00172 is before Hon. Judge Charles R. Norgle. While Kashamu’s other coconspirators had been jailed, Kashamu’s case is being held under the fugitive Calendar.

In February, 2009, Kashamu hired a team of lawyers to appear for him in the case for the purpose of filing a Motion requesting the Court to quash the arrest warrant which his lawyers led by Pravin B. Rao did.

In the Motion to quash the arrest warrant, Mr. Pravin Rao made copious reference to the United Kingdom’s extradition proceedings in which Kashamu was freed after spending five years in British jail. His lawyers also pleaded res judicata and argued that the U.K. decisions are final and should therefore, be binding on the U.S.

In its response, the United States government disagreed with Kashamu on all four grounds and argued that Kashamu’s Motion to quash arrest warrant should be denied by the Court. On September, 25, 2009, the District Court Judge upheld the U.S. position and denied Kashamu’s Motion to quash his arrest warrant. The judge also declared Buruji Kashamu a fugitive.

However, Kahamu’s lawyers filed another Motion praying the Court to reconsider its decision of September 25, 2009.

Trouble started for Kashamu when in March 1994, defendant Kary Hayes, a passenger arriving at O’Hare International Airport (“O’Hare”) on a flight from Zurich, Switzerland, was arrested after he tried to smuggle into the United States a suitcase containing approximately 14.16 pounds of heroin. Hayes was one of a long line of couriers in a heroin smuggling operation allegedly led by Kashamu. The government charged Hayes and other couriers after this initial arrest. Many of these couriers cooperated and provided information about their contacts with Kashamu.

On May 21, 1998, a grand jury charged Kashamu and others in a Second Superseding Indictment with conspiracy to import heroin into the United States in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Section 963. Between July 7, 1998 and January 27, 1999, nine of the fourteen defendants named in the Second Superseding Indictment pleaded guilty. These nine defendants admitted their participation in the heroin smuggling organization and all acknowledged that Kashamu, the man they called “Alaji” or “God,” was the person ultimately in charge of the heroin smuggling organization. Some of these couriers, including defendants Catherine Cleary Wolters and Nicholas Fillmore, Jr., had visited with Kashamu at his residence in Benin in connection with the heroin smuggling organization.

One of the couriers, defendant Ellen Wolters, had a romantic relationship with Kashamu. The smuggling trips and trips to visit Kashamu in Benin were documented by, among other things, money transfer orders from Western Union and American Express, flight records, credit card charges, hotel records, and telephone call detail records. The telephone records, for example, reflected calls from the couriers to Kashamu’s residence in Benin.

Kashamu was ordered detained following his December 1998 arrest and he was incarcerated in London’s Brixton Prison during the pendency of extradition proceedings based on the government’s warrant in the instant case.

[Sources: NAN, Sahara Reporter New York]

Kemi Olunloyo drops dad's name,says she was kidnapped & tortured on his orders

 Last month, controversial journalist threw her father, ex-Oyo state governor Victor Olunloyo out of his Ibadan house and said he was a ritualist(Read here)..Since that saga, she disappeared from social media ..
She just resurfaced last night claiming she was abducted and tortured on the orders of her father..
 Thank u everyone.I was kidnapped, tortured, gun held to my forehead .Tasered and a knife held to my throat. This happened on March 26th 2015 and I did not vote in any of the elections. I was hospitalized. All this happened on my father's orders.
The amazing thing is that I have forgiven him at 80. Nobody called him April 14th, but may God bless him. He taught us to tell the truth and that is all I did with ‪#‎OmololuOlunloyo80‬ Thank u to the Nigerian Police who arrived with a lorry full of cops taking me to the CP after I called him to tell him about 17 strange men in our compound. OYO chief of police Mohammed Katsina knows the long history of my dad using police to harass everyone being a powerful political public figure.

They had already taken me away. So police could not rescue me.
Power must never be abused.I have forgiven u dad. Kemi Lawrence
She also announced she has changed her name,and no longer bears her father's name,Olunloyo
My name is is now Kemi Lawrence in the Canadian name registry and database in Ontario. Rumors are that I just became a Canadian citizen. Pls stop sending me proposals to partner with me on govt projects, I'm looking for a job, Pls look for yours. Thank U 

Monday, April 20, 2015

Photos: Dele Odule, Yinka Ayefele & Titi Atiku At NTA’s Seun Olagunju’s Lavish 40th Birthday Party

April 20, 2015 – Pictures: Nigerian Actor Dele Odule, Yinka Ayefele & Titi Atiku At NTA’s Seun Olagunju’s Lavish 40th Birthday Party

Nigeria’s most celebrated NTA news anchor, Segun Olagunju who recently turned 40 got a lavish birthday party from her wealthy hubby, FRSC boss Kayode Olagunju yesterday in Lagos.

The birthday party was well attended by top shots in the society.

Dignitaries spotted at the event yesterday were Ex-VP’s Atiku’s wife, Titilayo Abubakar, Nollywood actor Dele Odule, gospel star Yinka Ayefele and many others.

See exclusve photos below

BUHARI'S MINISTERS: Amaechi, Fashola, Others Make List

From what OluFamous.Com gathered, Babatunde Fashola, Rotimi Amaechi, Prof. Tam David-West, Dr. Kalu Idika Kalu, ex-NBA President, Rotimi Akeredolu, Sam Ndah-Isaiah, etc will be the leading men in the government of President Muhammadu Buhari when it is inaugurated from May 29.

With just weeks to the inauguration, the shape of the new cabinet is beginning to emerge. The position of the Secretary to the Federal Government is between Governor Amaechi and Chris Ngige. The FCT minister will likely go to Governor Fashola. Minister of Petroleum will like go to the man who said there is no subsidy and that Nigerians can buy fuel for as low as N50 per liter.

That man is Prof. David West, who has worked closely with Buhari before and remained loyal to him. In all, the government may be composed of Nigerians who are not only driven by the desire to restore the dream of the founding fathers but also share the modest lifestyle of Buhari.

Gen. Buhari has resolved to work with the best and he is considering the likes of Akeredolu for Justice; Sports may go to ex-minister, Bolaji Abdullahi, who left Jonathan's government for APC.

According to a Daily Sun source, “It’s the President-elect’s personal wish to return former Nigeria’s oil Minister, David West to the Petroleum Ministry.”

According to him, David West is incorruptible, frugal, and loyal even in trying times.

The source also revealed that while a lot of qualified technocrats are being bandied about and their names forwarded by party chiefs and lobbyists for the minister of finance, the inner circle of the President-elect is leaning toward the expertise of Dr. Idika Kalu, a World Bank specialist consultant, who, for many years, worked with the bank’s various development programmes catapulting the Korean economy from the third world into its present competitive global market.

The position of Coordinating Minister will be scrapped, there will be an economic advisory committee.

On security, it was gathered that Buhari is considering one General Garba as Defence Minister, National Security Adviser (NSA) or Chief of Staff.

General Cyril Iweze, a then young Igbo officer who served directly under Buhari in the First Division before the Nigeria Civil War, may lead the operation against Boko Haram.

General Iweze was the Nigerian Commander of ECOMOG in Liberia. He’s reputed to have given the Maitatsene sect hell in the defunct Gongola State.

The source revealed that General Buhari may constitute a Special Force made of serving and retired officers, who would be given a mandate to finish up Boko Haram once and for all.

Notorious robber arrested after gang mate accidentally shoots his leg during operation(Photo)

One of Nigeria's most wanted robbers,Afam Omoba alias Obosi, was arrested after he was allegedly shot by a member of his own gang during an operation  in Enugu.

According to the state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Ebere Amaraizu, Obosi who has evaded the police for several years, was robbing a residence with  his cohort when a young man in the house resisted the hoodlums and tried to fight back. In the ensuing confusion,his cohort tried to shoot the the young man but missed the target and instead he shot Omoba in the leg.

The sound of the gun shoot attracted the attention of the people in the neighbourhood and they decided to flee .The police had been informed and gave the suspects a hot chase.

The policemen combed the bush towards the direction the hoodlums ran to and eventually arrested Omoba who could not run far because of his injury. 

Photos: Man who promised to walk from Lagos to Abuja if Buhari wins, has arrived Abuja

Suleiman Hashimu aka ‘The traveler" who promised to trek from Lagos to Abuja if Gen. Buhari wins the 2015 Presidential election, arrived Abuja this evening after trekking for many weeks. Pictured above is Suleiman wearing the red shirt and carrying a strap bag. He was given a rousing welcome by Abuja residents. See more photos after the cut...

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