Monday, October 23, 2017

Oh No! Ewedu Soup Wipes Out Police Officer's Entire Family Including His Pregnant Wife, Unborn Baby & Dogs In Kaduna State

People in Dushai village along the Kagoro-Manchok road, in Kaura Local Government Area of Kaduna State are gripped by grief and wondering how a local staple vegetable, jute, (and known among the Yoruba of Southwest Nigeria as ewedu and called rama in Southern Kaduna), which they have been using to make soup for centuries could have caused the death of a whole family in their community.

The family five, including an unborn baby, as well as two domestic dogs, perished the next day after consuming a meal made with the vegetable. The dead were identified as ex-police inspector, Peter Dauda, 43, his expectant 35-year-old wife, Dorothy, nine-year-old son, Godwin and six-year-old daughter, Patience.

Sunday Sun learnt from a member of the community that the family had enjoyed their meal prepared with jute one night and went to bed. They woke up hale and hearty. Meanwhile before turning in that night, the used portion of the jute was spread on a container overnight. In the evening of that day, it was used to make a fresh pot of soup.

With no premonition, the family ate the soup went to bed, but never woke up again. The sumptuous vegetable soup allegedly killed them.

Narrating the sad incident, President of Dushai Community Development Association, Mr. Daniel Duniya Bosan said,

''The family had prepared and eaten the jute leaves in the evening of Wednesday, September 6, 2017 and went to bed without any problem. But the remaining leaves were spread on a container and preserved for consumption the following day.

“Trouble started on Thursday, September 7, shortly after they had eaten the vegetable soup. All the family members started complaining of stomach aches the following day, which was Friday, and neighbours rushed them to nearby hospital.

“The jute leaves was suspected to have been laced with a poisonous substance by unknown persons. The first family member to die was their six-year-old daughter, Patience, who gave up the same Friday, while Dorothy, Godwin and their father, Inspector Dauda, died on Saturday, September 9.”

The community leader said the whole village was thrown into mourning when news of the death of the family in suspicious circumstances was broken to them.

He described late Inspector Dauda as a hardworking and peace loving man who contributed in no small way to the development of Dushai community by preaching unity and love among the people.

Saddened by the news of the family’s death, Kaduna State Deputy Governor Barnabas Bantex paid a condolence visit to the community.

While in the community, Bantex appealed for calm, particularly from the youths and urged them shun any rumour relating to the death of members of the family.

“I am appealing to you to shun any rumour relating to the death of this family members because such rumour is capable of escalating the already charged atmosphere in your community,” Bantex said. Bantex who hails from Kaura Council Area was accompanied on the condolence visit by top government functionaries as well as the sole administrators of Zango and Kaura councils.

The Deputy Governor used the opportunity to call on all communities in Southern Kaduna to assist government in sustaining the relative peace being enjoyed in the area.

In his reaction to the death of the family of five, Anglican Bishop of Kafanchan Diocese, Reverend Markus Dogo condoled the community and appealed to the people, “to commit everything to God and continue in fervent prayers for God to avert such incident future.”

Ewedu, also known as Jute leaf, is one of the most popular vegetables among the Yoruba people of the Southwestern part of Nigeria. However, it is also eaten among other tribes of the country. It is usually eaten with starchy foods like amala, eba, pounded yam and semovita.

Ewedu is a very good source of fibre, vitamins and minerals. It is low in calories and this makes it an excellent option for people that are trying to lose weight. Also, it serves as a source of lignin, an important raw material used in the textile industries.

One interesting thing about this vegetable is that it grows virtually everywhere however, when it is grown properly on well-watered land, it tends to grow fast and produce optimal yield.
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Fresh Multiple Bomb Lasts Hit Maiduguri, More Than 16 People Reportedly Dead

Two Boko Haram suicide bombers attacked Muna Garage, general area in Jere local government area of Maiduguri, Borno state at around 8.30pm on Sunday.

No less than 13 lives were confirmed lost and the death toll was expected to rise by morning as the rescue team could not work well at night.

A rescue worker at the scene said the garage is not save for rescue workers at night hence the decision to pull back and search for casualties in the morning.

According to Daily Trust, the first bomber blew himself up at Muna Garage park, killing scores and injuring six.

The second bomber detonated his explosives inside an IDP camp, injuring about 10 people while the third occurred along Gomboru Ngala road.

A Civil Joint Task Force (CJTF) source said: "So far, information reveals that the first bomber at Muna garage park entrance killed 13 people and injured six others while the second bomber inside IDP camp injured 10 people."
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Nigerian Popstar, Runtown, Shares Adorable Pics With His Baby Mama And Cute Son

Runtown has been in the states spending quality time with his girlfriend, Selena Leath and their little lad, Zamar. The couple took to their page to share these stunning family selfies.
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Oh No! Kidnappers Kill African Church Priest In Botched Rescue Operation (Details)

Suspected kidnappers have killed the chaplain to the Bishop of the African Church, Ondo Central Diocese, Revd. David Ayeola.

The gunmen shot Ayeola dead in a botched rescue operation after the church declined to pay the N100m ransom the kidnappers demanded.

The African Church had offered N500,000 instead.

It was learnt that the remains of the victim had been deposited in a morgue.

Our correspondent gathered that Ayeola, the bishop, Samuel Ojo and the bishop’s wife were travelling to Abeokuta, Ogun State, from Imojo Ekiti, Ekiti State, when they were waylaid by the gunmen on the road.

The bishop, his wife, Ayeola, and the driver of the car were said to have fled into the bush.

A source said, “While others escaped, the chaplain was caught and abducted by the gunmen.

“They later contacted the headquarters of the church at Akure and demanded N100m. The church, however,  offered them N500,000, which they turned down.”

Another top leader of the African Church said the church’s leadership involved the Ekiti State Police Command in the rescue of the priest.

He explained that while trying to buy time with negotiation, the police also closed in on the hideout of the abductors.

“On Saturday, the police swooped on the hideout of the kidnappers and there was an exchange of gunfire between them.

“The police team was overpowered and the kidnappers decided to shoot the priest. He was shot in the side; they (kidnappers) left his corpse behind. The family has taken the body to the morgue,” he added.

When contacted, the Diocesan Public Relations Officer, Alex Akande, said he could not talk about the incident, adding that the church’s leadership would meet on Monday (today).

He said, “The case is with the police. I don’t want to divulge too much information because I need to get clearance from the church’s headquarters. We will be having a meeting tomorrow (Monday); maybe I can talk after that.”

PunchMetro learnt that Ayeola was not married and he had only recently finished from the seminary.

A check on his Facebook page showed that although he rarely used social media, he sometime waxed philosophical.

“People may say many things about you, but what you say about yourself matters most. I know I shall accomplish the purpose of God for my life in the land of the living in Jesus Name. Do have a happy night rest friends,” his last post read.

The Ekiti State Police Public Relations Officer, Adeyemi Ademola, confirmed the death.

He said, “Yesterday evening (Saturday), we received intelligence about where the reverend was being kept by the kidnappers. The police and some hunters went to rescue him. We discovered that the place was a very thick forest.

 “When the kidnappers noticed that the police and the hunters were coming, they shot the reverend and escaped.

“We went after them for a while, but the team had to turn back when it was getting dark. This was to avoid endangering the lives of members of the team in a terrain that the kidnappers may be more familiar with. We took the reverend to a general hospital, but sadly, we lost him.”
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IPOB Leader, Nnamdi Kanu Is In Senator Abaribe's Custody - FG Tells Court

The Federal Government has replied to Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe’s application seeking to withdraw as one of the sureties for the leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, describing the application as belated.

The government, in its counter-affidavit and written address filed before the Federal High Court in Abuja to oppose Abaribe’s request, told Abaribe that Kanu was in his custody and he had to produce him for the continuation of his trial.

It stated in its counter-affidavit that Abaribe was aware that Kanu “has long violated the bail conditions handed down by this honourable court” on April 24, 2017 before September 11 when he claimed to have lost contact with the defendant.

The counter-affidavit read in part, “That it was at this point at violating the conditions at the bail that the senator surety ought to surrender the 1st defendant and or bring up this application; “That this application is belated and ill-timed;

“The applicant failed to apply to the court timeously, stating on oath that the defendant bound by recognizance to appear before this court had violated the bail condition given by this court.”

The prosecuting counsel, Mr. Shuaibu Labaran, argued in the written address that Abaribe “failed woefully” by allegedly aiding and abetting Kanu to flout his bail conditions.

The written address stated, “My lord, the surety has failed woefully to abide by the terms of the contract he entered into with this court and therefore cannot claim frustration.

“My lord, we urge that the court hold, that surety having refused to do what he ought to have done pursuant to section 174 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act 2015 aided and abetted the 1st defendant in the flouting of the bail conditions of this court and should forfeit the bond he entered into.”

Denying that Kanu was not in the custody of the Nigerian Army, the Federal Government stated in its counter-affidavit that the defendant remained in Abaribe’s custody.

“That the military activities in Abia State tagged ‘Operation Python Dance II’ was a routine exercise in its second year carried out by the military at the end of every year.

“That the 1st defendant is not in the custody of the Nigerian military or any other security agency in that regard.

“That the 1st defendant is in custody of the applicant (Abaribe).”

Kanu was absent from court when his case came up on October 17, 2017, but his co-defendants with whom he was being prosecuted on charges of treasonable felony were produced in court by prison officials.

Abaribe’s lawyer, Ogechi Ogunna, informed the court of the motion by his client seeking to withdraw as Kanu’s surety but the judge said she would not hear it until the senator first produced the missing defendant.

She gave Abaribe and the two other sureties up till November 20 to produce the defendant in court.

Meanwhile, the Indigenous People of Biafra on Sunday insisted that the Federal Government of President Muhammadu Buhari knew the whereabouts of its leader, Nnamdi Kanu.

It asked the government to produce Kanu without further delay in order not to provoke the group to go into armed conflict with the government.

In a statement made available to our correspondent in Awka, Anambra State by the group’s Media and Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful, IPOB accused Buhari and some leaders in the South-East geopolitical zone of conspiracy of silence on the issue.

The statement read, “We are asking Maj.-Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, Nnia Nwodo and South-East governors to produce Nnamdi Kanu because they or their representatives all participated in countless meetings in Abuja and Enugu where the modus operandi of the genocidal Operation Python Dance II was agreed and ratified.

“It was as a direct result of military invasion of the home of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu and massacre of 28 innocent unarmed civilians with many missing that has led us to once again politely ask that our leader be presented to us dead or alive.

“It is becoming clear to everybody that Muhammadu Buhari, Nnia Nwodo and South East governors are desperately trying to draw IPOB into armed confrontation and militancy to justify their genocidal clampdown on innocent people of the South-East and South-South.”

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Fayose Mocks Buhari, Says, 'Someone Accused Of Stealing Of Pension Fund Reabsorbed & Promoted And You Still Think Buhari Is Fighting Corruption?'

The very outspoken Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Peter Fayose, on Sunday mocked the President Muhammadu Buhari administration for reabsorbing the wanted ex-Chairman of the defunct Presidential Task Force on Pension Reforms, Abdulrasheed Maina, despite being indicted for allegedly perpetrating fraud to the tune of N2bn.

The Ministry of Interior confirmed on Sunday that Maina, who is still on the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission’s wanted list, was reabsorbed and promoted to the position of Director of Human Resources at the ministry following recommendations from the Office of the Head of Service.

Maina is expected to run for governor of Borno State in 2019 on the platform of the All Progressives Congress.

In his reaction, however, Fayose, said on his official Twitter handle that, “Someone accused of stealing billions of pension fund was returned to the FG civil service and you still think Buhari is fighting corruption?”
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Minister Of Interior Blames Fugitive Ex-Pension Chief, Abdulrasheed Maina's Recall On Head Of Service Of The Federation

Abdulrasheed Maina
Nigeria’s Minister of Interior, Abdulrahman Dambazau, has reacted to the viral news of how the federal government reinstated a sacked civil servant despite a pending corruption trial.

PremiumTimes on Friday reported how controversial chairman of the defunct Presidential Task Force on Pension Reforms, Abdulrasheed Maina, was secretly recalled to the service and promoted to head a directorate in the Interior ministry.

Mr. Maina was in 2013 declared wanted by the Nigeria’s anticorruption agency, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

Checks by PremiumTimes show that Mr. Maina is still on the commission’s wanted list.

“Dark complexioned Maina is allegedly complicit in the over N 2 billion Pensions Biometric Scam in the office of the Head of Civil Service of the Federation. He remains at large, after charges were filed against his accomplices,” the EFCC stated on its website.

Mr. Dambazau, in a statement by his press secretary, Ehisienmen Osaigbovo, confirmed that Mr. Maina is now in charge of the Human Resources Department of the ministry.

The minister however denied responsibility for Mr. Maina’s recall to the service.

The statement explained that Mr. Maina “was posted few days ago to the Ministry of Interior by the Office of the Head of Service on an Acting capacity to fill a vacancy created following the retirement of the Director heading the Human Resources Department in the Ministry”.

The minister blamed Mr. Maina’s recall on the Office of the Head of Service of the Federation and the Federal Civil Service Commission.

He said the two bodies are responsible for “issues relating to Discipline, Employment, Re-engagement, Posting, Promotion and Retirements of Federal Civil Servants.”

The statement did not say if Mr. Dambazau was aware Mr. Maina is still a fugitive wanted by the EFCC.

“It is understood that Maina’s last posting was with the Ministry of Interior, and that is probably why he was re-posted back to the Ministry,” the statement added.

Trouble started in 2012 when Mr. Maina was accused of leading a massive pension fraud scheme amounting to more than N100 billion. Mr. Maina, was drafted by the Goodluck Jonathan administration in 2010 to sanitize a corrupt pension system.

Based on the allegation of corruption, Mr. Maina was invited by the Senate Joint Committee on Public Service and Establishment and State and Local Government Administration.

The Senate after completion of its investigation issued a Warrant of Arrest against Mr. Maina.

Ignoring the panel, Mr. Maina went ahead to sue the Senate and the then Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar, and thereafter went into hiding after being declared wanted by the police.

Consequent upon this, Mr. Maina was dismissed by the Head of Service for allegedly absconding from duty and attempting to evade arrest and charged to court.

He was on July 21, 2015 charged by the EFCC alongside Stephen Oronsaye and two others before a Federal High Court on a 24-count charge bordering on procurement fraud and obtaining by false pretence.

While Mr. Oronsaye and the two other accused were in court and pleaded not guilty to the charge, Mr. Maina was at large.

Mr. Maina is said to have spent these past years in the United Arab Emirates, from where he kept lobbying to win pleasure of the Buhari administration.
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Sunday, October 22, 2017

Baby Girl Who Accidentally Poured Chemical Into Her Eyes, Battles To Live (Pic)

Rejoice…Needs help
For Mr. & Mrs. Israel E. Amariku, nothing could be as devastating as suddenly having a beautiful and fast growing child become deformed and incapacitated.

Baby Ekeka Rejoice Amariku was born hale and hearty and grew rapidly. The baby radiated love and sweetness while the young parents exuded confidence that she would grow up to become a pride to the family.

But all of that vanished in 2015 when the baby, at 15 months, accidentally hurt herself. She had crawled to a corner of the one – room apartment occupied by the family in Oviore, Ethiope East Local Government Area of Delta State where her dad had kept a bottle of chemical while the mum was busy in the kitchen, spilled the content on the floor and fell over it.

The chemical, which the father, who was then away to work, later identified as sodium hydroxide, widely used in industrial production, poured into her eyes.

Multi-talented Israel Amariku, in his mid-thirties, and from Obodoeti in Ndokwa West Local Government Area of Delta State, is a sewing machine technician, drummer and industrial chemistry technician. His wife, a petty trader, hails from Otor-Igho in Isoko North Local Government Area of Delta State.

Israel was at the time working in the production unit of a blue chip company and had vast knowledge of chemicals and their uses.

To complement his salary, he had set up a small unit in a corner of his apartment where, during his spare time, he produced chemical products like sewing machine oil, liquid soap, after shave, petroleum jelly and hair cream, among others, which his wife and brothers sold in the neighbourhood and beyond. He replicated in the make-shift factory all the safety measures he learned in his company’s factory and extra money began to roll in to ease the family’s financial stress.

The production process went on smoothly for over two years until that sad day of May 29, 2015, when Rejoice crawled to the corner of the apartment where the bottle of the chemical was kept, spilled it on the floor and fell over it.

Busy in the kitchen, Mrs. Amariku had left the baby in the living room. Intuitively, she peeped from the kitchen after a while to check on the baby. She was stunned when she saw Rejoice drenched and lying on her tummy, her two hands clutched to her face. She raced to her to find out what had gone wrong. She saw the empty bottle of the chemical lying beside her and the liquid all over the ground.

“I was scared stiff. I grabbed her and tried to see if she had been hurt in any way. I noticed that she kept covering her eyes with her hands. I tried to take the hands away from the eyes. Then I found that the right eye was firmly closed. I tried to open the eye and wash it. She resisted. I raised the alarm. Just then, my husband came in and I tried to explain to him. We were devastated,” Mrs. Amariku narrated.

The little girl’s two eyelids were burnt and the corneal damaged.

From the Delta State University Teaching, Oghara, where the baby was initially hospitalized for about three months, they moved on referral, as one of the eyes was permanently closed, to the University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan. She was operated on but that did not bring much relief. After over a month of stay at UCH, Israel, the father of the baby, said,   “We were told that she would need corneal transplant and separation of the lids abroad.

We had just N.7million savings before the incident and we have exhausted it. So how do we raise the money to travel out for the operation?” He explained that reaching out to members of the public for help became inevitable for which they opened account No. 2959196019 at the FCMB in his name, Amariku Israel.

Indeed, a medical report, dated August 8, 2015, by St. Gregory’s Specialist Clinic & Ultrasound Diagnostic Service, Ibadan, and another by Drs. S.A. Gbadamosi and K.O. Fakayode while at UCH for the surgery, detailed the critical situation of Rejoice and the need for surgery abroad. One of the reports stated: “Right eye eyelid separated from the cornea by a 32z18x31mm vol 10cc of clear liquid probably retained tears as no tears flowed on the ‘R’ during crying. Right eye 3mm thick, stuck closed.” The report put the AP (mm) for the right eye at 17 and the left eye, 13, while pointing out that the ANT CHEM of the right eye has collapsed and that of the left eye is thick walled 1.7mm.

According to report,   the LENS of the right eye of the girl is thick and has an echogenic 2.9mm just as that of her left eye is equally thick but has the echogenic at 2.2mm. It observed the vitreous, retina and extra ocular of both eyes to be normal and summarized its diagnosis thus: “R’fused eyelids and retro-lid accumulation of tears or cyst, bilateral cataract and reduced chamber.”

An August 8, 2017 follow-up report on Rejoice by Dr. Temitope Tijani, Consultant Clinical at the Skipper Eye-Q, Victoria Island, Lagos, which has made the parents to intensify their appeal to public spirited Nigerians to enable them take the child overseas for surgery, pointed out that she fell on sodium hydroxide at 15 months and both eyelids were burnt and the cornea scary and, after initial surgery, both lids are stuck together.

The report said: “On assessment, visual acuity was light perception with good projection in the right eye in four quadrants and no light perception in the left eye. An assessment of bilateral ankylosymbleparon was made with left phthisis bulbi.

“There is need for bilateral ankylosymbleparon release and possible keratoprosthesis in the right eye and orbital reconstruction for implants in the left eye. The little girl will benefit from treatment abroad.”

The parents have since established contact with Artemis Hospital, Gurgaon, Sector-51, Wazirabad Village, Gurugram, Haryana-122001, India, which, in a response signed by one Dr. Urvi, put the tentative cost of the treatment, accommodation and feeding for one–two weeks’ stay or beyond, transportation for both the baby and her company, exclusive services, including professional charges of other consultants, additional procedures, special drugs, consumables and blood products at N5 million.

While the Amarikus are running helter skelter to raise the money, the baby has continued to suffer the pain of the injury.

“There is no other way we can raise this money unless people come to our rescue. We are begging good spirited Nigerians to help us raise the money and God will reward them   bountifully”, Mrs. Amariku said. Public spirited Nigerians willing to help baby Rejoice can reach the parents on telephone numbers 08146011973, 08026237676.

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Oh No! 29-Year-Old Nigerian Man Stabbed To Death By His 21-Year-Old Fiancée In UK (Pics)

What is it with women and stabbing? Ah! According to reports, a young Nigerian man named, Johnny was found stab injuries by London Ambulance Service, who rushed to the scene and attempted to treat him, but he died at the scene, less than an hour later, at 2.57am.

His 21-year-old fiancée was at the scene when police arrived and was arrested on suspicion of murder. She was taken to a north London police station, where she remains in custody.
Shedding more light on what transpired, Akin, a friend of the deceased, said: “News is that the woman he proposed to stabbed him in the chest, a few times, in the middle of the night, after a heated argument.

She claimed he stabbed himself, but who stabs themselves in the chest repeatedly after a fight though. She called his mum earlier in the night that they were fighting and later-on she called them again the he stabbed himself.”

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If I Do Not Leave Now, I Will Die - 26Yrs Old Model Shares Chilling Story Of Bloody Beating By 'War Machine'

The woman who suffered a horrific beating at the hands of her ex-boyfriend, the former MMA star known as "War Machine," is talking about the near-deadly nightmare that left her viciously battered and bloody. “I was in extreme, excruciating physical pain,” Christy Mack, 26, told Inside Edition about the 2014 incident when her on-again, off-again boyfriend, Jonathan Koppenhaver — aka War Machine — beat her.

She said that her relationship with the fighter was “very passionate” and “very tumultuous,” as well as “very abusive.” It all started when War Machine came to her Las Vegas house unannounced one night and became enraged when he found her in bed with another man, businessman Corey Thomas. “He came in and jumped on top of me and started beating me in the face,” Thomas recalled. “I'm down on all fours, he's trying to choke me. I’m bleeding from my face, I can't see.” “While he was beating my friend, I made a 911 call,” she said.
Then, the pro fighter then turned his attention to Mack, and unleashed two hours of merciless terror on her. “This was a whole new level I had never experienced," she said. "He punched my teeth out, he broke my nose, my complete eye socket was fractured,” she said. “I could hear him going through the drawers downstairs and finding knives. I knew this was my chance, this was my only chance. If I do not leave now, I will die.” She ran out of the back door of the house and hopped the fence. Naked and covered in blood, she went door-to-door until someone around the block answered and called for help. “I need police or medical. There is a lady in front of my door beaten up," the neighbor told a 911 dispatcher. "I don't know who beat her up." After a two-week trial in March 2017, during which Mack tearfully relived the ordeal, her ex was convicted of beating and sexually assaulting her, as well as beating Corey Thomas.

He was sentenced to 36-years to life.
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Awww.. Young Mom Battling Breast Cancer Welcomes Baby Boy In Stunning Birth Pics

Each year, photographer Bonnie Hussey hosts giveaways for a free birth photography session for two or three women. When she came across Maria Crider’s story, she knew she wanted to offer her this experience.

Crider has been battling breast cancer since her diagnosis in October 2016. “It’s been an emotional rollercoaster,” she told HuffPost. “I’ve been through a unilateral mastectomy, a planned cesarean, a salpingectomy, 16 chemotherapies, 25 out of 28 radiations. I still have ways to go before I can put this part of my life behind me.”

Crider was 11 weeks pregnant at the time of her diagnosis and was able to receive treatment during her second and third trimesters. Although pregnancy can affect the timing and specific choice of treatments, it is considered safe for expectant mothers to get treated for cancer.
On April 13, she gave birth to a baby boy named Logan at Florida Hospital for Women in Orlando. Hussey was on hand to photograph Logan’s birth.

“A mutual friend of ours that I met when we were living in Washington state actually tagged her in my giveaway,” the photographer told HuffPost. “Since I had just moved back to the Central Florida area, I wanted to give back to the community I grew up in.”

Logan’s birth was a unique and emotional experience for Crider and Hussey. Although all three of her children were born via C-section, Hussey said this time her doctor set up a camera and monitor so that she could watch it live.
It was very cool, but the biggest thing for me was seeing him born and be totally perfect,” Crider explained. “I did four cycles ofAdriamycin and Cytoxan while pregnant. His delivery was confirmation that everything the doctors had told me was true and that he was perfectly healthy.”

Hussey said she was struck by the kindness of Crider’s doctor, nurses and the other members of her care team.

“After the initial newborn exam, she was able to hold her baby while her doctor completed the cesarean,” she recalled. “Even though she and the nurses knew that breastfeeding was a slim possibility given the circumstances ― only one breast and having gone through chemotherapy during her pregnancy for Triple Negative Breast Cancer ― her postpartum nurses encouraged her to try.”
There was also a milk bank in the hospital for women who needed donor breast milk, the photographer added.

When Crider saw the photos from Logan’s birth, she cried. “Bonnie captured all the emotions from the nervousness and excitement in the pre-op to the relief and joy and pain the operating room,” she told HuffPost. “I love the photos! It’s my ‘Hell yeah! We made it!’ moment caught in photos.”

Hussey said the mom’s positive reaction meant the world her. With Crider’s encouragement, she shared the photos on social media.
“When I took Maria on as a client, my initial instinct was to protect her and not share any of her images or film. I do not document birth stories for anyone other than my clients, and I don’t generally care if the work I make goes viral,” she explained.

“But she said to me, ‘Sharing brings awareness, and you can share anything you want,’” Hussey continued. “After she said that to me I knew I needed to share her story and I could only hope that it would reach at least one other woman going through the same experience.”

Crider told HuffPost she’s found encouragement in other women’s stories and joined a private Facebook support group for pregnant women with cancer ― “Kick Ass Cancer Mamas.” Said the mom, “It’s wonderful to see their testimony ― it’s where I turned to when looking for more women in my position.”

Hussey said she loved working with Crider and hopes to document more of her medical journey. Said the photographer, “She has an amazing spirit. It’s truly an honor to be a part of her birth experience.”

Crider hopes other women who are pregnant and have cancer see her birth photos. “I hope it gives them the courage to talk to their doctors seek a course of action that’s right for both mom and baby,” she said. “I want it to give them reassurance that you can go through certain treatment while pregnant. Logan is proof, and he’s just one of hundreds of babies born after chemo.”

Culled from Yahoo
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Friday, October 20, 2017

Armed Robbers Hijack LAGBUS En Route To Oshodi Rob Passengers, Conductor (Details)

When passengers on board a LAGBUS vehicle en route to Oshodi, Lagos State, left the Sango end of the Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway, little did they know that their journey would be cut short by bandits.

At the toll gate area, some metres away from the vehicle’s take-off point, some hoodlums stopped the bus under the pretext of boarding it.

Hardly had the vehicle come to a halt when the assailants, numbering about 30, reportedly jumped in and started dispossessing passengers of their valuables.

One of the gang members was said to be armed with a gun, while others wielded cutlasses, knives, sticks, among others.

PunchMetro learnt that the bus conductor, a lady, managed to escape after the robbers had collected the money on her.

She was said to have alerted passersby to the robbery.

Having seen that a mob was advancing towards the scene, it was gathered that the robbers took to their heels.

The mob was said to have nabbed and beat up three of the suspects.

A resident, who identified himself only as Abbas, said it took the intervention of operatives of the Alagbado Police Division to rescue the suspects from the mob.

He said, “I was about to sleep last Sunday around 9.30pm when I heard a distress call. I peeped through the window and saw a lady running by the roadside and shouting, ‘thief, thief.’ When I noticed that some people had rallied around her, I woke up my neighbour and we went outside to know what was happening. The crowd chased the robbers and arrested three of them. One of them was seriously beaten before policemen rescued them.”

Another eyewitness, Abraham Alabi, said about 20 passengers on the bus were robbed, adding that the robbery would have been foiled if it happened on a working day.

He said, “The incident happened on Sunday when most residents were indoors. If it were to be on a working day, the road would still be busy with people returning home from work. I think the robbers struck because there were a few human and vehicular movements on the road at that time of the day.”

A police source told our correspondent that three suspects were in custody.

He said, “The LAGBUS conductor reported to the police that her bus was heading towards Lagos, but it was stopped when it got to the toll gate area around 10pm.

“She said about 30 hoodlums with weapons such as cutlasses rushed into the bus without collecting tickets, attacked the passengers and dispossessed them of their money and other valuables.

“She said they also collected the money on her. The anti-robbery team was dispatched to the scene and three suspects were arrested. One of them was mobbed.”

The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Olarinde Famous-Cole, confirmed the incident.

“The suspects are with us while investigation continues. Efforts are being made to apprehend other members of the gang,” he added.

However, the LAGBUS Public Affairs Officer, Oluyemi Adesoye, said the management was not aware of the incident.

She added that it was possible the franchise company in charge of the bus decided not to report it.

She said, “I have called the head of franchise, head of operations and some other officials and they said they were not aware of such incident. Maybe it actually happened, but the franchise company involved did not get across to us because the police are handling the case.”
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52Years Old Delta Man, Paul Akpederi, Rapes His 15Years Old Only Daughter For THREE Years (Pic)

A 52-year-old retired civil servant, rapist Paul Akpederi, is cooling his heels in a Lagos police cell after eating the forbidden fruit.

The Delta State indigene, who lives on Adegbite Street, Ori-Okuta, in the Ikorodu area of Lagos State, was alleged to have raped his 15-year-old daughter, Rose, for over three years.

It was learnt that Paul started sexually abusing Rose when she was in Junior Secondary School Three.

When the secret got to the knowledge of a teacher, Paul allegedly changed her school.

The suspect was said to have continued the abuse until she got to Senior Secondary School Two in her new school.

Rose’s former teacher was said to have run into her sometime in October 2017 and told a friend about Rose’s plight, who then alerted the Lagos State Office of the Public Defender through the agency’s social media platform.

Our correspondent learnt that officials of the agency reported the case to the police at the Owutu division, who then arrested the suspect and rescued the 15-year-old.

A social worker, who was part of the rescue, told our correspondent that Paul started sleeping with his only daughter after separating from her mother.

He said, “The man had been defiling his daughter since the wife left him. She is their only daughter and when the marriage broke down, he took custody of her. That was when the problem started.

“He started sleeping with her when she was barely 12 years old. She was in JSS 3 then. They were about to start their final exams in the junior school when her colleagues found her crying uncontrollably. When they could not console her, they called the attention of one of their teachers, who then took her to a room.

“She told the teacher what she had been going through and the teacher informed Rose’s pastor at a branch of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, who counselled her. Her father was invited and that was the end of the case.

“The man, who was desperate to cover up the crime, changed her school and she lost contact with the teacher.”

PunchMetro gathered that the defilement continued until Rose got to SSS 2 in her new school.

It was learnt that the teacher in her former school ran into her one day and they had a brief discussion about her (Rose) welfare.

The teacher, who suspected the abuse was still continuing, reportedly informed a friend, who wrote about Rose’s ordeal on OPD’s Facebook page on October 9.

A member of the OPD team that visited the victim’s school said she initially denied the defilement and attempted to exonerate her father.

He said, “She kept lying and when we didn’t get a breakthrough, we got in touch with the mandatory reporter (teacher) who then assisted us in trailing her to her parent’s house. The police arrested the man and rescued the girl.

“They were both taken to a police station. During interrogation, the girl again denied that anything happened. Her father suddenly became aggressive and said we didn’t have his permission to interview his daughter.

“The girl was taken to the OPD’s office at Ikorodu, where she opened up to an officer. We took her to a home in Ijede, where she was placed in a shelter and protective custody.”

The social worker who interviewed Rose said she gave a chilling account of her ordeal.

“She said her father had been sleeping with her since she was in JSS 3 and he slept with her at least three times in a month. She said he slept with her in August and September 2017 as well. She explained that he always poured his semen into her private parts and he never used contraceptives. She said anytime he slept with her, he would tell her not to tell anybody. The girl said she could not tell people because she thought nobody would believe her,” the official said.

It was gathered that she was placed on medication over complaints that she had yet to see her menstrual period, just as some growths were allegedly spotted in her private parts.

She was reportedly taken to Mirabel Centre, Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Ikeja, for medical tests.

Our correspondent gathered that the result of the tests, which had been given to the police, showed that Rose’s hymen was broken and there was “continuous penetration” of her private parts.

It was learnt that after the victim’s confession, the Owutu Divisional Police Officer requested that she be brought back to the station.

In a drama that ensued at the DPO’s office, Paul, who had initially boasted, was alleged to have become humble after being confronted with his daughter’s confession.

“When the DPO asked what he had to say to the daughter’s allegations, he said, ‘Oga, I am in your hands o’. The DPO ordered that he should be taken back to the cell,” a source said.

The Director of the OPD, Mrs. Olubukola Salami, confirmed the incident, adding that the agency would pursue the case to the end.

She said, “We cannot stop re-emphasising the zero tolerance of the Lagos State Government for domestic and sexual abuse. OPD is alarmed at the high rate of incidents of sexual abuse, especially by people of trust. OPD is not only interested in arresting and prosecuting perpetrators, it is also interested in curbing this rising trend.”

The Lagos State police spokesperson, ASP Olarinde Famous-Cole, said the suspect would soon be arraigned in court.

He said, “The case was reported at the Owutu division and the DPO led a police team to arrest the suspect. The girl was taken to a hospital where preliminary medical tests were conducted on her to be sure she was not infected or had any pregnancy or mental issue as a result of the sexual abuse.

“The case will be transferred to the Gender Unit of the state police command for further investigation before the case will be charged to court. For now, we are working with the girl’s confessional statement.”
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Sambo Dasuki Spent N650M On National Prayer, So Says EFCC

An Economic and Financial Crimes Commission witness, Michael Adariku, on Thursday told an Abuja High Court how N1.4bn security vote from the office of the National Security Adviser was diverted.

The News Agency of Nigeria reported that Adariku, an EFCC officer of EFCC, made this known when he testified in the trial of Sambo Dasuki, a former National Security Adviser to former President Goodluck Jonathan.

Dasuki is standing trial on 19 counts bordering on alleged diversion of N13.6bn since 2015.

On trial along with Dasuki were Shuaibu Salisu, a former Director of Finance, Office of the National Security Adviser, and Aminu Baba-Kusa, a former NNPC Executive Director, and two others.

Adariku, the first prosecution witness said that the diversion was made through a company owned by a former Director, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Aminu Baba-Kusa.

The company, Acacia Holdings Ltd., was credited with the sum from the accounts of ONSA purportedly for a national prayer to be organised for Nigeria.

The witness, led in evidence by EFCC’s counsel, Rotimi Jacobs (SAN), narrated how N650m was transferred from the ONSA’s Zenith Bank account to Acacia Holdings account with Ecobank for the purpose of the said prayer.

He, however, said that from the response of Ecobank, N650m was transferred to various individuals and companies contrary to the purpose it was disbursed for.

Adariku further revealed that on April 20, 2015, N150m was transferred to the account of Baba-Kusa, and that on April 22, another N70m was transferred to one Jubril Abdullahi for purposes not stated.

He said that on April 22, an account to account transfer of N50m was forwarded to the account of Baba-Kusa between May 4 and May 6, 2015.

The witness said that another transfer of N150m was made to a company, Medical Plastics Ltd. found to be owned by Baba-Kusa and his wife, Hauwa, who own 1.8 million shares in the company.

The witness further revealed how N200m was transferred from ONSA’s account with Zenith Bank to Acacia Holdings Ltd. account with the United Bank for Africa on October 9, 2014.

He added that another N600m was transferred from ONSA’s account to Acacia on April 17, 2015.

While in the process of giving vivid account of how the sums were transferred to various individuals and companies, counsel to Acacia Holdings, Dr Biodun  Layonu (SAN) raised an objection.

Layonu objected to the witness’ testimony on the ground that the documents relating to the transactions were not clear in the copies that the prosecution served them.

He said that most of the figures being quoted by the witness had been blanked out in the document in his possession.

The judge, Justice Husseini Baba-Yusuf, acknowledged the observation by the defence counsel for Acacia and directed that the prosecution should make clearer copies available to the defendants before the next adjourned date.

He then adjourned the trial until December 13 and 14 for continuation of trial.

Meanwhile, the EFCC on Thursday called two prosecution witnesses who testified before the Federal High Court in Abuja in respect of the N2.1bn fraud charges instituted against the African Independent Television’s founder, Chief Raymond Dokpesi, and his Daar Investment and Holdings Limited.

The two witnesses told the court how they supplied generators, a transformer and security doors valued at millions of naira, to Dokpesi’s houses in Lagos and Agenebode, Edo State, as well as his offices at different times after the sum of N2.1bn was allegedly paid to the defendants by the Office of the National Security Adviser between January and March 2015.

The Administrative Manager of Mikano International Ltd, Abuja branch, Mr. Peter Imoekor, testified as the seventh prosecution witness while the Managing Director, Gilgal Concepts Ltd, Mr. Fabian Ozoemina, testified as the eighth.

 The witnesses were led by the prosecuting counsel, Mr. Oluwaleke Atolagbe.

The EFCC is prosecuting Dokpesi and his company on six counts bordering on the sum of N2.1bn which they allegedly received in tranches from the office of the National Security Adviser between January and March 2015.

Dokpesi and Daar Investments were said to have received the sum of N2.12bn from ONSA, then headed by Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd.), as payment for a “purported contract on presidential media initiative.”

The prosecution alleged that the payment was in breach of and punishable under provisions of the Public Procurement Act, Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act and the EFCC (Establishment) Act.

The seventh prosecution witness, Imoekor, told the court on Thursday that he was invited by the EFCC in February 2016 “to clarify” some transactions which Mikano had with Dokpesi and Daar Communications Plc.

He explained how, between February and August 2015 Mikano supplied four units of 140KVA, two units of 200KVA and a 500KVA transformer to Dokpesi’s house in Agenebode (Dokpesi’s hometown) and Daar’s offices in Sokoto and Gusau, Zamfara State.

He said “The transaction was in respect of four units of 140KVA Basic (open type). Each costs N3.5m and they all totalled N14m

“Daar made payment for all. The payment was made in two tranches of N7m each through First Bank drafts.

“On March 19, 2015, they came to exchange three of the ‘Basic’ generators with soundproof type and paid the difference of N6,350,000 through UBA Plc.

“Then on March 30, 2015, delivery was made. We delivered them to Sokoto and Gusau, the capital of Zamfara State.”

When asked, the Mikano official confirmed that the instructions for the transactions were from Dokpesi.

“They were mostly carried out by the officials of Daar Communications”, Imoekor added.

Under cross-examination by Dokpesi’s lawyer, Chief Kanu Agabi (SAN), the witness said he did not know the sources of the money paid by Dokpesi and his company for the supply of the products.

He also said he did not know about the income and expenditure of Daar.

“There is nothing about the transactions I consider abnormal,” he added.

On their relationship, he said, “They have been our customers for years”, adding that he did not see anything wrong in the transaction until he was invited by the EFCC.

“I don’t know if it was after charges were filed that I made my statement, I only responded to the invitation by the EFCC,” the witness said.

On his part, Ozoemina said the EFCC invited him sometimes in January 2016 over the case the agency “had with High Chief Raymond Dokpesi and Daar Communications.”

“They asked me what the money they paid to my company was for and I said they were for security doors,” the witness said.

He confirmed that Dokpesi, whom he had known for close to 20 years, gave the instructions for the transactions.

Under cross-examination, he said he did not know the sources of the money paid by Dokpesi.

When asked if he would describe Dokpesi whom he had been relating with for 20 years as a good man, the witness said “he (Dokpesi, is a very good man, I would say.”

Justice John Tsoho adjourned till November 17 for continuation of trial.
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President Buhari Meets Speaker Of Turkey Assembly, Ismail Kahraman, Ahead Of D-8 Summit (Pics)

President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday, October 19 met with the speaker of Turkey Grand National Assembly, H.E Ismail Kahraman, during his official working visit to Ankara, the Turkey capital.
The president had earlier said that he was disturbed by the claims by the dreaded Boko Haram insurgents that they were receiving supports from Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).
President Buhari arrived Turkey with his wife and kids, to take part in the Developing 8 (D-8) Summit, which is scheduled to begin on Friday, October 20.
President Buhari in a group photograph with the speaker of Turkey Assembly Ismail Kahraman and other government officials.
President Buhari inspecting newly constructed Assembly in Turkey..
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Ex-Minister Of Foreign Affairs, Saidu Isa, Is Dead!

A former minister of state for foreign affairs, Saidu Isa, is dead! He died in the early hours of Thursday at the age of 71.

Isa’s death was confirmed by the Kwara state government on Thursday, October 19.

The Kwara State Governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed, described the death of the former Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and one time Secretary to the State Government, Saidu Isa, as a big loss to the state and the country as a whole.

In a statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Abdulwahab Oba, the governor said the deceased made outstanding contributions and selfless services to humanity and his fatherland.

“My heart goes out to the families, friends and well-wishers of the former ambassador and Pro Chancellor of Kwara state University, Malete. Indeed, this death is shocking,” Ahmed said.

According to the governor, the deceased was a community leader and technocrat par excellence whose wealth of experience would be missed by all.

The governor prayed Allah to forgive the shortcomings of the deceased, grant him Aljanatul firdaus and give his families solace and fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.

Until his death, Isa was the Chairman Governing Council, Kwara State University, Malete, and occupied the same position at the Federal College of Education Osi-Ile, Abeokuta in Ogun state.
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Thursday, October 19, 2017

How 'Very, Very Drunk' Richard Branson Almost Harrased A Lady (Details)

Formula One driver, Jenson Button, says he had to confront a "very, very drunk" Sir Richard Branson after the tycoon touched his model girlfriend's face at a posh restaurant.

Button said the incident occurred at high-end Japanese restaurant Nobu with his then girlfriend Jessica Michibata at the 2009 Australian Grand Prix.

Writing in his new book, Button said team sponsor Branson had made his girlfriend "uncomfortable" after the driver had gone to the toilet.

"His Royal Highness Sir Richard Branson was arriving," Button wrote of the businessman approaching their table.

"And he was very, very drunk.

"I had to make a toilet visit so I didn’t see what happened next, which was that he leaned over to Jessica and told her, 'Stop staring at me.'

"She pointed out that she wasn’t staring at him. 'Stop staring at me,' he insisted.

"Although Jessica was a model she was quite shy, so this was making her feel uncomfortable.

"Especially when Sir Richard followed up his blatant flirting by putting his hand on her face."

Button's entourage told Branson to leave or risk getting "chinned" when the driver returned from the toilet, Button wrote.

In the book extract published by the the Daily Telegraph today, Button said he was not in the habit of "punching knights of the realm in Nobu".

But he said he was furious to return to see "His Excellency with his hand on my girlfriend’s face".

Button recalls: “'Hold on', I said, 'that’s enough. That’s well out of order'.”

Button acknowledges that Branson had later apologised for his behaviour and said that he gave up alcohol after.

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Oh No! Nigeria Records 74 Suspected Cases Of Monkeypox

The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, on Wednesday said the country had so far recorded 74 suspected cases of monkeypox in 11 states.

Adewole stated this while briefing State House correspondents at the end of the meeting of the Federal Executive Council presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

He, however, noted that so far, only three cases of the disease had been confirmed in Bayelsa State.
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China Arrests Corrupt Fugitive Officials In Nigeria

The Peoples Republic of China said it had arrested 3,339 fugitives who fled to Nigeria and 89 other countries to escape prosecution for corruption.

The Chinese Ambassador to Nigeria, Ambassador Zhou Pingjian, stated that 628 of the suspects were former officials from whom N468bn (9.36bn yuan) was recovered.

The envoy disclosed this on Wednesday in Abuja at a colloquium on the ongoing 19th national congress of the Communist Party of China organised by the Centre for China Studies.

Speaking on the theme, ‘Global significance of the 19th CPC National Congress and its implications for Africa,’ Pingjian noted that the party fought corruption head-on because it was aware that graft remained the greatest threat to its existence.

He added that the current CPC leadership launched an aggressive high-profile anti-corruption campaign which according to him brought down a number of high-level officials, known as ‘Tigers’ and their accomplices at the grassroots level.

The diplomat said, “More than 70,000 officials, including 42 members or alternate members of the CPC Central Committee, have been investigated for suspected corruption since the 18th national congress.

“China also worked with the international community to hunt corruption suspects who had fled overseas; 3,339 were captured from more than 90 countries and regions, including Nigeria. About 9.36bn yuan was recovered.”
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Oh No! 3 Persons Lose Their Lives In Ghastly Accident Involving Petrol Tanker On Lagos-Ibadan Expressway

A truck transporting petrol erupted in flames along the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway on Wednesday, October 18, leaving three persons dead.

The development was made public by Babatunde Akinbiyi, Public Relations Officer, Traffic Enforcement and Enlightenment Corps (TRACE).

It was gathered that Akinbiyi attributed the accident to reckless driving, and confirmed that 3 people had died in the accident.

He disclosed that the driver of the tanker was overspeeding, and this caused the vehicle to flip over and burst out in flames.

The fire then engulfed a bus parked close by.

The unfortunate tragedy occurred inbound Ibadan, after the Ogere toll gate, near Kyakyama filling station.

Akinbiyi further disclosed that TRACE and FRSC officials had stepped in to bring the situation under control.

Meanwhile, an auto accident on the Lagos-Ibadan highway caused the death of 30 people on Thursday night, September 14, Premium Times reports.

The accident occurred at about 8pm on Km 95 around the Elebolo Quary area on the Ibadan axis of the road.
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