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Ugandan lecturer, Stella Nyanzi jailed for 18 months over poem about President Museveni’s mother’s vagina

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Prominent Ugandan academic, Stella Nyanzi was on Friday August 2 handed an 18 months jail sentence over a poem in which she used President Yoweri Museveni’s mother’s vagina to criticise his “oppression, suppression and repression” in the country.

Stella who once called Museveni “a pair of buttocks”, was found guilty of cyber harassment over the Facebook post which went viral. 

The academic sat for her sentencing via a video link from a maximum security prison by the shores of Lake Victoria in Kampala. Reuters reported that she shouted vulgarities, flashed her breasts and gave a double middle finger on several occasions during the court session.

“My presence in your Court as a suspect and prisoner highlights multiple facets of dictatorship. I exposed the entrenchment of autocracy,” she wrote in her most recent post, a poem about her court case.

“I refuse to be a mere spectator in the struggle to oust the worst dictator.”

The sentencing ignited the outrage of rights activists who accused the government of using laws about electronic communications to stifle political dissent.

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Mutilated Body Of Murdered Millionaire Bizman IG Odunukwe Recovered In Lagos,Suspects Make Confession

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An Anambra businessman, Ignatius Odunukwe kidnapped in December last year has been found dead, his body already decomposed in a forest in Lekki Ajah, Lagos.

According to reports, Odunukwe abductors, who later turned his killers had posed that they wanted to buy his Abuja property valued at N900million and they arranged to meet to consummate the transaction.

Instead, he was kidnapped. Weeks after, his body was found, dismembered,” chopped into pieces”.

According to a report, the police in Lagos have arrested some of the suspects connected with the gruesome murder, although the photographs of the suspects don’t look like men who could buy a N1million property.

In a five minutes video unidentified policemen who introduced themselves as acting on the directives of the Assistant Inspector-General of Police, Zone 2, Ahmed Iliyasu took the suspects to identify the already decomposed body inside a bag.

The suspects who identified themselves as Arinze, Solomon, Cletus and Daniel Ibeaju took turns to confirm that the body in the bag belongs to the missing businessman who they killed and dumped inside the forest in Ajah.

In the video, one of the policemen explained: “This is the gruesome murder of Chief Ignatius Odunukwe. This act was planned and hatched by a gang led by Daniel Ibeaju from Enugu State. It is very unfortunate. The AIG Ahmed Ilyasu has directed us to recover this corpse and take it down to the hospital. The investigation will continue and the outcome will be made known to the public.”

He later called on the medical personnel who were at the scene with their ambulance to evacuate the body to the mortuary.

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Ex professor charged for allegedly blowing $200K grant on strippers, bars

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A former Philadelphia professor who allegedly blew grant money on strippers has now been charged with theft in connection to the nearly $200,000 used for adult entertainment and other personal expenses, prosecutors said.

Chikaodinaka Nwankpa — the one-time head of Drexel University’s electrical engineering department — was charged last week on felony counts of unlawful taking and theft by deception, according to the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office.

The 57-year-old former professor allegedly abused grant money from the Navy, the Department of Energy and the National Science Foundation over a period of 10 years, prosecutors said.

He squandered around $96,000 in federal grant funds at adult entertainment venues and sports bars between 2010 and 2017, officials allege. He also blew threw another $89,000 on iTunes purchases and meals.

The university revealed the alleged fraud last October, claiming it had only discovered the spending spree during a 2017 audit.

Nwankpa allegedly admitted to the unauthorized expenses when confronted by school officials and resigned from the college. He also gave around $53,00 to the university, which paid $189,000 to resolve potential civil liability in the case.

He was arrested by university police last week and released on $25,000 bail. If convicted, he faces up to 14 years in prison.

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Mother of 11-day-old baby killed, burnt to ashes on way to church

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The dead body of a 35-year-old nursing mother, Mrs. Idenyi Ebere Ukamaka, was at the weekend discovered in a drainage behind Enugu North Mass transit park along Afikpo road Abalaliki, the capital city of Ebonyi State.

The deceased, popularly known as Mama Ebuka and nursing an 11 days old baby, was said to have been murdered by suspected assassins with parts of her body burnt to ashes.Confirming the ugly incident, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in the state, Odah Loveth, said the team, led by the DCO Kenneth Owo, visited the scene of incident and the remaining body parts have been deposited at the mortuary for autopsy.

According to her, at about 12noon of January 12, one Idenyi Festus, male, of No. 11 Awolowo street Abakaliki, reported at the station that at about 4:00a.m. of the same day, his wife, a nursing mother named Idenyi Ebere Ukamaka, left her 11 days old baby in their residence for early morning prayer at St. Theresa Catholic Church Abakaliki.

“The woman did not return and he searched for his wife on that day to no avail but at about 9:00a.m. of January 13, he found her dead body in a gutter behind Enugu North Mass Transit. He said his wife after being killed was also burnt, adding that it was through her head that didn’t burn that he was able to recognize his wife.

The late Ukamaka left her home at No. 11 Awolowo street, around Water works road to St Theresa’s Catholic cathedral last week were she said she wanted to have some spiritual meditation in the chapel only for her body to be found mutilated and burnt in a drainage.A source told our correspondent that the family members after discovering the lifeless body immediately went to their village in Izzi local government area of the state to report the ugly incidence to the elders of the family.

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