Offa Robbery: I was asked to Implicate Bukola Saraki by a police officer – Accused person tells court

One of the five accused persons in the deadly armed robbery attack in Offa, Offa local government area of Kwara state has said that the police operatives asked him to implicate the Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, during an investigation into the case.

At the resumed hearing of the case in an Ilorin High Court on Friday, Ayoade Akininibosin, who was among the five Related imageaccused persons standing trial in the armed robbery case, said that he was repeatedly tortured from the day he was arrested on May 15, 2018 in the special anti-robbery squad (sars) office, Ilorin till he was paraded at the police headquarters, Abuja, among other suspects.

The accused person, who said that he knows Saraki ordinarily because of his popularity like any other person and being the Senate President, said that he had contact with the state governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed, when a political movement, Kwara South Youth Movement, which he belonged, met with him to solicit for employment opportunities.

He also said that the principal suspect in the deadly armed robbery attack, Michael Adikwu, a retired police officer, was shot dead in the presence of other five accused persons, when he could not allegedly rope them, by telling the police officers that they all conspired to commit the offence.

The accused person said that five Fulani men were also brought in and shot dead inside a place in the police headquarters, Abuja, that he called theatre, where he said they were repeatedly tortured.

A Bachelor of Education (B.Ed) from the Ekiti State University (EKSU), Akininibosin said that confessional statement was written for him and was only made to thumbprint on the confessional statements thereafter.

“My hands and legs were tied to the back and suspended in between two tables by iron rod for like one hour 30 minutes.  Then the senior police officer, Abba Kyari came around to tell me that I should say that it was the Senate President that gave us guns to rob Offa banks.

I told him my life is at stake here and that I wouldn’t do such. Then, he said I should do that for them and that they’ll pay me and thereafter set me free. I disagreed and was carried back to the cell on his instruction as I couldn’t walk.

“We were all taken back to Abuja same day, May 21, 2018, and got there at midnight. It was there one of the officers told us that we were being when their own children are abroad. We were taken to a generator house at the back of Abba Kyari office.

The place is called theatre. That’s where five Fulani men were killed in our presence. We were made to lie on the dead bodies on the floor. I was shot on my two legs. I was later taken to Abba Kyari office,  where he asked to know if I was ready to cooperate and I said yes and pleaded not to kill me.

The next day was when Michael Adikwu was brought to identify us and say what connected us together. The dismissed officer said he didn’t know us and after much torture, he was shot dead in our presence.

I was panicked, thinking I was next to die. Later, a female TV journalist was brought by a police officer with a note, saying that was what they wanted me to say, and that if not, I will “travel”, meaning, I would be killed. That was how I agreed in the presence of the female journalist, who recorded while I was also beaten at interval”, he said.

However, the prosecution counsel cross-examined Akininibosin, putting it to him that the police officer, who is one the prosecution witnesses, Hitila Hassan, did not know him before to have known all about his bio-data, his relationship with the state governor, and his political movement contained in his confessional statements.

Google paid former executive about $50 million after harassment claim

Google paid former search executive Amit Singhal at least $35 million ($AU50 million) in an exit package when he resigned after a sexual harassment investigation, according to court documents released today.

Details of the exit package were revealed as part of a shareholder legal case against the company, one that followed a published report of payouts Google made to executives accused of sexual misconduct.

The legal case targets the board of Google parent Alphabet, claiming that its members had a duty to protect the Image result for Jeff Chiu googlecompany and its shareholders from risk and reputation damage. Instead, it says, the board agreed to pay off and otherwise support male executives facing misconduct charges — opening the company to reputational and financial damage by doing so.

Previously redacted portions of the court case were made available on Tuesday (AEST), including quotes from Alphabet board committee meetings.

One portion of the minutes showed that Mr Singhal, a senior vice president of search who left the company in 2016, received two $US15 million ($AU21 million) payments and a payment of between $US5 million to $US15 million ($AU7 million to $AU21 million) as part of a separation agreement.

The total payment could have been up to $US45 million ($AU63 million).

Mr Singhal was one subject of a New York Times investigation last year in which it was also revealed that Google paid Android creator Andy Rubin $US90 million ($AU127 million) in a severance package following allegations of sexual assault.

Mr Rubin has denied the claims.

Mr Singhal has also denied the claims against him, saying in a statement to the AP in 2017 that he had not been accused of harassment before in his 20-year career and that his decision to leave Google was his own.

Previously, The New York Times reported Mr Singhal was paid “millions” in an exit package. Mr Singhal later joined Uber, but left after just five weeks. News reports at the time said he failed to tell Uber he left Google because of a sexual harassment allegation

Two months to year Swaziland was changed the name of his country to eSwatini

THE leader of a small African nation has officially changed the name of his country because he said it keeps getting confused with Switzerland.

King Mswati III made the surprise announcement on APRIL 20, 2018 that the country previously known as Swaziland would, from now on, be known as the “Kingdom of eSwatini”.

The ruler is able to make the decree as he is one of the world’s last absolute monarchs who has complete control over his country’s affairs.

His fiefdom is not the only country that has had issues with its name. In 2016 the Czech Republic also introduced a new name — Czechia

Swaziland is only slightly larger in size than the Greater Sydney area, and has a population of around 1.3 million — about the same as Adelaide. Entirely landlocked, it borders the eastern fringe of South Africa and southern Mozambique.

King Mswati made the declaration at a stadium in the capital Mbabane at an event to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the country’s independence from Britain, reported the BBC.

The new name “eSwatini” means the same as the old name — “place of the Swazis” — but is in the local language.

“I would like to announce that Swaziland will now revert to its original name,” he said.

“African countries on getting independence reverted to their ancient names before they were colonised. So from now on the country will officially be known as the Kingdom of eSwatini.”

As the web turns 30, is it an ‘out-of-control monster’?

Thirty years ago this month, a young British software engineer working in a lab near Geneva invented a system for scientists to share information that would ultimately change humanity.

But three decades after he invented the World Wide Web, Tim Berners-Lee has warned his creation has been “hijacked by crooks” that may spell its destruction.

Mr Berners-Lee’s old office at Europe’s physics lab CERN now looks no different than the others lining the long, nondescript corridor within the expansive compound.Tim Berners-Lee, the man who invented the internet's World Wide Web, in his Massachusetts Institute of Technology office in Cambridge, Mass, with his original web server.

The only indication that history was made here is a small commemorative plaque and a page from an old CERN directory hung on the door, with “MOMENTARILY OUT OF OFFICE!” written in jest next to Mr Berners-Lee’s name.

“Tim worked a lot,” said technician Francois Fluckiger, who took charge of the web team after Mr Berners-Lee left for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1994.

“The lights were always on in his office,” Mr Fluckiger recalled.

HISTORY IN THE MAKING

Tim Berners-Lee was responsible for CERN’s internal directory but was interested in ways to allow the thousands of scientists around the world who co-operated with the lab to more easily share their work.

His vision for “a decentralised information management system” soon gave birth to the web.

Primitive forms of the internet — a network linking computers — had previously existed, but the World Wide Web allowed web pages to be collected and accessed with a browser.

“Very early on, we had the feeling that history was in the making,” Mr Fluckiger said.

In 1990, Belgian scientist Robert Cailliau came on board to help promote the invention, which used Hypertext Markup Language, or HTML, as a standard to create web pages.Tim Berners-Lee, founder of the web internet, at an international World Wide Web conference.

They created the Hypertext Transfer Protocol, or HTTP, which allowed users to access resources by clicking on hyperlinks, and also Uniform Resource Locators, or URLs, as a website address system.

At the end of 1990, Mr Berners-Lee set CERN’s first web navigator server into action.The browser was released outside of CERN in early 1991, first to other research institutions and later to the public.

Mr Fluckiger, now retired, hailed the web as one of three major inventions in the 20th century that enabled the digital society, alongside the Internet Protocol (IP) and Google’s search algorithms.

But he lamented the “online bullying, fake news, and mass hysteria” that flourished online as well as threats to privacy.

“One has to ask oneself if we did not, in the end, create a completely out-of-control monster,” he said.

Health: Body Fitness with Deborah Hutton 

Age can be the scariest number in the entertainment industry but not for Deborah Hutton. Days away from her 57th birthday, the fashion and lifestyle icon says she has never felt better, more excited or more energetic.

“I love the age I am,” she says.

“Turning 50 was one of the best things that ever happened to me. I wouldn’t change it for anything.

“But I want to feel this way in 10 years time and 20 years time. As excited by life as I am now, I want that to continue.

“What really terrifies me is getting to a place where I can no longer be active and no longer do all the things I love.”

The list of things Deborah loves is long and growing longer; she’s an online media entrepreneur, a keen and talented golfer and an enthusiastic cook.

Her energy seems boundless and the secret, she says, is staying curious, embracing change and learning new skills — even ones she never thought she’d need.

One such skill set arrived this year, when Deborah embarked on a mammoth knock-down and rebuild renovation project on her home.

Soulja Boy arrested after cops found ammunition in his California home

American rapper, Soulja Boy, has been arrested after ammunition was found in his California home.

According to TMZ, the “Crank That” rapper went to see his probation officer in L.A. on Friday morning in San Fernando Valley. When he showed up, he was handcuffed and taken to jail for violating the terms of his probation.

Soulja Boy arrested after cops found ammunition in his California home (Photos)

The publication also reported that Soulja is currently on probation stemming from offenses he committed eight years ago when he was convicted of weapons violations. In 2016, while he was on probation, cops went to his home after he made threatening comments online. During their search, they found at least one weapon, a violation of Soulja’s probation.

A judge extended his probation and warned him not to have weapons until after he was arrested again for probation violation.

He is currently in a Van Nuys jail and will appear in front of a judge later today.

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Jaguar mauled a woman for Taking selfies in the zoo

Selfie ; A woman was mauled by a Jaguar after the crossed the barrier at a zoo to take a selfie with the animal.

Over the weekend, a woman climbed over a barrier to the jaguar enclosure at Wildlife World Zoo in Arizona for a picture when one of the big cats reached out and attacked her arm.

Luckily for her, she sustained non-life-threatening injuries.

Witnesses told officials that the woman had crossed over the barrier in order to take the photo, and that the animal never left her enclosure but was able to grab the woman when she came close. Unfortunately encounters like this aren’t uncommon and can often lead to the animal being killed, like in the shooting death of Harambe the gorilla and Margaash the leopard.

A spokesman for the Rural Metro Fire Department, said the woman, who is in her 30s, climbed over a barrier at the zoo to get closer to the jaguar’s enclosure so that she could get a selfie with the animal.

The jaguar reached out and grabbed her arm with its paw, leaving severe lacerations. The woman was taken to a hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening.

Facebook co-founders leaving facebook after 13 years with company

Facebook’s Chief Product Officer, Chris Cox, arguably the most important person at the company after Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg, is leaving the company, Zuckerberg announced on Thursday.

 

Cox’s departure comes as Facebook is preparing its purported pivot to a privacy-focused social network, and just one day after the New York Times reported a criminal investigation into Facebook’s data-sharing agreements with more than 150 companies.

 

Chris Daniels, who was heading up WhatsApp, is also leaving.

 

“We are turning a new page in our product direction, focused on an encrypted, interoperable, messaging network. It’s a product vision attuned to the subject matter of today: a modern communications platform that balances expression, safety, security, and privacy. This will be a big project and we will need leaders who are excited to see the new direction through” Cox wrote in a Facebook post Thursday.

 

The departures are just the latest in a string of high-profile exits from Facebook in the past several months, and mean the company’s leadership team will undergo a significant reshuffling.

 

According to Zuckerberg’s post, WhatsApp will get a new leader in Will Cathcart, who has until now been the head of the main Facebook app. Fidji Simo, who had been a product boss for video, advertising, and news, will take over Cathcart’s role.

Cathcart and Simo, along with the heads of Messenger and Instagram, will report directly to Zuckerberg (they had previously been under Cox and another executive).

 

Cox has been at Facebook for 13 years; he took on on a variety of roles, and acted as a key aide to Zuckerberg. Here’s how Zuckerberg describes Cox’s tenure:

Chris and I have worked closely together to build our products for more than a decade and I will always appreciate his deep empathy for the people using our services and the uplifting spirit he brings to everything he does. He has played so many central roles at Facebook starting as an engineer on our original News Feed, building our first HR teams and helping to define our mission and values, leading our product and design teams, running the Facebook app, and most recently overseeing the strategy for our family of apps.

Along the way, Chris has helped train many great leaders who are now in important roles across the company including some who will now take on bigger roles in our new product efforts.

Zuckerberg says Cox had been talking about starting “something else” for several years, but stayed at Facebook to help guide it through the turmoil it has experienced since 2016

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