Muslim Man Murders Pregnant Prostitute Because She Was Near Mosque
A Muslim who stabbed a pregnant Romanian prostitute to death after warning her not to work near a mosque was jailed for at least 29 years today.
Farooq Shah, 21, plunged a knife into Mariana Popa’s chest while riding his bicycle along a stretch of road notorious for sex workers.
Miss Popa, 24, had been in Britain for just three weeks and was trying to earn the money to support her family when she was stabbed in Ilford, Essex.
She staggered into Chicken & Pizza 4U in Ilford Lane and collapsed in a pool of blood as her killer rode away on his bike.
The mother-of-one was six weeks pregnant with her second child when she bled to death.
CCTV footage showed Shah waiting on the forecourt of a BP garage close to where prostitutes were working on Ilford Lane late on October 28.
Miss Popa could then be seen to walk towards him and speak to him before he stabbed her twice in the chest.
Prosecutors believe Shah was warning Miss Popa to leave the area - and she paid with her life when she refused.
Shah’s distinctive appearance exactly matched that of the killer - but he claimed he was the victim of mistaken identity.
He was found with another stolen mobile when he was arrested for the murder of Miss Popa.
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Aregbesola Says Fayose is Intoxicated by Accidental Victory
The animosity between the two rival parties yesterday got even deeper, when Governor of Osun State, Mr. Rauf Aregbesola, described the outburst of the Ekiti State Governor-elect, Fayose, as an 'over-reaching euphoria of a coincidental victory.'
Fayose had said yesterday that Aregbesola is 'dangerous to Nigeria's democracy' for allegedly calling on his (APC) supporters to challenge security agents during elections.
Aregbesola, in a statement by the Director, Bureau of Communications and Strategy, Office of the Governor, Mr. Semiu Okanlawon, said Fayose is only whipping a dead horse by referring to a media report which had been refuted with the retraction published by the same newspaper that published it.
A newspaper had last week published a news item claiming that Aregbesola asked his supporters to dare security agents during elections.
Okanlawon disclosed that the misrepresentation of what the governor said had been refuted the following day, in a well-explained response to the newspaper. Add a comment
EMAB Plaza Bombing: ‘Bomber Acted Like a Drunk Person’
More revelations have continued to emerge as victims and eyewitnesses recount their ordeal and shock at the bombing of the city’s busiest shopping mall, EMAB Plaza, located side by side with Banex Plaza in the Federal Capital Territory.
It was revealed yesterday that the insistence by the private security personnel attached to the mall helped in reducing the number of casualties.
A victim who was caught up by the explosion told media that the bomber faked being drunk as a strategy to carry out his dastardly plan.
The victim, Donald Chikason, who is receiving treatment at the Maitama General Hospital, explained that the bomber planted the bomb in his car before approaching the gate.
Chikason, a staff of Skye Bank opposite the plaza said "I went out to get corn for myself, so on my way coming out, I saw an Hausa man, he wanted to get into the plaza, but the security man stopped him and asked the bomber to follow the procedure by going through the right gate.
"The man started arguing, behaving as if he was drunk. At this point, the security men then asked him to park the car outside the plaza. So I decided to leave the place. Immediately I turned towards my direction, I heard an explosion and the next thing, I saw myself in the hospital," he told media Add a comment
Bid to Nominate Peter Obi Minister Tears Anambra PDP Apart
Crisis is currently brewing in the Anambra State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) following the decision by the party to nominate the former Governor of the state, Peter Obi, for a ministerial position to represent the state in the Federal Executive Council (FEC).
Ms. Stella Oduah, who represented the state in the council, was dropped recently.
Since then, nobody has been nominated to fill the vacancy.
It was gathered by media that members of the party in the state are divided over the choice of Oduah’s replacement.
Media gathered that the State Working Committee (SWC) of the party, after its 98th meeting, recommended Obi as a possible ministerial nominee who would represent the state in the federal cabinet.
The argument proffered by the SWC in a letter to President Goodluck Jonathan was that the choice of Obi was because of his “popularity and acceptability.”
The letter signed by the state chairman of the party, Ken Emeakayi and secretary, Mike Akubude, expressed the hope that even though Obi is the member of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), “the former governor who will automatically become a member of PDP if and when appointed, is best positioned to galvanise all the interest groups, the people of the state and the South-east zone towards the forthcoming presidential election.”Add a comment
Ekiti Decides: PDP is Coasting Home
Latest results coming in tip PDP's Fayose for victory.
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Adamawa State Governor, Murtala Nyako, yesterday accused the federal government of freezing the state’s accounts with the banks immediately the impeachment notice was passed by the state House of Assembly.
This accusation is coming on the heels of the revelation that members of the state House of Assembly yesterday fled Yola, the state capital, to Abuja after their sitting on Wednesday which led to a motion to serve Nyako and his deputy, Bala James Ngillari, with impeachment notices.
Nyako, who disclosed this in Yola through his Director of Press and Public Affairs, Ahmad Sajoh, said: “The development was unspeakable.”
He said President Goodluck Jonathan was looking for any opportunity to deal with him.
The governor lamented that the development would affect workers’ salaries especially during the Ramadan period scheduled for next week.
“The freezing of the state government bank accounts directed by the federal government is just another step in the series of harassment and victimisation of not only political opponents but the people of the state. Add a comment
APC Govs Shun Inauguration of Party NEC
All but one out of the 16 governors of the All Progressives Congress attended the inauguration of the Chief John Oyegun-led national executive of the party in Abuja on Wednesday.
Only the Sokoto State governor, Alhaji Aliyu Wamako, who chaired the convention committee, was present alongside other party leaders such as Asiwaju Ahmed Tinubu, Maj. Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, Chief Bisi Akande, and Senator Chris Ngige among others.
There were insinuations that the absence of the governors was a sign of discontent but party officials who spoke off the record, argued that state matters and the Ekiti State election were responsible for the absence of most of the governors.
When contacted, the Adamawa State Governor, Murtala Nyako, who spoke through his Director of Press and Public Affairs, Ahmad Sajo, said he was on his way to Abuja when the federal authorities closed the Yola Airport.
“They closed the Yola Airport this morning for no reason. His Excellency, who was on his way to Abuja, was forced to go by road to Gombe to board an aircraft to Abuja, he did not shun the meeting.”
Sajo’s Borno State counterpart, Mallam Isa Gusau, said the Borno State Governor, Kasim Shettima, was playing host to the Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala and foreign dignitaries who were in Borno State to inaugurate the Safe School initiative.
“He did not shun the event,” Gusau said. Add a comment