Wednesday, September 28, 2022

September 28, 2022

Carpenter dies as classroom building collapses in Ondo

Tragedy struck in Okitipupa, headquarters of Okitipupa Local Government Area of Ondo State on Wednesday when a dilapidated classroom building of L. A. Primary School in the town collapsed on a middle-aged carpenter, Ademola Lawrence, killing him instantly.

It was gathered that the 52-year-old carpenter was trying to pull down the dilapidated building in order to give way to another structure when the building collapsed on him.

The father of four was said to have died instantly before his remains were removed from the rubbles.

According to a source, the deceased who hailed from Ode-Irele in the Irele Local Government Area of the state was performing the work of a bricklayer when the incident happened.

The source added that a former Head Teacher of the school had halted the contract but the deceased resumed work after a new Headmaster resumed in the school with the contract renewed.

Meanwhile, the corpse of the deceased had been deposited at the morgue of the State Specialist Hospital in Okitipupa.

Confirming the incident as unfortunate, Police spokesperson in the state, SP Funmilayo Odunlami, described it as unfortunate.


September 28, 2022

APC Advises Gov. Wike To Sell Returned Private Jet To Fund Critical Sectors In Rivers

The All Progressives Congress, APC, in Rivers State has advised the state government to immediately dispose the “legacy jet A-600” aircraft and invest the money into refurbishing all abandoned primary and secondary schools.

The APC said the fund that will be realized could also help in the “resuscitation of the moribund primary healthcare system, pay off all outstanding salaries owed teachers of demonstration secondary schools and also wrongfully dismissed lecturers of Ken Saro-Wiwa Polytechnic”.

In a statement by the party’s state Publicity Secretary, Darlington Nwauju, the APC said funds from the sale of the aircraft could also be used for the payment of the “five years salaries of RSSDA staff, payment of pensions, and gratuities, student’s bursaries and many more unresolved obligations of the state government”.

Darlington said there is “no economic benefit” from the private jet to the people of Rivers state when the world is facing an “economic meltdown”.

The statement also questioned where the state government will get fund to pay for “the landing cost of the aircraft, daily parking fee, navigational charges per flight, monthly salary for Pilot, engagement of a ground crew, maintenance engineers, cleaners, security, Maintenance, observation and repairs amongst other issues involved”.


September 28, 2022

NSCDC mourns as escort biker dies performing stunt

An official of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, identified only as Dickson, has died after crashing an escort motorbike of the Commandant-General of the agency, Ahmed Audi, in Abuja on Tuesday.

Our correspondent gathered that the deceased was leading Audi’s convoy when he ran into a culvert and died on the spot.

 An NSCDC source said, “The commandant-general had just closed from work on Tuesday evening and was heading home when the incident happened at an intersection close to his official residence in the Federal Capital Territory.

 “Dickson was said to have attempted a stunt near a major intersection before Mr Audi’s residence at Asokoro Extension. After passing the intersection and attempting a U-turn to join the rest of the convoy, he missed the brakes and ran into a concrete culvert while on high speed.”

 The corps spokesperson, Mr Shola Odumosu, described the incident as unfortunate.

He said, “It was an accident and we hope never to experience such again as we mourn Dickson’s demise.”


September 28, 2022

Controversy surrounds death of Lagos restaurateur, family, friends mourn

The co-founder and Executive Director of Bhukka Hospitality Limited, owners of a restaurant chain, Bukka Hut, Laolu Martins, is dead.

PUNCH Metro gathered that Martins died on Wednesday in the Lekki area of Lagos State.

A source told one of our correspondents that two narratives had been trailing the circumstances surrounding the death.

 According to the source, the first narrative indicated that Martins, who was suffering from depression, committed suicide.

 He said the second version stated that the businessman suddenly slumped and died while being rushed to a hospital for treatment around 3am.

 During a visit to one of the restaurants on Herbert Macaulay Way, Alagomeji, Yaba, Lagos State, one of our correspondents observed that normal business activities were ongoing on the premises.

 A worker at the restaurant, who spoke on condition of anonymity over fear of losing his job, said, “Yes, we learnt about his death, but I am not aware of the cause and no official statement has been given concerning it.”

 Bukka Hut, in a statement posted on its official Twitter handle, @BukkaHut, expressed sadness over the incident.

 The Managing Director of the company, Rasheed Jaiyeola, in the statement, described Martins as a strong pillar in the business.

The statement read, “With a heavy heart we regret to announce the demise of one of our directors and co-owners, Mr Olaolu Martins, who was until his death a key contributor and strong pillar to our business from inception to date. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and loved ones. May his dear soul rest in perfect peace.”

Also reacting to the development, the deceased’s family, in a statement, appealed to the public for privacy as they mourned his death.

 The statement read in part, “Our kind request is that you support the family – wife, children, aged mother and father and his siblings with your prayers at this difficult time. Further announcements will be made by the family.”

Until his death, Martins was also an investment banking expert, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute Stockbrokers, the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria and the Association of Investment Advisers & Portfolio Managers.

He was said to have served as an independent member of the Investment Committee of Skye Financial Services Limited.

 The state Police Public Relations Officer, SP Benjamin Hundeyin, said the command had yet to get a report of the incident as of the time this report was filed.


September 28, 2022

EPL: Ronaldo told to “do yourself a favour, stop playing football”

Former Italy striker, Antonio Cassano, has advised Manchester United’s Cristiano Ronaldo to retire or end up becoming a regular substitute following his recent struggles.

Ronaldo has started only one league fixture this season under Erik ten Hag, but started both of Portugal’s Nations League games during the international break.

The 37-year-old’s place in the national team is however now being questioned, after he failed to score in either game.

Cassano feels Ronaldo is no longer reaching his usual high standards, and should call time on his career.

“At this point, Cristiano should do himself a favour and understand that if you don’t reach a certain level, you should close the shop,” Cassano told Cabine Desportiva.

“He won everything, he was a phenomenon. Stop! You have to stop or you’ll only run into the bench.”


Monday, September 26, 2022

September 26, 2022

Newly married artisan burns self, blames abusive wife

A resident of Iree, Osun State, Muritala Afolabi, on Friday, sustained serious injuries after setting himself ablaze.

Muritala was, however, rescued by some people who heard his cry as fire burnt his body.

He was rushed to a private hospital in Iree, where he was admitted.

Speaking with PUNCH Metro from his sick bed on Sunday, Muritala, a vulcaniser, said he decided to commit suicide having been subjected to emotional torture and frustration by his wife.

The 30-year-old artisan said he got married to his wife in July 2022 and since then, the woman had made life difficult by cursing and abusing him.

He said, “I just thought of ending it. That Friday, I went into a filing station, bought fuel and went to a forest behind Baptist High School, Iree, and set myself ablaze.

“I thought of what I was passing through and it made me to decide to end my life. Poverty and repeated curses of my wife made me to lose hope. I married the woman just in July this year.

“Some people heard me when fire was burning my body and rushed to the scene. They rescued me and brought me to hospital.”

When contacted by our correspondent on the phone, Muritala’s wife, Ifedolapo, denied cursing him.

She said, “I don’t know why he decided to kill himself. I am his wife. I am yet to have any child for him.”


September 26, 2022

Man expresses concern as his cleaner who has two children professes love for him

Young man in his 30s is struck with confusion as his 40+ cleaner who has two children professes her love via a romantic text.

A Twitter user identified as Toba Adeyeye took to the micro-blogging platform to emphasize the shock of such a gesture.

According to Toba, he had been extra nice to the woman particularly because of her struggles of raising two kids alone.

In a lengthy note via Twitter, he wrote;

“My craziest experience in a longtime. Earlier today, I got this text from my house cleaner who happened to be a widow with 2 children and should be in her 40s.

I was and still am confused, I thought I was helping her by;

1. providing her with the job 

2. Paying her extra 

3. Not complaining when foodstuff, fruits, & drinks go less in the kitchen after cleaning, & in most cases, she asks if she can take it, especially for products that are about to expire. 

4. Solving her minor problems like adding to kids Sch. Fee or extra cash during the festivals

I guess na me fckv up. Being nice can be stupid in most cases. At this point, I agree that I need a wife. at least my next cleaner will know that madam is in the house.”


September 26, 2022

I need child to take over my wealth - Bobrisky begins search for surrogate mother

Controversial Nigerian transgender woman and socialite, Okuneye Idris Olanrewaju, popularly known as Bobrisky, has announced that he needs a child to take over his wealth.

While calling on any beautiful girl in the United States or the United Kingdom interested in becoming a surrogate mother, the socialite noted reasons his first child should come as a girl.

Bobrisky, in a post on social media, said a girl child would understand him better.

He said, “A girl child remains the best and tender-hearted. Well, I don’t have problems with a boy child, it’s just that I have so many explanations to make to him on why I ended up being a woman, but you see a girl child, they are easy, no too much explanation she will understand me.”

Also, he listed all properties that his child stands to inherit.

“One house in Bera estate, one house on Orchid road, one house at Pinnock, hotel in Lekki and filling station almost ready in Lekki.

“I have many properties I need a child to leave everything for. Nobody knows when death is coming. If I can get a girl child, omg I’m never leaving her sight for a sec. I’m 31 years old, time is going.

“I will spoil her with my life. I will call my lawyer and write my will the day she will be born. I love girls,” he added.


September 26, 2022

Nigeria Is Experiencing The Worst Flooding In Decades, 300 Dead - NHSA

Nigeria is battling its worst floods in a decade with more than 300 people killed in 2022 including at least 20 this week, as authorities said the situation is “beyond our control.” The floods in 27 of Nigeria’s 36 states and capital city have affected half a million people, including 100,000 displaced and more than 500 injured, Nigeria’s National Emergency Management Agency said. 

The disaster has also destroyed thousands of hectares of farmland, worsening fears of a disruption of food supply in Africa’s most populous country. Since 2012, “this [the flood-related deaths] is the highest we ever had,” said Manzo Ezekiel, a spokesperson for the disaster management agency.

Nigeria sees flooding every year, often as a result of non-implementation of environmental guidelines and inadequate infrastructure. 

Authorities are blaming the floods this year on water overflowing from local rivers, unusual rainfalls and the release of excess water from Lagdo dam in neighbouring Cameroon’s northern region. The Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency predicted more floods in 2022 than last year due to “excessive rainfalls and contributions from external flows” such as the dam in Cameroon.


September 26, 2022

Fire guts building of 8 rooms, 15 shops in Kwara

A fire disaster on Sunday hit a residential building situated along Sobi Road, behind U-Sanda Filling Station in Ilorin East Local Government Area, Ilorin, Kwara State.

Estimated property lost in the inferno was put at N3.2m by the spokesman of the state fire service, Hassan Adekunle, in a statement in Ilorin on Sunday.

The building comprises about eight rooms and 15 shops, and only two shops were affected by the ravaging inferno.

He said the quick intervention by the Kwara State Fire Service saved the building from destruction by the fire.

According to him, the fire was generated from the piled beverage cans kept inside a room in the building and later spread to the shops.

The total estimated property saved was put at N36.8 million.

Director, Kwara State Fire Service, Prince Falade John Olumuyiwa, warned the general public against bad housekeeping.

He also warned them to be more safety conscious in their various homes.


September 26, 2022

Lagos scammers defraud, rape lady in uncompleted building

Two suspected fraudsters, Rotimi Fisher and Sherif Adebayo, have allegedly defrauded a 23-year-old girl in the Ipaja area of Lagos State.

The suspects also reportedly lured the victim to an uncompleted building on Majiyagbe Street, Ipaja, where Adebayo allegedly raped her.

PUNCH Metro gathered that the victim was on her way to a destination in Iyana Ipaja when Fisher approached her to help him locate an address.

The suspect, who reportedly presented himself as a foreign businessman to the victim, said he came to Nigeria to deliver goods to one of his clients at the address and to collect his outstanding payments.

 A source said after Fisher approached people for help to no avail, the young girl offered to help, but upon checking the address, she did not know the location.

 The source said, “But as the girl was trying to help Fisher, Adebayo suddenly came as a neutral person and offered to assist Fisher, whereas they were working together. Adebayo said the address was fake, but started motivating the girl on the need for them to help Fisher.

 “Fisher, while lamenting being stranded, claimed that he was in possession of some papers that could be converted to plenty money but told Adebayo and the girl that he needed money to buy chemicals to convert the papers to money.

 “Adebayo quickly dropped N60,000. The girl, who seemed convinced, gave Fisher her gold jewellery and N10,000 and also went to withdraw N65,000 from a nearby ATM and gave it to Fisher, who told Adebayo and the girl to take an oath not to reveal his secret to anyone.”

 After taking the oath, it was learnt that Fisher gave them a location to meet him the next day.

When they got there, the Ogun State indigene reportedly showed them the sack containing the money and told Adebayo and the girl that the spirit responsible for converting the papers to money was asking for human blood as sacrifice.

 “Fisher said to prevent both of them from dying, they needed to have sex. He also used the oath they took to threaten them. So, the girl out of fear of dying, followed them to an uncompleted building around 9pm on Majiyagbe Street, Ipaja, where Adebayo had sex with her,” the source said.

 PUNCH Metro gathered that after Fisher, 42, and Adebayo, 32, perpetrated the crime on September 3, 2022, the girl left the uncompleted building and proceeded to the Ipaja Police Station to report the case for investigation.

 The policemen, led by the Ipaja Divisional Police Officer, CSP Tokunbo Abaniwonda, reportedly swung into action and in a two-week sting, arrested Fisher and Adebayo at their hideouts in Ipaja on September 16, 2022.

 During interrogation, the suspects confessed to the crime, saying they only manipulated the victim.

 Adebayo said, “I only slept with her once and I used a contraceptive. I got the contraceptive at a mallam’s shop in the area. I used the contraceptive because I don’t really know the girl. I needed to protect myself.”

Narrating how he perpetrated the crime, Fisher said he met Adebayo through a friend, Bisi, who he claimed trained him on how to formulate stories to defraud unsuspecting members of the public.

He said, “I have been asking a lot of people for the address. While some said they did not know the place, others advised me to go back to the country I came from, but I said I could not go back because of the goods that I brought.

“The girl got convinced when I said I was looking for people to help me count Nigerian money because I said I don’t know how to count it. Meanwhile, I and Adebayo had been talking to people but they did not answer us.

“It was when the girl was passing that I explained to her and she listened to me. So, Adebayo also pretended to be a passer-by and when he was passing, I signalled to him, and asked the girl to help me ask him for the location of the address and Adebayo said he had not heard of such an address before.”

 Reacting, the state Police Public Relations Officer, SP Benjamin Hundeyin, said the suspects had been charged to court.

PUNCH Metro gathered that Fisher and Adebayo, who are both married with two children each, were arraigned at the Ejigbo Magistrate’s Court on three counts bordering on obtaining by false pretences, fraudulent conversion and sexual assault, offences punishable under sections 411, 314 (1), 287 and 136 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State 2015.

 The men were later remanded in prison as the matter was adjourned till October 17, 2022, for further hearing.

Fraudsters have been deploying different tactics to swindle unsuspecting members of the public out of their valuables in different parts of Lagos State.

 In August 2022, 35-year-old Olumide Womiloju was arraigned for fraud before Chief Magistrate P.E. Nwaka at a magistrate’s court sitting in the Yaba area of the state, for allegedly obtaining N5m from clients after promising to process their visas to travel overseas.

Also in August, a suspected fraudster, Emmanuel Rolland, was arrested for allegedly using counterfeit money to defraud unsuspecting residents in the Ikorodu area of the state.


September 26, 2022

Nations League: I didn’t like it – Man United star disagrees with Van Gaal

Manchester United left-back, Tyrell Malacia has insisted that he is not comfortable taking up a new role in the Dutch national side.

This was after Netherlands boss, Louis van Gaal tried him at centre-back during their 1-0 win over Belgium on Sunday.

The Man United man who came on in place of Nathan Ake was expected to operate at left-wing-back.

Daley Blind was expected to move to the centre of defence, but instead, Malacia was told to operate on the left side of a back three alongside Virgil van Dijk and Jurrien Timber.

Although he was unfamiliar with the new role, Malacia performed admirably. However, he did make one too many marauding forward runs for Van Gaal’s liking.

“I went two or three times too much forward,” he told De Telegraaf.

“That is not possible in this position as quickly. But I was corrected by others.

“I didn’t agree with it at the time, yes. That’s right. After the game, we talked about that moment for a while and then it was over.

“I’m comfortable with United at the moment. The national coach thinks that I should also be able to play in the centre of the defence. But I feel best on the left.”



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