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mother and her three children have died at Isua-Akoko in Akoko South East Local Government Area of Ondo state after a meal of yam flour (Amala). The Information Officer of the Akoko South East Local Government, Akin Meroyi, in a report made available to newsmen, said the tragedy involved the family of one Abiloye Folorunso, a resident of Isua. It was gathered that the yam flour was bought from Isua Market on the fateful day and was used to prepare the meal that killed four members of the family of nine. An eyewitness, Ayodeji Adesina, said nine members of the family became unconscious after eating the meal. They were said to have been immediately rushed to the Local Government Health

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Professor of Medicine, Emmanuel Okoro, has said that sugar and sweet food items are not sources of hypertension and diabetes as widely believed. The professor, who lectures at the Faculty of Clinical Sciences at the University of Ilorin, said rather, sweet fruits aid control of the diseases, as against the opinion that sweet food items worsen their control. Okoro also said restriction of food choices, which many diabetes and hypertension patients are made to go through as a way of preventing or controlling the diseases, worsen the conditions, escalate treatment costs and jeopardise control of the ailments. The don made this known in his inaugural lecture titled “Towards Better Prevention/Control of Hypertension and Diabetes,” which he delivered at the university. He said, “Nigerians are constantly indoctrinated to abstain from eating dietary sugar/sweet food items for fear of

Don sanctions sugar, sweet food for diabetes, hypertension patients jeopardising diabetes control. But this is reasonable if diabetes were a disease that results from eating too much sugar, which is not the case.” The medical expert said that evidence had shown that eating sweet fruits is not only nutritionally good in diabetics but also helps to achieve better control. “Notably, eating dietary sugar and sweet fruits in moderation is no longer considered inimical to best practice in diabetes care in many jurisdictions,” he added. The university don said that the nation’s indigenous staples are very valuable in preventing or delaying development of hypertension and diabetes and advised that restriction against such foods and other choice food is not encouraging in treating the diseases. “Our traditional staples such as amala, egusi, efo, which are almost vegetarian, are known to contain micronutrients capable

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Centre by neighbours where first aid was administered to them. However, all efforts to revive them proved abortive as one of the children died at the Health Centre The other victims were reportedly taken to the State Specialist Hospital, Ikare-Akoko, when their situation did not improve at the Health Centre. When their conditions remained the same, they were taken to a private hospital in Ikare-Akoko, where another victim gave up the ghost. The remaining two victims were later referred to the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Owo, for renal diagnosis as the poison was said to have damaged their intestines and kidneys. Saturday Mirror further learnt that the family later decided to take the mother and another son to a church, the Restoration Tabernacle Church, Isua–Akoko, where they also died.

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of moderating the genetic expression of inherited risks in a way that can prevent or delay the clinical onset of HBP and DM2. Unfortunately, ignorance limits vulnerable people from turning abundant food items we have into nutritious and palatable meals. “For example, despite evidence showing that having HBP/DM2 is not considered a barrier to healthy diets others in the background population are eating, a lucrative market for selling plantain flour, honey, wheat and imported food items to those with DM2 as substitutes for cassava, yam, sweet potato, coco-yam, etc, presumed to worsen diabetes control is flourishing. But restricting food choices can escalate treatment cost, jeopardise diabetes control and undermine quality of life,” he stated. Okoro advised that as a way of ensuring effective treatment of the diseases and other ailments with lower costs, university hospitals should not operate more as general/specialist hospitals but as academic centres with a mandate to constantly find new ways through research to deliver the best care possible with available resources. He said that health systems that consistently deliver superior health care are those constantly driven by new ideas, based on research, and not necessarily those with the most money or that deploy sophisticated medical technology. The university don called on regulatory bodies with oversight function for medical training to go beyond assessing compliance with training requirements and pay closer attention to quality of patient care, which drives the education of doctors.


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Medicine, law, soldiering, policing even tinkering: they all have fakes. Tales of their exploits and arrests abound. Yet the practice continues. Why? K AYODE FALADE

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ast month’s arrest of a suspected fake legal practitioner, Daniel Ikhidenor, at the Lagos High Court, Igbosere, Lagos Island, has again brought to the fore the raging practice of quackery. Thirty years old Ikhuoria hails from Ekpoma in Edo State, but was arrested at the Lagos High Court, Igbosere, Lagos Island, where he had gone to attend court proceedings. It was February 5, 2014. According to Mr Taiwo Obayomi Taiwo, a former chairman of the Lagos branch of the Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, who with a colleague, Mrs Airat Balogun, helped apprehend Ikhidenor, everything about the suspect screamed fake. “The judge on the bench then, but now appointed judge the Federal Court of Appeal, Hon Justice William Daodu, asked him a few questions and he could not answer them well. This coupled with his dressing gave him away that he is not a lawyer. We had to apprehend him and take him to the office of the Lagos NBA. And he was subsequently taken to the police station. The guy has been charged to court for presenting him-

self as a lawyer when he is actually not one. Newspaper reports corroborated Taiwo’s as they stated that the current state branch chairman of NBA, Mr. Alex Morka, instructed a police orderly to take the suspect to the nearest police station. At the Lion Building where he was taken to, the suspect, a resident of 34, Nathaniel Osagie Avenue, Ikorodu Road, Owode Onirin, Lagos, allegedly confessed that he was a fake lawyer. “I have been practicing as a lawyer since 2011 and I have represented clients at the magistrate, high court and Federal high courts without any problem. “But I have never attended Law School or any institution to read Law in my life but I was called to the bar through a source at a High Court in 2011. I bought the gown and wig in the open market and wore it and started practicing as a lawyer,” he confessed. After investigation, the suspect was charged before a Tinubu Magistrates’ Court, Lagos on a three-count charge of impersonation and unlawful possession of law wig and gown and Chief Magistrate Miss A. O. Awogboro admitted him on bail in the sum of N500,000 with two sureties in like sum, who must be blood relation and reside within the jurisdiction of the court. The health sector is not insulated from the quackery

phenomenon. About a month ago, a nurse was apprehended by the Ondo State Police Command for allegedly carrying out an abortion that resulted in the death of her patient. The same February, a day to Valentine’s Day, a fake doctor, Awotoye Ayodele, was arrested in Lagos. This was barely three weeks after an alleged fake gynaecologist ‘Dr. Sunday Bassey’ was arrested at Mushin area also of Lagos. Ayodele was said to have practiced at the Military Hospital, Yaba and St. Claire Hospital, Surulere before his arrest. He, however, claimed to be an undergraduate of Ladoke Akintola University before his decision to practise the medical profession which he had been engaged in for years until nemesis caught up with him and he was caught by a team of Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria MDCN, and Health Facility Monitoring and Accreditation Agency, HEFAMAA. Sources disclosed that Ayodele was first arrested in December 2012 and charged to court over a forged certificate which he used to practise as a House Officer with Military Hospital, Yaba and the case was adCONTINUED ON PAGE 5


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as any case of fake lawyer recorded during your tenure as the chairman of the Lagos NBA? No, there was nothing like that. The only one close to it was a case of incompetence. A lawyer was reported to the Association. A judge wrote us to investigate a person. What happened was that, the person filed an application which, under normal circumstances would not have been filed by a lawyer who properly so called. So the judge doubted his professional calling as a lawyer. And she asked us to investigate. At the end of the day, we found out that the man was actually called to the bar. But the application he filed left much to be desired because such application not ought to be filed by a lawyer. That had nothing to do with being a fake at that time but it had to do with competence and his experience as a lawyer. But recently, maybe about a month ago, we actually apprehended one fake lawyer at the court. And how did we discover him? The person sat where Senior Advocates usually sit. And Mrs Airat Balogun and myself were at the court that day. The judge on the bench then but now appointed judge of the Federal Court of Appeal, Hon Justice William Daodu asked him a few questions and he could not answer them well. This coupled with his dressing gave him away that he is not a lawyer. We had to apprehend him and take him to the office of the Lagos NBA. And he was subsequently taken to the police station. The guy has been charged to court for presenting himself as a lawyer when he is actually not one. We also understand that there was a

lady who actually won an election into the executive of the Ibadan branch of the NBA who was not a lawyer. That was about two or three years ago. I believe the case is still on. So we saw some cases like that. But the point is you can never tell who a real lawyer is or who is not in the absence of checks in place by local or national branches of the NBA especially when it has to do with the issue of identification. We don’t have proper identity cards or means of identifying ourselves as lawyers. Because of this, it is very easy for people to blend into claiming that they are lawyers when they are not especially these agents who go about parading themselves as lawyers. When some people go to court, maybe magistrates’ or high court, they sit, listen and watch what they do. Over time, the next thing is the suit and they start parading themselves as lawyers. And nobody knows whether they are lawyers or not until they commit blunder or nemesis catch up with them. But the fact is we have problem of identity and it stems from the fact that we don’t have what to identify ourselves with as lawyers. What are the checks you recommend? One of the checks is that we are meant to have stamp and seal. Stamp and seal are meant to be issued out to all lawyers especially on the payment of their practising fee every year. We don’t also have an identity card which shows the owner as a lawyer. Anybody can pay practising fee. You can walk into a bank and pay practising fee. And, the judges too can help by asking for the receipt of your

practising fee. Most lawyers appear in court without paying their practising fee. But if judges insist on seeing the receipt of your practising fee, especially if they doubt your appearance as a lawyer, it would go a long way in helping out. If they demand for your practising fee and you are unable to provide it, then any member of the NBA or any senior lawyer in court should make sure that the person is apprehended and made to face investigations as to whether he is a lawyer or not. And then, within the local bar we don’t have proper identification too. While I am saying this with all respect to my predecessor and others, we do not have identity cards in my local branch in Lagos. This is very bad. What do you think is responsible for the practice of people impersonating lawyers? There are so many factors responsible for this. One of these is that some people like the profession. They like being called a lawyer. You know lawyers have this special aura around them. Those who impersonate want this special aura too but without going to school and getting trained properly as lawyers. And again, there is poverty all over the land and people want to eke out a living. They want to make money and the only way they think they can make money is to present themselves as what they are not. For instance, if you go to the magistrates’ court, you would see many people who parade themselves as lawyers as they wait for suspects to be brought to court and they start struggling among

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themselves. This does not portray us well as lawyers. So, people fake that they are lawyers, doctors or other professions for social and economic reasons. From what I gathered from you, it seems the NBA lacks the power to police or monitor its members? No, the NBA does not lack the powers. But there is nothing in place for us to know or detect that this person is a lawyer and this person is not. It is not we lack the powers. Take the instance of the man apprehended by Mrs Balogun and I and handed over to the chairman of Lagos NBA who took the appropriate action by reporting the guy to the police. The police investigated the case and they have already charged him to court. And the case is ongoing at the Magistrates’ court. We do not lack the power but what is lacking is proper means of identification.

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hat would make an individual present himself as a member of a profession he does not belong to? The first is economic factor. When you look at the society, there is poverty in the land. Many people, especially in places like Lagos and other urban cities, believe that to make ends meet, anything is sellable. Some people are looking for greener pasture where to make more money. This makes many to believe that anything goes when it comes to making money. Again, in most cases of impersonation, there is always a situation of being privy to privileged information and knowledge. For example somebody who works with a pharmacist in a hospital and he has an idea of how to prescribe drugs. If the individual is crooked, he may as well go and establish himself and attend to those who want cheap services.

He may even pretend to be a doctor. He could as well be all in all. This is because there is no direction. There is no division of labour. And for some people, it is a social thing. Somebody may have the ambition of being a lawyer. The individual may eventually go to a university to study Law. But for one reason or the other the person may be unable to graduate. He may eventually become a fake lawyer because he has an idea of what the profession is like. Because he was unable to achieve his objective but wants to fulfil the status he has designed for himself, he would impersonate. And don’t forget, he has an idea. In the hospital I work, for instance, even a clerk could impersonate because he has an idea of what his bosses are doing. He could prey on the ignorance of some people who think since he works in

a hospital, he should be a medical doctor. We have a lot of social health workers, and even we psychologists, whom the members of the public call doctors. But of course if you know your line of action, you would correct them and say, “I am not a doctor but a clinical psychologist.” But for those who don’t have what it takes; they want to feel “belonged” and because of the level of poverty since they want to earn more because of the loads of obligations they need to attend to may impersonate. And at times, these fakes are aided by the real professionals who show them the rope and tell them you can do it this way or that way. For instance, the security agents on our roads often disclose to the hoodlums they use to extort money from motorists the ways of their profession. The motorists are often fooled by the antics of these hoodlums who show off

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as the real thing. This apparently gets into the heads of these hoodlums and later they would pass themselves off as security agents. Mostly, they were able to carry this off because they are privy to some privileged information of the profession they are faking.


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hat mechanisms have you put in place to checkmate quackery in the medical profession? Quackery is one of the things we are worried about. What we do at the level of the state is that we work with Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria, MDCN, which is replicated all over the states in the country. There is a committee of the MDCN in each of the states with the Chairman of the Nigerian Medical Association, serving as the Vice Chairman of the monitoring committee of the MDCN in each of the states. How does MDCN fit into the role of checking quackery among medical professionals? What the MDCN is supposed to do is to monitor the practices of all the doctors in the state. However, there is another organ in the Ministry of Health in each of the state which is the private hospital regulatory body. That body is the body that registers all the health care facilities in the state. They have their own standards. But, what the MDCN does is to go into the practices of each of the doctors in the state to make sure it is standardised. And, wherever we find out there are inadequacies, the first thing we do is to give that doctor a chance to put things in their right perspective. And, then, if he is unable to do that; eventually, we advise him to suspend his services until he is able to do that. That is for medical doctors. Whereas for other health services, I mean all other health institutions that are not run by doctors, but which are registered by Ministry of Health in the state, the state monitoring committee

monitors them; go into their facilities; if they are found wanting, those facilities are shut. They do it in conjunction with the police, the law enforcement agents. They shut those facilities down and then go on air and announce to the public that they should avoid such institutions. Those who are found wanting would eventually be taken to court. How does the NMA support the MDCN in fighting the menace? What the NMA in Ondo State has been doing in the recent past is aside from going with the monitoring committee of the MDCN to see the facility, we also try to link up with the State Ministry of Health. We have the list of the facilities and then we try to know the people who are there, whether we are qualified or not. We have our own mechanism by which we go round all these in those areas. We try to know whether they are doctors and what type of facility are they supposed to use. It is only doctors that can run private hospitals; the other ones can only run a convalescing home or a clinic at best. But, people have a way of abusing the standard. Sometimes, it is a registered clinic, and later, they will say it is a hospital. One other thing we’ve been trying to do is that we try to educate our members and they cannot grant annex to people they cannot vouch for. Anybody who gives you an annex to other health care provider, outside doctor, who is found wanting, or if there is an incident of quackery there, we in NMA, we report that person to MDCN. And, that person will face the MDCN committee on quackery. This includes the investigative panel. If he is found wanting, he will face the panel that will try that person. What are disciplinary measures you put in place for punishing

quacks? The MDCN is a statutory body that has the power to prosecute. What happens is that when we have cases like that, the first thing that we do is to inform the MDCN. We inform the MDCN that this is what we discovered; in conjunction with the police, that individual will be arrested and that case will be taken to court. What we have been doing recently is that we noted that most of the members of MDCN are representatives of NMA in that regard. What we do at the level of each of the states is that the NMA will join interested parties in that suit, and then we provide all logistics for the MDCN official who will be coming to the MDCN secretariat to prosecute those case. If it is later discovered that the accused are not doctors, the MDCN allows competent courts to try them. Of course, that is an attempted murder or forgery as the case may be. They will be dealt with according to the law of the land. Such individuals may be sentenced to lengthy life jail. In your reminiscence, how many health facilities have been shut down in the state in the past one year? There are about six hospitals were actually closed doing not long ago. But, I tried to find out with the Director of Medical Services. I told him ‘I am worried’. The last time they went on a raid, there were about six hospitals in Ondo town that were found wanting. Those offices were closed down by the regulatory body; that is the body that registers them in the state. They announced the names on the radio and television stations for some time. But, the problem has always rested on the ability of the security agents to work enough. There are some of them who may in one way or the other get the law enforcement agent to be compromised. Before you know what is happening, they

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will go back again and make sure their offices are working. What we’ve been doing is that we’ve been putting pressure on government that we cannot continue with it that way. If we are saying that we want to provide quality health care for our people, then, we must be ready to enforce the law no matter whose ox is gored. That is one of the things that I am talking about. As doctors, we all know what we swore to. If a doctor is maintaining the standard, and then, we have other paramedics who are given the liberty to do whatever they want to do just like the case we have in Iju/Itaogbolu where a nurse was committing aborting and then the patient died; the government is not putting everything in place to make sure that such an individual faces prosecution. NMA is really working; but the law enforcement agents are not doing enough to enforce the law.

Quackery: Separating the wheat from the chaff CONTINUED FROM PAGE 3 journed. In the same vein, a 53-year-old Indian neurosurgeon, Raju Bhuvaneswara Basina was arrested three weeks ago at the Asokoro District Hospital in the Federal Capital for practising without being licensed to practice in Nigeria. The disturbing act is not limited to civil professions. The military is not spared. On September 17, 2012, a fake soldier, Samuel Johnson,in full military uniform with the rank of lance corporal was arrested in Lagos. He claimed to be a member of the Nigerian Army attached to Ojo Cantonment, Lagos. Three police walkie talkies, 10 pairs of military uniforms, four pairs of military boots and six military belts were recovered from him. In 2013, a fake superintendent of police was arrested

by soldiers with 100kg of Indian hemp along Bauchi – Kano road in Ningi Local Government Area of Bauchi State. A security source in Bauchi said the man was arrested at a military road block along Ningi road with fake Identity card. And on October 12, 2013 in Abuja, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, arrested a middle-aged man, Kunle Adeshola, who also goes by the names of Dr. Kunle Shoal, Dr K. Adeshola for attempting to pass himself off as an Assistant Police Commissioner. The list goes on and on. Even there are fake artisans. Wole Ologbenla, a medical laboratory scientist shared his experience with Saturday Mirror. “I was on my way from work one evening when my car engine, in the middle of a heavy traffic, sputtered and died. Before I could say Jack Robinson, a man in

blue overall appeared beside my window. He didn’t even allow me open the bonnet of the car and tinker with whatever I could tinker with before he announced himself as a mechanic. We both pushed the vehicle to a sidewalk. And that was where my nightmare began. After about two hours, I had to drive him off my vehicle and now call my mechanic who luckily was nearby. Immediately he saw the man in overall, he burst into laughter and declared that I had been scammed. To add insult to injury the man had collected N3000 from me for some things he would need to fix my car. By then it was quite dark. He just disappeared into the darkness,” he recalled. Almost every facet of the Nigerian society has been invaded by quacks and worries have been expressed over the unwholesome development. But Abiodun Ogunkoya, a clinical psychologist, has explained it away: a fallout of the general decadence which pervades the society.


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Boko Haram: Military in fierce battle with sect •24 hours curfew imposed •Foils attempt to free detained insurgents •Kills many, arrests scores •Recovers arms, vehicles •Civilain JTF also in action INUSA NDAHI, MAIDUGURI AND UBONG UKPONG ABUJA

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or over three horrific hours, the military, yesterday engaged the terrorists group, Boko Haram, in a fierce battle which led to the killing and arrest of some of the insurgents. Although the military was said to have recorded casualties on its part, the report was denied by its spokesman. The latest battle followed the attack on a military detention facility in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, by the insurgents in an attempt to free their detained colleagues. Following the clash, a 24 hour curfew beginning from 2 p.m. , yesterday, has been imposed in Maiduguri and its environs by

the state government. This was contained in a press statement signed by the secretary to the state government and made available to journalists. The arrival of the terrorists was heralded by multiple explosions and sporadic gunshots in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, and its environ at around 7.30 a.m. The gunmen, it was gathered were on a mission to destroy Giwa Military Barracks which harbours several number of detained terror suspects. The efforts were however repelled by the military who were said to have launched a counter offensive, killing many of the terrorists in the process. Many of the insurgents were also reported arrested. Few security operatives and innocent civilians were said to be caught in the crossfire.

The incident, according to a reliable source, led to the killing of scores of the terrorists with the capturing of several of them who fled into Polo, Sulimanti, and other surrounding wards of Maiduguri metropolis. In Polo ward area, our correspondent gathered that about eight of the fleeing terrorists were captured by civilian JTF operatives before handing them over to military operatives. Also, at the outskirt of Sulimanti, NNPC Depot, over six of the terrorists were captured before they were handed over to relevant security agencies. Sources said, the gunmen who came from Sambisa forest enroute Fori Village an outskirt of the town and some few metres away from the military barracks used Hillux trucks mounted with anti-aircraft gadjets, rocket propelled

launchers, AK47 rifles and improvised explosive devices (ied’s) with the motive of destroying the barracks after setting free their members detained in the barracks since 2009 when the uprising started. They were however repelled by the men of the 7 Division, Nigerian Army and men of the vigilante youths popularly known as Civilian JTF. Another source said, “the gunmen were able to destroy some structures at the military barracks using rocket propelled launchers. I saw smoke coming out from the barracks, but many of the terrorists were killed as I saw their corpses laying close to the barracks general area which is also close to where I reside.” There were also reports that the University of Maiduguri was attacked, but the Borno State police commis-

sioner, Mr. Lawal Tanko, however denied the claim. Our Correspondent observed that the incident which lasted over three hours came under control when the Air Force fighter jet that came all the way from Yola, the Adamawa State capital, started bombarding the terrorists. The action led to the dislodgment of members of the sect who made an attempt to escape into the metropolis. There were however captured by security operatives with the assistance of the Civilian JTF. Meanwhile, confirming the battle, in a statement by the Defence Headquarters,(DHQ) in Abuja, yesterday, signed by its Director of Defence Information (DDI), Major General Chris Olukolade, the military said that the insurgents were heavily wounded in the encounter. The military also denied attack on any institution in Maiduguri yesterday. “Pockets of terrorists apparently in a move to boost their depleted stock of fighters this morning attacked a military location in Maiduguri with a view to freeing

their colleagues who are being held in detention. “The attack has been successfully repelled with heavy human casualty on the terrorists. Some of the victims of the terrorists’ fire in their efforts to break into the detention facility, included those they came to rescue. “Many of the terrorists and their weapons have been captured. Four soldiers were wounded and are being treated. “Hot pursuits by land and air operations are ongoing along with cordon and search of surrounding localities. “No institution has been reported attacked, although the effect of firing from the encounter could be noticed in surrounding facilities in Maiduguri. Details will be given later. “It is believed that this terrorists attempt is in response to the intensity of attacks on their strongholds in camps at Talala, Monguzum, Sambisa forests, Gwoza, Mandara mountains as well as the general area of Lake Chad. The camps have been destroyed and many insurgents killed”, General Olukolade stated.

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resident Goodluck Jonathan has called for greater cooperation between Nigeria and neighbouring countries in the fight against terrorism. Speaking yesterday at an audience with a Special Envoy of President Paul Biya of Cameroon, Mr. Emmanuel Sadi Rene,

who delivered a special message from the Cameroonian leader, Jonathan said that Boko Haram and other criminal groups that operate in the countries’ border regions must be seen as a common threat to them all. The president said that Nigeria and its neighbours must take urgent action to harmonise their strategies and efforts to rollback the menace of Boko

Haram and other violent criminal gangs that operate between their borders. “The issue of Boko Haram remains worrisome. If it is not properly handled, it could affect the security of neighbouring countries. We therefore expect maximum cooperation from all countries within our region to rout the sect,” Jonathan told Mr. Rene who is Cameroon’s Minister of Interior.

Rene had conveyed President Biya’s assurance to President Jonathan that Cameroon was committed to cooperating fully with Nigeria to combat all forms of terrorism and cross-border criminality. He also assured Jonathan that the Cameroonian government would never allow its territory to become a safe haven for terrorists or a base for the destabilisation of Nigeria.

uaranty Trust Bank has announced its audited financial results for the year ended December 31, 2013 to the Nigerian and London Stock Exchanges. A review of the results, according to a statement issued by the bank, shows a strong and positive performance across all financial indices and also affirms the bank’s position as one of the most profitable financial services provider in Nigeria. In terms of value creation, GTBank maintained its top position in the industry with pre-tax Return of Equity (ROE) of 34.9% and pre-tax Return on Asset (ROA) of 5.6%. The statement says “A glance through the numbers reveals an impressive 28.6% growth in loan book from N783.91bn in 2012 to N1.01tn in 2013 while customer’s deposits grew by a remarkable 24.3% from N1.15tn in 2012 to N1.43tn in 2013. Consequently, the group closed

the 2013 financial year with a balance sheet size in excess of N2tn while shareholders’ equity increased by 17.9% from N281.83bn in 2012 to N332.35bn in the period under review. Risk management framework in the bank remains very strong as NonPerforming Loans (NPL) ratio decreased to 3.58% in 2013 from 3.75% in the comparative period of 2012.” Commenting on the results, Mr. Segun Agbaje, Managing Director and CEO of Guaranty Trust Bank plc stated that “As a growing franchise and in spite of the regulatory headwinds, our Bank has posted respectable results that reaffirm our reputation as a market leader and a highly ethical financial institution. ”


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Confab: FG in last minute preparations Police sanction CP, 30 others for Monday inauguration •Delegates arrive Abuja •Police, SSS mount security at venue •Former presidents, Heads of State, others expected OMEIZA AJAYI

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arring any unforeseen circumstance, the proposed national conference commences on Monday as scheduled, Saturday Mirror has learnt. The conference is billed to be formally inaugurated by President Goodluck Jonathan. Already a flurry of activities is going on to ensure that all is perfectly set for the inauguration. Delegates have begun arriving in Abuja while security operatives, mainly drawn from the Nigeria Police Force and the Department of State Service, DSS, have assumed strategic positions at the National Judicial Institute, NJI, in Abuja. When our correspondent visited the institute at about 2 pm yesterday a truck-load of policemen had just arrived the premises and were receiving briefing from a senior police officer. There were at least 12 operatives of the DSS at the venue while it was gathered that security would still be beefed up before Monday. Although vehicular and human movement were highly restricted into the institute, a security operative said by Monday, “only accredited individuals will be allowed access to the premises”. He said even journalist who are not properly accredited will be denied entry. The institute is said to have been thoroughly screened and “rendered” safe but operatives said by tomorrow, presidential guards will also be screening the complex

ahead of the inauguration. At the Justice Mariam Aloma Muktar Auditorium in the premises, fully armed operatives of the DSS were seen guarding the building and screening visitors. The hall has already been prepared but electronics and communications equipment were still being checked as at yesterday. Also, technicians were trying to finalise modalities for the accreditation of journalists for the event. A presidential source said the number of requests for media accreditation had outweighed the total number of 492 delegates to the conference, explaining that while the number of journalists from each newspaper house has been scaled down to three, their counterparts in the electronic media, particularly television, has been reduced to at most five per station. Among those already invited to attend the inauguration are former presidents and Heads of State, leadership of political parties, members of the National Assembly, state governors, members of the Judiciary and members of the Federal Executive Council. Others are members of the diplomatic corps; religious leaders and traditional rulers. He said delegates and guests are to be seated by 4.00 pm. Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Senator Anyim Pius Anyim, had earlier stated that the official names of the conference shall be “The National Conference” and

it shall hold in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja. The conference will also last for three months and shall discuss any subject matter, “except the indivisibility and indissolubility of Nigeria as a nation,” adding that the unity of Nigeria is therefore non-negotiable. Also, he said a Conference Management Secretariat shall be established to manage, administer and run the affairs of the conference. That secretariat is now headed by former Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Idris Legbo Kutigi. Decisions taken at the National Conference shall be by consensus. “But where it is not achievable, it shall be by 75 per cent majority,” Anyim said. While he stated that the conference would be funded from this year’s budget, Anyim said it was also expected to advise the government on the legal framework, legal procedures and options for integrating the decisions and outcomes of the national conference into the Constitution and laws of the country. According to him, the national conference shall have a chairperson and a deputy chairperson of unimpeachable integrity. President Jonathan had in his Independence Day nationwide broadcast last year acquiesced to demands for a national dialogue. He had consequently set up the Senator Femi Okunroumu advisory committee to fashion out ways of bringing the dialogue to fruition. Jonathan had often stated

Umeh, Okwu APGA factions set to clash over office OBIORA IFOH ABUJA

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embers of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) factions loyal to Victor Umeh and Maxi Okwu, may clash next week over who is the rightful occupant of the party’s headquarters on Libreville Street, Wuse II, in Abuja. Briefing journalists yesterday, one of the contending chairmen, Maxi Okwu,

said members of the party loyal to him had decided to apply force in pursuit of their rights, pointing out that the court had declared that he is the authentic chairman of the party. He also disclosed that he had written to Umeh faction to notify them of their intention to occupy the party’s headquarters next week, since every approach to peaceful resolution of the conflict between the two factions appears not to be working out.

Okwu further pointed out that even if the Umeh group would resist their occupation of the headquarters, they already have a plan B, though he failed to disclose what the Plan B would be when they are resisted. However, he pleaded with Governor Peter Obi of Anambra State, whose tenure would wind up next week, to mediate and settle the crisis in the party once and for all, before leaving office.

that the national dialogue would strengthen Nigeria’s union and address issues that are on the front burner but too frequently ignored. The federal government had also lashed out at critics of the modalities for convening the national conference, saying the selection of delegates is evenly spread across ethno religious and partisan leanings and therefore cannot be said to be deliberately skewed in favour of President Goodluck Jonathan. The government said Jonathan was only directly involved in nominating at most 46 out of the 492 delegates to the conference. Opposition politicians and civil society organisations as well as varied interests had written off the proposed dialogue as ‘a conference of the government, by the government, for the government”.

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he Police Service Commission PSC has awarded various disciplinary measures to some erring Senior Police Officers whose conducts were unexpected of officers of the Law. The Commission said it took the decision at the end of its 4th plenary meeting held on the 13th of March, 2014. Spokesman of the Commission, Ferdinand Ekpe, an Assistant Director, said, in all, the Commission sanctioned 31 Senior Police Officers with various types of punishments according to the severity of their offences against discipline. According to him, “12 officers were severely reprimanded for offences against discipline.” Among them is a Commissioner of Police, Sanusi Rufai. He said the Commission also reprimanded seven officers and awarded two letters of advice to two officers. The Commission also

treated six promotion appeals from officers. Three officers, a Deputy Superintendent of Police, Sa’adu Akanbi, and two Assistant Superintendents of Police, Ignatius Atta, and James Sanio, were dismissed, said Mr. Ekpe. He added that in addition to dismissal, DSP Sa’adu Akanbi and ASP James Sanio are to be prosecuted in court for acts unexpected of Law officers. “Also, an ASP was compulsorily retired for unbecoming conduct. Four officers including a Chief Superintendent of Police, Bethram C. Onuoha, were reduced in rank. “The Chief Superintendent who has been reduced to a Superintendent of Police is to forfeit seven months’ salary too”, he added. He quoted the chairman of the Commission, Mike Okiro, as stating that the Commission under his watch would continue to promote deserving officers and would be unrelenting in punishing those who behave in manners not expected of law officers.

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As National Conference begins... As the National Conference begins on Monday, there are discordant tunes among Nigerians. In Oyo, Lagos and Osun states, there are allegations that the initial names submitted as delegates were reportedly dropped for reasons not explained. Also, various interest groups such as the Ijaw Youth Council, the Itsekiris, Forum of Former Local Government Chairmen, the Disabled, Civil Society Organisations, CSOs, Ogun West Consultative Forum on National Conference, Traditional Medical Practitioners and a host of others protested their exclusion from the delegates’ list. In Taraba, youths have rejected the list of nominees from the state to the confab. They discarded the nominees because the list did not reflect the true representation of religious affiliations in the state. Deputy Governor, Garba Umar, had sent the list of three nominees, two Muslims and one Christian, but the youth, under the aegis of the Taraba Christians Youth Vanguard said that by sending two Muslims and a Christian, the acting governor was not mindful of the religious configuration in the state.

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Alleged N12.5 billion fraud: FG re-arraigns ex-Gulf bank MD, Briton, 5 others K AYODE KETEFE

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he Special Fraud Unit (SFU) of the Nigeria Police Force, yesterday, re-arraigned the former Managing Director of the defunct Gulf Bank Plc., Prince Johnson Adekunle Adeyeba and seven other persons before a Federal High Court, sitting in Lagos for alleged N12. 5 billion fraud. Other accused persons

re-arraigned alongside Adeyeba were a Briton, Gareth Wilcox (who is charged alongside his two companies, namely, Ibom Power Company, and LYK Engineering Company); Uche Uwechia, Ignatius Ukpaka and John Ezugwu who are also charged with their company, Taurus Shelters Ltd. The accused were rearraigned on an amended 21-count charge comprising alleged offences of fraud

and financial malpractices. They all pleaded not guilty to the new charge. It will be recalled that the first five accused had earlier been arraigned at the same court on December 23, 2013, and they had made a similar plea of “not guilty.” The trial judge, Justice Mohammed Yunusa, had then granted them bail in the sum of N200 million each, with two sureties each of whom was required to enter

into bond in the like sum. At the proceedings yesterday, the prosecution, represented by Mr. Dania Abdullahi, told the court that the charge against the accused had been consolidated, and that the names of two more accused and their companies (Ukpaka, Ezugwu, and Taurus Shelters Ltd) had been added to the suit. Abdullahi consequently prayed the court for the accused to be re-arraigned

on the amended charge. After the accused had taken their plea, counsel to the fifth accused, Mr. Oluwemimo Ogunde (SAN), and also the counsel to the sixth to eight accused, Mr. L. Omeye, prayed the court to allow their respective clients to continue on the bail earlier granted by the court. The prayers of the lawyers were granted by Justice Yunusa. After this, Ogunde told the court that he had filed a motion challenging the jurisdiction of the court to entertain the case. He argued that the police had no constitutional right to prosecute financial crimes without the authority of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). Ogunde further stated that the alleged offences against the accused is a general offence embedded

on the residual list, stressing that it, could only be entertained by the State High Court. He then prayed the court to strike out the charge against his client. Justice Yunusa adjourned the case till April 14 for ruling on the application. The prosecution alleged in the charge that the accused converted over N12. 5 billion from the defunct bank, in the guise of granting loans and overdraft facilities to various companies, without appropriate accounting records. They were further alleged to have diverted 55.3 million dollars in addition to another N3.7billion belonging to the bank. The alleged offences are to contravene the provisions of section 390 of the Criminal Code, Cap A6, Laws of the Federation, 2006.

Defection: My life, job not under threat –Sokoto deputy governor eputy Governor of Sokoto State, Dr. Mukhtar Shagari, yesterday dispelled insinuations that neither his life nor his job were under threat because he refused to follow his boss, Governor Aliyu Wammako to the All Progressives Congress (APC). He also described as unfounded, reports that the party structure in the state had been handed over to the former governor, Attahiru Bafarawa, adding that they both enjoyed close relationship for the benefit of the party. The deputy governor stated this while briefing newsmen after the swearing in of a 16 member PDP Sokoto State caretaker committee by the national chairman of the party, Dr. Adamu Mu’azu, in Abuja. Wammako defected to the APC from the PDP last

year, while Shagari stayed put in the PDP. But while responding to alleged impeachment plots because he declined to move to the APC like his boss, Shagari said “I have made my position very clear to everybody. I joined PDP in 1998 and I joined based on principle. And I think it is the best party for Nigeria. Through that party I became a cabinet minister twice, I contested to be the candidate of the party in a transparent primary which I won. The party decided to bring in the current governor and gave it to him. I supported him and remained loyal to him. When he decided to leave I decided that I will not leave my party because I have principles; I joined this party because I believe in it. I cannot move to a party that I don’t understand, I don’t know the people in that party, they have nothing political to do with me.

Usman who described the handing over as a process stated that he had contributed his own quota to the development of the bureau and hoped his successor would continue from where he stopped. He added, “Even though I have gone, I am not fully gone. As an accident in-

vestigator, I still remain part of the AIB family.” Responding, the newly appointed Commissioner, Abari, commended the outgoing Commissioner and staff for their support so far, and assured that he would carry everyone along in order to uphold the safety of aviation industry.

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World Consumer Rights Day: We won’t tolerate poor quality service, consumers tell telecom operators ... as CPC hammer dangles on unregistered promotions OLUFEMI ADEOSUN ABUJA

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s Nigeria joins other nations to mark the World Consumer Rights Day, consumers in Abuja frowned at the poor service delivery of telecommunication operators, insisting that it would no longer be business as usual. The World Consumer Rights Day is set aside by International Organisation of Consumer Union for the pro-

tection of consumers rights. The union, which Nigeria is a member, was established on March 15, 1983 to expand consumer protection across the world. On that premise, the Consumer Protection Council, CPC, yesterday launched a Road Show on ‘Fix our phone rights’ to protect the rights of telecommunication subscribers from exploitative activities of telecom operators across the country and unregistered promotions

The CPC Director-General, Mrs. Dupe Atoki, who led the road show accompanied by Consumer Ambassador, Mr. Charles Chukwuemeka Oputa (a.k.a Charly Boy), said Nigerian consumers had groaned under poor service without making a move to report to appropriate authority but not anymore. She said, “We are talking about the right of telephone users not just in Nigeria but all over the world. It is imperative to

join the international community to raise awareness about subscribers’ rights. “The Nigerian consumers of telecoms services have been unable to assert their rights due to large ignorance of these rights and where to complain. Therefore, in celebrating the World Consumer Rights Day, the CPC believes that the way forward is to codify the rights of telecommunications subscribers so that they can access, read and understand these rights.”

Redeployment: AIB commissioner hands over to successor OLUSEGUN KOIKI

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ollowing the redeployment of the Commissioner of Accident Investigation Bureau, AIB, Capt. Muktar Usman, to the Nigerian Civil

Aviation Authority, NCAA, last week by the federal government, the AIB boss yesterday handed over to his successor, Engr. Felix Abali. The outgone commissioner however sought the support of all staff and industry players for the new

helmsman. The handing over ceremony took place at the agency’s headquarters at the Murtala Mohammed Airport, MMA, Lagos. Usman described the new commissioner as an astute professional who would pro-

pel the agency forward. Abali, before the latest appointment, had worked as a staff of the Federal Aviation Administration, FAA, in the United States and was the immediate Director of Licensing at the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA.


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KATSINA STATE GOVERNMENT

PRESS RELEASE Consequent to skirmishes between cattle rustlers and local residents in some communities in Katsina State, the Katsina State Government hereby deeply sympathizes and condoles with the affected residents. Government condole the families of those who lost their lives and sympathize with the injured. The Katsina State Government has therefore constituted a Committee under the Chairmanship of Brig-General Maharazu Isma’ila Tsiga (Rtd) to immediately swing into action to access the unfortunate incidence, render assistance, advice on measures to stamp out the banditry and forestall future occurence.

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he Inspector-General of Police (IG), Mr Mohammed Abubakar, has called on officers of the Force to be dedicated and disciplined to ensure high standard. Abubakar made the call while decorating a newly promoted Assistant Inspector-General (AIG) and seven Commissioners of Police on Wednesday in Abuja. The IG said that promotion came with additional responsibility, adding that the promotion was not for them to jubilate and rest. “Gone are the days when commissioners of police leave their offices at 2.p.m and go home to take a rest. “These days, the more you take, more is expected from you to give to the people of this country, ‘’ he said. Abubakar specifically called on the commission-

ers in charge of escort and provost to ensure that corruption was fought, not only in the force but also everywhere. “I urge you to do everything possible to revive the escort and to fight corruption not only in the police force but also to fight corruption in Nigeria, particularly in the public service. “I do not want you to be an arm chair commissioner of police and remain in the office; we all know the duty of the escort, so I expect you to be active to your responsibility. “Likewise the force provost marshal who is supposed to be the vanguard of the force discipline. “Discipline should not be in the force headquarters alone but everywhere an officer is serving; we want to see that our officers are well mannered. ‘’

The police boss said that the police had a code conduct of which every officer must abide by. Abubakar commended officers and men of the force for doing so well in protecting lives and property in the country. The IG recalled that when he came on board, there were over 135,000 rank and file who had not

been promoted. Those decorated include Adeola Adenji as Assistant Inspector-General of Police (AIG). The commissioners decorated are Baba Tijjani, Mohammed Mohammed, Abdul Bube, Abubakar Marafa, Hosea Karma, Augustine Evbakhavbokun and Moses Amadasun. (NAN)

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or Nigeria to overcome her contemporary challenges, value and ethical reawakening among the nation’s citizens are urgently needed, Special Adviser to the President on Ethics and Values, Mrs Sarah Jibril, has said. Jibril, who spoke in Abuja, yesterday, at a media briefing on the state of Nigeria on ethics and values: “The Journey so Far,” said the country’s growing challenges were products of ethical rot which according to her, are rooted among her populace.

She said: “It is the absence of ethic that is the cause of systemic problems we are having. It is the absence of ethics that is responsible for all the crises we may have individually, in the family, in our system as well as in our various communities.” Jibril pleaded for promotion of African traditions that support integrity, decency, justice and brotherliness among Nigerians, even as she urged parents and religious leaders to be more concerned with their responsibilities to instil morals in the people under their custody. She also urged Nigeri-

ans to live harmoniously and eschew all unwholesome practices that could engender crisis among the citizenry. She specifically criticised the country’s women, many of whom she said had undermined African values for western civilizations. While calling on the women to respect their values, she said: “The way educated African women are dressing these days appear that maybe our civilisation is to de-Africanise our continent. We have raised this issue in various areas. Men don’t go to places formally with two shirts. They, at least, wear long sleeves; they try

to keep themselves. “But, we discover here now, that many women will wear tight pant with short blouses and to show their buttock. And, I make bold, I tell them that the importation of such dressing is unethical dressing; it is sexually suggestive and it doesn’t add dignity to Africa women.” She was however more specific about Christian women many of whom she said are fond of showing off their bodies, adding that Moslem women have the way of covering their hair and they dress covering themselves because the beauty of a woman is not for public show.

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he management of the University of Port Harcourt (UNIPORT) has said its lecturers were quick to embark on strike over non-payment of February salary due to ongoing biometrics exercise in the university. Dr Williams Wodi, the university’s spokesman, confirmed this in Port Harcourt, on Thursday that members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) of the university were on strike. Wodi, the Deputy Registrar, Information, of the university, said that the Federal Government had informed the university of its intention to commence payment of university workers through its Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS). “The issue is that the Federal Government directed us (UNIPORT) as it directed all other 39 federal universities that it wants to commence payment of salaries centrally from Abuja.

“The Federal Government asked us to compile a list of our staff members and everybody participated in the exercise. And at the end of the process FG is saying that UNIPORT alone has quite a sizeable number of up to 5,000 staff members. So, it appears that the share logistics (of our staff strength) is overwhelming, and the Federal Government appeared to be sorting that out (before the strike). “The issue here is that ASUU is saying that if its members don’t get paid; that they are not going to teach (students) in UNIPORT. “All the other 39 federal universities are teaching and they are also confronted by the same case scenario of non-payment of February salary.” Meanwhile, Prof. Anthonia Okerewon, the branch Chairperson of ASUU in UNIPORT, faulted the university’s claim that lecturers in other federal universities were yet to receive their February salaries. (NAN)

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okoto State House of Assembly has passed a Bill for a law to harmonise the retirement age of academic staff of the State Polytechnic and the Shehu Shagari College of Education, Sokoto. This followed a motion moved by the Majority Leader, Alhaji Abubakar Amanawa (APC- Dange/ Shuni ). Amanawa said that the law became necessary in order to improve the level and standard of education in the state. He added that the exist-

ing retirement age of 60 years for academic staff was counter-productive to the state’s education system. The retirement age had now been shifted from 60 years to 65 years, he said. He pointed out that “this will enable the academic staff to utilise the knowledge they gained for the benefit of the society.” The Speaker of the house, Alhaji Lawal Zayyana, said the Bill underwent three readings before it was subsequently passed. (NAN)


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group of ex-militants from Bayelsa State, under the aegis of Ifalibabou Revolution Movement (IRM), has faulted its exclusion from the federal government amnesty programme.

The group recalled that its members numbering over 3,000 voluntarily surrendered their arms and withdrew from the creeks to embrace amnesty in December 2010, a moved it said, enabled peace reign in the Niger Delta region. Coordinator of the group, Keithy Sese, fondly

called Gen. Nomukeme, in a chat with Saturday Mirror in Yenagoa, the state capital, however, warned that his group which has vowed to remain law-abiding do not want to return to their trenches in the creeks over their noninclusion in the amnesty programme since Presi-

dent Goodluck Jonathan hails from the region. Accordingly the former freedom fighter, he and his followers were among the third phase of ex-militants who surrendered their arms. He however lamented that some of their documentation files were missing in the Am-

nesty Office. Sese therefore urged President Jonathan to prevail on the Amnesty Office to document their members to enable them have a sense of belonging having surrendered their arms and ammunition to embrace peace. In the words of Sese, “No legitimate and responsible government would treat issues like peace process, Amnesty and invasion of communities by military forces with levity,” Sese argued. Sese, however, disclosed that only 26 exmilitants in his former camp located at Foropa in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of the state were documented last year by the Amnesty Of-

fice thereby abandoning others to their fate. He continued, “This is the fourth year since the group voluntarily participated in the disarmament process of the federal amnesty programme. None of our members have undergone re-orientation or re-integration programme. What then will be the place of these exagitators where government takes the option of abandoning us?” Having keyed into the amnesty process, Sese maintained it was imperative for the Federal Government to include him and his followers into the amnesty training programme to enable them have a sense of belonging.

Begin work on Bonny, Brass LNG sites, group urges FG Emma Gbemudu YENAGOA L-R: Member, representing Uyo Senatorial District Sen. Ita Enang; Speaker, Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly, Hon. Sam Ikon; Governor Godswill Akpabio and his wife, Deputy Governor, Lady Valerie Ebe and member, representing Ibiono Ibom State Constituency, Hon. Ime Okon at the commissioning of a 3 classroom block at Presbyterian Primary School, Ono in Ibiono Ibom LGA, recently.

PDP’ll sweep S’South in 2015 polls –Chieftain Dennis Naku PORT HARCOURT

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he Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said that it would win all the six states of the South-South geopolitical zone in the 2015 elections. National Vice Chairman of the PDP, SouthSouth, Dr. Steve Oru, said this in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital, when he led a delegation of the party’s executives in the zone on a visit to the Rivers State Chairman of the party, Mr. Felix Obua.

Oru disclosed that the party was determined to reclaim Edo State, which is presently being controlled by the opposition All Progressives Party (APC). He nevertheless expressed optimism that the party would maintain its winning streak in Akwa Ibom, Rivers, Cross River, Bayelsa and Delta states during the 2015 general elections. While commending the focus of the party’s leaders towards developing and uniting the party, Oru also lauded the contributions of the

Rivers State Chairman of the party, as well as the Supervising Minister of Education, Chief Nyesom Wike, towards the growth of the party in the state. In the words of Oru, “I am overwhelmed by the level of confidence and work done so far in the PDP. Come 2015, the PDP will be voted for en masse in Rivers, Akwa Ibom, Cross Rivers and other states in the SouthSouth zone. “With what we have seen in Rivers State, we will take the message

home that the PDP is still the largest party in the state,” he said. Earlier, the state chairman of the PDP assured that the party would remain the party to beat in the state. Amaechi’s exit from the party would not affect it in the forthcoming polls. Obuah disclosed that the PDP would soon begin its zonal rally in Port Harcourt, adding that peace and security of lives and property was guaranteed, even as he thanked the zonal executive for the visit.

Navy seizes 87, 000 litres of diesel, arrests 7 suspects in Rivers Dennis Naku PORT HARCOURT

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n a major boost in its fight against illegally refined petroleum products, the Nigerian Navy has impounded 87, 500 litres of illegally refined diesel and arrested seven-man syndicate, suspected to be freighting the product to unknown destinations. The seized 7, 500 litres of the product is valued at N144 million and was

seized at Isaka creeks, in Okrika Local Government Area of Rivers State. The naval breakthrough against illegalities was disclosed to journalists yesterday, by Commander of the Nigerian Navy Ship (NNS) Pathfinder, Commodore Godwin Ochai, while handing over the suspects to operatives of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) in Port Harcourt. Addressing journalists at the hand over of

the suspects, Commodore Ochai said the arrest was in line with the directive of the Chief of Naval Staff (CNS), Vice Adm. Usman Jibrin, to rid the nation’s waterways of illegalities. According to Commodore Ochi, “In furtherance of the CNS zero tolerance on crude oil theft and other economic crimes; our troops while on routine patrol arrested seven suspects with 250 drums of refined diesel at Isaka waterway. “In line with our man-

date of stopping attacks on the nation’s economy; the seven suspects and the petroleum product will be handed over to NSCDC for further investigation and prosecution.” Ochai said the Navy would sustain its 24-hour surveillance patrol of the waterways in its bid to stop illegal oil bunkering in the country and warned oil thieves, pipeline vandals and sea pirates to steer clear of the nation’s oil installations or face “the Navy’s wrath”.

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call has gone to the Federal Government to commence work without delay on the much awaited Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) sites at Bonny and Brass in Rivers and Bayelsa states, respectively. This, it is said, would stem the rate of unemployment in the Niger Delta region. It was observed also that the take-off of the delayed projects could assist in reducing violence among youths in both states and the entire region. This was disclosed yesterday by President, Association of Non-Violence in Niger Delta, Kennedy West, in an in-

terview with Saturday Mirror. West maintained that two gigantic projects could start simultaneously noting that it would complement in developing both states. West also called on the Federal Government to establish six sea ports in the six states of the Niger Delta, arguing that the projects would generate huge revenue for the region. According to him, “It will also mop up the high level of unemployment and boost a vista of business opportunities to the region,” West said. On the crisis hitherto plaguing the Ijaw Youth Council (IYC), the rights activist commended the efforts of some notable Ijaw leaders who waded into the matter.

Rivers NUJ, PDP condemn kidnap of ace Radio presenter Dennis Naku PORT HARCOURT

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he Rivers State chapters of the Nigeria Union of Journalists has condemned the abduction of Anthony Akatakpo, ace Radio presenter with Wazobia FM in Port Harcourt. Akatakpo, popularly known as ‘diplomatic Akas Baba’ was kidnapped by a group of unknown gunmen on the

early hours of Thursday, at his residence in Rumuekini, Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of Rivers State. The Rivers State NUJ wondered why Mr. Akatakpo was shot, even when he was cooperating with his attackers. The group raised the alarm that its members have become targets for abduction and armed robbery not only in Rivers State, but in the whole country.


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NEMA urges states SEGF chair: PDP vice chair, groups to include disaster hails Gov Orji’s choice funding in budgets Dennis Agbo

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he National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), has urged state governments in the country, particularly those in the south east geopolitical zone, to always include disaster managements in their annual budgets. The agency also urged state governments to strengthen and fund states Emergency Management Agencies, which it claimed, would go a long way in reducing pressure and over dependency on the national body. South- East zonal coordinator of NEMA, Dr. Bandele Abdulahi Onimode, gave the advice while reviewing activities of the agency within the zone in the last one year, as well as NEMA’s programme for the zone in 2014. According to Dr. On-

imode, it is high time governments at all levels began to see disaster as a security issue and not mere environmental problem. Onimode said the Federal Government alone does not have the capacity to shoulder disaster challenges alone, saying that it is a huge and capital intensive endeavour. He therefore called on state and local governments to always pay their expected roles in disaster management. The NEMA boss, who highlighted that disaster management requires collaborative efforts to manage, maintained that it is multi-sectoral and capital intensive all over the world, which is the reason why all tiers of government must show more commitment to fighting it. Onimode also advocated for more synergy between NEMA and other key stakeholders in disaster management especially security agencies.

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ational Vice Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), South East zone, Col. Austin Akobundu (rtd) has thrown his weight behind the choice of Governor Theodore Orji of Abia State as the new Chairman, South East Governors’ Forum (SEGF). In the same vein, some pro-democracy groups have expressed happiness with the recent election of Governor Orji as the chairman of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)

South East Governors’ Forum, saying that his emergency would usher in progress and peace in Igbo land. The group’s position was contained in a statement signed by Nze Elvis Agukwe, National Coordinator and former Imo State Commissioner for Information and Strategy. While commending the governors of the south eastern states of the country for their decision to make Governor Orji lead them, Akobundu described SEGF’s new helmsman as “a consummate politician worthy of the trust place on his to pilot the

affairs of the South East geopolitical zone at this time in the nation’s history.” He also described Governor Orji as a loyal member of the PDP. His words, “Governor Orji has indeed supported PDP in the South East both in cash and in kind. In Abia where he is the governor, PDP has remained the only party known to the people, chiefly because of the support, encouragement and lifeline given to it by him,” Akobundu said. The PDP chieftain listed Governor Orji’s achievements which probably endeared his co-governors to him to

include his canvass and support for the course of Ndigbo in the country. He maintained that Governor Orji’s support for the Federal Government and President Goodluck Jonathan has brought many high profile projects into the zone including such landmark infrastructure like the second Niger Bridge; the Akanu Ibiam International Airport; the Enugu-Port Harcourt expressway, among others. The PDP chieftain believed that the new SEGF Chairman would replicate visionary leadership in Abia State in the Forum.

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overnor Sullivan Chime of Enugu State has advised Nigerian youths to work toward consolidating on the achievements of past leaders. The governor made the call in Enugu yesterday while declaring open the South East Zonal Centenary Quiz. Governor Chime, who was represented by the Commissioner for Education, Prof. Chris Okoro, advised the youths to be educationally empowered and go into ventures that would positively impact on their lives. The governor advised them to shun social vices capable of ending their dreams and careers. He listed such social vices to include kidnapping, corruption, cultism and examination malpractices. In a message, Secre-

tary to the Government of the Federation, Sen Pius Anyim, called on the youths to empower themselves both physically and intellectually for the development of the country. Anyim, represented by the Managing Director, Nigeria Centenary City Plc, Dr Ikechukwu Odenigwe, said the aim of the quiz was to involve the youths in the centenary celebration. According to Sen. Anyim, ``Centenary city is a legacy of the centenary celebration. It is important that youths join in the celebration because they will learn a lot about the history of the country. ``We are reposing our confidence on our youths, knowing that they are the leaders of tomorrow and that they will take the nation to greater heights,’’ the SGF said.

R-L: MD/CEO of Neimeth International Pharmaceutical Company, Okoli Akirika; Emmanuel Ekunno; Maxi Ohuabunwa; Governor Peter Obi; Oselloka Obaze; Maurice Iwu and Thomos Osobu during the foundation laying of the construction of the facility of Neimeth International Pharmaceutical company at Awawbia, Anambra State, recently.

APGA crisis: Umeh, Okwu factions set to clash office Obiora Ifoh ABUJA

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risis is gradually brewing in the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) factions loyal Victor Umeh and Maxi Okwu, over who is the rightful occupant of the party’s headquarters on Libreville Street, Wuse II, in Abuja. The intending crisis, if not checked, might snowballed into a major confrontation among loyalists of the two party heavyweights. Briefing journalists yesterday, one of the con-

tending chairmen, Maxi Okwu, said members of the party loyal to him have decided to apply force in pursuit of their right, pointing out that the court has declared him as the authentic chairman of the party. Okwu also disclosed that he has written to the Victor Umeh faction of his group’s intention to occupy the party’s headquarters next week, since every approach to peaceful resolution of the conflict between the two factions appears to be heading for the rocks. Okwu further pointed out that even if the Umeh

group would resist his faction’s occupation of the party headquarters, they already have a ‘Plan B’. He failed to disclose what the ‘Plan B’ would be if they are resisted. The APGA chieftain, however, pleaded with Governor Peter Obi of Anambra State, whose tenure would winds up next week, to mediate in the crisis and see that the APGA crisis is settled before he leaves office. Okwu admitted that no party thrives in crisis, adding that his group was ready to make concessions provided there was no conditions attached to

such discussions aimed at resolving the crisis in the party. The APGA chieftain further lamented the decision of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Anyim Pius Anyim, to withdraw the APGA delegates to the national conference on the grounds that the party has internal crisis. In the meantime, Okwu dismissed the story making the rounds that the court judgment which earlier sacked Chief Victor Umeh as APGA chairman, has been countered by another judgment from an appellate court.


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Defection: ‘Automatic ticket P. 14 does not guarantee victory’

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ast weekend, Minna, the capital of Niger State was a beehive of activities as President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, top executives and major political players of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, stormed the state for the North Central rally. Though, a zonal rally, the 18 state governors of the PDP were on hand to give their support and afterward, held their third forum meeting. The North Central zones are Kogi,

Plateau, Nasarawa, Kwara, Benue and the host state, Niger. And to ensure safety of lives during the programme, security was beefed up. Armed soldiers, police and other security operatives were drafted to the state capital to mount security at strategic locations before the arrival of the president, who alighted with the national chairman of the PDP, Alhaji Adamu Mu’azu and the party’s BoT chairman, Chef Tony Anineh, from an aircraft, with number, 5FN/FGT, belong to the Nigerian Airforce at the Minna Airport at 10.14 am. A meeting was quickly convened with traditional

rulers and the state executives of the party at the airport. After that, the president moved, along side his entourage, to the Minna Trade Fair Complex, venue of the unity rally. Beautifully designed and decorated with the colours of the party for the rally, the venue was filled with enthusiastic party supporters that had been waiting patiently for the president’s arrival. It was upon his arrival at 11.30 a.m. that the rally was kicked off. The gathering in Minna, though tagged “Unity Rally” to unite the zone ahead of the 2015 election, appeared more or less to

many people that graced the occasion as a “campaign” of a sort for the party that has been faced with serious challenges in recent times. As speaker after speaker took turn to speak on the achievements of the party at the national and state levels, the North Central leaders pledged to support President Jonathan and the PDP in order to emerge victorious in the 2015 election. This appears to be in tandem with earlier media reports that the president would use the opportunity of the rally to declare his presidential CONTINUED ON PAGE 15


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Defection: ‘Automatic ticket does not guarantee victory’ Hon. Leo Okuweh Ogor is the deputy leader of the House of Representatives and a member of the ruling People Democratic Party from Delta State. In this interview with WOLE OLADIMEJI, he speaks on the issue of defection of members and the consequences on the political atmosphere. He says the spate of defection would not affect PDP in the 2015 general election. Excerpts:

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hat is your opinion about the claim recently that the PDP is bribing members of the APC to defect? It is very unfortunate that today All Progressive Congress members in the House are crying wolf. When 37 member of PDP in the House moved to APC were they saying that the members were bribed. It is very unfortunate that APC today are now singing a different tune because they now find themselves where they belong. It is important to take their so called political grandstanding outside the National Assembly. They are not helping the electorate; the electorate elected members of the House to represent them and when they came they swore to an oath of allegiance; their oath of allegiance is to defend the constitution and defend the Nigerian people not serving the interest of any political party. I would therefore appeal to them to let them take this battle elsewhere if they want to go and concentrate and convince the electorate. They should leave the lawmakers alone to concentrate on their legislative functions. The most important thing before the House is the 2014. I think the time and hour have come to appeal that we owe Nigerian people a major responsibility to give them the budget that would serve their purpose. I think that nobody in his rightful mind would want to collect money because he or she wants to cross to another party. What is your comment on the continuous defection of members in the National Assembly from one party to the other? The unfortunate aspect is that the constitution has created a level playing ground. The point is that nobody has been able to establish that there was any faction in PDP; neither is any division in PDP. But unfortunately for them, those elected members coming to PDP did not

contest under APC but under various political parties - ANPP, CPC and CAN. And under the provision of section 68 [1G] of the constitution where there is a merger you are privileged to leave the party and join any political party of your choice or stay. If somebody moves from APC to PDP you don’t have any problem, you leave APC to APGA or to Accord Party there is no problem but if you leave today from PDP to another party, then, there is a problem for you because no court of competent jurisdiction has established that there is a faction in PDP. You could see why those 37 members that defected to APC from PDP went to court to seek an injunction against the Speaker implementing the provision of the section 68[2] of the constitution. What does that section say? It says that if there is no faction in the party you are in and you d e -

like a people losing a battle; they are drowning in the middle of an ocean. What would you say about the crisis over the 2014 budget? It is more or less like creating problem where there is none. The Nigerian people who are supposed to be the sole beneficiaries of the laws that we make will be the losers. I will give you an example with the Appropriation Bill. It is not a Bill of the PDP. It is a Bill for the Nigerian people. The president has fulfilled his responsibility by sending us the estimates and expenditure profile. The remaining responsibility falls on us. The provision of Section 4(2) stipulates clearly that we should make good laws for the good governance for the country; the Appropriation Act is one of them. There was an allegation that members of the National Assembly were promised automatic tickets. Isn’t that an inducement? Automatic ticket I can tell you categorically that I am not aware of. I think sometimes also we should be able to go out there for a fair competition. Automatic ticket

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cide to leave the party for another you are supposed to lose your seat. The Speaker or the Senate President are saddled with the responsibility of declaring the seats vacant. On the Amaechi’s case against the PDP, the Supreme Court declared that the seat belonged to the political party and not an individual. When you look at the subject matter, the 37 members were aware of this provision and left for APC and that was the reason they went to court to restrain the Speaker. You are saying that those who crossed from APC to PDP did that on their own volition. It is hard to believe that there was no inducement, particularly, knowing the significance of that move. There was nothing of that nature. Let he or she that alleges prove. You know that

he that alleges is saddled with the responsibility of proof. The question I ask is that the other people that defected from PDP are they saying they were also bribed? Or is it because the reverse is the case that they are now crying? They were the ones celebrating and busy trying to take over the House. I tell you one thing, knowing the person of President Goodluck Jonathan, he won’t give you a dime for anything, I can swear on that. He believes in transparency, due process and respect for the Rule of Law. Those that are defecting from APC have realised that if the stay in APC, they won’t win election and every politician who wants to be relevant must win election. Those allegations are totally unfounded, nobody can substantiate them. Could that really be it? Oh yes. At the moment, they are more

does not guarantee you a seat in the National Assembly. You must be in touch with your constituents. You might get the automatic ticket and end up getting more rancour in your constituency. So, I think sometimes you must go for free and fair contest; it makes the opposition that even fought you in the primaries work for you. Nobody has come out to promise anybody an automatic ticket. Tambuwal’s position on APC, I want to state with all emphasis that the constitution guarantees that freedom of association. Tambuwal is a full PDP member. He has not told us that he is going to APC neither is he crossing over to any political party. We know him as a member of our political party and he will remain a member of our political party. But let me state that the issue of moving from one party to the other is a personal issue.


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CONTINUED FROM PAGE 13 ambition and commence campaign to that effect. The report was however denied earlier by Niger State governor, Dr. Muazu Babngida Aliyu. The North Central rally took place even before the dust raised by the visit of the president and the PDP national leadership to Kwara state settled. The president was in the state on a reconciliatory mission among members of the party in the state, following the defection of the state governor and some party leaders to the APC in the state. The same cannot be said of Niger State as there was no open defection from the ruling party to the opposition. Rather, the phe party’s leaders hammered on the need to strategise properly so as to reclinch Nasararwa and Kwara states that are in the grip of the APC. The essence, it was obvious, was to unite in order to win the 2015 election. Speaking at the rally, President Good luck Ebele Jonathan lambasted those( governors) that defected from the PDP to the APC, describing them as chameleons and retrogresive elements that should never be trusted. “If you enter a boat and some are paddling forward and some are paddling the boat backward will you go anywhere? So, if some people have been in the PDP for 14 years and they say they are leaving because they want to progress, it means that the 14 years they spent in PDP were in retrogression. “Where are they progressing to? That is not a good way to progress. If they call you a chameleon, it means no one can trust you. Chameleons are never trusted. PDP is the only party you can trust, it is the only one that is stable,” Jonathan lashed out at some defecting PDP leaders. He was not through with them. He further described those who defected as usurpers that took over the parties others had formed. According to him, now that the defectors had left the PDP, its fortunes had taken a turn for the better in the country. “They were a problem to us. So, you will agree with me that now that these retrogressive elements have left, PDP will even move faster, bigger and bigger,” he said. On the state of the party, the president explained that, despite the defection of some political leaders from it, the party had continued to maintain its dominant position. He urged Nigerians not to be disturbed by those that he said are currently dominating the media scene to intimidate others. He said as far as he was concerned, PDP is the only party that support one woman, one vote and one man, one vote in the nation. “I urge you not to be moved or frightened by anybody who uses the media to intimidate people, it is not the media that vote, but the people. And PDP is the only party that preaches peace,” he said. While observing that the North Central zone is special and central to the success of the party, Jonathan recalled how the presidential campaign was flagged off in Nasarawa in 2011, just as the PDP zonal rally kick started from Niger State. His words: “You will agree with me that this is a special zone. Today, we are

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A LOT HAS BEEN SAID ABOUT THE PROPAGANDA OF THE OPPOSITION, OUR PARTY DOES NOT BELIEVE IN AUTOMATIC TICKET. ANYONE THAT WANTS TO ASPIRE TO ANY POSITION, LET HIM GO TO THE PEOPLE. OUR PARTY IS A PARTY OF THE PEOPLE not campaigning for any body - governor or president. We are here for a unity rally, to inform our people to continue to support PDP because it is the governing party in Nigeria.” He also boasted that going by the strong support the party enjoys in the zone, the ruling PDP would reclaim Nasarawa and Kwara states that are currently in the grip of the All Peoples Congress in the coming general election. According to him,”PDP will retain Niger State, Benue State, Plateau State, Kogi State and it will surely recover Nasarawa and Kwara states. No shaking about that. It is the only stable party not only appreciated by Nigerians, but other nationals across the world. It has not changed its colour, name or slogan.

While other parties change like Chameleon, the PDP has not changed its colour, slogan and name like others. Everything is the same.” Earlier, vice president Namadi Sambo noted with joy the he large turnout of people for the rally. He expressed belief that the zone would show same zeal for the party in the general election in order to re-capture Kwara and Nasarawa states next year. The PDP national chairman, Alhaji Adamu Muazu, before his address called for a minute silence in honour of former national chairman, Chief Solomon Lar. And while addressing some key political issues, he warned Nigerians to be wary of the opposition parties, as according to him, a lot of what they

say and do against the PDP were propaganda-based. He pointed out that the PDP needed not to give automatic tickets to anyone in the coming election, as he said, head been claimed by the opposition. “A lot has been said about the propaganda of the opposition, our party does not believe in automatic ticket. Anyone that wants to aspire to any position, let him go to the people. Our party is a party of the people,” he said. Despite the fact that the rally was a North Central zone affair, governors of PDP controlled states, led by the governor of Akwa Ibom State, Chief Godswill Akpaibio, commended the host governor, Dr. Muazu Babangida Aliyu for sensitising the mammoth crowd for the occasion designed by the party to show love to supporters of the party in the zone. He emphasized that the election would not be fought through propaganda, but through objective assessment of provision of infrastructure under the present administration in the country. “We want to thank you for not donating away the Government House, Minna, to the opposition – APC - like some others have done. Let the opposition continue with their propaganda and we will continue to provide infrastructure for the people,” he said. The host governor, and chairman, Northern States Governors Forum, NSGF, Dr. Muazu Babangida Aliyu, in his address said the rally was not for campaign, but to let people know that the PDP is intact and not wounded and will continue to win elections. His words: “We are here to show unity and solidarity to galvanise our people to show that the PDP is intact; it is not wounded, but strong as ever. “God, in his mercy has already decided. When some people said you cannot be president, today, you are president. Your days are not yet over.” On his colleagues who defected, he told the party leadership to keep its doors ajar as those that defected from the party were surely returning to its fold, while efforts should be made by the ruling party to win the election. “Let us leave our door ajar because those who have gone to test somewhere else are likely return,” he said. Other party leaders who spoke stressed the need for the party to strategise and recover Nasarawa and Kwara states. They pledged the support of the zone to the PDP in 2015 election. Notable personalities at the rally include the Senate President, Senator David Mark; Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Bala Mohammed; former PDP national chairman, Ahmadu Ali; the 18 governors of the PDP controlled states; former Deputy Senate President, Ibrahim Mantu; Senators Gbemisole Saraki and Zaynab Kure and Vice Chairman, PDP North Central, Yusuf Ayetoro.


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WITH THE SITUATION OF THINGS IN THE LAND, PEOPLE ARE LOOKING FOR WHAT COULD TAKE AWAY THE PRESSURE.

AND, TO ME, THAT IS WHAT WRESTLING DOES. I HAVE VIRTUALLY ALL THE WRESTLING DVDS FROM 2002 TILL DATE

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Growing passion for bestial sport NNAMDI ONYEUMA examines the factors that provoked a new passion for an exercise that draws blood.

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utside Ekene Anthony’s one room-size shop located beside the Nigerian Petroleum National Corporation (NNPC) Filling Station at Abule-Egba (a suburb of Lagos), gathered a crowd almost forming a human arc. In the past, such gathering evoked fear, but not anymore. Since the World Wrestling Championships became a weekly contest such gathering of enthusiastic wrestling fans has become a common sight. A small blue colour Tiger brand electricity generating set, a squeaky wooden stool, two empty giant-size paint containers, which are part of the sitting conveniences in the shop and a sack carelessly left on the floor at the far corner are the main tools of his trade. Also peering into your face, are several empty bottle water plastics; a standing fan and some torn DVD jackets, which though no longer needed, but were still allowed to float on the floor. Without a window to enable cross ventilation, the shop is stuffy and uncomfortable, but as anyone could see, it is the least of all Anthony’s worries. What, perhaps, has taken the apparent discomfort in the shop off everyone, is a wrestling contest showing on a 14-inch size colour television receiver, placed on a table facing the road. Anthony says, “I am getting used to people gathering in front of my shop. Every day, you are certain to find people gathering here to watch wrestling.” According to him, there is a growing passion for wrestling irrespective of age, class or religion. “Everyone loves it. All they want to know week-in-week-out is who has defeated who, or who is holding the belt and we love it for the business,” he says. Anthony tells the newspaperthat he has been selling wrestling DVDs and other Compact Discs since 2001. “Actually,” he says, “I trained in a Supermarket, but veered into DVD business after discovering that it was commercially viable.” Anthony cuts the picture of a happy man. “Business has been good. We have been getting good returns on investment from my thrice a week trips to Alaba International Market, Lagos State to buy current wrestling DVDs,” he says when asked to assess his fortunes so far. “Wrestling contests hold on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays every week and fans always want to view the latest fight,” he stresses. It is not only a gathering of free viewers as, according to him, they buy, too. A love-hate sport due to its physical nature, Anthony is glad and says it is its bestial nature that has earned it a feverish followership. “You won’t believe it,

DVDs of all kinds on display in a shop

WITH THE SITUATION OF THINGS IN THE LAND, PEOPLE ARE LOOKING FOR WHAT COULD TAKE AWAY THE PRESSURE.

AND, TO ME, THAT IS WHAT WRESTLING DOES. I HAVE VIRTUALLY ALL THE WRESTLING DVDS FROM 2002 TILL DATE but it is mostly when a contest is bloody that DVDs, to put it in his words, sell like ‘hot cake.’ Almost extinct, wrestling as with boxing, which once was a pride sporting activity in Nigeria, seems on a resurge. The difference between what is and what used to be, however, is that the passion has shifted from local wrestling to foreign wrestling. Days were when the likes of Power Mike, Joe Lasisi, Obisia Nwankpa, Jerry Okorodudu, Hogan Bassey, among other boxing greats, compelled everyone to glue to their television sets or cheer from the ring side from start to finish of every boxing bout, as they rained blows on opponents, to submission. Today, with the passion returning for wrestling, those who make a living on its DVDs say violence in the act is good for business. “The deadly acts in wrestling have revved up the passion and placed it second to football,” Anthony enthusiastically says. “These guys are heartless. He has

passed out,” a voice from the ‘stands’ outside screamed. Showing on television was a fight aptly tagged:Dangerous Battle between John Cena and Big Show, his challenger.A head butt combined with sustained fierce kicks on the stomach region and head from Big Show saw Cena drop to the canvass, seemingly subdued. “Such is the fun,” Anthony points out, as Cena turned the heat back on Big Show, who had been tricked into believing he had passed out. Perhaps, to finish Cena off, Big Show, a giant endowed with an excess of flesh had quickly climbed off the ring and pulled from under the canvass, a steel chair which he landed on Cena’s head twice with all the strength remaining in him. Cena writhe in pains, unable to stand up. Taking him for ‘dead,’ Big Show then climbed up for a flying act, but while he was yet at it, Cena suddenly rose from the ‘dead,’ joined him and they carelessly came crashing on the canvass. “Raw guts,” Tope Owokoniran, an under-graduate of the University of Lagos,

among wrestling’s growing enthusiasts calls the act. Owokoniran, who seems a regular visitor to Anthony’s shop agrees, that wrestling is catching the passion bug. He attributes the growing passion for wrestling to the quest to ease burden by the viewers. “It’s a great entertainment; 98 percent make-belief,” Owokoniran says. According to him, with the situation of things in the land, people are looking for what could take away the pressure. And, to me, that is what wrestling does. I have virtually all the wrestling DVDs from 2002 till date. I follow every wrestling challenge,” he reveals. Describing it as the most physical sport, which allows a contestant to dominate opponent by any means possible, he says the growing fixation on the sport is because it has proved extremely entertaining due to the unimaginable and awe-inspiring antics of the practitioners. “Never forget,” he continues, “wrestling also provides a huge relief for the man troubled at heart.” While he confesses his liking for the sport, Owokoniran told Saturday Mirror that he would never try any of the antics on anybody. “It is deadly to try at home and that’s why people are warned not to try it at home or work,” he says. As with Anthony’s shop, at Shop 8, Glorious Plaza, off Ayobo-Ipaja road in CONTINUED ON PAGE 19


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CONTINUED FROM PAGE 18 Ipaja Local Council Area where Eleazar Uzondu holds court every trading day, on Sundays, a growing army of wrestling fans gather for an ongoing wrestling feast also showing on a giant television receiver. Uzondu who reluctantly fielded questions from the reporter admitted to the booming trade on wrestling DVDs. According to him, he has just acquired a new shop somewhere in Iyana-Ipaja where he plans to expand his business. With two assistants, in addition to his younger brother as shop hands, he says his younger brother, Kelechi, would supervise operations at the new shop. His words: “I give glory to God for His mercies and faithfulness. When we started five years ago, we had challenges, but today, God has turned things around for good. Times were when I trekked home after close of work with very little to show for my time in the shop.” Not anymore. For, apparently, things have changed for good, for Uzondu. While he could not be dragged into disclosing how much he makes each trading day, he says that he makes enough to justify his efforts. “When you are doing a business and you are able to pay for another shop, then, you are moving forward,” he points out. According him, though he sells other films and movies, such as Robin Hood, Mara and Clara, Meryln, Fast and Furious, House of Cards, American Horror Story, Asylum, Protect the Boss, Desperate House Wives, Prison Break, Wolverine, The Borgias, Shades of Sin, Hidden Passion, Endless Love, Glass Mask, Amaya, among others, from the United Kingdom, China, America and India, wrestling has come to be the fortunes mover. Swelling the ranks of wrestling’s fans is Tunde Raheem, a Cyber Cafe operator. Unlike others most of whom will trace their way to the ‘viewing shops,’ Raheem can count himself lucky. His neighbour at Iyana Moco Plaza, situated off Iyana Bus Stop, along Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway, simply identified as Uncle Gab, has a stock of his passion. Although he confessed to enjoying wrestling, he told Saturday National Mirror that he cannot be found watching wrestling outside his home. “My good friend,” Raheem says, pointing at Uncle Gab’s shop, “will always inform me about the latest fight and sometimes, I rent it to watch at home, mostly weekends. Be it the Battle Ground, Revenge, Bizzare Confrontation, Undisputed Champion, Power Play or Cage of Monster, he will always have the latest.” As he reeled out the championships, one could see he is a true wrestling fan. Though Uncle Gab declined to answer questions, he volunteered that fortunes are smiling at those in the business. “The only problem we have is some street urchins who break into people’s shops in the dead of night,” he says. Raheem told the newspaper that the only sport he liked was football, until he discovered the entertaining character of wrestling. He said he tunes to television everyday at 10 in the evening to view wrestling matches. Asked what makes him happy watching matches that are often bloody, he says it is wrestling’s never ending entertain-

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ment character. “There’s hardly a dull moment in a wrestling match from start to finish,” Raheem says. According to him, any wrestling match that does not involve a show of power does not appeal to him. But quickly adds, “Unfortunately, nobody can tell the direction a wrestling match goes. It can be bloody or sometimes entertaining where wrestlers like Koffi Kingston, Sin Cara, Dolph Ziggler, Booker T, or Ray Mysterio, are involved. If it involves people like Big Show, Randy Orton, Undertaker and his brother, Ken, Daniel Bryan, The Rock, Alberto Del Rio, or Curtis Axel, then, anything can happen,” he says. With a growing army of fans who follow the contests, week-in-week-out, it is no longer arguable that wrestling is fast becoming popular in most homes and offices. Not only has it provided a ready escape from boredom, it has also developed into becoming a source of sustenance for

those in the business, says Tunde Raheem. “I used to like athletics, but not anymore. My passion has now been transferred to wrestling,” he says, and maintains that the reason is simple, as according to him, “There’s hardly a dull moment in a wrestling match from start to finish.” Raheem says he enjoys those dangerous moments when a wrestler seemingly possessed by the devil, draws any weapon and uses it mindlessly on an opponent. “You know,” he says, “they signed for either life or death. So, anything available is a means to an end.” So, it would seem that as its growing number of followers enjoy, for the traders, also, returns on investments have continued to soar high. Perhaps, this explains why nearly everywhere one turns to on the streets you find at least, two out of every 10 shops are engaged in DVD sales.


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Pay us full compensation – Lagos slum residents Badia East is in ApapaIganmu Local Council Development Area of Lagos State. Recently, no fewer than 9,000 of its residents lost their homes to the bulldozers of the state government. Now, they are demanding full compensation. SEGUN ADIO

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ormer residents of Badia East in the Apapa-Iganmu Local Council Development Area are seeking explanations from the Lagos State government over what they call “inadequate settlement plan” by the government after their homes and property were demolished early last year. On Saturday, February 23, 2013, some heavily armed security personnel, apparently working for the state government, had reportedly invaded the community and forcibly evicted about 9,000 people. They were accompanied by bulldozers of the state government which immediately commenced the demolition of the residents. An international watchdog, Amnesty International, report quoted SERAC as saying about 200 heavily armed police officers supervised the demolition and several residents who tried to resist the demolition were beaten up by them. Following the forced eviction and pressure from the community and human rights organisations, the Lagos

WHAT WE ARE HEARING FROM THE STATE GOVERNMENT NOW IS THAT THEY HAVE FULLY COMPENSATED ALL THAT SUFFERED INJUSTICE FROM THEIR ACTION OF

LAST YEAR.

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State government, in collaboration with the World Bank, reportedly agreed to develop and implement a Resettlement Action Plan (RAP) for those evicted from the community in line with the World Bank’s Resettlement Policy Framework. The World Bank, which seems to be partnering in the development of the community, had reportedly prevailed on the state government to adequately compensate the affected residents with the release of some money for that purpose. However, the state government reportedly paid some of the affected victims around N90, 400, while some house owners got between N171, 000 and N309, 000 as relief for the agony they suffered during the period. Speaking with Saturday Mirror when he led some displaced victims in a solidarity march round the community, Comrade Ishola Musbau Agbodemu, General Secretary of the Lagos Marginalized Communities Forum (LAMCOFOR), rubbished the claim by the state government that it had paid compensation to the affected victims of Badia East area. The human rights crusader main-

tained, among other things, that the money said to have been paid to the victims were only paid to two communities out of the 10 that were affected by the demolition. “What we are hearing from the state government now is that they have fully compensated all that suffered injustice from their action of February last year. The information being passed to the world now is that everyone has been fully paid. That is quite misleading,” he added. The community leader also said that the state government, in the said publication in a national daily, claimed it was planning to carry out more demolitions in the area. The plan, if carried out, Agbodemu warned, would further impoverish the people of the area, while also endanger their lives. Agbodemu continued, “When in 2007 the people of the area defied the sun and rain to queue up for countless number of hours to vote this present administration in the state, the area was not considered fitting for demolition. I ask, should the state government reward these people with this kind of treatment?”

Agbodemu maintained that the World Bank’s fund released was for compensation to the victims for damage done to them, while the state government only paid the victims a paltry sum of money. He added that the relief paid victims only applied to two of the 10 areas that were demolished. A community leader in the area, who prefers anonymity, but who claimed he lost most of his belongings to the first demolition, lamented the situation he and other people currently find themselves. According to the octogenarian, “We are being told now that the state government is coming to demolish the remnants they left for us. We also hear that full compensation has been paid to all victims. All these are stories they want to tell the public but which are not what is on ground. We only appeal to them not to come and carry out this threat again.” A director in the ministry of the Environment in Lagos State Government, but who preferred anonymity, rebuffed the claims being made by the residents of the area. He claimed that the state government is paying the compensation in line with best standard practice. He maintained some of the people were just crying wolf over the payment of relief and compensation, saying that many of them were “opportunists who want to reap where they did not sow” The official maintained that the state government is a masses’ government and would continue to deliver on the promises it made to the electorate who voted it into power


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I’ve not been to church in 18 years –Lizzy Anjorin Lizzy Anjorin made major headlines last year when she was said to have converted to Islam. Now, the actress, movie producer and businesswoman spoke with OSEYIZA OOGBODO on her purported conversion and her latest projects.

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hat’s the latest about you? It’s my new movie, Kofo The First Lady, its premiere cum second year anniversary of Lizzy Anjorin Foundation. The two-in-one event will come up on May 11th here in Lagos, King Sunny Ade will perform and Nike and Zito Peller will also do magic to entertain my guests. Though piracy is affecting us seriously, in fact the pirates are killing us, it doesn’t mean we shouldn’t give nice things to the society that is promoting us by buying our movies, sitting down to watch them, and that’s why I decided to make sure that my premiere should be extra unique by having Sunny Ade performing and Nike and Zitto Peller doing magic. Like me for instance, I’ve never seen magic done before, so it will be an opportunity for me and many of my guests like me to see magic performed live. There will also be a stage play by me, Ijesa and Ijebu. Lizzy Anjorin will also mark its second anniversary by unveiling our new plans to help special children. There are just too many of them out there and we want to do our best to help as many of them as we can. How much did you pay Sunny Ade? He’s supporting us. It’s not about the money, because we can’t afford his fees. We can’t afford him. You see, if it’s just any movie, even with your money, King will tell you he’s booked. But because of what my movie is all about, its paramount message that we should care for children and people with disabilities, he was moved, and he was like how were you able to shoot such a movie and he said if I could do such a movie, then he too is ready to do anything for such children, and that’s why he’s supporting us. You mentioned pirates. What are you doing about them? Nothing. I can’t do it, you can’t do it, it’s only government that can help and since they don’t want to help, then there’s nothing that we can do. They promised us they would do something about it, when they were campaigning,

but after their campaign, they failed to do it. Anyway, what I believe is that the day will come that something good will happen to Nigeria. The fad now is that movies are shown at cinemas. Is Kofo The First Lady cinema standard, as most Yoruba movies are not? Oh yes it is. I’m showing it at the cinema after its premiere. I’m also taking it all over the world, US, South Africa, U K ,

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y t i r b e l Ce Guild of Nigeria recently declared that she needs a companion, would like to get married. Do you feel the same way? Yes. So when are you getting married? Soon. There’s this rumour that it’s the man you want to marry that made you convert to Islam. I converted because of my mom. No man can make me change to Islam. Why did you convert then? People are getting it wrong. Because I travelled to Hajj did not mean I just converted. I’ve not been to church in the past 18 years. If any pastor has ever seen me in his church, he should come out and say it. I’ve been a Muslim for long. My daughter’s name is Rufaidat. I had her when I was in the North. But the man you want to marry is a Muslim? He’s not. He’s not. For real, he’s not. He was not and he’s not. I went to Mecca because of my mom, because I love her, something happened the day she died, and I was like oh my God, I need to pray for this woman, I need to do something special for her. You said something happened the day your mom died. What happened? I don’t want to say it, but I travelled to Mecca on her behalf, and for my dear life, because now no sister, no brother, no father, no mother. Everything in life has its good and bad sides. What’s the bad side of being a Muslim? Nothing. What has changed about you since you came from Mecca? Let me say, I take things easy. What people do to me no longer hurts me. Things don’t bother me like they used to before. Do we see a situation in the future whereby you that hasn’t been t o church in 18 years will now return to Christianity again? Are we not calling the same God? I don’t discriminate. It’s only stupid people that

discriminate. You are a Christian, I’ll embrace you. If you invite me for your anniversary, of course I’ll come. I don’t have anything against Christianity. That’s all I can say for now.


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Wazobia FM presenter shot and kidnapped ... N10m ransom demanded

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ust when it seemed there was a respite with regards to kidnapping of celebrities, another one, Akas Baba, one of Wazobia FM Port Harcourt’s on-air presenters has been reported kidnapped. And not just kidnapped, but also shot in the leg while being snatched from his home on Thursday afternoon.

Confirming the incident, Overkilling singer, Djinee, who is a close friend of the presenter and is also said to be based in Port Harcourt now, said that Akas was indeed shot and then abducted in an SUV. A ransom of the hefty sum of N10m is also believed have been demanded from his wife, but that piece of news is yet to be confirmed.

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hocolate City artist, MI, has come out to say that he doesn’t want fans but friends. He made the disclosure through the popular social media site, Instagram, posting that “I don’t want fans, I want friends. People who support when the fickle fades.” MI’s statement has come at a time when he does indeed need friends over fans. His much-hyped single and video of Chairman were received well by people who can be said to be his friends and not fans. The song and video did not do as well as expected and his fans expected much more from him. So when he announced recently that

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he was soon going to release new material, his fans were happy but his latest offering, the music video of Superhuman featuring HHP, is not really flying high as well. His statement is very pregnant and a lot can be read into it. Is it that the fickle is fading for him, or that he just felt he had to soliloquise?

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ene Johnson, ex-member of sensational girl group, Xtacy, has returned with yet another single, Konga, which further proves that she intends to make a success of her solo career.

While Xtacy existed, she enjoyed recording and performance success with their two major singles, Dangerous and My Baby, and since they broke up in 2007, she has forged on alone. A couple of years ago, she featured in-

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he big news about Maga Don Pay singer, Kelly Hansome, right now is that he arrived on stage for a performance in a coffin. Talk about making an entrance that will stick in people’s memories, probably no other one can beat his coffin stunt. It is really making him trend

presently and his coffin photos have gone viral. While Kelly made his coffin appearance for reasons best known to him, reactions to his shocking move include some describing it as creepy, others as weird and still some speculating on if he has cult affiliations.

forges on alone with Konga digenous rapper, Jhybo, on Ligali, followed it up with Tonight and Ile Aye in 2013 and is now back with Konga which was produced by Scope Nero and which is hoped will enjoy mainstream success.

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Jaywon, Kenny Ogungbe showdown Who will carry the day?

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or a long time now, the battle line has been drawn between Odun Yi (This Year) singer, Jaywon, and his record label, Kennis Music, headed by Kenny Ogungbe. The issue at stake: Jaywon is tired of being signed on to the onetime foremost urban music label in the country and wants to leave. Ogungbe, who has had contractual issues with other artists in the past, is however not ready to let Jaywon leave without seeing out the terms of his contract and he reminded the promising singer in a strongly worded statement last year that he hasn’t recorded for Kennis the number of albums they agreed. After Ogungbe’s statement, there was a sort of stalemate with nothing more heard about their constantly souring relationship until Ogungbe revealed

this week that Jaywon has taken the latest step of asking to buy out his contract. “Iledare Oluwajuwonlo James aka Jaywon has written a letter via his lawyer requesting for his contract with Kennis Music to be terminated. He wrote, in the same letter, his readiness and willingness to pay off all costs therein accordingly,” Ogungbe wrote. “Meanwhile, Independent Broadcasters Association of Nigeria members and all broadcasters on all platforms are hereby advised to unlist the works (either single performances, or, and collaborations) of Iledare Oluwajuwonlo James aka Jaywon from their respective rotational playlists until his (Jaywon) request to buy over his contract is fully completed to avoid litigation.” So, battle line drawn. Winner to be disclosed at the right time.

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Annie Macaulay gets 2face’s surname tattooed on her chest

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hen people are in love, they can do anything to prove their love to their partner or spouse. One of the most common things they do is tattoo the name of their lover on their body. Though many of them end up regretting the tattoo when the relationship breaks up, as a tattoo is painful to acquire and difficult to get off, people keep getting what can be aptly described as love tattoos. Annie Macaulay is the latest such person. She has just gotten a love tattoo, Idibia, which is the surname of her husband, and a music sign, which represents the profession of her singer husband, on her chest and proudly flaunted them to the world through social media avenues.

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hile Jaywon is still trying to get out of his Kennis Music contract, Kokoma singer, K9, and Church Agbasa rapper, Splash, have quietly and easily quit theirs with eLDee’s Trybe Records and H-Man’s August Pee Entertainment respectively. Their partings with their labels come at the point when they have achieved tangible visibility through the labels and the labels should have started benefitting from them in return. For instance, K9’s song, Kokoma, was very popular last year, while Splash’s pro-

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file rose higher with August Pee. Speaking about the rate at which artists are quitting the labels which invested so much in them, entertainment pundit, Saucy Gezzle, said, “Most labels don’t actually do enough for their artists. If a label does all it should for its artists, and especially keeps working hard to keep its artists relevant, they will be loyal to it. Most artists resort to quitting their labels when they realise that’s the best option for them. Mind you, they know the label owners and all that so they know if they should stay or not.”

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Chorus (Davido) Everything is nice The band is banging The time is right I see the money coming I just dey bright Na God dey make me shine … shine Mofe l’owo ju daddy mi oh … daddy mi oh Mo fe nawo ju baba mi oh oh oh Mofe l’owo ju daddy mi o … daddy mi oh Mo fe nawo ju baba mi eh eh Verse 1 (Reminisce) Ibile O.B.O Otun l’enu bi kopiko You don’t got it, say otito Gbedu meje bi mosquito Mo fe lowo ju daddy mi Adura lati odo daddy mi Ki inu won ma dun to ba rimi Eya go nona fun ka ri mi Inu La’omo, oju lari Jungle lawa no paddy mi Meanwhile mo pin owo yen a kari Ibile O.B.O, o pari We talking international money here E wa n’beyen E act funny nbe Mo ko fe lowo ju daddy mi Ki n ro ra ma se faaji mi Chorus (Davido) Verse 2 (Reminisce) Ko won wole, ko won bo’ta That’s why they call me omo’ta Lo to,mi o se omo butter Ki n to blow mo wa ninu gutter O ti ye e k’omo mi j’ogun mi Hmm, shout out si awon to n toju mi Lagbara Olorun woni mu mi Ise Oluwa koni su mi Gbogbo nkan ti mo bere lo funmi O yo mi lowo awon to fe gun mi Alafia at’ oro o fi funmi Lai s’Oluwa aiye o ba bu mi Owo ni keke iyin rere se Oluwa nikan ma lo le se Iwo nikan ma ni mo n ke n’pe Reminsce, Davido owo ma pe Chorus (Davido)


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E-NEWS

Like Fela, like Barrister

Artists who have achieved near-immortal status K AYODE FALADE

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he measure of an artist is never known until he or she is dead. While alive, the artist is praised and worshipped. When he dies however, what will happen? Will he be forgotten immediately? Or will he still command in death the adoration he did while alive? Worldwide, some artists have proven that even dead, it’s like they are still alive. Their names are mentioned in awe and they keep generating income that their living relatives and other dependents benefit from. American megastars Elvis Presley and Michael Jackson and British icon John Lennon are some of the artists who in death still have a larger-than-life image. Their records sold more with their deaths, movies were made about their lives, their residences became tourist attractions, and special events are held to keep their memory alive. Getting to achieve the status of being recognised while dead is no mean feat. Only a few artists, out of the millions worldwide, have achieved it because they were not just exceptional, but extremely exceptional. Presley achieved it as a White man who could sing like a Black. Lennon because he was murdered in his prime. Jackson because his album, Thriller, is the topseller in the world. And in Nigeria, the legendary Fela AnikulapoKuti also achieved it. Several years after his death, his music is still everywhere. A yearly festival is held in his honour, a play was staged on Broadway in his honour recently, a museum has been established for him and many other things keep springing up to immortalise him. But just as it seemed that Fela might be the only late Nigerian musician to have the honour, Sikiru Ayinde Barrister died in London on December 16th, 2010 and it was immediately obvious that he wouldn’t just fade away with death. The first pointer to this was that his death had all the hallmarks symbolic with that of Presley, Jackson, Anikulapo-Kuti and Lennon. Its news sent shock waves around the world and his subsequent burial wasn’t just for his family but the whole nation. Barrister wasn’t just any musician. He was truly exceptional and is credited as the founder of the extremely popular music genre, fuji. His death therefore could not be the end of his existence. And to this end, the Ayinde Barrister Legacy Club, is doing its utmost best to preserve his memory. ABLC organises an annual Barry Day and has further plans to immortalise Barrister. At Barry Day 2014 which held recently at Lagos Airport Hotel, the Gbonka Olubadan, Akogun Lekan Alabi, was full of praise for ABLC members for coming up with and sustaining Barry Day. Recalling his early contact with Barrister during his days as editor of the defunct Ibadan-based newspaper, Sketch, he said he monitored the gradual rise of Barrister from an ajisari musician to the time he transformed the indigenous brand to fuji music being played beyond the shores of Nigeria. “Ayinde Barrister lived a fulfilled life as a notable pacesetter in the field of his choice. Nobody can take away his place in history. I think that is why you are still celebrating him after he has gone to glory. What this is saying is that we should watch what we do and bear it in mind that some people are somewhere watching our every step,” he said.

The Vice-Chancellor Vice-Chancellor of Kwara State University Un niversity, Professor Abdul Rasheed Rassheed Na’allah, in his paper titled tiitled The Tradition of Oral Performance Pe erformance and National Identity Identtity Phenomenon in Dr Sikiru Ayinde Barrister’s Fuji Music, traced the origin of fuji music and commended the role Barrister Ba arrister played in the evolution evolutiion of the brand. Represented Rep p resented at the e occasion by by Dr F e m i Abiodun, the

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guest lecturer stressed that Barrister’s music has provided what he called educational aesthetic experience of what oral tradition is in Yoruba and in Africa. “Barry Wonder is an embodiment of contemporary creative art, expressions of music, dance and oral tradition. When a person like BW dies, it’s if a whole library is gone,” he said. “He was a complete man who had a record that can be likened to the Greek education system where you have to be enlisted in the military to become a citizen.” He added. President, ABLC, Kayode Adejumo-Bello, expressed joy at the massive number of people present at Barry Day 2014 and highlighted the achievements the club has recorded since inception in 2012. He called on members to rededicate themselves to take the club to its desired destination. A childhood friend of Barrister, who later served as director of his organisation, Alhaji Akanbi Kareem gave the audience an insight into the production of Aiye, an album in which Barrister narrated his experience in Disneyland in 1980, and which earned him an honourary doctorate degree in an American university in 1985.

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Biggest Nollywood scandal? Muna Obiekwe, Biola Ige linked with explicit sexual picture

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all it the biggest Nollywood scandal and you are definitely not wrong, as that is the best way to describe a circulating picture of two people, said to be an actor and an actress, in an uncompromising situation. Specifically, the two are said to be Muna Obiekwe and Biola Ige, two actors who have made a name for themselves in the highly competitive Nollywood where it is difficult to even get a waka pass role, how much more become famous. Obiekwe is known for his acting prowess. He easily plays both bad boy and good boy roles. Ige, in her

own case, had a health challenge that took her off the scene recently but she returned with full force. Now, they have been linked with a picture that is the most explicit out of Nollywood since when Anita Hogan’s nude pictures were exposed back in the days. In the photo, the guy alleged to be Obiekwe was simultaneously sucking and fondling the breasts of the girl alleged to be Ige. At present, some are believing that the photo is from a movie scene, was photoshopped to publicise a movie or is actually the real thing.

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Genevieve, Omotola war

Juliet Ibrahim struggling to sing

Genny shining brighter for now ... named sexiest woman over Omotola

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hose w who have been following the perennial rivalry between Nollywood rennia actresses, Genevieve Nnaji and Omoactress tola Jalade-Ekeinde, know that it’s a case Jalade-E of win today toda , lose tomorrow for the two of them. Right now, no it’s Genny winning, but that was not the th situation last year when Omotola so overshadowed Genny in accomov plishments that their cold war, which plishme was settled by Ibinabo Fiberesima, s President, Actors Guild of NigePre ria, ri was rekindled. And just as Omotola was the main attraction in the early stages of last year, there is no doubt that it’s Genny now. She has just signed another endorsement deal with Amstel Malta and crowned it with being voted as the sexiest Nigerian woman by OK! Nigeria with Omotola coming N third on the top ten list. th Other formidable names on O the llist are ex-Miss World Agbani Darego, international supermodel Dar Oluchi, on-air personality Toolz, Olu critically and commercially accri claimed singer Tiwa Savage and cla sexy se singer-dancer Seyi Shay.

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exy Ghanaian actress, Juliet Ibrahim, has never bothered to hide the fact that she loves music. In interviews she’s granted over the years, she’s made it known that when she was growing up, she wanted to be a musician. As fate would have it however, she has found fame and acclaim as an actor. There’s still a yearning for music in her, however, and she has been taking steps to make her music dream a reality. To this end, she just released the music video for her song, Traffic Jam, and it’s already spreading, due to the name she has made for herself already as an actress, socialite and philanthropist. Traffic Jam has however exposed her as one of the actresses who will have to put a lot more effort into singing to be taken as serious singers, not wannabes. Other actresses who are yet to be commended for their singing include Genevieve Nnaji, Omotola JaladeEkeinde and Tonto Dike. Those who have been praised for their singing abilities include Stella Damasus, Darlene Benson and Dayo Amusa.

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Beyond boundaries from

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oday‛s fashion is forward moving and definitely no longer business as usual. It is not straight jacketed, it is not conservative. It is going the extra mile, taking a notch higher than what you have or what it looked like the previous day. It is creative, beautiful and unpredictable. Weird and comfortable still, it is meant for the young-at-heart women of style. For this cause, Nigerian design label, Ma‛am has come up with its pieces tagged “beyond boundaries”. Aimed at women whose style transcends the ordinary and who are not afraid to push the boundaries of fashion. Their mix of chiffon, sheer, silk and more shows their versatility and an eye for blends and contradictions.


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ho says there is no fashion in the north or for Muslim women ? Just give a thought and trial to these Kaftan called Abaya and your orientation to Islamic outfits will change Abayas kaftans are long flowy gowns worn by women in most parts of the Middle East, particularly Saudi Arabia and the Gulf, and they usually come in black. But today‛s types are basically very trendy, exquisitely made, very elegant and made from coloured fabrics of all sorts from around the world, instead of just black. Embellished with Swarovski crystals, embroidery, as well as sequins, they are designed for females of all ages - from age one to hundred and even more. They are meant to sparkle and dazzle all at any kind of outing. Because they are most comfortable, they are favoured by religions depending on how you like to dress it up. Some wear the Sheila (scarves), and some without. Check these models from Bestest Abayas. They are definitely classy, chick and trendy.

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‘Being stylish is having an uncommon sense of dressing’ As a secondary school student, she set out to be a doctor. However, she is now a fashion designer and an emerging rave at that. Ejiro Amos Tafiri spoke with YEMISI ADENIRAN about her mission in the fashion world.

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ow did the jou journey start? My love for ffashion started way back iin secondary school. I was a Science student Sci hoping to become a doctor beco when I signed up for clothing and textile class. t However, since then, my life has changed for the th better. The brand has albra ways been my w dream hence d I did all that I realised would re get me there on a soft landing. I fashion at YAstudied fa interned at Zizi BATECH, int Ethnic Clothing and Tiffany I Amber. After my graduation, g worked at Out of Africa (Nouand then Tifveau Collections) a fany Amber before starting my label.

you? What is style to y simplicity, creativity It means simplicit and everything that is natural and beautiful. It is having a great and an dressing youruncommon sense of dr self and others up. your inspiraWhere do you get y tion from?

God is my main source of inspiration and He has never let me down. I also get inspired by things in my environment, the people around me and happenings. What do you have to say about your choice of design? I chose ready-to-wear clothes because of the nature of most Nigerians and my kind of person. I am a simple person and easy going. I love casual outfits and I guess they make an easy wear too. We pride ourselves in production of wearable clothing and accessories inspired by the vibrant, fun loving, joie de vivre culture of the Lagos people and the cultural diversity of its populace which spans the globe. Creativity and excellent craftsmanship are our watchword. You model your designs time after time. Why? It is no big deal and I think almost all the designers do. It is an indication that you take delight in the work of your hands if you do. A good designer should design outfits that he can be proud to wear any day. This will excite him or her to design more and make adjustments and improvements where necessary. I do it, not for money but to promote my own work and of course to show that I take delight in them.

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igerian designer and CEO of Uyo OkebieYou! Lingerie, U showcased her Eichelberger sho latest maternity lingerie line at the New York Fashion Week.

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Male Essentials

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h, the manbag. The poor thing has such a bad rep. You may recall the episode of Friends in which Joey fell in love with a beautiful leather bag, only to be mercilessly berated for his ‘lady purse’ by all his so-called mates. Or the time Ronaldo shocked the world with his Gucci clutch. To be fair, that was a tad more justified. However, the humble accessory appears ripe for a renaissance. Research shows that there’s been a massive rise in guys carrying bags of late. Apparently, four in every five of you have inadvertently adopted bag carrying. It’s all down to your fondness for techy gadgets, you see. Sadly, you’re never going to fit an iPad, Kindle and laptop in any oversized pocket. And that’s before factoring in gym kit, hearty packed lunch and things you’ll nev-

er remember to post are factored in. Such a heavy load means a manbag has become a modern day man staple. Designers, you’ll be thrilled/relieved to discover, are well on board with this new necessity so there are no excuses to be making do with the trusty, ‘pungent’ rucksack that went travelling with you a decade ago. Now, bag propositions include a roomy metallic clutch bag which would easily fit a tablet, fresh socks, wallet and bag of crisps. Girls love the classic Prada bowling bag, but this season there’s a nicely kitschy effort for boys too, in either tan or deep burgundy. There are also squashy modern briefcases and huge across-the-body leather holdalls. Those are the super high end trailblazers. Fortunately, there are equally attractive, slightly less overdraft-threatening options, too. If your manbag needs are mostly

work related, then you require the e 21st century equivalent lent of a briefcase. A messengerr bag would work well for such h purposes because they look smart but aren’t too cumbersome some and will handily house e a few gadgets. If you’re still apprehenprehensive about boldly stepping epping into the manbag domain, main, then I insist you at least treat yourself to a realeally nice version of the he kind of bag you’re e probably carrying g right now. I imagine that’s a rucksack. Fortunately y for your youthful ul tastes, they’re enjoying ying a bit of a ‘moment,’ t,’ with several new designs out now, ow, so folk will be far less sneery, even in a professional capacity.


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ex before marriage has become so commonplace in our society, even to the point of being expected, that many people do not even consider it to be a big deal. Our culture assumes that people do not possess the amount of self-control necessary for abstaining until marriage, so the idea has become unrealistic. I have also had the opportunity of meeting with other men who are of the opinion and belief that they need to sample the ‘goods’ they intend to ‘buy’ to make sure it’s worth the ‘price’ before going ahead to do so. They want to be sure that the ‘land’ they buy is potent and fruitful enough to reproduce enough so that their labour will not be in vain. They believe that most of these ladies have had enough abortions with its complications, therefore rendering some of them incapable of bringing forth ‘fruits of the womb’. That said, some men want to make sure that the ladies they marry can bear forth children and so will want to impregnate them first before going ahead with the marriage. Once the woman becomes pregnant, then they can proceed with the marriage. Some women also have realised that certain men are just scared of commitment; they would rather go through years and years of dating and not put a ring on the finger of the woman they have been dating to show commitment through marriage. They would just keep procrastinating till ‘thy kingdom come’. Therefore the ladies have decided to ‘take the bull by the horns’ and have decided to ‘hook’ these men and drag them into marriage by getting pregnant, since some of these guys would want to do good by the ladies by showing responsibility and accepting the pregnancy. This would thereby get them married at last. For some of these people I personally believe that their seeing nothing wrong in doing this, has to do with the fact that they believe that pregnancy before marriage makes the man aware of the fact that the woman is still capable of giving birth to children and to the woman, it also shows that the man is okay sexually in fathering a child.

Be that as it may, for me, I’ve never supported the idea of a woman becoming pregnant before marriage and it doesn’t have anything to do with sex before marriage. The above excuses that most people give for the topic to me do not hold water. I belong to the school of thought that pregnancy should come after marriage and that if after marriage your spouse is found to be infertile you should go and adopt a child. And before I get crucified on my belief, I believe that the essence of marriage in all the holy books is primarily for companionship and not for child bearing. Even looking at it from the contemporary point of view, some questions I always ask people who believe in pregnancy before marriage are these: what if the man changes his mind before the wedding date and doesn’t want to marry you again? What happens? Won’t the woman end up giving birth to a child outside wedlock with its attendant stigmatisation if the pregnancy was far gone to be aborted if the woman had the intention of compounding her problems with abortion too? Another question is what happens if the man dies before the wedding? I believe there is a difference between an impotent man and a man who can’t have a child. Some men just have low sperm count and that may be the cause of their being childless. Modern medicine has brought fertility to being almost a daily by-word. For women too, IVF and adoption have made it easier to have a child. That these ideas are outside our customs and traditions is like saying taking injections for ailments is also not African. Finally, are women meant for breeding like cattle? As a man who believes in saying the truth, I’ll say no and I’ll implore women who as mothers and sisters are in the forefront of supporting this act to desist from such because you’ll only allow people to make your daughters feel inferior in a marriage which is supposed to be a companionship of lovers who after the children have grown old and ‘flown the coop’, will just be for the two partners.

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Size matters: What’s your idea of small? For decades, medical books and articles in the press have confidently stated that penile length is generally about 6.5 inches (16.5 centimetres). As a result, a lot of males who are slightly shorter than this have felt rather inadequate. However, it now seems that the statistics on which this ‘average’ was based could well have a serious flaw. Why? The figure was originally calculated by collecting measurements that men had carried out themselves! Self-measurement of this sort is notoriously unreliable. So many males don’t know where to measure from. Some use inaccurate rulers or ancient tape measures. Also, there’s a tendency for guys to round their ‘scores’ upwards, in an attempt to make themselves sound better-endowed. And the results tend to be skewed by people who falsely claim to be 10 or 11 inches long. In recent times, a number of scientists have attempted to obtain more reliable figures, by simply employing a trained person to carry out the measurement of each man. And the results, which they have produced, seem to indicate that the average adult male is considerably shorter than had been thought. In reality, the mean length of the erect penis appears to be only about 5.88 inches (14.9 centimetres), which is considerably less than the ‘old’ measurement. Does all this matter? If you are a woman, you probably think that this concern about fractions of an inch is rather silly. But if you’re a man, you will know that such matters are – somewhat irrationally – of considerable importance to many males. Why do men worry about length? Even in this supposedly enlightened century,

men fret about penis size and especially length. Though the vast majority of guys have more than enough bulk and length to perform well as lovers, there’s a widespread masculine obsession that ‘more would be better’. So, we get a constant flow of worries from guys who think that they are ‘too small’. Companies who advertise penis-enlarging creams and pills on the internet make vast sums of money by exploiting this obsession. But other than surgery, which is as risky as it is expensive, there’s nothing that’s clinically proven to increase penis size. Size matters To the average man, his penis is, consciously or unconsciously, one of the most important things in the whole world. At an early age, he discovers it and immediately becomes fascinated by it. But then a note of uncertainty enters his mind: ‘Isn’t mine rather small?’ Look at Dad’s, look at big brother’s– and he asks himself if he will ever be as big as that. And so he goes on through life, always a tiny bit sensitive about the size of his organ, always convinced that it would be nicer if it were just that little bit longer. No matter how often it’s written that penile size doesn’t matter, and that women aren’t attracted to a man because of the length of his organ, many males continue to think the same way. The average female cannot understand this obsession with penile measurement. So if you’re a woman, never belittle a man’s penis in bed, even as a joke, or say anything to indicate that you think it’s small. The guy may take you seriously, and if he does, he’ll be deeply hurt and embarrassed. Some men have gone on to


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This column is x-rated have problems with impotence (erectile dysfunction) after someone made an unthinking remark about their dimensions. But almost all of these men had a perfectly normal male organ. Each one just thought he was very small compared to other guys. A question of perspective The trouble is that every man sees his own penis in a foreshortened view. The angle at which you look down inevitably makes your penis seem shorter than it is. But when you glance at another man’s organ, there’s no such foreshortening effect, so very often it’ll look as though the other guy is slightly better endowed. A lifetime of comparison of this sort (and virtually every male does a quick mental check on each naked man he sees) can easily make you feel a bit inadequate. But it’s important to realise the facts about penis length. Average penis length Measuring the penis when it isn’t erect is pointless, since the length and bulk are affected by various temporary factors, such as the ambient temperature. Even the largest male organ can shrink to virtually nothing if the man goes for a swim in cold water. However, at normal temperatures a non-erect penis usually measures between 8.5cm and 10.5cm (3 to 4 inches) from tip to base. The average figure is about 9.5cm (3.75 inches). Of course, it’s true that some men have big penises and some have smaller ones, just as some men have small feet and some have big feet. But the measurement is NOT – repeat NOT – an index of virility. Most people think that a tall man will usually have a large penis, but this is not entirely true. The distinguished researchers Masters and Johnson measured the penile lengths of more than 300 men. • The longest organ was 14 cm (5.5 inches) in the flaccid state. It be-

This column is x-rated longed to a slim man who was 5’ 7” tall (170 cm). • The shortest penis measured 6cm (2.25 inches). It belonged to a fairly heavily built man of 5’ 11” (180cm). It’s also worth pointing out that there is no correlation between penile size and race. Average size of erections We’ve talked about the length of the penis in its ordinary non-erect state, but how long can it be when it’s erect? Interestingly, most penises are very much the same size when erect. • The man whose non-erect penis is smallish will usually achieve about a 100 per cent increase in length during sexual excitement. • The man whose non-erect penis is on the largish size will probably manage about a 75 per cent increase. So you can see that even if a man has got a ‘small’ penis, he’s got a built-in compensating factor that will bring him up to about the same size as the guy who appears to be ‘better equipped’ in the bathroom. As we’ve already said, the average penis is now known to be appreciably shorter than was traditionally thought. Most authorities now say that the mean length of the erect male organ is between 5.1 inches (12.9 centimetres) and 5.9 inches (15 centimetres). One of the most accurate and scientific pieces of research on this subject was carried out in Mexico on behalf of LifeStyles condoms. Under the supervision of a doctor, four trained health professionals measured the erect penises of 300 men. They found that the average length was 5.877 inches (14.93 centimetres) – far less than the figure which had been generally quoted in the past. A review published in the British Journal of Urology in 2007 broadly confirmed this finding.

n addition to the desire to spend one’s lifetime with a loving companion is the desire to have children. However, not every couple ends up bearing children of their own. Due to the infertility issues that couples face and the strain such issues cause on the relationship, some men hold the view that it is safer to ensure that a woman is fertile before getting married to her. But is this view acceptable? Let us paint a clearer picture of this concept: the man gets to a certain age bracket, financial level or phase of life and decides that he is ready to start a family of his own. He may or may not have a girlfriend at that time. If he already has one or more, he decides whether to choose the one he has or one of the many; or he could start his search of “the ideal wife” without considering the girlfriend(s). (Very sad). If he is very single at the point of deciding to get married, his search for a wife begins. In searching for the ideal wife, he sets out certain parameters in order of priority; top on the list is the woman’s ability to conceive and bear children. In this regard, he must be sure of this ability before he says “I do”. He may or may not disclose this top priority to any of his “prospective wives”. This game is not new in any way. It has been on for many years and there are various tricks involved. Most times, the man hides his real objective from the woman and simply gives her other excuses for not tying the knot, until she confirms that she is pregnant. Sometimes, the man could simply push the blame to his family members and make the pregnancy idea a strategy for compelling his family members to vet their marriage plans. I’m sure some of us have heard about couples who set out to “get pregnant” in order to force families to “bless” their union. Big-time crap!!! Clearly, this issue has a lot to do with moral standards. In the past, women were meant to remain virgins until the wedding night, failing which she would be disgraced. (Remember the white sheet which was placed on the couple’s bed on their wedding night?). Sadly, the whole concept of virginity before marriage has gone down the drain. Nowadays, some mothers are the propagandists of pregnancy before marriage as a strategy to “hook” a man. The downside is that some men will swallow the hook and move on; no choking whatsoever!!! What irks me the most about the whole issue is the one-sided way men treat fertility issues. Everything de-

pends on the woman; if the woman doesn’t get pregnant after a period of sexual relations, she has a problem. Ask doctors and they will tell you that men hardly subject themselves to fertility tests; their egos will not let them. Let us face facts: the usual victims of this “pregnancy-before-marriage” are desperate women or women with low moral standards. I don’t mean to sound judgmental, but the truth be told. If you had your morals in place and you are not desperate to keep a man in your life, why would you even have sexual relations with a man who is not your husband? In my opinion, no woman should subject herself to such “appraisal”. You have every right to shun a man who makes pregnancy a conditionprecedent for marriage. It is clear that such a man simply wants a childbearing machine and not a life-time companion. Agreed, a wife is a complete package – loving companion, help-mate, mother of the man’s children (plus cook, steward, cleaner and laundry girl!!!). However, a woman has every cause to doubt the professed love of a man who hinges his desire to marry her on her ability to bear children. As pointed out above, some men may not let a woman know that he wants her to get pregnant before their wedding and failing the man’s disclosure, some women may not be able to read in-between the lines. Therefore, the best way to avoid falling into the “appraisal rap” is to close shop. Yes, woman! Don’t yield to a man’s sexual advances until you are legally married. I used the word “legally” to connote marriage under the law pursuant to which a marriage certificate is issued. Do not be deceived by traditional marriage which, unfortunately, has lost its potency. Life throws unexpected blows from time to time. What is the guarantee that when the man marries his pregnant girlfriend, she will not lose the baby and become barren subsequently? What if the first child dies and no other one comes? The point is this: it is myopic and extremely selfish to insist that a woman should be pregnant before she can become somebody’s wife. More importantly, no man should assume that the ability to conceive totally depends on the woman. So, should a man insist that his woman gets pregnant before they get married? Absolutely not!!!


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‘Be ready to give all for your marriage’ Mrs. Adedayo Adesoye is the Chief Executive Officer of Delicate Touch Centre recently opened in Abuja. She spoke with YEMISI ADENIRAN on some necessary beauty tips most ladies take for granted.

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hat kind of parents do you have and how would you describe your childhood? I am the last born of my parents. I had my childhood in Osun State and being the last born, I had a nice time with my parents and siblings. I had a Christian upbringing. My parents are very strict and because they are teachers, they believed so much in the use of cane. There was no time they could not beat any of us. They never joked with our academics and I thank God all of us are educated today. We were never allowed to go and play with any neighbour no matter how close. They would not even allow us spend our holidays with any relations even when we clamoured for it. Although such a stand was really painful to us, we later realised that it was in our interest afte rall. How has that background helped you now that you have a family of your own? It has really helped me. I adopt the same style. For example, I don’t also joke with cane with my children when they err and it is necessary to teach them so lesson. Of course, that is done with love. Education is paramount on my mind and I don’t also allow my kids to be unnecessarily free with their time such that they go about aimlessly. I am glad they are also enjoying this.

Let’s talk about Delicate Touch. What inspired the establishment of the outfit? Delicate Touch was berthed out of my desire to contribute my little quota to the fashion industry. I have always loved to look good and to make people look good. Besides, it is my observation that many Nigerian ladies commit lots of fashion error unknowingly. I wish to correct some from my end. What are some of these fashion errors? First is in the area of concealer. A concealer is

one staple in a woman’s beauty arsenal that can dramatically change your appearance. When used correctly, it can brighten a tired face, it can cover up blemishes and totally conceal undereye circles. In fact, a lot of ladies use concealers primarily and skip foundations completely. But many are afraid of concealers because they don’t know how to find the right shade or apply it p r o p e r l y. It can be daunting, but once you know the basics a n d

try the application process, you’ll discover that a concealer may be your

best beauty purchase to date. All you need to do is to pick the right one. There are so many types of concealers in the market, choosing one can be daunting. A basic rule is to choose a concealer that’s yellow-based and a shade lighter than your skin tone. Don’t go too light or you will end up with the dreaded raccoon look. When is it right to apply a concealer This depends on where you’re using the concealer. For under-eye circles, apply concealer first, then foundation. For blemishes and pimple coverage, apply foundation first or else the concealer will be rubbed away in the foundation application. What other errors do you wish to correct? I have observed that many ladies still use black eye pencil for their eyebrow and as lip liner. This is very wrong, absolutely odd. The best bet and the only rule that is permitted in fashion is to use a brown eye pencil and nothing else. Those who do it are not fashion conforming, they are fashion guilty. This must be corrected. Besides, there are peculiar ways of designing your eyebrow. If you are fat, you don’t need to make it thick. It all depends on your face shape and frame type. One area of interest about you is your evangelistic ministry. How is that faring despite your fashion business? We thank God about that; it is also going on well. We are all ministers of God and we are supposed to do this everywhere we are. This is how I see ministry and that is how I handle it. I see it as a basic challenge and something that I must do in my life time. There is no particular time I feel led that I do not do it. It keeps me happy, keeps me going and as part of me, I don’t see it as a burden. I don’t just preach to people, or distribute pamphlets or tracts; I stay and visit my converts regularly.


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How would you rate your success or performance, so far? To the glory of God, I would say so far, it has been good and very rewarding. There is nothing like seeing someone you preached to not just going to church but also working in the same dimension for God. I feel good when I see someone I had witnessed to also witnessing to others. What do you say to Christians in this wise because this is what many find very hard to do? I would encourage them to try and encourage themselves. It is a charge we all as Christians must fulfil in our lifetime. God will one day, at the end of our journey in life ask us how we have fared in this department. We are saved to save others, so, we must be aware of this. Christianity is not just to defend ourselves from enemies, it

not at home, he takes charge of the home front, thank God the children are grown ups now. Even when they were younger, he was always ready to lend a helping hand. I thank God for him. The children also have been very supportive. We are all committed to every course I’m into which makes it easy for me. What is style to you? Style is whatever brings and gives me good compliments all the time. It is whatever I wear that gives me comfort and confidence to stand tall in any crowd. I don’t go for just anything in vogue, I pick and wear anything that fits me and covers my flaws. This is another way Nigerian ladies are missing it. It can be painful to see people display their natural faults for all to see, all in the name of being fashionable. It can be very

IT WILL SURPRISE YOU THAT MOST DRUG ADDICTS IN NIGERIA GENERALLY ARE FROM WELL TO-DO HOMES. THEY ARE CHILDREN OF THE HIGH AND MIGHTY. THEY JUST GOT INTO HARD DRUGS FOR ONE CARELESS REASON OR THE OTHER

is not meant for us to receive from God, it is for us to win others unto God and give life to others because we are gods and life givers too. We must be bold as a lion if we will claim to be righteous. The righteous is not lazy, he is scared of anything, he takes bold steps all the time. It will surprise you that most of the drug addicts we have in Lagos and in Nigeria generally are people from well to-do homes. They are children of the high and the mighty. They just got involved with different hard drugs for one careless reason or the other. The only help they need is God. There is no amount of other efforts to rid them of the habit that usually work, only God is the way. Habits, we all know, die hard, except God touches their hearts, they are just attached. So, what I do is to spread the love of Christ to them through the Bibles that I distribute, visit them regularly just to let them know that they are not alone. It is not easy but it is worth doing. I thank God that these set of lives are again being reached out unto. Many, after a while, look forward to our coming and you know little by little, they are getting touched, they are turning to God. Does your busy schedule not affect the time you spend for your family? Again, I thank God for His help in this area. You know God doesn’t abandon His projects; I am one of His projects and He has been helping to take care of all that have to do with me. He gave me a God-fearing husband who gives his support to whatever I veer into both financially and otherwise. Even when I am down spiritually, he is always there to encourage me to go on. Whenever I am

odd. I love anything African. I love to be simple and elegant at the same time. I wear outfits that are not too expensive but well crafted. I don’t just wear anything just because it is in vogue but because it suits me and it is comfortable. I love to stand out in the crowd beautifully. As a young woman in marriage, do you nurse any fear of a broken home as it is rampant in the society today? I am a Christian and will never nurse a negative thought, least of all confess negatively. My husband is also a strong Christian and we have both built our home on Jesus Christ, the solid rock. So, the issue of broken home is never on my mind. I do not wish to have a broken home and I will not experience it. It is not my prayer, it is never in my mind and it will not be my portion. My prayer and desire is to have a home that will last very long. I am in a covenant of till- death-do-us –part with my husband and I pray that we stay together till old age before death will do us apart. What advice do you have for young ladies like you in marriage? What can I say? We are all young but as long as it is our desire to live with the man we married, we should be ready to give whatever it takes to remain in the marriage. We should know that decision making is no longer our entire business. I mean, we no longer own ourselves, so, we must give our husbands the say as the head of our homes. We must respect him, his views and his people to live happily in our homes. Besides, we must be closer to God, and make Him our best friend and confidant.

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Decline: As a man ages, his sperm becomes poorer quality.

Biological clock ALSO ticks for men • Research finds older dads are more likely to have ‘mutant sperm’

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he longer a man delays fatherhood, the more likely his sperm is likely to become ‘mutant’, researchers have warned. They say that older fathers have a higher risk of fathering a child with a disorder such as autism. An increasing body of evidence is showing that as a man ages, his sperm becomes poorer quality. This is because mutations cause stem cells in the testicles to divide abnormally, resulting in an increasing proportion of mutant sperm as men age, New Scientist reports. Some studies have even linked having an older father to heart disease and cancer. Now, scientists warn that a man in his 40s is twice as likely to pass down potentially disease-forming genetic mutations as a man in his 20s - indicating that the biological clock ticks for men, too. For decades, scientists have speculated about links between older fathers and birth defects. But it was only recently that a groundbreaking study, published in the respected journal Nature, proved that men undoubtedly pass on more genetic mutations to their children as they get older. Researchers sequenced the DNA of 78 parents and their children and found a direct correlation between the father’s age and the number of mutations linked to autism spectrum disorders in a child’s DNA. The mother’s age had no bearing on their risk - indeed, the team found that 97 per cent of all mutations in a child’s DNA come from their father. “Society has traditionally been very focused on the age of the mother,” says Dr Kari Stefansson, of Decode Genetics, a leading genetic research company, who led the study. “But it seems that disorders such as autism are actually influenced by the age of the father and not the mother.” Dr Stefansson’s report suggested that the apparently surging numbers of children diagnosed with autism may at least

in part be explained by the ever-increasing age of fathers “It’s an important question that needs to be asked, because as the reproductive age increases, these age-related effects are likely to increase too,” he says. It is thought that just as a man’s memory and skin elasticity gets worse with age, the quality of his sperm seems to as well. Crucially, unlike women who are born with a complete set of eggs, men continually make new sperm throughout their lifetime. Every 16 days, cells in the testicles divide and the DNA in each cell is copied into a new one which is used to make new sperm. The body is highly accurate at making an exact copy, but inevitably it sometimes makes mistakes. Some sperm will be made containing an error in the DNA - what’s known as a genetic mutation. As a man gets older, the copying process becomes tired and less efficient and his sperm contains more mutations. And if mutated sperm is then used to form a foetus, there’s more chance of problems in its development. It’s a game of chance. It may be that this mutation does not occur in a critical place. But sometimes the game of chance is against you and the mutation hits a gene that will lead or predispose your child to a certain condition. So if the mutation is in the gene controlling brain development, for example, it can cause autism. And potentially if a mutation occurs in a gene affecting your risk of a type of cancer, it could increase the chances of the child getting it in later life. The meaning of all these: It’s time for a wake-up call on the dangers of putting off becoming a dad. It is understandable why couples do it, but it’s bad biology. It’s best for men to have children as young as possible. Men should not wait until their 50s to make babies. It will make all the difference in the world to their children’s health. Culled from www.dailymail.co.uk


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Children are like wet cement. Whatever falls on them makes an impression

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talkative child is producing chit-chatting buzzing noises and this might irritate parents as well as teachers or anyone else. Most of the times, this is done to gain your attention in their special way.

11 fast ways to reduce chit-chatting  Parents can teach them not to speak excessively especially if it doesn’t fall in line with the ambiance of the conversation. It is also important for children to learn that continual interruptions are inappropriate.  Teach them the appropriate ways to get into conversations. If it is something important the kid wants to say, he must wait for a pause

in the conversation, and say “excuse me” and wait for an acknowledgement and then make the statement.  When kids are at home, they will always have something to say. What parents could do is to establish some “quiet time” for kids.  Find something else to do together. “No talking” does not mean “no voice”. For example, you could choose to read your child a picture book. His only job is to be quiet and listen.  No yelling at kid. This would stopping the kid from saying something is quite a possibility that they might block themselves up.  Teacher can create their own classroom management plan to ensure active participation during class time. For

example, strictly follow the rule of ‘hand-raising’. It is important to let the children understand why hand-raising is crucial - “One Talks, All Listen”.  Bring your kid to the nearby library for an hour. The only rule is “stay quiet.” You could expand quiet time as your child gets used to silence. It may also help to cut down his excessive speaking.  Enforce a consequence every time a student breaks a rule. The punishment can be as simple as standing up at one corner, pulling its own ears for the entire lesson.  Celebrate the kid’s personality; never shut the kid up. Instead teach empathy and show him how to be sensitive to the feeling of others and his surroundings.

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 Newborn pronounced dead at birth miraculously starts breathing 28 minutes later newborn baby pronounced dead at birth miraculously started breathing on her own 28 minutes later and doctors still don’t know what caused the inexplicable resurrection. Robin Cyr, 34, gave birth to her fourth child early last Saturday morning in Halifax, Nova Scotia but was soon after told the baby girl hadn’t survived after being wedged in the birth canal during delivery. For 25 minutes, Cyr waited for a sign of life but began to give up hope.

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baby with two heads has been born to a woman in India after she was too poor to have an ultrasound during her pregnancy. Urmila Sharma, 28, gave birth to conjoined twins at Cygnus JK Hindu Hospital in Sonipat, Haryana, in northern India, last Wednesday morning. The baby, born via C-section and weighing 7lbs 7oz, has two heads, two necks and two spines but only one body. The baby girl, yet to be named, is under close observation in the

neonatal intensive care unit, though doctors fear her chances of survival are slim. Dr Shikha Malik delivered the baby and said: “The parents are very distressed and we are helping the family the best we can.” Urmila and her husband Subhash, 32, who have one other daughter, were too poor to have an ultrasound during the pregnancy, so complications had gone unnoticed. Dr Malik added: “We only came to know she was carry-

ing conjoined twins after an ultrasound two weeks ago. But it was too late to do anything by then. “Now the baby is born, we will do our best to save her and we hope to operate once her condition is more stable.” Conjoined twins who share a single body have dicephalic parapagus - an extremely unusual form of conjoinment. Because they share the same body, it is not possible to separate dicephalic parapagus twins.

“My aunt looked at me and said, “Your baby girl’s gone,”’ Cyr says. The baby was taken from the room. But just a few minutes later a nurse came back in, speechless. That’s when another nurse stepped in and said, ‘Your baby’s breathing’. “My aunt was there, and it’s a blessing because her prayers are very deep and strong,” Cyr says. “When she started praying, my baby came back.” Not even the surgeon could explain what caused Cyr’s baby to resurrect.

“He said it’s a miracle,” says Cyr. “He said, ‘I’m very sorry I gave up on your baby when I did, because I turned around and she’s breathing on her own.”’ Cyr’s nine pound, 14-ounce baby is recovering well and breathing on her own in the neonatal intensive care unit. While Cyr already had a name in mind for the baby, she is considering changing it to something more meaningful. “Everybody just keeps saying, Miracle, Miracle,” she says.


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‘How Nigerian girls are used as sex slaves in Italy’ Every year tens of thousands of West Africans migrate to Europe in search of a better life. But for some of them, this leads to tragedy as they fall victim to competing mafia gangs that prey on the hopes of the desperate. However, others like Linda Uwaezuoke may not go out of desperation but are just victims of circumstance. She tells her story to FUNMI SALOME JOHNSON.

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oung and pretty with a good job going for her as a manager of a thriving travel agency located in the heart of Lagos, Linda Uwaezuoke was doing fine in her chosen career and living comfortable. With the help of the job, she sponsored her younger ones through university and was able to cater for their needs being the eldest of them. Life was good until an old friend of hers who was also from the same village with her but lived abroad came back one day and asked her out. “A few months later, Chibuzor came to ask my hand in marriage with the promise of taking me with him to Italy where he lives” recalled Linda. “It sounded good and I felt it would be an opportunity to get to a greener pasture and struggle all the way with my husband who was already living in the land legally. Little did I know that it would be the beginning of horror for me” she said. She said that if she had known that things would eventually turn out the way they did, she would have declined the proposal in the first place. “After our traditional and court marriage, we left the country for Italy in June 2008 with the intention of starting a new life with better opportunities, I did know that I was heading for doom. The first three months was honeymoon for me as I was home, enjoying and savouring the moments of each day as it came. The money was still there for the spending. The third month, I started getting bored and redundant even psychologically, and it was becoming a living hell for me by the day. I remember asking my husband when we met before he proposed about what he did for a living and he told me that he was in the employment of a company in Italy and that they dealt in computers and machines. He even showed me his identity card. “However, when we got there, the story changed as I later discovered that he had stopped working for long in the said company and that like most of the Nigerian men there, he was into gigolo and drug business” Linda further disclosed that she expected that her husband would resume work after some time but this was not the case. “I kept asking him why he had not resumed and all he kept telling me was that he was on leave and I kept thinking what kind of job would give an employee such a long leave. When it seemed my trouble was too much he started quarrelling with me. Our relationship started becoming severed. He did not like the fact that I was always asking questions about his job and what he was doing to get money and there is no way you can be spending money on me without my knowing the source of your money. I became sceptical and suspicious of him. “After sometime, I eventually discovered that my own husband was into the business of drug and gigolo; he slept with rich older women for money! I was mad when I found out and became scared at the same time. I was in a country far away from home, married to a man who was into an illegal business and worse still, I had nobody else but him. I had no papers yet to allow me work. Survival without him was like a living hell and back there at home, they felt all was well

and working as expected. It was a harrowing experience for me” recalled Linda. Asked if she did not have any idea of the way prostitution was thriving in Italy among Nigerian girls, Linda explained that it was true that she had heard quite a lot of such stories but when she met her husband, he explained to him that the fact that some Nigerians go to Italy with such intentions does not mean that there are no good people who are Nigerians and live in Italy doing legal jobs. “I have heard people say that there are lot of Nigerian girls who go to Italy to prostitute but I didn’t even know that men too also go there for such purposes. Besides, my thinking was that for him to have come home, proposed to me and married me and taken me there with him, he must have good intentions and be doing something legal. I never knew things would end up like this” she said painfully. A c cording to Linda, the situation got so bad that the relationship became much tensed with her man and they started having constant quarrels. But luckily for her, she attended church regularly and was able to make a few friends who were genuine Christians. After a big quarrel broke up between her and her husband

and she had to leave his house, it was at the church she took solace and refuge. After her experience with her husband of almost two years, she found another man and after sometime, they got married but the story was about the same. ���After I left my husband, I stayed in the church premises where I got very involved with things of God. Even before that time, I joined the choir and started developing myself musically. I also belonged to a few organisations within the church and we even did an album at a point. I got married again but it just seems I am not lucky with men. In the middle of all the pains, I managed to get a resident permit that allows me to work but things were really tough because the racial discrimination was really much and surviving without a legal business was extremely tough and I am not just made for and can never condescend so low to sleeping around for money. “Apart from principles, there had been lots of Nigerian girls that had been wasted in Italy because of the sex trade they do. Some die of diseases like HIV/ AIDS, some die of other sexually transmitted diseases while some are victims of irate Italians who use and dump them. Some even have sex with animals and contact disease that are incurable. Some are abused anally and can even be gang raped. A lot of terrible things happen around. Even the girls that are into the business are not there ordinarily. Majority of them do all kinds of diabolical things that you cannot even imagine. Back in their home towns in Nigeria, they have mothers and people who do all kinds of voodoo for them so that they would make big money off men. They use their brassieres, makeup and all kind of things used by ladies to do voodoo for them so that there would be influx of men coming with big money for them. That is why you will see some girls who will tell you that their mothers sent them some under wears and make up all the way from Nigeria to Italy as if those things are not available to buy in Italy. It was such a terrible life out there. After about four years spent in that country, I had to make up my mind to return home, come what may. For me, it was like a sheer waste of time and resources. If I had stayed back in my home country, I would have been better off” lamented Linda. However, unlike Linda, some got into the situation because of their desperation to move to greener pastures and by the time they get there, they are trapped to do the bidding of whosoever took them there. According to the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI), Italy is now the main destination for more than 10,000 Nigerian prostitutes, trafficked from Benin City to European cities and criminal hubs.


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My husband beats, humiliates me publicly FUNMI SALOME JOHNSON

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hen Kunle and Yetunde Afolabi contracted their marriage having vowed to love each other till death do them part, nothing suggested that after five years they would

•I still love her –Husband be seeking separation from the union. Yetunde Afolabi, 30, who resides at No 22, Adedoyin Street in Ogba, a suburb of Lagos State, last Tuesday at an Ikeja Customary Court, urged the court to dis-

solve her marriage of five years with her husband, Kunle, on the grounds of constant battery and humiliation in public. “I am tired of this marriage and can no longer bear the constant beating and

humiliation, which I frequently get from my husband in public. He beats me in public at the slightest provocation,” she told the court. According to her, Kunle often tears her clothes and exposes her to public ridicule. “I just want to go my way in peace” she said. Yetunde accused her husband of calling her names like prostitute, dirty pig, and shameless person in public. “My husband has ridiculed me and soiled my personality to the extent that I am ashamed of moving freely in my neighbourhood,” she further said. She said their marriage was contracted in 2009 and produced two children, aged five and two years, and urged the court to dissolve the marriage

saying, “I am fed up with his arrogant lifestyle and the humiliation I am subjected to constantly.” However, Kunle objected to the request made by his wife as, according to him, he is still interested in the marriage. “Though, I sometimes beat her out of provocation, it is not frequent as she says. I beat her because she has not been straight-forward in our marital union,” he said. Kunle pleaded with the court for adjournment to enable him reconcile with his wife and assured that he would never humiliate her anymore. The Presiding Judge, Mr. Sam Aluko, adjourned the case till April 31, 2004 for report of settlement and further hearing.

Court dissolves 5-year marriage over battery, threat to life

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36-year-old man, Mr. Oladele Olatunji, on Wednesday, asked an Ado-Ekiti Customary Court to dissolve his seven years marriage to Opeyemi over her unwillingness to further her education. Olatunji also alleged that his wife causes him public embarrassment as they fight frequently. According to him, she also leaks family secrets, a behavior she blamed on her little education. Olatunji told the court that he met his wife on a Valentine’s Day and thereafter she was pregnant for him. He said being a graduate, he wanted his wife to further

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woman, Mrs. Ololade Sunday, 38, on Wednesday urged an Orile Agege Customary Court to dissolve her 11-year-old marriage to Sunday Eseolu, following his disappearance five years ago. Ololade, a textile dealer, who lives at 4, Vesper Road, Ifo in Ogun State told the court that her husband disappeared in 2010 and has not been seen.

her education but she allegedly refused. “Rather than further her education, she insists on being a fashion designer,” he told the court. The father of two said whenever they had misunderstanding, his wife would immediately inform his parents, a habit he said he could no longer cope with. He added that she always embarrassed him in public and that despite his several warnings, she would not change. In her response, Opeyemi, 33, denied the allegations. She said that her education had been delayed because her husband

would not pick the bills due to a house project he has at hand. “He said he would not sponsor me until he finishes his building project,” she told the court. She alleged that her husband had abandoned her and the children without bothering about their welfare. According to her, her husband had a child from an earlier marriage, but made it a secret. The court’s President, Mrs. Akomolede Olayinka, ordered Olatunji to come with his witnesses and adjourned the case to April 10, 2014 for further hearing. (NAN)

n Orile Agege Customary Court, sitting in Lagos State, last Wednesday, dissolved the marital union between Chijioke Okeoma and his wife, Ruth, over battery and threat to life. Ruling on the matter, the court’s President, Mr. Adegboyega Omilola said the marriage was dissolved because of irreconcilable differences between Okeoma and his wife. He said that there was no love lost between Ruth and her estranged husband. Omilola also noted that Ruth had refused to honour court summonses. “Starting from today,” he said, “you cease to be addressed as husband and wife. You should go your separate ways and maintain the peace anywhere you meet.” Speaking on who should take the custody of the children, he said that the matter would be referred to Ikeja Family Court for final decision. “In the interim, the children remains where they are and the father shall be responsible for their education

and medical bills,” he ruled. The presiding Judge ordered the man to pay a compensation of N10, 000 to the former wife. It would be recalled that Chijioke had approached the court on September 30, 2013, seeking dissolution of the marriage, citing battery, lack of care, love and threat to life. Earlier, Chijioke, 37, a trader, who lives at 9, Adebola Street, Orile-Agege, a suburb of Lagos, had told the court that his wife always armed herself with dangerous weapons to attack him during fights. ``She overpowers me whenever we have a fight as she hits me with dangerous weapons,” he said. He also told the court that his former wife does not open the door for him any time he returns late from the shop saying, “Sometimes, I was forced to sleep at the corridor of the house.” Chijioke urged the court to dissolve the union and grant him the custody of their two children aged two months and three years. (NAN)

‘My husband has disappeared’ “My husband was a loving and caring man. We were happy together until he left the house unannounced. All efforts to locate him proved abortive,” she told the court. “I went to his family house, but they seem not to bother. I am sure they know his where-

abouts,” she alleged. According to her, “I called his mobile number but it was switched off. My instinct told me that he is in another woman’s arm because his family members are relaxed about his disappearance,” she said. The mother of two, aged 10

and eight years, told the court that she wanted to move on with her life and urged the court to dissolve the union. “I cannot continue to wait for a man that left me four years ago. I want a dissolution and custody of my children,” she said.

Her husband, the court noted refused to appear before the court and therefore, the President of the Court, Mr. Adegboyega Omilola told Ololade to maintain the peace. He adjourned the case to March 24, 2014 for ruling. (NAN)


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Court dissolves marriage of 13 years over incessant fighting, threat to life

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n Orile Agege Customary Court in Lagos State, on Wednesday, dissolved a 13-year-old union between Mosuru Faronbi and his wife, Adijat, on grounds of threat to life and incessant fighting. The court’s President, Mr. Adegboyega Omilola, held that the marriage had broken down irreparably. Omilola said: “Starting from today, you cease to be addressed as husband and wife. You shall go your separate ways and maintain the peace.” On the custody of their children, he said: “The custody of the children is hereby referred to the Ikeja Family Court for final decision. Meanwhile, they should remain with their mother,” he said. He continued: “The father shall be responsible for the education and medical bills of the children and should also pay N10, 000 as compensation to the woman.’’ Mosuru on December 19, 2013, had urged the court to dissolve his marriage to Adijat over frequent fighting and threat to his life. Mosuru, 40, a carpenter, who resides at 42, Oluwole Olaniyi Street, Orile Agege, accused Adijat, 35, of public embarrassment and incessant fighting. “My wife always checks my phone whenever I return from

work and if she sees any strange number she starts a fight. She is very troublesome, cursing and embarrassing me in the public anytime we have a little misunderstanding,” he said. Monsuru said she lacked respect for members of his family as, according to him, ‘she abuses my mother at will and always threatens to beat any of my younger ones if they come visiting.’ Monsuru also said that his wife’s behaviour has chased him into the arms of another woman. “Her behaviour made me to find solace in the arms of another woman. Please, separate us before she kills me,” he pleaded with the court. In her reaction, Adijat, a petty trader, who lives at 42, New Era Street, in Alimosho, admitted to the acts, but pleaded with the court not to grant her husband’s request. “I did all I did because my husband chases everything under the skirt. The worst of all is that he is having an affair with my best friend. He left the house since last year to an unknown place and I am sure he is living in a woman’s house,” she alleged, saying she was not ready to leave him because of my children. The couple is blessed with three children, aged between seven and 12 years. (NAN)

Court dissolves marriage over lack of care by wife

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ustice Muftau Adegbola of the Oyo State High Court, on Tuesday, dissolved a five-year-old marriage between Mr.Johnson Adebayo and his wife, Esther, over lack of care by the woman. Adebayo had pleaded with the court to dissolve his marriage, alleging that his wife lacked marital care. He said that Esther did not know how to take care of him and had always maltreated him. He added that as head of the family, he

deserved some respect which his wife failed but that she was always rude. Adedayo told the court that he and Esther married on October 21, 2004 at Ososami area of Ibadan and lived together at Plot 6/7, Olorunlogbo, behind Government College, Apata, Ibadan, Oyo State. He claimed that his wife parked out of their home on July 15, 2009. Justice Adegbola said that the evidence before him showed that Esther was served with

court process six times but failed to appear. He said because Esther parked out of their home since July 15, 2009 and failed to return, it was an indication that she was not interested in the marriage any longer. Adegbola noted that the law allowed the court to dissolve the marriage as, according to him, the couple had lived apart for a long period of time. He ruled that the marriage had broken down irretrievably, and dissolved it. (NAN)

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r. Saheed Adamu of Stadium road, Ilorin, Kwara State, on Tuesday, pleaded with an Ilorin Area Court to dissolve his marriage of three years to his wife, Memunat, on the grounds of the latter’s stubbornness. The petitioner alleged that his wife was not submissive and often failed to take to corrections. He told the court that his wife went to buy a parcel of land and started to develop it without his knowledge. Adamu, 40, also told the court that the defendant does not want any cordial relationship to exist between him and his relatives. “Through her behaviour, she has scared my parents, friends and co-workers away from visiting me,” he said. He further told the court that their marriage was contracted 2011 and had produced one male child,

Farouk. “My wife will at times refuse to cook for me and my child and I would be forced to prepare the food myself,” he alleged. He pleaded the court to dissolve their marriage saying: “I have been patient to ensure a stable marital life, but I can’t condone her bad attitude anymore.” The defendant, however, objected to the request of the plaintiff saying that she was not stubborn as portrayed by the plaintiff. “My husband knows my nature before we got married. He knows that I am not a particularly friendly person with everybody because I always like to take my time before becoming close or free with people. I always like to mind my business,” she said. Memunat pleaded with the court for an adjournment for

her to make a peaceful resolution with her husband. The

judge, Mr. Yusuf Abdulkareem, adjourned the case till April 2,

2014 for a report of settlement or continuation of hearing. (NAN).

Court dissolves 27-year marriage over threat to husband’s life

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n Ado-Ekiti Customary Court, on Monday, dissolved a 27-year-old marriage between Moses Adeleye and his wife, Toyin, over threat to husband’s life and lack of respect for his mother. In his judgment, the court’s President, Mr. Joseph Ogunsemi, held that the marriage had broken down irretrievably and that there was no room for amicable settlement. Ogunsemi awarded custody of two of the five children to the wife, and ordered that the husband should be responsible for their educa-

tion. He also ordered that the husband should pay the sum of N5, 000 as monthly allowance on each of the children. Moses, 54, had urged the court to dissolve the marriage because of conspiracy by his wife and children to beat him. Moses said his wife had once conspired with her children and two of her relations to make life difficult for him. He added that she had no respect for his mother saying, that she had never welcomed his mother to their matrimonial home. According to him, his wife

and children always maltreated him in the house as a result of the conspiracy engineered by the wife. The father of five said his first daughter and her siblings once fought him and tore his cloth. Toyin, however, denied all the allegations saying, she had never threatened her husband or disrespected her mother-in-law. She said that it was not true that she conspired with her children to beat her husband, but that her husband married six wives and no longer bothered to take care of her and her children. (NAN).


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AMVCA rocks Lagos The first movie awards of the year, the Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards held last Saturday at the Eko Hotel & Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos, and it lived up to all the buzz it generated. Expectedly, many celebrities were present there and they their best to outdo themselves in terms of their appearance. Mercy Aigbe, Funke Akindele, Desmond Elliot and Yeni Kuti were some of them. Davido

Kate Henshaw

Joke Silva and Olu Jacobs

Christabel and Bovi Ugboma

Tunde Kelani

Funke Akindele

Rukky Sanda

Mercy Aigbe

Denrele Edun

Waje

Ayo Adesanya

Nneka and Isaac Moses

Mercy Johnson and Prince Odianosen Okojie

Antar Laniyan

Kunle Coker

Ikechukwu

Desmond Elliot

Bez

Sexy Steel

Joseph Benjamin

Ramsey Noah

Flavour

Majid Michel

Jide Kosoko

Ebube Nwagbo

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CONTINUED FROM LAST WEEK • Inability to excrete potassium and rising potassium levels in the serum is associated with fatal heart rhythm disturbances. • Rising urea levels in the blood (uremia) can affect the function of a variety of organs ranging from the brain with alteration of thinking, to inflammation of the heart lining, to decreased muscle function because of low calcium levels. • Generalized weakness may be due to anemia, a decreased red blood cell count, because lower levels of erythropoietin produced by failing kidneys do not adequately stimulate the bone marrow. A decrease in red cells equals a decrease in oxygen-carrying capacity of the blood, resulting in decreased oxygen delivery to cells for them to do work; therefore, the body tires quickly • As waste products build in the blood, loss of appetite, lethargy, and fatigue become apparent. This will progress to the point where mental function will decrease and coma may occur. • Because the kidneys cannot address the rising acid load in the body, breathing becomes more rapid as the lungs try to buffer the acidity by blowing off carbon dioxide. Blood pressure may rise because of the excess fluid, and this fluid can be deposited in the lungs, causing congestive heart failure.

How is kidney failure diagnosed? Diagnosis of kidney failure is confirmed by blood tests measuring the buildup of waste products in the blood. Blood Urea Nitrogen (BUN), creatinine, and Glomerular Filtration Rate (GFR) are routine blood tests used to measure the buildup of waste products in the blood. BUN and creatinine become elevated, and the glomerular filtration rate (GFR) decreases. This is the rate with which blood is filtered through the kidneys and can be calculated based upon the creatinine level, age, race, and gender. Urine tests may be done to measure the amount of protein, detect the presence of abnormal cells, or measure the concentration of electrolytes. Protein in the urine is not normal and can be a clue that damage to the kidneys has occurred. Other tests are used to diagnose the

Kidney Failure

that caused it. Kidney function may return to normal, especially if it is due to an acute obstruction and that obstruction is relieved. Other causes of decreased kidney function leading to kidney failure are due to underlying disease and occur slowly over time. Prevention is the best chance to maintain kidney function, and controlling high blood pressure and diabetes over a lifetime can decrease the potential for progressive kidney damage. Chronic kidney failure may be managed by a primary health care practitioner or a nephrologist to help monitor electrolyte and waste product levels in the bloodstream. Major abnormalities can be life-threatening, and treatment options may be limited to dialysis or transplant.

Kidney failure facts

type of kidney failure. Abdominal ultrasound can assess the size of the kidneys and may identify whether any obstruction exists. Biopsy of the kidney uses a thin needle that is placed through the skin into the kidney itself to get bits of tissue to examine under the microscope.

What is the treatment for kidney failure? Prevention is always the goal with kidney failure. Chronic diseases such as hypertension and diabetes are devastating because of the damage that they can do to kidneys and other organs. Lifelong diligence is important in keeping blood sugar and blood pressure within normal limits. Specific treatments are dependent upon the underlying diseases. Once kidney failure is present, the goal is to prevent further deterioration of renal function. If ignored, the kidneys will progress to complete failure, but if underlying illnesses are addressed and treated aggressively, kidney function can be preserved, though not always improved. Diet: This is an important consideration for those with impaired kidney function. Consultation with a dietician may be helpful to understand what foods may or may not be appropriate. Since the kidneys cannot easily remove excess water, salt, or potassium, these may need to be consumed in lim-

ited quantities. Foods high in potassium include bananas, apricots, and salt substitutes. Phosphorus is a forgotten chemical that is associated with calcium metabolism and may be elevated in the body in kidney failure. Too much phosphorus can leech calcium from the bones and cause osteoporosis and fractures. Foods with high phosphorus content include milk, cheese, nuts, and cola drinks. Medications: Medications may be used to help control some of the issues associated with kidney failure. Once the kidneys fail completely, the treatment options are limited to dialysis or kidney replacement by transplantation. Dialysis: Dialysis cleanses the body of waste products in the body by use of filter systems. Kidney transplantation: If kidney failure occurs and is non-reversible, kidney transplantation is an alternative option to dialysis Kidney transplants may provide better quality of life than dialysis. If the transplanted kidney fails, the alternative is another kidney transplant or a return to dialysis.

What is the prognosis for someone with kidney failure? The outlook for kidney failure depends upon the underlying condition

• Kidneys are the organs that help filter waste products from the blood. They are also involved in regulating blood pressure, electrolyte balance, and red blood cell production in the body. • There are numerous causes of kidney failure, and treatment of the underlying disease may be the first step in correcting the kidney abnormality. • Some causes of kidney failure are treatable and the kidney function may return to normal. Unfortunately, kidney failure may be progressive in other situations and may be irreversible. • Symptoms of kidney failure are due to the build-up of waste products in the body that may cause weakness, shortness of breath, lethargy, and confusion. Inability to remove potassium from the bloodstream may lead to abnormal heart rhythms and sudden death. Initially, there may be no symptoms of kidney failure. • The diagnosis of kidney failure usually is made by blood tests measuring BUN, creatinine, and glomerular filtration rate (GFR). • Treatment of the underlying cause of kidney failure may return kidney function to normal. Lifelong efforts to control blood pressure and diabetes may be the best way to prevent chronic kidney disease and its progression to kidney failure. Usually, kidney function gradually decreases over time. • If the kidneys fail completely, the only treatment options available may be dialysis or transplant. CONCLUDED

LETTER

Hooked on laxatives

Dear doctor, What is the effect of using laxative for a long time? I have been using it for the past three years to purge myself. I do not go to the toilet regularly and I have resorted to using

laxatives to assist me. I am worried because this problem started after I resumed at my new place of work where I have to wake up early, come home very late and have my dinner late.

Mirror doctor replies I am sure you have read the write up above on constipation. As for the effect of using laxatives for a long time, I suggest that you gradually reduce the use of them to give your body a chance to return to normal. You may have to retrain your body to go without laxatives. This means eating plenty of fibre,

possibly using a bulk-forming laxative, drinking plenty of water, exercising and learning to give yourself time to have a bowel movement. Be patient, it may take many months for your bowels to get back to normal. Finally, avoid taking your dinner late at night as the metabolic rate slows down at night thereby digestion is also slowed down.


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Benue Hills: The basis of Tiv unity

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enue State is generally referred to as the food basket of Nigeria. This sobriquet, however, does not explain the whole essence of the state which could also be called a tourism haven. Some of the most spectacular of tourist attractions are its hills popularly known as the Hills of Benue. Not only this, the Hills of Benue, near Gboko, are one of the most interesting tourist spots in Nigeria and feature some of the country’s most beautiful nature and scenery. Benue State shares a boundary with Cameroon and is located in an area known as Nigeria’s middle belt. Industry in Benue is dominated by agriculture because of its fertile land; over 70 per cent of the country’s soya beans are produced there. Benue State also boundaries with Tara-

ba State on the East; Edo State on the West; Plateau State on the North and Anambra, Enugu, Cross River states on the South. The whole landmass gives hills of numerous shades and touristic charms. The area is best known for its collec-

tion of unique hills with some of the best known locations being the Bassa Hills, renowned for their spectacular scenery, the Swern Hills renowned for their history and the Ushongo Hills which are an ideal tourist destination because of the fantastic weath-

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er they enjoy. Tourists from different parts of the world visit Nigeria in droves and they would always love to prefer such destinations on cheap flights to Nigeria. The place is exclusively open for the tourism lovers. lkyogen Hills radiate mild weather condition which guarantees steady green vegetation and a round- the-year grazing of animals in the areas which is also recognized as Ikyogen Cattle Ranch. Ushogbo Hills in Ushogbo town also offers moderate weather situation that makes it most gratifying spot for tourists and adventures. Bassa Hills, like the Ushogbo Hills, are value visiting especially for their sustaining scenery; and Swern Hills are treasured for their historical linkages. The hills are supposed to be the place for the basis of the unity of the Tiv people. The availability of cheap fares makes the things much more affordable for the travellers who wish to come here for the enjoyment, journey and for safari trips. Benue State is acclaimed to be the nation’s ‘Food Basket’ because of its rich and diverse agricultural produce. Apart from accounting for over 70 per cent of Nigeria’s Soya beans production, it also boasts of one of the longest stretches of river systems in the country with potential for a viable fishing industry. The Tivs are the dominant ethnic group followed by the Idoma, Igede, Etulo, Abakpa, Jukum, Hausa, Akweya and Nyifon. Most of the people are farmers while the inhabitants of the coastal areas engage in fishing as their primary or secondary occupation. The people of the state are famous for their cheerful and hospitable disposition as well as their rich cultural heritage. Benue State possesses a rich and diverse cultural heritage which finds expression in colourful cloths, exotic masquerades, supplicated music and dances.

Bated breath as Cape Town awaits 15th International Jazz Festival •Erykah Badu leads performers’ line-up

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nternational queen of neo-soul, Erykah Badu leads the impressive line-up for the 15th Cape Town International Jazz Festival, Africa’s grandest gathering scheduled to hold at the Cape Town International Convention Centre on the 28 and 29 of March this year. Jazz lovers are spoilt for choice and will be challenged to work out how to divide their time during the weekend of fabulous music and entertainment considering the array of stars who will be performing on the five stages during the two-day event. Rashid Lombard, CEO of espAfrika and the founder of what is considered as ‘Africa’s Grandest Gathering’, stated: “This year’s line-up is set to spark and ignite an even grander and more energetic experience than ever before and perfectly sets the tone for the next 15 years of JazzFest.” Minister of Arts and Culture, Mr Paul

Mashatile says: “The Cape Town International Jazz Festival is a great reflection of how far we have come as a nation. It showcases our brilliant local talent, while also attracting leading jazz artists from all over the world. This has allowed the CTIJF to help grow a larger skills base within our creative sector, which, in turn, helps strengthen and celebrate our cultural diversity.” A comprehensive JazzFest Training and Development programme accompanies the entertainment each year. The workshops and interventions expose hundreds of young people of all ages, mostly from Cape Town, to a variety of music skills and therapies that are designed to stimulate interest and passion in our cultural heritage and encourage a lifelong love of the arts to ensure that South Africa’s story continues to evolve and be recorded in a variety of mediums. Patricia De Lille, Executive Mayor of

Cape Town says: “The CTIJF helps bring people from diverse backgrounds together in a shared common love of jazz. In doing so, the festival helps to showcase the city and how its inclusive approach is of paramount importance. As such, the city salutes the 15th year of the CTIJF and will continue to support the good work this important music festival does.” Showcasing what the Festival has to offer local citizens and foreign visitors, the SABC is once again the official broadcast sponsor, ensuring that the best Cape Town has to offer is shown to as wide an audience as possible. SABC Spokesperson, Mr Kaizer Kganyago says “The SABC is indeed privileged to once again be one of the Gold sponsors and the exclusive Broadcaster for the 15th Cape Town International Jazz Festival. We welcome the opportunity to support the festival that helps us to deliver on our mandate to provide entertain-

ment to our viewers and listeners. Given the reach of the SABC, and its dominance of the media landscape, we have to use our resources to educate, inform and entertain our listeners and viewers. Our involvement with the Cape Town International Jazz Festival is also based on the fact that we want to continue to promote South African Music and celebrate local talent. The Festival provides the ideal platform for the SABC to continue showcasing the country’s musical cultural diversity, exposing it to a growing audience. The SABC will, through its various Radio Stations and TV platforms continue to support the Cape Town International Jazz Festival to ensure that this genre continues to grow and evolve”. More than a music festival, the CTIJF has developed to become one of South Africa’s leading lifestyle experiences and events. In 2014 and celebrating many notable achievements as a country – 20 years of democracy and the World Design Capital status - the JazzFest leads the way.


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he only way to reduce unemployment in this country is to embark on establishment of small, medium and large-scale industries. The Federal Government of Nigeria at present is putting every effort into seeing that enabling environment for setting up and running of industries in the country is achieved. At present telecommunication problem is resolved, and bank consolidations carried out to ensure that enough investment funds assistance is obtained from Nigeria banks. The privatization of PHCN has been concluded also. There are hopes that Nigeria will have all the necessary facilities for a more favourable business/manufacturing environment in the near future. There are some manufacturing investment projects which one can set up on small scale level with the intention to expand in the near future. One of them is napkins and diapers production. This is a project that can ensure regular provision of daily cash for you and your family. This is a project that you can introduce after related products like serviettes, toilets rolls, facial tissues, face towels etc.

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market lies and nearness to the source of raw materials. Accommodation The project does not need much space. It can be comfortably set up in a rented building of three bedrooms flats. This will take care of the production room, the storage and raw material rooms as well as the administration/accounting rooms Financial implications The project will take an estimated

Investing in production of diapers

Project concept The envisaged project will be able to produce quality napkins and diapers to be well accepted in Nigeria and other parts of the world. Marketing potentials and strategies Napkins & Diapers are consumed on daily basis by all and sundry irrespective of age, social class or religious. Napkins and Diapers are for sanitary and cleansing purposes. They enjoy high aggregate demand in places like households, schools, hospitals. Others are maternity homes, shopping centres. The arsenals of any mother/lady are not complete and properly assembled without napkins and diapers. Consider the number of new born babies and children under the age of six in the country. The number is also rising every day. Napkins and Diapers have a high repeat sales tendency which is fuelled by such factors as increasing sanitary awareness of the need for hygienic and good quality living standard, geometrically exploding population, continued drift from the rural to the urban centres in search of the better things of life and job opportunities. The markets for napkins and diapers have been well established and developed. It is large, expanding and sustainable. My recent research findings reveal that supply is inadequate to meet up with the increase in demand, thus creating a large gap yearning to be filled. This enormous demand supply gap translates into a viable venture for Nigerians. Raw materials The essential raw materials needed for this project are the jumbo reels and cotton lint and packaging materials like the wrapping with the producers name logo, address and brand name conspicuously printed. Each of these is obtained locally from suppliers and producers. Plants & machinery The machines for the project are not lo-

THE PROJECT IS VERY PROFITABLE WITH ABOUT GROSS PROFIT OF N16MILLION IN THE FIRST YEAR, N24MILLION IN THE 2ND YEAR, N38MILLION IN THE 3RD YEAR AND N62MILLION IN THE 5TH YEAR OF OPERATION cally available. They are all imported machines. There are reputable producers and suppliers of quality machines in South Africa, China, Taiwan and Germany.

Packaging machines The project can be located in any part of the country particularly where the

The breakdown of investment amount on a small-scale level is as follows Financial estimates (take off) Accommodation (rented)

N1, 500, 000

Plants & machinery

N12, 300,000

Utilities

N 2, 500,000

Working capital

N3, 000,000

Preliminary Expenses (including feasibility studies/ Bus plan) Total

N500,000 N19, 800,000

sum of about N20 million to set up. This amount many change depending on the capacity level the prospective investor intends to embark upon. If the project is going to be on medium or large scale, the cost will be higher than the above. Details will be presented via a feasibility studies report. Investment Analysis The payback period based on our preliminary projections will be about two years. The return on investment is about 52% and there is positive NPV. The project is very profitable with about gross profit of N16million in the first year, N24million in the 2nd year, N38million in the 3rd year and N62million in the 5th year of operation. The turnover is also very impressive. The market is wide and the supply demand positions keep on elongating. Those is need for Nigeria to set up small medium and large-scale industries to reduce the level of unemployment in the country.


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GROUP A Date - Time

Venue

Fixtures

15/03 20:00

San Jose

Costa Rica v Venezuela

15/03 17:00

San Jose

Italy v Zambia

18/03 20:00

San Jose

Costa Rica vItaly

18/03 17:00

San Jose

Venezuela v Zambia

22/03 20:00

Tibas

Zambia v Costa Rica

22/03 20:00

Alajuela

Venezuela v Italy

Date - Time

Venue

Fixtures

15/03 17:00

Liberia

Ghana v Korea DPR

15/03 20:00

Liberia

Germany v Canada

18/03 17:00

Liberia

Ghana v Germany

18/03 20:00

Liberia

Korea DPR v Canada

22/03 17:00

Tibas

Canada v Ghana

22/03 17:00

Alajuela

Korea DPR v Germany

Date - Time

Venue

Fixtures

16/03 11:00

Tibas

New Zealand v Paraguay

16/03 14:00

Tibas

Spain v Japan

19/03 17:00

Tibas

New Zealand v Spain

19/03 20:00

Tibas

Paraguay v Japan

23/03 17:00

San Jose

Japan v New Zealand

23/03 17:00

Liberia

Paraguay v Spain

Date - Time

Venue

Fixtures

16/03 14:00

Alajuela

Mexico v Colombia

16/03 17:00

Alajuela

China v Nigeria

19/03 17:00

Alajuela

Mexico v China

19/03 20:00

Alajuela

Colombia v Nigeria

23/03 20:00

San Jose

Nigeria v Mexico

23/03 20:00

Liberia

Colombia v China

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GROUP C

GROUP D

Flamingoes in a training session before their departure for the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in Costa Rica.

Women set to rumble in Costa Rica IFEANYI EDUZOR

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ootball fans all over the world will from today be treated to the best form of female football when the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup kicks off in Costa Rica. Sixteen countries namely; Nigeria, Mexico, Colombia, China, Paraguay, Japan, New Zealand, Spain, Ghana, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Germany, Canada, Venezuela, Italy, Zambia and the host country Costa Rica will be in action from March 15 April 4 to decide who among them will be crowned the new world champions at the end of hostilities. Zambia, one of Africa’s representatives will be up against European champions, Italy in the opening match to be

decided at San Jose Stadium before the host nation squares up against Venezuela at the same venue in the second match of the day. However, Ghana will battle Korea DPR in their first Group B match also today. Nigeria which is in Group D alongside Mexico, Colombia and China will play its first game on March 16 against China in the city of Alajuela and Colombia on March 19 before travelling to San Jose in three days time to play Mexico in their last Group match. The championship which is not only a dress rehearsal for the main FIFA World Cup slated for Brazil in June this year will also enable the world footballgoverning body take stock of the tournament which had its debut in 2008 in New Zealand, as well as strengthen women’s football and enrich the beauti-

ful game. This edition of the championship which will be the first FIFA organized female competition in Central America promises to produce a lot of surprises because apart from Korea DPR that won the inaugural edition in New Zealand in 2008 before emerging the runnersup in the last edition in Azerbaijan in 2012, France the defending champions and South Korea, winners of the second edition in Trinidad and Tobago in 2010 failed to qualify for the fourth edition. As has been the case with the three previous editions of the competition, it is hoped that at the end of hostilities, the tournament which has been growing since its inception in 2008 will produce many players that will later graduate to their various national U-20 and senior teams where they are expected to contribute to the further development of women football. It is expected that Nigeria’s U-17 women’s team known as the Flamingoes being one of the few teams that has participated in all three previous editions

will be counting on its rich history in the competition, having twice qualified for the quarter-final stage. After being eliminated on goal difference at their first attempt in 2008, the team topped their group two years later before they were knocked out in the next round in one of the all-time classic matches of the competition, going down 6-5 after extra time against eventual winners, Korea Republic. In 2012, the Flamingoes again won their group. However, hopes of becoming the first African team to reach the semi-finals were dashed as they were beaten on penalties by France, who went on to lift the trophy. Speaking on the tournament, Nigerian coach, Bala Nkiyu, said that he is confident his side will prove themselves in Costa Rica, noting that the friendly matches they played during their 19 days camping in Faro, Portugal will help greatly in making the team surpass their quarter finals finishing in the championship. “We are going into the tournament with confidence because we prepared well for it. The friendly matches we played while in camp in Portugal has given the players the desired exposure and confidence they require for this type of championship and I hope my players won’t disappoint,” he said.


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s a follow up to my piece last week which was titled, “What’s next after Abdullahi’s sack?” lots of reactions came flooding my email throughout the week and even this morning from our esteemed readers. Some saw HT’s call for the probe of the former Sports Minister, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi as timely because there is always need for a new leader to start on a clean note. However, as a mark of responsibility, efforts will be made from HT’s end to answer some of the questions in subsequent write-ups. Coming back to this week’s piece, many readers of this column has made desperate attempts through phone calls and even through the social media to know whether the new Sports Minister, Dr Tamuno Danagogo has what it takes to administer sports at the highest level in Africa’s most populous black nation, Nigeria? Some went as far as asking HT whether the new Sports Minister ever participated in sporting activities and what is his pedigree in this regard? Therefore, it is on that premise that I decided to utilise the greater part of this piece to let our esteemed readers know whom Danagogo is and the enormous tasks before him in piloting the affairs of the sports ministry. As a kicker, Dr Tamuno Wenike Danagogo hails from Abonnema, in Akuku Toru Local Government Area of Rivers State. Born on September 22, 1970, the new sports minister attended St. Joseph State School, Abonne-

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Andrew Ekejiuba anelsports@yahoo.com ma where he obtained his First School Leaving Certificate in 1981. He proceeded to Nyemoni Grammar School, Abonnema where he also obtained his West African School Certificate in 1986. He got admission into Rivers State University of Science and Technology and graduated with LL.B in Law in 1990 and proceeded to the Nigeria Law School in 1991. In 1997, Danagogo obtained a Master’s degree in Law at the same university. In 2005, he proceeded to the University of Nigeria, Nsukka where he obtained his Doctor of Philosophy, PhD in Private and Public Law with specialisation in Human Rights and Disputes settlement. Following his graduation from the Nigeria Law School in Lagos, Dr Danagogo did his National Youth Service Corps programme in Lagos where he served as a solicitor with Austin Mamedu and co between 1991 and 1992. He later served as a litigations solicitor with C.V. George will and co in Port Harcourt from 1992 to 1995.

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And from 1995 to 2004 he served as principal partner in Alaba Chambers in Port Harcourt. Danagogo came into political limelight in 2004 when he was elected the Executive Chairman of Akuku-Toru Local Government Area. He also held many political positions in PDP thereafter. As a frank and upright Nigerian, he was nominated as a Commissioner for Chieftaincy and Community Affairs during Gov Rotimi Amaechi’s administration in November 2008 and was later moved to the Ministry of Urban Development as a Commissioner. From the foregoing, it is clear that the new Sports Minister may not have involved himself directly in the administration of sports, but may have come armed with a wealth of experience to sanitize the sports industry which needs a true cleansing. For so many years, Nigeria’s sports industry have continued to produce Ministers who are only interested mainly in enriching their pockets and only interested

The new Sports Minister, Dr. Tamuno Danagogo.

in what happens to football and not other sports. And this pathetic situation has led to the poor outing of Nigeria at the London 2012 Olympic Games and even the immediate past Minister could not be said to have done much to change the view of Nigerians in this regard. Instead, his attempt to reconstitute the boards of some viable sporting federations boomeranged as some members are in court challenging the election that brought in some of the new boards. A typical example is the board of the Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF). With all these problems facing the new Sports Minister, it is imperative that it is wise for him to tackle all these with great wisdom and in order of priority. Like HT hinted last week, the new Sports Minister must ensure that the accounts of the NSC before taking over are audited by an external auditor. And it is from the

recommendations of the external auditor that will determine whether to invite the former Sports Minister, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi for clarifications on how he managed the account of the NSC. After that hurdle, the new Sports Minister should go all round the six geopolitical zones where the NSC structures are expected to be in place to reassess the situation. This action may look tedious, but very necessary because these are structures expected to be used to unearth hidden talent from these zones, but to a greater extent nothing actually is happening there. Also, with the 2014 FIFA World Cup fast approaching in Brazil, the new Sports Minister must brace up and confront the Super Eagles coach, Stephen Keshi head-on, especially on the need for him to invite the likes of Osaze Odemwingie and Ike Uche to the team.

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Costa Rica 2014: Glo charges Flamingoes to make Nigeria proud

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s the FIFA Women’s U-17 World Cup kicks off in Costa Rica today, leading corporate sponsor of football in Nigeria, Globacom, has called on The Flamingoes to go all out and bring the trophy to Nigeria. The Flamingoes will start their World Cup campaign tomorrow against China in Group D in Alajuela. A statement from Globacom in Lagos on Thursday said the Flamingoes have all it takes to surmount the challenges posed by their group opponents. “The preparation by the Nigerian junior team ahead of this competition has been impressive and we believe the team has all it takes to excel,” the state-

ment remarked. According to Globacom, “It is imperative to go for victory in this first encounter so as to gain good points and confidence ahead of the remaining group matches against Colombia and Mexico.” The company said it is very optimistic that the girls will fly higher, particularly if they build on the team spirit and the technical guidance they have received under the tutelage of Coach Bala Nikyu. “It is also our belief that the Flamingoes are aware of the expectations of Nigerians who are still basking in the euphoria of the recent success achieved by the U-17 team, Golden Eaglets who won the U-17

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Flamingoes skipper, Tessy Biahwo.

World trophy in Dubai. The Eaglets’ success should be a motivating factor for the team,” the statement said. The Flamingoes have

held camp and training tour in Faro, Portugal ahead of the tournament that holds from March 15 to April 4 in Costa Rica.

igeria National League title contender, Kogi United FC of Lokoja, has warned its opponent in this Week 6 encounter, Mighty Jets FC of Jos, that there will be no hiding place for the visitors at the Confluence City Stadium, Lokoja, today. Chief Coach of the Wada Boys, Fatai Osho, noted that the quest to consolidate on the NNL league table had made the encounter vital for his team, saying it would also boost the players’ confidence after last weekend’s loss to DSS in Kaduna. “We are not happy to have lost two previous away

games, despite playing so well,” Osho said yesterday. “A win for us in this game will help us back to where we rightly belong, and with God and support of fans we would achieve that. “I believe we will get it right soon, we only need patience from the management, supporters and fans.” Meanwhile, Team Manager of the Confluence City club, Ameh Henry, has said that the team is on the right to achieving its objective. “We are resolved not to relent on our oars and I think it’s only a matter of time before we begin to garner the vital victories on away grounds,” Henry said, adding, “Victory for Kogi United against Jets is not negotiable.”


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Costa Rica 2014: Hamilton wants Flamingoes to emulate Eaglets IFEANYI EDUZOR

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Okocha tasks Eagles on World Cup

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ormer Nigeria international Austin ``Jay-Jay’’ Okocha, on Friday advised Super Eagles players to remain focused in the buildup to the upcoming World Cup tournament in Brazil. Okocha told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that the team was currently doing the needful but must remain dedicated, to excel at the quadrennial football tournament. ``Most of them are coming into the big stage for the first time and need to be fortified mentally and psychologically to prevent them from being carried away. ``They should play to instructions and make fervent effort at

making their opponents play at their own pace,’’ the former Eagles Captain and play-maker stated. ``Our players should endeavour to surpass the old record and bring the much-desired victory to the nation” Okocha, who plied his trade with Eintracht Frankfurt FC of Germany, Bolton Wanderers FC of England and Fenerbahce FC of Turkey, stressed that fans should not burden the players with unrealistic expectations. He advised the Stephen Keshi-led technical crew to ensure that team selection was done in a manner that would be devoid of sentiment.

ormer Super Falcons Coach, Paul Hamilton has charged the country’s U-17 female national team “The Flamingoes” to emulate their male counterparts as they try to conquer the world in the fourth edition of the FIFA U-17 women world cup which kicks off today in Costa Rica. Nigeria which is in Group D alongside Mexico, Colombia and China will play its first game on March 16 against China in the city of Alajuela and Colombia on March 19 before travelling to San Jose in three days time to play Mexico in their last Group match. According to him, the Flamingoes having gotten to the quarter-

final stage in the last edition should show character and determination in order to not only improve on their previous performances but conquer the world in female football. “There is the need for the Flamingoes to be focused throughout the duration of the championship as that is the only way they can surpass their quarter- finals record at the championship and show to the world that they are not contended with ruling only Africa. “I also want them to emulate the all conquering Golden Eaglets and win the female world cup because they have the character, quality players, good technical crew and ability to win the trophy. Hamilton while expressing confidence that the team can surprise the world in the Cen-

NPL: El Kanemi to Wrestlers commended relocate to Kano over Good Governance/

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l Kanemi will now play their home matches in the Nigeria league in Kano after their home ground Maiduguri was suspended. On Friday, the Nigeria league cited current security intelligence following recent deadly attacks by the terrorists’ group Boko Haram for the suspension of the Maiduguri stadium. El Kanemi chairman Mohammed Zana told MTNFootball.com that though they are yet to be formally informed by LMC of this decision; they will choose Kano as their home ground if they can no longer play in Miaduguri “We don’t have a choice than to choose an alternative venue if LMC said we can’t play here in Maiduguri, but as I speak with you, we have not received official statement that league matches won’t hold in Maiduguri from the LMC,” Zana told MTNFootball.com

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total of 250 golfers from various parts of the country are expected to participate in the 4th edition of the annual NNPC Upstream Golf Tournament expected to tee-off today at the prestigious Benin Club Golf Course. The tournament being hosted by Integrated Data Services Limited (IDSL) in conjunction with the Benin Club Golf Section will tee-off this morning with the closing ceremony and presentation of trophies and prizes holding later in the day. According to the Captain of the Benin Club Golf Section, Dr. Bola Atua, the tournament was a long awaited event as plans had been underway since the latter part of 2013 to organize a successful tournament. He disclosed that among the dignitaries expected to grace this year’s tournament are the Group Managing Director of NNPC, Andrew Yakubu, the Group Executive Director, Exploration and Production, Abiye Membere and captains of Oil and Gas industry es-

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tral American country however cautioned them not to underrate any of their opponents as doing so could be dangerous.

pecially from the upstream sector. Meanwhile, Manager, Public Affairs Department of the IDSL, one of the exploration subsidiaries of NNPC, Samson Makoji, said the corporation partnered with the Benin Club Golf Section to organize the tournament because of the need to encourage more people to participate in golf especially staff of NNPC

just as he noted that the sponsorship of the tournament was in line with the social responsibility function of the corporation. Makoji noted that the event will afford staff of the organization and other golf players from clubs across the country the opportunity to unwind from their busy schedules and to participate actively in sports.

Action recorded during a golf tournament at the Ikoyi Golf Course

Peace award

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embers of Nigeria (Pro) Wrestling Federation has been commended for deeming it fit to recognize the good works of some notable Nigerians at its gala nite held at the Gymnasium hall of Nigeria Institute of Sports, NIS, Surulere, Lagos. The event was organized to honour former Governor of Lagos, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, his wife Oluremi, chairman of Lagos chapter of All Progressive Congress, Chief Henry Ajomale and 15 Local Government chairmen. Tinubu received the Governor Emeritus/Leadership award, his wife was honoured with the Best Senator/Good Governance award, Chief Ajomale received Peace Maker award, while the local government chairmen bagged Inter-Continental Good Governance and Peace awards. Chief Ajomale, who represented Tinubu at the event, said he was glad that professional wrestlers could see the good works which political office holders in Lagos are doing even as he charged other sports federations to emulate them so as to encourage political office holders to give dividends of democracy to the people. “I’m so happy to see what these wrestlers did today. To me, this is a call to service and I believe that all the recipients would not relent in do-

ing greater jobs to help their people,” he said. Speaking at the occasion, Chairman of Yaba Local Government Development Area, LCDA, Abdul Raheem Olajide Jimoh said the award will challenge him to do more for his council area , adding that “sports in Yaba has received great attention from his administration and will continue to receive same as an empowerment tool for the youths of the LCDA.” To Orombo Fatai Shuaib Ajidagba, the chairman of Ifelodun Local Government, “it is a great pleasure to receive recognition from the wrestlers. “The good works I have been doing in my local government have been made possible with the help of my team and I believe we’ll continue doing them for the benefit of all.” Prince Yinka Durosinmi, the chairman of Ojo Local Government commended the president of the Federation, Prince Hammed Olanrewaju Mohammed for keeping the flag of the federation flying, adding that the award will spur him to work more for his people. Chief (Mrs.) Tinubu’s award was received on her behalf by the former Deputy Speaker of Lagos House of Assembly, Mrs. Adetoun Adediran while chairmen of Ojo, Yaba, Ifelodun, Mosan Okunola and Ifako Ijaiye, were physically present to receive their awards.


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helsea manager Jose Mourinho has hit back at Yaya Toure’s accusation that the Chelsea boss showed a lack of respect to other English teams by talking openly about their chances in the Champions League in the last week. Toure, who was part of the Manchester City side that lost in Barcelona the day after Arsenal’s Champions League exit to Bayern Munich, was unhappy with Mourinho’s comments, but speaking ahead

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GD

Pts

1 Chelsea

29

34

66

2 Liverpool

28

38

59

3 Arsenal

28

24

59

4 Man City

26

42

57

5 Tottenham

29

0

53

6 Man Utd

28

15

48

7 Everton

27

11

48

8 Newcastle

28

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43

9 Southampton

29

4

42

10 West Ham

28

-4

31

11 Aston Villa

28

-7

31

12 Stoke City

29

-14

31

13 Hull City

28

-5

30

14 Swansea

28

-4

29

15 Norwich

29

-22

29

16 Crystal Palace

28

-19

27

17 West Brom

28

-11

25

18 Cardiff City

29

-28

25

19 Sunderland

26

-16

24

20 Fulham

29

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of Chelsea’s trip to Aston Villa, he insisted his words were only made out of support. “If to say before the Munich and Camp Nou matches that these matches are not over, that Arsenal and City have enough quality to go there and turn things around, if to support the teams from the country where I work, if this is a lack of respect, okay that’s a lack of respect,” said Mourinho. “But I think that Arsenal and Manchester City showed that I was right, that they had enough quality to do it. They played very good matches, so I don’t think this is a lack of respect, this is support. “In the same way, I say Manchester City has three matches at hand in the Premier League and they are capable of winning all three matches and going top of the league. If that is lack of respect, he has a strange concept of lack of respect. “I tried on both occasions to be respectful of the two English teams and I want to say the same about Manchester United. I think they are a better team than Olympiakos and I think United can do it. I hope they do it.”

aya Toure does not believe Manchester City’s season should be classed as a failure if they miss out on the Premier League title. Manuel Pellegrini’s side have already picked up the League Cup this season, but crashed out of the FA Cup and the UEFA Champions League in the space of four days. After defeats to second-tier side Wigan Athletic and Spanish champions Barcelona, City has just the Premier League title race to focus on. City are nine points behind leaders Chelsea with three games at hand and face a stiff challenge to overhaul Jose Mourinho’s in-form side. Yet Toure has bristled at the suggestion that his club’s campaign would be deemed a failure should the League Cup represent their only trophy. “Football is a competition and only one team can win each of them. So don’t say we would be failures because we have won something already, but now we want to win more.

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am Allardyce has been named Premier League Manager of the Month after guiding West Ham to a 100 per cent record in February. Allardyce beat off competition from Jose Mourinho of Chelsea, Brendan Rodgers at Liverpool and Hull boss Steve Bruce for the award. Concerns were raised over Allardyce’s future at the club after a string of losses through the winter, and crashing out of two cup competitions in the space of four days. However, motivated by holding Chelsea to a 0-0 draw at Stamford Bridge on January 29, the Hammers boss guided the London club to four wins out of four

Hoeness resigns as Bayern president U three years in prison after being convicted of evading millions of euros in tax through an undeclared bank account. Bayern moved quickly to fill the vacancy left by Hoeness’ departure with adidas chairman Herbert Hainer elected as his replacement.

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esc Fabregas says he will not step into the shoes of Barcelona team-mate Xavi when the latter calls time on his illustrious career. Xavi recently said he has

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“Teams come and they are desperate to beat us, though, so it is always tough. Teams are very motivated against us and you have to understand we are not a machine.

no intention of hanging up his boots in the immediate future. However, the midfielder is now 34 and Barcelona will be aware a long-term replacement may be required

sooner rather than later. Fabregas has been earmarked as someone who could possibly fill the deeplying playmaker role that Xavi has enjoyed such success in.

in the Barclays Premier League through February, beating Swansea City, Aston Villa, Norwich City and Southampton. Allardyce has been awarded the accolade for this spectacular turnaround of results which saw West Ham record four consecutive clean sheets, and praised his players as ‘fantastic’. He said: “It’s thanks to the players for their achievements throughout February. “It’s made a very, very entertaining Premier League; one where I think it’s entertained the public from the very start and I think it’ll entertain them to the very finish.” This is the fifth time he has received the award, most recently in December 2006 when he was manager of Bolton Wanderers.

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rsene Wenger has suggested Nicklas Bendtner may have played his last game for Arsenal following his alleged involvement in a drunken incident in Copenhagen. The Denmark international was not included in the squad for Tuesday’s Champions League draw in Bayern Munich and has been accused of threatening a taxi driver, unbuttoning his trousers and rubbing himself against the car during an incident in the Danish capital while his team was playing in Germany. Wenger confirmed the 26-year-old, who has not played for the Gunners since February 2, would face sanctions from the club following the unauthorized home trip and when asked whether this was the ‘final straw’ for the player, he said: “He is at the end of his contract at the end of the season. “Honestly I don’t know really what happened because I haven’t spoken to him. The only thing that is for sure is he had nothing to do in Copenhagen. “Nobody gave him any permission to go to Copenhagen and he will be fined for that. For the rest, he has created some trouble there I don’t know, I will speak to him later.”


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Brazilians can’t wait for the World Cup to start –Gustavo Brazil have always had a plethora of attacking prowess at their disposal. The current crop of Brazilian forwards - Neymar, Oscar and Hulk to name but three from their seemingly inexhaustible supply of attacking talent pose no less of a goal threat than some of their legendary predecessors. However, it is common knowledge that when it comes to winning major tournaments, a solid defence and midfield can be just as important as a dangerous forward line. Luiz Gustavo’s role in his country’s FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013 victory proves as much. The defensive midfielder was ever-present for Brazil during the tournament, playing a major role in A Selecao’s successful campaign that saw them concede just three goals on their way to lifting the trophy on home soil. The midfield stalwart, who now plies his trade at Bayern’s German Bundesliga rivals Wolfsburg, is already preparing for this summer’s 2014 FIFA World Cup. FIFA.com spoke exclusively to Gustavo about his role with the national side, the upcoming tournament in Brazil and his recent successes at both club and international level. The World Cup is looming large on the horizon. Are you excited? The whole world, not to mention every player who is set to take part, is happy that it’s just around the corner. Everyone, including me, is trying to prepare well. The whole world is waiting for the World Cup to start. Would playing in a World Cup be the highlight of your career? A World Cup is always a career highlight for every footballer. Everyone in the Brazilian team knows what we have to do. We want to try and win the competition. That’s the greatest thing you can achieve as a player. What do you make of Brazil’s group, which includes Mexico, Croatia and Cameroon? There are no easy opponents. You might say we have to prepare ourselves for seven finals. We have to focus on the job at hand, then we can achieve what we set out to do. How do you deal with the pressure of having to win the World Cup? Everyone in Brazil expects you to triumph. Do the expectations of the media, the fans and everyone else place unnecessary pressure on the team? Or do they act as a motivation? Both; there’s added pressure and motivation. We know what the competition means

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ing on to achieve my ambitions. I always look forward to new challenges. You’ve been at Wolfsburg for nine months now. How have you enjoyed your time at the club so far? I’m very happy. We have a great project for the next few years. It’s going very well and we’re doing a good job. If we maintain our level of performance, we can achieve great things with this team. What would be a realistic aim for Wolfsburg this season? We just want to win every game. If we manage to qualify for the Champions League or the Europa League, we’ll be satisfied. The club has spent a lot of money on players. Do you think Wolfsburg could challenge the likes of Bayern and Dortmund in the near future? It’s impossible to say. We have to focus on ourselves. The club has a lot of potential, but we’ll just have to see what happens.

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to everyone in Brazil. We will do everything in our power to meet those expectations. They can’t wait for the World Cup to start. Things certainly went to plan at the Confederations Cup. What was the secret to Brazil’s success in last year’s tournament? The fans played a big part. When they get behind us, it’s unbelievable. Everyone in Brazil is crazy about football; I think that helped us a lot. You played in all five matches at the tournament. Were you surprised to be such an integral part of Luiz Scolari’s plans? No, it wasn’t a surprise. I’d been biding my time and he gave me an opportunity, which I grabbed with both hands. How do you assess your role in the national side? It’s difficult to explain. We’re a group that always tries to help one another – as is also the case at Wolfsburg. The team’s in good shape and we all know how to pick each other up when we’re going through a difficult spell. We try and find a solution together.

several months since Bayern secured an unprecedented treble. How would you sum up that historic campaign? 2013 was a very good year for the club and for all the players. This season, they’re proving again just how good they are, both in Germany and on the world stage. They have a new coach and a new style, and things are going absolutely perfectly for them at the moment. My time in Munich was very nice and I was very happy, but now it’s over and I’m only focusing on the future. Have you ever regretted leaving Bayern? I don’t regret it. It’s always good to have new challenges. That’s been the story of my career. I’ve always had to keep mov-

Some of Europe’s biggest clubs have been rumoured to be interested in signing you. Having signed for – and stayed at – Wolfsburg, would you say the Bundesliga is the strongest league in the world? It’s always nice when big clubs are interested in you, but at the moment I’m here and I’m very happy. I want to do my best at Wolfsburg. Thanks to Bayern, the Bundesliga has become even more well known in Brazil.

THERE ARE NO EASY OPPONENTS. YOU MIGHT SAY WE HAVE TO PREPARE OURSELVES FOR SEVEN FINALS. WE HAVE TO FOCUS ON THE JOB AT HAND, THEN WE CAN ACHIEVE WHAT WE SET OUT TO DO

Much has been talked about Brazil’s incredible attack. Would you rather be the centre of attention? That isn’t important. I just want to win. I know exactly what I have to do in my position, but I can’t score that many goals because I don’t go forward most often. That’s why it doesn’t bother me. If I have to run for 90 minutes for my team, then that’s what I’ll do. What can football fans expect from a World Cup held in Brazil? They can look forward to a great World Cup; it’s going to be a great spectacle. The Brazilians will give their all for everyone who has travelled to the country. Last term, you also enjoyed a very successful season at club level. It’s been

You made your national team debut at the age of 24. Two years later you won the treble with Bayern, lifted the Confederations Cup, now the World Cup is just around the corner. Has it all been a dream? Did you ever expect this? It’s not a dream. I’ve known since I was little what I wanted to achieve. I was at Bayern – a top club with whom I achieved almost everything. Now, everything is possible, both with the national team and with Wolfsburg. I know what I have to do and what I can do. I’ve worked hard for everything I have achieved so far in my career.

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BRIEFS Police arraign 2 men for stealing N50,000 from taxi driver

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he police on Friday arraigned two men, Ali Tijanni, 30, and Abubakar Saidu, 32, in a Senior Magistrates’ Court in Wuse, Abuja for stealing N50,000 from a taxi driver. Tijjani and Saidu, who reside in Gwarinpa Estate, Abuja, are charged with criminal conspiracy and theft. The prosecutor, Sgt. Atteh Effiong, told the court that on Feb. 16, at about 4:30 a.m., Abiodun Olalekan, 32, a taxi driver, lodged a report against the accused persons at the Divisional Police Headquarters, Durumi, Abuja. He told the court the accused persons hired the taxi driver around 4 a.m. from Area 1 to Durumi, Abuja, but while on their way, the accused persons beat him and stole of N50,000 in his possession. Effiong said that the accused persons also stole the complainant’s phone. He said the offence contravened the provisions of sections 97(2) and 298 of the Penal Code. If convicted, they are liable to three years each or with an option of fine or both. They both pleaded not guilty. The accused counsel, Mr Henry Ugwu, applied for their bail pursuant to section 36(5) of the 1999 Constitution as amended. The section stipulates that an accused person is considered innocent until it is proven otherwise. He said that the accused persons had reliable sureties and would not jump bail if obliged.

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Wuse Zone 2 Senior Magistrates’ Court, Abuja on Friday sentenced one Musa Idris, a panel beater, to three months in prison for causing obstruction on the road. The Senior Magistrate, Mr Mohammed Anka, gave the judgment after the convict pleaded guilty to the charge. Anka, however, gave the convict an option to pay N1,000 in fine. The accused, who resides at Lugbe Zone 7, Abuja, was said to have obstructed other vehicles on Musa Yar’Adua way, Airport Road, Abuja, on March 11. The prosecutor, Cpl. Paul Anigbo, told the court that the accused caused obstruction when he drove his Nissan Sunny car with registration number CQ 33 RSH carelessly on the road. He said Idris was apprehended by a patrol team from Lugbe Police Station, led by DSP Michael Eguaboi. He said the offence contravened Section 39 (3) CAP 548 of the Road Traffic Act.

I have a calling to win souls for God –Armed robber …I did not rob intentionally – Another Emmanuel Ambrose is 20 years old. But he seems to have lost his calling. How? He is a self confessed armed robber. But his first calling, according to him, is winning souls for Christ. SEGUN ADIO

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f a suspected notorious armed robber had his way, he would love to preach the word and win souls for the Kingdom of God. That is the wish of Emmanuel Ambrose, a member of a notorious gang of robber, now in police net as he shared his thoughts with Saturday Mirror recently when he was being paraded together with another member of the gang with their loot. Ambrose, a 20-year-old secondary school dropout, claimed that his dream right from his childhood days was to be a Pastor. But, if found guilty of his current offence, Ambrose’s dreams might have to wait a little longer while he served his term behind bars. Ambrose and his partners in crime, however, chose a symbolic day and time to carry out their crime: March 5, 2014, (being the first day of Lenten period) the Ash Wednesday. Thus in the wee hours of the day, the gang invaded some estates in Egbeda area of Alimosho Local Government Area of Lagos State. It was that time of day that some Christians, especially Catholic faithful were rushing for the Ash Wednesday Mass quite before going for their different businesses. While these residents were rushing to their churches and offices, the robbers reportedly invaded the community, moving from one house to another. While the robbery lasted, many residents had to part with their valuables including jewellery, telephone handsets, large amount of money, laptop computers and many other things. One of the victims of the robber attack was a don, Professor Benjamin Nwaneri, a resident of the estate. But while other victims of the attack were only made to part with their personal effects only, the university teacher suffered more than his co-residents. While rounding off their operation, the robbers noticed Nwaneri advancing

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towards them in his Toyota Camry car with registration number LAGOS EKY 621 BH. The suspected armed robbers upon noticing the advancing car held it up at gun point. Within minutes, he was disposed of the car while the robbers immediately loaded their loot into it and sped off. At that moment, some men of the Federal Anti-Robbery Squad, Adeniji-Adele, Lagos who were on patrol around Ojota area of the state noticed the stolen car advancing towards them. It was reported that the anti robbery policemen engaged the suspected armed robbers in gun duel until they abandoned the vehicle and their loot. Three of them reportedly escaped the attack while Ambrose was not so lucky. The ex-student of St. Anthony Secondary School in Delta State was immediately picked up while a manhunt was launched for his fleeing partners-in-crime. The search for Ambrose’s partners was not delayed as one of the gang, later identified as Audu Akeem, was noticed trying to escape with a motorcycle. With a threat to have him shot dead should he attempt to run away, Akeem was also arrested and both of them whisked to the offices of the anti-robbery squad. Investigations later revealed that Akeem, who lives close to the community where the gang carried out their operation, was the mole that sold his community to the robbers, being a member of the gang himself. Speaking with Saturday Mirror on his involvement in the crime, Ambrose, who claimed the outing that led to his arrest was his first experience, said he only

went out with the gang because he needed to eke a living. “It was true that we went to rob that day, but that was my first time out. They caught the car with us at Ojota. Let me tell you that it was temptation that pushed me into robbery, as I was not known to have robbed before now. I only agreed to follow them because I needed some money to eat.” Speaking on his pastoral ambition, Ambrose continued amid tears, “If I am given the opportunity, I want the police to release me to go back to my normal life where I can preach the Word of God to people particularly robbers to accept Christ. My dream in life was to be a Pastor and preach the Word. So If I could be pardoned and allowed to choose my life again, I will live a good and righteous life and win souls for God. I want to go back and start a church”. In his own confession, Akeem also admitted to being a member of the gang but blamed his foray into robbery on lack of job with which he would do to sustain his life adding, “It is the work of the devil. It was not in my mind to rob; it was not intentionally done.” Speaking on the arrest of the robbers, Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of FSARS Annex, Chris Ezike, commended the men of the unit for their deftness in crime fighting, while urging Nigerians to always provide useful information on criminals to law enforcement agents for prompt action. The police boss said manhunt has been launched for the fleeing members of the gang while the two would be prosecuted upon completion of investigations.

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man, names withheld, was recently robbed of his Toyota Camry car, at gun point, by carjackers while answering the call of nature. Three of the suspected carjackers that carried out the attack have been arrested and are now in police custody, assisting to unravel the whereabouts of their fleeing partners-in-crime. The arrested three: Tobi Dosunmu, Moses Ozowe and Shile Ola Ganiyu, Saturday Mirror learnt belong to a carjacking/armed robbery syndicate across the stretch of the South Western part of the country. Dosunmu lives at No 1, Estate Road, Adenuga, Ibereko, in Badagry while Ganiyu lives at Itoko, in Abeokuta. On his part, Ozowe lives at No 6, Captain Godo, Iju-Ishaga area of Lagos State. The trio together with their fleeing members always reportedly meet at a hideout at Atan Ota, Ogun State from where they strategise on what and where next to carry out their crime. Saturday Mirror gathered that on Sunday, January 26, 2014, the gang while getting out of their hideout at Atan to embark on a journey to where they would operate that day, reportedly came across the man answering the call of nature by the road side and leaving his car engine running. Narrating how they snatched the car from the man, Dosunmu claimed that they were not after the man that day but found that finding the man leaving the engine of his near brand new car running incensed them to take it along with them. According to Dosunmu, said to be the gang leader, “What actually happened was that we were going out that day and when we got to the main road,

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“We did not want to steal the car but when we came out of the hideout, we saw the clean car and the owner left the car engine running and was urinating. The thought then came to us. He made things easy for us.” Dosunmu

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Owner made car snatching easy for us – Carjackers who robbed man while urinating by the road side we saw the clean Toyota Camry car. We did not want to steal the car but when we came out of the hideout, we saw the clean car and the owner left the car engine running and was urinating. That’s how we thought of snatching it because he made things easy for us. We saw it as an opportunity and we jumped inside and sped off with the car.” The car is with Registration Number ABUJA ABC 551 JR. But in his confession, Ozowe claimed he met Dosunmu in 2009 and that they had been working as car agents ever

Carpenter, 27, docked for assaulting father 27-year-old carpenter, Sodiq Aremu, who allegedly beat up his father over N10,000 was on Friday charged before an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court. Aremu, who resides with his father at No. 10, Oyemekun St., Ifako, Agege, Lagos, is facing a two-count charge of assault and breach of public peace. The Prosecutor, ASP Samson Ekikere, said that the accused committed the offences at 10:00 a.m. on March 8, at No. 10, Oyemekun St., Ifako, Agege, Lagos. Ekikere told the court that the accused assaulted his 62-year-old father, Mr Musibau Aremu, and inflicted injury on him. He said, ``Aremu assaulted

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his father because he claimed that he did not give him the N10, 000 he requested from him. ``This is the fourth time that the accused will beat up his father over money issues.” The prosecutor said that the offences contravened Sections 166(d) and 172 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011. The accused, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge. Section 172 prescribes three years imprisonment for convicted offenders. The Magistrate, Mrs Abimbola Oshodi-Makanju, granted the accused bail in the sum of N50, 000 with two sureties and adjourned the case till April 17, for mention. (NAN)

since. He narrated how they used to take supposed stolen cars to Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital. He claimed that he never went out to snatch cars with the gang, but that his brief was to look for buyers and sometimes drive the stolen cars to where they would be sold. It was gathered that after the carjackers had vanished into thin air with the car, its owner raised the alarm and reported the matter to law enforcement agents. But acting on a tip off, the operatives of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad swung into action and a man-

hunt was launched on the suspects. Speaking on the arrest of the three members of the gang with the stolen Camry car, Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of FSARS, Chris Ezike, said that two members of the gang were arrested after a tip off. But in their hideout, a locally made pistol and two live cartridges were found in their possession. The two, Ezike said, later led detectives to arrest other members of the gang namely, Lukmon Adenekan of No 17 Itayika Street, Abeokuta;

Temitope Isiaka who resides at No 4, Alifijas Street, Matogun in Ogun State and Jide Ishola of No 14, Maidan Road, also in Matogun. “We have been and we will continue to work within the mandate given us at FSARS by the Inspector General of Police, Muhammed Abubakar, to rid Nigeria of criminal elements. That objective we shall continue to pursue here at FSARS. The three men that you saw are specialists in snatching cars and once they succeed, they ferry them to as far as Ghana and other West African States.

Man jailed 3 months for car theft

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Wuse Zone 2 Senior Magistrates’ Court on Friday in Abuja sentenced one Gabriel Musa to three months in prison for stealing a car. The Senior Magistrate, Grace Adebayo-Eisape, handed down the judgement after the convict had pleaded guilty to the two-count charge of criminal breach of trust and theft. The judge, who however did not give Musa an option of fine, ordered the convict to return the car to the nominal complainant. The police prosecutor, Cpl. Christian Munonye, had told the court that the complainant had reported the matter to the police on June 16, 2012. He said the convict was how-

ever arrested this February 28, 2014. ``The complainant had told the police that he entrusted the convict with his Honda Accord, with Abuja registration number BM 377 GWA, to wash on June 15, 2012. ``The complainant told the police that when he went to pick the car, he discovered that the convict had made away with it. ``The complainant also told the police that the convict gave his name as Abdullahi Musa when he wanted to collect the car for washing,’’ the prosecutor said. Munonye said when the convict was arrested in Jos, he told the police that he had sold the car to one Mr Jerry Mark in Kaduna State.

The prosecutor also told the court that the police also discovered the real name of the convict to be Gabriel Musa, and not the name he gave in Abuja. He also asked the court to ensure for the complainant a compensation of N750,000, which was the value of the vehicle. The convict pleaded with the court to have mercy on him, saying he did not have a job to cater for his family. ``I am the one taking care of one of my brothers. I have two wives, and one of my brothers who has been helping us died in March 2012. ``I am a farmer, I don’t have anything to eat and that was why I stole the car. Please forgive me,’’ he had pleaded. (NAN)


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Still on confab of national unity

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he long-awaited National Conference is to be formally flagged, with its inauguration, and the swearing in of the NC delegates on Monday, 17th March 2014. Along with every well-meaning Nigerian, we should all welcome this crucial Conference that will, from all indications, not only chart a refreshingly “new” course for the continued sustenance of our dear country, but also emphasise the clarion call for UNITY – indeed, UNITY, far above all else remains our focus as a country. Since the Federal Government announced the composition of the membership of National Conference, there has been a flurry of comments and reactions from different sections of the country. Even with a few days to its inauguration, many are still debating the viability of this venture, while others are squabbling about issues of composition. To be sure, Nigeria needs a serious Conference where representatives of the people will brainstorm over the future of the country, and arrive at an appropriate and sustainable blueprint for moving for-

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ward especially for the sake of our national growth. To our own minds at I-Nigerian, the main goal of the Conference is to address and find solutions to the key issues confronting Nigeria in the last 100 years – UNITY and NATIONAL INTEREST! Conference delegates, must appreciate their historic, and VERY critical role as they begin their deliberations on Monday. They have been charged with a huge responsibility to address the myriad of obstacles to our political, economic, social, cultural, religious growth and development; so that they can ultimately come up with recommendations for a new constitution that will improve on current structures and systems of our polity. Whilst Sir Hugh Clifford, Governor-General of Nigeria between 1920 and 1931 had described Nigeria as “a collection of independent Native States, separated from one another by great distances, by differences of history and traditions and by ethnological, racial, tribal, political, social and religious barriers;” as a people, we have risen above that statement, and the diverse issues

that have threatened our unity. Irrespective of how the welding of the various peoples that make up Nigeria came about, we have become complementary of one another. Despite our various challenges, we as a people, have managed to remain as one entity, and today we mark the 100 years of our Amalgamation. Not only should this count for something, it should actually be the reference point all the NATIONAL Conference delegates; and in fact, should register in the minds that they have been mandated to come up with a modus that will ensure a lasting unity for this “diverse” set of people, and to suggest ways to purposefully address the challenges to our continued unity. Nigeria, we must all admit, is at a crossroads today, where the divergence in our voices seems to be getting louder, yet, the positivity in that divergence, is actually what we should be focusing on. We expect members of the Conference to deliberate upon all grievances from all sectors, sections, and sides, whether contained in Memoranda or Letter from singular in-

dividuals, or groups – at home and abroad. Nigerians are Nigerians, be they within or outside the country. We equally enjoin members to discuss and deliberate on how to preserve the country in which Nigerians will have fulfilment of their hopes and aspirations as a unified people. Like every well-meaning Nigerian, we expect that this National Conference will put National Interest above all else in their deliberations, so that at the end of the exercise, they will rebuild and rebind this single sovereign entity called Nigeria. We need not remind them of course, that history stands in the “shadows,” ready to judge them, or applaud them for the great work they have done. Every deliberation, every argument and every agreement must be in the NATIONAL INTEREST. I-Nigerian joins all Nigerian in wishing them well, in all their deliberations Ada Stella Apiafi Cordinator I-Nigerian Initiative Abuja

Promoting security consciousness

t is just the third month of the year and the activities that has irrigated the nation is to say the least, very enormous. Most notable is the activity of insurgents in the country and the recent counter response from the Nigerian security. Even the most cynical critics of the Nigerian armed forces will shower encomiums on the security’s recent accomplishments in cracking down on the insurgents, especially in the Northeastern parts of the country towards the borders with neighboring countries. The terrorists according to the Director, Defence Information (DDI), Major-General Chris Olukolade, were captured from their various camps in the fringes of Lake Chad by the Multi-National Joint Task Force and other locations around Dikwa, Cross Kauwa, Kukawa and Alargarmo. Recently reports have indicated that many terrorists have either been killed or arrested by a combined force of Nigerian security on a special operation began raid of Sambisa forest, which is the insurgents’ camp in Borno State. The military has also being successful in continuous tactical offensive air raid on various camps of the insurgents like the Alagarno and Ajiri satellite camps. As a matter of fact, a large chunk of the wounded terrorists are pleading for mercy and as such divulging relevant informa-

tion with regard to the reminiscent of their forces. Even though it is believed that most of the camps of the insurgents have been disbanded following starvation and incessant bombardment, thus inability to fulfill their sinister mission, the security are not resting on their laurels in making sure that insurgency comes to a complete end. The herculean task of combating insurgency in the country may have diverted the mind of service chiefs and defence headquarters from other security issues in the country. The bloody clash between native Tivs and Fulani herdsmen in Benue State has assumed a phenomenal status with its occurrence gradually irrigating the whole state, leaving on its trail pools of blood of casualties on both sides. It all began in February 2011, where armed Fulani herdsmen, numbering between 200 and 500, sacked three districts in Gwer West Local Government Area of the state, with scores dead and about 20,000 people rendered homeless. According to media report, the operation was akin to invasion of the State by members of insurgents. Basically, it starts with a Fulani herdsman or herdsmen driving their cattle into crop farms to graze. The farmers, in order to protect their crops, farms and livelihood, attack the Fulani or attempt to chase them away. The Fulani retaliate by

opening fire or violently defending their cows by killing or maiming the farmers. The conflict escalates as the Fulani migrate from that scene to yet another. The lives that has been terminated as a result of what seem to be a trivial issue is increasing in geometric progression almost on a daily basis. These innocent lives also include a handful of security personnel. The killings in the region may not be as outrageous as insurgency but it is gradually going towards that direction, with the recent attack on Benue state Governor, Gabriel Suswam. In as much as the security are mandated to protect the citizens from criminal and is responsible for fighting crimes and terrorism, the role of citizens in assisting the security agencies by being security conscious is inevitable in this period of our lives. We should always be security conscious. The recent radio jingle in some selected radio station by INigerian Renaissance initiative is a welcome development. The respective and relevant institutions and media should educate the populace on the need to be security conscious always. There is need to be vigilant and report any strange movement or development to the security agents. It is a known fact that, marauders take time to lay siege and do surveil-

lance before they wreak havoc in our communities. The domiciles of that area have more responsibilities to identify a stranger or any strange objects within and around their environment and report such immediately to the relevant authorities. With the current security situation in the country, security consciousness is not limited to only northeastern states but every state of the federation. This is due to the fact; the recent crackdown of insurgents in the northeast may force their relocation to other states and possible regrouping for their dastard activities. Security consciousness is not aimed at sending panic to the spines of populace but simply ginger the need for everyone to be alert at all time. There is also a new trend of threat in most states whereby undesirable elements lure children with small things like sweets or biscuits in order to kidnap them. Those are some of the reason we have to be mindful of the people we entrust with our children. A stitch in time saves nine just as prevention is better than cure. Therefore we must all be security conscious. Moshood Isah Garki, Abuja. moshoodpm@gmail.com


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Gov Aliyu dissociates self from presidential campaign posters Priscilla Dennis MINNA

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he Niger State government has dissociated itself from alleged plans bearing the image of Governor Babangida Aliyu and that of President Goodluck Jonathan as running mate and candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in next year’s general elections,

respectively. Governor Aliyu has since distanced himself from the posters said to surface in Abuja any moment from now. In a statement

signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Danladi Ndayebo, Governor Aliyu said neither he nor the state government has any link to the posters.

The statement described the plan as the handiwork of political jobbers, while advising members of the public not to link the posters to it or any government official. The statement reads in part, ‘’Those who are planning to paste those posters are neither agents of the state government

nor that of the governor. They also do not have the sympathy of government or any of its officials.” The governors’ spokesman said the Niger State government would continue to respect the decision of the national leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) which has

placed a ban on all forms of campaign ahead of the 2015 general elections. It therefore urged the general public

to disregard any attempt to link the state government and Governor Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu to the campaign posters.

Dariye tasks Jang over Plateau crises James Abraham JOS

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ormer Governor of Plateau State, Senator Joshua Dariye, has appealed to Governor Jonah Jang, to give, as his birth day gift to the state, total reconciliation and bringall on board for the common good of the state. Senator Dariye is currently the Senator representing Plateau Central in the National Assembly. Sen. Dariye made the appeal in a goodwill message to Governor Jang on his 70th birthday in Jos.

The former governor said when the history of Plateau State would be written, this kind of gesture would form a significant part. He argued that with the demise of Chief Solomon Lar, first civilian governor of the State, God has placed the burden and responsibility of reconciling all aggrieved parties in the state on the shoulders of Governor Jang. He assured Governor Jang that all stakeholders in the state would give him all needed support.

Nasarawa SUBEB to demolish 40 shops in school premises L-R: Representative of the Senate President, Sen. Philip Aduda; Plateau State Governor Jonah Jang of and his wife, Talatu, at the public lecture to mark Jang’s 70th birthday in Jos , yesterday. PHOTO: NAN

Kogi APC women seek support Wale Ibrahim LOKOJA

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ogi State Women Wing of All Progressive Congress (APC) has urged women in state to work for the success of the party, saying it remains

the only party that would bridge the gab between the rich and poor in the country. Coordinator of APC Women Wing, Hajia Jumai Isah, made the call yesterday, at Okene, while addressing the APC women supporters

from five local government areas of the state. She stated that APC has come to effect positive change in the life of women and their children in Nigeria. She explained that the purpose of Women Wing of the party was

to bring women together under one roof and work for development of their in local government council that comprises of central senatorial districts when the party capture the state in 2016 governorship election.

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he Gombe State Government has inaugurated a 27-member HIV/AIDS Management Committee. The committee has the Commissioner for Health, Dr Kennedy Ishaya, as its Chairman and Dr Surajo Abdulkarim, the Project Manager, Gombe State Agency for the Control of AIDS (GOMSACA ) as Secretary. At the inauguration of the committee in Gombe,

the state’s Deputy Governor, Mr Thanda Rubainu, urged members to address the challenges facing people living with the virus. He advised the committee to take the assignment seriously to ensure that the aim of the committee was achieved. Responding, the chairman of the committee said that by 2015, international donor agencies would start withdrawing

the assistance given to Nigeria. He added that ``if care is not taken, HIV/AIDS might come back. It is better for us to find new ways to source for funds for the committee.’’ He urged the state government to direct the 11 local government councils in the state to allocate N200,000 monthly from their coffers for the running of the committee. Mr Mohammed Abdul-

rahim, who represented Dr John Olugu, the Director-General, National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA) said we should stop asking international donor agencies for financial assistance. He said the pandemic affected religion, economy and politics and urged stakeholders to collectively fight it. He commended the state government for its commitments toward fighting the scourge.

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he Nasarawa State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), on Friday, said it would demolish over 40 illegal shops built in the premises of Central Primary School, Akwanga. The Executive Chairman of the board, Malam Abdulkarim Abdullahi, made the disclosure while addressing journalists after inspecting the level of construction work taking place at the school. Abdullahi said the board would not fold its hands and watch people encroach on school lands for their selfish benefits. He said it was unfortunate that the action had affected the development of the education sector negatively. He added that ``you have seen it yourselves how people want to sabotage government efforts by encroaching on lands made for schools. ``People build residential houses, restaurants, business centres, mechanic workshops and different kinds of shops

on school lands.What if the government wants to initiate projects on the land, where will the government build?.’’ Abdullahi then blamed the school authority for not informing the board about the land encroachment. He advised the management of the school to be up and doing in its responsibility in order to complement government efforts in improving the standard of education in the state. Principal and Headmistress of Government Junior Secondary School and Central Primary School, Akwanga, Mr Bature Danladi and Mrs Mary Saleh, thanked the chairman for the visit. Danladi assured the board of their commitment to complement government efforts in improving the standard of education through hard work. Saleh promised to report those involved in sharp practices to the board for necessary action.


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Oyo ex-school teachers hold 3-day prayer session over unpaid allowances Kemi Olaitan IBADAN

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etired primary school teachers in Oyo State yesterday rose from a threeday fasting and prayer

session and called for divine intervention in their plight. The retired primary school teachers are seeking the payment of their accumulated pension arrears and gratuities

which they claimed had already spanned four years. The former teachers, under the auspices of the state chapter of the Nigeria Union of Pensioners(NUP) had converged at the state

Secretariat Complex, Agodi, Ibadan for an inter-denominational open air prayer session. At the end of their intercessory prayers, the retired primary school teachers had tasked Gov-

Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun (middle); foremost industrialist, Chief Olatunde Abudu (left) and his wife, Raulat (right) during Abudu’s 85th birthday ceremony held in Abeokuta, yesterday.

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he Lagos State government has assured residents of the state of consumer protection in their agitation for better service delivery. This was made known in Lagos yesterday by the state deputy governor, Mrs, Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire, during a

consumer forum to mark this year’s consumer day celebration in Lagos. Every March 15 is set aside to address issues of consumer rights, violations and the need to create awareness among members of the public. The deputy governor maintained that the state government was fully committed to the protec-

tion and welfare of the consumers to ensure that they get value for money spent on goods and services. She added that only such commitment for consumer rights would guarantee sustainable productivity, boost the gross domestic product, and engender economic development of the state. Mrs. Orelope-Adefulire emphasised that the state

government has demonstrated its commitment in this regard by signing into law recently the Consumer Protection Bill. Founder and President of Consumer Advocacy Foundation of Nigeria (CAFON), Mrs. Sola Salako, in her presentation, urged Nigerian consumers to wake up and demand for their rights whenever they feel cheated, or when their rights have been violated.

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gun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, has restated his administration’s commitment to construction rural roads in all the 20 Local Government Areas of the state in fulfillment of his electoral promises on rural development. Governor Amosun made the assertion during a Thanksgiving Ser-

vice to mark the 40th birthday of a member of the state House of Assembly, Hon. Yinka Mafe. The occasion, held at St Barnabas Anglican Church, Emuren-Remo, Ogun State, was also used to mark the 40th remembrance of Hon. Mafe’s mother, Madam Lydia Mafe. In his speech at the occasion, Governor Amo-

sun maintained that there were about 1,000 rural roads in the state and all could not be attended to once, but that two rural roads are being constructed in each Local Government Area of the state to further open up the state for investment. Assuring the people of the area of the construction of the Emuren Road, the governor said that

manpower and equipment would immediately be deployed for the work. In the words opf the governor, “If good roads are in place, investors will come in. We do not have the resources to do all the roads at once. Truly about 1,000 roads cannot be done at once but we have started doing them one after the other. We are here to optimally manage our resources for the development of our state,” Governor Amosun said.

ernor Abiola Ajimobi to, as a matter of urgency, “set into action the machinery for the payment of these accumulated pension arrears and gratuities.” They, however, kept sealed lips on their next line of action should the government of the state fail to meet their demands after the threeday prayer session. Chairman of the state NUP, Alhaji Ganiyu Biyawo Azeez, while addressing the forum, urged Governor Ajimobi to declare a state of emergency on pension, lamenting that retired teachers across the state are being owed several months of pension arrears. According to Alhaji Azeez, “Three categories of retired primary school teachers are together owed varying months of pension ar-

rears. First are 3,570 post 1994-2010 retired Primary School teachers who are owned 8 months of monthly pension; second are over 1,000 retired Primary School teachers who retired between July 2011 to June 2013 who are owed 17 months of pension arrears; and the third group are about 1,000 retired Primary School teachers who retired from July 2013 to date. “The hardships these categories of pensions are experiencing are better imagined. All told, over 6,000 retired Primary school teachers are being owed varying months of pension arrears. When you factor in at least 5 dependants each of these teachers, over 30,000 people are suffering untold hardship due to no fault of theirs,” he said.

Nebo assures of speedy work on burnt Osogbo power station Boladale Bamigbola OSOGBO

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inister of Power, Prof. Osita Nebo, yesterday said the administration of President Goodluck Jonathan was committed to making power available to all Nigerians, irrespective of drawbacks being witnessed. Prof. Nebo, who spoke to journalists during an assessment visit to the Osogbo Transmission station, Osogbo, assured Nigerians of Federal Government’s commitment to improved power supply soon. It would be recalled that in the early hours of Friday, last week, a 150Mva transformer at the station went up in flames, leaving most parts of the South West in darkness for several days. But despite the losses recorded during the inferno, the minister maintained federal gov-

ernment would not be distracted from its target of making electricity available for industrial and domestic use by Nigerians. In the words of Prof. Nebo, “My visit to this station is to determine the extent of damage and to identify with electricity consumers and staff of the Station. Although the immediate cause of the disaster is yet to be established, but it could have been as a result of insulation breakdown. He therefore appealed to electricity consumers, mostly in Ilesa, Ondo and other areas where there are low shedding of supply that normalcy would soon return to the affected areas. In his remarks, General Manager of the station, Engr. Vincent Aligwara, said effective measures have been put in place to mitigate the loss in power occasioned by the inferno.


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et another theory is taking shape about what might have happened to missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370: Maybe it landed in a remote Indian Ocean island chain. The suggestion -- and it’s only that at this point -- is based on analysis of radar data revealed Friday by Reuters suggesting that the plane wasn’t just blindly flying northwest from Malaysia. Reuters, citing unidentified sources familiar with the investigation, reported that whoever was piloting the vanished jet was following navigational waypoints that would have taken the plane over the Andaman Islands. The radar data doesn’t show the plane over the Andaman Islands, but only on a known route that would take it there, Reuters cited its sources as saying. The theory builds on earlier revelations by U.S. officials that an automated reporting system on the airliner was pinging satellites for hours after its last reported contact with air traffic controllers. That makes some investigators think the plane flew on for hours before truly disappearing. Aviation experts say it’s possible, if highly unlikely, that someone could have hijacked and landed the giant Boeing 777 undetected. But Denis Giles, editor of the Andaman Chronicle newspaper, says there’s just nowhere to land such a big plane in his archipelago without attracting notice. Indian authorities own the only four airstrips in the region, he said.

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“There is no chance, no such chance, that any aircraft of this size can come towards Andaman and Nicobar Islands and land,” he said. The Malaysian government said Friday it can’t confirm the report. And a senior U.S. official on Thursday offered a conflicting account, telling CNN that “there is probably a significant likelihood” the plane is on the bottom of the Indian Ocean. Regardless, India has deployed assets from its navy, coast guard and air force

to the south Andaman Sea to take part in a search for Flight 370, the country’s Ministry of Defense said Friday. The Indian navy is leading the operation, and its Maritime Operations Center in New Delhi is coordinating the effort, the ministry said. Indian search teams are combing large areas of the archipelago. Two aircraft are searching land and coastal areas of the island chain from north to south, an Indian military spokesman said Friday, and two coast guard ships have been

diverted to search along the islands’ east coast. The jetliner, with 239 people on board, disappeared nearly a week ago as it flew between Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and Beijing. The flight has turned into one of the biggest mysteries in aviation history, befuddling industry experts and government officials. Authorities still don’t know where the plane is or what caused it to vanish. Suggestions of what happened have ranged from a catastrophic explosion to hijacking to pilot suicide.

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he police investigation into the killing of Reeva Steenkamp by Oscar Pistorius sounded like a catalog of bumbling, bad judgment, poor memory and petty theft in court on Friday, and it was the commanding officer on the scene the night of the killing who was testifying. Former police Col. G.S. van Rensburg was on the stand all day, first for the prosecution and then be-

ing cross-examined by the defence. He described finding a police ballistics expert handling Pistorius’ gun without wearing gloves and reprimanding the officer, who apologized and put on gloves. And he said he was “furious” when at least one of the Olympic athlete’s valuable wristwatches disappeared from his bedroom as police investigated the

crime scene. He “body searched” his fellow officers, their bags and their vehicles but was unable to find the watch, which was worth several thousand dollars. He also said he had ordered the bathroom door through which Pistorius shot Steenkamp removed from the house, placed in a body bag and taken to his office, explaining, “The door is the most valuable evi-

dence because the deceased was behind the door.” Earlier in the week, the defence attacked police handling of the door, implying that the evidence was unreliable because it was contaminated. Van Rensburg resigned from the force in December after three decades, under fire for his handling of the door. Asked what he now did for a living, he choked up and said, “I am now coaching sports, and sports is my life.”

court in India has found three people guilty in connection with the rape of a Catholic nun in Orissa state in 2008. The nun was raped by a Hindu mob in Kandhamal district, days after riots between Hindus and Christian there. Riots began after a Hindu religious leader was shot dead. Although left-wing Maoist rebels in the state claimed responsibility for the killing, hard-line Hindu groups blamed the minority Christian community for the death. More than 30 people were killed in the violence and dozens of churches and Christian institutions were vandalised. Police had arrested nine people in connection with the rape of the nun. One accused is still being sought. On Friday, Judge Gyana Ranjan Purohit found Santosh Patnaik guilty of

rape, and Gajendra Digal and Saroj Badhei guilty of molestation. Patnaik was sentenced to 11 years in prison, while Digal and Badhei were each sent to prison for 26 months. Six of the other accused were acquitted by the court in Orissa because of lack of evidence. The Catholic nun, working with the Divyajyoti Pastoral Centre at Kanjemandi village, alleged that she was dragged out of a Hindu man’s house where she had taken shelter along with a 55-year-old priest, Father Thomas Chellantharayil. She was taken to an abandoned house where she was raped by a mob on 25 August 2008. She also alleged that she was paraded naked through the streets. Hindu groups in Kandhamal had accused Christian priests of bribing poor tribes and low-caste Hindus to convert to Christianity.

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ix people died after an argument between two vendors led to a stabbing spree at a market in Hunan province in central China on Friday morning, local police told CNN. The incident took place in Changsha city, the capital of the province. One of the dead included a suspect in the attacks, police said. According to an official statement from the city’s police department, at round 10.15 a.m. local time, two vendors got into a fight after a quarrel inside the Shahuqiao wet market in the Wujialing neighborhood of Kaifu District in Changsha City. One person was hacked to death. The fleeing perpetrator then stabbed at four innocent bystanders, two of whom died on the scene. Police quickly responded and killed the perpetrator upon arrival at the scene. The two injured bystanders were sent to hospital but later died. The state-run Xinhua news agency identified

the two vendors as Hebir Turdi and Memet Abla. It said Turdi killed Abla before stabbing four people as he fled, adding that he was eventually shot dead by police. A witness working at a clinic nearby, who declined to be named, told CNN: “It was an internal dispute. One of their own people got stabbed to death. An old lady walked out of a shop there, and she was trying to mediate, saying: ‘Don’t do this. You can talk through this.’ Then she was suddenly hacked at. “The knives they were using were not long -- just kitchen knives. I saw one dropped on the ground.” China was shocked by another deadly stabbing incident earlier this month in southwest China. Eight men armed with long knives stormed a train station in Kunming in Yunnan province, an attack which left 29 people dead and more than 140 injured. Four of the attackers were fatally shot by police; the other four arrested.


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t is simplistic to argue that the refusal of African governments to recognise gay rights translates to their refusal to protect human or minority rights, as some have argued. This position fails to take into cognisance the fact that the socalled anti-gay sentiment is etched into the religious beliefs of most Africans. Most adherents of the two dominant religions, Christianity and Islam, believe that only marriage between man and woman is sanctioned by God and that homosexuality is against God’s will. As such, the issue is no longer just about the political will of leaders to grant gay liberties. It is also about people’s religious, and even cultural, beliefs. Any student of history would know that religious matters are delicate in Africa. Any attempt to force gay rights down the throats of Africans is an open invitation to chaos and instability. One is forced to wonder if the West is ignorant of this fact in its fight for gay rights or whether chaos is the desired outcome. It is imperative that Western nations come to terms with the trajectory of gay rights in Africa. Why is there such a resistance to the wishes of the majority of African people on this matter? Why are African nations not given the opportunity to embrace homosexuality or otherwise on their terms in the same manner that nations like America did?

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WHILE IT IS IMPORTANT TO CALL WESTERN ARCHITECTS AND PROMOTERS OF GAY RIGHTS TO

SEXUAL ADJUSTMENT PROGRAMME FOR AFRICA IS CONCERNED, IT IS ALSO IMPERATIVE FOR AFRICAN GOVERNMENTS ORDER AS FAR AS THEIR

TO SHOW MORE INTEREST IN AND CAPACITY FOR PROTECTING GAYS ACROSS THE CONTINENT America should be reminded that after over two centuries of championing liberty, it began to be tolerant of gays only in 1993 when it adopted “Don’t ask, don’t tell” (DADT) as its official policy. Not until as recently as 2011 was that

policy abolished. Only last week, the legislature of the state of Arizona passed an anti-gay bill demonstrating the popularity of anti-gay sentiment even in Obama’s America. Although the Governor of Arizona has vetoed the bill, its effect on the west-

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LMC suspends League Games in Maiduguri ANDREW EKEJIUBA

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he League Management Company (LMC) has announced the immediate suspension of all Globacom Premier League fixtures in Maiduguri until further notice. The suspension order was contained in a statement from the Office of the Chairman of LMC which cited current security intelligence as the reason for the decision. “We are constrained to put on hold all Globacom Premier League games

in Maiduguri until further notice due to latest security intelligence from the area and the suspended games include this weekend’s match between El-Kanemi Warriors and Abia Warriors,” the statement read. It further advised officials of Abia Warriors not to proceed to Maiduguri for the match but to await further communication from the LMC. “Once again, we want to reassure Clubs that decisions of the LMC at all times will be guided by the need to serve the greater good and hinged on existing realities,” it concluded.

ern pro-gay movement cannot be easily dismissed. Whilst it is important to call Western architects and promoters of gay rights to order as far as their Sexual Adjustment Programme for Africa is concerned, it is also imperative for African governments to show more interest in and capacity for protecting gays across the continent. African leaders cannot be seen to be comfortable with stories of suspected gays being lynched by lawless hoodlums. These acts must be condemned and the perpetrators duly brought to book. In the case of Nigeria, a law has been made, which prohibits public display of gay relations. That law does not give any individual or groups the right of enforcement, no matter their deep convictions on the matter. It is the state or its agents that can enforce the law. And there are processes and procedures even for state agents. The powers to administer justice must reside only with the state. It is only where such is lacking that the campaign for gay rights gains credibility. If African states do not want to be pressured about gay rights, they must do everything to ensure gays are protected to the full extent of existing laws.

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