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Monday, 11 December 2017

See What Tiwa Savage Wore to the Premiere of 'The Wedding Party 2' Movie (Photos)


Beautiful singer and mother of one, Tiwa Savage attended the premiere of 'The Wedding Party 2' last night, she wore an Arabian-inspired outfit which had a modern twist on it.
 
 
The event was attended by Banky W, Adesua Etomi and other A-list celebrities in Nigeria.
 
Tiwa Savage has a high taste for fashion as seen on her Instagram page.
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President Muhammadu Buhari Departs Nigeria for ONE PLANET SUMMIT in Paris.

President Muhammadu Buhari Departs Nigeria for ONE PLANET SUMMIT in Paris.

Governor's of Kano State Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje OFR and His counterparts from Adamawa and Ondo Sen Adamu Jibrilla Bindow ,Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akerolodu among His Entourage.









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President Buhari Arrival at Malam Aminu Kano International Airport

President Muhammadu Buhari Arrival at Malam Aminu Kano International Airport and was Received by Gov Abdullahi Umar Ganduje OFR.
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Heartbreaking: See the Female AIT Reporter Who Was Shot by Gunmen in Bayelsa (Photo)


This is Miss Owei Patience, the reporter with the Africa Independent Television who was shot at by gunmen.
 
It will be recalled that the unknown gunmen shot at Owei Patience in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State.
 
The victim was reportedly shot at close range along Edepie area by her assailants, who dispossessed her of her mobile phones, cash and other valuables.
 
She is now in critical condition in hospital.
 
Owei, who covers the Government House, was attacked at about 10.30pm on Friday while returning home from a church service, Shilloh 2017, organised by the Living Faith Church also known as Winners Chapel.
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Graphic Photos of Two SS2 Students Who Drowned at the Akwa Ibom River


Photos of the two senior secondary school students of Alex Commercial Secondary School, Idua in Eket Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State who drowned at the Qua River have been revealed.
 
An eyewitness Peter Okon, said the drowned students – Aniekan Harry and Uche Okoli – hailed from Uruan and Eastern Obolo LGAs. He added that the incident occurred around the hours of 11am to 12pm on Thursday.
 
A student, Owen Oscar, said him and seven others had left school that day without telling the school’s management where they were going.
 
He stated that many of them did not do their first term examinations as they left for a football match against one of their rivals, which was later postponed.
 
“But some of us were not in school that day to write examination. I went home, changed my clothes, and left for one of our friend’s house (Elijah), to tell him of the match postponement.

“We all agreed to go to Qua River close to Hospital Road, Eket to play football. When they finished playing football, the victims said that they were tired and they wanted to swim in the river,” he said.
 
According to him, they advised the victims (Harry and Okoli) not to go but they refused and went ahead to swim in the river.
 
He explained that he and other pupils asked them not to go to the river, that the river is too deep for them to swim, but they asked to be left alone.
 
The drowned bodies of the students
 
He said, “Then, I told them to wait, let everybody swim together but they insisted and went ahead to swim while the six others were watching them. But a little while after, we did not see them anymore.

“We now called the marine policemen that were around to come to our aid. The marine policemen now called people around to search for the victims but to no avail.

“The marine policemen advised us to go to their parents and tell them what happened and return their bags to their houses,” he said.
 
A principal of the school, Asuquo Ekong, who confirmed that two students drowned in Qua River, said a female teacher called him in the night of the incident to inform him of the sad occurrence.
 
“I have interrogated them but they are giving me conflicting versions of the incident,” Ekong said.
 
The principal said the school management was not aware of the match between his school and the rival school.
 
Ekong noted that if there were to be any match, the rival school would officially write to inform the school.

“The school management was not aware of their plan to play football with any rival school, they left the school without the knowledge of the school management,” he said.
 
He said that on the day of the incident, he supervised the examinations and after the examinations, he left for Ikot Abasi for a friend’s marriage.
 
A relation to one of the victims, Mrs. Mercydonia Harry, alleged that the six students who survived went to initiate her brother into cultism.
 
She described the incident as worrisome and so pathetic, saying that the duo was innocent.
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Sweet Karma! Thieves Escaping with Snatched Car Involved in Ghastly Accident in Ogun State (Photo)


Luck has ran out on some deadly armed robbers who snatched a car and were escaping with it only to be involved in a ghastly motor accident. 
 
According to reports, the armed robbers after snatching the car at gun point in Ogun state were on top speed when the car got involved in a ghastly accident.
 
A good Samaritan raised alarm after finding the owner of the car inside the car boot. He was rescued while the armed robbers were arrested and taken away by the police.
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Daughters Born to Older Mothers Are More Likely To Be Childless - New Study Reveals


A new study of human reproduction has shown that daughters born to older mothers are more likely to remain childless.
 
The conclusion comes as more and more women are choosing to wait until later in life to have children.
 
According to researchers at McGill University, who assessed data of more than 43,000 women, your mother’s age when you were born may affect whether you have children of your own.
 
The new findings have been published in the journal Human Reproduction and come after initial evidence suggesting a link emerged in 2006.
 
However, despite proving there is a legitimate link, the researchers have been unable to conclude why the link exists.
 
Some evidence suggests that women who delay having children can damage the fertility of their daughters — the 2008 study suggested late births cause genetic damage that is passed on to daughters.
 
While this genetic damage has not been proved, with the study admitting, “we had no knowledge of whether childlessness was intentional,” it did prove that “the association with childlessness was highly consistent.”
 
The study concluded that nearly 20 per cent of women born to mothers older than 30 went on to never have children.
 
This is in comparison to the 13 percent who were born to teenage mothers, and the 15 percent of those born to mothers between the ages of 20 and 24.
 
Interestingly, the study “found weak evidence for an independent contribution of paternal age at birth to the daughter’s probability of childlessness,” meaning there was no evidence suggesting older fathers were also to blame for childless daughters.
 
And according to the researchers, women who have a postgraduate degree were the most likely to never have any children — however, it is unclear whether this claim is related to the age of their mothers.
 
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Trend of Unwanted Pregnancies, Abortions Among Pupils and Students in Kwara Raises Concern


Some experts in healthcare delivery in Kwara State have expressed concern over the increasing rate of unwanted pregnancies and abortion among primary and secondary school pupils in Kwara State, PUNCH reports.
 
Speaking during an event held at the Government Girls’ Day Secondary School in Ilorin, the state capital, on Wednesday, the Founder, Zoe Choosers Foundation, Abimbola Obaje, observed that the development was impacting negatively on educational development in the state.
 
Obaje noted that despite advocacy programmes and health campaigns organised by non-governmental organisations in the state to raise awareness for the dangers of early pregnancies and abortions, especially among teenagers, some pupils had either lost their lives or damaged their vital organs in the process of aborting pregnancies.
 
She said, “There are many non-governmental organisations that give out contraceptives to pupils. Although some of them preach abstinence, abortion is still very rampant even among teenagers in primary and secondary schools.

“In some of the schools I have visited, I found some pregnant female pupils. This bothers me a lot. I believe that the most common reason why pupils indulge in abortion is the social stigma attached to unplanned or early pregnancy. Many of them are afraid that their parents will disown and send them packing if their pregnancies are discovered. That is what leads them to attempt an abortion.

“Some of these girls go to quacks to abort their babies. Some of the girls die in the process or get their uterus ruptured. Also, there are many post abortion diseases that these girls get infected with. We need to show them love.”
 
Obaje urged parents and guardians to ensure that they expose their children and wards to sex education so as to prevent early pregnancy and abortion.
 
“Nowadays, children are exposed to a lot of things, including the social media and television. I know some parents are saying that they cannot talk to their children about sex, but I believe that if these kids are educated about such things when they are still very young, they learn how to handle some situations in the future.”
 
She also called on the Federal Government and religious organisations to engage in more enlightenment campaigns on the dangers of early and unplanned pregnancies, as well as abortion.
 
Also, the co-Founder, Abi-Clinics, Mrs. Taiwo Oshodi-Abikan, said it was imperative to expose pupils to sex education and the dangers of early pregnancy and abortion.
 
She said, “We have heard of cases of severe bleeding among school girls due to poorly handled abortions. This is unhealthy for the development of the girls and the general society. We need to have proper sex education, especially in our homes.
 
"Parents and their children need to communicate with one another, so they will know how to prevent unwanted pregnancy in the future. On the other hand, government should provide more facilities that are open to planned parenthood.”
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Exposed: How a Lawmaker Offered $5 Million to His Own Aide So She Can Get Pregnant for Him


A former aide to American member of Parliament, Mr Trent Franks, has said the congressman repeatedly pressed her to carry his child, at one point offering her $5m  to act as a surrogate mother.
 
According to a report by TIME, the eight-term lawmaker abruptly resigned Friday, bowing to an ultimatum from House Speaker Paul Ryan.
 
Ryan told Franks that he would refer the allegations to the Ethics Committee and urged him to step aside.
 
The former aide said the congressman, at least four times, asked if she would be willing to act as a surrogate in exchange for money.
 
Franks, in his statement announcing his resignation, said he and his wife, who have struggled with infertility, have twins who were carried through surrogacy.
 
The former aide said the conversations took place in private, sometimes in the congressman’s car, and that she repeatedly told him she wasn’t interested.
 
She said she never filed a formal complaint because until recently, she didn’t know where to go, but that his behavior had made her feel uncomfortable.
 
The aide asked that her name be withheld out of concern for her privacy.
 
“During my time there, I was asked a few times to look over a ‘contract’ to carry his child, and if I would conceive his child, I would be given $5m,” she said, adding that she refused to look over the contract and has never seen a copy.
 
The woman said the requests shocked her, and made her feel afraid that if she didn’t agree, she would face professional consequences. She said she spoke to another aide in the office, who had also been approached about surrogacy.
 
The aide cited the surrogacy requests as “a main reason” for leaving the office, adding that she felt retaliated against after turning down the congressman, as she was ignored by Franks and not given many assignments.
 
A spokesman for Franks would not comment on whether the congressman offered aides money in exchange to act as surrogates.
 
Franks, a staunch conservative, said in his statement Thursday that he never physically intimidated, coerced or attempted to have sexual contact with any member of his congressional staff.
 
Franks, 60, said he had become familiar with the surrogacy process in recent years and “became insensitive as to how the discussion of such an intensely personal topic might affect others.”
 
He said he regrets that his “discussion of this option and process in the workplace” with two female staffers made them feel uncomfortable.
 
Franks resigned from the Congress with immediate effect on Friday, citing the need to attend to his sick wife’s need as reason.
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This 85-year-old Ex Priest Has Been Sentenced to Life in Jail For Murder He Committed 57 Years Ago


John Feit, an 85-year-old former priest has been sentenced to life in prison by a jury on Friday for the 1960 killing of a schoolteacher and former beauty queen who was a member of the parish he served.
 
According to Yahoo News, the same jurors in Hidalgo County in South Texas found John Bernard Feit guilty of murder Thursday night.
 
Prosecutors asked jurors Friday for a 57-year prison term — one year for each year he had walked free since killing Irene Garza after she went to him for confession at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in McAllen, Texas.
 
The 25-year-old Garza disappeared April 16, 1960. Her bludgeoned body was found days later. An autopsy revealed she had been raped while unconscious, and beaten and suffocated.
 
Prosecutor Michael Garza, who is not related to the victim, had asked the jury not to view the now elderly and weak Feit as he is today, but to try to imagine him as a 28-year-old man capable of subduing the woman.
 
The jury deliberated just over four hours Friday before deciding on the maximum sentence. Afterward, Garza said at a news conference that he wished that he could take credit for the conviction and sentence, “but it was God-driven.”
 
“I can say this: Pigs are flying, and Irene is resting,” he said.
 
Feit, then a priest at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, came under suspicion in the investigation early on. He told police that he heard Garza’s confession in the church rectory rather than in the confessional, but denied he had killed her.
 
Among the evidence that pointed to Feit as a suspect over the years: Two priests told authorities that Feit had confessed to them. One of them said he saw scratches on Feit soon after Garza’s disappearance. His portable photographic slide viewer was found near Garza’s body.
 
Feit had also been accused of attacking another young woman in a church in a nearby town just weeks before Garza’s death. He pleaded no contest and was fined $500.
 
Prosecutors presented evidence earlier in the week that church and elected officials suspected Feit but didn’t want to prosecute him.
 
They feared it could harm the reputations of the church and Hidalgo County elected officials, most of whom were Catholic. Senator John F. Kennedy, a Catholic, was running for president that year.
 
Feit was sent to a treatment centre for troubled priests in New Mexico, later becoming a supervisor with responsibility in the clearing of priests for parish assignments.
 
Among the men Feit helped keep in ministry was child molester James Porter, who assaulted more than 100 victims before he was defrocked and sent to prison.
 
Feit left the priesthood in 1972, married and went on to work at the Catholic charity St. Vincent de Paul in Phoenix, training and recruiting volunteers and helping oversee the charity’s network of food pantries.
 
Garza’s family members and friends had long pushed authorities to reopen the case, and it became an issue in the 2014 district attorney’s race.
 
Ricardo Rodriguez had promised that if elected, he would re-examine the case.
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#EndSARS: Nigerians Reveal Their Horrific Encounters With SARS Policemen...Shocking Details


Nigerians assaulted by the Special Anti-Robbery Squad officers share their stories with SUNDAY PUNCH
 
‘SARS men hit me with a gun, passed my pants around’
 
It was July 15 last year and I was a student at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State at the time. I was attending a friend’s elder brother’s wedding. We had booked an OAU staff bus from Ile-Ife to the wedding venue in Ilorin, Kwara State.
 
On the way, we were stopped by four SARS officials on black T-shirts and jeans. Their Hilux van was parked on the other side of the road. Two of them crossed to the side of the road where our driver parked the vehicle. They pointed to the four of us to come down with our bags. We thought it would be the normal ‘stop-and-extort’ but it was beyond that. One of us, Aduke, was very sick. So, she sat beside a gutter by the roadside.
 
One of the officers threatened to slap her for sitting down. Meanwhile, they were already checking the bags of the guys. They asked for our identity cards and we showed them our OAU ID cards. They collected them and threw them into the back of their vehicle without checking.
 
They checked my bag and brought out my pants. One of them, a fair-complexioned guy, hooked his index finger into the strap of one of my bras and passed it to his colleagues and jokingly asked about the size I wear.
 
He also raised the pants and asked why I had G-strings if I wasn’t a prostitute. An officer checked a bag of one of us called Dare and picked his phone. He claimed that some pictures in the phone were incriminating. They didn’t even allow Dare to explain anything to the officer, who was still holding my pants, before they hit him with gun butt. They told our other friends, Aduke and Akin, to leave immediately or they would shoot them as they threw their clothes and bags at them.
 
About 7pm, they told us to get into the back of the vehicle. Dare refused, saying he didn’t commit any offence. I was scared. They hit us with the butt of their guns and handcuffed Dare’s hand to mine. My offence was that I complained about the way they were passing my pants around.
 
My friend’s head bled profusely and he looked tired. One of the officers asked me to help him. He removed the cuffs from my hand. I took the gown I intended to wear at the wedding and wrapped it round his head. He cuffed my hand back to Dare’s after I had finished helping him (Dare). They kept driving and it was getting dark. We couldn’t use our phones as they had collected them.
 
After they drove for some time, Dare slumped against the body of the vehicle. They eventually stopped in front of a deserted First Bank in a small town. They told us to come down. The officer driving stopped and they pulled Dare and me down from the back. I stumbled and fell on Dare. In the process, one of them kicked me with his boot. They asked us to give them money. We couldn’t object because they threatened to kill us. I made a withdrawal of N10,000 from my account and I requested for Dare’s PIN. I withdrew N30,000 from his account and we gave all to them.
 
 
They hit Dare as they collected the money from me. Blood flowed from his forehead and back of his head. I cried as he was losing consciousness. We were there for about 20 minutes before a vigilante came to help us. He took us to a native hospital — Ola Eloquence
  
 
‘SARS officer tortured me for allegedly sleeping with his wife’
 
My story was all over the Internet on October 12 after a video showing how I was battered by a group of young men who accused me of having sexual affair with the wife of a SARS operative, Nagbama Egboigbe, aka Smally, went viral.
 
I was humiliated by the SARS operative. I was not having an affair with his wife as he alleged. The lady in question, Sarah, is just a friend. I met her at Randeki Gold Hotel, Benin City, Edo State, two months ago and that was where we became friends. It was a platonic affair.
 
The day Smally met me in her house, she called me to come take her in my car to her mother’s house. I was in her sitting room with her younger brother when Smally barged in. She was in her room and he went straight to her bedroom. Since I didn’t know him before, I approached him to know what happened.
 
The next thing I saw was that he brought out a gun. When I saw the gun, I was scared and could not talk to him. He left with one of my phones, so I called the line and asked him to return my phone. He told me to come so that he could confirm something from the phone. He told me to meet him at a car wash.
 
When I got there, I asked him why he left with my phone and he told me that he was married to the lady. I explained to him that I had nothing to do with the woman and demanded the release of the phone. The next thing I saw was a group of boys, who came out of his car and started beating me up. I manage to lure them from an enclosed place where they were beating me to an open area, so that if they wanted to kill me, they would do so in public.
 
He later took me to Ugbor Police Station where he detained me overnight and handcuffed me. The investigating police officer did not take my statement. He said that Smally was his friend. He refused to let my wife take my car home but impounded it at the station.
 
When the divisional police officer came the next morning and saw my vehicle, he asked for the owner and they (policemen)  told him that I was the one but that I was detained for sleeping with a policeman’s wife. The DPO rebuked them and ordered them to remove me from the cell and bring me to his office to settle the matter. Sarah came and explained everything to the DPO. When Smally came, the DPO warned him never to go near me again because I did not have an issue with him. He later told me to go home — Ese Idehen, Businessman
 
 
I’ve not seen my brother since he was arrested three years ago –Oladeni
 
I am a footballer and businessman. I make shoes. I am a brother to Aliu Oladeni who got missing at age 17. We saw him last three years ago.
 
Some people came to our house on June 22, 2014 with sticks and cutlasses. I was not around. They broke the door and damaged the ceilings. They said they were looking for Aliu.  They said they caught one of his friends, Sodiq, who robbed the previous night and he named Aliu as his partner.
 
My brother had gone to a viewing centre to see a football match the previous night and slept in the place.
 
Later that day, some family members, Aliu and me decided to go to Igando Police Division. When we got there, we saw a crowd gathered and Sodiq was there. A woman reported the robbery to the police.  We asked the woman if she saw Aliu when she was being robbed and she said no.
 
She said three robbers came to her house and she saw them because they weren’t masked. The woman said it was while they were attempting to escape that Sodiq was caught. It was after the mob tortured him that he lied that my brother was one of his accomplices.
 
I told the police officers that I used to know Sodiq as Aliu’s friend, until he left our area about a year ago. The police asked Sodiq if Aliu was among his group but he didn’t say anything.
 
We were asked to pay N80,000 to secure the bail of Aliu who was then held by the police. After the payment, they said his name could not be removed from their list and that the case would be transferred to Federal SARS.
 
We hired a lawyer to help secure Aliu’s release because we were sure of his innocence. The lawyer later asked us to forget about the case. A police inspector told my father that Aliu might not be seen again. Till today, we are yet to see him.
 
It has been hard for my father to cope. We sold our family land to pay for Aliu’s release. My mother passed on some months ago because the situation was too much for her to bear — Muritala Oladeni, Footballer
 
 
‘A fellow SARS official killed my police brother’
 
My elder brother, Felix Yohanna, served with the Nigeria Police Force for 15 years in Lagos before his transfer to Kaduna last year. He was killed by his fellow SARS officers.
 
He joined Kaduna SARS and he was promoted to the rank of inspector this year. We received a call that my brother went on an operation with his team and the O/C of SARS. We heard that they were attacked by Fulani herdsmen at a village in Birnin Gwari, Kaduna State. The claim was that my brother was shot by Fulani herdsmen.
 
We later received a call from Kaduna SARS office that my brother went on an operation with his team to recover illegal arms acquired by the herdsmen. A Fulani terrorist was arrested in connection with the attack.
 
The Fulani terrorist operated in Kaduna, Zamfara, Katsina, Niger and Niger Republic. Last week, I learnt that a Fulani herdsman was arrested with a police gun and he said that it was the police that sold the gun to him. He confessed that the police killed my brother. My brother was killed by his fellow SARS officer because he was against taking a bribe to free the Fulani terrorist. They knew he might expose them.  Another thing that proved to me that they killed my brother was that after they reported that he was killed by a herdsman, they brought his mobile smeared with blood.
 
Angrily, I asked a deputy commissioner of police in the state how they were able to recover his phone yet couldn’t recover his body. It is four months and three weeks after his death but we are yet to see his corpse.
 
I know the Lord will fight for us. My brother was sincere as a police officer — Ayuk Yohanna
 
 
SARS officers beat me mercilessly in my kids’ presence — Oparaekocha
 
They came to my house in the morning, looking for me and I introduced myself. I demanded who they were. One of them just flashed his identity card and informed me he was from SARS. After that, he called two of his colleagues who were apparently waiting outside. Those inside the room had AK47 rifles. My children were all in the house at the time. I did not want them to see people with guns inside the house, so I told the SARS men to move out.
 
I only told them to do so because I was worried about how my kids would feel if they saw armed men inside their home.
 
But the SARS operatives refused to move out, instead, they started beating me. They were hitting me with their guns, I was brutalised and they even tore my clothes.
 
At that point, I started shouting to draw the attention of my neighbours. As this went on, I got in touch with the Chairman, Enugu State chapter of the Nigerian Union of Journalists, Mr. Rex Arum.
 
The officers also manhandled Arum when he got to my house. Afterwards, they handcuffed me and took me to their office.
 
Luckily for me, on getting to their office, the person in charge knew me and he was aware of my innocence in the matter the officers came to arrest me for.
 
He (their boss) told them to release me, adding that he knew I was innocent because he had investigated the case.   I was beaten up and wounded for doing nothing.
 
They don’t do any investigation. In fact, the case that they got involved in was already in court.
 
People use SARS to settle scores — in most instances, where there is a misunderstanding between two people, all it takes is for one of the parties to know somebody in SARS. They will take sides against the other person — James Oparaekocha, Journalist
 
Culled from Sunday Punch
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President Buhari Spotted Visiting His Farm and Inspecting His Cattle (Photos)


These are the photos showing President Muhammadu Buhari on his farm.
 
Before leaving for France on Monday, President Buhari on Sunday visited his farm in Daura, Katsina State where he inspected his cattle and fruits.
 
Apparently, the president wants every Nigerian to key into the agriculture revolution of his administration by emulating him.
 
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How I Was Sold As a Slave For N300,000 After Paying N600,000 to Get to Libya - Nigerian Recounts Ordeal


In one month, the Edo State Government has received 1,100 indigenes who were deported from Libya. They left the state for Europe through Libya in search of greener pasture. Many of them died on the way, many others were sold as slaves, while many who were held in Libyan prisons were severely tortured. Some of the returnees in Benin spoke to Daily Trust on Sunday about their harrowing experiences.
 
I was sold for N300,000 - Harrison Okotie (35)
 
A friend of mine sold the idea of travelling to Europe to me and my sister, who we travelled together with, assisted me with some money. We paid the traffickers N600, 000 each to take us to Libya. When we got to Libya, we were arrested and sold to Arabs at N300,000 each. I never knew I was being sold because they would tell you that, they were taking you to cross over to Italy. It is only when you reach their destination that you would know that you were sold as slave.
 
From that moment, you would be under his rules and regulations until you are able to pay double the amount he claimed to have paid for your freedom. I was tortured daily, they even stabbed me on my back for not being able to pay a ransom. They will tell you to control your family at home to bring money, but if the money was not forthcoming you would face severe torture.
 
A Nigerian was shot in the presence of our ambassador for attempting to join the queue to register for deportation. Four people died in my presence due to torture. Our suffering in the hands of the Arab increased when we started telling the United Nations that we wanted to go home. The Arabs would always ask us to tell the UN that we needed food and clothes but we would tell them that we wanted to go home due to the way and manner we were being tortured. By the time the UN personnel leave, it would be 24 hours torture and we would be denied the loaf of bread we were given each. Even if I am given the opportunity again, I will never go to any Arab country. I left my wife and two children here in search of a greener pasture only to face torture.
 
I was shot for attempting to register for deportation - Amos Oghogho (25)
 
I left Benin on June 24 this year and within a week I was in Libya. While there, I was working in a car wash in Saba city. My suffering started when I had to leave for Subuata town because of too many kidnappings and slavery. As soon as I got to Subuata, war broke out between militants. As I was going to work, the police arrested me and took me to prison. Nigerians at the prison were more than 1,000, and because of the number, we were moved to a prison in the desert. There they used to drug our food because as soon as you eat that food, you go to sleep immediately. For the three months I stayed in prison I never had a bath. They were using us to trade because as soon as they release you after paying ransom, another group would arrest you and the torture continued. All the months I spent in prison, it was only macaroni they fed us and it was once a day. I was shot while trying to register to be deported back to Nigeria. When I wanted to join the queue, the police asked me to go back, but as I was explaining to him my intention, another one shot me on the hand. They later took me to a hospital where they performed surgery on the hand. I can never advise anybody to go to Libya.
 
I saw my twin brother shot dead for not being able to pay ransom - Abel Osifo Christopher (36)
 
My destination was Italy and not Libya but I was not able to cross before we were bundled into prison. The journey cost me N680,000. I sold my car to raise the money and move on June 13, this year. My experience in Libya was disastrous and painful: life there was full of agony and sorrow and to worsen it, I lost my twin brother there. They shot him because we could not pay the ransom on time.
 
When they kidnapped us, they asked us to pay 5000 dinar (N500, 000). However, before we could raise the money from Nigeria, they shot and killed him. Many Nigerians died in Libya. I regretted going to Libya and can’t even advise anybody to go.
 
I regret going to Libya - Abieyuwe Igue (24)
 
I left Nigeria last year not knowing that I was pregnant. I spent one year four months and my baby is 10 months old now. My intention was to go to Europe through Libya but I was not able to cross before we were caught. I paid N400,000 to get to Libya. I was a stylist here but decided to go to Europe for a greener pasture.
 
I was beaten severally for no just cause, but never sexually assaulted. I will never go to Libya again because it is too risky and I regret going there.
 
I’m happy to be home Josphine - Ajagbor (33)
 
I left with my son of three years to Libya in June this year. When they arrested us they took us to prison and we were living on macaroni and bread daily. The food was cooked without salt and pepper and we only ate twice a day. My son had to get used to the suffering too. I was a caterer before I left Nigeria.
 
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Culled from Daily Trust
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Davido Wins The Future Awards Africa 2017 Musician Of The Year Says “I No Dey Fight Anybody O”



Emerging top in the music category with other artistes such as Tekno Miles, Kiss Daniel, Adekunle Gold and Simi, Davido publicly declared that he holds no malice against anyone.
“I no dey fight anybody o,” he said as he received his award.
The event was held at the Federal Palace Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos.

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Regrets: Fans Hit At Mr. P


Mr. P has been going through a period of rebirth for some time now. In the past weeks, he has been taking back a lot of what he said during his faceoff with his brothers Paul and Jude.
This is, however, not new to fans who still recollect how he went back to the group he walked out of last year.
Peter’s back and forth attitude has now seen him courting some haters in the music industry.
It is now a norm to hear music lovers hissing when Mr. P’s interview or his songs come on air. The reason is basically due to what some people have declared as his lack of true direction.
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Pregnant Woman, Husband & 2 Kids Burnt To Death In Bariga Lagos


Pregnant Woman, Husband & 2 Kids Burnt To Death In Bariga Lagos House Fire
A pregnant, her husband and two children were yesterday burnt to death in their Lagos home.
The incident occurred at 13, Buraimoh Street, Bariga at the wee hours of the day.
Forty-one-year-old Kenneth Eze, his wife, Favour and their daughters Miracle and Marvellous were sleeping in their shop when the fire broke out.
Kenneth, who ran a drug outlet, resided in his aluminium shop with his family.
Besides, the wife reportedly went into force labour and delivered still birth in the fire.
Two other shops, a tailoring centre and a provision store attached to the chemist’s store were also razed by the inferno.
Neighbours who were alarmed by their screaming said the metallic component of the burglary secured shop made it difficult to render timely assistance.
They were said to have died from burns and suffocation from the fire.
While some residents blamed the outbreak on electric surge, others claimed it was caused by a lit candle that was left unattended.
The Nation learnt Eze, an Imo state indigene, was set to spend the Christmas holiday at his newly built home in Ikorodu before the incident.
While a crowd of sympathisers gathered before the shops, hoodlums besieged the heap of ruins, scavenging useful materials.
However, the fire did not affect the main bungalow building situated in the same compound with the shops.
Eze’s former boss, who didn’t want her name, disclosed said he was an honest and diligent man, who gave his time to the service of God.
She said:
“When we spoke, he told me he had issues with his Landlord. So he said he would move to his new house by the 27th of this month. The next thing was that I was called about his death. When I asked people, they said the electric sparks was the cause. Kenneth was a very good boy.
He made me happy. He never lied and he never stole from me. He was passionate about God because I encouraged him to be born-again. In fact, he was already a pastor before I settled him. Even after he left my control, I still narrate his case to my children because of his good records. The person who made me stay in Lagos. When you call him, he would respond and you could take his word.”
The deceased’s relative said:
“When the fire broke out, it displaced all of them in different parts of the shop. People who heard him crying for help could not assist. They couldn’t near him because of naked wire. They just watched the family die helplessly. It was just few days to settling in his home. “
A member of the World Harvest Church where Eze pastored, Ndukwu said:
“My wife called me this morning around 11:30 asking if I learnt about the incident. I was shocked as she said the whole family died. We are only here to help gather any necessary remnants from the ruins. I honestly don’t know how I feel about the incident. According to people, he struggled to escape the fire but the electric surge held him back.”
The remains of the deceased have been taken to Imo State for burial.
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Tragic story of a beautiful Lawyer who posted “Life is too short”…… and died four days later


A Law graduate of Imo State University , Barrister Roseline Udoh has sadly passed away.
The brilliant lawyer and registered member of Due Process Advocate,DPA, collapsed at her Abuja home in the early hours of Saturday December 9, and was rushed to the hospital where she was pronounced dead shortly after.
The Mystery in this whole incident is that barely four days ago, she wrote on how life is too short.
She wrote ;
“Life is too short… Dont put off anything you really want to do till tomorrow cos you are not guaranteed tomorrow. The sooner you realise this, the less you will worry about living your life to please people. Its all you. YOU are all that matters.
You owe only YOU the responsibility to be happy.”
Touching tributes have poured out on her page as her close friends and associates are still finding it hard to stomach the fact that their beloved Barrister is no more ;
May her soul rest in peace.
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Popular Instagram Comedian Ogbeni Adan stabbed by hoodlums



Popular Instagram comedian, Ogbeni Adan took to Instagram to share photos of the injuries he sustained after he got stabbed by hoodlums.
Ogbeni Adan
He wrote as he shared photos;
“around this time yesterday @ogbeni_adan1 was stabbed by some hoodlums.thank God for life as he’s getting better. Please bear with us as we might not drop skits for the next few days. U can reach his manager on 09072081890.thanks”
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Open Heavens 11 December 2017: Monday daily devotional by Pastor E. A. Adeboye - A SACRIFICE GOD LOVES


OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL.

DATE:  MONDAY 11TH DECEMBER 2017

THEME: A SACRIFICE OF LOVE.

MEMORISE:
“I will offer to Thee the sacrifice of thanksgiving, and will call upon The Name of The Lord.” Psalm 116:17

READ: Psalm 116:17-19
116:17.  I will offer to Thee the sacrifice of thanksgiving, and will call upon The Name of The Lord.
116:18.  I will pay my vows unto The Lord now in The presence of all His People.
116:19. In The Courts of The Lord's House, in the midst of thee, O Jerusalem. Praise ye The Lord.

MESSAGE:
A. If you have been washed in The Precious Blood of The Lamb, thanking God for The Salvation of Your Season oul is something you need to do daily for the rest of your life.
1. Some people throw parties to celebrate milestones and achievements in different areas of life, but Jesus said that what should give us the greatest joy is the fact that we are saved and have our names written in The Lamb’s Book of Life.(Luke 10:20).
2. That your name is in The Lamb’s Book of Life is a great testimony that you should regularly thank God for whenever you pray.
3. However, giving thanks to God is not always a very easy thing to do, particularly if you have been going through a spate of negative and very sad events or experiences.
4. In such situations, thanking God requires sacrifice.
5. Our God loves sacrifices- particularly a sacrifice of thanksgiving.
6. No wonder the Psalmist says thus in Psalm 116:17 “I will offer to Thee the sacrifice of thanksgiving, and will call upon The Name of The Lord.”
7. When you offer thanksgiving to God at a time when every situation is your life is saying that He doesn’t deserve it or that He has forsaken you, it is sacrificial.

B.  Similarly, your thanksgiving is sacrificial when you thank God even when he has not granted your request.
1. This is an expression of faith. Sacrificial thanksgiving glorifies God and proves to Him that your faith is Christ has spiritual substance.
2. Do you know that most people remember to thank God only when they believe He has “earned it’?
3. Such people live by a personal philosophy which says “whenever God does something for me, only then will I give Him thanks in return.”
4. Such an attitude is simply calculative and myopic.
5. There are so many things God does for us every day which we take for granted as normal everyday occurrence, but the truth is, nothing is ever really “normal”, and every day comes with its challenges.
6. Those who give God a sacrifice of thanksgiving do so because they choose to.
7. They choose to see things from God’s perspective, which makes them see reasons why they ought to be grateful to God, even when other people cannot see any reason why.

ACTION POINT:
Apply the lessons learnt in today’s study to offer God a sacrificial thanksgiving today.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR:
Psalm 142-150

AUTHOR: PASTOR E. A. ADEBOYE

HYMN: GREAT IS THY FAITHFULNESS
1.  Great is Thy faithfulness, O God my Father
There is no shadow of turning with Thee
Thou changest not, Thy compassions, they fail not
As Thou hast been, Thou forever will be
Refrain:
Great is Thy faithfulness
Great is Thy faithfulness
Morning by morning new mercies I see
All I have needed Thy hand hath provided
Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me

2.  Summer and winter and springtime and harvest
Sun, moon and stars in their courses above
Join with all nature in manifold witness
To Thy great faithfulness, mercy and love
Refrain:

3. Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth
Thine own dear presence to cheer and to guide
Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow
Blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside.
Refrain:
EMMANUEL=GOD WITH US!
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