April 2020 - ESUT PARROT

Man r.a.p.e.s teen wife to death days after marriage in Jigawa

Jigawa State Police Command has arrested a 30-year-old man, Alasan Audu, for allegedly r.a.p.i.n.g his wife to death days after she denied him s.e.x for 20 days after their wedding.

Audu reportedly r.a.p.e.d 17-year old Hansa’u to death on the 21st April, 2020, at Kankarelu village in Ringim Local Government Area, Jigiwa State.

The spokesman of the Command, SP Abdu Jinjiri, who confirmed the incident last Thursday said the teenage wife had another person she had in mind but her parents betrothed her to Audu she never wanted to get married to.

However, she was forced to get married to Audu and when he wanted to have s.e.x with her, she refused and Audu forcefully r.a.p..e.d her to death.

Audu may likely face a charge for murder which attracts life imprisonment if he is tried and found guilty before the Court over the alleged offence.

Jinjiri said the Police removed the corpse and took to the hospital where it was confirmed dead by a medical doctor and deposited for autopsy report.

He said the investigation revealed that the suspect, Alasan Audu, was not the one the deceased prepared to get married to but was forced to get married him.

Jinjiri said after interrogation, the suspect confessed committing the crime.

“At about 0400hrs, I went to her (the deceased) as a husband, but she turned my request down. I then used force on her to satisfy my s.e..x.u.a.l desire.”

Police spokesman said the case was still under investigation and will be taken to court for prosecution.

Tragedy averted as tankers spill fuel in Lagos

A petrol-laden tanker fell and spilled its content on the road on Wednesday at Western Avenue, Ojuelegba area of Lagos State, thereby sparking panic amongst residents of the area.

The Punch gathered that the yet-to-be-identified driver lost control of the vehicle after it developed a mechanical fault while in motion.

A resident of the area said the incident happened on Wednesday evening but the spillage continued into the night, thus creating apprehension in the area.

“There is a truck loaded with fuel that fell between National Stadium and Ojuelegba. This happened around 5:30 pm. Thank God the firefighters came around but till this moment the content has not been evacuated. Please this is disaster awaiting,” the resident said.

In a statement on Thursday morning, the General Manager, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu, said no fatality was recorded, adding that emergency responders had cordoned off the area to prevent a secondary incident.

He said, “LASEMA has tactically averted more oil spill fires in Lagos with timely recoveries of two oil tankers spewing their highly combustible contents from Lagos roads.

“Upon arrival at the scene of the incident, it was discovered that a Conoil tanker with unknown registration number loaded with 33,000 litres of PMS lost control while in motion and fell sideways as a result of a suspected mechanical fault.

“This led to the contents spilling on the main carriageway and obstructing vehicular activities. There was no loss of life nor injury sustained at the scene.

“In a similar development at Mile 2, inward Berger, the team recovered another fallen diesel tanker loaded to its 45, 000 litres capacity that fell and spilled its content which constituted a grave danger to lives and properties to residents in the area.

“A joint effort comprising the LASEMA Response Team, Federal Fire Service, LASG fire service, Police and LNSC officials worked together to cordon off and blanket the areas to prevent a secondary incident. Recovery operation ongoing.”

Photos: Internet fraudsters bag two years jail term in Kaduna

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Kaduna Zonal Office has secured the conviction of two internet fraudsters on April 29, 2020.

The convicts whose names were given as Idahosa Bobby and Aidamebor Israel were convicted for offences bordering on internet fraud.

A statement from Tony Orilade, Acting Head, Media and Publicity Unit of the Commission on Thursday indicated that they were arraigned before Justice Mohammed Tukur of the State High Court sitting in Kaduna, Kaduna State.

According to the statement, “The convicts were each arraigned on separate one-count charge bordering on online fraud and for possession of fraudulent documents.”

Idahosa and Israel were said to have been arrested by a team of operatives attached to the Intelligence and Special Operations Section (ISOS) following intelligence report indicating their involvement in cybercrime.

The charge against Bobby reads: “That you, Idahosa Bobby sometime between January to March 2020, in Kaduna, within the Kaduna Judicial Division of this Honourable Court, did attempt to cheat by impersonating one Waseelah6 using her Instagram account and in such assumed character, sent scam mails to unsuspecting citizens and you thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 57 of the Penal Code Law of Kaduna State 2017 and punishable under section 309 of the same Law.”

The charge against Israel reads: “That you, Israel Aidamebor sometime in 2019 at Kaduna within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court of Kaduna State, did fraudulently induce one Mr Eyup, a Turkish national to disclose his full personal and security information which he would not have done but for your deceit by impersonating one William Illumie, an Illuminati agent via WhatsApp, a social media account and thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under section 142(1) of the Kaduna State Penal Code Law No.5 of 2017.”

They pleaded “guilty” as charged.

Upon their plea, counsel for the EFCC, E.K. Garba and M. Lawal reviewed the fact of the cases.

Having found them guilty, Justice Tukur, sentenced Bobby to two years in prison with an option of N100,000.00 fine, and Israel to two years in prison with an option of N200,000.00 fine.

Photo: Three Togolese arrested in Oyo for illegal migration

Three Togolese were arrested wednesday by men of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Oyo State Command, at Odo-Omu area of Iseyin Local Government after they escaped the border patrols from the Republic of Benin through Saki to arrive Iseyin on Tuesday.

It was learnt that the three Togolese, namely Mr. Commando Kwasi, Mr. Eberivie Isiaq and Ms. Kemi Terivie, a mother of one, traveled to Cotonou, Republic of Benin in January and came back for the new farming season after the

Federal Government of Nigeria has announced a total blockade of country’s borders following the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic to stem its spread.

The Chairman of Iseyin Local Government, Mr. Mufutau Abilawon, alongside the representatives of Aseyin of Iseyin, Mr. Ismahil Odubiyi and medical members of the COVID-19 committee in the council, were at the residence of the foreigners to ascertain their travel history and medical condition.

Abilawon said: “As directed by Oyo State Governor, we are to fish out any case of illegal incursion of foreigners or COVID-19 case as the government is working day and night to stop the spread of this deadly disease.

“Members of the COVID-19 committee are here with us and they have questioned the individuals to know their health status and travel history, but we are not stopping at this, we need to have an emergency meeting with all the community chiefs (Baales) tomorrow morning to warn them to desist from harbouring foreigners till this crisis is over.

“These are agrarian communities and some of these foreigners are to assist farmers during planting season. But we have to face the reality, our lives are more valuable than any other thing, we must curtail their influx.”

One of the immigration officials, who spoke at the scene under condition of anonymity, said one of the Togolese had been around before this week while the other two, Eberivie Isiaq and Kemi Terivie, just arrived.

Zamfara declares COVID-19 patient wanted

Zamfara State Government has declared wanted, one Jamilu Shinkafi, who was tested positive for coronavirus but could not be found afterward. The state Health Commissioner, Yahaya Kanoma told The Punch that Shinkafi absconded after he was confirmed positive for the virus, noting that efforts were being intensified to track him wherever he was hiding.

“We are still searching for him. He was in Abuja yesterday and today he left for Kaduna. We will surely arrest him.

“We even informed the Federal Ministry of Health about this sad development and Insha Allah, we are going to track him and arrest him,” he said.

Kanoma said the state government has ordered the disinfection of Jamilu’s house as well as the entire area.

He appealed to the people of the area who had recent contact with Jamilu to report to the isolation centre for testing

Facebook to allow artists charge fans to access their live streams during this pandemic

Due to the global pandemic, many artistes’ shows have either been postponed to new dates or indefinitely. But fortunately, their inability to tour is gaining a new way for them to make money during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Facebook has announced it’s adding an option that will let creators charge viewers to watch live streams on the platform.

“To support creators and small businesses, we plan to add the ability for Pages to charge for access to events with Live videos on Facebook – anything from online performances to classes to professional conferences,” Facebook said via its Newsroom.

With this new option, artistes could stage virtual concerts with ticket prices. It may also present a way for the “Verzuz battles”, which have become extremely popular on Instagram Live, to become a money-making enterprise for the participants.

With these battles having viewership numbers upwards of 500,000 people, and artists like Tory Lanez bringing in more than 300,000 people to his “Quarantine Radio” livestreams, there is a real potential to earn a substantial revenue. Even if artists are able to convert a small percentage of those viewers to pay for their Facebook livestreams, it could result in a solid profit.

The upcoming feature is one of the multiple changes the social media platform is making in light of the global pandemic. Facebook is bringing back Live With, which allows users to livestream with another person. The company is making it possible to add a donate button to live videos too, aiding users in raising money for nonprofit organizations.

However, Facebook hasn’t announced when exactly users will be able to start charging for livestreams. It also hasn’t revealed how much of a revenue share it will be receiving once the feature is introduced.

Just in! NURTW boss, MC Oluomo loses mother

Chairman of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), Lagos State Council, Alhaji Musiliu Akinsanya popularly known as MC Oluomo has lost his mother, Alhaja Zinat Abebi Omotowo.

According to Mc Oluomo, she passed on around 7am today.

Her Janazah (interment) already held at the Akinsanya’s Lagos home near Ejigbo NNPC in accordance with Islamic rites.

She was aged 87.

TV anchor caught with half-n.a.k.e.d woman during live broadcast - and it's not his girlfriend

The Spanish TV host, Alfonso Merlos has been accused of cheating after a half-n.a.k.e.d woman walked into shot during one of his at-home news broadcasts – a woman who was not his girlfriend.

Merlos, 41, was presenting a report on the Estado de Alarma channel from his home when a woman, appearing to only be wearing a bra, walked through the room, in view of the camera.

Eagle-eyed viewers noted that the woman was not Merlos’s girlfriend, Big Brother star Marta López, but 27-year-old journalist Alexia Rivas.

Oh, the scandal…

As the extremely awkward on many levels moment went viral, Merlos stayed quiet for days on the cheating accusations.

However, he later broke his silence on The Ana Rose Show, apologising to López but claiming that they had broken up when Rivas was seen in his apartment.

The journalist said: ‘If you think that my attitude has not been correct or that there are things that I have not done well, I have no problem asking for forgiveness, although my goal was not to harm someone else.’

Rivas also insisted that Merlos was single when she started dating him a few weeks ago, telling Socialité: ‘I didn’t get into a relationship, he told me he was single. We have been [seeing each other] three weeks.’

Merlos can be seen to have a liked a number of Rivas’s selfies on Instagram from mid-April.

But as always with these things, the plot thickens – and it’s giving us major Ross and Rachel ‘we were on a break’ vibes.

López has argued that she had not broken up with Merlos, and that they were apart for four days after having an argument.

The viral news broadcast allegedly happened during these four days, and López called the incident ‘unpleasant’ and ‘shameful’.

Kylie Jenner wants company to drop the STORMI name saying her daughter is the famous one

Kylie Jenner is in court with a company over trademark.

Kylie filed new legal documents going after a company called Business Moves Consulting -- which filed to trademark "Stormi Couture" a month after Kylie and Travis Scott welcomed their baby, Stormi Webster, into the world.

Kylie applied for her own trademarks for Stormi -- including one for "StormiWorld" -- but got hit with a lawsuit from Business Moves because it claimed people would be confused by their similarities ... and it registered its "Stormi Couture" trademark first.

Jenner is on the counterattack now though and asking the trademark office to cancel BMC's "Stormi Couture" trademark, claiming the company was fraudulent in its application and only got the trademark to capitalize on her daughter's name.

Kylie says Stormi has "achieved fame in her own right," and points out that her "StormiWorld" birthday parties have been covered by major media outlets like Vogue. She also says Stormi's cosmetic line has already become hugely popular.

As Kylie's team states in the document, "The Stormi name is well known, and uniquely and unmistakably is associated with Stormi Webster."

Kylie also says BMC has a history of this sort of trademark behavior involving other celebrities -- including DJ Khaled. He sued the company over their "Asahd Couture" trademark back in 2018, believing they were ripping off his son's name for their benefit.

Two year-old girl rescued from uncompleted building in Abia

Officials of the gender-based violence response team of the Vicar Hope Foundation, Umuahia, have rescued a two-year-old child suspected to have been locked up for several days in an uncompleted building at the Zone 5 Agbama Housing Estate, Umuahia, Abia State.

The baby, whose name could not be ascertained as of the time of rescue, looked exhausted, dehydrated and malnourished, perhaps haven gone several days without food or water.

According to the Programme Manager, Vicar Hope Foundation, Mr Raymond Ukwa, the organisation received a call on Saturday, April 25, 2020, from landlords in the area that a child had been locked up in an uncompleted building.

Ukwa said working in line with well-established protocols on intervention, the foundation reported the incident to the Umuahia Area Commander of the Nigeria Police Force, Mr Ekeinde Odion, who detailed officers to break into the building so that the child could be rescued.

Neighbours, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the child’s parents were in the habit of locking him up for days without food or water, adding that they sometime pass food through a crack in the wall of the building to him.

The Assistant Secretary, Board of Trustees of the foundation, Mr Chika Ojiegbe, said the child was examined by medical personnel and taken to a safe dwelling, while relevant authorities had commenced investigation into the circumstances surrounding his abandonment in the uncompleted building.

Mompha shows off his N180m Rolls Royce Wraith Eagle VIII 2020 [ first to own it in Africa]

Mompha has showed off his N180m Rolls Royce Wraith Eagle VIII 2020, saying he is the first to own it in Africa. Well he can get that fact from the manufacturer.

Boasting about taking the new delivery, he said the car has arrived his garage in Dubai and said he couldn't wait to get a bigger garage for all his cars.

Sharing a video of the luxury car, Mompha wrote;

''Rolls Royce Wraith Eagle viii MY2020 1 of 50 is finally home !!! First African to own it worldwide and also in the UAE Cant wait to get a bigger garage for all my babies... Hurt their feelings my baby is home''.

Sad! 25-year-old man dies of COVID-19 in Lagos

A 25-year-old man has died of coronavirus-related complications in Lagos State. The state’s Commissioner for Health made this known via his Twitter handle on Thursday.

He said, “87 new #COVID-19 cases were confirmed in Lagos on April 29, 2020. The total number of confirmed cases in Lagos is now 947.

“The good news is that 49 additional #COVID-19 survivors have been discharged following their full recovery. The total number of discharged patients in Lagos now stands at 187.

“We regret to announce additional #COVID19 related death involving a 25-year-old male who at the time of admission was in a state of severe breathlessness. The total number of COVID-19 related deaths in Lagos is now 20.

“I again urge Lagos residents to remain committed to observing necessary precautionary measures to stop COVID-19 infection. Let’s be vigilant and report any concern about COVID-19 infection in our communities.”

However, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control on Wednesday announced that Lagos had recorded 21 fatalities from COVID-19.

CMD of Yaba Infectious Disease Hospital reportedly tests positive for coronavirus

The Chief Medical Director of Infectious Disease Hospital, Yaba, Lagos, Dr Bowale Abimbola, has tested positive for Coronavirus.

SaharaReporters gathered that Abimbola is presently being treated in one of the wards in the hospital.

“Yes, he is positive, that’s why you haven’t seen him in public unlike before. It was even Dr Nifemi Bella Oloniniyi that received honourable members of Lagos State House of Assembly during their visit to our facility.

“I was told he had a meeting with someone who later showed symptoms of COVID-19, so his samples were immediately taken for test and his results returned positive last week,” a source told SaharaReporters.

Biden under pressure to address s.e.x.u.a.l assault allegation

US presidential hopeful Joe Biden said Wednesday he has a proud history of campaigning against s.e.x.u.a.l violence, as he faces mounting pressure to respond to an assault allegation made by a former aide.

The presumptive Democratic nominee has been accused by Tara Reade of assaulting her in 1993, when she was a 29-year-old staff assistant in the office of Biden, then a US senator from Delaware.

Biden’s campaign has denied the claims, but he himself has not responded directly to the allegations by Reade, now 56.

However he touted his record of supporting abuse victims when asked a question about military prosecutions for felonies including r.a.p.e at a virtual town hall late Wednesday.

“As you know, I wrote and championed the Violence Against Women Act, transformed how this country gets justice and support to survivors and led the ‘It’s On Us’ campaign to fight s.e.x.u.a.l assault on campuses.

As VP, I fought to provide a special victims counsel for sexual assault cases in the military,” the 77-year-old said.

Bible verse of the day: 2 chronicles 7:14

Heal our land Lord!!!

Shocker! Again Buhari appoints dead person into office

After appointing five dead persons in 2017, namely, Francis Okpozo, a senator in the second republic; Donald Ugbaja, a retired deputy inspector-general of police; Ahmed Bunza, sole administrator of Jega local government area of Kebbi state, Christopher Utov, a former proprietor of Fidei Polytechnic, Gboko; and Kabir Umar, a former emir of Katagum in Bauchi state, President

Muhammadu Buhari has again appointed a dead person in the Federal Character Commission, FCC. Late Tobias Chukwuemeka Okwuru was from Amudo in Ezza south local government area, Ebonyi state. Before his death at the age of 59, Okwuru represented Ezza south/Ikwo federal constituency.

However, today Okwuru was named as a member of the board of the FCC, two months after he passed on. The deceased was appointed alongside 37 others.

The appointees will be chaired by Dr Farida Dankaka. Reacting, Gov. AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq of Kwara congratulated Hajia Fareedah Dankaka and Mr James Kolo for their appointment even as he commended President Buhari for appointing Kwarans to serve the country His words, “Our heartfelt congratulations and best wishes go to the two nominees.

“The nomination is a reward for loyalty to a good cause, a conviction to stick to the truth, and long-standing commitments to the service of humanity especially the good people of Kwara State,” the governor said.

 AbdulRazaq commended President Muhammadu Buhari for the honour done to Kwara in nominating its indigenes to serve the nation. “The government and people of Kwara State are very grateful for the recognition to have our daughter and son serve in the A-list parastatal. “We are confident that Hajia Fareedah and Mr Kolo will make us proud in the course of this call to serve our fatherland,” the statement added.


US goverment analysis fingers Wuhan laboratory as most likely source of COVID-19

A Wuhan laboratory is the “most likely” source of the COVID-19 outbreak now ravaging the globe, according to a U.S. government analysis that catalogues the evidence and concludes that other explanations for the origin of the coronavirus are less credible.

The document, compiled from open sources and not a finished product, says there is no smoking gun to blame the virus on either the Wuhan Institute of Virology or the Wuhan branch of the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, both located in the city where the first outbreaks were reported.

But “there is circumstantial evidence to suggest such may be the case,” the paper says.

“All other possible places of the virus’ origin have been proven to be highly unlikely,” the document concludes. A copy of the report, compiled this month, was obtained by The Washington Times.

Chinese authorities have said the origin of the virus is unknown but initially stated that it came from animals at a “wet market” in Wuhan where exotic meat is butchered and sold. They said the virus may have jumped from bats to animals sold at the market last year and then infected humans.

U.S. officials have grown increasingly sceptical of that version of events. President Trump confirmed this month that “a lot of people” are investigating the origin. Army Gen. Mark A. Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said U.S. intelligence agencies are investigating whether the virus escaped from a lab or was the result of a naturally occurring outbreak.

“At this point, it’s inconclusive, although the weight of evidence seems to indicate natural,” the general said on April 14, “but we don’t know for certain.”

The government analysis says the animal host explanation doesn’t hold up well because the first human diagnosis of COVID-19 was for a person who had no connection to the wet market. According to reports from China, no bats were sold at the market.

Meanwhile, a number of suspicious actions and a paper trail suggest that the virus escaped from one of the labs, though China is clamping down on the ability to pursue those leads.

South African anti-apartheid veteran, Denis Goldberg is dead

Denis Goldberg, a veteran anti-apartheid activist in South Africa who was imprisoned for 22 years, has died at the age of 87.

“His was a life well-lived in the struggle for freedom in SA. We will miss him,” the BusinessLIVE news portal quoted Goldberg’s family as saying in a statement today.

Goldberg, who was born in Cape town in 1933 and passed away late Wednesday, had been active in the struggle against apartheid in the country.

In 1963, he was arrested at the Rivonia headquarters of uMkhonto we Sizwe (MK), which was the armed wing of the African National Congress (ANC) co-founded by the iconic South African leader Nelson Mandela.

The MK was founded following the Sharpeville massacre committed by police forces against protesters demonstrating against apartheid legislation known as "pass laws" in 1960.

Goldberg was sentenced in 1964 to four terms of life imprisonment. He was the only white member of MK who was arrested and sentenced in a trial known as the Rivonia Trial.

He spent over 22 years in jail along with other prominent members of the anti-apartheid movement in the country.

Goldberg was awarded the Order of Luthuli in Silver by the South African presidency in 2009.


Charging our phones is now a blessing! Nigerians mourn popular dancer, Kodak

Nigerians have taking to twitter to mourn video vixen and dancer Kodak who sadly died yesterday in Omole while charging her phone.

Talking about how charging our phones is now a blessing and how much she would be missed, tributes poured in for her thus;

''I pray that your soul rests well Kodak, I can’t belive I’m typing this, thank you for working with me, I’m goin to cherish it even more now cause it can never happen again. This hurt me for realLoudly crying face.This is goin to be hard for us but we wil stay strong for you. 🕯

''Charging our phones is now a blessing just discovered. Discovered a very sad way Broken heart
Rest Easy Kodak

''Same Kodak that did a video with Poco lee 5 days back.. This Life Disappointed face 🤦🏻‍♂️

''Rest In Peace Picture Kodak 🕯

''This life is only borrowed because you are not promised tomorrow. Rest on queen Kodak

''Kodak Kodak kodak no no Loudly crying faceLoudly crying faceLoudly crying face, fuck! Shit my head can’t process this. Really sad ....

''RIP to Picture Kodak Loudly crying faceLoudly crying face
What is this life, she uploaded video on her IG, hours later she is no more, My God

''Rest in Peace Kodak. I was yet to know you but you had an amazing soul .Loudly crying face
We love you but God loves you more.

''R.I.P TO KODAK..So so painful Right now.. The dance World in pains right now. RIP KODAK

''Just now i heard that my favorite Nigeria dancer is dead Loudly crying faceLoudly crying faceLoudly crying face. God why Loudly crying faceLoudly crying face. Rest on KODAK. You’ll forever live in my heart. R.I.P #KODAK

''Death is an inevitable circumstance that doesn’t need you to be sick before it takes you. RIP Picture Kodak. 🕯Black heart

''Still can’t believe it at allLoudly crying faceLoudly crying faceLoudly crying faceRIP picture #KODAK CoffinCoffin🙏🏿

Cover toilet before flushing to control coronavirus, microbiologist tells Kenyans

The threat of the coronavirus pandemic requires improved habits of hygiene and adoption of other essential habits such as covering the toilet before flushing, which unfortunately is not a common habit among locals, who have never understood the function of the toilet cover.

A microbiologist, Dr. Meshack Obonyo, said the habit of flushing toilets before covering it was risky at this time because of aerosols — those tiny droplets– of water that are sprayed out into the air would easily spread the virus if the user has acquired it.

“The habit of covering a toilet before flushing it may seem trivial but once you realize that only 15,000 people out of 47 million have been tested, it should jolt you to the fact that the known cases are far below the known,” Dr. Obonyo.

He said toileting habits are taught at the ages of two to three, however, since most parents grew up without flushing toilets, they hardly impress on their children just how important it is to cover toilet seats before flushing. 

Apart from preventing the aerosols from spraying into the air, he said covering before flushing also limits the faeces and urine smell from spreading all over.

However, he said those who share public or Indian type of toilets could also prevent the spread of the disease, in case they are sick, by sprinkling some detergent before flushing.

He added that regular cleaning of points of contact such as handles, seats and knobs for flushing was extremely important and at all times the entire area should be dry, and any leakages should be repaired without delay.

 Dr. Obonyo urged the county governments to up their game by fixing any sewerage leakages and overflows immediately and supply adequate clean water constantly.

We aren’t in a hurry to reopen airports – Federal Government

The Federal Government says it is not in a hurry to re-open airports in the country.

Minister of Environment, Mahmood Abubakar, made this known on Wednesday during a briefing by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 in Abuja.

He said the sector is such a specialised one because of its high safety standards.

He said decontamination and disinfection have been completed on two out of the 125 aircraft earlier announced while the process is ongoing at the 13 airports mapped out across the country.

He said, “Decontamination and disinfection specifically as it affect the aviation sector. The aviation sector is such a specialised sector and that is why we are not rushing things.

“Last week, I did say we mapped out 125 aircraft and 13 airports. So far, we have decontaminated and disinfected two aircraft.

“Why we are not rushing it is because of the nature of their industry, it is such a place with a (high) system of safety, so every standard must be followed carefully.

“We even have to follow their lead on how to go about decontaminating and disinfecting the aircraft and the airports.

“It’s ongoing because there are other facilities that we are decontaminating at the same time all across the country, so we go as they are ready for us.”

Why I did not marry Tanasha despite being ‘1 million per cent’ sure she was the one - Diamond

Tanzanian heavy-hitter, Diamond Platnumz, has said he could not marry Kenya’s Tanasha Oketch because they differed sharply on how to raise their family.

Speaking on Tanzania’s Wasafi FM on Monday, April 27, the Jeje hit-maker said his 15-month relationship with Tanasha — which began in November 2018 and ended in February 2020 — was marred by ideological differences and lack of compromise by either party.

“My co-parent (Tanasha) has not yet opened up publicly about the exact cause of our break up, out of respect for her, I also wouldn’t go to the specific details. Nonetheless, the truth is Tanasha and I are no longer together as boyfriend and girlfriend,” said Diamond Platnumz.

“We separated because of factors beyond our control. We thought it would be wise if we gave each other the personal space to decide exactly what either of us wants. However, I would like to state that Tanasha never caught me cheating on her. Some blogs wrote that I was unfaithful, and that was the reason she and I separated. No, she never busted me cheating on her,” emphasised Diamond Platnumz.

“If there was a relationship that I wasn’t jumpy in, was my affair with Tanasha. In the past, I would admit, I was still young, jumpy and excited. But, when I got into a relationship with Tanasha, I shoved aside all the jumpiness and decided to commit to the relationship.

“We differed on how she and I wished to run the family. None of us wanted to compromise on their stand. We never met half-way. It was then that I said: ‘maybe each of us should think independently on how we’ll run our individual lives thereafter’. If God plans that Tanasha and I reunite, we will. If He hasn’t, then we won’t,” said Diamond Platnumz.

“Honestly speaking, I really wanted to marry Tanasha, a hundred per cent; one million per cent. That explained why I would even refuse to post some women on social media; some had approached me to do that, but I would refuse because I was seriously in love with Tanasha. I do not know why my dream (of settling down with Tanasha) did not materialise. Maybe, God had His plans. She had good intentions, I had good intentions,” said the award-winning crooner.

The 30-year-old artiste revealed he and Tanasha had mega life plans to the extent that the ex-NRG radio presenter converted from Christianity to Islam in preparation of their marital life ahead.

“She changed religions willingly, I did not coerce her. I remember asking her whether she was sure she really wanted to be a Muslim, and she said: ‘yes’. So, she and I went to a Kigoma mosque, where she officially shifted her religious faith,” said Diamond Platnumz. K24 Digital understands that Tanasha’s new Islamic name is Aisha.

Diamond Platnumz’s revelations — on why he and Tanasha broke up — kind of mirror what Tanasha said in a video interview posted on True Love Magazine’s YouTube page on April 1.

Tanasha said Diamond had certain expectations of how she should conduct herself in the relationship, and when she did not mould herself into that woman who Diamond had envisioned, the musician lost interest in the affair.

“At some point I was a bit lost [in the relationship],” Tanasha told True Love Magazine editor Carole Mandi in the April 1 interview.

“Now, there is a child involved. And, now, I am thinking of my son, not only me; I don’t want my son to grow up without a father. I am really trying to fight for this relationship, but I cannot be the only one fighting [for its success]. So, I had to think of what is best for me and my son. Towards the end [of the affair], things were getting rocky. Things got rocky for the past six months.

“We were still trying to see how we could make it work. And then it got to a point where I felt like the other person had lost interest. And, I would not say it was because of anything emotional. It was because he did not live up to certain expectations he had in a relationship. It is nobody’s fault; everyone is wired the way they are. And, when you do not live up to this person’s expectations, for some people, it is not easy for them to handle. Some people feel like: ‘you know what, I already have so much going on in my mind, I can’t handle this because I had this expectation’,” said Tanasha.

The 24-year-old stated she could confidently say the unmet expectations led to the failure of the relationship.

“I would say that was when things started going down, because I wanted to be my own person as well as be in this relationship. When you love yourself, you will be able to love your partner in a relationship. You will be able to love your family, your child.”

In the True Love interview, Tanasha also opened up on rumours suggesting she did not get along with Diamond’s mum, Sanura Kassim, hence the reason her relationship with the multi-award-winning artiste failed.

“I would say respect the mothers of your spouses. But also, it can get to a point where they will try to get a little controlling, and that is where you set your boundaries. And, you say: ‘no, I am the wrong person to control, darling’. It all comes down to: ‘what is best for you?’

“Don’t disrespect anyone’s mother. However, set boundaries. When you feel like it has become too much now, tell them. And set the boundaries in a respectful way from the beginning. And, if you feel that it is not working, and you are trying everything you can, and there is no progress; that is the time to look deep within yourself, and make a decision and say, ‘Am I going to take all these BS, or am I going to leave’?” said Tanasha.

The mother-of-one suggested despite there being friction between her and Sanura, Diamond failed to defend her (Tanasha).

“He should also take responsibility, and say: ‘This is my woman, and you are not going to make her feel uncomfortable’,” said Tanasha.

And now, Diamond Platnumz says he “fails to understand” why people are quick to blame his mother for all the break-ups he has had with his ex-lovers, who are more than seven.

“It hurts me when people blame my mother for my break-ups. I don’t live with my mother currently, and she works very hard to eke a living. I do not understand why they often blame my mother for my separations,” Diamond Platnumz told Wasafi FM.

Neither of the ex-pair said he or she is currently in a new relationship, and none plans to get in any affair soon.

“Currently, I am not in a relationship. Honestly speaking, I do not want to be in any other relationship as of now; I want to concentrate on my career. However, one thing I am sure about, is that my next relationship will end in marriage,” Diamond Platnumz told the Wasafi radio outlet on April 27.

Tanasha, on the other hand, told Carole Mandi in early April that she will take a break from romantic relationships for at least two years from the date she broke up with Diamond.

On co-parenting plans with Diamond, the 24-year-old said: “That is something I would like to keep private for now because it is something in the works.”

11 year-old boy commits suicide after losing fight over TV remote control to sister

An 11-year-old boy from Mulalio Village in Ikolomani Constituency in Kakamega County, Kenya allegedly committed suicide after he lost a fight over TV remote control early Wednesday, April 29.

Canton Litiku, a Class Five pupil at Kakamega Hill School, is said to have disagreed with his younger sister on which television programme to watch, resulting in his frustrations.

After losing the fight for remote control to his 8-year-old sibling, the boy is said to have reached for his mother’s leso and went to his room, where he tied the shawl to the roof.

His mother, Roselyne Mavia, said she found her son’s body hanging from the leso.

The deceased’s father, Emmanuel Litiku, told K24 Digital that his son committed suicide after the fight over TV remote control.

Confirming the incident, area assistant chief, Sylvester Esabu, urged parents to be quick and strategic in resolving conflicts between their children to avert incidents similar to the Ikolomani one.

The boy’s body was taken to the Kakamega County Referral Hospital morgue.

I have no accounts or property abroad - Goodluck Jonathan

A former Nigerian president, Goodluck Jonathan, has again said that he has no account or property abroad.

Mr Jonathan said this in a statement on Tuesday.

The statement, signed by Ikechukwu Eze, spokesman to Mr Jonathan, was issued in response to moves by the Nigerian government to subpoena bank records purportedly belonging to Mr Jonathan and his wife, Patience.

“Our attention has been drawn to international media reports to the effect that the Federal Government of Nigeria has subpoenaed bank records for former President Goodluck Jonathan and his wife, Dame Patience Jonathan in the United States of America,” Mr Eze said.

“We aver that the Federal Government of Nigeria did not contact Dr. Jonathan or his wife before issuing these subpoenas. If they had, we would have advised them of the fact that you cannot subpoena what does not exist.

“We also remind the public that on March 5, 2014, during the swearing in of new ministers, then President Jonathan said “I am loyal to Nigeria’s economy. I don’t have accounts or property abroad.”

The statement said that between the period Mr Jonathan made claims of not operating foreign account and now, nothing has changed with regards to the former president.

Tonto Dikeh reveals she has a Muslim boyfriend

Nollywood actress, Tonto Dikeh has revealed that her boyfriend is Muslim after a follower questioned her when she wished Muslims happy Ramadan.

The actress shared a photo of herself in an Islamic attire as she wished Muslims happy Ramadan on behalf of her foundation, Tonto Dikeh Foundation.

She wrote;

“Ramadan Mubarak to all Our Muslim Brothers and Sister, May Allah accept our Prayers, Bless Us and Heal the World. We are with you in spirit and in Truth. Allah Bless you.”

A follower then asked if she was a Muslim or Christian, She replied;

“I am a Christian, I live in a Muslim community and have a Muslim boyfriend…we good?”

Ailing Yoruba actor, 'Ogun Majek' cries out for help

Nollywood actor, Gbolagade Akinpelu popularly known as “Ogun Majek” has cried out to the public for financial assistance over his sickness.

Ogun Majek’s appeal and call for financial assistance over his current poor state of health was contained in a message issued by one of his sons, Akinpelu Akeem Abidemi.

Abidemi said that the children of Gbolagade Akinpelu(Ogun Majek) used the medium to appeal to all indigenes of Ibadanland, Oyo State and Nigeria to rise financially for the treatment of their father who had been battling with unknown sickness for some years.

He stressed that financial assistance becomes important and necessary, so as to ensure the treatment of the ailing Yoruba movie actor who had been living in severe pains for a long time.

Abidemi lamented that they have spent and sold all resources at their disposal but all to no avail, stressing that they are crying for help, in order not to loose the ailing film actor to cold hand of death.

He said that their father needed help for quick recovery, considering his current deterioration of health and disfiguration of physical outlook.

Abidemi enjoined people across religious beliefs to pray for his father and equally pray for intending donors that their pockets will never dry.

This is coming after Yoruba actress, Foluke Daramola Salako via her Instagram page solicited support for him and she got some donations through her foundation.

She further revealed that the ailing actor was receiving treatment in an undisclosed hospital as she shares details of donors.

45-year-old man commits suicide in Imo (photos)

A 45-year-old man, Osita Ezuruike, on Tuesday, committed suicide in his house at Umudafa, Awo Mbieri in the Mbaitoli Local Government Area of Imo State.

Sources at the community said the deceased expressed frustration with life over the lockdown and the dusk-to-dawn curfew declared by the state government.

But the police had yet to ascertain why the deceased committed suicide as of the time of filing this report.

The Punch learnt that the deceased’s neighbours alerted the police after discovering that he had hung himself.

The police spokesperson in the state, Orlando Ikeokwu, told PUNCH that the Ezuruike’s corpse had been taken to a morgue.

Ikeokwu also said an investigation into the incident had commenced.

The police spokesperson said, “On April 27, acting on a report, operatives of the Divisional Police headquarters in Mbieri moved to Umudafa, Awo Mbieri, Mbaitoli LGA, in a house belonging to one Osita Ezuruike, 45, and met the lifeless body of the said Osita hanging.

“The reason for taking his own life could not be ascertained.

“However, the corpse has been removed to the morgue, while an investigation into the incident has commenced.”

‘Superhuman!!! Meet the 101-year-old woman who beats coronavirus after surviving cancer, Spanish flu pandemic

A New York woman who survived the Spanish influenza pandemic, cancer and sepsis, has beaten coronavirus at the age of 101.

Angelina Friedman’s family say they weren’t surprised when she overcame Covid-19 as she is a ‘survivor’ who has ‘superhuman DNA’.

The pensioner’s mother died giving birth to her on a passenger ship that was taking immigrants from Italy to New York City during the second wave of the Spanish flu in 1918.

One of 11 children, she was taken care of by two of her sisters and they eventually reunited with their father in Brooklyn, where she was raised.

She went on to marry and start a family with a man named Harold Friedman, but tragedy struck when they were both diagnosed with cancer.

Angelina’s husband sadly died, but she survived the illness and is now also the last of her siblings.

Her daughter Joanne Merola told Pix11: ‘My mother is a survivor. She survived miscarriages, internal bleeding and cancer.’

She added: ‘Everybody in the family lived until at least 95, except one uncle. My mother is a survivor. She is not human. She has superhuman DNA.’

The New Yorker, who now lives at the North Westchester Restorative Therapy and nursing Center in Lake Mohegan, was taken to hospital on March 21 for a minor medical procedure.

However, the procedure was cancelled when she tested positive for coronavirus, which has now taken 27,000 lives in the city.

Angelina returned to her nursing home to isolate and had an on-and-off fever for several weeks, but finally tested negative on April 20.

Merola hasn’t been able to visit her mum since February and says she is nearly deaf so they can’t talk on the phone.

But, regardless of the distance between them, she says she ‘marvels’ at her mother’s endurance.

She said: ‘If my mother could see this, I’d say, “Keep going, Ma. You’re going to outlive us all”.’

Angelina’s story comes after Keith Watson, 101, became one of the UK’s oldest people to survive Covid-19.

Barbara Briley, 86, who ‘survived Hitler, open-heart surgery, two replacement knees and two replacement hips’ also proved she is a fighter once again by beating coronavirus in March.

Meghan Markle told friends "changes would have been made" if Kate Middleton were bullied by tabloids

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry recently moved to Los Angeles after stepping away from senior royal duties and leaving England, where there's no denying that Meghan went through it.

 According to the Daily Mail, Meghan told friends that she believed if her sister-in-law Kate Middleton been similarly targeted by British tabloids, the royals would have stepped in.

"[Meghan said] no one would have put up with it, and the broken and outdated system would have been revised. Those outlets responsible for their vicious attacks would have been shut out," a friend told the Daily Mail, adding that the Duchess believes "changes would have been made."
This all gets a little messy because, ironically, the Daily Mail is one of the outlets that Meghan and Harry have announced they're having "no corroboration and zero engagement" with.

  An alleged friend of Meghan Markle's claims the Duchess of Sussex said British tabloids would have been shut down if Kate Middleton were being bullied.

    The source claims Harry "constantly" approached his family about Meghan's treatment and they didn't listen.

But, according to their source Harry "constantly" approached Prince Charles and the Queen about Meghan being bullied by the press, and they "wouldn't do anything to change the protocol."

Apparently, "[Meghan] said it was infuriating that Harry's very real and valid concerns fell on deaf ears."

"Meghan said they made it seem like this is the way it is, deal with it. Harry had been dealing with it far too long," the source added. "She said he wasn't going to let this destroy her life and their marriage."

The source also claims that "Meghan said Harry made it crystal clear that they could not function in good faith under the current system... and that if it wasn't revised and updated to their liking, they would have no other choice than to break from the royal family. She said no one took his pleas seriously, so they had to take the issue into their own hands. This was about protecting the family and doing right by Princess Diana.

She said the British tabloids have haunted Harry since childhood and should have been kicked out of the media pool long ago. The system is broken and Harry wanted to fix it. She said he needed to take a stand and now they are doing it together."

False belief that methanol cures virus has killed over 700 in Iran

The false belief that toxic methanol cures the coronavirus has seen over 700 people killed in Iran, an official said Monday.

That represents a higher death toll than previously released by the Iranian Health Ministry.

An adviser to the ministry, Hossein Hassanian, said that the difference in death tallies is because some alcohol poisoning victims died outside of hospitals.

“Some 200 people died outside of hospitals,” Hassanian told The Associated Press.

Alcohol poisoning has skyrocketed by 10 times over, in Iran in the past year, according to a government report released earlier in April, amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The national coroner’s authority said that alcohol poisoning killed 728 Iranians between February 20 and April 7. Last year there were only 66 deaths from alcohol poisoning, according to the report.

Separately, the Iranian health ministry spokesman, Kianoush Jahanpour said that 525 people have died from swallowing toxic methanol alcohol since February 20, state TV reported on Monday.

Jahanpour said that a total of 5,011 people had been poisoned from methanol alcohol.

He added that some 90 people have lost their eyesight or are suffering eye damage from the alcohol poisoning.

Hassanian also said the final tally of people who lost their eyesight could be much higher.

Iran is facing the worst coronavirus outbreak in the Middle East, with 5,806 deaths and more than 91,000 confirmed case.

Methanol cannot be smelled or tasted in drinks. It causes delayed organ and brain damage. Symptoms include chest pain, nausea, hyperventilation, blindness and even coma.

In Iran, the government mandates that manufacturers of toxic methanol add an artificial color to their products so the public can tell it apart from ethanol, the kind of alcohol that can be used in cleaning wounds. Ethanol is found in alcoholic beverages, though its production is illegal in Iran.

Some bootleggers in Iran use methanol, adding a splash of bleach to mask the added color before selling it as drinkable. Methanol also can contaminate traditionally fermented alcohol.

The consumption of alcohol is generally prohibited in Iran. However, minority Christians, Jews and Zoroastrians can drink alcoholic beverages in private.

Following the coronavirus outbreak, Iran’s government announced it would issue permission for new alcohol factories quickly.

Iran has currently some 40 alcohol factories that have been allocated for pharmaceutical and sanitizing items.

Already before the outbreak, the Iranian economy was struggling under severe US sanctions blocking the sale of its crude oil abroad.

I joined robbery gang because members were always sharing money — Suspect

One of the two suspected members of a six-man robbery gang has said he joined the gang because he always saw them sharing money after each operation.

They had been parading as members of One Million Boys gang in Lagos, but were arrested by policemen attached to Ejigbo Division of the Lagos State Police Command.

The suspects had earlier written to residents, informing them of their visit and also threatened to cut off victims’ wrists if they did not get what they wanted.

However, luck ran against the duo of Sunday Oladepo, 21, and Adeola Adekoya, 18, as they were apprehended along Daleko/Ejigbo Road, Monday night, by policemen who got wind of the gang’s invasion.

Other members of the gang escaped.

At the time of arrest, the suspects were said to have rubbed black substance on their bodies to enable easy access into victims’ apartments through burglary proofs, and powder on their faces for disguise.

During preliminary investigation, it was discovered that members of the gang, resided at Kazeem and Apeno communities in Ejigbo.

During interrogation, one of the suspects, Adeola, said when they heard the police siren blaring that night, members of his robbery gang took to their heels.

He said he was unfortunate to have run into the midst of residents, who were keeping watch of their environment and was subsequently handed over to the Police team.

Asked why he joined the gang, the 18-year-old suspect said: “I always see them counting and sharing money, whenever they returned from operation.

“I thought I could make money too and had to join them. Segun introduced me to the gang and he taught me how to use cutlass on victims. The powder we rubbed on our faces was for disguise so that no one will recognise us. But I was arrested at my first operation.”

The suspects, however, denied being members of the One Million Boys gang, saying they were just members of a street gang.

They gave identities of other members as Sherif, Papa, Peter and Segun. They were transferred to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, SCIID, on Tuesday.

How President Buhari’s ''speech'' for Monday's broadcast leaked on social media before his address

The Presidency has disclosed that someone obtained and leaked the draft of President Muhammadu Buhari’s speech hours before the national broadcast on Monday.

This was disclosed by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, when he appeared on TVC News.

The leaked version of the president’s speech was full of errors and was already circulating on social media before the actual broadcast to the nation at 8pm.

Adesina was asked to clear the confusion on the lockdown where some newspapers reported different dates, and he said, “There is just one authentic copy of the broadcast, which is the one released from the media office.

“But then, I recognise that a couple of hours before the broadcast itself, a copy of the purported speech had been circulating particularly on WhatsApp. If you compare the two, yes there are some similarities but then, there are also wide differences.

“You have just mentioned the effective day particularly of the gradual easing of the lockdown. What happened was that somebody got hold of the initial draft of the broadcast and played hanky panky with it by releasing it through the social media.

“If you know the processes that a broadcast goes through before it gets recorded – the script will originate from the relevant government agency, department, parastatal of ministry, whoever heads that agency, ministry or parastatal sign up on it and then they sent it to the presidential office.

“When it gets to the presidential office, it gets through a number of hands again, because the president’s thoughts must be infused and injected into that draft.

“There are some things that may be in it that the president may completely not agree with.

“Finally, it comes to the media office, and I sign on it, which I also did yesterday before the broadcast was recorded – I signed on the final copy before the broadcast was recorded.

“So some hours before the recording was played back, I saw something circulating on social media, I knew that that was not the copy that I signed off on. Then we began to investigate. It has been found out that the original script from inception was what somebody laid hands-on and released to the social media.

“Well, mainstream media knows how we release our statements – whatever documents that we are releasing. They should know how to authenticate it. It comes from the media office.

“So, if any mainstream media is now taking its information from the social media, that mainstream media is to be blamed because we duly released the authentic copy of that broadcast by 8:06 PM. So the mainstream media should not have depended on a leaked copy which turns out to have many discrepancies compared with the original and final copy.”

Germany grants Nigeria N8.9bn debt relief due to Coronavirus outbreak

The Republic of Germany said it had granted Nigeria debt relief amounting to N8.9bn (€22.4m) on account of the coronavirus pandemic.

Also, the German government said it had successfully campaigned for the G20, the Paris Club and creditor countries in favour of a debt moratorium for nations heavily affected by the economic impact of COVID-19.

The European economic powerhouse stated this in a statement in Abuja on Tuesday, while announcing the provision of additional €5.5m (N2.2bn) to the Nigeria Humanitarian Fund managed by the United Nations to continue life-saving aid in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe states.

It said the fund was for the drilling of wells, construction of sanitation facilities, rehabilitation of buildings or construction of shelters for internally displaced persons and other victims of insecurity in the North-East.

“This brings Germany ́s contribution to the NHF to a total of more than €29m since it became operational in May 2017, making Germany a major donor to the NHF over the past three years,” the German mission said in the statement.

It noted, “In 2020, the German treasury relieves Nigeria of debt repayments amounting to € 22.4m (N8.9bn). This comes in addition to Germany’s support to the COVID-19 response on a global level and the support provided by the European Union to partner countries in Africa worth €3.25bn (N1.3tn).

“On April 27, Germany pledged € 300m (N120bn) to the global humanitarian response plan launched by the United Nations to fight COVID-19.”

Germany also said it had pledged a total of €12m (N4.8bn) in support of the West Africa Health Organisation, the regional health institution of ECOWAS.

The new allocation, Berlin said, was earmarked for the purchase of vital medical supplies and laboratory equipment, training measures and more generally, cooperation in pandemic prevention at the national and regional levels.

“Clearly, the current crisis goes beyond national and even continental borders and can only be fought effectively in a cooperative way. We need more international cooperation, not less,” German Foreign Minister, Heiko Maas, stated.

The statement further said the procurement of protective materials and hygiene articles such as hand disinfectant, protective clothing, surface disinfectant, KN95 face masks, contactless clinical thermometers and gloves valued at €20,000 (N8m) for the Nigeria Police Force had started through Germany ́s implementing agency, GIZ.

It noted that the materials would be handed over shortly in Abuja.

Germany explained that it had supported the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control with the introduction of a Surveillance Outbreak Response Management and Analysis System which, as of August 2019, was implemented in 200 local government areas.

Man stabbed to death days after his father died from Covid-19

An NHS worker was stabbed to death just days after his father passed away from a coronavirus-related illness.

David Gomoh, 24, was killed seconds from his home in Freemasons Road, Newham, east London, just before 10.30pm on Sunday. He was on the phone to a friend when he was ambushed by a gang of masked assailants in a ‘ferocious’ attack for which police say there is no obvious motive.

 His family were already in mourning after his father’s death and were due to hold a funeral on Wednesday.

Marketing graduate Mr Gomoh worked for the NHS and his mother is a nurse. Detective Inspector Tony Kirk said: ‘David’s family are going through unimaginable torment. Within days his mother has seen the death of her husband and son, his sister has lost her brother and father, both are now heartbroken.

 ‘David was a young man who had worked hard to put himself through university and, like his mother, worked hard for the community in the NHS. ‘At this time we believe the only thing David did to be murdered was walk down a street. He was apparently approached by a group of men wearing masks and stabbed multiple times in a ferocious assault.

‘I have no doubt this was a planned attack that singled out David because he happened to be in that area. ‘David and his mother, who have done so much to help the community, now need the public to come forward and tell us what they know. If you have any information, please think of this young man and the suffering of his family and call us.

‘If you don’t want to give your name, call Crimestoppers, but do make that call. David’s family deserve both answers and justice.’

Police believe the killers left the scene in a stolen Silver Dodge Caliber that was found abandoned minutes after the stabbing, half a mile away in Lincoln Road, Plaistow. It had fake number plates and was seen being driven through a no entry sign from Cumberland Road.