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Suspected female kidnapper set ablaze in Kwara WOLE ADEDEJI

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middle-aged woman suspected to be a kidnapper was yesterday lynched and set ablaze by angry youth in Ilorin, Kwara State. The woman was alleged to have snatched a toddler from the mother but was unfortunate to have been spotted by a youth who alerted others, who subse-

quently pounced on her. It was gathered that the woman, whose identity could not be ascertained, was stripped naked immediately she was apprehended, beaten to a pulp and set ablaze. The incident, which occurred at Emir’s Road, a stone thrown from Opo-Malu junction, caused panic among residents, shop owners, commuters and pedestrians leading to

a gridlock of traffic for several hours yesterday. Some motorists, including commercial drivers plying the route, abandoned their vehicles and took to their heels, while others detoured to avoid the attack emanating from the troubled spot. Confused passersby also took cover in nearby residential buildings. The deployment of armed policemen from A Division of the

State Command to the scene prevented the incensed mob from visiting further violence on residents and business owners. Giving an account of the incident, a source said a nursing mother who was holding a baby alighted from a commercial motorcycle and asked the female kidnapper to help her hold her baby while she gathered her belongings together. But the

woman immediately fled with the toddler. She was however given a hot chase and caught. She was thereafter given the beating of her life and set ablaze. The State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Ambrose Aisabor, confirmed that the alleged kidnapper later died, adding that some people have been arrested in connection with the incident.

Three pipeline vandals arrested in Ogun • Petroleum products stored in kegs and pots FEMI OYEWESO ABEOKUTA

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Govt takes custody of abandoned Down’s syndrome baby in Lagos

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en of the Ogun state command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) have arrested three suspected petroleum pipeline vandals for being in possession of a large

volume of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS). The suspects, including a 32-year-old woman identified as Sekinat Yusuf, were arrested with the PMS stored in 50 litre kegs, drums, as well as in water - pots stored in their residential apartment located at Lukosi village in Ogijo portion of Sagamu

Local Government Area of Ogun State. Briefing newsmen about the arrest, the NSCDC Public Relations Officer, Kareem Olanrewaju, gave names of the two other suspects as 37-year-old Rahmon Yusuf and 34-year-old Nwoke Chi. The Corp PRO further stated

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he Lagos State Government on Friday took custody of a baby boy that was abandoned by unknown persons at a car park beside the Bagauda Kaltho Press Centre at the Lagos State Secretariat, Alausa. A statement signed by the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Lateef Ibirogba, stated that the baby boy was discovered on the bare floor at around 2pm by passersby who immediately called the attention of State officials of the Press Centre to the incident. The State Ministry of Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation (WAPA) immediately dispatched three female officials to the location and they subsequently took the baby to the Ministry’s headquarters at the Secretariat. The Director of Child Development in the Ministry of Women Affairs, Mrs. Alaba Fadairo, who later received the baby, said he appears to be afflicted with Down syndrome but would be adequately catered for by the State Government. She advised against child abandonment, saying it is an ungodly act because there are several people who are in dire need of fruits of the womb and that those who have them must always take good care of them.

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Two die as council boss, 15 others escape death in Ekiti multiple crash ABIODUN NEJO

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truck driver with Dangote Cement Company and his partner died on Thursday in a multiple accident involving their truck and seven other vehicles at Ilupeju Ekiti in the Oye Council area of Ekiti State. Eye witnesses said the accident was caused by failure of the brake of the Dangote

truck, which was on high speed while descending a hilly section of the road. In the process, the truck rammed into the vehicles in front of it before the cementladen truck and its trailer fell into a ditch. No fewer than 16 persons including the chairman of Oye Council Area, Mr. Akindele Ogungbuyi, were said to have escaped death in the crash which left several others injured.

While the deceased have been deposited at the morgue of the Federal Medical Centre, Ido Ekiti, the injured are receiving medical attention at the General Hospital, Oye Ekiti. The council boss, who was also a victim, confirmed the accident yesterday, while blaming the mishap on over speeding on the part of the driver of the Dangote truck. He cautioned motorists in the area to maintain minimum speed limit.

that the residential building where the three suspects were picked up had served as the distribution centre where all petroleum products, which included PMS, diesel and other products vandalised from NNPC pipeline were received, stored and supplied to their customers at cheap prices. Olanrewaju further said that confessional statements from the suspects clearly pointed to the fact that regular supply of the products was guaranteed through their collaborators who are members of a security agency and officials of NNPC. According to Olanrewaju, “The Anti-vandal Team of the Corp has been on the trail of the suspects since December 2013 before they succeeded in effecting their arrest. Olanrewaju said exhibits recovered from suspects included 1, 645 litres of PMS, one long hose, two short hoses, two phones and a cash sum of seventy five thousand naira only (N75, 000). Emphasising that the suspects were already giving very useful information that would assist the Corp in arresting other vandals, the PRO also said that the State Commandant of the Corp, Aboluwoye Akinwande, has ordered that a comprehensive investigation be carried out on the case. He assured that the Corp would do a thorough job towards getting to the root of the matter. “The fact that the location of their resident where a large volume of petroleum products were found is very close to the NNPC depot at Mosinmi and the claim of the alleged vandals that they are working with some security operatives and NNPC officials is not something that should be swept under the carpet.”


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Until last year, plane crashes dominated disaster news in Nigeria. Right now, however, boat mishaps have taken the centre stage. With more and more Nigerians taking refuge in water transportation away from bad roads and traffic snarls, there has been an attendant upsurge in boat accidents. And they are becoming as ominous as plane crashes. OSEYIZA OOGBODO examines the new way of dying.

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he nation is yet to get over the sad end of a couple who were about to get married but died in the latest boat mishap which occurred when a boat belonging to Bell Marine Services capsized on Wednesday, April 2, 2014 in Lagos. The boat took off from Ebute Ero, Lagos Island and headed for Majidun, Ikorodu. At Oworonsoki, its planned journey ended with the accident that not only claimed the couple’s lives, but also that of two pregnant women and a 13-year-old girl. All in all, of the twenty-six passengers on board, eight died, twelve survived, and the remaining six are missing.

Public Relations Officer, National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), South-west, Mr. Ibrahim Farinloye, while confirming the accident, was emphatic that lack of essential safety facilities, especially safety jackets and first aid in the craft, as well as the challenge of overloading of the craft were responsible for the mishap. He also pointed to the difficulty of arriving at the real casualty figure. “The figure of the missing persons is based on the assumption of the number of those on board as at the time of the incident,” he lamented. Survivors of the Oworonsoki mishap also attested that the boat had twenty-five people on board, as against CONTINUED ON PAGE 4


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‘Victims were rescued by fishermen, not government people’ CONTINUED FROM PAGE 3 the twenty it was actually designed to carry. One of the survivors also said that the boat was over speeding and it hit something which pierced it and allowed water to start flowing into it. Another survivor hinted that the boat was damaged and that the driver had tried to “manage it” until the boat capsized. An array of safety issues there! And although government officials insist that the Lagos Water Authority responded promptly to the distress call, an eyewitness who was identified as Pedro Elakhale, swore that local fishermen and not the water authorities rescued the victims! Before Oworonsoki was Festac Town, also in Lagos. On March 11, 2014, a boat carrying twenty-four passengers from Sixth Avenue to Fourth Avenue capsized and several of its passengers drowned immediately. Lagos, the State of Aquatic Splendour, seems to figure prominently in this roll call of tragedy, probably because of its abundance of waterways. On January 25, 2014, a boat going from Tin-Can to Ojo capsized and lives were lost immediately. An eyewitness who identified himself as Peter, said the mishap occurred when the operator of the boat tried to manoeuvre his boat from another oncoming boat but eventually lost control. Peter who claimed to have been in another boat when the incident happened, explained they were only able to rescue seven of the estimated ten. Three were ‘lost’ and expected to surface in the next few days, raising another safety issue. Where were on-the-spot rescue services when amateur by-standers were rescu-

THE TWO BOATS INVOLVED IN THE ACCIDENT HAD NO LIGHT AND WERE SAILING BLINDLY WHEN THEY COLLIDED

ing victims? Another eyewitness acknowledged that though passengers are mandated to wear life jackets as a safety measure, these life jackets do not offer enough protection when disaster strikes because these boats actually do not have covers. Where are the regulators? Boat mishaps are, however, not the exclusive preserve of Lagos State. Many other states in Nigeria also have their own waterways without which water transport would be impossible. In March 2013, a boat mishap occurred on Warri River in Delta State when a speedboat rammed into another, sinking it. The vagabond boat was said to be carrying foodstuffs while the one it rammed into was carrying precious human passengers. One Victor Mala, who was one of the passengers, lost three of his children to the mishap and a couple also lost three of their five children. Mike Oleke who also lost his life was said to have just started his marriage rites with an introduction ceremony two weeks before the accident.

On December 25, 2013, while many people were feasting and merrymaking, some were grieving in Bayelsa State over the death of their loved ones in a boat mishap. Four undergraduates of Niger Delta University and University of Calabar were among the twelve people that perished in that mishap. The tragedy reportedly occurred when a boat which was heading to Onuegbum collided with a wooden boat around Ayama on the Ikoli River. An eyewitness blamed the accident on poor visibility, lamenting that “the two boats involved in the accident had no light and were sailing blindly when they collided.” A member of the Bayelsa State Chapter of Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria, Lloyd Sese, also noted that, “Boat drivers are barred from operating at night due to the windy and treacherous nature of the rivers and creeks so as to avert avoidable mishap.” So who was watching and ensuring that boat operators were playing by the rules. The following day, Boxing Day, more than forty people died when the boat they were travelling in capsized on River Buruku in Benue State. Benue State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP, Daniel Ezeala, volunteered that “We have commenced investigations into the matter with a view to finding the immediate and remote causes of the tragedy.” Families of victims, however, arrived at their conclusions without wasting time and demanded compensation from the owners of the boat, while accusing the operators of the boat of recklessness and negligence Niger State is another state that fea-

THE BOAT WAS OVERLOADED BECAUSE ITS CAPACITY WAS PUT AT

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PASSENGERS WERE ON BOARD tures prominently on the list of boat mishaps. Indeed, the state may have recorded the most tragic of the boat mishaps. At least forty-two people died when a boat carrying over a hundred and fifty passengers capsized on September 2013 on River Niger at a spot close to Malilli Village in Borgu Local Government Area of the state. The mishap occurred in the afternoon when traders were trying to return to Tunga Illo Village from Malilli after the day’s trading. According to the Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Saidu Ndako, confirmed the boat mishap. “The boat was overloaded because its capacity was put at 60 passengers, but over 150 passengers were said to be on board during the incident! Where were the regulators? “The debris in the swollen river may also have been responsible for the incident,’’ Ndako added. Whose responsibility was it to keep the river free of debris? Just six days after the River Niger


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‘The driver was trying to ‘manage’ the boat’ THE BOAT, WHICH HAD

EIGHTY PEOPLE ON BOARD, SUDDENLY BROKE INTO TWO HALF WAY INTO THE JOURNEY.

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A RESULT OF CONSISTENT OVERLOADING mishap, another one occurred in the same Borgu LGA, this time at Kokoli Village and most of its victims were women who were also returning from trading. They were going from Kokoli to Ulakami when the boat, which had eighty people on board, suddenly broke into two half way into their journey. Why did the boat suddenly break into two? Most likely a result of consistent overloading! Would the boat not have been indicating to its operators that it was getting weaker by the day? Who regulates the operators? Earlier in Lagos, precisely on October 29, 2012, ttragedy struck Otto-Awori Local Council Development Area of Lagos State, when ten persons drowned in a boat mishap in Otto-Awori Local Council Development Area, LCDA of Lagos State. The accident occurred at Imude area of the council when a passenger boat conveying passengers from Idoluwo-Ile Village to Ikotun, all riverine communities, overturned. Reports said the wave from a Julius Berger Speed Boat taking staff of the company to Under Bridge in Otto-Agbara led to the capsizing of the boat, which was about halfway to its destination. Dr. Femi Oke-Osayintolu, General Manager, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, LASEMA lamented that LASEMA had been warning people using such local boats to make use of live jackets for safety, but that the passengers of the ill fated boat were not putting on live jackets, which contributed to the casualty figures. Whose responsibility is it to maintain safety on our waterways? Unsurprisingly, as the death and emotional toll from boat mishaps continue to rise, a lot of speculations, insinuations and opinions are springing up around water transport. A Lagos resident, Majeed Bello, feels that people should not commute by water. “I really don’t see any reason why people should commute by water. All the water routes have their correspondent land routes available for our use, so why water, especially if you can’t swim?” he said. Another Lagos resident, Tunde Agbede, who uses water transport on a daily basis, countered Bello’s opinion as myopic and selfish. “I’m surprised that in this day and age, someone can still have such a myopic and I would say selfish opinion. This person obviously doesn’t commute by water. But if he doesn’t, does it mean that others shouldn’t? “The basic thing is that people who commute by water do so because they have to. I stay at Ikorodu and trade on Lagos Island. If I move by road, it takes me hours to get from Ikorodu to the Island and vice versa. By boat, however, it takes me about thirty to fifty minutes. So why should I not take the boat, which makes life easier for me?” A lot of people support Agbede over Bello. Chinedu

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WATER ROUTES HAVE THEIR CORRESPONDENT LAND ROUTES AVAILABLE FOR OUR USE, SO WHY WATER, ESPECIALLY IF YOU CAN’T SWIM?

Ike, who stays at Ojo, said water transport has helped him remain in Lagos. “I cannot say anything bad about water transport,” he said. “They have their own problems, but which sector of our economy doesn’t? I cannot say anything

bad about it because it’s what has helped me remain in Lagos. The major problem in Lagos is the terrible holdups on the road. If you keep being in hold-up every day, you will want to leave Lagos to a state that’s easier to live in. “If not for water transport, I would have left Lagos. I live at Ojo and work at Apapa. If I was going by road to and from work every day, maybe I would be dead by now or I definitely would have left Lagos. However, because I go by water from Ojo to Apapa, I escape the frustrating hold-ups and so I’m able to continue living in Lagos, a state I like so much because it embraces everyone.” No one can blame people who choose to travel by water. The best approach to stemming the tide of boat deaths is the one volunteered by Ibrahim Farinloye of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA). He says, “Boat operators need to be retrained so that the safety of their passengers will be paramount to them.” But who will re-train them and regulate their operations. Government, through the relevant agencies, definitely needs to step up.


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Ebola: FG puts ports health officials on high alert •N-CDC staff move in MARCUS FATUNMOLE ABUJA

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n its determination to deploy all available apparatus to prevent outbreak of Ebola infection in Nigeria, the federal government has further placed all health officials at the nation’s borders on high alert. Saturday Mirror gathered yesterday that in addition to earlier directive from the Minister of Health, Prof Onyebuchi Chukwu, that officials of the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control, N-

CDC, take immediate action on assessing the effectiveness of port health officials in curbing the menace, the N-CDC staff have taken over the nation’s ports. A port official at the Nigeria-Seme border in Lagos State, who spoke with Saturday Mirror on telephone yesterday, and pleaded anonymity said responsibilities of ports health officials had doubled as they were continuously under the watch of the “officials from the centre.” “You know we still have

challenges in controlling movement of people not only on this axis but along other borders in the country, many of which are very porous. Officials of the CDC are here; they are ensuring everyone coming in is properly screened. That is all I can tell you for now. They are really mounting pressure on us that we must not allow the disease to infect anyone in the country,” the official stated. Ebola had killed about 80 people in Guinea where it first broke out fortnight ago before spreading through the West-Africa region. Ebola is a deadly hemorrhagic fever with a case fa-

tality rate ranging between 60 to 90 per cent in humans and it is transmitted to humans through close contact with the blood, secretions, organs or other bodily fluids of infected animals. Animals such as bats and dogs, including monkey are more likely to infect humans with the disease if there is contact with them; and the federal government has repeatedly warned against hunting for them in the bush. When dead, they cannot be as harmful as when they are alive; so consuming the animals cannot be as deadly as hunting for them.

A national newspaper had, a fortnight ago, reported that Ebola killed a 15-yearold Medicine undergraduate of Bingham University, Nasarawa State, Temi Ilesanmi, following her alleged contact with a monkey belonging to her neighbours. But, government denied the report, through Minister of State for Health, Dr. Khaliru Alhassan, who said laboratory reports showed the case involving the deceased was dengue, another hemorrhagic fever less deadly than Ebola. There have since been international concerns over possibility of the outbreak of the disease in Nigeria, given its porous borders, massive migration and contiguity to its West African neighbours. Minister of Health, Prof Onyebuchi Chukwu, on Wednesday also expressed fear over likelihood of the outbreak of the disease during an interview with State House correspondents, shortly after the weekly Federal Executive

Council meeting. The Minister said: “Nigeria is in danger. Like you pointed out, Ebola has been moving eastward towards Nigeria as well and we are already facing danger from Central African Republic, even with what is happening in Congo, people are also migrating to Chad, Chad and Cameroun are also in our borders. “So, Nigeria is in danger but we have recently said fine, that in addition to the leaflets that we are producing for Lassa fever and other hemorrhagic fever, we will now emphasise Ebola fever. “As I speak to you, we have already approved for jingles to be produced in various languages for Nigerian Centre for Disease Control to be aired on radio, TV and newspaper adverts. Then, we are working with all groups, just like we are doing for polio, religious bodies, communities, traditional rulers and the media which is most important in this venture.”

LG polls: NEC, SIECs fault Ondo, 10 others for breaching law OMEIZA AJAYI Chairman, Senate Committee on Security and Intelligence, Sen. Mohammed Magoro (left) receiving copies of white paper on the Judicial Commission of Inquiry into Alakyo Killings in Lafia, Nasarawa State, yesterday.

Fitch affirms Nigeria at ‘BB-’ rating, stable economic outlook TOLA AKINMUTIMI ABUJA

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itch Ratings has affirmed Nigeria’s Long-term foreign and local currency Issuer Default Ratings (IDR) at ‘BB’ and ‘BB’, respectively even as it also confirmed the stable outlook of the economy. In addition, the rating agency in its latest issue ratings on Nigeria’s senior unsecured foreign and local currency bonds were also affirmed at ‘BB’ and ‘BB’, respectively as well as it affirmed Nigeria’s Short-term foreign currency IDR at ‘B’ and Country Ceiling at ‘BB-’. According to the global rating organisation, the key rating drivers of the economy include, the increasing stability of the

foreign exchange market after the initial shock orchestrated by the February 20 suspension of the Central Bank Governor, Mallam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, accretion of the foreign reserves, low debt to GDP ratio, sustained tight monetary policy stance and other positive macroeconomic developments within the economy. Fitch stated: “The foreign exchange market and international reserves are stabilising after the shock of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) governor Sanusi’s suspension on 20 February. Demand for FX in the official auction reverted to normal levels in March and CBN intervention in the inter-bank market has fallen away. The inter-bank naira/US dollar rate has

strengthened from its lows although it remains outside the upper limit of the 155 plus or minus 3% band. “Official reserves rose in March, helped by an increase in the ECA (Excess Crude Account) fiscal buffer. Although reserves have fallen appreciably over the past year, they remain in line with ‘BB’ category peer medians at a Fitch projected 4.6 months current account payments (CXP) at end 2014, although weaker than similarly rated oil exporters (Angola and Gabon). “On 25 March the Monetary Policy Committee continued the gradual tightening of liquidity seen over the past year, with an increase in the private sector cash reserve requirement to 15%.

Inflation fell to a new low of 7.7% in February, within the target range of 6%9%. Fitch believes that as an institution, the CBN has been strengthened in recent years and should retain its autonomy over monetary and financial policy, notwithstanding the suspension of the former governor”, it added Expatiating further, the rating agency reported that although oil production remains volatile but rose in 1Q14 to average 2.25mb/d, in line with the trailing 12-month average, and above the recent low of 2.1mb/d in November/ December 2013, improved production and increased efforts to tackle pipeline vandalism and oil theft may help explain the increase in the ECA in March.

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he Independent National Electoral Commission INEC and the Forum of States’ Independent Electoral Commissions SIECs have faulted 11 states for breaching the provisions of the 1999 Constitution regarding the conduct of local council polls in their states. It listed the states as Abia, Bauchi, Borno, Delta, Ekiti, Imo, Kano, Katsina, Ondo, Osun and Oyo. This position of the groups forms part of the communique issued at the end of a two-day INEC/ SIECs Experience-Sharing Conference on best practices in election management held in Kaduna. The communique said the conduct of free, fair and credible elections at national as well as local government levels is indispensable to the expansion and deepening of Nigeria’s democratic experience. It added: “That 11 states namely: Abia, Bauchi, Borno, Delta, Ekiti, Imo, Kano, Katsina, Ondo, Osun and Oyo have, disappointingly, failed

to conduct local council elections and that the LGAs in these states are either under caretaker committees or, in one case (Delta), under the Head of Personnel Management, contrary to the provisions of the 1999 Constitution (as amended)”. Signed by the Director, Voter Education and Publicity in the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Oluwole OsazeUzzi, it said the workshop was meant to strengthen the partnership between the State Independent Electoral Commissions (SIECs) and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), and as well add value to the electoral process. He said the objectives of the conference were to deepen the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between SIECs and INEC, reinfornce their good working relations, and seek further ways of cooperation towards more credible electoral and democratic processes and as well share experiences on international best practices, assess challenges and reinforce commitment to credible elections in Nigeria.


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Over 30 killed in separate Boko Haram attacks in Borno INUSA NDAHI MAIDUGURI

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he dreaded terrorists group, Boko Haram, launched attacks on troubled Borno villages and highways killing more than 30 people including residents, motorists and passengers. The sect, in the latest attacks on Thursday evening and Friday morning, invaded three towns of Borno; Dikwa (in the central), Gwoza and Kala-

balge council area (both in South) as well as the Maiduguri-Biu Road which has remained under terrorist’s ambush almost on daily basis for the past one month. In the attack on Government Secondary school in Dikwa located along Gulumba Road, some residents of the town who fled to Maiduguri revealed to journalists that the hoodlums came to the town in the night and disturbed the peace of everyone, after slaughtering eight teachers.

One of them who spoke on condition of anonymity said some had to flee the town to Maiduguri. “We could not sleep at night as all we were hearing was gunshots and we became afraid and had to sneak out in the dark for Maiduguri.” He said: “Our fear was heightened by the fact that we heard that they had attacked a boarding school and killed eight teachers.” Just about the time the sect attacked Dikwa, another set of the sect at-

tacked Gwoza and Kalabalge in the eastern part of the troubled state. They were said to have engaged the military in the two towns in an exchange of gunfire in an attempt to take control of the towns, a situation that led to the destruction of human lives and property worth millions of naira set ablaze. Though details of the attacks on the two towns was minimal as at the time of filing this report last night, it was gathered that there

was heavy casualty in the siege where more than 15 people including security operatives were killed. Our correspondent gathered from reliable source that about eight passengers and motorists were ambushed and killed on Friday along the Maiduguri-Biu Road at about 10am by suspected terrorists, in which the vehicle they were travelling with was also set ablaze. All attempts to talk to the people of the town was unsuccessful as the phone lines were not going through. The Police Commissioner in the state could not be reached as at the time of going to press. The senator represent-

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ing Borno Central, Senator Ahmed Zannah, confirmed the incident to journalists in Maiduguri on phone. He said “there was a siege on one of the schools in Dikwa on Thursday among other remote areas in Borno State, in which scores of people were killed and property worth millions of naira destroyed”. He said he got to know from his people in the area that the hoodlums attacked a school, killed three teachers and two security men on duty. Ahmed who is the senator representing Borno Central, said the night marauders also razed the school library and escaped into the night through the bushes.

Nigeria pays N.8bn to restore Lake Chad Basin he federal government yesterday said it had paid the sum of $5,000,000 (about N800,000,000.00 at N160 per dollar) for the feasibility study “to restore the receding Lake Chad Basin.” This was made known in a statement signed by Chief Press Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Water Resources, Mrs. Boade Akinola, and made available to Saturday Mirror. President Goodluck Jonathan, the release said, announced the payment at a Roundtable Donors Conference organised by Africa Development Bank (ADB) in partnership with member states managing the Chad Basin, in Italy, for restoration of the Basin. The Lake, the release informed, had receded from about 25,000 square kilometers in 1960 to about 2,500 square kilometers at present. The amount would be used for feasibility studies for water transfer from

Central Africa Republic (C.A.R) to the Lake, according to the statement. “The president who was represented by the Minister of Water Resources, Mrs. Sarah Reng Ochekpe, at the conference said that the Donors’ Conference was organised to source for fund for the five year investment plan and for the preparation towards the Inter Water Transfer to resuscitate Lake Chad. “He explained that the receding of Lake Chad has impacted negatively on agricultural production, pastoral and fishery activities, constituting huge threat to the economy of over 30 million people living within the catchment. “According to him, safeguarding the Lake Chad for the benefit of millions of people would impact positively on poverty reduction in the region, translate to saving the livelihood of the people of the region, reduce insecurity, improve waterways navigation, boost communication and also increase agricultural production in the region. “

tation yesterday, the Supreme Court held that it could not have considered the merit of the case, having established that Lagos government was shopping for a court to get favourable judgment. The judgment of the court was unanimous. The lead judgement in the case was delivered by Justice Dattijo Mohammed. Justice Dattijo held that since the penalty for forum shopping is dismiss-

al, he sustained the preliminary objection filed by the federal government and terminated hearing in the case yesterday. Specifically, Lagos state had approached the court seeking among other reliefs, a declaration of the court to abolish the Value Added Tax VAT Act, which it said infringed on its power to assess and collect taxes on the supply of goods and services within its territory.

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T L-R: Special Adviser To Governor of Oyo State on Youth and Sports, Mr. Taiwo Fawole; Pioneer President, Insight University of Ibadan, Mr. Adekunle Adebayo; Project Director, Nigeria Campus Enterprises Challenge, Mr. Emeka Ossai, at the inauguration of Insight University of Ibadan, Oyo State, yesterday.

…Military to provide security for IBB, Buhari, others UBONG UKPONG ABUJA

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n view of the insurgency championed by the dreaded sect, Boko Haram, in the north, the Nigerian military has concluded arrangements to give full scale special protection to former Heads of State, Generals Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida, IBB, Muhammadu Buhari and some other prominent politicians ahead of the 2015 elections. Saturday Mirror gathered that the arrangements were put in place following security reports that the individuals might have allegedly become vulnerable to attacks considering the present level of insurgency in the north. The step is in addition to the protective restriction given to the personality and many others. With the protective restriction, the personalities are expected to rely on

travel advisory which will be made available by security agents in the country. Top military sources revealed that apart from the two former heads of states, who were known to be politically very active, some other unnamed top political figures in the country, especially in the north, were also considered in the arrangements. The source said that in a very short while, highpowered security details, both from the military and other security agencies would be seen around the prominent Nigerians at all times in all places. The arrangements, Saturday Mirror gathered may have emanated from the office of the National Security Adviser, NSA, to give some set of top politicians special military protection. When contacted over the arrangements,, the Defence Headquarters, DHQ, told Saturday Mirror that

it was not the business of the military to give individual protection to people. Speaking through its Director of Defence Information, DDI, Major General Chris Olukolade, the DHQ however said since the provision of security was a joint business, depending on the situation, it would provide special military protection to the deserving persons. The DHQ said that Generals IBB and Muhammadu

Buhari, were statutorily entitled to military protection for life as former Heads of State and military service chiefs. “I am not disputing it and I am not agreeing with it. By virtue of their military backgrounds, there are individuals who are ordinarily entitled to military protection. There are also prominent Nigerians whom the military will provide special protection”, General Olukolade told Saturday Mirror.

VAT Act: FG trounces Lagos •As S’Court rejects Lagos invitation to intervene ISE-OLUWA IGE

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he Supreme Court yesterday rejected an invitation by Lagos State Government to review the constitutionality of the Value Added Tax Act enacted by the National Assembly to clothe the Federal Government with

powers to assess and collect taxes on supply of all goods and services in all states of the federation. The summit struck the case out yesterday, citing want of jurisdiction to entertain the case as reason. Lagos had approached the Supreme Court seeking its order to nullify the Act. But rejecting the invi-


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Nigeria climate change programme may gulp N69 trillion –Adesina TOLA AKINMUTIMI ABUJA

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he Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, yesterday projected that Nigeria would need about N69 trillion to tackle the challenges posed by climate change to sustainable national development. Disclosing this at the launch of National Agricultural Resilience Framework Report in Abuja, the minister said a lot of money was required to mitigate and adapt to

climate change imperatives in the country. Adesina, who was not specific on the exact financial outlay effective management of climate change would require, said in view of the enormity of the challenges Nigeria needed to adopt a proactive approach in addressing them, particularly by investing in appropriate weather forecast technologies and solutions for agricultural and other related crucial sectors in order to mitigate the impact. He cautioned: “Unless poor Nigerian farmers are armed with technolo-

gies and mechanisms that would reduce their vulnerability, they are going to suffer most the negative consequences of climate change. “We all were here when the GDP rebasing was done, there was great. But there is climate change. According to National Climate Change Adaption Strategy Action Plan, climate change is estimated to result in 2 to 11per cent reduction in our GDP by 2020, unless it is mitigated. “It might rise to 30 per cent by 2050 on our GDP. The Report suggests that a lot of money is needed

to address this particular issue, whether in terms of mitigation or adaption. The cost estimate ranges from N16trillion to N69trillion”, the minister added As part of efforts to mitigate climate change, he restated the need for the development of drought resistant crops, adding that already his ministry has developed heat-tolerant maize and made them available to farmers. While stressing the need for farmers to be provided with early warning system and climate information that would

NEMA, FEMA strategise on disaster management GLORIA USMAN ABUJA

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he Federal Capital Territory Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and other stakeholders in disaster management have devised a workable plan on how to tackle disasters in FCT. Speaking yesterday at a one-day awareness and sensitisation workshop ti-

tled: “The Role of Government and Stakeholders in Disaster Management in the FCT,” in Abuja, the Director-General of FEMA, Alhaji Abbas G. Idriss, noted that the recent occurrences of disasters around the world have been very devastating for the global community in terms of the associated loss of lives and properties. He said the essence of the workshop was in line with the collective belief

and aspiration to ensure a strong synergy between all the stakeholders towards reducing the vulnerability on the FCT and enhancing resilience needs. According to him, the capital territory has recorded cases of building collapse, flooding, road and air crashes, terrorists’ attacks, fire incidents, communal conflicts among other disasters in the recent past, hence, response to these disasters must be critical to limit casualties,

NBA mourns ex-Nigerian Law School director ...expresses shock over his death ISE-OLUWA IGE

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he Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) yesterday expressed shock over the demise of former Director of Law School, Mr Kayode Jegede (SAN). The President of the NBA, Mr. Okey Wali (SAN), in a statement, said the history of the Nigerian Law School and the entire

legal profession cannot be complete without generous mention of late Jegede’s contributions. “Mr. Kayode Jegede, SAN was a very good man, gentle, humble, soft spoken and very unassuming. “He taught law of evidence at the Nigerian Law School as a lecturer/secretary of the Council of Legal Education. “I also had the privilege

of working closely with him as a representative of the Nigerian Bar Association during his tenure as the Director General of the Nigerian Law School. “He was a quintessential administrator and the history of the Nigerian Law School and indeed the legal profession in Nigeria can never be complete without the name of Mr. Kayode Jegede, SAN.

NCWS urges women to support one another ADEOLA TUKURU ABUJA

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he president of the National Council for Women Societies (NCWS), Mrs. Nkechi Mba,has advised women to support one another’s participation in governance. Mba,who was represented by Mrs. Hannatu Lahor, an official of the council, made this call when its members staged a peaceful protest yesterday in Abuja. The protest was tagged, “Against Antagonising

Women in Appointive Positions. ‘’ “No nation can afford to overlook the values women contribute to nation building, if the nation must move forward. “Women have justified the 35 per cent affirmative action as they have proved their strength in offices they occupy. “Ministers and women in other appointive positions, who are hardworking deserve to be commended; we are saying enough is enough of the back-biting,

the gossips and lies against Nigerian women,” she said. She said women in positions of authority needs maximum support to enable them carry out their duties effectively. She said it was important for women to take advantage of their large number to secure political relevance. The president said efforts needed to be geared by all stakeholders in adopting better strategies to increase women’s participation in decision making processes.

mitigate further damage and provide the basis for subsequent recovery. In his remarks, the Director-General of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Alhaji Muhammad SaniSidi, who said the agency was ready to partner with FEMA, noted that disaster management was not a task that one particular agency could handle alone.

guide them in understanding weather patterns as well as assist them on crops to plant, the minis-

ter unveiled plans by the government to establish agro-metrological stations across the country.

Conduct elections in one day, ex-ACF spokesman urges INEC A ZA MSUE KADUNA

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ormer National Publicity Secretary, Arewa Consultative Forum, ACF, Mr. Anthony Sani, has called on the Independent National Electoral Commission,INEC, to conduct 2015 elections in one day just like Kenya and other countries. Sani,who is also a delegate at the national conference, in a statement yesterday, said INEC boss,Prof. Jega, should demonstrate such feat by overcoming the logistics problems he envisaged in the conduct of all the elections in one day. Sani said: “When ACF proposed last year that holding of all elections in one day would be in national interest because such

approach would reduce cost,remove band wagon effect and prevent multiple elections by voters,INEC did not oppose the suggestion but said it could not do so because of lack of enabling law. And that was why some legislators decided to canvass for this through legislation. “For INEC chairman, Prof. Jega, to turn around and hinge INEC’s opposition to holding all the elections in one day on lack of capacity to handle the logistics burden on such undertaking is puzzling and a cause for concern.This is because Kenya which conducts all its elections in one day is not more educated and sophisticated than Nigeria, and,therefore,cannot reasonably have more capacity for such exercise.


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Confab: Role of media crucial in nation’s growth –Aminu •Warns press against negative reports

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ormer Minister of Petroleum Resources, Prof Jubril Aminu, has cautioned media practitioners in the country against overheating the system through negative reportage which he said could further worsen the already charged atmosphere. Aminu, a delegate at the ongoing national conference gave the charge on Thursday night as the chairman of the fund raising dinner for the building of an N850 million Editor’s Plaza organised by the Nigerian Guild of Editors.

He spoke against the backdrop of the coverage of the ongoing national conference by the media. The occasion was attended by top media personalities including the publisher of National Mirror newspaper, Barr. Jimoh Ibrahim, who was represented by the Managing Director of National Mirror Kafilat Ogbara; Minister of Information, Mr Labaran Maku, who represented President Goodluck Jonathan; governors of Edo State, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole; Delta State, Emmanuel Uduaghan; Speaker of the House of Representa-

tives, Hon. Aminu Tambuwal; representative of the governor of Ondo State, Commissioner for Information, Mr. Kayode Akinmade; Vanguard publisher, Sam Amuka; Thisday publisher, Nduka Obaigbena and other past presidents of the guild. Aminu said the role of the media is very crucial in the society and should be played with caution. He said history had shown that the media had contributed to the tension in the country, a development which he said had never been good for any nation. Stressing that the unity of the country was very

important, the former minister said Nigerians in general should play positive role in order to move the country ahead and sure peaceful co-existence. He said the ongoing national conference was long overdue. Former governor of Ogun State and renowned journlist, Chief Olusegun Osoba, speaking at the occasion gave the assurance that delegates at the national conference would not disappoint Nigerians. He said he, for instance, was at the occasion to ensure that justice is done. “I can assure you that we will do our best to move the

nation forward,” he said. “We are calling for the devolution of power, which would allow other federating units to develop on their own. Why should somebody sit down in Abuja and be determining education policy? How can somebody sit down in Abuja and determine the type of houses Nigerians should live in? “There would be a consensus on issues because every delegate wanted devolution of power. We talked about regionalism whereby they can create states and local government on their own. We have to review the pres-

NITDA gets new DG ADEOLA TUKURU ABUJA

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L-R: Managing Director, Centenary City Plc, Dr. Odenigwe Michaels; Minister of FCT, Sen. Bala Mohammed and Minister of State for FCT, Oloye Olajumoke Akinjide, during the signing of memorandum of understanding on Centenary City construction in Abuja.

FCT indigenes plan cultural carnival for Jonathan ADEOLA TUKURU ABUJA

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he Abuja Original Inhabitants Coalition Groups for Jonathan is planning a cultural carnival to showcase their support to President

Goodluck Jonathan for carrying the indigenes along in its programmes. This was contained in a statement signed yesterday by the coordinator of the group, Mr. Bussa Danjuma in Abuja. Danjuma commended Mr. President for ensuring

that the inhabitants had a place in his transformation programme. The group also commended the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Senator Bala Mohammed, for keeping to his promise as he earlier pledged to car-

ry the FCT indigenes along. “We also appreciate the Minister of the FCT on the way he has carried the Abuja Original Inhabitants along in the management of the political and administrative strata of the FCT,” Danjuma said.

Allegations against Petroleum Minister diversionary –NANS

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he leadership of the National Association of Nigerian Students, NANS, has condemned the latest allegation of financial recklessness leveled against the Minister of Petroleum, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke, describing it as diversionary. NANS, during a press briefing by its National

President, Mr. Yinka Gbadebo, in Lagos yesterday, said it was surprised at the ways and manner Nigerians raise spurious allegations against their leaders with a view to forcing them dance to their tunes. He added that all sorts of such allegations were expected especially with the 2015 general elections

fast approaching. Gbadebo, who insisted that the body was not absolving the minister of wrong doing, said every public figure had a thin line of demarcation between his or her private and official life. He said the allegation that she uses jet for her private matters would be very difficult for the accusers to

prove because “you cannot totally separate this woman from her family members and when you see a family member around her using official facility, we begin to probe. But if she should drop dead tomorrow in the course of serving Nigeria, will her family not be the first contact to be called to action?”

ent presidential system of government and try the unitary system of government”, he said The Minister of Information, Mr. Labaran Maku, who represented the president announced a donation of N50 million on behalf of the federal government. The governors of Edo and Delta states declined to announce their donations. The president of the Nigerian Guild of Editors, Mr. Femi Adesina, in his welcome address, explained that the project of building a plaza became necessary since it had become a shame that the guild did not have a house of its own.

he federal government has approved the appointment of Mr. Peter Jack as the Director-General of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA). In a press statement, Acting Head, Corporate Affairs of NITDA ,Hadiza Umar, said his appointment, which took effect from April 7, 2014, was for a first term of four years. Jack holds a BSc. in Chemical Engineering, Obafemi Awolowo University Ile Ife, a Masters Degree in Chemical Engineering and an MBA, both from the University of Lagos. Jack attended the International Information Technology Policy Programme, College of Engineering, Seoul National University, South Korea in 2007.

Mr Jack designed and implemented the Niger Delta Youth Computer Training Programme for Niger Delta Development Commission in 2003. He started as a Training Consultant with NITDA on 1st August, 2001, and later became the Technical Assistant to the then Director General, Prof. C.O. Angaye, in January 2006 on temporary appointment. His appointment was terminated on 1st March, 2007 to enable him pursue a PhD programme in South Korea Former DG of NITDA, Prof. Cleopas Angaye, retired in July 2013, having served for two terms with total of eight years. He handed over to the Director, Software and Outsourcing, Dr. Ashiru Daura, who acted as the Director General of the agency until Jack’s appointment.

James Ebo Whyte, Ghanaian writer on Glo/CNN African Voices

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hanaian playwright, James Ebo Whyte, will be the special guest on this weekend’s edition of Glo/CNN African Voices. He is the third literary star to take his seat on the programme in recent time after Nigeria’s Ben Okri and Biyi Bandele-Thomas. Viewers can connect with Whyte, who is popularly called Uncle Ben, on the show which runs at 8.30 a.m. on Friday. There are repeat broadcasts at 3.30 p.m. on Saturday, 3.30 a.m., 9:00 a.m and 6:30 p.m. on Sunday.

The programme also runs on Monday at 2:30a.m., 10:30a.m., and 5:30 p.m. It will further be shown on Tuesday at 5:30a.m. and on Wednesday at 8.30 a.m. Glo/CNN African Voices is a half-hour magazine programme sponsored by national telecoms operator, Globacom. The programme brings to viewers successful and highprofile personalities shaping the African continent. James Ebo Whyte is a renowned playwright who helped revive theater in his native Ghana.


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From the Civil Service Pensioners protest alleged deductions in Ondo

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he Nigeria Union of Pensioners (NUP), Ondo State Chapter, on Tuesday protested alleged illegal deduction of its members’ pensions. The pensioners, who carried placards with various inscriptions, took their protest to the Office of the Accountant General in Akure. Speaking to newsmen on the matter, Mr Sunday Boboye, the Secretary of NUP in Akure South Local Government Area, said it was wrong to make deductions from pensioner’s little stipend. “We are here to protest against illegal deductions and stoppage of our money since December 2013. “Up till now, some pensioners are even yet to get December money. “Some collected two months while some are being owed March pension. “For instance, some

have N3, 000 and above being deducted from their money, “It is disheartening that such allowance, which cannot be called salary, is not paid as being expected,” Boboye alleged. According to him, series of complaints had been made to the authorities concerned but all to no avail. “We have shown our grievances several times but nothing good came out of it. “We have told them that we are not satisfied with epayment but they didn’t listen to us.“After this protest today, we will meet again on Tuesday next week and take more concrete action against this unlawful act,” Boboye said. But the state’s Accountant-General, Mr Frederick Ajibokun, when contacted on the allegations of the pensioners, said he was not ready to speak on the issue. (NAN)

Permanent Secretary urges Ebonyi retirees to invest wisely

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he Permanent Secretary in the Ebonyi State Local Government Service Commission, Mr Ama Oji, has urged retirees to invest their benefits wisely. Oji made the call in Abakaliki on Thursday while addressing participants in a workshop for workers on the 2014 retirement calendar. “Investing wisely after retirement is the best option and the workshop is an opportunity for the retirees to appreciate that leaving service meritoriously after years of hard work is rewarding,” he said. The permanent secretary said the training would enlighten and expose the retirees and the workforce to the benefits of pension and gratuity management. “The workshop will equally expose and equip

the participants with succession plans or willmaking and how to apply their retirement benefits to achieve a better and healthier living,” Oji said. He noted that administration of pension and gratuity was an important phase of every employee’s life, especially the pensionable ones. The permanent secretary said that 150 retirees were participating in the two-day workshop. Oji urged them to ensure that all necessary documents were ready for the processing of their entitlements. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the workshop is to feature paper presentations on will-preparations, prudent management and investment, as well as pension and gratuity administration. (NAN)

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he Kano State Government said on Tuesday in Kano that it would give priority to the training and retraining of civil servants to enhance their productivity. The Head of Service, Dr Umar Minjibir, stated this at the opening of the 3rd

induction training for 1, 004 newly employed civil servants in Kano. ``This administration will continue to give priority attention to the training and re-training of its civil servants in line with global best practice. All we want to achieve was to ensure

that the state civil servants are prepared to face the changing demands in the society,’’ he said. Minjibir said the primary objective of the workshop was to acquaint the participants with what is expected of them as civil servants. He said the govern-

ment had employed more than 7, 000 civil servants and needed to train them on the relevant knowledge and skills. While congratulating the newly employed workers, Minjibir urged them to be dedicated and loyal to the government. (NAN)

L R: Registrar/Chief Executive, Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria, Prof. Mark Wokocha; Director-General, National Teachers Institute, Dr. Aminu Sharehu and representative of Minister of Education, Dr. Olu Ayewoh, during the sensitisation workshop of the second phase of the UNESCO British Council and NTI Project on Mobile Technologies and Teacher Development in Nigeria, in Abuja, on Thursday. PHOTO: ROTIMI OSASONA

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civil servant, Olusegun Adebayo,43, was on Wednesday arraigned in a Magistrates’ Court in Akure for allegedly defrauding 67 applicants of N2.4 million. Adebayo, a staff of the Ondo State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) was arraigned for alleged conspiracy, fraud and forgery. The prosecutor, ASP Isah Atanegbe, told the court that the accused and

others at large committed the offence between June 2013 and November 2013 at the SUBEB office in Ore. Atanegbe said that the accused conspired and obtained N2.4 million from 67 unemployed youths in the pretence of securing teaching appointments for them with the SUBEB office in Akure. The prosecutor said the accused also issued forged appointment letters with intent to defraud the unsuspecting victims.

Atanegbe said the offence contravened the provisions of sections 516, 419 and 473(1) of the Criminal Code Cap 37 Vol. 1, Laws of Ondo State of Nigeria, 2006. The accused, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges. The prosecutor prayed the court for an adjournment to enable him present his witnesses in court. The defence counsel, Mr Phillips Batife, who did not object to the application,

prayed the court to admit his client to bail on liberal terms. The Magistrate, Mr Akin Akintoye, admitted the accused to bail in the sum of N250, 000 with two sureties in like sum. Akintoye ordered that one of the sureties must be a government official while the other must have landed property and be gainfully employed or have a recognisable business. He adjourned the case till May 12. (NAN)

Taraba govt. suspends 2 directors over alleged N1.8bn financial scam

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he Taraba government, on Thursday, announced the suspension of two directors in the state’s Ministry of Finance, Mr Nicodemus Iki and Mr Makan Danduba for alleged misappropriation of N1.8 billion. Mr Ate Sale, the Commissioner for Information,

Culture and Tourism, made the disclosure at a news conference in Jalingo. He said 19 others were suspended in connection with the missing money. He, however, said that the Accountant-General, Mr Joel Lenbang and his Deputy, Mr Titus David, were yet to get their sus-

pension notices as they were assisting in ongoing investigation into the matter. The commissioner noted that the affected staff inflated the state’s salary bill and diverted the difference to their personal use. Sale said the state government became suspi-

cious when its salary bill kept increasing despite the huge number of retirees and deceased persons in the work force. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the money was found mission from the salary account between September 2012 and December 2013. (NAN)


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Ondo APC crisis deepens as stakeholders boycott LG congress

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takeholders of the All Progressives Congress (APC), in Ondo State have withdrawn from the party’s local government congress holding today. The aggrieved party chieftains expressed fear that the congress might lead to violence in some parts of the state, especially in Akure South Local Government Area. A member of the party,

Olatubosun Adegoriola, was shot dead during the ward congress of the party in Akure last Wednesday. A statement issued yesterday by the Akure South Caucus of the party urged the APC National Chairman, Chief Bisi Akande, to cancel the local government congress in area until when all the issues arising from the last Wednesday’s ward

congress were resolved. According to the statement signed by the Caucus Chairman, Chief Akin Olokunboro, and its Secretary, Surveyor Kayode Eso, last Wednesday’s ward congress in Akure was characterised by violence and irregularities. The leaders accused the Chairman of the Congress Committee in the state, Otunba Femi Pedro, of colluding with a member

of the House of Representatives to present a report that the congress was successfully held in all the wards in Akure. The statement said: “It is unfortunate that we lost a member during the ward congress on Wednesday. We had already agreed on a consensus arrangement.” The group claimed that Otunba Pedro was at the meeting where they all agreed to produce consen-

sus candidates. The statement continued, “Despite the fact that the congress was disrupted in virtually all the wards, and that a member was killed, we learnt that Otunba Pedro has presented the names of some people as ward executive members, even in the ward where a member was killed as a result of violence.” The stakeholders expressed regret that all ef-

forts to meet Pedro to present their position failed, as the former deputy governor of Lagos state evaded them. Also, the APC youth have threatened to disrupt the local government congress in Akure. They argued that it would be insensitive of the party leaders to hold the congress when they were still mourning the death of one of them.

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L-R: Ogun State Commissioner for Commerce and Industry, Otunba Bimbo Ashiru; Managing Director/Chief Executive, Nestlé Nigeria Plc, Mr. Dharnesh Gordhon; Governor Ibikunla Amosun; Corporate Communications and Public Affairs Manager, Nestlé Nigeria Plc, Dr. Samuel Adenekan and Chief of Staff to the Governor, Prof. Ganiyu Olatunde, during a visit to Amosun in Abeokuta, yesterday.

WASSCE result: Omisore berates Aregbesola over education policy OLAJIDE OMOJOLOMOJU

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sun State PDP gubernatorial candidate, Senator Iyiola Omisore, has berated the education policy of Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola administration in Osun State. Omisore’s tirade was coming on the heels of the 2013 WASSCE results released by WAEC where

the state was placed 23rd position. Speaking through his Director of Media and Strategy, Prince Diran Odeyemi, Senator Omisore says, “ the grandstanding of Ogbeni Aregbesola that it’s education policy is the best in Nigeria and indeed Africa has proved to be the worst going by the results of 2013 West African Senior

School Certificate Examination.” Senator Omisore while analysing the statics of WASSCE results in the state alsom said that, “The position of Osun State prior to PDP era in 2013 was 26th, but with serious commitment to the educational sector backed with good policy under PDP, the result improved in 2005. Omisore maintained that the state was at a stage 14th with

approximately 70.8% percent general improvement in the sector. The former Deputy Governor, however, lamented that within three and a half years of ACN/APC government in the state, education has gone comatose, dropping from 14th position in 2009 to 23rd in 2014. He described it as the worst in the southwest geo-political zone of the country.

Insecurity: IGP bemoans uncooperative attitudes of governors FEMI OYEWESO ABEOKUTA

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nspector General of Police, Alhaji Mohammed Abubakar, has blamed the uncooperative attitude some state governors for the continuous rise of insecurity across the country. With specific reference to the insurgency in north eastern part of the country, IGP

Abubakar called on governors of the affected states to accord the police the needed supports in order to overcome the menace. The police chief said this yesterday in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, at the commissioning the Police Officers Wives Association (POWA) ultra modern state secretariat at the Command’s headquarters in Eleweran,

Abeokuta, the Ogun state capital. The IGP was represented at the occasion by AIG Zone 2, Mamman Tsafe. Abubakar lamented the increasing rate of insecurities in the north eastern part of Nigeria, and urged the leadership of the affected states to cooperative with the Police to end the menace. Tsafe, while speaking

with journalists after the event says, “I always say the two governors of the zone are of very high level of security consciousness and that is giving me the kind of empowerment that I always feel happy to work with them. If we have 20 Amosun in Nigeria, I think definitely everywhere will be peaceful and there will be safety and security.”

he All Progressives Congress (APC) will today, conduct of the nomination process for the emergence of its candidate in Ekiti State for the June 21, 2014 governorship election in the state. A statement signed by the National Organising Secretary of the party, Senator Osita Izunaso, noted that APC would adopt direct primary method in all the 177 wards of the state and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) would monitor the entire process from the Ward to the state level. Senator Izunaso, who led a 6-man committee from Abuja to oversee the exercise, said the party would deploy two

electoral officers and a returning officer to each of the wards for the exercise, while a returning officer would be appointed for each local government. According to him, the Local Government returning officers would be responsible for the collation of results from the wards within each of the 16 local government areas and they would in return transmit results to the State Collation Centre. “APC had taken this step to ensure a transparent and credible process as well as to comply with the stipulations of the electoral act,” he said. The APC national organising secretary assured that the exercise would be smooth, free and transparent.

Furore over Ayede-Ekiti throne as nine princes protest imposition of candidate

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he race to the vacant stool of Attah of Ayede-Ekiti may have gone messier as nine of the contenders to the throne are alleging imposition of a candidate over others. The nine Princes of the town are alleging external influences in picking the next monarch of the town. For some time now, there had been intense lobby among contenders for the stool vacated by the late Oba Joseph Adeleye Orisagbemi. The nine contenders recently alleged that one Adebayo Orisagbemi Filani was announced as the new Attah of Ayede-Ekiti. This was said to have resorted into series of legal battles between Oye Local Governmet and the state

Government. Addressing journalists in Lagos recently, Prince Joseph Omotosho, one of the contenders to the throne, alleged that some of the contenders had been ridiculed by those trying to impose a candidate on the people. Narrating the genesis of the crisis, Prince Omotosho claimed that the nine of them vying for the throne were shocked to read in the newspapers that that one “Orisagbemi Filani had been nominated as the new Attah of Ayede, without screening others”. Omotosho claimed that after initial screening, they were all asked to return to base and would be communicated to on what next step to take.


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Edo APC holds council Dickson warns appointees against graft congress today, E G cancels ward results MMA BEMUDU YENAGOA

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he Edo State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC), will, today, hold its council congress election hoping to produce principal officers at the council level to serve as delegates for the forthcoming state congress. Today, also, the party in the state, will hold the cancelled ward congress election in Edo South Senatorial District. This means that the local government council congress would only hold in Edo North and Edo Central, where elections held last Tuesday were adjudged to be free, fair and credible, and without complaints. Saturday Mirror recalls that a plethora of protests had trailed the conduct of the ward congress last Tuesday, especially in Edo South, with Edo South APC Leader and Esan of Benin Kingdom, Chief Amos Osunbor, leading thousands of protesters to the NUJ Press Centre to call for a

cancellation of the congress election on Wednesday. Acceding to the request, Governor Adams Aliyu Oshiomhole announced the cancellation of the ward congress election on Thursday at the Government House in Benin City. Acceding to the request, Governor Oshiomhole had announced the cancellation of the ward congress election on Thursday at the Government House in Benin City. However, the governor urged all APC members to come out today and participate in the rescheduled ward congress election even as he threatened to deal with anyone that makes any attempt to undermine the process. In his reaction, a member of Edo State House of Assembly, Hon. Friday Oghieriakhi, who represents Orhionmwon Constituency II, said the cancellation was good for democracy. “It is very welcomed. It is a victory for democracy. We are ready for the new congress.”

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ayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson has reiterated his commitment to fighting corruption in the state, saying that no political appointee in his administration would enrich himself at the expense of the people. Dickson warned that gone were the days when government appointees build mansions everywhere and own fleet of cars at the detriment of the citizens. Governor Dickson said this yesterday in Yenagoa, the state capital, shortly after the

swearing in ceremony of the eight new commissioners screened by the state legislature. Governor Dickson was, however silent on the fate of the former Commissioners for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Mr. James Dugo and Capital City Development, Zuwa Konugha. Addressing the new appointees, Governor Dickson says, “I have a first term tenure of four years. What happens after is between you, the people and God. You have been called to serve; do your best in your capacity. You are coming in at a critical time of the administration of this gov-

ernment, as policies and programmes have been laid,” he said. The governor also announced the scrapping of Ministry of Capital City Development Authority (CCDA) , stressing that ongoing projects in the Ministry would be handled by the Ministry of Special projects in the Governor’s office. The governor also said the Ministry of Energy has also been split into the Ministries of Power and Mineral Resources, while the Ministry of Local Government was split into the Ministries of Community Development and Chieftaincy Affairs and Local Govern-

ment Administration. The newly inaugurated commissioners include Barr. Kemasuode Wodu, Attorney-General and Commissioner of Justice; Dr. Ayibatonye Owei, Health; Barrister Kemela Okara, Trade, Industry and Investment and Barrister Iniruo Wills-Environment. Others are Chief Martin Agbede , Ministry of Community Development and Chieftaincy Affairs; Inditimi Komonibo for Science, Technology and Manpower Development; Chief Jim Ogbolo Partner-Edward for the new Ministry of Power and Ebikitin Diongoli for Sports Development.

Niger Delta ministry trains 100 youths on skill acquisition RICHARD NDOMA CALABAR

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bout 100 youths have been trained in Cross River State in the repair of personal computers, tablets and smart phones. The training of the 100 non-militant youths and organised by an ICT-based firm, Swift and Just Nig LTD tagged ‘Identify, Train And Engage Scheme(ITRENS) in Calabar, the Cross River State capital, was part of Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs empowerment programmes in the region. Speaking during the closing of the training progrmme, Supervising Minister for Niger Delta Affairs, Arch. Dairus Dickson Ishaku, charged the trainees to ensure that the technical skills acquired from the programme were properly

put into use by them to positively impact on the lives of other aspiring youths. Arch. Ishaku also urged the youths to utilise the knowledge gained in the programme so as to justify the huge investment made on them by Federal Government. Said he, “The cardinal objectives of this training is to teach our youths on how to exploit their inherent potentials as computer experts as the training will enable them become self employed and to also become employers of labour,” the minister said. Arch. Ishaku also maintained that his ministry has also trained 701 non-militant youths on different skills in the oil and gas, maritime, ICT and Agriculture sectors with some financial assistance from the government.

L-R: Director, Christians in Government and Politics, Rivers Converge, Mr. Joshua Barasinipiri; Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship aspirant, Mr. Nimi Walson-Jack and Campaign Administrator, Rivers Converge, Mr. Amaebi Okara, at a news conference in Port Harcourt ,yesterday.

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he Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) has said that no fewer than 4, 000 graduates applied for its 2014 postgraduate foreign scholarship. The commission explained that already electronic examination has been conducted for the applicants who applied for the programme which is aimed at developing the capacity of youths in the region.

NDDC Director for Education, Health and Social Services, Dr. Christy Atako, disclosed this while journalists in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital. Atako said that the computer-based test was to ensure transparency in the selection process. Atako stated that the scholarship has been running for the past years, adding that only 1,500 candidates would be shortlisted from the 4,000 for the final screening. Her words, “At the end

of the exercise, which emphasises merit, 200 candidates will be selected for this year’s scholarship.” Dr. Atako explained that the Foreign PostGraduate Scholarship Scheme was meant to equip Niger Delta youths with relevant training and skills for effective participation in the local content programme of the Federal Government, as well as position them to compete globally in various professional fields. She further said that

the focus of the programme was on the sciences, especially areas that are related to the oil and gas sector. “We designed the foreign scholarship scheme as a way of exposing the candidates to other environments outside the country. We hope that the skills they acquire will add value to the development in the Niger Delta and those that benefited from the programme in the previous years have justified the need for the scholarship scheme,” she said.


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Ekiti PDP: Battling for unity ahead of election EBERE NDUKWU

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f there is a time a people usually come together with singleness of purpose to achieve a goal, one of such times is when there is an urgent need to turn a situation once in their disfavour to their favour. The political setting in the South West has remained in disfavour of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, and many have come to expect that the coming Ekiti State governorship election is one PDP, the acclaimed most populous party in Africa, will lash on, to salvage its poor position in the zone. But the drum of disunity, squabble and power tussle which has continued in the camp of Ekiti State PDP, since the emergence of the former Ekiti State governor, Ayodele Fayose, as the party’s governorship candidate for the upcoming governorship election in the state does not tell of a party ready to wrestle power off the grips of an incumbent. The inability of the party to form a united front in a state they so much desire to win has continued to cause many analysts to query the seriousness of the party in the June 21 governorship election. It is like no description can best describe the situation of the party in the state than that of a house divided against itself. In the history of man’s existence, failure has remained the consequence of any divided group of people, be it in interest or in purpose. And Abraham Lincoln puts it, “A house divided against itself cannot stand.” Even the weakest are made strong when they are united. After the emergence of Fayose as PDP candidate, 13 other candidates who lost at the primary, it was said picked Senator Gbenga Aluko as their consensus candidate. Although, one of them Prince Dayo Adeyeye, was reportedto have recently retracted from the aggrieved aspirants to pitch tenth with Fayose leaving the number of aggrieved aspirants to 12. Even as the national chairman of PDP, Dr. Adamu Mu’azu has presented the certificate of return to Fayose as flag bearer of the PDP and urged all members of the party in the state to remain united and forge a common front, Aluko and his group are still hopeful to get the mandate of the party. Aluko recently said at a press briefing that the 13 aspirants (minus one at the moment) have agreed to forward his name to President Goodluck Jonathan as a replacement for Ayo Fayose ahead of the June 21 election, saying that, President Goodluck Jonathan would be the biggest loser if the PDP loses Ekiti as it would pave way for the loss of Osun State. Some analysts have come to say that the PDP started getting things wrong when 14 candidates went for the primary with none seeing any reason to step down. They argue that an election of such could not be recorded in a serious

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party where there is unity. According to Gbenga Ajegun, “Obviously, when a party is determined to win an election it selects few of its best members. The situation in Ekiti, from the onset, tells that the Ekiti PDP is not as united as it should be. This is because; if they are serious to remove APC, they would have fielded few candidates knowing the implication 14 candidates will have in the unity of the party.” Ajegun said if PDP had reduced the number of the candidates for the primary to two or three, it would have been easy to broker peace among them after the primary. “I must also say that from the national level the party which allow 14 candidates for its primary in a small state like Ekiti, is not serious,” Ajagun opined. Commenting on the situation of Ekiti PDP, Tosin Smith, a Lagos based politician said except the party’s stakeholders were able to resolve the controversies in the state party, PDP may not achieve the desired result. According to him, there was no way PDP in Ekiti State, with the 12 aspirants who lost out in the primary forming alliance, could make something out of the election. “You also have to understand that these aspirants have their supporters,” Smith said. On the other hand, Dotun Jegede, an Ekiti indigene who resides in Lagos argued that Fayose remains a candidate to beat despite the controversies in his party. According to Jegede, those who are opposing Fayose in Ekiti PDP are the same people who, all their votes put together at the primary were nowhere near the number of votes Fayose gathered. “Fayose, as the PDP candidate, is a force to reckon with and nobody should be surprised to see him emerge winner. Is it that people didn’t see the number of electorate who came to welcome him on his return from Abuja, where he was handed certificate of return by the party’s national chairman recently? People

should visit Ekiti State and hear from the people who their candidate is. Fayose is a man of the people and the people are for him despite the plots by some detractors in Ekiti PDP who will not want to accept the reality on ground.” Reacting on the recent comment by Senator Gbenga Aluko that some PDP leaders and aspirants in the state would either defect to the opposition parties or work for the opposition party, Jegede said: “Aluko and his cohorts can defect if they so wish or work for anybody they want to, but one thing they should understand is that ‘the venom of a viper does nothing to the back of a tortoise.’ I’m always in Ekiti and I strongly believe the crack in Ekiti PDP will do no harm to the emergence of Fayose,” Jegede said. In any case, it is important to note that the problem in Ekiti State PDP didn’t start with the recent outcome of the party governorship primary. Before the present situation, Ekiti State PDP was polarised into three factions. The party battled with protracted crisis with three faction leaders locked in a battle for supremacy. While the South-West PDP leader, Mr. Segun Oni, led one faction, Minister of Police Affairs, Navy Capt. Caleb Olubolade, and Fayose led the other two. Prior to the party’s governorship primary, it could be recalled that at the party’s congress, Mr. Makanjuola Ogundipe who is a member of Fayose’s faction was elected as the new party chairman but was opposed by Mr. Akin Omole, an active supporter of Oni, who objected to the outcome of the election, claiming he was the authentic chairman. Things later appeared to look bright for the party when two days before the ward congresses across the state, Olubolade summoned a meeting of the stakeholders in Ado-Ekiti. At the meeting were Fayose, Ropo Adesanya, former deputy governor Paul Alabi and Mrs. Fatima Raji-Rasaki. At another meeting held at Ipoti-Ekiti, which was attended by Fayose, Alabi,

Oni, Chief Dayo Okondo and former Deputy Governor Abiodun Aluko, the party leaders promised to work for unity. However, the promise of working in unity and harmony as promised by the party leaders in the state is yet to be seen. With the recent development, some analysts have come to say that the inability of the party to resolve the various issues in the party and ensure a united Ekiti State PDP will definitely have an adverse effect on its chances of overthrowing the Kayode Fayemi, APCled government in the state. At the moment, the former Senator representing Ekiti North, Ayo Arise, has been saddled with the responsibility to reconcile warring members of the party. According to Arise, those who would work with him include a former Speaker of the old Ondo State, Rt. Hon. Femi Akinyemi; former member of the state House of Assembly, Bisi Kolawole, and Chief Dele Okeya. The effort so far, might be said to have only yielded a slim result with Adeyeye, who is only one out of the 13 aggrieved aspirants, reconciling with Fayose. Those who are concerned are now waiting to see how the Arise led reconciliation committee will be able to unite the remaining aggrieved aspirants, their supporters and many other PDP members in the state, who are anti Fayose candidature. “It is in the hand of Ekiti PDP either to come together and rally round Fayose since he has been given certificate of return by the party’s national body or remain divided and forget Ekiti State Government House for the next four years,” Ajegun said. While the drum of division and disunity in Ekiti PDP continue sounding in high crescendo and many chieftains of the party and party members continue dancing to it, the part remains a house divided against itself and only June 21, has the answer to whether it will stand or fall?


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‘State of insecurity should come first at confab’ Ebri Clement is a former governor of Cross River State, and ex- national chairman of the Progressive Peoples Alliance (PPA). In this interview with RICHARD NDOMA, he speaks on the on-going national confab, state of insecurity and other relevant issues. Excerpts:

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hat is your opinion about the division in your state over zoning? This question is against the backdrop of the fact that while Governor Liyel Imoke wants someone from a section of the state to lead, many are saying that zoning is strange to the state. Under democracy people are entitled to their own viewpoint, and if democracy is all about freedom of expression, freedom of association and so on, there will always be voices in opposition. It is often said that it is only dead fish that swim with the tide. When you see fish all going in one direction, they must be dead. As long as people are alive, definitely some people will go to different directions. But quite honestly, there had been some elements of zoning in the state. Even when I became governor, there was an understanding somehow that it should go to the Central; and even though we had some people contesting from other places, they were just like fringe candidates. Beside, do not forget that it was a multi-party system. There were other political parties and those ones were entitled to their own game plan in terms of strategies. They were entitled to all that. That was the circumstance. Even the ruling party, if they so believed that that was their own strategy, it was not just a strategy to accommodate people, it was also a winning strategy. Do you think it is right for Governor Imoke to make pronouncements at different fora that he is keen on ensuring that power goes to the North of the state? I believe too that it should go to the North, honestly. This is because the trend has shown clearly that when they started, it was for eight years. Common sense and equity demands that it should also go to the North . The North is part of our state, so, I don’t see anything unfair about that. That is not to say that the whole state shouldn’t attempt whatever they consider fine enough, but the understanding of the people is that equity should play a role. Whoever is doing so is doing so at his own risk. At the end of the day, the people will decide what they want. Decisions should go in the direction of what majority of the people want. I think anything short of allowing it to shift to the North will be most unreasonable. What is your view about the ongoing national conference and the endless killing of Nigerians by Boko Haram sect? The national conference, I think, was the president own way of refreshing our unity. I believe that is what is going on. As for the timing, I think that it is a bit uncomfortable because this is the eve of elec-

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tion year. There are so many things going on. I was a member of the 1988/ 89 constitution assembly. It took us 12 months to come up at the time. Nigeria was not really in this kind of situation where we live in fear. Although some were nominated, some were elected. So, there was an element of democracy. What you have today is a situation where people are just nominated from their states. Then, the federal government still nominated and so on. It is not really democratic. I am quite uncomfortable with what is going on. All the same, it is democracy because there is room for talking. So, for that reason the president thinks that there is need for people to air their views and all of that. We will go ahead, But I must be honest, I don’t expect much from the exercise because even now the nation is equally embarking on constitution review. I have been saying to myself, okay, the president now said the unity of Nigeria is non-negotiable. That means you don’t go into that area. But assuming that we do not go into that area and they agree that we should practise parliamentary system of government, is the president going to vacate his seat as a result of that? Is that not going to change the course of election for next year because with that we will be talking about parliamentary system? I want that issue

particularly to be addressed. Personally, I begin to think that we need a parliamentary system where you don’t have an allpowerful president. What is your view about the state of insecurity in the country and who should be blamed? In terms of security, I think that what is really going on is a profound failure in the area of intelligence. I don’t know who to blame, but I think the problem is that there are moles all over the place. The president himself said it some time that even in the villa, there are moles of Boko Haram and all of that. They must develop an intelligence network. How can militants come into this country, get into army barracks and attack successfully. They even spend three to four hours. Once in a while you hear they killed six of the sect members. If Boko Haram kills 100 to 200 people and the soldiers kill just six of them, that tells you something. We must develop that capacity and I feel that the president’s body language too is needed. He had appealed to the militants, he had done so many other things. Don’t forget he is the Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces. If you were the president what would you have done to quell the insurgency?

I would move to Maiduguri, marshal those forces and show strength. I think the leadership of this country have to understand that this is the time to show leadership. I am quite happy that some northern leaders are beginning to speak out now. The other day, I listened to Gen. Buhari, I believe that all of them in union should stand up and condemn what is going on. It is indeed a dangerous trend. I don’t see the national conference coming to solve the Boko Haram crisis because we don’t even know who and who are behind it. But I feel that if all Nigerians come out and begin to talk about the problem because without resolving it nothing will work. Once that is done with, then you begin to talk about structure of government and so on. I think it is about emphasis and parity for now, we have to be security conscious. If you were a delegate to the conference what issues would you be keen about? When you talk about the South-South, the first thing you think about is marginalisation. We don’t even want to talk about it as such because the president happens to come from here, but honestly, that is a basic issue that should be cemented. The other aspect of it is, of course, the issue of revenue and the suffering of people living in those areas. My problem is simply that just putting that money there without monitoring it or ensuring that it does exactly what it is needed for is bad. Additional money that is being given to us should be used responsibly and people should see exactly what they are used for. Are you a member of the APC or the PDP? If you don’t belong to any of these two, which one do you belong to? I am neither in APC nor in PDP. I am very old now and I am an observer. But since one is a political animal there is no way, like I told somebody, one cannot say somebody is a Rev. Father and he should not say mass. It all depends where you say the mass. I am watching and whenever I feel that there is need to intervene in favour of somebody even if I am not running I can always say, this is my choice, this is where I belong and I will not hide it when the exact time comes. I mean, I have that courage, at least, to talk to my people. When I go home everybody ask me which way we are going? I am a politician but I am not desperate for a political office and I want to see how far I can go in taking a neutral position to install the capability of the state. I think you all know that Cross River is one of the states that you don’t find a former governor fighting with the incumbent or whatever it is. It is just my principle that people should be respected and supported while they are in office. I have been there before, even if it was for one day, I open doors and I set the pace.


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n spite of the challenges, democracy in the past 14 years has served Nigerians better than the decades of military rule. The media must exercise the freedom it presently enjoys with utmost responsibility to the nation. The media remains a critical factor in the success or otherwise of the 2015 election. “I am appealing to the media, this democracy we are seeing is far better than the military regimes that we have had. “My challenge to media practitioners is to present our country in a positive way. Let us defend this country and the democracy we currently enjoy. Nigeria can only be fixed by the people of Nigeria. That is why I am particularly appealing to the media to project our country in their reports. “In spite of the challenges in the country, Nigeria has done significantly well both at home and on the continent. Nigeria represents the hope of ‘Black Africa’ and Nigerians, including the media, cannot afford to fail in their responsibilities.”

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–President Goodluck Jonathan at a fund-raising dinner organised by the Nigerian Guild of Editors in Abuja on Thursday

–Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson, swearing in eight new commissioners in Yenagoa on Thursday.

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Pedro gave wrong impression of APC local govt. congress in Akure South –Akure South APC Caucus Chairman, Chief Akin Olokunboro, on ward congress in Akure

Nobody will be a millionaire in my government o political appointee in my administration will become a millionaire at the expense of the people. Gone are the days when government appointees build mansions everywhere and purchase the latest cars to the detriment of the citizens. Your appointment is a call to duty and service to

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God. “I have a first term tenure of four years. What happens after is between you, the people and God. You have been called to serve; do your best in your capacity. You are coming in at a critical time of the administration of this government, as policies and programmes have been laid”.

he Chairman of the Congress Committee in Ondo State, Otunba Femi Pedro, colluded with a member of the House of Representatives to present a report that the congress was successfully held in all the wards in Akure. “It is unfortunate that we lost a member during the ward congress on Wednesday. We had already agreed on a consensus arrangement. Even Otunba Pedro was at the meeting where we opted for consensus. But a member of the House of Representatives, Hon. Sunday Abegunde, who had earlier accepted the consensus arrangement, later said his group would go for the congress. We would not have recorded the death of one of our members if everybody had adhered to the earlier agreement. “Despite the fact that the congress was disrupted in virtually all the wards, and that a member was killed, we learnt that Otunba Pedro has presented the names of some people as ward executive members, even in the ward where a member was killed as a result of violence.”

Edo South APC congress election We give education highest vote in our was riddled with unfair tactics –Governor Adams Aliyu Oshiomhole announcing the cancellation of Edo South APC ward congress election

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he congress election in Edo South was riddled with flaws such as absence of officials, absence of materials, lack of accreditation and “unfair tactics. The congress election committee has not been able to produce the results of the election in Edo South, especially who won and by

what margin, since Tuesday. Therefore, that committee has been dissolved for a new one that will only have as members people of character, credibility, political neutrality and acceptability. “We have listened to complaints of what was done in Edo South and we are clear that what was done is not totally satisfactory. We have come to the conclusion that the only way to guarantee fairness is to cancel it. It has been rescheduled for Saturday. Those who handled it

will be dismissed and will not handle it again on Saturday. We will appoint people who are neutral to handle it. “I do know that not a few people look up to Edo State for a difference because some of us have paid the price for democracy. In many places, the officials did not show up on time and when they showed up, they did not carry the materials with them. The fundamental effect of no accreditation before election makes the congress an absolute nullity.”

Pensioners will not suffer if I’m elected governor –Former Osun state Head of Service, Mr. Segun Akinwusi, during his official declaration to contest the forthcoming governorship polls in Osun State on the platform of Social Democratic Party, SDP

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n no account should both the states and federal governments owe their senior citizens pensions and gratuities because they are provided for in the budget under the Consolidated Revenue Fund Charges, just as governors’ and President’s security votes. Pensions and gratuities are supposed to be the first charge on any revenue of government. “But regrettably, governors consider their security votes to be of higher priority than pensions. If I am elected governor, this will change. Pensioners will not suffer again; they will not be denied their rightful entitlement in grey hairs.

“I will also provide immediate relief with an emergency economic plan that will assist farmers, artisans, civil servants, market men and women, students and elderly ones. “SDP is aware that our economy will be stronger when our people prosper and that we must move decisively to revive our spattering economy. Poverty would be reduced drastically if all monies allocated to this state are spent within same for the benefit of all.

“I will tackle the menace of unemployment by creating new jobs, ensure development of industrialisation and guarantee community aids-in-grant to stem rural and urban migration. My administration would revamp the educational system by recruiting, preparing retaining and rewarding Osun teachers and support school principals while working out modalities for revival of agriculture, health service, transportation and fiscal responsibility.”

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y administration has consistently given education the highest vote in the annual budget. Between 22 and 24 percent of our budget has been allocated to education since it is the focal point of our five cardinal agenda. “Without education, our youth will not be able to interpret our ideas. It is through education we can fix health and other sectors of the economy. Education is the centre of progress. Any government that focuses on it must give it the best shot. Without education, we may not be able to step into the shoes of the elders who are giants in various fields and develop our nation. This is achievable when our youth are given the best educational training, because no nation can grow when this class of the society is not catered for.”


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s e l y t s e f i l g n Amazi o d o h w n e m of ’ k r o w s ’ n e m ‘wo

I HAVE ALWAYS LOVED ANYTHING

RELATED TO BEAUTY AND FASHION.

SO, FOR ME, I AM NOT SURPRISED AT HOW I CAME INTO WHAT I AM DOING TODAY. REALLY, IT DID NOT COME BY ACCIDENT; I CRAVED IT. I WANTED TO MAKE PEOPLE LOOK BEAUTIFUL

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Fatal marriage!

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Child bride forced into marriage revolts, kills groom and three of his friends with rat •She denies me sex- Husband poison.

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You and I will live as one THEY MAY EVEN BE ABLE THERE

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ARE CASES ON RECORD WHERE CONJOINED TWINS HAVE HAD TWO DIFFERENT WIVES AND CHILDREN

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They provoke a double-take in a world seen as men’s, having chosen to earn a living doing ‘women’s work.’ In this report, NNAMDI ONYEUMA walks into the hearts of this special breed and reveals what makes them tick.

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is business address is not on a highbrow area of Lagos State. In fact, such places hold little or no attraction to his kind of business. And, without a business name with which to remember his trade or a roof overhead to serve need for corporate branding, residents of Abule-Egba, a suburb of Oke-Odo local government council of Lagos State coined the name, Puff-Puff Stand, a traditional Nigerian food similar to a doughnut. Strategically located at a corner of the Abule-Egba Command road, off the ever-busy LagosAbeokuta Expressway, Lagos, Puff-Puff Stand is one business point everyone fights so very hard to look away from. Conspicuous as it is increasingly popular due to the enticing aroma oozing out from the forever stewing puff-puff and customer traffic, everyday on ends, it has continued to serve the food needs of travelers and people doing business in the vicinity, 10 years on. Welcome to Jibola Oladundoye’s world. Trained as a fashion designer, Oladundoye, 23, has since put the sewing trade on the waiting mode as, according to him, “puff-puff is what I do for a living now.” In an interview with Saturday Mirror, the Ona Ara locaI government council in Oyo State, Nigeria-born school certificate holder, described his work as tasking and challenging, but says it puts food on his table all the same. “Having food on the table is the reason we strive so hard in life. Everything we do is about the stomach. It is the most important thing of all,” Oladundoye says. “I started this puff-puff business at Idumota market in Lagos State more than 10 years ago shortly after my secondary education. Having known that without a degree in Nigeria, you cannot get a good job; even as I am aware also that those with chains of degrees can hardly get a well-paying job, I persuaded myself to seek ways of surviving outside the paid job circle. I was actually doing well at Idumota market, but was compelled to relocate due to undue extortion from street urchins, who tax people doing

David Onyedike making up a client

I HAVE ALWAYS LOVED ANYTHING RELATED TO BEAUTY AND FASHION. SO, FOR ME, I AM NOT SURPRISED AT HOW I CAME INTO WHAT I AM DOING TODAY. REALLY, IT DID NOT COME BY ACCIDENT; I CRAVED IT. I WANTED TO MAKE PEOPLE LOOK BEAUTIFUL

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business in the market as if they were slave masters,” he tells the newspaper. For Oladundoye, the first in a family of four, the puff-puff business is not all smiles. Indeed, as with all other business ventures, his is not without challenges. If eking out a living on the roadside has been rough and tough, staying close, willy-nilly, to a stewing oil everyday of the week, has only added to the discomfort. Yet that is the least of all Oladundoye’s

worries. His main is defined either by the dry or wet seasons. “Really,” he says, “it’s a hard job. When it rains, we begin to run helter-skelter. It is even worse when it is dry season as you can see. We take all the heat from the sun. It takes perseverance to do this kind of business; not just because people look at you differently being a man, but mostly because of the trouble involved. But we are made up to earn a decent living,” he says. Many thanks to Habib Abiodun, Oladundoye’s business partner, who by helping him mix the baking flour, has brought a little relief his way, every business day. He describes Abiodun as a brother and partner. “We share the burdens of the business together. We live together in the same apartment and watch each other’s back. That is how close we are,” he tells the newspaper. While he could not be drawn into revealing the

business’ peak or off periods, Oladundoye, who cuts the picture of an extrovert as opposed to Abiodun, shy and reserved, says they make between N1, 500 to N2, 000 daily. “All I do is to always ensure I save at least N800 every day. This is because apart from my plans to go back to fashion designing later in life, I have a younger dependent in school.” Tough, the puff-puff business, Oladundoye says, but he is enjoying it. “We resume here every day at 12 noon and close at nine in the evening. It is not easy but my joy is that working hard has made me responsible as a young man.” Indeed, while Oladundoye’s work may not come cheap for a man, it will probably place miles away from the everyday routine of men, who work in beauty parlours. Lucky Odeh is one of them CONTINUED ON PAGE 19


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CONTINUED FROM PAGE 18 His outfit, Lucky Hair Braids, located in Ikeja, the capital of Lagos is a beehive of activities, including women who make up over 89 percent of his clients. Unlike Oladundoye, who abandoned what probably qualified as his first love, Odeh says confessed to loving the beauty work. “I have always loved anything related to beauty and fashion. So, for me, I am not surprised at how I came into what I am doing today. Really, it did not come by accident; I craved it. I wanted to make people look beautiful. It is a passion that had been in me since I was a child. Therefore, after my secondary education, I started making efforts towards it. I enrolled as an apprentice in a big salon where I learnt all I needed to know about hair dressing and beauty generally. After my training, I started off my own salon and I have not looked back since the last 12 years,” he says. Odeh admits to difficulties at the beginning, as according to him, “it was not so easy when I started. But I was determined to succeed because that was all I wanted.” He continued. “Some of my peers were wondering why I decided to go into a field that could was femaledominated. They did not encourage my adventure, but because I believed in my dream I sustained my drives and efforts. With time, I was able to drive home my point by the success I have achieved ever since and today, they are all proud of me,” Odeh told Saturday Mirror. Lucky pays his bills. “I am not married yet, so the business is doing well for me. I am able to pick my bills and meet the needs of the many people who count on me. “When I look back to where I am coming from and where I am today, I see a better tomorrow. I may not be where I want to be, but I am not where I used to be. So, I am moving forward, if you ask me. I can only thank God for coming this far,” he says. How about Oluwasegun Olaleye, popularly known among his teeming clients as Segun Gele? His specialty is tying of gele, a Yoruba South West, Nigeria word for broad-fitted traditional headgears. A Texas, Huston, United States of America-trained Olaleye counts among the few earning a living working the women way. A study in learned skills, in seconds, Olaleye would whip a two-yard fabric into a head-turning, vertiginous shape that left women queuing for his touch of class. “I earn approximately $60,000.00 per annum just from tying geles. I have travelled far and near, every weekend for events since I started. My skills speak for me and I love what I am doing. I am different from others, because the styles come naturally to me,” he says. He told the newspaper, “I learnt some of my skills from my mother, who exposed me to the gele tying skills early in life. As a child, I always watched my mother struggle to fit the gele for hours, especially on Sundays before we go to church. And, as she tried hard enough, I always assisted her. At the time, I was not too good, but over the years, I have improved on my skills. Now, I can tie gele perfectly and effortlessly and fit it on my head. Really, it got to a point where my mother’s gele was a way to tell if I was home for the weekend from school,

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Segun Olaleye - Gele expert

Lucky Odeh doing his thing

because it was exceptionally different. I am hired to dress people for traditional weddings. I have come a long way since 1995,” he says. In 2003, Olaleye moved to the United States from Nigeria and laments the decline in the quality of the head-wrap these days. “I mean, you would not find a woman wearing a ‘good’ gele. They

would rather wear jeans to a Nigerian party,” Olaleye says. He told Saturday Mirror that he charges $650 to tie gele for brides for Houston weddings, and $1,000 plus hotel, rental car and airfare for out-of-town weddings. “It’s the only business I have done and today, I have people who pay to train and I fly in from around the U.S,

London or Dublin, depending on where I am. Really, as long as gele remains a fashion statement for Nigerian women, I will remain on the job,” Olaleye says. David Onyedike swells the ranks of men doing ‘women’s work.’ He is a makeup artist, a job predominantly dominated by women. Dave, as he is fondly called, in an interview, told Saturday Mirror that his passion for makeup art and art generally, has a root from his growing up years. “I have always been a creative and artistic person from childhood, so delving into makeup artistry did not come as a surprise to me or my family. As a kid, I always designed clothes, made curtains, throw pillows and sketched clothes. Before I got into the university, I was already making hair, redesigning clothes among other things. My first major breakthrough was Miss Theatre Arts in school where I designed the dress of a contestant. I also styled her from hair to toe and did her makeup. She won the contest and the news spread like wild fire about this new first year boy that glamorizes girls. I became an instant celebrity in school. Suddenly, I started styling and making up so many girls, who were going in for contests in and outside the campus. It was while doing this and judging from the passion and attention my skills generated that I gave a thought to making money off these campus girls. That was how I started my trade. I also realized that girls were more comfortable having me ‘glam’ them up than their fellow women. I immediately embraced the opportunity,” Onyedike reveals. A self-made professional, Onyedike has continued to improve on his arts. “I did not attend any makeup school. I am selftrained. My life experiences taught me all I know today, even though I studied Theatre Arts where we had a course on make-up. The truth is that I read a lot of articles and books on makeup and put them into practice. I assist Bayo Haastrup, the renowned makeup artist, whenever I come on holidays in Lagos. Over time, too, Bobby Signature mentored me. So, I acquired some skills from them on makeup and hair-styling. I consider myself lucky, because these two men are power houses in the field,” he says. Like others learning through the ‘tongue of the fire,’ Onyedike had faced several challenges on his road to the top. Not only was he criticized severely by those who would have provided him the support, he was not given any chance of making it to the top. Looking back, today, Onyedike describes his fortunes as well-improved. “The story has changed dramatically. I have had my rough times when many people called me names and questioned my abilities. Beyond the job, there were many men, who thought I was taking their women from them. But more than anything else, the major challenge I had at the beginning was balancing my job with my studies. It was a huge challenge, but like I said, it is a different story all together, today and a better story for that matter,” he tells Saturday Mirror.


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Residents of Ibasaa IjegunEgba, a Lagos community, scrape out a living only but. In this report, FUNMI SALOME JOHNSON, who visited the island recently, writes on the need to fast-track government’s interventions in the backstreet community.

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urrounded by water, Ibasaa Ijegun-Egba in Oriade local government council, Lagos State, aptly qualifies for a community behind the times. Located in an island whose population is conservatively estimated at 100,000 people, its peculiar location gives it a natural ambience good for a getaway. Unfortunately, however, it would seem that just as nature favoured it, it also turned around to conspire against its development such that it has remained a backstreet community, years on. Otherwise, how else would one explain fact that rather than their serene habitats bring about development, it has become reason modernity seemed to have moved two steps backward away from its inhabitants? In Ijegun-Egba, a name derived from a tree called Egba, which is said to be in surplus supply in the community, social and basic amenities are unavailable even as poverty gnaws at the people ceaselessly. Interestingly, not even its patches of greenery and amazing landscapes that are alluring as they are therapeutic could retract the community’s seeming alliance with hardship. But the people, mostly fishermen, would yet give up hoping and trying. Indeed, the community’s case can be described as pathetic particularly as very little in terms of improved living standards can be attributed to its aquatic splendour and pure innocence of their surroundings. In an interview, Alhaji Olori Musiliu Ajose Adedeji Agbojojoye, popularly called Haji Fresh lamented over the absence of government’s presence in the community saying that while things moved in a laser speed elsewhere, the community has continued to suffer the tragic fate of motion, no movement. “Ibasaa Ijegun- Egba is an old community that has been in existence since the last five centuries. Our fore-fathers were the ones who first settled here. I have been living here before we were born,” he says. Also fielding questions, Otunba Taiyelolu Agoro, a chief of the land, said the residents of the community crave the better life but shocked that successive governments in Lagos State have looked away from them as they were outcasts. “We go out every day to other parts of Lagos and when we return to our abode, we cannot but wonder why our case is different from others. In the last six years, we have not had power supply; no potable water. What looked like a borehole in the community was badly handled. Although the commissioner for Rural and Urban Development, Honourable Cornelius Ojelabi, had promised that the ministry will

IBASAA IJEGUN-EGBA:

A community close to nature, far from modernity

reconstruct the facility, but like several other promises in the past, that has been a mirage. We need a link bridge to the outside world. The only way to access in and out of here is by boat and we do not have any health center around here, and this is a major challenge that we are facing in this community. We will really love the government to do something about the situation” he says. Curiously, in a state that prides itself as the centre for excellence, Ijegun-Egba calls for emergency. But while the people await government intervention, residents are re-creating their lives. There are emerging drinking joints where amid squalor residents give their lives a lift after a hard day’s job. Although only a few have chilled drinks to taste, in its absence alcoholic drinks brewed naturally such as palm wine and burukutu, a locally made drink made from guinea corn, are in reckless abandon. The traditional ruler of Ibasaa Ijegun-Egba community, Chief Yisa Adagun, the Odofin of Ibasaa/Ijegun-Egba, further explained the plights of the people, saying darkness is almost becoming a signature of residents of the community. “We depend on generators and lanterns for those who cannot afford generators. We want to believe that the government is working on the power supply matter. While we appreciate what the government has done so far, we hope they will not stop until they restore the standard life in our community by providing some, if not all, basic amenities. We cannot say that government has not been trying for us, but we are still far away from where we would want to be.

WE DEPEND ON GENERATORS AND LANTERNS FOR THOSE WHO CANNOT AFFORD GENERATORS.

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TO BELIEVE THAT THE GOVERNMENT IS

WORKING ON THE POWER SUPPLY MATTER As it is, it is beyond us as a community. Recently, the Lagos State governor visited our community to commission a jetty. We are happy and we appreciate the effort. Even the issue of school buildings, which we have been complaining about since last year is starting to get response from the government. Government has commenced work on school block structure and we are happy and appreciative all that, but we need more. We need a healthcare facility, badly. It is an emergency for us. We have lost people we could ordinarily have saved if we had a health facility, to death. Several times when there is an emergency, no matter the time of day, we have no place to go. We cross the waters at greater risk before we can avail ourselves of medical service from a hospital or health center. It is a big challenge for us and we are using this opportunity to say thank you to the Lagos state government and at the same time remind GoverCONTINUED ON PAGE 37

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Chief Yisa Adagun, the Odofin of Ibasaa Ijegun Egba


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Why everything I touch turns to gold –Sola Fajobi Sola Fajobi is the brain behind many successful shows including Next Movie Star and Supermom. He tells OSEYIZA OOGBODO about the challenges he faced that helped prepare him to be the successful businessman he is now.

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ow has the Next Movie Star journey been for you so far? Interesting. Very interesting. There are years that we get rewarded for our efforts and years that we will make a whole lot of effort and we do not get a commercial reward for it. But because our focus is not commercial, we easily rise above these challenges. It has been tough putting together a production which involves more than 60 cast and crew. It has been tough putting all the equipment in the house. It has been tough broadcasting the show. Getting airtimes without sponsors is not easy. But when we look back and see all our products out there doing well, that is our joy. It is more like a father watching his child succeed. For us the challenges have been overtaken by

the success the show has achieved. You also produce Supermom which is also a huge success and is unique in its format of celebrity mothers. How do you feel about its acceptance of the format? I feel fulfilled as a human being. When you are in an environment like Nigeria that people believe you can’t succeed except you are in government, where corruption is the order of the day and you come out on your own without any chairman or big man behind you, I feel fulfilled. I am grateful to God for depositing such beautiful ideas in me and the energy to drive them and the grace to achieve great results. I am eternally grateful to God. I feel fulfilled and humbled by the fact that everything that I touch turns to

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gold. You are into many things. How do you manage your time properly? I am young now and this is the time to do all this work. I still have over 70 television show ideas which I am yet to exploit. So the work is still much for me to do and this is the time in my life to do it. There will be a time that it would be tougher for me to do all the work. When I was young, my dad would tell me that, anything that I will enjoy in excess in the future, I should not peek into it now. Meaning that I have a lot of time in the future to relax and enjoy the fruit of my labour. But for now, it is work time. You say you still have numerous ideas for many more productions. How do you get them? Basically it’s God. Our focus is to create projects that can add value and that people will always want to watch because of their content. That we are changing lives gives me inner satisfactions. Moreover, the question I ask myself is why some programmes that are not well driven with ideas get sponsorship and the widely accepted ones don’t? This makes you wonder who the brand managers are. But these challenges are what I have prepared myself towards and we are coping with them. Is there something about your early life that prepared you for your current success? I should say so. I was born in Ilorin but I moved to Ibadan. I couldn’t finish secondary education in Ibadan due to the serious challenges that confronted me. I even had to help people with their loads with a wheelbarrow at Bodija Market and some other menial jobs to make up what my dad had to give. Daddy drops money for us over the weekend, then goes to Lagos to work till the next weekend. So we were on our own until Friday or Saturday when he returns. I attended Oduduwa Secondary School in Mushin, before moving to Mafoluku Grammar School. I got admission into Federal Polytechnic Ilaro, Ogun State and was later admitted into the University of Ibadan to study food technology. At the age of 19, I made up my mind that I was going to be successful. I went into the production of flavoured garri, tapioca and some other stuffs and would take them to campuses to sell. My father saw this and took me to UTC and I was offered a job as a trainee in their research and development department. I asked myself why I should be a trainee in their department when I had started designing food on my own. So I didn’t take the offer. I continued to trade with the N15, 000 that daddy gave me. Having turned down UTC’s job, I went fully into business, travelled to Ghana, where I started a direct marketing company called Breakthrough Africa Limited. After spending three years in Ghana, I came back to Nigeria and got involved in the new media. I then set up Multimedia Convergence Limited which metamorphosed in 2005 to Digital Interactive Media. How do you relax? I am not an advocate of travelling abroad for holidays. There are many places here in Nigeria and Africa we can visit and enjoy. Also, I am a very social person. I hang out with friends a lot. As you know, I also have a night club where I also hang out and cool off.


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Oshodi Oke

t r ie s to woo Saka

... kisses him by force T he news coming from the camps of top Nollywood actors Hafiz Oyetoro, better known as Saka, and Ronke Ojo, better known as Oshodi Oke, is one of a romantic liaison in the making. The duo were even captured recently by a camera that caught Ojo kissing Saka in a way that made it obvious that the kiss was initiated by her. It is therefore believed that she is attempting to woo Saka who has become very desirable in many quarters since he signed a multimillion naira deal with

MTN. And since you can never say never when it comes to entertainers, E-News will hit you with any latest news about them at the right time.

Oshodi Oke and Saka

You are lazy, attention-seeking Djinee blasts colleagues Djinee has made himself visible comment-wise. And his comment is a tongue lashing of his urban music colleagues that include MI, Ice Prince and many others. “We look at fuji and juju musicians as

razz. They in turn look at us as lazy. They still record analogue painstakingly while we record digital copy and paste. You can’t go their shows to perform with a CD. So let’s be careful how we address them,” he tweeted.

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t is said that one road doesn’t enter the market. This seems to be the case with Ego singer, Djinee. Being visible and relevant is all entertainers are about. And they achieve visibility and relevance with their works as well as comments. Djinee hasn’t however been visible for a very long time now since his last major hit, Overkillin.’ Though he has released a number of songs after it, they can’t really be said to have been successful. Since he is not musically visible now,

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he ongoing legal bout between Ara singer, BrymO, and Chocolate City, the record label that brought him to mainstream limelight, just doesn’t seem to want to end. After several court appearances, their latest court hearing this week ended with the case being adjourned to May

7th. The adjournment came after BrymO’s lawyer said she could not defend her client properly because of a missing document which she had to lay her hands on. BrymO and Chocolate City are in court over BrymO’s refusal to honour the terms of his record deal with Chocolate City.

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efore Igbo language rapper, Phyno, became very popular two years ago with his Olamidefeatured Ghost Mode, If You Want Me singer, Mo’ Cheddah had already found fame about four years ago. Sadly, though, there’s been a reversal of fortune for fortune for both artists. While Phyno gained popularity from obscurity, Mo’ Cheddah still retains her popularity but it has waned as she hasn’t had a hit song in about two years now. Also a rapper, Mo’ is trying to reverse her musical fortune again for the better, and her strategy is to feature Phyno who is currently more relevant than her on her latest song, Destinambari. The song’s release has set social media abuzz that Mo’ has finally returned. Time however will tell us if her return will be as acclaimed as her initial coming out.


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CLASSICAL RYHMES

E-NEWS

Steve Eboh blasts Clarion Chukwurah over Ibinabo Fiberesima attack ... ‘You are misinformed’

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t seems that respected actress, Clarion Chukwurah, has bitten on more than she can chew with her attack of the first female President, Actors Guild of Nigeria, Ibinabo Fiberesima. While Fiberesima is being widely commended for moving AGN forward in just over a year of her leadership, Chukwurah has rather attacked her and said she isn’t doing well. She particularly singled out Fiberesima’s recent visit with AGN members to President Goodluck Jonathan as a wrong move, a move which was widely commended by many others. But in a swift riposte to Chukwurah, another respected Nollywood personality, actor-producer Steve Eboh, has come out to defend Fiberesima and praise her for her efforts, thereby ridiculing Chukurah. “I congratulate AGN president, Ibinabo Fiberesima, for organizing the visit and for installing President Jonathan as the grand patron of the guild. I have no doubt that he deserves the honour. Whoever is criticizing the visit is misinformed,” he said. He also added that Jonathan is not the first President to be visited by AGN, saying that ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo was also visited by AGN in 2005 and was

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also installed as its grand patron so there was nothing wrong in same being done for Jonathan. “In fact, President Jonathan has done a lot for actors. He instituted entertainment funds and has also appointed our colleagues into boards. He sure deserves the recognition given him by AGN.”

AMG Music Group unveils Esqiu

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MG Music Group, one of Nigeria’s rising record labels, recently unveiled its new act Salami Quadri with stage name Esqiu. Esqiu, a native of Osun State who has spent most of his years in Lagos is also known as AMG Boy by his fans. According to him, Esqiu came from his initials SQ while he represents his record label, AMG Music Group, with his other name, AMG Boy. A music lover from childhood, he quickly mastered the art of singing and rapping and decided to join the music industry after being inspired by the likes of

2pac, Obie Trice, Eminem and Missy Elliot to start writing his own lyrics back in 2005 in the afro hip-hop way. Now ready to take over the music industry with his lead single, Kamalo, Esqiu declared that nothing will stop him from carving his own niche. “Music is very competitive, and that’s one of the things I love about it, because when you are successful in it, it’s because you worked hard for your success. I’ve worked hard and I’m working harder and with the support of my label, AMG, the sky’s just the beginning for me,” he said.

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Blind singer wins talent hunt

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blind singer, Emmanuel Daniel, has won The Gospel Voice, a music talent hunt held in Abuja. Popularly known as E Daniel, twenty-two years old, and a Niger State indigene, he fenced off the challenge posed by nine other contestants to win and go home with a brand new car and record deal. Respected singers Paul IK Dairo and Frank Edwards were among TGV’s judges who were unanimously impressed by Daniel’s singing ability despite his sight disability. And without wasting time, Daniel and his other finalists teamed up to record a song, Winner, which has since been released.

Banga Lee Henne-lee Chorus Raise your glasses in the air Do it like you don’t care We live another day, so let’s celebrate Raise your glasses in the air Do it like you don’t care We live another day, so let’s celebrate I’m in the club And I am feeling the beat So I grab some Hennessey to give me the trips Wanna get my groove on I’m here to party I no come here to sit I’m in the club And I am feeling the beat And I got my kokolet bringing the heat I got my groove on I’m here to party I no come here to sit Soup e no sweet Except e don done The party never start until D’Banj come So pass me the Hennessey cos o di dandan E go run through your body You go shake the bumbum Oya if you don’t know me There’s nothing you can do that could stop me Ha I got my Henne-Lee Come join the party Lets us jubilate Raise your glasses in the air Do it like you don’t care We live another day, so let’s celebrate I propose a toast For my peeps from coast to coast We all be blending I’m in the club And I am feeling the beat So I grab some Hennessey to give me the trips Wanna get my groove on I’m here to party I no come here to sit I’m in the club And I am feeling the beat And I got my kokolet bringing the heat CONTINUES NEXT WEEK


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E-NEWS

The one-hit wonders

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uite recently, the music artist, Rasquie, was described as a one-hit wonder by some on-air personalities that included D’Banj’s brother-in-law, Cool FM’s Dotun. And when he got to hear about it, Rasquie waxed hot and annoyed that he could be branded a one-hit wonder and said he wasn’t one. That he doesn’t want to be seen as a one-hit wonder is understandable. One-hit wonders are musicians who recorded a song that became very successful and people expected them to record many more popular songs but they failed to record any other song that became quite popular. Can you blame Rasquie then that he denies being one? But whether he denies it or not, the fact remains that Rasquie’s Soji that made him into a household name was a smash hit and he hasn’t had any other song that even achieved a pertinent fraction of Soji’s success. One-hit wonders are one of the trends of the worldwide music industry. While Rasquie, Baba Fryo, Midnight Crew, Lt Shotgun, Dekunle Fuji, Sandoka, AY.com, Olu Maintain and many others are Nigeria’s one-hit wonders, some foreign ones are Shabba Ranks, Snow, Mystikal and Mark Morrison.

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The gospel music group, Midnight Crew, is probably the most recent example of the country’s one-hit wonders. MC became very popular when its song, Igwe, became such a big hit nationwide that its fame even spread outside the country. The consequence of its success for them was that they became very popular and performed all over the country and outside. Their album of the same title was however an indication of what the future portended for them as the only song that was popular on it was Igwe. And this is one of the characteristics of one-hit wonders. Only their popular song is known on their album, and that is never a good omen. So, even though MC is still doing music, the album they released after Igwe failed to score any hit and they are still surviving on Igwe’s glory for now. And according to them, only God can give them another song like Igwe. When Olu Maintian’s song, Yahoozee, became a monster hit, his critics insisted it was a fluke and that he wouldn’t be able to match its success. They based their stance on the fact that Maintain, the group he was in that brought him to limelight initially, wasn’t too spectacular when it came to songwriting and did a lot of rehashing

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other people’s songs. Almost as if Olu’s critics had the gift of seeing in to the future, Olu has so far proven them right by not being able to come up with another major hit after Yahoozee. Dekunle Fuji is another surefire one-hit wonder. His Mo Like Jesu Gan was a monster hit. He has however been unable to replicate its success or something remotely close to its success. Though he kept releasing songs structured on Mo Like Jesu Gan’s concept, they didn’t really do well and nothing has been heard of from him musically for a long time as he’s now in America, and not in the music sector but health. A few years ago, Pass Me Ur Love was a monster hit. It was recorded by AY.com who featured its producer, Terry G, on it. The school of thought then was that AY.com doesn’t really have what it takes musically and that the song was a success only because of Terry G’s involvement in it. AY.com is yet to score another hit after it and he therefore belongs to the one-hit wonder set. Baba Fryo, Lt Shotgun and Sandoka are earlier examples of one-hit wonders. In the 90s, they all scored massive hits but have not been able to come up with other hits.

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Like D’Banj, like Jim Iyke

Iyke blasts Nadia Buari ... says, ‘No woman is good enough for me’

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eeks after entertainer-entrepreneur, D’Banj, blasted his alleged girlfriend, Genevieve Nnaji, by telling the world that he cannot die for any woman, Nollywood bad boy, Jim Iyke, has also blasted his alleged girlfriend, Nadia Buari, by declaring that “no woman is good enough for me.” Iyke made the remark while paying tribute to his late mother through a short, succinct and emotional note he posted to her online. “She was a force of nature, my big sis, my first wife, my confidant, my rock, my critique, my greatest fan and regal leader,” he wrote. “She was a radiant, gorgeous woman with a smile bigger than the sun and always ready to embrace anyone for all the good and even wrong reasons. “My sun is gone. The dull numbing ache in my heart will never be pacified by any woman alive. Not my lover, sisters nor even a daughter I may one day bear. The relationship of a mother and an only son is uniquely eternal and spiritual, transcending human comprehension. “Mine with Gladys is even far strangely beyond that. They say it’s a blessing if a son buries his mother and not the other way around. I’m not sure they’re entirely right. They also said one never recovers from the loss of their mother. I hope they are right! May I never recover from the memories of your celestial love, sacrifices, warmth, your contagious laughter and merciless wit. “Your enthusiasm for life and service of others was infectious. I’ll miss you each and every waking moment of my life. I know you’re in a better place now. I’ll carry on everything you stood for until my last days. You came and saw and conquered. Adieu Gladys from your boy Jim. I love you till the last breathe I take.”

Season of pregnancy Uche Jombo, Damilola Adegbite, Mercy Johnson in the family way

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eports have e it that three A-list actresses, Uche Jombo, Mercy Johnson n and Damilola Adegbite are currently ently pregnant. While Johnson is on her second pregnancy, Jombo o and Adegbite are on their first. Their pregnanancies have not prevented them from hitting location, however. Jombo and Johnson are said to be working on many movies presently y so as to cover for the time they will be away to give birth. Before now, the e main news about Adegbite degbite was that she was in n a relationship with Ghana’s hana’s Chris Attoh and d they were preparing forr their wedding to hold today. It is however believed eved that it has been postponed. Johnson

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Save my soul, I am going crazy, AfroCandy begs fans

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ontroversial actress, singer and movie producer, AfroCandy, is back in the news again. While the entertainment industry and the nation at large are used to her consistent scandalous steps, her latest step is one that is extremely surprising to people. In the past, AfroCandy has released explicit pictures of herself and requested men to send pictures of their penis to her.

This time, however, she is begging people to send money to her to send money to help her pay her daughter’s school fees and also save her own soul. Her public appeal for funds is surprising to many because she posted a picture of herself last year with lots of American dollars and even boasted that she was doing fine. According to her she is begging for money because “I am going crazy trying to

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take care of myself and my two daughters in America and my daughter ughter has been accepted into higher institution ution and there’s no money as my business ess partners are cheating me. Please help lp me now before I lose my life.” Oh well, there you have ave it, AfroCandy’s passionate cry y for help. And if you want to help p her, you know what to do. AfroCandy

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ashion, today, has gone beyond conservatism. It is very daring and revealing such that only the bold and the young at heart can associate with. They are colourful and more demanding to put together for designers who are less articulate and creative. But with all these in mind, a 14 year old Nigerian, Tumisola Ladega, more daring than her contem-

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poraries has launched into this need and come up with a collection for only the bold like her. Tagged “Simply irresistible,” she combined African culture with European modernity for a twist that has now made catchy styles that no fashion-conscious lady can resist. “I love to design outstanding outfits for ladies of rare taste,” she said.


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hen it comes to wearing black and white, the rules are pretty but very far away from the usual. It is no longer the way we do have them whereby we strictly combine black or white accessories. They now look better with brighter colours. For instance, the red colour is the brightest choice to have a black and white outfit glow. This can appear on the outfit itself or come up in the choice of bags, shoes and other accessories. Again, your choice of style does not have to be a skirt and blouse as we usually have it, they may be combined and put together as a short or a boguos dress. Meanwhile, this is not to be limited to offices alone, they can be worn to other dates, even red carpet ones. What we are saying is that it is really time to break off from the old black and white style and make it trendier. Pattern mixing is major right now, and they are lovely the way they look in black and white. You can also try contrasting textures, like a white lace blouse with a black skirt in a floral print. The key is to avoid looking like a waiter when you wear black and white, or a church chorister, all in the name of wearing a black and white. Go for these chic alternatives instead, and you‛ll be black and white and chic all over in no time. The ladies here offer a cue.


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‘Most Nigerian ladies commit fashion errors’ Agbojule Ayoleyi Eunice, a graduate of Linguistics from the University of Ibadan, Oyo State, is an instructor at the Global Dictionised Therapy, Ikeja and a jewellery trader. In this interview with YEMISI ADENIRAN, she speaks on the ideal fashion sense. Excerpts:

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hat is fashion to you? Fashion is a style. It is a popular style for the hair, cosmetics or attires that makes one look attractive to oneself and others. What’s your assessment of Nigerian ladies where fashion is concerned? Nigerian ladies are just in the middle class of fashion in my own rating. They are very fashionable but finance is their constraint. They could have been up and high but money is always limiting them. What I am trying to say is that Nigerian ladies are very fashionable, they love good things and move swiftly with fashion dictates better than other women from the other climates. Unfortunately, money has been a hindering factor to the extent that they would have loved to go. All the same, they are not doing badly at all. Amazingly, I have observed like many others must have, that 50 per cent of Nigerian ladies commit fashion faults because of this same reason. How? For the fact that many want to be fashionable, they just flow with whatever is on in the fashion scene without

considering whether it fits them or not. This is not good enough. Any fashionable person must know that it is best to wear only what fits him or her no matter what is hot on the fashion scene. That does not mean you are fashion backward, it only shows that you really know yourself. If you have a big tummy and you are bent on wearing a tight-fitting outfit, it only says a negative thing about you. If your legs are not straight and fine and you just feel you must wear a mini, then you are not fashionable. Fashion is all encompassing, it must endear you to others. If what you wear does not do this, you won’t be said to be fashionable, no matter how expensive or how informed you are about current dictates of the fashion scene.

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eiz Dhurm Franklin, a Nigerian women’s wear design label, is out with an advertisement campaign for its 2014 collection. Ever outstanding with its

weird collections, Franklin, this time, tagged her collection “Florisis“. The collection, according to her, draws its inspiration from Flora, the Roman goddess of flowers and spring. The Flori-

sis woman, she noted, evokes sensuality, feminity and seduction. “Every woman dresses to seduce herself if nobody does. So, any dress that does not embrace ‘Florisis’ is no dress,” she said.


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ou can wear undershirts for a number of reasons: for warmth, for hygiene or for style. Although each man has a different reason for sporting an undershirt, he should follow certain guidelines concerning how he wears it. To help you master the art of the undershirt, here is a breakdown of the various types of undershirts and some basic tips for wearing them.

a shirt with a crewneck. These typical round-collar T-shirts are probably the most versatile type of shirt and, consequently, the most popular. Typical use for these shirts might be under a dress shirt with a suit and tie or under a sweater. The V-neck shirt Next to the crewneck, Vnecks are the most popular choice when it comes to undershirts and can be worn in the same way as crewneck shirts.

Types of undershirts The A-shirt Over the past few decades, the A-shirt has become the sort of “black sheep” of undershirts. The media has helped to conjure up the rather unfortunate fate of this article of clothing being associated with gang violence, the lower class and domestic abuse. In case you are unfamiliar with the term “Ashirt,” it is the undershirt that looks like a very thin, ribbed tank top. The ribbing usually ensures that it is seen through the outer shirt. Although g I can think of few ssituations ituations that actually require wearing w earing an A-shirt, one possible b le instance might be wearing itt under a T-shirt as a sweatabsorbing ab bsorbing layer. The T he crewneck shirt Whether W hether you know the term orr n not, o I’d be willing to bet that th hatt everyone ev owns

Undershirt visibility, or lack thereof When choosing to wear an undershirt, you have two options: You either intend for the undershirt to be seen or to be unseen. Whichever you pick is fine, so long as it looks stylish. Plenty of situations call for undershirts to show. For example, if you are wearing a crewneck undershirt with a button-up dress shirt, but you casually leave the top few buttons undone, your crewneck will undoubtedly peek

through. However, if you are dressed in a tuxedo, you’re probably wearing the undershirt for functional purposes and would rather it not show at all. While making your undershirt visible might seem rather straightforward, having your undershirt remain unseen is not always easy to achieve. To ensure that no one sees your undershirt , go with a crewneck. As mentioned before, the only scenario in which a crewneck could be seen is when you’re wearing a shirt with an open collar. If you insist on wearing a V-neck or an A-shirt, but do not want your undershirt to be seen, I strongly suggest wearing a thicker outer shirt to hide what lies beneath. Only wear once I would like to suggest this tip for hygiene’s sake. Do not wear an undershirt more than once. I understand that men may like to get a few wears out of a pair

of jeans or even work pants. The concept of “wears,” however, does not work for undergarments, like underwear, socks or undershirts. These garments absorb more sweat than outer garments and, consequently, can not be worn more than once if you hope to avoid breeding odor. Purchase a staggering number of undershirts. This way, if you don’t get around to doing laundry for two weeks, it doesn’t matter — six of your 20 undershirts are still clean. Get the right fit Although you may consider it a given that your undershirt fits properly, many guys do not realize the importance of this rule. On one hand, if your undershirt is too tight, you’ll be uncomfortable all day. On the other hand,

if your undershirt is too large, you’ll become irritated with the excess material around the sleeves, bottom and sides of the shirt. Your undershirt should fit loosely enough so that you have room to breathe, but not enough room to fit football padding underneath. Undershirts are not outerwear If you want your undershirt to be featured as part of your visible outfit, you do not want it looking like just any old undershirt. For example, if that visible undershirt has yellow pit stains, holes or a great deal of wear, you surely would not want anyone to see it. Yet, if this undershirt is being worn under a dress shirt, these problems aren’t as much of a concern, but you should strongly consider investing in some new ones. The solution here is to buy higher quality undershirts to be worn specifically for occasions when they will be seen. Many major designers sell high-quality A-shirts, crewneck shirts and V-neck shirts. Reserve your old Hanes and Fruit of the Loom for when nobody’s looking. Avoid the yellow Finally, if you’re one of the many guys who experiences those unfortunate yellow armpit stains, I’ll let you in on a little secret: the culprit is your antiperspirant. Aluminium zirconium tetrachlorohydrex gly causes this yellowing; it reacts with our bodies to create these terrible yellow stains. Instead, try switching to one of the many deodorants that do not contain this chemical. Understanding undershirts Whatever your reason for wearing an undershirt, wear it properly. Wearing an undershirt should be about comfort, both physically and stylistically. Follow these tips and all you’ll have left to worry about is the part of your outfit that people will actually see.


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othing is worth dying for, most especially love. If he loves you, he’ll want you to live for him and the love you both profess to have for each other. It is funny but also heart rending that with so many deaths and injuries caused by domestic violence both women and men will still choose to stay with their partners. Yes, men too. You will be surprised at what some men are going through. One of the reasons why so many people stay in an abusive relationship is because they believe that they love their partner so much that they are willing to forgive them. Some others think that if they leave their partner, they will be nothing without them because of their low self esteem. Most people stay because they believe that person gives them everything they need. They also believe if they leave them or tell someone about what they are going through, they will lose everything their partner gives them. For them, the benefits outweigh the cost. Whatever the scenario is, thinking along this line will be applying what I’ll call the costversus-benefits principle. And this principle is not new at all, especially in this part of the world. Another reason is what I’ll call the appeal-to-force principle. Most people are so afraid that if they leave their partner, that person would find them and hurt them even more or maybe kill them. They also think that their partner would always be hunting them. A lot of the times, people are afraid that if they move on, their partner may seriously hurt them with other forms of abuse apart from the physical abuse which may hurt them more, so they elect to stay. In some cases either women or men choose to stay because they are afraid that their partner might hurt or kill their loved ones. So when making a decision they think of all the consequences that their decision might lead to in the future. What they don’t realise is that by hanging on in an abusive relationship they might end up losing their life. Another fact we have to look at

is that most times people may not have enough resources to make the decision of leaving their partner. They also might not know how to ask for help because they are so afraid. Some are even encouraged to stay within that abusive relationship because they don’t have people that are close to them that would take them in and help them. Some people are so afraid that they don’t talk to anyone so they never find out that there so many places and people you can talk to that are there to help you. The ‘Change Principle’ is also a well known excuse that people, especially women use when making a decision in whether to leave or stay in an abusive relationship. Most people believe that the abuse, whether physical, emotional or psychological that they are going through in a relationship is just a passing face that will pass away so they would never do anything about it. By the way they act or talk about it, it becomes obvious when you see the person being abused, that he or she is in a denial state whereby he or she will believe that the abuser will change. Even when you try to help them out they won’t let you because they are so into that believe or denial state of being. There are so many reasons why a person stays in an abusive relationship, but whatever those reasons are, domestic violence is wrong in every way possible and you shouldn’t let it happen. Whether you’re a teen or an adult you shouldn’t let anyone hurt you in anyway. People should value their life because that’s the most precious thing someone has and once it’s gone you would never get it back so why let someone ruin it for you. Because you love the person or because you’re scared of them doesn’t mean they have the right to hurt you. There are so many people that are out there to help you, but they are not going to go look for you, it’s up to you to ask for help. My take as a man is that if he truly loves you, he won’t hurt you in any way. And if any kilt or kin or friend tells you to endure, ask that person if he or she values your being alive?

SEX TALK

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Are you due for sex rehab? Sex addiction is described as any sexual activity that feels out of control. This could involve sex with a partner, but it may also mean activities such as having sex with house helps, relations or in-laws, pornography, masturbation, visiting prostitutes or engaging in Internet sex and sexting. Sex addicts are unable to control these urges and actions despite the problems it may cause their relationships, finances and professional lives. Sex addiction involves frequent self-destructive or high risk activity that is not emotionally fulfilling, that one (or loved ones) may be ashamed of, and that one is unable to stop despite it causing repeated problems. Take this quiz to see whether you might be a sex addict. Do you often feel out of control? Yes No

No Do you have to engage in sexual activity more and more frequently in order to have the same effect? Yes No

Have you been in trouble due to your sexual behaviours? Yes No

You spend a huge amount of time obtaining sex or sexual stimulation. Yes No

Do you continuously do something that is harmful to you? Yes No

Do you neglect your personal relationships, work or social activities due to your sexual habits? Yes No

Do you find it hard to control your sexual behaviour? Yes No Do you have to engage in sexual activity more and more frequently in order to have the same effect? Yes

If you got more ‘Yes’ than ‘No,’ here is your result: Sex seems to dominate your life and might be interfering with your personal relationships and work. More ‘No’ than ‘Yes’? You do not seem to be leading an unbalanced life.


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This column is x-rated Is sex addiction real? You’ve probably heard of sex addiction, but you might be surprised to know that there’s debate about whether it’s truly an addiction, and that it’s not even all about sex. That’s a common misconception that it is no more about sex than an eating disorder is about food or pathological gambling is about money. Sex addicts, in other words, are not simply people who crave lots of sex. Instead, they have underlying problems such as stress, anxiety, depression, shame, which drive their often risky sexual behaviour. It’s about people who keep engaging in sexual behaviours that are damaging to them and/or their families. Examples are men who spend half their income on prostitutes or sleep with their daughters, house helps and in-laws, and office workers who surf the web for pornography despite warnings that they’ll lose their job if they keep it up. Now, who does that? Somebody with a problem! That problem puts so much at risk: their personal lives, their social lives, their jobs, and, with the threat of HIV/ AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases, their health. Despite the danger, they return to the same behaviours over and over again, whether it’s Internet porn, soliciting sex workers, ceaselessly seeking affairs, engaging in risky sex or any number of other acts. They are characterised by an inability to stop what they’re doing. They’re preoccupied with sex; their brain just keeps going back to it. They cannot seem to stop even if they are caught in the act by a spouse, fired from their job, or arrested for having sex with minors.

This column is x-rated There are no reliable estimates of how many people have the disorder. Some studies suggest that it’s more common in men than women. The causes are largely unknown. Many experts believe the cause of love and sex addictions is often rooted in childhood or adolescence. Early trauma, neglect or depression may be factors. One study revealed that 80% of people with sex addiction suffered emotional trauma or sexual abuse in their childhood. Experts also don’t know how similar it is to other addictions or if the [brain] mechanisms associated with sex addiction operate the same ways as a substance disorder (such as alcoholism) or pathological gambling. Many experts, however, argue that sex addiction could be tied to abnormal levels of the brain chemical dopamine or serotonin. Problems related to attention, impulse control, or emotional regulation could also be involved. If you are caught in this strange place, what’s the way out? There isn’t much research on what treatments work best. Some experts encourage sex addicts to challenge the thoughts that lead to their risky behaviour. What’s going to happen if you don’t satisfy that craving? Is your penis going to fall off ? The simple answer is ‘No’ if you try to see things more realistically! Note, however, that there is a big difference between a creep and a bona fide sex addict, so being a general philanderer or womaniser doesn’t qualify you as a sex addict. Being a sex addict means your sexual desires are significantly impinging on your life in a negative way and you are just unable to stop or help yourself.

ecently, Nigeria was traumatized with the news about an ex-Skye Bank staff who was brutally murdered by her husband. It is such a pathetic story and there are many of such incidents which do not receive that much publicity. The painful fact is that no matter how much we criticize and punish the husband who murdered his wife and no matter how much we come up with ideas of what the woman should have done to escape from her abusive husband; nothing can bring her back to life. We expect people to learn from the incident and avoid recurrences, right? But, is there any guarantee that women will on the basis of the sad incident (and other similar ones), leave their abusive partners? Is it okay for a woman to “hang in there” in the name of love? Let us agree at this point that there are different types and degrees of abuse, and people suffer them in various combinations. Verbal abuse occurs when one person uses words and body language to inappropriately criticise another person. It makes the victim feel he/she is not worthy of love or respect, and that he/she lacks ability or talent. Unfortunately, verbal abuse is not easily recognised as abuse, and therefore it can go on for extended periods, causing severe damage to the victim’s self-esteem and self-worth Psychological abuse (also known as mental abuse or emotional abuse) occurs when one person controls information available to another person so as to manipulate that person’s sense of reality. It often contains strong emotionally manipulative content designed to force the victim to comply with the abuser’s wishes. It may be emotional abuse in this sense when it is designed to cause emotional pain to victims or to “mess with their heads” in attempts to gain compliance and counter any resistance. Like verbal abuse, psychological abuse is often not recognised as abuse early on and can result in serious psychological after effects. Physical abuse occurs when one person uses physical pain or threat of physical force to intimidate another person. It involves slaps, pushes, beating, punching, kicking, hair pulling, scratching, and real physical damage sufficient in some cases to require hospitalization. Sexual Abuse includes any sort of unwanted sexual contact perpetrated on a victim by an abuser. It involves inappropriate touching with or without intercourse. Sexual abuse also occurs if one partner has agreed to a certain

level of sexual activity and another level is forced upon her (or him) without prior explicit consent being given. Sexual abuse is often coupled with physical abuse (or threat of physical abuse) and emotional abuse. When the issue of abuse in relationships is discussed, the primary focus is physical and sexual abuse. This is understandable because it is presumed that verbal abuse and psychological abuse can be tolerated, except in extreme (and rare) circumstances where the victim starts to lose his/her mind as to require rehabilitation. People argue that there is nothing like sexual abuse in marriage, and we shall address this issue in another edition. In the meantime, let us agree that there can be sexual abuse in marriage. Undoubtedly, love and abuse are two unrelated parallel lines which ordinarily should not meet. So how do we explain the hateful and horrifying manner in which some people treat their partners? How much provocation can justify slaps, beatings and stab injuries? More importantly, how safe can a woman be if she remains with a partner who constantly abuses her? Of course, it seems easier to advise a single woman to leave her boyfriend/fiancé than it is to advise a married woman to leave her husband on account of abuse. But is abuse part of the “worse” contained in marriage vows? And must the death referred to in “until death do us part” be caused by one’s spouse? In my opinion, no woman should stay in an abusive relationship in the name of love. Once a man starts to slap, beat, punch or push you, run for your life! If he is just a boyfriend or fiancé, break up the relationship immediately and don’t look back. Even if it is just a few days to your wedding, just know that a broken engagement is better than a broken marriage/divorce. Of course, he will come begging (in tears), promising to change. Do not be fooled. What is the guarantee that he will change? Don’t get me wrong, I believe in forgiveness and love. But wisdom tells you that if you break your leg from a fall caused by sitting on a faulty chair, you should not attempt to sit on the same chair again. The greater challenge is where the abuse is by a spouse. I also don’t subscribe to divorce, so I will not be quick to tell a woman to file divorce papers on account of physical abuse. But I also will not tell her to remain in her matrimonial home and love her husband “until death do them part”. So, should love keep you stuck to an abusive partner? Not closely!


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‘Nigerian women are stronger than others’ One thing you can never take away from Mrs. Seyi Eegunnike, an estate surveyor, is her strong belief in the Nigerian woman. “I am proud of Nigerian women, they are not laid back, they are strong and ready to face challenges. Even where their marriages have failed, you see them seeing and handling life like a valiant,” she said in this interview with YEMISI ADENIRAN. Excerpts:

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ou are an Estate Surveyor, but attracted to football. Why? It will surprise you that I never knew anything about football until very recently. What I mean is that until I established this academy, I didn’t know how many people could play football. It was my coach who started putting me through. But really, I went into it because of my discovery of the youths just loving the game for reasons I believe are not totally right. Most men just love to talk about football but they don’t know how to dribble right. The academy is all about grooming stars so that when these kids are watching a football match, they can understand some of the techniques. Our children here don’t get it. Abroad, you get to play football and you are exposed to these things. Who are your targets? It is for boys between the ages of 9 to 15 years of age. And it’s just a summer programme. I don’t want it to tamper with their education or their school in any way. It is paramount to us that our boys excel in their academic endeavours which is why we don’t register people who just want to make a career out of football at the detriment of their education. We tell them to face their education very squarely because it will end up giving them an edge over others at the end of the day and in the course of their football lessons. I hope to partner with Amuwo Local Government. Why are you particular about Amuwo Odofin Local Government? It’s because I live in FESTAC Town. We pick the Summer time because it is the time students have the longest weeks of holiday. If all goes well, in the future, we can be doing it every summer. For me, I don’t want my son to be football-crazy and forget his books, I just want him to relax and explore. The aim of setting up the academy is for these kids to learn about the game. Ironically, I hate football, so I don’t watch it. I want to give these kids the opportunity to know what it takes to analyse and

understand a football match. usively for boys? Is the academy exclusively Yes, it is. I cannot admit girls into hey are delicate. the academy because they I don’t want any girl to lose her form rictly for boys. along the way; so it’s strictly neral impresWhat is your general sion about Nigerian women when reign compared to their foreign counterparts? oint From my own point of view, I think Nigeutiful rian women are beautiful and er what they do, hardworking. No matter they don’t let anything keep them down reing that comes their way ally. They take everything u know that we are in a in their stride and you society whereby ‘only men are seen’ but we still e not doing badly but we have to survive. We are can be better. Today’s women are ready to commpeting favourably with pete and they are competing rts in all ramifications. their male counterparts and shoulder to shoulder Nigerian women can stand terparts in every way. As with their foreign counterparts e better in handling chala matter of fact, we are n other women from other lenging situations than tronger than them. climate. We are really stronger me of the fond memories Can you tell us some ys? of your childhood days? Well, I grew up in Lagos. I’m a Lagosian by e but my parents are from birth and grew up here Ekiti State. That was over four decades now and dventurous and quite chalI tell you it was fun, adventurous lenging. I grew up in an environment where evd out and be the best in eryone wanted to stand e had chosen and this was whatever area he or she hfull. quite challenging, pushfull. r your age. What’s the You look girlish for secret? ything. I thank God for I thank God for everything.


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my husband too. If not for a good husband that I am blessed with, I tell you it might have been hard for me to look as good as I am today. When a woman is kept happy, she will definitely look good because beauty comes from within. If one is swimming in good money but lacks joy and fulfilment, she will not have rest of mind and this will not enhance her beauty in any way. There are a lot of beautiful women who are today a shadow of their once beautiful self. If one doesn’t struggle hard, it will be difficult to conclude that they were once pretty. Whereas a critical look will show that. I thank God for this favour. What do you like about being a mother? Well, it’s a bit challenging, you know. Maybe with the age that I am now; it’s an age that you are really free. I thank God for my hus-

can’t just wake up and say bye-bye to your husband or wife just because you are bored. It is just not done in this part of the world. What attracted you to your husband? We were in school together, Obafemi Awolowo University, to be precise. Initially, we were just platonic friends; we were just saying hellohello to each other whenever we met. He was my senior and was one brilliant guy that if you had problems with lectures, you could just go to him. We were in the same faculty but not in the same department. Thereafter, I went to the University of Lagos for my MBA and we now ran into each other again. The rest as it is usually said from then on till now is just history.

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band; he has really given me the opportunity to invest in life. Would you prescribe early marriage for young ladies of today? I usually say this to people; if you are a single lady, God has a reason for your status because marriage can be quite challenging. What I am trying to say is that if one is opportuned to get married at an early age too, it doesn’t necessarily mean that the marriage will survive because if a marriage comes very early, the players are definitely going to face more challenges. For those that are married, I often say to them that before you start having issues, grow old in the marriage (chuckles). The truth is that if you marry early, you go through all the emotions, so sometimes when you marry late, maybe God is just trying to spare you some hassles. You know, it’s not easy; I have been married for some years now and I know that it’s not been easy. My husband often says that we should just continue this thing because marriage has become over-rated. You know you are living with the same person, dealing with the same issues. Normally, if you have a friend and you have some disagreements, you can easily say bye bye or cut some things off but with a husband or wife, it is not easy to do that and that takes grace. Even when you feel bored with some things around you, you

more grace before getting into it. They should double up their strength, patience and prayerfulness. It is very essential, they will be needing all. What about those in troubled marriages? They should keep holding on. Thinking of abandoning your marriage for any reason is simply out of it. The truth is that if you do, you are still going to meet another person out there. Frankly speaking, there is no man without a fault just as there is no woman without a fault. If we will just come to terms with our situation and pray more with a little patience, all will indeed be well. It is a matter of time As an estate expert, what’s your opinion on land allocation in Lagos? I believe it’s high time Government shared land in smaller potions than the standard 60” by 120” plots within a planned area to accommodate those desiring to build concise houses. Or better still the condominium system of Real Estate Ownership can be adopted. Many with ‘large’ plots as it is find it challenging to complete such projects that would have long been done with were it a smaller potion of land. Such will even help reduce corruption; make us more environmental friendly (by having gardens) and more enduring towards one another.

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esearchers has found a link between migraines in women and a later development of depres-

sion. The study looked at 36,154 women, and researchers tracked the participants for around 14 years, according to a press release. Out of the 6,456 women who had a migraine in the past or present, over half (3,971) ended up suffering from depression around 14 years later. Researchers concluded that “women with any history of migraine were about 40 percent more likely to develop depression than women without a history of migraine,” according to the release. Experts share their opinions on the study, and why migraines might lead to depression later in life for women. “Women with migraines are more likely to utilize medical resources, and therefore they are more likely to seek care, and their physicians may notice the signs of depression and the women without migraines weren’t being seen in these physician offices,” observed the lead researcher. In addition, he added that the peculiarity of migraine make it possible to end in depression. “Migraines can be very serious and can lead to pain, isolation and sadness,” he said. “Sometimes they may lead to depression as well. Medications used for migraines may contribute to depression (although usually the same medications that treat depression also treat migraines).” He said that the causes of both migraines and depression can be similar,

so it makes sense there would be an association. “We know that both depression and migraines involve altered neurotransmitters (chemical [in] the brain) - there could be one underlying problem that leads to both,” he noted. For people who are suffering from depression and migraines, he suggests seeing a neurologist. “A neurologist (especially a boardcertified Headache Medicine doctor) can usually help address both the migraines and the depression,” he advised. To help prevent migraines he made the following suggested breathing exercises, visual imagery, alternative medications, pharmaceuticals, trigger point injections, Botox injections and even occipital nerve stimulators. Dorothy A. Martin-Neville, a psychotherapist, international speaker and author, said in an email that there are a few possible reasons why migraines could eventually lead to depression in women. “Experience shows that it is when women believe that if they could analyze and understand any and all areas of their life that they could then control them,” Martin-Neville said. “She has a massive tendency to over-think everything and as a result develops migraines with the excess stress placed on her brain function.” Women can also feel like they are losing control over certain areas of their lives, she said. Culled from www.medicaldaily.com


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un safety Keep your baby cool and protect them from the sun. These tips will help keep your child happy and healthy in the heat.•  Babies less than six months old should be kept out of direct sunlight. Their skin contains too little melanin, which is the pigment that gives skin, hair and eyes their colour and provides some protection from the sun.  Older infants should also be kept out of the sun as much as possible, particularly in the dry season when the sun is at its strongest. If you go out when it’s hot, attach an umbrella or sunshade to your baby’s push chair to keep them out of direct sunlight.  Apply a high factor sun screen to your baby’s skin. Many brands produce sunscreen specifically for babies and young children with a sun protection factor (SPF) as high as 50 plus. Apply the sun cream regularly, particularly

if your child is in and out of the sea or paddling pool.  Make sure your child wears a sun hat with a wide brim or a long flap at the back, to protect their head and neck from the sun. Avoid dehydration Like adults, babies and young children need to drink plenty of fluids to avoid becoming dehydrated.  If you’re breastfeeding your baby, you don’t need to give them water as well as breast milk. However, they may want to breastfeed more than usual.  If you’re bottle feeding, as well as their usual milk feeds, you can give your baby cooled boiled water throughout the day. If your baby wakes at night, they’ll probably want milk. If they’ve had their usual milk feeds, try cooled boiled water as well. You can be creative when trying to keep your child hydrated. If they’re over six

months old and they get bored with water, try giving them a combination of very diluted fruit juice, ice cubes and homemade fruit juice lollies throughout the day. For older children, plenty of fruit and salad will also help keep their fluid levels up. Keeping cool Follow the tips below to help keep your children cool and safe during hot weather  Playing in a paddling pool is a good way of keeping babies and children cool. Keep the pool in the shade during very hot weather and supervise the children carefully at all times.  A cool bath before bedtime is often beneficial.  Keep your child’s bedroom cool during the day by closing blinds or curtains. You can also use a fan to circulate the air in the room.  Keep nightwear and bedclothes to a minimum. If your baby kicks or pushes off the

covers during the night, consider putting them in just a nappy with a single layer (0.5 tog) baby sleeping bag, or a

well-secured sheet that won’t work loose and cover their face or get entangled during the night.

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Healthy baby girl born after Update Parenting rare abdominal pregnancy A pregnant woman with a stomach ache turned out to have a serious pregnancy complication that was missed during

her previous ultrasound exams: The woman’s 32-weekold fetus was growing within her abdomen, outside her uterus, according to a new re-

port of her case. When doctors examined the woman further and discovered the abdominal pregnancy, they quickly operated on the woman’s abdomen and found her live fetus floating in her abdominal cavity, without its nourishing amniotic sac. The healthy baby girl was delivered and sent home with her 22-year-old mother in good condition. Who is an abdominal pregnancy? Abdominal pregnancies are rare, and when they do happen, they can go unnoticed even if ultrasounds are used, because the pregnancy can appear normal in an ultrasound examination. An abdominal pregnancy that goes unnoticed can threaten the mother’s life and cause massive bleeding. Many times, these pregnancies are not diagnosed until the labor. The woman is going through labor, the cervix is dilated and the doctor is won-

dering, ‘Why is the patient having contractions and nothing is happening?” Abdominal pregnancy is a rare form of ectopic pregnancy, occurring in about 1 out of every 10,000 pregnancies, according to some estimates. In an abdominal pregnancy, an embryo usually first implants in one of the fallopian tubes (instead of the uterus), and then moves backward within the body, toward the ovaries. From there, it implants for the second time — this time, in the abdomen. Diagnosing an abdominal pregnancy is difficult. It’s very rare, but you have to keep it in your mind when a pregnant woman has abdominal pain. Other symptoms include painful fetal movements, and gastrointestinal problems. Also, if it’s too easy to feel the baby, or see it with an ultrasound, that might be a sign that the baby is outside the

uterus. If doctors find that a fetus is growing outside the uterus, they make an incision in the pregnant woman’s abdomen, to deliver the baby. The placenta is often left to be absorbed by the body, because removing the placenta can cause severe bleeding. The patient has to be followed very, very closely to be sure that the placenta is reabsorbed; it takes a couple of months. The placenta is attached to something vascular, so the baby is getting fed from the mother’s blood supply, just not in the best way, so many of these babies are very small. If an abdominal pregnancy is detected in the first trimester, doctors usually remove the embryo. However, most cases are not diagnosed until later on in the pregnancy. •Culled from www.livesciene.com


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Awry ward congress: ...Party chieftain beaten to an inch of his life A ward congress in Shomolu council of Lagos State turns a free for all, as party chieftain survives Lagos Commissioner and hoodlum’s assault by hair’s breath, reports SEGUN ADIO

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cores of party faithful on Monday, April 7, 2014, were recently stunned when an influential commissioner in Lagos State allegedly turned a party chieftain and member of his political party, Honourable Olugbenga Hakeem Abdullahi (a.k.a Naa Gbenga) into a punch bag, leading to his being hospitalised after reportedly losing consciousness. The show of shame, sources told Saturday Mirror, occurred at the headquarters of the Shomolu local government council where some hundreds of party members had gathered for the Ward congress of the party. It was gathered that heaven let loose when Abdullahi reportedly engaged the commissioner in a heated argument over issues relating to the congress scheduled for that afternoon. Sources said that the commissioner brought some hoodlums, who began to manhandle party members at the venue of the event. According to a witness, Abdullahi incurred the wrath of the commissioner when he noticed the untoward attitudes of the hoodlums and sought to know what they were up to and on whose instruction they were

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acting. It was said that when the commissioner, who reportedly was in the habit of using one Saidi to recruit miscreants into the community ostensibly to disrupt political activities in the area, sensed that he would not carry the day, as he reportedly sought nomination into the Federal House of Representatives on the bill of the party, he pounced on Abdullahi for questioning his men. Saturday Mirror checks revealed that the said commissioner was not new to controversies, having in 2007 hit a certain party chieftain identified as Babalola, on his forehead with a bunch of keys, leading to his death. Typical of the inci-

dence, the commissioner joined by some of the hoodlums, stripped and repeatedly unleashed blows on Abdullahi till he lost consciousness. Soon after, it was gathered that the commissioner and his men left Abdullahi, who writhe in pains on the ground and left the scene. Speaking, a party leader in Shomolu, who declined his name in print, told reporters that Abdullahi would have been killed by the hoodlums, but for the timely intervention of party elders who were at the event. “It was a shock to everybody. Abdullahi had only asked the commissioner why he brought in thugs into the meeting and without any expla-

cal council chairman, has not been as much responsive as he is. You will call our council chairman on phone, but he will not pick his call. You will send text messages, yet he will not respond. But I thank God for the commissioner who has been very prompt in reacting to our needs,” Agoro says. Speaking, a man who simply identified himself as Ijoba 1 of Ibasaa shared his survival strategies in the community as a block maker. “It is not so easy living and doing my kind of business here because we have to cross the waters to get everything we need, except sand. We cannot but thank God for everything we are so far. At the same time, we are calling on the government to help us with the basic infrastructures so that we can also enjoy the benefits of living in Lagos which prides itself as the center of excellence,” Ijoba 1 of Ibasaa tells the newspaper. The newspaper checks revealed that apart from fishing which are vocations taken up mostly by men, Ijegun-Egba women earn a living knitting mats and smoking fishes, which they hawk in neighbouring communi-

ties across the waters. Although there are some who engage in other businesses like video and VCD rentals, recharge cards and handsets accessories and chargers, many too, are into fashion designing. A man, Baba Tailor, apparently the most popular tailor in the community and enjoys almost a star status, shared his experience doing business in the community. According to him, he had trained quite a handful in his trade and till, though like others, life has been everything, but rosy for everybody due to the non-availability of basic amenities of life. “I have been here for a long time and a lot of people have passed through my tutelage to becoming masters on their in cities. Life in riverine communities, not just here, is an uphill task. The situation is made worse by the fact that there is no power supply here. So, you can understand what we go through to sew a cloth. For everything we need, we have to cross the water which is not really something easy,” he says. Though commendable, though government efforts, the community face

nations, the man and his thugs started raining blows on him. I think we should be told if they do not want us in this party again,” the man said. In an interview with Abdullahi from his hospital bed, he said that the people were made up to put an end to the excesses of the commissioner hence they ensured he would not have his way again. “My sin was simply because I wanted things to go the normal way. I did not allow some unknown faces to disrupt our congress; that was my sin,” he said. As at the time of filling in this report, Abdullahi has reported the assault on him at the Onipanu Police Station. When Saturday Mirror visited the station, a police Constable confirmed the report, but declined comments. While efforts to reach the commissioner for comments proved abortive, one of his alleged supporters identified simply as Kashim, dismissed the claims as, according to him, the commissioner he described as his mentor could not be involved in such demeaning acts. “It is Abdullahi who would need to explain what he did to the hoodlums leading to the fight,” he said. Meanwhile, Abdullahi who is still nursing a swollen face and bruised hands has vowed that he would seek redress for the perceived wrong done him. “As we speak, I and some party leaders in Somolu have filed a petition at the Panti Police Station and plans to send same to the Lagos State Governor and National Leader of the party,” Abdullahi said.

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nor Babatunde Raji Fashola to please, never forget us,” he says. According to the regent, an access bridge will do a lot in solving the problems of the community. “If only that government can invest in the riverine communities, they are good places and will become a place where good commercial activities can take place. After all, places like Victoria Island, Lagos Island and all those other islands are islands just like here. You can imagine if there were no access bridges like Third Mainland Bridge and the Eko Bridge. How would we have been crossing to those Islands that are now big men areas? If only the government can invest in riverine communities, it will be a better place for us all to live and then investments would be attracted. Of course, it will bring about job opportunities for everyone,” he says. “I cannot but thank the Honourable commissioner for Rural Development for his usual prompt response anytime we call on him. Even our lo-

danger of toxic poisoning following the indiscriminate disposal of tank wastes into the lagoon and farms in Ijegun-Egba and other riverine communities. Graciously, government is aware of this unhealthy act and has called on the residents to stand up in protest against such companies. “You all must rise up as a community to protest this indiscriminate sitting of tank farms in this neighbourhood and in saying that you must rise up; you must also look inwards because there are members of your community who are actively supporting this development. It is the biggest defence that you can put up; community efforts, community defence, community negotiation, community interactions to stop what is clearly a threat. There is no safety system here in this community that can cope with an explosion that will come and that has come in the past when these tank farms explode,” the commissioner said. CONCLUDED


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He rapes me always- wife She denies me sex- Husband FUNMI SALOME JOHNSON

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32-year old Toyin Afolabi, who resides at 22 Ajayi Road in Ogba, a suburb of Lagos State, has approached the Ikeja Customary court seeking divorce over allegation that she is being raped constantly by her husband, Kayode. According to Toyin, she has been through hell in her 12 years of marriage which she said has produced two children. She alleged that she has been a victim of frequent sexual abuse by her husband, who according to her, returns home drunk, everyday. “My husband can sleep with me up to six times in a day; he does this everyday but anytime I tell him that I am tired,

he will beat and force me to have sex with him. He would go out and get drunk and when he gets back home, the only thing on his mind is sex. I am really tired of this kind of life. I have reported him to his family members who told him to stop abusing me, but he would not listen. This has resulted in several quarrels and we keep disturbing the peace of the neighbourhood all the time. Even the neighbours are tired of our constant fights. The landlord is threatening to issue us with a quit notice. He is so possessive that he accuses me of having extra marital affairs and that is not true. I want the marriage dissolved so that I can go my way and live my life in peace. I will also want the court to give the custody of the chil-

dren to me,” she said. In his response, Kayode told the court that his wife hardly has time for him. He alleged that she is too involved in her job that she keeps late nights. “We are frequently fighting because she comes home late and I need her to be close to me. Anytime I ask her for sex, she would decline and claim she is tired. If she does not have a lover, why would she always complain of tiredness anytime I ask her for sex? I don’t want the marriage dissolved because I still love her,” he said. According to him, he provides for his family’s needs, except when business is low. The President of the court, Mr. Sam Aluko, adjourned the case until May 21 for further hearing or report of settlement.

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police officer, Anthony Ibemere, on Wednesday told an Igando Customary Court in Lagos State to ask his wife to return the sum of N1.2million bride price he paid, if she insisted on divorce. Ibemere, 38, was responding to a divorce suit filed by Uloma, his wife of four years. “I cannot be a loser. Uloma should return the money I gave her parents during our traditional marriage if she

insists on dissolution of our four-year-marriage,” he urged the court. He accused his wife of hiding her marital status, claiming to people that she was single. “She joined a group of single ladies in her church. I had to go to her church to inform them that she is married and I also went with our wedding pictures as proof of evidence. That led to her suspension in the church

for giving them false information,” he said. The husband added that Uloma had abandoned their matrimonial home since November 24, 2012, when he informed the church of her marital status. Ibemere pleaded with the court not to grant his wife’s request for divorce, saying that he still loves her. On her part, Uloma, 27, a factory worker, told the court that Ibemere had turned her into a punch bag, mostly when he was drunk. “My husband is a drunkard and any-

time he comes home drunk, he would want to make love to me. Of course, I will refuse him, because he would not be in his right senses. In such moments, he would beat and make love to me by force,’’ Uloma told the court. The petitioner alleged that her husband always embarrasses her in public by calling her unprintable names such as barren tree and prostitute, saying that she was tired of living

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n Ile-Ife Customary Court on Wednesday dissolved the 10-year-old marriage between Pastor Elijah Babatunde and his wife, Bukola, over threat to life. Bukola had filed for divorce against her husband on March 26, 2014, accusing him of violent behaviour, lack of care and constant battering. “The love is no more there; my husband is violent in nature and fond of beating me. We got married in February 2004 and blessed with three children aged between seven and two years. Please, separate us and grant me the custody of the children; after all, we have been living separate-

ly since 2011,” she told the court. In his defence, Babatunde said his wife did not always make him happy and refused to support his desire to serve God intimately. “In 2007, I decided to pack out of the house because of her bad character and went to live in a separate place. In 2012, I attempted suicide, because I became a totally sad man, and all this was due to her bad character. It was God that sent a man who rescued me. I tried all I could to satisfy her, but she hardly gets satisfied with anything. Please, separate us and let her go for the security of my life,’’ Babatunde told the court.

The Court President, Mr Abioye Olatunbosun, in his judgement, dissolved the marriage and ordered non refund of dowry. “All efforts to reconcile the couple had proved abortive, and therefore, the marriage is hereby dissolved with no refund of dowry,” the presiding judge ruled, saying that the three children should be in the custody of the woman, while the husband should be paying N10,000 monthly for food allowance for the children. He also directed that Babatunde should be responsible for payment of the children’s school fees, books, hospital bills and other upkeeps. (NAN)

with such a man. She also accused him of threatening her life and giving out her phone number to unknown persons, who were always calling and warning her not to proceed with the divorce or she would be killed. She begged the court to separate them, saying that she was tired of the marriage. The President of the court, Mr R.I. Adeyeri, adjourned the case to April 30, 2014 for judgement. (NAN)

Mapo Customary Court in Ibadan, Wednesday, dissolved the fouryear-old marriage between one Lateef Amzat and his wife, Romoke, over the former’s impotence. In making his ruling, the Presiding President of the court, Chief Henric Agbaje, said that he had no option than to dissolve the marriage because the marriage has lost its sweetness. Agbaje noted that the evidence before the court showed that the couple were no longer interested in the marriage. “The court gave the couple two weeks of grace to resolve their differences amicably, but they did not reach any accord. Therefore, in the interest of peace and order, I pronounce the marriage dissolved since both parties are willing to part

ways. But let me quickly counsel you, Romoke, it is only God who can provide children and good health. God can still do the impossible; you cannot guarantee that you will find happiness wherever you go next. However, if separation is the only thing that will ensure peace between both of you, then let it be so,” the judge said. Romoke had earlier told the court to dissolve her marriage to Amzat due to his impotence, saying that Amzat had not been able to impregnate her and that efforts to seek medical cure had failed. She accused Amzat of failing to heed medical instructions, especially on the usage of drugs. Amzat, however, claimed that his impotence could be due to ‘spiritual attack’ which required divine intervention. (NAN)


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n Osogbo Grade II Customary Court, Tuesday, dissolved the 20-year-old marriage between Tunde Olawoyin and his wife, Funmilayo. The President of the court, Chief Popoola Bolarinwa, ordered the dissolution of the marriage after concluding that the union had broken down irretrievably. “The marriage seems have broken down beyond repairs and considering outside interferences from a

My wife’s hobby is cursing –Husband •He’s an irresponsible man, but I want him –Wife

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Mapo Customary Court in Ibadan, Oyo State, on Wednesday, dissolved the marriage between Olumide Olapade and his wife, Idowu over disobedience and quarrelsome attitude. The President of the court, Chief Henric Agbaje, noted that from the statements made by the couple, it was obvious that they were no longer compatible. “I, hereby, dissolve your marriage for peaceful coexistence. Henceforth, you should stay clear of each other to forestall any disorderly act,’’ Agbaje said. Olapade, a tailor, who resides at Academy Area, Ibadan, had told the court that Idowu was found of cursing him at any slightest opportunity. “Idowu is so quarrelsome that she has taken cursing me as a hobby. I have never had any moment of rest since I married her. She either makes me uncomfortable by abusing or cursing me,” he said. Idowu, however, argued that Olapade was such an irresponsible husband, adding, that ``he does not cater for our child and myself.” She, however, pleaded with the court not to dissolve the marriage on the grounds that she hated going into another marriage. (NAN)

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Osogbo court dissolves 20-year marriage over mother-in-law’s meddlesomeness mother-in law, the marriage can no longer continue and stands dissolved forthwith,” he ruled. The president also granted the custody of the three children to Tunde. The complainant had approached the court, saying that his wife was con-

stantly giving him trouble at home. “I have been married to her for 20 years and we have three children. There has been constant trouble because of my mother-in-law’s presence in our home. Her mother is always telling her of one spiritual problem

after another. If it is not with our home, it would be with the people around us. Many pastors have intervened but there has been no solution,’’ he said. The complainant, who claimed to have developed high blood pressure due to his mari-

tal troubles, added: “She packed out since January 2014 with our children and had not returned. Her mother had also called me to look for another wife. I have come to the court to help me out as my health is at stake,’’ he said. (NAN)

Grant us divorce; my wife is irresponsible – Husband Please, don’t grant his request - wife

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-40-year-old man, Audu Azeez, on Friday, urged an Ilorin Area Court to

dissolve his four years old marriage to Taofikat, over alleged irresponsibility.

Azeez, a resident of Tanke Area, Ilorin, Kwara State, further told the court that his wife did not play her role as expected of a mother and wife. “My wife only cares about her business

and does not bother about me or our only child as expected of a housewife. “Even when I give her money to prepare food for the family, she prefers buying from food canteen and claims she is busy,” he said. According to him, the marriage was contracted in 2010 and has only produced a female child, Fridaus. “My Lord, I want an end to this marriage because I cannot continue to live with a woman that does not prioritise her family,” he told the court. However, in her response, Taofikat opposed her husband’s application, saying that she was still interested in the marriage. “I promise to act responsibly and discharge my motherly role to my child and husband as expected of me,” she said. The respondent also applied for an adjournment to enable her to reconcile with her husband. The Judge, Mr Yusuf Abdulkareem, adjourned the case till April 30, for report of settlement or continuation of hearing. (NAN)

She barks at my family members – Husband •His people frequent our home - Wife

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n Ilorin Area Court on Friday dissolved the fiveyear-marriage between Aliyu Mukaila and his wife, Jemilat, over the latter’s bad manners. Aliyu, 43, a resident of Alore Area of Ilorin, Kwara State, had approached the court to dissolve his marriage to Jemilat, alleging

that she was disrespectful to his parents and relatives. He told the court that his wife had the habit of “barking” at his parents and relatives and was doing so to discourage them from coming to his house. The complainant cited instances of Jemilat’s bad conduct before his parents, adding

that the marriage, which was contracted in 2009 had not produced a child. “My lord, I want an end to this marriage because I cannot deny my parents and relatives just because of a woman,” Aliyu said. Jemilat told the court that she had no objection to her husband’s request, saying that she was tired

of the interference of her in-laws in her marriage. “I see no need enduring in an unproductive marriage and I am fed up with external involvement in my private life,” she said. Jemilat urged the court to grant the request of her husband without any claim. The judge, Mr Yusuf Abdulkareem, dissolved the marriage and issued a certificate of divorce to Aliyu. (NAN)

‘Separate us, but she must return my children’

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Kosubosu Area Court in Kwara State on Tuesday dissolved the marriage between Zainab Duro and her husband, Bio, over alleged frequent battering by the latter. Zainab told the court that her estranged husband often engaged her in frequent fights,

adding that she could no longer cope with the relationship. The petitioner, who asserted that she could not remember the year their marriage was contracted, however, told the court that the union was blessed with three children. She pleaded for divorce, saying her life was under threat.

The respondent, in a letter he sent to the court, consented to Zainab’s plea for divorce. “I, Bio Sikan Duro of Bweru village forgive my wife by name Zainab Bio Sikan Duro of Shiya village and I agree to allow her to go and marry anybody she likes, even if it is in Bweru village. However, when

my children are grown up and ripe for retrieval, I want her to return them to me,” the letter stated. In his verdict, the presiding officer, Malam Ahmed Yahaya, held that “after the letter was considered and admitted in evidence, divorce is hereby entered in favour of the plain-

tiff. The plaintiff is to observe three-month Iddah (Islamic period of waiting) before remarrying while a certificate of divorce is to be issued to her upon payment of court fee.” Yahaya said that any aggrieved party had the right to appeal before an Upper Area Court within 30 days. (NAN)


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onjoined twins Shivanath and Shivram Sahu caused quite a stir when they were born in India, with some people in their village worshipping them as divine incarnations. And while one doctor has said that it would be possible to separate the 12-yearolds who were born joined at the waist, the duo are determined to remain together. Shivram said: “We don’t wish to get separated. We will stay like this even when we grow old. We want to live as we are.” The pair who were born in a tiny village near Raipur in central India, share two legs and four arms and work in tandem to get around. They have stunned doctors with their ability to wash, dress and feed themselves. A local doctor told the family they were both healthy but he could not separate them. They are believed to share the same stomach but have independent lungs, hearts and brains. With practice they have learned to do all their basic daily chores with minimal fuss, including showering, eating, getting dressed and combing each other’s hair. They are able to walk down the stairs of their simple split-level home and even run on all six limbs to play cricket and other games with neighbouring children. Shivanath, who appears to be the weaker of the two twins, said: “We have taught ourselves everything. We ride to school on a bicycle and playing cricket is no problem.” They are also talented academics and considered among the top students at their local school, much to the pride of their doting father, Raj Kumar, 45. The labourer, who is married to Srimati and has five daughters, is very protective of his two sons and will not allow them to leave the village. He said: “For everyone it is good fun to watch my children, but only I understand all the problems they have. During rainy season it becomes difficult for them to walk and when one wants to sit the other has to lie down. But they don’t fight. They have similar opinions and if one says he wants to play the other one agrees.” The father-of-seven says he would not let a doctor separate them, even if he had the money and the operation was viable. He added, “God has created them like this so they have to walk like they do. They will remain like this. I don’t want anything else. Even if doctors say so, I won’t get my children separated. I have no interest in money. I’m the one who will work hard to nourish them. I don’t need any help.” Conjoined twins occur when the zygote, the initial cell formed by sexual reproduction, fails to completely separate. It is thought to occur in roughly one in every 50,000 births, but just one per cent makes it to their first birthday and twothirds are stillborn. Photographs of the twins have been shown to Dr Krishan Chugh, Head of Paediatrics at the Fortis Memorial Research Institute in Gurgaon, near Delhi. He believes it is possible to separate the twins - but with drastic consequences for Shivanath. While Shivram would likely keep both legs and could start living a more normal life - Shivanath would be left with no legs and needing full-time care.

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You and I will live as one Conjoined twins who are worshipped as divine incarnation say they NEVER want to be separated THEY APPEAR BRIGHT ENOUGH TO START THINKING OF BECOMING FINANCIALLY, ECONOMICALLY AND PHYSICALLY INDEPENDENT.

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The h operation i would ld also l b be very expensive and require long-term rehabilitation, both physically and psychologically. “This operation is possible,” he said, “But there are questions whether we should. What would we gain and what we will lose? What does the family want, how will society take it and, most importantly, how will these two kids take it? They appear to be fairly well-adjusted from the photographs and it seems the

Shivram and Shivnath eat together as both enjoy plates full of rice

organs are working really ki ll well. They have two different brains, two different hearts and two different lungs. So as far as physically living is concerned, they can go on like this. They appear bright enough to start thinking of becoming financially, economically and physically independent. They may even be able to get married. There are cases on record where conjoined twins have had two different

wives and 21 children.” While the twins and their father are adamant they will not be parted, Dr Chugh believes there may be change over time. He added: “They are 12 years old now and they must see others running around as individuals and being separate mentally and physically. How much they are motivated to be like the others is what we would have to try and assist.”


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ample, cancer). In cases where a workup is negative and the cause of the hematuria remains unknown, observation with repeat urinalyses is a reasonable option. A blood test to check kidney function and a blood-pressure check should be done as well. Men over 50 should discuss with their doctor an annual prostate-specific antigen (PSA) blood test which is used to screen for prostate cancer. Further discussion of the treatment for hematuria would depend upon the results of the workup and the exact cause for the hematuria. The urologist who performs this examination is responsible for recommending any further treatment or workup that would be necessary.

Haematuria (blood in urine)

What is blood in urine (haematuria)?

Haematuria, or blood in the urine, can be either visible (gross) or microscopic (blood cells only visible through a microscope). Visible haematuria can vary widely in appearance, from light pink to deep red with clots. Although the amount of blood in the urine may be different, the types of conditions that can cause the problem are the same, and require the same kind of workup or evaluation. People with visible hematuria will visit their doctor with this as a primary complaint. People who have microscopic hematuria, on the other hand, will be unaware of a problem and their condition will most commonly be detected as part of a periodic checkup by a primary-care physician.

What are the causes of blood in urine? The causes of visible and microscopic hematuria are similar and may result from bleeding anywhere along the urinary tract. One cannot readily distinguish between blood originating in the kidneys, ureters (the tubes that transport urine from the kidneys to the bladder), bladder, or urethra. Any degree of blood in the urine should be fully evaluated by a physician, even if it resolves spontaneously. Infection of the urine, (often called a urinary tract infection or UTI) stemming either from the kidneys or bladder, is a common cause of microscopic hematuria. Urine is naturally sterile and should not contain bacteria. Kidney and bladder stones can cause irritation and abrasion of the urinary tract, leading to microscopic or gross hematuria. Trauma affecting any of the components of the urinary tract or the prostate can lead to bloody urine. Hematuria can also be associated with renal (kidney) disease, as well as hematologic disorders involving the body’s clotting system. Medications that increase the risk of bleeding, such as aspirin, warfarin, etc. may also lead to bloody urine. Lastly, cancer anywhere along the urinary tract can present with hematuria.

How is blood in urine diagnosed? The evaluation for blood in urine consists of taking a history, performing a physical examination, evaluating the urine with a chemical test strip and under a microscope, and obtaining a cul-

ture of the urine to identify any bacteria present. Lower urinary tract symptoms, such as urgency (feeling a strong need to urinate) and frequency (needing to urinate frequently), as well as the presence of fever or chills, are suggestive of infection. Recent trauma, even if believed by the patient to have been inconsequential, should be considered as a potential cause. Abdominal or flank pain, especially if radiating to the inguinal or the genital area, may suggest kidney stones. All recent medications, including vitamins or herbal supplements, should be reviewed with the health-care provider. However, it is important to note that even if the patient has been taking medication that is associated with bleeding, a full workup (as listed below) should still be undertaken. The physical exam will focus on possible sources of hematuria. Bruising over the back or abdomen may indicate trauma. A digital rectal exam should be performed, as findings consistent with prostatitis (for example, tenderness on palpation of the prostate) or an enlarged prostate suggestive of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) may be useful in making a diagnosis. The finding of a nodule or an area of induration of the prostate may be indicative of cancer. A repeat urinalysis, as well as a urine culture, should be obtained. The presence of white blood cells on urinalysis is more consistent with a urinary tract infection. Protein, glucose, or sediment in the urine may indicate the presence of a disease of the

kidneys. Blood tests are also important, as they will aid in assessing renal function and identifying any clotting abnormalities. In addition to the basic history and physical exam, there are three additional components for any workup of hematuria: imaging, urine cytology, and cystoscopy. The CT scan is an imaging evaluation of the urinary tract. Prior to the procedure, the patient drinks an oral contrast agent and a dye is injected intravenously. The patient then goes through the CT scan machine and images are taken of the abdomen and pelvis. Another test that can be performed, the intravenous pyelogram (IVP), is also a type of X-ray evaluation of the urinary tract. In this procedure, a dye is injected into the veins, and this is filtered by the urinary tract. A series of X-rays are then taken over a 30-minute period to look for abnormalities. The CT scan is more commonly performed than the IVP to evaluate the urinary tract and should be considered the test of choice. Both of these studies are especially useful for evaluating the kidneys and ureters, but not the bladder, prostate, or urethra. Therefore, a second examination called a cystoscopy is necessary. This is a simple 10-minute procedure using a thin, flexible cystoscope (or fiberoptic camera) is inserted via the urethra into the bladder to directly visualize any lesions or sources of bleeding. This is usually done with local anesthetic jelly injected into the urethra. Finally, urine cytology involves giving a urine sample to be analyzed by a pathologist for the presence of cancerous or abnormal-appearing cells.

How is blood in urine treated? Treatments for hematuria vary widely and depend on the reason for the bleeding. It is important to note that quite often no cause is found for the hematuria. This should not be a source of major concern, however, since an appropriate workup effectively rules out the most serious causes of hematuria (for ex-

Blood in urine facts • Blood in urine can sometimes be visible only with a microscope. • Evaluating blood in urine requires consideration of the entire urinary tract. • Tests used for the diagnosis of blood in urine include a CT scan, cystoscopy, and urine cytology. • Management of blood in the urine depends upon the underlying cause.

LIFE SAVERS 

Urinary tract infection (UTI) facts

Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are infections of the urethra, bladder, ureters, or the kidneys, which comprise the urinary tract.

E. coli bacteria cause the majority of UTIs, but many other bacteria, fungi, and parasites may also cause UTIs.

Females have a higher risk for UTIs than most males, probably because of their anatomy; other risk factors for UTIs include any condition that may impede urine flow (e.g., enlarged prostate, congenital urinary tract abnormalities, and inflammation). Patients with catheters or those who undergo urinary surgery and men with enlarged prostates are at higher risk for UTIs.

Symptoms and signs of UTI vary somewhat depending on sex, age, and the area of the urinary tract that is infected; some unique symptoms develop depending on the infecting agent.

UTIs are diagnosed usually by isolating and identifying the urinary pathogen from the patient.

There are home remedies for UTI, but most may, at best, help reduce the risk or discomfort of UTIs. They are not considered cures for the disease.

There can be many complications of urinary tract infections, including dehydration, sepsis, kidney failure, and death.

If treated early and adequately, the prognosis is good for most patients with a UTI.

LETTER

Dear Mirror Doctor, I read the write-up on kidney stone from one of your publication. I feel the symptoms, signs and pains. What can I do? Please I need your advice. Jonathan---------------------Nassarawa

‘I have symptoms of kidney stones’ State Mirror Doctor Replies Dear Jonathan, thanks for keeping date with Mirror doctor column. In your question you said you feel the symp-

toms, signs, and pains. It is difficult for me to categorically conclude as a health professional, that what you have is kidney stone(s) without examining you. This can only be confirmed after proper

evaluation by a health professional. I, advice you go to the secondary or tertiary health institution in your locality to see the specialist for thorough examination and investigations.


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The Juice returns in style Last weekend, the popular Ndani TV held a party at the prestigious Wheatbaker Hotel, Lagos to herald the second season of its popular programme, The Juice. While Yemi Alade, Mr Songz, Seyi Shay and Kcee were the performers of the night, celebrities who just came to unwind included Vector, Sasha P, Niyola, Liz Yemoja and Toke Makinwa.

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Marked out by many firsts, the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, is unarguably a world class university leading the pack of great universities in Nigeria and Africa, writes ALEXENDAR OKERE

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t is a university miles apart from others. Formally opened on October 7, 1960, by Her Royal Highness, Princess Alexandra of Kent, who represented the Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth, the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Enugu State, no doubt, has come a long way; just separated by a few days from the nation’s birth day, October, 1, 1960. UNN as it is called, for short, is not just top of its class, but proudly Nigerian being the first indigenous university. With about four campuses distinguished by state-of-the-arts facilities for learning, this ancient, yet modern university boasts of beautiful architectural designs that one can find in any world class university anywhere in the world. The main campus is housed on 871 hectres of arable land in Nsukka local government area of the state, while the other campuses are located outside Nsukka town - in Enugu, the state capital, Ituku-Ozalla and Aba, in Abia State. There is no doubt that UNN is marked out by its special location on a hilly savannah, a characteristic visitors to the university openly confess mesmerizes to no end. Coming to the university for the first time, its ingenuously crafted high-rise gate opens doors to an adventurous trip. If the eye-popping architecture does not impress, its well-hewn walk ways would. There no missing the imposing university library named after the late Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe, first President of Nigeria and reputed to be the largest in Africa, The library popularly known among the student community as Noah’s Ark is jealously followed by the famous Abuja building and the Princess Alexandra Auditorium; all architectural masterpieces worthy of attention. Talking academics, the university has a total of 15 faculties, 106 departments, 10 centres of learning and three institutes. With a conservative population put at over 35,000 students and a yearly graduation figure of more than 13,000, UNN, indeed, has its name permanently etched in history. There is no gain saying that Nigeria and the world at large are sprinkled with alumni of the university, who are making posi-

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UNN: Lion’s den on hilly savannah tive impacts in all fields of human endeavours. From Senator Ike Ekweremadu, Deputy Senate President to Justice Niki Tobi, Patrick Utomi, Dr Chris Ngige, a former Anambra State governor and serving senator, as well as Professor Dora Akunyili, former Minister for Information and Director, National Agency for Foods, Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC), and Lam Adeshina, also a former governor. There are also people like Mrs. Oby Ezekwesili, a former minister, Mr. Peter Obi, incumbent governor of Anambra State, the late Professor Babs Fafunwa, Olu Oluibe, Professors P. N. Okeke and Charles Chukwuma Soludo, former Central Bank Governor (CBN), among others. Interestingly, it has not failed in the area of socials. Life on campus is sweet and eventful so much that it comes easy for graduates of the school to recall with relish their social lives on campus. Around the university are several recreation centres where students give life a lift and enjoy the best of their leisure amidst academic works. In the last count, there are White House, C. E. C., CocaCola Villa, 11:45 and a host of other

hot spots. Also, the students are entertained occasionally with exciting social events organized by different departments, faculties and private individuals. One of the most popular of such events is Hype, an outdoor event which has been hosted in different episodes known as Hype Blaze and Hype Inferno. At night, the university is a beehive of activities with lots of food and drinks such as snacks, Kilishi, Suya, Mishai and drinks of all sorts on sale to munch and wet your appetite. It is interesting to note that life in the different campuses of the university takes different shapes. For instance, while the Nsukka campus is regarded as being more academically inclined due to its location deep in the heart of Nsukka, a suburb, the Enugu campus is seen as the hub of social life due to its location in the heart of town where nightlife is eternally on a spin. But however the social life, students in these campuses balance social lives with their academics. This, perhaps, explains why UNN students are commonly referred to as die hard ‘night class’ goers. It is predictable to find students studying

in classrooms and lecture halls such as E. S. A. building, N. S. L. T. and Jimbazz, anytime of the day. For the host communities, the university has been a blessing to their economy. With the coming of the university to the hitherto sleepy town, life has since changed for the better for the natives, who are into one trading or economic activity or the other. In Nsukka town are many industries and business ventures that are taking advantage of the student population. There are not also a short supply of markets as many have since sprang up to meet the needs of not only students, but also the increasing number of workers in the university and the various industries in town. The host community is not only profiting economically, they have a considerable stake in the admission policy of the university. For instance, the university employs at least 60 percent or more of natives across academic and non-academic openings. So, if you are thinking of where to have a pleasurable learning experience, welcome to the Lion’s den, join the pride of Nigeria – University of Nigeria, Nsukka.


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•Backs Stationery Stores resurgence in the NNL ANDREW EKEJIUBA

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ormer Super Eagles goalkeeper Peter Rufai has revealed that the recent saga between the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) and Coach Stephen Keshi is good for the preparation of the national team ahead of the Mundial in Brazil. Speaking exclusively to Saturday Mirror, Rufai said both parties are aware of the magnitude of work and preparations needed for the Eagles to excel at the Mundial, thus there is need for them to tell each other the truth in order to be focused on the task that lies ahead. On March 26, the NFF queried Keshi to explain several incidents bordering on his work ethics. The memo which was signed by the federation’s Technical Director, Emmanuel Ikpeme, on behalf of the General Secretary asked the AFCON winning coach to explain why he proceeded on leave without permission, thus missing out in a reception hosted by President Jonathan Goodluck in February among some of the issues raised. “It is important we draw your attention to previous actions whereby you travelled out of Nigeria without NFF’s express permission,” read the NFF letter to Keshi. “Specifically, you travelled out of Nigeria before February 13, 2014, the day President Jonathan received the Africa Nations Championship (CHAN) team, causing us huge embarrassment. “Your request for leave approved by the NFF was from February 15 – March 10, 2014 but you left before February 13 and returned March 26. “The Technical Committee meeting on March 25 was called off because you said you had flight hitches from USA. “As a responsible organisation, we have no other option than to issue you a query to explain how all these events unfolded.” Saturday Mirror gathered that despite missing the Technical Committee meeting Keshi did take part in a round table discussion with Nigerian journalists in Lagos same day. Reacting to the aforementioned issues, Rufai said there is need for Keshi to stay focused on the job of leading the Eagles to a successful FIFA World Cup

outing and there is also need for the NFF to encourage the coaching crew where necessary. “What is happening between the NFF and Keshi is good for our build up to the Mundial because both parties are trying to tell each other the truth as we countdown to Brazil 2014. The situation will really make both parties to be alive to their duties. “The present situation happened during our time in the national team and it shows how important both parties value our national team, since we need to be at our best at the Mundial,” Rufai said. Speaking on the resurgence of Stationery Stores FC of Lagos at the Group B of the Nigeria National League (NNL), Rufai said he will continue to support the team until it qualifies to play in the Glo Premier League. Prior to last weekend’s cracker against Unicem Rovers at the Onikan Stadium, Stores had garnered eight points from all the matches it played during the 2013/14 NNL season and lies second from bottom of the Group B table with only one point better than bottom-placed Unicem Rovers. However, with Stores 2-0 win over Unicem Rovers last weekend, things are looking up for the Lagos darling team and Rufai called on the sporting media to support the club. “I want to call on the sporting media to support Stores because the crop of players in the team now have shown that they are ready to take the team to the top. The target of the club should be how to get back to the elite league and my presence today is to boost them morally. “We have raw but talented players in the team and what is left is for Coach Fatai Amoo to turn them to world beaters,” he said. The Lagos club recently made appreciable changes to their squad by recruiting 25 new players and retaining seven from the existing squad just before the transfer window of the country’s second tier closed last week. And with the recent changes at the club, fans of Flaming Flamingoes are hoping to witness a resurgence of the club which produced great players in Nigeria like Rufai.

Sign of victory! Stephen Keshi guided the Super Eagles to a successful outing at the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa. INSET: NFF boss, Alhaji Aminu Maigari.


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EPL: Can Man City survive Reds massive attack? A HARD TACKLE s a continuation to last week’s piece on Liverpool’s quest for glory at the ongoing English Premiership, all seems set for the titanic clash tomorrow between them and Manchester City, which will eventually decide where the trophy will rest at the end of this season. From statistics, Liverpool have won nine straight Premier League games heading into the encounter, scoring 24 goals along the way at an average of 2.7 per game. This record shows that the Reds are a high goal scoring side and for sure, the visitors may actually be at the receiving end when they clash at Anfield. That said, Manchester City are arguably the best-equipped side in England to thwart the dream of Liverpool, but the greatest fear of soccer pundits across the world is whether the visitors can actually withstand the attacking prowess of Brendan Rodgers inspired team? Currently, Manchester City are unbeaten in their last seven league games, winning five of them, and this time, they will head to Anfield looking for their first win there since 2003. The visitors are aware that a draw would favour them more than the hosts, which makes the cracker more exciting and a must win for Liverpool. On the injury front, the Reds squad received a boost following the return of vice-captain Daniel Agger, who missed last week’s 2-1 win over West Ham due to a knee injury and soccer pundits are already speculating that the aforementioned could give Brendan Rodgers a selection dilemma as Mamadou Sakho who put up a superlative performance last week may end up being an unhappy man if he

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Andrew Ekejiuba anelsports@yahoo.com is dropped from tomorrow’s tie. For City, they will welcome back Sergio Aguero into their starstudded side after a hamstring injury kept him out of action, while Yaya Toure who picked up a knock against Southampton may not have much problem being fit for the cracker. So, lots of fireworks are expected at Anfield, as both teams may use the clash to reconfirm to soccer fans worldwide that the EPL remains the most glamorous league in the world. Expectedly, fans would be treated to a dose of goals because both teams parade lethal strikers who have the tendency to break through the toughest defence wall without wearing a helmet. On record, Liverpool’s Daniel Sturridge faces up against one of his former clubs. Though he hasn’t scored in his last two games, the bad news for City is that he hasn’t gone three games on the stretch without scoring since moving to the Merseyside. So, there is every likelihood that he is going to come up with the goals this time, having scored against City on his last appearance against them. Liverpool’s captain Steven Gerrard who has been in excellent form in the holding midfield role in recent weeks will come up handy and could set Anfield aglow tomorrow with

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his fantastic displays. His cool head from the penalty spot has been a big factor for the Reds as well as his passing range. As for Sakho who came in for the injured Daniel Agger last weekend, he gave a good account of himself after being sidelined since December. So, he would relish any battle with the City forwards, and could really unsettle the opposition if given an opportunity to play. For City’s Sergio Aguero, the club have taken a lot of time to return him to full fitness and his form prior to his injury was terrific, thus if he hits the ground running he could become Liverpool’s albatross. Vincent Kompany and Martin Demichelis may have their hands full from Liverpool’s attackers, as both centre-backs are also going to be in for a very busy afternoon. Though, Kompany is a big threat from set-pieces anytime and got a goal against the Reds in December, it’ll be interesting to watch him at both ends of the field this time. From the foregoing, one of the greatest factors that will decide the fate of Man City is Liverpool’s long wait for a Premiership title. City might have won the title in 2012 and for Liverpool the wait is much longer. It’s been 24 years since Anfield was

Liverpool manager, Brendan Rodgers displays his EPL award as Manager of Month for the second time this season.

able to celebrate winning the league and fans of the club are definitely going to be desperate to witness what could be a new chapter in the club’s history. Already, HT gathered that a ticket for the match is being sold on one site for a staggering £1,187.50, as against the normal cost of £52 and this shows how important fans of both teams are taking the encounter. Another factor is that Liverpool’s duo of Luis Suarez and Steven Gerrard will like to use the tie to prove that the recent honour bestowed on them as joint Premier League Player of the Month for March was not a mere fluke. The duo were jointly rewarded for a stellar month, while their manager Brendan Rodgers scooped the managers’ gong after masterminding five consecutive victories in March for the Reds. Already, Liverpool have been spared the toil of a European campaign, but to an extent the

2013/14 season have been a success story and well defined by their ability to overcome adversity. Tactical adjustments and player improvements have helped Reds limit the effect of the absence at various times of key players such as Gerrard, Suarez, Lucas Leiva, Sturridge, Glen Johnson and Philippe Coutinho. Even their swashbuckling attacking has sometimes compensated for downright absurd defending, especially when Liverpool managed to concede three goals at Cardiff, they still went ahead to demolish their opponents by 6-3. Thus, with the aforementioned scenario, can City survive Reds massive attack? This question shall be answered after the end of full 90 minutes tomorrow because the bitter memory of the 2-1 loss to City at the Etihad Stadium in December still hurts the Reds squad, and this is a great opportunity for them to revenge!

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‘We’ll win laurels at AIBA World contest’

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ony Konyegwachie, Head Coach, Nigeria Boxing Federation (NBF), has expressed confidence that the boxers for the Amateur International Boxing Association (AIBA) World Youth Boxing Championships would be victorious. Konyegwachie made the assertion in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos before their departure to Bulgaria on Thursday night for the tournament. He said the boxers had undergone a thorough training that had prepared them for a successful outing. “I am optimistic that our boxers will win and make the coun-

try proud by winning gold, silver and bronze medals in their various categories,” he said. NAN reports that the contingent departed the country aboard a Turkish Airline aircraft for the tournament holding in Sofia, Bulgaria, from April 10 to April 17. The contingent which comprises of three female and eight male boxers and a two-man coaching crew was led by Olusola Luke, the NBF Secretary. He gave the names of the boxers as Kazeem Isaka, Oladimeji Salami, Aliu Ibrahim, Muyideen Oyakoro, Henry Effiong and team captain, Victor Dooga. Others are Oluwaseun Alani and Mutiate Adebayo. Also in the

team are Yetunde Dunuga, Okejimi Ayankola and Celina Agwu. Konyegwachie said the boxers exhibited a high level of commitment throughout the period of preparation and were acquainted with latest fighting rules of AIBA. He said the rules would be applied at the championships. “They are all abreast with the current AIBA rules because all the training we conducted for them were based on the latest requirements for the competition,” he said. He, however, urged Nigerians to pray for them so that their objective of topping the medals table at the championships would be achieved.

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he management of Giwa FC of Jos said yesterday that it would leave no stone unturned in clinching victory in its match against visiting Abia Warriors FC of Umuahia tomorrow. The match kicks off at 4 p. m. at the Rwang Pam Stadium, Jos. The club’s Media Officer, Yemi Matthew, said in a statement in Jos that the team was working hard to secure the three points at stake in the match. He said the club had put behind its disappointing 1-1 draw with visiting Kano Pillars on Wednesday to forge ahead. “The club has put behind it, the controversial 1-1 draw with

Kano Pillars and the technical crew has been working very hard to bounce back. “The Jos Elephants will not allow the draw to affect its match against Abia Warriors this weekend and will go for the maximum three points at stake. “We intend to improve on the club’s position on the league table, the players are in high spirit for the encounter and are injury free. “The Coach Abdullahi Biffotutored side trained well yesterday morning and is in very high spirit,” the statement said. The club called on its fans to come out en-mass and cheer it in its fourth match of the season.


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MOC gets set for 2014 Ibile Games ANDREW EKEJIUBA

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ormer Flying Eagles coach, Tunde Disu has told Nigerians not to be perturbed about the country’s position on the recently released FIFA’s monthly ranking. Speaking to our correspondent in Lagos, he wondered why Nigeria is ranked 6th in Africa behind Cote d’Ivoire, Tunisia, Algeria and Ghana and even Cape Verde Islands who did not qualify for the World Cup. “In spite of the fact that we won the last Africa Cup Nations Cup finals in South Africa, why are we still placed 45th in the world?” he queried. “When we were going to our first World Cup in USA in 1994 we were ranked 5th after winning the Nations Cup in Tunisia in February of same year, so why is it so now?” “That is why I asked soccer loving Nigerians not to bother themselves about the ranking, but rather they should pray that we have a successful outing at the World Cup in Brazil later in the year,” he added. Nigeria may have moved two places up (from 47 to 45) in the latest FIFA rankings, but they remain far behind all three World Cup first round foes. All Super Eagles World Cup first round foes Iran, Bosnia and Argentina are ahead of the African champions. Argentina are sixth in the world, Iran are now 37th best team, while Bosnia are 25th, falling four spots down from the last rankings.

he Main Organising Committee (MOC) for the Lagos State Sports Festival, tagged 2014 Ibile Games scheduled to hold between April 30 and May 10, this year is putting finishing touches to its preparation. The MOC chaired by the Lagos State Commissioner for Youths, Sports and Social Development, Wahid Oshodi has subcommittees like technical, Protocol and Ceremonial, Venue and Facilities, Media and Publicity, Medical, Marketing and Sponsorship, Security as well as Torch Tour. The multi-sports fiesta will have teams from schools and Local Governments and Development Areas competing for honours. In a statement issued by the Media

and Publicity Subcommittee of the Games, the MOC has been working tirelessly to stage a befitting sporting event of international standard. Events to be competed for include; squash, tennis, ayo, kokowa, basketball, weightlifting, powerlifting, gymnastics, darts, handball, wrestling, badminton, athletics, taekwondo, boxing, chess, volleyball, scrabble, swimming, karate and judo. Others are cricket, KungFu, football and table tennis. Venues that will host the events are Rowe Park Sports Complex, Yaba; Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere, Lagos; Jubril Martins Memorial Grammar School, Iponri; Tafawa Balewa Square, TBS Cricket Oval, Race Course, Onikan; University of Lagos Sports Complex, Yaba; Agege Stadium and Knock-up Hall of National Stadium, Surulere, Lagos.

Omokaro urges NFF to join Brazil 2014 hands with Keshi Adidas to partner

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former Super Eagles defender, Bright Omokaro, yesterday urged the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to work seamlessly with Stephen Keshi to build a formidable team rather than opposing him. Omokaro told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that the authorities should dwell more on a successful outing in the 2014 World Cup and curtail their penchant for unnecessary controversies. Keshi and the NFF had been embroiled in one distracting issue or the other on how the job should be done by the coach. The most recent of their incessant altercation was Keshi’s absence from the reception the president had for the Super Eagles after the 2014 CHAN tournament. The NFA accused Keshi of travelling without their permission. The recent Tom Tom roundtable parley Keshi had with sports editors in Lagos on March 25, on a day he was supposed to meet with the NFA’s Technical Committee added more to the furore.

“The basic problem is that they have started contradicting themselves and complicating issues for Keshi. I believe the coach knows his job. ``He was hired to qualify the team which he did. The NFF should give him space to do his job, technically he is in charge and technically he knows what the team needs. “NFF should concentrate on the logistics needed for the Eagles to prepare rigorously and effectively for the World Cup,” he said. Omokaro, who was a member of the silver winning Super Eagles squad at the 1988 Africa Cup of Nations in Morocco alongside Keshi, added that he was not happy at the development. “I’m not happy with the way things are being represented in the media in recent times, they need to come together and settle things amicably. “I believe they should sit and discuss the modalities surrounding the national team and all other concerns,” Omokaro said.

Union Bank basketball coach tasks players on DSTV League IFEANYI EDUZOR

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hief Coach of Union Bank Basketball club of Lagos, Ayinla Johnson has tasked his players not to expect any easy opponent in the on-going Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF)/ DSTV Men’s Basketball League. He told the players before their departure to Ibadan for the Atlantic Conference fixture against Oluyole Warriors in Ibadan that they should not

Lagos State Commissioner for Youths, Sports, Social Development, Hon. Wahid Enitan Oshodi.

expect any easy match in the basketball league because every club is a potential winner. While applauding his team for recording close wins against Royal Hoopers in Port Harcourt and Dodan Warriors in Lagos, the coach said the battle to be Nigeria’s best basketball club would be fought till the last second of the league. “It has been a turbulent time for Union Bank, but this is just the beginning: In fact we should be ready for tougher battles ahead as we must beat the best

teams to be the nation’s best. “We have not gotten the

right blend, but we must improve our play,” Ayinla said.

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ith the FIFA World Cup around the corner, adidas, the official 2014 FIFA World Cup partner, has teamed up with its retail strategic partner, Mopheth Sport Nigeria Ltd, to bring to Nigerian soccer fans greater accessibility to the latest adidas football products through its two new stores. Brazuca, the official 2014 FIFA World Cup ball and most tested ball in history will once again be the focus of attention at the World Cup. Many goalkeepers will feel the pressure from this new ball, and will perhaps see more goals this year than ever before. Adidas will be stocking the Brazuca, the new Super Eagles jerseys and extraordinary footwear from adidas branded teams expected to play at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, including the current world champions Spain, Argentina, Germany and Mexico available at the new adidas stores in Kano and Lekki. Launched in partnership with adidas’ strategic retail partner, Mopheth Sport Nigeria Ltd, the two additional stores form part of a total of four stores in Lagos, Abuja and Kano. In the first year of its Nigerian operation, the brand has been received with great excitement by the public as it not only offers the discerning Nigerian consumer authentic adidas products, but also unique competitions and campaigns. “Our expansion plans in Nigeria are on track. We did promise consumers that we would have an aggressive expansion plan to curb the unprecedented response to our brand in Nigeria. We are therefore excited that particularly in this World Cup year, our vision is being realized. Together with our partner, we are looking forward to further expansions which will include new stores in greater Lagos, as well as Abuja this year. “However it’s important to note that the World Cup season is not only about football that is why, our new stores offer the latest adidas products including footwear, apparel and accessories for men, women and kids in the following categories: football, running, basketball, training and Originals,” said Astrud Meintjes, the Senior Business Development Manager at adidas South Africa.


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hails Anfield trip will decide Zabaleta Aguero’s return title, says Toure M M anchester City midfielder Yaya Toure believes tomorrow’s row clash with Liverpool will wi decide the destination of the Premier League title. t Liverpool sit four points clear of City at the summit with five matches left and on the verge of their first topflight title in 24 years, although Manuel Pellegrini’s men have played two games less. With those fixtures in hand, Toure knows that ending Liverpool’s 14-game unbeaten streak in the league will move City closer to a second Premier League crown. P “The game will be very important,” Toure said. im “We know how difficult it will be in the remaining games of the season

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Cruyff blasts Barca board

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ohan Cruyff has criticized the Barcelona board by claiming they control the team rather than coach Gerardo Martino. The legendary Dutchman, who won the La Liga title as both a player and a coach at Camp Nou, spoke out after Barca were dumped out of the UEFA Champions League at the quarter-final stage by La Liga rivals Atletico Madrid. Cruyff accused certain board members of selling players without previous coaches’ agreement, and claimed the Catalan giants are in a worse state since the appointment of Josep Maria Bartomeu as President.

PREMIERSHIP TABLE Team

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PTS

1 Liverpool

33

50

74

2 Chelsea

33

41

72

3 Man City

31

55

70

4 Arsenal

33

16

64

5 Everton

32

21

63

6 Tottenham

33

0

59

7 Man Utd

33

18

57

8 Southampton

33

6

48

9 Newcastle

33

-13

46

10 Stoke City

33

-11

40

11 West Ham

33

-7

37

12 Hull City

33

-6

36

13 Aston Villa

32

-13

34

14 Crystal Palace

32

-16

34

15 Swansea

33

-4

33

16 West Brom

32

-11

32

17 Norwich

33

-26

32

18 Fulham

33

-41

27

19 Cardiff City

33

-35

26

20 Sunderland

31

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against teams fighting relegation but the important thing is going to Liverpool and trying to get a good result. “After that we have to continue to perform because if we want to win the league we have to win all games.” Liverpool has exceeded all expectations this season after finishing seventh last campaign. Toure paid tribute to Liverpool’s resurgence, although he believes their absence from European football has proved beneficial. “They have been amazing,” he added. “They have had the advantage of playing one game a week and so they have been fresh. “With players of their caliber, it helps to train all week and prepare for one game. It’s going to be very, very tough until the end.” “They score goals like a machine,” said the 30-year-old, who has netted 18 times himself throughout the campaign. “Things are going to be tough for our defence and if we make a mistake, or we are not concentrating 100 per cent, we are going to pay.”

anchester City defender Pablo Zabaleta believes fit-again striker Sergio Aguero can lead his side to Premier League glory. Aguero has been sidelined since March 12, when he came off at half-time in City’s 2-1 UEFA Champions League loss to Barcelona. But the star striker is set to return in his side’s crucial league clash against Liverpool at Anfield tomorrow. Zabaleta said while his team had enough quality to perform without Aguero, the 25-yearold’s return had come at just the right time. “Sergio is fit. He’s been training well with the team for a few days now,” he said. “He wasn’t 100 per cent to play against Southampton last Saturday. That’s why the manager decided to leave him out and let him be fully ready for the next game against Liverpool.” City are the Premier League’s secondhighest scoring team, six goals behind Liverpool’s 90, thanks to the likes of Aguero, Yaya Toure, Edin Dzeko and Alvaro Negredo. Zabaleta said he could see the reasons for the comparisons to Carlos Tevez, who returned from a self-imposed exile to help City to the title in 2011-12. “It’s a good time for him to come back. I can see why people say it’s similar to Tevez returning; although it’s a different situation,” he said. “Like with Carlos, it’s great for any team to have the best players back in the team particularly at this part of the season. That’s the good news for us.”

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“I said a long time ago, whoever decides your team is the coach and for four years it’s not been the coach of the club,” he said. “What is happening is logical. The first thing done by this directive was to sell a player Pep Guardiola wanted. And from then on, who’s the boss? The coach? “Sporting Director, Andoni Zubizarreta sold Dymtro Chygrynskiy against the will of the coach. The first problems started with Guardiola. “Martino is doing what he can but it’s hard when you have to be in charge but not be in charge.”

rsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes there is a special appeal about the FA Cup because more teams have a realistic chance of winning it. While the priority for top flight clubs is strong performances in the Premier League, Wenger concedes only a few teams can claim the top prize in English football. Wenger last enjoyed success in the FA Cup in 2005 when Arsenal beat Manchester United on penalties at the Millennium Stadium, the club’s last piece of silverware. But Arsenal are favourites to lift this season’s FA Cup and are expected to see off current holders Wigan in today’s semifinal at Wembley. The winners of the tie will play Hull City or League 1 Sheffield United in the final next month, and Wenger reckons that the scenario is part of the tournament’s attraction. “If you are in the FA Cup everyone can dream of winning it at the start of the season, while the championship only seven clubs can dream of winning it,” Wenger said. “In the championship you can talk and talk, but we know the biggest budget will win it; that open dream is what makes this competition special in football.”

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CHAMPIONS LEAGUE SEMI-FINAL FIXTURES Atletico Madrid v Chelsea Real Madrid v Bayern Munich

EUROPA CUP SEMI-FINAL FIXTURES Sevilla v Valencia Benfica v Juventus

EURO BRIEFS Bruce eyes FA Cup glory

Liverpool sweeps player of month award

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Steven Gerrard and striker Luis Suarez

iverpool midfielder Steven Gerrard and striker Luis Suarez have been named joint Barclays Player of the Month for March. It is only the sixth time the honour has been shared and their manager, Brendan Rodgers was also named Manager of Month for the second time this season.

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teve Bruce would rate masterminding FA Cup glory for Hull City as one of the finest hours in his illustrious career. Hull take on Bruce’s former club, Sheffield United in tomorrow’s semi-final, with the winners taking on either Arsenal or holders Wigan Athletic ; another of his former employers in the final next month.


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April 12, 2014

Brazil 2014

have played in a World Cup at home, and the expectation levels on them will be enormous. They have to face that. They will manage it, but the closer that the tournament gets, the more they as players come into focus, and it isn’t always easy to concentrate on football and maintain your level of performance. I think the guys in charge of the team will protect them so that they can concentrate on their jobs on the pitch as fully as possible. But it depends on the player himself and how the Brazilian team can go about dealing with that this year. If you look at the situation with a positive attitude, then a World Cup like that can carry you through. There’s a sense of euphoria in the country, or at least that’s how it was for us. Whenever we walked along the street, we always got a feel for the atmosphere that was being created. That gives you such a big boost and encourages you to eke out that extra one or two per cent.

Ballack

Brazil are favourites to lift World Cup –Ballack Michael Ballack is unquestionably one of the most successful German footballers of modern times. A former captain of the three-time FIFA World Cup winners, with whom he won 98 caps, the midfielder also won a host of honours at club level with, among others, Kaiserslautern, Bayern Munich and Chelsea. The Gorlitz-born midfielder skippered his country to a runners-up spot at the FIFA World Cup 2002 Korea/Japan, as well as to third place on home soil four years later while, in his final major international tournament, he led his side to another second-placed finish, this time behind Spain at UEFA EURO 2008. A three-time German Footballer of the Year and member of the ‘FIFA 100’ club (a list of Brazil legend Pele’s 125 greatest footballers, drawn up in 2004 to mark FIFA’s 100th anniversary), Ballack spoke to FIFA.com about his sparkling career, future plans, the current crop of German talent and Brazil 2014.

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ichael, you called time on your career in October 2012 and had your testimonial six months later, in which some of football’s biggest names participated. How much do you miss the game? I was lucky enough to manage the mental transition pretty well. That’s the most important thing after a long, intense period of being a professional footballer. As a young player, you make a lot of sacrifices to play football and you always enjoy it, but it’s still a tough life that takes its toll on you, and when you suddenly wake up one day and aren’t playing football anymore, you don’t really know what to expect. “What comes next? How do I deal with this?” I was able to do that without any problems, mentally at least. I made sure to take some time off, which I had planned to do. Then you have to wait until you feel like you’re ready to maybe get back into football in some capacity or another. Do you have an idea about the path you wish to pursue? No, I don’t like to put myself under any pressure like that. It needs to happen organically. You need to get a feeling for what you think will motivate you, what you think you will enjoy. I don’t feel under any pressure to make a decision. I’m very happy right now doing other things.

Football is and always will be a big part of my life, though. The World Cup is due to start in just over two months in Brazil. What are you expecting from a tournament taking place in such a football-crazy country? You expect great football, for the Brazilians to be excellent hosts and for Brazil to transmit that atmosphere they create, and the way they live and breathe football, to the rest of the world. If you’re a fan - either in Brazil or watching on TV - you hope that comes across. Brazilians are emotional people, football has huge meaning to them and I think we can all look forward to a fantastic World Cup. Who lives for football more than Brazilians? I think we can all be really excited when we sit down to watch the action. In 2006 you were a leading player in the German team. What does it mean to a player to appear in a World Cup on home soil? That depends slightly on you as an individual. Trying to prepare in detail for it as a team is difficult because once it all starts there isn’t really a situation you can compare it with. Lots of players are used to playing at a high level, and the Brazilian team this year will have lots of top players. However, none of them will

Can you see Brazil winning the tournament? Yes! They’ve had a few difficult years with the national team recently, there’s no doubt of that: so much is always expected of Brazil teams. But at the Confederations Cup, they proved what they can produce at home. That’s why they’re one of the favourites for the Trophy. Germany are also considered one of the favourites to go all the way. What do you think they can do? It’s tough for anyone to be successful in South America. No European country has won a World Cup there and it’s not going to be any easier for the European teams these days either. Along with Spain, though, Germany are a team on another level from most others. We’ll have to wait and see if they can prove that again, but the talent is most definitely there. Germany have a team that, in terms of the football they play, have made tremendous progress, and given their squad, they deserve to be among the favourites to win the tournament. However, this time they also have to prove that in the games that really matter like semi-finals or finals - if they can make it that far - that they also have that little bit of luck that makes you a winner. I think the team can do that as they have outstanding players. I’m just as excited to see how the other contenders perform, but Germany certainly deserve to be counted among the favourites.

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Why do you think Germany haven’t managed to be first over the finish line in the last few tournaments? It’s a combination of factors that you need: the absolute will be to win, a good team mentality and some individual brilliance. Obviously a little bit of luck is part of it as well, to have fortune on your side at the right moment. Experience also plays a part. You can see that with the current Spain team, the way they go into a tournament with a mixture of experience and new players, but always with the hunger and desire to win. Those are all important things that play a role. As an outsider you can always discuss what a team might have needed to win, but when you’re a player, you’re 100 per cent convinced that you’re doing things right and you always try to give your best. If things go Germany’s way this time and the Trophy is there to be won, those players will also have that experience from previous tournaments. Many of them also won the UEFA Champions League with FC Bayern or reached the final with Borussia Dortmund. That gives you confidence and the players should take that with them to the World Cup. What is your opinion of Germany’s group-stage opponents Ghana, Portugal and USA? It’s definitely not easy, although Germany are the favourites. It’s an even group with another very strong European side in Portugal, Ghana, one of the strongest teams in Africa, and USA, who have improved a lot under Jurgen Klinsmann, who are always really well prepared in a physical sense and can always cause an upset against the bigger sides. Still, I think Germany will get through, though. Which teams do you consider to be among the strong favourites to win the World Cup? You’d have to say the teams that have impressed the most in the last few tournaments: Spain, as the defending champions; I’d also say Italy, a team that Germany always have problems against. With France, you’d have to see how they’ve come on by the start of the tournament, as they struggled in qualification. But South American countries like Argentina or Chile could also cause a surprise, as they’re comfortable playing there and will feel like they’re playing at home.


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BRIEFS Court detains man, 21, over attempted murder

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Chief Magistrates’ Court in Akure, Ondo State, on Friday, ordered the remand of Seun Ogunlade, 21, in Olokuta Prison in Akure, over alleged murder attempt on Adebayo Gbenga at a ward congress of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state. The Chief Magistrate, Mrs. Iretiolu Dada, gave the order pending receipt of legal advice from the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) in the State Ministry of Justice. Dada, who did not take the plea of the accused, adjourned the case till May 28, 2014, for mention. Ogunlade, whose address was not given, is facing a two-count charge of attempted murder and illegal possession of firearms. Earlier, the prosecutor, Inspector Jimoh Ibrahim, told the court that the accused committed the offence on April 9, 2014, at 4.30 in the evening at Leo Street in Akure metropolis. Ibrahim said the accused attempted to kill Gbenga by shooting at him with a pistol during the ward congress in Akure. The prosecutor said that when the accused was apprehended, he could not give a satisfactory explanation of how he came about the gun in his possession. Ibrahim said that the offences contravened Section 320 of the Criminal Code Cap 37 Vol.1 Laws of Ondo State, 2006 and Section 28(1) (a) (b) of the Firearm Act Cap146 Vol. IX Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 1990. (NAN)

For stealing, man bags 7 years imprisonment

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n Idogbo Area Customary Court in Ikpoba-Okha, Edo State, on Friday, sentenced Jolly Igbinidu, 23, to seven years imprisonment for burglary and stealing. The President of the court, Mrs. Esther Eweka, convicted Igbinidu after he pleaded guilty to the offences of breaking and entering. Eweka, however, gave the convict an option of fine of N60, 000 and 70,000 on breaking and entering, respectively. She said that the court sentenced the convict based on his confessional statement. “In sentencing you, the court puts into consideration your plea for leniency and the court also take notice that you admitted committing the offence and will be lenient,” she said

Crime Watch Shomolu/Bariga invasion

Two in kiss of death following attack by cult members Attack by suspected cultists on two Lagos suburbs, leave two residents in shock after a near-death assault, writes SEGUN ADIO

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wo Lagos suburbs, Shomolu and Bariga, on April 4, 2014, came under suspected cultist’s invasion, who, like an army of occupation, maimed and shot real and imagined enemies and their relatives. The hoodlums numbering over a dozen, Saturday Mirror gathered, reportedly attacked one Solomon Owhie, who was on his way to work at nine in the morning. According to sources, the attack allegedly led by one Yesiru, took place around the Moshalashi end of Market Street in Shomolu, leading to a traffic gridlock. Owhie said to be an informant to security operatives and credited for being instrumental to the many successful arrests and raids at the many flash points in Shomolu and Bariga, the newspaper gathered was on his motorcycle when the cultists attacked him and several people, leading to the breakdown of the peace, which forced commuter buses to detour. A prime target of attacks, Saturday Mirror gathered that the hoodlums made to attack Owhie in revenge for some of their colleagues currently facing trial in law courts over crimes ranging from murder to burglary, which Owhie assisted the police in the arrests. “So, on that fateful day, Owhie was held in traffic at the area that morning and while he tried to navigate his way, the suspected cultists descended on him,” a source, who pleaded anonymity, said. The source said that soon as Owhie saw the re-grouping hoodlums, he made efforts to escape, but was not lucky enough as one of the hoodlums attacked

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him. “While he fought with one of the hoodlums, others massed up round him. In fact, there would have been several casualties had Yesiru succeeded in loading his short gun, which witnesses said was brought to him in the milieu by one Lateef a.k.a Fibre. But while he made efforts to load the gun ostensibly to shoot Owhie, it could not load and people started yelling and shouting. It was at this time that Yesiru pulled out a bottle from his pocket and smashed it on Owhie’s head. He did not stop at that. He stabbed him repeatedly on all parts of his body and when they saw that Owhie was not giving up, they took to their heels,” the source told the newspaper. “I have been a target of attack by these boys who claim that I always helped the police in effecting their arrest,” Owhie said. While Owhie has since been taken to a hospital where he is currently receiving medical attention, another set of hoodlums struck at Bariga. Like the Shomolu attack, the suspected cultists were on rampage on Wednesday, April 9, 2014 around Adifashe area

of the Lagos suburb. Saturday Mirror gathered that the cultists attacked and shot one Rilwan Gbadebo, a bricklayer, whose younger brother was said to be their target and enemy. Like Owhie, Gbadebo was reportedly on his way to a site where he works when the leader of the group simply identified as Elewure accosted him and sought to know the whereabouts of his younger brother. Gbadebo, who lives at Oyeyemi Street, off Akilo, Bariga, reportedly could not tell where his brother was and so they descended on him. After he was given the beating of his life, one of the cultists allegedly shot him and fled the area soon afterwards, but not after they stole his Thirty Thousand Naira (N30, 000), his mobile phone and some jewelries. “It is high time the government came to our rescue before these hoodlums turn us to prisoners,” Akiode, a residence of Adifashe Street told the newspaper. As at the time of filling in this report Gbadebo is said to be in a critical condition though responding to treatment at a private hospital in the locality.

Man, remanded in prison custody over drug trafficking

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Federal High Court in Lagos, on Friday, remanded a 29- yearold man, Azeez Adeyi, in prison custody over alleged trafficking of Indian hemp. Justice Okon Abang gave the order after Adeyi pleaded guilty to a charge of drug trafficking. The National Drug

Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) had arraigned the accused for trafficking in 300 grammes of hard drugs. The Prosecutor, Mr. Orji Kalu, had told the court that the accused committed the offence on February 13, 2014, at Pan African Lekki Garden, Lekki Phase III in Lagos.

Kalu said that the accused was unlawfully in possession of 300 grammes of Indian hemp. He said that the offence contravened Section 11 (c) NDLEA Act, Laws of the Federation 2004. The accused, however, pleaded guilty to the charge. The prosecutor, consequently, asked the court to remand him in prison

custody. “In view of the plea of the accused, I will be asking that the accused be remanded in prison custody pending a date for the review of the facts of the case,” Kalu said. The case was adjourned till June 12, 2014, for review of facts and sentencing. (NAN)

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CRIME WATCH

April 12, 2014

Estranged wife goes gaga, aims at rival’s eye

Revenge attack by a scorned wife leaves new wife of former husband with a bloodied eye, reports SEGUN ADIO

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ell was let loose recently at a community mosque in Odeda local government council of Ogun State when a woman whose name was given simply as Adebimpe, reportedly went berserk and went for the eye of her husband’s new wife identified as Mama Serifat, shortly after a service at the mosque. Adebimpe, 36, who, sources say,

was given the beating of her life after Serifat was extricated from her grip, had reportedly been married to her former husband Kolawole, for eight years without a child. Saturday Mirror gathered that both Mama Serifat and Adebimpe, the first wife, used to be co-traders, who, traded in palm kernel and other items at Adatan area of Abeokuta, the state capital. It was gathered that trouble started between Adebimpe and Mama Serifat in 2013 when the former was informed by friends of the nocturnal meetings between Mama Serifat and her husband. But when she confronted Kolawole over the matter, he was said to have taken offence and

instead, gave Adebimpe now estranged wife, the beating of her life. It was believed that the quarrel that emanated from that confrontation led to the separation between the couple. Already, Kolawole, sources say, has acquired a new apartment in the community where he allegedly plans to settle down with his new wife. The romance between Kolawole and Mama Serifat, the newspaper gathered peaked after Kolawole fought with Adebimpe and the latter quickly moved to formalize their relationship. The two lovebirds have been reportedly living together since the bubble burst last Sunday, April 6, 2014.

It was in frustration that Adebimpe allegedly went to the mosque on that fateful day to see things for herself, leading to the attack on Mama Serifat. The attack, it was gathered was the second attempt she had made after a similar visit to the new couple’s home was botched. A neighbour, Mrs. Fatimileyin, who spoke with reporters on the incident explained that Mama Serifat, said to be a widower, would have been killed but for the timely intervention of her husband and some other neighbours. “It was a surprise to all of us when news reached us at home of how the woman (Adebimpe) used an iron to attack Mama Seri’s eye. It was surprising how badly hurt she

Fatal marriage! Child bride forced into marriage revolts, kills groom and three of his friends with rat poison

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asila Umaru, 14, was married to Umaru Sani, 35, a week ago and friends were invited for the event, but Wasila had her plans tucked right in the sleeves of her heart. She bought rat poison from market and laced the rice prepared for the event and admitted to the crime, as Umaru and three of his friends, die after the rice. Wasila told police she did it because she was forced to marry him. Wasila Umaru, 14, was married last week to 35-year-old Umaru Sani, according to as-

THE SUSPECT CONFESSED TO COMMITTING THE CRIME AND SAID SHE DID IT BECAUSE SHE WAS FORCED TO MARRY A MAN SHE DID NOT LOVE sistant superintendent Musa Magaji Majia. But when Umaru invited a dozen friends to celebrate in northern Ungwar Yansoro village, near the city of Kano, the teenager slipped the deadly chemical into a rice dish. Umaru died the same day along with friends Nasiru Mohammed and Alhassan Alhassan, while another female

victim, Indo Ibrahim, died in hospital hospital while receiving treatment. “The suspect confessed to committing the crime and said she did it because she was forced to marry a man she did not love,” Superintendent of Police Majia said. Umaru is cooperating with police and likely will be charged with culpable homicide, according to Majia.

Fifty percent of Nigerian girls living in rural areas are married before they turn 18, according to the U.N. children’s agency. Child brides suffer difficult pregnancies and can often die in childbirth, the leading cause of death worldwide for girls aged 15 to 19. They are also much more likely to contract AIDS and be subjected to domestic violence, according to the International Center for Research on Women. Early and forced marriage is classified as modern-day slavery by the U.N. labor organization, and Nigeria’s Child Rights Act prohibits marriage before 18.

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was to have also torn her clothes and left her naked in the public. Mama Seri goes to their Sunday prayer meetings at the mosque and had greeted us that morning. Kolawole had earlier left home. It was after an hour that news of what happened got to us. We were told that Adebimpe attacked Seri with the sharp object she had hid in her handbag after the service at the mosque, leaving her with a bleeding eye,” Fatimileyin said. Saturday Mirror learnt that while Mama Serifat was writhing in pains on the ground, crying, Adebimpe ripped off her clothes before everybody. When contacted, Kolawole claimed that he had separated with Adebimpe and could not have been involved in a fight with her. “It was clear that the woman (Adebimpe) was out of her senses. We have been divorced since early this year (2014). I could not understand why she came to fight my wife,” he told the newspaper. As at the time of filing in this report, Adebimpe was reportedly whisked to the Baale’s palace where the police were said to have been invited to handle the matter.

20-year-old man docked over alleged theft of N67,000

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20-year-old bus conductor, Yakubu Masagara, who allegedly stole a bag containing N67, 000 and hid it in a bush, appeared at an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court on Friday. Masagara, who resides at No 5, Celestial Street, Agidingbi, Ikeja, Lagos, is standing trial on a charge of stealing. The prosecutor, Sergeant Chinalu Uwadione, told the court that the accused committed the offence on April 7, 2014, at No 5, Carol School Way, Agidingbi, Ikeja. He said that Masagara stole a handbag containing N67, 000 belonging to one Mr. Umaru Warda, who resides in the same apartment with him. “Masagara stole the bag with the money and hid it in the bush. He later brought out the bag without the money, claiming that he saw it in the bush when he went there to defecate,” Uwadione said. According to him, the offence contravenes Section 285 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011. The accused, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge. Section 285 prescribes three years imprisonment for an offender found guilty. The Magistrate, Miss A.O. Akinde, granted the accused bail in the sum of N100, 000, with one surety and adjourned the case till May 5, 2014, for mention. (NAN)


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DEVELOPMENT

April 12, 2014

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Insecurity: Uniting against spurious allegations

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hile efforts are being geared towards providing maximum security for Nigerians and foreigners in the country, some elements have resolved to puncture these efforts for selfish and self-seeking reasons. We cannot really explain a situation whereby some respected people in the society would choose to hold brief for terror groups or people trying hard to reduce Nigeria to a pariah nation. All that our security establishments require from Nigerians is nothing but cooperation and understanding. It is alarming some recent spurious and inflammatory remarks that attempt to turn the public against the military over unsubstantiated allegations of ethnic cleansing. Some individuals and groups claim that Nigeria’s military offensive against terror groups is targeted at followers of particular religions and ethnic groups. Though some remarks are grossly unfair and unacceptable, the timely response by the security agency was also apt. Clearing the air on the unfounded allegation, the Director of Defence Information, Maj-Gen. Chris Olukolade said the Nigerian military remains non-partisan, non-sectarian and will continue to be the symbol of patriotism and a unifying factor in the face of threats to national sovereignty. It must be noted that the

Armed Forces comprises Nigerians from all religious persuasions and cannot be used against any particular religion as purported. The military will not be distracted by unfair imputations from any quarter as Security Agencies do not have any policy, agenda or plans to perpetrate massacre or extra judicial killing of law abiding citizens. We should continue to support genuine efforts targeted at rooting out insurgency and other anti-social behaviours from our country Nigeria. We shouldn’t toe the inglorious path of a negligible percentage of these unpatriotic elements hiding under the umbrella of spurious opposition or amorphous groups to reduce Nigeria to a pariah nation. Left for these bloodthirsty elements, Nigeria and Nigerians would have long become a forgotten story by now. Instead of assisting and cooperating with government to enable her deliver on its campaign promises, these elements have rather chosen to put spanners in Nigeria’s wheel of progress. Without fear of contradiction, I make bold to state here that whoever that seeks to hold brief for terror groups operating under known or amorphous platform is an enemy of mankind and Nigerians in particular. Such a person, no matter how highly placed should be told in clear

terms that our dear nation isn’t a place for him or her to practice and condone evil. No one is his or her right senses would align himself with groups or persons whose stock in trade is to visit mindless terror on defenseless and law abiding citizens for no justifiable course. We cannot afford to keep sealed lips and watch as agents of devil from the pit of hell make life unbearable for our fellow countrymen across different parts of the country. We actually do not require the services of a soothsayer or security expert to affirm the obvious fact that terror groups under different names and appellation have vowed to bring Nigeria to her knees. They have demonstrated their deep-seated hatred through acts of bombings, midnight attacks, killings and armed robbery. Interestingly, Nigerians have since realized that these groups are not only out to fight the government of the day, but also hellbent on making life uncomfortable for the masses, especially the defenceless ones. This is simply why Nigerians have resolved to assist government in its determination to wipe out terrorism in the country. Nigerians of different faith, political leanings, language and ethnic backgrounds have all suffered one form of pain or the other in separate terror attacks. These terror groups, especially the

Boko Haram, have through their operations told the world that they are out to fight Nigerians, including Muslims. Examples of Muslim clerics killed since the insurgency war began are mindboggling. The latest in the series of killings is that of Sheikh Albany, his wife and son earlier in the year in Zaria, Kaduna state. We have seen them attack Mosques, churches, schools, social centres, government establishments, banks and foreign establishments. We have clear-cut evidences to show that these guys are moreorless on a mission to send Nigerians to their early graves. We should encourage the military to continue to be driven by patriotism and commitment to the cause of the nation and its law abiding citizens. All responsible organisations should cooperate in the efforts at addressing the nation’s security challenges rather than compound the problem. We should restrain from and shouldn’t allow the cowards whose pastime is to shed innocent blood, maim, kill and cause disaffection among brothers and sisters sell any dummy to us. We have had enough of blood wasted by these undesirable elements. Sunny Osaze Asaba, Delta State

NIPR commends media-security synergy … Tasks FG on National Growth T he Federal Capital Territory Chapter of the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR) has commended the recent synergy between the media and the Forum of Spokespersons in Security and Response Agencies (FOSSRA) under the auspices of the office of the National Security Adviser, which seeks to bridge the gap of information inter-flow between the Nigerians and government on emerging national issues such the security challenges. The FCT Chairman of the NIPR, Mr. Ohaeri Osondu who made the commendation during an advocacy visit on the Director, Army Public Relations Department, Brig. General Olajide Laleye, identified information as a critical component for national development and urged the Forum to work out other sustainable strategies towards enhancing peaceful co-existence in the country through intelligence gathering and information sharing. Osondu also urged the Federal Government to undertake a holistic review of the nation’s economic sector in order to further boost national growth. While commending the Federal Government of the recent ranking of Nigeria as the fastest growing economy in Africa and 26th across the globe, urged for extensive efforts to be made to stimu-

late further growth of the economy. According to Ohaeri, “there is the need to properly harness those aspects of the nation’s economy where we enjoy comparative advantage in order to reposition our country within the global economic landscape” He recalled that the nation’s Nollywood industry is presently ranked 3rd globally after Hollywood in America and Bollywood in India thus putting the country on a vantage position to compete favorably with other countries. Speaking further, the NIPR Chairman recalled that with a per capita income of $2,800 as at December 2013 and projected power generation of 4,000 mega watts in 2020, Nigeria is still far behind South Africa with $11,500 per capita income and 240,000 giga watts. He therefore implored the Federal Government to raise the bar on the on-going revitalization of the power and agricultural sectors which to a large extent, will enhance national growth through the provision of employment opportunities and positively impact on other sectors of the economy. He also harped on the need prioritize efforts towards empowering youths to rediscover and re-acquire skills that would help the create wealth, become reliant for

industrial growth and to eradicate poverty in the country. While congratulating the Army spokesman for his appointment, the NIPR Chairman also said “the ongoing national conference has once again, provided a rare platform for a collective review and pursuit of those issues that bind us together and to discard issues that give room to disintegration”. He however used the platform to further urge political parties to work towards a united and formidable Nigerian society come 2015, “political players should strictly comply with the electoral act by initiating campaigns and rallies at the appropriate time. We are the NIPR frown seriously at the scenario where our streets are littered with campaign posters while Radio and Television stations are agog with political messages even in the face of obvious violation of the electoral Act by some group of persons”. Responding, Brig. Gen. Olajide said that the Forum of Security Spokespersons underscores the relevance of public relations for national development as the forum is made of Heads of Public Relations Departments from the various Military and Para-military agencies in Nigeria.

He added that the forum became important in view of emerging trends on information collation, management and dissemination in Nigeria and the need to push to the front burner, expertise and professionalism in addressing contemporary security challenges and other related issues of serious national interest. He also commended the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations for blazing the trail on goodwill, responsible performance and good governance and charged the Institute to critically undertake a re-alignment of its operational modalities and policies on membership in order to effectively sustain present standards. The highpoint of the visit was the an assurance by the Army spokesman to consider an earlier request be the FCT Chapter of the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations to partner with the Nigerian Army to organize training workshops for its Officers and Men. These training programmes according to the NIPR, will no doubt, acquaint them with contemporary global trends in Public Relations especially in the face present national and global peacekeeping assignments which always put the Army personnel in contact with the general public.


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Violence, fraud mar APC congress in Ebonyi ALIUNA GODWIN EBONYI

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he Ebonyi State All Progressive Congress (APC) Ward congress was yesterday marred by violence, hijacking of electoral material by suspected thugs especially in Umunwagu idenbia, Onueke Urban

wards in Ezza South Local government Area of the state. The Ward congress earlier scheduled to take place last Wednesday, was postponed following late arrival of electoral officials and materials to the state among other logistic problems. The congress wit-

nessed crisis in some Wards especially in Echara Ward in Ezza South where majority of the voters, including electoral officials, were seriously beaten and injured. Speaking to Saturday Mirror at the venue, a former member of the House of Representatives, who represented Ikwo/ Ezza

South Federal Constituency, Hon. Ugo Chima, alleged that some youths sponsored by Senator Julius Ucha, a former senator masterminded the hijack of materials except in his Ward. According to Hon. Chima, “It is a normal congress was already underway, when Ucha’s boys

came here with some policemen shooting sporadically to scare people away. They feel that there is problem here but actually there was no problem.” Saturday Mirror could not reach Sen. Ucha for his reaction on the allegation. Also, Hon. Peter Edeh member representing Ishielu/ Ezza North fed-

eral constituency said the election was peacefully conducted in his constituency. According to Hon Edeh, “The congress is very peaceful and it show how popular our party is. The turnout was very massive and the process was more democratic when compared when we are in PDP,” he said.

Abia AG frowns at dwindling federal allocation to states

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Honourary Special Adviser to the President on Finance, Peter Obi ( left), welcoming the President of the Senate, Rt. Hon. David Mark( right), at Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu, yesterday

Again, Anambra leads in NECO exam CHARLES OKEKE AWKA

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nambra State has again recorded first position among all the states in the country whose candidates took the 2013 National Examination Council (NECO). This disclosure was coming barely a week after the West African

Examinations Council (WAEC) statistics showed that Anambra State came first among all the states in Nigeria whose students took the 2013 West African Senior School Certificate Examination ( WASSCE). It was gathered that besides being the overall best in the country, an indigene of the State, Agbasi Praise Chinemelum, with the Registra-

tion number of 424953GE emerged the best candidate in the NECO. Speaking on the development, the immediate past Commissioner for Education in the state, Dr. Uju Okeke, said it was another demonstration of the fruits from the huge investment of the former Governor of the State in education. The commissioner ex-

pressed confidence that the performance of the state would be better in the coming years, when the effects to return schools to their owners as well as other programmes put in place by the Peter Obi government began to manifest. Anambra State officer of NECO, Mr. John Tumba, has already congratulated the state government on the feat.

Obiano swears in 19 commissioners, 10 Special Advisers CHARLES OKEKE AWKA

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overnor Willie Obiano of Anambra State yesterday sworn in 19 commissioners and 10 Special Advisers. The governor also tasked the commissioners to exhibit loyalty to the administration and work hard to justify their respective appointments. The governor, who spoke during the swearing-in ceremony which

took place at the Government House, Awka, also warned the appointees that he would not hesitate to sack any of them found wanting in his duties. Six former political office holders who served in the former Governor Peter Obi’s government, Ilozuma and Enemuo, including Joe Martins Uzodike, Alex Ejesieme, Tabansi Okoye, Vivian Nwandu and Tony 0nyima, were among those sworn in yesterday.

The commissioners are: Dr Chinedu Emeka, Water and Public Utilities; Callistus Ilozumba, Works; Mrs Azuka Enemuo, Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs; Chief Tony Nnacheta, Sports; Prof. Kate Emenugha, Education. Others are: Anali Chude, Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice; Mr Gregory Obi, Finance; Mrs Florence Chinwuba, Housing; Prof. Solomon Chukwu, Economic Planning and

Budget; and Ifeatu Onyejeme, Trade and Commerce. Also sworn in are: Ricky Chukwumelu, Women Affairs; Chukwuma Mbonu, Transport; Anthony Onyima, Information; Evaristus Ubah, Environment; and Stella Onuorah, Land. The others are: Norbert Obi, Special Duties; Dr Josephat Akabuike, Health; Nnamdi Meko; Agriculture; and Osita Obinwankwo, Science and Technology.

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ccountant-General of Abia State, Chief Gabriel Onyendilefu, has expressed worry over the dwindling federal allocation to states. Onyendilefu made the observation in an interview with the NAN)in Umuahia on Friday. He said that the development had affected the activities of the state government. Onyendilefu attributed the drop in the federal allocation to the fall in the nation’s oil revenue and appealed to the Federal Government to sustain efforts to diversify the economy. His words, ‘’You know the nation operates a mono-economy and each time there is fluctuation either in the quantity or price of oil, it affects the allocation to states,’’ he said. Onyendilefu said that it had become increasingly difficult for the state to meet some of its financial obligations. He said that the state government had tried to tie its activities to the available resources. ‘’Governor Theodore Orji also has demonstrated prudence in the management of the available resources by shelving certain activities to be

able to cope with the immediate challenges. He has pruned down on government activities that do not have direct economic impact,’’ he said. According to him, what the governor is doing is to prioritise its programmes. He said that the shortfall in the allocation was being augmented with the internally generated revenue. Onyendilefu said that Nigeria could no longer meet its oil production quota as a result of the activities of vandals, bunkering, oil theft and destruction of installations by militants and hoodlums. He urged the Federal Government not to relent in its war against economic saboteurs in order to increase the nation’s oil production level as well as its revenue. The accountant general also spoke on the downward review of the state’s 2014 budget by the House of Assembly from N149.6 billion to N115.3 billion, representing a drop by 23 per cent. He said that the review was in compliance with the International Public Sector Accounting Standards which, according to him, emphasises realistic budgeting at all levels of government.


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9 killed in fresh Benue clashes HENRY IYORKASE MAKURDI

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he deployment of troops in parts of Benue State to forestall killings between Tiv and Fulani herdsmen was not enough to prevent the death of nine Tiv yesterday after some communities were attacked by supposed the herdsmen. Renewed attacks

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on Tiv communities at Tse Chembe, Ifer and Tse- Gundu in Logo Local Government Area of Benue State left at least no less than 5 persons killed while at four were reportedly killed at Tse Torkula. In the meantime, ahead of the Joint Admissions and Matriculations Board (JAMB)’s examinations

scheduled for today, the JAMB zonal coordinator in Benue State Mr. Emmanuel Amodu, has said that adequate security and other necessary logistics have been provided to guarantee safety of candidates sitting for the examination across the fifteen centers in the state. The attacks on the

communities were said to have occurred simultaneously, even as the state government has called on survivors of the attacks to return to their homes. In the same vein, the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) is discouraging use of refugee camps for the displaced people which they

claimed could be prone to attacks in the hands of the herdsmen. Another attack of a settlement also occurred yesterday at Km 3 along Wukari Road away from Anyiin, the home town of Governor Gabriel Suswam as well as the country home of the Tiv paramount ruler Tse- Torkula

in Guma where four returnees reportedly were killed by suspected Fulani marauders. An anonymous source told Saturday Mirror that the suspected Fulani militia were over 100 and armed with sophisticated weapons. The source further claimed that the herdsmen operated for several hours without check from security agencies.

PDP calls for probe of Al-Makura’s excessive use of military IGBAWASE UKUMBA LAFIA

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he Nasarawa State chapter of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has called on the Federal Government to probe Governor Umaru Tanko Al-Makura’s alleged excesses in the use of military deployed to safeguard crises-prone areas of the state.

The PDP in the state also accused the governor of diverting military personnel with amoured cars which was added to guard against reprisal attack arising from the killings of Fulani people in Keana Local Government Area of the state for an election. Nasarawa State PDP chairman, Chief Yunana Iliya, said this yesterday at the party’s secretariat

in Lafia, the state capital, while inaugurating a committee set up to plan, organise and prosecute the visit of President Goodluck Jonathan to the state slated for May 10, 2014. The president is expected to receive some defectors back into the PDP during his visit to the state. Iliya claimed that Governor Al-Makura diverted the military to demon-

strate his desperation in the re-run by election conducted in the state recently. In the words of Iliya, “When I saw the kind of forces that was put in place just for an election that was not to be in the first place, I asked myself where was Al-Makura when the entire Tiv nation was chased completely out of Nasarawa State without any word of concern

to the Tiv community in Nasarawa state.” Where was Al-Makura when communities in the Nasarawa southern senatorial zone were on each other’s neck?” Iliya continued , “If the governor knows how to draw military sophisticated armoury to a so-call re-run election, it means he valued his political

We’ll be fair, just in picking my successor, says Gov Aliyu PRISCILLA DENNIS MINNA

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L-R: Director, Primary Health Care, Bauchi State, Dr. Yahaya Yerima; Executive Chairman, Bauchi State Primary Health Care Development Agency, Dr. Nisser Umar and Emir of Dass, Alhaji Usman Bilyaminu, during a media chat on polio eradication in Bauchi,yesterday.

Kwara intervenes in College’s N500m debt crisis WOLE ADEDEJI ILORIN

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he Kwara State Government yesterday said it had waded into the crisis rocking its College of Education, in Ilorin, over a N500 million debt profiles and improprieties. Following the discovery of the alleged fraud, the Committee of Tertiary Institutions (CUTI) in the state had called the workers out on strike demanding among other things, for the removal of the chairman of the

school’s Governing Council, Engr. Musa Yeketi. CUTI had specifically asked the Colleges of Education Academic Staff Union (COEASU) and the Senior Staff Union of Colleges of Education in Nigeria (SSUCOEN) to embark on the strike pressing for seven-point demands. The workers alleged non-payment of their salaries and allowances due them, poor infrastructures, impropriety and illegal sales of the college properties. However, in his re-

sponse, Engr. Yeketi said the allegations were baseless and challenged the workers to substantiate their claims. He however claimed he was determined to reshape the college which he claimed was the basis behind his travails in the hands of the workers. Also, the new college Provost, Dr. Isiaka Opobiyi, said though some of the claims by the workers were true, others claims would have to be verified. Opobiyi promised that both internal and neutral mechanisms had

waded in to make peace in the college which had been shut down for a week. Meanwhile, Special Adviser to the governor on Labour Matters, Comrade Bisi Fakayode, explained that government had to quickly move to douse the build-up tension in the school. Fakayode said the two sides had been contacted and listened to, while an official intervention to address the workers demands are being put in place so that the school could resume next week.

ambition more than the people he profess to govern.” Illya also used the occasion to inform PDP members of the decamping of a House of Representative member, representing Karu, Keffi, Kokona federal constituency in the National Assembly, Hon. Ishaq Ahmed Kana, from the APC to the PDP.

iger State Governor, Dr. Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu, has assured that the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) would be fair and just to all those aspiring to succeed him. It appears that the next governor of the state from the party has been zoned to the Niger North Senatorial district. The governor also assured that the ruling party would not buy votes during the elections, but maintained that the rights of the people to make their choices freely would be respected. Giving the assurances at Kontagora yesterday during the commissioning of some projects, Governor Aliyu also assured aspirants that the seat would not be sold to the highest bidder, even as the ticket would only be given to PDP members interested in vying. The projects commissioned by the governor were the Kontagora township road and street lights executed at over N1.9 billion, and the 10 kilometers of roads projects construct-

ed in the 11 wards of the local government area at the cost of N710 million. Governor Aliyu also rebuffed the accusation of non performance levied against his administration by the opposition parties in the state. Rather, he maintained that his administration had paid adequate attention to the state workforce as well as executed projects that have direct impact on the people. According the Governor Aliyu, “Some states in the country under the opposition party have not been able to pay workers salaries for upward of 18 months and when workers are not paid as at when due it will create opportunity for fraud in the public service.” Speaking on the N15 billion Bond already sourced and collected from capital market, the governor said the loan was used in the provision of basic infrastructural facilities in the 3 Zones of the state. Earlier, Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure in the state, Alhaji Muazu Bawa, said the state decided to embark on the projects to boost the economic lives of the people and for speedy development of the councils.


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Pistorius trial update

Iraq deputy PM al-Mutlaq ‘I didn’t hear Reeva scream’ survives convoy ambush

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scar Pistorius has told his murder trial that girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp did not scream or shout as he grabbed a gun and fired shots that killed her. Prosecutor Gerrie Nel said it was “improbable” that she would stand in the bathroom saying nothing while Mr Pistorius was just 3m (10ft) away shouting at her to call the police. Mr Pistorius said he could not explain why she had not shouted out. The athlete, 27, denies murder saying the killing was a terrible accident. He admits killing Ms Steenkamp but says he fired his gun after mistaking her for an intruder. He believed she had been in bed when he grabbed his gun, made his way to the bathroom and fired shots through the door. The prosecution says he deliberately killed her

after an argument. On the third day of his cross-examination, Mr Nel pressed the South African Olympic sprinter to explain the final moments leading up to the shooting. He asked why he had not checked whether Ms Steenkamp had heard his calls for her to phone the police, or why he had not taken her to safety instead of going to confront the supposed intruder. Mr Pistorius said it was his personality to confront what he believed was an intruder. The trial has been adjourned until Monday morning. Later, Mr Nel questioned Mr Pistorius’s account that he had not heard Ms Steenkamp shout or scream during the whole incident. “When you shouted at Reeva to phone the police, she was 3m away from you

in the toilet, but she didn’t say anything,” he said. “Why would she not say anything?” Mr Pistorius said he did not know. The prosecutor accused the athlete of lying, and said he had shot Ms Steenkamp while she was talking to him from the bathroom. “She wasn’t scared of an intruder,” he said. “She was scared of you.” He went on: “Are you sure that Reeva did not scream after the first shot?” Mr Pistorius took a long time to answer, and broke down into sobs. “At no point did Reeva shout out or scream,” he said. Mr Nel then disputed his claim, saying he would not have been able to hear if he had just fired his gun. Prosecution witnesses have testified to hearing a woman scream, but the defence disputes their testimony.

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n Iraqi deputy prime minister has survived an assassination attempt west of Baghdad, his office says. Militants dressed as soldiers opened fire on a convoy carrying Saleh al-Mutlaq and other officials, triggering a shootout. One security guard was killed and three others wounded, a security source told BBC Arabic. The attack comes three weeks before Iraqis are due to head to polls in parliamentary elections. Mr Mutlaq’s party had been inspecting flood damage after an al Qaedalinked group closed a dam in nearby Fallujah. No group has said it carried out the attack. Islamist militants in Iraq have frequently targeted officials in an effort to undermine confidence in

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US refuses visa for Iran’s UN envoy choice Hamid Aboutalebi

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Obama has come under intense pressure from the US Congress not to allow him to enter the country. Earlier this week, the White House told the Iranian government its choice of a one-time student revolutionary to be UN ambassador was “not viable”. The US House of Representatives and the Senate have both voted in favour of a bill barring Mr Aboutalebi from the US. It still requires the signature of the president

before it can become law. Iran says Mr Aboutalebi is one of its most experienced diplomats and stands by his nomination. White House spokesman Jay Carney said on Friday the UN and Iran had been told “that we will not issue a visa to Mr Aboutalebi”. He did not say whether President Obama would sign the bill but said the president shared the sentiments of Congress. In an interview with

an Iranian news site last month, Mr Aboutalebi said he was not part of the group that took over the US embassy and was only later asked to translate for the students. The 52 Americans were held for 444 days during the crisis. It is believed the US has never before denied a visa for a UN ambassador and correspondents say there is concern among diplomats about the precedent that could be set.

bomb struck a minibus outside the northern city of Mosul, killing one civilian and wounding six. Iraq has been enduring the worst unrest since it pulled back from the brink of civil war in 2008. The election at the end of April will be the first since the US pulled out combat troops in 2011. More than 9,000 candidates will compete for 328 parliamentary seats, but there will be no voting in parts of Sunni-dominated Anbar province, where security forces still battle Islamist and tribal militants for control of the provincial capital Ramadi and nearly Fallujah.

Malaysian plane: Australian PM ‘confident’ signals are from ‘black box’; officials play down 5th ping

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A woman hugs paralympian Oscar Pistorius after handing him flowers as he leaves court in Pretoria, South Africa yesterday during his ongoing murder trial.

he White House has refused to issue a US visa to Iran’s pick for UN ambassador, who was involved in seizure of the US embassy in 1979. The decision in effect bars Hamid Aboutalebi from taking up the role at the UN, which is based in New York. Mr Aboutalebi was linked to the student group that took dozens of people hostage at the embassy in Tehran. President Barack

the Shia-led government of Prime Minister Nouri Maliki. Sunni politician Talal al-Zobaie said he had been accompanying the deputy prime minister, also a Sunni, and several other government officials on a visit to villages in the Abu Ghraib area at the time. After the shootout, the attackers fled the scene, he said. Both Mr Zobaie and Mr Mutlaq have in the past called on Iraqi politicians to put aside their ethnic and religious differences and focus on protecting the nation. lso on Friday, a roadside

he painstaking search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 got a vote of confidence Friday that the effort is headed in the right direction, but officials noted that much work remains. “We have very much narrowed down the search area, and we are very confident that the signals that we are detecting are from the black box,” Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said during an official visit to China, where he met with President Xi Jinping. Abbott was referring to the plane’s flight data recorder and the cockpit voice recorder. Locator beacons attached to them are designed to emit highpitched signals, or pings. Over the past week, four such pings have been detected by a ping locator towed by the Australian vessel Ocean Shield. “We are confident that we know the position of the black box flight recorder to within some kilometers, but confidence in the approximate position of the black box is not the same as recover-

ing wreckage from almost 4½ kilometers beneath the sea or finally determining all that happened on that flight,” he said. A fifth ping, detected Thursday by a sonobuoy dropped by an airplane, is “unlikely to be related to the aircraft black boxes,” Australian chief search coordinator Angus Houston said Friday. “On the information I have available to me, there has been no major breakthrough in the search for MH370,” Houston said in a statement. “Further analysis continues to be undertaken by Australian Joint Acoustic Analysis Centre.” Friday is Day 35 in the search, and the batteries powering the flight data recorders’ locator beacons are certified to emit signals for only 30 days after they get wet. That has injected the search effort with a heightened sense of urgency. The signal is “starting to fade, and we are hoping to get as much information as we can before the signal finally expires,” Abbott said.


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o what do Africa’s leaders need to do? They must endorse the new Charter to End Extreme Hunger, a comprehensive blueprint drawn up by a coalition of international and African aid agencies. The Charter, already signed by Kenya’s Prime Minister Raila Odinga sets out the practical steps that must be taken by governments to make extreme hunger crises put into history. AU Governments should pledge to fulfil its commitments. These include heeding early drought warnings and setting up social safety nets for the poor. We need action, too, to protect people from rising food prices which have pushed many people into hunger. Supporting local food production, limiting the use of food export bans and judiciously and carefully tapping into emergency food reserves are just some of the ways the impact can be mitigated. More specifically, we must ensure support at Addis and in Berlin for initiatives such as the Africa-led Productive Safety Net Programme. This programme, funded from both Africa and the West, sees cash and food transfers to millions of poor farmers in Ethiopia. By giving them a more secure and predictable income, it protects against sudden hunger crises. In exchange, they agree to take part in public works such as roads building which,

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TIME IS RUNNING OUT. PRICES OF FOOD KEEP RISING AND THE EFFECTS OF CLIMATE CHANGE KEEP WORSENING, LEADING TO INCREASINGLY UNPREDICTABLE WEATHER PATTERNS AND BOUTS OF SEVERE DROUGHT in turn, help improve the agricultural output of their communities. Another programme, run by Save the Children in partnership with local authorities in North-East Kenya, provides vouchers to pastoralist communities in areas hard-hit by recurring droughts. They can use them to buy food in local markets, giving a boost to local traders and herd men

and women while also putting people in control of how they manage food crises. There are many similar initiatives which we can support and expand. The truth is that science, technology, innovation and creativity are providing the weapons for us to win the battle against hunger. Farmers, too, are ready to do whatever it takes to grow the crops needed

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hree stadiums and several airports are not ready for the Mundial in Brazil, while other promised infrastructure has been shelved, but the 2014 World Cup will “be the most successful of all time”, the head of FIFA, Joseph Blatter told Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff on Thursday. Rousseff said she spoke with Blatter on the phone for 10 minutes and accepted his invitation to attend FIFA’s 64th Congress in Sao Paulo on June 10. The congress would hold two days before the World Cup kicks off in the city.

“Blatter told the president he is ‘certain that the World Cup will be the most successful of all time’,” Rousseff ’s office wrote in a blog post. Blatter told Rousseff that with just 61 days until the tournament kicks off, 2.5 million tickets have been sold, or almost 75 per cent of the total available. Three months ago, Blatter told a Swiss newspaper no country had ever been so behind schedule in organising a World Cup in all the years he had been at FIFA. In December Blatter appealed to “God, Allah, whoever” to help ensure all 12 stadiums would be finished on time.

to feed our world. What is needed now is to put the products of these scientific advances together with the necessary financial and non-financial support into the hands of farmers. This is a challenge for all world leaders and agriculture ministers, particularly for those on the African continent. As a farmer, I can say that farmers are ready to produce adequately to feed Africa, if given the tools, political and financial support. Time is running out. Prices of food keep rising and the effects of climate change keep worsening, leading to increasingly unpredictable weather patterns and bouts of severe drought. By taking action, African leaders can show the way to the rest of the world on how to end extreme hunger particularly on their own continent. Our continent, of course, continues to need help from the international community which is why the efforts of the world’s agriculture ministers in Berlin are so important. But every time I walk through the fields, I am reminded that the solution ultimately lies in our own hands and on our lands. General Obasanjo is the former President of Nigeria and a member of the Africa Progress Panel. CONCLUDED

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