Manchester United are in discussions with Anthony Martial over a new long-term deal at the club, according to Sky sources. 
The 22-year-old forward joined United in 2015, becoming the most expensive teenage footballer at the time with the fee rising to a possible £58 million.
Martial's failure to hold down a starting place under Jose Mourinho has led to speculation over his future, but it appears United are keen to keep the Frenchman at Old Trafford and discussions have been ongoing for several months.
Although United have the option to extend Martial's current contract until the end of the next season, the club are thought to be keen on tying him down to a longer-term agreement.
Martial made a flying start to his United career, scoring a debut goal against Liverpool as he went on to score 11 goals in his first Premier League season under Louis van Gaal's management.
However, Martial has struggled to build on that promise since Mourinho took over in 2016.
The former Monaco striker has made just 11 Premier League starts in each of his two seasons under Mourinho, scoring a total of 13 goals in that time.

Premier League referee Bobby Madley was sacked after sending an inappropriate message on social media featuring a picture of a disabled man, Sky Sports News understands.
It is understood the Snapchat message suggested the 32-year old would be able to win a race against the disabled man on a school sports day.
After the image was seen by the Professional Game Match Officials Limited, he was informed that his contract would be terminated.
It is understood Madley is presently relocating to Norway and, if selected, he will be able to continue working as a professional match official.
The Premier League have told Sky Sports News: "Bobby Madley is no longer employed by PGMOL.
"We understand he has decided to relocate due to a change in his personal circumstances."
Madley had officiated 91 matches in the Premier League since 2013 and also took charge of last season's Community Shield at Wembley.

These are very bad times for customers of First City Monument Bank (FCMB) as the bank appears to have lost its security edge over their competitors. In what some industry observers have termed the biggest theft of customers’ deposit, nine members of the bank staff have made away with a total sum of N500 million, and their whereabouts remain unknown, though the Nigeria Police have secured an arrest warrant from a magistrate court in Lagos to effect the arrest of the suspected fraudulent staff fingered in the heist.

The names of the bankers as declared wanted by the Police include : Linda Natufe Chekwube, Matthew Akpan Benny, Juwon Faromoh, Oluwasoji Ajetumobi, Ogunlaja Olasukanmi Ganiyu, Oshiojum Chibuzor Wilson, Akanaga Christian Chika and Nelson Omuzagha and Adeyemi Omitogun.
The suspects have been found to fleece depositors of their hard earned money through numerous crafty means. Ogunlaja and Chekwube were found to have fraudulently authorised overdraft totalling three hundred and eighty eight million naira (N388 million). Another duo was discovered to have fraudulently transferred customers’ monies to other accounts and closed the accounts without consent or authorisation from the accounts’ holders while others blatantly stole customers’ deposits undetected by the bank, which is fast becoming a safe haven for fraudsters perpetrating sophisticated scams.
FCMB customers’ accounts have continued to experience systematic theft for quite some time. Not a few industry watchers now cast aspersion on the Adam Nuru-led bank’s claims of being one of the most trustworthy financial institutions in Nigeria. Only recently, a staffer of the bank, Adejare Sonde (now relieved of his job), was arraigned on 12-count charge bordering on stealing N124 million of a depositor’s account.
The case was instituted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission at a State High Court sitting in Abeokuta, Ogun State. Sonde was accused of using his position as the account officer to a micro-finance bank to steal N124 million from the customer’s account. The petitioner, EFCC, alleged that Sonde collected cash from the micro-finance bank on several occasions totaling N124 million which were not credited into the customer’s account.
Further investigations revealed that the defendant (Sonde) allegedly doctored emails which he sent to the micro-finance bank as monthly statements of account, while there was no remittance in the account.
In the same vein, two officials of the bank, identified as Walter Ekomaye and Ebenezer Adelowo, were also arraigned on January 19, 2018 for allegedly making illegal withdrawal of N23 million from customers’ accounts and stealing N17.5 million from Automated Teller Machine (ATM) deposits.

A man who was invited as a guest at City 105.1 fm in Lagos, was caught on camera stealing a Macbook pro belonging to the company.  The CCTV footage from the company, shows the man briskly entering into one of the offices and taking away the Macbook.
A statement from the station reads
This guest at City 105.1 FM who was there under false pretences, made
off with a macbook pro belonging to a member of our staff. If you have
any information, please kindly contact us. In the attached files below, you will find pictures and videos of the theif caught in the act by our CCTV cameras. He came in 8:47 am on Friday,17th of August, 2018.

Photos/Video: Guest caught on camera stealing Macbook pro at City FM Lagos
Photos/Video: Guest caught on camera stealing Macbook pro at City FM LagosPhotos/Video: Guest caught on camera stealing Macbook pro at City FM LagosPhotos/Video: Guest caught on camera stealing Macbook pro at City FM Lagos

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Elo Ogidi, the four year old girl who went missing on July 8th while attending church service with her parents in Lagos, has been found.
According to her father who spoke with LIB, Elo was found in an orphange home in Benin city in Edo state. He said after her photo went viral last week, a lady called him that he saw a little girl that looked like Elo in an orphange in Benin city.  He then had a video call with Elo and confirmed that she was indeed his daughter. He said he would be in Edo state tomorrow to meet with her.

Four-year-old girl Elo Ogidi who disappeared during church service in Lagos has been found!

Ex-Big Brother Naija housemate and actress, Ifu Ennada has revealed how poverty almost made her acted in child porn at the age of 15.

'I remember how some man almost forced me into acting in Child Pornography. He said the money was good and would help liberate my family financially, but I knew that life wasn't for me. I just knew God would bless me and it wouldn't be from sleeping with people to get money or acting in such immoral films' she said.

She went on to say, 'I don't even know where the man is, last I heard of him, about 7yrs ago, he was terribly sick. Wetin I never see for this life? BeautIFU people of God, my story is changing one day at a time, if God can lift me up and change my story, he can do the same to you. Don't give up, keep working, have faith, your breakthroughs are closer than you think.

'My face was always significantly darker than my body because trekking long distances and hawking was a major part of my life then. I'm very grateful to God. I'm grateful to everyone one of you supporting me and making sure I stay on top. I love you all'.

Liberian President and former football star, George Weah awarded ex-Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger with the country’s highest honor in a ceremony today for services to African football that included launching Weah’s own successful career.
Wenger found Weah playing for Cameroon’s Tonnerre Yaounde and brought him to French side Monaco in 1988. The move paved the way for the striker at some of Europe’s top clubs, including AC Milan, Paris St Germain and Chelsea.  

Former Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger receives Liberia
In 1995 Weah was named World Footballer of the Year and won the Ballon d’Or making him the only African to win award.  
“You proved yourself as a teacher when you revolutionised forever the approach of scouting young talents all over the planet, particularly throughout Africa,” Weah said of Wenger during a ceremony in the capital Monrovia.  
Wenger was named a Knight Grand High Commander of the Humane Order of African Redemption, the highest rank in Liberia’s Order of Distinction. Fellow coach Claude Le Roy, who first told Wenger about Weah’s talent, also received the award.

37 year old artiste manager, Malcolm Olanrewaju who is the babydaddy of actress and former BBNaija contestant, Bisola, has died. Confirming his demise to LIB, Malcom's younger brother said he died at about 8pm yesterday, August 24th after a prolonged battle with an undisclosed ailment.

He is survived by his daughter with Bisola, Laila.

May his soul rest in peace, Amen.

A single Nigerian woman has waded in on the controversy that is currently going the rounds on whether it is appropriate for a woman to kneel down in front of her husband during her traditional wedding ceremony. Some feminists allege that the age long tradition should be abolished as women shouldn't be subjected to any man. This debate has generate so much controversy on social media as this single lady slammed ladies who feel it is not appropriate to kneel.
Read what she posted below:

Nigerian single lady says kneeling down on your wedding day shouldn

The daughter of late Reggae icon Ras Kimono who passed away on the 10th of June 2018 after a brief illness has opened up on dreaming about his death.

In this chat with Benjamin Njoku, Oge Kimono said:

My father was my everything; he was my best friend, my partner in crime. He was my gossip partner and also, my adviser. People have always asked me what I would miss most about my dad, and I told them I would miss everything about him.

There is no particular thing. Everything about him is what I would miss. He was true to himself. I’m yet to see anyone that has negative thing to say about him. All I have been hearing is that he was a good man, he was selfless, humble and dedicated. And that’s exactly what my dad was.

He was an open book to everyone. The bond we shared was such that people started suspecting whether I was his daughter or his girlfriend. At a point, we were that close because everywhere he was going I would accompany him.

Not growing up with my dad did not mean that he was not in my life. Every opportunity, he had to show me love he used it. He was always visiting me. And I think it was the best thing any musician would do for his kids; to keep them away from the limelight. To separate business from his family and my dad was one that made sure that every opportunity he had, while performing in the eastern part of the country, he would stop over to see me.

That was where the bond I shared with him started deepening. Growing up with my grand mum, I had the best of everythings. It was sweet memories. At this point, it hasn’t dawned on me that my dad is no more. May be, when everything is over and the sympathisers returned to their homes, the realization would definitely set in.

Since I returned to the country in 2010, I have been having dreams in this direction. I lost my grand mother first, then my mum and now my dad. The thought of loosing my dad has always crossed my mind. But God has been always faithful.

Like I said, I have been having dreams and may be , it was a way of preparing me to be able to be strong, to carry on with my life. I remember vividly the last dream I had of him.

In that dream, he was the one that called me and said that my dad was dead. The next morning I called him and relayed my dream to him. This was about three years ago. I cried profusely in that dream and I woke with my tear stained face the following morning. It felt so real that I had to put a call across to find out if he was okay.

The late Reggae star will be laid to rest in Delta state today.

May his soul rest in peace.

Justice, the Taxify driver who was accused of theft and fraud some days ago by a customer, has decided not to sue her anymore after she sent him an apology.

The lady named Agatha Grace accused Justice of fraud after she was charged 6,900 for a short trip from Aja to Lekki. Grace claimed Justice did not end the trip and continued to Surulere on her time. As a result, an exorbitant amount was deducted from her.

But Taxify has now resolved the issue, which is believed to have been a technical one, and Grace has gotten her money back.

She offered an apology to Justice in private but he initially asked that the apology be made public since he was disgraced publicly. He threatened to sue if she doesn't apologise publicly.

They eventually settled after Grace took down the post where she accused him.

Justice said that he was letting it go and will not sue her anymore based on advice he received from his pastor and people around him.

See the screenshots below;

Coming head on with some of nature’s toughest elements, female sailors told Toluwalope Kareem the dangers they deal with on daily basis in the line of duty.

There are few people in the world today that can boast of fulfilling their childhood dream. One of such persons is Titlayo Aderemi, a 32-year-old sea farer. Now a captain of a big vessel, she has been embarking on dangerous journeys across different waters over the last 10 years in the course of doing her job as a sailor. For her, embarking on such risk is more than a dream come true even though her father always wanted her to be a medical doctor. She lives every moment, grateful to God for the grace to achieve such feat.

“Being a sailor is more than a dream coming true for me,” she told our correspondent during a recent encounter. “As a child, I remember always acting like a captain while playing with my sisters. We would hold our waists tightly pretending to be on a ship and sailing. We would even make sounds with our mouths to make it look like we were on the sea. It was fun back then but I never knew this was indeed what God wanted me to do. I am happy to have been able to achieve this,” she added quickly.

But as happy as Aderemi is, working on the sea these past 10 years has not been completely smooth. In different forms and sizes, the young lady has come up against all sorts of dangers – some enough to frighten even a heart made of steel out of the profession.

“My eyes have indeed seen a lot of evils on the sea,” she said. “Though there is so much fun working on a ship, the dangers can many times scare you back to land.

“My first trial was an oil tanker vessel; I had to join the ship at sea. We were conveyed by a speed boat to the vessel and I had to climb a scaler. That was where I became scared.

“Another thing was that I was the only female among about 20 men in the first two vessels I worked with. Though the men saw me as one of them, there were times I would get scared by the fact that I was the only female among them. It was a very tough period for me.

“There were times I felt really depressed and wished I could run home. The thought of not seeing my loved ones again often created fear in me in those periods. These were times that the sound of the sea created fear in you.

“Apart from the fury of the sea, there is also the menace of pirates on water. I remember a particular day when our ship was hijacked by these bad guys. I was scared and hid in the toilet for more than 48 hours. I thought I was going to die that day. Eventually, we were freed from their hands.

“During rainy season, the sea is usually very rough and the ship stands the risk of falling overboard if not careful.

“There is also the issue of fire outbreak or the vessel hitting a rock and tearing underneath. The truth is that the sea is a very harsh place and one has to be fully aware and alert at all times so as to avert disaster,” she explained.

Though now married, Capt. Aderemi told Saturday PUNCH that one of the low sides of being a female seafarer is the difficulty in keeping a stable relationship. According to her, many ladies doing her kind of job usually find it tough maintaining relationships that can lead to marriage as a result of their long period away from home.

“As a result of our kind of job, we are usually away from home for a long period of time. “Before I got married last year, keeping a serious and stable relationship was usually very difficult. Whenever I tried to get involved in any relationship, they gave excuses that they wouldn’t be able to cope because they wouldn’t see me for a long period of time. It was quite tough.”

When asked how she has been able to balance her home with her job now, she said, “It’s not been easy. For now, I have been at sea for two months but while I was single, I used to stay longer. However, because of my husband, I try to go home every two months to be with him.

“There are days I really miss him and wish to hear his voice but due to poor connectivity at sea, it is difficult to make calls and browse the Internet.

“However, whenever I get the opportunity, I call him or we do video chat. Whenever I am not able to reach him, I just pray for his safety before going to bed. It is only by God’s grace that one can keep a stable home with this kind of job we do,” she said.

Like Aderemi, Capt. Sylvia Okafor is another young lady that has chosen the dangerous route of ekeing out a living on sea. A graduate of Biochemistry, she abandoned her childhood dream of becoming an astronaut to pursue a career in seafaring when she realised she wasn’t very good at physics – one of the key requirements for fulfilling such pursuit. Though she has since embraced her new life on water, the dangers, she reckoned, sometimes strike fear into her heart.

“I was inspired to take up this career path after coming in contact with one Indian captain while on training during a scholarship programme.

“My experience on water has been tough. I get a lot of discouragement from people, they tell me I am into a job that should be for men. Many of such persons have tried to talk me out of the job but I don’t listen to them.

“When going offshore, I always prepare myself for the dangers that are likely to occur. Most people say to me that I am brave and that is because I don’t think of the negative part.

“I am more optimistic. There was a time I was going offshore and the sea was very high, we just had to cope. A lot of people threw up and all. I had sea sickness drugs with me, so I used them and felt better.

“The truth is that due to the kind of job I do, it has not been easy for me to keep a stable relationship. Trying to start something has been a little bit challenging but I know that I will definitely find my husband one day.

“The last few years have been filled with dangers and uncertainty in every sense especially considering the type of job I do,” she said.

If not for the priceless support of her husband, Engr. Bassey Esiri’s life could have been more complicated today going by the kind of danger she faces while sailing on sea. On board for most part of the year, the mother of two has learnt to reduce her time away from home at a stretch to only one month these days. According to her, this new strategy has helped her recover well from the strain of working on deep and stormy waters that has been a staple of her job as seafarer.

“I came into this job wanting to prove to not a few people and indeed the world that women can succeed in this very difficult terrain.

“I was almost discouraged by some people while I was coming into the profession but I soon made up my mind that it was what I wanted to do. Even my husband didn’t like the idea at the time as a result of the dangers associated with the job.

“However, with time he supported me and today, he is one of my biggest fans. In fact, he takes care of the home whenever I am away at sea coming up against all sorts of risks.

“There are days that the storm would be so harsh that we would all fear that the ship was going to capsize and sink. Though I have never encountered pirates on sea before, I have faced all manner of uncertain situation while on water. It is by God’s grace that we come out of such situations at times,” she said.

Lured into the profession by her brother, Aliya Badejo, an engineer, has had a thrilling eight years on sea. Though Computer Engineering was her passion until seafaring was introduced to her, she has not had any reason to regret so far apart from the occasional fear that envelopes her when face to face with danger on sea. While narrating her experience in a recent chat with Saturday PUNCH, the 33-year-old described the journey so far as one filled with pains and gains.

“My experience as a female sailor has been wonderful,” she said. “But when you look at the discrimination from people and dangers we sometimes face while on sea, you’ll know that it’s not all rosy.

“We face a lot of discrimination. Some feel threatened because we are females; they expect us to be in the kitchen or at home. They try to bring you down by all means because you are a female in the profession.

“When you go to some companies, despite seeing all your certification, they still treat you badly. This shouldn’t be this way.

“As a person, I have never been scared of water. I wasn’t nervous on my first trial because it was already part of my training. But there have been situations that have really shaken one’s spirit in the course of this journey.

“There was a time pirates attacked our ship and we had to hide at a very dangerous part of the ship where the blade of the engine compartment could have sliced us to pieces. We thought we were going to die but the Navy rescued us.”

Like the others before her, the Ogun State-born lady confirmed that it was almost like a tug of war keeping a stable relationship while working on sea.

“It is really tough,” she explained. “You meet good guys but before long their patience wanes. They feel you are just wasting their time especially when you can’t see each other for months.

“I have lost quite a few relationships this way but I am hoping for things to change soon because I know I am not getting younger. Money is not the issue; the problem is having the time to keep the fire of such feeling burning. For many of us in this profession, it is indeed a tough life,” she added.

A drunk policeman identified simply as Ola SARS, who turned up for a party organised on Thursday to mark Sallah celebration at Transformer Bus Stop, Adiyan, in Ogun State, reportedly shot his friend to death.

The deceased,  36-year-old Ayinde aka Aye, and the drunk policeman were invited to the party organized by the father of the youth leader of the community popularly known as Azeez Terror. It was gathered that by 7pm, Ola SARS who serves in Abuja began misbehaving under the influence of alcohol. He reportedly shot into the air intermittently and refused to yield to cautions by other guests. He wanted to pull the stunt again when a bullet struck Ayinde in the chest.

While Azeez Terror, his father and the policeman fled the scene, Punch's correspondent gathered that the father of two was rushed to a hospital, where he died. Youths of the community reportedly staged a protest which caused pandemonium in the neighbourhood, and it took the intervention of the police to restore normalcy.

Speaking on the incident, a resident of the area, Bidemi said;

 “It was Azeez Terror’s father that organised the party for Sallah celebration. It is a yearly event. The youth leader invited his friends including Ola SARS and Ayinde. I learnt Ola SARS works in Abuja. The party commenced in the afternoon and there was no issue until around 7pm.

“He started shooting into the air after he became drunk. Nobody provoked him. As he wanted to fire another shot into the air, he misfired and shot Ayinde in the chest. He bled profusely and was rushed to the hospital. He died shortly afterwards.

“As I speak with you, Azeez Terror, his father and the killer policeman are still at large. It was very sad. The deceased was an estate agent and had two kids. His wife has been inconsolable since yesterday (Thursday).”

The police in Lagos state have arrested 29 year old Taiwo Akinola pictured above for trying to kill his mother, Alice Akinola so as to further his cyber fraud business ( to the bloody or ritual level (yahoo plus).

A statement by the police command spokesperson, CSP Chike Oti, says Taiwo who lives with his mother at No.2 Raji Ajanaku street, Alaja Road, Ayobo, Lagos, is a staunch member of the notorious Aiye confraternity.

At about 8am yesterday Sunday August 19th, Taiwo went to his mother's provision store in front of their apartment and told her to meet him inside the house for an important discussion and at same time sent his nephew, Faruk to go buy him a white handkerchief and a stick of cigarette.

As soon as his mother entered the house, the suspect attacked her, smashing her head with a plank, pressing iron and a UPS charger to ensure she didn't survive the ferocious attack.

When Faruk returned from the errand, he didn't see his grandmother in the shop so he went into the house only to see the poor woman lying in a pool of blood. Shocked by what he saw, the small boy raised the alarm which attracted neighbours to the scene.

They called the Divisional Police Officer in charge of Ayobo Division who arrived the scene with his team and promptly arrested the suspect and secured the scene for further investigation by the police forensic experts attached to the Homicide section SCIID Panti, Yaba .

The victim was rushed to an undisclosed hospital for treatment and was found to be hanging onto life. Right now, the doctors are battling to revive Mrs Alice Akinola presently unconscious Meanwhile the CP has paid the initial hospital cost which enabled the doctors to commence treatment.

During a brief interrogation, the suspect disclosed that he was asked to kill his mother in order to have more money. When his room was searched, the following exhibits were recovered in it, viz:

1. Two calabashes with one containing human skull and the other, a mixture of dark concoction;
2. A plank perforated with nails and stained with blood;
3. A pressing iron stained with blood;
4. A white handkerchief with which he wanted to scoop the victim's blood;
5. A bottle containing oil and labelled Back To Sender;

The Commissioner of Police calls on Lagosians to rise against all forms of crime and criminality. He added that the Command defeated the Badoo cult group with the help of people who provided credible and timely information to the police . He added that the time has come to root out the street cult groups. He notes that complacency is not an option in the face of threat to peace and security posed by these nefarious associations.

A 14-year old girl who was declared missing in Lagos unknown to her parents was actually inside their 43-year old neighbour’s room for two days and later confessed enjoying sex romps during the period.

P.M.EXPRESS reports that the victim revealed that she was comfortable and that was why she did not disclose where she was despite the fact that she knew her parents were looking for her.

The incident happened at Suberu Oje Avenue by Casso bus stop in Alagbado, Lagos where they resided.

However, the neighbour, Mr. Olaniyi Lawal, has landed in trouble after he released the victim and she told her parents that she was with Mr. Lawal for those days and had sex.

The matter was reported to the police; Lawal was arrested for abduction and rape.

P.M.EXPRESS scooped that the parents suffered serious trauma when the victim disappeared as they thought she had been kidnapped and reported to the police.

The neighbours including Lawal and the police formed search parties who were looking for the missing girl until she returned to her parents and revealed what happened.

It was gathered that the parents were angry that Lawal joined them in searching for the missing girl whereas he kept her inside his room and exploited her by having uninterrupted sex with her.

He denied abducting the victim and claimed that he did not rape her as alleged by her parents.

However, the police found him culpable because of the age of the victim and charged Lawal before Ogba Magistrates court for the offence.

The prosecutor, Inspector Donny Raphael, informed the court that Lawal abducted the victim, kept her inside his room and defiled her.

The Presiding Magistrate, Mrs. B.O. Osunsanmi, ordered that Lawal be remanded in prison custody.

The court directed the prosecutor to send the file to DPP for advice and then adjourned till 9th September, 2018.

P.M.EXPRESS gathered that if the DPP finds Lawal culpable and he was tried and found guilty, he will have to spend so many years in prison for the offence.

The Founder and head prophet of Christ Mercyland Deliverance Ministry, Warri, Delta State, Prophet Jeremiah Omoto Fufeyin, gifted some former commercial s-x workers some millions of Naira to start a new life, and it has created a buzz on the internet.

According to reports, the recepients are; Egbiremonien Mary who was trafficked and lured into prostitution in Paris and Jennifer Ariel from Abuja, who was allegedly deceived into prostitution by her aunt.

It was gathered that prior to meeting the prophet, the two ladies had decided that if the God of Prophet Jeremiah Omoto Fufeyin did not locate them, they would commit suicide to put an end to their misery.

After meeting the clergy and the Partners of Mercy Television, they ladies were blessed with the sum of seven million naira (N7,000,000) to start a new life.

Egbiremonien Mary got N4.5million while Jennifer Ariel received N2.5million to start a new life.

Four female pupils between the ages of 5 and 6 in the Early Child Care session of Migrant Framers Children School (MFCS), Aguibeje, Enugu Ezike, Igboeze North local government area of Enu­gu state have been allegedly defiled by their headmaster.

The incident which hap­pened on July 17, three days to the end of academic session for the pupils, has angered members of the community who described it as “an abomi­nation and desecration” of the customs and traditions of the community, adding that noth­ing like that had happened before.

Orient Weekend sources alleged that the headmaster lured the students to a bush close to the school with the promise of giving each of them first class positions after the term’s examinations and buying gifts for them before defiling them.

The alleged defilement was discovered by the mother of one of the victims when she spotted blood stains on the child’s vagina and decided to know what happened. Upon interrogation, the girl told her mother what happened: how her headmaster had lured them into the bush and started inserting his fingers in their private organs, prom­ising to buy them gifts and award them top positions in their classes ahead of their mates.

She continued, saying that the suspect, now at large, had approached her offered her a ride on his motorcycle, an offer she said she rejected. She said the headmaster then approached her three other classmates and told them that he would give them first posi­tions and buy them gifts and that they accepted to follow him.

After her friends had accept­ed the offer, the headmaster, yet again, approached her and told her that if she refused to follow them, that he would not give her first position in class. That was when she succumbed to his antics and followed him.

According to the victim, as narrated by her mother, shortly after they were lured into the bush, the headmaster started having carnal knowl­edge of them by inserting his fingers in their sexual organs which made her to develop pains around the region. “After the act, the headmaster brought all of them back to the school with his motorcycle before, yet again, taking my daughter back to the same location where he had defiled them and continued the acts all over again. When he had satisfied his sexual desires, he brought her back to the school where he had dropped her classmates and left”, the mother disclosed.

Orient Weekend further gathered that, after commit­ting the act and sensing trou­ble, the headmaster connived with the leader of the Neigh­borhood Watch in the com­munity to perfect his escape from the angry mob who had started a search for him.

Medical tests conducted on the pupils by their parents showed evidence of pene­tration. To further conceal the truth, the Neighborhood Watch came to the hospital where the tests were conduct­ed and took away the result.

“I was not around because I went to the farm. I was informed of the incident when I came back,” the father of one of the victim pupils. “I was told that my child came back from school and was complaining to her mother that her private part was hurting her because of what their headmaster had done to them,” he said, looking emo­tionally disturbed.

He continued: “so when her mother drew her closer to examine, she saw blood stains in her underwear. My child said they were four who were taken to the bush by their headmaster and defiled them separately but that hers was hurting her so much that she was crying,” he told Orient Weekend.

Attah said that after being told what the headmaster had done to his child, he rode his motorcycle to the home of one of the two teachers who assist the headmaster in the school to make inquiries.

“She told me she was not in school when the headmaster committed the act. I immedi­ately left there and went to the home of a second teacher and told her everything. She was shocked and followed me to the school but when we got there, nobody was around and she called the headmaster on phone but he was not picking up. We started looking for the man but he had escaped. We now went to the Neighborhood Watch to report the matter,” he narrated.

A community leader, who preferred not to be named, spoke to Orient Weekend on the incident. He said: “I was in my house when I got a phone call from my wife’s cousin who was crying and telling me that her child, one of the victims, was bleeding and almost dying. She said that the headmaster of their school lured her child inside the bush alongside three oth­ers and defiled them. She said he used his finger to penetrate and defile them and that they were bleeding,” he said look­ing downcast.

He further said that when he heard the story, he went straight to the particular village where it happened to find out the extent to which the matter had gone. “They told me that the matter was taken to the chairman of the Neighbourhood Watch. On enquiry, they said the man in question was brought there by the Neighbourhood Watch chairman of a neighbouring village who served as his sure­ty and took him back without questioning or interrogation. So, I became surprised and asked the chairman how he was then proceeding with the case, at which he got angry, questioning my interest in the matter,” he said.

The community leader said that, after the Neighborhood Watch chairman had spoken in that vein, he sensed foul play and rushed to the police to make an official report but their efforts at arresting the man was not successful.
“The police swung into action immediately but their efforts to get the man proved abortive. Several invitation letters were sent to produce the Neighborhood chairman at Aguibeje proved abortive. Now, the police division in charge of the case at Igboeze North local government area called me and told me that they had made efforts but the matter was again reported by the suspect to Udenu Area Command office and that the Area Commander had directed the Igboeze police to transfer the case file to them, even when he had not finished investigation or made any arrest in the matter as expected.

The DPO himself went to the community when he discovered the connivance between the headmaster and the Neighborhood chairman. Instead of taking the matter to the police, the chairman wants to suppress the case,” he said.

He said the headmaster, despite the invitation letter by the police, are still walking freely and no arrest warrant has been issued to bring him over for interrogation, prompting him to assume that the matter is being swept under the carpet.

To further seek justice for the pupils, the community leader, undeterred, travelled to Enugu to explore other options with NGOs and child rights groups to ensure that the perpetrator was arrested and prosecuted.
After he visited the Women Aid Collective (WACOL) and launched a complaint, the group petitioned the chairman, Enugu State Universal Basic Education Board (ENSUBEB), Ikeji Asogwa and the Enugu state police commissioner, CP Mohammed Danmallam.

A petition obtained by Orient Weekend titled: “Letter of Intervention” addressed to the duo, the group said “we write you with respect to a sad report that we received from a community called Aguibeje in Enugu Ezike, Igboeze North LGA of Enugu State.

According to the report, one Nathaniel Idoko, male, and the headmaster (Migrant) MFCS school at Aguibeje Enugu Ezike in Igboeze North LGA of Enugu state, was reported to have forcefully obtained carnal knowledge of four (4) underage female pupils, below the age of (6) six years.

The incident allegedly took place on the 17th of July 2017, in the office of the said Mr Nathaniel Idoko. The said headmaster allegedly used his fingers to perform sexual activities to the vagina of these innocent pupils, thereby de­flowering them in the process,” it read.

Part of the petition corrobo­rated the assumption that the Neighborhood chairman might have connived with the head­master to perfect his escape.

“Meanwhile, the Neigh­bourhood Watch chairman Aguibeje, one Mr Jude Urama (alias 2PAC) is reported to have disappeared since the incident after allegedly collecting money from Nathaniel Idoko, to aid his escape.

The petition further said “Again, our informant, a community leader in Aguibeje shared with us how himself and one of the victims’ father, Ezeugwu John and Ossai Jude reported the incident to the divisional police in Igboeze North LGA Enugu state. The police could not do much, as at the time of this report, because the suspect and the Neighbour­hood chairman are nowhere to be found.

The latest report is that the suspect has approached the Area Commander in Udenu, who is now calling for the case file in the matter, which is with the DPO in Igboeze North, and which files, investigation has not commenced at all.

We sense foul play and therefore humbly and kindly urge you to use your good office to investigate the matter,” the petition read.

The community leader also told this reporter that “since I started this journey of seeking justice for the pupils, I have re­ceived threats from the Neigh­borhood chairman and his boys. I made the threat known to the police.”

On the allegations that the head teacher might have defiled the pupils for ritual pur­poses, he said “we don’t know if he is a ritualist. We have heard stories that all these ritualists use blood for their sacrifice so we don’t know what this man had in mind in defiling the pupils.”

When Orient Weekend reached out to the headmaster of the school for comments, his phone line rang several times but he was not picking up. When subsequent calls were put through by this reporter, the suspect picked the call and when he heard the word “journalist” during formal in­troduction, he dropped the call and his line became switched off immediately. This reporter followed up with phone texts but none was replied.

The police public relations officer (PPRO) in the state, SP Ebere Amarizu, confirmed this incident when contacted and said a thorough investigation into it had commenced, prom­ising that the suspect would be charged accordingly when necessary.

Daniel, his mother Ngozi Nweze, Wilson and Elo­chukwu were victims of circumstance. After the death of their father in 1999, life became unbearable for them since their mother could not afford to provide the necessities of life for herself and the children.

Faced with this excruciating situation, Daniel the eldest son of the family, as a way of alleviat­ing their suffering, agreed to go to Owerri in Imo state, with his mother and his two other siblings – Elochukwu and Wilson.
The trip was bankrolled by one Amaechi Ukwa, ostensibly to assist the family but with ulterior mo­tives. It was gathered that, on their way, Amaechi Ukwa, unknown to them, had actually arranged the sale of Daniel to one Mr Solo from Mbaise who resold Daniel to one Madam Pepe at N340,000.
Trouble started when the sec­ond-hand owners of Daniel organ­ised a party and renamed Daniel ‘Jahbuike’. But Daniel refused to answer the name and told them that he would not answer any name other than Daniel.

Daniel, however, escaped from the house the night after the pur­ported renaming ceremony. After the incident, the buyer called Mr Amaechi to brief him about the boy’s escape and demand the return of the money paid on him. During the ensuing argument be­tween the two, Daniel overheard the conversation and escaped from the house. It was in the course of the escape that a police patrol team arrested him.

Daniel, however, took the police to his “master’s” place and the suspects were arrested only to be released after one week. Amaechi was said to have escaped from Imo state to Cotonou in Benin Republic. It was gathered that Amaechi had called his people in Umuezeokah in Ezza North local government area of Ebonyi state to send his wife back to her family and that he would not come back home anymore.

Daniel returned home through the effort of the Ebonyi state min­istry of women affairs on Friday July 27, 2018 since after his sale in June 2015.

Speaking to Orient Weekend, Daniel said: “My mother took me from Ebonyi to Imo state. She gave my siblings and me to one woman and, since that day, we have not seen her again. The woman took us to another man and said I had become the man’s child. One day, he called me ‘Jah Bu Ike’ and I told him that was not my name; that I remained Daniel Nweze.

“I was not schooling before I left for Imo. It was in Imo state that I started schooling. The man was taking good care of me. He had girl children and I was the only male child. I didn’t know that I was sold to him.
“I am in school and I am in primary four. The name of my school is Great Time Nursery and Primary school located in Oji, Okigwe”.

Daniel’s uncle who reported the matter to Family Law Centre before taking it to the ministry of women affairs, Ven. Silas Nweze said the boy, his two siblings and mother were taken away from the village on 15th June, 2015 and that, since then, he had been restless as he had not heard from them except once when Amaechi Ukwa who took them to Imo with­out his consent. Ukwa, he said, once called to tell him he would not return to the village through­out his lifetime.

“It was on July 2018 that I got a message that policemen from Imo state came to our family with Daniel. I rushed to Imo state to find out what happened. When I went to Imo, I saw Daniel in police custody. On inquiry, I was told that somebody sold him. The police told me that a man from a compound close to our house took Daniel, two brothers and their mother on one Eke day to Imo state and then disposed them.

“He sold Daniel to one Solo from Mbaise, Imo state who took Daniel and resold to one Madam Pepe at the rate of N340, 000. I reported the matter to a family law centre in 2016. Rev. Fr. Abraham Nwali, who is in charge of Welfare and I ran to the state commissioner for women affairs, Mrs. Rebecca Og­buewu. Since then, we have never heard about the mother of Daniel.

“It is only once that we heard from the man who took them to Cotonou and it was in 2015. One Amaechi Ukwa was the one who took them to Imo state. It was only once that we heard from Amaechi and when we called, Amaechi told us that he would never step into the community again that he was residing at Cotonou.
“He told us that he will never come to our place again that we should forget about him.

He told the family that they should send his wife and the only child he has back to the woman’s family. I re­ported the matter to our tradition­al ruler and Family Law Centre in Abakaliki. Our traditional ruler and the entire community are aware of this matter.

“Daniel, the two siblings and mother were taken away from the village on 15th June, 2015. Then on July 27, the information came to me and I took up the matter and reported to the traditional ruler and the entire community”, he said.

Receiving Daniel, the state com­missioner for women affairs and social development, Mrs. Rebecca Ogbuewu said the journey to the recovery of the boy was hectic and thanked God for the successful recovery. Ven. Nweze reported the matter to her office and she has been battling to ensure that he was released.

On her part, the desk offi­cer NAPTIP and head of child development ministry of women affairs, Mr. Godwin Igwe, thanked stakeholders of Ezza North for their financial support during the process of recovering Daniel.

APC National Chairman, Adams Oshiomole, says since Senate President Bukola Saraki, has defected from the party he rode on to become the number 3 citizen in Nigeria, it will be honorable for him to resign his position as senate president. Oshiomole said this while speaking to state house correpsondents after a meeting with President Buhari yesterday August 1st.

According to Oshiomhole, it is a matter of honour for Saraki to leave “the crown in the family it belongs to.”

''Whatever is the reason, we can defect from the party but we can’t defect from Nigeria. The only thing is that there are other consequential issues that every man or woman of honour who had taken such decisions would be expected to follow through. I mean you should not collect a crown that belongs to a family and wear it on behalf of the family if for your personal reasons which he has enumerated that he has gone to another family. It is just a matter of honour to leave the crown in the house that the crown belongs to. As it stands even now, the APC is still the largest party in the Senate. We have 53 senators, that is much more than what the PDP has, or APGA has'' he said

Popular Nigerian Blogger, Linda Ikeji has arrived in Atlanta ahead of her baby's delivery.

She wrote;

"Dear Atlanta City, your girl is here! First time in Atlanta. I always only passed through. Who wants to show me around? "

She said she cant wait to meet her prince, that means it is a boy she is expecting.

She wrote;

"Countdown to when I'll meet my prince. Sometimes I can't breathe just thinking about it"

The Lagos Zonal office of EFCC on Wednesday, August 1, 2018, arraigned the trio of Gbadegun Isaiah Abiodun, Oladipo Oladapo and Afolabi Peter Albert, before Justice Chuka Obiozor of the Federal High Court sitting in Ikoyi, Lagos on a five-count charge bordering on conspiracy and money laundering to the tune of N177, 300,000(One Hundred and Seventy-seven Million, Three Hundred Thousand Naira).

The defendants, who are staff of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Osun State, were alleged to have conspired amongst themselves to receive a cash payment of a sum of N177, 300,000 from a former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Allison-Madueke, on the eve of the 2015 general election, without going through a financial institution.

One of the counts reads: "That you, Gbadegun Isaiah Abiodun,  Oladipo Oladapo and Afolabi Peter Albert and others at large, on or about the 30th day of March 2015 in Nigeria, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, conspired amongst yourselves to accept  a cash payment of the sum of N177,300,000( One Hundred and Seventy- seven Million, Three Hundred Thousand Naira Only), which exceeded the N5,000,000.00( Five Million Naira) Limit, without going through a financial institution, contrary to Section 18 and punishable under Section 16(2) of the Money Laundering Prohibition Act 2011 (as amended by the Act NO.1 2012 ).”

The defendants pleaded not guilty to the charge preferred against them.

In view of their pleas, the prosecution counsel, Iheanacho Ekele, asked the court for a trial date and prayed that the defendants be remanded in prison custody. Counsel to the defendants, Dapo Esan, informed the court of application for bail, which was filed today, and prayed the court for a short adjournment to argue the application.

He also urged the court to remand the defendants in EFCC custody on the grounds of ill health. Consequently, Justice Obiozor adjourned the case to August 7, 2018 for hearing of the bail application and ordered the defendants to be remanded in Ikoyi prison.

A Nigerian lady looking for a husband has revealed the qualities he must poses before they can get married.

The lady identified on Twitter as @WitWinnie, says her lucky man must be a first class graduate and also have a very good government job. She also listed that he must be well raised, feminist, calm and collected, among others.

She wrote:


1. First Class (Academically/Thoughts)
2. Street Smart
3. Feminist
4. Well Raised
5. Fixer
6.Very good Government Job or Multinationals)
7. Kind and humble
8. Calm and Collected (I hate talkatives. I love very intelligent listeners. They listen to grab, dissect and drop.

9. Fears God. That’s it!!! So simple and easy. As for riches, don’t worry! It will come.

If you don’t have sense, no matter the plenty money…you will never be the father of my children! I don’t have strength to be shouting.

This list isn’t for you people on here! Just 10% of men on Naija twitter fit in here.

The Lagos State Government has credited N466.855m to the Retirement Savings Accounts of 187 of its retirees, including those of the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), under the Contributory Pension Scheme for the month of July 2018.

The State Commissioner for Establishments, Training and Pensions, Akintola Benson-Oke, who disclosed this recently, stated that in spite of the scarcity of funds, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode prioritises the payment of pensioners by making sure funds are released every month for payment of their entitlements.

He said the present administration had so far paid more than N38.5 billion to 9,401 retirees.

The Director-General, LASPEC, Mrs. Folasade Onanuga in her welcome address said that the Lagos State Government will continue to play the ‘mother-hen’ role, by ensuring the regular payment of pension benefits to retirees as at when due.

Onanuga used the opportunity to advise retirees on the importance of putting their houses in order for any eventuality by making sure they write their WILL whilst they are still active, imploring them to also be active in retirement, to sustain their good health.

Barely a week after she held a classy birthday bash in Cotonou, promising actress, Modupeola Eniola Odunsi aka Pharadupson, who is currently one of the wave making actresses in the Yoruba Movie genre of Nollywood, has confessed publicly that she is not ready to get down with any man who cannot last more than an hour in bed.

The pretty role interpreter, whose new flick “Obsession” is currently showing on Libra TV on YouTube, said this during her birthday celebration in Benin Republic, where correspondent had an exclusive chat with her.

According to her, “i am so delighted to see another year. I give God all the glory. In the last 365 days, a lot has happened, many souls have gone but God spared my life till date. My career is improving day by day. It is not by my power but it is God’s wish”.

On what marriage means to her, Eniola, who is one of the Nigerian entertainers keeping a scandal free profile, revealed that “marriage is not for everybody but it is a good thing that is expected from a reliable man and a woman. It is not something you rush into because if you make such move simply because of what people are saying or pressure from your family, my dear you will rush out. So, I want to take my time before I pick a man who will be my husband till Jesus come”.

On your last question, I am not the type who sleeps around. Many of today’s guys are not reliable. Many take drugs before getting down with a woman which I am not interested in. If you must have anything with me as a man, you must be very strong in bed. I am ready to marry a man who can satisfy me sexually, at least for an hour. That automatically gives him assurance that I won’t jilt him. It is very disheartening hearing that a married woman is cheating on her husband. One of the problems that can influence such, is when you don’t satisfy her sexually or not caring about her. I have pledged not to cheat on my husband and that is the main reason i am still single”, Odunsi explained.

A 25-year-old housewife, Imaobong Bassey, has approached an Akwa Ibom State High Court sitting at Uyo, to seek dissolution of her nine-month-old marriage to a retired civil servant.

The woman claimed that her husband was unable to satisfy her sexually. Imaobong, a student of Business Management at the Uyo City Polytechnic, said her husband was addicted to alcohol, cigarettes and gambling.

She added that gambling had made her husband a wretched and irresponsible family head to the extent that he had sold all the gifts donated during their wedding and traditional marriage.

Imaobong also accused her husband of not being able to sexually satisfy her in bed, as he “keeps complaining of I’m weak and tired”.

She said: “My Lord, my husband started misbehaving immediately after our wedding. I tried to cope with the situation, hoping that he will change from the bad behaviour but nothing changed.

He cannot make me happy in bed as a woman. I want the court to dissolve our union because I am tired of this marriage.

The love between me and my husband has turned sour.” Her husband denied all the allegations against him, saying that his wife was the cause of all that happened to their marriage.

Mr. Bassey promised to narrate his own side of the story when called upon for defence. The case was adjourned till August 13 for continuation of hearing.

A 45-year-old bricklayer, Mohammed Sani, has been arrested by the FCT Police Command for allegedly sodomising an 11-year-old boy in the Mabuchi area of the city.

The victim, who is an apprentice at a mechanic workshop, told PUNCH Metro that his friend introduced him to Sani.

He added that whenever Sani had sex with him, he would give him N20 to buy biscuits and would warn him not to tell anyone about what transpired.

The victim said, “When I was at the workshop some months ago, my friend told me to come, saying someone had a job for us. When I got to the man’s place, he took off my clothes and raped me.

“After he had finished, he gave me N20 to buy biscuits. He told me that if I told anyone, he would beat me.

“After that day, he continued to do it with me. Sometimes, he would give me N20, while some other times he would give me N30.”

The victim told our correspondent that the suspect sodomised him many times between March and July.

However, nemesis caught up with the suspect last Thursday when the victim returned home late and could not explain to his mother where he had been.

Speaking to our correspondent, the mother of the victim, Mrs Yakubu, said she did not know that her son had been a victim of defilement for several months.

On how she found out, Mrs Yakubu, said when her son returned late from the workshop, she asked him where he had been and why the clothes he wore were different from the ones he put on when he was going to work.

Mrs Yakubu, who is a widow, said, “Usually, my son closes from work at 6pm and whenever he leaves the shop, his master would call me to inform me. So, I waited for hours for my son to return home.

“He came back around 10pm, and when I asked him why he was just returning home, he said he had a very busy day.

“I also noticed that he was wearing an oversize pair of trousers. When I asked who gave it to him, he said it was one ‘uncle’. So, I punished him and asked him about the relationship between him and the ‘uncle,’ but he initially refused to speak.”

The victim’s mother said when he could no longer bear the punishment, he confessed that Sani had been sodomising him and had threatened to kill him if he exposed him.

“I was disappointed in my son because he used to tell me things. I never expected him to be so secretive,” the widow said.

Sani, who is married, told PUNCH Metro that it was the devil that pushed him to do it.

The bricklayer said he was ashamed of himself and asked his young wife to forgive him.

“I cannot really explain what came over me. I was not like this before,” he said.

When our correspondent asked him if he was defiling the young boy for spiritual reasons, the suspect said no.

The suspect’s wife, while speaking to our correspondent, said she was disappointed.

Mrs Sani said even though she had not given birth to any child for her husband, he was patient with her and wondered why he would indulge in such an evil act.

Police investigations, however, revealed that Sani might have defiled other young boys in the area.

A woman, Sefia Panshak, told our correspondent that she believed her 10-year-old son might have also been defiled by the alleged paedophile.

The boy, however, said the suspect used to hug him.

“The man only used to hug me and give me N400 whenever he sends me on an errand,” the boy said.

The spokesman for the FCT Command, Anjuguri Manzah, confirmed the incident adding that investigations were ongoing.

He said, “I can confirm the incident. Investigations are ongoing and the suspect will be transferred to the Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department.”

A judge of the Akwa Ibom State High Court, Justice Okon Okon, escaped death on Tuesday as some convicts attacked him on the court premises in Uyo for sentencing them to death.

It was learnt that as soon as the presiding judge pronounced the death sentence on the kidnappers, the convicts started to abuse him. They also threatened to kill the Akwa Ibom State Government’s prosecution team.

The criminals later went berserk, destroying the window of the courtroom and causing pandemonium along Ikot Ekpene Road, where the court is located.

A source said, “The situation became messy, as litigants and lawyers in other courts ran helter-skelter for dear lives.

“For about an hour, the kidnappers refused to leave the courtroom. It took the intervention of a combined team of soldiers and policemen to take the convicts to a waiting prison vehicle.”

The names of the convicts were given as Bernard Ajomaya, Christian Naya, Daniel West and Shedrach Dala.

They were accused of kidnapping a medical expert in Uyo, Dr Usen Bassey, on May 19, 2015, and demanding N10m ransom.

They were later arrested with part of their loot, the passport and financial documents belonging to the doctor.

The residents of Morounfolu Street in the Ogba area of Lagos State have expressed shock over the death of a generator repairer, Olatunji Opadiran, who committed suicide after hanging out with friends.

PUNCH Metro learnt that Opadiran on Monday committed suicide by hanging himself with a rope tied to the hook of a ceiling fan in his apartment.

It was gathered that Opadiran had earlier gone out with his friends before coming back to his room around 6pm to carry out the act.

One of the residents, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told PUNCH Metro that Opadiran never showed any sign that he was going to commit suicide.

He noted that his (Opadiran) friends thought he wanted to go and sleep at home.

He said, “He had earlier gone out with three of his friends and while coming back, he saw one of his friends and stayed with him for a while but all of a sudden, he said that he was hungry and his friend got him food to eat.

“After eating, he left for his house but the friend later went to look for him there, thinking he went to sleep like he used to do when he is tired.

“After knocking and calling out his name without any response, the door to his room was broken and he was found dead dangling from a rope.”

The source noted that Opadiran’s death was still a surprise to the residents of the street.

He added that the deceased’s father, who had earlier gone out, was not allowed to see the corpse when he came back.

“We heard that some atonement rites will be performed before he can be buried,” he said.

The state Police Public Relations Officer, CSP Chike Oti, confirmed the incident and said the body had been deposited in the morgue of the Ifako General Hospital.

He said, “We received the information around 6pm through a phone call that one Olatunji Opadiran commited suicide by hanging himself and the detectives swung into action.”

The police on Wednesday said they had arrested 19 suspected cultists in Imeke, a suburb of Badagry, Lagos State.

SP Samson Akhiromen, the Divisional Police Officer in Badagry, disclosed this when the new District Correspondent of News Agency of Nigeria for the area, Mr Raji Rasak, visited the divisional office.

Akhiromen said that the suspects were arrested at about 11 p.m. on July 27 when the suspects were having a meeting to carry out their nefarious activities.

According to him, a reliable source from the city gave useful information that led to the arrest of 18 males and one female suspects.

The DPO, who led the team of policemen that arrested the suspects, said they were caught with two machetes, nine mobile phones and charms.

“We got information from a reliable member of the public that some cult members were meeting in Imeke area.

“I led a team of officers under my division to the place and 19 suspected cultists were arrested.

“Although they denied being cult members, they said they were traditional worshippers known as `Ogun worshippers’.

“But their members who had renounced membership recently identified them and they were subsequently arrested immediately,” he said.

Akhiromen said that the case had been transferred to the Lagos State Police Command, Ikeja, for further investigation.

He urged members of the public to always provide the police with useful information on the activities of criminal elements in the society.

He added that with such information, communities would be free from criminals and cultists.

The National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress, Mr. Bolaji Abdullahi, has tendered his resignation to the party leadership, according to a statement he issued in Abuja on Wednesday.

On his unverified Twitter handle Bolaji Abdullahi @BolajiAbdullahi, he had tweeted:

“In view of recent political developments in the country and within the All Progressives Congress (APC), I have decided to resign my position as the National Publicity Secretary as well as my membership of the party with effect from today.

“In the last few days, I have had to endure the flagrant usurpation of my role as the spokesman of the party in a manner that I consider unbefitting of a ruling party and inconsistent with my ethical standards.

“I have served the APC honestly and to the best of my ability and when I stood for and won my election at the last convention, it was a keen desire to continue to do so.

“However, in a situation whereby my loyalty is constantly brought into question; my subordinates deployed to subvert my office; and my views constantly second-guessed on the basis of my political affiliation, it has become imperative for me to review my position.”

He posted this on Twitter some few minutes ago:

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