Police have begun an investigation into the alleged viral rape video purportedly depicting students of Chrisland School, Lagos Command on Monday said.
The spokesman for the command, SP Benjamin Hundey, said in a statement that the Commissioner of Police in the state, CP Abiodun Alabi, ordered the investigation.
Recall that a video of a 10-year-old female student of Chrisland Schools Lagos, allegedly raped by fellow students during a trip to Dubai, UAE, went viral recently.
The incident reportedly happened when the students travelled to Dubai to participate in the World School Games from March 10 to 13, where the school won over 30 medals.
Hundey quoted the police boss as saying that the investigation would establish the identities of the players in the video, the true incident in the video, and the geographical location of the incident.
The investigation will also cover the alleged threat to life against a student of the school and circumstances surrounding the alleged repeated pregnancy tests conducted on a student without parental consent.
“The attention of the Lagos State Police Command has been drawn to an alleged rape video purportedly depicting students of Chrisland School, Lagos, going viral on social media.
“The command is equally taking cognisance of the cybercrime angle to the whole episode and will not hesitate to enlist the support of the Interpol should the need arises.
“For a holistic and unbiased investigation, the command shall be working with relevant ministries, departments, agencies, and non-governmental organisations,” he said.
He gave the assurance that due diligence would be observed to ensure that there was no miscarriage of justice.
Abuja, April 18, 2022 (NAN) The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), has urged the Federal Government to respect the Collective Bargaining Agreements entered into with the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and other unions in the tertiary institutions in the country.
The NLC President, Mr Ayuba Wabba, made the call in the 2022 Easter message to workers and Nigerians with the theme, “Hope That Never Dies’’, on Monday in Abuja.
According to him, millions of Nigerian university students, especially those attending public citadels of higher learning, are celebrating Easter outside the precincts of their campuses.
“This is not by reason of choice but because our country cut short their hopes.
“The inability of the government to deliver on commitments it reached with our university workers, both academic and non-academic, has ensured that the streak of instability battering and buffeting our tertiary education system remains unresolved.
“It is even most tragic that majority of the affected students are children from poor homes whose parents cannot afford to pay the outrageous fees charged by private universities.
“Tragically, while students from poor homes are held back by frustrating cycles of strike actions, the children of the rich and powerful are in private campuses learning.
“There is no sadder premiere of the Social Apartheid in our society than the intermittent and protracted strike actions in our public universities,’’ he said.
He, therefore, added “we demand respect for Collective Bargaining Agreements signed with unions in our tertiary institutions and other sectors.”
Wabba also noted that many workers in Nigeria are yet to enjoy the national minimum wage almost four years after it was signed into law, noting that Cross River, Taraba and Zamfara are the states yet to implement the national minimum wage.
The NLC president also said that Nigerian pensioners are not spared as many of them are denied their gratuity and pension arrears.
He said, tragically, while wages remain the same and sometimes are unpaid, the cost of living keeps skyrocketing. Inflation has eroded the purchasing power of workers as the Naira continued to lose its value.
According to him, the congress salutes the indefatigable spirit of Nigerian workers, while urging them to keep believing that a new Nigeria that is workers- and people-friendly is possible in our life time.
“This Easter, we ask government and private sector employers to meet workers halfway and put a glow to our hopes.
“States yet to fully implement the national minimum wage should do so immediately. We demand immediate clearing of pension arrears owed our retirees.
“Employers should deliver on prompt salary payment, periodic salary increment, promotion, regular training, access to social housing, affordable healthcare, paid vacation cum sick leave and compensation for injury at work.
“Congress pledges to continue to deploy labour standards to fight for and defend the rights and interests of Nigerian workers.
“Workers should also be conscious that we all have a collective duty in this regards,’’ he said.
Wabba also said the mass killings in Plateau State, Abuja-Kaduna train bomb attack, among others, are an awakening to the reality of the expansion of the wings of evil on the shores of the country.
He said the congress demands that government must ensure the swift and safe return of all abductees.
He added “we also demand compensation for all those killed and injured in the attack.
“As Christ rose from the dead, Nigeria will arise from the current ashes of despondency and chaos and take its rightful position in the comity of great nations.
“This hope of a great country enabled by its working people shall never die,’’ he said.
The Lagos State Government has warned anyone caught with children pornography risks 14 years imprisonment even as the Christland School ten-year-old girl was violated.
“We also use this medium to remind the general public that any person who engages in any visual depiction of sexually explicit conduct involving a child, commits an offence and is liable to custodial sentence of fourteen (14) years. This includes “producing, distributing, receiving, or possessing an image of child pornography”, said Commissioner for Education, Folashade Adefisayo.
Recall that a ten year-old student of Chrisland school was allegedly raped by his fellow students when they travelled to Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
Miffed with the incident, the mother of the victim appealed to Nigerians to assists her get justice for her daughter.
She accused the school of negligence and poor communication. In a video clip shared by Ubi Frankin, Nigeria Music Executive, the mother of the girl accused Mrs Azike, the head teacher, of threatening her daughter, saying that her daughter (name witheld) told her that Mrs Azike warned her never to speak to anyone about the incident.
Reacting to the story, Lagos State Government has ordered the immediate closure of all Chrisland Schools within the state pending further investigations into alleged sexual assault.
Below is the statement:
“The attention of the Lagos State Government has been drawn to the alleged sexual violence case involving students of Chrisland Schools which occurred in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
“It is pertinent to note that all allegations are being investigated by the relevant Ministries, Departments and Agencies, including Ministry of Education, Office of Education Quality Assurance, Ministry of Youth and Social Development, Ministry of Justice and the Lagos State
“Domestic and Sexual Violence Agency, whilst the criminal allegations have been escalated to the Commissioner of Police.
“In view of the allegations, we are committed to ensuring that adequate medical and pscyho social support is provided.
“This is to reassure members of the public of the State Government’s commitment to safety and child protection, especially in ensuring that all child-centered institutions within the state, formulate and implement policies and systems that are compliant with the Executive Order (NO.EO/AA08 of 2016), Lagos State Safeguarding and Child Protection Program.
“We also use this medium to remind the general public that any person who engages in any visual depiction of sexually explicit conduct involving a child, commits an offence and is liable to custodial sentence of fourteen (14) years. This includes “producing, distributing, receiving, or possessing an image of child pornography”.
The Lagos State Government has shut down all Chrisland schools over a sex tape involving a 10-year-old girl and her classmates in Dubai.
Pupils from the private school located in Victoria Garden City were in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), to participate in the World School Games between March 10 and 13, 2022.
Other units of the school including the one at Opebi, Ikeja will also be affected by the suspension.
A statement jointly signed by the Ministry of Education, Office of Education Quality Assurance, Ministry of Youth and Social Development and Ministry of Justice announced the closure on Monday.
The statement read, “The attention of the Lagos State Government has been drawn to the alleged sexual violence case involving students of Chrisland school which occurred in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
“It is pertinent to note that all allegations are being investigated by the relevant Ministries, Departments and Agencies, including Ministry of Education, Office of Education Quality Assurance, Ministry of Youth and Social Development, Ministry of Justice and the Lagos State Domestic & Sexual Violence Agency, whilst the criminal allegations have been escalated to the Commissioner of Police.
“In view of the allegations, we are committed to ensuring that adequate medical and pscyho social support is provided. This is to reassure members of the public of the State Government’s commitment to safety and child protection, especially in ensuring that all child-centred institutions within the state, formulate and implement policies and systems that are compliant with the Executive Order (NO.EO/AA08 of 2016), Lagos State Safeguarding and Child Protection Program.
“We also use this medium to remind the general public that any person who engages in any visual depiction of sexually explicit conduct involving a child, commits an offence and is liable to a custodial sentence of fourteen (14) years. This includes “producing, distributing, receiving, or possessing an image of child pornography”.
“In the meantime, all Chrisland schools within Lagos State are hereby closed, pending further investigations.”
A woman has claimed that her 10-year-old daughter was raped during a trip to Dubai which was organised by Chrisland School.
Pupils from the private school located in Victoria Garden City were in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), to participate in the World School Games between March 10 and 13, 2022.
But in a now-viral video shared by Ubi Franklin, the music executive, via his Instagram page on Monday, the woman also claimed that footage of the incident has been shared multiple times on social media.
She said she was not aware of what transpired in Dubai till another parent showed her the video of the incident.
The woman also accused the school of trying to cover up the case and demanded justice.
“As I was beating my daughter, she opened up to me and said the school threatened her not to speak out… My daughter was dying in silence and I did not know. Every day, I’ll be forcing her out of the room but she wouldn’t want to go to school,” she said.
“I’m begging Nigerians to help me because Chrisland attempted to hide the issue, they wanted to push us out of the way and my daughter was going psychologically insane. I need help as a mother. My daughter is not okay.
“They took her for pregnancy tests without my knowledge and lied to us that it was COVID-19 test. They did the tests almost three times. Please do they require blood or urine for COVID-19 test? I did not know until the whole issue became public.”
The woman said her daughter was suspended from school after they called the management to ask questions about the incident.
“To crown it all, because we started confronting them that we are aware of what has happened, they sent her a suspension letter,” she added.
“When I asked her what happened, my daughter said on the day of the incident they went out in the morning to have breakfast and one of the boys begged her to borrow him her phone charger which she did.
“She said later in the evening, the boy called her room and asked her to come for the charger in his room. So, she went there.
“When she got to the room to get the charger, they opened the door and one of the boys asked her to go and get her charger inside the toilet. She said it was when she entered the toilet that the boys surrounded her and asked her to drink a substance.
“She said they were all under the influence of drugs after that and she did not know what she was doing again. My daughter said the boys asked her to climb on them while one of them was filming and sending out the videos.”
A top source in the school said a statement will soon be released with respect to the matter.
The source also called on the public not to embrace “a one-sided narrative,” adding that the school takes issues concerning its pupils seriously.
Chrisland School was in the public eye in October last year after Mercy Johnson, the Nollywood actress, claimed her 8-year-old daughter was bullied by its teacher.
Adegboyega Adenekan, a former supervisor of the school, was also accused of sexually assaulting a pupil who was two years and 11 months old at the time of the incident in 2016.
In October 2019, Adenekan was convicted and sentenced to 60 years in prison by the sexual offences court — but the supervisor had filed an appeal.
The management of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has expressed optimism for a hitch-free examination scheduled for May.
The board made this known in its Weekly Bulletin of the Office of the Registrar on Monday, in Abuja.
The JAMB had scheduled the 2022 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) to hold between May 6 and May 16 .
The board said that, it was sure to deliver a seamless exercise in its main examination, in all its 757 centres across the country.
This, it said, followed the success recorded in the mock- UTME which held on Saturday, April 9.
” At the post- examination analysis held to conduct a post mortem of the examination, the Registrar, Prof. Is-haq Oloyede, disclosed that the mock- examination, conducted in 757 centres across the nation, was held with little or no hitches.
He stated that the board was primed to deliver the most seamless examination ever, come May 6.
The statement also quoted the Registrar as advising proprietors of Computer Based Tests (CBT) centres nationwide, not to rest on their oars, but consolidate on the success recorded in the mock exercise.
Oloyede added that the centres must deliver on a better outcome in the main examination in May.
He reiterated that the the mock examination was instituted to principally test its facilities and ascertain its readiness for the main UTME.
It was also instituted, he explained, to provide candidates the opportunity to experience the testing system and how to apply it in the main examination.
” Taking the mock examination had proved to be one of the most effective test of readiness for the main examination, ” Oloyede said.
NAN reports that a total of 1.8 million candidates had been registered for this year’s main UTME.
A veteran journalist, Mustapha Ogunsakin, has said that Vice President Yemi Osinbajo declined former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s offer to become Attorney-General of the Federation in 2005.
Ogunsakin’s revelation, made available to newsmen on Friday in Abuja, came as mixed reactions continued to trail Osinbajo’s declaration to run for the post of president in 2023.
There have been personal attacks on the vice president by some political opponents trying to brand him a betrayer because of his presidential ambition.
“In 2005, President Obasanjo invited Osinbajo to take appointment as the Attorney-General of the Federation after Chief Akin Olujimi left office.
“Obasanjo saw the sterling qualities and performance that Osinbajo had as Attorney General of Lagos.
“ The president without informing Bola Tinubu, the then Lagos State Governor, offered the post to Osinbajo who was then Lagos State Attorney-General.
“ The first thing Osinbajo did was to inform his principal, Tinubu, who gave him a free hand to take his decision,” Ogunsakin said.
He said that Osinbajo made a request to Obasanjo to release Lagos State Council funds.
” Obasanjo replied that Osinbajo should first take the appointment and then advise him as Attorney-General of the Federation on the matter.
“Osinbajo went underground and for weeks Obasanjo could no longer reach him.
“It was obvious to the then president that Osinbajo deliberately avoided him; he went on to appoint Chief Bayo Ojo as his Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice.
“Osinbajo rejected the position of Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice and stayed with Tinubu; nobody complained then,” he said.
Ogunsakin said Osinbajo not only stood with Tinubu, but stayed loyal to Lagos State, adding that ” he did not betray Tinubu then.’’
He cautioned those calling Osinbajo a betrayer.
“But now when it is convenient for them, some political and religious bigots are shouting betrayal!
“Everyone knows that if you want to hear the story of how your father met your mother, join politics,” he said.
He urged anyone criticising Osinbajo over his presidential ambition to do so based on valid facts and ” not lazy, religious and political lies that reveal your foolishness and hatred for a man who is doing his best to make his country and people better.”
As Christians celebrate Good Friday, Bishop Emmanuel Badejo of the Catholic Diocese of Oyo has urged all Nigerians to use the opportunity to repent and take positive actions toward God and humanity.
Badejo made the call in a statement he made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday from Oyo Town.
He remarked that Good Friday called for all Christians to be faithful to their Christian calling.
“Jesus died to save lives, and all who destroy it and cause others to do so can neither worship Him nor win his favour.
“All must remember that they will have to account before the Creator and face the verdict of history and posterity.
“It calls on people in power to repent and address the needless bloodshed, suffering, and destruction being faced by millions of innocent people,” he said.
According to him, Good Friday teaches all oppressed and suffering people that God is near to them while showing that this world has always been sometimes unjust and unfair.
He added that it shows that God suffers with us, for by his wounds we are healed (Is. 53:5), but has utmost patience for unjust, evil people, so that he may be glorified.
“It reminds us that God is not absent when there is pain and sorrow, and suffering especially when the innocent people suffer.
“It is a reminder to stop seeking a resurrection that does not pass through the way of the cross.
“Good Friday condemns the ‘get rich quick, cash and carry wealth without work, and pleasure without principle’, which many people crave today.
“Such attitudes, especially in the youth, the politicians, and other leaders today must be arrested, it offends God and only leads to a disastrous rat race which will produce more casualties as we see already,” he said.
Badejo emphasised that Good Friday reminded Christians of the one who carried the cross and urged them to do the same for others.
“It is in saving others that we ensure our own Salvation (Matt 16:24-27), Good Friday ultimately affirms that only by the virtues of Christ crucified will the world find joy, peace, and salvation,” he said.
Also, the Anglican Bishop of Oyo Diocese, Most Rev. Williams Aladekugbe, advised Christians to have sober reflections on the day and look at what led to the event, which is the sin of man that brought alienation from God, with a view to jettisoning sin, the world and self.
Aladekugbe, who is also the Oyo State Chairman of the Christian Council of Nigeria, urged the government at all levels to look at the ultimate sacrifice of Jesus Christ and emulate it in serving humanity.
“Our secular leaders should put self and personal satisfaction off, and see to the wellbeing and comfortable living of the citizens.
“There is no doubt that our country is going through a lot of pains because leaders are not ready to sacrifice their comfort, and personal enjoyment for the good and wellbeing of the citizenry.
“We should all reflect on love, sacrifice, peace, and the good of our society,” he said.
He said that Christians should see Good Friday as a crucial day of the year because it celebrates what the faithful believe to be the most momentous day in the history of the world when a felony was committed.
According to him, it is Good because it refers to the blessings conferred upon mankind by the sacrifice of Christ.
“Good Friday, the Friday before Easter, is the Christian Holy day to commemorate the crucifixion of Jesus and his death at Calvary.
“It is also known as Holy Friday, Great Friday, Black Friday, the Paschal day, the day of preparation, the day of our Lord’s passion, the day of Absolution, and long Friday.
“On Good Friday, we remember the day Jesus willingly suffered and died by crucifixion as the ultimate sacrifice for our sins (I John 1:10).
“It is followed by Easter, the glorious celebration of the day Jesus was raised from the dead, heralding his victory over sin and death, and pointing ahead to a future resurrection for all who are united to him by faith (Rom. 6:5).
“The significance of Good Friday is that Jesus Christ is believed to have sacrificed his life to atone for the sins of mankind.
“He suffered through beatings and torture willingly, and accepted death through crucifixion,” he said.
The management of the Lower Niger River Basin Development Authority has portrayed its commitment to capacity building through training of staff members and other stakeholders of the agency.
The Managing Director of the agency, Dr. Adeniyi Saheed Aremu disclosed this during briefing journalists in Ilorin, emphasized that more than 300 members of staff have been trained between 2017 and 2021 across various Departments, Units and cadres.
He also said that “stakeholders in the Water Users Association were trained in line with the current trends of irrigation management, climate change and water-shed management.
“As part of the Authority’s drive to automate some of its activities for better effectiveness, it has procured a drone for farmland mapping, land acquisition survey and survey of project design and construction.
“The Authority also purchased an unmanned Surface Vessel (Apache 5) for underwater survey, monitoring, data collation and analysis. Also, the Authority purchased an industrial drilling rig and Back Hoe Mini Excavator with a view to boost its revenue generation. Farminputs such as: pesticides, herbicides, improved seeds, MPK fertilizer, and acquisition of new tractors (including their implements) were handed over to all Area Offices to ease and stimulate increased farming activities.
Dr. Aremu noted that a large number of unemployed youth and vast agricultural land is faced with unavailability staple crops, hence, the Honourable Minister directed the RBDAs to embark on training of youth in various aspects of agriculture.
Which is why over sixty (60) youth have been trained in agribusiness, value addition, and livestock production. Starter packs were also given to them to be gainfully employed. These exclude yearly training of selected participants on agribusiness.
Speaking on utilising modern agricultural extension and modern farming practices, the LNRBDA boss said that the authority has made concerted efforts towards achieving integrated farming system, especially incorporating the Songhai Model.
Aremu added that “the Authority, in the 2019 Fiscal Year, awarded the contract for the establishment of Songhai Model Farm Centre in the Authority. The Integrated farm incorporates the principle of Circular Economy whereby raising livestock, fish production and crops as well as on-sites processing are fused together in a natural environment.
“The project has provided direct job for twenty (20) people and indirect for many retailers and wholesalers.”
President Muhammadu Buhari says the Executive arm of government will continue to respect the judiciary within the boundaries laid out in the Constitution in order to strengthen the country’s democracy.
The president’s spokesman, Malam Garba Shehu, in a statement, said Buhari stated this on Thursday evening at the Iftar dinner he hosted for the leadership of the nation’s judiciary, at the end of the daily fasting.
“I assure you that I have tremendous respect for the judiciary,” he said.
According to him, order and discipline in society can only be established when the law applies to all, irrespective of position or status, who you are or who you like and without fear or favour.
“I try to keep my distance from you to avoid the perception of interference,” he said.
He added that he was satisfied with the painstaking adherence to due processes by the courts.
The Chief Justice of the Federation, Justice Ibrahim Tanko Mohammed, attested to the President’s non-interference in judicial matters, saying: ”In all your years in office, at no time, no moment did Mr. President or any other person from you attempt to talk or ask for favours from the courts.
”We can recall no such attempt by you or anyone on your behalf has been made to interfere with judicial decisions.
“This is a mark of your maturity and sagacity. I am convinced that as you do with the judiciary, so is the case with ministries and other agencies of government.
“With leaders like you who do not interfere with judicial decisions, the country can rest assured that all is well.”
Mohammed assured the president that Justices of the Supreme Court and Judges across the court system are doing their best in handling cases before them.
“We try not to delay. No case whatsoever is unduly delayed and all are delivered within the times allotted by the constitution.
”We are satisfied that we are discharging our responsibilities the way the constitution wants them to be done,” the Chief Justice reassured.
Over 70million subscribers barred from making calls because of failure to link or properly link their SIM cards lines with the National Identity Number (NIN).
However, emerging developments indicate that some Nigerians who have linked their SIM with their NIN are also having difficulty making calls.
After linking the SIM with NIN, subscribers are supposed to get confirmation from telcos that the process has been complete and successful.
However, some mobile users have said after linking their SIM to NIN, they did not get any response on whether the process is successful or not. Some also said they got responses that the linking was successful but their SIMs remain barred from outgoing calls.
According to BBC News Pidgin, a senior official working with one of the telcos listed the reasons while subscribers may be having such challenges.
These are: Incomplete registration, Computer errors, Linking NIN to too many SIM cards, Poor backend integration from NIMC, Network problem.
What to do if your SIM cards remain barred after linking with NIN
The unnamed telco official cited by BBC said affected subscribers can go to the officers of the telecommunication companies/service centres to register their complaints. He said telcos do not want subscribers’ SIM cards blocked because it also leads to loss of revenue for them, adding that they need as many customers as possible.
The head of the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) in Kano also reportedly confirmed what telcos official said. He was quoted as directing affected subscribers to the telecom companies’ officers to complain. According to him, the telecom companies will give them letters to take to NIMC while the commission’s database team will take it up from there and correct the error.
FG orders NIN weekend registration nationwide
In a related development, NIMC has announced the commencement of weekend NIN registration at all NIN enrollment centres nationwide. According to the commission, the weekend enrollment will enable those yet to obtain their NIN to do so within the timeframe given by the federal government before enforcement of NIN-SIM linkage commences.
The minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Prof. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, urged citizens and legal residents to take advantage of the weekend enrollment.
The Police in Lagos on Thursday said that they had arrested a 29-year-old man (name withheld) for allegedly smashing the head of his one-month-old daughter on the floor resulting to her death.
The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in Lagos State, SP Benjamin Hundeyin, confirmed the arrest on Thursday while parading the suspect along side others at the State Command Headquarters, Ikeja.
Hundeyin said that the suspect allegedly committed the crime on April 6, after he had a quarrel with his wife a day before the incident.
He said that the suspect was alleged to be drunk on the day he committed the crime and tried to set himself ablaze.
It was alleged that he had to stop after his wife raised an alarm which attracted neighbours in their compound, who thereafter apprehended him.
The spokesman said that preliminary investigation had revealed that the suspect immediately after the baby died, threw the corpse into an uncompleted property close to their house.
Hundeyin said that the suspect would be charged to court after completion of investigation by the police.
The suspect speaking to journalists on the sideline of the parade claimed that his action was not intentional.
He claimed that he was in the bathroom when he heard a knock on his door and he rushed out to pick his baby. He said that unfortunately, the baby slipped from his hand and hit her head on the floor and died on the spot.
“Immediately I saw what I did, I dashed out of my apartment and headed straight to where I kept my gallon of petrol with the purpose of setting myself ablaze. What happened was not intentional. I am not a ritualists.
“I didn’t smash her head on the floor as claimed by the police. When the incident occurred, I wasn’t myself anymore, I wanted to set myself ablaze so as to die alongside the baby.
“I was not happy seeing the corpse of my daughter on the floor. What was coming to my mind was to kill myself. I didn’t have any disagreement with my wife on the fateful day.
“It is true that the death of my daughter was from me, my wife was not at fault. It was true I killed my baby; it was an accident, but I am not happy. Am I a foolish person to kill my daughter? It was not intentional,” he said.
The suspect added that it was when he was trying to rescue the baby that the baby fell from his hands, and during the process, he sustained injuries which he showed to journalists.
On the allegation that he threw the baby’s corpse into an uncompleted building, he claimed that he did it as a result of fear that some residents might want to lynch him.
“It was after I threw the corpse of my baby to the next compound that I went inside with the intention of setting myself ablaze.
“I regretted my action, I beg God to forgive me of my sin and bless the soul of my daughter,” he said.
Elon Musk is offering to buy Twitter, just days after the Tesla CEO said he would no longer be joining the social media company’s board of directors.
Twitter Inc. said in a regulatory filing on Thursday that Musk, who currently owns slightly more than 9% of its stock and is the company’s biggest shareholder, provided a letter to the company on Wednesday that contained a proposal to buy the remaining shares of Twitter that he doesn’t already own. Musk offered $54.20 per share of Twitter’s stock.
He called that price his best and final offer, although the billionaire provided no details on financing. The offer is non-binding and subject to financing and other conditions.
“I invested in Twitter as I believe in its potential to be the platform for free speech around the globe, and I believe free speech is a societal imperative for a functioning democracy,” Musk says in the filing. “However, since making my investment I now realize the company will neither thrive nor serve this societal imperative in its current form. Twitter needs to be transformed as a private company.”
The buyout offer from Musk is just the latest development in his relationship with Twitter. The billionaire revealed in regulatory filings over recent weeks that he’d been buying shares in almost daily batches starting Jan. 31. Only Vanguard Group’s suite of mutual funds and ETFs controls more Twitter shares.
Musk has been a vocal critic of of Twitter in recent weeks, mostly over his belief that it falls short on free speech principles. The social media platform has angered followers of Donald Trump and other far-right political figures who’ve had their accounts suspended for violating its content standards on violence, hate or harmful misinformation. Musk also has a history of his own tweets causing legal problems.
Musk said last week that he informed Twitter he wouldn’t be joining its board of directors five days after he was invited. He didn’t explain why, but the decision coincided with a barrage of now-deleted tweets from Musk proposing major changes to the company, such as dropping ads — its chief source of revenue — and transforming its San Francisco headquarters into a homeless shelter. Musk left a few clues on Twitter about his thinking, such as by “liking” a tweet that summarized the events as Musk going from “largest shareholder for Free Speech” to being “told to play nice and not speak freely.”
After Musk announced his stake, Twitter quickly gave Musk a seat on its board on the condition that he not own more than 14.9% of the company’s outstanding stock, according to a filing. But Musk backed out of the deal.
Musk’s 81 million Twitter followers make him one of the most popular figures on the platform, rivaling pop stars like Ariana Grande and Lady Gaga. But his prolific tweeting has sometimes gotten him into trouble with the SEC and others.
Musk and Tesla in 2018 agreed to pay $40 million in civil fines and for Musk to have his tweets approved by a corporate lawyer after he tweeted about having the money to take Tesla private at $420 per share. That didn’t happen but the tweet caused Tesla’s stock price to jump. Musk’s latest trouble with the SEC could be his delay in notifying regulators of his growing stake in Twitter.
Musk has described himself as a “free speech absolutist” and has said he doesn’t think Twitter is living up to free speech principles — an opinion shared by followers of Donald Trump and a number of other right-wing political figures who’ve had their accounts suspended for violating Twitter content rules.
Shares of Twitter jumped 11% before the market open. The stock is still down from its 52-week high of about $73. Shares of Tesla, the electric vehicle manufacturer that Musk heads, slipped about 0.9%.
The Nigeria Labour Congress has given the Federal Government 21 days ultimatum to resolve the ongoing strikes by Academic and Non academic Staff Unions of Universities.
The decision is contained in a statement issued at the end of its meeting with affiliate unions in the education sector on Wednesday, April 13.
On February 14, ASUU declared a one-month warning strike over unsettled demands by the Federal government. The union went into a full strike in March after the Federal government failed to meet its demands. Several meetings between both parties have ended in a deadlock.
The union’s grievances include the government’s refusal to adopt the University Transparency Accountability Solution (UTAS) payroll software. Other demands include the endorsement of the renegotiated 2009 ASUU-FGN agreement, which it said was concluded in May 2021; release of the reports of visitation panels to federal universities, and distortions in salary payment challenges. ASUU is also demanding funding for the revitalisation of public universities, earned academic allowances, improved funding of state universities and payment of promotion arrears.
The NLC after its meeting on Wednesday, urged the government to immediately set up a high-powered panel that will resolve all contentious issues militating against industrial harmony in Nigeria’s university system within 21 days.
NLC says it will convene a meeting of its Central working Committee at the expiration of the ultimatum to decide its next line of action.
An 18-year-old boy identified as Chibuike Emmanuel has reportedly died from electrocution in Ozoro, Isoko North Local Government Area of Delta.
The teenager was said to have been electrocuted at about 5:00 pm on Tuesday while charging his iPhone 8 with a public electric supply.
According to a community source on Wednesday, the incident was reported to the police at about 7:00 pm on Tuesday by the mother’s friend who brought him from Lagos State to spend his holiday with them in Ozoro.
The victim was said to have laid on the floor in the residence of his mother’s friend (name withheld) located at Idheze Road, Ozoro, and placed the iPhone on his chest while charging and slept off.
“It was in that process that the deceased was electrocuted. He was rushed to Okeleke Hospital for resuscitation but was confirmed dead.
“The remains of the deceased have been deposited at the Bromic private mortuary in Ozoro awaiting autopsy,” the source said.
When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Delta Command, DSP Bright Edafe, confirmed the incident.
Liverpool and Manchester City will resume their domestic duel in the FA Cup on Saturday after the pair reached the UEFA Champions League semi-finals in contrasting styles on Wednesday.
Jürgen Klopp’s Reds proved too strong for Benfica in spite of being held to a 3-3 draw at Anfield a week after winning 3-1 in Lisbon.
They now meet Villarreal, conquerors of Bayern Munich, in the last four ties which begin at the end of the month.
Manchester City meanwhile endured a nervous night at Atletico Madrid as they secured a goalless draw in their quarter-final second leg which gave them progress 1-0 on aggregate.
Pep Guardiola’s English Premier League leaders now face a mouth-watering clash against record winners Real Madrid.
But they will first focus on Wembley where they meet Liverpool, a point behind them domestically, in the FA Cup semi-finals.
The teams also drew 2-2 in Manchester last weekend and Klopp took the chance to rotate heavily given the heavy schedule facing his players.
Star forwards Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane were rested along with defender Virgil Van Dijk but Liverpool always had an element of control.
“I think we’d want to do better overall, but we started the game well and could have scored one or two more goals,” Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson said.
“It was really comfortable but we’re disappointed at the goals we conceded. We got through to the next round which is the most important thing.”
Ibrahima Konate, who opened the scoring in Portugal, repeated the trick by heading in Konstantinos Tsimikas’ 21st minute corner-kick.
But Gonçalo Ramos scored to draw the visitors level from a break of the ball soon after.
“It’s fantastic for me to score in the Champions League for the first time, but nobody is happy,” Ramos said. “We ended up going out, but we have had a great journey.”
Farcical defending ended Benfica’s hopes when goalkeeper Odysseas Vlachodimos spilled the ball and Roberto Firmino tapped in a cross from Diogo Jota 10 minutes after the restart.
Firmino then volleyed his second in the 65th from an excellent Tsimikas free-kick, only for Roman Yaremchuk and Darwin Núñez to draw Benfica level.
Only a brilliant save from Alisson stopped Núñez immediately cutting the deficit to one with seven minutes remaining.
But Liverpool settled down and saw out the tie.
Atletico Madrid started strongly in Madrid in the reverse of their defensive display in Manchester.
But the only first-half chance fell to Manchester City’s Ilkay Gündoğan, who stroked a shot off the post.
Manchester City were pinned back in a feisty second period, but Antoine Griezmann and Rodrigo De Paul fired just wide.
“We had so much desire and hunger in order to achieve what we’ve done so far in this competition and now we can be proud of what we tried to achieve here,” said Atletico midfielder Koke.
“But we couldn’t quite reach the semi-finals.”
While defender Felipe was sent off in an injury-time brawl, there was still one more chance.
Ángel Correa struck straight at Manchester City keeper Ederson which ended Atletico Madrid’s hopes of a semi-final derby with Madrid rivals Real Madrid.
They had eliminated holders Chelsea in the last eight on Tuesday.
“We knew it was not an easy place to come, it is a hostile environment, it was a difficult night all round and how we defended and controlled ourselves over the two legs was incredible,” Manchester City defender John Stones said.
Pastor Paul Eneche, the Founder and Senior Pastor of Dunamis International Gospel Centre, has made clarifications concerning the death of popular gospel singer, Mrs Osinachi Nwachukwu.
In a video posted on his official Facebook page on Wednesday evening, Enenche said he decided to set the record straight by disclosing what he knew regarding the circumstances surrounding the singer’s death.
He said that he could not tell if complications from alleged domestic violence contributed to Osinachi’s death, but was only aware of her respiratory health challenge, which he helped her to secure medical assistance for.
Enenche said, “Over two or three months ago, she (Osinachi) came to see me with her husband with complaints of chest pain [and] respiratory distress. I prayed for her, and prayed again.
“When the situation did not abate, I counselled them to go to the hospital to help us know what we were dealing with and they asked if I could help facilitate that process. I called the head of our medical team, Dr Osang, who is a Consultant Paediatrician at the Federal Medical Centre, Keffi, to assist with their situation and he called his colleagues at the Federal Medical Centre, Jabi, where they attended to them.
“On seeing her, they ordered some investigations after examination, and that included a CT scan. That was done and from what the doctors saw, they felt that there was a need for further investigation, either at the University of Abuja Teaching Hospital or at the National Hospital in Abuja.
“I called the doctor, a consultant pulmonologist respiratory physician at the University of Abuja Teaching Hospital, Dr Akoh Alexander, and told him the situation, and he asked that they come to see him immediately; and they went to the Gwagwalada Teaching Hospital.
“After they had examined her there and saw the situation, they felt there was a need for histology and biopsy of the lung tissue and they asked that she should go to the National Hospital to get that done.
“I again called Dr Jubril, who is the Head of Pathology and Consultant Histopathologist of the National Hospital Abuja, and reported the issue to him so he could help us with the investigation and find out what exactly happened and they continued the management.
“The histology was done, and from what I saw at that time, the picture was much milder than what the CT scan earlier showed. So, we felt very happy that, at least, there was a relief. She called me daily and we prayed with her, she reported progress; the point came when she did not need oxygen anymore.
“According to what she said to me one night, they checked her oxygen perfusion and it was 100 per cent, and we were very excited about that progress.
“That was the point it was before we went for the crusade in Cameroon. It was the second night in Cameroon that I got to know of the unfortunate incident of her passing.
“If there was domestic violence that led to or coincided with those symptoms that she came with two to three months ago, there is no way I would know. And if there had been perennial domestic violence, there was no way I would have known.”
The federal government has said that preliminary reports on the Abuja-Kaduna train attack have revealed the impact of collaboration between the bandits and “dislodged” Boko Haram terrorists from the North East.
The claim was made by Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed on Wednesday April 12, while taking questions from State House reporters after the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.
Addressing journalists after the Minister of Defence, retired Major General Bashir Salihi Magashi, was asked to provide information on the perpetrators of the train attack, Mohammed said;
“What is happening now is that there is a kind of an unholy handshake between bandits and Boko Haram insurgents. Preliminary reports of what transpired at the Kaduna train attacks shows that there is a kind of collaboration between the bandits and the dislodged Boko Haram terrorists from the northeast. I can tell you very confidently that the Federal Government on the top of this matter.”
The Defence Minister on his own part said;
“Honestly, I think the security chiefs are working hard to unveil those that are involved, and we will tell you very soon those that are carrying out these attacks. Both Jos and Kaduna, we will come and explain to the public what is really going on and our efforts to ensure that all these activities are stopped once and for all. We are rarely on top of the situation, we are planning hard and we will get it out as soon as possible.”
On what the government was doing following the 72-hour ultimatum by families of victims on train attack, Mohammed said;
“I think the Honorable Minister of Defense has already addressed the issues. One, that what the federal government is doing won’t be subject matter of a press conference, because we have lives at stake.
“And that the various arms of security are working night and day to unravel the mystery surrounding the kidnap the attack as a whole, the kidnap people. What I can assure you is that you get the respective arms of government actually engaged as we speak, in getting those, you know, victims released. It’s natural for anybody who is a father or a mother of a kidnap person to be worried and to be concerned.
“But at the level of government, we appreciate that and we are leaving no stone unturned, but we’ll give you specific steps we’re taking I think it will be counter productive and not going to aid or help those who are kidnapped or help you know, the security forces who are tracing and ensuring that there’ll be no repeat of such attacks.”
The family of a businesswoman, Fatima Isa, have demanded justice after she died during a fibroid surgery at the Felobam Alpha Clinic in the Mafoluku area of Oshodi, Lagos State.
PUNCH Metro gathered that the victim, alongside her sister, Queen, left their hometown in Auchi, Edo State, and travelled down for the surgery at the medical facility.
When the sisters got to the hospital last Thursday, Fatima was admitted and Queen slept over at the hospital.
Speaking to our correspondent, Queen said the management of the hospital demanded N190,000 for the surgery, adding that she left her sister in their care to withdraw the money.
She said, “The money was in my account, so, I went to the bank, withdrew the money, but when I returned to the hospital around 1.35pm, they had already taken my sister to the theatre to perform the surgery despite not signing any form.
“When I did not hear from them for four hours, I called one of the nurses to know what’s happening but was told that they were cleaning her up. Around 5pm, the doctor walked out of the hospital and as I asked after my sister, she said she was OK.
“Later, they brought my sister out. But when I saw my sister, she was breathing abnormally. I quickly alerted the doctor and nurses and the person assisting the doctor came and started hitting my sister’s laps.
“When my sister shook her head, the assistant doctor said she was OK, simply because she shook her head. But as he stepped out, she started breathing heavily and all of sudden, she stopped breathing and that was how she died.
“I quickly called the doctors and nurses again. When they rushed in, they said I should go out, but I refused. I started shouting and crying. I called one of my sisters, Kate, and she came around 8pm. We both slept where Fatima’s corpse was dumped in the hospital.
“The doctors and nurses just abandoned us there. Early in the morning, I called my sister in Asaba, who told us to call our cousin, Momoh, who was in Lagos. We want the government to help us get justice for what they did to my sister. We heard the person that operated on my sister is not even a doctor.”
Momoh alleged that the doctor who performed the surgery was an impostor.
She said, “Fatima’s last words while gasping for breath was ‘God have mercy on me.’ When Queen alerted the doctor as she was breathing abnormally, they gave her an injection, but she continued struggling to breathe and died.
“When she called us, we rushed to the facility. I became angry because the whole place was worse than an abattoir. We asked the doctor what happened and he told me that after the surgery, she developed cardiac arrest and died.
“I asked the cause of the cardiac arrest, but the doctor was just speaking like an illiterate and could not even make a complete sentence, and he is running a hospital in Lagos State of all places.
“We asked for her file and they brought out a paper, but there was nothing in the file to indicate that a test was carried out before the surgery. We asked who performed the surgery and we were told one Lawrence, and that he works with LASUTH.
“We collected Lawrence’s phone number, but he didn’t pick his call. We later got to know that he is a nurse and not a doctor. We got the death certificate, which was signed by Lawrence, and reported at a police station in Mafoluku because we want justice.”
In a video clip obtained by our correspondent, one Felix, who was said to be running the facility, was heard telling Momoh that Fatima died of cardiac arrest.
However, calls and a text message sent to Felix to get a reaction regarding the circumstances surrounding the victim’s death were unanswered.
Our correspondent contacted Lawrence for a reaction, but he did not take his calls and had yet to respond to a text message regarding the incident.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, Benjamin Hundeyin, said two suspects had been arrested in connection with the death of the businesswoman.
He said, “Two people, including the nurse that did the operation, have been arrested. They have been transferred to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Yaba, for further investigation.”
The Federal Government has disclosed what users of SIM cards not linked to National Identity Numbers (NINs) should expect next.
The federal government disclosed that those affected by ban on outgoing calls last week for not performing the NIN-SIM exercise will not be let off the hook anytime soon.
In a statement issued by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) on Tuesday, it said the lines of those barred will not be unblocked until their owners carry out their NIN-SIM integration.
“The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) wishes to officially inform telecoms consumers, whose Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) cards are barred from making calls, that affected SIMs will not be unbarred by the service providers until they are linked with the National Identification Numbers (NINs) of the SIM holders”, the statement said.
NCC said the information had become necessary in view of a viral web link (https://bit.ly/NCC-Sim-Unbar-Gov-Ng) being circulated on social media and on some websites.
The commission said the link and the accompanying narrative represented patent misinformation and disinformation certainly designed to mislead the general public about the SIM cards barred from making calls, due to non-linkage with NIN at the set deadline.
It said, “The misleading, viral message mischievously displays NCC logo and ostensibly promises members of the public that by clicking the web link and following further instructions in that regard, subscribers with barred SIM cards can unbar such SIMs across mobile networks without a valid NIN.
“For the avoidance of doubt, the NCC wishes to state categorically that it never issued such statement, directing subscribers or indicating that subscribers can unbar their SIM without a NIN. As such, the originators and peddlers of the spurious message were out to mischievously mislead unsuspecting members of the public and should therefore be disregarded in its entirety.”
Meanwhile, NCC has said for subscribers that have not registered for their NINs, what to do is to get their SIM registered at accredited centres across the country and then link the NIN with their SIM cards through channels provided by their service providers.
It added, “The NCC, therefore, uses this opportunity to reiterate its commitment to the Federal Government’s directive on the NIN-SIM link to among others, strengthen security situation in the country, assist in other socio-economic planning activities of the government as well as to always advance the course of consumer protection from falling victim to the antics of cyber fraudsters.”
Ukraine president Volodymyr Zelensky says Russian troops have carried out
Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelensky has accused Russian troops of carrying out ‘hundreds of rapes’ including sexual assaults on small children.
Putin’s soldiers have been linked to a string of horrific atrocities across Ukraine, including the brutal rape and murder of women and children, often in front of their own family members. Moscow has denied the claims.
Speaking to Lithuanian lawmakers today, Zelensky said: ‘In areas freed from the occupiers, the recording and investigation of war crimes committed by Russia continues. New mass graves are found almost daily.
‘Testimonials are being collected. Thousands and thousands of victims. Hundreds of cases of torture. Bodies continue to be found in drains and cellars.
‘Hundreds of cases of rape have been recorded, including those of young girls and very young children. Even of a baby!’
Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda responded saying, ‘It’s simply impossible to imagine a greater horror.’
Kateryna Cherepakha, president of La Strada-Ukraine, said her organisation’s emergency hotlines had received calls accusing Russian soldiers of nine cases of rape involving 12 women and girls.
She told the UN: ‘This is just the tip of the iceberg. We know and see – and we want you to hear our voices – that violence and rape is used now as a weapon of war by Russian invaders in Ukraine.’
An 11-year-old boy is among the alleged victims after he was reportedly raped by Russian troops in front of his mother who was tied to a chair and forced to watch.
Ukraine’s Parliamentary Commissioner for Human Rights Lyudmila Denisova said the boy was attacked in Bucha where scores of dead civilians showing signs of torture were found weeks after it was recaptured.
Denisova also claimed that five soldiers in Putin’s army raped a 14-year-old girl who has become pregnant. She said an estimated 120,000 Ukrainian children were rounded up and kidnapped, with some raped and others smuggled over to Russia.
On April 8, a 16-year-old girl and 78-year-old woman were among those raped, official Oleksandr Vilkul claimed.
Meanwhile, one of Putin’s soldiers has been arrested after footage emerged of him allegedly raping a baby in Ukraine.
Alexei Bychkov, 24, sent the vile footage to a Russian comrade before he was detained on Saturday, it was reported.
Ukraine president Volodymyr Zelensky says Russian troops have carried out
The soldier is said to have shared other videos of his abuse of children to other friends and colleagues.
Elsewhere in Bucha, 25 girls and woman aged 14 to 25 were ‘systematically’ raped while being held captive in a basement, it has been claimed. Nine of the women are now pregnant.
Denisova said: ‘Russian soldiers told them they would rape them to the point where they wouldn’t want sexual contact with any man, to prevent them from having Ukrainian children.’
Meanwhile, a 50-year-old woman who lives 45 miles from Kyiv said a Chechen soldier barged into the home she shared with her husband on March 7.
She told the BBC: ‘At gunpoint, he took me to a house nearby. He ordered me: ‘Take your clothes off or I’ll shoot you.’ He kept threatening to kill me if I didn’t do as he said. Then he started raping me.
‘While he was raping me, four more soldiers entered. I thought that I was done for. But they took him away. I never saw him again.’
At least four presidential aspirants on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party say they will accept a consensus arrangement to position the party for victory in 2023.
The aspirants made the disclosure while briefing newsmen on the outcome of their visit to Gov. Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia in his Umuobiakwa country home in Obingwa Local Government Area (LGA) on Tuesday.
Speaking on behalf of other aspirants, the former Senate President, Bukola Saraki, said the decision was informed by their determination to make Nigeria better.
He said that the lives and welfare of Nigerians were more important than the individual ambition of every aspirant.
He said said: “Nigerians are going through hardship and insecurity.
“These are the events that are happening in the country that make some of us to see that we are doing the right thing.
“Let me reassure Nigerians that we are very determined and driven by the determination to make this country work.
“If this is the sacrifice that we will make to turn things around in Nigeria, we want to let Nigerians know that we are willing to make it.”
Saraki said that they were in Abia to seek the governor’s support to ensure that the consensus arrangement would work so that PDP would win the general elections.
He further said that Ikpeazu’s encouraging words had inspired and further motivated them to move forward.
Saraki said that this was the first time aspirants would come together on their own to adopt a consensus arrangement.
He said that although the initiative was a tough challenge, they were convinced it would make Nigeria work.
“We are heading for Enugu to see the governor of the state and by the time we have visited Enugu we would have completed the tour of the 19 PDP states and the governors have shown their support,” he said.
Responding, Ikpeazu expressed delight over the development, saying that it had rekindled his hope in the emergence of a new Nigeria.
He described the consensus arrangement as “a commendable and altruistic initiative”.
He said it was borne out of the desire to forge an alliance to transform the nation.
“I want to say that you have my commitment and cooperation to move on and I will do my bit to ensure that all of us come together.
“The survival of our country, interest of the poor masses of the country should come before whatever personal agenda we have.
“I am happy that Nigeria has patriots and leaders, who are capable of putting Nigeria first,” the governor said.
He promised to support efforts aimed at uniting the party and helping it to present a common front during the upcoming elections.
FELLOW PRESS reports that the aspirants included Gov. Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State, Gov. Bala Mohammed of Bauchi State and Alhaji Mohammed Hayatu-Deen.
The Buhari Media Organisation (BMO) has dismissed suggestions by some highly placed individuals and groups that terrorists could overrun the country by 2023.
It said in a statement signed by its Chairman Niyi Akinsiju and Secretary Cassidy Madueke that claims of a worsening security situation were not exactly true.
“We, at BMO, acknowledge that the country is grappling with some security challenges at the moment but it amounts to a disservice to the security agencies to suggest that the criminals are having a upper hand to the extent of over running the country by 2023.
“What we find particularly galling is the impression created by leaders of religious and socio-cultural groups of little or no action to stem the activities of terrorists.
“This is not only false but also misleading considering how the country had fared recently in the war against insurgency after several years of suicide bombings and mass killings in major cities of Northern Nigeria.
“For the avoidance of doubt, total of 47,975 terrorists and their families have so far surrendered to troops in the region from September 2021 to date.
“This is in addition to decimating the insurgents and restricting them to the fringes of the Lake Chad and the Mandara hills aside from several convictions of terrorists by a special court.
“As for the North West were the country is witnessing a new wave of terrorism, the military has been carrying out air and land operations against bandits and other criminal elements even though more still have to be done,” the statement added.
BMO also countered claims by the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) that elections are not feasible next year as a result of security challenges.
“We see it as a case of scare mongering especially as the country witnessed a worse situation in the past, yet elections were held.
“We also saw how the nation’s security agencies ensured that the gubernatorial election in Anambra state took place in spite of security threat.
“So we have a government in place at the centre which has the capacity to not only stem the tide of insecurity in the North West but also prove naysayers wrong about the 2023 election.
“We make bold to say that just like they did in the North East, the military on the watch of President Muhammadu Buhari will decimate criminal elements in the Zamfara and Kaduna axis and other parts of the country.”
The group also reaffirmed that the President Buhari administration has not been overwhelmed by the prevalent insecurity in the North West.
The Federal Government on Tuesday declared Friday, April 15 and Monday, April 18, as public holidays to mark the Easter celebration.
The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Interior, Dr Shuaib Belgore, stated this in a statement on Tuesday in Abuja.
According to him, the Minister of Interior, Mr Rauf Aregbesola, made the declaration on behalf of the Federal Government.
The minister urged Christians to emulate the attributes of sacrifice, togetherness, forgiveness, kindness, love, peace and patience, which were the attributes and practices of Jesus Christ, as exemplified by his ministry on earth.
Aregbesola therefore, called on Christians and all Nigerians alike to use the occasion to pray for an end to all security challenges bedevilling every part of the country.
He assured them that the Federal Government would leave no stone unturned to ensure that the recent attacks by undesirable elements on the highways, airport and the railway were timely brought to an end.
“Security is everybody’s business. I therefore, urge Nigerians and foreigners resident in our country to display a high sense of citizenship and public spiritedness at this critical time in the history of our country by supporting the efforts of all security agencies in bringing about peace and protecting the lives and property of the citizenry,” he said.
While wishing Christians at home and in the Diaspora a happy and peaceful celebration, he called on Nigerians to join hands with President Muhammadu Buhari in his determination to bring sustainable development and usher in prosperity for all.
Aregbesola also assured Nigerians that the nation was inexorably on the path to greatness, in spite of the present challenges confronting her.
” There will surely be light at the end of the tunnel,” he was quoted as saying in the statement.
He wished all Christians a most blissful Easter celebration.
The mother of MC Bonus’ late wife, who died with her baby during childbirth after allegedly suffering domestic violence, is seeking justice.
Ms. Esther Oqua Asuquo told LIB that her daughter Itunu Alionye, who was married to Emmanuel Chigozie Alionye, aka MC Bonus, suffered domestic violence in her marriage.
She explained that not long after her daughter and MC Bonus got married, they began having marital issues. Concerned as a mother should be, she said she enquired from the couple and discovered it was over money troubles.
“I want justice” – Mother releases photos of bruises on her late daughter
She said she had a meeting with her daughter and her husband and they revealed that MC Bonus borrowed a huge sum from Itunu and had refused to pay her back.
Ms. Asuquo said she resolved the issue between the couple and the husband promised to pay what he owed his wife.
However, their marital crisis went beyond money issues to domestic violence.
They welcomed their first child and when Itunu was pregnant with her second child, the domestic violence continued.
Itunu opened up to her mother about suffering domestic violence and Ms. Asuquo said she kept calling MC Bonus, asking to meet him so the issue he had with her daughter – his wife – could be resolved, but she said he kept avoiding her.
Bruises allegedly inflicted on Itunu’s eyelid and thigh by husband MC Bonus
She explained that while her daughter was close to delivering her second child, she tried to intervene again but her daughter told her that her husband MC Bonus had insisted she apologises to his mother for them to have peace in their marriage.
Ms. Asuquo said the couple were still having crisis in their marriage when she received a call one morning in March from Itunu’s father’s family.
The caller, Alhaja Savage, who is married into Itunu’s father’s family, told her to come to Mother and Child hospital in Festac that her daughter is in labour.
She said she wondered what her daughter would be doing in a hospital in Festac when she lives at Okota and that’s not the hospital where she registered for antenatal.
On her way there, she got another call telling her to come to Isolo General hospital instead.
When she got there, she was told her daughter had died during childbirth and she saw her daughter and newborn grandchild’s body.
Photos of Itunu’s body shared online shows blood coming out of her nose. Her newborn lay by her side.
Ms. Asuquo said she’s been seeking answers and justice since then, all to no avail.
She explained that MC Bonus was nowhere to be found when her daughter had to be rushed to the hospital and it was a neighbour that took Itunu to the hospital.
She added that when she spoke to the doctor after her daughter’s death, the doctor told her that her daughter had signs of physical abuse on her body.
She said that all her calls to MC Bonus went unanswered and she began trying to seek justice.
She visited a police station and was told to go to Panti. When she got there, she said they brought out her daughter’s husband and showed her that he was behind bars.
However, she said MC Bonus has now been released and he is walking free.
She added that he’s been planning her daughter’s burial without getting her involved and just sent her an invitation to her daughter’s Service of Songs and burial slated for April 12 and 13.
Ms. Asuquo said she wants answers and wants justice for her dead daughter.
Among the questions she has is why her daughter’s father’s family waited till her daughter had died to call her.
She alleged that Itunu’s father’s family took the deceased to Alagbo (a traditional medic) first before taking her to the hospital.
She said that hospital reports shows that Itunu was dead on arrival.
She called on the Nigerian police to investigate what led to her daughter’s death and also to investigate MC Bonus for domestic violence.
Gov. Nyesom Wike of Rivers has pledged to tackle festering insecurity and poverty bedeveling the country, if elected as president of Nigeria in 2023.
He made the pledge while addressing the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) delegates on Monday in Maiduguri.
Wike, who expressed confidence that the PDP would win the presidency in the next election, said that the APC have failed in tackling insecurity and economic security.
He lamented that people can no longer go to their farmlands or go about their legitimate businesses due to the insecurity.
“I came here today because there is a problem. And the problem is that Nigeria is dying and we must not allow Nigeria to die. We must rescue this country.
“So I came as a Nigerian, as a Member of People’s Democratic Party. As a party, I have never left from 1998 till now. As a party I have worked for and I will continue to work for, and I believe that Nigeria has hope. So I want to run for the presidency of this country under the PDP.
“As a country, we do not have any other country to run to. So I am here to offer myself to solve most of the problems that this APC administration could not solve.
“Before we are only hearing of insecurity in Borno state, but now is all over the the country. Hunger doesn’t know Muslims or Christians; insecurity does not know North or South.
“We need somebody who have the courage to fight insecurity in this country and I want to tell you that I have that caurage. Every day is one excuse or the other. People can no longer go to their farms and you are talking about investing in agriculture.
“I want you to give me the ticket so that I can fly the flag of PDP to take over the power from APC,” said Wike.
Responding, the state PDP Chairman, Alhaji Zanna Gaddama, noted that Wike’s consultative visit to Borno was to actualise his presidential aspiration.
According to him, Wike challenges the ruling APC on every national issue that affects the people across the country.
“You should support him to get the PDP presidential ticket,” he urged, adding that Rivers is the most secured state.
Reality TV star, Roseline Omokhoa Afije better known as Liquorose has launched her first book.
The lifetstyle influencer has joined the writers and authors club with the launch of her book ‘Filter – Look beneath the mark of love’.
The book launch coincidence with her 27th birthday party which was themed Rose Gatsby party.
She revealed that this new journey into the world of writing is an emotional phase for her and she hopes the book means something to everyone out there.
The reality star stated that she still finds it hard to believe that the book is now a reality and she has joined the authors club.
Liquorose disclosed that publishing the book has been an overwhelming journey and she never believed she could launch it.
SHE WROTE, “IF ANYONE HAD TOLD ME THAT I WOULD BE AN AUTHOR THIS YEAR, I WON’T HAVE BELIEVED IT. YESTERDAY WAS MY HAPPIEST DAY NOT JUST BECAUSE OF MY BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION, BUT ALSO ON BECOMING AN AUTHOR. IT’S BEEN AN OVERWHELMING JOURNEY PUBLISHING THIS BOOK. FILTERS BY ROSE WAS LAUNCHED YESTERDAY. I WILL LIKE TO GIVE A HUGE SHOUT-OUT TO THE TEAM THAT WORKED ON THIS WITH ME AND MY ADVANCED READERS TEAM LOVED THIS BOOK AND I HOPE THE PUBLIC WILL LOVE IT TOO. THIS IS AN EMOTIONAL PHASE FOR ME AND I HOPE THIS BOOK MEANS SOMETHING TO EVERYONE OUT THERE THAT WILL BE OPPORTUNES TO READ IT. FILTERS WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE BOTH HARD AND E_COPY THIS WEEK. THE E-BOOK WILL BE AVAILABLE ON AMAZON AND SOME ONLINE BOOK STORES IN NIGERIA. KINDLY FOLLOW @FILTERSBYLIQUOROSE FOR MORE UPDATE ON MY AUTHOR JOURNEY. WHEN YOU READ MY BOOK, FILTERS, PLEASE LEAVE AN HONEST REVIEW ON AMAZON. IT IS VERY IMPORTANT TO INDEPENDENT AUTHORS LIKE MYSELF”.
A support group, Emefiele Mobilization Team (EMT) says the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Dr Godwin Emefiele remain focused on delivering on his mandate as governor of the apex bank.
The group stated this in statement by its spokesperson, Bashir Mohammed, in Abuja while reacting to claims by certain Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) that the CBN governor was involved in politics.
He said that contrary to the claims of the CSOs, Emefiele has not been involved in any political activity of any kind, talk less of compromising the apex bank through purported “political activities”.
Mohammed said that Emefiele had not stated or indicated in any way that he was interested in vying for the position of the president.
He said that rather Emefiele remained solely focused on ensuring monetary and price stability, maintaining external reserves, providing economic and financial advice to the Federal Government and promoting a sound financial system in Nigeria.
“Recently, Emefiele launched the 100 for 100 Policy for Production and Productivity (PPP), a CBN intervention designed to stimulate investments in Nigeria’s priority sectors with the core objective of boosting production and productivity.
“He also unveiled the Mega Rice and Maize Pyramids in the FCT and Kaduna recently, both being results of the massively successful Emefiele-led Anchor Borrowers’ Programme (ABP).
“The programme has financed over four million farmers, improved their productivity, increased rice output, reduced Agriculture imports and saved the country scarce forex.”
Mohammed said that Emefiele’s numerous past feats needed not be mentioned as they were well-documented and known even to his distractors.
He said that in spite of the attempts by some people to create confusion and distract Emefiele and the CBN, Nigeria’s GDP was on the rise following its 3.4 per cent growth in 2021, the fastest growth rate in seven years.
“This is contrary to the claim by the CSOs that Mr Emefiele’s “subterranean interest” in the presidency has become a massive distraction to the CBN and the financial sector of the country,” he said.
Mohammed also described the CSOs’ allegation that the CBN’s money was being “wasted to fund different groups as “reckless and dangerous“.
Asking what evidence the CSOs have to back up their claims, Mohammed said that it was dangerous to make statement in such sensitive socio-political times.
Mohammed added that the CSOs claim that “Nigerians have lost confidence” in Emefiele’s leadership was in complete contrast to the opinion of the majority of Nigerians, especially those in rural areas outside of the FCT where the CSOs restricted themselves to.
“Nigerians nationwide who have directly been impacted, directly and indirectly by Emefiele’s good works continue to express their gratitude, confidence and belief that he continues to deliver on his mandate.
“Being the honourable, exemplary and law-abiding citizen that Emefiele is, if indeed he were interested in contesting for the post of president, he would do so in accordance with constitutional provisions,” he said.
Mohammed said that Emefiele would without a doubt be the capable, competent, seasoned, intelligent leader Nigeria requires in such challenging times.
In another separate statement also signed by Mohammed, the group decried what it termed as misleading a report published about the CBN’s 2020 currency operations claiming the bank “spent the sum of N58.618 billion to print N2.518 billion notes”.
He said that the CBN’s Currency Operations 2020 Annual Report clearly stated that CBN spent N58.6bn to print naira notes valued at N1.063 trillion.
“In other words, the cost of printing one naira note was N18, a cost consistent with global currency printing averages.
“Specifically, in line with the Emefiele-led CBN’s objective of ensuring that the banknotes needs of the economy are promptly and satisfactorily met, the apex bank approved N2.5 billion pieces of banknotes of various denominations in 2020.
“It also engaged the Nigerian Security Printing and Minting Plc for production which delivered 100 per cent of the approved indent.”
Mohammed added that the CBN’s Currency Operations 2020 Annual Report also reveals that in line with the CBN’s cashless policy, the volume of notes produced decreased in comparison with the preceding year.
According to him, this is evidenced by the 33.40 per cent decrease in the boxes of banknotes processed.
“Furthermore, based on the CBN governor’s commitment to minimising the operating costs of the CBN, the total cost incurred on printing banknotes in 2020 reduced by 28.84per cent while more broadly, the bank’s expenses on currency operations decreased by 21.08 per cent,” Mohammed said.
He said that upon an unbiased examination of the facts and figures, it was now evident for all Nigerians to see, that contrary to the newspaper’s story, CBN had an efficient and prudent year of currency operations.
Mohammed added that in the same year the CBN under the guidance of Emefiele was able to record critical achievements despite the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The achievements, according to him, include conclusion of the upgrade of the Cash Activity Reporting Portal (CARP) for transmission of currency management data from the financial industry to the Nigeria Inter-Bank Settlement System (NIBSS).
It also includes completion of a mint tracking system application and the commencement of the establishment of a currency laboratory for banknote quality assessment authentication, the registration of an additional Cash-in-Transit (CIT) company, bringing the total to nine CIT companies.
“To consolidate on the progress it made in 2020, the CBN is overseeing the transition to an automated currency operations system in its branches and is commencing the recycling of banknote waste,“ Mohammed said.
Minister of Power, Abubakar Aliyu, has given an update on the National grid that collapsed on Friday, April 8.
In an update given on his Twitter handle this afternoon, Abubakar says the grid is being restored sequentially by systems operators. He also mentioned that the grid collapsed due to activities of vandals.
His post reads: ‘Update on National Grid We wish to notify the public that power on the grid is being restored sequentially by the System Operator as other on-grid power plants are being dispatched to cover the lost generation capacity from the Calabar power plant owned by the NPHC Ltd.
The cause of national blackout yesterday was an act of vandalism on a transmission tower on the Odukpani Ikot Ekpene 330kV double circuit transmission line thus resulting in a sudden loss of abt 400MW. This consequently led to a cascade of plant shut down across the country.”
The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Oyo State chapter, has called on faithful to reconcile with God and acknowledge that Christ died for all even while they were still sinners.
The state CAN Chairman, Apostle Joshua Akinyemiju, made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Ibadan on Sunday, as Christians celebrate Palm Sunday.
Akinyemiju said that Christ demonstrated the greatest way of showing God’s love for humanity and urged the faithful to continually reciprocate by loving Christ and their neighbours.
He called on government at all levels to show love to the citizens by listening to them, providing for them and ensuring their security in all parts of the country.
“The life of every citizen must remain sacred because God purchased each one at a great price.
“May the Lord grant us peace and security needed to live our lives to the fullest as Jesus died for us to live,” he said.
He noted that Palm Sunday was the first day of Holy Week and the Sunday before Easter when palm branches were placed in the path of Jesus Christ prior to His arrest on Holy Thursday and His crucifixion on Good Friday.
”It marks the final week of Lent. Palm Sunday also referred to as Passion Sunday commemorates the triumphant entry of our Lord Jesus Christ into Jerusalem.
“It is an event that took place towards the end of His days on earth before being crucified.
“It is a Sunday to be regarded by Christians as a day to remind us to accept and welcome Jesus into our hearts, just as the worshipers welcomed Him into Jerusalem.
“The activities characterising Palm Sunday dictates that anyone can have his or her lives and fortunes change dramatically overnight,” he said.
NAN reports that Palm Sunday is the Sunday before Easter when Christians celebrate the triumphant entry of Jesus Christ into Jerusalem.
In many Churches, Palm Sunday is observed by the blessing and sharing of palm branches symbolising the branches placed in front of Christ.
Fresh FM, a radio station owned by popular musician Yinka Ayefele in Ibadan, capital of Oyo State, was robbed on Sunday morning, April 10, by a three man gang.
The Nation reported that the robbers stormed the station during a live broadcast and dispossessed staff on duty of laptops, phones and other personal effects.
The incident occurred around 6:30am and it was also learnt that no one was hurt. One of the radio station’s staff, Kenny Ogunmiloro tweeted;
“Nowhere is safe again, not even radio stations are spared again in d porous level of insecurity in the country My radio station was robbed by 3 armed men this morning around 6.15 am. Phones, laptops, ATM cards, and gadgets were taken away but no one was hurt This is sad.”
Yet another personality in the entertainment industry, has lent his voice to the sad news of the gospel artist, Osinachi Nwachukwu’s death as a result of domestic violence from her husband.
While dropping his piece of advice, the Nollywood actor said it’s a sign to change church if pastor advise the victim to return to house where he or she is being abused.
Osinachi had been abused by her husband for several years without speaking up, of which only few friends and associates were privy to. Her associates had on several occasions over-heard threatful conversation from Mr. Nwachukwu to deal with his wife when she returns from concerts, saying he did not give permission to honour the invite.
“If you are being abused and you take the case to your pastor/imam/leader and he asks you to go back to the house where your abuser is, Change Church. Cos that your leader needs therapy too,” said Williams Uchemba.
The former Pankshin Unit Commander of Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in Plateau, Mr Nnamdi Ikeh-Akabogu Plateau, says the corps priortises live-saving above other operations.
Ikeh-Akabogu, the newly promoted Deputy Corps Commander made this known in a telephone interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lokoja on Saturday.
“My heart bleeds whenever I see victims of road accidents wailing in pain and sorrow with blood all around them.
“As a corps commanding officer, the strategies to fight against motorists recklessness should be implored to save the lives of innocent souls travelling on our highways.
“My new promotion is a morale booster to me to put in all my energy and job experience to bear for the good of Nigerians,” he said.
He appealed to motorists to guard against over loading and speeding as well as careless and dangerous overtaking on the highways to avoid road accidents.
Ikeh-Akabogu is a 1996 graduate of History from Usman Danfodio University, Sokoto, and holds three masters degree in History, Public Administration, Law and Criminal Justice.
He spent more than four years in Plateau, where he built a-100 sitting capacity hall, named Boboye Oyeyemi Hall and other infrastructure between 2016 and 2020 before being posted to Jos and later to Abuja.
He has held various leadership positions in the corps in his 24 years of service with several publications to his credit.