Storms kill over 3 persons, destroys 632 houses in Cross River
At least three persons died and no fewer than 632 houses destroyed by storms between January and June this year in Cross River, an official has said.
The Director General of Cross River State Emergency Management Agenc, Mr John Inaku, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Calabar on Tuesday that the windstorm
“Between January and June this year, no fewer than 632 houses were destroyed by windstorm while also killing three persons.
“Windstorm has ravaged so many communities to such a magnitude that the state government alone cannot even handle it.
“It now desires the attention of the Federal Government, the Presidential Committee on Flood Relief and Rehabilitation, National Emergency Management Agency and others.
“We have written to them, but as we speak, we have not heard anything from them this year after several appeals,’’ Inaku said.
He said that he had been to the affected communities to assess the level of damage with a view to assisting the victims.
President Buhari’s sends Eid el fitr message to Nigerians
Read it below…
I felicitate with all Nigerians, especially the Muslim Ummah, on the occasion of this year’s Eid El Fitr, which marks the completion of the Ramadan fast. I congratulate Muslims in Nigeria and around the world on the successful completion of this month-long spiritual journey of fasting, prayer and almsgiving in obedience to the Divine Command.
I sincerely pray that the Almighty Allah will reward our sacrifices with increased blessing and a more prosperous future.
On this happy occasion, it is my strong belief that all true followers of Islam have been rejuvenated on the true meaning and essence of life and through the teachings of Prophet Muhammad (SAW), we have learnt to imbibe the virtues of piety, sacrifice, love, self-denial and good conduct in our daily relationship with one another.
As we celebrate another Eid El Fitr, I admonish all patriotic Nigerians to uphold these lessons and also appreciate the numerous material and human blessings God has endowed us with.
Let us learn to show gratitude, respect and tolerance to one other, irrespective of our religion, tribe, language and political leanings, as we forge ahead to build on our strengths and opportunities to make Nigeria great again.
On Monday this week, the Vice President, the Speaker of the House of Representatives and other government officials joined me to host Iftar reception at the State House with Nigerians of different backgrounds including Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), artisans and Physically-challenged persons.
Like I said during the reception, I want to once again appeal to those of us who have the means, to remember the millions of Nigerians who are suffering deprivation because of violence perpetrated by terrorists.
I am not unaware of what Nigerians are going through and I want to use this medium to commend the amazing sacrifices of Nigerians in the face of the temporary economic and social challenges and also reassure Nigerians that my administration is working assiduously towards providing basic needs and other amenities.
Let me also use this opportunity to reaffirm that we will not relent in the fight against corruption and we will ensure that all appropriate and legal measures are deplored to root out this malaise.
I commend the Armed Forces and security agencies for the gains recorded in the fight against terrorists and the rescue of hostages in the North East part of the country.
I also appeal for the support, understanding and patience of all Nigerians and our international partners as we explore the fastest means to end the economic sabotage in the Niger Delta and amicably resolve the conflicts within the region.
I promise you all better days ahead even as we remain grateful for your unflinching support to our administration.
Happy Eid El Fitr celebration and May the Almighty Allah continue to bless our nation.
Indian man kills his over beautiful wife, chops her body into pieces
A businessman strangulated his wife, a Congolese national, (the stunning lady pictured above) cut the body into pieces and set them ablaze, police said on Tuesday, July 5.
Rupesh Kumar Mohanani, 36, was caught by people in Madanpally village in Shamshabad on the outskirts of Hyderabad, India after they found him pouring petrol on a bag containing the body pieces and burning it.
The deceased has been identified as Cynthia Vechel, 30, a club dancer in Congo. She had been living with her husband in Hyderabad since 2012.
According to police, Mohanani and his wife were having frequent quarrels over financial matters as he had suffered losses in stock market. He was also suspicious that she was cheating on him, claiming she frequently chatted with her male friends through Facebook.
They had a fight in the early hours of Sunday July 4th in their flat in Gachibowli. “In a fit of rage he throttled her neck and killed her brutally. With an intent to screen out the evidence, he cut the body of deceased into pieces with knife, a hammer and an axe, placed them in a bag and left the house in a car to dispose the dead body,” said Deputy Commissioner of Police (Shamshabad Zone) Sunpreet Singh.
Mohanani had gone to Congo in 1999 and was working as a salesman in a departmental store. He used to visit a club for entertainment, where he met Cynthia in 2006. They fell in love and married in a church in 2008. The couple came to India in 2012 and had applied for Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) card. They have an eight-year-old daughter.
Police booked Rupesh for murder and for causing disappearance of evidence. The Congolese Embassy in Delhi has been informed about the incident, police said.
Eid El Fitr: I am aware of what Nigerians ‘re going through, says Buhari
President Mohammadu has, again, appealed to Nigerians to be patient with his government in the face of the harsh economic realities of the present time, assuring that there were better days ahead.
The president said he was not oblivious of the hardship and hunger in the land and that Nigerians were having a tough period. Making the observations in a congratulatory message to all Muslims faithfuls in Nigeria on the celebration of Eid El Fitr to mark the end of Ramadam fast, Buhari however appealed to the rich to show some kind and philanthropic gestures to the poor especially to the victims of terrorism in the society.
The President in the message he personally signed urged the people to show love and understanding to one another irrespective of tribe, religion and political leanings.
He said: “I congratulate Muslims in Nigeria and around the world on the successful completion of this month-long spiritual journey of fasting, prayer and almsgiving in obedience to the Divine Command. “I sincerely pray that the Almighty Allah will reward our sacrifices with increased blessing and a more prosperous future. “On this happy occasion, it is my strong belief that all true followers of Islam have been rejuvenated on the true meaning and essence of life and through the teachings of Prophet Muhammad (SAW), we have learnt to imbibe the virtues of piety, sacrifice, love, self-denial and good conduct in our daily relationship with one another. “As we celebrate another Eid El Fitr, I admonish all patriotic Nigerians to uphold these lessons and also appreciate the numerous material and human blessings God has endowed us with. “I am not unaware of what Nigerians are going through and I want to use this medium to commend the amazing sacrifices of Nigerians in the face of the temporary economic and social challenges and also reassure Nigerians that my administration is working assiduously towards providing basic needs and other amenities. “Let us learn to show gratitude, respect and tolerance to one other, irrespective of our religion, tribe, language and political leanings, as we forge ahead to build on our strengths and opportunities to make Nigeria great again.
Avengers accuses APC of plotting to remove Ikpeazu, opens new twitter account
Niger Delta Avengers Tuesday accused the All Progressives Congress, APC, of plotting to remove Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State and replace him with Uche Ogah, who is allegedly loyal to the party.
The militant group, which opened a new twitter, Tuesday, account after its previous account was shut down, Monday, said it was watching the development in Imo state. On the shut down of its twitter account, it said: “U stop our account, you can’t stop our struggle.” It stated:”We will never back out of the struggle. The struggle continues.” On the planned dialogue by the federal government, the group said: “We don’t need money from anybody for dialogue.” “The only way peace will reign in Nigeria is by referendum to determine the fate of Nigeria,” it reiterated. In a series of tweets Tuesday, the militant group also announced to its followers that it was back after the shutdown.
Military helicopter crashes with 14 on board in Turkey
Turkish military helicopter with 14 people onboard, including a brigadier general, crashed Tuesday in the northeastern province of Giresun, CNN-Turk televison reported. The cause of the crash was not immediately known, it said.
Niger Delta Avengers blow up oil installations belonging to Chevron, NPDCB
Niger Delta Avenger has launched a fresh attack on oil installations belonging to Chevron Nigeria Limited and Nigerian Petroleum Development Company, NPDC.
The separatist group which confirmed the suspension of its twitter handle yesterday, blew up two manifolds operated by the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company at Batan Community in Warri South West Council Area of Delta State on Monday night, Punch reports.
According to the report, the agitators carried out the attack at about 10:35pm and 11:20pm.
The Avengers also attacked two other trunklines belonging to the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, in the area.
Similarly, an oil well identified as ‘well 10’ operated by Chevron at Makaraba village of Gbaramatu Kingdom was also attacked at the same time as that of NPDC.
The attacks were confirmed by military and community sources.
Saraki being persecuted due to his ambition to become Senate President – Melaye
Dino Melaye accuses Tinubu of backing Smart Adeyemi against him at Court of Appeal
Senator representing Kogi West, Senator Dino Melaye has opined that the ongoing trials involving the Senate President, Bukola Saraki was because he is the Senate President.
Saraki is standing trial at the Code of Conduct Tribunal, CCT, for false assets declaration and at the same time facing another trial alongside his deputy, Ike Ekweremadu at the Federal High Court Abuja over forgery of senate rule in 2015.
Speaking to Osasu Igbinedion on The Osasu Show, the outspoken senator said Saraki is being persecuted and not prosecuted.
Melaye said, “What the senate president is going through in the CCT from my own myopic point of view, is not prosecution but persecution.
“We all know that he’s suffering because he had ambition to become the senate president and a man should not be punished for having ambition.
“Ambition is something every individual who wants to make progress in life should have. In fact, our president is a very ambitious person, that’s why he contested for the presidency of this country, four different times.
“So it’s not a crime to be ambitious and Bukola Saraki should not be punished for been ambitious. So the CCT trial, for as far as I’m concerned is a persecution and the case is already falling like pack of cards under cross examination and I want to believe it is because of the failure of the CCT ongoing trial that an orchestration was made for the forgery case in the High court.”