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LANDLORD STABBED, HIS PENIS SEVERED AS SOUVENIR

In ANYTHING on November 30, 2010 at 10:50 am

A man who stabbed a male nurse 41 times and cut off his penis to keep as a souvenir later told a friend he’d “done something very wrong”, a Brisbane court has been told.

Michael Stephen Owen-Darcy, 30, is facing trial over the death of David John Easton, 37, at Inala in suburban Brisbane in July 2007.

Owen-Darcy, a boarder at Mr Easton’s home at the time of the killing, pleaded not guilty to murder in the Brisbane Supreme Court on Tuesday.

In his opening address, crown prosecutor Brendan Campbell foreshadowed gruesome evidence about Mr Easton’s 41 stab wounds, some 16 centimetres deep, which caused “horrendous injuries”.

Mr Campbell told jurors they would hear evidence about how Owen-Darcy fatally stabbed Mr Easton in the neck and chest before decorating his corpse with more stab wounds.

He said Owen-Darcy had posed the corpse for photographs with props including a pot plant.

The jury heard Owen-Darcy had shoved a pair of nail scissors up Mr Easton’s nostril and put bandaids over his eyes with dots drawn on them.

He had cut off the deceased man’s penis, wrapped it in Glad Wrap and put it in a salt bottle to “keep it as a souvenir,” the court was told.

Before the stabbing, Owen-Darcy, Easton and a third man, Christopher Gilmore, had participated in sex acts, the court was told.

Owen-Darcy and Mr Gilmore then went on a heroin bender the day after Mr Easton’s death.

The court was told Mr Gilmore had no involvement in Mr Easton’s killing and would give evidence at the trial.

Jurors were told three knives and a bayonet were used in the killing and were covered in DNA and fingerprint evidence.

Mr Campbell said the court would also hear about phone calls Owen-Darcy made after the death when he told a friend he had “done something very wrong” and was “going to get into a lot of sh*t”.

The trial, before Justice John Byrne, continues.

A FACE OUT OF DARKNESS

In ESSAY on November 26, 2010 at 8:36 am

THE MIDNIGHT CHASE

It was midnight. He did not know how he got find himself he was right now; all alone on the long dusty windy road that led to his parents’ house. He sauntered down the road, shaking his head left and right as if in some rapture. It is either he was oblivious of the darkness or he was not scared by it. He apparently was enjoying the eternal silence and privacy the impenetrable night offered.

 

He began whistling pleasurably as he walked on the silent shadowy street. Suddenly, something took shape behind him. He felt he was no longer alone. Someone else? Something else? Who – what- could that be? Angels watching over me? Or, the mighty mai-guard trailing my steps? Or…his endless thoughts trailed off as he kept on pondering in his mind. Yes, he knew he was no longer alone on that lonely road.

 

A figure surfaced behind him. In sharp reflex, he ducked as the figure stretched out his hand toward his shoulder. Instinctively, he took to his heels. The figure pursued – doubling his pace; drawing closer. He tripled his pace leaving stretch gap for the figure to cover. He took a quick glance backward to figure out what or who was chasing him. Could it be my shadow after all? Who or what is trailing me? O God uncover this gloom! His heart raced with thoughts. He was scared stiff. Gripped by fear he decided to scream for help…mouth agape, no sound came forth from his mouth. He had only exhaled.

 

Have I become so fear-stricken and exhausted to yell? Or, was my tongue missing in my mouth? Perhaps, my tongue was too twisted to utter any intelligible audible, sound…he thought as he ran for dear life. Overtaken by a great measure of fear mixed with curiosity he glanced back again. And there was the figure! Just a breath away from him. He accelerated pace. The figure did no less. On and on he kept running, as the figure pursued him fiercely. And the figure was closing in on him. As he ran the road appeared to stretch even farther.

 

 

Every step he took, he took it in pains. He had been running bare-footed. His almost naked body had been severely whipped by the harmattan wind. O help me God! He cried without tears. The dust was gathering in thick dark clusters high and above his head. The harmattan dust seemed to be suffocating him as he coughing with all his nerves. The figure kept drawing closer and closer. If only I had the light-speed legs…if only I could fly. So he wished.

 

 

He needed help – urgently too. People in the neighbourhood were dead asleep at this hour. What about angels? He asked in his mind. The cherubs? The seraphs? Could they be sleeping? Riotous queries riddled his fragile brain as his naked body seemed to disintegrate in the heat of the fiery chase. It was race for life between the chased and the chaser.

 

 

For ever the chase seemed. Farther onward the road stretched. The figure, soaked in sweat, was catching up on his prey. The figure could hear the prey’s heart-beat throbbing. He was getting him…but there was a corner. He swerved. Before he could negotiate the bend the figure dived after him.

 

They both crashed in the dust. Some time elapsed. They both passed out. There was darkness.

 

 

 

And there was light. He was stunned by what he saw after he came to. He was turbaned with a wrap of bandage on his head; his left hand bulging with plaster of Paris. Beside him was someone he recognized as his mother. Opposite his bed was a figure groaning and murmuring. The figure was wrapped from head to toe in bandage like an Egyptian mummy. Who is that? He thought.

 

“That is your father!” her mother said with anger rising in her voice.

“See, after you leave here,” she said sternly. “We will be chaining you to your bed when you sleep!”

 

“Do you want to kill my husband for me?” his mother asked. “Or, you want me to lose you, my son?”

Important Information About Google Buzz Class Action Settlement

In ANYTHING on November 25, 2010 at 3:19 pm

THE COST OF GOOGLE GAFFE?

Google rarely contacts Gmail users via email, but we are making an exception to let you know that we’ve reached a settlement in a lawsuit regarding Google Buzz (http://buzz.google.com), a service we launched within Gmail in February of this year.

Shortly after its launch, we heard from a number of people who were concerned about privacy. In addition, we were sued by a group of Buzz users and recently reached a settlement in this case.

The settlement acknowledges that we quickly changed the service to address users’ concerns. In addition, Google has committed $8.5 million to an independent fund, most of which will support organizations promoting privacy education and policy on the web. We will also do more to educate people about privacy controls specific to Buzz. The more people know about privacy online, the better their online experience will be.

Just to be clear, this is not a settlement in which people who use Gmail can file to receive compensation. Everyone in the U.S. who uses Gmail is included in the settlement, unless you personally decide to opt out before December 6, 2010. The Court will consider final approval of the agreement on January 31, 2011. This email is a summary of the settlement, and more detailed information and instructions approved by the court, including instructions about how to opt out, object, or comment, are available at http://www.BuzzClassAction.com

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THE INFAMOUS AMOS ADAMU: CORRUPT OR ALMOST CORRUPT, FIFA?

In ESSAY on November 25, 2010 at 11:28 am

THE AMOS ADAMU SCANDAL: BETWEEN NIGERIA AND FIFA

“Will it help you make your decision in favour of America in some way?” asked one of the under-cover journalists.

“Obviously,” Amos Adamu replied. “Of course, it will have an effect. Because certainly if you are to invest in that, that means you also want the vote. You know one has to be very discreet about these things.”

Against the backdrop of that seemingly innocuous conversation (recorded on tape and in video), the infamous Amos Adamu finally did his image in. As one of FIFA’s most senior figures, he has become the first official from the soccer body ever to be banned for bribery after six officials were punished following a corruption scandal, in November this year. And that has earned him a three-year ban and 10,000 Swiss franc (£6,341) fine from FIFA’s ethics committee after being found guilty of falling foul of bribery rules. His fellow executive committee member Reynald Temarii was suspended for a year and fined 5,000 Swiss francs (£3,170) for breaking rules on loyalty and confidentiality.

The bans follow a Sunday Times expose which claimed the officials had asked for cash in return for World Cup votes. Neither man will be able to take part in the 2018 and 2022 World Cup votes on 2 December – only 22 executive members will now take those decisions. Four other Fifa officials, all former executive committee members, have also received bans of between two and four years. The other officials sanctioned were Ismael Bhamjee of Botswana, who was handed a four-year ban, Amadou Diakite of Mali and Ahongalu Fusimalohi of Tonga who were suspended for three years and Tunisian official Slim Aloulou for two. All four were also fined 10,000 Swiss francs.

 

Adamu is believed to have fooled most Nigerians most of the times; with every scheme of his taking him to a higher position. Neither ICPC nor EFCC could gain mastery over him. Even the late President Yar’Adua tried with his executive fiat, which too was not potent.

He was Director-General of the Nigerian National Sports Commission for 10 years. Prior to his appointment as Director-General, Adamu was the Director of Sports of the ministry for 10 years.

 

Despite the enviable positions he occupied at various times, one constant feature in his career, as observers alleged, is the penchant for incorporated corruption. “I have been warning Nigerians to be wary of Amos Adamu. He has been controlling a group of mafias in our sports since 1994. He has done so much damage to our sports. Adamu got into FIFA through the backdoor,” stated Martin Osaile, a sports administrator.

 

In December 2000, Amos Adamu was named president of the Organising Committee for the 8th All-Africa Games, COJA. The games were held in October 2003, in the newly constructed Abuja Stadium. At the end of the games, Adamu and some other personalities, including former president Obasanjo’s kin, were fingered in some dirty financial episode.

 

Amos Adamu. After that name what usually follows is corruption. Until the FIFA straw that broke his camel’s back, the former director-general of the Nigerian National Sports Commission, NSC, was an Executive Committee member of the Federation of International Football Association, FIFA. Not a few have described him as the chief bane of Nigeria’s sports development.

 

According to Adetokunbo Adejumo, a social and political commentator, “When he organised All African Games, COJA in 2003, the aftermath was littered with corruption and mismanagement. It was this massive evidence of corruption that made Obasanjo, never a great sports fan himself, decide to back out of Nigeria’s bid to host the first ever Soccer World Cup in Africa, and resulted in South Africa getting that honour. Obasanjo also quickly foresaw that the evidence of corruption will also implicate some members of his family. The EFCC, then under Nuhu Ribadu, wanted to pick him up, but there was so much pressure from high up, that he had to back down. The reason is that if Dr Adamu was ever picked up, he would start singing and the songs will not be melodious to the ears of some very top politicians and officials who had been compromised in the award of bogus or highly inflated contracts for the Games. They therefore had to use a lot of muscle on Ribadu to drop the investigations.”

 

But, he’s the kind of man who fights to the finish. Usually, corrupt men in Nigeria like to fight to the finish –at least, till they cannot bear the shame and public opprobrium any longer. Then, they sneak into the gutter that produced them. Amos Adamu might be no exception. He had announced he will appeal against his three-year suspension from football, insisting he is “completely innocent” of the charges levelled against him over a cash-for-vote scandal reported by a British newspaper.

 

“I’m profoundly disappointed by the findings of the ethics committee. I’m completely innocent of these allegations and I will appeal with immediate effect,” Adamu promised.

 

 

Adamu got a stiffer punishment than Temarii because in the audio and video footages made public by the Sunday Times of London, he specifically demanded that funds for football projects in Nigeria be transferred through a personal bank account. Adamu’s four-year tenure on the FIFA executive committee was due to end next year.

Adamu, who is also the president of the sub-regional West African Football Union (WAFU), was at a time widely tipped to succeed Issa Hayattou as president of the Confederation of African Football, CAF.

LEILA: SEX WITHOUT YOU

In ANYTHING on November 24, 2010 at 2:07 pm

Sex With You Is…

leila
lies are like star dust
blindfold that shields our minds
with you stolen kisses are sweetest
at one stray nudge
you set my world on fire
with you sex is…

leila
we both drink from illicit cisterns
our cups are full and always empty
our garden is filled with forbidden fruits
let’s eat, let’s eat
we have no much time

leila
here lie the litters of our lust
with lascivious lips we smooch the embers
of our burning desires
stolen kisses are sweetest
as they leave us insatiable
let’s steal some more
with you sex is…

leila
without you adventure
is a meaningless venture
please tell
were you created for this purpose?
no wife’s passion matches yours
no filial feelings fly higher than this

leila
steal me away eternally
from this home drab and dreamless
kidnap me from this clueless half
hijack me from these indulgent kids
and imprison me in your unbounded bosom
feed me
in the saliva of your stolen kisses
with you sex is…

leila
run away
come to our tryst
let him experience the dea(r)th of you
subject him to wintry nights
as we tip-toe our way
up to cloud nine

leila
if you’re reading this
it is a terminal note
sex with you is disease
sharing a glittering doom
let’s not tell
our clueless halves
neither our helpless kids
life for us is hopeless

leila
sex is sweet
when it’s stolen
it’s sinful
with you sex is my death.

LEGAL REDRESS FOR VICTIMS OF GRAND CORRUPTION

In ANYTHING on November 24, 2010 at 11:29 am

Adetokunbo Mumuni

Executive Director

Socio-Economic Rights & Accountability Project (SERAP)

(Nigeria)

 

 

At the

International Anti-Corruption Conference

Bangkok, Thailand

 

 

November 2010

  1. Introduction: I would like to start by thanking the organisers of this very important and timely seminar. I am also grateful for the opportunity to attend the conference and make this presentation.

 

  1. 2. I must say that I like the title of this paper given to me by the organizers very much. But for the purposes of my presentation, please permit me to reframe the title slightly like this: Legal Redress for victims of Grand Corruption & International Human Rights Law: SERAP’s Experience in Nigeria

  1. Before proceeding further, I would like to say a few words about my organization. I work for a human rights and anti-corruption non-governmental organization called Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP). SERAP was in 2004, under the Companies and Allied Matters Decree 1 of 1990 of the Republic of Nigeria. SERAP aims to promote transparency and accountability in the public and private sectors through human rights.

 

  1. In 2008, SERAP was nominated by the DFID for the UN Civil Society Award, coordinated by the UNODC in Abuja. SERAP has observer status with the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights in Banjul, The Gambia. SERAP is also a member of the UN Global Compact, and works closely with the Global Compact office in New York. Last year, SERAP obtained a landmark decision from the ECOWAS Court of Justice in Abuja declaring that the right to education is a legally enforceable human right in Nigeria.

 

  1. In a country where systemic corruption and the resulting poverty, inequality and discrimination deprive many Nigerians of dignity and freedom to explore ways towards development and prosperity, we work to hold government and public officials at the local, state and federal levels accountable for acts of corruption which are conducive to violations of socio-economic rights of citizens. SERAP also aims to ensure Nigeria’s full compliance with the human rights and anti-corruption treaties to which it has voluntarily subscribed. SERAP’s work is divided into three program areas: the Research & Publications program; the Monitoring & Advocacy program; and the Litigation & Legal Services.

LATEST PIPELINE EXPLOSION, MEND CLAIMS RESPONSIBILITY

In ANYTHING on November 23, 2010 at 1:27 pm

BREAKING NEWS: TODAY MEND ATTACK OIL PIPELINE IN NIGERIA

 

An armed militant group is claiming that it has attacked an oil pipeline in the Niger Delta region.

The claim made Tuesday by the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) could not be immediately verified by CNN but the group has attacked many pipelines in the oil-rich area before.

“This attack and similar attacks on pipelines which will take place within the next few days is a reminder to the Nigerian government of the futility of wasting the nations resources in combating militancy without addressing the underlying causes of agitation in the Niger Delta,” the group said in a statement.

MEND is one of several militant groups in the Niger Delta that has been battling the government for years over the distribution of the country’s oil wealth.

FROM NIGERIA WITH HEROIN

In Uncategorized on November 22, 2010 at 10:05 am

HEROIN BOUND FOR EUROPE SEIZED IN NIGERIA

A massive drug seizure by Nigerian authorities yielded $9.9 million in high-grade heroin bound for Europe, Nigeria’s National Drug Law Enforcement Agency said Saturday.

The agency credited intelligence from the United States in helping intercept the shipment, found hidden among auto parts on a container aboard a vessel that originated in Iran.

“We sincerely appreciate the partnership with the United States as it is empowering our drug control capacity,” said Ahmadu Giade, the chairman and chief executive of the drug agency.

“The relationship has been mutually beneficial and it will be further consolidated as we plan to vitiate more drug trafficking networks globally. International partnership is crucial in winning the war against narcotics,” he said.

The shipment was seized in the Apapa port in Lagos, Nigeria’s largest city. It was not clear when the seizure was carried out.

Some arrests were made, the agency said in a statement Friday, though it did not provide any details.

Iranian media had not reported any official reaction to the seizure as of Saturday.

Last month, Nigeria’s security service said it had seized 13 shipping containers filled with illegal weapons, including rockets, grenades and bullets — believed also to have come from Iran.

Israeli media reported at the time that the weapons were bound for militants in the Palestinian territory of Gaza.

Nigeria reported Iran to the U.N. Security Council after the arms seizure.

Nigerian Foreign Minister Odein Ajumogobia said Tuesday the issue of the weapons shipment would be reviewed by a U.N. sanctions committee appointed by the Security Council to monitor the Islamic regime in Tehran.

U.N. sanctions prevent Iran from sending weapons abroad.

LADOJA’S PROPERTIES, REPUTATION INTACT

In ANYTHING on November 22, 2010 at 9:59 am

LADOJA’S PROPERTIES, REPUTATION INTACT
Our attention has been drawn to two publications in the Nation newspaper of Sunday November 14, 2010 titled: ‘Akala’s many battles’ and ‘EFCC managers take over 15 ex-governors’ N2 trillion mansions’ which are false.

The story of the EFCC that managers have taken over properties of 15 ex-governors worth 2 trillion naira which includes Senator Rasheed Adewolu Ladoja is not true. We wish to make it known to the public that no property of Senator Ladoja has been seized by the anti-graft body to date. Also, no single naira has been returned by the former Governor of Oyo State.

The Ladoja 2011 group challenges anybody to publish documents of property or properties and money seized from Senator Ladoja.
Even, the case is in court hence it is suppose to be a case in the hands of the judiciary.  The Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) is not expected to be the accuser, prosecutor and judge. It is proper to allow the judiciary to do their job and stop using the pages of newspapers to malign the name of Senator Rasheed Adewolu Ladoja who even swore that he did not add a block to the buildings he had before becoming the governor of Oyo State in 2003.

It is expedient that the media should adhere to the five a, b, c, d, and e of news values. The Accuracy of the news; balance; completeness; detachment of media from the story; and the ethics of the profession that gives the media the right to be the watchdog of the polity.

On the ‘Akala’s many battles’, we wish to draw your attention to the many self inflicted problems Otunba Akala has initiated. The Alaafin of Oyo’s story alleged attempt on his life by the governor. The National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) crisis in Oyo State was also a creation of Otunba Akala.

It is a known fact that the government of Otunba Akala has been peddling lies upon lies. He has been using propaganda to deceive his supporters. The issue of the People Democratic Party state executive which is non-existence but to him is in existence has come to the fore with INEC declaration that there is no Party executive in Oyo state.

MILITANTS FREE CANADIAN HOSTAGE, 18 OTHERS IN NIGER DELTA

In ANYTHING on November 18, 2010 at 8:59 am

Canadian Hostage, 18 Others Freed

Robert Croke, a Canadian abducted from an oil platform in Nigeria more than a week ago, has been freed.

Croke, 51, who lives in Torbay, N.L., was abducted by militants Nov. 8 along with six others on the oil rig High Island VII, which had recently arrived at an oilfield off the coast of Akwa Ibom state.

According to reports, Nigeria’s military rescued a total of 19 hostages in a land, air and sea operation yesterday.

NTV News said Croke works for PPI Technology Services, a drilling management company based in Houston.


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