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‘Our husbands don’t touch us at night again’, Rivers women protest

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There was a mild drama in Port Harcourt, Rivers State capital, on Tuesday as some women stormed the office of the Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company protesting the prolonged power outage.

The women from the Mile 2 and Mile 3 axis of Diobu, Port Harcourt barricaded the PHED office near the Isaac Boro Park in Port Harcourt, saying their husbands barely have time with them at night due to intense heat waves occasioned by epileptic power supply.

The placard-carrying protesters matched through major streets in Diobu, including Wokoma, Dim, Wokoma lane, Obaziolu, Dim lane, Egbuagu, Azikiwe, and Ojoto Streets before heading to the PHED office to register their displeasure.

Some of the inscriptions on the placards carried by the Rivers women read, “We lack romance with our husbands’, ‘Our husbands no longer touch us at night’, No light no payment’, ‘The heat is too much,’ ‘PHED help us to sleep well with our husbands’, among others.

One of the Rivers women who did not want her name mentioned said they also find it difficult to preserve cooked foods for weeks, pointing out that their business has been grounded due to poor power supply by the Port Harcourt distribution firm.

She listed the areas mostly affected as Dim, Wokama, Azikiwe, and Ojoto streets, even as they expressed dismay that they pay light bills monthly without a corresponding power supply.

She said they could not be paying for darkness.

The protesting women promised to re-mobilise and come for another round of peaceful protest if the condition did not improve.

She stated, “This lack of light (electricity) is making our soup sour. Even when our husbands want to make love to us, the heat will not allow it. We can’t even charge our phones and preserve our food. We are worried.”

Another protester who gave her name as Nene, said “This protest is for PHED to give us light. We are paying bills but not seeing the light. Our pot of soup getting bad, and even having sex with our husbands is a problem because of heat.

“Last night, my husband wanted to have fun with me but the heat was too much, and I could not. We could not do anything. So PHED should give us light or else we will not pay the bill for this month.”

When contacted, the Public Relations Officer with the PEHD, Livingstone Koko, said the current power situation was beyond the control of the company, saying it is a value change issue.

Koko stated, “It is a value chain constraint. It is beyond our control. However, we also share their sentiments and try to let them know that we are working with other players in the industry to ensure that supply is being restored.

“It is nothing short of what is being experienced around the country. So we are aware of the challenge and we apologise and ask them to bear with us.”

The protest is coming days after the Minister of Power, Bayo Adelabu, held a meeting with electricity generation and distribution companies.

Adelabu said the meeting was held to proffer solutions to the lingering power problems in the country.

The country has been experiencing a low power supply since December 2023.

The Transmission Company of Nigeria as well as electricity distribution companies have, however, blamed the situation on gas shortages leading to low allocation from the national grid.

Source: The Punch

 

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Court sacks Oyo traditional ruler

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An Oyo State High Court sitting in Ibadan has nullified the selection and appointment of Oba Sakirudeen Oyeleye as the Onifiditi of Fiditi.

An Oyo State High Court sitting in Ibadan has nullified the selection and appointment of Oba Sakirudeen Oyeleye as the Onifiditi of Fiditi.

The PAPERS reports that Fiditi is one of the towns in Afijio Local Government Area.

The court, presided over by Justice K.B. Olawoyin, granted a mandatory injunction setting aside the presentation of the Staff of Office to Oba Sakirudeen.

The staff of office was presented to Oyeleye on October 18, 2021, by Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde and other officials.

The court in its ruling also restrained all defendants from taking further actions towards filling the vacant stool of the Onifiditi of Fiditi pending the determination of the suit.

The plaintiffs in the case are Samuel Ogunkunle and Bayo Oyewale.

They were represented by R. A. Olawuwo and B.M. Olimene.

The court awarded a cost of N200,000 in favor of the plaintiffs and adjourned the suit until May 22.

 

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Dating scam: German police arrest 11 Nigerians

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The German Police on Wednesday announced the arrest of 11 suspected members of a Nigerian mafia group behind a large-scale dating scam.

The German Police on Wednesday announced the arrest of 11 suspected members of a Nigerian mafia group behind a large-scale dating scam.

Bavarian police said in a statement that the Black Axe gang was involved internationally in “multiple areas of criminal activity”, with a focus in Germany on dating scams and money-laundering.

The police said that the dating trick was a modern form of marriage fraud.

“Using false identities, the fraudsters for example signalled their intention to marry and in the course of further contact repeatedly demand money under various pretexts,” the police said.

The police added that the money was subsequently transferred to Black Axe in Nigeria via financial agents.

Explaining further, the German Police said the gang used a “commodity-based money laundering” scheme where products, often with a seeming “charitable purpose”, were bought and delivered to Nigeria.

 

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Five children suffocate to death in Niger – Police

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The Police Command in Niger has confirmed the death of five children by suffocation in a car on Sunday in Minna.

The Police Command in Niger has confirmed the death of five children by suffocation in a car on Sunday in Minna.

The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in Niger, Wasiu Abiodun, confirmed the incident to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday in Minna.

He said that the Kpakungu Division Office of the Police Command received a report at about 6.30 p.m. on Sunday that five children between the ages of five and 13 years were found trapped in a Honda Civic vehicle with registration No. GO 778 ABC at Gurara Albishir area of Minna.

Mr Abiodun said that the children were found to have suffocated in the vehicle, while their bodies were later removed by the various parents, as police visited the scene.

He said that the owner of the vehicle had been invited for questioning and an investigation was ongoing on the matter.

Meanwhile, a source in the neighbourhood who spoke on condition of anonymity said that the children had mistakenly locked themselves in the car, which had been abandoned for more than two years by the owner.

He said that the parents later discovered their bodies in the car on Sunday evening after searching for them for hours in the vicinity.

According to the source, the victims comprised four females and a male, three siblings and two others from different parents including the car owner’s child.

(NAN)

 

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EFCC declares Ugandan, Dennis Aliga wanted for money laundering

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has declared a Ugandan, Dennis Aliga, wanted for allegedly obtaining money by false

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has declared a Ugandan, Dennis Aliga, wanted for allegedly obtaining money by false pretences, money laundering, and diversion of public funds.

The anti-graft agency made this known in a post shared on its official X handle on Monday by its spokesperson, Dele Oyewale.

EFCC’s statement read, “The public is hereby notified that Dennis Asega Aliga, whose photograph appears above, is wanted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in an alleged case of obtaining money by false pretences, money laundering, and criminal diversion of public funds.

“Aliga, a 41-year old Ugandan citizen, last lived in Sapeto Towers, No. 1, Adeola Odeku Street, Victoria Island, Lagos State.”

The EFCC, therefore, urged that “anybody with useful information as to his whereabouts should please contact the commission in its Benin, Kaduna, Ibadan, Sokoto, Gombe, Maiduguri, Makurdi, Ilorin, Enugu, Kano, Lagos, Port Harcourt, and Abuja offices.”

 

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Gunmen kill Babcock University professor, abduct two

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Gunmen have killed a professor of law at Babcock University, Ilishan, Ogun, Yinka Olomojobi, and abducted two others in the Iperu area of

Gunmen have killed a professor of law at Babcock University, Ilishan, Ogun, Yinka Olomojobi, and abducted two others in the Iperu area of the state.

Olomojobi was shot dead on Friday for allegedly refusing to be taken away by the suspected gunmen.

While he was shot dead, two residents were kidnapped and taken to an unknown destination.

But the spokesperson of the Ogun State Police Command, Omolola Odutola, said one person had been arrested in connection with the incident.

“A two-week-old security man was arrested based on reasonable suspicion as police commence discreet investigation,” she said.

“A report from the Iperu Division indicates that a kidnapping and murder incident occurred on the 19th of April, 2024, at about 9:20 pm.”

“A suspicious coincidence led the police to arrest one Awada Ishaya of Plateau state who was employed two weeks ago when the event centre was launched as a security man for further interrogation,” Odutola said.

“The lecturer was taken to Babcock University Teaching Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

“Efforts are underway to apprehend the culprits and rescue the kidnapped victims. Further updates will be provided as the situation develops.”

Gunshots were heard at the Ajadeh Event Centre on Sagamu Road, in the Iperu area in Ogun State.

Eyewitnesses said eight men dressed in black, and armed with guns emerged from an unknown place, went into the relaxing lounge, and opened fire indiscriminately.

They later identified Prof Olowojobi as the victim shot in the chest for resisting to go away with the hoodlum. At the same time, a manager of a car stand known as Dare, and one other yet-to-be-identified person, were said to have been taken captive by the gunmen.

 

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Rainstorm throws 40 Ogun communities into darkness

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Forty communities in Ogun State have been plunged into darkness following a rainstorm on Sunday. The downpour which began around midday,

Forty communities in Ogun State have been plunged into darkness following a rainstorm on Sunday.

The downpour which began around midday, destroyed electricity facilities in some parts of the state, leading to a blackout.

“Due to broken poles occasioned by the heavy downpour at Ota and Mowe, customers in the following communities: lyana lyesi, Osuke Town, Egan Road, lyana Ilogbo, Ijaba, Ijagba, Itele, Lafenwa, Singer, Joju, Alishiba, Oju Ore, Tollgate, Eledi, Akeja, Abebi, Osi Round About, Ota Town, Ota Industrial Estate, Igberen, lju, Atan, Onipanu, Obasanjo, Lusada, Arigba, Odugbe, Ado-Odo, Igbesa, Owode,” the Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IBEDC) said in a statement late Sunday.

“Olokuta, Hanushi, Bamtish Camp Lufiwape, Eltees Farm, August Engineering, Spark Cear Soap Ayetoro, Amazing Grace Oil, Christopher University, Royal Garden Estate, Pentagon Estate, and environs are experiencing power outages”.

It called on residents of the areas to avoid “contact with the broken poles, saggy wires or any other electrical installation affected by the rain”.

“Our technical team is working to clear and replace the broken poles and installations to ensure power supply is restored as soon as possible,” IBEDC said.

A video circulating on social media showed fallen electricity poles on vehicles in a flooded Sango-Ota area of the state.

 

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