Wednesday, 30 July 2014
A woman stripped naked and caresses the status of former South Africa's President, Nelson Mandela on Monday afternoon.
She undressed in full view of the public. Some call it 'performance art' but others considered her action distasteful.
A Pentagon spokesman says the body of a teen stowaway was found and removed from a compartment above the rear landing gear of a U.S. Air Force C-130J cargo aircraft after it landed at a military base in Germany.
Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said the stowaway was a black male who may have been of African origin. He said the plane stopped in several African countries before it arrived Sunday at Germany's Ramstein air base.Kirby said the body was found during a routine post-flight maintenance inspection of the cargo plane.
He said the body had been turned over to German authorities for autopsy, and the matter is under investigation.
He said it is not known when or where the stowaway entered the landing gear wheel well.(AP)
A female suicide bomber today, Wednesday blew herself up at Kano Polytechnic while students were checking their results in the school.
Realgist360 cannont ascertain the number of casualties but the Kano State Police Command has confirmed the blast in the school.
President Goodluck Jonathan, All Progressives Congress (APC) National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and some governors yesterday commiserated with former Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Minister, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, on the death of his son, Hamza, in an accident.
Hamza, a graduate of the University of Virginia and United World College of the Atlantic in the United States, died in an auto crash in the FCT.
The President, Tinubu, Governors Ibikunle Amosun (Ogun), Abiola Ajimobi (Oyo), Ramalan Yero (Kaduna) and Rauf Aregbesola (Osun) expressed shock over the death of the young El-Rufai.They noted that no amount of consolation could fill the gap that Hamza’s death has created.
In a statement yesterday by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati, the President commiserated with El-Rufai and members of his family.He hoped the outpouring of support by friends and associates would comfort the former minister.Jonathan prayed for the peaceful repose of the soul of the departed and God’s blessings, comfort and protection on Mallam El-Rufai and the rest of his family.
A statement in Lagos said Asiwaju Tinubu called Mallam El-Rufai to commiserate with him on the death of his son.The frontline politician offered soothing words from the Holy Qur’an and prayed Allah to grant El-Rufai the strength to bear the very painful loss.Tinubu said: “The news of your son’s death came to me as a shock. It must have been most wrenching for you. I feel your pain as a parent myself.
I can only offer you words of consolation from Allah. He is the one who gives and takes away.“Be assured that my family and I and the APC family are with you in prayers during this very sad and painful period. God will keep you all that are left behind in His full protection and prevent further danger and deaths in your family.“You must never let this put you down. Please accept my heartfelt condolences.”
Amosun expressed deep shock and sent heartfelt condolences to the family of Mallam El-Rufai.In a statement yesterday in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, by his Senior Special Assistant on Media, Mrs Olufunmilayo Wakama, the governor described the demise of Hamzat as “most regrettable and unfortunate”.
Amosun added: “It is so sad that his life was cut short in a fatal accident at a time he would have been contributing his quota to the development of his fatherland after acquiring a good education.”The governor prayed Allah to grant the soul of the departed Al-Janah Fridaus and his family the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.Ajimobi commiserated with El-Rufai through a statement yesterday in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, by his Special Adviser on Media, Dr. Festus Adedayo.
The governor described the death of the son of the All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftain as unfortunate and disheartening.
Ajimobi said: “It is with deep shock that I received the death of Hamza, a promising young man, in a ghastly motor accident that occurred in Abuja on Tuesday.“It is even more painful considering the fact that he was snatched by the cold hands of death at the prime of his life.”
The governor described the deceased as a rising star and potential leader of tomorrow.
He urged the former minister to accept the incident as an act of God, adding that nothing could happen to any human being without the knowledge of God.Ajimobi prayed for the repose of the soul of the deceased. He beseeched God to grant El-Rufai and his family the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.Yero expressed deep sadness over Hamza’s death.In a condolence message by his Director-General, Media and Publicity, Malam Ahmed Maiyaki, the governor said he received news of Hamza’s death with shock and grief.
He said: “The demise of Hamza, a young, intelligent young man with bright prospects, is a huge loss to the country, especially to us in Kaduna State.”Yero urged El-Rufai’s family to take the irreparable loss as an act of Allah, who knows best.
He said: “I urge the entire El-Rufai family, their friends and associates to take solace in the fact that the late Hamza lived a short but eventful lifetime full of positive narrations.”Yero prayed Allah to grant the soul of the late Hamza eternal rest.
The governor also prayed Almighty Allah to grant the El-Rufai family the fortitude to bear the loss.Aregbesola also condoled with El-Rufai over his son’s death.
In a statement in Osogbo, the Osun State capital, by the Director, Bureau of Communications and Strategy, Office of the Governor, Mr. Semiu Okanlawon, the governor said death, though the end of everything, came too early for Hamza.He stressed that whatever comes a man’s way should be seen as an act of God, which every mortal has little or no control over.Aregbesola said: “We are indeed saddened by the untimely demise of our dear son, Hamza. In as much as we have lost a gem in this young man, we, however, take solace in the fact that only Allah knows what is best for his creatures.“We, the government and people of Osun, express our heart-felt condolences to the immediate and extended families of El-Rufai.“We pray that Allah will grant the departed Al-Janah Firdaus.”
MORE facts emerged yesterday on the identity of the Ebola virus victim whose death last week in Lagos set off a chain of reactions.Patrick Sawyer had one stop to make before heading home to Minnesota, United States, to celebrate his daughters’ birthdays: a conference Calabar, Cross River State.But when he landed in Lagos, Sawyer, 40, collapsed getting off the plane. He had been infected with Ebola in Liberia, where he worked as a top government official in the Liberian Ministry of Finance.Sawyer was isolated at a Lagos hospital on July 20. He died five days later.Sawyer’s wife Decontee Sawyer, lives in Coon Rapids, Minnesota, with the couple’s three young daughters, five-year-old Eva, four-year-old Mia, and Bella, who is one. The Sawyers are naturalized citizens; their daughters were born in the United States.“He was so proud when he became a U.S. citizen,” Decontee told CNN. “He voted for first time in the last U.S. presidential election. He lived in the U.S. for many years, and wanted that for Liberia — a better democracy.”Sawyer is the first American to die in what health officials are calling the “deadliest Ebola outbreak in history.” His death has sparked concerns that the virus could potentially spread to the United States.“People weren’t really taking it [Ebola] seriously until it hit Patrick,” Decontee said. “People are ready to take action.”His wife, 34, is said to be devastated at the thought of how close Sawyer came to returning home to the U.S. for his daughters’ birthdays carrying the dreaded virus.“It’s a global problem because Patrick could’ve easily come home with Ebola,” Decontee said to KSTP. “Easy. Easy. It’s close, it’s at our front door. It knocked down my front door.”The Sawyer family is working with their church community to start “Concerned Liberians against Ebola,” Decontee said. Their goal is to raise $500,000 to help two international organizations: Samaritan’s Purse and Global Health Ministry.The risk of travellers contracting Ebola is considered low because it requires direct contact with bodily fluids or secretions, such as urine, blood, sweat or saliva, experts say.Ebola can’t be spread like flu through casual contact or breathing in the same air.According to the Mail Online, witnesses said Sawyer was vomiting and had diarrhea aboard at least one of his flights with some 50 other passengers aboard.Ebola can be contracted from traces of faeces or vomit, experts say.Sawyer was immediately quarantined upon arrival in Lagos and Nigerian authorities say his fellow travellers were advised of Ebola’s symptoms and then were allowed to leave.Decontee learned Sawyer was sick with Ebola on July 24 and then on July 25 she was told her husband of six years had passed away from the virus.Liberia has suspended all football activities in an effort to control the spread of the deadly virus.There was a risk of infection because football is a contact sport, the football association said.The number of people killed by the virus in West Africa has now reached 672, according to new United Nations (UN) figures.A major regional airliner, Asky, said it had halted flights to the Liberian and Sierra Leonean capitals because of growing concerns about the virus. It has been banned from flying into Nigeria.It is the second airline company to take such a decision, following the deadliest Ebola outbreak.Ebola kills up to 90% of those infected, but patients have a better chance of survival if they receive early treatment.