In this video by eNCA’s CheckPoint, Karabo Mokoena’s mother, brother, and friend speak out on the abuses that marked Karabo’s seven-month relationship with her killer boyfriend, Sandile Matsoe.
Watching this was very difficult for me personally. If you know anyone in an abusive relationship, please do something, you may save a life!
Lastly, can anyone explain why the Pastor keeps defending the boyfriend?
The father and the younger brother of the suicide bomber who killed 22 people at a concert venue in Manchester have been arrested in Tripoli, a spokesman for a local counter-terrorism force said on Wednesday.
The counter-terrorism force detained the father, Ramadan Abedi, outside his home in the Tripoli suburb of Ayn Zara on Wednesday afternoon.
A witness said he was handcuffed by armed men who drove him away in two unmarked vehicles.
The force, known as Rada, detained the brother Hashem Abedi, who was born in 1997, on Tuesday evening on suspicion of links to Islamic State, spokesman Ahmed Bin Salem said.
He did not give any details on the reasons why the father was arrested.
But Hashem Abedi had been in touch with attacker Salman Abedi, Bin Salem said, and was suspected of planning to carry out an attack in the Libyan capital.
“We have evidence that he is involved in Daesh (Islamic State) with his brother. We have been following him for more than one month and a half,” Bin Salem said. “He was in contact with his brother and he knew about the attack.”
Ramadan Abedi (pictured) the father of Manchester Arena bomber. Photo credit: Dailymail
The Federal High Court, Abuja, on Wednesday granted Andrew Yakubu, former Group Managing Director (GMD) of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) permission to travel abroad for medical treatment.
Yakubu was arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) on a six-count charge of money laundering and false declaration of asset.
At the resumed hearing of the case, the defendant, through his counsel, Mr Ahmed Raji (SAN), begged the court to allow him to travel to the UK to complete his medical treatment.
Raji informed the court that the defendant was undergoing medical treatment before he was summoned by the EFCC to return to the country. He also pleaded with the court to order the release of the defendant’s international passport which was deposited with the Deputy Chief Registrar of the court as part of his bail conditions.
In his response, counsel to EFCC, Mr Ben Ikani, said he would not object to the application since it was based on health ground.
While leaving the request to the discretion of the court, Ikani, however, urged the trial Judge to release the passport to Raji, the defendant’s lawyer.
In his ruling, Justice Ahmed Mohammed said he was disposed to granting the motion since it was not opposed by the prosecution.
Consequently, he granted the defendant three weeks permission to travel to the UK for completion of his medical treatment. The court held that the three weeks period would commence from May 25.
It directed that one the sureties must file a separate affidavit agreeing to be held liable should the defendant fail to return to Nigeria to face his trial.
Before adjourning the trial till July 6, Justice Mohammed directed Yakubu to surrender his international passport with the Deputy Registrar of the court on his return to the country.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the defendant was granted bail to the tune of N300 million with two sureties in like sum.
Yakubu was arrested following a tip-off by a whistle-blower. The EFCC raided his guest house situated at Sabon Tasha, Kaduna State and discovered 9.7 million dollars and 74,000 pounds hidden in a fireproof safe.
More than 30 migrants including young children drowned Wednesday when they fell off an overloaded vessel in the Mediterranean, where tensions are rising between aid ships and the Libyan coast guard.
“There’s a critical situation today. About 200 people fell into the water,” a coastguard spokesman told AFP, while a humanitarian worker at the scene said 31 bodies had been recovered.
The migrants were on a wooden boat carrying between 500 and 700 people and were just 20 nautical miles off the Libyan coast when the accident happened.
The crew of the Phoenix aid boat, chartered by the Maltese NGO Moas, had begun the rescue and were distributing lifejackets when many of those on deck fell into the water, perhaps knocked off balance by a wave.
“Not a scene from a horror movie… Real life tragedy unfolding on Europe’s doorstep today!,” said Chris Catrambone, Moas co-founder, who was aboard the Phoenix and published photos showing white body bags lined up on the deck.
“Rescuers are frantically trying to break open the locked hold on a wooden boat where hundreds of migrants are trapped!” he tweeted.
With the help of an Italian coast guard ship and several commercial ships, rescuers raced to drag as many people as possible from the water, while a military aircraft dropped life-rafts and a helicopter looked for survivors.
“Current body count at 31,” Catrambone said, adding many who fell overboard had been “small toddlers”.
– ‘Shots fired’ –
About 15 relief operations were under way Wednesday off Libya in total, the coast guard said.
On Tuesday, they coordinated the rescue of about 1,500 people, while their Libyan counterparts intercepted 237 others, including 20 women and 15 children, travelling on two wooden boats.
Among the migrants was a group of 12 Libyans — including five women and three children — who were trying to flee the conflict-hit country. Libyans have been a rare sight on migrant boats so far.
The German NGO Jugend Rettet said Tuesday it had had a run-in with armed men on a boat purportedly commandeered by the Libyan coast guard.
The Libyan boat already had passengers on board — presumably picked up from a dinghy in the area.
Jugend Rettet published a photograph appearing to show the armed men pointing their weapons directly at the migrants and said “a variety of shots” were fired “and refugees were beaten”.
Some 100 people on the Libyan boat panicked when the shots rang out and threw themselves into the water, swimming towards the German boat Iuventa and the SOS Mediterranee boat Aquarius, which was also at the scene.
“We can not say whether and how many dead there were in the shooting. We had to be careful not to get a bullet ourselves,” Jugend Rettet said in a statement citing the Iuventa’s 25-year old captain Jonas, without giving his surname.
The Libyan coast guard has recently begun carrying out its own operations at sea, towing migrant dinghies headed for Europe back to shore and locking up those recovered in centres which are renowned for human rights abuses.
President Donald Trump called North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un a “madman with nuclear weapons” during a telephone call with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, according to a transcript of the conversation released by US media Tuesday.
A White House readout of the April 29 call characterized it as a “very friendly conversation.” Days after the conversation, Trump said publicly that he would be “honored” to meet with Kim.
But in the call, Trump hinted at a possible dramatic escalation on the Korean Peninsula.
“We can’t let a madman with nuclear weapons let on the loose like that. We have a lot of firepower, more than he has, times 20 — but we don’t want to use it,” the US leader said, citing “two nuclear submarines” the Pentagon sent to the area last month.
Transcribed by the Philippine government, the conversation was released by The Washington Post and The Intercept.
Trump also queried Duterte about whether he believed Kim was “stable or not stable.” The Philippine leader responded that their North Korean counterpart’s “mind is not working and he might just go crazy one moment.”
Kim has a “dangerous toy in his hands that could create so much agony and suffering for all mankind,” he added.
But Trump appeared reassured that North Korea’s recent missile tests had failed, saying that “all his rockets are crashing. That’s the good news.”
Turning to China and its ability to counter the nuclear threat, Trump pressed Duterte to call Chinese President Xi Jinping to exert pressure.
“I hope China solves the problem. They really have the means because a great degree of their stuff come through China,” Trump said, adding: “But if China doesn’t do it, we will do it.”
Duterte agreed, saying “at the end of the day, the last card, the ace, has to be with China.”
However, he also cautioned, starkly, that “the other option is a nuclear blast, which is not good for everybody.”
Trump closed the call by inviting Duterte to visit the White House “anytime you want to come,” and called him a “good man.”
“Seriously, if you want to come over, just let us know. Just take care of yourself, and we will take care of North Korea,” he added.
At the start of the call, Trump congratulated Duterte on doing a “great job” in his controversial drug war that has killed thousands of people.
Former world Boxing Champion, Evander Holyfield, on Wednesday said that his foundation would donate health facilities worth three million dollars to Lagos State.
Holyfield who announced the donation during a courtesy visit to Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode at the State House in Alausa also said that the foundation would be established in the state.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the former world Champion will be engaging in a Charity Rumble Fight with a national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief Bola Tinubu where Ambode will act as a judge.
Holyfield said that the gesture was part of his strategy of giving back to the society.
He noted that giving back to the society would help children who had interest in sports to actualise their dreams as he was able to do.
Holyfield said his visit was to give kids the basic knowledge in boxing and inspire them on how to maintain a winning attitude.
Holyfield, who narrated how his mother supported his boxing career, said that his mother often advised him to hold on to what he was good at and never quit even when the tide was not good.
He said: “I held on to those words and they assisted me in becoming world heavyweight champion today. I believe that the kids should be inspired just like my mother inspired me to hold on tenaciously to those things I am good at.”
Responding, Ambode assured Holyfield that the State Government would partner the foundation to achieve its aim in the country especially in Lagos State.
The governor said that the essence of leadership was to inspire others to achieve their potentials in their chosen field. According to him, now is the time to give boxing its pride of place in Nigerian sports.
Ambode expressed appreciation to Holyfield foundation for the gesture and also thanked him for being in town for the Lagos @ 50 celebrations.
Holyfield competed from 1984 to 2011. He reigned as the undisputed champion in both the cruiserweight and heavyweight divisions, being the first and to date only boxer in history to do so, which earned him the nickname, “The Real Deal”.
He is the only four-time world heavyweight champion, having held the WBA, WBC, IBF, and lineal titles from 1990 to 1992; the WBA, IBF, and lineal titles again from 1993 to 1994; the WBA title from 1996 to 1999; the IBF title from 1997 to 1999; and the WBA title for a fourth time from 2000 to 2001.
Holyfield won a 1997 rematch against Mike Tyson, which saw the latter disqualified in round three for biting Holyfield on his ears.
During this reign as champion, he also avenged his loss to Michael Moorer and reclaimed the IBF title.
In 1999 he faced Lennox Lewis in a unification fight for the undisputed WBA, WBC, IBF, and lineal titles, which ended in a controversial split draw. Holyfield was defeated in a rematch eight months later.
The following year, he defeated John Ruiz for the vacant WBA title, becoming the first boxer in history to win a version of the heavyweight title four times.
Holyfield lost a rematch against Ruiz seven months later and faced him for the third time in a draw. He retired in 2014, and is ranked number 77 on The Ring’s list of 100 greatest punchers of all time. Boxing Scene also ranked him the greatest cruiserweight of all time.
Federal authorities say a California man who worked as an engineer for a defence contractor has pleaded guilty to attempting to sell sensitive information used in military and commercial satellites to Russia.
Gregory Allen Justice entered the pleas Monday to two felonies: economic espionage and violating the Arms Export Control Act. The 49-year-old could get up to 35 years in federal prison.
Authorities say Justice provided an undercover FBI agent he thought was a Russian spy with proprietary software technology and other information for use in satellites.
Court documents say he was paid between $500 and $1 000 during each of several meetings last year.
Justice was arrested in July. Investigators said he told them he needed money to help with his wife’s medical problems.
Titi Atiku, wife of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, on Tuesday told an Ikeja High Court that she trusted a business partner who allegedly defrauded her of N918 million because of his status as a pastor.
“I thought that the first defendant, being a pastor, he will not defraud me.
“I thought that he was being genuine with me during our business dealings,” Mrs Abubakar said while being cross examined in the ongoing fraud trial against a pastor, Nsikakabasi Akpan-Jacobs, Abdulmalik Ibrahim and Dana Motors Ltd.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had slammed the accused with a 15- count charge bordering on conspiracy, stealing and fraudulent conversion of property worth N918 million belonging to THA Shipping Maritime Services Ltd.
Amos Ibe, the defence counsel to Mr. Akpan-Jacobs, while cross examining Mrs Abubakar, questioned why she used different monikers in company documents relating to the fraud.
“Before I start cross examining you Ma, should I refer to you as Your Excellency?
“Why was the name Florence Doregos used in the petition from the EFCC which is exhibit one, as well as other fake names in documents you used to transact business with the first defendant?,” Mr. Ibe queried.
Replying, Titi said: “I am Her Excellency forever, it was under my instruction and direction that the petition was written.
“My name is Florence Doregos, my name is Titi Amina Atiku Abubakar, the Mrs in the petition is a mistake made by my Lawyer.
“Florence is my name and it was easy for me to use Doregos while I was in state service.
“The name of my biological father is Dorego Albert, we are from Ilesha but I have cousins who are from the Republic of Benin.
“I can choose Doregos, I can choose Albert as my surname, they are all my names, even Dino Melaye, his name is Daniel but he calls himself Dino.
“I can twist my name anyhow I want.”
Responding to Mr. Ibe’s questions about her identity when she married the former Vice-President, she said “I married my husband at the Ikoyi Registry in 1971.
“I was a Christian before I married my husband, Angelina is my baptismal name, Florence is my confirmation name.
“When I got married to my husband, I converted to Islam and I have been called Amina Titilayo, Titilayo was what I was called at home,” she said.
Mr. Ibe, however, still questioning Mrs Atiku’s real identity, told her that a book written in honour of her husband titled ‘Atiku: The Story of Atiku Abubakar,’ claimed that she was from a Local Government Area in Adamawa.
“I am from my husband’s Local Government Area by virtue of marriage.
“Whether I’m from the moon o, that’s not the matter on ground,” she said.
Mr. Ibe sought to tender the book written in honour of the former Vice-President to the court but it was rejected by Justice Oluwatoyin Ipaye.
“The document does not fall under the definition of a public document under the Evidence Act, it is a private document, it is therefore rejected,” Justice Ipaye said.
NAN reports that THA Shipping Maritime Services Ltd, a company created in 2000 belonged to Mrs Atiku, Akpan-Jacobs and Fred Holmes.
She was allegedly to be the majority shareholder with 49 per cent shares, while Holmes and Akpan-Jacobs each had 25 per cent shares.
Mr. Akpan-Jacobs, who also doubled as the company’s Managing Director and Secretary, was accused to have gone to the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) and altered the share holding in his favour and forging the company’s board resolution.
He allegedly under the new share arrangement allotted 70 per cent shares to himself and 15 per cent shares each to Titi and Holmes.
According to the EFCC, welding a fraudulent shareholding power, Mr. Akpan-Jacobs sold a property belonging to the company to Dana Motors Nigeria Ltd for N918 million.
The property is located at Plot C63 A, Amuwo-Odofin Commercial Layout along Oshodi-Apapa Expressway, Lagos.
During Tuesday’s proceedings, the defence disputed Mrs Abubakar’s claims that she invested over N1.2billion in the business transactions with the defendants.
“Your petition stated that you invested over N200 million and in another document it stated that you invested over N1.2billion, which fact is correct?
“Do you have accounting reports, did you hire an auditor to look at the accounts, how did you arrive at N1.2billion?
“N200 million is the money I spent in building the bonded terminal, by the time it was ready, it was worth N1.2billion.
“Akpan-Jacobs never gave me any records, I was in the state service, I did not get any auditor, Akpan-Jacobs has the evidence of the money I spent, I didn’t know that our business transactions will become a court case,” she said.
Mrs Abubakar, while in the witness box, accused Mr. Akpan-Jacobs of using her company property as a collateral for a bank loan that he sought when he wanted to run for the Akwa-Ibom governorship election.
“He used my bonded terminal as a collateral for a loan when he wanted to run for governorship of Akwa-Ibom, when he couldn’t refund the money the bank wanted to acquire the bonded terminal, he sold it to Dana Motors Ltd,
“I was the largest shareholder of THA Shipping Company with 49% of shares, my German partner Fred Holmes had 26% and Akpan-Jacobs has 25%.
“Akpan-Jacobs never contributed a dime to the company, I couldn’t be involved in all the documentation because I was in service.
“He did the registration and promotion of the company, he brought all the papers to me at the villa to sign, he later fraudulently changed the shareholding powers of my shipping company to favour himself.
“He gave me 15 percent, Holmes 15 percent and he took 70 percent shareholding power for himself.
“I never entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with him to sell the company, that is why I’m in court, when he couldn’t repay the loan, he sold the company to Dana Motors Ltd.
“When the fraud happened, we initially agreed to settle out of court, but instead of settling, he went to sell the cranes and the company, giving the EFCC N16 million which I received, “ she said.
Mr. Akpan-Jacobs’ lawyer asked the court to cancel the next court date slated for May 24 for continuation of the trial on the grounds of his Ill health.
“My Lord, I ask for the previously adjourned date of May 24 to be vacated because I am currently battling ill health,” Mr. Ibe said.
Babatunde Sonoiki, the EFCC counsel however, opposed Mr. Ibe’s request.
“There have been four adjournments at the cost of the plaintiff, she flies in at great risk to her safety from Abuja for every court date and she is supposed to be helping to take care of a newborn of one of her children.
“We have another witness who has travelled on four occasions for 15 hours by road from Yola and the case keeps being adjourned, I will like to request for a cost of N750,000 from the defendants to cover the financial expenses of the plaintiff,” he said.
Justice Ipaye granted a cost of N100,000 against Mr. Akpan-Jacobs and adjourned the case until July 5 and 6 for continuation of trial.
The Nigerian Customs says it has discovered another container-load of arms at the Tin Can Island Port in Lagos.
It was discovered at the Ports and Cargo Terminal of the Tin Can Island Ports.
The terminal where the container was found has been shut down.
The quantity of the arms intercepted was not revealed.
Recall that in January 2017, the Nigerian Customs Service seized 661 pump action rifles imported into the country illegally from China.
Army chief Buratai had in a tense language last week warned officers and soldiers to steer clear of politics, as information had reached him that some officers were involved in political meetings for “undisclosed reasons.”
Buratai advised officers and soldiers interested in politicking to resign from the service, as any officer caught would be severely penalized.
The Labour Party (LP) has accused the All Progressive Congress (APC) of kidnapping Chibok girls, contrary to the believe that they were abducted by Boko Haram terrorists.
In a statement signed by its National chairman, Alhaji Abdulkadir Abdulsalami, the party described as a “fluke,” the reported release of 82 Chibok school girls by Boko Haram.
The party said the ruling APC kidnapped the girls so as to dent the image of former president Goodluck Jonathan’s administration.
The party said APC should expect the wrath of God for deceiving Nigerians and manipulating the parents of the Chibok girls.
Abdulsalami said the government should not claim credit “for what they have packaged, pre-arranged and now executing”.
He said the government has worsened the suffering of Nigerians and if President Muhammadu Buhari does not leave office, nothing good should be expected from his administration.
The statement read: “The government should expect the wrath of God for deceiving Nigerians and manipulating the parents of the Chibok girls. The release of the Chibok girls is a fluke and an ordinary abracadabra. If by this time, they claimed to have captured Sambisa forest, from which other forest will they say they have brought these girls?
“I think Nigerians need to be told the truth by our leaders, if they want sympathy from Almighty God, what happened to the Chibok girls. By the time we get to May 29 next year (2018), they will now release all the remaining girls to say they have fought the war, they have won the war.
“But the fact of the matter, as I have been saying before, during and after the campaign for the 2015 general elections, is that these Chibok girls were not kidnapped by any Boko Haram. They were prepared and arranged to destroy the image and administration of President Goodluck Jonathan.”
“After the Chibok girls, what activity has Buhari done? Buhari is sick, all he needs to do, let him bring all the arsenals for cancer or whatever into Nigeria, the machines and doctors like the Chinese are doing, to turn the health sector around.
“And if they don’t have capacity, let them get away from government. The APC should step aside and let a responsible government take over the administration of Nigeria. You can’t talk of the government without bringing in APC. Buhari came on the platform of change, using deceit in all its programmes.”
On the ill-health of the President, the party demanded that Buhari should bring all the “arsenals from overseas that would turn the health sector around”, instead of jetting out of the country for medical treatment.
He said, “The present government has worsened the suffering of Nigerians. We have suffered enough, and if Buhari doesn’t leave office, Nigerians should expect worse repercussions from the government”.
Abdulsalami also said the President, “should quit office and hand over power to a responsible government if he feels unfit.”
Veteran American actor, Sir Roger Moore, best known as James Bond, has died aged 89.
Family sources confirmed the death.
“It is with a heavy heart that we must announce our loving father, Sir Roger Moore, has passed away today in Switzerland after a short but brave battle with cancer,” his children said in a statement published on Twitter.
“We are all devastated,” Deborah, Geoffrey and Christian said, adding: “Thank you Pops for being you, and for being so very special to so many people.”
Moore made his debut as 007 in “Live and Let Die”, following it with six more films, only bowing out with 1985’s “A View to a Kill”, when he was 57.
The Zamfara Government said on Tuesday it had assembled 500 reciters of the Holy Qur’an to offer special prayers for the well-being of President Muhammadu Buhari and the country.
Lawal Liman, the state’s Commissioner for Rural and Community Development, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Gusau that the Islamic scholars were drawn from the 14 local government areas of the state.
According to Mr. Liman, the reciters were brought together as part of activities lined up for the 2017 Democracy Day celebration in the state.
The commissioner said “all hands must be joined in prayers for the betterment of our nation.
“If the President, as the leader of Nigeria, is not well, then it becomes the concern of all Nigerians to know that his recovery is highly important to us as a people and as a nation.
“We have organised different prayer sessions throughout the state and we believe as Hafeez (memorizers of the Holy Qur’an) their prayers will be of immense benefit for our state, its leaders and people and the nation, especially the President, who is now on medical treatment in London.’’
He said the 500 Qur’an reciters who were hosted at the Gusau Central Mosque, recited the Holy Qur’an 100 times from Sunday night to Monday morning.
“Special prayers were also offered for God to continue to give him the wisdom he needs to take this nation to greater heights,’’ he added.
NAN reports that activities to mark this year’s Democracy Day include the opening of Juma’at mosques in different parts of the state where prayers were offered for the nation and its leaders.
The events were set in motion early in May to allow people of the state to concentrate on preparations for the forthcoming Ramadan.
A shopping center in Manchester, England, was evacuated and witnesses said they heard a “big bang” on Tuesday, just hours after a suicide bomber killed 22 people and injured 59 in the same area of the city.
“There are people coming out holding hands,” a Reuters photographer said.
Footage has emerged showing crowds of people screaming and sprinting from the shopping centre this morning.
It comes after 22 were killed in a terrorist suicide bomb attack at Manchester Arena last night, shortly after an Ariana Grande concert.
Greater Manchester Police said: ‘Emergency services are currently responding to reports of an explosion at Manchester Arena.
‘There are a number of confirmed fatalities and others injured.
‘Please AVOID the area as first responders work tirelessly at the scene. Details of a casualty bureau will follow as soon as available.’
Jonathan Yates, 24, from the Wirral, who attended the gig, told MailOnline: ‘The concert had finished and the lights came on almost instantly. There was a bang, a weird bang. There were lots of balloons but I thought to myself that can’t be a balloon, that’s not normal.
‘We were sat on the floor level and it came from the higher seats, people were running and screaming. Everyone stopped and I turned to my friend and said ‘we need to run’. Everyone was running and screaming and then when we got out it felt a bit more OK.
‘I heard five or six bangs that sounded like gunshots. When we got outside people were outside, crying and on their phones.
‘You don’t think it’s something that’s going to happen when you go…it was such a nice, fun concert.’
Nick Schurok, 28, from Manchester, told MailOnline: ‘Ariana Grande had just finished the concert and the lights came on. Everyone started leaving. I was on the floor and at the back of the arena people started exiting through the tunnels.
‘There was a bang in the left tunnel and everyone went to the middle tunnel. Then about two minutes later, there was another bang. The bang was so loud and crowds of people were running. There were lots of children and families there.’
Another witness Jenny Brewster told MailOnline: ‘We were exiting the building when it happened. We’d headed towards the main doors as Ariana was performing the last song because we wanted to beat the crowds, but – as we made our way there – a wall of security men blocked it and told us to go the other way.
‘Seconds later they shouted ‘RUN!’ and the explosion happened right behind them. Hundreds of people were running and screaming. Those men saved our lives.’
Catherine Macfarlane told Reuters: ‘We were making our way out and when we were right by the door there was a massive explosion and everybody was screaming.
‘It was a huge explosion – you could feel it in your chest. It was chaotic. Everybody was running and screaming and just trying to get out of the area.’
Majid Khan, 22, said: ‘I and my sister, along with a lot of others were seeing Ariana Grande perform at Manchester Arena, and we were all exiting the venue when around 10.40-10.45pm-ish a huge bomb-like bang went off that hugely panicked everyone and we were all trying to flee the arena.
‘It was one bang and essentially everyone from the other side of the arena where the bang was heard from suddenly came running towards us as they were trying to exit Trinity Way and that was blocked so everyone was just running to any exit they could find as quickly as they could.
‘Everyone was in a huge state of panic, calling each other as some had gone to the toilet whilst this had gone off, so it was just extremely disturbing for everyone there.’
Another concert-goer Laura, 22, told MailOnline: ‘There was a woman leaning against a car in the car park with her head down, covered in blood and a little girl being lifted away by paramedics. There were quite a few people injured in the car park.’
Her friend, Livvy, 22, added: ‘we saw the explosion happen. Bits of it hit me. My first thought was, ‘that’s a bomb’.
‘It was just when we were leaving. We saw a flash of light and smoke.
‘We’re really shaken up. If we had been there moment earlier we would have been caught up in it rather than seeing it.’
Oliver Jones, 17, was at the concert with his 19-year-old sister.
He said: ‘I was in the toilet and heard a loud bang just after the concert had finished and people had started to leave.
‘The bang echoed around the foyer of the arena and people started to run.
‘I seen people running and screaming towards one direction and then many were turning around to run back the other way.
‘Security was running out as well as the fans and concert goers.
‘Reports of blood and people injured.’
He added: ‘In so much shock and panic. You see this on the news all the time and never expect it to happen to you. I just had to run and make sure me and my sister were safe.’
Suzy Mitchell, 26, whose flat is opposite the venue, reported a huge bang rocking the neighbourhood.
She told the Press Association: ‘(I) just heard a huge bang from my bed, came out to the front of my apartments (we’re on the top floor so have perfect view) and everyone was running away in big crowds.
‘The bang was so big I heard it from my room which is at the back of the apartment blocks.
‘Currently lots of emergency services going to and from. But can’t see anything substantial as of yet except fleeing people and lots of cars.
Erin McDougle, 20, from Newcastle said: ‘There was a loud bang at the end of the concert. The lights were already on so we knew it wasn’t part of the show.
‘At first we thought it was a bomb. There was a lot of smoke. People started running out. When we got outside the arena there were dozens of police vans and quite a few ambulances.’
A group of young men from Sheffield said they had seen at least five people covered in blood and others being carried out by bouncers.
‘Ariana Grande had just gone behind the curtain and the lights came up when there was this massive bang and a big cloud of smoke. I saw five people with blood all down them,’ said one.
Sophie Tedd, 25, from Darlington, said the noise and smoke seemed to come from the tiered seating stage right. ‘We were sitting on that side then suddenly there was this big bang in the block next to us,’ she said.
‘Everyone started screaming and we nearly got trampled on. There was a burning smell.’
A witness inside the venue, who gave only her first name, Ashley, told Sky News: ‘After the explosion, the staff in the Arena were telling us to follow the exit and go outside.
‘At first we did not think it was serious as we could not see any smoke but when we went outside we could see it was more serious.
‘There were loads of police turning up telling people to move away from the site.
‘Now there are a few people around still trying to get home – they are stuck because Manchester Station is closed.
‘I’ve not seen so many police in my life.’
Sasina Akhtar said: ‘We were in the lower tier and there was an explosion behind us at the back of the arena.
‘We saw young girls with blood on them, everyone was screaming and people were running. There was lots of smoke.’
Kindhearted locals also took to social media to offer their help to people who had attended the concert.
Kim Corbett wrote: ‘If anyone needs picking up please let me know. I live in Bury but I’m happy to help any way I can. God bless those hurt tonight.’
Vicky Fraser added: ‘If anybody needs somewhere to stay I will pick them up…can meet them as close as I can get to town.’
There are reports on social media that up to 50 unaccompanied children have been taken in to Manchester Holiday Inn and are being looked after by adults.
Paula Robinson posted on Facebook: ‘We have taken as many kids as we can to Holiday Inn we will keep them safe and stay with them.’
Former Manchester United footballer Rio Ferdinand said: ‘Just heard the news what’s happening in Manchester… hope everyone is safe and sound!’
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn tweeted: ‘Terrible incident in Manchester. My thoughts are with all those affected and our brilliant emergency services.’
A spokesman for Greater Manchester Police said: ‘Emergency services responding to serious incident at Manchester Arena. Avoid the area. More details will follow as soon as available.’
A British Transport Police spokesman said: ‘We are aware of an incident at Manchester Arena. We have officers at the scene and will provide further updates as soon as possible.’
US pop singer Grande was performing her Dangerous Woman European tour at Manchester Arena when the incident happened.
Later this week, she is scheduled to perform in London, followed by concerts in Belgium, Poland and Germany.
Police in Indianapolis, capital of Indiana in the United States have launched a manhunt for the killer of a Nigerian pastor, Oluwadayomisi Epenusi.
The 66-year-old Nigerian was shot to death at the weekend at an apartment complex near 10th Street and I-465 on the city’s west side.
Friends and neighbors said Epenusi, had only recently moved to Indiana from Nigeria where he worked as a pastor.
Neighbors say they heard a series of gunshots early Saturday morning.
“I heard about 15 gunshots. It was nuts,” said neighbor Kristina Teague
Teague called 911, but by the time police arrived the victim had run back to his apartment and a roommate then drove the bleeding man to Eskenazi Hospital where the 66-year-old died, unable to explain to his roommate what led up to the shooting.
“The roommate said when he was on the way he asked him what happened and why he got shot, but the man couldn’t say nothing because he was still in pain,” said Moshood Kafaru.
Kafaru moved to the United States from Nigeria , as did the victim who worked as a pastor.
“He was just a nice person who would go to work and come home and go to church. He didn’t talk to nobody. He never bothered nobody,” said Kafaru.
Police don’t know for sure, but Kafaru believes the violence started as a robbery.
“He was holding a purse. He refused to let it go. They thought he had money in the purse, but he didn’t want to let it go,” said Kafaru.
A large group of Nigerians live in the apartment complex and those that knew Epenusi say he had been working hard to help his kids to move to the United States.
“They just got a visa. That why he was working, so his family can come over here,” said Kafaru. “He was just an innocent man and it just upsets me that he’s gone just like that.”
“It’s really sad because he was here sending money to his family,” said Teague.
Police have asked people with information to contact Crime Stoppers at 317-262-TIPS.