Man rapes mother in Imo, blames alcohol

Man rapes mother in Imo, blames alcohol

Gibson Achonu, Owerri

The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Imo State Command, has arrested one Paul Ihuaku for allegedly raping his mother.

PUNCH Metro gathered that 45-year-old Ihuaku hails from Umueke Ezagbogu in the Ezinihitte Mbaise Local Government Area of Imo State.

Briefing journalists on Thursday, the state Commandant of the NSCDC, Mr Raji Ibrahim, said the suspect was arrested by the operatives of the corps following a tip-off.

It was gathered that after the incident, the mother reported the suspect to the youth in the area, who apprehended him and alerted men of the corps.

“The men of the command later proceeded to the residence of the suspect and arrested him,” he added.

Fielding questions from journalists, the suspect confessed to the crime, adding that he was under the influence of alcohol.

“After drinking on that fateful evening, there was a heavy downpour and I could not resist the urge for sex; so, I had to use a local pistol to threaten my mother to submission and I later raped her,” Ihuaku stated.

Asked if he was married, the suspect said he did not have the means yet, as he was not doing anything tangible.

“I was not bewitched. I was under the influence of alcohol,” he added.

It was also gathered that the incident took place in the village house the suspect is living in with his mother.

The mother (name withheld) confessed that the incident was the second time.

She said, “I was in the kitchen and saw him (Ihuaku) with a pistol. He used it to threaten me. He told me that he would kill me. I could not do anything other than to beg him to drop the gun.

“It was in the process that he threw me on the ground and it (rape) happened.

“I had to call on the youth the next morning, as the incident happened when it was already dark and damp. The youth later went to the NSCDC headquarters in Itu to report him, hence his arrest.”

EKSU lecturer caught pants down with student

EKSU lecturer caught pants down with student

By Rotimi Ojomoyela, Ado-Ekiti

A lecturer at Ekiti State University, Ado -Ekiti has been caught pants down while allegedly attempting to have carnal knowledge of one his students.

In a 29-second video clip which has gone viral on social media, the lecturer who is in the Accounting Department, was seen nude.

Some female students of the varsity who were believed to have laid siege to the residence of the female student were seen dragging the embattled lecturer out of a room.

Investigations revealed that the lady’s boy friend and his friends were said to have informed the lady to play along with the lecturer when he made overtures to her in exchange for marks.

Judging by the the claim of a voice in the video, the scene of the incident was the state capital, Ado Ekiti.

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According to the video, an audible voice chatted: “This is a lecturer of EKSU. He wants to have S*x with a student”. The voice said a lot of unprintable things laying bare the escapades of the randy lecturer.

While making mockery and torturing the lecturer, one of the boys was seen pressing a powered electronic device to on his body .

The lecturer was screaming and begging the students for mercy.

He was not spared as he was beaten black and blue by the students when he was trying to resist being pulled out from the room naked.

Meanwhile, the female student was the one who uploaded the video clip on her Whatsap, captioning it :“I am not sending oh, he wants to f**k fresh pu**y.

Some students of the institution who spoke with Saturday Vanguard confirmed the identity of the lecturer in the video as a popular person, though expressed their reservations about act.

They, however, revealed that the lecturer was not alone in the game of intimidating female students to have rump with them.

They said most lecturers in the institution were in the habit of abusing and taking undue advantage of ladies hence the need for investigation into the matter and sanction on the lecturer.

They said there are several cases of such in the school but most victims were not bold enough to expose them.

Efforts to contact the lecturer was unsuccessful as his line was switched off.

However, EKSU authorities and police had said they were not aware of the incident.

Credit: Vanguard

Supreme Court sacks Niger Senator

Supreme court sacks Umaru, declares Musa senator for Niger East

By Bridget Chiedu Onochie,

The Supreme Court, yesterday, declared Alhaji Mohammed Sani Musa winner of the Niger East Senatorial election. The apex court also set aside the April 8 judgment of the Court of Appeal, Abuja Division, which declared the ex-chairman of Senate Committee on Justice, Human Rights and Legal Matters, Senator David Umaru, the valid candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and winner of the election.
In a unanimous judgment, the five-man panel of the Supreme Court, led by Justice Ibrahim Muhammad, upheld arguments by Musa’s legal team, led by Chief Wole Olanipekun (SAN), to the effect that Musa, the actual candidate for the election, won the APC primary election.

The apex court upheld the appeal filed by Musa and affirmed the February 7 judgment by Justice Folashade Giwa-Ogunbanjo of the Federal High Court, Abuja, which declared Musa the validly nominated candidate of the APC for the election.

Justice Olukayode Ariwoola, in the lead judgment, faulted the Court of Appeal’s finding that the case was statute barred. Justice Ariwoola upheld Olanipekun’s argument that the suit was filed at the trial court within time and that the Court of Appeal was in error to have held that the cause of action was the outcome of the primary election, saying the course of action, as argued by the appellant, was the submission of Umaru’s name to INEC, instead of Musa, who won the primary.

Olanipekun, who led Lateef Fagbemi (SAN) and Ahmed Raji (SAN), for the appellant, had, while arguing the appeal on May 17, prayed the court to uphold the appeal and restore the judgment of the Federal High Court in favour of the appellant, arguing that the Court of Appeal was in error when it held that the appellant was out of time and that the cause of action arose from the day the primary was held.

Olanipekun said: “The appellant could not have complained about the primary election that he won. The cause of action accrued when the first respondent’s name (Umaru) was sent to INEC as the candidate of APC. The cause of action arose when the APC sent the name of the first respondent (Umaru) to INEC as its candidate, instead of the appellant who won the primary.

“The primary election was conducted on October 2, 2018, the 14 days could not have started counting, because the name of the first respondent has not been sent to INEC. “If the 14 days is calculated from their position that the cause of action arose from October 2, 2018 when the primary was held, the cause of action would not have arisen as at October 16, 2018. The cause of action only arose on October 18, when the first respondent’s name was sent to INEC and we are within time when we filed our suit at the trial court on October 26, 2018.”

Olanipekun noted that the Court of Appeal only set aside the judgment, but failed to upturn any of the findings of the trial court in the judgment of February 7. Both Babatunde Ogala, who represented the APC, and Taminu Inuwa (SAN), who represented INEC, urged the court to allow the appeal. After the February 7 judgment of the Federal High Court, Abuja, Umaru approached the Court of Appeal, Abuja, which reversed the trial court judgment and declared him winner. Aggrieved by the decision, Musa appealed to the Supreme Court, an appeal that was upheld yesterday.

Source: The Guardian

News Headlines Jun 15, 2019. Headlines From Nigeria’s Major Newspapers

News Headlines Jun 15, 2019. Headlines From Nigeria’s Major Newspapers

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The Punch

Buhari’s cabinet: Ambode, Bindow, Abubakar may get ministerial appointments
Sanwo-Olu doubles LASTMA officers’ allowances, warns against harassment
9th Assembly: Lawmakers to get N19.89bn allowances in three months –Investigation
Supreme Court affirms N25m damages awarded to PUNCH over Abacha’s regime’s illegal invasion, closure
$360m Abiola stadium taken over by weeds
EFCC unseals buildings allegedly linked to Fayose in Ekiti
Collapsed wall crushes labourer to death during renovation
Two Air Force officers dismissed over attack on Magu’s farmhouse
Life is cruel, I’ve got nothing left –Godspower, man who lost two children in building collapse
Minimum wage: Labour rejects FG’s proposal
Police arraign property agent for diverting N4.2m rent
Appeal Court judge assaulted our pastors – RCCG
Boko Haram fighters kill another army commander
Alleged N3.4bn misappropriation: Kano anti-graft agency faults Sanusi
Nigeria’s future is bleak, Ohanaeze warns
Arms dealer, three kidnappers arrested in Rivers
Court jails two cyber fraudsters in Ogun
Fish farmer remanded in prison for cutting off boy’s hand
NSCDC arrests four for oil theft
Police rescue five children from traffickers in Imo
Ex-govs, ministers refuse to surrender diplomatic passports
8th National Assembly didn’t perform to full capacity – Lawan
I’m not deceived by congratulatory messages – Wike
Avoid Zamfara mistake, Kogi APC stakeholders tell party
Plateau gov: Lalong not qualified to contest poll, Useni tells tribunal
2019: Nigeria needs political will for improved election, says EU
FG gives taskforce two weeks extension to clear Apapa gridlock
Buhari orders CBN to blacklist importers of palm oil, 42 other items
Assembling women for mentoring is challenging –Lawson
NEPC moves to boost service delivery
Oando, SEC saga: Court adjourns hearing till June 24
NIPOST, Fidelity Bank deploy banking service to 266 rural communities
When I’m swimming, I forget about everything –Yaya-Kolade, Ekiti health commissioner
I can’t forget my experience killing a lion –Mohammed, Gombe chief hunter
I was guided by my father’s warning not to maltreat women –Oba Adeyemi, Alara of Aramoko
2013 AFCON heroes: Where are they now?
Fregene flown to Lagos for treatment
Eagles drop to 45 in FIFA ranking
Leganes table fresh €4.8m bid for Omeruo
UPDATED: Women’s World Cup tables
I depended on candlelight to read till I graduated –Enumah, LASU’s best graduate
10-year-old Fitrah Adegbite wins APEN Spelling Bee competition
Scholarship beneficiary charges pupils to study hard
I used to dance at burials –MC Galaxy
I almost died after losing movie file worth N12m –Bose Alao
I had a strange feeling before my mum died –Tayo Sobola
My wife criticises me if I don’t play romantic roles well –Antar Laniyan
Banky W, Teni, Rema gear up for Afroprom
I shared my CS story to encourage other women –Desola Afod
Sickle Cell in the Family
Blood donation produces more iron in human body —Institute
Dashed hope: Frustrating experiences of pupils with FG’s school feeding programme
My experience living with another person’s lungs –Olumese, Ex-UN employee
Girls, don’t let the world damage you!
It’s not the norm!
Fearing for the Super Eagles, thanking Ben Ayade
Mr President, we are under siege
How you can help your child that is being bullied
What is your definition of true happiness?

The Nation

Buhari greets Abdulsalami at 77
COSEG congratulates Gbajabiamila, commends Buhari, Sanwo-Olu
Women raise awareness on plastic waste disposal
Military trains, retires 256 soldiers
Another Nigerian allegedly tortured to death by South African Police – NUSA
Power supply: SGF expresses confidence in TCN
Buhari directs CBN to blacklist firms still importing palm oil
Lawyer abandons client who seeks to sack Gbajabiamila as lawmaker, Speaker
Senate President: How South-south governor engineered PDP’s loss
9th Senate ‘ll move fast to cover lost grounds — Lawan
June 12, the speech, the politics
My shocking experience with a female fan in hotel room
Are uncircumcised women really more sexually active?
10 practical ways to teach your children right values (4)
Beef up security at airports’ baggage handling areas — Ethiopian Airlines MD
Living with a stranger (2)
Envoy by Mantis wins Nigeria’s Leading City Hotel 2019
Southern Sun to honour staff at 10th anniversary 1
Kano zoo accuses gorilla of stealing, ‘swallowing N6.8 million’ cash
Stolen 3-day-old baby found in Plateau hospital
Ribadu: Governors, others should declare security votes
Breaking: Security: Makinde may lift ban on Oyo NURTW next week
Just in: We’ll communicate payment of N30,000 allowance to corpers – NYSC
Sanwo-Olu to LASTMA: don’t spare anyone, including my relations, cabinet members
Idris Durkwah – A bureaucrat passion for excellence
3 APC lawmakers eyeing Bauchi speakership
APC chieftain makes case for Buhari
Kogi APC primary: How far can Irukera go?
‘I’m on rescue mission to Kogi’
No dull moment as Super Eagles tour Suez Canal in Egypt
Obaseki mulls football tourney for Edo primary schools
Nigeria drop two points in FIFA Ranking now 45, 3rd in Africa
Juventus agree deal with Chelsea for Sarri
Abiola’s honour: Kwande hails Buhari
Oduduru could earn N180m a year —Texas Tech coach
Shareholders laud NASCON over improved performance
Ekiti varsity lecturer caught pant down with student
Igbo groups want SGF for Southeast, back Ogbonnaya Onu
Group greets Ambode at 56
Police bust six-man child trafficking syndicate in Imo
15 policemen detained for alleged extortion in Abia
Dstv rewards customers with Emirates deal
DENRELE @ 38 Sometimes, being different feels a lot like being alone
Auditions for ‘Ariya Repete’ kick off in Lagos
Appetites, passions, and emotions — society’s driving forces
Nutrition as your recipe for good health (4)
‘US has invested over $5b in Nigeria’s fight against HIV’
How to check pervasive drug abuse, by pharmacists
SYNLAB boosts preventive medicine with new lab
Lagos trains 825 health workers on attitude change


Budget Financing: DMO Lists Eurobonds on FMDQ Platform
Buhari Directs CBN to Blacklist Economic Saboteurs
Troops Kill 64 as Bandits, Boko Haram Murder 75
Ugwuanyi: Lending a Strong Voice to Rural-Centric Development
Masari : Moving Katsina Towards Sustainable Development
Why it Should Be Yenagoa’s Turn
Preye Aganaba: Bayelsa State Needs Human Capital Development
Hope Rekindled in Ogun State
Intrigues of Picking Dickson’s Successor in Bayelsa
Vancouver, A Scenic City
The Positive Steps Nigeria Must Take to Develop
Joan Agaba: I Love Mercy Johnson…She’s a Natural Actress
Ebonylife Spotlights Human Trafficking, Prostitution
EFCC Arraigns Herbalist for Impersonating Baru, Adesina, Others…
Cabinet Appointment: SGF Raises the Alarm about Pranks of Fraudsters
Rainy Season: FRSC Cautions Motorists against Over-speeding, Reckless Driving
Onitsha Catholic Diocese Sanctions Two Priests for Disobedience
Obi Disowns Fake Empowerment
Ugwuanyi: Lending a Strong Voice to Rural-Centric Development
Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Releases Wraith Eagle VIII Sketches
Nissan Announces Senior Management Changes in Africa
Toyota SUVs Remain Firm Favourites, as TSAM Records 24.1% Market Share in May
Coscharis Motors, BMW Offer 5 Years Care Package for 2019 Models
Nigeria Gears up for ‘Beauty West Africa’ Fair
Startimes Seals Deal with WildAid on Wildlife Conservation
Ihuoma Nwigwe: Women Do Not Have to Be Feminists to Be Recognised in Society
Super Falcons in Race for Second Round Ticket
Eagles Target Good Outing against Teranga Lions
Chelsea to Pay Derby County £4m for Lampard’s Release
Syinix Limited Signs Musa as Brand
NBB of C President Lauds Sponsors
GOtv Boxing Night: Real One, Joe Boy Clash again in Public
Semi Ajayi: Another Shattered Dream
Health Ministry: Nigeria Requires 2m Units of Blood Per Annum
Adesuwa Etomi Fierce, Furious in ‘Muna’
Ronke Tiamiyu Releases ‘Shadow Chasers
Blessing Uzzi Shoots Documentary, ‘The Beggars Plight’
GROHE Provides Individual System Solutions for the Entire Kitchen Sink
Erelu Abiola Dosunmu: My Most Truamatic Experience is Losing Three Men I Cherish

Daily Trust

Jukun/Tiv crisis: Traders desert Wukari yam market
Police nab child traffickers, rescue 10 children
Flood sweeps away bank guard
Petition tribunal begins sitting, sets timetable
Police kill 1, arrest 3 bandits
Case of missing baby rocks Plateau hospital
Car wash biz keeps Abuja youths from crime
Senator Babayo Gamawa dies in Bauchi
First Lady reaffirms commitment to women, children
10 political parties kick against court action on Gov. Matawalle
In Rivers State, cult wars get bloodier
PDP urges EU to sustain election monitoring in Nigeria
INEC plans legal reform
Double jeopardy for Flying Eagles as NFF yet to pay bonuses
Ibrahim Mustapha: It would have been disappointing if Enyimba didn’t win 2019 NPFL title
Thai keeper thanks Lloyd for reaching out after thrashing
Buhari directs CBN to blacklist firms still importing palm oil
FG begins implementation of e-govt master plan
Dockworkers threaten to down tools over IOCs debts
FCT bakers, caterers cry out over tariff hike
20 Years of Democracy
Niger CAN goofed!
A new narrative for Nigerian Army
A day in Abuja IDP camp
Indonesia to remove online cigarette advertisements
Police arrest 70-yr-old suspected bandit, 2 others in Katsina
Man jailed 1 month for stealing food
Man, 28, arraigned for allegedly raping 15-year-old girl in Lagos
ASUU suspends 2-month-old strike in Taraba University
24 students graduate with first class in UniAbuja’s 23rd convocation
24 students bag first class as FUDMA holds 4th convocation
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Ogun: Court jails two for internet fraud
Appeal Court fixes June 23, to hear suit challenging Na’Allah’s nomination
Businessman docked over alleged phone theft
Ify Malo joins Extractive360 advisory board
WAPOR appoints Nnanwobu national representative
Portland Paints appoints Okunowo non-executive director

The Sun

Why North should leave power in 2023 –Abba Gana
Nursing mother caught with 2 AK47 rifles in Ondo
Breaking news: Senator Gamawa is dead!
A’ Court dismisses appeal seeking to sack Senator Nnamani
Anxiety over ministerial list
I can’t do without sex –Toksbaby, actress
Nigeria may not survive another four years without restructuring –Victor Attah
Apapa gridlock: Osinbajo gives taskforce two more weeks to clear traffic
Nigeria is home to rich handicrafts –Runsewe
Ooni extends handshake across the Niger to Nevobasi, Ogilisi Igbo
Bauchi gov rejects state police
MDAs have only one month to defend budget henceforth –Lawan
We are living in despotic environment, PDP tells EU
Bayelsa lawmakers under fire over leadership composition
INEC excluded me from 2019 election, Ndoma Egba tells tribunal
Buhari directs CBN to blacklist firms still importing palm oil
Fidelity, NIPOST take banking services to 266 rural communities
ECOWAS to adopt common currency by 2020 –Niger rep
Green bond: Subscription level shows commitment to environment–DMO
Finnfund makes foray into Nigeria’s energy market
Lampard favoured to land coaching job at Chelsea
Sarri finally lands Juventus job, leaves Chelsea
Nigeria’s Ujiri wins first NBA title for Toronto Raptors
Olamide, Pasuma thrill as stars storm Tayo Sobola’s mum’s funeral
Aramide, Nigerian singer joins Gov. board of the Grammys
Burna Boy’s new single `Anybody’ is another party starter
Legends Musical makes debuts in Abuja
Adesua Etomi-Wellington shines in new action film, ‘Muna’
Okanlawon to single ladies: Never pray for ‘good in bed’ men as hubby
Talent not enough to succeed in Nollywood –Titi Joseph
Muonagor, Monalisa tackle Osu culture in new soap
Whose report will you take? (2)
Think & grow rich—african perspective: Nigerian resurrects Napoleon Hill
Victor Umeh and the 8th National Assembly we shall miss
Zion trail is coming our way
How unrealistic expectations ruin relationships
S*x-for-marks scandal rocks Ekiti varsity; lecturer caught pants down with student
ASUU suspends 2-month old strike in Taraba University
Security: Katsina varsity digs anti-bandits trenches


EFCC: Naira Marley Released From Prison Custody
9th National Assembly Speakership: Bago Congratulates Gbajabiamila,…
Sanwo-Olu To LASTMA: Spare None Of My Cabinet Members Who Violates…
We’re Positive Makinde Will Lift Oyo NURTW Ban In One Week’s…
Senate To Hold Government Officials To Their Responsibilities ― Lawan
FG should release enough funds for N-SIP projects ― ActionAid
NEMA distributes livelihood materials to victims of natural disasters in Yobe
FACK CHECK: Is Nigeria’s best University 800th in the world?
Thousands of music lovers attend ‘The Falz Experience 2’
Nigerian singer, Aramide, appointed into Recording Academy Board
Burna Boy’s new single `Anybody’ is another party starter
Nigeria in Diaspora group enlightens youths on irregular migration
Gorilla swallows N6.8 million generated from tourists in Kano zoo
450,000 out-of-school children: Gombe SUBEB laments, partners UNICEF on girl child school enrollment
Fraudsters who hypnotised girl, collected N1.4m from her in police net in Oyo
Igbo groups to Buhari: We want SGF for South-East, tell leaders to rally support from North, South-West
JUST IN: Senator Babayo Gamawa, former PDP deputy chairman, dies
Abubakar Sadiq Ibrahim emerges Gombe Assembly Speaker
Enugu East Senatorial poll: Nnamani floors Nnaji at Appeal Court
Scores escape death as storey building under construction collapses in Delta
DG NYSC eulogises Oludolapo Ahile, buried amid tears
Kogi poll: I’ll demolish all opposition, Yahaya Bello vows
Police arraign 2 men in court for alleged fraud
Late veteran filmmaker, Eddie Ugbomah ‘s burial slated for July 12
Again, PDP fails to open case against Kwara gov as Court adjourns to July 9
NAWOJ writes Makinde, demands Yoruba radio, arms carriage for Yoruba nation
Man jailed 1 month for stealing food
Kwara is poised for greatness under me ― Abdulrazaq
We are determined to initiate legal reforms ahead 2023 election ― INEC Chairman
JUST IN: Supreme Court sacks Umar as Niger-East Senator, declares Musa winner
Man drags estranged fiancee to court for breaking off engagement
FRSC donates items to IDPs in Karamajiji, FCT
Dissolution: Only the living can marry,14-year-old estranged wife tells court
Man docked for obtaining N320,000 under false pretences
Driver docked for allegedly assaulting motorcyclist
Tricycle Rider In Court For Allegedly Stealing N53,000 From Neighbour
Court remands 3 applicants for stealing cell phone worth 55,000…
Marketing officer in court for allegedly stealing employer’s N1.7m
Sentiments Have Replaced Patriotism Among Nigerians —Kwande
Why ninth NASS will be truly independent —Adeyeye
What will Lawan, Gbajabiamila do differently?
Issues as Nigerians mark June 12

The Guardian

Some PDP NASS members betrayed our party, Says Wike
8th assembly didn’t perform to full capacity, says Lawan
Oduduru emerges NCAA male athlete of the year in USA
Stop taking bribe, Sanwo-Olu tells LASTMA officers
INEC to commence legal reforms ahead 2023 polls, Mahmood assures
GMoU benefits sustainable only in peaceful atmosphere, says Chevron
NYSC to communicate payment of N30,000 allowance to corps members, assures DG
‘Why I want to be addressed First Lady’
Rain of pains in Lagos
Super Eagles look forward to good outing against Teranga Lions
The Chief MKO Abiola I knew
EL-Rufai lauds Access Bank partnership at UNICEF Charity Shield Polo
LaLiga players to watch at Egypt 2019 AFCON
Big teams eye round of 32 spots in AITEO Cup
500 athletes for 2nd MoC Grand Prix in Lagos
Again, PDP fails to open case against Kwara governor
‘LG autonomy is a fight Nigerians must undertake
No one can stop me from second term, I’m the landlord, boasts Bello
Supreme court sacks Umaru, declares Musa senator for Niger East
Ras Kimono…Remembering the rub-a-dub master
Teni drops new single, power rangers
Aramide on the board of grammys governors
Enter Wale Adenuga Production new superstory, Monica
Peruzzi: No one should be this comfortable
Now’s the time for Divine Oduduru to go pro
Buhari directs CBN to blacklist firms still importing palm oil


SoundCity Refused To Play My Video Because They Think I Do Drugs — Majek Fashek
Distinct Style Of Nigerian Pastors’ Wives
I Would Have Overthrown Abacha If . . .- Kokori
Now We Have The APC’s First Completed Project!
REVEALED: Osinbajo, El-Rufai, Oshiomhole Playing Key Roles In Ministerial Appointments
Gorilla ‘Swallows’ N6.8m In Kano Zoo
Why PDP’s Late Endorsement Failed To Deliver Ndume, Bago
American Actress, Regina Hall To Host 2019 BET Awards
MAN CRIES TO BUHARI, WIKE: I Could Not Afford N15m Bribe, DSS Beat Me So Mercilessly I Became Blind
COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT: What Zlatan Should’ve Done Before Copying My Song — Jaywon
Emefiele’s Fears Of Oil Shock And ATM Mentality
Aisha Buhari Wants To Be Addressed As ‘First Lady’
Why Appointing Akpabio Will Be Counter-Productive — Akwa APC Elders
REVEALED: Cult Groups That Dominate Different Areas Of Lagos
Thousands Come Together For ‘’Falz Experience 2’’
Miyetti Allah, Herdsmen, And The People Of Osun State
Jonah In Belly Of Bayelsans
We rape married women even before their husbands —robbery suspects
You could be poor for life if you give birth before 18
INEC to begin electoral reform ahead of 2023 polls
Apapa gridlock: Presidency gives task force two weeks to clear traffic
Stop using my office to defraud politicians, SGF warns fraudsters
Edo mulls football tournament for primary schools
American born Nigerian power lifter, Russell Orhii is World Champion
Musa, Ighalo, Aiteo emerge Pitch Award 2018 winners
Sarri finally lands Juventus job, leaves Chelsea
The Aba Elephant stampede to historic 8th League title
Thousands come together for ‘’Falz Experience 2’’
Tonto Dikeh, others join Super Falcons in France
Breaking: Sanwo-Olu increases LASTMA officers allowances
Man cries for help as wife dies after delivery of triplets
Mother, child, six others perish in multiple crash

Saturday Independent

Turkey’s President To Participate In Tajikistan’s Regional Summit
9-Year-Old Girl Set Herself On Fire
Maoist Rebels Kill 5 Policemen
Landslide Sweeps Through Traffic, Kills 1
11 Million People Employed In Renewable Energy Worldwide In 2018
Man Accused Of Mosque Killings Pleads Not Guilty
5200 People Quarantined For Exposure To Mumps Or Chicken Pox
Oil Tanker Attacks Raise Fear Of Surge In Global Energy Prices
57 Children Killed In Outbreak Of AES
Assange Extradition Trial Set For February 2020
How Air Force Men Allegedly Raided EFCC Chairman’s House, Killed Policeman
Police Arraign Two For Alleged Fraud
House Agent Allegedly Absconded With N690,000 Rent
Babatunde Irukera, Positioned For Lugard House
The Grand Return Of Omo-Agege
Remi Tinubu’s Dead Dream
Adesua Etomi Expands Horizons In Muna
Again, Dimeji Bankole Goes Underground
Friends Serenade Engr. Oludayo Abiola At 40
Denrele’s Note To Self
47 Year-Old Mother Of Five, Needs N5m For Surgery
Inspirational Quotes For Children About Success, Life And Happiness
Supreme Court Sacks Sen. David Umaru
Dino Melaye Dazzles Bello, Braces Up For Kogi Governorship
BREAKING: Abubakar Sadiq Ibrahim Emerges Gombe Speaker
REVEALED: How Sanusi Spent N4.7bn From Emirate Acct In 5 Years…
UNWTO Unveils Agenda For Africa – Roadmap To Inclusive Growth
CIIN Deputy DG, Chukwu, Found Dead In South African Hotel
Can These Eagles Be Super In Egypt?
Nigeria’s Football In Retrospect
Lukaku Agrees Term With Inter
I Am Not A Galactico Yet – Hazard Warns
Chelsea Set For Lampard Talk
Nigerian Football Descending Into The Abyss
I Will Temper With Press Freedom
Carrying And Dropping Bags
Stuck In The Mud Of Mediocrity!
Filling Nigeria’s Technological Gap Through Adequate Training
The Only Thing Rochas Forgot To Commission

New Telegraph

SGF: Igbo group urges Buhari to consider South-East for position
BREAKING: Supreme court sacks APC senator, David Umaru
Court dismisses suit to stop new Emirs in Kano
Police arrest woman over stolen baby in Plateau
NIGERIA VS FRANCE: Stage set for Oshoala to shine again
Igbo must mend political fences with other Nigerians – Okorocha
Floods of fury hit Abia, Delta: Aba traders count losses
JENNIFER OBODO: I blocked lesbian who made passes at me
FINANCE OFFICER: Gorilla swallowed N6.8m in Kano zoo
Nothing illegal in Buhari’s wife’s preference for First Lady –SANs
Naira Marley perfects bail, regains freedom
Two die, 80 rendered homeless in Delta
Nigerians’ll be shocked at those who wanted June 12 annulled –Prof. Nwosu
We attacked Magu’s farmhouse after we heard he buried money inside septic tank – Suspects
Our pains, agonies, by widows
Ganduje: Sanusi must apologise over court cases

Sanwo-Olu to LASTMA: Arrest my aides if they flout traffic laws
No one can stop my second term ambition –Kogi gov
Floods of fury hit Abia, Delta: Aba traders count losses
Two die, 80 rendered homeless in Delta NDLEA arraigns 2 for allegedly peddling 2,139kg of Marijuana
Two killed in fresh Ebonyi, C’River boundary crisis
3 Nigerians, 4 others arrested for hacking into 2,000 accounts in India
Baale of Ogombo gets Certificate of Office
GOtv Boxing Night: NBB of C President lauds sponsors
Ogunbote wants early preparations for continental clubs
2nd MoC Grand Prix: Adegoke, Nathaniel, Chukwuma others storm Lagos Fifth NPFL title excites Afelokhai
Festac Town was challenging as I was 7 months pregnant –Njoku
Fear of failure, validation seeking sad and scary, Simi shares thoughts on Telenovela series ‘ASINTADO’ airs on StarTimes Nigeria
Evidence against Jang, hearsay –Witness
Interswitch boss among 10 Most Inspiring Women in Nigeria
Ortom, Tor Tiv, Akume, Suswam preach peace at J.S Tarka’s son’s burial
Be cultural ambassadors, Runsewe tells youths

News Headlines Jun 14, 2019. Headlines From Nigeria’s Major Newspapers

News Headlines Jun 14, 2019. Headlines From Nigeria’s Major Newspapers

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The Punch

Democracy Day: Opposition bashes Senate for rejecting motion to discuss Buhari’s speech
Reconciliation: Ganduje demands apology from Sanusi
Okorocha sworn in as senator, says Igbo presidency doesn’t exist
Atiku, PDP asking us for server we don’t have, INEC tells tribunal
Buhari and OIC controversy
Crime rate rising in Osun, gov tells Buratai
Too many political parties in Nigeria, a distraction – UN
Foreign investment into Nigeria drops by 43% – UN report
Failed gas deal: British firm seeks seizure of $9bn Nigerian assets
Abaribe emerges Senate Minority Leader
Man rapes mother in Imo, blames alcohol
Infant, seven others die, 12 injured in Ogun crashes
FRSC asks Saraki, ex-lawmakers to return number plates
Pastor, undergraduate, others arrested for rape, cultism in Cross River
Democracy Day: Opposition bashes Senate for rejecting motion to discuss Buhari’s speech
Abiola: Fayose slams Obasanjo, hails Buhari
25-year-old arraigned for armed robbery in Katsina
Eagles, Senegal friendly to hold behind closed doors
Bandits kill scores in Niger villages
25-year-old arraigned for armed robbery in Katsina
UNIZIK scandal: Ambrose Alli varsity denies embattled lecturer examiner’s documents
Lekki hotel gang-rape victim seeks withdrawal of case from court
Court sentences man to two years imprisonment for stealing
14-year-old’s death in Chinese firm: Lawyers, activist condemn child labour
EFCC arraigns man for forgery, giving false information
APGA zones 2021 governorship to south senatorial district
Oyo PDP vows to take over South West states
AA Imo deputy gov candidate joins PDP
Foreign investment into Nigeria drops by 43% – UN report
Failed gas deal: British firm seeks seizure of $9bn Nigerian assets
itel Mobile offers $10,000 to consumers
Group urges experts to develop agric,tourism blueprint for Osun
Boko Haram: FAO to assist 688,800 people for rainy season farming
Firm invests N10bn in Nigeria, opens 100th outlet
Otedola foots Fregene’s medical bills after PUNCH report
Chess players disregarded federation, says NCF boss
Madrid unveil Hazard
African teams scared of Eagles —Onuachu
Man Utd to host Chelsea in 2019/20 EPL opener
Scholarship beneficiary charges pupils to study hard
Ekiti vows to improve learning environment
‘Suicide, kidnapping in varsities caused by frustration’
Edo varsity gets ICAN certification
Gunmen who attacked Plateau varsity killed our student — VC
Nigeria’s education needs urgent restructuring, says Babalakin
Yoruba actor, Dagunro, is dead
Dagunro, Yoruba actor is dead
Oscar dates shifted in 2021, 2022 for Olympics, Super Bowl
Revive moribund hospitals in Imo, group tells Ihedioha
Eliminating food allergy and intolerance for good health
NHEA targets global standards in healthcare delivery
Editorial: Buhari and OIC controversy
Arrested development: Insights from science, religion and fiction
The great metering scam

The Nation

CBN injects $210m into forex market
62 killed as bandits sack eight villages in Niger 6
APC chieftain makes case for Buhari
June 12: Ogun speaker hails Buhari
15 policemen detained for alleged extortion in Abia
Mother flees after delivery, abandons baby
N15b Green Bond oversubscribed by 220%
Kidnapped teacher relives experience
Floods hit Anambra again 6
Fidelity, NIPOST partner on rural banking
Shell loses 11,000bpd to oil theft
Japan seeks Nigeria’s partnership for economic summit
Alaafin opposes installation of Yoruba Oba in France
Lagos fair to showcase food, drink opportunities
Ogun Chief Judge to NBA members: leave better legacy
Lagos ’ll partner Fed Govt to decongest prisons, says Sanwo-Olu
Google earns $4.7b from news industry
Fayose hails Buhari on Abiola
Council okays 10-year tax waiver for auto manufacturers
CIIN Deputy DG dies at AIO conference in South Africa
Security: Oyetola takes Osun case to COAS Buratai
‘Senior lawyers aid corruption with opaque charges for election cases’
Senate minority offices: PDP tips Abaribe, Bwacha, Aduda, Ordia
25 per cent pension funds for mortgage
No server for PDP, Atiku to check, INEC tells tribunal
62 killed as bandits sack eight villages in Niger
June 12: Ogun speaker hails Buhari
Lagos ’ll partner Fed Govt to decongest prisons, says Sanwo-Olu
Sanwo-Olu, others hail Buhari for honouring Abiola, June 12
NLC seeks sanction against Morocco for occupying Western Sahara
‘No recruitment in State House Clinic’
APC chieftain makes case for Buhari
Kogi APC primary: How far can Irukera go?
‘I’m on rescue mission to Kogi’
APC must build on gains of 2019 general elections, says group
Brazil’s Marta becomes first player to score at 5 FIFA World Cups
Australia fight back to beat Brazil 3-2
Man. Utd/Chelsea open new EPL season
Future Super Eagles thump Mexico 3-1
TVS Keke escort Super Eagles in Asaba
CBN injects $210m into forex market
N15b Green Bond oversubscribed by 220%
Fidelity, NIPOST partner on rural banking
Shell loses 11,000bpd to oil theft
Japan seeks Nigeria’s partnership for economic summit
Google earns $4.7b from news industry
15 policemen detained for alleged extortion in Abia
Mother flees after delivery, abandons baby
Our admission cut-off mark remains 200, UI insists


APC to Tribunal: Dismiss Atiku’s Petition, He’s Ineligible to Run
Troops Kill 64 as Bandits, Boko Haram Murder 75
British Court Hears Suit on Seizure of Nigeria’s $9bn Assets
Idris Aregbe: Celebrating Values, Promoting Culture
CCD Commends NASS for Gazetting the Disability Act
Expresses commitment to strengthening capacity of PWDs
ORS Activation Campaign Train Berths in Sango-Ota
..Launches three new products range Mary Nnah
‘Our Husband has Gone Mad Again’ Storms Abuja
Two Giant Murals for Psychiatric Hospital
Book Reading Tour with Moremi Ajasoro Beauty Queen
GOtv Announces Fascinating Programme Line-up for June
Unravelling Allegations of Herdsmen Attack on CAC Members
Three Babies Win N3M in Photo Contest
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Chemstar CEO hosts Annual Merit Award
Opera Launches Opera Ads
Wilson Badejo Foundation Restates Commitment against Poverty
Falz is Still the Bahd Guy
For the ‘Bling Lagosians’ Premiere, Dress for the Cash
Femi Odugbemi Bemoans the Dearth of Children Programming
Welfare Matters Force Senate to Adjourn Plenary
Rejects motion to debate Buhari’s inaugural speech Senate, House to resume July 2
Fayose Berates Obasanjo, Commends Buhari for Honouring Abiola
Asset Declaration: Nwaoboshi Gets Reprieve as Court Halts Arrest
NASS Leadership: Oshiomhole Now a Few Inches Taller
Imo’s New Narrative Championed by Ihedioha
The Many Options Before Dickson
How Effective Planning Assisted Buhari’s Re-election
Abaribe, Bwacha Emerge Senate Minority Leader, Deputy
NASCON to Increase Market Share via Product Innovation
FG Urged to Enhance Technology Adopti
Bayero University to Honour Elumelu
Food & Beverage W’Africa to Showcase Opportunities in Nigeria
Nigeria, Benin Move to Enhance Trade
Outbound Passenger Traffic Rises Despite Visa Restrictions
Lack of Funds May Rock Eagles Participation
Upbeat Falcons Land in Rennes for Clash with France
Iwobi, Ndidi, Others Handed Tricky EPL Opening Games
Enyimba’s Return to the Continent Good for Nigerian Football, Says Egbe
Kwande Commends Buhari for Honouring MKO Abiola with Abuja Stadium
Australia Fight Back as Brazil Suffers First Group Stage Defeat in 24 Years
GTBank Masters Cup Finals Hold Friday
UNICEF Charity Shield Polo: El-Rufai Lauds Access Bank Partnership

Daily Trust

Arms sales: Czech Republic assures Nigeria of support
Buhari restates Nigeria’s support for Sahrawi Republic
Group calls for ban of Obasanjo, GEJ from state events
IPI elects Wada Maida, others as Executive Board members
June 12: CSO tasks govt on democratic governance
Insurgents kill many soldiers in Borno
Alleged fraud: Ex-Niger Gov. Aliyu, Nasko re-arraigned, granted bail
Buhari yet to make appointments, 2 weeks after
Gynaecologist, Egwuda wins WHO Award for treating infertility
Pres. tribunal: We don’t have server – INEC replies Atiku, PDP
Group calls for ban of Obasanjo, GEJ from state events
UN scribe ties June 12 celebration to 2019 polls
Why Obasanjo did not honour Abiola — Okupe
Al-Makura thankful to Nasarawa people
Oshoala: First goal gave us confidence against Korea
Galadima: Falcons’ victory over Korea has given hope to Nigerians
Ogunbote: Enyimba did Rangers a favour
Donors pledge $17m to end rural poverty in Africa
DMO offers June FGN bonds at 12% interest rate
We can still get Ajaokuta Steel Company working – Bwari
FCT bakers, caterers cry out over tariff hike
Egungun Festival: Police arrest three in Ibadan
Cashier docked for escaping with employer’s N1.93m
20 Years of Democracy
A new narrative for Nigerian Army
A day in Abuja IDP camp
The AIT/NBC imbroglio
Indonesia to remove online cigarette advertisements
DPO, others arrested over murder of youth in Rivers
Teenager, 3 others remanded for impregnating 15-year-old orphan
LAUTECH student, 15 others arrested for alleged robbery, cultism
Editorial: N11trn fuel subsidy in six years?
Niger Govt. acquires N1.8bn tractors for 2019 farming season
Maize farms under attack in Benue
How farmers compromise food safety
ASUP wants President Buhari to sign Polytechnic Act Bill
Why states can’t access basic education grants
‘Some universities are a fraud’
FOMWAN, Blair Institute hold mentorship for girl-child education
Cleric tasks Muslims on ‘post-Ramadan’ worships
Earthly Life and its worthless pleasures (I)
Nigerian filmmaker, Julius Onah explores racism in Hollywood film, ‘Luce’
Teddy A chops off signature hair
Five major things that happened at The Falz Experience II
Ify Malo joins Extractive360 advisory board
WAPOR appoints Nnanwobu national representative
Portland Paints appoints Okunowo non-executive director

The Sun
Why I’m passionate about peace in Venezuela – Kalu
Northern leaders frustrated Obasanjo’s plan to recognise June 12 – Okupe
Atiku vs Buhari: INEC server controversy rocks tribunal
Igbo presidency doesn’t exist – Okorocha
Bandits kill 70, sack 8 villages in Niger
10 soldiers, 64 insurgents killed in Lake Chad
Senate shuts down motion on Buhari’s speech
Terrorism: We want to maintain peace with our neigbhours –Buhari
Niger CAN kicks as gov appoints SSG, HoS, CoS
June 12: Taraba CAN wants return to core national values
Katsina gets joint security task force to protect power installations
Borno reviews UN agencies, NGO interventions
Stop harassing Fayose, PDP tells EFCC
We’re optimistic of victory at election tribunal, says Ndoma-Egba
June 12: Abiola’s refusal to pick Babangida’s candidate as VP led to annulment -Aboderin
…Nigeria jettisoned tribe, religion and spoke one voice -Ajulo
INEC seeks reforms on number of political parties
ECOWAS to adopt common currency by 2020 –Niger rep
Green bond: Subscription level shows commitment to environment–DMO
Finnfund makes foray into Nigeria’s energy market
Buhari to launch Nigeria, Benin bilateral trade connectivity June 20
Fitch: Power supply shortages, insecurity’ll dampen Nigeria’s growth outlook
Enyimba’s return to continent good for Nigerian football –Egbe
Cowbell chocolate commences Get Up N Goal promo
CRS FA holds election June 15
Dilemma for France as potential U.S. clash looms
France not unbeatable, ex-internationals charge Falcons
UEFA launches streaming service of archive footage
France 2019: Our tactical discipline worked –Dennerby
… Oshoala wins Player of the Match award
AFCON 2019: Rohr favours Akpeyi over Uzoho
Go for AFCON trophy -Nigerian ambassador charges Eagles
SWAN commends FG over Abiola Stadium
Amstel Malta salutes Super Falcons
Jakande, a June 12 ‘villain’? Jesus!
Encounter with man who could be British PM
Carrying and dropping bags
The speech Buhari didn’t make on Democracy Day
The shepherd psalmist as model leader
Beyond the June 12 celebration
8 die in Lagos-Ibadan auto crash
Osun: Oyetola takes security challenge to Buratai
Lagos: Sanwo-Olu laments prisons congestion
Alaafin opposes installation of Yoruba Oba of France
Rivers won’t tolerate oil facilities’ shutdown, Wike warns
Progressive Govs’ Forum’ll support Buhari’s drive for investment –Obaseki
Fear of poverty made me abandon music for 20 years –Hycentto Jnr.
Why we rebranded Gleam Skincare
StarTimes airs new telenovela, Asintado
Bling Lagosians to offer best dressed celeb N1m at premiere


Aisha Buhari Drops ‘Wife Of President’ Title For ‘First Lady’
State House Clinic Not Recruiting ― Perm SEC
Moroccan CEO, Mostafa Terrab, Becomes First African Chairman Of Global…
Pick Your SGF From South-East, Ohaneze Ndigbo Youths Tell Buhari
FACT CHECK: Is Akure Airport The Second Fastest Growing Airport By…
8th NASS frustrated electoral reforms ― INEC
Buhari greets Amuka-Pemu at 84
KWASU: Kwara South elders call for fair appointment distribution
Mother abandoned day-old baby girl in Anambra hospital, minutes after delivery
PDP salutes Nigerians on Democracy Day
Ogun govt seeks traditional rulers support on construction of rural roads, others
Police nabbed man, 28 for raping 11-year-old deaf, dumb in Anambra
Buhari pledges support to private sectors to boost agro-produce export
Forged certificate: Kwara tribunal adjourns PDP’s case over WAEC subpoena
JUST IN: Rochas Okorocha sworn in as Senator
Bala Muhammed rejects state police, sets up security trust fund to empower traditional rulers
Over 450,000 School drop-outs roaming Gombe streets, says SUBEB Chairperson
Gunshots rock Osogbo as hoodlums clash over alleged killing of member
Nigerian churches should look into politics, emotions, others ― Leke Alder
Makinde orders immediate stoppage of waste disposal on medians, highways
Okorie trains another 1,000 constituents on business development
WHO, UNICEF, Rotary move to interrupt new polio outbreak in Lagos
Fidelity, NIPOST sign pact on agent banking
Olugbon of Orile-Igbon berates FG over Democracy Day
I procured arms to protect myself, 400-level medical student confesses
Hundreds of job seekers lobby newly elected Senators, Reps
Jonathan felicitates with Gen Abdulsalami at 77
NLRC has no right to regulate gaming, lotto activities in states — Gaming regulators
Don’t castigate Obasanjo for not immortalising Abiola ― Okupe
Obiano inaugurates power station in Awka
Reps set up 3 Ad-hoc committees, order IGP to end banditry in Oyo communities
2019 approved budget: Power, Works, Housing ministry gets N394.9bn for capital expenditure
June 12: Obasanjo’s ego stopped him from honouring MKO Abiola — Fayose
9th House of Representatives holds first plenary
Lagos’ll partner FG, Judiciary to decongest prisons ― Sanwo-Olu
Police Confirm Kidnap Of Taraba NLC Chairman’s Wife, Neighbour
Police arraign 7 men for allegedly attacking policemen, burning 4 cars
Lekki hotel gang-rape: Complainant seeks withdrawal of case
Four persons remanded for attempted kidnap in Niger
WILAT Raises Alarm Over Plastic Waste Pollution In Nigerian Waters
Oando: Minority shareholders accuse SEC of bias
Afreximbank wins bank of the year award
Confusion rocks seaports as Customs implement new CBN exchange rate
Yemeni Rebel Missile Attack On Saudi Airport Injures 26
Boko Haram kills 27 in Cameroon
Nicaragua frees 56 protest leaders as part of amnesty
Benue Needs 5,000 Secondary School Teachers
ASUU insists on visitation panels to varsities
I’ve forgiven those who opposed my reappointment —Fedpoly rector
FG, states lax in enforcement of national school curriculum –NAPTAN

The Guardian

Super Eagles’ campaign threatened by poor funding
Bears retain market hold amid depreciation in bellwether stocks
Lawyer sues FG over alleged N100b for Miyetti Allah
Speakers emerge in Imo, Benue, Kaduna as Kebbi inaugurates assembly
‘How envoy allegedly frustrated poverty reduction, FDI efforts’
Wike may sanction Rivers communities over shut down of oil facilities
Jonathan greets Abdulsalami at 77
12-year-old swept away as flood sacks Delta community
Court halts Nwaoboshi’s arrest by SPIP over assets declaration
Fifth Chukker beats Tila Farms to Usman Dantata Cup
Awoture Eleyae’s U-15/Open championship to serve as trial for Delta athletes ahead of African Games
Enyimba’s return to the continent good for Nigerian football, says Egbe
Kwande appeals for Abuja Stadium’s repair
Sports ministry officials ‘killing’ Buhari’s anti- corruption crusade, says Ebewele
Lagos entries thrill African Freestyle Championship organisers
‘Declaring June 12 Democracy Day closes Abiola’s mandate’
AA running mate, other defect to PDP in Imo
INEC dropped my name, alleges Ndoma-Egba
What I regret about June 12 struggle, by Agbakoba
Seven must-have preventive health screenings for men
Editorial: First Lady and N500b social investment assessment
Commission seeks compensation for services disruption from Multichoice
Experts advocate technology as better tool to boost customer experience
Fidelity Bank, NIPOST launch 266 agency banking centres
Debt overhang looms in Nigeria
Stormy Nadal stormed to twelve and eighteen
Kagame’s stance on corruption – Part 1
Our collective guilt for insecurity
China not to blame for trade talks failure
Men’s Health Week: Key facts and figures
Google, LifeBank partner to raise awareness on blood donation, lessen delivery time


Senate Rejects Motion Seeking To Debate Buhari’s Democracy Day Speech
No Divorce Until She Pays Me N3.5m, Man Tells Court
Senate Rejects Motion Seeking To Debate Buhari’s Democracy Day Speech
MTN DISPUTE: Nigeria’s Foreign Investment Inflows Plunge By 43%
Democracy: Beyond Symbolism And Drama
Fulanisation/Islamisation Idea Is Trash — Prof Olurode
Go For AFCON Trophy, Nigerian Envoy Charges Eagles
Senate: Abaribe Is Minority Leader; Bwacha, Deputy; Aduda, Chief Whip; Ordia, Dep Whip
Distrust, Schemings Tear AFN Apart
Sudanese Usurpers And Africa’s Neo-Colonial Army
NEDC Urges Stakeholders To Confront Those Fuelling North-East Crisis
Respect Rights Of Others, NIS Boss Charges Officers
Hilux Tackles The Rough, Relishes The Smooth
2023: Case For A Christian President
Electric Vehicles Technology: JLR, BMW Join Forces
Bloody Clash Leaves 64 Boko Haram Insurgents, 10 Soldiers, 8 Civilians Dead
INSECURITY: Osun Under Siege, Oyetola Cries Out
Obasanjo’s role in June 12 annulment: Key players split over Kingibe’s accusation
I’m happy UN appreciates my fight against corruption, poverty – Buhari
Nigerian flag flies in US as Boko Haram survivor, US congresswoman bag degrees
INEC to engage NASS on electoral act amendment
Ekiti pastor kidnaps self, demands N3m ransom from congregation, nabbed
Banditry could be worse than Boko Haram — SGF
19-yr-old boy nabbed over beheading of 3 persons
Progressive Governors Forum will support Buhari’s drive for investment, bring governance closer to people – Obaseki
Igbo presidency, it doesn’t exist… – Okorocha
Go for AFCON trophy, Nigerian envoy charges Eagles
Distrust, schemings tear AFN apart
FIFA WWC: I’m not under pressure to score, says Oshoala
GOtv Boxing Night returns to Lagos
AFCON 2019: Egypt, Zimbabwe friendlies will boost Taifa Stars — Amuneke
Sensational Singer, hybrid set to release new single
Adesua Etomi-Wellington shines in new action film, ‘Muna’
Russia’s ‘sexiest poker player’ found dead in her bathroom
Nollywood actress, Princess Peters releases debut single titled ‘Aigbovbiosa’
Jaywon, Zlatan Ibile clash over song title, ‘This Year’
Hepatitis B more infectious than HIV – Expert
Weather: Nurse urges parents to protect children against cold
Second patient dies of Ebola in Uganda: health official
Relief for indigestion
How Nigeria can combat HIV/AIDS —US Ambassador
MTN DISPUTE: Nigeria’s foreign investment inflows plunge by 43%
NIMASA created over 7,000 jobs in 6 months — Peterside
FGN 2nd Green Bond records 200% subscription
Consumer Watch: Basket of Tomatoes sells for N17,000 – N19,000
Edo, Bank of Industry, others brainstorm on access to finance for MSMEs
Why challenges characterised 2019 polls —Wike

Daily Independent

Coalition Urges Buhari To Ban OBJ, GEJ From State Functions
Kwara: AbdulRazaq Releases N20m To Fix Township Roads
Real Madrid Present Hazard To Adoring Bernabeu Crowd
Economic Growth: NIMASA Pushes 7000 New Jobs In Maritime
Emir Sanusi’s Claim On N3.4bn, A Misrepresentation – Anti-Graft Agency
Setback In Nigeria’s Electoral Process Worries Former Akwa Ibom AG
Job Seekers Besiege National Assembly Complex
Senate Rejects Motion Seeking To Debate Buhari’s Democracy Day Address
Baby Born On Train In Ireland, Given Free Rail Travel Until She’s 25
Iran Calls Tanker Explosions ‘Suspicious’
Bandits Kill 70, Sack Eight Niger Communities
Okorocha To Igbo: Don’t Expect Presidency On A Platter Of Gold
APC Asks Court To Strike Out PDP, Atiku’s Suit On Account Of Non-Citizenship
Michael Okpara Varsity Demotes 41 Professors, 17 Senior Lecturers
Again, Nigeria’s March To Polio-Free Status Stalled
Frozen II To Tackle Global Warming?
Ariana Grande Breaks Down During Emotional Mac Miller Tribute
Netflix Gets Its Game On At E3 With ‘Stranger Things’
APC Has Improved Significantly Under Oshiomhole’s Leadership –Issa-Onilu
NASS Leadership: Ashafa Congratulates Buhari, Tinubu On APC’s Sweeping Victory
Buhari Must Appoint Ministers As Soon As Possible – Osinkolu
BREAKING: Abaribe Emerges Minority Leader
I’ll Champion Free Education, Fight Against Insurgency – Okorocha
Nigeria Records 2.3 Million Units Of Smartphone Shipments In Q1 2019…
FG Decries N4bn Spent Annually On Importation Of Diapers, Others
Shell Urges Stakeholders’ Partnership To Curb Oil Pipeline Vandalism
Donors Pledge $17m To Africa Solidarity Trust Fund At AfDB Annual..
Shareholders Laud NASCON’s Move To Increase Market Share
Women’s W’Cup: France Not Unbeatable – Omokaro
Man City To Kick Off Season At West Ham
Rilwan, Joseph Set For Epic Clashes At GOtv Boxing Night
EL-Rufai Lauds Access Bank Over UNICEF Charity Shield Polo

New Telegraph

Herdsmen: 200,000 students, 1,000 teachers displaced in Benue
Kwande commends Buhari for honouring MKO Abiola
Taraba NLC Chairman`s wife, nieghbour kidnapped
CAN berates Gov Sani Bello over exclusion of Christians
BSO attacks Obasanjo over comments on June 12
Full Fixtures of 2019/20 Premier League
DSP: Why I stepped down, by Kalu Varsity demotes 24 professors
Shell loses $260.57m to crude theft, pipeline vandalism
Atiku, PDP to Tribunal: Compel INEC to grant us access to server
Gbajabiamila cancels victory party, to visit crisis-torn constituencies
Pension contributors to access 25% for home ownership
Revenue: Customs rakes in N5.5bn daily
Marijuana could reduce sperm counts, delay conception
Foreign firm seeks seizure of $9bn Nigerian assets
9th Senate: PDP settles for Abaribe as Minority Leader
NDDC to commission N24bn Ogbia-Nembe Road

Hours after we found 11-year-old severed hand, it was still shaking’
Pastor arrested for raping lady, threatening to kill her
Surety arraigned for forgery, lying
Three escape death as building collapses in Lagos
Bandits sack eight villages, kill 70 in Niger
I established business for my wife, bought car after robbery’
We’ll deal with insecurity in Osun – Osun Assembly Chief Whip,
Nigeria’s restructuring not negotiable – Kentebe
Agoro: FG should’ve declared June 12 MKO Abiola Day, not Democracy
All-inclusive govt’ll restore confidence of South-East – Okorie
Fidelity Pension advises on early retirement plans
AGRA: Towards sustaining Nigeria’s seed devt
Endy Ojo-Abbas releases teaser of Trapped Heart
Ikechukwu: Nigerians should imbibe teamwork for business growth
Get another club, Ekpo tells AFCON: Ighalo resumes full training with EaglesEnvoy charges Eagles to go for AFCON trophy
FIFA Women World Cup: Falcons arrive Rennes for crucial game
Quack directors, producers ruining Nollywood – Funky Mallam
Copyright body, others remember Ras Kimono
Ruth Kadiri advises celebs on settling down before stardom
‘DJ Cuppy is queen of endorsement’
EDITORIAL: Saving LGs from states’

News Headlines Jun 13, 2019. Headlines From Nigeria’s Major Newspapers

News Headlines Jun 13, 2019. Headlines From Nigeria’s Major Newspapers

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The Punch

Mixed reactions as Buhari vows to rebuild Nigeria, renames stadium after MKO
Buhari, Tinubu will soon taste el-Rufai’s venom, says Shehu Sani
FG may lift land border vehicle importation ban — Customs boss
Suspected herdsmen attack travellers in Osun, kill LG worker
Power firm throws community into darkness over alleged manhandling of official
How Omatsuli transferred money paid into firm’s account – Witness
Bandits abduct Kastsina village head
DPO, seven cops arrested for killing porter, one other
Joshua’s career over – Fury
Military helicopter crashes on Democracy Day in Katsina
Cult clashes claim five, mob beats two to death in Bayelsa
National Assembly leaders may name committees today
DSS stops June 12 rally in Ibadan, arrests three
Four suspected cultists arrested in Ogun
How presidential panel misled court to issue interim forfeiture order of $158m — Telecom firm
Danish husband’s blood matched murdered wife, daughter’s – Forensic analyst
Motorcyclist crushed to death in Ekiti
Govt has impoverished Nigerians to oppress them, says Ezekwesili
Osoba, Akpabio back President on Abiola
Democracy Day: Govs hail Buhari for recognising MKO Abiola, urge unity
APC, PDP govs, NGF congratulate Lawan, Gbajabiamila
Stock market investors lose N533bn in seven days
Nigeria earns $236bn from petroleum exports in five years
NCC awards N65m to 11 varsities for technology research
NERC issues 40MW licence as power generation sheds 1,431MW
Oando shareholders knock SEC for AGM suspension
I was committed to ending NFF crisis —Dalung
Falcons beat Korea, end World Cup winless run
Oshoala equals Nwadike’s goals record
Enyimba are NPFL champions
Stadium: Abiola’s ex-aide lauds Buhari
NMA proposes new health insurance scheme
Blame drug abuse for increase in crime rate — Ojo
CMD to rebrand, reposition EKSUTH with quality service delivery
Revive moribund hospitals in Imo, group tells Ihedioha
Eliminating food allergy and intolerance for good health
NHEA targets global standards in healthcare delivery
Editorial: N11tn petrol subsidy, illogical
June 12 as Democracy Day commendable, but…
For Osun politicians, it’s a book problem
Will Buhari do better with this NASS?

The Nation

Fayemi urges Lawan, Gbajabiamila to put national interest first
Ondo representative hails colleagues for backing Gbajabiamila
‘Kanu’s reception in Canada proves Biafra’s restoration’
Bauchi to declare state of emergency in education
Kingibe: Obasanjo knew about June 12 annulment
Air Force’s helicopter crashes in Katsina
Abuja Stadium renaming: Abiola ‘ll be happy in grave, says Akerele
Motorcyclist killed after defying traffic light in Ekiti
I’ll keep fighting for recognition of Lagos’ 37 local govts, says Adeola
Bagudu: APC governors will work with National Assembly to deepen democracy
Oyetola seeks unity as Osun marks Democracy Day
Balogun defies Olubadan’s order on Egungun festival
June 12 and the mo(u)rning after
Abiola’s untimely death cut our national hope, says Abiodun
MKO Abiola’s beatification
Smuggling: Navy seizes rice, others worth N45m
Methodist priest arrested for ‘faking own kidnap’
Gunmen kill Osun civil servant on Ife-Ibadan highway
June 12: Don seeks foundation
Atiku: June 12 soul of democratic Nigeria’s struggle
‘We must move to next level’
Three arrested during anti-kidnapping rally in Ibadan
Tinubu to Lawan, Gbajabiamila, others: deepen democracy
June 12: Fasanmi, Adebanjo welcome gesture
Bagudu: APC governors will work with National Assembly to deepen democracy
Oyetola seeks unity as Osun marks Democracy Day
Abiola’s untimely death cut our national hope, says Abiodun
NADECO: True federalism is the answer
‘We lost family assets to the struggle’
Abiola: Adepoju hails FG for renaming Abuja national stadium
Photos: Oshoala voted player of match as Falcons beat South Korea
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Ekiti pastor ‘kidnaps self’, demands N3m from congregation

Ekiti pastor ‘kidnaps self’, demands N3m from congregation

By Temitope Yakubu

Adewuyi Adegoke, a pastor at Methodist Church, Ado-Ekiti, capital of Ekiti state, has been arrested by the police for allegedly organising his own kidnap.

TheCable gathered that Adegoke had arranged with one Oluwadare Sunday to demand N3 million ransom from his congregation.

He reportedly went into hiding on Sunday evening while there were reports that he was abducted between Esa-Oke in Osun state and Aramoko-Ekiti in Ekiti.

His purported abductors later contacted the church members to demand the ransom, which they insisted must be paid latest by Thursday to prevent the reverend from being killed.

Detectives, however, intercepted the pastor’s accomplice, Sunday, who came to pick up the ransom at Okeyinmi area of Ado-Ekiti, after which he led them to the hotel where the pastor had been hiding.

Detectives reportedly tracked the suspects through the mobile phone that he was using to make contact with the church members.

Amba Asuquo, commissioner of police in Ekiti, confirmed that the command is investigating the incident but refused to disclose the identities of the suspects.

“Yes there is something close to that, but we are still investigating and will come out with the details later,” he told reporters.

When asked if the reverend was among the suspects in custody, Asuquo said, “I know we have some suspects in custody in connection with the incident but I cannot reveal their identities to you now.”

When the news of the reverend’s kidnap broke, several members of his congregation took to social media to solicit support towards his rescue.

On Facebook, one Awoyemi Matthew wrote: “People of GOD. everywhere. please let us raise prayer altars for this vibrant servant of GOD. REV Adewuyi Adegoke, who was kidnapped recently between Ekiti and Osun state.”

Credit: TheCable.

Why Obasanjo refused to recognise June 12

Why Obasanjo refused to recognise June 12


Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has drawn the ire of Nigerians over what they described as his failure to recognise the June 12, 1993 presidential election. They are furious that Obasanjo who rode to power on the waves of the June 12 annulment saga, never acknowledged the historic election and the winner, Chief MKO Abiola, at public functions throughout his tenure, Assisant Editor LEKE SALAUDEEN reports.

THE struggle for the actualisation of June 12, 1993 presidential election started immediately the former Military President Ibrahim Babangida annulled the election won by Chief MKO Abiola and his running mate Ambassador Babagana Kingibe. Following the advent of the Fourth Republic and the election of former President Olusegun Obasanjo in 1999, Nigerians were optimistic that recognition would be given to June 12 as the authentic ‘Democracy Day’. That didn’t happen. Obasanjo who came to power on the crest waves of the June 12 annulment saga disdained the symbolic date and questioned its relevance of the date in the polity of the nation.

Obasanjo ruled for eight years, but he never acknowledged the role Abiola and June 12 played in his emergence as a democratically-elected president. Abiola sacrificed his life for democracy to thrive in Nigeria, but that did not mean anything to Obasanjo who chose May 29 as ‘Democracy Day’ against the popular demand that it should be June 12.

At the peak of the struggle for the actualisation of the June 12, 1993 elections, Obasanjo told the world that the acclaimed winner of that election, MKO Abiola was not the messiah that Nigeria needed. The comment was a reflection of Obasanjo’s perception of himself as the country’s ultimate saviour.

Afenifere chieftain, Senator Ayo Fasanmi, berated Obasanjo for saying Abiola was not the messiah Nigeria needed. He asked: “Is Obasanjo the messiah now? He is not the messiah we are looking up to. As far as I am concerned, Obasanjo has become a spent force. He wants to be recognised as the one directing the affairs of the nation at every stage from the time he was military Head of State, civilian president, through the late President Umaru Yar’Adua time to former President Goodluck Jonathan’s period. He has the feeling that he knows it all.

“We should be careful about Obasanjo. I have my reservations about him. Yoruba must come together but not behind Obasanjo. Obasanjo can’t lead us. I can’t recognise any invitation from Obasanjo.

“The honour that was conferred on Abiola by President Buhari should have been done by Obasanjo. He didn’t do it. We thank President Buhari for doing this. We should support him and not Obasanjo’s agenda. Obasanjo should go into retirement. He only wants to be seen and heard.”

The spokesman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Lagos State, Mr Joe Igbokwe, said: “Obasanjo did what he did apparently to mock and get at the late Abiola and the family he left behind. He did not want the name of Chief MKO Abiola to be remembered or to be associated with anything he is doing. He pretended as if June 12 never existed. He must have reasoned that he got to power in 1999 through his personal efforts.

“But Obasanjo was being economical with the truth. Without June 12 there would not have been 1999. For eight years that Obasanjo was in power he deliberately pretended that June 12, 1993 never existed. At public functions, he never for one day mentioned Chief MKO Abiola or acknowledged the obvious and painful truth that it was Chief Abiola that paid the supreme price for his rise to power again.”

On his part, Senator Shehu Sani said Obasanjo’s failure to honour the late Abiola reflected the effort of the political class to suppress the sacrifice of those who went to jail and those who paid the supreme price for the democracy that Nigeria has today.

Sani, who represented Kaduna Central at the just dissolved eighth Senate, said: “It is not simply about Chief MKO Abiola not being recognised by Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, it is about an institutional decision of the political class who continues to suppress the role played by the free press bringing about democracy. Hardly will you see any of those that were on the streets of Lagos protesting for democracy ever being recognised with even an award of OON, which is the lowest. As they share oil blocs to themselves, share positions to themselves, so they share national honour to themselves.”

He said the June 12, 1993 presidential election that the late businessman won, but which the military junta of General Ibrahim Babagida annulled, laid the foundation for the current democratic rule in the country. Without the struggle of June 12, there could not have been democracy in Nigeria today. The change and the experience in the 2015 election was part of the seed of June 12. It was the same forces that forced the military out of power that rallied Nigerians to reject the PDP out of power.”

June12 activist, Comrade Jude Egbas knocked Obasanjo for failing to address the annulled June 12 1993 presidential election. He noted that “Obasnjo had eight years to recognise Abiola as the winner of the June 12 election and tender apology to the MKO family and Nigerians for the injustice. But his ego wouldn’t let him be great.

“Obasanjo was the military choice after the 1993 robbery of MKO and Nigerians. Obasanjo was the one the power elite settled for to placate the Southwest after the injustice done Abiola. Ironically, from 1999 to 2007, Obasanjo refused to mention Abiola’s name and refused to acknowledge the significance of June 12. Obasanjo had the opportunity to right the wrongs of June 12, but he blew it. Hopefully, someday, he will publicly tender unreserved apologies for his ignominious roles in the June 12 debacle.”

Former General Secretary of the National Democratic Coalition (NADECO), Mr Ayo Opadokun, was sad over the inability of Obasanjo to recognise the election mandate of Abiola, believed by many to have emerged winner in the polls, adjudged to be free and fair. NADECO spearheaded the movement for the restoration of election mandate of the late politician, business mogul and philanthropist.

He said: “Former President Olusegun Obasanjo who the military foisted on Nigeria for eight years ignored all pleas to close the chapter of military’s disrespect to the popular will of the Nigerian people as expressed on June 12, 1993 which results have been officially announced at all the wards, local government areas, and state levels of collations confirming Abiola’s victory.” He was disappointed that Obasanjo being a beneficiary of Abiola’s martyrdom ought to have recognised him.

The son of late MKO and Kudirat Abiola, Jamiu, disclosed that Obasanjo ignored several pleas which he made to him to honour his father. He said: “When Obasanjo was the President, I visited him several times and called him several times. There was a time I sent him a text message when he was President telling him that people’s impression about his failure to honour Abiola was because he did not like him.”

However, Jamiu was happy that his father’s sacrifice has been recognised. “I am the happiest man because for so long I felt that my parents died for nothing because there is nothing worse than somebody making a sacrifice and the sacrifice not recognised. He said it was recognised by Nigerians but those that got power after June 12, 1993 found it convenient to sweep it under the carpet for reasons best known to them.”

Credit: The Nation

The legend called M.K.O

The legend called M.K.O

By Yakubu Mohammed

Today marks the beginning of the celebration of Democracy Day on June 12. After about 25 years of ceaseless clamouring for the federal government to declare June 12 a national public holiday in honour of M.K.O Abiola almost to no avail, majority of Nigerians were astounded this time last year when, as if from the blues, President Muhammadu Buhari, formerly an unapologetic military dictator now a converted democrat, publicly recognised the injustice of the annulled June 12 election and took the bold and unprecedented step to rectify it.

So today has replaced May 29 as Democracy Day, which perhaps explains the lacklustre inauguration of the president some two weeks ago to commence his second term of office without the necessary pomp and panoply. Not even a word to fellow citizens, something to rouse them to a new sense of direction and some frenzy of patriotism.

May 29 has joined October 1, the country’s anniversary of independence, as mere footnotes in the national calendar. The debasing of the two hitherto very significant dates in our life is symptomatic of the honour we have decided to give to June 12 as a watershed in our democratic trajectory. For the first time we have had an unbroken 20 years of democratic practice, despite some of its glaring imperfections and some of its failures and foibles not to add the chicanery of its adherents.

But are they really its adherents? Some people will tell you to your face that we have democracy today without democrats. But that is beside the point. The fact is, mercifully, there are no gun-toting men on horseback, dictating the tune and running the affairs of the country. Today we can argue and debate and disagree, up to some point. Even in the media, especially in the unregulated social media, this democracy permits some licence to libel and defame and peddle obviously vile and pernicious wild rumour that can set the country ablaze.

We also have a handful of those who believe that this democracy is not complete without the free for all display of the power of the AK 47 by armed gangs going by the fearful nomenclature of bandits and kidnappers at home and on the highways and even at polling booths.

We also tend to believe that this current democracy can profit from some large dose of impunity and the impudence of reckless power, some bit of autocracy with some fascism looming large in many states. But this day, without any iota of doubt, is M.K.O Abiola’s day of glory. It is akin to Martin Luther King’s national holiday in America. Abiola is the single most important architect of the modern democracy. He won the June 12 presidential election in 1993 fair and square. But it was annulled. In pursuit of his mandate, he made the supreme sacrifice. The struggle to actualise that mandate, prolonged and sometimes vicious, eventually resulted in the return to democratic dispensation on May 29 1999 with political power ceded to the South West, the home region of Abiola.

That this democracy has endured for two decades and still counting is a testimony to the fact God has a hand in our affairs, despite our own obvious weaknesses and failures. But what lessons do we learn from the life and times of this great man, a true legend of our time?

As president Buhari said last year, we must all resolve to avoid the situation that led to the June 12 election fiasco. To do that we must all learn to live and play by the rules of the game. We must avoid a repeat of the litany of election inconclusiveness that we witnessed in the last elections.

Abiola might not have been a perfect human being or a perfect politician for that matter but his world views and personal examples synchronised very well with the true dictates of democracy and good governance with a premium on the well-being of the people.

Abiola left a legacy worthy of emulation by today’s leaders. His broad-mindedness was exceptional. So was his quality and practice of regarding every Nigerian, irrespective of ethnicity and religion, as a fellow compatriot worthy of trust and empathy. He was a true believer of merit and one’s worth, always inclined to give another man the benefit of the doubt.

Abiola might not have become president but his larger than life image came from his ability to triumph over base and primordial sentiments and an incredible sense of fellow feeling. I concluded that pen-portrait of this incredible Nigerian by saying he might not have been a very good politician – considering how very good Nigerian politicians are – he was definitely a good humanist, a man of the world who was courted by the high and the mighty.

Abiola, upclose
Very well known to the public is the fact that the man M.K.O was a typical grass- to- grace phenomenon. He was never shy to tell whoever cared to listen that like many Nigerians of modest background, he was born into abject poverty. Born on August 24 1937 in Abeokuta, Ogun State, Moshood Kashimawo Olawale Abiola was the 23rd child of his father, Alhaji Alao Salawu Adenekan Abiola.

M.K.O, the brand that would later take the world by storm, was the first child of his father to survive, the first 22 having either died at birth or before they turned one year. His father, not one to succumb easily to fate, christened the new born-child Kashimawo – roughly translated to mean let’s wait and see.

His father lived long enough to see his son grow through poverty – drumming and dancing to pay school fees – to wealth, becoming the first Blackman to rise as the executive vice-president of ITT world-wide. Though he was stupendously rich, he did not allow that to enter his head. Philanthropy defined his life. He believed that the more he gave the more he had. But this man of legendry wealth was not unaware of his limitations. He had occasion to say: “I cannot give everybody money. I wish I could. And If I could, I would but I couldn’t. But I can give hope” And that was more lasting. The hope that Abiola gave was not the type given to Tantalus, unattainable, a mere mirage or a will-o’- de wisp. It was the hope that Nigerians missed by not having an Abiola presidency. What Nigerians missed also was his human touch, an incredible sense of empathy, feeling for others.

Though he could be brash when occasion called for it, but he couldn’t bear to see a fellow human being suffer. When there was a task to be performed he brooked no obstacle. No hurdle was too much for him to scale.

Now I ask: how many of our big men today would willingly give out their official cars to their paid staff to use on official assignment? Abiola would tell his captain to ferry any of his editors in his private jet for an assignment outside Lagos. I am an eye witness to his humility. On one occasion, I had the luxury of being flown, all alone, in his private jet to represent him at Enugu and, on another occasion, being flown with Dele Giwa, just the two of us, to attend a function in Abuja. That was the legend called M.K.O.

Credit: The Guardian

How robber raped me using ‘polybag’ as protection, teacher tells court

How robber raped me using ‘polybag’ as protection, teacher tells court

A teacher (name withheld) of a Catholic Secondary School in Lagos, has narrated before an Ikeja Sexual Offences and Domestic Violence Court how an armed robber raped her in her home using a polythene bag (polybag) as protection.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the teacher made the revelation on Tuesday while giving evidence during the trial of two men in their 20s – Babatunde Oluwaleke and Daniel Ojo – over alleged rape and armed robbery.

While being led in evidence by Mr Akin George, the lead prosecuting counsel for the state, the teacher gave a harrowing account of how she was raped in her home by Oluwaleke on March 6, 2018.

She told the court that between the hours of 2am and 3am while asleep in her bedroom, she was awoken by some noise and she saw two males, a tall one (Ojo) and a short one (Oluwaleke) both dark in complexion, ordering her to get up.

She said: “I told them I had no money and the first defendant (Oluwaleke) said I must produce money or he will kill me. I was pleading and the second defendant (Ojo) told him that they should go because that is not what they came for.

“I was tying a wrapper and the first defendant asked me to lie on the bed, I was pleading and he pushed me back on the bed, I begged that he should not rape me that I don’t have money but he took my Automated Teller Machine (ATM) card, mobile phones and all that I have.

“He brought out a knife, placed the tip on my stomach and threatened to stab me if I did not cooperate. When he opened my wrapper, he saw I was menstruating and I didn’t know from where he produced a polybag.

“He tied the polybag on him and penetrated me. I was pleading that I could be his sister but he ignored me, asking me to shut up. Much later, he removed the polybag and raped me using nothing.

“When the first defendant was done, the second defendant was telling him that was not what they came for and that they needed to go.”

She said after they left, terrified, she prayed hoping that the other members of her household were unharmed.

The teacher said when she went to check on members of her family, she realised that they had all slept through her ordeal.

“My mother and her friend were still sleeping in the sitting room. Things were scattered and the contents of their handbags were emptied on the floor. I woke them up and told them what happened.

“We stay in a one-storey building, we went downstairs where my younger brother stays and we noticed the armed robbers used a rope to tie the door of the mosquito net which is attached to a spring so that it does not make noise.

“My younger brother was also still asleep with his friend, we woke them up and I told them what happened and we took an inventory of all the property that was stolen,” she said.

The teacher said members of her family immediately reported the crime to the authorities and she was taken to the hospital that morning for medical examination and counselling.

She said on that day, she was also taken to the Afonka Police Station, Alimosho, Lagos where four recently apprehended armed robbery suspects were shown to her and she was asked if any of the suspects had raped and robbed her.

“Immediately I saw the first defendant, I recognised him, even with my eyes closed, I can identify him.

“I identified him to the police, wrote a statement and went home and the case was transferred to the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).

“My lord, I want fair justice to be served in this case,” she said.

Following her testimony, Mr. O. Egbo, the counsel to the defendants requested for an adjournment in order to effectively cross-examine the teacher.

Obliging his request, Justice Abiola Soladoye adjourned the case until Sep. 30 for cross-examination of the witness.