Lance Corporal Martins released a video criticizing security chiefs in the country for not doing enough to end terrorism in the country.
In the video shared online on June 23, 2020, Martins lamented the needless killings of citizens. He added that he knows he may no longer have his freedom after the release of the video but said it won’t stop him from speaking.
Shortly after the video went viral, Lance Corporal Martins was arrested. Days later, his wife Mrs Victoria Idakpini was arrested too “leaving her three children in the care of no one.”
Following the arrests, the Nigerian Army was dragged to court. The Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, and Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, were also joined in the suit.
Confirming the institution of the lawsuit, Mr Tope Akinyode, National President of Revolutionary Lawyer’s Forum, said on Twitter, “We are of the considered view that the continued detention of Lance Corporal Martins violates his fundamental human rights much as it violates the extant provisions of the Armed Forces Act.
Read It Below
“Unfortunately, the Nigerian Army displayed a higher degree of despotism on 25th June when again it illegally arrested and has continued to detain the wife of Lance Corporal Martins, Mrs Victoria Idakpini, leaving her three children in the care of no one.
“This unimaginable degree of wickedness from the Nigerian Army is worth the condemnation of all and sundry, to say the least.
“Already, Nigerians are daily losing confidence in the activities of the army but this recent arrest is a big blow on the generality of Nigerians.
“We shall battle the oppressive and abrasive tendencies of the Nigerian Army and we’ll ensure that justice is served in this case.”
2baba Ventures Into Agriculture, Unveils Agro-Business Project
2baba has unveiled a new agro-allied business called Innobia Cooperatives Organisation (Innobia Allied Ltd)
During a live chat with the chief executive of Nigerian Stock Exchange, Oscar Onyema, at the virtual ringing of the gong to close the market, the singer revealed that the initiative was born out of the desire to key into the government policy of diversification of the economy through agriculture and its ancillary businesses.
“We want to create jobs for our youths and empower our women in order to break the chain of poverty and contribute meaningfully to the economy. Our target is to empower a minimum of 1,000 youths in each of the 36 States and the FCT by the year 2021,” the UNHCR goodwill ambassador declared.
On behalf of the board and management of INNOBIA, I seek your support and partnership in our bid to achieve the ultimate objective of addressing the issues of food sufficiency and job creation for our people.”
The singer also spoke about how music can help foster social good and drive change in society. The singer’s manager, Efe Omorogbe revealed that the business is headquartered in Nigeria and will have branches in Israel and the United Kingdom. He added that the singer began the Innobia operations months ago in partnership with seasoned local and international agribusiness experts.
He further revealed that the pilot project to engage, train, and empower 10,000 women and youths in rice and soya beans production is ongoing in Benue State.
NPF begins recruitment of new constables
The Nigeria Police Force has commenced the recruitment of new constables.
A statement by the Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba, on Saturday, invites applications from suitably qualified Nigerians to join the police.
According to Mba, applicants must be between the ages of 17 and 25; and must have obtained a minimum of five credits, including English and Mathematics, in WASSCE/NECO/GCE/NABTEB.
The recruitment exercise, which he said is free, will be done online through www.policerecruitment.gov.ng, beginning from July 14 to August 23.
It was said that applicants who meet the requirements would be invited for physical screening from August 24 to August 30.
“Names of the successful candidates will be published in the national dailies on 14th of September 2020 and on other platforms,” Mba disclosed.
FG To Shut Third Mainland Bridge For Six Months
The Federal Government is set to shut the Third Mainland Bridge for six months starting from Friday, July 24.
This was confirmed by the Federal Controller of Works in Lagos, Olukayode Popoola.
According to him, consultations are ongoing for another phase of repair works to begin on the 11.8km bridge.
Popoola explained that the work will commence on the outward mainland section of the bridge, and the ministry is working with relevant agencies to perfect traffic during the period.
The bridge has gone through a series of repair works and was last shut in August 2018 for a three-day investigative maintenance check.
There have also been reports of some worn-out expansion joints on the structure, raising concerns over the state of the bridge.
This development will force motorists in Lagos who ply the bridge to begin making arrangements for alternative routes.
List of 5 Most Performing Chairmen in Plateau State, Hon. Kwallu Emerges Top – COA Media
In pursuit of our organisational objectives and consistent value of checkmating and encouraging good governance, the COA Media Group embarked on mirroring the performance of Plateau State LGA CHAIRMEN for the first half of 2020 (January – June).
With respect to this exercise, Hon. Isaac Kyale Kwallu FCIA, FCIPMA, the Executive Chairman Quaan-Pan Local Government Area made it to the top of the ladder in this maiden edition. He and other four (4) Local Government Chairmen emerged the top five (5) Performing Local Government Chairmen for the first half of the year 2020.
Other Chairmen who made it to the list are;
Hon. Joshua laven Ubandoma.
Executive Chairman Langtang North Local Government Area.
Hon. Shehu Bala.
Executive Chairman Jos North Local Government Area.
Hon. Nde Emmanuel lar.
Executive Chairman Kanke Local Government Area.
Hon. Gwalson Mafeng.
Executive Chairman Riyom Local Government Area.
Activities of these Chairmen ranging from Infrastructural Development, Poverty Alleviation, Security, Empowerment, Youth Engagements, awareness and aptness in tackling the Covid-19 pandemic. The Improvement of internally generated revenue of their various local council areas, is not only applauding but worth emulating.
These Chairmen have indeed demonstrated excellent leadership and good governance to the admiration of many.
“This process involved opinions sampling generated from our over twenty thousand members online who participated in the monitoring. Evaluation process across the state after which primary data were received from the Local Government Areas..”
Justifying the criteria used in arriving at its decision, Amb. Cletus Akhimien, Executive Director COA Media Group said the organisation arrived at its conclusion through its over 20 thousand members who sent in opinions through an online platform which is verifiable.
However stated that the aim of the project is to raise the awareness and participation of Plateau people in the socio-economic and political development of the state through the Local Govt system..
‘We launched a platform which allowed all our twenty thousand members to determine the top five CHAIRMEN in Plateau State. They were accessed based on five prioritised areas which includes Infrastructure, Accessibility, Youth Engagements, Security and prompt response in tackling the spread of Covid-19 pandemic” he stated.
The COA Media Group added that the evaluation exercise will be done twice yearly. The organisation will subsequently commence the assessment of all the elected officials.
Source: Crest TV Nigeria.
3Million Candidates Apply For 400,000 N-Power Jobs
3 million Plus applicants have enrolled for about 400,000 in The Federal Government’s N-Power programme.
Candidates applied for the programme through the online portal of the N-Power scheme which was opened for applications on June 26, 2020.
N-Power is one of the National Social Investment Programmes of the Federal Government.
Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development. It was said on Friday that it was carrying out the transitioning of independent monitors recruited to monitor Batch A and B of the N-Power programme as well as other NSIPs.
The Federal Government, through the N-Power office, had stated that it would absorb 400,000 applicants as Batch C beneficiaries.
Humanitarian ministry’s Deputy Director, Information, Rhoda Iliya, said,
“Enrolment of beneficiaries for N-power Batch C commenced on June 26, 2020. They received over three million applications since the portal opened.”
“Application process will be concluded as soon as possible to provide additional Nigerian youths access to the programme.”
It was inaugurated by the government in 2016. The mandate was to lift citizens out of poverty through a number of social interventions.
Couple Operating Baby Factory – How We Scouted For Pregnant Teenagers, Made Millions Selling Their Babies After Delivery
A couple, Chidi and Maureen Martins, allegedly running a baby factory at a church.
Three newborns, their mothers and three pregnant teenagers, were reportedly found at the facility.
Another couple ready to take away two babies bought at the church, Grate Mercy Deliverance Ministry. Were also apprehended by operatives of the Inspector-General of Police Intelligence Response Team.
The operators reportedly scouted for teenagers who could not take care of their pregnancies across Rivers, Abia, Akwa Ibom and Imo states.
City Round learnt that the Martins worked with a woman identified simply as IB, who found buyers for the babies. IB is still at large.
To fast-track the criminal deal, they reportedly induced their victims to give birth at eighth month. After births, they allegedly gave them drugs that would make them sleep off.
“When they woke up, they would be told the babies were dead whereas they (the babies) had been sold to waiting buyers,” a police source said.
It was learnt that the syndicate was busted recently after a relative of one of the victims, Patience, lured into the church from Akwa Ibom State, reported her missing to the IRT.
Consequently, a team of detectives trailed Patience to the church where they found three pregnant teenagers, three newborn babies and their teenage mums, including Patience.
The source stated:
“One of the pregnant teenagers, Lovett, is five months’ pregnant. She is from Ngor-Okpala area of Imo State. We also found one Chisom, from Ohaji Egbema, Imo State. She is 18 years old and seven months’ pregnant. The third pregnant lady is Chioma.
“Patience was found with a day-old baby boy and two other teenagers Favour and Chizaram, were found with a baby girl and a baby boy respectively. It was discovered that pregnant teenagers were usually induced into labour in their eighth months due to demands from people who wanted to buy the babies.
“The suspects, Maureen Matins, and her husband Chidi, who used the church to perpetrate the criminal act, promised the expectant teenage mums accommodation, feeding and maternity care and assured them they would be sent back after delivery. They worked with a woman known as IB who is on the run now.
“A couple, who came to buy a baby boy and a girl from Maureen, were also arrested. They paid N3.5m. The children are those of Patience and Favour. The two babies were sold to the couple as twins. There are over seven rooms in the church where the girls were kept. Maureen said she had lost count of the number of babies she had sold.”
Another source disclosed that after selling the babies, Maureen and her husband would give the mothers N30,000 to travel back to their states.
“It was discovered that Maureen had been operating the baby factory for over six years and people came from across the country to buy babies from her. She usually sold baby boys for N1.5m each, while baby girls were sold for N1.1m each. Maureen is the general overseer of her church, while her husband is an associate pastor.
“We are currently tracing over 20 children which they have sold. When children are born, Maureen will ask their mothers not to breastfeed them so that they don’t get used to breast milk.”
Maureen, 45, said she is a nurse and only helped to take delivery of babies at the church. She stated that it was IB who scouted for the pregnant teenagers and sold the babies.
“I am from Isiamba North, Imo State, but I reside in Port Harcourt. I am married with two children and I am also a nurse. It was IB who introduced this ‘business’ to me. She was the one who brought the pregnant ladies and sold their babies.
“I don’t know where she got them from; mine was to look after them until they were delivered of their babies. IB would take the babies to the buyers and I would tell the girls that their babies are dead and give them money to return home.”
One of the victims, Favour, said she ended up in the baby factory because the man who impregnated her did not take care of her. She stated that one Precious, who offered to help her, took her to the centre, where she stayed for one month before she gave birth.
“I left secondary school in 2019. My delivery date was not due yet. I was given an injection, was locked up in a room with some other girls for hours. I slept off and when I woke up, they told me that my baby was dead. They didn’t feed us well. I heard that they sold my baby and one other child for N2.5m.”
In her account, Lovett said she fell victim to the syndicate after her parents and boyfriend’s relatives rejected her.
“I am from Imo State and when I got pregnant, my mother rejected me. My boyfriend took me to his relatives and they also rejected me. His friend told me that a woman would take care of me at her home and after giving birth, my boyfriend would pay and pick me up. I was taken to the woman but I didn’t suspect her. They locked us inside the house for 10 hours most days.”
ENTERTAINMENT4 weeks ago
NASH ENTERTAINMENT front line Rapper CRINERRY Drops a Freestyle Video To Give His Views On Rape And Racism.
ALBUM3 weeks ago
DOWNLOAD | Kizz Daniel – King Of Love Album |Zip
GOSPEL3 weeks ago
Download | Jeremiah Gyang – We Are Marching Ft Jesse Jagz & Rubunu
ENTERTAINMENT2 weeks ago
Check Out All the Winners From The 2020 BET Awards
NEWS2 weeks ago
CAF Postpones 2021 Africa Cup Of Nations To 2022