Nigeria, January 2017
A teenager has been allegedly raped to death by suspected cultists in Nnung Oku in Ibesikpo Asutan Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State.
According to a resident, Miss Enobong Essien, the body of the teenage girl was discovered in a small bush at the back of Nnung Oku Motor Park following intense search by community youths.
“After several searches, the remains of the deceased were finally discovered dumped by the hoodlums in a small bush at the back of Nnung Oku motor park,” the resident said.
Lamenting the upsurge of crime in his domain, the village head of Nnung Oku, Eteidung Clement Ekeng, stressed the need for effective security surveillance and community policing in the area.
According to the traditional ruler, “a number of lives wasted to the activities of hoodlums in this area would have been avoided if adequate attention was paid to security.”
The traditional ruler, therefore, made a case for the establishment of a police post in Nnung Oku community, noting that such intervention would go a long way to deter evil doers from indulging in criminal tendencies.
Worried by the problem, the Chairman of the council area, Mr Ukana Udofia, who visited the scene of the incident, assured his constituents of improved security.
He disclosed that the remains of the deceased had been recovered and handed over to the police for investigation, while noting that the culprits would be brought to book soon.
Kaweesi’s murder: High-stakes intrigue
By Timothy Kalyegira
On Friday morning, March 17, Assistant Inspector General of Police Andrew Felix Kaweesi, his driver and escort, both policemen, were gunned down several hundred metres from Kaweesi’s home in Kulambiro, Kampala.
The murders shocked the country and it became the biggest news story of the year so far.
Kaweesi was arguably the most visible police official in Uganda after the Inspector General of Police, Gen Kale Kayihura.
He was a constant feature in the media and on television talk shows and the highest-ranking police officer to meet a violent death in decades.
It was not just the nature of his death that shocked millions of Ugandans but the cold-blooded and clinical way the attack was carried out.
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Eye witnesses said the assailants acted like they were repairing or inspecting their motorcycles as they waited for Kaweesi to leave his home.
Some said they were two men while others said they saw three assailants, two dressed in black and one in ordinary civilian clothes, traveling on two motorbikes.
A woman told Radio Simba that she and others heard what sounded like up to 40 rounds fired in total.
The driver first speeded up the vehicle when he realised they were under attack.
The assailants then fired at the tyres to disable it.
Kaweesi attempted to get out of the vehicle, presumably to engage the attacks, and that is when they started shooting at him.
After completing their mission, they casually put their guns back in their bags and rode off.
Whoever the assailants were, they were unusually determined, calm and methodical for ordinary armed men.
When he was shot at and injured in his leg during a general election campaign stop in Fort Portal in February 2016, Gen Henry Tumukunde did not hesitate to allege that this was no stray bullet but had been ordered.
Speaking at the scene of Kaweesi’s murder, Tumukunde hinted as much at an attack that was carried out by well-trained assassins:
“This is a matter that brings out certain characteristics…levels of courage, not ordinary… taking time…decisive execution of a task…”
Tumukunde stopped just short of saying this was a high-level operation.
The Opposition leader, Dr Kizza Besigye, echoed the same view that many held:
“How people can be so confident to, in broad daylight, come and kill people whom they know are armed and deliberately ensure that they are dead before they leave, not just shoot and run, no. That kind of confidence clearly shows that these are not people who are, you know, casual criminals, some hired guns, to come and execute something and run away.”
The circumstances of the murder were inescapable; this was no ordinary murder.
In countries like Uganda, the only groups with that kind of capability are usually the state and its army, police force and intelligence agencies; or a highly-trained guerrilla group or assassin cell.
Whatever the facts, the immediate reality is that some prominent public figures believe this was a high-level operation and not an ordinary criminal act.
They might not publicly reveal their thoughts but they hold onto those thoughts.
An acute feeling of personal insecurity and vulnerability will now run through the elite political and military circles in the country.
In Uganda, the general situation is that the people most vulnerable in the state are Opposition leaders and activists, the media and human rights groups.
The closer one is to a government or ruling regime, the more secure one is.
That is why many prominent businesses traditionally try and distance themselves from the political opposition and remain neutral of politics or make it a point to be seen to support the government.
When high-profile government officials and other public figures perceived as pro-government, from a state prosecutor to Muslim sheikhs and now the deputy Inspector General of Police are gunned down with the daring we have seen over the last few years, it is a frightening situation.
Before Kaweesi, commanders of various police stations were gunned down and there were open attacks on police stations at Kajjansi, Luweero, Kapchorwa and other townships.
There was an attack in Gulu Town last year that was carried out with similar daring right in the middle of the town.
Speculation on social media networks within hours of Kaweesi’s murder started to point an accusing finger at the state.
But as the private detective Freddie Egesa told NTV during its lunch time coverage of the murder, the most concrete evidence of a crime is the scene of crime itself.
From the forensic and material evidence found at the scene, investigators can then work backward to the possible masterminds and their motive.
And we have another scenario to contend with what if it is neither the state nor ordinary armed criminals but a deadly urban guerrilla unit at work in these attacks?
We cannot ignore the murder of Kaweesi and his two aides within the context of attacks on police stations and police officers over the last two years by unknown gunmen.
There appears to be an invisible hand acting to send out a message to the government that it can act at will, right in the middle of the capital city Kampala, target anyone it wishes, and get away with it.
If it is a guerrilla unit at work, then Uganda is entering a frightening phase in its contemporary history in which the main targets will be government officials or people seen as close to the ruling NRM government.
If on the other hand it is some elements within the government turning on each other as part of high-stakes, mafia-like intrigue, then it is equally frightening.
Something similar happened during the UNLF period from 1979 to 1980 when dozens of doctors, businessmen and other middle class professionals were gunned down in their homes.
Since 2012, the main victims of the gun attacks have been persons perceived as close to the government.
This new situation — in which pro-government or seemingly pro-government figures are increasingly the target of assassination so brazen and methodically carried out — is one that bears watching over the next few months.
Hong Kong businessman agrees to pay $2.45 million to take 18-year-old Romanian model’s virginity
By Alex Linder, Shanghaiist
An 18-year-old Romanian model has agreed to sell her virginity to a “very friendly” Hong Kong businessman for the life-changing sum of $2.45 million (€ 2.3 million).
Aleexandra Kefren ignited a firestorm of outrage late last year after it was reported that she had put her first sexual experience up for auction for a minimum of $1 million on Cinderella Escorts, a Germany-based agency which specializes in teens looking to sell their virginity online. Kefren says she got the idea from watching Indecent Proposal when she was just 15 years old.
After the news made headlines around the world, Kefren’s parents nearly disowned her. She later went on a British daytime televison show to explain her decision. The teen said that she was selling her virginity so that she could pay for a good life for her parents, as well as a home and education for herself.
All the media attention caused the bids to skyrocket. Finally, one anonymous Hong Kong businessman offered $2.45 million USD for the privilege of deflowering the teen, an amount she could not say no to.
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On Cinderella Escorts, Kefren explained her decision last month, asking “How many would possibly forgo their first time in retrospect if they could have 2.3 million euros instead?”
I am glad to have decided to sell my virginity throught Cinderella Escorts, I would never have dreamed that the bid would go so high and we would reach € 2.3 million. This is really a dream come true.
We had commandments from all over the world and there was a long process. I was criticized in the press.
It was felt as a taboo that I can do with my body what I want.
But I have kept to it that I wanted to sell my virginity with Cinderella Escorts rather than giving it to a future friend who might have left me anyway. And I think many other girls have the same attitude.
How many would possibly forgo their first time in retrospect if they could have 2.3 million euros instead? Everyone has to ask himself this question. Of course, there will be different opinions, but everyone should be able to represent and live their own.
Now everything has to be organized. The hotel is booked. Cinderella Escorts accompanies me to the meeting and stays nearby as security if problems arise. I have the possibility to terminate the meeting at any time, but I am quite confident. I could talk with the buyer before and we are very friendly.
Along with Kefren, Cinderella Escorts also looks to profit greatly on this deal, taking 20% of the payment. Additionally, Kefren’s story has apparently inspired more girls to follow in her footsteps. The agency claims that they have received requests from 300 girls from around the country wanting to sell their virginity on the site as well.