He deserves Justice

On Tuesday 30/11/2021 we lost our brother 12 years old Sylvester Oromoni Junior. He was a son, grandson, brother, cousin, uncle to his little nieces, he was a friend , he meant everything to us and Yes he was only a child an innocent child . He was taken from us from in the most gruesome of manner beaten by senior 5 boys in his hostel in Dowen College lekki Lagos state. He was tortured by these boys in his school and compelled to silence otherwise they threatened to kill him. This torture and beatings lead to injuries unimaginable and the school authorities without proper duty of care took his agony at face value and claimed he had a fall playing soccer. Without proper investigation or care they called his parents to pick him up. The family upon seeing their once healthy vibrant child knew this pains and injuries were beyond a domestic fall. The child could barely articulate words and move without these heart wrenching painful sounds. 
Sylvester Junior reported to the family he did not fall as alleged by the school. He said he was beaten and tortured by 5 senior students and mentioned their names. The students are from influential families and the school is trying to bury the case. 
Sign and help us find justice for Sylvester Oromoni Junior . It’s our fight he could be your son , your brother, your cousin. #justiceforsylvester

Nigerians still reluctant to report corruption, FG laments

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The Federal Government has said Nigerians are still reluctant to report incidences of corruption, challenging them to be ready to pay the supreme price for the development of the nation.

Executive Secretary, Presidential Advisory Committee on Anti-Corruption, Sadiq Raddah, stated this in Abuja on Wednesday, at the public presentation of the report of a survey on five years of whistle-blowing policy in Nigeria carried out by the African Centre for Media and Information Literacy.

He challenged anti-corruption advocates in the country to beam their focus on humanitarian interventions, saying there was seeming malfeasance in the distribution of relief materials to Internally Displaced Persons.

Raddah said, “Since the idea of whistleblowing began, we have realised some problems by people who want to blow the whistle.

“Yes, it is good to be afraid but if you become captive of fear and you want to be righteous, you end up being a captive without delivering.

”I have always said we must be willing to pay the price for doing what is good, including losing our lives.

“I have said several times that nobody wants to die but it is not bad to die while trying to pursue what is good. So people who want to blow the party history across the country, please try not to be afraid but indeed don’t be careless.”

The PACAC executive secretary said the whistleblowing policy should also extend to assets declaration.

Speaking at the event, the Coordinator, AFRICMIL, Chido Onumah, explained that the Corruption Anonymous project initiated by his organisation was meant to mobilise Nigerians to key into the whistleblowing policy which was unveiled in 2016.

He said, “Apart from the survey, AFRICMIL is also using this occasion to introduce a safe and secure whistleblowing platform which was put together with the collaboration of the Yar’Adua Foundation. When it launched, the platform will offer citizens an avenue to report corrupt practices anonymously.”

The survey found that many Nigerians doubted the effectiveness of the whistleblowing policy in country.

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UBA lights up Lagos ahead of Yuletide

By Taofik Salako and Collins Nweze

United Bank for Africa (UBA) has held a light-up ceremony at its Foundation Gardens in Marina, Lagos.

The event kick-started the leading banking group’s activities for the Yuletide.

The garden lights were activated by UBA’s Group Managing Director Kennedy Uzoka with other key management workers and some customers of the bank.

Uzoka, who is also the Chairman of the UBA Foundation, noted that giving back was the main tenet of UBA Foundation.

“We have, over the years, engaged in various activities aimed at appreciating our host communities all around Africa and especially in countries where we operate. So, for us, these lights symbolise hope for the future and all the goodness it will bring into people’s lives.

“It is hard to believe that we have been in this pandemic for almost two years. People have lost friends and family members and businesses decimated by the effects of the pandemic. There has been a general feeling of hopelessness, but our desire is to fill people’s lives with hope once again.”

The bank chief said UBA Foundation had been active in combatting the spread of COVID-19 across Africa.

He said the bank donated over $14 million to its communities across Africa to support the fight against the pandemic.

Also, this year, the foundation is planning to feed thousands of people across Africa through its annual food bank initiative.

Through the programme, food, hygiene products and other gifts items are given to those who have less, especially during the festive season.

UBA Foundation Chief Executive Officer Mrs. Bola Atta said the light-up ceremony goes beyond the Marina and adorning the streets with beautiful colours.

“It reminds us as an institution of our promise to continue to touch lives and treat our communities with kindness. We are living in very difficult times and a little gesture to put a smile on, even one face, goes a very long way. We should all endeavour to do whatever we can, within our power, to uplift others.

“UBA Foundation, the CSR arm of the UBA Group, is committed to the socio-economic betterment of the communities in which the bank operates, focusing on development in the areas of education, the environment, economic empowerment and other special projects,” Mrs. Atta said.

Man sexually molests friend’s 10-year-old daughter, blames devil

A 34-year-old man, Godwin Iroro, has been arrested by police detectives attached to the Ajegunle Division in Lagos State for defiling his friend’s 10-year-old daughter (name withheld).

The suspect, who was arrested on November 25, 2021, blamed the devil for the unprintable act.

Iroro was arrested following a complaint lodged at the Police Station by the victim’s father, Chukwudi Chime, who upon noticing the unusual and awkward movements of his daughter probed to know what happened to her.

The Command’s spokesman in the state, Adekunle Ajisebutu, in a statement said the suspect confessed to the crime but blamed the devil.

The statement was titled, ‘Man, 34, Defiles Friend’s 10-Year-Old Daughter’.

It read in part, “The little girl when questioned, disclosed that her father’s friend, a father of four who also lives in the same house at 5, Iyalode Street, Ajegunle, Lagos, had carnal knowledge of her when her father was not at home.

“Preliminary investigation revealed that both men are separated from their wives. While the victim lives with her father at the above address, the suspect’s four children live with their mother in Asaba, Delta State.

“The suspect, upon interrogation, confessed to the crime but blamed it on the devil. He also confessed to have sexually abused the little girl only twice before the evil was uncovered.

“Angered by the beastly attitude of the paedophile, the Commissioner of Police, CP Hakeem Odumosu, immediately directed that he should be transferred to the Gender Unit of the Police Command for discreet investigation and diligent prosecution.

“The CP warns such licentious men who would not keep their restless manhoods in check to desist from such contemptible act or face the grave consequences.”

PATIENCE

Patience: is the capacity to accept or tolerate delay, problems, or suffering without becoming annoyed or anxious.

Bible

But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it. Roman 8:25

Quran

Ayah 5

فَٱصْبِرْ صَبْرًۭا جَمِيلًا

So be patient with gracious patience.

Patience is the greatest key to success to archive something big you need to be patient it doesn’t matter how difficult things are going just be positive

Have you ever considered why in most things we passed through why patience is always among and the most important God will always bless you but you need to be patient for that to come not that God can’t bless you without being patient but in every sweet story there must be a breakthrough and in every breakthrough, there must be patience

Life is a race if you’re not patient you won’t reach the end point

Edmund Burke

“Our patience will achieve more than our force.”

Making money is easy but requires hard work and hard work requires patience

Getting married is easy but what about when you haven’t conceived and is about year’s you’ve gotten married I know it’s painful but all you need is to be patient most times is us not being patient that causes it

For teens, you want to be in a relationship have you considered getting pregnant if you do can you bear the pain for nine months, can you bear the pain of pushing then if no be patient

The business you run don’t feel bad if things are not falling in place all you need is just patient

Mahatma Gandhi

“To lose patience is to lose the battle.”

So do you want to be conquered, so if you don’t want to be conquered just be patient and fight more

Newly discovered Covid-19 variant B.1.1.529 is ‘red flag’ but US needs to learn more, Fauci says

The United States is working to quickly learn more about the newly identified coronavirus variant B.1.1.529, which was first identified in South Africa.
South Africa’s health minister announced Thursday the discovery of the variant, which appears to be spreading rapidly in parts of the country. Then on Friday, the World Health Organization designated the variant as a “variant of concern,” naming it Omicron.
Currently, “there’s no indication” that B.1.1.529 is in the United States right now — and US scientists are working closely with colleagues in South Africa to learn more about the emerging variant, Dr. Anthony Fauci, chief medical adviser to President Joe Biden and director of the National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said Friday.
The virus seems to be spreading “in a reasonably rapid rate,” Fauci told CNN’s Brianna Keilar. The variant so far has been detected in South Africa, Botswana, in a traveler to Hong Kong from South Africa — and Belgium became the first European country to confirm a case.
US scientists are in “very active communication” with South African scientists to learn more about the molecular makeup of the variant so that researchers can test for the variant in the United States. This type of information also can help scientists better predict how well current coronavirus vaccines may work against the variant.
Scientists have some concern that the variant’s high number of mutations could make it more transmissible and possibly evade the vaccines used today.
“Right now, we’re getting the material together with our South African colleagues to get a situation where you could actually directly test it. So, right now you’re talking about sort of like a red flag that this might be an issue — but we don’t know,” Fauci said Friday.
“Once you test it, you’ll know for sure whether or not it does or does not evade the antibodies that we make — for example against the virus, through a vaccine,” he said. “The answer is we don’t know right now, but we’re going to find out for sure.”
The B.1.1.529 variant has more than 30 mutations in a part of the virus called the spike protein — a structure the coronavirus uses to enter the cells it attacks.
These mutations “are raising some concern, particularly with regard to possibly transmissibility increase, and possibly evasion of immune response,” Fauci said.
Yet “we don’t know that for sure right now — this is really something that’s in motion — and we just arranged right now, a discussion between our scientists and the South African scientists a little bit later in the morning to really get the facts,” he said. “We want to find out scientist-to-scientist exactly what is going on.”
In the meantime, several nations — including the United Kingdom — have banned flights from South Africa and surrounding African countries in response to the emergence of the B.1.1.529 variant.
Fauci told Keilar on Friday that the United States must learn more about the variant and how well current vaccines work against it before considering a travel ban.
“As soon as we find out more information, we’ll make a decision as quickly as we possibly can. You always put these things on the table, but you don’t want to say you’re going to do it until you have some scientific reason to do it. That’s the reason why we’re rushing now to get that scientific data to try and make an informed decision,” Fauci said.
“You want to find out if in fact it does evade the vaccines that we’re doing,” he added. “You’re prepared to do everything you need to do to protect the American public, but you want to make sure there’s a basis for doing that.”

Czech president back in hospital over positive Covid test

Czech President Milos Zeman returned to hospital hours after being released Thursday as he tested positive for Covid-19, his spokesman Jiri Ovcacek said in a statement.

Zeman was expected to appoint centre-right leader Petr Fiala as prime minister on Friday, but Ovcacek said his programme would now be put on hold.

The 77-year-old veteran leftwinger was hospitalised on October 10, a day after a general election, and treated for liver problems that doctors have suggested could be cirrhosis.

Zeman left Prague’s Military University Hospital (UVN) for home care at his Lany chateau residence just west of Prague on Thursday morning.

But on Thursday afternoon, Zeman “was tested for Covid-19 within the standards of the home care provider. Unfortunately, the result was positive,” Ovcacek said.

“The president’s programme will be suspended while he undergoes treatment for Covid-19,” he added as Zeman was returned to the UVN.

Local media said Zeman, who had received three doses of a Covid vaccine, showed no symptoms of the disease.

Zeman was due to appoint Fiala on Friday, but the infection has put the ceremony off indefinitely.

Fiala is the chairman of the right-wing Civic Democratic Party, which teamed up with the centrist Christian Democrats and the centre-right TOP 09 party to form the Together alliance that won the October election.

Together they narrowly defeated the populist ANO movement of outgoing billionaire Prime Minister Andrej Babis.

– Record Covid infections –

The alliance then joined forces with a centrist grouping of the Mayors and Independents and the Pirate Party to clinch a majority of 108 votes in the 200-seat parliament.

The five parties put together a government while Zeman, who would normally have mediated the post-election talks, was in the hospital.

Zeman, who is to name the prime minister and then the government under the constitution, said he had a problem with one person in Fiala’s cabinet, raising that the pro-Russian Zeman might insist on a change.

But Zeman’s latest hospitalisation has delayed things further at a time when the Czech Republic, an EU member of 10.7 million people, is grappling with record daily growths in Covid-19 infections.

The Czech health ministry registered 18,004 new cases on Wednesday after a record-high 25,877 the day before.

The spike led the outgoing Babis government to announce new restrictions on Thursday, including the closure of restaurants, bars and discos at night, as well as Christmas markets in their entirety.

Hospitals in the east are running out of capacity and some have begun to move patients to less congested facilities elsewhere in the country.

Child Trafficking: Police rescue two babies in Ebonyi

The police in Ebonyi State on Monday rescued two newborn babies from suspected child traffickers.

The police spokesperson in the state, Loveth Odah, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abakaliki that the babies were rescued by a team of local vigilantes and Ebubeagu Security Network.

She said the suspects were intercepted on the ‘boundary’ between Abi Local Government Area of Cross River and Abaomege axis in Onicha Local Government Area of Ebonyi.

“They were intercepted during a search by the local vigilantes in the area who alerted the police,” Ms Odah, a deputy superintendent of police, said.

According to her, the two babies were concealed in bags by the suspected traffickers, Imabong Mathew and Gloria Okon, who is pregnant.

“Today we recovered two female babies, who are less than a week and two weeks old, respectively.

“The babies have been taken to an Intensive Care Unit of the Alex-Ekwueme Federal Teaching Hospital, Abakaliki, for proper medical care.

“After the medical care, the babies will be transferred to the Ministry of Women Affairs to take care of them, while investigation will continue,” she said.

“One of the babies suffers from jaundice and the other is in good condition, but they will carry out a general test on them,” she added.

Ms Odah said the suspects were on their way to Lagos when they were arrested.

She said the Commissioner of Police, Garba Aliyu, has vowed to ensure that those involved were prosecuted.

The commissioner, who commended the Chairman, Onicha local government, Ogbonna Igboke, and the vigilantes for the arrest, urged all community leaders in the state to be security conscious.

Amnesty: Nnamdi Kanu can’t be trusted, should face trial, ACF tells Buhari

The Arewa Consultative Forum has said that the detained leader of the proscribed secessionist group, the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, cannot be trusted and should not be granted amnesty.

The pan-Northern socio-political organisation said Kanu cannot be trusted because he once jumped bail in 2017 and fled the country.

ACF, therefore, urged the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), to follow the rule of law and leave the IPOB leader to face trial for the charges brought against him.

ACF National Publicity Secretary, Emmanuel Yawe, stated this in an exclusive interview with The PUNCH on Monday.

He was reacting to demand by some respected Igbo elders that the President should release Kanu, who is facing terrorism-related charges and has since been detained in the custody of the Department of State Servies.

The PUNCH had earlier reported that the Igbo leaders led by Minister of Aviation in the First Republic, Chief Mbazulike Amaechi, visited Buhari in Aso Rock in Abuja on Friday and requested the unconditional release of Kanu.

In response, Buhari had said, “You’ve made an extremely difficult demand on me as leader of this country. The implication of your request is very serious. In the last six years, since I became President, nobody would say I have confronted or interfered in the work of the Judiciary.

“When Kanu jumped bail, got arrested and was brought back to Nigeria, I said the best thing was to subject him to the system. Let him make his case in court, instead of giving very negative impressions of the country from outside. I will consider your demand, but it is a heavy one.”

However, the ACF scribe told The PUNCH on Monday that Kanu should be allowed to face trial.

Yawe said, “What would happen to the case against him (Kanu)? The case would be thrown away? If he (Buhari) releases him that will be the end of the case. We have a democracy and there is due process of law; there is separation of power between the judiciary and the executive. If somebody is taken to court, it is now left for the judiciary to say the person is guilty or not.

“The President who is part of the executive cannot take a case to court and then adjudge it himself by releasing the person and say he (Kanu) should go free. We stand by the rule of law.

“When Kanu was re-arrested, we cautioned that he should not be given extrajudicial trial; we said he should be tried by the provisions of the law and now we find it strange that somebody who was accused would be released without trial.”

The ACF spokesman stressed that Kanu cannot be trusted and warned against his release.

“How can you trust somebody who jump bail and you caught him and bring him to try him again? A serving Senator and important member of the society stood bail for him and he (Kanu) didn’t show up in court,” he said.

Yawe further said that Igbo leaders would accuse Buhari of nepotism should he start releasing herdsmen nabbed for atrocious crimes.

“If Buhari starts releasing herdsmen who are caught harassing people, they would complain that he is doing it because he is a Fulani man but now they are putting pressure on him to release an Igbo man who has also been caught harassing other Nigerians. It is not right,” he said.

Asked whether only northern suspects were entitled to the concept of amnesty and not suspects from other parts of the country, Yawe said the Audu Ogbeh-led group has been totally against any form of amnesty from the outset.

“As far as Arewa Consultative Forum is concerned, those amnesties are not correct and we have started so. Audu Ogbeh issued a statement when these Boko Haram people said they are reformed and wanted amnesty. They should be tried, they should not be given any amnesty,” he explained.

“The President was elected as a Democratic President; he should act as a Democratic President and not a military man; he should follow the rule of law,” he noted.

Kanu, 54, was first apprehended in 2017 for demanding the secession of the South-East zone from the Nigerian State.

Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, who represents Abia South in the red chamber, and two others had stood as sureties for detained IPOB leader before he was granted bail by the Federal High Court in Abuja on April 25, 2017.

Kanu, however, jumped bail same year but he claimed he fled Nigeria because of an alleged extrajudicial attempt on his life in Abia in September 2017.

The IPOB leader was reportedly re-arrested in June 2021 in Kenya. He is facing terrorism-related charges before Justice Binta Nyako.

After several adjournments, the presiding judge said the trial would continue on January 19 and 20, 2022.

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