Mr. Etim, who walks around the city of Uyo, hawking newspapers, had told the court that Mr. Okon slapped him multiple times inside Government House, Uyo, in September last year.
The assault occurred around the state banquet hall where the vendor had gone with the hope of making quick sales during the swearing-in of a new chairman of Akwa Ibom State Council of Traditional Rulers.
Mr. Etim claimed that three able-bodied men, who may have been Mr. Okon’s bodyguards, stood by to watch as the former senator kept slapping him.
“When he finished slapping me, he accused me of stealing his wallet.
But God knows I am not a thief, I sell newspapers to take care of myself and my family,” Mr. Etim had told newsmen in November, shortly after the incident.
“He didn’t even search me to see if I had his wallet on me or not.”
The victim, backed by the Newspaper Distributors Association of Nigeria, Akwa Ibom State chapter, filed a civil suit against the former senator.
“I didn’t really think of reporting the case to the police; I wanted it sorted out in court,” said the vendor.
The court, presided over by Justice Winifred Effiong, held that the action of the former senator was degrading, and that it was against Mr. Etim’s right to the dignity of his person as guaranteed by Section 34(1) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, as well as the African Charter on human and people’s right.
The court, besides granting an order that Mr. Okon should pay N100,000 as damages to Mr. Etim, also granted an order of perpetual injunction, restraining the former senator or his agents from further breaching of the applicant’s fundamental human rights.
It also ordered the former senator to pay additional N50, 000 as cost of the litigation to Mr. Etim.
“I am glad that the court has been bold enough to tell the senator that what he did against me was wrong,” Mr. Etim told newsmen. “It’s not about the money.”
When contacted, the former senator, Mr. Okon, said he was yet to get a copy of the court judgment.
Mr. Etim was represented in the case by Ndianabasi Udofia, while Mr. Okon was represented by Esther Archibong
“I stayed in Benin with my elder sister for a while and I was so much in love with the girl back then. It was during the time when you would be talking to a girl that you like her but she would not give you any response. Then I would go back home and begin to play Westlife songs and when I was done, I would move to Plantainshun Boys. I just finished secondary school during that period.
“Eventually, I had to come back to Lagos but that did not stop me from seeing her. I would wake up around 4am, leave Lagos for Benin and return that same day. The road was very bad and sometimes, I would spend about ten hours on the road. I would only get to see the girl for about two or three hours, then I would rush back to Lagos. That was how much I was in love but she never appreciated it. I did not have money then. There was a time we tried to re-connect on Facebook but I had got married then and I am very happy with my wife,” he said.
The Ondo state governor-elect, Mr. Oluwa Rotimi Akeredolu (SAN) today said it will take hard work to surpass the track record put into public service by the state outgoing governor, Olusegun Mimiko.
He noted that Mimiko should be commended for the years he dedicated to public service as two-term commissioner for health, Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Minister for Housing and Urban and as a governor.
The governor-elect was speaking during a courtesy visit to Mimiko and some members of his cabinet at the governor’s office at Alagbaka in Akure.
Akeredolu will on February 24, 2017 be sworn-in as the sixth civilian governor of the state.
He was accompanied to the governor’s office by the State Deputy Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Engr. Ade Adetimehin, Director-General of Akeredolu Campaign Platform, Hon. Victor Olabimtan, Tunji Abayomi, Femi Agagu, Mr. Yemi Olowolabi, Mr. Lekan Odere, Wale Akinterinwa, Saka Yusuf and Ifedayo Abegunde.
Akeredolu said he and the people of the state owe the governor depth of gratitude for his service to Ondo state and the country at large.
The governor-elect maintained that governor Mimiko displayed exemplary leadership quality in various capacities he had served.
He noted that history is being made in the state with the seamless transition between his team and that of the government.
While responding, Mimiko promised to put in place seamless transition to usher in a new government come February next year.
He noted that in the history of the state, this was the first time to have a seamless transition between civilian to civilian government.
He assured Akeredolu of his support to ensure he succeeds in the task of governing the state.
Mimiko who noted that peace was one of his greatest accomplishments enjoined the governor-elect to sustain the feat.
It reports that the incoming and outgoing governments are expected to set up their transition committees very soon.
He, however, stressed that the Makarfi-faction must be willing to make peace for that to happen.
Sheriff stated this when he received some members of the PDP Federal Capital Territory, who paid him solidarity visit on Wednesday in Abuja.
Sheriff said that he had on several occasions tried to resolve the party crisis with the Makarfi faction.
He said that this he did by suggesting that both the Caretaker Committee and his National Working Committee be dissolved, to give way for a new independent leadership.
He said, “I have made several peace moves but the caretaker committee has refused to agree.
“We have therefore resigned our fate to the decision of their Lordships of the Court of Appeal and Supreme Courts.
“However, we are ready to return to the negotiation table today, if Sen. Makarfi sees reason to do so.”
Sheriff said that he was committed to returning the party to the grassroots in spite several blackmail he had been receiving.
He said, “Our task is to return the party to the grassroots.
“To this end, we shall continue to review all the states chapters that are affected before the Convention.
“We are discussing with key stakeholders willing to return to the party and we are making steady progress.”
Sheriff added that if the talks among the stakeholders would yield positive result, the party would hold its national convention in the first quarter of 2017 to elect new leaders.
He said, “Hopefully, we shall conduct a free and fair convention in the first quarter of 2017.
“In the cause of the last six months, we have worked assiduously to reposition our great party, the PDP, through harnessing of the enormous potential of the party at the grassroots.
On Rivers re-run legislative elections, Sheriff said he was waiting for the report of the delegation he sent to the state before he could take any position on the election.
He said, “I have set up an 11-man Committee which I sponsored to Rivers to observe the election and report back to me.
“The committee is yet to give me its report.
“I will make public my position as soon as I receive the detailed report on the election, because it is better for me to speak based on fact.”
The Sheriff faction of used the occasion to observe a minute silence for the victims of the recent Adamawa bomb blast and the Akwa-Ibom church building collapse.
Sheriff also condoled with the families of the deceased.
A deaf and dump man won the election in Mutum Biyu ward of Gassol Local Government Area. while three other physically challenged persons also clinched the ticket to contest for councillorship in Jalingo Local Government Area, he said.
According to the APC chairman, 33 aspirants contested for the position of chairman in the 16 local government areas of the state, while 244 aspirants vied for councillorship in the 168 wards during the primaries.
The state independent electoral commission had scheduled the local council election for February 11, 2017.
The Imo State Governor and Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC Governors Forum, Rochas Okorocha, has stated that Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State was desperate for the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to win the just concluded re-run elections in Rivers because he (Wike) wants to remain Governor.
Speaking with newsmen in Owerri yesterday, Okorocha stated that his Rivers counterpart did all he could to secure his office by making sure that the PDP won majority of the senatorial, House of Representatives and House of Assembly seats in the state.
“If the governor did not do that to make sure he has majority of state and National Assembly members, he would have gone,” the Progressives Governors Forum chair stated.
This was as he noted that it is not an easy thing to defeat an incumbent governor in an election because he would do all he could to remain in power.
Speaking on the just concluded governorship elections which went in favour of the APC, Okorocha maintained that it is a testimony that the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government was doing well.
He went on to assert that the APC would take over the governorship in Anambra State in 2017, adding that “Anambra State needs APC governor to succeed.”
A Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja on Thursday adjourned indefinitely hearing on the Peoples Democratic Party’s leadership crisis.
A three-man panel of Justices, led by Justice Ibrahim Saulawa, suspended hearing on suit to await the outcome of a related case pending before the Port Harcourt Division of the Court.
Thousands of Rivers people led by Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike took to the streets on Thursday to protest the mass killings by the Police and other security agencies during the December 10 rerun elections.
The peaceful protest march took off from Government House, Port Harcourt at 8am, moved through Azikiwe Street and Bank Road before terminating at the Rivers State Police Command headquarters on Moscow Road.
As the protesters approached the gate of the Rivers State Police Command headquarters, the policemen ran into their premises, closed their gates and peeped from the openings of the gate.
Governor Wike and the other leaders waited patiently for close to 30 minutes before the Deputy Commissioner of Police, Mr Cyril Okoro came out. He, however, spoke through the gate.
Addressing the Police, Governor Wike said that the people of Rivers State were at the Police Command to inform the authorities that they were tired of the killings of innocent people in the state by the police and other security operatives.
He said: “On behalf of the Rivers State Government and the good people of the state, we have to let the police know that enough is enough.
“We demand that the Assistant Commissioner of Police in charge of Operations, Steven Hasso and the Commander of Special Anti-Robbery Squad ( SARS) Akin Fakorede must leave the state.
“Since you don’t want to protect the state and you want to be politicians, you have gotten the votes you want to get, you have also gotten the seats you want to get, you can now leave the state.”
Governor Wike further stated: “If they don’t leave the state, then we will do all we can to ensure they leave this state. They must leave this state. They have killed innocent people.
“We have come here peacefully, communicate this to your superiors in Abuja. I cannot write again, since I have done that repeatedly. Please, I don’t want my people to die anymore. I don’t want armed robbers posted as senior police officers to Rivers State”.
In his response, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Cyril Okoro assured the governor that the Rivers State Police Command will pass the message to the Police High Command for necessary action.
The All Progressives Congress has said a leaked audio recording in which Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike was allegedly heard admitting bribery and threatening to kill electoral officers has confirmed its worst fears that the December 10 re-run elections were rigged.
It noted that revelations contained in the said recording, made public by an on-line newspaper, Sahara Reporters on Thursday, provided evidence of alleged unwholesome practices.
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The party also said the audio was a pointer to the fact that the governor may have compromised the integrity of the electoral process and the integrity of his office as Chief Security Officer.
This was contained in a statement signed by the party’s National Publicity Secretary, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi, in Abuja.
He said, “The leaked audio recording showing the Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike admitting to bribing some electoral officials and threatening to kill them if his instructions were not followed has confirmed the fears raised by the All Progressives Congress in the lead up to the recently conducted December 10, 2016 legislative re-run elections in the State.
“Going by the revelations from the leaked audio recordings, it is obvious that Governor Wike may have engaged in unwholesome conducts that might have compromised the integrity of the electoral process and undermined his office as the Chief Security Officer of a state.
“The only logical conclusion from this therefore is that the electoral victories of the Peoples Democratic Party may have been achieved through underhand dealings and intimidation of officials.”
The hope of finding a lasting solution to the leadership crisis in the Peoples Democratic Party suffered a major setback in Abuja on Thursday as the Court of Appeal adjourned sine die (indefinitely), hearing on the matter.
A three-man panel of Justices of the court led by Justice Ibrahim Saulawa said it suspended hearing in the matter to await the outcome of a related case pending before the Port Harcourt Division of the court.
The decision followed a motion that was filed by the Ali Modu Sheriff faction of the party.
The group had through its counsel, Chief Akin Olujinmi, (SAN), urged the appellate court to temporarily suspend action on the suit filed by the Senator Ahmed Markafi-led faction of the party.
It based its request on the fact that the court in Port Harcourt had already heard the matter before it and reserved judgment.
The three pending appeals that were put on hold by the Justice Saulawa-led panel on Thursday were marked CA/A/402/2016; CA/A/402A/2016 and CA/A/402D/M/2016.
The appellants are basically challenging a verdict that Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court in Abuja delivered on June 30, which recognised Sheriff as the national chairman of the party.
Justice Abang had in the said judgment, maintained that Sheriff had the authority to take decisions for the party, including briefing of lawyers to represent the interest of the PDP in court.
Meanwhile, Makarfi has accused Sheriff of not being sincere on how to end the crisis in the party.
The former governor of Kaduna State said Sheriff was merely playing to the gallery when he said he was ready for another round of discussion in order to end the crisis in the former ruling party.
Sheriff had on Wednesday, accused Makarfi and his group of frustrating attempts aimed at resolving the crisis.
He said because of this, the two parties would now wait on the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court to determine the true leaders of the party.
The Rivers state governor, Nyesom Wike has reacted to an audio yesterday released by Sahara Reporters where he purportedly threatened to kill an INEC official.
In a statement signed Dr Tam-George, Commissioner for Information and Communication, Rivers State Wike said he was impersonated and blamed APC for the act.
The statement reads: “The attention of the Rivers State Government has been drawn to a publication by SaharaReporters, alleging that Governor Nyesom Wike had illicit contacts with officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, in the run up to the rerun elections, on the 10th of December 2016 in Rivers State.
“We categorically deny these latest allegations as a sick fabrication, and an outright lie. Governor Wike never made any contact with INEC officials, in person or by telephone. Saharareporters.com is the online propaganda bullhorn of the All Progressives Congress, APC.
“Their publications are typically false, and the writers are professional hawkers of fiction. No one would have thought that the APC and its cowardly media allies would resort to an audio impersonation of Governor Nyesom Wike, using a voice changer technology. The voice changer technology is often used by teenagers especially in South Korea and Japan to launch innocent technological pranks at each other, mainly for laughs.
“The use of such a technology to blackmail a governor is a new criminal low for the APC, a party already widely discredited for its addiction to falsehood. The APC and Saharareporters are inmates in the prison of their own lies. We reject the latest blackmail by the APC.”
The youth group of the Peoples Democratic Party PDP known as the PDP Youth Frontier has said that the Senate should make public the security report by the Department of State Services, DSS used against the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, boss Ibrahim Magu.
Reading a prepared statement, Senator Abdullahi yesteday said: “The Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria wishes to inform the general public that based on security reports available to the Senate; the Senate cannot proceed and confirm the nomination of Ibrahim Magu Mustapha as Executive Chairman of EFCC.
The PDP PDP Youth Frontier in a series of tweets on it twitter handle said that ‘Ibrahim Magu, has failed integrity test as he was not confirmed by the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria hence he can’t champion the anti-corruption war.
The group also said that the Senate should make public the DSS report so that Magu can be arrested.
Acting Chairman of All Progressives Congress (APC), Ebonyi State chapter, Pastor Eze Nwachukwu Eze, has slammed Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State over a recent statement credited to him where he attacked Dr Ogbonnaya Onu, Minister of Science and Technology.
The party described Okorocha’s utterance as noisy rantings and insult of the highest order.
In a statement, Eze noted that Okorocha’s antecedents hardly placed him in a position to judge others in delivering democracy dividends to the people.
He said, “Imo State, the reference point of non-payment of salaries to workers, alleged fraudulent projects, and calculated deceit of the masses under Okorocha cannot be in a position to discuss a man who is widely acknowledged as a development icon and bastion of the peoples ‘confidence.”
Eze observed that Onu’s two years as governor of old Abia witnessed more dividends than the almost six years of Okorocha’s governorship of Imo State.
He further accused Okorocha of fuelling crisis in Ebonyi APC in his bid to force himself on Ndigbo as its leader.
“How can a man, who cannot control his backyard, wants to control others?” he queried.
Eze further alleged that Okorocha sent his deputy speaker, Ogonna Ozurigbo, to Ebonyi to recruit members to his new party, as was evident in their meeting which held under a mango tree, when APC Ebonyi had a massive two-storey building as their office.
“We are proud of his efforts and history will always judge between him and Okorocha, who indeed is truly representative of the people”, he added.
The police in Abuja has smashed a syndicate who specialises in stealing ATM cards from bank customers across the country.
They were arrested after complaints from members of the public to the Inspector General Police Ibrahim Idris, who deployed his operatives at the Special Intelligence Response Team (IRT) to trail and arrest the suspects.
Our source also disclosed that the suspects were trailed to hideouts in Enugu, Benue and Nasarawa states where they were arrested and over 70 ATM cards were recovered from them.
A source disclosed that the syndicate, who confessed to the crime during interrogations, said that they normally stole ATM cards from unsuspecting victims while pretending to help them solve problems at ATM machines.
It was gathered that a member of the syndicate would approach an ATM user who was having difficulties with the machine. They would then swap the unsuspecting customer’s ATM card with another one from their own pockets after they must have got the PIN of the ATM card of the unsuspecting customer.
The suspects would then take the stolen ATM card to the nearest ATM machine where they would check the balance in the victim’s account, after which they would then proceed to purchase expensive mobile phones from the account. In other cases, the suspects will also make withdrawals to the limits of the account. The leader of the syndicate, Wuese (27), said in an interview that the syndicate was formed in Markurdi, Benue State from where they took their activities to several states in the country.
He said: “The idea behind our operation was a collective one. I cannot tell who actually brought it. But before then, we had read something similar in the newspapers, and we modified it. “Some of the ATM cards found in our possession were all invalid, and that was what we were using to steal from our victims. “We don’t operate in one state.
We move from one state to the other, and after we had succeeded in stealing a victim’s card, we would take the card to a machine where we would check the balance in the owner’s account. “If the money in it was less than N20,000, we would leave the money and move on to look for other victims. But if the amount in the account was huge, we would withdraw up to the ATM limit, then we would go to any shop where phones are sold and by phones, which we would resell at cheaper prices.
“Sometimes, we take the ATM cards to night clubs and hotels where we paid with cards. “In our last operation, we bought three Samsung Galaxy Edge for N245,000 each and we sold them for N215,000. We also bought three Blackberry Passport for N130,000 each and sold them for N90,000. We bought two Infinix phones for N82,000 each and sold them for N60,000. “I can’t count the number of operations we have done, but we normally share all the money we have made equally. “I have succeeded in buying a Toyota Camry with my own share of our loot, but I don’t know what my friends have done with theirs.
Fausat told the court that her husband deserted her because she refused him oral sex, adding that he made her feel inferior because of his complaints and verbal abuse.
The fruit seller said that their marital problems started five years ago when her interior decorator husband came back from a trip to Port-Harcourt and asked her to suck his genital.
“My husband got back from a trip and asked me to suck him, something we have never done since we got married.
“When I refused he told me that is what other girls do to him outside, since then my husband stopped making love to me,’’ she said.
The mother of two said her husband also started complaining about her dress sense and her cooking.
She added that he packed out of the matrimonial home three years ago and rented another apartment two houses from her with another woman.
Fausat said that her husband came to her house on Nov. 8 to beat her up and pack out her belongings.
“I am tired of the marriage; I have reported him to his family countless times but he has refused to change.
“Since he left, I have been the one responsible for the upkeep of the children,” she said.
She prayed the court to dissolve the marriage, give her custody of their children Ahmeed 15, and Ahmeedat 12, adding that the husband should be responsibility for their upkeep.
The husband, Lukman Ayinde, 45, told the court that the genesis of their marital problems was not sexual.
Lukman said that the basis of their issues was that his wife did not know how to take care of herself, her home, her man and children.
He said that on many occasions, he had tried to upgrade her to his taste by buying her dresses, shoes and bags.
He said that his wife was also very stubborn and had refused to change, adding, “she dresses awkwardly and is unattractive’’.
“I have complained about her dress sense severally, my wife can wear mismatched top and skirt with dirty flip flop slippers to anywhere.
“When I complain, she will say who is looking at her forgetting that I am her husband, I am looking, I cannot control her.
“I cannot introduce her as my wife to my colleagues, she sells in Victoria Island, Kofo Abayomi and she meets notable people but she has refused to package herself.
“She wears jeans skirt to bed, claiming that she is tired anytime I touch her.
“She does not know how to take care of the house, her man and the kids,” he said.
Mrs Opeyemi Olanrewaju, the court Deputy President said that Lukman was behaving life a typical African man who “sees women as sex object that he could use and dump.
“You have been with other women and you are comparing her with them, before and after you married her, she gave you two kids there was nothing wrong with her.
“Now she is no longer good for you,” she said.
The court President, Mr Awos Awosola said that the husband should pay N220, 000, as the arrears of the money for the upkeep of the children on or before Dec. 20.
She ordered him not to visit the house again and that the children should be brought to the court whenever he wants to see them.
She urged both parties to maintain peace and adjourned the case to Dec. 28 for further hearing.
Governor Nyesom Wike has taken a swipe at leaders of the All Progressives Congress over their comments during the party’s campaign at the Liberation stadium in Port Harcourt.
One after the other, Governor Wike took turn to lambast APC Governors, accusing them of incompetence.
Nine APC Governors were in Rivers state to grace the final mega rally organized by the Rivers state Legislative Re-run Committee led by Kano state Governor Abdulaziz Ganduje.
The Governors include those of Bauchi, Benue, Plateau, Sokoto, Ogun, Edo and Ondo states as well as the National Chairman of the Party, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun and other leaders of the APC.
Menanwhile, Govermor Wike who spoke during a PDP campaign in Obio-Akpor said many of the Governors were yet to correct the anomalies in their various states.
Governor Wike, however, warned that there will be grave consequences for anyone who tried to rig the election in Rivers state.
“If you watch those that came to support them at their empty rally at the stadium, you will be ashamed.
“One of the Governors, Abubakar from Bauchi said they should take away the state from rogues. I don’t blame him.
“Recently, he wrote me a letter that Amaechi awarded a contract to him and he is yet to ‘balance him’. Let him come and collect the money from the rogues. What does this tell you? This was how they shared our money. What will a man who cannot pay salaries come and tell us in Rivers state.
“Then you look at the Governor of Benue state. You all heard what he said. In his state, he is owing workers more than one year salary. Somebody that does not know what to do about herdsmen killing his people. What is he coming here to tell us?
“Then Kano state Governor. How can a hundred-year-old man be Governor? In Last year’s election, the INEC REC was killed in Kano and up till now he has not found out what killed the man.
“Look at Edo state Governor. The one that just won election. He doesn’t know his left from his right. He doesn’t even know where his documents are.
“They think Rivers state is Ondo or Edo state, they shouldn’t worry. They will see what will happen to them on Saturday.
“They are lucky they have all left; they would have used their head to rig this election. They think they have two heads. We will all meet on Saturday.”
The Police Public Relations Officer in Enugu State Command, Mr. Ebere Amaraizu, said in a statement in Enugu on Friday that the police operatives in Emene Division caught two of the suspects – Emeka Udebusor and Erick Ekete, both of Nchantancha Nike community -suspects following a tip off on December 4.
He alleged that the suspects were indulging in washing fake dollars, euro and naira in bundles with a substance suspected to be chemicals.
Amaraizu said that the police recovered red and white cloths being used by the suspects in their shrine.
Also recovered are pots containing substances believed to be charms and 16 bundles of 100 notes suspected to be fake U.S. dollars.
He said, “The suspects are syndicate of the popular 419 fraudster ring.
“The arrest of the suspects also led to the arrest of a woman identified as Veronica Ekete, a member of the fraudster syndicate and a female “Juju priest’’.
“It was further gathered that the suspects have been a torn on the flesh of members of the public who usually and unknowingly fall victim of their antics.”
He said that the suspects had been helping the police to conduct investigation into their activities.
A Customary Court in Mapo, Ibadan, on Friday dissolved the five-year-old marriage between Mr Olumide Asogbon and her wife, Idowu, a mother of two, over threat to her life.
Idowu had told the court that her husband was threatening her life by shaving some portions of her hair and using it for spiritual purposes.
She also alleged that Asogbon claimed that she infected him with HIV/AIDS and gonorrhoea.
The President of the court, Mr Ademola Odunade, held that Idowu and Olumide should go their separate ways since they had agreed to do that.
The court held that Idowu should take custody of the two children produced by the union.
It ordered Olumide to be providing a monthly allowance of N4000 for the upkeep of each of the children and be responsible for their education and other welfare.
“I want men and women intending to get marry to learn from the mistakes that occurred between Idowu and Olumide so as to guard against the same pitfalls,’’ he said.
Idowu had told the court that her husband was threatening her life by shaving some portions of her hair and using it for spiritual purposes.
She said, “My lord, after a series of battering and psychological tormenting, Olumide invited me into his living room one day and shaved off some strings of hair on my head with a razor blade.
“As I struggled with him, he took a knife and wanted to slice off my head, but sympathizers saved my life from him.
“I survived it, but ever since that day, I have been experiencing very serious headache.
“Before that time, Olumide had in the company of his other wife, ejected me from my matrimonial home even when I was carrying a second pregnancy.
“He often complained that he never loved me and that he was not destined to be my husband.
“All my pleas to him fell on deaf ears as he kept tarnishing my image around that I have infected him with HIV/AIDS and gonorrhoea.”
The complainant said her husband wanted her to swear by some sand he brought from somewhere if she was not cheating on him, but that she insisted on swearing by the Bible.
She said, “Please, prevail on him to release my strings of hair so that I will be relieved of excruciating headache.”
The defendant told the court that he used to have sex with only her, but when she infected him with gonorrhoea he realised she was into prostitution and decided to end the marriage.
He said, “My lord, I want everyone present here to learn from my disobedience to the soothsayer who warned me never to have anything to do with Idowu.
“The soothsayer said in her presence that we were never meant to be couple because Idowu would live to be a wayward wife.
“However, I wanted to repay Idowu for good because she really assisted me when I was in school by providing for my needs.
“Idowu herself wooed me and I did not reject her and I even sat for her SSCE so that she could have a school certificate.”
He further said that he “caught her in adulterous mood” and when he could no longer bear her waywardness he wanted to abandon her and travel outside the country.
He said, “I gave her some sand to swear whether she was into adultery or not, but she didn’t.”
The Desk Officer of NAPTIP, Mrs. Florence Onwa who stated this in Abakaliki while briefing newsmen on the rescue of the children, added that the suspect, Odinaka-Chukwu Ali, was before the incident living with her husband in Enugu State with her three children and had single-handedly cared for the children for over eight months when her husband abandoned them to an unknown destination.
According to the NAPTIP Desk Officer, “the Police arrested the woman following a tip-off by a restaurant attendant she contacted to look for a trafficker who could buy her children as she could no longer take care of them.”
The suspect, Mrs. Chukwu Ali, said she never discussed selling her children with anybody, but admitted seeking financial assistance from the public for the upkeep of the children and to pay her house rent.
She said her arrest by the police and subsequent handover to the State Ministry of Gender Affairs in Enugu State before being brought to NAPTIP Office in Ebonyi State, was a frame-up.
Tears flowed at the 42nd convocation of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, Osun State, on Friday when the death was announced of a first-class graduate, Bibilari Elebuibon.
Elebuibon, who was the best in Yoruba Language in the Faculty of Arts, was said to have died in an accident in Osogbo, the Osun State capital, in July 2016.
It became a harvest of tears among his colleagues and some others present when his name was called by the dean of his faculty, Prof. Gbemisola Adeoti, for a prize and the school’s Public Relations Officer, Mr. Abiodun Olanrewaju, stepped forward to call for a minute silence in his honour.
Reports said the deceased, who was among the 66 first-class graduates, was a son of a popular Ifa priest in Osogbo, Chief Yemi Elebuibon.
Earlier, President Muhammadu Buhari had said the unemployment rate in Nigeria is now worse than it was about a year ago.
The President, who said this at the 42nd convocation of the institution, called on the private sector to complement the efforts of the government in providing jobs for Nigerians to bridge the gap.
The Chancellor of the OAU, who is also the Etsu Nupe, Alhaji Yahaya Abubakar, the Ooni of Ife, who is also the Chancellor of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka and the Deputy Governor of Osun State, Mrs. Titi Laoye-Tomori, were among the dignitaries present at the ceremony.
The President, who was represented at the ceremony by the Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission, Prof. Adamu Rasheed, said his administration was working hard to ensure more Nigerian youths were productively engaged.
He said, “In September, 2016, our unemployment rate reached a high value of 17.9 per cent as compared to 9.9 per cent the previous year. I intend to remind you that although this administration is doing its best to provide jobs for the teeming population of Nigerian youths, our efforts still need to be complemented by the private sector.
“We have been bringing on board several entrepreneurship initiatives to create an enabling environment for job creators to not only thrive, but excel.
“Promotion of local products, encouragement of export markets, tapping of indigenous raw materials, etc., are some of the avenues for this to operate. As fresh graduates with invigorating ideas, you are encouraged to forward your proposals under the appropriate parastatals and agencies.”
The police in Lagos have arrested a gambler, Yakubu Bashir, for alleged fraud at the Bendel Inn on Ipodo Road, Ikeja, Lagos.
Bashir was picked up for his inability to pay for drinks and food worth N145,000.
It was learnt that Bashir had gone to the hotel on Wednesday with his friends to celebrate winning a sports bet.
He was said to have won N36,000.
He reportedly ordered assorted drinks and food for himself, his friends and other people in the bar, with a promise to pay the bills.
It was gathered that after the drinking and merriment, the manager, Alaba, approached Bashir, telling him that his bill was N145,000.
Trouble, however, started when the suspect said he had only N36,000 and begged that he should be allowed to pay the balance in installment.
Our correspondent learnt that in the ensuing altercation, Bashir was detained, while the manager reported the case at the Ikeja Police Division, leading to his arrest.
“I am an NCE holder and work as a security guard in a hotel. On December 6, I placed a sports bet and won N36,000. Out of happiness, I went to the bar with my friends to celebrate my breakthrough. The money was in my bank account. I wanted to withdraw it the following morning because we wanted to pass the night at the bar. I explained to a waiter that I would give him N36,000 and pay him up by January, but he refused,” the 26-year-old suspect reportedly told the police.
A police prosecutor, Inspector Benedict Aigbokhan, brought Bashir before an Ikeja Magistrate’s Court on two counts of conduct likely to cause breach of the peace and fraud.
The charges read, “That you, Yakubu Bashir, on December 7, 2016, at about 1.10am at Bendel Inn on Ipodo Road, Ikeja, Lagos, in the Ikeja Magisterial District, did conduct yourself in a manner likely to cause a breach of the peace by ordering for assorted drinks and food for your friends worth N145,000 and refusing to pay, thereby committing an offence punishable under Section 166 of the Criminal Law, No. 11, Vol.44, Law of Lagos State of Nigeria, 2011.
“That you, on the same date, time and place, in the aforesaid magisterial district, did fraudulently collect assorted drinks and food valued at N145,000 promising to pay, knowing same to be false, thereby committing an offence punishable under Section 312 of the Criminal Law, No 11, Vol.44, Law of Lagos State of Nigeria, 2011.”
The accused, however, pleaded not guilty before the presiding magistrate, Mrs. O.A. Akokhia, and was granted bail in the sum of N100,000 with two sureties in like sum.
The case was adjourned till January 25, 2017.
The supporters of the People Democratic Party, PDP, and the All Progressives Congress, APC, have clashed at Opobo/Nkoro Local Government Area, the LGA of the Director General of Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency NIMASSA, Dr. Dakuku Peterside.
At least, three youths, believed to be members of the APC have been injured. As at the time of this update the cause of the free for all is unknown, but it may not be unrelated to the issues of intimidation.
Meantime, Peterside has visited the area to ascertain the cause of the clash as well maintain peace for the rerun election to continue.
As the Nation is still enveloped in grief over the death of three members of the National Youth Service Corps at orientation camps, the embittered mother of Udeme Monday, who died in Zamfara camp has shared her grief, lamenting that she should have died in his place.
Monday, a First Class graduate of Petroleum Engineering from the University of Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, died in the Batch B orientation camping exercise in Zamfara State. Following his demise, the faculty of Engineering students of the University, on Friday held a procession to honour ‘Uk Engine’ (as he was fondly called).
The students in the company of the Special Assistant to the Akwa Ibom State Governor on students’ matters, Miss Otobong Aquila, had also visited the deceased’s compound at Etinan, Akwa Ibom State
Monday’s mother, speaking with her son’s well-wishers said, “Ukeme you promised me that when you return from NYSC that you will take total care of me and take me to the best hospital for treatment.
“Hmmmmmm, I know you are not the one they are talking about. You’re not dead you only went for service I’m expecting you when your service year is over.”
She told guests who came to mourn with them to greet Ukeme and also inform him that the mother is expecting him back home sound and healthy, adding that her late son had promised that he would renovate their house as soon as he completed his studies.
The deceased’s grandmother also said, “Ukeme You promised that you will bring students to my burial and that the compound will not be enough to contain guest and well-wishers.
“Oh Ukeme, I won’t be able to stay alive and see you lowered six feet below the ground. Ooooooo dead I was the one that was supposed to die.”
The foundation building of a popular church in Uyo, Akwa Ibom, Reigners Bible Church located at Uyo Village road, off Barrack road has collapsed.
According to reports, the Church building collapsed on Saturday while a church service was going on.
The incident reportedly left at Least Fifty People Killed and many members injured.
A three-year-old boy is said to have been kidnapped and sold for N450,000 by a banana seller identified as Chibuzor Eze in Owerri, the Imo state capital.
The suspect, who was said to be a family friend of the boy, hails from Umuifa village in Oru-East Local Government Area of the state.
A family source told Punch that the boy was playing around the family compound at about 8am when she allegedly pick him and took the boy to Owerri.
According to the report, the suspect allegedly sold the boy to a man who paid her N150,000 upfront and promised to give her the balance later.
A lady, who a member of the community, was said to have recognised the boy and raised the alarm when she sighted the woman with him.
Eze and the alleged buyer were arrested and handed over to officers at Omuma Police Division in Oru-East LGA.
The boy’s grandfather, Benjamin Nkemakolam, expressed gratitude to God for his grandson’s rescue.
The elderly man was surprise that the banana seller, who he considered a member of the family, could harbour such evil against the family.
Also speaking, the boy’s uncle, Chigozie Nkemakolam, described Eze’s actions as surprising and embarrassing as “she had joined them to look for the boy she allegedly kidnapped.”
The Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO in the state, Andrew Enwerem, when contacted, said he is yet to be briefed on the matter.
It was gathered that the fire started at about 2am, when only a few of the staff were present.
Several goods worth billions of naira were said to have been affected by the fire. The supermarket houses several sections, including a boutique, bakery, food and beverages as well as home appliances.
The mall was also said to have over 50 employees and had recently undergone a major renovation.
When our correspondent got to the scene of the incident at about 9am, officials of the state fire service were seen battling to put off the fire.
Although it was learnt that firemen from the Nigerian Airforce and the University of Benin visited the scene, the inferno was extinguished at about 11:30am.
Efforts to speak with the management of the mall were not successful as the manager declined comment, as sympathisers thronged the premises of the mall.
Governor Godwin Obaseki, who was among the early callers, was at the scene to inspect the level of damage.
A customer, who identified herself as Mrs. Grace, expressed displeasure over what she described as a poor response in extinguishing the fire.
She said, “I came to shop. But I am shocked because from what Hallmark has, this (destroyed property) is running into billions. How can a place like Hallmark burn down like this?”
Last week, the report of a boy said to have been sealed in the wall of a house in Ondo town in western Nigeria spread.
After that story was told on online news platforms but without details, rumours have been circulating about the reality of the occurrence.
To get the true picture of the incident, Channels Television crew visited the town in Ondo State and was at the very house where the incident happened.
A bungalow located on 3B Akinfemisoye Street, Oduduwa Area in New Town, Ondo city in Ondo West Local Government Area of Ondo State was where the boy was found.