Wednesday, 31 October 2018

Inspired By Halloween? Nigerian Man Shows-off His Scary Birthday Cake (Photo)

The scary birthday cake

A young Nigerian man identified simply as Don Eje, has taken to his Instagram page to share the photo of a scary looking cake he used to celebrate his birthday in style.

The photo which emerged online and is making the rounds online, has been trailed with mixed reactions and criticisms from online users as many have said that they won't eat the cake as a result how ugly it looks.

WizKid - Fever (video) "Tiwa Savage finally reacted to the myriad of criticisms"

Body of Missing General Alkali Found

The Nigerian Army has recovered the body of the missing Gen. Idris Alkali.

The body was found in an abandoned well in Guchwet, Jos South Local Government, Brig. Gen. Umar Mohammed said.

The retired military officer was declar
ed missing in September, after leaving Abuja for Bauchi.

He did not reach his destination.
Early in October, based on intelligence, soldiers drained a pond in Dura, in Jos LG, where they found the general’s car and four other vehicles.

Many arrests were made and the district head of Dura was declared wanted. He gave himself up. NAN

EPL: Conte turns down Real Madrid job to await Mourinho’s sack at Man United

Former Chelsea boss, Antonio Conte does not want to move to Real Madrid because he wants to takeover at Manchester United.

This is according to Italian journalist, Govanni Guardala, who claimed that although Real Madrid are tempting the former Juventus boss, he wants a move to Man United.

Real Madrid confirmed yesterday that the club has agreed to terminate the contract of head coach, Julen Lopetegui, after just 14 games in charge of the club.
Lopetegui was temporarily replaced with 42-year-old Real Madrid Castilla manager, Santiago Solari as they keep searching for a manager.
United boss Mourinho has been tipped to leave the club following their poor start to the new Premier League season.

Conte, so far, has emerged as the overwhelming favourite to take over the reins at Real Madrid.

But Guardala claimed that the Italian has instead cooled his interest at taking over because he likes the prospect of managing United.

“There are many rumours about his future,” Guardala told Sky Italia.
“Real Madrid is tempting him but Manchester United is a team that Antonio Conte really like
“There are players like Paul Pogba, whom he coached at Juventus, or Alexis Sanchez, Herrera and Lukaku, three players he’s always wanted to sign.
“At the moment nothing is decided with Real Madrid.”

Monday, 29 October 2018

BREAKING: Tension in Abuja as army open fire on Shiites

Members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, IMN, better known as Shi’ites, on Monday, defied warnings by a combined force of the Nigerian army and the police as they poured into the FCT from all major routes, to observe the Arbaeen mourning processions.

The sect members, who came out in their thousands for the procession, clashed again with security operatives when the army attempted to stop them from accessing the city-centre.

The ensuing fracas led to the security operatives allegedly opening fire on the group.

Some people have been reported dead, but the exact number is not yet clear as reports are hazy at the moment.

El Clasico: Ramos sends warning to Antonio Conte after Real Madrid’s defeat to Barcelona

Real Madrid defender, Sergio Ramos has warned ex Chelsea boss, Antonio Conte, that he cannot immediately command respect from Madrid players if he replaces Julen Lopetegui as manager.

Lopetegui appears to be on the brink of being sacked following Madrid’s embarrassing 5-1 defeat at the hands of Barcelona at Camp Nou on Sunday.
Madrid have now lost five of their last seven games in all competitions, and reports have it that Conte will take over the management after the Italian reached an agreement over his contract payoff with Chelsea earlier last week.

But when asked if he feels an imposing coach like Conte is required at Madrid, Metro UK quoted Ramos as saying, “Respect is earned, it is not imposed. Neither a name nor another.

“We have won everything with coaches that you already know, in the end the management of the players is more important than the technical knowledge of a coach.”

Asked if Lopetegui will be sacked, Ramos said, “I have always said the same, they are not decisions that run at our hands.
“We are to death with the coach who is always in charge, those decisions are taken by those above.

“We will see what happens in the next few hours.”

Saturday, 27 October 2018

Leicester City owner's helicopter crashes leaving stadium

The Leicester City owner's helicopter has crashed in a car park outside the club's ground shortly after taking off following a match.

It is not known if Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha was in the helicopter at the time.

Leicester City had been playing West Ham United in the Premier League at their King Power stadium.

Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha
Pictures from the ground showed a large fire in the car park, which has since been put out.

A Leicestershire Police spokesman said emergency services were dealing with an incident "after an aircraft came down in a car park behind the ground".

Leicester City said the club was assisting police and emergency services and would issue a more detailed statement in due course.

Sky Sports News reporter Rob Dorsett said the helicopter took off from the pitch, as it does after every game.

He said that after a few seconds it appeared to lose control and crashed into the car park just a few hundred metres away.

Friday, 26 October 2018

Sinéad O'Connor converts to Islam

Irish singer Sinéad O'Connor has announced she has converted to Islam.
The artist, who is best known for her 1990 hit version of the song Nothing Compares 2 U, said she had changed her name to Shuhada'.

In a message on Twitter, she thanked fellow Muslims for their support.
She has said that her decision was "the natural conclusion of any intelligent theologian's journey" and uploaded a video of herself singing the adhan, or Islamic call to prayer.
On Thursday, Irish Imam Shaykh Dr Umar al-Qadri posted a video of the singer saying the Islamic declaration of faith.

O'Connor rose to fame in 1990 with a striking arrangement of Prince's Nothing Compares 2 U.

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Tiwa Savage Reacts To Social Media Attacks Over 'Fever Video'

Tiwa Savage, 38, has been at the receiving end since she featured in the steamy 'Fever' video with Wizkid who she is 10 years older than.

Many social media commentators have been heaping blames on her for rollicking and frolicking with Wizkid, despite the fact that she is technically married to her former manager, Teebillz.
Tiwa Savage finally reacted to the myriad of criticisms telling her critics to charge her to court if she has broken any law.

The mother of one again sparked an outrage with her response below with many describing it as brazen and unbecoming.

Please watch below:

DJ Celebrates His Divorce From Wife In The Most Unusual Style

Bongani removing his ring after his divorce from the court.

A South African-based Disk Jockey, Bongani Sebuzo, has taken to his Facebook page to share some photos from a court after his successful divorce with his wife.

The young man who boldly wrote the words "Just Divorced" on his entire car windscreen captioned the photos: "Married 26November 2011. FiledForDivorce 03June 2015. Divorced 03 August 2018. ItsOver. #AmFree #Zasha #KimberlyHighCourt."
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Wizkid’s Fever video breaks Nigerian YouTube record

Wizkid has broken Nigerian YouTube record, as the ‘most watched video’ raking 1 million views in less than 24hours, beating Davido’s record.

The singer’s video has garnered over 2.2 million YouTube views, and still counting, 72 hours " 3 day " after it was released.

Fever Video features his ‘best friend’, Mavins Record singer, Tiwa Savage who plays his love interest in the video.

between the two artiste… and there’s one question on everyone’s lips… “Why did they not kiss already?”.

Thursday, 25 October 2018

I want to f**k Wizkid, I’ve had dreams about it” — Nigerian lady shares

Following the trending video of Nigerian singer, Wizkid’s song, Fever which featured his ‘best friend’, Tiwa Savage as his video vixen, a Nigerian lady has declared her want for the singer.

Dauntlessly taking to her Twitter page, the lady doesn’t seem to care about the reactions that’ll follow as she declared that she just wants to “f*ck” the singer.

According to Fumnanya, she’s had dreams about getting down with the singer and so, that’s all she’s about… She wrote,

Cross River government comes to the rescue of the Ogoja mad couple with 3 children

The Cross River State Government in partnership with the Federal Neuro Psychiatric Hospital, Calabar, have come to the aid of a family of 5–Ogoja mad couple, that were earlier reported to be mentally unstable, alongside their children.

The family of Mr. & Mrs. Ben Ogar popularly known as the Ogoja mentally deranged couple has been rescued following weeks of intense search by a team from the Cross River State Government and Federal Neuro Psychiatric hospital, Calabar, Cross River State.

According to his wife, Mr. Ben and his wife lost their means of livelihood about the same time six years ago while still resident in Abuja with their two kids, and what followed was a mental disorder leading to the Mr. Ben relocating himself and his wife to his country home in Ogoja where he opted to stay in a shanty rather than his father’s house.

His family rescued his first set of kids from him when he started showing signs of this disorder, and six years of roaming the streets of Ogoja produced the three kids he was rescued with.

Doctors confirmed Mr. Ben to be suffering from a mental disorder, while his wife is only having the ‘folie a deux’ syndrome as a result of her husband’s ideation. The children, two girls and a boy, are in very stable condition and are responding to treatment very well.

Meanwhile the Honorable Commissioner for Women Affairs in the State, Mrs. Stella Odey, highlighted that the family are also being offered some psycho-Social support in addition to the Medical Care already being provided by the State Government.

While her counterpart from the Ministry of Sustainable Development and Social Welfare, Mr. Oliver Orok, noted that the State Government had already provided feeding and accommodation to the couple with adequate medical scare.

The Permanent Secretary of the State Ministry of Health, Dr. Joseph Bassey, asserted that the State Government are partnering with Federal Neuro Psychiatric Hospital to ensure the family receive all the medical services they require.

Wednesday, 24 October 2018

Super Eagles midfielder Alex Iwobi has made his debut in a Nollywood movie called INPADISU

Super Eagles midfielder Alex Iwobi  has made his debut in a Nollywood  movie called INPADISU but is yet to be released.

Iwobi participated in the production of the movie after he represented Nigeria at the 2018 FIFA World Cup, which the Super Eagles crashed out at the group stage.

The 22-year-old Arsenal star took time out of his extended break to participate in the movie shoot around Surulere.

According to several reports Iwobi's did not do some high risk scenes as a stunt double was used in place of the Arsenal midfielder.

No release date has been confirmed for the movie but the trailer on Alex Iwobi's Instagram states that the movie will be available in cinemas before the end of August.

The youngster follows the footsteps of former Nigeria international John Utaka who also showcased his acting skills in a Nollywood thriller.

Iwobi has returned to Arsenal and will hope to get his first Premier League minutes when the Gunners travel to face London rivals Chelseain one of the top games this weekend scheduled for Saturday, August 18.

Tuesday, 23 October 2018

Drama As Lady Cries Out After Her Client Took Her Pictures To A Shrine In Edo State

A Nigerian lady identified as Judith Trafford, has taken to the social media platform, Facebook, to cry out after her client took her pictures to a shrine in Edo State, following a failed business transaction.

"I have customers in Nigeria and abroad, have never cheated anyone.they pay me and I deliver their good few month ago I was rubbed they took away all my business money my phone and all most of u were aware.the lady bellow Blizz Lilly Williams ordered goods worth 12,500(twelve thousand five hundred naira before the incident I explained to her that I was rubbed Nd I promised to send her back her money so as god could do it I started back my business last week.

"She messaged me for her money I begged and ask her to have patience that I just started my business back or she should choose wat she needed on my upload so I buy Nd send to her just last week,I went to d market got the goods only for her to send me the video below threatening to kill me.she saved my pictures on fb went to print it out Nd took it to a native doctor.

"Her dad also called threatening me have send her money back to her but I just want us all to be careful because with this I now know people saves peoples pix on social media to do evil that her pix below and the video she sent me have sent her money back to her and I guess she has being destroying life with this,I guess am not the first person she has taken her pix to her father shrine please kindly share cox if anything should happen she’s responsible."
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Real Men Do One Round And Sleep - Nollywood Actress, Pat Ugwu

Actress Pat
Voluptuous and curvy Nollywood actress, Pat Ugwu, who is well known for flaunting her well-shaped backside in her social media posts, has openly expressed her mind that men who go many rounds are not real men.
The screen diva who shared sensuous pictures in her Instagram post, said real men only go one round in bed.
She wrote: “Real men do one round and sleep, but the jobless ones will hit it overnight like they are releasing their poverty inside your honey pot.”

For many women around the world, any man who lacks the capacity to last long in bed is considered lazy and poor in bed, but it appears this line of thinking doesn’t jell with the screen diva.

Monday, 22 October 2018

University Student Celebrates Her Graduation By Posing With A Massive Alligator

The daring 21-year-old's graduation ceremony will be held this coming Friday
A university student took her graduation photographs to a whole new level – by posing alongside a 13-foot alligator.

Makenzie Noland’s daring snaps have left the world stunned after the Texas A&M graduate took an unorthodox route for her commemorative photos.

The 21-year-old graduate earned her degree in wildlife and fisheries science, and has been working as an intern at the Gator County rescue centre in Beaumont, Texas since finishing classes in May.

Makenzie balances her graduation class ring on the alligator's nose
She posted the photographs on her Facebook page with the caption “Not your typical graduation picture”.

One of the photos shows Noland balancing her graduation ring on the nose of the alligator, named Big Tex, while wearing her Texas A&M sash and cap.

Noland developed a special bond with the animal after working closely with him since her first day at the animal centre.

The graduate is responsible for Big Tex’s daily feeding sessions, which often attract a large crowd, and the beast has never attempted to harm Noland.

Big Tex, seen here balancing the ring on his nose, is said to be 'a little too friendly'
Speaking to the Wichita Eagle, Noland said:  “He’s one of my best friends here. It’s something I’m super proud of.
“It took him a few weeks for him to like me.”

She added:  "I call him over, talk all sweet to him, tickle his nose, and reassure him that I'm not going to hurt him.”

The alligator was caught at Trinity River National Wildlife Refuge in Oct. 2016 after he started becoming “a little too friendly,” according to a Facebook post from the refuge.

The post claimed that Big Tex had  “lost his fear of humans” because people were feeding him, adding:  “While the animal had not aggressively attacked anyone yet, it was considered a little too close for comfort.”

Big Tex was captured and now gets to  “live the remainder of his life at Gator Country".

Sunday, 21 October 2018

Man Who Photobombed A Lady's Pictures In A Stadium Becomes Her Husband 7 Months Later (Photos)

Mgcotyelwa Nony was photobombed by her husband

Mgcotyelwa Nony, a South African lady is now trending online after sharing an interesting story on how she met her husband in an unusual place, a stadium.
According to Mgcotyelwa,

she followed her brothers to the stadium to watch a football match after getting themselves tickets for the game seven months ago.
Her husband was also in the stadium but she never knew what destiny had in store for her. The man kept staring at her and photobombing her selfies with her brothers.
During halftime, he ran to her and introduced himself and the rest is history.

They got married months after
Read the lovely story below as shared by Mgcotyelwa Nony.

"It was 7 months ago on the 14 of March when love chose me in Green Point stadium. It was the Nedbank Cup,Orlando Pirates was playing against Cape Town City.
"My brothers had bought themselves tickets to the game,they didn't get me one,for obvious reasons, that I never watch any soccer matches and have never had an interest to go to the stadium.
"But this time I queued the long lines of last minute ticket sales and got myself and my cousin tickets. We didn't pay much attention to the match. We were excited about our first time at the stadium and we wanted everyone to know. It was selfie after selfie.
"Posted on whatsapp, until a friend noted the guy in a grey t-shirt photo bombing all my snaps and asked if I'll give him the pictures. Every time I turned back to my brother's he was staring right at me.
"Then it was half time when he came down, running over the chairs to introduce himself. I gave him a hard since that day but he never gave up. On the 14th of October I chose love in return and became his wife."

Saturday, 20 October 2018

Chinese drug in Nigeria contains human flesh, SON confirms

The Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON) has confirmed that a Chinese drug in Nigeria markets contains human flesh.

SON made the confirmation when it received a letter sent by the National Intelligence Agency (NIA) on the unnamed Chinese drug reported to be made from human flesh.

The Intelligence Agency had alerted several relevant agencies including SON, National Agency for Food Drugs and Administration Control (NAFDAC) and the Nigerian Customs Service on the Chinese drug in circulation.

Efforts made by The Guardian to verify the name of the drug were not successful, as several calls and messages got no response.

It was not the first time that drugs from fetuses and human flesh have filtered into markets. In 2011, Chinese officials launched investigations into the production of drugs made from dead fetuses. The capsules were disguised as stamina boosters and some people believed them to be a panacea for disease.

Investigations also revealed that thousands of the same drugs were first confiscated in South Korea in 2012.

According to investigations by the NIA, the capsules were filled with powdered flesh from dead babies whose bodies were chopped into small pieces and dried on stoves before being turned into powder in North Eastern China.

“The South Korean Customs Service, on 30th September 2018 revealed that it has seized 2,751 Chinese drugs/capsules, containing human remains from foetus, infants and flesh imported into the country by some Chinese nationals,” NIA said in a statement.

“The manufacturers claim that the drugs/capsules can boost stamina, cure cancer, diabetes and some other terminal diseases.”

“The capsules were smuggled in suitcases and through international mail.”

The agency revealed that South Korean Ministry of Food and Drug Safety indicated that 18.7 billion viruses, including hepatitis B virus were found in the capsules.

It also stressed that the making of the human remain drugs and consuming them are crimes against humanity, which can also lead to serious health challenges.

The Nigeria government agency then called on other health related agencies to enlighten Nigerians to be cautious of such drugs.

“However, it is important for all relevant health regulatory agencies in Nigeria especially the Federal Ministry of Health, NAFDAC, NDLEA and SON to sensitize Nigerians of this development and warn them of the inherent dangers of patronizing drugs imported from China.”

“The Customs Service, NIPOST and other mail delivery services should also step up monitoring of cargoes and packages with drugs imported into Nigeria.”

31 pupils pregnant at a single Limpopo School

Mukhwantheli Secondary Schoool in Dididi village outside Thohoyandou has been rocked by a scandal of teenage pregnancies after it was discovered that 31 of the pupils had fallen pregnant, 20 of whom have already given birth this year.

Police have been deployed to a Limpopo school where at least 31 pupils have fallen pregnant, three of them by the same boy.

The officers, according to Mukhwantheli Secondary School principal Mashudu Maboho, had been summoned to conduct random searches for illegal substances.

The school in Dididi village outside Thohoyandou made headlines this week after the provincial department of health revealed the shocking number of pupils who had fallen pregnant.

The school faces many problems including a high number of pregnancies and pupils involved in illegal activities.

Maboho said he was worried about the high number of pregnancies in his school.

"The high number of pregnancies by pupils leads to drop-outs and absenteeism," he said. "We have also engaged the services of psychologists to help with counselling to the pupils.

"I can speak without any fear of contradiction that there are no blessers taking advantage of our pupils. The pupils do this all by themselves."

Maboho said the majority of pupils' parents work in Gauteng and do not show up for school meetings.

The school caters for pupils from the villages of Tshiulungoma, Dididi, Tshitomboni and Tambaulate.

A grade 10 male pupil at the school was found to have impregnated three girls.

Speaking to Sowetan, the 17-year-old boy said he would take care of the girls he had impregnated.

"I do odd jobs such as plumbing and electrical wiring during weekends and I hope to use the money to look after my children and their mothers," he said.

Two of the pupils have given birth while the third is due for delivery in December.

A teacher who spoke on condition of anonymity blamed poverty for the high level of teenage pregnancies.

"Villagers take advantage of the poverty levels of the area and use any means to convince the pupils to fall for them," said the teacher.

The school has 952 pupils from grades 8 to 11, and 197 pupils in matric.

Chairperson of the school governing body, Thakhani Munyai, said they did not know about the pregnancies until the visit by the department on Tuesday.

"It's so sad that our children have fallen pregnant while at school. We are going to call parents to participate in the activities of the school with a view to assist the situation."

Education department spokesperson Sam Makondo yesterday said they were alarmed at the school's high rate of teenage pregnancies.

Double murder, suicide, Pastor ‘poisons’ daughters, self

A pastor from Nkulumane suburb poisoned his two daughters before killing himself in South Africa where the family was based citing marital and other problems.

Precocious Mpofu (36) allegedly forced his two daughters, Shalom (11) and Panashe (7) to drink a drainage cleaning chemical before also taking it in Yeoville suburb, Johannesburg.

The deceased, who is alleged to have been a pastor at Prophet Blessing Chiza’s Eagle Life Assembly and his wife, Ms Chido Chipangura had recently separated but she was still living in South Africa.

Family members said the bodies of the two girls and their father were found in his apartment while a container of the chemical was found in Pastor Mpofu’s car.

The bodies are expected to arrive in the country today.

Pastor Mpofu allegedly left a suicide note in which he stated that he was facing a lot of problems most of them in his marriage.

He also allegedly said they were some people who were stalking him and mentioned four people with their contact details.

Pastor Mpofu however did not give reasons why the individuals were stalking him.

The now deceased also sent a lot of messages to his family on the fateful day although he did not mention his intentions to kill his children and commit suicide.

He however gave a hint when he directed how his property should be shared.

The family members told the Chronicle at their family home in Nkulumane suburb yesterday that from the information they received, the tragedy could have happened on Monday between 2PM and 4PM after pastor Mpofu had just returned from collecting his children from school.

The deceased’s father, Mr Sipho Mpofu, confirmed his son’s and grandchildren’s deaths.

He said his son and his wife had recently separated and the pastor was staying with his daughters.

“I am reliably informed residents at his apartment saw him carrying each of the daughters on his shoulders into their flat at around 2PM. At 2:40PM he sent his sister here in Bulawayo a WhatsApp message saying one of his daughters, Shalom had died. Exactly 10 minutes later, he sent another message saying his second daughter had also passed on. This puzzled his sister who was trying to call him to understand what exactly he was trying to say,” said Mr Mpofu.

He said when she tried to text him back, messages were no longer being delivered and the sister phoned Ms Chipangura telling her to go and check on her husband as he was texting strange messages.

“Ms Chipangura dashed to the flat only to find three bodies. The kids’ bodies were neatly laid in bed between blankets while Precocious body was on the floor,” he said.

Mr Mpofu said his son had earlier told him that he was being stalked by four men that he named in his suicide note.

He said his son also listed the four men’s phone numbers.

Mr Mpofu said he used to hear through rumours that his son and his daughter-in-law were having marital problems.

“My son was at times coming to Zimbabwe alone or with his kids and we would hear of his marital problems from other people,” he said.

The deceased’s mother, Mrs Sibangani Mpofu said earlier on the fateful day, her son was texting his sister strange messages giving directives on how his assets should be distributed.

He is said to have ordered his sister to sell his car that is in South Africa and said the money should be given to his parents so that they “fund a huge task “ that was coming.

“It’s like he had already planned everything and shared his assets. In his numerous texts, he mentioned that his wife should never set foot at this family home. It means he meant she shouldn’t attend this funeral I guess,” she said.

At the Chipangura’s family home in Mpopoma suburb the news crew was chased away by family members who said they did not want to be disturbed while mourning.

“We are at loss and talking to you won’t bring back our children.Go to the guy’s family and get a comment from them and not us,” said a woman at the family home.


Friday, 19 October 2018


Jade Stanley and "Brandy." BPM Media
A company that produces life size dolls in the UK is reportedly offering to give comfort to those who have lost their partners. 
“We have a lot of people approach us who have dolls made that resemble a partner they have lost. It can be very beneficial for them and helps them keep a piece of their loved one, it provides them with comfort and people don’t always buy the dolls for a sordid reason." Jade Stanley shared with New York Post.
“We even get couples who want to experience a threesome but maybe feel uneasy about seeing their partner with another person. It’s also great for people who maybe feel socially awkward about approaching the opposite sex.” she added. 
The dolls are also for those looking to experiment with multiple people or those with mental health conditions and learning difficulties that may struggle with social situations.
Bespoke dolls can cost up to $5,200 and can be made to any specification with customers able to choose hair color, eye color, nail color, weight and even if they have scars, moles or tattoos.
Businesswoman Stanley says her dolls are booked for the next few weeks.
She is waiting for a new shipment from her factory in China and hopes to take her company global, as the service is currently only available in the UK

14-year-old arrested for allegedly raping mentally-challenged woman in Anambra

A 14-year-old boy simply identified as Eberechi has been arrested by the Police in Anambra State for raping a mentally-challenge woman and abducting her three-year-old child at Umunze in the Orumba South Local Government Area of the state.

The spokesperson of the state police command, Haruna Muhammed, who confirmed the incident to newsmen said the victims were rescued from the suspects following intelligence report.

Muhammed stated that the woman who gave her name as Obiuwanne from Amazu-Ikpaocha, Arondizuogu in Imo state, said that the suspects approached her and her child simply identified as Ifeanyichukwu, promising to provide food for them.

‘’The suspects asked the woman and her child to follow them to an unknown destination.

‘’They carried the woman into the bush on a motorcycle, raped her and abducted her child.

‘’The names of the other suspects are Emeka Nnorue, 44, Ekene Obodoako, 27 from Ebonyi State, and Chika Obi, 28 from Anambra State,” he said.

The spokesperson of the state police command said the suspects would soon be charged to court after investigations has been completed.

My cheating boyfriend gave me HIV - here's how I got justice

Source: BBC

Diane Reeve didn't expect to find love again after her 18-year-long marriage fell apart. But in 2002, at the age of 50, she did. It turned out, though, that her new partner, Philippe Padieu, was sleeping around - and had given her HIV.

Image copyrightDIANE REEVE
I'd kind of given up on love, but then a couple of people convinced me I was too young to do that and said I should get back out on the market - they suggested online dating. It was pretty brutal and I was just about to give up when I got an enquiry from Philippe.

It was just a brief, "I like your profile, would like to meet," but I was intrigued. He was French and very nice looking, and I thought, "OK, one last time, and that's it."
We met at my martial arts school - he was also a martial artist - and then we went over to a local restaurant and had drinks and appetisers and sat for an hour and talked. I was fascinated and I guess he was too.

He had cool stories and told me a lot about himself. That was kind of refreshing because usually it's the other way around, where the woman does all the talking, and I found that exhausting.
On that first date I was pretty interested in him, but I couldn't really tell if he was feeling the same thing. But then he made this one flirtatious comment and I thought, "Oh, OK, he is interested," and it went from there, we started dating fairly regularly.

Image copyrightDIANE REEVE

Image captionDiane and Philippe shared an interest in martial arts
Philippe was a security analyst for a large company but he was laid off a year after we started dating. While he was looking for a new job I asked him to help me out at the school.

When he was teaching for me we'd usually go out after work and then spend the night together. We had had the talk about being exclusive pretty early on in the relationship, so I was seeing him three or four times a week and the rest of the time I was busy with the school.

I was happy, he was happy, it was good, and we were together for four-and-half years.

In 2006 my daughter was getting married and we had a wonderful ceremony.
Philippe was there - he took a video of the big family occasion - and we were all going for a family dinner afterwards. But then he called me from his cellphone and said, "I can't go, I'm not feeling well."

Image copyrightDIANE REEVE
He didn't call from his home phone, which made me suspicious, and I was furious because the dinner was very important to me.
I went by myself, but on my way home I thought I'd go by Philippe's and check on this poor sick man who couldn't make it to my family dinner.
The door was locked, the house was dark, and his car wasn't there. I sat in the driveway and cried for a long time, and then I started to get angry.

Because I'd been paying for his cellphone I was able to get into his voicemail. Two different women had left him messages and it was obvious from the voicemails that these were women that he had plans with.
I waited for a good hour-and-a-half or more and then finally I saw him coming around the corner.

When he saw my car he immediately sped away - he knew that something was up - so I followed him up and down the neighbourhood streets until he finally got on the highway. He was going 90 mph and I was right behind him. I thought, "I can chase you all night, I got a full tank of gas."
Eventually he pulled over. I yelled and screamed and accused him of cheating. He said, "You shouldn't have hacked into my voicemail!" and it went back and forth. He was so angry and started beating on the car and that scared me, so I decided that was it.
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Diane Reeve spoke to Jo Fidgen on Outlook on the BBC World Service
You can listen again here
We broke up on a Saturday. The following Monday I had a well-woman examination and when the results came back there were some anomalies in the cervical cells.
They said it was human papilloma virus (HPV), which is genital warts. I'd never had that before so I knew that he had given it to me. That shocked me and made me afraid - I had to have surgery to remove the abnormal cells and I didn't know if it would progress into cancer or not.
I wondered if I should warn the other two women. I went back through the nine months' of Philippe's cellphone records that I had, trying to find them again. I would call numbers and whenever a woman answered, I would ask, "Are you seeing Philippe Padieu?" and if they said "Yes," I would say, "Well, I need to talk to you a little bit."
I found nine other women who were also seeing him that way.
Some of them were angry, some of them hung up on me, some of them were very interested, and some of them were appreciative - I got all kinds of different responses.
A lady who had been seeing Philippe, who lived close to him, was so angry that she and I decided to meet with another couple of women. We had quite an interesting lunch comparing notes and we took a picture of ourselves making an obscene gesture and sent it to him.

There was another woman who I contacted later on. We met at a little jazz bar. She'd been seeing Philippe three times a week for about a-year-and-a-half.
She did not have an exclusive relationship with him, but she was waiting for that to happen, I think. I told her everything that had happened to me - how romantic things had been with us for years, how we were building a house together, how we were going to move in together but then broke up. I told her about the HPV and that I was continuing to have health problems.
She listened very intently to what I had to say.
I said, "This is your decision and if you want to continue to see him then that's your business," and I thought that would be the last time we would talk.

Three months later I got a call from the health department who said that I needed to come in for testing. I panicked because I had been having a lot of health problems in addition to the abnormal cervical smear.

I had kept Philippe's phone in case somebody called and I could warn them too. I looked at it again after I was contacted by the health department and noticed that the last person to call it was the woman that I'd met at the jazz bar.

I called her and I said, "I just got a call from the health department, what can you tell me about this?"
She said four words that I will never forget: "We need to talk."

She had continued to see Philippe after we'd met but she'd then decided to break it off. She'd started to worry about sexually transmitted diseases and had gone to get tested. Her doctor had called her and told her that there was bad news, she was living with HIV.

At that point I just knew that everything that I had gone through over the last six months - the health problems, not having any energy, things that I had attributed to getting a little bit older - all these puzzle pieces fitted together and I knew what I was facing.

The next day I had an appointment with my gynaecologist and they took some blood. The following day they called me with the results.

"Diane, I'm sorry. It's positive."
I dropped the phone and fell to my knees. I thought I was going to die.
I had not followed HIV closely - I remembered when there was no cure, and I knew that there was medicine now, but I didn't really know how effective it was. And I knew that I was really, really sick.

When I went for further testing I found out that I had Aids. That means that your immune system is damaged to the point that you are very vulnerable to illness. Your body just won't fight back because the virus has damaged the cells which fight off infection.

I had health insurance because I was self-employed; I had just changed policies about two months before I got the diagnosis.

There was a disclaimer at the end of the policy which said, "Please be aware that we do not cover HIV," which I had signed happily, because I knew I didn't have HIV. Except two months later I found out that I did.

So I had insurance that did not pay for HIV and the medicine was about $2,000 (£1,500) a month and I couldn't afford it.

Almost immediately after getting the results I went to counselling. I really needed some help to process things. I was terribly depressed, I was very fearful and I was homicidally angry.

I decided to talk again to the woman I'd met at the jazz bar. We cried together, and we got angry together. When she had got her diagnosis she'd immediately called Philippe to let him know. He'd said: "Hey, no big deal, everybody dies of something. Why don't you just go and live your life and leave me alone?"

It was a very odd reaction for someone who should have been shocked.

We suspected that Philippe had given it to both of us and we thought there had to be something that could be done about it. We did some research and within weeks of my diagnosis we decided to file a police report.
We wanted the police to stop him.

We wanted them to find out if he actually did carry the virus and we wanted to find out if there was something that we could do to keep him from hurting other women.

The police were very sympathetic and understanding but said that because there were only two of us we weren't going to be able to prove it. But if four or five women came forward, they said, then they might be able to get the district attorney to take a look.

We went back through the cellphone records. The first person I called was the woman who lived in Philippe's neighbourhood that I'd met earlier. She got tested and was also diagnosed with HIV.

She helped us by watching the house and writing down licence plate numbers of cars that were in Philippe's driveway overnight. We were kept pretty busy because he was with a different woman every night, it was incredible.

I had a friend that could run the licence tags and get a name and address, and once we had that we would go and visit them.
Altogether, we found 13 women who were diagnosed with HIV.

I was devastated that this had been going on for so long. I'd been seeing Philippe since 2002, but some of the women I talked to pre-dated me and with a different car in the driveway every night countless women had been exposed.

As the case progressed, the police department and the DA started to get involved.

To try to prove that Philippe knew that he had been diagnosed the police set up what is called a pretext phone call. I sat at the police station and called him to try to get him to admit that he knew that he was living with HIV. It didn't go very well.

He said, "How the BLEEP did you get this number?" and it went downhill from there.
I said, "Hey, I heard that you weren't feeling well and I was just calling to check on you," and he hung up on me.

There was a lady at the health department who was helping us track down the women. I'd asked her, "Have you ever seen this guy?" but nothing rang a bell.

Then I remembered that Philippe sometimes used an alias, the name Phil White, and she remembered that. The timeframe that she'd seen him was around the same time that I remembered sending him to the doctor because he felt like he had kidney stones.

I thought, "I wonder if that's when he got that diagnosis?"
It was 2005, about a year-and-a-half before we broke up. He had gone to the doctor and had some tests done.

I had paid for that medical treatment so I pulled those cheques and took them to the district attorney - that was the first time I ever saw her smile. The cheques gave her "probable cause" to subpoena the medical records - which she did.

Without that it would have been very difficult if not impossible to obtain them, due to privacy laws - and that's how we proved that he'd been diagnosed with HIV.

Of the 13 women we found who were diagnosed with HIV only five agreed to testify in court, because of the stigma associated with the virus.

We formed a support group and were able to meet at my house on a routine basis. We all got through it together.

One motive for going through with it was that the state of Texas will pay for medical care that is needed as a result of a crime, and they were prosecuting Philippe for "assault with a deadly weapon".

It was a long process, five to six months, of us tracking down women. Just about every day of the week we were on stake-out. It was exhausting - I still had Aids - but we were determined to stop him doing this to anybody else.

The trial finally began in 2009, three years after Philippe and I had broken up and two years after my diagnosis.

The district attorney had warned us that we would be raked over the coals, that anything that Philippe knew about us that was dirty laundry would be aired in public. Although I was prepared for it, I didn't know that it was going to be as brutal as it was - I was on the stand for about an hour, but I got through it.

After the sentencing, we gathered all of our friends and families together and we celebrated because we knew he was not going to be able to hurt anybody else again.
Philippe never took responsibility. He said that it was me that gave everybody HIV, which was obviously ludicrous - we found a woman in Michigan who he had transmitted HIV to in 1997. And we also did a DNA study that was very well controlled and scientifically proven that showed that the virus that was in each of us had a common source - and Philippe was the common source.

I suspect that he had knowingly been transmitting HIV to women for years before I met him, and that the 2005 diagnosis was not his first.

I have struggled with the forgiveness thing, but I'm at peace about it because, frankly, I took a lemon situation and made it into lemonade.

But one of the things that I resent most about what Philippe did to me and the other women is that he destroyed my ability to trust and that makes relationships really hard. I'm working my way past it, but it's been a long struggle.

I'm really lucky that I have a good relationship now with somebody who understands and loves me and accepts me. We first started seeing each other in 2008 and I disclosed to him on the second date. I started crying and he held me and said, "It's OK, my brother died of Aids," and that was a very healing experience for me.

The medicine has come so far that it's one pill a day now for most people - I've been on one pill a day for a long time. I have undetectable viral load which means the virus is not detectable in my blood. It's been shown that if you are a living with HIV and you have an undetectable viral load consistently over six months there is zero transmission risk - that was a game changer for all of us.

I'm still in contact with a lot of the other women. I went to the Grand Canyon on vacation with one of them last year - the woman from the jazz bar.

If I had not met her she would have never thought to get tested and if she had not given my name to the health department I would have never gotten tested. We seriously saved each other's lives.

Written by Sarah McDermott
Philippe Padieu was convicted of six counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon - his bodily fluid - and sentenced to 45 years in prison.

Standing Strong: An Unlikely Sisterhood and the Court Case that Made History by Diane Reeve is published by Health Communications.

Thursday, 18 October 2018

‘Mad Man’ who received credit alert of N1.5 million on his phone, gets arrested

A man pretending to be mad has been apprehended by the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC in Akure, Ondo state, on suspicion of being a kidnapper.

The suspect, simply identified as Dele, was arrested on Monday around the Isikan area in the capital city.

The supposedly mad man was seen wandering the area alone and acting funny, witnesses told Sahara Reporters – his action aroused the interest of residents and they immediately called for active vigilance.

The eyewitness said the culprit was quickly surrounded and handed over to the officers of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC). When the fake mad man’s phone was searched, they saw a credit alert of N1.5 million.

Pedro Awili, the Commandant of the NSCDC in Ondo State, confirmed his arrest on Tuesday afternoon. Awili said the culprit was handed to the Corps’ Quick Respons Squad (QRS) for immediate arrest.

He later paraded the arrested culprit and seven other criminals for various offences before journalists at the command’s Alagbaka office.

Awili told newsmen:
The QRS team of the Command on October 15 arrested one Dele who was pretending as a madman at Isikan area of Akure with Itel phone.

When our men arrested him and checked his mobile phone after some few seconds, he got a payment alert of N1.5 million into his account.

Immediately the alert entered, he forcefully collected the mobile phone and smashed it on the floor. We went to repair the mobile phone to know and ascertain the person that sent the money to him and the persons he is working for.

The Ondo NSCDC boss said the suspect belongs to a gang of serial kidnap syndicate terrorizing people and innocent residents of the state.

He vowed that the command would investigate the case to a conclusion and ensure justice is properly served on the culprit and his cohorts in the state.

How prophet cut off lover’s head – Police

A 42-year-old self-professed prophet, Olusola Akindele of Lion of Judah Church of Christ, Robiyan community in Ifo Local Government Area of Ogun State, has been arrested for allegedly beheading his mistress for money rituals.

The Commissioner of Police, Ahmed Iliyasu, who led his men to the house of the cleric located in the community, said the suspect was arrested following a report by the community head.

Iliyasu said a headless decomposing body of a woman was found in an uncompleted building within the community.
The commissioner said the suspect confessed that the victim was his mistress, whom he simply identified as Iya Anu. They had been in an amorous relationship for over two years.

“On that fateful day, the deceased came to visit him and as usual after they made love, the woman was relaxing. He surreptitiously brought out a pestle-like wood with which he smashed the woman’s head and later cut off her head and two hands before he threw the remains into the uncompleted building behind his residence.

“The severed body parts were buried at the back of the church situated at number 13, Robiyan Avenue,” the commissioner told journalists.

He added that two other accomplices were arrested in connection with the killing.
Mr Iliyasu assured that the suspects will be arraigned after investigations were concluded.

Meanwhile, the police boss had ordered the DPO to liaise with the Chairman of the Local Government in order to demolish the property of the suspect.