RAMADAN: MAN ALLEGEDLY RAPES WIFE

says he couldn’t wait any longer 

A Yoruba Muslim man has allegedly forced himself on his wife, Rukayah with just about three hours before the breaking of fast.

The young man in his late forties was said to have approached the local Imam on his street at Iyana Ipaja that he can no longer cope without sex.

The wife who confided in us disclosed that the blame should entirely be directed to her as she has been on permanent night shift at her work place in the last three weeks, hence she hasn’t been available for her husband.

The Imam identified as Alhaji Ajakaye who also presided over the case advised the husband to be more spiritually committed and that the husband would have to compulsorily pay back the one day fast with two months consecutive fasting after Ramadan as the Islam religion dictates.

All efforts to get the husband to comment proved abortive as he left the Mosque in sober reflection.

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Nigeria’s unity not negotiable, says Senate

Nigeria’s unity not negotiable, says Senate

 

The Senate has stated that Nigeria’s unity as a country is not negotiable. It vowed to move against those who are pushing for breakage of the country.

The lawmakers made their position known at the valedictory session marking the second anniversary of the 8th Senate.

In his remarks, Senator George Akume (Benue North-West) urged the Senate to take a firm stand against “irredentist movements” in different parts of the country.

“Whether it is Biafra, Arewa or those of Yorubaland, we must rise as a legislature to make a statement on what is happening. We will be failing as a major arm (of government) not to say something that will reassure the people. We are greater being together than going our separate ways,” he said.

Also, Senator Shehu Sani urged the Senate to take a firm decision on the growing regional agitations across the country.

He said, “In the words of J. F. Kennedy, in times of domestic crises men of goodwill and generosity should be able to come together irrespective of party and politics. I believe that this Senate has been able to do that. As far as I am concerned, the challenge before this Senate is what we can do to address the very important political, social and economic issues that affect our country.

“This Senate has passed through the first two years and the next two years will be more challenging. And the challenge before us is that this country is faced with the secessionist crisis from the southeastern part of Nigeria and sentiments from the North by anarchists and ultra-conservative nationalists.

“This Senate must make a clear statement that the unity of this country is cannot be compromised and we are determined to remain one and we must remain one. I think we should know that a nation united by force is vulnerable and a nation united by justice is impregnable.”

US court sentences Nigerian to life imprisonment

Ezeoma Chigozie Obioha

A Nigerian businessman, Ezeoma Chigozie Obioha, was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole during an emotional court hearing on Monday.

The 32-year-old was sentenced for the 2015 murder of a woman who was blasted in the face with a shotgun as she walked into a restaurant in Hollywood with her boyfriend.

While the sentencing was on, Obioha sat, showing no emotion as Carrie Jean Melvin’s relatives told the court that her killing had upended their lives, ktla.com reported.

“I have tried to answer my family’s questions, but how do you explain a completely senseless act? We cry every day,” said her father, Bernard Melvin. “I had to hear and see things in the trial that no parent should have to hear.”

The victim’s older brother, Ryan, said Obioha’s insistence that he is innocent compounded the family’s grief. He said he experiences recurring nightmares about his sister’s murder.

In December 2016, after the conviction, Obioha’s attorney, Jamon Hicks, told reporters that he was “disappointed obviously” with the verdict and said that he believed the defense had done a “good job of showing that there was reasonable doubt in the case,” Los Angeles Daily News had reported.

“This is a (case of) he wasn’t the one and that someone else did this, someone murdered her in a terrible fashion, but they got the wrong guy … I’ll always think that they have the wrong person. Our theme was that this was a rush to judgment,” the defense lawyer said.

Obioha’s sister, Nkechi Howell, said she was “devastated but not surprised” by the verdict.

“I have to be hopeful that the truth will come out and justice will be served.

“I know my brother didn’t do this. Our whole family knows that he’s innocent.

“Someone killed Carrie Melvin, but it wasn’t my brother and we have known that the entirety of this trial.”

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Nigerian businessman, Ezeoma Chigozie Obioha, was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole during an emotional court hearing on Monday.

The 32-year-old was sentenced for the 2015 murder of a woman who was blasted in the face with a shotgun as she walked into a restaurant in Hollywood with her boyfriend.

While the sentencing was on, Obioha sat, showing no emotion as Carrie Jean Melvin’s relatives told the court that her killing had upended their lives, ktla.com reported.

“I have tried to answer my family’s questions, but how do you explain a completely senseless act? We cry every day,” said her father, Bernard Melvin. “I had to hear and see things in the trial that no parent should have to hear.”

The victim’s older brother, Ryan, said Obioha’s insistence that he is innocent compounded the family’s grief. He said he experiences recurring nightmares about his sister’s murder.

In December 2016, after the conviction, Obioha’s attorney, Jamon Hicks, told reporters that he was “disappointed obviously” with the verdict and said that he believed the defense had done a “good job of showing that there was reasonable doubt in the case,” Los Angeles Daily News had reported.

“This is a (case of) he wasn’t the one and that someone else did this, someone murdered her in a terrible fashion, but they got the wrong guy … I’ll always think that they have the wrong person. Our theme was that this was a rush to judgment,” the defense lawyer said.

Islamic State threatens attacks against Saudi Arabia

Islamic State threatened attacks in Saudi Arabia after the militant group claimed responsibility for assaults in Tehran that killed 17 people, Site Intelligence monitoring group reported on Friday.

Suicide bombers and gunmen attacked the Iranian parliament and Ayatollah Khomeini’s mausoleum in Tehran on Wednesday.

Scores of people were also wounded.

IS claimed responsibility and threatened more attacks against Iran’s majority Shi’ite population, seen by the Sunni militants as ‘heretics.’

In a video that appeared to have been recorded before the attack on Tehran, five masked fighters were shown threatening Shi’ites in Iran as well as the Saudi Arabian government, saying their turn “will come.”

“Allah permitting, this brigade will be the first of jihad in Iran, and we ask our brothers, the Muslims, to follow us, as the fire that was ignited will not be put out, Allah permitting,” one of the masked fighters said, according to Site Intelligence.

At the end of the video, he sent a message to the Saudi government.

“Know that after Iran, your turn will come. By Allah, we will strike you in your own homes… We are the agents of nobody.

“We obey Allah and His Messenger, and we are fighting for the sake of this religion, not for the sake of Iran or the Arabian Peninsula.”

IS, which controls territories in Syria and Iraq, had carried out attacks on Saudi security forces as well as deadly bombings and shootings that target the Kingdom’s Shi’ites in the past.

 

Former Minister Osotimehin dies at 68

The Honorable Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, this afternoon announced he received with shock this morning the news of the sudden demise of former Minister of Health, Prof. Babatunde Osotimehin.

Professor Osotimehin was an accomplished physician, former Provost College of Medicine University of Ibadan and former Director General of the National Agency for Control of AIDS (NACA). Until his death, he was the Executive Director of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).

The late Osotimehin will be remembered for his role and global contributions to increased access to Family Planning as well as Sexual and Adolescent Health especially in Low and Middle-Income Countries (LMICs).

“Professor Osotimehin whom I fondly called the ‘Big Boss’ during his lifetime will definitely be missed for his dedication, humility, mentorship and patriotism,” Adewole said.

While in office as the honorable minister, Prof. Osotimehin was at the forefront of the advocacy for improved reproductive health care in the country.

The Minister who spoke on behalf of the management and staff of the Federal Ministry of Health condoled with the family, friends, associates and colleagues of the late Professor at the United Nations.