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.

MANCHESTER UNITED HONOURS NIGERIANS AGAINST SWANSEA

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Tragedy struck during the Red Devils’ Europa League encounter as Anderlecht as the football fans were electrocuted at Nyagasang, Calabar.
They had gathered at the popular viewing centre when a transformer nearby exploded twice – with a high tension wire dropping on the structure built with zinc.

However, the club has announced that against the Swans, Jose Mourinho’s men will wear black armbands to pay tribute to the victims of the tragedy.

Pound gains as Naira stays firm

The Nigerian Naira on Friday, April 28 stayed firm against the American Dollar at the parallel market,. otherwise known as the black market.

According to report, the Nigerian currency closed at N390 to the Dollar and N415 against Euro as it was yesterday. However, the local currency appreciated against the Pound Sterling as it closed at N485, ten points better than the N495 rate previously.

However, traders at the market are hopeful that the Naira would bounce back as the CBN sustained liquidity boost at the BDC sub-sector.vllkyt5tbf946i1l.69dbe038

Dasuki being punished for his loyalty to Jonathan —Umar

A former Military Governor of Kaduna State, Col. Dangiwa Umar (retd.), has criticised the Federal Government for the continuing detention of Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd.), the National Security Adviser during the tenure of former President Goodluck Jonathan.

Umar, who is also the Chairman, Movement for Unity and Progress, said the only reason for Dasuki’s continuing detention was that he served under the Jonathan, who he described as the most maligned President of Nigeria.

The former military governor was quoted as making the comment in a statement circulated by an Abuja-based public relations outfit, the PR Nigeria, on Sunday.

He called on Nigerians to speak against the detention of the former NSA, which he described as unjust and unfair.

Umar stated, “The only explanation one can find for Col. Dasuki’s lengthy detention without trial is that he belongs to the wrong camp. He has also the misfortune of having served as National Security Adviser to the much-vilified Nigerian President of Ijaw extraction.

“Colonel Dasuki’s fate is tied to that of his former principal, President Goodluck Jonathan, an honourable and patriotic Nigerian, who conceded defeat and congratulated the winner of the 2015 Presidential election, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, even before INEC declared the final results, when he could have held on tenaciously to power as is the norm in many Third World Countries.

“This rare act of statesmanship, which pulled the country back from the precipice, has been rewarded with utmost disrespect and derision by the All Progressives Congress Federal Government.

“Col. Dasuki is paying dearly for his loyal service to this patriot. All well-meaning Nigerians must speak out against his unfair and unlawful treatment. We cannot afford to remain neutral in the face of this monumental injustice.

Umar described the suspension and investigation of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr. Babachir Lawal, and the Director-General, National Intelligence Agency, Amb. Ayodele Oke, as a departure from the unlawful detention of opposition figures in the country.

MENINGITIS OUTBREAK: number of new cases declines

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According to the Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC), the number of new cases of suspected meningitis being reported has begun to decline as outbreak control measures take effect. This was contained in statement made available to HealthNewsNG.com

The statement reveals that a total of 628 new cases were reported in week 16 versus 1,935 in week 15 and 2,127 in week 14. The cumulative number of suspected cases recorded in Nigeria throughout the outbreak period is now 9,646 and 839 deaths from 43 Local Government Areas in 23 states. However, only five states have at least one LGA over the outbreak threshold, down from six last week.

While the total number of suspected cases will rise with each new case, the number of new cases recorded per week is dropping in the affected States indicating that the outbreak is likely to have peaked. We expect a continued decline in the number of new cases with the intensification of control measures in the affected states.

The Cerebrospinal Meningitis (CSM) Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) says this recent assessment is indicative of the positive impact of current national and state interventions being coordinated by the EOC. According to the Incident Manager, “…these numbers are encouraging but it is too early to celebrate. We will continue to intensify the interventions in order to ensure that we effectively control this outbreak”.

The national response has identified the need to provide technical support to all affected States in the areas of case management, epidemiology and risk communication. Support teams are currently being deployed to the most affected States of Zamfara and Sokoto to further strengthen to further support the state in its response.

A large reactive vaccination campaign, which will cover over 800,000 persons aged between two and 29 years commences in Sokoto State on Thursday the 27th of April. A national support team, led by the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) will be providing support to Sokoto State in order to ensure that vaccination activities are well coordinated and efficiently delivered. Partners from the World Health Organisation (WHO), the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and others are all collaborating with NPHCDA and NCDC to provide the best possible support to Sokoto during the vaccination efforts. Teams have been mobilised to all the LGAs in Sokoto state, and people are being mobilised to turn out en masse to be vaccinated.

According to Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, the CEO of NCDC, “The lessons from this outbreak will inform our future response activities. This includes the need to strengthen awareness, improve clinical skills of health workers, strengthen laboratory capacities to confirm diagnosis of meningitis promptly as well as do the best we can to access the vaccines required to prevent future outbreaks.”

Police violence against Native Americans in Arizona

Source alleges shoplifting from a local Circle K shop.

Brandon Benallie, a Navajo member of the national council of The Red Nation, a countrywide organisation of Native and non-Native activists, teachers, students and community organisers that advocates for Native American rights was at the demonstration. He says that after Tsingine was killed in the afternoon, her body was left in the pavement until six the next morning.

“From a Native perspective, you have to take care of the memory of that person. Essentially, she’s supposed to be respectfully remembered before the sun sets,” Benallie says. “To leave her out there for over 12 hours as they waited for a coroner to arrive … it was extremely disheartening and disturbing that they allowed that to happen.”

For Benallie, Tsingine’s death, and the deaths of 23 other Native Americans at the hands of police in 2016, is “a sad affirmation that this racism and violence committed towards Native people is systemicPlaceholder Image