Friday, January 17, 2020

How My Boyfriend Sold Me Into Prostitution For 500,000 Cefa - 18-Year-Old Reveals

The suspected ring leader of a human trafficking syndicate, Michael Omowunmi, after her arrest by officials of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corp in Lagos for trying to traffic four ladies to Mali

According to a report by Daily Trust, an 18-year-old victim of a human trafficking syndicate, Victoria Oshioke, has narrated how her boyfriend sold her into prostitution for 500,000 cefa (about N350,000).

Operatives of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) disclosed yesterday that they rescued Oshioke, along with three other girls, from the leader of a human trafficking syndicate.

The girl told Daily Trust at the headquarters of the Lagos State Command of the NSCDC that she was first sold to the syndicate three

years ago when she was 16-years-old and taken, first, to Cotonou, Republic of Benin and later to Mali to engage in prostitution.

But, as she said, she found her way back to Nigeria because she could not cope with the stress of having sex with different men.

She said, “The syndicate took me to Mali where I was made to sleep with different men. I came back two years ago and later got a call from my boyfriend, Maxwell, that I should come to Benin. I was living in Auchi then. When I got to Benin along with my elder sister, my boyfriend asked me to go back to Mali.

“I refused. In the midnight, he threw us out of his apartment. For fear of being attacked, we agreed to go. The next day, which was

Tuesday, he put us in a bus coming to Lagos after calling his contact, who resides at Iyana-Ipaja.”

NSCDC officials had arrested the suspected 30-year-old contact, Omowunmi Michael, at her Iyana-Ipaja, Lagos, residence and rescued Ishioke, together with three other girls, who were identified as Joy Aloaye, 22; Amaka Eze, 23; and Anuoluwapo Mustapha.

Daily Trust learnt that Omowunmi Michael’s arrest was sequel to a disagreement between her and the girls over how much each of the girls would pay her.

The suspect had allegedly demanded an upfront payment of N1 million from each of the girls before she would hand them over to the syndicate’s leader in Cotonou.

The girls were, however, understood to have refused to give Michael any commitment to that effect and she allegedly threatened to return them to Edo State.

It was further gathered that two of the girls, Aloaye and Oshioke, stormed out of the house in anger and proceeded to the main road where they asked a truck driver to give them a lift to Benin.

It was at that point that the NSCDC officials sighted them and took them in for questioning.

Parading Michael at Alausa, Ikeja, the Commandant of the NSCDC, Lagos State Command, Cyprian Ehi Otiobhi, alleged the suspect was apprehended on Wednesday January 15, 2020 at No. 13, Abuke Oku Street, Iyana Ipaja, at about 9.20am for attempting to traffic four ladies to Mali for prostitution.

“Two of the victims, Victoria Oshioke and Joy Aloaye, were transported from Benin, Edo State, by one Favour, who is currently on the run, while Amaka Eze, who hails from Onitsha, Anambra State, was linked to the suspect by one Lekan,” he added.

Nursing Mother's Corpse Found Inside Gutter In Ebonyi

Many people have been left in a state of shock after the lifeless body of a nursing mother, one Mama Ebuka, was found inside a gutter in Abakaliki, the Ebonyi State capital.

The discovery was made on Monday.

It was gathered that the woman, until her death, was nursing a two-week-old girl, whom she gave birth to on January 1, 2020.

Mama Ebuka’s partially burnt body was found inside a gutter around the Enugu North Transport Company park at the VANCO area of Abakaliki.

Investigation revealed that the woman, who was a Catholic, left home for Mass on Sunday, but did not return.

The incident, it was learnt, led her husband to report his wife’s disappearance at the state police headquarters.

It was gathered that she told family members of her intention to embark on a spiritual exercise at the chapel located inside the St. Theresa’s Catholic Church, Abakaliki.

Punch correspondent who visited her residence at No. 14 Awolowo Street, Abakaliki, found the family apartment under lock and key.

A source, who is close to the family, told Southern City News on condition of anonymity that the woman’s family members took her corpse to her village somewhere in the Izzi Local Government Area of the state for burial on Tuesday.

According to the source, the cause of the woman’s death and those behind it had yet to be ascertained.

The source stated, “This woman, simply called Mama Ebuka, prepared on Sunday morning and said she was going for morning Mass at the chapel. She was a Catholic. There is a chapel at the St. Theresa’s Church. She didn’t come back again. Nobody saw her again until Monday morning, when her corpse was found.

“She just put to bed on January 1, 2020. She didn’t go out with the baby. She had four children. The family members have travelled to the village to bury her.”

When contacted, the state Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Loveth Odah, confirmed the incident.

She told Southern City News that the matter was being investigated to unravel the circumstances surrounding the woman’s death, adding that it would do members of the public some good if they formed the habit of sharing information with the police.

Describing the woman’s death as unfortunate, Odah added, “We are aware of the matter and the police are investigating it.

“The woman was partially burnt when she was found in the gutter and I think the family saw no need of keeping the corpse for too long. She was killed and burnt. It was recorded that she was staying on Awolowo Street, Abakaliki.

“We have not been able to actually unravel the real cause of her death and this is why we are calling on members of the public to avail us with any useful information that will help us to conduct a proper investigation."

Breaking News: Man Trapped As Three-Storey Building Collapses In Lagos

According to The Nation, an uncompleted three-storey building, on Friday, collapsed around the Ago Palace way in Lagos State.

The Director-General, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, Dr Oluwafemi Oke-Osanyintolu, who confirmed the incident said a yet-to-be identify man had been trapped under the rubble, adding that a rescue operation was ongoing.

Imo: Gov. Hope Uzodinma Makes First Appointments

Senator Hope Uzodinma,

Senator Hope Uzodinma, the newly sworn-in governor of Imo state, on Thursday announced his first appointments as he takes over the State Government House.

Uzodinma was declared the authentic winner of the 2019 governorship election in Imo State by the Supreme Court during the week.

He was handed his Certificate of Return by the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC on Wednesday .

He was then sworn-in barely 24 hours after the court sacked Emeka Ihedioha of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

Yesterday, he named the Secretary to the State Government, SSG, Attorney, General, Chief of Staff and Chief press Secretary.

Chief Cosmas Iwu was appointed as the SSG of the State while Barrister COC Akaolisa steps in as the Attorney General/Commissioner for Justice.

Others are Chief Nnamdi Anyaehie who was appointed as Chief of Staff and Oguike Nwachukwu who takes the position of the Governor’s Chief Press Secretary, CPS.

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Ogudu Under Bridge Accident Claims One,12 Others Injured - LASEMA

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One person died and 12 others sustained varying degrees of injuries in an auto accident involving a commercial Volkswagen bus, popularly called Fanagon, at Ogudu area in Lagos.

Dr Femi Oke-Osayintolu, the Director-General (D-G) of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency ( LASEMA), confirmed this in a statement he issued on Wednesday, NAN reports.

Oke-Osanyintolu said that the bus, with a Lagos registration number GGE 845XQ , was fully loaded with passengers and was involved in a lone accident at Ogudu under bridge. He said that the response team from LASEMA who went to the scene of the accident rescued 12 victims and evacuated the lone fatality.

”Investigations conducted by the team revealed that the bus lost control while on speed and, as a result, rammed into the culvert at the spot, leading to the death of one person and others sustained various injuries.

“Three of the injured male adults were taken to Gbagada General Hospital, another three male adults were taken to the General Hospital, Lagos Island.
” Another set of three injured male adults were taken to the Trauma Centre, while others were taken to nearby hospitals for treatment,” Oke-Osanyintolu said.

The LASEMA boss restated his appeal to drivers to always drive with caution. He also advised them to always obey traffic laws and regulations in order to reduce road accidents to the barest minimum in Year 2020 and beyond.

Temi Otedola Opens Up On Her First Love

Temi Otedola

Temi Otedola, a professional fashion-designer and daughter of billionaire Femi Otedola, has revealed she that acting is her first love.

She made this known while announcing her role in Kunle Afolayan’s movie, ‘Citation’.

According to Temi, who is making her acting debut in the most anticipated movie, saidshe had been passionate about acting since her school days.

Explaining how fate brought her back to her first love, she said:

“I have been watching Mr. Afolayan’s films like forever. From ‘Figurine’ to ‘October 1’, ‘Phone Swap’, and I was actually introduced to him, I told him that from university and through school I have always been into acting and that was my first passion in life and he told me about a script coming out and the lead character is actually a girl of my age and a university student and the story tells a tale of something that is so relatable and relevant to what is happening today, not only in Nigeria but all over the world.”

On why she took up the role, she said,

“the lead character is a girl of my age and in the university while also treating a global issue that confronts women. So it is a story that is close to my heart, and I thought I could really bring that story to life.”

When asked why she’s kept the creative side of her life from the public for so long, she said,

“for me, it’s all about timing, so, for me until this movie proposal had come, I don’t think I would have entered into this arena of creative work, but this script is perfect for me. I’m so happy that I waited for this time. With Kunle Afolayan’s film, it means I am starting at the top. So, I’m just so humbled to have been given this opportunity. The message is to tell women that we are hearing their stories, that we believe them. Women are being harassed in several ways.”

On leaving fashion for acting, Temi said, “both of them are still very close to my heart; I will always be designing and doing fashion, but also, this is my one true love. So I’ll continue acting.”

Produced and directed by Kunle Afolayan, ‘Citation’ tells the story of a 23-year-old postgraduate student, Moremi, who has to devise a way to fend off the sexual advances of her lecturer.

Temi will play the role of Moremi, acting alongside veteran Nollywood actors like Sadiq Daba, Joke Silva, Ini Edo as well as Yomi Fash-Lanso.

Other notable actors in the movie include Gabriel Afolayan, Ghanaian actor Adjetey Anang, Haitian-French actor Jimmy Jean-Louis, Ivorian theatre actor Bienvenu Neba, among others.

JAMB Suspends 2020 UTME Registration In 243 Centres Nationwide

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board has suspended the ongoing registration exercise for the 2020 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination in 243 centres across the country.

The board’s Head, Media and Information, Dr Fabian Benjamin, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Wednesday, in Lagos.

According to him, the suspension of the exercise in the affected centres is to allow the board to conduct a third-party recruitment examination, scheduled for January 16.

“The reason for the suspension of the exercise in the 243 centres nationwide by the board is that the centres are likely going to be used for third-party recruitment examination and we do not want to create any overcrowding.

“However, the registration exercise will resume again in those centres nationwide, on January 17.

“The board regrets any inconvenience the suspension might have caused the candidates,” he said.

Benjamin added that the list of the affected centres was on the board’s website.

NAN reports that the registration of candidates for this year’s Computer-Based Test commenced nationwide on Jan. 13.
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