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REVEALED: Osinbajo, El-rufai, Oshiomhole playing key

roles in ministerial appointments

*Fashola, Amaechi, Bala-Usman, Sirika to make list

SATURDAY Vanguard

has reliably gathered

that Vice President Yemi Osinbajo,

Kaduna State Governor

Nasir El-rufai and the

National Chairman of All

Progressives Congress,

APC, Comrade Adams

Oshiomhole are currently

playing key roles in the selection

of ministerial nominees

to ensure that competent

party members are appointed.

It was gathered that the

three strong men have the

ears of President Muhammadu

Buhari in his determination

to appoint people,

who would truly deliver in

their respective portfolios.

“But he (the President) is

doing that separately and

not as a team, so each of

them may not know what

the other is suggesting,” a

source close to the Presidency

said.

Multiple sources told Saturday

Vanguard that the

President was not only concentrating

on competent

party members but also on

credible people in the private

sector, who would drive

the implementation of propeople

policies to be formulated.

One of the sources said the

trio has identified some party

members among who are

the Managing Director of

Nigerian Ports Authority,

Hadiza Bala-Usman, immediate

past Minister of Transport,

Mr. Rotimi Amaechi,

former Minister of Power,

Works and Housing, Babatunde

Raji Fashola, ex-Minister

of Aviation, Hadi Sirika,

among others.

The source said: “President

Muhammadu Buhari

is considering merit this

time because he wants results

from his ministers. That

was why he is listening to

the Vice President, APC party

chairman, and Governor

Nasir El-rufai to assist in

choosing competent hands

among party members and

from the private sector. He

does not want noise makers

but those who can do the

job. The Managing Director

of NPA, Hadiza Bala-Usman

and Rotimi Amaechi

may make the list because

they possess the qualities

needed. Another person is

Fashola.”

Saturday Vanguard had

reported that unlike the usual

practice of placing party

and other considerations

above merit in the appointment

of ministers, President

Buhari’s cabinet members

could emerge strictly on

competence.

The development was informed

by the perception of

underperformance by most

of the immediate past ministers,

especially heads of

key ministries, and in-fighting

among junior and senior

ministers which characterised

the activities of the

ministers.

These resulted in the absence

of synergy that could

have emanated from interministerial

interface.

The situation informed sustained

calls from the public

for the rejigging of the cabinet

and even outright sack

of some ministers.

Such calls were not heeded

by Buhari, who only witnessed

the resignation of five

ministers and the death of

one.

The Minister of State for

Foreign Affairs, Khadija

Abba Ibrahim, had resigned

on February 16, 2019, to run

for an elective office in Damaturu/Tarmuwa/Gujba/Gulani

Federal Constituency of Yobe

State.

Alhaji Ibrahim Jubiril also

resigned his appointment as

Minister of State for Environment

following his declaration

as an Emir.

Hajiya Amina Mohammed,

on February 24, 2017,

resigned as Minister of Environment

following her appointment

at the United Nations

as Deputy Secretary-

General.

The incumbent Governor of

Ekiti State, Kayode Fayemi

also resigned on May 30,

2018, to contest for the governorship

position of his

state.

Minister of Women Affairs

and Social Development,

Senator Aisha Alhassan, also

known as Mama Taraba, resigned

from the cabinet

and from the APC, hinging

her resignation on her

disqualification in the

screening for the 2019

Taraba State governorship

election by the party’s National

Working Committee.

In September 2018, Mrs.

Kemi Adeosun resigned as

the Minister of Finance as

a result of allegations that

she falsified her National

Youth Service Corps,

NYSC, Exemption Certificate.

In March 2016, Minister

of State for Labour and Productivity,

Mr. James Ocholi

,SAN, died in a road crash

that occurred at Kilometre

57, along Kaduna-Abuja

highway.

Some ministers gave a

bad face to the President’s

anti-corruption fight. But

they survived. There were

ministers who were even

so petty that they applied

and collected estacodes of

aides for trips the aides

never made. There were

some who collected full estacodes

and paid their

aides half or even less.

One aide even went public

with corrupt activities in

his ministry.

There were also some

the Economic and Financial

Crime Commission,

EFCC simply failed to investigate

allegations

brought against them.

They all survived a Buhari

administration that allowed

the ministers so

much freedom and didn’t

do enough to monitor

them. All that, we gathered,

may change in this

second coming they have

tagged The Next Level

even as some ministers

may be retained while

some may be re-assigned

to other ministries.

•Why appointing Akpabio will be counter-productive

— Akwa APC elders *No such group in our party –A/Ibom APC

By Clifford Ndujihe

AS President Muham

madu Buhari compiles

the list of his ministerial nominees,

the Ibom Integrity

and Servant Leadership

Culture Initiative, IISLCI, a

group of elders in Akwa Ibom

All Progressives Congress,

APC, has advised him against

nominating immediate past

governor of the state and

former Senate Minority Leader,

Senator Godswill Akpabio.

Executive Vice President of

the elders, Dr. Asuquo Edidem

Etim, said appointing

Akpabio as minister could

hurt President Buhari’s next

level agenda and create instability

in Akwa Ibom State.

The Akwa Ibom State Working

Committee, SWC of the

APC has however, distanced

itself from the Dr Etim-led

group, saying it does not exist

Ȧ statement by Nkereuwem

Enyongekere, publicity secretary,

said: ‘’The State working

Committee of the APC

Akwa Ibom State has observed

with utter dismay one

faceless Elders’ group-Ibom

Integrity & Servant Leadership

Culture Initiative parading

and arrogating to itself the

power of condemnation and

recommendation as quite

worrisome, embarrassing and

unacceptable. We hereby confirm

that the self acclaimed

leader of the group, Dr Asuquo

Edidem Etim is a disclaimer

and not an APC member

and we have no such

group in our APC groups’

Registration Register in Akwa

Ibom State.”

However, Dr Etim in a letter

to the president said they

From left: Engr. Dideolu Falobi, chairman, Board of Fellows, Nigerian Institution

of Safety Engineers; Senator Iyiola Omisore, Engr. Chima Ibeneche, special guest

of honour; Engr. Babagana Mohammed, Deputy President, Nigerian Society of

Engineers; and Engr. Adeyemi Oyedepo, national chairman, during the Nigerian

Institution of Safety Engineers, 2019 safety lecture, dinner and conferment of fellowship,

held in Lagos, yesterday. Photo:Kehinde Shonola.

are ‘’a core group of believers

in Mr. President’s leadership

philosophy that is

rooted in integrity, transparency

and servant leadership.

And we believe it is incumbent

on us to help our leader

achieve an enhanced performance

in his second

and final term of office as

president of our great nation.”

To succeed in his second

term, the group said President

Buhari should select

his ministers in ‘’a manner

that will ensure that they

do not become liabilities to

your government or dent

your impeccable image.

Characters with known corruption

allegations or propensity

for pettiness, mischief,

treachery, profligacy

and vendetta, should be

avoided.”

Recalling how Akpabio

ran Akwa Ibom as governor

for eight years, his stint as

senate minority leader, his

defection to the APC and effect

on the electoral fortunes

of the party in Akwa Ibom,

the elders said making him

a minister could be toxic for

the next level project.

Apapa gridlock: Presidency renews directive as taskteam

fails to clear tankers

By Johnbosco

Agbakwuru

FOLLOWING the failure

of the Presidential Taskteam

to accomplish President

Muhamadu Buhari’s initial order

to clear the Apapa traffic

gridlock within two weeks, the

presidency has renewed the

directive for another two

weeks.

The president had on May

21, given the Taskteam headed

by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo

two weeks to remove

trucks on bridges and roads in

Apapa as well as restore law

and order in the area.

The gridlock however appears

to have defiled the efforts

of the taskteam as residents

and commuters continue

to suffer untold hardship.

Although there have been

little improvements in some

areas, some axis remain impassable

as heavy trucks continue

to occupy large portions

of the road.

In an apparent admission of

failure to accomplish the president’s

initial order, the taskteam

earlier this week made a

formal request for extension of

time to accomplish the task.

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo,

approved the extension

at a meeting of the Presidential

Taskteam with stakeholders

at the Presidential Villa,

earlier in the week.

According to the Vice

President at the meeting

held on Tuesday “we will

extend the tenure of the taskforce

by two weeks and we

must all work together to be

able to resolve all the issues

raised here today.”

Speaking on steps to be

taken to find lasting solutions

to the problem, Prof. Osinbajo

added that “it will take

both medium and long term

solutions to ultimately enable

us present to the users an

efficient port environment for

the economy and businesses

to thrive.”

He warned that “we will

not allow any interests to

undermine our nation’s

economy”.

The Vice President directed

the NPA and other stakeholders

to expedite action on

the opening of additional

truck parks and parking bays

around Lagos as well as the

commencement of the electronic

call-up system at the

Port.

In his presentation, Opeifa,

the Executive Vice Chairman

of the taskteam, said efforts

were ongoing to open

new parking bays for trucks

around the port area and in

other parts of Lagos, preparatory

to the commencement of

the electronic call-up system

at the port– one of the measures

proposed to ameliorate

the hardship at the port area.

Meanwhile, since Monday

June 10, residents and

motorists have been subjected

to harrowing experiences

as trucks and articulated vehicles

completelyshut down traffic

on Oshodi-Apapa Expressway.

Residents and workers in the

area have had to abandon their

vehicles and resorted to patronizing

commercial motorcycles,

popularly called “Okoda”

as the entire area remained

blocked for vehicular movement.

A check by Saturday Vanguard,

saw men of the Presidential

task team, around Trinity,

Apapa- Oshodi bound road

by Trinity Bus stop trying to

manage the chaotic traffic in

the axis. When our correspondent

visited some areas an

Army officer was asked to

leave the area immediately by

the Commissioner of Police,

CP, Hakeem Odumusu

Further investigation revealed

that the task team had

been having it tough, owing to

the activities of army officers who

have refused to vacate the area

in apparent defiance of the presidential

order.

Commenting on the situation,

Opeifa, appealed to residents

and motorists to exercise patience,

saying the team has practically

moved operation to

Oshodi- Apapa Expressway to

ensure smooth traffic within the

next three days.

According to him, “We have

commenced palliative work on

some part of the road so that we

can have access road to push

some trucks away from the road

and have access to various designated

truck terminals.

“By Monday, next week we

should have a good situation

along Oshodi-Apapa Expressway.

Our efforts are being undermined

by some unscrupoulous

military officers and their

cohorts.

“Therefore, we are appealing

to residents and motorists to be

a little bit patient with us, we are

committed to ensuring total sanity

in Apapa and environs.”

Opeifa also blamed the slow

pace of the team to the activity

of truck drivers who drive

against traffic thereby creating

heavy gridlock on the road with

attendant difficult task of clearing

the mess.


6 — SATURDAY Vanguard, JUNE 15, 2019

NASS LEADERSHIP: How Oshiomhole averted repeat of 2015

fiasco for APC — Doguwa

* Says he is best candidate for House Majority leader

By Clifford Ndujihe &

Levinus Nwabughiogu

BUT for the role played

by the National

Chairman of the All Progressives

Congress, APC,

Comrade Adams Oshiomhole

and some leaders, the

ruling party’s adopted candidates

would have lost the

leadership of the Ninth

National Assembly as they

did in 2015, former Chief

Whip of the House of Representatives,

Alhassan Ado

Doguwa, has said.

Doguwa, who is arguably

the longest serving

member of the National

Assembly, having been

first elected in 1992, and

believes he is the best candidate

for the majority

leader of the House of

Representatives, spoke to

Vanguard on the intrigues

and engagement that

shaped the elections last

Tuesday.

In 2015, Senator Ahmad

Lawan (APC, Yobe

North), and Mr. Femi

Gbajabiamila (APC, Lagos),

who were the APC

adopted candidates for

the Senate Presidency

and House of Representatives

Speakership lost

out to immediate past

Senate President Bukola

Saraki and Speaker Yakubu

Dogara.

However, last Tuesday,

the duo, who were adopted

again by the ruling

party, emerged victorious.

While Lawan beat Senator

Ali Ndume (APC,

Borno South), Gbajabiamila

trounced Mohammed

Bago (APC, Niger). Senator

Ovie Omo-Agege,

the party’s candidate for

deputy Senate President

also won by defeating

former Deputy Senate

President, Senator Ike

Ekweremadu. Another

adopted candidate, Mr.

Idris Wase (APC, Plateau)

became deputy speaker

unopposed.

Asked how the APC

achieved the feat in the

National Assembly, Doguwa

said:‘’What happened

was like a build up to

what we had long awaited

for-the agitation and

desire of the members of

the Eighth Assembly,

which for reasons we all

know was dashed. The

massive election of APC

adopted candidates was

not unexpected because

of the kind of engagement

we have had

through the various windows

of the party. The national

secretariat under

the leadership of Comrade

Adams Oshiomhole did a

lot of things that were not

done in 2015.

‘’He embarked on engagement

with stakeholders

left, right and centre,

and was in constant touch

with the presidency. This

time around, nobody will

tell you that the president

was not involved. He was

directly involved and that

was what gave rise to what

you saw on June 11,

2019.”

On suggestions that the

Ninth National Assembly

would be a rubber stamp

legislature giving the way

the leaders emerged,

Doguwa disagreed on account

of the quality of

members of the legislature.

‘’By implication of the institution

of the legislature,

there is no way you can

expect the National Assembly

to be a rubber

stamp. I am sure it will not

be. But that will not in any

way make us go in dissonance

to the good policies

of the executive arm of

government. We are one

party with a comfortable

majority in the House and

good majority in the Senate.

The policies and programmes

of the government

are our policies and

programmes. So, while we

maintain our institutional

independence, we will as

well guard seriously the

sentiment of our government

and political party.”

EKSU lecturer caught pants down with student

By Rotimi Ojomoyela,

Ado-Ekiti

A

lecturer at Eki

ti State University,

Ado -Ekiti has been caught

pants down while allegedly

attempting to have carnal

knowledge of one his

students.

In a 29-second video clip

which has gone viral on social

media, the lecturer who

is in the Accounting Department,

was seen nude.

Some female students of

the varsity who were believed

to have laid siege to

the residence of the female

student were seen dragging

the embattled lecturer

out of a room.

Investigations revealed

that the lady’s boy friend

and his friends were said

to have informed the lady

to play along with the lecturer

when he made overtures

to her in exchange for

marks.

Judging by the the claim

of a voice in the video, the

scene of the incident was

the state capital, Ado Ekiti.

According to the video,

an audible voice chatted:

“This is a lecturer of EKSU.

He wants to have S*x with

a student". The voice said

a lot of unprintable things

laying bare the escapades

of the randy lecturer.

While making mockery

and torturing the lecturer,

one of the boys was seen

pressing a powered electronic

device to on his body

.

The lecturer was screaming

and begging the students

for mercy.

He was not spared as he

was beaten black and blue

by the students when he

was trying to resist being

pulled out from the room

naked.

Meanwhile, the female

student was the one who

uploaded the video clip on

her Whatsap, captioning

it :“I am not sending oh,

he wants to f**k fresh

pu**y.

Some students of the institution

who spoke with

Saturday Vanguard confirmed

the identity of the

lecturer in the video as a

popular person, though

expressed their reservations

about act.

They, however, revealed

that the lecturer was not

alone in the game of intimidating

female students to

have rump with them.

They said most lecturers

in the institution were in

the habit of abusing and

taking undue advantage

of ladies hence the need for

investigation into the matter

and sanction on the lecturer.

They said there are several

cases of such in the

school but most victims

were not bold enough to

expose them.

On the sharing of other

positions such as majority

leader, deputy majority

leader, chief whip and

deputy chief whip, Doguwa

urged the party leaders

to reward hard work.

Giving his legislative

experience and the support

of the North-West

zone to the APC, he urged

the party to zone the majority

leader position to the

North-West. He is the only

person from the North-

West aspiring for the majority

leader post.

‘’I would expect the party

to remember that I come

from a zone that gave the

party the highest electoral

contribution to the APC.

The North- western part

of the country has the

highest number of the

APC members in the

House of Reps. In my caucus,

which I led as chief

whip, the North-West caucus

has almost 92 members

even with the recent

Zamfara case, we have no

fewer than 85 members.

So I want to believe that

the party would be just,

humble to reciprocate the

electoral gesture we gave

to the party in the last

general election,” he said.

From left: Chairman of Agbado/Oke-Odo Local Council Development Area,

Hon Augustine Arogundade; ex-Commissioner for Wealth Creation and Employment,

Lagos State, Pharm (Mrs) Uzamat Akinbile-Yussuf; her husband,

Alhaji Adegboyega Olubodun-Yussuf during Akinbile-Yussuf’s 45th birthday

and book launch held at Musaroq Mall in Ipaja, Lagos.

Efforts to contact the lecturer

was unsuccessful as

his line was switched off.

However, EKSU authorities

and police had said

they were not aware of the

incident.

Niger East: S-Court sacks Senator Umaru,

declares Sani winner

Traffic violation: Sanwo-Olu

goes tough, orders LASTMA

to arrest offenders, increases

their allowances

By Olasunkanmi Akoni and Monsuru

Olowoopejo

LAGOS State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has

directed officers of the state Traffic Management

Authority, LASTMA, henceforth, to go tough

on anyone, irrespective of status, including his blood

brothers found to have violated the state traffic law

in any part of the state and bring them to book. By

this directive, stiffer sanctions await traffic offenders

against the backdrop of how the last administration

whittled down the power of LASTMA. Recall

that immediate past-governor Akinwunmi Ambode

upon assumption of office directed the agency to

step down on aggressive enforcement of traffic management.

Sanwo-Olu added that: “If he tells you he will call

me, ask him to do so. And tell him that even if he

calls me, I will still have to pay the fine of the law

he violated.”

The governor gave the order yesterday, during an

interactive session with LASTMA officers at the their

Headquarters in Oshodi, stressing that violations

of existing laws will not be accepted under his administration.

He disclosed that, to ensure swift prosecution of

violators, plans had been concluded to add

On operation of commercial motorcycles, “Okoda”,

tricycles, indiscriminate parking of imported vehicles

by the roadside, he said he would have a meeting

with security operatives to establish a law enforcement

commission that will regulate their movements.

“There are rules that guide operation of commercial

motorcycles. The Lagos State law has stated that

okada should not operate on some roads.’. The governor

announced one hundred percent increase in

the allowances of LASTMA officials to encourage

and motivate the workers in the performance of their

duties and also in fulfilment of his vision to make

traffic management and transportation number one

priority in his administration.

Okowa a visionary leader

— Engr. Ofoeyeno

THE Director General, Okowa Campaign Flow

2019, Engr. Bemigho Ofoeyeno, has described

the second term of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa as an

act of God, adding that Delta State will further

experience massive development.

Engr. Ofoeyeno, who led the group during the

swearing-in of Governor Okowa in Asaba, lauded

Deltans across the 25 local governments for their

massive support and enjoined them to continue to

support the governor in his effort to transform the

state to a greater height, promising that the Campaign

Flow group will continue to support the governor

and his administration.

He said: “Gov. Okowa has done a lot to elevate

the people of the state, which include empowerment

in all areas, rehabilitation and construction of

roads in all the 25 local government areas of the

state.”

Ofoeyeno also congratulated the Delta State

House Assembly Speaker, Rt. Hon. Sheriff

Oborevwori, member representing Warri North Area,

Hon. Fred Martins, all members of the Delta State

House of Assembly, the Senator representing the

Delta South Senatorial District, Chief James

Manager and member representing Warri Federal

Constituency at the National Assembly, Chief

Thomas Ereyitom.

By Ikechukwu Nnochiri

and Henry Umoru

FOUR days after his

swearing in as a Senator

in the 9th Senate, the

Supreme Court yesterday

sacked Senator David

Umaru, All Progressives

Congress, APC, Niger

East.

In his place, the Supreme

Court declared

Mohammed Sani Musa

winner of the 2019 Niger

East Senatorial election.

Senator Umaru who was

Chairman, Senate Committee

on Judiciary, Human

rights and and Legal

Matters in the 8th Senate,

was one of the 107 Senators

inaugurated Tuesday

by the Clerk of the National

Assembly, Mohammed

Sani Omolori.

The apex court, in a unanimous

judgement by a fiveman

panel of Justices led

by Justice Ibrahim Muhammad,

held that Umaru was

not validly nominated by the

APC.

The court said it was satisfied

that the appellant,

Mohammed Sani, was the

bonafide winner of the primary

election APC conducted

for the Senatorial

District.

It went ahead to setaside

the judgement of the

Court of Appeal in Abuja,

which had on April 8, affirmed

Umaru who was

the former Chairman of

Senate Committee on Justice,

Human Rights and

Legal Matters, as winner

of the Senatorial seat.

The apex court restored

the judgement of the Federal

High Court in Abuja,

which declared Sani the

validly nominated candidate

of the APC for the

election.


SATURDAY Vanguard, JUNE 15, 2019 — 7

Gorilla ‘swallows’ N6.8m in Kano zoo

A

GORILLA

has

been accused of

swallowing N6.8 million

in the Kano Zoological

Gardens, according to

BBC Pidgin.

A finance officer in the

zoo was quoted as saying

the gorilla sneaked

into an office and carted

away the money before

swallowing it.

The incident was said

to have happened during

the Sallah celebrations.

Umar Kobo, the managing

director of the zoo,

confirmed that the money

was missing and that

the issue was being investigated.

“The issue is under investigations

for now and I

don’t want to say anything

on the matter. Many journalists

have come to meet

me but I don’t want to say

anything. What I can confirm

is that money is missing,”

he told the BBC Pidgin.

Abdullahi Haruna, police

spokesman in Kano,

was quoted as confirming

that 10 persons, including

those on duty when the

money went missing, have

been arrested.

“Yes, it is true that money

from five days of Sallah

festivities is missing from

the Kano zoo,” he reportedly

said, adding: “As at

now, we have arrested 10

members of staff of the zoo

including the security man

and those working in the

finance unit.

This is not the first time

animals have been involved

in related issues in

Nigeria.

In February last year,

Philomina Chieshe, a sales

clerk in the office of the

Joint Admissions and Matriculation

Board (JAMB)

in Benue state, alleged that

a snake swallowed

N36m, being proceeds

from sale of scratch card.

Also, Shehu Sani, a

former senator, once said

monkeys carted away

N70 million belonging to

northern senators.

INEC to begin electoral reform ahead of 2023 polls

*As EU observation mission set to release 2019 election report

By Henry Umoru &

Omeiza Ajayi

AHEAD of 2023

elections, Chairman,

Independent National

Electoral Commission,

INEC, Professor

Mahmood Yakubu has

disclosed that arrangements

have been concluded

to reform the nation’s

electoral system as

part of moves to strengthen

it.

Speaking yesterday in

Abuja at a meeting with

the Chief Observer of the

European Union Election

Observation Mission,

Maria Arena, Yakubu

promised that recommendations

to be provided

by the European

Union Election Observation

Mission (EU EOM)

in the 2019 polls, would

form major inputs in the

areas of reform expected

to be submitted soon to

the recently inaugurated

9th National Assembly.

He however hailed the

EU for her interest in

Nigeria’s democratic process,

especially for the

deployment of 91 observers

to 261 polling units

and 94 collation centres

in 31 States of the Federation

during the last

Presidential and National

Assembly elections.

The INEC boss also

commended the EU for

the deployment of 73 observers

to 223 polling

units and 81 collation

centres in 22 States of the

federation for the Governorship,

State Assembly

and FCT Area Council

elections.

Yakubu explained that

the 30 observations and

recommendations made

available by the EU election

observation mission

in 2015 would among

others, be instrumental to

the improvement of Nigeria’s

electoral processes,

adding that this will

include the consolidation

of the country’s democratic

system since

1999.

According to INEC

chairman the recommendation

by the EU that

INEC would merge the

accreditation and voting

processes on election day,

a system which was tested

ran during the Bayelsa

governorship election

of December 2015 remains

invaluable till

Flood kills bank saff, renders many homeless in

A-Ibom

By Chioma Onuegbu, Uyo

A

SECURITY guard

identified as Musa

Yenusa working at one of

the new generation banks

located along Grace Bill

Road in Eket local government

of Akwa Ibom state

has lost his life following

Wednesday downpour.

It was gathered that Yenusa

had left the bank

premises for lunch shortly

before the rain started.

An eyewitness identified

as Mrs Iquo Uwah

told newsmen yesterday

in Eket that late Yenusa

met his untimely death

while returning to his

duty post after his lunch.

According to Uwah, the

victim’s legs must have

slipped and fallen into

the gutter because the

flood caused by the

downpour still covered

the road and the gutters

for a while after the rain

stopped.

She said other pedestrians

who waited for a

while for the flood water

to clear were shocked by

the ugly incident.

“As the victim was coming

back from lunch, on

getting to the bank where

he worked, his legs slip

and the flood swept him

away.

The headless body of

Yenus was found in the

gutter after the rain

stopped.

"His head must have

been cut off as the body

hit on the walls and sharp

edges of the gutters.

Another eyewitness,

Mr Raymond Bassey

who described the incident

as unfortunate lamented

lamented how

many have lost their lives

every year whenever it

rains for hours.

“It is very unfortunate

that this happened to a

non-indegene who is a

contract staff to one of the

new generation banks

located along Grace Bill

Road here in Eket”, he

said.

He noted that apart

from the recorded

death the downpour

that lasted for hours

destroyed many houses

and rendered many

homeless.

One of the affected

persons, Mrs Dinah

Akpadiaha lamented

that her family has

been taking refuge in

the pastor’s residence

since the incident and

date.

The EU observation

mission will officially

release the report and

recommendations arising

from the 2019 general

elections today in

Abuja.

It would be recalled

that no fewer than 75 political

parties had passed

a vote of confidence on

the leadership of INEC,

especially for going

through all odds to conduct

the general elections

nationwide.

appealed to state government

to look into the

plight of the residents

and build proper drainage

to check the flood

menace that has ravaged

the area.

31-yr-old lady steals, sells seven children in Imo

By Chinonso Alozie,

Owerri

A

31-YEAR-OLD lady,

Immaculata Edward,

and five others have

been paraded at the Imo

state police command,

over alleged stealing and

selling of seven children

to a child trafficking syndicate.

The children sold were

said to be between three

and six-years.

However, out of the seven

children, the Imo state

Police Public Relation Officer,

PPRO, Orlando Ikeokwu,

on Friday confirmed

to Saturday Vanguard

in Owerri, that six

of the children have been

recovered and that the

command was still making

frantic efforts to find

the remaining one.

He also said that the recovered

children have

been reunited with their

families.

According to the police,

Immaculata, is from

Okonde Buju local government

area of Cross

River state.

Other suspects in the

crime includes Perpetual

Iwuji 46, from Ulakwo in

Owerri North local government

area; Grace

Nwachukwu 58, from

Isiala Mbutu in Aboh

Mbaise local government;

Steven Ezenwa,

Male, 31, from Okohia

Amumara in Ezinihitte

Mbaise local government

area all in Imo state.

Also named as suspects

Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos state and Mr. Olawale Musa, GM, Lagos State

Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA), inspecting Guard of honour, during the

Governor's Special visit to LASTMA Headquarters, Oshodi, Lagos. Yesterday. Photo:

Bunmi Azeez

are Isong Ifara 46, male,

from Ugep in Yarkur local

government area of

Cross River state and Ifeoma

Ndubuisi, 27, female

from Lokpanta in

Umunneochi in Abia

state.

Narrating how the suspected

child trafficking

syndicate were apprehended

the police said:

“On April 24, 2019, one

Immaculata Edward, a

native of Okonde in

Cross River State who is

a girlfriend to one Ifara

Isong resident at Eziama

Logara in Ngor Okpala

L.G.A visited the

said boyfriend, because

she was familiar and

well known in the area,

the children and the

neighbors of her boy

friend were all fond of

her, they left the children

in her custody while

they went about their

businesses.

“The said Immaculata,

when her boyfriend went

out to buy something,

stole five (5) children

(names withheld) and

took them to a notorious

child trafficker

“One Perpetual Iwuji

from Obokwu Ulakwo in

Owerri North L.G.A, who

then sold two (2) of the

children to one Grace

Nwachukwu, another

notorious child trafficker

who hails from Isiala

Mbutu in Aboh Mbaise

L.G.A but resident at

Mpape Abuja.

“Immaculata also stole

two (2) of her uncle’s

children from Cross River

state and sold them to

one Ifeoma Ndubuisi ‘f’

from Lokpanta in Umunneochi

L.G.A Abia State.

“However, following intelligence,

systematic,

thorough and painstaking

investigation, all the

children stolen from Logara

were recovered.

Moreover, in the course of

the investigation, additional

five (5) children

were recovered from Perpetual

Iwuji and kept in

an orphanage home.

“The five (5) children

stolen from Logara have

been reunited with their

families. Meanwhile, one

of the two children stolen

from Cross River state

have been recovered from

Ifeoma Ndubuisi and efforts

are on top gear to recover

the remaining

one.”


8 — SATURDAY Vanguard, JUNE 15, 2019

Aisha Buhari now wants to be addressed as

‘First Lady’

By Johnbosco Agbakwuru

WIFE of the President,

Dr. Aisha

Muhammadu Buhari, has

insisted that henceforth she

should be addressed as

‘First Lady’.

Mrs Buhari in the past

four years of President

Muhammadu Buhari’s

administration was

addressed as ‘Wife of the

President.’

But on Thursday night Dr.

Aisha Buhari, announced

her decision to be

addressed as the First Lady

of the Federal Republic of

Nigeria, at an event held at

the old Banquet Hall of the

Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The new designation was

announced at the

presentation of awards to

immediate past governors’

wives and current

governors’ wives of the 36

states of the Federation.

According to her, the new

designation would take

immediate effect in order to

resolve the issue of the title

of wives of governors.

She said “When my

husband was newly

elected, I personally chose

Stop using my office to defraud politicians,

SGF warns fraudsters

By Omeiza Ajayi

Secretary to the

Government of the

Federation, Boss Mustapha

has warned fraudsters

against using his office to

defraud Nigerians,

especially politicians

seeking to be appointed

Cabinet Ministers in the

President Muhammadu

Buhari administration.

Permanent Secretary,

General Services Office in

the Office of the SGF,

Olusegun Adekunle Esq in

a statement on behalf of the

SGF noted that; “The

attention of the Secretary to

the Government of the

Gbajabiamila can count on my

support — Bago

Erstwhile contender to

the speakership

position of the 9th House

of Representatives, Hon.

Mohammed Bago has

pledged his unalloyed

support to the Speaker of

the House, Hon. Femi

Gbajabiamila to achieve a

united legislature.

He also said that the

leadership of the House

can count on his vision to

fully realize its objectives,

stressing that the society

expected nothing less

than populist and peopleoriented

programmes and

policies from the House.

Gbajabimila was elected

the speaker of the House

during an election

between him and Bago on

the inauguration of the 9th

National Assembly,

Tuesday.

In a statement by Victor

Afam Ogene, the

spokesman of Bago

to be called the wife of the

President.

“But, I realised that it

Campaign on Friday in

Abuja, the organization

expressed gratitude to the

members of the House,

the press and the

Nigerian people for their

support during their

campaigns.

Ogene in the statement

said that the contest was

a friendly one to deepen

democracy and propagate

the gospel of equity,

justice and fairness.

Noting that the message

had been well

acknowledged by

Nigerians, Ogene said

that the members however

made their choice,

assuring that Bago would

always be on hand to offer

his support to the new

leadership.

The statement read thus:

On behalf of the Hon.

Mohammed Umaru Bago

Campaign Organization,

we wish to convey our

causes confusion from the

state as to whether the

wives of state governors are

to be addressed as the first

ladies or wives of the

Adeboye, in Uganda, prays for Museveni

By Sam Eyoboka with

Agency reports

UGANDAN President,

Yoweri Museveni and

his wife, Janet Museveni,

have welcomed to Uganda,

the General Overseer of the

Redeemed Christian Church

of God, RCCG, Pastor Enoch

Adejare Adeboye and his wife,

Federation, Boss Mustapha,

has been drawn to false

information circulating on

the social media and through

text messages, urging

members of the public to

submit their Curriculum

Vitae at a fee, to a nonexisting

desk at the Office of

the Secretary to the

Government of the

Federation, to facilitate their

selection as Cabinet

members”. “The public, is by

this notice, advised to

disregard such information

as the Office of the Secretary

to the Government of the

Federation has no such

mandate and has never

requested for such

Pastor Foluke Adenike

Adeboye.

Adeboye, who is in Uganda

at the invitation of the RCCG

in Uganda, together with his

wife, is holding a series of

Christian public meetings at

Kololo Independence

Ceremonial grounds in

Kampala which began

Thursday and will end today.

information.

“The Secretary to the

Government of the

Federation, Boss Mustapha,

uses this opportunity to warn

originators of such

fraudulent request to desist

forthwith from using the

name of the Secretary to the

Government of the

Federation in their dubious

and nefarious plan to fleece

unsuspecting members of

the public”, the statement

added.

Director Information in the

OSGF, Willie Bassey in a

statement said the SGF

stated this when he received

the management team of

TCN in his office.

profound gratitude to the

360 members of the House

of Representatives for

their kind support during

the race for the

Speakership election.

governors.

“So, forgive me for

confusing you from the

beginning, but now I chose

to be called the First Lady.“

From left, Pastor Foluke Adeboye, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, President Yoweri

Museveni and his wife, Mrs Janet Museveni during the evangelical visit to

Uganda.

During a cordial meeting

held at State House Entebbe

on Thursday, President

Museveni received blessings

in form of prayer from Pastor

Adeboye.

Pastor Adeboye invoked

God to bless Mr. Museveni

with good health, prosperity

and the continued wisdom to

lead Uganda peacefully.

President Museveni was

happy to note that the

Pentecostal Churches are now

participating in projects that

are creating prosperity for

themselves and other people.

“Christians are now

learning how to create wealth

on earth as per the parable of

the talents. Earlier on, they

were laid back, and

withdrawn on earth waiting

for God. This was a means of

escapism from living well. I

now have a Bishop like Lwere

involved in wealth creation

projects,” he said.

The host reiterated that

while he had earlier had

arguments with some

teachings of the Christian

doctrine movements in his

student days, the Pentecostal

Churches are now integrated

and are helping the people.

“A while back, the Balokole

were being harassed by some

religions. They were saying

that they were liars and

enthusiasts who claimed that

they performed miracles. I

told these people that I had no

problem with them. If they

were lying, only God would

deal with them,” he said.

Responding, Pastor

Adeboye thanked President

Museveni for keeping peace

in Uganda, adding that it was

the role of Christians to have

influence in all facets of life

including their wellbeing.

Nigeria now on grip of military

dictatorship — PDP chief

By Dirisu Yakubu

Deputy national chairman (South) of the Peoples

Democratic Party, PDP, Elder Yemi Akinwonmi has

said Nigeria has been suffering from the pangs of military

dictatorship since the assumption of office by President

Muhammadu Buhari in 2015.

Akunwonmi who stated this while playing host to a

delegation of European Union, EU, at the PDP

Presidential Campaign Headquarters, Abuja on Friday

also called on the EU not to give up its election monitoring

duties, saying doing so could mean that future

generations would not witness democracy in Nigeria.

Coming short of labelling the country a failed state,

Akinwonmi noted that in spite of the role played by the

PDP in deepening democracy in the land; the

government of President Buhari, he added, has failed

to build on those successes.

He said: “There is nothing to improve upon in Nigeria

today. We are almost back in the dark days of military

dictatorship. Nigeria is moving closely to a failed state.

You should continue to monitor happenings here because

whatever happens to Nigeria will affect the whole of

Africa. If you don’t continue in monitoring the electoral

process, future generations may have no democracy to

witness in Nigeria.

Pastor, 5 others arrested for

allegedly swindling job seekers

By Chioma Onuegbu, Uyo

Six suspected swindlers including a pastor have been

arrested by police in Akwa Ibom state for allegedly

swindling unemployed youths in Ikot Ebok village, Eket

local government area for job opportunities in an oil firm.

According sources from the area, the suspected

swindlers were arrested within the church premises located

along Ekpeyo st, off Liver Pool road Eket by police officers

in Eket on Thursday following a tip off.

It was learnt that the pastor of an undisclosed orthodox

church simply identified as Rev. Akpan and the fraudster

were arrested while conducting fake interviews for the

unsuspecting job seekers numbering over 300.

Saturday Vanguard gathered that the same syndicate

had carried out similar criminal activity in Ikot Ekpene

and Eastern Obolo local government areas.

A youth leader of the community, Mr Ubong Edoho

said when he learned that large number of unemployed

youths gathered in the church compound for suspicious

recruitment screening exercise to secure job in Agip oil

company in Port Harcourt, he decided to report to the

police. Edoho explained that it was when he made further

enquiries into the recruitment exercise that he discovered

that the pastor and his accomplices collect the sum of

N32,000 from each of their victims after issuing them fake

recruitment forms to fill.

Appeal court denies Nnaji’s quest

to unseat Nnamani from Senate

By Dennis Agbo

ATTEMPT by Senator Gilbert Nnaji to stop former

Governor Chimaroke Nnamani from representing

Enugu East Senatorial district, collapsed, yesterday,

failed as the Appeal court seating in Enugu denied

the request.

Nnaji represented the district in the 7th and 8th

Senate but lost the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP,

nomination to Nnamani who was sworn in last Tuesday

at the inauguration of the 9th Senate.

Nnaji had in October last year approached a Federal

High court in Enugu claiming that Nnamani was not

validly elected in the party primary, but lost at the lower

court before he approached the appellate court for

redress. But the Appeal Court in a unanimous decision

in the appeal came hard on Nnaji for accusing the lower

court of not giving him fair hearing.

The three issues of appeal raised by Nnaji were

resolved infavour of Nnamani and his the PDP.

CBN disburses N30b to oil palm

producers

By Emma Ujah, Abuja Bureau Chief

THE Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has disbursed the

sum of N30 billion to oil palm producers, with a view to

ensuring massive production of the commodity in the country.

The Governor of CBN, Mr. Godwin Emefiele, disclosed this

at a meeting with stakeholders in the industry, in Abuja, this

afternoon. The CBN boss also disclosed that the apex bank

had commenced investigations into the accounts of suspected

palm oil smugglers, vowing to sanction culprits.

According to him, he was under a strict presidential directive

that palm oil importation must stop and that his team at the

CBN was determined to assist its growers to produce enough

for local consumption and even export.

“We have made the first set of disbursements which is about

N30 billion to some of those who are currently expanding

their oil palm plantations and we would do more of this.


SATURDAY Vanguard, JUNE 15, 2019 — 9


10—SATURDAY Vanguard, JUNE 15, 2019

I would have

overthrown

Abacha if . . .

•Kokori reveals on his June 12 revolution

he says some soldiers backed

•NLC betrayed our struggle, its leaders

collected bribe

•OBJ, Jonathan failed Nigeria

•Nigerians not happy with Buhari

•Disillusioned by 20yrs of democracy

By Chioma Gabriel, Editor Special Features

Chief Frank Kokori, former General Secretary of The Nigeria Union of

Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers, NUPENG, in this encounter talked about the

roles he and other individuals played in the quest to re-validate the June 12, 1993

presidential election, which was annulled by Gen. Ibrahim Babangida.

He said June 12 as a Democracy Day has made him the happiest man on earth even as

he expressed disappointment over achievements in democracy since May 29, 1999.

•Frank Kokori

June 12 is officially Democracy

Day, how does that make you

feel?

I’m very happy that June 12 has

been recognised as Democracy Day.

It’s one of the happiest things to

happen to me. I was one of those that

fought for June 12 and I went to jail

for it. What surprises me is that the

struggle was recognised by the least

expected person in Nigeria. I had

thought that former President

Obasanjo who benefited from the

struggle would make June 12

Democracy Day but he didn’t. It is

now coming from President

Muhammadu Buhari, the least

expected person to make June 12

Democracy Day.

I have always said that there is no

alternative to democracy even

though that today, 20 years after, I’m

disillusioned with the manner of

democracy in Nigeria. I had

expected that by now, Nigeria

should have passed this era of

corrupt politicians who don’t think

about the masses, who think about

their own pockets alone, I had

thought that by now, oppression,

Abacha

killings and banditry would be a

thing of the past.

I’ve even being victimised by a

government that gave me a job. I was

given a job and for 20 months, I was

not sworn in by the government for

the job it gave me. I’m a chieftain of

APC and I’m saying that this is a

chance for PMB to make the

•Abiola

necessary change he promised

Nigerians. The president

should shine his eyes and look

inwards. There are bad people all

around him. Nigerians are not happy

with him and he should be aware of

it. He is not young and those around

him are taking advantage of the

weakness in his age to mess him

up. Good leaders operate best in the

There are bad

people all around

him. Nigerians

are not happy

with him and he

should be aware

of it. He is not

young and those

around him are

taking advantage

of the weakness

in his age to

mess him up

Continues on pg 11

40s, 50s

and 60s

but Buhari

is in his

70s and no

longer as

strong as

he used to

be.

Nigerians

still have

confidence

in him to

make a

change

and if he

doesn’t get

it right this

time, it will

be bad for

him. It is

not good

for him to

find himself in the wrong side of

history.

I’m disillusioned with democracy

after 20 years. Many of us suffered

and some even died. I was put in the

worst prisons ever. I was held in

solitary confinement at Bame

Prisons. I didn’t know I would come


SATURDAY Vanguard, JUNE 15, 2019—11

Continues from pg 10

out alive but I did. I’m disappointed

by the democracy we have today but

military rule is not an alternative. I

know what I went through as the

arrow-head of the oil workers.

I had thought that Obasanjo would

recognise June 12 as Democracy

Day but he didn’t. He obviously had

a hidden agenda and now, it’s

Buhari of all persons that is

recognising June 12 as Democracy

Day. My only advice to Buhari is that

he should fight the evil going on in

the country. There is so much

oppression going on, so much lying,

victimisation, killings, banditry.

These issues should be tackled.

Buhari should make the best of his

last four years and come out as a

hero.

I had an experience in September

2017. The Minister of Labour, Chris

Ngige called me and said, my great

Comrade, congratulations, you have

been appointed the chairman of

NSITF. He said it was the Acting

President that made the appointment

and would need the President’s

signature. He went to Buhari and the

President asked him to swear in

Kokori. But the bad people in the

Villa that sell victimisation positions

obstructed everything. That was the

beginning of the whole saga about

the NSITF.

I was happy my Comrades came

out and fought for me when my

name was changed 24 hours to

swearing in. If they could do that to

Frank Kokori, that shows what they

can do to the common.

We should not give up on Nigeria

and I think this is the time for Buhari

to work and ensure his name is

written in history as a man who

brought Nigeria out of the land of

bondage. He should stop the

killings, the banditry, the corruption

and oppression going on in the land.

It goes beyond the dateline of June

12 to imbibing the tenets of

democracy. So Buhari should put

Nigeria in good shape in the next

four years or he would be in the

wrong side of history.

He should protect

democracy.

When you said you

are in the village, I

was a bit scared

because of herdsmen

activities and banditry,

kidnappings which

mostly happen in

villages.

I am a grassroots

person, even in the

heart of the Niger-

Delta, nobody will

kidnap me. I’ve been in

the village for many

years, I go to Lagos or

Abuja and come back.

Kidnapping is not

happening around my

village although they

operate in bushes and

villages, but they are

not in my area.

Former President

Obasanjo did say that

President Buhari has a Fulanisation

and Islamisation agenda. Not too

long ago, some retired generals and

elder statesmen toed the same line

and even took the matter to the UK,

what do you think is going on?

I would have

overthrown

Abacha if . . .

Obasanjo was expected to do the

right thing but he didn’t. If he had

restructured the country which was

Afenifere and NADECO’s agenda,

these things wouldn’t be happening.

We gave the restructuring agenda to

Obasanjo but he did nothing with it.

He focused on his very selfish

interests, on being a president for life

and getting a third term. I am very

close to Obasanjo but do you know

why Obasanjo did not give me a job

and subsequent governments did not

give me a job? Do I take him serious?

Obasanjo didn’t give me a job

because my integrity which I’m not

ready to compromise even when in

government. My integrity would

have been a great asset in developed

countries but is an albatross here.

Elsewhere in the world, freedom

fighters get jobs like Mandela came

out of prison to became a president

and in other places, prisoners of

conscience come out of prison and

get rewarded, but Obasanjo on

mounting the saddle did not give me

a job. It was only Buhari that gave me

a job but his cabal tried to stop it.

That is what is going on in Nigeria.

This country would

have gone far in

developmental

issues. We wouldn’t

be talking about

these mischief,

kidnappings,

killings, herdsmen

or banditry by now.

When you practice

Obasanjo didn’t

give me a job

because my integrity

which I’m not ready

to compromise even

when in government.

My integrity would

have been a great

asset in developed

countries but is an

albatross here

true federalism,

these problems

wouldn’t be here. It

was when

Obasanjo had nine

months to go that

he said he was

going for

constitution review.

When Jonathan

had 6 months or 3

months to go, he

started talking

about constitution

review. Is that how

to do it?

Or perhaps like

Obasanjo said, the

problem with Nigeria has become

internationalised and could no

longer be solved locally...

What has Britain got to with it? So,

in my Delta State here, someone

would come and Fulanise me or

Islamise me? Who will come to

your state in Anambra to

Fulanise or Islamise you? I

was in Bama Prison, most of

the people there were

Muslims, about 90%. I

practised my Christianity in the

prison, nobody forced us to

practice Islam even though we

were few Christians there. We

had few Igbo, Yoruba boys and

me. We practiced our Christianity

and held our services under

the tree. Forget those

talks, nobody

will do

anything,

let

them

try it,

let

them

come to

Delta

or

Onitsha

to

Islamise

the

people.

They

are just

selfish

grandstanding people. They are

deceiving the people. They had

opportunity to do the right thing but

they didn’t. Obasanjo had eight

years to restructure Nigeria but did

nothing. Goodluck Jonathan was •Buhari

there for 5 years but did nothing.

What are they saying now?

Everybody shouted but Obasanjo did

nothing? He retired 120 officers he

perceived as threat to him, why was

he protecting himself and not the

country?

Is that how to do it? The American

constitution that we copied, is that

how they do it? It is never done. How

can someone have eight years and

do nothing? So, what is he saying

now? And which elders went to UK to

do what? Where were they all these

while? It’s an insult to Nigeria to take

our matter to UK. Is Britain our

father? That is rubbish distraction

and an insult to Nigeria.

So, what is your assessment of

herdsmen menace, bandits, Boko

Haram, killings going on

everywhere in Nigeria, kidnappings.

If you think Islamisation is

impossible, what could they be?

That is why I said Buhari

should shine his eyes. Buhari is not

acting fast. He is too slow for my

liking. He should act fast and have

good people around him. This idea

of putting only his tribes people in

positions of governance is not doing

Nigeria good. The cabal around him

are not helping matters either. He

should select good Nigerians. As

dictatorial as Babangida was, he had

eyes for good people in Nigeria.

Buhari should do that and forget this

idea of picking people from his own

tribe and religion only. As I said, four

years are what Buhari has to become

a hero or go down in the bad side of

history. If he does not put Nigeria in

good shape and in the path of justice

and equity for the people, he will be

on the wrong side of history but I

want him on the right side of history.

Many think Nigeria is an accident

waiting to happen. Do you perceive

any likelihood of implosion?

Obviously, that’s what could

happen if nothing is done to tackle

the problems besieging the country.

If people are being cheated

anywhere in the world, that’s what

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12—SATURDAY Vanguard, JUNE 15, 2019

Continues from pg 11

happens. An implosion will happen

or why did we go for June 12

struggle? It is because the military

was cheating us. Nobody put them

there, they put themselves and were

cheating Nigerians. That’s why we

went for June 12 struggle. Talking is

not enough. Action speaks louder

than words and that was what June

12 struggle was about. We were

saying enough is enough and that is

what struggle is all about. During

June 12, journalists suffered. There

was the militant press and they were

banned, they were shut down. I still

remember those magazines: The

News, Tempo, Punch, Guardian,

Concord. They all joined the

struggle. But now, everywhere has

been monetised, every institution has

been monetised including

Journalists, Labour leaders. They

have been monetised. The police

and the judiciary are the problems

we have in this country.

The declaration of June 12 as

Democracy Day is much deeper than

we think. The annulment of the

election, considered Nigeria’s freest

ever, and the detention of Abiola led

to major protests and strikes by

workers’ unions. NUPENG launched

a nationwide strike in 1994

condemning the annulment and

demanding that Abiola be freed and

inaugurated. I was arrested in

August of the same year and

detained without charges by the Sani

Abacha military government. I was

put in solitary confinement in Bama

Prison. I was released in 1998 when

General Abdulsalam Abubakar, who

succeeded Abacha came into power

and ordered my release as well as

that of other detained political

activists and journalists.

I was declared Prisoner of

Conscience by the late Nelson

Mandela and Pope Saint John Paul

II in 1997 and the International

Labour Organisation (ILO), Amnesty

International (AI) declared me

prisoner of conscience between

August 1994 and June 1998.

Now, knowing where I am coming

from, you should know how it feels to

be messed with by a man like Dr

Chris Ngige. It is a terrible thing in

our democracy for certain people to

hijack the process and destroy the

tenets of democracy.

You talked about monetisation, are

you aware that NLC we have today

is no longer as strong as it used to be

and cannot lead a struggle?

Forget about that. The NLC in my

days betrayed me and betrayed the

June 12 struggle. So, I used the oil

workers to fight that battle. When I

talked in the National Executive

Council, they betrayed me. Most of

them were bribed, that was why

NUPENG and PENGASSAN, the oil

workers took over the struggle. Do

you know the efforts we made? That

was why they locked me up. Did

NLC then fight for me? It was only

NUPENG that fought for me. The

leadership of NLC at that time

betrayed me, betrayed the revolution

that I was leading. In fact, we were

succeeding. We were almost taking

out the military by force. We were

close to removing Abacha. If I wasn’t

captured, in a matter of weeks, that

government would have fallen. The

military were getting in touch with us

at the time and we were succeeding.

I would have

overthrown

Abacha if . . .

The civilians alone cannot overthrow

government, the military must be

part of a revolution. The ordinary

man with placards cannot succeed in

a revolution, the military must be

part of a revolution.

Democracy is what

reigns now and

nonody looks forward

to a military

revolution anymore.

It is global and no

reasonable person

should call for it. The

people at the helm of

affairs are also ex

military.

Whenever there is

confusion, the military

is split into two, even

the June 12 struggle,

the military was part

of it but these are

private things to me

which I cannot talk

about in the open and

it is only the

organised labour that

could bring such

situations to the

country.

Look at how the

organised labour stood

up for me during the NSITF saga. I

tried to stop them but they refused.

That is what Labour could do in a

•OBJ, Jonathan

bad situation. The oil union was mad

at government as in how can you do

that to their father? How can Kokori

be oppressed at this stage? It’s the

Acting President and the President

that appointed me

the chairman of

NSITF, not Wabba.

Wabba did not know,

yet, he went on air

and said what

wasn’t true.

Everybody wants

me to come and talk

Abacha died

under his

circumstances and

that is why he is

paying. Others who

have been indicted

are not paying.

Nigeria has the

highest number of

rogue politicians in

the world

on air, I tried to

mount pressure on

the organised

labour against

doing what they did

for me so that

nobody would say

that Kokori at 75 is

still fomenting

trouble but I

couldn’t stop them.

I guess, if the

dead could laugh,

all those who are

part of June 12

struggle that have

died would be

roaring with

laughter in their

graves...

No, they would be crying that after

20 years of democracy, Nigeria is still

in mess. They will be happy that

June 12 is now Democracy Day but

when they see what’s going on in

Nigeria, they will cry. Poverty has

gone haywire in these 20 years of

democracy. The only thing is that

they won’t lock you up anyhow

anymore and if they did, you would

go to court to challenge them. After

two or three weeks, they would

release you even when you have

stolen N20bn or N40bn.

But even the dead, like former

Head of State, General Abacha is

still sending alerts from the grave...

It’s not only Abacha that stole

money, others did and they need to

pay up too. Abacha died under his

circumstances and that is why he is

paying. Others who have been

indicted are not paying. Nigeria has

the highest number of rogue

politicians in the world. All the

people around him, the only person

who is not making money is Buhari

himself which I think is inbuilt in

him. That’s why I said he

should shine his eyes or these

people will ruin his name. Any

president must give security job to

his people. You don’t compromise

that, some would even put their sons

as the head of their security. But he

must keep his eyes on them.

What’s your thought of the new

Democracy Day?

I congratulate Nigerians. Most of

us who fought for June 12 know what

it means. May 29 means nothing to

Nigerians. It was a cheap

contraption which was promoted by

the then President Obasanjo and was

reflected in his style of leadership.

Obasanjo is that kind of person.

Anything he wants is what he does.

He doesn’t take counter-opinions

from citizens.

But you are not saying that 20

years of democracy is a waste?

No. I said I’m disillusioned by 20

years of democracy but there is no

alternative to democracy. I had

expected things to be better in a

democracy but unfortunately, they

are not.


SATURDAY Vanguard, JUNE 15, 2019—13

•Senate President Ahmed Lawan •Femi Gbajabiamila •Ekweremadu •Omo-Agege

Why PDP’s late endorsement

failed to deliver Ndume, Bago

By Dirisu Yakubu

ABUJA- The Peoples Democratic

Party, PDP’s bid to foil

Presidency’s choice of the

leadership of the 9th National Assembly

inaugurated last Tuesday failed woefully,

much to the surprise of the two

lawmakers they belatedly endorsed less

than twenty-four hours to the elections.

In the early hours of Tuesday, the

leadership of the party issued a statement

urging lawmakers elected on its platform

to vote Senator Ali Ndume and Hon.

Umar Mohammed Bago as Senate

President and Speaker of the House of

Representatives respectively in a move

aimed at frustrating the All Progressives

Congress, APC from having its way once

again. They were also concerned of what

becomes our democracy where the

Legislature becomes a tool of the

Executive and the Judiciary is cowed.

The ruling party as well as the Presidency

preferred Senator Ahmed Lawan and

Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila for the two

exalted offices.

However, unlike in 2015 when the PDP

acted in unison with some aggrieved

members of the APC in both the Senate

and the House to produce Bukola Saraki

and Yakubu Dogara as Senate President

and Speaker of the House of

Representatives respectively; the plot this

time failed as Lawan polled a total of 79

votes, with Ndume garnering a paltry 28.

The story was no different in the House

where PDP-backed Bago could only

manage a total of 76 votes while

Gbajabiamila carried the day with a

whopping 283 votes.

The outcome of the elections, Saturday

Vanguard gathered was to be expected

following what a chieftain of the PDP who

craved anonymity labelled the party’s

inability to come up with a Plan B.

According to him, the party was all along

rooting for former Gombe state

governor, Danjuma Goje for the Senate

Presidency seat, adding that his late

withdrawal from the race left the PDP

with little or no time to agree on a

consensus.

He added that Goje’s decision to support

Lawan, left lawmakers elected on the

platform of the PDP with no option but to

vote in accordance with the dictates of

their conscience.

He said: “We wanted Goje but he chose

not to go into the contest at the eleventh

hour. The party quickly called

stakeholders’ meetings to determine a

particular direction but at those meetings,

it was clear a consensus was going to be

very difficult.

”Our Senators and House memberselect

met with party

stakeholders including

our governors but we knew

we were going into a tough

test.

“Ndume became the most

suitable option after that

owing largely to the fact

that apart from us

believing in his ability to

be his own man, he was

also our former member.

We directed our members

and his (Ndume)

colleagues in the red

chamber to show him

solidarity but it is clear

now that some ignored this

directive. It came too late.

They decided to vote for

Lawan.”

The Money factor

Lawan who represents

Yobe North at the Senate

was his party choice for the exalted seat

in 2015, losing however to the sheer

political artistry of Saraki who alongside

his supporters, left the Remote Sensing

Our Senators and

House memberselect

met with

party stakeholders

including our

governors but we

knew we were

going into a tough

test

expert-turned politician in the lurk. It

was not unexpected therefore that four

years later, President Buhari kept faith in

him and urged the party to rally support

for him.

While the endorsement by the APC

leadership may have played it part in the

emergence of eventual winners

allegations of some kind of inducement

may not easily be dismissed with a wave

of the hand. As the story goes, Ndume

relied largely on his goodwill, unable to

match his opponent in other areas critical

in winning elections in Nigeria. The rest

as they say is history.

In the House, Public Relations allegedly

mattered in the election too. While there

have been attempts at dismissing these

claims, images of the said credit cards

have since been made

public.

Omo-Agege’s

emergence as DSP

It was not only the office

of the Senate President

that was in contention as

the ruling APC also

clinched the Deputy

Senate President’s seat in

style. Few days to the

election, Senator Francis

Alimikhena (APC, Edo

North) was bookmakers’

favourite for the plum

office. 24 hours later to

the election however, he

chickened out of the race

due to pressure allegedly

mounted on him by party

chairman, Adams

Oshiomhole who played a

major role in getting the

party’s choices elected. He

was dogged in his roles.

The former labour leader turned in the

direction of Senator Ovie Omo-Agege

who would go on to defeat his only

opponent and immediate past DSP, Ike

Ekweremadu, despite his alleged role in

the theft of the mace, the symbol of the

parliament in 2018.

Oshiomhole, this medium gathered, was

not prepared to gift his detractors more

arsenals to continue to press for his

removal as party chairman. Thus, victory

for Alimikhena would have led credence

to the call for his exit as it could raise

concern in many areas to have the DSP

and chairman from the state of Edo.

Ekweremadu again!

Until he was nominated to vie against

Senator Omo-Agege on the floor of the

red chamber that fateful Tuesday, the

aspiration (if any) of Senator Ike

Ekweremadu was kept close to his chest.

He was DSP twice to former Senate

President, David Mark and won a third

shot in 2015. So, no one was taken aback

that Ekweremadu’s name never came up

for mention in the race for one of the

highly coveted political offices in the

land.

At the end of balloting, Ekweremadu was

shellacked (to borrow the coinage of ex-

United States President, Barack Obama)

losing to Omo-Agege who polled 68 votes

to the Enugu West representative’s 37.

The defeat in the words of a PDP chieftain

could have been averted if only the part

planned in time and acted in one spirit.

Coming short of accusing the party of

gifting Omo-Agege the seat on a platter

despite the credibility burden occasioned

by the mace narrative, the opposition

figure said he believed some lessons have

been learned.

“There is a time for everything and this

is all I can say concerning the Office of

the Deputy Senate President’s contest.

We thought we had a chance but after our

meetings, we realized we had zero

chances because we knew what some of

our people were going to do,” he added.


14—SATURDAY Vanguard, JUNE 15, 2019

By Emma Amaize, Regional

Editor, South-South

CHEVRON Nigeria Limited, CNL,

whose most important operations are

in oil-rich Delta state have had it

rough in recent times with the people of

Kokodiagbene, an Ijaw community in Warri

South-West Local Government Area, laying

siege to the company’s Otunana Flow Station.

This was shortly after natives of Ugborodo,

an Itsekiri town in Escravos area, also held

the firm to ransom over age-long demands

for social amenities.

The incongruity between Chevron and

Kokodiagbene, which had raged for many

years, is that workers of the American oil

company working at its flow station, a little

distance from the settlement, enjoy 24-hour

electricity, but the people from whose land

the resources emanate lived in darkness.

Successive governments of Delta state

and even the Nigerian Army, had

intervened in the dispute with no

resolution.

Calculated plot

Last month (May), unknown to

Chevron, affected oil communities

“ganged up” to give the firm

“truckload of trouble” with

Kokodiagbene as the arrowhead.

The plan was to cripple the

company’s operations in the state

since it allegedly did not want to

provide succor to the people.

Consequently, on May 22,

residents of Kokodigbene kickstarted

the plot by shutting down

operations of the company’s

Otunana flow station in its territory.

The demands of the women and

youths, who took over the facility, were

extension of electricity from the flow

station to the community, provision of

potable water and healthcare

facilities.

Other Ijaw communities were

to follow suit, but the game

plan leaked to the Deputy

Governor of the state, Barr

Kingsley Otuaro, who chairs

the Delta State Advocacy

Committee Against

Vandalism of Oil and Gas

Facilities.

Botched 2017 attempt

It was not the first time

Kokodiagbene people fell

out with the company. In

fact, it had become a regular

occurrence. Sometime in

February 2017, the villagers

served what they termed a

final notice to the state

government of their plan to

occupy the flow station,

citing the company’s

inability to supply them

electricity.

The villagers had stormed

the flow station on February

1, that year, and given the

company a 14-day

ultimatum to commence

the process of extending

electricity to the host

community.

They also threatened to

relocate to the flow station to enjoy electricity

together with the staff of the company.

Concerned by the crisis which escalated

rather than ebb, the Commanding Officer,

19 Battalion, Nigerian Army, Koko, Warri

North local government area, Lieutenant

Colonel M. A Maaji, waded into the

protracted affair.

However, the state government through the

then Secretary to the State Government, SSG,

Mr. Festus Agas, invited community leaders

and CNL to a meeting at Asaba, February 20.

Former chair of the community, Comrade

Sheriff Mulade, told Saturday Vanguard, that

the people were not happy with the manner

the state government was handling the matter.

”Enough is enough, we, the peace loving

people of Kokodiagbene community have

been pushed to the wall hence we are giving

a final notice of relocation to Utonana flow

station to Governor Ifeanyi Okowa and the

Chief of Army Staff.”

” We sincerely, once again, appeal to

Chevron to respect the agreement and kindly

connect us to electricity. We are also aware

that Chevron is planning to give us a bad

name in order to tarnish our image as a peace

loving people.

“We have honoured and respected all

constituted authorities in respect of our

peaceful demand for electricity from Chevron,

but it is now very clear that all efforts to make

the American oil company do the needful

peacefully had failed. Therefore, we have

no option than to relocate and join Chevron

staff at Utonana flow station to enjoy light with

Breather for Chevron as Delta

negotiates ceasefire with

enraged oil communities

them

because light is life.

“It is unfortunate that multinationals

operating in Nigeria dictate the pace for our

government as a result of lack of political will

and corruption and it is very clear that he who

pays the piper dictates the tune.

”There is no political will to develop core

oil producing host communities, particularly

in the riverside communities like

Kokodiagbene. It is very sad to note that

government never encouraged those

maintaining and creating conducive

environment for sustainable peace in Delta

State, rather government is playing politics

with host communities’ development.

” We call on Governor Okowa to

specifically focus on core riverine host

communities’ development because we have

been shortchanged for too long with the

insensitivity of government to our plight,” he

added.

Otuaro takes over negotiations

This time around, May 22, 2019, the people

perfected their action plan and were not ready

to leave the flow station unless CNL and

government attended to their demands and

they kept secret the plan of other communities

to join by shutting down more flow stations.

The state governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa,

sent his deputy, Barr Otuaro to resolve the

dispute, which came at a time some militants

threatened to declare a Republic of Niger

Delta.

Otuaro, who relocated to Warri for the time

•Stak

akeholder

eholders s suspicious despite e hopeful peace deal

being first held a peace meeting, May 31,

with leaders of the warring communities

from Egbema and Gbaramatu kingdoms, not

just Kokodiagbene at Governor’s Office

Annex, Warri

He said at the meeting, ”I want to appeal

to Kokodiagbene community to please oblige

us a re-opening of the flow station. What we

now need afterwards is strategic engagement

to be able to achieve demands of the oilbearing

communities.”

”We would have to set up a platform for

dialogue with all stakeholders in attendance.

We would have to look into this employment,

infrastructure demands one after the other and

benchmark each on possibilities and delivery

time-lines to make headway, and all of these

will require time and patience”

Chevron’s representative, Mr Brikin

Esimaje, however said the oil company was

open to dialogue on the demands of the

community.

Chair of protesting Kokodiagbene

community, Mr Uyadongha Poweide, had

earlier listed demands of his community to

include electricity, pipe-borne water, cottage

hospital, foreshore protection, conversion of

casual workers to permanent staff, royalty for

land acquisition among others.

The community chair said his people had

shut down and occupied the Otunana flow

station due to CNL’s adamant posture to their

demands.

Kokodiagbene people, however, acceded to

the deputy governor’s plea to vacate the

company to enable it resume operations.

CNL’s dilemma

Findings by Saturday Vanguard

showed that Chevron was

hamstrung, over the years, on

extension of electricity to

Kokodiagbene and other

communities demanding

for it because it was a

huge capital project

that the federal

government has to

take a lion share, but

which the

government had

not showed

e n o u g h

commitment.

A f t e r

discussions with

CNL on its

dilemma,

Otuaro took up

the matter with the federal government

through the Vice President, Prof Yemi

Osinbajo.

•Gov Okowa

Cheering news

At a follow-up meeting

with the community and

other stakeholders,

penultimate Thursday, the

deputy governor

announced to the delight of

the communities that the

federal government had

approved a new power

project that will address

the electricity demand of

over 50 riverine

communities in Escravos

and environs in Warri

South-West and Warri

North local government

areas of the state.

He said the state

government facilitated the

process, adding, “The two

projects for Egbema and

Gbaramatu Kingdoms are

in addition to what the

Delta State Government

had already done in the riverine areas as a

responsible and responsive government.”

Ambush by Ijaw communities

Before the meeting, the deputy governor had

to settle the grievances of Kpalakpalabou and

Polobubor, two Ijaw communities in Warri

The villagers had

stormed the flow

station on February 1,

that year, and given

the company a 14-day

ultimatum to

commence the

process of extending

electricity to the host

community

North, whose natives took over the gate of

the Governor’s Office Annexe, Warri, on that

Thursday morning, spitting fire against

Chevron.

They complained that billows of smoke from

a Chevron well-head that caught fire, killed

an asthma patient earlier in the day even as

the resultant oil spill polluted drinking waters

and made children sick in the communities.

National President of Polobubor, Mr Ebilate

Mac-Yoroki, who led what the Deputy

Governor described as “a peaceful and mature

protest and articulation of demands”, said the

community wants the intervention of the Delta

State government.

He bemoaned, “Chevron remained

adamant to the fires raging since April 18,

2019 with no visit to assess damages, no relief

materials to the people who were getting

critically ill daily with no medical team sent

to attend to health needs”.

Otuaro, who said the Delta State

government was a listening one, promised that

government would constitute a delegation

with Chevron to visit the site on or before

Tuesday (four days ago) to see things and look

into the issues with a view to addressing them.

Chevron relieved, commends Delta govt

General Manager, Policy and Government

Affairs, CNL, Mr Brikins Esimaje, who

attended the meeting, said the company

would keep faith with and increase funding

for the its Regional Development Councils,

including the Egbema/Gbaramatu

Development Council/Foundation, to enable

it deliver more projects for the communities.

Esimaje explained Chevron may not do a

duplication in power projects in the area,

stressing it was already a 40 per cent

financial sponsor of the Federal

Government-approved Power project for

Escravos and environs billed to benefit over

50 communities.

He thanked the Delta State government,

which through Otuaro facilitated the Federal

Government’s approval of the project.

The CNL manager noted that if previous

state governments had intervened in the

manner of the Okowa/Otuaro administration,

the crises and meetings over it would have

been unnecessary. Chevron tasked the Niger

Delta Development Commission (NDDC) on

its development obligations in the company’s

host communities in the Warri area even as

the general manager hinted that the company

would engage leadership of the communities

to fill employment chances.

Esimaje boasted that the company’s ”RDC

model, now being recommended by the

Federal Government (FG) for companies in

their areas of operation, has

seen the Comrade Jude

Ukori-led Egbema

Gbaramatu Regional

Development Council/

Foundation (EGRDCF)

achieve 18 projects in 2018

alone”.

The company tasked the

Niger Delta Development

Commission, NDDC,

regarding its development

obligations in its host

communities in the Warri

area, saying that it would

engage leadership of the

communities to fill

employment chances.

Pinch of salt

Some community leaders,

who reacted to the promises,

took them with a pinch of

sale, saying they bore no

specifics, describing them

“as the usual talk and no

results from the company.”

Spokesman of

Gbaramatu Kingdom, Chief Godspower

Gbenekama, while urging the Delta State

government to be urgent about more projects

for the oil- bearing area, advised

communities still threatening to pull out of

EGRDCF to remain as same was one good

thing from Chevron.


SATURDAY Vanguard, JUNE 15, 2019 — 15

Tension in Ejigbo community, monarch,

indigenes, clash over “Omagbo” festival

•Council seals shrine, places armed police on standby

By Olasunkanmi Akoni

As part of measures to prevent

possible break down of law and

order, management of Ejigbo Local

Council Development Area, LCDA,

Lagos State, has sealed a shrine,

following unresolved differences

between community members and the

monarch, the Ojon of Ejigbo, Oba,

Murufudeen Adekunle over hosting of

“Omagbo” traditional Festival in the

area.

This development has indeed, led to

a rising tension among indigenes and

inhabitants in the community.

Genesis of crisis

Narrating the genesis of the crisis to

Saturday Vanguard, an indigene, Mrs

Remilekun Balogun said the issue

started after the demise of the Chief

Priest of “Omagbo” Festival, who often

performed the rites before the

celebration could take place. According

to her, the remains of the Chief Priest

was yet to be buried as at press time

and it requires that the body be buried

before the festival could hold by another

recognized Priest. “The process had not

been done, but the Monarch insisted

that the Festival must hold without

burying the former Priest.”

However, the community rose against

the move of the Monarch, and

threatened to stop the festival.

Consequently, the council, the police

Those jeopardizing our democracy didn’t pay any price

for June 12 — Igini

•Explains why Nigerian youths must take their destiny in their hands

Mr. Mike Igini, lawyer, pro-democracy activist

and Akwa Ibom State Resident Electoral

Commissioner, REC, of the Independent National

Electoral Commission, INEC, was one of those who

fought for the actualization the June 12, 1993

presidential election won by late business mogul,

Chief MKO Abiola. He shares his thoughts, 26

years after that historic poll, and outlines how Nigeria

can deepen her democracy with lessons learned

from June 12.

By Clifford Ndujihe

His take on the Federal Government’s

institution of June 12 Democracy Day instead

of May 29

It is my view that it is a watershed decision that

we had commended. Decades from now, when

many governments would have been forgotten,

this is one of the touchstones by which this

administration will be remembered because it is

an initiative anchored on an ideal that transcends

political leanings, it is a compact of faith that we

all agree to abide by as a system of democratic

governance. You see, of all the definitions of

governance that I am familiar with, the one that

resonates most with me is that by Kaufmann,

Kraay and Mastruzzi, which states that

governance is the traditions and institutions by

which authority in a country is exercised for the

common good.

Thus by casting this democratic commitment

in stone to be commemorated on a permanent

basis on June 12 every year, it connotes that we

have all accepted to remind ourselves yearly on

that date, of our commitment to be a country

where the traditions and institutions by which

authority in our country are exercised for the

common good, shall always be democratic

institutions and traditions. It is a fitting day, given

the historical democratic consensus by which

Nigerians from all parts of the country voted in the

majority for one party, with the flag bearers on a

Muslim-Muslim ticket on June 12 1993,

reminding all of us that we can all rise above the

socially constructed and other natural divisions

in our country. Having committed to this ideal,

we must move forward with the policy options

that different political groups offer, on how best to

operate in these democratic traditions and

institutions by periodically choosing those who

can best practice what they preach in free, fair and

credible elections.

You were one of those who through student

and the court stepped in,” she narrated.

Also an indigene, Wasiu Odeyemi

corroborated Mrs Balogun’s position

and assured that the community will

abide by the status quo order, pending

the final determination of the matter,

even as he called on stakeholders to

maintain peace and order in the interest

of the community, Lagos and Nigeria

in general.

The Festival

The Omagbo, which is as an “Orisha”

deity, is sacred, so also the festival,

rites and rituals that associated with

it. It has ancient traditions that must

be respected with utmost sincerity by

both the custodian and all the

indigenes of the community. Failure

to uphold the traditions is considered

a taboo in the community and it is

believed that such situation may bring

calamity to the community. It is a

festival celebrated every five years and

it is obligatory for the indigenes.

Council speaks

Speaking at atown meeting,

Thursday afternoon, the council

chairman, Monsurudeen Bello, in

company of other executive members

of the council, accompanied by armed

policemen stormed the community

with an appeal to maintain peace and

order amidst charged atmosphere. He

assured the people that adequate

measures had been taken for

protection of lives and property.

union activism fought against the annulment

of June 12, 1993 presidential election. What

really happened then and will you do the same

given the same circumstances today?

What happened then was that, we as presidents

of our respective student bodies recognized that

the Nigerian people voted for a leadership, but an

unelected leader, that even created a convulated

ambience that Nigerians decided to turn into

opportunity for freedom from military rule and

voted in that peaceful election unlike the ones we

are having these days, decided that his whim was

bigger than the sovereignty of the people.

Having articulated the scenario and its portent,

we recognized that it was a turning point for us

as a people to assert our common will and the

right to choose our own leaders. Abiola was the

focus, the nidus for our common cause and he

played the role of a leader, a rallying point without

letting the people down. For his resolute position,

he was made to pay the supreme price. As I have

often restated on this occasion every year, it is

unfortunate that many who enjoy the best benefits

of democracy today would have sold us off at the

mere threat of a quarter of what Abiola was made

to pass through, yet many pontificating on their

attributes, some even had the temerity to question

the notion that Abiola and June 12 should be

commemorated, many of them do not even know

what democracy means to us and why we will do

everything to preserve it because of the sacrifices

many made to ensure that democracy takes root

in Nigeria.

For instance, all the final year students who

should have graduated in 1993 lost that year from

struggling with military rule. Those who

undermine the current democratic processes for

selfish ends often do so only because many have

a very short memory of the struggle and many

others witnessed it only from a distance. Those

who paid profound cost for the June 12 struggle

know why they tolerate the excesses of those who

find themselves in positions of leadership today,

who were not part of the struggle. They know that

many such people got democratic leadership by

luck or opportunism rather than struggle so they

can afford to be careless and to put the democratic

practice and institutions in jeopardy, they can

afford to toy with our national aspirations, and

our lofty values because they did not have to hold

the burning metals of torch of the democratic

struggle in Nigeria when life and limb were at

stake.

When MKO Abiola came back from London, I

A scene along Lagos-Badagry expressway yesterday.

At the shrine, located opposite

Ejigbo Central Mosque, Bello , urged

the people not to panic at the unusual

presence of armed security men in the

area as they were being deployed to

ensure their safety and property.

He explained that the measure

became necessary following obvious

disregard to a subsisting court order

on the ban to maintain status quo

pending determination of the

substantive case filed by the Nigeria

Police.

led a team of other activists we went to meet him

because the student body in UNIBEN had decided

to name the new Student Union Complex the

June 12 Building as it is called up till date. We felt

that since he had just returned to Nigeria it will

give great impetus a renewed momentum to the

struggle if he came personally to open the complex.

We found during private interactions with him

that he was resolutely committed to actualizing

the people’s mandate. He assured us that he will

not waver because he recognized that the issue

was no longer his personal matter anymore. He

pointedly said, “if this was just my personal

transaction it would be different, this issue is now

a matter of the Nigerian people and those who

stand against their democratic aspirations.”

He was such an intelligent man, his depth of

insight inspired strength. In those few moments,

I could see in the strength of his character why he

was able to conquer his spheres of influence.

Given the current state of democracy in

Nigeria, will you say that the kind of democracy

we have now was what you aspired for in 1993

as a student Union leader in UNIBEN?

Taking it from my earlier premise that democracy

is a qualifying adjective for a governance ideal

and governance is a set of regimes, traditions and

institutions for exercising authority for the

common good, we have to understand that we

need a consensus of vision about where we want

that ideal to lead us. If we go back to the preindependence

talks of Nigerian leaders in London,

our different peoples agreed that these traditions,

The council had earlier sealed up the

shrine in the wake of the crisis to find a

amicable resolution between the warring

parties.

The police later took over the matter after

a petition written by one Nureni Saula, a

member of one of the parties, raising an

alarm over impending breakdown of law

and order regarding the festival.

It was gathered that the police, upon

receipt of the petition and investigation,

filed a court case where Justice M.O

Tanimola ordered that status quo must be

maintained.

institutions and practices for exercising authority

should be anchored on a federal structure,

deviations from that notion has historically taken

us further apart and experience shows that going

back to that understanding helps our union better

as a nation.

Using the traditions and practices of

Democracy to govern ourselves is an aspirational

ideal, about how we take decisions through

institutions and regimes of transactions to

conduct our affairs such that rather than having

all Nigerian communities and nationalities sitting

down every Saturday or Sunday, for all 200 million

of us to decide how we will organize our defense,

produce food efficiently without cutting each

other’s throats, preserve our personal properties,

guarantee our spaces to be productive in etc, we

decide to elect representatives to make these

decisions on our behalf. Our founding father found

that when we follow a Federal structure to achieve

these decision making, more Nigerians are able

to participate by deciding more of the things that

affect them within their localities and are better

able to solve those problems quickly and effectively,

than when we have to send all or most problems

to Abuja or the state capitals. Even when we elect

representatives in these capitals, it does not mean

that we have given up the right to make these

decisions ourselves, we have only delegated that

right and we do it periodically through elections,

because if we all sit down to do it every Sunday it

is no longer feasible to reach quick decisions

because society and the diverse things we have to

do are now numerous and complex.

However, what we now find is that many who

have been so elected and appointed to meet this

goal believe that being delegated to represent the

people is an abdication, a relinquishing of the

peoples’ right, hence they now see their role as

owners of the people rather than their delegates.

This is why despite the insistence of the people

that the elected representatives should look at

better ways to make the system work for them you

will rather see some elected officials insisting they

know better what the people want in a

paternalistic manner.

Ask the people how they want electricity to be

delivered to them, how they want their votes to be

respected, how they want to be able to farm, fish,

be transported with government as an enabler

not a disabling agent; it is only when democratic

governance solves these day-to- day needs of

the people that it has utility.

While we can say that we are on the way to

that pathway, we are far from satisfied with what

we have and we need to do more as l have noted

in my recent lecture in Malawi, democracy is not

working at the level of the ordinary people at the

moment but only for the few ruling elites in African

countries.


16—SATURDAY Vanguard, JUNE 15, 2019


SATURDAY Vanguard, JUNE 15, 2019 — 17


18 — SATURDAY Vanguard, JUNE 15, 2019

New season of

Superstory set to hit

the airwaves

Wale Adenuga

Productions,WAP, has

announced that it has

concluded the recording of an

exciting brand-new season of

the popular Family TV Drama,

Superstory titled ‘Monica.’

According to Wale Adenuga

Jnr., producer of Superstory, “We

are really excited that we will

soon get to share Monica with

all our viewers. The story, like

most seasons of Superstory, is

based on true events and is

intended to teach people life

lessons by dramatising the

experiences of others.”

“For now, what I can tell you is

that this time, the area of focus

is the Nigerian TV and Film

Industry otherwise known as

Nollywood. Monica would hit

your screens on 4th of July,

2019. Save the date and

prepare to be thoroughly

shocked, enlightened, and of

course, entertained”.

‘Superstory: Monica’ was shot

in several attractive locations

across the country and the

fascinating story is brought to

life through excellent

performances by Chioma

Okafor, Zack Orji, Tina Mba,

Jibunna James, Stephanie

Zibili, Funsho Adeolu, Nobert

Young, Yemi Solade, Gloria

Young, Regina Chukwu, Akpan &

Oduma, Okey Jude, Kalu

Ikeagwu, Yomi Black, Jibola

Dabo, Ronke Ojo, Inem Peter,

and a host of others.

The multiple-award-winning

Superstory airs weekly to millions of

families across Nigeria, on

primetime, on three highly-rated

TV Channels: NTA Network, STV

and wapTV.

*Ara Thunder drops single, ‘Bojuboju’

Niki Tall: The Oyigbo Boy ready

to conquer African music

Continues from page 17

only recently, he dropped his first

ever album titled, ‘10 years’ to mark a

decade of his love for the Nigerian

music. The album release party

tagged, ‘ Niki Tall Live in Lagos’ and

held on the 26th of April, 2019, was a

clear attestation of the great impact this

Greek-German-born DJ cum singer is

making on the country’s vibrant music

scene.

The album’s artwork, capturing a young

man smiling and proudly showing you,

on smartphone, a video of himself about

10 years ago in his tiny bedroom making

music using the easiest tools, was the

first video, Niki Tall would upload to his

YouTube channel. He also has

some songs which he did in Nigerian

Language. Niki is bent on carving a

niche for himself in a foreign land, which

he is doing with Nigerian music covers.

Already, he has dropped five singles till

date. They were ‘Why you do me so’,

‘Back to sender’ featuring Rude bone, a

Nigerian artiste based in the UK, ‘ Be my

Baby, ‘Joy’, ‘Can't wait too’, all in

Nigerian vibes and flavour.

Explaining how he fell in love with

Nigerian music, Niki Tall, reportedly

said that he had developed passion for

Nigerian even before he became a DJ. “

Back in 2008, I met a Nigerian DJ in a

club and he sometimes played some

Afrobeat songs in between the normal

hip hop or dancehall music. I instantly

took a liking to the Afrobeat sound and

found out that they were mostly

Nigerian. I was totally hooked,” he was

quoted as saying.

For Niki Tall, his love for Nigerian

music is tremendous. He once said that

his dream was to become one of the

biggest singers on the shores of Africa

with Nigerian music. But how far he can

go in terms of achieving this dream is

a story for another day. But back in

Germany, Niki Tall acknowledged the

encouragement from Nigerians in that

country. It was such an encouragement

that helped to change his life. “I have

travelled to many countries where I

was invited to perform and if not for

Nigerians, I would have never gone

anywhere. Nigerian music has given

me an opportunity and I am grateful,”

he confessed.

Indeed, 9ice’s ‘Gongo Aso’ paved the

way for Niki’s emergence in the

Nigerian music

scene. Acknowledging this fact, the

Oyibo Boy said “ Those were the

beginning of my passion for Nigerian

music. I did a cover of the song on

YouTube which reached 175,000 views.

That is how 9ice became my favourite

Nigerian artiste. The song opened so

many gates for me and till date I am

still performing it on shows. I wish I

have the chance to thank him

personally.”

“ I have some influence from a lot of

artistes, not only Nigerian ones, but at

the end of the day I have to represent

myself and not to be an ‘Oyinbo’

version of any Nigerian act. You know

as a half-Greek, half-German doing

Afrobeat, I am a pioneer. I’m using this

to create my own authentic

sound,” he said in an interview.

While revealing that music runs in

his family blood, Niki cannot, however

deny the help he got from some

Nigerian DJ's who brushed him and

ushered him into the nation’s music

circle.

“Back then I had a Nigerian

girlfriend, so Nigeria is my adopted

country. One thing most people don't

know is that I do have my job aside

being a DJ, artiste and producer. I'm a

chemical technician in Germany too,”

he asserted. For anything, Niki Tall

is breaking new grounds and forging a

new frontier in his resolve to be part of

the success story of the African music,

which is gradually sweeping the

world.


SATURDAY Vanguard, JUNE 15, 2019—19

Editcted by

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onikoyi68@gmail.com

Can boobs open

doors?

Stella Idika answers

Fast-rising Nollywood actress, Stella Idika is undoubtedly becoming

the rave of the industry at the moment. Known for her roles in

movies like Empire, Soldier Boy, Woman In Me and Descendants of

Jezebel among others, the busty Public Administration graduate of

Lagos State University isn’t resting on her oars in her career pusuit.

In a chat with Juliet Ebirim, she shares her experiences, struggles

and hopes. Read on...

What are you currently

working on?

I’m working on a few projects.

The one I’m on presently is

titled “Ribbon”. It is at the

post-production level at the

moment and will be out soon.

Can you mention some of

the movies you’ve done?

Car Wash Babes, End Time

Choir, 24 Hours To My

Wedding, Insecure, The

Americana, My Bride Price,

Ikenna, Beware, Wounded, to

mention a few.

Most challenging role so

far?

The truth is that every movie

comes with its own challenge.

But none has really been too

tough for me to handle.

How has it been with you

generally?

Life has been fair enough. I

thank God so far, more

especially for the gift of life.

How would you describe

yourself?

I’m a simple and easy going

lady. I may not want to blow

my own trumpet, but I like to

refer to myself as generous,

industrious, God-fearing,

quiet and hardworking.

Going down memory lane...

How and when did you start

acting?

I started acting in 2004,

when I attended an audition

with a friend. As fate would

•Stella

have it, I got a role and the

roles kept coming afterwards.

Then I featured in movies like

Soldier Boys, Father Laz,

Campus Love, War In The

Church, Empire etc. But I took

a break from the industry for

a while to further my

education. I came back fully

in 2016.

How challenging has it

been so far?

There has been good

moments and terrible ones

too. Challenges are almost

inevitable and life as we know

it, is full of them. But God in

his mercy helps me to

overcome them all. There

were times when it looked like

my efforts were futile, but I’ve

come to realize that those

times helped to shapen and

groom me for what lies ahead.

Through life’s challenges, I’ve

been able to gain experiences

that help me to be better.

What’s your impression

•Stella

about Nollywood?

Nollywood is a fast growing

industry, quite complex and

promising too. Though we still

have a long way to go, there’s

room for evolution. Truth is,

the industry is better than

what it used to be some years

back and we have more

investors now willing to

improve the quality of the

movies we make. I believe in

a few years time, the industry

will become a lot better.

Would you turn down any

role?

Yes I would.

Why?

There are certain roles

I can’t take. For

example, going nude,

is a No No for me.

Asides that, I’m

good.

What’s the

worst rumor

you’ve heard

a b o u t

yourself?

There was

this time a

very close

friend of

mine told

someone

that I was

down with

an ailment and won’t be able

to face the camera again. She

said I couldn’t even step out

of my house because my skin

was peeling, just because she

wanted to take a role that was

meant for me. Surprisingly,

the rumour spread but it

wasn’t for long, but I was

always up and about my

business and people were

seeing me, so her lies were

quickly dismissed.

I may not want to blow my own trumpet, but I

like to refer to myself as generous, industrious,

God-fearing, quiet and hardworking

Any regrets...

So far, no regrets at all.

What’s that thing you

would change about yourself

if you had the power?

There’s absolutely nothing I

would change about myself...

I’m a unique being, one of a

kind. (Laughs)

Being a very busty person,

how have you been able to

handle the attention your

boobs draw to you?

(Laughs) I try as much as

possible not to pay attention

to whatever attention my

boobs draw to me. It’s a part

of my body just like the other

parts of my body.

Would you say they have

opened doors for you?

I didn’t know boobs have the

ability to do that. My open

doors is a result of God’s

mercies and grace, not boobs.

How can i possibly attribute

my success to a body part?

(Laughs)

Are you in a relationship at

the moment?

Of course I’m in a

relationship..

What attracted you to him?

His hard work and

generosity towards the needy.

He is family oriented, and of

course, good looking. (Winks)

Which is more important to

you; money, sex or good

looks?

They are all important oo...

(Laughs)

Moving on, what next for

you?

Making preparations for

more projects and

importantly, working on being

the best version of me. There

just has to be an evident

growth around and within me.


20—SATURDAY Vanguard, JUNE 15, 2019

Akin Alabi and Shina

Peller break new grounds

Owner of betting company,

Akin Alabi and Premium

night club boss, Shina

Abiola Peller, have shared first

pictures as Honorable members of

the 9th House of Representatives.

Akin Alabi represents Egbeda/

Ona Ara federal constituency,

while Shina Peller represents

Iseyin, Itesiwaju, Kajola and

Iwajowa, all in Oyo State.

The Quilox night club owner

polled 44,088 votes to win the seat

to represent his people at the

National Assembly under the All

Progressives Congress (APC).

NairaBet boss, Akin Alabi who is

also an author and motivational

speaker once contested

under the Peoples

Democratic Party

(PDP) for the same

position but lost in

2015.

Akin Alabi also shared

a picture with the new Speaker of

the House of Representatives, Hon.

Femi Gbajabiamila. He wrote:”Years

before I contested for a seat in the

House of Representatives, Mr

Speaker, Hon Femi Gbajabiamila

was a great supporter and mentor. He

is still mentoring me till today. Thank

you sir. I am backing you sir to

succeed in your new role”.

Ex-Taraba state first lady Hauwa

Suntai set to wed young millionaire

Hauwa, the wife of former governor of Taraba State,

late Danbaba D Suntai who died from brain injury

after crashing a private helicopter a few years ago, has

reportedly found love again and is about to get married.

The former governor became critically ill after he crashed

an helicopter in 2012, while he was still the Governor of

the state. He died in June 2017.

According to Hausa news platform, Rariya, Hauwa has

found love again with a younger man who is said to be a

millionaire. The couple are about to get married and their

pre-wedding photos have

been released.

Juliet Ebirim

08137897935

juliet.ebirim@gmail.com

Moët &Chandon is thrilled to announce its

annual Moët &Chandon Grand Day come June

22, 2019 , a day of sparkling celebrations around the

globe where, for 24 hours, in 80 regions worldwide,

friends and guests of the Champagne House will

come together to raise their champagne glasses in a

worldwide toast to the 150th anniversary of Moët

Impérial, a global icon of celebration since 1869.

This year, the 4th annual Moët &Chandon Grand

Day, will continue its festive tradition with a

grand lineup of events celebrating the epic

journey of Moët Impérial which, from the

world’s podiums to Hollywood’s red carpet, has

marked personal & public milestones launching

global celebratory traditions for 150 years. Moët

&Chandon will bring together over a million

people from New York City to Ibiza and London to

Tokyo, in a bubbling toast to its universal icon of

celebration. The dress code is gold and glam

for this event.

Founded in 1743, Moët &Chandon celebrates

the thrill of living.

Oba Tejuosho’s son classy

wedding

Oba

Dr. Adedapo Tejuosho,

the Osile Oke-Ona

Egba is one of Nigeria’s highly

revered first class monarchs.

The Tejuoshos known for

throwing classic parties had

reasons to celebrate few days

ago, when one of the handsome

Tejuosho princes walked down the

aisle in style.

The venue was Classic Event

Centre and the colorful ceremony

was the traditional wedding of

Prince Adedamola Bodunrin

Tejuosho, son of Oba Adedapo

Tejuosho and Princess

Oluwadamilola, the dashing

daughter of late Mr. Elijah

Otubaga from Ago-Iwoye. The

colorful traditional wedding

which was soaked in luxury had

prominent faces like Iyalode Alaba

Lawson, Senator Lanre Tejuosho,

the Tejuosho’s heir and others in

attendance.

The handsome groom, Prince

Adedamola who is a graduate of

Business Administration from

Bowen University looked regal in

his well tailored Yoruba traditional

attire. The beautiful bride, Princess

Oluwadamilola was the cynosure of

all eyes on her big day. Princess

Oluwadamilola, a graduate of

International Relations from

Covenant University looked every

inch a princess in her traditional

outfit. The icing on the cake is the

official solemnization of the wedding,

which took place at the The Chapel Of

Christ The Light, Alausa, Lagos. Some of

the top personalities at the church

wedding include Otunba Adekunle Ojora

and his beautiful wife, Erulu Ojuloape

Ojora, Ogun deputy governor, Engr. (Mrs)

Noimot Salako-Oyedele, General Oladipo

Diya (rtd) and so many others.

Mo Abudu’s daughter weds in

London

Daughter of Nigerian media

mogul, Mo Abudu, Temidayo

Abudu is the latest bride in town as

she sealed her union officially with

her beau, Ade Makanjuola.

Temidayo and Ade legally got

married at the Westminister House

Registry in Marylebone, London on

June 10.

The couple first had their

traditional wedding on March 24,

2019. The photos from the traditional

and white wedding set social media

buzzing as it was the trend for several

weeks. One of Nigeria’s topmost kings,

the Ooni of Ife was also present at the

beautiful occasion.

Pomp, gold, glamour as ‘Moet & Chandon Grand Day’ holds


By Tolulope Abereoje

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SATURDAY Vanguard, JUNE 15, 2019—21

Singer, Simi faults JAMB 160

cut-off mark

My rape experience has scared

me off men – Calabar Chic

Nollywood actress and comedienne,

StephIsuma popularly known as Calabar

Chic clocked 28 last Monday and while

reminiscing, she recounted how she was ‘mercilessly’

raped when she was just 14 and she also attempted to

take her own life on several occasions.

While sharing a beautiful picture of herself in a floral

two-piece attire, she left many people teary-eyed as

she narrated how she went from struggling to go

through life to conquering her fears.

“Struggling with PTSD from some of the worst

experiences of my life! From getting raped in the

most humiliating way at age 14, to attempting

suicide a few times, tolosing my best friend to

domestic violence, to surviving a house fire in 2017

and akidnap in 2018. Living through all of the

trauma, the nightmares, the panic attacks has been a

struggle. I decided to share some part of my story

here because I want people to know that they are not

alone,” she revealed.

In a chat with Celebrity Diary, she disclosed that that

experience has scared her off men and that she has

been in very few relationships ever since.

“Some ladies can’t talk about it and so I decided to

let people know that I’ve been through it and I’m still

standing. It has really affected my relationship with

men; I haven’t been in a lot of relationships and right

now, I’m not in any but that’s the least of my worries.

It’s something I don’t want. That experience has

scared me off men because mine was a very terrible

incident,” she said.

Fame is a mirage

– Ruth Kadiri advises upcoming actresses

Popular Nollywood

actress, Ruth Kadiri

recently took out time to

deliver a two-in-one counsel to

upcoming actresses on why

most A-list Nollywood

actresses are single and also

advised them on relationship

and love.

The talented actress in a series

of posts on her Instastory,

advised new acts that it pays to

nurture a relationship before

hitting stardom. She

acknowledge the fact that it

may be an herculean task to

merge the acting career and

maintain a good relationship,

but she advised it best to do so

before the fame comes as the

celebrity status comes with its

own problems and that it can

also be time consuming.

“Dear upcoming actresses,

while you struggle to build

your career, if you are one of

Ruth

those who will eventually want

to settle down, learn to build

relationships side by side. It’s

hard but try. Don’t wait till

you’re a star. Fame is a mirage

you do not know when it will

come. When it eventually does,

time might not be your friend

anymore. This is the story of

most Nollywood actresses

today,” she advised.

Kadiri hammered that women

who fight over men are simply

wasting their time because they

will eventually need to keep on

fighting to secure their territory.

If you fight other women to

date a man, fight other women

to marry him, my sister don’t

get it twisted, your battles are

not over yet. You will need

more manpower to secure your

territory. Please darling, stop

saying things like fight for your

man. Know your worth, stop

fighting battles,” she said.

Teddy A shaves off signature dreadlocks

Change they say is the only

constant thing in life and

this can be seen in ex-BB

Naija housemate, Tope

Adenibuyan better known as

Teddy A’s decision to let go of his

signature dreadlock which most

of his fans loved for a fresher

look.

Teddy A, who is dubbed as an

alpha-male was known with his

signature black dreadlocks with

gold tips, and fans compared his

decision with that of Samson in

the Bible, only that in his own

case, he went to the salon

himself.

The TV star and model had

earlier put up a video of himself

BB Naija’s Cee-C

brings the heat on

in cleavage

bearing photos

Popular Big Brother

Naija reality show

star, Cynthia

Nwadioraa.k.a Cee-C is

known to always bring on

her A-game when it

comes to making a

fashion statement and

her recent photos are

nothing short of classy.

The Cegar boss took to

her Instagram page to

serve her fans and

admirers with photos in

which she donned a

cleavage bearing outfit

for a recent photo shoot

and her look could be

described as fierce, bold

and sexy.

She captioned the photo

with a thought-provoking

statement and many

agreed with her notion

which is evident in the

number of likes it

garnered.

“Faces are never ugly or

beautiful, minds are,” she

wrote.

Former X3M record

singer, Simi has

expressed sadness and

dissatisfaction over the state of

education in Nigeria.

Following the announcement

by officials of the Joint

Admission and Matriculation

Board, JAMB that 160 is the

approved cut-off mark for

admission into tertiary

institutions in Nigeria, the

award winning singer swiftly

took to her Twitter handle to

fault the current educational

system being practiced in the

country which she believes has

killed a lot of talents.

“I feel like the current method

of education is faulty. People

have different strengths but we

were raised to believe only

certain talents or career paths

can bring you success. So, we

see a lot of potentials and

ideas dying because they were

born to the right people in the

wrong climate,” she said.

However, while some quarters

feel the teachers are to be

blamed for the decaying

educational sector, Simi feels

the blame shouldn’t fall solely

on them.

walking into a barbing salon

to request for a big chop and

thereafter made a post of his

blonde low cut.

He simply captioned the photo,

“new look, who this. Money

moves only.”

There have been array of mixed

reactions from fans after he

posted his new look on his

Instagram page, as many

perceive that his lover, BamBam

influenced his decision to take

off the dreads, while others

assume that Teddy is about to

model for a huge amount of

money and so had to meet the

criteria laid down by his clients

by taking off his dreads.

•Simi

“So, the problem is not just the

incompetence of the teachers. It

is sometimes the misplacement

of priorities. The inadequacy of

the educational system to cater

to the diversity of the human

mind,” she said.

Teddy A


22—SATURDAY Vanguard, JUNE 15, 2019

Cyber-crime giving

Nigerians horrible image

in the international

community — Falz

Since controversial rapper,

Folarin Falana, a.k.a Falz-

TheBahdGuy condemned artistes

who celebrate cybercrime,

popularly known as Yahoo

Yahoo, he has come under

heavy criticism from the public.

However, in a chat with

Showtime, while reaffirming

his resolve to continue condemning

social vices in his

songs, the daring musician noted

that cyber-crime has given

Nigerians a horrible image in

the international community.

“I’ve always said it from

the beginning and

maybe I was the first

person to get a

backlash on this.

I’ve never been a

fan of celebrating

cyber-crime.

When I said it in

an interview, it

got me a lot of

Jaywon

Last week, the internet was awash

with news that popular cable TV,

SoundCity, refused to play two of reggae

music legend, Majek Fashek’s

music videos, claiming they were of

low quality.

But according to the acclaimed ‘Rain

Maker’ who feels highly disrespected,

cheated and unappreciated, the station’s

reason for refusing to play his

music videos is biased.

When Showtime reached out to Majek

on the matter, he claimed that Tajudeen

Adepetu, CEO of SoundCity refused

to play his music video because

he thinks he’s a drug addict.

“When I returned from shooting my

music videos in the United States, I

took it upon myself to pay Tajudeen

Adepetu, the CEO of SoundCity TV a

courtesy visit because I felt it was the

backlash. I will say it again and

again; cyber-crime is wrong, cyber-

crime is giving us a horrible

name especially outside Nigeria.

It’s destroying our youths

and a lot of people are feeling

it’s the only option. I understand

the sentiment of people

being not privileged and feeling

like they don’t have the

opportunity and they feel this

is the fastest way to get money.

But people are out there

actually putting in efforts, toiling,

struggling to make it by

doing legitimate stuff and not

just taking from someone else.

One thing I believe in is that

live your life, let others live

theirs as long as you living

your life does not affect

another person negatively.

So long as you

are taking from someone

else, that is an offense

even against humanity

and it’s bad. I’ve never subscribed

to it and I’ve never

been a fan of celebrating

it”, he said.

During

the

week, popular

indigenous musician,

Iledare Oluwajuwonlo,

a.k.a Jaywon,

accused rap

music rave of the moment,

Zlatan Ibile, of

copyright infringement

because he recreated his hit

song, ‘This Year’ without obtaining

permission from him.

In a chat with Showtime, while

blaming the recurrence of copyright

infringement on the silence of

stakeholders in the music industry,

he explained what Zlatan should

have done before recreating his

song.

“The industry knows that everyone

is trying to recreate the music but nobody

is saying anything about it. A lot

of them recreate other people’s music

without even giving a shout out to the

original owner, not to talk of saying they

want to give credit to the owner. The in-

ROTIMI AGBANA

07054964685

rotimiagbana@gmail.com

COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT:

What Zlatan should’ve done before

copying my song — Jaywon

SoundCity refused to play my video because

they think I do drugs — Majek Fashek

Falz

dustry has been quiet about it, nobody

is talking. So, I just had to

address the issue anyhow. Its not

like I’ve any issue against Zlatan

because I’m blessed and I give all

the glory to God and my fans for

the love and support. It’s wrong

for any musician to do a ‘This Year’

song without my permission or

giving me credit. Before me there

was no song like ‘This Year’ or

‘Odun Yi’, I can say it categorically,

and the song became the most

evergreen song of this generation.

But this industry tries to recreate

it all the time and nobody is saying

anything about it. If I don’t

blow my trumpet who will”, he

said.

He added that contrary to speculations

that he may have something

else against Zlatan, all he

expected was for the rapper to give

him credit as the original owner

of the song.

right thing to do and I’m not someone

who cares about being seen as

a legend or not. I gave him the videos

of two of my songs, off my ‘Weep

not child’ album, hoping that

they would be played on the

the station. Two weeks later,

I discovered that the

videos were not played, so

my manager, Uzoma Day

Omenka, called him to

find out what happened.

Surprisingly, he said

the videos were of low

quality. I was shocked.

I knew he was lying

because I shot those

videos with Red camera’s

(cameras that pro-

Majek Fashek

duce high definition,

quality videos).

Why I allow nudity in

my videos

— Patoranking

Shortly after hitting limelight, during an interview, reg

gae/dancehall singer, Patoranking described his brand

of reggae music as ‘a morally inclined variation of dancehall

music’, but in the music videos of four of his songs,

‘Girlie O’, ‘Daniella Whine’, ‘Available’, and ‘Suh Different’,

he contradicted himself with a lot of nudity.

In a chat with Showtime, the versatile singer explained

why it seems like he contradicted himself in the mentioned

music videos.

“Music, as I always say is a spirit and a

painting. Like all paintings, it contains

uncountable colors and different expressions

explain the vibe it has. So, also

these listed songs were for the portrayal

of the vibe behind the inspiration of

the songs. It was all about dance and I

chose the physical feminine expression

of it to connect with my female fans as

well as appreciate how cool they interpret

sounds and rhythm”, he

said in defense.

Speaking about his music

sojourn since he gained

stardom, he said; “It’s

been a hard journey naturally,

as nothing comes

easy, but most importantly;

it’s been one

of thorough selfgrowth

and lessons.

I’m not where I am

going yet but I’m

aware that I’m

not where I

started either

and I’m super

grateful for

that. It’s been

an adventure

and I’m looking

forward to

Patoranking

Releasing my project

with Naira Marley

after bail not a publicity

stunt

— Candybleakz

When fast

rising

street music

rapper, Akiode

Blessing Mariam,

a.k.a Candybleaks

dropped the video of her official

debut single, ‘Owo Osu’,

featuring Naira Marley and

Zlatan Ibile shortly after the

court granted Naira bail after

being in EFCC custody for more

than a week over charges of

credit card fraud, it sparked off

rumours that it was a calculated

strategy to promote the

song.

In a chat with Showtime, the

musical greenhorn who went

through the hard knocks of life

before gaining attention, rubbished

the claims.

“I’m not exploiting Naira Marley’s

issue to promote my song

with him and Zlatan Ibile. The

truth is, I’ve already released

the audio of the song 3-months

ago; three days after we shot the

video was when the Economic

and Financial Crimes Commission

arrested him. Our initial

plan was to drop the video in the

month of May; but when he was

arrested we couldn’t go ahead

with the plan again so I decided

to hold on. When it was an-

more milestones.”

He added that

t h e long duration he

had to wait for before gaining

stardom challenged him

to become successful.

Candybleaks

nounced that he was going to

be granted bail on May 30th, I

decided to drop the video on the

5th of June so that people won’t

have funny ideas in their head.

Surprisingly, when he still

hadn’t been released on the 5th

of May, I told Naira I wasn’t going

to release the video but he

encouraged me to go ahead and

I did. I asked for his permission

to release the video and he

granted it”, she said.

She added that contrary to

public opinion and EFCC’s perception,

Naira Marley is not a

criminal. .


Thousands come together

for ‘’Falz Experience 2'’

By AYO ONIKOYI 08052201215

onikoyi68@gmail.com

SATURDAY Vanguard, JUNE 15, 2019—23

Banky W,

Teni, Rema,

others set

for Nigeria’s

first-ever

prom

concert

“Afroprom”.

After the emphatic success of the

maiden edition of The Falz

Experience, the two-time AMVCA

winner returned with a new twist for the

follow-up show tagged “The Falz

Experience 2”. Held on June 8, at the Eko

Convention Centre, the 4-hour live concert

featured performances by Falz with support

from a star-studded supporting cast.

Falz ran the entire spectrum of his

personality and talents, fusing his music

with comedy and the best character acting.

The Sweet Boys Association (SBA) made a

live appearance for the first time. But highfliers,

Basketmouth, JJC and IK

Osakhioduwa, had their wives including

actress Funke Akindele, Elsie Okpocha &

Olo Osakioduwa showed up and broke up

the party.

Sola Sobowale, also threw in some drama,

breaking up a strip-tease performance. A

huge crossover was the appearance of

Falz’s character from Chief Daddy, Famzy

Beecroft, who made a spectacular

Akure residents celebrate

Democracy Day with

This June, Maltina is all

set to delight

consumers and fans in

Akure with a special

edition of Gbenga

Adeyinka’s Laffmattazz.

The event which held on

June 12 at the international

events center, The Dome,

Akure, is part of the 2019

lineup to celebrate six

successful years of the

show’s existence.

The June 12 show had a

strong lineup of comedians

and musicians including

the show’s headliner,

Gbenga Adeyinka, Helen

Paul, Akpororo, Kenny

Blaq, and MC Lively,

appearance and performed his hit tune

“Moving Mad”. A shout to the internet viral

star of the “You Don’t Touch Me’ video was

had, while ‘Sweet Girls’ – Simi, Niniola, Seyi

Shay – threw in style, vocals and more to add

to the magic.

Explaining why he took a new direction with

the show Falz said, “The Falz Experience is

one of the most open windows into who I am

as a performer and entertainer. My fans are a

huge part of Falz. They are the driving force of

my art, and remain a solid reason I exist as a

musician.”

Falz (real name Folarin Falana) is a law

graduate from the University of Reading who

began his music career in secondary school,

teaming up with friends to establish a group

called “The School Boys.” Today the multiaward

winner is hyphenated, traversing the

world of music, movies and comedy. He has

three albums, a joint EP with Simi, a string of

hit singles including, ‘Something Light’, ‘Soft

Work’, ‘Karishika’, ‘Wehdone Sir’, ‘Bad Gang’

and‘ Soldier’ to name a few.

Ruggedman, Eedris Abdul

Kareem amongst others.

With support from

Maltina, Laffmattaz has

brought happiness to fans

in Ibadan as the tour kicked

off its first edition on Easter

Monday. The event themed

“Gbe Body E”, had the likes

of Omobaba, Funny Bone,

Arole and other top

comedians. There were

musical performances by

Ruggedman, Small Doctor

and living legend, 2Baba;

and Instagram sensation,

Lasisi Elenu was also on

hand to thrill guests with

his unique style of humour

rich in rants about Nigeria.

With over 50,000 fans

entertained in the last six

years of putting the show

together, Gbenga Adeyinka

Popular musician

Banky W alongside

trending singer Teni, and

Mavin’s New Signee,

Rema are set to thrill

graduating secondary

school students at the

first ever prom concert in

Nigeria tagged

“AfroProm” holding at

Eko Hotel, Convention

Centre, Lagos on July 14,

2019.

The event is put

together to give Nigerian

students an opportunity

to experience prom,

while celebrating,

networking, and partying

with a host of Nigeria's

top-rated celebrities.

Speaking on Afroprom,

lead project manager at J.

created another memorable

experience for many people

who attended to celebrate

the Democracy Day holiday.

Vanni Global, Mobola

Abiru said:

"We created Afroprom,

Nigeria's first-ever prom

concert for high school

graduates between the

ages of 14-18 with an eye

on getting these teens to

celebrate a remarkable

achievement at a crucial

stage of their lives. Prom

is not new to them, they

see it happen everywhere

else but not in Nigeria.

This spurred us to create

an avenue that will

welcome them into adult

life."

According to the

organizers, renowned

mediapreneur Debola

Williams, and superstar

musician and politician,

Banky W will be in

attendance to inspire and

educate the students on

“next steps after school"

by sharing authentic

stories of their own

meteoric rise to the top.

Guests will be treated to

breathtaking

performances fit for the

occasion by Teni, Rema,

Donflex & the Extigate

team, Dream Catchers;

while Ushbebe, Ikorodu

Bois and other comedians

are expected to thrill the

guest as well. Other side

attractions include a rare

five-course meal and a

shot at the highly coveted

Afroprom King & Queen

crowns.

The event will be hosted

by ace OAP Jimmy, and

guests stand a chance to

walk away with enticing

gifts such as an iPhone

XR, PlayStation 4, and

lots more.

New artiste, Morello set to take over music industry with afro-swing music

By Tolulope Abereoje

Budding music artiste,

Temitope Oluwasunkanmi

Ojudu a.k.a Morello, made a

huge statement for himself at

the debut video premiere of his

single, ‘System’ as it turned out

to be a reunion for friends and

relatives of the musician.

Defying the evening

downpour, friends, relatives and

music lovers converged at the

Lekki House Party in Lagos for

the video premiere.

Being the first son of journalist

cum politician, Senator Babafemi

Ojudu, Morello revealed that his

interest in music started at an

early age and he was encouraged

by his father who got him a

keyboard when he was seven

years old to encourage him. His

sound which he calls afro swing -

a blend of afro beat, Jamaican

music and RnB, is what he plans

to use to take over the dynamism

in the Nigerian music industry.

He however revealed he didn’t

leverage on his father’s popularity

to get favors but he rather chose

to face his challenges head-on in

order to carve a niche for himself.

“My dad is a calm senator and

a music lover and he’s a good

friend to lots of artistes and so it

made it easy for him to accept me

doing music. At the beginning, he

wasn’t too sure that I was sure of

what I wanted to do but I think

I’ve proved to him now by taking

music seriously. Music is the only

thing that makes me serious;

every other thing is like a joke to

me. Even back in secondary

school, I wasn’t too serious with

my studies. All I wanted to do

was my music. I’m not relying on

my father’s name to open doors

for me, I’m going to do my own

thing my own way,” he revealed.

The gathering, which was a mix

of youths and older generation in

the creative industry, especially

literature and music lovers, were

thrilled to scintillating live

performances of four tracks by

Morello as well as screening of

‘System’ which drew applause

from the audience.


24—SATURDAY Vanguard, JUNE 15, 2019

MAN CRIES TO BUHARI, WIKE

I could not afford

N15m bribe, DSS beat

me so mercilessly I

became blind

By Evelyn Usman

May 9, 2014, will forever remain

indelible in the memory of 49-yearold

businessman, Mr Williams

Nicholas Ejimozor, as it charted an

insufferable course to the entire family.

The light complexion man and members of

his family had woken up that Friday

morning, without any inkling of what

awaited any o f them.

All of a sudden, some stern looking

security agents, in a commando-like

manner, stormed his Ipaja Ayobo abode, in

Lagos to conduct a search, at the end of

which Ejimozor was whisked away. The

operatives were later discovered to be men

of the Department of State Services, DSS.

The singular act of that day, has cost the

father of five his sight, as he is now being

assisted to move around, by his wife.

In an interview with Crime Guard, he

alleged that his blind state was as a result

of the torture he received from the

operatives during his 26 days in detention.

False allegation

Asked what the mission of the operatives

at his apartment were, the River State born

Ejimozor, who was the Chief Executive

Officer of Willtracko Merchant Limited, a

freight forwarding company, said, “ They

jumped through the fence and ransacked

my house, searching for what I did not

know.

“At the end of the search, they displayed

about 53 pieces of fake dollar notes. I

didn’t know how or where they got them

from. I was asked to sign a document

affirming that the fake dollar notes were

found in my possession but I refused

because I did not keep such dollar notes

anywhere.

“ I was beaten mercilessly, in front of my

family members, for refusing to sign the

document, before I was taken to the DSS

office at Shangisha, where I was detained

in the cell till the next day and told to

write statement.

The beating of the previous day was only

a prelude to what I went through thereafter.

I was slapped over 57 times. They hit me

They jumped

through the fence

and ransacked my

house, searching

for what I did not

know

with the butt of their guns on my head,

saying that the only way they could leave

me was for me to settle them with the sum

of N15million since I was not ready to write

my statement the way they wanted it.

”As I argued with the operatives over

the non-disclosure of my purported offence,

little did I know that I was only

prolonging my days of ordeal, as they

repeatedly told me that they were

informed about my wealth and that

nothing would make them to release me

without parting with the N15million they

were asking for. To make life most

miserable and bizarre for me, I was denied

access to phone and nobody was allowed

to visit me”

He further stated that he passed out at a

point, only to wake up to find himself on the

hospital bed of the DSS.

Continuing, he said, “ I spent 25 days in

the DSS custody, from where I moved to

the Special Fraud Unit , SFU of the

Nigeria Police Force located at Milverton

Road, Ikoyi. But SFU operatives who

suspected something was fishy, refused

to accept me from them. I was then taken to

the State Criminal Investigation

Department, SCID Yaba, where I was

detained in D5 cell. That was when my wife

was granted access to see me. The

operatives there took me back to the DSS

to recover my car and other valuables that

were seized from me, on the day of my

arrest. Thereafter, I was charged to the Yaba

Magistrate court from where I was granted

bail”.

Lost of sight

Incidentally, the prosecutors in the

matter according to him, continuously

absented themselves from court on the

days the matter came up, forcing the

magistrate to strike out the case for lack of

prosecution.

But his supposed freedom was shortlived,

as his vision became blurred until he

completely went blind.

Attributing his loss of sight to the alleged

torture in the hands of the operatives, the

• Kidnap suspects

ecently, the print and electronic media was

Rawash with news of the arrest of four

kidnap suspects, by operatives attached to

Operation Puff Adder, in connection with the

abduction of a journalist, three months ago, in

Lugbe area of Abuja.

The journalist, had barely parked his

vehicle in front of Lugbe Kingdom Hall of

Jehovah Witness, when some strangers, later

discovered to be kidnappers, accosted him.

business man said, “ My present state is as

a result of the massive attack on my head

which affected several parts of the brain. I

have gone to no fewer than seven hospitals

in different states, seeking solution to the

visual impairment. Unfortunately, my

vision has been clinically confirmed dead.

The impairment could not be reversed.

I am now abandoned in a miserable

state by agents of the government. My

company has collapsed and all my workers

gone their separate ways.

At the moment, my family is at the mercy

of our landlord who is threatening to eject

us from his building over my inability to

pay the rent”

Appeals to Buhari, Wike

He has therefore, called on President

Muhammadu Buhari and Governor

Nyesom Wike, to come to his family’s aid

before the inevitable occurs.

However, to keep body and soul together,

Ejimozor, has picked up his writing skills

and has at the moment written a book titled

‘ The Killer of Marriage’. He said he would

use the proceed to feed his family, since he

has nothing else to do.

•Williams Ejimozor

Doctor’s report

On one of the doctor’s report dated November 30 and

signed by Dr. K.O Musa, the Consultant , Ophthalmic

Surgeon and Paediatric Ophthamologist, at the Lagos

University Teaching Hospital, LUTH, it showed that the

victim had a positive history of loss of consciousness,

headache and loss of sensation in the right lower limb , a

a head injury.

Part of the report read: “ Physical examination showed

conscious patient with a blood pressure of 140/90 mmHg

a pulse rate of 72 beats per minute regular of good volum

Ocular examination revealed a visual acuity of hand

Movement and Light perception in the right and left eye

respectively. Other ocular findings were sluggish papilla

reaction , pale optic disc with a cup of disc ratio of

0.2…”.

Court judgment

Determined to get justice, the victim , sued the DSS and

Attorney General of Federation before the Federal High

Court of Lagos State. But he is presently appealing the

January 16, 2019 judgment of Federal High Court on gro

that he was displeased by the judgment. The Federal Hi

Court had ruled that even though Ejimozor’s right was

infringed, it was not enough for award damages against t

DSS.

He is therefore, appealing the judgment , saying he wa

to be compensated , in order to carry out surgery on the ey

abroad, expressing hope that he could see again, if that w

done.

‘Why I was kind to the

Pointing guns at him, they bundled

him into their operational vehicle and

zoomed off to their hideout,

somewhere in Karimo area of the

Federal Capital Territory.

Surprisingly, the kidnappers’ den

was discovered to be a residential

building shared by other tenants. On

why the tenants did not take not of the

activities of the tenants and make raise

the alarm to relevant authorities has

remained a poser to be addressed.

The journalist, was kept in one o f

the apartments, from where his family

was contacted for payment of N50 million

ransom for his release. Crime Guard gathered

that over N2 million was paid for his release.

But the suspects claimed that they only shared

N1 million among themselves.

In this interview, the suspects: Patrick

Haniel, 30; Ige Godwin, 29; Salim

Mohammed , 36 and Isa Abdulwahab , 28,

disclosed the roles they played in the kidnap.

He was picked at random

Twenty-eight year-old Godwin, a graduate of Mathematic

from the National Open University, Abuja, said that the victim

was picked at random. The Edo-state born suspect wh

claimed to have taught at Kings Care Universal School an

Japester Academy, both located in Abuja, said they wer

never aware that their victim was a journalist.

He said, “ A man named IK, approached me, sayin

someone contracted him to get somebody for him. He said h

would want me to do the job of getting somebody for him. H

said I should use my car but as at then, my car was not in

good condition. He fixed it for me to use .

“Thereafter, I contacted Isa Abdulwahab and Ige Godwin

I had a gun which was stolen from Mr Williams Omo,

Computer Technician and Abdulwahab brought a gun too

I took them in my car to Lugbe Kingdom hall, where w

saw a man who was parking his car. My colleagues said w

should get him. We did and took him to our boss, IK, from

where he was taken to Karimo, where Haniel, Patrick an

Abdulwahab stayed with him. This is my first time of doin

it. Three of us, excluding Saliu Mohammed, carried out th

kidnap. IK collected N1 million out of which he gave u

N150,000 each. I spent N40,000 on myself and used th

rest to buy food stuff at home”.


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We rape married women even before

their husbands —robbery suspects

By Evelyn Usman

or sometime, residents of Lugbe community in the

FFederal Capital Territory, Abuja, have been going through

hellish experiences in the hands of a deadly robbery gang.

But a particular gang did not only dispossess their victims

of cash, telephones , laptops and other valuables, they

also raped women; whether married or single.

Some of these female victims were raped right in front

of their husbands who were forced to lie flat on the ground,

with guns pointed on their heads and a threat to blow them

off should they attempt to put up any resistance . At the end

of the operation cum rape, the affected couples are left to

brood over the bloodcurdling picture , all the days of

their lives.

The good news is that Operatives of the Inspector- General

of Police Intelligence Response Team, IRT have smashed

the syndicate, following the arrest of four of its suspected

members.

Incidentally, the suspects, Tochukwu Otu, 22;

Ikechukwu Udechukwu, 31; Ebuka Aniegu 25 and

Monday Osueke, 32, are indigenes of Enugu State. Crime

Guard gathered that the suspects had stormed some houses

in Lugbe last week, where they raped some married

women, among who was a nursing mother.

The nursing mother (names withheld) had forced one

of her breasts into her baby’s mouth that fateful night , to

prevent him from crying, in a bid to avoid attracting the

robbers attention to her apartment.

Unknown to her, the uninvited thieves had gained

entrance into her apartment, having cut off the burglary

wedge of one of her windows with an iron bar.

Arrested

They however, met their waterloo, following the arrest

of one of them, Osueke , who was tracked via a telephone

that was abandoned during the operation.

In their confessional statement, the suspects said that

the fleeing leader of the gang, whose identity they gave

simply as Osas , was responsible for the rape indulgences.

According to 22 –year-old Otu, “ We usually operated at

midnight when all occupants were asleep. In this case at

Lugbe, we operated in three houses. The first apartment

we entered, the man we met said he had no money . We

only collected phones and laptops.

“ In the second house, we saw a fat woman breastfeeding

her baby. Like the first apartment, she and her husband

said there was no money and we collected their phones.

At that point, our boss, Osas, told us to go outside . By

the time we came back, he was till fondling with the

nursing mother’s breast , while one of us was

fingering her. The woman was just begging them to leave

her alone.

” From there , we went to a third house where a fair

complexioned woman was raped by Osas. He took her

from where she was on the bed with her husband, to the

sitting room and asked us to remain In the bedroom with

the man. By the time he finished, he called us inside.

“I joined the gang six months ago because of lack of job.

I am an apprentice in a barbing saloon. But my boss traveled

and locked the shop. At the end of each operation,

Osas, would sell the stolen phones and laptops and

share the money among us. I usually got between

N20,000 and N50,000 at the end of each operation”.

My role is to finger women

On his part, Udechukwu, 31, a truck driver, said his

role in the said operation that led to their arrest was

to finger the nursing mother.

He said, “ I am not the person that raped the women.

What I did was to finger one of them. I was ordered by

leader of the gang, Osas, to finger her, while he

fondled with her breasts. He always raped women

and if he wanted to do it, he would order us to leave

the place . I have gone on operation with him twice. On

both occasions, he raped the female victims even before

their husbands.

“ I left Lagos for Abuja in January 2019 , after I stopped

work at Dangote Refinery . But a financial challenge

came my family’s way , after my younger brother was

involved in an accident. He had a nail pierced into one

of his eyes and needed to undergo surgery that

would cost N200,000.

“On arrival in Abuja, I shared my problem with Osas

, whom I met through my friend, Tochukwu. He

promised to assist me raise some money. On a particular

day, he invited me, Tochukwu and another person out.

We went for an operation and at the end, he gave me

N100,000 from the money realized from the sale of

stolen phones and laptops. We usually scaled the

fence and broke the burglary with an iron bar “

As for Ebuka, he said that he only followed them

to the scene of crime but did not rape nor violate any

of their female victims sexually.

He said, “ I knew they were going to rob. I only

followed them to watch how they operated. When we

got there, they gave me some laptops they collected

from victims’ apartment . All I did was to put them

inside the bag we went there with . I was into

business before I came to Abuja, from Kaduna state”,

said the Senior Secondary School Certificate

Examination holder.

But unlike Ebuka, 32-year-old Osueke , said he left

the gang close to three months ago, to live a clean life.

Unfortunately for him, one of the suspects telephone

which mistakenly dropped from his pocket, gave him

out.

Said he : “ I used to follow them to previous

operations. But I had to leave the gang because I

did not like the job. When I left, I went into drilling

of borehole.

” I did not follow them to the operation that led to

their arrest. When they returned, Ikechukwu told

me to go and help him buy sim card because he

misplaced his phone on the operation ground. Two

days after I bought him the sim card, policemen tracked

me through the sim card”.

The IRT operatives as gathered are still on the trail

of fleeing members of the gang, while those arrested

would soon be charged to court.

journalist we kidnapped’

I was kind to him

“I joined the gang because I was stranded. I needed

On his part, Akwa-Ibom State born Haniel, who a house urgently. I used part of my share of the

expressed regrets over his indulgence, said he showed the money to rent a house at Galadimawa . I got married

journalist kindness while in detention, on discovering that about six months ago , before the incident. My wife

he was a Jehovah Witness’ member like himself.

travelled to Lagos, to work and I do not know if she

According to him, “ IK, took us to Karimo , a local is aware I have been arrested.

community, where he rented the place to keep captives. I regret getting myself involved in this. I have

There are tenants in the building we took the man to . He disappointed my family”.

was kept in a one room self contained, where he took his While the third suspect, Abdulwahab, also admitted

bath . We used a cap to cover his face throughout his stay. to have kept watch over their captive in the room,

We fed him three times a day. But he selected his food. At Salim, on his part, said he did not go with them to

times, he would demand for rice without stew. But he ate kidnap the victim. He stated that one o f the guns

bread mostly. We did not beat him.

recovered from the gang belonged to him.

“ When I realized he was a Witness as I am, I became He said, “ I only used the gun to go for two robbery

sober. I did not even know he was picked right in front of operations with Haniel”.

our Assembly, because I did not know my way around there. The Force Public Relations Officer, Deputy

“ I tried all I could to ensure he was okay, by giving him Commissioner of Police, Frank Mba , earlier in a

what he requested for. At a point, I apologized to him . I told statement announced the arrest of the suspects. He

him I was a Witness but that I joined kidnapping out of disclosed that a locally made revolver gun, three live

frustration and that, his abduction was my first.

AK 47 ammunition, a battle axe, phones and masks

He interacted well with me. He even said he had forgiven used to blindfold victims, were recovered from the

me and prayed for me, that God should help me out of this. suspects.

He also, advised me to quit and that he would love to see DCP Mba added that efforts were being intensified

me in person after the issue , to discuss more with me. to arrest other fleeing members of the gang.

SATURDAY Vanguard, JUNE 15, 2019—25

REVEALED: Cult groups that

dominate different areas of Lagos

•202 suspects in four months

•49 arrested in four days, assorted weapons recovered

•Police launch ‘Operation Crush’ to fight the scourge

By Evelyn Usman

he menace of cultism in Lagos state , is gradually assuming an alarming trend,

Tfollowing the orgy of killings and wanton destruction of both public and private

properties, associated with rival cult clashes in different parts of the state.

Unfortunately, innocent persons have fallen victims during their operations, as some

of them, who ran into the warring groups, lost their lives in the process, while others

are still nursing their wounds, years after.

One of the instances that readily comes to mind was the case of a commercial

motorcyclist identified simply as Lukeman, a father of two, who was hacked to death

at Odo-Eran area of Oworoshoki ,Lagos, by suspected hoodlums, recently.

Supremacy battle

The rival cult clash is majorly that of supremacy battle. In Ikorodu area of Lagos,

the battle is between Aiye and Eiye confraternities.

In the densely populated Ajegunle area of the state, One Million boys gangster

holds sway, while you have Fadeyi boys in Fadeyi, Akala boys at Mushin area,

Nokia boys at Surulere and Shitta Boys at Bariga, Oworoshoki, Shomolu and Palm

Groove areas.

In Dopemu, Agege, Ogba , Iyana Ipaja and parts of Ago area, Awawa boys hold

sway, while Badagry, Lekki, Okokomaiko and Ajah areas have Aiye and Eiye

groups slugging it out. At Ipaja and Ayobo areas of the state, Koko cult group

dominates there.

Surprisingly, cultism has been transported into markets, as some traders in almost

all the popular markets in Lagos belong to a cult group. One of the popular cult

groups among traders is Arobago Cult Group.

202 cultists arrested

Record by the Lagos State Police Command shows that 202 suspected members

of different cult groups have been arrested in different parts of the state, with the

recovery of various types of arms and ammunition, from them.

The arrest was made between February 2019 and June 2019. Surprisingly, 50

of them, were arrested in four days, only, with Ikorodu area having the largest

number of arrest.

In one of the arrests on June 6, 2019, in Ikorodu area of the state,21 suspects,

among them, was a most wanted leader of one of the rival cult groups, Yusuf

Omidele, popularly known as General..

Omidele, who is an Elder-in- Council, in Eiye Confraternity, had been charged

to Court on several occasions and sentenced to prison. He completed his last

sentence in 2014.

He was alleged to have led members of his gang in a reprisal attack on members

of Aiye confraternity, who they alleged to have killed the wife of one of their leaders

some weeks ago, at about 10pm, last Thursday.

Two suspected cultists lost their lives in the fight while several others sustained

varying degrees of injuries.

Same day, 16 suspected cultists were arrested, in Ikorodu area again, during a

clash between Eiye and Aiye confraternities, which left a 28-year-old man identified

as Sadiq Adwale dead, while one Tayo Ogini sustained severe injury.

One short gun, cutlasses, stolen phones and various charms were recovered

from them, according to the Police..

Two days later, nine suspected cultists were arrested at Onireke area of the state.

The suspected cultists were alleged to have shot a 20-year-old man identified as

Jubril Audu.

Similarly, on June 9, 2019, four other suspected cultists were arrested in Ipaja area

of the state, in possession of Machetes.

CP Muazu launches ‘Operation Crush’

In a move to address activities of cultists in the state, the Commissioner of Police,

Lagos State Police Command, CP Zubairu Muazu , flagged off ‘Operation Crush’,

Monday, informing that the fight would be taken to cultists door steps.

He informed that the operation would be directly under his command, while

Area Commander and Divisional Police Officers would personally lead the various

operations in their areas of jurisdiction.

Muazu, noted that: ” Tackling cultism requires a holistic approach. We intend

to adopt community policing approach. We will soon embark on sensitization

programs in collaboration with Police Community Relations Committee and other

stakeholders in schools, neighborhoods and media. We will equally establish Police

Students Relations Committee, comprising all the Students Union Presidents and

other students leaders. We will organize town hall meetings in areas mostly affected

by cult activities. The meetings will discuss extensively, the root causes of cultism

and gangsterism in the affected areas and the possible solutions.

“We have observed the activities of cult groups and gangs for the last one month

and in the process, credible intelligence was gathered. We have reviewed our strategies

and have initiated far reaching approach to totally eradicate this menace. We have

had to rejig our Anti Cultism Unit to effectively combat those miscreants who have

chosen the wrong path of life. We are taking the fight to their door steps, we are all

out for them. We will fish them out, isolate them and bring them to justice. We are

battle ready to uproot every cultist den and hideouts until they are totally defeated.

“Let me therefore, use this medium to sound

a note of warning to members of those gangs

and cult groups, to either renounce membership

of such cults and gangs or be prepared to face

the full weight of the law. This is a promise.

•Recovered arms

Advises parents, guardians

“ And to parents and guardians of those

youths, my message is simple, monitor

activities and movements of your children and

wards and make sure that their mission on the

public space are legitimate otherwise, they

should steer clear.

Let me call on everyone, both old and young,

rich and poor to join us in this noble fight. We

must cleanse

o u r

communities

of those few

criminal

elements who

h a v e

threatened

our social and

economic

well-being.

Together we

•Suspected cultists

can subdue

them”.

•Recovered arms


26—SATURDAY Vanguard, JUNE 15, 2019

I did not steal from any pond

—12yr old boy whose hand was cut off cries out

By Esther Onyegbula

Twelve –year-old Goodluck Ameachi, left his

parents abode on 6 Ajanaku street, last

Friday,June 7, 2019 in the company of his

two friends, to fish in a canal on Isha Ibrahim

street, Mebamu community in Okokomaiko area

of Ojo Lagos.

That turned out to be his greatest undoing , as

his mission was not only thwarted but he ended

up having his right hand cut off by 61-year-old

Jeremiah Obifor, who accused him of stealing fish

from his pond.

But when Crime Guard visited the densely

populated community, there was no pond sited

at the bungalow of the suspect on 14 Isha Ibrahim

street. Rather, a swampy land next to his building

where fishes settled whenever it rained, was

sighted.

Crime Guard gathered that children in that

community usually went to the swamp to catch

strayed fish.

Visit to the hospital

At the moment, Goodluck, has lost his right

hand and part of his wrist , as the hand that was

cut off was discovered to have been lifeless as at

the time he was rushed to the Igando General

hospital.

During a visit to the hospital Thursday, it was

gathered that he underwent a surgery on the hand

, same day.

Initial attempt to speak with him proved abortive

as he was writhing in excruciating pain.

His widower father, Mr Ikechukwu Amaechi ,

sat by the side of the bed , battling to control his

emotion.

He disclosed that his ailing son had been

running temperature since the previous night ,

having cried all through, after the surgery.

He said he wished the pains could be transferred

to him, to enable his son have some sleep.

Tragedy

The father of four who described the incident

as another tragedy that had befallen his family,

said he had gone out to look for his family’s daily

bread only to receive a call that changed the course

of the day for him.

He said: “ I received a distress call from one of

my in laws that my first son was sick. Immediately,

I rushed to the house to meet people gathered,

wearing sad looks. I didn’t see any of my children.

By Onozure Dania

Lagos State Prosecution witness Dr Richard

A Somiari, in the ongoing murder trial of a Dane

National Peter Nielsen, has told a Lagos High

Court, sitting in Igbosere, that some of the

biological material found on the night wears of

late Zainab and her daughter Petra, matched

that of the defendant ( Peter Nielsen). Somiari

a forensic scientist, who testified, before Justice

Mobolanle Okikiolu-Ighile, said that Nielsen’s

DNA profiles matched that of the male DNA

samples found on the nightgown worn by his

Nigerian singer wife, Zainab. He also said that

Nielsen’s DNA profiles also matched some of the

male DNA samples found on the pajamas worn

by his three-and-half-year daughter, Petra. The

witness, who is the Centre Director for the Lagos

State DNA & Forensic Centre (LSD&FC), testified

as the final prosecution witness in Nielsen’s trial

for the April 5, 2018 death of Zainab and

Petra. The Lagos State Government accused

the 54-year-old Dane of smothering Zainab and

Petra to death at about 3:45am at No. 4, Flat 17,

Bella Vista Towers, Banana Island Ikoyi,

Lagos.

Five people were said to be in the apartment on

the night of the incident: Nielsen, Zainab, Petra

and two of Zainab’s step-sisters; Gift and Favour

Madaki. Nielsen was arraigned last June 13, on

a two-count murder charge, punishable under

Section 223 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State,

2015. He had however pleaded not guilty,

following which the judge ordered his remand,

there after trial, commenced. At the resumed

hearing of the matter , Somiari, who was led in

evidence by Director of Public Prosecution (DPP),

Ms.Titilayo Shitta-Bey, explained the LSD&FC’s

involvement in the case. He said:

“The Lagos State DNA & Forensic Centre was

contacted on April 9, 2018 by the Nigerian Police

to help process a crime scene. We responded on

April 10 and visited the crime scene at Bella Vista

Towers, Banana Island, Plot 4, Flat 17.”

Somiari said he and three members of his team,

a police team, an anatomy and forensic pathologist

from the University of Lagos teaching hospital

Prof John Obafunwa, a representative of the

Danish Embassy in Nigeria and a legal

I went straight into my one room apartment, only

to be informed that a man on the next street had

cut off my son’s hand and that my son had been

admitted at Igando general hospital”.

Lamentation

He stopped at this point to catch his breath .

After exhaling, the 47-year-old man continued, “

see how Jeremiah Obifor, an elderly man who

has children, has made my son handicap. For four

days my son has not been able to sleep because

of the pains.

Since I lost my wife about four years ago, I have

been struggling to provide for my kids, with the

little salary I earn”.

I did not steal

At this point, Goodluck beckoned on his father.

By the time he came closer, he told him not cry

again. Looking at this reporter, he said, “ I did not

steal anything from the man” , with tears rolling

down his cheeks.

Narrating how it happened, he said, “ He doesn’t

even have a pond. What actually happened was

that my friends and I were playing within the

community when we decided to fish in the canal

beside the man’s fence. I placed my right hand on

the wall and was pointing at a fish for my friend

to catch, when some hard object landed on my

hand. As I turned round , I discovered that my

hand had been cut off by his cutlass. Blood started

gushing out. Immediately, he took the fallen wrist

and ran away. I began to scream for help.

“As I was shouting, people gathered but they

were scared to help because of the blood that was

gushing out of my hand. Rather than help me,

they were using their phones to video the incident,

until a man who was riding bike came and used

a hand towel to wrap my hand. One of our

neighbours, mummy Esther, took me to the

hospital”...

He stopped at this point, holding his hand as he

began to cry. Later , he muttered , “ I am in pains”.

Suspect transferred

The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer,

DSP Elkana Bala, who confirmed the incident,

said that the suspect had been arrested. As at

Thursday, he was said to have been transferred to

the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence

Department, SCIID, Yaba , from where he would

be charged to court at the conclusion of

investigation.

Meanwhile, Crime Guard gathered that there

were attempts to sweep the case under the carpet before

it was transferred to the SCIID. This , followed attempt

by the suspect to instigate some policemen into

compelling the victim’s father to accept N150,000 and

thereby, drop the case. But the victim’s father rejected

the amount.

Alleged murder of Nigerian woman, daughter by Danish husband

DNA test implicates suspect

representative were at Bella Vista

Towers.

The witness, who also holds a degree in Crime

Scene Processing from a United States university,

testified that after riding the elevator to Flat 17,

they found “No sign of forced entry. The safe in the

house, there was no evidence that it was tampered

with.” Somiari said his team observed stains,

“which were eventually confirmed to be blood”,

in the kitchen. Certain areas, he noted, appeared

to have been cleaned. “There was evidence of

selective cleaning,” he added.

He said the team returned at night to deploy

equipment which operated in the dark. They

collected evidence and took it to the LSD&FC for

analysis. When questioned by Shitta-Bey, the

witness explained to the court, why he suspected

that blood had been wiped off.

He said: “If there is no visible sign of blood and

after you spray Luminol, blood is revealed, it

suggests that there was an attempt to clean off the

blood.”

Luminol, is used by forensic investigators to

detect trace amounts of blood at crime scenes, as

it reacts with the iron in hemoglobin. Somiari

further stated that their investigation of the crime

scene suggested that both corpses were moved,

•The victim

“and some contact evidence should be on the

body. You would expect Zainab’s gown to reveal

some information. “We identified male profiles on

the nightgown at multiple locations. We found

that these profiles were at multiple locations on

the gown – neck region, upper chest area. That’s

an indication of a struggle. The patterns were

unique in the sense that they contained profiles

that we could match to a single contributor. ”

Nielsen’s counsel, Olasupo Shasore SAN,

contested Somiari’s view that the location of the

samples indicated that there had been “a

struggle.” But the judge overruled the objection

of the former Lagos Attorney-General and

Commissioner for Justice. Earlier, Somiari said

he had contacted the police and requested for

Nielsen’s samples that they had “so that we could

compare.”

He added: “We were able to match the defendant’s

DNA profiles with the male DNA from the locations

we found male DNA profiles on Zainab’s

nightgown.” The witness said the outcome was

similar with respect to Petra’s pajamas. Somiari,

added that the scrapings taken from the right hand

of Zainab’s fingernails also matched Nielsen’s

DNA profile. He said his team also considered

the likelihood that the profile found on the crime

scene were unrelated. Somiari said: “The

likelihood of someone else, not Mr Nielsen, to

•Zainab Danish , his deceased wife and child

•The swamp where the boy went fishing

•The suspect Obifor with the fallen hand

have contributed to the DNA profile, - Item 11A in

our report, i.e. nail scrapings from Zainab - is one

in seven billion.” He noted that for no other spot

on Zainab’s gown, which DNA also matched

Nielsen’s, “the statistics in this case was

astronomical. The likelihood to find another person

with that same profile was one in seven

quadrillion.” Following the conclusion of his

testimony, Justice Okikiolu-Ighile adjourned till

July 3 for cross-examination.

Man 27, jailed 2 yrs

over theft of clothing,

items worth N54, 800

By Onozure Dania

An unemployed man, Francis Abu, has been

sentenced to two years imprisonment by an

Igbosere Magistrates’ Court in Lagos, for

stealing a phone and several clothing items

worth N54,800, belonging to a firm’s guards.

Magistrate K. K. Awoyinka convicted Abu,

27, following his guilty plea to a five-count

charge of conspiracy, stealing and breach of

the peace.

She sentenced him to two years in jail without

an option of fine.

The sentence will take effect from the date of

his arraignment, June 3, 2019

Earlier, Prosecuting Inspector Oladejo

Balogun said Abu , committed the offences at

about 3:30am on June 1, 2019, at No. 16, Remi

Olowude Street, Lekki Phase 1, in Eti-Osa

Local Government Area of Lagos.

The court heard that Abu and his accomplices,

who are at large, scaled a fence into the

premises of a firm, Trend Kitchen Company,

from where they stole the items.

“He stole four jeans, trousers valued at

N4800, four round neck shirts valued at N5000,

two Polo shirts valued at N2000, two white

pants and five boxers valued N6000, all

amounting to N17,800 and school documents

belonging to Mr Ajayi Akolade Oluwaseyi.

“He also stole one Tecno F3 phone valued at

N37,000, property of Mr Saturday Dick

Kpokpo,” he said.


SATURDAY Vanguard, JUNE 15, 2019—27

When a woman gives

birth before attaining

the age of 18, her

economic and financial options are

more limited throughout her

lifetime. This strong and consistent

lifelong negative association

between giving birth before age 18

and a woman’s economic

empowerment are findings by the

Population Council and with

Women Deliver.

The research, previewed during

the Women Deliver 2019

Conference, held in Vancouver,

British Columbia, points to the

critical need to strengthen sexual

and reproductive health and rights

and expand economic

opportunities for girls and women

throughout their lives.

The preview was in line with the

spirit of the Women Deliver 2019

Conference that focused on Power,

Progress, Change, exploring

association between having a child

before 18 and economic

opportunity.

The findings have implications

for both the Individual’s Power

(girls’ and women’s individual

power, self-esteem and agency)

and Structural Power (the systems,

barriers, and opportunities for

progress in power relations,

including political, economic, and

social structures).

The evidence paints a picture of

the difficult and important

decisions young mothers may face.

Young mothers may be compelled

to work out of necessity in jobs that

may not promote their economic

empowerment—a reality that can

extend throughout the rest of their

reproductive lives.

“The ability to earn and control

cash represents more than just

earnings—it influences a woman’s

ability to make strategic life

choices,” said Dr Stephanie Psaki,

Deputy Director of the Population

Council’s Girl Centre.

“This is one of the first studies to

show consistently across so many

countries and settings that having

a child early can impact future

earning potential.”

Drawing from nationally

representative Demographic and

Health Survey (DHS) data in 43

low—and middle-income

countries, representing more than

600 million women, the analysis

found that childbearing before age

18 is widespread. Despite global

declines in the rates of adolescent

childbearing in the last 25 years,

childbearing is common in many

low-and-middle-income countries,

particularly in Sub-Saharan Africa

where in nearly a dozen countries

at least 30 percent of women have

a child before age 18.

Women who have a child before

age 18 are less likely to earn cash

for their work throughout their

lives. While women (ages 20–24)

who have a child before age 18 are

more likely to be employed in the

short term; however, they are less

likely to earn cash in the shortterm

and throughout their

reproductive lives.

In many countries, women do

not have control over their own

earnings.

In the majority of countries

studied, most women work;

however, whether they are paid for

their work or not varies widely, as

does their ability to control their

earnings. In Nigeria, according to

UNICEF, 44 percent of girls are

married before their 18th birthday,

and 18 percent are married before

their 15th birthday. UNICEF also

says Nigeria has the third highest

absolute number of child brides in

the world – 3.54 million—and the

11th highest prevalence rate of child

marriage globally.

Child marriage is most common in

the North West and North East of

Nigeria, where 68 percent and 57

percent of women aged 20-49

respectively were married before

their 18th birthday. Child marriage

is particularly common among

Nigeria’s poorest, rural households

and northern ethnic groups.

Child marriage is driven by

gender inequality and the belief

that girls are somehow inferior to

boys. In Nigeria, 73 percent of

Nigerian women with no formal

education were married.

Some girls are married off by their

parents to enhance political and

social alliances, or married to men

with rich families or business

partners and to improve their

economic status. Some Nigerian

men reportedly prefer to marry girls.

A 2017-World Bank study

estimates that child marriage costs

Nigeria $7.6 billion in lost earnings

and productivity every year.

According to Katja Iversen,

President/CEO of Women Deliver,

“In order to move the needle on

gender equality, women need to be

able to control their own fertility and

their own earnings. We need

societal investment in access to

modern contraception, safe

•Teenage

mother

with twins

You could be poor for life

if you give birth before 18

abortion, and comprehensive

sexuality education, as well as in

expanding economic opportunities

for all girls and women.”

The analysis used the newest

available DHS data (2012–2018)

from 43 countries and included all

women ages 20–49, allowing for

nationally representative findings

that are comparable across countries

and over time. Few studies have

considered the short- and long-term

effects that a birth before age 18

have on women’s earning potential.

“The study confirms that early life

events can shape the trajectory of a

young woman’s life,” said Julia

Bunting, OBE, President, Population

Council.

“Policymakers need to invest in

better understanding the trade-offs

girls and women face and prioritize

actions that will ensure girls and

women have a full range of life

options.”

Women Deliver is a leading global

advocate that champions gender

equality and the health and rights of

girls and women. The Population

Council confronts critical health and

Nigeria has the third

highest absolute

number of child

brides in the world

– 3.54 million—and

the 11th highest

prevalence rate of

child marriage

globally

development issues—from stopping the

spread of HIV to improving reproductive

health and ensuring that young people lead

full and productive lives.

Governments, policymakers, civil society,

and donors were urged to develop policies

and programmes to open up a range of

employment opportunities that are

economically empowering for girls and

women, including those that are compatible

with motherhood such as social protection

systems (for example, parental leave

policies, old-age pensions, flexible working

hours, child allowances) and recognizing

and valuing unpaid care work.

They should also improve the provision of,

and access to, high-quality, youth-friendly

sexual and reproductive health service and

information, including voluntary, modern

contraception and safe abortion, before,

during, and after girls and women have

begun having children.

They should also commit to collecting

nationally representative gender-and agedisaggregated

data and using evidence to

inform policies and practices.


28—SATURDAY Vanguard, JUNE 15, 2019

SKIN BLEACHING: Nigeria’s silent craze

SKIN BLEACHING: Nigeria’s silent craze

...Experts warn of imminent increase in skin cancer cases

By Chioma Obinna

It is challenging that Nigeria is currently

facing an epidemic of drug abuse and

unacceptable rates of suicide. But there is a

more serious addiction that has taken hold

of both men and women in the country.

Unfortunately—skin bleaching—this silent

epidemic, which has remained with us and

has eaten deep into the fabric of almost every

family is overlooked. Sadly, while medical

experts warn of an imminent increase in

number of skin cancer cases among other

side effects, many users say it is difficult to

stop, Saturday Vanguard reports.

Bleaching has become a way of life for

many Nigerians. From the streets of Lagos

to the remotest community in Maiduguri,

users are everywhere. Stories abound about

how many women, in particular, deny

themselves and their children other basic

necessities of life in order to buy

these bleaching products. In

some cases, homes are broken

when money for these creams is

not made available or when some

ambitious women decided to do

otherwise in the quest to maintain

the much-desired light skin.

Findings by Saturday Vanguard

showed that skin bleaching has

become one of the highest desires

by Nigerian women and some

men alongside other essentials

like tea etc.

Today, statistics available show

that in the global market, skin

bleaching products are estimated

to reach $20 billion by the end of

the year following the demand by

Africans, Asia, and the Middle

East.

Unconfirmed report showed that

in Lagos alone, the industry is

huge as some of the products cost

as high as N200, 000, depending

on the brand and method of

application.

According to a controversial

report by the World Health

Organisation, WHO, in 2011,

estimated 77.3 per cent of

Nigerian women use skin

lightening products regularly.

Although, the report has been

greeted with so many criticisms,

experts believed that the number

is on the increase currently.

The WHO report also revealed

that Nigeria leads countries such

as Togo with 59 percent bleaching

users, South Africa 35 percent,

and Senegal 27 percent.

Today, the obsession for skin

bleaching has been traced to the

fact that many Nigerians believed

that light-skinned is a sign of

beauty, higher status and

superiority. Findings have also

shown that media representations

and lack of public education are

among factors fuelling the sharp

increase of the dangerous

practice.

The situation has become so bad

that many women now have

disturbing discolouration,

contrasting colours and dark spots.

The knuckles, knee caps and

elbows are not speared as they

carry different colours.

Worst still, skin bleaching has

taken a new dimension in the

country. Many users are switching

over to organic products while

•Dr Cole–Adiefe

some use glutathione pills and injections to achieve their

desired skin complexion.

Glutathione is an antioxidant naturally found in human

cells that neutralises free radicals, boosts the immune

system and detoxifies the body.

It also causes skin lightening by converting melanin to

a lighter colour and deactivating the enzyme tyrosinase,

which helps produce the

pigment.

However, experts say

whichever method users are

adopting, skin bleaching is

life-threatening and comes

with different complications

including cancer.

In the views of a Senior

Registrar in Dermatology at

the Lagos State University

Teaching Hospital, LASUTH,

Dr Folakemi Cole-Adiefe,

there is a sharp increase in

the number of complications

of people with skin

bleaching in clinics all over

the country.

According to her,

bleaching can cause

complications including,

recurrent infections, and

stretch marks and in some

cases it can go systemic

depending on the product

that is being used to bleach.

Skin bleaching can lead to

an increase in blood sugar,

and in some cases can affect

the kidneys and put one at

increased risk of developing

skin cancer.

Cole–Adiefe explained

that although, at the early

stage of bleaching, the skin

actually looks good, after a

few years the skin would start

to deteriorate and become

worse with the individual

becoming scary.

The dermatologist who

expressed worry that the high rates of

bleaching in Nigeria may lead to an

epidemic of skin cancer in future, explained

that bleaching products damage the DNA

and once it is damaged, cancer can occur.

Cole-Adiefe who spoke during a live

programme on Good Health Weekly on

Vanguard Live noted that: “Our dark skin

is a natural adaptation for sun protection.

People who are lighter don’t have as much

melamine which is the pigment in the skin

that helps to absorb harmful sun-rays to

prevent it from penetrating into the skin and

cause damage. This is the reason why

Bleaching...

•Bleaching...

people who live with albinism who have

no melamine, are more at risk of skin

cancer and that is because they do not

have natural melanin that dark people

has.

“It is also a reason why skin cancer is

more common in Caucasians than blacks.

When people have melanin on their skin

and they use lightening creams that will

reduce melanin in their skin and they are

living in an environment like Nigeria,

which is a tropical country, they are going

to be at risk of harmful risk of sun-rays

which may not be immediate. It may take

years. We are expecting that in a few years time if

people continue to bleach their skin we are going to

see an increase in the risk of skin cancers. We will

probably be on the same level of Caucasian or people

with albinism who are known to have increased risk

of skin cancer.

“We are beginning to see many cases like that and

it is worrisome because we are

beginning to think that if by now,

we are having such cases what will

happen in five or six years time?

And you know that things like

cancer are not things that happen

immediately, they happen as a

result of long-time damage that is

why a person who starts smoking

today is not going to develop a lung

cancer today but maybe in another

20 years time if he or she has the

predisposing factors for lung

cancer,” she stated.

Cole –Adiefe further expressed

fears that if enough advocacy is not

done, the country may begin to see

an epidemic of skin cancers. She

said many of the products carry

NAFDAC registration numbers for

other things and not as bleaching

products.

“It will be nice if NAFDAC works

in hand with the dermatologists

because sometimes the active

ingredients may not be

recommended for what it is actually

being used for.

“We have so many products in the

market registered by NAFDAC but

are not being used appropriately,

especially steroids. It is interesting

to know that many steroids

available in the market are very

potent and some of them are not

even meant to be used in children

at all because it can be absorbed in

the bloodstream and cause

problems.

Also speaking, a dermatologist

with the General Hospital Lagos, Dr

Irene Akwara said inorganic and

organic bleaching products and is

dangerous to the skin.

“A lot of people that are toning

are actually bleaching. There are

skin cleansers and toners which

sometimes can be recommended but

they are not recommended for

lightening the skin. But in 90 per

cent of the cases, when somebody

says they are toning they are actually

bleaching. They just want to use a

word that is more acceptable.”


Vanguard, SATURDAY, JUNE 15, 2019—29

Yetunde Arebi

Twitter: @yetundearebi

yetty5050@yahoo.co.uk

08054700825

Hi,

I will not waste our little space with

introductions again. If you missed last

week’s edition, please visit the Vanguard

website www.vanguardngr.com for the

first part of Gbenga’s story about his failed

marriage to an old friend.

“However, the truth as I soon discovered

was that Ade never stayed at the shop, so

the girls just used her shop and equipment

for their own private businesses. They

dupe her in every way possible because

they were also in charge of the account

books. To crown it all, Ade was a spend

thrift. She dipped her hands in the account

as she pleased, so sometimes when the

girls did same, they just wrote it in her

name. These were some of the ways the

money went. But don’t forget also that Ade

loved partying and you know what that

means for you women. You must have

money to finance it. You will require new

clothes and other accessories on a regular

basis, and they don’t come cheap.

These were the issues we used to quarrel

about and not the lies she told you people

and her parents. Ade preferred to ignore

the issues that caused the disagreement

between us but insist that my mother was

the problem because she did not like her.

Ade expected everyone to just like her

simply because she was the daughter-inlaw

without making any effort to be a nice

person too. It did not take us two years

before we had to split the kitchen into two

so she can be responsible for the

maintenance. Ade never liked cleaning

the kitchen after use. She expected my

younger sisters to clean after her, which

might have been possible if she was

considered a nice person. After we had

our different kitchens, she was still not

satisfied, she wanted us to move out of

the house. By this time, my mother had

withdrew my daughter from Ade’s care

because she was tired of her style of

motherhood. My mother was convinced

Ade could no longer be trusted to take care

of her properly. But the truth was that, her

own children were not treated any better.

Many of my friends insisted I spoiled her,

and I think they were right.

One day after one of our quarrels, I

returned home from work to discover that

Ade had packed some of her things and

moved in with her parents, taking her two

children with her. I had expected her

father to send her back without even

bothering to find out why we’d

quarrelled, given the picture of him I had

in my mind. But her parents allowed her

to spend the night and even a whole

week. Since it was too late for me to set

out for her parents’ place that night, I

decided I would after dropping my

daughter in school, but her father sent her

brother to call me early that morning, so I

had to just go back with the guy. After

much wrangling over nothing, the matter

was settled, but Ade did not return

home until after a week. The gist was that

she had some parties for that week and

she did not want me to disrupt her plans.

Though I did not like the way her parents

handled the matter, there was little I could

do as they had my children, more so, I

still considered them as my parents.

Besides, my mother was against

separation. Ade returned home and I was

expecting a sober Ade, more caring

towards her family. By then, I had decided

to concede to her demand for a place of

our own. I had a piece of land I had

planned for future development for the

children, so I began making plans to

construct something on it. Little did I

know that there were more horrifying

things up her sleeves.

Shortly after Ade returned, I got a rude

shock from one of her brothers. He had

accused me of tricking his sister into

marriage only to begin maltreating her for

my mistakes. I learnt that during her short

stay at her parents , she’d had told them

several lies against me, which she

claimed were the cause of our problems.

According to the guy, she only got to know

about my daughter after the wedding. Her

refusal to accept the child had been

responsible for our quarrels. She also

A Chance Meeting (2)

One day after one of

our quarrels, I

returned home from

work to discover that

Ade had packed

some of her things

and moved in with her

parents, taking her

two children with her

attributed the child as the reason my

mother turned cold towards her, finding

faults with everything she did. Ade also

told her parents about my activities in the

University, that I was part of a Mafia

group, and expressed regret for not

listening to friends and colleagues who’d

told her I was a bad guy and not good

enough for her. She also told them I was a

promiscuous guy who was always making

unnecessary sexual demands on her,

despite the fact that I kept a chain of

girlfriends outside. My other offence was

that I was always trying to monitor her

movement and finances and refusal to tell

me always turned into quarrels which

often earned her serious beatings as

times.

It was only natural for Ade’s parents to

be surprised about their daughter’s

revelations and when they flung it in my

face, I had no choice but to defend myself.

I told them that Ade was very much aware

of my daughter’s existence

right from the get go and that

it was her idea that we kept

it away from her family so as

not to add another reason to

their disapproval of me. It

was a pity because they did

not believe me as her father

went on and on about my

responsibilities as a husband

and father towards Ade and

her children.

Anyways, her return did not

improve anything as she kept

to her old ways, coming back

very late in the night almost

every day. The house was

always dirty and I was not

surprised to learn from the

children that they had gone

to bed without eating

sometimes because she came

late and food was not ready

or that they even slept before

she returned. By then, she

had stopped the children

from eating at my mother’s.

Sex was another problem and

even without being told, I

knew Ade had become a pro

at adultery. “How do you

know that”, I asked. “Ahh

Yetunde, you can’t be serious

with that question now. Only

an unserious novice would

not know that. I am a

professional too, remember?

Not all women can hide it,

there will always be a

disconnection.

I had resigned to fate at

some point, believing I would

just bear it for five or six years

to get all the kids off to

boarding school. I never

knew things would end so

abruptly and quickly too.

Three days before Ade

moved out finally, we had a

quarrel about who would

pick the kids from school. I

had an important meeting

that afternoon, so I asked her

to pick them. As usual she

declined, insisting she also

had an important appointment with a

client. I don’t know what got into me that

morning, but I was angry and dared her

not to pick them. I told her that she would

also be doing the school runs like other

loving mothers from then on. I was

surprised that she did that day and the

next. The third day, Ade walked into my

office about 9.30pm asking for the kids. I

was in the company of some friends who

were already aware of our problems. We

concluded that since neither of us had

gone to pick them, they must still be in

the school. I must confess that up till today,

I don’t know how I managed to remain so

calm all through. The guard at the school

told us the proprietress had taken them

home after waiting several hours. Because

the woman is a distance relative, we went

to her house. By this time, it was almost

11.00pm. They had gone to bed but she

stepped on to her balcony to tell us that

our children were already in bed and we

could pick them in the morning.

Ade tried to pick a conversation as we

drove home as if all was well, but I

ignored her. At home, she began

preparing for bed and as soon as she

climbed into bed, I dragged her off it,

telling her that if she does not want

trouble that night, she should just find

herself a seat as neither of us would sleep

a wink because I did not know the

condition my children were. Immediately,

she began shouting, raining abuses at me.

I was angry and slapped her across the

face. She jumped at me and the fight

started, but my mother came, so I could

not beat her the way I felt like doing that

night.

We were at the proprietress place by

6.00am but they did not allow us in until

7.00am, and she really gave it to us in the

presence of the children. As soon as

we got into the car, Ade started abusing

the woman. I didn’t go to the office until

later in the afternoon, but Ade left as soon

as we got back home. I was shocked when

I arrived home that night to see that Ade

had pack her things once again and gone.

This time, she left nothing behind. My

mother informed me that she returned

shortly after I left home with a truck. She

took the boys with her and this made me

very angry. I’d warned her never to try

such a thing again. I didn’t bother to go

looking for them that night as I already

knew where they would be. Early the next

morning, I went to her parents but they

denied seeing them. Then to my surprise,

Ade’s parents began abusing me, asking

me to produce all three of them or face

the consequences. I may have money, they

said, but I am not god. I was no longer

surprised at their unfair critique and could

not be bothered anymore. I told them they

could keep their daughter as she was no

longer expected to step into my house, but

gave them an ultimatum on when they

must return the boys. I went to the shop

only to learn that Ade was there the

previous day to pay the workers off and

locked up the place. I could not be

bothered. I went to the boys’ school only

to be told that they did not come. Later, a

friend informed me that they saw them at

a school on Airport Road. I went there with

some security guys and took them home.

That was the end of my life with Ade.

Shortly after, I learnt through friends

that Ade had actually fallen in love with

an older guy she met at one of her parties.

The guy, a divorcee lived alone after and

preyed on women. Ade had

misinterpreted his intentions and so

sacrificed our marriage for what she

thought was a bigger catch. She lived

with him for about a year before he kicked

her out. Her parents later apologised for

their behaviour towards me, but all that

is in the past. To think we were not even

divorced when she moved in with another

man was a surprise for me. I never thought

my SU Ade could grow into such a man

eating monster! ( He broke into a loud

laughter). Ah You women! May God forgive

her soul, where ever she is.

Unfortunately, Ade died from

complications from cervical cancer 15 years

ago. Do have a wonderful weekend!!


30—SATURDAY Vanguard, JUNE 15, , 2019

bunmsof@yahoo.co.uk

Married and juggling two mistresses!

Married and juggling two mistresses!

How do you handle

betrayal? When the

‘love of your life is

discovered to be the heartthrob

of another, how do you

handle the two-faced partner

that means so much to you?

Lesley, a divorcee mother of

two was more or less over the

trauma of her divorce and was

making appreciable progress

in her profession when she got

chatting with one of their

regular suppliers of drugs at a

party. “Mike was 11 years

older and as we chatted we

discovered we had a lot in

common. We had the same

taste in music and loved good

food and wine,” said Lesley.

“When I told him about the

trauma of my divorce, he told

me:l know just how you’re

feeling. My own marriage is a

very unfortunate situation. My

wife and I live in the same

house but we’re separated.

There’s no sex involved. We

stay together because of our

two teenage children.”

“It turned out that Mike was

getting divorced too. I was

rather pleased to hear it and it

seemed he intended to make

the most of being single again.

After a few dates, we saw each

other two or three times a week

and sometimes, he slept over

at weekends. We even had a

couple of weekends away, and

I continued to fall in love with

him. Hard. There was just one

thing worrying me. Mike was

Your lifestyle could be responsible

for your gaining weight

It’s normal to gain weight

as the years go by. Brain

cells responsible for regulating

appetite slow down, so it takes

us longer to feel full. The

following advice by a

nutritionist should stop the

scales creeping up....

Don’t get overtired: A sleepdeprived

woman typically eats

30g moire fat each day, just in

an effort to stay awake.

Make your evenings

technologically free: Mobiles

and tablets muddle our

metabolism because they emit

blue light, which our brain

confuses with natural light—

and that stimulates appetite.

Chill out: Stress produces

hormones that instruct our body

to lay down fat. Worries can

burn 100 fewer calories a day.

Go slow: Gulping meals in

front of the TV, computer, on

getting divorced from his

wife but showed no sign of

either sending her packing

or moving out of their

house. But he assured me

I was the only one for him.

He continued to be very

affectionate whilst

showering me with

presents. “As soon as my

divorce is through,” he told

me, ‘I’ll move out and we’ll

be together all the time.’

“I was still basking in this

loving relationship the

afternoon I came home and

a neighbour handed me a

handwritten note a woman

had left for me. As I read it,

the go, makes us eat faster,

without truly tasting the

food—so we’re hungry

again much more quickly.

Take your time, sitting at a

table if possible.

Turn off the news:

Psychologists say hearing

about doom and gloom

causes our survival instinct

to kick in, making us want

to stock up on calories while

we can.

Watch what you drink:

Just two glasses of white

wine can add up to the

same amount of calories as

there are in four chocolate

biscuits.

Could it be the pill?:

Weight gain and water

retention can be side-effects

of some hay-fever tablets,

antidepressants and other

medications. Talk to your

doctor.

my hands began to

tremble. It read...’I

thought you should

know that Mike, who

you have been seeing,

has been my partner for

the past six years. So

back off.’ The note was

signed by a woman who

called herself, Tessy. I

felt sick. I rang Mike

right away at his office

and read the note to

him. ‘Who is this

Tessy?’ I asked. He was

silent for a while.

Eventually, he said: ‘I

was seeing her a long

time ago. It’s all over but

she can’t seem to let

go.’

“I wasn’t sure what to

think about it all. But a

few days later, Mike

came round with a CD

by my favourite singer.

‘Every time I play it, I

think of you,’ he said. I

was touched and we

picked up from where

we left off. A few

months later, I was

discussing Mike with a

close friend and I

mentioned Tessy. She

was sure she was the

same woman that lived

on the same estate as

she did. She described

Tessy’s residence. That

weekend, I was

listening to the CD

Mike had brought when

this powerful urge

overcame me. I got into

my car and drove to the

estate this Tessy lived.

I didn’t know what I was

expecting to find until I

saw it. As I cruised

down the road, I saw

Mike’s shiny SUV parked

outside a house. I pulled

over, stormed up to the door

and started knocking. It

opened to reveal a pretty

woman.

“I didn’t wait for an

invitation. I pushed past her

and marched straight into

the living room. Lover-boy

was sitting on the sofa and

when he saw me his jaw

dropped open in surprise.

‘You rotten lying two-timing

scumbag,’ I shouted at him.

There was just

one thing

worrying

me,Mike was

getting divorced

from his wife but

showed no sign

of either sending

her packing or

moving out of

their house

He sprang to his feet as I

turned to leave. ‘It’s not

what you think,’ he whined.

I drew back my hand but

before I could slap him, I

felt this pain suddenly

explode on one of my

cheeks. Tessy had punched

me and I fell out of the front

door. She slammed the

door in my face. I was

deeply hurt. I felt

humiliated, but more than

anything, I was angry.

Tessy was obviously not a

figure from the past.

“When I got home, my

humiliating experience still

haunted me. I opened a

bottle of red wine to calm

my nerves. As I polished off

the bottle, an image of Mike

and Tessy kept popping

into my head. I wondered

if he had left her house. I

decided to find out. It was

foolish of me but I wasn’t

thinking rationally. That

late at night, I drove back

to Tessy’s house. Mike’s

SUV was still there. I got

out of my car and

hammered on the front

door. Eventually, there was

a noise overhead and a

window flew open. A head

popped out. It was Tessy’s.

“Go away, he doesn’t want

to see you,” she hissed, she

ducked back in and

slammed the window shut.

I wasn’t having that. I

climbed on the roof of my

car and shouted for Mike to

be a man and come out. All

along the street houses lit

up and puzzled faces

appeared at the windows,

Mike too peeped to see

what was going on.

“After a while, fiercelooking

security guards

came round and threatened

to deal with me if I didn’t

leave the premises. My

humiliation was complete.

I was sure I’d heard the end

of Mike but I was wrong.

One day, I answered my

phone to a familiar voice.

‘Look,’ Mike said, ‘I think

we should become an item

again,’ I switched off the

phone.

“Not long after, I was

reading one of the soft-sells

when I saw a photograph

of Mike, coming out of

another woman’s house. I

shook my head in disbelief.

Just how many women is he

capable of stringing along

at one go? Now I’m getting

on with my life. I’ve had

enough of the rat!”


SATURDAY Vanguard, JUNE 15, 2019—31

Hakeem

Bello’s

daughter graduates

from Canada varsity

Hakeem Bello, his wife and some members

of his family were recently in Winnipeg,

Canada to celebrate with his second

daughter , Kareemah Bello,who graduated with

Bachelors of Commerce (Honours) in Accounting

and Entrepreneurship on Tuesday June 4, 2019

at the University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada.

DM Holdings celebrates

Late Chiarman

ON Saturday, June 8, 2019, management and staff

of DM Holdings Limited, hosted a ‘Tribute Service

and Reception’ in honour of their late chairman,

Mama Grace Modupe Ojo who passed on recently.

GMO, as she was fondly called, served as

chairman of the company from 2004 till 2019.

Present at the event were clients, associates, well

wishers and friends of the company. The event

was held at D’Podium International Event Centre

on Aromire Street, Ikeja.

Imo, Abia, Enugu First

Ladies grace Bloomig

Green Schools 3rd

anniver

ersar

sary

It was a razzmatazz of sort when Blooming

Green Schools celebrated its third anniversary.

Top on the list of special guests ate First Ladies

of Imo, Abia and Enugu States. Also, popular actor

Segun Arinze was part of the sport festival

activities. Blooming Greens School, according to

the Proprietor/CEO, Mrs Suzan Babatunde-Yamah,

is an Early Childhood Development Centre that

was borne out of extreme passion for children

by the

Father of the graduand, Mr Hakeem Bello (right)

and mother, Mrs Habibat Bello (left) rejoice with

their second daughter, Miss Kareemah Bello

(middle).

L-R: Oladapo Ojo, GMD, DM Holdings; Enyioma

Anaba, Group Head, Brands, Interswitch; Funmi

Oladapo-Ojo; John Ehiguese, Group CEO,

Mediacraft Associates and wife, Susan.

Mrs Susan Babatunde-Yamah, CEO, Blooming

Greens School with 3 First Ladies of Imo, Abia &

Enugu States.

Father of the graduand, Mr Hakeem Bello (middle)

and mother, Mrs Habibat Bello (5th left), other

family members and friends.

Lucky

Akpasubi

celebrates es birthda

thday

On Sunday, June 16, notable auto dealer,

Lucky Endurance Akpasubi will be rolling

out drums to entertain friends and

associates to mark his birthday. His friends and

associates are truly set for a night of thrilling

shindig as the auto dealer is known for his

hospitality and kid-glove treatments of his

guests

L-R: HE Mrs Omolewa Ahmed, former first lady of

Kwara State; Oladapo Ojo, GMD, DM Holdings;

Tosin and Abayomi Oyekanmi.

L-R: Akin Saliu of DSTV; Oladapo Ojo, GMD, DM

Holdings with Bisi and Remi Akinwale.

Mrs Susan Babatunde-Yamah, CEO, Blooming

Greens School with the management and staff.

Blooming Greens school pupils with Nollywood

Actor Segun Arinze during the Game festival.

Celebrant, Lucky Endurance Akpasubi.

L-R: Dr. Akin Fajola, Manager, Regional Community

Health at Shell Nigeria; Tinu Fajola; Oladapo

Ojo, GMD, DM Holdings; Comfort Dawodu, Director,

NTA Ibadan and Toba Olubobokun.

Pupils learning evolution of currency.


32—SATURDAY Vanguard, JUNE 15, 2019

Women create over 4 million new

jobs in Nigeria — Princess Kelechi

In furtherance to building a sustainable economy, various stakeholders have harped on the

need to include the economic empowerment of women as a way of reducing the effects of

economic insecurity which often leads to violence against them.

Available statistics show that, there are twice as many women below the poverty line than

men, and up to 19 times as many men in executive positions than women. Women are

subordinates to men in every aspect of life if we are being realistic and its worse when she

cannot add value or give reasons to be appreciated and then she is stomped upon as well.

In a chat with the PRINCE OKAFOR, the Executive Director of GMYT Fashion Academy,

and President of GMYT Foundation, Princess Oghene Kelechi demystifies the need for

women’s involvement in eradicating crime, corruption amidst other challenges limiting

development in the affairs of the nation.

Excerpts

What is the need for

women

empowerment in Nigeria?

Women Empowerment

leads to more economic

benefits not only to the

individuals but to the society

as well. Women

empowerment leads to

more financial

independence of women

and girls.

Women Empowerment

reduces poverty,

contributing significantly to

the family welfare.

Empowering girls leads to

reduced levels of domestic

violence.

Educated women and girls

are able to stand for

themselves and escape from

incidences of domestic

violence.

From the various

experiences I have had with

women and youths having

participated in the GMYT

SMEs Support Scheme, I

created a platform birthed

by GMYT Foundation with

the core value to create

solutions by creating job

opportunities for millions of

youth and women and

supporting small scale

businesses around the world

with a hundred thousand

naira or more every month,

here at GMYT fashion

academy and so far we have

given out an estimate of over

a million naira. And there

has been a significant

change in the lives of every

woman I have been able to

empower either with money,

industrial machine, or

scholarship.

Apart from empowerment,

which other issues is your

foundation interested in?

Violence against women is

undoubtedly one of the most

widespread of human rights

abuses and studies revealed

that as many as one in every

three women has been

beaten, murdered, coerced

into sex or abused in some

way and most often by her

lover, husband or another

male family member.

Why should the federal

government and private

sector support women

empowerment?

Financial empowerment

of women stimulates

economic growth within any

country. This can lead to

stability of the nation,

reduction in poverty, as well

as making the nation

competitive in the global

market.

Having more bargaining

chips on the table can help a

country’s leaders make

better deals with other

governing bodies, as well as

receive aid and support

more effectively.

From home-based microbusinesses

to small startups

and shops, women create

over half of the 9.72 million

new small-business jobs in

Nigeria.

Not only are women

creating more jobs, the

National Federation for

Independent Businesses

says women-owned small

businesses weather

recessions more effectively

and show more adaptability

than men-owned small

businesses.

The more empowered

women are, the more job

opportunities which solve

the national problem of

unemployment, safety and

security.

Are you not expecting too

much?

In addition, studies have

shown that women are the

most creative and

innovative; Women have

been innovating and

excelling in the fields of

science and math for

hundreds of years, despite

facing harassment and

discrimination.

Women are handy and

crafty which serves as a

source of livelihood for many

women, if women are

supported and groomed in

their crafts there will be

greater achievements. The

urine powered generator

that was created in 2012 by

three 14 year old Nigerian

girls. The more support

women have, the more

creative they will get.

Empowering of women

frees men from the pressure

to be the primary wageearner

and shows little boys

they can explore all aspects

of who they are, without

paying attention to roles that

are traditionally “masculine”

or “feminine.”

Men will have more

freedom to work part-time or

take care of children, which

frees them up for other, more

interesting activities. A

supportive woman shoulders

some responsibility for the

family creating lesser

pressure for men in general.

Challenges facing women

empowerment in Nigeria

Legal, political and sociocultural

constraints, remains

the top of the table

challenges faced by Nigerian

women in pursuit of their

career and affecting growth

of the nation.

Despite apparent legal

protection for women in the

Federal Constitution, this

protection can be

contradicted by genderbased

laws such as the need

for female police officers to

gain permission to marry.

Additionally, the

constitution removes only

Women are

comparatively

invisible on the

Nigerian political

scene, particularly

at state and federal

levels. Both selfimposed

and

systemic

constraints

combine in a

mutually

reinforcing

manner

•Princess Oghene Kelechi

women’s opportunity to

confer citizenship onto a

foreign spouse, and there is

significant variation in the

legal rights afforded to

women across the country

regarding asset ownership

and marriage.

Women are comparatively

invisible on the Nigerian

political scene, particularly

at state and federal levels.

Both self-imposed and

systemic constraints

combine in a mutually

reinforcing manner, with

violence and male

domination of decisionmaking

leading to a lack of

willingness on the part of

women to engage.

Additionally, the

monetisation of politics and

influence means wealthy

political sponsors are

unlikely to back female

candidates.

Also, the patriarchal nature

of Nigerian culture is a key

reason often given for the

relative disempowerment of

Nigerian women, together

with a mix of cultural and

religious beliefs that infringe

on women’s rights and are

integrated into customary

law.

Influence on economic

growth?

Last year we trained over

86 women and this year we

are currently embarking on

a new project to train 500

women for free. I wish I

could train everybody for

free but, it is the academy

that is funding it, we do not

have sponsors or partners.

“GMYT fashion academy

has created over 300

students that are doing very

well in the fashion industry.

Some of them are into

production, some are into

ready to wear, and some of

them have their own fashion

academy today. Log on to

our website to see a list of

our alumni and so much

more.

Given all these, what is

your core mission?

Our mission is to create job

opportunities for millions of

youth and women around

the world, and from our

history, when our students

finish from here they start

their own businesses

because of the business

knowledge they have gained

from entrepreneurial classes

held every month with top

notch guests teaching us on

different topics.

We also have job

placements waiting for them

just so they do not want to

go start their own business.

We live in a world where

more money is spent and it

has less impact on people’s

lives. There are thousands

of women, girls and youths

that need to be empowered.

Every year, we see more

graduates on the outside

without jobs.

Some women, girls feel

deprived, unwanted, lonely

and even depressed. They

are distressed because of

their inability to cater for

their basic needs amidst

their overflowing willingness

to earn a living.

Hence, the good news is

that skill as little as a grain

of sand can end abjection,

re-ignites a mindset of

discernment, and brings

about a person of

independence. The world

has become a place where

skill is more lucrative than

even white collar jobs.


SATURDAY Vanguard, JUNE 15, 2019—33

•Helen Oritsejafor *Siju Iluyomade Ibidun Ighodalo

Distinct style of Nigerian

Pastors’ wives

By Ebunoluwa Sessou &

Florence Amagiya

If you ever thought that being

a pastor’s wife or woman of

God will ruin your fashion

sense then you just might be

mistaken. Gone are the days when

being fashionable is regarded as

out of sync with spirituality.

As much as possible most of

these women of God dress to

make it known that the God they

serve is rich and the One who

owns all treasures of the world

including gold, diamond, silver

and the rest of it.

In their own way, they dazzle to

tell the world that they are serving

the living God. Although, those

who are not dressing like them

PHOTO NEWS

have their reasons for whatever

they are doing, these women have

proved to us that, being spiritual

should not make you old school.

The dress sense of these

amazing women of God makes

them glamorous, stylish and

elegant whenever occasion calls

for it.

Weekend Woman looks at the

fashion sense of these women of

God in no particular order as they

showcase their elegance and

glamorous style in their special

and individual way with trendy

and gorgeous attires. From East to

the West, South to North, these

women are epitome of greatness

and beauty. These women are not

just virtuous women, but women

who are stylish and as beautiful as

the messages they preach to their

congregation.

One of them is the wife of the

Senior Pastor of the Redeemed

Christian Church of God, RCCG,

in Lagos, Idowu Iluyomade is

another elegant woman of God.

Pastor Siju Iluyomade, is a rich,

privileged woman. She is the

convener of Arise.

Siju dictates and sets the pace in

her social circuit whenever she

dresses. Her glamorous lifestyle

commands her love for fashion as

much as her love for God.

She lives her life like a queen,

always dressed in Christian

Louboutin, LV, Gucci, Zagliani,

Hermes and Marc Jacobs’s

products.

For her, Christianity has evolved

beyond conservative dress. Among

other pastors’ wives in Nigeria, she

reigns as the queen of style and

fashion. With her pretty face, Siju

drives the best of cars and wears

the most expensive of accessories.

Heads turn each Sunday when she

From left: Group Managing Director / Chief Executive Officer Flour Mills of Nigeria, Paul Gbededo; Founding Member,

Board of Trustees (WIMBIZ), Deputy Country Representative, Deutsche Bank Representative Office Nigeria Ltd, Adeola Azeez;

Managing Director/CEO of FSDH, Hamda Ambha; CEO, Biola Alabi Media, Biola Alabi; Chairperson, WIMBIZ Executive

Council, Publisher, Clever Clogs Books, Director, Punch Newspaper, Olubunmi Aboderin-Talabi; Representative of UN

Women to Nigeria and ECOWAS, Comfort Lamptey; Lagos State Head of Service, Hakeem Muri-Okunola; Founding

Member, Board of Trustees (WIMBIZ), Founder & Executive Vice Chairman, boys to MEN Foundation, Ifeoma Idigbe; at the

Women in Management, Business and Public Service (WIMBIZ) 2019 CEO/Policy Maker Interactive Breakfast Series held

at the Wheatbaker Hotel, Ikoyi, Lagos

steps into church in her beauty.

Her jewelry twinkles with carats

of diamonds and gem stones and

cause the hearts of many to

overflow with longing.

Another elegant woman of God

is the wife of the Founder of Word

of Life Bible Church, Warri, Delta

state and former CAN and PFN

President, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor.

Mama Helen Oritsejafor as she is

proudly called commands her

world with her flambouyant hair

gear, gele and hats.

In different occasions, Mama

Helen wears her gele with a

different touch that cannot be

compared to anyone else. Her

lipstick and eye lashes are extra

ordinary to mention a few. Mama

Helen is a beautiful woman who

can pass for an 18 year old

anyway. She is fashion herself as

anything she wears or does turns

trendy.

The marriage expert and

convener of Winning Edge

Conference, Pastor Funke Felix-

Adejumo is the wife of Bishop

Felix Adejumo, the founder of

Agape Christian Ministries. She

resides in the

Ondo state

capital.

The mother

of three

always looks

smashing

even when

moderately

dressed. She

radiates

beauty and

glamour. Her

stylish hairdo

makes heads

roll. She

preaches

simplicity and

practices it

with all

honesty.

Pastor

Ibidun

Ighodalo, exbeauty

queen

and wife of

Pastor Ituah

Ighodalo

looks

flawless with

her beauty

and dress

sense. She

continues to

dazzle even as

the wife of a pastor. Her husband’s

church, Trinity-House is one of the

biggest churches in Lagos.

Pastor Nike Adeyemi, Convener,

Real Woman. Nike dresses simple

but creates the attractive aura

whenever she steps out. She is the

brain behind the success of Pastor

Sam Adeyemi of the DayStar

Christian Centre, Oregun in

Lagos.

Pastor Ifeyinwa Adefarasin is the

pretty and stylish wife of Pastor

Paul Adefarasin, the General

Overseer of the House on the

Rock, Lagos. Her moderate dress

sense is incomparable as she

chooses her fashion with style.

Pastor Adedayo Benjamins-

Laniyi illuminates every occasion

and celebration with her unique

fashion style. She is the wife of

Pastor Olatunde Benjamins-

Laniyi, the Senior Pastor of Throne

Room Parish, Redeemed Christian

Church Of God, RCCG, in Abuja.

The 54 years damsel along with

her husband set up DOXA

DIGITAL; it is the foremost

performance audio company in

Nigeria, serving international and

national events throughout the

year. She is the first female

entrepreneur in professional

sound reinforcement in Nigeria.

The beautiful lady is one of the

MCs that are causing ripples in

the Federal Capital Territory,

Abuja. The University of Ibadan

English graduate has become a

world-class brand in the events

management, hospitality, and

tourism and entertainment

industries.

Pastor Nomthi Odukoya is the

second wife of Pastor Taiwo

Odukoya, the husband of the late

Pastor Bimbo Odukoya. Her style

is astonishing as she dazzles every

event even as a woman of God.

The South African woman is the

chairperson of Fountain initiative

for Social Development.

Mama Blessing Agboli as she’s

fondly called is married to Rev.

(Dr) Joseph Agboli, and the

Founder of General Overseer of

the Victorious Army Ministries

International, Lagos. Her dress

sense is flawless and her style is

second to none.

Pastor Modele Fatoyinbo,

Mommy D, as she is fondly called,

is the pretty wife of the handsome

man of God in Abuja, Pastor

Biodun Fatoyinbo, of The

Commonwealth Of Zion

Assembly (COZA). The mother of

four is not just a wife but also a

fashion icon just as her husband.


34—SATURDAY Vanguard, JUNE 15, 2019

Quiet May 29 amidst bad blood

This week, Nigeria wit

nessed a terse change

of guards on the various

levels, of elective political

offices with holders who had

battled and come out bleeding

but victorious in the

March general elections.

While numerous cases remain

in election tribunals and

courts of law across the country,

there has been no greater

evidence of lingering bad

blood than the blatant show

of a lack of solidarity during

the swearing in ceremonies.

This is further to the drama

that took place April, when

former Governor of Lagos

State Akinwunmi Ambode

invited President Mohammadu

Buhari to the commissioning

of some of his flagship

infrastructure projects in the

state.

The absence of the APC national

party leader Bola

Ahmed Tinubu had got

tongues wagging, unnecessarily

as far as some quarters

were concerned. For others, it

was evidence or indication of

deep cracks in the party walls.

This theory was further cemented

by the presence of the

party’s enfants terrible-

Former Ogun Governor Senator

Ibikunle Amosun and

Ondo state Governor Rotimi

Akeredolu, in the same company.

The inauguration of Lagos’

Babajide Sanwo-Olu saw the

absence of his immediate predecessor,

and it was little to

do with the early morning

rainstorm; while it was a row

of empty seats at the inauguration

of President Buhari,

which had been earmarked for

former heads of state of the

federation.

In Ogun, some road construction

projects that were left

unfinished, purportedly at the

behest of the outgoing governor,

threatened to block off

access to the MKO Abiola stadium

venue of the inauguration

ceremonies of the incoming

Dapo Abiodun. Observers

claim it was deliberate.

In the entire political space,

there are rancours everywhere,

both within parties as well as

between. The tone of political

rivalry has changed, and it

has become unpleasant.

It was once said that political

opponents only tackle one

another in public in order to

entertain outsiders. In private,

there are no political foes, according

to this theory. This is

clearly changing. Even ethnic

jingoism is becoming more

meaningless by the day. Otherwise,

how would one explain

the ongoing rancor between

Kano State governor

Abdulahi Umar Ganduje and

the Emir of Kano Muhammad

Sanusi II, who was unsurprisingly

absent at the searing in

ceremony of the former at Sani

Abacha Stadium, Kano, to

complete his second term as

governor.

There is bad blood everywhere,

and these are not acts

anymore. Nigerians don’t

care, because the two major

political parties have had opportunities

to run the country,

and both have failed woefully.

Warring political factions

might as well go and jump

over Lagos’ Third Mainland

Bridge, for all Nigerians care.

In fact the wider the gulf between

members of the political

class, the happier Nigerians

are.

On the eve of the inaugurations,

Wife of the President,

Aisha Buhari belittled the efforts

of an initiative of her husband's

administration, more

or less accusing the Social Investment

Program- a scheme

domiciled 'to the office of the

Vice President- of misappropriation

and incompetence. It

would not be the first time the

wife of the president would be

severely critical of the administration

but this time, another

prominent woman of

northern extraction is in the

line of fire. Maryam Uwais,

The absence of the

APC national party

leader Bola Ahmed

Tinubu had got

tongues wagging,

unnecessarily as far

as some quarters

were concerned

Senior Special Assistant to

the president on Social Investment

has come out

smoking and vehemently refuting

Aisha's claims. Clearly,

this is not over.

Newly chattered Governor

of Imo State Emeka Ihedioha

ought not to take the advice

of Rochas Okorocha,,

who reportedly told him of the

office of the First Lady, "it cost

millions to maintain that office

and you can not afford it.

IMO is in a mess. Your wife is

the first lady of your house and

heart, let her continue with her

career".

Maybe, just maybe the

spoils of office could have

caused Hajiya Buhari to be

less shrewd, more blind, more

frivolous.

As it stands, the president's

wife is not encumbered by any

special paraphernalia of office.

She is not worried that a second,

third or fourth wife is going

to charm her darling husband

into replacing her in the

state House. To all appearances

she is on the same page as

the wife of the Vice President

Dolapo Osinbajo, who turns

out to be the perfect politician's

wife. She is generally not a drama

queen, so when she complains,

Nigerians listen and

take her seriously.

Still it is in bad taste to begin

to complain about something

so important at a time

like this when matters could

fizzle out of control.

Little pockets of dissension

here and there definitely has

the potential to erupt into violence

or equally unsavoury

states of affairs. Nobody is

more aware of this fact than

foreigners doing business in

Nigeria, in whose community

there was a quiet exodus in

the weeks preceeding the elections

in March. We alone take

for granted the smoothness of

the inauguration ceremonies

across the country Wednesday

in the face of increasing bitterness

and bad blood

amongst active political players.

There is nothing whatsoever

wrong with healthy debate,

even amongst women, engaged

in with the sole aim of

bettering the lives of every Nigerian.

Anything else is not

welcome.

BY LUMINOUS

JANNAMIKE

IN spite of the harsh

economic realities

facing most Nigerians

especially rural women and

girls, Nollywood diva Tonto

Dikeh has admonished her

female fans to take their

menstrual health seriously,

saying poverty is not an

excuse to be dirty during

menses.

The controversial actress

spoke at an awareness

campaign by Miss Health

pageant group in

collaboration with Tonto

Dikeh Foundation which

held at the Anglican Girls

Grammar School, Abuja.

According to Tonto Dikeh

a.k.a King Tonto, lack of

money shouldn’t be an

obstacle to healthy living as

far as is concerned.

She said, “I am a woman. I

bleed every month and I am

super proud of it. I don’t

know why you should be

ashamed of something so

amazing.

“But, menstruation on its

own can cause diseases, if

not handled well. A lot of

girls, because of excessive

cost, cannot afford sanitary

towels.

“However, poverty

shouldn’t be an obstacle to

healthy living when a lady

is having her menses.

While sanitary towels may

be expensive for many, there

are washable and reusable

towels that even those in

Poverty not an excuse to

be dirty during menses

— Tonto Dikeh Foundation

the rural areas can use

effectively.

“Habits like regular baths

and proper disposal of

menstrual waste is

something anyone can do

with little or no money

because periods can be more

dangerous if not properly

taken care of.”

The screen goddess also

advised men and boys to

understand that though

menses may not appeal to

them, it is not enough

reason to profile and shame

female folks during their

Habits like regular

baths and proper

disposal of menstrual

waste is something

anyone can do with

little or no money

because periods can

be more dangerous if

not properly taken

care of

periods.

Speaking also, an expert

on feminine health matters,

Dr. Nkasiobi Nebo, stressed

that menstrual health

hygiene management

should involve getting all

stakeholders on the table to

have a discussion about

stigmatization.

According to her, “a lot of

women in the rural

communities are still been

isolated during menses, and

looked upon as ‘unclean’,

this is wrong.”

On her part, the reigning

Miss Health Africa, Queen

Ivory Chidi, said the

essence of the campaign is

to say no to period

stigmatization, shaming and

profiling of women and girls

especially during their

menses.

“These issues are causing

a lot of teenage girls to stay

out of school, and many

women to stay isolated

throughout their periods.

“It is time for action

towards addressing this

public health issue and to

ensure women and girls can

feel comfortable to achieve

their potentials,” she said.

•Tonto Dike


C

M

Y

K

I

have strong ties to Osun State.

These ties mean I should visit at

least once a fortnight. But my

aversion for local travel generally

and road travel particularly, had

led to what can best be described as

a dereliction of some duties. In the

course of my travels to that part of

the world, I have had flat tyres along

Ife–Ilesha road a couple of times,

engine problems a couple of times,

been accosted by policemen many

times and taken to their station

once. But ‘the ties that bind’ are too

strong for these to be used as tenable

excuses not to visit. Besides, not

once during those challenges did I

consider my life to be in serious

danger. Then suddenly, I am told

that a route I have used all my adult

life at different hours of the day— or

night—has now become too

dangerous to ply. Or if you must ply,

it has to be within specific hours.

And the herdsmen I have been

seeing all my life around the route,

and regarded as benign, are now to

be feared and regarded as

dangerous to my well-being. This is

now, not only a tenable reason not

to fulfil my obligations to that area,

it is a serious cause for concern.

Last Sunday found me in the

Surulere home of an Ijesha man

whose ‘past life’ was lived in the

corporate world. Now in his 80s, he

has virtually retired to Ilesha to

assume a traditional family title. But

his corporate and social ties mean

he has to be in Lagos virtually every

week, sometimes twice a week. I

voiced my concern about the

alleged danger on the road and his

cryptic reply was ‘I am still alive am

I not? He tried to allay my fears, but

didn’t dismiss them either. He

admitted that the highways may

have become more dangerous but

that the reports of incessant kidnaps

were largely exaggerated. He then

told me of a recent incident when

he had a flat tyre on a wheel that

had never been turned before. The

bolts had stiffened. As darkness was

approaching and rain was

threatening so was fear creeping in.

hen Senator Shehu Sani last

WWednesday mocked his

former party that it had yet to

complete one project, he didn’t

consider the notable legislative

project that was achieved the day

before.

Senator Sani had an hour after

President Muhammadu Buhari

named the Abuja National Stadium

after Bashorun MKO Abiola tweeted

that the stadium was built by

President Olusegun Obasanjo and

charged the present administration

to consider using its projects for any

further immortalization!

The election of the four presiding

officers of the National Assembly as

prescribed by the National Working

Committee, NWC of the All

Progressives Congress, APC was,

however, an accomplished project.

It was one done with a kind of brutal

efficacy that would have shocked

critics of the ruling party.

Unlike 2015 when the opposition

Peoples Democratic Party, PDP

spoilt the party, an attempt by the

PDP through Senator Ike

Ekweremadu to repeat the feat

bounced back disastrously.

But it can now be revealed that

despite all the bravado by Comrade

Adams Oshiomhole that there were

solicitations by the ruling party to

the PDP not to rock the boat up till

the eve of the election.

Your correspondent is informed

that all the APC governors were in

town to ensure that their legislators

were herded towards good

behaviour. At one point by Monday

evening, some of the governors also

met with Ekweremadu whose beef

was the candidacy of Senator Ovie

Omo-Agege and the failure of the

ruling party to project the

Southeast for any of the presiding

office positions.

It is indeed, telling that for the first

time, since the advent of the Fourth

Miyetti Allah, herdsmen, and the

people of Osun Stat

ate

For once, he considered aborting the

onward journey home to spend the

night nearby. But he took courage and

soldiered on. He got home. The

message to me is that the fears he had

which he never had before, were

borne largely from the stories of the

dangers on the road after five. As to

the herdsmen on the route, he

shrugged and said ‘they have always

been there. Maybe what has

happened is that some of their camps

might have been infiltrated by

criminals.’

Two days earlier, I had met a

primary school classmate at an event

in Ikeja. We reminisced on old times

and touched on some of our mates

who had passed on. He had gone on

to attend the famous Ilesha Grammar

School—what Aregbesola is reported

to have done to that once revered

school is a story for another day—and

so was more abreast with the fate of

many of our age mates. He goes to

Ilesha often and is even thinking of

setting up a multi-million naira

business there. Again, I voiced my

concern on the dangers on the road.

He didn’t dismiss the dangers as

unfounded but simply stated that

commercial buses still ply the route.

As to the camps of the herdsmen, he

reminded me that they had always

been there.And the rife rumour that

Ibodi, a large community on the

outskirt of Ilesha, had been

completely taken over by Fulani

herdsmen was untrue. But an Ife

Now we have the APC’s fir

irst t completed

ed

project!

Republic that there is no Igbo among

the four presiding officers of the

National Assembly.

Ekweremadu’s objection to Omo-

Agege was that the mace-snatching

incident was a desecration of the

hallowed chambers and that such

acts should not be rewarded with the

high office. For the Enugu-born

senator, it was more touching that he

was the one presiding on the day of

the incident.

Your correspondent is also

informed that the same argument was

also canvassed among APC senators.

However, the superior argument that

he stood by the party and perhaps

acted in the interest of the party

prevailed and gave him the position.

That is beside the fact that he had

for long been the poster boy of loyalty

in the inner recesses of the

Presidential Villa.

However, when negotiations

facilitated by Governor Yahaya Bello

of Kogi State broke down, the PDP was

not in a position to organize itself.

Only about three PDP governors were

said to be in town facing the might

and determination of the APC.

Even more, by that time, Lawan had

sufficiently penetrated the PDP

caucus.

Lawan had long prepared for the

prince didn’t find the camps of these

herdsmen to be as harmless as my

friend had tried to paint it. At a

gathering of veteran journalists last

week, the vexed issue of general

security in the country was discussed

with particular reference to Osun

state. He revealed that the local

vigilantes in Ife recently identified

three large camps where arms were

found, and forcefully disbanded them.

He regretted that they were not

disarmed.

What my three chance discussions

in just over a week seem to indicate is

that although there might be

heightened criminal activities around

Osun State, the state is not under

siege. At least no way near what is

being portrayed. None also

subscribed to the Islamisation or

Fulanisation theory being woven by

some people. A theory that gets its

credibility from the profile of many

of the criminals and the seeming

tardiness of the state security

apparatus run largely by Muslims

with Fulani origins.My belief, and it

is only a belief, is that the camps of

herdsmen as we had known them,

have changed. Many may have been

infiltrated and enlarged by criminals

who themselves might have been

hardened by their life experiences.

These camps, out of fear of

persecution or need to be protected

or simply a twisted sense of ‘spirit de

corps,’ have become complicit by

harbouring criminals. As to the

proliferation of guns, nobody has

contest. He had proved his loyalty to

the party and had sufficiently won the

confidence of party elders so that

Senator Ali Ndume’s assertions

became more of an irritation.

It was widely suggested that Senator

David Mark was this time fully backing

Lawan and using his political

protegee, Senator Abba Moro for leg

work.

Four years ago, Mark had backed

Lawan but pulled back hours to the

election after the majority of the PDP

senators-elect voted for Senator

Bukola Saraki in an internal PDP

caucus. Against his desire, he

succumbed perhaps painfully.

It was painful for Mark because

Lawan had been very supportive of

him as Senate President and been a

member of the inner caucus of the

Mark team. Indeed, Lawan despite

never having been a member of the

PDP had consistently over his 20-

year stint in the National Assembly

almost consistently identified with

the power caucuses around the

presiding officers in the PDP.

When Aminu Bello Masari contested

for the speakership in 2003, Lawan

despite being in the ANPP was a

regular feature at Masari’s campaign

headquarters in the Peniel

Apartments in Wuse 2, Abuja.

With the APC still in mirth over this

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This whole thing can be minimised if

our intelligence can find the sponsors

of the guns and have the will to apprehend

them no matter who they are

given me a convincing reason except to

say they come from Libya and the Sahel

region and that there is a cartel which

specialises in gun running. How a poor

herdsman who can barely feed can

afford an AK47 no matter how low the

price is still has to be explained to me.

This whole thing can be minimised if

our intelligence can find the sponsors of

the guns and have the will to apprehend

them no matter who they are. Asking

licensed and therefore legally owned

guns to be surrendered should not be

the first step in mopping up guns. It

should be after the people terrorising

the country have been apprehended and

disarmed and the threat to life reduced.

Until then, people have a right to defend

themselves, legally if they can.

Government should also, as a matter of

urgency, domicile the business of cattle

rearing. I have said it elsewhere before;

nothing says southerners cannot breed

and own cattle.

Meanwhile, Miyetti Allah, the umbrella

body for herdsmen, has a role to play in

rebuilding the fast eroding trust between

the herdsmen and the various

communities they settle into. It should

know, if it is alive to its responsibilities,

that some of the camps have been

infiltrated by criminals. It should do

some serious house cleansing and help

in removing criminals from the camps

of the innocent.Otherwise, these

communities will resort to self-help and

the chaff along with the wheat will be

swept out of the barn. That could

escalate tension and threaten

reciprocity. More worrisome is that the

ties that bind the country, already thin

and frayed in some places, will then be

even under more stress.

It can well be imagined if the party had

channeled the same energies towards

resolving the country’s problems

including rescuing Leah Sharibu and the

thousands in kidnappers dens around

the country!

seemingly completed project, there are

still important issues that will have to

be addressed if the country’s democracy

is to go any deeper. First is, how did the

party come about its choices of

endorsed candidates for the four

positions?

What is known is that some two months

ago, that the national chairman of the

party unfolded Senator Lawan and

Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila as the next

presiding officers of the National

Assembly.

While the two men represent about the

best legislators in the National

Assembly, the basis of their choice was

not made known.

So what we saw was that some men met

at the party secretariat and probably

received orders from above and were

told to go and enforce their preferred

nominees for the leadership positions.

So when Senator Omo-Agege, one of the

most hardworking legislators of the 8th

Senate knelt in Urhobo tradition to greet

President Buhari, it was easy for many

to mistake his gesture as the ultimate

capitulation of the National Assembly to

the executive! And undoubtedly, the

APC’s most accomplished project.

It can well be imagined if the party had

channeled the same energies towards

resolving the country’s problems

including rescuing Leah Sharibu and the

thousands in kidnappers dens around

the country!


36—SATURDAY Vanguard, JUNE 15, 2019

There have been two public national

ceremonies in two weeks. The seats

reserved for former heads of state were

empty. General Gowon sat alone on

May 29. On June 12, leaders came from

other countries. But our former leaders

stayed away from our celebration of

democracy. In Banana republics, former

leaders live in forced exile in foreign

lands. But in our great country, they are

free men. What then could be their

anger? And what could be this message?

They are all avowed democrats. But

they won’t accept the results of a

presidential elections the whole world

deemed flawed but credible, and

representative of the wishes of the

people. Statesmen should act with

circumspection. They ought to leave

pettiness for children and tantrums for

toddlers. Hate and political bitterness

are being disseminated by politicians,

our statement should be at the forefront

fighting fires of disunity.

Obasanjo. President Obasanjo was

perhaps not expected to attend. He

helped the incumbent president come

to power in 2015. He continually gave

him pass marks on performance until

December 2018, when it seemed

something suddenly snapped. Because

two months before he wrote that letter

asking him to resign from office, he had

praised his general performance. His

absence was not surprising. His

bitterness is understandable. Since

1979, no president has been spared

Obasanjo’s bile. Obasanjo gives to

others what he abhors. His posturing

as the ultimate kingmaker has been

punctured, rubbished. He perhaps feels

humiliated and diminished. In 2018/

2019, he had bragged to the world that

Buhari could not win any elections in

Nigeria. He staked too much. The

Abiola honour must be salt upon

weeping injury. He is therefore

perhaps entitled to any little mischief

that would console him.

Jonathan. President Jonathan is the

easy going and forgiving one. That’s

his reputation. He moves around the

continent these days as an international

election observer. It has become a literal

It is the 10th anniversary of the end

of the Great Recession which lasted

from December 2007 to June 2009. It

was a period of general economic

decline observed in the world market.

With slowing corporate earnings in the

U.S. and sluggish growth abroad,

economists predict another recession by

the end of 2021, according to the

National Bureau of Economic Research.

The Governor of Central Bank of

Nigeria, Godwin Emefiele appears to

be waving the red flag on Nigeria that

majorly depends on crude oil for export

revenue. Emefiele daintily spoke on the

urgency to take actions that would wean

the economy from excessive reliance on

crude earnings for survival. Last week

end in Lagos, Emefiele warned that

rising volatility in the crude oil market

occasioned by the rapid increase in the

supply of shale oil by the United States,

portends danger for Nigeria. He fear

was that the United States crude

production has spiked from nine million

barrels per day in 2017, to over 12

million barrels per day today could

become Nigeria’s albatross.

America for now produces more light

and sweet crude in the name of shale

for export. The new global crude supply

is predominantly light and sweet

meaning a glut may be expected in the

near term. Nigeria’s reliance on crude

sale would put us at a disadvantage

position because we produce light,

sweet crude similar to the American

shale or tight oil. OPEC is grappling

with the possibility of an oversupplied

market in 2019, amid slower demand

growth, robust supply from non-OPEC

sources especially the United States.

Almost 86 percent of the incremental

production between 2015 and 2018 was

light, according to data

from Rystad Energy AS, and nearly

three quarters of the additions

expected by 2023, are also expected to

Our former presidents are absent again!

occupation, an international reward

for handing over power after his

defeat in 2015. He enjoys his new

role. Yet he disputes the result of

the 2019 presidential elections which

other international observers jointly

deemed fairly credible. Obedient

and humble Jonathan. Once

President Jonathan returned to

Obasanjo’s fold I knew he would

always do Obasanjo’s bidding. He

had once called Obasanjo a petty

mind. Those were those turbulent

days when Obasanjo wrote him a

stinker in 2014. He has to check now

and see if he has set himself on a

path of pettiness. Because the truth

is that since he didn’t contest against

Buhari, being at these events would

not mean his party was wrong in

contesting the results in court. His

presence would signify respect for

INEC outcomes even if they are

disagreeable and being contested in

court by his party’s candidate.

Babangida. Gen Babangida’s

absence could because of frailty. But

he was once a mystery. It was only

when he stepped aside for Abacha

and went into a hibernation that he

seemed mortal. After Abacha’s death,

his stock rose. Fables credited him

with supernatural abilities. He

helped Abdulsalam and Obasanjo

come to power. Minna returned to

its ‘Meccahood.’ But today, a man

that can win Niger state and the north

without a pilgrimage to Minna is on

the saddle. The IBB mythology is

Emefiele’s fear

ears s of oil shock k and

ATM TM mentality

fall into that category. It took the

United States over 40 years of

planning and execution since the

years of President Richard Nixon for

its Shale oil to become a game

changer.

We encourage Emefiele who is

becoming the whistle blower on

impending danger, to drum into

politicians not to spend our meager

resources from petroleum like

profligates. We have not been able

to make good use of oil fortunes

because of perceptual frameworks.

The cumulative effect had afflicted

Nigeria severally in what economists

call Dutch Disease. In an afflicted

economy, a resource boom attracts

large inflows of foreign capital, which

leads to an appreciation of the local

currency and a boost for imports that

are comparatively cheaper. It sucks

labour and capital away from other

sectors of the economy, such as

agriculture and manufacturing,

which are very important for growth

and competitiveness. As these

labour-intensive export industries

flag, unemployment rises and the

economy develops an unhealthy

dependence on the export of natural

resources.

dead. He wrote a letter in 2018,

whose timing seemed

choreographed by Obasanjo. He

wanted the president not to run for

re election in 2019. His absence

could be because of frailty. But his

absence alongside Obasanjo could

be the solidarity of letter writers.

He has, it must be noted,

congratulated Buhari on his victory

at the polls. And that differentiates

him from Buhari and Jonathan.

Abdulsalam Abubakar. General

Abubakar’s absence is the most

inexplicable. He is the head of the

national peace committee. The

committee is most visible on the

eve of elections arranging signed

agreements, trying to facilitate

peaceful elections. The 2019

presidential elections were

adjudged credible. The peace

committee ought to live by example.

The committee preaches that the

results of credible elections should

be accepted and any complaints

taken to the courts for adjudication.

The absence of the head of the

peace committee at the two events

to connote the winner of the

elections has raised many

eyebrows. The neutrality of the

committee must be protected

sensibly. The position of the

committee must be the acceptance

of INEC results of elections judged

credible by observers until they are

upturned by the judiciary. It’s

unlikely the General was

In the early days of President

Muhammadu Buhari’s first tenure,

Emefiele launched the Anchor

borrowers’ scheme for rice to

encourage rice production in the

country. The apex bank that

Emefiele superintends is

comfortable staying on the side of

the weak, vulnerable, and poor

masses and protecting their

purchasing power. It appears

Emefiele, a man with puritanical

heart for the less privileged in our

society is fast becoming “Mr.

Interventions” in Nigeria. From his

extensive written account of the

subject, he appears to have good

intentions for Nigerians. Nigeria

needs a lot more interventions

including the processing of crude

oil in Nigeria. Our foreign reserve

which some may describe as the

nations working capital, has 98

percent of it come from the sale of

crude oil since the early 1970s of

the oil boom. With a free fall of crude

oil prices in the international market

from July 2014, Nigerians

commenced the payment of

exorbitant rates for imported

petroleum products on May 11,

2016. Petrol or gasoline was

increased from N86 to N145 a litre.

The CBN governor should be

General Abubakar’s absence is the

most inexplicable

unavailable for the two events. It’s

worrisome because Bishop Kukah of the

peace committee was there in Ota, some

months ago, to witness what some had

called the sanctification of Atiku Abubakar

by Obasanjo. He said he was unaware

Obasanjo would turn a private meeting

into a political ‘deliverance session.’ Some

have read Abdulsalam Abubakar’s absence

and wondered if the peace committee had

a preferred candidate.

Our leaders must preach their sermons

of peace and unity with their conducts.

Some have said the Buhari has been

served his own medicine. They accused

the president of not attending the

inauguration of other presidents since

1999. It would be understandable if he

didn’t attend because he was a contestant

in those elections and was still prosecuting

his election petitions in court at the time

of those inaugurations. No one could have

expected Atiku Abubakar to attend the

recent ceremonies.

In the aftermath of the elections President

Buhari asked his jubilant supporters not

to gloat. I will urge the president to listen

to these special kinsmen. Their opinions

even when coloured by pettiness is

valuable. They may have sent him a

message by their absence. He should sift

the grain from the chaff of their discontent.

He should not yield to the vanity of

egotistical men. He should not succumb

to the intimidation of the mighty. But he

must do all he can to promote social justice

and unify the country. That is the direction

of the Next Level!

Nigeria needs a lot more interventions

including the processing of crude oil in

Nigeria

convinced that one third of Nigeria’s total

foreign exchange obligation expended to

import petroleum products annually could

be better deployed to other critical areas of

our economy if we refine locally.

CBN should provide funding for NNPC

refineries rehabilitation. Our scarce foreign

reserves are depleted because we have

failed to expand the frontiers of our

economy along vertical linkages that is

deeply rooted in petroleum. We have

comparative and competitive advantages

in petroleum that has about 6000

byproducts and derivatives provided we

process locally. For over a quarter of a

century, we resorted to massive importation

of petroleum products and petroleum

based raw materials for our industries. The

United States Energy Information

Administration, EIA February Short-Term

Energy Outlook forecasts the output from

US wells rising from 11.9 million barrels

per day at the end of 2018 to 13.5 million

barrels per day by the end of 2020. The

production at the end of 2020 may decrease

from December’s 11.9 million barrels per

day level to between 11.3 and 11.5 million

barrels per day. The United States accounts

for 70 percent of the total increase in global

capacity to 2024 which analysts believe a

drop will occur mostly in areas that have

produced the most growth in the last five

years. Let CBN intervene in NNPC

refineries rehabilitation.


A

few years ago, I was at a wedding

reception where I shared a table with

a lady. During her conversation with

another guest, her voice sounded familiar,

but I could not place her face. Her husband

joined her later and that confirmed her

identity, but the face still looked

unfamiliar. Then I summoned courage and

said, “Sis, I no know say na you sit down

opposite me before o? Then she retorted

angrily: “Me too, I no recognise you.”

So what happened? I had known her for

about two years. Within this period, we

worked together on a project. So, I know

her very well, but on his day, her makeup

was much and made her

unrecognizable. In insurance, we say that

there wasa “loss of specie.”In lay man’s

words, it means that the face I was

beholding at the ceremony was different

from what I used to know.

For a while now, I have quietly wondered

about how make-up has metamorphosed

from an enhancer to a complete makeover

tool. From the bungalow (Pencil, powder

and tiro) it was when I was growing up in

the late 60s and early 70s, it became single

storey building (pancake was added).

Now, makeup has grown into a skyscraper

(They can now make up your wife and you

will not recognize her thereafter). I have

continued to wonder in silence, but I

decided to mind my business.

That was until last Sunday, which was

Pentecost Sunday. The theme of the

sermon at Mass was: “What are you

hiding?” The priest was talking about the

gifts of the Holy Spirit and how some

Christians were knowingly and

unknowingly hiding theirs. He likened

them to the servant in the Bible who dug

the talent his master gave him in the

ground. All of a sudden, he shifted and

likened those who hide their spiritual gifts

to women who hide their natural looks

behind skyscraper of make-up and become

unrecognizable. He said he went for a

traditional marriage and could not

recognise the bride he had known for a

long while because of her skyscraper

make-up.

His sermon, apart from giving me the

title of the topic of today, got me thinking.

In insurance, loss of species is enough

ground to repudiate a claim, because that

was not what was contemplated at the

Our political space is full of ill

prepared humans who at best should

not be allowed near government. The result

is what we see every day, giant of Africa

under the control of quasi leaders.

Rear Admiral Gboribiogha John Jonah

humbled himself when he chose to run

with Seriake Henry Dickson in 2012. On

Valentine day of that year, both were sworn

in as Governor and Deputy governor

respectively, of Bayelsa State.

What struck me was that Jonah had retired

from the Navy as the 12 th Commandant of

the National Defence College, Abuja. His

tenure was from February 11, 2008 to June

25, 2010.

The Defence College is the elite school

of the Armed Forces and past

commandants include a former Head of

State, Gen. Abdusalami Abubakar and at

least, four former Military governors:

Generals Jerry Useni, Oladipo Diya, Chris

Garba and Godwin Abbe.

Jonah will be completing an eight-year

tenure as Deputy governor early next year

and so far, I have not heard him talk of

running for the position of governor. His

partnership with Dickson speaks a lot about

loyalty.

Dickson has made it clear that he has no

anointed candidate as replacement. In his

words, the next governor of Bayelsa State

will emerge through “consultations,

consensus building and prayer.”

We are in the month of June and the

Bayelsa governor has tasked religious

leaders in the state to take it to the Lord in

prayer.

I am not from Bayelsa but I have joined

the prayer warriors. Something in me has

a soft spot for Jonah. This country needs

experienced men as leaders. To rise to the

rank of Rear Admiral is not child’s play.

Add that to the eight years he has spent

as Deputy governor. We have had cases

where deputy governors struggled for

relevance with governors. Some governors

swept their deputies away from office. It

happened in Lagos. It happened in Abia.

The same scenario played out in Akwa

Ibom.

Deputy governors also plotted against

governors. We all remember what

What are you hiding?

commencement of the insurance.

Another reason why we repudiate

claims in insurance is if we find

out that there has been nondisclosure

of(fundamental)

conditions when the insurance was

contracted. These skyscraper

make-ups can easily lead to loss

of specie and concealment of facts.

So what happens if the man finds

out the true situation (during

courtship, for example)? There was

a case of a man who got married

in China. By the next day, when

make-up was off the face of the

wife, he said he was no longer

Beauty enhancement is

okay, but skyscraper makeup

is deceitful

marrying because his wife “is ugly.”

I am an apostle of women looking

good, so do not get me wrong.

Every woman has a responsibility

to look good, but I believe that

looking good, like freedom, should

go with concomitant

responsibilities. Once there is a

loss of specie, instead of enhancing

the woman’s looks, make up

becomes an instrument of deceit.

And in insurance, we do not

operate with the doctrine

of ”buyers beware;” it is “utmost

good faith.” Also in relationships

(courtship and marriage), there

should be no buyers beware, it

should be utmost good faith. Just

as the man should come clean

about his sources of income,

family background, health status,

etc., the woman, in addition to

these, should come clean about

her beauty status. Beauty

enhancement is okay, but

skyscraper make-up is deceitful.

Some women do skyscraper

make-up, take the photos and post

them on social media. They get

flattering and insincere comments

of “nice,” “beautiful,” “gorgeous,”

etc. They get temporary respite

from their misery and insecurity.

In the night, when they clean off

the make-up, reality stares at

them in the mirror and the

temporary respite evaporates;

their world of misery returns.

Why live with temporary

solutions when you can get

permanent solutions? Real and

permanent happiness can only

come from being real, embarking

on a journey of self-discovery,

unearthing and celebrating the

beautiful things God has

deposited in you. God gave his

gifts to all of us. Some of us just

spend all the time focusing on

what we consider as negatives in

our lives. As my mother used to

Jonah in belly of Bayelsans

happened in Oyo, Plateau and

Anambra under President

Olusegun Obasanjo. There was

even the story of a deputy governor

slapping a governor in Edo State.

In Bayelsa there is something to

write about governors and their

deputies. Dr. Goodluck Jonathan

was pushed in to replace Diepriye

Alamieyeseigha in 2005. Timipre

Sylva could have regretted ever

working with his deputy, Ebebi.

I cannot read the minds of

Bayelsans now. I speak for myself.

I would want Adm. Jonah to step

up and step into the shoes of

Governor Dickson. Experience

counts. We can all see what is

happening in Ebonyi State where

a former Deputy, Dave Umahi, is

doing so well as governor.

If we have to rely on prayers, God

could as well remember this Jonah

from Nembe. The Bible tells us the

story of a man called Jonah who

was spared after being swallowed

by a whale.

I do not know if the biblical Jonah

ever saw the seas of Bayelsa but it

is possible that the same whale

migrated to the Atlantic Ocean and

found home onshore around the

Nembe-Brass waters.

In other words, if this Jonah who

wore navy white, goes into a trance

today, Bayelsans may discover that

Jonah in the Bible was his forebear.

This is more than a joke though.

Adm. Jonah is a member of the

Nigeria Defence Academy Course

16. That is the course that

produced officers like Maj.Gen.

Harrison Adoga and Commander

Suleiman Dahun. I am not sure

now if Marshal Oluseyi Petirin

trained with them at the same

time.

There is something interesting

about Jonah. He is the first

Nigerian general to run for an

elective post as Deputy governor.

Generals love to come back as

governors.

Samuel Ogbemudia did that in

Bendel State in 1983. Mohammed

Lawal achieved that in Kwara in

1999. Olagunsoye Oyinlola

followed in Oshun four years later.

Murtala Nyako made it in

Adamawa while Jonah Jang’s turn

came in Plateau in 2007.

Bayelsa is also a story.

Alamieyeseigha, the first civilian

governor of the state retired from

the Air Force as a Squadron Leader

and had the initials of a police

rank: DSP.

Governor Dickson was in the

Nigeria Police Force. If Jonah

succeeds him, we may be waiting

for a retired Army officer after that.

That will keep the tradition going.

The name Jonah is also trailing

the Bayelsa deputy governor.

Should he eventually win election

this November, he becomes

another Jonah, a retired military

officer as state governor, after

Jonah Jang.

And think about this: The man

who replaced Adm. Jonah at the

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tell us while growing up, if you look in

only one direction, your neck will grow

stiff. That is what has happened to some

women. I used to know a lady in those

days who suffered from paralysing low

self-esteem because she felt she was not

beautiful. But her brain was first class. I

ran into her recently after losing contacts

for over two decades. That beauty of a brain

has gone to terrible waste because of her

focus on the physical. I felt so depressed.

What a waste of resources!

I also used to know a lady, who felt she

was short and also not beautiful. But she

had devastatingly beautiful legs. Until we

lost touch, I could not recall this lady

putting on long skirts or gowns. It was

always mini, even when maxi was in

vogue. She had the legs and

flauntedthem. In public relations, we call

it “putting your best foot forward.” The

only thing I did not like about her was

her “bad mouth.” Her only criterion for

assessing other women’s beauty was their

legs. No matter how facially beautiful a

woman was, if she considered her legs

ugly, she would say, “see as her legs worwor.”

I guess she had residual insecurity.

Hey, sisters, I am not trying to spoil your

fun. I just believe every human being

should be truly happy, not ephemeral

happiness. True happiness comes from

truly accepting who you are. There are no

physically perfect human beings, but God

has given you enough to make you truly

happy. All you need to do to cast your net

on the other side, just as Jesus urged his

disciples to do, and you will have your

haul. There is no reason to hide your Godgiven

talents because of perceived shortcomings.

May be we can console ourselves

with the cliché that, “beauty is in the eyes

of the beholder. But the beholder needs

to see the beauty first before beholding it.

Unfortunately, some sisters get this

heavy make-up all wrong. I learnt these

make-up sessions are expensive and some

sisters cannot afford them. So, they end

up using quacks and when you see them,

they look like witches and those wicked

characters in horror movies!

You can now get your copy of Life

Lessons from Mudipapa at: https://

www.jumia.com.ng/family-relationshipsbooks/?q=Mudipapa

If this Jonah who wore navy white, goes

into a trance today, Bayelsans may

discover that Jonah in the Bible was his

forebear

National Defence College, was another

Jonah. His name? Admiral T. Jonah

Lokoson.

I will be a happy man if the Bayelsa

Deputy governor decides to run. Such men

bring with them a lot of quality. And it

happened in the past. Men who attained

great Federal heights returned to their state

to contribute to development.

After serving in the First Republic as

minister, President Shehu Shagari went

back to Sokoto to serve as Local

Government chairman. And he never

forgot his calling as a teacher.

Chief Adeniran Ogunsanya was in the

same boat. He was Housing and Surveys

minister in the First Republic. Under the

military, he became Lagos State

commissioner for Education.

The First Nigerian Inspector General of

Police [IGP], Luis Orok Edet, relocated to

the newly created South Eastern State in

1967 as commissioner for Home Affairs

and Social Welfare in the Jacob Esuene

government.

Maitama Sule was minister of Mines and

Power in the First Republic. Under Audu

Bako, he was appointed commissioner for

Co-operative and Community

Development.

The first Nigerian Ambassador to the

United States, Julius Momo Udochi, joined

the Ogbemudia administration in 1967 as

Mid –Western State Attorney –General and

Commissioner for Justice.

What Jonah did was in order. It shows

his nature as a down to earth man who

also has much more to offer beyond the

position of deputy governor. And he has

not put on airs about it. I guess he is also

praying and fasting like me. My

submission is that the cap fits him.


38 — SATURDAY Vanguard, JUNE 15, 2019


SATURDAY Vanguard, JUNE 15, 2019 — 39


40 — SATURDAY Vanguard, JUNE 15, 2019


SATURDAY Vanguard, JUNE 15, 2019—41

When Air Peace disembarked a passenger:

What sitting on Emergency Exit seats entails

Stories by Lawani Mikairu

Controversy is currently raging among

aviation stakeholders on how

passengers who occupy Emergency

Exit seats on an aircraft should be briefed and

treated since Air Peace airline recently

announced it ejected a passenger identified

as Mr Christopher Aniagboso from its Lagos-

Owerri flight to guarantee the safety of its crew

and passengers. Aniagboso who was sitting

on the emergency exit seat, the airline said,

refused to cooperate with the crew during predeparture

briefing.

Passenger Exit seats are “those seats having

direct access to an exit, and those seats in a

row of seats through which passengers would

have to pass to gain access to an exit, from the

first seat inboard of the exit to the first aisle

inboard of the exit. A passenger seat having

“direct access” means a seat from which a

passenger can proceed directly to the exit

without entering an aisle.”

According to late Air Peace Corporate

Communications Manager, Mr. Chris Iwarah

: “Mr Christopher Aniagboso had missed his

morning Lagos-Owerri flight on May 12, 2019.

He later showed up for the afternoon flight in

good time and was issued an over-wing exit

seat on request. Chris issued the statement

before he was killed in a motor accident last

week. He said:

“After boarding, Mr. Aniagboso was

approached by a crew member for the normal

safety briefing for passengers on the overwing

exit seats, but he suddenly claimed he

ith the official announcement by Air

WPeace airline on Tuesday of the death

of its Corporate Communication Manager, Mr

Christian Iwarah, which occurred on Friday,

7 th June, 2019, the aviation world has been

mourning the untimely death of the Lawyer,

Journalist, and image maker. Iwarah was

knocked down at Mangoro Bus Stop, along

the Lagos/Abeokuta expressway, Lagos where

he parked to repair his faulty car on his way to

perform his official duty, by a reckless bus

driver.

A statement signed by Paulynne Ikem,

Head, Legal & Corporate Services, Air Peace,

on Tuesday said : “The management and staff

of Air Peace Ltd announces with great sadness

the sudden and shocking death of its Corporate

Communications Manager, Mr Christian

Iwarah, which occurred on Friday, 7 th June,

2019. He was knocked down by a negligent

bus driver on the Lagos/Abeokuta

expressway”.

“Mr Iwarah, a lawyer and journalist, joined

Air Peace in 2016. He was an intelligent,

courageous and dedicated staff who

contributed immensely to the development of

the Company. He is survived by his aged

parents, wife, son and other relatives. Funeral

arrangements will be announced by the

family”.

“Our thoughts are with the family at this

difficult time. We pray that God gives them

the strength to bear this colossal loss. He will

be sorely missed”, the statement said.

Chris, as he was popularly called by all, was

eager to learn and contribute to international

aviation discourse. When the news broke that

with effect from June 1,2019, International

Air Transport Association, IATA, will require

all travel advisors and travel agencies to enter

passenger contact information when booking

could not understand English. Other

passengers around him offered to translate to

him, but he insisted that the crew must brief

him in Igbo.

“When all efforts to have Mr. Aniagboso

cooperate with the crew failed, the crew

advised him to change his seat as the flight

was already running late. He declined the

advice to change his seat. The captain of the

flight, who was eventually briefed on the

development, also did everything to secure

Mr. Aniagboso’s cooperation to no avail. At

this point, our crew members were left with

no other alternative than to advise Mr.

Aniagboso to disembark to enable the flight

depart.

“It is important to state that only those who

are able to clearly understand and express

their willingness to perform their safety

responsibility are allowed by aviation

regulations to sit on the exit row. It is also

clearly stated in the safety cards that only those

who can speak English are allowed to sit in

the exit row.

“Also, all through his interaction with our

ground staff, Mr. Aniagboso communicated in

fluent English. His claim of not being able to

communicate in English at the point of the

safety briefing was, therefore, only meant to

disrupt and delay the flight.

“Air Peace takes pride in promoting the use

of all local languages on board our flights

without discrimination. We encourage our

crew to speak the local language whenever it

is possible to do so. But we do not allow

passengers with ill motive to disrupt our

Aviation world mourn the death of Chris Iwarah

air tickets as part of a new rule that IATA issued

on its website, he bared his mind .

Chris immediately commented that : “This

is a good step forward. We frequently receive

complaints about passengers not receiving

flight disruption messages. Often, you find that

proper contact details were either not supplied

at the point of booking or the travel agency

used its own contact details rather than those

of the passenger. In the latter case, experience

has shown that the agent fails to contact the

passenger on receipt of the disruption

message either out of negligence or

unavailability of the passenger’s contact

details. Some passengers refuse to supply their

details or deliberately supply incorrect contact

details”.

flights and endanger the safety of our

esteemed customers and crew.

“Conducts with the potential of jeopardising

the safety of our esteemed customers and

crew are not welcome on any of our flights,”

he said.

Nigeria Civil Aviation Regulations (NCAR)

say “ After the initial announcements and

safety tip recital on board the aircraft, flight

attendant(s)visits the Exit seat(s) to enquire if

the passenger can handle the responsibility

of sitting there after explaining what it entails.

If you are seated at Exit and cannot function

under certain conditions or you feel you cannot

handle sitting there, the flight attendant is

mandated to change your seat and bring in

somebody who can perform the responsibility

.Also, the person sitting on an exit seat must

not be less than 15 years of age or lacks the

capacity to perform one or more of the

applicable functions without the assistance of

an adult companion, parent or relation”.

The NCARs also state that “if a person lacks

sufficient visual capacity to access conditions

outside of the exit or cannot carry out the

function without the assistance of a visual aids,

then he/ she cannot sit on the seat. Also if a

person lacks sufficient aural capacity to hear

or understand instruction given by a flight

attendant without a hearing aid, then he

cannot sit on the exit chair”.

The British Airways , for example, has Exit

Seat rules . The airline says “Exit row seats

are situated either next to or immediately

behind the emergency exit door, so in the

unlikely event of an evacuation, you will be

Late Christian Iwarah

Alleged failure to report incidents: Airline faults AIB

ir Peace airline has disagreed with the

Acontents of a press statement released on

Monday by the Nigeria Accident Investigation

Bureau, AIB, suggesting that the airline has

consistently failed to file Mandatory

Occurrence Report ,MOR, on incidents

involving its aircraft.

The airline said the statement was not issued

in good faith as there was a misrepresentation

of facts concerning the incidents in question. It

further said that “AIB grossly misrepresented”

the facts when it alluded that the airline only

reported the incident, after the Bureau’s team

visited its corporate headquarters in Lagos on

June 6, 2019, which was about three weeks

after the incident

According to Adedoyin Adeniji, Assistant

Manager, Legal ,Air Peace, “On the night of

May 15, 2019, an Air Peace Boeing 737-300

with registration number 5N - BUK made a

hard landing in Lagos on account of sudden

change in weather at the point of touch down”.

“Contrary to the press statement issued by

the AIB, Air Peace duly notified the Nigerian

Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) of the incident

on May 16, 2019, before it followed up with a

written communication and subsequently filed

an MOR on May 17, 2019, with reference

number APL/QM/279/19. The said MOR filed

by the airline was received and signed for by

the NCAA on the same date. Air Peace complied

with the statutory time-line for the filing of

MOR”.

Adeniji further said the airline is still in shock

over the deliberate misrepresentation of facts

by the AIB, and questioned the motive behind

the press statement. He queried: “

He also expressed surprise at AIB’s dredging

up of the incident, which occurred on December

14, 2018, en route Enugu Airport, during which

oxygen masks were automatically deployed

as a result of change in cabin pressure. He

expected to assist in the opening of the

emergency exit door”. It further said there are

safety requirements for sitting in an exit row

seat.

“You must meet certain Civil Aviation

Authority (CAA) safety requirements to sit in

an exit row seat. You must be a non-disabled

adult in full fitness and able to understand

printed and verbal instructions given in

English. You must be willing and able to assist

in the unlikely event of an emergency

evacuation. You will be asked to confirm you

meet the CAA safety requirements before you

can reserve an exit row seat”, the airline said.

The airline also gave conditions under which

a passenger could be moved from an exit row

seat.

“ Once you arrive at the airport we will

check whether you meet the CAA safety

requirements you’ve agreed to when reserving

your exit row seat. If you don’t, we will take

the decision to assign you another seat and

you will not be given a refund”. Also, “If you

become sick or injured. If your circumstances

change and you no longer meet the CAA

requirements you should tell us at least 48

hours before your flight departs to be able to

claim a refund”.

Reacting to the Air Peace airline incidence,

a former Muritala Muhammed Airport

commandant, Group Captain John

Ojikutu,(rtd) said new ways should be devised

and regulated to pick or get passengers who

will occupy the emergency exit seats. Ojikutu

said : “The airline,( Air Peace) is not on trial

but the method of managing emergency

which may not be applicable to it alone but

needs to be reviewed. The emergency

management method was approved by the

NCAA and could be reviewed because of this

incident and because in future, the passengers’

lives depend not only on the reported airline

but others that are applying this method”.

“ What happened is not about the

passenger but about the lives of other

passengers who are to benefit from the service

of a volunteer passenger, not one you brought

to them as being responsible but ended up to

be irresponsible. In any case, the airline would

stand accused if anything happened to other

passengers in the event of any incident where

a passenger was so selected by the airline and

ended up to be irresponsible”.

“…..The airline gave to him a responsibility

that required him to help other passengers on

board the flight which cleverly he ‘declined’.

There would be many like him if the airline

method of selection is continued with; so why

should that method not be open for review by

the airline and the NCAA? If you continue

holding on to the fault of the passenger and

not on the possible consequence of his action

today and of others like him tomorrow, we are

neither helping ourselves nor helping the

responsible authority in its oversight

functions”, he added.

It is obvious from the reactions of

stakeholders; airlines, passengers, etc, that

there is need for more education, especially

on the part of passengers. Passengers like the

emergency exit seats because they have more

leg room than other seats.

Dr Alex, an aviation stakeholder said of

Chris: “Chris was a great and unique

individual, extremely honest and confident

about what he knew. When he wasn’t sure

he asked questions and didn’t pretend that

he was an aviation expert. He was learning

and growing on the job. He presented

information honestly and was my personal

customer service representative at Air

Peace...”

“Anytime I had a problem I sent Chris a

whatsapp message and he straightened out

the issue immediately. Chris will be missed

by many but I’ll miss him particularly. Life

they say continues but they’ll certainly be an

unfillable gap... Chris, we’ll miss you, rest

brother, in the bossom of the Lord..”, he added.

added that matters related to masks dropping

during flight is not peculiar to Air Peace, but

common to airlines the world over.

The airline therefore questions if it is not an

aberration for an Accident Investigation to do

acts capable of not only misleading the flying

public, but also deliberately creating

unnecessary fear in their minds.

“Air Peace makes bold to state that the

mention of ‘other airlines’, without naming them

is a mere smokescreen. The target is Air Peace”,

Adeniji said.

Recall AIB General Manager, Public Affairs,

Mr Tunji Oketunbi, on Monday while

commenting on the incident said : “The Nigeria

Accident Investigation Bureau, AIB, wishes to

express its displeasure over the persistent

failure of some airlines to report accidents or

serious incidents to the Bureau as mandated

by Law”.


42—SATURDAY Vanguard, JUNE 15, 2019

We’re building underground

gas plants to prevent explosions,

save lives — ESIKE

Stories by Moses Nosike

Engineer Johnny Esike is the

Director, Midwest Industry

Gases Limited/Gonzena

Hydrocarbons & Energy Limited. He

is a Nigerian who believes in

science and technology to move the

country forward.

In this interview with Moses

Nosike, he is of the opinion that

until we begin to create or invent

things the country will not develop

in spite the natural resources God

blessed Nigeria with.

Presently, his company is in Edo

state carrying out underground gas

installation process, a project he

initiated to save lives and property

in Nigeria, considering the high

level of lost the country has

experienced on surface gas plants

installation, and other issues he

discussed. Excerpts:

Presently your company is Edo

state installing underground gas

plants, how did you come about

this?

In the last one and half years, we

have been into gas plant installation

which is the easiest way to reduce

gas explosion to the bearest

minimum. We started with Edo state

and we are trying to see how the

state can adopt it using

underground tanks for gas storage

like we have in petrol stations. I

have been to overseas and I

discovered that gas tanks are built

underground and automatically that

helps to eliminate explosions. So we

are trying to replicate that in Nigeria

especially in residential areas

where such explosions can take a

lot of lives.

We are also trying to convince

government agencies to encourage

entrepreneurs and investors in the

gas industry to start building

underground storage tanks for their

Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG)

plants especially in residential

areas like we have it in petrol

stations. We have done one or two

of that already and that is the first

in the country. But the challenges

we are facing is that government

agencies are not responsive to new

changes, they are interested in how

much money you are bringing to the

table. What we are canvassing is

that Nigeria should start building

gas plants under ground and when

that is done, you have reduced

explosion to zero.

Why is Nigeria doing surface

tanks?

They are building surface tanks

because people are used to that.

And what most of them investing

in the gas industry do is buy tanks,

get approval from government and

install it then start operation.

Whereas, before you start building

LPG plants in residential areas, the

first thing that should come to mind

is safety of the people living around

that area. But what we have is that

since one person had built his own

on the surface, other people follow

the same step, and that becomes a

major challenge.

Did you consider

cost implications,

probably surface tanks

are cheaper?

Yes! Surface tanks

are cheaper to build,

cheaper to install and

also cheaper to

operate. But those who

live around those

installations are

subject to risk,

explosions, leakages,

human errors and all

manners of risk

involved. We took

time to study the

industry and we have

had different

explosions in cities,

communities of the

country. For instance,

Nnewi, Onitsha,

Benin etc. In Lagos,

about two explosions

had taken place in the

last one year, one in

Warri, Asaba and

other places. But each

time I travelled to

abroad, I realised that

explosions don’t take

place. I see most of the

tanks they use for gas especially for

cars are buried. So, there is no way

explosion can take place because

gas tanks are buried. But if it is

built on the surface and there

is fire in a gas plant where

it is exposed to high

temperature, the

temperature inside the

tank will exceed the

weather pressure, the

next thing you see is

tank explosion, killing

people all over the

places. But if the

place is covered

with sand, reverse

will be the case.

This is what we

are trying to focus

in the last one and

half years now,

building gas plants underground to

save lives and property.

What have you done to get

government and stakeholders to

support this initiative?

We have in the past one year and

half years be meeting those we

know that can promote and support

the initiative. Government agencies

especially in Edo state and we are

trying to bring it to Lagos. As a

matter of fact we planned a

presentation with Lagos state

officials, environmental and town

planning officials. We just hope we

get an urgent approval of the

permanent secretary of the

ministries to convince investors to

start building LPA plants

underground especially in

residential areas and that is the

safest thing to do. But unfortunately

government agencies don’t even

want to listen to know what you are

doing. Everybody is interested in

the amount of money you are bring

to the table. And this is not only in

the oil industry, it is virtually in all

the sectors. For instance, if you are

building a factory, non of them wants

to come there to encourage you and

know what you are doing; their

concern is how much are you giving

them. When you finish building the

factory, the tax man will start asking

you for taxes even when operation

in the factory has not commenced.

So, we have a lot of challenges with

government agencies that don’t do

their job but only interested in

money. That makes investment

climate very unattractive. The

menace is very peculiar with

Nigeria. It is not so with other

African countries. Other African

countries would be happy seeing

you coming to invest in their country.

They would want to encourage you,

even help you to carry out what you

want to do. In Nigeria reverse is the

case, everybody wants money and

that has affected our rational

thinking.

Tasty Froo

ooty Happy Hour attracts Nigerian consumers

large section of consumers interviewed

A agreed that with its offer of delightful

experiences of wholesome rejuvenating

satisfaction anytime and anywhere, and at an

affordable price point of N25, Frooty Happy Hour

from the stable of Chivita is creating a positive

impression in the marketplace.

The frooty juice is resonating with consumers

desirous of a healthy and refreshing fruit drink.

Available in 100ml pack size, the brand offers more

in terms of natural fruity benefits for a shot of

refreshment to upwardly mobile consumers and

is also the most affordable quality fruit drink on

the market shelf.

Among the consumers who volunteered their

opinion on the brand was Daniel Elijah, a Lagos

based journalist. He noted that Frooty juice is

uniquely refreshing, affordable, great tasting and

comes in a variant of his favourite fruit.

“Frooty Happy Hour by Chivita comes in my

preferred fruity variant of Red Berries and is ideal

for frequent shots of great tasting refreshment

throughout the day. It is very affordable and its

100ml size ensures that I can take several packs

along with me to the office to ensure optimal value

addition in terms of quality refreshment from my

beverage,” he added.

In the same vein, Joseph Eteng, who runs a

thriving graphic design outfit in Calabar, praised

•Esike

How can we handle these

challenges?

If those at the leadership level

refuse to compromise, it will trickle

down to the lowest person. If the

leadership is serious with anticorruption

crusade and the

President displays that character

with his closest ministers, and it will

be that this government is really

serious to reduce corruption, it will

tickle down the system. If the man

at the top doesn’t take bribe, every

other person will be afraid to take

it, and it will be reduced to the

bearest minimum. Let those in the

leadership display the character of

anti-corruption, others will follow

suit.

On the aspect of reducing cash

transaction, the government is

trying by eliminating cash

transactions in the system

especially in the government circles.

The issue is that government

agencies need to be clearly defined

and refined so that when you bring

your business, they will handle their

job properly. For instance if you go

to an agency for approval, within a

week you receive your approval and

this will encourage investment from

abroad and would reduce

unemployment in Nigeria. What

you want to do comes first.

Banks encouraging cashless

transaction...

The cash exchanging hands is not

as a result of government policy. It

just that individuals want to collect

bribe by all means. The maritime

sector in particular has been alleged

as corrupt organisation. For you to

break that corruption circle, the man

at the top must display the spirit of

anti-corruption campaign. For

instance, I have a case in the court,

my goods cleared in Lagos had been

impounded along Ore/Benin road,

and I was asked to pay N2.5m Naira

but I refused to pay. As I speak here,

my gas tank truck with the vehicle

had been there since September

2018. This can discourage investors.

So, what we are talking about goes

beyond talking, we must act it to

achieve results. Any time you want

to clear your goods in our ports, you

will pay irrelevance fees, something

you can’t encounter in other African

countries. Fees payable to

government agencies should be

streamlined by appointing one

agency to do the collection and that

is another way of reducing

corruption.

Frooty Happy Hour by Chivita for being a

healthier and affordable beverage option for

refreshment from the range of products

available on the shelf.

“I have since taken to frooty juice because

it resonates with my lifestyle and is a clear

favourite for its natural fruity benefits as

well as refreshing goodness. Its handy size

means I can have it for refreshment during

and after a hectic day’s schedule,” Eteng

said.

Speaking about the product and the

positive feedback from consumers,

Marketing Director of CHI Limited, Mr.

Probal Bhattacharya said, “the response

from consumers was a validation of the

brand’s avowed commitment to being the

leader in innovation and price strategy in

the fruit beverage space. He added that at

a price point of N25, frooty juice is the most

affordable value for money offering for a

healthy refreshment drink in the market.

“We are driven relentlessly by a desire to

refresh the Nigerian consumer in a way that

resonates with their evolving lifestyle of

healthy living and quest for great tasting

refreshment. Frooty Happy Hour by Chivita

is a result of such quest, and we are pleased

that consumers love it,” he said.

Man, 66, wins West

estern ern Lott

tto’s N18 million

n Abeokuta, Ogun State-

businessman, Mr.

Abased

Samuel Adebiyi, 66, has won N18

million lottery prize from playing

Western Lotto. Adebiyi, who could

neither speak nor write English

Language or even Pidgin English,

said he learnt of Western Lotto

through one of its agents in

Abeokuta.

Adebiyi, who the N18 million

from playing Western Lotto’s 5/90

Ghana game, said he had always

been playing pools in the past, but

his experience with Western Lotto

was outstanding.

Speaking on Tuesday in Lagos

during the presentation of the N18

million cheque to Adebiyi, the

Managing Director of Western Lotto

Nigeria Limited, Mr. Yomi

Ogunfowora, said the payment of

the winning was a fulfilment of its

brand promise of prompt payment

of winnings.

“This is a practical demonstration

of our promise to pay winnings as

soon as they come. We are

committed to making millionaires

by redistributing wealth. For us, our

word is our bond. And we

congratulate Mr. Samuel Adebiyi,

for winning N18 million from our

I

n a bid to alleviate child hunger

and malnutrition in Nigeria,

Hollandia, the leading dairy brand

from the stables of CHI Limited,

recently donated dairy products to

more than 500 children at the Bogije

Internally Displaced Person’s (IDP)

camp in Ibeju-Lekki, Lagos State.

Speaking during the visit, the

Managing Director CHI Ltd, Mr.

Deepanjan Roy, represented by the

Head of Administration, Mr. Ebere

Osunkwo, said, “As a socially

responsible company, we are

naturally passionate about child

nutrition. And in cognizance of the

unsatisfactory situation with child

nutrition globally and nationally, we

initiated the Hollandia No Kid

Hungry Foundation as a vehicle for

contributing, in our own way,

towards slowing down the spiraling

number of cases of hunger and

Dell upgrades its softw

twares

for easy uses

or easy operation and

Fconvenience, Dell recently

upgrade its PCs to meet the demand

of users, and with its Computex

2019 and others, Dell is delivering,

introducing multiple new products

across its consumer and small

business portfolios. Starting with its

acclaimed, premiere XPS line and

weaved throughout its mainstream

Inspiron and Vostro brands.

According to the Senior Vice

President, General Manager,

Consumer and Small Business

Product Group, Dell, Ray Wah,

“We’re thrilled to be back at

Computex, further spotlighting the

exceptional innovation we kicked

off earlier this year at CES 2019.

We are always listening to the needs

of our customers and we’ve really

delivered with smaller and sleeker

designs, flawless detail and high

performance in each of these new

devices.”

The XPS line is Dell’s most

awarded line of devices celebrated

for its best-in-class technologies,

exceptional build and materials,

and ability to blend both power and

beauty. Dell is taking that

commitment one step further with

the launch of the new XPS 13 2-in-

1, redesigned and higher performing

than the previous generation.

To achieve this, the display

experience has been elevated on all

fronts, refining the InfinityEdge

display in a 16:10 format, now

offering a stunning edge-to-edge

screen and 7% larger viewing

experience. The most innovative

webcam and Dell’s smallest laptop

5/90 Ghana game.

“We do hope that from today, Mr.

Adebiyi will go all out like Miss

Dorcas Nwagbara, who won N15

million from playing one of our

other games, to tell others about

Western Lotto. We pay as soon as

you win. No stories!” Ogunfowora

said.

Two of Western Lotto’s brand

Ambassadors, Alexx Ekubo and

Adeyemi Afolabi, popularly known

as Lasisi Elenu, presented the N18

million cheque to the winner.

Speaking in Yoruba, an obviously

elated Adebiyi said he had been

down with malaria for some days,

but he became well immediately he

got the news that he had won a cash

prize of N18 million.

Adebiyi said he felt he was

dreaming until he got to the Victoria

Island, Lagos office of Western Lotto

and the cheque was presented to

him.

On his plans for the money,

Adebiyi, who has two wives, but

refused to disclose how many

children he has, said he was yet to

make up his mind on how to spend

the money.

He thanked the management of

the gaming company for living up

to its promise.

Winner of N18m

Western Lotto

lottery prize,

Mr. Samuel

Adebiyi, flanked

by Western

Lotto’s brand

Ambassadors,

Lasisi Elenu

(left) and

Alex Ekubo

(right), during

the cheque

presentation in

Lagos on

Tuesday.

Foundation donates diary products

to 500 children

malnutrition amongst children.”

He added that the Bogije IDP

camp visit marked a notable

milestone in the Hollandia No Kid

Hungry Foundation’s drive towards

alleviating child hunger and

malnutrition.

Responding on behalf of the

community, Chief Tajudeen

Oniwolu, the Baale of the Bogije

Oniwolu Estate, expressed his

gratitude and joy at the event which

he described as auspicious. “I am

very grateful to the management of

CHI Ltd for this special visit and the

donation of their products to the

children today. It is obvious for all

to see that the children are very

happy and as the Baale of this

community, this really gladdens my

heart. I call on other companies to

emulate this kind gesture. I also

beckon on CHI Ltd to continue with

this very laudable initiative.”

camera ever is now located at the

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improved colour accuracy and

resolution with FHD+ and UHD+

options to capture precise detail and

sharp images, as well as the ability

to enjoy HDR content with a

HDR400 certified UHD+ panel

and Dolby Vision.

With the addition of Eyesafe

display, Dell is helping to reduce

potentially harmful blue light

emissions while maintaining colour

gamut performance. Because

today’s device-driven culture has

people staring at devices for hours

on end each day and consuming

high levels of blue light, Dell has

partnered with Eyesafe® to

intelligently manage light energy at

the source to selectively reduce

harmful blue light and disperse it

across the light spectrum.

While the display and design are

stunning, Dell hasn’t pushed

performance aside. In fact, it’s been

elevated from what was previously

a fanless design to an actively

cooled 15W design for up to 2.5 times

more performance than the

previous generation.

The XPS 13 2-in-1 is Dell’s first

laptop with Intel’s 10th Gen Intel

Core processors and features

adaptive performance based on the

latest Intel Dynamic Tuning

Technology, which proactively

changes the power of the CPU

according to the performance of the

workload. Dell has reengineered the

thermal design to cool the higher

performing processor while creating

an overall 8% thinner 2-in-1 than

the previous generation”.


SATURDAY Vanguard, JUNE 15, 2019—43

By Marie-Therese Nanlong

Jos – Hope is rising for the family of

Nwagod and Mary Chukwebuka

whose baby girl was stolen on the

31 st of May, 2019, three days after being

delivered at the Plateau Specialists

Hospital, Jos as the baby has been found

but yet to be returned to the rightful owner.

Saturday Vanguard reliably gathered

that the supposed ‘medical personnel’

who came to take the baby from the mother

and disappeared into thin air had been

found and arrested by the Police and the

suspect had owned up to abducting the

baby in the said hospital.

It would be recalled that at the time the

baby was abducted, a certain lady had

appeared at the Farin Gada area of Jos

North local government area claiming she

gave birth to a baby girl in a kidnappers’

den as she said she was abducted while

on her way to deliver in a hospital which

had since denied having her as an

antenatal patient.

Having been kept in the dark for 10 days,

the distressed mother, Mary

Chukwuebuka and her husband Nwagod

raised the alarm of an alleged plan by the

management of the hospital to cover up

the incident and appealed to the Hospital

Management, the State Police Command

and anyone who can assist to retrieve their

first child to come to their aid.

Mary had told journalists in Jos that, “I

came to the hospital on Monday, 27 th May,

I came for ante-natal but they said I was

due to deliver so the doctor referred me to

Gynea emergency, I was induced, after

some hours, I gave birth on Tuesday

morning 3.47am and started bleeding.

After then I was asked to be transfused on

blood. I was on transfusion on Wednesday

and Thursday so, the blood finished on

Friday morning around 10a.m which the

doctor said there was another one that I

was supposed to take again. I told them

that I was not financially buoyant, they

were Okay with the issue.

“In the evening, the doctor was

supposed to discharge me so he came and

said there was another test I was supposed

to carry out. He gave me the form and said

I should take the test in the morning so

we were there sitting when a certain lady

came about 6.17pm and came straight to

me on bed and she said where is the form

for the blood test , I removed the form and

gave her, she said it is not this one, this

one is yours, the baby’s own and I said the

doctor did not say there was something

wrong with my baby so she said the baby

was supposed to be given blood.

“Taking her to be a doctor, I trusted and

gave my baby to her and I had already

undressed the baby but she said I should

not undress the baby, she was taking the

baby to Children Ward to take the blood

so she now said I should ask my mother to

follow her and collect the baby which my

mother did. On the way, she sent my

mother back, saying that she would bring

the baby back so, my mother came back.

I was hearing the cry of the baby and I

was telling my mother if it was taking one

hour to take blood for test?

“Another patient was coming from the

Children ward so I asked her, did you see

my baby there, she said she did not see

any baby but there was an empty bed there

so immediately, I got up and on getting

there, there was no baby there and the

lady was not there and I reported to the

nurses. That was when they started

searching. After searching, we did not see

the woman or the baby so that very day,

they called Police.”

The issue had dragged for days before

the father of the baby approached the

Legal Aid Council who assigned him a

lawyer to look into the case but the

hospital’s Acting Chief Medical Director,

CMD, Dr. Philemon Golwa frowned at

such step saying it would interfere with

the process of investigations by the

Police.

Expressing his feeling about the

recovery of the baby, the father said, “I

thank all good Nigerians for the efforts

they have been making concerning the

case, they have come up with something.

On Wednesday, I got a call from my wife

that I should come to the hospital that the

DPO wanted to see us. We went there with

some other people from the hospital.

When we got there, we met one woman on

seat with a baby and they asked us if the

baby was ours and we said yes, the baby

is ours.

“The woman that came with the baby

also claimed that the baby was hers that,

she was kidnapped and she gave birth to

the baby in the kidnappers’ camp. After

questioning, they detained the woman

and the baby and asked us to go. On

Thursday, we were called again to come

•Parents of stolen baby

How they stole my baby

after delivery, mother

tells her story

•Suspect arrested, baby found

for some test, the baby, my wife and the

woman blood sample were taken at the

Police Clinic and in another private

hospital.

“From there, they transferred us from A

Division to Police headquarters where we

all gave statements again. The husband

of the woman with the baby also gave his

statement but we don’t know what they

said because we were interviewed

separately. At the end of the day, the Police

took the baby; the baby is not feeling well

so they took her to the Specialist hospital

again. They have not handed over the

baby to us.”

Talking about the feeding of the child,

he continued, “On Wednesday, the baby

was crying when we were there, the

woman could not feed the baby, she was

forcing her breast into the baby’s mouth

but the baby was not sucking because

nothing was coming out. We later left the

place, Police bought glucose for the baby

but on Thursday, we bought NAN baby

formula.”

Mary continued, “The woman who came

to the Police station with the baby was the

very person who came to me in the hospital

with a lab coat to collect my baby. I am

very sure, she is the one that took my baby.

Her mother was there with her at the

station, assisting her with the baby. Of

course she has no breast milk to feed that

baby, when the baby was hungry and

crying, she forced her breast in her mouth

but the baby rejected it and continued

crying. Both the woman and her mother

were confused and did not know what to

do.

“The older woman was acting as if she

has never been a mother; the baby was

ready to expose them because God

answered our prayers.

I am very happy and

comfortable since I set

my eyes on my baby,

which gives me joy.

When the baby was

crying, even my breast

was reacting

immediately, the baby

is my blood, I felt it as

she was crying, the

baby has cold and was

coughing but the

woman was forcing her

breast into her mouth,

blocking her

nostrils.”

Meanwhile, the State

Police Command

through a statement

issued by its Public

Relations Officer, DSP

Mathias Tyopev

explained that, the case

of Child Stealing was

reported at ‘A’

Expressing his

feeling about the

recovery of the baby,

the father said, “I

thank all good

Nigerians for the

efforts they have

been making

concerning the case,

they have come up

with something

Divisional Police

Headquarters, Jos on

31/05/19 by one Nanpan Gumut ‘m’, the

Chief Security Officer of Plateau State

Specialist Hospital, Jos.

“The Police after receiving the

complaint immediately mobilised to the

scene of crime. On arrival, Mrs. Mary

Chukwuebuka ‘f’ of Zaramaganda in Jos

South, the woman whose child was

allegedly stolen volunteered her

statement that she gave birth at the Plateau

Specialist Hospital on 28/05/2019 at about

1815hrs. She further narrated that on the

31/05/2019 a woman disguised as medical

personnel and approached her to hand

over her baby for medical examination and

she innocently obliged without

questioning and follow up.

“She went further that she waited for

the impostor for about an hour before she

raised alarm to alert the

nurses on duty. She stated the

sex of her child as female.

The detectives also asked

the husband for his view and

he narrated the same story as

the wife did. The nurses who

were on duty were also

questioned.

“While investigation was

ongoing, the police got an

intelligence that a woman by

name Leritshimwa Diyal ‘f’ of

Zawan in Jos South Local

Government Area who

claimed to have given birth on

the same 31/05/19 while in the

kidnappers’ camp brought a

female child to Bingham

University Teaching Hospital,

Jos for medical examination.

“The Police immediately

wrote to the hospital on 03/05/

19 for the hospital to examine

her as to whether she gave

birth naturally within the

period she so claimed.

The Police also wrote to Jos

University Teaching Hospital

(JUTH) on 03/06/19 where she claimed she

attended ante-natal care so as to confirm

her claim or otherwise.

We are still waiting for the reply from

the above named hospitals to further our

investigation.”


44 — SATURDAY Vanguard, JUNE 15, 2019

Kano Pillars: Under

the hammar

Rabiu Ali

The NPFL Super Six play

offs concluded in Lagos

Wednesday were nearly

marred by the ugly incident of

pitch invasion by fans sympathetic

to Kano Pillars.

It was a match Day 4 encounter

between Kano Pillars and

Rangers International of Enugu.

Pillars had taken the lead

through a well taken free kick by

Rabiu Ali. Rangers were awarded

an 87th minute penalty by the

centre referee Adebimpe Quadri,

which was expertly converted by

Rangers captain Godwin Aguda.

Fracas sparked off after the

match as Pillars captain Ali accosted

Quadri and video clips

showed how the player threatened

to beat up the ref. It took

the intervention of security officials

to stop him from further

assault on the referee.

Following suit, fans believed to

be supporters of Kano Pillars descended

on the pitch, destroying

pitch panels and advertisment

boards around the pitch pursuing

match officials and players

of the rival team. For about 20

minutes, the rioting fans reigned

supreme before the situation was

brought to normal by stadium security.

The League Management

Company (LMC), organisers of

the Nigeria Professional Football

League (NPFL) sat and immediately

slapped Kano Pillars

captain Rabiu Ali with a 12-

match ban.

Ali was charged for accosting

the referee and in so doing incited

others to commit acts of violence

and misconduct in breach

of Rule C1.3. The LMC also

slammed the club with N8m fine.

Segun Afolayan, a fan at the

Agege stadium wondered how it

would have been if the match had

taken place in Kano. “No wonder

they hardly lose at home,” he

said, referring to the near invinciblity

of Kano Pillars at the Sani

Abacha Stadium.

Super Six: Low standard

cause for worry

•Enyimba win another title

By Jacob Ajom

When on June 4, the

League Management

Company, organisers

of Nigeria Professional

Football League signalled the

commencement of the 2018/19

season ending mini league, the

NPFL Super Six, a lot was expected

of the competition which was

beamed live on cable network

Supersport. The competition ran

smoothly, with the gladiators

Enyimba Football Club of Aba

and Kano Pillars running neck-toneck

as early leaders.

The competition which held at

the Agege Stadium, the Soccer

Temple proved that Nigeria football

could go to places, given the

right environment as all, but one

of the teams that took part in the

Super Six proved their worth.

Soccer fans really had their fill

as they were thoroughly entertained

by the exhiliriating soccer

artistery churned out by the participating

teams.

Against all pre-tournament predictions,

Enyimba stung Rangers

International 1-0 on the opening

day, thus signalling their intention

to push for the title. On that same

day, Kano Pillars and Akwa United

settled for a 2-2 draw while the

erstwhile defending champions,

Lobi Stars defeated FC Ifeanyi

Ubah 3-1.

Fans went home satisfied with

the impression that more was to

come from the participating

teams in subsequent matches. Yet

it was not all smooth for all the

teams as FC Ifeanyi Ubah turned

out the whipping boys as they

ended up losing all their matches.

Oduduru joins athletics paid ranks

By Ben Efe

Nigeria's newest sprint

sensation, Divine Oduduru

has set his sighs on running in the

World Athletics Diamond League

after conquering the US National

Collegiate Athletics Association turf.

Oduduru, won a sprint double in

the NCAA finals earlier this month

in a blistering fashion, running 9.86

seconds in the 100m and 19.73

seconds national and NCAA record

in the 200m.

The Texas Tech Bio Chemistry

major with two years to go in his

academic pursuit declared in a tweet

that he was now ready to turn

professional and the lucrative

endorsements and IAAF Diamond

League are major attractions. As a

sophomore, NCAA rules forbids him

from making money.

The 22-year old Oduduru perhaps

is cashing in on his present ratings

to jump into the paid ranks and

make some financial gains rather

than wait for two more years.

“He must have thought it through

and personally I take it as a good

decision,” said coach Seigha

Porbeni.

“Now that he is in top form, he

should go for it and make the most

of it.”

However, former Athletics

As for Lobi Stars, it was a tournament

to forget as they won only

one match and garnared a paltry

4 points from five matches.

Perharps, overwhelmed by the

occasion, Akwa United that started

with so much hope crumbled

under the weight of clubs with

bigger names and richer history.

The Promise Keepers, as they

are called could only manage one

win, three draws and one loss to

end up with 6 points; not enough

for a CAF Cup ticket.

Rangers International Football

Club of Enugu managed a third

place finish as the Flying Antelops

who were believed to be the

best team before the tournament

crumbled and nearly lost out totally

in the battle for a continental

ticket. However, champions of

Group A in the regular season

placed third and won a CAF Confederation

Cup ticket.

Despite their troubles, Kano

Pillars placed second and picked

the second CAF Champions

League ticket, shutting out the

likes of Rangers and Akwa United

who ended third and fourth respectively.

Enyimba United returned

the pinnacle of Nigeria

football as they proved once

again to be the best of the pack.

“They are worthy champions,”

said Emma Jemegha, Group

Sports Editor of the Sun Newspapers

and author of 'Eye on the

League,' a book on the Nigerian

league.

Jemegha said “apart from

Akwa United that, sort of disappointed,

there is no other club

with a better organised machinery

than Enyimba's. They have a

stable management that has been

in place for a very long time, a

sound base and quality technical

Federation of Nigeria president, Dan

Ngerem warned the youngster to

tread carefully so as not to fall into

the hands of exploitative track and

field managers.

”I know what I went through with

Seun Ogunkoya trying to revive his

career with FILA.

“I had to go and see FILA in Italy

and also had audience with the likes

of IAAF President then. Sometimes,

if you don’t know where you are

coming from you may miss your way

to where you are going.

“We need to protect and manage

this young man professionally and

closely in order to optimise his God

given talent and potential.”

crew.

“One could see how they

played, even as the general standard

was below what one expected,”

Jemegha said.

Reviewing the play-offs in a

chat with Sports Vanguard, Jemegha

said, “generally, I will

score the organisers high, except

for the ugly incident involving

fans of Kano Pillars, the tournament

went well.”

In terms of teams' performances,

the League writer said, “I still

think the performance is not what

we expect at this stage. It is worrisome

as the standard is dropping.”

He admitted that from what he

saw at Agege stadium, our clubs

would continue to struggle in the

continent.“I have always had

doubts about our clubs because

they don't play well,” he said, adding,

“when I watch North African

teams and teams from Ghana and

Ivory Coast play, I wonder where

President of the Nigeria

Wrestling Federation (NWF)

Hon. Daniel Igali has said the forthcoming

3rd Governor Dickson

National Classics is expected to be

‘one of the most important

tournaments for athletes and

officials’.

The showpiece tournament, which

will be staged from 23rd to 30th June,

2019 at the Indoor Sports Hall of

the Samson Siasia Sports Stadium

in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, will also

serve as qualifiers for this year’s All-

Africa Games in Morocco and the

All is now set for the 5th edition

of the Lagos State Secondary

Schools Handball Championship

tagged Opeifa Cup coming up from

June 17 - 21 at the Mobolaji Johnson

Sports Centre, Rowe Park, Yaba.

The championship, which is for

boys and girls, is one of the grassroots

development programme organised

by the association with the

support of the sponsor, Comrade

Kayode Opeifa.

Since its inception in 2015, it has

served as a platform to discover and

nurture talents for the state. Talented

players scouted during this championship

are doing the state proud

at national and international youth

and cadet championships.

we are headed because our standard is

going down.”

But where lies the problem? Is it that

Nigeria no longer bear good players? “We

still have good players but to keep them

here is the problem. They can't stay and

that is why the standard keep falling.”

Jemegha traced the problem to the frequent

outward traffic of Nigerian players

to other countries. “If one good player

emerges this year, next year he is off

to Europe, Asia or wherever he could earn

a better pay.”

He said the problem has to do with the

economy. “A player who is earning

N150,000 here will always run to play

for whoever promises him $10,000. You

and I know the exchange rate and what

that means to an average Nigerian.”

Although he expressed sympathy with

players who move abroad at the slightest

chance, he advocated a more stringent

contract regime for NPFL players.

“Clubs can only tie down players with

long term contracts,” he said. “When this

is done, players would be made to stay

and see out their contracts

Wrestling: Gov. Dickson Classics means

a lot for athletes, officials – Igali

World Wrestling Championships in Kazakhstan

in September.

With all of Nigeria’s finest wrestlers expected

to vie for places at the Africa Games and World

Championships, the Olympic champion also

expects stiff competition in Yenagoa.

“I think this is going to be, especially for this

year and for the purposes of the Olympics, one

of the most important tournaments for athletes

and officials,” Igali said.

“The gold medalists in the weight classes,

especially if an athlete won clearly and squarely,

will represent the country automatically at the

All Africa Games in Morocco and the World

Championships in

Handball: Opeifa Cup begins Monday

Secretary of the association, Bintu Ojikutu

stated that it was heartwarming to see Opeifa

partnering with the association to help

budding players’ nature their talents, assuring

that this year’s championship would

supersede previous editions.

“I must say that the Lagos state Handball

Association is ready for this year’s Opeifa

Cup. As usual, schools across the state will

showcase their talents in the championship

and the state coaches will have the

opportunity to scout players that will be of

benefit in future.

“Nothing less than 103 teams participated

in the 2018 edition and this year it is expected

to be more. But the organisers wishes to

raise the standard of the game to ensure that

the very best participate at all times,” Ojikutu

added.


Govt ‘sociopaths’ want to bring me down – Pinnick

Amaju Pinnick, the most senior official

in African football behind under-fire

supremo Ahmad Ahmad, has blasted

Nigerian authorities for attempting to

push him out of office, insisting he will

stand his ground and not give in to

“sociopaths”.

Last month, in the midst of a period of

intense unrest within the leadership of

African football, Pinnick, a strong ally of

FIFA president Gianni Infantino and a

constant figure of controversy, was

charged along with four others by a federal

court on allegations of corruption and

suspended.

The five were apparently arraigned for

alleged mismanagement of an $8,400

grant from FIFA.

In a 17-count charge filed before the

Federal High Court in Abuja, the money

was said to have been paid by FIFA to the

Nigerian FA (NFF) as appearance fees

during the Russia 2018 World Cup.

Named with Pinnick – Nigerian FA boss

and a vice-president of the Confederation

of African Football – in the charge, were

NFF Secretary Sunusi Mohammed, 1st

Vice-President Seyi Akinwumi, 2nd Vice-

President, Shehu Dikko and an Executive

member, Yusuff Fresh.

The defendants were also accused of

“moving dishonestly and intentionally the

sum of about N4bn ($11.1 million)”

belonging to the NFF without the consent

of the federation.

Despite the court ruling, Pinnick was a

conspicuous figure at last week’s FIFA

Congress in Paris and at a CAF

summit which preceded it.

Pinnick’s own case has been

largely pushed into the

background amid ongoing

coverage of Ahmad’s conduct as

CAF leader which came under a

barrage of scrutiny in Paris when

he was questioned by French

authorities over a contract

allegedly broken with Puma in

December 2017 and placed with

French company Tactical Steel.

Ahmad was released without

charge but should he at any stage

be removed from his position as

CAF president, Pinnick, as the next

most powerful CAF official, would

Musa, Ighalo, Aiteo emerge Pitch

Award 2018 winners

uper Eagles striker and Al Nassr

Ssensation, Ahmed Musa and Super

Falcons player Francisca Ordega both

won the top prizes of King and Queen

of the Pitch last week at the 6th awards

gala of the Nigeria Pitch Awards.

The award ceremony which held after

the International Friendly between the

Super Eagles of Nigeria and the

Warriors of Zimbabwe was attended by

Seyi Akinwunmi First Vice President of

the Nigeria Football Federation, Ahmed

Fresh, NFF Board member, Mr. Chiedu

Ebie, Secretary to the Delta State

Government, Mr. Olayinka Adeleke,

State Police Commissioner, Super

Eagles Coach, technical crew and

players.

Speaking at the ceremony, Seyi

Akinwuni who represented the NFF

President, commended the organizers

of the awards stressing that putting an

award together required a lot of effort.

He reiterated the support of the

Federation for the Pitch Awards.

Mr Shina Philips, President of the

Nigeria Pitch Awards expressed

appreciation of the organizers to the

Federation and the Delta State

Government. He said the organizers,

Nigeria Pitch Awards remained

committed to giving Nigerians a

•Igali & Adekuoroye

transparent and credible awards and

would continue to provide a platform

for football stakeholders to decide

who their heroes should be.”

‘We will continue to do what is

right because we believe our players

need to be motivated by a

transparent and credible reward

system which will see them earn the

respect of everyone in the football

community,’ Philips said.

almost certainly step into the role

on an interim basis.

Yet there are reservations about

his own credentials after being

charged at home with criminal

conspiracy, criminal breach of

trust, theft and criminal

misappropriation.

Pinnick says the charges are

completely unfounded

“This is about certain

individuals who are sociopaths

and you can quote me on that,”

Pinnick told Insideworldfootball.

“They just want me to lose my

credibility. That’s the A to Z of what

is going on. They don’t want us to

be independent, simply as that.”

Dstv opens Olympic Channel

dedicated channel for the

A Olympics has been created by

SuperSport. Known as the Olympic

Channel it will be offering fans

Olympic-themed programming from

across the globe, with an emphasis

on their favourite local athletes, teams

and sports under the “Olympic

Channel” brand available to DStv

and GOtv audiences

In addition to locally-produced

features created by SuperSport and

social media content, visitors will be

able to watch Olympic-themed

original series and documentaries

produced by filmmakers from around

the world commissioned by the

global Olympic Channel. Fans will

also be able to access breaking news

stories on the road to Tokyo 2020 and

insights into the next summer

edition of the Youth Olympic Games

(YOG) set to take place in the

Senegalese capital of Dakar in 2022.

“With Tokyo 2020 just over a year

away, we look forward to further

developing our partnership with

SuperSport across multiple platforms

with the common goal of building

excitement for the upcoming

Olympic Games through relevant

and local content that engages their

audience,” said Mark Parkman,

General Manager of the IOC’s global

Olympic Channel.

How Joshua can reclaim his belts

from Ruiz, by Peter Oboh

F

By Jacob Ajom

ormer British and

Commonwealth Light

heavyweight champion Peter

Oboh, is still angry that fellow

Anglo British sensation and

former World heavyweight

champion, Anthony Joshua lost his

belts to little known Andy Ruiz Jnr,

saying that Joshua must do

everything possible to reclaim his

belts before the end of this year.

Speaking in a chat with

Saturday Sports Vanguard, Oboh

who is back in Nigeria after a

successful sojourn in Europe, said

the first thing Joshua must do is to

overhaul his team, realign his

strategy before relaunching his bid

to reclaim his belts

•Joshua and

his manager,

McCracken

Chikwelu: We won’t

give France space

to operate

•Peter

Oboh

Super Falcons star Rita Chikwelu

is of the opinion that the midfield

battle will be key to whether they win

or lose their final Group A match

against France at the 2019 Women’s

World Cup.

The Kristianstad ace shone playing

as a deep-lying midfielder as Nigeria

registered a 2-0 win against South

Korea on Wednesday and she has

admitted that the French team will

be tougher opponents.

‘’It is not going to be an easy game,

everybody knows that, we are going

there to fight to get a point,’’ said

Chikwelu to Super Falcons media

team.

‘’It is going to be a physical game

in midfield, we know their

midfielders, likewise they know us. We

are not going to give them any space

to operate in the midfield.

‘’I have one hundred percent

confidence that we can do it.’’

Nigeria will lock horns with France

at Roazhon Park in Rennes on

Monday, June 17, starting from 2000

hours.

Oboh who like Joshua, fought

under the British flag, advised the

former world champion to rejig his

team by employing the services of

an American trainer. “Joshua must

take the bull by the horn if he

wishes to bounce back and

reclaim his titles. Certainly, there

must be adjustments in his camp

of which I suggest a consortium of

experienced training team,

preferably, an American top

trainer(no disrespect to African

and British trainers).”

The former pugilist who is now

an evangelist defended his choice

of an American to head Joshua’s

team. “When it comes to better

strategy, technique, game plan,

stealing and creating fight upsets,

American trainers are some steps

higher than the rest.”

He said he totally agrees with

former British-born world

heavyweight boxing champion,

Lenox Lewis who suggested a

similar move for Joshua after the

latter’s embarrassing loss to Ruiz..

“Wisdom must be applied by

Joshua’s camp when tackling this

issue because it is key to his rise

again.”

He continued, “boxing is like

education. You cannot use the

same teacher who taught you to

pass your primary school exam

with distinction up to the university

level. It is impossible because as

you progress in your academics,

you pass under the tutelage of

numerous teachers. That is exactly

how boxing is.”

SATURDAY Vanguard, JUNE 15, 2019 — 45

•Members of the Super Eagles who attended the lecture

Stephen Keshi Memorial Lecture:

Footballers told to plan

for life after football

By Ochuko Akuopha

THE need for footballers to

plan ahead of their retire

ment took the front burner

as the technical team and 25-man

provisional squad of the Super

Eagles for the 2019 African Cup

of Nations graced the 2nd

Stephen Keshi Memorial Lecture

at Asaba, Delta State, before their

departure to Egypt..

The event which was organized

by the National Association of Nigeria

Professional Footballers,

NANPF, also had some key stakeholders

in the sports sector in attendance.

The lecture tagged: What Does

The Country Owe Our Ex-internationals?,

was put in place to celebrate

and keep alive the legacies

of the late former Super Eagles

captain and coach, Stephen Keshi,

which according to the organizers

include the Confederation of African

Football, CAF, Coach of the

Year award in 2013 and 2016; CAF

Legends Award in 2010, Commander

of the Order of the Niger,

CON amongst others.

Speaking at the ceremony Chairman

of Delta State Sports Commission,

Tonobok Okowa who represented

the State Governor, Senator

Ifeanyi Okowa said: "Day by

day, a lot of our young ones can

benefit from the lecture because

of the legacies that Stephen Keshi

left.

"We must always look at life after

football because the moment

you step your leg into the pitch,

know that it could be well or your

career could end that same moment.

"Talking about legacies one will

leave behind after playing and discipline,

it will lead you on to

Stephen Keshi who started as a

footballer, became captain of the

Super Eagles and after many

years, he became a coach. He came

back to the Super Eagles as a

coach and won the AFCON with

the team in 2013.”

In his presentation, the Guest

Lecturer, Prof. Ken Anugweje, Director,

University of Port Harcourt

Sports Institute noted that the list

of retired athletes would continue

to grow, listing the challenges

faced by new set of retirees to include

lack of preparation for life

after football, unemployment, disability,

underprivileged conditions

and loss of identity.

He said: "Many athletes are not

able to make successful transitions

from sports to retirement.

They are usually not adequately

equipped to do so. Many do not

make retirement plans and so retire

into uncertain future. Many

come from lower class homes and

may not have relatives to fall back

on."

On options available to retired

footballers, he said they could continue

in the sports sector as coaches,

physical education trainers,

television pundits, learn new

skills and abilities.

He said it was also possible for

retired footballers to start businesses.

"Many have Sports equipment

shops, sports facilities maintenance

outfits, bars, restaurants

and even high-brow baring saloons",

he said.

Stressing the need for a contributory

pension scheme to be instituted

for footballers while they are

still active, he said "Every member

of a country's competitive winning

squad should earn a monthly

salary for life.

"If our politicians can award life

long retirement benefits to themselves,

those who gave up their

youthful years and time in order

to fly the nation's flag deserve

equal consideration.

"Retired national team players

should be enrolled in the National

Health insurance Scheme and

paid for by the government. Exinternationals

who desire to return

to school in order to enhance their

employment opportunities should

be awarded government scholarships.

"Low interest loans should be

approved for those who wish to

start businesses."

In his remarks, Super Eagles

coach, Gernot Rohr, commended

the organizers for the lecture, expressing

optimism that the association

would go a long way in

helping to improve the welfare of

retired footballers.

Describing Stephen Keshi as a

great footballer in his playing

days, he said the former Eagles

captain developed himself to become

a successful coach.

Also speaking, Super Eagles

captain, John Mikel Obi described

Keshi as a good natured personality

who gave fatherly advice to

his players.

Earlier in his welcome address,

President of NANPF, Tijani Babangida

said Stephen Keshi was

an AFCON icon both as a player

and coach. I am sure that some of

the players he won the cup with

as coach are still in the current

team going to the the 2019 edition

in Egypt in a few days.

Represented by the association's

Secretary, Mr. Austin Popo, Babangida

reiterated the resolve of

his team to "build on and strengthen

existing programs of the union

and create new initiatives that will

reposition the players' union as

one of the most impact full football

institution that can truly represent

and promote players' rights

and interest in Africa and the

world".

"We have a lot of dreams we

want to achieve to make the lives

of our players more meaningful in

and out of active service and by

extension moving our football to

the next level.


46 — SATURDAY Vanguard, JUNE 15, 2019

FIFA Ranking:

Super Eagles

drop 3 places

The Super Eagles are heading to the 2019 Africa Cup of

Nations (AFCON) as the 45th best team on world football

after they dropped three places from 42nd in the latest FIFA

Ranking.

In the new ranking released on Thursday, Nigeria are 45th,

three positions down from where they were at the last ranking

in April 2019.

Despite the drop in position on the world stage, the Eagles

are still third in Africa only behind Senegal who jumped one

place to 22nd and Tunisia in 25th position. Morocco in 47th

place and Congo DR in 49th place complete the top five.

Ghana (50), Cameroon (51), Egypt (58), Burkina Faso (59),

and Mali (62) make up the top 10 teams in Africa.

Super Eagles Group B opponents at AFCON 2019 Burundi,

Guinea and Madagascar are 134th, 71st and 108 respectively

in the ranking.

On the world stage, it’s unchanged at the top with Belgium,

France, Brazil and England keeping their first, second, third

and fourth positions respectively.

Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr

has admitted that Nigeria

reaching the semifinal of the 2019

Africa Cup of Nations will be

difficult because of the quality of

teams in the competition.

Nigeria are on a good run

heading into the tournament,

having remained undefeated

since the end of the 2018 World

Cup with five victories and three

draws in eight competitive and

friendly matches.

Apart from Egypt, the likes of

Senegal, Morocco and Tunisia are

Okowa hails Oduduru over

NCAA Award America.

Delta State Governor, Senator

Ifeanyi Okowa has

congratulated Delta born,

Nigerian sprinter, Divine

Oduduru on his emergence as the

National Collegiate Athletic

Association (NCAA) Male Athlete

of the Year in the United States of

•Oduduru

Mikel:This is my

"last Afcon"

Nigeria captain John Obi Mikel

has hinted that the 2019 Africa

Cup of Nations (Afcon) could be his

last continental outing with the

country.

Mikel has been a regular fixture

in the national team frame since he

AFCON 2019: Eagles' chances 're

slim – Rohr

means being careful.''

•Rohr

strong favorites to win the Africa

Cup of Nations.

''For our fans, of course, it is clear

that we will reach at least the

semi-final. But that will be

difficult because Egypt is a force

at home,'' Rohr said.

''I hope we

can play a

good role.

And certainly

one or the

other surprise

team will

emerge.

''The Africa

Cup is

something

very special

in terms of

ambience

a n d

significance.

Of course we

want to do

well.

"We must

underestimate

no opponent.

Burundi, for

example,

eliminated

Gabon in

qualifying. It

Senegal’s Teranga Lions is Africa’s number

one–ranked team, but the Super Eagles

are determined to give a good account of

themselves when both teams square up in

Ismailia tomorrow evening.

Feelers from the camp indicate only a very

positive ambience with players and officials

thinking of how to bring honour and glory to

the nation, when the whistle goes for kick off

at the 32nd Africa Cup of Nations finals in

six days.

The last time both Nigeria and Senegal

clashed at senior level was on 23rd March

2017, at The Hive (home of Barnet FC and

London Bees) in London. Kelechi Iheanacho

equalized from the spot after Moussa Sow

The Governor who was excited that Oduduru also

got nominated for the Bow man award, the highest

award in the U.S for Collegiate Athletes being the

second Nigerian to be so nominated after Blessing

Okagbare equally from Delta State.

Okowa in a statement in Asaba and made

available to journalists said "Oduduru's

nomination is sequel to his superlative

Three-time Africa

champions, Nigeria will face

Senegal in their final

friendly on Sunday ahead of

their AFCON opener against

Burundi on June 22.

made his Super Eagles debut back

in August 2005 during a friendly

match against Libya.

The former Chelsea midfielder has

been named in Gernot Rohr’s final

23-man squad for the tournament in

Egypt and he is now set to play in

his fourth Afcon after previous

appearances in the 2006, 2008 and

2013 editions.

When quizzed about his

international future, Mikel said that

he is uncertain if he will be available

for selection for their 2021 edition in

Cameroon.

“I do not know but I think it may

be (my last Afcon). I like to go every

year and see how I feel,” Mikel said.

“Obviously the young players are

Eagles set to give Teranga

Lions a good fight

Nigeria vs Senegal

performance this season in the

U.S Collegiate Championships

winning the 200m Indoor title, the

100m and 200m outdoor titles in

9.86secs and 19.73secs

respectively.

Oduduru who was a student of

West End College Asaba before

he travelled to the U.S on

scholarship at the Texas Tech

University, Lubbock, was

discovered at the annual Awoture

Eleyae Junior Athletics

Competition in Delta State.“"I

also wish to congratulate other

Delta Athletes who have done well

like Raymond Ekevwo, who led

Florida Central University to

break the NCAA 4×100m record

and ran the second fastest time of

10.02secs behind Divine Oduduru

in more than ten years, he said,

adding "another Deltan Mr.

Itsekiri Usheoritse also ran the

third fastest time of 10.07secs

behind Oduduru and Ekevwo.

•Super Eagles

coming,

I think

before

the next

o n e

comes

around

again I will

be 34 or so.

“I think this will

probably be my last

Afcon but I’m not 100

percent sure yet. I have given so

much to this nation and at some

point, you have to let go. I don’t

want to overstay my welcome.

“I will leave when I feel the time

is right. Let’s hope we can make

it count.”

Mikel was part of the Nigeria

team that won the Africa Cup of

Nations title six years ago but he

still desires to win more

silverware with the Super Eagles.

“I’m always hungry to win if I

didn’t want to win then I would

not be here. I don’t just want to

come in and play the Nations Cup.

I have played so many games and

there is no point that I’m just

coming to play. I’ve come to win,”

he continued.

“And that’s the same mentality

I want to put in the younger ones

to win. I know for some of them, it

is just their first time and they just

want to play but they need to have

the mentality of going to win.

“That is the mentality that I

have and hopefully, I can translate

this from my performance on the

pitch and outside the pitch when

talking to them. Hopefully, we

can do great things in Egypt.”

Kick off: 6pm

had put Senegal ahead – both goals coming

in the second half.

Three–time African champions Nigeria are

on an eight–match unbeaten run since

elimination from the 2018 FIFA World Cup

finals in Russia.

Sunday’s game has been scheduled to start

at 7pm Egypt time (6pm Nigeria time) and

both Federations have agreed that the match

be played behind closed door in order to

enable both coaching crews to tinker with

tactics and strategy during the encounter.

The Nigeria delegation will depart from

Ismailia on Monday morning, for Alexandria

– venue of their Group B attrition against

Burundi, Guinea and Madagascar.

GOtv Boxing Night 19: NBB of C

President lauds sponsors

President of the Nigeria Boxing Board of Control

(NBB of C), Dr. Rafiu Ladipo, has commended

GOtv for its continued support for Nigerian boxing.

Ladipo made the commendation on Tuesday in

Lagos at the press conference to announce the 19th

GOtv Boxing Night, which holds at the Indoor Sports

Hall of the National Stadium, Lagos, on 14 July.

The NBB of C President said the pay television

company has remained consistent in its support of

AITEO Cup: Big teams eye

Round of 32 spots

Following the conclusion of the Super 6 that finally brought the curtain

down on the Nigeria Professional Football League season, all the

attention is now on the national finals of the AITEO Cup 2019 which

remaining matches of the Round of 64 come up this weekend.

Enyimba FC, the ‘People’s Elephant’ are up against Kano Pillars

Feeders at the Kwara Sports Complex in Ilorin on Sunday, but on

Saturday, Cup holders Rangers International of Enugu and Niger

Tornadoes Feeders clash at the Lekan Salami Stadium, Ibadan and

Rivers United will cross swords with Timber Loaders in Lafia.

The Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium, Enugu is the venue for the clash

between Abia Warriors and Heartland Comets, while Yobe Desert Stars

face Ambassador FC in Bauchi and Lokoja Township Stadium welcomes

Gombe United and FC IfeanyiUbah Feeders.

Katsina United and Gwandu United will battle things out in Gusau;

Jigawa Golden Stars and Insurance FC are up in arms at the Bako

Kontagora Stadium, Minna and; Damaturu will bubble for Wikki

Tourists of Bauchi and Setraco United. On Sunday, last year’s finalists

Kano Pillars have a session with Aspire FC at the FIFA Goal Project,

Abuja and same day, El-Kanemi Warriors will file out against Police of

Osogbo at the Lafia Township Stadium.

•Mikel

the sport, a gesture he said has

resulted in the revival of the sport

domestically.

"If there is one thing that is

obvious about GOtv Boxing

Night, it is consistency. Since the

first edition in 2014, it has been

consistent. We've seen similar

shows like this that after some

time, they go off.

"But in the case of GOtv Boxing

Night, it has continued to grow in

leaps and bounds. From edition

one, two, three, seven, 10, 13, 15,

17 to 19, it is not easy. So I will

like to, once again, say a big thank

you to GOtv," he said.

Ladipo added that he is

especially delighted by four

Nigerian boxers, whose careers

have been boosted by GOtv

Boxing Night. Many other boxers,

he said, have become known

through the event in other

countries.

"Our boxers are easily

recognised anytime they go

outside Nigeria to fight. This

wouldn't have been possible if not

for GOtv, which gave them the

platform to showcase their skills.

"Unlike in the past where our

boxers are not given the right

treatment, this is no longer so,

thanks to GOtv," said Ladipo.


SATURDAY Vanguard, JUNE 15, 2019—47

The Chief MKO Abiola I knew!

From the bottom of my

heart, and on behalf of

all sports persons,

stakeholders, fans and

supporters of all sports in

Africa, I convey the gratitude

of all to President

Muhammadu Buhari for the

recognition he accorded sports

by renaming the National

Stadium Abujaafter one of the

most illustrious, most admired,

most loved, most successful,

most generous and most

courageous political leaders in

Nigeria’s history.

From June 12, 2019, the Abuja

stadium will now be officially

called the Moshood Abiola

National Stadium, Abuja.

That President Buhari chose

a sports edifice, the magnificent

sports complex in Africa (until

it started to suffer shameful

neglect) is testimony to how

important sport was seen in the

life of the great Nigerian

political hero, and how

powerful sport could be as a

legacy vehicle.

So, it is meet and proper that

I write about Chief even if I did

not know him as closely as

many others that have been

eulogizing him in all the media

did within the political space.

My responsibility is to tell my

own little story.

I loved Chief to bits.

To demonstrate his humanity,

he offered me a job 24 hours

after he learnt that I was sacked

by my first employer, Edison

Group and Partners, a firm of

engineering consultants in

Lagos, for spending all my time

playing football and

representing my country.

My mentor, Chief Olalekan

Salami, Chairman of Shooting

Stars FC, Ibadan, on reading

about my predicament in Lagos

in the newspapers, rushed to

Lagos, picked me up at the

Afew weeks ago, I enthusi

astically declared that

good times were here

again for Nigerian Athletics.

When I made that declaration, it

wasn’t to suggest that all was perfect

in Track and Field in Nigeria.

However, in the midst of all of

the drama surrounding the ‘disappearance’

of the $135,000 by

which the IAAF had overpaid Nigeria,

the infighting within the

Athletics Federation of Nigeria

(AFN) board and a myriad of other

issues, it is heartwarming to see

Nigerian Athletics also trend for

the right reasons, and this has to

do with the recent performances

of the country’s male sprinters.

A week ago, Divine Oduduru

once again took the world by

storm when he raced to double titles

in the men’s 100m and 200m

at the National Collegiate Athletic

Association (NCAA) Track and

Field Championships held in Texas,

USA. His winning time of

9.86sec in the 100m is the joint

fastest time in the world, which

was first run by USA’s duo of

Noah Lyles and Christian Coleman

at the Shanghai Diamond

League few weeks ago. The mark

is just 0.01sec shy of Olusoji Fasuba’s

Nigerian and African

Record of 9.85sec set in 2006.

This makes him Nigeria’s and

Africa’s second fastest man of alltime.

The time was also Facility

Record and School Record. The

time is also the second fastest ever

recorded in the NCAA, just behind

Christian Coleman’s Collegiate

Record of 9.82s.

No African athlete has come as

close to erasing Fasuba’s 13-year

old record. Initially, the South Africans

had appeared as the likely

contenders for that record, but if

Oduduru’s current form is anything

to go by, the record might

just swing from one Nigerian to

National Stadium Eagles camp,

and took me to meet with Chief

whose reputation as a very

successful business man was

reverberating across Nigeria, in

his ITT office in Yaba, Lagos.

When we got there a letter of

employment was waiting for

me. I was to resume work

immediately!

My sack was interesting.

I had been employed as a

project Engineer in Edison

after my National Youth

Service. Unfortunately, they

had grown weary of my endless

stay in camp, of playing football

all over the place for the

national team, of paying me

monthly and of not doing any

work for the company.

All the newspapers carried

the story of how the hottest

property in Nigerian football at

the time, and newly crowned

first Nigerian to be named

Africa’s Third Best Player that

year was sacked by his

employers for playing too much

football! It was ridiculous.

Incidentally, a United

Nations Agency, the World

Safety Organisation, also

immediately arranged an

interview for me for a job in an

office being set up in Lagos at

the time.

In the end, because of my

commitment to playing for

Shooting Stars FC of Ibadan, I

took neither offer and instead

chose to return to work as a civil

servant with the Western State

Industrial Investment and

Credit Corporation, WSIICC,

as an Industrial Engineer.

Chief’s gesture, however,

had left an indelible mark on

my mind. It became the

platform upon which I built my

future relationship with him.

He liked me to bits and

showed me love every time we

met.

A Divine moment for

Nigerian Track and Field

another, like it happened last year

in the women’s 200m where Blessing

Okagbare took down Mary

Onyali’s 22-year old African

Record.

Having broken Francis Obikwelu’s

Nigerian 200m Record

over a month ago, Oduduru improved

on his own previous National

Record of 19.76sec, lowering

it to a time of 19.73sec, which

was also a Facility Record, Meet

Record, School Record and third

fastest time in the world this year.

His feat of winning the sprint

double at the NCAA, makes him

only the second Nigerian after

Olapade Adeniken (1992), and

third African behind Frankie Fredericks

(1991) and Adeniken, to

win the sprint double at the NCAA.

He is also the third fastest African

of all time over the 200m behind

Fredericks (19.68sec) and

Clarence Munyai of South Africa

(19.69sec).

While Oduduru continues to

etch his name in the annals of history,

some of his compatriots have

also been clocking fast times. In

an earlier piece, I had mentioned

Raymond Ekevwo who clocked a

PB of 10.02sec to qualify for the

•Late Chief MKO Abiola

I was welcome to his home

any time I wanted to see him

even though I only did a few

times throughout the years I

knew him.

Shortly after he founded

Abiola Babes FC his team

recruited several players from

Shooting Stars FC that had just

sacked all its players following

their failure to win the final

match of the 1984 African Club

Championship in Ibadan.

Surprisingly, I was not one of

those approached to join Abiola

Babes. Although I never asked

him why, I always felt it was

2019 World Championships and

the 2020 Olympics. Even though

he didn’t qualify for the final of

the men’s 100m at the NCAA, he

ran a spectacular first leg for the

University of Florida in the men’s

4x100m and the team raced to an

NCAA Record of 37.97sec. This

was the first time in NCAA history

that a team was running below

38sec!

While still basking in the euphoria

of Oduduru’s and Ekevwo’s

performances, another Nigerian

sprinter Usheoritse Itsekiri qualified

for the World Championships

after blazing to a PB of 10.07s to

win the men’s 100m at the 55th

International Whitsun Festival in

Rehlingen, Germany. In that same

race, three-time Nigerian Champion

Seye Ogunlewe finished 3rd

with a PB of 10.11sec.

Currently, the Top 12 African

rankings have four Nigerians

(Oduduru, Ekevwo, Itsekiri and

Ogunlewe), four South Africans,

two Ghanaians, one Ivoirian and

an athlete from Lesotho. Not since

2006, the year Fasuba set the African

Record, have we had a Nigerian

athlete under 10sec and

three others in the top 10 of men’s

because he did take me as he

did other players following my

audacity to turn down his offer

of job with ITT several years

before.

When he entered politics and

was going up north on one of

his campaigns, I flew with him

in his private plane to Abuja

one day and we discussed his

dream. I told him how I felt

deep down that he would make

a great president, and that he

was the most prepared and

qualified Nigerian at the time

to lead the country,

considering the vastness of his

100m in Africa. That year, Fasuba

(9.85sec), Uchenna Emedolu

(10.14sec), Deji Aliu (10.18sec)

and Chinedu Oriala (10.21sec)

were the four fastest on the continent.

The last time a Nigerian man

topped the continental 100m rankings

at the end of a season was in

2008. Of course since Divine has

the joint fastest time in the world

for 2019, it goes without saying

that he is the fastest on the continent

for now. It remains to be seen

if he will end the season as Africa’s

No.1.

Imagine then that we add Enoch

Adegoke (who has a PB of

10.19sec) to this list and then begin

to prepare this quartet not just

for the 100m/200m, but also for

the 4x100m relay ahead of the

experiences, the friendships he

had built up all over the

country, his wide business

empire, his philanthropy and,

most importantly, his

contributions to sports and the

lives of sports persons

throughout the African

continent.

On my way back to Lagos, I

returned with his Special

Assistant and adviser, Mr.

Patrick Okpomo as well as the

President of the Confederation

of African Football, CAF, Issa

Hayatou, who was his guest in

Nigeria. Their friendship was

cemented by Mr. Okpomo.

Hiring Okpomo was a very

smart move. He used his vast

connections in CAF and FIFA

to get Chief to be welcome to

the corridors of the highest

organs of football in the world.

Chief sponsored many

personal and official projects of

CAF and its leadership. His

organisations established 3

football clubs within the

Nigerian league – ITT FC,

Concord FC and Abiola Babes

FC. It was Abiola Babes FC that

was the flagship; the team that

made his name household

throughout Africa; the team

that won the Nigerian FA Cup

twice and got to the finals of

the Africa Cup-winners’ Cup in

the 1980s.

The club rose quickly, along

with Leventis United FC of

Ibadan, to join the elite clubs

at the top of Nigerian football

at the time including Rangers

of Enugu, Shooting Stars of

Ibadan, Bendel Insurance of

Benin, Rovers of Calabar,

Raccah Rovers of Kano, BCC

Lions of Gboko, New Nigerian

Bank of Benin, Sharks of Port

Harcourt and a few others.

Chief went beyond football

and touched the lives of several

ordinary athletes in other

sports, male and female. He

sponsored Nigerians as well as

people from other African

countries, to schools,

universities, coaching courses

and competitions abroad.

World Championships and Olympic

Games. Mind you, the last

time a men’s 4x100m quartet from

Nigeria won a medal at the World

Championships was in 1997 (Adeniken,

Davidson Ezinwa, Osmond

Ezinwa and Obikwelu), and

15 years ago at the Olympics (Fasuba,

Aliu, Aaron Egbele and

Emedolu).

Of course the men’s 100m in

general has advanced, but even at

that, if we get our act together, it

will be very possible to get a global

medal in the relays. However,

the World Championships is almost

four months away and a lot

can change within that time. I only

hope that these athletes do not

peak too early and end up burning

out before the African Games

and World Championships.


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SATURDAY Vanguard, JUNE 15, 2019

ACROSS

1 Head of National Office, West African

Examinations Council (WAEC), Mr. Olutise – (10)

8 Traditional Ruler of Ife – (4)

9 Indian State – (7)

10 Senegal “Terange Lions” Striker & Liverpool

Forward, Sadio – (4)

12 Unable to speak – (4)

14 L.G.A in Plateau State – (5)

17 Ethnic Group in Sudan – (5)

18 Former United States Ambassador to New

Zealand & Samoa, Mr. Scott – (5)

19 Former British High Commissioner to Nigeria,

Sir Sam – (5)

20 Former Francis “Les Bleus” Striker, Sidney –

(5)

21 African Textile – (5)

22 Former Italian Prime Minister, Mr. Matteo – (5)

25 Former Zambian President, Mr. Michael

Chilufya – (4)

27 American County – (4)

29 African Country – (7)

30 State in Nigeria known as “God’s own State’? –

(4)

31 Ukrainian Currency – (10)

DOWN

2 Vice Chairman, Ikotun/Igando Local Council

Development Area in Lagos State, Comrade

Adewunmi Ismaila – (4)

3 Town in Enugu State – (4)

4 The first Prime Minister of Egypt, Mr. Nubar

– (5)

5 Ethnic Group in Uganda – (5)

6 French Department of State – (4)

7 Former South African Chief of Army Staff,

Rtd. Lt-Gen. Andreas – (10)

10 African Country – (10)

11 Canadian Territory – (7)

13 Former Super Eagles Strike, Ejike – (7)

14 L.G.A in Katsina State – (7)

15 Synthetic Fabric – (5)

16 Former South African President, Mr. Thabo

– (5)

23 Mistake – (5)

24 L.G.A in Kaduna State – (5)

26 L.G.A in Akwa-Ibom State – (4)

27 President, Nigerian Basketball Federation

(NBBF), Mr. Musa Ahmadu – (4)

28 The World’s Longest River – (4)

CROSS WORD PUZZLE

SOLUTION TO PUZZLE ON PAGE 47

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