According to the the Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA), Nigeria will join other countries of the world to experience a total lunar eclipse on Monday, Jan. 21, 2019.

Felix Alle, head, media and public communications of the agency, said this in a statement on Friday.

A lunar eclipse is a celestial incident where the moon appears darkened as it passes into the earth’s shadow. It occurs only when the sun, and the moon are exactly aligned with the earth between the two.

“There will be a lunar eclipse over Nigeria on Monday, Jan. 21, 2019. The eclipse, expected to be total, will begin in the evening of Sunday and end on Monday.

The eclipse will start across Nigeria in the early hours of Monday at approximately 3:36 am to reach its maximum at 6:12am and end at about 6:43am. The total duration of the occurrence over Nigeria will be three hours and 15 minutes,” the statement read.

Alle said the lunar eclipse would, by 4.33am, become a partial eclipse, where the moon would start getting red.

He added that “at exactly 5.41am, a maximum eclipse of the moon which may be visible to human sight will be witnessed, while the moon eclipse is expected to end at 6.43am”. He said this year’s eclipse would be the last to be experienced until 2021.

The management of Fountain University, Osogbo, Osun State, has said it has commenced a probe into the circumstances surrounding an alleged attack on a student by the Dean of Students Affairs of the institution, Dr Abdulsalami Ibrahim.

It was gathered that Ibrahim approached a 300-level student, identified simply as Abdulhakeem, on Wednesday with a machete and ordered him to cut grass, but the student was said to have refused.

eyewitness, who pleaded not to be named, told our correspondent that the dean also asked the student for his matriculation number, adding that Abdulhakeem insisted on knowing why he wanted his matriculation number.

Angered by the student’s effrontery, Ibrahim was said to have physically assaulted him.

According to the eyewitness, the student was injured in the head and was immediately rushed to the hospital for treatment as he was bleeding heavily.

The eyewitness said, “This is not the first time that the dean has done this. He had in the past assaulted many other students on flimsy excuses. We are not here to be cutting grass or cleaning classrooms. The university has gardeners and cleaners, who are doing these.

“I guess, if not for the quick intervention of other lecturers and students, who took the injured student to the hospital, nobody could say what might have happened.”

A statement made available to our correspondent by the Public Relations Officer of the university, Mr Toyeeb Olayinka, stated that the management was currently investigating the incident with a view to taking appropriate actions against whoever was in the wrong.

He said there was no riot or protest on the university campus as a result of the incident.

The statement read in part, “Our attention has been drawn to the reported incident of a physical assault on one of our students by a university official, whose story has gone viral on the social media.

“We would like to inform the public that the matter is currently under investigation and appropriate actions will be taken thereafter.

“We hereby state in clear terms that there was no incident of riot or protest whatsoever on the university campus as being speculated in some quarters.

“I wish to reiterate that the university management is committed to the welfare, safety and security of all students in a peaceful learning environment and will not tolerate anything that will undermine the efforts being made to take the university to greater heights.”

A senior officer of the National Universities Commission, who pleaded anonymity, said the parents of the affected student should write to the institution to demand why their son was treated that way by the dean.

She stated that a copy of the letter should be sent to the promoter of the university, adding that it was only if the university fail to sanction the dean that the NUC could be involved in the case.

The NUC officer said, “The parents should write to the university that it has come to their attention that their son was brutally treated by an official of the university. They should state that they did not send their child to the university to be beaten by an officer of the school.

“The letter should ask the university management to explain to them what appropriate action has been taken against whoever did it. The NUC can only come in when the university fails to do something about it. Otherwise, it is an issue that the university, which is autonomous, can handle.”

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission says it has recovered a sum of $49,000 (about N17m) and five exotic cars from the mansion of a suspected Internet fraudster (popularly known as Yahoo boy), Tomilola Owootomo.

The vehicles are two Bugatti cars, a Mercedes Benz GLK, a Mercedes Benz car and a Porshe, while the house, a duplex, was valued at N300m.

EFCC seizes $49,000, N300m mansion from suspected Yahoo boy

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission says it has recovered a sum of $49,000 (about N17m) and five exotic cars from the mansion of a suspected Internet fraudster (popularly known as Yahoo boy), Tomilola Owootomo.

The vehicles are two Bugatti cars, a Mercedes Benz GLK, a Mercedes Benz car and a Porshe, while the house, a duplex, was valued at N300m.

It was learnt that EFCC operatives had raided the suspect’s house at Gwarimpa, Abuja, on a tip-off.

However, Owootomo, 22, evaded arrest.

The acting spokesperson for the commission, Tony Orilade, in a statement on Friday said fleeing Owootomo was one of the seven suspects whose locations were raided by the operatives on Wednesday.

He said six suspects – Chemezie Ezeife, John Onwochei, Joel Onwochei, Marvin Nwankwo, Prince Ojenike, and Jude Olatekobowale – were arrested.

Items allegedly recovered from Ezeife included a Mercedes Benz C300, a Toyota Camry and a Lexus Jeep, four laptop computers, a passport, several wrist watches, two iPhones, blackberry phones, and a Samsung phone.

Several suspicious emails were also said to have been traced to his account.

Orilade said, “Investigation into the activities of another syndicate traced to the Nova Estate in Apo, led to the arrest of two brothers, Joel and John. John, the younger brother, confessed that he got involved in Internet fraud as a student. He successfully defrauded one Miss Lynese from Zambia, using Facebook, in the guise that he was one Carlos Gomes, a British citizen. Joel confessed that his brother initiated him into love scam.

“Items found in his possession were iPhone 6 and iPhone 7. He also confessed to having a landed property in Benin, Edo State, all of which he acquired with the money he made from Internet fraud.  Two laptop computers, a white Range Rover Sport, white Mercedes Benz E350, and a grey Toyota Camry were recovered from him.

“The residence of the seventh suspect, Tomilola Owootomo, 22, was also raided at the Gwarimpa area, following information about his shady activities. Exhibits recovered from Owootomo, who is currently at large, are two Bugatti cars, a Mercedes Benz GLK, Mercedes Benz car, Porshe, $49,000 and duplex worth N300m.”

The spokesperson said the suspects would be charged to court after investigations.

A woman, Marie Jean Pierre, 60, has been awarded $21 million in damages after she was forced to work on Sundays as a dishwasher at a Miami hotel.

Pierre, who started work at the hotel in April 2006, claimed she told her employer that she would be unable to work on Sundays because she was a missionary for the Soldiers of Christ Church, reports The Washington Post.

I love God. No work on Sunday, because Sunday I honour God,” said the Haitian immigrant.

For most of the time that she was working at the hotel, her religious beliefs were respected and she was allowed her to have Sundays off. However, that changed in October 2015, after a kitchen manager insisted on scheduling her to work on Sundays.

Pierre had her pastor write a letter explaining it would be a violation of her religious beliefs to do secular work on the Sabbath — but the manager allegedly threw it away, according to a copy of a complaint Pierre would later file against the hotel chain.

The arrangement prompted Pierre to ask her co-workers to switch shifts with her if she wanted to take Sundays off.

This lasted until March 2016, when Pierre’s employment “was terminated for alleged misconduct, negligence, and ‘unexcused absences,’ ” the complaint stated.

In turn, Pierre filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, saying the hotel had discriminated against her religious beliefs.

Ultimately, she filed a lawsuit against Park Hotels and Resorts Inc. of Tysons, Va. (formerly known as Hilton Worldwide, which managed the Conrad), alleging the hotel had violated the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which bans employment discrimination on the basis of race, colour, religion, sex or national origin.

Pierre’s attorney, Marc Brumer, said the hotel had an obligation to “reasonably accommodate” their employees’ religious beliefs — and argued they could have easily done so for Pierre. Instead, he said, they charged her with absenteeism and fired her.

"Money wasn’t the issue it was riding on,” Brumer told The Washington Post in a phone interview. “My argument to the jury was, “We have to send a message to corporations. They have no heart. They’re businesses…Park Hotels and Resorts is a billion-dollar corporation. A million dollars wouldn’t be right. I mean, what would be the number that would change the world?”

On Monday, a federal jury decided what that number would be, awarding Pierre $21.5 million. Of that, $36,000 is meant to cover lost wages and benefits, while $500,000 is for emotional pain and mental anguish. The remaining $21 million is for punitive damages.

Despite the staggering figure, Pierre will receive at most $300,000 out of the $21 million because of a cap on punitive damages. However, Brumer noted that jurors did not know there was a cap.

“For them, it wasn’t really money. It was trying to right the wrong,” Bruner said. “It’s just a great day for religious freedoms and protection of workers.”

Attorneys for the hotel said they planned to appeal.

“We were very disappointed by the jury’s verdict and don’t believe that it is supported by the facts of this case or the law,” Hilton said in a statement to the news station.

“During Ms. Pierre’s 10 years with the hotel, multiple concessions were made to accommodate her personal and religious commitments.”

The Lagos State Government says it has fulfilled its promise to compensate the family of late officer of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority, Adeyemo Oke, who was murdered by a trigger-happy policeman, Olukunle Olonade, in December 2018 at Iyana Ipaja while on duty.

Presenting a N10m cheque to the deceased’s family on behalf of the state government on Friday at their Ipaja residence, the Permanent Secretary of the state Ministry of Transportation, Dr Taiwo Salam, said the late Adeyemo was a dedicated, loyal and committed traffic officer and servant of the state government who  would not be forgotten in a hurry.

Salam said Adeyemo’s death on duty was a testimony to his gallantry and commitment to restoring law and order to Lagos roads.

While praying for the repose of his soul, the permanent secretary enjoined the family to take the education of Adeyemo’s children and future seriously.

In his comment, the General Manager of the agency, Olawale Musa, described Adeyemo as a hero and someone that laid down his life for the service of God and humanity.

Musa said the agency, in appreciation of his contribution to freeing Lagos roads of lawlessness, chaos and impunity had instituted a merit award to reward hard-working staff members.

He added that the award tagged “Bakare-Adeyemo Merit Award,” was instituted two weeks ago to keep his memory and that of the late Surajudeen Bakare, who was killed in similar circumstances, would remain in the hearts of colleagues.

“The gallant officers did not die in vain as their good work will continue to be valued by the agency forever,” Musa stated.

He enjoined family of the deceased to take solace in his good work while noting that he had left his footprints in the sand of time.

The founder of Asiwaju Royal Furniture in Ojo, Lagos, Michael Asiwaju, popularly known as Mike Cash, has taken his own life following several rape allegations against him.

City Round learnt that Asiwaju died at a hotel in Lagos.

He was said to have taken a poisonous substance suspected to be Sniper and was met lifeless in his hotel room around 12am on January 13, 2019.

It was learnt that the father of one had checked into the hotel in the evening of the previous day.

Shortly before he committed suicide, he had expressed his intention via his Twitter handle, Asiwaju_limited, to end his life.

“Goodbye I’ll die soon. (I) am gone,” he tweeted at 7.35pm on Saturday, January 12.

Asiwaju was prominent on the social media platform with about 24,700 followers.

The post was the last of several tweets the deceased broadcast last Saturday, between 5.52pm and 7.35pm, in response to the allegations.

Last week, a Twitter user, @thatgoddess, had called out Asiwaju, noting that she had information about how he raped a woman inside his car. She, however, said facts about the allegation were still sketchy.

Later on, she posted a chat history between her and an unnamed woman, who claimed to have been raped by the young businessman sometime in May 2017.

In the chat history, the woman alleged that Asiwaju lured her into a hotel in Festac and forcefully slept with her.

The woman’s chat read in part, “I don’t want anyone linking me to this. He raped me. His full name is Michael Asiwaju. He owns a furniture company.  He’s also known as Mike Cash. He is mostly in Festac. He tried to lure me with money and gifts. He was asking me out and I refused. I was just fine being friends with him because he was a controlling person.

He said I’m his girlfriend and I just laughed about it cos (because) I never agreed to be his girlfriend. He always wanted me to come see him but I always refused. Then, he accused me of sleeping around with men. I ignored him and then he apologised. So he called me and said I should come hang out with him and his friends at the beach.

So I thought it was okay to go see him since it was an open place and his friends were gonna (going) be there.  So when it was time to leave the beach, he was supposed to drop me off at Lekki Phase I; then I’d get Uber to take me to my house. He also had to drop one of his friends at his hotel. So we were all in the car and then his friend dropped midway.
Mike said we had to go to his friend’s hotel to wait for him. I didn’t even understand what was going on but I didn’t mind cos (because) we were not alone. His cousin was there too.”

The accuser stated that when they arrived at the hotel, she waited at the lobby instead of checking into a room with Asiwaju. She explained that his cousin drove out in Asiwaju’s car and promised to come back soon.

She continued, “Mike kept telling me to go chill in the room instead of waiting at the lobby. He kept assuring me that I’d be okay. So I went to the room; (the) biggest mistake of my life. I really trusted that nigga.

“I was alone for a while, then he came in and locked the door. I started to panic. He started touching me and all that. I told him I wasn’t in the mood. So he said I was his girlfriend and he would have sex with me whether I was in the mood or not. I started to fight him and he became aggressive.”

But while replying to the allegations last Saturday on his Twitter page, @Asiwaju_limited, the late businessman said the women accusing him of rape were actually his girlfriends who he met on social media platforms.

He posted pictures of two of the purported girlfriends, claiming that they had fun together sometime in 2017 at a club, where he spent N500,000.

Asiwaju alleged that his former business partner, one Blessing, was behind the blackmail.

He wrote, “I (am) here, I’ll need to say my own side of the story. I know my former business partner sponsored this blackmail to destroy me cos (because) she’s contesting on the platform of All Progressives Congress.

“You all claimed I raped you? We met on the social media, I took you to a club, I spent N500,000 popping Champaign cos (because) of you and we had sex when am (sic) high and you call it rape? In 2017, you didn’t report to the police. In 2018, you didn’t report to the police. In 2019, you decided to blackmail me.
This two people (sic) and Blessing should be held responsible if anything happens to me. You came to visit me cos (because) you know I have money. We went to a club; I bought drinks worth half a million naira; we had sex inside my car you claimed I raped you just to tarnish my image.

We discussed sex before you came; all this happened in 2017. None of you reported me to the police. In 2019 cos (because I) am supporting PDP and my bestie is contesting under APC, she sponsored this thread to destroy me.”

Asiwaju stated further that the saga claimed the life of his ailing mother after she read the post online, adding that the blackmail had destroyed his family.

He wrote further, “This story made me lose my mum. Even when I called, I pleaded with these people to take down the post; that my mother just had (a) heart surgery. Imagine if I wanna pay back but I won’t cos I won’t be available.

“My advice for Nigeria girls; when you meet a guy, you like him cos he is rich; you talk sex before meeting him; don’t call it rape when he sleeps with you.

What will you gain from this blackmail? Imagine if I decided to come after you and your family? But I won’t. Now that you have blackmailed and destroyed me, wetin u gain (What did you gain)? My mother is gone cos of this; I can be gone too cos right now I’m not myself anymore.

“If you all want me to expose you, I still have your fucking nudes on my phone. Did I force you to send me nudes? Do you really wanna (want to) get exposed?”

Enraged Asiwaju subsequently posted a nude picture of one of the girlfriends purportedly sent to him. He also uploaded an 11-second video clip, showing a faceless naked woman caressing him erotically.

He continued, “You sent me this (a picture exposing breast and private parts) and we clubbed together; got high and you called me a rapist just to tarnish my image.

Someone DM this (another nude picture) to me on Twitter; why do you people want us to expose ourselves? Plenty big gals (girls) on this platform send me nudes that they want me. When I sleep with them and stop talking to them, they blackmail me.

“I don’t care anymore. My mother is dead. I’ll expose all of you. Why will you destroy me when I told you my mother just had (a) heart surgery? Now she’s gone; everyone is crying cos of your stupidity. Are you happy now?

You claimed I raped you. Bring police report. You feel blackmail will destroy me. Today might be the last time I tweet or breathe. Before you blackmail someone, think about their mental health. Are you happy now for destroying Asiwaju? Are you really happy Blessing?”

Further showing signs of being suicidal, Asiwaju, a single father, said his son would not live a regrettable life as he had made enough money for him to live on when he (Asiwaju) was no longer alive.

My mother is gone. What am I doing here? Let’s get dirty on social media; stop calling me again to stop posting. Asiwaju raped you; tell Nigerians what led us to sex. Don’t sugarcoat things to spoil my image.

“I met her on Twitter. She sucked my ass; she called me the richest guy she had ever met in her life and she’s among the people blackmailing me on Twitter. Imagine if I post her real face online. Goodbye I’ll die soon. (I) am gone,” he ended the tweets at 7.35pm.

While some commenters were curious to know the suicidal man’s location and how he fared afterwards, others cracked jokes about his woes. One of them asked for his original iPhone charger before he would execute his suicide plan, while another begged for N100,000.

Four days after the controversy played out, a police source told City Round that Asiwaju had actually killed himself at a hotel in Festac.

Although the time he arrived at the hotel could not be ascertained, it was gathered that his corpse was found in the room around 12am last Sunday.

The source said, “He checked into the hotel with another name entirely. He wrote his name as Prince Moses. For now, no one knew why he used another name. It was later discovered that his face was the same as that of a young businessman prominent on Twitter. The suicide might not be unconnected with rape allegations against him in the social media.”

When our correspondent visited the hotel on Thursday around 3pm, he met with a receptionist who identified himself simply as John.

This reporter requested to speak to the manager, but John said she was busy and asked to know the purpose of the visit.

After City Round told John about the suicide, he went back to inform the manager. About 20 minutes later, he returned to our correspondent and said the manager was still very busy.

Saturday PUNCH collected the manager’s phone number from John and promised to call her later in the day. But the manager’s line remained unreachable as of press time.

The Police Public Relations Officer in Lagos, CSP Chike Oti, confirmed the suicide. He said two bottles of Sniper was recovered from the incident scene.

He said, “We are investigating a possible case of suicide. We were alerted that a young man died in his hotel room and the Commissioner of Police was informed. He directed that the body should be evacuated and that a team of detectives comprising men from the forensic unit and men from the homicide section should investigate the matter.

“The body was inspected and there was no visible mark of violence on the corpse. Two bottles of Sniper, which we reasonably believed he must have drunk, was recovered from the hotel room. One of the bottles had been emptied while the other one was still unopened. The man checked into the hotel with the name, Prince Moses. Preliminary investigation revealed that the man was the owner of a business known as Asiwaju Royal Furniture.

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