The United States government has imposed new sanctions on the terror group, Boko Haram, and its factional leader, Mus’ab al-Barnawi.
The new sanctions by the U.S. Treasury Department targets the Islamic State and its affiliate networks around the world.
The U.S. department added Boko Haram, also known as ISIS-West Africa, to the sanction list for global terrorism.
Mr. al-Barnawi and Mahad Moalim from Somalia and seven organisations in Africa and Asia, linked to Islamic state (ISIS), were added to the list.
Mr. al-Barnawi was the spokesperson for Boko Haram before the group pledged allegiance to ISIL.
The Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control said the additions include ISIS-Philippines, ISIS-Bangladesh, ISIS-West Africa, ISIS-Egypt, ISIS-Somalia, Jund al-Khilafah-Tunisia, also known as ISIS-Tunisia, and the Philippines-based Maute Group, also known as Islamic State of Lanao.
Reuters reports that the U.S. State Department, in a separate statement, said that it had designated 40 Islamic State leaders and operatives dating back to 2011 under an order aimed at denying them access to the U.S. financial system, including the latest additions.
“These designations are part of a larger comprehensive plan to defeat ISIS that, in coordination with the 75-member Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS, has made significant progress toward that goal.
“This effort is destroying ISIS in its safe havens, denying its ability to recruit foreign terrorist fighters, stifling its financial resources, negating the false propaganda it disseminates over the internet and social media, and helping to stabilise liberated areas in Iraq and Syria so the displaced can return to their homes and begin to rebuild their lives,” the statement added.
Islamic State fighters were driven last year from all the population centres they occupied in both Syria and Iraq, but Washington still considers them a threat, capable of carrying out an insurgency and plotting attacks elsewhere, Reuters reported.
In Nigeria Boko Haram has remained a threat despite the government’s claim the group has been defeated.
Boko Haram fighters have continued to carry out deadly attacks and abductions — although on a reduced scale.
The group is believed to be responsible for the latest of such abductions last week, involving 110 secondary schoolgirls kidnapped from their dormitory in Dapchi, Yobe State.
Two Nigerian ‘yahoo yahoo boys’ jailed in UK over £1m fraud
Two Nigerians who operated a London-based cyber crime group have been jailed after reportedly stealing more than £1m.
Emmanuel Mmaduike and Olawale Kashimawo, both 31, obtained thousands of business email addresses and passwords which they used to divert payments from companies to themselves, according to the UK National Crime Agency.
They were said to have operated from south-east London and spent the money on “a lavish lifestyle”.
Sky News reports that they hired a helicopter, drove “flash cars”, and “posed for photographs of themselves with wads of money, expensive watches and drinking champagne”.
Known as business email compromise (BEC), the operation involves the criminal impersonation of a senior executive and attempting to convince the victim to transfer funds.
Mmaduike was said to have played the role of accessing the victim’s email accounts and change invoices so that payments were directed to mule bank accounts run by Kashimawo.
His collaborator then laundered the cash by arranging withdrawals and international bank transfers which were carried out by other fraudsters.
The pair are believed to have carried out more than £1m of fraud and money laundering between April 2015 and November 2015, according to the NCA.
Mmaduike was jailed in March 2017 for six years and 10 months after he admitted money laundering and fraud.
He also admitted perverting the course of justice in relation to a sham marriage to a Dutch national.
Kashimawo was also jailed for six years and nine months after admitting two counts of conspiracy to commit money laundering.
Similar arrests have been made in Nigeria, one of the most recent being the six suspects arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in Abuja.
Holy murder: Prophet beats sick man to death during deliverance in Delta
The police in Delta state have arrested 55-year-old clergyman, Prophet Moses Urovbu of the God Revival Prayer Ministry, based in Ughelli, Delta state, for chaining and beating to death a 30-year-old man, Monday Edjedjere, brought to his church in search of healing for his mental ailment.
According to The Sun, the prophet had placed the deceased on seven days dry fast, that is, fasting without food or water. Edjedjere was chained to a coconut tree at the back of the church during the duration of the dry fast and was constantly beaten with a holy water cane till he became too weak and died on April 2nd.
Narrating what happened, the State Commissioner of Police, Mohammed Mustapha said on March 28th, the victim, Monday Edjedjere was taken to Prophet Urovbu for prayer and healing by his mother.
According to him the church General Overseer billed the troubled mother N24,000, out of which she was able to pay N8,000 and thereafter returned to her Awsha community home leaving her son in the care of Prophet Urovbu. He further added her return to the church three days after, precisely on March 30th the woman met her son chained to a coconut tree with injuries all over his body.
When asked what transpired him and the deceased, the clergyman said
”I am the General Overseer of God Revival Prayer Ministry. I started my ministry in 1989. I have a large congregation spread across four branches of my church in Warri, Ughelli, Ewu, and Bayelsa State. I do pray for all kinds of people who are sick in my church. It was the mother of the deceased that brought him to my church because he was suffering from madness. I admitted him for prayers and billed them N24, 000 and the mother paid just N8, 000. I put the deceased on seven days dry fast. He started proving stubborn and broke the church plastic chairs. As a result, my pastors joined me and we chained him to a tree at the back of the church. The injuries on his body were sustained while flogging him with holy water cane so that he can be healed. It was when the mother discovered the condition of her son was not improving that she said I should release him to them. I refused because I can handle the situation. Unfortunately, the boy fell down, collapsed and died. On that fateful day, I still discharged five people who had similar sickness and I healed them and they are right in their houses now.”
The brother of the deceased, Michael Edjedjere, reported the matter to the police immediately it was discovered that his brother had died.
”When my mother told me about the critical condition of my brother, Monday, I felt bad especially when I heard he was chained by Prophet Moses. I called Prophet Moses on phone and told him that he should release my brother to me to take him to the hospital. But the prophet refused, boasting that he will heal him. It was two days later, my mother called me that my brother is dead. I didn’t believe it. I quickly rushed to Ughelli Police Station to report the case and that was how he was arrested.” Michael said
Confirming the arrest, the deputy commissioner of Police, State Criminal Investigation Department, Asaba, Wale Abbas said “Prophet Moses Urovbu is in our custody. He was alleged to have chained and beaten a sick man to death during deliverance. The corpse of the deceased, Monday Edjedjere has already been deposited at Central Hospital mortuary, Ughelli.”
Man beats up wife for failing to say “thank you” after sex
IMAGINE getting beaten for failing to say “thank you” after sex!
Wonder no more, a man from Gokwe would reportedly run berserk and assault his wife whenever she failed to thank him every time they had sex.
While beating her, he would be accusing her of being ungrateful by failing to acknowledge and appreciate his bedmatics or the extra effort he would have apparently put during love making. This emerged before Chief Nemangwe’s traditional court where Tichaona Moyo was being accused by his wife Alleta Chipangu of sexually abusing her. Although Chief Nemangwe whose jurisdiction Moyo’s area falls under was not available for comment, a source who claims to have intimate details of the incident, said Moyo told the gathering that being thanked after sex was an expression of gratitude and acknowledgment that he was good in bed.
He said he wanted to be thanked since his wife was always regretting why she married him while accusing him of being sexually impotent adding that being thanked after sex was testimony that he was satisfying her. Chipangu said her husband would also abuse her in various ways, including forcing her to suck his manhood.
She said sometimes she refused to thank her husband after sex as she found it awkward.
Said the source: “She said she found that weird as it makes it seem transactional. She further said it also makes it sound like it’s something she has done for him, and not something she has done because she wanted to.”
In defence Moyo said being thanked after love making was magic that works wonders on his level of intimacy.
Moyo reportedly told the court that the words “thank you” boost his confidence, and make him keep coming back for more rounds.
“Men like to know they are appreciated. Even in bed. To me, being thanked after sex is just a sign that I’m good in bed. I love my wife and I appreciate her a lot, that is why I also want her to appreciate me by saying ‘thank you’ after sex,” Moyo was quoted as having said.
He reportedly maintained that he really wanted his wife to show him that he was good in bed as he always put extra effort during sex.
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