Man Stabs Boy To Death In Ogun

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A 21-year-old man allegedly stabbed an I8-year-old boy to death in Ogun state on Christmas day.

According to the state police command, the incident occurred following a misunderstanding between the two, over a phone.

The Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi who said the incident occurred at Ope-Ilu area of Agbado Ifo Local Government Area of Ogun state on December 25, however, noted that the suspect has been arrested.

”Trouble started when an argument ensued over a missing phone of which the deceased accused the suspect of being in his possession.

This infuriated the suspect consequent upon which he took one of the beer bottles around, broke it and stabbed the deceased on the chest.”

”He was quickly rushed to a nearby hospital but gave up the ghost before reaching the hospital. The father of the victim Kolawole Abiola lodged the complaint at Agbado Divisional Headquarter and the DPO, CSP Omonijo Sunday, deployed Police detectives to the scene where the suspect was promptly arrested.”

”Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police CP Ahmed Iliyasu has ordered the immediate transfer of the case to Homicide Section of State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department for discreet investigation,” the PRO added.

Police Building Collapse: Force Commits To Personnel Welfare

Police Building CollapseThe Nigeria Police Force has reiterated its commitment to the welfare of its personnel, in a bid to ensuring the efficiency of its workforce.

The Assistant Inspector General (AIG) of Police-in-charge of Zone 2, Lagos, Mr Kayode Aderanti, said that the well-being of the officers and men was paramount to the force’s authorities.

Mr Aderanti made the remarks on Tuesday shortly after he visited the site of a collapsed building at the Police Barracks in Ikeja.

He appealed to those who have been served notices of evacuation to vacate the blocks for further action.

The AIG went on the inspection visit in company of senior officers from the Lagos State Police Command in Nigeria’s commercial capital.

The visit follows the mishap at the Area ‘F’ Police Command where the “w” block of the barracks partially collapsed on Christmas Day.

The incident led to the death of a sergeant and a civilian.

Officials of the National Emergency Maintenance Agency were at the site of the collapsed building while a vacation order has been issued to the occupants of the remnant.

Six People Missing Following Australia Flood

Australia Flood, RainfallSix persons are missing following the record amount of rainfall at the famous national park at Uluru in Australia.

Waterfalls appeared all over the landmark, also known as Ayers Rock, at the heart of the park in central Australia.

The park has been close as six persons, including an infant, have not been heard from since Christmas Day.

The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) described the massive storm as a twice-a-century weather event.

Flash floods in the remote town of Kintore also forced the evacuation of dozens of residents.

Northern Territory Police disclosed that about 25 houses were flooded in the town, near the border with the state of Western Australia.

Buhari Urges Nigerians To Pray For Divine Guidance

Buhari Urges Nigerians To Pray For Divine GuidanceFew hours ahead of Christmas day, Nigeria’s President, Mohammadu Buhari, has sent a yuletide message urging Nigerians to pray for divine guidance in the face of the country’s challenges.

In a statement released on Saturday, the President said:

“Dear Compatriots, I heartily rejoice with all Nigerians, particularly our Christian brothers and sisters, on this year’s celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ.

“As we celebrate this year’s Christmas, I believe that it is very appropriate for us to reflect on the love of God aptly espoused in the teachings and lifestyle of Jesus Christ.

“During his earthly sojourn, Jesus Christ repeatedly reminded his disciples and followers of peace that comes in the midst of trials and tribulations on earth.

“There is no better time than now in our nation’s history to pray for divine guidance to get over our current challenges.

“We can have peace in Nigeria if we all learn to tolerate and appreciate one another, respect constituted authority; and be our brothers’ keepers in word and deed.”

Furthermore, he stated that: “During this period, we should remember to offer special prayers to God for all our heroic citizens who paid the supreme price to restore peace and security in the northeast and other flash points in the country.

“Let us also remember in our prayers the security forces in the front-line in the continuing battle to rid our nation of terrorism and violence.

“We must not forget the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in our midst and those who have suffered untold hardship as a result of activities of insurgents and terrorists.

“Our immediate priority is to alleviate the poverty of Nigerians by quickly stimulating the economy. I assure Nigerians that our government is doing its best to make life easier for all,” he said.

“Let us therefore, renew our hope in the God-ordained unity, progress and prosperity of our great nation.

“I wish all travellers safe movements and a memorable holiday as we celebrate with our family and friends, Merry Christmas!” the President prayed.

PPMC To Prosecute Pipeline Vandals, Commence Truck Tracking

PPMC on Pipeline VandalsThe Managing Director of the Pipeline and Products Marketing Company (PPMC), Mrs Esther Nnamdi-Ogbue, has warned that any oil pipeline vandal caught, will be prosecuted with their assets destroyed to serve as deterrence.

Mrs Nnamdi-Ogbue, who spoke to reporters when some pipeline vandals were apprehended on Christmas day, said that the pipelines are the only effective way to distribute petroleum products nationwide and must be allowed to function.

The Minister of State for Petroleum, Ibe Kachikwu, said that Nigeria cannot give in to the point where vandals and saboteurs become more powerful than the government.

“Oil pipelines in Nigeria serve two purposes: to distribute crude oil to the country’s three refineries for processing and to distribute refined petroleum products across the country for easy supply to consumers.

“Frequent pipeline vandalism has made these two functions ineffective for several years,” he said.

Tracking Petrol Distribution Trucks

Mr Kachikwu said that sabotage cannot be totally foreclosed given the technological know-how required to break the pipe and siphon oil.

“The target of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and PPMC is to repair the pipelines routes from Lagos to Port-Harcourt.

“This will make it possible to pump fuel all the way through Lagos-Ibadan and Ilorin to relieve the coastal cities and bridge the north and from Port-Harcourt through Makurdi and up to Yola”, he said.

While these are on, the PPMC boss said that real time tracking of petrol distribution trucks will commence fully by January 2016 which will totally eliminate diversion of petroleum products and the resultant scarcity of petrol.

Christmas Day Blaze Guts Australia Homes

blaze guts Australia homesOfficials have said that a Christmas Day bush fire has destroyed more than 100 homes in Australia’s Victoria State.

They said that 98 homes have been razed in Wye river and 18 at separation creek. no injuries were reported.

Hundreds of firefighters have been battling the blaze along the famous great ocean road in Victoria’s south-west, popular with holidaymakers.

A change to cooler weather and rain has greatly reduced the threat, but some emergency warnings remain in place.

Some 1,600 residents and tourists from the popular tourist spot of Lorne were evacuated on Friday amid fears that a wind change would push the fire towards the town, but were allowed to return on Saturday.

Many of those forced to leave their homes had to spend Christmas night in hastily-arranged shelters.

Victoria is one of the most fire-prone regions in the world.

Many bush fires were started by lightning strikes, while others were sparked accidentally by campers or discarded cigarettes. Some are the work of arsonists.

In 2009, more than 170 people died in Victoria during Australia’s worst ever bush fire disaster.

Pope Francis Condemns Religious Violence In Christmas Address

Pope-FrancisPope Francis has denounced the “brutal persecution” of religious and ethnic minorities, in his traditional Christmas Day address.

In his second  Christmas message, the pontiff highlighted the plight of victims of conflict in Syria and Iraq.

Pope Francis also urged dialogue between Israelis and Palestinians and condemned Taliban attacks in Pakistan.

Tens of thousands of people turned out on St Peter’s Square to hear the Argentine Pope deliver his annual message.

He said Christians in Iraq and Syria had endured conflict for too long, and “together with those belonging to other ethnic and religious groups, are suffering a brutal persecution”.

Christmas Day: Jonathan Asks Politicians To Moderate Utterances

ChristmasPresident Goodluck Jonathan has called on Nigerian politicians to moderate their utterances as they carry out the 2015 election campaigns.

He was among the Christian faithful that worshipped at the St. Matthews Anglican Church in Maitama, Abuja, on Christmas Day.

The President described as embarrassing, some statements by politicians which are capable of setting the country ablaze.

He wondered why anyone would talk of setting up a parallel government just because he fails in an election.

He urged the politicians to desist from sowing the seeds of discord, saying that the country does not belong to politicians alone.

The President described the security challenges as temporary and asked the church to continue to pray.

The sermon, delivered by Primate Of the Anglican Church of Nigeria, Nicholas Okoh, also challenged Nigerians on the preparation towards the 2015 general election and the need to keep reminding political office holders of the expectations of Nigerians as politicians jostle for power.

There were also prayers for the church and the world.

The church prayed that God would bless Nigerian rulers from the federal to local government, that people might seek the common good.

Highlight of Christmas Day service was the thanksgiving session that enabled all to dance to the alter in celebration of the day.

President Jonathan and members of his family were joined by Christian faithful in the Federal Capital Territory to mark the 2014 Christmas celebrations.

The President last visited St Matthews Church as a Vice-President.

 

Ebola Crisis: Sierra Leone Declares Three-Day Lockdown In North

EbolaThe deadly Ebola virus crisis in Sierra Leone has cancelled Christmas celebration for some people.

The government has declared lockdown of at least three days in the north of the country to try to contain the epidemic.

Shops, markets and non-Ebola related travel services will be shut down, officials said.

Muslims and Christians are not allowed to hold services in mosques and churches throughout the lockdown except for Christians on Christmas Day.

Only vehicles officially assigned to Ebola-related assignments would be allowed to operate during the period.

The lock down would operate for at least three days but this could be extended if deemed necessary, officials said.

The Word Health Organization (WHO) says more than 7,500 people have died from the outbreak in West Africa so far,with Sierra Leone the worst hit.

Sierra Leone has the highest number of Ebola cases in West Africa, with more than 9,000 cases and more than 2,400 deaths since the start of the outbreak.

Sierra Leone has been in a state of emergency since July.

Sony Set To Release ‘The Interview’ At Limited Number Of Theaters This Christmas

2014-12-23T220659Z_1_LYNXMPEABM0VJ_RTROPTP_4_NORTHKOREA-CYBERATTACK-SONYDespite several threats from hackers Sony (SNE) Pictures is making the controversial Seth Rogen comedy available at a limited number of theaters starting on Christmas.

Sony Pictures Entertainment Chief Executive, Michael Lynton, said the studio was looking for more options to screen the film, which major US theater chains pulled because of threats from hackers who warned of a September 11, 2001 style of attack.

Lynton said in Tuesday’s statement: “We have never given up on releasing The Interview and we’re excited our movie will be in a number of theaters on Christmas Day.” He said Sony was trying to secure other platforms and more theaters “so that this movie reaches the largest possible audience.”

US President Barack Obama has welcomed the decision by Sony to screen the comedy about North Korea in a limited number of US cinemas on Christmas Day.

He had earlier criticised Sony for pulling the film following a cyber-attack and threats against cinemas.

Mr Obama had called Sony’s earlier decision to cancel the film’s release a “mistake”.

The US has accused North Korea of being behind the cyber-attack.

North Korea has denied that it was behind the cyber-attack on Sony. But it praised the attack and had long condemned The Interview, which depicts a fictional plot to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

The Interview was originally due to be released on up to 3,000 screens on Christmas Day.

The film is expected to show in 200 mostly independent and art-house cinemas on Thursday. Hackers have threatened fresh attacks.

A national security official said US authorities did not rate the threats by hackers against theatergoers as credible and that he was unaware of any plans by U.S. agencies to issue warnings of possible attacks on exhibitors screening the film.

North Korea experienced Internet problems at the weekend and a complete outage of nearly nine hours before links were largely restored on Tuesday; U.S. officials said Washington was not involved.