RABITAH @55: Imams, scholars celebrate Al-Ilory’s legacy

Install ex-minister as Baba Adinni of Yorubaland     No fewer than 700 prominent Muslim leaders and distinguished Islamic scholars gathered in Abeokuta, last week, for a historic two-day conference. It was in commemoration of the 55th anniversary of the League of Imams and Alfas of Yorubaland, Edo and Delta states, which also featured the installation of a former Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Alhaji Sarafa Tunji Isola, as the new Baba Adinni of Yorubaland. Inside the expansive auditorium of the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library (OOPL), Abeokuta, the group…

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Lagos sex and drug empire

   …where prostitution, gambling thrive     Small London, Malaysia, China, Dubai hottest spots Teenage mums, babies live in shanties Married women offer sex for free meat     It is meant for those who want to buy and sell meat. But the Lagos abattoir is more than an ordinary meeting place for those selling and buying cow meat. It has the fun side, where revellers gather to have their field day. OLUWATOSIN OMONIYI, who monitored their activities, in this second part of the abattoir story, reports   The more…

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Akeredolu’s intervention restores electricity, roads in Ondo communities

For years, indigenes of the four local governments in Akoko area of Ondo State and parts of Ondo South Senatorial District were always sceptical about going home for celebrations as there was no good road and no power supply from the National Grid. BABATOPE OKEOWO reports that Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu has intervened in these two critical areas     For years, the people of Ondo South and North Senatorial districts of Ondo State have been cut off from the National Grid, no thanks to their indebtedness to the Benin Electricity…

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The crowning of Emir of Katagum

  “The joy of a dying father is the presence of a worthy successor…” – Late Dan Masanin Kano, Yusuf Maitama Sule   Ali M Ali History was made last Friday, December 15th, 2017 in Katagum emirate of Bauchi State in particular. The 12th emir was appointed. It was classic. History beckoned, Governor M.A Abubakar, the advocate and respecter of popular will, hearken and Emir Baba Umar Farouq, the kingmaker’s choice, was appointed. Stripped bare, history is no more than yesterday’s events related today. The past is more or less,…

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Why couples lie about inability to have children– Psychologists, clerics

Lies have been known to wreak incalculable damage in marriages, and those relating specifically to inability to have children have been even more devastating. VINCENT EBOIGBE explores this issue through the eyes of those who had been caught in this conundrum. Behavioural scientists and clerics also provide explanation for this phenomenon while highlighting options available to spouses who have been victims of such deceptions.   Mr. and Mrs. Olajumoke had been married for six years without a child. They were Christians and the ‘little’ matter of childlessness was not supposed…

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IBESHE: A NEGLECTED NEIGHBOURHOOD ON THE COAST OF LAGOS

Apart from the industries, the Ibeshe people are renowned for fishing, but have been left to fend for themselves as they are cut off from basic amenities. TIMOTHY ODUTOLU, who was in the community, reports   Despite the blazing sun on a Thursday afternoon, the fresh air from the massive bodies of waters, which surround the Ibeshe communities, ensured the atmosphere remained cool. One could literally feel the harmony as one travels down to the beach side on the paved Road. The communities were troubled at a time by the…

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LEKKI PROPERTY DISPUTE: Estate managers break into premises

The crisis between the developers of the Adiva Plainfield Estate located at Sapati in Ibeju-Lekki and the residents took a new dimension recently. Officials of Mixta Africa, the developers of the estate, according to reports, broke into the premises to begin work on the controversial church building. The action has, however, pitched them against the residents. It is also said to be against a police order that the parties should maintain the status quo. Mixta Africa had written to the residents claiming ownership of the property and was quoted to…

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FTZ: Enyimba Industrial City berths in Aba

As host communities donate 9,000 hectares of land The proposed Enyimba Industrial City, an Export Free Processing Zone, the first of its kind in Nigeria is set to kick off. The proposed new city will be sited in the oil rich region of Ukwa West, Ukwa East and Ugwunagbo local government areas which are between Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital and Aba, the commercial nerve centre of Abia State. The industrial city which is to be funded by the World Bank, African Development Bank, foreign and home based investors…

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Human Right Day: UNHER/NBA sensitize IDPs on their rights

  As part of Intentional Human Right Day, the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) has organised a one-day sensitization campaign for the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) at the Bakasi IDP camp to sensitize them on their rights. The Head, UNHCR Sub-Office Maiduguri, Mr. Ceasar Tshilomba, said the inmates rights to food, shelter, education, health, water and sanitation are not privileges but their right according to the international Human Rights Law. He said: “The international Human Right Day is to commemorate a one-week programme which will be climaxed on…

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Ogun, MTN Foundation enters partnership on maternal, infant mortality

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  To better understand the true burden of maternal deaths in Nigeria, the UNICEF Representative in Nigeria, Soumi Sakai, said that, one Nigerian woman dies every 10 minutes due to complications in childbirth, and over 500 newborns die daily. The former Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development, Mrs. Salamatu Suleiman, said one in every nine maternal deaths worldwide occurs in Nigeria. These figures are scary and needed to be addressed urgently. Available data shows that every day, in 2016, 15,000 children died before their fifth birthday, 46 per cent…

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