A construction crane crashed into the center of Central Hospital complex, Benin City, trapping seven workers. Six have been rescued, according to the state government.
The Edo government called the incident a “slight mishap”. An Italian construction firm, Sincies Chimentin Ltd, had been working on the new Central Hospital complex, Benin City, when the cranes collided with a freshly constructed beam, affecting a section of the multi-storey structure.
The state government said they have sent relief workers to free the last man, an Italian expatriate.
The ongoing building construction is part of an infrastructural renewal programme initiated by Gov. Adams Oshiomhole administration to upgrade the hospital constructed originally in 1903, the press release said.
A militant Christian sect that first emerged last year in Christian-dominated Southern Kaduna again, today threatened to chase out Fulani herdsmen if they do not leave the area in the next seven days.
The group, known as AKHWAT AKWOP, said through their spokesman, Bukarma Leguma, that it has “watched with disgust the unrelenting murders and killing of peaceful, innocent, and hardworking people by wandering bands of Fulani terrorist gunmen operating in southern Kaduna,” and urged the herdsmen to leave the area.
“AKHWAT AKWOP is also aware that the ultimate aim of the Fulani terrorist is to create a situation of insecurity in southern Kaduna whereby our people will not be able to utilize this farming season thereby leading to hunger, deprivation and famine in the land,” the statement said.
It warned that after the seven days of grace, which expires on June 10, AKHWAT AKWOP will declare “open season” on any Fulani found within their lands.
Below is the full statement:
Greetings in the name of our lord and savior Jesus Christ.
AKHWAT AKWOP has watched with disgust the unrelenting murders and killing of our peaceful, innocent, and hardworking people by wandering bands of Fulani terrorist gunmen operating in southern Kaduna.
Between January and June 2012, the Fulani terrorist have murdered over 100 innocent southern Kaduna people, the recent one at zonkwa claimed a father and son leaving others injured .
AKHWAT AKWOP is also aware that the ultimate aim of the Fulani terrorist is to create a situation of insecurity in southern Kaduna whereby our people will not be able to utilize this farming season thereby leading to hunger, deprivation and famine in the land
Rising from our national executive committee and field commander’s emergency meeting AKHWAT AKWOP resolves as follows
1. For so long we have restrained ourselves from reprisal attacks against these Fulani dogs from hell. We can and will no longer do so
2. Today 3/6/12 AKHWAT AKWOP gives all Fulani within southern Kaduna 7 days to leave. After these 7 days of grace which expires on 10/6/12 AKHWAT AKWOP declares open season on any Fulani found within our lands.
3. AKHWAT AKWOP assures all our peace loving and hardworking people of their safety in their homes, villages, highways and on their farms.
4. AKHWAT AKWOP reminds all that eternal vigilance in Christ Jesus is the price we pay for our freedom.
A family of nine was among the 153 persons that perished in the ill-fated Abuja-Lagos Dana flight on Sunday.
The family, the Anyene, was made up of the husband, wife, four children, wife’s mother and two other family members described as the wife’s cousins.
Two of the children were said to be twins.
It was learnt that while the husband is based in Nigeria and frequents the United States of America base of his family, his wife, Maimuna, their four children, Maimuna’s mother and the two cousins, who are reported to be helping out with taking care of the children, are all in Connecticut.
Some of the names on the manifest, which directly bears Anyene are Onyeka Anyene, Noah Anyene, Kamsi Anyene and Kayinentochi Anyene.
They were said to have gone to the North to attend the wedding ceremony of Maimuna’s brother.
Sources said they flew in from the US on Thursday for the wedding and were due to return to their base on either Monday or Tuesday.
In fact, it was learnt that the husband of Maimuna’s younger sister was already waiting to pick them at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport II on arrival in Lagos.
The man, who works with one of the major telecommunications companies in Nigeria, was reported to have been inconsolable when the news broke that the aircraft had crashed.
A US-based newspaper, reporting at westhartford.patch.com, reported that the neighbours of the Ayenes in Connecticut are also inconsolable.
The newspaper reported:
Residents of West Hartford’s Quaker Green neighborhood were saddened Monday to learn that Maimuna Anyene, her four young children, and her husband, were among the 153 passengers and crew killed in Sunday’s crash of a Dana Air plane in Lagos, Nigeria.
“We’re all very sad. The whole community is very tight knit. I saw her leave with her husband and all four kids, going to her brother’s wedding,” said Elyse Fox, who lived next door to Anyene.
Anyene and her children lived on Park Place Circle. Her husband worked in Nigeria, neighbours said, but returned to West Hartford every few months and was travelling back to Nigeria with the family to attend Anyene’s brother’s wedding.
A bouquet of yellow tulips had been left on the front doorstep Monday afternoon.
“I’d see her with her kids, and she seemed like a very nice person,” said Keith Elis, of 32 Park Place Circle, who also has a preschool-age child. Elis said that his mother, who babysits for his daughter, knew Anyene better because the kids would sometimes play together.
“She was always smiling; I don’t know how she did it,” Elis said.
Elis said that word of the family’s death in the crash spread through the neighborhood Sunday night after a neighbour found Anyene’s name on the passenger list.
Anyene had lived in her townhouse, in Elmwood’s newly-developed Quaker Green condominium complex, for several years. According to the Hartford Courant, she was a human resources manager for United Technologies who worked in the Gold Building in Hartford.
Residents describe the neighborhood as very community-oriented, where neighbours immediately reach out to meet newcomers. Anyene’s family would socialise by the pool, and come to neighborhood parties, they said.
“I knew her as a neighbour, from being out playing with the kids,” said Lisa Ohayon, who has a two-year-old grandchild. “They were going to be moving, and that alone devastated the neighborhood. Six people gone – it just doesn’t make sense,” she said.
Lisa Ohayon and her husband John said Anyene’s children were cared for during the day by an aunt and another family member while Anyene worked full time. “The twins were so cute, always dressed the same, and the aunt used to carry them on her back,” Lisa Ohayon said.
Another neighbour, Tagen Gonzalez, believed Anyene’s mother and perhaps at least one other relative were also on the plane. Gonzalez, also the mother of a preschooler, said Anyene’s oldest child was just about four, the twin daughters would have been two in July, and the baby was about six months old.
“Her kids were always happy. This community is close, and this is surreal,” Fox said.
Gonzalez said that she has already contacted United Technologies and is hoping to do something to formally honour the memory of the family.
Reports indicate that all 153 people on board the plane were killed when it crashed into a densely-populated neighborhood in Lagos, Nigeria, on Sunday. An unknown number of people on the ground also perished.
The cause of the crash is under investigation. CNN reported that the plane was 22 years old. According to the Christian Science Monitor, Nigerian law bans aircraft older than 20 years of age.
They are two of a kind. They are young and imbued with the spirit of excellence. One is 25 years while the other is just 20 years old. The two, Opeyemi Sodipe and Oladeinbo Gilbert set new records during the 10th convocation of the Babcock University, Ilisan-Remo, Ogun State on Sunday. While Sodipe became the first graduate of Babcock to bag a PhD at 25, Oladeinbo emerged the all-time best graduating student of the institution after scoring a Cumulative Grade Point Average of 4.92 out of a possible 5.0. Sodipe bagged a PhD in Business Information while Oladeinbo got a degree in Law.
Their stories, as they narrated them to our correspondent after they received their awards, were as moving as they were motivational. Sodipe who was accompanied to the convocation ground by her parents had a bad academic start. She was a dullard until an incident changed this when she was in JSS3 at King’s International School, Moniya, Ibadan, Oyo State.
“I cannot describe myself as an average student when I was in primary and junior secondary school. I was a dullard. But this changed when our literature teacher in JSS 3 gave us a test and I failed woefully. The infuriated teacher while distributing our scripts just threw my own at my face and abused me. She called me olodo (an academic non-performer) and I was greatly embarrassed in front of my classmates. I wept till I reached home,” she stated.
On getting home, she told her mother about the ‘perceived insult,’ unleashed on her by her teacher. But thinking that her mother would sympathise with her, she scolded her too.
“She later encouraged me to buckle up. She said my teacher’s action should be seen as a wake-up call. I took the advice and prayed to God to give me wisdom that night and everything changed when I got to SS1. I always emerged as one of the best in my class till I left the school in 2002,” she said.
Since then, the Ake, Abeokuta, Ogun State-born lady, has not looked back. She gained admission to BU in September 2002 and graduated in 2006 as the best graduating student in her class.
“None of us made first class in my class that year but I made a strong second class upper with a CGPA of 4.4 to bag a degree in Information Science,” she added.
From there, Sodipe proceeded to the University of Ibadan for her Master’s degree in Information Science. At UI, she did well as she emerged the second best graduating student with a score of 69 in 2010. The best graduating student in her class then made 69.9.
“I enrolled for the Master’s degree at UI after the completion of the mandatory National Youth Service Corps scheme at the Federal University of Technology, Minna, Niger State,’’ she added.
Asked what her future ambition was, the third in a family of four said, she would love to become a professor. “I love teaching just like my mother. Even some of my classmates during my undergraduate days recognised this talent in me as they always referred to me as a professor,” she said.
Luckily for her, the university has a scheme where first class graduates of the institution are encouraged to take up teaching. Sodipe has been offered a job as an assistant lecturer in the university.
Her proud father, Mr. David Sodipe, and mother, Deborah, who accompanied her to the convocation, said that God’s grace, discipline and sacrifice on their part were responsible for their daughter’s feat.
“I, as the father, got admission to the university at age 24. I’m happy that my own daughter has obtained a PhD at 25. She has shown that quality since she was in secondary school. But whatsoever she has achieved is due to God’s grace,” he said.
Sodipe, an accountant with the Dangote, however, said he had no regret because his daughter was not taking after his professional path.
He said, “I’m an accountant and she has chosen to be a teacher like her mother though at the high level. I’m happy for her. I don’t believe that parents should force children to do courses that they don’t love. I give my children the freedom to make their choice.”
Speaking on her contributions to the educational development of her daughter, her mother said as a primary school teacher, she was always encouraged all her four children to read, adding that she always praying for their success.
“I know that she is going to end up as a teacher because she has all the qualities of a good teacher. May be she takes those qualities from me but I’m happy for her. She has made us proud,” Sodipe, who is now the Headmistress of St. John Anglican Primary School, Molete, Ibadan, said.
Narrating his own story, the all-time best graduating student said the path to his academic success was full of thorns.
“It was not easy. You know that nothing good comes easy. But I’m grateful to God and my mum for the support. However, let me say that I did not plan to emerge as the best graduating student let alone shattering the record,” Oladeinbo who had his secondary school education at Citizens Comprehensive School, Lagos, said.
He added that though he was not competing with anybody in his class, some of his course-mates including Orebiyi Tomisin and Fisayo Adesanmi gave him the needed academic push.
Oladeinbo aspires to become a legislator that will make law for the betterment of the people.
“By the grace of God, I want to become the nation’s Senate President or Speaker, House of Representative later in life. But as a lawyer, I’ll like to become an uncorruptible judge in the next 10 years,” he said.
But the convocation was not just about these two brainy people, the university also celebrated 60 other students who obtained first class degrees in various disciplines among the 1,370 that graduated on Sunday,
Giving a breakdown of the graduates, the President/Vice-Chancellor of the institution, Prof. Kayode Makinde, said that 1,107 had second class upper degrees while the remaining 202 made second class lower degrees in various disciplines. None of the graduating students made third class or ordinary passes.
At the postgraduate level, Makinde said that 98 graduates were conferred with various degrees. This, he said, included 11 who were conferred with postgraduate diplomas and 68 Master’s degrees in various disciplines.
He added that 17 of the graduates including Sodipe were awarded PhD degrees in various disciplines.
However, the university also used the occasion of the 10th convocation to inaugurate its School of Medicine named after the renowned physician, Dr. Benjamin S. Carson Sr.
The medical school has 37 pioneer students including three foreign nationals.
Makinde, in an interview with journalists after the ceremony, said this was so because the academic programme of the institution was structured such that no student could be academically lazy.
He admonished the graduating students to live up to the expectation of the founding fathers of the university.
Makinde said, “Let me say that all of you have been endowed with first-class minds, having gone through a unique training experience which not only makes you employable regardless of your class of degree but very soon employers of labour and visionary leaders,” he said.
Dignitaries at the ceremony included the renowned surgeon, Dr. Ben Carson Sr; Chancellor, BU, Dr. Gilbert Wari; the Registrar, Mr. Hakeem Smith; Pro-Chancellor, NU, Dr. Oyeleke Owolabi, parents, relations and lecturers of the institution
People of Obosi in Anambra State now live in fear as another terror group maiming and killing innocent people has sprung up in the area.
Following complaints by prominent indigenes to the Inspector General of Police (IG) Muhammed Dahiru Abubakar, has dispatched a team of crack detectives from Abuja to arrest all those involved, including some prominent indigenes of the area, who allegedly sponsor them.
In a petition written by prominent indigenes of Obosi, who are scared of going home, it was alleged that the terror group was formed and sponsored with the sole purpose of using them to terrorise residents of the town, once anybody speaks against the backers.
They alleged that the terror group was gaining influence daily, as unemployed youths were being initiated in large numbers.
According to them, this has scared many prominent people of Obosi from going home, as they claimed that the situation in Obosi was degenerating into a national problem.
In the petition signed by Hamilton N. Ogbodo, counsel to some Obosi indigenes, they alleged that the sponsors of the group, initiated the dare-devil hoodlums into a cult and armed them as seen in the above photograph taken during a recent initiation ceremony of new members.
These hoodlums, the people alleged, were armed by their sponsors with machetes and guns, including two Hilux pick-up vehicles with registration Nos. LSD 75DAJ and LSD 75IAJ mounted with siren to harass, intimidate and unleash mayhem on innocent Obosi residents.
According to them, any person who dares express a view which is contrary to the view of their sponsors will be brutally dealt with “and if he escaped death, they will vandalise his house.”
These hoodlums, it was alleged are so brazen that if their convoy was moving in Obosi and one failed to get off the road for them to pass, one’s vehicle would be battered.
The worst of all is that people are afraid to report to the police because they have so formed a parallel government and seem to be above the law.
“This is because the police have been so compromised and are afraid of the group as they (group) would be immediately informed of the identity of the person who lodged the complaint and they will ensure that the person is thoroughly dealt with.
“An example of this group’s brutality was on April 9, 2012 when one Chukwudi Agwuegbu narrowly escaped death at the hands of these terrorists as they lacerated his chest and abdomen with gun shots and machete cuts.
“However, the policemen who were invited to arrest the suspects received the beating of their lives and their vehicle damaged,” the petitioners stated.
“What surprises us most is that upon all these humiliations suffered by the police, they have not made any further attempt to arrest these hoodlums.
“Again, on April 5th, 2012, the same group of terrorists unleashed mayhem on innocent people in Obosi, they did not report to the police because the police in Anambra appear to be helpless over the situation and the victims, being afraid of compounding their problems went to various hospitals for treatment,” the petitioners added.
While beseeching the IGP to step in and save the law-abiding indigenes of Obosi by stopping the terror group, the petitioners alleged that the hoodlums seized people’s lands and properties with impunity, extorted money from them at will and fired their pump actions guns at random wounding and scaring people.