Father Allegedly Kills Two Sons With Poison

Father Allegedly Kills Two Sons With Poison In Bayelsa

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Police personnel and journalists at the station where the suspect is being held

The Bayelsa State Police Command has arrested a 42-year-old man for allegedly poisoning three of his sons, leading two the deaths of two of them.

Sunday Otasi is said to have tricked his teenage sons into following him into the bush and forcing them to ingest a strong insecticide.

His third child was able to crawl out of the bush after which he was spotted and rushed to the hospital.

It was when he regained consciousness on Tuesday, the day after he was taken to the hospital, that he narrated a shocking tale.

One of Mr Otasi’s three sons survived and narrated his ordeal at the hospital where he was rushed to for treatment

His doctor said he informed the medical staff that his father had informed them that they were going to the church.

Along the line, he told the bus to stop. They went into a bush and when they got there, with (the aid of) one other man, he tied them and forced them to drink sniper (a locally made insecticide).

His father, however, countered the narrative.

“I did not poison them,” he said, suggesting that somebody else might have.

“Maybe (it happened) on the way going back with Levi. If Levi has done such a thing to my children, I will not argue.”

The grandmother of the deceased said she has single-handedly taken care of the children from infancy up until last Saturday when they left the village with their father.

She said their deaths would hurt her till her death.

How yahoo-yahoo boys scam their victims – Experts

How yahoo-yahoo boys scam their victims – Experts

By Zakariyya Adaramola, with agency reports

Though greed and hungry for love give many Nigerians away to cyber criminals, internet scammers known here in Nigeria as yahoo-yahoo boys, the criminals also have their antics with which they catch their victims.

These are some of their methods:

Experts say while the scam story lines vary in detail, they all usually tend to follow the same trajectory: the victim is identified; a close relationship is rapidly established online; a small amount of money is asked for to test the victim’s readiness; a crisis occurs and a larger amount of money is sought with the promise of it being returned quickly; a series of additional “bleeds” occur until the scammer is exposed or the victim can’t get any more money.

Scammers often work in teams of five or six, with each member playing a specific role, according to experts who study and prosecute online fraud.

‘’One person opens communication as the faux lover. Teammates sometimes impersonate a doctor or a nurse demanding to be paid after a medical emergency. Or they pose as work associates or friends of the paramour, to whom the victim can send the money. Young women pretend to be teenage daughters, eager to call the victim “Mom.” If the victim gets suspicious, an accomplice may reach out pretending to be a private investigator offering to track down the scammer for a fee.

‘’It is all scripted: the words the faux lover uses, the love poetry he plagiarizes, the events that unfold in the “relationship.”

‘’One scammer managed a workload of 25 cases at once, impersonating both men and women’’, according to AARP’s Shadel.

But even with a script, there can be warning signs for the victims. Sometimes, the scammer may “forget” what was discussed previously or call the victim by a different name. Most scammers go with the generic “honey” or “babe” to avoid the latter mistake, according to the cyber security experts.

When the victim seeks a face-to-face meeting, the script offers creative ways for scammers to say no or to cancel later. Some claim they’re working overseas or on an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico, where internet and cell phone service is spotty so they can’t stay in contact as frequently as they would like.

To build their false identities, scammers steal a real person’s photos from dating sites, Facebook or even old MySpace accounts. Sometimes thousands of phony online identities are created from one set of stolen photos. The person whose pictures are taken has no idea anything is amiss until victims start to contact them hoping to get their money back or continue the “romance.”

Member of the military are big targets because women gravitate to photos of strong men willing to make the ultimate sacrifice for their country. Soldiers represent protection, another appealing trait. Plus, being “deployed overseas” provides scammers with a great cover for erratic communications and no face-to-face meetings.

Credit: Daily Trust

Mbaka Endorses Buhari’s Second Term Bid

Mbaka Endorses Buhari’s Second Term Bid

Christopher Isiguzo in Enugu

Fiery Catholic Priest and the Spiritual Director of Adoration Ministry, Enugu, Nigeria (AMEN), Reverend Fr. Ejike Mbaka, yesterday urged Nigerians to support President Muhammadu Buhari’s second term bid in order to continue with his good works.

“A president that is fighting corruption need to be supported,” Mbaka said as he delivered his New Year Prophetic message to Nigerians.

The Catholic cleric, however, predicted that the country would face an unimaginable difficulty in 2019 and therefore charged Nigerians to brace up to the situation.

He also called for serious prayers for the country.

While praying for the country and her leaders, the outspoken Catholic priest enjoined Nigerians to support President Buhari to continue the fight against corruption, noting that the Catholic Church supports the fight against corruption hence it is sustained prayers against “bribery and corruption.”

He said: “We pray for President Muhammadu Buhari; he is a man who understands the situation. Since Nigeria started, we have never experienced a president that has agricultural programmes like him. It’s like calling somebody a thief in the media but you are not a thief.

Zamfara Killings, Resurgence of Boko Haram Attacks Unacceptable, Says JNI
“For 16 years, the road from Anambra to Enugu was over-grown with weeds but within four years the road is being reconstructed and the same way they are doing it to Umuahia. This one that remembered us may God bless him. Since he has remembered us may God remember him. In short, it shall be well with him.

“Four years doesn’t mean eight years; he has finished his four years, I pray for peaceful transition that he may complete his remaining four years. He will hand over to a better person, may the Lord keep him. When he was sick, he was almost dead and we said prayer and God granted him healing. God knows the purpose for allowing him to be alive; if God doesn’t want him, he could have died.

“Because the remaining four years is constitutionally sacrosanct, no matter what happens. After the four years, he must hand over. We don’t want to continue another eight years of probability. Remember he was sick and now healed. Under three years, we are comparing somebody’s three years to 16 years of some group. Say if it is you. A primary three pupil is asked to come and seat exam with PhD, check it and even the child is doing very well.

“We pray that God will protect him from those who said if he doesn’t change he must be changed. The issue of Fulani herdsmen they said have killed everybody has stopped. Nobody is hearing about the bandits anymore; the man has changed. The roads that were not going has started going. A lot of things are happening now which nobody knows. May the lord protect Buhari; it shall be well with our president. May the Lord bless his workers (the good ones) and may the Lord give Buhari courage when he comeback again he will fire them,” he said.

He also rallied support for Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu and Dave Umahi of Ebonyi State in their bid to go for second term.

“It shall be well with you. His name is wealth reach home may God bless him. I will not greet everyone without praying for our governor and friend, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi. We bless God for him. Enugu has never seen it like this, for first time in the history of Enugu The Black Axe and Vikings are not fighting, only a man like him that can do it. In his time Chief Nwodo and Ken Nnamani are friends; in his time Fidelis Okoro and Nwodo’s are not fighting. While he is developing Nsukka; he is developing Awgu, Udi, Nkanu; it’s impact is everywhere.

“He said that Enugu State is in the hands of God; he believes in God and we have to hand him over to God because Enugu is in peace. There is no other state in this country that can have this kind of peace. The governor has united leaders of different denominations; he doesn’t discriminate, no community is marginalised, he loves the youth. Generations will not forget you. Adoration Ministry will not forget you.

Credit: ThisDay

News Headlines Jan 2, 2019. Headlines From Nigeria’s Major Newspapers

News Headlines Jan 2, 2019. Headlines From Nigeria’s Major Newspapers

Compiled by Demola Adefajo

The Punch
ASUU talks tough ahead of Friday meeting with INEC
New Year’s Eve tragedy: 12 die in Ibadan road crash
PDP is creating insecurity, Atiku killed power sector –APC
Adeboye codes 2019 prophecies, Olukoya sees strange happenings
Should the National Assembly be given powers to hire and fire IGP?
‘Brexit, tariffs can affect Europe in 2019’
Firm’s credit rated A+
Legacy changes name to FCMB Pensions Limited
Manufacturing sector led in N273bn VAT generated in Q3 – NBS
GOtv Boxing: N3m prize money thrills Oladosu
CAF Awards: Aubameyang, Mane, Salah on final shortlist
The ultimate cell phone buying guide (1)
Four offline revenue opportunities to pursue in the New Year
Understanding consumers’ housing demands before investing
2019: Air Peace to begin long-haul flights
Iguodala fined $25,000 for ball throwing
2019: Orbih spreads badminton gospel to schools
Philanthropist rates Amosun low in grassroots sports
I’m a prophet sent to liberate South-East, Ngige claims
Officials arrest drug gang members in Ikoyi Prison
Robbers attack travellers in Ondo, kill three
Worker conspires with contributors to steal from thrift firm
Man arraigned for stealing motorcycle in Osun
Suspected herdsmen set Ortom’s rice farm ablaze
15-year-old rape victim pregnant for abuser – Police
Lady dies hours to wedding in Bauchi
CSOs accuse FG of restricting access to Adeyanju
Buhari has built foundation for growth, says Tinubu
Buhari’s actions will prove his sincerity on fair polls –Atiku
Lawyer wants code of conduct for public office holders
My blueprint will prosper Rivers, says APC gov candidate
Buhari’s wife heads APC women, youth campaign team
‘Brexit, tariffs can affect Europe in 2019’
Firm’s credit rated A+
GOtv Boxing: N3m prize money thrills Oladosu
I underestimated Mayweather – Nasukawa
2019 UTME: JAMB warns candidates against fraudsters
The holiday season and your health (2)
To avoid heart attack, eat less salt – Study
Alcohol may increase survival of heart failure
Vitamin D linked to obesity in occupational asthma patients
NHIS, NMA clash over cancer exclusion from health scheme
‘Quality health a mirage if left for govt alone’
Issues that will shape Nigeria in 2019
Default on loans rises as glut hits property market
Retirees decry declining life expectancy, seek return to NHIS
Telecoms to drive financial inclusion, economy in 2019 — Experts
Use automation to address telecoms industry debt, ATCON urges NCC
New Horizons, academy integrate tech courses into curricula
Editorial: NCC on telecoms operators’ illegalities
Towards ensuring credible 2019 elections
2019 Budget: Concerns, nuts and bolts
Suicidal missions aided by some parents
A letter of thanks on New Year Day

The Nation

Be real, RMD advises in New Year’s message
‘Economy may suffer beyond 2019’
Mbaka predicts hard times for Nigeria
Atiku to Buhari: 90m Nigerians living in extreme poverty
APC alleges anti-Buhari plot as PDP knocks rally
‘Economy may suffer beyond 2019’
N15.89b injection to stop ASUU strike
Oil output hits 2.09m barrels
Aisha Buhari, Osinbajo’s wife head APC’s women/youth presidential team
Adeboye, Oyedepo, Olukoya: Nigeria’ll come out stronger from challenges
‘Learn from Shagari’s forgiving spirit’
Group urges monarchs to shun politics
Cole: drift in Rivers must be reversed
‘Prepare for peaceful polls’
2019: Obaseki mobilises support for Buhari
Shagari: Exit of a reluctant president
Arsenal, Leicester table N17b for Chukwueze
Funmilayo Ajala targets 2019 African Games spot
Silva: Everton were too nervous
Ikeme gets emotional on New Year’s Eve
Joshua should give Wilder, Fury 50-50 split – Davison
Iwobi continues to fly high
Sterling Bank, Jaiz Bank, others make NSE’s index stocks
‘Distribution, security, others are power sector’s challenges’
CCNN becomes 12th biggest company
PTAD settles 759 NoKs of defunct privatised agencies
‘World economy to grow by 3.5 per cent’
Role of luck in business success
Officials bust drug gang at Ikoyi Prisons
Ambode: I’ll complete ongoing projects
Governor’s wife visits first baby of the year
Rivers ushers in New Year with prayers, praises
Four face N25m theft charge
Edo seeks probe of shooting on New Year’s day
Delta Speaker urges peace, harmony
Woman stabs boyfriend with knife
Tope Alabi, Chioma Jesus, others thrill at Yadah 2018
2019 is liberation year, says Seun Kuti
Zina Kalu advises youths at carnival
Star wraps up Yuletide celebrations in style
Adekunle Gold cries as dad becomes Lagos perm sec
The politics of age

ThisDay
Shettima Admits Worsening Security Situation in Borno
Buhari is Growing the Economy Steadily, Says APC
Nigeria’s External Reserves Hit $43.2bn
Between el-Rufai and Journalist Segun Onibiyo
Jonathan, Tinubu, Others Confident of Better Future for Nigeria
Don’t Allow Security Agents Intimidate Voters, Onaiyekan Urges FG
Crude Oil Production Rises by 9%
FG Invites Labour for Briefing January 4
No Serious Vice President Hawks N10,000, PDP Tells Osinbajo
Aisha Buhari Leads APC Women, Youths Campaign Group
Zamfara Killings, Resurgence of Boko Haram Attacks Unacceptable, Says JNI
Northern Traditional Rulers Urge Politicians to Honour Peace Pact
Mbaka Endorses Buhari’s Second Term Bid
APC Hunting for PVCs, PDP Alleges
Provide evidence, ruling party replies opposition party
Insurance Sector in Dire Need of Transformation
SDP Yet To Submit Gana’s As Court Executes Substituted Service
2019 Will Be Bloody and Painful if Buhari Wins, Says CUPP
CSO Trains Journalists, INEC Officials on Combating Fake News
PDP’s Plot to Smear Buhari’s Integrity Has Failed, Says APC
A Peep at Mr. President’s Governor
PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONEERING AND WORKERS’ VOTES
Gov. Okowa Emerges Silverbird Man Of The Year 2018
Zwinkels: Recapitalisation Will Create Stronger Microfinance Banks
Moody’s Predicts Stable Outlook for African Banks
Boleigha: Controls Necessary in Fight against Corruption
Two Exchange Traded Funds Outperform Market as Seven Decline
As Pension Sector Trudges On
Iwobi Out as Nigerians Miss Final Shortlist for the Fourth Time in a Row
2018 CAF AWARDS *Oshoala, Ordega listed in women’s category
Adekanye Set to Dump Liverpool for Lazio
Hopman Cup: Federer Beats Serena in Memorable Sexes Clash
Spurs Defeats Cardiff to Go Second on New Year Day
Swansea’s £478 Mascot Appearance Fee Causing Outrage in the UK
Tiger Woods Claimed 80th Victory as Oboh Made History Qualifying for European Tour
2019 Holds So Much Promise for Nigeria Football
EDITORIAL:OF MALNUTRITION AND STUNTED GROWTH

The Sun
APC, PDP perfect zoning ahead of elections
2019: Personalities who will shape polity
Issues that will shape 2019
2019: Buhari’ll be judged by his actions, not rhetoric – Atiku
New Year: Jonathan hopes for better Nigeria in 2019
Reelection: Kalu appointed, as Buhari inaugurates women, youth presidential campaign team
Minimum Wage: Labour tells workers to mobilise for prolonged strike
APC, PDP perfect zoning ahead of elections
2019: Buhari’ll be judged by his actions, not rhetoric – Atiku
New Year: Jonathan hopes for better Nigeria in 2019
Reelection: Kalu appointed, as Buhari inaugurates women, youth presidential campaign team
2019: Personalities who will shape polity
Issues that will shape 2019
Again APC blasts PDP, calls party national vomit
2019: I’ll trounce APC again, Dickson boasts
2019: Aisha Buhari drafts Orji Kalu, Marwa, Utomi, others into presidential campaign team
MAN expresses fear over 2019 budget
Luxury tax, mega merger to shape 2019
Bank fines, Adeosun’s scandal rocked financial sector in 2018
Stocks close 2018 bullish
Technology, key to reducing cost at capital market –Uduk
Higher philosophy of Christian marriage (10)
Reactions to my series on Atiku winning 2019 poll
Boma, take a bow
Defending journalism in Kebbi State
Read my lips, Uzodinma ‘ll succeed Okorocha in Imo, Oshiomhole’s aide declares
2 die as rival cult groups set Ondo on ‘fire’
Tension in Benin over suspected armed robber’s killing
2019, a year of victory for Benue people — Ortom
US, Israel formally quit UNESCO
Biblical prophecy predicts Rapture in 2019
Nigerian women need support to be more productive
2018 Education Review: Year of sexual harassment, strikes, unfulfilled promises, abduction
BOOK REVIEW: A vicar like no other
The gruesome killing of Badeh
Rotary renovates classrooms, donates furniture to Lagos school
APC, PDP perfect zoning ahead of elections
2019: Personalities who will shape polity
Issues that will shape 2019
2019: Buhari’ll be judged by his actions, not rhetoric – Atiku
New Year: Jonathan hopes for better Nigeria in 2019
Reelection: Kalu appointed, as Buhari inaugurates women, youth presidential campaign team
Minimum Wage: Labour tells workers to mobilise for prolonged strike
New Year eve auto crash claims 12 lives in Ibadan
MAN expresses fear over 2019 budget
Tech & Gadgets: Cyber security trends to watch in 2019
Advertising industry struggled in 2018 – Ebatamehi, MD, Bluebird Communications
Tech & Gadgets: 5 ways to save your mobile data
2 die as rival cult groups set Ondo on ‘fire’
Again APC blasts PDP, calls party national vomit

Daily Trust
12 killed in Ibadan New Year road crash
Minimum wage: NLC blames Buhari for not transmitting bill to N/Assembly
Nigeria’s daily oil production rose by 9% in 2018 — NNPC
Lawyers back calls for prisoners’ right to vote
B/Haram: We’re faced with serious challenges in Borno – Shettima
Arsenal bounce back with 4-1 win over Fulham
2019 election: Onaiyekan cautions on use of security agents
One killed as cultists strike on New Year’s Day in Badagry
How trailer crushes pregnant woman, others in Ibadan
New year: Sheikh Zakzaky’s followers attend church service for national cohesion
PDP campaign has crash-landed – APC
Aisha makes U-turn, constitutes 700-member Buhari re-election team
Giwa denies spending N140m as NFF president
Ordega, Oshoala make CAF award top three list
Arsenal bounce back with Fulham win
APGA‘ll surpass expectations in Zamfara – Maiturare
FG funds early works for N2trn Mambilla hydropower, despite legal issue
2019 Techno-Expo to boost inventions, innovations – FG
Kaduna JTF not working for El-Rufai – Taskforce Chair
Cultists invade Calabar streets
Imo and Ogun APC conundrum
Reminiscences of a political transition
2019: Year of the clones
2019 elections: A risky preview
YEMEN: Houthis deny WFP accusations of stealing aid
UNITED STATES: NASA spacecraft survives risky encounter with faraway dark world
BRAZIL Jair Bolsonaro: Far-right leader sworn in
Police nab 4 kidnap suspects, destroy 4,960 parcels of hemp in Borno
Over 200 cultists renounce membership in Lagos
Cook, 35, pleads guilty to defiling 13-year-old girl
Editorial: Harmattan season
Governors want to pay N30, 000 national minimum wage, hard times constrain- NGF
5,000 civil servants write promotion exam in Ogun
Gunmen sets ablaze Ortom’s 250 hectares rice farm
2019 UTME: JAMB warns candidates against fraudsters

The Guardian
‘Insecurity may mar polls’
FG provides funds to meet ASUU demands
All eyes on monetary and fiscal managers
‘Crude oil production witnessed nine per cent increase in 2018’
Pregnant woman, 29 others die 15 minutes to New Year in Ibadan
APC accuses PDP, Atiku of sponsoring smear campaign against Buhari
Government begins mandatory use of NIN in provision of services
NAF chief charges personnel to remain optimistic, courageous
China will not give up use of military force over Taiwan – Xi
Joshua will need to give Wilder, Fury a 50-50 split, says Davison
Most memorable football moments in 2018
Ikechukwu Uche urges Chukwueze to continue developing in Villarreal
Garba waits on NFF as time ticks for African U-17 Championship
Salah, Mane, Aubameyang are finalists for CAF Player of the Year
Eagles, Falcons will give Nigerians better year, says Mohammed Sanusi
Issues, persons and scenarios likely to define 2019
Why Buhari deserves second term, by Ashafa
‘PDP stands better chance to win this year’s election’
Alexx Ekubo Preaches Tolerance In Open Letter
Kanye West Teases A 2024 Political Ambition?
Ariana Grande Talks Dating Plan For 2019
One country, different systems
The case against the Nigerian military
Many travails of maritime sector in 2018
Five years of spreading luck: Everyone needs a little help
‘2019 fiscal plans below expectations, may limit real sector’s success level’
NCRIB lauds NAICOM on policy withdrawal
Five action steps toward constitutional restructuring
Buhari: Ending the era of rent
How Buhari is fighting corruption in Nigeria
First World War: A Nigerian perspective
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I Quarrelled Only Twice With Maryam In Our 40 Years As Husband And Wife —Ibrahim Babangida

I Quarrelled Only Twice With Maryam In Our 40 Years As Husband And Wife —IBB

Ibrahim and Maryam Babangida

On Sunday, December 27, 2009, time stopped forever for former First Lady and founder of the Better Life for Rural Women project, Mrs Maryam Babangida. The Delta State-born ex-First Lady succumbed to ovarian cancer at a Los Angeles, California hospital, aged 61. Her husband, General Ibrahim Babangida in this interview he granted an online newspaper, The Crest, speaks on life without Maryam, his wish to marry again and other issues. Excerpts:

INTERVIEW

If you look this way at 77, we could imagine how you were at 17 or 19, very handsome, soft-spoken and all that. How did you deal with the girls?

I was going to believe that you would come with that conclusion. But let me give you a story to answer your question. When I told my wife to let’s get married, she looked at me and said: ‘You can’t be serious’. I said: why? She said that the impression she had was that we were playboys. So, I said I had decided I didn’t want to be a playboy but I wanted to settle down. I think I convinced her that I really meant I was going to settle down.

How did your love life start, especially at a time when inter-ethnic marriages were not encouraged? How did your parents and hers take it?

Fortunately, the two parents knew each other. They were more or less friends and I also became friends with her cousins and aunties and uncles. So, they didn’t have difficulties…

You really played before you eventually made your mind to settle down…

I did…

I asked that question because I interacted with a couple of your friends who told me about the way you people rocked in Bobby Benson’s Caban Bamboo in those days…

He (Bobby Benson) was a good friend of mine. I knew him very well.

What was your relationship with the late Brigadier Benjamin Adekunle? He frequented the nightclub too…

He and I were from different divisions. I got to know him closely when the war broke out. He was in Third Marine Commando while I was in 1 Division of the Nigerian Army. But, later in retirement, I got closer to him because he visited me here in Minna. He visited me when I was in office and when I was out of office.

Still talking about relationships, how did it eventually happen after you told your wife and she said you weren’t serious? How long did it take you to convince her?

To be honest, less than a year.

How did you deal with the other girls?

Well, they had to accept that there would be a time they would have to leave me and I had to leave them.

Did you actually leave them completely?

I tried to…

How do you react to this notion that when Delta State was created by your government, you chose Asaba as the capital because your wife was from there? Geographically speaking, the critics said, Asaba was not at the centre.

It was not because of her. Before we created a state or local government, we studied everything-the history and the politics of that area; then, settled on one. I made a lot of consultations. I was fortunate I had Dennis Osadebe, I think he was a Premier of the Mid-West. I called him, went to him, and he told me the whole history of that area. Historically, during the British era, the town was an important town, and it was seen as such. So, from all the consultations, we made up our minds that we will make Asaba the capital. It just happened that my wife was from there.

It was said that on the eve of your announcement, the military administrator went to Warri and was looking for a place…

(Cuts in…) Before the announcement, somebody in Niger had also gone to another town and started saying that that would be the capital. But we knew it was going to be Minna. Then, we were accused. It is a typical Nigerian thing.

For a man of great accomplishments like you, and as a Muslim, your religion permits you to marry as many wives as you like. But you stuck to Mrs Maryam Babangida till her death on December 27, 2009. Before the marriage eventually happened, what were the traumas you went through?

(Laughs) That is the advantage of being a playboy; you get to learn more. So, when you make up your mind that you are going to settle down, you have learnt all the good and bad things in relationship. And if you decide you are settling down, you must avoid all those pitfalls. We had a very short relationship before we got married and what I looked for in a woman, before I married, she possessed them.

Like what?

Accepting me for what I am.

And what are you?

Just a human being. I had my faults. I make mistakes and if you are prepared to accept me for what I am, then, we have no problem. She exhibited that a lot and that kept us together. I can tell you that for 40 years, we quarrelled only twice. She was a very tolerant person and the parents were very understanding. They always sided with me.

Would it not have been otherwise if you were not General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida upwardly mobile, highly visible, known all over the world? Would she have been that tolerant?

I think she would still have been. During the war, for example, I was away most of the time. We were in the war front, and there was a lot of anxiety. Will he come back? Will he be killed? You know that sort of thing. But she was a very strong willed person and she was always hoping that, yes, he will come back. Yes, we will be there. And these scaled up the home, the children, and so on.

Was there a time in your 40 year of marriage that she got angry and said: ‘what the heck, I’m leaving!’

No, we never had that. That is why I said we quarrelled only twice and they were ordinary things we could sort out.

How did you handle your problems, anytime confusion came?

We allowed tempers to cool down. That is rule number one. We also applied that thing called common sense. Then, we initiated discussion, between the two of us on the subject that brought about the quarrel, and you find that you can easily resolve it. You would see me saying ‘I am sorry, I was wrong.’ She too would be saying, ‘I’m sorry I was wrong’. That is the end of it.

Does ‘the other room’ play any role in resolving such problems?

(Laughs) We always solved our problems in the dining room.

I’m talking about the ‘other room’?

Which is the other room? Enlighten me.

The chemistry between the two of you was so strong that people were wondering about your next move concerning marriage after her passing. I remember asking you the same question the last time my former bosses-Mr. Mike Awoyinfa, the late Pastor Dimgba Igwe-and I interviewed you in this same house; and you said you would remarry.

I’m still searching but I want to be fair. You don’t expect me to take a wife much younger than I am because that will be a problem for her and for me. I have to be fair. Secondly, I do expect if she will be able to live the way we did, which is not easy these days. So, I keep on praying; and I think it will happen.

Do you really mean you are searching?

Yes, I’m hoping.

How is life as a widower? What is the greatest problem you face as a widower?

Somebody to instantly correct me. Somebody to say ‘this is right, this is wrong’. This is important, especially for those of us in the limelight. That is what I miss most.

What is the highest point of your life? At 77, what are the highs and the lows?

First, when I was commissioned into the Nigerian Army, a young officer from the Indian Military Academy, full of life, coming to provide service to the country. Second, while providing the services to the country, you come across people, you meet people who operate either in defence of the country or in aiding people to provide for safety of lives and properties in the country. Then, when I was given a command during the war. The high point (in that) is that here was Major Babangida, and I had over 500 soldiers under me. Their lives, their welfare were dependent on me.

So, you have to be concerned about how you make them have confidence in you that you are not going to lead them into a disastrous situation; you have to be concerned about how they will follow me to the war. I’m glad because I mingled with them, I trained and ate with them. We played together and they developed that confidence. And if they knew that we were going to war, fear was no longer in them because, as an officer, I was capable of doing what they could do. As an officer, I could do what a corporal could do. So, they just followed. That is a good point and it has been very successful.

Horror! Rapist cuts off teacher’s wrist

Rapist cuts off teacher’s wrist

by FAITH YAHAYA

A teacher escapes from a suspected rapist, but loses her wrist to her attacker’s machete cuts, reports FAITH YAHAYA

There is enough violence in the land to tell everyone that all is not well. Consider herdsmen attacks, kidnapping, armed robbery, burglary, car snatching, ‘one chance’ robbers, phone snatching and others.

Like most states where these cases of crime abound, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) is not left out. The increasing rate of crime has made some residents of Abuja to live in constant fear while some are compelled to adhere to security tips provided by the police and other security agencies.

Following the spate of insecurity in the country, people these days approach worship centres, recreational parks, motor parks, airports, clubs, eateries and public places with caution. For those who board vehicles and motorbikes, they observe the drivers and other occupants of the vehicle before boarding in order not to become victims. For Margaret Nyitse, a resident of Pegi community in Kuje Area Council of Abuja, she was not in the places prone to attacks when she was attacked. Margaret who studied Primary Education at College of Education Katsina-Ala in Benue State is a nursery school teacher and her job is to impart knowledge into the lives of young kids and that she has done for years with passion. Following the economic situation in the country, Margaret like most struggling youths who try to make ends meet decided to go into home tutoring to add to her little income. According to her, she did the job with joy because of the smiles she sees on the faces of the children she teaches and their parents. The smile she brought to the faces of others could not be found on her face following an attack on her by a cattle herder.

After what she described as a fulfilled day, she was walking back home around 6:30pm on the 18th of March 2018 when she was attacked. Her wrist was cut off after attempts to rape her failed. Narrating how she was attacked, she said: “I am a teacher and I also do home lesson. I teach nursery classes English, Mathematics and other subjects. On the 18th of March this year, I was coming back from where I do home lesson for children. I met a Fulani guy on the way when I took a short cut leading to my house. I kept going and he followed me. The short cut is a place that car used to pass but the owner of the land came and started raising his building. So the only way to pass that side is by foot. As I was going, he was coming behind me my back. At the middle of the short cut, he passed me and started going at my front and I was coming at his back. At a point, he stopped by one tree and was playing with the leaves and acted as if he wanted to cut the leaves. I passed him while he was doing that and then something came to my mind that I should run but then again, I said to myself, why would I see somebody and start running?

“So I decided to hasten my steps. Later, I turned back to observe what was going on behind me and I noticed his hands were behind him as if he had something to hide. It was at this point it occurred to me that he might hurt me. I then turned to run but he was already close to me. The next thing I felt was cutlass on my shoulder. My shoulder bone broke and then I felt another one on my elbow. As my shoulder bone broke, my hand went down and the bag I was carrying fell off. While he was trying to pick my bag from the floor, I gathered all the strength I had left in me and ran out of the foot path and it was while I was running I discovered that some parts

of my hand were off.

“When I noticed I was safe, I saw people passing and I begged them to carry me to the hospital because a Navy barracks clinic was close to us. They took me there and I was told they could not treat me because I was bleeding seriously but they managed to tie the hand and they carried me in their ambulance to Gwagwalada Specialist and that was where I was treated.”

Margaret revealed to The Nation that her family spent close to a million naira to fix her hand.

“On the 21st of March, they did surgical operation on my hand and I am presently carrying two irons on my hand. One of the irons is holding my shoulder bone while the other one is holding my elbow. They gave me eleven pints of blood and I stayed in the hospital for about two weeks. When we calculated what we spent aside the things we were asked to buy without receipt outside the hospital, we arrived at over N800,000.”

On how she was able to recognize her attacker, she said: “It was around 6:30pm, the whole place was not dark and I am very good with faces.

Speaking on how he was arrested, the FCT Commissioner of Police, CP Bala Ciroma said: “Following an ongoing investigation, Operatives of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (FSARS) attached to the Command arrested one Ahmadu Adamu who attacked one Margaret Nyitse on 18th March, 2018 at about 1830hrs in Pegi Community, Kuje Area Council and cut off her left wrist with a cutlass.

“The suspect who has been on the run was arrested in Pegi on 14th December, 2018 at about 2000hrs. He has made useful statement on how the crime was committed. Effort is being intensified to recover the victim’s handbag which was robbed by the suspect and the weapon used in committing the crime.”

When the Nation approached Adamu to know why he attacked Margaret, he explained in Hausa language that he only wanted to have sex with her. “I am cattle rearer at Pegi. I used the cutlass to cut her because I thought she would fall which would have enabled me have sex with her but when I cut her, the handbag she was carrying fell off her hand. It was while I was trying to check the content of her bag that she ran away. I took the bag and ran away too but I found nothing in the bag.”

Margaret who is currently living without her wrist said the attack has affected her life negatively. She said she is forced to live and learn to work with only one wrist and hopefully look for another job since it seems difficult to return to the classroom with one wrist.

On how she has been coping since the incident, she said: “Life has not been easy at all because I have not gone back to work since the incident. It has not been easy. I won’t lie to you, I passed through hell.”

Credit: The Nation

US Visa Applicants Stranded, As Embassy Closes In Abuja, Lagos

US Visa Applicants Stranded, As Embassy Closes In Abuja, Lagos

 By OMONU NELSON 

The supremacy battle between the United States (US) Congress and President Donald Trump, which resulted in government shutdown has taken tolls on visa applicants in Nigeria, as the country’s embassy in Abuja and Lagos have been closed.

Consequently, thousands of Nigerians missed their visa appointments as the embassy closed consular services indefinitely. Those who will be worst affected during the period of the closure are Nigerians who have applied for tourist, study, business, immigrant visas or any other travel documents.

In a Facebook post, monitored by LEADERSHIP, the US embassy said that the development was sequel to the government shutdown in the US.

The statement read: “Due to the current US government shutdown, the American centres located in the embassy, Abuja and Consulate-General, Lagos are unfortunately closed. They will re-open once the US government shutdown is resolved. Sorry for any inconvenience to our valued patrons.”

This shutdown is the third in 2018, and began at midnight EST on Saturday, December 22 with a House-passed continuing resolution to fund the United States Government awaiting a full floor vote in the Senate. The point of contention was the inclusion of $5.7 billion in funding for a border wall.

President Trump, who has immigration as one of his flagship campaigns is bent on building a wall on US-Mexico border to control illegal immigration and crime, but the legislative arm, recently taken control by the Democrats and Republican-led Senate had unanimously voted to decline the president’s request.

Analysts say that the shutdown might linger on because Nancy Pelosi, who is expected to clinch the House Speakership, is bent on the House position on the issue.

Trump had in a bid to attract US voters during his campaign boasted that he would make the Mexican government pay for the wall.

However, with the refusal of the Mexican government to fund the project, the president approached the US Congress to provide $5.7billion for funding the wall, which the Congress rejected.

On December 11, Trump held a televised meeting with speaker-designee (Pelosi) and Senate minority leader, Chuck Schumer, where he asked them to approve the funding of the border wall.

Upon their refusal, Trump declared: “I am proud to shut down the government for border security.  I will be the one to shut the government down. I’m not going to blame you for it  I will take the mantle. I will be the one to shut it down. Three days later, Politico reported that Trump was willing to sign a bill that delayed a government shutdown into 2019 and the new Congress.

On December 19, the Senate unanimously passed a continuing resolution, the Further Additional Continuing Appropriations Act, 2019, lasting until February 8, 2019.

Pelosi announced that House Democrats would support such a measure even in the wake of opposition from conservative Republicans. After increasing criticisms from conservative media, pundits and political figures, Trump made a U-turn and declared that he would not sign any funding bill which did not include border wall project.

In US politics, a government shutdown occurs when Congress fails to pass, or the president refuses to sign, appropriations legislation funding federal government operations and agencies. In this case, the current interpretation of the Anti-deficiency Act requires the federal government to begin a “shutdown” of the affected activities involving the furlough of non-essential personnel and curtailment of agency activities and services. Essential employees are still required to work without pay until the government reopens, including medical professionals in the Veterans Hospitals and TSA agents.

Since 1976, when the current budget and appropriations process were enacted, there have been 22 gaps in budget funding, 10 of which led to federal employees being furloughed. Prior to 1990, funding gaps did not always lead to government shutdowns, but since 1990 the practice has been to shut down the government for all funding gaps. Shutdowns have also occurred at the state, territorial, and local levels of government.

BRT drivers strike over ‘unpaid salary’

BRT drivers on strike over ‘unpaid salary’

by Adeyinka Aderibigbe

Bus Rapid Transport (BRT) vehicle drivers yesterday embarked on strike over alleged non-payment of their December salary and poor working condition.

But the BRT sole operator, Primero Transport Services Ltd (PTSL), denied owing them salary, describing their action as politically motivated.

The drivers locked the gates of PTSL headquarters at Majidun, Ikorodu, Lagos and prevented other workers from entering.

They alleged that they were being owed December salary and bonuses.

One of them, who preferred anonymity, alleged that they were owed November and December salaries and bonuses, but the company “hurriedly paid November salary on Christmas Eve.”

Many commuters were stranded at bus stops because of the strike. Those who could not afford the high fares charged by other bus operators, trekked.

The yellow bus drivers increased fares by between 50 and 70 per cent. Ikorodu to Oshodi, which used to cost N200, shot up to N300. Fare for Ikorodu to CMS went up from N300 to N500.

The drivers said they would not call off the strike until their salaries were paid.

“We too have families. It is sad that the management is not bothered if our families have a bleak New Year. Let them pay us and we will return to work,” one of them said.

He alleged that two years ago, “we protested poor salaries and wages.”

PTSL’s Managing Director Fola Tinubu said no worker was being owed as at yesterday.

He said on the phone: “What they were initially owed was their November bonus, which was due on December 15 and their December salary. We paid both today, being the last day of the month. We learnt that they are now demanding the payment of December bonus, which is not due until January 15. We have explained to them that the bonus will be paid in January when it will be due.”

He said bonus was the company’s prerogative, adding that it was paid only to drivers who met certain standards every month in order to motivate them.

Credit: The Nation

Don’t see children with challenges as curse, NGO proprietor charges parents

PARENTS OF VULNERABLE CHILDREN SHOULD SEEK HELP QUICKLY –

Parents of vulnerable children should seek help urgently, Aisha Dania Ogieriakhi, NGO Proprietor

Some beneficiaries of the initiative in Ibadan

The parents of weak and challenged children have been encouraged to reach out and access help when the children are still young and trainable, and not delay till when situations have become serious and hard to deal with.

This counsel was given by Mrs Aisha Dania Ogieriakhi, the proprietress of Blue Baby Support Initiative, a global advocacy non governmental organisation for needy children and mothers.

She made this recommendation in her year-end message to beneficiaries, volunteers and benefactors of Blue Baby Support Initiative, whom she applauded for their dedication to the tenets and objectives of the organisation.
Speaking after Christmas with Love organised to make merry with indigent Orphans and Vulnerable Children of Baptist Hospital in Ejigbo, a suburb of Osun state Nigeria, she posited that:

“These children are precious before God, and we must not for any reason allow them to suffer and have their future short-changed. It behooves on us to liaise with other well meaning and socially responsible organisations to support the governments in providing succour for them

“However, some cases appear near irredeemable because they have grown and developed beyond quick fix because their parents would not come out and access help quickly. Parents should please not see these children as a curse. Please these children are gift from God and provision for their sustenance will always come from God. Your duty as a parent is to seek that help by speaking up early”, she added

Corroborating Aisha Dania Ogieriakhi in her vote of thanks, Mrs Alamu Abosede, the Focal Person for HIV Counseling and Testing at Baptist Hospital Ejigbo, said:
“We work in collaboration with humanitarian and health support NGOs to provide help for the children of this village. But the parents of special children with down-syndrome and other challenges should come out and talk

“We have over 400 defenceless children in our care, many have graduated. The management and the children are very grateful to Blue Baby Support Initiative for the year-round support given us to sustain the dream of this scheme. We pray that God will continue to bless Blue Baby Support Initiative and all your people”

According to Aisha Dania Ogieriakhi, Blue Baby Support Initiative is created to advance the objectives of United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 3, which is about providing health and wellbeing for everyone by 2030.

Hence, rural women, children and teenage mothers are targeted with outreaches and orientation programs; lifesaving wares and equipment for rural medical centers and provision of palliatives for orphaned and vulnerable children.

Christmas with Love is Blue Baby Support Initiatives way of celebrating the love of God with Orphans and Vulnerable Children, their mothers and all the people spending the holiday in the hospital.

2018 activities included a visit to the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, and fanfare with the Orphans and Vulnerable Children in Makurdi, Ibadan and Ejigbo in Osun State Nigeria.

Ambode swears in HoS Muri-Okunola, six perm sec

Ambode swears in HoS Muri-Okunola, six perm sec

Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, left, shaking hands with the Tutor Genera/Permanent Secretary Education District 4, Prince Hakeem Kosoko, during the ceremony,

•Governor hails Tinubu for laying solid foundation for civil service
by Oziegbe Okoeki

Lagos State Governor Akinwunmi Ambode yesterday swore in Mr Hakeem Muri-Okunola as the state’s 21st Head of Service (HoS) as well as six new permanent secretaries.

The governor urged the new HoS to inject fresh ideas, vibrancy and more energy to take the public service to greater heights.

He said these make Lagos a globally recognised city-state with a commitment to efficiency, effectiveness, innovation and creativity in service delivery.

The new permanent secretaries, who have been deployed to various ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs), are: Dr. Titilayo Goncalves (Ministry of Health), Mr Adeyemi Kosoko (Education District IV), Dr Sherifat Balogun (Ministry of Youth and Social Development), Mr Segun Adeniji (Health Service Commission), Mrs Abosede Adelaja (Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture) and Dr Lateef Lawal (Primary Healthcare Board).

Dignitaries at the ceremony included All Progressives Congress (APC) stalwart, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, Deputy Governor Idiat Adebule, former Deputy Governor Femi Pedro, Senator Gbenga Ashafa, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro, House of Representatives Majority Leader Femi Gbajabiamila, APC Southwest Women Leader, Chief Kemi Nelson and the Elegushi of Ikate land, Oba Saheed Elegushi.

Describing the appointments as thoroughly deserving, Ambode said a new chapter had been opened in the state’s public service.

The governor urged the appointees to justify their elevation by working harder to satisfy the expectations of the people.

Expressing optimism in the ability of Muri-Okunola to perform well due of his capacity, knowledge, exposure, experience and youthful energy, Ambode said it was important for him to lead by example and encourage accountability and professionalism.

He added: “Following the swearing in of the new Head of Service, a new chapter has just been opened in the history of the Lagos State public service. It is a new chapter with high expectations for the injection of new energy and vibrancy that will move our public service to new heights.”

To Muri-Okunola, he said: “As the number one civil servant in Lagos State, you must demonstrate leadership and lead by example for others, including the Body of Permanent Secretaries, to follow. You have a responsibility to provide direction and encourage accountability, transparency, professionalism and a high sense of discipline. Your actions must be based on sound and objective judgment with consideration for merit and proven record of competence and loyalty.

“I have no doubt in my mind that under your leadership, Lagos State public service will achieve great strides and record outstanding achievements as a role model for other public service institutions in Africa.”

The governor, who underscored the strategic important role of the civil service, said the extent to which any government succeeds in the implementation of its policies and programmes largely depends on the quality and orientation of its civil service.

He said there was a need for the new leadership to adopt necessary measures and initiatives to foster growth and development.

Praising Asiwaju Tinubu for laying a solid foundation for the transformation of the civl service, the governor also hailed the immediate past HoS, Mrs Folashade Adesoye, for serving meritoriously and strengthening the public service.