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Nigerian Man Sentenced In Scheme To Ship Stolen Vehicles To West Africa Tags: News Nigeria Crime

BALTIMORE — A 53-year-old Nigerian citizen illegally residing in Laurel was sentenced Monday to 21 months in federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for conspiring to commit interstate transportation of stolen vehicles. The sentence follows an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Baltimore and the Prince George's County Police Department Vehicle Enforcement Unit.

Eric Olaniyan must pay $65,040.46 in restitution. Upon completion of his prison term, he will be transferred into ICE custody for immigration removal proceedings.

According to Olaniyan's plea agreement, from 2012 through April 22, 2013, Olaniyan and others shipped stolen cars from the United States to countries in West Africa for resale. The conspirators hired other individuals to steal the vehicles with the keys, so that the vehicles could be more easily sold. Olaniyan received cash to store the stolen vehicles at a parking lot or other locations known as "cooling spots." The stolen vehicles were subsequently loaded into containers and shipped to buyers in Africa.

In early March 2013, a Prince George's County Police detective located three stolen vehicles parked near Olaniyan's residence. Law enforcement tracked the movement of the vehicles through April 2. All eventually ended up at warehouses used for loading shipping containers that are exported from the United States. On April 12, the CBP Baltimore Vehicle Export Team examined the contents of a container and located the three stolen vehicles, as well as a fourth vehicle which had also been reported stolen.

On April 22, 2013, law enforcement executed a search warrant at Olaniyan's apartment. Subsequently, HSI Baltimore special agents seized eight stolen vehicles found parked in the area. The keys to all eight stolen vehicles were seized from Olaniyan's apartment, along with a counterfeit vehicle title for one of the vehicles.

Losses resulting from the Olaniyan's portion of the stolen vehicle scheme amounted to more than $200,000.

The Howard County Police Department, the Maryland State Police and the Regional Auto Theft Task Force assisted in the investigation.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Judson T. Mihok in the District of Maryland.

Source: ICE

How an African Woman’s Curvy Body Sent Her To An Early Grave: The Story of Sarah Baartman Tags: News South Africa Women

In the late 18th century, Sarah Baartman was working as a slave in Cape Town, South Africa, when she was discovered by a British doctor.   Intrigued by her unusually large buttocks and genitals, he convinced her to accompany him to London.  Once there, she was “displayed” as a scientific curiosity.  

Once the scientific community in London tired of her, she turned to Parisian exhibitions, and once they tired of her, she turned to prostitution.  By the age of 25, Sarah Baartman was dead.

We can only guess that Sarah Baartman got on that ship from South Africa thinking she was headed for a better life.  We can guarantee that the reality fell far short of her dreams.  The story of Sarah Baartman is a must read, for we cannot completely understand where we are unless we first understand where we’ve been.

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Source: Southafrica.info

Ex South Africa President Thabo Mbeki’s Mother Dies Tags: News South Africa Presidents

South Africa President Jacob Zuma has conveyed his condolences to the Mbeki family following the death of former President Thabo Mbeki’s mother, Eppainette Mbeki, on Saturday morning.The 98-year-old, popularly known as Ma Mbeki, died in East London in the Eastern Cape Province after two weeks in the hospital for treatment of an unnamed illness.

“A consummate activist in her own right who dedicated her life and
that of her family to the struggle for liberation in South Africa from
an early age, Ma Mbeki was fiercely outspoken on political and socio-economic issues till the end,” the President said on Saturday.

Ma Mbeki was the wife of the late African National Congress and South African Communist Party stalwart Govan Mbeki.

Funeral arrangements would be announced in due course.

Source: APA

Wearing Disguise, Boko Haram Slaughters Hundreds Tags: Boko Haram Nigeria War Western Africa

When men wearing military fatigues and carrying weapons showed up in pickup trucks, villagers thought Nigerian soldiers had finally come to protect them from Boko Haram.

But it was a disguise. The gunmen rounded up everyone in the village center and then started shooting.

Altogether, Boko Haram militants slaughtered hundreds of people in three villages in the far northeast corner of Nigeria, witnesses said Thursday, describing the latest attack by the Islamic extremist group that drew international attention for the kidnapping of more than 300 schoolgirls.

A community leader who witnessed the killings on Monday said residents had pleaded for the military to send soldiers to protect the area after they heard that militants were about to attack.

The militants arrived in Toyota HiLux pickup trucks — commonly used by the military — and told the civilians they were soldiers and that they had come "to protect you all," the same tactic used by the group when they kidnapped the girls from a school in the town of Chibok on April 15.

"We all thought they were the soldiers whom we earlier reported to that the insurgents might attack us," said the community leader, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he feared for his life.

After the militants forced everyone into the village centers, "they began to shout 'Allahu akbar, Allahu akbar,' then they started to fire at the people continuously for a very long time until all who had gathered were dead," he said. Allahu akbar means God is great.

The killings took place in the villages of Danjara, Agapalwa, and Antagara, part of Gwoza district in Borno state. The community leader said he fled to Maiduguri, the Borno state capital, adding that some who escaped the massacre crossed into the neighboring country of Cameroon while others remain trapped in the mountainous region.

"They still see the gunmen going about attacking villages and hamlets by setting them on fire," he said.

He said managed to survive because "I was going around to inform people that the soldiers had come and they wanted to address us." As people were fleeing, other gunmen lurked outside the villages on motorcycles and mowed them down.

The slaughter was confirmed by Mohammed Ali Ndume, a senator representing Borno whose hometown is Gwoza, and by a top security official in Maiduguri who insisted on anonymity because he isn't allowed to speak to the media.

It took a few days for survivors to get word of the massacres to Maiduguri because travel on the roads is extremely dangerous and phone connections are poor or nonexistent.

In another incident, gunmen killed 45 people in Bargari village on Wednesday after gathering them in front of the village mosque, a witness said.

"We were scared because we knew that they were Boko Haram members," said Abuwar Yale, a witness who escaped the attack.

The gunmen who arrived at 9:00 p.m. told the people they were there to preach Islam and not kill and then asked them to go to the village mosque. As soon as the men gathered there, the militants opened fire chanting "Allahu akbar."

Yale and the others who escaped hid in the bush the whole night and returned to the village in the morning. The houses in the village were set ablaze and the livestock was stolen, he said.

In Borno state, militants attacked Alagarno, a village near Chibok where the girls were kidnapped, and destroyed it, according to Pogu Bitrus, a Chibok community. People heard gunshots as the fighters were approaching and were able to flee, he said.

Ndume said the military has assured the Borno state governor that it will dispatch soldiers immediately.

"It is sad that we have to wait until now that people are being killed for government to take action," he said. "Soldiers of the Nigerian army have been overstretched in both human and material capacity."

Calls placed by The Associated Press to Defense Headquarters spokesman Chris Olukolade's mobile phone didn't connect. An email sent to him seeking comment wasn't answered. Calls to presidential spokesman Reuben Abati also didn't connect, and he didn't immediately respond to an email seeking comment.

Nigeria's military has insisted that a big influx of troops and a year-old state of emergency in Borno and two other states have the insurgents on the run. But soldiers have told the AP that they are outgunned and outnumbered by the insurgents, don't have bullet-proof vests, are not properly paid and have to forage for food.

Boko Haram, which wants to establish Islamic state in Nigeria, has been taking over villages in the northeast, killing and terrorizing civilians and political leaders. Thousands of people have been killed in the five-year-old insurgency, more than 2,000 so far just this year, and an estimated 750,000 Nigerians have been driven from their homes.

The Gwoza district, where Monday's attack took place, is a regional political center whose emir was killed last week in a Boko Haram ambush on his convoy. Emirs are religious and traditional rulers who have been targeted for speaking out against Boko Haram's extremism.

Borno Gov. Kashim Shettima traveled on Saturday to Gwoza to pay his respects to the slain emir and was quoted in a local media report as saying it was a terrifying 85-mile (135 kilometer) ride. A Nigerian journalist in the convoy escorted by 150 soldiers counted at least 16 deserted towns and villages along the way.

In London, British officials announced that they will host a meeting on June 12 to discuss how to improve regional coordination in tackling Boko Haram and terrorism. The session will be attended by Nigerian Foreign Minister Aminu Bashir Wali as well as envoys from Nigeria's neighbors Benin, Chad, Cameroon and Niger, plus the U.S., France, Canada and the European Union.

Source: AP

War in the Central African Republic (VIDEO-Documentary) Tags: Central African Republic War Documentary Video

The Central African Republic's capital of Bangui has seen its Muslim population drop from 130,000 to under 1000 over the past few months. Over the past year, thousands across CAR have been killed and nearly a million have been displaced. The United Nations recently stated that the entire Western half of the country has now been cleansed of Muslims.

CAR has never fully recovered from France's colonial rule, and it has only known ten years of a civilian government - from 1993 to 2003 - since achieving independence in 1960. Coup after coup, often with French military involvement, has led many to refer to the country as a phantom state. The current conflict has now completely erased the rule of law and order, and left the UN and international community looking confused and impotent.

In March 2013, the Séléka, a mostly Muslim rebel alliance, rose up and overthrew the corrupt government of François Bozizé, while bringing terror and chaos across the country - pillaging, killing and raping with impunity. In response, mostly Christian self-defense forces, called the anti-balaka, formed to defend CAR against Séléka attacks.

Clashes grew more frequent throughout 2013 as the Séléka grew more ruthless. In December 2013, French and African troops went in to disarm the Séléka and staunch the bloodshed. The anti-balaka, seizing on a weakened Séléka, then went on the offensive.

CAR had no real history of religious violence, and the current conflict is not based on any religious ideology. The fighting, however, turned increasingly sectarian in the fall of 2013, with revenge killings becoming the norm. And as the Séléka's power waned, the anti-balaka fed their need for revenge by brutalizing Muslim civilians. 

"Too few peacekeepers were deployed too late; the challenge of disarming the Séléka, containing the anti-balaka, and protecting the Muslim minority was underestimated," Human Rights Watch said in a recent statement.

The bloodshed has not stopped. The UN is still debating whether or not to send peacekeepers. Even if a peacekeeping operation is approved, it will take six months for troops to be assembled. 

Source:Vidce News

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