Tuesday, 28 July 2009

Michael Jackson's Doctor Gave Him Drug Before Death

Michael Jackson had been using a powerful anesthetic to help him sleep, and authorities are working under the theory that a dose of it administered by his personal physician killed him, a law enforcement official told The Associated Press.
The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation is ongoing, said Jackson regularly received the anesthetic propofol and relied on it like an alarm clock. A doctor would administer it when Jackson went to sleep, then stop the IV drip when the singer wanted to wake up.

On June 25, the day Jackson died, Dr. Conrad Murray gave him the drug through an IV sometime after midnight, the official said.

Murray's lawyer, Edward Chernoff, has said the doctor "didn't prescribe or administer anything that should have killed Michael Jackson." When asked Monday about the law enforcement official's statements he said: "We will not be commenting on rumors, innuendo or unnamed sources."

In a more detailed statement posted online late Monday, Chernoff added that "things tend to shake out when all the facts are made known, and I'm sure that will happen here as well."

Toxicology reports are still pending, but investigators are working under the theory that propofol caused Jackson's heart to stop, the official said. Jackson is believed to have been using the drug for about two years and investigators are trying to determine how many other doctors administered it, the official said.

Murray, 51, has been identified in court papers as the subject of a manslaughter investigation, and authorities last week raided his office and a storage unit in Houston. Police say Murray is cooperating and have not labeled him a suspect.

Murray became Jackson's personal physician in May and was to accompany him to London for a series of concerts starting in July.

He was staying with Jackson in the Los Angeles mansion and, according to Chernoff, "happened to find" an unconscious Jackson in the pop star's bedroom the morning of June 25. Murray tried to revive him by compressing his chest with one hand while supporting Jackson's back with the other.

The official also provided a glimpse into how the pop star was living in the weeks before he died, describing the room in which Jackson slept in his rented Beverly Hills mansion as outfitted with oxygen tanks and an IV drip. Another of Jackson's bedrooms was a shambles, with clothes and other items strewn about and handwritten notes stuck on the walls. One read: "children are sweet and innocent."

The temperature upstairs was stiflingly hot when authorities arrived at the singer's house after his death. Gas fireplaces and the heating system were on high because Jackson always complained of feeling cold, the official said.

A porcelain girl doll wearing a dress was found on top of the covers of the bed where he slept, the official said.

Police found propofol and other drugs in the home. An IV line and three tanks of oxygen were in the room where Jackson slept and 15 more oxygen tanks were in a security guard's shack, the official said.

Using propofol to sleep exceeds the drug's intended purpose. The drug can depress breathing and lower heart rates and blood pressure. Because of the risks, propofol is supposed to be administered only in medical settings by trained personnel.

(From Associated Press).

Sectarian Violence In The North: We Must Rework Nigeria!(News Release)

The serial sectarian violence which broke out in Bauchi on Sunday and which has spread to Borno, Kano and Yobe leaving scores of people dead and unquantifiable property destroyed is yet another confirmation that the rating of Nigeria on the failed states index is not an exaggeration.

Two Islamic groups called “Boko Haram” (Education is prohibited) and the “Taliban” have unleashed orgies of violence in these four States leaving in their trails sorrow, tears and blood.

The series of violence in which the Acting Inspector General of Police, Mr. Ogbona Onovo officially admitted the death of “5 policemen and 60 Islamic fighters”, with over 100 AK 47 recovered from the fundamentalists, has again exposed the porousness of Nigeria’s intelligence network, the failure of governance and the escalation of the unresolved nationality question in Nigeria.

It is sad that while our largely incompetent President is flexing muscles with Lagos State over the Local Council Development Areas which pose no danger to the country, it has taken days of scandalous destruction of lives and property by these zealots before Alhaji Umaru Yar’Adua could get out of his slumber to send troops to the affected areas.

Afenifere Renewal Group (ARG) also cannot fathom that a President who deployed the Joint Task Force (JTF) to sack Gbaramatu kingdom where pregnant women and children were slaughtered in lieu of freedom fighters in the creeks now appear helpless in the face of wanton killings by “Boko Haram” and the “Talibans”.

It must be understood clearly that Afenifere Renewal Group (ARG) has no beef with any section of the country opting for any civilization that suits them.

This is why we have been at the forefront of the campaign for the restructuring of Nigeria along Federal lines in a conference of all ethnic nationalities of Nigeria.

Every section of the country should be able to self-determine in line with the preference of their people. If any section of the country choses nudity as its dress code in 2009 the rest of the country should accept their choice for as long as they are not forcing others to follows suit.

What we object to is a group of people using weapons of death to canvass their civilization and melting such barbarism on people who are not responsible for them not having their ways.

The challenge today for the hegemonists running Nigeria is to know that they can no longer run from renegotiating Nigeria. We must sit down and talk now.

We call on “Boko Haram” and the “Talibans” to lay down their arms and join us to press for a conference of all ethnic nationalities to determine the future of Nigeria. We assure them of our support for their position at such a conference once they are able to show that their people don’t want western education.

But in the meantime, the congenital incompetence running Nigeria has to stop these wanton killings before people start to conclude that there is a premeditated agenda to truncate the present civil rule to pave way for an order that is not constitutional, thinking wrongly such may contain the present crisis.

‘Yinka Odumakin
National Publicity Secretary
Afenifere Renewal Group (ARG)