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Sunday, December 8, 2019

Shocking!!! As Lady Marries Her Carpet "Mat"

Shocking!!! As Lady Marries Her Carpet "Mat"

A single mother of two identified as Bekki has tied the knot with her favorite rug named Mat and enjoying a relaxing honeymoon at home in Greater Manchester.

Bekki who was well dressed in her wedding dress promised to love, honor and care for Mat ‘till death us do part".

Shocking!!! As Lady Marries Her Carpet "Mat"

According to Bekki, she bought Mat about a year ago and has since been in love with him and willing to express it to anyone who will listen ever since.

Bekki said;

It became a bit of a thing with my friends who used to joke ‘if you love Mat so much why don’t you marry him?’ 
I spend so much time looking after him – cleaning him and vacuuming him a couple of times every day and making sure he always looks his very best – I couldn’t imagine being without him now.

Bekki says she uses stain remover to clear up any mess her two young children may have left on ‘Mat’ during the day.

Shocking!!! As Lady Marries Her Carpet "Mat"

Speaking about combining kids and Her "mat" Bekki said;

When the kids are in bed, I will often just lie down with him and tell him my most private thoughts.  

I’m a single mum, so he’s become a confidant and I always seem to be able to think things through properly when we’ve been together.

The happy couple tied the knot during a special service, hosted by a celebrant at the Independent Fitters carpet store, close to Bekki’s home in Stockport.

Saturday, December 7, 2019

BREAKING!!! Popular Evangelist Reinhard Bonnke Passed Away At 79

BREAKING!!! Popular Evangelist Reinhard Bonnke Passed Away At 79

BREAKING!!! Popular Evangelist Reinhard Bonnke Passed Away At 79

Reinhard Bonnke's death was announced by his wife, Anni Bonnke.

Popular evangelist, Reinhard Bonnke, is dead.

His death was announced in a statement signed by his wife, Anni Bonnke and shared on Bonnke’s verified Facebook page on Saturday, December 7, 2019.

In the statement, Anni said:

“Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ. It is with sorrow that the Bonnke Family would like to announce the passing of our beloved husband, father, and grandfather, Evangelist Reinhard Bonnke.

“He passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family, on December 7, 2019. For the past 60 years, he has preached the glorious Gospel of Jesus throughout the entire world.

We want to thank you on behalf of him and our family, for your kind love and unwavering support, which enabled him to preach the matchless message of salvation to countless people. He preached Jesus.”
BREAKING!!! Popular Evangelist Reinhard Bonnke Passed Away At 79

He was 79 years old before he passed to glory.

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

 Kenya Floods: Death Toll Hits 132

Kenya Floods: Death Toll Hits 132

 Kenya Floods: Death Toll Hits 132

CITIZENTv reports that the death toll following flooding in several parts of the country is 132, as said by the Government Spokesman Cyrus Oguna.

Speaking during a media briefing at his office on Tuesday, Col. (Rtd.) Oguna said a number of people are still missing.

“Approximately 330,000 people have been affected by the rains that continue to pound various parts of the country…17,000 have also been displaced,” he said.

The Government Spokesman further disclosed that an undetermined number of people have been either marooned or cut off by floods with over 11,000 livestock swept away.

He however noted that the government is working with relevant agencies including the Kenya Red Cross and even Kenya National Highways Authority (KeNHA) to alleviate the situation.

“The Government will continue monitoring the situation and undertake appropriate intervention mechanisms,” said Oguna.

According to him, food aid has also been distributed to 32 affected counties. They are Lamu Kwale Mombasa Kilifi TanaRiver Taita Taveta,Mandera, Wajir, Turkana, Garissa, Samburu Isiolo, Marsabit, Makueni, Kitui, Machakos Embu Baringo, West Pokot, Elgeyo Marakwet Kisumu, Homa Bay, Migori, Siaya, Kisii TransNzoia, Busia, Bungoma Meru and Tharaka Nithi.

He further urged Kenyans living in areas that are prone to flooding, landslides and lightning to move to safer ground.
 Kenya Floods: Death Toll Hits 132

High-risk areas include Lake Victoria Basin, Lower Tana Delta, Costal and Central regions among others.

“Additionally, individuals are advised to avoid crossing flooded waters they are unsure of their levels and avoid sheltering under trees and standing close to grilled windows to minimize risks to lightning strikes,” added Oguna.

The current rains are expected to continue until the end of December.
Teenage Girl Dies Trying To Rescue Man In Kenyan Flood

Teenage Girl Dies Trying To Rescue Man In Kenyan Flood

Teenage Girl Dies Trying To Rescue Man In Kenyan Flood

Rescue team have retrieved the body of a Kenyan teenage girl who drowned as she tried to save a man who was drowning in a swollen river in Kenya.

A 19 year-old girl identified as Ann Nduku fell into a River Kandisi in Ongata Rongai, on the outskirts of the capital Nairobi on Tuesday.

The girl, Nduku was trying to give an helping hand to the cries of help of a man who was clinging to one of the bridge structures under construction.

FreshReporters News gathered that the man survived but as she tried to save him she fell into the river.

Her mother, Elizabeth Mutuku, told me about the moment she learnt her daughter had fallen into the river and her desperate attempts to help her:

I saw her struggling in the water and I tried to save her. I called out to her Anna, Anna! I wanted to throw her a stick to try and pull her out. But the river was swollen and she was being tossed and tossed around and then it swept her away.”
The river is swollen after huge amount of rain which started on Monday and have been seen across East Africa.

However, residents say more than seven people have been swept away over the last two years.

An old bridge was removed two years ago and the construction of the new bridge is incomplete so residents have been using stepping stones to get to the other side of the river.

Maryam Zenneth, the elder sister of the deceased in her words blamed local authorities for failing to finish a crucial bridge that links the village to the main market town of Rongai.

Two good years many people are dying and they are sitting and watching people die. They come and grieve with you but do nothing else is happening.

Today it is my sister, who will be next? This bridge is the main Highway for kids who are going to school up here.

Why did they remove the bridge here to start building another one and they aren’t finishing it?”

Her mother is left heartbroken.

I am really sad. She would have been a future leader or a future teacher. To lose a life like this because of a bridge is just painful.”: her mother says.

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

White House Says It Will Not Participate In Wednesday’s Trump Impeachment Hearing

White House Says It Will Not Participate In Wednesday’s Trump Impeachment Hearing

The White House told Democratic lawmakers on Sunday that U.S. President Donald Trump and his lawyers would not participate in a congressional impeachment hearing this week, citing a lack of “fundamental fairness.” 

White House Says It Will Not Participate In Wednesday’s Trump Impeachment Hearing

White House counsel Pat Cipollone wrote to Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, according to a copy of a letter.

Trump’s aides responded defiantly to the first of two crucial deadlines he faces in Congress this week as Democrats prepare to shift the focus of their impeachment inquiry from fact-finding to the consideration of possible charges of misconduct over his dealings with Ukraine.

The Democratic-led House of Representatives Judiciary Committee, tasked with considering charges known as articles of impeachment, had given Trump until 6 p.m. (2300 GMT) on Sunday to say whether he would dispatch a lawyer to take part in the judiciary panel’s proceedings on Wednesday.

“We cannot fairly be expected to participate in a hearing while the witnesses are yet to be named and while it remains unclear whether the Judiciary Committee will afford the President a fair process through additional hearings,” Cipollone said.

Cipollone – while citing a “complete lack of due process and fundamental fairness afforded the president” in the impeachment process – did not rule out participation in further proceedings. But he signaled that Democrats would first have to make major procedural concessions.

Nadler has given the White House a Friday deadline to say whether Trump will mount a defense in broader impeachment proceedings. The Judiciary Committee’s Democratic staff did not immediately reply to a request for comment on the White House’s refusal to participate in the hearing, which would have been the first direct involvement by the Trump camp in a process he has condemned as a partisan “witch hunt.”

Democratic U.S. Representative Don Beyer said on Twitter in response to the White House letter: “Not one process complaint made by the President and his Republican allies in Congress so far has turned out to be genuine.”

Congressional investigators have been looking into whether Trump abused his power by pressuring Ukraine to launch investigations of former Democratic Vice President Joe Biden.

Biden is running to unseat him in the 2020 presidential election, and a discredited conspiracy theory that Ukraine, not Russia, interfered in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

The first in a series of expected Judiciary proceedings will hear testimony on the impeachment process established under the U.S. Constitution from a panel of legal experts that has yet to be named. Hearings before the committee, which has responsibility for crafting any formal charges against Trump, are a major step toward possible charges.

Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who will make the final decision, has not yet said whether the Republican president should be impeached. But in a letter to supporters last week, she called for him to be held accountable for his actions. Trump has denied any wrongdoing, calling the impeachment inquiry a sham. (Reuters/NAN)

Monday, December 2, 2019

Teacher Found Dead Week After ‘Pupil Threw Chair At Him’

Teacher Found Dead Week After ‘Pupil Threw Chair At Him’

According to MetroUk; A teaching assistant has died a week after an incident involving a pupil at a school in south Wales.

The teacher, who has not been identified, was found dead at a house in Bridgend yesterday morning. Sources from the local area said that he was teaching at Ysgol Bryn Castell when he was struck with the chair last week.
Teacher Found Dead Week After ‘Pupil Threw Chair At Him’  \
The school was closed today following the teaching member of staff’s death (Picture: Google Street View)

The special school, which caters for 147 children aged seven to 19, was closed this morning. Headteacher Helen Ridout said on Twitter:
‘Apologies, due to unforeseen circumstances, YBC is closed for all pupils on Monday 2nd December 2019. Mrs Ridout.’ 
The pupil referral unit on the same site remained open.

A parent of a child who attends the school campus, said:
‘I am devastated at the news a member of staff has died.

‘They are an amazing staff who make our children a part of their family. ‘My thoughts are with the family of the member of staff who has died and all the staff at Ysgol Bryn Castell at this time of immense devastation.’ 

Police said in a statement:
‘Police in Bridgend are investigating the unexplained death of a 31-year-old man who was found dead at a property in the Brackla area on Sunday morning.

‘A post-mortem examination is due to take place later today to try and establish the cause of death.’ 

Councillor Charles Smith said: 
‘There was an incident with a pupil earlier in the week and the teacher has died later.

‘The school is closed today while investigations are made and police are involved. Our first concern is the welfare of the teacher’s family. Pupils are getting support.’ 

Bridgend Council said in a statement:
‘Bridgend County Borough Council is aware of the death of a member of staff from Ysgol Bryn Castell over the weekend.

‘Our thoughts are with the family of the member of staff at this difficult time. Ysgol Bryn Castell School is currently closed and we’re unable to provide any further information at this time.’

Sunday, December 1, 2019

4 Policemen, 7 Drug Traffickers Dies As The Engage In Gun Battle

4 Policemen, 7 Drug Traffickers Dies As The Engage In Gun Battle

A shootout in a Mexican town near the US border between suspected drug traffickers and police left at least 14 dead, including four officers, officials said Saturday, Punch News reports.

4 Policemen, 7 Drug Traffickers Dies As The Engage In Gun Battle
The confrontation broke out shortly before noon in Villa Union in the northern state of Coahuila when officers detected several vehicles and heavily armed passengers touring the small community, which is roughly 60 kilometres (40 miles) from the US border.

Four of those killed were police, seven were suspected criminals and another three unidentified bodies were found nearby on a rural road, Coahuila governor Miguel Angel Riquelme told reporters.

Six officers were also wounded but their injuries were not serious and they had already been discharged from hospital, Riquelme said.

An unspecified number of people — including a child — were also missing, government officials added.

Local authorities said twelve trucks were seized in the operation, as well as several high-calibre weapons and an unspecified load of ammunition.

Video shared on Riquelme’s official Facebook page showed the bullet-ridden mayor’s office, while images showed some of the chaos left after the confrontation.

The attack comes after Mexico’s leader Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador warned he would not allow the US to conduct cross-border armed operations against drug cartels in the country, after President Donald Trump said he planned to designate Mexican drug hangs as terrorist organizations.

The US president has been talking tough on the powerful drug cartels since one was allegedly responsible for the massacre of nine women and children from a US-Mexican Mormon community in northern Mexico on November 4.

Trump has said he would help Mexico tackle the drug gangs, and the two countries have cooperated closely in the fight against drug cartels.

Saturday, November 30, 2019

 Police Shoot Suspected Terrorist After London Bridge Stabbing

Police Shoot Suspected Terrorist After London Bridge Stabbing

 Police Shoot Suspected Terrorist After London Bridge Stabbing

Armed police shot a man on London Bridge after several people were stabbed on Friday, reviving memories of a terror attack two years ago that killed eight.

Scotland Yard said they were treating the situation as “terror-related” as a precautionary measure while the ambulance services declared a “major incident”.

One man was being detained.

Britain’s Home Secretary Priti Patel, the interior minister, said she was “very concerned” at events while Prime Minister Boris Johnson cut short a visit to his constituency in northwest London.

Footage filmed by eyewitnesses circulating on Twitter showed a scrum of people surrounding a man on the ground.

One man wearing a coat and tie, retreating from the scene, appeared to be holding a knife in his right hand.

Three armed officers then appeared on the scene and surrounded the scrum. One officer pulled a man away before two shots appeared to be fired

Johnson’s spokesman said the premier was on his way back to his Downing Street office, where he would receive further updates on the incident.

In a brief statement, Johnson thanked the police and all emergency services “for their immediate response”.

Police said they were called at 1:58 pm (1358 GMT) to a stabbing at premises near the bridge, which in June 2017 was hit by a terror attack which killed eight and injured 48.

“At this stage, the circumstances relating to the incident at London Bridge remain unclear,” the Metropolitan Police said.

“However, as a precaution, we are currently responding to this incident as though it is terror-related. One man has been shot by police.”

Police said they were called just before 2 pm to a stabbing at premises near London Bridge.

“A number of people have been stabbed we will provide further details of those injured when possible,” a spokesman said in a statement.

“A man has been shot by police at the location,” the spokesman added.

– Bridge closed off –
An eyewitness told reporters: “He was on the ground with a knife near him, and a bag near him and then they surrounded him and armed police shot him.”

A BBC reporter on the bridge at the time said he saw what appeared to be a fight between a group of men, heard two shots and saw a man “prone” on the ground.

People in the area were quickly ushered away from the scene.

The bridge was closed off, with buses and traffic on London Bridge at a standstill. A white truck appeared to have jacknifed on the bridge.

One eyewitness told the BBC she and other people in the area rushed into a restaurant and were told by staff to take cover.

“They went, ‘Get under the table, shots have been fired. Gunshots’,” said the woman.

The 2017 attack involved Islamist extremists in a van who ploughed into pedestrians on London Bridge before attacking people at random in nearby Borough Market.

The three attackers, who were wearing fake suicide vests, were shot dead by police.

Borough Market and nearby London Bridge station were both shut as a precaution, according to the emergency services.

The Metropolitan Police were due to issue a statement outside their Scotland Yard headquarters.

Britain downgraded its terrorism threat level from “severe” to “substantial” on November 4, its lowest rating in more than five years.

British officials consider a terrorist attack “likely” when the threat level is substantial, and “highly likely” when it is severe.


Thursday, November 28, 2019

Queen Elizabeth Set To Hang-up Her Royal Duties

Queen Elizabeth Set To Hang-up Her Royal Duties

The Queen of the United Kingdom and other Commonwealth realms, HRH Queen Elizabeth II will be retiring from her royal duties to give way for prince Charlse to assume the throne.

Queen Elizabeth Set to Hang-up Her Royal Duties

According to reports, the day to day running of the royal duties will be handled by prince Charles but HRH Elizabeth will still be the Queen, in title.

There are all indications that the 93-year-old monarch will be stepping down around her 95th birthday, the same age her husband, Prince Philip, withdrew from his royal duties.

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Dog That Chased ISIS Leader, Al-Baghdadi Honoured At The White House

Dog That Chased ISIS Leader, Al-Baghdadi Honoured At The White House

A U.S. military dog that played a starring role in the raid that killed Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi seemed oblivious to the praise that President Donald Trump heaped on it Monday at the White House.
Dog Who Chased ISIS Leader, Al-Baghdadi Honoured At The White House

Conan, a Belgian Malinois dog, seemed much more interested in the head scratches it was getting from Mike Pence, repeatedly looking up at the vice president in search of more attention; not fully knowing he was the nation’s hero!

Trump has used a slew of adjectives to describe Conan, which was injured when it was exposed to electric wires in the late October raid while chasing al-Baghdadi at the terrorist’s compound in northwest Syria. “Incredible.” “Brilliant.” “Smart.” “Ultimate fighter.” “Very special.” “Tough cookie.”

“So this is Conan,” Trump said. “Right now, probably the world’s most famous dog.”

Trump bestowed a medal on Conan and presented the dog with a plaque. First lady Melania Trump stood a few feet away.

The president said initially Conan was going to be muzzled for the appearance, but Trump said he thought that would put the dog in attack mode.

“He’s not in a bad mood today,” Trump told dozens of reporters, cameramen and members of TV crews gathered in the Rose Garden. “So you’re safe.”

Trump said he asked members of the U.S. special forces who met with him Monday if an unarmed man would stand a chance against Conan. He said the special forces, who could not appear in public, told him ‘No.”

“Conan is really a hero,” Pence said, patting the dog on the head.

Angry Protesters Storm UN Camp In DRConga After Deadly Attack(photos)

Angry Protesters Storm UN Camp In DRConga After Deadly Attack(photos)

Angry Protesters Storm UN Camp In DRConga After Deadly Attack

Protesters storm United Nations base and burn Mayor's office in DR Congo after armed group killed 8 people

Protesters stormed UN facilities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) town of Beni on Monday, angered by the failure to stop an armed group that killed eight civilians.
Angry Protesters Storm UN Camp In DRConga After Deadly Attack

The protesters marched on to the UN base, citing the United Nations' 'inability to act' to prevent the Sunday night attacks, and kept on advancing despite several gunshots fired into the air by Congolese military forces.
Angry Protesters Storm UN Camp In DRConga After Deadly Attack

According to police, the protesters also burnt the office of the Mayor with a social media post showing flames shooting from the window and thick black smoke billowing above.

A civil society leader in Beni told Al Jazeera News;
"Several offices at the MONUSCO headquarters were set on fire and looted," Teddy Kataliko.

"Residents are demanding the withdrawal of MONUSCO from Beni because of the inaction of UN forces."
Angry Protesters Storm UN Camp In DRConga After Deadly Attack

"The UN soldiers were trying to defend themselves but it was very difficult. Two people were killed around the demonstration around the UN camp, which destroyed half of the wall of the main UN building,"  Alain Uaykani.

"The same protesters are now heading to the second military base of the UN located at the airport. This is a very, very difficult situation going on here in the town of Beni."

Reacting to the attacks, Matthias Gillman, a UN spokesman said;

''We do understand the anger and frustration of the population but ask for understanding that attacking UN or local facilities ... actually weakens the Congolese army's operations against the ADF,"

'The dense jungle terrain makes it difficult to protect every remote village, especially when the ADF tend to attack silently at night'

"We can't put a peacekeeper behind every Congolese," Gillman said, LIB reports.
Angry Protesters Storm UN Camp In DRConga After Deadly Attack

Sunday, November 24, 2019

SAD!!! Landslides Kill Atleast 36, Over 500 Vehicles Stucked In Kenya

SAD!!! Landslides Kill Atleast 36, Over 500 Vehicles Stucked In Kenya

SAD!!! Landslides Kill Atleast 36 In Kenya, Over 500 Vehicles Stucked

At least 36 people, including seven children, have been killed by landslides triggered by unusually heavy rains in northwestern Kenya, a local official says.

The downpour began on Friday in West Pokot County, which borders Uganda, and worsened overnight, causing flooding and mudslides that swept away four bridges and left the worst-affected village, Muino, inaccessible by road.

"We can confirm that the number of those dead has sadly reached 36. Some people who we thought were lost have been found dead," Samuel Poghisio, a senator from the county, told Reuters by phone.

"More people are marooned and the entire village is at risk of being wiped out by the floods," the county's governor, John Lonyangapuo, said as he waited for a helicopter to transport him to survey the damage.

He added that rescue efforts were under way in the area, where more than 500 vehicles are stuck on roads damaged by the landslides.
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Eleven of the people killed were in the same house, Lonyangapuo said.

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta said in a statement on Saturday that he had deployed rescue personnel from various agencies including the army and the police to try to stop the "further loss of lives".

Researchers have warned that warming oceans are causing unpredictable weather patterns in East Africa.

Heavy rains and floods have killed more than 50 people and forced hundreds of thousands of people from their homes across East Africa, aid groups said earlier this month.

Kenya is experiencing a heavier than usual rainy season, the Kenya Meteorological Department said in early November.

Saturday, November 23, 2019

U.S Vice President Pence Makes Surprise Visit To Iraq

U.S Vice President Pence Makes Surprise Visit To Iraq

U.S Vice President Pence Makes Surprise Visit To Iraq

Vice President Mike Pence made a surprise visit to Iraq Saturday to greet U.S. troops ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday, Montana Rebublic Radio reports.

Pence and second lady Karen Pence flew to Al Asad air base in Iraq, aboard a C-17 military plane, along with the vice president's chief of staff Marc Short, his national security adviser Keith Kellogg and a small group of reporters.

The visit was kept secret due to security concerns.

At the base Pence spoke with Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi — but by telephone rather than in person — thanking him for allowing the trip.

He and Mrs. Pence then entered a dining hall decorated for Thanksgiving where about 150 U.S. service members had gathered; the vice president was carrying a turkey on a platter, and the couple was greeted by applause.

They served the troops food and thanked them for their service.

"The armed forces of the United States are the greatest force for good that the world has ever known, and you are that force," the vice president said.

In his remarks he also chastised Congress for failing to properly fund the Defense Department, saying that "partisan politics and endless investigations have slowed things down a bit in Washington, D.C."

"I will make you a promise: this president, our administration will never stop fighting until we get you our troops the resources it needs to accomplish your mission and defend this nation," Pence said.

The trip comes as the potential for the impeachment of President Trump hangs over the administration. At the same time, questions remain about the direction of the president's policies in the Middle East.

Trump came into office promising to stop "endless wars" and bring U.S. troops home, but those efforts have been stymied by circumstances on the ground and opposition from his own party.

Last month, Trump abruptly announced he would be pulling U.S. forces out of northern Syria, opening the door for Turkey to move in and attack Kurdish fighters, who had been allied with the U.S. against ISIS.

Facing widespread criticism from U.S. allies and bipartisan pushback from Congress over the decision, Trump sent Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to Turkey to negotiate a temporary ceasefire between Turkey and Kurdish forces.

The administration ultimately decided to keep some American service members in Syria to help secure the country's oil fields. Trump claims the U.S. is keeping the oil, but the administration has offered no details on how that would actually happen.

The U.S. also relocated some U.S. troops from Syria to Iraq. Iraq's military warned, however, that the additional forces would not be allowed to stay in Iraq indefinitely.

In the tumult that followed the U.S. withdrawal from northern Syria, some captured ISIS fighters were able to escape, raising security concerns.

The absence of the U.S. has also allowed Russia to further its influence in the region. Russian President Vladimir Putin reached an agreement with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan calling for joint patrols in the area that was occupied by the Kurdish military in Syria – patrols that were once carried out by American troops.

President Trump has defended his decision, arguing that the U.S. is not obligated to defend Kurdish forces forever and that the ceasefire negotiated with Turkey would ultimately save lives.

Back in Washington, the House has just wrapped up a series of public hearings in the impeachment probe examining Trump's conduct toward Ukraine and whether he abused his power to target political rivals.

Current and former government officials have testified that they believed President Trump was withholding military aid for Ukraine in order to pressure the Ukrainian government to investigate Burisma, a natural gas company with ties to former vice president Joe Biden's son Hunter.

U.S. ambassador to the European Union, Gordon Sondland, made waves on Wednesday when he told lawmakers that Vice President Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo were aware that aid was potentially being tied to these investigations.

Sondland said that he mentioned to Pence that he was worried the aid was being held up in pursuit of these probes.

Pence's office almost immediately disputed these allegations, saying that the vice president never had a conversation about "investigating the Bidens, Burisma, or the conditional release of financial aid."
US Govt Reveals How Air Peace Boss, Allen Laundered $20m

US Govt Reveals How Air Peace Boss, Allen Laundered $20m

US Govt Reveals How Air Peace Boss Laundered $20m
Airpeace Boss, Allen Ifechukwu Athan Onyema

The United states government has charged the Chairman, CEO, and founder of Air Peace, Allen Ifechukwu Athan Onyema with bank fraud and money laundering for moving more than $20 million from Nigeria through United States bank accounts in a scheme involving false documents based on the purchase of airplanes.

The international airline’s Chief of Administration and Finance, Ejiroghene Eghagha, has also been charged with bank fraud and committing aggravated identity theft in connection with the scheme, according to a statement by the department of Justice.

Meanwhile Onyema has denied the allegations and said he is ready to prove his innocence in the US court.

“Onyema allegedly leveraged his status as a prominent business leader and airline executive while using falsified documents to commit fraud,” said U.S. Attorney Byung J. “BJay” Pak.

 “We will diligently protect the integrity our banking system from being corrupted by criminals, even when they disguise themselves in a cloak of international business.”

Robert J. Murphy, the Special Agent in Charge of the DEA Atlanta Field Division commented on the indictment, “Allen Onyema’s status as a wealthy businessman turned out to be a fraud.

He corrupted the U.S. banking system, but his trail of deceit and trickery came to a skidding halt. DEA would like to thank the many law enforcement partners and the subsequent prosecution by the U.S. Attorney’s Office who aided in making this investigation a success.”

“This case is a prime example of why IRS-CI seeks to partner and leverage its expertise in an effort to thwart those seeking to exploit our nation’s financial system,” said Thomas J. Holloman, IRS-Criminal Investigation Special Agent in Charge of the Atlanta Field Office.

“With the importance of our banking system to the movement of money around the world, those attempting to use intricate schemes to commit bank fraud through the use of falsified documents and other means should know that the odds are now heavily stacked against them as law enforcement is combining its talents to protect the sanctity and integrity of the nation’s financial system.”

“Onyema setup various innocent sounding multi-million dollar asset purchases which were nothing more than alleged fronts for his scam,” said acting Special Agent in Charge Robert Hammer, who oversees HSI operations in Georgia and Alabama.

“I’m proud to be part of a team of law enforcement agencies that come together to identify and attack criminals that attempt to profit from the exploitation of our nation’s financial systems.” According to U.S. 

Attorney Pak, the indictment, and other information presented in court: Onyema, a Nigerian citizen and businessman, is the founder and Chairman of several organizations that purport to promote peace across Nigeria, including the Foundation for Ethnic Harmony, International Center for Non-Violence and Peace Development, and All-Time Peace Media Communications Limited. Beginning in 2010, Onyema began travelling frequently to Atlanta, where he opened several personal and business bank accounts.

Between 2010 and 2018, over $44.9 million was allegedly transferred into his Atlanta-based accounts from foreign sources. Onyema is also the CEO and Chairman of Nigerian airline Air Peace, which he founded in 2013.

In years following the founding of Air Peace, he travelled to the United States and purchased multiple airplanes for the airline. However, over $3 million of the funds used to purchase the aircraft allegedly came from bank accounts for Foundation for Ethnic Harmony, International Center for Non-Violence and Peace Development, All-Time Peace Media Communications Limited, and Every Child Limited.

Beginning in approximately May 2016, Onyema, together with Eghagha, allegedly used a series of export letters of credit to cause banks to transfer more than $20 million into Atlanta-based bank accounts controlled by Onyema.

The letters of credit were purportedly to fund the purchase of five separate Boeing 737 passenger planes by Air Peace.  The letters were supported by documents such as purchase agreements, bills of sale, and appraisals proving that Air Peace was purchasing the aircraft from Springfield Aviation Company LLC, a business registered in Georgia.

However, the supporting documents were fake — Springfield Aviation Company LLC, which is owned by Onyema and managed by a person with no connection to the aviation business, never owned the aircraft, and the company that allegedly drafted the appraisals did not exist.

Eghagha allegedly participated in this scheme as well, directing the Springfield Aviation manager to sign and send false documents to banks and even using the manager’s identity to further the fraud.
After Onyema received the money in the United States, he allegedly laundered over $16 million of the proceeds of the fraud by transferring it to other accounts.

Allen Ifechukwu Athan Onyema, 56, of Lagos, Nigeria, and Ejiroghene Eghagha, 37, of Lagos, Nigeria, were indicted on November 19, 2019, on one count of conspiracy to commit bank fraud, three counts of bank fraud, one count of conspiracy to commit credit application fraud, and three counts of credit application fraud.

Additionally, Onyema was charged with 27 counts of money laundering, and Eghagha was charged with one count of aggravated identity theft.

Members of the public are reminded that the indictment only contains charges.  The defendants are presumed innocent of the charges and it will be the government’s burden to prove the defendant’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt at trial.

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Friday, November 22, 2019

Senior U.S. Official Warns Pakistan Of Economic Dangers Of China’s Infrastructure Plan

Senior U.S. Official Warns Pakistan Of Economic Dangers Of China’s Infrastructure Plan

Senior U.S. Official Warns Pakistan Of Economic Dangers Of China’s Infrastructure Plan
The United States has warned Pakistan of the long-term risks to its economy if it embraces China’s massive infrastructure project and suggested that it should instead look to the U.S. business, reports.

Alice Wells, the acting assistant secretary of state for South Asia, told a conference on November 21 that the $60 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) will only profit Beijing.

The United States and many EU countries have criticized China's project and its lending for regional infrastructure efforts, warning that it has saddled some developing countries with debts that they cannot afford to repay.

The CPEC project consists of rail, road, and energy infrastructure and is part of the wider $1 trillion Chinese project known as the "Belt and Road" initiative.

"It's clear, or it needs to be clear, that CPEC is not about aid," Wells said at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington.

She warned that the initiative was driven by nonconcessionary loans, with Chinese companies sending their own labor and material.

"CPEC relies primarily on Chinese workers and supplies, even amid rising unemployment in Pakistan," she added.

The corridor "is going to take a growing toll on the Pakistan economy, especially when the bulk of payments start to come due in the next four to six years," she said.

"Even if loan payments are deferred, they are going to continue to hang over Pakistan's economic development potential, hamstringing Prime Minister [Imran] Khan's reform agenda," she said.

China's planned efforts in Pakistan include the development of Gwadar on the Arabian Sea into a world-class port. Saudi Arabia earlier this year said it plans to set up a $10 billion oil refinery in Gwadar, located in the southwestern province of Balochistan.

Wells acknowledged that the United States could not come to Pakistan with offers from state-run companies, as can China, but she said private American investment, along with U.S. grants, would help Pakistan's economic fundamentals.

"There is a different model. Worldwide we see that U.S. companies bring more than just capital; they bring values, processes, and expertise that build the capacities of local economies."

Thursday, November 21, 2019

(Photos/Video) Malaysian Immigration Raids Largest Scammers' Headquarter, Arrests 1,000 Chinese

(Photos/Video) Malaysian Immigration Raids Largest Scammers' Headquarter, Arrests 1,000 Chinese

It was a busy Wednesday for Malaysian Immigration Department officials after they raided and arrested 1,000 Chinese nationals believed to be part of the largest online scam syndicate operating in the country, yahoo reports.

Taking to their Facebook account to share the details of the bust, officials say that the group was operating out of an office in the university-slash-tech town of Cyberjaya, just outside of the Malaysian capital.

A press conference on the raid is expected later today, but videos have been widely shared across Facebook over the last 24 hours.

In one clip, an individual appears to be evading police by jumping out of an office block window. (He gets up afterwards, but definitely looks a little worse for wear.)

Another clip taken from a nearby building appears to show scores of people running from the raid, fleeing down the city’s wide streets.

Another video shows an officer grabbing and wrestling back one of the individuals attempting to escape.

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1,000 Chinese Scammers Arrested Inside A House In Malaysia (Photos)
1,000 Chinese Scammers Arrested Inside A House In Malaysia (Photos)

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Who Won the Fifth Democratic Presidential Debate?

Who Won the Fifth Democratic Presidential Debate?

Who Won the Fifth Democratic Presidential Debate?

Round five of the seemingly endless Democratic debates, held at Tyler Perry Studios on November 20 in Atlanta, is in the books.

The debate was broadcast on MSNBC and was moderated by an all female panel consisting of MSNBC anchors Rachel Maddow and Andrea Mitchell, NBC News White House correspondent Kristen Welker, and Washington Post reporter Ashley Parker.

According to SPIN, Ten candidates qualified for tonight’s debate: Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts; Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey: Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Indiana; former VP Joe Biden; California’s Sen. Kamala Harris; Minnesota’s Sen. Amy Klobuchar; Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii; Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont; entrepreneur Andrew Yang, and billionaire Tom Steyer.

The evening kicked off with Sen. Warren calling out the corruption in President Donald Trump’s administration and taking particular aim at impeachment hearing witness Gordon Sondland being named ambassador to the EU after making a $1 million donation to the president’s inaugural fund. Warren also laid out the tenets of her two-cent wealth tax proposal.

Booker got a good shot in at Biden over the former vice president’s opposition to the legalization of marijuana and how the drug war disproportionately targets black and brown people. “I heard Joe Biden say that marijuana should not be legal,” Booker said. “I thought he might have been high when he said it.”

Harris criticized Trump for cozying up to North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un and earned a laugh break right off the bat.

Sen. Sanders had several strong moments, but among the most impactful was the moment he basically called Biden a trash pile right to his face for voting for both the Persian Gulf War and the Iraq War.
Also, Mayor Pete reminded everyone for the 10,000th time that he’s seen combat. Did you know Mayor Pete served in the military? He’ll be glad to tell you all about it.

The candidates took aim at each other all night. Harris confronted Mayor Pete over his seeming inability to connect with black voters, especially black women. Cory Booker took Joe Biden to task over his drug policies. Biden talked about how he’d like to repeatedly punch the problem of violence against women.

Everyone on stage displayed plenty of vim and vigor, but who seemed like the best candidate to overtake Trump in 2020?

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Alleged P&ID Scam: Briton Applies For Bail Variation

Alleged P&ID Scam: Briton Applies For Bail Variation

James Nolan, a Briton, on Wednesday applied for variation of his bail at the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja.

FreshReporters news gathered that EFCC had, on Oct. 21, arraigned Nolan and Adam Quinn (at large), both British nationals, over their alleged complicity in the 9.6 billion dollars judgment against Nigeria.

Process and Industrial Development (P&ID), an Irish engineering company, had secured the award against Nigeria following the non-execution of a 20-year gas and supply processing agreement (GSPA) the company had with the federal government.

FreshReporters News further gathered that arraignment of the two British nationals came up weeks after two P&ID directors were convicted over the deal.

The defendants, both directors of Goidel Resources Limited, a Designated Non-Financial Institution (DNFI) and ICIL Limited, were arraigned on a 16-count charge bordering on money laundering.

Justice Okon Abang had, on Nov. 7, admitted Nolan to a bail in the sum of N500 million.

Justice Abang, who granted the bail in an application filed by Nolan, ordered that the applicant must produce “a surety in like sum, who must be a Nigerian and a serving senator not standing any criminal trial in any court in Nigeria.

At the resumed trial on Wednesday, Counsel to the defendant, Paul Erokoro, SAN, prayed the court to favourably grant their application for bail variation.

The lawyer also told the court that he was not prepare for the commencement of trial due to inability to have adequate access to his client.

The EFCC, through his lawyer, had informed the court that he was ready to commence the trial earlier slated for today.

Friday, November 15, 2019

Car Bomb Explodes In Afghan Capital, Killing At Least 12

Car Bomb Explodes In Afghan Capital, Killing At Least 12

Car Bomb Explodes In Afghan Capital, Killing At Least 12

Not fewer than 12 people have been killed and 20 others wounded when a car bomb detonated during the morning rush hour in the Afghan capital, officials said.

The November 13 bombing targeted a private security company's convoy in the Qasaba area in Kabul’s police District 15.

No one immediately claimed responsibility for the blast, which came a day after the Afghan government released three key Taliban prisoners in exchange for two Western hostages.

Both the Taliban and the Islamic State militant group are active in Kabul.

The Interior Ministry said the dead were civilians and included three children.

One of them was a 13-year-old child heading to school, Interior Minister Massoud Andarabi said.

"The enemies of our people should know that our people are determined for peace. Nothing can stop them from achieving peace," Andarabi said.

Four foreign staff of the private Canadian security company GardaWorld were among those wounded, said Marwa Amini, an Interior Ministry spokesman.

Their nationalities were not given.

On November 12, President Ashraf Ghani said three high-ranking Taliban prisoners were released in exchange for two professors of the American University of Afghanistan in Kabul -- an American and an Australian -- who were kidnapped by the militants in 2016.

Ghani did not specify the fate of the Western hostages and it was not clear when or where they would be freed.

Those released included Anas Haqqani, the younger brother of Sirajjuddin Haqqani, the leader of the Haqqani network, officials said.

Neither the Taliban nor the Haqqani network, which is part of the militant group, have commented so far on the prisoner swap.

Some analysts had hoped the prisoner release could pave the way for peace talks between the Taliban and the Afghan government. The militant group has so far refused to talk to the Afghan government, which it says is a U.S. puppet.

AP, AFP, Reuters
Lightning, Heavy Rains Hit Pakistan Desert, Killing At Least 27

Lightning, Heavy Rains Hit Pakistan Desert, Killing At Least 27

Lightning, Heavy Rains Hit Pakistan Desert, Killing At Least 27

At least 27 people were killed when lightning struck amid heavy rains overnight in various locations in Pakistan's southern desert region, officials said on November 15.

A state of emergency was declared by authorities as rescue teams rushed to the Thar Desert in the province of Sindh, said Saeed Ghani, a spokesman for the provincial government.

Dozens of people, including many women and children, were being treated at hospitals after sustaining injuries caused by lightning and falling structures caused by the rain, Ghani said.

The death toll was expected to rise as rescuers reached remote villages, said Anwar Kazmi, a spokesman for the Edhi charity, which operates in the region.

Hundreds of animals have reportedly perished in the lightning strikes and the fire that followed in the affected areas, the Pakistan's Dawn newspaper reported.