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Nigerian ‘Yahoo Boy’ on FBI’s Most Wanted List Apprehended in Australia


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He owned a hip hop record label and he lived the high life of luxury hotels, gambling, strippers and bling. But behind the glitz and the glamour Tobechi Enyinna Onwuhara was one of the FBI’s most wanted men, allegedly a fraudster who scammed at least $44 million through cyber crimes.

But the sophisticated con artist, who fled Florida in August 2008 amid an intense FBI investigation, has been caught in Sydney and sent back to the US to face a string of fraud charges.

Nigerian-born Tobechi Onwuhara, 33, was “provisionally arrested in response to a request from the United States Government” in December last year, according to a spokeswoman for the Australian Attorney-General’s department.

Mr Onwuhara is to face prosecution in the US for fraud related offences, including identity fraud and computer fraud, the spokeswoman said.

“On January 29, the Minister for Justice [Jason Clare] made a determination to surrender Mr Onwuhara to the US.

“As a matter of long standing practice, the Australian government does not comment on operational matters,” she said.

Fairfax Media understands Mr Onwuhara had been living it up in Sydney after disappearing in August 2008.

The FBI’s website now lists Mr Onwuhara as captured, but with scant detail of the arrest. They were offering a $25,000 reward for information leading to his arrest.

The source who tipped off Fairfax said Mr Onwuhara had been making regular trips to The Star casino as well as splashing cash at numerous popular nightclubs.

“He would bet at the Star under a different name, he was a regular, then one day he just disappeared and someone told us he wanted by the FBI,” a source said.

A spokeswoman for Echo entertainment, owner of The Star, did not return calls and emails. The US Consulate in Sydney also did not return calls.

An Australian Federal Police spokesman confirmed the AFP arrested Mr Onwuhara.

According to the FBI’s most wanted list Mr Onwuhara is wanted for his alleged involvement in an elaborate scheme that defrauded the financial industry out of tens of millions of dollars.

“Onwuhara is a key member of a group of Nigerians who allegedly have been conducting fraudulent banking activities from Florida and Texas, since 2005,” the FBI’s most wanted website states.

“It is alleged that the group has been using online internet databases to steal victims’ identities.

“Once acquired, they allegedly use the victims’ information to gain access to the victims’ ‘Home Equity Line of Credit’ accounts and wire transfer the money to accounts mainly located overseas, some in the United States.”

Some of Onwuhara’s alleged co-conspirators have been arrested, inside and outside of the United States, the FBI’s website states.

Onwuhara was charged federally with conspiracy to commit bank fraud, and a federal warrant was issued for his arrest by the US District Court, Eastern District of Virginia, on August 1, 2008.

 

 

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YouTube Shooter Visited Gun Range Before Attacking Strangers, Police Say


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The woman who opened fire at YouTube headquarters Tuesday practiced shooting at a gun range hours before the attack, police said.

She then took her 9 mm Smith & Wesson handgun to the Silicon Valley campus and shot three people she apparently didn't know, San Bruno Police Chief Ed Barberini said.

All this because Nasim Najafi Aghdam was upset with YouTube's practices and policies.

Nasim Najafi Aghdam shot and wounded three people before killing herself, police say.

"We know she was upset with YouTube, and now we've determined that was the motive," Barberini said.

Aghdam shot and wounded three people before killing herself. Two of her victims have been released from the hospital, and one remains in serious condition.

Barberini said the shooter did not have a link to the three people she shot.

Website reveals angst against YouTube

Police are investigating a website that appears to showthe same woman accusing YouTube of restricting her videos.

CNN is working to confirm the authenticity of the website, which lists four YouTube channels: one in Farsi, one in Turkish, one in English and one devoted to hand art. It also lists an Instagram page that focuses on vegan life.

The woman's grievances against YouTube appear to focus on censorship and revenue.

"There is no equal growth opportunity on YOUTUBE or any other video sharing site, your channel will grow if they want to!!!!!" one post reads. "Youtube filtered my channels to keep them from getting views!"

Another post accuses "close-minded" YouTube employees of putting an age restriction on videos, saying it's aimed at reducing views and discouraging the woman from making new videos.

Differing reports on shooter's final hours

Aghdam's brother said he warned police his sister "might do something."

His concerns started over the weekend when Aghdam stopped answering her phone in Southern California, her brother told CNN affiliate KGTV.

Then, early Tuesday morning, Mountain View police said they found Aghdam in her car.

The discovery worried her brother.

"I Googled 'Mountain View,' and it was close to YouTube headquarters. And she had a problem with YouTube," said Aghdam's brother, who did not want to be identified.

He said he warned police that "she went all the way from San Diego, so she might do something."

But Mountain View police said they didn't notice anything alarming after encountering Aghdam, whose car was parked in a lot, around 1:40 a.m. Tuesday.

"At no point during our roughly 20 minute interaction with her did she mention anything about YouTube, if she was upset with them, or that she had planned to harm herself or others," Mountain View police said. "Throughout our entire interaction with her, she was calm and cooperative."

Police discovered Aghdam had been reported missing from the San Diego area and called her family.

"At no point did her father or brother mention anything about potential acts of violence or a possibility of Aghdam lashing out as a result of her issues with her (YouTube) videos," the department said.

An hour later, "Her father called us back to let us know that she made a series of vegan videos for her channel on YouTube, and that the company had recently done something to her videos that had caused her to become upset," Mountain View Police said.

"Once again, at no point did her father or brother mention anything about potential acts of violence or a possibility of Aghdam lashing out as a result of her issues with her videos. They remained calm throughout this second phone call."

Agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives were at the father's home in Menifee much of the day. ATF Los Angeles spokeswoman Ginger Colbrun said the agency is assisting San Bruno police, who have obtained search warrants for several locations and vehicles in Southern California.

The family handed a statement to reporters Wednesday afternoon from the father that said the family was in "absolute shock and can't make sense of what has happened."

The family offered its regrets to the victims and said it was praying for their speedy recovery.

Family members also asked "God to bestow patience upon all persons hurt in this horrific senseless act," the statement said, according to CNN affiliate KTLA.

YouTube senior software engineer Zach Voorhies said he bolted when the fire alarm blared shortly before 1 p.m. Tuesday.

"I went outside with my electric skateboard and I started skating down, because I thought it was a fire," Voorhies told CNN affiliate KPIX. "I heard some yelling and I saw somebody down on his back with a red spot on his stomach."

As they fled the building, he said, the shooter was in the courtyard yelling, " 'Come at me,' or 'come get me!' "

Product manager Todd Sherman said he was at his desk when he heard what sounded like rumbling as people ran.

"First thought was earthquake," Sherman said in a series of tweets. He dashed toward the exit, where someone said there was a person with a gun.

"At that point, every new person I saw was a potential shooter," he said. "I looked down and saw blood drips on the floor and stairs."

He fled downstairs, peeking around him to ensure the shooter was not around before dashing out of the building.

YouTube was founded in February 2005 and quickly became a major site for online videos. It was later purchased by Google.

More than 1,100 people work at the YouTube campus in San Bruno, south of San Francisco. Employees there include engineers for the site and sales teams that work with advertisers and content creators.

A statement from YouTube on Wednesday said the company would increase security at all its offices. Security protections already in place prevented the shooter from entering the building from the courtyard.

It said employees can take time off from work or work from home if they want.

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Outrage as Hunter kills Elephant in Ondo state (PHOTOS)


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A hunter is facing serious criticisms online for killing an Elephant in Ondo state. The hunter carried out the terrible act at Janiyi Camp, Idanre area of the state.

Members of the community claim that the Elephant was destroying crops in the area.

Many Nigerians have condemned the act as some have called for his immediate arrest.

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Crowd Gathers as Fayose Cuts His Hair at Local Barber Shop in Ekiti (PHOTOS)


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Crowd Gathers as Fayose Cuts His Hair at Local Barber Shop in Ekiti (PHOTOS)

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'Shocking, Incredible': Donald Trump Accepts Invitation to Talks Wiith North Korea’s Kim Jong-un


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Donald Trump has agreed to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong-un sometime before May, a South Korean official said after a meeting at the White House. It would be the first time a sitting US president has met the leader of North Korea.

‘Shocking that Trump agreed’

Jenny Town, assistant director, US-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins SAIS:

“It was a bit of a shock. It wasn’t shocking that Kim offered, it’s a bit of a shock that Trump agreed to it,” Town said. “Those of us who have been pushing for US-North Korea talks, this isn’t what we had in mind.”

“Trump needs to realise this will come with a lot of criticism, and Trump needs to be able to shoulder that. Clear, consistent messaging is going to be important, and Trump has not been shown to be adept at that.”

While Trump won’t be diving into the minutiae of what North Korea needs to do with its nuclear programme, Town said he should push for “a continued moratorium on nuclear and missile testing, a moratorium on space launch vehicles, stopping fissile material production and allowing inspectors back into the country”.

‘An incredible coup for Kim’

Jefferey Lewis, director of the east Asia nonproliferation program at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies:

“This is literally the end of a North Korean movie – North Korea develops nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles, compelling the US president to come to Pyongyang,” said Lewis, referring to a series called The Country I Saw.

“It’s an incredible coup for Kim. The message is that Saddam and Qaddafi disarmed. They are dead,” he said. “Kim finished the nuclear weapons program. He gets a summit with the president of the United States.

“We should be talking to Pyongyang, but you don’t frontload the big concession.”

‘Guarded optimism’

Alexandra Bell, senior policy director at the Center for Arms Control & Non-Proliferation and former state department official.

We don’t have a lot of reasons to trust Kim, but we also want to avoid a disastrous conflict. We should look at this offer with guarded optimism and have realistic short-term goals,” Bell said.

“This offer was more than anyone was expecting and could have imagined and I will not deny that it seems a little too good to be true, but it is an offer worth pursuing in a careful and cautious manner. Maintaining a test freeze for as long as possible is in our interest.

“The hard work of real nuclear negotiations takes months, if not years,” she added. “The White House has to be prepared to endure a lot of long, slow-moving negotiations that may stall along the way.”

‘Smile, nod, but don’t agree to anything’

Mintaro Oba, former US diplomat who worked on North Korea policy.

“My advice to Donald Trump is this: nod, smile, and be open to any possibilities that help get us closer to denuclearisation and peace. And don’t agree to anything – or rule anything out – without taking the time to consult trusted advisers, especially career diplomats.

“It would be a shame if President Trump didn’t come to the summit with a bold, creative proposal designed to put the ball in North Korea’s court and test Pyongyang’s willingness to make progress.”

China, which was a major force in previous rounds of negotiations, seems to be left out this time, but Oba said: “China has always been comfortable with the division of the Korean Peninsula, but it wants to make sure the situation is stable and that tensions aren’t rising in a way that could endanger China’s security. Beijing will be happy with the latest progress.”

‘Kim may offer more’

Frank Aum, senior North Korea expert at the US Institute of Peace.

“Since Kim Jong-un has already made some concessions without getting anything in return, such as freezing nuclear and missile tests, and conceding that US-South Korea military exercises need to continue as scheduled, I wouldn’t be surprised if Kim Jong-un is prepared to offer many things during a summit meeting.

“North Korea’s price for giving up its weapons may be too high for the US to bear, such as the withdrawal of US forces from South Korea or the end of the US-South Korea Alliance,” Aum said.

“Or North Korea may not provide enough reassurances on the monitoring and verification aspects of denuclearisation. Or NK may agree to denuclearise over a longer period than the US would find acceptable.”

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After Seven-Year Trial, Court Sentences Charles Okah to Life Imprisonment


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After a trial that lasted more than seven years, Justice Gabriel Kolawole of the Federal High Court, Abuja, finally sentenced Charles Okah and his accomplice, Obi Nwabueze, to life imprisonment for their complicity in the October 1, 2010 independence day bombings near the Eagle Square, Abuja, that resulted in the deaths of 12 persons.

The judge handed down the sentences yesterday, having found them guilty in five of the eight charges preferred against them by the federal government.

The judgment, which lasted for about six hours, has finally brought to a close the protracted trial over the independence day bombings in Abuja.

In contrast, Charles’ brother, Henry, who masterminded the bombings but was apprehended in South Africa where he was resident, was handed a 24-year prison sentence five years ago in that country.

Unsurprisingly, the Abuja trial judge lamented the tortuous journey that the court went through in ensuing that justice was served.

Okah, Nwabueze, Edmund Ebiware and Tiemkemfa Francis-Osvwo (aka General Gbokos) were initially arraigned before the court on December 7, 2010, over their alleged involvement in the bombings, which left 12 persons dead and several others injured during Nigeria’s 50th independence anniversary celebrations.

However, while Francis-Osvwo had died in prison custody, Ebiware, who was tried separately, was sentenced to life imprisonment.

Delivering his judgment yesterday, Justice Kolawole held that the prosecution, through the plethora of exhibits tendered and witnesses called during the trial, was able to prove its case against the two defendants beyond reasonable doubt.

He said though Charles Okah had called two witnesses including himself, while the second defendant had called four witnesses while the trial lasted, they were unable to prove their innocence.

The judge found Charles Okah guilty on counts one and eight, bordering on terrorism financing and perpetuating acts of terrorism in the October 1 bombings in Abuja, while Nwabueze was convicted on counts five, six and seven for the March 15, 2010 twin bomb blasts at the Delta State secretariat annex in Warri.

Having found the defendants guilty of the charges, the court consequently sentenced them to life imprisonment.

“They are accordingly convicted as charged,” held Justice Kolawole.

Also ruling on the plea for clemency by Messrs Emeka Okoroafor and Oghenevo Otemu, counsel to the first and second defendants, respectively, Justice Kolawole, said that the court was mindful, in applying the maximum sentence as prescribed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Act, of the said offences, having earlier handed down a similar sentence on Ebiware in 2013.

The judge also held that to ensure justice was served in the eyes of those who were injured, had died or had lost loved ones, owing to the dastardly act perpetuated by the defendants and dissuade others from similar acts, the maximum punishment as prescribed by the law must be handed down.

Also citing the recent abduction of 110 schoolgirls from a secondary school in Dapchi town, Yobe State, Justice Kolawole stressed that the judiciary could not remain aloof to the increasing wave of violent crimes in the country and as such had to deliver judgments that would serve as deterrent to others.

The federal government’s amended eight-count charge was marked FHC/ABJ/CR/186/2010.

In the course of the trial, the prosecuting counsel, Mr. Alex Izinyon (SAN) had called 17 witnesses to prove that the defendants actually committed the crime.

Following the closure of the prosecution’s case, the defendants however filed a no-case submission, which was dismissed by Justice Kolawole on June 1, 2017.

In dismissing the no-case submission, the court had held that the prosecution had made a prima facie case through the testimonies of witnesses, which linked the defendants to the charges that required them to offer explanations.

Consequently, the court ordered the defendants to open their defence on July 5, 2017.

On December 15, 2017, the defence team closed their case after calling seven witnesses, including the first defendant.

After taking the submissions of their counsel, Justice Kolawole had adjourned till yesterday for ruling.

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Senate Rejects Bill Making Trousers Optional for Female NYSC Members


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The Senate wednesday opposed an amendment to the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) Act seeking to make putting on trousers optional, instead of compulsory, for female corps members.

The bill, sponsored by Senator Emmanuel Bwacha (Taraba PDP) ,seeks to allow female corps members to be able to put on skirts as part of their uniform.

The bill failed to pass through second reading.
Bwacha argued that some of the uniforms and exercise regime violate the religious practices and beliefs of corps members, and violate the right of freedom of religion, thought and conscience guaranteed by the constitution.
This, he said, had become a basis for tension and controversy between the NYSC Directorate and corps members and members of the public.

Several lawmakers, however, argued against the bill, warning about the effect on other paramilitary and military agencies.

Senator Sam Egwu urged his colleagues not to vote for the bill.

“If we allow to this pass, for the sake of argument, we would soon tell the army to start wearing gowns,” he said.
Presiding, Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, said any issue with the NYSC was a constitutional amendment matter, which cannot be done with a bill.

He cited Section 9(2) of the constitution and said any such amendment has to go to the states.
The bill was defeated when it was put to voice vote.

Briefing journalists after plenary, Bwacha said the bill was misunderstood

“It has nothing to with Christianity or Islam, we discussed extensively with Senator Yerima (Sani) of Zamfara, and Senator Aliero Adamu, and myself who is a Christian, and we agreed that a lady can be allowed to put on a skirt even during drills, if it does not inconvenience her,” he said.

He disclosed his intention to reach out to the directorate to allow corps members who feel it runs contrary to their beliefs.

Bwacha also dispelled the domino effect, saying to join the armed forces is voluntary.

“If you feel the military conflicts your faith, you would not join it, she would either work in a bank or elsewhere. The NYSC is mandatory. Even in the military, they are allowed to wear skirts,” he said.

He claimed that several female corps members had chosen to drop out of compulsory youth service rather than contradict their faith, which affect their chances of employment.

The senator also disagreed that his bill was ill-timed, when considering the issues of insecurity bedevilling Nigeria.

“Everyone knows my position on that: My state (Taraba) is one of the worst hit. Are you saying we should stop discussing other issues, and only discuss insecurity whose solution we have not found? I have not hidden my position, I do not grandstand.

“The alternative is for the NYSC to allow corps members who do not want to wear trousers, to sew skirts, to cover the trousers, not expose their feminine physique. They can wear skirts and still go for drills, it can work.

“You don’t expose the feminine physique, you know the attitude with lust, if I see a lady with trousers and look at her buttocks standing like this (gesticulates), you begin to lust after her, this is true. So people are saying it is not good,” Bwacha argued.

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Photo Captures Gov. Ajimobi’s Son Kissing And Fondling His bride, Gov. Ganduje’s Daughter


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 Here is Gov. Ajimobi’s son, Idris, who has been pictured kissing and groping his new bride, Gov. Ganduje’s daughter, Fateema, after their wedding yesterday.

Meanwhile the couple who got married in Kano were carried away by the excitement of their union were seen engaging in Public Display of Affection (PDA), as photographers couldn’t help but catch glimpses of the romantic moment.

The Fatiha of Fatima and Idris, son of Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State, took place around 12.30 pm at the Kano Central Mosque.


The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the wedding proceedings were conducted by the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Muhammadu Sanusi II, and supported by the Chief Imam of Kano, Prof. Sani Zaharaddeen.

Buhari, who represented the groom, gave out the N50,000 dowry to Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, who represented the bride on the occasion.

Among other important personalities in attendance were the Senate President, Bukola Saraki; 22 governors, 11 ministers and over 10 traditional rulers from across the country.

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Arrested Notorious Assassin Reveals He Killed 4 Persons for Ex-NURTW Boss


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The long arm of the law has caught up with a notorious assassin identified as Adeola Williams alias Ade lawyer who revealed in his confessional statement that he had killed four persons on the orders of former Lagos State Chairman of the Nigerian Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), Akanni Olohunwa on different occasions.

Ade lawyer who also revealed that he had killed for some traditional rulers too noted that he had known Olohunwa while he was the chairman of NURTW, Lagos.

“I have carried out many killings for him, during the clash between him and Musiliu Akinsanya, alias MC, I killed two people for him. On this present one, he contracted me to kill Kunle Poly that he betrayed him.

“Olohunwa told me he brought Kunle Poly into NURTW and there is money he is entitled to as ex-chairman but they were not giving him the money anymore claiming that it was Kunle Poly that was blocking the money from getting to him from their office at Abule- Egba.

“He then said as a result of that, he does not want to see Kunle Poly, he asked me to come and meet him somewhere to discuss, but I told him I don’t have a car, he personally drove to where I was at Igbosere area to discuss with me on how to carry out the operation.”

The assassin added that; “He called me on his phone and I went to meet him in his car; that was how we discussed on how to carry out the attack on Kunle Poly. While I was about going out of his car he gave me N500,000 as part payment and promised to give me the remaining N1 million as agreed.

“After he had given me the money, he said he did not want to know about the operation, that was why he came to me personally. And I assured him that nobody would hear about the killing.

“We were supposed to carry out the operation on Tuesday, January 22, but we shifted it to the following day. We missed our target which is Kunle Poly but killed his aide Ganiyu Ayinla on the fateful day. Immediately, I called Olohunwa on phone to inform him about the development.

“Because I missed the target, he started behaving strangely to me whenever I called him. I later called him with my private line but he told me he did not want to talk to anybody and I told him not to be afraid, that whatever happened had happened, that he should come out to face it.”

Williams added that he tried calling Olohunwa to get his balance but couldn’t at the time but was surprised when Olohunwa sent his brother to give him a Toyota Camry car which the assassin refused requesting a Hyundai jeep instead.

“His brother who later brought the jeep said Olohunwa promised to settle me after which he would collect the car and the car has been with me for about three weeks now.”

The assassin also revealed how many people he had killed for Olohunwa: “I have killed four persons for him. I also killed for one Kazeem Eletu and Olumegbon.”

However, Olohunwa on his part, denied paying the assassin half a million naira as part payment to kill Kunle Poly.

He said: “The N500,000 I gave to Williams was not part payment to kill Kunle Poly.

“There was a time, when I was travelling to Ede, in Osun State, he called me that he had accident along Lagos-Ibadan expressway and he was disturbing my boy that they should tell me to do something for him.

“I did not do anything for him, I travelled to England. While abroad he was sending threatening massages to me that if I fail to give him he would kill me and my family members.

“When I came back, I called one of my boys to explain what was happening to him, that my boy said we should give him something because he’s a troublesome person. That was how I gave that my boy N500,000 to him so as to get some respise.

“I did not give him my car, it was my brother who gave him the car. I did not send my brother. I was sleeping when my son and one of my brothers came to wake me up that brother Skoda had given my car to Williams. “Immediately my brother gave him my car, I was looking for who to contact so as to retrieve it.

“And it was then I knew William was afraid of one person which is Abija that was how I called the said Abija and he promised to get it back for me but I have to be patient.

“What made me fear Williams most was when about nine people were coming from Ajah to the Island and the nine of them were shot dead by him and he also killed a branch chairman of NURTW at Oyingbo. With these two scenario I have been afraid of him since then.”

According to Mr. Imohimi Edgal, the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, the suspects who were paraded at the commands headquarters yesterday were arrested based on confessional statements of other suspects arrested.

The Lagos CP said the interrogation of some suspects who were involved in an attack on January 23 which witnessed the killing of one Ganiyu Ayinla by unknown gunmen on Lagos Island led to the arrest of the suspects.

Edgal revealed that one Azeez Adekunle alias Kunle Poly a branch chairman of National Union who escaped death during the attack was the main target of the assassins.

 

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Armed Robbers Meet Their Waterloo


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They engaged the Police in bloody gun-shoot out challenge in Aba-Ngwa before been over powered. How can our people plan to frustrate and scare away our brothers and sisters from returning to Igboland. Thank God for Anambra-State Security.
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Some Libya Returnees Test Positive HIV/AIDS


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Some Nigerians deported from Libya have tested positive for HIV/AIDS.

Screening was carried out by Edo State Agency for the Control of AIDS (SACA).

Alarmed by the discovery, the state said it has begun the process of recalling Libya returnees to make them undergo HIV/AIDS screening.

The Executive Officer of SACA, Mrs. Flora Oyakhilome, who addressed reporters while screening some returnees, said the government valued returnees’ health.

She said anyone with the virus would be treated.

Oyakhilome, who refused to disclose the number of those that tested positive for the virus, said screening was on.

She said: “We are making arrangement to recall those who have been deported, to have them tested for HIV/AIDS. We have discussed with the commissioner for Women Affairs.

“The woman said she is compiling the list so that they will have the data to know how to get these persons tested and integrated into the society

“We are here to look at the returnees from Libya to advise them and test them for HIV/AIDS. We feel their health is important, their lives are important. So, on that note, the government has said they should be brought here for screening so that they will enjoy a healthy lifestyle.

“In achieving a healthy lifestyle, they must be whole. So on that note, we decided to come in so as to collaborate with the committee to have them tested. If we find out that anybody tests positive for HIV/AIDS, we will refer the person to general hospital.

“We thank the government for this platform it has given us. We are still on. You can see that we are still working. We cannot disclose the number of those infected now because the work is still on.”

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Police Storm Kidnappers Den, Arrest Killers of Production Manager of N/Delta Petroleum Resources com


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A crack team of detectives attached to the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Intelligence Response team (IRT) on Monday storm some den of kidnappers in Port Harcourt, Rivers State and arrested seven notorious armed robbers.

It was gathered that a yet to be ascertained members of the gang sustained bullet wounds during a bloody shootout with the police team.

It was gathered that members of the gang were allegedly  responsible for the abduction and murder of one Ubani Onyema, 64, who is the Production Manager of the Niger Delta Petroleum Resources in Port Harcourt.

 Those arrested are: 34 year old Nduka Alaribe aka Abiola who happens to be the gang leader, 
Godstime Eme, 35, the gang second in command, Nkere Uwam, 38, Wisdom Uchechi Chidi, 35, Ayakazi Woyin-Kuro, 32, Okpako Emperor, 37, and  Adimibe Kanayo ,30.

 The policemen recovered one AK47 rifle and two of the gang's operational vehicles used in the kidnap.

 It was gathered that the victim was abducted on October 16, 2017 in a village known as Woji in Port Harcourt.

 It was also gathered that after the victim had been kidnapped, the suspect demanded for a ransom of N100 million from the company before they would allow him go.

 An impeccable police source who took part in the operation told our correspondent that the ransom was later reduced to N10 million.

 The source said that the amount demanded for was allegedly paid to the suspect, through one of the gang's agent.

 On hearing about the unfortunate incident, the IGP,Ibrahim Idris directed the leader of the IRT team, Abba Kyari, an Assistant Commissioner of Police to investigate and bring all behind the kidnap to book.

 Force Public Relations Officer, Moshood Jimoh, who confirmed the arrest said that based on the IGP directives the team moves to Port Harcourt, stressing that through unrelenting follow up by the detectives led by Kyari eventually led to the arrest of seven Of the Kidnappers.

 He said: "The Suspects confessed to various roles each played in the kidnap, and admitted that the hostage, Ubani Onyema, died on the very day of his kidnap as a result of gun shot wounds he sustained during the kidnapping and they still went ahead to collect a ransom of 10 million."

 Moshood, a Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP) disclosed that the suspects has confessed as to the role they played in the abduction of Ubani

 He said during interrogation Nduka Alaribe AKA Abiola admitted organizing the kidnap of Ubani.

He said that Nduka also admitted recruiting the hostage keepers, and that he was the one who brought the two cars used for the kidnap.

 "He led the gang members to pick up the ransom. Godstime Eme a university graduate, is the gang's second in command admitted that he purchased the pre-registered sim which he used in negotiating for the ransom. He also monitored the movement of late  Ubani Onyema on the day of his kidnap. Nkere Uwam works in the same company with the victim he gave information on victim's movement .

 "Wisdom Uchechi Chidi happens to be a notorious leader of Greenlanders cult gang who have been terrorizing residents of Ahoda-East LGA. He admitted that he provided the gang with the arms used in the kidnap.

Ayakazi Woyin-Kuro claimed to have assisted in the recruitment of gang members. While Okpako Emperor also worked in the same company was part of the plot to kidnap Ubani. Adimibe Kanayo also worked in the company was part of the plot to kidnap Ubani."

 Effort is ongoing to arrest other fleeing gang members, to recover the remaining arms and the body of the Victim which they confessed to have dropped into the River.

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British Zoo Owner 'Turning to Stone' After Insect Bite in Indonesia Jungle Triggers Rare Disease


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A 37-year-old British zoo owner is slowly "turning to stone" after she was bitten by an insect while on a tiger trek in an Indonesian jungle in 2015.

Rebecca Willers was diagnosed in September with Diffuse Systemic Sclerosis, also called scleroderma, a deadly incurable condition. The disease has left Willers with hands that feel like "they are made of rock".

Willers, who runs the Shepreth Wildlife Park in Cambridgeshire, said she did not know how long she would live, Mail Online reported.

"Even brushing my teeth is difficult – I'm unable to grip anything at all. Animals are my life but now I sit in the zoo's office filling in paperwork.

"My doctor has warned me that the next three years will be the most aggressive."

Willers is currently waiting for her test results to know if the disease has affected her internal organs.

According to Willers's doctor, Professor Christopher Denton, her immune system "went into overdrive" after spending a lot of time in the jungle. Willers feels that an insect bite could have triggered the condition.

"I was genetically disposed to the disease and it just needs something to set it off."

After she returned back to the UK, she suffered a series of unrelated ailments until she was diagnosed with scleroderma, Mail Online stated.

"I began googling it and was terrified. Some people die within two years," she said.

According to Denton, "It's an extremely dangerous disease and it kills around half of all sufferers."

Willers's has also cancelled her pension and is trying to put her house on the market so that she can arrange money for her tests and treatment.

What is scleroderma?

Scleroderma is a rare disease whose cause is not yet known. It is not contagious, infectious, cancerous, malignant or hereditary.

Willers on her Facebook page wrote, "Some of my close friends are now aware that I was diagnosed with a rare autoimmune disease last month called Diffuse Systemic Sclerosis.

"The disease is a subtype of scleroderma, which affects my organs including heart, lungs, kidneys, GI tract, muscles and joints.

"I have been having lots of tests and still have a few more to do, however so far it looks like the disease is in its early stages, which is really amazing news. I start immunosuppressive therapy from today, and will be on this for life."

She added: "I'm embracing a very positive attitude as I'm acutely aware of how lucky I am to have been diagnosed so early. My symptoms began to manifest two years ago, however I'm still fortunate as many people are not lucky enough to have had such an early diagnosis.

"I would like to genuinely thank all my family and friends for their most incredible support.

"I have always been a very positive, upbeat person and there is no way this condition will change that about me, but I do know some people have found that a little hard to take – so I can only thank you for going through this process with me in the way that I have chosen."

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8-Year-Old Russian Girl's Heart Beats Outside Her Chest


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Virsaviya Borun, an eight-year-old Russian girl, suffers from a rare condition known as Pentalogy of Cantrell. This condition affects about six in a million people. She is currently in the United States to seek treatment.

Virsaviya's heart is only protected by a thin layer of skin. A part of her chest bones, a diaphragm and abdominal muscles are also missing, Straits Times reports.

A video posted on YouTube on 18 September shows Virsaviya's heart pushing out of her chest as she laughs. The video has received over 600,000 views.

She also featured in the BBC series Incredible Medicine: Dr Weston's Casebook in February this year.

"This is my heart. I'm the only one that has this," she said. "When I'm getting dressed, I put soft clothes on to not hurt my heart," the girl said.

"I walk around, I jump, I fly, I run, I'm not supposed to run but I love running."

Virsaviya's condition first came to light in the year 2015. Dari Borun, the girl's mother had launched a crowd funding campaign to raise money for her medical bills, according to Straits Times.

"It's not easy for Virsaviya to live with her heart on the outside because it's really fragile. She has to be careful as of course she can fall and it can be really dangerous - she can die from that," her mother said.

What is Pentalogy of Cantrell?

This rare condition is present at birth and is characterised by a combination of birth defects. The exact cause of this condition is not known and in most cases, it is believed to occur sporadically, according to the National Organisation for Rare Disorders (NORD).

The defects can involve five anomalies: Deficiency of the anterior diaphragm (muscle separating chest cavity from abdomen), a midline supraumbilical abdominal wall defect, a defect in the diaphragmatic pericardium, various congenital intracardiac abnormalities, and a defect of the lower sternum (breastbone). If all the five defects are present, it is referred to as a complete Pentalogy of Cantrell.

Signs and Symptoms:

The symptoms differ from person to person. Some infants may have mild defects with incomplete expression of the disorder while others may have serious, life-threatening complications. The affected infants may not necessarily have all of the symptoms.

The most severe expression of Pentalogy of Cantrell shows up at birth with ectopia cordis and omphalocele, according to NORD.

Ectopia cordis is a severe condition in which the heart is partially or completely outside of the thoracic cavity. In this condition, the heart is not protected by the chest wall and this disorder is quite often associated with pentalogy of Cantrell. Virsaviya's is suffering from Ectopia cordis.

Omphalocele is an abdominal wall defect in which parts of the intestines and abdominal organs of the infant stick out through the bellybutton. The intestines and organs are covered by a thin membrane or sac. The condition may be small, in which the intestines stick out, or large, in which both intestines and abdominal organs stick out.

According to NORD, another abnormality is the absence of the cartilage prominence at the end of the sternum. The others consist a hole in the heart, hole in the diaphragm, and more. These defects lead to the underdevelopment of the lungs that causes breathing difficulties. Blood vessel issues, and impaired function of the heart are other signs of this condition.

Infants with suffering from this disorder are at a risk of developing widespread internal infection of the abdominal cavity.

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Happily Married Man Suffered Extreme Headaches Every Time He Watched Online Porn Orgies


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Taiwanese scientists were initially baffled by the case of a 40-year-old man who would only get headaches - or cephalalgia - while watching porn on the Internet.

Neurologists and sexologists from the Kaohsiung Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, in Taiwan, published their findings on the strange case study in the 164th volume of Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery.

The man complained he suffered from throbbing headaches, with acute pain in his neck, vertex and bilateral temples.

 

Each headache would be preceded by the same symptoms: 10 minutes after starting a video, the man would experience flushes, his heart would pound in his chest, his breathing would quicken, his throat would turn dry and his penis would sometimes - but not all the time - harden.The headache would gradually get stronger and more painful. The pain would only stop when he switched off the porn.

Although it is not rare for people to experience headaches when they are sexually aroused, it is the very specific nature of what caused or didn't cause headaches that was of scientific interest.

Other sexual or non sexual activities would not trigger headaches, including watching normal movies or pictures, thinking of erotic films, masturbating and having sexual intercourse with his partner.

Further examination showed the patient's headaches were triggered mainly by graphic scenes depicting orgies with a number of close-up shots. He also experienced more pain when the actresses were young. However, men-on-men scenes didn't trigger headaches, which suggests the levels of pain would depend on the level of his sexual excitment.

Researchers reported the man didn't suffer from chronic migraines, hadn't undergone any cranial trauma, didn't take meds and didn't do drugs. All his blood tests came back clear. Cerebral exams, including a MRI, and a electroencephalography - EEG - were normal.

Sexual arousal and blood flow

When the routine exams didn't give them answers, the researchers decided to try something new, namely, a transcranial color doppler - a kind of ultrasonography that measures the velocity of blood flow through the brain's blood vessels by measuring the echos of ultrasound waves moving through the cranium.

The man was submitted to the exam while watching a pornographic video of his choice. It showed that his blood flow was faster in the left side of his face than the right side, causing the pain. According to the lead researchers, Drs Hsin-Ling Yin and Wei-Hsi Chen, it means the patient's sexual arousal is responsible for a cerebrovascular dysfunction.

"The visual perception of an erotic signal by the brain leads to sexual arousal," Dr Hsin-Lind and Wei-Shi told Le Monde. "The brain's blood flow [...] varies during a sexual response. We think that someone who gets headaches because of porn reacts in an abnormal way to a visual sexual stimulus."

They add that other factors could lead to vasomotor dysfunctions include anxiety and stress, feelings of shame and guilt and other negative emotions that could depend on how religious the person is.

The patient's headache was successfully treated by taking 25 to 50mg of indomethacin - a non steroidal anti inflammatory drug - 15 minutes before watching X-rated content.

The patient had been happily married for five years when the headaches occurred, and a psychological assessment revealed he had no psychological disorders or sex addiction. In other world, he was a normal guy with a normal sex-drive.

According to Hsin-Ling and Wei-Hsi's research, it is difficult to measure how common "pornography headaches" actually are as " pain-killer overuse may mask the actual incidence in real world." However, chances are they occur more often than we think.

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CBN Plans to Prosecute People who Spray Naira Notes at Events


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The Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN has warned Nigerians against abusing the naira notes, especially at events.

The apex bank said anyone caught abusing the currency will pay a fine of N50, 000 or risk six months in jail if convicted.

This was disclosed on Friday by an official of the Currency Operation Department of the CBN in Abuja, Mr. Samuel Shuaibu.

Shuaibu during the commencement of a ‘CBN Fair’ to sensitise campaign for residents in the state on the appropriate use of the naira held in Calabar, Cross River State said offenders would henceforth be arrested and prosecuted.

According to him, the programme was aimed at sensitising the public on the need to accord respect to naira, online transfer system, how to identify fake currency notes, how to approach the CBN for complaints amongst others.

He bewailed the fact that Nigerians accord more respects to the American Dollar more than the naira, urging Nigerians to appreciate and value the naira because it serves as a symbol of national identity.

Shuaibu said, “The naira has suffered abuse from majority of Nigerians. Today, we find some people spraying the naira in occasions, soiling it, writing on it, squeezing it while others are hawking it.

“The CBN spent a lot of money in the printing of this naira notes. We urge Nigerians to respect the naira and value it. Anyone caught abusing the naira will risk a jail term of six months or pay a fine of N50, 000.”

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Nigeria’s kleptocrats Have a Toxic Love Affair with London’s Expensive Real Estate


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The prevailing narratives about corruption in Nigeria rarely mention its international dimension. They tend to gloss over how the United Kingdom, United States, and other financial centers welcome the steady stream of illicit cash flowing out Africa’s largest economy.

Yet the country’s kleptocrats are increasingly exploiting weaknesses in the international financial system to launder and conceal their ill-gotten gains, often via high-end real estate in London, New York, and Dubai.This month’s release of the Paradise Papers—a juicy sequel to last year’s Panama Papers leak—is a glaring reminder of how offshore tax havens and secrecy jurisdictions facilitate corruption in developing countries like Nigeria. According to Global Witness, the top five jurisdictions implicated in the Papers, are all UK Overseas Territories or Crown Dependencies like the British Virgin Islands, Jersey, and the Isle of Man.

Nigeria has lost an estimated $230 billion or more in illegal financial outflows since 2004: equal to $1,280 for every Nigerian citizen. Expatriating stolen funds to offshore tax havens and secrecy jurisdictions not only sucks value out Nigeria’s economy, it makes stolen funds harder to find and puts pressure on the value of the naira—Nigeria’s flagging currency.

“That’s no moon…”

Recently dubbed The Death Star of Global Kleptocracy”, London is not just the world’s banking capital, it is also a global focal point for corruptly-acquired wealth. Corrupt officials from around the world find the UK attractive because of its lax corporate and property laws, anemic anti-money laundering safeguards, and the variety of posh neighborhoods.

At least £4.2 billion ($5.6 billion) worth of UK properties have been bought with suspicious wealth from around the world—likely just a tiny fraction of the total, estimates Transparency International. Decades of such property acquisitions by absentee foreign owners have had a profound impact on London, creating “ghost neighborhoods” where many high-end homes sit empty.

Although it is difficult to gauge what percentage of suspicious properties are owned by Nigerian kleptocrats.The examples below have been derived from corporate, property, and other public records in the UK and Nigeria. Since these property holdings may be of interest to international law enforcement, the names are being withheld.:

Three swanky apartments collectively worth over $10 million linked to Nigeria’s former oil minister, Diezani Alison-Madueke. Two of the flats were bought by anonymous briefcase companies registered in The Seychelles and paid for with loan from a Nigerian bank known to facilitate such deals.

Three UK properties worth about $7 million in total associated with a senior legislator. One of these residences is owned by his personal foundation, another in his wife, and the most expensive is held by an anonymous shell company.

A multi-million-pound jet hangar at a major UK airport and London flat owned by one of Nigeria’s most notorious political godfathers. Implicated in contract fraud, election rigging, corrupting judges, and bribing foreign officials, this individual has a wide financial footprint in the UK.

A high-end flat in West London held under a fake name used by the son of a former Nigerian head of state. Several UK criminal money laundering and bank fraud cases identify this individual and his pseudonym.

The London laundromat

Why do corrupt Nigeria elites looking to stash their loot find London so attractive?

Home to the world’s snazziest neighborhoods, London has a massive luxury property markets through which large sums of money can be laundered in a single transaction. London’s expensive housing market does not discourage kleptocrats from investing, finds Transparency International. On the contrary, it offers opportunities to launder huge sums of money at a time.

Buying an opulent home in London is a relatively low-risk investment. These properties not only symbolize wealth and respectability, their value often appreciates significantly over time. Such properties can also be used to generate rental income or launder additional money via bogus leases.

UK law allows anyone to purchase property using anonymous offshore companies or complex multi-layered corporate structures. According to the country’s former top anti-corruption cop, this permissive system frustrates law enforcement: “the lack of access to beneficial ownership information about offshore companies…is a major barrier for our investigations. Investigators may spend months and years attempting to peel back layers of secrecy in order to uncover how the proceeds of corruption are being laundered…”

Stemming the tide

What can the UK, United States, and other global financial centers do to wean themselves off of corrupt cash? Because their financial systems are such permissive operating environments, even beefed-up law enforcement and financial intelligence efforts almost certainly won’t stop kleptocrats from trying to exploit them.

To disrupt the flow of corrupt cash from Nigeria and beyond, British and American lawmakers need to issue directives or enact legislation that eliminates home-grown secrecy jurisdictions like the British Virgin Islands and Delaware. They also should create public beneficial ownership registries and expand the range of legal and administrative tools available to identify and investigate suspicious financial and property transactions.

UK lawmakers took a step in the right direction last year when they created a potent new legal tool–the Unexplained Wealth Order (UWO). This mechanism empowers UK prosecutors to force–for example–a Nigerian politician who owns a multi-million pound London flat to explain how he acquired wealth far in excess of his official salary. If he refuses or inadequately responds then the UWO could be used in a separate legal process to seize the official’s suspect assets under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

First line of defense

Although law enforcement efforts have room to expand, Western diplomats on the ground in Nigeria could be doing more to help identify kleptocrats and prevent them from establishing financial footprints abroad. Both UK and US officials have the power to deny travel visas to Nigerian kleptocrats on the basis of credible corruption allegations or unexplained wealth but rarely do so.

Under UK Immigration Rules, for example, the Home Secretary has wide discretionary powers to exclude non-citizens from the UK when it is “conducive to the public good”. Existing immigration policy guidance allows officials to withhold visas from individuals linked to “proceeds of crime and finances of questionable origins” and “corruption”.

Though by no means a silver bullet—or a substitute for fixing corporate and property laws—visa bans should be a foundational element of any UK or U.S. anti-corruption strategy. Until kleptocrats from countries like Nigeria are stopped from visiting their luxury homes or spending their ill-gotten gains in cities like London, their “Death Star” reputation will be hard to shake.

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Office Worker 'Ejaculated in Colleague's Jar of Honey', which She Then Ate Regularly For Two Months


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An office worker ejaculated multiple times into his colleague's honey jar, which she then ate from regularly over a two month period, police say.

Californian Stevens Milian Castro is also alleged to have masturbated into the woman's water bottle and smeared his semen on her computer mouse.

The 27-year-old faces charges of battery and attempted vandalism, and could be jailed for up to two and a half years if found guilty.

Millancastro has worked with the victim since 2014 but he only began to contaminate her food and drink with his seminal fluid in November 2016, according to the Orange County District Attorney.

On two occasions towards the end of last year, he is accused of entering her office and discharging his semen into her personal honey jar.

She then consumed the contaminated spread every other day between 24 November and 13 January this year. She had no idea it contained his seed.

During the same period, Milian Castro is also accused of ejaculating into the victim's water bottle three times.

She never drank from the bottle because she noticed the water's cloudy appearance. On the third occasion, she notified her supervisor, who installed CCTV near her office.

On 13 January, the victim sat down to use her computer but recoiled when she touched her mouse and found it covered in ejaculate.

She notified her supervisor immediately, who confirmed that Milian Castro was seen on CCTV entering the office before the incident.

The unnamed victim reported her experiences to the La Palma Police Department, who investigated the matter and arrested Milian Castro on 21 November.

Milian Castro, from Palmade, is charged with two counts of battery and three counts of attempted vandalism. The charges are enhanced by the fact that police say he committed the crimes for his own sexual gratification.

If guilty, he will face two and a half years in prison and have to sign the sexual offenders register for life. A court date has not yet been settled.

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We Drank Urine And Fuel To Survive- Libyan Returnee


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The time was 9.10pm. A Buraq Air’s Boeing 737 with tail number 5A-DMG landed on the tarmac of the cargo terminal of the Murtala International Airport and out came 20-year-old Clement Chibuzor, along with 149 other Nigerians whose ghoulish appearances told of the horrific experiences they must have experienced in Libya.

Over the past two weeks, Nigerians have added their voices to the global uproar over the exposed tales of the slave trade, torture and killings of migrants in Libya.

Over 5,000 Nigerians have been repatriated from Libya by the International Organization for Migration since the beginning of 2017.

Each time a new batch of returnees arrive, they bring with them tales of horror from the transit country, where they hoped to take the treacherous journey through the Mediterranean Sea.

Saturday PUNCH spoke with many of the returnees as they touched down on Thursday night. They told the tales of man’s inhumanity to man.

Chibuzor, a Delta State indigene, was just a teenager working as a Plaster of Paris artisan when his father met a trafficker, who told him he could get his son to Europe.

The young lad had worked as a POP artisan for eight months with little money in his pocket, his father told him not to worry about the money.

“I never thought about going to Europe. My father was the one who brought the idea. He sold his land and raised N450,000 which he gave to my ‘burger’ (trafficker). He did not tell my mother until I was already in Libya,” Chibuzor said.

The young man spent 18 months in Libya. He left the country, a hopeful man. On Thursday, he returned like a mere cargo, thankful to be back to safety.

As he stepped off the plane, Chibuzor looked nothing like a 20-year-old.

His hollow cheeks told of starvation while his skin told of suffering in disease-ridden cells.

“After many of my co-travelers died in the desert, I was kidnapped as soon as I got to Libya. I was in prison for four months until my father sent N300,000 for my release.

“In the prison, our food was a piece of bread every day. When I got out of the prison. I was on the street one day when I met a Nigerian who promised to help me. I worked in his house for some weeks until he sold me to a gang. They kept me in a cell. I was there for a very long time. I cannot count the number of people who died in the cell."

“The police were raiding different places where black people were kept and I willingly surrendered to the police. That was how I got an opportunity to come back to Nigeria."

“While working on the streets of Libya, if the gangs saw you, they would grab you and put you in a cell. They put you in a cell with many others where you would either be sold or made to call your people to pay for your freedom."

“While I was trying to get money to free myself from the prison, I spoke with my father two months ago. He then told me that if I had the chance, I should return home. I told him that I might die before I had the opportunity to return home because I saw people die every day.”

We drank urine, fuel in desert – Kelvin, 21

Many of the returnees who shared their experiences like Chibuzor, vowed never to attempt the dangerous journey again. But experts say that so far as there are few success stories amidst the deaths, some of the returnees may try again when the shock of their time in Libya wear off.

Kelvin Sunday, 21, an Edo State indigene, who returned with Chibuzor, told Saturday PUNCH that he was in Libya for seven months.

He spent N965,000 to get to Libya after raising the money with the help of friends and his sister.

Sunday explained that a friend of his, who made it to Europe, convinced him to embark on the journey.

According to him, 41 of them set out in Kano for the journey through the desert but only 10 made it to Libya.

He said their fate was sealed when their vehicle developed an engine fault in the desert.

Sunday said, “We were in the desert for three days without food or water. We were drinking our urine to survive. It got to a point that when there was no more urine to drink, we started to drink fuel.

“When we got to Libya, I was working at my brother's house. I spent two weeks there before I went to the seaside (in Tripoli) where we would cross. From Sabha to the seaside in Tripoli, I spent two weeks. On the way, some traffickers kidnapped us. They beat and loaded us into their Hilux van, but few of us jumped down and I broke my leg. I managed to escape as they were shooting."

“We spent two days in the desert again after that escape. We later saw a motorist whom we begged to help us get to the seaside."

“We were camped at the seaside for three months without any opportunity to cross the seas. People trying to cross the sea told me to avoid Nigerians helping Libyans to sell people. But later our camp was raided by soldiers, who took us to prison.”

He had spent four months in the cell before luck smiled on him and IOM officials effected his repatriation along with many others.

I return home as a one-eyed man – Okotie, 35

Less than a year after Harrison Okotie, 35, got to Libya, he was kidnapped by some violent traffickers, who hit him in the eye with the butt of a gun.

He lost his left eye to that attack.

“Now, I don’t know if my wife and two children would ever recognize me when I get back home. I left Nigeria a whole man but I am returning with one eye,” Okotie said.

He explained that before leaving Nigeria in 2014, he worked as a painter after graduating from the Delta State University.

After paying N600,000 for the journey through the desert, he got to Libya where he was grabbed off the street by some traffickers who sold him for 2,000 dinars (about N529,000).

“When you got to the person you were sold to, he sold you again for double the previous amount."

“Many Nigerians have gone mad and cannot even say where they are in Libya right now. The day officials came to register us for repatriation, we were in a queue when one of the Libyan officials shot a Nigerian dead right there. They said he was trying to run, whereas he was desperate to return home.”

Another returnee, Esosa Osas, 25, who was a hairdresser before she left Nigeria, spent six months in Libya. She told tales of many women being raped.

“It is either rape or death. Nobody could refuse being raped,” she said.

A fellow Edo State indigene, Odion Saliu, 26, told Saturday PUNCH that the Nigerian trafficker who facilitated her trip lied to her.

“She told me that once in Kano, we were going to take a plane to Libya. I was shocked when we were loaded into a vehicle," she said.

“We spent nine days crossing the desert to Libya. I was kidnapped and sold at least three times before God brought me back to my fatherland. I am really thankful to God that I am alive.”

The Nigerian traffickers fueling the trafficking industry in Libya seems to have attracted the attention of the government.

The Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Foreign and Diaspora Affairs, Mrs. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, said there was a need for Nigerians to report human traffickers in the society.

She said the federal government’s whistleblower policy against human trafficking would ensure a handsome reward for credible information about human traffickers.

“Traffickers must be prosecuted, must be arrested and they must be known. There is a whistle-blower policy by NAPTIP; report traffickers, they are amongst you.”

An official of the Edo State task force on illegal migration, Mr. Okoduwa Solomon, told Saturday PUNCH that since November 7, the state had taken custody of at least 897 Libyan returnees who are indigenes of the state.

He explained that the exercise to help them resettle in Nigeria would continue so far as there were still Nigerians trapped in Libya.

“We are using the returnees to raise awareness about the dangers of illegal migration in Edo State,” he said.

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