Paul Walker, an actor best known for his role as a fast-driving cop opposite bad-guy-gone-good Vin Diesel in the Fast and Furious movie series died on Saturday in a car crash in Santa Clarita, California. Walker was 40 years old.
News of the fatal crash spread first online after celebrity news site TMZ broke the story. Initially, most other news outlets and Twitter accounts picked it up as a report.
Across Twitter, fans expressed disbelief. Most assumed it was a hoax.
It was another hour before TMZ and then ABC News got confirmation from the actor’s representatives.
TMZ’s web site was inundated with traffic and, for a brief period of time, actually went down. When it returned, it appeared with this sentence added to the original story: “A rep for the actor confirms Paul died today in the crash after leaving a charity event.”
According to the AP, Walker was a passenger in a friend’s Porsche, which crashed into a light pole and tree before bursting into flames. Dramatic images of the wreckage soon spread on Twitter.
Within a few hours “Fast and Furious” was trending on Twitter, followed later by “RIP Paul Walker.” As news of his death spread, thousands started following the actor’s Twitter account.
Throughout the evening Walker’s fans, especially those of the long-running Fast and Furiousfilms, and celebrities expressed shock and sadness.
According to IMDB, Walker starred in at least 40 TV shows and films, two of which were still in production, including the latest installment of Fast and Furious.
Universal, the studio responsible for the Fast and Furious films, sent out an official statement.
Below is the map of states controlled by #Boko Haram – by @ogundamisi
A 48-year-old Sanni Idowu, a draughtsman in Ibadan, Oyo State has been arraigned for deflowering his daughter. The incestuous act started in 2009 when she was just 10 years old and continued to date until the daughter opened up.
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Summoning courage, Kafayat (not her real name), now 15 years old, told a woman in her neighbourhood about the despicable act. The woman in turn reported to Mrs A.O. Ogungboro, a social worker with the Federation of Muslim Women Associations of Nigeria (FOMWAN) in Orita-Bashorun, Ibadan.
Ogungboro in partnership with the Oyo State’s Ministry of Women Affairs lodged a formal report at the Iyaganku police station. In quick response, Anti-Human Trafficking officers at the State Criminal Investigation Bureau (SCIB), Iyanganku swung into action and arrested Idowu at his Amuloko home. Expectedly, news of the man’s arrest for subjecting his daughter to incest shocked many of the residents to their marrows.
Idowu had two wives: his wife, Iyabosola has been ill since 2007 while Yemisi, the second wife and mother of Kafayat divorced him few months after giving birth to Kafayat. She left little girl in the care of Iyabosola with the other children in the family. With his first wife incapacitated by ill health and unable to meet his sexual needs, an evil thought came into Idowu’s mind to make Kafayat, who was just attaining puberty fill the role Iyabosola could not perform.
One night in 2009, he sneaked into the room where Kafayat was sleeping, overpowered her and had carnal knowledge of the girl, who was deflowered in the process. For the succeeding days, months and years he continued the incestuous act to the pain of the girl, until he was exposed.
The police team had difficult time arresting him as the rickety bus that conveyed them to the man’s house broke down along the way forcing them to arrive Amuloko late in the night. He was arrested on October 23.
When she spoke with Sunday Sun, Kafayat said fear kept her from revealing the abuse her father was putting her through because he often threatened to behead her if she dared to tell anyone about his abominable act. Eventually she became bold enough to spill the beans and told her stepmother. She said that the father was made to sign an undertaking to desist from the abominable act. Rather than stop, the father continued to sleep with her, often on the bare floor of the sitting room while covering her mouth to prevent her from shouting. She also said that anytime she asked him for money he would insist on having sex with her first before giving her the money. “It was when I could no longer tolerate it that I confided in a woman in our area, leading to his arrest,” Kafayat said.
While speaking with Sunday Sun at the office of the Anti-Human Trafficking Unit of the State Criminal Investigation Bureau (SCIB), Idowu admitted committing the crime, adding that it was the devil that pushed him into it. He added that he started having sexual intercourse with her early this year and not 2007 as been claimed by her.
“I don’t know what came over me, I know its an abominable act, I know its evil, but I only sleep with her thrice, she was lying against me when she said I sleep with her everytime. She was tutored to lie against me.”
Asked where he normally slept with his daughter, he replied “inside my room” but kept quiet when asked about the first time. Idowu who said that he regretted his action, begged for forgiveness.
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The candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, Mr. Willie Obiano, was this morning declared winner of the controversial Anambra State governorship election, after INEC finally conducted the supplementary election which was mar by low turnout on Saturday.
The entire process was marred by controversy as three of the major political parties (APC, PDP and LP) that fielded candidates called for its cancellation and vowed to boycott the supplementary election.
The supplementary election which eventually took place on Saturday without the major candidates, was characterised by low turnout. The Agbaja Polling Unit 22 in Abatete, Idemili North Local Government Area, which has a voting population of 739, for instance, had only 24 candidates accredited and 20 of them voting in the supplementary election.
It will be recalled that Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Prof. Attahiru Jega apologised to Nigerians on the conduct of the main election on 16 November, after admitting errors, but said the errors were not substantial enough to warrant the cancellation of the entire exercise.
The declaration of Willie Obiano as winner was made by the Chief Returning Officer, Prof. James Epoke at 1.00am this morning and here are the details of the result.
APGA Candidate Willie Obiano scored 180,178
PDP Candidate Tony Nwoye scored 97,700
APC Candidate Senator Chris Ngige scored 95,963
Labour Party Candidate Ifeanyi Ubah scored 37,495
In declaring Obiano winner, Epoke said the APGA candidate did not only win the majority of the votes cast, but also fulfilled the requirement of the Electoral Act that the winner should score 25 per cent of the total votes cast in two thirds of 14 local governments areas in the state, Epoke said.
President Goodluck Jonathan said his government did not give the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, an ultimatum to return to work or be sacked. Answering journalist at the expanded caucus meeting of the Bayelsa State Peoples Democratic Party held in Government House, Yenagoa, the President said, the Supervising Minister of Education only passed on the decision of the Committee of Vice Chancellors.
“We didn’t give them ultimatum; it was the Committee of Vice Chancellors that took that decision. The Supervising Minister of Education only passed on the decision. What ASUU is doing is no longer trade union. I have intervened in other labour issues before now, once I invite them they respond and after the meeting they take decision and call off the strike. At times we don’t even give them a long notice,unlike, in the case of ASUU that was given four days notice before the meeting. As you are meeting to resolve trade disputes, you expect the trade unions to get their officials ready. What was expected having met with the highest authorities in the land for long hours, was for ASUU to immediately issue statement within 12 or latest 24 hours , to state their position whether they were accepting government’s offer or not. And if they are not accepting they should state the reason for that.
But despite the fact that I had the longest meeting with ASUU in my political history, we did not start that meeting until around 2:00pm and the meeting ended the next day in the early hours. As far as the government of Nigeria was concerned, all the critical people that should be in a meeting were there, so what else do they want? After that they didn’t meet until one week, despite the fact that you met with the highest authority. It was unfortunate one of them, Prof. Iyayi died.
The way ASUU has conducted the matter shows they are extreme and when Iyayi died, they now said the strike was now indefinite, our children have been at home for over five months”, says President Jonathan.
The University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN), and the Enugu State University of Science and Technology (ESUT) has fix resumption date for academic activities to Monday, 2 December 2013.
The Registrar of the UNN, Mr Anthony Okonta stressed in a statement that “normal academic activities would resume immediately, while directing students who had outstanding examinations for the 2012/2013 session to report to their respective faculties and departments in Nsukka and Enugu campuses respectively.
In a separate development, the Registrar of ESUT, Mr Chris Igbokwe, call on students, academic and non- academic staff to report to the institution on 2 Dec. 2013 in a separate statement.
He also advise students of ESUT to return to their campuses at Agbani and Enugu campuses as the second semester examination would commence on Monday, 9 December 2013.
You will recall that the Federal Government, through its supervising Minister of Education, Nyesom Wike ordered striking lecturers to resume work before December 4, 2013.
Asari Dokubo, a former president of Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) and leader of the Niger Delta Peoples Volunteer Force (NDPVF), Asari Dokubo, who was arrested last week in Benin Republic, has accused those opposed to the second term agenda of President Goodluck Jonathan for masterminding his arrest.
He made the statement on arrival at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, Friday night, that he was arrested and interrogated by Benin officials over an allegation from Nigeria that he is a leader of Boko Haram. His words:
“Crisis is normal, it can also happen here in Nigeria, it can happen anywhere in the world. The people and government of Republic of Benin have no problem with me.
But if people alleged that somebody is a leader of Boko Haram, the government of that country will investigate the person.
The allegation has much to do with 2015 because when you read comments on social media, you find out that people who are against President Goodluck Jonathan said they should vilify me, and make sure I die before 2015,” says Asari Dokubo
He also described as lies the report that Jonathan sent a presidential jet to fly him into Nigeria from Benin.
“But they are not going to succeed. I am not going to die. I will be present in 2015, and I will do what I am going to do to ensure that Jonathan wins in 2015. There is nothing they can do about it. This is their last fight and it is so unfortunate that the way they are going with show how immature they are.
I just arrived from Cotonou. I drove in my car from Cotonou to Lagos airport where I boarded a flight to Abuja. The report is not true. No presidential jet was sent to me.
I do business in Cotonou, and I have been living in Cotonou since 2008. Politically, people who are in Nigeria are trying to fabricate lies, which are not variable, and send it to Republic of Benin government. So I was taken for interrogation and they found that the allegations were false, and I was promptly released with over 20 of my staff who were also taken in.”
He also describe his arrest as a blessing in disguise as he had an opportunity of meeting with officials of Benin after his interrogation.
“I have met with the top and powerful people in Republic of Benin. Since I went to that country, I have never had any reason to meet with their government officials, but this crisis has made it possible for me to meet with all top government functionaries of the Republic of Benin. The crisis has raised my profile in that country.”
Asked whether President Jonathan intervened to secure his release, he said:
“It is not just only President Jonathan that intervened, Nigerians generally intervened. The number of people that came into Cotonou the day I was taken in, and the following day, were over one thousand.”
The President of Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) Udengs Eradiri has threaten Benin Government, a sovereign state over the arrest of its former president Asari Dokubo, while also commending President Goodluck Jonathan for intervening in his release.
The Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) has demanded an unreserved apology from the government of Benin Republic over the arrest of the leader of the Niger Delta Peoples Volunteer Force ( NDPLF), Alhaji Mujahid Asari-Dokubo. They warned that it would no longer condone the arrest and harassment of Ijaw leaders.
The IYC noted that though Asari-Dokubo has been released, his arrest and detention was politically motivated by enemies of the Ijaw nation who are uncomfortable with his position as it relates to President Goodluck Jonathan running for the presidency in 2015.
According to Udengs Eradiri, the arrest was an affront on the Ijaw nation and the government of Nigeria since Asari-Dokubo was doing legitimate business in Benin Republic. He warned politicians against heating up the polity by setting up perceived opponents instead of sticking to the rules of the game.
“On the issue of arrest of the former President of IYC, Asari Dokubo. First of all, we want to thank President Goodluck Jonathan for the timely intervention on the arrest of Asari-Dokubo. We acknowledge the fact that Dokubo is doing business in Republic of Benin peacefully and freely and did not breach any law. We are saying again that we will not tolerate the arrest of any of our leaders.We are suspecting foul play from the political dimension on the arrest of Dokubo. We are warning that those trying to play politics to stick to the rules of politics and not use or ridicule Ijaw nation and leaders” Mr Udengs Eradiri President Ijaw Youth Council (IYC).
Meanwhile, the former President of Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) has said he was arrest by Beninoise authority on charges of been a Boko Haram member.
A French engineer kidnapped by Islamist militants in northern Nigeria has told the BBC how he managed to escape two weeks ago.
Francis Collomp, 63, said he had studied the daily routine of his captors, and locked one in a bathroom as he was preparing to pray. He said he then flagged down a motorcycle taxi and asked the driver to take him to a police station.
Mr Collomp was seized by the Ansaru group while working on a power project.
He was kidnapped on 19 December last year by armed men who attacked the residence of his employer, the French wind turbine manufacturer Vergnet, in the north Nigerian state of Katsina.
Ansaru, a militant group linked to the Islamist Boko Haram movement, said it had carried out the abduction.
‘I learned Hausa’
Speaking to the BBC World Service Newsday programme, Mr Collomp said his chance to escape came when he was transferred to Zaria city in Kaduna state.
“The big difference is that in this new villa there was not only myself but also a small bathroom. One of my captors was also using the same bathroom every day for his prayers. So he would come and after a while I was just taking record, taking notice of all his moves, his times, his routines. And I decided the best opportunity would be at the evening prayers. And one night he just forgot to close the door. He started washing in preparation for his prayers. I managed to grab the keys there.
“I took my bag, I locked my captor inside as he was washing. And just to cover the noise of the keys I coughed two times while I was locking him in this small bathroom. And then, because there’s this other door leading to the rest of the villa and then to the terrace, I escaped that way. I went to the streets, I ran for 400, 500 metres, got to the road, and then on the road I tried to calm down and to walk slowly, not to attract attention. And finally, because I spoke a few words in Hausa, I grabbed a motor taxi. And I said ‘baraawoo, baraawoo’ (which) in Hausa means thief, and I asked this guy to take me to the police.
“I said to them: ‘Look, I was kept by Ansaru people. They could come any time to this place and kill us all so you’d better take some steps.’ And then higher commanders came. They brought in reinforcements. Then I was taken away, eventually to Kaduna. And for the first time I could sleep on a proper mattress and have a proper shower.”
Mr Collomp said he was seized in a “very violent attack”.
“The attackers used heavy weapons. I heard four shots of a Kalashnikov, probably the four shots that killed the policeman and my security guard. I shut down the electricity, I tried to hide. They were wearing military uniforms. For some time I thought it might have been the army. Then I realised it was not… They let me guide them out of the villa but then they took me in a car. I was sandwiched between two men and they covered my face with a big, supermarket plastic bag. And I estimate they took me for about 60km. They took me to Kano.”
He said he had learned the identity of his captors when he was asked to record a video message, using a script in which the name of Ansaru was stated.
Mr Collomp was watched in turn by up to 25 men, and only allowed to go to the toilet once a day, using a plastic bucket. But he said he was not treated violently, and that the pain was more psychological than physical.
“But I have to say I had a serious health problem, intestinal problems. I asked my captors to bring me medication, which they did, which of course makes me think that they wanted me to stay alive.”
During his time in captivity, Mr Collomp was allowed to listen to radio services such as Radio France Internationale, which were broadcast in French and Hausa, allowing him to pick up a knowledge of the language spoken by his many of captors.
“I managed to communicate and write a few words of Hausa now and then, which was a big surprise to my captors when they realised that.”
He used various methods to keep up his fitness and morale.
“I wanted to stay fit, so I used to walk inside the cell, and to run inside the cell, about 15 kilometres a day. And also I had to keep my mind afloat. And to do that, I was thinking about my engineering projects. I was working on how to improve electric batteries for electric cars.”
Mr Collomp said he was left distressed by a message broadcast on Radio France Internationale by his wife on the occasion of their wedding anniversary.
He determined to escape after being told by his kidnappers that negotiations involving his possible release had failed. But, half in jest, he said that one of the other sparks that encouraged him to seek a way out was the food he had to endure during nearly a year in captivity.
“The food was so appalling in that place, because it was either rice or pasta. Sometimes they would mix the two together so it was so awful that I convinced myself I had to run away.”
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The Federal High Court judge Abuja, Justice Ademola Adeniyi, Friday sentenced Talal Ahmad Roda, one of the three Lebanese Hezbollah Terrorists arrested for illegal possession of weapons and Hezbollah activities to life imprisonment which will run concurrently.
The other two co-accused person, Mustapha Fawaz, the owner of a popular Amigo Supermarket and Abdallah Tahini were set free by the judge, who order their immediate release with their personal belongings.
Giving the ruling Friday, Justice Ademola Adeniyi said that there was no room for judicial discussion as to the first and second accused persons, he subsequently ordered that they should be released immediately with their personal belongings released to them.
For the third suspect, Talal Ahmad Roda, the judge ruled that he was guilty of all the five counts of illegal possession of weapons and conspiracy as he was found at the location of the arm cache in Kano.