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Saturday, 20 December 2014

2 New York City police officers 'assassinated,' gunman kills self

© Carlo Allegri/Reuters A police officer wipes tears away from his face as he walks away from the scene of a shooting where two New York Police officers were shot dead in the Brooklyn borough of New York, December 20, 2014.
The two New York City police officers who were ambushed and shot to death in their vehicle Saturday were "quite simply, assassinated," and the suspect had made Instagram posts that were very anti-police, the police commissioner said.

William Bratton said the officers, Liu Wenjin and Raphael Ramos, were shot in the head without warning after the gunman approached the passenger window of a marked police car and opened fire.

Friday, 19 December 2014

Court jails fraudster for duping Australian $800,000

Press Release
Justice Kudirat Jose of a Lagos High Court sitting in Lagos, has convicted and sentenced Promise Ntuen Ekemini to one year imprisonment, for hijacking the e-mail of a lawful owner of a property, located in Western Australia valued at $800,000 (Eight Hundred Thousand United States Dollars), and attempted to sell the property.
He was arraigned in April, 2014 on a five-count charge bordering on conspiracy to defraud, attempt to obtain money by false pretences and forgery. Justice Jose found him guilty of all the charges and convicted him. His sentence is to run from the day of his arraignment.

Thursday, 18 December 2014

The gap for Chibuike Amaechi in the emerging Nigeria

By Adagbo Onoja

Gov Rotimi Amaechi
Why this unrestrained advocacy for someone who doesn’t even know how I look physically or whom I have never met myself? There are two reasons. The first one is that, by time-fixed engagement with other things, I am not looking for anything political from anybody other than the political health of Nigeria. 

So, I am totally unconstrained as nobody can say I am pushing for a personal advantage. The second is that, at a time like this, intellectuals of power must embark on this sort of advocacy because, unlike the practitioners of power, they can afford to step back and ‘shout plenty’ if what they see warrants such. So, this is not advocacy but ‘shouting plenty’, believing that shouting plenty is a more radical thing than consensual advocacy. Abi?

The CIA didn’t just torture, it experimented on human beings

By Lisa Hajjar
(AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo, File)
Reframing the CIA’s interrogation techniques as a violation of scientific and medical ethics may be the best way to achieve accountability.

Human experimentation was a core feature of the CIA’s torture program. The experimental nature of the interrogation and detention techniques is clearly evident in the Senate Intelligence Committee’s executive summary of its investigative report, despite redactions (insisted upon by the CIA) to obfuscate the locations of these laboratories of cruel science and the identities of perpetrators.

At the helm of this human experimentation project were two psychologists hired by the CIA, James Mitchell and Bruce Jessen. They designed interrogation and detention protocols that they and others applied to people imprisoned in the agency’s secret “black sites.”

CPJ to release annual report on killed journalists

The Committee to Protect Journalists will release its annual report on journalists killed in relation to their work.

CPJ's report includes a comprehensive catalog of journalists worldwide who were killed in connection to their work. A breakdown of the cases by country, medium, gender, freelancers, and the number of local versus international correspondents killed, among other criteria, is available in the report.

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Court jails fake customs comptroller 10 years for N11.1m fraud

Press Release
It was the end of road for a fraudster on Wednesday, December 17, 2014 when Justice Dije Aboki of the Kano State High Court, Kano convicted and sentenced one Ibrahim Hassan popularly known as Comptroller Kangiwa, to ten (10) years and six months imprisonment without option of fine in a case of conspiracy, personation and obtaining by false pretence instituted against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

Hassan who was prosecuted on a four count charge, allegedly obtained the sum of N11, 074,500.00 (Eleven Million, Seventy Four Thousand, Five Hundred Naira) from one Alhaji Balarabe Sumaila, at Kano.

Justice Chukwu defers ruling again on ex-MINT boss, Okoyomon’s extradition

Press Release
Justice E. S. Chukwu of the Federal High Court, Maitama, Abuja, on Wednesday, December 17, 2014 adjourned ruling on the extradition proceedings brought by the office of Attorney General of the Federation against former managing director of Nigeria Security Minting and Printing Company, NSMPC, Ehidiamhem Okoyomon, to January 23, 2015. 

Okoyomon is wanted in the United Kingdom over his alleged role in the bribery scandal involving officials of the Central Bank of Nigeria, the NSMPC and Securency International Pty of Australia between 2006 and 2008.

As South Sudan conflict continues press still suffers

By Tom Rhodes/CPJ East Africa Representative

Members of the public visit the office of The Patriot. The paper's former chief editor says critical journalists risk being labeled rebel supporters. (CPJ)
On December 15 last year, fighting that broke out between supporters of South Sudan's President Salva Kiir and Riek Machar--who had been vice president until Kiir fired the entire Cabinet--escalated into a civil war that has increased pressure on an already fragile independent press.

More than 1.9 million citizens have been displaced, and more than 50,000 have been killed since fighting broke out, according to figures from conflict prevention organization International Crisis Group and the U.N. Against this backdrop, South Sudan's media have come under orders to show loyalty in their reporting.