Baba with the basket mouth playboy!!
Maybe he came to deliver some “fresh consignment” to Baba for the weekend!
I guess he will never wear this outside of his compound!!!
This man has really aged o!!!
Baba with the basket mouth playboy!!
Maybe he came to deliver some “fresh consignment” to Baba for the weekend!
I guess he will never wear this outside of his compound!!!
This man has really aged o!!!
Afro-fusion crooner, Burnaboy has opined that he doesn’t see 2face Idibia as a human being. “2face, I don’t even feel he’s human. Like I have a theory in my head like he’s just not human. He can’t be human! It’s like this; nothing affects him. He is just so smooth” he stated this in the latest edition of the Ndani TV celebrity interview with Tolu Oniru – Toolz.
Ailing music producer OJB Jezreel and his wife have left for India yesterday, August 23,2013.The couple departed Lagos through a 10 hour Emirate airline scheduled for 2.30pm. OJB and wife who may be spending up to three months in India for the surgery were escorted by their son and daughter.
Expressing his gratitude at the airport,OJB said:“I am not sure how long this will take but I am so grateful for the love Nigerians have shown me .I trust in God that all would be well”.
On the 23rd of August, Julius D’Genius Agwu set London’s Indigo 02 ablaze with jokes, guests and full on entertainment with his annual top comedy show, CRACK YA RIBS. Julius did not disappoint with his ensemble of top talent.
The show opened up with a selection of different rising UK artists. Honey b gave an energetic performance. Moe logo got the audience on their feet for the performance of his song ‘Pangolo’.
Dizzy crazy gave an energetic performance that brought some fun and theatrics to the stage and had everyone dancing like a masquerades.
Daniel d humorous set the tone for the show with his hilarious set that had the crowd roaring with laughter from his first joke.
The jokes rolled on consistently from then. Funny bone tickled everyone’s funny bone with his comparisons of girls in the UK.
Senator gave the crowd jokes befitting of his stage name.
Bovi joked about the audience number and how hard it is to organise a show. He had the audience in stitches as he spoke on health care, immigration and having his children in powerful nations.
Akpororo took the stage looking swagged out showing London how Warri rocks the house. He had the crowd rolling as he made fun of audience members and his jokes about homosexuality, women, their ‘packaging’ and bad breath.
Eddie Kadi rounded up the show. Being the only UK comedian on the bill he definitely showed the crowd that he was the best man for the job.
The grande finale was an explosive performance by KCEE as he got the crowd on their feet moving and shaking to his mega hit ‘Limpopo’.
Governor Rotimi Amaechi, Dr Alistair Soyode, Comedian Teju Babyface and Alariwo of Africa, yaw yaw, Dj Abass, Ayo Shonaiya were amongst stars that attended the show to catch some laughs.
It was definitely no secret that May-D was not in the house. Especially since his face and name was all over the promo for the event.
Written by Mariam Ajibola | Images by Michael Tubes
Enjoy the pictures below.
Yaw Yaw and Akpororo
The Limpopo King KCEE
Harry Baba and the ladies
Teju Babyface and wife, Mrs Oyelakin, DJ Abass
Governor Rotimi Amaechi
Daniel D Humourous
In Hollywood there are lots of depressed and unhappy celebrities even here in
Nollywood, there are several movies stars that are unhappy with how life is
treating them. Life treats some fairly while some are badly treated but out of
it all, what really matters is one’s happiness which cannot be measured with
anything. But for Funke Akindele, the talented actress and the most sought-after
face in brand endorsements, has revealed that she is not going to be subjected
to ridicule due to what joker life is playing with her. In an interview
recently, Funke said despite all that has happened she is still as happy as she
has always been and nothing is going to take her happiness away from
I’m happy with my life, I am living my life for myself, not for anybody, I am
not going to live my life based on what people say; if I do that, I am going to
end up being the loser. We all are fallible, we are human, forget the fact that
we are celebrities. Being a TV person doesn’t make me a super human being! If I
listen to what people are saying, I will end up getting depressed and that’s one
thing I won’t allow to happen to me
Mavin records’ songstress, Tiwa Savage and her fiance, TeeBillz have finally picked a date for their white wedding. The couple will be having their traditional marriage on the 23rd of November, in Lagos, while their white wedding will hold early next year*(February) in Maldive Islands, an island nation in the Indian ocean. Last weekend, Tiwa and TeeBillz attended Davido’s younger sister’s wedding as a couple, and next thing, the songstress took to Twitter where she tweeted about their being together. Matinee gathered that the couple’s fans are not happy at the moment following their plans to travel to India for their white wedding. Already, the wedding has become the talk of the town.Many are positing that it will be the best wedding in history. One however wonders whether it will beat the record set by Tuface and Annie when they wedded in Dubai
The ailing governor returns to the country Sunday.
After nearly a year in foreign hospitals following an air accident, Taraba state governor, Danbaba Suntai, will return to Nigeria Sunday, his family and the state government have said, triggering days of a media buzz.
Besides the initial announcement by Mr. Suntai’s wife, Hauwa, the state’s acting governor, Garba Umar, confirmed the trip on Friday, urging residents to accord the homecoming governor a stirring welcome on Sunday by 10 a.m.
Mr. Suntai will first land in Abuja, before proceeding to Jalingo where he will be received by 2 p.m., Mr. Umar said.
But associates of the governor, well aware of his condition, have told PREMIUM TIMES the plan was no different from the dramatic foreign hospitalization, and eventual return of former president, Umaru Yar’Adua, an episode that left the country on the brink of crisis.
Officials close to the governor said his condition was not normal enough to leave the rehabilitation centre, and that the trip was all inspired by an effort to “lead state by proxy”- an important marker of the Yar’Adua’s 2009/2010 chaos. Associates of late Mr. Yar’Adua virtually ruled Nigeria by proxy claiming they were receiving instructions from the former president until the Senate applied a doctrine of necessity to make then Vice President Goodluck Jonathan the Acting President.
Mr. Suntai was involved in an air crash in Yola, Adamawa State in October last year and was first flown to Germany for treatment. He was eventually transferred to the John Hopkins Hospital in the USA after one of his personal physicians back home, Zakari Aliyu, addressed the media and raised the alarm that the governor risked becoming brain-damaged except he was transferred to the U.S. for specialist treatment.
Mr. Suntai reportedly responded well to treatment at Hopkins and was able to regain the use of some of his “sensory organs”, our sources said. Top government officials including governors and ministers and even a PDP fact finding committee visited the governor and reported that he was responding to treatment.
However, none of those who visited the governor returned with a definite statement of the man’s cognitive ability to not only leave the hospital, but get back to office.
Those who spoke to PREMIUM TIMES said some associates of the governor convinced his wife, Hauwa, to fly him back to the country as he stood the risk of losing the governorship seat.
“These people are only trying to bring him back so that they will govern Taraba by proxy. I can tell you that Danbaba is not fit to come back to office. It is unfortunate that they are using him for political purpose at a time when the major concern should be for him to get back his health and come back to continue his work, it is just unfortunate,” one official said.
PREMIUM TIMES also gathered that the officials had fixed a date for Mr. Suntai’s return much earlier than now, but that his wife, close friends and relatives refused to budge.
However, when the pressure persisted including “some subtle blackmail based on religion, the first lady agreed,” said another source, also from Taraba State.
Also, Mr. Suntai’s return on Sunday, just like that of late President Yar’Adua is said to be against the advice of the hospital management who feared that he might be affected by the long flight to Nigeria.
The assurances that the governor has sufficiently recovered have hardly removed doubt from distrustful residents and indigenes of the state who believe the arrangement was a plot solely informed by political considerations and not the governor’s health.
A dimension to the drama is the allegation that a serving senator from the state is the one behind the moves to bring the governor back.
“He would not mind bringing Danbaba back so that he will anoint him as a successor,” another source said. The judgment, he said, was that even with his poor health; Mr. Danbaba still holds the ace in deciding who becomes the next governor of the state.
Already, a group, Civil Society Network against Corruption, CSNAC, has filed an FOI request asking the state commissioner of Information, Emmanuel Bello and the Taraba State government to provide evidence that Mr. Suntai had fully recovered.
The group said the evidence may include video recording of visits to him by PDP delegation and or medical report certifying him well again, as well as the details of the amount of money expended on his treatment so far.
Last night, news broke that Mike Ozekhome SAN had been kidnapped by unknown persons as he travelled on the now notorious Ehor stretch of the Benin-Auchi motorway. And with the sad news now long confirmed by the Edo State Command of the Nigeria Police Force, there has been no indication of his where-about or that his driver who was seized with him.
Ozekhome SAN, my former principal and a personal friend, is the suave, outspoken Lagos lawyer whose contributions to constitutional and public laws are well too known; and it is tragic, and if not unheard of, for anyone to have seized him, held him captive against his will. Ozekhome, like many Nigerians who are today held captive by kidnappers everywhere, doesn’t deserve the bestiality of those he has dedicated many years of his outspoken forthrightness to defend, nor does he deserve the mistreatment of gun totting scum who have seized our roads and our country. I call on those holding Ozekhome captive to release him immediately and unconditionally.
There’s a wider point to be made here. The kidnap of Ozekhome highlights the growing insecurity in Edo state and in our country; and the government and security agencies must live up to their responsibility of securing public safety. Abdul Mahmud (President, Public Interest Lawyers League, PILL) Abuja
The governor of Imo State and leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief Rochas Okorocha, has said that the former leader of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Chief Chukwuemeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu, would have joined the APC if he were still alive.
Governor Okorocha stated this on Friday while speaking in Awka, the Anambra State capital, at a rally to formally present Senator Chris Ngige as the governorship candidate of the APC in the coming Anambra governorship election.
Okorocha told the gathering at Emmaus House in Awka that he believed that APC was “a truly national party that has the interest of the Igbo as one of its cardinal pursuits,” saying “that is why I want all of you to support the party because its symbol, the broom, is a sign of Igbo identity.”
He said: “Our reverred leader, Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu, would have been the first to join APC. I say this because APC is synonymous with the welfare of the Igbo and Ojukwu was always seeking the welfare of the Igbo people.”
Okorocha, who won his governorship on the ticket of APGA, contended that “APGA is dead and what we have now is APGA-PDP and they want to extend their slavery of the Igbo people which we are out to fight against.”
According to him, numerous people from the South-East held “good national offices in the APC, including the Deputy National Chairman position occupied by Senator Annie Okonkwo.”
He said he was sure that if APC wins the presidency in 2015, “if an Igbo man does not become the vice president, he would become the Senate President or the national chairman of the APC.”
Speaking earlier, Okonkwo expressed his desire to see a president of Igbo origin in 2015, saying “the only way we can achieve that is through APC.”
Culled: Nigerian Tribune
By: Kunle AKINRINADE
She was full of life throughout the rally and was in the forefront of ensuring that many of the Lagos delegates received adequate care. She had initially planned to leave Abuja by 10 am in order to pick one of her colleagues who wanted to ride with her. She, however, changed her mind and instead left early…
UNKNOWN to many, the peace rally held by the First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan, at the Eagle Square, Abuja, penultimate Thursday ended on a tragic note. A woman leader of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Lagos State, Princess Abigael Adisa, who was part of the contingent from the state to the rally, died in a motor accident on her way back to Lagos after the rally. Five other PDP supporters, who were travelling with her, were also critically injured.
The 56-year-old woman, who until the tragic incident, was the Coordinator of Women for Change and Development Initiative (WCDI) in Ifako/Ijaiye Local Government Area, Lagos State, according to sources, had travelled to Abuja in her Toyota Sienna car. She was said to have taken active part in the mobilisation of women from the Lagos and South West zone for the event, tagged “Nigerian Women Rally for Peace and Empowerment.” She was also said to have played a prominent role in the organisation of the rally, staged under the auspices of WCDI. The late Mrs. Adisa was said to have left Abuja in the early hours of Friday August 16 with five others in her car. A truck whose driver had lost control reportedly ran into her vehicle at a spot close to some roadside fish sellers on the outskirts of the capital city. She was said to have died immediately, while the other occupants of the vehicle suffered high degrees of injuries and were rushed to the Gwagwalada General Hospital before they were transferred to a private hospital run by expatriates in Abuja. Among those injured were: Mrs. Ifeoma Chima (Ward F, Ifako/Ijaiye); Mrs. Bisi Olorunda (Oshodi/Isolo); two others simply identified as Mrs. Jimoh (Ward E Ifako/Ijaiye) and Akin, and one other unidentified person. A source, who spoke in confidence, explained that the deceased had planned to leave Abuja around 10 am penultimate Friday because a friend of hers was scheduled to travel with her. But she later
Malawi coach Tom Saintfiet is to report coach Stephen Keshi to FIFA after the Nigeria coach reportedly called him “a white dude who should go back to Belgium.”
Both coaches have been arguing since Malawi asked FIFA to move next month’s crucial World Cup qualifier from Calabar for safety reasons.
Saintfiet told BBC Sport, “It is unacceptable that any person says these words – it is clear racism. “It is 100% sure that my lawyers will lodge a complaint with FIFA.”
The row erupted earlier this month when the Football Association of Malawi (FAM) wrote to FIFA, seeking a new venue for their 7 September, 2013 Group F qualifier away to the Super Eagles – a match which Malawi, who trail Nigeria by two points, must win to progress to the play-offs.
Belgian Saintfiet told local media at the time that he was concerned about security because he claims “the UK’s Foreign & Commonwealth Office says it is a no-travel area.”
Keshi hit back shortly afterwards, saying “this is where we play our games and other countries are fine with that.”
And the Nigerian Football Federation complied with FIFA’s request for a written guarantee that the game would go ahead safely.
Keshi has now followed that up with comments on UK-based African TV show, Vox Africa’s Sports360, saying: “I think the coach of Malawi is crazy.
“If he wants to talk to FIFA, he should go back to Belgium. He is not an African person, he is a white dude, he should go back to Belgium.”
“I have never used any words like these to any coach. He has no right, who is he?
“All other countries play in Calabar. Calabar is one of the safest places in Nigeria… He is mad. I wish I could say it to his face.”
Saintfiet, who married a Zimbabwean earlier this year, told BBC Sport he is “shocked” by Keshi’s comments and he believes the former Nigeria captain’s words could also lead to trouble at the qualifier.
“These words create hate and aggression, and creates a risk ahead of the match in Calabar,” Saintfiet added.
“These comments are unacceptable and I am very sad about them. I will not say any bad words about Mr Keshi, nor Nigeria – I only spoke about moving the game.
“If FIFA takes racism seriously, then you have to take it seriously in both directions. If a European said something of this nature about an African, you would have a huge problem. “I am against racism in all directions.”
Saintfiet believes Keshi “is angry because of the request to change the venue,” but the Belgian stands by his feeling that Calabar is unsafe.
“If FIFA says it’s ok (for the match to be played in Calabar) because Nigeria will provide anti-bomb squads, then surely this is a problem at the beginning. If you need anti-bomb squads, you cannot consider the area safe. It is designated a non-travel area, high-risk area. We are not insulting anyone.”
The man, Michael, a luxury designer and businessman gave Tonto a gold customized Ipad.
She was obviously pleased with the gift her lover boy Malivelihood, as he is popularly known, gave to her and took to Twitter to express her gratitude.
She had travelled there to find a story that would launch her career as a television reporter.
Four days after arriving in the country with a photographer friend, both were taken hostage by Islamist insurgents.
While in captivity, she was “starved, beaten and sexually brutalized” according to her memoir of the 2008 saga set to be released next month.
According to the description of her book, A House in the Sky, Lindhout spent fifteen months “of harrowing captivity” after being pulled from the car in which she was travelling by a group of masked men.
During her 460-day ordeal, the aspiring reporter converted to Islam in order not to be killed, received “wife lessons” from one of her captors, and made a daring escape attempt with her fellow hostage.
Canadian Press reports that Lindhout was trussed up like an animal, tied for days with her hands and feet pulled together tightly behind her back.
In the book, Lindhout who is now 32-years-old concedes she was naive to have travelled to such a dangerous country for the thrill.
In an interview last year, she said “it was not a wise decision to make” and agrees with criticism she has faced for having travelled there.
Prior to that, she had worked as a cocktail waitress in Calgary, saving her tips for backpacking trips, then later picking up freelance reporting work in other dicey locations, including Afghanistan and Iraq, where she was hired by Iran’s English language Press TV before realizing she was “part of a propaganda machine.”
Then it was off to Somalia with an ex-boyfriend with whom she had worked in the past, Australian photographer Nigel Brennan.
“The reasons to do it seemed straightforward. Somalia was a mess. There were stories there — a raging war, an impending famine, religious extremists and a culture that had been largely shut out of sight,” she writes.
She knew it was dangerous but hoped to find a story that would launch her career.
They had only been in Somalia a few days when they got into a car with a hired fixer, driver and security guards and headed for a camp of displaced people outside the capital city of Mogadishu.
On the way, armed men stopped and dragged them from the vehicle.
It turns out the abductors were staking out their hotel, but were really targeting two men on assignment for National Geographic.
She says they were surprised when they pulled a woman out of the car.
While Lindhout and Brennan were kidnapped together, they had different experiences in captivity.
Brennan was kept in a room with windows, furniture and books to read, but Lindhout was holed up in a dark room with rats. It was simple: he was a man, she was a woman.
They both told their captors they wanted to convert to Islam. They recited the Qur’an and prayed five times each day, hoping it would provide them some protection.
Back in Canada, Lindhout’s family feared she was being sexually assaulted, but Canadian officials assured them Muslims were unlikely to do such a thing.
However, one of the kidnappers would routinely sneak into her room and force himself on her. In early 2009, Lindhout and Brennan tried an escape.
They dug bricks and metal bars out of the bathroom using only a nail clipper, allowing them to crawl out and run to a nearby mosque.
Their kidnappers chased them with guns. Nobody offered to help them, except for an older woman.
She clung to Lindhout’s arms then threw herself onto Lindhout’s body as the men dragged their hostage out of the building.
Lindhout says she later heard a gunshot echo from inside the mosque, though she says she never learned the fate of her helper.
Lindhout paid the heavy price the next day. Her captors whom she has described as teenagers placed a sheet over her head in a prayer room, stripped her naked and took turns sexually violating her.
More than a year later, in November 2009, Lindhout and Brennan were told they were being sold to a more violent group. As they were being handed over, Lindhout was so afraid, she clung to the car door and had to be forcefully pulled out.
Turns out, they were being released, as the ransom had been paid. The physical toll was heavy: broken teeth, aching ribs from being kicked, skin fungus on her face, hair failing out in clumps due to malnutrition.
While at first it appeared the Canadian and Australian governments considered giving into the kidnappers’ demands for a ransom, Lindhout and Brennan’s families eventually gave up on a government solution, hired a private hostage negotiator and paid $600,000 for their release, less than the $3 million ransom initially demanded.
The $2,000 per day hostage negotiator’s fee brought the final bill to $1.2 million. Lindhout reveals that the Canadian and Australian governments offered the abductors $250,000, which was categorized as ‘expense’ money to maintain official policies of not paying ransoms.
That amount was rejected. Lindhout writes that though she initially considered killing herself, even putting a rusty razor to her wrist, she survived the ordeal by imagining a “house in the sky” where she could embrace family and friends and eat whatever she wanted.
She made a promise to herself that, if she were ever freed, she would find a way to honour the woman who tried to save her at the mosque
She has also closed her Twitter account as sources close to her said she has “broken her public sim”.
She made a confession about an ‘abuse’ by the man of God whom she accused of “playing the ‘don’t touch the anointed one’ card” as they began the illicit affair.
For the most part, Nigerians have sympathised with Ese Walter and in general criticised the immoral clergymen.
This as the nation awaits the pastor’s rejoinder.
All the same, some blamed the lady with even others dismissing her story as lame and fictitious. Perhaps the backlash has taken a toll on her already thus the reason why she’s decided to close her Facebook and Twitter accounts.
It will be interesting to hear the pastor’s version of events and put the issue into perspective.
By SAM ANOKAM
After seven months of undergoing treatment for Lymphoma, a type of cancer of the blood, in Platinum Medical Centre, Wellington , London , Nwachukwu Ozioko, popularly known as Vast of the singing group, Bracket is back. He returned to the country last week and was treated to a grand reception by his friends. In this interview,Vast who is still recuperating recounts how he battled with the deadly disease and came out alive.
*Nwachukwu Ozioko (Vast)
How did it happen?
I don’t know what to say, but first of all, I want to give thanks to God. I was very sick. Before I went to the hospital, I attended a couple of shows. I wondered how I was able to perform at the shows because I was seriously ill. My partner, Obumneme Ali a.k.a Smash and I had series of shows and in a situation where payment has been made, I had no option than to grace the stage. We decided to round off our shows late last year in order to enable me take care of my health in 2013. But unfortunately, up till January, this year, we were still going for concerts. We even had to travel to Australia to stage a concert.
Then, I was visiting one of the hospitals in Lagos, and that was where I was diagnosed. They carried out all the medical examinations, and when the results came out, the Haematologist advised me to seek for further treatment abroad.
If you have travelled to America or any Schengen country within two years, you can apply for a Priority Visa and we were qualified to do so. We applied and within four days, the visa came out. We met a friend in the UK who introduced us to his brother who is a Medical Doctor. He assisted us and we met a Haematologist who advised that I should re-run all the tests again.
The only thing we didn’t do was the surgery which I did back home before I was diagnosed of suffering from blood cancer. After everything, they started with the treatment they called ‘Bone Marrow’. It wasn’t an easy one, it was very difficult. I thought I would loose all the blood in my body but thank God I survived it. After a week, I started having complications, I had to return to the hospital to have blood transfusion after which I felt better. We spent a lot of money. At a point, I was hopeless and was only praying to God for His mercies.
After the second chemotherapy, I started exercising because the doctor advised me to do regular exercise. However, it was after the third chemotherapy that the pictures I took while in the hospital leaked. By then, I was already bouncing back to life because I passed through the valley of the shadow of death. After the fourth chemotherapy, we shot a video, ‘Temperature’ in London .
I didn’t even know I could do that. I initially thought the cycle would be six but before the fifth chemotherapy, the doctor informed us that it was going to be eight. I got confused at that point and even doubted what they were doing. I thought they just wanted to milk me because it was expensive. My manager, partner and Chief Executive Office however encouraged me to complete the treatment.
I was only going to the hospital, then to the gymnasium and back to the house. After the seventh chemo, I was told to do a Lumber Punch- they would have to inject my spine. It was done after the fifth chemo and it was very painful. I thought I would be paralysed. I was told the Lumber Punch was necessary to prevent the disease from getting to the brain. At that point, our account was almost in the red.
Luckily, a friend known as Ugonna came to London during my third chemo and was moved when he heard that we had accommodation problem. He later gave us some money to look for one. Ugonna was the only person that assisted me financially apart from the prayers and encouragement of my fans and the media. I did the Lumber Punch and lost a lot of blood.
Two days after, I went to get another chemo. When one undergoes chemo, it kills both the good and the bad cells and flushes out all the blood in your system. So, you have to be refreshing. Imagine losing so much blood after the Lumber Punch and after the chemo. I was almost a dead person.My colour overnight. I remembered what the doctor told me that cancer is not the problem but the treatment.
After a week and a half, I started exercising, taking juice and everything that would help build my blood again. I was finally cleared from the hospital and I thank God for His mercies. A lot of people came to our house to rejoice with us when we returned to the country during the week. I want to thank them. The likes of P-Square, Jimmy Jatt, Dammy Krane, KCee, Chidinma, Illbliss, JMartins and many others.
What kind of cancer did you have?
I had Lymphoma. It is a blood cancer. When I asked the doctor what could the cancer of the blood, he said, nobody knows the cause for now. According to him, it’s like a situation where a dark complexion couple making a baby and the baby turns out to be an albino and if you are asked to explain why, you cannot tell.
I must say that when I was hospitalised, my partner was doing a good job. He would call the producer and they would make a beat and send it to me. He even made the chorus. I picked one of the songs when I came back and hit the studio. We did one of the tracks, it was fantastic. We did another song and it was good as well, all within two days.
Vast and Smash
During the seven months of your ordeal, what kept you going?
What kept me going was God. Before I went for the treatment, I saw myself dying slowly. We got the visa and contacted the Medical Doctor that attended to us. It was no doubt the handiwork of God. This doctor handles only cancer related cases.My family, my manager, partner and CEO were there for me. We travelled together. They made sure I was well taken care of, while my ordeal lasted.
Interestingly, when the picture I took while in the hospital leaked, I was reading the outpour of love, prayers and soothing words from my fans. Some of them even said, they would die if I die. Then the press guys were there for me. They were keeping tabs of my progress and informing my fans duly. All of these, did a whole lot in keeping me going. That’s why I got the courage and I know that it has always been God, my family, the media and my fans.
What have you learnt from your experience?
I learnt that life is very precious. No matter what you do and wherever you are, don’t look down on anybody because you don’t know who will help you tomorrow. Another thing is that you don’t have to be scared of death. You have to face the challenge. Live a normal life. If you are scared of death, you will die. At a point, when I got very scared, the sickness came in full force, but when I started picking courage, it subsided and I recovered.
After 91 days of unstoppable fun and drama, the stage is set again to crown a winner as the grand finale of the Big Brother Africa-The Chase reality TV show holds this Sunday, in South Africa.
Two Nigeria’s representatives, Beverley and Melvin are among the five Housemates who will be contending for the USD300,000 prize money.
Beverley and Melvin made it to the final after Ethiopia’s Bimp and South Africa’s Angelo were evicted during last Sunday’s live eviction show. Their departure leaves Beverley, Melvin, Cleo, Dillish and Elikem in contention for the USD300 000 prize. This year’s edition has been punctuated with lots of intrigues, drama and sex. Nonetheless, it has been fun all the way.
Some viewers have opined that the battle is between Melvin and Cleo, while many others tipped Melvin or Beverly. However, as it stands, it could be anyone’s money.
South Africa’s Angelo became the 22nd housemate to be evicted, bringing an end to the final couple in the House – Bengelo. It has been an unpredictable season with some of the promising characters and entertaining personalities crashing out of the game before they could say BBA.
Meanwhile, with the intrigues that pervade the show this year, whoever wins tomorrow will evoke no reaction. Africa seems to be rooting for Melvin or Elikem . The end will definitely justify the means!
By Uju Mbanusi
A 25- year- old man, Ifeanyi Ofoegbu, was recently arrested by the Police in Bariga area of Lagos, for parading himself as a military man and terrorizing his neighborhood.
It was gathered that the suspect who hails from Anambra state, moved into an apartment in a compound at No. 9, Shokunbi- Bariga a few years back, and started trading in second –hand clothes which he brought from Cotonou in Benin Republic and sells them at Yaba market, Warri in Delta State and Benin in Edo State.
According to one of his neighbors who agreed to speak with Crime Guard on condition of anonymity, the suspect was a well behaved young man, who showed respect to everyone that crossed his part. This endeared him to his neighbors. All went well, until sometime in 2011, when his neighbors noticed a dramatic negative change in his character. The once adored Ifeanyi, suddenly became Ifeanyi the neighborhood terror.
“When Ifeanyi moved into this compound a couple of years ago, other neighbors referred to him as my son, and that was how I took interest in him. We all admired him because of his respectful character; he played with the children and bought gifts for them. There was never a dull moment in the compound when ever he was around. About two years ago, we noticed a sudden change in his character.
“He became violent and fought any body that he thought provoked him, irrespective of who the person was. Even the children in the neighborhood were not spared. He beats them up at the slightest excuse, and waits for their parents or guardian to accost him, during which he will either pick up a bottle or any dangerous object in sight, threatening to use it on them. He boasted loudly that nothing would happen to him, as he was a military man.
“This baffled us, because we did not know when he joined the army. We knew him as a second hand clothes dealer who shuttled between Cotonou and Nigeria. He also stopped his trading at that point. Most times when he wants to make trouble, he would put on a military uniform and would intimidate and assault people. We avoided him due to this. The Landlord invited his elder brother on several occasions to caution him, but his efforts went futile. At one instance, Ifeanyi chased his elder brother out of the compound, warning him not to ever come advising him again, if he wants to be at peace with him,”stated the elderly man.
Crime Guard gathered that the incident that led to his arrest was based on a clash with the Landlord of the house and other tenants over the disconnection of electricity in their apartment on the 15th of August, 2013. Before then, the suspect had allegedly attacked some children playing near a fish pond in the compound. He reportedly told the landlord that if he failed to call the children to order, he would snuff life out of them and dump their bodies in the pond.
According to another neighbor who also spoke on condition of anonymity, “On the 14th of August 2013, a neighbor moved out of the compound and in the process of removing his air conditioner, disconnected some of the electrical wires. This affected some of the rooms as they had to go without light until it was re-connected.
The next day, being the 15th of August, Ifeanyi returned from where ever he went to and, instead of cooperating with the Landlord and affected tenants to find a solution to the development, he went to the circuit and removed the fuss, thereby disconnecting the whole occupants of the building.. Knowing who he was, some of us pleaded with him, but he would not listen.
“This prompted the Landlord to call in the Police. When the Police arrived, he went and put on his military uniform. He refused to re-connect the wire when the Police asked him to do so, nor go to the station with the Police, claiming that as a military man, he can not answer to any other authority except his Commandant. He also refused to show an identity card to buttress his claims.
The Police left after ordering him to report to the station in two hours. He went there and claimed he was a private in the military attached to Ikorodu division, but dispatched to Somolu/Bariga area to help maintain peace and order. The DPO then placed a call across to the Commandant at the water side, who said he does not have any body that goes by that name among his men. After some insistence on the phone with the Military officer that he was attached to his Command, the officer drove down to the Police station to see things for himself. In fact, there was jubilation in the neighborhood after he was arrested by the police, “he said.
Crime Guard gathered that there was mild drama at the Bariga Police station when the water side Military Commandant got to the station and was confronted with an unknown face. Seeing that his game was up, the culprit gave in and confessed that he was not in the Military. This made the DPO to order his immediate arrest and detention.
The culprit, thereafter, led some Police men to his abode where various ATM cards belonging to other individuals and some military camouflage uniforms and some parks of India hemp were recovered. The case has since been charged to court and he was subsequently sentenced to prison after he pleaded guilty to the charges brought against him.
Not fewer than 50 gunmen suspected to be members of the Boko Haram sect launched a vicious attack on Dumba village on the outskirts of Baga town in Kukawa Council of Borno State, killing about 44 people by slitting their throats without firing a single gunshot.
Baga is on the shores of Lake Chad and 230 kilometres north of Maiduguri, the state capital.
This happened just as the Joint Task Force (JTF) in Maiduguri, Friday said the emergency rule has improved the security situation in the metropolis.
Also, the JTF and members of Borno Vigilance Youth Group (BVYG) had on Thursday shot dead two suspected Boko Haram sect members in women’s dresses at the Njimtilo village of Maiduguri, while fleeing to Konduga town, where 47 people were recently killed by the suspected gunmen.
An eyewitness also said that besides the killing of the villagers, several house were torched by the attackers, while 25 villagers sustained injuries.
The Guardian learnt that rescue workers of the Nigeria Red Cross (NRC) have arrived the area from Maiduguri to provide medical services to the survivors of the attack.
According to an NRC source: “When our rescue team reached the village on Thursday, some of the eyes of victims had been removed by the gunmen and we don’t know the motives behind removing such organs after the victims had been killed.
“The attack occurred in the early hours of Wednesday before we rushed to the village, near Baga town, where over 150 people were killed by the same Boko Haram sect members last April.”
The source further disclosed that NRC Medicine Frontier officials were attending to the injured victims, adding that the village has been deserted and the people are taking refuge at the Baga Central Primary School.
An official of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) also confirmed the incident, saying the agency had equally mobilised to the area to assess the situation.
According to him, the agency would today set up camps for the resettlement of displaced Dumba villagers at the primary school.
Spokesman of the Joint Task Force (JTF), Lt. Col Sagir Musa confirmed the incident Friday in Maiduguri.
Musa, who earlier told The Guardian that there has been “consistent improvement in the level of security in Maiduguri metropolis since the emergency rule,” despite the inconveniences, fears and loss of revenue incurred by some residents of the state, could not give details on the number of casualties in the Dumba attack and the measure the security task is taking to prevent further attacks and killings.
On whether the security agencies’ outpost stations are functional enough to protect people’s lives and property, Musa said: “Even in terms of security, most of the police stations, duty outposts of police, Customs and Immigrations that were closed are now re-opened.
“Schools and banks that were not working before in villages and towns are also being opened to students, teachers and customers.
“God’s willing, all security agencies, particularly the JTF, will continue to maintain the momentum, and ensure that there will be no breakdown of law and order in this state, as witnessed previously.”
Speaking on whether the emergency rule has protected more lives and property, the spokesman said: “If you look at the security situation in Maiduguri metropolis and its environs for the last one month, specifically from May 14, 2013 when the state of emergency was declared by Mr. President, there have been consistent improvements in the level of security. This is why you are seeing improvement in the level of social and economic activities in Maiduguri metropolis.”
The arrested terrorists, who disguised as females, were according to a vigilance youth, Babakura Isa arrested at Njimtilo village, in a “stop and search” operation on the Maiduguri-Damaturu road at about 8.35pm on Thursday.
He said after the arrests, the two suspects were handed over to the sector commander of JTF that night for further investigation. Isa told also The Guardian that they wore pink brassieres and wore veils to avoid being arrested by JTF and youths.
Lt. Col Musa confirmed the capture and killing of two terror suspects on the Maiduguri-Damaturu road.
FORT MEADE (AFP) – A military court sentenced US soldier Bradley Manning to 35 years in jail Wednesday for handing secret government documents to WikiLeaks, resulting in America’s biggest-ever security breach.The judgment was initially met with silence in the courtroom, but Manning later said in a statement that he was ready to serve his time, “knowing that sometimes you have to pay a heavy price to live in a free society.”The 25-year-old army private could be freed on parole within a decade and his lawyer David Coombs said he would ask President Barack Obama to pardon him “or at the very least commute his sentence.”The White House sidestepped the appeal, saying only that were it to be received by the president, it “will be considered … like any other.”Manning supporters protesting outside Fort Meade, the US Army base that hosted his trial, were dismayed at the sentence, despite it being much lower than the 60 years demanded by prosecutors.But Manning’s most high-profile champion, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, declared Wednesday’s ruling a “significant tactical victory” for his anti-secrecy cause.He said Obama’s administration had intended to intimidate other “people of conscience,” such as fugitive US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden, and that this had “spectacularly backfired.”“As a result, there will be a thousand more Bradley Mannings,” Assange said in London, where he has been holed up in the Ecuadoran embassy for more than a year to avoid questioning in a Swedish sex crime inquiry.WikiLeaks recently also lent its support to Snowden, a former US National Security Agency contractor who passed secret documents to Britain’s Guardian newspaper and other media outlets.Snowden, whose US passport has been revoked, was recently granted temporary asylum in Russia, fleeing a US bid to prosecute him.Coombs said that Manning’s hefty sentence would undoubtedly send a “chilling” message to other leakers.“If he were my client at this point, I would tell him that the current environment is not one that is friendly to whistleblowers,” Coombs said, when asked if Snowden should have reasonable cause to fear a return to America.Manning appeared ashen-faced moments before he heard his fate. The judge, Colonel Denise Lind, delivered her verdict in a less than two-minute statement in which she said the soldier would be demoted to the army’s lowest rank.Manning will serve his sentence in military custody before being dishonorably discharged. He has spent most of his detention at Fort Leavenworth military base in Kansas where he was expected to return Wednesday night.Under military law, Manning is eligible for parole on completion of one-third of his sentence. His imprisonment will be shortened by a total of 1,294 days for time already served plus a credit he received for unduly harsh detention at the US Marine Corps brig in Quantico, Virginia.Manning’s 35-year sentence will automatically be reviewed in the Army Court of Criminal Appeal.The pale-faced soldier was convicted of espionage and other crimes last month, having earlier admitted being the source for WikiLeaks of hundreds of thousands of battlefield reports from the US wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and confidential diplomatic cables.Publication of the documents caused deep embarrassment to the United States and rankled American allies, prompting warnings from government officials that US troops and intelligence sources had been jeopardized.Army lawyers had pressed for a much longer sentence, arguing that significantly more jail time would send a strong warning to people about the penalties for bringing classified information into the public domain.Coombs, however, had appealed for leniency, and reiterated Wednesday his determination to see his client freed.“This fight is not over. My representation of him at a court martial may end but my representation of him in ensuring that he one day, and one day very soon, walks out of Fort Leavenworth has only just begun,” Coombs said.Manning was a junior intelligence analyst at a US base near Baghdad when he handed over the data — about 700,000 documents — to WikiLeaks.He was arrested in Iraq in 2010 and has since been held in military custody.The most notorious material that he brought to light was graphic cockpit footage of two US Apache attack helicopters opening fire and killing 12 people in Baghdad in 2007.Manning, a hero to supporters who regard him as a whistleblower who lifted the lid on America’s foreign policy, said he had been horrified by the callous remarks of a pilot who branded the victims “those dead bastards.”Though found guilty of 20 of the 22 offenses leveled against him, Manning was cleared of the most serious charge, that of “aiding the enemy” — in this case, Al-Qaeda.The American Civil Liberties Union said Wednesday’s sentence was sad for Manning but also sad “for all Americans who depend on brave whistleblowers and a free press for a fully informed public debate.”
Benin – Gov. Adams Oshiomhole of Edo said he would sign the death warrants of convicts who killed their victims.
Oshiomhole gave this assurance in Benin on Thursday when members of the Conference of Non-Governmental Organisations (CONGOs) paid him a courtesy visit.
“There are seven convicts whose cases are being reviewed. I will sign the death warrant of any of them, especially kidnappers, found to have killed any of their victims.
“I believe that those who kill by the sword should also die by the sword.’’
Oshiomhole said that signing convicts’ death warrants was a signal to other criminals that the State was a wrong place for criminal activities.
He said that the non-execution of convicted criminals in the last 15 to 20 years had not led to reduction in criminality in the state.
He, however, said that the government was proposing to the state legislature that if kidnappers released their victims unharmed and without raping them, such kidnappers should be given life imprisonment.
Oshiomhole also said that if the need arose, the Edo Government would make law to protect the girl-child from underage marriage.
He, however, pointed out that the girl-child marriage was not an issue in the state, adding that the problem with Nigeria was not in making laws but implementing them.
The governor said that there was the need to strengthen the partnership between the Edo government and NGOs.
Earlier, the President of CONGOs, Mr Jude Obasami, said although CONGOs condemn kidnapping and other crimes, Edo government `should apply human face’ with regards to signing death warrants.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls media reports on July 23 that Oshiomhole signed the death warrants of four criminals and were executed in Benin.
The next day, his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Peter Okhiria, however, denied that Oshiomhole ever signed such warrants. (NAN)
The Upper Area Court II, Gombe, has ordered David, a 25-year-old, undergraduate to pay the sum of N80,000 to his fiancée, Binta Williams, as part of claims for the ‘damages’ which he inflicted on her within the two years in which they co-habited as lovers.
Williams had accused David as having “camped and used” her for almost two years in his room, while promising to marry her. The accused, confessed that he impregnated Binta twice and aborted the pregnancies, while promising to marry her, but had pled with her that she would have to wait for him to graduate within three years.
Williams revealed to the court that the accused had harassed her and thrown her belongings away, telling her that the “relationship is over,” and that despite all her efforts to resolve issues, he did not want to see her again. Williams also said that she had reported him to the nearest police station for them to be reconciled.
“He used and dumped me, after sleeping with me for quite long; he said he would marry me, but he didn’t. Now, I am claiming damages of humanity,” Wiliams told the court.
Binta prayed the court to make David pay her the sum of N500,000 for the damages, but the judge, Alhaji Salihu Baffa, advisedly ruled that the accused pay her the above mentioned amount.
BY LEVINUS NWABUGHIOGU
Second Republic lawmaker, Dr. Junaidu Mohammed, yesterday, lambasted the trio of Mohammed Abba-Gana, Ameh Ebute and Lawrence Onoja for asking the North to tarry till 2019 before angling for power shift to the region, calling them political mercenaries.
Mohammed also stated there will be mayhem in Nigeria should President Goodluck Jonathan and the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, rig the 2015 election.
It will be recalled that Gana, a former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, and PDP chieftain from Borno State, Ebute, a former senator in aborted third republic from Benue State and Onoja who himself was a soldier and military administrator of Plateau and Katsina states, had made solidarity comments for President Jonathan’s second term in office, asking the north to wait till 2019.
Speaking with Vanguard in a telephone chat, Mohammed, who is also the National Coordinator of the Coalition of Northern Politicians, Academics, Professionals and Businessmen, said Gana, Ebute and Onoja were not speaking for the north but serving their own self-interests to earn themselves a place in Jonathan’s Presidency.
Calling him a political mercenary and sheer minority from the Middle North, Mohammed particularly regretted that Onoja, who had a commendable career in the military and presided over the affairs of two northern states, Plateau and Katsina, could now stoop so low to play politics of tribes and religion.
He said Onoja lacked the temerity to speak for the north, having been a serial loser of elections since he debuted into politics.
He said: “First of all, I have some respect for Onoja, he is a soldier and now trying to be a politician. But I think it’s an insult for people with similar background, opportunity, soldiers who play like mercenaries, as a former Governor of Plateau and Katsina states, who are now rediscovering politics like a business and who can pose or could claim to speak for any part of the country”.
“It is on record that Onaja has contested elections in the past, including the last election we had in 2011 and he lost. In fact, he lost to Senator David Mark, the President of the Senate. So, if Onaja and his likes were to claim to speak for the whole Middle Belt, that in my view is questionable, uncharitable and utter shamelessness.
“For one, even in Benue, the tribes he comes from, the Idomas are minority. The majority ethnic group in Benue is the Tivs who are about 55 percent of the population of Benue State and within the remaining 45 percent, his own tribe constitutes less than 20 percent.
“Even within that, the Idomas are a constellation of so many tribal groups. There are about seven or eight identified tribal groups of the Idomas. So for a man with that background both personally and a group background to claim to speak for the Middle Belt is sheer nonsense.
“What he was referring to, I don’t even have the courage to say it, is the claim by some of the politically ambitious and opportunistic people in the Middle Belt who claim that every northern minority is automatically a Middle Belter.
“They include people from Kebbi, Adamawa and Yobe states, including Borno. So, in effect, what they are saying is that any northerner who is a Christian must be a member of the Middle Belt Forum. And that is sheer nonsense.
“They claim that anybody who is so, so, and so, automatically is so, so, and so, is sheer nonsense. The ACF who is Arewa Consultative Forum claims that every Northerner is automatically a member of ACF.
“If that were to be the case, then, there is no body who is a member of ACF. If everybody is a member of any group, then nobody is a member of that group.
The most valued claim in being a member, it must be done openly. People must go and identify themselves in the group rather than stay on the sideline and talk rubbish.”
Mohammed also took swipe at Gana and Ebute, saying they, like Onoja, displayed religious chauvinism through his recent statement, were all seeking various appointments in Jonathan’s government.
According to Mohammed, the fact that the northern elites hailed from the zone by ‘accident of geography does not make them mouthpiece of the zone.
He stressed that they were doing their “dirty jobs in the Jonathan’s presidency’.
He said: “The fact of the matter is that they are northerners by accident of geography but define their economic interests now, that has been served by identifying and doing their dirty job in the Jonathan Presidency.”
With a voice laced with seriousness, the former lawmaker said there would be mayhem in the country should Jonathan rig his way through in 2015.
”Let me say this, if without the consent of the law, they rig the election the way they rigged 2011 election, there will be mayhem in Nigeria.
“The only way he can be President against the law explicitly is to connive with the way he did with Jega’s INEC to rig the election and that has been the pattern since 1999 when Obasanjo came. It hasn’t changed.
“The only way PDP will win election anywhere is by rigging the election. If they do that in 2015, there will be mayhem in Nigeria,” he warned.
Popular Yoruba actress, Toyin Adegbola well known as Toyin Asewo To Re Mecca, has been blessed with a political appointment in Osun State by the state governor, Rauf Aregbesola.
The actress was made a member of the board of Osun State Arts and Culture Council.
It was gathered that her appointment was announced to her by the Secretary to the Osun State Government. She has now joined her other colleague, Ifayemi Elebuibon, who is the Vice Chairman of the same board.
We refer to reports today Thursday 22nd August 2013 in some major national dailies including ThisDay and The Nations Newspapers that his Excellency Mr. Danbaba Danfulani Suntai is set to return to Nigeria over the coming weekend after having been absent for 10 months of Medicare due to severe injuries he sustained in a ghastly plane crash on the October
THE COMMISSIONER OF INFORMATION
TARABA STATE GOVERNMENT
TARABA STATE GOVERNMENT HOUSE
REQUEST FOR OFFICIAL INFORMATION ON THE STATE OF HEALTH AND MEDICAL TREATMENT OF THE TARABA STATE GOVERNOR DANBABA DANFULANI SUNTAI
Civil Society Network Against Corruption (CSNAC) is a coalition of over hundred and fifty Anti- corruption organizations whose primary aim is to constructively combat corruption vigorously and to ensure the effective monitoring of the various Anti-graft agencies in its activities in the fight against corruption and to enthrone transparency, accountability, probity, and total commitment in the fight to eradicate corruption in Nigeria.
We refer to reports today Thursday 22nd August 2013 in some major national dailies including ThisDay and The Nations Newspapers that his Excellency Mr. Danbaba Danfulani Suntai is set to return to Nigeria over the coming weekend after having been absent for 10 months of Medicare due to severe injuries he sustained in a ghastly plane crash on the October 25th, 2012.
If this is true, then we wish to start by felicitating with the Government and people of Taraba State on the reported recovery and we consider this miraculous indeed giving the very severe head injuries he was reported to have suffered. As a matter of fact, the report available in the public domain hitherto has been that the ailing governor has sustained irreparable damages to his mental faculty which may render him unfit to continue to serve his people as the head of government.
Honourable Commissioner sir, you would be aware of a popular saying that where timely and credible information is lacking, lies, rumours and conjectures fill the vacuum. We wish to note that the failure thus far of the Government of Taraba State to come out with facts and evidences to support same, about the true state of health of Mr. Governor, has left rooms for conjectures and speculations. We dare say, that such conjectures and speculations are not healthy for our polity, given the trauma this Country underwent during the unfortunate political manipulations that prevailed in the final period of the sickness and eventual death of Late President Umaru Musa Yar Adua.
There have been concerns expressed that we might be witnessing a repeat of history in the case of Governor Suntai and that while in truth, the man is no longer medically fit to resume his duties as governor, some people are bent on clinging to political relevance through the act of public deceit. Besides, there are also serious allegations that the Government of the State and some powerful individuals in politics might be fraudulently lining their pockets under the pretense of securing the best available medical treatment for the ailing governor. Humongous amount of money is rumored to have been expended on this venture in the last 10 months of the treatment. Whilst we do not place monetary value on the life and health of the ailing Governor or indeed that of any person at all, public funds must nonetheless be judiciously applied and properly accounted for.
To this extent and in a bid to uphold the values of transparency and accountability in governance and public life, we hereby request, by virtue of sec 2,3, and 4 of the Freedom Of Information(FOI) Act, that the Taraba State Government make available to us and by extension the general public, the following;
Evidence(s) to proof that Governor Danbaba Danfulani Suntai has fully recovered, and this may include video recording of visits to him by PDP delegation and or medical report certifying him well again.
Details of the amount of money expended on his treatment so far.
We would appreciate if this requested information is made available to us within one week from the receipt of this letter.
Thank you for your understanding and anticipated response.
Former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, Professor Chukwuma Soludo, seems determined to participate in the forthcoming gubernatorial election in Anambra state. This is as the finance expert on Thursay, approached an Abuja High Court to challenge his disqualification by the All Progressives
Grand Alliance, APGA.
APGA’s screening panel on August 16, disqualified Soludo and five other aspirants from participating in the party’s governorship primaries election in the state for various reasons.
The Alhaji Tayo Sowunmi-led Committee had screened the 14 aspirants last Friday and disqualified six of them including; Soludu, Mr Oseloka Obaze, Dr Chike Obidigbo, Chief Chinedu Idigo, Chief Tony Nnacheta and Mr Emma Nweke.
They were dropped for non-possession of voter’s card, tax clearance, lack of evidence of sound financial muscle, and unresolved issue with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.
In his motion, Soludo applied for a judicial review of his disqualification by the screening committee that was set up by APGA to ascertain the suitability of candidates that applied to fly its flag in the coming election.
He is praying the court to set aside the decision of the committee denying him the opportunity to vie for the Anambra Governorship seat on APGA platform.
Justice Peter Affen, in his ruling overruled the oral submission of APGA counsel, Ezechukwu O., who had contested the jurisdiction of the court.
The judge said that the matter can be entertained in the Federal Capital Territory, being the headquarters of the party.
He ordered him to file further affidavits, citing authorities of cases heard outside the jurisdiction of the cause of action and adjourned till today.
Recall that Soludo, through his spokesperson had earlier accepted the decision of the Committee saying that it was for the interest of the party.
The police have commenced investigations into the murder of a 72-year-old man, Alhaji Abdulkareem Kadiru, in Ijora Badia area of Lagos State.
According to the police, the victim was killed in error by an Oodua Peoples Congress member, Ismaila Rahmon, who was in charge of security at a school where a Ramadan event took place.
Rahman allegedly killed the Alhaji with a gun he seized from an armed robber but failed to turn it over to the police.
PUNCH Metro learnt that on August 4, 2013, Rahmon and another OPC member, identified simply as Obasanjo, had gone to provide security for the victim and other dignitaries at the event.
It was gathered that Kadiru was a generous man and because of his nature, touts usually surrounded him and sang his praises so that he would give them money
Rahmon was said to have opened fire in a bid to disperse the touts.
It was learnt that after the hoodlums fled, the suspect started hailing Kadiru, shouting Tuale (a local slang to show respect).
He allegedly shot into the air again to salute the victim. The bullet, however, killed Kadiru in error.
The 30-year-old suspect said, “I sell shirts at Oluwole and I am also a part-time Yoruba movie actor. I have starred in three films but I do not get paid because I am an apprentice. In order to make ends meet, I joined the OPC and I earn N12, 000 a month.
“On the day Alhaji was killed, Obasanjo and I went to a secondary school in the area to provide security for influential personalities who came there for Ramadan benevolence programme where they donated items to members of the community.
“When Alhaji arrived, I escorted his vehicle into the compound and touts stormed the school in order to extort money from him. I had been told that area boys would come so I came to the school with a gun. When I attempted to disperse the hoodlums and they refused to go, I shot into the air. I also attempted to give Tuale (salute) to Alhaji with another gunshot because I wanted him to give me money. It was in the process that the bullet hit him in his head.”
The native of Kwara State said after Alhaji fell to the ground, area boys gathered and beat him up.
Our correspondent learnt that the area boys would have lynched him if not for the timely intervention of policemen.
”The area boys beat me up and collected all the money on me which was about N20,000. They seized my phone, kicked me in the penis many times and inflicted wounds on my head. It was the police that saved me from death. The policemen that came arrested me and took me to their station,” he said.
When asked if he was licensed and trained to use a weapon, the suspect said, “I was trained by OPC to use weapons. But I have never used a gun publicly before the incident. The gun did not belong to me; it belonged to an armed robber that I arrested some months ago.”
The suspect, who claimed to be the breadwinner of his family, pleaded with the police to let him go as he did not kill the victim deliberately.
“I have three children and my wife sells bread. I am pleading with the police and Alhaji’s family to forgive me,” he said.
The Police Public Relations Officer, Ngozi Braide, confirmed the killing to our correspondent on the telephone.
She said, “The matter is under investigation at the State Criminal Investigation Department, Yaba. The suspect would soon be charged to court.”