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Vanguard Newspaper 07 April 2018

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6 — SATURDAY Vanguard, APRL 7, 2018 Murder of Nigerian artist, daughter: Suspected Killer-husband transfered to SCIID *As murdered artist’s manager calls on NIS to be on the alert By Evelyn Usman NIGERIAN based Danish man who was arrested Thursday, by the Lagos State Police Command , over an alleged murder of his Nigerian wife and four -year- old daughter, at their Banana Island residence in Lagos, has been transfered to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, SCIID, Yaba for further investigation into the murder. The suspect, Peter Nielsen, who hails from Denmark Copenhagen, has however , insisted that he had no hand in the murder, claiming that he woke up to find them stone dead. The deceased, Zainab Alizee, (29) , a rising artist and their four -year-old daughter Petra, were reportedly murdered Thursday. However, late Zainab Alizee’s employer, Petra Entertainment Limited, has called on the Nigerian Immigration Service to be on the alert, since the suspect was a foreigner, even as it called for a discreet investigation by the police. As at yesterday, Police authorities in Lagos were yet to establish if it was a clear case of murder as they stated that investigation was still ongoing. But report had it that the artist and her daughter were strangled. An account of the report also had it that the little girl’s body was found lying on her mother’s chest. The late sensational singer who hailed from Kogi state, started her music Late Zainab Nielsen career shortly after her secondary school , by writing songs and improving her vocal skills. She had released three singles before her untimely death. The rising music artist who was known by her stage name Alizee, hooked up with ace producer and hitmaker Del’b and had on January 10th 2018, released her latest song , Alhaji Musa. Part of the promotions of the song was to be performed at Harrysong’s ‘Kingmaker Concert’ at the Warri Stadium, Delta state ,on April 29th, before the unexpected occurred. An official statement issued by management of Petra entertainment, the late artist’s manager, clarified that late Zainab Nielsen’s widower was a Danish and not an Italian as was widely reported earlier. The statement reads,” Petra Entertainment Limited has received with shock news of the sudden demise of our artist Nielsen Zainab Joy (aged 29) and her daughter Nielsen Petra Deceased with suspect Nielsen (aged 4) at their Banana Island, Lagos home on the 5th of April 2018. The late Nielsen Zainab Joy (also known as Alizee) was a Nigerian citizen married to Nielsen Peter Schau a Danish citizen resident in Nigeria. “ While we exercise restraint in making public comments on the circumstances surrounding the demise of Alizee and her daughter, – in order not to prejudice on-going police investigations – it has become important to correct some misinformation presently circulating in the media space. “ In this regard, we state that the husband of the late Nielsen Zainab Joy who is also the father of the late Nielsen Petra is Nielsen Peter Schau. Nielsen Peter Schau is a Danish citizen and not an Italian or Asian as has been reported by several media outlets. “We call all law enforcement agencies to speedily unravel the circumstances surrounding the demise of these vibrant Nigerians and bring all complicit persons Late Petra Nielsen and/or entities to justice. “ In the light of reports suggesting that Alizee’s husband may be under Police investigation in connection with these painful deaths, we particularly call on the Nigerian Immigration Service to remain vigilant at this time and urge the cooperation of all foreign missions in the country. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the relatives of the late Zainab and Petra.” Spokesman for the Lagos State Police Command, Chile Oti, who confirmed the incident, stated that “ the Commissioner of Police, Edgal Imohimi, has deployed investigators to the crime scene to pick evidences that would help in the investigation.” Oti added that the command had written the Denmark embassy , to intimate it on the incident. Looters’ list: Secondus drags Lai Mohammad to Court for defamation *Demands N1.5 billion in damages By Dirisu Yakubu THE National Chairman of the Peoples Dem ocratic Party (PDP) Prince Uche Secondus yesterday dragged Information and Culture Minister, Alhaji Lai Mohammed to court for alleged defamation of character. The Minister had a fortnight ago, mentioned Secondus on the list of those he claimed, looted the nation’s treasury alleging that he collected N200 million from the former National Security Adviser (NSA), Colonel Sambo Dasuki (retd). However, Secondus denied collecting a dime from the former NSA through his lawyer Emeka Etiaba SAN, and promptly wrote a letter to the Minister seeking the immediate retraction of his name on the list, payment of N1.5 billion in damages and public apology within 48 hours. The letter urged Alhaji Mohammad to note that if he fails to meet the demand after 48 hours, “ We shall within 72 hours from today, proceed to a court of competent jurisdiction to ventilate our client’s right under the law and shall further seek the protection of the court against you.” Having failed to meet the demand, Prince Secondus yesterday made good his threat and filed a suit at the Port Harcourt, High Court, Rivers State praying among other things that the court awards to him the sum of N1.5 billion being damages for humiliation, castigation, vilification attack on his person and integrity as a result of the publication. According to a statement from the PDP National Chairman’s media office signed by his Spokesperson, Ike Abonyi, Secondus in the suit is also claiming that Lai Mohammad’s publication is defamatory and is asking the court to direct him to retract the said publication and apologize in writing. The statement further tasked the Minister to “Publish the retraction and apology in all the social media including but not limited to the following newspapers, the Nation, Thisday, Vanguard, The Sun, Guardian and Punch as well as in NTA and Channels Televisions among others where the defamatory story was published.” Secondus is also asking the court for a perpetual injunction restraining the defendant (Lai Mohammed) from further publishing defamatory materials against him.

Death toll rises to 30 in Benue *Police recover 10 corpses from affected communities BY PETER DURU, MAKURDI I emerged NDICATIONS yesterday that the death toll in last Thursday’s attack on communities in Agagbe, Gwer West Local Government Area of Benue State by suspected herdsmen may have risen to over 30 according to the account by a resident in the area. However, the Benue State Police command in a statement, issued yesterday in Makurdi stated that its personnel had recovered 10 corpses from the affected villages. The source in the area disclosed that the invaders who struck in the early hours of Thursday sacked the affected communities in Agagbe including Mbappa, Tse- Adudu and Enger villages and also left scores injured while many were yet unaccounted for. According to the source, “they came in their numbers wielding sophisticated weapons, shooting anything on sight and razing the houses and huts of the people. “Initially as at yesterday the figure of the dead was 10 but with more bodies being recovered and many others still missing the number of the dead could be over 30. “Some of these people were hacked to death when they were fleeing their communities while some were COMMISSIONING: from left, Barr. Kingsley Otuaro, Deputy Governor of Delta State; Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State, immediate past governor of the State, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan and the Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education Delta State, Barrister Chiedu Ebie during the commissioning of Alema College, Abigborodo in Warri North Local Government Area on Tuesday. Photo: Henry Unini. killed in their sleep because the invaders struck around 2am. “As we speak people are still moving in droves into Naka town, the local government headquarters to take refuge but even Naka may not be safe because there is palpable tension everywhere in the small town. “The worst hit were women and children who were running in several directions looking for where to find shelter and safety. Already some of those fleeing were heading towards Adoka in Otukpo Local Government which enjoys relative peace.” Confirming the crisis, the Benue State Police Command in a statement by its Public Relations Officer, Ass i s t a n t Superintendent(ASP) Moses Yamu said it had reinforced security in the area. The statement read in part, “the Command regrets to report that at about 6pm yesterday, April 5th., 2018, eight dead bodies were found in the bush around Tse-Adudu and Enger villages in Gwer West local government area. “This is in addition to the two that were removed from the same area at about 8:30am of the same day. They were believed to be victims of armed bandits, suspected to be cross-border insurgents/cattle rustlers. “The Mobile Police Force Unit deployed in Naka general area, had in the course of their patrols, encountered the same insurgents. “Security operations in the affected areas and other communities in the State have been stepped up with reinforcement of the Police Special Forces on Counter Insurgency to curb the criminal activities of the armed marauders.” The command also appealed to the people of the state to remain calm and vigilant and also report any suspicious movements in their communities to law enforcement agencies. Police arrest teenager, septuagenarian for robbery By Peter Duru, Makurdi MANY were left in rude shock midweek, when the Benue State Police Command nabbed an 18-year-old Senior Secondary, SS ll, student of Saint Simon School, Ikpayonge, Gwer local government area, Arthur Aoundona, for robbery on the busy Makurdi-Aliade-Otukpo road. The teenage suspect who was dressed in military uniform was reported to be a member of a gang that allegedly operates along the Aliade axis in full military kit. Also arrested with the teenager was a septuagenarian, who simply gave his name as Pa Moses, who also claimed to be a former civilian employee of the Nigeria Air Force. He was alleged to be the armourer and uniform supplier to the deadly gang some of whose members were arrested by the crack team of the state police command few days back. Suspects paraded Parading the suspects, alongside 28 others at the •The notorious teenager •The suspected Septuagenarian Command Headquarters in Makurdi, the Commissioner said, “you will recall that last week, we arrested some members of this gang while robbing innocent motorists on the Aliade-Otukpo highway. Today, we have in our net, a wanted teenage member of that gang and the man who supplies the group military uniforms and arms. “In the course of our operations between March 28 and today, we have arrested 30 suspects from parts of the state and 13 different calibres of guns were recovered from all the suspects. We also have a record of another who was dressed in Police uniform who met his waterloo in a gun battle with our men along the Daudu-Yelwata axis. That gang has been linked to several robbery cases along the Makurdi- Lafia highway.” Answering questions from newsmen, the teenage robbery suspect claimed he was the only child of his mother who divorced his father some years ago. He said, “I am an SS2 student of Saint Simon School, Ikpayonge, Gwer East Local Government Area. I was arrested in this uniform when I went to work.” When asked the type of work he was engaged in, he simply said “I used to rob, it was my friend that introduced me into the business, but this is my second time and my father did not know about it.” When asked how he got the military uniform, the teenage suspect said, “It was Baba that gave me the uniform whenever I wanted to go to work.” On his part, the septuagenarian who spoke through an interpreter acknowledged that he gave the uniforms to the gang but added that the cloths were not meant for robbery. Hear him, “when I gave the young men the uniforms, I cautioned them not to use it for anything that would land them in trouble. I don’t also know anything about guns.” Meanwhile, the Police Commissioner stated that the command was still carrying out investigations into the respective cases of the suspects pending their arraignment. SATURDAY Vanguard, APRIL 7, 2018 — 7 Edo photographers urged to make profit from Benin culture By Simon Ebegbulem E DO creative photographers have been urged to move from survival mode to profitability so as to enjoy the rich cultural heritage of Benin Kingdom. Babawale Obayanju, convener of the ¨Drawing with Light¨ (Photographers) initiative and lead Photographer at Owalesphotography said this during a workshop in Benin City. He said it was time Edo Creative Photographers moved from survival mentality to profitability, and from mediocrity to excellence. He further said that this act of drawing with light can be inherent or taught/learnt, but the act of doing business is something everyone striving to be a successful entrepreneur must learn, hence the workshop. The maiden edition of the workshop took place in Benin in September 2017 while the second edition tagged :“Tell That Story 2.0 (TTS2.0)” held between March 19 and 20 this year with a focus on “The Business of Photography and Understanding Lighting.” The project aimed at equipping and building a movement of focused and productive Photographers who would tell the story of Nigeria, using their documentary, still life, and realist photography skills, starting from Benin City. The workshop was held in collaboration with Edo State Global Art Centre, a global centre where the brilliant arts of Bini Kingdom are showcased as well as space for creative minds to express their ingenuity. Also speaking, Edgar Imafidon of Edgarima Photography, a co–convener of TTS, further said that TTS was the catalyst influencing a paradigm shift, provoking a purposeful and intentional change in photographers towards the production of quality and consistent body work, accompanied by value for such works. TellThat Story 2.0 instigator on the business of photography, Olanrewaju Balogun of Libraneye Photography, said Nigeria needed entrepreneurs to grow her economy. RIVERS 2019: Show courage to upstage PDP, Amaechi charges APC By Davies Iheamnachor THE Minister of Transportation, Mr. Chibuike Amae chi, has expressed worries that members of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Rivers State have not shown enough courage to defeat the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, in the 2019 elections in the state. Amaechi, however, charged APC members in the state to show enough readiness to unseat the incumbent administration of Chief Nyesom Wike, noting that APC has all it takes to win all the positions in 2019. Amaechi spoke yesterday at Opobo Town, Opobo/Nkoro Local Government Area of the state during a reception ceremony in his honour organised by Free Rivers Development Initiative, FRDI. Amaechi, the former governor of the state, said: “We are here to show gratitude to each other. During our administration, we did land reclamation in the community and it was to go further than this but there was no much sand for it. “You must start mobilizing from now for the election. You must show enough anger to chase this present people out of office. You have not shown enough of such anger that you want to take over. Amaechi stated that he would later do a comparison of his first tenure as the governor of the state and the administration of Wike in his first four years for people of the state to judge and learn lessons. He said: “I have not started, when I start we will compare my first tenure with Wilke’s own, just to prove a point to Rivers people. I am grateful to Opobo people for their good will to me.” The Minister of Transportation told the people of Opobo to blame it on their traditional rulers and chiefs if their son does not emerge as the next governor of the state, adding that the chiefs of the area were running away from change. Meanwhile, the Director-General of Nigerian Maritime Safety and Security Agency, NIMASSA, Dr. Dakuku Peterside, lauded Amaechi for his developmental drives in the area while serving as governor of the state.