Day Old Baby Of Deaf/ Dumb Mother Disappears From Kaduna Hospital

A day old baby, whose parents were deaf and dumb has allegedly been stolen by a woman hours after delivery in Kaduna State.

The State Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development, Hajiya Hafsat Baba revealed this on Wednesday, saying investigation has commenced on the disappearance of the baby from Yusuf Dantsoho General Hospital.

Baba said her ministry was liaising with that of Health to unravel the circumstances that led to the disappearance of the baby.

“We are working to ensure that the baby is traced and returned to her mother,’’ she said. We are appealing to the ministry of health to thoroughly investigate all personnel on duty at the time.

“We are also involving the Nigeria Civil Defence Corps Child Protection Desk to conduct their investigations on the matter.

“This not the first this is happening at Yusuf Dantsoho , and this has given us a bad image as a government in the eyes of the public ,’’ the commissioner added.

The mother of the baby, Salamatu Kabir, went through Cesarean section at the hospital and was recuperating when the baby girl was stolen.

( NAN )

Man Docked For Slapping Another In Osun

By Nofisat Marindoti

A 47-year old man, Osho Adewale has been arraigned before a Magistrate Court in Osogbo, State of Osun capital over alleged assault.

Prosecutor Fagboyinbo Abiodun told the court that the accused on the 11th of January at Lake Side Hotel in Dada Estate, assaulted one Oguntayo Awodele when he (Adewale) slapped him on the face, adding that the offence contravened section 351 of the Criminal Code Cap 34, vol. II, Laws of Osun State of Nigeria 2003.

The accused however pleaded not guilty of the charge preferred against him.

In his ruling, Magistrate Fatimo Sodamade granted the accused bail of N50,000 with one surety in like sum and adjourned the case till February 5, 2018.

Police Threaten To Impound Vehicles With Concealed Number Plates In Niger

The Niger State Police Command has said that it will soon commence impounding vehicles with concealed number plates, adding that the drivers of such vehicles will be arrested and prosecuted.

The police, in a statement, said the illegal concealment of vehicle number plates had been traced to increasing cases of kidnapping and other criminal acts in the state.

The statement signed by the state Police Public Relations Officer, Mohammad Abubakar, an assistant superintendent of police (ASP), added that: “The police command will not hesitate to arrest any person or group of persons seen to be driving vehicles with concealed plate numbers and whoever is arrested will be charged to court in accordance with the provisions of the Road Traffic Act.”

He expressed dismay that members of the public including top government officials drove their vehicles with covered number plates in the state.

Abubakar said that the command had directed all Divisional Police Officers (DPOs) to enforce the provisions of the Act.

Victor Umeh Receives Certificate Of Return

The winner of the Anambra Central Senatorial election and former National Chairman of the All Progressive Grand Alliance, (APGA), Victor Umeh has received his Certificate of Return.

Mr Umeh who visited the office Headquarters of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), in Abuja on Wednesday was presented with his certificate by National Commissioner in charge of South East, Prof. Ibeanu.

Umeh swept to victory in Saturday’s poll by a landslide, securing 64,879 votes. None of the 13 other contestants in the election got up to a thousand votes.

Consequently, INEC returned him as the winner of the rerun election on Sunday morning.

See full result as below:

1. Oyeh Mercy Uche – A – 35
2. Hon. Oby Kate Okafor – ACD – 33
3. Chief Anayo A. Nweke – ADC – 57
4. Sen. Chris Ngige – APC – 975
5. Chief Sir Victor Umeh – APGA – 64,879
6. Christopher A. Chukwendu – GPN – 48
7. Okafor Ikechukwu – ID – 14
8. Chief Denis Oguguo – KOWA -12
9. Kingsley Chukwuma Nwofor – LP – 95
10. Ekweozo C. Nkem – MPPP – 111
11. Ubakamma J. Ikenna – NCP – 72
12. Rev. Charles O. Ekwueme – PDC – 5
13. Igwilo Michael C. – PPA – 116
14. Ikechukwu F. Obiekwe – UPP – 55

Flanagan Sentenced For Assault

Liverpool defender John Flanagan was sentenced to rehabilitation and 40 hours of unpaid work on Wednesday, having pleaded guilty to attacking his girlfriend.

The 25-year-old full-back admitted an offence of common assault by beating at a hearing on January 2.

Liverpool Crown Court heard that he kicked his partner Rachael Wall in a central street in the northwest English city in the early hours of December 22.

District judge Wendy Lloyd sentenced Flanagan to a 12-month community order, which includes 15 rehabilitation activity days, 40 hours of unpaid work, £85 court costs ($117, 96 euros) and an £85 victim surcharge.

“You are, of course, a young man of previous good character and therefore it’s undoubtedly sad that you have brought yourself here by your behaviour,” she said.

“It was a matter of this lady going to the floor twice and you used your foot on her on one occasion.”

The court saw security camera footage which showed Flanagan hitting his girlfriend before pushing her against a wall twice and then kicking her.

His lawyer Lionel Grieg told the court: “He deeply regrets his behaviour and there is genuine remorse.

“They are back together and working very hard at the relationship.”

Liverpool-born Flanagan has made more than 50 first-team appearances for the Reds since making his debut aged 18.

He has captained Liverpool and made an appearance for England as a substitute in 2014.

Flanagan spent last season on loan at Burnley after 20 months out due to knee surgery.

He has featured only once for Liverpool this season.

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Mourinho Plans Contract Extension At Manchester United

The Manager of the Manchester United, Jose Mourinho is said to be ready to finally reach the final agreement with the club on a contract extension.

The contract is said to keep him to the close of 2021.

The information has been that there has been progress in the discussion as regards him staying at the Old Trafford for more years adding to the previous three years the Portuguese signed which is said to be out by June 2019.

‘Manchester united is a great club and I want to take the club to the height and class they belong to and yes my commitment to them is total and and final’ said the 54 year old who also disclaim the rumours of him leaving the club.

Mourinho won the League Cup and Europa League in his first season in charge, though United finished sixth in the league.
They currently sit second, 12 points behind local rivals Manchester City, and are in the Champions League last 16 and FA Cup fourth round.

EFCC Arraign Justice Yinusa Over Corruption Allegations

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC has arraigned Justice Mohammed Yinusa before a Lagos High Court Sitting in Ikeja.

He was arraigned on a 5 count charge alongside Esther Agbo, a staff of the Law Firm of Snr Advocate of Nigeria, Rickey Tarfa.

When the charges were read to them, they both pleaded not guilty before trial judge, Justice Sherifat Solebo.

In the first Count, Justice Yinusa is charged with attempting to pervert the course of justice by engaging in constant price and confidential telephone communications with a Mr Rickey Tarfa, SAN during a period he presided over two of the Senior advocate’s matter.

In the second count, Justice Yinusa is charged with corruption for allegedly receiving the sum of N1.5m paid to him by his co-defendant, Esther Agni in other to give decisions in favour of the Chambers of the Law Firm of Rickey Tarfa.

In the third count, Justice Yinusa is charged with agreeing to receive financial benefit from another Snr Advocate of Nigeria, Mr Joseph Nwobike in other to give favourable decisions in the cases of the said lawyer before him.

In count four, the EFCC alleged that Justice Yinusa received the sum of N750,000 from Mr Nwobike and in the fifth charge, Esther Agbo is charged with offering gratification of N1.5m to Justice Yinusa in order to induce him to give decisions in favour of the Law Chambers of Rickey Tarfa.

The two senior advocates linked in this matter are currently being prosecuted by the EFCC in other courts.

Senate Plenary Turns Rowdy Over Cross-Carpeting

The Nigerian Senate, on Wednesday was thrown into a rowdy session as it was about recording the first official cross-carpeting for the year 2018.

Senator Sonni Ogbuoji ( Ebonyi South) had come under order 43 of the rules of the Senate to announce his official defection from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

Members of the PDP and APC didn’t allow Ogbuoji to finish when the floor was thrown into rowdiness, with the APC Senators dragging the new defector to their wing while PDP lawmakers scampered to rescue him to their wing.

Having brought the floor to decorum, Senator Ogbuoji, in a twist of event, announced that he was withdrawing his earlier announcement.

“I came under order 43 with the intention that I needed to make some declarations this morning. But my party, the PDP felt I had not consulted with them enough.

“So, because of the love they had shown to me in the past, I’m stepping down my decision to decamp”, Ogbuoji declared.

Responding, the President of the Senate, Dr Bukola Saraki who presided over the plenary, did not object to the withdrawal of statement of defection.

He said, in line with our rules, we cannot debate on this. But, Senator Sonni, I’m going to keep the whole day for you, in case you wish to come under order 43 again and perfect your defection,” Saraki said jokingly.

Australian Open: 2018 Top Seed Rafael Nadal beats Leonardo Mayer

Top seed Rafael Nadal progressed to the last 32 of the Australian Open with a straight-set victory over Argentina’s Leonardo Mayer in Melbourne.

The Spaniard, 31, beat world number 52 Mayer 6-3 6-4 7-6 (7-4) in two hours 38 minutes on Rod Laver Arena.

Mayer responded to a Nadal break in the final set with one of his own, before the 2009 champion took the tie-break.

“I’m happy to be in the third round and a second victory in a row is very important news for me,” said Nadal.

“Leonardo is a player with big potential, he hits the ball so strong. He is a very dangerous opponent.

“This tournament is my favourite of the year, so I want to stay here as long as possible.”

Nadal will face Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Damir Dzumhur in the next round after the world number 30 beat John Millman 7-5 3-6 6-4 6-1.

Brazil Legend Ronaldinho Quits Football

Brazil World Cup winner Ronaldinho has finally pulled the curtains on a glittering career by announcing his retirement from football after over two decades, his brother and agent Roberto Assis has confirmed.

The 37-year-old, whose full names are Ronaldo de Assis Moreira has not played for a professional team since leaving Fluminense in 2015 and, last year July, he said on the sidelines of a friendly in Chechnya that was he was “too old” to return to action.

Roberto Assis confirmed the news of his brother’s decision in a column for the Brazilian media outlet O Globo and revealed plans for farewell tribute events after the 2018 World Cup – three years after Ronaldinho’s last club game.

“He has stopped, it is ended,” Assis said. “Let’s do something pretty big and nice after the Russia World Cup, probably in August. We will do various events in Brazil, Europe and Asia and, of course, we are arranging something with the Brazilian team as well.”

Ronaldinho started his career with Gremio in Brazil before moving to Europe with Paris Saint Germain in 2001. He went on to play for Barcelona and AC Mlan before returning to Brazil where he turned out for Flamengo, Atlético Mineiro and Fluminense, as well as a brief spell in Mexico with Querétaro.

The Brazil legend was also named FIFA World Player of the Year in 2004 and 2005.

He also featured for Brazil at the FIFA World Cup in 2002 and 2006 and scored 33 times in 97 games for the Selecao.

My Experience As Governor Aregbesola’s Official DJ- Bassman, Ekundayo Salawu

Though he cuts the image of a controversial governor especially given his avowed style of “Unusual Government” , Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun, South West Nigeria is perhaps the most entertaining governor. Even at the peak of criticisms from many fronts, Oranmiyan, as he is fondly called by his admirers turns government open events to dancing floors where unique songs and dancing steps emerge.

The event, as far Aregbesola is concerned, is incomplete, when his DJ is not on hand to deliver intermitent musical backups when he is making critical political statements.

Behind that culture in political communication is an Osogbo based popular entertainer, Saheed Oluwaseun Tanimola Ekundayo Salawu popularly called DJ Bassman.

Salawu, in an interview with our correspondent, WAHEED ADEKUNLE, praised Aregbesola led government in the state for  demonstrating an outstanding leadership quality towards the provision of an enabling environment for trade, commerce, industry and business to thrive.

He extolled Osun state government for changing the face of entertainment industry which he said had suffered serious setback in the hands of successive administrations.

These and many more were the commendations made by the popular artiste in an interview in Osogbo, the state capital.

With an outstanding presence and influence in the osun entertainment scene for over a decade, Bassman joined Ogbeni Rauf and his enigmatic team of change makers to change the political-entertainment scene in Osun and even beyond. 

Mutually benefiting from each other’s influence Ogbeni Rauf and DJ Bassman are overtly fond of each other. Ogbeni Rauf appointed Bassman as the official DJ of the government of the State of Osun, making Bassman a big favoured.

Here are the excerpts of the interview:

Can I meet you sir?

I am Saheed Oluwaseun Tanimola Ekundayo Salawu, a graduate of Mass Communication from Osun State Polytechnic, Iree.

What are you really into?

Well, I am a Disk Jockey (DJ), I am also a broadcaster. I have worked with Osun State Broadcasting Corporation (OSBC) as a freelance staff. I have also worked with General Manager, Nigerian Television Authority, NTA, Osogbo branch. In 2015, I left OSBC for Rave FM as an inhouse DJ.

‎Who is Governor Rauf Aregbesola to you?‎

Governor Rauf Aregbesola is a father to me, he is a leader with an outstanding leadership attribute. He is a man that changed my story from nothing to something and from nobody to somebody. To me, Governor Rauf Aregbesola has changed entertainment sector in Osun to a great sector now loved by all.

How did you become Aregbesola’s official DJ? 

‎I contact began in 2010 shortly after he (Governor Rauf Aregbesola) reclaimed his mandate after the Court Appeal judgment in November 26, 2010. But in November 29, 2010, I did a song for him to congratulate him and show our solidarity to his administration. Though this song was vey popular and Mr Governor himself loved the song and later I launched the album where many personalities far and near attended the occasion. On this day, day, ofthe Aregbesola’s aide at the function promised to link me with Mr Governor and this later came to fruition. But in 2014 when Mr Governor was seeking for re-election, I was picked as his DJ and I was part of the campaign team, that was how I became the full time DJ for Mr Governor.

Does your appointment as Mr Governor’s official DJ has any influence on your personal life?

Yes, it has. I am a son of nobody that the Governor picked from nowhere to become somebody. The road to this stage was very rough, thorny and skimpy but I thank God that today I am where I am. Knowing Governor Aregbesola has not only made me popular but helped tremendously in improving the entertainment industry. My contact with Mr Governor has helped me personally to make some impacts which if I was not appointed as his DJ may be difficult for me to make. Mr Governor has through me made great contribution to the growth and development of the entertainment industry. He has done well for us as upcoming, trending and successful artistes in the state. The DJ Bassman of local standard has through the help of God and timely support of Governor Aregbesola has today become international DJ.

To what extent have you applied your popularity, influence and recognition to turn around the fortune of the entertainment industry?

Obviously I have made some impacts on this. As we all know, prior to my appointment as Mr Governor’s official DJ, our colleagues used to collect between N5000‎ to N10000 per function, but today, the story has changed as many are gradually realizing that DJ as a profession could make one to become friend of Mr Governor, thus, adding more values to those in the profession and as well increasing their income per function. The impression is that many do not believ that we DJ can have such rare opportunity to work with Governor that is why people used to give us peanuts whenver the invited us to function to render service. But my present position has changed the people’s orientation as regards this and toady we are better treated and mobilized while this gesture is also reflecting in the money they give us for entertainment per function or event. I can say it boldly that DJs in Osun are charging N50,000 to N300,000 per outing. So, with what God has done in my life through Mr Governor, I have been impacting different upcoming artistes as I do give for free my recording studio where many upcoming artistes used to get their songs recorded for production.

What has been the impact of your relationship with Governor Rauf Aregbesola so far?

Uncountable. To be realistic, I never believed I could meet a Governor neither I had it in mind that I could work with such personality.  Though when I was young, my childhood friends used to call me governor (gomina) but today in spite that I have not become that acclaimed Governor, I am working with a Governor and that has been a greatest joy in my life for now. My relationship with Governor Aregbesola has made me to know that he ( Aregbesola) is a simple, humble and humane person to the core. He doesn’t under-rate, he doesn’t downgrade, and above all, he is a lover of the youths and he encourages people on love which made him to have empowered millions of people particularly youths which I am a beneficiary too. We can relate this to some of his impacts on myriads of his achievements on youth empowerment, education, infrastructure, health, security, tourism and culture, entertainment among others. On entertainment, it is not a doubt that our Governor has really changed the face of entertainment in the state. To justify this, we can see that since the creation of this state, no government had ever organized a countdown event to herald new year except the present administration. This annual event attracts artistes within and outside the country to come down to Osun to perform and this has since its commencement become annual event. I am proud to be associated with Governor Aregbesola. I am proud to know him and I am proud to be his official DJ. So, this government has been so supportive, collaborative and passionate to the yearnings and aspirations of the people of the state, thus making its impact to be bogus and attractive. It is my candid belief as this government will come to an end this year, whoever succeeds Aregbesola which I believed will be an Omoluabi per excellence will continue to buildof legacy Aregbesola had made.