Praise the Lord! The grace of the Lord has been sufficient and now SirVic drops his singles Billion God & Amanam featuring @afydouglas. After some years of motivational rapping (Rythm And Peotry), the merciful Lord called SirVic a native of Essene in Ikot-Abasi Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State into singing the Gospel.
He commenced music production officially in 2014 with the production of his album, in one of his singles he features @afydouglas a well established gospel singer. Twitter: @sirvic_inchrist, facebook: Victor Ekpo, BBM: 27bf2aba.

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NFS seek new members

The Nigerian Folklore Society – also known as NFS – is currently “inviting the general public to express their willingness to rejoin or join” its fold.
The society, which was founded in 1980, aims among other things “at the preservation and promotion of Nigerian Folklore through research, newsletters, journals and conferences” and had made immense contributions to folklore scholarship. A beneficiary from annual grants from the Federal Ministry of Arts and Culture and its parastatals, it was registered with UNESCO in Paris and maintained a healthy partnership with several countries. However, the difficulties beset it, following the death of its President, Dr. Shola Williams not too long after his election in 1996. Williams had taken over the reins of leadership from Professor G.G. Darah.
Recently in April, the Vice-Chancellor of Bayero University Kano, Professor Abubakar Rasheed, had hosted an International Conference on Folklore, National Integration and Development in honour of Professor Dandatti Abdulkadir, former President of the NFS.  One of the most important outcomes of that conference that was well attended was the resolution to revive the society.
It was in the light of that resolution, that a Steering Committee to revive the NFS was constituted with the following membership: Dr. Bukar Usman (Chairman), Professors Dandatti Abdulkadir, G.G. Darah, Segun Adekoya, Bade Ajuwon, Abdu Yahaya Bichi, Maikudi Karaye, Sani Abba Aliyu (Secretary), Mrs. Asabe Kabir and Dr. A.K. Babajo.
The general invitation therefore aims to reach out to all members of the public, who are interested in all aspects of folklore in Nigeria and the revival of the NFS. They are enjoined to express their willingness to rejoin or join the NFS by phone, text message, email or any other means of communication to the Secretariat of the Steering Committee through: The Secretary, Steering Committee of Nigerian Folklore Society.  The latter can be reached at the Centre for the Study of Nigerian Languages of Bayero University Kano and through the phone number, 08034515110. The society also has an email address, which is:
According to the NFS Steering Committee chairman, Dr Usman, the society hopes to update all intending members through their addresses. “Your address will also enable the Secretariat of the Steering Committee to communicate to you all forthcoming activities of the NFS,” he writes in a recent letter.
Among the forthcoming events is the International Conference on Folktale at the Bayero University, Kano, which has been scheduled to hold from April 2 to 4, 2014.

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US Announces New Procedure for Visa Renewal

The United States Consulate General in Lagos has announced a procedure for visa renewal in Nigeria as contained in its DHL Drop Box Visa Renewal Programme.
According to a statement made available to sources yesterday, the consulate stated that the programme would allow certain visa applicants, who had previously been issued US visas to renew their visas without attending an interview.
It said to qualify for the DHL Drop Box Visa Renewal Programme, visa applicants must satisfy specific criteria and that if applying as a group or family, all members must fulfil each criteria to use the programme.
The Consulate General explained further that to qualify for the programme, the applicant must be holding a Nigerian passport.
Others include: “the applicant’s last visa interview resulted in an issuance; the applicant was issued a two-year B1/B2 United States visa in Lagos or Abuja; the visa expired no more than one year prior to reissuance; the applicant was at least 14 years old at the time of the last issuance or will be under the age of 14 at the time of reissuance and the applicant has never been arrested nor had an encounter with law enforcement, customs, or immigration officials in the United States.”
It added that those who satisfy these criteria should follow the visa application instructions on the US Embassy Nigeria website, saying the ‘CGI visa appointment website would ask applicants a series of questions reflecting the criteria for the DHL Drop Box Visa Renewal Programme’.
It explained also that qualifying applicants will be prompted to print a letter confirming their eligibility for the programme and instructing them to drop off the letter with their passport, application confirmation sheet, passport photos and visa fee receipt to one of the DHL facilities in Lagos with the application packets being adjudicated and returned to the applicant’s selected DHL location within 7-10 business days.

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THISDAY Foreign Editor, Ohia, Found Dead in His Car

For reasons yet unknown, THISDAY Foreign and Diplomatic Editor, Mr. Paul Ohia, was yesterday found dead in his official car, a white Kia Optima along Marine Road, Apapa, Lagos.

According to eyewitness reports, the deceased had parked his car for several hours by the side of the road, which aroused the suspicion of passersby, prompting them to move closer to check on him.

The eyewitnesses said the deceased had reclined the driver’s seat and lay on it as if he was sleeping; until they opened the car doors to find out that he was motionless and lifeless.

The sympathisers who noticed the THISDAY sticker on the windshield of the car, called THISDAY office, informing of the tragic incident. THISDAY management in turn called the police from Area B Command, who arrived the spot to meet THISDAY Editors – Messrs  Collins Edomaruse and Olawale Olaleye. They moved the body to Lagoon Hospital in Apapa where he was confirmed dead.
Although, the hospital said an autopsy would determine the actual cause of death, the medical doctor on duty said the deceased might have died of cardiac arrest.
Until his death, Ohia, was a husband and a father of two boys, was a core humanist who believed in justice and equality.
He took life so simple that he believed acquiring property or pursuing wealth is a sheer waste of time.

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Heavy Smog Hits North China City; Flights Canceled.

As northern China entered its high-smog season, one city’s visibility was less than half a football field Monday and the manager of jazz singer Patti Austin said she had canceled a Beijing concert because of asthma likely linked to pollution.
Winter typically brings the worst air pollution to the region because of a combination of weather conditions and an increase in the burning of coal for homes and municipal heating systems, which usually start on a specific date. For the northern city of Harbin, the city’s heating systems kicked in Sunday, and on Monday visibility there was less than 50 meters (yards), according to state media.
Primary and middle schools and some highways were closed, said authorities in the city, which is in China’s northernmost province near the Russian border. At least 40 flights flying to destinations in southern China and Beijing among others had been cancelled or postponed at Harbin’s Taiping International Airport on Monday morning.
Some of the city’s buses also stopped running, the official Xinhua News Agency said.
The density of fine particulate matter used as an indicator of air quality was more than 24 times higher in Harbin than the level considered safe by the World Health Organization. The PM2.5 density was above 617 micrograms per cubic meter, according to official readings. The safe level recommended by WHO is 25 micrograms per cubic meter.
Austin’s manager, Barry Orms, said the 63-year-old singer had been treated in hospital Friday morning for the asthma attack in combination with respiratory infection. She returned to her hotel later Friday to rest, but she was unable to physically perform at her concert scheduled for Beijing on Friday evening. Her Saturday night concert in Shanghai went ahead.
Orms said Monday that Austin, as an asthma sufferer, would have been “affected by the amount of pollution.” He said that it wasn’t their goal to place blame, and that “Patti has expressed our belief that the Chinese government can be a leader in this very important issue.”
On the morning ahead of her concert Friday, Beijing’s air was visibly polluted, with the city’s environmental monitoring center warning children, the elderly and those with respiratory illnesses to reduce outdoor activity.
China’s major cities have some of the world’s worst smog. The government was long indifferent to the environment as it pursued economic development, but has begun launching some anti-pollution initiatives after mounting public frustration.
Last month, China’s Cabinet released an action plan that aims to make a small reduction in the country’s heavy reliance on coal to below 65 percent of total energy usage by 2017. According to Chinese government statistics, coal consumption accounted for 68.4 percent of total energy use in 2011.

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Sallah Celebration: FRSC Deploys 600 Officers in Kano

The Kano State Command of the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) has said that about 600 men of the command have been deployed to various parts of the state to monitor roads and highways to ensuring safety of lives and properties during the sallah celebration.
The command also warned parents against giving their children vehicles to drive during the festive period.
The state sector Commander of the Commission, Alhaji Muhammad Garba,  told reporters in Kano on Sunday that the command has mapped out measures  to ensure accident free Sallah celebrations in the state.
Details to follow

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SWAT VALLEY, Pakistan — The question for the class of 10th graders at an all-girls school here in this picturesque mountain valley was a simple one: How many of them, a district official wanted to know, had heard of Malala Yousafzai?
The students stared at the official, Farrukh Atiq, in silence. Not a single hand was raised.
“Everyone knows about Malala, but they do not want to affiliate with her,” Mr. Atiq said on Thursday, as speculation grew that Ms. Yousafzai, who was shot in the head by the Taliban a year ago, might win the Nobel Peace Prize.
In the end, Ms. Yousafzai did not win the Nobel Prize. That went to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons. But after a week of intense news coverage, during which she released her memoir and won a prestigious European award for human rights, Ms. Yousafzai’s stature as a symbol of peace and bravery has been established across the world — everywhere, it seems, except at home.
It is not just that the schoolchildren fear becoming targets, though that is certainly an element in their caution. “I am against Malala,” said Muhammad Ayaz, 22, a trader who runs a small store beside Ms. Yousafzai’s old school in Mingora, the main town in the Swat Valley. “The media has projected Malala as a heroine of the West. But what has she done for Swat?”
That sense of smoldering animosity toward Ms. Yousafzai, 16, in the Swat Valley — which she hurriedly left aboard a military helicopter for treatment last year after being shot — seems to be animated in part by the tensions of a rural community still traumatized by conflict.
Although the Pakistani Army forced the Taliban from Swat during a major military operation in 2009, pockets of militants remain, occasionally striking against soldiers or activists like Ms. Yousafzai.
Many residents fear the Islamists could one day return to power in the valley, an anxiety that, paradoxically, has stoked simmering hostility toward the militants’ most famous victim.
“What is her contribution?” asked Khursheed Dada, a worker with the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party, which governs Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Province, including Swat.
That cynicism was echoed this week across Pakistan, where conspiracy-minded citizens loudly branded Ms. Yousafzai a C.I.A. agent, part of a nebulous Western plot to humiliate their country and pressure their government.
Muhammad Asim, a student standing outside the gates of Punjab University in the eastern city of Lahore, dismissed the Taliban attack on Ms. Yousafzai as a made-for-TV drama. “How can a girl survive after being shot in the head?” he asked. “It doesn’t make sense.”
The reaction seemed to stem from different places: sensitivity at Western hectoring, a confused narrative about the Taliban and a sense of resentment or downright jealousy.
In Swat, some critics accused Ms. Yousafzai’s father, Ziauddin, of using his precocious daughter to drum up publicity and of maligning Pashtun culture. Others said the intense publicity had cast their district in a negative light, overshadowing the good work of other Pakistanis in education.
Dilshad Begum, the district education officer for Swat, said that 14,000 girls and 17,000 boys had recently started school after an intensive door-to-door enrollment campaign led by local teachers. The threat from the Taliban was exaggerated, she added.
“I have been working for female education for 25 years, and never received a threat,” she said.
Even fellow students seemed to resent the recognition Ms. Yousafzai has received. At another school, a group of female students, assembled by their headmaster, agreed that Ms. Yousafzai did not deserve a Nobel Prize.
“Malala is not the only role model for Pakistani girls,” said Kainat Ali, 16, who wore a black burqa.
Not all Pakistanis joined in the criticism. Many expressed pride in the bravery of their most famous teenager, who has had tea with Queen Elizabeth II in Buckingham Palace and received a standing ovation at the United Nations. By Friday there was a groundswell of support. Television stations broadcast songs lauding her work, and good luck messages flooded Facebook and Twitter. Students and women, in particular, said they had been inspired by her.
After the Nobel winner was announced, some openly expressed disappointment. In Swat, Shahid Iqbal, a music and movie store owner, said Ms. Yousafzai had made their district proud. “Malala is our daughter. She should have won the Nobel,” he said.
Imran Khan, the former cricketer who heads the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party and has regularly faced criticism for his views on the Taliban, said Ms. Yousafzai represented “the struggle of girls and women everywhere against tyranny and oppression.”
One of the more poignant scenes unfolded in the port city of Karachi, where Atiya Arshad, an 11-year-old girl who was also shot by militants, waited at her home for news of the Nobel Prize.
Atiya was shot twice in the stomach in March when people suspected of being Taliban militants armed with guns and grenades attacked her school in Ittehad Town, a poor neighborhood of Karachi. The attack was part of a broader campaign of intimidation this year by the Taliban to assert themselves in Pakistan’s largest city.
Some students were watching a magic show when the attackers struck, but Atiya was lining up to receive an academic award at a prize ceremony. The school principal, Rasheed Ahmed, and an 11-year-old girl were killed.
Atiya is now in a wheelchair, though her doctors are confident that with treatment and therapy she will be able to walk. She recalled how she was inspired to excel by a visit to the school by Ms. Yousafzai a year earlier, as part of the campaign to promote education for girls.
“I was so happy to see Malala,” she said in an interview. “I don’t know why these people don’t want us to go to school.”
Her father, a flour mill worker, noted that in contrast with Ms. Yousafzai, no politicians or campaigners had rushed to help after his daughter was shot. “We are arranging her treatment with great difficulty,” he said.
In interviews this week, Ms. Yousafzai said she was undeterred by the criticism at home, attributing it to the well-founded cynicism many Pakistanis harbor toward their political leaders. Still, she told an audience in New York on Thursday, her goal is to become prime minister of Pakistan one day.
“I can spend much of the budget on education,” she told Christiane Amanpour of CNN, drawing loud applause. But few think it would be safe for her to return home any time soon.
Repeated Taliban threats to kill Ms. Yousafzai should she set foot in Swat again were being taken very seriously, said Mr. Atiq, the district official. “More fame brings more danger,” he said. “The threat is greater than ever.”
Ms. Yousafzai has the consolation of knowing that her message of education for girls now resounds across the world. When the Taliban gunman boarded her bus in October 2012, he called out, “Who is Malala?” Now, as she noted in an interview this week, her voice is heard “in every corner of the world.”
Yet she insists that, come what may, Pakistan will always be her home. “Even if its people hate me,” she said one interview, “I will still love it.”

‘Adherence to standards, solution to Nigeria’s aviation crisis’

Strict adherence to set standards and adequate development of aviation infrastructure have been identified as the solution to Nigerian’s aviation woes.
Managing Director of Lufthansa German Airlines, West and Central Africa, Mr. Claus Becker, made the remark in an interactive forum with journalists in Lagos. He said the authorities must ensure that standards are not compromised while practitioners and other stakeholders operating in the industry should be adequately monitored. Becker added that training and enhancing of the aviation personnel should be made a priority, stressing that doing that would save the country from major air mishaps, while passengers would feel more confident to fly.
“Lufthansa is very cautious about the safety of its passengers and aircraft because it is a matter of paramount importance to Lufthansa to see to the safety of its passengers across the globe. For us, we will not risk flying into countries where we are not sure of the safety of our customers,” he said.
Also speaking, the Chief Finance Officer of Lufthansa, Mrs. Simone Menne, said that there has been great improvement over the past years in the Nigerian aviation industry. Even though she said the market has been quite challenging, she nonetheless said that competition has been good for Lufthansa.
According to her, Lufthansa has the largest market share in the region, while Nigeria has always been a great market for the airline.
She explained that the airline increased its passenger traffic by 10 percent in 2012, saying that 18 percent of the first class and business class seats generate the highest revenue for the airline, which is complemented by the economy class seats. Meanwhile, aircrafts in Lufthansa Group have been better utilised, the capacity steering attuned to demand in first-half of 2013 ensures fuller aircraft in passenger and freight traffic.
“The aircrafts of all airlines in the Lufthansa Group – Lufthansa German Airlines (including German wings and Lufthansa Regional), SWISS, Austrian Airlines and Lufthansa Cargo –were better utilised in the first half of 2013.”

Controversy trails death of Nigerian business mogul in UK

Controversy has begun to trail the death of the Chief Executive Officer of Hasstrup Line, and the now rested Space World Airline, Captain Israel Ademola Hasstrup, 79, who died in the United Kingdom last year under what the bereaved family described as ‘questionable manner.’
Currently, some members of the bereaved family are at daggers- drawn with the deceased’s estranged widow, Ngozi Okorie, whom they alleged have answers to the demise of their breadwinner.
This followed allegation by the late man’s family that the 35-year-old widow attempted to smuggle the corpse of her late husband into the country for burial without their consent. The family claimed they were in the dark over the whole arrangement. Further more, the family alleged that the widow abducted their son when he travelled to the United Kingdom for treatment and deprived members of his family from seeing him for three years until his demise.
The situation would have turned bloody two weeks ago at the interment site in Ilesha, Osun State, if not for the timely intervention of agile policemen who were quickly drafted to the scene. This followed the alleged invasion of the venue by armed thugs hired to apparently wade off any intrusion by members of the bereaved family.
Genesis: Tracing the genesis of the crisis, the eldest son to the deceased, John Hasstrup, 49, told Crime Alert that trouble started between members of the family and the widow following the deceased’s decision to marry the former who was 20 years, after the death of his Ghanaian wife. Then, the deceased whose decision was reportedly kicked against by his family members, was 64 years old.
The late Ademola Hasstrup, according to the son, later divorced the new wife fifteen years after their marriage. He said the story took a different dimension when, after the demise of the man in far away United Kingdom under inexplicable circumstances last year, the ex-wife took control of the burial ceremony even while members of his family were on the verge of exhuming the body for proper investigation to ascertain the cause of his death.
Narrating the family’s ordeal, the eldest son said ” We have had a very horrible time within the family. It has been a trauma that is almost indescribable following the magnitude of the pain it has caused us . We are at a point where the law enforcement agency has stepped in to address this saga that can be described as ‘Hollywood movie.’
“It began when my late father suffered a stroke as a result of the stress he had been going through since 2001 – 2009. It was due to the stress of being married to a young girl who was giving him headache. The stress in him even led to the collapse of his airline called Space Airline. After the stroke, she snatched the two children she had for my father on the pretext that she was going for a party. The said marriage between him and Ngozi Okorie was validly dissolved.
Sometime in May 2009, he suffered another stroke at his residence in Rivers State and was flown to UK where he was treated for almost a month . When he was discharged, the doctor informed that our father had suffered a lot of damages and that little or no changes could be done. He was discharged into the care of Mrs Elizabeth Ngero, nee Hasstrup, one of his grown up children who is married and based in Wiltshire, UK. He was taken to the family residence at 15, Langthorn road, Leytonstone, London.
Alleged abduction: “We later arranged to bring him back to Nigeria but that did not materialise because his ex-wife who got wind of my father’s stay in London, came to the house, capitalised on his state of mind and moved him to her residence at 157, Earlham Grove, a property owned by our father which she had taken over before she was divorced.
When we got wind of this, we went to the house demanding that we wanted our father back. But she called in the police informing them there were some people at her door threatening her and her husband. The police immediately arrived and asked us to leave the vicinity or we would be arrested. They advised us to go to court to prove that my father had divorced her..
Several attempts made by the children to see our father who was under her custody proved abortive because we were prevented from seeing him by Miss Okorie through the use of London Police. She abducted her divorced husband in London for three good years without allowing any member of the family, particularly the children to have access to him, until he was eventually murdered.
As if that was not enough, attempt by one of my younger brothers to expose our father’s abduction led to him being set up by hiding ammunition and bullet proof jackets in the family’s house at Port Harcourt where he resides. Police detectives were instigated to conduct a search at the premises and he was arrested, charged to court and granted bail but on stringent conditions which could not be met , thus he was kept behind bars for almost one year.
Secret burial: “In order to perfect the shady deal, my father was secretly brought into the country and buried on September 28, 2013 in Ilesha, Osun State, without the knowledge of the deceased’s family, in order to avoid carrying out autopsy on the corpse as demanded , to ascertain the actual cause of his death. On that very day, I was in court in London to demand for the release of the corpse for subsequent burial.
His body was hidden from members of his family from October 8, 2012, till September 26, 2013 when it was brought home on the order of the London Court . The family members, his children inclusive were deceived about the actual date of arrival of the corpse. Consequently, the funeral ceremony was carried out amidst tight security with hired militants who prevented family members from moving near the corpse as desired at will.
Startling discovery: “During the pendency of the abduction, the ex-wife, in collaboration with others, criminally forged the deceased signature and used same to forge some documents for the withdrawal of millions of Naira and Pound sterling from various bank accounts both in Nigeria and the United kingdom. We also discovered that a Power Of Attorney was purportedly signed by our late father before he was murdered, taking advantage of his dementia with its attendant unstable mind and memory loss.
This, further, enhanced her criminal and illegal control of the deceased’s estate, even when he has six other grown up children before his marriage to Miss Okorie. We also discovered that she connived with others in the sale of one of our father’s landed property in Port Harcourt for N450 million.

Illegal withdrawals
She has plundered our father’s estate by realising over N1.5 billion proceeds from the sale of his Eastern Bulkcement Company Limited , another N150 million from the sale of his water front property at Rumuolumeni, Port Harcourt and several other illegal withdrawals from his accounts,” John Hasstrup alleged.
“We are therefore calling on the Inspector-General of Police, Mr Mohammed Abubakar to investigate the matter with a view to ensuring that justice was done, by ascertaining the cause of his father’s death,”he stated.
Estranged wife reacts: When Crime Alert contacted the woman at the centre of controversy on phone Monday, she simply asked to be left alone to mourn her husband, adding that the issue was a family matter which she would not want to be in the public domain. However, after much pressure, she referred Crime Alert to her statement at the Force Criminal Investigations Department, INTERPOL section in response to the petition filed against her.
Her statement: In the statement which was discreetly obtained by Crime Alert, she described the allegations against her as ‘false, malicious and baseless’ . Although she admitted in the statement to have been divorced with the deceased, she however, stated that she was never served any court papers in England then.
According to the statement by the mother of two: “Somehow, he still got a decree nisi granted in his favour on July 16, 2007 . The decree nisi was to become absolute in January 2008 except we reconciled, or the validity of the decree nisi was challenged. He also wrote a letter to my father to say he was no longer interested in marrying me.
But he did not demand return of dowry nor did he waive its return as our Mbieri custom demanded. I also initiated divorce proceedings against him in England where I have been living on a permanent basis since 2007. Because my husband’s decree nisi could not become absolute unless by law, arrangements were made for the welfare and maintenance of myself and our two teenage children, he had to go back to the same court to ask for Ancillary Reliefs and Maintenance Orders.