29 May 2017

3-storey building collapses in Lagos, 2 confirmed dead

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Two persons have been confirmed dead in the 3-storey building that collapsed at Daddy Alaja street in Oke-Arin, Lagos Island today. According to NEMA, 14 persons have been rescued. See more photos from the incident after the cut...

See the Slot driver who elopes withN5.95million worth of phones

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One of the drivers of the popular Nigerian phone retail outlet, Slot Nigeria Limited, has been arrested by the operatives of Rapid Response Squad of the Lagos State Police Command over the diversion of N5.95 million worth of laptops, mobile phones and its accessories, just as it assisted in the recovery of N4,654,224 worth of goods from the suspect.

The suspect, Olumide Babajide, 42, from Kwara State, was tracked and arrested in Kaduna State, where he diverted the goods to after taking them from the Slot Nigeria Office based in Computer Village, Ikeja, Lagos.

The driver, who was engaged in March, 2017, by the company, was directed to move the consignment to Slot Outlet in Victoria Island, Lagos in May 2, 2017, when the incident happened.

According to Olumide, a diploma in computer science holder, “I took the good from Slot’s outlet in Ikeja. I was to deliver it to another outlet in Victoria Island, Lagos, but instead I took the goods to Pam-Pam Hotel, Ikeja, while I returned the company’s Hilux car to R & S hotel, where we normally park the company’s vehicles.

This wasn’t the first time I would be moving laptops, mobile phones and their accessories from one outlet to the other. Since I joined the company in March and I was assigned the job of a delivery man, it had been my idea to divert the goods and abscond.”

He continued, “as soon as it was 5:00 p.m. that very day, I took a drop from the hotel with the consignment to Ejigbo, where I boarded a Kaduna bound bus.

Before I got to Kaduna, I already contacted one of the buyers. She bought N1.4 million worth of phones, laptops and phone accessories while I also sold in unit to some other buyers as well.”

Sources disclosed that the suspect at Kaduna dashed out about 10 mobiles to passers-by. He also gave out two phones to a new mistress while he bought a Peugeot 206, 1999 model with new registration number DKA 859 KA from the proceeds of his sales for N912, 000:00.

The father of three was also reported to have procured a 32 inch Samsung LCD for N62, 000:00 while lodging in a hotel abandoning his wife and children in the Kaduna.

JAIL: Why ‘I Have Dragged Ademile Bakray Infinity to UK Court

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BREAKING NEWS: ‘I Have Dragged Ademile Bakray, alias Infinity to BRITISH Court for Defamation of Character and Threat to Life’-Yetunde Oriyomi, London-based Nigerian Society lady writes Esabod.

Two South African Lesbians Weds (photo)

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Two women have tied the knot in South Africa. 36-year old Babalwa Dasha from Bhofolo, Eastern Cape and 37-year old Zonke Mngoma from Newlands West, Durban met two years ago at work and now they are married.

At Umhlanga Hospital, Babalwa is a pharmacist and Zonke is a nurse.

Their traditional wedding was conducted by Pastor Zenzi Zungu of the Victory Ministries Church International.

“We are all created by God. He made us all different,” said Zungu.

Babalwa’s mother, Thandi Dasha, 59  welcomed her partner 1to the Dasha family.

“We love you and I’m glad that my daughter brought home someone who will take care of me,” she said.

Shocking! See The Woman Who Is Still Nursing Snake 9 Years After Giving Birth To It

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A woman has shocked the world after claiming that nine years ago, she gave birth to a Python. And true to her word, the woman lives with the snake as if it was a child, feeding it, cuddling it and even bathing it, according to Tuko.co.ke.

She gave birth to twins in 2007, a girl and the snake she claims is her son entombed in the reptiles body.

Somewhere in Nakawuka village is a woman living with a 30-foot-long Python which she claims to have birthed.

In 2007, Nalongo got in the family way and was delighted to learn that she was pregnant with twins. The same year, her husband died just a few months.

Female Kidnap Suspect: "I attracted stolen child with N200"

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14-year-old Nwanne (not real name) in the custody of Abia State Police Command has confessed that a lady she met at Alaoji near Aba, identified as Chinemerem Isaiah, gave her N200 to attract and steal a three-year-old for her.

She said that she met Isaiah when her father sent her on an errand at Alaoji, where she asked her to call one small girl around for her.

She said, “My daddy sent me to give one aunty something; then on the way, I met this other aunty (Isaiah) and she asked me to bring a child. She did not tell me what she wanted to do with the baby.

“So, I called the first baby, she refused to follow me, but when I called the second baby, she came to me and this aunty brought out N200 from her bag and gave me to give the baby. She collected it and followed us.”

Commissioner of Police in the State, Adeyele Oyebade who paraded the suspects at the command headquarters in Umuahaia, the state capital, said they were arrested following a complaint made to the Ogbor Hill Police Station by one Mrs. Rose Ndukwu that her three-year-old daughter was stolen by unknown persons.

Update! Mercy Aigbe's domestic abuse case files requested to be transferred

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The Lagos State Government has written a letter through the Directorate of Public Prosecutions, DPP, demanding that the Nigerian Police should forward the duplicate of the case file on the alleged domestic assault meted out on actress Mercy Aigbe by her husband Lanre Gentry.

The letter indicated the interest of the state government in prosecuting the assault case in the earliest possible time so that both victim and offender can have their case resolved promptly. 
This is in line with the statement made by the State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Adeniji Kazeem, during this year’s ministerial briefing 

Mr Kazeem said: “The DPP is committed to ensuring that all offenders are brought to book thereby discouraging impunity in our society. We are also committed to speedy trials, especially so that suspects are not detained for too long awaiting trial. It is our belief that both the victims of a crime and the alleged offenders deserve to have their cases resolved at the earliest possible time.” 

Vanguard reports that the resolve to write the Police was sequel to the result of the recent medical check-up conducted on Mercy Aigbe that indicated alleged assault by her husband.  Asides writing to the Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of the State Criminal Investigative Department, SCID, Panti, Yaba, Lagos Mainland Local Government, DPP also copied other relevant agencies, to alert them of its plan.

It would be recalled that the Coordinator of the State Domestic and Sexual Violence Response Team, DSVRT, Mrs. Titilola Vivour- Adeniyi, had argued during a sensitization programme that Domestic Violence is a crime committed against the State. She said that if anyone is abused, the state is also being abused, hence our mindsets have to change and domestic violence has to be treated as a crime against the state.

Omg! Man Stoned to Death for Urinating near a Mosque in Abuja

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Tension is mounting among youths in Jiwa and Gwagwa communities in Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC) over the killing of a middle-aged man yesterday in Jiwa for urinating near a mosque, located in the community.

According to an eyewitness, the man, whose name was not immediately disclosed to newsmen, was passing through one of the streets in the village, and then decided to urinate in a drainage, close to a mosque.
However, just as he was doing that, a man who was sitting at the front of the mosque and watching him, picked a stone and threw at him.

Blueprint gathered that when the man had finished urinating, he picked the same stone and threw it back at the same man.
This action prompted some youths who were at the mosque to descend on him and gave him the beating of his life.

He was said to have fainted and was rushed to a private hospital in Gwagwa village, where he was pronounced dead by doctors in the hospital.
Our correspondent also gathered that it took the intervention of the divisional police officer (DPO), Gwagwa Police Station, and some other prominent persons in the two communities to stop the youth, who wanted to retaliate.
However, every effort to reach the FCT Police Public Relations officer (PPRO), Anjuguri Manza, for comments on the matter proved abortive.

See the first air conditioned stadium in Nigeria

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Gov. David Umahi of Ebonyi state has proven to be a pathfinder and pacesetter of our time.

The new ultra-modern stadium constructed by his led administration completed and ready for all sports activities. See more photos below...

Footballer Victor Moses Weds His Long Time Partner In Private Ceremony

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Super Eagles and Chelsea star, Victor Moses got married to his long time partner in London today.

The wedding comes a week after winning the Premier League with Chelsea.

The couple, who exchanged marital vows in the front of few family members, friends and colleagues, already have two kids together, a five-year-old son Brentley and a two-year-old daughter Nyah.

Having managed to keep this family very private, not much is known about his wife but it is reported that Moses’ bride is an English woman of Nigerian descent.

Court Declares LG Marriage Certificates Illegal In Lagos

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A Lagos High Court has barred local government areas from conducting marriages across the country.

The court, in a judgment, declared that the Local Government Unified Marriage Certificate was unknown to law and therefore unconstitutional, null and void.

A Certified True Copy of the judgment by Justice I. O. Harrison of Court 37, General Civil Division of the Lagos Judicial Division, dated May 15, 2017, in suit no LD/1343GCM/2016, was obtained by Punch correspondent yesterday in Abuja.

The plaintiff, Olamide Babalola, representing himself and other recipients of modified marriage certificates from the local governments, had dragged the Ikeja Local Government and Registered Trustees of Association of Local Governments of Nigeria before the court over the modified marriage certificate issued by the first and second defendants.

The plaintiff had sought a declaration that the first defendant did not have the powers to issue modified or customised marriage certificates different from the one provided in Form E under Section 24 of the Marriage Act Laws of Federation of Nigeria,1990.

Babalola also prayed for a declaration that the second defendant’s Local Government Unified Marriage Certificate was unknown to law and unconstitutional.

He equally wanted a perpetual injunction restraining the defendants, their agents, officers, employees and representatives from further issuing modified or altered marriage certificates apart from the form as provided under Form E (1st schedule) and Section 24 of the Marriage Act, LFN, 1990.

Harrison, in her judgment, declared that the first defendant did not have the powers to issue modified or customised marriage certificates different from the one provided in Form E under section 24 of the Marriage Act.

She said, “The court thus orders as follows: declaration that the second defendant’s ‘Local Government Unified Marriage Certificate’ is unknown to our law, unconstitutional, null and void.

“A perpetual injunction, restraining the defendants their agents, officers, employees and representatives from further issuing modified or altered marriage certificates apart from the form as provided under Form E (1st schedule) and Section 24 of the Marriage Act, LFN, 1990.

“A perpetual injunction, restraining the second defendant, their agents, officers, employees and representatives from further issuing Modified Local Government Unified Marriage Certificates.”

Citing Imunze vs Federal Republic of Nigeria, 2014 LPELR 22354 (SC) and Onochie vs Odogwu, 2006 Nigeria Weekly Law Report, (Part 975) 65, Harrison stated that while registration of marriage is regulated by local government being under the concurrent list, formation of marriage is under the exclusive list within the domain of the Federal Government regulated by the Federal Ministry of Internal Affairs-item 6 of 2nd schedule of 1999 constitution.

The judge pointed out that a marriage had been declared invalid by the Supreme Court on the grounds that it was not in line with Form E as provided by the Marriage Act.

“It is thus trite that the local and state government cannot make separate arrangements outside that provided for in the Marriage Act, that is Form E,” Harrison ruled.

The court however added that the marriages conducted by local governments and issued with the certificates, which are not in conformity with Form E, “will by virtue of Section 34 of the Marriage Act be regarded as good and valid in law to all intents and purposes.”

It “believes that there should be a re-issuance of the proper certificate to all persons in possession of the ‘invalid’ certificates.”

The judgment read in part, “The court will further consequentially order that all such modified marriage certificates issued by the first and second defendants be surrendered to the appropriate local government where the marriage was conducted and appropriate certificate, in line with Form E, should be reissued to the claimants herein and all other concerned persons.”

The judge said the second defendant and its branches issued their own form known as the Local Government Unified Marriage Certificate, which was also issued to the claimant by the first defendant.

Following the judgment, the Federal Government has written to the various embassies in the country not to recognise marriages conducted by local governments.

A director in the Ministry of Interior, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the embassies were asked not to issue visas to applicants with local government marriage certificates in line with the court order.

“Most of the marriages conducted by local government registries are sham and were merely used to obtain visas by desperate Nigerians. We have written to the embassies not to give out visas based on such marriage certificates,” he said.

The Director of Press, Ministry of Interior, Willy Bassey, described the court judgment as a welcome development, which he said had put paid to “the illegal acts by the local governments.”

UK Prime Minister, Theresa May, worships at RCCG Jesus House London

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UK Prime Minister, Theresa May, today worshiped at the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Jesus House parish in London. She is pictured above with the parish pastor, Irukwu. See more photos below...