Sunday May 24th, 2015
Sunday May 24th, 2015
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Living with the enemy: Inside wife beaters’ homes, by battered women

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Mrs. Udonta...I blame 90 percent of domestic violence on men

Adetutu’s domestic abuse story started like so many others with occasional violent attacks which she ignored in the interest of the family. But over time, the beating became so severe that she could no longer bear it.

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Death at Lagos hospital: My wife was abandoned and died under extreme pain, bereaved husband laments

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File photo: Surgeons at work

He was obviously grief-stricken as he narrated the circumstances under which his wife and mother of his three children died. Indeed Segun Adesanya was initially reluctant to grant an interview before he was compelled by circumstance to do so.

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Several months after fire tragedy, traders still count losses

  /   in Metro 12:24 am   /   Comments

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According to Okeke: “Governor Fashola paid a visit to the site two days after the incident and promised to rebuild the plaza with consideration to the initial occupants of the burnt shops first before others after completion. Two weeks after his visit, the plaza was cordoned off by a private developer without any physical works or construction going on

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NSE boss lauds local engineers over Aba Mega Mall project

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Nigerian Engineers

UMUAHIA—A $300 million (about N60 billion) Aba Mega Mall is now being built by Greenfield Assets Limited- indigenous developers, which engaged Nigerian engineers in all aspects of the job. President of the Nigerian Society of Engineers, NSE, Ademola Olorunfemi who inspected the project commended the quality of work, saying that Nigerian were capable of handling any type of engineering work if given the opportunity.

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Anambra community threatens showdown with c’ttee over land scam

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Nteje-youths land protesters

AWKA—THE people of Ifite Nteje in Oyi Local Government Area of Anambra State are threatening a showdown with members of the community’s land management committee set up in the wake of land dispute between Nteje and Umunya/Nkwelle, both in the same local government.

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Echoes from Owo armed robbery : 71-yr-old returnee, 7 policemen, others among the dead!

  /   in Metro 12:55 am   /   Comments

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A 71-year-old returnee from abroad, identified as Pa Gabriel Ogundipe, is believed to be among those slain when about 50 armed robbers attacked four banks in Owo, Ondo State, penultimate Friday.

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Deltans commend Uduaghan on new Asaba flyover bridge

  /   in Metro 11:00 pm   /   Comments

Asaba flyover bridge

Asagba of Asaba, Obi (Prof.) Chike Edozien including other prominent Deltans have praised Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan of Delta State for the commissioning of a N3.5billion 120 metre-long six span flyover bridge in Asaba, the State Capital.

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Widows’ day of celebration with Oba Ojora

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For widows in the seven local governments under the domain of Oba Ojora of Lagos, this is a time to celebrate after they were recently presented with various gifts items, including cash. The widows were hosted under the Oba’s annual gathering for women who have lost their husbands and have no one to turn to for assistance.

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Burning of over 200 case files: Cleric petitions God

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*Justice Fidelis Ngwu(left) and Rev. Fr. Obayi Paul Obinna Martins

IT came as a rude shock to many because to them it was inconceivable that anyone could contemplate the act of burning of over 200 case files in an Enugu High Court sitting in Nsukka judicial division. However, all they could offer in response were mere condemnations without action. But that is not the case with renowned Catholic priest, Rev. Fr. Dr. Obayi Paul Obinna Martins of the Oku’ nerere Adoration Ministry. He has since sent a petition to God to unravel the circumstances surrounding the burning of the case files, while invoking God’s punitive anger on the unknown arsonists.

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Burning of over 200 case files: Cleric petitions God

  /   in Metro 12:32 am   /   Comments

cleric

IT came as a rude shock to many because to them it was inconceivable that anyone could contemplate the act of burning of over 200 case files in an Enugu High Court sitting in Nsukka judicial division.

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Epe boat tragedy:How two brothers, Epe prince, others drowned

  /   in Metro 12:21 am   /   Comments

Top left(in red shirt)Olawale Mogaji; directly under him, Gbolahan Mogaji;  Top right in bowler hat, Prince Kunle Adewale and Muiz Bello, chairmanship aspirant: Pix: Olasunkanmi Akoni.

Abiodun Dina, an author and public relations consultant aptly described them in a touching tribute as the silent heroes in the emergence of General Muhammadu Buhari as President-elect. Others prefer to see them as martyrs of the current quest to consolidate on the gains of democratic governance in Lagos, nay, Nigeria. But while political actors were either celebrating their victories or sulking over their losses in the March 28, 2015 presidential and National Assembly elections, not many were aware of how these acclaimed “heroes of democracy” met their tragic end.

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Abuja highway of robbers, desperate youths

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Sacked Police IG Sulaiman Abba

Hawking on the highways has become a menace in Abuja as able-bodied youths dash from one end of the highway to another hawking sundry articles.

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We lost billions of naira worth of goods to inferno — Balogun Market traders

  /   in Metro 8:31 pm   /   Comments

Balogun-market-on-fire

The popular Balogun Market in Lagos Island has been in the news for the past three months not for the bustling commercial activities there, but rather for the frequent outbreak of fire which has destroyed goods and property worth billions of Naira.

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Chibok Abduction: 22 girls who escaped Boko Haram risk lives to go to school

  /   in Metro 12:18 am   /   Comments

CHIBOK GIRLS—President Goodluck Jonathan and the Senate President, David Mark in a group photograph with the girls that escaped from their abductors during the special meeting between the parents of the abducted Chibok girls and the President at the Banquet Hall, State House, Abuja, yesterday. Inset: President Jonathan with some of the parents at the meeting. Photos. Abayomi Adeshida.

In a side room at the American University of Nigeria, four girls chat and giggle. One teenage girl in particular catches our attention. She looks familiar. Then we realize why.

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‘The police arrested me, tied me to their van and shot me’

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Smart Ogah...Shot by trigger happy police man

BARELY two weeks after one Chibuike Edeh, a 26-year-old worker of Protea Hotel-Benin City, died mysteriously in the custody of the police, a trigger happy police Inspector, identified as Obaro, allegedly shot another man, 25-year-old Smart Ogah, over N40 at a check point along llushi/Ubiaja Road in Esan South East Local Government Area of Edo State, last Monday.

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Parents lament brutal murder of son

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IT was like the world crashed on the family of Mr and Mrs Chijioke Jona last Thursday when unknown gunmen murdered their only son at Gada Street in Ogbunabali community, Port Harcourt, Rivers State. The parents wept uncontrollably as they narrated the sad incident to the Vanguard Metro. Their son, Alex, who was about 20 years old was among eight persons reportedly killed at different locations in Port Harcourt by suspected cultists.

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Umbrella revolution: When TAN stormed Lagos with mega rally

  /   in Metro 9:15 pm   /   Comments

TAN-umbrella

Nigerians were last week treated to an unusual spectacle by a cavalcade of umbrella-wielding political campaigners who stormed major streets in the country singing and dancing in cheerful abandon. In Lagos, crowds of curious onlookers jostled to catch glimpses of the campaigners as they joyfully danced and brandished their umbrellas to the accompaniment of music.

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Aftermath of protests in Lagos: Fear grips residents

  /   in Metro 12:58 am   /   Comments

OPC-PROTEST

Lagos has in recent weeks witnessed several protests by different aggrieved groups, bodies or associations. Some of these protests have political undertones bordering on the 2015 general elections.

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When explosion in Udi heightened fear of Boko Haram

  /   in Metro 10:43 pm   /   Comments

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Residents of Amokwe in Udi Local Government Area of Enugu State are still unsettled since the explosion which occurred at the country home of a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Enugu State, Mr. Tony Emeka Eze. The residents were thrown into panic as they thought the explosion came from a bomb activated by Boko Haram insurgents.

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Land dispute: Septuagenarian cries out; says: ‘My life is in danger’

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Pa-Olusegun-Meranda

AS he sat on an old creaking armless chair during this chat, Olusegun Meranda 72, the only surviving male child of the popular Delfino Anthonio Da-Meranda Family in Lagos, presented a graphic picture of an unkempt and ailing septuagenarian needing shelter and medical attention. But his high-pitched voice and flawless command of English language punctured this misconception. The retired banker revealed that he had been in a hideout for over a year now, having narrowly escaped death from suspected assassins under the pay roll of an unnamed land grabber popularly called ‘Pastor’.

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Terror acts of Area boys

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What kind of wickedness is this? What did the conductor do to them?” asked Chris, a commuter in the Apapa-bound commuter bus this Monday morning as two Area boys descended on the bus conductor, hitting him with rods and sticks. “He did not do anything to them,” replied Joe. “So they just decided to beat him up? He must have refused to pay them,” said Akin.

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Benue: Tears, outrage trail Agatu killings

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weeping-villagers

THE recurrent crisis and killings in Agatu local government area of Benue State, between Fulani herdsmen and the natives which have in recent time led to the sacking of more than 28 riverine villages in the area, got to a head last Sunday with the sacking of Egba community and killing of over 100 persons in one fell swoop. The casualty figure in the latest crisis, which is the heaviest in the history of the unending skirmishes, has elicited shock and angry reactions across the country. The reason for this may not be far-fetched considering that most of the casualties were women and children who were either shot or hacked by the marauding herdsmen.

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Mosan-Okunola residents renew call to rehabilitate abandoned roads

  /   in Metro 12:12 am   /   Comments

The deplorable Jezza Street in the area can only be plied by commercial motorbikes

After five years of complaints and petitions to the Lagos State Government over the horrible state of roads in their community with no solution in sight, residents of Fanimokun Estate Development Association, in Mosan-Okunola Local Council Development Area, LCDA, have again renewed calls for the rehabilitation of these roads.

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16 Years blackout : Angry youths shut down Seme border, threaten to boycott polls in Lagos

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A protester standing by the transformer abandoned for 16 yrs

By Ikenna Asomba Over the last 16 years, it has been tales of woes for thousands of residents residing in Gbaji-Seme axis, a border community in Badagry West Local Government Development Area of Lagos State, as they have been living without electricity, following a rainstorm that struck the community felling most of the electric poles

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Planned privatisation of water: Residents, civil societies dare Lagos govt

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Bottled Water

A recent study by the World Health Organisation says 66 million Nigerians do not have access to potable or safe water, a situation which has given rise to water-related diseases, costing the country a whooping sum of $2.5billion as people throng various hospitals for treatment.

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Abuja Area One IDPs camp: A place of tears, uncertainty

  /   in Metro 12:38 am   /   Comments

*A people displaced

They looked so forlorn, torn and tattered. Indeed, their fate appeared to be hanging in the balance. Their future, somewhat, looks bleak, yet they are Nigerians living in their country.

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The tough, but exciting world of a female Marwa operator

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Mrs. Awolowo Nike, 37, was quite cheerful that Monday afternoon, though she had been working for hours under the scorching sun. In fact, as she went about her business, she had a smile for everyone she met, an indication that she has been enjoying every moment of it since she went into the transport business some four months ago.

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Safe drinking water? Wind-to-water machine to the rescue, courtesy of church

  /   in Metro 12:11 am   /   Comments

Water vendors (Mairuwa) at work. Pics: Biodun Ogunleye

Water, it is said, is life. But certainly not unclean water which instead of enhancing life shortens it by harbouring disease-bearing germs. The dearth of potable or safe drinking with attendant prevalence of water borne diseases among the populace in Nigeria was a situation that had bothered a Pastor of Mountain of Liberation Miracles Ministries, Dr. Chris Okafor, hence he decided to do something about it.

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Superintendent Chris Eza: Sad end of a fine cop

  /   in Metro 12:19 am   /   Comments

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When he was leaving the shores of the Southern part of Nigeria to the Bauchi State Police Command on transfer, Chris Eza, a Superintendent of Police, obviously had no premonition that death, especially a tragic one, was lurking around the corner.

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Insecurity: Securex expo to the rescue

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Nigerians who are unduly disturbed by threats to their personal safety owing to the increasing security and other related challenges in the country can now heave a sigh of relief. And they have Montgomery West Africa to thank for this as it is organising the Securex West Africa commercial, homeland, cyber security, fire protection and safety exhibition which will hold on March 24 and 25, 2015 at the Eko Hotel Convention Centre, Lagos to offer solutions on security issues within the West African Region.

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Land tussle: Feuding families threaten to tear Lagos community apart

  /   in Metro 12:26 am   /   Comments

Twenty four months after, peace is yet to return to Olugbusi/Agufoye Asoga community which has almost been paralysed by violence after land grabbers allegedly unleashed terror there, forcing residents to flee for their dear lives. The violence reached a tragic climax last weekend when two persons were allegedly shot by yet to be identified hoodlums.

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From the blood-soaked battlefields of Lagos

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Weapons of operation

‘Who goes there?!’’ they hollered. Those seated at the same relaxation spot with him were taken aback by this. Indeed, many could not help but wonder aloud what could have prompted a group of powerfully dressed young men to erupt into such a reckless outburst. It was at this point that a slim, dark complexioned man walked in.

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