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BOY, 13, BEATS MOM WITH HAMMER

In Uncategorized on August 15, 2012 at 1:22 pm

Police say a 13-year-old South Texas boy has been accused of using a hammer to beat his mother.
 
Corpus Christi police said Monday that the child has been charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon-family violence.
 
Senior Officer Julie Garcia says the boy remains in juvenile custody. His name hasn’t been released. Garcia says the mother suffered head, arm and facial injuries that are not believed to be life-threatening.
 
Investigators say the incident happened Saturday night when the boy and his 33-year-old mother apparently got into an argument.
 
Police say the boy fled after the attack, but later returned to the family’s apartment and was found hiding under a bed.

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GAMBLING IN NAIJA: LOTTERY OR ROBBERY?

In ESSAY on May 16, 2012 at 11:36 am

The Wretched Game

As a habit and an escape from poverty, a large numbers of Nigerian youths have sought solace in gambling and mother luck  

TAYO OLANIPEKUN

The taxi driver almost caused an upset as the passenger alighted from the cab just at his destination. Wale, the driver was lost in thoughts and of course, so hard on himself because of an omission the day before. He had failed to stake at least N200 on a ‘2-sure’ lotto game he played a day before. And thus, the hope of treating his entire family to a feast during the 2012 New Year celebration from the N48000 largesse he would have won was dashed.

A few weeks later in Lagos, were he to be there, the unlucky cab operator would definitely envy a posse of gamblers in Lagos who were in a frenzy mood, throwing fire crackers after cashing millions of naira from Baba’Jebu, the way he did of his friends in the ancient city of Ibadan after that grave miss. That December in Ibadan, over N200 million was paid in winning with some defaulting agents allegedly on the run, for either having failed to remit players’ entries, thinking the winning numbers wouldn’t come out or considering the enormity of their indebtedness.

In February of this year alone, players around Mushin are said to have won billions of Naira in the National Lotto, a lottery firm  based in Ghana as well as Premier Lotto, with Adebutu Kessington, popularly known as Baba’jebu as its Nigerian founder. Hailed from Iperu, a rural town in Ijebu dialect speaking part of Ogun State, Adebutu’s appellation, Baba’Jebu is now emblematic of everything gambling in the country.

However, the calibre of people playing the games transcends all social strata. Apart from the market women and those in pariah who also stake as little as N50 on the game from time to time, there are also those who play by proxy, trying to save their faces and conceal their source of fortune. Interestingly too, personalities like Oba of Mushin, the Oloto and the DPO of Daleko police station were said to have won several millions of naira in the much talked about Mushin boom. It is this name-dropping, appeal and fantasy of winning that make millions of Nigerians spend significant percentage of their earnings on lotto with majority nevertheless, going home with their tails between their legs after every draw. But the enticement is so powerful that even secondary school pupils have also joined the fray of players with money meant for their schooling.

The Game Plan

The practice that had its origin in Malta in 1923 has metamorphosed over the years and the Nigerian variant has a lot of aspects to it. To win in any of the lotto games ubiquitous in the country, a player has to predict correctly a set of numbers that will pop up from the gambling machines of the operator during the draws held after each game, -as quickly as two hours in some games. The winning numbers comprising the first few digits on the machine, grouped into five, each made up of one or two numbers. The remaining five groups are known as machine numbers -waste products. The player has the choice of a “2-sure” play in which four numbers paired in twos are predicted, e.g. 83, 45. In this case, if he plays with N1, 000, he earns a whooping N240, 000 if he wins (i.e. select 2 numbers drawn) N1000 X 240. A player can opt for a “three” direct game, a rare occurrence whereby a measly sum of N500 turns to N1.05million in winning (i.e. select 3 numbers drawn) N500 X 2100.

It increases geometrically depending on the amount of money betted with. A caveat to this is that, considering its potential of running the lotto company aground, a player has to break his stakes into smaller sums played from various agents otherwise, a single agent will decline such huge payment on one voucher upon winning and he is so empowered by some internal regulations. A game can be perming too – that is, disintegration of numbers into one digit from 1-99 with a two digit, for example, 16, used as the anchor. This anchor must come out in order to win. The chances of winning are high here but the amount that could be won is pocket-sized.

And for an experience, National Standard also played two “two-sure” games of N50 each and a perming of N60.It all returned non-winning though—more appropriately, the magazine lost.

Choosing a number to stake is a bit of rocket science too. Antecedents are the rule. Lotto chat, a weekly publication of all the past winning entries with dates, serves same way as do past questions for exams. Taking into cognizance the nine digits of numbers on each of the columns of the machine and how they tend to behave over a specific time, a player will permutate when 23 will turn to 32 and 78 to 87 at the same time, to win a 2-sure game as it did in December of 2011 around Alagbado, a suburb of Lagos. Players won over N20 million with numbers 32, 87. These same numbers were set as 23, 78 some months back as the winning. Also, lunatics are a good source of gambling numbers as they are thought to have a link to the extra-terrestrial realm. If the number volunteered by a madcap wins, he may be given a stipend to help himself. But if it doesn’t-as is often the case-he may get the beating of his life as if it’s not a mishap enough for him to be mentally deranged.

Just about any numerical inscriptions can pass for a Baba’Jebu betting number- foreign phone numbers on Tokunboh automobiles, house addresses, among many. In fact, a conductor retrieved a N100 note balance he gave a passenger few minutes earlier and replaced with another because he suddenly remembered the note had a set of numbers scribbled on it, suitable for his gambling trade.

 

Intrigues and Tricks

All sorts of means are devised by the lotto companies with their numerous agents to outwit the players. On the parts of the operators, they sometimes rely on their principal agents who serve as informants, advising them on the particular numbers majority of betters have played by collaboration among themselves. The operators, especially those outside the country, during their draws will be wary not to announce such numbers so as not to be drained out with the resultant multiple winnings.

On the part of the agents, they resort to Banker to Banker, a process in which a person’s entry is yanked out from the terminal, thus not reflecting in the office data base. As a result the person will not be able to claim any money in the event of winning. In addition, this ploy involves writing misleading winning numbers on the notice board, making players–mostly illiterates–conclude that their numbers did not come out, and will be encouraged to shred their vouchers thereby foreclosing any outburst of anger. This no doubt is possible because of agents’ defiance of section 13 of the commission’s code of conduct which says that names off all the winners should be documented i.e. published in at least one newspaper of wide circulation.

These methods are employed when the agent has not remitted the money to the office with the hope that the numbers will not set. This has always been greeted with violence anytime the stakers find out they have been short-changed, resulting in knocking down of the agent’s kiosk and beating him black and blue if he is ever found.

The head office also has a measure of its own under-handed dealings. When forecast has come to a point that the numbers cannot but set on the screen during the next draw, it sometimes comes under anxieties. Sources claim the same machine, that has been used for the draws over time, remaining to drop the numbers that forecast gurus have predicted and would have distributed among players for a fee, will not be used this time around, even though the draws will be held in the full glare of everybody, in compliance with section 11 of the Code of Conduct of National Lottery Commission. The trick is that the sticker bearing the name of the game awaited would have been fix on a different machine and in the end players will be led to conclude that their numbers are not out again.

Conspiracy and Fetish Means

The lotto game has another stratagem to it. There are forecasters who have a way of predicting numbers and selling them to a wide array of players. A notable example is a young man simply identified as Ibukun in Mushin. He was the brain behind the much talked about Mushin winning spree. His name is now an advert buzzword on notice boards describing him as Water Boy, Wonder Boy etc. He sold out to players, the forecast numbers he was sure of, and he is said to have gone into hiding because he is now wanted for “questioning” by Adebutu Kessington. Desperate lotto players have also employed the services of juju priests to boost their winning chances, even so, as they are always warned that no efficacious voodoo can outwit that of Baba’Jebu’s and according to a source, their efforts are usually to no avail.

For those who win, they hardly stay a few months before going broke again. Apart from a habit that is hard to break which makes them plow back-hence the catch phrase: Da pada, Owo Baba’Jebu (meaning: return to the source, it’s Baba’Jebu’s money), reckless spending and lack of good investment are their lots. Even when they invest, you don’t call Jack before it starts to ebb. No thanks to the allegedly cursed baskets with which the claims are paid. The same quandary can befall a sub-agent; despite his regular commission of 25%. Many a sub-agent is given to excessive gambling and extravagant lifestyle. Hakeem who lives around Mushin that was able to set up a daily-needs shop for his wife from Baba’Jebu swag has also succeeded in draining the store, supporting his gambling lifestyle. Motorcycle, commercial buses, electronics and many other articles have been acquired from gambling proceeds but ironically, they are usually sold to play lotto in an unending cycle.

Thus, money has been made and it has also been lost. Only time will tell if the players in this current fad will ever realize how much of their money is given to Baba’jebu, to receive little or nothing in turn. And of course, it’s uncertain if we will ever have a generation of moneybags with Lotto as the source of their wealth.

TO MY FACEBOOK LOVER…

In Uncategorized on February 21, 2012 at 8:42 am
MY FACEBOOK LOVER – by Bayo Akinloye

each ticking moment
i am looking up the firmament
each additional workload
i am thinking of retirement
each urgent appointment
i am asking why this torment

knowing you’ll be here
eternally waiting
with heat of expectation
i perspire in the air-conditioned office
that is my dungeon

i know you’ll be waiting patiently
for within i feel your impatient poke
on the keyboard…

SMALLEST CAR IN THE WORLD?

In Uncategorized on November 14, 2011 at 11:44 am

Reduced to the max: the emission-free, noiseless 4-wheel drive car, jointly developed by Empa researchers and their Dutch colleagues, represents lightweight construction at its most extreme. The nano car consists of just a single molecule and travels on four electrically-driven wheels in an almost straight line over a copper surface. The “prototype” can be admired on the cover of the latest edition of Nature.

A number of chemists aim to use similar principles and concepts to design molecular transport machines, which could then carry out specific tasks on the nano scale. According to an article in the latest edition of science magazine “Nature,” scientists at the University of Groningen and at Empa have successfully taken “a decisive step on the road to artificial nano-scale transport systems.” They have synthesised a molecule from four rotating motor units, i.e. wheels, which can travel straight ahead in a controlled manner. “To do this, our car needs neither rails nor petrol; it runs on electricity. It must be the smallest electric car in the world — and it even comes with 4-wheel drive” comments Empa researcher Karl-Heinz Ernst.

The downside: the small car, which measures approximately 4×2 nanometres — about one billion times smaller than a VW Golf — needs to be refuelled with electricity after every half revolution of the wheels — via the tip of a scanning tunnelling microscope (STM). Furthermore, due to their molecular design, the wheels can only turn in one direction. “In other words: there’s no reverse gear,” says Ernst, who is also a professor at the University of Zurich, laconically.

According to its “construction plan” the drive of the complex organic molecule functions as follows: after sublimating it onto a copper surface and positioning an STM tip over it leaving a reasonable gap, Ernst’s colleague, Manfred Parschau, applied a voltage of at least 500 mV. Now electrons should “tunnel” through the molecule, thereby triggering reversible structural changes in each of the four motor units. It begins with a cis-trans isomerisation taking place at a double bond, a kind of rearrangement — in an extremely unfavourable position in spatial terms, though, in which large side groups fight for space. As a result, the two side groups tilt to get past each other and end up back in their energetically more favourable original position — the wheel has completed a half turn. If all four wheels turn at the same time, the car should travel forwards. At least, according to theory based on the molecular structure.

 

CAREER OPPORTUNITY: VACANCY CLOSES ON SEPTEMBER 19

In LATEST JOBS IN NIGERIA TODAY/ CAREER OPPORTUNITIES & DEVELOPMENTS on September 13, 2011 at 9:12 am

MANAGER QUALITY CONTROL/ASSURANCE Ref: QCQA/2011/09

An energetic, hardworking and smart individual to serve as a Manager Quality Control/Quality Assurance.

Position Summary

This Manager Quality Control/Quality Assurance shall be responsible for planning, organizing, controlling and co-coordinating all quality control programs designed to ensure safety and consistency of the production process in line with established and international best practices. The successful candidate shall perform necessary examination and analyses of raw materials, work-in-process and finished product in line with laid down procedures.

Other duties will include formulating and maintaining quality control objectives and coordinating production processes in tandem with other managers to maximize product reliability and minimize costs.

Essential requirements for the role:

  • At least 8 years relevant experience, 3 of which must have been at supervisory level.
  • BSc/HND in Engineering, Food Technology, Food Science, Biochemistry, Microbiology or similar fields.
  • Membership of a professional body is an added advantage.
  • Proven ability to supervise personnel and excellent verbal/written communication skills required.
  • Effective communication, problem solving and negotiation skills.
  • Experience of team and conflict management.

Remuneration

The remuneration package attached to this position is highly competitive.

  • Submit your CV to careers@transcorpnigeria.com.
  • The Subject of the email must be JOB TITLE and REF. NUMBER. For example, if you are applying for the position of Plant Manager your email subject should read: “Plant Manager Ref: PLM/2011/09”.
  • Deadline for submission is 19th September, 2011.

MAJOR EVENTS OF 2010 IN NIGERIA

In ESSAY on February 7, 2011 at 9:45 am

MAJOR EVENTS OF 2010

Jonathan Goodluck sworn in as Nigeria’s Acting President

February 10, 2010 – National Assembly votes to transfer power to the Vice-President, Goodluck Jonathan, until Yar’Adua is able to resume presidency. Mr Yar’Adua returns to Nigeria but does not return to work.

Jonathan sacks Maurice Iwu

April 28, 2010. The five-year reign of Maurice Iwu as the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission came to a sudden end when the Acting president, Goodluck Jonathan, ordered him to proceed on a pre-disengagement leave, with immediate effect. Mr Iwu’s tenure expired on 13th June, 2010 and he had actively lobbied for an extension of his service.

President Umaru Yar’Adua dies in office

May 6, 2010 – Umaru Yar’Adua dies after a long illness. His vice-president, Goodluck Jonathan, already acting in Yar’Adua’s stead, succeeds him. The president, who had been gravely ill since he left the country for medical treatment in Saudi Arabia on November 23, last year, passed on at the Presidential Villa, Aso Rock, Abuja.

Yar’Adua, who had earlier been diagnosed of a heart problem, acute pericarditis, lost the gallant battle for life at the age of 58. He was Nigeria’s 13th Head of State and the fifth to die in office. He was buried in his hometown in Katsina State.

Jonathan dissolves cabinet including the sack of Aondoakka

17 May, 2010. Acting President Goodluck Jonathan sacked ministers and other members of the Federal Executive Council. The sack came as a surprise to the ministers who had earlier in the day deliberated for seven hours with Jonathan during the weekly FEC meeting in Abuja. The sacked ministers, include former Education Minister, Dr. Sam Egwu, and former Commerce Minister, Chief Achike Udenwa, and former Minister of Justice Mike Aondoakaa

Nigeria crashes out of the world disgracefully

June 2010. This year’s disappointing World Cup, where they failed to win a match and finished bottom of Group B. 30 June 2010, following its early exit and poor showing,  President Goodluck Jonathan suspended the national football team from international competition for two years. The suspension put the team at risk of being banned from international football by FIFA for reasons of political interference,  hence on On 5 July 2010, the Nigerian government rescinded its ban of the national football team from FIFA/CAF football competitions

 

Top officials of the NFF Sacked

July 4, 2010. Three top officials of the NFF the president, Sanu Lulu, his vice president, Amanze Uchegbulam and head of the technical committee Taiwo Ogunjobi were sacked following Super Eagles poor showing at the World Cup in South Africa in 2010.

Sanusi sacks bank chiefs

August 13 2010. CBN Governor Mr. Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, announced the sack of five bank chief executive officers they are Intercontinental Bank Plc, Mr. Erastus Akingbola; Sebastine Adigwe of AfriBank Plc; Okey Nwosu of Finbank Plc; Mrs Cecilia Ibru of Oceanic Bank Plc and Barth Ebong of Union Bank Plc.

To replace them are John Aboh for Oceanic Bank Plc, Mahmud Alabi (Intercontinental Bank), Nebolisa Arah (Afribank), Suzanne Iroche (Finbank) while Funke Osibodu takes over at Union Bank Plc. The removal of the banks’ chiefs was allegedly due to excessively high level of non-performing loans, which was attributable to poor corporate governance practices, lax credit administration processes and the banks’ credit risk management practices.

42 Die after drinking pond water in Yobe

August 24, 2010. No fewer than 42 people including children died after taking contaminated water drawn from wells and ponds in 10 council areas of Yobe State. Also 484 others were reported infected with water-borne disease known as gastro-enteritis.

PHCN workers go on strike

August 25, 2010. Total outage was experienced all over the country following an industrial action embarked upon by electricity workers nationwide. The aggrieved workers under the aegis of National Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE) and Senior Staff Association of Electricity and Allied Companies (SSAEC) ordered their members to stay away from work due to non-payment of their monetization arrears since 2003.

 

President Jonathan Declares Presidential Ambition

September 18, 2010. President Goodluck Jonathan announced to a mammoth crowd at the Eagle square Abuja.

 

Bomb blasts rocks Independence day celebration

October 1, 2010. Two car bombs went off simultaneously to mar the independence day celebrations. Gideon Okah was arrested and arraigned in South Africa.

Cecilia Ibru jailed

October 8, 2010. Cecilia Ibru, the former managing director of Oceanic Bank PLC, was convicted of several counts of bank and security fraud by a federal high court in Lagos presided by Justice Dan Abutu to six months in jail and to forfeit over N190 billion naira in assets and cash.

Lead Poisoning kill 400 Children in Zamfara

October 6 2010. The international humanitarian group Medecines Sans Frontieres (MSF) announced that lead poisoning had killed 425 children in Zamfara. A lead poisoning epidemic linked to illegal gold mining hit the state at the start of the year. The intoxications were caused by the illegal extraction of ore by villagers who could transport crused rock home from the mines to extract the gold. The soil containing lead deposits would then be hap-hazardly disposed of, exposing children to inhalation or ingestion.

 

Late Esiaba Irobi wins NLNG Literary prize

October 9, 2010. Late Writer and Poet Esiabi Irobi won the 2010 NLNG Prize for literature for his play Cemetery Road.

Fayemi wins at Appeal Court Tribunal

October 15, 2010. Kayode Fayemi become the governor of Ekiti State three years after he launched a legal challenge to the declaration of INEC that Segun Oni won the state’s 2007 governorship election.  Oni was relieved of his job by the federal appeals court ruling in Ilorin that his opponent and Action Congress governorship candidate in the 2007 election, Fayemi was the rightful winner of the election. The court, ruling on a legal challenge to a rerun election held in the state last year, cancelled the result of voting in Ido Osi and Ifaki, saying these were fictitious. The 8000 votes were then deducted from the PDP result – thus handing over victory to the Action Congress candidate.

Arms seized at Lagos port

October 26, 2010. Container containing arms and ammunitions are discovered aboard a ship from Iran. The weapons included rocket launchers, grenade, mortars and light weapons stacked with ceramic tiles packed in crates.

Super Falcons Wins AWC

November 21, 2010. The Super Falcons’ clinching of their 6th African Women’s Championship Title and their qualification for Germany 2011.  They beat the female national team of Equatorial Guinea, the Nzalang Nacional 4-2 to clinch their 6th title in the history of the African Women’s Championship.

Siasia appointed as Super Eagles Coach

November 4, 2010. Samson Siasia appointed Super Eagles Coach

 

Aregbesola wins

   

 

November 26, 2010. Justices of the Court of Appeal in Ibadan declared the candidate of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), Rauf Aregbesola, winner of the 2007 governorship election in Osun State and ordered that he be sworn in as governor by 12 noon the next day. The judgment sacked the Peoples Democratic Party government headed by Olagunsoye Oyinlola.

Ibori Arrested and jailed

Pa Enahoro Dies at 87

15 December 2010. One of Nigeria’s formost politicians who fought for Nigeria’s independence, Anthony Enahoro at the University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH) at the age of 87. Following a coma, in October he was rushed to the Intensive care unit of UBTH and never fully recovered. Mr Enahoro, famously moved the motion for Nigeria’s independence in 1957, devoted his life pro-democracy movement and fought tenaciously the military government of the late Sani Abacha.

PDP Consensus candidate

Jega asks for his billions

Amos Adamu accused of bribery

NLC Goes on strike

South East University lecturers strike

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