Saturday, October 22, 2016

I Became My Mom’s Enemy At 16 – Hilda Dokubo

Hilda Dokubo while ministering at a Lagos church recently explained how she lost her dad at 9 and how her life and that of her mother became miserable shortly after his death. She explained how she went through a lot and how she eventually got out of the situation. While using her life to minister she said;

“I was born with a silver spoon, but death turned me poverty-stricken after my father died when I was just 9.  I turned away from God at that point, because I felt disappointed that despite how much my father loved and served God, he still died. After my dad died, my mother completely lost her mind. .

If she were living in the US, I’m sure she would have been diagnosed as a mental case. You know, in Nigeria, we don’t consider people mad until they have started eating from dustbins. I rebelled against God at that point, and I stopped going to church at the age of 9.

I Will Sue Every Woman Who Has Accused Me Of S3xual Assault When I Become The President- Trump

Donald Trump kicked off a speech in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, about his plan for his first 100 days as president by announcing that he will after the election sue every woman who has accused him of sexual assault.

"Every woman lied when they came forward to hurt my campaign. Total fabrication," the Republican presidential nominee said Saturday afternoon. "The [alleged] events never happened. Never. All of these liars will be sued after the election is over."

Speaking near the historic Gettysburg Battlefield on a brisk day in the Keystone State, Trump also launched attacks on the "dishonest" media, the "rigged" political system and his Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton. He questioned why Clinton was even allowed to run due to her handling of emails as secretary of state.

Pakistan Has Enforced Complete Ban On Indian Tv Contents In The Country

Amid Indo-Pak tension, Pakistan's media regulatory authority has enforced a complete ban on Indian TV and radio contents from Friday and warned that the licences of those found guilty of violating the ban will be suspended.

Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) decided to ban airing of Indian content from October 21, yesterday at the request of the federal government, it said.

"The ban will come into effect at 3 PM on October 21, and radio and television stations which violate the ban will have their licences suspended without a prior show cause notice," PEMRA said in a statement.

Photos: When Tania Omotayo & Nene Ibru Were Twins

Aside that the two ladies are attracted to musicians, Tania (wizkid), Nene (Sina Rambo), the ladies have so many other things in common. They are both young and getting it. Business oriented, go getters, beautiful yet with brains, lol, in their 20’s and many others....

The ladies were recently maids of honour at their friend’s wedding which held weeks back and was the talk of town, and they both held the wedding DOWN! One more photo below and a video of them also digging it at the wedding.

Turkmenistan Celebrates 25 Years Of Independence, Pardons 1,523 Prisoners

Turkmenistan's President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov has pardoned more than 1,500 prisoners as the gas-rich country celebrates 25 years of independence from the USSR.

"On the occasion of the 25th anniversary of Turkmenistan's independence, 1,523 citizens are being released from prison," a local station reported.

Such amnesties are held several times a year to coincide with major public holidays in Turkmenistan, one of the world's most tightly controlled countries.

The latest pardons were linked to upcoming celebrations on October 27 and 28 of 25 years since the Central Asian country left the Soviet Union.

51-Year Old Woman Buys Baby For N450k In Akwa Ibom

A 51-year-old woman, Rose Edward, is in police net for allegedly buying a 2-month-old baby for N450,000.

Cordelia Nwanwe, the Akwa Ibom Police Command’s spokesperson, told journalists that a homeopathic doctor, Eneyo Nyang, was arrested in connection with the crime.

He said Ms. Edward, from Rivers State, confessed to have bought the baby because she needed a baby of her own.

Confessing to the crime, the mother of the baby, Comfort Effiong, said she sold her baby because there was no one to take care of her.

Dele Momodu’s Epic Response To A Fan Who Asked Him To Come Home

So Epic!

Olamide Gets His First Tattoo (Photos)

Rapper Olamide has finally gotten his first tattoo and it’s the head of Oduduwa; the Emperor and first Suzerain of Yoruba.

Maheeda & Husband Celebrate 13th Wedding Anniversary

Today is Maheeda’s wedding anniversary (you already know what she does) and she took to social media to thank family friends and fans for their support and advise for making her hold it down till now! She wrote;

Today I celebrate 13years of traditional Marriage and 5years of white wedding is not easy to hold your marriage down for that long......

I just thank God for His love, grace , mercy and divine favor in my life..... and thanks to all my godmothers praying for me to be a better mother , wife and woman , I am a work in progress, thank mums!!!!And thanks to all my fans that has been praying for me to be a better woman, thank you all... I am grateful!!! #gratitude have a great day!!!!

Heartbreaking Story Of How 24-Year Old Lady Was Buried On Her Wedding Day Alongside Her Mother

The death of Victoria Hallan, an indigene of Toro Local Government Area of Bauchi State in an auto accident on Wednesday October 12, 2016, just four days to her wedding has turned the mood of her family and friends from rejoicing and singing to deep mourning and sober reflection on the uncertainty of life.

The sadness that enveloped the atmosphere following the news of Victoria’s death swings from anguish to a state of despair as it was learnt that she died along with her beloved mother in the ill-fated bus that was conveying them from Jalingo in Taraba State to Bauchi to put finishing touches to her wedding preparations.

Victoria, a National Diploma graduate in Science Laboratory Technology from the Federal Polytechnic Bauchi, according to her friends who spoke fondly of her, was a beautiful person inside and outside.

Lagos State May Impose Death Sentences On Kidnappers

Lagos State Government may soon join the growing number of states including Edo, Ogun and Anambra that have imposed death sentence on kidnappers.

According to a private member bill sponsored by the Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Mr. Mudashiru Obasa, “any person, who kidnaps, abducts, detains or captures or takes another person by any means or tricks with intent to demand ransom or do anything against his/her, will commit an offence, and liable to a conviction of death sentence.

The bill, which is titled: ‘A bill for a law to provide for the prohibition of the act of kidnapping and for other connected purposes,’ went through a public hearing in the State House of Assembly, yesterday.

Liberians Welcome Akon's Criticism Over Power Shortages, Calls Him God Sent

A radio debate has erupted in Liberia's capital, Monrovia, over remarks by visiting Senegal-born US hip-hop star, Akon.

He said on Thursday that it was "crazy” that he did not see a single streetlight on the 50km (31-mile) road between Liberia’s main international airport and the city when his motorcade drove in.

Akon was in Liberia to launch his Light to Learn project that takes solar lights to schools in dire need of electricity.

On privately-owned Farbric FM caller Jusu Freeman praised the music icon for flagging up the issue.

Kenya's First Albino Beauty Pageant Holds To Counter Negative Attitudes Towards Albinism

Kenya is holding its first albino beauty pageant to counter negative attitudes towards albinism.

Many albinos in some parts of Africa suffer stigma, alienation and even physical abuse.

The pageant, to be held in the capital, Nairobi, aims to boost the confidence of young people with albinism.

Burkina Faso 'Foils Coup Plot By Forces Loyal To Ousted President

Burkina Faso has foiled a coup plot by forces loyal to ousted President Blaise Compaore, the interior minster says.

At least 10 of the plotters had been arrested, but the top suspects were still on the run, the minister said.

The coup was to have been staged on 8 October, with an attack on the presidential palace, he added.
Forces loyal to the ex-president staged a coup in September 2015, but surrendered a week later after protests and opposition from top generals.

French-educated banker Roch Marc Kabore was elected president in November, ending a turbulent period since Mr Compaore's overthrow in a popular uprising in 2014. The latest coup plotters had also planned to attack a prison to free those held over last year's coup, Interior Minister Simon Compaore said at a press conference in the capital, Ouagadougou.

Tunisia Shocked By TV Host's 'Marry Rapist' Remarks

A popular Tunisian talk show has been suspended after its presenter appeared to tell a young female guest to marry the man she accuses of raping her, and suggested she was to blame.

The girl, named Hajar, said she had been sexually abused by three different members of her family since the age of 14.

Often crying, she also said she was eight months pregnant by one of her abusers.

It emerged during her appearance on Ala Chebbi's show Andi Mankolek, or I've Got Something to Tell You, that poverty had forced her to give up school aged 14 to work on the family farm.

Train Accident Leaves 53 Dead In Cameroon

At least 53 people died when a packed passenger train derailed and overturned in Cameroon, the country's transport minister says.

The train was travelling between the two biggest cities, Yaounde and Douala, when it overturned near Eseka.

The Associated Press said there were 1,300 people on the train instead of the usual 600.
The train was busier than usual as landslides caused by heavy rains have blocked roads across Cameroon.

Transport minister Edgard Alain Mebe Ngo'o said some 300 people were also injured in the derailment, and that the death toll was likely to rise.

Suspected Kidnappers Kill Businessman After N500k Ransom

Gunmen suspected to be kidnappers have allegedly murdered an Owerri-based businessman, Amaechi Ahanonu, after collecting N500, 000 as ransom from his family.

The suspected kidnappers had on Monday morning, stormed the Ahanonu’s house in Amato Orogwe in the Owerri West Local Government Area of Imo State and whisked him away.

Punch learnt that the gunmen, who were armed, arrived the residence of the businessman and abducted him after shooting sporadically into the air.

It was learnt that the kidnap victim was relaxing with his family members as of the time he was taken away.

See Jibrin Withdrew Old Suit Against Dogora Others To Reinforce

He didn’t chicken out, he actually reinforced! Former Chairman, Appropriation Committee, House of Representatives, Abdulmumin Jibrin, has filed a N1bn suit before a Federal High Court in Abuja challenging his suspension from the House after he withdrew the old suit on Friday.

His lawyer, Chukwuma Nwachukwu, moved his application for discontinuance of the earlier suit on Friday and informed the court that a fresh originating summons had been filed before the court.

Justice John Tsoho however struck out the earlier suit filed by the lawmaker following the motion for withdrawal of the suit. And a fresh suit demanding N1bn from the lawmakers is now before the court.

Recall he was suspended by the House of Representatives for 180 legislative days on September 28.

Mobile Phone Software Marketer Found Dead In Hotel After Demanding Sex From Customer

A mobile phone software marketer, who specialises in downloading applications on mobile sets, has been reportedly found dead in a hotel room in Ovwian, Udu Council area of Delta State after allegedly demanding sex from a female customer who could not pay for the service he rendered to her.

The deceased identified as Nelson Eni Millz operating at a popular Robinson Plaza along Deco road in Warri South was said to have demanded that the female customer ‘pays in kind’ since she could not pay the entire fee.

Southern City News gathered that the incident happened last week Thursday at Treasure Land Hotel in Ovwian where the victim had lodged with the supposed lover identified as Helen Obiogu.

Gbenro Ajibade Jets To US Unannounced To Wish Wife A Happy Birthday

Today is Osas Ighodaro’s birthday but she is still in the US after delivering their first child there four months ago. Her husband who is in Nigeria however pulled a stunt by not informing her of his visit  to the States and surprised her at her door step early hours of the morning with flowers. The surprised wife screamed asking why she wasn’t told, then they sealed it with a KISS! Coincidentally, their daughter also clocked four months today. See the video below.... Happy birthday Osas!

Warning Men Online To Stay Off My Daughter Wasn’t A Joke- Oritsefemi

Singer Oritsefemi who has two teen daughters has publicly warned men to stay off them, especially the first one saying she might be big, but she is still a teen.  A lot of people termed him over protective saying won’t she get married one day, but the singer in a new chat with Saturday Beats says there is time for everything and right now it’s the time for her to grow. While affirming his online threat, Femi said;

“I was very serious about warning men against my daughter. Every parent wants their kids to get to a certain level in life before they begin to think about relationship and mine is not different. That was why I posted the message on my Instagram page. I have already spoken to my daughter, so I decided to talk to the general public and plead with them to allow her grow older before they begin to chase her. It may sound like a joke but I was seriously passing a message across. It does not mean she would not have a boyfriend or get married someday.” Continue....

I Am A Happy Person- Tiwa Savage

Nigeria’s songstress Tiwa Savage has declared she is a happy person and wants her fans to be at rest that she is happy. The singer who recently went through a marriage storm that separated her from her husband says despite all she is grateful to God and happy because she has a healthy baby and her family has been there for her. She had a chat with Saturday beats where she narrated this. Her words;

“I am very happy, I am blessed. I have a child and I have no reason why I should not be happy. I have a beautiful, healthy son and a loving family. My career is getting stronger by the day. I just signed an international deal, why shouldn’t I be happy?
“Not everybody loved Jesus Christ, so who is Tiwa Savage in the scheme of things? I am nobody. I am just somebody God has put a talent in. In all honesty, when I encounter negative criticisms, I just focus on the people that love me. You cannot make anyone love you, so I try not to convince people that don’t love me. I would rather focus on the people that love me and make sure I do not disappoint them.”

Friday, October 21, 2016

Bride Stabs Groom To Death Two Months To Wedding

A woman, Omolara Oluwagbemi, has killed her would be husband two months to their wedding in Ijebu-Ode town of Ogun State.

The Ogun State Police Command Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, who confirmed the incident to Premium Times on Friday said the suspect has been arrested.

“The men of Ogun State Police Command have arrested one Omolara Oluwagbemi Abosede for killing her husband, one Sodiq Dauda,” Mr. Oyeyemi said.

‘The incident happened when the couple whose wedding was slated for December this year had minor disagreement which emanated from non rendering proper account of the gas business which the late husband entrusted to the wife,” he added.

EFCC Re-Arrests Fani-Kayode

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) today picked up former Minister of Aviation, Mr. Femi Fani-Kayode within the premises of the Federal High Court, Lagos.

Fani-Kayode was stopped by three EFCC operatives at about 1:55pm just as he stepped out of Justice Muslim Sule Hassan’s court where he and four others were on trial on a N4.9 billion money laundering charge leveled against them by the commission.

The operatives, one dressed in white kaftan and the others in black suits, flanked his sides, and requested that he followed them to the commission but allowed him to speak to the press, where he confirmed the arrest.

President Buhari’s Daughter Replies BBOG, Says I Don’t Need Permission From You To Help Chibok Girls

The Africa Support and Empowerment Initiative (AFRISEI) has rejected allegations of franchise infringement by the Bring Back Our Girls group, led by former Education Minister, Dr. Oby Ezekwesili.

According to a statement jointly signed by the President of the Non-Governmental Organization, Hajiya Hadiza Buhari Bello, a daughter of President Muhammadu Buhari and the secretary, Don Uche, she said that their organization is a responsible body that would never engage in illegal activities by stealing someone else’s franchise.

She explained that contrary to Dr. Ezekwesili’s allegation, her organization did not need to lean on the BBOG to be of service to the Chibok Girls and therefore had no reason to steal anything from BBOG or use its name to achieve any advantage.

Kaduna To Spend N2.6bn To Reduce Crime

The Kaduna State Government has earmarked over N2.6 billion to procure CCTV cameras and drones, to provide adequate security cover in the state in 2017.

More than N1.5 billion of the amount was earmarked for the procurement and installation of CCTV cameras in strategic areas of the state, to reduce crime.

The figure is contained in the state’s 2017 budget document currently before the state House of Assembly.

“The N1.5 billion is for procurement and distribution of CCTV cameras for monitoring and surveillance towards reducing criminal activities within the metropolis and securing the state.”

Malaria Kills 48 In Sokoto

An outbreak of malaria has claimed no fewer than 48 lives in Gandu area, Sokoto North Local Government of Sokoto State in the last one month.

The Officer in Charge of Kofar Kade Clinic, Mrs Rabi Ahmed-Gandi, disclosed this in Sokoto on Friday when she received the second consignment of free anti-malarial drugs from the State Government.

She said: “These deaths were recorded out of the 382 patients who were hospitalised in the hospital during the period under review.

Jibrin Withdraws Suit Against House Of Reps

The Federal High Court, Abuja, on Friday struck out the suit of Abdulmumin Jibrin, a former Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Appropriation, challenging his suspension from the House.

The judge, Justice John Tsoho, struck out the matter after Jibrin’s Counsel, Mr Chukuma Nwachukwu, told the court that his client had filed a notice of discontinuance.

Tsoho decline the request of the defendants for a N200,000 cost, holding that the defendants were “strong institution and personality”.

Toke Makinwa’s Friday Outfit...

Yeah, we don’t feature this every day, but the excited OAP lady stepped out earlier today for a meeting like this, captioning one of the photos …. ‘It's Friyayyyyyyyy’

Biko please who isn’t excited it’s Friday, lol. May be me, not going out tonight and it feels like hell already, d3mn!

Aww The Anikulapos Pose In New Photo

The children of late grandmaster of music, late Fela Anikulapo Kuti; Yeni Kuti, Femi Kuti and Seun Kuti all appeared posed in one photo. Love love love!!!

Blood Of Jesus! The Hillary Clinton Meme

I just dieeddddddddddddddd loool.

Activities Of Commercial Sex Workers Overshadow Exhibitors At Jos Trade Fair

What won’t we hear, lool.  Activities of commercial sex workers are overshadowing those of exhibitors and traders at the 2016 Jos Trade Fair, holding at the Jos Polo Field, in Jos North local government area of Plateau state.

A Premium Times reporter at the trade fair Thursday night noticed hordes of young sex workers brazenly soliciting patronage by male participants at the event.

One of the young workers, who refused to give her name, said the illicit trade was booming because the cold weather in the city made exhibitors and visitors from outside the city disposed to their services and other available forms of hospitality.

Man Accuses Wife Of 31 Years Of Dating His Pastor, Brother

A trader, Mrs Funmilayo Okeeyi, has explained to an Igando Customary Court in Lagos, why she followed her husband’s brother to a hotel, which is now threatening her 31-year-old marriage to Mr. Kolawole Okeeyi. Funmilayo claimed her husband’s family beat her comatose when she was pregnant with her fifth baby.

According to her, “my husband caught his brother and I in a hotel, but we are not dating. His brother just followed me to book a room when I went for a burial in Oyo State.”

Accusing her husband’s family of battery, she said: “When I was pregnant with our fifth baby, my husband’s family stormed our house and accused me of having extra-marital affairs; they beat me to coma. In fact, I did not know how I got to the hospital.”

Ikeja-Based Multinational Roofing Materials Company Imports Cocaine Worth N2bn

So they don’t make profit? Hmm, this is why nobody should be envious of another person, you never know how they make their money despite what they do as cover up. If the workers were the ones that imported it, NDLEA would have said the ‘workers’ and more so, it’s N2bn, not N2m or N200m. There is really a God. Cocaine has spoilt a lot of people’s lives, made many mad, turn around destinies, and one big man somewhere sneaked in a N2bn worth? Ha! Olorun mu yin! Please read…

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, has confirmed that the substance found in a container imported by an Ikeja-based multinational roofing materials company (names withheld) is cocaine.

In an exclusive chat with Vanguard, the Head of Public Affairs of NDLEA, Mitchell Ofoyeju, said the drug was worth over N2 billion. He said that the substance weighed 214.732kg and that investigation had begun.

Just This Morning! Rapist Storm Ikorodu, Kills Pregnant Woman, Injures Husband, Kids (Photo)

A serial rapist has killed a pregnant woman and injured four others in Oluwoye, Ibeshe Titun, Ikorodu. Those injured include the deceased’s husband, their two children and a neighbour.

The incident occurred at about 1am today.(Friday) Vanguard gathered that the victims were hit with a local grinding stone.  May her soul rest in peace and the ones injured recover quickly. They have been talking about this serial rapist in Ikorodu ooo. Please something needs to be done fast. Who kills a pregnant woman? Ha!!

Helicopters, Drones Used In Tracking Down Man-Eating Tigress In India

Indian wildlife officials say they have killed a man-eating tigress after an extensive operation carried out over six weeks.

The tigress is believed to have killed two people and injured another five in northern Uttarakhand state.It largely frequented agricultural areas, causing panic among farmers who were too afraid to harvest crops from their fields. India is home to one of the largest tiger populations in the world.

An official with the Uttarakhand forest department told the BBC's Raju Gusain that they had taken the call to kill the animal after multiple efforts to tranquilise it had failed. He said that the tigress had become too dangerous.

The elusive animal was located with the help of helicopters, drones and thermal imaginary - the first time such sophisticated technology has been employed to hunt for a tiger.

Siasia In Qatar For Top Coaching Job

Former Nigeria coach Samson Siasia is now in oil-rich Qatar in connection with a lucrative top coaching job. “Siasia flew out to Qatar Friday (last week) afternoon. He is there to discuss a coaching post,” a top source informed.

Over time, Siasia has been variously linked with overseas coaching posts. The former Super Eagles coach led Nigeria to win bronze at the Rio Olympics in August. His contract as Nigeria Olympic team coach ended with that tournament.

It was further gathered that he has already made plans to take some members of his backroom staff from the Olympics should he finally secure the job.

Between Tonto Dikeh, Her Ex, Malivelihood, The Snap Post & The New Tweet

Hahaha I’m actually having a good laugh here. Oh dearie dear! Lol. So yesterday Tonto Dikeh announced her hubby bought her a Lexus 2017 SUV and we all rejoiced with her by making a post out of it. Her ex however made a post on snap about his girl’s wristwatch buying two SUV’s and people took it that he was shading Tonto. So blogs carried it. The jeweler who however made the post on Snap, then posted some videos showing different cars, hence the reason for the first post, but people already took it that he was shading tonto.

But in a fresh tweet posted this morning, he says it’s crazy how people jump to conclusions saying he never shaded the actress and people should desist from causing problems. The tweet below.

Trump Cracks A Joke About Michelle Obama Plagiarism Row At His Wife's Expense

No fewer than 24 hours after they traded blows at the final presidential debate, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump faced one another again on Thursday as they attended a white tie charity dinner.

But while Trump's wife Melania stood by the Republican candidate as he cracked jokes about his rival, Bill Clinton was nowhere to be seen.

And she could have done with the backup.

Not only could the candidates barely stand to look one another in the eye as they arrived for the Al Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner at the Waldorf Astoria hotel in New York, but Melania also had a death stare for Hillary Clinton.

Landlord’s Son Beats Tenant’s Wife To Coma + He Is Used To Beating Wives Of Tenants

Aswear education is key! what? what what?? Lol. You need to read this story first, one of the women said Jimoh is used to beating us, the victim also said it is not the first time the said guy will beat her. If she had reported him to the authorities in the first place, would he have tried it again? Now just see what's left of her above.

Doctors at Araba Medical Hospital in Abule-Egba area of Lagos are trying their best on a newly-wedded woman, who was allegedly stabbed many times by her landlord’s son for allowing a man, considered as an enemy of the landlord, into her apartment at Ishaga Street. 

The visitor was said to have been banned from entering the house by the landlord. The victim, Mrs. Taiwo Kehinde, however, expressed gratitude to God for bringing her out of coma. According to her, “my landlord’s son, Jimoh Yusuf, attacked me right inside my apartment with broken bottles. My sin was that my husband allowed one of his friends into our apartment. 

Obama Calls Trump's Election Rhetoric 'Dangerous'

President Barack Obama has said Republican Donald Trump's insistence that he might not accept the election result is "dangerous".

Speaking at a campaign rally in Miami for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, the president said

Mr Trump's comments undermined American democracy.

Mr Trump refused in a televised debate to say he would accept the outcome of the election on 8 November.

Former BBC Reporter Chris Simpson Dies

Former BBC correspondent Chris Simpson has died unexpectedly in Senegal at the age of 53.

A much-respected journalist, he worked for the BBC in Angola during the civil war in the 1990s, in Rwanda in the aftermath of the genocide and was also posted to Senegal and the Central African Republic (CAR) in the 2000s.

Chris had also worked for the United Nations news service, Irin, in Ivory Coast – and travelled widely in Africa as a freelancer and trainer.

“His wit, intelligence and creativity has been lost,” his sister Bridget Taylor told the BBC.

Akon In Liberia To Install Electricity At Schools

Senegalese-born hip-hop musician Akon was yesterday in Liberia to install solar electricity at two primary schools in the West African country.

It is part of his Lighting Africa project to bring electricity to 600 million people across the continent.

In this instance he has partnered up with Bridge International Academies, which, in association with other international organisations, is behind a pilot project in Liberia to run 50 government junior schools.

As his motorcade drove into the capital, Monrovia, under police escort, the musician said it was “crazy” that he could not see a single street light on the 50km (32-mile) road from the airport.

It’s serious! Kenya Frees 7,000 Inmates To Fight Corruption

Almost 7,000 prisoners have been released from Kenyan prisons in order to create space for "more serious offenders", local media reports.

President Uhuru Kenyatta told Kenyans during the Mashujaa Day celebrations - a holiday to commemorate those who took part in the country's liberation struggle - that petty offenders such as chicken thieves would be released:

"There is now space to bring in more people with serious offences like corruption... The space is there and there is enough beans for them to eat in there."

'More Than 2,600' Detained In Ethiopia

The total number of people arrested in Ethiopia since a state of emergency was imposed on 9 April stands at more than 2,600.

On Monday, 1,000 arrests were reported by the state-affiliated Fana Broadcasting Corporate, while yesterday it reported on the detention of more than 1,600 people.

All the latest arrests have taken place in the Oromia and Amhara regions, where the country's two biggest ethnic groups have been protesting against the government.

They are demanding more political freedom and economic benefits in a country ruled by the Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front coalition since 1991.