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L-R: Gov. Willie Obialor of Anambra State; Prime Minister of Mali, Mr. Mousa Mara; Speaker, National Popular Assembly of Algeria, Mr. Mohammed Khalifa; President Goodluck Jonathan and the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Amb. Aminu Wali, during a special session with the theme: “Fragility and prosperity” at the World Economic Forum on Africa in Abuja, yesterday. PHOTO: NAN
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Police parade corpses of five kidnap suspects in Edo
he Nigeria Police Force, Edo State Command, on Friday morning at its Headquarters in Benin City paraded five corpses of alleged suspects of kidnapping. According to Edo State Police Commissioner, Mr. Foluso Adebanjo, the dead men engaged in a shoot-out with the Anti-kidnapping Squad of the command during a rescue mission to a hideout in a forest situated at Oluku, along the Benin—Akure Road. He explained that the suspects died even as efforts were being made to treat them at the Stella Obasanjo Hospital, where they were rushed for treatment after the encounter. Adebanjo said, “Today, 09/06/2014, at about 0530hrs, a team of operatives of the Anti-
Kidnapping Squad went on enquiry with confessed kidnappers: Osaro Victor, Smart Uche, Osarumwhen Ekibise Jerry, Lucky Ekator and Osai Friday in connection with a case of kidnapping of one female victim to
a forest at Oluku, along Benin— Akure Road near a refuse dump to recover more arms and other operational weapons of the kidnappers.” “On arrival at the criminal hide-out, the operatives were
ambushed by other members of the notorious gang who opened fire on the men and rained bullets on the police decoy vehicle, a Volkswagen Santana car. The suspects, who took advantage of the surprise attack, took flight and in the cross exchange of firing, sustained serious injuries.” “While combing the forest, the following items were recovered; one pump action gun; 43 live cartridges. Other items recovered from the kidnappers include: one double barrel gun; one pump action gun; 22 live cartridges; one black Range Rover Jeep with registration number: BDG 335 BD snatched from their victim. Two operational vehicles were also recovered: one green Toyota Camry with registration number: MUS
734 CD and one black Toyota Camry with registration number: CN 600 LSR.” “The fatally injured suspects were rushed to Stella Obasanjo Hospital for medical attention where they gave up the ghost. Presently, operatives of the command have embarked on cordon and searching of the forest for the eventual arrest of other notorious members who fled with bullet wounds.” Adebanjo renewed his call for the continued support of the Nigeria Police Force, especially at this time of grave insecurity and violent attacks from outlawed sects, by members of the public. Security, he stated, is the concern of all citizens for which reason no one must sit on the fence on issues and threats of insecurity.
...as police arrest two over killing of alleged kidnappers in Ondo HAKEEM GBADAMOSI AKURE
wo people have been arrested by men of the Ondo State Police Command over the killing of suspected kidnappers during the week in
Akure. This was disclosed by the State Commissioner of Police, Mr Isaac Eke. Eke, who condemned the increasing rate of mob action on suspected kidnappers, described the act as barbaric, saying the law
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does not permit anybody to take the law into their hands. He said it was wrong for anybody to lynch a suspected criminal and called on anyone with information about criminals to report to the police rather taking
the law into his hands. “ We have arrested two people over the lynching that occurred in Akure during the week, and we will still arrest more, to serve as a deterrent to others that get involve in such acts,” the police
Quack doctors, two others arrested over abortion death of teenager in bauchi EZEKIEL TITUS
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boss stated . The commissioner warned members of the public to desist from acts of lynching, declaring that the police would ‘deal’ with anybody caught taking the law into his hands.
he Bauchi State Police Command have arrested two quack doctors and two others over the death of a 21-year-old girl identified as Blessing Musa Abarshi, who met her cruel fate while attempting to abort a fourmonth pregnancy. The command said the arrest of the suspects followed the discovery of the deceased’s corpse at Guru-Jos road in Bauchi metropolis by a police investigation team on receiving the report from a good Samaritan. Bauchi State Police spokesman, DSP Haruna Mohammed said in a press statement that the deceased was traced to the family of Musa Abarshi of Gudum Sayawa. The statement added that preliminary investigations reveal that the
victim died as a result of complications arising from illegal abortion of a four-month pregnancy. The two suspected quack doctors, according to the Police, are Ahmed Dauda Ahmed, Abdulrashid Bibi both of community comprehensive Health Centre, Tashan Babiye, Bauchi metropolis, while the two others are Iliya Markus of Railway quarters and Kefas Musa, who have all confessed to administering drugs on their victim before
her death. The suspects also confessed that the two quack doctors collected the sum of N10,000 before the failed abortion in their hide out at Sabon Kaura, Near Abubakar Tafawa-Balewa University. When the victim gave up the ghost, they dumped her corpse at Guru-Jos Road. DSP Mohammed Haruna maintained that the command is now investigating the incident to unravel the situation that led to the death of the deceased to ensure that those found wanting face the full wrath of the law. It was gathered that before her sad death, the deceased’s mother cautioned her severally against loitering in the late hours, especially given the prevailing security challenges, but she reportedly shunned the advice.
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Are road blocks back? Even though the Nigeria Police Force effectively banned road blocks in February 2012, the men in black can still be spotted at strategic points in virtually every Nigerian city doing the ‘usual’ business. Have road blocks crept back...like a thief in the night?
f the police are to be believed, road blocks no longer exist in Nigeria. In announcing the dismantling of roadblocks in February 2012, the Inspector General of Police was variously quoted as decrying what he described as “merchandising” by policemen, who had turned themselves to beggars. Nothing could have been more apt! Police Public Relations Officer, Assistant Superintendent of Police, Frank Mba, had said in the wake of the ban on check points that roadblocks, as they are known in Nigeria, were indeed dead and buried, with the Police having no intention of ever bringing them back. Said the PPRO, “The essential elements of unpredictability and surprise, which are key components for actually halting criminal activities, are lost when you apply the typical roadblocks, because the criminal elements can actually predict where the road blocks are. They can estimate their firepower because they know exactly how many people are manning the roadblock.” He was, however, quick to add that there is need for
the Police to maintain some degree of presence on the roads at all times. Mba had hinted at an ongoing push for a policy called the “High Visibility Policing” because Police presence on the road serves as a deterrent to would-be criminals. “We must continue to maintain high presence on our highways. We are pushing out more patrol vehicles to our highways…and these are customized patrol vehicles.” But if the experiences of Nigerians are anything to go by, the men in black may have capitalised on the need for police presence on our streets and highways to do their ‘usual’ business. Sample these experiences of everyday Nigerians: Police men never for once stopped operating road blocks. I live on Mainland, Surulere to be precise in Lagos. At about 8pm at night, they would have already resumed extortion at Obele Junction adjacent to Ogunlana Street along Itire - Lawanson Road, Surulere. They are always there to collect N50 from Okada operators. Early in the morning, around 5.15am at Ishaga Junction, along the same
Itire - Lawanson Road, they are always there. I keep wondering how police men think. How could somebody wake up very early in the morning to start perpetrating such an evil act? Other places are Adeniran Ogunsanya, Kilo, Aguda. At several junctions around Kilo and Aguda, they will hide and look out for Okada operators to forcefully retrieve N50 from them. All these add to the heavy traffic we experience on the road on a daily basis. – Chuks Okoro, Lagos resident. Another Lagos resident has more tales to tell. I am an Okada operator and I operate around Ikeja axis. The Inspector General of Police says there is no more checkpoint. But his men still go about terrorising us around. Once they set eyes on us Okada operators, even inside the streets where the law permits us to work, they harass us and collect money from us. Sometimes they collect N500 and sometimes even more depending on their mood. They sometimes even hide just to catch us unawares CONTINUED ON PAGE 5
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t is not true that roadblocks have returned to our roads in the country. When the Inspector General of Police assumed office, part of the restructuring he put in place was to, among other things, ban roadblocks across the country. “To the best of my knowledge, this directive is being carried out to the letter in each state of the federation. Roadblocks are gone for good in Nigeria. It must even interest you to know that the Nigeria Police are not even interested in having the roadblocks returned in the first place. “Many people do not even ask why the roadblocks were removed. Nigerians are quick to say it was because of the money they claimed police collect from them. But I tell you that the removal of roadblocks was purely a professional step taken by the IGP since they do not serve the security purpose which they were meant to serve.
“Also the essential elements of unpredictability and surprise, which are key components for actually halting criminal activities, are lost when you apply the typical roadblocks, because the criminal elements can actually predict where the road blocks are, they can estimate their firepower because they know exactly how many people are manning the roadblock. “Having said all that, I must quickly add that the IGP’s vision, and which he is pursuing with all vigour, is visibility policing. By this, we mean that even though there are no roadblocks on the roads, the police are still everywhere doing their job of monitoring situations all over the place. There is need for continuous presence of policemen on the roads at all times. In achieving this, we are introducing motorised patrols as well as foot patrols in areas where there are no adequate vehicles. “You will agree with me that this step
has not only improved the image of the police considerably, it has also reduced the level of crimes drastically. Cases of attacks on our men which occurred when road blocks were still in place are now a thing of the past because the criminals are now caught unawares by our men. Many people had expressed fears that the removal of roadblocks would increase crime and all that. But we have all seen today that it has rather reduced crime because of the visibility policing the IGP introduced. “There can be no doubt that the dismantling of roadblocks has been a blessing to the country in general. Initially, we conducted a survey round the country to know how our men would receive the directive. It may surprise you to know that about 97 per cent of our men supported the idea. So, the long and short of it is that the ban on roadblocks is still firmly in place and there are no plans now or in the immediate future to change that.”
What we are doing is pinning down, not road blocks –Senior Police Officer
senior Police officer at Zone 2 Command of the Nigeria Police, Onikan, Lagos, who craved anonymity rubbished the claim that roadblocks are back in the state. The Superintendent of Police maintained that what many would call road locks are actually attempts to ‘pin down’ criminals as is
done in by policemen when the occasion arises. His words, “I also live in Lagos and move round the city. There are no areas where you observe roadblocks. What people call roadblocks could be where our men are on pin down exercise. This is an essential part of our job and this is
why we have the relative peace which we enjoy in this zone. I believe this applies in all parts of the country too. So when you see police trying to lay ambush for criminals, you do not call those roadblocks. We have not received any report here at the zone of police extortion or harassment contrary to these insinuations.”
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Road block or pin down? CONTINUED FROM PAGE 3 even when we are not going beyond our boundaries as permitted by the law. It is so painful because instead of the police being a friend of the society, they are just plain enemies – Peter Chibuzor, Lagos Okada operator. And in case you think these experiences are an exclusive preserve of Lagos, only on February 19, 2014, some Warri residents stormed the Nigerian Union of Journalist (NUJ), Press Centre in Warri to draw the attention of the police hierarchy to the return of “illegal road blocks” to their metropolis. They alleged unlawful arrest and detention while decrying the “unfriendly disposition” of policemen at “B” Division also known as Avenue Police Station in Warri. The protesters alleged that police activities had made it difficult for them to exercise their right to freedom of movement, particularly in the evening hours. Among an array of instances cited by the spokesperson of the protesters, who was identified as Oghenekevwe Onome, one stood out like a sore. “The other day, they went round the whole of Okumagba Avenue arresting indiscriminately people who were relaxing at beer palours, subjecting them to bail raging from N3,000 to N5,000 depending on your bargaining power. A boy who was returning from lesson whose photograph we have here was arrested and injured with the butt of police rifle. Another young boy who went to buy ‘akara’ (bean cake) was arrested and all of them bundled to the police station.” Another Warri resident, Kome Eradejaye said, “Just recently, a young boy who was returning from work carrying a video camera was accosted and upon interrogation he told them that he hired the camera. Despite his
explanations, they insisted that he must take them to the owner which he obliged. But when they got there, the police arrested the owner of the camera and took him to the station in spite of the fact that the receipt of the camera was produced.” Incidentally, not every Nigerian has problems with policemen being on the streets. Lagos resident, Kelvin Obadan, says, “I don’t have any problem with the police being at checkpoints, especially if their mission is to checkmate crime and ensure that the country is safe for us citizens. Sadly, that’s not the case in this matter. In spite of the ban on them being at the checkpoints, they are still out there exploiting innocent people and wasting people’s time. It is good if they are at the checkpoints and are doing the right thing. But most of times, they stop you and just
delay you unnecessarily, which is my major headache with them. I am not afraid of being stopped by any law enforcement agent since I know that I am on the right track, but they should stop delaying people without just cause. If they want to beg for money, let them just do so, without wasting ones time with all the fake harassment they start with. It’s just too annoying.” Despite the stories of Nigerians who have had bad experiences in the hands of policemen on streets and highways even after the ban on road blocks, many Nigerians have wondered if the upsurge in kidnapping would have happened if they were still operating. Among them is Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole, who was reported to have said, during a town hall meeting of stakeholders in Benin to discuss security issues in the state on October 21, 2013, that Edo state was
considering the return of road blocks on its roads. The Comrade-Governor had expressed the view that a free highway is also a free and easy exit way for criminals, and that with check points on roads across the state, it would be difficult for criminals, especially kidnappers, to escape, stressing that growing insecurity in the country over the last five years was unprecedented. Mrs. Titi Rahman, wife, mother and businesswoman, who lives in Ilorin, the capital of Kwara State, actually supports police presence on our streets. She says, “The Nigeria Police Force needs reformation. These policemen are simply incorrigible. The Inspector General meant well when he banned checkpoints but still retained police presence on the streets and highways. We cannot do without police presence. Crime will get out of hand. The problem is just that policemen lack passion for and commitment to their job.” Yet another Nigerian proffers what he believes is an explanation. According to Sesan Samson, a Lagos resident, “The directive on cancellation of check points was just an empty declaration that was not meant to last, because it didn’t emanate from any diagnosis or analysis of the huge problems confronting the police. It was made by a top cop who was under pressure and had to say something. The problem of police extortion runs deep. It starts from the police stations and only ends on the roads. The constables, corporals, and sergeants you see on the roads all send returns from the extortion and bribery to their superiors all the way. We need a courageous and decisive leader who would roll-up his sleeves to carry out a far-reaching and sustained reform of the Police in order to clean the Augean stables.”
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Abducted school girls: No sleep for me until they’re found –Jonathan •FG works out modalities over foreign assistance •President directs Defence, Foreign Affairs ministries, Army, NSA to meet •Foreign security experts arrive •President says masterminds of Nyanya bomb blasts arrested ROTIMI FADEYI AND UBONG UKPONG ABUJA
resident Goodluck Jonathan yesterday said that there was firm belief that the abducted schoolgirls of Government Secondary school, Chibok, Borno State, are still in Nigeria. He declared that they would soon be found. Jonathan, while addressing the world press at the end of the World Economic Forum on Africa which held in Abuja, expressed his pain
over the abduction, stressing that he would not sleep until the schoolgirls are brought safely back to their parents. Jonathan said, “the attackers are in a part of Borno State described as Sambisa forest. It is a forest area and we are working with the experts that will use remote sensor to know wherever they are. “So, the best we can say is that they are within the Sambisa forest area. Of course I agree that there are stories that they have moved outside the country but if they move that number of girls
to Cameroon, people will see. So, I believe that they are still within Nigeria.” “We plead with the parents as a father and the president of this country, I feel pained and I don’t sleep with my two eyes closed and I will not sleep with my two eyes closed until these girls are brought safely back to their parents”, he added. He also disclosed that those involved in the Nyanya bombings had been arrested, saying that there is no hiding place for terrorists. “So, terrorists must also know that they cannot do
certain things and get away with it; that if they commit criminal offences we must… Even the people that were involved in Nyanya bomb blast, those that committed the offence, most of them have been arrested. I think it is one or so we are still hunting” he said. According to him, the issue of terrorism was beyond poverty. “Yes, political solution is there, some elements of politics is there but terror all over the world is beyond politics, it is beyond economic situation.
President Goodluck Jonathan (l), in a handshake with the British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Mr. Andrew Pocock, after a PHOTO: NAN meeting in Abuja, yesterday.
… No end in sight except Nigeria meets Niger, Chad, Cameroun –Ansar-ud-Deen
xcept a summit is held with neighbouring countries like Cameroon, Niger and Chad, the search for the kidnapped girls from Chibok and efforts to put an end to the Boko Haram menace in Nigeria will continue to be a difficult task. This is the position of a muslim organisation, Ansarud-Deen Society of Nigeria. In a statement by its president, Alhaji Lateef Okunnu, in Lagos yesterday, the organisation stated that the summit which should be initiated by President Goodluck Jona-
than would be designed to seek the support of the countries in the battle against terrorism. The organisation said with the support of the neighbouring countries, Nigeria would enjoy the freedom to pursue members of the terrorists’ sect even in other countries without the fear of being accused of invading them. The move, he said, would also aid the rapid success of the support being offered by some developed countries with higher technologies than Nigeria can boast of.
His words: “While we welcome the latest development in the area of offer of international assistance, Asar-ud-Deen Society of Nigeria sees the need for a summit to be initiated by President Goodluck Jonathan, with our neighbouring countries like Cameroon, Chad and Niger with a view to arresting the menace caused by Boko Haram and the rescuing of Chibok school girls. “The summit, we believe, is necessary because of the cross-border movement of the sect. This effort will compliment the
international intervention and make it possible to embark on hot pursuit of the terrorists once there is an agreement to that effect among the countries.” While stressing that the major problem Nigeria has in the ongoing war against terrorism is that of intelligence gathering, Okunnu said his organisation is totally against the philosophy of Boko Haram because the sect is a danger to humanity. “They are working in defiance of the directive of God on the need to seek knowledge,” he said.
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“Sometimes people say it is economic situation in the country. Yes we have poor people around the world, even in Nigeria but terrorism is a little beyond poverty. Because if you see the weapons they are using, the vehicles… even to sustain that army, and the logistics, the movement and fuel they need, the food they need, that means a lot of money is coming in from one source or the other. So, it is just not the issue of poverty”, he said. While expressing appreciation for the support of world leaders towards the location and possible rescue of the school girls, Jonathan stressed that the personnel of some countries had already arrived the country to join the efforts of the nation’s security agencies. He dismissed the allegation that his government was slow in responding to the abduction of the schoolgirls, saying that it was a misconception. “There is no slow response at all. No, no. It is a misconception. The response is not slow. I have explained this. Borno State can be described as the headquarters of the terrorists group, Boko Haram. They are more in Borno State, then followed be Yobe and then Adamawa. These are the three states we have declared state of emergency already. “So, they have military personnel in that state. Immediately this happened, they have been following it - both the Army and the Airforce. They have been combing. The only thing we did not do because we felt it was not necessary then was to video the aircraft moving. We did not do the video to show because the people were on ground because of the state of emergency; because of the terrorists. That is why people thought it was slow, no it was not. “We started work immediately. It was not slow, the Nigerian government responded immediately. If somebody gives you the impression that government is slow, that is not correct”, Jonathan said. Meanwhile, the Defence Headquarters, DHQ, yesterday, said that the offers of foreign military assistance to help rid Nigeria of Boko Haram were still undergoing political decisions by the Nigerian government, even as the country anxiously awaits the arrival and implementation of the offers. Speaking with Saturday
Mirror in Abuja, the Director of Defence Information, DDI, Major General Chris Olukolade, said that the offers were still undergoing processes at the Presidency. He told Saturday Mirror that in view of this, he was not in a position to comment on the offers of foreign military assistance to the country as nothing had been handed over to the DHQ yet. “It is still at political decisions level and until such is done, I am not the one to talk”, General Olukolade told Saturday Mirror, after initially declining comments on the matter. Saturday Mirror also gathered from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs that the offers were still undergoing processes and as such, deployment of foreign military assistance to Nigeria was being awaited. Sources at the ministry said that the assistance as offered may include deployment of troops, logistics and intelligence amongst others. These, sources said, were still being worked out at political levels by the Presidency before actual implementation could commence. China, the United Kingdom and France, had within the week, joined the United States in its offer to help rid Nigeria of Boko Haram and free over 230 girls of Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State, who have been under the captivity of the dreaded Boko Haram Sect for onward of four weeks now. However, having accepted the offer, Jonathan had also directed that the Nigerian Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Defence together with the office of the National Security Adviser and the Nigerian Armed Forces, meet and work out modalities for the implementation of the offers. Speaking on the World Economic Forum, the president explained that it was possible for Nigeria to host the World Economic Forum every year. He said that although it was the first time the country would host the event, the turn-out was commendable. “In terms of the frequency, I would have loved that Nigeria hosts it every year because we have the capacity to host the World Economic Forum every year. It is not a major event compared to Olympics or the World Cup that is much more challenging. But in terms of the World Economic Forum, Nigeria can host it every year. “
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Shettima declares three days fasting and prayers in Borno over kidnapped school girls INUSA NDAHI MAIDUGURI
overnor Kashim Shettima of Borno State has appealed to the people of the state irrespective of religious inclinations to embark on three days fasting and
prayers beginning from Monday 12th to Wednesday 14th May, 2014 for the safe release of about 236 female students abducted by suspected Boko Haram terrorists in Government Girls Secondary School Chibok last three weeks ago. Shettima said the fast-
ing and payers from all and sundry became necessary as all efforts put in place to rescue the innocent girls by security agencies and government proved abortive. The governor made the plea to the people of the state on Friday when
members of Kibaku Area Development Association (KADA), Borno State chapter, led by Mr. Alabeh Grema Mdurbula in a peaceful protests to the governor at the Government House, Maiduguri, the state capital. Governor Shettima who
was visibly shedding tears assured them that since the ugly incident, security agencies, state and federal government had been having a sleepless night on how to rescue the innocent school girls. While thanking other world leaders like United States, United Kingdom,
China among others for their concern and support towards rescuing the kidnapped students, he assured the people of Kada and Borno State that, very soon, the abducted school girls would be rescued and reunited with their beloved parents.
Jonathan approves N1.6bn for ‘Save School Project’ TOLA AKINMUTIMI ABUJA
L-R: Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State; his deputy, Mrs. Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire and Speaker, Lagos State House PHOTO: NAN of Assembly, Mr. Kuforiji Adeyemi, at the 11th Lagos Executives and Legislative Parley in Lagos, yesterday.
…CSOs demand their release GLORIA USMAN ABUJA
o fewer than 60 Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) have joined forces and demanded the immediate release of the schoolgirls of Government Secondary School (GGSS), Chibok, Borno State, kidnapped by Boko Haram group in Borno State. Provoked by the situation, the coalition of
CSO’s in the country, under the auspices of the Nigeria Civil Society Situation Room (SR), urged religious and socio-political groups to desist from any act that could frustrate the ongoing effort towards getting the girls released. During a press briefing on the state of the nation, coordinated by the Executive Director, Policy and Legal Advocacy Centre (PLAC), Clement Nwankwo, yesterday, in Abuja,
Over 50 unemployed women trained on ICT, business skills in Abuja ADEOLA TUKURU ABUJA
he Director-General of the National Centre for Woman Development (NCWD), Lady Onyeka Onwenu, has said the centre had trained over 50 unemployed women graduates on ICT and business skills. Onwenu stated this at the closing ceremony of a 10-day Computer and Business Skills Training for Women with the theme
“No woman left out” on Tuesday in Abuja. She said the training offered less privileged girls and women the opportunity to acquire ICT and business skills as well as learning the latest technologies in digital media. “In organising this programme, the NCWD has shown continued commitment to our mandate and aligning our efforts with the transformation agenda of the present administration.”
the group called on the federal government to outline its strategies of apprehending the insurgents and freeing the girls from their captors. “The SR is appalled at the deteriorating insecurity in Nigeria and the failure of the government of Nigeria to show seriousness in dealing with the problem. We want to see the government do something and we want to receive regular briefing from the govern-
ment on the steps it is taking or that it has taken or even the effort it has made in returning the girls that were abducted back to Nigeria,” Nwankwo said. Also, the Executive Director, Human Rights Monitor, Barrister Festus Okoye, said it was disheartening the way some of the religious and political organisations handled the whole question of insecurity in the country, especially the abduction case.
resident Goodluck Jonathan has approved the sum of $10m (aboutN1.6bn) for the Safe School Project. The Coordinating Minister for the Economy and Minister of Finance, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, who disclosed this also at the closing media briefing on the World Economic Forum for Africa (WEFA) 2014, explained that the $10m would be added to the initial $10m provided on Wednesday by the Nigerian business community, thereby bringing the total amount for the project to $20m (N3.2bn) She explained that the funding support by the government became imperative to ensure the safety of all schools in order to prevent the kind of abduction that occurred at Chibok in Borno State. She said: “The forum is a success because it enables us to mobilise all participants to support us to bring back the girls. The international community has rallied round us to ensure that we bring back
Jonathan to lead Fayose’s campaign May 22 ABIODUN NEJO ADO EKITI
resident Goodluck Jonathan will on May 22 lead other national leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to Ekiti State to campaign for the election of its flagbearer in the state, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, in the June 21 election in the state. Jonathan will on the occasion formally present the party’s flag to Fayose and drum support for him.
Fayose, who made the disclosure yesterday at a mega rally he held at Ifaki Ekiti, the hometown of former Governor Segun Oni, who defected to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in the week, charged PDP members to be committed to the electoral battle to be able to emerge victorious in the election. He promised to return the University of Science and Technology, Ifaki Ekiti, established under the Segun Oni’s adminis-
tration but phased out by the Fayemi government to the town when he assumes office. Fayose said he was ready to engage Fayemi in a debate on how to govern the people. He had earlier said the mega rally was meant to celebrate Oni’s exit from the PDP, alleging that Fayemi would betray Oni the way he treated him after he became governor, despite that he worked for his victory during the2009 Rerun election.
our girls. President Goodluck Jonathan has just announced another $10m for the safe our school project to be added to what the international community has announced. “During the rally to bring back our girls, there have been added interests by investors to invest more into Nigeria. And this will help us create more jobs and ensure inclusive growth. Our commitment to bring back our girls is unwavering”, the minister added. In his remarks on the abducted girls, the former British Prime Minister and current United Nations Special envoy on Education, Mr. Gordon Brown, said the programme which would commence with 500 schools as pilot will help increase enrolment level in schools. Brown said: “The message is that Africa is growing and no terrorist will stop the progress of Africa. We have been talking with Nigeria’s president on what will be done to bring back our girls and also the safe school project. He assured the international community was determined to give all the support to the Nigerian government to bring back the abducted girls, adding that abduction of any child at school or anywhere is the worst thing that will happen to that child. Expatiating on the Save School Project, the former British leader said the initiators were asking the international community to be supportive of the initiative which has been backed by the Nigerian government. “This is an attempt to reassure people that every effort is being made to ensure that the schools are safe.”
May 10, 2014
PDP alleges plot to destabilise party ahead 2015 OBIORA IFOH ABUJA
he Peoples Democratic Party, PDP has raised alarm over media attack directed at its national chairman, Ahmadu Adamu Mu’azu, which it said was aimed at causing disaffection among its leadership and which is capable of destabilising the party, particularly as the 2015 general elections draws near. PDP cited a story pub-
lished in an Abuja based newspaper which revealed alleged friction between the national chairman and the Presidency on one hand and the chairman with President Goodluck Jonathan, on the other. But in a statement by PDP National Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh, insists that the claims made in the said article “are totally false, maliciously and sponsored by disgruntled elements who have not been happy with the stability and
wide-spread popularity our party has continued to enjoy since Mu’azu emerged as national chairman. “For the avoidance of doubt, our national chairman has maintained very healthy and robust working relationship with all our leaders at all levels across the country resulting in the impressive performance posted in the last three months. “It is common knowledge that since assumption of office, our national hairman
has continued to deftly apply his wealth of experience, his far-reaching connections and profound goodwill among Nigerians to stabilise and reposition our great party to the admiration of our leaders and members including President Goodluck Jonathan, members of the NWC, PDP caucus in the National Assembly, PDP governors, and our teeming supporters nation-wide, a feat for which he has been popularly dubbed the ‘Game Changer’.
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Court orders Pat Utomi to pay N66.947m to Keystone Bank K AYODE KETEFE
Federal High Court sitting in Lagos yesterday, ordered Professor Patrick O. Utomi and his company, UT Roads Maintenance Limited, to pay the sum of N66,947,384.66 to Keystone Bank as a judgment sum owed the bank. This judgment was delivered very late on Friday by Justice John Tsoho in a suit filed by the bank against Professor Utomi and his company. The bank had filed a debt recovery suit through its counsel, Mr. Kemi Balogun, before the court on July 20, 2011, seeking to recover the total sums of N50 million, which were obtained through two separate loans. The bank had claimed in its statement of claim that the sum of N72,947384,66, with 17 and 19 per cent interest rate per annum., and the cost of filing the suit from Utomi and his compa-
ny, UT Roads Maintenance Company limited. But Prof. Utomi in his reply had also claimed that they were not properly served and they only became aware of the suit through a Guardian newspaper dated October 1,202. The bank had however stated that the processes was served at 6, Balarabe Musa Close, Victoria Island, where the company is situated. In his judgment, Justice Tsoho ordered Prof. Utomi to pay the sum if N66,947,384,66 with 10 per cent interest rate. Earlier yesterday, the judge had dismissed Utomi’s application to arrest the judgment on the ground that it was rather late. Dismissing the application, Justice Tsoho held that Utomi and his company’s move to arrest the judgment two day to the judgment day was unknown to and constituted sheer mockery of the justice system.
Court Jails 5 for illegal oil dealing K AYODE KETEFE Nigerians in London protest over the abducted school girls in Chibok, Borno State, yesterday.
$5.9m fraud: Court fixes May 13 to rule on Ajudua’s bail application MATTHEW IRINOYE
ustice Oluwatoyin Ipaye of Lagos State High Court yesterday fixed May 13 for ruling on a bail application by suspected fraudster, Fred Ajudua. The judge made the decision after hearing arguments from Mr. Seidu Atteh, counsel for the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and Ajudua’s counsel, Mr. Olalekan Ojo. It would be recalled that Ajudua is being prosecuted for allegedly defrauding a former Chief of Army Staff, retired Lt.-Gen. Ishaya Bamaiyi the sum of $5.9m (about N1bn). The defendant is facing 14 counts bordering on conspiracy and obtaining money under false pretences. In his argument, Ojo urged the court to grant
Ajudua bail on liberal terms. He added that there was overwhelming medical evidence before the court, that his client is suffering from a life-threatening ailment. He said, “The defendant (Ajudua) is a kidney patient and his only surviving kidney is about to collapse. “The medical facility at the Kirikiri Maximum Prisons, where his health is seriously failing, cannot adequately meet his medical needs.” Ojo tendered a medical report dated Aug. 12, 2013, which was issued by Dr. Adebisi Ogunjimi of the Lagos University Teaching Hospital to support his submissions. He said the defendant was ready to face trial contrary to the claim by the EFCC that he absconded to India after he was granted bail on medical grounds in another criminal case.
He said, “The defendant voluntarily came back to Nigeria even when he knew that his bail had been revoked. “The voluntary submission of the defendant to the prosecuting authorities and the court constitutes an exceptional circumstance which should be taken into judicial notice by the court.” Responding, Atteh argued that there was like-
lihood that Ajudua would jump bail if the application was granted. Atteh said that Ajudua absconded in 2005, after he was granted bail by Justice Joseph Oyewole, also of an Ikeja High Court. Meanwhile, the court has dismissed another application by Ajudua seeking the inclusion of his extra-judicial statement in the proof of evidence.
Federal High Court, Lagos, presided over by Justice Ibrahim Buba, yesterday sentenced five men to three years imprisonment for illegal dealing in petroleum products. The convicts were Ishola Ganiyu, 48; Ishola Omopariola, 41; Kayode Ajose, 43; Aramide Solomon, 35 and Dare Adedayo, 33. The judge who was satisfied with the evidence tendered by the prosecution concerning the guilt of the convicts however gave each of them an option of paying N300,000 as fine in lieu of going to jail. The convicts had been
charged before the court on five-count charge comprising alleged offences of conspiracy, theft, armed robbery and pipeline vandalism. The judge however discharged the accused on the first three count comprising alleged offences of conspiracy, theft and armed robbery, but convicted them of the last two counts, comprising alleged offences of unlawfully dealing in petroleum products. Justice Buba clarified that the sentence on the convicts would run concurrently and would start to count from May 9, 2014 for three of the convicts, namely, Ganiyu, Omopariola and Ajose who had been on bail.
Glo backs Ijebus to honour Awujale at 80
ational telecommunication carrier, Globacom, on Thursday supported the sons and daughters of Ijebuland, including over fifty kings from the six local government areas that make up the Ogun East Senatorial District, to pay homage to the Awujale and Paramount Ruler of Ijebuland, Oba Sikiru Kayode Adeto-
na, on his 80th birthday. Thousands of Ijebu indigenes, gaily dressed in the custom-made light blue ankara with Awujale’s picture emblazoned on it, thronged the Awujale Pavilion to pay homage to the monarch, widely regarded as the rallying point for Ijebuland. Attendees who included two former governors
of Ogun State, Aremo Olusegun Osoba and Otunba Gbenga Daniel as well as top government functionaries, watched for over five hours as the delegations, market women, horse and motorcycle riders danced, sang and gave speeches extolling the virtues of Oba Adetona who had been ruling Ijebuland for the past fifty four years
in a transformational and impactful manner. In his speech on the occasion, Oba Adetona thanked all and sundry, adding, “I thank you all warmly. I feel fulfilled. I dedicate myself to service and to humanity for the rest of my life. I thank you for your love and affection. I pray God to reward you abundantly.”
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WEF: Nigeria, others get new $68bn commitment by foreign investors …as forum’s boss rates Nigeria’s hosting most successful TOLA AKINMUTIMI ABUJA
he Managing Director of the World Economic Forum for Africa (WEFA), Mr. Phillip Rosler, yesterday disclosed that a fresh in-
vestment commitment of $68bn had been secured for African countries at the 3-Day global event hosted by Nigeria. Rosler, who gave the hint during the closing media briefing of the forum which had at its
theme, ‘Forging inclusive Growth, Creating Jobs’ and was attended by over 1,500 delegates from about 80 countries, said the amount would be invested in key sectors of the African economies such as education, health, infra-
structure and agriculture, among others He described Nigeria’s hosting of the event as one of the most successful in the history of the organisation, adding that despite the security challenges in the country, the event re-
…African govts pledge $700m vaccine to curb diseases TOLA AKINMUTIMI ABUJA
eaders of sub-Saharan Africa yesterday pledged US$700 million between 2016 and 2020 to purchase vaccines in order to improve health services to millions of the poor and vulnerable people in the continent. This is even as they also promised to prioritise sustainable immunisation programmes as part of continued investment in the health sector and guarantee disease-free fu-
ture for children and families in their countries. Speaking during the launching of ‘The Immunise Africa 2020 Leaders’ Declaration’ in Abuja at the sidelines of the ongoing World Economic Forum on Africa (WEFA), President of the African Development Bank (AfDB), Donald Kaberuka, said that $700 million that African governments were projected to spend on co-financing vaccines purchased by the GAVI Alliance between 2016 and 2020 was desirable for
combating the scourge of diseases in the continent. According to him, the investments countries are making in vaccines today will reap enormous benefits in the short and the near term He pointed out that by committing to immunisation, African leaders were taking a bold step towards securing their countries’ prosperity and economic security. The declaration highlighted the strong progress being made on improving the health of
people across Africa but calls were made on GAVI Alliance and its partners to do more to help continue the decline in child death rates on the continent. In his comments, President John Dramani Mahama of the Republic of Ghana, noted that immunisation remained one of the most important investments African governments can make in African children and in their future.
corded impressive turnout. For instance, he said, within the three-day span of the Forum, 48,000 articles were written on it, pointing out that the figure is three times higher than what was reported in the last edition. Rosler said: “It was a very successful World Economic Forum on Africa. We have more than 48,000 articles from these three days in Nigeria in comparison to last year which wad 16,000 and this is more than three times higher than last year. This is a proof that Africa is very important to the people of the world. “We not only want to create a future of interest but we are committed to improving the state of Africa. To put all the monies together which was committed by the Chinese
and others, we have about $68bn in the next years for Africa and the African people for specific project like infrastructure, energy, health care and vary importantly education” The WEF boss explained that through the international event, the Nigerian government had been able to secure huge solidarity around the world in the fight against terrorism, adding that the global community “will not allow the terrorists to dictate the African agenda and that is the real message from the WEF.” Rosler restated the WEF and other international stakeholders’ commitment to the development of the African economies, vowing that they “will make sure that all these projects are successful in Africa”
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MARCUS FATUNMOLE ABUJA
he federal government yesterday signed a 20 million US dollar (about 3.2billion naira at N160 per dollar) agreement with General Electric (GE) Health care and the United States Agency for International Development, USAID. The fund is to be used for enhancing the wellbeing of mothers and children in the country. The partnership culminated in the formation of a new initiative christened: ‘HealthyMagination Mother and Child Initiative’; and it will last for five years. The agreement is part
of the benefits of the just concluded World Economic Forum, WEF, in Abuja. The fund would also help the federal government’s Save-One-MillionLives initiative. In his address, Minister of Health, Onyebuchi Chukwu, said the Memorandum of Understanding, MoU, addressed three Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), namely; goal number four which has to do with child health; five, which has to do with maternal health and goal number eight which is about partnership in achieving sustainable development in the world. “This MoU is written by the Chief Executive of Nige-
ria, that is Mr. President and the Chief Executive of GE and the global chairman. “It is such a wonderful MoU because the capacity to invite more partners is quite tremendous. Working under that general MoU , we have come up today with what we call ‘HealthyMagination Mother and Child Initiative’. “This initiative brings together technology as an innovative tool. It also brings together the idea of devolving certain rules to midwives and community health workers as a policy innovation, it brings together the issue of training of our health personnel and the issue of improving and strengthening our health system.
Nigeria’s Sesan, others win Africa Social Entrepreneur Awards TOLA AKINMUTIMI ABUJA
he Schwab Foundation on Thursday named Nigeria’s Gbenga Sesan and six other innovative young entrepreneurs as the winners of the Africa Social Entre-
preneur of the Year awards at the World Economic Forum on Africa in Abuja. The honourees are,Patrick Awuah of Ghana; Ashifi Gogo who owns Sproxil; Martin Kariongi Ole Sanago of Tanzania; Jay Kimmelman based in Kenya; Gbenga Sesan of
Nigeria; and Allen Wilcox of Mozambique. The honourees were among 20 young entrepreneurs working in Ghana, Kenya, Mozambique, Nigeria and Tanzania from around the world taking part in the meeting to provide perspective on social innovation.
…FG signs 3.2bn treaty on health care Why North deserves 2015 Presidency –Abubakar Tsav
Abubakar Tsav. Still remember him? The vociferous former Lagos State Commissioner of Police who is noted for frank talks has at the moment lent his view to the vexed issue of power shift in 2015. Without mincing words, Benue-born Tsav declares in this interview with Sunday Mirror that the North must produce the next President “because the person who took over from (the late) Yar’Adua is not from the North but from the South.” He also speaks on the national confab. And what is his view on Boko Haram? Keep a date with your vendor.
‘To act nude? Count me out’ out
On-air personality, a fashionista and a celebrity. That is probably the best way to describe Adeyinka Akinremi, a quintessential lady of multiple talent. But she has a phobia. She wouldn’t wait to take pictures wearing ordinary bikinis, much less act nude. She also speaks on her lifestyle, dress sense, the women she admires and her reasons for admiring them, in this interview
Maternal, infant deaths: Why reduction is far-fetched As official statistics affirm embarrassing increase in maternal death rate, stark realities across the country indicate that Nigeria is less concerned about its weak citizens, as findings in various hospitals’ maternal wards, and natal clinics, present many of them as death chambers. With bare medical facilities and consumables, added to the plight of patients at the maternities are non-challant attitude of medics and the pervading economic down-turn, wracking the entire Nigerian system. We bring you cases from the maternity wards of various public and private hospitals, which will definitely put you on the edge.
Osun REC controversy: Finally, INEC moves to budge After months of strident agitation from opposition political parties in Osun State for the transfer of the state’s Resident Electoral Commissioner, the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, may have in the long run buckled. What are the issues against the state’s REC ahead of the August 9 governorship election, and how is the INEC responding to the cocktail of agitation for the overhauling of Osun INEC office? We tell you tomorrow.
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From the Civil Service Permanent Secretary harps on best practices among health workers
r Ahmid Balogun, the Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Health Service Commission has called for adequate supervision, attention and annual promotion for health workers, to ensure best practices in the health sector. Balogun, according to a statement issued by the Ministry of Information and Strategy, said this during the promotion exercise organised for some 1,500 health workers in the state. He said that this was necessary, given the sensitivity and nature of health-related professions. ``Promotion for all health workers must always be merit-based, as the sector is a sensitive one that directly deals with human lives. ``It is the only way to go in order to achieve and maintain excellent health practices,” Balogun said. The Permanent Secretary said that the examination was designed to cater for officers of the
state’s 24 General Hospitals, and members of staff of the commission. According to him, this year’s annual promotion examination was carefully planned and monitored to ensure transparency throughout the exercise. Balogun said that the exercise would reinforce the efforts of government at providing excellent and quality healthcare for the people of the state. He said that great effort was put into the planning of the exercise, to ensure transparency. Balogun said that the examination exercise which took place at King’s College, Lagos, was divided into two sessions. ``The first session catered for professionals such as medical, pharmacy, engineering, finance and administrative cadre and Stores. ``The other session took care of Nursing and Junior Finance and Administrative cadres,’’ he added.
Head of Service gets 7-day ultimatum to shortlist HND holders for promotion as directors
he Head of Civil Service (HOS) of the Federation has been urged to shortlist qualified HND holders for promotion as directors within the next seven days or face legal action. Mr Kevin Okoro, Legal Adviser, Higher National Diploma (HND) Holders Association of Nigeria, made the call at a news conference in Abuja on Tuesday. Okoro also called on the HOS to implement government’s white paper on the removal of dichotomy/ceiling on the career progression of HND holders ``We call on the HOS
to take steps to issue appropriate establishments circular on the implementation of the white paper. ``It should also enlist HND holders who are due for the forthcoming promotion examination into directorate cadre. ``As it stands now, it is apparent that there is no law of the federation and no government’s decision that debars HND holders from getting to the peak of the civil service career of Grade Level 17’’, he stressed. Okoro said holders of HND certificates had been subjected to monumental injustice, pathological hatred, decimation and
stagnation in the public service. ``This is in spite of their hard work and significant contributions to the socio-economic development of the nation.’’ He stressed that HND holders were stagnated for several years in the civil service which included the placement of Grade Level 14 ceiling on their career progression irrespective of their competence. ``HND holders were not invited to participate in the recruitment of about 1000 applicants by the Federal Civil Service in 2013. And there are many other cases’’, he said.
Okoro said government had made several efforts to address the discrimination in the polytechnic system but only few agencies had implemented it. He called on the federal government to harmonise the curricula rather than setting up a fresh committee or to dabble into career progression of HND holders. Okoro also called on the Supervising Minister of Education to take steps to implement the resolution reached by education summits and committees set up by his predecessors. (NAN)
Medical staff of ATBUTH Bauchi suspend strike
embers of the Joint Health Sector Union, Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Teaching Hospital, Bauchi, on Thursday suspended the indefinite strike embarked upon to demand for payment of salary arrears. The acting chairman of the union, Mr Babangida Demdis, announced the suspension of the two-week-old strike at a news conference. Demdis said the action followed an intervention by the Emir of Bauchi, Alhaji Rulwanu Adamu, who prevailed on officials of the union to suspend the strike. The chairman explained that the emir promised to liaise with the authorities of the
hospital to resolve the crisis. He assured members of the union that all the demands were made to improve the living conditions of the members. Demdis said the demands include payment of salary arrears, delay in considering staff for promotion and payment of disturbance allowances to staff on transfers. Others, according to him, are the unavailability of cleaning and protective materials in all the strategic locations in the hospital to minimise infection. He commended members of the union for the support and cooperation given to the officials of the union during the strike. (NAN)
L-R: Permanent Secretary, Plateau State Ministry of Information, Mr. Emmanuel Gogwin; Commissioner for Information, Mrs. Olivia Dazyam and Interim Administrator , Plateau Printing and Publishing Company, Mrs. Yankat Wannang, during Dazyam’s address to staff of the company visit to the company recently. PHOTO: NAN
Health workers threaten strike in Kwara
he Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU) and the Assembly of health care providers in Ilorin said on Tuesday that they would resume their suspended strike after the next 13 days. The notice is contained in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria in Ilorin. The statement was jointly signed by Dr Bayo Akintola, the PresidentGeneral, the Senior Staff Association of University Teaching Hospitals, Research Institutes and As-
sociated Institutions (SSAUTHRAI) and 10 other health workers associations. The statement said that members would begin an indefinite strike and total withdrawal of services from 8 a.m. on May 19, if the Federal Government failed to release appropriate circulars to effect all the negotiated issues. It identified the alleged lopsided and unlawful constitution of board of management in various tertiary health institutions coupled with noninvitation of members of
JOHESU to the board as part of the grievances. It also cited the outright exclusion of NonAcademic Staff Union of Educational and Associated Institution (NASU) as part of the issue. The statement demanded an increase in the retirement age of members from 60 years to 65 years. “Government must look into cases of issuance of circulars and payment of allowances to deserving officers.” The statement said that after negotiation on a number of issues, govern-
ment said that it would not honour the collectively bargained issues, due to a threat from the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA). “This is provocative and unjust in a democracy, as we perceive this as industrial marginalisation,” it said. The statement listed the Nigerian Union and Allied Health Professionals (NUAHP), Medical and Health Workers Union of Nigeria among others, as some of the unions that would join the strike. (NAN)
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Guber: Ekiti LP picks civil servant as Bamidele’s running mate ABIODUN NEJO ADO EKITI
he Labour Party (LP) in Ekiti State has picked a retired director in the state’s Local Government Service, Alhaja Abimbola Ogunlade, as its deputy governorship candidate in the June 21, 2014, gubernatorial election in the state.
The party’s governorship candidate, Hon, Opeyemi Bamidele, yesterday made this known in Iyin Ekiti. He said that the choice of the former teacher cum technocrat was informed by a number of considerations including the need for gender-sensitivity. Hon. Bamidele also listed other factors for the
choice of Alhaja Ogunlade to include the need for consideration of the southern senatorial district of the state, religion and giving civil servants and teachers a sense of Belonging. He added that the experience of his preferred running mate spoke volume. Ogunlade, a native of Emure-Ekiti, who retired
in the week for the deputy governorship ticket, was chosen to replace the party’s Media and Publicity Secretary, Bolanle Olatunde-Bruce, whose name had earlier been forwarded to INEC as a stop-gap measure. According the Hon. Bamidele, “All I want is an administration that can hit the ground running from
day one. This is a team that will serve in humility. I will be truly sincere with my deputy. We will both be servants of the same master. The master being the good people of Ekiti State,” he declared. In her speech, Alhja Ogunlade said it was a rare opportunity for a Muslim to get the deputy governor’s slot in the state.
Ogunlade assured that she would rally the support of the female gender, Muslem Ummah and civil servants in the state for electoral victory. Speaking earlier, LP Chairman in the state, Hon Akin Omole, said Ogunlade’s choice was a reflection of the party’s bid to take into recognition all segments in the state.
Fashola demands states’ control of inland waterways, state police FRANCIS SUBERU
L-R: Wife of the Governor, Erelu Bisi Fayem 2nd (r); Ekiti State Commissioner for Women Affairs, Social Development and Gender Empowerment, Mrs. Fola Richie-Adewusi and others during the ‘Bring back the Chibok girls’ protest march, in Ado-Ekiti, yesterday.
Osun PDP denies chieftain’s theft of voter’s registers, cards BOLADALE BAMIGBOLA OSOGBO
he Osun State chapter of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday denied the allegation that one its members were caught with several voter’s cards by the police. The ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) in the state, through its Director of publicity, media and strategy, Barrister
Kunle Oyatomi, had recently raised the alarm about the discovery of several voter’s cards in a vehicle belonging to the chairman of the PDP in Boripe Local Governmemt Area of the state. The APC then called on the police to carry out proper investigation and bring anyone found guilty to book. But the state’s PDP, through a release signed by the party’s public-
ity secretary, Prince Bola Ajao and made available to journalists yesterday in Osogbo, denied the allegation, saying that there was no truth in it. The statement read in part: “It has been brought to the notice of the general public that the media type associated with the alleged voter’s registers found in possession of the Boripe Local Government PDP Chairman is grossly misleading, mis-
chievous and a calculated attempt to tarnish the good name of our Boripe Local Government party chairman and our party PDP in particular.” The party, though concurred that voter’s registers remain public documents, it added that through the provisions of the electoral law, political parties are authorised to lawfully be in possession of same for their political activities.
Osun NBA demands prosecution of DPO for alleged extra-judicial killing BOLADALE BAMIGBOLA OSOGBO
he Osun State branch of the Nigerian Bar Association has demanded the immediate prosecution of the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) of Ijamo “B” Divison, Ilesa, Mr. Joshua Adewalehinmi, for allegedly killing a hotel manager. The Hotel Manager
is identified simply as Lucky. Addressing newsmen in Osogbo, yesterday, Chairman, Human Rights Commission of the NBA, Mr Justy Erhabor, queried the decision of the Osun State police command not to arraign Adewalehinmi, even when investigations into the killing are ongoing. He said that during the visit of an NBA fact-find-
ing delegation to the command, where the team held meeting with the Deputy Commissioner of Police, the delegation was informed that the DPO had been arrested, but he claimed that that sources in Ilesa have also said Adewalehinmi was seen working in his office during the week. In the words of Erahbor, “From the report we got, the deceased was not
armed when he was shot dead by Adewalehinmi. The NBA is not taking this matter lightly. We are interested in it and we want the police to prosecute the DPO for the alleged killing of the young man. I have instructed the NBA, Ilesa branch, to monitor the case. There is tendency to sweep this kind of case under the carpet but the NBA and the help of journalists will not allow this,” he said.
agos State governor, Babatunde Fashola (SAN) has advocated for legislation in support of states within the federation to exercise control over their inland waterways, creeks and lagoons as well as laws that will allow for multi-level policing. Fashola made the call at the 11th Executive/ Legislative Parley held at Golden Tulip, Festac Town, Lagos. The theme for the parley was: “Public Sector Management Reengineering: The Continuing Story of Lagos.” According to Governor Fashola, the most urgent and compelling challenge of Nigeria at the moment bothers on security and
rule of law, saying no nation in Nigeria’s shoe wouldcontinue to lay embargo on state or multilevel policing. His words, “We believe that the time has come for our legislators to dig deep. No nation with the kind of security challenge that we have must refuse and continue to be imaginative about law enforcement. Whatever the arguments and the fears about state police may be, the truth is that we have nothing to fear but the fear itself. On control of inland waterways, Fashola called on federal lawmakers to take another look at the inland waterways Law which, he said, was originally a decree made at the time when there was no legislative arm.
LASRAB boss, Rafiu Bolaji Uthman dies at 56 FRANCIS SUBERU
irst Director General, Lagos State Records and Archives Bureau(LASRAB) Mr. Rafiu Bolaji Uthman is dead. He was aged 56. Uthman died on Friday in an unknown hospital in Lagos. While confirming the report, an information officer in the Lagos State Government told Saturday Mirror that Uthman had been sick for some time now. He did not disclose the nature of his ailment but said he was in India not too long ago for medical reasons and returned to Nigeria only to fall sick again. The Lagos State Gov-
ernor had visited him recently to see how he was fairing after returning from medical trip abroad. Born August 28, 1957, Uthman bagged a B.A degree in Education/ History from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka in 1996 and a Master degree in History and Diplomatic Studies from the University of Lagos, UNILAG (2000). His other qualifications are NCE in History and Geography, Advanced Diploma in Journalism from Times Journalism Institute and certificates in advanced writing from Nigerian Institute of Journalism(NIJ). Until his death, he was pursuing a doctorate degree at the Lagos State University, Ojo.
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Chime under pressure to release communal clash detainees
Chibok girls: Women, female students protest, pray in Imo
nugu State Governor, Sullivan Chime, is under pressure to release detainees of the Ikem/Neke communal clash, who are being held at the Enugu State Police Command for about two months running. Youth from Ikem community in Isi-Uzo Local Government Area of the state, who spoke to Saturday Mirror, indicated that peace may take a flight from the locality if the detained four members of the community were not release from detention with immediate effect. The youths wondered that in spite of the directive of Deputy Governor Sunday Onyebuchi to Chairman of Isi-Uzo Local Government council, Augustine Nnamani, that the detained youths be released, nothing has been done so far. One of the youths, who preferred anonymity, said that it was regrettable that four years after the state government had demarcated boundary between Neke and Ikem communities, the Neke community are yet to allow peace to
reign in the area. Spokesman of the Ikem youths, Hillary Odo, accused both the state Commissioner for Police, Adamu Mohammed, and the Neke community of conspiracy in the unlawful detention and asked Governor Chime and civil liberty groups to intervene in the matter to secure the release of the youths. Odo also appealed to Governor Chime to intervene in the matter to further cement the effort of the deputy governor, noting that the governor is highly reverredd among the people. In the words of Odo, “Look at the road that the governor just constructed for us, it is even becoming impassable because one community is disobedient to government demarcation of the land. So of what use is the road after spending over two billion naira on the virgin road construction and there is no thoroughfare?” The group maintained that Ikem and Neke are sister communities that share common affinity in marriages and in traditions, and wondering why there should be rancour between the two communities.
ife of Imo State G o v e r n o r, Nneoma Nkechi Okorocha, yesterday, led some female students, mothers, teachers and female political office holders in the state in a prayer session for the release of the abducted Chibok girls. The prayer session was held at the Freedom Square, Owerri, the state capital. The women asked for God’s intervention in the case of the abducted 267 Chibok girls in Borno State.
Leading the crowd on a peaceful demonstration along the major roads of the state capital before the prayer, the governor’s wife said they had been experienced untold traumas and sleepless nights for the past 18 days since the innocent girls were abducted. Some of the placards displayed by the women read “We say no to abduction,” “free the young girls,” “Set Chibok Girls free,” “We say no to abduction,” among many others. Mrs. Okorocha explained that the prayer session was necessitated
by the letters repeatedly written to her office by Imo female students asking for the whereabouts and welfare of the abducted girls. Her words, “I have been deeply concerned by the state of affairs of these children just like other mothers because it could have been anybody. A touch to the 276 Chibok girls is a touch on 276 nations. We must look up to the Heavens where all things are possible, pray, intercede and not give up hope until the girls return to their homes.” The governor’s wife noted that she had spoken wither Borno State counterpart on the de-
velopment in the northeastern state, saying the Borno Governor’s wife was equally downcast on the issue. Speaking earlier, Senior Prefect, Girls Secondary School, Owerri, Miss Joy Nwokedi described the recent abduction of the Chibok girls in Borno State as not only inhuman but most reprehensible and a theatre of absurd. According to Miss Nwokedi, “We the students of Imo State are in real pains and highly traumatized at this ungodly development in our society which generates fear and anxiety among girls.”
Awka North LG moves to strengthen weak IGR base CHARLES OKEKE AWKA
hairman of Awka North Local Government Area, Chief Cosmas Okonkwo, has said that the council has began the implementation of steps to boost its internally-generated revenue base, which he said, had been weak over the years. Speaking to journalists in his office at Achalla, yesterday, Okonkwo stated that he chose boost of IGR of the council as a priority since he realised upon assumption of office in January 2014, that Awka North was the least among the 21 Local Government Areas of the state in terms of internally generated revenues. According to Okonkwo, “We investigated and found out that the past council executives shied
away from pursuing IGR, but we have plugged some loopholes and by the year end, we will record appreciable improvement,” he said. Giving his experience, Okonkwo said that running Awka North council was very challenging and that the area is backward in terms of general infrastructure, especially roads and IGR. He also described the recent report that he was sacked by the Local Government Election Petition Tribunal as false and baseless. Okonkwo who won the Awka North Local Givernmwent Area chairmanship seat during the Anambra Local Government Election held in January, however, thanked Governor Willie Obiano for the recognition he has given to his locality.
Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo, receiving a document from the Head, Shared Services of CBN, Mr. Chidi Umeano, during a visit of CBN officials to the government house in Owerri, recently. PHOTO: NAN
Anambra MASSOB spits fire over alleged harassment of members FRANCIS EKPONE ONITSHA
risis appears looms in Anambra State following the threat of reprisal attacks against members of the Motorcycle Transport Union of Nigeria (MTUN) field workers at Awkuzu community in Oyi Local Government Area. MASSOB had alleged connivance between a senior official of the MTUN and some naval personnel of the Joint Security
task force attached to the area, who they (MASSOB) accused of harassing, arresting, intimidating, torture its members. Speaking to Saturday Mirror yesterday in Onitsha, Personal Assistant to the zonal leader of the group on internal security matters, RSM Joseph Nwafor, said MASSOB was particularly irked that Awkuzu unit chairman of MTUN, Mr. Chinedu Onuorah, usually force its members to pay ticket fees, fees for Okada
emblems and also obtain their Identify Cards. He also claimed that those considered recalcitrant were always handed over to the naval team of the joint task force. He maintained that MASSOB’s non-violence activities should not be misconstrued to mean cowardice. According to Nwafor, “Several of our members including Mr. John Iganga who had just been released from Awka prison also received physical torture while in the cus-
tody of the naval men stationed at Awkuzu junction, not that John was arrested for an offence but because Awkuzu unit chairman Mr. Chinedu Onuorah took him to them. He further challenged state’s Motorcycle Transport Union chairman, Chief Afam OKoye, protect interest of Ndigbo, and desist from collaborating with “our enemies in the harassment and murder of MASSOB members.”
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Amosun, Osoba still locking horns in Ogun APC
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nly passive observer of events in the political activities in Ogun State would have been taken aback by last Saturday’s development within the state chapter of the All Progressives Congress. At the congresses held, there emerged two parallel state executive committees. The emergence of parallel executive members in Ogun APC last Saturday was indeed, without doubt, the climax of a series of ego crises between the former governor of the state, Aremo Olusegun Osoba, and the state governor, Ibikunle Amosun, as well as other stalwarts of the party. The now relationship between Amosun and his political godfather has been anything but cordial. A group led by Senator Adegbenga Kaka, an erstwhile deputy to Osoba, held a separate state congress away from the officially recognised and widely accepted one held at the extension of the June 12 Cultural Center in Kuto, Abeokuta where Amosun and the 12 officials of INEC from the state and national level were in attendance. Genesis of the rivalry between Osoba and Amosun Saturday Mirror reliable gathered from a member of the inner caucus of the party who would not want his name mentioned that the present “civil war” being witnessed today in Ogun State in the ruling party is a manifestation of the unresolved bickering between Osoba and Amosun. The animosity dated back to year 2003 when Amosun inspired the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to oust the administration of Osoba as the state governor in the then Alliance for Democracy (AD) in the state in the famous “political tsunami” that swept four other AD governors off their seats in the South-West. In that “tsunami”, governors of Oyo, Osun, Ekiti, Ondo as well as Aremo Osoba of Ogun State were swept away. Although all the five governors claimed electoral heist by the PDP for their defeat, each of them had peculiar reasons why their peo-
ple rejected them at the polls. The rivalry between Amosun and his estranged godfather, Osoba, stemmed from the unsuccessful attempt of the duo to return to relevance in the politics of the Gateway State. It however became seriously pronounced after several attempts and one of them eventually came to relevance. Amosun came back and teamed up with what remained of the “debris” of his old political empire to regain the power he had once lost. Amosun, now a Senator and Osoba found themselves in the same political boat in 2010 when the Action Congress (AC) decided to attract like-minds for more impact and effectiveness. Amosun and his supporters within the then state chapter of the All Nigeria People Party (ANPP) that scared the day light out of the PDP in the 2007 elections, teamed up with the Action Congress (AC) and the Democratic People’s Alliance (DPA) to become Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN). But because of the past, the power that be in the then Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) only gave Amosun the sole ticket to become the state governor. Analyst still continued to argue that the sole governorship ticket conceded to Amosun was aimed at weakening him and making him little relevant in the party. But politicians, being what they are, all would fight to remain relevant in whatever position he or she finds himself. That exactly was what played out immediately Amosun became the governor. Although Osoba, sources said, claimed that the 2003 issues were long gone and forgotten, insiders in the ACN politics insist that events that unfolded later suggested otherwise. For instance, despite the fact that Senator Amosun towered head and shoulder above other gubernatorial aspirants in the ACN, he was made to pass through hell before he could secure the ticket. When he eventually did, Amosun was the only one out of the teeming members of his group that got any elective ticket. Source within the party told our correspondent that Osoba gave the other tickets, including the three senatorial seats,
nine House of Representatives tickets and 23 out of the 26 House of Assembly tickets to loyalists between DPA and AC. DPA, the political party on which Senator Kaka then contested the governorship election, got a senatorial seat and a House of Assembly seat while members of the defunct AC took the rest including that of the deputy governor in person of Prince Segun Adesegun. “That in my opinion was when this seed of discord was sown. How on earth will you say the group that came third in an immediate previous election is more powerful than the people that came second? Yes, the group that came second got the governorship but the combined effect of what the group that took third got can nullify, if not obliterated, what the man that took second has. The House of Assembly can easily impeach the governor, you know”. Discordant tunes No sooner than Governor Amosun was sworn in than discordant tunes began to emerge from the ranks of ACN. The first sign of trouble was in the attempt to appoint an interim management committee for the new APC. It resulted in some fracas at the state headquarters of the APC due to misinterpretation of some instructions from the APC headquarters in Abuja on whether the management team was needed or not. Second was the membership registration exercise. The group led by Senator Kaka alleged that the governor was attempting to hijack the exercise which eventually turned out to be a different thing. The governor wanted to assemble a team he was sure would assist him in meeting his electoral promises while his party men insisted he must pick his aides from within their ranks. But Amosun tried to meet this demand midway and nominated several party men like the former Speaker of the state House of Assembly during the Osoba era, Hon. Muyiwa Oladipo, senatorial chairmen of the defunct ACN in Ogun West and Ogun East districts, Hon. Falilu Sabitu, and Mr. Daniel Adejobi, as well as members like
Ayo Olubori, Olu Odeyemi and Chief Sam Ayedogbon as commissioners and then surrounded them with technocrats for the task of rebuilding the state. Other loyalists of Osoba like Chief Mufutau Ajibola, his SSG, Chief Poju Adeyemi (his son), and others were equally given top positions in government. The governor also appointed several party men as Special Advisers and Chairmen and members of Boards, Parastatals and agencies in the state. Although the results of this admixture of politicians and technocrats is there for all to see in terms of rapid and unprecedented infrastructural development in the state and a massive leap in the IGR of the state, the party men in ACN are unimpressed. They are always quick to accuse the governor of marginalising the original members of the ACN. But a member of the APC who is sympathetic to the governor dismissed the allegation. He argued: “If you control three senators and 7 House of Representatives members as well as 23 House of Assembly members, what are you looking for with common commissioners? How Amosun surmounted the coupe d’état Shortly after the oath of office and his swearing-in, Amosun began the move to establish himself by building his own structure and this he did by ensuring that only members of his Senator Ibikunle Amosun (SIA) political family from the defunct All Nigerian Peoples Party (ANPP) were fielded for chairmanship positions during the last local government election held in the state in July 2012. This, in addition to appointing his people as commissioners and members of the cabinet, translated to what happened at the APC state congress held on Saturday April 26th, 2014 where his people emerged as delegates and consequently, members of the APC state executive committee. Observers of event in the Gateway State further emphasised that it was through these people he had planted and the Local Government Advisory Committee in all the 20 local councils in addition to the existing elected council chairmen in all the 20 local governments of the state that Amosun was able to mobilise the grass root for winning all the state executive positions at the congress. All these while, principal players in the Osoba camp who christened themselves as members of the National Assembly caucus were in Abuja, unaware of the development in their party only for them to comeback and discover that it was already late for them to start asking for relevance. This, perhaps, explained why the crisis, which they had thought that the national headquarters of the party, would prevail upon and possibly resolve for them before it eventually got to an unmanageable state. As much as these National Assembly member were trying to bend whatever steps he had taken, Amosun himself had been trying to outsmart them to ensure that there was credibility in whatever he was doing before the congress.
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Why Kwankwaso is afraid of conducting council poll –Bello Comrade Saidu Bello, the Administrative Secretary of Kano State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, in this interview with ALEX MOMOH, speaks on the coming local government election in Kano State and the preparations of the major parties for it. Excerpts:
hat is your ur view about the battle between ween the PDP and APC ahead ad of the forthcoming local government nment election in Kano State and the e general election in 2015? Kwankwaso’ defection ction to APC has not changed the political olitical numerical strength of PDP in Kano. ano. Already, APC is in a state of coma and it will soon rest in perfect peace. You ou will agree with me that PDP is the strongest political party in Kano State today and in view of this Kwankwaso has been afraid to conduct the local government vernment elections in the state. Mallam Ibrahim Shekarau is a personality that is admired by the people of Kano State e because of his ideological perspectives; ves; he is very just and fair in his dealings ealings with the people of Kano State and these are what make him different from Kwankwaso. nkwaso. Kwankwaso has no regard for other people’s opinions nions and does not appreciate ciate other people’s courage. rage. He demolishes people’s ple’s houses, stores and strucructures in the state without hout providing them alternanative places or compenensating them. He only ly makes fake promisess to the affected people. e. The actions are immpacting negatively on n the business commuunities in the state. Take ake for instance, the estabtablishment of the so called alled Kano Roads and Transport sport Agency (KAROTA) in K Kano ano an o State now being referred red to as Road Marshals making things unbearable forr business communities in the state, arresting and prosecuting people indiscriminately without due regard to abiding rules and regulations of the laws that established the Federal Roads Safety Corps (FRSC) and others. Can you believe that the governor has over-taxed candidates contesting for the forthcoming local government elections in the state? Persons vying for the post of a chairman in a local government council had to pay N100, 000 before he could get tax clearance from the state government and at the same time purchase a form at the rate of N250, 000. This is a dangerous trend of advocating stiff measures for people in politics to get discouraged. Is this amount restricted to PDP
contestants alone in the state or for the generality of all the political parties in the state? The issue is that the strongest contenders for the local government in the state are in the APC and PDP. But the governor made a very serious blunder by purchasing forms and tax clearance for all the APC candidates in the state. This i s
against the constitution. The money spent to make the bulk purchase of forms for the APC contestants are from the tax payers’ money in the state. Both the PDP and other political parties in the state are also in the tax payers group, and have the right to that money because the money is not from his pocket. That is a criminal act by the governor to fraudulently spend the tax payers money in the state for his selfish ends. As at on the 11th of April the sales of the form had expired but the APC was still compiling the lists of its members which automatically mean that they extended the date because the governor thinks he has every powers to manipulate everything at his disposal as he
controls the State Electoral Commission. The governor made a statement over the radio recently that any of the APC candidate cleared by the Kano State Electoral Commission would automatically scale through the elections. We, the PDP members in the state will wait to see how he is going to do that. With the achievement of Kwankwaso in a short period as against what Shekarau achieved in eight years, how do you hope to convince the people of the state not to vote for APC under the leadership of the governor? No, one thing people must understand is that Mallam Ibrahim Shekarau and
Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso have different political ideologies or philosophies. When Ibrahim Shekarau came on board in 2003, he said his government was going to concentrate on human development programmes as a perspectives and he said he was going to build human beings in alleviating their sufferings instead of embarking on infrastructural facilities that would continue to put them in perpetual and untold hardship. This was why the state witnessed unprecedented peace throughout the eight years he ruled the state. Governor Kwankwaso’s political ideology is based on infrastructural development projects where he is the only person beating the drum and dancing to it. Kwankwaso has no provisions for the grass roots political developments in the local government councils. You spoke about the governor saying APC candidates would automatically win. Do you foresee rigging during the local government election? This is why I told you the statement made by Governor Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso recently over the radio. This means that APC will use all possible avenues to ensure they win solidly during the elections. But we PDP are not going to give room for APC’s anticipated rigging. Has the PDP any credible candidate on ground to challenge the APC candidate during the governorship elections in 2015? You can quote me very well that Kwankwaso, after the expiration of his tenure, doesn’t want anybody to emerge again. In fact, he will prefer a PDP person to win the election because he wouldn’t want any person in Kwankwasiyya Group who is in APC to win the election and become the governor of the state. He will expect that the result will be useless because all attention will be on the governor and he will be disposed of. The present deputy governor of the state, Dr. Umar Ganduje, is supposed to be the next candidate for the governorship post, but Kwankwaso wants somebody else.
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hese claims are totally false, malicious and sponsored by disgruntled elements that have not been happy with the stability
and wide-spread popularity our party has continued to enjoy since Mu’azu emerged as National Chairman. “For the avoidance of doubt, our National Chairman has maintained very healthy and robust working relationship with all our leaders at all levels across the country, resulting in the impressive performance posted in the last three months. “It is common knowledge that since assumption of office, our National Chairman has continued to deftly apply his wealth of experience, his farreaching connections and profound goodwill among Nigerians to stabilise and reposition our great party to the admiration of our leaders and members, including President Goodluck
PDP completely on course under Muazu –PDP National Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh, on rumours of friction between PDP National Chairman, Adamu Mu’azu and President Goodluck Jonathan Jonathan, members of the NWC, PDP caucus in the National Assembly, PDP governors, and our teeming supporters nation-wide, a feat for which he has been popularly dubbed the ‘Game Changer’. “In the last three months, Mu’azu has succeeded in shaming the enemies of our party by achieving unity among our people, restoring the confidence of the members in the leadership and regaining the trust Nigerians have in the PDP as the only vehicle to deliver democracy dividends to them, a development which would not have been possible without a good working relationship with the
President and our governors. “Those seeking to sow seeds of discord in PDP must understand that they have already failed as the party has emerged from its challenges stronger and more united, and shall not in any way whatsoever be taken offcourse by such evil machinations. “The PDP under Mu’azu as National Chairman is completely on course and shall remain the pre-eminent party wholly committed to the national interest and the welfare of all Nigerians in line with our manifesto and visions of our founding fathers.”
We’ve given Akwa Ibom promise new lease of life -Akwa Ibom State Governor, Godswill Akpabio, while swearing-in new commissioners.
“W Fayemi will betray Oni –PDP gubernatorial candidate in Ekiti State, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, addressing a Mega Rally at Ifaki Ekiti, the hometown of former Governor Segun Oni
impact of our transformational leadership. “Your appointment to this high office of public trust is designed to reinvigorate and strengthen service delivery to our people. In the last seven years, we have remoulded Akwa Ibom State and given a new lease of life to the Akwa Ibom promise. We are at a critical point in our journey as a State as we begin a race to concretize our legacies and prepare for the handing over of the baton to a new administration next year.
e are immune to politics, ethnicity and tribe in the discharge of our functions. We, therefore, urge you to expand your perspective to embrace our State as a whole and see yourself beyond the narrow confines of your community and the restrictive ambits of your politics. You do not represent your Local Government in this cabinet; you represent the entire State. “We are a transformational government based on values. We strive to let every segment of our society feel the
Don’t sell your votes
–Labour Party gubernatorial aspirant in Osun State, Alhaji Fatai Akinbade, to Osun voters while declaring his intention to contest in the August 9, 2014 gubernatorial elections
his rally is meant to celebrate Segun Oni’s exit from the PDP. Fayemi will betray Oni the way he treated me after he became Governor, despite that I worked for his victory during the 2009 Rerun Election. “I charge PDP members to be committed to the electoral battle to be able to emerge victorious in the election. “I will return the University of Science and Technology, Ifaki Ekiti, established under the Segun Oni administration but phased out by the Fayemi government when I assume office. I am ready to engage Fayemi in a debate on how to govern the people.
e wary of politicians who induce you with financial gains. The future of the state would only be protected when voters refuse to sell their votes. “I am deeply committed to ensuring that Osun records true progress by breaking the brutal cycle of exploitation and exportation of the resources accruable to the state.
“Let us go into a relationship that would positively affect our collective fortunes. Please do not sell your votes and conscience. Anybody who votes for a wrong candidate because of financial inducement would be selling not only his/her tomorrow, conscience and right, but also the future of Osun State and generations yet unborn in our great state.”
I did not dump APC –Chieftain of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in Edo State, Elder Patrick Igbinaken, denying that he resigned from the party,
am one of the founders of the party, so I cannot see myself leaving the party. I am fully with APC. We are doing things collectively. We don’t force people, and we don’t impose things on our members.
“I will advice the leaders to look to the people at the grassroots to support them, help them because the grassroots are the people fighting for the party, not the people at the top. We need some support from the leaders to the people so that we can live together.
“My purported resignation from the APC was not intentional. It was due to grievances. The meeting we attended was not for resignation. It was not what we bargained for. It was when we got there that they said resign, resign. I am still part of APC. The meet-
ing I attended was by mistake. “I thought it was a meeting of all the members of the APC. I am backing out of that meeting. I am fully with APC. I told all my supporters who were aggrieved, so I am begging them to come back, there is no problem anymore.”
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Who is enslaving Oyo tobacco farmers? Tobacco farmers in Oyo State live a Spartan lifestyle which is poles apart from a people getting due reward for hardwork. NNAMDI ONYEUMA who encountered them wonders where the reward of their labour goes.
he snaky and dusty road leading to the vast acres of land where tobacco farmers in Oyo State work day and night; rain or shine, signposts a life of sweat and struggle, but that probably pales into insignificance when compared to the everyday life of the tobacco farmer in the sprawling settlement. Like the rising health costs of treating tobacco- induced illnesses in countries where smoking in private or public is still fashionable, the uneducated and largely ignorant farmers besides aging with a laser-speed, suffer the double tragedy of sustained neglect and poverty. Beyond the increasing awakening to the dangers posed by tobacco consumption through bills for its control by many nations around the world, tobacco farmers in Oyo would need more than a legislation to recover from what seemed like a scripted neglect that has seen many of them resign to fate. Not even the occasional donations to some cottage industries in communities in Oyo, Ogun, Ondo and Akwa Ibom States by the British American Tobacco Nigeria (BATN), in line with its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), can change the apparent dying comfort of the farmers. Seemingly fighting on both ends of the divide, the farmers wage a silent war against the over-bearing presence of BATN agents one of which like a menacing shadow of a ghost, looked over their shoulders, and poverty. Reminding one of the relationship between the master and his slaves, irritant and intolerant BATN agents, would deny the farmers the right to movement and free speech if they had their way. At every turn as the farmers showed journalists around the tobacco farms and shared some rare lighter moments, a BATN agent dedicatedly followed; making calls, and often referring to the farmers as ‘our farmers’ as he relayed events at the farm to the man at the other side of the telephone as if they were running a football commentary. The Oyo tobacco farmers live well, only but. With just a handshake, their dry palms present very little difference from the dry tobacco leaves which define their everyday life. Insulated from the public, the farmers hear nothing, see nothing, except what the agents and BATN, their major patron want them to hear. Reminded of claims that some of them were millionaire tobacco farmers, they laughed it off, wishing it were true. In a comic reference to the claim by public commentators, ostensibly wearing
Some of the tobaco farmers in a group photograph
THERE MUST BE A LAW THAT COMPELS THE SMOKER TO PAY FOR THE HABIT AS COMMON IN OTHER COUNTRIES WHERE SMOKING IS NO LONGER IN VOGUE the face of BATN, one of the farmers, who would not want his name in print described it as ‘April Fool’. That was probably where the protest ends. The average tobacco farmer dreams of life outside the tobacco farms, but it has remained a wishful thinking over the years due to the loan burdens hanging on their necks. Saturday Mirror checks revealed that Oyo tobacco farmers do not pay back the loans given them by BATN with cash, instead with tobacco leaves in the value of the loan. They also do not pay interests eyes can see on the loans, but pay higher interests by working like slaves, losing their comfort and sense of pride like all debtors. As a consequence of the loans, farmers pin down in the farms to get the volume of leaves needed to offset the loans given them by BATN than complain. “This is why we work tirelessly daily with our children and unable to do other forms of farming such as Cassava or maize that can serve as alternatives to growing tobacco,” one of the farmers who would not want his name in print tells the newspaper. Welcome to Iseyin, Otu, Okaka and Igbo Ijaiye; all suburbs of Oyo North council area of Oyo State. In the farming settlement that apparently leaves very little to the imagination, the scrawnylooking farmers are a study in patience.
A farmer’s house
Dissecting the life they live, throws up dozens of questions as to the mechanism that has held them like thread to a needle and compelled them to continue to hope when everything around them points to a cycle of penury and unending servitude. In an interview, Mr. Akinbode Oluwafemi, Director, Corporate Accountability and Administration, Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA/FoEN), blamed BATN for the farmer’s conditions. “They are using the face of local farmers to hold on to the Nigeria market while importing most of its leaves from outside Nigeria. We have long suspected that the leaves sourced from Nigeria are negligible compared with the hype that BATN is involved in,” Oluwafemi who took journalists on a tour of the settlement says. The ERA/FoEN boss who revealed that the NPK fertilizer which the Ministry of Agriculture sells for N5,600 per bag is being re-bagged and sold to farmers in the tobacco growing
communities for N7,000 and above, queried the practice. “Worse still,” he says, “to ensure its engagement with farmers remains hidden from public scrutiny, BATN has engaged instructors who are more like task masters whose role is to ensure the local farmers do not talk to anyone who seek information about their activities in the farm. The situation in the farms looks like the slave trade era when task masters ensure the farmers only do the bidding of the colonial masters.” The Oyo tobacco farmers aptly fit into those who depend on their energy, sweat, blood and personal efforts for survival. Barely rewarded for their hardwork, they also face the challenges arising from potable water issues, access roads and polluted environment just as they are routinely exposed to conditions where life expectancy leaves so much to be desired. In an interview, Gbenga AdCONTINUED ON PAGE 19
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CONTINUED FROM PAGE 18 ejuwon, a member of Nigerian Tobacco Control Alliance, (NTCA) described the condition of the farmers as an eye-saw, saying, it was about time the government looked into the living conditions of the farmers. “As a matter of urgency, I think it is about time the government instituted an inquiry into the volume of tobacco leaves utilized by BATN for cigarette production in its Ibadan plant and the total quantity produced from tobacco farms in the country in order to ascertain how much leaves the company imports,” he says. According to him, this has become necessary to establish the true facts about the activities of BATN and the farmers and also check any undue waivers that BATN enjoys under the federal government import waiver schemes. While calling for the quick passage of the National Tobacco Control Bill, (NTCB) which he says, would safeguard the health of Nigerians and save Nigerian farmers from poverty, Adejuwon also urged the Nigerian government to create an environment for tobacco farmers to explore alternatives to tobacco farming. “This position stems from the farmers who, following interactions, would gladly quit tobacco farming to try their hands on food crops and other meaningful businesses, but for the loans they must repay with tobacco leaves,” Adejuwon says. Statistics show that about 93 million sticks of cigarette are produced every year in Nigeria by BATN with no fewer than 20 percent of Nigerian youths now hooked to smoking. Alarming as this is, groups such as ERA/FoEN, the Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Center (CISLAC) and other allies fear that with tobacco companies regularly digging into their intrigues bags, especially the infusion of glamour to smoking, more Nigerian youths would swell the ranks of smokers. Only recently, BATN organized smoking parties in Lagos and other parts of the country where first time smokers some as young as 14 years old, were nudged on to have a go on smoking. Pitiably living dangerously without knowing it, a number of youths were said to have gleefully taken the ‘chance of adventure’. But if the group thought it was a simple adventure, a report by health experts at the National Cancer Institute in the United States succinctly paints the horrifying picture of the harm awaiting them. According to researchers, tobacco smoke contains over 7000 chemicals, 250 of which are extremely harmful to human health – with 69 being carcinogenic. The list includes arsenic, benzine, beryllium (a toxic metal), butadiene (a toxic gas), nickel (a metallic element), polonium-210 (a radioactive chemical element), formaldehyde, benzopyrene and toluene. Incidentally, while the researchers insist on awareness programme on the dangers associated with all tobacco products, BATN seems busy discovering new places to invest. The newspaper checks showed that the company controls over 80 percent of the Nigerian cigarette market with an investment valued at over $150 million. Curiously, too, the company has also been involved in constructing and commissioning Wellness facilities as part of its CSR. This is coming on the heels of the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) estimate
We repay ‘loans’ with tobaco leaves
A tobaco farm
Another hut in the tobaco village
that at least tobacco will kill more than 8 million people yearly with five of the deaths occurring in low and middle income countries by the year 2030. According to the Managing Director of BATN, Keith Gretton, the company plans to site its N1 billion headquarters in Lagos, even as he disclosed at Ibadan during the commissioning of a wellness project that BATN remits N15 billion in taxes to the Nigerian government annually. However, Hunge Seun, Tobacco
Control.ng, queries the value of an investment that negatively impacts on the lives of the people. Like ERA/FoEN’s Oluwafemi, he canvasses for a legislation that will provide a warning label on all cigarette packs, as well as enough awareness that would lead to the disclosure of the chemical contents of every stick of cigarette, among others. Seun also seeks a law which will compels smokers to pay a certain amount of money for smoking in public places, as according to him, without such laws efforts aimed at tobacco control would amount to futility. “There must be a law that compels the smoker to pay for the habit as common in other countries where smoking is no longer en vogue,” he says. He maintained that taxing smokers heavily would drastically cut down on the habit and indirectly transfer the medical costs to the tobacco companies, a situation he says, would discourage trade on tobacco. In 2006, a survey carried out in 11 council areas in Lagos State-owned hospitals, showed that at least two persons die every day from a tobacco-related disease. The report also revealed that there were about 9,750 patients suffering from tobacco-induced ailments at the time, explaining further that the state government committed about N222, 000 to subsidize the medicals. Each patient, the survey revealed, spent an additional N70, 000 to augment government’s efforts’ amounting to over N2 billion. Increasingly aware of the dangers of smoking governments
all over the world are turning attention to tobacco control through legislation. Seemingly activating the emergency mode, the World Health Organisation’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), which Nigeria signed in 2004 and ratified in 2005, was the first major pointer to the dangers of smoking by a world body. Today, the National Assembly is already considering the possibility of imposing more taxes on tobacco products. Article 6 of the FCTC which dwells on Price and Tax Measures says that “increased tax on tobacco products leading to increased prices is the most cost effective measure to reduce consumption of tobacco especially among youth. It further recommends that governments adopt appropriate price and tax policies that contribute to reduce the consumption of tobacco products and that in order to effectively implement such price and tax policies, which will result in sustainably higher revenues, governments need strong Ministries of Finance, capable of adequate tax administration. Olufemi welcomes these measures and describes taxes as veritable means of control. “It has been said that secondhand smoke accounts for more than 4, 000 chemicals, including at least 69 known to cause cancer. Also serious diseases such as lung cancer, heart disease, sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), low birth weight and serious respiratory conditions are all traceable to smoke. So, with high tax burden on users of tobacco products, they would be discouraged as it will put holes on their pockets,” he says. On Monday, January 20, 2014, the Lagos State House of Assembly joined the campaign as it passed a law prohibiting smoking in public places in the state. The bill, which designated public places to include public toilets, tertiary institutions, public transportation vehicles, shopping centres, stadia, and restaurants states that any person who contradicts this section of the legislation shall be liable, on conviction, to a fine of N100, 000 or six months imprisonment. “It shall be an offence to smoke in the presence of a child under 18 years or expose the child to any form of injurious smoke,” the bill added. Unfortunately, however, as advocacy activities continue so workers and the public are effectively protected, very little is done to protect Oyo tobacco farmers, who work like elephants and eat like ants. It is even worse, as investigations revealed that industry data remain a subject of suspicion as it lacks transparency. Though the situation of tobacco industry looks chilling, it is still million miles away from work conditions of tobacco farmers who rise early at 6.am and close late yet a pitiable sight. Perhaps, it is this horrifying condition that has prompted questions as to how much value their farming skills add to their individual lives. But when the newspaper contacted Oluwasoromidayo George, Area Head, Corporate Affairs of BATN, their major patron, she asked for an official mail and was obliged. But she did not respond to the questions before press time.
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Foiled kidnap attempts on school children leave Ekoro residents in Agbado/ OkeOdo council area of Lagos State in shock. But it is the ‘jungle justice’ given to a woman alleged to have been found with two dead kids, while dragging another two that will remain in the people’s mind until another, reports NNAMDI ONYEUMA
or residents of Ekoro and the adjoining Abule-Egba, two suburbs of Agbado/Oke-Odo local government council of Lagos State, Monday May 5, and Tuesday May 6, 2014, would remain indelible in their hearts. Qualifying for two days, two troubles, residents woke to the shocking news that an army of kidnappers had invaded their neighbourhood in search of victims. It gathered that a young man in his early 30s, had allegedly preyed on pupils of Rock of Dignity Nursery and Primary School located at 13, Aiyeteru Street, Ekoro, where he allegedly kidnapped two pupils on their way to school that morning and was escaping with his ‘catch’ before luck ran out on him. The man, said to come from Ohafia in Abia State, it was learnt, had bundled his prey and was on his way to the Bus Stop when a woman whose daughter attends Rock of Dignity where the pupils were heading to before their kidnap sensed something uncanny and accosted him. A source told the newspaper that it was when the man could not convince the woman on his reason for taking the children away from school while their mates were heading in the opposite direction that deepened her suspicion. The woman, it was disclosed, raised alarm and invited people who helped arrest him. During interrogation, he was said to have confessed to kidnapping the children for his ‘boss’ whom he said lives in Sango Otta, Ogun State. An eye witness, Joshua Ajayi, told the newspaper that the man also confessed that about 20 kidnappers were dropped off at Ekoro that morning to pry on school children. “I was there when everything happened. I was with a friend when we heard the woman shouting and inviting people. We all raced to the place. Gradually, a crowd gathered. He was encouraged to mention other of his men so he will not die alone. It was then that he opened up and people began to beat him. While they were beating him, he pleaded for mercy so he can confess. He told us that he was working for someone based at Otta, Ogun State and that they were 20 in number,” Ajayi says. He continued: “After he was beaten to a pulp, he was asked where his colleagues who he said were dropped off in the area were, but he replied that he cannot tell because everyone took different directions. He told us that he lives in Ifo, Ogun State, and
The woman after she was set ablaze
Rage of the mob!
Woman burnt to death
... as four kids escape kidnap
HE TOLD US THAT HE LIVES IN IFO, OGUN STATE, AND HAS TWO CARS; A JEEP AND A TOYOTA. ALL EFFORTS TO MAKE HIM DISCLOSE WHERE HIS BOSS IS, WAS RESISTED. IT INFURIATED
THE PEOPLE AS THEY BEGAN TO BEAT HIM
The woman before she was killed by the mob
has two cars; a Jeep and a Toyota. All efforts to make him disclose where his boss is, was resisted. It infuriated the people as they began to beat him. The people had assembled some tyres and were about to burn him when the police appeared at the scene to take him away,” Ajayi said. According to Ajayi, items, found on him before the police arrived at the scene were a native ring, Eight Thousand Naira (N8, 000) and an Ipad. When the newspaper visited Ilepo Filling Station, Lagos where he was taken to before being transferred to the Command Headquarters, GRA, Ikeja, the
Divisional Crime Officer (DCO), an Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) declined comments as, according to her, ‘we are not permitted to speak.’ But if the people were naïve to have allowed the police to intervene in the case of this alleged kidnapper, the case of a woman reportedly caught with two human heads in her car booth changed all that. The woman, who was caught at Adeniji Idowu Street off the Military school at Abule-Egba, was not as lucky as the mob descended on her and set her ablaze. The woman, it was said, had come with a car in whose booth the people
discovered the heads of two babies. According to a source, it was this discovery that triggered off a mob action leading to her being set ablaze. It was learnt that the woman had made to escape, but was clever by half as the mob dragged her to the ground. According to a source that refused his name in print, the mob undressed her and then took her back to a corner of Iowa street where they lit the tire and left her to burn. These cases add to yet a similar failed kidnap at Singare, a suburb of Ewupe council area of Ogun State, where a man was caught with 8 baby parts in a Ghana-must-go bag. But just before the police could arrive at the scene, a highly incensed mob had chopped off his ten fingers and toes before setting him ablaze. It would be recalled that the last couple of weeks following resumption of schools have witnessed an upsurge of kidnap cases targeted mostly at school children.
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Surulere singer, Dr SID, one of the hottest artists in the country, has just released his highly anticipated sophomore album, Siduction. Also the son of the late veteran actor, Justus Esiri, he has also been made an MTN ambassador and is nominated for the prestigious MTV Africa Music Awards (MAMA). He clears the air for OSEYIZA OOGBODO on some issues that are mysterious about him.
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hy has your sophomore album, Siduction, taken so long to come after your debut, Turning Point, which came out in 2010? Well, Turning Point came out in 2010, I spent most of 2011 touring, and in 2012, Mo’ Hits Records split. That kind of affected it. But then we started Mavin Records, the priority was the group project and individual albums, and we were supposed to begin recording Siduction last year when my father died so we had to postpone the recording until after his burial, and then we were supposed to release it last year, but we couldn’t because we were not satisfied with its mixing and mastering. You said its release was also delayed due to improper mixing and mastering. How did you overcome that problem? Well, Don Jazzy and the producers sat down and they went through a rigorous mixing and mastering process to make sure the quality of the sound was what they were comfortable with. You have recorded many hit songs, Over The Moon, Something About You, Pop Champagne and Surulere which is very massive now. How do you keep getting inspiration for hits? The most important thing for me is to have a great team of people around me. If you have a great team around you constantly, it helps you with the creativity and the whole process and before a song comes out, we we’ve already scrutinised it within ourselves and made sure that it’s the best we can achieve.
The truth about my N100m mansion –Dr SID You are a musician and an actor. Which would you say is more important to the world, actors or musicians? I really don’t understand that question, but both of them are important. It’s very difficult to be a successful musician-actor. Do you think you can be? When you watch my debut movie, The Last 3 Digits, call me and tell me. Wande Coal said he was never signed to your label, Don Jazzy’s Mavin Records. Can you tell us your own true status with Mavin? My true status is that I’m happily, proudly signed to Mavin Records. I am honoured, that’s the word, to be signed to Mavin Records. How many albums and how many years deal did you sign? That is a private conversation, but
I’ll tell you this, I’ll never come out at any point in time to say I was never signed or whatever. I have a lot of respect for Wande Coal for his decision to leave, and I wish him all the best, but I’ll never at any point in time support statements like that. When we started Mavin Records, everyone was given a choice, either you’re in or you’re out. And if you’re in, you’re totally in. And if you come in and say you want to leave, it’s fine because I can tell you categorically that my contract with Mavin Records, Don Jazzy has told me I can leave anytime I want. So if I want to leave, I don’t need to leave and start going to say all sorts of things. Do you think D’Banj and Wande Coal’s exits from working with Don Jazzy have aided your own growth under him? I don’t think so. To be honest, I can never be sure or 100%. All I can say is that I work hard to create every single
song I put out there. In America, we hear that stars like you are worth $200m, $60m, $10m, etc. How much are you worth? I have not calculated, but the moment I do, I’ll let you know. Last year, it was everywhere that you bought a mansion worth over N100m, and some people were sceptical, saying it’s impossible, and that’s why I asked how much you are worth. Why is it impossible? Did I pay N100m cash? Have you not heard of mortgage? You see, that’s the problem with Nigerians, ignorance is what kills us. Some people can afford to buy a house of N100m in cash. I can’t, so I made a down payment, and I’m still paying for it. I pay close to a million naira a month sometimes, it depends, it’s staggered. And I’m not ashamed about it as I’m not gonna come out and lie about it.
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Another struggling singe r, Victoria Kimani, bares it too L
ast week, it was Niyola. Now, it’s another struggling singer, Chocolate City’s Victoria Kimani, who has gone topless, and is already reaping the dividends in terms of the buzz she is generating. Going topless just might do a lot for Kimani in her bid to establish her brand which is still struggling for relevant visibility even though she is affiliated to one of the most respected record labels in the country, Chocolate City.
Though CC has done a lot, and keeps doing a lot to make her brand very relevant, it cannot be said that she has gotten to the level of Tiwa Savage and Omawumi who are probably the most relevant female singers in the country presently. In fact, her brand suffered a mini-crisis recently when her colleague, Saeon, blasted her, saying that she couldn’t sing and that her mixtape was mediocre. But the nude strategy, which she has just employed, as a followup to her
Etcetera, Tiwa Savage faceoff Etcetera should be careful before he is seen as a nuisance –Pundit
n light of his recent coming down on his colleagues, singer Etcetera has been advised to be careful in how he keeps attacking his colleagues. Etcetera shocked the world when he accused D’Banj, Genevieve and many other celebrities of being partly responsible for the first Nyanya, Abuja bomb blast. Then last week, he made further comments about female celebrities marrying second hand husbands, and Tiwa Savage and her husband, TJ Billz, who just got married, believed he was referring to them and attacked him, saying he’s frustrated and a failure and that’s why he’s attacking those who are more successful than him. Entertainment pundit, Saucy Gezzle, has also waded into the Etcetera, Tiwa Savage faceoff, saying, “Those who live in
glass houses don’t throw stones, so Etcetera has to be careful what he says about his colleagues. “There’s no doubt that his blunt criticisms of his colleagues have made him really talked about, which is what most celebrities want. Those statements have also exposed him however, as most people believe that he’s just jealous of his more successful colleagues and that’s why he’s saying negative things about them. “He might mean well with his radical statements, but his current status doesn’t place him in the best position to make them. He should remember that he’s a musician first and foremost so attacking his colleagues is not really in his best interests so he should try and mend the necessary fences before he will be seen as a nuisance.”
Tiwa Savage and hubby, Tunji
initial sexy image strategy, just might help her become a true household name. The nude strategy is one that has helped many American female singers, and many Nigerian female singers are now employing it with positive results. Before Kimani’s this week, and Niyola’s last week, Nigeriabased female singers that have gone the explicitly sexy way are the late Goldie, Tiwa Savage, Yemi Alade, Muna and Mo’ Cheddah.
President Jonathan alone cannot fight terrorism –PMAN President
he President, Performing Musicians Association of Nigeria (PMAN), Kevin Lucciano Gabriel, has added his voice to the presently raging issue of the missing Chibok girls in the country, saying President Goodluck Jonathan alone cannot fight terrorism. Calling on the government to provide adequate security for Nigerians, he described as absurd and degrading to the nation that a sect, Boko Haram, could hold it to ransom, and added that he doesn’t believe the sect is stronger than the nation. “It is my belief that if the entire nation wills it, Boko Haram can be a thing of the past in Nigeria. It is not the fight of President Goodluck Jonathan alone, it is the fight of all Nigerians,” he said. He urged Nigerians not to fold their arms and watch it brought down to its knees “or we shall all suffer the dire consequences.” He also sent condolence messages to the families of the late Justice Chukwudifu Oputa, Amaka Igwe and Sir Michael Otedola who all died in the last two weeks.
Describing as Sir Michael Otedola as a hardworking man who used all he had to serve the people, he said, “It is a sad loss. I commiserate with the Otedolas, just as I condole with the Igwes and Oputas over the death of Igwe and retired Justice Oputa. This is a sad time for Nigeria as we have lost three citizens who had in diverse ways positively affected our nation. I send my sincere condolences to the entire families. God will grant those left behind the strength to continue in life.”
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Mavin Records’ second year anniversary shocker Don Jazzy D J was once a security it guardd
s highly rated music personality, Don Jazzy, celebrates the second year anniversary of his label, Mavin Records, which he established in May 2012, it has been surprisingly reported that the entertainer-entrepreneur did many odd jobs in England, including security guarding, before his famed rise to the top. Jazzy is well known as a UK returnee, but it has never really been known what he did to survive in the UK. However, as he celebrates Mavin’s second year with his unleashing of his latest artists, Korede Bello, Reekado Banks and Di’Ja on the industry, it is being bandied about that in addition to being a security guard, he also worked at the popular international fast food restaurant chain, McDonald’s. A couple of years ago, when his song, Oliver Twist, became a success in the UK, D’Banj, Jazzy’s one-time best friend and business partner, disclosed himself that he once worked as a security guard in the UK so he was very happy to return there to celebrate his song’s success there. Both Jazzy and D’Banj have however moved on from their odd jobs’ pasts and Jazzy in particular is concentrating on
making Bello, Banks and Di’Ja into big-time successes like D’Banj, Wande Coal, Dr SID, D’Prince, Kayswitch and Tiwa Savage who have all enjoyed unprecedented success through their working relationship with him.
Judge backs out
Secretive Waje linked with Godwin Tom
fter managing to prevent the identities of her intimate male friends being disclosed, one has inevitably surfaced that I Wish singer, Waje, has denied but is nevertheless trailing her. According to reports, the talented singer who became known when she featured on P-Square’s monster hit, Do Me, had more than a working relationship with her ex-manager, Godwin Tom. For many years now, no man has been linked with Waje, and she has been so secretive about her relationships that even her daughter’s father’s identity is not known.
Dorobucci Artist: Mavin All-Stars
Intro Mavin (2x) Verse 1 (Don Jazzy) Ehn dorobucci Don dorobucci Doro Jazzy Ehn doro boss Bello Doro big You know say doro heavy Doro skillful You know say doro bloody Doro get the biggest label wey you know of course Doro tush pass anybody wey doro meet Doro gather pass anybody for the gathering Doro get money pass everybody there Hook (Reekado Banks) Oya doro ... dorobucci o…oh na na na Doro… dorobucci o Doro doro dorobucci mama n mo o Doro… dorobucci Bo nye be o Doro fresh….nkwanu Doro big…..nkwanu, nkwanu Doro flashy Jazzy Doro classy Doro fine pass anybody wey doro see Doro get pass anybody wey doro meet e o Verse 2 (Tiwa Savage) Doro na diva….doro Doro na Tiwa Doro na liver….doro Follow the leader Doro doro do do doro….doro Doro is bigger…doro Doro is higher he ongoing court case beFollow the leader tween Audu Maikori’s ChocoSo follow the leader….doro late City and its former artist, Doro get liver BrymO, over the latter’s breach of She no dey tire contract with CC, has taken another Doro hot dimension as the judge handling the Doro eminado case, Justice I N Buba, has dropped Doro fine it, saying he cannot try it anymore. Do do dorobucci eh During the latest hearing of the Doro me case which held during the week, Doro you CC’s lawyer, T O Lawal, said BrymO Doro Mavin had problems with the label because Maikori We the baddest crew he was promoting hard drugs online Verse 3 (Dr SID) and thereby lost a multimillion naira Doro suru deal CC was trying to arrange for him Doro lere due to the image he was projecting. Doro grab But Buba injected a bit of huDoro carry mour into the proceeding, joking Doro fast pass anybody wey don dey that CC shouldn’t have been bothfast before ered by such an image for BrymO Doro sleek pass anybody wey doro as Fela and Bob Marley were also jam eh ehn known with drugs. Doro hammer Lawal was however disturbed Doro pako by the judge’s reaction and alleged Doro knack pass carpenter wey don that he was biased. dey knack before Consequently, Buba said he Doro nado would hand over the case to anoth- BrymO Doro messi er judge so that none of the parties which is gradually turning into a Doro dribble anybody wey try to would feel that the case was being long affair? Will it be BrymO or CC? That’s the big question still wait- mark doro mishandled through bias. Who will eventually win this case ing to be answered. CONTINUES NEXT WEEK
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Aisha Falode’s son’s murder latest
Firebrand lawyer, Festus Keyamo, steps in ... charges Nigeria to bring the murderers to book ... accuses Dubai of shielding them ... alleges that Toba was killed over girlfriend tussling
ore facts are beginning to emerge about the sudden death of Toba, the only son of respected female sports personality, Aisha Falode. When Toba’s death was first disclosed, it was said to be an accident, and shortly afterwards, it was revealed to be a murder actually. Since the murder’s disclosure, it has been expected that as is usual with murder cases, it would be investigated and the murderer brought to justice. But since that is not happening yet, firebrand lawyer, Festus Keyamo, has stepped in and petitioned the federal government on the issue and went as far as naming some individuals as the alleged murderers of Toba in the petition which was addressed to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and the President, Senate President, House of Representatives Speaker and Nigeria’s Ambassador to UAE copied. According to the petition: We are solicitors to the Falode Family and in particular, Mrs. Aisha Falode, mother of Mr. Oluwadamilola Oloruntoba Falode (a 19-year old student) who was murdered in Dubai, UAE in the wee hours (about 3.30am) of the 15th of February, 2014. The facts of this matter are as follows: 1. Mr. Oluwadamilola Oloruntoba Falode (herein referred to as Toba Falode) was a student of SAE Institute, Dubai in the UAE who was admitted to study Audio Production with Course No: BAP: 1013, and student
ID No: DUB11065 sometime in October, 2013. 2. Mr. Toba Falode lived on the 17th floor (Apartment 1703), Manchester Towers, Dubai Marina, Dubai. 3. In the wee hours of the 15th of February, 2014, Mrs. Aisha Falode received a call from the security guard at Toba’s apartment block informing her in a hysterical tone that something serious had just happened to her son, Toba. 4. That Mrs. Aisha Falode then called her son’s friend, one Nick Allison, a South African, who informed our client that Toba had passed on from falling from his balcony. He said he was right there with Toba’s remains in Toba’s apartment. 5. That our client made various frantic calls to Toba’s pastor (his guardian in Dubai) to go to the scene. In the end, the police came and took away Toba’s body and arrested all those at the scene. 6. Four (4) days later, when the Falode family went to bring the corpse of Toba back home for burial, they met with the Deputy Director of the Jebel Ali police station. 7. That he had the case file of the investigation into Toba’s death with him, from which he read. The summary of their report is as follows: a. That they confirmed that Toba died in the morning of the 15th February at approximately 4am. b. That they indicated that this occurred around the premises of Toba’s apartment,
the Manchester Towers, Dubai Marina. c. That they confirmed that there were five(5) other people with him at the time of his death – (4) four boys and a girl - a Nigerian, a French Canadian national, a South African and a Saudi national. The girl is British. d. That Toba had been drinking and by the early hours of the 15th of February, 2014 had consumed a lot of alcohol together with the other witnesses who were with him in the apartment. e. That close to the time of the accident, Toba was on the balcony of his flat with his alleged girlfriend. f. That Toba was sitting on the railing of his balcony with his feet off the floor and that he was swinging in this position backward and forward. g. That his girlfriend was still there with him, and was warning him to be careful. h. That she later went inside the flat and shortly after, they all noticed that Toba was no longer sitting on the railings or on the balcony, and must have fallen down from the balcony railings. i. That his friends all rushed down and found him lying dead in front of the apartment block. j. That they then called the police who took charge of things. k. That all statements of the witnesses as described above were similar and that they were all interviewed separately. l. That forensic evidence including the
examination of Toba’s body at autopsy did not reveal anything to contradict this version of events. m. That there were no injuries on Toba’s body inconsistent with a fall from a great height as the cause of his death. n. That there was no evidence of bruising or other injury to indicate anything else could be blamed as the cause of his death. o. That his blood alcohol level taken after his death as part of investigations was above the legal intoxication limits. p. That based on their findings, they decided therefore not to conduct a full internal autopsy. q. That if from their investigations they had even the slightest indication of anything other than this version of events they would definitely have conducted an autopsy. 8. However, because of the various inconsistencies in the Police Report given to the family of our client, Mrs. Aisha Falode, in company of our Head of Chambers, Mr. Festus Keyamo and another family member, travelled to Dubai in the UAE on Friday, the 18th day of April, 2014 to see and hear things for themselves. Whilst in the country, the three of them met with the friends of Toba Falode who were present in the apartment on that fateful day. 9. The friends in questions are Nick Allison (a South African student), and Ebele Oladeji Onwugbufor (a Nigerian student) also studying at SAE Institute in the UAE. 10. The summary of the accounts of these friends are totally different from what the police report indicated and has revealed a most shameful and disgraceful attempt by the authorities in Dubai to shield obvious murder suspects from the long arms of the law. 11. The friends and witnesses in question volunteered written statements to us (which we attach herewith for your perusal) and we summarize their account as follows: a. That sometime in December, 2013, the said Faisal Aldakmary Al-Nasser stormed the apartment of the deceased, Oluwadamilola Oloruntoba Falode and ordered Miss Olivia Melanie Richards Evans (his supposed girlfriend) out of Toba’s apartment, accusing her of having an affair with Toba Falode. b. That a fight was to have ensued from this confrontation, but for the intervention of other mutual friends. Since then, there was no love lost between Toba and Faisal Aldakmary Al-Nasser. c. That in the evening of the 14th of February, 2014, Toba, together with his friends, namely Ebele Oladeji Onwugbufor, Nick Allison and Joachim Santene went to a club in Dubai known as M Deck, Media 1 Hotel, Media City. d. That at the club, they again met the said Faisal Aldakmary Al-Nasser and Miss Olivia Melanie Richards Evans who came together to the club. e. That again an argument started at the club concerning Olivia, and shortly after this, Faisal and Olivia left the club. f. That Deji was emphatic that the quarrel was to the effect that Faisal was still accusing her of still dating Toba. CONTINUED ON PAGE 26
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Celebrity kidney failure latest •Survivor Ngozi Nwosu helps Pa Kasumu win N500,000 on WDTBAM
t is no longer news that veteran actor, Pa Kasumu, who started acting in 1968, is critically ill from kidney failure. And in a bid to help the actor who came out publicly last year to appeal for N6m to go for the necessary medical intervention to save his life, popular TV show, Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? featured him on its special edition, Who Deserves To Be A Millionaire?, so he could play for as much as N10m, which if he won, would solve his problem once and for all. Kasumu was assisted on the show by Ngozi Nwosu, another celebrity kidney case who survived her own ordeal with the help of WDTBAM and the Lagos State Government. At the end of his time on the WDTBAM, Kasumu won half a million naira, ten percent of what he hoped he would win.
Speaking after the show, he said, “I intended to get like N5m to take care of my health, but all the same I give glory to God because I got N500,000 and I have been paid.” He also thanked the Lagos State First Lady, Dame Abimbola Fashola, who was also present in the studio during the recording and subsequently gave him N250,000 and Ultima Limited, WDTBAM’s producer, for giving him the opportunity to appear on the show to make money that would help him with his health.
Nollywood Oscars’ committee comes T under fire
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he Nigerian movie industry, popularly known as Nollywood is presently iin a state of ecstasy over the fact that America’s Academy of Motion Picture Ame Arts Ar and Sciences (AMPAS) which organises the world’s most respected ga movie awards which is better known m as The Oscars, has said that it will now start considering Nigerian movies for its Best Foreign Language Film category. To this end, a committee has been set up that will assess the Nigerian movies to choose one that will be forwarded to AMPAS to be nominated for the eminent award. Even as Nollywood is already celebrating the feat of its movies even being considered for Oscar nominab tion, some are already saying that the tio composition of the committee does not com represent the country fully. repre The committee members are Chineze Anyaene, Anyaen Ngozi Okafor, Olumide Amure, Ramsey Noah, Kene Mkparu, Emeka Mba, Chioma Ude, Ud Akin Salami, Mildred Okwo, Biola Alabi, Charles Charle Novia and Shuaibu Husseini. There’s no northerner on the committee and it is already raising raisin concerns about the committee being able to do its job properly since the northern movie industry, Kannywood, is very big i its own right. K
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 25 g. That shortly after the two left the club, Toba and his friends also left the club. h. On their return to Toba’s apartment, Toba, Nick and Deji were shocked and surprised to find Faisal and Miss Olivia outside Toba’s door, waiting. Olivia was crying hysterically and appeared frightened. Faisal, however, was very calm, with a determined look about him. i. That Toba let them all into his apartment. j. That after they all got into the apartment, Toba, Faisal and Miss Olivia Melanie Richards Evans entered his room “to sort things out.” k. That shortly after, the three of them exited the room and went on to the balcony of the apartment on the 17th floor (though the account of who first went to the balcony and who joined thereafter are slightly varied). l. That Deji was emphatic that a serious argument with raised voices and raised hands went on at the balcony. At some point Deji opened the curtains and saw this serious confrontation between the three of them going on. m. Shortly after Deji closed the curtains (about twenty seconds later) Faisal and Miss Olivia Melanie Richards Evans came back into the room and announced that Toba had fallen off the railings. However, Faisal had blood splattered all over his shirt and he had bloody knuckles. There was also a noticeable cut on his finger. n. It is significant to note that when Deji parted the curtains to look at the balcony, Toba was not sitting on the railing in the balcony. o. At this point they all rushed downstairs to see Toba’s dead body lying several meters away from the building (approximately twelve to fifteen metres). p. That the position of Toba’s body (which can still be verified today) was not consistent with someone dropping from the balcony (in which case the body would be much closer to the building) but was consistent with someone that was violently pushed or thrown from the balcony. q. That the police arrived thereafter and arrested all of them to the station. r. That before and during the journey to the station, Faisal kept repeating to the hearing of everyone that the maximum punishment for him would be twenty-five (25) years in jail and that the other boys should
not worry. Meanwhile, Miss Olivia Melanie Richards Evans was hysterical and did not say anything. s. That at a point, Deji had to shut Faisal up when this repetition of “at least 25 years in jail” kept going on and on. t. That at the station, Faisal and Miss Olivia Melanie Richards Evans were kept away from the rest and were interviewed separately, whereas the other three were kept at a separate room and interviewed separately. u. Deji and Nick Allison were clear that it is the above account that was narrated and written as statements to the police, yet the Police Report did not make any reference to the presence of Faisal or Miss Olivia Melanie Richards Evans on the balcony when Toba allegedly fell. v. Later that night Faisal and Miss Olivia Melanie Richards Evans were released to go home without taking the blood stained T-shirt from Faisal. w. Meanwhile, the other three were charged with drinking and other sundry offences and are facing these charges in court at present. Hon. Minister, for too long, the lives of Nigerians living abroad have become too cheap and without any value. The most distressing of late is that Nigerian students living and studying legitimately in so many countries have become subject of hostilities and murder. It is the way the Nigerian government handles situations like this that will either place a premium on the lives of every Nigerian living abroad or otherwise. No American or British citizen can be slaughtered anywhere in the world without their governments asking questions. In the case of Toba Falode, and every other Nigerian student that has been murdered abroad, those questions must be asked. This is one murder (of a Nigerian abroad) too many. We call on you to use your good offices to prevail on the authorities in Dubai to reopen the investigation into the murder of Toba Falode. We as Nigerians place a lot of value on human life and so does our authorities. This message needs to be conveyed to the world at large, that not only do we have a system that can protect us, but we refuse to be intimidated by any law that protects the unjust, not only for our dear Toba, but also in honour of the memory of all the other young lives that have been cut short.
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re you one of those who don‛t fancy the traditional Iro (wrapper) and Buba (blouse)? You need not feel odd; just learn a trick from this collection called Ibadi-aran. The Ibadi–Aran collection from Nigerian fashion label, Hallero, focuses on the iro and buba trend currently taking over the Nigerian fashion scene. Ibadi–aran which simply means nice waist is a contemporary Iro and Buba mix of western and traditional influences, with special emphasis on creating a crisp and well-defined illusion of a finely sculptured waist line. According to the designer, Alero Fafowora, “Nigerian women hardly stray far from their roots. So, they are stuck with the ancient iro and buba. However, this particular collection is simply designed in a peculiar way to cater for your convenience irrespective of who you are, what you do and where you are going.” So endearing is the design of the iro and buba with folded sleeves and off-shoulder blouses. We also love the bright colours and the African-inspired hairstyles.
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or every woman, the period of pregnancy comes with some odd peculiarities. Not only are you tired and carrying extra weight, you can be accompanied with swollen ankles and face, spotty skin, and all the rest. All the same, it is not an enough reason for you to be ugly and undesirable. If you are therefore pregnant and desire to be elegant despite all, the following tips will guide you: Be creatively feminine. Even when you have a swollen face and other symptoms of being pregnant, it is important that you choose dresses that will accord you some compliments from people around. Make sure these dresses are not too long or flabby, otherwise you will appear clumsy and pitiable. Make them short and high-waisted. Let them be big only in the abdomen area. Play on colours. The use of bright, bold and more than one of such will definitely lift your spirit and that of
others around you. Be very appropriate. Remember that the look one desires at this time is to dress modestly. After all, oneâ€›s belly is becoming bigger and oneâ€›s cleavage is also growing. But if one wants to be an elegant woman, one must avoid any weird or immodest dressing. Just be simple, classy and decent in your choice of outfits. It is really no time to show much of cleavage. Instead, choose a dress or top with tailoring that enhances your cleavage without showing skin. Avoid strong soaps and creams as your skin at this time is very tender. Use mild products instead. Avoid high heels too. This can only bring discomfort for you and your baby. Wear only shoes with comfortable heels. Exploit your next period of pregnancy as much as possible and you will realise that the bulge in front of you can really be fun afterall.
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Your own home fragrance Home fragrances are essential ... as important as choosing your own personal fragrance
I won’t be caught in anything that will make me uncomfortable -Waje
ome fragrances are quite essential in a home. I could say it’s as important as choosing your own personal fragrance. If you entertain guests at home, you certainly want to make your guests relax by creating the right atmosphere for them. Whether your home smells good or bad, that’s how you’ll be remembered. Home fragrances come in different forms and fragrances. Hence, our vast possibilities. From the very fruity, artificial fragrance to the very natural pure ones too; the choice is yours to make according to your preference.
Believe it or not, earthy scents can actually help you feel physically cooler. Try out some out-of-doors scents with a twist of citrus. Salty air and the smell of water refresh us. The ocean has a calming influence so the scents we associate with the ocean tend to rejuvenate and calm us Wood scents are associated with warm thoughts. These are usually heavier scents that can be compared to the emotions or associations that you have when you smell fresh
There are a couple of things to keep in mind when you select a scented candle or choose a beautiful potpourri for your home. Our brains help determine our reaction to a scent Your home already has smells in it. Whatever scents are in your home will have to combine harmoniously with the scent you want to add. Pets add to the odor you live with. The food you cook and the spices you use can leave a lingering smell beyond the kitchen.. Once you’re aware of some of the preexisting scents within your home, you can start to choose candles, incense, or room spray that will give your room that wonderful fragrance you’re hoping for psychological associations with scent: Grass and the earth give off very pleasant scents.
baked bread. A pumpkin spice or caramel scent would fit well in this category. Florals are light and pleasant. Floral scents are associated with romance and affection. Rose, lilac, and gardenia are a few flower fragrances that are very popular in this category when finding the right floral scent for your home. Hopefully finding the right fragrance for your home will now be a little easier as you think of the smells that already exist in your home and what your personal preferences are. Smell, in particular, can be a huge factor in creating an inviting and welcoming space for everyone. Known as aromatherapy, the use of scents can greatly affect a person’s mood, along with the feel of a space. Here are a few questions to ask yourself when considering introducing a home fragrance into your home: CONTINUES NEXT WEEK
Ever since she featured in the Zain musical challenge and also the Do Me hit track by the mighty duo of P-Square, some years back, Iruobe Aituaje Ebele popularly known as Waje has continually remained relevant. She however, spoke with YEMISI ADENIRAN on her perception on style. Excerpts:
ith the meaning of your name, Waje, one would have thought you wouldn’t be in the talking business this long? Words aren’t just enough, that’s the meaning of Waje. By that name, I mean it is not enough to achieve anything by mere talking, it is best to take actions. That is exactly what I have been doing, putting my words into action or acting my words. . What was your growing up like? It was fun. It was like any other average person’s own. I learnt a lot while growing up. It was fun for me and I still have those colourful memories. Growing up was peaceful and interesting. As an artiste, how do you rate the Nigerian entertainment industry? The Nigerians music industry is fast growing because we are definitely not what we used to be many years ago. I strongly believe that the fast growth of the music scene would make the indus-
try very big in few years to come and the talented acts would have a platform to showcase themselves. Besides, it is good to see people in the industry even diversify in the entertainment world. It is a good development, a sign of an upward move. As a busy person, how do you unwind or relax? I hang out with my friends and if I don’t feel like that, I stay indoors with my family because I like being with them, watching television or I just be on my own reading. I do anything just to keep myself busy. What is style to you? I see style as a person’s ways of life. I believe that being fashionable is about one putting on what looks good and comfortable. Your dress sense, carriage, grooming and uniqueness all go together to create your fashion style. For me, I won’t be caught in anything that will make me uncomfortable.
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classic watch is undoubtedly a man’s single most important fashion accessory. Some more conservative men will go so far as to say that a watch should be the only accessory worn and that anything else is simply superficial and useless. The modern man, however, can definitely look stylish while wearing a bracelet, chain or ring, as long as he doesn’t exaggerate and mimic Dennis Rodman with hundreds of body rings, a dozen chains and a ring on each and every one of his fingers. So what kind of fashion accessories should men wear in order to look stylish, without looking over-decorated and tacky? Fashion necklace Every man needs at least one necklace in his fashion accessory collection. Necklaces should be bold and simple, not multi-coloured, clumsy or overweight. Instead, opt for something trendy like a necklace made up of wooden or plain metal beads. The beads should be plain-coloured wood or different shades of natural wood. You can deviate from plain colours by buying colour-dyed beads. Most styles of necklaces are offered in various colours. As a general rule, try to limit yourself to neutral colours that match most of your clothes; that way you’ll be able to wear your necklace everyday with any piece of clothing you have available. How to wear it These types of necklaces are best worn with t-shirts or plain long-sleeved shirts. It’s a great way to upgrade or polish your overall look for dress down Fridays, important dates, or even before hitting a trendy nightspot. Many celebrities have been seen wearing them, the most known being
Latin sensation Enrique Iglesias and actor Brad Pitt. It goes without saying that these necklaces can add a little touch of sex appeal and uniqueness to your personal style when worn with the proper attire. Gold, silver and platinum chains display a classier and more powerful image than beaded or string necklaces. The chain should be medium-sized because if it’s too thin and flimsy, it defies the whole purpose of trying to look stylish... and it might also look effeminate. On the other hand, if it’s a very thick chain, it could make you look like a racketeer. Metal chains Choose a chain with a medium-sized diameter, made of real metal such as gold, silver or platinum. Avoid fakes because they are pretty obvious and no one likes jewellery with too much lustre. Radiant jewellery is what you may see Liz Taylor wear, or anybody else with a flashy character. Finally, a little tip on how to wear your metal chain: keep it nicely tucked in your shirt. Leaving it hanging outside your shirt is simply tacky and looks childish. Rings aren’t only for weddings A ring is also a popular accessory for men. Wearing a simple ring can be very elegant and stylish at the same time. But for a few guys, taking the ring off could get you in big trouble! Besides the good old ring finger on your left hand, you can wear a ring on your pinky finger, your middle finger, or for you more daring guys, your thumb. These days nobody really cares about which finger you wear a ring on, as long as the ring looks good and fits the rest of your outfit. Simplicity and elegance should be your main guidelines when choosing a ring. Silver rings always look good whether they’re plain, combined with black, or mounted with a stone.
The same applies to white gold or platinum. A yellow gold ring, however, can either look very good or tacky and overopulent. The ring can’t be too big because it’ll seem disproportionate with your fingers, and will come across as flashy. Furthermore, yellow gold doesn’t match with many colours. So avoid wearing a yellow gold ring with a red ruby stone and a blue suit — you’ll look like a clown. Then again, if you’re living a gaudy lifestyle and money is no object, buy yourself the biggest ring you can afford. A bracelet goes a long way Bracelets are less popular with men, but they can actually make you look good. Once again, the trick to choosing a bracelet is to go for simplicity and classic styles since a man should be able to wear his bracelet every day, whether for a formal meeting or for an informal gettogether. Preferably, bracelets should be firmly fitted around your wrist; this will avoid the bracelet from swinging as well as the annoying noise caused from flicking it up and down your arm. Most stylish bracelets are made of valued metals such as gold (white or yellow), silver and platinum.
Woven bracelets, however, are mostly seen on surfer/skater styled teenagers, or on men on the beach enjoying a summer vacation. Basically, these reflect a younger and more outgoing image than the traditional steel bracelet and should only be worn for casual events like a beach vacation, a beach party, or for your Sunday motorcycle drive. Specific people wear leather or beaded bracelets; like the woven bracelet, these should be worn on non-formal occasions. Earrings are for ... We cannot talk about fashion accessories without mentioning earrings. Generally, women, teenagers or rock stars wear earrings. Again, it depends on the type of work you’re involved in and what image you want to portray. Any kind of piercing — whether on your lips, nipples or ears might mirror a rebellious and unprofessional image. I enjoy more unusual and daring trends, but earrings on men is something that never caught my eye. So, for you guys looking to spruce up your style with earwear, I recommend you think twice about it. Most women find earrings on men unattractive, and unless you’re a rock star, they might find it out of place. Remember, you can wear fashion accessories or jewellery as long as they are simple and classy. Just make sure they match the rest of your ensemble’s colour and style, and you’ll look like a million bucks. Don’t be afraid to try new things and keep on looking good!
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Blame yourself first
osing touch with each other and drifting apart for most people especially couples is not a one day affair. It is a gradual digression towards being non-communicative with each other again. A healthy relationship is not a sudden or instantaneous affair. It’s a progression of so many things starting from spending quality time together to building mutual trust in a relationship where good communication is the backbone. When we find love, we hold onto it with both hands and assume that it will last forever. As the relationship grows, the furthest thought from our minds is the possibility of its demise. However, for many couples, the romantic dynamic can change, and when it does, it often leaves anger, sadness, confusion, and even indifference in its wake. Some relationships last a lifetime, but the truth is that most do not, and a lot of people end up feeling guilty and place blame. Most people forget that there is a need to respect the limits of the relationship and this none realization is one of the things that fuels drifting apart. Most of us want to find a partner to share our lives with. When we finally fall in love and commit to a relationship that we believe will last us to old age, we have expectations that we will act together to realise our dreams. Inevitably though, every couple will experience relationship difficulties. Couples will always be confronted and sometimes overwhelmed by challenges they face, but mostly they are able to deal with them and move on. However sometimes these challenges leave each partner feeling alienated and alone and unable to sort out the issues, no matter how hard they try. The foundation of a happy relationship is friendship. Put simply, this means that you can enjoy each other’s company, share values, interests, friends and extended family, and believe you care, support, understand, and in every way are ‘there’ for each other and work together as a team. This friendship needs to be nurtured, because if neglected it will inevitably deteriorate. Couples need to be regularlyspending time together doing things, talking about things that matter to each partner, and making plans for the future. This seems obvious, but work pressures and other personal issues, the demands of parenting, and the general busyness of life mean that we too easily put off spending the necessary time together to stay connected. As a result couples drift apart. Differences between partners will always be there as we are all individuals with different values, priorities and
ways of dealing with issues. Examples include attitudes to money, where we like to spend holidays, how much time we spend with extended families and friends, how much time we spend together or alone, how we show our love, how to discipline children, where we send our children to school, how we drive the car, how tidy to keep the house, how much effort goes into buying presents and the list goes on. We of course tend to see that our way is the right way, and that means that our partner is wrong and should change. It is generally safe to assume that each party to the relationship has a portion of the blame. People say that even the partner who imagines he or she has no blame can turn the relationship around positively if the said partner makes a little change in his or her attitude, disposition and general demeanor towards his/her partner. But I on the other hand do not agree with that assertion in its entirety because I believe it takes one partner deciding unconsciously or otherwise to quit the relationship for the relationship to drift apart. This doesn’t necessarily mean that the other partner has done something wrong or isn’t doing something right. Some reasons are too sublimal to be realized. A view I hold on to and I believe I share with other people is that before a relationship can get to a level where one party wants out or is ambivalent, there would have been issues. Issues which may or may not have been very obvious to the other party. Even if he claims he is not aware, that in itself is a glaring evidence of total negligence and not going the extra mile to discern that the partner had been unhappy. My point remains true that even at the breaking point; if the other party identifies the cores issues making the aggrieved opting to leave and begins to make genuine obvious changes...the angry partner will surely respond to it. IF YOU ARE IN AN UNHAPPY MARRIAGE OR RELATIONSHIP, FIRST BLAME YOURSELF BEFORE BLAMING YOUR PARTNER. Blaming yourself enables you to take responsibility of failure and take the appropriate steps that will correct matters. Passing the bulk of responsibility to your partner leaves you in your comfort zone with the unavoidable consequence of losing your marriage or relationship. Marriages where partners were already in the divorce courts have been saved by just one partner taking one little positive step. Lo and behold, the aggrieved partner makes a 360° move towards the restoration of the marriage.
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22 things every woman should know about sex Hey girls, this one is for you. Check out the bedroom wisdom you can’t live without! 1 EVERY WOMAN HAS A SUREFIRE POSITION By all means, try new things, mix things up, figure out your no-fail move or position so you can always have an orgasm when you need one.
2 THAT POSITION MAY CHANGE Maybe in your misspent youth, you were all about acrobatics and funky props. But now, you strive for a deep connection with your guy. (Or maybe it’s the other way around!) What you crave, both physically and emotionally, can shift over time. Pay attention to what you’re feeling (or not feeling) and adapt to your new normal.
3 HE DOESN’T HAVE A ‘FLAW-O-METER’ That would be you scanning your body for an errant bulge or a dimple in the wrong place. During sexual arousal, men are experiencing such a neurochemical cocktail rush, they’re really just caught up in the intoxication of it all. In other words, he’s too overwhelmed with joy to notice your “flaws.” Put aside your body angst and you’ll soon be having as much fun as he is.
4 SEX IN A COMFY BED IS UNDERRATED You’re supposed to want to do it on
the kitchen floor, in the airplane bathroom and hanging from your light fixtures. Bah! There’s no shame in enjoying sex between your good sheets.
5 SEX CLICHÉS WORK Get a hotel room. Have date night. Take a bubble bath. For God’s sake, do something different!
6 EVERYONE ELSE IS NOT HAVING MORE (OR BETTER) SEX There is no “normal” amount of sex we should all aspire to, no magic number of times per month that signifies your relationship is fully sexed. There’s only one question you need to answer — are you having enough sex for you?
7 ASKING FOR WHAT YOU WANT IS WORTH THE EMBARRASSMENT What’s a brief awkward moment of sounding needy compared to, well, getting what you need?
8 YOU NEED TRANSITION TIME INTO SEX Don’t expect to make the leap from corporate executive or general contractor or mommy-on-the-spot to sex goddess without a little time to reassemble yourself. When you’re done with the dinner dishes, take a shower — alone! — or read a book.
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This column is x-rated 9 THE MORE SEX YOU HAVE, THE MORE YOU WANT It’s simple — delicious recent memories make you want to reenact the fun. But the reverse is also often true. If you go too long without, you forget how much you like it.
10 WORRYING ABOUT YOUR ORGASM IS THE BEST WAY TO CHASE IT AWAY When your mind is roiling, it’s not happening...concentrate. Focus on the lovely physical sensations instead and soon you won’t be able to think straight — in a good way.
11 PLANNED SEX CAN BE BETTER THAN SPONTANEOUS SEX Anticipation as foreplay. Think about it!
12 HE DOESN’T NEED YOU TO KNOW ANY FANCY TECHNIQUES There are many paths to male orgasm. As long as you pay attention to his reactions, refrain from inflicting pain (unless invited to) and don’t do anything involving teeth (again, unless he asks), you won’t hear any complaints.
13 SOMETIMES WHAT YOUR BODY LUSTS FOR MOST IS SLEEP An “off ” night or a dry spell doesn’t mean your relationship is in decline. It usually means you have children or a demanding job or you need to be alone in your head. Go ahead, take the night off.
14 SOMETIMES, “JUST DO IT” REALLY DOES WORK If you wait to be struck with a spontaneous urge to tear his clothes off, you may be waiting a very long time. But if you simply decide to give it a go, your body (and your desire) will often catch up.
This column is x-rated monogamous relationship and after you have children. Not only does your body change postbaby, but your habits may change, too (making you a less reliable birth control pill taker, for example).
16 DOGGIE CAN BE FUN — REALLY! It can make you feel a bit raunchy — and that’s a good thing. It just suffers from bad PR. Let’s change the name. Hands-free sex? Getting the backstory? Taking the bull by the horns? Heck, call it anything, but try it.
17 PAIN DURING INTERCOURSE IS NOT NORMAL Occasional discomfort may just mean that you’re tense or haven’t had enough foreplay. But if sex hurts often, see your doctor. It could be as simple as a low-grade urinary tract infection. Whatever it is, you don’t have to suffer.
18 THE WAY YOUR ‘V’ LOOKS IS PERFECTLY NORMAL And no, we don’t have to see it to know that!
19 SEX IS HOW HE SHOWS LOVE It’s an age-old problem: We girls need to feel cozy and loving to want to have sex, and guys need to have sex to access those cozy and loving feelings. A lot of guys don’t have many outlets for communication, and for them sex is a powerful form of emotional expression. Remember this next time he wants to have ‘make-up sex’ before you’ve really made up. To him, sex is a peace offering and a gift of love, all in one.
20 GET UP AND PEE AFTER SEX Why? So you don’t get a urinary tract infection.
21 HE’LL BE SNORING BY THE TIME YOU ARE BACK
15 YOUR BIRTH CONTROL METHOD IS NOT CAST IN IRON
The buildup to his ejaculation involves a lot of muscular tension. When the wave has subsided, he relaxes and sleep-inducing hormones are released. In short, he can’t help it. So try to understand.
You need to reevaluate your pregnancy-prevention method at least twice in your adult life, when you go from wild woman to a mutually
…or practice, or time with one partner, or all of the above. The future is looking bright!
22 SEX GETS BETTER WITH AGE
hen a man and a woman agree to get married, what they really have in mind is the continuation of their wonderful relationship or courtship. After years of marriage, they forget the reason why they fell in love. More often, they get on each other’s nerves. Bad behaviors they could put up with when they were courting becomes irritating when they are married, for example, a man who takes his wife out occasionally when they were dating, would consider they cost of doing that when they are married, a woman who could look past her husband’s bad eating habit when they were dating, would get irritated by that same eating habit when they are married. When two love birds start a relationship, the man does everything possible to impress the girl, and the girl does everything possible to gain her lover’s trust. When they don’t do most of the things they do before they were married, it means they have drifted apart. The only way a woman can snap out of this is to improve her relationship with her husband. It is impossible to truly know your husband’s reasons and actions until you look with care and listen with an open heart. Is it possible that your own reactions are causing your husband to react to you in a way that makes things harder between you? For example, if you keep pushing a man who is a reluctant talker to expose his feelings about something, and he end up saying even less, consider that you having been so pushy may be the cause of his clamming up totally. Or, if he did finally open up but you jumped down his throat with your annoyance or anger at the things he said, you may simply have confirmed for him that keeping quiet is the best option around you. Instead, simply listen, take a moment to really digest what he has said and keep summarizing what he has said until he agrees you’ve nailed it whenever you are in a situation where you feel confrontation, unease, or misunderstandings arising between the two of you.
Letting problems in a relationship fester is a recipe misunderstanding and anger, which can ultimately lead to a rupture in your relationship. Talk to one another openly about feelings, issues you have, and concerns about things you’ve heard or being told. Avoid prejudging by “gossip” but do seek to clear the air when your husband seems to have said or done something that reverberates negatively on you. When discussing things openly, there is no need to confess all your sins and give your husband your whole life story. Making up sob stories to have your husband feel sorry for you wears thin very quickly. Try to change the tone of your voice when talking to your husband, the type of response you receive will depend on how you express yourself. If you are blunt and cold, then expect an offensive remark. If you are subtle and calm, then expect a calmer and compromising response. As frustrated as you may think you are with your husband, always remember that yelling gets you nowhere. Express yourself in a calm manner and you will make him feel that it’s ok to respond back without getting attacked. Pick the right time and mood to approach your husband to bring up a problem, if you do just as he walks through the door, then expect to be ignored. If you want to bring up concerns when he is open to being approached, try it during dinner or after he has been home for a couple of hours, you could also try it right before bedtime as long as long as he is not too tired. The point to remember is that he will be more open to discussing an issue and working things out if you catch him in a relaxed state. All these matter in relationships, it helps bring back the man you once fell in love with, however, men also have their faults, when a man starts to hit his wife, he feels she deserves it because she nags, that should never be a reason to hit a woman. When couples drift apart, no one is answerable except the both of them.
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ou were childless for some time. What was the experience like? Without mincing words, I must let you know that it is not a joke to be childless after marriage. Apart from the true fact that one of the major reasons we get married in this part of the world is to bear children, it can be very lonely to be at home without a child of your own. I don’t know how those white people cope without kids, but here, it is almost impossible. It iss what everyone looks forward to. The presence off children in the home makes the home very interesting. sting. So, without anyone troubling you as a woman, n, you trouble yourself. And when the months begin to roll into a year and a year rolls into more years, you gradually ease into a shadow of yourself. Life becomes comes non-interesting, you don’t feel like laughing or even visiting anyone or anywhere because you just st feel everyone is talking about you. Even when your ur husband husb ban and d is reacting because of a different reason, n, you simply conclude that it is your situation that must have informed his behaviour. For me, I must confess that the years of waiting for my kids were the most tormenting years of my life. They were tough ough years of anxiety, pains and a hell of a time on n earth. It was one one pepe riod I will never pray for the w worst off my enemies, orst or st o least of all my loved ones. It can make one go crazy; I mean, for someone who had no inkling of having to wait to have a child, d, someone who could barely wait to have it all over with the wedding ceremony before re settling down into the world of baby y making and then the babies refused to o come. It could be nothing but killing. ing. A very tough time it was for me. e. But it was only for six years. Some waited for over ver twenty years and are still till waiting. Well, I might not have waitited as much as some women but ut I tell you, those years were the he worst of my years on earth. h. Like I believe it is with every ry newly married woman around nd here, what you desire most is to get pregnant almost immemediately you are married. This his will put your mind to rest and nd warm you more into the hearts arts of your in-laws, at least. Where here this is not happening, there’s ere’s bound to be issues. Even your own people are worried. Children, ldren, like I said earlier, are the spice pice of any marriage. Besides, barrenness, rrenness, whether we like it or not, in Africa, is not pardonable. To make things ings worse, the woman is mostly seen ass guilty and is dealt with in different ways. So, for me, those years were longerr than they
Remaining childless in this age as far as Ifeoma Emekwe, the proprietress of the Association for the Prevention of Infertility and the Promotion of Reproductive Health and Rights (ASPIRE) is concerned, is a choice of the couples concerned. “Only a non -knowledgeable couple will allow barrenness as a tag forever,” she told YEMISI ADENIRAN in this interview. Excerpts: seemed. No one had an go through such while trying in my This after so-
inkling that I would a tough turf to have kids mar riage. was why a notrosy s i x
years, years I sought help through In-Vitro-Fertilisation (IVF), (IVF) a move which made me the proud mother of twins, twins Kosi and Oge.
Wa that what informed this NGO? Was Ye e it was. I decided to set up the Association Yes, for tthe Prevention of Infertility and the Promotion of Reproductive Health and Rights (ASPIRE) to ge get other women who might be passing through this same experience informed and educated that it is really not an hopeless situation after all. I am very concerned about the state of women who find it d if difficult to conceive and are at a loss as to what alter alternatives they have. I need to get families educated al also that it is not only women who are guilty of child childlessness in any marriage. W What exactly are the goals of ASPIRE? Mo women do not know anything about IVF Most as a means of raising offsprings. Children are the crow crowning glory and in this part of the world, a defining fa factor about the validity and sustainability of a marr marriage. Infertility has been attributed to a number of fa factors. In this part of the world it questions the mora moral and purity standards of a couple. The woman, in pa particular, is often labelled and stigmatised. In a country which places a high premium on chi child bearing and even a higher premium on the bo boy child as a promising progeny in most cultu tures, the failure to have a child is quickly atttributed to the woman and many marriages are i trouble due to pressure from family and conin cerned friends. For most couples, even when the support structures around them are positive and encouraging, the feelings of shame, loneliness and inadequacy they feel cannot be overemphasised. Having gone through this, even though I had support structures through my husband and in-laws who were supportive, I wasn’t happy. When did you get married? I was born forty-four years ago and shortly after my marriage in 1993, I had an ectopic pregnancy. A year later, I became perplexed when doctors told me that my second fallopian tube was also blocked. Consequently, I sought help through various hospitals, churches and even unorthodox ways. I was working in an office surrounded by a market then and every morning, I would stand by the window and all I could see were pregnant women. Without knowing it, tears would well up my eyes. I would cry and cry as if I could
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never be pregnant. How did it feel attending weddings at that time? At a point, I stopped attending weddings and traditional marriages because I had been married for some time and the people who married after me were already pregnant. I got several invitations to be God-mother and it wasn’t funny at all; even though there was no pressure from my in-laws, I told my husband that I didn’t want to be a stumbling block so that he could get married. As an Igbo man, he needed children. Consequently, I advised him that since I couldn’t conceive, he should take another wife but he said an emphatic no! But most Nigerians still don’t believe in this alternative process which is why many who had their kids through this method find it difficult to talk about it openly.
of knowledge. Ignorance is a killer, knowledge is power, it is a way out of every bondage because it is the truth. What then is your advice? I advise that men should support their wives and themselves whenever this problem arises in a marriage. Instead of shifting blames and going into adultery or taking another wife, they should give the best support to their wives. The families too, from both sides, should also give their support because there are times that the issue of childlessness need not get out of hand if the woman in question gets good support from them. And for the concerned women, I advise that they get bold to take steps that will liberate them from the problem. There is enough exposure to bail couples out of childlessness today. They should forget about opinions of people because if they waste too much time, age may still hinder this alternative from working. In addition, their
Keeping ABREAST Twin pregnancies: Not enough weight gain boosts risk of preterm birth
Men Should Support Their Wives Whenever Infertility Problem Arises In Marriage. Instead Of Shifting Blames And Going Into Adultery Or Taking Another Wife, They Should Give The Best Support To Their Wives What are you doing about this? We are working on this and I guess our efforts are yielding good fruits because more people are coming up to ask after the offer. What people should know is that children born through this method are not in any way different from the ones gotten naturally. They are normal children that were just assisted to come to life via a special technology. My children are doing well and I am proud to flaunt them anywhere. We keep telling couples that instead of dying childless or allowing yourself to pass through all kinds of embarrassment and ridicule over childlessness, it is better to try this and other avenues available. This will, in a way, clear your conscience that you have tried your best. Are you saying you don’t believe in prayers and other spiritual activities over this issue? No, I did not say that. All those years and up till now, I still pray. Praying, fasting and other spiritual actions in whichever way they may come, are important and of course very relevant. If some wives of pastors would come out to testify of how this method has helped them, then I see no reason why other people will not attempt it. We cannot say those pastors’ wives abandoned prayers, no! They prayed and listened to God’s direction which was why they indeed got delivered. I tell you, only a non-knowledgeable woman or man will remain childless in this era of advanced technology. But I won’t be surprised if some people still want to shy away from it because even the Bible says some people die for lack
husband who might have been waiting with them might be forced to find succour elsewhere. My experiences have taught me that infertility is not a disease but a temporary setback which has a major impact on those who are afflicted by it. Children born from this procedure are also at the risk of being branded guinea pigs with uninformed suggestions that they are abnormal. The stigma and secrecy in which the entire thing is shrouded is heartbreaking because a lot of women have babies through this medium and keep the good news to themselves. As far as I am concerned, that is a disservice to our children and to those who suffer in silence. Don’t you think there is a proliferation of these fertility clinics now? I remember that there were only a handful of them when I had my children but one had heard rumours over the years that are alarming. With this at the back of my mind, there was a fervent need to reach out to couples, especially women through my organisation, to advocate open conversations on issues of fertility and reproductive health; educate, counsel and empower couples who tackle fertility issues among other things. In addition, women who tread the fertility route should be applauded because the IVF journey usually involves many months of failure and sometimes, even some losses. Morality and purity in the real sense do not play a role in determining whether a couple has children as there are instances where virgins go childless for years and so called women with loose morals have no trouble in conceiving. I hope to shatter the silence because I am on a mission of hope for women.
or women pregnant with twins, not gaining enough weight in the second trimester may increase the risk of preterm birth, a new study suggests. In the study, women carrying twins who gained less than 8 lbs. (3.6 kilograms) between weeks 20 and 28 of pregnancy were nearly three times more likely to give birth early (i.e., before 32 weeks of pregnancy), compared with women who gained more than 8 lbs. during those weeks. The reason for the correlation is not known. However, the second trimester (which begins around week 12 to 14, and ends at week 28) is when pregnant women tend to put on weight most rapidly, as they gain fat and experience an increase in blood volume. If women don’t gain enough weight in the second trimester, then their overall weight gain in pregnancy is probably not going to be adequate, according to the study, which was presented this week at the meeting of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. The new finding confirms previous research linking poor overall weight gain in pregnancy to preterm birth, and now highlights the likely crucial period of time of 20 to 28 weeks of gestation that may be a target for future interven-
tional trials. Women pregnant with twins are already at a higher risk for preterm birth than women carrying one child. There are currently no ways to reduce the risk of preterm birth in twin pregnancies. Although treatment with the hormone progesterone can lower the risk of preterm birth in singleton pregnancies, the same has not been shown in twin pregnancies. If future studies confirm the new findings, then advising women about weight gain in the second trimester would be a simple intervention that could lower this risk. Previous studies have found that only about half of pregnant women say they spoke with their obstetrician about weight gain in pregnancy. There’s definitely room for improvement in terms of the amount of counseling and monitoring and emphasis on weight gain during pregnancy. The new study involved 489 women who delivered twins between 2001 and 2013. Among women who did not gain enough weight between weeks 20 and 28 weeks of pregnancy, 37.6 per cent gave birth before 32 weeks, compared with 15.2 per cent of women who gained enough weight in weeks 20 to 28. Culled from www.yahoo.com
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Signs that your baby is in danger
t’s been said that babies do not come with instructions, but most parents certainly wish they did, especially when a young child is sick. As they grow, babies are exposed to infectious agents that may cause colds and other illnesses. These are a normal part of a baby’s development and, thankfully, most outgrow the frequentillness stage. Because babies cannot verbalise their feelings, however, adults must always stay alert for warning signs of illness. A change in behaviour? A change in behaviour may be one of the first signs that your baby isn’t feeling well. Although your baby’s activity level, appetite, and cries will vary from day to day, even hour to hour, a distinct change in any of these areas may signal illness. Generally, if your baby is alert and active when awake, is feeding well, and can be comforted when crying, occasional differences in these areas are normal. Talk with your baby’s doctor if you’re concerned about your infant’s behavior, since changes may indicate an illness. Persistent Crying or Irritability All babies cry. This is their only way of communicating their needs to you. Depending on the type of cry, your baby may be hungry, sleepy, lonely, in need of a diaper change, or in pain. At first, you may not know how to interpret your baby’s cries, but
appeasing one of these issues should usually calm your infant. If your baby is: •Continuously fretful and fussy •Cries for long periods or very suddenly •Has a cry that sounds unusual Any of these changes may be a sign of illness. Is it colic? Colic could also be causing your baby to cry. Colic is a benign, painful intestinal problem. Colic: Is found in infants up to 3 months old May cause intense crying and irritability Usually happens around the same time every day Is there a physical problem? If you notice any of these signs, examine your baby carefully to make sure there isn’t a physical problem: Clothing that pinches An open, pointy diaper pin There may be a thread or even a hair tightly wound around your baby’s finger or toe Also, look at your infant’s abdomen for signs of swelling. Call your baby’s doctor if crying lasts longer than usual or your baby has other signs of illness. Fever Fever can be the result of illness such as: Colds Croup Pneumonia Ear infections Stomach bugs
Urine infections Other bacterial and viral illnesses Taking baby’s temperature To check for fever, take your baby’s temperature rectally with a digital or glass rectal thermometer that’s mercury-free. It is the easiest and most accurate way. Older than 3 months old: a 100-degree temperature or lower is considered normal 3 months or younger with a temperature of 100.4 degrees or higher, call the doctor immediately. If your baby is 3 to 6 months old, call the doctor if your baby’s temperature exceeds 101 degrees. If your child is over a year old, call the doctor if the fever lasts longer than 24 to 48 hours (or if it’s accompanied by any other worrisome symptoms). Febrile seizures (convulsions) Fever in children between 6 months and 5 years of age can trigger febrile seizures (convulsions), which may last for a few minutes or may be over in seconds. They are a frightening experience but are usually harmless. Let your child’s doctor know if this happens. Call for emergency help if seizures are severe, cause difficulty breathing, or last longer than a few minutes. Listlessness or Lethargy What is lethargy? You may find that your baby seems to have little or no energy, is drowsy or sluggish
You may notice the baby is sleeping longer than usual He or she may be hard to wake for feedings The baby may not be alert or attentive to sounds and visual stimulation Sometimes this develops slowly, so you won’t notice the gradual change. Lethargy may be a sign of infection or other conditions such as low blood sugar. Talk with your baby’s doctor if your infant becomes lethargic or isn’t as active. Poor Appetite After the first day or so, most newborns are ready to eat every three to four hours and show
signs of hunger by sucking on fingers or a hand, crying, and making rooting motions. •If your baby refuses to eat and misses several feedings, it may be a sign of illness. •You may notice that your infant is having trouble sucking at your breast or bottle, doesn’t seem to be hungry, is having problems spitting up, or is losing weight. Is it a sucking problem? If a sucking problem is to blame, you’ll notice that your baby’s once strong sucking has become weaker, and that he or she isn’t eating well.
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Spanking children makes them more aggressive –Study
macking children makes them more aggressive and badly behaved, a study has found. Researchers found the form of discipline severely affected children, regardless of how good a parent-child relationship was the rest of the time. “There is a common belief that spanking that occurs in a positive parent-child relationship will not be harmful to children,” said the lead researcher. “We were able to test that belief in this study [and found that] spanking predicted worse, not better, child behaviour over time, regardless of how warm mothers were with their children.” The researcher added that despite numerous studies such as indicating that spanking increases child aggression, parents still often
use physical punishment to discipline children. More than 3,200 families in major cities participated in the study. Data was collected when children were ages 1, 3 and 5. Mothers disclosed how often spanking occurred and reported children’s aggressive behaviour and their own warmth toward their children. The findings were published in the journal ‘Developmental Psychology.’ Meanwhile other research has found that parents who threaten or shout at their teenagers make them more likely to develop depression and disruptive behaviour. There is an increased risk of depression and poor behaviour in adolescents whose mothers are both verbally and physically abu-
sive, and in those whose fathers are either verbally or physically abusive. The risk is highest in teenagers whose parents are violent towards them – for example, if they actually hit them. According to the researchers, “The take home point is that verbal behaviours matter. It can be easy to overlook that, but our study shows that verbal hostility is really relevant, particularly for mothers who scream and hit, and for fathers who do either one.” The researchers say there is a danger of parents becoming trapped in a vicious cycle. There is a cyclical element to the problem as teenagers become harder to handle if they have behavioural problems, meaning their parents are more likely to resort to threats.
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Global support for Chibok girls
Michelle Obama joins #BringBackOurGirls campaign M
ichelle Obama, Malala Yousafzai, Hillary Clinton, and Amy Poehler are among those lending their support to the social media campaign, which encourages military intervention to recover the girls who were kidnapped from their school by Boko Haram insurgents last month. Malala Yousafzai has said that the kidnapped girls are her ‘sisters.’ Angelina Jolie also spoke publicly about the kidnapping, which she called ‘unthinkable cruelty and evil.’ Michelle Obama shared a photograph on Twitter of herself holding up a sign reading ‘Bring back our girls’, accompanied by the caption: ‘Our prayers are with the missing Nigerian girls and their families. It’s time to #BringBackOurGirls. -mo’ The sign-off ‘mo’ means that the tweet was written by the First Lady herself and not a staffer. It has also emerged that the insurgents have kidnapped another 11 girls from the village of Warabe in Borno earlier in the week, increasing the international pressure for the extremist group to be stopped and the girls returned. Global outrage increased when Abubakar Shekau, the leader of Boko Haram, said he would sell the remaining captives as slaves. In a video, Shekau declared, “I abducted your girls. I will sell them in the market, by Allah.” TO BE CONTINUED ON PG 40
•Male stars are also uploading images saying: ‘Real men don’t buy girls’
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‘My wife is an adulteress’ •I’m very sorry, it was the devil –Wife FUNMI SALOME JOHNSON
n Ikeja Customary Court last Tuesday, was approached by Mohammed Rabiu to dissolve his marriage of four years to Bintu Rabiu, his wife, on the grounds of infidelity. Mohammed told the court how his wife has been sleeping with other men. He said although people had been
telling him about his wife’s numerous sexual liaisons he never believed the tales until, according to him, he caught her in the act. “That fateful day, I went out early to keep an appointment I had with a client but after I had done with the appointment, I remembered that I forgot a document for another appointment later in the day. So, I had to go back home for it. When I got home, my wife was
not around and was not even in her shop which was in the front of our house. My instinct told me that something was going on. I asked a woman whose shop is next to hers her whereabouts and she said that she saw her around some thirty minutes earlier, but could not tell where she had gone to. I would have gone my way but the way she said it suggested to me that there was something going on that I
needed to know. I called her number but it was switched off. Just when I was about to leave, I heard this noise from the next building to ours and behold, it was Mama Rebecca, the wife of a neighbour shouting “shameless woman, husband snatcher! Your husband is not enough for you, what do you want here? What are you doing in my matrimonial home? Behold, she was holding my wife, who was almost nude. I was speechless. It was as if the ground should open up and swallow me. All I
just want is for this marriage to be dissolved; I can’t continue living with this adulteress anymore,” he said. Bintu, however, did not deny the allegation leveled against her, but pleaded for forgiveness. “I am very sorry, it was the devil,” she said, saying that she was still interested in the marriage and will not want it dissolved. After listening to both parties, Mr. Sam Aluko, the court president, adjourned the case to May 30, for further hearing.
Husband seeks marriage dissolution over wife’s domineering attitude
‘My husband badmouths me’ •It’s to make her work harder –Husband
housewife, Toibat Akande, on Wednesday, urged an Ilorin Area Court, Kwara State, to dissolve her marriage of four years to Wasiu for alleged criticisms. Tiobat, 33, who resides at Tanke Area of Ilorin, told the court that Akande complains about almost everything and was fond of criticising everything she did. “Since we got married, my husband always sees fault in everything I do and will speak negatively about me just
to weaken my morals,’’ she said. She said the marriage was contracted in 2010 and had produced two male children, Mubarak, and Sheriff. ``My lord, I want an end to this marriage because I cannot withstand my husband’s bad mouth anymore,” she said. The respondent, however, opposed the petition, saying he was still interested in the marriage. ``I always criticise my wife
in order to spark her emotions and encourage her to work hard and put more effort in whatever she is doing,” Akande said. Akande urged the court to grant him an adjournment to enable him to make reconciliatory move and promised to encourage his wife henceforth. The Presiding Judge, Mr. Yusuf Abdulkareem, adjourned the case to May 28, for a report of settlement or continuation of hearing. (NAN)
40-year-old husband, Akogun Victor, on Wednesday urged an Ado-Ekiti Customary Court to dissolve his marriage of seven years to Kemi, citing his wife’s disobedience. Akogun, a father of one, told the court that his wife was controlling and always preferred him to stay at home. According to him, there is a particular day that his wife locked him in the house and he was unable to go out.
He said that his wife did not want his progress, saying she once told him that she was capable of taking care of him and their only child. He also said that whenever they quarreled, his wife would destroy all his clothes and other personal belongings. Since his wife was absent in court, the court’s President, Mrs. Akomolede Olayinka, adjourned the case to May 28, to enable the respondent to defend her case. (NAN)
End this marriage; he threatens my life, wife tells court
30-year-old housewife, Mrs. Folake Ogunleye, on Thursday, asked an Ado-Ekiti Customary Court to dissolve her marriage of 8 years to Mr. Sunday Ogunleye over alleged threat to her life. Folake told the court that her husband fights her and threatens to kill her. The mother of one said she left her husband’s house three years ago, after he threatened to harm her and would want to
end the marriage. She claimed that her husband had not been giving her rest of mind, and that he had seized all her belongings. The petitioner, therefore, prayed the court to dissolve the marriage and compel the husband to return her belongings. The president of the court, Mrs. Akomolede Olayinka, adjourned the case until May 22, when the respondent is expected to open his defence. (NAN)
Court dissolves 7-year marriage over recurring misunderstanding
Kosubosu Area Court in Baruten Local government area of Kwara on Wednesday dissolved a seven-year marriage between Musa Sosa and his wife, Sekinat. Sekinat had approached the
court seeking a separation from the husband she married in 2007. The plaintiff told the court that she was tired of their union because of perpetual misunderstanding. “Please, I want an end to our marriage, ’’ she said. The plaintiff said that the
union was blessed with a male child. The respondent was, however, not present in court. In his judgement, the Area Court Judge, Malam Ahmed Yahaya said that it was evident that the respondent was served,
but was absent without any reason. ``Divorce is hereby entered in favour of the plaintiff,’’ he said. ``She is to observe Iddah (Islamic period of waiting before remarrying) for three months, ‘’ Yahaya said.
The judge also ordered that a certificate of divorce be issued to the plaintiff upon payment of the necessary court fees. He also held that the parties had a right of appeal before an Upper Area Court within 30 days. (NAN)
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Mother of 2 seeks divorce ‘He beats me at will; please over frequent beating separate us before he kills me’ •I still love her –Husband
mother of two, Jemilat Duro, in Okuta, Kwara, has sought the dissolution of her marriage of six years to her husband, Mohammed Duro, over frequent beating. The plaintiff on Thursday pleaded with an Okuta Area Court to separate the union that produced two children.
In his reaction, Duro urged the court not to grant the relief sought by the plaintiff. ``I still love my wife and I do not want to divorce her,’’ he pleaded with the court. In his ruling, the presiding judge, Malam Ahmed Yahaya, adjourned the case till May 15, for reconciliation between the two parties.
38-year-old housewife, Catherine Afolayan, on Tuesday asked an AdoEkiti Customary Court to dissolve her marriage of 14 years to Mr. Obadofin Afolayan, 41. Catherine told the court that her was in the habit of beating her at will, and that all efforts made by his relations to check him proved abortive. The mother of two said that the husband once called her a
prostitute in public, and also beat her up at their children’s school on another occasion. Catherine added that her husband only gives her feeding allowance occasionally. The respondent, Afolayan, admitted to beating his wife but said that it was only when she provokes him. Afolayan said he had been providing money for foodstuffs for the family to the point that his wife would some-
times share food to their neighbours without his knowledge. He added that he gave his wife a huge sum of money to start a business, but she did not appreciate it. He said Catherine voluntarily packed out of her matrimonial home. After hearing from both parties, the court’s president, Mr. Ogunsemi Joseph, adjourned the case till June 16, for judgment. (NAN)
‘My wife is a troublemaker’
Woman, 39, seeks dissolution of marriage over lack of care
rs. Risi Fajuyi, 39, on Monday approached an Ado-Ekiti Customary Court, seeking dissolution of her marriage to Mr. Ayodele Fajuyi. Risi told the court that she wanted the marriage dissolved because of lack of care on the part of her husband. According to her, the husband always beats her whenever she returns from work over unsubstantiated claims that she was going out with another man. The mother of two also said that the husband had not been
giving her money to cook, but always gave their children the money to buy food from food vendors. She claimed that most of the time, the husband’s first son and his sister would return from work and beat her up. She prayed the court to grant her custody of the second child since the children were currently living with their father. Fajuyi, 60, denied the allegations, saying he had never fought his wife. He said his wife was fond of quarrelling with his sister
because they were living in a family house. The respondent further said that he had been taking care of his wife, adding that he once bought her a grinding machine and secured a job for her. Ayodele said he would not release any of the children to the wife, alleging that she was not capable of taking good care of them. The court’s president, Mr. Ogunsemi Joseph, adjourned the case till June 10 for the couple to try and settle the matter amicably. (NAN)
lhaji Yusuf Alimi of Itakure area of Ilorin, on Tuesday, told an Ilorin Area Court that his wife, Kerimat, was a troublemaker and therefore sought the dissolution of their marriage. Yusuf, 36, told the court that his wife was in the habit of causing trouble and fighting people in their neighbourhood. ``My wife is a troublemaker, and she is fond of causing trouble in the area where we live,’’ he said. Yusuf cited an instance when his wife was arrested on March 4, 2013 for slapping their neighbour. He told the court that their marriage produced a male child. ``My Lord, I want an end to this marriage because I cannot afford seeing her implicating me with her senseless and troublesome behavior,’’ he said. The defendant, however, objected to the prayer of her husband, saying she was still interested in the marriage. ``My husband always blames me for everything, even when I am not at fault; but I am ready to obey him and be calm for the sake of my marriage,’’ she said. She prayed the court for an adjournment for her to make reconciliatory moves.
Court ends marriage over wife’s refusal to cook for husband
n Ado-Ekiti Customary Court, on Monday, dissolved the marriage between Mr. Tayo Joseph and his wife, Adeola, over consistent fighting and lack of care for the husband. Joseph, 40, had earlier told the court that he wanted a divorce because they always fought for the wife’s failure to cook for him. He said the wife also failed to cook for the children even
after providing money and foodstuff each time she requested for them. The father of four further said that all efforts to correct his wife’s lack of commitment to the marriage failed as she had refused to change her behaviour. He urged the court to award custody of the children to him since he had married another wife, who was ready to cook regularly for him and take
good care of the children. In her defence, Adeola, 37, told the court that the husband abandoned her and the children for years. She said she was preparing his food and washing his clothes contrary to his claims, adding that efforts to reconcile with the husband failed. She agreed that custody of the children be awarded to Joseph. Dissolving the marriage,
the court’s president, Mr. Ogunsemi Joseph, said the marriage had broken down beyond reconciliation. Ogunsemi granted custody of the children to Joseph, and directed that he be responsible for their upkeep and education. He ordered that the wife be granted access to the children whenever she wanted to see them. (NAN)
The presiding judge, Mr. Yusuf Abdulkareem, adjourned the case until May 22, for a report on settlement or continuation of hearing. (NAN)
Court dissolves marriage over husband’s laziness
n Ilorin Area Court, on Tuesday, dissolved a the marriage between Rofiat Ahmed and Isiaka Ahmed over the man’s lazy habit. Rofiat, 30, a resident of Edun area of Ilorin, prayed the court to dissolve her marriage to Isiaka because her husband was not interested in being gainfully engaged. The petitioner told the court that her husband was unable to provide for the family needs. ``My husband only sleeps at home shamelessly and expects me to fend for the family,’’ she said. She told the court that her marriage to Siaka was contracted in 2011, but produced no child till date. ``My Lord, I want an end to this marriage because I cannot tolerate it anymore with an idle man,’’ she said. The defendant, who did not object to the prayer of his wife, said he had tried all he could to find a job but failed. ``I don’t know why my wife kept on frustrating me while she knows what I am passing through,’’ he said. He prayed the court to grant the prayer of his wife without delay. The presiding judge, Mr. Yusuf Abdulkareem, dissolved the marriage and issued a certificate of divorce to the plaintiff. (NAN)
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Global outrage over Chibok CONTINUED FROM PG 37 The White House has branded the kidnapping an ‘outrage and tragedy.’ The State Department said the US is sending a ‘co-ordination cell’ including military personnel and law experts to Nigeria to help in efforts to bring the girls back home. The Bring Back Our Girls hashtag was first used on April 23, 2014 by a Nigerian lawyer, Ibrahim M. Abdullahi, who tweeted the phrase during at a UNESCO event. The hashtag gained traction in Nigeria and started trending two weeks ago. It has now been picked up internationally, with people around the world sharing photos of themselves holding up signs reading #BringBackOur-
Girls. Protests have also taken place around the world, with around 75 protesters rallying outside the Nigerian embassy in Washington on Tuesday wearing Bring Back Our Girls T-shirts. Pledging his support, American President, Barack Obama, said, “We’re going to do everything we can to provide assistance to them. In the short term, our goal is obviously to help the international community, and the Nigerian government as a team to do everything we can to recover these young ladies.” British Special Forces have also been put on standby after Foreign Secretary William Hague described the
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abduction as ‘disgusting and immoral.’ Military chiefs in London are considering sending in the Special Air Service and the Special Boat Service to help search for the schoolgirls. Downing Street revealed British security experts would be joining teams from France and the US in trying to find the girls. The team has been drawn from Whitehall departments including Defence, International Development and the Foreign Office. It is likely to include military officers but will concentrate on planning, co-ordination and advice to local authorities, rather than getting involved in operations on the ground to free the girls. A social media campaign to raise awareness globally about the kidnapping is gaining momentum with celebrities including Mary J Blige adding their support. CONCLUDED
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izziness is a term used to describe everything from feeling faint or lightheaded to feeling weak or unsteady. Dizziness that creates the sense that you or your surroundings are spinning or moving is called vertigo. Dizziness is one of the most common reasons adults visit their doctors — right up there with chest pain and fatigue. Although frequent dizzy spells or constant dizziness can keep you from doing much of anything, dizziness rarely signals a serious, life-threatening condition. Treatment of dizziness depends on the cause and your symptoms, but is usually effective. Symptoms: Dizziness can usually be more specifically described as one of the following sensations: • The false sense of motion or spinning (vertigo) • Light headedness or the feeling of near fainting • Loss of balance or unsteadiness (disequilibrium) • Other sensations such as floating, swimming or heavy-headedness A number of underlying health conditions can cause these problems. Some of these conditions disrupt or confuse the signals your brain receives from one or more of your sensory systems, including your Eyes, which help you determine where your body is in space and how it’s moving • Sensory nerves, which send messages to your brain about body movements and positions • Inner ear, which houses sensors that help detect gravity and backand-forth motion Causes: The way dizziness makes you feel — such as the sensation of vertigo, a feeling of faintness or feeling as if you’ve lost your balance — provide clues for possible causes. Specific triggers, such as certain activities or
• Meniere’s disease. This disease involves the excessive buildup of fluid in your inner ear. It’s characterized by sudden episodes of vertigo lasting as long as several hours, accompanied by fluctuating hearing loss, ringing in the ear and a feeling of fullness in the affected ear. Feeling of faintness: Dizziness may make you feel faint and lightheaded without losing consciousness. Sometimes nausea, pale skin and clamminess accompany a feeling of faintness. Causes of this type of dizziness include: • Drop in blood pressure (orthostatic hypotension). A dramatic drop in your systolic blood pressure — the higher number in your blood pressure reading — may result in lightheadedness or a feeling of faintness. It can occur after sitting up or standing too quickly. • Inadequate output of blood from the heart. Certain conditions such as any of the various diseases of the heart muscle, an abnormal heart rhythm or a decrease in blood volume may cause inadequate blood flow from your heart.
positions, may give clues as to the underlying cause of your dizziness. The duration of any dizziness episodes and any additional symptoms you feel can also help pinpoint the exact cause. Vertigo: Vertigo usually results from a sudden or temporary change in the activity of the balance structures in your inner ear or in the balance structures’ connections into the brain. These connections sense movement and changes in your head position. Sitting up or moving around, may make it worse. Sometimes vertigo is severe enough to cause nausea, vomiting and balance problems. But, the good news about vertigo is that it generally won’t last long.
Within a couple of weeks, the body usually adapts to whatever is causing your dizziness. Causes of vertigo may include: A change in the position of your head, often when you turn over in bed or sit up in the morning. This is the most common cause of vertigo. • Inflammation in the inner ear. Signs and symptoms of inflammation of your inner ear include the sudden onset of intense, constant vertigo that may persist for several days, along with nausea, vomiting and trouble with balance. These symptoms may be so severe that you have to stay in bed. It may be associated with sudden hearing loss.
Loss of balance (disequilibrium): Disequilibrium is the loss of balance or the feeling of unsteadiness when you walk. Causes may include: • Inner ear problems. Abnormalities with your inner ear can cause you to feel like you are unsteady while walking, especially in the dark. • Sensory disorders. Failing vision and nerve damage in your legs are common in older adults and may result in difficulty maintaining your balance. TO BE CONTINUED NEXT WEEK
Stretch marks, protruding tummy, flat breasts after childbirth Dear Mirror Doctor, I once had a baby three years ago and my breast is still so flat my tummy is also protruding. I have also been urinating more frequently especially at night, drinking water a lot, and I have also emaciated. I have stretch marks on my tummy. I did not have my baby through operation. Please doctor, I need your help. +234816--------59 Mirror Doctor Replies Welcome to motherhood. Flat breast is not a problem as there are different ways to enhancing your breast. You may buy a very good ‘bra’ to give you the support and desired effect. As for the protruding tommy, in the absence of an underlying
disease condition, exercises will suffice. Next, the symptoms of frequent passage of urine especially at night, drinking plenty of water, and associated weight loss are in line with diabetes. It will do you good if you go to the hospital for proper evaluation, diagnosis and management. As for the stretch marks on your tommy, note that skin does not bounce back if it’s been stretched by rapid growth due to pregnancy, excessive weight gain, or extreme weight loss. Instead, it becomes decorated by a form of scarring called the stretch marks or striae. Stretch marks often start off as reddish or purplish in color and then become glossy skin that appears streaked in silver or white. Stretch marks occur when the elastic
middle layer of skin called the dermis is stretched. Stretching leads to a breakdown of connective tissue, inflammation, and then scar formation as the injury heals. It’s the scarring that causes stretch marks to appear. Stretch marks are common during puberty and rapid growth spurts in adolescence (they typically heal by the late teens or early 20s), pregnancy, excessive weight gain and obesity, when muscle mass increases rapidly and stretches the skin (like during bodybuilding), and sometimes when individuals use topical or high doses of ingested steroids for many weeks or months. Stretch marks are not a health risk but can be cosmetically unappealing. Men and women can get stretch marks on several areas of their bodies, includ-
ing the abdominal area, thighs, hips, breasts, upper arms or lower back. There are some treatment options for stretch marks, none of which work very well. The degree of success with any treatment will be impacted by your age, your skin tone and even your diet. Treatment options include use of cream or laser therapy to address unwanted stretch marks. Another is Over-the-counter products treatments. These are available but not particularly effective. Moisturizers can help with appearance and itchiness. Sunless tanning products can help mask stretch marks. It’s best to be in the care of a cosmetic surgeon or dermatologist. He or she can determine which treatment approach is best for you.
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Davido, Mafikizolo launch Tchelete (Good Life) video When two big celebrity brands unite on a project, you can be sure that their celebrity friends will be present when they unveil that project. And that was exactly the case when Nigeriaâ€™s Davido teamed up with South Africaâ€™s Mafikizolo to launch the video of their collaboration song, Tchelete (Good Life), last week in Lagos. DJ Jimmy Jatt, Vixen, Chidinma, Kcee, Tania Omotayo and Vina were just some of them.
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frican girl among hundreds seeking refuge from murderous witch doctors who target their body parts because they’re albino. Innocent scenes they may be, but these Tanzanians are in grave danger from all walks of life from fishermen and miners to witch doctors and murderers simply because they are albino. Regarded as the ‘tribe of ghosts’ or ‘the invisibles’, albinos have suffered appalling treatment at the hands of their own people who butcher them for their body parts in the disturbingly mistaken belief they will bring them better health and good fortune. Such is the threat against their lives, the Tanzanian government has been opening shelters for hundreds of albino children to offer them some chance of building a life for themselves. Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete, who appointed the country’s first albino MP in 2008, has also commissioned task forces to investigate the killings. In some cases, fathers have tried to murder their own children in the hope of selling them for thousands of dollars - a fortune to the average family in Tanzania. Fishermen believe their hair will help them catch more fish, miners think their bones will bring them diamonds and witch doctors use their genitals for treatments to supposedly boost sexual potency. Gauging the size of Tanzania’s albino population is difficult and estimates vary wildly. The government has undertaken a national survey of albinos but has not released its findings. Albino advocacy groups put the number somewhere above 100,000, out of a total population of roughly 48 million people. Albinism is a genetic condition characterised by a deficiency of melanin pigmentation in the skin, hair and eyes which protects from the sun’s ultraviolet rays. In many African nations - but most commonly in Tanzania - albinos are butchered in the street. Their remains are used in the macabre human potions used by traditional healers to treat the sick. Believing it will bring them good luck and big catches, fishermen on the shores of Lake Victoria weave albino hair into nets. Bones are ground down and buried in the earth by miners, who believe they will be transformed into diamonds. The genitals are also sometimes made into treatments to boost sexual potency. Shelters have been opening up in recent years to offer them a glimmer of hope for the future. Sometimes the parents are afraid of their children, sometimes they are forced to give up their beloved offspring because they fear the prejudices of the people in their own community. Last year, a report on the Kabanaga Protectorate Centre in the town of Kabanaga featured 17-year-old Angel, who was visited by her mother for the first time in four years. When she was born her father called her ‘a gift from God’. But his joy was not that of a new father - he wanted to butcher the girl and sell her
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•Murdered for their hair, bones and genitals, for albinos in Tanzania, surviving a day is a miracle
Disturbing practices: Fishermen believe albino hair will help them catch more fish, while miners think their bones will bring them diamonds
JUST DAYS EARLIER, AN ALBINO MOTHER OF FOUR HAD HER ARM CHOPPED OFF BY MACHETE-WIELDING MEN AND A MONTH BEFORE THAT AN ALBINO
TANZANIA’S TABORA REGION AFTER ATTACKERS HACKED OFF HIS ARM.
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body parts for thousands of dollars. Angel’s mother managed to deter the father for years, but when Angel was 13 he led a group to attack her. Angel got away, but her mother’s own parents were killed in the attack as they fought to protect their granddaughter. But Jacquelyn says she will never escape the prejudice that follows her wherever she goes. Ignorance about the condition is rife there is even a belief that their mothers slept with white men for it to be passed down. Last year, attackers collecting body parts of albinos for witchcraft hacked off the hand of a seven-year-old boy, officials said. The boy, called Mwigulu Magessa, was ambushed by the men as he walked home with his friends in Tanzania. He survived but many such victims of ignorance are not so lucky. Just days earlier, an albino mother of four had her arm chopped off by machetewielding men and a month before that an albino child died in Tanzania’s Tabora region after attackers hacked off his arm.
Genetic quirk: Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete, who appointed the country’s first albino MP in 2008, has commissioned task forces to investigate albino killings
Outcasts: Albinos in Tanzania (including these two children, above) are known by those who hunt them as the ‘tribe of ghosts’ or ‘the invisibles’
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African U-20 Championship Qualifiers
AFRICAN U-20 CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFIERS Today’s Matches Mozambique vs Zambia Malawi vs DR Congo Tanzania vs Nigeria Sierra Leone vs Ghana Burkina Faso vs Mali Sunday, May 11, 2014 Libya vs Tunisia Ethiopia vs South Africa Burundi vs Cameroon Rwanda vs Gabon Congo vs Benin Rep. Togo vs Morocco Liberia vs Cote d’Ivoire Sudan vs Egypt Lesotho vs Angola
Flying Eagles in training session ahead of their clash with Ngorongoro of Tanzania.
lying Eagles of Nigeria will today in Dar es Salaam confront the Ngorongoro Heroes of Tanzania in the second round first leg of the African U-20 Championship qualifiers. The reverse fixtures will be played in Nigeria in a fortnight with the winners of the fixture squaring up with the winners between Angola and Lesotho to secure a place at the 2015 African Youth Championship (AYC) billed for Senegal. The AYC also serves as qualifiers for the FIFA U-20 World Cup that will take place in New Zealand. Nigeria which is among the 12 teams that drew a bye at the first round of the qualifiers will be facing a rejuvenated East African side who qualified for this stage of the competition after seeing off their East African neighbours, Kenya, in the first round by 4-3 on penalties after their aggregate scores stood at 0-0 apiece. While the Coach Manu Garba-led side holds the record as the most successful team in the competition having been crowned champions a record six times, they will be trying to maintain their dominance over their opponents whom they
Flying Eagles, Ngorongoro Heroes clash in Dar es Salaam defeated 2-1 in the first leg of the 2013 qualifiers in Tanzania, before moving ahead to record another 2-0 defeat in the second leg with goals from Abduljaleel Ajagun and Alhaji Gero. However, the Ngorongoro Heroes will be looking forward to a good result to enable them be in a vantage position ahead of the second leg. On paper, the Flying Eagles could be said to have an edge over their opponent in today’s encounter, but playing against a side that has improved tremendously since their loss to Nigeria a year ago requires full concentration in order not to allow the East Africans record an upset in the cracker. Already, Coach Manu Garba who guided Nigeria to win a record fourth title at the 2013 FIFA U-17 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates has said that his team will not leave anything to chance when they confront the young Tanzanians in today’s match, even as he promised that they are going to Dar es Salaam to get
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the maximum three points to make the return leg a mere formality. He stated that they will approach the game with all seriousness it deserves and added that the Flying Eagles will never allow Ngorongoro Heroes stand between them and qualification for the African Youth Championship (AYC) holding next year. “We are fully prepared for today’s encounter and we are going to Tanzania for the maximum points at stake. “It is true that the Tanzanians have improved greatly since our first meeting last year, but we are not going to allow them spoil our chances of picking one of the tickets to the AYC. “My players are fully aware of what is at stake and they are prepared mentally, physically and psychologically for the match. Hopefully, we will come back from Dar es Salaam victorious. “I’m very positive about this,” he af-
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firmed. Speaking in the same vein, Tanzania U-20 Coach, John Simkoko has promised his countrymen that his team will not disappoint when they file out against Nigeria in today’s match, even as he warned that Flying Eagles poses a different challenge from their first round encounter with Kenya. Simkoko however remains optimistic that with determination and luck, his young lads can turn the table against the Flying Eagles. The Heroes’ coach believes that proper preparation would help his side overcome what looks like a daunting test and realize the nation’s dream of reaching the AYC finals slated for Senegal. “We have prepared well for the encounter, but we need to work harder on the field of play and must set our focus on eliminating Nigeria as we want to reach the finals,” he said.
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Brazil 2014: Eagles must make Africa proud!
he 2014 FIFA World Cup holding in Brazil next month is already generating lots of excitements from soccer fans across the world and from recent developments the entire continent of Africa is agog as expectations are almost at fever pitch. The Mundial from all ramifications is an opportunity for all the national teams representing the African continent to excel, no matter what it takes. From available records, it’s only Cameroun at Italia ’90, Senegal at France’98 and Ghana at South Africa 2010 that has so far reached the quarter finals stage of the prestigious FIFA World Cup in the past. Therefore, it is expected that Nigeria should use the Mundial to prove to soccer fans worldwide that our soccer prowess is never in doubt. Also, as the champions of Africa, the Super Eagles have no choice than to make the continent proud, not minding that the likes of Cameroun, Ghana, Algeria and Cote d’Ivoire will also be on parade. As a kicker, the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) triumph in South Africa by Nigeria gave every fan of the round leather game in the country a ray of hope that our beautiful game is fast on the rise, many thanks to the technical ability of Coach Stephen Keshi who worked tirelessly to turn things around despite the short time he had preparatory to the competition in Madiba’s country. Just like a cat with nine lives Keshi and his lads stunned the continent by defeating highly
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Andrew Ekejiuba email@example.com rated Cote d’Ivoire at the quarter finals of the 2013 AFCON, before moving ahead to crush an ambitious Malian national side at the semi-finals. In the final game against Burkina Faso, Eagles proved that they are truly super as they triumphed 1-0 courtesy of Sunday Mba’s lone strike to end Nigeria’s 19 years wait for Africa’s most prestigious football trophy. After the AFCON triumph, Nigeria’s super power status in international football was again tested and proven right as Keshi and his lads qualified the country for the FIFA World Cup in Brazil. How did the team manage to accomplish all these within a record time of Keshi taking charge? And what are the fans expecting from the team at the Mundial? Truly, the aforementioned questions has remained on the lips of soccer fans in the country after the World Cup qualification, while Keshi has equally remained focused on his determination to building a rock-solid team ahead of the Mundial in Brazil. The success story so far recorded by the team prior to the
Mundial could be traced to the superlative managerial ability of Keshi ‘The Big Boss’ of Nigerian football and also the willingness of the players to go the extra mile in putting in their best each time they were given the opportunity to wear the green-and-white shirt of Nigeria. On Tuesday for example, Keshi made his provisional 30man list to the Mundial public and since then many soccer analysts are commending him especially on the caliber of players the coaching crew invited. Most interesting is the recall of Stoke City’s out-and-out striker, Osaze Odemwingie to the Eagles’ fold which frankly gladdened the hearts of many soccer fans across the country and confirms that ‘The Big Boss’ is a listening father, brother and a worthy uncle. On record, Odemwingie is in great form and he is enjoying a wonderful season with English Premiership side, Stoke. He is currently being tipped by soccer pundits as one of Nigeria’s potent strikers that is expected to explode in Brazil. And HT
Sign of victory! Super Eagles coach, Stephen Keshi, expects another victorious outing at the Mundial like they had at AFCON 2013
strongly believes that Odemwingie will prove himself by scoring the necessary goals that will see Eagles soar higher this time, since the Mundial is truly meant for experienced players like him and not fries! The combination of Odemwingie and Emmanuel Emenike upfront should be enough to wreck any water-tight defence at Brazil 2014, if selfish play is totally avoided by the players. As expected, Elderson Echiejile, Juwon Oshaniwa, Efe Ambrose, Godfrey Oboabona, Azubuike Egwuekwe, Kenneth Omeruo, Joseph Yobo and Kunle Odunlami must be at their best by checkmating the advances of dare-devil strikers at Brazil 2014 and save the country of an early exit at the competition. To say the least, the defence of the Eagles is expected to be rock-solid this time such that any opposing player wanting to cross will need to wear a helmet to achieve such feat. The midfielders comprising
of the likes of John Mikel Obi, Ogenyi Onazi, Ramon Azeez, Ejike Uzoenyi, Sunday Mba, Gabriel Rueben, Nosa Igiebor, Joel Obi and Michael Uchebo must effectively play their roles well like water carriers between the defenders and the strikers to guarantee a successful outing for the team at the Mundial. HT strongly believes that the successful quest of the Super Eagles in Brazil will only come to fruition if the strikers made up of Ahmed Musa, Shola Ameobi, Victor Moses, Emmanuel Emenike, Victor Nsofor, Osaze Odemwingie , Babatunde Michael, Uche Nwafor and Nnamdi Oduamadi deliver the necessary goals at every stage of the competition. In a nutshell, the task of excelling at Brazil 2014 by Super Eagles is a task that must be done, because it is an opportunity to make mother Africa proud and also prove that Nigeria is truly the giant of African football!
Oshodi commends Airtel over ARS ANDREW EKEJIUBA
he Lagos State Commissioner for Youths, Sports and Social Development, Barrister Enitan Oshodi, has applauded Airtel for its contribution to the development of grassroots soccer through the Airtel Rising Stars (ARS) U-17 football championship, which enters its fourth season this year. Speaking while receiving a delegation of Nigerian youngsters, who participated at the justconcluded Airtel/Arsenal Soccer Clinic in Kigali,
Rwanda, the Honourable Commissioner, who was represented by the Lagos Director of Sports, Dr Kweku Tandoh, expressed delight at the initiative and achievements recorded since the inception of ARS in 2011. “I want to congratulate Airtel for creating this programme. In Lagos State, we encourage private partnership because the Government cannot do everything alone. So, when we find corporate organisations like Airtel involved in these developmental initiatives, it makes us proud. I want to thank the management for
‘Kogi United ready for any opposition’ AFOLABI GAMBARI
C Director of Sports at the Lagos State Sports Council, Dr. Kweku Adedayo Tandoh (middle) flanked by ARS 3 most outstanding players and representatives of Airtel’s PR Team when the team paid him a courtesy visit in his office at Rowe Park, Yaba, Lagos.
this,” he said. Speaking further, the Honourable Commissioner further called on key players in the private sector to emulate the telecommunications operator in bringing development
to their communities just as he noted that the Lagos State Government has embarked on some sports development initiatives which requires partnership with the private sector.
hairman of Kogi United Football Club, Mallam Abdul Adama, has expressed delight at his team’s 5-1 beating of Spotlight FC of Katsina in their Nigeria National League Week 14 encounter on Wednesday, saying the victory has spurred United to challenge any opponent. It was the first time that the Lokoja-based club had scored more than two goals at home this season after being close to getting its first away victory in Jos
where the Wada Boys held Plateau United to a goalless draw last week. The five goals were also scored by different players on the day. “I think the big victory was an indication that we are now ready to take on anybody in the league. “It was our best performance so far and I think we have really enjoyed the moment but we remain focused ahead of our league match this weekend,” Adama said. Kogi United now has 22 points from 14 matches and is up against TEAP FC in the Week 15 match in Abuja today.
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Cameroun needs extra physical fitness to overcome EVEREST ONYEWUCHI SPORTS EDITOR
ameroun’s football has suffered in two important fronts, the boardroom and the pitch in recent times. Leadership crises in the Federation (FECAFOOT) made super star Samuel Eto’o to lead some players’ revolt on the pitch. Consequently, the players were suspended from the national team, Indomitable Lions, while some others hastily called time on their international career. But somehow reason prevailed and truce was called, but the damage had already been done and Cameroun failed to qualify for the finals of the 29th Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in South Africa in 2013. They were almost losing out to a ticket to the imminent Brazil 2014 FIFA World Cup, but for Togo who shot themselves in the leg. Drawn in perhaps the most open group in Africa, alongside Libya, Congo DR and Togo, Cameroun survived the challenge with the help of an overturned loss because of Togo’s fielding of an ineligible player. This is how FIFA captured it: “Ultimately the Lions did enough anyway with a 1-0 defeat of the pace-setting Libyans in their final match that saw them finish with 13 points from six matches. Once in the final play-off round, they handled a tough task against Tunisia with aplomb. A scoreless draw on the road gave way to a 4-1 home win that has Coach Volker Finke’s side feeling confident about their trip to Brazil.” No matter how they qualified, Indomitable Lions have pedigree and have made Africa proud in the Mun-
dial. Representing the continent first at Espana `82 with Algeria when the format changed from 16 to 24 finalists, Cameroun has drawn most attention to African football at this stage. Indomitable Lions exited Spain 1982 at the group stage, but they ended their maiden excursion undefeated, having drawn 0-0 with both Peru and Poland and 1-1 with eventual winners, Italy. Eight years later, they wrote themselves into the annals of the game by beating holders, Argentina, 1-0, in the Opening Match with a goal scored by Francois Oman-Biyik and becoming the first African side to reach the quarter-finals, powered by the goals of evergreen striker, Roger Milla. In the second round Cameroun defeated Colombia 2–1 with the 38-yearold Roger Milla scoring two goals in the extra time. In the quarter finals the Lions faced England. After 25 minutes England’s David Platt scored. In the second half however Cameroun came back with a 61st minute penalty from Emmanuel Kundé and took the lead with Eugène Ekéké on 65 minutes. England however equalised in the 83rd minute with a penalty from Gary Lineker. Lineker made it 3–2 for England with a penalty in the 105th minute. That breakthrough performance remains their finest showing, groupstage exits having followed in 1994, 1998, 2002 and 2010. German coach, Finke, has been struggling to build a new frightening and devouring Lions, but events outside the pitch seem to be hampering their efforts. In a group that has hosts Brazil, Mexico and Croatia, Cameroun will dig deep into their physical prowess to overcome all opposition at the Mundial.
Eto’o, player to watch S amuel Eto’o at 33, remains the world-class threat up front, although the charismatic figure, who still serves as captain, has gone in and out of the team. But even without the Chelsea veteran, the side is loaded with experience and high-
level talent. Nicolas N’Koulou, Benoit AssouEkotto, Aurelien Chedjou and Vincent Aboubakar remain vital at the back, while the midfield is even more loaded with Alex Song, Jean Makoun and Stephane Mbia at the heart of the team.
Eto’o leading out Indomitable Lions in training
Lions can spring surprise –Aboubakar
ndomitable Lions striker, Vincent Aboubakar, has warned that Cameroun is capable of causing upset in Brazil. In an interview with FIFA.com the Yaoundeborn striker said, “When I started out with the national team, Samuel Eto’o came up to me and said: ‘You know, little guy, never judge strikers by goals alone’. I often think about what he said then, and it’s pushed me to work hard and excel myself.” He was only 18 when he received the advice, and would shortly afterwards find his name on the 23-man list announced by then Indomitable Lions Coach Paul Le Guen for the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa. Much has changed for the striker in the four years since then. No sooner was South Africa 2010 over than he left for France to join Valenciennes, where he stayed for three years before switching to Lorient. The move to Brittany has paid off, with Aboubakar helping himself to 16 goals so far this season, a tally bettered only by Zlatan Ibrahimovic in France and more than the Camerounian managed overall in the three years he spent at his previous club. The Lorient goal-getter has hit form at just the right time, with the Cameroun squad for Brazil 2014 to be announced shortly. Aboubakar hopes to be named in it, but is well aware that the Indomitable Lions face anything but an easy task in the world finals, not with the host nation, Croatia and Mexico providing the opposition in Group A. “The World Cup is a very tough competition and we need to put the disappointment of 2010 behind us,” he said. “I know we’re in an extremely difficult group once again but I think that Cameroun can pull off a little bit of a surprise. As long as we fight for the jersey, I’m sure God will help us.”
FACT-FILE CAPITAL: Yaounde POPULATION: 22.5million APPEARANCES: 7 (First in 1982) BEST OUTING: Q/finals @ Italia ‘90 FIFA RANKING: 50 NICKNAME: Indomitable Lions MOST CAPPED PLAYER: Rigobert Song (137) TOP SCORER: Samuel Eto’o (55) CAPTAIN: Samuel Eto’o COACH: Volker Finke (German)
GROUP MATCHES Friday, June 13, vs Mexico (Natal) Wednesday, June 18, vs Croatia (Manaus) Monday, June 23, vs Brazil (Brasilia)
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Toure keen to win Premiership title
aya Toure wants to ensure Manchester City win the Premier League after he admitted being disappointed at missing out at the Professional Footballers’ Association awards. Liverpool’s Luis Suarez was voted as Player of the Year by his fellow professionals, and was given the same honour by the Football Writers’ Association, but Toure has been in fine form for the side that need just one point from their final game to clinch the title.
The Ivory Coast international’s goal against Aston Villa, at the end of a run from inside his own half, was his 20th of the campaign but with individual honours having gone elsewhere the former Barcelona midfielder is focusing on what his team could achieve. “I’m disappointed with the PFA awards because I’m a competitor,” the 31-year-old admitted. “But, as well, Luis Suarez has had an excellent season. He was very good. It was well deserved from him.
“It’s not only me who was in the running for these awards; we have a number of players who have been excellent. The most important thing is trophies for the team. We always remind each other of that.” Manuel Pellegrini’s side have already claimed one piece of silverware this season, with the Capital One Cup in the trophy cabinet at the Etihad Stadium, but for Toure this campaign can only be judged as a success with the addition of the Premier League for the second
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ydney FC coach Graham Arnold has claimed young Australian goalkeeper Mat Ryan is the subject of interest from Real Madrid. Ryan was an integral part of the Central Coast Mariners team which won the A-League title under Arnold in 2012-13, earning a move to Belgian side Club Brugge in May 2013. He quickly made the number one shirt his own at the Pro League title contenders and is also in pole position to start for the Socceroos at the FIFA World Cup following the retirement of Mark Schwarzer. And Arnold has revealed that his former charge is impressing one of the world’s biggest clubs. “You look at Maty Ryan,” he said when asked how a young Socceroos side will fare in Brazil next month. “Maty Ryan left here last year. He’s gone across to Belgium, he’s the best goalkeeper in the league.”
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time in three hree years. “We definitely expect to win the title. e. We have worked orked so hard this season and if we don’tt win it, itt would be e a massive ve disappointment,” he intadded ahead head of City’s home meeting with West Ham tomorrow.
am Allardyce has vowed and called on his West Ham side to spoil Manchester City’s Premier League title party at the Etihad Stadium tomorrow. Manuel Pellegrini’s side knows that a point will be enough to seal a second title in three years, barring a miraculous 13-goal victory for Liverpool over Newcastle United. Although full of praise for the job the Chil-
Hughes backs Odemwingie ahead of West Brom’s clash
ark Hughes has rubbished suggestions he would leave Peter Odemwingie out of Stoke City’s trip to West Brom tomorrow. The Nigeria international made himself unpopular in his time as a player at the Hawthorns after driving to Loftus Road on transfer deadline day in January 2013 to try and engineer a move to Queens Park Rangers. A departure to Cardiff City followed, but his spell in south Wales failed to work out, and in January this year, Odemwingie transferred to the Britannia Stadium as part of a swap deal involving Kenwyne Jones. Odemwingie has been an instant hit at Stoke, with six goals in 14 Premier League appearances, and Hughes gave little credence to the idea of resting him tomorrow in order to avoid a hostile reception from the West Brom faithful. “Peter is an experienced player and he is used to playing under pressure,” he said. “There may well be some focus on his presence on the day, but you would like to think there would be some recognition from their supporters because he made a huge impact there,” he said.
ean has done this season, Allardyce is in no mood to allow City to enjoy their day. “We know we’re in the Premier League next year, let’s go and try to spoil Manchester City’s party,” he said. “We don’t want to go there and lie down, we want to go there and give a fantastic account of ourselves. “They are the best team at home in the league and they have great players so we will need every player on top of their form. “I watched City against Aston Villa the other night and we all know Man City are very difficult to play against. “We have to make sure we cope as a team, build a resilience and frustration and create a chance or two when we have possession.”
Barca will not fail, says Alves Alves
ani Alves is confident Barcelona will not let the chance of back-to-back Liga titles slip from their grasp this season. After their draw with Getafe last weekend, Barca looked like they were out of the title race, but defeat for Atletico Madrid and a draw for Real Madrid left the door open for Gerardo Martino’s men - now three points off the lead. The results mean the Catalan giants could retain their Liga crown if they win both of their remaining fixtures, including the final day clash with title rivals Atletico. However, Alves remains confident Barca will not let the chance of consecutive titles slip from their grasp. “If we don’t win the league then the season is a disaster,” he said. “A lot of opportunities have been given to us and we haven’t taken them. “I have 100 per cent trust in this team and I guarantee you we will not fail.”
Paulinho confident of sealing Chelsea deal
ottenham midfielder Paulinho wants to leave the club after the World Cup and is confident of completing a summer move to Chelsea. However, the Blues are yet to make contact with Spurs over any deal for the Brazilian but they have identified the midfielder as a prime target ahead of the summer transfer window.
Borini hopes for a chance at Liverpool abio Borini is hoping to be given a chance at Liverpool next season after F impressing on loan at Sunderland.The Italian striker joined Sunderland on a seasonlong loan deal last summer after enduring a difficult first season at Liverpool due to a series of injuries.
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he Federal Government has announced its intention to discourage importation of some food items that can easily be produced in this country, such as including cassava, rice and wheat products. At the same time, it plans to encourage those interested in local food production and export, as well as reliance on local food consumption. The present government has paid attention to the development of agriculture and other non-oil exportable products. Cassava production, processing into chips & pellets, industrial starch, ethanol, garri, cassava flour and foo-foo is still a very lucrative agro- industrial project. In 2013, the Federal Government came up with packages to benefit farmers to develop agriculture. Some of them are N4.1 billion for cassava farmers only; N60 billion for Agro-farmers to enable them purchase stocks, seeds, stems, fertilizers etc; N200billion through Bank of Agriculture. These are great opportunities to exploit. Every hand should be on deck to encourage cassava production either through provision of funds or through encouragement of production for export market. Cassava is grown throughout Nigeria. It is tuberous and has the ability to thrive in poor soils and considerable resistance to drought. It is botanically called manihot esculenta and also called maniac or tapioca. Cassava is seen as readily available raw material for establishment of small and medium scale industries in Nigeria. Nigeria’s famous staple, Garri, is produced from the root of this crop. Cassava for export includes dry cassava leaves, chips, pellets, cassava meal, flour and starch and ethanol. All these products can be exported. Cassava is used mainly for producing animal feed. The dry roots chips and pellets are usually preferred by industrial animal feeds producers in America and Europe. Alcohol is also extracted from cassava. Textile industries and food industries need starch. Nigeria is a major producer of this tropical crop with output conservatively put at over 80, 000 metric tons as at the end of 2012. However, until 1996, cassava and its allied products were on the export prohibition list. From 1996, its ban was lifted. With this policy action, Nigerian exporters were given the opportunity to develop export markets for this product. Apart from Nigeria, other major countries that produce cassava include Brazil, Thailand, Indonesia and Zaire. Globally, only 15 percent of total production of cassava is exported with Thailand being the major exporter of cassava products. Nigeria’s over 60,000 metric tons is almost totally processed and consumed locally. Cassava and its derivatives were delisted from the export prohibition list in 1996 and any Nigerian can invest and export any processed product(s). Its export is now encouraged among other food crops for which Nigeria is a major producer by the present administration. DIRECTION OF EXPORT The direction of cassava export is mainly Europe and North America, with the European Union accounting for about 90 percent of total buyers. About 30 percent of cassava production globally is used for starches and other industrial
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of their products. Quality is usually in terms of nutritive value. Minimum standard specifications are as follows: Chips (70 percent), flour (70 percent) and pellets (62 percent). Moisture content is 14 percent, fiber, five percent and ash, three percent, for these three products. Chips are normally white or near white, clean, free of mould, foreign matter, insect damage and without offensive odours. Length of chips should be 4-5mm. It should be noted that if quality standard
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products and only less than one percent is processed into ethanol particularly in Brazil. It is a choice animal feed material because of its high carbohydrate content. It is however mixed with protein source such as Soya beans. Europe is the major importer of cassava for animal production. Details would be given to prospective investors. Animal production, being the main attraction of Agriculture in Europe, accounts for about 70 percent of total agricultural output. The compound feed formulation is the main attraction for cassava. About 90 percent of traded cassava in Europe is from developing countries such as Nigeria. Main suppliers are Thailand (about 85 per cent), Indonesia (about six percent). Sub Saharan Africa is yet to contribute significantly to world trade in cassava, with only about three (3) percent recorded in the early part of the millennium. The principal buyer of cassava in Europe is Netherlands, (accounting for
over 40 percent of total Europe imports); Germany (about 20 per cent), Belgium and Luxembourg (about 13 percent), France (eight percent), U.K (10 percent) and Italy (two percent). TRANSPORTATION AND HANDLING Transportation and handling constitute high levels of cost of inputs in preparation of cassava for export. This is due to the bulky nature of the product. This cost could be as high as 50 per cent of total cost. Proper management of cost reduction programme is therefore recommended for those who wish to venture into the export of cassava as reduction of costs will afford better competitiveness. Cassava pellets are usually cheaper to transport and handle than other exportable processed cassava products like industrial starch. The standard of the product is very important. QUALITY Feed millers are very particular about quality. Consistency of quality is very important for them to maintain the standards Chips & Pellets
is not maintained, the export project is bound to collapse. This must therefore be worked out carefully. PACKING Packing is done in sacks of cotton, multi-craft paper bags or clean jute bag. Pellets should be uniform in shape and size, less fragile and should be compatible for handling, storage and transportation. Palletising equipments exist for production of pellets. The current price of Thailand hard pellets (Nigeria’s equivalent) is as high as 3,500 DM per ton. Industrial starch is about $2,500 per ton as at January2011. Note, however, that international prices fluctuate. Project plan market price should be worked out based on current prices. PROCESSING PLANTS The plants and machinery for setting up cassava chips and pellets, industrial starch and flour projects are locally available. However, arrangements can be made for foreign machines. There are foreign machines from Brazil, South Korea, Japan, India etc. Prospective investors should be given the details, which would be comprehensively worked out in bankable feasibility studies. The raw materials, labour and all other required inputs are locally available. All other essential details including accommodation, manpower, production technology, packaging and marketing will be embodied in a bankable and comprehensive feasibility report for prospective investor. There is another advantage that prospective investors will derive from investing into this project. The EPZ (export processing zones) can provide accommodation to serious investors. At the same time, they will ensure quality processing of their export products.
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BRIEFS Man, 35, bags 21 years jail term over robbery
Jos High Court on Friday sentenced 35 year old David Habila to 21 years imprisonment for armed robbery. Habila stood trial for attacking and robbing one Dr Jasper Faya of Sabon Barki area of Jos South Local Government of Plateau of valuables on Dec. 23, 2008. Mr Justice C.L. Dabup sentenced Habila to 21 years imprisonment without an option of fine. Dabup said that the court was convinced that the accused committed the offence of robbery as proved by the prosecution. He said that the evidences presented before the court by the prosecution had convinced the court beyond reasonable doubt that the accused was guilty of the offence. Reviewing the proceeding before judgment, Dabup said that the prosecution was able to prove that Habila attacked his victim at his residence in Sabon Barki at 9:30 pm on the fateful day with a stick and knife. He said that following the attack the accused made away with his victims laptop, video camera, a sum of N2,000 and a Nokia E-66 handset. Relying on the police First Information Report (FIR), he said that the accused was traced to his residence five days later through a phone call placed through the stolen phone. ``One of the staff working in the victim’s company, Ruth called the line with her own phone and the accused answered upon which she made an appointment to meet with him. ``In the process, he scheduled an appointment with her, giving his location which was passed to the police. ``When apprehended at the address by the police, the accused claimed to have bought the phone off somebody but was unable to produce the receipt,’’ he said. The judge pointed out that all the evidences pointed to him, and accordingly found him guilty of the offence under Section 1(2a) of the criminal code under the Robbery and Firearms Act. However, in sentencing him, the Judge took cognisance of the six years already spent in detention following the plea of his counsel, Mr D.M. Kolo. He therefore reduced the actual period to be spent in jail to 15 years.
Crime Watch Man beats daughter to death over plate of rice SEGUN ADIO
Port Harcourt, Rivers State commercial bus driver, Kingsley Ekerete, is currently cooling his heels in police custody after he allegedly beat his eight years old daughter to death. Ekerete, 29, had separated from his wife, who reportedly left their three kids in his care. It was reported that though Kingsley had been looking after his children, his neighbours had many times had reason to rescue the youngest of his children from him and often restrained him from subjecting the others to shock torture when provoked. Ekerete who hails from Nto Osung community in Ikot Ekpene local government council of Akwa Ibom State, but lives in Obeama, in Oyigbo local government council of Rivers State, had on Saturday April 12, 2014, made breakfast for his family and left a small portion for him. According to sources, he had planned to eat the portion left when he returns from work later in the day. The source said that after the children returned and waited for long without their father in sight, Favour, his eldest child, reportedly in hunger, ate the food that their father had reserved for himself. But unknown to the young girl that was the last she would live to see food at home. Kingsley in a fit of anger unleashed his beastly tendencies on the innocent child and killed her in the process. It was reported that before the incident, Favour had been ill, a condition that was worsened by the beating she received from her father. It was said that her health challenge was aggravated by her father and she died moments after she was beaten to stupor by her father. Kingsley on realising what he had done, reportedly placed the remains of the young girl at a corner of a room in the apartment, while the younger kids watched in shock. Favour’s remains reportedly spent the night in the house. Early in the following morning, Kingsley was said to have ensured that no one was around or awake if they were around before he wrapped the corpse in a blue clothing,
Kingsley at the grave of his daughter
armed himself with a shovel and conducted an interment for his dead daughter in a shallow grave behind his room. Believing nobody saw him, he went in. However, the lid over his act was later to be blown off as the caretaker of the house identified as Mrs. Ugwu, noticed the unexplained disappearance of Favour who was the darling of neighbours. The woman immediately quizzed Kingsley about the whereabouts of his daughter, but he lied that the young girl had been ill all week and was taken to a hospital in Umuebulu community where she had died. Mrs. Ugwu reportedly informed a neighbour, identified as Pastor Emeka
and a decision was reached to lodge a complaint at Afam Police Station. The police were later to arrest Kingsley as he made to escape. It was learnt that Kingsley has been transferred to the State Criminal Investigation Department, in the state capital. At the station, he was said to have claimed that the mother of the three children left them all to him alone to take care and went away with another man. He also reportedly claimed that the young Favour had been sick since her mother departed home and lacked motherly care leading to her death. However, the truth unfolded when Kingsley’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ekerete visited the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID), where they reportedly spoke of their son’s strange behaviour even towards the mother of his children, who had to run away from home because of her husband’s excesses. In his reaction, the Rivers State Commissioner of Police, Tunde Ogunsakin said: “My men became suspicious of the man when he was brought to the SCID as his accounts of his missing daughter were laced with suspicion. We planned to get across to his children or their mother for useful information on the man,” he said.
Woman, 32, docked for drug trafficking
32-year-old woman, Ngozi Nsuofor, was on Friday charged with an attempt to export 100 grammes of heroine at a Federal High Court, Lagos. Nsuofor, whose address is unknown, is standing trial on drug trafficking. The prosecutor, Mrs O. Ahaji, told
the court that the accused committed the offence on April 16 at the Departure Hall of Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Ikeja. She alleged that the accused had in her possession 100 grammes of heroine when she was arrested. Ahaji said the offence contravened
Section 11 (b) of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency Act, Laws of the Federation, 2004. She urged the court to remand the accused in prison custody pending the determination of the case. Counsel to the accused, Mr Sunday
Okwor, asked the court to grant the accused bail on liberal terms. The prosecutor, however, opposed the bail application. Justice Mohammed Yunusa adjourned the case to May 21 for ruling and remanded the accused in prison custody.
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How Bureau de Change owner betrays his clients to robbers SEGUN ADIO
abiu Audu was among a gang of robbers reportedly arrested by men of the Ogun State Command recently after a tip-off. The gang specialised in obtaining large sums of money from customers of a Bureau de Change located at the Idi-Iroko border in the state. Many such notorious criminal elements of same traits had been apprehended in the past, but the difference between them and this gang was that the owner of the Bureau de Change, whose clients were robbed at gun point, was the engineer of the attacks by the gang of robbers. Rabiu, 33, was born with a silver spoon as they say. His father, a native of Kebbi State runs a Bureau de Change in another part of the community and it was from the older Audu that Rabiu learnt his trade. Rabiu did not only run the Bureau de Change business alone, but also was into rice sales in the border town. So, he could not be said to be in want of money or any essentials of life as compared to some of his peers. However, in spite of all the wealth around him, the first son of nine children still wanted more money. But rather than seek other legitimate means of making money, he chose to robbery. What is more worrisome in Rabiu’s case was that he sets up his customers for his gang who in turn collects their money at gun point. At the end of each operation, Rabiu would reportedly be given own share of the loot. Rabiu’s journey into robbery reportedly started when he reunited with an old friend identified as Taiye. Taiye, it was gathered, had lived in Libya for over a decade until the uprising that
Rabiu (3rd left) and his gang
engulfed the country a couple of years ago. Upon his return to Nigeria, Taiye reportedly teamed up with Rabiu for his rice business, but along the line reportedly sought to know how Rabiu’s Bureau de Change business was faring. After Rabiu narrated how lucrative and moneyspinning the business was especially at the border areas, Taiye joined. Rabiu gave him and others already helping him to ‘obtain’ from his big clients and the latter immediately bought into the idea. Other members later recruited into the gang were Ibrahim Olukutan, 31, who was the driver for the gang; Akinola Yomi, 32; Opeoluwa Sese, 20; Peter Oyedele, 35 and Oyetayo Bolarinwa, 33, and so the gang went into snatching money from Rabiu’s customers at the instance of the Bureau de Change owner.
The first ‘operation’ of the gang was an attack on one Alhaji Hassan, one of Rabiu’s biggest customers. On the day, Alhaji Hasssan was attacked, the sum of 5 million Cefa was reportedly taken away from him, and Rabiu reportedly got N300, 000 as reward for giving away his customer to the gang. This had been going on since September last year until the bubble burst on the gang recently. Narrating how he got entangled in the gang, Rabiu, who claimed that the gang used no arms in carrying out their crime said: “I am from Kebbi State. I was arrested after my friends told the police that I am a member of a gang that attack people who come to change money at the Idi-roko border. It is true that I give the gang clues about my clients after which such clients would be robbed of their money. I usually take rice from Idi-Iroko
Man, 26, arraigned over cultism
26-year-old man, Owoseni Hammed, on Friday appeared before an Ogudu Chief Magistrates’ Court in Lagos for allegedly being a member of a secret society, Eiye Confraternity. Hammed, who lives at No. 128, Ojodu Road, Ojota, Lagos, is facing a three count charge of conspiracy, cultism and assault. The accused, however, pleaded not guilty. The Prosecutor, Cpl. Uche Simon, told the court that the ac-
cused committed the offences at about 7.00 p.m. on April 23 at Adebayo Market, Bariga, Lagos. Simon said that accused was arrested while attending the meeting of the secret society with other members who were now at large. He alleged that a member of the society assaulted one Alhaji Rasaki Rabiu for cautioning them during the meeting. Simon said that Eiye Confraternity was an outlawed society
in the country. He said the offences contravened Sections 409, 44 and 171 of the Criminal Code, Law of Lagos State, 2011. NAN reports that Section 44 recommends three years imprisonment for offenders. The Chief Magistrate, Mrs Omolade Awope, granted the accused N100,000 bail with two sureties in the like sum. The case was adjourned till May 30, 2014, for hearing.
to Owode and I am also a Bureau de Change operator. I told one of my friends called Taiye that some people who come to my shop to change money usually come with bulk amount. Taiye, my childhood friend, told me to show them my customers and that I should leave them with what they would do. He also promised that I would be hugely rewarded for offering them the information. That was how I
agreed to his terms.” Informed about his son’s atrocities after his arrest, he was shocked. The older Audu instantly reportedly disowned Rabiu and placed a curse on him. Continuing in his confession, Rabiu said: “My father and other members of my family were shocked that I am in this mess because he gave me all the support I needed in life. I was supposed to show my younger ones good examples in life. I am very sad because my father hauled curses at me. He said I am no longer his son and his curses touched me. I have been begging him to forgive me but he refused. I pray that God sees me through because I am not afraid of prison, but my father’s curses. I feel I was bewitched because I was earning good money from my business.” Another suspect, Tayo, claimed he was lured into the gang by Taiye who vowed to kill him if he refused to join them. But Ogun State Poice Command Public Relations Officer, Muyiwa Odejobi, said the gang had carried out several operations in the Idi-Iroko axis of the state on unsuspecting businessmen and women. He said that luck ran out on them when one of their victims reported the robbery to the police and they were arrested.
Man, 40, docked for drug trafficking
40-year-old man, Amaobi Okoye, was on Friday brought before a Federal High Court, Lagos, for attempting to export one Kilogramme of cocaine. Okoye, who resides in Ketu Area of Lagos, pleaded not guilty to a one-count charge of drug trafficking. The prosecutor, Mr Afum Obeta, told the court that the accused committed the alleged offence on April 20, at the departure hall of the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Ikeja, Lagos. He said that the accused unlawfully possessed one Kilogramme of cocaine, an illicit drug. Obeta said that the alleged offence contravened Section 11 (a) of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency Act, Cap N30,
Laws of the Federation 2004. He told the court to remand the accused in prison custody pending the determination of the case. Counsel to the accused, Mr Sunday Okwor, however, asked the court to grant bail to the accused on liberal terms. Okwor supported the bail application with a nine-paragraph affidavit. However, the prosecutor opposed the bail application with a 13-paragraph counter-affidavit. Justice Mohammed Yunusa, consequently, adjourned the case to May 27, 2014, for ruling on the bail application. NAN reports that drug trafficking offence can attract life imprisonment if convicted. The accused was remanded in prison custody.
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Maximizing dividends of World Economic Forum
yebrows were raised few days ago when there was an official announcement that schools, offices and governmental parastatals would be shut down in order for Nigeria to host a peaceful World Economic Forum. This generated contrasting reactions from pundits as to why virtually the whole nation’s capital should be ‘shut down’ in order to accommodate just about 1000 delegates drawn from 70 or so countries. While critics believed the nation is not in the right frame of mind to host the world and thus should focus on fighting the insecurity currently plaguing it, optimists hold otherwise. According to economists, this is an opportunity for the nation to improve its economic viability by attracting direct foreign investors and improved economy. Being the first West African nation to host the World Economic Forum albeit African edition, it may have gone a long way in showing the confidence of the world in Nigeria as one of six fastest growing economies in the world. This also shows the relevance of Nigeria in the global economic system. In a similar vein, it is also asserted that the World Economic Forum holding in Nigeria is a proof of global leaders’ increasing confidence in the nation’s economic potential. Thus there is cogent need for the Federal Government to prop-
erly articulate its investment policy thrusts at the forum with a view to engendering global investors’ interest in the economy. This is also an opportunity for the government to instigate the industrialization of its economy. This will aid the achievements of the Agricultural Transformation Agenda, in terms of productivity and could be linked to the manufacturing sector for national competitiveness in the global exports market. The event may not have come at a better time. Just few months ago, the country announced result of the rebasing of its economy, which resulted in Nigeria leapfrogging South Africa to emerge the biggest economy in Africa. It is expected that the economic forum will complement the nation’s efforts to translate its improved Gross Economic Product into an improved standard of living for the citizens. It is no more news that, the GDP rebasing exercise had become a major macroeconomic performance barometer by which international investors were now using to interpret Nigeria’s economic opportunities and its investment possibilities. Thus there is need for stakeholders to exploit this begging opportunity to explore Public Private Partnership (PPP) arrangement that will help in bridging the huge infrastructure financing gap. The World Economic forum which was launched in 1990 has
its major aim of development and growth of countries especially Africa via provision of massive employment. The forum which has been hosted by countries like Zimbabwe, Tanzania and the likes is billed to serve as succour in developing local industries and aiding direct foreign investment in mostly developing nations. The forum has taken major strides in identifying local industries which are seen as potential trailblazers, shapers and innovators committed to improving the state of the world. The companies believed to be Global Growth Companies (GCC) represent a broad cross-section of industrial sectors. They also have in common a track record of exceeding industry standards in revenue growth, promotion of innovative business practices and demonstration of leadership in corporate citizenship Thus, hosting the World Economic Forum in Nigeria is not a mere formality as six out of the 16 Global Growth Companies are Nigerian companies. It is pertinent to say that, these 16 companies are at the forefront of driving responsible economic growth, job creation and entrepreneurism in Africa. The whole scenario will only remain a hypothesis if the nation doesn’t take all necessary action to ensure the feasibility of the mouth watering opportunity at stake in the
World Economic Forum, Africa. The issue of insecurity remains a gnawing pest in the flesh of Nigeria and thus is a threat to any form of development in the country. There is no doubt the government has put virtually everything it has to see to the end of insurgency but there is still much to be done to see that businesses thrive conveniently in the nation. The government has been lauded considerably on its recent stride in its bid to improve electricity in the country. It is obvious that, electricity is a major key behind a viable industrial development in any nation, thus the replenishment in the power sector couldn’t have come at a better epoch. In this vein, there is need to hasten the current power distribution projects across the country in time to ensure diversified businesses in the private sector which include manufacturing, services, logistics and warehousing, agricultural and real estate. In a nutshell, hosting the World Economic Forum, Africa is a welcome development. Furthermore, hosting the event wouldn’t have come at a better time as this is the most crucial step required to position the continental economies on a stronger platform for competitiveness in the international markets.
affiliations converge and move around with placards bearing different inscriptions doesn’t imply that they all want the best for Nigeria. What we all need to ask and know is who those behind these street protests? And what are their missions? Are their actions aimed at putting Nigeria on the path of progress in all spheres of life? We really need to ask serious questions and equally demand sincere answers from these elements parading our streets daily. This is not to rule out the fact that amongst these protesters one can find credible and patriotic groups partnering with government to find solutions to our challenges. Definitely, a few of them hit the streets with good intentions. We truly don’t require the services of either a soothsayer or seer to unravel the groups, individuals or platforms funding some of these protesters to promote their selfish and narrow interests. They don’t mean well for the country. All they pray and expect is to see the country to go up in flames. Though they come out daily, mount the rostrum, sponsor articles and opinions in national dailies, professing their love for the country, but their secret actions betray all that. We must see them as our common enemies. The question is, do they really want the best for us as nation and people? The answer is not farfetched. These protests are not in the interest of victims of terrorism in the north east and other parts of Nigeria. No one in his or her right senses would feel normal about the state of things in our country today. Even those in power whose responsibility it is to guarantee security of life and
property of Nigerians are not happy at all. They feel the pains and anguish of Nigerians, especially those that have lost loved ones in separate bomb attacks. While I won’t make haste to condemn those hired to embark on phantom or arranged protests in Abuja and other major cities across the country, I won’t hesitate to call them hypocrites, inhuman and callous for choosing to remain silent and pretended as if all was well when students were killed in their sleep in Buni Yadi in Yobe, villagers were murdered in their sleep in Zamfara, farmers were killed in Katsina, 20 girls abducted in Borno, hundreds killed in separate bomb attacks in Kano, Kaduna, Zaria and recently Abuja. Though I strongly condemn the abduction of these innocent school girls totaling 234 by the Boko Haram group, but it appears some persons are out to make political gains out this very serious issue. Same personalities who have been quiet when thousands were sent to early graves have suddenly found their voices. They want to portray the ruling government in bad light all because they want to grab power. While these protests are ongoing, Nigerians shouldn’t allow anyone with ulterior or sinister motives fool them even for a second. We all know real, genuine and credible protest when we see one. An appreciable percentage of what we read about in the press and watch on national and private TV channels are stage-managed protests aimed at promoting narrow interests. Interestingly, informed Nigerians have instantly rejected this dummy. It is a grand plot to give this current government bad name. Granted, Nigeria is faced
with serious security task, but the solutions to the challenges are not in frustrating government’s effort through unnecessary distractions. As a northerner, I feel pained that my entire region has lost everything to terrorism and crises. Regrettably, our elites in this region are not helping issues at all. We have suddenly become refugees in our own land. Foreigners in our country feel more at home than most persons in the north. This is an aberration. We cannot continue this way. This is where I expect respected and concerned northern patriots and elements to rise and support genuine efforts aimed at rescuing the entire north from imminent extinction. We should join forces with government to defeat these troublemakers. They have declared total war against us. Let us not spare anything in our arsenal. It is a fight to finish. The earlier we unite against them and their apologists, the better for us. Let us watch against street protesters with hidden agenda. We are too knowledgeable and wise to be cowed into believing that all street protests are for the good of the country. Some are meant to score cheap political points by desperate and self-serving politicians. While we all pray to God to have mercy on our country and restore peace in the land, our leaders must be alive to their responsibilities. We expect them to be proactive and not reactive in their response to issues. With God on our side, we are sure of victory.
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Are these mass protests really genuine?
t is not out of place for anyone to feel bad or terrible about the rising security challenges in the country. Undoubtedly, most Nigerians are sick and tired of the current state of things in the country. You need not conduct an opinion poll to determine whether Nigerians are happy or sad about what has become of their dear country Nigeria. Nigerians are not happy. What we are currently witnessing is alien to us. Terrorism has never been part of us. We are peaceful, wonderful and amazingly loving people. Nigeria is God’s country and land. Without doubts, this phase of life shall soon become history. Nigeria and Nigerians shall soon heave a sigh of relief. If peaceful protests are all Nigeria require to tackle its socio-economic challenges, we would have long being standing shoulder to shoulder with the United States of America, in terms of meaningful development. Ever since the popular nationwide fuel subsidy protest of January 2012, Nigerians have since adopted street protest as a tool with which they register their displeasure. Street protest has become fashionable all over the world. Citizens are more at home and comfortable hitting the streets to challenge government’s unpopular and obnoxious policies than resorting to taking up arms against the state. But while we hit the streets daily to protest rising security and socio-economic challenges in the country, it is instructive we analyze these protests dispassionately and in the interest of the country. That groups, under different names and
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Rights groups want Boko Haram sponsors exposed DENNIS NAKU
orried by the increasing acts of terrorism in some parts of the country, over 400 right activists have held a peaceful protest in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, against activities of Boko Haram.
The groups also called on the Federal Government to expose the sponsors of the sect. The placard-carrying protesters, comprising men, women and youths, also demanded for the immediate rescue of over 200 female students of the Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok,
Borno State. The protesters marched from Kaduna Street Junction, along Aba Road, Port Harcourt, to the Federal Secretariat, also located along Aba Road, where leaders of the protest spoke to journalists. One of the organisers and delegate to the on-go-
ing national conference, Ms. Ann-Kio Briggs, said Nigeria is not a terrorist country and warned those using terrorism to settle political scores to find a civilise ways of making their points known. According to Briggs said, “The demonstration is aimed at kicking out
terrorism in the country. Terrorism in Nigeria, whether it is in the south or north, is evil. We don’t want terrorism in our country. We want peace in this country. We want to find solution to insurgency in Nigeria. “We want the international community to know that the issue at hand is not about poverty or joblessness but about a group of people that have infiltrated Nigeria to destabilize the Country and we are saying no to that.” The prominent Niger Delta activist thereby called on the abductors of the Chibok girls to be aware of the international outcry the abduction
has generated and free the young girls unconditionally. She continued, “We want the abductors of these girls to free them. What they have done is an international crime against humanity. Boko Haram has sponsors in Nigeria. We want their sponsors to be exposed by government.” Also speaking, spokesman of the Civil Liberties Organization (CLO) in Rivers State. Mr. Livingstone Nyeche called on Nigerians to be security conscious and always inform the security agents about any suspicious movement around them.
Bayelsa tasks LG chairmen on projects
National Union of Rivers Students and Members of the Civil Liberty Organisation protesting over terrorism in Port Harcourt, yesterday. PHOTO: NAN
World Bank partners C’River govt on gully erosion RICHARD NDOMA CALABAR
rrangements have been concluded by the World Bank to assist the Cross River State government with a N1 billion loan to execute a gully erosion project which has almost ravaged a vast portion of land at Ikot Awatim area, in Calabar Metropolis. The state Coordinator for CRS-Nigeria Erosion and Watershed Management project (CRS-NEWMAP) MR. Fedelis Anukwa, disclosed this while speaking at the opening and closing ceremonies
of tender for bid submission and procurement of work for the gully site in Calabar. Although Anukwa did not mention the total amount of money the erosion project would gulp, but a procurement expert, Barr. Omolo Ugwah, who read out to bidders from tenders submitted by 12 construction firms, said none of the bids exceeded N1.9 billion. Ugwah urged the contractors to ensure that work at the project site was implemented to the letter and according to specification and design spelt out by the World
Bank engineers. In an interview with journalists about procedures that would enable prospective construction firms to get the job, Barr. Ugwah stated that the project bid was advertised since April 9, 2014, when NEWMAP called bidders to summit all that was necessary to enable them seek for the job. On the breakdown of the exercise he said that 12 companies submitted out of the 23 that caught the bid adding that the names of bidder read out at the event would be forwarded to the World
Bank for necessary action. Earlier, Communication Officer for NEWMAP, Mrs. Affiong Ani Ita, who led a team of environmental experts and some staff of the project to Ikot-Ishie town council hall for enlightenment campaign, assured residents of prompt delivery on the jobs. Also Engr. Victor Essiene warned the people against continuous extraction of sandy soil in the gully side for personal construction purposes, saying it could be counterproductive to the project at hand.
Edo APC chieftain denies dumping party SEBASTINE EBHUOMHAN BENIN CITY.
leader of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in Edo State, Elder Patrick Igbinaken, has denied resigning from the party.
He said he was deceived to attend a meeting where he and some others purportedly resigned their membership of the party. Speaking yesterday in Benin City, the Chair-
man of the defunct ACN in Ovia North East Local Government Area, said as a founding member of the APC, nothing could make him desert a house he helped to build. Said he, “I am one of
the founders of the party. So, I cannot see myself leaving the party. I am fully with APC, we are doing things collectively, we don’t force people, and we don’t impose things on our members.”
he Bayelsa State Government on Friday charged chairmen of the state’s eight local government areas to concentrate on projects and programmes that have direct bearing on the lives of rural dwellers. Commissioner for Local Government Administration, Chief Mitema Obordor, gave the charge during a meeting with the chairmen in his office in Yenagoa, the state capital. He explained that the reason for the creation of the local government
areas was to bring governance and development closer to the rural communities. Obordor urged the council chairmen to invest in projects that would not require huge financial outlay in view of the dwindling federal allocations to the council. He said projects such as health centres, medium- size jetty and concrete walkways for riverine communities would go a long way in alleviating the challenges facing the people.
Edo police kill five kidnappers in shootout SEBASTINE EBHUOMHAN BENIN CITY
he Nigeria Police Force, Edo State Command, yesterday, at its Headquarters in Benin City, paraded five dead persons, alleged to be suspects of kidnapping. Speaking with Saturday Mirror during the parade of the corpses, Commissioner of Police, Mr. Foluso Adebanjo, said the dead suspects engaged policemen of the anti kidnapping unit in a shootout during a rescue mission at Oluku, along the Benin—Akure Road.
Adebanjo explained that the suspects died even as efforts were being made to treat them at the Stella Obasanjo Hospital, where they were rushed for treatment after the encounter. The police commissioner, however, renewed his call for continued support of the police, especially at this time of grave insecurity and violent attacks from outlawed sects against members of the public. Security, he stated, was the concern of all citizens for which reason no one must sit on the fence on issues and threats of insecurity.
May 10, 2014
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NAFDAC declares herbalist wanted in Nasarawa IGBAWASE UKUMBA LAFIA
Nasarawa Statebased herbalist, Mr. Ibitayo Kayode Ishola, has been declared wanted by the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) in the state, for jumping allegedly bail. The herbalist, popularly known as Baba Osun,
had operated herb-drugs production for the past four years in the state on a business name of ‘Kajas Oni International,’ with head office in Lafia, the state capital. Ishola also has outlets in Akwanga and Keffi towns and another extension outlet in Bokos Local Government Area of Plateau State. Addressing a press conference yesterday, in
Lafia, coordinator of Nasarawa NAFDAC office, Mr. Iluyomade Martins, said NAFDAC had on the 28 April, 2014 apprehended the herbalist and detained him for 24 hours over alleged production, distribution and sales of fake herb drugs in the state, but the herbalist after been granted bail, evacuated his wares and took to his heels. Iluyomade said the
agency has discovered during interrogation that the herbalist was operating on fake NAFDAC papers even as his company’s business name, ‘Kajas Oni International’, was not registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC). According to Iluyomade, “the NAFDAC license which the herbalist presented was even signed by a non-existing personnel in the agency while
the NAFDAC number he claimed to be his belongs to other people’s business outfits. The advert permit he used to advertise his commodities on radio stations is equally fake, and consequent upon that, he was picked and detained by the agency and his business outlets within the state sealed.” The NAFDAC coordinator therefore cautioned operators of such unhealthy and fake drugs to
keep away from Nasarawa State. Iluyomade continued, “I want to urge broadcast stations in the country to insist for advert permit from NAFDAC and as well consult on NAFDAC on advert permit presented to them by herbalists before airing such adverts in order that they help the agency checkmate the activities of quack herbalists in the country”, Iluyomade solicited.
INEC to begin Voter’s Continuous registration in Kogi WALE IBRAHIM LOKOJA
head of the 2015 General elections, the Independent National Election Commission (INEC) is set to begin the Voter Continuous Registration Exercise in Kogi State. The exercise will com-
mence on May 28, 2014, according to the state’s Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Mr. Olusegun Agbaje. Agbaje disclosed this while speaking at stakeholders meeting with INEC, yesterday, at Saatof Hotels and Suites in Lokoja, the state capital. He explained that based on sec-
tion 10 (1) of the 2010 of Electoral Act as amended, the Commission would conduct Continuous Voters Registration Exercise from May 28 through June 1, 2014 by 8.00am -4.00pm daily. The INEC boss stated that this would enable those who have not registered before now to come
forward and register as well as those whose particulars/data are missing in the INEC database. In addition, the Kogi REC stated that the Voter civil education will soon commence throughout the 21 Local Government Areas of Kogi State. Speaking at the stakeholders forum, President
of Kogi State Traditional council and the Attah Igala, His Royal Majesty Michael Ameh Oboni, assured that traditional rulers in the state would sensitise their subjects in the state about the distribution of PCV and voter’s Continuous Registration Exercise. The Attah Igala was represented at the meeting by Chief. Achoju Attah Igala Amen Yusuf. On his part, the Ohi of Adavi, Dr. Asuku Ibrahim Bello, urged the INEC to embark on vigorous vot-
ers’ education to elicit participation during the next election. Also, Chairman of People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the state, Alhaji Hassan Salawu, urged for more commitment from INEC staff to ensure that success of the exercise. Secretary of All Progress congress(APC) in the state, also appealed to INEC officials to be punctual so as to allow farmers to actively participate in the in the present electoral process.
Nasarawa warns citizens against encroaching on govt lands GLORIA USMAN
L-R; Kaduna State Commissioner for Inter-Governmental Affairs, Mr. Hussani Abdu; Past governor, Rotary Club International, Mr. Shirley Downie and Past president, Rotary International, Mr John Majiagbe, at the Rotary Club International District Conference in Kaduna, yesterday. PHOTO: NAN
Strike: Polytechnic Rectors meet Emir of Zazzau A ZA MSUE KADUNA
he chairman, Council of Heads of Polytechnic in Nigeria, (COHEADS), Dr.Kabiru Ibrahim Matazu has met the Emir of Zazzau, Alhaji Shehu Idris urging him to intervene in the ongoing strike in the nation’s polytechnics. The Poytechin’s teachers have been on industrial action in the last 10 months without known resolution of the crisis
in sight. Dr.Matazu , who was at the Emir’s palace on a condolence visit over the death of some prominent Zazzau indigenes recently, also called for an end to the crisis in the nation’s polytechnics. The COHEADS’ head, who is also Rector of Husseini Adamu Federal Polytechnic, Kazaure, decried the prolonged stay of students at home as a result of the strike of their teachers. Earlier, Rector of Ka-
duna Polytechnic, Dr. Mohammed Bello Ibrahim, who led the delegation on the condolence visit, commended the Emir for his continued support to the institution and contributions to national unity and development. In the words of Dr. Ibrahim, “We are here to first condole you over the death of Dr. Mohammed Abubakar Jumare. We are also here to appeal to you as a father to intervene in the 10-month-old strike in
the polytechnics. Our children are roaming the streets, especially now that we are facing insecurity. Your intervention will surely help to resolve the strike,” Dr. Ibrahim said. Responding, Emir of Zazzau, Alhaji Shehu Idris, while assuring the polytechnic rectors of his intervention, also appealed to the Federal Government and the aggrieved union to embrace dialogue as the only way of resolving the crisis.
asarawa State Government has warned that it would not take it kindly to anyindividual, groups and bodies who encroached into lands reserve for special projects in the state. The warning was contained in a press statement signed and made available to journalists by the Senior Special Assistant to Governor Tanko Al-Makura on media and press affairs, Sani Musa Mairiga. The state government maintained that those involved in the act should desist or face the full wrath of the law. The statement reads, “The government of Nasarawa State has observed with dismay the encroachment into its lands especially the proposed ‘RACE COURSE’ site along Gurku Road in Aso Pada, and the proposed Pennisular Estate at Nyanya Gwandara, all in Greater Karu Urban Area. The press statement
also said the Nasarawa Urban Development Board (NUDB) would soon carry out another demolition of illegal structures along the Abuja -Keffi dual carriageway being referred to as the Abuja corridors. The statement continued, “It is sad this has become imperative due to the re-appearing of such structures and slums one year after such exercise was carried out through a special Task Force constituted by Governor Umar Tanko Al-makura to rid the highway of illegal structures, slums and shanties, because they are gradually taking over the landscape again.” the statement stated. The state government also said the proposed demolition of illegal structures became necessary in order to reduce the gridlocks often witnessed in the area, as well as make for clear visibility of the area by security personnel deployed to the place. The state government, however, urged citizens and residents of the state to bear with it as it moves to give the state a new facelift.
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May 10, 2014
Air we come
Berlusconi begins one-year community sentence
25-year-old Irina Vasylkova being helped to deliver twin girls on board Polar Airlines flight from Zyryanka, in the East Russian Sakha Republic to Yakutsk, the capital city of the Sakha Republic.
North Korea insults Obama with racist barbs
... South Korea’s Park with sexist ones
itriolic insults hurled by North Korea’s state-run media are so frequent that they’re usually not news. But recent KCNA articles use such raciallycharged rhetoric that they have drawn criticism from the White House’s National Security Council, which called them “particularly ugly and disrespectful.” North Korea’s state media KCNA described President Barack Obama using racial epithets and likened him to a “wicked black monkey.”
The most offensive piece, published in Korean on May 2 under the title “Divine punishment to the world’s one and only delinquent Obama,” repeatedly refers to him as a monkey. “You can also tell this by his appearance and behaviour, and while it may be because he is a crossbreed, one cannot help thinking the more one sees him that he has escaped from a monkey’s body,” it stated. It’s not unusual for North Korea’s propagandists to hurl vitriol at state leaders
-- especially those from the U.S. and South Korea. But the intensity and sheer volume of racial slurs in this latest piece surprised North Korea watchers. Recently, KCNA has directed misogynistic slurs at South Korea’s President Park Geun-hye, calling her an “indecent philistine and vile prostitute serving the U.S.” They’ve accused her of bungling the Sewol ferry accident and criticized her close association with U.S., saying she has a mental disease.
South Korean president apologizes for response to ferry sinking The racist rant on Obama was flagged by a blog, One Free Korea, which started the entry with, “Oh, yes they did” and highlighted excerpts from the epithet-laced official news service. A KCNA Watch tool shows that both Obama and Park have been increasingly mentioned in recent months, as North Korea watchers anticipate that the country may conduct its fourth nuclear test.
ormer Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has completed his first day of a year’s community service at a Catholic care home near Milan. He was sentenced to four years in prison for tax fraud last year, commuted to four hours’ work a week with elderly dementia patients. The care home said the 77-year-old would be treated like any other worker. As he arrived, Berlusconi was heckled by a trade unionist in a clown hat who shouted: “To prison!” “We Italian workers have one dream in our hearts: Berlusconi in San Vittore!” he yelled, referring to a prison in Milan. He was eventually taken away by police. Mr. Berlusconi made no comments to reporters outside the home after completing his first day of service. The three-time former prime minister wore a navy blue suit with a badge from his centreright Forza Italia party. The BBC’s David Willey in Rome says that he had been warned not to seek publicity or political advantage from the work. The billionaire has been embroiled in a string of court cases. He was convicted last year of buying TV rights at inflated prices via offshore companies to avoid paying taxes in Italy. But he was spared pris-
on because of his age. Berlusconi chose community service rather than house arrest to serve out his commuted sentence. Our correspondent says this will enable him to continue to lead Forza Italia in the European elections, although he was forced to resign his seat in the upper house of parliament. Berlusconi has also had to surrender his passport and his travel within Italy is severely restricted. He also has to observe a nightly curfew at his palatial home near Milan. Berlusconi is said to have been studying Alzheimer’s disease in preparation for his community service. Massimo Restelli, head of care services there, told La Repubblica newspaper that Berlusconi’s introduction would be “gradual” so that he and the elderly patients could get used to each other. “It will be small steps so as not to make any mistakes, and then he could do all sorts of things,” he said. “He could help with meals, which are tricky because sometimes you have to ‘remind’ the patient that they are eating.” He said Berlusconi would be accompanied at all times by a medical worker specialised in Alzheimer’s. “We’ll see if Berlusconi’s presence creates some kind of close bond, if he is a reference for anyone,” he added.
Syphilis rates rise in the US, Pistorius trial: Doubts raised over ballistics evidence Mr Wolmarans, a former scribed when a stomach is firmed to South Africa’s ballistics expert at especially among men the murder trial police officer, says all four likely to be emptied after Beeld newspaper that a
new report by the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention finds that cases of the sexually transmitted disease have doubled in the U.S. since 2005—there were 16,663 new infections last year—and that men account for 91 percent of the cases Syphilis cases have doubled in the U.S. since 2005, the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday. Last year, 16,663 were infected with the sexually transmitted disease, the highest rate in the U.S. since it was nearly eliminated in 2000. The increase is seen almost entirely in men, who account for 91% of cases in the US, the CDC
said. The highly contagious disease’s infection rate among women has remained fairly constant since 2005. In its report, the CDC added that new cases were most commonly diagnosed among men who have sex with men, cautioning that this is “a major publichealth concern, particularly because syphilis and the behaviours associated with acquiring it increase the likelihood of acquiring and transmitting HIV.” If left untreated, syphilis can cause serious damage to the brain and nerves. The agency recommended that doctors encourage safer sex practices and increase screening for the STD.
of South African athlete Oscar Pistorius has questioned the state’s version of how he shot his girlfriend. Defence witness Tom Wolmarans says wounds show Reeva Steenkamp may have been standing when first shot. The double-amputee Paralympian denies intentionally shooting Ms Steenkamp on Valentine’s Day last year. The prosecution alleges he shot her dead after a row and that she was cowering from him in the toilet. He says he accidentally shot her through the toilet door in a state of panic, mistaking the 29-year-old model and law graduate for an intruder.
shots hit Ms Steenkamp. The state alleges one missed and ricocheted off a wall and injured her back and that the final bullet hit her hand and head as she was sitting in a defensive position. But Mr Wolmarans said splinter evidence showed the model was leaning forward towards the door when the first bullet hit her hip. The next bullet hit her arm, the third bullet her hand and the last bullet hit her head as she was falling backwards, he said. On Thursday the court heard evidence about when Ms Steenkamp may have eaten her last meal. Prof Christina Lundgren, an anaesthetist, de-
eating. She said the prosecution’s argument that Ms Steenkamp’s stomach would have been empty if she had eaten when Mr Pistorius said she had done was “pure speculation.” Social worker Yvette van Schalkwyk, who also gave evidence on Thursday, said Mr Pistorius was “heartbroken” after the killing. Meanwhile, it has been reported that Mr Pistorius, 27, has sold his home in the Silverwoods Estate where Ms Steenkamp died. He put the house on the market at the end of March in order to fund his legal costs, one of his lawyers said at the time. An estate agent con-
sale was under way. The trial started at the beginning of March and was expected to last five weeks. The defence has said that it hopes to wrap up its case by 16 May. If found guilty, Mr Pistorius - a national sporting hero dubbed the “blade runner” because of the prosthetic limbs he wears to race - could face life imprisonment. If he is acquitted of murder, the court must consider an alternative charge of culpable homicide, for which he could receive about 15 years in prison. There are no juries at trials in South Africa, and his fate will ultimately be decided by the judge, assisted by two assessors.
APC operates like a cult. The south-west should not be governed by APC. Ex-Ekiti State Governor, Ayo Fayose, while boasting that he would defeat APC’s incumbent governor in the state, Kayode Fayemi, at the state’s next gubernatorial election.
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How God destroyed the king of Jerusalem (II) T
he success recorded after the fall of the wall of Jericho was great. Joshua visited Ai and destroyed the city by setting it on fire. He killed all the people in the forest. The flame of fire came from Heaven and twelve thousand men and women fell that day. The proud king of Ai was killed with his body hanged on a tree. Joshua 8:2 “So Joshua and the Israelites destroyed them completely- almost to a man-but the few who were left reached their fortified cities’. Joshua visited Gibeon, a city the Bible reported to be full of royal people, a great city and greater than Ai. All the men there were mighty. Gibeon quickly made peace with Joshua and the people of Israel. The King of Jerusalem Adoni-Zedek, who knew that his city may be taken over by Joshua and the people of Israel, called other kings around him. The five of them were King of Amorites, King of Helbon, King of Jarnuth, King of Lachish and King of Eglon. They rose against Gibeon; they planned war against the anointed Joshua and the people of Israel. They wanted to bring the government of Joshua down and if possible destroy Israel. When most of our kings speak today in Nigeria, they think they own the entire universe. To them, they are above all the laws of the land. They command con-
THOSE WHO USE THE LANGUAGE OF WAR IN PEACE TIME MUST NOT RUN AWAY LIKE THE PEOPLE OF
AI WHEN WAR COMES. IF THEY
DO, WE WILL CAPTURE THEM IN THE FOREST LIKE THE PEOPLE OF
AI AND FIRE WILL FALL
FROM HEAVEN UPON THEM stituted authorities, and nothing you can do pleases them. If only they know how greater kings ended, they will fear the King of Glory and the one that has appointed them. To Adoni –Zedek (the king of Jerusalem), what could be greater than being the king of Jerusalem! He can do and
undo, he can put the nation into trouble if he does not have his way. He has no respect for the president of the nation. But, so sad is how he fled when war came and how he ended up being simply killed like a goat. The Lord fought for the Israelites. That same God will fight for Nigeria at this time. The five kings fled, and hid themselves
Blatter targets re-election next year F IFA president Sepp Blatter has announced he intends to stand for a fifth term at the head of football’s world governing body in 2015. Blatter has been head of FIFA since 1998 and has been a strong advocate of moving the World Cup around the continents, including the first on African soil in South Africa in 2010. The president was also vocal in his support for Qatar’s 2022 selection, despite concerns over temperatures in the Middle East country in June when the tour-
nament is normally played. The 78-year-old pledged in 2011 that this current term would be his last at the helm, but he now intends to seek re-election. “I want to do it (stand for reelection) because it is not over yet,” Blatter said. “My term is indeed over, but my mission is not finished yet.” The presidential election will be held in May 2015, with Blatter’s former FIFA colleague Jerome Champagne already declaring his intention to challenge. Blatter
in a cave at Makkedah. Joshua 10:16 “Now the five kings had fled and hidden in the cave at makkedah”. And Joshua according to the Bible opened up the cave, and brought forth those five kings out of the cave. Joshua 10:22-23 Joshua said “open the mouth of the cave and bring these five kings out to me” Joshua encouraged the captain of the war to stamp his feet on the neck of the king of Jerusalem and other kings, he smote them and slew them and hanged them on five trees: and Joshua commanded, and they took them off the tree, and cast them into the cave wherein they had been hid, and laid a great stone in the cave’s mouth, which remained until this day We pray that any king that rises up against Nigeria at this time shall be killed like the king of Jerusalem. Those who use the language of war in peace time must not run away like the people of Ai when war comes. If they do, we will capture them in the forest like the people of Ai and fire will fall from heaven upon them. (I wish to thank those who have been making enquiries about business concerns on this page. This page is actually more about business. I only intend to spend a few weeks on some contemporary issues as foretold in the Bible)
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