Tuesday, 7 July 2015

'My son is a victim like all the others': Mother of Tunisian beach gunman speaks

The mother of the mass murderer who slaughtered 38 innocent holidaymakers in Tunisia says her son is a 'victim' who must have been 'brainwashed'. Radhia Manai, 49, claims her son Seifeddine Rezgui 'couldn't kill a mouse' in an interview following the massacre.

On June 26, Rezgui opened fire on a beach in Sousse and chased people into the Imperial Marhaba Hotel where he sprayed them with bullets and lobbed homemade explosives at them.

Dressed in black with a grey shawl over her head, hands kneading her lap, the mother of the mass murderer Seifeddine Rezgui has neither slept nor eaten for days and she weeps repeatedly.
"When they told me my son had killed all these people I said no, it’s impossible,” Radhia Manai, 49, said. “I couldn’t believe it, I can’t believe it. Once there was a mouse in the house and I asked Seifeddine to kill it and he refused saying, ‘I can’t kill anything.’
Radhia believes someone was pressurizing her son and perhaps threatening to kill him if he didn't carry out mass-murder.'They must have given him drugs and brainwashed him,' she added.

Radhia said she feels sorry for the victims and their families and hopes the people behind the plot are found.

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South/West APC accuses Buhari of ethnic-based appointments

South-West states’ chairmen of the APC, have decried the pattern of appointments by President Buhari, saying all of them had ethnic slant.

They said aside his spokesman, Mr. Femi Adesina, every other appointments so far made by Buhari have been from the core North and all of them northern Muslims. The party chairmen vowed not to recognise the emergence of Senate President, Bukola Saraki and Speaker, House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara until the crisis in the National Assembly is resolved by the party.

In a joint statement they issued yesterday, the chairmen vowed to resist any attempt by some elements in the party to humiliate the APC National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

The statement was signed by Chief Henry Ajomale (Lagos), Prince Gboyega Famoodun (Osun), Alhaji Roqeeb Adeniji (Ogun), Chief Akin Oke of Oyo State, Chief Olajide Awe (Ekiti) and Mr. Isaac Kekemeke, (Ondo).

According to them, if this move is not halted, the reaction of the region could have dire consequences.

The APC chairmen insisted that “the two presiding officers of the National Assembly should apologise to the party to avoid compounding their problems.”
They warned that they would soon break their silence over the ill-treatment of Tinubu by some elements in the APC.

The chairmen urged “those trying either to intimidate or embarrass Tinubu to retrace their steps as the South-West’s response will shock everyone to the foundation.”
Tinubu had rejected the emergence of Saraki, insisting that the Senate President should apologise to him for the coup.

But Tinubu, who controls the party in the South-West seems to be alone on this matter as President Muhammadu Buhari and key APC officials had accepted Saraki and Dogara as NASS leaders.


Don't rush Buhari to hasty action, Gowon pleads with Nigerians

Former Nigerian Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon has pleaded with Nigerians not to rush the new president.

Speaking exclusively with the Nigerian Tribune, in Ibadan, Gowon said;
"Give him a chance. You cannot solve any problem within two or three days. People say they want a change but as far as the problem of Nigeria is concerned, you cannot do it in one day, in one month. It will take time before a lot of these changes would be done and done effectively.”
“Let us give Buhari the chance to do things in the proper way to be able to get a good result. I have read it in some papers where people question him that in 30 days nothing has been done. It is unnecessary.”
“They criticised me when I was Head of State that the civil war was taking too long. I said, Yes, do they know some of the problems that are involved in dealing with some of those problems?”

Man who killed his son and left another almost dead is spared jail term by judge

A dangerous driver who killed his young son and left another with life-changing injuries has been spared jail by a judge who said the father had suffered enough. Abdul Mosa, 43, was driving on the wrong side of the road when his family's car hit a lorry head-on, killing his seven-year-old, Alin, and injuring six-year-old Ara.
The family from Leeds, West Yorkshire, had been returning from a holiday in France and had just left the Channel Tunnel terminal in their Kia Soul when they crashed on the A20 at Hythe, Kent.

Mosa's wife, Huzan, and one-year-old daughter, Arda, were also seriously hurt in the collision last August, while lorry driver Anthony Brown was left with career-threatening injuries.

Mosa escaped with just minor injuries, thanks to his airbag, and sobbed loudly as Canterbury Crown Court heard how he cradled dying Alin in his arms.

The court was also told that twohttp://cdncache-a.akamaihd.net/items/it/img/arrow-10x10.png of the children were not wearing seat belts, and that Mosa had ignored other motorists as they tried to warn him he was going the wrong way.
Mosa admitted five charges of causing death and serious injury by dangerous driving and was facing a prison sentence as a deterrent, only for Judge James O'Mahony to spare him from jail. 
'I do not know a greater deterrent for this defendant to know his mistake ended up with the killing of his own child,' said Judge O'Mahony.

Stephen Shay, prosecuting, said Mosa had just exited the Eurotunnel and had travelled at least 200 yards in the right-hand lane - ignoring clear signs posted along the route.
'It would seem that he simply forgot and was driving in European conditions,' said Mr Shay. 'This was a mistake, a brief mistake with appalling consequences.'
Mosa later told police he thought he was on a one way road - but the prosecution added the clear road markings made that unlikely.
Lorry driver Mr Brown spent eight days in hospital after suffering a series of fractures to his right arm.

And he is now unable to use one of his fingers, which was injured when part of the Kia's roof rack was hurled through the lorry's windscreen in the impact of the crash.
Andrew Nuttall, mitigating, said little Ara will now 'never lead a normal life' because of his injuries.
He said: 'This is an appalling case which arose out of a simple mistake.
'This defendant started his punishment the moment his son died in his arms and he realised the enormity of his mistake.
'The harsh reality is that this defendant is going to be punished every minute of the rest of his life.

'He has to live with the consequences of his mistake... there can be no greater punishment in this world than that.'

The court heard that Mosa was now 'the glue' holding his 'fragile family' together, and Judge O'Mahony added that despite the aggravating features in the case, jailing him would probably result in his surviving children being taken into care because his wife was unable to cope.
He said: 'That would further punish the victims of these offences.'

Instead, Judge O'Mahony imposed a two year sentence, suspended for two years, and banned Mosa from driving for three years.

Source: Mail Online

University of Ibadan emerges best University in Nigeria and 8th in Africa

Ibadan people, una well done o! So proud of you guys! University of Ibadan has been rated the best university in Nigeriahttp://cdncache-a.akamaihd.net/items/it/img/arrow-10x10.png and the 8th in Africa, according to a new ranking of 1,447 African universities and higher institutions, using research publications, citations from 2010 to 2014, as well as visibility on the Internet

University of Cape Town is number one in Africa, followed by Cairo University, then the University of Pretoria comes third in the Top 10 Universities in Africa. The rest are 3 more from South Africa, twohttp://cdncache-a.akamaihd.net/items/it/img/arrow-10x10.png from Egypt, one from Kenya and one from Nigeriahttp://cdncache-a.akamaihd.net/items/it/img/arrow-10x10.png (university of Lagos).

Top Universities in Nigeriahttp://cdncache-a.akamaihd.net/items/it/img/arrow-10x10.png
1. University of Ibadan - (8th in Africa)
2. University of Nigeria, Nsukka (13th in Africa)
3. Ahmadu Bello University (18th in Africa)
4. University of Lagos (20th in Africa)
5. Obafemi Awolowo University (24th in Africa)
6. University of Ilorin (31st in Africa )
7. University of Port Harcourt (36th in Africa)
6. Nnamdi Azikiwe University (42nd in Africa)
7. University of Calabar (43rd in Africa)
8. Federal University of Technology, Akure (49th in Africa),
9. Covenant University (53rd in Africa) (only private university)