Saturday, 24 June 2017

Eid-el-fitri: Ambode Urges Nigerians To Embrace Tolerance, Unity

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, on Saturday urged Nigerians to embrace the virtues of tolerance, unity and cooperation regardless of their ethnic, religious or social status, saying that it was only in such atmosphere that the nation can make meaningful progress.
The Governor, in his Eid-el-Fitri message, signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Habib Aruna, said it is only by embracing peace, unity and fairness that Nigerians can put the country back on its leadership pedestal, urging them to imbibe the tenets of love, tolerance, forgiveness and brotherhood which the period of the holy month symbolizes.

According to him, Nigeria was in dire need of brotherly love and harmonious co-existence among her citizens above all other things as a means to overcome the numerous challenges threatening her fledgling unity, especially with the disturbing trend of hate speeches.

Governor Ambode added that in the last two years, despite the economic challenges, the nation has witnessed appreciable level of development expressing optimism that more can be achieved if all hands are on deck.

Continuing, he said: “As we celebrate this auspicious occasion, therefore, let us renew our faith in our nation and implore the Almighty God to restore to us those values that place high premium on human life, love for our country, love for our neighbour and sharing even as we ventilate our faith in the unity of our dear country and the possibility of her taking her proper place in the comity of nations”.

Governor Ambode thanked Lagos residents for their continued harmonious and peaceful co-existence in the midst of diverse ethnic origin and religious affiliation.

“With your demonstration of love for your neighbour and the willingness to serve, our State will continue to be a model of what patriotic Nigerians will want our dear country to be”, he said.

Hence, Governor Ambode wished all Muslim brothers and sisters in the State a happy Eid-el-Fitri celebration.
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Meek Mill's Goons Jumped On Safaree At The BET Awards Party In LA (Video)

Nicki Minaj's ex-boyfriend Safaree Samuels (he's in all-white) was jumped by men believed to be Meek Mill's crew yesterday Friday June 23rd at a BET party.
The showdown took place at DJ Khaled's pre-BET party at Penthouse in WeHo. Safaree arrived just as Meek was getting out of his car and two guys believed to be part of Meek's crew attacked Safaree, who of course ran and it was all captured on video.

Watch the video below...
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Safaree reacts here...
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What Does She Know? She Must Be Out Of Her Mind: Abba Kyari Slams Kate Henshaw For Criticising Policemen Who Took Photos With Evans

One of the policemen involved in the arrest of billionaire kidnapper Evans has opened up on how difficult the operation was.
ACP Abba Kyari who led the arrest said Evans was really smart and smooth during his operations hence made it really difficult for policemen to catch up with him.He also fired back at actress Kate Henshaw for criticizing some Nigerian Police Officers who posed for photos with Evans.

In an interview with DailyPost he said:

''Who is Kate Henshaw and what does she know? She must be out of her mind to criticize us. Even in other developed countries, people celebrate the capture of criminals and I wonder why she is running her mouth criticizing us why she has never caught a fly in her entire life.''
He also narrated how they arrested Evans, he said:

''I think he is the smartest criminal I have ever seen in my entire life. Among all the high-profile robbers and kidnappers we have nabbed, Evans stands to be the smartest. He really gave me headache because we couldn’t track him. 
That guy is very smart. On sighting us he was shocked to his marrow, he wanted to run but when he sighted my pistol he surrendered. He never thought he could ever be arrested. He was speechless for hours because he made sure he equipped himself with all the gadgets that would not enable us track him. He said
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Harrysong May Have Used 'Stolen' Photos To Announce The Birth Of His Twins

These days its drama unlimited on social media. A few days ago, Harrysong announced the birth of his set of twins, a boy and girl named Tarela and Parez.
Today, he shared new photos of them and not long after, the same photo was traced back to a nursing website in the United States with no affiliation or association with Harrrysong.

Harrysong and his team haven't responded to the trolls calling them out on social media but they are most likely going to blame it on the fact that Harrysong's Instagram account was hacked recently.
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Ramadan: Mark Zuckerberg Dines With Somali Refugees In Minneapolis

Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg on Friday, had his first Iftar dinner with a group of Somali refugees in Minneapolis.
An excited Zuckerberg in an appreciation post on Instagram wrote: "Thanks to my hosts for being so gracious at the very end of Ramadan. I left impressed by your strength and resilience to build a new life in an unfamiliar place, and you are a powerful reminder of why this country is so great."
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Lagos Notorious Land-Grabber To Remain In Prison

A magistrate, Lateef Owolabi, of the Lagos State Special Offences Court sitting in Oshodi on Friday declared the sureties presented by a suspected land grabbing kingpin, Kamorudeen Lamina (popularly known as Sir K Oluwo), as unverifiable and thus unable to stand for his bail.
The State Government, through the Special Task Force on Land Grabbers set up by Governor Akinwunmi Ambode’s administration, had on June 16 arraigned Mr. Lamina and others before the court over alleged forceful dispossession of residents from their legitimate rights to land ownership.

In his ruling after their arraignment, Mr. Owolabi had granted bail to the defendants in the sum of N1 million and two sureties in like sum. One of the sureties, he said, must be a land owner in Lagos, while the other must be a civil servant not below grade level 15. The sureties must have three years tax clearance and registration with Lagos State Residents Registration Agency (LASRRA).

The magistrate had also ordered the defendants to deposit N150,000 each with the court, while they are to be remanded in Badagry Prison pending when they were able to meet their bail conditions.

But Mr. Lamina and the other defendants failed in their many attempts to meet the conditions of his bail, by presenting persons that the court has found to be unverifiable to stand as surety.

Mr. Lamina and his gang were said to have been terrorising the people of Ikorodu area of the state for some time before he was arrested on June 15.

Source: Premium Times
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Pregnant Alysia Montano Returns To The Track

Alysia Montano may call herself “that pregnant runner” in her Twitter bio, but that’s because she’s limited to 140 characters. Off the Internet, the multifaceted 31-year-old, who is making headlines for entering the USATF Outdoor Championships while pregnant for the second time, doesn’t label herself in conventional terms.
Instead, the 5 months pregnant runner told The Post on Friday after finishing seventh in her 800-meter heat, “I want for my life to be defined by happiness … not just being labeled as a runner, or being labeled as a theater major.”

Or maybe even just a mother. Although, that’s the label right now that might be contributing the most to her happiness, as she and husband/manager Louis Montano prepare to welcome a sibling for their nearly 3-year-old daughter, Linnea, in November.

The couple made plans to get pregnant again last year following the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, but they were prepared to put it off due to the Zika outbreak in Brazil.
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“We Sort Of Choked With Russia” – Former Obama Admin Official Opens Up

In an exclusive interview Friday with the Washington Post, a former Obama official said the administration “sort of choked” by trying to punish Russian President Vladimir Putin for attempting to interfere in the 2016 presidential election in President Trump’s favor.
Talking to the Post, he said: “It is the hardest thing about my entire time in government to defend, I feel like we sort of choked.”

According to the Post reports, the details of the CIA’s assessment that Putin was directly involved in a cyber campaign to disrupt and discredit the election in an effort to thwart former Secretary Hilary Clinton’s chances and help Trump, made the previous administration debate dozens of options for deterring Russia.

Former deputy national security adviser, Tony Blinken told CNN Friday that the administration took significant action to prevent Russia from interfering with the electoral system. “We made massive efforts so they couldn’t do that, this led to two things: President Obama issued a very stark warning to President Putin in September at the G-20 conference in China. What we saw, or thought we saw, after that, it looked like the Russians stopped their efforts. But the damage was already done.”

Sen Jeff Merkley emphasized the point that Obama struggled with his response to Putin, finding himself in a difficult place, if he had been aggressive in his response, it would have been perceived as an attempt to influence the elections in Clinton’s favor.

It is such a dilemma, because if he had acted aggressively, in a way that he had gone public and said, ‘This is why we’re doing this,’ it would have been seized upon as an attempt to bias the election, so, there was enormous bias in the election because of the Russians, but how do you balance that out without further damaging it? It is an extremely difficult problem, he said.

Republican Rep. Adam Kinzinger said Friday he wasn’t surprised by the statements of former Obama admin officials,  he told CNN’s David Gregory on “New Day;

I think President Trump was legitimately elected by people who voted for him, but this is a very serious issue about defending democracy and our country and integrity of the election system, so we have to go back to countering Russia disinformation. Congress has to work with the White House to give them tools to push back. This is a very serious issue.

Kinzinger said Republicans must take all the intelligence on Russia’s interference in the 2016 elections very seriously to protect future elections. “The reality is, in two or four years it will serve Vladimir Putin’s interest to take down the Republican Party, if we weren’t upset about it, we have no right to complain in the future.”

White House counselor Kellyanne Conway dismissed the reports that Russia in any way influenced the 2016 presidential election to tip in Trump’s favor .”I think it’s very important to show no nexus has been proven between what Russia or any other foreign government tried to do in the actual election result, really the only person making that case prominently is Hillary Clinton.

“You’ve got everyone saying that there is no nexus, that not a single vote was changed and we’re going to stand by that, “We know that Donald Trump won fairly and squarely 306 electoral votes. It had nothing to do with interference.”Conway added.
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CNN Sends Sketch Artist To White House Briefing In Place Of Banned Cameras

CNN sent its regular sketch artist for Supreme Court proceedings the White House, Friday for Press Secretary Sean Spicer’s afternoon briefing.
Bill Hennessy drew the briefing the back of the briefing room to document the scene. The network gave permission to other media and news outlets to use, CNN has equated the White House daily press briefing to a Supreme Court argument, an on-the-record event at which cameras are banned.
The idea is to paint a picture for viewers who were not in the room since cameras have been banned from the daily briefings.

Press secretaries for Democratic and Republican presidents have held on-camera briefings on a regular basis for the past quarter century but Trump’s administration has cut back on these briefings banning video and allowing only audio coverage.

In June, there have been only four on camera press briefings by Press Secretary Sean Spicer and his deputy Sarah Huckabee Sanders. When asked on Friday about the restriction of access. “Some days we’ll do it” on camera, he said. “I think it’s great for us to come out here and have a substantive discussion about policies. I don’t think that the be all and end all is whether it’s on television or not.”
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I Don't Collect N10m Ransom - Evans Goes On His Knees, Begs Victims

Some victims appeared at the Lagos State Police Command, Ikeja, where they accosted kidnap kingpin, Evans.
Confronting his former captives in chains and handcuffs was such an ironic sight for Evans, on whose orders many were chained .

With most of the victims he kidnapped at FESTAC and other areas in Amuwo-Odofin Local Government Area present, Evans appeared obviously sober, as he knelt down pleading to be forgiven.

 However, what he got in return were questions from the victims, who demanded to know how he got information that facilitated their abduction. But Evans, who was preoccupied with his pleas for forgiveness, gave no answers to that.

After this encounter with his known victims, a man, who claimed to have been kidnapped by Evans accosted him, but the kingpin denied abducting him. The alleged victim, who identified himself  as Murphy Ajala, a hotel owner in Apapa,   Lagos, accused Evans of kidnapping him in 2010.

Ajala told Evans that he abducted him at the entrance of his hotel after he returned from the Coronation of Ojota of Ijora and was taken in his Hummer SUV to a bush in Ajah. Ajala narrated that he recognized Evans at the time he was abducted, adding that he was blindfolded with his underwear.

He said Evans was younger at that time and was trotting an Ak-47 rifle, insisting that Evans was the person, who dragged him into his vehicle before they zoomed off. The alleged victim, who claimed to be a British citizen, said Evans and his gang abandoned his SUV at Lekki, where it was later found and demanded a ransom of N10, 000,000 from his family.

He stated that he was asked to sleep on the bare floor, stating that he was beaten regularly   so as to have him beg his family to pay the ransom.

Ajala told Saturday Vanguard that Evans was the leader of the group, saying that he came regularly at night where he was held with his rifle hung on his shoulder threatening to kill him. He stated that his family and friends were able to raise the sum of N10 million which was converted into US dollars before he was released.

When Evans came before Ajala, he looked at him and said bluntly; ‘’I didn’t kidnap you.’’ Evans then asked him: ‘’How much did you pay as ransom?’’   Ajala   responded thus: “I paid   N10million.” Upon hearing that, Evans declared:   ‘’I don’t collect N10million as ransom’” Ajala, however,   insisted that Evans was behind his kidnap.

At that point, Evans threw a question at the man thus: “ I thought your case had been concluded by the Police.” Instantaneously, everyone in the room asked Evans who kidnapped the man.   And he responded thus: “I don’t know.”

I don’t kidnap women

Another victim, a middle-aged woman whose identity was unknown also confronted Evans at the SARS office, Ikeja, screaming that Evans kidnapped her and collected the sum of N5million as ransom. Evans looked at the woman and said;

“Madam, I wasn’t the one who kidnapped you, and I don’t kidnap women. I also do not collect ransom as little as N5million. You may have to look elsewhere for the person that kidnapped you.”

 Vanguard Newspaper reports raised my BP 

Also, during the Tuesday encounter with Evans, the kidnap kingpin, called this reporter by his name and said that before his arrest, reports by Vanguard often raised his Blood Pressure, BP. He said to avoid having his BP on the high side, he decided to stop reading reports by Vanguard and started reading only the headlines.

Evans also disclosed to SaturdayVanguard that he had a team of lawyers, who he paid annually to defend him in the event of an eventuality, adding that the lawyers were aware of his arrest. He, however, refused to reveal the identity of the lawyers.
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Lagos Police Command Sold Me 3 Pump Action Guns - US Returnee

A middle-aged man, Ailabogie Aikpaojie, arrested by the Lagos State Police Command for unlawful possession of firearms – three pump action single barrelled guns and 250 live cartridges – has said that he bought the arms and ammunition from the state police command.
Speaking to journalists after he and several others were paraded for different offences by the Acting Commissioner of Police in Lagos State, Deputy Commissioner of Police Dasuki Galadanchi, on Friday, Aikpaojie, who also had a pistol with 9mm live ammunition on him when he was arrested, said he had done nothing wrong.

“I’m not a criminal, I wonder why I was being paraded,” he exclaimed.

In a chilling revelation that turned out to be an interesting one, the suspect said he bought the firearms from the Lagos State Police Command sometime in 2002 when he needed protection.

He said when he arrived the country then from the United States, where he has residency permit, he had security challenge, thus, he approached the then Police Commissioner, who helped him to arrange for the guns. He said he also had a function to attend in his village during the period, hence, he had to fortify himself.

He explained, “I had security challenge then, so I approached the police commissioner at that time. I told him I had a function in my village and I needed to be protected. I purchased the guns here in this Lagos State Police Command (Ikeja). I purchased the three pump action guns here.

“That place (pointing at the armoury) was where they sold the guns to me and this (pointing) box of cartridges. That other building (pointing) was where I did the licences for the three guns and I was given. But the licences are now with the Area Commander; they have seized them.

“Each of these (pump action) guns cost me N150,000, but I can’t remember how much I paid for the cartridges. Can anyone prove that I used it to commit crime? I need the guns for security.”

He queried why he should be arrested by the police that sold the guns to him.

He added, “If the police know I’m not supposed to have these pump action guns, why sell them to me? They brought someone who sold them to me right here on this police ground. In fact, I couldn’t take them out after they sold them to me until the licences were ready.”

As if that was not enough, Aikpaojie explained that as a businessman who has trucks that lift petroleum products, there were times his trucks would break down and he would need to send someone to the spot, saying he needed protection given his kind of business.

He said, “At times, the police provided me with policemen that travel with me, but sometimes when I come here (Command) to get approval for policemen, they hand the policemen to me without rifles, so I tell the policemen to use mine; the ones I bought here. I tell them that although it might not be as good as the ones they use, but they can manage them.”

He maintained that he was licenced to carry the guns, thus he had committed no crime.

Speaking about the pistol, he explained that he bought the pistol while he was in the US. When asked how he brought it in without being accosted whether at the seaport or the airport, he said, “I shipped the pistol around 2002. The gun mistakenly found its way to my luggage.”

When pressed further to know which of the ports, he said it was through the Tin Can Island Port in Apapa, Lagos State. “The pistol was not discovered at the port,” he said.

Explaining how he was arrested, he said that the gun had been in the country since 2002 but that it was when his family members saw the pistol somewhere in his house and showed him that he decided to take the gun to the Police Command to do the licence. According to him, he was arrested on the way.

He added, “I came to Nigeria on June 19. I was on my way to the office, driving, and I reversed to buy plantain when I was stopped. During their search, they asked where I got the gun on me and I told them I was taking the gun to the Command for licencing because it mistakenly came with my personal effect to this country. I expected the policeman to tell me how to go about it but instead he locked me up.

“Yes, I have a pistol. Illegal possession? Yes, but with an explanation. Can anyone prove that I use it to commit crime?”

Meanwhile, the Public Relations Officer of Lagos State Police Command, ASP Olarinde Famous-Cole, dismissed the claim that the suspect bought the guns from the command, saying there was no such thing. He added that the suspect had no licence for the guns.

Earlier, the acting commissioner had said the suspect was arrested on June 22 about 3pm by police operatives, saying he would be charged to court for unlawful possession.

He added, “He could not give a satisfactory account of where he got the Parabellum Baretta Pistol with 9mm live ammunition. Another search in his house led to recovery of three long single-barrelled pump action rifles with 250 cartridges.”

Source: Punch
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Meet The Stunning 42 Year Old Woman Who Is Mistaken For A Teen

A woman has become an internet phenomenon thanks to her youthful looks.
Lure Hsu will soon celebrate her 42nd birthday has shared the major secrets of her youthful look. She told Friday Magazine :

"Moisturizing is so important - in fact, ageing, fine lines and other skin problems moisturising can reduce."In addition, to keep skin healthy the sun is also very important, but not excessive exposure to it - especially in the summer."Although the sun is not always hot, you should still use sunscreen as sunned skin is drier and make small spots and small fine lines easier to appear."Think everything is simply moisturizing well and not over-exposing yourself to sun."
She also revealed eating less meat and more fibre, plus high protein foods and exercise are also parts of her routine.
She tells fans to drink a cup of black coffee every morning, have as few sugary drinks as possible and eat less greasy food.

Most importantly,she suggests to eat more fruit and vegetables.

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I Have The Ability To Steal Any Car - Ex-Soldier Turned Car Thief

John Andrew, a dismissed soldier believed to be part of a syndicate that specialises in snatching vehicles with master keys, has confessed that there is no kind of vehicle he cannot open.
Andrew, a confessed serial car snatcher, made the startling revelation during his parade at the headquarters of the Bayelsa State Police Command in Yenagoa.

The suspect was arrested on Saturday by policemen on a stop-and-search operation in Akenfa, a suburb of Yenagoa, the state capital.

It was learnt that the suspect, who had allegedly stolen many cars with the help of the master keys specially made for him by a Ghana-based Nigerian, operates a five-man gang cutting across Enugu, Benue and Cross River states, Punch reports.

Andrew, who said he was dismissed from the Nigerian Army for mutiny in 2014, confessed to the crime, saying he usually sold each stolen car for N300,000 to one Ike in Makurdi, Benue State.

He said it was the devil that pushed him into the crime, promising that if he was left off the hook, he would no longer go into crime.

Andrew, who said he had stolen only four vehicles, pleaded with the authorities to free him and that he would turn a new leaf.

He said, “I use masterkeys to remove vehicles from where they are parked. There is no kind or make of vehicle I cannot open. The police have apprehended me three times – I stole a Toyota Camry from Port Harcourt, Rivers State. They caught me in Yenagoa before transferring me to Port Harcourt. Another one was a Toyota Hilux; I stole that one from Warri in Delta State and two others.

“When they took me to court in Delta State, I was put in prison but the owner told the Magistrate’s Court that I should pay him the money he used to repair his vehicle and that he was not interested in any case.

“I am very sorry, it won’t happen again. I am going to sign an undertaking, anytime they catch me again, they should do anything they like to me. It is the devil’s work. I got the keys from Ghana. I buy (sic) one for N50,000. I have five gang members.

“I am a dismissed soldier. My last station was 3 Batallion, Warri, Delta State. I was accused of mutiny while on military operation in Borno State. I was brought to Delta State for court martial and I was dismissed in 2014. I am from Cross River State and I am a yam farmer.’’

Parading the suspect, the Bayelsa State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Asuquo Amba, described the suspect as a “habitual criminal”.

Amba said in Bayelsa alone, the suspect (Andrew), had been arrested three times.

He said, “Andrew is a habitual criminal. We have apprehended this suspect three times. The first time he stole some vehicles in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, we apprehended him in Bayelsa. The second time, he stole some vehicles in Ughelli, Delta State and brought them into Bayelsa, we were able to apprehend him.

“We were able to recover three vehicles from him and the matter was transferred to Delta State Police Command. The Delta State Police Command arraigned him before the court, however, I do not know whether he has finished serving his jail sentence or he was granted court bail because I am definitely sure he was not given police bail.

“On June 17, 2017, about 1pm, our policemen, while on routine stop-and-search operation at Akenfa area, flagged a Toyota with number plate AG 599 YEN. The suspect zoomed off to avoid search. He was pursued and arrested by the policemen. The Toyota car was stolen from where it was parked at Green Villa, Biogbolo, Yenagoa.

‘’The owner has been identified. In the course of our investigation, we recovered many masterkeys. He claimed that each of the keys costs N50,000 and were brought in from Ghana. He said with the keys, he could open any vehicle no matter the make.”

The police boss said that from the suspect’s background, the police investigation revealed that Andrew was a dismissed officer from the Nigerian Army. He stated that since his dismissal, the suspect had perpetually operated a gang that specialises in stealing vehicles from where they were parked.

He added, “We are happy we have caught him again. I want to assure the public that we are up to all his tricks and that with his arrest, the city of Yenagoa and Bayelsa State will be at peace, especially knowing quite alright that most people in the metropolis do not have garages or car parks as most vehicles are parked on the streets, that is why he took advantage of that.

“But with his arrest, I am sure our vehicles will be more secured. We are going to get some of his gang members in Makurdi and Enugu.’’
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Los Angeles Police Accidentally Killed A 17-Year-Old Boy While Shooting At A Pit Bull

Police in Los Angeles accidentally shot and killed a 17-year-old boy after unleashing bullets on a charging pit bull the teenager was trying to protect.
According to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, the boy, Armando Garcia-Muro, an incoming high school senior died on Thursday after being shot in the chest.

The teenager was caught in the gunfire as two sheriff’s deputies opened fire on the attacking animal.

"My nephew was trying to save the dog because the cops started shooting at the dog, he put his life on the line for an animal that wasn't even his" the teenager’s aunt, Amber Alcantar said.

Authorities said Garcia-Muro was likely caught in the crosshairs of ricocheting bullets. The deputies were responding to complaint calls of loud music at about 3:50 a.m., when they were met at the residence by an aggressive pit bull.

The sheriff’s office said the roughly 65-pound dog charged at the deputies and bit one on his left knee. Garcia-Muro appeared, corralled the dog and took it to the back of the apartment complex as the deputies moved to the street to focus on the injured officer. The pit bull then came running from the back of the residence, prompting a pair of deputies to open fire on it from up to seven feet away.

After the shooting, authorities found Garcia-Muro suffering from a gunshot wound to the chest near the back of the complex. He later died at a hospital.

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Irish Teacher Killed In Horror Car Crash In Thailand 'While Having S*x (Photos/Video)

An Irishman teacher who was killed in a horror car crash in Thailand was reportedly having s*x with a Thai woman at the back seat when the driver lost control, Authorities believe.
The Ex-pat English teacher John Malone, 39, was said to be travelling in a speeding black Suzuki when it lost control and hit a concrete post on Wednesday morning at 1am, Daily Mail reported

Horrific CCTV shows the car spinning several times as the glass smashes before it comes to a stop further down the road in Chiang Rai, Thailand.

Rescuers who arrived at the scene first found John half-naked while a naked Thai woman who survived the crash was in the back passenger seat and both didn't had their seat belts on.

The driver and another female front seat passenger who was rescued are in a serious condition and are being treated at Kasemrad Sriburin General Hospital.

The volunteer rescue foundation Siam Ruam which attended the crash said authorities were now investigating.

A spokesman said today : 'One foreign man died in the crash. The staff helped to bring out the bodies and give first aid.

The number plate of the crashed black Suzuki 795

'This was a black Suziki Swift and it was speeding. We think the man was having sex in the the car.
'There were three Thai people and one foreign man. Two of them were women. 

'They were injured and the driver was unconscious but only the man died.

'How it happened exactly we do not know yet. From the scene we know that the two passengers did not have clothes on. The man had a small t-shirt.

'We don't know how the driver crashed. We have not been able to investigate with him yet.'

The rescue foundation said that all three of the other people involved in the crash were Thai and that John, originally from County Longford, was the only foreigner.

Mr. Malone was a teacher at The Learning Center in Chiang Rai, a small city in northern Thailand on the border with Laos and Myanmar.

The company posted a tribute online. They said: 'We have lost today one of our beloved teachers, John Malone.

'John was at the heart of TLC team, helping in every way with his usual smile and happy attitude. You will always be in our hearts. RIP John.'

A spokesperson for the Department of Foreign Affairs in Ireland confirmed that they are aware of the incident and are 'providing consular assistance'.

See more photos and watch the CCTV footage of the crash below..

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