I once wrote about Nigeria’s “children of anger”, but the country seems to have progressed from anger to clinical depression, resulting in a rise not merely in social aggressiveness, but a determination by certain individuals to escape from it all. The percentage of Nigerians seeking escape through suicide nonetheless remains small relative to the size of the population, but the sharp increase in the number and frequency of reported suicides in the last two years alone speaks to a certain dysfunctionality requiring closer inquiry. Suicide is an act of self-destruction, an escape from the self, an act of self-defeat. Whether the suicide is anomic or fatalistic, due to loss of job, broken relationships, dis-inhibition, economic deprivation, environmental factors, disability or psychosis, it usually arises from an awareness of the inadequacy of the self. What Germans call “weltschmerz”, that is, a discrepancy between personal expectations and the reality of personal space, which for many may result in anger, aggressiveness, a feeling of rejection, isolation, inadequacy and ultimately a revolt against the self. It is often assumed that poverty is synonymous with this resolve to deconstruct the self but the highest suicide rates are actually found in countries with wealth, and better environment, and all ten of the most popular spots for suicide in the world are in developed countries. What is certain however regardless of the place and time, is that human beings decide to abbreviate their own mortality when they resolve that they can no longer live with the discrepancy between what they are and what they would like to be, or what they have been and what they have suddenly become or what they expect and what happens to them eventually, all of this basically in the context of the imagined stigma, shame, disgrace or disappointment.
A young man identified as Mohammed Suberu has reportedly died in the swimming pool of a foremost Lokoja, Kogi State hotel. His body was said to have been found floating in the swimming pool of Idrinana Hotel, located in the Phase II area, in Lokongoma. Suberu was said to have gone to the hotel on Monday morning to swim, only for his lifeless body to later be found floating. The development was said to have caused pandemonium as the hotel security men and other members of the staff ran helter skelter.The body was later taken to the State Specialist Hospital, Lokoja, where he was confirmed dead. The atmosphere became tensed when friends and colleagues of the deceased invaded the premises of the hotel to protest Suberu’s death.
A former Personal Assistant to Governor Ayo Fayose during his first tenure, Goke Olatunji was on Tuesday arraigned at an Ado Ekiti High Court over alleged double murder. The offences were allegedly committed 11 years ago.Also charged with him is a member of House of Representatives, Mr Thaddeus Aina,. The two men were charged with the murders of the then Holland-based Mr Tunde Omojola and a World Bank Consultant, Dr Ayodeji Daramola. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that , the trial was however stalled because of the absence of Aina, said to have gone abroad for medical treatment. Omojola was killed in Ifaki Ekiti in 2006 during a councillorship election while Daramola was murdered in Ijan Ekiti on August 14, 2006.Both murders were committed under the first term of Governor Fayose. When the case was brought before Justice Adewale Fowe, on Tuesday,the prosecuting counsel, Mr Adekunle Adetowubo, told the court that Aina, who is currently representing Ekiti North Federal Constituency II , had been flown abroad for medical treatment over undisclosed ailment.
The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corp (NSCDC) on Tuesday paraded a 17-year-old Boko Haram suspect, who admitted killing 18 people since he joined the group three years ago. The suspect, Ali Mustafa, said he was forced to join the deadly group when Boko Haram terrorists attacked his village in Monguno and left with many boys. The teenager said he gained skill handling assault rifles, with which he executed his victims. “I was forced to join Boko Haram about three years ago,” he said. “Boko Haram insurgents came to our village and forcefully took many of us away. We were kept in the bush camp near Kala Balge and from there we carried out various operations, during which I personally killed 18 persons. “I can handle all kinds of guns including AK-47 and AA (anti aircraft) rifle. The boy said his last mission was to go to Maiduguri to spy for his group, as he often did before attacks were carried out. He said he decided to change his mind on the way to Maiduguri.
President Muhammadu Buhari has sent names of two new ministerial nominees to the Senate for confirmation. A source close to the Senate told our correspondent that the letter arrived the Senate late Tuesday. The source revealed that the two nominees are from Kogi and Gombe state. Our correspondent gathered that the Kogi nominee will be replacing the late Minister of State for Labour, Barr. James Ocholi while the nominee from Gombe would be replacing former Minister for Environment Ms Amina Mohammed who had gone to serve in the United Nations as a deputy Secretary General. The list of ministerial nominees is coming at a time when the Senate stood down for two weeks consideration of the request of President Buhari for the appointment of Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs).
The Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) of the Rivers State Police Command have arrested two men and one woman for allegedly killing a delivery agent of popular e-commerce platform Jumia. The victim was killed and the suspects dumped his body in a septic tank in the compound after delivering two iPhones and one superbike to them, Daily Post reports. A statement from the Spokesman of the Command, DSP Nnamdi Omoni named the suspects as Sodienye Mbatumukeke (M), 28, Excel Divine Naabe (M), 25, and Joy Eluwa (F). DSP Omoni’s statement: Operatives of SARS R/S, acting on credible Intelligence Monday at about 0300 hrs arrested three suspects, two males and a female, identified as Sodienye Mbatumukeke ‘m’ 28yrs, Excel Divine Naabe ‘m’ 25yrs, and Joy Eluwa ‘f’. The Suspects are alleged to have robbed and murdered a Courier who had gone to deliver two iPhones and a Superbike that were ordered Online by them.
A boy, identified only as Yahaya, has been attacked and killed by unknown persons on a farm in the Anyigba area of Kogi State. According to residents, the killing occurred on Wednesday, while Yahaya, said to be a teenager, went to pick cashew nuts from his father’s farm. They alleged that the assailants attacked and killed Yahaya in order to escape with the cashew nuts. It was learnt that the matter was reported at the Anyigba police division and police operatives mobilised to the scene to evacuate the remains of the boy. A neighbour, identified only as Ibrahim, who shared the photographs on a social media, said nobody knew Yahaya’s killers. He added that the assailants killed Yahaya because of the cashew nuts he had gone to pick on his father’s farm.
A 28-year-old housewife, Olotu Chizoba, who allegedly beat her co-tenant to a pulp, was on Wednesday arraigned before Magistrate O. Sule-Amzat sitting at Ogudu, Lagos. Olotu, who resides at Bello Street, Ikosi Road in Ketu area of Lagos, is being tried for assault occasioning harm. The prosecutor, Sgt. Lucky Ihiehie, told the court that the accused committed the offence on March 15 on Ikosi Road. He said the complainant, Mrs Samuel Nwali came to Ketu Police Station in the company of her husband to report the incident. According to the prosecutor, the accused had beaten up the complainant’s two children. “The complainant confronted her and the accused, instead of apologising to her, descended on her and used a big stick to beat her.
A Zimbabwean self-professed prophet, Pachawa Kwanamba, has confessed of his involvement in sex sessions with snakes. The 40-year-old told Zim News that he was helpless over the situation which started after he had sex with one Sheila Taibu, a member of a popular cult in Zimbabwe. He said, “I now physically engage in anal sex with a snake. The mysterious snake is in the habit of penetrating me from my behind every day. “Sometimes I feel it is much better for me to die than to continue to live the life that I am living. “Mysterious things have been happening to me ever since the day I had sex with Sheila and I now regret the decision I made of indulging in sex with her. “Whenever I explain my situation to people some think I am insane and others would cut communication ties with me.
Mother of Stephanie Otobo, the alleged girlfriend of Apostle Johnson Suleman of the Omega Fire Ministries, has said she has not seen her daughter in the last three years, noting that her daughter ”is not normal.” This is coming after Ms. Otobo, a Canadian-based Nigerian singer accused the fiery preacher of impregnating and abandoning her after he promised to marry her.
Following her initial allegation against the preacher, the singer had continued to release more intimidating details about her alleged romance with Suleman. But her mother, popularly called Mama Tope has opened a fresh controversy on the much publicized saga. In a chat with newsmen in Sapele, Delta State on Thursday, Mama Tope said she has not met the cleric before, neither has she been to the Omega Fire Ministries.
A woman was today prevented at about 11:25 a.m. from leaping into the Lagoon by the operatives of the Rapid Response Squad of the Lagos state Police Command. The lady, Taiwo Momoh, 58, a textile dealer in Lagos Island, had put off her shoes and was wrapping her dress around her when men of RRS 226 prevented her from jumping. The lady, who lives in Lekki Lagos, disclosed that she was pushed to committing suicide in order to put an end to her constant sleeplessness and shame occasioned by her indebtedness to three Swiss textile dealers. She noted that her problem started sometimes in 2015, when a Bureau De Change dealer carted away her N18.7 million she wanted to change to pay her foreign creditors.
The police in Ogun state, have arrested a certain Mrs. Bisola Olukoya, for allegedly killing her son, Toheeb Olukoya. Premium Times reports that the sad event according to the Command’s Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, happened on March 17, at Onifade-Itele town of the state. . . Olukoya, was said to have used a plank on her son while she was beating him, the boy fell down and died.
A 61-year-old landlord, Toafeek Hassan, was, yesterday, arrested with fresh human head and other body parts of a lady he was alleged to have murdered, at Ikoga community in Badagry area of Lagos, Sunday. Vanguard gathered that the deceased, a yet-to-be identified lady, approached Hassan, a cleric, for spiritual cleansing in Sango Otta, due to some challenges she was facing. Toafeek Hassan Arrested Vanguard gathered that he was on his way to hand over the needed body parts to a cleric yesterday, when he was accosted by curious people, as the bag was dripping blood. When they forcefully took the bag from him, a female head, two wrists and a heart spilled out. They raised alarm, which alerted other residents. But for the prompt intervention of policemen from Area ‘K’ Command, Badagry, Hassan would have been lynched by a mob, who tied his hands, legs and was dragging him on the ground. Confession On interrogation before police arrived, Hassan disclosed that it was his second time of killing clients for the unnamed cleric for ritual purpose. According to him, “she was not my direct client. A herbalist, Baba Ronke, brought her to me on Sunday. One Alfa from Sango-Otta took her to him. He said that the woman was looking for spiritual solution. “The Alfa from Otta uses human beings for rituals. He deceived the woman to Badagry, saying he was bringing her to a senior colleague, who would perform some cleansing by the river side on her. “Immediately they dropped the woman by the riverside they left, with a promise to wait for her at the bus stop. While she was waiting, I came and did my part of the job.” continue to see the severed head ad hands .....
A pastor has been arrested while attempting to bomb his church.Pastor Abel Eku, who served the Christ Chosen Church of God for 25 years,allegedly planted explosives at the headquarters of his church on January 22, scheduled to be the day for the church’s international conference. He confessed to the crime after the bomb was detected and detonated by security operatives of the Edo State Police command.He stated it was an act of revenge following his dismissal from the church over marital issues.The 57 year old told newsmen “I am 57 years old. I had marital issues with my wife. We came to the church to resolve it and it was not resolved. It led to my dismissal. I was very bitter about the dismissal. I don’t have the intention of killing people.
The Comptroller General of the Nigeria Customs Service, Hameed Ali said he will not appear before the Senate today.Ali, who was walked out from the Senate last week for not appearing in uniform, was due to appear again before Senate on Wednesday. But, according to him,his decision is based on a writ of summons he received Tuesday on a case filed by a lawyer at an Abuja court.Ali while speaking to State House correspondents after a meeting at the Presidential Villa said The case is in court already. Somebody has sued us. It is subjudice. I have gotten my writ of summons and they said status quo should remain ante which means nothing should move until the court makes a pronouncement.
The Lagos State Government has advised that the Queen’s College, Yaba, be shut down indefinitely for a proper treatment of the water system in the school.
The state Ministry of Health said results from samples taken from water sources in the school showed that the water was “polluted,” adding that the school’s food handlers were also culpable. This is just as some parents have threatened to take legal action against the school, saying someone must be held responsible for the two deaths in the college. PUNCH Metro had reported that no fewer than 50 boarding pupils of the school were admitted in the school’s sickbay after eating spaghetti and drinking water in the refectory. Parents and pupils told our correspondent that two pupils of the school –Vivian Osuiniyi and Bithia Itulua–who were in Junior Secondary School two and three respectively, died as a result of the epidemic. The school’s principal, Dr Lami Amodu, was later transferred to another school in Edo State.
Lately I have been thinking and visualising all the jagbajantis going on in the legislative branch of our government and Na vex just dey worry me. See as some people dey prance around like dem be Kingcon, I just dey sorry for us. Shey una dey follow the twin issues of EFCC’s Ibrahim Magu and Col. Hameed Ali (Rtd). Una see the drama? These Sinators abi na Legislooters do not even understand why they are supposed to be the closest politicians to the people and if Integrity is the yardstick, which of the sinators is capable of standing in that chamber when most of them deal in deceit and sustained inhumanity to the average Nigerian. The audacious impunity of these supposedly honourable lawmakers is one of the failings of politics in Nigeria. If the senate rejected Magu because of the two controversial letters or the report from the DSS and they have the right to this; what was the reason for the second rejection? Watching the whole process of dramatized insanity by Sinators; you would actually believe there was a new DSS report. Unending drama. There was none and the DSS simply referenced the old report that the President directed the Attorney General of the Federation to Investigate, and Ibrahim Magu was given the opportunity of a fair hearing to defend himself and he did. When the President re-submitted Ibrahim Magu’s name, he referenced not only the letter of rejection from the Senate but noted that the Issues raised had been investigated and the AGF had given the all Clear.
As reported by Facebook user, Omeri Francis Nwachi who shared the story, The baby was taken to Federal Teaching Hospital, Abakaliki with the knife stuck in his stomach. He wrote; It happened at A&E fetha2 this evening 10th March, 2017. The child was stabbed by a woman. You can't imagine that but it's true and I actually snapped this myself. As at the time of filling this information the child was still alive and was being prepared for surgical procedure. Please for the survival of the little Innocent child. The mother is said to be mentally ill. It was a neighbour who raised alarm after he found the child with a knife stuck in his abdomen. continue to see the photo below
The model who was found by fame while she was busy doing her business of bread selling shared these very beautiful photos. She appreciates her humble beginings and is hoping for more opportunities. In her words: “I came from the streets of Lagos, I’m grateful for the opportunities given to me but I’m aware of the realities out there & I’m not afraid to be FIERCE. “My dreams found me & I’m loving it, even when it gets hectic at times “the glitz & glam” seem to love me #workhardprayhard #newbeginnings #Olajumoke.” (sic) Photo: @ptrimnel More photos below
Shock, followed by pandemonium and palpable fear, enveloped residents of White Sand area of Isheri-Oshun in Ejigbo area of Lagos State, following the murder of a 3-year-old child, Chiagozie Okereke, by a Muslim cleric, Kazeem Alimson, popularly known as Alfa. One 15-year-old boy, Simon Kanu, a primary six pupil, confessed to have been paid N500 by the said Alfa in order to lure the baby, adding that the baby was killed with a heavy stone in his presence. Explaining how the deceased, Chiagozie Okereke, got missing, his distraught mother, Mrs. Chinasa Okereke, said: “Around 7:00p.m. yesterday (Tuesday), I brought my children out to bathe him. When I finished bathing the younger one, I went inside to get the wrapper to strap him in order to enable me bathe the other child. But on getting outside, I didn’t see my baby again. .
As reported by Punch: Ayotomide alleged the pop singer had abandoned her and the baby and has refused to take up the responsibility of “taking care of our child.” Labinjo alleged she met Davido at a night club in Ibadan in February 2013 where he approached her and spoke glowingly of her beauty. She alleged they ended up sleeping in a hotel that same night. She also alleged that a month later, Davido visited Ibadan again for Gbenga Adeyinka’s Easter show and they hooked up again for a night out and slept together at a hotel in the upscale Iyaganku area of the city. According to her, communication between them was intact until she told him that she was pregnant at the end of March 2013. Labinjo said, “In February 2013, I met Davido at a club in Ibadan and he approached me and said he liked me. We became friends and got along. He only came to have a good time then. We left the club in his Range Rover Sports for a hotel around Challenge in Ibadan where we slept together. I left him there the following morning. Before then, I had no boyfriend so I was not used to going out but my friend invited me to the club that night. “We only met twice in Ibadan and we slept together on both occasions. The third time I would see him again was when I and my mother went to his house in Lagos more than a year after the birth of the baby. He preferred to call me Enitan because that is my other name.
A 42-year-old plumber, Idowu Lasisi, has been arrested by police in Lagos for allegedly molesting his daughters. Lasisi was brought to the state Police Command at Ikeja on Thursday after his 15-year-old daughter alleged he sexually molested her three times. The suspect, it was gathered, started the molestation with his 19-year-old daughter who fled their Ketu residence after she could no longer bear the burden. Our correspondent gathered that his sexual attraction to the girl forced his wife, Mrs. Labanke Lasisi, to leave their one-room apartment. Lasisi was said to have turned to the 15-year-old girl after wife and eldest daughter left, giving her N500 each time he slept with her. But the suspect denied the allegation, claiming the victim framed him up because he scolded her.
A middle-aged man, Malam Umar, and his teenage son, Abubakar, died inside a well they were digging at Gidan-Filani village, near Wamakko in Sokoto State, on Wednesday. An eye-witness told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), in Wamakko on Thursday, that the duo had dug up to nine feet when the well suddenly collapsed on Abubakar, who was inside. The witness said that a distraught Umar jumped into the well to rescue his son, but that none of them came out alive.
Below is what sheh said: Dear Media, friends, fans. I was driven by the NPF to Port Harcourt on orders of the IG. Pastor David Ibiyeomie says I criminally defamed him because I posted a letter his church member sent to me alleging corruption and adultery. Both newsmakers refused to answer the allegations but Ibiyeomie called me several times to threaten me with lawsuits, death from above and misfortune. Church spokesman did the same with Danielle Ogbeche of Daily Post too. I have been charged with a cybercrime along with a Rivers state journalist who simply syndicated my story. 500 blogs did. Cybercrime? in the Nigerian constitution and remanded in prison.
The Nigerian Senate has agreed to issue a warrant for the arrest of the comptroller general of Nigeria Customs Service Hameed Ali. The senators on Wednesday, March 15, during a plenary unanimously passed a motion to issue the warrant that will compel Ali appear before it on Thursday, March 16. The Senate decision came after Ali failed to make an appearance before the Red Chamber today.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arrested one Saheed Omoniyi over alleged N11 million fraud perpetrated through the Internet. Mr Ayo Oyewole, the Head of Public Affairs, EFCC Ibadan Zonal Office, told newsmen in Ibadan on Thursday that Omoniyi, 24, lured his victims to defraud them by posing as a renowned Islamic cleric. He said that the suspect had impersonated a popular Lagos-based Islamic cleric, Sheikh Sulaiman Onikijipa on the internet seeking donations from his unsuspecting followers. Oyewole said that the suspect had lured the unsuspecting followers of the popular cleric to pay donations into an account purportedly opened by the Sheikh. He stated that the commission got wind of Omoniyi’s fraudulent activities through a petition sent to the anti-graft agency by the Islamic cleric.
The Extended Hands Foundation, a non-governmental organization with sponsorship from NNPC/SNEPCo has completed the successful repair of 35 Vesico Vaginal Fistula (VVF) patients in Kebbi State.
The pool effort took place at the Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development VVF Center in Gesse, Birin-Kebbi and received the co-operation of the Kebbi State Government.
Led by the founder Stephanie Linus, the Extended Hands Foundation team was received by the Governor of the state Dr Abubakar Bagudu and the First Lady Dr Zainab Bagudu. They both paid visits to the women at the VVF Center, showing their support for the cause.
All the repairs have been completed successfully and the women are recovering well.
Stephanie Linus, who spent some time with the women at the VVF Center during the course of the exercise, expressed her appreciation to the sponsors of the pool effort – NNPC/SNEPCo for investing in this cause. She also added that this was the second time the foundation was carrying out such an exercise in Kebbi state.
The team of medical staff was led by Dr Sa’ad Idris, a seasoned VVF Surgeon and former Commissioner for Health in Zamfara State with over 20 years experience in the field. He was assisted by Dr Abubakar Bawa, and other doctors and nurses at the VVF Center.
Against the backdrop of her Child Bride and Fistula advocacy movie, DRY, Stephanie Linus has been taking the message of restoration and hope to real women suffering from VVF. This pool effort goes a long way to show that DRY is more than just a movie, but a tool for touching the lives of women actually living with this condition.
Twenty-eight-year-old Grace John accused of kidnapping her boss’ daughter, Oluwasemilore Adebiyi has said she only assisted the baby’s real father to collect her. John was paraded at the Lagos State Police Command Tuesday alongside two other women- Rita Eze and Ugochi Nweke- alleged to be buyers of the three-year-old girl. According to the apprentice, one Samuel approached her and told her that the baby’s mother, Mrs. Oluwatobiloba Adebiyi was his lover and got pregnant for him before marrying another man. She claimed it was the said Samuel who took her to the woman’s shop at Alagbado in January, where she later took the child and carried her to her alleged grandmother. John denied reports that she was responsible for the kidnapping of other children across the state, insisting that she was not a kidnapping.
B,A Kalu, the Air Force man, who allegedly shot dead his female colleague and lover, Solape Oladipupo, is undergoing a psychiatric test. This is just as sources in the Nigerian Air Force told our correspondent that the suspect, an aircraft man, would be dismissed from the service after facing a disciplinary panel. The NAF Director of Public Relations and Information, Group Captain Ayodele Famuyiwa, who confirmed the psychiatric test to our correspondent on Monday, said the air force would also ascertain whether Kalu acted under the influence of drugs. Sources at the NAF Tactical Air Command, Makurdi, Benue State, where the incident occurred, told PUNCH Metro that after Kalu’s dismissal, he would be handed over to the police as a civilian, adding that he had already owned up to the crime. One of the sources, said, “Kalu killed his girlfriend and he has admitted it. What the panel is investigating is to unravel the circumstances that led to the incident. The whole essence of that investigation is to prevent a recurrence, not to exonerate someone who has already admitted guilt.”