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SAUDI ARABIA: 25 PEOPLE KILLED AT WEDDING CEREMONY TODAY

In ANYTHING on October 31, 2012 at 3:39 pm

Electrical fire at Saudi wedding ‘kills 25’

Twenty-five people have died and 30 others were hurt in a fire at a wedding in eastern Saudi Arabia, reports say.

Hundreds were inside the courtyard of a home in the village of Ain Badr, in the Abqaiq region, when the blaze began.

A high-voltage power line reportedly fell down and sent sparks flying after it was hit by celebratory gunfire.

The power line is also believed to have touched a metal door at the only exit from the courtyard, which lead to many of the victims being electrocuted.

Civil Defence Directorate sources told al-Arabiya that most of the casualties were women, though men and children also reportedly died.

Survivors have been taken to the Aramco and Central Abqaiq hospitals.

Civil Defence spokesman Col Mohammed al-Ajami said the governor of Eastern Province had ordered the authorities to investigate the incident.

 

bbcnews

NIGERIA ATTACK: GUNMEN SHOT DEAD 20 PEOPLE

In ANYTHING on October 31, 2012 at 11:52 am

Gunmen suspected to be armed robbers have killed 20 people in a village in the northwest Nigerian state of Zamfara, authorities said on Wednesday, a similar attack to one in June.

Dozens of men armed with guns stormed Kaburu village early on Tuesday morning, demanding money before shooting and hacking people to death, local residents said.

“They were all shot to death while the village head was slaughtered with a sword,” local government spokesman Salihu Anga told Reuters by phone.

At least 27 people were killed in June when suspected armed robbers attacked several villages in Zamfara.

Islamist sect Boko Haram has killed hundreds across the north this year in its campaign for an Islamic state in a country split roughly equally between Christians and Muslims.

Boko Haram mostly attack in northeastern Borno state and its capital Maiduguri, the sect’s base, but a recent military crackdown there has pushed its insurgency into other areas.

On Sunday, a suicide bomber drove a jeep full of explosives into a church in Kaduna, about 70 miles (113 km) from the Zamfara border, killing eight people and triggering reprisals that killed at least two more.

A breakdown of law and order has created opportunities for armed gangs driven more by money than ideology.

Nigeria’s mainly Muslim north celebrated the Islamic Eid al-Adha holiday at the end of last week. Violent crimes often increase in Nigeria around holidays when people carry more cash.

Zamfara, at the base of the Sahel in the far northwest of Africa’s most populous nation, shares a border with Niger.

WHY I KILLED GRANDMA AND HER 140-YEAR-OLD BROTHER

In ANYTHING on October 31, 2012 at 11:22 am

RESIDENTS of Ibadan, Oyo State, were recently stunned on a Sunday afternoon when a young man, Adekunle Musiliu Tajudeen, macheted his grandmother; Madam Olalonpe Ganiyu and her brother, Pa Busari Ogundeji, to death at N4/204, Ile-Aloko, Yemetu, Adeoyo,Ibadan.

Adekunle, Crime & Security gathered from residents, had mental challenges and in a reaction that gave a clue to his mental state, the 33-year-old, said he killed his grandmother over her insistence on him to barb his hair.

He said “Mama told me to go and barb my hair and I said no, that I was not ready to do so. She continued pressurising me to still go ahead. I told her that I was not ready to barb it because I wanted to grow it to a dreadlock level and considered the hair as myself which I’m not ready to cut. I told her that ‘that hair is me that you want me to cut’ but she never listened to me. So, when the pressure was too much for me to bear, I went for one of the cutlasses that we used to peel yam and cut firewood in the house.

“I used the cutlass on her and when I was done, grandpa, her brother,(Busari Ogundeji), came into the house and threatened me that if he collected that cutlass in my hands I should consider myself dead. At that point, I knew that if I gave him the cutlass or he collected it, I would die, then, I had to attack him,” Adekunle told Crime & Security.

The unremorseful Adekunle said only God knew how many people would have been affected if not that people used wood to forcefully collect the cutlass from him. Revealing many wounds on him, he said “People wouldn’t have overpowered me because at that point, I saw that cutlass as the only thing that could save me from death. I was beaten with wood and planks before they collected the cutlass from me,” he said.

On the third person, Iya Eleko, that was said to have also been injured from his attack, he said he could remember if any other person was affected on that day. “I can’t remember if there was any other person but I know I attacked two people; grandma and her brother,” he stressed.

It would be recalled that Madam Olalonpe Ganiyu, 120, and Pa Busari Ogundeji, 140, were on Sunday October 16, 2012 murdered by Adekunle Musiliu Tajudeen at their Yemetu-Adeoyo residence, Ibadan.

Adekunle, who revealed that he was into the sale of power generating sets, said he had never smoked Indian hemp in his life. He is currently under investigation at the Criminal Investigation Department (CID), Iyaganku, Oyo State.

 

by Tunde Ogunesan

NIGERIA: BOKO HARAM TO STRIKE ON SALLAH DAY

In Uncategorized on October 24, 2012 at 8:52 am

The Joint Military Task Force claimed on Tuesday it had uncovered plans by Boko Haram to strike  in the North during Eid-el-kabir (Thursday and Friday).

The JTF also alleged that the Islamic fundamentalists had been receiving assistance from foreign militants to carry out their deadly attacks.

In a statement, the  JTF  spokesman, Lt.-Col. Sagir Musa, said  the group was  planning to attack worship centres and other public places.

The statement said, “Information available to the Joint Task Force indicates that the Boko Haram terrorists are planning to launch massive attacks on military and civilian targets in Borno State before, during and after the forthcoming Sallah celebrations.

“The terrorists have invited foreign militant groups to assist them in the anticipated attacks.

“We know where they are coming from but we don’t want to disclose that because we don’t want to pre-empt our security arrangement to tackle them.”

Boko Haram members are believed to have sought training in northern Mali from Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb and its allies. There has been intense speculation over whether other links have been formed with foreign groups.

The JTF  has claimed that insurgents from neighbouring Chad have previously fought alongside Boko Haram.

World University Rankings 2011-12: WHERE’S NIGERIA, AFRICA?

In ANYTHING on October 8, 2012 at 10:24 am

World University Rankings 2011-12

Rank Institution Country / Region Overall score change criteria
1 California Institute of Technology United States
94.8
2 Harvard University United States
93.9
2 Stanford University United States
93.9
4 University of Oxford United Kingdom
93.6
5 Princeton University United States
92.9
6 University of Cambridge United Kingdom
92.4
7 Massachusetts Institute of Technology United States
92.3
8 Imperial College London United Kingdom
90.7
9 University of Chicago United States
90.2
10 University of California, Berkeley United States
89.8
11 Yale University United States
89.1
12 Columbia University United States
87.5
13 University of California, Los Angeles United States
87.3
14 Johns Hopkins University United States
85.8
15 ETH Zürich – Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zürich Switzerland
85.0
16 University of Pennsylvania United States
84.9
17 University College London United Kingdom
83.2
18 University of Michigan United States
82.8
19 University of Toronto Canada
81.6
20 Cornell University United States
80.5
21 Carnegie Mellon University United States
78.4
22 University of British Columbia Canada
77.4
22 Duke University United States
77.4
24 Georgia Institute of Technology United States
77.0
25 University of Washington United States
76.5
26 Northwestern University United States
76.2
27 University of Wisconsin-Madison United States
75.8
28 McGill University Canada
75.5
29 University of Texas at Austin United States
74.9
30 University of Tokyo Japan
74.3
31 University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign United States
74.2
32 Karolinska Institute Sweden
73.1
33 University of California, San Diego United States
73.0
34 University of Hong Kong Hong Kong
72.3
35 University of California, Santa Barbara United States
72.1
36 University of Edinburgh United Kingdom
72.0
37 University of Melbourne Australia
71.9
38 Australian National University Australia
71.2
38 University of California, Davis United States
71.2
40 National University of Singapore Singapore
70.9
41 Washington University in St Louis United States
70.5
42 University of Minnesota United States
70.0
43 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill United States
69.3
44 New York University United States
69.0
45 Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München Germany
67.6
46 École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne Switzerland
66.3
47 London School of Economics and Political Science United Kingdom
66.0
48 University of Manchester United Kingdom
65.7
49 Peking University China
65.6
49 Brown University United States
65.6
51 Pennsylvania State University United States
64.9
52 Kyoto University Japan
64.8
53 Pohang University of Science and Technology Republic of Korea
64.6
54 Boston University United States
64.2
55 University of Southern California United States
64.0
56 King’s College London United Kingdom
63.2
57 Ohio State University United States
63.0
58 University of Sydney Australia
62.4
59 École Normale Supérieure France
62.0
59 University of Pittsburgh United States
62.0
61 University of Zürich Switzerland
61.9
62 Hong Kong University of Science and Technology Hong Kong
61.7
63 École Polytechnique France
61.5
64 University of Massachusetts United States
61.1
65 McMaster University Canada
61.0
66 University of Bristol United Kingdom
60.9
67 Katholieke Universiteit Leuven Belgium
60.8
68 Utrecht University Netherlands
60.4
69 Georg-August-Universität Göttingen Germany
60.3
70 Vanderbilt University United States
59.6
71 Tsinghua University China
59.5
72 Rice University United States
59.0
73 Universität Heidelberg Germany
58.7
74 University of Queensland Australia Australia
58.6
75 Wageningen University and Research Center Netherlands
57.4
75 Emory University United States
57.4
77 University of Colorado Boulder United States
57.3
77 Tufts University United States
57.3
79 Leiden University Netherlands
57.0
80 Lund University Sweden
56.9
81 University of Rochester United States
56.8
81 Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey United States
56.8
83 Durham University United Kingdom
56.4
84 Université Pierre et Marie Curie France
56.0
85 University of St Andrews United Kingdom
55.7
86 University of California, Irvine United States
55.4
87 Uppsala University Sweden
55.2
88 Technische Universität München Germany
55.1
89 University of Notre Dame United States
55.0
90 Dartmouth College United States
54.9
91 University of Helsinki Finland
54.8
92 University of Amsterdam Netherlands
54.7
93 Case Western Reserve University United States
54.6
94 University of Maryland, College Park United States
54.5
94 Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology Republic of Korea
54.5
96 Michigan State University United States
54.4
97 University of Arizona United States
54.2
98 Purdue University United States
54.0
99 University of Sussex United Kingdom
53.9
100 University of Alberta Canada
53.7
101 University of Sheffield United Kingdom
53.6
102 University of Glasgow United Kingdom
53.4
103 University of Cape Town South Africa
53.2
104 University of Montreal Canada
53.1
104 Delft University of Technology Netherlands
53.1
106 Ghent University Belgium
53.0
107 Royal Holloway, University of London United Kingdom
52.9
108 Tokyo Institute of Technology Japan
52.8
109 Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin Germany
52.6
110 University of California, Santa Cruz United States
52.5
111 Universität Basel Switzerland
52.2
112 University of Bern Switzerland
52.1
113 University of Utah United States
51.9
114 Stony Brook University United States
51.4
115 Eindhoven University of Technology Netherlands
51.3
116 Université de Lausanne Switzerland
51.2
117 Trinity College Dublin Republic of Ireland
51.1
117 Monash University Australia
51.1
119 Osaka University Japan
51.0
120 Tohoku University Japan
50.8
121 Hebrew University of Jerusalem Israel
50.4
121 University of York United Kingdom
50.4
123 Indiana University United States
50.2
124 Seoul National University Republic of Korea
50.1
125 University of Florida United States
50.0
125 Aarhus University Denmark
50.0
127 Queen Mary, University of London United Kingdom
49.9
127 University of Southampton United Kingdom
49.9
127 Arizona State University United States
49.9
130 University of Geneva Switzerland
49.8
131 Lancaster University United Kingdom
49.7
131 Stockholm University Sweden
49.7
133 University of Leeds United Kingdom
49.5
134 University of Groningen Netherlands
49.2
135 George Washington University United States
49.0
135 University of Virginia United States
49.0
135 University of Copenhagen Denmark
49.0
138 Georgetown University United States
48.0
139 University of Vienna Austria
47.9
140 University of Nottingham United Kingdom
47.7
141 École Normale Supérieure de Lyon France
47.6
141 University of Iowa United States
47.6
143 University of California, Riverside United States
47.5
144 Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute United States
47.4
145 University of East Anglia United Kingdom
47.3
146 William & Mary United States
47.0
146 Newcastle University United Kingdom
47.0
148 University of Birmingham United Kingdom
46.9
149 Birkbeck, University of London United Kingdom
46.8
150 Brandeis University United States
46.7
151 Freie Universität Berlin Germany
46.6
151 Chinese University of Hong Kong Hong Kong
46.6
151 University of Aberdeen United Kingdom
46.6
154 Yeshiva University United States
46.2
154 National Taiwan University Taiwan
46.2
156 University of Exeter United Kingdom
46.1
157 Erasmus University Rotterdam Netherlands
46.0
157 University of Warwick United Kingdom
46.0
159 University College Dublin Republic of Ireland
45.9
159 Radboud University Nijmegen Netherlands
45.9
159 VU University Amsterdam Netherlands
45.9
162 Medical University of South Carolina United States
45.8
162 Wake Forest University United States
45.8
164 Texas A&M University United States
45.7
164 University of Reading United Kingdom
45.7
166 Tel Aviv University Israel
45.4
167 University of Illinois at Chicago United States
45.2
168 RWTH Aachen University Germany
45.1
169 Nanyang Technological University Singapore
45.0
169 Université Catholique de Louvain Belgium
45.0
169 Université Paris Diderot – Paris 7 France
45.0
172 University of Miami United States
44.8
173 Queen’s University Canada
44.6
173 University of Auckland New Zealand
44.6
173 University of New South Wales Australia
44.6
176 University of Dundee United Kingdom
44.5
177 University of Victoria Canada
44.2
178 Technical University of Denmark Denmark
44.1
178 University of São Paulo Brazil
44.1
180 University of Delaware United States
43.8
181 Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main Germany
43.6
181 University of Liverpool United Kingdom
43.6
181 University of Oslo Norway
43.6
184 Iowa State University United States
43.4
185 University of Ottawa Canada
43.2
186 Pompeu Fabra University Spain
43.1
187 KTH Royal Institute of Technology Sweden
43.0
187 Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen Germany
43.0
189 University of Western Australia Australia
42.9
189 Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg Germany
42.9
191 University of Bergen Norway
42.8
192 University of Science and Technology of China China
42.7
193 City University of Hong Kong Hong Kong
42.6
194 Universität Konstanz Germany
42.5
195 Boston College United States
42.4
196 Karlsruhe Institute of Technology Germany
41.6
197 Maastricht University Netherlands
41.5
197 Georgia Health Sciences University United States
41.5
197 University of Leicester United Kingdom
41.5
200 University of Twente Netherlands
41.4

ADAMAWA POLYTECHNIC: GUNMEN KILL 20 STUDENTS IN MUBI

In ANYTHING on October 2, 2012 at 3:33 pm

Gunmen on Tuesday opened fire on students at campus hostels used by students at Federal Polytechnic Mubi, Adamawa state killing and wounding an unknown number, official of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) said.

“Definitely there are casualties but we don’t yet know how many dead or injured,” said the spokesman of NEMA, Yushua Shuaib.

Some residents put the number of victims at 35 persons. The dead and injured persons are mostly students of the polytechnic.
The school have not issued any official reaction to the attack.

The Boko Haram Islamist sect, which usually targets politicians or security forces, has also attacked students in the past and has cells in Adamawa.

Mr Shuaib said it was not clear if the attack was carried out by Boko Haram or if it was related to a dispute between rival political groups at the college.

Only a few days ago, the military Joint Task Force had conducted a major operation against insurgents in the town, killing a major Boko Haram figure, and arresting more than a hundred.

NIGERIA: MICROSOFT TARGETS 300 MILLION YOUTHS

In ANYTHING on October 2, 2012 at 7:11 am

Microsoft Corporation has said its newly introduced global initiative, Microsoft YouthSpark, will create opportunities for 300 million youths in more than 100 countries in the next three years.

The company said the initiative would be implemented though a range of global programmes in partnership with governments, non-profit organisations and other businesses.

The essence of the programme is to empower youths to imagine and realise their full potential by connecting them with greater opportunities for education, employment and entrepreneurship.

Through Microsoft YouthSpark, the Chief Executive Officer, Microsoft, Mr. Steve Ballmer, said the technology giant would dedicate the majority of its cash contributions to nonprofits that serve the youth population around the world.

In addition, Microsoft YouthSpark will include Office 365 for education, free technology tools for all teachers and students to power learning and collaboration, and Skype in the classroom, a free global community for teachers to connect their students with others around the world.

Ballmer said, “Through Microsoft YouthSpark, we are making a commitment to help 300 million young people around the world achieve their dreams by focusing our citizenship efforts and other company resources on connecting young people with opportunities for education, employment and entrepreneurship.

“We believe that working with our partners, we can help empower young people to change their world, and we are committed to using our technology, talent, time and resources to do that.”

The company’s youth-focused philanthropy, according to him, will be conducted in close collaboration with nonprofits around the world such as GlobalGiving Foundation, TakingITGlobal, Telecentre.org Foundation and the International Youth Foundation, as well as regional nonprofits such as Silatech in the Middle East, The Trust for Americas in Latin America, AIESEC International in Europe, and the ASEAN Foundation in Asia.

Commenting in the initiative, the Executive Vice-President, Microsoft, Mr. Brad Smith, said, “Our next generation of citizenship will focus on the next generation of people. The global unemployment rate for workers under age 25 is 12.7 per cent, which is double the rate for the world as a whole.

courtesy: punch newspaper

Man Caught Having Sex with Ass

In Uncategorized on October 2, 2012 at 6:58 am

A middle aged man,  Anayochukwu Okarih, has been arrested for allegedly having sex with a donkey belonging to one Mrs Nnedi Moses of Umuhu, Eha-Amufu in Isi-Uzo Local Government Area of Enugu State.

An eyewitness told the Nigerian Tribune in Enugu that the suspect, who hails from Umujovu, Eha-Amufu, was handed over to the police after he was allegedly paraded naked around the town at the weekend.

Reports said the slaughter house where the suspect was alleged to have committed the act had been deserted shortly after the suspect was taken to Ikem Divisional Police Station for further interrogation.

However, the complainant, Mrs Nnedi Moses, who spoke to reporters, said she became apprehensive when she caught the suspect fumbling with his manhood, adding that he might have contracted HIV and was looking for a way to spread the disease.

When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer,  Ebere Amarizu, said the suspect had confessed to the crime but asked for pardon, saying that he did not commit it with his right senses.

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