Moji Danisa. “The Queen of Journalism”

Nigeria’s empress of gossip journalism, Ms. Moji Danisa returns to her comfort zone with PAPARAZZI. Paparrazzi is a political gossip weekly tabloid which contents shall be all things politics and politicians. The tabloid is expected to make a category seven hurricane debut in ten days with a smashing must read editorial contents, presentation and production finesse. The tabloid is strategically located in Nigerias political sin city, Abuja. Aso rock and all the politicians that dwell in this sin city and throughout the landscape of our dear native land are anxiously and desperately awaiting Ms. Danisas first shock and awe paparazzi reports. Ms. Danisa has gone rogue with Paparazzi promising fresh and surprising politicians and politics news whenever and wherever it happens. “We will uncover the covered because whether we like it or dislike it, every society has a right to know about its leaders, administrators and managers of our lives and nation”. Stick and Stay for more soon. From d JEJE MI NI MOJOKO MEDIA.

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Kano-Lagos train derails after crashing into truck

A Lagos bound train from Kano, on Monday, derailed after it collided with a ruck on the rail track.

Four passengers were injured in the accident which occurred at Bakin Kasuwa Village in Kaduna State.

“No lives were lost. The four people who were injured had been taken to the hospital by the FRSC,” David Ndakotsu, Assistant Director, Public Relations, Nigerian Railway Corporation, told newsmen.

“It was an abandoned truck on the track that caused the accident,” Mr. Ndakotsu added.

But a staff of the railway corporation who was aboard the train told newsmen that the truck was not stationary on the rail track.

“The truck suddenly drove onto the track and you know that when a train applies brake, it doesn’t stop immediately. So it hit and dragged the truck and then derailed,” said the staff who did not want to be named.

“Four coaches fell down, the track removed, and the locomotive moved out of the track,” he added.

Four directors – comprising of directors of Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Operations, and Safety – have left Lagos Monday evening en route Kaduna, according to Mr. Ndakotsu.

It was learnt that repairs on the train could last for over one week as some of the heavy equipment would have to be transported – by rail – to the scene of the accident.

The passengers have been advised to seek alternative means of getting to their destinations, according to the railway staff.

“Those that have small loads are free to go but those with heavy loads would have to ensure that their loads have been booked so that they can come to Iddo to collect them when the train returns,” he added.

Last month, passengers on the Kano-Lagos route were stranded in Minna, Niger State, after the derailment of a cargo train at Kutuwongi Village in Mokwa Local Government Area.
By-Temitope Taiwo

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NEMA warns of ‘unprecedented heavy rainfall’ in Lagos on Tuesday

The National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, has warned residents in the southern parts of the country against severe weather which may result in unprecedented heavy rainfall.
In a statement on Monday, the agency said that the weather could bring “unforeseen stress” upon the populace.
“NEMA is issuing this early warning based on the alerts received from the African Centre of Meteorological Applications for Development based in Niamey, Niger Republic,” said the statement signed by Ibrahim Farinloye, NEMA’s South-West Spokesperson.
“The centre issued the warning about 4:35 p.m. (on Monday) to other related countries that may likely witness such severe weather in Central, East and West African sub-regions,” the statement added.
In Nigeria, Lagos and its surrounding states are expected to experience torrential rainfall from about 50 mm within 24 hours, according to the statement.
NEMA said that the alert means that all stakeholders must be prepared to take all precautionary steps against the warning.
“On this premise, NEMA is passionately imploring all segments of Nigerian society in the southern part of Nigeria to steps against exposing themselves to the dangers at hand,” said Mr. Farinloye.
“Parents and teachers are especially enjoined to keep watchful eyes on their wards while motorists should exercise restraints against driving in the rain and if they wish to park, they should ensure they don’t stay inside the vehicle.
“Those living in the flood plains should relocate to higher when they are experiencing heavy accumulation of flood water,” he added.
In case of an emergency, NEMA advised residents to call the agency’s Emergency Number – 080022636432; 08160581814; 08067715203; or any police station nearest to them. -Premium Times – 2 hours ago NEWS

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Fresh from The Discourse Pot: June 12 dead- Bashir Tofa. MKO & The Burden of a Mandate… “Joe Eboigbe: In conclusion, I submit, if corruption is about our most recurrent national problem through the military and politicians, why should we celebrate anyone that benefited greatly from the problems and amassed so much wealth therefrom? Except, ofcourse someone (and I will not be shocked) tells me that MKO played no role to institutionalised corrupt practices in Nigeria. I am waiting to open another can of worms”

** Jun 8 Sat 07:41 **
Ogbeni Olawale Dawodu Snr: Good morning my people, its a wet saturday here.
Mojidee : Good morning house. I claim good health this morning in Jesus Name, Amen.

Kunle: Amen

Mojidee : What has Tofa said that is new? Is June 12 truly not dead? Back in the day, it was only the common man who actually faced the batons and the bullets. The elites all ran away and decided to waste saliva from abroad. When NADECO was going to make any impact at all, they were betrayed from within their ranks. At least a former house mate and NADECO member told us that much. What has been done to immortalise the name of Abiola? Nothing. When the President tried to do that by naming UNILAG after him, the same people who fill their pockets via the so called struggle, resisted it. OBJ another kinsman had the biggest opportunity of insttutionalising June 12 but he did not, he instead he placed May 29 above June 12. Guys who still talk about June 12 only pay lip service and all they do is line their pockets as they have always done!

Aboriginepro: Good morning, house! Abeg, excuse my ignorance of the facts surrounding June 12th. @Queen: asking you this because you are top of the journalistic creme. Please, I hear that June 12 was a scam in which Abiola was a willing participant. Do you know of this? Is it just a conspiracy theory?

Ogbeni Olawale Dawodu Snr: Hmmm

Mojidee : Abiola and Tofa were the worst candidates the govt could have bestowed a nation. To some extent the election was a sham. We had 26 credible democrats as presidential candidate but the wily IBB disqualified them and brought in the his friend Abiola and an unknown Tofa who he forced down our throats. Pundits have theorised that he wanted to continue rulling thru Abiola, others say he knew he would anul the elections and when he did that Abiola, being a bizman and a govt benefactor would not resist, people have also said that Abiola and IBB agreed to hold a sham of an election, I wouldn’t know if any of this is the truth. Fact is Nigs wanted IBB out and voted enmasse for Abiola, when the votes were too overwhelming and Abiola claiming victory, the vote counting was stopped and elections annulled! So tecnically speaking, the election was inconclusive!

Aboriginepro: Correct report!! I also heard that the “Tango with me” between Kola and Aisha was in “carry on” even after the annulment?? Na so?

Mojidee : I no hear that one o! Moreover I was heavily pregnant and in and out of hospital all thru d time. But I have told u what I know as a journalist.

Aboriginepro: : thank you so much, The Queen. I leave it there.

Mojidee : But June 12 is dead, why is anybody questioning that? The most significant test to that fact was the way the Yorubas resisted the re-naming of UNILAG after Abiola! If OAU could be named after Awo what was so wrong naming UNILAG after the man who paid d supreme sacrifice for the democracy we have today? Nigerians dey tire me. They remind me of the analogy of the Ketekete in Obey’s music!

Ogbeni Olawale Dawodu Snr: related development… FLASHBACK: Today in History; June 8,1998- Nigeria’s Head of State and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, General Sani Abacha died.O:)

Joe Eboigbe: May his gentle soul rest in peace.

Mojidee : Gentle soul?

AKEEM: @Queen, personally, naming UNILAG after Abiola is no way to immortalise him. Regarding OAU, Awolowo was the mastermind of the institution so it is befitting to have named it after him.

Mojidee : Why is it so wrong @Akeem?

Ogbeni Olawale Dawodu Snr: Morning Akeem. And what would u hv suggested d President do to immortalise him.

AKEEM: What has Abiola contributed to Unilag? I am not really a fan of Abiola and cant claim to know so much about him. He was a businessman who benefited from the government, slandered by Fela, contested an election and won but was annulled. Oxford University is still Oxford, Cambridge hasn’t changed its name. Even Shakespeare wasn’t honoured with a college! Nigerians should stop this immortality of a thing.

Matto: Good morning gov and all distinguished members of dis house. Happy wknd

Mojidee : Well said @Akeem, I am not a fan either as u must have realised from my earlier post, I was only reacting to last night’s discussions where some people felt Tofa was wrong by saying June 12 is dead. I was only trying to affirm that June 12 died because its proponents mainly paid lip service to it and that the Yorubas don’t really care!
I couldn’t care less if he is immortalised or not! My postulations are based on facts!

AKEEM: The Yorubas cld be treacherous, though, but Abiola’s antecedents didn’t help either.

Ogbeni Olawale Dawodu Snr: Nice one @ Akeem. But d man @ least deserve some form of recognition for his role in what we enjoy today?

Matto: Mojidee is so passionate dis morning about june 12. Well I beg to disagree wit her. My take is june 12

AKEEM: What we enjoy?

Mojidee : The fact however is that the man was treated unfairly and paid the supreme sacrifice…for that I respect him and his unfulfilled mandate!

Ogbeni Olawale Dawodu Snr: Ok, what we call democracy.:D

AKEEM: But for some people who had his back, Abiola might have chickened out.

Matto: June 12 has become a watershed in d history of dis country. That was d last election I voted

Ogbeni Olawale Dawodu Snr: I disagree with u on ur last post Akeem. D man was adamant till death came! On d contrary, d pple close to him were begging him to drop d mandate!
And some even went ahead to take up appointments in d Shonekan’s transitional Govt.

AKEEM: He had earlier left, let’s forget the NADECO people and remember individuals like Gani who declared their hearts in the fight for the reinstatement of June 12
June 12 will only have its place in Nigeria’s histroy books and that should be its IMMORTALITY! No more, no less.
Mojidee : He did not chicken out. After he lost the mandate, he went to foreigners begging them to help him actualise the so called mandate, rather than stay home and build a forceful resistance. That’s where he went wrong. The Western powers shunned him and instead of remaining in exile or entering d bush to form an army, declared himself President and foolishly went to his house after he had committed treason! He was picked up by a single policeman and imprisoned. The resistance began after that. He underestimated his friend and undermined the state!

Matto: Nobody can change d fact dat it was d most peaceful and fairest election ever recorded in dis country. It is on record that Tofa was even floored in his ward

Ogbeni Olawale Dawodu Snr: But gained respect from the masses that voted for him

AKEEM: I agree with what u said but I used chicken out because he left instead of staying back

Mojidee : Abiola deserves to be immortalised! He stood for something and for that purpose we have democracy today!

AKEEM: Maybe in another time, but not now

Ogbeni Olawale Dawodu Snr: Why not now?

Mojidee : For that reason, a common minority such as Jonathan is president, same way my son can become president! Yes Matto, still, d elections were inconclusive!

Ogbeni Olawale Dawodu Snr: I think d man deserves recognition and shld be immortalised By the Fed. Govt.

Matto: @ Moji I guess u are better this morning. See how ur thumbs are flying on the keyboard!

AKEEM: The controversies are still rife. His contemporaries are still around. It will be at a later time when a generation that sees him as an elder statesman assumes power

Ogbeni Olawale Dawodu Snr: By contemporar(ies), you mean Obasanjo is still around abi?

AKEEM: 😀 yeah

Aboriginepro: I siddon dey look. 😉

Mojidee : Matto, am better but quite groggy! Obasanjo as a mascot of that struggle is a misnomer!

Aboriginepro: @Gov: My sentiments on June 12 are too set. I believe that the school of thought that says it was arangee is correct. I cried when Abiola died because, apart from the fact that I always felt that even if he was ‘rich-man’ as usual, he had earned my empathy by the amounts of non-compulsory humanitarian work he had done. So, getting to know some of the fact (or no facts) surrounding, I began to do a u-turn in my view of the Nigerian political space. To lend credence to the ‘rumours’, I recently came to the conclusion that the reason the elite class (who have the power) have abandoned the cause is because they know things that are general knowledge and so there is a fear that further agitation might be an ill wind that blows nobody any good!

Ogbeni Olawale Dawodu Snr: Ill wind that would have blown majority of them away into d abyss. And rightfully so. T would hv changed d political complex for good.

Aboriginepro: But they don’t want that, do they!

Ogbeni Olawale Dawodu Snr: Ofcourse not! And that’s why we are still where we are now

Joe Eboigbe: My dear Gov, I have been busy with some very novel and sensitive suit. I still insist on the peaceful rest of his gentle soul. On the immortalising Abiola, I have very strong reservation on his ethno acclaimed successes. While I pray his soul rest in peace too, I think he exit through the same route he rode to success. I humble opinion.

Aboriginepro: : I smile

Mojidee : How time changes things. Time was when advocating June 12 was the fad! What happened? Did people suddenly realise some hidden facts or has it been thus all the while?

CarnelianFOX®™²°¹3 ˡᶤᶬᶤᵗᵉᵈ ᵉᵈᶤᵗᶤᵒᶰ: Good morning house…hope we all slept well and looking forward to a great weekend…

Aboriginepro: Hidden facts, yes. Then, people thought “we do we seem to be more in the fight than the Abiola family?” Morning, Fox!
Joe Eboigbe: A diligent probe of his rise to stupendous wealth, and the revelation of the unknown perceived messiah, coupled with the knowledge of the true interest served or intended to be served with the June 12 saga, together with underpinning philosophy of the fight has watered the struggle; which struggle, I dare say was more of bruised ethnic ego that a quest for good governance and nationhood. My thoughts.

Ogbeni Olawale Dawodu Snr: Morning Fox. Bruised ethnic ego? @ Joe.

Joe Eboigbe: Yes sir.

Ogbeni Olawale Dawodu Snr: Hmmm… I thought d man won by landslide from all corners of d country. Surely, u will agree that d protest went as far as kano and sokoto. Only that Lagos was d hot bed

Joe Eboigbe: I have a massive collection of comments made by the “fighter” and it was all about this ethnic oppressive tendency and the “I no go gree” attitude of the perceived oppressed group. Even some brought in 1964 trial to further buttress their misconception.

Ogbeni Olawale Dawodu Snr: Are u talking abt comments made by MKO during dat period on claiming his mandate or that d struggle was purely Yoruba in Nature?

Joe Eboigbe: Most, and those of his foot soldiers. Yes, I am.

Ogbeni Olawale Dawodu Snr: Hmmm…

AKEEM: Yeah, at a point it almost became an ethnic thing that we hear people saying the Hausas are denying the Yorubas their turn to rule.
One thing that I really appreciated in it was the depth of ethnocentricism in the Nigerian political landscape it revealed.

Mojidee : Gbaam @Geo! And he went ahead to say if he wasn’t made president, Nigeria would be worse than Bosnia-Hezegovina! A man who said himself that only a mad man would face a moving train expected other people’s children to die for him. Abacha got my respect then and now for suppressing what was planned to be wanton destruction of property in Lagos!
However, he paid the supreme prize which urshered in today’s democracy and shifted power to the South! For that I respect his memory!

Joe Eboigbe: My dear Mojidee, a price is only supreme if knowingly paid. If Abiola had the faintest knowledge that death will befall him, trust me he would has absconded. There is nothing supreme about his death.

Ogbeni Olawale Dawodu Snr: whether he knew or not is beside d point. He died while fighting for d mandate. He had many opportunities to rescind. You can’t separate his death from d progress made after it towards d present democratic setting.

Joe Eboigbe: No. It was in compromise of the struggle that he died. A fighter will not be in the captivity of the “oppressed ” without a compromise. Look through history sir, if he wanted to fight he would have either succeed fighting or die in the course.

Mayo Ayilaran: @284c5cdb, people in struggle do not generally have option but to remain except they have only short term goals. He was not in it for the short term but for the long term – democracy! Remember he was granted bail which he rejected!
Abiola insistence cleared the scope for our Democracy no matter how faulty presently.
Good morning Gov and beautiful people in the house. All protocols reserved.

D DON…Truth has no colors: Good Morning Govy, and the Nobles. I am very upset with Akeem subtle denigration of the Status and achievement of a political icon. Why? Why are we like this? What has this man done to warrant this denigration from the Yorubas? The Yorubas were called cowards he proved everyone wrong. We major on his faults as if we are free from misdeeds and mistakes in life. I am very sorry for the present day Yoruba who has lost the traditional etiquette of the Yorubas. While other regions are learning to honor their elders and heroes, the yorubas are busy denigrating theirs its a pity. Akeem if you must know, apart from Awolowo, I do not see any Yoruba living or dead who can be regarded as a global icon in business, Politics, Sports, Academia and philanthropy.
If we truly want to know a Nigerian without shoes in his childhood it is Abiola
He sent himself to school, sold fire wood to educate himself at the age of 9. Played agidigbo music for food and later for money
He sponsored himself through Baptist High school where was the editor of the school magazine and Obj was his deputy

Joe Eboigbe: In conclusion, I submit, if corruption is about our most recurrent national problem through the military and politicians, why should we celebrate anyone that benefited greatly from the problems and amassed so much wealth therefrom? Except, ofcourse someone (and I will not be shocked) tells me that MKO played no role to institutionalised corrupt practices in Nigeria. I am waiting to open another can of worms

D DON…Truth has no colors: @Joe every Nigerian including you benefited from the military in a way,

Aboriginepro: I am still searching for the benefits that came to me. Oh, I have been robbed! Who stole my benefits??? =D

Ogbeni Olawale Dawodu Snr: As for me, whatever way you want to justify your stance. Chief Moshood Kashimawo Olawale Abiola is the beacon of our new found democracy. He deserves the status of a matyre

D DON…Truth has no colors: Govy I am not happy this morning haba how can we rubbish the gallant effort of this iconic figure? This is why its difficult to die for Nigeria and as long as we refuse to appreciate our heroes, we can’t get anywhere. @Akeem, it will surprise you that all the names of Universities you mentioned were named after people pls go and find out

Joe Eboigbe: D Don, this not about me please. I am talking about institutionslised corruption. And note I did not benefit from it, I am as most Nigerians a victim of Military rule.

D DON…Truth has no colors: How can armed robbers masquarading as mordern day messaiahs sell you a dummy and you buy it. That my party didn’t want Jonathan to get any glory for naming re unilag does not make Jonathan’ actions wrong.
I am grateful to sincere Yorubas like Mayo who would tell the story as it was, Abiola is bigger than all of these rogues put together. I put it to you Barrister Joe, that you erred ab initio when you said you didn’t benefit from the military and I can prove that every Nigerian was and is a beneficiary of the Military, but that is a matter for a symposia in the near future.

Ogbeni Olawale Dawodu Snr: Out of all d leaders this country has had, which one of them is clean or without blood on his hands?!

Joe Eboigbe: D Don, I shall wait until that future comes. In the meanwhile I enjoyed the discussion.

D DON…Truth has no colors: Today, I am here to prove that Abiola had a right to survive in the Northern contraption of a false nationhood and so by the functions of his employ at a point in history, did not have a choice than be part of the rot and his decision to become president was informed by his deep knowledge of the polity. It will surprise you to know that the decentralization policy of Nepa was Abiola’s brain child

Ogbeni Olawale Dawodu Snr: Hmmm

AKEEM: @D Don, am not denigrating Abiola. I was only expressing the opinion I had of him.

Joe Eboigbe: Capitalist imperialism @Gov.

D DON…Truth has no colors: But Akeem you are too young to know the person of Abiola (forgive my use of the word too young) Go and read Abiola’s road map to a prosperous Nigerian.

Joe Eboigbe: D Don, how much do you know of Hitler?
D DON: Its unfortunate that those who are in the forefront of kicking against the renaming of Unilag were all beneficiaries of Abiola’s fight to the end. And for your information, Abiola was advised by the same people who betrayed the cause to run away, until he was invited for the inauguration of Mandela, there and then he told himself if I die I die and came back. I am grateful that I was previlaged to be at Epetedo’s declaration. I am part of that his and I told my children and the young men in my area how Abiola fought to the last. @Joe I know so much about the mental case called Hitlar. Joe Eboigbe: And you were not too young to know abi?

D DON…Truth has no colors: There is no living who has funded Unilag as much as Abiola did, if you know please let me know

AKEEM: I agree with you @ D Don, but I maintain that Abiola is no saint. If people were to really exhume his past, we will see his flaws. His democratic adventure seem to be the only thing that lives to this day. We are still aware of the Palace Coup. What was his stance against Awolowo? He was a great man but I don’t really see him in that light of adoration. Whatever it was that made Babangida deny him the seat, well…

Ogbeni Olawale Dawodu Snr: That’s true

D DON…Truth has no colors: @Ok Joe I give in there, but what I am telling Akeem is that most of his statements were a rehash of the propaganda of the Anti Abiola’s who are today enjoy where they did not sow. If they do not repent their children’s children will pay

AKEEM: Am not anti-Abiola, but one can learn to choose his heroes

D DON…Truth has no colors: Akeem I am a known Awoists who had learnt from the sage individually as a commandant of Awo Vanguard Movement. It will surprise you that Awo forgave Abiola before he died

AKEEM: Am just hearing this for the first time. But we still hear some rumblings from the HID camp.

D DON…Truth has no colors: And every man has “stench” in his past so let’s not go there. If I investigate you, I won’t be surprised what I will see. Even I as a pastor had a terrible past that Christ has forgiven but I am a new person now. If you keep judging with my past you will be in error of judgement

Aboriginepro: What was his stance against Awolowo!? Awolowo was, himself, no saint! Does dieing absolve one of their sins, no matter how bad?

D DON…Truth has no colors: And let’s face it what was even Abiola’s past that we are all screaming about? That he was involved in ITT? Oh pls read his history I am appealing to you, you will be proud to be a yoruba trust me.

AKEEM: @Pro, am not saying Awo was a saint. @D Don, I knew him to be a brilliant man. Am Yoruba and proud of it.

D DON…Truth has no colors: @Pro abeg you be my friend ooo don’t touch Awo I beg you.

Aboriginepro: 😀 that’s why I have been quiet. I no wan rock the boat.


D DON…Truth has no colors: Nobles of this assembly, let’s major on the high points of our national heroes, whether you agree with him or not. My Northern Hero remains Aminu Kano but I didn’t agree with his inability to align with Awo to rout NPC. But he remains a national Icon, how many of us talk about him today?

Aboriginepro: I am doing a TV series on our icons so that we do not forget

D DON…Truth has no colors: Oh God bless you!

Aboriginepro: Amen. Will start shoot soon
So we can stop reading mungo park discovered the river niger

D DON…Truth has no colors: Whatever I can contribute to it I will be glad to give a helping hand. We need to believe in people. Many of the foreign icons we eulogize today have terrible secrets in their cupboards. Mungo park was a sadist slave trader. Akeem: @D Don, thanks for the insight. MAYO AYILARAN: I often wonder when people search for saints among politicians! Even ordinary folks and religious men and women cannot lay claim to sainthood. The good book tells me that all human righteousness is like filthy rags! Abiola did well as a businessman and politician. He was never in government or office and hence cannot be rightly accused of institutionalising corruption. He is a political martyr by Nigerian standard if not world or African standard! Joe Eboigbe: OK, since you are mentioning “heroes ” my south west hero is Akintola whose achievements as premier was buried in his fight with Awo. History has not been fair to that man, particularly amongst his people. MAYO AYILARAN: @284ccdb, sorry I don’t get your I’d; Akintola did his best as a politician and his followers adore him. I as a person cherish his oratorial profundity and his contributions to Nigerian politics and governance are recognised and duly honoured. However among two or more gladiators one is usually recognised and acknowledged as a greater hero; that was what Awolowo is! Matto: D Don has made my day. Pls tell them that June 12 can not be wish away no matter how hard d antagonists try. D DON: This Akintola matter is drawing back painful memories in the old wield west, I was a boy but remembered my father an Akwa Ibom man, draw sword against any anti Awo element in Ibadan, it was bloody. You dare not look into my father’s eyes in those days in Ibadan. Years later at Park lane, I asked the sage some questions to confirm what my father told me then, I have not looked back since then. Akintola was an orator who colud speak several Nigerian languages. However he betrayed the cause of a better Nigeria because of Power. I insist Awo could have fixed Nigeria. Awo laid the foundation of what the south west has become. MAYO AYILARAN: D Don; aren’t we saying the same thing? No need to open old wounds!(y). D DON: o ndunmi ni. MAYO AYILARAN: 😀 =D. Ogbeni Olawale Dawodu Snr: *Shhhh* editing of today’s discussion in progress for The Discourse Pot! *Do Not Disturb**nerd* R E C E S S!!!

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Woman Gang Raped In Police Cell In Delta State

-Delta State, Nigeria. Three months after she was gang-raped while in police custody at the Abraka Division of the Delta State Police Command, the victim and mother of five, Mrs. Ese Isaiah Ozegbe, has dragged the Nigeria Police to court.

In the suit filed by her counsel, Mr. Efe Ejomasuvwe, at the Federal High Court, Warri, she is claiming N750 million as damages from the police over the incident. Hearing in the case has been fixed for June 13.

THISDAY had reported on May 4, this year, how Mrs. Ozegbe was allegedly gang-raped by four men in police cell at the Abraka Division of the Delta State Police Command.
The victim was said to have been detained among men at the Station where she was allegedly raped in turn.
She had alleged in a petition to the AIG, Zone 5, Benin City, Mr. Hashimu Argungu, that she was serially raped by the men while in the custody of the police at Abraka.

In the petition, she accused the Divisional Police Officer (DPO), Abraka, and his men of negligence and failure to protect her.
Her counsel alleged that following a brawl his client had with one of her neighbours, one Mama Afoke, policemen from Abraka Police Station came to arrest her on February 26, this year, following a complaint by the woman with whom she had the altercation.
The petitioner said that an effort made by her husband, Mr. Isaiah Ozegbe, to secure her bail from the police custody was rebuffed by the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) and the Divisional Crime Office (DCO).

She alleged that apart from intimidating and abusing her husband, the duo also pushed him out of the station.
According to the petitioner, “shortly after Mr. Isaiah left the Abraka Police Station, the IPO instructed the policeman at the counter to put me into a cell where there were already two men. 

“As soon as the Police locked the gate to the entrance of the cells, two younger boys came into the cell where Mrs. Ese and the other two mature men were kept, and immediately they started robbing her and she protested that she is a married woman and mother of five children. 

“The boys asked her to keep quiet and immediately grabbed her by her neck and closed her mouth with their hands, the others held her two hands and threw her on the ground and started to rape her. In the process, she started shouting but the police refused to come to her aid until she went into a coma. She realised herself the following morning”.  

She added that when she became conscious, she noticed that her husband was inside the cell opposite where she was held, adding that when she asked him what he was doing there, her husband replied that when he came that morning to perfect her bail, the police pushed him into the cell for seeking bail for her. 
Mrs. Ozegbe further said that when her husband met the DPO and the DCO to complain to them that his wife was raped whilst kept in the same cell with men, the DCO ordered that he should be kept behind the counter.
Policemen on duty that fateful night allegedly ignored her cry for help.

It was also gathered that the men who allegedly raped Mrs. Ozegbe are currently standing trial at a Magistrate Court in Abraka.
Meanwhile, the police authority has axed two of its personnel attached to the Abraka Division of the Delta State Police Command for negligence in the gang-rape of Mrs. Ozegbe.

The axed officers, according to THISDAY investigation, are the Cell Guard attached to the Police Station (name withheld) and a female inspector, Mrs. Erebi Akporunor.

The cell guard, whose name was not given, was dismissed from service while the inspector was demoted to the rank of sergeant.
The dismissal and demotion were part of the report of an Orderly Room Trial of 11 policemen in connection with the rape saga carried out by the AIG, Zone 5, Benin City, Mr. Hashimu Argungu.  
-culled from ThisDay Newspapers

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MTN lays off 285 Expatriates To Reduce Overhead Cost

In a move to reduce overhead costs and also encourage local content in the company, MTN Nigeria Communications Limited, has replaced 285 expatriates with Nigerian workers
The Corporate Service Executive, MTN, Mr. Wale Goodluck, disclosed this at MTN Leadership Forum in Abuja, where leading management author, Dr. Ram Charan, spoke on the imperatives of growing the Nigerian economy.
Goodluck said at the time MTN entered Nigeria in 2001, the company had expatriate staff of 300, but added that the burden of catering for the large expatriate workers was heavy, thereby informing the decision to replace them with Nigerians.
He said MTN was able to replace the expatriates through the twin policy of poaching Nigerians in the Diaspora and investing in the training of local engineers.
Goodluck added that the investment of the company in training of Nigerian engineers had paid off, with MTN now sending them to work in other countries.
Delivering the lecture, which was attended by key persons in government, which included the Chief Economic Adviser to the President, Prof. Nwanze Okidegbe, Charan said it was important for the Federal Government to focus on a few things in order to attract quality Foreign Direct Investments.
He mentioned further that it was difficult for any nation to make it without sufficient FDIs, adding that Nigeria did not need to eliminate corruption before jump-starting the economy.
He reiterated that corruption was inherent in all countries, adding that while Nigeria could put some energy into fighting it, the most important thing to do was to pick a few things to focus on and create the large picture in the minds of the people.

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Woolwich: MI6 Paid Younger Brother of Michael Adebolajo ‘Thousands to Spy in Middle East’

English Teacher: Michael Adebolajo’s brother Jeremiah, pictured, was paid thousands by MI6

English Teacher: Michael Adebolajo’s brother Jeremiah, pictured, was paid thousands by MI6

The younger brother of one of the men accused of murdering Drummer Lee Rigby was paid thousands of pounds by MI6 as part of spying operations in the Middle East, The Mail on Sunday has discovered.

Jeremiah Adebolajo, who uses the name Abul Jaleel, was also asked to help ‘turn’ his brother, Michael, to work for MI5, who were already aware of Michael’s close links to extremist groups.

The claims are made by the Adebolajo family and a well-placed source who contacted The Mail on Sunday.

Jeremiah Adebolajo, 26, who works as an English teacher at a  university in Saudi Arabia and returned to Britain this week, is to be questioned about his brother by Scotland Yard counter-terrorism detectives today.

Government sources have already confirmed that Michael Adebolajo was known to MI5. Last week it was alleged that he rebuffed efforts by the security service to recruit him as a spy.

Now it has emerged that MI5’s  sister agency, MI6, had targeted Jeremiah, a married teacher based at the University of Ha’il.

MI5 and MI6 work closely together on counter-terrorism operations. MI5 focuses on home security, while MI6 targets threats from overseas.

A document seen by The Mail on Sunday details concerns raised by Jeremiah’s family about MI6’s alleged harassment in April last year.

In it, Jeremiah’s sister, Blessing Adebolajo, 32, who works as a human resources assistant in London, says her brother was approached by MI6 while he was working at the University of Ha’il – an important strategic location in the Middle East because it takes only one hour by plane to reach 11 Arab capitals.

Jeremiah Adebolajo was working at the University of Ha’il in Saudi Arabia when he was approached by MI6
Complaint: A redacted copy of the allegations made by the Adebolajo family
A friend of Jeremiah has confirmed her account.

The friend said: ‘They asked him about Michael and asked him to help “turn” him to work for MI5.

‘They also told him to go to certain hotels, order a cup of tea and wait for his contact.

‘On these occasions he was handed £300, and was paid to fly first-class and stay in five-star hotels.’

The document, prepared by case workers with the charity Cageprisoners, says Blessing approached the East London charity for help because she was worried about the harassment and intimidation of both her brothers by the security and intelligence services.

She says MI6 bought a ticket so Jeremiah could fly to an Intercontinental hotel in another Middle East country (believed to be the United Arab Emirates) and that he was given local currency worth more than £1,000.

She also alleges Jeremiah told her that he was interrogated about specific people and was shown pictures of himself with named individuals taken in the UK. But Blessing told Cageprisoners that Jeremiah had ‘strongly’ rejected MI6’s offer to work as one of their agents.

Blessing Adebolajo says her brother Jeremiah was approached by MI6 and asked to become an informant.

As a result of this rejection, his sister says he was ‘intimidated’ until he was finally told that he would be stopped from leaving the UK.

The friend said that two years ago Jeremiah was approached by UK security officers when he was held at Heathrow on his way back from Saudi Arabia.

During the interview, he was warned about what happens to Muslims who don’t help the Government and was shown documents that confirmed people he knew were being held in prisons throughout the world.

UK Daily Mail

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