Saturday, 15 March 2014

Greed pushed me into robbery –Medical doctor nabbed for robbing ATM saying that the love of money is the root of all evil seems to be true with the ordeal of a medical doctor, Tajudeen Dosunmu, who was recently arrested by the Special Anti-Robbery Squad in Lagos State.

Saturday PUNCH learnt that the 62-year-old had been practising medicine for over 30 years without a licence.

The suspect, who was paraded alongside four others, was accused of being part of a gang which specialises in breaking and robbing Automated Teller Machines.

It was learnt that during the gang’s last robbery in November 2013, three policemen were killed.

SARS men, led by Abba Kyari, were able to apprehend those behind the robbery in February after months of investigation.

Dosunmu, who spoke to our correspondent amid tears, blamed his foray into robbery on the devil.

The suspect said he was pushed into robbery by greed because he was very comfortable prior to his arrest.

 “I have eight children from three different women. As a doctor, I made about N100, 000 a week. I specialised in paediatrics and I was a consultant for several hospitals. I was comfortable but greed pushed me into robbery,” he said.

When asked how he was able to practise medicine for so long without being caught, the suspect said he had a forged certificate from Obafemi Awolowo University.

He said, “I attended Obafemi Awolowo University, then University of Ife in the 70s. I had a problem so I could not finish my programme. I was already in my final year so I had basic knowledge of medicine.

“I approached some people in the university who helped me to get a certificate and attestation letter. With the documents, I started working at Ikeja General Hospital. I worked there for more than 10 years and I later specialised in paediatrics.

“No one ever suspected anything because I was good at my job. After leaving the government hospital, I set up a small clinic and later started consulting for other private hospitals and I was making good money.”

When asked what pushed him to join a robbery gang, the suspect said he was tricked into it by the robbers.

He said he never carried arms but only gave them his vehicle which they used in driving to crime scenes.

He said, “A youth that I know very well in the area approached me, pleading that I should lend him my car. When I asked him what he wanted to use the car for, he said he had some goods he wanted to bring in from Cotonou, so I lent him my car.

“Some days later, he returned the car to me and gave me N10,000. On another occasion, after I lent him my car, he told me to come to a filling station around Igando at 10pm to come and collect my car.

“When I got to the filling station, I saw him and about five others sharing a lot of money. It was then that I found out that they were armed robbers. They gave me only N10, 000 and I left.”

The suspect said when he discovered that they were robbers, he attempted to stop dealing with them but was scared that the robbers would turn against him since he knew their identities.

He said the robbers promised to increase his pay if he continued to cooperate with them.

He said he became interested when he realised that each robber made nothing less than N350,000 after each operation.

“I had to succumb to the saying that if you cannot beat them, join them. That was exactly what I did,” he said.

Narrating what happened during the last robbery that led to the killing of three policemen at Access Bank, Ayobo branch, the suspect said he was at the scene but did not participate in the shooting.

He said, “In November, the gang contacted me saying they would need the car. I was asked to drive the car near the bank in the evening so that they would use the car to escape. I drove there late in the afternoon because I don’t see very well at night.

“When the robbers arrived, three of them went into the bank with guns, three others hid in a bush with me. We were waiting for the ones inside the bank to give us a signal when suddenly, we started hearing serious gunshots.

“I jumped into my vehicle and sped off. It was later that I read in the newspapers that three policemen were killed during that operation. I swear to God, I did not kill anyone and I cannot kill.”

The suspect said he had let down his family by his behaviour and begged them to forgive him.

“I have a child in the United States and another one in Germany and they are successful. I hope they don’t get to read all this,” he said.

Commissioner of Police, Umar Manko, identified other members of the gang as Daniel Onuoha also known as Find Money; a dismissed soldier, Sgt. Eyo Bassey, a welder, Tairu Kareem; a pastor, Isiah Willie; and one Confidence Saviour, also known as Confi.

Manko explained that Find Money and Bassey were killed during a shootout with the police.

Manko said, “On November 16, 2013, around 1am, a gang of robbers stormed Access Bank Plc, Ayobo branch in order to rob an ATM. Policemen from Ayobo Division led by ASP Longus Amuzie, responded to a distress call but they were ambushed by the robbers. Three policemen including Amuzie, were killed and their rifles stolen.

“On November 20, 2013, SARS commander, Abba Kyari, led a team of policemen to Ilasamaja where the robbers were accosted and a gun battle ensued. Two of the robbers were killed, their phones and guns were recovered.

“The operational base of the robbers was traced to a rented apartment at Ajibode Close, Iyana Ipaja where four AK47 rifles, 19 AK47 magazines fully loaded; police walkie talkie, 300 rounds of AK47 ammunition and eight G13 gas cylinders were recovered.”

Manko said on February 9, 2014, the house of one of the deceased robbers was searched where another seven AK47 rifles, two K2 rifles and one pump action rifle concealed in a plastic drum in the kitchen were recovered.

The CP said the suspects would soon be charged to court.

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14 Caribbean Nations Sue Former Colonizers for Slave Trade

The lawsuit will demand reparations from the governments of Britain, France and the Netherlands.
Fourteen Caribbean nations have resolved to sue their former colonizers — Britain, France and the Netherlands — for lingering harms that they attribute to the slave trade.

The AP reports that the leaders of the Caribbean Community, a regional consortium, adopted a 10-point plan that would seek an official apology, a cancelation of debts and assistance for cultural and educational institutions.

The regional consortium has hired British human rights firm Leigh Day to pursue the case. Leigh Day previously secured $21.5 million for Kenyans who were tortured under Britain’s colonial era government.


National Hospital Confirms 7 Dead Among Immigration Job Applicants Ïn FCT

National Hospital Confirms 7 Dead Among Immigration Job Applicants Ïn FCT.

Applicants for the Nigeria Immigration Service examinations at the 60,000 capacity National Stadium, Abuja.

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Gunmen Kill 117, Displace 708 Persons In Katsina Attack – Deputy Governor

Gunmen that raided several communities in Katsina State, on March 11 and 12, had killed 117, injured 37 and displaced 708 persons, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.

The Katsina State Deputy Governor, Alhaji Abdullahi Garba, gave the figures at the end of his sympathy visit to the affected communities on Saturday in Katsina.

Garba led a state government committee which visited Faskari Model Primary School, Faskari town, where displaced victims, comprising women and children, were settled.

Addressing newsmen during the tour, Garba said from the interim report obtained, 22 persons were killed at Sabonlayin Galadima and 29 at Maigora.

Others killed included 51 at Marabar Kindo,  eight at Yardoka  and seven  at Kurar Mota villages.

Garba, who also visited the injured victims at Funtua General Hospital, urged people to pray against future occurrence.

NAN reports that the delegation had earlier visited other victims in Safana Local Government Area of the state.

The deputy governor pleaded with victims and families of the deceased, to consider the incident as ordained, saying “all livings are mortals, as every living has to undergone test in life.”

He said government had taken adequate measures to ensure the protection of lives and property, through joint efforts with neighbouring Kaduna and Zamfara states.

The deputy governor, who donated money to affected families, lauded officials of National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Katsina State Rehabilitation and Emergency Relief Agency and other health workers, for their support to the victims.

Garba said the injured persons with severe cases that needed special attention, would be referred to tertiary hospitals, adding that government would foot the bills.

NAN recalls that the gang of bandits had raided villages in Faskari and Sabuwa Local Government of Katsina State, killing people and burning houses and shops. (NAN)

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Not every man can take the disappointing and humiliation from NIgeria wives imported to America. Wives killers on rampage in the US.
An Epidemic: Nigerian Men Killing Their Nurse Wives In America "Yes, I have killed the woman that messed up my life; the woman that has destroyed me. I am at Shalom West. My name is David and I am all yours.” Those were David Ochola’s words during his 911 (U.S. Emergency Number) call to authorities after shooting dead, his 28 years old wife, Priscilla Ochola, in Hennepin, Minnesota.

The 50-years old, husband was tired of being “disrespected” by his wife, a Registered Nurse (RN) whom he had brought from Nigeria and sponsored through nursing school only to have her make much more than him in salary - a situation which led to Mrs. Ochola “coming and going as she chose without regard for her husband.”

The couple had two children – four years old boy and a three year old girl. 

In Texas, Babajide Okeowo had been separated from his wife, Funke Okeowo, with whom he resided at their Dallas home. Upon the divorce, the husband lost the house to his wife, along with most of the contents therein, as is usually the tradition in the U.S. Divorces where the couple still has underage children. 

Mr. Okeowo, 48, divorced his wife because not long after she became an RN and made more money than him, she “took control” of the family finances and “controlled” her husband’s expenditure and movement.
The husband could no longer make any meaningful contribution to his family back in Nigeria unless the wife “approved” it. He could not go out without her permission. Frustrated that his formerly malleable wife had suddenly become such a “terror” to him to the point of asking for in court and getting virtually everything for which he had worked since coming to the US thirty years prior, the husband got in his vehicle and drove a few hundred miles to Dallas to settle the scores. 

He found her in her SUV, adorned in full Nigerian attire on her way to the birthday bash organized in her honor. She had turned 46 on that day. Mr. Okeowo fired several rounds into his wife’s torso while she sat at the steering wheel, mercilessly killing her in broad daylight.

Also in Dallas (they sure need anger management classes in Dallas), Moses Egharevba, 45, did not even bother to get a gun. The husband of Grace Egharevba, 35, bludgeoned her to death with a sledge hammer while their seven year old daughter watched and screamed for peace. 

Mrs. Egharevba’s “sin” was that she became an RN and started to make more money than her husband. This led to her “financial liberation” from a supposedly tight-fisted husband who had not only brought her from Nigeria, but had also funded her nursing school education. 

Like Moses Egharevba, Christopher Ndubuisi of Garland, Texas, (these Texas people!) also did not bother to get a gun. He crept into the bedroom where his wife, Christiana, was sleeping and, with several blows of the sledge hammer, crushed her head. 

Two years before Christiana was killed, her mother, who had been visiting from Nigeria, was found dead in the bathtub under circumstances believed to be suspicious. 

Of course, Christiana was a RN whose income dwarfed that of her husband as soon as she graduated from nursing school. The husband believed that his role as a husband and head of the household had been usurped by his wife. 

Mr. Ndubuisi’s several entreaties to his wife’s family to intercede and bring Christiana back under his control had all failed. 

If the circumstances surrounding the death of Christiana’s mother were suspicious, those surrounding the death of a Tennessee woman’s mother were not. Agnes Nwodo, an RN, lived in squalor before her husband, Godfrey Nwodo, rescued her and brought her to the US. He enrolled her in nursing school right away. Upon qualifying as a RN, Mrs. Nwodo assumed “full control” of the household. She brought her mother to live with them against her husband’s wishes. Mrs. Nwodo quickly familiarized herself with US Family Laws and took full advantage of them. 

Each time the couple argued, the police forced the husband to leave the house whether he had a place to sleep or not. On many occasions, Mr. Nwodo spent days in police cells. Upon divorcing his wife, Mr. Nwodo lost to his wife, the house he had owned for almost 20 years before he married her.
He also lost custody of their three children to her, with the court awarding him only periodic visitation rights. Even seeing the children during visitation was always a hassle as the wife would “arrive late at the neutral meeting place and leave early with impunity.”
Mr. Nwodo endured so many embarrassing moments from his wife and her mother until he could take it no more. One day, he bought himself a shotgun and killed both his wife and her mother. 

Caleb Onwudike’s wife, Chinyere Onwudike, 36, became a RN and no longer saw the need to be controlled by her husband. Mr. Onwudike, 41, worked two jobs to send his wife to her dream school upon bringing her to the US from Nigeria. After four years, she qualified as an RN. Once she started to make more money than her husband, she began to “call the shots” at home. She “overruled” her husband on the size and cost of the house they purchased in Burtonsville, Maryland. She began to build a house solely in her name in their native Umuahia town of Abia State, Nigeria, without her husband’s input whatsoever.
Mrs. Onwudike came and went “as she liked,” within the US and outside the US. In fact, she once travelled to Nigeria for three weeks “without her husband’s permission” to lavishly bury her father, despite her husband’s protestations that they had better things to do with the money. 

Mrs. Onwudike let her husband know that this was mostly her money and she would spend it however she wanted. Through her hard work, she had risen to a managerial position at the medical center where she worked. 

Upon her return from burying her father, her husband got one of her kitchen knives and carved her up like a Thanksgiving turkey inside their home on New Year’s Day. 

Death is death, no matter how it comes. But the goriest of these maniacal killings is probably the one that happened here in Los Angeles, California. 

Joseph Mbu, 50, was tired of his RN wife’s “serial disrespect” of him. The disrespect began as soon as she became a RN. Gloria Mbu, 40, had once told her husband he must be “smoking crack cocaine” if he thought he could tell her what to do with her money now that she made more money than him.

Before she became a RN, Mr. Mbu had been very strict with family finances and was borderline dictatorial in his dealings with Mrs. Mbu. However, Mrs. Mbu learned the American system and would no longer allow any man to “put her down.” When Joseph Mbu could not take it anymore, he subdued his wife one day, tied her to his vehicle and dragged her on paved roads all around Los Angeles until her head split in many pieces.

Chelsea Are Fake Leaders – Mourinho

Jose Mourinho was at his most cagey yesterday when discussing the prospect of Chelsea opening up a nine-point lead at the top of the Premier League away to Aston Villa today.

Should fourth-placed Manchester City slip up at Hull City in today’s early kickoff, victory at Villa could even establish a 10-point cushion for Chelsea as second and third placed sides Liverpool and Arsenal are not in action until Sunday.

Not that the Portuguese coach was too interested either way. “I keep saying the same, the table is fake,” Mourinho, whose side has played three more matches than City, told a news conference at Chelsea’s training ground.

“If you look at the table, before the points column is the number of matches played. We could have 30 more points but have played 10 more so it means nothing. When everyone has the same number of matches, I don’t know when that will be, maybe in the last week, only then is the table real.”

Fake table or not, with 26 points from the last 30 available, it would appear that Mourinho is closing in on a third league title at Stamford Bridge, having won it in 2004-05 and 2005-06 during his first spell in charge.
While admitting he thinks Chelsea are “ahead of schedule”, Mourinho said his side deserved to be at the top. “I would prefer the destiny in my hands,” he said. “But the position at the top is real. Lots of work, lots of sweat from the players and they deserve the 66 points they have.”

Mourinho will take charge of his 150th Premier League game on Saturday and despite Chelsea having won the last four league clashes with Villa, racking up 16 goals in the process, he said a point “would not be too bad”.

“We have a very difficult match tomorrow,” he said. “After Villa comes Arsenal, we go match by match. I really live day by day and we don’t look at the table because it’s fake.”


D’banj…….My Father Is Not Happy Over My Music Career

So many entertainment celebrities have their different stories to tell on how their parents view their chosen careers. Nigerian music star, D’banj is not left out in the debate as he has revealed that his father isn’t overjoyed about his music career.

Even though the Nigerian star enjoyed international success with his 2012 smash hit Oliver Twist and has sold over 11 million albums in his career, he revealed that his dad remains concerned that a career in music isn’t sustainable.

“’Don’t do music’ is what my father told me,” D’banj narrated in a recent interview.

“Even now, he says to me: ‘Are you sure this music thing is right for you?’”

Asked what career path his father would have preferred for him he said “Any other thing apart from music! My father is so quiet and reserved, whereas music puts you right out there.

“He knows that fame can destroy things and he worries about me sustaining success.

“He also says: ‘When I was your age, I was married and I already had you! When are you going to settle down?’’

“I think I want to get a Grammy first! But if an angel should pass, I might just be distracted!”

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I smoked marijuana for 26 years – Kweku Baako

Editor-in-Chief of the New Crusading Guide Newspaper, Kweku Baako Jr has confessed to smoking Indian hemp for 26 years.
Baako Jr made the revelation on Joy FM’s News analysis programme ‘newsfile’ on Saturday when he was contributing to a debate on whether to legalise marijuana.

Executive Secretary of the Narcotics Control Board (NACOB), Mr Akrasi Sarpong, in the course of the week, said it was high time Ghana debated the subject considering the wide-spread use of marijuana.

He said there was “a virtual legalization of marijuana because already “mothers, sisters, girlfriends and wives are using stuff made of Indian hemp for their hair.”

Mr Baako said on the programme that as a former user of marijuana, he would not advise legalization for smoking.

He suggested that the debate should be focused rather than allowing just anybody to contribute to the public debate.

“It shouldn’t be thrown into the market place for everybody to talk some. We need the experts. The pharmaceutical industries, those who will need it for those things, the psychiatric profession ought to be brought on board. Al these things must be done before it even gets to Parliament if there’s any need for any legislation or amendment of any legislation. So it should a focused things [which is] expert-driven…when it comes to the area of smoking and its negative effects, some of us could be contracted to give our experiences,” Mr Baako said.

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Rich countries think it's less important to believe in God than poor ones

Barely more than half of all Americans think it's necessary to believe in God for one to be moral, according to a new Pew poll. And in every European country Pew surveyed, clear majorities said the opposite; in France, fully 85 percent of respondents said a belief in God was not necessary to instill morality.

Meanwhile, huge majorities in many African, Middle Eastern, and Southeast Asian countries said it was impossible to be moral without believing in God. In Indonesia, 99 percent of respondents agreed with that statement.

So what's the connection? According to Pew: money. The richer a nation is, the less likely its citizens are to connect God and morality. Interestingly, the U.S. and China were extreme outliers, as this handy graph from Pew shows. --Jon Terbush


Older Women, Younger Men: 10 Hollywood Couples That Work

Julianne Moore and Bart Freundlich

Age gap: 9 years After her first marriage ended in divorce in 1995, Moore wasn’t necessarily looking for another lifetime commitment. The very next year, the 35-year-old actress met Bart Freundlich, then 26, on the set of The Myth of Fingerprints. “You kind of think, 'Is this going to work out?'” she says of their age difference. “And then what happens is the relationship progresses and these things cease to be an issue anymore.” The smoking-hot pair had two children – Caleb and Liv – before tying the knot in 2003. Today, the whole crew lives quietly in New York’s West Village, where they can frequently be seen, happily hanging out.

Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon

Age gap: 11 years She’s been on both sides of a May-December relationship, and megastar Carey clearly prefers being the older woman. It all started in 1993, when the songstress, then 23, married her boss, 44-year-old music executive Tommy Mottola. The union lasted just five years, and the happily emancipated Carey remained single for almost a decade afterward. Then, out of nowhere in April 2008, she wed comedian Nick Cannon, 11 years her junior. Today, the unexpected couple is still going strong, raising toddler twins Moroccan and Monroe. "We really do feel we are soulmates," Carey says. "I never felt a love like this was in the cards for me."

Tina Turner and Erwin Bach 

Age gap: 16 years R&B icon Turner didn’t seriously date anyone for years after divorcing Ike Turner, her notoriously abusive husband, in 1978. Then, mere months after the 1984 release of her comeback single, “What’s Love Got to Do With It,” she locked eyes with German music exec Erwin Bach at an industry party. The two remained inseparable for the next 28 years, until finally tying the knot in Switzerland in July of 2013. Turner, who donned a green-and-black taffeta gown for the event, said, "It's that happiness that people talk about. … It's a wonderful place to be."

Robin Wright and Ben Foster

Age gap: 14 years Having been married to mercurial Oscar winner Sean Penn for more than 13 years, Robin Wright is used to unconventional relationships. Maybe that’s why the House of Cards star is so smitten with X-Men actor Ben Foster. The pair met on the set of 2011’s Rampart, took to each other immediately, and look to be in it for the long haul; they confirmed their engagement to People magazine in January of 2014. “Ben and I have a connection between us that just feels right,” says Wright. I don't know any other word for it."

Joan Collins and Percy Gibson

Age gap: 32 years Shortly after their 2001 wedding, reporters asked Collins about the substantial age difference between she and Gibson, a theater executive. Conscious of her advanced years, but none too concerned about it, the glamorous octogenarian joked, "If he dies, he dies.” Fun fact: He’s her fifth husband, and the most enduring; their union has lasted three years longer than any of her others. The secret? According to the soap goddess, it’s “Sex, sex, sex!”

Denzel Washington and Pauletta Pearson

Age gap: 4 years They met at a hotel restaurant in 1977, but it took actors Denzel and Pauletta Washington almost six years to become husband and wife. The reason: She rejected his marriage proposals twice, before finally caving on Try #3. Thirty-one years and four kids later, the twosome perseveres. And despite recent, dogged rumors of his infidelity, Denzel insists their bond is as strong as ever. "It's a marathon,” he says, “not a sprint.”

Katie Couric and John Molner

Age gap: 7 years First thing’s first: Did you know Katie Couric is 57? No, really. We were pretty surprised, too. Now that that’s taken care of, let’s get down to business: The award-winning journalist is marrying banker John Molner, seven years her junior, this summer. It’s Couric’s second marriage – her first husband, Jay Monahan, died of colon cancer in 1998 – but not her first May-December relationship. Ex-boyfriend Brooks Perlin was 17 years younger.

Melanie Griffith and Antonio Banderas 

Age gap: 3 years “The first thing he asked me was my age,” says Griffith of her husband, Spanish star Banderas, whom she met filming 1995’s movie flop Two Much. “I said, ’That's the rudest thing anyone has asked me first.’ But there was something about him.” The unlikely mates were both married – she, to actor Don Johnson – when they began dating. They obtained quick divorces, wed in May 1996, and had daughter Stella that same September. Eighteen years later, they’ve weathered a few storms, including Griffith’s bouts with addiction, but remain ever-dedicated. Says Banderas: “We keep moving forward, and each day we become even more united. I still love my wife, and the concept of family is very important to us.”

Geena Davis and Reza Jarrahy

Age gap: 15 years He’s a 43-year-old Iranian-American plastic surgeon at UCLA. She’s a 58-year-old Oscar-winning actress and Olympic-caliber archer, on her fourth husband. Somehow, Davis and Jarrahy have made it work. Married since 2001, the age difference, “doesn't enter our consciousness,” says Davis. “I mean, we joke about it. But it rarely comes up.” It wasn’t a factor when Davis gave birth to her first child, daughter Alizeh Keshvar, at age 46, either. In fact, she had twin boys, Kian and Kaiis, two years later: “I became a parent with exactly the right person, at exactly the right time."

Hugh Jackman and Deborra-Lee Furness

Age gap: 13 years Long before coming to America, actors Jackman and Furness were a hot item Down Under. Australia's most famous power couple came together in 1995, while filming short-lived TV drama Corelli. The bond was immediate ("I had a massive crush on her instantly."), and he proposed just 3 1/2 months later. A wedding followed in 1996, son Oscar came along in 2000, and daughter Ava showed up five years after that. These days, the family travels back and forth between Sydney and New York City. "My success wouldn’t have meant anything to me if I wouldn’t have her and our kids," says Jackman. "They’re the real center of my world."

Honorable Mention: Cher

Cher didn’t quite make our list, but it wasn’t for lack of trying. Since 1975, Ms. Sarkisian has dated at least 11 younger men, including Tom Cruise (16 years younger), Val Kilmer (14 years), KISS frontman Gene Simmons (4 years), Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora (13 years), and her most recent beau, biker Tim Medvetz (24 years). Lest you think she’s a cougar, remember that the Oscar winner’s been on the other side of the equation, too. Her most famous partner, ex-husband Sonny Bono, was 11 years her senior.