Tears as mother recounts how her children suffocated, died in husband’s borrowed car

The mother of the three children who suffocated to death last Sunday in the capital of Kwara State, Ilorin, Shade Silifat Abdulkadir, has spoken out about the horrific event. During a press conference discussing the final moments of the departed kids, Shade, 37, pleaded for Nigerians to support her. The first child, Maryam, was 10 years old; the second child, Nudrah, was 8 years old; and the third, Mohammed, was 2. All three children died after suffocating in the car parked in their residence. It was gathered that the vehicle was borrowed by their father from his elder brother. Speaking at her family house, Ile Magaji, Taiwo Isale, in Ilorin, Shade pleaded with all mothers to come to her aid. Narrating the incident, Shade said, “It happened on Sunday around some minutes to 2:00 pm, shortly after I finished cooking rice for them. It was my second daughter, Nudrah, who told me that she would not eat rice in school the next day (Monday) and that she would prefer spaghetti. “I have money in the shop and N700 in my Opay account but was left with cash of N200 only. I live at No 8 Boluke area in the Zango-Kulende area of Ilorin and operate a shop at Oke-Andi, Zango, where I sell provisions and other items. “It would only cost me N200 to go and come …

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Premature baby found dead in Rivers Varsity hostel

A premature baby was discovered dead in front of a female hostel at the Ignatius Ajuru University of Education in Port Harcourt. It was gathered that the male child, who was covered with a cloth, was dropped by an unknown person on Saturday morning Some students who spoke about the incident said the baby, who is between six and seven months old, was dumped at the Rumulumeni campus of the university in the Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of the state. One of the students who spoke on condition of anonymity said, “I woke up in the morning and started hearing noise everywhere and I rushed out. “Only for me to see gathering and looking further, I saw a forming baby of about six months inside a hole with blood all over the placenta. “The person who did that removed the baby on Saturday morning.” Another source alleged that the mother of the baby could be a student who wanted to get rid of the child. “A lady from the hostel dumped a baby around Salvation Hostel in Ignatius Ajuru University. …

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APC mourns member, others who died in stampede

The All Progressives Congress has confirmed the death of one of its members, Comfort Adebanjo, and six others who attempted to purchase seized rice put on sale by the Nigeria Customs Service to cushion the effect of the economic hardship in the country. The ruling party made the confirmation on Saturday in an obituary message released to mourn the late party member and the other Nigerians. The customs says it has concluded plans to commence the direct distribution of seized food items to Nigerians due to the demonstration against the soaring cost of living in the country. The National Public Relations Officer of the service, Abdullahi Maiwada disclosed this in a statement on Tuesday. Maiwada said that the move was in response to the critical challenges of food security and the soaring cost of essential food items in the country. He added that the items must be certified fit for consumption before they could be distributed to Nigerians. However, there was a stampede on Friday, which led to the death of seven persons. The Coordinator of FKL Ward E1, Lagos …

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New Ukwe Takum Panacea To Southern Taraba Restiveness – Kureb Elders Forum

By Sylvanus Viashima, Jalingo The leadership of Kuteb nation in Abuja on Monday said that the enthronement of a new Ukwe Takum will bring lasting solution to the security challenges bedeviling parts of Southern Taraba for decades. In a statement issued by the group and signed by Fili Ande for the Chairman, the elders maintained that after nearly Three decades of vacancy, the new Ukwe has emerged to stay and urged the people to rally support for the new Monarch to rule in peace. “The kuteb people are happy to announce that finally, the ancestors have spoken, the crown prince has been identified and the UKWE TAKUM has, therefore, been selected according to Kuteb culture and tradition. He has undergone all the basic rites of ascension to the paramount throne of UKWE TAKUM and has since been enthroned. We are pleased to say he has come to stay. “Takum has been peaceful since the announcement came through as the cloud of glory, hope and fulfillment is hovering over Takum once again since the home-call of HRH UKWE ALI IBRAHIM KUFANG …

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AFCON ’94: How Juju ruined Yekini

By Emeka Obasi Alain Gouamene visited Rashidi Yekini after the Super Eagles defeated Elephants of Cote d’Ivoire in the semi finals of the Tunisia 1994 African Nations Cup with a clear message : ” Please, go cleanse yourself from what we did to you.” All eyes on Morocco, Ivory Coast, Nigeria, South Africa as Nations Cup begins SaturdayNigerian football star battles for life after accident in BelgiumYekini was the mega star of African soccer in 1994 having being voted African Footballer of the Year, 1993. In Portugal, he was King of goals, leading the Primeira Liga with 21 hits at the end of the 1993/1994 season. The Nigerian arrived Tunisia as Golden Boot Winner of the last tournament, Senegal ’92. The Ivorians were in Tunisia as defending champions. Gouamene was the hero of their cup victory in Dakar, after he remained unbeaten during regulation and extra time, in five games spanning 545 minutes. The goals conceded came only during penalty shoot – out. Yekini was known and dreaded by the Ivorians. Gouamene got to respect him when the Nigerian spent …

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General elections, naira redesign, other key moments that defined Nigeria’s 2023

For Nigerians, 2023 would become one of the most remarkable years in recent memory in terms of defining moments and major events; some are cheery, while some are not very pleasant. This is just as there were significant global events that highlighted 2023. The News Agency of Nigeria takes a look at some of them: 2023 general elections Following interesting events that preceded the polls, many believed it would go down as the most anticipated election cycle since democracy returned in 1999. Perhaps the fact that it was the first time since 1999 that three major frontrunners contested to become the country’s president added to the anticipation. The election lived up to its build-up, as Bola Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party and Peter Obi of the Labour Party won in 12 states each. Mr Tinubu was declared the winner with 8,794,726 votes; Mr Abubakar came second with 6,984,520 votes, while Mr Obi scored 6,101,533 to come third. One political analyst said the 2023 election was the most consequential in the history …

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Events that turned all “eyes on the judiciary’’ in 2023

Arguably, never in the history of Nigeria has the phrase “all eyes on the judiciary’’ come alive more than in the year 2023. This cannot be far from the fact that the judiciary plays a pivotal role in the democracy of the country, being the final arbiter in disputed election outcomes. The judiciary is one of the arms of the three arms of a constitutional democracy that are required be independent while working in harmony with one another. It is expected to intersect with the executive and legislature yet insulate itself from their interference by drawing a line between interpreting the law, setting the precedence by judicial pronouncement yet not making the laws. The Presidential Election Appeal was no doubt one of the major events that saw the entire country turn its “eyes on the judiciary’’. After weeks of legal arguments and a whole day of delivering judgment by the Justice Haruna Tsammani led five-member panel of the Presidential Election Petition Court, (PEPC), attention shifted to the Supreme Court. The PEPC had dismissed both petitions of the Peoples Democratic Party, …

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Chicago certificate: Battle to upturn Tinubu’s victory extends to US

By Dirisu Yakubu While awaiting the judgment of the Presidential Elections Petitions Court, the Peoples Democratic Party presidential candidate in the 2023 election, Atiku Abubakar, takes his battle against President Bola Tinubu’s victory to a United States court. Perhaps the 2023 presidential election outcome will go down in history as one of the most keenly contested in Nigeria. The poll held on February 25 saw the Independent National Electoral Commission declare Bola Tinubu the winner of the election after polling a total of 8,794,726 votes. Atiku Abubakar and Peter Obi of the Peoples Democratic Party and the Labour Party, respectively, settled for second and third spots on the log after securing 6,984,520 and 6,101,533 votes, respectively. Former Kano State governor and presidential candidate of the New Nigeria People’s Party, Rabiu Kwankwaso, came in a distant fourth after garnering a total of 1,496,687 votes. Showing their displeasure with the conduct of the exercise, the duo of Atiku and Obi filed petitions against the declaration of Tinubu, citing, among other things, the failure on the part of INEC to conduct the polls …

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Taraba State Polytechnic: The Making Of A Model Citadel Of Learning

By Sylvanus Viashima, Jalingo From what many people mockingly referred to as a “glorified community secondary school”, Taraba State Polytechnic Suntai has experienced tremendous evolution in terms of physical infrastructure, standard of teaching and learning, quality of Lecturers, discipline and quality as well as number of students and has caved an envious niche for itself. Taraba State Polytechnic Suntai was initiated of the then Military administration of Capt. A. Afolahan but it was the Jolly Nyame administration that would later put in place all the necessary machinery for its take off. The Edict establishing the school was later signed into law in 1994 by the then Military administrator of the state Col. Yohanna Dickson. The State House of Assembly later amended the Edict into law and it came into enforcement on the 16th of December, 2011. The School was established to full-time Courses of instructions and training in technology, science, Commerce, humanities and other such fields of learning relevant to the needs of the community as the council may determine from time to time and to provide courses of inservice …

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Tribalism Is A Bastard By Dike Chukwumerije

These days, I am up most nights, swatting mosquitoes and pouring sweat. I tell you, it feels like hell. With fuel selling at 400 on the black market, and diesel costing double in both consumption and price. Like hell. How Governance is absent, and nobody takes responsibility enough to say – It is my failing. Blame me. Instead, those already in Power lament with us and say, ‘Put me in a different office, a higher office, and you will see…’ See what? What will we see that we have not already seen? The bastardization of the word ‘change’. It is not that we are not deeply appreciative of rice pyramids, and railway lines, we are. But the idea was to add this to the pre-existing state of relative peace and security, and inter-ethnic co-existence. Not to take that away for locally produced rice. Ah! E no balance. No. For it is better to be importing rice, but travelling with relative peace of mind from Lagos to Kafanchan. Than to be unable to carry that bag of locally made rice to …

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The Sleeping Majority By Dike Chukwumerije

After the 2019 elections, I looked at the results and saw 50 million reasons to be hopeful. That’s the number of registered voters who did not vote in that election. True. Some were ghost voters. Some got the PVC for ID purposes only. Some changed location. True. But, looking at that number, I saw many who were simply disenchanted – completely – with the status quo. For whom ‘APC or PDP?’ made no difference. And, yes, I know, there were 71 other options to pick from. And, at that election, 800,000 voters clutched at those straws. But, I tell you, the last time all the alternative candidates standing in a Nigerian presidential election together got more than 2 million votes was in 2003. Since then, the number of registered voters who bother at all has only fallen. Imagine? That in 2003, Obasanjo won with 24 million votes in an election in which 39 million voted and 21 million did not. And in 2019, Buhari won – the same seat – with 15 million votes, in an election in which 28 …

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Obi endorsement: Obasanjo ruffles feathers again

By Dirisu Yakubu Ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo is known for speaking his mind, particularly on issues of national concern. Having played a key role in shaping the political history of Nigeria, the Nigeria-Biafra civil war commander has had cause to intervene in matters relating to the health of the nation in the past few years. In his memoir, “My Watch,” the retired military general chronicled his life trajectory spanning his childhood, military career and political leadership, unmasking the character traits of some prominent Nigerians from his knowledge of them. After acknowledging the expertise of Wole Soyinka in the art, he went on to mock both his political activism and his famous hunting endeavour. “For Wole, no one can be good, nor can anything be spot-on politically except that which emanates from him or is ordained by him.  His friends and loved ones will always be right and correct no matter what they do or fail to do. He is a misfit as political analyst, commentator or critic,” he said, adding that the Nobel Laureate is “surely a better wine connoisseur and …

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Can Sukuk Bridge Nigeria’s Road Infrastructure Gap?

By Kadiri Abdlurahman, The paucity of funds to execute contending projects has seen governments around the world resorting to varied forms of borrowings to meet their funding needs. Over the years, the international and domestic capital markets, in exploring various forms of funding options, have highlighted the need for ethical-based debt financing. In recent times, governments and corporate entities in Nigeria have been accessing the capital markets to raise funds from investors inclined to a peculiar form of ethical-based debt instruments known as Sukuk. Sukuk is Sharia-compliant financial instrument representing undivided interests in the ownership of defined assets. It is based on prescribed principles of Islamic law and proportionate interest of the holders in the ownership of tangible assets and services. It also involves investment in the assets of particular projects and activities that adhere to the principles of Sharia. When it was introduced in 2017, the Sovereign Sukuk was received with suspicion by some stakeholders, due to its Sharia-compliant model. However, over time, it appears to have gained accepted by Nigerians across ethnic and religious divides. The Minister of …

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Teenage housewife throws stepson inside well in Katsina

Maryam Habibu, an 18-year-old housewife, has been arrested by the police in Katsina State for allegedly drowning her four-year-old stepson in a well in the Kafur Local Government Area of the state. Habibu, who is from Leko village in the Danja Local Government Area was, alongside 11 other suspects held for various offences, ranging from banditry, kidnapping to cattle rustling, paraded on Friday at the Police Command Headquarters, Katsina. SP Gambo Isah, the command’s spokesman, while briefing newsmen during the parade, explained that the teenage housewife was arrested on November 9, 2022. He further explained that she allegedly lured the boy out and threw him inside a well. According to the PPRO, Habibu and the victim’s father were an estranged couple. Habibu, who spoke to newsmen in Hausa, admitted to the crime, saying it was destiny at play. According to her, “It’s true I threw the boy inside the well where he died but it has been destined that he would die on that day. That is why he died.”

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Suspension of Labour Party National Youth Leader: Call For Justice And Conspiracy Of Silence By NEC, Peter Obi

By Our Correspondent, For the umpteenth times, the embattled Labour Party National Youth Leader, Comrade Eragbe Anslem has lamented the alleged injustice meted to him by the party’s National Chairman, Barr Julius Abure and need for the National Working Committee of the party to wade in, (in the interest of the party and suffering Nigerians who are looking up to the party to salvage the nation) and call a spade a spade rather than allow one “National Chairman” to probate and reprobate. Comrade Eragbe Anslem while absolving himself of any wrong-doing, especially and particularly as related to forgery leveled against him, submitted that it was the “Deputy National Secretary, Kennedy Ahanotu (who is today the Acting National Youth Leader), that gave the ICT Director, Engr Umoh Utibe in the office of the National Youth Leader of Labour Party, a membership card that contained the signature of the late National Chairman (RIP) Alhaji Abdulkadir Abdulsalam (Baraden Paiko). He stressed that it was the signature of the late National Chairman and National Secretary on that card that Kennedy Ahanotu provided that was …

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Nigeria Football: Time To Unbound

….Attention Honourable Sports Minister, the time to *’ADOPT A CLUB IS NOW’! By Joan Nnenna Iwuchukwu Let me start this piece by first defining the word ‘Unbound’. It simply means not bound together, release, separate, not fastened together, not confined, freedom and so much more. In this context, Unbound means freedom, proliferation, opening the space for private investors to come in and operate in an environment that is condusive, accommodating and appreciative. The Nigeria professional football league as it is today, is a 20-clubs league format that has 95 percent government owned clubs and just 5percent privately owned clubs. What this means is that government plays a huge impact in what goes on within and around the league, leaving our football at the mercy of some politicians who see football as a political tool that has to be managed by their political loyalists, who inturn know that the only way they can keep their jobs is by getting results at all costs. Disadvantages of government ownership of Nigeria clubsides Poor management. Most times, the men appointed are political loyalists to …

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