• As court relocates sitting to Awka Geoffrey Anyanwu, Awka; Jeff Amechi Agbodo, Onitsha A star witness in the Ozubulu church massacre trial, Nkwado Onyeka, yesterday told Nnewi High Court 3 that the suspected perpetrators of the heinous crime demanded the sum of $1 million from Ozubulu people in South Africa to forestall killings in the community…
Diplomatic ties between Washington and Wellington, took the downward turn on Monday as New Zealand expelled a United States diplomat.
It was said that the affected diplomat committed a crime that is yet to be disclosed.
Details of the alleged crime have not been revealed but local media reported the diplomat left the South Pacific nation last week suffering a broken nose and black eye.
Prime Minister Bill English labeled the US knockback on immunity regrettable and said he expected American authorities to carry out their own investigation.
“We expect all diplomats here to obey our law and if it’s broken we’d expect our police to investigate,” English told reporters.
“We regret that they didn’t give us a waiver on immunity but they didn’t and now it’s in the hands of their authorities.”
Earlier, Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully said he was “disappointed” at the US refusal and in response had asked for the man at the centre of the police investigation to be withdrawn from New Zealand.
He said Wellington’s ambassador in Washington had raised the issue with US officials.
Police said they were called to an incident in Lower Hutt, on Wellington’s outskirts, in the early hours of March 12, which “involved an individual from the US embassy in Wellington”.
By the time they arrived the person had left the scene and no arrests were made.
Attempts to further investigate hit a diplomatic brick wall, however police said they still regarded the case as active.
McCully said foreign affairs officials relayed a police request to waive immunity but their US counterparts refused.
Local media named the diplomat as Colin White and said he left Wellington with his wife and children.
TVNZ, which broke the story, reported that White was a technical attache who had been working closely with New Zealand’s intelligence service, the GCSB.
A spokeswoman for the US embassy said they were “communicating with New Zealand authorities” on the issue.
“As a matter of policy, we do not comment on the specifics of matters under investigation,” she said in a statement.
“We take seriously any suggestion that our staff have fallen short of the high standards of conduct expected of US government personnel.”
McCully said the US had stated it always fully investigated all allegations involving its diplomatic staff.
Diplomatic immunity, formalised in the 1961 Vienna Convention, means foreign envoys are protected from local law enforcement in the country to which they are posted.
The most recent known case of it being invoked in New Zealand was in 2014, when Malaysian military attache Mohammed Rizalman bin Ismail was accused of indecent assault.
It was eventually revoked and Rizalman was sentenced to nine months’ home detention after being found guilty in a Wellington court.
— 21st April 2018
Chukwudi Nweje; Lawrence Enyoghasu The Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, on Friday urged Nigerians to guard the country’s democracy jealously and shun acts that could truncate it. He gave the advice in Lagos while speaking at the 4th Anniversary Lecture of The Niche Newspapers The theme of the lecture is: “Development Reporting and Hysteria Journalism in…
— 21st April 2018
• Orders their immediate re-engagement, payment of outstanding salaries, allowances Godwin Tsa, Abuja The Supreme Court on Friday voided the sack by Mobil Producing Nigeria Unlimited of about 860 Nigerians employed before the year 2000, as security officers, but named by the company, Supernumerary Police officers (SPY). The Supreme Court, in a unanimous judgment of five…
— 21st April 2018
•Eight govs insist on Oshiomhole, 16 others stick to Oyegun •As fresh trouble brews in ruling party Ade Alade, Abuja Barely three weeks to the national convention of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, on May 14, it’s 24 governors and other national leaders remain polarized over their struggle to control the party’s structure ahead…
— 21st April 2018
Stella Idika is undoubtedly one of the most promising actresses in Nollywood. Known for roles in movies such as Empire, Soldier Boy, Woman in Me, and Descendants of Jezebel, Idika is indeed good at her craft. In a chat with Inside Nollywood, the tall and busty diva recalled her most embarrassing encounter with a male…
Entertainment— 21st April 2018
By Maureen Solomon got us all glued to the TV screen in early 2000. She was the fine girl with sexy eyes and curvy hips, who at the time she was about to make the A-list, vanished from the scene. But not after she had made a lasting impression on her fans. Entertainer recently visited the…
South-West Report— 19th April 2018
Clement Adeyi, Osogbo The speed at which it rose and fell was quite alarming. The Iwo Emirate created by the Oluwo of Iwo, Osun State, Oba Abdul-Rasheed Akanbi, could not survive the fierce criticisms that trailed its short existence. The monarch had kindled the fire of controversy when he adopted emir title. Emir is a…
Abuja Metro— 18th April 2018
Romanus Ugwu Perhaps, in consideration of its importance as an instrument of unity and symbol of peaceful co-existence in Nigeria, city planners strategically located the Abuja National Stadium at the entrance of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja. It was designed to make a statement that sports was really a source of happiness to many…
Oriental News— 18th April 2018
Okey Sampson, Aba What is in a name? In Igbo, the word Buharia means ‘remove to another area’ or ‘take to another place.’ It means to carry something from one point to another. Buharia Market popularly known as Good Morning or Vegetable Market, which sits atop a hill that over looks the Orji Uzor Kalu Bridge…
Features— 21st April 2018
The Director General of Nigeria Television Authority (NTA), Yakubu Ibn-Mohammed, was appointed last year May. He joined the services of the NTA Jos in 1977 as Current Affairs Producer. He later held various senior management positions, among which were Controller News and Current Affairs, NTA, Jos; General Manager, NTA Bauchi; Director of News, NTA headquarters;…
Literary Review— 14th April 2018
Henry Akubuiro, Lagos Perhaps more than any other group in the last three decades, the Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA), has contributed to the promotion of reading and discovery of new literary talents in Nigeria. Founded in 1981 by the legendary novelist, Chinua Achebe, the association has through, its routine creative writing workshops, award of…
Lifeline— 20th April 2018
•At Unilag inaugural lecture, Prof Okubadejo explores neurological care in Africa Cosmas Omegoh; Gabriel Dike Did you know that at least one Nigerian dies of stroke every five minutes, every day? Did you know that that poor handwriting, that irregular signature, might be a sign that Parkinson’s disease is inches away from the door? These are…
Education Review— 18th April 2018
Xinhua/NAN Education ministers from African countries are to evaluate status of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) on education in the continent at a meeting in Nairobi, Kenya. The April 25 to April 27 Pan Africa High level Conference on Education to be held under the auspices of UNESCO and African Union, will bring together African…
TSWeekend— 20th April 2018
Christian Agadibe Daniel Kanayo Daniel popularly known as DKD turns ladies’ heads whenever he steps out. This is because he’s not only handsome; he’s also macho with a sexy six-pack. To attest to this, one of his female fans went gaga recently. On sighting the actor, she just grabbed and spanked his butt… without offering…
Opinion— 21st April 2018
‘Kunle Oyewumi “Our lives are not measured in years, but are measured in the lives of people we touch around us.” – Peeta Mellark. I decided to pen this short note as a way of identifying and celebrating one or two qualities of a man of many parts and today’s celebrator, Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu….
I will continue today on the ministration my wife and I made at Evangel Pentecostal Church, also known as ‘Victory House’, Iba, Lagos, on March 25, 2018, which was, incidentally, the day we wedded forty years ago. Speaking on the ‘Hidden Pains of the Heart’, Ify illustrated it with the problems of poor communication…
A peer discussion on the growth of mediation use in our jurisdiction a few weeks ago raised very fundamental issues that cannot be discountenanced by any practitioner desirous of contributing his quota to the growth process. My colleagues and I came to a troubling conclusion that quite often parties at mediation leave a lot of…
The stationary cow gave a low moo, as the woman walked pass. Deep in thought, she answered absentmindely: “Oh, jare!”. On she went, ahead of herself, to her farm. A young woman roaming the streets saw an “abomination”. A man was eating from a public refuse dump. “Hey! Why are you be…
They said someoneMaced (messed?) at the Senate. Who? Omo Mushin? Omo Yaba? Omo Ikeja? Omo Oyingbo? Omo Alimosho? Omo Agege? Omo Ojota? Omo Epe? Omo Ikorodu? Omo Onipanu? Omo Owerri? Omo Mbaise? Omo Okigwe? Omo Daura? Omo Nsukka? Omo Delta, Omo Kaduna? Omo Ibadan? Omo Ilorin? Omo Umuahia? Omo Olosi? Whichever Omo that messed, he…
‘I’m not a romantic person.’ These are the words of the average Nigerian man especially the married ones. They say it with an air of pride and finality like being romantic is for jobless and weak men. These men show no affection whatsoever except when it is time for sex. Even sex is like a…
Last Wednesday was a day like no other in the National Assembly. It was a day never seen in the history of the federal legislsture, since the country’s independence in 1960. On that day, members of the House of Representatives, legislative aides and journalists covering the Green Chamber were preparing for the commencement of the…
Famous former CNN Correspondent Kenyan Jeff Koinange has come down hard on corrupt, greedy, bribe-seeking politicians in his country for frustrating Aliko Dangote from setting up a cement factory in Kenya as he has done in most African countries today. Koinange, who for six years was CNN’s West African Correspondent, is one of the global…
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There is palpable anxiety within the football community in Nigeria over the team we are fielding at the World Cup in Russia in two months time. The Super Eagles fine run in the qualifiers raised hopes, especially taking into consideration, their opponents in the group. Namely; almighty Cameroon, Algeria and resurging Chipolopolo of Zambia. But…