CRIME: 20-Year-old Man In Prison Over Alleged Robbery


By Mariam Bello

The Osun State police command has arraigned one Taofeek Popoola, 20, before a magistrate court in Osogbo over alleged armed robbery.

Taofeek was  docked on three count charges and has no legal representation.

The prosecutor Sergent Temitope Fatoba told the court that the suspect committed the offence on April 1, 2018 at Iyaloja area, in Osogbo.

Fatoba said the accused person, armed with a gun and robbed one Mr Adebisi Opeyemi  of his Bajaj Boxer motorcycle with registration number BKN 656QC valued N220, 000.

He also stated that the defendant unlawfully have a possession of one cut to size gun, without license or authority.

Sergent Fatoba further explained that the suspect unlawfully had possession of three live cartridges and one expended cartridge that the accused person could not  give satisfactory  account without lawful authority.

He submitted that the offence contravenes section 27(1)(b)(ii) of the Firearms Act Cap F.28 laws of the federation of Nigeria 2004.

The plea of the accused person was not taken due to the nature of the crime committed.

The magistrate, Mrs O.A Oloyade ordered the accused persons to be remanded in Ilesha prison custody.

The case was adjourned to June 17, 2018.

Southern Governors’ Wives Unite To End Poverty, Illiteracy In Nigeria

By Kehinde Ayantunji

The Southern Governors’ Wives Forum (SGWF) have pledged more commitment to eradicate poverty and encourage girl child education through their various pet projects in the 17 southern Nigeria states.

The forum at its 2018 quarterly meeting held in Osogbo described poverty and illiteracy as major prominent challenges that encourage girl child abuse and inferiority complex in the society.

Vice Chairman of the forum, and the wife of the Governor, state of Osun, Mrs Sherifat Aregbesola said this while playing host to the Southern Governors’ wives in Osogbo.

Mrs Aregbesola in her address described the meeting as a further step to provide another step to drive the desire for progress, sustainable development and unity among the southern states of Nigeria.

According to the first lady, the country is yearning for critical re-engineering in all facets of life and no effort must be spare to make life more abundant for the people while urging the wives of the governor not to relent in their efforts.

She said  “As members of SWGF, we have been contributing individually and  collectively to meeting this goal. During our meetings, we have continually deliberated on various ways we can intervene to ensure that our people especially women, have improved standard of living across our state.”

“It is particularly noteworthy that our empowerment programme which has become part of our regular meetings has touched many lives. It is fast becoming a special scheme in addition to our individual empowerment programmes in our states, I appreciate your commitments, you must not relent and this is one of the cardinal aim of initiating this forum by the Wife of the President, Aisha Buhari”.

Delivering a lecture on the “Role of the Wife of the Public Officer”, the wife of the Governor, Enugu State, Monica Uguwanyi urged the wife of public office holders to be accommodating and polite in their public engagements, saying their public appearance most often used to rate their husband.

She said “ Our image outside is the public perception of our husband, many develop hatred for people in public offices just because of the public and private conduct of their wives, the way we dress, talk and relate with people are very important, it would be used as the standard to support your husband.”

“We are not the one elected as governor or senator, we are their wives, we must know our limit in intervene in political and public affairs that is not within our purview, our posture can positively or negatively affects the success and rating of our husband, therefore we are under obligation to behave responsibly” .

The wife of the Delta State Governor,  Mrs Dame Edith Okowa in her lecture urged women to always ensure that their husband are emotionally stable through proper management of home and other domestic affairs.

Edith said “As Africans, our husbands deserve respect and caring to appropriately discharge their responsibility in public office, even if you are the one providing foods at home, you have duty to respect your husband and never allow communication gap”.

“It has been proven more often that those who have perfect home would be stable emotionally and perform at maximum level either at work place or public office, it is therefore expected of us to organize our home to save the family and the society at large.”

Other wives of the southern governors’ in attendance includes Lagos State, Mrs Bolanle Ambode; Rivers State, Justice Eberechi Wike, Ogun, Olufunso Amosun; Edo, Mrs Bene Obaseki; Oyo Mrs Folrance Ajimonbi; Ekiti, Feyisetan Foyose; Bayelsa, Dr Racheal Dickson and Abia, Mrs Nkechi Ikpeazu.

The forum had earlier paid a courtesy visit to the state governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola at the government house who advised them to use their forum in addressing economic, political and educational challenges facing the country.


President Trump To Donate His 2018 First Quarter Salary

President Donald Trump irrespective of all the scandals he has been wrapped in alongside members of his family has refused to give up on helping his country.

He shocked citizens of the country when he said he’s donating his first quarter salary to the Department of Veterans Affairs, as his search continues for a nominee to lead the agency.

Press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders presented a check from the president to acting VA secretary Robert Wilkie during the White House briefing on Thursday. Trump has pledged to return his entire salary to the federal government, and has used the symbolic check handover quarterly to highlight his administration’s policy efforts.

The VA has been rocked by turmoil in recent months, including by the March firing of former secretary David Shulkin amid ethics concerns and internal discord. Trump’s nominee to fill the post, White House doctor Ronny Jackson, withdrew from consideration last month. Wilkie is among those being considered to fill the post permanently.

President Buhari Participates In Ramadan Tafsir

President Muhammadu Buhari has joined Muslim faithful all over the world for the Ramadan Tafsir – the translation and explanation of the Holy Quran.

At the Mosque in the Aso Rock Villa, Abuja, the Chief Imam, Abdulwaheed Abubakar on Thursday opened the exercise with gratitude to Allah for freeing the President of the ailment that kept him away from the country throughout this period last year.

In a statement signed by President Buhari’s Senior Special Assistant on  Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu added that the Chief Imam wished the President full health and the energy he needs to discharge the requirements of his office.

President Muhammadu Buhari leading Tafsir-al-Qura’n session on Day-One of Ramadan fasting at the State House Mosque in Abuja on Thursday, May 17. PHOTO; SUNDAY AGHAEZE


The Imam appreciated Nigerians for their prayers for the President and the nation, urging them to submit to the will of their creator.

Imam Abdulwaheed also prayed to Allah for peaceful elections in the coming year.

New Study Shows A Your Phone Can Prevent Your Fight Against Depression And Bad Moods

Mobile phone can be all fun and games until you read the new study by the University of Glasgow that says making use of your mobile devices past 10pm heightens the risk of mood disorders, depression, and bipolar disorder.

Read the interesting report below

Circadian rhythms are variations in physiology and behaviour that recur every 24-hours, such as the sleep-wake cycle and daily patterns of hormone release. They occur in plants, animals and throughout biology, and are fundamental for maintaining health in humans, particularly mental health and wellbeing.

Professor Daniel Smith, Professor of Psychiatry and senior author on the study, told The Times a 10pm cut-off with technology would give the average adult time to wind down properly before sleeping, therefore giving them the chance to establish a regular sleeping pattern.

Interestingly it’s not just disrupted sleep that can upset the fine balance of your circadian rhythm, it’s also important to be active during the day and inactive at night – so that evening gym session probably isn’t for the best.

“Especially in the winter, making sure you get out in the morning in the fresh air is just as important in getting a good night’s sleep as not being on your mobile phone,” said Smith. “Benjamin Franklin said that ‘early to bed and early to rise makes a man, healthy, wealthy and wise’. There’s a lot of truth in that.”

Previous studies have identified associations between disrupted circadian rhythms and poor mental health, but these were on relatively small samples.

For the latest study, researchers analysed activity data on 91,105 people to measure their daily rest-activity rhythms (also known as relative amplitude). Those with lower relative amplitude were at greater risk of mental health problems regardless of age, sex, lifestyle, education and previous childhood trauma.

Prof Smith said this study is important on a global scale because “more and more people are living in urban environments that are known to increase risk of circadian disruption and, by extension, adverse mental health outcomes”.

Policeman Jailed For Raping A Woman And Filming It

29-year-old ex-special constable Paul Rodgers has been jailed for raping a drunk woman and filming it, after which he edited the video to make it look consensual before he shared it with someone else.

Leicester Crown Court heard that he forced himself on the victim who was so drunk she thought she was having sex with a man she wanted to be her boyfriend. Afterwards the “sex addict”, who visited swingers clubs, sent an edited version of the mobile phone footage to another person making it appear the sex had been consensual.

But on the unedited recording of the sex attack which was played in court the victim could be heard clearly saying the other man’s name. In the unedited video, Rodgers could be heard telling her “No, it’s not, it’s me, Paul.” She replied: “No, no it’s not.”

Rodgers denied raping and sexually assaulting the woman, claiming she consented, but he was found guilty of both charges.

The rape took place in June 2016. The victim had been out with her friends and was very drunk.

Luke Blackburn, prosecuting, said the woman was “extremely vulnerable” on the night the attack took place at an address in Leicestershire.

Mr Blackburn told the jury: “She was in no state to consent and even if she had been, she thought she was having sex with someone else.

“The defendant knew she thought she was having sex with someone else. He carried on because he wanted sex with her, irrespective of consent and to take a recording.”

Mr Blackburn added: “The recording shows he’s the sober one in control and she’s the absolutely drunk one.”

Jurors did not view the footage, but heard dialogue from the recording, with the victim calling the defendant by another name during sex.

The court heard that during the trial Rodgers had blatantly posted an image of a sex toy on social media, which the victim had found out about and was “very upset.” It had resulted in his bail being revoked.

Asides being sentenced to jail, Rodgers will have to sign on a sex offender register for the rest of his life.

You Must Face Your N5bn Trial – S/Court Tells Ex-Bank Chief

The Supreme Court has ordered a former Managing Director of the defunct Intercontinental Bank Plc, Dr. Erastus Akingbola, to return to the Federal High Court in Lagos to face his trial on N5bn fraud charges.
The trial was prematurely terminated in April 2012 by Justice Charles Archibong, whose decision in the case later earned him a compulsory retirement from the bench.
A five-man panel of the apex court led by Justice Tanko Muhammad unanimously affirmed the February 20, 2015, judgment of the Court of Appeal in Lagos which had overturned the Federal High Court’s decision striking out the charges.
Justice Sidi Bage, who read the lead judgment of the apex court, said Akingbola’s appeal challenging the Court of Appeal’s verdict lacked merit.
He ordered that the case be remitted to the Federal High Court and handled by another judge in the Lagos Division and be given “expeditions trial”.
Justice Archibong (now retired) had in a judgment delivered on April 2, 2012 struck out the 26 counts contained in a charge numbered FHC/L/443C/2013 filed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission against Akingbola on the grounds that the prosecution was not diligent in the handling of the case.
The judge had described the EFCC prosecution team as a drain in the public purse and directed the Attorney-General of the Federation to disband the team.
The judge’s decision in the case later earned him a compulsory retirement by the National Judicial Council.
Commenting on the conduct of the judge in the case, a member of the apex court’s panel, Justice Kumai Akaahs, noted in his contribution that Justice Archibong acted like a military dictator.
Justice Akaahs said Archibong “descended into the arena” and displayed his bias.

Former Russian Spy, Sergei Skripal Discharged From UK Hospital

England’s health service said on Friday that Sergei Skripal, has been discharged from the hospital.

The 66-year-old former Russian spy, who was a former colonel in Russia’s military intelligence was poisoned by a nerve agent in Britain more than two months ago.

Skripal daughter Yulia were found unconscious on a public bench in the southern English city of Salisbury on March 4.

Britain has accused Russia of being behind the nerve agent attack and Western governments including the U.S. have expelled over 100 Russian diplomats.

Russia has denied any involvement in the poisoning and has retaliated in kind.

The Skripals were in a critical condition for weeks and doctors at one point feared that, even if they survived, they might have suffered brain damage.

But their health began to improve rapidly, and Yulia was discharged in April.

“It is fantastic news that Sergei Skripal is well enough to leave Salisbury District Hospital,” the hospital’s Chief Executive, Cara Charles-Barks, said in a statement.

Britain and international chemicals weapons inspectors have said the Skripals were poisoned with Novichok, a deadly group of nerve agents developed by the Soviet military in the 1970s and 1980s.

Russia has denied Britain’s charges of involvement in the first known offensive use of such a nerve agent on European soil since World War Two.

It has suggested Britain carried out the attack itself to stoke anti-Russian hysteria.

N8.13tr Missing From Federation Account And Other Newspaper Headlines Today

The National Economic Council (NEC) presided over on Thursday by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has said the final report on the forensic audit of revenue accruals by revenue generating agencies confirmed massive under-remittances to the Federation Account to the tune of N8.1 trillion. According to DAILY SUN, Governor Ibrahim Dankwambo of Gombe State, while briefing State House correspondents at the end of meeting, said various Revenue Generating Agencies (RGAs) shortchanged the government of N526 billion and $21 billion between 2010 to 2015. Dankwambo, who chaired the NEC ad hoc committee on remittances, said the infractions were identified by KPMG who were contracted by the NEC to carry out a forensic audit of revenue remittances to the Federation Accounts.

Still on the missing funds, NIGERIAN TRIBUNE, THE PUNCH, DAILY INDEPENDENT reveals that NEC asks NNPC, NCS, NPA, others to refund N8.13trh. It would be recalled that in recent times government has complained of difficulties in meeting its salary obligations, however, it had kept mum over the matter in order not to elicit controversies. The Gombe governor said the financial audit consultancy firm of KPMG which covered 18 revenue generating agencies found them culpable of under remittances. The agencies included the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC); Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS); Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) and Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA). Others include Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA); Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC); Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN); Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR); Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC) and several others.

Moving away from the issue of missing funds, THE VANGUARD records FG saying that efforts to stop killing in S-Africa not working. The Federal Government has expressed helplessness over the continued killing of Nigerians in xenophobic attacks in South Africa. This is as findings revealed that one Nigerian is killed weekly as a result of xenophobic attacks in the country. The figure is the outcome of a breakdown of the number of people, reported killed between 2016 and 2017 in an earlier statement by the Federal Government. The government had reported that 116 people were killed in South Africa in two years. Senior Special Adviser to the President on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora, Mrs. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, revealed this in 2017 during a visit to the South African High Commissioner to Nigeria, Mr. Lulu  Mngun. She had said: “In the last two years, 116 Nigerians have been killed in South Africa and according to statistics, 63% of them were killed by the police.”

THE NATION moves to a more daring topic to release a new list of looters of the public treasury, with Diezani, NIMASA, Ikoyi cash haul take top three spots. They are wrong, some stakeholders said in Abuja at the Second Forum of the Anti-Corruption Situation Room, organised by the Human and Environmental Development Agenda (HEDA). Activist-lawyer Femi Falana (SAN) said there was nothing wrong with the listing of looters by the Federal Government, contrary to the claim by the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and some of its leaders. PDP National Chairman Uche Secondus and another top member, Dr. Raymond Dokpesi, have sued Minisster of Information Lai Mohammed and others over the inclusion of their names on the list. Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC) Chairman Prof Itse Sagay (SAN), one of those who defended the action, said: “I still insist that anyone who has a good reason to include a name should put the name.” He said a court ordered the government to publish the names of those who looted the nation’s resources and the list was released in accordance with the court’s directive and in public interest.

Finally on BUSINESS DAY, Buhari, Atiku, others and their economic agenda for 2019 heads the news. Faced with a fragile economic recovery from a recession that threw millions of Nigerians out of jobs, the 2019 election will be about the economy and which presidential candidate has the most viable strategy of putting Nigeria on a sustainable economic growth path.
Ordinarily, the economy should dominate campaign discourses by aspirants wishing to contest for the presidency in 2019. But as yet, very few candidates have been talking about their economic agenda for the country and what they intend to do to tackle the country’s legendary economic challenges.





Blame Cancer, But Blame The Health System More



This is a wakeup call because the scourge of cancer in the whole of Nigeria is real; the government is simply not doing enough to tackle this disease headlong with all the will it got at its disposal.

Cancer is a very expensive ailment to manage and when a good majority of Nigerians are below the poverty belt, then there is need for government intervention at all levels of health care in this country to deal with this scourge.

Cancer has dealt a heavy blow to many Nigerians both rich and poor alike. It does not select its patients, it preys on both the rich and poor and mercilessly squeezes life out of its victims with the attendants pains associated with it.

Just take a look on the face of a cancer patient and see the level of pain, frustration and disappointment it portrays.

In a country where cancer is a death sentence, where do patients run to and what do their relatives and friends do in order to alleviate their pains.

According to information made available to OSUN DEFENDER, there are only four cancer radiotherapy [RT] machines in the country and these can be found at EKO Hospital, Lagos, University College Hospital [UCH], Ibadan, Oyo State, Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital [ABUTH], Zaria, Kaduna State and National Hospital, Abuja.

Of all three, only the machine at the National Hospital, Abuja could be said to be functioning very well and so by implication, only one RT is serving the lot of cancer patients in the country.

Most of the cancer patients are at the mercy of many obstacles which present themselves as the peculiar Nigerian problem.

These problems are numerous to mention. If medical doctors are not on strike, allied health workers would be, if the system is not crying of corruption, funds made available for the supply, purchase of those delicate medical equipments are either being siphoned or used to buy substandard ones.

Reality is the diagnosis of cancer is not a sentence to death but because the Nigerian government is so insensitive to the health sector, many factors have combined to make this disease a death sentence.

In the whole of the South West, Nigeria, it is only at the University College Hospital, Ibadan in Oyo state that the RT machine can even be used for palliative treatment. Meaning, the disease would just be managed until the patient dies later.

You can imagine a situation where, there is no RT machine in the whole of Osun State; the three teaching hospitals in the state; OAUTHC, Ile-Ife, LTH Osogbo and State of Osun Teaching Hospital, Osogbo. The scenario is that, if a patient is diagnosed of the disease after going through the numerous tests, depending on the stage of the disease, some course of treatment like surgery could be carried out in the state but in the case of advanced treatment, such a patient will be referred to the UCH, Ibadan or better still LUTH or LASUTH in Lagos.

The irony is, in these hospitals, no connection, no radiotherapy, patients just resort to prayers for the repair of the radiotherapy machines and in others helping patients to see doctors is a lucrative business

200 Million People, Four Radiotherapy Machines

According to recent investigations carried out by the International Centre for Investigative Reporting [ICiR], “there are only four functioning radiotherapy machines all over the country to serve an estimated 200million Nigerians, yet the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) recommendation is one RT machine per 1million people, meaning Nigeria should ordinarily have roughly 200 RT machines.

To put the situation in perspective, 17 of Nigeria’s 20 teaching hospitals cannot offer radiotherapy to cancer patients.

“Painfully, of the four radiotherapy machines available all over Nigeria, only the one at the National Hospital Abuja’s is useful for curing cancer; all other three cannot. They are only useful prolonging a patient’s life; more like ‘you’re going to die anyway but let’s try not to make you die too soon”, explained Dr. C. W. Chidiebe, a cancer control advocate and Executive Director, Project Pink Blue.

“The radiotherapy machines at Zaria and Eko hospital are cobalt machines. I have interacted with so many medical physicists, clinical oncologists and radiation oncologists, and they will tell you that the beam produced by cobalt radiotherapy machines is not sufficient to prevent spread or even ensure any treatment or therapy; it is just good for palliative care only; that is the situation whereby you’re no longer trying to achieve cure but just to prolong the patient’s life.”

Egbedore South LCDA Advocates Prompt Payment Of Levies

The Chairman, Egbedore South Local Council Development Area (LCDA), Honourable Kola Ajao has charged market men and women to be committed to prompt payment of all their levies due to the government.

This is just as he assured the traders of the commitment of his administration to ensure that conducive atmosphere is created to make lives meaningful for the people of the council area.

He spoke when he held a meeting with the leaders of the Faridah Market, Dada Estate, Olorunsogo in Egbedore South LCDA recently, aimed at guaranteeing the progress of the market being the only one in the LCDA.

The meeting, according to the Information Officer of the council, was called purposely for the progress of the market and ensures increase in revenue generation.

Suggestions on how to improve the standard of the market were offered by the executive members of the market.

Some of the suggestions, according to the statement, were that a market day should be collectively fixed so that sales can be improved, prayer sessions should be held on the market and there should be review of the annual payment of ground rent.

Ajao, while speaking called for maximum cooperation of market men and women by paying all levies as and when due, promising to ensure proper welfare in the market.

The Head of Finance and Supplies department, Mrs Ajagbe A.A, enjoined the leadership of the market to agree on the particular month which the ground rent will be collected so that the collection would be in bulk and useful to the council.

The Council  Manager, Alhaji Badru Kolapo commended the traders in the market for their cooperation  and called  for maximum  cooperation  of the market  men and women whenever  the workers in charge  of revenue  collection  visit them.