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Thursday, 19 September 2019

September 19, 2019

Asiwaju Tinubu, Where Is Comrade Sowore? By SKC Ogbonnia

It has been over 45 days since a presidential candidate in Nigeria’s 2019 election, Omoyele Sowore, has been detained without bail by state agents; and one would have thought that Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, the National Leader of the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC), could learn from recent events and begin to toe the path of honour in his pursuit for more power.  

In the piece, “I Pity Tinubu”, where I had berated President Muhammadu Buhari during his first  tenure for alienating the former Lagos Governor, I asserted that, “if dynamic opposition is the life-wire of a democracy, it is very fitting then to name him (Tinubu) the saviour of Nigeria’s current democratic journey.” Yet, the history of that journey would be incomplete without a defining chapter on Omoyele Sowore. 

Backed by his revolutionary newspaper, Sahara Reporters, Sowore was a key component in the vanguard of the opposition movement that not only catapulted Tinubu to the helm, but also instrumental in gaining power in 2015. Sahara Reporters became a daily testament for transparency in government. Such activities contributed in no small measure to how the corrupt leadership under the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) was exposed. That is squarely how the APC became the ruling party. It is on that platter that Bola Tinubu became its National Leader, even though he is neither the president nor the chairman of the party. 

Today, the Asiwaju might have emerged as the shrewdest politician in the Nigerian history. Today, having dictated the content and the character of the current government, including the leadership of the ruling party, and both the executive and the legislative arms of power, Tinubu’s faculty foresees the North under his palm. Today, with such unprecedented influence, the current optics is that the man even dictates who is intimidated, investigated or arrested, as his political foes are being hounded with an interesting sense of urgency. Today, believing that he has successfully humbled those from the East with a farrago of sectional politics and primordial prejudice, the emerging spectacle is that former Lagos State governor is now zeroing in on potential opponents in the West towards the 2023 presidential race.    

So, Asiwaju Tinubu, where is Comrade Sowore?

Make no mistake, any grudge from Tinubu against Sowore is superficially understandable. Though they worked together in 2015 against the common enemy in the gross misrule under PDP, quite alright, Sowore has always seen Tinubu as the godfather of the corrupt cabal stifling progress in South-West Nigeria in recent times. Therefore, even if Tinubu—the alpha and omega of the ruling party—has no hands in the travails of the publisher of Sahara Reporters, his stoic silence suggests a clear acquiescence, and naked duplicity to boot. 

Moreover, to who much is given, much is expected. Tinubu can learn from the popularity of recent protest in Nuremberg, Germany, where the Eastern youths unleashed their anger on Senator Ike Ekweremadu. While the former Deputy Senate president was neither the governor of the entire East nor the only politician involved in the gross exploitation of the region, the Eastern youths saw him as their leader and thus deserving a share of the burden of failure in leadership. It is only normal, therefore, that the Western youths are craving for bold leadership from their titanic Asiwaju in the current predicament where their promising and courageous Comrade is being detained with trumped-up charges.  

As I elaborated in an earlier essay: “Sowore And Revolution: As Buhari Forgets Why And How He Became President”, the very rhetoric, in which Omeyele Sowore is being hounded today, is a page from the opposition movement that brought APC to power. In short, the history has shown that both Tinubu and Buhari had effused worse revolutionary themes in their path to power, yet they were never arrested by past governments for the freedom of speech. 

This growing pattern of injustice, as well as hypocrisy in Buhari’s democratic regime, explains the necessity of #RevolutionNow. The Nigerian masses are worried that power struggles in Nigeria are merely to replace existing leaders with their opponents, whose attitude in governance would not be different from those of their predecessors. The Asiwaju must also come to terms with the reality that the Yoruba intelligentsia is understandably irate that a party it helped to gain power on the mantra of equity, probity, and integrity has become the grand promoter of injustice. 

Bola Tinubu better knows to toe the path of honor in his quest for more power. He should know not to ignore the sophistication of South-West politics. The Yoruba did not defend June 12thbecause of the person MKO Abiola nor vote for APC in 2015 because of the man Buhari. The common cause was justice. It was Abiola yesterday; it is Sowore today; and it can be any one tomorrow. 

SKC Ogbonnia, a 2019 APC presidential aspirant, is the author of the Effective Leadership Formula.(Saharareporters)
September 19, 2019

Osinbajo’s office has been rendered useless, impotent says Afenifere

Yoruba socio-cultural group, Afenifere, says from the look of things, Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo’s office has been rendered useless, impotent and irrelevant.

It, however, said it would be too early to speculate if Osinbajo’s “ordeal” was caused by any misdemeanor on his part or if it was based on permutations ahead of the 2023 general elections.

The spokesman for Afenifere, Mr. Yinka Odumakin, said this during an interview with The Punch on Wednesday.

It may be recalled that the Economic Management Team hitherto led by Osinbajo was suddenly dissolved on Monday and replaced with an advisory council that would report directly to President Muhammadu Buhari.

The following day, online news medium, The Cable, reported sighting a memo in which the President instructed the Vice-President to, henceforth, seek presidential approvals before taking any action over agencies under his (Osinbajo’s) supervision.

Currently, Osinbajo is the chairman of the governing boards of the National Emergency Management Agency, the National Boundary Commission, the Border Communities Development Agency and the Niger Delta Power Holding Company a limited liability company owned by the three tiers of government.

It was learnt that some agencies, such as NEMA, would rather deal directly with the President than with Osinbajo.

There are also reports that some of Osinbajo’s aides had been transferred out of the Presidential Villa and seconded to some Ministries, Departments and Agencies, MDAs.

The Presidency, it was reported, is planning to strip the Vice-President of his brainchild known as the Social Investment Programme which comprises the TraderMoni Scheme, N-Power, school feeding programme and others.

The welfare programme is expected to be placed under the newly-created Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development headed by Mrs. Sadiya Umar. (Punch)
September 19, 2019

DMW Boss Davido reveals which country’s ”Jollof Rice” is best

New York based radio station hot 97 recently had a chat with DMW label boss and superstar Davido and we’ve got everything you need right here.

OBO talked about growing up in Atlanta and how his music grew big in Africa, getting Chris Brown to be part of his ”Blow My Mind” single and plans to bring him to Nigeria in December. The singer further disclosed the big names to be featured on his forthcoming album which is billed to drop in October.

One shocking thing Davido revealed about which country makes the best jollof rice will make you cringe on your chair. So check on it!

Davido, in this interview on HOT 97 with Nessa where he spoke on growing up in Atlanta and Lagos, his collaboration with Chris Brown, upcoming album “A Good Time”, the correct way to pronounce his name, among other things.

He also talks about wanting to work with Drake, what happened when he brought Lil Baby to Nigeria, and which country has the best jollof rice.


Wednesday, 18 September 2019

September 18, 2019

Doctors, lawyers, others protest pension reforms

Lawyers in flowing black courtroom gowns, doctors in white coats and uniformed airline pilots marched have through Paris to protest French President Emmanuel Macron’s pension reforms.

Macron’s government has just launched one of the most ambitious reforms of his presidency to merge France’s 42 pension systems into a point-based system. Macron says it will be fairer, but some professions say they will lose out.

Late last week, Paris public transport workers went on strike over the plans to reform their pension scheme, causing transport misery for commuters.

Wary of huge demonstrations that have dogged previous pension reform plans, Prime Minister Edouard Philippe, a Macron ally, promised to take the time to listen to unions and broader public opinion.

The CFDT, France’s biggest union, is cautiously open to reforming the pension system to make it fairer, but other unions are opposed outright and have promised a fight. (Thenation)
September 18, 2019

In Lagos: Woman allegedly stabs husband to death over child’s birthday party

A 23-year old woman identified as Stella Peter has stabbed her husband to death over his refusal to give her enough money for their one-year-old daughter’s birthday party.

The deceased, Bala Haruna, 25, was killed by the mother of their only child at their residence situated at No 2, Tejuosho Avenue, Surulere, Lagos, where they had lived for three years.

Spokesman to Lagos State Police Command Bala Elkana said an argument ensued between the couple on September 17, 2019, and it eventually led to the death of Haruna.

“The argument however turned violent and the suspect, Stella used a kitchen knife to stab the man in the back and it eventually led to his death,” Elkanah said. “She was arrested by the Homicide detectives from Surulere Division.”

The suspect confessed to the crime, the police spokesman said.

Bala added that the suspected killer case has been transferred to the Homicide detectives from the State Criminal Investigation Department Yaba for investigation. (Theguardianng)

September 18, 2019

In Niger: Pregnant woman allegedly engages 7-year-old daughter to poison rival’s 3-day-old son

Police in Niger have arrested a 22-year-old housewife, Harela Uba, of Shakodna village, Shiroro Local Government Area of the state, for allegedly killing a three-day-old baby boy.

The Commissioner of Police in the State, Adamu Usman, disclosed this in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria in Minna on Tuesday.

Usman said that one Uba Saidu of Shakodna village in Shiroro Local Government Area, reported the matter at Shiroro Police Division that his second wife, Fa’iza Uba, of the same address, went into bathroom and left her three-day-old baby boy in her room.

“When she returned, she discovered white foam coming out from the mouth of the baby and he was immediately rushed to General Hospital, Kuta, where he was confirmed dead by a physician,” he said.

‘’The Police on reasonable suspicion invited his first wife, one Harela Uba, of the same address, who is eight-month pregnant for questioning, being the one at home when the incident happened,” he said.

The Commissioner said that upon interrogation, the suspect confessed to giving her seven-year-0ld daughter, Khadija Uba, a liquid substance suspected to be insecticide also known as ‘Ota Pia-Pia,’ to administer on the child, which she did.

He said that the suspect would be charged to court upon completion of investigation. (NAN)
September 18, 2019

In Kaduna: Housewife pours hot water on 10-month old baby, nursing mother

A Chief Magistrates’ Court, sitting in Zaria, Kaduna State, has remanded a housewife, Mrs Nnennaya Edmond, in prison for allegedly pouring hot water on a nursing mother and her 10-month-old baby.

The woman is standing trial on a two-count charge of criminal offence and causing of grievous injuries on one Gloria Cyril and her 10-month-old baby, Bright Cyril.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that both the accused and the complainant are living in the same house at ECWA Church area of Wusasa, Zaria, Kaduna State.

The Chief Magistrate, Mr Abubakar Aliyu-Lamido, ordered that the accused be remanded in prison custody and adjourned the case to Oct. 15, for the complainant to present witnesses.

Earlier, the Prosecutor, Insp. Mannir Nasir, had told the court that on Sep. 10, at about 1:00am, one Mary Ijeoma, reported the case to Danmaaji Police Division.

He said that Ijeoma had accused the defendant of pouring hot water on her daughter, Gloria and her 10-month-old grandson, Bright.

The Prosecutor added that the complainant had narrated that the action caused grievous injuries on the nursing mother and baby who were rushed to St Luke’s Hospital, Wusasa for treatment.

He said that the offence was contrary to sections 223 and 216 of the Penal Code Law 2017.

The accused, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge, (NAN)
September 18, 2019

Strange killing of women: Police warns hotel owners on “Short Time” services in Rivers

The Rivers State Police Command has again warned hotel owners in the state against operating without installing CCTV Cameras, proper documentation of guests and profiling of staffers.

The command also discouraged the running of what they described as “Short Time” services for desperate reasons.

State Commissioner of Police, Muhammad Danduara came up with these following the spate of killings in low cost hotels in Rivers state where several women have been murdered.

CP Danduara, who linked the killing of young females to cultism,, urged parents to advise their children against engaging in prostitution as a means of survival.

CP Danduara also revealed that two persons have been arrested so far in Kaduna and Port Harcourt while the suspected serial killers have killed eight victims and not 13 as speculated in the media, adding that hotels where incidents of killing were recorded will be shutdown.

A strange serial killer has been on the prowl killing his victims in low priced hotels in Rivers state in the last 6 weeks.(Dailypost)
September 18, 2019

Felabration holds Afrobics Dance Competition

The first event of the 2019 Felabration, the Afrobics Dance Competition, is scheduled on Saturday, September 21, at the New Afrika Shrine, Ikeja, Lagos.

Judges are Funke Kuti, Liadi Adedayo, Segun Adefila, Jahman Anikulapo and Kunle Kuti.

Tagged “From Lagos With Lagos”, this edition of the festival will host different activities from September 21 to October 20, across Lagos and other cities of the world.

On September 28, Kalakuta Museum will host the Artwork Competition viewing and cocktail while the Secondary Schools Debate will hold at the Freedom Park, Lagos on October 9.

On October 14, the Fela Debates: Symposium will hold at NECA Hall, Ikeja; and on the same day, the music concerts will commence at the New Afrika Shrine and last till October 20.

Over 400 Nigerian and foreign artistes have indicated interest to perform at the event.

Fela Anikulapo Kuti, a musician and multi-instrumentalist, was born to Reverend Oludotun and Mrs. Funmilayo Ransome Kuti in Abeokuta, Ogun State, on October 15, 1938. He used his music to address societal ills and was a victim of oppression by the military regime who harassed him frequently and jailed him many times. Seeking emancipation of the Black Race, Fela canvassed a better social, economic and political future for Africa. He died on August 2, 1997 in Lagos from HIV complications as announced by his late elder brother and former Minister of Health, Dr. Olikoye Ransome Kuti.

Felabration was founded by his daughter, Yeni Kuti, as an annual festival to honour the ideals that Fela stood for.(Thenation)

Tuesday, 17 September 2019

September 17, 2019

Flooding imminent as rivers Benue, Niger rise

Many states across the country, especially those in the southern part, will witness more floods following the rise in the water levels of Nigeria’s two major rivers,  River Niger and River Benue, the Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency declared on Monday.

NIHSA is the Federal Government’s agency that has the mandate of monitoring all the major rivers in Nigeria including the trans-boundary rivers Niger and Benue, among other functions.

The agency stated that latest information it received on September 6, 2019, from the headquarters of the Niger Basin Authority in Niamey, Niger Republic, confirmed steady rise into the Red Alert Zone up to 6.26 metres of the flood level of River Niger monitored in Niamey.

The Director-General, NIHSA, Clement Nze, explained that flood alerts were graded as Yellow Alert, 5.5m to 5.8m; Orange Alert, 5.8m to 6.2m; and Red Alert, 6.2m and above.

According to him, Nigeria is precariously located downstream of eight other countries that make up the Niger Basin, namely, Guinea Conakry, Mali, Niger, Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, Benin Republic, Chad and Cameroon.

He said inflows of flood from these countries usually arrive Nigeria anytime late August and early September of every year.

“This is what often causes river flooding in Nigeria,” Nze stated.

Nze said, “This development was promptly communicated to Mr President through the Minister of Water Resources. The flood sighted in Niger Republic was expected to arrive the Nigerian border through Kebbi State around 16th of September, 2019, and it would finally find its way down to Kwara, Niger, Kogi, Edo, Anambra, Rivers and Bayelsa states.

He outlined states so far affected by various degrees of flooding to include Katsina, Kebbi, Niger, Sokoto, Zamfara, Kaduna, Kwara, Adamawa, Bauchi, Gombe, Plateau, Taraba, Yobe, Benue, Kogi, Nasarawa, Anambra, Delta, Bayelsa, Rivers, Edo, Lagos, Ogun, Osun, Oyo, Abia, Cross River, Borno, Jigawa, Kano, Ekiti and the Federal Capital Territory.
September 17, 2019

How I escaped being kidnapped in Benue, Ex-NAFDAC DG, Orhii

Paul Orhii, the former Director-General of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC, on Monday escaped an abduction attempt on him in Benue State.

Orhii, narrating the incident on his Facebook page, said that the incident occurred in the early hours of Monday, September 16th in his Makurdi, Benue State, home.

He revealed that it took the efforts of police personnel around to ward off the bandits that sneaked into his home at about 1:00am.

On his Facebook page, he wrote: “Early this morning at precisely 1:05 am some four bad boys armed with pistols and machetes sneaked into my Makurdi residence and went straight to the security post in an attempt to disarm my security personnel.

“During the ensuing struggle, the gallant Police officers started shooting, which caused the intruders to run for their safety, leaving behind two machetes and a pistol cartridge loaded to the max with six bullets and also 3 pairs of foot wears.

“Preliminary investigations indicate that one of my security guards may have been involved as their inside man.

“He and all the items recovered have been handed over to the SARS in Makurdi to assist them in their investigation.

“I thank God for protection and also would like to advise that people should thoroughly check the backgrounds of their domestic staff and also watch them, including even some family members very closely for any unusual behavior.”(Dailypost)
September 17, 2019

Health: Afternoon sleeps lower heart attack risk

A new study by researchers from the University Hospital of Lausanne in Switzerland has shown that people who sleep during the day have a lower risk for heart attacks.

The researchers noted that chronic lack of sleep can raise the risk of getting atherosclerosis or a build-up of cholesterol plaques within the arteries of the body.

“Atherosclerosis is a known risk factor for heart attacks. It leads to the narrowing and hardening of the arteries and when this happens in the coronary arteries, heart attack risks are significantly raised,” the researchers explained.

The study titled, Association of napping with incident cardiovascular events in a prospective cohort study was published in the British Medical Journal, Heart, as the researchers assessed the relationship of sleeping frequency and average nap duration with fatal and non-fatal cardiovascular disease events.

According to news-medical.net, the researchers noted that persons who slept for a bit in the afternoon seemed to have a 50 per cent lower risk for heart attacks compared to those who did not get enough sleep.

The team added that shortage of sleep time at night could be corrected by taking an afternoon nap.

The study authors looked at 3,462 individuals aged between 35 and 75 years and followed them up for over five years.

Results of the study revealed that there were 155 cases of heart attacks or strokes among the participants during the over five years of the research.

The researchers explained that on awakening from naps there may be a transient surge in blood pressure and heart rate and this may raise the risk of CVD events in the short term but occasional naps had stress releasing effect.

The lead author of the study, Dr Nadine Hausler, explained that the team accounted for other factors that could have affected the risk of heart attacks or strokes in the individuals during the study.

 “Subjects who nap once or twice per week have a lower risk for incident CVD events, while no association was found for more frequent napping or napping duration. Nap frequency may help explain the discrepant findings regarding the association between napping and CVD events. (Punch)
September 17, 2019

10,000 Nigerian girls forced into prostitution says Nigerian Ambassador

Ramatu Ahmed, the Nigerian Ambassador to Burkina Faso, says no fewer than 10,000 Nigerian girls are forced into prostitution in the country.

She said the victims of the sex-trade were mainly underage girls kept in appalling conditions in Ouagadougou and in mining camps across the West African country.

She said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria, (NAN) in Ouagadougou on Monday

According to the Ambassador, many of the girls, who were promised jobs in the country and Europe by the human traffickers, are not willing to return home.

“The spate of human trafficking here in Burkina Faso is a big concern to the embassy because, at present, we have nothing less than 10,00 Nigerian girls who have been trafficked into Burkina Faso as commercial sex workers.

“And most of these girls are underage; most left schools and are roaming about doing commercial sex work in Burkina Faso.

“This apart from been a dent to our country, it is also a sort of concern as far as their health is concerned. This is very serious to us and most of the girls who want to go back, as a result, this voluntary repatriation does it because they were tricked, they did not know the condition there are going to found themselves here.

“For every Nigerian girl that escapes and wants to go back, there are more than 10 in the bush that is willing to carry on,” she explained.

Ahmed condemned the activities of Nigerian syndicates operating in Burkina Faso, vowing that the embassy will continue to track them down and bring the perpetrators to book in collaboration with the local authorities.

She said the embassy was partnering with the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) office in Ouagadougou to assist in the voluntary repatriation of some of the victims of human trafficking.

Ahmed appealed to Nigerian parents and guardians to monitor their children and wards more closely and not to be swayed by promises of greener pastures abroad.(Dailypost)
September 17, 2019

Minimum Wage: What happened during Labour, FG meeting

The Joint National Public Service Negotiating Council (JNPSNC) and the representatives of the Federal Government have again failed to reach an agreement over relativity and consequential adjustment for the implementation of the new minimum wage.

Mr Alade Lawal, JNPSNC General Secretary, Trade Union Side, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the organised labour will decide on a next line of action towards the issue of the minimum wage, saying in due time, Nigerians would be informed.

“The meeting is deadlocked, we found out that the Federal Government officials are not serious about it at all, we are suspecting fowl play or a hidden agenda somewhere.

“We have decided to report the development to our principals, including the Labour unions, Nigerians will be adequately briefed of our next line of action very shortly,” he said.

Chairman of the Labour team, Mr Simon Anchaver, said labour negotiating team had also resolved to write to the Nigeria Labour congress and the trade union congress, TUC on their advise to consider an industrial action.

He said government’s foot dragging was an invitation for industrial action, since workers were already engulfed in fear and agitations whether their accumulated arrears will be paid when talks are finally concluded.

NAN reports that the Head of Service, Winifred Oyo-Ita, chaired the meeting, and the acting Chairman, National Salaries, Incomes and Wages Commission, as the Secretary of the negotiating council.

NAN recalls that the new minimum wage bill was signed into law by President Muhammadu Buhari in April.

However, deliberations continued as the issue of relativity/consequential adjustment of salaries still persisted.

The Federal Government had on May 14 inaugurated the relativity/Consequential Adjustment Committee which in turn set up a Technical Sub-Committee to work out the template for the adjustment of salaries of Public Service Employees. (NAN)
September 17, 2019

In Rivers: Motel shut as serial killer strangles woman

A motel located in the Rumuola area of Port Harcourt, Rivers State, was on Sunday sealed off after the body of a young woman was discovered in one of the rooms.

It was gathered that an unknown man had lodged in the hotel with the young woman, whose name could not be ascertained as of press time.

The incident is the latest after another young woman was found dead in a hotel on Saturday in Obo, Omoku, Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Local Government Area of the state.

Sources explained that the murder of the woman in the motel followed a similar pattern of snuffing lives out of women in hotel rooms in the state.

Punch correspondent learnt that the lifeless body of the young woman was discovered by one of the cleaners at the motel, who went to clean the room on Sunday morning.

A source close to the motel said the man, who brought the woman to the facility, gave false information regarding his identity while filling the guests’ register before they checked in.

The victim, according to the source, had no means of identification as nothing to link her to any person or place was found on her.

The latest killing was said to have shocked Rumuola residents, who said despite the directive of the Rivers State Police Command that CCTV cameras be installed in hotels, most owners and managers had refused to comply.

Confirming the incident, the state Police Public Relations Officer, Mr Nnamdi Omoni, told our correspondent that the manager, desk officer and receptionist of the motel had been arrested.

Omoni explained that they were taken to the station so that they could give vital information to the police to help in the ongoing investigation.

He, however, added that the state Commissioner of Police, Mr Mustapha Dandaura, would speak on the matter.(Punch)
September 17, 2019

Kingsley Moghalu celebrates Chioma and Davido's Engagement

The former deputy governor of the central bank of Nigeria (CBN) and presidential candidate of the Young Progressive Party, YPP during the February 2019 elections, Kingsley Moghalu has congratulated Davido on his engagement to Chioma.
Kingsley Moghalu
The economist congratulated Davido and he used the medium to remind Nigerians of how he promised them the kind of assurance Davido had given to Chioma, but they failed to accept it.

He, however, pointed out that he believes sooner than later, Nigeria will get the good leader it deserves.

He Tweeted: I warmly congratulate @iam_Davido on his engagement with Chioma his fiancée & wish them a happy life together. In 2018/19 I gave Nigerians #Assurance similar to the one Davido gave his queen. One day we will have leadership that assures our future. Something New, Different, Bold. (Informationng)

Monday, 16 September 2019

September 16, 2019

Twitter users demand protection for PH girls

Twitter users on Monday are calling for the protection of girls and women in Port Harcourt, the capital of Rivers State.

The call is coming on the heels of the killing of a young girl in a hotel in Port Harcourt on Saturday.

The PUNCH reported that the incident happened in a hotel situated in Obo Road, Omoku, Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Local Government Area of Rivers State.

An eyewitness, who simply identified himself as Peter said, “The girl is just a teenager, we found her corpse lying with her clothes yesterday evening in the hotel room. Her killer was nowhere to be found. Her hands were tied behind her back with a white cloth, as well as her legs and neck.”

Her death was just one in a series of killings of women in PH hotels in recent time, hence Twitter users are demanding that security operatives protect women and girls in the oil-rich state.

Meanwhile, the Rivers State Police Command has advised young women to shun prostitution.

The Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of Administration, Chuks Enwonwu, while addressing protesters recently said, “In as much as societal values are disintegrating, we must go back to try to educate them (women) and discourage them from going into prostitution because that is how they fall victim to these crimes.”(Punch)
September 16, 2019

Cameroonian allegedly sells baby for N70k

A Cameroonian refugee simply identified as Claudia, 20, has allegedly sold her nine-month-old baby for N70,000.

According to TheCable, Claudia lives at the Adagom refugee camp in Cross River State and had sold her baby on August 25 to a stranger, who had visited from Calabar.

TheCable, who visited the refugee camp reported that Claudia said she sold her child because of hunger.

It was reported that Claudia had sold her baby in connivance with a barber simply identified as Victor.

One of the refugees at the camp said, “When the police came, (Claudia) said she sold the child because of hardship; that there is no food or anything to feed the child.

“That was just before they paid us for July. Then, everywhere was dry. A lot of us have been selling our things and using them to settle debt.”

While the Police Public Relations Officer, Irene Ugbo, has said she was unaware of the incident, an official of the State Emergency Management Agency confirmed the incident. (TheCable)
September 16, 2019

Event: Mission Trip to Nigeria!

Nov 20

Mission Trip to Nigeria!
by Holy Spirit Led Ministries

Date and Time
Wed, Nov 20, 2019, 7:00 PM –
Wed, Dec 11, 2019, 10:00 PM WAT



* One week of Ministers Conference representing over 25 churches. We will equip ministers to do the gospel in power. They will experience healing and baptism of the spirit.

* Preach the gospel in rural areas.
* Ministering at 4 college campuses.
* Footwear and shorts for 100 kids ages 0-10.
* 4 Dakes King James Version study Bibles to donate to four Christian student fellowships on the campus we will minister at.
* Feeding/refreshments for students on 4 college campuses.

We are believing for $3,300 for this trip. If you would like to give donate to www.hslm.us/donate

We are aiming to get our visa paid by April 7th. The cost for that is $300.
September 16, 2019

In Abuja: Five abducted by Kidnappers, lecturer rescued

About five persons, including a lecturer with Baze University, Jabi, were kidnapped in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, on Saturday.

The FCT Commissioner of Police, Bala Ciroma, said on Sunday that the lecturer had been rescued, adding that investigation was ongoing to arrest his abductors.

Other kidnap victims include Miss Aisha Ardo, the daughter of a People’s Democratic Party chieftain, Umar Ardo, who was abducted at 7.45pm outside a popular supermarket in Nkwame Nkrumah Crescent, Asokoro.

Also, two teenagers returning from an Islamic school at Wuse Zone 6 were also said to have been abducted around 6pm. The names of the victims could not be ascertained.

Also feared abducted was Mrs Hannah Azuibuike, who was reportedly taken away near Habiba plaza, Maitama, around 8.30pm.

Ciroma confirmed Aisha’s abduction, noting that the reported kidnap of three other victims was untrue.

The CP, in a statement, said, “It is pertinent to inform the public that the police have successfully rescued the Baze University lecturer who was kidnapped on September 8, 2019.

“The command wants to also inform the public that it has commenced discreet investigation into an unfortunate kidnap case which occurred at Asokoro on Saturday. The police are currently making concerted effort to rescue the victim.”(Punch)
September 16, 2019

In Lagos: Task force arrests many at African Shrine, makes revelations

The Lagos State Task Force has arrested 28 miscreants and 15 illegal street traders at various locations around Alausa and the African Shrine vicinity.

Chairman of the Agency, CSP Olayinka Egbeyemi disclosed this in a statement by the agency’s Head of Public Affairs Unit, Mr Adebayo Taofiq on Sunday in Lagos.

Egbeyemi said that the raid was due to the nefarious acts within the vicinity of the African Shrine which presented a negative image to tourists and residents of Lagos.

According to the chairman, the night operation was carried out around African Shrine where sales of hard drugs like Tramadol, Codeine, Skunk, Weed, Illegal Mixed Liquor and Assorted Food take place.

Egbeyemi maintained that the enforcement operations would be a continuous exercise in line with the vision of the present administration to rid the state of street urchins and criminals.

“The Lagos State Government has vowed to sustain the security onslaught on all areas identified as criminal hideouts and hard drug outlets across the state, especially within the metropolis,” he said.

One of the arrested miscreants, Mr Tunde Babalola, who was caught with a bag of substance suspected to be Indian hemp, confirmed that he had been selling hard drugs for eight years.

Babalola said that dealing in hard drugs is a lucrative business, saying he realised an average profit between N60,000 and N100,000 weekly from customers around Obalende, Akala, Mushin, Bariga and Ikeja.

An arrested illegal trader, Mrs Abike Adeyemi, said that she pays N1,900 every week to a representative of Ikeja Local Government from the sales of ‘Skuchies’ and ‘Hot drinks’ around the ‘African Shrine’.

The Task Force Chairman said that the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, CP Zubairu Muazu, has directed that all those arrested be immediately prosecuted. (Dailypost)
September 16, 2019

In Lagos: 34-year-old arrested for defiling, impregnating minors

Men of the Lagos State Police Command have arrested one Innocent Ifunayachi for allegedly defiling a 14-year-old girl during a visit to her parent’s house in the Bariga area of the state.

The 34-year-old suspect, who met the victim eating, sent her on errand to get some drinks for him and in her absence, allegedly laced her food with a substance suspected to be Indian hemp.

The state Police Public Relations Officer, Bala Elkana, said in a statement on Sunday that the victim, after returning from the errand, ate the food and became unconscious afterwards.

He stated that Ifunayachi took advantage of the victim’s state of unconsciousness to defile her, adding that detectives from the Family Support Unit of the command arrested the suspect, who confessed to committing the crime.(Punch)
September 16, 2019

South Africa official Clayson accuses Nigeria of overreacting to xenophobic attacks

Clayson Monyela, spokesman of the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) in South Africa, says Nigeria overreacted to the recent xenophobic attack in the country.

Businesses of Nigerians based in South Africa were targetted in the attacks which made the federal government summon Bobby Moroe, South Africa’s high commissioner to Nigeria.

Nigeria also pulled out of the World Economic Forum which held in South Africa while President Muhammadu Buhari sent Ahmed Abubakar, director-general of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), to convey his feelings to President Cyril Ramaphosa over the incident.

There were reprisal attacks across Nigeria, leading to MTN shutting down its offices nationwide. Some Shoprites stores were also looted while South African mission in Nigeria suspended operations.

But Monyela said despite the fact that not a single Nigerian was killed in the incident, the country was the “most vocal”.

According to City Press, a South African platform, Monyela said the Nigerian special envoy left South Africa having “understood the overreaction by their country” over the xenophobic attacks.

On the issue of compensating Nigerians who suffered losses during the attack, Monyela said they made the envoy aware that South African businesses were also attacked in Nigeria in reprisal. He said they would have to be compensated too if Nigeria maintains its position.

He noted that the engagements with the envoy also ensured that diplomatic ties between South Africa and Nigeria remain intact. (City Press)
September 16, 2019

#BBNaija: Khafi Kareem evicted from Big Brother house

Khafi Kareem has been evicted from the ongoing Big Brother Naija Season Four.

News Agency of Nigeria reports that the UK Metro Police officer was evicted during the live show on Sunday.

Khafi, who was put up in a strong competition with Tacha, Mike and Seyi, got on stage in her usual, bubbly demeanor.

When the nomination reel was played for her, she told host Ebuka Obi-Uchendu that she was surprised that Ike nominated her, seeing as they both bonded in the house.

NAN reports that Ike, on Thursday, had revealed that he planted a condom by Khafi and her love interest, Gedoni, to imply that they had sex.

While both Khafi and Gedoni had denied that they had sex, they also insisted that their romantic feelings for each other were real.

In the post-eviction interview, Khafi said she bonded with Gedoni in the first week because they were both up for eviction.

She told Ebuka that she believes he loves her as much she loves him, adding that she was a forlorn lover when he was evicted.

She announced that she would be moving to Lagos from London and plans to go into acting and presenting.

During her stint in the house, Khafi was Head of House, won one million Naira and part of Team Lagos and a car.

NAN reports that Ebuka announced that there will be no eviction next week, although the veto power of chance task will still hold. (NAN)
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