Monday, February 20, 2017

5 Months After Billionaire Michael Ibru's Death, Children Engage In Legal Tussle Over Property

Five months after the death of frontline businessman Chief Olorogun Michael Ibru, 16 of his children are in a legal tussle over their paternity and his multi-billion naira assets.

One of his sons, Oboden Ibru, has approached the Igbosere High Court, Lagos, for a declaration, among others, that he and his 15 other siblings are entitled to the estate of their father.

In a counter-claim, one of the late Chief Ibru’s daughters, Janet Ibru, urged the court to declare that only persons whose paternity are confirmed by a diagnostics centre in the United States are entitled to an equal share of the estate.

Oboden’s suit was filed February 8 by Chief Bolaji Ayorinde (SAN) but has not been assigned to a Judge.

The defendants are; Oskar Ibru, Peter Ibru, Emmanuel Ibru, Gloria Ibru, Elaine Ibru-Mukoro, Elvina Ibru, Mamemo Ibru, Janet Ibru, Obaro Ibru, Vivi Ibru-Stankov, Edesiri Ibru, Christiana Ibru, Jero Ibru, Vikwesiri Ibru, Gabriel Ibru and the Probate Registrar, High Court of Lagos State.
 
The claimant is seeking an order declaring that a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) of January 2, 2001 is valid as to the distribution by way of gift of the late Ibru’s assets to both ''Ovuone'' and ''Ivetu.''
 
He asked the court to declare that the properties listed in the MOU belong in their entirety to ''Ovuone'' being gifted jointly and several times to ''Ovuone'' in the lifetime of the late Chief Ibru.

Such properties include; No. 1, Marine Road, Apapa, Lagos; 47, Marine Road, Apapa; 49, Marine Road, Apapa; 52, Marine Road, Apapa; 5,7,9 Emotan Road, Apapa; 3,5,7 Ladipo Oluwole, Apapa; Daska House; Blomfield Court; 33, Michael Ibru Boulevard; 6, Louis Solomon Close, Victoria Island, Lagos and 5/7, Queens Barracks Road, Lagos.

Others are; No. 20, Queens Drive, Ikoyi, Lagos; 6, Kensington Park Gardens, London; Starcross Farm; Hillcrest Apartment; Zabadne Plot, Abuja; Maitama Plots, Abuja; Maroko Plots, Lagos; 7, Randle Close, Apapa, Lagos; all shares in Oceanic Bank; Oteri Holdings Limited’s shares in Minet Nigeria Limited; Oteri’s shares in Ibachem and the portion of Ibafon land occupied by Ibachem and Ovwian land.

The claimant is also seeking a declaration that the judgment delivered by Justice John Tsoho of the Federal High Court, Lagos on April 17, 2014 remains valid and subsisting, having not been set aside by any court of competent jurisdiction.

Oboden also asked for an order appointing himself, seventh defendant, Christiana, first defendant, Oskar and eighth defendant, Jero, as administrators of the Ibru estate and an order directing them to apply to the 16th defendant for the grant of letters of administration for the estate.

An order of the court appointing Messrs. Price Water House Coopers Limited to conduct a forensic audit of the shareholdings and assets, whether real or personal, belonging to the estate of the late Ibru in Oteri Holdings and any other company in Nigeria or anywhere such may be located, discovered or found in the world and submit such report to the Registrar of the court within 90 days of the order and the cost of such exercise be paid by the administrators so appointed herein.

The claimant is seeking an order directing the administrators to divide the assets into 16 equal shares and that same be given to all the 16 surviving children of the late Ibru.

But in a counter-claim, eighth defendant Janet urged the court to declare that all matters pertaining to the estate be adjudicated in Nigeria as well as a declaration that she is entitled to a refund of all expenses, including the $48,000 incurred by her in defending the law suits of the second defendant.

Furthermore, she is seeking an order of the court directing the administrators of the estate of the late Ibru to refund to her, the expenses incurred in taking care of the late Ibru during the final year of his life.

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Lagos State Government Files Criminal Charges Against Lekki Gardens MD, Richard Nyong And Others

The Lagos State Government has filed criminal charges against the Managing Director of Lekki Gardens Estate Ltd, Richard Nyong and others, over the collapse of a five-storey building under construction on Kushenla Road in Ikate Elegushi area of the State which killed no fewer than 35 persons.

Apart from Lekki Gardens Estate Ltd, GT Rich Ltd, HC Insight Solutions Ltd, others charged alongside Nyong are; Taiwo Odofin, Omolabake Mortune, Maruis Agwu, Sola Olumofe and Omotilewa Joseph.

The defendants are facing six-count charge of failure to obtain building approval for the collapsed building and unlawful manslaughter.

The criminal charge, which was filed on February 17, 2017, is yet to assign a date for arraignment of the defendants.

The State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, after the collapse of the building, had visited the scene where he expressed a strong commitment to the protection of lives and property of all citizens in the State.

The Governor had specifically vowed to ensure justice for the victims of the collapsed building, while also assuring residents of the State that no stone would be left unturned to ensure that cases of criminal negligence and other forms of criminal activities are prosecuted.
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Pics: Sheep Born With Six Legs In Niger State

According to a Facebook user, named, Baba Umar, a sheep with six legs was born today at Kpege, Niger State, which attracted crowd.. See more pics after the cut..
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Guys Meet This 24Years Old Lady Who Claimed She Was Sacked For Being Too Good Looking (Pics)

A 24-year-old female television worker, Emma Hulse, has claimed she was sacked from her job because she was ‘too good looking’.

Miss Hulse who was hired as a freelance runner, claims production firm UNIT TV, located in Soho, told her to go home during a shift because ‘she should be on a catwalk’. She was however sent a message by her agent barely five minutes after starting work telling her she was ‘no longer required’.

In her words she said..
"I was quite disappointed to be sent home. I didn’t really know what to do. Maybe that company employs plain looking people and maybe if you don’t look that way they don’t take you, maybe I was a distraction."

She went on to say that she did not wear anything provocative as many might be thinking. She said she was wearing a shirt and trousers and ‘did not look inappropriate’ and had never been sent home before ‘because of her looks’.

But the company owner, Adam Luckwell, told UKMirror Miss Hulse was dismissed following a three month probation period. He said there were a number of things they found out in which they were not happy with.
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How We Rob ATM Users - Notorious Lagos Armed Robber Confesses

A robbery suspect has confessed to being an expert in robbing ATM users in Alaba Rago Market, Ojo area of Lagos

Gbenga Babatunde, a 25-year old armed robbery suspect has confessed to robbing ATM users in Lagos state.

He told operatives of the Rapid Response Squad of the Lagos State Police Command how his gang robbed about 35 Automated Teller Machine users in Alaba Rago Market, Ojo area of Lagos, the police said.

Babatunde was arrested after his failure to rob a lady around 5:48 a.m. at an ATM point in Alaba Rago Market.

Gbenga Babatunde, who was arrested by the operatives patrolling the area was caught with a ‘cut-to-size’ locally made short gun with two live cartridges.

It was learnt that the suspect was not operating alone.

He was said to have an accomplice whose name was given as Samson Baba Ramadan.

In a statement on Sunday, the police said the suspect had an accomplice whose name was given as Samson Baba Ramadan, 28, who managed to escape after the botched operation.

According to the police, Babatunde has confessed to the crime.

He said: “I have been in the crime since I met my colleague, Samson Baba Ramadan. I met him at Field Joint, Alaba, two years ago and since then we have been working together,” said Mr. Babatunde.

“We have robbed about 35 people together. We would have gotten to the ATM point by 4:00 a.m. We would hide inside the shop that is not open beside the ATM point.”

According to PremiumTimes, the suspect said as soon as a potential victim withdraws money, they would accost him or her, collect the money and escape.

“The last money we collected was N40, 000. Yesterday, we collected N12, 500,” he said.

“This morning, we wanted to collect money from a lady. That lady ran away. We thought she had gone, not knowing that she went to inform RRS. This was around 5:00 a.m. They pursued us and arrested me but my partner escaped.

“I don’t go home. I sleep in Osankwa Hotel, Alaba Rago. It is only whenever I don’t have money that I go home. I have no wife and no child.”

The Lagos State Police spokesperson, Dolapo Badmus confirmed the arrest, saying the case has been transferred to state Criminal Investigation Department for further investigation and prosecution.
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Pic: Angry Man Beats Up Neigbour's Corpse After Discovering His Secret Affair With His Wife

According to reports, a Zimbabwean man identified as Tineyi Moyo, beat up the corpse of Learnmore Dube, who he claims had an affair with his wife before his death.

An angry Moyo was said to have stormed Dube's home while his funeral was in progress, then proceeded to beat his corpse up for sleeping with his wife, Selina Nyoka. He had reportedly noticed his wife's anguish over Dube's death, and after questioning her, discovered that she had been carrying on a secret affair with the deceased.

According to Chief Chireya of the Magamba village, Moyo decided to get his 'revenge' even in death, and when summoned to his presence to defend his actions, he said:

   ''I was angry after discovering that he was sleeping with my wife. What made me angrier is that the truth came out when he was dead, meaning I couldn’t confront him. Therefore, I decided to beat him and honestly I felt better after beating him.''

Here's what happened according to a source:

   ''He came to the funeral wake and started insulting everyone who was there and demanded to see Dube’s corpse. He said his wife had confessed to having an illicit affair with Dube.''

Moyo was released and asked to give three cows to the deceased's family as fine for disrespecting them.
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Awww.. Comedian Gandoki Writes Nollywood Actress, Tonto Dikeh, Says, 'Your Marriage Breakup Breaks My Heart'

Below is what the comedian penned down to his fellow entertainer..

   ''Tonto my sister, you no sabi say wen you marry, many girls wey think say them no get hope to settle down, all find husband eventually?

   ''You truly motivated a lot of them, but your untimely breakup will give those ladies a sour taste in their mouth and family.. Abi you want us to get more single mother’s or baby mamas?

   ''It is on record that the Xmas of 2015 had the highest number of weddings and engagements in the south East, South South and even south west.
  ''Tonto Dikeh, the Poko mama, Abeg, Abeg, na Abeg I take God beg you, make your homework, extending your movie roles to marriage dramas, breaks the heart of thousands of your teeming fans.

   ''Instagram stunt of your personal affairs is expected to attract diverse interferences and attacks of different degrees.

   ''Let’s keep fantasizing that all is well,.. We never believed that your Mr X whom you held so dearly and, that was a hard nut to unveil, is today your fellow actor in “Tonto Dikeh Instagram Marriage Part 1 and Tonto Dikeh & Son Go Missing Part 2.

   ''Oga Churchill, when we ever meet, I will inform you more….we dey wait to see una together for event, nothing concern me with the blackmail story from one of you but…it breaks my heart!''
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Not Again! Fulani Herdsmen Attack Two Villages In Southern Kaduna, Kill Many, Burn Houses (Graphic Pics)

According to a Facebook user named, Ayuba, who resides in Southern Kaduna, Fulani herdsmen last night, attacked Baking Kogi and two other villages in Attakar Kaura LGA, killing many people an  burning many houses.. Read what he wrote + see graphic pics below..

''UPDATE ON SOUTHERN KADUNA KILLINGS..
''After my Post which was widely read and circulated about peace returning to Southern Kaduna since Osibanjo took over. 

''The Fulani supporters of APC in a strategy to divert attention to who are actually the sponsors stroke again last nite attacking Bakin Kogi and 2 other villages in Attakar Kaura LGA. Many lives are lost some people missing and properties destroyed. You can see some of the houses still on fire this morning.
''What is the need for Soldiers in Southern Kaduna when under their nose attacks are going on. Are the soldiers brought to protect the Fulani murderers, i remember the COAS said the soldiers should Comb the bushes and retrieve arms from the Fulanis have they done that ? I just called the Military commander in Kafanchan to ask him this question, he is not picking my calls and he has not called back. 
''And to my people in Southern Kaduna is the call for self defence falling on deaf ears? It's very Obvious some Cocain high guys in authority can never protect you don't put your hope on them.
''And Osibanjo you need to do the needful before they use southern Kaduna to rubbish your achievement so far.'' He concluded.

According to new reports, twenty one people have been allegedly killed by unknown gunmen suspected to be herdsmen in the early hours of Monday morning, February 20, Leadership reports.

Alex Iya, the chairman of Kaura local government area of Kaduna state, confirmed the killing of 14 people in a simultaneous attack on two communities of Mifi and Ashim

Another attack was carried out on Sunday night, February 19, in Bakin Kogi community of Jema’a local government of the state killing 7 persons leaving scores injured.

Dr. Yakubu Bityong, representing Kaura constituency at the Kaduna State House of Assembly, further confirmed that the attackers had killed and destroyed many homes before the arrival of the security operatives.

He gave the name of the casualties as; Chayuwai manti 73, Ezikiel kanwai 23, Bridget aba 61, Bridget samuila 42, Samuila kuzamam 47, Mathew daniel 37, Edward mathew 10, Omega mathew 8, Adam noga 46, Moses Ndong, 68, Likita adam 12, Musa john 13, Mboi waje 14 and Fidelix kakah.

Meanwhile the Southern Kaduna Rebirth (SAKORE), a foremost northern association, has described former minister of Aviation and ardent critic of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, as God’s finger in the herdsmen attack on the southern part of Kaduna state in recently.

The group thanked Fani-Kayode and described him as one of those whose voices have helped in forcing the ‘terrorist’ Fulani herdsmen to cut down massively on the scale of terror they planned to unleash on the people of the area.
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Oh No! Young Man Currently Trying To Commit Suicide In Lagos (Pics)

According to pics shared by Twitter user, @Brendalishus, a man is currently trying to commit suicide at Jakande, Lagos.. She added that, some Police Officers have arrived the scene and they have been trying to convince him not to do it, but he seems adamant.. See another pic below...
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Ex-First Lady, Patience Jonathan, Launches Another Lawsuit Against The EFCC (Pics)

Nigeria's immediate past First Lady, Patience Jonathan, has filed another laswuit against the EFCC, for the invasion of her property in Abuja.
The case which commenced at the Federal High Court, Port Harcourt, today was stalled due to the late response of the EFCC counsel. The case was adjourned to 24th of April 2017. Mrs Jonathan has been in a battle with the EFCC after her bank accounts containing a total of $15 million were frozen by the anti-graft commission.
Jonathan filed an earlier suit seeking the unfreezing of her accounts and demanding damages of $200 million.
Respondents in the case are; Skye Bank, former Special Assistant to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, Waripama-Owei Dudafa, Pluto Property and Investment company Ltd, Seagate Property Development and Investment Company Ltd, Transocean Property and Investment Company Ltd and Globus Integrated Service Ltd. The 4 companies involved are owned by Dudafa.

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Lagos House Help Absconds With Her Boss' 12-Year-Old Daughter (Pics)

According to reports, a house help, named, Mary (pictured above) from Benue state absconded with her boss' 12 year old daughter, Faith Ayeh (below) from their residence in Fagba, Lagos state on Thursday, 16 February, 2017.

The house-help who was employed 3 months ago was seen by the driver leaving their compound gate with bags alongside the girl.. Read below, as narrated by the girl's mum, Mrs. Mary Ayeh..

   "On Thursday morning, my daughter who has never woken up on her own to prepare for school, came to my room early in the morning that Thursday saying she wants to prepare for school. I told her to go back to her room and continue sleeping as it was not yet time for school.
   ''When it was time for her to prepare for school, I told her younger sibling who is on mid term break to go and wake her up. He got to her room but didn't find her.

   ''So I asked him to go check for her in the house help's room but both of them were not there. That was when I quickly stood up and went outside.

   ''I saw the driver washing our car outside and asked him if he had seen my daughter and the house help this morning. He said he saw them leaving the gate with their bags.

   ''He said he asked them where they were going with their bags and they told him I was the one who sent them to drop the bags at the estate main gate.

   ''Anybody with information regarding their whereabouts can reach the family on 08068782546 or the nearest police station.''
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London Police Called To Arrest The Guardian's Reporter Who Wanted To Interview Pres. Buhari

Yesterday, Security staff at the Abuja House in London, called in Policemen to arrest a correspondent of The Guardian who was on the premises to see President Buhari and possibly interview him.. Hmmm..  Read the report as narrated by TheGuardian on their website:

When the correspondent told a member of staff at the Abuja House, the official residence of the Nigerian High commissioner to the United Kingdom, yesterday afternoon that he had come to see the president, he replied:

   ''As far as I’m concerned, he’s not here.''

At 2:50 p.m., when a black Mercedes jeep arrived, the occupant sitting by the driver
rolled down the glass and asked the The Guardian correspondent, ''Why are you here?''

   ''When I told him that l was a reporter with The Guardian and l had come to see if the president was there and to interview him, he looked quite irritated and replied angrily: 'He’s not here, you can’t see anybody here'.''

In an extraordinary move, two police officers, Constables Marlett and Stock, were called in by the security staff at the Abuja House to arrest the reporter.

When both arrived on their motorcycles, they took the reporter’s name and date of birth and subsequently made a check on the national database, before staying around for about 20 minutes and then left.

Prior to that, the security staff threatened the reporter with the police when he called at the Kensington residence to interview President Buhari about his continued stay in the UK.

A few minutes after The Guardian arrived at the Abuja House, just after 1:00 p.m., wanting to speak to the high commissioner, the reporter was directed to go to the Embassy- Nigerian House at Northumberland Avenue. ''Somebody should be there.'' He was told.

Around 1:20 p.m., when a man and a teenage-looking girl wearing glasses pressed the buzzer, a security officer appeared to open the gate for the duo. When asked: ''Is that the daughter of the president?'' – judging by her resemblance of the First Lady- the security officer replied: ''I don’t know.”''

He then reiterated that the reporter should go to the office at Northumberland Avenue.

When The Guardian pressed the buzzer about five minutes later, the security man sounded angry and threatened to call the police even when the reporter disclosed his identity and said he had come to speak to the president or any member of staff of the residence.

   ''You should realise this is a private place and I will call the police.'' He said. When he was immediately corrected and told that the reporter was standing outside in a public place, he then said: ''l won’t speak to you again.''

But around 1:40 p.m., when two guests arrived, the reporter shook hand with one of them and asked, ''Have you come to see Mr. President?” He replied cheerfully, saying ''Yes'', but he didn’t enter the compound. He left about 15 minutes later.

Another security officer came out shortly after and told the reporter to move away from the main gate. ''Excuse me, you can’t just stand here.'' He said.

Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, was also at Abuja House, a strong indication that Buhari may actually be there. At 5:13p.m., Saraki emerged from the house in a black suit, accompanied by a male aide.

   ''Hello, Senate president, hello Senate president.'' The Guardian said to him from outside the gate, before he entered an official car and was driven away.

Meanwhile, Ekiti State Governor Ayodele Fayose has accused the leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) of politicising the health status of President Buhari by their visitation to London which he described as ''make-belief and too much of eye-service.''

Fayose said he had ''temporarily suspended'' his criticism of the president because of his health challenges. The governor spoke on a live programme tagged, ‘Meet Your Governor’ aired on the state-owned Ekiti Television and Radio Stations on Saturday.
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Ex-Beauty Queen, Anna Banner, Stuns In New Makeup Pics As She Turns A Year Older

Singer Flavour's pretty babymama, Anna Banner, turned a year older on the 18th of February and to mark the special day, the ex-beauty queen shared these stunning pics.. See another pic of the hot momma of one, after the cut..
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So SAD! University Of Abuja Female Student Dies While Escaping From Robbers

According to reports, a 200level female student from the University of Abuja, studying history and diplomacy was found dead last night, right in front of the School's permanent site gate!!

Eyewitnesses said, she was coming to school from home, when she was attacked by armed robbers, due to panic, she ran away from the scene of the attack in the process of escaping from the robbers nest, she got knocked down by a high speeding car, when she was about crossing the busy high-way.

The driver later brought her body to girls hostel for identification. May her young soul rest in perfect peace.
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Nigerian Telcos May Block WhatsApp, Viber Skype, Calls 'Cos Of Recession & N20tn Revenue Target

With the economic crisis in the country hitting businesses hard, telecommunication firms in Nigeria are opting for drastic measures to boost revenue.

According to Punch, they are hoping to address concerns over revenue loss from international calls and hit a revenue target of N20tn by blocking subscribers from accessing Skype and other Over-the-Top services.

It was reliably gathered that subscribers might also be prevented from performing certain functions like voice and video calls on WhatsApp and Facebook, among other OTT services.

Skype is a proprietary Voice-over Internet Protocol software for calling other people on their computers or mobile phones.

Phone calls using the Skype software can be placed to recipients on the traditional telephone networks; and calls to other users within the Skype service are free-of-charge, while calls to landline phones though reasonably priced, are charged via a debit-based user account system.

A manager at one of the major telecos in the country, speaking under anonymity, said about the blocking:

   ''It is an aggressive approach to stop further revenue loss to OTT players on international calls, having already lost about N100tn between 2012 and 2017.

   ''If we fail to be pro-active by taking cogent steps now, then there are indications that we may lose between N20tn and N30tn, or so, by the end of 2018.''

The source added that the increasing rise of the OTT players, who provide voice and Short Message Services, or apps such as; WhatsApp, Skype, Facebook, BlackBerry Messenger and Viber, was eating deep into the voice revenue of telecommunications companies in the country by more than 50 per cent.
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Na Wa! Indian Garri Sold In Nigeria!! Sparks Outrage..

Na real wa o!! Indian garri is now being sold in Nigerian supermarkets and this has sparked outrage.

It is also alleged that the National Agency for Food Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), approved the product!!

Here's what a concerned Nigerian wrote;

"ATTENTION: INDIAN GARRI BEING SOLD IN NIGERIAN SUPERMARKETS 
This is sincerely an absurdity of monumental proportion and a shame. Our government and regulatory agencies (if they still exist) should cover their faces in shame. I would like to ask:we are indeed in a big mess in this nation. Can you imagine imported garri from India now selling in shops in Nigeria and NAFDAC approve this?

   ''Habaaaaaa Gari again? So we finally have consigned our dear country to a dumping ground for all forms of Asian mindless madness. Nigeria is the worlds largest producer of cassava for crying out loud but here we are shamelessly displaying Indian made garri not corn flakes on our shelves. Do we still have the Customs service, do we still have NAFDAC and other such regulatory agencies. This is indeed a shame, that must be condemned by all well meaning, patriotic and passionate Nigerians. We do hope that if need be these government agencies who look the other way when this poorly produced products are hauled into our nation should get set to meet Nigerians on the street in hot protest. 

   ''We think that it should now be enough of this broad day light rape of our economy and our collective wealth as a nation. In the same token, we call out on Nigerian to not just condemned this shameful act but to match such condemnation with a clear statement in action refusing to purchase such foreign made goods that Nigeria has better potential to produce. This call has become important because a great deal of Nigerians have a funny penchant for goods produced outside the shores of Nigeria even if these goods are substandard, and pose obvious threats to our health and well being. It is instructive to note that today the WHO ranks Nigeria so low on some key health indices, that our dear Nation lags behind almost all much smaller African nations.

   ''Dear country men and women, here is a frantic and heartfelt call to redeem what is left of our national pride. Please may we all rise to condemn the importation of garri of all thing. Please let's repost - Sola Adeniyi, High hill. 📷@naijabrandchick
#NoToIndianGarri.''

...And as expected Nigerians reacted..
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Pastor Paul Chukuson Allegedly Assaults Wife (Graphic Pics)

Paul Chukuson, a Liberian Pastor, has reportedly assaulted his wife, Theodosia Siebo Chukuson, an attack that left her with injuries.
According to a Facebook user who shared the pics, Edwina Garford, the incident
took place in Morris farm Community Paynesville, Liberia.. Read what she wrote below..
  ''Stop Violence against women!!!!
   ''A pastor named, Paul Chukuson, son of Omas Chukuson, has beating a girl he considers to be his wife, Theodosia Siebo Chukuson, leaving her badly injured in the Morris farm Community Paynesville. We are calling on the Liberian National Police to invite Omas.''

..And as expected, people reacted..
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