Gov Zulum Visits Displaced Families In Damasak

Borno State Governor, Babagana Umara Zulum on Friday embarked on a humanitarian visit to Damasak, the headquarters of Mobar Local Government Area, on Friday.

The Governor who entered Damasak from Diffa in Niger Republic interacted with batches of hitherto refugees who returned from the country.

Zulum also inspected newly constructed temporary shelters built to accommodate over 1000 households.

Also in Damasak, the governor paid a morale-boosting visit to 29 Task Force Brigades, he assured the military of government’s commitment in restoring peace.

Zulum had earlier visited Diffa District of Niger Republic and met with the refugees who fled their homes due to the Boko Haram insurgents’ attack.

The Governor’s visit to Niger was to arrange modalities to fast-track the safe and dignified return of the refugees in Diffa for resettlement in Borno.

Zulum expressed appreciation to the Nigerien authorities and host communities for their hospitality to the citizens of Borno, taking refuge in their country.

Governor Zulum was in Abuja for some days from where he travelled to Diffa before proceeding to Damasak and then to Maiduguri.

Daddy Freeze Surrenders, Apologises To Bishop Oyedepo

Controversial broadcaster, Ifedayo Olarinde, popularly known as Daddy Freeze, has finally apologized to the founder and presiding Pastor of Living Faith Church Worldwide, also known as Winners’ Chapel International, Bishop David Oyedepo.

This is coming after Pastor Paul Enenche, joined a long list of pastors who called out the ace media personality for attacking Oyedepo.
Daddy Freeze had in a video he made last three years ago, criticized Oyedepo’s teaching, calling him a ‘bald-headed foul’.

The video, however, resurfaced this year and generated negative comments against Freeze after he slammed Oyedepo again over his stand that women should submit to their husbands in marriage..
Reacting, the Founder and General Overseer of Salvation Ministries, David Ibiyeomie, condemned Freeze for questioning and criticizing Oyedepo.
He accused and threatened for insulting Oyedepo who he regarded as his father and calling Freeze ‘a bastard.’
In the same vein, Director General, Budget Office of the Federation, Ben Akabueze who also backed Bishop Oyedepo on his stand that women should submit to their husbands in marriage, accused Daddy Freeze is leading many people astray.

However, Daddy Freeze, on Saturday decided to apologize, saying that he did not intend to insult the personality of Bishop Oyedepo.

In his recent video shared, Daddy Freeze was seen apologizing to Oyedepo, saying ‘he did not in any way intend to dishonor, disrespect, or disregard the person of the Bishop’.
Watch the video here:

The video was also shared by Reno Omokri, a former media aide to ex-president Goodluck Jonathan and clergyman, saying Daddy Freeze recognised his error and sought forgiveness.

“Scripture says if a brother sins and seeks forgiveness, forgive him 70 times 7 times! I must stress that that video was done 3 years ago.
“The man has changed. It took great courage for him to do what he has now done, and for the sake of peace and unity in the body of Christ, I urge all those who have had an issue with him to love like Christ.
Reno equally called on Ibiyeomie to withdraw his threats against Freeze and apologise to his mother.
His words: “I also call on David Ibiyeomie to withdraw the threats he made against Daddy Freeze, and apologise to his mother, Professor Elisabetha Smaranda Olarinde, because by using the words he used on Daddy Freeze, he also insulted his mother, who was completely innocent in this whole matter. “Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.”

“Leave My Daughter’s Husband Alone” – Regina Daniels Mother, Rita Call Out Chika Ike

Rita Daniels, the mother of Nollywood actress, Regina Daniels has warned another Nollywood actress, Chika Ike to halt plans to snatch her daughter’s billionaire husband, Ned Nwoko.

In a viral video shared on social media by Ada Nanka, it can be deduced that the Chika Ika was dating the billionaire, Ned Nwoko before Regina Daniels got married to the 60-year-old.
According to the blogger, the 34-year-old is making attempt to get back with the politician and continue her relationship with him.

The controversial actress, Rita Daniels, however, threatened to go spiritual on Chika if she refuses to leave her daughter’s husband alone.

Ada also claimed that Chika uploaded a photo of her with Ned but deleted it later.

“Chika Ike has been dating Ned Nwoko before Regina came into the picture. Ned Nwoko is a gold that every Nollywood actress digs.
“They said that her daughter’s husband belongs to everyone. They noted that Ned has not finished marrying and Regina isn’t the last person that would be with the man,” Ada said.

Watch the video below;

Tinubu Pays Condolence Visit To Sen. Wamakko

All Progressives Congress (APC) National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, has condoled with Sen. Aliyu Wamakko (APC- Sokoto) on the demise of his daughter, Sadiya Aliyu.

Tinubu, who was on a condolence visit to Sokoto State on Saturday, described the death as a great loss to the bereaved families and prayed for late Aliyu’s soul to rest in peace.

The APC leader further restated commitment to the unity of Nigeria, saying that the country could achieve nothing without unity.

“We have to unite to develop our country. The blood that runs in my veins is the same blood that runs in every Nigerian vein.


“Whether I am Yoruba and you are Fulani, Hausa or Igbo, the essence of our life is that we are Nigerians.

“Therefore, we should always dwell and take Nigeria first in everything we do for the good of our country,” he said.

In his response, Wamakko thanked the APC leader and his entourage for the visit and prayed for their journey safety.

On Tinubu’s entourage were former Governors of Kebbi and Nasarawa, Alhaji Adamu Aleru, and Sen. Tanko Almakura, as well as former EFCC Chairman, Nuhu Ribadu and Alhaji Yusuf Ali, an APC stakeholder.

The late Aliyu, aged 23, died on Thursday at the Usmanu Danfodiyo University Teaching Hospital, Sokoto, following childbirth complications.

The late Aliyu had since been buried according to Islamic rites.

She was survived by her parents, husband, Tambari Yusuf, a staff of Nigeria Ports Authority (NPA), and a five-year-old daughter.

‘Don’t Mess With Turkey’ – Erdogan Warns Macron

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday slammed his French counterpart, Emmanuel Macron, over his criticism of Turkey’s latest activities in the eastern Mediterranean.

“Do not mess with the Turkish people, do not mess with Turkey,’’ Erdogan said in Istanbul, chiding the French leader for “not listening” to warnings.

“Mister Macron, you will have a lot more problems with me,’’ Erdogan said at an event to commemorate the 40th anniversary of a coup in Turkey, quoting Macron as saying that he has a problem with Erdogan.

Earlier this week, Macron charged that Turkey was “no longer a partner’’ in the Mediterranean, citing its maritime claims and drilling for gas in waters claimed by Greece and Cyprus.

Macron’s statements came during an informal summit with southern EU countries, who also warned Turkey against “unilateral activities” in the eastern Mediterranean.

Greece and Cyprus have for weeks been sparring with Turkey over areas in the eastern Mediterranean that the two EU members and Ankara all claim the right to prospect and drill for gas.

The Mediterranean stand-off has seen Turkey send research vessels into contested waters, EU allies dispatch ships to the region, and both Ankara and Athens carry out military manoeuvres.

Turkish survey vessel, Oruc Reis, is still off Cyprus, although it was scheduled to leave on Saturday.

Much Ado About Ooni And Asiwaju’s Courtesy At Oniru Coronation

By Funsho Arogundade

Great names and institutions are not built overnight. It was H.H. Younus AlGohar who drove it home by positing that respect does not come by asking for it; it is earned overtime through giving it to others.Over the years, Nigeria’s political luminary, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu has shown like Laurence Sterne said that respect for ourselves guides our morals while respect for others guides our manners. Only little people are indifferent, superior people are caring and respect constituted authority whether traditional or political. It is not out of place to say that Tinubu falls among those in our part of the world with great respect for traditional institutions having rightfully earned two great titles —among many others— Asiwaju of Lagos and Jagaban of Borgu Kingdom in Niger State, bestowed on him by two revered monarchs.In a country where traditional leaders are still widely respected, these chieftaincy titles enhance his power and reach. And he has used them for the good of the nation and so many of the citizens.As a two-term Governor of Lagos State, it is not by happenstance that nearly a decade and half since he left the seat as the State’s Chief Executive, Tinubu still retains massive support in the state and outside. He has been credited with the social and economic progress seen in Lagos over the past two decades. He keeps an open house and reaches out to people in need. Tinubu is a man of the people. He is liked by many people of different social status. It is a known fact —by many— that Asiwaju has helped great numbers of young and elderly people to grow and achieve their dreams. Even when some of these people turned around to work against his interest, he never begrudged them and is always quick to forgive them whenever they realised their follies.No matter the circumstances, Tinubu is not known to have ever undermined any of those he helped to rise or subject them to any form of public ridicule. This brings to the fore the needless furore dominating the social media feeds of some characters over a circulating video and still picture of His Imperial Majesty, Oba Babatunde Adeyeye Ogunwusi, the Ooni of Ife; and National Leader of the governing All Progressives Congress, APC, Asiwaju Tinubu exchanging greetings during the coronation outing of the 15th Oniru of Iru Land, Oba Omogbolahan Lawal in Lagos last Sunday September 6, 2020.Of course, some mischief-makers have gone to town spinning different conspiracy theories around the picture and the fleeting moment of the interaction. There had been allegations of Asiwaju Tinubu displaying arrogance and disrespect to the highly revered Oonirisa. But that is farther from the truth and not a representation of what transpired at the coronation event.While so much attention has been focused on the picture, those pushing the false narrative have refused to allow the true situation to explain itself.His Imperial Majesty Ooni Ogunwusi actually came in when the programme was reaching its peak with Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu —represented by his Deputy, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat— reading his address.Many dignitaries including Asiwaju Tinubu were already seated when Ooni made his way into the venue. At events, it is protocol not to allow anyone into a venue when a Governor or President is making a speech. Meanwhile, protocol was shunted aside to accommodate the entry of the revered Ooni, with the number one citizen of the state —a duly elected Governor standing— waiting to continue his speech, which he had to pause to welcome the Ooni. Everyone at the top table welcomed the Oonirisa, including Asiwaju, and allowed him to quickly take his seat. As rightly gathered, the circumstance of the exchange of courtesy was such that before Asiwaju could get up, Oonirisa had moved.This beggars the question: why so much ado about a harmless, fleeting courtesy moment? To them, such posture denigrates the office and stature of the Ooni. Some have even stretched the issue languorously with tales of how Oba Ogunwusi emerged as the Oonirisa. Of course, the true story of how the monarch emerged and people who knew the role played by Asiwaju are still alive to present the true narrative when necessarily. But to those who want to cry more than the bereaved, they should not drag the revered stool of the Ooni into the needless controversy.There are always different angles to a story but those screaming for Asiwaju’s head, do so not because they love the Oonirisa more but definitely just because Asiwaju was involved.Mr. Tunde Rahman, a seasoned journalist and media adviser to Asiwaju Tinubu, in a reaction to one of the threads on Facebook, said “Anyone who knows Asiwaju Tinubu would know that he has great respect for traditional institutions. He is full of humility. He would not disrespect any traditional ruler, talk less the Oonirisa, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, who is no stranger to him. “Kabiyesi and Asiwaju know that there is no issue in this. They are not unmindful of the fact that some people are just out to fish for a non-existent disaffection between the two of them. Oonirisa knows Asiwaju holds him in high esteem and has high regards for him”.Of course, Asiwaju Tinubu is the phenomenon! When they do not talk about him then there is nothing to talk about. But Jagaban is a recipient of many titles and he respects tradition so much. Observing rightly how Oonirisa and Asiwaju Tinubu were circumstanced at Oniru’s coronation outing, there was no way Ooni has been denigrated.It is not surprising and unfortunate that those at the forefront of schisms and stoking controversies around the incident at the Oniru coronation outing notably were Yoruba. But I will like to leave these compatriots with a quote from a notable social commentator, Olukayode Salako, in a recent article; he said: “Yorubas are fast losing it, they hardly support themselves to grow economically, unlike the way the Igbos and the Northerners do to one another; they naturally rebel against their own kinsmen and they are fond of always standing and working against the survival of their leaders.”

Walk Gets More Lonely – A Tribute To Tunde Akinleye, By Pat Utomi

He was a friend who was more brotherly than many brothers could be. Always plain speaking. Ever passionate about how the world should be ordered and uncompromisingly ethical.
Tunde Akinleye, great citizen, patriots patriot and superchampion of worthy causes has found a cause in heaven and earth has a huge void to fill. With all that energy in a frame far from stocky like Power Mike, he could walk in protest, think on his feet and motivate others at the same time. What shall we do without him.

Never walk alone, I said often to myself, growing up. So I often walked in crowds, with lots of people. But very often, even with the crowds, you were nearly alone because not many can be relied on beyond the show of the crowd, and the feeling of safety in mobs. So I became actually aware of how lonely the journey can be. Tunde Akinleye would become one of those I met on the way who got close enough to bring real company to my walk.

He was so different from the other one that was company that was true substitute for a brother. That other one walked on several years ago. Ike and I met in the university. He was a thoroughbred professional. Changing the world was good for him but he would rather change it through one on one engagements and quality of his professional work. When he took ill about a decade ago and then passed on, the walk got lonelier. The sky began to get darker, very slowly. Apologies to Zhou Daxin for borrowing from his book on aging.

Tunde and I met on the streets of protest. He was an engineer and entrepreneur who joined many professionals in response to my call for citizen action when the elections of 1993 were annulled.

He was one of the live-wires of the Concerned Professionals Steering Committee. He would be there with me on every effort to “save Nigeria” or change the world. To my children, he was Uncle Tunde. From wherever in the world they went to school they would not fail to ask after Uncle Tunde. And he would call to check on them.

Broadminded and well purged of the parochialism that many of our leaders are soaked in, he continually sought to improve himself and grow. When the British brought a few of us so-called experts together in Benoni, in South Africa in 2004 to design a programme for leadership development in Africa, little did I know Tunde would be on the Inter-Action programme years later. It was again as pleasant a surprise as seeing him in the Chief Executive programme of LBS.

When he became Chairman of Ikoyi Club 1938 he did so well I could not be more proud.

Like Ike, he took a bow and made his exit too early. Leaves the road for my own walk much too lonely. Thank God I can rent some Angels to walk with me. But it’s not the same without Tunde coming by on Sunday evening to complain about how things are not going right in Nigeria.
When a few months ago I called to check on him as I did to encourage friends to stay safe in the COVID-19 era he broke the bad news of the two CCs, Cancer and Chemotherapy. It hit me like thunderbolt from space. I told him he had the courage to beat it. But evidently heaven was in search of angels.

If I walk unsure of my foot stepping because both Ike and Tunde have gone ahead what should Fowoke, Tunde’s spouse, soulmate, and backbone do. To her and the children our prayers for fortitude and grace that only God can give. Farewell Tunde.

Our group of Concerned Professionals is thinning out. The roll call ticks on… Ladi Cole… Tunde Akinleye… yet the things we risked it all for… a better society, still has a big question mark? around it.

I lift their souls to heaven to rouse the spirits of the triumphant to give teeth to the militant suffering down here. May immortality be your portion… we mourn… we are pained… but we hope.

Prof. Patrick Okedinachi Utomi
Centre for Values in Leadership

Oga, How Come: Ojukwu and His Words!

Sunny Igboanugo

A few weeks ago, I wrote about Zik and the Minister’s Krola. I’m sure some of you still recall the journey through my true life experience with the late Owelle.

While introducing the subject, I indicated that I was at sea between him and Ikemba Nnewi, Chief Emeka Odumegwu Ojukwu, who was more exciting to be with. Well that confusion still subsists. I’m still struggling. For one, as a journalist, you’ll always make your editor happy the day you filed a story on either of the two and be sure of your front page hit, more valuable than gold and sweeter than honey.

Unlike Zik, who makes you feel so relaxed, Ojukwu manages to keep you on the edge of your seat even with all the courtesies depicting his English training background. I never heard him utter a word of aggression that deliberately put anyone in a state of discomfiture. Yet, there was always that threat somewhere hovering in the perspective. Picture being with Obierika and Okonkwo in Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart. You might just be close.

I don’t ever remember being offered a drink in Ojukwu’s house unlike Zik where sharing Tia Maria and Comfort, his favourite, was a traditional. Perhaps tradition.
As a strict military officer of the highest tradition, drinking while working might not be part of the ethnics unlike Zik who knew that journalists drink at work.
Perhaps, it might be Zik was always happy seeing journalists, those who took over the profession he pioneered.
I never saw Ojukwu drink either. Oh! I think just one day when one of his friends, a white man came visiting. He was introduced as an author who had been pressuring him to write THE BOOK instead of a book. We were already deep into the interview when the man came around. That was the first time I saw Ojukwu take a drink. Else, it was strictly business. Now who cared about drinks anyway when with the late Ikemba Nnewi. He was the drink himself and you could get drunk just listening to him.

Needless to say that like Zik, Ojukwu was also a man of wits, quite crafty with words. I not only had the privilege of having private sessions with him, but watching his public outings too. As a journalist, I couldn’t count the number of times I became so bored with longish speeches from other people. But I never heard of it that anybody appealing for silence during Ojukwu’s speeches. The only interruptions, would always be the intermittent loud ovations.

Do I even remind you? Have you forgotten “The Best President Nigeria Never Had?” The world is still referencing that expression till date, still debating on the true meaning. Surely some of us still remember his address to some military officers where he reminded them that looking around he couldn’t help but see officers of the Armed Forces of Nigeria, amongst whom he not only commanded but commanded their commanders, which threw the entire hall in rapturous if not chaotic ovation.
Remember why he said he didn’t want to be addressed as Chief? Because Chief and Thief sound alike and he wanted to be sure which one he was being addressed.

Now, laugh at me if you would! It was from him I heard the expression “glass cage.” “Jonah in the belly of the whale.” He used it to depict the condition of the Igbo in Nigeria. I was there when he greeted the late Ken Saro Wiwa: Ken Good morning! Recall the Biafrans accused Ken and his group of leading the Nigerian forces through the creeks to attack them. The selfsame Ken, it was had come to solicit the help of the same Ojukwu, the leader of the same Biafra to agitate against the same perceived forces after the table turned, when Ken’s native Ogoni was now at the receiving end, like the Igbo Biafra. You see the reason for the greeting. It was at the Cinema Hall of Hotel Presidential, Enugu. I was there.

But the expression that gave me the greatest nightmare was “Red Herring!” Never heard of it before. There was nothing I didn’t do to break the jinx. Not only had I not heard the expression, I didn’t get the pronunciation right, apparently because of Ojukwu’s Queen’s English phonetics. Dictionary couldn’t help because I had no idea. Yet I couldn’t apply the journalists’ rule of if in doubt, leave out. Not with Ojukwu. Every word mattered.

It was like the day I heard Tabular Rasa from Anthony Aniagolu, former Justice of the Supreme Court, which I spelt as pronounced, Tabulairaza. Fred Ohwahwa, then Editor, The Guardian on Sunday, who published the interview, took care of that. Then, Doctor Udenta Udenta used the word Paradigm, which I was pronouncing “PARADIGIM” until Dozie Okebalama, then of Punch, quietly gave the correct pronunciation.
But in that of Red Herring, there was no help. I battled for hours. I would rewind my tape, get to the same spot, get stuck again until I decided enough. I simply jumping into my car drove to University of Nigeria, Enugu Campus (UNEC), met a lecturer friend of mine, I had so many of them then who used to make my office their rendezvous! Gbam! Just one play and the answer. Red Herring! I couldn’t even wait for further niceties! Chai! What Red Herring did to me that day. But it was all for Ojukwu. That I could leave everything else to go and check just one word in an ivory tower, underscores my sentiments.

Well, back to the basics. I remember asking him then if he would do the same thing all over again and his response. He first chuckled and asked me how I expected him, then he was in his 70s, to do the same thing he did in his 30s.

Then the one I would never forget. It was his take on corruption. I had naturally raised the issue. Again his usual smile. Then this: “If I see a long shinny car slithering through the street like a huge serpent, I’ll be among those that would clasp my hands across my chest and watch in awe. But the next opportunity I have with the owner, I’ll ask him, Oga, how come? And if he tells me that he has a tree behind his house which mints money, I’ll beg him to cut a little and graft in the tree behind my own house. If he doesn’t show me that tree, I’ll leave him with equal revulsion as I admired his car.”
Loaded!

Why did I write this today? Of all the things I learned from Ojukwu, the most valuable, most important, is that germaine question – Oga How Come? The day you begin to ask that question is the beginning of your contentment as a person. That’s the day stolen money and those who flaunt them will recede to the background and earnings from the sweat of your brow, no matter how little, will take the centre of your earthly desires. Then you begin developing the right attitude of revulsion rather than admiration to bad money and unexplained, unexplainable and ill-gotten wealth, whether from 419, yahoo yahoo, armed robbery, pen or gun.

Yes! Perhaps, the more people ask the question and develop the attitude, the less less cheers the thieves will get. And with less cheers might come less pride and ego, and less desire to steal. Because, come to think of it, the more cheers they get the more they steal. That’s the fuel that fires them.

To be sure. Ojukwu didn’t speak out of jealousy. Not even his worst enemy could accuse him of that. This was the son of Nigeria’s first generation richest man. He scoffed at wealth, mocked money for its sake and virtually threw up at dirty money.

Learn to throw up at dirty money as well. Learn by beginning to ask – Oga how come? That way, we might be on the way to taming the huge monster of corruption, the reason corrupt people would increase petrol price and electricity tariff and tell you to GO AND DIE. Kpom! – The Tiny Voice

MKO Abiola’s Sons Detained For Robbery, Sue Lagos CP

Two sons of late Chief Moshood Abiola, winner of the June 12, 1993 presidential election, Kassim and Aliyu, who were arrested and detained over a robbery incident that took place at their father’s residence on September 2, have approached the High Court of Lagos State in the Ikeja Judicial Division for the enforcement of their fundamental rights.
The duo, who applied for the enforcement of their rights to personal liberty, dignity of person, right to private and family life, as well as right to freedom of movement, told the court that they were unlawfully arrested and detained at the Special Anti-Robbery Squad in Ikeja, following a complaint that was lodged by their step-mum, Mrs. Adebisi Abiola, after the robbery incident.
The Lagos State Commissioner of Police was cited as the sole Respondent in the suit the Applicants filed through their lawyer and human rights activist, Chief Mike Ozekhome, SAN.
Specifically, they prayed the court to declare that “the arrest without warrant and subsequent and continuous dehumanization and detention of the Applicants since the 2nd September, 2020, by operatives of the Respondent on the alleged Complaint of one Mrs Adebisi Abiola, is illegal, unlawful, wrongful and constitutes a blatant violation of the Applicants’ fundamental rights as enshrined in Section 35 (1) (4) & (6), 37, 41 (1), 44 (1) and 46(1) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, as altered, Sections 2, 3(1) (2), 17(1) (2), 18 (1) (2) (3), 19, 21 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Law, Lagos State, 2015, and Articles 5, 6 & 14 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights Ratification and Enforcement Act Cap A9, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004.
“A declaration that the arrest and subsequent dehumanization and the continuous detention of the Applicants since the 2nd September, 2020, by operatives of the Respondent on the alleged Petition/Complaint of one Mrs Adebisi Abiola, without granting them administrative bail within24 hours of their arrest, are illegal, wrongful, unlawful and constitutes a blatant violation of fundamental rights as enshrined in Section 35 (1) (4) & (6), 37, 41 (1), 44 (1) and 46(1) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, as altered, Sections 2, 3(1) (2), 17(1) (2), 18 (1) (2) (3), 19, 21 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Law, Lagos State, 2015, and Articles 5, 6 & 14 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights Ratification and Enforcement Act Cap A9, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004.
“A declaration that the Applicants are entitled to public apology and adequate compensation from the Respondent as provided for by section 35(6) and 46(1) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, as altered, Sections 2, 3(1) (2), 17(1) (2), 18 (1) (2) (3), 19, 21 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Law, Lagos State, 2015, for the blatant violation of the Applicants’ fundamental rights without following the due process of law.
“An order of perpetual injunction restraining the Respondent whether by itself, its agents, employees, operatives, detectives, investigating officer(s), or by whatever name called, from further inviting, arresting or detaining the Applicant on the facts of an alleged Petition/Complaint made by one Mrs Adebisi Abiola, in relation to a purported or alleged robbery incident to which they know absolutely nothing about”.
As well as, “An order of this honourable court directing the Respondent and his operatives and agents to release forthwith the Applicants from the detention of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, detention center of the Respondent.
Aside from demanding for an apology, the Applicants equally asked for an order to compel the Respondent to pay them N100million as exemplary damages for the “wanton and grave violation” of their fundamental rights.
The court processes revealed that the Applicants, who are both self-employed, were arrested at their homes by the Police in Lagos State over a robbery incident that was said to have occurred inside premises they share with many other persons.
The Applicants told the court that they were discriminatorily singled out as a result of a complaint by their step mum, which accused them of complicity in the robbery.
They told the court that though Police had since conducted several searches at their apartments, nothing incriminating or connecting them with any alleged stolen item belonging to their step mum was found.
Insisting that they were illegally arrested without warrant, the Applicants maintained that Police lacked the constitutional right to keep them in custody for more than 24 hours without an order of a court of competent jurisdiction.
In a 21 paragraphed affidavit that was deposed to by Ubong Ikon, a Litigation Clerk in Chief Ozekhome’s Chamber, the Applicants, alleged that Police officers forcibly broke into their homes and arrested them with seven other people.
“THE Applicants were tortured, totally humiliated, dehumanized and terrorized, with a crowd of people swarming the premises to witness the ugly scene in the home of MKO Abiola, the former Presidential aspirant of the Social Democratic Party”.
The Applicants said they were informed that their arrest was as a result of a complaint by their step mum to the effect that a robbery incident took place in their home.
“That suspected armed men invaded the residence and carted away valuables, including money.
“That the Applicants were thereafter roughly man-handled and bundled into the operatives’ vehicle and sandwiched between fully armed operatives of the Respondent, while one of them drove them like convicted criminals to the office of the Respondent”.
Describing the suspicion of their alleged involvement in the robbery as “completely false and malicious in its entirety”, the duo said the allegation was “meant to disparage their persons and their immediate nuclear family, not being biological children of the Complainant”.
The deponent further averred that the Applicants are also students that are about to travel abroad to the United States of America for further international studies.
“That their being singled out for continuous detention and torment is simply because they are not the biological children of the Complainant, Mrs Adebisi Abiola, as her own children and aides staying in the same premises were left untouched.
“That the Applicants are in a very pitiable condition of mental agony and psychological depression, having not been in such an environment before and especially as they insist they are innocent of culpability in the alleged robbery.
“That the Applicants are ready and willing to stand trial if and whenever they are arraigned for any offence since investigation has long been concluded by the Respondent’s operatives, but are merely being subjected to ridicule, harassment, degrading treatment and torture”, he added.
Meanwhile, the Applicants filed an exparte motion and an affidavit of urgency, wherein they prayed the court to hear their case within the ongoing vacation period.When the case came up on 11th September, 2020,before the Ikeja High Court vacation Judge, Justice Abiola Soladoye, Messrs Chimaobi Onuigbo and Ejieke Onuoha, holding the brief of Chief Mike Ozekhome, SAN, passionately prayed the court to grant bail to the detainees due to their poor health and lengthy detention period in the SARS dungeon since the 2nd of September, 2020.The Judge however directed that the Commissioner of Police who is the sole Defendant in the matter be put on notice about the suit. She consequently adjourned the matter to the 15th of October, 2020 ,and ordered that the file be returned to the Assistant Chief Registrar for a re-assignment to a non – vacation Judge, for hearing.

Nigeria Maddest Place I’ve Lived In

By Martins Patience

Nigerians are a resilient lot. In the past, the slightest increase in any consumable would have precipitated protests. Just as the late Dele Giwa wrote, “Nigerians have been shocked to a state of unshockability,” Nigerians are no longer shocked! The following is a recap of the lessons a BBC correspondent, Martins Patience, learned for two years when he lived in Nigeria. It is a version of the ‘From Our Own Correspondent’, published in thenigerianlimelight in 2017 but still relevant today.

Nigeria is truly the maddest place I have ever had the pleasure of living in.

It’s a country that constantly feels on the brink but never quite goes over the edge.

It feels like you are living in a giant soap opera with all the joy and tragedy that goes with it.

It is a nation blessed or burdened with extraordinary cast of characters.

It can make you want to cry with laughter or with tears.

‘’Where else?’’ said a friend. That you have to bribe the attendant in a lift just to be allowed out of it; or you will be hassled in a church for a donation or where you will go to a lost but found office only to be told that nothing has been handed in this entire year.

What you may not have heard about is the sheer exuberance of this country.

They should hand out ear plugs in Nigerian weddings because the noise is so intense!

Millions truly believe that tomorrow could be the day they make it big.

The language here is unbelievably colorful.

A top official once described a former president as an honest fool who held the horn while the others milk the cow.

I have never ever lived anywhere like Nigeria!

It’s exhausting and exhilarating, but never is there a dull a day.

I was recently sitting in a plane and we were taxiing out to the runway when the pilot piped up in the intercom, ‘’A passenger was rude to an air hostess. I ask you the passengers to intervene because, unless he apologizes, we will have to go back to the terminal and unload him’’.

A queue of about a dozen people surrounded the man, shouting at him to apologize.

He refused, so the pilot did indeed turn the plane back towards the boarding gate.

And finally, the man, realizing his number was up, said sorry.

The pilot was back on the intercom, ‘’I will like to thank you all for intervening’’, he said with obvious delight, ‘’We are now off to Lagos’’.

For all the drama and frustrations, one friend summed up Nigerians best.

“They have remarkable patience. But for the wrong things. They put up with lack of clean water, poor access to health care, rotten schools and crumbling infrastructure.’’

Many Nigerians are fiercely independent.

This is a nation of leaders and not followers.”

-Martins Patience, BBC correspondent, presented this when he was leaving Nigeria after two years. He posted the opening statement on Twitter

Source: TheNEWS