Fake Bomb detectors spotted in Abuja

On a trip to Transcorp Hilton Abuja  recently , I noticed the frustrating long queues of vehicls being searched at the gate had dissappeared. There was now a dedicated entry lane demacated with those concrete blocks, there was still the prescence of heavily armed soldiers but the cars were moving in and out freely and the traffic flowed. I thought this is great, these people must be doing something right, and then it happened...

I spotted the miraculous bomb detecting device with an aerial, the magic wand, the solution to the torture we had  endured in the past, all in the name of security.



In many establishments these days there is an increase in the use of these devices but the question you should ask yourself is this ... what exactly does this device detect?



Popularly known as the ADE 651 or you can find various other models out there e.g GT200 or Alpha 6 all these devices have one thing in common, absolute rubbish.

They dont work , and this has been one of the greatest scam devices on the market since the begining of the war on terror.

(Reuters) - Iraqi authorities have arrested a high-ranking police official in connection with the purchase of a bomb detector that the British government says does not work,


Used in places like Iraq, Afganistan and Pakistan some years ago, there was an investigation by BBC news night into the use of these so called bomb detectors.

In the end , the UK government banned the export of these gadgets and the company was charged with fraud.

No western country uses these device because quite simply they do not work.

So in 2012 these things are begining to appear in Abuja.

As long as no one has a multi billion naira contract to supply these gadgets in Nigeria, I  believe we can put up with seeing these things in some places, the word deterant comes to mind.


And for those people who feel safer seeing these devises around please accept my apology, for bursting your bubble.


The best bomb detecting system in the world still remains mans best friend and if you doubt me , ask the US military




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The most talked about Charlyboy Show-live, “Battle of the Gifted” has come and gone, but the lasting impression that the show created cannot be undermined. The show that began late into the night due to some unsubstantial Blackberry broadcasts of an impending bomb blast at the venue of the event only saw Abuja residents trooping into the venue almost at the last hour of the evening, perhaps when they had realized that it was only an empty rumor, meant to scare them from the show.

Despite the attempt by some people to put some huddles before the organizers, the show has been rated as one of the best held recently in the capital city of the FCT.

The evening started with the winners of the last Charlyboy Talent Hunt, who stormed the stage with different statements of fact, that the Charlyboy foundation had not just empowered them, but had taken the issue of mentoring and monitoring seriously. This was communicated to the audience through the noticeable improvement in their costume, creativity and a host of other artistic prowess that they displayed at the Thisday Dome.  Citiz and Walking Talking whose performances were outstanding never failed to established the good work of the Charlyboy Foundation in their lives when they spoke with our correspondents after their exhilarating acts.

As the show began an expository journey towards the climax, the Abuja based duo of Badguyses stormed the stage with an awe inspiring performance; a message of hope that the future of the entertainment industry will certainly be bright.

It was not a dull moment at the Thisday Dome when Raz Myk stormed the stage with his Rastafarian moves and energy. The Lagos based artiste did not disappoint his fans either.

 The performance from one of the most creative blind artistes discovered at the just concluded Charlyboy Talent Hunt sent shiver down the spines of many audience who realized that there was ability in disability.  Don Mike stole the show.

When Funnybone, one of the most creative Nigerian Comedian stormed the stage, it became glaring to the audience that the battle had begun in earnest as the audience had their first laughter of the night, ushering them into the experience of the Battle of the Gifted. 

The actual battle began when the contestants had their first battle in the ring. The ‘showdown’ was considered the most creative battle since the inception of the Battle of the Gifted as the nine contestants slogged it out in the ring. In the dance category, it was between Sunita, John Great and Chizzle; however Chizzle was disqualified as a result of bad CD, while the Comedy category saw Peteru, Otoro and Don J struggling for the first place. The music category and one of the most challenging categories had Dizzy, Anony and Bisola standing tall for the first prize. The first round of the battle saw Sunita and John Great qualifying for the final round in the dance category, while Peteru and Don J scaled through to the final for the comedy belt. Anony and Dizzy were to slog it out in the music category as well. The most challenging final battle left the audience wondering who the judges made up of Willi Willi of Wazobia Fm, Antonio Cruize and Vina of Big Brother Africa would crown as the winners of the third edition of the ‘ Battle of the Gifted. While the audience waited patiently for the result of the keenly contested battle, the Battle of the elders’ statesmen began. It was the most memorable battle in a battle as OBJ and Justice Oputa locked horns in a dancing competition. This came shortly after Bovi, a renowned comedian had battled with baba in the ring. Bovi who was introduced by Tunde Ige as the official MC of the event never gave the audience a breeding space while cracking their ribs with laughter.


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Of course, the Baba’s battle with Justice Oputa ended in a tie as decided by the most organized audience of the event. It was the most creative and entertaining moment of the night.


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There was equally no dull moment as different a-list artistes stormed the stage with a fantastic display. I Go Dye, Gandoki, Naeto C, Da Areafada himself and 2baba never gave the audience any quiet moment.  It was certainly the biggest show of the year. The stage got hotter as the show went into the night. The chill weather of the night got hot for the audience as they stood on their feet while applauding the artistes on parade.

VoxAfrica TV's trip to Abuja City , unleashing the potential of tourism .

VoxAfrica TV,  is a panafrican bilingual tv channel (www.voxafrica.com) based in the United Kingdom.


With studios in Battersea London, it is the first pan-African and bilingual channel, which  broadcasts to both the Anglophone and Francophone  parts of the world.

 Voxafrica’s 3 channels broadcast in Africa, Europe and the UK.  The primary target audience is Africans, both locally and in the diaspora, as well as the UK.

(Nicolas Negoce, Mimi Fawaz & Phillip Ideh Jnr)



Voxafrica recently  sent a TV crew to Nigeria , the team was made up  of their highly respected journalists Mimi FAWAZ and Nicolas NEGOCE with Joao DA SILVA (director) to Nigeria from the 26th of may to the 4th of june to create a series of programmes :


(Phillip Ideh & Joao DA SILVA ,director)


Part of the mission was  to explore the untapped resources of tourism in Nigeria. Film some of the main attractions in and around Abuja and Lagos and see how these untapped areas  could  be an added value to the economy.


(Dare Art Alade & Phillip Ideh )


The Soundcity Music Video Award winning singer, Darey, was invaluable to this mission by opening up his doors to the crew and sharing his views on tourism hotspots in and around Abuja City.


With logistical support provided by the www.AbujaCity.com team, the crew were able to visit strategic locations arrange meetings and successfully accomplish their mission in Nigeria.




(Nicolas Negoce & Emeke Enye - Millenium Park Abuja)



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