Monday, 8 February 2016

Twelve men jailed for sexually exploiting girl

Twelve men sentenced for sex abuse carried out in KeighleyThe 12 men (top row left to right) Yasser Kabir, Faisal Khan, Israr Ali, Sufyan Ziarab, (second row) Tauqeer Hussain, Khalid Raja Mahmood, Saqib Younis, Hussain Sardar, (bottom row) Bilal Ziarab, Nasir Khan, Mohammed Akram and Zain Ali were all jailed at Bradford Crown Court                

Twelve men who sexually exploited a vulnerable teenage girl in West Yorkshire have received jail sentences of up to 20 years.

Eleven were jailed at Bradford Crown Court after being convicted of raping the girl in Keighley from the age of 13.

Another man was sentenced for sexual activity with the same girl.
The trial heard how the teenager was repeatedly attacked over a period of 13 months, between 2011 and 2012.
She was made to have sex in various locations in the town, including an underground car park and a church graveyard.
The girl was described in court as leading a "chaotic existence" at the time and had been reported missing from home on more than 70 occasions over a two-year period.

'Heartless sexual advantage'

Two of the men also received sentences for offences against other victims.
Judge Roger Thomas QC, sentencing, told the men: "She was only 13 or 14 when the 12 of you took such terrible and heartless sexual advantage of her."

The jury previously heard her meetings with the men had been arranged by "drug dealer" Arif Choudhury, who was not on trial.
  • Khalid Raja Mahmood, 34, of no fixed address, was given a 17-year extended sentence for rape and sexual activity with a child
  • Tauqeer Hussain, 23, of Belgrave Road, Keighley, was jailed for 18 years for rape
  • Yasser Kabir, 25, also of Belgrave Road, was jailed for 20 years for rape, sexual assault and causing a child to engage in sexual activity
  • Sufyan Ziarab, 23, of Kendall Mellor Court, Keighley, was sentenced to 15 years for rape
  • Bilal Ziarab, 21, of Sedgwick Close, Bradford, was jailed for 12 years for rape
  • Israr Ali, 19, of Devonshire Street West, Keighley, was sentenced to three-and-half years in a young offenders' institution for rape
  • Nasir Khan, 24, of Buxton Street, Keighley, was jailed for 13 years for rape
  • Zain Ali, 20, also of Buxton Street, Keighley, was sentenced to eight years in a young offenders' institution for rape
  • Faisal Khan, 27, also of Buxton Street, Keighley was jailed for 13 years for rape
  • Saqib Younis, 29, of Bradford Street, Keighley, was also jailed for 13 years for rape
  • Hussain Sardar, 19, also of Bradford Street, Keighley, was sentenced to six years in a young offenders' institution for rape
  • Mohammed Akram, 63, of Holker Street, Keighley, was jailed for five years for sexual activity with a child
Tauqeer Hussain was also found guilty of raping a second girl in 2009.
The court heard Mahmood, who pleaded guilty to several charges at an earlier hearing, is currently serving an eight-year jail sentence for raping a woman in a park in Keighley and trying to abduct a 10-year-old girl.

Kabir, who received the greatest jail term of 20 years, was also sentenced for 12 sexual offences against two other young girls after being found guilty at a separate trial.
Kris Hopkins, Conservative MP for Keighley and Ilkley, said: "Keighley's proud name has been dragged through the mud too many times in recent years because of the heinous acts of sick men preying on vulnerable young girls.

"I appeal directly to members of the local community that if you know of any individual or groups of individuals who may be involved in these activities, you have an obligation to pass this information on.
"We must work together to rid ourselves of this cancer and we all have a part to play."

A pregnant woman and herdsmen were among those killed during armed robbery in Abuja

A couple of months ago, eight armed men raided, Supper Cell Estate, an upscale residential estate located in Apo area of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Abuja, unleashing terror on its residents, killing two persons, including a pregnant woman.

Two other victims sustained life threatening injuries. Among those injured, was the husband of the pregnant woman who lost his two legs during the robbery operation, with a middle-aged woman, Glory Uzoh, who relocated recently to Abuja, from Lagos State. The robbers shot at her twice; one in her abdomen and the other, on her arm. Uzoh, could not have been luckier as the bullet which penetrated her abdomen, also damaged her intestine, before pulling out from her back.

Pregnant Victim

Sources gathered that the gang behind this carnage was led by a notorious armed robber, Denis Avaugwa, a native of Kastina Ala in Benue State. The 24-year-old who was said to have been arrested twice for armed robbery and was remanded at the Kuje Prison in Abuja, formed a new gang in 2014 after he regained his freedom.

The robbers, armed with three AK47 rifles and four locally made revolver rifles, were said to have carried out several high profile armed robberies around residential estates in Abuja, where they carted away huge sums of money, exotic cars, jewelleries, laptops and mobile phones. They were said to have gruesomely murdered six Fulani herdsmen who they met in a bush while escaping from a robbery scene in Lugbe area of Abuja.

It was gathered that the gang, after raiding some apartments in Gold City Estate, Luge, escaped through Pyakasa.
The robbers, on sighting the herdsmen sleeping by the road side, they opened fire on them and killed all of them on the spot. It was learnt further that the gang leader, Ava, as was fondly called by his colleagues, ordered the killing of the herdsmen in retaliation for their activities in his state. But after the November 2015 carnage, Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase, deployed his elite operatives, from the Special Intelligence Response Team, IRT, to track down the bandits and bring them to book.

Sources disclosed that after gathering sufficient intelligence, the IRT operatives, led by CSP Abba Kyari stormed Nassarawa, Plateau and Bauchi States in search of these bandits and those who had links with them. Eight suspects, including the gang’s financier and also their arms supplier, were identified as Ibrahim Suleiman, a.k.a, Scorpion, Jonson Aikko, a.k.a, Stigma, Pius Gabriel, a.k.a Double Spirit, Rabo Yakubu (arms supplier), Oladimeji Ikotun, (stolen goods, vehicle receiver and financier) Umaru Nda, Matthew Ofe and Nicodemos Shittu and were all rounded up by the IRT operatives.

While Ava and Ogbona Chidubem, a.k.a, Oyibo were equally arrested by men of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS, attached to the FCT Police Command. A few days ago, Saturday Vanguard had a chat with these suspects, except Ava and Chidubem as they weren’t available as at the time this interview was conducted. Stigma who told sources that he was the third in command after Ava and Nautica who is yet to be arrested, narrated how the gang was formed, their robbery exploits and how they grew into a dreaded gang robbers using AK 47 rifles.

“How I joined the robbery gang” Stigma said; “I am Jonson Aikko, but my friends call me Stigma. I am 30-years old from Benue State. I had only primary education and I am a bricklayer. I came to Abuja in 2009 and I was staying at Gwagalada area of Abuja and I was doing my job there. But my story changed in 2014 when I became friends with two boys from my State, Ava and Nautical. I met these boys on the same day in a bar in Masaka, Nassarawa State. They bought me drinks and we became friends.

I told them that I was a bricklayer and they told me that I was strong and I could make good money if I joined their own business which I later discovered was armed robbery. I was given N4000 and a cell phone in my first operation “I accepted gleefully because of the way I saw them spending money.

They took me to their first operation on the highway in Abuja and we snatched bags from people and I got N4000 and a smart phone as my share of the loot. I didn’t know how much was made from that operation. Since I was new, I accepted what I got. We also did some small robberies within Abuja and Nassarawa State and after each successful operation, Ava and Nautical usually travelled back to Benue State, where they have farms.

I think they were investing more of their loot in farming. But because we were using locally made revolver rifles, we found it difficult executing big operations in Abuja.” From locally made revolver rifles to automatic AK 47 riles

“In 2015, after the general elections, luckily, one of Ava’s friends who was used as a political thug, came to Abuja with two Ak 47 rifles which were given to politicians during the elections. He told us that they wanted to join our gang and he would like to work with us. Because he was new in Abuja, Ava and Nautica accepted and took the rifles from him, but one week after then, they told him that some farmers had found the rifles where they were buried in the bush and they have handed them over to the police.

They also told the guy that they were going to run way from Abuja because the police were going to come after them. “The guy reluctantly left Abuja and later went back to Benue State. Ava and Nautica joined him in the village so as to make him believe their story.

They came back to Abuja after two weeks and called me. Nautical said that now they were ready for big business, but they needed ammunition. Ava contacted a prison official he met during his stay at Kuje Prisons and the official linked him to a mobile police officer who started selling ammunition to us. They sold a round of the live ammunition to us for N400 each and we bought over 150 rounds for our first operation.

” How we stole 12 cars from Gold City Estate Abuja “That operation was coordinated by Nautica. He was the one who picked the targets which were first at Gold City Estate, upscale residential estate in Lugbe area of Abuja and he also brought in five other guys increasing our number to eight.

On the night of operation, we stormed the estate in a taxi and we scaled the fence and held the security men hostage and we started breaking into people’s houses. The first things we looked out for were keys of exotic cars parked within the estate.

Four of the guys Nautica brought would drive the vehicles out of the estate to our waiting buyers in Masaka and once they arrived, trackers on the vehicles would be removed and the vehicles would be taken to Jos and other parts of the country. “The moment the vehicles left we then started ransacking their houses in search of money, jewelleries and other valuables. We would only leave when we heard that the police were approaching and we would then escape through the bush in Lugbe.

We murdered the herdsmen in their sleep “We robbed that estate for three consecutive times using the same pattern and on each operation we normally left with four of their cars, but in our last operation, while we were escaping through the bushes, in Lugbe, we saw about six Fulani herdsmen sleeping and as we approached them, Ava ordered we should kill them all because they were the ones killing our people in their farms in Benue State.

I was carrying one of the locally made rifles and we rained bullets on them in their sleep, killing all of them. “I felt no regret killing those people, because they were also very ruthless. After that operation, I travelled home, but in November of last year, Nautica called us and said he has information that there was money in some houses in the Estate in Apo Abuja.

We all met in a bar, off Airport Road and when it was almost time, we boarded a taxi that took us to Super Cell Estate, in Inumba District, Apo, and when we got into the estate, we split ourselves into two groups. “I watched helplessly as Ava murdered a pregnant woman in front of her husband. Nautica led a group while Ava and I were in the second group. That night I didn’t know what came over Ava, it was as if he was high on drugs.

The first apartment we entered, we met pregnant woman and we demanded for money. She was overwhelmed by fear and we did not know what she was doing and Ava screamed at her and she brought out N150, 000 in N500 denomination and handed over to me, but before I knew what was happening Ava opened fire on the woman and shot her in her private part. I was stunned. He also shot the woman’s husband before we went into the next apartment.”

The second apartment “The owner, refused to open her doors and Ava rained bullets on it to force it open but the door refused. We then went through the kitchen and opened the door, and went in search of residents of the apartment. Ava was so angry when he saw the woman. He demanded for money and the woman gave him just N4000. This got him even angrier and he grabbed two of the woman’s children and threatened to kill them and they knelt and begged him. At that point, I said to him and held him that it was okay that we should leave and he said that he wanted to kill the woman. I told him in our language that we have collected some jewelleries and that the woman may not have money in the house and that people don’t usually keep money in their houses anymore.

“He then turned around and ordered all of us out of the house and said that if we refused, he was going to kill us. I obeyed him because I knew he could make good his threat because of his powerful charms. As I stepped out, I heard rounds of gun fire and I thought Ava may have killed the woman because she gave him N4000. I also heard gun shots from the other apartments Nautica was robbing and I also felt that they might have killed some of the residents who didn’t obey their orders immediately.
When we left the estate, I was filled with guilt for taking part in such carnage. I sold our AK 47 rifles to a community leader in Jos. “Few days after that operation, news came in that Ava and Ogbona Chidubem have been arrested, then I sensed trouble.

The Ak 47 rifles were in my possession, I quickly took two of them to Jos, plateau and sold them to a community leader who said he needed them to protect their community. I met the community leader through somebody introduced to me by one Ola, who received some of our stolen cars. I sold the rifles to the community leader for N600, 000 and I also bought 50 live ammunition from one Rabo who was supplying arms and ammunition to people in Jos. I didn’t know how the police knew where I was, they stormed my house and apprehended me”.

Rabo’s Confessions Meanwhile, when Saturday Vanguard spoke with Rabo Yakubu, a native of Bauchi State, he denied being an arms dealer, stating that he got the arms he sold to Stigma during a Boko Haram raid in his State. He narrated that some Boko Haram insurgents attacked his home town in February 2015 and while they were being repelled by the military and local group, he stumbled on a bag containing ammunition. “I had the ammunition with me for a long time and I didn’t know what to do with them and when Small called to say that he had someone who wanted to buy ammunition, I took it to him and sold it at N300 per one. I didn’t know that he was an armed robber. I thought he was going to use them to protect his farm,” he stated.

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Nigerian Police officers to get salaries promptly from March - FG


The Federal Government, yesterday, stated that officers and men of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) across the country would, from March 2016, begin to receive their salaries promptly.

The Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, who stated this when the Inspector-General of Police, Solomon Arase, paid a courtesy visit to the Ministry of Finance in Abuja, disclosed that this became possible due to the fact that the Nigerian Police Force had been successfully moved to the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information Systems (IPPIS).

She noted that the migration of the NPF to IPPIS was concluded within two months, and was after several efforts, spanning about five years failed to yield any positive result.

She said, “Hopefully by March, what that will mean is that police officers will be getting their salaries a lot earlier.

This is because in the past, the delay had been due to the issue of moving the money to the Police, then from the Police down the line to the individual officers.

“Now, it will go automatically from the centre directly to the account of the individual officers. I think that would be a very motivating initiative for the officers of the police force.”

She commended the Inspector-General of Police for cooperation with the initiatives of the Ministry of Finance and Office of the Accountant General of the Federation in the automation of the Police’s payroll. “Police has been one of the agencies that we piloted to provide a payroll for this Bank Verification Number (BVN).

They have been wonderfully cooperated and done that fully, providing us with all the data, information and insurances that we have needed. We have been able to move our police officers unto the IPPIS system,” she explained. Adeosun further stated that the Ministry of Finance is currently partnering with other agencies of government to work out modalities for an affordable housing scheme for police officers across the country.

According to her, the Ministry of Financing is aware of the fact that the country needs to find a housing solution for police officers that is both motivating and cost-effective. She said, “We have had some discussions around housing scheme; we are trying to design finance for housing in the Ministry of Finance.

We have already been discussing with the Ministry of Housing. It was very interesting to speak to the Inspector-General, because he had similar heart for his people and for the rank and file officers. “I assure you that the Ministry of Finance with various arms that we have, like the Nigeria Mortgage Refinancing Company, NMRC, and all the structuring that we are doing to provide affordable housing within Nigeria and the police will not be left out.

“We are going to work together to come up with a scheme for the police officers, which was the extent of our discussion. I just thank him because he was thinking in the right direction like we have had this discussion before.

The rank and file, this critical officers who protect us must be carried along in anything we want to do. We will work together on affordable housing schemes that will cover the police officers.” In his own address, Arase commended the Ministry of Finance for its support to the Police, stating that the Police will appreciate any support that would enable it discharge its duties effectively.

He promised that the Police will continue to ensure that all assets of the Ministry, as well as those belonging to the country are protected, in addition to securing lives and properties.

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EFCC to move anti-corruption war to NNPC - Magu

ACTING Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibrahim Magu, Monday told the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Financial Crimes that the commission will soon take the ongoing anti-graft war to the petroleum and other unspecified sectors of the nation’s economy.

Magu also said that the commission needed to build its capacity towards the recovering of looted funds especially in the petroleum sector. The EFCC Chairman stated this in Abuja during the defence of the 2015 budget performance and 2016 budget proposals of the anti-graft agency before the House Committee.

He hinted that the reason behind extending the anti-graft war to the petroleum sector was to recover looted funds by some political appointees and public servants Magu told the House Committee that the Federal Ministry of Budget and Planning had recommended the slashing of the agency’s overhead cost for 2016 from the proposed N2,999,245,761.00 billion to N1,389,429,463.00 billion, which he said represented a shortfall of N1,609,816,298 or 116%, adding that if the recommendation was implemented, it would adversely affect the prosecution of war against corruption.

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Why is Beyonce's Super Bowl performance so significant

Beyonce (R) performs onstage during the Pepsi Super Bowl 50 Halftime Show at Levi"s Stadium on February 7, 2016
Beyonce referenced the Black Panther movement, Malcolm X and Michael Jackson in her performance                

As one of the world's leading entertainers, Beyonce would have been justified in seeking the weekend off.
Instead, it was a little busier than normal.
On Saturday, she released a previously unannounced new single, with a politically charged video.
On Sunday, she performed at half-time of the 50th Super Bowl, American football's end-of-season extravaganza and the most-watched television event of the year in the United States.
Soon after, she announced a 40-date world tour that will start in late April in Miami.
But it was her Super Bowl show in California, referencing celebrated black figures of the past and recent black history, that gained the headlines.

Beyonce on a submerged police car
Beyonce is seen on a New Orleans police car in the video    

Formation is Beyonce's first new solo single in 14 months.
In it, she refers to the Black Lives Matter movement, details what it is to be black in 2016 United States and sings: "I like my baby hair with baby hair and afros, I like my Negro nose with Jackson 5 nostrils."
In what described as "one of the most political music videos in recent memory", she is seen lying on top of a New Orleans police car that sinks into water, a clear reference to Hurricane Katrina, which ravaged mainly black communities in 2005.
New South Negress journal wrote that, in the video, Beyonce "becomes every black southern woman possible for her to reasonably inhabit, moving through time, class, and space".
It was this song she launched into at the Super Bowl.          

The backing dancers
Image of backing dancers at Superbowl 50 posted by Beyonce - 8 February 2016

Even before the performance, when images of the backing artists were posted from backstage, plenty of people picked up on the visual reference - the berets of the Black Panther Party.
A militant organisation that rejected the non-violent ideals of Martin Luther King, the party was set up 50 years ago to defend black people against violence.
The group was established in Oakland, barely 40 miles (64km) from the stadium in Santa Clara where Beyonce performed on Sunday.

At one point, the singer and her backing dancers raised a fist into the air, mimicking the Black Panthers' salute.

The reference did not go unnoticed:

Tweet by @cosmorgpolitan praising fact Beyonce's backing dancers dressed as Black Panthers - 7 February 2016
The founder of the #BlackGirlsWhoBlog page was one of many who praised the performance                

At the end of the musical segment, which also featured Coldplay and Bruno Mars, a compilation aired showing some of the most memorable Super Bowl performances of the past.
Among them was Michael Jackson's show in 1993, but in truth, that performance had been marked by Beyonce already.

Tweet by Entertainment Tonight anchor Nancy O'Dell showing similarity between Beyonce and Michael Jackson's outfits - 7 February 2016
Entertainment Tonight anchor Nancy O'Dell was one of many to point out the reference                

Beyonce has hailed Jackson's influence in the past, saying "Michael Jackson changed me, and helped me to become the artist I am".

The X formation

Beyonce performs during the halftime show of the NF's Super Bowl 50 in Santa Clara, California, USA, 07 February 2016.
At one point, Beyonce and her dancers formed a large 'X' shape. They also formed an arrow, straight lines and a triangle, but it was this particular formation that people noticed.

Tweet by Mother Jones correspondent commenting on Beyonce's dancers forming X shape - 7 February
Brandon Patterson, who covers black rights issues for Mother Jones, saw more in the X shape                

Malcolm X, the black civil rights leader, was shot dead in 1965.
Three years ago, Beyonce's sister, Solange Knowles, was seen carrying a placard quoting Malcolm X in protest against the decision to acquit George Zimmerman of the murder of unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin in Florida.

'Justice 4 Mario Woods'

It wasn't strictly part of the performance, but images later did the round on social media of Beyonce's dancers holding a sign while in the centre of the field.

Tweet showing Beyonce's backing dancers calling for justice over police shooting - 7 February 2016

Mario Woods, 26, was shot dead by police in San Francisco in December. Pressure by civil rights groups has led the US Justice Department to open an investigation into the shooting.
Police in cities throughout the US have been subjected to intense scrutiny for using excessive and lethal force against suspects, many of them black.

Guess what? Man smashes up his OWN car in anger at being clamped by DVLA

No one likes finding out their car has been clamped, but this man was so annoyed he decided to take matters in own hands - quite literally - by smashing up his red Toyota Yaris. 
The man, who speaks with a London accent, had not payed his road tax. A female friend filmed the incident. 
The man announces to the camera as he walks to his car: 'So I comes home today to find out the DVLA has went and put me a f****** nice big wheel clamp on the front of my motor.
 Revenge! No one likes finding out their car has been clamped, but this man was so annoyed he decided to smash up his red Toyota YarisTax avoidance: The man, who speaks with a London accent had not payed his road tax
Revenge! No one likes finding out their car has been clamped, but this man was so annoyed he decided to smash up his red Toyota Yaris. The man, who speaks with a London accent had not payed his road tax

'They should have sent me a tax reminder at the end of the day. They want me to pay money to get this scrapheap out, let me show you what I do with scrapheaps.'
The man passes the camera to the woman and, without hesitation, punctures his tyres with his keys. 
He then beckons the woman towards him and proceeds to rip the car seat to shreds with his keys as well. The woman laughs in shock but does nothing to prevent him. 'Oh my dear God,' she says. 

The angry man then appears to break the gear stick and handbrake before trying to tug at the steering wheel, the car horn honking loudly as he does, but to no avail.
'You ain't gonna snap it,' the woman insists.
So instead he pulls off the windscreen wipers and number plate.
'You won't get money off of me,' he mutters. 'What you think I'm stuck for a few quid?' 

Slashed: He then beckons the woman towards him and proceeds to rip the car seat to shreds with his keys as wellOnlooker: The woman laughs in shock but does nothing to prevent him. 'Oh my dear God,' she says
Slashed: He then beckons the woman towards him and proceeds to rip the car seat to shreds with his keys as well. The woman laughs in shock but does nothing to prevent him. 'Oh my dear God,' she says

Let's be having you! The man then appears tp break the gear stick and handbrake before trying to tug at the steering wheel but to no avail, the car horn honking loudly as he doesNext move: He then pulls off the windscreen wipers
Let's be having you! The man then appears tp break the gear stick and handbrake before trying to tug at the steering wheel but to no avail, the car horn honking loudly as he does. He then pulls off the windscreen wipers

'Ahh, you're off your head.' the woman says, no doubt echoing the thoughts of all viewers.
The man then opens up the car bonnet, declaring, 'That's what you gotta do, don't let the gorgers win'. (Gorger is a Romany gypsy term for an outsider). 
He picks up a sledge hammer and attacks the machinery in the bonnet, hacking away violently as the woman simply stands by and laughs.
'All finished,' the man proclaims as the video ends, 'That's what you gotta do to the DVLA.'
The video was snatched up by the Idiot UK Drivers Exposed website where it has been viewed more than 123,000 times globally. 
Social media commentators have pointed out the stupidity of the man on the site's Facebook page: 'Does he not realise, he'll still have to pay the fine and back dated RFL.....??? Oh and the vehicle removal fee (even more so,as it now can't be driven away!....nice use of two offensive weapons in public as well..'
Another said: 'Just me who wanted a piece of engine to fly off and hit him? What was the point? Tax it, or, pay the fine n sell it.... Talk about cutting your nose off to spite your face....' 
One pointed out the potential humour of the scenario: 'What would be funny is if the DVLA turned up took the clamp off and said sorry we clamped the wrong car.'
The identity of the man is unknown. 

'That's what you gotta do': The man then opens up the car bonnet, saying, He picks up a sledge hammer and attacks the machinery in the bonnet, hacking away violently as the woman simply stands by and laughs'Cutting off your nose to spite your face':The video has now gone viral, with social media commentators pointing out the stupidity of the man
'That's what you gotta do': The man then opens up the car bonnet, saying, He picks up a sledge hammer and attacks the machinery in the bonnet, hacking away violently as the woman simply stands by and laughs

What's your take on this? Leave a comment below.

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New requirements for People going to the UK for longer than 6 months

New requirement for visa customers wishing to stay in the UK for more than 6 months, to get a biometric residence permit (BRP) on arrival.
Border control

If your visa application is successful, you will receive a 30 day travel visa in your passport.
You should be aware that:
  • you must travel within this 30 day period or your visa will expire
  • if your 30 day travel visa expires before you travel, you will need to apply for a replacement and pay another fee in order to travel to the UK
  • once you arrive in the UK you must collect your BRP from the Post Office you chose when you applied for your visa within 10 days
  • you will receive a letter with your visa decision providing instructions on what you need to do once in the UK
Your BRP is an important document. It provides proof of your permission to be in the UK, for how long and the conditions attached to your stay, and can also be used as identification.
You can read the full guidance on the get a biometric residence permit (BRP) page. If you have any questions, you can contact UK Visas and Immigration.


After dispute with wife, a angry father killed his four children

Police negotiators laid siege to a house in the country’s south Monday after a man allegedly shot dead four of his children following a dispute with his estranged wife.
The shocking spree is the latest murder rampage in a country where lovers’ quarrels frequently escalate into fatal shootings, partly because of the easy availability of guns.

Police said the man barricaded himself inside his house in southern Trang province after murdering two sons and two daughters early on Monday morning.
“Police had to use a ladder into a bedroom to remove the bodies of the children,” local police captain Wittawat Paiboon told AFP, adding that the man, who had locked himself in another room, had a long and troubled relationship with his estranged wife.

“They were two boys and two girls. They had been deliberately killed,” he said, adding that the victims ranged from six to 16 years old.
Wittawat said the man was coherent when speaking to negotiators and did not appear to be drunk or on drugs.
Renowned to outsiders for its laid-back, welcoming vibe, Thailand is also a country awash with firearms where disputes are all too frequently settled with a bullet and a body.
Barely a week goes by without a new headline-grabbing killing, usually stemming from a humiliation or loss of “face” over a personal or business dispute.

High-profile cases last year included a woman executed by an angry lover in a mall, and a bus driver shooting a passenger in the chest because his victim had repeatedly criticised his road skills.
The Thai government does not provide a specific breakdown for annual gun murders outside of the country’s deep south, where a local Muslim insurgency has killed more than 6,400 in the last decade.
But the website, an online database of global gun statistics run by the University of Sydney’s School of Public Health, believes Thailand has one of the highest gun homicide rates in Asia.
It estimates 3.48 murders per 100,000 people in Thailand, on a par with the United States.
According to the Interior Ministry, there are 6.1 million registered firearms in Thailand, a country with 67 million people. puts the total number of firearms at closer to 10 million, once the thriving black market trade is counted.

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Why people are anxious about Buhari - Mamora

SENATOR Adeleke Olurunnimbe Mamora medical doctor turned politician was speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly at the advent of the Fourth Republic in 1999 and followed up his legislative strides with two successive terms in the Senate where he largely imprinted upon the populace through his principled and punchy interventions.
A chorister in his local Lagos Baptist church, Senator Mamora who was the deputy director of the triumphant Buhari Presidential Campaign Organisation, in this interview responds to assertions of misuse of resources by the National Assembly and the alleged selectivity in the fight against corruption among other issues.

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo recently wrote a letter to the presiding officers of the National Assembly faulting the proposal for the purchase of vehicles and other sundry matters relating to the Assembly. What is your take on the stance of the former president?
Let us look at this issue from certain perspectives. The legislature is a separate arm of government, it has its own procedures, operations and ways but all these will still be under the aim of due process and must be in line with best practices. I think what will appear to me is that people will want to be sure that due processes of transparency and accountability are brought to bear in the management of affairs across board in government.
Senator Olurunimbe Mamora on your (left) with President Buhari on your (right)

Misunderstood and misrepresented
Of course, when you talk of government, it has three components (the executive, legislature and judiciary). I believe that the legislature has been unduly misunderstood and misrepresented a lot of times and, that is what my experience shows, to the extent that it has become the whipping boy of the arms of government. This is rather unfortunate because it is the legislature that really represents the concept of democracy where every decision is taken through a majority process or decision. It would appear that over the years, it has become the fall guy of the arms of government. Everything is just thrown at the legislature and I think that it should not be that way. I have not looked at the arguments on both sides but all I am saying is that the legislature has been unduly hammered at times. Having said that, I do know that it is the Revenue Mobilisation and Fiscal Commission that determines the emoluments of all public holders.

I think what we should be looking at is not just the legislature. Are the funds in tandem with RMAFC provided for them? I think that should be issue? Once it is in line, then, there should be no cause for any problem because all these things have been stated. It is just a matter of following what has been laid down and approved and ensuring the execution of what has been approved by relevant provisions of law or through a due process. That is all, this is the issue. Whether vehicles or not, I know that vehicle allowance has been provided for. What I think is not right is to demonise the legislature. There are many imperfections in our governance system which cut across the three arms of government. While Chief Obasanjo is entitled to his personal views on issues in the polity, what should not be allowed is any attempt to demonize the National Assembly and make the institution the fall guy of the three arms of government.

Good governance
The economic realities of the moment demand cost cutting which should be across board and not selective. This should be based on due process as constitutionally vested in RMAFC.

Is that not what the former president is trying to do?
I am not saying that but my understanding on the face value is that the former president is asking for accountability and transparency but the focus should not always be on the National Assembly alone. We should understand the issues and not try to demonise the legislature. How many times have we asked: what are the things available to the minister who is unelected? The focus is always on the legislature but transparency and accountability are components of good governance and it should be at all levels and not just hammering at only one arm of government in a manner that will portray that arm of government as the weeping boy of as the fall guy. That is the point I am making.

Do you agree with those who say that the administration is using the investigations into the reported misuse of $2.1 billion earmarked for arms in the office of the National Security Adviser to fight a selective war against corruption?
That statement is a fallacy.

Why do you say that?
The former governor of Zamfara State is from which party? Is he not an APC senator? There are others like that. I think it is just the question of which cases have the anti-corruption agencies concluded to be brought before the court? Don’t forget, there is a procedure that must be complied with before a case is brought before the court. Assuming but not conceding in any way that it is one sided, for those that cases have been raised against, was there any one arraigned that did not have a prima facie case established against him? There is no selectivity in this thing and that is why I said it is a fallacy, it is a statement of convenience which some people will make.

Former President, Dr Goodluck Jonathan recently addressed a press conference but failed to address the issue of the arms scandal. What do you make of this?
Well, I would not be in a position to read his mind as to why he decided not address the issue but I can guess that it may be that the case is before the court and so, to that extent, it is subjudice. If that is his reason, it may be right to have done that.

Away from that, Cardinal Okogie, in his statement, said the president is running a one man show.
I do not agree. The way the constitution of the country is structured, makes it impossible for the president to run a one man show. We are not in a dictatorship, even in a dictatorship, the head of junta cannot even do it alone. That is not true. The job at hand is too enormous for the president to run a one man show. If it were to be a one man show, there wouldn’t be ministers and Special Advisers. The president has been meticulous.

The cardinal also maintained that the president is making corruption his only agenda.
That is not true, that president is not making corruption his only his only agenda. No, the party went out, during the electioneering campaign, and made promises to the people. The three major cardinal promises to the people were: to fight corruption, to fight insurgency and then, to fix the economy. So, the president is acting within the ambit of his promises to the people, of which corruption is a major aspect. That is not to say that the other aspects of his promises are being neglected.

But Nigerians are anxious
Nigerians are bound to be anxious, I will not be surprised if they are not anxious because anxiety is part of human nature and I do not have a problem about that. It is just the fear of the unknown. If the president does not fight corruption headlong, corruption will kill Nigeria and that is the truth.

Funding deficit in the budget
If the president and his administration are able to fight corruption to a standstill and retrieve money, then, we will not need to borrow to fund the deficit in the budget. The amount of money out there is more than enough to fund the budget. It is a wise thing. If the budget is well funded, that will translate in boosting the economy. If the economy is boosted, of course, majority of Nigerians will smile at the end of the day. There will be employment, the industries will be better. It will have a multiplier effect. Yes, because these things are not happening, that is enough to give people cause for anxiety but like I said, anxiety is part and parcel of the human nature. What is important is that the goal is there which is being pursued. Don’t forget, we also have things we don’t have control over and that is the fall in crude oil. It is just a challenge and an opportunity. Painful as it is, it is an opportunity for us to now purpose the cause of diversification of the economy and that is why the president will always talk about the solid minerals sector and the agricultural sector. These are the things to expect.

Are you a Tinubu boy as some of you have been tagged so?
(Cuts in) I do not think so. I have been a long political associate to Asiwaju Bola Tinubu. He is a leader and my leader.

There is the assumption that there is a Cold War between the former governor of Lagos State, Asiwaju Tinubu and the president
To the best of my knowledge, I am not privy to that.

Just last week, the governor of Kogi State, Mr Yahaya Bello was sworn-in without a deputy, a first in the history of the country. What do you make out of this?
It is novel and never been before, there is always a first time, but it will form a process of developing our political system. It is something we have look into and know the implications and the interpretation in terms of law because nation building is a continuous process.

But does it not show a crack in your party?
I don’t see it as a crack, don’t forget that when a citizen feels aggrieved, the citizen will be free to go to court. For me, it is just testing the process and the law. The meaning of any law is not fully established until it is tested in court. That is the beauty if democracy.

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A male Leopard injures six in School

Leopard in school
The leopard was tranquillised on Sunday evening                

A male leopard which entered a school in the Indian city of Bangalore injured six people trying to capture it.
A scientist and a forestry employee were among those mauled during the near 10-hour long effort to corner the dangerous animal on Sunday.
The leopard, which strolled into the Vibgyor International school, was eventually tranquilised and released.
A recent wildlife census estimated that India has a leopard population of between 12,000 and 14,000.
The eight-year-old male was spotted strolling inside the school premises in the Kundalahalli area.
Footage on the school's security cameras showed it attacking a man near a swimming pool.

Leopard in school
The leopard was spotted strolling inside the school premises early on Sunday                

Leopard in school
A scientist and a forest employee were among who were mauled by the animal                

Leopard in school
Forest officials and local police launched an operation to capture the animal                

Conservation scientist Sanjay Gubbi and forest department employee Benny Maurius were injured when they tried to corner the animal and tranquilise him, reports say.
"It was a long struggle to capture the leopard. Although it was injected with tranquilisers it could be captured only around 20.15 local time when the medication took full effect," senior police official S Boralingaiah told reporters.
Wildlife official Ravi Ralph told the BBC Hindi's Imran Qureshi that the leopard possibly strayed into the school from a patch of forest not far from the school.
The captured animal has been moved to a national park and the six injured people, including a cameraperson of a TV channel, have been treated for minor injuries.
Leopards and other big cats have been known to stray into populated areas, and conservationists have warned that such confrontations may increase as humans encroach on animal habitats.
Last year a male leopard spent five hours with its head stuck in a metal pot in a village in the northern state of Rajasthan.

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Woman rescued from under husband's body

Taiwan earthquake: Woman rescued from under husband's body.

Two people have been pulled alive from the ruins of an apartment building two days after it collapsed in a powerful earthquake in Tainan City in Taiwan.
The first was a woman who officials said was found lying underneath the body of her husband. Their two-year-old son was found dead nearby.
Shortly later, a man was also rescued alive, local media reported.
At least 38 people died in the magnitude 6.4 quake, most of whom were inside the Weiguan Jinlong building.
More than 100 people are still thought to be trapped inside.
The woman, Tsao Wei-ling, was rescued on Monday morning, local MP Wang Ting-yu was quoted as saying by Reuters news agency. She was conscious and was taken to hospital.
Rescuers said it appeared her husband's body had protected her from a falling beam. Five of the couple's family members remain missing, Taiwan's government-run Central News Agency reported.
The rescued man had been talking to rescuers throughout the night. He was pulled free just before midday local time.

A man is rescued from rubble in Tainan, Taiwan (8 Feb 2016)
The rescued man had been talking to rescuers through the night                
Rescued man is rushed to hospital in Tainan, Taiwan (8 Nov 2016)
The man was conscious and rushed to hospital                

Cranes at the site of the collapsed building in Tainan, Taiwan (8 Feb 2016)
Almost all the people who died were inside the Weiguan Jinlong apartment complex                

Officials said late on Sunday that 310 people had been rescued from the rubble of the building, with 100 of them taken to hospital.
A six-month-old baby girl pulled alive from the rubble died a few hours later in hospital.
The 17 storeys of the Weiguan Jinlong (Golden Dragon) apartment complex crumpled as the quake struck just before 04:00 local time on Saturday (20:00 GMT Friday), as Taiwan was beginning the lunar new year holiday

Rescue workers in Tainan, Taiwan (8 Feb 2016)
Expert teams have been scouring the rubble                

An investigation has been launched into whether the construction of the building contributed to its collapse.
Tainan City Mayor William Lai said survivors had reported legal "violations" in its construction but gave no further details.
Mr Lai said he had contacted judicial units and that prosecutors had formally launched an investigation into the construction of the apartment building.
"We've also commissioned three independent bodies to preserve evidence during the rescue so we can assist the residents if they want to file lawsuits in the future," he said.
"We will hold the builder responsible if they have broken the law."

A map showing the location of an earthquake in southern Taiwan
The earthquake was shallow, according US geographers, which would have amplified its effects                

Hundreds of soldiers are involved in the rescue effort, with the help of high-tech equipment, sniffer dogs and cranes. Shelters are being set up for those who have lost their homes in the city of two million people.
President Ma Ying-jeou and President-elect Tsai Ing-wen, who won the election last month, attended a mass funeral for victims on Monday afternoon.
Ms Tsai said her government, which will be sworn in in May, will prioritise safety checks on old buildings.
Emergency officials said on Monday that at least 527 people had been injured.

Taiwan lies near the junction of two tectonic plates and often sees tremors.
The quake was shallow, meaning its effects would have been amplified, the US Geological Survey said.
There were also at least five aftershocks. The quake was felt in the capital Taipei, 300km (186 miles) away.

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300 homeless, 10 killed as Fulani herdsmen invade Benue villages

MAKURDI—No fewer than 10 persons were feared dead yesterday, in an outbreak of fresh hostilities between Fulani herdsmen and farmers at Tom-Anyiin and Tom-Ataan communities, Mbaya, Tombu in Buruku Local Government Area of Benue State. This is just as the Council Chairman, Godwin Iorsue, the Divisional Police Officer at Buruku, the Area Commander and other stakeholders in the area, on assessment tour of the communities, were ambushed and attacked by the herdsmen who had seized the area and sacked the inhabitants.

It was gathered that the renewed crisis has created a huge refugee situation in the area with over 300 people displaced from the affected communities and scores injured in the bloody clash. A source from one of the affected communities disclosed that the Fulani invaders stormed the communities late Saturday night, shooting sporadically and burning down houses, huts, food barn, farmland and economic trees.

The source said: “As I speak with you, fighting is still raging in the affected communities. Although I cannot give you a precise figure of the dead, about 10 have been killed, many are missing and many others sustained injures.” Meanwhile, the Council Chairman, Mr. Godwin Iorsue, who spoke on phone, said that he had invited senior security officers to accompany him in assessing the situation, when they were ambushed and attacked by the herdsmen. Iorsue said: “It was only God that saved us.
They were over 30 and well armed while we had only four armed police officers with us. Our cars were perforated with bullets.” When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer, Assistant Superintendent Moses Yamu, who confirmed the attack on the Council Chairman and his entourage, said no live was lost. Yamu said: “The people ran away from their communities in fear of a possible attack by Fulani herdsmen, but there were neither killing nor destruction of property in the area. “I can confirm that the DPO, the Area Commander, the Caretaker Council Chairman and selected stakeholders were attacked by suspected herdsmen when they visited to assess the situation in the area.” It was gathered at press time, that fighting in the two communities was still raging.

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SERAP appeals World Bank's decision to hide information on Abacha loot spending

In the appeal by SERAP to the Access to Information (AI) Appeals Board on the bank’s decision dated November 25, 2015, it requested the board to exercise its prerogative and allow disclosure of specific information and any feedback from the World Bank Evaluation Team on the several issues, including the “evidence and list of the 23 projects allegedly completed with recovered Abacha loot, and whether the projects were actually completed; and what became of the two abandoned projects.”

LAGOS— THE Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has sent an appeal over the decision of the World Bank to provide insufficient information on how the government of Nigeria spent the recovered stolen funds by the late General Sani Abacha.

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In a statement by SERAP Deputy Executive Director, Olukayode Majekodunmi, the body complained that the World Bank failed to disclose sufficient information on the spending of recovered stolen funds by the government. To this end, it urged the AIAB to prevail on the bank to provide evidence and the location of the eight health centres built with recovered Abacha loot reviewed by the World Bank as well as the evidence and location of the 18 power projects confirmed by the World Bank. SERAP also urged the Appeal Board to direct the bank to state “how the $50 million Abacha loot received before 2005 kept in the special account was spent,” and “evidence and location of schools which benefited from the Universal Basic Education (UBE) programme in the amount of N24.25 billion.” It also prayed the Appeal Board to request for “evidence and location of the 13 road projects completed with the recovered Abacha loot, including the names of three of the largest road and bridge projects in each geo-political zone” as claimed by the bank. SERAP noted it “considered the decision of the World Bank a serious violation of the AI Policy, as it amounts to improper or unreasonable restriction of access to information.”

In the appeal, dated February 5, 2016, and signed by SERAP deputy executive director, it said: “Following receipt of several documents from the World Bank totalling over 700 pages on the Abacha loot, SERAP commenced independent investigations and verification of some of the information supplied with appropriate agencies and institutions of government. “SERAP is concerned that the World Bank failed and/or neglected to provide several portions of the information requested on the spending of recovered Abacha loot managed by the bank.” It noted that one of the guiding principles of the Policy on Access to Information (AI Policy) was recognizing the right to an appeals process when a request for information in the World Bank’s possession was improperly or unreasonably denied.

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Oliseh Sunday flee Nigeria, accuses staff of witchcraft

Oliseh Sunday

As the zero hour approaches for the must win double header AFCON qualifier against the Pharaohs of Egypt on March 23, Sports Vanguard can reveal the real reasons why coach Sunday Oliseh may continue to tinker the Eagles from his base in Belgium. After contracting a virus in one of his official assignments, camp sources informed that the former Juventus player has alleged occultic manipulations by his enemies on his life and has vowed to flee far from the country to where they could not fly to attack him.

“He is always scared in camp and suspicious of even members of his back room staff”, a close source to the team informed. The source said that the outspoken coach allegedly confronted his staff and warned them that there were many witches and wizards who were trying to undermine the success of the Eagles. “He warned those fond of putting their hands in their pockets before shaking him to desist or keep their handshakes as he feared they touch objects concealed in their pockets before offering to shake him”, the source said. Also, the coach alleged that many of the people surrounding him do not believe in the success of the team as he claimed that they don’t rejoice when the Eagles score goals. Beyond the trivial accusations of witches and wizards, Sports Vanguard also gathered that the coach had written to the federation to pay his outstanding N10 million accommodation fee as agreed in his contract(N5 million for 2015 and another N5 million for 2016) if they want him to reside in Nigeria as he said he would not stay in the hotels when the Super Eagles are not in camp.

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