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Update: Police Invite Busola Dakolo, Ignore Rape Petition Against Fatoyinbo

9 hours 31 min ago


The Nigerian Police Force has invited Busola Dakolo, wife of musician Timi Dakolo for investigation after storming their home in Lagos on Sunday.

It will be recalled that Dakolo had detailed how pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo of the Commonwealth of Zion Assembly allegedly raped her when she was a teenager in his church in Ilorin.

Fatoyinbo has denied the allegations.

Dakolo submitted a petition to the Inspector General of Police to investigate her claims shortly after the interview, a request which has not been responded to at the time of filing this report. See Also Breaking News UPDATE: Policemen Ask Busola Dakolo To Recant Confession Against Fatoyinbo By Signing Document 0 Comments 15 Hours Ago

The letter of invitation from the police signed by DCP Kolo Yusuf, Deputy Commissioner of Police, IGP Special Tactical Squad, reads in part, "This office is investigating a case of criminal conspiracy, falsehood, and a threat to life that your name was mentioned.

"You are kindly requested to interview the undersigned officer on 23/07/2019 by 1000hrs for fact findings through DSP, Ibrahim Agu, with telephone number 08037864191."

The tactical team which stormed Dakolo's house to force them to sign documents admitting guilt and also whisk them away to Abuja was foiled after public outcry over the ambush, SaharaReporters can confirm.

Reacting to the letter of invitation dropped by the tactical team, Timi Dakolo on Instagram said, "We cannot be bullied."
 

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Fundraiser Launched For Nigerian Man Shot By US Police

9 hours 33 min ago


Dauda Handan


Dauda Handan

 

A GoFundMe fundraising campaign has been launched to help cover legal fees and medical costs for a Nigerian man, Dauda Handan, who was shot and seriously injured in late May by the police in Chicopee, Massachusetts.

Handan was shot on May 22, 2019, by two police officers dispatched to his apartment in Chicopee after a co-worker of the victim made an emergency call to the police fearing that the Nigerian was suicidal.

Nigerian novelist and writer Okey Ndibe, who is organizing the GoFundMe campaign, disclosed that Mr. Handan opened the door to his apartment to the police.

The officers then fired twice at him with a stun gun and then followed it up with two gunshots. The gunshots caused serious injuries to Mr. Handan’s right arm and stomach, according to Mr. Ndibe, a friend of the victim.

The police alleged that they fired at Mr. Handan after he moved toward them with a kitchen knife. Mr. Handan, who was hit inside his apartment after he opened the door to the officers, rejects the claim, insisting that he never approached the officers before they shot him from the door of his apartment.

Ndibe, who has known Handan since 1991, said he was disturbed that the police opened fire on a mentally distressed man whose life they were called to save. “Dauda’s co-worker alerted the police that he was concerned that Dauda could be contemplating suicide. In such a situation, you’d think the police would act with great tact to save a life. Instead, they Tasered Dauda and then quickly fired gunshots,” said the novelist.

Ndibe added that he and others who have known Mr. Handan for years were dismayed that prosecutors in the state of Massachusetts subsequently arraigned the Nigerian on two assault charges.

“I have great respect for police officers and other law enforcement agents,” said Mr. Ndibe, adding, “but there’s no question that police officers sometimes act rashly and deploy violence when it’s hardly warranted. 

The shooting of Dauda strikes me as an occasion when the police needlessly used firepower when a levelheaded approach was called for. How do you respond to a call that a distressed man could harm himself, and you end up shooting and nearly killing the man?” the novelist wondered. He added: “I’m utterly shocked that prosecutors decided to charge Dauda with assault. I’d suggest that this is a case of prosecutorial imprudence.”

Ndibe disclosed that he and Stephen Clingman, a professor of English at the University of Massachusetts, visited Mr. Handan at Baystate Hospital in Springfield, Massachusetts where the victim underwent surgeries and weeks of treatment for his injuries. He said he and Mr. Clingman, who taught Dauda and the novelist at UMass, “were shaken by the extent of Dauda’s injuries.” 

Handan was recently discharged from the hospital, but he remains too physically impaired to resume work. 

“Dauda won’t be in shape to return to work for a long time. That’s why I decided to launch a GoFundMe fundraiser on his behalf. He currently has no source of income, yet he needs to retain a lawyer to defend him on the alleged assault charges. In addition, he continues to require medical treatment he has to pay for himself. I’m appealing to women and men of goodwill around the world to give what they can to assist Dauda in hiring a lawyer and paying for ongoing medical treatment.”  

According to Mr. Ndibe, Dauda Handan has no relatives in the US and had been providing for his widowed mother and other impoverished relatives in Nigeria. “My hope is that we can reach people with this appeal to help Dauda out,” said Ndibe.

Those who wish to contribute to the cause of Mr. Handan’s legal defense and medical treatment can make a donation via this GoFundMe link: https://bit.ly/2JSnpjP

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Fundraiser Launched For Nigerian Man Shot By US Police

9 hours 33 min ago


Dauda Handan


Dauda Handan

 

A GoFundMe fundraising campaign has been launched to help cover legal fees and medical costs for a Nigerian man, Dauda Handan, who was shot and seriously injured in late May by the police in Chicopee, Massachusetts.

Handan was shot on May 22, 2019, by two police officers dispatched to his apartment in Chicopee after a co-worker of the victim made an emergency call to the police fearing that the Nigerian was suicidal.

Nigerian novelist and writer Okey Ndibe, who is organizing the GoFundMe campaign, disclosed that Mr. Handan opened the door to his apartment to the police.

The officers then fired twice at him with a stun gun and then followed it up with two gunshots. The gunshots caused serious injuries to Mr. Handan’s right arm and stomach, according to Mr. Ndibe, a friend of the victim.

The police alleged that they fired at Mr. Handan after he moved toward them with a kitchen knife. Mr. Handan, who was hit inside his apartment after he opened the door to the officers, rejects the claim, insisting that he never approached the officers before they shot him from the door of his apartment.

Ndibe, who has known Handan since 1991, said he was disturbed that the police opened fire on a mentally distressed man whose life they were called to save. “Dauda’s co-worker alerted the police that he was concerned that Dauda could be contemplating suicide. In such a situation, you’d think the police would act with great tact to save a life. Instead, they Tasered Dauda and then quickly fired gunshots,” said the novelist.

Ndibe added that he and others who have known Mr. Handan for years were dismayed that prosecutors in the state of Massachusetts subsequently arraigned the Nigerian on two assault charges.

“I have great respect for police officers and other law enforcement agents,” said Mr. Ndibe, adding, “but there’s no question that police officers sometimes act rashly and deploy violence when it’s hardly warranted. 

The shooting of Dauda strikes me as an occasion when the police needlessly used firepower when a levelheaded approach was called for. How do you respond to a call that a distressed man could harm himself, and you end up shooting and nearly killing the man?” the novelist wondered. He added: “I’m utterly shocked that prosecutors decided to charge Dauda with assault. I’d suggest that this is a case of prosecutorial imprudence.”

Ndibe disclosed that he and Stephen Clingman, a professor of English at the University of Massachusetts, visited Mr. Handan at Baystate Hospital in Springfield, Massachusetts where the victim underwent surgeries and weeks of treatment for his injuries. He said he and Mr. Clingman, who taught Dauda and the novelist at UMass, “were shaken by the extent of Dauda’s injuries.” 

Handan was recently discharged from the hospital, but he remains too physically impaired to resume work. 

“Dauda won’t be in shape to return to work for a long time. That’s why I decided to launch a GoFundMe fundraiser on his behalf. He currently has no source of income, yet he needs to retain a lawyer to defend him on the alleged assault charges. In addition, he continues to require medical treatment he has to pay for himself. I’m appealing to women and men of goodwill around the world to give what they can to assist Dauda in hiring a lawyer and paying for ongoing medical treatment.”  

According to Mr. Ndibe, Dauda Handan has no relatives in the US and had been providing for his widowed mother and other impoverished relatives in Nigeria. “My hope is that we can reach people with this appeal to help Dauda out,” said Ndibe.

Those who wish to contribute to the cause of Mr. Handan’s legal defense and medical treatment can make a donation via this GoFundMe link: https://bit.ly/2JSnpjP

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‘#SayNoToIntimidation’, Aisha Buhari Responds To SaharaReporters' Story On Police Invasion of Dakolo’s Residence

20 July 2019 - 4:16pm



The wife of the President, Mrs. Aisha Buhari, has responded to SaharaReporter’s story on the invasion of Timi Dakolo’s residence by the men of the Nigerian Police Force.

The police had invited Busola Dakolo, popular photographer and wife of musician Timi Dakolo, for investigation after storming their Lagos residence on Sunday.

The letter of invitation from the police signed by DCP Kolo Yusuf, Deputy Commissioner of Police, IGP Special Tactical Squad, read in part, "This office is investigating a case of criminal conspiracy, falsehood, and a threat to life that your name was mentioned.

"You are kindly requested to interview the undersigned officer on 23/07/2019 by 1000hrs for fact findings through DSP, Ibrahim Agu, with telephone number 08037864191."

Before summoning the photographer for an interview, a source, who spoke with SaharaReporters, had narrated how the police asked Busola Dakolo to recant her confession by signing a document. Busola reportedly declined the request.

Responding to SaharaReporter’s tweet, Aisha Buhari wrote, “ATTENTION: INSPECTOR GENERAL OF POLICE #SayNoToRape #JusticeForRapeVictims #SayNoToIntimidation.” 

ATTENTION : INSPECTOR GENERAL OF POLICE #SayNoToRape #JusticeForRapeVictims #SayNoToIntimidation https://t.co/d4CfmDsntG

— Aisha M. Buhari (@aishambuhari) July 20, 2019

Many Nigerians have continued to praise the President’s wife for taking a stand and for calling the IGP’s attention to the issue.

VIDEO: @PoliceNG Attempt To Whisk Busola And @TimiDakolo To Force Headquarters, Abuja.#BiodunFatoyinbo #Rape #COZA #Dakolos @cozaglobal pic.twitter.com/1kEv0nSVkW

— Sahara Reporters (@SaharaReporters) July 20, 2019

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Petrol Tanker Kills One, Injures 8 In Ogun

20 July 2019 - 11:43am


 

The Ogun Command of the FRSC on Saturday said that one person died and another injured in an accident that involved two vehicles and a motorcycle at Jujo Area, along the Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway in Ogun.

The Ogun Sector Commandant of the FRSC, Mr Clement Oladele,  told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Ota, that the accident happened at about 12.45 p.m.

Oladele said that a Mack truck with registration number:  SMK 311 XE, loaded with Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) that was heading toward Lagos lost control due to a brake failure.

According to him, the truck rammed into a Highlander Jeep with registration mark:  KRD 18 EZ and a motorcycle.

The sector commandant said that nine persons were involved in the accident in which one person died, another one sustained a serious injury while others had minor injuries.

Oladele said,  “The corpse of the victim which happened to be the passenger on the motorcycle was still trapped under the tanker as at the time of filing this report.

"The passenger that sustained  serious injury  had been taken to General Hospital, Sango-Ota, Ogun for treatment.”

The commandant said that his men were having challenges with retrieving the corpse from underneath the tanker due to the possibility of a fire outbreak.

He said that the men from the fire service had been contacted to be on standby saying that translating of the PMS  would start as soon as they arrived.

He said that the firemen would also be able to avert any fire outbreak.

Oladele said that was the standard practise to follow when an incident like that had occurred.

Oladele said that his men were making efforts to remove the vehicle off the road to ease free flow of traffic in the area.

The commandant advised motorists to always be patient and to cooperate with the FRSC personnel and those of the traffic and emergency agencies managing the traffic situation.

He also advised them to use the alternative corridor of Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.

 

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Security: Osinbajo Holds Meetings With Ogun Monarch

20 July 2019 - 11:37am


 

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Saturday held consultations with the Akarigbo of Remoland, Oba Babatunde Ajayi, and the Awujale of Ijebu Kingdom, Oba Sikiru Adetona, all in Ogun,  over the security challenges in the country.

Osinbajo, who first visited the Akarigbo,  was accompanied by Gov.  Dapo Abiodun of Ogun.

The vice president, who fielded questions from newsmen after the meeting, said the consultation was on the instruction of President Muhammadu Buhari.

“As you know, there are many significant security concerns all over the country, and there are concerns also in the South West.

“So, I am here on the instruction of the president to consult with the traditional ruler, the governor and others on what to do to beef up security and to generally improve the security architecture.

“Of course, you know that Kabiyesi is not just a traditional ruler but a very important part of the government.

“So, that is why we are here; to talk to him and agree on few modalities for beefing up security, for ensuring that we are fully conscious of all that is going on, just to be sure that peace and security reign here and across the country.

“I think for all of us,  the most important thing to realise is that we are one Nigeria;  we are one country; we need to work together to ensure that the country is peaceful,  secure and happy for all of us, ” he said.

He said that Nigeria had the potential to give the citizens all they desired.

Osinbajo, however, said that some people were working against the interest of the country by attempting to cause instability.

He expressed optimism that Nigeria would overcome all its problems and set itself on the part of peace and prosperity.

The vice president, in company with the Ogun governor, also proceeded to Ijebu Ode where he had a private meeting with  Adetona.

Speaking with newsmen afterwards,  Osinbajo said that the Awujale was one of the most important voices in the South West.

He said his discussion with Adetona was on the important steps to take to improve the security architecture generally.

According to him,  the monarch has given a lot of insight on what needs to be done and how to go about it and what has been done already.

“But very important is his commitment to ensuring that there are peace and security and that everybody lives in peace with one another and that we maintain the highest level of security.

“We are consulting with many of the traditional rulers across the country but there are concerns in the South West now.

“We are going around; I will be in Osun on Tuesday; we are going to go round to see the Alake,  the Oni and other traditional rulers and primarily, they want to participate in improving the security architecture.

”The president has spoken about the role of traditional rulers in maintaining peace and security in their localities.

”As we know, they are the closest to the grassroots; the closest to their communities and one of the critical things we expect with our community policing efforts is some integration between the traditional rulers, the community police and some other efforts they are making to improve intelligence first of all because we need to understand what is going on.

”We need to know who is where and what exactly is happening all around so that they can then be transmitted to the more formal security agencies–the police, the army-depending on where we are and what the situation is,” he said.

The vice president had earlier  attended the installation of 90-year-old Chief Emmanuel Osibona as the ‘Baba Ijo’ of Our Saviour’s Anglican Church,  Ikenne,  Ogun,  his hometown.

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UPDATE: Policemen Ask Busola Dakolo To Recant Confession Against Fatoyinbo By Signing Document

20 July 2019 - 10:50am


Operatives of the Nigerian Police are currently at the residence of popular Nigerian musician, Timi Dakolo and his wife, Busola Dakolo.

A source, who spoke to SaharaReporters, said, "The men are harassing the Dakolos and trying to force them to sign a document from the Inspector General Of Police, Mohammed Adamu, stating that the confession made by Busola Dakolo is targeted at tarnishing the image of Biodun Fatoyinbo, pastor of Commonwealth of Zion Assembly in Abuja, a move the Dakolo's are vehemently resisting."

Busola Dakolo had alleged that Biodun Fatoyinbo of the Commonwealth of Zion raped her as a teenager in his church in Ilorin.

Sources at the Dakolo residence say the policemen numbering three are trying to force them to go to Abuja against their will.

Details later...
 

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Nigerian Writer, Olutimehin Accuses Person Behind BBNaija 2019 Voice Of Sexually Assaulting Her

20 July 2019 - 10:36am


Olutimehin Adegbeye, a Nigerian writer, speaker and activist has alleged that the man behind the Big Brother Naija 2019 voice,Andre Blaze Henshaw, sexually assaulted her.

Olutimehin made the claim on her personal Twitter account @OhTimehin while also disclosing the person behind the voice as Andre Blaze Henshaw.

Henshaw, according to his profile on Wikipedia, is a Nigerian radio personality, rapper, television host and executive producer. He first gained notice as a member of the hip hop group Tuck Tyght Allstars. His radio career began at Rhythm 93.7 FM Port Harcourt, where he worked for over six years before joining Nigezie as a TV host.

Olutimehin’s revelation is coming less than a month after Busola Dakolo, wife of popular musician Timi Dakolo, accused Biodun Fatoyinbo, founder and Senior Pastor of Commonwealth Zion Assembly church, raped her. See Also Scandal 'Be Happy A Man Of God Disvirgined You', Busola Dakolo, Wife of Timi Dakolo, Narrates How Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo Raped Her 0 Comments 3 Weeks Ago

Olutimehin tweeted that Blaze assaulted her in the presence of other people and how he shrugged off an attempt to stop him from committing the crime.

She tweeted, “Just a friendly reminder that all of you watching Big Brother are listening to the voice of Andre Blaze Henshaw, who sexually assaulted me while I was incapacitated, in full view of other people, and even though another woman who saw him tried to make him stop.

“Tell me again how survivors "speaking up" and "naming our abusers" somehow magically stops them from having the resources, social space and power to abuse other people.

“Tell me again how accusations of sexual violence are terrible things that 'ruin men's lives'.

“The BBC never apologised, by the way. Nor did they seem to remember or care what they did before inviting me to speak at another one of their 'pro-woman' events this year. Trololololol.

“And now I've just remembered what happened to T-Boss *on camera*, and #welp."

She condemned the culture of blaming the victim for how rapists get away with the crime.

“The problem isn't that most people don't believe survivors -- even though that's a huge problem in and of itself. The real problem is that people simply do not care.

“If this news is reaching you for the first time, please be reminded that it is news *to you*. I’ve been talking about this for years. I don’t care if you believe me or not. I’m just reminding you that some of us know the truth: y’all don’t care about sexual violence or survivors,” she tweeted.

Just a friendly reminder that all of you watching Big Brother are listening to the voice of Andre Blaze Henshaw, who sexually assaulted me while I was incapacitated, in full view of other people, and despite the fact that another woman who saw him tried to make him stop.

— OluTimehin Adegbeye🌈 (@OhTimehin) July 20, 2019

Her revelation has been met with sympathy and criticism on social media, with many consoling her.

irene, PhD. @moshoke tweeted, “Recently, there is an increasing reportage on "abused" women and some have developed the chutzpah to talk about past hurts too. The current actions-of speaking out-won't easily lead to change at the moment but little drops like this can cause seismic & effective futuristic change.”

Recently, there is an increasing reportage on "abused" women and some have developed the chutzpah to talk about past hurts too.The current actions-of speaking out-won't easily lead to change at the moment but little drops like this can cause seismic & effective futuristic change.

— irene, phd. (@moshoke) July 20, 2019

Finetuned @icent222 said, “Just a friendly reminder that the voice you hear is NOT that of Andre Blaze Henshaw. Get your facts right.”

Just a friendly reminder that the voice you hear is NOT that of Andre Blaze Henshaw. Get your facts right.

— Finetuned (@icent222) July 20, 2019

Jerry @JerryNumex, “Don't believe anyone. How about investigate? False accusations always go unpunished and the man is ruined.”

Don't believe anyone. How about investigate? False accusations always goes unpunished and the man is ruined.

— Jerry (@JerryNumex) July 20, 2019

Jide Bibiresanmi @jidebibi, “It is not enough to console @OhTimehin I suggest we all pressure @DStvNg @BigBrotherNaija drop Andre Blaze Henshaw until he has cleared himself of all accusations. Continue on Bigbrothernaija is enough emotional torture for @OhTimehin”

It is not enough to console @OhTimehin I suggest we all pressure @DStvNg @BigBrotherNaija to drop Andre Blaze Henshaw until he has cleared himself of all accusations. Continue on Bigbrothernaija is enough emotional torture for @OhTimehin

— Jide Bibiresanmi (@jidebibi) July 20, 2019

Taiwo PowerProjects @TMosaku, “@dstvng  please get Andre Blaze Henshaw to sort this out before continuing work for you. I am considering my subscription if no action is taken”

@dstvng please get Andre Blaze Henshaw to sort this out before continuing work for you. I am considering my subscription if no action is taken

— Taiwo PowerProjects (@TMosaku) July 20, 2019

Dior @perfumeric, “Woah..and the way I love #bbnaija Now I'm concerned. I hope this doesn't happen to anyone in the house”

woah..and the way i love #bbnaija
Now I'm concerned. I hope this doesn't happen to anyone in the house

— Dior (@perfumeric) July 20, 2019

tea_milksugar, @tea_milksugar, “People asking for photos are insensitive. Use the same internet access to post your questions on Twitter to then connect to Google and do your search.  Do not burden someone else with that task.” 

Adaba Charles @Adabacharles1, “NA DEM again .. .. Raped u or sexually molested u  " in the presence of other people that tried to stop him?"   This ur story No  don well..”

NA DEM again .. .. Raped u or sexually molested u " in the presence of other people that tried to stop him?" This ur story No don well..

— Adaba charles (@Adabacharles1) July 20, 2019

Jerry @JerryNumex, “So you'll just go call the police to lock the accused up for years without any fair hearing? You people are sick! This is the same mindset that had black Americans serving jail time for crimes they didn't commit!”

Isioma @Ms_Isioma, “I can only imagine how you feel. I’m sorry to read this. Ndo, Timehin. Ndo.”

Olutimehin had on 5th of May 2018 first revealed that Blaze sexually assaulted her adding that Pretty Mike, a nightclub owner in Lagos raped her while she was 16.

She tweeted: “ICYMI: Andre Blaze Henshaw sexually assaulted me two years ago. The BBC (unwittingly) interviewed both of us for a recent program about (toxic/evolving) masculinity and its impacts. I informed the BBC about the assault and asked them to delete/edit that program. They refused.

“While y’all are here, that raging misogynist Pretty Mike raped me near Club Q when I was 16 years old, and I’m willing to bet every single naira I will ever earn that he doesn’t even remember. But that’s a story for another day. I’m off to watch Beychella”

Her further tweet thread on 16th of May 2018 reads, “3. Re: reading comprehension. Pretty Mike raped me when I stopped to see him on my way back home from Anifa Prep around 3 on a Wednesday afternoon. He had become my ‘friend’ two weeks prior on a day I discovered my wallet had been stolen, also on the way back from school.

“I was staying at my aunt’s temporarily. Club Q was on my route home. Mike helped me one day, stopped me to talk every day after that, and subsequently violently raped me. (For those who don’t know, not all rapes are outwardly violent. That doesn’t mean they’re not rape.)

“To build on points 1 & 3, especially for those who lost their minds at the idea of two sexual violations in ten years: those are not the only violations or rapes I have experienced. I named Andre because the BBC triggered me on Monday. I named Pretty Mike because he was the worst

“There have been others. Some forgotten as a necessary survival mechanism. Some forgiven because sometimes the abuser is only an abuser because of our society engenders ignorance about sexual boundaries and consent, and they learned and made restitution.”

Mike had dismissed the allegation saying that Olutimehin is desperately looking for attention.

“When I saw the story, which was sent to me by a friend, I laughed. Though I have ‘retired’, my friends and people who are close to me know ladies like me a lot.

“I think she is just a young lady looking for attention. I am a public figure; so, everyone knows where to find me. If you have issues with me, you can walk up to me. But to the best of my knowledge, none of such ever happened. People know I am not that kind of person,” Mike said.

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BREAKING: Policemen Storm Busola Dakolo's Residence

20 July 2019 - 9:35am



Police officers are currently at the Lagos residence of popular Nigerian musician, Timi Dakolo, and his wife, Busola Dakolo.

The officers came in a van with number plate BR932KSF.

Busola Dakolo had alleged that Biodun Fatoyinbo of the Commonwealth of Zion raped her as a teenager in his church in Ilorin.  See Also Scandal 'Be Happy A Man Of God Disvirgined You', Busola Dakolo, Wife of Timi Dakolo, Narrates How Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo Raped Her 0 Comments 3 Weeks Ago

Sources at the Dakolo residence said the policemen, numbering three, were trying to force them (Dakolos)  to go to Abuja against their will.

Details later.....

 

       
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Corruption: Make Public Officials Swear With Ogun, Not Bible Or Quoran, Lagos Monarch Urges

20 July 2019 - 9:23am


 

The Osolo of Isolo, Oba Kabiru Adelaja, has said that the rate of corruption among public officials would dwindle if traditional means of oath-taking like Ogun is employed during their swearing-in ceremonies.

Adelaja said that the traditional process would put fear in the hearts of leaders on the need to be upright in their dealings with the people they serve and be accountable for their decisions.

The traditional ruler, who made the call while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos, said that many politicians and government officials lack the fear of God because they see God as merciful and forgiving.

He said that if leaders are made to take oath of office through the traditional gods, most government officials would be more conscientious in carrying out their activities.

“Leaders know they can get away with Christianity or Islam, but if they take oaths based on traditional gods like Ogun, they will never steal, knowing those gods do not accept sorry.

“They know that the gods will not spare them when they err. You steal, you die.

“We must practice our culture; all tribes have different cultures. If it is adopted while taking the oath of office, our leaders will be accountable.

“Let us go back to our culture. Anybody who wants to hold any political office, that needs to carry out projects, should be made to swear before Ogun,” he told NAN.

The monarch decried the rate of corruption among leaders within their short stay in the office, which, he said, could be linked to the state of poverty in the nation.

“Majority of kidnappers being arrested are graduates. After all said and done, they will say it is because the have no jobs,” he said.

The monarch appealed to the various tiers of government to create more employment opportunities for graduates in the country.

 

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Airport Intruder Is A Niger Republic Citizen - FAAN MD

20 July 2019 - 9:07am


 

The Managing Director of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Capt. Hamish Yadudu, says Friday's airport intruder is Usman Adamu, a citizen of Niger Republic.

Yadudu also said that the aircraft climber suspect was first arrested on Sunday night around 10 pm within the airport vicinity by its Aviation Security (AVSEC) personnel, but was released a few hours later.

FAAN also said that it was taking full responsibility for the huge security breach at the airport, but said no stone would be left unturned to unravel those behind the breach.

Yadudu stated this today at the Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport (MAKIA), Kano, during an event in the state.

He stated that the suspect had been handed over to the Nigerian Police Force for further interrogation.

He added: "The authority takes full responsibility for the breach. Federal Government, through the Ministry of Transport and Honourable Minister of State, Aviation has already assisted us in the award of contracts for perimeter fences at the airports, including detection devices and CCTV cameras with infrared capacity for night operations.

"I want to assure travellers and airport users that new measures are already being put in place to enhance security at the nation's airports."

He added that plans were also underway to erect observation towers this year, to enable proper monitor and coverage of the airport.  See Also Travel Security Breach At MMIA: FAAN Suspends Security Chiefs Indefinitely 0 Comments 1 Day Ago

Yadudu noted that already, FAAN had a security patrol/escort team in place for arriving and departing aircraft but another joint patrol team involving FAAN AVSEC, the Police and the Military has also been constituted to assist in protecting the sanctity of our airside and ensuring the security of live operations and the travelling public using our facilities. 

Yadudu admitted that globally, new threats were springing up daily and the criminal elements were fashioning out ways to circumvent security architectures. 

He, however, added that it was up to FAAN to continuously improve on security and put adequate measures in place to mitigate the threats.

He noted that FAAN would continue to work with relevant stakeholders and the regulatory agencies towards ensuring safe operations at our airports.

 

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Before Religious Houses Ruin What Is Left Of Our Lives, The Noisy Worship Must Stop By Sodiq Zainab

20 July 2019 - 9:04am


It saddens my heart to see how Nigerians can't tell the difference between worshipping God and making noise. Before I pour out my mind, I will like make it clear to everyone that this is not an attack on any religion. I’m sure those of you who are religious but do not worship God will come for me, you are all welcome.

Dear church/mosque leaders, I understand that both of you worship God in your own unique ways and I truly believe in God and I even serve him but why do you make noise? Why do religious houses disturb the peace of our environment? Must we worship in noise?

I'm not saying worshipping God is making noise because a lot of people would get this wrong. 

Annoyingly, both mosques and churches disturb residential neighbourhoods with their noise by using loud and ear-unfriendly speakers that emit harsh sounds.

The extreme acceptance of religion in this part of the world has made it a sin for anyone to complain about these noises. Anyone who does is tagged a child of the devil or seen to be possessed with some demons from the pit of hell. They automatically see you as one who is trying to stop the religious houses from worshipping the God they believe in.

The loudness of the sounds that come from churches and mosques are enough to cause health hazards especially to those living close to these places of worship. This is further heightened when these religious places hold vigils. The noise is so much that I cannot go home on Friday night without thinking of the raucous chants, stamping feet, clapping hands and jarring drums. These blares add to my headache and sometimes are even the cause. Sometimes, I am unable to sleep until your vigil is over. Why?  Kilode?

According to a report by the World Health Organisation (WHO), exposure to prolonged or excessive noise can cause health problems ranging from stress, poor concentration, fatigue from lack of sleep and hearing loss.

It would please our churches and mosques to know that God didn't say worship me by disturbing others before I will answer you, nor did he say use speakers louder than earth before I can hear you. So I wonder, why make life difficult for others?

I'm not saying we should not serve or worship him but the way you do it is wrong.

Although there is a law that restricts how loud noise coming from a building, place of worship or house can be, it has obviously been forgotten. It is only dusted and opened when the government finds a need to deploy it for political warfare.

A segment of the Lagos State law against noise pollution, which regulates sounds from clubs and religious homes in the state says that all religious houses are expected to operate within enclosed and soundproof environments.

They are also expected to regulate their use of speakers and give due consideration to neighbouring residents. The law states that “all religious houses shall ensure that midweek services and vigils are carried out with due consideration to the neighbouring residents.”

This is an appeal to the Lagos State Government to please ensure that churches and mosques limit the sound coming from their speakers to the confines of their religious houses.

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Man Electrocuted In Anambra While Trying To Prune Tree

20 July 2019 - 7:27am


 

A middle-aged man identified as Nduka Emeziagbala, died on Friday, at Enugwu-Agidi community in Anambra in circumstances suspected to be electrocution.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) gathered on Saturday that the incident occurred while the victim was up on a breadfruit tree, which he was hired to cut its branches under electricity high tension cable in the community.

The deceased was believed to have had contact with something bearing electricity current while on the three trying to shed the branches, and got electrocuted.

He was said to have fallen off the tree and died in a condition depicting electrocution.

An eyewitness said that the deceased from Iruobieri village was given the job following the warning by Enugu Electricity Distribution Company (EEDC) on the dangers of the tree.

The company had said that it was necessary to cut down the tree to ensure the free flow of electricity current on the wires.

“In the process, the young man was hired to cut down branches of the tree because of the repeated warning from officers of the EEDC,” the source said.

Another source, who said that the incident had thrown the entire community in Njikoka Local Government Area into the morning, described the deceased as “a quiet young man, who cared for his mother more than his siblings’’.

In his reaction, President-General of Enugwu-Agidi Brotherly Union (EBU), Mr Chidi Okoye, described the incident as regrettable but blamed it on the carelessness of the deceased.

Okoye said the leadership of the union had earlier engaged some villagers on the need to allow EEDC to cut down the tree due to the inherent dangers it posed.

“It is unfortunate that the young man died in that manner. We expected that there would have been a proper communication with the EEDC before cutting down the tree.

“He just lost his life out of sheer carelessness. The sad incident is a lesson to everybody in the community,” he said.

Okoye, however, cautioned youths in the area not to take laws into their hands, advising that there was no need for civil unrest in the community as a result of the incident.

He disclosed that the deceased’s body had been deposited in a mortuary in the community.

Contacted, Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in the state, Mr Haruna Mohammed, told NAN that the case was not reported to the police.

Mohammed, however, said that the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) in charge of the area notified him that the deceased did not die of electrocution.

“Investigation revealed that the deceased fell from Ukwa (breadfruit) tree and became unconscious.

“He was taken to a hospital where he later died.

“But, the matter was not officially reported to the police,” he said.

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RUGA: Stay Where You Are And Defend Yourselves, Miyetti Allah Tells Fulani Herdsmen

20 July 2019 - 7:06am


 

Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore, a Fulani interest group, has called on its members to defend themselves from other ethnic groups in Nigeria. 

Salah Alhassan, national publicity secretary of the group, in an interview with The Punch on Saturday, said, “We are Nigerians and we have a history. Anybody that thinks he can wake up and take on the Fulani pastoralist is making a grievous mistake, we are well prepared to defend our fundamental human rights of movement in this country.

“They (herdsmen) are Nigerians, so they are entitled to stay where they are. They should remain where they are and defend themselves against ethnic militia and assert their citizenship in this country.

“The only thing we would say is that we will hold all the governors of those states responsible for their safety and security, but if any ethnic militia, by any name, attack our members, they should defend themselves in a manner that nobody would try such again.

“We have been saying it that people behind insecurity are not herders; bandits are behind these killings, and if the government is saying foreigners have infiltrated the herders, have they been arrested and what is their nationality? Anybody that is trying to destabilise this country should be dealt with.”

Addressing the call by the Coalition of Northern Groups (CNG) for herdsmen to vacate the south, Alhassan said, “those so-called northern youths called a coalition of northern groups should note that if because of their action any herder is killed, we will first look for them before we go after our enemies.”  See Also Agriculture Be Ready To Defend Yourselves, Ohanaeze Tells Igbo As Northern Groups Give Buhari 30-day Ultimatum To Implement RUGA 0 Comments 2 Weeks Ago

He added: “We are Nigerians and we are not going anywhere. Our attachment to the land is opportunistic; we don’t farm the land. So, if anybody is thinking that because he has cultivated the land in a particular place for long and he has rights there more than us, then we would ask where is the grazing area that the colonial masters created for us?

“Politicians can play their politics but they should leave our people out of it because it is the desperate politicians that are causing this confusion and they are looking for anything to hang on to, but we are watching them critically.

“If you threaten the herders, they react; they cannot be used for any political game because we have our way of defending ourselves. We hate injustice and we fight it. Anybody that thinks we can be squeezed is making a mistake.

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JUST IN: Four Killed, Others Trapped As Building Collapses In Delta

20 July 2019 - 6:51am


Illustration: Scene of a building collapse

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A three-storey building under construction in Abraka, Ethiope East Local Government Area of Delta State has reportedly collapsed, killing at least four workers at the site, The Punch reports.

According to the reports, scores of persons were also trapped inside the collapsed building.

Abraka is where Delta State University is located

Although The PUNCH could not ascertain the causes of the collapse, it was learnt that the building caved in during a downpour on Saturday morning.

Sources told our correspondent that the victims were in the building waiting for the rain to subside to begin work when a section of the building started falling.

A few persons who were working on the building escaped but four persons were confirmed dead by our sources.

Details later......
 

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My Lord, Chief Justice Ibrahim Tanko You Gaffed Authoritatively! By Fredrick Nwabufo

20 July 2019 - 5:29am


Fredrick Nwabufo


CJN Tanko before the Senate

Fredrick Nwabufo

 

The supreme court is an “ecclesiastical order’’; it sits on high looking down on the ''lowly''. It dispenses in inexorable ‘’justice’’; justice not because it is always just, but because it cannot be interrogated when it is unjust.

In the course of my career as a journalist, I have covered a good number of court cases. And I have beheld the power, glory and mesmerismo of judges.

I recall a justice of the high court who after delivering judgment on a matter, said: “Here, we judges are God. After us, whatever you don’t agree with, you can take it to God.’’ The sheer profundity of the statement hit me like a jab from Anthony Joshua.

Really, in the hands of judges lie the power of life and death. It is the reason the best of us mortals, in all aspects – intellection, integrity and morality – must be allowed on the hallowed bench.

The judiciary is a vital institution in the preservation and protection of rights and liberties, and in the maintenance of social balance; so, there cannot be room for oddities; the best and the best of us must people it.

The legislature can afford to make a mistake and emend it; the executive can afford to make a mistake and revise it, but when the last tier of the judiciary {supreme court} makes a mistake, it is irrevocable. That error will go on to become precedential law.

The presumption of infallibility of the supreme court is a prerogative that comes with great responsibility. It is dulia only reserved for the gods; why then should the head of this ‘’ecclesiastical order’’ be like mortals, and even, not the best among mortals?

In my early years, the late Justice Oputa was my impression of the archetypal supreme court judge. Oh! The intellection, the poetry, the philosophy, the depth and finesse he summarily dispatched on cases? But I came to an obverse impression after attending sessions at the apex court and heard in utter mortification the slovenly grammar and sloppy literary discharges of these ‘’celestials’’.    CJN Tanko before the Senate Punchng

I have watched a video clip of the senate confirmation hearing of Ibrahim Muhammad Tanko, chief justice of Nigeria (CJN), where he blundered irrepressibly, five times. And each time my mouth is agape with incredulity. I am embarrassed for the CJN.

In fact, here is the unsettling performance in words:

Senator Eyinnaya Abaribe: “My Lord, in 2018, Akeredolu vs Abraham, I can quote the supreme court if you permit me. The supreme court said, ‘technicality in the administration of justice, shuts out justice. it is, therefore, better to have a case heard or determined on its merit than to leave the court with the shield of victory obtained on a mere technicality.”

“But my lord, just a few weeks ago, the supreme court also said and I quote, ‘The correct order to make is to declare the judgement of the trial tribunal a nullity as a result of one of the panelists not sitting on a day when proceedings were held’. And Nigerians are really worried, we would like to know where this supreme court will be situated under you?”

In response, Muhammad defined technicality, saying there are technicalities in Nigerian laws because the laws were inherited from the British.

He said he could not “drive a plane” because of the technicalities involved, adding that: “If something which is technical comes before the court, what we do in trial courts is to ask people who are experts in that field to come and testify. We rely on their testimony because they are experts in that field.’’

My Lord, you dropped a clanger, but in my court I will pardon you for ‘’authoritative gaffing’’.

@FredrickNwabufo

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Viral Video: APC Controversies Continue As Bayelsa Chairman Clashes With Lawmaker

20 July 2019 - 5:26am


 

As in Edo State, crisis is rocking the All Progressives Congress in Bayelsa State, following an attempt by its Chairman, Jotham Amos, to compel party stakeholders to sign a document on direct primary.

A video, which has gone viral on social media, showed a heated argument between the chairman and a member representing Ekeremor Constituency 2 in the House of Assembly, Wilson Dauyegha, over the appropriateness of the document.

Dauyegha, in the video, wondered why Jotham was forcing him to sign a paper against his will, following the failure of a stakeholders’ meeting to adopt a mode of primary election for the emergence of the party’s candidate for the November governorship election.

The lawmaker in the video appeared to tear a document, while the chairman picked the torn document, stormed into his car and zoomed off.

A recent stakeholders’ meeting organised by Jotham at the party’s secretariat in Yenagoa could not adopt any mode for the forthcoming primary election, as other members of the state executive council opposed the procedure for the meeting.

Confirming his spat with Jotham, Dauyegha explained that the incident in the video happened at the VIP wing of the Port Harcourt Airport, Rivers State.

He said trouble started when Jotham called him after the botched stakeholders’ meeting and requested to see him.

“I told him that it was late because he called me at night. I promised to see him the next day, but he said he was traveling to Abuja. I told him we would meet at the airport in Port Harcourt. 

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“The next day when I got to the airport, I saw him and went to meet him. When I got to his vehicle, a black Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV), I saw armed soldiers surrounding the car. The chairman asked me to enter his car and I did and he shut the doors.

“While in the car, the chairman brought a document and asked me to sign it, saying I must sign the document. I don’t know what came over me. I almost sign the document, because I was almost completing my signature when I held my pen and told the chairman that I must read the content of the document before signing.

“At that point, I glanced through, even as he was trying to intimidate me to complete the signature. I then saw direct primaries in the paper and I screamed and held unto the paper. Having made an impression that could pass as my signature, I had no other option, but to render the document invalid.

“All I did was to ensure that there was no impression suggesting that I signed the document. If that document had not been torn, the chairman would have used it against me and against my will. I saw his action as undemocratic and I undertook a reasonable action to protect democracy,” the lawmaker explained.

He said after the incident, Jotham advanced menacingly towards him trying, but was prevented by some persons who intervened.

All efforts to reach Jotham proved abortive, as he failed to answer calls directed to his two telephone lines.

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AFCON 2019 Golden Boot Winner, Ighalo, Retires

20 July 2019 - 4:57am


 

Nigeria striker Odion Ighalo announced on Saturday his retirement from international football after winning the Golden Boot at the Africa Cup of Nations.

The 30-year-old Shanghai Shenhua striker struck five times as the Super Eagles finished third in Egypt, bagging him the top scorer honours with two goals more than Sadio Mane, Riyad Mahrez and Cedric Bakambu.

"It's been an amazing 5 years journey, but after the due consultation and extensive discussion with my family, I have decided it's time for me to retire from the national team," Ighalo said in a statement.

"It's been an eventful and most memorable opportunity to serve my country with pride, passion and contribute my quota to the development of our football.

"It's now time to concentrate on club football and give the younger players a chance to learn and grow."

Ighalo almost quit Nigeria duty after last year's World Cup following sharp criticism and even death threats, but was encouraged to stay on by Gernot Rohr, who Ighalo says stood by him "against all odds".  See Also Sports AFCON 2019: Ighalo Wins Golden Boot, Algeria Conquers Africa As They Beat Senegal 1-0 0 Comments 1 Day Ago

He repaid in full Rohr's faith in him, finishing top scorer in qualifying for the tournament before his impressive showing in Egypt, which featured a standout display as Nigeria knocked out defending champions Cameroon in the last 16.

Ighalo scored twice and set up Alex Iwobi's winner in a thrilling 3-2 win.

In total Ighalo scored 16 goals for Nigeria in 35 appearances, and he also captained the country´s Under-20 team to the 2009 World Cup, also held in Egypt, Agence France Presse reports.

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Murdered Fasoranti Daughter To Be Buried On Monday Amidst National Disillusionment Over Herdsmen

20 July 2019 - 3:50am



Olufunke Olakunrin, the daughter of Pa Reuben Fasoranti, the leader of Pan-Yourba socio-political group, Afenifere, would be committed to mother earth on Monday, July 22.

Olakunrin was killed by suspected herdsmen on Benin-Ore road. 

Details of the funeral arrangements of the 58-year-old were contained in a poster seen by SaharaReporters.

In the poster, commendation night of tributes for the deceased will take place on Friday, July 19, at Harbour Point, Wilmot road, Ahmadu Bello Way, Victoria Island in Lagos by 5 pm. 

The burial ceremony will take place at Saint David's Anglican Cathedral Ijomu, Akure, by 11 am while the interment is expected to follow at the church's cemetery.

Born on June 11, 1961, Mrs. Olakunri was survived by her aged father, her husband, Mr. Idowu Olakurin and two daughters, Oyindamola and Oluwafeyisikemi.

Mixed controversial reactions have continued to trail the death of Olakunrin.
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DPR Seals 33 Fuel Stations In Port Harcourt

20 July 2019 - 3:16am



The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) on Friday shut down 33 fuel stations in Port Harcourt, Rivers State over sharp practices.

Mr. Bassey Nkanga, Operations Controller of DPR in Port Harcourt, disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) during a routine inspection of fuel stations in Rivers.

The department, he said, inspected 150 stations, and caught 33 under-dispensing and selling adulterated petroleum products to unsuspecting users.

The affected stations include Conoil Petroleum, Eterna, Forte Oil, Mobil and Oando, among others.

“The filling stations were sealed for cheating the public, in violation of stipulated rules guiding operations in the upstream and downstream petroleum industry.

“So far, of the 150 stations we visited in our ongoing surveillance in Port Harcourt, 33 stations have been sealed for selling adulterated products to the public.

“Other offences committed include operating without valid licence as well as selling products between N148 and N152 per litre, above the government’s approved pump price.

“Consequently, the 33 filling stations are presently under sanction of various fines,” he said.

Nkanga further said the department shut fuel stations which over-dispensed their products.

“For such filling stations, we found out that of every 10 litres dispensed, two litres were mistakenly given to customers free. 

“So, we simply stopped them from dispensing products, pending when such pumps are re-calibrated. We took this measure because we want the marketers to remain in business,” he said.

According to the DPR boss, severe sanctions await marketers caught still dispensing products or tampering with evidence after their stations had been sealed by government.

The department, he said, was currently working with security agencies to end activities of illegal petroleum products refiners and peddlers of adulterated products in the old Port Harcourt.

According to him, the synergy has led to many fuel stations being sealed and operators put out of the illicit businesses.

“We will not relent in our efforts to ensure full compliance to rules as stipulated in the guidelines of the petroleum industry. Severe sanctions await any marketer caught flouting the rules by adjusting their meters; hoarding petroleum products and operating without valid licence,” he added.

Nkanga urged the public to report any erring fuel station, to the department, promising that the department would always take prompt action, News Agency of Nigeria reports.

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