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Saraki Disowns NASS Clerk Over Draconian Guidelines For Journalists' Accreditation, Promises Investigation

Tue, 2019-05-21 15:07

Bukola Saraki, the President of the Senate, has dissociated himself from the decision of the management of the National Assembly led by the Clerk, Mohammed Sani-Omolori, to impose draconian conditions on journalists seeking to cover the activities of the Ninth Assembly.

Saraki, in a statement on Tuesday by his Special Assistant on New Media, Olu Onemola, stated that he remained committed to the freedom of the press.

The statement explained that Saraki has always been at the  forefront of the campaign for the freedom of the press as only true freedom of members of the fourth estate of the realm can ensure accountability and promote transparency.

READ NASS Management, Saraki Move To Gag Journalists, Issue Stringent Guidelines For Press Accreditation

The President of the Senate, therefore, vowed to institute and probe into the idea behind the guidelines because neither himself nor the Speaker,  House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara,  were aware of it.

The statement read,  “The attention of the President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, has just been drawn to a story that is circulating on social media about the National Assembly issuing new guidelines to journalists.

“These alleged guidelines have not emanated from either the Senate President or the Speaker and will be promptly investigated.

“The public should note that the Eight National Assembly has been committed to the freedom of the press as exemplified by its work to bring governance closer to the people through live streams and live tweets.

“This is because the leadership of the 8th National Assembly believes strongly in the freedom of the press and in carrying the Nigerian public along.

“Hence, the Senate President and all his colleagues will continue to work to ensure that these freedoms remain unhindered,” Onemola said.

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Group Asks Dokubo To 'Step Aside', Calls On Buhari To Order Investigation Into Looting Of N60bn Amnesty Training And Vocational Centre

Tue, 2019-05-21 14:32

Protesters of the Concerned Niger Deltans for Sustainable Development

Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital, was again rocked by protest against the vandalisation and looting of the N60 billion Amnesty Training and Vocational Centre located at Kaima community in Bayelsa State.

The protesters, under the aegis of the Concerned Niger Deltans for Sustainable Development, made up of women, aged and youths, said the repeated protests against the looting that lasted for  five days at the vocational centre last year, was a deliberate mockery of the anti-corruption stance of President Muhammadu Buhari by the Presidential Amnesty Committee led by Professor Charles Dokubo.

The protesters, 'armed' with placards with inscriptions such as “Mr. President, Dokubo is a disgrace to anti-corruption stance”. “Order criminal investigation now”, "Step Aside NOW! Dokubo is a disgrace”, called on President Muhammadu Buhari to order the stepping aside of Professor Charlse Dokubo in order to allow for a criminal investigation to commence into the outrageous looting.

READ ALSO Leaked Audio Exposes Amnesty Boss Dokubo's Plans To 'Steal' N4.88bn

Comrade Okpokeme Waripamowei who spoke to newsmen in Yenagoa on behalf of the group, asked President Buhari to probe the fake supply contracts, public funds stealing, fraud and corruption at the Amnesty office.

They also asked the President to request that Professor Charles Dokubo present his hand over note and step aside from office, “Professor Dokubo has openly mocked and laughed at President Buhari’s anti-corruption war and Nigerians are waiting for your response. Professor Dokubo has awarded over N13billion in false supply contracts to his front companies and arranged for the five days of uninterrupted looting of the N60billion vocational facilities.”

Protesters of the Concerned Niger Deltans for Sustainable Development Sahara Reporters Media

“Mr. President, rather than to allow the Police to investigate the looting of the N60 billion complex, Prof. Dokubo inaugurated a fact-finding committee headed by Brig-Gen. Sotunde Songonuga (retd). Other members of the committee are Mr. Dodoye Arikpo of the Department of State Services (DSS), Barrister Paddy Ogon, a Chief Superintendent of Police, Mrs. Ene Cynthia Ogbe, Pastor Reuben Wilson. Mr. Unyime Eyo to serve as Secretary.

“We had earlier this year, staged a similar protest on the 13th March 2019 with the revealation that the External Auditing Committee inaugurated by Prof. Dokubo found thirty (30) companies used in perpetrating contract frauds worth billions of naira. Prof. Dokubo was hurriedly informed by his cronies that the External Committee found incriminating information and fraudulent activities against him, and he must dissolve the committee with urgency.

“In a Panic-Mood, Prof. Dokubo dissolved the External Auditing Committee on 14th March 2019 and set-up a new committee headed by the Director of Procurement, Mr. Musa Odiniya who is the brain behind the entire fraud and fake supplies contracts scam in the Amnesty office to oversee and investigate his own department for fraud in an effort to cover-up for Prof. Dokubo. This is the same Director of Procurement, Mr. Musa Odiniya that orchestrated all the contract fraud and public funds stealing perpetrated by the former Amnesty Boss.

“Prof. Dokubo is presently using Amnesty funds to recruit and pay thugs and some myopic youths and elders across the Niger Delta region to stage a Protest across the region in support of his fraudulent activities to enable him to remain in office as the Amnesty Coordinator.

“Prof. Dokubo directed the Head of the Boro-Town Vocational Training Center, Mr. Jude Gbaboyor to open the warehouse where supplied items are kept, and they arranged with hoodlums to cart away items previously supplied to cover-up their fraud.

"The move is to enable Dokubo, his front men and the director of procurement, and other senior management staff in the Amnesty office to claim that the N13billion worth of supplied items have been stolen by hoodlums”. 

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Cameroonian Maid Who Killed Boss In Lagos Sentenced To Death By Hanging

Tue, 2019-05-21 14:21

Ebun's mother at her graveside

The Lagos State High Court in Igbosere has sentenced a Cameroonian maid, Leudjoe Koyemen Joel, to death for murdering her Nigerian employer, Mrs Dayo Adeleke.

Delivering the judgement on Tuesday, two years and five months after the crime, Justice Adedayo Akintoye convicted Joel and ordered that he be hanged to death.

Justice Adebayo said, the prosecution proved beyond a reasonable doubt a count of murder pressed by the state against the Cameroonian.

Ebun's mother at her graveside Kemi Filani
They family of late Dayo Adeleke in a statement welcomed the judgment. 

It reads: “On the night of 20th December 2016, we received the news that our daughter, sister, and friend Dayo Enioluwa Adeleke, was brutally slaughtered in cold blood whilst defenceless and in the solace of her own home by her Cameroonian domestic help, Joel Ledjou

“Words cannot adequately describe the complete and utter devastation and sorrow that her senseless murder has caused in our lives.

“Joel had just been employed two months prior to the murder of Dayo. Dayo’s usual empathy and the need to help a ‘poor refugee’ as described by the pastor who referred him to Dayo from Mountain of Solution Ministries,  led to her employing him.

“It’s ironic that the person she employed, out of her compassion, turned round and snuffed out her life in one senseless act of greed.

“Her supposed ‘offence’ to warrant being murdered by him was that she had not obliged him a two-week salary advance which he requested earlier that morning. The reward for Dayo’s kindness was death!

“Joel robbed Dayo of marriage, motherhood and longevity, a painful fact that still hurts us as a family each and every day.

“The Nigeria Police worked tirelessly in investigating the matter and the Ministry of Justice, Lagos State, in turn, has worked diligently in prosecuting the matter in court.

“Today, Tuesday, May 21, 2019,  two years and five months after the murder, Justice Akintoye, sitting at the Criminal Division of the High Court of Lagos State delivered her judgment and found Joel Ledjou guilty of murder and sentenced him to death by hanging.

“This murderer who robbed Dayo of marriage, motherhood, and longevity.

“Though still heartbroken over the loss of Dayo, we are somewhat consoled that justice has finally been served. Our beloved Dayo can now rest peacefully in the knowledge that her perpetrator received the full weight of the Law for her murder.

“Dayo, our light, you will never be forgotten. You are always and forever in our hearts. Your legacy lives on through all of us who remain.”

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'Boko Haram Spread Under Your Watch', Lai Mohammed Blames Obasanjo

Tue, 2019-05-21 13:45

The Federal Government has passed the blame of rising insurgency and widespread killings in the country to former president Olusegun Obasanjo.

Obasanjo had blasted the Federal Government for failing to acknowledge the magnitude of the situation at hand and allowing insurgency spread.

He said: “They have both incubated and developed beyond what Nigeria can handle alone. They are now combined and internationalized with ISIS in control.

“It is no longer an issue of lack of education and lack of employment for our youths in Nigeria which it began as, it is now West African fulanization, African Islamization and global organized crimes of human trafficking, money laundering, drug trafficking, gun trafficking, illegal mining and regime change.

“Yet, we could have dealt with both earlier, and nip them in the bud, but Boko Haram boys were seen as rascals not requiring serious attention in administering holistic measures of stick and carrot.

Reacting to the comments on Tuesday, Lai Mohammed, minister of information and culture faulted the former president for his role in allowing Boko Haram spread.

He said described former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s comments imputing ethno-religious motive to Boko Haram and ISWAP as deeply offensive and patently divisive, saying such indiscreet comments are far below the status of an elder statesman.

"Since the Boko Haram crisis, which had been simmering under the watch of Obasanjo, boiled over in 2009, the terrorist organization has killed more Muslims than adherents of any other religion, blown up more mosques than any other houses of worship and is not known to have spared any victim on the basis of their ethnicity.

“It is therefore absurd to say that Boko Haram and its ISWAP variant have as their goal the ‘Fulanisation and Islamisation’ of Nigeria, West Africa or Africa.

"Boko Haram is a mindless, godless group who are as far away from Islam as one can think of.

"That explains the massive degrading of Boko Haram, which has since lost its capacity to carry out the kind of spectacular attacks for which it became infamous, and the recovery of every inch of captured Nigerian territory from the terrorists.”

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300-Level Medical Student Commits Suicide 'For Failing MBBS Examination'

Tue, 2019-05-21 13:16

Uzakah Timi Ebiweni, a 300 level medical student of the Niger Delta University (NDU), has allegedly committed suicide in Bayelsa state.

According to reports, Ebiweni took a plunge into a river close to the university campus, Amassoma located in the Southern Ijaw area council of the state after failing his examination.

About 50 students, out of the 169 who sat for the  Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) exam, failed the examination.

SaharaReporters contacted the police public relations officer in the state, SP. Asinim Butswat, who confirmed the incident but said there was no official report yet.

Ndoni Ingezi, public relations officer of the university who spoke to SaharaReporters said: "Eniweni took his own life after news that he was part of 22 students shortlisted to be withdrawn from the college came out.

"You know it is a general practice that every student pass the Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) exams before progressing to the next level of academic pursuit.

"But Ebiweni and 21 others failed beyond the level that they could be placed on academic probation for another academic year so they had to be withdrawn.

"So in their usual practice, they do not break the news to the student until they are invited for counselling.

"When Ebiweni was counseled and informed about the fact that he will be withdrawn from college, on that day, he accepted the decision of the college in good fate and left.

"Only to for the University to hear afterwards that the young man took his own life.

"His body has however been recovered and deposited at the Sabageria mortuary."


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Former First Bank Dispatch Rider Implicated In N355 Million Fraud Accuses First Bank Staff Of ‘Being After His Life’

Tue, 2019-05-21 12:45

Mr. Omeli Humphrey Darlington, a former dispatch rider at First Bank of Nigeria Plc has accused some staff of the bank for attempting to kill him.

Darlington, who worked with Iganmu Branch of First Bank between October 2010 and December 2013, was implicated in a failed N355 million naira fraud by two staff of the bank, Mr. Abimbola Jaiyesimi, Mrs. Mojisola Majasan.

After the attempt to divert the money was exposed, being the only junior staff aware of the fraud, he was accused of attempting to unilaterally defraud the bank. See Also CRIME How Dispatch Rider Was Imprisoned And Tortured For A N355m Fraud 'Committed By First Bank And Olam Nigeria Staff' 0 Comments 2 Months Ago

In a letter to the Lagos State Police Command exclusively seen by SaharaReporters, Darlington informed the command of an attempt by Jaiyesimi and Majasan to kidnap and kill him.

He stated that there have been multiple attempts to kill him forcing him to abandon his home and go into hiding.

Darlington said that both Jaiyesimi and Majasan have employed the service of gunmen and sometimes accused him fabricated offences in bid to get him arrested and sent to prison.

“The first time it happened was on September 27, 2013, when I was arrested by Jaiyesimi and Majasan, I was smuggled into Lion Building Police Station and was there for three days. I was granted bail, Mr. Abidemi, one of the head at the security department called and offered me to enter the bank’s official van,” he explained.

He continued, “When I entered, I met Mr Okon, staff of First Bank, spy police and a mobile police carrying a gun. Immediately I entered, they seized my phone and they started hitting and punching me.

“The driver began to move to an unknown destination and it dawned on me that my life was in danger. I struggled with them and was able to stop the car, which attracted passers-by who rescued me and took me to Ikoyi Police Station.

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“When I was also released and went home, gunmen stormed my house several times but I was lucky to escape. This made me flee from my house and went into hiding.”

Darlington urged the Lagos State Police Command to intervene and ensure he is not killed.

“I am compelled to appeal to the Nigeria Police Force now because of the several attacks over my life on different occasions by criminal, which has forced me to relocate into hiding in fear of my life.

“Even if I was to be a criminal, the Nigeria constitution does not permit extra-judicial killing, unless pronounced guilty by a law court of competent jurisdiction,” he appealed to the Police.

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NASS Management, Saraki Move To Gag Journalists, Issue Stringent Guidelines For Press Accreditation

Tue, 2019-05-21 12:09

The National Assembly management has issued  new guidelines for the accreditation of journalists covering both senate and House of Representatives. 

The guidelines, issued by the Director of Information, Emmanuel Agada on Monday and circulated among the journalists, stipulated  that all media organisations seeking accreditation must submit evidence of tax returns for the last two years prior to their request.

This is coming barely three weeks to the expiration of the 8th National Assembly and the Proclamation and inauguration of the 9th Assembly as well as election of Principal Officers.

The stringents conditions attached to the new guidelines have been described as draconian and attempt by the management to muzzle and stifle the press.

A journalist who preferred to remain anonymous said that the new guidelines were in contrary to the provisions of section 22 of the 1999 Constitution as amended.  

Section 22 stipulates that  " The press, radio, television and other agencies of the mass media shall at all times be free to uphold the fundamental objectives contained in this chapter and uphold the responsibility and accountability of the government to the people " 

He said that the guidelines are an affront to  press freedom adding that journalists across the country will resist such guidelines. 

 It was gathered that the leadership of the Senate are also privy to the new guidelines  with view to limiting  the access of the media in the coverage of the inauguration of ninth National Assembly. 

 Findings revealed that senate President, Bukola Saraki has thrown his weight behind Senator Ali Ndume one of the contenders for the office of Senate President. Though he has not made it public.

A source said that the National Assembly leadership is up to a game plan on the election of the principal officers of the nation's number one law making body.

The new guidelines as obtained by our correspondent:


1.0 Number of journalists/correspondents to be accredited for prints, electronic and online media for Senate and House of Representatives respectively.

1.1 Television – 1 Reporter and 1 Cameraman

1.2 Radio 1 Reporter

1.3 Independent Producers – 1 Reporter and 1 Cameramen

1.4 Online Media 1 Reporter and 1 Photographer


2.1 Permanent Accreditation 2.2 Temporary Accreditation

2.3 Foreign/lnternational Media Houses 2.4 Freelance


3.1 Evidence of certificate of incorporation of the media organisation.

3.2 Evidence of membership of professional bodies for media organization.

3.3 Proof of membership of Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) with registration number.

3.4 Code of certification from the National Library for the media organization.

3.5 Functional Bureau in Abuja (Staff Strength not less than 5 Editorial staff and daily circulation of 40,000 copies for the print media with evidence to support the claimed circulation figure.

3.6 Media Houses must be publishing daily and on weekend (Applicable to Online Media).

3.7 Re-certification form must be signed and endorsed by the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Media organization Bureau Chief, City Editor as the case may be.

3.8 The Media organization concerned must have experience of covering proceedings of the National Assembly for at least two (2) years before applying for permanent accreditation.

3.9 All media organization will submit a copy of its income tax return for the last two years.

3.10 All online media must have at least 5000 viewership per day, the site must have been in operation for 5 years and provide satisfactory evidence to this effect with clippings of the news utilized (especially parliamentary news).

3.11 Only television stations with national coverage and specific independent producers with current running programme on the National Assembly will be allowed access into the Chambers on a permanent basis (All the production crew will be accredited as entity).

3.12 All correspondents must attach photocopy of letter of appointment of the media organization on whose behalf request has been received for grant of accreditation.

3.13 All freelance journalist seeking permanent accreditation must show evidence of not less than 5 years coverage of the National Assembly proceedings/full editorial focus and publication on parliamentary reportage.

4.0 It is only Journalists and correspondence whose media organisations meet the above requirements for Permanent accreditation that will be entitled to carry National Assembly Identity Card/Membership of the respective Press Corp

5.0 All other media organization who do not meet the above requirement will be captured under the Temporary accreditation status and they will not be entitled to carry National Assembly Identity Card/Membership of the Press Corp of the Senate and House of Representatives.

6.0 All Temporary accredited media houses, journalists/correspondents shall be allowed permit into the National Assembly for specific coverage not exceeding one (1) week in the first instance and not more than twice in a month.

7.0 All foreign/international media houses seeking accreditation shall abide by all the Diplomatic Protocols established by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for foreign media organizations, the Code of Ethics for Nigerian Journalists and security clearance before accreditation will be considered upon the recommendation from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

8.0 All permanently accredited journalists/correspondents shall submit recertification letter from the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of their media organization on a sessional basis failure to which accreditation shall be withdrawn forthwith.

9.0 All accredited media organization will be considered as a single entity in the issuance of passes irrespective of their membership of Senate and House of Representatives Press Corp.

10.0 This new accreditation guidelines shall come into effect from June 11 2019.

Nigerian Guild Of Editor's React

The Nigerian Guild of Editors has branded as “draconian, vexatious and disrespectful” the new accreditation guidelines for media houses that wish to cover activities of the National Assembly.

The National Assembly had asked that any media organization wishing to be accredited for NASS activities should “submit a copy of its income tax return for the last two years, presentation of evidence of certificate of incorporation of the media organization, evidence of membership of professional bodies for the journalists, maintenance of a functional Bureau in Abuja (staff strength not less than five editorial staff) and daily circulation of 40,000 copies for the print media with evidence to support the claimed circulation figure”

Rejecting the criteria, the Editors body stated that the move is a scurrilous attempt to gag the press while avowing that the decision cannot stand.

Mary Atolagbe, General Secretary of NGE, in a statement noted that the guidelines also negate the constitutional principle of freedom of expression and is contrary to the African Charter on fundamental rights and the right of the people to know.

Atolagbe said, “These guidelines run contrary to the grains of reason, democratic ideals and they are a clear affront on the letter and spirit of the Nigerian constitution which empowers journalists to freely practice their profession without any gag, muzzling and restriction.”

Atolagbe also asserted that the guidelines issued by the NGE would serve no public good but only the myopic interest of its chroniclers.

She said that the NGE outrightly reject the criteria while urging all media houses to rise up and rebuff the “medieval intrusion into the media space” in a democratic country like Nigeria where the “media doggedly fought for and for which some journalists paid the supreme price.”

The guidelines issued by the authority of the NASS is due to become effective from June 11, 2019.





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'Nigeria Is Safe', Lai Mohammed Assures World Leaders Invited For June 12

Tue, 2019-05-21 09:50

Lai Mohammed, the minister of information and culture has said that Nigeria is safe for world leaders invited to attend June 12 festivities. 

He made the comments while speaking at a world press conference in Abuja on Monday organised to reel out activities for inauguration day, May 29, and democracy day, June 12.

He said: “I can assure you Nigeria is safe for all the world leaders to come and attend.

“Swear-in of the President and Vice President is slated for Wednesday, May 29 at the Eagles Square, followed by a state banquet at the state house in the evening of the same day.

“The events celebrating the June 12 and Democracy Day will kick-off on Friday, June 7 and Tuesday, June 11 will feature three events; the PMB oratorical contest at ICC, an Anti-corruption summit at Transcorp Hilton and the First Lady’s commissioning programme in Yola, Adamawa State.

Mohammed added that: “Wednesday, June 12 will start off with a parade at the eagle square and the democracy programme will wrap up with a dinner and gala night at the statehouse conference centre.

“On the issue of public holiday, I believe that May 29 still remains a public holiday, of course, June 12, the National Assembly has proclaimed a national holiday.”

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Police In Adamawa Arrest Vulture, Owner

Tue, 2019-05-21 09:39

The Police in Adamawa state has arrested a vulture and it's owner.

Adamu, Madaki, the Commissioner of Police in the state said the arrest of the vulture and its owner in Maiha was due to numerous complaints received from neighbours of the bird.

The complainant reportedly said, “the last time someone brought three vultures into Maiha, the area was, a few days later, invaded by insurgents.”

Mr Madaki said since the community seemed to be ‘disturbed’ by the presence of the vulture, he advised the man to lodge a complaint with the Divisional Police Officer in Maiha. This, he said eventually led to the arrest of the duo.

He said the police “were used to such types of complaints and had no option than to investigate to ascertain its credibility.”

“So, we want to ascertain what the vulture is meant for,” Mr Madaki said.



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"Get Depressed Atiku His Pills, Stop Cooking Up Disgrace For Him" Onochie Advises Atiku's Aides

Mon, 2019-05-20 23:48

Lauretta Onochie, social media aide to President Muhammadu Buhari, has replied former Vice President Atiku Abubakar on his defamatory claim and demand of N500M. She dismissed the letter from Mike Ozekhome(SAN)  and other threats  from the legal luminary  and Atiku 's team as a  deliberate ploy to make her lose focus as the legal battle to unseat President Buhari, his boss, gets intense.
Recall that the former vice president’s lawyer, Mike Ozekhome (SAN), had in a letter to Onochie on Sunday, demanded five hundred million Naira, (N500m) and a written apology in six national and one international daily, as well as on all social media platforms wherein the said publication was made. 
 Saharareporters had reported how the  media aide said the Wazirin of Adamawa was on UAE watch-list and she was asked on Sunday to tender apology on or before 48 hours.
 However, Onochie has fired back in a statement released to Vanguard Newspaper on Monday calling Atiku  depressed soul in desperate need of his pill but whose aides would not tell him the truth for the sake of their stomachs
Her words:“EVIL SHALL NO LONGER HAVE A VOICE NOR SAY, ANYWHERE IN NIGERIA. Good morning Family and Friends. Lauretta Onochie This is in no way responding to the depressed Alhaji Atiku Abubakar whose aides are constantly cooking up disgrace for him, for the sake of their stomachs, instead of giving him his pills. This is to reassure my PERSONAL PEOPLE who are concerned and have emailed, texted or called to know if I’m fine that truly, I had the most hilarious day yesterday and that I am very fine. I continue to laugh at the clowns who do not know what they are walking into. 
Why you need Buhari to lead this country till 2023- Lauretta Onochie(Opens in a new browser tab) We are entering into the most crucial time at the Election Tribunal where the mandate freely given to our beloved President by Nigerians, is being challenged and I’m their nightmare. In their thinking, “Let’s distract Lauretta Onochie. We can’t afford to have her focused on her job”. Buhahahahahaha! I can’t be distracted. Truly I can’t for very simple reasons. I have a great family that thinks the world of me. My friends are fiercely loyal and committed because they know me. 34 million Buharists across world are on standby. Always. I have the witness of a clear conscience. I love Nigeria and her wellbeing is my focus. Its all good people. At the end of it all, EVIL SHALL NO LONGER HAVE A VOICE NOR SAY, ANYWHERE IN NIGERIA. Thank you my people and May God Bless You All.”


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Civic Media Lab Launches Portal For Checking Nigerian Senators Salary

Mon, 2019-05-20 23:18

Frontline Media design and Innovation center, Civic Media Lab has launched a portal to help Nigerians put a context to the exorbitant salaries Nigerian senators pay themselves. 

Despite the fact that 87 million Nigerians live in extreme poverty and unemployment is at record levels, the Nigeria public officials are the best remunerated in the world. 

With an annual salary of $450,000, the Nigerian lawmaker earns the highest salary in the world. Even though it is a clear aberration to pay people such an amount in a nation where the minimum wage is under $100 a month, this practice continues despite several cries by Nigerians for it to stop.

According to Oluwaseun Akinfolarin, Director of Civic Media Lab, the civic tool was created to show the magnanimity of the funds accruable to these lawmakers and help Nigerians fully contextualize and visualize the magnitude of the loss incurred by taxpayers.

"The tool allows users to make cuts from the several payments made by our senators and see what the cuts they have made can achieve in other sectors", he said.

“In recent news, it was reported that the four hundred and sixty-nine lawmakers who will be inaugurated in June will earn N4.68bn as a welcome package.

All these monies can easily take care of other sectors of the economy that needs critical attention but it seems the authorities do not care, and Nigerians do not see the full picture of what they are losing to this small number," Akinfolarin disclosed.

"With this tool, we hope Nigerians can make several deductions and will hopefully be able to engage their representatives and demand more from them," he added.  

The Senators pay portal can be accessed via 

It was developed by the civic media lab, as part of its effort to help promote civic participation in policy formulation to ensure good governance.

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Ondo Police Arrest Mortuary Attendants In Ondo Hospital Over 'Missing Dead Baby'

Mon, 2019-05-20 23:06

The Nigeria Police Force, NPF, Ondo State Command on Monday said it has arrested two suspects over the corpse of a "day-old-baby" declared missing at the Ondo State Specialist in Akure. 

The Police disclosed that the two suspects who were arrested over the weekend have now been facing investigations at the "B Division" of the State Police Command.

Femi Joseph, the Spokesperson for Police in Ondo State who confirmed the arrest to SaharaReporters said the two suspects have confessed receiving the corpses when they were brought in dead into the morgue of the hospital.

Mr. Joseph said the two suspects who were "mortuary attendants" at the Ondo state government owned hospital were apprehened over the weekend to help the police unravel the puzzle. 

"Yes, it is correct- we have arrested them and they are currently here in our custody answering question on what they know about the missing corpse of the baby. 

"We arrested the two of them at the weekend, and they confirmed that they are the mortuary attendants at the Ondo State Specialist hospital's morgue.

"Although, we still going on with our investigations and we are ready to see its end but for now we will not like to disclose the names of these arrested two suspects", Mr. Joseph said.

Meanwhile, the father of deceased, Mr. Femi Owonidaun, has protested over the missing corpse of his baby at the state government hospital.

Mr. Owonidaun, who is also a police officer, told SaharaReporters how he brought the corpse of his wife; Mrs. Nike Owonidaun and the dead baby to the hospital's morgue for record.

He explained that his late wife died at the Police Clinic along Alagbaka area of Akure on May 15, 2019 after an operation of "caesarian section" was conducted on her during delivery.

According to him, his wife later died after the operation was conducted as the lifeless baby was brought out with his placenta and while the two corpses were later deposited at the state's specialist hospital morgue.

"You can imagine that after my wife, Nike, died of the operation, we took her corpse and that of the baby with his placenta to the mortuary unit of the Ondo State Specialist Hospital in Akure. 

"At the mortuary, they all took the recording of the two deceased after we had already paid the require and neccessary charges. 

"On Saturday, it was very surprising when we came there and wanted to pick the corpses for burial, and the attendants could only produced my wife's dead body and was unable to find the corpse of my day old baby.

"Even, the placenta they could not also find it. I discovered these when they finished washing the corpse of my wife after paying them to do so.

"I noticed they put her in the casket that we brought without the corpse of the baby and his placenta too.

"Then, i asked for the corpse of my baby with the placenta. Immediately they replied me and said if I want to see the corpse of my baby and the placenta and if I was not afraid to enter the inner morgue and see the ghost of his death then I should go in but we instited to see it. 

"I told them, we have come here to bury the two corpses together and mostly to wrap the baby with the white cloth in my hand and laid him to rest beside his mother.

"But we noticed something seem to be fishing, and we quickly raised the alarm that they must produce the corpse of baby and his placenta", he said.

However, Dr. Wahab Adegbenro, the Ondo State Commissioner for health said that the Police was already handling the case of the missing baby's corpse. 

Adegbenro, who was contacted via the telephone by SaharaReporters, noted that authorities of the hospital have confirmed that the two corpses (mother and child) were brought to hospital's morgue.

"The Police has taken up the case, we are awaiting their investigations into the matter while i have also talk to the authorities of hospital to find out how the body of the baby could have been missing from the morgue of the hospital.

"The available records documented at the hospital's mortuary showed that both the mother and her child were 'Brought in Dead' (BID) here". 

Our correspondent reported that the sudden disapperance of the day old baby’s corpse from the Ondo State Specialist hospital still remains a mystery to members of the public who are following the puzzle.

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80 Lawyers Shortlisted For Senior Advocate of Nigeria Award

Mon, 2019-05-20 22:25

80 lawyers have been shortlisted for the 2019 conferment of the Senior Advocate of Nigeria award.

According to the Legal Practitioners’ Privileges Committee, the 80 shortlisted lawyers have scaled the first and second pre-qualification exercise.

Notable among the shortlisted lawyers is Mr Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa, human rights activist lawyer.

In a press release signed by Hadizatu Mustapha, LPPC Secretary/Chief Registrar of the Supreme Court, called on the general public to comment on the integrity of the shortlisted lawyers.

It reads partly, “The 80 shortlisted lawyers had scaled through the first and second advocates’ filtration, academic pre-qualification exercise and the appeal process, preparatory to the award of SAN for the year 2019.

“Any complaint(s) presented to the Legal Practitioners’ Privileges Committee must be accompanied with verifying affidavit deposed to before a court of record in Nigeria.

“Ten copies of such comments or complaints must be submitted at the office of the Secretary, Legal Practitioners’ Privileges Committee, at the Supreme Court of Nigeria Complex, Abuja, not later than 4:00 p.m. on Monday, 17th June, 2019.”

Also shortlisted for the SAN award conferment are 13 professors in the academic category.

They are Joseph Abugu, Damilola Olawuyi, Olaide Gbadamosi, Mamman Lawan, Uchefula Chukwumaeze, Oludayo Amokaye, Alphonsus Alubo, Rasheed Ijaodola, Sampson Erugo, Edward Oyewo, Oghenemaro Emiri, Bankole Akintoyesodipo and Afeisimi Badaiki.

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Queen’s Counsel, Fidelis Oditah, Beneficiary Of $1.3 billion Malabu Oil Deal, Testifies in Milan

Mon, 2019-05-20 21:45

Fidelis Oditah, a Queen’s Counsel and Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), whose company- Indigo Drilling drilled the Eaton field- one of the two fields been developed in the Oil Prospecting License (OPL) 245 block, on Wednesday testified in the Milan court in Italy, as a consultant for Eni, one of the two companies standing corruption charges for the unwholesome sale of the block in 2011.

Indigo, which is jointly owned by Oditah Ibeneche, is part of the Transocean group of companies. 

Transocean says that Indigo,"is jointly owned by Transocean and its local Nigerian partners, Chima Ibeneche and Fidelis Oditah, SAN. According to the company which managed the Deep water Horizon rig that spilled 210 million barrels of crude into the Gulf of Mexico in 2011, ‘Indigo operates Transocean's rigs in Nigeria. 

Transocean's Deepwater Pathfinder drill vessel, drilled Etan-1X in OPL 245 to a Total Depth of 4,574 m in 1,720 m of water.

The well was said to have logged 120 m of hydrocarbon-bearing sands. Oditah did not declare to the Milan court that he has interest in the block before taking the stand to give his summation on the 2011 six-party agreement reached between the Federal Government of Nigeria, Malabu oil and Gas, Eni, Royal Dutch Shell (RDS), Eni and its Nigerian subsidiary Nigeria Agip Exploration (NAE).

“Mr President to sum up, I believe that the challenge to the 2011 Resolution Agreement of Shell and ENI is just politically motivated by the FGN under pressure by international NGOs". 

Oditah made this conclusion, despite overwhelming evidence showing a webbed trail of kickbacks and sleazy deals that mandated the Milan prosecutor to begin trial after four years of investigation.

Connection to Kola Aluko
As a lawyer with expertise in solvency and corporate structures, Fidelis Oditah is no stranger to the corrupt entrails of the oil and gas industry in Nigeria.

Septa, a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) to Seven Energy International- a company Oditah served as non-executive Board member to between 2012 and 2016, received at least $26 million in loans from a firm called Arcadia. According to civil organizations- Global Witness, Corner House, and Re:common who have been providing evidence to the Milan prosecutor, says Arcadia collected $4 million from Rocky Top, one of the companies used to move proceeds of the payments made to Malabu Oil and Gas to the accounts of persons within and outside Nigeria.

The said $4 million remittance made to Arcadia by Rocky Top, was done on behalf of Septa. This same fund, was used to repay a loan to Ark, a company controlled by Kola Aluko- a former Deputy CEO of Septa). 

Aluko is under investigation in Nigeria and the UK for money laundering on behalf of Alison Madueke-Nigeria’s Minister of petroleum Resources under Goodluck Jonathan.

Septa has since repaid loans worth $9 million to Arcadia for funds borrowed by Aluko. Aluko has been accused of using Seven Energy and Atlantic Energy to launder funds- a claim all parties deny. Oditah’s involvement with illicit monies predate’s Kola Aluko.

According to an online source, Professor Oditah received N5.7 million from a Zenith Bank Asaba branch account set-up by Ibori. The money was paid to him in three installments. 

Oditah is also the Director of Vetiva, the financial service company that served as joint financial advisor and joint stockbroker for Notore Chemicals during the latter’s float on the Nigeria Stock Exchange. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the London Metropolitan Police have labelled Notore as a front for James Ibori. 

Surprisingly, naught of this was mentioned on the prospectus for the firm’s listing on the stock exchange. Contrastingly, the allegation of Seven Energy’s involvement with Kola Aluko was stated on its bond issue.

In April, Dayo Ayoade, a lecturer in the Faculty of Law, University of Lagos, had iformed the Milan court that the Resolution Agreement that saw OPL 245 trasnfered to Shell and Eni, was an illegal deal. 

He was followed by Stephen Rogers An expert from British firm Arthur D. Little, who observed that the valuation of the block itself as at April 29 2011 was far higher than the $1.3 billion officially paid for the block but siphoned into private pockets. Rogers said the value of the block was in the region of $3.5 billion.

The registration date of Indigo Drilling on the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) website, is given as 2011-08-05, which is shortly after the April date of the resolution agreement.

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'Lagos/Badagry Road Still Gateway Of Pain, Anguish After Spending N460bn On Its Rehabilitation', Says Odumakin

Mon, 2019-05-20 21:43

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Dr. Odumakin addressing protesters


Women under the aegis of 'Women Arise For Change Initiative' and members of the Campaign for Democracy (CD), a civil society organisation, on Monday, thronged the major roads in Badagry to protest the total neglect of the Lagos-Badagry Expressway by both the Federal and State Governments.

The two groups were joined by the residents of Badagry and motorists who regularly 'ply' the roads.

The protest match started from Badagry roundabout at about 8am on Monday.The protesters filed out peacefully on the highway to Igbo-elerin.

They held aloft placards with various inscriptions, such as "FIX BADAGRY EXPRESS ROAD", "Enough Is Enough", "We Are Also Tax Payers", "No Retreat, No Surrender", "We Give You 100 Days"
Addressing the protesters, Dr Joe Odunmakin said the protest was to draw attention of President Muhammadu Buhari and Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the Lagos State Governor-elect, to the plights of residents, motorists and other road users, over the neglect and abandonment of the road.

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Odumakin said the road had become a death trap and a huge hindrance to business and economic growth in Badagry and its environs.

She said, “As we speak, we will find out that Badagry has been a gateway of pain and anguish. A lot of people are dying on the road, tourism has almost collapsed, this is a place that over 460 billion naira has been spent to rehabilitate the roads.

"There’s a nexus between infrastructures in terms of roads and the economy, and the economy here is almost coming to stagnation, and this is why is support this just cause."

She urged the government to rise up to the occasion by fixing  the road because of the location of the road and the crucial purpose of  linking Nigeria to other West African countries served by the road; claiming that the road is not just an eyesore but a nation shame.

“Government must rise up and within 100 days, and ensure that something urgently is done. Again, state of emergency has to be beamed on this road, and finally I think that we must understand that if roads are not fixed, then almost everything will collapse.

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“This is a West African road, and this has become a national shame,” She concluded.

Some residents and students along this axis while speaking with Sahara Reporters said the road had claimed many lives , caused miscarriages, made lots of people to lose their jobs and made a lot of student to fail their exams, and lots more.

The distraught residents said the time-taken to cover the distance from Mile 2- Badagry was equivalent to the time-taken to cover the distance  from Enugu to Lagos.

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LIVE: Staff Of Tai Solarin College Of Education Cry Out Over 54 Months Unpaid Salary

Mon, 2019-05-20 21:34

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The Coalition of Tai Solarin College of Education Staff has berated Ibikunle Amosun, Governor of Ogun State, for not paying salary and allowances to them for 54 months.

They also accused the Provost of the institution for embezzling funds meant for the development of the school.

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'Shut Down Operations And Vacate Nigeria', Niger Delta Republic Fighters Warn Oil Companies

Mon, 2019-05-20 21:19

A group called Niger Delta Republic Fighters has ordered all oil companies and multi-nationals operating in the Niger Delta to vacate the region from May 29, 2019.

The group said it will declare the Niger Delta Republic on the 1st of June, 2019.

The NDRF revealed what is to to befall the region in a press statement signed by Maj. Gen. Maxwell Dan and seen by SaharaReporters on Monday.

Maxwell Dan said: "After several months of consultations within and outside the shores of Nigeria on the collective wellbeing of the Niger Delta people in the Nigerian state, coupled with cruel persecution and selective maltreatment of the Niger Delta sons and daughters by Nigerian government over the years especially by the present administration of Muhamadu Buhari and his agents despite the huge contribution of the Niger Delta people to the sustenance of Nigeria. 

"We therefore take solace in the word of our patriarch – Isaac Boro, which states “…Today is a great day, not only in your lives but also in the history of the Niger Delta. Perhaps, it will be the greatest day for a very long time. 

"This is not because we are going to bring the heavens down, but because we are going to demonstrate to the world what and how we feel about oppression. Remember your 70-year-old grandmother who still farms before she eats; remember also your poverty-stricken people; remember, too, your petroleum which is being pumped out daily from your veins; and then fight for your freedom." It is quite unfortunate that the story has not change till today, and we are standing on that declaration, we are standing on the declaration of the sovereign state of Niger Delta and we will declare ‘NIGER DELTA REPUBLIC’ on June 1st, 2019.

"It is a common fact that Nigeria has completely derailed from the path of peace, justice and progress as proclaimed by its founding fathers. 

"The selective maltreatment of the Niger Delta people became more clearer when President Buhari ordered police to ransack the house of Chief E. K. Clark in order to have blackmail the aged Niger Delta Leader and force him from agitating for the Niger Delta people. 

"As that could not pay off, the scavenger removed a Niger Delta son Mr. Mathew Seiyeifa the most qualified Director of DSS without any due process. Not satisfied with his cruel and selective onslaught against the Niger Delta people, the scavengers plotted again and remove our son – Justice Walter Onoghen from office on frivolous allegations without following due process neither was he given opportunity of fair hearing. 

"It is also unfortunate that after four years of this administration, there is no single viable project executed by the federal government in the Niger Delta despite the billions of Naira accrued to the government from the resources of the Niger Delta as a result of the cease fire in the region. 

"Most surprising is the unfounded allegations and counter allegations trailing the controversial 2019 Presidential elections, after committing such a day robbery fraud against the people, the central government of Nigeria could not manage the outcome but continue to blackmail decent characters in order to incarcerate them. It so unfortunate that Nigerians have witness the worse government since independence and the criminals derive joy in telling lies and deceiving populace while the streets of the cities and towns are flooded with innocent blood on daily basis. 

"The blood of innocent citizens is becoming alarming and it is clear that the government cannot protect the citizens, instead they continue to make unguarded statements without recourse to the safety of the people, it is a common fact the country is in siege and we cannot allow it to consume us.

"In the light of the above injustices, we therefore use this medium to warn and order all the multinational oil companies operating in the Niger Delta to shut down their operation and vacate the region from May 29, 2019 to avoid avoidable circumstances as we will declare the Niger Delta Republic on 1st June 2019. 

"All operations by Oil Companies in the Niger Delta is hereby ordered to stop from 29 May 2019, anyone we see in the oil platform, both onshore and offshore shall be treated as criminal. We therefore call on International Community to withdraw their citizens from the Niger Delta region on or before 1st June 2019 as their safety cannot be guaranteed neither are we ready to compromise our freedom any longer. 

"We have already recruited, trained and equip our freedom fighters for this purpose. Arms and other war materials has been bought and brought to Nigeria, immediately we commence action, Port Harcourt Airport would be shut down only our fighter jets would be permit to use the facility. 

"This war would consume them in Abuja and Lagos, there is no going back on this, we therefore call on all the Niger Delta citizens to return home as their safety is guarantee at home than anywhere else. 

"We are tired of being second class citizens in our land, the injustice has reach its peak. While we admonish our Elders and Leaders, particularly PANDEF to remain calm as we shall make further declarations and directive soon; however, our position on this issue cannot be compromised as injustice to one is injustice to all. To be forewarned is to be forearmed."

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Air Peace De-board Passenger For Asking Attendant To Translate Safety Instructions To Igbo Because 'He Does Not Speak English'

Mon, 2019-05-20 20:09

A passenger with Air Peace was today de-boarded by the airline over claims that he could not communicate in English during safety briefing.

The passenger identified as Mr. Christopher Aniagboso told the cabin crew to translate the safety briefing for passengers in the over-wing exit seats in Igbo language and not English as is the standard.

The airline in a statement by its spokesman, Mr. Chris Iwarah, said that other passengers around him offered to translate what was being said in English to him, but he insisted that the crew must brief him in Igbo language.

Besides, Iwarah said that efforts to relocate the unruly passenger from his seat to the other proved abortive despite the intervention of the cockpit crew.

He, however, said that the passenger who had earlier on May 12, 2019 missed his morning Lagos-Owerri flight was communicating to its ground staff in fluent English, but later showed up for the afternoon flight in good time and was issued an over-wing exit seat on request .

He insisted that his antics of not being able to communicate in English were meant to delay the flight.

Iwarah declared that his de-boarding was necessary in a bid to guarantee the safety of its crew and customers and said it would not tolerate an act that would jeopardise safety on any of its flights.

He said: “When all efforts to have Mr. Aniagboso cooperate with the crew failed, the crew advised him to change his seat as the flight was already running late. He declined the advice to change his seat.

“The captain of the flight, who was eventually briefed on the development, also did everything to secure Mr. Aniagboso's cooperation to no avail. At this point, our crew members were left with no other alternative than to advise Mr. Aniagboso to disembark to enable the flight depart.

“Only those who were able to clearly understand and express their willingness to perform their safety responsibility are allowed by aviation regulations to sit in the exit row. It is also clearly stated in the safety cards that only those who can speak English are allowed to sit in the exit row.

“All through Mr. Aniagboso interaction with our ground staff, he communicated in fluent English. So, his claim of not being able to communicate in English at the point of the safety briefing was meant to disrupt and delay the flight.

“Air Peace takes pride in promoting the use of all local languages on board our flights without discrimination. We encourage our crew to speak the local language whenever it is possible to do so. But we do not allow passengers with ill motive to disrupt our flights and endanger the safety of our esteemed customers and crew.

“Conducts with the potential of jeopardising the safety of our esteemed customers and crew are not welcome on any of our flights,” he added.

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INEC Withdraws Certificate Of Return Of 25 Election Winners

Mon, 2019-05-20 19:50

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), following a court order, has withdrawn 25 Certificates of Returns from some winners at the last conducted general elections.

This was revealed by Festus Okoye, Chairman of Information and Voter Education Committee while speaking at the 'Forum on Media Coverage of 2019 General Elections' held in Enugu today.

Okoye lauded the coverage of the 2019 elections by the media. He also tasked the media to constantly keep the people abreast of every amendment done to the Electoral Act of the country.

He said that INEC had completed the retrieval and issuance of the 25 certificates of return on Friday, May 17, 2019.

Giving a breakdown of the certificate withdrawn, Okoye said 22 of the 25 certificates withdrawn were as a result of intra-party lawsuit.

“20 of the 25 certificates-of-return were withdrawn from All Progressive Congress (APC) members to other APC members; while two from People Democratic Party (PDP) members were withdrawn and issued to other PDP members. 

“The other three were withdrawn from APC and PDP and given to other political parties.”

Commending the media, the INEC Information and Voter Education Committee Chairman said the media has become a platform for the explanation of INEC political and electoral decisions.

“The media and its practitioners to dig deep into the Electoral Act to ensure that the import of the recently amended sections is made known to the public.

“The media should also centre on the aspect of using Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) to resolve electoral issues especially at the party levels instead of going to the court.”

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My Wife Denies Me Sex Because Of My Small Penis, Pastor Tells Court

Mon, 2019-05-20 19:28


Pastor Samson Farounbi has told an Idi-Ogungun Customary Court, Agodi, in Ibadan, that the small size of his manhood made his estranged wife to deny him sex for a long period.

Farounbi disclosed this on Monday when testifying before the court on a case of divorce he instituted against Tope Farounbi.

He had requested the court to end their 19-year union on the grounds of lack rest of mind, threat to life and lack of respect for his family.

Narrating his ordeals, Farounbi said his wife, who was a fruit seller, used to return home at late hours every day and refused to have sex with him.

“There was a day I challenged her why she always returned late and denying me sex.

“She confessed that the small size of my penis was responsible for keeping late outside and for refusing to have sex with me.

“She suggested to buy local herb for the treatment of my micro penis, which cost N5,000, but I priced it down to N4,000.

“I got myself treated with the Agbo (local herb), but she still felt reluctant to allow me have access to her body,” he narrated.

The pastor further alleged that the defendant maltreated his mother when she was living with him and that the ill treatment forced his aged mother to relocate to Ilesha, where she died a few months later.

He told the court that Tope used to curse every member of his family and always cursed his blood brothers whenever they visited him.

“My lord, she is a devil, always fighting people, especially females that come to my church for prayer, accusing me of flirting with them.

“We have never stayed beyond two years in every house I rented since we married 19 years ago due to her stubbornness and troublesome character.

“The five children of our union lack home training and always cursing me whenever I tried to correct any of the kids for doing wrong things.

“In fact, our first child has run away from home now and I cannot even locate his whereabouts.

“I urge the court to separate us so that I can have peace of mind to do my pastoral work,” he pleaded.

In her defence, Tope denied all the allegations but urged the court to dissolve the marriage as requested by the plaintiff.

She accused her husband of womanising, saying he never cared for her welfare but was in the habit of drinking alcohol.

President of the court, Mr. Mukaila Balogun and the two court assessors — Messrs Wahab Popoola and Alao Ganiyu — in their unanimous decision dissolved the marriage.

Balogun said the court was handicapped to settle the dispute between the parties because the couple had agreed to end the marriage.

He ordered that three kids that are males, including the first born that ran away, should be in the custody of the plaintiff; while the remaining two daughters should remain with the defendant.

He further directed the plaintiff to pay N8,000 monthly allowance for the upkeep of the two kids in the defendant’s custody.

He admonished the parties to refrain from fomenting trouble or disturbing public peace.


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