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The alleged leader of the daredevil kidnap gang that abducted Nollywood actress, who doubles as Governor Rocha Okorocha’s political appointee, Miss Nkiru Sylvanus, has been apprehended by a crack team of State Security Service operatives and soldiers.

An impeccable source in Government House, Owerri and close aide of Governor Rochas Okorocha, who does not want his name in print, confirmed the development.

According to the Governor’s aide, “the suspect, who was identified as Matthew Ofurum, is a native of Assa community in Ohaji/Egbema local government area of the state”.

He further disclosed that the suspect is a serving member of Mobile Police Force, Base 19, Port Harcourt, Rivers State,

HVP equally gathered that about N3.5 million, suspected to be part of the N8 million ransom paid by the kidnapped lady’s immediate family, was recovered from Ofurum.

Although Okorocha’s aide resisted the temptation of giving graphic details of the security operation, he however said that “the suspect was shot, wounded and demobilized before being arrested”.

His words: “Matthew Ofurum leads the Imo, Rivers and Abia gangs. He recruits, trains and supplies ammunitions to gangs, using his official cover”.

HVP recalls that three other suspects had earlier been apprehended by the police in connection with the kidnap of Miss Sylvanus.

Posted On Saturday, 12 January 2013 16:47 Written by

Popular Yoruba movie actress and producer, Bisi Komolafe is dead.

She died early this morning after about three months battle with a yet-to-be identified ailment.

President of the Association of Theatre-Arts Practitioners, ANTP, Prince Jide Kosoko, confirmed Bisi’s death this morning.

According to Kosoko, “I got to know of her illness yesterday when Yinka Quadri called me that there is a need for us to raise fund for her treatment abroad. But unfortunately, we got the shocker this morning that she is dead. It is sad that this is coming on a new year.”

Reporters gathered that the late Bisi, who did her marriage introduction last year, became ill after she lost her pregnancy about three months ago.

A source claimed that she died of complications resulting from the loss of the pregnancy.
Some of the movies of the late Bisi Komolafe include Igboro Ti Daru, Akanmole, Alakada and Akun.

Courtesy: PM news

Posted On Tuesday, 01 January 2013 19:48 Written by

Mr Peter Olaide-Mesewaku, the Curator of Badagry Heritage Museum, says that the management of the museum expects large turnout of tourists during the forthcoming Christmas Festival.

Olaide-Mesewaku said in an interview that the management of the museum has made adequate preparations to receive visitors during this forthcoming festive season.
He said that the management with other tour guides in Badagry underwent a tourism training program organized by Lagos state government in collaboration with United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO). Olaide-Mesewaku said that they were trained on the ethics of tourism, to know the dos and don’ts in tour guide.
"We received training on inter personal relationship with tourists, to improve on visitors experience. The training has exposed most of the tour guides on how to relate with tourists taking round during tour." He said that the management of the museum has also done some rehabilitation at the heritage museum on the existing facilities and kept them in good condition.
"Old pictures at the museum have been replaced with new ones, trees and flowers planted to make the environment more attractive. The fun train at the museum has been repaired to assist tourists explore the entire Badagry town,’’ Olaide-Mesewaku said.
The museum curator said that visitors coming into the museum now would have a different and exciting experience.

Posted On Thursday, 27 December 2012 12:15 Written by

Algeria's TV and radio stations are state-controlled, but there is a lively private press.

A media bill passed in late 2011 aims to open the TV and radio sector to private operators. While promising press freedom, it requires journalists not to undermine national identity, sovereignty and security.

"Although journalists no longer fear for their lives, their room for manoeuvre in terms of freedom of expression is limited," Reporters Without Borders said in 2010.

Satellite TV is popular; stations based in France target viewers in Algeria. European channels are widely-watched.

There were 4.7 million internet users by June 2010 ( Most surfers rely on dial-up connections and cybercafes.

No widespread filtering is reported, but the blocking of a political website in January 2010 was said to be the first known instance of online censorship.

Writing in Arabic, English and French, Algerian bloggers cover social, cultural and political topics.

Posted On Saturday, 22 December 2012 23:48 Written by

A NIGERIAN gospel singer, Oluwamayowa Ajayi, who fleeced four American women he met on the internet dating site,, of over £120,000 was jailed for six and a half years on Friday evening at Snakesbrook Crown Court in East London.

Ajayi, 31, who is an overstayer in Britain, looked blank and and showed no outward emotions as he was handed the sentence. As if resigned to fate, he walked sheepishly behind one of the two female security guards who led him out of Courtroom 20, where his fate was sealed .

About a minute earlier, Judge Sarah Paneth told him, “I’m sentencing you to six and a half years. You may now go down - a technical term for jail. “

Ajayi, who performs under the stage name, “Malo Joe“ pretended to be an American fighter pilot , a grieving widower and an oil executive to the women he fleeced before the long arms of the law caught up with him.

Prior to his sentencing that evening, both the crown prosecutor and his defence counsel spent close to two hours making last minute submissions to the Judge.

While the crown prosecutor summed up his argument stating how Ajayi lived off the women by lying -among others, in one instance - that he had been held hostage by Niger Delta militants and therefore, his captors needed some ransom before he could be released, otherwise, they would kill him, his defence lawyer, John Femi -Ola pleaded with the court: “don’t crush him so that he can have the opportunity to do something useful with his life ,” after his term. Femi-Ola also told the Judge that “this is his first time.”

Despite the pleas for mercy, it was inevitable that he would be caged. After listening to the pleas from both sides, the Judge took a 20- minute break at 3.40p.m. and when the court re-convened at 4.00p.m., she took about 40 minutes to read her sentencing notes, detailing the seven- count charge that Ajayi had been found guilty off by the jury who had found him guilty four days earlier.

In one instance, she tricked and lied to one of his victims who parted with over $100, 000, that he was a businessman who was short of cash and therefore, needed a loan. The woman used some of the money on her credit card and also borrowed from family members to raise the funds.

In another, Ajayi claimed he was in the hands of Niger Delta militants and they would kill him within 20 hours if the woman didn’t do anything about the ransom they asked her to pay. She hurriedly sent $500 through Moneygram to Nigeria, where he then cashed the money.

According to the Judge, “all the four women were embarrassed” when each discovered they were dealing with a con man and not someone who loved them and was in a relationship. Of course, none knew about the other until detectives contacted them after his arrest.

The Judge told him,” you defrauded women of the sums the women cannot afford to lose.”

Ajayi, the Judge noted, would have continued preying on more innocent women had the arms of the law not caught up with him. As the Judge read her notes, his well wishers, numbering about seven, gasped and he looked resigned to his imminent fate before the curtained fell on his fraudulent life at 4.40p.m., when the judge told him, “I’m sentencing you to six and a half years. You may now go down.” The court guards wasted no time in sandwiching him between themselves as they led him out of the courtroom.

Although it’s not certain if he will be deported after his term, but Ajayi, who initially came to the United Kingdom (UK) on a six month visa in 2004, overstayed. He then left and on his return to the UK, falsely obtained a driver’s licence using the name of a Portuguese man who had died in 2004. This, the Judge noted, showed that the gospel singer was a chief in the criminal operation for which he was being jailed.

Posted On Monday, 19 November 2012 16:45 Written by
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