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Insecurity: Miyetti Allah calls for Obasanjo’s arrest

The apex Fulani socio-cultural organisation in Nigeria, Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore, has criticised Nobel laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, for blaming herdsmen for the insecurity in the country, while calling for the arrest of former President Olusegun Obasanjo.

Obasanjo had written an open letter to President Muhammadu Buhari on the prevalence of insecurity in the country, calling for a national dialogue where the Fulani and other ethnic groups can be open about their grievances that have led to the insecurity in the country.

Similarly, Soyinka called for a national conference to address the killings in the country by suspected herdsmen.

But the National Secretary of the Miyetti Allah, Alhassan Saleh, in an interview with Punch said the Fulani should not be blamed for the rate of insecurity in the country.

According to Saleh, Obasanjo should offer any information his status may have afforded him to solve the security crisis.

He said, “The fact that there is insecurity, I don’t think the Fulani are responsible for it. The narrative that we are responsible for the insecurity is even the problem we have with the Nigerian state.

“When any crime happens, even before there is an investigation, people rush to the press and start accusing Fulani herdsmen. Herdsmen are supposed to be carrying herds of cows but if somebody is a criminal or an armed robber, he should be treated as such.

“But if Obasanjo, in particular, having ruled this country for so many years and with his network of security contacts, both locally and internationally, has information, I think he can volunteer it.”

Asked about a proposed national platform for dialogue, Saleh said, “Which national dialogue? We have a National Assembly. Whatever they have, they should send it to the National Assembly. What is the function of the National Assembly? People lost power and don’t want to agree that in a democracy, you may be in power and another time, you won’t be in power.

“If we have confidence in those we elected, I think whatever issue they have, they can channel it to the National Assembly. They want another talk shop probably to come and reposition themselves and their cronies into another jamboree.

“Where is the Goodluck Jonathan conference report? Where are the other conferences’ reports? They are just pushing an agenda; in fact, they are desperate and very diabolical in their attempt to cause a crisis in this country. My worry is that the government is not decisive in dealing with characters of that nature.”

Saleh advised the Federal Government to take decisive action against all “elements” and their sponsors causing instability in the country, adding that Obasanjo may want to “destabilise the government.”

“The earlier they get him (Obasanjo) arrested and dealt with, according to the laws of the land, the better. He doesn’t mean well for the country. We just elected a new government; we have a National Assembly that was just inaugurated. Nobody needs any conference, except they are pushing for something else.

“The unfortunate thing is that intellectuals like Wole Soyinka are also joining the bandwagon of these discredited politicians. But our worry is that they seem to associate every crime that happens now to the Fulani, simply because the President is a Fulani man.

“We are just waiting and watching carefully because we are not demanding too much from the Nigerian state. All we are saying is give us space to graze our animals. That is not difficult,” he said.

I regret not taking my studies seriously, Yvonne Nelson speaks in new interview

Yvonne Nelson has explained her regrets while in Senior High School (SHS). According to her, she was already into entertainment and education automatically became her second option. She was more into entertainment than her studies, a thing she says she now regrets.

Speaking during an interview with Joy FM, the actress said;

“I would go on stage every Saturday in SHS. I had to rewrite some papers. I was so into entertainment that I didn’t take my schooling serious. You can easily mess up and not make it to university. I regret not paying attention to my books so when I see kids of today, I tell them to pay attention to their books”.

She also spoke about how she managed to graduate from university because her career was fully activated then.

 “I was in Central University. And it wasn’t easy mixing sets with classes. I had to make up my mind. It was tough. Nigerian producers were giving me juicy offers and I was torn between accepting the offers or not. But, I had to focus on school and I was so happy to have graduated, I didn’t want to defer,” she said.

UNIBEN speaks on student who committed suicide

Authorities of the University of Benin (UNIBEN) in Edo State, has described the death of a final year student of the institution, Ephraim Imaghodor, as pathetic.

The final year student of the Department of Actuarial Science, Faculty of Management Sciences, allegedly committed suicide Sunday evening, when he allegedly jumped from a three-storey building of the faculty of arts in the university, over spillover in one of his courses.

Spokesman of the University, Mr. Michael Osasuyi, who confirmed the death of the student, described it as pathetic.

“The information we had was that a spillover student fell from upstairs. In any case it’s so pathetic that this kind of incident happened.

“We have contacted his family and the security is investigating the incident to unravel if it was a case of suicide or otherwise,” Osasuyi said.

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Wendy Williams opens up about lymphedema diagnosis, shares photo from treatment

Wendy Williams recently returned to her talk show after a five-week break, catching fans up on all the latest happenings in her life, including her lymphedema diagnosis.

She talked to her audience about paparazzi photos that showed her swollen ankles.

“Lymphedema, by the way, I’ve been diagnosed,” she explained. “It’s not going to kill me, but I do have a machine — and how dare you talk about the swelling of it all.”

Hours ago, she shared a photo of herself connected to the Lymphedema machine and says she goes through the procedure for 45 minutes everyday.

Want to know more about this illness? read...

What is lymphedema?

It’s a lymph node disorder that causes swelling in the arms or legs, according to the Mayo Clinic. It occurs when there is blockage in the lymphatic system. The blockage prevents lymph fluid from draining properly, which leads to fluid buildup and eventually swelling.

What are the causes?

Lymphedema is most commonly caused by the removal or damage to lymph nodes as a result of cancer treatment, according to the Lymphatic Education & Research Network. It will occur in up to 50% of breast cancer survivors, and 100% of those with head and neck cancer.

It can also be hereditary, or it can be caused by Milroy’s disease, which occurs when lymph nodes form abnormally, or Meige’s disese, which occurs when lymphatic fluids build up.

What are the symptoms?

Common signs include swelling of part or all of your arm or leg. Patients also experience restricted range of motion, feeling of heaviness or tightness, aching, discomfort, and hardening and thickening of the skin, according to the Mayo Clinic.

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Patoranking’s daughter, Wilmer takes her first step (shares new photos)

Nigerian singer Patoranking has revealed his daughter yesterday took her first step and he is very grateful. Sharing a photo of them together and another one of just her, he wrote;

''My Little Mama Took Her first Step Yesterday..God Is Great''

7 dead, 1 critically injured as building collapses in Jos

The Plateau State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) has said seven people died and one other critically injured from Monday’s building collapse in Jos.

The two-storey building located at Butcher Lane in Jos, belonging to one Rufai Kabiru collapsed on Monday evening.

Junni Bala, SEMA Director of Search and Rescue, who confirmed the casualty figure  today in Jos said the figure may increase.

“That was the figure as at last night. The figure may increase today because we are continuing with the search and rescue operation this morning,” she said.

Nigerian-born basketball player Calistus Anyichie drowns in US

Nigerian-born Calistus Anyichie, a forward for the Binghamton University men’s basketball team has died. He died Sunday in a drowning accident and was 19 years old.

Anyichie, a native of Nigeria, drowned Sunday at Buttermilk Falls State Park in Ithaca, New York.
The school announced Anyichie’s death on Monday.

“There are no words. There is no blueprint for how to deal with such a painful loss,” Binghamton head coach Tommy Dempsey said. “We all loved Calistus so much. He was a special young man. We are devastated.”

According to local authorities, Anyichie’s body was found at the base of a 15-foot bank. Per the Journal, rescue crews used a rope system to pull his body from the ravine after 5 p.m. on Sunday.

"A talented young person has been tragically taken from us," university president Harvey Stenger said. "This is a heartbreaking loss for our community. We will do all that we can to be there for his family, for the team and everyone who knew Calistus."

Ex-Bafana Bafana player shot dead by gunmen

Former Bafana Bafana player and TV presenter Marc Batchelor has been shot dead outside his home in Johannesburg.

Batchelor was gunned down in Bryanston, Johannesburg on Monday evening at about 6pm South Africa’s time. The ex-footballer was said to be in the car with his gardener, when the assailants on motorbike, approached and shot him through the car’s window.

“He was shot through the window several times and died at the scene,” Lungelo Dlamini, police spokesman said.

“Police are investigating a murder case after a former soccer player, Marc Bachelor was attacked by two men driving a motorbike in Olivedale outside his house. He was shot several times and died inside his vehicle. The suspects then drove away without taking anything. The motive for the attack is still unknown. No one has been arrested,” said Dlamini.

Mentally challenged woman gives birth to twins in Kastina bush (photos)

A mentally challenged woman has given birth in the busy in Kastina State. As seen in one of the photos, she was helped by good Samaritans. In the other photo she was seen backing the children with one wrapper – both tied at her back at the same time. Hopefully orphanage homes and Kastina government will quickly stand up and help before something bad happens.

Man disappears after attacking Anambra traders with acid

The Anambra State Police Command has commenced a manhunt for a man who attacked some traders in an Anambra market with a substance believed to be acid.

The incident which happened at Auto Spare Parts Market Ugwuagba, Obosi, near Onitsha, saw eight persons hospitalised.

“As soon as he poured the acid on them, he took to his heels and when he was pursued by passersby, he outran them and disappeared,” a source said.

The Police Spokesperson in the state, Haruna Mohammed said the command had commenced a manhunt for the suspect.

Mohammed added, “A young man whose name and address is yet to be ascertained had a quarrel with one Onyeka Nwachukwu, aged 38 years at Ngbuka old Auto Spare Parts market in Ugwuagba, Awada.

“In the heat of the altercation, the suspect who is presently on the run attacked Nwachukwu and others with substance suspected to be acid.”

He said the victims sustained varying degrees of injuries.

Mohammed gave the names of the victims as Nwachukwu, 38; Benjamin,32, and Damian, 42.

“Other are Ebuka, 23; Anayo, 35;  Chukwu, 23; Chidubem, 18, and Solomon, 24 “.

Cultists kill 500-level Cross River varsity student

A 500-level student of Electrical Electronics Engineering at the Cross River University of Technology was, on Monday,  killed by suspected cultists on the campus of the institution in Calabar.

The victim, identified simply as James, was allegedly shot and cut with machetes in front of the Engineering Department.

It was gathered that James, who was in his final year, was taking his final examination when he was allegedly killed by suspected members of the Black Axe.

When contacted, the Public Relations Officer of the school, Mr Onen Onen, said, “I am not in school now and I have not been briefed about anything like that.”

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, DSP Irene Ugbo, however, confirmed the incident and said the corpse had been removed and deposited in the mortuary.

Typographical error kept man in prison for 14 years after pardon

A 48-year-old man, Derrick Addai, has been released from prison in Ogun State after spending 14 years in custody due to an alleged typographical error on the list of pardoned inmates.

Punch correspondent gathered that it took the intervention of the Osile of Oke-Ona, Oba Adedapo Tejuoso, and the Director-General of the Prison Rehabilitation Mission International, Bishop Kayode Williams, before he was let off the hook.

It was learnt that Addai was convicted of drug peddling in Thailand, but was repatriated to Nigeria in 2005 following the intervention of the then President Olusegun Obasanjo.

Thirty convicts, who were later pardoned by the Federal Government, had spent five years and six months in Thai prison before Obasanjo intervened.

Addai was, however, unlucky as a typographical error led to the omission of his name from the list of pardoned inmates approved by the Presidency.

Punch correspondent gathered that the name of one of the inmates appeared twice on the list and that was responsible for the omission of Addai’s name.

Narrating his ordeal, Addai, a native of Cross River State, said he thought that the error would be corrected within a few days, but it eventually took 14 years for relief to come his way.

He stated, “I spent 14 years in a Nigerian prison after I had spent five years and six months in Thailand’s prison from the year 2000, and I came back to Nigeria in 2005.

“It is quite unfortunate that my name was omitted from the list they brought then, and I spent time and money writing several letters for it to be corrected but, it did not work out.

“It happened that when they brought the list from Aso Rock, the letter was sealed and I was there and they asked me to open it. When I opened the letter, I saw that there were 30 names on the list, I just dropped it and left. After a few minutes, we were called back that one name was missing but that the numbers were complete.

“We called Obasanjo, Senator Lekan Mustapha and other people involved. They asked the officials to bring the letter to the office and when the man who wrote the names saw it, he insisted that that was not the list he sent and asked me to give him two days and the two days never came till now.”

When asked about his experience in prison, he lamented the way Nigerian prisons were being run, adding that inmates were not empowered with vocational skills.

Addai stated, “You can’t put people in prison without giving them anything. No work; they are just abandoned and earn nothing.

“No matter the condition or the environment, they should allow prisoners to do their handwork, but, when the prisoners don’t have any work or something they are doing there, when they come out, they will have nothing to do.”

Seyi Makinde declares asset, worth over N48 billion

Oyo State Governor Seyi Makinde on Monday made public his asset, calling on any interested members of the public to verify the same with the Code of Conduct Bureau.

Makinde said he made his assets public so as to fulfill the promise he made during the elections and also give the people a basis to crosscheck after he might have finished serving them as the governor.

Details of the assets as contained in the CCB 1 deposited with the bureau in the name Oluseyi Abiodun Makinde, indicated that the Governor is worth about N50billion in assets.

The assets declaration form, marked OYSE/2019/001 contained details of cash at hand, in the bank, landed properties (developed and undeveloped), household items, share and bonds owned by the Governor, his wife, Omini Makinde as well as his companies.

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Woli Arole finds hawker who went viral for singing Tope Alabi's song

He stole many hearts after his video went viral. Poor Ayo was peeling oranges as he sang one of Tope Alabi's songs. According to Arole, Ayo stays with some people (we guess relatives) but one could tell he needs great help. Arole who found him says Ayo will stop hawking (halleluyah) and promises to make available how Nigerians can help him! While sharing their photo, he wrote...

''Had the privilege of meeting this SUPER STAR today. His name is Ayo, he was the young guy hacking and singing and got his video go viral yesterday. We had the opportunity of meeting those he stays with and we had great chats with them about the future of this STAR. They stay in Ilaro Ogun state. I know lots of people want to support Ayo which they appreciate. We made enquires about his education and talent and how anyone can support and they are welcome to SUPPORT. The proper way of reaching him and supporting him would be communicated. God bless everyone that has been part of this. And also Ayo would stop HAWKING!!!!!!!!!.''

I slept with my brother-in-law thinking he was my husband, woman tells court

A trader, Mrs Ajayi, 52, told an Igando Customary Court that she slept with her brother-in-law because she thought he was her husband.

Ajayi’s husband, Akande, is seeking the dissolution of their 35-year marriage, accusing her of infidelity.

“I was in bed when my husband’s younger brother came to the house my husband rented for me.

“I thought it was my husband who normally comes to the house at that particular time between 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. to play and sleep with me.

“It was after he finished making love to me that I realised that he was not my husband.

“When I queried him, he claimed that my husband had travelled that was why he came to have sex with me.

“I reported the case to my brother’s wife, who advised me not to tell my brother so that peace can reign in the family.”

The respondent said that her husband treats the children of the other wives better than hers.

The mother of four denied being fetish as claimed by husband.

Ajayi prayed the court not to grant her husband’s wish for the dissolution of their marriage that she still loves him.

The petitioner, Akande, approached the court to terminate his 35-year marriage accusing the wife of infidelity.

He said that his wife was wayward and adulterous that her man friend was claiming paternity of one of their children.

“When I married her, I rented an apartment for her because I have other wives and I don’t want them to live together.

“I started hearing from people in the area that my wife was having an affair with a man, initially I ignored it until her lover came claiming ownership of one of my children.

“The man eventually came to the house but I refused to open the door for him.

“When I questioned my wife, she confessed that the man slept with her but it did not result in pregnancy.”

The 71-year-old businessman said, “I once caught her burying something in my compound, I accosted her and tried to remove what she buried there but I could not.

“I went out before I returned, she had cemented the place.”

He begged the court to end the marriage that he was no longer interested that the love he once had for her had faded.

The president of the court, Mr Adeniyi Koledoye, urged the two parties to maintain peace and adjourned the case until August 22 for judgment.


Killings rising because President Buhari thinks he knows everything - PDP

The Peoples Democratic Party has alleged that the myriad of crises facing the country is as a result of the know-it-all posture of President Muhammadu Buhari.

It claimed that rather than seek help from Nigerians across party lines and beyond the shores of the country, the President had been carrying on as if he could solely rule the country.

The main opposition party said it was worrisome that months after he was declared the winner of the presidential election, the President had refused to nominate his ministers.

The National Chairman of the PDP, Prince Uche Secondus, spoke with our correspondent on Sunday in reaction to the killing of Mrs Funke Olakunrin, 58-year-old daughter of the leader of pan-Yoruba socio-cultural organisation, Afenifere, Chief Reuben Fasoranti, by gunmen on Friday.

Secondus said the country was fast drifting into anarchy, warning that there was no way investors would bring their money into a country where its citizens “are being killed like unwanted animals with the government just sending mere condolence messages without taking any concrete action to stop the killings.”

He said, “The killing of Mrs Funke Olakunrin is barbaric. It is sad. It makes me weep for the country. It is a pity that Pa Fasoranti is being made to witness this sad development at his old age.

“What prayer do we expect from the old man for a nation that cannot protect its citizens? Is this not a sign of a failed government? Killings every day and yet our government carries on as if all is well?

“We are in a mess in this country. We seem not to know the magnitude of what has befallen us. We have a President who is telling the world that he is under pressure to name ministers, five months after being declared the winner of a disputed election.”

He added, “You see, if the President has his ways, he will not appoint ministers because he believes he knows more than everyone.  He will want to run the country like a king, forgetting that kings also have council of chiefs.

“How could he have told us that he wants to get those he knows and all that, after being in power for four years?

“President Olusegun Obasanjo picked many Nigerians with credible credentials to serve in his government. President Goodluck Jonathan appointed Prof. Attahiru Jega, whom he never met, to serve as the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission. You don’t have to fill the cabinet with your cronies. If you want unbiased advice and people who will genuinely disagree with you in your government, then don’t look out for your hailers; get your critics appointed as well.

He urged Nigerians to speak out, saying, “The country is drifting. We should not wait when we will wake up one day and found out we do not have a country anymore before we begin to regret not taking actions we ought to have taken.”