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Only 14 destitutes returned to Anambra –Fashola P. 7

•Unveils stand over Al-Mustapha appeal Wednesday

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Suspected Lebanese terrorist confesses P. 6

...Says plot to kill Israeli ambassador to Nigeria real •Targets Israeli interests in Nigeria •Confirms surveillance on Saudi Arabian embassy •Confirms unlawful importation of arms for 20 years in Kano

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First Lady, Dame Patience Goodluck Jonathan, (right) welcoming Senator Ifeanyi Araraume and a Delegation of Elders of Anambra State on condolence visit over the death of her mother at the State House Abuja, yesterday.

My problem with Patience Jonathan –Amaechi

Strike: Again, FG, ASUU talks deadlocked

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Gestational diabetes alert!

Woman gives birth to 6.11kg baby WITHOUT C-section P.35

Pregnancy is no excuse for indolence –Oyagbola

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‘How my mother sold my 8-monthold baby for N200,000’


‘I killed my P.20 husband because he wanted to kill me with sex’ Divorce court

‘My wife is pregnant for another man’ P.40 ‘I raped only 6 P.51 children’

L-R: President, National Council of Catholic Women Organisation, Mrs. Felicia Onyeabo; Archbishop of Abuja Catholic Diocese, John Cardinal Onaiyekan and Archbishop of Ibadan Archdiocese, Archbishop Alaba Job, at the inauguration of Cor Mariae College in Abuja, yesterday. PHOTO: NAN

‘Husbands will be scarce by 2023’ T

he National Council of Catholic Women Organisations of Nigeria, NCCWO, has sounded a note of warning on the alarming drop in malechild education in Nigeria. With the drop, the group noted that in the next 10 years, there would be a scarcity of quality husbands in the country. According to the organisation’s Na-

tional President, Chief Felicia Onyeabo, “The future of this country is going to be very bleak for the male-child. How many girls do you see hawking clothes? Go to Onitsha, they are all men. We have looked round and have come to see that there is a neglect of boys in education. Who are the armed robbers on the streets? They are mostly the boys. Let us concentrate on

training boys. “The NCCWO feels that a vacuum is being created, and very soon, we shall be faced with a situation where our educated girl-child will not find a corresponding suitable boy-child to marry. This is because more boys drop out of school, apparently because the high rate of unemployed youth discourages our young boys from appreciating the need to be educated. “The NCCWO also considers the fact that in the near future, quality husbands will become extremely scarce, with too many highly educated women looking for husbands, and settling for anyhow husbands, just to get married. The result of this type of situation is better imagined and will not augur well for Nigerians.”

Kenyan lawyer sues Israel, Italy over killing of Jesus •The ICJ has no jurisdiction for such a case –Spokesperson


Kenyan lawyer has filed a petition with the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague, suggesting that the trial and crucifixion of Jesus Christ was unlawful, and The State of Israel among others should be held responsible. Dola Indidis, a lawyer and former spokesman of the Kenyan Judiciary is reportedly attempting to sue Tiberius (Emperor of Rome 42 BC-37AD), Pontius Pilate, a selection of Jewish elders, King Herod,

the Republic of Italy and the State of Israel. “Evidence today is on record in the Bible, and you cannot discredit the Bible,” Indidis said. Even though those he suggests should have been convicted during the original trial have not been alive for more than 2000 years, Indidis insists that the government for whom they acted can and should still be held responsible. “I filed the case because it’s my duty

40-year-old farmer flees home as wife delivers triplets


40-year-old farmer, Biodun Akapo, of Afojupa Village, a suburb of Owode-Egba, Obafemi-Owode Local Government, Ogun State, has fled his home after his wife, Bose, gave birth to a set of triplets last Wednesday. After Bose was delivered of the babies at a maternity home in the town, her husband could not settle the hospital bills. The traditional ruler of the town, Oba Kolawole Sowemimo, however, stepped in and rescued the mother and her triplets by paying the hospital bills. The 30-year-old mother of the triplets said her husband was not at home when she went into labour. She was taken to the hospital on a motorcycle by a neighbour. She said, “I never expected triplets be-

cause we already had two children, aged five and eight years old. I thank the traditional ruler of Owode-Egba, who assisted us by providing clothing and other medical materials for the babies.” She expressed regret that her husband absconded on getting the news of the delivery and had refused to return home to his family, saying, “We have been together as a happy couple for over 10 years. The birth of these triplets should not separate us. I don’t even know his whereabouts, but I am begging him to come back home for the sake of these innocent babies.” She also appealed to government, individuals and groups to assist her family by providing a job for her husband.


to uphold the dignity of Jesus and I have gone to the ICJ to seek justice for the man from Nazareth. His selective and malicious prosecution violated his human rights through judicial misconduct, abuse of office, bias and prejudice,” he said Indidis apparently named the states of Italy and Israel in the lawsuit because upon the attainment of independence, the two states incorporated the laws of the Roman Empire that were in force at the time of the Crucifixion. He is challenging the mode of questioning used during Jesus’ trial, prosecution, hearing and sentencing; the form of punishment meted out on him while undergo-

ing judicial proceedings and the substance of the information used to convict him. The case was first filed in the High Court in Nairobi, but was rejected. Indidis then applied to have it heard at the ICJ, which is rumoured to have constituted a pre-trial panel to consider the case. When asked about the case, however, a spokesperson for the ICJ said, “The ICJ has no jurisdiction for such a case. The ICJ settles disputes between states. It is not even theoretically possible for us to consider this case.” Indidis says he wants to establish what crime Jesus was charged with and prays that the court decides “that the proceedings before the Roman courts were a nullity in law, for they did not conform to the rule of law at the material time and any time thereafter.” “Some of those present spat in his face, struck him with their fists, slapped him, taunted him, and pronounced him worthy of death,” Indidis argues. When Jesus died, Indidis insists, he was not given an opportunity to be heard. “I am suing as a friend,” he said. Indidis insisted on the validity of his case, saying “I know with a matter of fact and truth we have a good case with a high probability of success and I hope it is done in my lifetime.”

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Politics of ‘deportation’ It is no longer news that about 67 people found themselves at the Upper Iweka Bridge, Onitsha, Anambra State, very early one morning. They were driven there from Lagos State by its officials and escorted by policemen. While Lagos said it was only trying to unite the returnees with their families, Anambra said it was deportation. K AYODE FALADE


n the wee hours of Wednesday 24 July, 2013 residents of Onitsha, the commercial nerve of Anambra State woke up to behold a pitiable sight at the Upper Iweka Bridge. Some 67 people of both sexes but of various ages and in different stages of human deterioration were seen huddled together at the great crossing. One of them, Mr. Osondu Mbuto, from Ohaozara in Ebonyi State told journalists that they were dumped at about 3.00am on Wednesday morning at Upper Iweka after being detained in Ikorodu, Lagos, for over six months for alleged wandering and other minor offences by the Lagos State Kick Against Indiscipline (KAI) officials. They were allegedly brought to Onitsha in four buses, escorted by anti-riot policemen. There and then began the hot and passionate debate on the Lagos “deportees”. Ever since, the atmosphere has been charged with debates on the legality or otherwise of the action credited to officials of the Lagos State government. While some condemned the action by the Lagos State government in its entirety alleging ethnic colouration, some leaned on its supposed illegality while some have identified with the action and many others are ambivalent.

A couple of the days after, however, the Special Adviser to the Lagos State Governor on Youths and Social Development, Dr. Enitan Dolapo Badru, described the action as not deportation but an action stemmed out of the effort to re-unite the affected people with their families. According to Badru, at least, 1,708 beggars and destitute had been expelled from Lagos to their various states and countries since January, in government’s bid to rid the streets of beggars and the mentally-challenged. “The end result is to reunite them back with their families. We are not repatriating them out of Lagos, we are reuniting them with their families because once we rescue them, we cannot as a government, hold a child under the age of 18 in custody without parental or guardian’s consent. We found out that a lot of children on the streets of Lagos come from outside the state thinking that Lagos is an Eldorado. It is unfortunate that many of them are underage and very vulnerable because they can be introduced to so many vices.” Badru added that in the last one year, a total number of 3,114 beggars/destitute/mentally-challenged have been rescued in day and night operations and 2,695 were taken to the Rehabilitation and Training Centre, Owutu, Ikorodu, where the state government has made provisions for facilities to help in turning their lives around, while the mentally-unstable are given medical attention. One of the staunch defenders of the Lagos State ac-

tion is its chapter of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN). The party in a statement by its Publicity Secretary, Joe Igbokwe, who is of Igbo extraction, said the action of the state government would go a long way in reducing crime in the state. The matter, however, took a more serious dimension with the formal protest of Anambra State Governor Peter Obi to President Goodluck Jonathan and the response of his Lagos counterpart. Obi in his petition to the President said that: “This latest callous act, in which Lagos State did not even bother to consult with Anambra State authorities, before deporting 72 persons considered to be of Igbo extraction to Anambra State, is illegal, unconstitutional and a blatant violation of the human rights of these individuals and of the Nigerian Constitution. “Sir, forced deportation such as this, which Lagos State seems to be making a norm in addressing its domestic challenges are egregious, and calls into question the validity of Nigeria and its federating components. Such acts violate human decency, the rule of law and constitutionally-ordered liberties.” Fashola has, however, described the action of Obi as unfortunate. “There is too much at stake for anyone to begin to incite the Igbo community against their host state. There is too much at stake. It is a very dangerous and unwarranted precedent,” he noted.


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Saturday Starter Why are we punishing beggars when Nigeria is begging World Bank? – Bamidela Aturu, lawyer and rights activist Nigeria and in fact as a matter of fact, all Nigerians can move in and out of Nigeria at will. The right of moving from one place to the other in Nigeria or in and out of the country when they have not been found guilty of an offence or convicted by a court of law id guaranteed by the constitution and the African Charter on Human Peoples Rights. This is why it is so sad and unbelievable that such a thing can be happening in Nigeria in 2013. It is a very big and worrisome development.



he truth of the matter is that there is no provision for the deportation of Nigerian citizens within Nigeria in our constitution or any law for that matter. What that means in essence is that the alleged deportation is illegal, unconstitutional and something Nigerians should condemn. What they have done is to create the impression that we have categories of citizens in Nigeria. And that is not true. The law recognises that all Nigerians can move freely from one part of the country to another. There is freedom of movement guaranteed under the constitution. To tamper with that right, to withdraw that right by deporting people from one state to another against their will is an illegality that must be thoroughly condemned and I condemn it myself because it is not correct and it is not right. It is against the spirit and letters of our constitution. And there is absolutely no basis for that. Above all, the reason why I am incensed about the alleged deportation is because it is as usual directed against the poor people. We have not heard that billionaires, millionaires or those working in banks or oil industry have been deported from one part of the country to another. Why is it that the poor people will not be allowed to live or exist in peace in this country? This is very sad and it should be rejected by the people. I expect the Lagos State government, if it is true, to issue an apology and desist from this act of illegality. But it is said that there are limitations to whatever rights you have? It is true that people have said that there is no absolute right but in the case of people who have not committed any offence, people who have not been found guilty by a court of competent jurisdiction, you cannot limit their freedom of movement within

Are you aware that there is an act against hawking and others in Lagos State? Whether or not there is a law that says people cannot beg or solicit, it

cannot say the punishment for begging of soliciting for assistance is to be deported from Lagos. Whatever way you look at it, the constitution is the supreme law of this country and section 1 subsection 3 of the constitution is clear. It says if any law is inconsistent with the provision of the constitution, that other law shall to held inconsistency and null and void and shall be of no effect. So even if there is such law, then it is an illegality. Besides why are you punishing brggars when you yourself are begging World Bank, World Health Organisation, UNDP, and other agencies and you now say people should not beg when they have no jobs? What do you want them to do? Are they going to vanish into thin air?

‘How I was sentenced to seven months imprisonment for begging’ The pint-sized beggar with sad eyes and a deep voice is well known in Oshodi, Lagos especially at the BRT park area of the metropolis where he plies his trade. He describes how he was arrested by officials of the Lagos State government.


he pint-sized beggar with sad eyes and a deep voice is well known in Oshodi, Lagos especially at the BRT park area of the metropolis where he plies his trade. He describes how he was arrested by officials of the Lagos State government. “The reason I am scared to go any-where with anyone is because of what happened to me and my brothers some months ago when the government arrested us for begging in Oshodi. “We were taken to the Alausa Police station and subsequently to court where we were all senAgba tenced to jail for seven months. “I was taken to Ikorodu, while my brothers Shola and Ismaila were taken to Badagry prisons. “I spent seven solid months in their custody with my disabilities: I saw hell. “After serving my seven months term, I was given a wheel chair in Abeokuta where they later transferred me to, to complete my term. “They also promised they would give me some financial assistance but till now, I am yet to see anyone.” “If I get help from the government, if Fashola can assist me with a decent abode or if he sends me to school, I will never go back to begging again. “I will like to act in Yoruba movies if I have the opportunity.”


Deportation is not the answer – Jiti Ogunye, Lagos based lawyer


hat is your take on the deportation of beggars? Now begging and destitution are prevalent social menaces in Nigeria. And of course we know that they are direct offshoots of our socioeconomic crises and political mismanagement. The dividends of democracy that are so often spoken are illusory. And so those who are at the lowest rung of the socio-economic ladder, even if they are not suffering from any handicap, are prone to go out and beg for survival. There are no jobs anywhere even for the able bodied. We now have a situation where we have people in the formal beggary destitution sector and there are also beggars and destitute in the informal sector. In every home you have beggars and in every place of work there are beggars, although they are not out on the street begging. It is a very serious problem. But the way to solve it is not by resorting to deportation of certain beggars who are not of the ethnic extraction of a particular state. That is not the way to deal with it. It is not a sustainable way. However, it is understandable that Lagos State for some time has resorted to arresting beggars and destitute from its streets, detaining them for some time and then offloading them to states they are supposed to come from. The issue is that within the Nigerian geographical state, there should be no reason anybody claiming to be exercising the right to freedom of movement should be permitted to leave his immediate environment, to leave his state, his local government and then go elsewhere to beg. This is a serious problem because in other countries begging is totally outlawed, even in some Arab countries; you can’t go to the streets and beg. Everybody knows this. However, if you go to the streets of New York in the United States, you see them begging. Anyway, this is one of the ugly faces of capitalism. But in our own situation here, if a state government says, as the Lagos State government has done, that we do not want beggars and destitute on the streets and we have taken them off the streets; we then say in the absence of reciprocity, or any mutual assistance procedure, between two states in Nigeria that we as a state cannot accept the burden of taking care of destitute that we are going to keep at a certain place as part of our civic responsibilities what we are going to do is return them to your state, I don’t see anything wrong with that. I challenge anybody to a debate; it ought not to be given an ethnic slant. If people leave Lagos for Kano and go and beg, there is every reason for Kano to say, ‘look, begging is not allowed in our state. If you are coming from your state to beg, go back to your state.’ For anyone to then take offence on behalf of an ethnic group or any section is to give the impression that the state cannot even do anything to normalise the society in any way.

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Deportation of beggars is unconstitutional – Fred Agbaje, constitutional lawyer


s there an anti begging law in Lagos? There is the anti-hawking law as well as the Street Trading Prohibition Law of Lagos.


Does it affect beggars? They are all geared towards clearing Lagos highways of miscreants. But such laws don’t work in Nigeria because the government has left undone what it should do. How can you ask someone not to go and hawk or beg for alms when they have neither legs nor arms and they are supposed to be rehabilitated? There are no rehabilitation centres and the few that the government provided are over congested. Life is so difficult and even the food meant for those in rehabs are even stolen by the government officials

in charge of the places. That is why those people will come back on the streets. Is it allowed then to pack some people and go dump them in their supposed states of origin? No, it is unconstitutional. It is a violation of their right to movement. You can only curtail such people’s movement if it constitutes security breach or causes immorality. Otherwise, it is unconstitutional and you can be sued for infraction on their freedom of movement. The exercise wholly violates the constitution. When the constitution is preaching national integration and cohesion, Lagos State is doing the opposite. It shows lack of tolerance and the need to be our brother’s keepers. Did the constitution not enjoin that government ac-

tions should be humane? If the deportees or human cargoes are jobless, did the government of Lagos afford them means of livelihood? Again, what is the guarantee that the so-called deportees are not back again to do the same in Lagos now? Why waste tax payer’s money in the deportation and off-loading of human cargoes when you can use such money for rehabilitative and other investments which in turn could provide jobs for those the government considers as nuisance? And what is the cause of all these? It is because the government has failed woefully in its constitutional responsibilities to the people of Nigeria. And what are these responsibilities? Chief among them are to provide welfare for the people which includes gainful employment and security.

Don’t blame Fashola –Mohammed Fawehinmi, Lagos based lawyer



s the deportation of beggars from Lagos State constitutional? By virtue of section 24 of the 1999 Constitution, there are several criteria for every citizen of the country to comply with, including payment of taxes. As the chief security officer of Lagos State, the governor has the some responsibilities. We are in a terrorist age. They have caught some terrorists of the Boko Haram sect. They have caught some kidnappers in Lagos. Crimes like armed robbery have also been said to be on the increase with the police making series of arrests. As the chief security officer of the state and the chief manager of the state, he has a duty to: preserve the integ-

rity of the state, the indigenes, those doing business here, those who are resident here and those who raise their family here in Lagos. As the commercial capital on Nigeria, there is a lot of influx. I can recall that before the election there were 8.7 million people but now there are over 21 million. People come to Lagos because there are opportunities to engage in commercial ventures. So the problem is: how would the governor be able to curtail or manage the rabid increase because the Federal Government would not give him more money and the internally generated revenue may not be able to cope with the growing rate? So, he must shift some of the burdens to some other states which

are also provided for because those states have reduced while Lagos has increased. And the more people come in, the more security and business conscious he must be. I am partially in support and I don’t think Fashola has violated any part of the constitution. Section 41 of the constitution allows free movement but he as the governor has the duty to protect the state where he was elected and he also has a duty to the National Assembly whom I believe he has communicated with to say the number of people in Lagos State is too much and that there is no way he can manage it with the resources he has now, so therefore some of them should go back to their states.

Action in best interest of all

– Benjamin Odeh, lawyer and rights activist


s there a law against begging in Lagos State? I don’t think there is a law against begging but there are provisions against wandering. And even the provision against wandering has been nullified by the constitutional provision which says that a citizen of Nigeria is at liberty to move freely wherever they are provided their movement does not infringe on the right of other citizens. Except that, I am not aware of any law against begging. That is the legal aspect of it. However, the issue of begging in Lagos at a point has become a menace. And I think that that is why the Lagos State government took the step it took. And I think the step would be in the best interest of other generality of Nigerians in the state. Most of the beggars in the state come under the guise of begging to per-

petrate other acts of criminality. Criminals disguise as beggars, tap on your window and bring out pistols or knives to rob or dispossess you of your valuables. So at a point it became very difficult to know who the real beggars were. Hence, personally, I don’t think there is anything wrong with deporting these beggars. Come to think of it, begging is not even good for the commercial interest of Lagos. Though on a religious note, both Christianity and Islam do not forbid begging, yet we must be able to draw a line where security has become an issue or a challenge and the responsibility of everyone. Some sections of the country are calling on Igbo speaking states to carry out a reprisal. I am not aware of that but if there are

such calls then they are totally unacceptable and irrational. Accepted Lagos is the commercial capital of Nigeria but that does not mean that everybody including those who have no business in being there should be there. This development is turning the state to a haven of criminals of a sort. For instance, it was recently reported in the media that some Boko Haram suspects were arrested in Lagos. That means it is just a matter of time they take up their criminal activities against Lagos and if this should happen, we may not have any other place to go to. I think what the state government is just doing is to streamline who is in Lagos and what such a fellow is doing there. If you have no cogent business being on the streets of Lagos, then why not go back to your state and find something else to do?




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Hezbollah: Suspected Lebanese terrorist confesses

•Says plot to kill Israeli ambassador in Nigeria real •Targets Israeli interest in Nigeria •Confirms unlawful importation of prohibited firearms for 20 yrs in Kano a Hezbollah member asked prison or any other facility •Confirms surveillance on Saudi Arabia embassy me to give him information in Abuja to guarantee them ISE-OLUWA IGE


rom the dock, one of the three suspected Lebanese terrorists, Mr Talai Ahmed Rhoda, facing terrorism charge before an Abuja Federal High Court, yesterday sang like a parrot on how his fellow countrymen engaged in illegal importation of prohibited firearms into Nigeria for decades, targeted all Israelis interests in the country and plotted to kill Israeli ambassador to Nigeria, on Nigerian soil. Although he did not mention any of the co-accused persons as members of the criminal ring engaging in the illegal and criminal activities, he fingered one Abdulhassan Tahir, also a Lebanese, as the arrowhead. Rhoda told the court yesterday that Tahir had however fled the country before the security operatives spread

out their dragnets for him. He also confessed working for him to tender a large bunker located in Gaya Street, Kano, which is now in evidence in the case. He specifically admitted that he was a resident at 3 Gaya Road in Kano as a squatter but had good knowledge of the arms in the bunker. He admitted having knowledge of the weapons and helped in servicing the arms on the instruction of the owner of the said property at 3 Gaya Road, Kano, one Abdulhassan Tahir. He however added that he never knew whetehr or not Tahir sought or got the permission of the federal government to engage in the importation of the prohibited arms. His words: “Tahir told me that those arms were licensed and I had no reason whatsoever not to believe him. I was also afraid to re-

port to the police because I felt it might be a risk for me. “In 1995, we went to the house where the weapons were kept and I helped Issah. I helped in carrying boxes to the house. I saw AK-47, land mine. “I cleaned the coolers. We bought them in Sabongari and I gave them to Issah, we put it on top of the ground. Issah did the changing of the boxes. I am not aware of the contents of the boxes. The AK-47 I saw was also in the house at Gaya road.” Rhoda is the third accused person in the terrorism charge preferred against the three Lebanese businessmen by the federal government and the first to give evidence in the matter for the defence. He further stunned the court yesterday when he confessed that though he was conscious of the legal implication of what his countrymen were doing in

Nigeria he was afraid that he could be killed with the life of his only daughter imperilled if he reported to the police. He also confirmed that there was a plot to assassinate the ambassador of Israel on Nigerian soil while he added that the Israelis interests were also targeted by the Lebanese. But he quickly added that he got the information from Tahir who is presently on the run. The suspect also confirmed the alleged surveillance on Saudi Arabia Embassy and the plot to kill the ambassador. “I was told of the story by Abdulhassan Tahir, owner of 3 Gaya Road. But Tahir didn’t say they succeeded in killing the Saudi Ambassador in Nigeria,” Rhoda stated. He said further that “When I went for my daughter’s wedding, Issah,

on Israeli interests in Nigeria, which I refused”. He admitted being afraid of his involvement with friends, saying, “sometimes I was afraid of my life due to the life around me. “I left Nigeria in 2008 and returned in 2010. Then, I wasn’t allowed to mention anything to anybody. I didn’t because my life was at stake and I feared for my beautiful daughter”. Meanwhile, the Lebanese, who opened their defence yesterday after the prosecution had closed its case on Wednesday had applied through their counsel, Raji Ahmed, for relocation to prison, claiming the SSS facility in which they had been detained for was no longer conducive for them. “We have more defence witnesses, and our application is seeking to move the accused persons to a different custody, preferably Kuje

Harassment: NPAN ask court to restrain APCON THOMAS USHIE


L-R: Director, Brands and Communications, Etisalat Nigeria, Mr. Enitan Denloye; Director-General, National Office for Technology Acquisition and Promotion (NOTAP), Dr. Umar Bindir; Director, Government and Regulatory Affairs, Etisalat Nigeria, Mr. Ibrahim Dikko; and Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Bayero University, Kano, Professor Yahuza Bello, at the 2013 Etisalat Merit Awards, Abuja, held at Transcorp Hilton, Abuja, recently.

Al-Mustapha: Lagos declares next action Wednesday MURITALA AYINLA


hree weeks after the Court of Appeal sitting in Lagos declared the ex-Chief Security Officers to General Sani Abacha, Major Hamza Al-Mustapha, innocent of complicity in Kudirat Abiola’s murder, the Lagos State government yesterday said that it would make its decision on the next line of action

known on Wednesday. Lagos State government is responsible for the prosecution of Al-Mustapha over the murder of Kudirat Abiola. Following the discharging and acquital of Al-Mustapha by the Appeal Court over the murder of Kudirat Abiola, Lagos State government had promised to make its next line of action known after it must have studied the verdict of the Appeal Court.

Only last week, Lagos State government declared that it had just got a copy of the report of the court and was going to study it to know the next line of action. The government said it would be very critical about the report and would take the next line of action based on its appraisal. But in a press briefing invitation, the government said it would make its next line of action known on Wednesday.

The invitation reads in part: “The Monthly Press Briefing of the Ministry for the Month of August 2013 comes up on Wednesday August 7, 2013 at the conference room of the Ministry at 9am. “The briefing will focus on Al-Mustapha, removal of miscreant and beggars from Lagos streets, DPP’s Advice and Awaiting Trials in prison custody, Supreme Court rulings on hotel licensing law, amongst others.”

serenity of mind” Raji said. “The 1st and 2nd accused persons are afraid to stay in the DSS custody anymore. They should be transferred to a neutral place so that they can come to court with a free mind and express themselves in the evidence they shall give before this court,” he added. More so, Raji said the accused person’s demand was not borne out of disrespect for the DSS but that they were no longer comfortable based on strange experiences they have had being detained in the DSS custody. The prosecuting counsel, Simon Egede, did not oppose the application but wondered why they would prefer prison custody when the SSS facility is good for them. Subsequently, Justice Ademola Adeniyi granted the application and ordered that the suspects be taken to Kuje prison.

he Newspaper Proprietors’ Association of Nigeria (NPAN), through its counsel, John Aga of Tayo Oyetibo & Co., has sought the order of the Court of Appeal sitting in Lagos to restrain the Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria (APCON), from further harassing advert executives of newspaper houses. In a Motion on Notice before the Court of Appeal dated July 31, 2013, for service on APCON and the Inspector General of Police through their respective counsels, NPAN sought two orders of the court to restrain APCON as well as the Inspector General of Police “whether by themselves, their servants, agents or privies from continuing to rely on Article 21 of the Nigerian Code of Advertising Practice and Sales Promotion or any other related enactment to threaten, harass, coerce, solicit, persuade or otherwise howsoever interfere with the rights

of the members of ” NPAN pending the hearing and determination of the said appeal against the decision of the lower court delivered earlier. Also an affidavit in support of the aforesaid motion by Adefela Adejuwon of Messers Tayo Oyetibo & Co., counsels to NPAN and dated July 31, 2013, recalled that in 2012, NPAN in an Originating Summons at the Federal High Court, had sought five reliefs among them, three declaration and two perpetual injunctions, against APCON, aimed at restraining APCON from giving effect to the provisions of Articles 21 and 137 (a) (b) (c) of the Nigerian Code of Advertising Practice and Sales Promotion. The reliefs sought by NPAN were among others that “Articles 21 and 137 (a) of the Nigerian Code of Advertising Practice and Sales Promotion are ultra vires the Advertising Practitioner Council of Nigeria in so far as the provision of the Articles affect” members of NPAN who do not engage in the practice of advertising...”

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Again, FG, ASUU talks deadlocked •Meeting continues Tuesday EMMANUEL ONANI ABUJA


or the umpteenth time, talks between the federal government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, aimed at bringing an end to the over onemonth strike by university lecturers, ended in a deadlock, Thursday. As a result, both parties are billed to return to the dialogue table on Tuesdayy, August 6. ASUU national president, Dr. Nasir Fagge,

had led other officials to a meeting on Thursday, in Abuja, with a federal government team headed by the governor of Benue State, Dr. Gabriel Suswam. Suswan is chairman of a 22-member federal government committee on the Needs Assessment of Nigerian Universities. The committee, according to the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, Senator Anyim Pius Anyim, was set up as part of federal government’s efforts to reposition the nation’s universities

and address the noticeable infrastructure deficits plaguing the ivory towers. Before the meeting of Thursday, ASUU had earlier met with the Anyim-led committee, which is detailed to iron-out the outstanding issue of “Earned Allowance” for university lecturers. The scheduled August 6 meeting, will bring to five, the number of meetings between government and ASUU. According to a source privy to the meeting, it would be difficult for a common ground to be arrived at, as neither of the parties

wants to yield ground. “You see, it will be difficult for ASUU to accept any renegotiation as being canvassed by government”, the source said. Saturday Mirror had exclusively reported that FG/ASUU meeting may end in a deadlock, owing to the former’s resolve to “renegotiate” the contentious 2009 agreement. While ASUU insists on total implementation of the said agreement, FG feels differently, as it argues that the subsisting agreement, was a product of the late President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua government.

L-R: Minister of State for Education, Mr. Nyesom Wike; Minister of Labour and Productivity, Chief Emeka Wogu; Minister of Sports, Malam Bolaji Abdullahi, and Minister of State for FCT, Chief Olajumoke Akinjide, at a special Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting in Abuja, yesterday. PHOTO: NAN

Anambra guber: PDP sells nomination form for N10m •Party reconciles Anambra, Ekiti chapters OBIORA IFOH ABUJA


he Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has charged the sum of N10 million for Anambra State governorship nomination form for the men while the women are to purchase the form for N5 million. This is as the chairman of the PDP National Reconciliation Committee and governor of Bayelsa State, Seriake Dickson, has called on stakeholders in Ekiti and Anambra states to sheath their swords if they intend to win back their respective states in the coming elections. Dickson particularly told the gubernatorial aspirants from Anambra State to close ranks and work for the success of the party ahead of the party congress and governorship election. Meanwhile, the female aspirants have protested the N5 million which the party

imposed on them as that, according to them, would be the first time such fees would be imposed on women. A PDP source told Saturday Mirror that the increase in the fee was to scare some of the aspirants who are seen as pretenders from the governorship race. However, a governorship aspirant said that they got an assurance from the party leadership that if they paid the N10 million fee, the party must never lower the fee in any future primaries. About 26 aspirants, which include three women have collected expression of interest form. The state chapter of the PDP will hold its congress and governorship election on 24 August and 16 November respectively. Rising from a meeting with some aspirants Thursday night at the presidential campaign office of the PDP in Abuja, Dickson said the

mandate of the committee did not cover the consensus arrangement. He said that it would not impose any candidate on the Anambra State chapter of the PDP. He explained that the work of the committee was to ensure harmony and mend all fences in the party and make appropriate recommendation to the leadership of the party. Earlier, the committee met with the leadership of

the Party from Ekiti State, and berated them for the recent violence that engulfed the chapter over adoption of governorship consensus candidate in the state. The Bayelsa State governor during an interactive session with the Ekiti State delegation led by its chairman, Chief Makanjuola Ogundipe, said that as a disciplined party, the PDP was worried about the orgy of violence that occurred in the state, saying the party would not condone such behaviour from its members.


Alleged Igbo deportation: Only 14 destitutes were returned –Fashola •CNPP cautions Obi over backlash TEMITOPE OGUNBANKE AND MURITALA AYINLA


overnor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State yesterday cleared the air on the controversies trailing the alleged forceful ejection of some Igbo from the state, saying only 14 destitutes were picked on the streets, ehabilitated and resettled back to their state. Governor Fashola thus distanced the state’s government from the claim that those resettled were 67 or 72. Fashola who also disclosed that he just ordered the rehabilitation of a mad woman who was allegedly impregnated by unknown person in Oshodi, said the state’s government’s care for its residents had no ethnic or political colouration. Meanwhile, the Lagos State chapter of the Conference of Nigerian Political Parties (CNPP) has urged Governor Peter Obi of Anambra State not to allow the controversy cause rancour between Igbo and Yoruba in Lagos. In a statement signed by the state’s chairman of CNPP, Hon Akinola Oba-

dia, the group said that the issue should not be allowed to cause disaffection among the Igbo people living in the state with their Yoruba neighbours. The CNPP also warned against tribalising the alleged deportation issue. The statement reads in part: “We in the CNPP have gone extra mile to find out the fact from government source on the issue of the return of destitutes in the state to their states of origin. We decided to make a clean breast of the matter against the disinformation and rumour some people are making.” Speaking during a visit of Aka Ikenga, Igbo community in Lagos to his office in Alausa, Ikeja, Fashola said what happened was indeed minor issue that had been exaggerated to score cheap political gain. Explaining the genesis of the controversy, Fashola recalled that there was correspondence between the Lagos State Government and the Anambra State liaison in Lagos. Governor Fashola explained that his Anambra State counterpart could not claim ignorance of the whole matter.

‘Self-employment’ll reduce restiveness’ TEMITOPE OGUNBANKE


he Director-General of Industrial Training Fund (ITF), Prof. Longmas Sambo Wapmuk, yesterday said provision of adequate skills for self-employment for Nigerian youths will end youth restiveness in some parts of the country. Speaking at the combined

graduation ceremony of the Batch II and III trainees of a vocational training programme organised by ITF in conjunction with Nigeria Employers Consultative Association, held at Industrial Skills Training Centre, Ikeja in Lagos, Prof. Wapmuk, said that Nigeria, given its population and vast natural resources should have hundreds of Technical and Vocational Skills Acquisition Centres.

Terrorism: Be vigilant, security expert warns Nigerians ISIOMA MADIKE


ollowing the recent bomb attacks in Kano State by the Boko Haram terrorist group, the President, Association of Industrial Security and Safety Operators of Nigeria (AISSON), Dr. Ona Ekhomu, has warned Nigerians to be

vigilant in order to prevent future terrorists attacks. According to the security expert, with the emergency rule in the North-East, which has been quite effective and commendable, the terrorists would either give up the fight or migrate to neighbouring states or elsewhere. He stated that the displacement theory of crime

postulates that strong enforcement measures in one area will force criminals to migrate elsewhere. “The bombing of New Road and Enugu Road in Sabon Gari on July 29, has shown that the Boko Haram threat in Kano and other states is still grave, as well as a clear and present danger,” Ekhomu warned.

He urged Nigerians to stop denying the reality of terrorism and understating the fatality and casualty figures that result from terrorist attacks. According to him, the 45 lives lost in the Sabon Gari Kano bombings could have been saved if the authorities and other Nigerians were not in denial.



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PDP now free to hold convention –Court

•As aggrieved party members withdraw suit EMMANUEL ONANI ABUJA


eprieve came the way of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, yesterday, as an Abuja High Court discharged an earlier order restraining the party from holding its August 31 scheduled national convention. Justice Suleiman Belgore had, on July 25, made an order restraining PDP or its agents, from holding the planned special convention, pending the determination

of an originating summon. An earlier attempt made on July 29, to vacate the devastating order failed, as Justice Belgore held that, “It will be inequitable to discharge the restraining order, based on numerous applications before this court.” However, upon a formal application made by Abba Yale, Alh. Yahaya Sule and Bashir Maigudu (plaintiffs), for the withdrawal of the originating summons, the court was compelled to strike out the suit, in response to the prayer made on their behalf

by counsel, F. N Nwosu. In his address, Nwosu had told the court that the plaintiffs/applicants decided to withdraw the suit, following the setting up of the PDP national reconciliation committee, headed by Bayelsa State Governor, Mr. Seriake Dickson. They hope to explore the window of opportunity afforded by the Dickson-led committee, to address their perceived grievances. The court refused the pleas made by Tobechukwu Nweke and R. K Oluyede,

who appeared for the PDP and its national chairman, Alh. Bamanga Tukur, respectively, urging it to dismiss the suit, ostensibly to foreclose the plaintiffs from any future attempt at refiling a suit with similar subject matter. Justice Belgore observed that the court could not force plaintiffs to sustain a suit against defendants. “I have considered the application; there is no problem if not because this is a special case that has political intonation. “No judex or judge will

insist that a plaintiff continues a case against a defendant; you cannot force a person to continue a case in court against a defendant. “I believe this is in the interest of all parties concerned. In effect, that prayer to discontinue the suit is hereby granted without much ado. “This application is hereby struck out and the effect of the earlier order is no longer of any consequence. “That order (restraining the PDP from holding its planned convention) is now discharged, as it crumbles with the case”, the judge stated. The implication of this is that the scheduled convention of the PDP, will now go on without any inhibition. Addressing journalists at the end of proceedings, one of the plaintiffs, Maigudu, said: “We decided to institute the action because we felt we had grievances, and now, we decided to withdraw this matter; the party has set up a reconciliation committee, and there is no need to

continue this action.” It would be recalled that the court had made an order stopping the PDP from holding its scheduled convention. Justice Belgore had held that the action of the ruling party (Defendant), to hold its forthcoming convention, was intended to foist a “fait accompli” on the court, as aptly demonstrated in the setting up of some sub-committees for the convention. While describing PDP’s decision to hold its convention as “recklessness of the highest degree”, the judge warned that no “judex” (judge) would allow a party or parties in a suit to ridicule him or bring the sanctity of the court to disrepute or odium. Consequently, he granted “An order of interlocutory injunction restraining the defendant (PDP) and all its agents including its national chairman and any group of persons acting on its behalf from convoking, convening or holding any special or ordinary convention.”

Three journalists killed in auto crash ADEOLU ADEYEMO Commandant, Nigerian Armed Forces Resettlement Centre, Oshodi, Air Vice Marshall Moses Akisanmi, chatting with the Director of Coordination, Navy Commodore Itoko, while the Deputy Commandant, Maj-Gen Nsor Ojiji, and the Director of Training, Air Commodore Bojie, look on during the foundation laying ceremony of NAFRCOWA Youth Centre, Oshodi on Monday, July 22 2013.


We didn’t exonerate Etsu Nupe over N Charity’s conversion to Islam –CAN OLUFEMI ADEOSUN ABUJA


he Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) yesterday denied ever exonerating Etsu Nupe, Alhaji Yahaya Abubakar, over the alleged forceful conversion of Charity Uzoechina to Islam. Charity, a Redeemed Pastor, Raymond Uzoechina’s daughter, is said to have been at the custody of the Emir since her purported conversion some weeks ago. CAN Secretary General, Dr.Musa Asake, in a statement in Abuja, was reacting to a media publication quoting him as having said that the matter had been resolved. The statement reads in part: “My attention has been drawn to a news item published in a few Nigerian dailies yesterday, Thursday, August 1, 2013, quoting

me as having exonerated the Etsu Nupe, Alhaji Yahaya Abubakar over his role in the conversion of Charity, daughter of Pastor Raymond Uzoechina of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), into Islam. “Specifically, the newspapers concerned quoted me as having said, We have actually resolved the issue; there is a good understanding now especially as it concerns the person of respectable Etsu Nupe who has been misrepresented in the media. “I hereby disown the above quoted statement credited to me and say that I, as the General Secretary of the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, could not have spoken in that manner especially after witnessing the emotional encounter between Charity, her parents and siblings; a momentary family union

which suggested to me that the young girl was under certain influences within the palace of the Etsu Nupe. “Young Charity had agreed to go home with other members of the family during this encounter only to talk about threat to her life during the meeting. “The statement, therefore, does not represent my words and thoughts since I represented CAN at the meeting and not the spokesman of the Etsu Nupe. “For the avoidance of doubt, the statement I made to the press which approached me after the meeting was that we have listened to both sides and that after hearing them have come to an understanding of the matter. I also recall telling the correspondents that the matter would soon be resolved and that Pastor Uzoechina had all reasons to accuse

the Etsu Nupe for taking custody of his daughter without his consent. “I said the Etsu Nupe explained how he was given the custody of the girl. I then referred the correspondents to the Acting Governor whom I said would brief them further. “CAN has been consistent on this issue of the forceful conversion of Charity Uzoechina because the manner, method of securing her custody and the demeanour of the Etsu Nupe each time a truce meeting before the last one held in Minna was called, lived much to be desired. “Even now that the Sharia Court has vacated its earlier order, the ruling is neither here nor there. To that extent, CAN has not exonerated the Etsu Nupe until Charity is put under the custody of the Niger State governor as agreed.”

o fewer than three journalists lost their lives in an auto crash that occurred along Ilesa- Ife Expressway yesterday night. Those who lost their lives were the National Financial National Secretary of the Nigerian Union of Journalists, Adolphus Okonkwo, Kafayat Odunsi of the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) and Tunde Oluwanike of the Federal Radio Corporation Of Nigeria (FRCN),Lagos. Saturday Mirror investigations revealed that apart from those that gave up the ghost instantly, 10 other are currently receiving treatment at the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Osogbo. It was gathered that the accident occurred in the evening and that the journalists were returning from a national programme of the NUJ in Abuja. Eye witnesses further said that some of the victims bleeded profusely and could not be rescued immediately the accident occurred. It was gathered that officials of the Federal Road

Safety Commission could not be reached on time for prompt intervention. They however came to the scene later and took those still alive to LAUTECH for proper treatment. Eyewitness accout revealed that the accident was caused by a tyre burst, thus causing the bus to sommersault and eventually crashing in the bush. “The victims were first rushed to the Osun State General Hospital, Ilesa, from where they were referred to the Ladoke Akintola Teaching Hospital (LAUTECH), Osogbo, where the injured victims are currently receiving treatment,“ said a source. Narrating the story, the chairman of the NUJ, Oyo State council, Mr. Gbenga Opadotun, said “We are coming from Abuja where we held a meeting and by the time our vehicle got to Osu area, the rear tyre of our bus burst and the vehicle veered off the road before we summersaulted about eight to nine times and finally crashed in the bush”. The victims were still being attended to when our reporter visited LAUTECH at about 9.40 p.m.

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My problem with Patience Jonathan –Amaechi

•Truly she is my mother, but not protective of son, says governor TEMITOPE OGUNBANKE


ivers State governor and chairman of Nigeria Governors’ Forum, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, yesterday said his perceived misunderstanding with President Goodluck Jonathan’s wife, Dame Patience Jonathan, arose from his (Amaechi) desire to pro-

vide a conducive learning environment for the children of Okrika, home town of the First Lady. Speaking when members of the Niger Delta Bishops’ Forum led by Rt. Revd. James Aye Oruwori who visited him in Government House, Port Harcourt on Friday as part of their efforts to mediate in the political crisis in the state, Amaechi said he

had enormous respect for both President Goodluck Jonathan and his wife, Patience and that he was ready for peace. “There are aspects of the story that is public that I need to correct. Lord Bishops please allow me correct those ones too because when you spoke with the wife of the president she spoke publicly. She said and I concede to

her when she said she is my mother. As wife of the president who is the head of government and head of the nation, she is my mother and you expect that as my mother she should be able to protect her son. No mother takes away a Police Commissioner to the detriment of her son, so when next you see my mother, please tell her that she should try and

APGA crisis: Reconciliation is between Umeh and Obi, not all –Maxi Okwu TEMITOPE OGUNBANKE


he Maxi-Okwu-led All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) yesterday said that his group was ready to compromise and sheathe their sword for the sake of APGA winning the forthcoming local government and governorship elections, whenever the Chief Victor Umeh-led group is ready for true reconciliation. Speaking to Saturday Mirror in an exclusive interview yesterday, Barr. Maxi Okwu said that his group would be part of any reasonable move that would make APGA win Anambra State. He however warned that it would be counterproductive if the Umeh’s group decided to ignore other group. His words: “We are ready for reconciliation and that is why we set up

a reconciliation committee on June 10. We also declared three week of truce to allow for peace to prevail. The reconciliation is between Umeh and Obi, it does not carry my APGA along. I concede to those who are participants to the Anambra Monday show but we are not part of it and we cannot be ignored. So, we are moving to enforce our rights. “We stand on the April 8 national convention, a fact which has been confirmed by High Court and a Court of Appeal. So we can’t wish it away. But the interest of the party supercedes that and that is that we must win Anambra State elections. We are ready to compromise but that compromise must be based on honour and respect. That is the minimum condition. “If the Umeh group reaches out to us for the unity of the party, we can talk. But if they think that



residential candidate in the aborted third Republic on the platform of the Defunct National Republican Convention (NRC), Alhaji Bashir Tofa, yesterday praised the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for “the courage to register APC” despite pressure from some powerful quarters to frustrate the actualisation of the dream. Tofa who was the chairman of the elders committee

of the defunct All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) said, “I would like to extend my congratulations to all the leaders and the parties that courageously merged together to form the new All Progressive Congress (APC). “I must also congratulate INEC for their sense of justice and patriotism because despite pressure from many powerful corners, it summoned the courage to do the right thing. I do hope that it, INEC, will be similarly sincere in conducting all future elections, as these are even more crucial to

our survival as a country. “For the APC leaders and supporters, I must say the hard work begins now. Sacrifices have to be made, both personal and sectional, if we are to achieve the victories that are glaringly promised us by the Nigerian electorate. Internal democracy and good, competent and acceptable candidates are the recipe for the successes we all hope for. But a sure way to failure is to do the opposite of these. “Nigerians now do have a genuine choice. I hope they will choose wisely”.

part: “We have on numerous occasions over the past few months had cause to write you on matters relating to our party, the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA). We had also, relying on the clear provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, applied severally for certified true copies (CTC) of some party related documents in your custody. With due respects the Commission cannot say that I have not been on its records since 2002...”

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•Writes INEC for certified true copies of documents

they can go to the election alone, that is their business. We are working on to see that right things are done at the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the court of the land. We are prepared to cease fire if we talk. “Anything that is reasonably required for APGA to win Anambra State in forthcoming elections, we shall be part of it but if they decide to ignore us, it will be counterproductive. If they ignore us, it will be at their own peril. If everybody wishes that the APGA crisis should be resolve totally before the forthcoming Anambra local government and governorship election, there is possibility to do so. We are willing, let other side also shows willingness practically, not by making noise or abusing people.” Meanwhile, Maxi Okwu yesterday also wrote INEC, demanding for a certified true copies (CTC) of some party related documents in INEC’s custody. The statement reads in

protect her son,” he said. Giving an account of what transpired between him and the president’s wife in Okrika, to the bishop, Governor Amaechi said the altercation was as a result of providing services to Okrika people. His words: “As the governor, by protocol I will receive the president and you know that the president is not just our president, he is the head of the nation but when the wife of the president came I went to receive her at the airport and she slept in Port Harcourt. “The next day she came up with a programme that was not part of the official programme, and ..what was the programme? She wanted her people to receive her in Okrika. There was no plan; there was no protocol arrangement, nothing. We just had to quickly arrange protocol to take her to the place. But to do that, we wanted to also show her, as part of her own programme, not

our programme, was to show her the projects we had done in Okrika. “So we took her to the Rufus Ada-George Ring Road in Okrika, which we started and completed and then somewhere we saw a health centre and a primary school and I said stop, let me show her this health centre. We looked at the health centre and we were satisfied. At the primary school, there were houses around the primary school too close for comfort, no football field, no playground, no space at all around the school and I turned to the wife of the president and said ‘Your Excellency Ma, we have not finished with this building, we would buy the houses that are surrounding the primary school and demolish them’. “Once she heard the word ‘demolish’, the wife of the president flared up and took the microphone from me and started all sorts of diatribes that I won’t mention here for the respect I have for the office of the wife of the president.

APC foundation is wrong, it won’t last –Okupe

Senior Special Assistant to the President on Public Affairs, Dr. Doyin Okupe, is one person who believes that there is no basis for excitement over the formation of All Progressives Congress, APC, an amalgam of parties such as ANPP, ANC and CPC. His words: “I don’t think APC will last for a long time because the foundation is wrong, the combination faulty and the ideologies not clearly defined.” He also speaks about the muscle flexing between the Presidency and Rivers Governor, Rotimi Amaechi. Read him tomorrow.

Challenges of Passion being Fela’s daughter –Yeni Kuti Yeni Kuti, daughter of the late Afro beat legend, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, has sensationally revealed why she quit smoking. She says she did so that she could live to see her daughter graduate from the university. But that is just a tip of the iceberg. She spoke about problems she encountered as Fela’s daughter while growing up. Read her interview tomorrow.

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Mother-child mortality: Ogun LG trains 100 traditional birth attendants FEMI OYEWESO ABEOKUTA


s part of efforts at improving primary healthcare system in the state, no fewer than 100 traditional birth attendants have been trained in Ifo Local Government Area of Ogun State within the past 12 months. The newly trained traditional birth attendants are to assist pregnant women in the remote parts of the local council during deliveries. The training was borne out of the realization of the council that many pregnant women in such remote areas do not have immediate access to medical facilities towards delivery, which had resulted in both maternal and infant mortality in the past.

Executive Chairman of Ifo Local Government Area, Honourable Oluwole Enilolobo, who disclosed this to journalists yesterday in his office, explained that the council had acquired 1000 delivery kits for the use of pregnant women since he assumed office last year. The council chairman also told journalists that the council under him had repaid the N15 million debt owed commercial banks by his predecessor in office. In the words of Hon. Eniloloo, “The training of 100 Traditional Birth Attendants (TBA) was organized and graduands were presented with certificates to assist the rural dwellers who might be too distant to our health facilities to deliv-

er their babies safely. “Drugs revolving loans continue to receive the attention of our gov-

ernment so that drugs can be made available at affordable prices in our health centres. Ap-

preciable patronage has also been recorded from members of the public while enough health per-

sonnel have been provided to render qualitative services at the health centres,” he said.

APC registration: Ekiti commissioner praises INEC ABIODUN NEJO ADO EKITI


kiti State Information Commissioner, Mr Tayo Ekundayo, has praised the registration of the All Progressives’ Congress (APC), describing it as one of the greatest things to happen to the nation’s democracy. Ekundayo said the new

party has come to serve as a veritable platform to wrestle power at the national level from the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP). According to him, “now that a new dawn is here through the registration of APC, the rescue process of Nigeria from the charlatans has begun in earnest as he pleaded with patriots to unite for the process

of rebuilding the country,” he said. In the meantime, a People’s Democratic Party (PDP) governorship aspirant in the state, Otunba Olusegun Olanrewaju, has praised the party at the state and national levels for the amicable resolution of the crisis that had rocked the state’s chapter over the mode of selecting its

gubernatorial candidate. Olanrewaju spoke in Ado Ekiti yesterday against the backdrop of the intervention on Thursday of the Governor Seriake Dickson-led National Reconciliation Committee of the PDP in the Ekiti State’s chapter crisis and the resolve of all aggrieved parties to come together and work as a team.

APC: Ajimobi, Lanlehin laud INEC


overnor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State has hailed the registration of the All Progressives Congress (APC) by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), describing the new party as ``succour to Nigeria’s political pain.’’ The coming on board of APC, the governor said, was the resultant effect of the commitment, doggedness and resolve of people of like minds across the country. Dr Festus Adedayo, media aide to Governor Ajimobi quoted the governor as saying, ``With APC, it is a new political dawn in Nigeria and a fresh air in the Nigerian political waters.” The governor also commended those who stood by the proponents of the new political party to ensure its eventual registration by INEC. Similarly, Senator Olufemi Lanlehin, representing Oyo South Senatorial District, has said the APC will save the nation’s democracy from collapse. The federal lawmak-

er said in a statement issued on Thursda in Ibadan by his media aide, Mr Olawale Sadare, that the registration was a victory for democracy. Lanlehin said: ``The development marks a symbolic victory for democracy in Nigeria considering the intrigues which played out since the merging parties made their intention known to INEC and the general public. According to Lanlehin, ``The global fear about sustaining democratic governance in Nigeria has been laid to rest with APC coming on board to channel the cause of positive change in all spheres of our national life. With this development, the hope of a united, developed and prosperous Nigeria has been rekindled. ``The plot against the merging parties was understandable because it is generally acknowledged that APC was formed to provide good governance, run accountability in all tiers of government and uphold the sanctity of a united Nigeria.’’

L-R: Life Bencher and former Chairman of the Yoruba Tennis Club, Chief Badru Olaogun; children of the deceased, Akanni; Segun and Ebunoluwa, during the Fidau for Alhaji Alade Odunewu in Lagos, yesterday. PHOTO: OLUFEMI AJASA

Igi Iye project: Aregbesola solicits students’ support


n further demonstration of his passion to champion the fight against environmental hazard and climate change, Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun State, has taken the Igi Iye tree planting project to over 750,000 primary and post secondary school students in the state. Speaking at the last phase of the distribution of trees to students at Iwo City Hall, last Thursday, Governor Aregbesola said students’ involvement in the project was seek their cooperation

and support for the project, which he said was aimed at environmental protection and fightign against climate change In the words of Governor Aregbesola, “”Our efforts at ensuring the fortification of the environment by planting trees and other schemes will end up in futility if our youths who are the custodians of the future are not only involved but saddled with all the mechanism of trans -generation of the idea. “Igi Iye is about the present but of more im-

portance, is about the future and we will be deceiving ourselves if we refused to partner with the students, our youths who owe the future . They are the pivot of our endeavours in the process of development and we cannot relegate them to the background,” the governor said. Earlier, Special Adviser to the governor on the Environment, Hon Bola Ilori, commended the passion shown by students in the state in the Igi Iye scheme, saying that y their show of support for the project,

the state’s government would be encouraged to do more for the people. He also said that the Rauf Aregbesola administration would not relent in its effort to protect the state from climate change and environmental degradation. Principal of Iwo Grammar School, Prince Lateef Ajagbe, in his welcome address, said Igi Iye tree planting project is a huge effort of the government to reclaim and save our habitat and the environment together with the ecosystem at large.

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Mobile court convicts 50 traffic offenders in Onitsha NWABUEZE OKONKWO ONITSHA


Mobile Magistrate Court presided over by His Worship, Revd. George Nwabachili, yesterday, convicted about 50 motorists in Onitsha, Anambra State. The motorists were convicted for various traffic offences ranging from over-loading, over-speeding, seat belt violation, lack of fire extinguisher, among others. The traffic offenders were handed instant justice after they were caught by operatives of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) by Rev. Nwabachili, who sat in the open at the popular Zik Roundabout, Onitsha. Each of the convicts bagged months’ imprisonment with an option of fine, depending on the type of offence committed. Out of about 51 motorists arrested, the court discharged one and convicted others. Speaking on the mobile court, the Onitsha

Unit Commander of the FRSC, Mr. Anthony Metta, “The magistrate at his discretion discharged some, convicted some depending on the gravity of the offence committed.

Our intention is to correct the general public on the proper use of the highway, teaching them and making them to understand the problems inherent in accidents on the road and

how to avoid them so the arrest and subsequent prosecution will serve as deterrent to other road users,” he said. He expressed satisfaction at the reduced rate of

accidents in the area and attributed it to hard work on the part of the FRSC officials who, he said, had continued to organize

Joy as Anambra community gets electricity


Residents of five communities in Ogbaru Local Government Area registering for the state’s Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) programme at Atani, Anambra State, yesterday. Photo: NAN

workshops seminars in churches, market places and other public places on how to avoid road accidents.

overnor Peter Obi has commissioned the Ndiokolo-Ndiokpaleke rural electricity project in Orumba North Local Government Area of the state. The project was initiated and completed by Governor Obi administration. Governor Obi said the project was in line with the policy of his administration to open up all rural communities with massive infrastructural development. He recalled that the area had been without light until the intervention of his administration. The Governor explained that his government was working in all sectors in every community to uplift quality of life in all parts of the state. The state’s Commis-

sioner for Public Utilities and Water Resources, Mr. Emeka Nwankwu, said the project was completed under the second phase of the State Rural Electricity Scheme and regretted that nothing was done in the sector by successive past administrations since the completion of the first phase in the old Anambra State. The commissioner explained that every part of the State is now connected to the National Grid while over four hundred transformers have been distributed and installed in various communities by the Governor Obi administration. He enjoined the benefiting communities to take full ownership of the facilities and project them from vandalism.

FRSC raises committee on Abia’s traffic rules implementation


he Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) in Umuahia, Abia State, has set-up an eight-man committee for the annual rating of the state in the implementation of road safety and traffic administration. Abia Sector Commander of the commission, Mr

John Meheux, said in an interview in Umuahia yesterday that the committee had two weeks to complete its assignment. Meheux explained that the committee, headed by Prof. Hillary Edeoga, the Vice Chancellor of the Michael Okpara University of Umudike, is to rate the state’s perfor-

3 siblings die in Nsukka after meal SEGUN ADIO


bout three persons have been confirmed dead in Nsukka Local council area of Enugu State following an alleged eating of cassava meal. In a release issued by Ebere Amaraizu, spokesman for the state’s police command and made available to Saturday Mirror, three persons identified as Ikenna Ugwuanyi, Nnama Uwuanyi and Chineche Ugwuanyi of same family in Amok-

we Elu Owere Obukpa, in Nsukka Local Government Area of the state ate the cassava on Saturday, July 27, 2013. Amaraizu said that the three siblings reportedly took ill immediately after the meal and were rushed to the University of Nigeria Medical Centre, Nsukka, where the passed on. Meanwhile, their corpses have been buried by their relations as investigations into the incident have commenced.

mance for 2012. The FRSC bos said the core objective of the assignment was to reduce road traffic crashes in line with the 2011 Accra Declaration which targeted the reduction of road traffic crash fatalities by 50 per cent by 2015 According to Meheux, ``Technically, the job of the committee is to look at the

structures the state has put in place to reduce road traffic crashes as well as ascertain if there were enough road signs on the roads. It will also review what laws in the state provide for how the roads can be used, what are the laws guiding the use of motorcycles and how many roads have been constructed since the period under re-

view. In line with the Accra Declaration, the committee’s target is to ascertain what the state government is doing to reduce road traffic crashes,’’ he said. The sector commander said the committee would equally find out if the state’s vehicle inspection officers had the necessary logistics to perform their duties and whether the

structures required for motor licensing were in place. He said the committee’s next line of action was to visit some roads in the three senatorial zones to see the conditions of the roads. Meheux said that similar committees were performing the same function across the 36 states and Abuja.

Anambra demolishes Onitsha hotel where human heads were found CHARLES OKEKE AWKA


nambra State Gover nment has demolished the controversial Upper Class Hotel, Onitsha. Only recently, two fresh human heads, arms and ammunition were allegedly discovered in a room in the hotel. Governor Peter Obi personally supervised the demolition of the three storey structure situate at 8 Old

Market Road, Onitsha. Speaking during the demolition, Governor Obi said the state’s government has also confiscated all assets belonging to the owner of the hotel, who, he said, has been arrested together with his staff. The governor said that the action was in line with the policy of his administration to sustain the fight against crime and criminality. In his words, “I am aware some would rather

want us to convert those property for use for public purposes, but I tell you, acquiring those property and knocking them down is psychological more beneficial because the weight of the punishment is proportional to how much fear it engenders in people to run away from crime”, Obi said. The Governor made it clear that government will not relent in its resolve to flush out hoodlums from all parts of the State and will

continue to knock down property belonging to criminals. In their separate speeches, Transition Committee Chairman, Onitsha North, Mr. Eddie Okosi and his Onitsha South counterpart, Mr. Ugochukwu Ezeani, both said the state’s government was already winning the war against criminals. They said that Onitsha had been rebranded by the Governor by good work and his ability to restore the lost glory of the town.

Politics APGA: Now that Obi and Umeh are reconciled…

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n politics, it is believed that there is no permanent enemy or permanent friend but permanent interest. This belief came to the fore on Monday when Governor Peter Obi of Anambra State and the national chairman of All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Chief Victor Umeh, reconciled. The two politicians have been having a running battle over APGA leadership in the last two years. To the surprise of many Nigerians, Umeh on Monday visited Governor Obi at the Government House, Awka, and they held a close-door meeting on the future of the party. The duo who were excited about the outcome of the meeting, while speaking to journalists, declared to the world that the crisis which had shaken APGA to its foundation had been resolved. In his statement to journalists, Umeh described APGA crisis, which has led to many litigations in the last one year, especially between the Umeh-led faction and Chief Maxi Okwu-led faction, as the work of the devil. He urged those who worked with them in their different camps during the war to allow peace to reign for the sake of the party. He disclosed that with the reconciliation, peace would return to APGA,

adding that the reconciliation issue “is a no victor, no vanquished” one, and thanked God and all those that made the truce possible. His words: “Today is one of the greatest days in the life of our state and our party, the All Progressives Grand Alliance. My visit to His Excellency, Mr. Peter Obi, is to crystalise the various peace meetings we have had in recent time and also to declare to the world, not only the people of Anambra State but also the people of the world that the APGA crisis has come to an end. “Undoubtedly, many people who had followed the events in our party will be surprised at this dramatic end, but I think it is to the glory of God that peace must return to our party and that I have reconciled with my beloved brother, Peter Obi. “We have worked together for many years, almost 11 years without break, in trying to chart a new course for our people through our party, APGA. We were very successful in this beat; together we have been able to do impossible things in Anambra State, we have been able to confront our political challenges, and we came out successful, of course with the tacit support of all of you here in this great chamber. “It is therefore the work of the devil that good things are never allowed to endure; problems reared up, some were misman-

aged and some people were happy for it. But those of us who had laboured together have been unhappy, His Excellency has been unhappy, I have been unhappy, but today I can tell you that this is a new dawn for the government and our party.” Also speaking after the meeting, Governor Obi said the crisis which they had fully resolved would never come up again. The governor assured party faithful that the end of the crisis signaled greater things and victories for APGA, adding that they would reconcile everybody and make sure that all were brought back on track. “It is God that made it possible that we are here now. The crisis would never come up again. Anambra State is an APGA state and it would remain so, we will defend it with everything, we would go out with everything during the coming election and win,” he said. To many political analysts, the reconciliation between Obi and Umeh is a pointer that APGA crisis has been resolved considering that the duo are the major players in the party’s internal wrangling. But some people still believe that the event that happened on Monday may not guarantee 100 per cent reconciliation in the party putting into consideration, the absence of Maxi Okwu and others from the meeting. While many were celebrating Umeh

and Obi’s reconciliation, Maxi Okwu-led APGA immediately after the meeting at Government House, Awka, issued a statement disowning Obi and Umeh’s peace meeting, on the account that he and other stakeholders were not consulted. Okwu in a statement made available to Saturday Mirror by his Senior Media Assistant, Francis Ede, said that the fire brigade approach to the peace process made it impossible to address the perennial problems in the party. The statement reads: “The leadership and members of All Progressive Grand Alliance are surprised that our Deputy National Leader, Governor Peter Obi, could unilaterally meet with our erstwhile national chairman, Chief Victor Umeh and the Anambra State chapter of the party in Awka today (Monday) as part of the reconciliation process. “The Maxi Okwu-led APGA frowns at this turn of event and disowns the purported reconciliation as it was neither informed nor involved in this pseudo-peace meeting. We believe it is a giant step backward in our collective efforts at restoring peace in our great party. “We are aware that this panicky reconciliation by Governor Obi is due to the CONTINUED ON PAGE 15



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Ownership is one major problem with APC –Senator Anosike


n the next nine months or so, Anambra State will hold election for the emergence of a new governor, but as today it seems there is lull in political activities in the state. What is actually happening? I don’t think that there is a lull. I believe that everybody is planning. The situation will change when the aspirants emerge as candidates because as we speak today most asparants are working so hard underground, consulting. You cannot just get into the shop and buy something; you have to talk to stakeholders, you have high level people in the society that you would talk to. That determines the kind of person you are. People are declaring their intentions already. By the time we get to the end of March next year, we would have had about ten people showing interest. People from other local governments are also showing interest even though the state governor and the people of Anambra North have already made it known to everybody that it will be the turn of Anambra North because they have not produced a governor before. What has made it compulsory that the next governor should come from the Anambra North? I am not saying that no other; everybody has the right to contest but what we are talking about is that my party, PDP, is formed on the principle of equity and justice and on the principle of zoning. Even South-East and South-West people contested against Yar’Adua, but the party said no, they had already zoned it to the North and the North should produce the candidate. If you go to most states in Nigeria it is the same thing. In Abia State for instance, they said no that the person that will be candidate and governor of Abia State is from Abia South, because they wanted it that way. So why should Anambra State own be different. By the time Peter Obi finishes it will be 11 years for of Central. Anambra South had six or so years. So, when you talk about the population and the voting pattern in Anambra State, it is Anambra North that deserves to present a governor now. You talk so much about your party, but people are not sure if it is going to partake in the coming election. What is, indeed, happening to it? No, the party is alive. We don’t have any problem with the national leadership of the party, so, the party is alive, and whatever the party wants to do in Anambra State, of course it will do. We have our zonal executive, our zonal executive is alive. We don’t have any problem with the party. I believe that with time we will sort everything out even before the election. Don’t you think that the emergence of APC may affect the fortune of the PDP in your state? As far as I am concerned, the emergence of APC cannot threaten PDP. Rather, it will help it to wrok hearder. We are not scared of the merger. Their merger has never worked. When they get to the point of choosing candidates and so on there will be problems. In the APC they have people

Senator Emma Anosike represented Anambra North in the Senate and was also a member of the House of Representatives at different times. At present, he is gunning for the governorship seat of his state, Anambra, in the coming election. In this interview with OBIORA IFOH, he speaks on the efforts to ensure that the next governor of the state comes from Anambra North. He also speaks about his ambition and what form his possible leadership in the state would take. Excerpts:


that think they own it; political party is not owned by anybody but the so called APC is owned by some people and that is the kind of problem therein. What I am saying is that the merger arrangement will not work. Let us go back to the issue of zoning the governorship to Anambra North. Could the zoning have been responsible for the number of aspirants that have come from your zone? They have been coming out before, telling people that we are interested. At the end of day others will come to us (people from my zone) and tell us, let it go to a particular zone, this time around. You remember that I wanted to be the governor. I contested, but I was spoken to by Abuja. They said I should support Soludo. They said later it will go to North. If I wanted to be deputy governor, I wouldn’t have spent my N5 million and if you were Soludo you wouldn’t have taken me as deputy governor. I am not a deputy governor material in any ramification, but I was told to go and help us win this election. I joined Soludo,

I worked with him very well and I respect him up till tomorrow. But what will happen with people from other zones coming up, especially when there is no written agreement barring them? I have told you that my own political party, PDP, was formed on the principle of equity and justice and we also emphasise the issue of zoning. If there was no issue of zoning in PDP why should we be talking about zoning Presidency? If not, one zone will just hold president and keep it there. If there is no zoning why do we have to talk about a Bayelsa man, a minority man, being president. Where will he get the votes from? Bayelsa is just about few local government areas, so, where will they get the votes if they are not talking about zoning. Recently, Peter Obi’s uncle, Chief Sylvester Nwobu Alor, made a statement that though they accept to move governorship to Anambra North but people have been coming to them individually to complain. He said if the situation continued, the chance might be thrown open. What is

your reaction? I am surprised that Chief Nwobu Alor could make such a statement. He is veteran in this business. How many places in the world would they just come and say yes without a primary election. Everybody believes he can win. First of all you can talk to people, talk them into understanding the situation, talk them into realising that they do not have the capacity. Some of them will step down but some also feel they have the capacity. You therefore subject it to a primary election and at the end of the day who wins from that territory becomes your candidate. You do not need to blackmail for this kind of thing. In Anambra North, one could see three blocks: the Ogbaru block, Onitsha main block, and Omambala. If a candidate from any of the zones emerges, others may protest? We don’t have any problem supporting Onitsha man from Omambala, but we have problem of winning. We lost the non indigenes from other parts of the country because they are scared of our brothers in Onitsha and Ogbaru. They fear that because “they fear that when an indigene becomes the governor or local government chairman they lose their stores. So, we are working hard to convince them that that is not true. That is why, for the past years, it has been very difficult for indigenes of Onitsha or Ogbaru to produce a local government chairman apart from appointment. If you just go for election, we will end up losing to the non-indigenes. Therefore, we are working very hard to convince our brothers that are in the other parts of the country and other parts of the state. We will become governor or we will become local government chairman, we are not going to threaten their business at all. Any time we come for election in the Senate, we get votes from Okpoko and Onitsha South and about 65 per cent also come from Onitsha North. That is why, at any particular time, it’s easier for us. But that is against equity? Not that I am trying to insinuate, it’s also possible that at the rate we are going, if an Omambala man becomes a governor, we must sit down and discuss with our brothers in Onitsha and Ogbaru so that they will also make their own presentation, in whatever they are doing. You wanted to bec ome the governor before. This is another opportunity. What are you doing? I will contest for governorship by the grace of God, but I need to make up my mind on what to tell my people when the time comes. What is important to me now is that somebody from Anambra North becomes the governor. I am not doing any CONTINUED ON PAGE 15

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APGA: Now that Obi and Umeh are reconciled… CONTINUED FROM PAGE 13 local government and governorship elections in Anambra State in October and November 2013 respectively. “A fire brigade peace process that the party leadership and major stakeholders were not involved cannot address the perennial problems in the party. “The authentic APGA leadership with Barr Okwu as National Chairman will soon meet and take position on this and other crucial party issues.” Though Obi and Umeh announced to the world that APGA crisis is over but the exclusion of Okwu-group from the reconciliation may still have effect on the party, putting into consideration the inability of the party leaders to totally solve many crises that have ravaged the party since its inception, especially after the death of APGA leader and Biafran warlord, Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu. Since its registration prior to the 2003 general elections, APGA has experienced several moments of crises that have resulted in crossfire of court cases among its leaders. The first major crisis in the party was leadership tussle between Chief Chekwas Okorie and Umeh over the national chairmanship seat. The legal tussle between the duo lasted several years before the matter was settled in favour of Umeh by the Supreme Court. Okorie was later expelled from the party. During Ojukwu’s lifetime, he was able to manage the party effectively but that cannot be said after his demise. The crisis between Obi and Umeh started while Ojukwu was receiving treatment outside the country and his demise escalated the crisis. The party was later divided into two broad factions, with a faction pledging allegiance to Governor Obi while Umeh led another faction.

‘Ownership is one major problem with APC’ CONTINUED FROM PAGE 14 election as a do or die thing, if I get to a stage where my people say no, Senator Anosike you need to step down, someone else has to do it, of course I will support. So what is important to me is that support. What is important to me is that I have my brother, I have somebody from Anambra North to become the governor. I have passed the stage, I started very early, I have passed the stage of fighting as if it is a do or die thing. This has to do with service. If your people ask you to come and serve, you come and serve. I don’t want to get to a stage where people will look at being a governor in Anambra State as winning a gold medal. To me, coming to be the governor of Anambra State means coming to work. It will be work, work, work because we have a lot of things to do; we need to sustain what Peter Obi has put in place, we need to support, we need to put our own expertise into it.

While the leadership tussle between Obi and Umeh was going on, Obi’s faction, on February 8, during a national caucus meeting of the party held at Chelsea Hotel, Abuja, appointed Chief Maxi Okwu and Alhaji Sanni Shinkafi as APGA’s acting national chairman and acting national secretary respectively pending the conduct of a national convention. The communiqué of the meeting signed by 43 chieftains of the party also mandated the interim National Working Committee of the party to conduct all congresses and national convention of the party on or before April 30. The appointment of Okwu, generated a lot of controversies based on allegations that he was not a card-carrying member of the party at the period he was appointed the acting national chairman. While Umeh was still battling to regain his national chairmanship seat through the appellate court, the Governor Obiled faction held a national convention on April 8 and the convention produced Okwu as the national chairman of the party. During the convention supervised by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) other party’s executives were also elected alongside Okwu. While Governor Obi and Umeh were still flexing muscles over the party structure, Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State, who was elected as governor on the platform of APGA during 2011 governorship election spearheaded APGA ‘s merger arrangement with three other major political parties to form the All Progressive Congress (APC) without the consent of any of the two factions. After so many months of legal battles, a Court of Appeal sitting in Enugu in a unanimous judgement on July 15 affirmed Chief Victor Umeh as the national chairman of APGA. The court quashed the judgement of the Enugu State High

Court delivered by the State Chief Judge, Justice Innocent Umezulike, on February 8, 2013, that sacked the entire National Working Committee of APGA on the ground that their tenure expired in 2010. Earlier before the judgement, INEC, in a letter with reference number, INEC/ DPPM&L/APGA/003/ T/358, dated May 8 and signed by its Secretary, Abdullahi A. Kaugama, said it would continue to relate with Umeh as the national chairman of APGA. With INEC’s backing and court ruling, Umeh seemed to have an upper hand against Okwu and to many people, Governor Obi may have decided to alight from his Olympian height to reconcile with Umeh in the interest of APGA, especially as the party prepares for the November 16 Anambra State governorship election. The dream of any sitting governor is to have control of his state and not lose it to an opposition party at the end of his tenure in office. These ideas may be some of the basic reasons why Governor Obi has decided to embrace Umeh so that both of them can work in unity for APGA. Though Maxi Okwu and some of his loyalists seem not to be part of the reconciliation meeting, since Okwu was made a national chairman by Governor Obi, many people strongly believe that the governor will prevail on him to embrace the reconciliation as his interest, of course, would have been taken care of. It is pertinent to point out that APGA may be the ruling party in Anambra State, but it is not having total control of the state. Apart from the position of governor, other key positions in the state and National Assembly seats are shared by APGA, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN). Therefore many people believe that there is no way APGA will win the November 16 governorship election if they go into the election with a divided house, considering

the growing popularity of the opposition party, especially the recent registration of APC and the emergence of the United Progressive Party (UPP) founded by the founding APGA national chairman, Chief Chekwas Okorie. Many people are also of the view that APGA, as an Igbo party, is the only party that can project the Igbo agenda. Reason therefore that many people were worried about the party’s internal wrangling, which has caused a lot of division in the region. Prior to the 2011 general elections, Anambra State was the only APGA state but with massive campaign and grassroots support, Owelle Rochas Okorocha, who contested on the platform of APGA won Imo State in 2011 by defeating the incumbent governor, Ikedi Ohakim. While Governor Obi is still laying claim to APGA, Governor Okorocha cannot be regarded as APGA governor considering his romance with APC. With the registration of APC, Okorocha may defect to APC along with some of his supporters and his action will surely have great effect on the party. Without any iota of doubt, the reconciliation between Obi and Umeh is basically a strategy by APGA to retain the seat of power in Anambra State. But how far can the party go in making the reconciliation bring positive result is what many people are waiting to see. In less than 90 days the party will be testing their might in two elections – the October 5 local government elections and November 16 governorship election. With the elections drawing closer, it would not be wrong to conclude that APGA has taken the right step by putting its house in order before the election as many are also of the view that the reconciliation may help the party in retaining its seat of power at the state level and also extend its control to the grassroots by winning the council elections.

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ACPN chieftain condemns deportation of Igbo by Lagos govt TEMITOPE OGUNBANKE


llied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN) chieftain, Chief Udo Udeogaranya has condemned the recent transfer of 72 beggars and destitutes back to their states of origins by Lagos State government. Udeogaranya, ACPN gubernatorial aspirant for the forthcoming November 16 Anambra State governorship election, in a statement made available to Saturday Mirror said that the action of the Lagos State government is unlawful since the constitution empowered every Nigerian to move freely and reside in any part of the country. The statement reads in part: “As a native of Anambra State and one running to become the Governor of Anambra State, one of the federating units of Federal Republic of Nigeria, I am mindful that the constitu-

tion that binds all the people, resources, talents and lands of the federation as one and beneficial to all, irrespective of tribe, state or region has made a solemn proclamation that ‘Every citizen of Nigeria is entitled to move freely throughout Nigeria and to reside in any part, thereof, and no citizen shall be expelled from Nigeria or refused entry thereby or exit there from.’ “In Section 14 (4), the constitution explicitly proclaims; ‘The State shall foster a feeling of belonging and of involvement among the various people of the Federation, to the end that loyalty to the nation shall override sectional loyalties.’ “Where then is the promotion of sense of belonging within Lagos State area of authority by Governor Babatunde Fashola and his APC government as demanded by the constitution in deporting 72 persons considered to be of Igbo extraction to a foreign state?

“Is it not an abdication of authority and responsibility by Lagos State government and transfer of authority and responsibility to Anambra State government to cater and cover the welfare for these Nigerians deported by Lagos State government, even when our constitution stipulates that the security and welfare of the people shall be the primary purpose of government. “I therefore call on President Goodluck Jonathan and the Federal Government to hence transfer 50 per cent of Lagos State monthly allocation to Anambra State Government and an explicit order, that all Anambra State natives in Lagos State pay their taxes to Anambra State government. This will enable Anambra State government to cater for Nigerians deported to its area of authority and serve as a deterrent to all States governments of the Federation.”


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Living How bombs shattered the peace of Kano again Saturday Mirror

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Four huge coordinated explosions from Boko Haram bombs left Kano residents with the usual fallouts: death, injury, trauma, pain, bereavement, loss of property, displacement and general apprehension AUGUSTINE MADU-WEST


n Monday July 29, 2013, when deafening sounds of explosions shook the foundations of some residential buildings in Dakata, a Kano suburb, which is about 9 kilometers from Sabon Gari, the usual fear, stampede confusion, and panic associated with such occurrences immediately set in. Frantic telephone calls were made from different parts of the commercial town for a clue regarding the explosions and their location. After about four huge coordinated explosions from what was later known to be bombs from the armoury of the Boko Haram Sect, the usual spectacle of death, injury, trauma, pain, bereavement, loss of property and displacement confronted residents. Available records from both the police and army headquarters in Kano, which coordinate, the activities of the joint task force put the number of deaths at twelve. Expectedly, this figure has been widely disputed and criticized by some of the eye witnesses to the attack, who in their own calculations suggest that the least acceptable figure regarding the number of people killed should not be below 100 persons. Such estimates are hinged on the fact that the explosions rocked a busy fun spot and an adjourning Pentecostal church where a church programme was in progress. The worst part of the attack was that it happened after Kano residents had enjoyed about three months of relative peace due largely to improved security, which was beginning to enhance commercial activities previously threatened by the security challenges in the State. The last time Sabon Gari was hit by terrorist activity was on March 18, 2013 when the Kano central motor park was attacked by suicide bombers, resulting in no fewer than 150 deaths, mostly of southbound passengers who had boarded the luxury buses that were targets of that attack. Incidentally the park is located on New Road, the venue of the newest attack.

THE PERPETRATORS POSED AS FRUIT HAWKERS. THE EXPLOSIVES, WHICH HAD REMOTE CONTROL MECHANISM, WERE CONCEALED IN A WHEEL BARROW COVERED WITH FRUITS AND DETONATED FROM A DISTANCE A visit to No. 41, New Road revealed a gory sight. The area was littered with human intestine, flesh and blood. Some buildings suffered cracks. Shattered doors and windows were strewn all over the place. It was the same gory scene on Enugu Road and Igbo Road, which were also targeted by the terrorists. Even though the police and army authorities have largely been silent on how the terrorists executed their nefarious plan, some of the residents revealed that the explosives were concealed in a wheel barrow covered with fruits, as the perpetrators posed as fruit hawkers. It is believed that the explosives had remote control mechanism as they were detonated from a distance. Residents claim they only heard the explosions and saw dead bodies flying around. Five vehicles were destroyed in the Enugu Road attack. Contesting the official figure of twelve

deaths, residents assert that apart from 24 corpses deposited in the Mortuary of Malam Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital, made up of 20 men and four women, other corpses from that same attack were also deposited at the Mortuary of the Murtala Mohammed Specialist Hospital and the state owned Nassarawa Hospital, where a number of the injured victims were admitted for medical attention. Police statement on the incident, which was signed by its public Relations Officer, ASP Magaji Majiya said, “Multiple explosions at Enugu Road by Igbo Road and New Road at about 21:00hrs occurred at Tarven Marry Cool Spot and Zuma Cool Spot respectively. As a result, 12 persons were killed on the spot, 12 injured while 19 vehicles parked at the scenes of the attack were damaged. “The corpses of the dead victims have been deposited in the mortuaries while

the injured ones are receiving treatment. The command has opened investigation into the incident.” Captain Ikedichi Iweaha, spokesman of 3 Brigade who doubles as the imagemaker of Kano Joint Task Force, said in his own statement that “At about 2105 hours, 29 July 2013(five minutes after nine pm), sounds of simultaneous explosion were triggered by persons suspected to be members of the Boko Haram terrorist group between numbers 38 to 41, New Road and Igbo road by Enugu Road, all in Sabon Gari area of Fagge Local Government Council of Kano state. Twelve persons were confirmed to have died from both incidences while a couple of others who sustained various degrees of injuries were rushed to hospital for medical attention. “This latest incidence could have been avoided if citizens maintain vigilance to observe when packages are dropped as it was in this case, contrary to reports circulating in some sections of the media of the attack being one by suicide bombers. You may recollect that the JTF had urged residents of Kano metropolis to keep an eye on their environment as members of the terrorist sect had planned to drop packCONTINUED ON PAGE 18



CONTINUED FROM PAGE 17 ages in bags or cartons in areas with high human traffic. While the JTF and other security agencies will not rest on its oars to rid the state of all terrorist elements, the general public is enjoined to report promptly, all unattended packages or suspicious persons to the closest security agency for immediate action. The JTF and other security agencies will continue to count on the support and cooperation of the people of Kano to achieve an atmosphere of peace conducive for business.” The Igbo apex body, Ohanaeze Ndigbo in Kano also reacted to the dastardly act in a statement signed by its leader in the State, Chief Michael Tobias Idika. The statement said, “On Monday, July 29, between 9 and 9:30pm, terrorists invaded Sabon Gari, an enclave carved out for nonnatives and planted Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs), which exploded almost simultaneously at Enugu/Igbo Road, near International Hotel; and on New Road, directly opposite the popular Ado Bayero Square—precisely at No. 38, 39, 40 and 41. At 41 New Road, the Christ Salvation Pentecostal Church was bombed at the peak of evening worship. Ohanaeze’s account can confirm 39 deaths in New Road and six in Igbo/Enugu Road; and also unspecified numbers of people who got injured. The team of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Kano State Chapter arrived the scenes at about 9:30pm and witnessed the moving of dead bodies and the wounded by security agencies, mostly the Army. Ohanaeze Ndigbo, however, can recall that this is not the first time terrorists invaded Sabon Gari, particularly on New Road. In fact, on that same spot where the latest incident happened, several attempts have been made to terrorise Nigerian citizens. As a reputable organisation, we call for adequate security of lives and property in northern Nigeria. Ohanaeze Ndigbo also commends the spirited efforts of the Assistant Inspector General of Police, David Omojola, in-charge of Zone 1, who was accompanied by the Commissioner of Police, Musa Daura, to the scene of the incident for on-the-spot assessment. “Ohanaeze Ndigbo Kano registers its deep feelings over the unprovoked attacks on Sabon Gari, Kano, dominated by Ndigbo. At this point, Ohanaeze Ndigbo calls on President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan to make haste and protect the lives of citizens resident in the northern part of the country, particularly, in Kano with undisputed status of boosting economy

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and politics in Nigeria. To all the departed souls and the wounded in this grievous attack, we register our deep sympathy and only hope that those in authority, including all security agencies, would brace up and take decisive action to end this carnage - man’s inhumanity to man.” The state governor, Rabi’u Musa

Kwankwaso visited the victims in their respective hospitals as well as the scenes of the attack on Tuesday morning during which he strongly condemned the attacks. He said, “This attack on Sabon Gari is an attack on Nigeria because Muslims and Christians are involved. Several people of different ethnic extractions have either

lost their lives or are critically injured. Whoever did this thing targeted Nigeria.” The governor promised that the state government will continue to work with security agencies to maintain peace and protect lives and property and appealed to the people to continue to support security agencies to make the state safer and to go about their normal activities calmly, promising that the state government will shoulder the cost of the treatment of victims in hospitals. He therefore directed the state Commissioner for Health to ensure that the victims get the best of treatment in public or private hospitals in the state and condoled with the families of those who lost their lives in the incident, praying Allah to stand by them in this moment of sorrow. While the dead are still being counted, the injured are thanking God that they escaped with their lives. Emeka Mba, a staff of The Young Shall Grow Motor company, who is lying critically ill at Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital, said, “This is a tragic incident. We are surprised we were chosen as targets. I think those that perpetrated this dastardly act must be fished out. I am in real pains.” Emmanuel Ani, an attendant at one of the relaxation joints that were hit, said, “As I am talking to you now, I cannot explain what really happened. The only thing I could remember was that I was about serving a customer a plate of Isiewu when I heard a deafening sound that shook the ground and displaced people.” At Abdullahi Wase Specialist Hospital, Mr. Alade Ezekiel, a 47-year-old printer told his own story. He said, “At about 9 p.m. on Monday, I came out to eat Amala. All of a sudden, I heard a deafening sound, and before I could come to my senses, a sharp object pierced through my left hand and blood gushed out. Another bomb exploded and before I could manage to escape, another object pierced my leg. At this time, I could not move. The only thing I could do was to crawl. Soon after, a soldier came and rescued me.”

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Who shot Segun Alade? Who shot at Segun Alade’s vehicle and made it to somersault into the bush on Ogbese – Akure Road (Ondo State) around 7pm on July 14, 2013. Alade, who is clinging to life at the Akure Specialist Hospital, alleges it was a team of policemen in a Hilux vehicle. The police insist Alade was involved in a lone accident. But who shot him? OJO OYEWAMIDE


f Segun Alade had any inkling of the danger lurking somewhere along the Owo-Akure road on July 14, 2013, he would have postponed his journey. But sadly, he does not have the gift of clairvoyance. Alade, a forest guard with the Ondo State Ministry of Natural Resources, was travelling from Ogbese to Akure. He had a smooth drive up to Bolorunduro. Suddenly, he saw an unmarked Hilux vehicle trailing his car, while it occupants were shouting at him to stop. Thinking the occupants of the vehicle might be armed robbers, he increased the speed of his car to escape attack. But his pursuers fired gunshots at his car. A bullet hit one of the tyres, causing the car to summersault and throw Alade into the bush. It was when the occupants of the Hilux vehicle approached the scene of the accident that the victim realised his pursuers were policemen. Instead of rescuing him, the policemen thought he was dead and took to their heels, leaving their victim to lie in a pool of blood for about four hours. However, providence intervened in an ironical manner. Another team of policemen on patrol discovered Alade inside the bush and took him to the Emergency Unit of Akure Specialist Hospital. Groaning intermittently, Alade recalled the incident: “I was travelling from Ogbese to Akure. On getting to Bolorunduro, I suddenly saw an unmarked Hilux vehicle driving out from a bush path. I can’t say if it was blue or black. It was around 7pm. The occupants of the van asked me to stop. I thought they were armed robbers and I ran for my life. They started to pursue me with the van’s full lights on. At a point, they started shooting at my car. “While they were pursuing me, I discovered that the vehicle was one of those Ondo state government donated to the police. I was about to stop, but they were shooting seriously at my car. A bullet hit one of my tyres. The car somersaulted three times, throwing me into the bush. I


was on high speed and the only one in the car. It was when those who were pursuing me came to the scene of the accident that I knew that they were policemen. “I pretended as if I was dead. When they approached the scene of the accident, instead of rescuing me, they ran away, thinking that I was dead. I was surprised that policemen could do this to me. Written on the panel of the vehicle was “Fast Strike Squad”. One of them said “e be like say this one don die o. Let us waka o”. They did not make any effort to rescue me. That was how they left.” He added: “I was there for about four hours and it was raining. I discovered that I could no longer raise my hands and legs. I was there struggling. Around 11pm, I saw another police patrol team that came in a white van. They saw my vehicle and waited. Their boss said “e be like say dis one na fresh accident”. He asked them to comb the bush if there was somebody there. The officers did not check very well and reported to their boss that there was nobody in the bush. He asked them if they were sure and they answered in the affirmative. “As they were leaving, the boss said they should go back and search the bush again. He came down. I was tired. I could not shout. They put on their torch lights and they saw me where I was writhing in pain. They pitied me and carried me to their vehicle. I was covered with blood. They were the ones who took me to the Emergency Unit of the Akure Specialist Hospital. “My phone had broken. But one of the policemen removed my SIM card and

inserted it in his phone. He checked out for my contacts and asked me who he could contact. I told them Tunde Alade. He called him, Wale, my friend and my wife. They came to the hospital. Before my people came, they asked me if I had money. I asked them to check my pocket and they saw N6, 000 plus. They started treatment with the money before my people came.” Alade said further: “I am only interested in my recovery. I have been in pains since the accident occurred. I am not okay at all. If government should help, that would be okay. “I had been moving my legs and hands freely, but I can’t move them now. I can’t eat until they feed me. I am a civil servant. I am not an armed robber. I don’t have any criminal record. You can check. I have been working for government for over 17 years now. I am serving in Akure presently with the Ministry of Natural Resources. I don’t know what I did to deserve this.” Alade’s lawyer, Grace Obanigba, has petitioned the State Commissioner of Police, demanding “the immediate investigation, interrogation and prosecution of the perpetrators of this barbaric act who are officers of the police command operating illegally with unmarked black patrol van.” The lawyer also demanded that the hospital bill of the victim should be refunded to him and the cost of repairs of his damaged car be calculated and refunded. Obanigba added: “In the event of your failure and/or delay in so doing, our client will have no other option than to seek legal redress in a court of competent jurisdiction. Your command should publish a public

apology in at least two national dailies in favour of our client.” The legal practitioner frowned at the reported claim of the State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Wole Ogodo, that Alade was involved in a lone accident. “It is surprising and worrisome that the Ondo State police command, through the police public relations officer (PPRO), ASP. Wole Ogodo, misrepresented the true position of the matter wherein he stated categorically that the report from Oba-Ile Divisional police station showed that the victim (our client) was involved in a lone accident. He further stated that he was rescued from the scene four hours after the accident. Are we then to say that those bullets removed from his body and those that hit his car were shot by spirit beings? We therefore submit that both police team conspired together to input the story. How did the police team that rescued him have the information that it was an accident because the accident occurred in the dead of the night? “It is our position that this is a calculated attempt by the police whose main duty is to protect the citizen, but fail to do so, to give an uncharitable excuse. This is a clear case of dereliction of duty. Instead, they covered up the illegal, barbaric and inhuman acts unleashed on our client and to exonerate themselves thereby denying our client the justice of this case,” she wrote in the petition. When Saturday Mirror contacted Ogodo on phone, he said he was aware of the petition written by the victim, saying the command would look into it.



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‘How my mother sold my 8-monthold baby for N200,000’

The suspects


eventeen-year-old Blessing Godspower has told the police how her mother sold her eightmonth-old baby. Her mother, Onyinyechi Nwabueze, 38, was paraded by the police at the ‘A’ Division of the Plateau State Police Command. Policemen from the division, led by the Divisional Police Officer, Mr. Victor Dimkpa, a Chief Superintendent of Police, had rescued the baby, Chiamaka, in Awka, the Anambra State capital.

Blessing, who was staying with her mother at Rukuba Road area of Jos North, was allegedly put in the family way by her boyfriend. After Blessing was delivered of the baby, her mother, who was not comfortable with the development, decided to get rid of the baby. According to Blessing, on July 19, her mother sent her on a phony errand in order to effect the “diabolical” act. She said, “My mother sent me on an errand. But when I came back, I asked

for my baby and my mother asked, ‘which baby?’ She feigned ignorance and at that point I started crying and reported the incident to the Police.” Police Commissioner, Mr. Chris Olakpe said, “After the mother sent her daughter away, she stopped a tricycle and took the baby to the first receiver, one Eucharia Anyaegbu. Anyaegbu transferred the baby to the second receiver, Rita Maduako, who finally sold the baby to a 53-year-old unmarried woman, Grace Nnadozie.” Nnadozie, however, told our corre-

spondent that after she applied to an orphanage for a child without any result for the past two years, she sought Anyaegbu’s help. She said she gave Anyaegbu N500, 000 for the baby. Anyaegbu gave Maduako N350, 000, out of which Maduako gave N200, 000 to the baby’s grandmother. But Nwabueze denied that she sold the baby. She said her daughter was very wayward, so she decided to give the baby out to somebody else who would take proper care of her. She said, “How can I sell my granddaughter. My daughter is not capable of taking care of the baby and I decided to give her to somebody who will take proper care of her.” Nwabueze explained that she lost her husband in 2007 and since then, she and the six children she had with him, had been finding things difficult. Baby Chiamaka has apparently gone farther than her tiny legs could possibly carry her. She was rescued after painstaking investigation by the police because she was sold and resold many times. Allegedly sold by her grandmother in Jos, Plateau State, she was eventually rescued in Awka, the Anambra State capital. Once her grandmother made up her mind to get rid of her, she was said to have found an ally in a woman living at Army Engineers area of Jos North, whom she sold the baby to. The woman was said to have resold the baby to another woman in Onitsha, using an intermediary. The baby was again sold to yet another woman in Onitsha, who again resold her to another woman in the same city. She eventually ended up with Grace Nnadozie, a 53-year-old unmarried woman before she was rescued by the police.

‘I killed my husband because he wanted to kill me with sex’ S


eventeen-year-old Maryam Yahaya has told the police that she killed her husband because he has subjected her to “excessive” sex since she was forced to marry him last year. Maryam was alleged to have killed her husband, 26-year old Lawal Bala, a butcher from Gangare in Jos North Local Government of Plateau State. Speaking at ‘A’ Division of the state police command, Maryam said that for the past one year that she had been married to her husband, he had turned her into a sex machine by having sex with her at least six times a day.

According to her, “On each occasion, he would go as far as six rounds after taking performance enhancing drugs. The thought of running away was out of the question because my parents will send me back to him. There was no other way out for me until the devil got into me.” Maryam pleaded to be set free, saying she had repented. She added that she needed to go home to take care of herself as she was two months pregnant. The Commissioner of Police, Mr. Chris Olakpe, said that justice would

be done on the matter. “On July10, about 4.30pm, a distress call came from Gangere that Lawal Bala was murdered in his house by unknown persons. “In the course of police investigation, one knife stained with blood, a bed sheet with blood stain and some cooked noodles were recovered at the scene of the incident. “She (Maryam) became the prime suspect and was arrested. She later confessed to the crime. The course of justice will be followed in the case.” (




Woman Pregnancy is no excuse for indolence

–Amina Oyagbola

Relationships C Can your sibling ibli marry your ex...?

Fashion •Flirty frocks •Hair magnet unfolds Marilyn


...Marriage blues

Sex talk Who are you in bed, erotophilic or erotophobic?



Celebrity Foluke Daramola needs no introduction. She is an A-list celebrity and actress. She spoke to ENTERVAGANZA about her latest marriage and the newly established Screen Actors Awards.


hy were you chosen as the chairman of the Screen Actors Awards by the Actors Guild of Nigeria? Well, I guess maybe it’s the zeal which I put in since I joined AGN. I have so much belief in AGN, I believe so much in AGN’s cause since Ibinabo came on board as president, I believe that we can go further than we ever imagined as we are the representation of Nigeria, so I gave my ideas to move us forward and they all felt that I’m capable enough to handle the SAA chairman position. Are you saying you’re the one who suggested it? Nooooooooooooo. My president suggested it. But I felt the same way too, that we should have an awards like it. Why is it named Screen Actors Awards and not AGN Awards since it’s being organised by AGN? That’s the same name they gave it in Hollywood as well, and Hollywood is like our pacesetter, and that name is explicit and understandable as well. But how will it have credibility since it’s an awards organised by actors for actors? Actors won’t be the judges. And there will be a ballot. People will be voted for. So it won’t be a case of sentiment that because I like this person, no, it’s going to be what the people want. Won’t your duties as chairman af-

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God gave me a second shot at marriage

–Foluke Daramola

fect your acting career? Not at all. Everything is all about sacrifice. I have been acting since I was like 17 years, and I’ve come a long way in the industry. There are sacrifices to everything, and at the end of the day, I believe that if you grow as a body, it’s faster than growing individually. If I have to sacrifice my appearances in movies for the success of this, I believe it’s worth it. There are many awards out there. What’s going to be different about this? Well, we are the ones that make the other awards happen. Now, it’s our own thing, that’s the difference. And that’s why a lot of corporate bodies have to tap into it, because they are dealing directly with us. So when is it actually coming up? Tentatively on the 5th of October. And we are still tentatively looking at the Oriental Hotel. Most Yoruba actors don’t like to have anything to do with AGN. Why are you doing so? First and foremost, I’m a liberalminded person. And secondly, I started out with the English. That’s before I got admission into Obafemi Awolowo University. And when I was reading my first degree, International Relations, I had a lecturer that used to tell me that you can’t do a good representation acting movies as an English

ambassador, because when you read IR, you are an ambassador, so as an ambassador, how do you relate with your own culture, so I needed to do the Yoruba movies. But one thing about me is that I see them both as equal because they both have their peculiarities and I believe that it’s one Nollywood, be it English, Igbo, Yoruba or Hausa. You once said you wanted to become a diplomat and you intended to study further to achieve that. Are you still on course for it? Yes I am, I am. Like I got a scholarship to do my doctorate programme in a Canadian university, but I had to defer my admission. Now when you say you want to be an ambassador, you don’t have to represent a country, you can work in the United Nations, you can represent anything outside the shores of your country, so for me, I’ll like to be remembered as a lecturer, as a teacher, as someone that invested time in humanity, so it’s not like I’m waiting for an ambassadorial appointment, no, it’s about impacting on humanity worldwide. So why did you defer your admission when it’s the next step towards achieving your aim? Well, I got married, and I needed to take care of my home front, because family comes ca ause my fam mily c omes first in everything, and ev verything, a nd I believe that admissions will always a dmissions w ill alw ways wait. I was the one e that did my Master’s still M aster’s and d I’ll sti ill go ffor or the doctorate. doctorrate. about Tell us abou ut your recent recen nt marmar rhas riage which ha as been very much in news. the new ws. Well, I thank God. Like Liike I always way ys say, what w hat is most

important is your happiness, and God gave me a second chance. I never thought I was going to get married, I didn’t even plan to get married, I just told myself I’m out of it and all that, so I’m happy that I have a man who understands me and has taken me for who I am, who will go the extra mile to tell me ‘why are you not doing this again, this is what you are known for.’ It’s not so much about the material things. If it was, I would be somewhere else. But what I need, what I prayed for from God is what I have, which is contentment and true love. Are you planning for more children? Sure. You always want to have that symbol that combines the love you share. So we are hoping for that, but we are not in a hurry because we are still enjoying ourselves.

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Omawumi in hot soup •Assaults photojournalist at City People awards •I’ll sue her –Victim


t has emerged that Bottom Belle singer, Omawumi, severely attacked a photojournalist, Adekola Bamigbala, at the recently held City People Entertainment Awards. Omawumi, who is the face of many brands, including Golbacom and Mortein, is said to have snatched Bamigbala’s camera when he wanted to take her picture and hit him severally in the face with it until his face was swollen. One of the reactions that have trailed the revelation is that it must be her multimillion naira deal with Globacom that is making her full of herself. The reaction added that many

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other celebrities who also signed such deals with the telecommunications giant became proud afterwards. Another reaction says that the singer has proven that she is not a worthy role model. Still another reaction says that she is not practicing what she preaches. That she shouldn’t be singing about social injustices in her songs like What a Bang Bang featuring 2face if she’s going to be attacking people she believes she’s better than. Bamigbala is however not ready to take the assault on him lying low. When Entervaganza called him on the phone, he said he was going to sue her. Bamigbala

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De Don donates kidney to brother


ven as OJB’s kidney problem is yet to be fully resolved, another celebrity kidney case has come up again. The celebrity in question is comedian and on-air personality, Okeremute Iruvwe better known as De Don. He isn’t the one who has a kidney problem, though. It’s his brother, so De Don is involved heavily in it, and he donated one of his own kidneys so his brother can live. The transplant has since been carried out in an Indian hospital and both brothers are recuperating. The disturbing aspect of the Iruvwe family kidney issue however is that this is not the first time the brother, Morris, is undergoing a transplant. He did the first one in 2009 but it collapsed and so he needed a new one. Luckily for him, De Don stepped in for him, just like one of their sisters did in 2009, and we can only hope now that there won’t be any relapse again.

Eva drops dope track, Lights Out


ighly promising rapper, Eva Alordiah, has released a banging new song, Lights

Out. In recent time, it’s been more of career setbacks for her – she parted ways with her record label and her manager as well – so this is very

good news for her camp, moreso as Lights Out is totally different from what she is known for. It’s a ragga rap style that will further help her maintain the standard she has set for herself with her previous songs, I Done Did It and Higher.


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Project Fame West Africa

returns with increased stakes


his year’s edition of Project Fame West Africa, which kicks off this weekend, is set to surpass the previous five as its stakes have been doubled. Formerly, N2.5m was the prize money that came with winning the show which is presently the most successful music talent hunt in the country as it has produced the most stars. In addition to the whopping prize money, the winner would also get a multimillion naira recording deal and an SUV. This time around, the winner is going to go home with N5m as well as the record deal and SUV. One of the unique things about PFWA which is one of its success secrets is that it isn’t about the winner taking all. The



2nd, 3rd and 4th placed contestants all go home with generous packages as well, and theirs have also been doubled as well. Consequently, the second position contestant that used to win N1.5m and a saloon car will walk away with N3m and a car, the third position that used to take home N1m and a car will now have N2m and a car, r, and the fourth that used to o have just N1m will now have ve N2m.

Rainbow Remix

Nigerian video director

sentenced to life imprisonment



swad Ayinde, an America-based Nigerian music video director has been sentenced to life imprisonment for copulating with and having children by his six daughters. Ayinde, who won the 1996 MTV Music Video Awards Best R & B Video for directing the video for The Fugees’ smash hit, Killing Me Softly, was said to be trying to create a pure fam-

ily bloodline by sleeping with his own offspring. Now 55 years old, Ayinde is said to have begun sleeping with one of his daughters when she was just 8 years old. Ayinde is however believed to be unbalanced as he claimed before his court trial began that “I am chosen. The world is going to end, and it’s just going to be me and my offspring left.”

Str8 Up Hip-Hop blazes on in glory S tr8 Up Hip-Hop, the monthly show which is reviving the original values of hip-hop, forged ahead in its mission when the July edition held last week Thursday. Themed Juice! Know-the-ledge, guests were able to learn a lot from the music industry veteran, Edi Lawani, who was the special guest. Although he was unavoidably absent, his message, in which he encouraged and young artists to be open to knowledge, was broadcast. As usual, key hip-hop elements like spoken word and B-boying, featured heavily at Juice! Know-the-ledge. Mr

Raw, who also performed, also o premiered his new video, Ose e Jioku, there, and Terry Tha a Rapman also took to the stage to perform some of his hiphop hits, Na Beans, Sample e remix and Testing 1, 2. Fast-rising female rapper, Splash, and rapper, Ill Bliss, were some of the other celebrity guests that put in an appearance at the monthly event which is bringing about a positive change in the music industry as a whole.

Str8 Up Hip-Hop

2face featuring T-Pain Intro 2-face, T-pain Let’s go Chorus Ever since I left you I’ve been to hell and I’m back And my baby I; I wanna give you all my body and soul And I want to give you the keys to all that I’ve got Girl you’re my star You are my rainbow Verse 1 Cos Now, I don’t see rainbows Everywhere I go It never used to be so Oh! Now my heart is cold Now its a big cloud Hovering over my soul And I won’t shout Don’t wanna be on you no more Ever since I left you girl Is like I fell off Now I can’t get back online Since I logged off Now I’m feeling all alone I don’t feel free no more I’m a prisoner for you Like I’m in handcuff Now I wonder what I was thinking when I took off Now I realize that your lips and body so soft Girl, I’m not too proud to beg I will knee and kiss your leg Cuz I’m fed up plus Chorus Verse 2 (T-pain) T-pain Hey! You got away And I can’t get you back It’s my fault And I can’t lie about that And I’m searching for you all over the sky No matter rain or sunshine I can’t wait to make you mine Kinda of next time I won’t let you out of my sight I’ve been looking to the left to the right to the front to the back and everywhere I go I always think I see my rainbow And you were never anywhere to be found I’m not trying to stress you I know I’m not best dude Without you I’m a mess boo I’ve got nothing left So I must confess

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Elikem Bimp Nando


ando disqualified

Tanzania’s Nando has been disqualified from the Big Brother House. After Sunday’s evictions that saw Annabel and Sulu being given the boot, Big Brother then gathered all of the Housemates in the living room. He reproached Nando for the fight that he had with Elikem on Friday. The heated face-off with Elikem saw the two fellas exchanging fiery words. Nando is the one that instigated the fight. Instigation and provocation are a violation of the Big Brother rules. For the fight, Nando received his second Strike, and Elikem was served with his first. Afterwards the Tanzanian was called into the Diary Room and he was given his third Strike for making threats against Elikem’s life with his statement that “I feel like stabbing him. A nigga like that deserves to die.” He was also caught sleeping with scissors under his bed and this is not the first time he’s been caught with a weapon in the House. The troubled young fellow has had a dramatic nine weeks in The Chase. Last month he was served with a Strike and a stern warning from Big Brother after he was found carrying a knife to the Channel O Party. The possession of weapons or intention to be violent in the House is another violation of the Big Brother rules. After the Diary session, he was told to immediately exit the House. Big Brother then gave a warning to the remaining Housemates to conduct themselves as adults.

Angelo almost goes paranoid Angelo is certain Elikem saved himself and put him up for possible eviction instead. His predictions are way off the mark however, because Elikem actually

forwarded Bimp for a walk on the plank. In a conversation with his sweetheart Beverly, the South African revealed his prediction. “I know Elikem put either me up, or Bimp. However, I have a strong suspicion I am the one leaving this Sunday,” he said. Beverly tried to get her man to use the power of positive thinking. “Relax, babe. Just have faith that you’re safe,” the Nigerian said. As soon as the two lovebirds called time on their conversation, Angelo headed into the house and chatted away with Elikem. “Are you okay, my man? Stay strong,” Elikem said. Angelo eplied him, “Of course my man. I will. Always”. Paranoia seems to be gripping the Chasemates as the race towards the Finale hots up. Who will crack?

Nominations: Oneza and Bimp in danger! Even before Big Brother’s nominations announcement was made, the tension in the House was undeniable. Bimp and Angelo in particular seemed to be the most nervous of the lot. However, everyone was put out of their misery as soon as Biggie roared over the speakers with this week’s list of possible evictees. When Feza’s name was called out, the Tanzanian gave a brief smile. Her man, Oneal’s jaw almost hit the floor as soon as his name was mentioned last. When the time came for Elikem to make his ‘Save and Replace’ decision, the Ghanaian saved himself and put Bimp up for possible eviction. Last week, Bimp was Head of House. The Ethiopian saved himself and put Sulu up for possible eviction. On Sunday night, Sulu was booted out of The Chase. This is the first time that Feza hasn’t

been saved by a Head of House e since the game started. The pretty Tanzanian zanian has been saved three times before by Sulu, Oneal and Elikem. It remains to be seen how strong she is when thrown out to the lions. Elikem’s HoH swap in effect means Feza, Oneal and Bimp are up for possible eviction this week. Melvin, Dillish, Cleo, Beverly, Angelo and Elikem are slowly inching their way towards the Top 5 and the $300,000 grand prize Who is on the next flight home? Could this be the end of the Oneza Chase dynasty, or are we saying goodbye to Bimp?

Biggie toughens the game It has been difficult to shake off the sombre mood in the House following the last evictions and disqualification of Tanzania’s Nando. The remaining Chasemates seem to have had a serious reality knock and for some of them, it looks like they have just started playing the game. If they ever thought that winning the hefty cash prize would be a walk in the park, this week is testament to the fact that things only get tougher from here. Sulu’s eviction was the hardest pill to swallow for the Chasemates as almost all of them thought he was one of the strongest contenders in the game. This has led to most of them going back to the drawing board and trying to reinvent their strategies. Well, it’s a pity that Big Brother cut them right on their tracks, giving out a stern warning against any forms of conspiracy or forming of alliances against each other in the House. The Chasemates have found themselves stuck in a corner and it’s time for each one of them to play their own game. No more gossiping under the


covers or plotting against strong concon tenders. It’s every man for himself. Which Chasemates do you think will find it hard to abide by Big Brother’s conspiracy rules and why?

Bimp frustrated by Nando’s disqualification As we’ve mentioned before, we shall say it again that the Ethiopian hottie Bimp is an epitome of what society views as a nice guy, Melvin being a close second. But every nice guy can reach his limit and Bimp reached his when his friend Nando got disqualified for reasons that could have been avoided. In his nominations session, he told Biggie that he would tell him everything about Elikem and his two-faced nature, meaning that Elikem says one thing and does the total opposite when no one is looking. “No one knows the other side to Elikem and I’ve seen it,” he said, a bit irritated. In his Diary session, he told Biggie that he understood why Nando was disqualified but felt that he should have protected him to avoid the events that led to his untimely departure. “Nando reminds me of my little brother, Biggie,” he said in frustration. Meanwhile, he added that he had no problem with Elikem being HoH but was unhappy with how he changes with his position now and again. “He kept yelling at us saying we should nominate him, I got so pissed off, Biggie. It doesn’t matter how much power you have been given, no one has the right to treat people with disrespect but clearly Elikem doesn’t care anymore. Why be nice to people when you think you’re not safe and be mean when you know you are?” he queried.


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Funke Akindele writes God

I Toyin Aimakhu curses Nollywood haters


t a time when Toyin Aimakhu should be seriously enjoying her marriage which is just about two weeks old, she has elected to involve herself in a Twitter war with those she sees as Nollywood haters. “I don’t understand anymore,” she tweeted in anger. “You people will insult us to get married and after getting married, you will be cursing us that it’s just a year, and if the marriage breaks again, you people will be shouting that we are irresponsible. Anyway, anyone who places a curse or says negative words into my home, God of Abraham, God of God, Allah will place a curse on them and all

their lives will bring negative meaning to people.” Very miffed, she continued that “Blood runs through our veins and not petrol or diesel. Being an actor or actress doesn’t mean we don’t make mistakes. Please keep praying for us. I will try my best to keep my head up and be the best wife, role model, actress, friend and mother. No more curses or abuse, we are human and not the Holy Spirit.” Concluding she tweeted that “I rest my case till another day. For the future, I was never married. This is my first and only and last marriage till I die. I need your prayers to keep me going, not curses.”

Chika Ike


amide l O makes Nollywood debut

officially divorced


hika Ike has disclosed that her crashed marriage is finally legally dissolved. The actress employed Facebook to tell the world that she is officially divorced now. The tone of her statement indicates that she is happy and in no way sad at the failure of her marriage. The Facebook post goes thus: “Hi Fans! Thank you all for your love and support over the years. It’s been an emotional journey and I want to officially announce to you guys that the court has granted me divorce. I am now officially divorced. Thanks.”

Chioma Chukwuka buries mum


he last time Chioma ChukwukaAkpotha made the news, it was for a very negative reason. Then, she had a spat with a journalist and in letting off hot air, she declared that she could pay the journalist’s salary, so the journalist shouldn’t feel she was in the same class with her. But when her childish declara-

t was th the undisputed di t d Ki King off C Comedy, d A Ali Baba, that did it first. That was last year, and now Funke Akindele has followed suit by writing her own letter to God. While Ali’s letter was a long, chummy interaction with God requesting Him to strike down the people standing in the way of Nigeria’s progress, Akindele’s is the short and sharp type. Communication with God through social media, specifically her Instagram page, she wrote: “Dear God, I woke up, I am healthy, I am alive. Thank you. I apologise for all my complaining. I’m truly grateful for all You’ve done.” While Ali’s letter to God came at a point after the country had passed through a series of crises, Akindele’s has come after passing through probably the most turbulent period of her life so far: the sudden crash of her one-year marriage. And even though she has been putting up a front that she has moved on from it, her letter to God indicates that she is only human and is still burdened emotionally by the breakup.

tion became public, t h e backlash on her was so much that she slunk off with her tail between her legs and not much has been heard from her or about her since that time. She’s finally back. She buried her mother last week and the news has just gone viral.



onsidering that rapper Olamide is probably the hottest rapper in the country at the moment, it is not surprising that Nollywood, which specializes in flowing with what is in vogue, has cast him in one of its movies. Titled Osunfunke, and directed by DJ Tee, it is based on the true life story of female talking drum expert, Ara, and stars Nollywood big guns Baba Wande, Doris Simeon, Peju Ogunmola and Yemi Shodimu among others. Olamide is however not the first musician that will be cast in a movie. All those that were cast previously, 2face Idibia, Alariwo of Afrika, and many others did not have successful acting careers so we can only wait to see if Olamide will be the exception.


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le StyGlam and

with Yemisi Adeniran


Hair et n g a m s d l o unf n y l i r a M


very woman treasures her hair which is why many will rather go hungry than wear unkempt hair. However, wearing luxurious hair does not necessarily mean you must go bankrupt or go a borrowing. All you need to do is to get into a professional’s hand and you will not just be saved of hair breakage but be assured of a confident and sassy look any day. “We believe the hair brings out the beauty of a woman, her confidence, allure and sexiness and we are bent to bring out the Marilyn Monroe in every woman through our touch,” says Seun Ogungbe, the Chief Executive Officer of Hair Magnet as she unfolds her new hair collections tagged Marilyn.





he maxi dress is always very

flattering and provides in-

stant glam! They can be made

plain, striped and flowery

depending on the choice of the wearer. They can be v-necked, off-shoulder, halter-necked, bustier, empire-tops or a cut off-the-shoulder popularly known as mono-straps. When made brightly coloured however, they become flirty flocks that stand you out in whatever crowd no matter how thick. And they work well with your day and night outings if you will be extra careful when picking a piece. Do not forget also to accessorise well. For that work meetings and appear-

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ances, ensure to add a bolero jacket if your gown is without straps. Tone down the colours too with a dark jacket if the material is on the brighter side. And once the day is over, feel free of all the limitations as you keep the jackets off. Whether you are short or tall, you need to team your outfit up with high-heeled shoes to define the length and shape of your dress. Add some swagger too as you hold your flowing frock in style to keep them from sweeping the floor. Just be a leading lady of your manor and be ready to strut the red carpet in any of these fancy gowns which are sure to turn heads around.

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Fashion Frenzy



Facelift Coordinating face powder with foundation Makeup users who will apply face powders over foundation should be careful to choose powders that will complement a given foundation. When choosing a tinted face powder, it is essential to buy a powder in the same brand and shade as the foundation with which it will be used. This will help to maintain even color across the face. Buyers will also need to decide if they prefer to buy prestige or drugstore brands. Prestige Brands Makeup stores, and in high-end department stores, these items tend to carry prices three to four times greater than comparable products offered by drugstore brands. Some buyers prefer to purchase prestige brands because they tend to feature high-quality pigments that provide for longlasting wear. Buyers with extremely sensitive skin may also need to buy high-end brands. Drugstore Brands Cosmetics produced by mass manufacturers are generally known as drugstore cosmetics. While these products are competitively priced, they do not feature the same level of pigmentation as prestige products and may not provide long-lasting wear. Remember that drugstore cosmetics brands also tend to use yellow and orange pigments in face powders, which can cause skin tone issues for users with sallow skin. Conclusion Face powders can be used to add a touch of color and vibrancy to the skin or to camouflage skin problems. Available in both loose-powder and pressed-powder forms, these products are ideal for individuals who want to create the look of smooth, flawless skin without all the fuss of traditional foundations. These powders can also be used to finish and set foundation. It is absolutely essential to choose a face powder that complements your skin tone. Those individuals who are not sure of their skin tone or skin type should visit a specialty makeup store or cosmetics counter in a high-end department store. Skincare sales professionals can help consumers identify their skin tones and choose matching powders and foundations. Remember that it is important to take both overall skin tone and undertones into consideration when purchasing a face powder.



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Fashion Guest

One thing that can hardly be taken away from Adenike Oshinowo Soleye is her youthfulness and glamour. The one time winner of Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria spoke with YEMISI ADENIRAN on the secret of her ageless look and the etiquettes of fashion.


ell us about your childhood days and the impact they have on you now? I was born in Nigeria but I grew up in England. I was an easy going child but all the while, I could still recollect that I always had this push to be at the centre stage and to stand out in all that I do. Like I said, I was never a stubborn girl but wouldn’t allow myself to be taken for granted. I love to make good impacts and I guess God has helped me to do this so far. I was never in the background and this has played up for me even in my adulthood. Besides, I was trained to believe in God and myself and I am glad this has also worked for me as an adult. You have remained girly and relevant on the fashion scene despite your age. What’s the secret? There is nothing special other than some of the things I have always said. Beauty is from within. Everyone is created pretty in one way or the other. If we will try and look inward, we will always know our strength and weaknesses. If we will try and love ourselves the way we are created, we will look better. I love myself, I love the way God made me, I try to be happy, I wear what I am proud of, things that flatter my shape and not just anything in vogue. I try to take care of myself, eat well and rest well. Majorly, it is good to be happy. When you are happy, you will fight stress signs and keep a youthful look. That’s why it is my rule to stay happy as much as possible. If you don’t eat well, you may not be wholesomely beautiful. I don’t disapprove of myself and wouldn’t compare myself with anyone. A lot of people do this, especially women and they end up condemning themselves. It is either their faces are too long, too wide or their heights are not good enough or something. I don’t do this. It is rather better for women to believe in themselves and get going. For me, whatever I wear is an evidence of how I feel at that particular time. Women, no matter their age, are girlish. We always want to look good and girly for our friends. Most times, we want to impress our friends with our appearances more than we do to our male admirers. You know it’s fun and feels good to be applauded and envied by your mates.

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Soleye Fashion Trivia

‘Reduce rush form imported materials to improve our economy’


here is the need to reduce the rush for imported materials, especially, clothes, if Nigerian economy must improve. The Chief Executive officer of JP Kingdom, Mrs. Temi Aboderin-Owyemi, made the declaration while announcing the company’s new designs for plus-sized women during the week. According to her, local production and patronage of

clothing materials had a way of improving the economy. “They do not only save the nation of foreign exchange, but also promote its culture,” she said. Relating this to her clothing line which is strictly committed to curvy ladies, she said women who are of bigger shape need to appreciate themselves and make bold expressions with all kinds of wears that are avail-

able at JP Kingdom because they are the ones showcasing the real African posture. Her words: “Real African women are blessed with abundant flesh, they are not skinny. Therefore, an plus-sized woman should be proud to showcase her heavenly gift in several beautiful and sexy attires available. They have no reason to be hunting abroad for their wears outside Nigeria again.”

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Iyanya’s corporate style


all him a master of music, and you won’t be wrong. Call him a master of fashion as well, and you are not wrong either. Iyanya has proven time and time over and over again that he does know his fashion beans. An entertainer-entrepreneur, he straddles the fashion styles for both worlds effortlessly. This time, we are focusing on his entrepreneurial fashion style. Since he cannot separate his music image from his business image, he rocks the casual corporate style, thereby presenting himself as both a musician and a businessman at the same time. And how does he do it? He simply sports an unbuttoned fitted jacket on jeans, big buckle belts and dress shoes. To drive home his point, he sometimes wears a cravat instead of a conventional tie and sometimes leaves the top buttons of his shirt open, making him sexy but serious, a musician and a businessman, at the same time.

How to sweatproof your clothes (1) A

s larger, hairier, more muscular beings than women, men tend to sweat a lot more. While women don’t (usually) have to consider this bodily process in relation to their wardrobe, for many men, sweat and body odour is more than an unpleasant sensation, it can actually ruin clothes. What’s the point of shelling out big bucks for a dress shirt you love if it’s going to be stained with sweat a month later? Luckily, we’re here to help you learn how to sweatproof your clothes so that you can go ahead and buy that shirt you had your eye on and maintain your cool this summer. Begin with a good, heavy-duty antiperspirant during the summer months.

If you don’t like the idea of a commercial antiperspirant, use a rock crystal, which is available at most health or natural food stores. Rock crystals naturally protect against bacteria and, therefore, neutralize odour from sweat. It is effective for up to 24 hours and the sticks last forever. You can also apply rock crystal sticks to any part of your body that tends to sweat a lot. Consider specially formulated products If you sweat more than most people, consider products designed to combat this problem. These grooming products include sweat block pads, which are cloths that have been presoaked in industrial-strength antiperspirant. Once every seven days, apply these pads to your un-

derarms to help prevent sweating. Alternately, or in case the sweat block pads don’t completely do the trick, get a hold of some underarm sweat pads. These have a sticky side that adheres to your skin, forming a physical barrier between your sweat and clothing. Choose the right shoes In attempting to sweatproof your clothes, don’t wear canvas shoes as these will make your feet sweat like crazy and your shoes smell like you live in a swamp. Instead, wear leather shoes or sandals if you can, as they breathe more and, therefore, decrease foot sweat and body odour. Once you’ve purchased appropriate footwear, you’ll also need to treat them properly. Consider slipping a mois-

ture-absorbing insole into your shoes to further reduce bacteria and odour. Try to rotate your shoes as well so that you’re not wearing the same pair every day. Doing so gives your shoes a chance to air out, as long as you don’t bury them in the bottom of your gym bag or closet, that is. Although you should avoid wearing the same shoes day after day, do change your socks daily to avoid contracting a fungal infection that thrives in moist, sweaty and bacteria-ridden conditions. Lastly, every now and again, give the inside of your shoes a quick spray with a shoe deodorizer or use an OTC foot powder to help absorb sweat. •Continues next week


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Can your sibling If they insist


ost people say that dating or marrying your siblings’ exes is a recipe for disaster among siblings but stranger things have been happening in the world and the world has not come to an end yet. People talk about so many issues relating to relationships with a lot of things being acceptable but most people will come out with an outright “no” if their sibling brings home an ex of theirs as the sibling’s intended. People meet and part in different ways. While some of the meetings can lead to connecting on a subliminal level which may end up leading to both parties wanting to marry, some partings on the other hand ended up in an acrimonious manner and some would forever keep on carrying the hurt of betrayal. On a few cases, some partings didn’t end up that way. In fact some ended up in a very friendly manner and the partners, even if they have gone their separate ways, they still remain good friends and can relate on a very good note if and whenever they may meet. Most couples individually have a past of which different people have been part of the past we are talking about. Suffix to say that if you have dated a few people, the chances of one of those people having also dated someone you know or even close to you is not only remote but is highly probably and positive. Let’s leave the world of fairytales and cinematographic makebelieve; these things are happening regularly even if a lot of us don’t want to accept it through self-denial. People don’t want to admit it and when it happens, they start behaving as if an abomination has occurred. The truth is that it is not impossible for this to happen because it is happening more now. The advent of social media and the internet have made the world truly a global village. A lot of people are meeting in the virtual world and some of them have become very good friends with a few even going the whole way to date and even propose marriage to each other. Some have met for a few moments of sexual liaison without truly dating and it is not impossible for a few of those

who got involved in such to later truly fall in love with someone new who may ultimately be a sibling of ours. Love is not a respecter of gender, age or creed. It happens when and where it will and no one is immune to its whims and caprices. Most people would rather not want to accept that there can be real or true love between their exes and siblings. They tend to equate whatever happened in their own relationships while dating the ex as what will again happen in the new relationship forgetting that they are not the ones in the new relationship and that the situation is different now. The truth is that there’s really nothing wrong if your sibling wants to marry your ex. I will advice however, that while you may want to protect your sibling from the negative aspect of whatever you may have encountered while dating your ex, you should be mindful of not allowing your ego to come between you and the relationship your sibling is trying to build. Most times, it is the fact that our exes are moving ahead in life and finding love and happiness which we don’t really expect them to have after a failed relationship with us that makes us be subjective in our reasoning and we need to raise above all that. I’m not saying you shouldn’t say something if you have something to say. It is better you lay all the cards on the table at a neutral location with all the parties in attendance without embellishing the story of what happened between you and your ex if you must insist on talking. But while revealing the issues involved; be mindful of revealing too much irrelevant information so that it will not be deemed that you are petty and trying to destabilize what’s between your sibling and your ex. Whether we like it or not, if there’s true love between both of them there’s nothing or very little we can do to stop whatever is between them. We will only end up hurting ourselves and the relationship between siblings that we have if we insist on both of them ending whatever is between them all because we had something in the past with the ex.


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Who are you in bed? Erotophilic or erotophobic? Are you an erotophilic or erotophobic? A lusty, adventurous energiser or a connector who is more interested in connecting hearts than parts? All of us have a sex personality, and understanding yours (and your partner’s) is the key to having great sex together. Identify both your natural sex styles, then learn from each other’s strengths and learn to live with the limitations... Energisers On a good day, you are an exciting, seductive creature who mesmerises and dazzles your lovers with bucket loads of confidence, extraordinary technique and unbridled enthusiasm. The downside is that you are a little self-absorbed and like to be top of the game in everything you do - including sex.

Is this you?  Are you pretty much up for anything? You like talking dirty, watching porn, trying out sex toys and having sex outside?  Do you see sex as a source of pleasure, fun and a great way to connect to your partner?

a little prompting, but enthusiasm and attitude are important to you.

Stabilisers Cautious and cooperative, you’ll do anything for a peaceful life. Kind and generous, you initially present as heavensent, especially to someone who’s just emerged, bruised and battered from a relationship with a demanding energizer. But quite unusually, you’d rather give than receive pleasure. You don’t like talking about sex problems and tend to clam up.

Is this you?

The good news: Because you’re highly motivated, you can happily match with people with an average or even low sex drive. You put the effort in to capture their interest and constantly come up with new things to keep them interested.

 Do you get more pleasure giving than receiving?  Do you feel uncomfortable speaking up about what you need your partner to do to satisfy you?  Do partners often ask if you enjoy having sex with them because they’re not sure?

Not so good: You cannot stand a lover who is ungrateful, not really interested in making sex a priority or generally unenthusiastic. You don’t mind them needing

The good news: Your enthusiasm for giving pleasure is phenomenal. You’ll happily settle in to perform oral sex for an hour without once complaining of

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marry your ex…?


No way


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lock jaw or genital odour. Not so good: You have trouble expressing your own pleasure. And you actually like routine in your sex sessions, which not everyone else does!

Connectors For you, sex is more about expressing love and feelings than it is physical release. You are less interested in sexual performance and more focused on the emotional benefits of sex. Intimacy rather than orgasm is your aim. Is this you?  Are you more inclined to cuddle up than initiate sex?  Does the emotional temperature have to be just right before you can get in the mood for sex?  Are you more interested in romantic sex than lusty or ‘dirty’ sex? The good news: You are a forgiving lover and so long as you feel your partner loves you, will tolerate most sex failings. You are realistic about sex so reasonably easy to please in a physical sense. Not so good: A lusty but disconnected lover who gets too lost in the physical side will leave you cold. The whole point of having sex, for you, is to feel closer and connected to your partner. If that’s missing, you won’t enjoy it.

Worriers It’s not that you don’t enjoy sex. It’s just something that is often fraught with anxiety. You often feel under pressure to perform and worry you are inadequate - both in how you look and what you’re doing in bed.

Is this you?  Do you have a naturally low libido - or none at all?  Have you had some distressing sexual encounters in your past and think of sex as something to be feared or disliked?  Is your self-esteem low both in bed and out of it?

The good news: If you are prepared to challenge any out-dated beliefs and talk through negative experiences with a close friend or counsellor, things can improve tremendously. Not so good: You may try to hide what you see as your ‘secret’ by sleeping with lots of people to prove to others (including yourself) that you enjoy being sexually active. You may also stay in bad relationships and have ‘victim’ sex from which you get little or no enjoyment, and doing it purely for your partner’s pleasure.

Controllers You like routine both in and out of the bedroom and the feeling of being in control. You dislike change and find it quite stressful, so the impromptu sexual surprise that would thrill others, instead freaks you out. Predictable sex that follows a tried-and-true set pattern is your idea of sexual paradise.

Is this you?  Do you feel threatened or insulted if your partner wants to try something new?  Can you only orgasm through a particular, often quite specific technique?  Do you like to be in control of your emotions generally? The good news: Others might think your sex life dull but, in fact, you orgasm easily with your partner. Because you stick to the same method, the path to orgasm is well-travelled and if you train your body to orgasm a certain way, it reads the signposts easily, identifying predictable triggers to tip you over the edge. Not so good: Your ideal match sexually is someone like you, who is more interested in good, regular, satisfying sex than trying new things that might possibly backfire. An energiser would alarm you with their need for novelty, a connector would be too intense. Culled from:

n the ideal setting, you should marry only one person in your lifetime and during your dating and courtship years, you should have just one partner per time (not that you should have so many in a lifetime, though). However, we know that some relationships do not work out or progress to marriage. Therefore, a lot of us have the “ex” label, i.e. there are people out there that you once dated or courted. These people are therefore free to date, court and marry whomsoever they please. But how will you react if one of your exes turns up with one of your siblings as a to-be spouse? Think about this carefully before you answer. Yes, we should not claim exclusivity to an ex, and we should not control our siblings’ social circle as to determine whom they get intimate with. But considering the fact that your sibling’s spouse will become part of your family and you should ordinarily form some kind of bond with him/her, would you sanction such a union between your ex and your sibling? One should not stop anyone, including his/ her sibling from having something for you have clearly shown disinterest. However, a boyfriend or girlfriend cannot be equated with clothes, shoes or other belongings which siblings can pass on, one to another. I can comfortably accept ‘hand-me-downs’ from my elder sister, but dating or getting married to her ex-boyfriend or fiancé? Hey!!! Please note that this situation is different

from a situation whereby your sibling wants to marry someone who you asked for a relationship or who asked you for a relationship and there was a refusal, i.e. no relationship commenced. In such a case, the considerations should be different because it will not be a case of mutual affection gone sour/cold, like in the case of an ex. Even at that, it is still not a very nice scenario to be in, especially when your sibling is aware that you and the person have some history either as an intimate couple or a would-have-been couple. The question is this: why should your sibling build a relationship with your ex-toaster/ex‘prey’/ex-partner when there are many fishes in the ocean? How fateordained can a relationship be that the couple should have one’s ex and the other’s sibling in one person? People always have issues to deal with during marriage, so why should your sibling add your history with your ex to the list of marital issues? We need to admit that such a relationship will definitely affect three relationships negatively – your relationship with your sibling, your relationship with your ex, who seeks to be your inlaw, and your sibling’s relationship with your ex. In addition, it could affect how your family members and members of your ex’s family relate with the couple. You cannot delete history; the past usually comes calling. So, should you object if your sibling expresses intention to marry your ex? Oh yes!!!


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Woman Pregnancy is no excuse for indolence –Oyagbola Graceful, focused ed and success-determined are ectives that can best describe Mrs. some of the adjectives Amina Oyagbola,, the founder and Chief Executive n In Successful Career (WISCAR). Officer of Women In this interview with YEMISI ADENIRAN, the Kogi ty speaks about her childhood, her State born beauty experience as a green horn with the late legal guru, iams (SAN) and her foundation Chief Rotimi Williams ngs. Excerpts: among other things. growing describe your ow would you up years? quite venturous and It was fun, ad State of NigeOkenne in Kogi om fr am I l. tfu even rents were in in Lagos. My pa rn bo as w I t ria bu d a lot. That so, they travelle e, ic rv Se n ig es the Fore to travel to plac e opportunity ng Ki d also gave me th ite the Un Kent Colle ge in e m ho ck too. I attended ba I came and ‘O’ levels. e dom for my ‘A’ who wanted m er th ce of my fa en st si in ne co th as on r as he w my origin. As fa to have a feel of se contact with lo to od for one go t no is it . , ed cern a foreign land is ter how better at m no ot w ro one’s y no matter ho foreigner any da A foreigner is a . So, I came back ends in that land sity long he or she sp u Bello Univer ed into Ahmad w. La in and was admitt ee gr st de here I had my fir ry ve as (ABU), Zaria, w w ing up ld say my grow Generally, I wou tory experience si po d a lot of ex ha I g. in st re te in day. to what I am to that built me in om the law your career. Fr t ou ab lk ta Let’s how would ell and MTN, Sh , nk ba e th firm to e experiences? e you describe th ey have given m me stronger, th s. ld fie All have made nt re ose diffe periences on th ay a handful of ex e today in one w m to be useful to e m co ve ha ll A or the other.


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WOMEN ARE NOT THE WEAKER SEX woman in such demanding positions I held. But I saw myself as my male contemporaries and got my mind determined not to make my gender a barrier to good and enviable posts. I decided not to let those who entrusted the posts into my hands down. On the other hand, I made up my mind not to do all these at the expense of my home. If I am blessed with a supportive husband, I shouldn’t let him down or make him a laughing stock of his friends and others who were likely waiting for me to grow wings and get uncontrollable because of the success I have made with my career. It’s a lot of work but with a determined mind and God on my side, I am able to tell a good story after all. I remember a time when I was with Shell and I had to move to Port Harcourt; it was not a decision that would favour my family and I was not very excited about it. I prayed about it right in my office and I got a call from MTN to occupy its Human Resource Executive Office. It demanded an update of my Curriculum Vitae and I did and I did not have to go to Port Harcourt again. Like I said, it’s a lot of hard work, determined-mind and a clear vision on what one wants to be and achieve. I never saw my family outside my career and I never saw my success outside my family either. They both go together and one would not be at the expense of the other. Was this what prompted WISCAR? Yes. In my course of findings and exposure, I have found out that a lot of women especially in Africa are unable to achieve their goals in life due to the challenges of either their jobs or their homes. I want to use the medium to assure and mentor them to combining both favourably. This is what WISCAR stands for. It is to mentor women to know what to do at a particular time when they are faced with any challenge. Many young women in career today find it hard to combine their career with their homes which shouldn’t be a problem. What they need to do may be to upgrade their qualifications or


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change their jobs should there be a fuss that points towards that direction. WISCAR is a body that stands to provide guidance and strategic support to professional women in Africa generally and Nigeria particularly to access higher places of excellence in their chosen careers. We help to make a healthy balance between the home and their careers. We assist with tangible suggestions that will accelerate their upward move in their professions and help them achieve their goals generally. At WISCAR, we basically motivate professional women to better navigate their different career pathways. What advice do you have for women generally? Whether anyone likes it or not, Nigerian women from all indications are strong. They are multitasked yet have the ability to focus. They always want to excel, they believe in their husbands, families and will always go the extra mile to take care of their children and all that are theirs. But I would say they need to do more. They are wellmentored, so, they tend to worry about everything except themselves. This is not good enough. We need to develop ourselves personally, we need to review it often and know where and when to improve on it. In managing our career, we need to work on having a good impression of ourselves. We need steady mentors who can give honest ideas to us from time to time to make us operate and compete favourably in our environments and worlds as the case may be. We must be prepared to do our homework on whatever endeavour we find ourselves and make use of opportunities that come our ways as we explore them. .And we must be diligent, effective and trustworthy in whichever positions they find themselves. We must erase that notion that we are the weaker sex because we are definitely not. Women are not the weaker sex. Just look at all that we do at a time and compare it with what our male counterparts do, you will agree with me that we are not the weaker sex; we are the stronger sex. All we need do is to be dependable as a woman. We must try to manage our challenges and find a way that it doesn’t affect our job. There is always a way around it. Men are comfortable with competing with one another, but not same with women. I believe in the power of women, I believe that everyone has unique gifts; but I also believe women are specially gifted. It takes only a woman to carry a baby in the womb, give birth to them at different times and as many times as we get pregnant. Women are strong and confident and they are indeed a blessing to the world.



The giant baby

Gestational diabetes alert! Woman gives birth to 6.11 kg baby WITHOUT C-section


giant baby girl has been born in Germany weighing 13lb 8oz (6.11kg) and measuring 23in (57.5 cm) long. This makes her twice the weight of the average newborn girl. But even more remarkable is that her mother managed to deliver her naturally, without a Caesarean section. The stunned mother Maria, 31, who turned up at the hospital on the day of the birth, said, “I was somewhat shocked at her size. “My 11-year-old daughter was a third of her weight, my two-year-old son a

little under that. “My stomach was a lot bigger this time around but I had no idea there was such a giant inside.” Doctors discovered that the mother was suffering from undiagnosed gestational diabetes which can cause abnormally big babies. Named Jasleen, the baby girl is Germany’s heaviest, beating a 13lb boy called Jihad born in November 2011. She is doing well but remains in neonatal intensive care while doctors monitor her.

What is gestational diabetes and how does it affect babies?


estational diabetes is a type of diabetes that affects women during pregnancy. In most cases, gestational diabetes develops in the third trimester - after 28 weeks - and usually disappears after the baby is born. Diabetes is a condition where there is too much glucose (sugar) in the blood. Normally, the amount of glucose in the blood is controlled by a hormone called insulin. But during pregnancy, some women have higher than normal levels of glucose in their blood and their body cannot produce enough insulin to transport it all into the cells. This means that the level of glucose in the blood rises. Gestational diabetes can be controlled with diet and exercise but some women will need medication to control blood glucose levels. If gestational diabetes is not detected and controlled, it can increase the risk of birth complications, such as babies being large for their gestational age, known as Macrosomia.

Macrosomia is a term used to describe babies when they are born weighing more than 8.8lb. It occurs because the excess glucose in the mother’s blood is passed to the unborn baby. This causes the foetus to produce the growth hormone insulin that allows glucose to enter the cells, which results in growth. Macrosomia can lead to a condition called shoulder dystocia. This is when the baby’s head passes through the vagina, but the baby’s shoulder gets stuck in the mother’s pelvis during birth. This can be dangerous as the baby may not be able to breathe while stuck. It is estimated to affect 1 in 200 births. Other complications relating to gestation diabetes include risk of premature birth, neonatal hypoglycaemia – when a newborn has low blood glucose, which can cause poor feeding, irritability - and perinatal death, the death of the baby shortly after birth. Culled from:


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

What do you know about autism?


Autism is a brain disorder that limits a person’s ability to communicate and relate to other people. It first appears in young children, who fall along a spectrum from mild to severe. Some autistic people can navigate their world, some have exceptional abilities, while others struggle to speak. Autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) affect about one child in 88, striking nearly five times as many boys as girls. Autism affects parts of the brain that control emotions, communication, and body movements. Scientists don’t know the exact cause of autism. Research is under way to see whether chemicals in the environment or infections before birth are to blame. No link has been found between vaccines and autism, despite many strong scientific studies. Researchers have scrutinised the measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine (MMR). Thimerosol, a form a mercury, was removed from childhood vaccines in 2001 as a precaution -- though no good evidence ever linked it (or vaccines generally) to autism. Signs of autism Many children aren’t diagnosed with an autism disorder until they start school and are

unable to cope. Consequently, they miss getting the help they need in the early years. Before a child turns three, careful observers can see signs of autism. Some children develop normally until 18-24 months old and then stop or lose skills.  Signs of autism can include:  Repeated motions (rocking or spinning)  Avoiding eye contact or physical touch  Delays in learning to talk  Repeating words or phrases (echolalia)  Getting upset by minor changes *Note that these signs can occur in children without autism too Early warning signs: First year Even young infants are very social, so it’s possible to detect signs of autism in how babies interact with their world. At this age, a child with autism may:  Not turn to a mother’s voice  Not respond to his own name  Not look people in the eye  Have no babbling or pointing by age one  Not smile or respond to social cues from others *Babies who do not have


autism can have these behaviors too, but it’s best to contact your doctor right away with any concerns. Early warning signs: Year two The signs of autism are more noticeable in a child’s second year. While other children are forming their first words and pointing to things they want, a child with autism remains detached. Other signs of autism include:  No single words by 16 months  No pretend games by 18 months  No two-word phrases by age 2  Loss of language skills  No interest when adults point out objects, such as a plane flying overhead Speech problems Problems or delays in speech call for concern. Most children with autism will eventually speak, but they do so later than others. Making conversation may be especially tough. Children with autism also may speak in a sing-song or robotic way. Poor social skills Trouble relating to other people is an important marker of autism. Autistic children may

avoid looking people in the eye, including their parents. They may focus intently on an object, while ignoring others around them for long periods of time. They may not use gestures, body posture, or facial expressions to communicate. Treatment/Medication There’s no medical treatment

for autism itself, but medicine may help with some symptoms. Anti-psychotic medicines may be given for serious behavior problems. If seizures are an issue, anti-convulsant drugs may help. Autism among siblings People who have one child with autism have a 19 percent chance that another child will have it, too, according to a recent study. If two children have autism, the risk is even higher for a third sibling. A study of twins found that when one fraternal male twin has autism, there’s a 31 percent chance that the other twin will have it, too. When autism affects a boy with an identical twin, there’s a 77 percent chance that both boys will be autistic.

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NAME: Mubarak Olusegun Ayodele BORN TO: Mr. and Mrs Mubarak AGE: 3 weeks BIRTH WEIGHT: 3 kg

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16-year-old girl delivers Update baby with two heads


16-year-old girl has delivered a baby girl with two heads at the Cape Coast Metropolitan Hospital in Ghana. With the exception of the head, the babies share the same female genitalia, abdomen and trunk. The new mother and her relatives abandoned the baby because they claim it was an abomination. The relatives said they would have nothing to do with the baby because it could scare the mother who had them

at her first pregnancy from getting pregnant ever again. “It could prevent her from having other children and could also make the family a scare to other people looking for relationships. The hospital can do whatever they like with the babies. They are an abomination,” they said. The baby was transferred to the Regional hospital on Saturday for further care. The baby/babies are currently at the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit of the Central Region-

al hospital alive and receiving care. Sources close to the hospital management say a decision is yet to be arrived as to what will be done with the babies. But hospital authorities are currently advocating for funds for the baby’s upkeep. Resident doctor, Dr Hebert Aheto described the case as that of ‘conjoined twins’ whose fate now lies in the decision of pediatric and plastic surgeons. “Separating these two will be one hell of a job,” he said. (www.Ghanahealthnest)

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do not take the drugs correctly, the germs that are still alive may become resistant to those drugs. TB that is resistant to drugs is harder and more expensive to treat.

Prevention If you test positive for latent TB infection, your doctor may advise you to take medications to reduce your risk of developing active tuberculosis. The only type of tuberculosis that is contagious is the active variety, when it affects the lungs. So if you can prevent your latent tuberculosis from becoming active, you won’t transmit tuberculosis to anyone else.

Protect your family and friends


Exposure to TB If you think you have been exposed to someone with TB disease, contact your health care provider or local health department to see if you should be tested for TB infection. Be sure to tell the doctor or nurse when you spent time with the person who has TB disease. Treatment for Latent TB Infection If you have latent TB infection but not TB disease, your health care provider may want you treated to keep you from developing TB disease.

Treatment of latent TB infection reduces the risk that TB infection will progress to TB disease. Treatment of latent TB infection is essential to controlling and eliminating TB. The decision about taking treatment for latent TB infection will be based on your chances of developing TB disease.

Treatment for TB Disease TB disease can be treated by taking several drugs, usually for 6 to 9 months. It is very important to finish the medicine, and take the drugs exactly as prescribed. If you stop taking the drugs too soon, you can become sick again. If you

If you have active TB, keep your germs to yourself. It generally takes a few weeks of treatment with TB medications before you’re not contagious anymore. Follow these tips to help keep your friends and family from getting sick: Stay home. Don’t go to work or school or sleep in a room with other people during the first few weeks of treatment for active tuberculosis. Ventilate the room. Tuberculosis germs spread more easily in small closed spaces where air doesn’t move. If it’s not too cold outdoors, open the windows and use a fan to blow indoor air outside. Cover your mouth. Use a tissue to cover your mouth anytime you laugh, sneeze or cough. Put the dirty tissue in a bag, seal it and throw it away. Wear a mask. Wearing a surgical mask when you’re around other people during the first three weeks of treatment may help lessen the risk of transmission.

Finish your entire course of medication This is the most important step you can take to protect yourself and others from tuberculosis. When you stop treatment early or skip doses, TB bacteria have a chance to develop mutations that allow them to survive the most potent TB drugs. The resulting drug-resistant strains are much more deadly and difficult to treat.

Vaccinations In countries where tuberculosis is more common, infants often are vaccinated with Bacille CalmetteGuerin (BCG) vaccine because it can prevent severe tuberculosis in children.

Coping and support Treatment for tuberculosis is a complicated and lengthy process. But the only way to cure the disease is to stick with your treatment. You may find it helpful to have your medication given by a nurse or other health care professional so that you don’t have to remember to take it on your own. In addition, try to maintain your normal activities and hobbies, and stay connected with family and friends. Keep in mind that your physical health can affect your mental health. Denial, anger and frustration are normal when you must deal with something difficult and unexpected. At times, you may need more tools to deal with these or other emotions. Professionals, such as therapists or behavioral psychologists, can help you develop positive coping strategies. CONCLUDED


What can I do about knee pain? Dear Mirror Doctor I am 26 years old. I have been having knee pain mostly on my left leg for the past one month. Seeing your write-up on Mirror Doctor gave me some answers to my pain. I need a permanent solution to this problem. What should I do please? Thanks +2348032---------06 Mirror Doctor Replies Knee pain is a common complaint that affects people of all ages. Knee pain may be the result of a traumatic injury, such as a ruptured ligament or torn cartilage, athletic activities, excess weight as this increase stress on your knee joints even during ordinary activities such as walking or going up and down stairs.. The complexity of the design of the knee joint and the fact that it is an active

weight-bearing joint are factors in making the knee one of the most commonly injured joints. Knee pain can be caused by injuries, mechanical problems, diseases such as arthritis and other problems. Pain can occur in the knee from diseases or conditions that involve the knee joint, the soft tissues and bones surrounding the knee, or the nerves that supply sensation to the knee area. In fact, the knee joint is the most commonly involved joint in rheumatic diseases, immune diseases that affect various tissues of the body including the joints to cause arthritis. Treatments will vary, depending upon what exactly is causing your knee pain. Your doctor may prescribe medications to help relieve pain and to treat underlying conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis or gout. Strengthening the muscles around your knee will make it

more stable. Training is likely to focus on the muscles on the front of your thigh (quadriceps) and the muscles in the back

of your thigh (hamstrings). Exercises to improve your balance are also important.

LIFE SAVERS Self-care measures for an injured knee include: Rest. Taking a break from your normal activities reduces repetitive strain on your knee, gives the injury time to heal and helps prevent further damage. A day or two of rest may be all that’s needed for minor injuries. More severe damage is likely to need a longer recovery time. Ice. A staple for most acute injuries, ice reduces both pain and inflammation. You can use an ice pack wrapped in a thin towel to protect your skin. Although ice therapy is generally safe and effective, don’t use ice for longer

than 20 minutes at a time because of the risk of damage to your nerves and skin. Compression. This helps prevent fluid buildup in damaged tissues and maintains knee alignment and stability. Look for a compression bandage that’s lightweight, breathable and selfadhesive. It should be tight enough to support your knee without interfering with circulation. Elevation. Because gravity drains away fluids that might otherwise accumulate after an injury, elevating your knee can help reduce swelling. Try propping your injured leg on pillows or sitting in a recliner.



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How four-year-old escaped death in gas fire Rodiat Abdul sensed evil. She rushed to a spiritualist who told her to fry Akara (bean cakes) and distribute them in a mosque to ward off evil. Ironically, that same act brought her evil. The fire from her kerosene stove caused a gas fire which almost roasted her four-year-old son to death. The accident brings to the fore again the risks of locating gas shops in residential areas. FUNMI SALOME JOHNSON


ven though Mrs. Rodiat Abdul had a premonition that evil was lurking around, she could not have bargained for what later unfolded. She says, “I was told by a certain spiritualist to pray and fast for seven days after which I should prepare Akara (bean cakes) and share it in a mosque. But it was the akara I was frying when the unexpected happened. I can only thank God that no life lost and I pray that God will heal my son Basit and make him whole again” she said amidst tears. “I didn’t even know my neighbour was filling the gas, because before he embarks on any refill, he would always ask me if I am cooking or not. But I didn’t hear him ask as he usually did. “My little boy is so very fond of him and would always go to his shop. That fateful day, in his usual manner, Basit went to meet him at the shop. As he stepped into the shop, fire suddenly erupted and spread around like a moving train. Before I knew what was happening, fire had engulfed everywhere and my little boy was already screaming in agony. “His face, which was most affected, is in a mess and I am only hoping and praying that it would heal and not leave a permanent scar on his face. I am so confused, because right now as, I have no money on me. Sales have been so poor in recent times and catering for my three children alone has not been easy at all,” she narrated in tears. Chibuike Nnamani, the neighbour in question, runs a local cooking gas refill store in Ikeja area of Lagos. When he woke up that fateful Thursday, he had no premonition what horror was in stock for him. He got to the shop and carried out his weekly cleaning exercise like all traders in Lagos. A few hours into the day, all hell broke loose. He says, “There had been scarcity of gas for some days and I only managed to get some stock that morning. I was full of hopes for good sales. Soon, a customer came and filled a 12.5 kg cylinder. I was happy. Another customer arrived around midday and left a 12.5 kg cylinder for me to refill, so that she could collect it later in the day. “As I was about to start filling the gas, I asked my neighbour, Iya Basit, who sells next to my shop, if she


I SHOULD PREPARE AKARA (BEAN CAKES) AND SHARE THEM IN A MOSQUE. BUT IT WAS THE AKARA I WAS FRYING WHEN THE UNEXPECTED HAPPENED was cooking because she sometimes cook. She told me she was not cooking. I started doing the refill. Her little boy, Basit, who is about four years old, would always come to my shop anytime

he noticed I was around. As usual, he pranced into my shop, calling out my name. I don’t know how it happened; it was like magic when the fire blew in like a wind and came straight to the big

cylinder filled with gas. It was as if the fire was following the boy and before I knew what was happening, fire had engulfed everywhere, leaving the little boy with serious injury on the face and neck. It was like magic. I also sustained injury on my hand and legs. Even part of my hair got burnt. I was just lucky. But the boy sustained a lot of injury on his face and some parts of his body. It is so painful because Basit is one boy I care so much about,” he said in tears. “I have been into this business for over four years and I have never encountered a situation as terrible as this in all my years of being in this business. The whole thing happened like a movie. I just thank God that the fire was not more than that. The most painful thing is the fact that each time I go to the hospital to see the boy, he would call my name, show me his body and face and tell me that he is feeling pain. I feel so pained that I can’t hold back the tears from dropping,” wailed Chibuike. Chibuike may never have encountered such an accident in his years of selling gas. An eyewitness, who happened to be a firefighter, said fire is one of the risks associated with this nature of business. According to Mr. Frank Eguabor, a fire fighter with over fifteen years experience, it is not advisable to have a gas refill shop close to where cooking is done. “It is a terrible risk to have a gas refill shop close to anywhere cooking is done. Gas moves with the speed of light and gas fire is usually very terrible. It is just the sheer grace of God and prompt ability to close the gas cylinder that made the accident moderate. Gas inferno can be deadly, especially so when there was still a full cylinder of gas in that shop. That is why it is always very important to have fire extinguishers at home or at work. It is a very vital tool,” he concluded.

Man, 21, remanded for scaling fence to have sex with mad woman


Special Offences Court, in Alausa, Ikeja, Lagos, has remanded a 21-year-old man, Lateef Sulaiman, for having sex with a mad woman. Sulaiman was arraigned by officials of the Lagos State Government for allegedly scaling a 14-foot fence to gain entrance into the Lagos State Rehabilitation and Training Centre, Majidun area of Ikorodu, Lagos, to have sex with a mad woman. In his confessional statement at the

taskforce headquarters, Sulaiman admitted that he had had sex with a mad woman at the rehabilitation centre on five occasions before his arrest. According to the accused, he knew where the female dormitory was located because he had gone to the centre in the past to seek employment and had thoroughly studied the environment. The accused was slammed with a four-count charge of scaling the 14-foot fence of the rehabilitation home and

having sex with a mentally ill inmate, thus committing an offence punishable under the laws of Lagos state. Having pleaded not guilty, the accused was granted bail in the sum of N50, 000 with two sureties who must be civil servants. The sureties must also present evidence of tax payment for five years. Sulaiman could not meet the bail conditions and was remanded at the Badagry Prison. (

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Celebrities storm Wolverine premiere A colourful array of celebrities graced the exclusive premiere of The Wolverine at the Genesis Deluxe Cinemas for the first edition of Celebrity Movie Night. Iyanya, Uti Nwachukwu, Alexx Ekubo, and Sasha P were among the celebrities who mingled freely with regular movie goers at the exciting movie premiere.



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‘I bore a sacrifice at midnight so he could be a father’ TEMITOPE OGUNBANKE


31-year old hairdresser, Mrs. Kehinde Morakinyo on Thursday told the Agege Customary Court that if her union with her husband, Mr. Babatunde Morakinyo, is dissolved, all her efforts to get him cured of his inability to father children will be in vain. She disclosed to the court how she bore a sacrifice at 1am to give her husband the opportunity to be a father. She said, “Though we were never married legally, we started living as husband and wife in 2001. In the course of

•I want custody of my child -Husband co-habiting, from 2001 to 2005, I had a lot of miscarriages. What I discovered was that anytime I got pregnant and informed my mother-in-law about it, I usually had a miscarriage. What surprised me most was how my mother-in-law always knew I was pregnant because she always visited us each time I conceived. “One day, a woman in our neighbourhood called me and told me that my husband is hiding a secret from me and that I should confront him on why he has not been able to father a child. I took courage to confront

him and he confessed to me that he has been battling with not being able to father a child for long and he doesn’t know what to do. “Therefore, based on my husband’s confession, I went back to the woman and after explaining to her, she told me that she would help me. She took me to one spiritualist who disclosed my mother-in-law is the brain behind my husband’s inability to have children and my numerous miscarriages. He told me that the only way for my husband to overcome the problem is for me to carry a sacrifice on his behalf.”

“I carried the pregnancy around 1am to a junction with the help of the spiritualist and the woman that took me to him. The spiritualist told me that my husband’s problem had been solved and that I should no longer inform my mother-in-law anytime I got pregnant. “Shortly after the sacrifice, I got pregnant again and to my surprise, my mother-in-law called me to ask if I was pregnant. I lied to her that I was not pregnant. But she kept insisting that I was pregnant. I kept telling her I was not pregnant. She later brought me a herbal

‘He bathes with black soap before having sex with me’ •She brings her lovers to our matrimonial space -Husband


uinat Bello of 36 Olaoluwa Street Ajasa, has filed for dissolution of her union with her husband, Azeez Bello at the Alagbado Customary Court, accusing him of being fetish. The 40-year-old food vendor contends that her husband uses black soap to bath before having sex with her. She also said that he was always bringing women to their matrimonial home under the guise of being his co-workers. According to Muinat, Azeez does not contribute towards the upkeep of the children and does not care about their welfare. She also said that he always threatens her life with charms and is always beating her. She wants the court to dissolve the union and grant her the custody of the children. The respondent, a 66-yearold Okada rider, said that all his wife’s claims are lies and that he is not fetish. He denied threatening her with charms and bathing with black soap before having sex with her. Rather, Azeez claimed that Muinat was the adulterous one was the adulterous one who was always bringing her lovers to their matrimonial space. He urged the court to dissolve the marriage and grant him

custody of the children. Azeez and Muinat lived together for 21years and have three children. The court president adjourned the case till Monday, August 26, 2013 and ordered both parties to maintain peace. (

concoction which I refused to drink. I eventually gave birth to a baby girl.” Babatunde Morakinyo, however, insisted on divorcing Kehinde. He said that they separated six years ago and he is seeking for divorce to secure the custody of the only child of the marriage, Adijat, who is presently with Kehinde. He said he cannot trust his estranged wife with the custody of the child. He says, “We have been separated for six years after we were sent packing from the house by our landlord because of the way my wife always fought me and made trouble with the neighbours. After we went our separate ways, we both agreed that the child will be with me. But last year, the child went to spend the holidays with her and she has since refused to release the child. What I want is custody of my child because she cannot take good care of her.” But in response to Babatunde’s wish, Kehinde said she is not interested in the divorce suit and that she would like to be re-united with her husband. “I don’t want to divorce him. I want to go back to him and that is why I have been sending several emissaries to him in the last six years. I don’t want to leave him because I don’t want to have children with different men.”

My wife is pregnant for another man

•He sleeps with our house helps -Wife FUNMI SALOME JOHNSON


ifty-seven-year-old Captain Kliffy Madueke told the Ikeja Customary Court that he wants his fifteenyear marriage to Mercy, a banker dissolved on the grounds of adultery and disrespect to him. According to the flight captain, his wife has been cheating on him with several men. He said, “I want this honourable court to dissolve this marriage because this woman has been so ungrateful to me. She cheats on me with another man and as I am speaking with you, she is carrying another man’s child. I want this court to dissolve the union and grant me custody of my two children who are 15 and

13 years old respectively” Madueke further disclosed that he had tried to cope with her laziness for years, hoping that she would change, but that has not been the case. “She is extremely lazy. I will return home after flying for hours and sometimes for days and will have to start cooking what to eat. She would even join me in eating the food without batting an eyelid. She is so insensitive. This has caused several quarrels between us over the years. Precisely a year ago, she packed her things and left the house, saying she could not stand our quarrels anymore. She, however, left with very important documents, including my international passport, my children’s international passport, my flight licence and other

vital documents and my SUV vehicle because I was not at home when she left. “When I noticed the absence of my documents and my car, I went to her father’s house where she went to and collected my stuff from her. She was not willing to let go until I threatened to ensure that she lost her job, because I was the one who got the job for her in the first place. After sometime, because of the children, I went back to her to plead that she should come back home so we could start our lives on a new slate. She refused and said she was through with me. I did this for over three months with no result, only for me to discover that she was actually seeing another man. As I speak with you, she is carrying another man’s child. All I want is for

the court to dissolve this marriage and grant me custody of my children.” Mercy, on the other hand, denied all the allegations levelled against her by her husband, adding that she also wants the union to be dissolved because she was tired of the constant quarrel. “I am not pregnant for anybody and I am not dating anybody. But I want this marriage dissolved because I am tired of the constant quarrels and pain.” “He is adulterous. He sleeps with everything in skirt. I stopped hiring house helps because he sleeps with them. He cheats on me even to my face. I want this court to dissolve the marriage, I am tired.” After listening to both parties, the case was adjourned to September 24, 2013 for further hearing by the court president, Mr. Sam Aluko.

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My husband is lazy •Her attitude changed when I lost my job -Husband FUNMI SALOME JOHNSON

M ‘I did not pay dowry on her’

76-year-old man seeks end of 5-year marriage

•I love and respect him -Wife



asak Sodehinde, a 60 year old driver wants the Alagbado Grade A Customary Court to dissolve his union to Nimota, of whom he says, “I did not pay any dowry on her.” The couple, who do not have children, lived together for 12 years. Sodehinde claims that Nimota is constantly fighting him and their co- tenants, and that she stops at nothing when she gets into fighting mode. He disclosed that she once attempted to smash a bottle on his head during one of such fights. He added that Nimota is in the habit of leaving the house, sometimes for weeks, without disclosing her whereabouts, and that she does not have any respect for him or members of his family. Nimota, however, denied her husband’s claims, saying that that trouble started when he brought another woman to the house. She said that she loves and respects his family members because they have been good to her and that she does not have any problems with them. She, however, agreed that the union be dissolved, and told the court to make her husband provide accommodation for her. The court therefore dissolved the union and told both parties to maintain peace, as any form of disturbance from any of them could lead to imprisonment of the troublemaker. (

•He does not give me money -Wife

76 year-old contractor, Saheed Kehinde, told the Alagbado Grade A Customary Court that his wife of five years, Yetunde, attempted to stab him with a kitchen knife because he refused to give her money to attend her sister’s child naming ceremony in Ibadan. Speaking during court proceedings, Kehinde claimed that his wife was very disobedient, always keeping late hours and does not take care of him. He said that he recently ordered her close her business activities and lock up her shop at 7pm during a carnival on their street, but she refused to obey his instructions and stayed outside until 1am. Kehinde contended that even though he married Yetunde to take care of him, he found no comfort in her, as she was a source of trouble to him by constantly nagging and fighting

him. He also cited a recent incident when the traditional ruler of Orile Ifo came to pay him a visit. Rather than welcome the monarch with respect, his wife refused to come out to greet him and even made a derogatory statement which annoyed the king. He said that she does not have any respect for members of his family. Kehinde concluded that he had stopped loving Yetunde because of her attitude and wanted the court to dissolve the marriage. The respondent, a 51-year-old hairdresser, denied all the allegations levelled against her by the petitioner. Yetunde said that whenever she asks him for money, he would not give her. She also said that she has never disobeyed him, claiming that she locked up her shop when he asked her

to, but put a cooler of drinks in front of the house in a bid to make some money during the carnival. She asserted that she did not threaten to kill him and did not disrespect the king when he came to their house. Despite denying all his allegations, Yetunde agreed that their marriage should be dissolved, as she is no longer interested in being married to Kehinde. She, however, prayed the court to compel Kehinde to give her money to get a new accommodation. The couple has no children and lived together for five years. The court dissolved the union and ordered the respondent leave Kehinde’s house immediately. They were advised to steer clear of each other since their marriage had been dissolved. (

rs Aina Yusuf of Ogba area of Lagos State on Tuesday urged the Ikeja Customary court to dissolve her threeyear marriage to her husband, Ahmed, because he is lazy. The 35-year-old woman told the court that her husband was unemployed and had not bothered to search for a job. “My husband prefers playing draft and games with his friends instead of searching for a job. He has refused to struggle on his own and has not been contributing to ensure the survival of the family. He has become a burden to me since he is not ready to struggle,” she said. She prayed the court to dissolve the marriage which was contracted in 2010 and has produced a female child aged two years. In his response, the defendant said that he had been trying his best to look for a job although his efforts were not yielding the desired results. “Since I lost my former job in 2011, my wife has changed her attitude towards me,” he said. He prayed the court not to grant his wife’s request, saying he was still interested in the marriage. The court president, Mr. Sam Aluko adjourned the case to Monday August 26, 2013 for report of settlement or further hearing.

‘He calls our children bastards’

•She wants to kill me so she can take over our business -Husband


rs. Bolatito Oladele of 1, Alhaji Adetunji Street Abule- Egba Lagos, wants the Alagbado Grade A Customary Court to dissolve her marriage to Oladele Kayode. The petitioner said of her husband, “He is always taking out his frustrations on me. He locks me in the house and confiscates my phone. Even when I moved to my parents’ house, he came there to beat me and even hit the head of one of our children on

the wall. He is also fond of referring to our children as bastards. And whenever I tell him to stop calling them names, he would start beating me. He is a very violent person, especially towards the children. “He always accuses me of adultery and has tried many times to strangle me. He is also fond of destroying my things when he is angry.” Bolatito asked the court to dissolve the union and grant her custody of the children. They

couple lived together for seven years and have two children. The respondent, a 37year old farmer, said, “I used to beat my wife, but I stopped the habit a long time ago. The problem is that we started a business together, and after a while, she asked me to stop coming to our office. I later discovered that it was because of her adulterous ways that she asked me to stop coming to the office. “She wants to kill me so that she can take over the business.

Even our neighbours can attest to this. I do not destroy her things as she claims. Her phone fell into water one day when were arguing in the kitchen and she was struggling with me for the phone. I still love my wife and don’t want the court to dissolve our marriage.” The court, however, dissolved the marriage and ordered both parties to shoulder the responsibility of taking care of the children. (


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ichard Akinnola, journalist, social critic and human rights activist, played an active role in the struggle to actualise the June 12, 1993 presidential mandate of late MKO Abiola and the agitations which led to the present democratic government. Not one to fold his arms and watch, Akinnola again stood up to be counted when the Court of Appeal discharged and acquitted Major Hamza Al-Mustapha, Chief Security Officer (CSO) to former Head of State, General Sani Abacha, from the murder of Kudirat Abiola, MKO’s wife. This time, he has written a book, in barely three weeks, to educate and inform the world on why he is against the Court of Appeal ruling. Akinnola presented his book, titled “A travesty of Justice – The acquittal of Major Hamza Al-Mustapha and others over the murder of Kudirat Abiola.” to the public on Monday, July 29, 2013 at Excellence Hotel, Lagos. Speaking passionately about why he was motivated to write a book on the acquittal of Al-Mustapha, Akinnola says he decided to speak up against AlMustapha’s acquittal because he sees the former CSO’s freedom as the height of injustice. He says, “I think in the case of Gani Fawehinmi Vs Akibu in 1987, the Supreme Court said that we are our brother’s keepers. So, that informed why I am doing this, because an injustice to someone is an injustice everywhere. And I believe that an injustice has been done and I feel the situation is like rubbing salt upon injury with the whole politicising of the whole acquittal, particularly the post-acquittal demonstration and actions of the political elites. This shows that the issue is more political than judicial. And that is why I feel that we cannot allow this kind of injustice to be swept under the carpet. “This entire thing is about politics and that is why it is very sad. We are talking about human life and it is unfortunate that they have made the judiciary helpless. Why I feel hurt personally is because we are talking about human life. We are not talking about a civil matter. Life has been lost; people have lost their parents, their dependants have become orphans because of this. And particularly, we all know the antecedents of AlMustapha and all the atrocities he perpetrated while he was CSO to Abacha. I was a victim and many people were also victims of Abacha’s government. “I recall that I called one of the Editors in TELL after the Court of Appeal judgement and said perhaps all of us should roll out the red carpet and go to Kano and beg Al-Mustapha. Because if we look at all the things we faced during that period and see what is playing out now, one does

Richard Akinnola:

Dead set against Al-Mustapha’s discharge and acquittal


not need to pity this country. And even some of our Comrades who have been consistent in this kind of struggle have suddenly gone mute on the Al-Mustpha thing, which to me amounts to massive endorsement of the acquittal, just because they want to be politically correct.” But why a book at this time? Why write a book in three weeks? Akinnola says, “There is something fundamentally wrong in this country because any country founded on injustice can never prosper. When we fought the June 12 and post June 12 struggle, we didn’t look at where anybody came from. Even for those of us from the South-West, when Earnest Shonekan was brought in to replace Abiola after the annulled election, we resisted it. When former President Olusegun Obasanjo came in and tried his third term agenda, we resisted it. We did that because we acted on principle. So when people now decide to jettison principle on the altar of political expediency, one needs to have a fresh appraisal of this country.

“That is why it is necessary to bring this book out at this point in time because of the level of propaganda being dished out by the other side. I must say that this book is just the ‘John the Baptist.’ The real book is still coming. “The attitude of the political elite has further validated the fact that this acquittal is nothing short of political. A few days ago, a former Minister led a group to the PDP secretariat to thank the national chairman of PDP, Bamangar Tukur, and the President for the acquittal of Major Al-Mustapha. He said that he knew that this was not just a mere judicial decision, that if the President and Bamangar Tukur were not involved, there was no way the court would have given that kind of decision. What he said was published in black and white and I felt scandalised that these people are not even trying to cover up the reasons for the political judgement. “Many of the reports in the public domain have shown that it was not just a judicial decision but political-judicial

decision. If you follow the trend in the last two weeks after his acquittal, you will see a lot of PDP stalwarts going to PDP headquarters to thank Bamangar Tukur for helping in getting Al-Mustapha out of the prison and thanking the President for getting Al-Mustapha out of the prison. “So, I think that their actions show that the judgement was a premeditated thing, not just a judicial fiat because the PDP guys said so and it was published that they know that there is no way the court would have release him without the president. If you follow the media in the last few days you will see how Al-Mustapha is now being used as arrowhead to win the North for 2015, which is most unfortunate. “The guy (Al-Mustapha) has become the hero of the North. It is most unfortunate and I think irrespective of the rubbish going on, we should just remain focused and steadfast that justice has no ethnic or tribal colouration. As far as I am concerned, injustice is injustice and justice is justice irrespective of where you come from or your interest. As long as human life is involved, we need to fight for that person.” Akinnola is canvassing that the matter be taken to the Supreme Court for a final decision. “I believe that the case should go to the Supreme Court. Irrespective of what has happened, let the matter go to the Supreme Court. Let it be on record that this is what the Supreme Court did on the matter. “This will certainly not be the end of the matter. This matter will still come up and whoever thought he has escaped justice, God will ultimately judge him even here on earth, before he gets to heaven. He will certainly receive the judgement.” So who killed Kudirat Abiola? Says Akinnola, “Despite what they did to Gani Fawehinmi in respect of Dele Giwa’s death, Nigerians today know who killed Dele Giwa. Whether the court has committed them or not, they know. And the torture those people go through everyday cannot be quantified. So Nigerians know who killed Dele Giwa, thanks to Gani Fawehinmi’s struggle. By the time they go through my book, Nigerians will also know who killed Kudirat Abiola irrespective of the decision of the Court of Appeal.”

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Celebrating heroines of Aba Riots

The list of those who were killed in the riots


ot a few Nigerians are aware of the valiant acts of women across the four main geographical areas in the annals of history of their country. One of these is one generally referred to as the Aba women Riots of 1929. The riots acted as early checks to the excesses of the British colonial government. Many of the women who participated in the struggle for the emancipation of their people paid the supreme price. No fewer than 52 of them and a man fell to the bullets of the colonial overlords. To these heroines and hero did Akwa Ibom State erect a monument – the Cenotaph of the Women war of 1929 in Ikot Abasi. Many are wont to wonder why a cenotaph in Akwa Ibom when Aba is in Abia State? The truth of the matter according to 1929 Aba Women Riot: 80 Years Of Distorted History by Chuks Ehirim is that it started and most actions took place at Nchara while Ikot Abasi was . Nchara shares boundaries with the Ngwa people of Abia State on its North-West and the Anangs of Akwa Ibom State, on its Southern part. It is from this community which is described by one of its sons, as having a “fair topography but a rich soil” which produces more than a quarter of the food stuff, especially cassava. Also Ikot Abasi, then a part of Opobo was actively involved in the famous women riot of 1929 over taxation and in protest against colonial rule which culminated into the Aba Women riot of 1929. Ikot Abasi Local Government secretariat was then the administrative headquarters of the British colonial government. It was there that 23 of the valiant women fell. It was alleged that the protest was as a result of the new tax regime introduced by colonial officials in the then Eastern Nigeria. Women protesting against their inclusion in the head tax mobilized themselves from all parts

of the region, some coming in canoes singing and chanting. On landing at the colonial administrative office they started chanting war songs. To quell the riot, the British officials asked the colonial police to open fire on the singing unarmed women which led to the death of scores of them. To commemorate the bravery of these women who stood their ground and died for a just cause, a statue was erected in front of the Ikot Abasi Local Government secretariat which was then the administrative headquarters of the British colonial government. On every December 16, each year all Akwa Ibom women gather at the sight to commemorate the selfless sacrifice of these women. Hall of fame is another monument built in remembrance of the brave women who were killed in the 1929 women riot at the consular beach, Egwang Opobo now Ikot Abasi and elsewhere in the state. The commemorative marble plaque inside the building contains names of 23 women that died at Ikot Abasi; three that died at Etim Ekpo and another 33 at Abak. Also listed alongside their names are their towns of origin, which on close examination show they came from all over the former Eastern Region and Niger Delta areas. The Aba Women’s Riot started in November 1929, when thousands of women from the Bende District of Nigeria, the nearby Umuahia and other places in the then Eastern Nigeria travelled to Oloko to protest against the Warrant Chiefs, whom they accused of restricting the role of women in the government. It was organised and led by the rural women of Owerri and Calabar provinces. During the events, many Warrant Chiefs were forced to resign and 16 Native Courts were attacked, most of which were destroyed The women’s revolt was sparked by a dispute between a woman named Nwanyereuwa and a man, Mark Emereu-

wa, who was helping to make a census of the people living in the town controlled by the Warrant, Okugo. Nwanyeruwa was of Ngwa ancestry, and had been married in the town of Oloko. In Oloko, the census was related to taxation, and women in the area were worried about who would tax them, especially during the period of hyperinflation in the late 1920s. On the morning of November 18, Emereuwa arrived at Nwanyereuwa’s house and approached Nwanyereuwa, since her husband Ojim, had already died. He told the widow to “count her goats, sheep and people.” Since Nwanyereuwa understood this to mean, “How many of these things do you have so we can tax you based on them”, she was angry. She replied by saying “Was your widowed mother counted?,” meaning “that women don’t pay tax in traditional Igbo society.” The two exchanged angry words, and Nwanyeruwa went to the town square to discuss the incident with other women who happened to be holding a meeting to discuss the issue of taxing women. Believing they would be taxed, based on Nwanyeruwa’s account, the Oloko women invited other women (by sending leaves of palm-oil trees) from other areas in the Bende District, as well as from Umuahia and Ngwa. They gathered nearly 10,000 women who protested at the office of Warrant Chief Okugo, demanding his resignation and calling for a trial. The leaders of the protest in Oloko are known as the Oloko Trio: Ikonnia, Mwannedia and Nwugo. The three were known for their skills in speaking, their intelligence and their passion. When protests became tense, it was often these three who were able to deescalate the situation, preventing violence. However, after two women were killed while blocking colonial roads as a form of protest, the trio was not able to calm the situation there; the police and army were sent to the town.



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Action recorded at the CHAN qualifier between Super Eagles and Elephants of Cote d’Ivoire in Abidjan last weekend. INSET: Monday Odiaka

CHAN 2014: Overhaul home-based Eagles, Odiaka tells Keshi IFEANYI EDUZOR


x- international, Monday Odiaka, has charged the Super Eagles technical crew to carry out overhaul of the home-based Eagles as that is the only way the team can put up a good performance at the 2014 African Nations Championship (CHAN) slated for South Africa next January. The Coach Stephen Keshi-tutored side last Saturday fell 0-2 in Abidjan to Elephants of Cote d’Ivoire, but qualified on 4-3 aggregate to book their first tournament ticket for the championship created for home-based players in the continent. He told our correspondent that having qualified for the competition after failing on two previous occasions, there is need

for begin f the h technical h i l crew to b i preparations in earnest to enable it have a good team that will write the name of the country in gold in South Africa. “It is a good thing that we surmounted all odds in Cote d’Ivoire to qualify for the 2014 CHAN for the first time since its introduction in 2009, but the technical crew must re-organise the team before the commencement of the championship. “There is the need for Keshi to beam his searchlight more on discovering players from the domestic league that can be invited to beef up the team ahead of the tournament,” Odiaka said. The former defunct ACB Football Club striker while admitting that Nigeria is capable of lifting the trophy noted that victory for the Super Eagles Team B will only depend on the level of preparation

ARS Season 3: Curtain falls on Port Harcourt zone P. 47

and determination off the to d the h d i i h players l actualise this dream. “The fact that the home-based Super Eagles will be featuring in the championship for the first time does not mean they cannot add the trophy to our collections, but to achieve this, the team needs to prepare very well and play with determination before they can think of winning the championship,” Odiaka cautioned. The former youth international who was one of the most feared strikers in the continent during his playing days, praised Keshi for embarking on the rebuilding process of the national team and urged him to continue with the process which he says has brought a new lease of life in Eagles. According to him, Keshi has through his successes shown Nigerians that the coun-

Eagles will P. 48 land in Brazil in 2014 –Ndubuisi

try’s coaches are capable of handling the senior national team, even as he h charged Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) (NFF to create an enabling environment for him and the team to win more laurels for the country. “I am really happy that Keshi has silenced some critics who never believed in Nigerian coaches with his performance since being appointed chief coach of the national team. His victorious outing with the Super Eagles at the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa is an indication that our home-based coaches are as good as their foreign counterparts. “Keshi’s records show that with proper planning and co-ordination, Nigerian coaches can surpass their counterparts from other parts of the world and I want to use this opportunity to call on the NFF to give him support so that our national team will continue to win more laurels for the country,” the former Flying Eagles play maker concluded.

Rooney fears fan backlash over Chelsea move P. 49



August 3, 2013

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School sports federation deserves support I HARD TACKLE n most sports-loving nations of the world, the support for school sports has remained the bedrock of their sports development and Nigeria cannot be an exception. Aside the fact that physical activity is vital to the holistic development of young people in schools, the benefits of participating in sports cannot be overemphasised because it goes beyond the impact on physical well-being and educational benefits for this category of people. Taking part in physical education is an essential component of quality education, and if administered under the right conditions, can also provide healthy alternatives to deviant behaviour such as drug abuse, violence and crime. The just concluded Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Nigeria School Sports Federation (NSSF) in Awka, Anambra State, gave many stakeholders of sports in the country an insight into the need for the National Sports Commission (NSC) to do more in terms of supporting the development of school sports in the country. HT gathered that the NSSF AGM is an annual event which provides forum for stakeholders to come together and deliberate on the growth and development of school sports in line with current changes in global/national rules, regulation and techniques guiding the administration and organisation of school sports. Established in 1976 under the


Andrew Ekejiuba auspices of the Federal Ministry of Education, the NSSF is charged with the responsibility of organising and administering sports at primary and post-primary institutions (Basic and Secondary) in Nigeria with technical support from state Ministries of Youth and Sports. It is also an affiliate of the International School Sport Federation (ISSF) with its secretariat in Belgium. One of the protagonists of sports development in Nigeria who wants to remain anonymous, once noted that grassroots sports development actually begins from schools where talented athletes are discovered at their right ages before they are trained to stardom. However, as important as this stage of sport development, not much is being done in terms of encouraging the NSSF, to actualize the dreams of many Nigerians in turning the country to a Mecca of sportsmen and women beginning from schools. HT gathered that yearly the


NSSF struggles to organise some of its programmes because it does not receive any dime in form of subvention from the National Sports Commission or the Federal Government, which is sad. It may be as result of the aforementioned that the NSSF President, Mallam Ibrahim Mohammad, used the opportunity at this year’s AGM to call on state governors, Federal Ministry of Education and Federal Ministry of Sports to help encourage international school sports participation by Nigerian pupils/students. Mohammad revealed that as a notable figure in Africa, Nigeria should as a matter of urgency extend its magnanimity towards development of school sports, so that more talent can be discovered and nurtured to stardom. Aside the aforementioned, competitive sport provides scholarships for our qualified students/athletes, to pursue both educational and athletic careers in institutions of higher learning

in Nigeria and overseas, which is a welcome development to our national sports policy. It is also on record that some of our top athletes who began their sporting careers from schools have gone ahead to compete for the nation in international championships including the All Africa Games, Commonwealth Games and Olympic Games. And today, majority of these athletes earn a very good living, thanks to their exposure through school sports. Jamaica, a nation of 2.9 million people, can bask in the euphoria of how professional sports and earnings have helped improve a part of their economy and turned their youths to world beaters, and this is also achievable in Nigeria, if the necessary structures are put in place to expose our talented sportsmen and women from schools. One of the best public relations and promotion a nation can possess is one that mirrors the nation with positive reflections through sport victories and international engagements, and NSC must key into this by seeing that school sports is given a priority when dispensing their allocations for sports development in the country. It is on record that international policies on sport development from schools have influenced the delivery of physical education and sport across the world, and Nigeria cannot shy away from this fact.

The Declaration on the Rights of the Child in 1959 was one of the first international instruments linking sporting activity and education for children stating that “the child shall have full opportunity for play and recreation, which should be directed to the same purposes as education.” Also the UN’s lead agency for physical education and sport, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) , introduced the first landmark policy related to physical education in 1978. Titled, the International Charter of Physical Education and Sport introduced by UNESCO in 1978, it declares that “every human being has a fundamental right of access to physical education and sport, which are essential for the full development of his personality.” From the foregoing, Nigeria which prides itself as sportloving nation should be at the fore-front of school sport development, so that the issue of relying on a few athletes to win medals for the nation at major international competitions like the Olympic Games will be a thing of the past. It is the belief of HT that the lessons from the London 2012 Olympics are still fresh in our minds following Team Nigeria’s flop at the Games and this is the right time for the NSC to support the NSSF in the discovery of future sport stars from our schools.


Ndanusa delighted with Wheel Chair NWF shortlists 15 governors for award I E Tennis clinic FEANYI




resident of the Nigeria Olympic Committee, (NOC) Sani Ndanusa says that Flour Mills of Nigeria PLC deserves special commendation for initiating the annual Golden Penny Noodles Player/Coaches wheel chair Tennis Clinic which he said has helped in developing the game among people with disability in the country. He stated this while declaring closed second edition of the clinic which was rounded off at the Indoor Sports Hall of the National Stadium, Abuja. According to him, the company has through its interest in wheel chair tennis helped in improving the game and giving hope to disabled athletes in the country


and made an appeal to other corporate organizations to emulate them. “I am particularly happy with what Flour Mills is doing in ensuring the development of wheel chair tennis in Nigeria. “Special commendation must go to the company’s Vice President, John Cou-

mantaros for his special interest in the development of the game and I enjoin other corporate organizations to emulate them and develop Nigerian sports,” he said. The week-long event which attracted over 300 players led to the discovery of not fewer than 20 new champion potentials in the game.


he Nigeria (Pro) Wrestling Federation (NWF) in conjunction with the Current World Wrestling Federation (CWWF) is set to honour 15 state Governors and Local Government chairmen with the International Good Governance and Peace Award for their unrelenting efforts towards giving the dividend of democracy to the people. According to a statement by the NWF signed by its President, Prince Hammed Olanrewaju Mohammed, and made available to our correspondent, those to receive the awards include Governors of Ekiti, Imo, Osun,Nasarawa, Oyo, Rivers ,Niger, Jigawa, Kano, Kwara, Benue, Edo, Bauchi, Delta and Sokoto

States. Local Government chairmen in Lagos State to be honoured includes that of Yaba, Amuwo Odofin, Ojokoro, Bariga, Apapa, Lagos Mainland, Ojo, Iba, Iganmu, Iru/Victoria Island, Surulere, Eti-Osa and Orile Agege. Others are Egbe/Idimu, Mosan/Okunola, Ejigbo, Onigbongbo, Coker Aguda, Ikorodu Central, Ifako Ijaye, Oriade and Somolu. The statement noted that the award will also be extended to Senators Chris Ngige and Oluremi Tinubu as well as the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwa and a member of the lower legislative house, Abike Dabiri Erewa. The Governor of Lagos State will receive the Best African Governor Award with the Dedicated Leadership Award going


to the former Governor of Lagos State. Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu. Mohammed, who also doubles as Vice President of CWWF, noted that the body came up with the decision following the report of its assessment committee which visited the states and Local Government Areas, even as he assured that it will be a continuous exercise.

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ARS Season 3: Curtain falls on Port Harcourt zone ANDREW EKEJIUBA


he Port Harcourt leg of the 3rd Airtel Rising Stars U-17 zonal championship, which commenced on Monday, was rounded off yesterday at the Training Pitch of the Liberation Stadium. Players whose teams could not make it to the final of the ARS at the Port Harcourt zone however commended Airtel Nigeria for giving them the platform to excel. A few of the players who shared mixed feelings after their elimination from the competition, expressed optimism in their

ability to excel in their football career in future. According to Uchenna Madabuchi, a 15-year old striker from Abia State; “The Airtel Rising Stars has given me the opportunity to showcase my talent, though I couldn’t make the final team but I’m happy I was able to show my skills. The coaches told me to continue to train hard and work on my stamina which they said will help me to become a better player.” Another player, Ufot Magdalene who came from Akwa Ibom to try her luck said: “The Airtel Rising Stars competition has made me to believe in myself because I know I

will be great having gone so far in this competition before being dropped. It’s so painful that I will not be going to Lagos for the National Final because that has always been my ultimate dream, but I will try my luck next year since I’m just 14.” Saturday Mirror gathered that the winners who emerged in both the male and female category for the two slots available will join other winners from other zones for the National Finals billed for Lagos from August 21 to 24. A total of four states which include hosts Rivers, Bayelsa, Imo, Akwa Ibom and Cross River took part in the competition in

Action recorded at the Enugu Zone of the Airtel Rising Stars, Season 3, on Thursday.

Port Harcourt. The Airtel Rising Stars U-17 Tourney, in its third year running, is a pan-African initiative of Airtel Africa, designed to pro-

vide support for the development of football talents across African markets. The competition is aimed at discovering talented students (male and

female) of secondary school age and providing them the opportunity to polish their football skills and develop into soccer stars.

Rangers confirm WCL: Nigeria eye promotion to Division 4 possession of CAF’s cash IFEANYI EDUZOR



anagement of Enugu-based side, Rangers International FC, has announced that they were in possession of Confederation of African Football (CAF) seventy-five thousand dollars ($75,000.00) meant for them to prepare for the group stage of 2013 CAF Confederation cup for which they have been disqualified for fielding an alleged ineligible player, Daniel Emmanuel. In an interactive session with sports writers in Enugu, General Manager of the Coal City ‘Flying Antelopes’ said that contrary to belief that Tunisian side, Clube Sportif Sfaxien was credited with the cash meant for the Nigerian side, Rangers actually got credited with the stated sum. “There is no truth in information flying around that CAF have paid out what was due us to the Tunisian side, C.S.S. We were actually credited with the sum of seventy-five thousand dollars after our qualification to feature in the group stage of the Confederation cup. “This goes to show that we still have chances of participating in the competition. We are very hopeful that our case will prove us right,” stated the Rangers boss. Meanwhile, the ‘Flying Antelopes’ are not resting in its oars as it has concluded plans to take its disqualification from this year’s CAF Confederation Cup to the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) after CAF Appeals Committee threw out its appeal for lacking merit. Chairman of Enugu state football association, Chidi Ofo Okenwa said, “We are going to appeal our elimination by CAF at CAS. This is miscarriage of justice. There is no way we are going to rest until we are justifiably heard.” CAF said Rangers appeal was not admitted on technical grounds, as they disqualified the Nigerian club from the second-tier Confederation Cup on the basis that they fielded an ineligible player, goalkeeper Daniel Emmanuel, in their final qualifier against CS Sfaxien of Tunisia. As a result of the ruling, Sfaxien replaced the Nigerian club in the mini-league stage of the Confederation Cup which Rangers management are challenging.


echnical Director of Nigeria Cricket Federation (NCF), Olisa Egwuatu says that the national team is focused on qualifying for Division 4 during next year’s World Cricket League (WCL) Division five championships in Malaysia following the team’s superlative performance at the just concluded World Cricket League Division six and seven championships in Jersey, England. He stated this when members of the team arrived from England where they gained promotion to Division 5, even as he described the promotion as a histor-

ic achievement that would bring a lot of benefits to Nigeria. According to him, the promotion would henceforth showcase Nigeria as a top cricket-playing nation and increase financial support from the International Cricket Council (ICC) to the NCF if the team is able to earn qualification to Division four and three next year in Malaysia. “This is historic because no Nigerian team has ever qualified for Division five. By this promotion, Nigeria will now feature in more international competitions than before, and this will further help in exposing the cricketers to acquire better skills and showcase

us to the entire world because we have now joined the league of top cricketplaying countries,” he said. Nigeria beat Argentina in their final match to join the hosts, Jersey at the top of the tournament’s table. Team Nigeria finished second in the six-nation tournament, after winning four out of five matches. The host country, Jersey, an Island off the United Kingdom, topped the group after winning all their five matches in the competition. Teams that took part in the Division 6 tournaments were Jersey, Nigeria, Argentina, Kuwait, Vanuatu and Bahrain. The matches were played over eight days.

Basketball: Oluyole Warriors target league trophy IFEANYI EDUZOR

C Nigerian national cricket team after their arrival from England

Awo Stadium hosts KAYROM LEE Clinics ANDREW EKEJIUBA


n its continued effort to encourage school pupils to cultivate the habit of participating in sporting activities, partner to National Sports Commission zone 1, KAYROM LEE has perfected plans to commence intensive holiday coaching clinics in swimming and table-tennis for kids beginning from August 5 at the Obafemi Awolowo Stadium in Ibadan. A top official of the firm, KAYROM LEE, that is based inside former Liberty Stadium, now Obafemi Awolowo

Stadium revealed this in a sport retreat organised recently as part of activities lined up to sensitise parents of the clinics. The expert said most parents who took their wards to the sport retreat unanimously agreed, having listened to talks from technocrats to have the clinic during the long vacation. Romoke Ayinde, the CEO of the firm while briefing newsmen said the clinics would be classified into two sessions with the first one commencing in the morning between 8am and 11am, while the evening session will start by 3pm to 6pm every day.

hief Coach of Oluyole Warriors Basket ball Club of Ibadan, Yemi Abiodun says his ultimate ambition is to emerge the overall winner of this year’s Premier Basketball League, even as he commended Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi and the state Commissioner for Youth and Sports Adedapo Lam- Adesina for their support to the team. He told our correspondent shortly after his team’s qualified for the final four of the Nigeria Premier Basketball League following the last round of matches in the regular season of the league, that his players are more determined than before to emerge overall champions of the league. “I must commend the efforts of my players who through encouragement from the state government coupled with sheer determination qualified for the final four,” he said. Dodan Warriors, Union Bank and Oluyole Warriors have all booked their places in the final four which will dunk off on August 6, at the indoor Sports Hall of the National Stadium, Surulere, Lagos.



August 3, 2013

Saturday Mirror

Eagles will land in Brazil in 2014 –Ndubuisi Coach Nduka Ndubuisi of Heartland FC of Owerri believes that the Super Eagles will qualify for next year’s FIFA World Cup in Brazil. In this exclusive interview with ANDREW EKEJIUBA, he speaks on the fortunes of his club following their crash at the quarter-finals stage of this year’s Federation Cup. He also enumerated the factors militating against the growth of the local league. Excerpts:


hat actually went wrong with Heartland FC following their 5-4 loss on penalties to Akwa United at the quarter-finals of this year’s Federation Cup in Kaduna? Nothing went wrong, except that we were denied a neatly scored second goal at the dying minute of the encounter by the Assistant Referee 1, which could have enabled us win the match. Earlier before then, my players played very well and gave a good account of themselves by scoring the opener in the first half, before Akwa United scored the equaliser in the second half. We were shocked as our second goal which the centre referee blew as a goal was cancelled by the action of the Assistant Referee 1. However, we have taken the outcome of the match in good faith because we know that this is one of the unforeseen mistakes we see at times in the round leather game. The match actually ended 1-1 apiece and penalty being very unpredictable, we lost narrowly by 5-4. How did your players take the defeat and are their plans by your club to protest the outcome of the match? Actually, losing at this stage of the competition as the defending champions could be very demoralizing because the entire team was focused on winning the cup for keeps. Remember we have won the cup backto-back before our loss to Akwa United this year. However, we have spoken to the players who felt demoralized on the loss and we have made them to understand the need for them to focus their attention on the Glo Premier League, which we believe we can still win. Also, I want to reveal that we do not have any plan to protest the outcome of the match against Akwa United, as our club has decided to move on following our unceremonious exit from this year’s Federation Cup. You defeated Sharks FC of Port Harcourt in the Round of 16 of the Federation Cup, how did you see the victory? We thank God for that victory because it was a tough match for us and candidly, Sharks really stretched us to the limit before our loss at quarter-finals. Initially, we had our eyes focused on winning the trophy for keeps by making sure no club beats us to the trophy, but that was not to be as we lost out at the quarter finals. What has been the secret of the success story of your club, especially in the Federation Cup before this year’s loss? We have a couple of players who are well grounded professionally and you can see it in their attitude to the club’s quest this season. Secondly, our management has been up and doing despite the lean resources they

have and they are really committed towards seeing the club performing creditably well in any competition they are involved in. In fact the coaching crew of Heartland FC, the management and the players work like one family and that has been the secret of the club’s success story. It is this singular secret of team work that has made it possible for us to withstand all opposition by making sure nothing distracts us from our target. What do we expect from the club this soccer season? Like I noted earlier, we have the plans to give the Glo Premier League trophy a shot following our loss at the quarter finals stage of the Federation Cup which we had won back-to-back before now. What are the major challenges Heartland FC is facing, especially from the Imo State Government who are the sole sponsor of the club? I won’t say that the challenges we have in the club has been so bad, but I still believe that there is room for improvement. Take a look at the ongoing Glo Premier League; are you satisfied with the organisation? I think there are challenges because whatsoever that is needed to improve the quality of the Glo Premier League is being slowed by poor funding of clubs generally in the country. The organisers of the league need money to run their programmes, while the clubs also need enough funds to enable them meet up the challenges of administering the dayto-day running of their clubs. If there are sufficient funds for clubs to use, then the league will definitely take a new shape for the better. What are other problems you have seen in the Nigerian League? Like I said earlier, when you owe your players allowances, there is always lot of disputes and grumblings. The aforementioned often leads to the coaching crew of clubs spending so much time counseling their players on the need to stay focused on their club’s quest and in extreme cases, the situation becomes frustrating. Even, on some occasions the players refuse to take to trainings because they are being owed which is so sad, thus forcing the coaches to tolerate some intolerable behaviour from the players, which is very disgusting. With this scenario, coaches are handicapped when it comes to punishing a player who is being seen as doing a thankless job. All these problems definitely affect the job of the coaches who are always at the receiving end of all the brouhaha.

At times, it becomes so bad that due to lack of funds, coaches cannot go ahead to demand for certain equipment required for the club to train with. For example, you can’t go demanding for 100 balls when you know that the management can only afford 50 balls or less. During rainy seasons as we have in Nigeria now, players are suppose to play with boots that suites the weather condition or even the playing surface, but when the management of clubs are handicapped financially in getting these boots, what can the coaches or players do in this regard? Nothing of course! Frankly, there are so many other things in clubs which lack of finances can affect if not provided. For example, there was a time when Heartland FC were at the top of the league and at that particular point things were suppose to be have been done to sustain the momentum of the team in that first position, like increasing the match bonuses of the players by the club’s management to boost their morale. The lesson here is simple; when your club has the advantage of remaining at the top of the league, there are certain steps that can be taken to sustain it. In Heartland FC again, there was a time that means of transportation was a problem and when Governor Rochas Okorocha came to our rescue by providing us a brand new bus, the morale of the players toward the club was rekindled, as they worked hard to achieve good results which many of our fans may see as an impossibility. Our home-based Super Eagles fell 0-2 to Cote d’Ivoire in Abidjan for the 2014 CHAN qualifiers, though Nigeria eventually qualified for the competition by 4-3 on aggregate; do you think that Coach Stephen Keshi-tutored side will excel at the competition holding in South Africa? They will excel and I want to thank Keshi for giving our home-based players an opportunity to play in the senior national team which has also given our home-based Eagles the needed confidence that saw them overcome Cote d’Ivoire to qualify for next year’s CHAN holding in South Africa. There are so many soccer fans and analysts who never believed that something good can come out of our local league because they have the feeling that it is no longer producing quality players. However, Keshi has

Heartland Football Club of Owerri

Coach Nduka Ndubuisi disproved all these critics following our 2013 Africa Cup of Nations triumph in South Africa by using many of our domestic players. Also we can see that on yearly basis, some of our home-based players are often snapped up by foreign clubs which is a sign that our league is churning out stars. Frankly speaking, Keshi has proved a point that we can raise a team from home following our 2014 CHAN qualification for the first time after two previous editions. Today, most of our domestic players are working hard to raise their game to get an invitation to the national team and indirectly raising the standard of our local league, which is commendable. It is indeed a new challenge to our local players who now believe that one does not need to travel abroad to play for a foreign club before being called up to play for the senior national team. I want to say, God bless Keshi for giving our local players an opportunity to play for the Super Eagles and I believe with little minor changes the team will do well in 2014 CHAN. Finally, what do you think will happen in our FIFA World Cup qualifying match against Malawi next month in Calabar? I’m optimistic that we will win to move to the final round of the 2014 World Cup qualifiers because I believe no team can stop us from qualifying for the mundial. Since the Super Eagles were able to withstand Kenya in Calabar following their pulsating 1-1 draw, I believe no team can pose any threat to Eagles landing in Brazil next year.

Saturday Mirror


August 3, 2013

Rooney fears fan backlash over Chelsea move


ayne Rooney fears a backlash from the Manchester United fans if the club continues to block his desired move to Chelsea this summer. The 27-year-old is understood to remain determined to leave United and came face to face with manager David Moyes on Thursday for the first time since his early exit from the club’s preseason tour on July 11. Chelsea are expected to make a second bid for Rooney in the coming days after the Londoners’ initial £20 million offer was rejected out of hand by United. Rooney is scheduled to further talks with Moyes over his future as he looks to push through a move to Chelsea, where he will be offered a contract worth around £200,000-a-week. And one major factor in Rooney’s desire to leave is his concern that the United sup-

porters have turned against him, not least because of former boss Sir Alex Ferguson’s claim that the striker submitted a transfer request, which the player denies. The striker’s immediate concern is the club’s trip to Scandinavia, with the former Everton man due to travel with the squad for the next pre-season friendly in Stockholm, Sweden on August 6 - should he recover from a hamstring injury. That will be Rooney’s first appearance in front of the United faithful since he endured boos during the club’s Premier League title trophy parade. However, Rooney remains Chelsea’s number-one target as Jose Mourinho looks for a top class forward, with sources suggesting that the saga surrounding the England star’s future is likely to continue until the final week of the window.




Tello pens new Barca deal F C Barcelona have tied down attacker Cristian Tello after the 21-year-old agreed terms on a two-year contract extension with the four-time European champions. The Sabadell native – who joined Barça as an 11-year-old – penned a new deal until 30 June 2018 with his contract containing a buy-out clause of 25m euros.


Liverpool in £20m Costa bid


iverpool have made a bid in excess of £20m for Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa, and the offer is believed to have triggered a release clause in the Brazil international’s contract. Costa, 24, scored 10 goals in La Liga last season, and 20 in 44 games in all competitions. Atletico are reportedly prepared to let him go as they have signed strikers David Villa from Barcelona and Leo Baptistao from Rayo Vallecano. Costa joined Atletico from Valladolid in 2010 and made his international debut for Brazil in March this year. Costa, a powerful 6’2” striker, would become the fourth most expensive signing in Liverpool’s history after Andy Carroll (£35m), Fernando Torres (£26m) and Luis Suarez (£22.8m). The attempt to sign Costa is not however believed to mean Liverpool are resigned to losing Suarez. On Thursday boss Brendan Rodgers said: “New signings have to be of the right quality, that’s the bottom line. “We’ve got money to spend on getting that quality in, but if it’s not available I won’t waste it for the sake of bringing a player in. “We’re really working hard to bring in the type of profile that can really help us push on.”


De Gea urges Fabregas to join Red Devils D

avid De Gea says Spain team-mate Cesc Fabregas would “greatly improve” Manchester United’s squad. United have been unsuccessful with two bids for the Barcelona midfielder and are reportedly set to make a third offer of £40m.


Bayern Munich set for new season –Guardiola ep Guardiola says Bayern Munich are P ready to defend their status as German and European champions following a successful pre-season where they won the Audi Cup, beating Manchester City 2-1 in the final.Die Roten racked up an incredible 65 goals in pre-season friendlies, culminating in Mario Mandzukic’s winner after Thomas Muller had levelled from the spot following Alvaro Negredo’s opener for Manuel Pellegrini’s men on Thursday.


Soldado blasts Valencia chief


oberto Soldado has revealed he felt he had to leave Valencia because he had been lied to by club president Amaedo Salvo. The 28-year-old spoke out

after agreeing to move to Tottenham Hotspur for a £25.8 million club-record deal and he pulled no punches when discussing his reasons.

Pellegrini upbeat Chelsea players impress Mourinho despite Audi Cup loss C


anchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini believes his side will be better for its loss to Bayern Munich in the Audi Cup final. Alvaro Negredo opened the scoring for City while Thomas Mueller and Mario Mandzukic hit back to guide Bayern to victory in the pre-season tournament. Despite the loss, Pellegrini was pleased with how his team had been tested by Bayern and argued it will serve City well in the upcoming English Premier League season. “I think this was a very useful match to prepare,” the former Malaga head coach said after the game. “We played a very good match against a strong team that won the UEFA Champions League last season, in their stadium. “I am really glad how my team played and at this moment we have

another 15 days to prepare for the Premier League, I think that we are in the correct way.” City has bowed at the group stages of the UEFA Champions League in the past two seasons but Pellegrini is confident City will reach the knockout stages this year, based on its performance against the reigning champion.


helsea boss Jose Mourinho was pleased with how his side coped against Inter Milan in their latest pre-season outing. The Blues progressed to the semi-finals of International Champions Cup, being played in America, with a 2-0 win over Inter in Indianapolis. Chelsea came through thanks to goals from Eden Hazard and Oscar, but played the final halfan-hour against ten-men after Hugo Campagnaro was sent-off for a late lunge on John Terry. Mourinho admits it was not perfect playing against ten-men and he would rather prefer that Inter were allowed to replace him. The Chelsea boss was pleased with their latest outing, adding: “There were no injuries, the pitch was not the best, so that is good for both sides. “I think it is good experience for us, good for them - they play a tactical system that is not easy to play against - three at the back and the fullbacks go forward a lot so even tactically it was good for us. “I can give the players ideas about what I want to do tactically in training, so it was good to see what they were trying to do, like Eden Hazard doing defensive work he does not normally do so I am happy with how the players are working.”



Crime Watch

Saturday Mirror

August 3, 2013

BRIEFS Woman beats husband’s 3-year-old niece to death for vomitting


21-year-old woman, Rebecca Bassey, has been arrested by the Lagos State Police Command for allegedly beating her husband’s threeyear-old niece, Deborah Bassey, to death. According to police authorities, the suspect beat up the girl because she vomited and defecated on herself. The incident occurred at Ijaiye Ojokoro area of the state on July 22, 2013. According to the police source, “The victim (Deborah) lost her mother in 2010. Early this year, Deborah’s father was evicted from his home and he decided to send Deborah and his second child to go and stay with his brother, Vincent, until he settles down. “Deborah and her nine-year-old sister were living with Vincent and his wife, Rebecca, in a one-room apartment at Powerline, Jankara, Ijaiye Ojokoro. However, Rebecca was always maltreating the two children.” According to police investigations, on the day of the incident, Deborah woke up around 5.30am with a high temperature. The three-year-old girl was said to have started vomiting and defecating soon after. This was said to have angered Rebecca, who instead of administering treatment to the child, decided to beat her up.

36-year-old police-killer arrested


notorious robber and serial killer of policemen in Lagos, Ogun, Oyo and Osun states, Abiodun Ogunjobi, who has been on the wanted list of the police since 1999 has been arrested. Ogunjobi (alias Godogodo), the kingpin and only surviving member of an eightman gang, was arrested at his Ibadan, Oyo State capital hideout by the operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) of the Lagos State Police Command, led by SP Abba Kyari. Two AK-47 rifles, 11 AK-47 magazines, two bullet proof vests suspected to have been snatched from slain policemen, 30 live rounds of ammunition and two vehicles, Nissan Primera Saloon Car marked LSR 311 EJ and a Toyota Camry Saloon car marked AJA 497 EP, were recovered from him. The 36-year-old suspect is said to own eight houses – two each in Ikorodu (Lagos), Ilaro, Ifo (Ogun) and Ibadan (Oyo) – and does not collect house rent from his tenants. In his confessional statement, Ogunjobi said he could not count on his fingertips the number of policemen he had killed. He also claimed that he got one of the two AK-47 rifles recovered from his Ibadan residence from a slain member of his gang named Paul, who was shot dead during an encounter with the SARS at Ajah area of Lagos sometime in February. (


When armed robbers descended on residents of Lady Lak, a Lagos suburb, raping and looting, many took it for a fait accompli. But it was not to be. A blackberry phone revealed the felons. How? SEGUN ADIO


t was a black Saturday for residents of Lady Lak in Palm Grove area of Lagos State, when daredevil robbers, reportedly numbering about 14, held residents hostage, dispossessing them of their valuables including cash. Awofodu and Ajiun streets in the area are naturally busy areas in the locality, but in recent times, life there had be rather calm and peaceful ostensibly because of the ongoing Ramadan period. But the calmness of the two streets gave way on Saturday, 27 July, 2013. Around 1:30 am that fateful day, armed robbers reportedly commenced their operation at No 22, Awofodu Street, where they shot sporadically into the air, thus sending many residents of the streets burying their heads in their pillows. Robbers, all wearing hoods over their faces, forced their way into the one storey building. They cut the main source of light into the building and began room to room raid. Occupants were robbed of their laptop computers, five BlackBerry phones, expensive jewellery and large sums of money. But this was not all as a woman, who tried to hide herself from the glare of the men of the underworld was reportedly raped by four of them. After a successful operation; it was the turn of Ajiun Street which was close by. No 11 Ajiun Street was the robbers’ next port of call. There, they reportedly carried out another raid employing the same modus operandi as they were said to have also cut off the power source of the building and making use of their lamps which they came with. But quite unlike what happened at Awofodu Street, one of the robbers who seemed to be the leader, on getting to No 11, Ajiun Street, began calling out names of all oc-

A bullet riddled victim

How Blackberry phone led robbers to police net cupants of the building one after the other. And at the said house, the robbers reportedly made away with several mobile telephones, jewellery and large amount of money, too. Though no female occupant was raped at the No 11, Ajiun Street house, two of the occupants were shot by the robbers. One of the shot occupants, Seun Sanusi, was in deep sleep when the robbers arrived the building. He was woken from his sleep by the loud bang on the main entrance of the building. The robbers allegedly called out his name and demanded that they be taken to his room. Sanusi was already by his door before the robbers got there and he was pushed back into his room by their leader. Speaking with Saturday Mirror, Sanusi claimed that he would have killed but for the intervention of one of the robbers who probably knew him well. “It was what they call a close shave with death. I was in my room sleeping when I heard a loud bang on the main door of the building and started hearing my name called. Initially, I thought it was a quarrel among co-tenants but when I heard my name, I jumped up to open my door. “As I wanted to open the door, it was pushed back and I came face to face with about four hefty men. They demanded for my phones and the whole cash with me which I hurriedly handed over to them. But before the man collected them from me, he gave me three hot slaps,” Sanusi said on telephone. He narrated how one of the robbers asked him to close his eyes and pulled out a gun and shot him in the leg. He continued: “When he shot me in the leg, I fell down and was bleeding all over the room. But the man cocked the gun again and wanted to shoot point blank before the man that led them.” Sanusi was immediately rushed to the Gbagada General Hospital for medical attention, but was later taken to a traditional medical home where the bullets were reportedly extracted from his thighs.

Another occupant of the building sustained injuries from guns of the robbers. Another resident, identified as Idris, claimed that the robbers almost shot him but for the door to his apartment that the bullets hit and smashed. As fate would have it though, on the second day, Sanusi’s elder sister, identified as Debby, added her brother’s BlackBerry pin code 32fd0ac3 which was taken away by the robbers. Once Debby pinged the BlackBerry, one Oluwaseun Azeez Adebanjo at the other end – using Sanusi’s stolen BlackBerry, responded. The self-acclaimed computer engineer was later found to reside about a dozen streets away from where the robbery took place. During Debby’s chats with the said Adebanjo, the latter informed his new found lady friend of his intention to sell some fairly used BlackBerry phones and other accessories. The lady thus signified her interest and the two of them fixed an appointment for last Tuesday at an eatery at Palm Grove area. While Debby continues to chat with the said Adebanjo, law enforcement agents were duly kept in the known and they encouraged the lady to continue with the conversation. Adebanjo was picked up by security operatives while sitting with Debby at the eatery on the appointed day. Adebanjo later told the police that the phones were given to him to sell by his boss who resides in Mowe area of Ogun State. Law enforcement agents later went in search of the man that purportedly gave Adebanjo the phones to sell and he was arrested with the other people in his residence. Speaking on the arrests of the suspects, a police source who sought anonymity, says, “We have a few of the suspects in our custody and we are continuing with investigations. The ones with us are really assisting and in no time we shall get to the root of the matter,” the police source said.

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August 3, 2013

1 dead, dozens injured in rival cults clash in Lagos

L-R: SaunPaul, Ibrahim and Adewale all suspected cultists

Shomolu area of Lagos, has for some time now been held by the jugular by two notorious cult groups. However, recently, the two notorious groups turned their guns on one another. How did it happen? SEGUN ADIO


wo notorious cult groups, that had tormented residents of Lagos State for years have again clashed at Shomolu area of the state leaving one person dead and many others critically injured. One of the groups, called the EFCC Boys, reportedly clashed with a rival group known as the AYE group around Abiodun Street, Shomolu in the metropolis. The bloody clash occurred on Tuesday, 3 July, 2013, around 8:30 in the evening. At a time when many residents were

returning from work, pandemonium suddenly descended on the entire area as sporadic gunshots rent the air sending many scampering for dear lives. It was reported that trouble started when some members of the EFCC boys, identified as Dimeji Oluwa, Okanlawon Oluwa, Yomi Ado, Saunpal, Omo Ese Igbinabaro, Rasaki Oseni aka Osanle and other EFCC boys accosted one notorious cult member, popularly called Mosquito, who is a member of the Aye group around 11:00a.m., that Tuesday. All of them were reportedly armed at the time of the attack on Mosquito. The said Mosquito, who was well known to be an adversary to the EFCC

boys, was allegedly beaten, disposed of his necklace and tortured. In the end, Mosquito reportedly managed to escape from the EFCC boys. The said Mosquito reportedly ran to Idi Araba-base of his own Aye group. Around 8:00p.m the same day, the Aye group, staged a reprisal. They stormed a hotel said to be the hideout of the EFCC boys along Abiodun area of the locality. Shooting indiscriminately at the said hotel where they perceived their adversaries were hiding, the Aye boys reportedly chased their rival group through several streets in the area. In the end, one Isiaka, alias Sooku, said to be a notorious member of the EFCC


boys and armourer to Rasaki Oseni aka Elewure, acclaimed leader of the EFCC boys, was reportedly gunned down. Sooku was reportedly squatting with some friends at Abimbola Lane off Odunlami Street in Shomolu. According to some residents, but for the efforts of the Divisional Police Officer of the area, more mayhem would have been unleashed by the groups on one another and other innocent residents. Efforts were made by his group to save the life of Sooku as he was rushed to the Ogunsholu General Hospital in the area. But he later died from the injuries he sustained in the bloody clash and was reportedly buried in his native Ijebu Ode town last Wednesday. A resident, Raimi Adewale, in a chat with Saturday Mirror, urged the state government to rise up to the challenge and save Shomolu from the claws of the miscreants. “We have made series of appeals to the Lagos State government and other security agencies about the notorious activities of these bad boys but nothing concrete has been done until now. Like what happened last Tuesday, the entire neighbourhood was thrown into serious panic and parents could not even come out to look for their children. Everyone was locked inside his home for fear of being attacked. But the police rose up to the occasion this time as they gave the boys a good run for their money,” Adewale said. A woman house owner in Ore Ofero Street, but who declined to give her name apparently for fear of reprisal, told Saturday Mirror on phone that most of the cult members operating in the area had their parents resident there. In the words of the fair-skinned Septuagenarian, “We are all tired of these bad boys. The way they operate here is as if they are their own government and no one outside can do them nothing,” A police source in the area told Saturday Mirror that a manhunt has been set for the fleeing cult members, but declined to give details apparently because of the ongoing investigations into the matter.

‘I raped only 6 children’ A


50-year-old driver in one of the new generation banks, arrested for allegedly raping a 10-year-old girl, Zainab, claims to be ignorant of the implication of his offence, telling the police at the Kano State Police Command, Bompai Police Division, that he has successfully had carnal knowledge of five other minors in the past. The alleged rapist, Malam Yusif Ibrahim, a resident of Hayye Hotoron Arewa Quarters, Nassarawa local government area, is married with 11 children. In his account, Yusif says it all started when Zainab, his neighbour’s daughter met him where he was buying a local snack, ‘Awara’ for his little children and she asked him to buy for her too. But he only had N20 on him at the time, so he promised to buy it for her at another time. A few days later, he went out to buy some things from a shop, after which he had N150 left. On his way back, he saw Zainab close to his house and they got talking, during which he asked her if she had fasted. She replied in the affirmative and he promised to reward her financially. When Zainab entered his private room to get the money, instead of her to just go, she stayed back. He continues the story: “Having seen that she

was still there, I brought her into my arms and intended to have canal knowledge of her but she had her pants on. I lost my erection in the process and Zainab even helped to caress my penis to make it erect for possible penetration. But I couldn’t penetrate her so I ejaculated on her body.” Shortly after Zainab left his room, according to Yusif, her mother came to him and asked whether he was the person that gave her daughter N100. He confessed with a promise that it will never happen again. The accused insists that he is ignorant of the consequences of his action. Zainab’s uncle, Alhaji Magaji Yahaya, says that Zainab’s mother confronted him with the sad news that their neighbour had raped little Zainab, saying she confirmed to him that blood was coming out of her vagina when they first saw her coming out of Malam Yusif ’s house.Thereafter, they rushed Zainab and the culprit to Murtala Muhammad Specialist Hospital for medical attention and confirmation of what really happened to their daughter. Yahaya attests that Malam Yusif is a serial rapist, as he has raped the daughters of Malam Musa, Malam Dan Hussaini, Malam Haladu Gemu and Hajiya Hansatu. (


August 3, 2013

Saturday Mirror

Ramadan: Rule with fear of God, cleric urges leaders


hief Imam of Offaland in Kwara State, Fadilat Muyideen Hussein, has advised political leaders in the country to rule with the fear of God and ensure justice is done in the discharge of their duties. Alhaji Hussein made the call at the 1st Ramadan lecture series and launching of an Islamic magazine organized by Al-Monsrur International Umurah and Hajj Services at the weekend in Lagos. The Islamic cleric said that any ruler that rule with the fear of God would succeed in his given and enjoy the support of the people. The Chief Imam also warned that everyone that God places in positions of authority on earth would give his or her account of stewardship before Allah in the day of judgement. Speaking on the significance of Ramadan, the cleric maintained that the period of Ramadan was set aside by Allah for believers for fasting as a way of moving closer to Him. He maintained that fasting was compulsory for all

Muslims except for women under their monthly circle. In his remarks at the lecture, Royal Father of the day, the Onitire of Itireland, Oba AdulLateef Abayomi Dauda, who spoke in the same vein, advised Muslims to follow the teachings and practices of Prophet Muhammed. The royal father also enjoyed all Islamic faithful to live by the teachings and Hadith of Prophet Muhammed, saying that those in this category would be rewarded at the close of age. He therefore called on Muslims to use the holy Month to retrace their journey on earth and move closer to God. Earlier in his opening remarks, Chairman of Al-Monsrur International Umurah and Hajj Services, Alhaji Lookman Tijani said the organisation orgnised the lecture to sensitise Muslims of their responsibilities during and after the month of Ramadan. Alhaji Tijani also expressed the preparedness of the organisation to convey all intending pilgrims to Umurah and Hajj for this year as affordable rates.

L-R: Nigerian Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Amb. Abubakar Bunu; Vice President Namadi Sambo and Director-General, Royal Protocol of Madina, Saleh Sanusi, during Sambo’s Arrival at the Saudu Arabia International Airport in Madina for the lesser Hajj, recently. PHOTO: NAN

Sokoto donates N15m to Juma’at Mosques for observing seclusion


okoto State government has donated N15 million to 15 selected Mosques in Sokoto for Muslims observing seclusion (I’itikaf). The seclusion is being

observed by Muslim faithful during the last 10 days of the month of Ramadan. The Chairman of the Ramadan Feeding Programme, Alhaji Aliyu Attahiru, delivered the mon-

ey to the Chief Imams of the Mosques on behalf of the state governor, Alhaji Aliyu Wamakko. Attahiru said the gesture was aimed at assisting Muslims observing

the seclusion to have the required concentration. He urged the beneficiaries to pray for sustainable peace and unity in the state and Nigeria in general.


FG begins work on fiscal framework for 2014 to 2016 ROTIMI FADEYI ABUJA


he emergency meeting of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) yesterday began deliberation on the medium-term fiscal strategy framework for 20142016 appropriation years in order to ensure proper planning for the execution of projects for the benefit of the people. This is contrary to speculations that the special meeting which was summoned by President Goodluck Jonathan was to effect major cabinet reshuffle. Briefing State House Correspondents at the end of the special meeting,

Minister of Information, Mr. Labaran Maku, stated that the council discussed the medium term fiscal strategy paper presented by Minister of Finance and Co-ordinating Minister for the Economy, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala. He explained that the special meeting was to allow the council to intensively discuss the budget forecast for the years between 2014-2016 and also to look critically into the expected revenue and expenditure as well as fiscal objectives of the government to grow the economy within the period. “The urgency was to get the budget out on time, and the deliberations by cabinet members issues

cannot be exhausted at regular meetings, hence, the president’s decision to devote a special meeting for it,” Maku said. “We have been discussing at the council to see that the budgets between now and 2016 realise the objectives of further

growing the Gross Domestic Product (GDP), stabilising the micro economic environment which has ensured that Nigeria remains the fastest growing economy as well as the destination for inflow of foreign investments into the country,” he added.

According to him, the council discussed extensively on how it would affect and impact on the welfare of the people and to consolidate on the achievement of the transformation agenda in the last two years of the present administration.

Maku said, “It is a technical paper, we have discussed it, it is work in progress, so we have made the first observation and Minister of Finance will be going back to work on further before eventually tabled before the National Assembly.

Nigeria is 8th poorest exclusive-breastfeeding compliant in Africa –Report MARCUS FATUNMOLE ABUJA


igeria is the eighth African nation with lowest exclusive breastfeeding practices, a report from Save the Children Initiative has shown.

The non-governmental organisation, working on maternal and child care, made this known in Abuja, yesterday, during a Media Roundtable Discussion to commemorate this year’s World Breastfeeding Day. According to the NGO, who spoke through one of

its health experts, David Olayemi, Djibouti has the worst compliance with exclusive breastfeeding on the continent having one per cent compliance, while Rwanda has the highest with 85 per cent. Nigeria ranks eighth, coming after Djibouti,

Chad, Cote d’Ivoire, Gabon, South Africa which have one, three, four, six and eight per cent compliance respectively. Others are Somalia, Angola and Nigeria with nine, 11 and 13 per cent conformity to World Health Organisation’s, WHO, directive on exclusive feeding.

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‘Crimes overwhelming police in Edo State’ SEBASTINE EBHUOMHAN BENIN CITY.


esidents of Edo State have cried out loud to the police high com and in the nation’s capital to assist the state’s command in combating crimes in the

state. Though the government of Governor Adams Oshiomhole has helped the police and the department of States Security Service (SSS) in the state, but the law enforcement agents seem to be overwhelmed by the increas-

ing crime rate in the state. Just last Tuesday, three female primary school teachers, Mrs. Patience Osadolor, Momodu Aisha and Mrs. Patience Oroghene, were kidnapped by gunmen in broad daylight at Orogbua Primary School, Upper Ekenwan,

Benin City and taken away to an unknown destination during school hours. The police said they are launching a manhunt for the abductors. In two other incidents in Ugbor, an outskirt of the G.R.A., a female recharge card seller, who

refused to give her name for fear of vengeful attack, was allegedly attacked and dispossessed of her credit cards by a group of armed robbers with little or no challenge from anywhere while the other incident involved a female trader whom re-

turned from a trip to find that her shop has been burgled and looted dry. But the Edo State Police Command, had in the past weeks, paraded about 32 criminals for alleged culpability in various crimes and antisocial vices.

C’River sacks 3 workers for gross misconduct RICHARD NDOMA CALABAR


he Cross River State Civil Service Commission has sacked three officers in the state’s civil service for acts it described as “gross misconduct. The Commission claimed that the sacked workers were allegedly involved in acts inimical to the growth and well-being of the service. Chairman of the Commission, Sir Brian Ekpong disclosed this yesterday in Calabar in a chat with journalists. Sir Ekpong said that the commission decided to terminate appointment of the sacked workers because their continuous existence in the service is a threat to the growth of the service. According to him, the move by the Commission to show erring workers the exit door was to bring back the

lost glory and sanity of the state’s civil service. Explaining the activities of the Commission so far this year, Sir Ekpong

maintained that it has compulsorily retired nine officers, demoted three, terminated the appointments of three other offi-

cers and approved loss of incremental step for two others. On promotion, he said that 212 persons got pro-

motion in 2012 out of which 15 were promoted posthumously while 144 got theirs upon retirement. He also said that the

Commission would soon embark on interviews for qualified job seekers to fill vacancies in some establishments in the state.

Delta State Governor, Emmanuel Uduaghan (left) congratulating Chief Thomas Okpoko (SAN) as Chairman of the Delta State Advisory Council on Prerogative of Mercy shortly after the inauguration at Government House, Asaba, yesterday.

Oredo traders tackle council chairman over illegal tickets, fees SEBASTINE EBHUOMHAN BENIN CITY


raders in Oredo Local Government Area of Edo State are spoiling for war with the chairman of the council, Hon. Osaro Obaze, over alleged issuance of tickets under the cover of night to itinerant traders in the market against the policy in the market. The council chairman is being accused of sending his representatives to the market at night to issue tickets to itinerant traders apart from those that he also engaged to do the same thing in the day. As at the last count at the weekend, Oredo Local Government Area, in the

last three months of Hon. Obaze’s administration, has locked in a pulsating battle with market traders over the alleged forceful and sometimes illegal collection of over four different tickets and fees along with countless others that are not documented. The festering crisis has reportedly claimed the life of a roasted meat seller in the community, which sparked wild protest against the chairman. During the protest, the traders chanted war songs, waved green flags and carried placards with various inscriptions, some of which appealed top Governor Adams Oshiomhole and the state’s

House of Assembly to look into the issue to avert more deaths in the locality. Investigations revealed that some of the fees that the council officials ask traders to pay or forfeit their trading spaces over include; a N1,000.00 compulsory verification fee for all traders in the council, said to be N100.00 before the indiscriminate increase by the Obaze administration; night tickets as opposed to day tickets of N100.00 each for every trader; parking fee of N200.00 for a vehicle at any time of the day; as well as an undisclosed fee for sanitation

per trader in addition to many other demands. In his reaction, the council chairman said Oredo local council jerk-

ed the verification fee up in order to raise enough money for basic amenities in the markets. On the issue of night ticket

issuance, he said he has invited leaders of the traders to tell him when and how they intend to be paying their fees.

Don laments nation’s ailing education system EMMA GBEMUDU YENAGOA


lecturer with the Niger Delta University (NDU), Amassoma, in Bayelsa State, Engr. Ebipaudo Sapere-Obi, has lamented the nation’s dwindling education sector, which he described as ‘very dismal.’ The don, also a public affairs analyst, spoke with Satyurday Nirror yesterday in Yenagoa. Sapere-Obi faulted the fed-

eral government’s allocation of 8.5 per cent of its budget to education, saying that it falls short of international standard. Sapere-Obi therefore urged the federal government to emulate countries like Kenya, Uganda and Ghana who spent 30 to 35 percent of their respective annual budgets on education. His words, “The educational system is flawed. It is fundamentally flawed. The problem is that government has failed to pay attention to

education and to elevate it. Statistics show that we spent about 8.5 per cent of the federal budget on education. There are comparisons with other countries which as Uganda, Kenya and Ghana.” Sapere-Obi also called on the federal government to implement the agreement it signed with the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) in 2009 so that normal academic activities would return to the tertiary institutions.



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We won’t recognize you, FUTMinna ASUU to intending students PRISCILLA DENNIS MINNA


f the threat issued by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Federal University of Technology, FUTMinna chapter, is anything to believe, then students that just wrote the entrance post UME

exams into the institution may not be recognized if eventually admitted into the institution. The threat was issued by chairman of the institution’s ASUU, Dr. Abdulfatai Jimoh, while reacting to the August 1, 2013 examinations conducted by management of the school for about 4, 044

candidates. The university lecturwers had earlier demanded that the post UME examinsation should not hold while they were ion stricke, but the school authoruity went ahead to conduct the examin stations. But reacting to the ASUU threat, Deputy Vice

Chancellor Academic of the institution, Professor Abdullahi Bala, in an interview in Minna. said the power to conduct the post UME exams does not reside with academic staff, but with the office Vice Chancellor and categorized the exercise under community-based services.

According to Prof. Bala,, “ We recognise that there is a strike going on, but the academic staff are not in any way involved in the conduct of the post UME. It is a community base service under the office of the vice chancellor of the university. It is an adhoc work and therefore not the responsibility of

the academic staff,” he said. On the position of lecturers that students that sit for the exams would not be recognized, the Deputy Vice Chancellor explained that candidates that wrote the exams are not students of the university until they are admitted.

Insecurity: Gombe NSCDC commends Borno civilian JTF DANJUMA WILLIAMS GOMBE


ombe State Commandant of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC), Mr Joel Khestossen, has commended the civilian JTF in Borno State for their effort at supporting the military to restore peace in troubled state. Khestossen gave the commendation yesterday during the maiden stakeholders meeting on Anti-vandalization and protection of Government Critical infrastructures and National Assets in Gombe. He called for more synergy between security agents and members of the general public in providing information that will aid in preventing crime in the society. According to Khestossen,“it is already of note that security is no longer one man’s or one organization’s business. It is for all security agencies. This is technically

called “synergy” and it has even gone beyond this to include all civilians of good will,” he said.

The Gombe NSCDC boss also said that while Maiduguri is a good example of this synergy

with the civilian JTF fully in place, in Gombe, it is information that is expected from the civilians. As for

vandalism, Khestossen said since the pipelines became functional in the Gombe axis, NSCDC has

intensified its surveillance of the pipelines which has yielded fruitful results.

Kebbi State Deputy Governor, Alhaji Ibrahim Aliyu (4th left) at the launching of pasture pilot demonstration scheme in Dalijan, Gwandu Local Government Area of the state, recently. PHOTO: NAN

Prison de-congestion: 67 inmates regain freedom in Adamawa


o fewer than 67 prison inmates of Yola Prisons regained freedom yesterday when Adamawa State’s Acting Chief Judge, Jus-

tice Nathan Musa, visited the inmates yesterday. Justice Musa said the gesture was part of the state’s government’s effort to decongest the pris-

ons in the state. Justice Musa, who is the Chairman of the Committee on Prisons de-congestion, while addressing the inmates in Yola, said the re-

lease was part of the committee’s mandate. The Adamawa acting chief judge said that another 16 inmates were released on bail by the

Benue goes tough on PHCN cable vandals HENRY IYORKASE MAKURDI


enue State commissioner for rural development and cooperatives, Hon. Aondowase Chia, has warned vandals of cable installations in the state to desist from their heinous acts or risk prosecu-

tion. The commissioner said the renewed vigour to fight the vandals in the state was as a result of the recent disappearance of cables belonging to the Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) from where they were installed. He said that the state’s government is making

frantic efforts to ensure that security agents and personnel of the PHCN are drafted to stations across the state to avoid from further being taken away by undesirable elements in the state. The commissioner therefore warned that anyone found in possession of PHCN cables

would be made to face the full wrath of the law. His words, “Frankly the quantum of loss of these cables cannot be immediately ascertained as we keep receiving the reports of vandalism in recent times therefore we are still waiting to get the total sum of vandalized and stolen equipments.”

committee. In his words, “At Yola Prisons in Yola South Local Government, a total of 39 inmates were discharged and acquitted unconditionally while 10 others were released on bail. At the Jimeta Prison, 28 inmates have regained freedom while six others were released on bail,’’ Musa said. He urged those released unconditionally to consider themselves lucky and see their freedom as an opportunity to go into the society as reformed persons. He warned them

against indulging in criminal activities that could send them back to captivity. Justice Musa said that the committee had concluded plans to organise capacity building for Area Court judges and magistrates in the state to enhance effective dispensation of justice at all levels. He, however, blamed prolonged detention of suspects in the delay in hearing cases as the main factor responsible for the congestion of prisons, which the committee was set up to address.

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Mali vote goes to run-off


ali’s presidential election will go to a second round on August 11, with no candidate securing a majority in the landmark poll, the government has said. Former Prime Minister Ibrahim Boubacar Keita came first in Mali’s presidential election on Sunday, but he will face Soumaila Cisse, the former finance minister, in a run-off after he failed to secure an outright majority, the government said yesterday. Figures for Sunday’s ballot announced on live television yesterday showed Keita in the lead with 39.2 percent of Cisse with 19.4 percent. Al Jazeera’s Ahmed Idris, reporting from Bama-

ko, said Keita needed to win 50 percent of the vote in the first round to secure an outright win. Idris said that the election was important, as Mali recovers from a political crisis. A coup in March last year overthrew Amadou Toumani Toure, plunging one West Africa’s most stable democracies into a political crisis and leading to an insurgency, with alQaeda-linked fighters in the north seeking autonomy. As al-Qaeda took control of the country’s vast desert north, and threatened to extend their often violent rule, former colonial power France launched a military offensive in January to drive out the fighters.

Taiwanese lawmakers throw punches in nuclear plant referendum


fight has broken out in Taiwan’s parliament ahead of a vote on a referendum on a nuclear plant. Several Taiwanese lawmakers exchanged punches and threw cups and bottles of water at each other yesterday. The parliament is set to vote on whether to hold a referendum on completing construction of the plant, which is located close to Taipei. Nuclear power is controversial in Taiwan, where safety fears remain in the

wake of Japan’s Fukushima disaster. The nuclear plant, also known as Nuke 4, would be the island’s fourth. It has been in construction for more than 10 years, and is near completion. However, Taiwan’s opposition Democratic Progressive Party is against the plant, citing safety fears. More than 200,000 people took part in anti-nuclear protests in March. The government says the $9bn (£6bn) facility is needed to prevent a power shortage.

Iran’s ‘wound’ remark a threat to Israel –Prime Minister “The true face of Rou-


President Mugabe and his wife Grace (R)

Zimbabwe poll free and peaceful –Obasanjo z … As Mugabe’s party wins parliamentary majority


imbabwe’s elections were free and peaceful, the two leading African observer groups have said. Erstwhile Nigerian President and Head of the African Union mission, Olusegun Obasanjo dismissed complaints of fraud, while another observer urged all parties to “accept the hard facts”. “Yes, the election is free,” Obasanjo said. He described the vote as credible unless any evidence to the contrary emerges. “I have never seen an

election that is perfect,” he said. “The process continues and we have to limit our comments.” However, he also asked election authorities to investigate reports that tens of thousands of eligible voters were turned away, and to publish the exact numbers of voters. Another poll monitoring group in Zimbabwe said as many as 1 million of the more than 6 million eligible voters were prevented from casting ballots. Obasanjo said some apparent irregularities were

made in error largely after funding for the vote was late in coming from the nation’s depleted state coffers. Meanwhile, President Robert Mugabe’s party, ZANU-PF, has won at least a two-thirds majority in parliament, enough to amend the country’s constitution, according to a tally of official results. Yesterday’s results showed ZANU-PF had won 142 seats of 180 for the 210-member chamber declared by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission.

Mugabe’s main rival has already dismissed the election as “a sham”. Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, who heads the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) and is running for president against Mugabe, said the vote had been a “huge farce”. On Wednesday, voters were choosing a president, 210 lawmakers and local councillors. The results must be declared by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) no later than five days after voting day.

sraeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said yesterday Iranian president-elect Hassan Rouhani had shown his true face after he was quoted as saying Israel was a “wound” that must be removed. Netanyahu said Rouhani, due to take office tomorrow, was no less antiIsrael than his predecessor, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and said the world must not allow Iran to pursue its nuclear ambitions and threaten Israel.

hani has been revealed sooner than expected … this is what the man thinks and this is the Iranian regime’s plan of action,” Netanyahu said in a statement. “A nation that threatens to destroy the state of Israel must not be allowed to have weapons of mass destruction,” he said. Iran’s student news agency reported that Rouhani had said in a speech: “The Zionist regime is a wound that has sat on the body of the Muslim world for years and needs to be removed.”


Italy ex-PM Berlusconi blasts jail ruling

taly’s former Prime Minister (PM) Silvio Berlusconi has broadcast an angry video message after his prison sentence for tax fraud was upheld by the country’s highest court. Berlusconi said he was the innocent victim of “an incredible series of accusations and trials that had

nothing to do with reality”. The court also ordered a further judicial review on whether he should be banned from holding public office. Berlusconi, 76, is unlikely to go to jail because


US issues global travel alert over al-Qaida threat


he United States has issued a global travel alert because of an al-Qaida terrorist threat. The State Department says the potential for terrorism is particularly strong in the Middle East and North Africa. It says an attack could occur or come from the Arabian Peninsula. The department says in

of his age. While he is expected to serve out his sentence as house arrest, he has the option of asking to do community service instead, with the deadline for the application not expected to fall until mid-October.

a statement that al-Qaida and its affiliated organizations “continue to plan terrorist attacks both in the region and beyond.” The travel alert comes a day after the U.S. announced that it would shutter its embassies and consulates throughout the Muslim world tomorrow, and possibly longer. The threat was linked to al-Qaida and focused

The ruling by Rome’s Court of Cassation, against which he cannot appeal, came after a threeday hearing. Berlusconi was not in court In an emotional nineminute video, Berlusconi denounced the decision

on the Middle East and Central Asia, said Rep. Ed Royce, representing California, Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee. State Department officials said Thursday they were acting out of an “abundance of caution.” Spokeswoman Marie Harf cited information indicating a threat to U.S. facilities overseas and said

as “based on nothing, and which deprives me of my freedom and political rights”. “No-one can understand the onslaught of real violence that has been directed against me following an incredible series of

some diplomatic facilities may stay closed for more than a day. Sunday is a workday in the Muslim world. American diplomatic missions in Europe, Latin America and many other places are closed on Sunday. Royce said yesterday he supported the State Department decision to “protect our personnel on the ground.”

accusations and trials that don’t have any foundation in reality,” he said. He described the more that 50 court cases he has faced as “genuine judicial harassment that is unmatched in the civilised world”.





We are assuring that we will start supplying 20 hours of electricity daily by December. Oladele Amoda, CEO, Eko Electricity Distribution Company.

Saturday, August 3, 2013.

Modern requirements of Africa’s sustainable development (II)


ust as there is no development without peace, there can be no peace and security if these basic values of life, community and society are denied. There is no peace without justice. Neither can there be security without availability of food and certainty of employment. Justice with equity is a major value and attribute for peace, security, cooperation and stability. The ideas for social development, economic progress and environmental harmony can only be sustained or practiced where man, nature and ideas meet and entrench peace. Another major condition for sustainable development is the presence of good and acceptable governance, and government in its entirety. We are talking of government of people, governance of the environment and its resources for both the people of today and the people of tomorrow. We need good practical governance. We must recognize that, despite the fact that the world has nurtured life for millions of years with resources made available by nature, allocation of these resources, management of these resources and the knowledge and fact that these resources are in fact limited and are being depleted means that governance of natural resources cannot be left to chance. Democracy and popular participation are the bedrock of acceptability of government and are basic to

with President Olusegun Obasanjo


good governance. This leads to what is probably the most important requirement for sustainable development. While the earth needs protection not just for herself and

the sum of her other inhabitants, living and non-living, people remain the most important requirement for sustainable development. We as people can either destroy the


LMC sympathises with Pillars, puts off league fixture ANDREW EKEJIUBA


he League Management Company (LMC) has sympathised with the board and management of Kano Pillars whose technical officials were involved in a road accident while returning from the Federation Cup quarter final match in Ilorin against Warri Wolves. Chairman of the LMC, Honourable Nduka Irabor, who flew into Abuja Thursday afternoon made several contacts with Abba Galadima the Kano Pillars General Manager to ascertain the extent of the accident and consequently

announced a postponement of the Glo Premier League match this weekend between the club and Akwa United. Irabor commended Akwa United for their understanding for accepting that the match be put on hold. “We obviously are saddened by the report of the accident involving Kano Pillars in Gangarida, Ikara Local Government Council of Kaduna State on their way to Kano. I am in contact with the club officials and are wishing the injured a quick recovery, while we continue to monitor the situation,” Irabor remarked. Pillars were knocked out of the Federation Cup Wednesday night in Ilorin

and were returning to Kano ahead of the Glo Premier League which they are the defending champions. However, the LMC says their Glo Premier League match will now hold on a date to be determined next week. “We have agreed with Akwa United that this weekend’s Glo League fixture between the two teams be postponed to allow Pillars recover from the trauma, we commend officials of Akwa United for showing an understanding. It was a great demonstration of sportsmanship from them to readily agree to the postponement which was coming on very short notice,” stated the LMC Chairman.

world along with us or we can make it adequate for ourselves today and the world tomorrow. It is a known truth that there are individual countries or nation states that have the capacity to almost end the world and human civilization as we know it. How come we have the capacity to do so much harm to the world, but we have almost totally failed to use this same ability to insure the world from such simple problems as food to eat for everyone and elimination of abject poverty, assurance of education, health care, employment, choice and dignity of life? People are the world’s greatest resource and possibly its worst enemy, but the truth is also that we can be the world’s best friend and benefactor enhancing what God has created. The simple thing we need to do and continue to do is to harness the resources of the world to provide for ourselves and the generations of the future by ensuring that we put in place institutions, check and balances and global order and management that secure life and all its needs for now and in future fairly and equitably, bearing in mind the limitation imposed by nature and the state of technology. Each community and nation must see the world as a system that connects space, and time in one unbroken unit and continuous cycle.


Glo Premier League Week 23 Fixtures Today’s Match Dolphins v ABS


Sunday, August 4, 2013 El-Kanemi v Enyimba 14:00 Wikki v Bayelsa Utd 16:00 Lobi Stars v 3SC 16:00 Gombe Utd v Sunshine 16:00 Kwara Utd v Sharks 16:00 Kaduna Utd v Heartland 16:00 Warri Wolves v Rangers 16:00 Nembe City v Nasarawa Utd 16:00

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