11-year-old boy reveals he ‘witnessed his mother kill his five brothers and sisters with poison’ before she tried to take her own life

An 11-year-old boy allegedly witnessed how his mother killed his five brothers and sisters with poison before she attempted to take her own life in Germany. 

The woman, Christiane K, 27, is accused of poisoning the five children whose bodies were discovered at an apartment block in Solingen on Thursday, September 3. 

The five dead children were three girls aged one, two, and three, and two boys aged six and eight. 

According to Bild, Marcel’s younger brothers were called Luca and Timo, while the three young daughters were Sophie, Leonie and Melina. 

Police sources told RTL that the surviving eldest child, 11-year-old Marcel, witnessed the killings before his mother took him away on a train.

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After arriving in Duesseldorf, the mother reportedly jumped on the tracks but survived with serious injuries while the boy was taken to his grandmother in Moenchengladbach.

While the motive for the alleged killings is not known, police have made contact with the children’s father.

Authorities said they were alerted by the children’s grandmother in Moenchengladbach, who had recently been in contact with the mother. 

11-year-old boy reveals he

‘We were informed shortly before 2pm that five children had died and this has unfortunately been confirmed,’ police spokesman Stefan Weiand said.

‘At the moment we believe that the 27-year-old mother appears to be responsible,’ he added.   

‘The mother was not at the apartment when they arrived at the scene. She is now in hospital but not yet in a fit state to speak to police. ‘

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Asked about reports that medication was involved in the children’s deaths, Weiand said: ‘We are investigating in that direction.’

Detectives are also awaiting the results of toxicological tests on the children, who did not have any visible injuries on their bodies. 

The woman was rescued from between two-track beds and taken to a local hospital for treatment, emergency services said. 

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Police said more than 40 officers were dispatched to the scene, where the children were discovered dead. 

‘The family tragedy in Solingen fills me with great sadness and at the moment my thoughts and prayers are with the five small children whose lives were snatched from them so terribly early,’ said Herbert Reul, interior minister for the state of North Rhine-Westphalia.

Tim Kurzbach, the mayor of Solingen, said: ‘I am shocked and deeply saddened by the news that five dead children have been found in our city.’ 

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Only Buhari can disagree with Obasanjo and survive it – Femi Adesina

Presidential spokesperson Femi Adesina in an article titled ‘Buhari’s applause for Akinwumi Adesina’ on Thursday September 3, described Buhari as the only person that can disagree with former President Olusegun Obasanjo and survive it. 

Relishing Akinwunmi Adesina’s re-election as African Development Bank (AfDB) president, Femi Adesina stated that it took grit, guts and God for the former Minister to win. 

He likened Buhari’s support for Adesina’s re-election in spite of America and some other world powers’ objection, to “Chief Olusegun Obasanjo telling you to dismount from the horse of leadership in Nigeria”.

He wrote; 

The strife is o’er, the battle done. But it was by no means easy. It took so much: tact, diplomacy, guts, deft footworks, prayers, yes, prayers, and so many other things.

But today, we can noise it all around. Dr Akinwumi Adesina is now elected for another five-year term as President of African Development Bank (AfDB).

If America and some other world powers come after you, you have every right to shiver in the broiling sun. It’s like Chief Olusegun Obasanjo telling you to dismount from the horse of leadership in Nigeria. Only a Muhammadu Buhari can look him straight in the eyes, and say; No sir. And survive it.

Akinwumi Adesina fought the good fight for the AfDB diadem, won in brilliant fashion, and is already inaugurated for a second term in office. But it was not by a sudden flight. It took grit, guts and God.

How did President Buhari get the news of an Adesina victory in an election that we were very hopeful, but which nobody knew cocksure how it would go?

We were at the National Council of State meeting on August 27, 2020. Incidentally, it was the 35th anniversary of the military coup that ousted the then Major General Muhammadu Buhari from power as head of state. The man that struck in the palace coup was the Chief of Army Staff, Gen. Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida.

Babangida ruled for eight years, and left in less than glorious circumstances. Buhari, overthrown and detained for over three years, coasted back to victory as civilian President 30 years later.

That day, on the 35th anniversary of the coup, IBB, as he is generally known, was in virtual attendance at the National Council of State meeting from his home in Minna, Niger State. And Buhari was in the Council Chambers, at the Presidential Villa, as the country’s number one man. What was going through the minds of both men? Only God, the omniscient, would know.

“If you can look into the seeds of time, and say which grain will grow, and which will not. Speak then to me, who neither fears your favor nor your hate,” William Shakespeare had written in Macbeth. In 1985, when the putsch occurred, no one could look into the seeds of time, and declare that 35 years later, Buhari would be President, and Babangida would be attending a meeting with him as former leader. This world! It turns and turns in the widening gyre. May it always turn in our favor. Amen, somebody!

But we were talking about Dr Akinwumi Adesina, so let’s get back to our subject.

That meeting was in progress when Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr Boss Mustapha, made an interjection. He announced that voting had been concluded in the AfDB election going on in Abidjan, Cote D’Ivoire, and Nigeria’s Adesina had won by a landslide, getting 100% votes of regional members, and 100% votes of non-regional members of the Bank.

We first didn’t know how exactly to respond in such solemn meeting that had former leaders like Gen Yakubu Gowon, Ibrahim Babangida, Ernest Shonekan, Abdulsalami Abubakar, Goodluck Jonathan, many retired Chief Justices of the Federation, 34 of the 36 state governors, some serving Ministers, and many others in attendance. But President Buhari led the way. He broke the ice. He started clapping, applauding the election result all the way.

Others joined, and the applause lasted for a while. You could see the delight on all faces. The President had that smile that usually makes him winsome and youngish. And when the clapping quietened, he declared: “He deserves it.”

Yes, truly, Dr Adesina deserves it. He had served well in the first term. He had done Africa well, and Nigeria was proud of him. He deserved a second term without hassles. But plenty hassles they gave him, and plenty hassles he got.

As elections approached, America suddenly decided it didn’t want Adesina as President again. It told him to get off the horse. Different things began to happen.

First, some whistleblowers leveled 16 allegations of unethical practices against the AfDB President. A panel was set up to probe him. Adesina wrote his defense in 250 pages. Not a line of it was faulted, and he was exonerated by the Board of Governors of the Bank.

America kicked. It called for an independent, external party to look into the findings of the panel. It was done, and Adesina came forth shining as gold again.

In the middle of the battle, indeed, when it was at its fiercest, and the continent and the rest of the world were under lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic, President Buhari sent a presidential jet to fetch his illustrious citizen home.

That day, I was in attendance as Dr Adesina briefed the President. It was a full brief, with many different scenarios of how, why, when, where, painted. At the end, he asked for the support of his home country, as the election approached.

It was pin drop silence in the Diplomatic Room of the PresidentialVilla as Buhari responded. He recalled that the election for first term had been on May 28, 2015, a day before he got inaugurated into office in his first term.

“You were a Minister under the government of People’s Democratic Party (PDP), and I am of the All Progressives Congress (APC), but I didn’t because of that withhold support from you. As President-elect, I had written all African Presidents to support you in the election, they did, and you won.

“I’ll remain consistent because no one has faulted the step I took on behalf of Nigeria.”

The President promised that Nigeria would stand behind Adesina, pull out all the stops and back his campaign, and pay all funds necessary to AfDB, to enable Nigeria become eligible for all legitimate votes due to her.

And on August 27, the chicken came home to roost. The 81 member countries who constitute the Bank returned Adesina, in what now goes into history as landmark in the 56 years history of the Bank.

Some takeaways and lessons to learn from the saga. Ariwo ko ni music, empty barrels lo ma npariwo. Music is not noise. Empty barrels make the loudest noise. As President Buhari stood against the wishes of America on AfDB Presidency, you did not hear any noise, no gyrations, no paroxysm, no foul language. He just stated what he would do, and he did. What an impressive, trustworthy man! His word is his bond. Let Buhari tell you something, and you can take it to the bank. You can sleep, and snore if you wish. No shaking.

Buhari stood by his citizen, because that one comported himself decently in the first place. If Adesina had peradventure been tainted with the slightest whiff of corruption or any other unethical act, would Buhari have supported him? Never. This man of integrity would stand by all that is fair, just and decent at all times. He would stand for, and with all good Nigerians come hell or high waters. “This generation of Nigerians have no other country we can call our own. We must stay here, and salvage it together,” he had said long ago.

Again. Always build a coalition for resounding victory. If forces led by America had been able to divide African countries, and pulled some other non-regional stakeholders along, it would have been difficult for Adesina. But on the day he came, President Buhari had promised to reach out to all African leaders on his behalf. And the result was evident in the voting pattern. To win election in this country, particularly the Presidency, you need a broad coalition. That’s the way to go. Let our politicians imbibe this truth.

Also, refuse to be browbeaten. If Adesina was lily-liveried, the sheer weight of the opposition was enough to make him chicken out. When America sneezes, the rest of the world catches cold. And when it sneezes even now, what comes to your mind Is CORONAAAA, and you show a clean pair of heels. But Adesina stood his ground, backed by his President, the entire continent and some good people all around. No wonder it is said that the dog that is supported by a fearless hunter kills the monkey.

Many other lessons, but let’s identify just one more. Buhari is Muslim. Adesina is Christian. Buhari is Fulani. Adesina is Yoruba, an Ijebu man. But the fact that that they are both Nigerians is enough. Blessed be the ties that bind us. All those who trumpet and proclaim centrifugal, divisive sentiments should look for another business. This President has no time for them. He will do what is fair and just to you, irrespective of where you come from, your creed or religion. Though tribe and tongue may differ, in brotherhood we stand.

In his congratulatory statement to Adesina, President Buhari remembered to thank all who stood by Nigeria, in the continent and beyond. That’s the way to go. A grateful heart is divine. No wonder the AfDB President declared at his inauguration on September 1: “Today, a rainbow stretches from 81-member countries of the African Development Bank across the deep blue skies of Africa, with one message-the rain is gone. Gone are the dark clouds that held us down.”

True. I agree with Adesina. Just as I had agreed with reggae superstar, Jimmy Cliff, long ago:

I can see clearly now, the rain is gone

I can see all obstacles in my way

Gone are the dark clouds that had me blind

It’s gonna be a bright (bright) sunshiny day…

Bright days for Africa, for AfDB, for all people of goodwill across the world.

Akinwunmi Adesina re-elected as AFDB president

Akinwumi Adesina has been re-elected as President of the Africa Development Bank AfDB for a second term of five years.

The election took place electronically at the virtual annual general meeting of the bank on Thursday August 27.

In 2015, Adesina, the son of a farming family, became the first Nigerian to head the bank, one of the world’s five biggest multilateral lenders and an important but often unseen player in economic development.

He gained international recognition last October when the AfDB under his leadership, secured $115 billion (105 billion euros) in funding pledges, a move that doubled its capital and cemented its triple-A credit rating.

His re-election almost suffered a setback after some staff of the bank accused him of breaching 20 of the bank’s code of conduct, including “unethical conduct, private gain, an impediment to efficiency, preferential treatment, and involvement in political activities”.

He denied the allegations and an investigation panel cleared him of all the allegations.

Elephant poacher who killed more than 500 of the animals is sentenced to 30 years’ hard labour in Congo Republic

An elephant poacher who killed more than 500 of the animals has been sentenced to 30 years of hard labour in the Congo Republic.

Mobanza Mobembo Gerard, known as Guyvanho, was sentenced for ivory trafficking and attempted murder of park rangers.

According to the Wildlife Conservation Society, the notorious poacher led hunts into the Nouabale-Ndoki National Park which killed more than 500 elephants since around 2008.

The attempted murder charges against Guyvanho were connected to a 2019 incident when his poacher group allegedly fired at and wounded members of a ranger patrol in Nouabale-Ndoki National Park, WCS said.

Guyvanho’s sentencing marked the first criminal conviction of a wildlife trafficker in the Congo Republic.

The sentence ‘sends an extremely strong message that wildlife crime will not be tolerated and will be prosecuted at the highest levels,’ WCS regional director Emma Stokes said in a statement this week. 

I will never officiate a wedding if the man has not seen the bride’s face without makeup – Pastor Godfrey Migwi

The Pastor who noted that the groom should see his bride’s face without makeup at least 3 weeks before the wedding, added that this is one of the major reasons people are divorcing.

Migwi also called on other church Ministers to follow suit for such cases to reduce. He wrote; 

”I decree and declare as a called and ordained minister of the gospel by God’s grace of this generation and as a licensed pastor in this nation through our constitution, that I will never officiate any wedding in the church if the man has not gotten the privilege to see the bride face to face without makeup at least three weeks in their courtship.”

I will never officiate a wedding if the man has not seen the bride?s face without makeup ? Pastor Godfrey Migwi

Supermodel, Gigi Hadid shares beautiful maternity photos

American supermodel, Gigi Hadid is expecting her first child with boyfriend, singer Zayn Malik. 

The 25-year-old supermodel took to Instagram to share these beautiful maternity photos. In the black and white images, Gigi was pictured posing in three different sheer clothing that showcased her growing baby bump.

In one post, she wrote: ‘Cherishing this time. appreciate all the love & well wishes.’

See full photos below.

Supermodel, Gigi Hadid shares beautiful maternity photos
Supermodel, Gigi Hadid shares beautiful maternity photos
Supermodel, Gigi Hadid shares beautiful maternity photos
Supermodel, Gigi Hadid shares beautiful maternity photos
Supermodel, Gigi Hadid shares beautiful maternity photos

Moment 4-year-old boy buried alive in the debris of a collapsed apartment is pulled out alive nearly a full day later (video)

Rescuers in India pulled a four-year-old boy alive from the debris of a collapsed building almost a whole day after he was buried.

There were loud cheers on Tuesday, August 25, as the boy was pulled out hours after the five-storey apartment block collapsed, burying up to 70 people.

The accident occurred late on Monday, August 24, in the western town of Mahad, south of Mumbai.

It required three disaster-response teams and sniffer dogs to work through the night, combing tin sheets, twisted metal and broken bricks in search of survivors.

Video footage of the rescue effort showed onlookers applauding and cheering as the child was pulled from the wreckage and hauled onto a stretcher.

National Disaster Response Force spokesman Sachidanand Gawde told reporters emergency workers had so far retrieved the bodies of two victims in addition to the little boy who survived the collapse

Earlier, a local official told the Reuters news agency that rescue workers had pulled more than 60 people alive from the rubble.

Below is a video showing the moment the boy was pulled out alive.

Four members of a family killed in Kerosene explosion in Cross River

A 45-year-old man, Esuabana Thomas, his two children aged 14 and 12, alongside one of his inlaws, have died in a kerosene explosion at their home in Ikot Ekpo community, Calabar, Cross River State on Monday, August 24.

According to reports, the kerosene which is suspected to have been adulterated, was being poured into a lantern when the explosion occurred. The explosion resulted in a fire outbreak that razed their apartment. The neighbors say one of the daughters was pouring the kerosene into the lantern which was already lit when the explosion occurred.

Three people died in the inferno while the fourth person died while being rushed to the hospital.

Confirming the incident, the spokesperson of the state police command, DSP Irene Ugbo, said the police have commenced an investigation into the said incident.

Halle Berry files to represent herself in divorce case with her ex-husband, Oliver Martinex

American actress, Halle Berry wants to represent herself in court in her divorce case with ex-husband, Olivier Martinez. 

In court documents obtained by ET on Tuesday August 25, the “Monster’s Ball” actress filed to represent herself in the divorce case. 

According to the documents, her former attorney, Marina Zakiyan Beck, signed off on the change on July 30 with the 54-year-old signing off on August 11,

As for her ex-husband, 54, he is being represented by celebrity divorce attorney Laura Wasser.

The former couple filed for divorce in October 2015 after two years of marriage, citing irreconcilable differences and asking for joint custody of their 6-year-old son, Maceo. 

“It is with a heavy heart that we have come to the decision to divorce,” Berry and Martinez said in a joint statement at the time. ‎”We move forward with love and respect for one another and the shared focus of what is best for our son. We wish each other nothing but happiness in life and we hope that you respect our and, most importantly, our children’s privacy as we go through this difficult period.”

TMZ previously reported that the pair’s divorce was finalized in December 2016, with the two agreeing on sharing physical and legal custody of their son.

But in May 2018, the gossip noted that Berry and Martinez’s case was still active because they failed to file a formal custody arrangement and were due back in court.

Halle Berry was previously married to baseball player David Justice and to singer Eric Benet. She also shares a 12-year-old daughter, Nahla, with her ex-boyfriend, Gabriel Aubry.

Ruth Kadiri-Ezerika releases new photos of her daughter to mark her first birthday

Ruth Kadiri-Ezerika has released new photos of her daughter, Reign Ezerika, to celebrate her as she turns 1.

The actress shared photos of her daughter posing in a pink dress and a tiara with balloons of different colours surrounding her.

She expressed her love for her daughter and also expressed her pleasure at watching her grow.

Ruth Kadiri-Ezerika releases new photos of her daughter to mark her first birthday

Ruth and Reign when she was 3 months old

See more recent photos of Reign below.

Ruth Kadiri-Ezerika releases new photos of her daughter to mark her first birthday
Ruth Kadiri-Ezerika releases new photos of her daughter to mark her first birthday
Ruth Kadiri-Ezerika releases new photos of her daughter to mark her first birthday
Ruth Kadiri-Ezerika releases new photos of her daughter to mark her first birthday