Famous Mexican drug lord, Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman has been found guilty on all counts against him and is expected to spend the rest of his life in a US jail
El Chapo who escaped from prison twice, made his first successful attempt in 2001 and broke out of a Mexican jail by hiding in a laundry bin.
Then, in 2014, he fled jail through a mile-long lighted tunnel which his associates had fitted with a motorcycle on rails. He was arrested again in 2016 and extradited to the US the following year.
On Tuesday, Guzman was convicted of running a criminal enterprise that amassed him a $14 billion (£11 billion) fortune. He ran the Sinaloa cartel, becoming the world’s most notorious drug baron since Pablo Escobar, the Colombian who was shot dead in 1993.
The 61-year-old showed no emotion as a jury in New York found him guilty of 10 drug-related charges. He will be sentenced on June 25, and will face a mandatory life term.
After the verdicts were read the Mexican drug lord, dressed in a charcoal suit and tie, leaned back in his chair and looked at his wife Emma Coronel, 29, a beauty queen. Both placed their hands on their hearts and gave each other a thumbs up. She had tears in her eyes.
The jury of five men and seven women, who have been under special protection since the trial began in November, deliberated for six days
During the trial, they heard allegations of gruesome murders, guns encrusted with diamonds or plated with gold, cocaine hidden in jalapeno cans, and a naked escape by Guzman with a mistress through a tunnel.
Prosecutors presented what they called an “avalanche” of evidence showing how Guzman, and his murderous Sinaloa cartel, made billions of dollars in profits by smuggling tons of cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine and cannabis into the US.
The court heard an allegation that Enrique Pena Nieto, the former Mexican president, took a $100 million bribe from Guzman. Mr Pena Nieto denied it.
Jurors were also told of Guzman’s personal brutality. On one occasion he was alleged to have kidnapped an associate who left his cartel, beating and shooting him, before having the victim buried alive.
A cast of 56 witnesses, many of them Mexican drug traffickers already in US prisons, gave evidence against him.
They included a Colombian known as Chupeta, or Lollipop, whose face had been so altered by plastic surgery while on the run that the court collectively gasped at his appearance.
One of Guzman’s many mistresses, Lucero Guadalupe Sanchez Lopez, told how she was in bed in a safe house with the drug lord when he was in hiding in 2014.
Mexican marines broke down the door but Guzman led her to a trap door beneath a bathtub, which led to an escape tunnel. “He was naked. He took off running,” she told the court.’.
Guzman will be held in a maximum-security prison in the US to avoid any jailbreaks.
Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibrahim Magu, has been arrested by the Department of State Services.
He was arrested over allegations that he owns four properties and that he was allegedly transferring funds abroad through a third party.
He was arrested at the Wuse II office of the DSS on Monday afternoon and is now undergoing interrogation at the DSS Headquarters In Aso Drive.
The DSS in a 2016 report revealed that accused of living in a N40m mansion paid for by one Umar Mohammed, a retired air commodore who is allegedly involved in shady deals.
“In December 2010, the Police Service Commission (PSC) found Magu guilty of action prejudicial to state security – withholding of EFCC files,
sabotage, unauthorised removal of EFCC files and acts unbecoming of a police officer, and awarded him severe reprimand as punishment.
“Magu is currently occupying a residence rented for N40m at N20m per annum.
This accommodation was not paid [for] from the commission’s finances,
but by one Umar Mohammed, air commodore retired, a questionable businessman who has subsequently been arrested by the secret service.
“For the furnishing of the residence, Magu enlisted the Federal Capital Development Authority to award a contract to Africa Energy, a company owned by the same Mohammed, to furnish the residence at the cost of N43m.
“Investigations show that the acting EFCC chairman regularly embarked on official and private trips through a private jet owned by Mohammed.
“In one of such trips, Magu flew to Maiduguri alongside Mohammed with a bank MD who was being investigated by the EFCC over complicity in funds allegedly stolen by the immediate past petroleum minister, Diezani Alison-Madueke.
“Furthermore, the EFCC boss has so far maintained a high-profile lifestyle.
This is exemplified by his preference for first-class air travels.
On 24 June, 2016, he flew Emirate airlines first-class to Saudi Arabia to perform lesser hajj at the cost of N2.9m.
This is in spite of Mr President’s directive to all public servants to fly economy class.
“Magu has fostered a beneficial relationship with Mohammed who by his confession approaches clients for possible exploitation, favours and associated returns,” the DSS report said.
Magu is yet to be confirmed as the substantive chairman of the EFCC despite occupying the position in acting capacity for many years.
How I Lost Everything is a story of prodigality and restoration by prominent Nigerian musician, Jeremiah Gyang. He took us through his journey of how he rose to stardom and opted for more only in the wrong path. He however confessed that he failed to heed to his late daddy last words to him before his demise which cost him alot but guess what something else happened.
Read his story below and learn from it.
THE STORY Of
HOW I LOST EVERYTHING.
PART ONE: THE BLESSING
While walking with my biological father, Evangelist Gyang Luke Dung to the road to get a bus to the studio, the words & melody for this song started to come to me.
This was in 1995.
My birth father passed away in 2005.
Before his passing, he commended me into the Hands of the Most High.
He blessed me with a curse, or, he cursed me with a blessing, and this is it:
He said, “in this life, you will NEVER succeed outside God.”
I will be forever grateful for that condition He set for me.
Now with all these things, I still went prodigal. Here’s the story:
PART TWO: GOING PRODIGAL AND THE CURSE
In 2004, God blessed me with a beautiful album, Na Ba Ka!.
In 2005 I signed a ground breaking deal against my father’s advice. This marriage assumed control of my first born child, Na Ba Ka!. Unbeknownst to me, this choice I made was going to end my career as a successful musician, much like a candle in the wind. I presumptuously thought the industry had the morality espoused in the scriptures. How wrong I was!
As a servant of the Most High, lost in a world where I was looking for the treasures that Christ rejected, I started to cast my pearls to the swine, sacrificing what belonged to God, to Satan. All the children that God gave me, I sacrificed them to demons.
The deal I signed was highly promising. The single condition was to bow down in worship, and I was going to receive access and power along with all the kingdoms of the world, and to make me become like God. The tree was really good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise.
“The words of his mouth were smoother than butter, but war was in his heart: his words were softer than oil, yet were they drawn swords.”
— Psalms 55:21 (KJV)
My desire, lust, and ambition blinded me. I forgot that I was already made in the image of God, hence I already was godlike, and didn’t need to answer the seductive call. Through discontentment, I despised the words of Christ, and the gifts of God. Na Ba Ka was already perfect when it came out in 2004, but that tree was too tempting.
1 Timothy 6 (KJV)
⁸ And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.
⁹ But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition.
¹⁰ For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.
¹¹ But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.
I took an already complete, award winning album, and sacrificed it to Satan, then I didn’t keep my part of the contract. As righteous indignation kicked in, I started to question the morals of the my principals. This is very similar to a woman who gets married with the hopes that she can change her husband after, or vice versa. This is the decision I made that took away everything I had from me. I thought my loss would only end in Na Ba Ka, but no. I lost the entire garden of Eden!
Ezekiel 16 (KJV)
¹⁵ But thou didst trust in thine own beauty, and playedst the harlot because of thy renown, and pouredst out thy fornications on every one that passed by; his it was.
¹⁶ And of thy garments thou didst take, and deckedst thy high places with divers colours, and playedst the harlot thereupon: the like things shall not come, neither shall it be so.
¹⁷ Thou hast also taken thy fair jewels of my gold and of my silver, which I had given thee, and madest to thyself images of men, and didst commit whoredom with them,
¹⁸ And tookest thy broidered garments, and coveredst them: and thou hast set mine oil and mine incense before them.
¹⁹ My meat also which I gave thee, fine flour, and oil, and honey, wherewith I fed thee, thou hast even set it before them for a sweet savour: and thus it was, saith the Lord GOD.
All the energy I needed to move on was channeled away from me, and was harnessed to build a machine that would be the constant source of pain for my brethren who are also blinded with ambition, as it is this day.
“For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?”
— Matthew 16:26 (KJV)
“There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.”
— Proverbs 14:12 (KJV)
The world I desired to conquer, became my conqueror. I became a byword and a proverb in my communities, no one would hear my side of the story, because the power of the rich makes their voice louder. I became the punchline of many jokes.
“And thou shalt be brought down, and shalt speak out of the ground, and thy speech shall be low out of the dust, and thy voice shall be, as of one that hath a familiar spirit, out of the ground, and thy speech shall whisper out of the dust.”
— Isaiah 29:4 (KJV)
Psalms 22 (KJV)
⁶ But I am a worm, and no man; a reproach of men, and despised of the people.
⁷ All they that see me laugh me to scorn: they shoot out the lip, they shake the head…
This decision stripped me of my dignity and my honour. When I refused to continue to eat from that tree, the barley and the wine ceased. The promise failed. I became a whitewashed tomb, with product online selling, but never receiving anything in proceeds. My praises were being posthumously sung, from the vantage point of a fallen hero. People would speak about me as though I was already dead!
Proverbs 11 (KJV)
²⁰ They that are of a froward heart are abomination to the LORD: but such as are upright in their way are his delight.
²¹ Though hand join in hand, the wicked shall not be unpunished: but the seed of the righteous shall be delivered.
“Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man:”
— James 1:13 (KJV)
“But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.”
— James 1:14 (KJV)
“Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.”
— James 1:15 (KJV)
PART THREE: MY CHILDREN
Now because of my agreement with that system, the children that God gave me believed in the system. I watched to my dismay how Satan turned the whole narrative upside down before me. He set me up as an example of disloyalty to the sons that God gave me, which I sold to Satan.
Ezekiel 16 (KJV)
²⁰ Moreover thou hast taken thy sons and thy daughters, whom thou hast borne unto me, and these hast thou sacrificed unto them to be devoured. Is this of thy whoredoms a small matter,
²¹ That thou hast slain my children, and delivered them to cause them to pass through the fire for them?
³⁶ Thus saith the Lord GOD; Because thy filthiness was poured out, and thy nakedness discovered through thy whoredoms with thy lovers, and with all the idols of thy abominations, and by the blood of thy children, which thou didst give unto them;
³⁷ Behold, therefore I will gather all thy lovers, with whom thou hast taken pleasure, and all them that thou hast loved, with all them that thou hast hated; I will even gather them round about against thee, and will discover thy nakedness unto them, that they may see all thy nakedness.
“And judgment is turned away backward, and justice standeth afar off: for truth is fallen in the street, and equity cannot enter.”
— Isaiah 59:14 (KJV)
“Yea, truth faileth; and he that departeth from evil maketh himself a prey: and the LORD saw it, and it displeased him that there was no judgment.”
— Isaiah 59:15 (KJV)
Isaiah 32 (KJV)
⁶ For the vile person will speak villany, and his heart will work iniquity, to practise hypocrisy, and to utter error against the LORD, to make empty the soul of the hungry, and he will cause the drink of the thirsty to fail.
⁷ The instruments also of the churl are evil: he deviseth wicked devices to destroy the poor with lying words, even when the needy speaketh right.
I watched them with my children rise to power, blinded by their own ambitions while I was on my decline. What could I say? They praised me in public, but their works towards me were despiteful. They understood that helping me could be deemed disloyalty and treasonous. They couldn’t help! Their judgement was in favour of their new masters.
Psalms 12 (KJV)
¹ Help, LORD; for the godly man ceaseth; for the faithful fail from among the children of men.
² They speak vanity every one with his neighbour: with flattering lips and with a double heart do they speak.
³ The LORD shall cut off all flattering lips, and the tongue that speaketh proud things:
⁴ Who have said, With our tongue will we prevail; our lips are our own: who is lord over us?
⁵ For the oppression of the poor, for the sighing of the needy, now will I arise, saith the LORD; I will set him in safety from him that puffeth at him.
⁶ The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.
⁷ Thou shalt keep them, O LORD, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever.
⁸ The wicked walk on every side, when the vilest men are exalted.
PART FOUR: THE CHURCHES
DISCLAIMER: This is my position concerning the church. There are good churches, and there are good pastors. They are few, and far in between.
Matthew 24 (KJV)
⁴ And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you.
⁵ For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.
Matthew 7 (KJV)
¹³ Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:
¹⁴ Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.
¹⁵ Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.
¹⁶ Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?
¹⁷ Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.
¹⁸ A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.
¹⁹ Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.
²⁰ Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.
²¹ Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
²² Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
²³ And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
²⁴ Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:
²⁵ And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.
²⁶ And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand:
²⁷ And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.