Inyali Peter, Calabar

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A young graduate, Mr. Charles Effiong Ewa who hails from Ebane Asim Royal Family of Big Qua Town in Calabar Municipality, is currently cooling in police cell for showing Cross River Governor Ben Ayade a placard with the inscription "I Need A Job".

A source, Mr. David Effiong told National Daily on Friday in Calabar that  Charles has been detained for about three days now in the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of the Cross River State Police Command without trial.

According to him, Mr. Ewa, frustrated after many years of graduation without a job took to the street when the governor was passing with his convoy with 'I Need Job' placard to draw the attention of the governor to his plight only to be arrested by security details attached to the governor.

He said that, "I wish to bring to your notice a recent molestation, unlawful and complete infringement of one Mr. Charles Efiong Ewa fundamental right by the orderlies attached to Governor Ben Ayade Convoy.

"The said Mr. Charles Efiong Ewa hails from Ebane Asim Royal Family of Big Qua Town in Calabar Municipality. Information gathered revealed that he wrote on a cardboard "I need a job His Excellency" in other to draw the attention of His Excellency Prof Sen Ben Ayade while in his usual blaring of siren in the street of Calabar.

"In the process, he was arrested and kept in prison custody in Cross River State  CID for 3days now by some undemocratic and over-zealous orderlies of the Governor. This is a breach of Charles fundamental human right and total abuse to the tenet of democratic principle.

While appealing to civil society organizations and right activist to intervene in the situation, he said that, " I want to appeal to social crusaders to assist in looking into this matter by zooming their legal prism to x-ray the illegality in this matter and seek justice on behalf of this young man that is struggling with survival because of unemployment".

Condemning the act, Barr. Okoi Obono-obla, the Senior Special Adviser on Prosecution to President Muhammadu Buhari described the development as tyrannical, pathetic, undemocratic and unacceptable.

While urging the state police command to unconditionally release the victim, he urged the force not to allow itself to be used a tool of vendetta by government officials or politicians.

According to him, "I totally condemn the violation of the fundamental human rights of poor Charles Ewa by the officialdom in Cross River State in such a reckless and brutal manner. I humbly urge all men and women of conscience to condemn the Tyranny reigning in Cross River State and call on the Police to release forthwith citizen Charles Effiong Ewa".

When contacted, the state Police Public Relations Officer, Irene Ugbo  confirmed the incident saying that it was a serious offence and attempted assassination.

She said that, " Yes it is true. You know it is a serious offence to carry placard and walk to the governor's convoy that you need a job. In fact, it is an attempted assassination, so he is under our custody now and we're trying to salvage the situation ".

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Little Kid Caged For 5 Month By Mother Over Witch-crafty
Policemen in Ondo State on Thursday set free a six-year-old girl, Precious Michael, who was allegedly caged for five months by her foster mother, Mary (surname witheld), under the guise of being possessed of witchcraft.

The state Commissioner of Police, Mrs Hilda Ibifuro-Harrison, who disclosed this during a press conference at the command headquarters in Akure, the state capital, said aside being caged, the suspect also tied her hands and legs with rope and beat her with cane on daily basis.

Harrison explained that his men were hinted by people in the neighbourhood.

She explained that the little girl was at the point of death when she was rescued by policemen at Imafo village near Akure before she was taken to a hospital and had to be transfused with blood before she regained consciousness.

The police boss, who described the action of the 28-year-old mother of six as cruel and ungodly, said she was moved to tears following the inhumanity done to the toddler by her foster mother, when she saw the girl in her pathetic state.

She said “when I saw the little girl, I had to be strong as an officer; but my emotions took over my body because I didn’t even know she would survive. Even as a non-professional, you would know that she was at the point of death.”

She explained that the girl has bounced back, looking robust, after feeding her well for a week.

According to Harrison, the suspect said she suspected the little girl to be infected with HIV following signs of swollen legs and hands, claiming that the girl’s parents died of HIV.

“The suspect said the little Precious was brought from Enugu after the death of her parents to be schooling in Ondo State. The foster mother decided to keep her in the cage in order not to infect her children.

“The pregnant woman explained that she took the steps after informing her husband and decided to cage her for months where she was fed and also defecated,” the police boss said.

The suspect, while speaking with journalists, denied caging the little girl saying she separated her from the family members not to infect them with HIV.

Mary, from Enugu State, said she would have taken her to the hospital for treatment but had no money to pay for the medical bills and denied the allegations of maltreating the girl.

The little girl, Precious, who identified one of the police officers that have since been taking care of her as her mother, told the suspect that she lied.

Precious attributed her swollen hands and legs to the maltreatment from her aunty and the husband, saying that they tied her with rope and lacerated her flesh with knife.

The police commissioner, however, said the victim would be taken to the state welfare home, while the suspect would soon be charged to court for child abuse.

Nigerian tribune

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Why I Fell In Love With Buhari - PDP Governor Ben Ayade of C'River
Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River State yesterday declared his unflinching love for President Muhammadu Buhari, boasting that he works harder than most APC governors in projecting the image of President Muhammadu Buhari.

“I am in love with the style and ability of President Muhammadu Buhari as leader of Nigerians. He does not see himself as a party leader but as father of the country.

“His efforts at streamlining the country’s resources, as well as tackling corruption drew me closer to him.

“Besides, he has shown me love even though I am of the PDP. He gives utmost and prompt attention to my requests,” Ayade said.

Ayade stated that he ended politics soon after the 2015 elections, adding that he would spend the next one year commissioning projects.

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Dehinde Akintola
Dehinde Akinlotan
Dehinde Akinlotan was renowned for his goal scoring prowess for both clubs and country. According to the USA based soccer coach who was nicknamed Littbarski, it was tough and yet, fun playing for the national team. He recalled scoring the only goal that won the Tessema Cup in 1983 for Nigeria, in the presence of former President Shehu Shagari. While also describing the invitation to the camp of the Junior Eagles, as the team was called back then, to winning a jackpot. 

Speaking exclusively with Akeem Busari, our Sports Journalist from his base, he also admonished the newly appointed Super Eagles technical adviser, Gernort Rorh, to come strongly on the job with the attributes and efficiency of a German. Enjoy the excerpts of the interview. 

It all started in Lagos at the Saint Paul's Primary School in Ebute - Metta. Though l didn't get a chance to play for the school because at that time, we had morning and afternoon school sessions. The afternoon session had more players and the school combined both sessions. I can remember that Godwin Odiye from the afternoon session made the team. 

Back then, we engaged in several street games and organised competitions as mercenary players, in what called jeun jeun. After my primary education, I attended Agunbiade Victory High School and there serious football began. 

As a student, l participated in several competitions including the first Ogun State Sports Festival, after the state emerged from the old Western region. I was also in the squad that represented the state at the National Sports Festival tagged Oluyole '79. After that, I got a job with Ogun state Sports Council. 

From thence, my game improved and l moved back to Lagos to play for Savannah Bank, with the hopes of securing a job as a banker. But God had different, but better plans for me as l moved on to join National Bank football club, where l got more exposure and was eventually invited to the camp of the Youths Sports Federation of Nigeria (YSFON), alongside Tajudeen Disu, Samson Siasia, Paul Okoku, Segun and Femi Olukanni, to mention a few. 

Later, l joined Abiola Babes and was also invited to the Junior Eagles. And then the new star emerged in Dehinde Littbarski Akinlotan. 

Dehinde Akintola
Playing for the YSFON, was tough because players were invited from all parts of the country. It was the same with junior and senior national teams. We travelled a lot for tournaments and it was fun in the camp. 

As young players back then, if you are lucky to be invited to the camp of either the YSFON or the Eagles, it was like winning a jackpot. All you wanted to do was wear the jersey for your country and be part of history. Unlike now, things are completely different in the way footballers of today approach the game. 

At Savannah Bank football club, I was earning N100. When l moved to National Bank fc, it was N120 plus luncheon vouchers and this was between 1980 to 1982. However, at Abiola Babes, I received between fifteen and seventeen thousand naira. I also received a sign on fee of one hundred and fifty thousand naira. 

My most memorable moment happened in 1983. That was in the final of the Tessema Cup, which was later renamed WAFU Cup. I scored the only goal that won the cup for Nigeria. And it was in the presence of former President Shehu Shagari. 

The late Chief MKO Abiola was like a messiah to every Nigerian player. Starting from the days of Concord football club and to Abiola Babes. He wanted the best packages for every player that signs for his team. He doesn't want any distractions for the players and he went on to acquire a whole building very close to the training pitch to serve as the players' hostel. He thoroughly treated the players as professionals. And he was also very generous to virtually all sports persons. 

I think the football administrators know what to do but are reluctant because of their selfish interests. However, we can do better if we try to upgrade our local professional league. And take it to a level where we won't have to always invite our foreign based professionals. 

Moving forward, I hope our newly appointed Super Eagles coach would be true to the nature of the efficient and meticulous Germans. I expect him to in corporate the ideas of Franz Beckenbauer and Trevor Brookings of Germany and England respectively by engaging youngsters in the game. I also pray that one day, a truly committed and proactive person will come to put our football in order. 

I have started an academy called Goal Driven Football Academy, that runs at the Lisabi Grammar School, in Idi - Aba, Abeokuta, Ogun State. 

And working with some indigenous coaches we teach boys and girls from the U-13 cadre upwards. I try to teach the youngsters the way the game is played. And not only coaching them, but also guiding their ways of playing the game to the professional level. 

Interestingly,I met my wife here in the USA. And she didn't know l was an ex - international footballer, until she heard it from her friends. 

To the glory of God, l have one of my children taking after me as a footballer. That's Ayodele Michael Akinlotan, who is also a striker. One day, l hope he become a Nigeria international player. 

I remain a core Nigerian. And my favourite food is Eba and vegatable soup. 

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Angela Merkel
Angela Merkel
An assassination attempt on Angela Merkel, German Chancellor and the third most powerful person in the world according to Forbes, was foiled in Prague, Czech Republic on Thursday by police and security officials during her official visit to the nation.

A man driving a black Mercedes, “attempted to join the motorcade as it moved between Prague airport and Czech government headquarters” as Merkel arrived the country to hold talks with Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka.

Czech police arrested the man who tried to “run down police” and police spokesman Jozef Bocan said the suspect was in custody.

Bocan added that Merkel “had not been in danger” and confirmed officers had to use firearms to subdue the suspect.

He said: “While attempting to join the motorcade, he tried to run down police securing the road.

“The suspect acted alone. He was not armed, but items found in the car could easily have been used as weapons, particularly some cement cubes.” according to quotes from German newspaper Bild.

On Thursday, hundreds of protesters, including members of anti-Islam groups, rallied in central Prague to protest against Merkel with some labeling her as the 'next Hitler' after she decided to open the EU’s doors to refugees and migrants last summer.

Nigeria Not a Secular Nation - Muslim Group Blast Chriatian's
The Muslim Rights Concern has described as “bogus” claims by the Christian Elders Forum that Nigeria is a secular country.

The Elders had on Wednesday faulted the position of the Sultan of Sokoto and President-General of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III, that Nigeria is a multi-religious nation, insisting it is secular.

But reacting to the Christian Elders’ position, MURIC in a statement on Thursday by its Director, Prof. Ishaq Akintola, said it “takes exception to the stand taken by the Christian Elders. CEF is trying to hoodwink the Nigerian public by making bogus claims. We challenge the Christian Elders to show us the word ‘secular’ in the constitution.”

Prof Akintola stated further: “A secular country is one that does not recognize God or religion at all. Examples are Russia, China and other communist entities. But is that true of Nigeria?

“This is a country that recognizes the existence of many faiths. Churches, mosques and shrines thrive in their thousands while the Federal and State governments give official recognition to the spiritual engagements of the followers of all creeds.

“To cap the edifice, the preamble of the Nigerian Constitution starts with the words, “We the people of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, having firmly and solemnly resolved to live in unity and harmony as one indivisible and indissoluble sovereign nation under GOD…”

“This is an indubitable rejection of secularism. So how secular is ‘secular’Nigeria? It is sheer bunkum. We assert clearly, emphatically and unequivocally that Nigeria is a multi-religious nation.
“MURIC affirms that the Sultan is right. Nigeria is a multi-religious nation. By describing Nigeria as a secular country, CEF ploy is to sustain the colonial game of Christianisation of the Nigerian structure.

“They are simply defending the actions of the colonial master. Based on the strategic approach of all belligerent elements and oppressors, that attack is the best form of defence, it is now in the character of Nigerian Christian leaders to be constantly on the attack.

“The truth is that the British colonialists had forcefully entrenched Christian way of life on Nigeria. A few examples will suffice. Whereas Friday was our day of rest since the advent of Islam in Nigeria in 1085, the colonial master who came 800 years later (in 1842) annulled Friday (like June 12) and changed it to Sunday. Shariah was prohibited while Christian common law was imposed on us till today.

“Hijab, which was an integral part of school uniforms for female students, was outlawed. Islamic Studies was trivialised while Bible knowledge was prioritized. The Christian cross was forced on us as symbol for the hospitals.

“The church choir gown became the officially recognized academic gown used during ceremonies in universities. It is also used by lawyers and judges in the law courts. We can go on and on ad infinitum.

“Christian elders complain that Muslims are now occupying certain posts but they ignore all other sensitive positions being occupied by Christians. Were they on sabbatical in the days of former President Jonathan when General Ihejirika was Chief of Army Staff, Rear Admiral Dele Ezeobe was Chief of Naval Staff, Air Vice Marshall Alex Badeh was Chief of Air Staff? Were these people Muslims? Where were the Christian elders when all Jonathan’s ministers from the South West were Christians?

“We appeal to the Christian Elders to allow their nomenclature to reflect in their actions and utterances. They should let Nigerian youths benefit from the wisdom of elders and not vice versa. We expect CEF to douse tension and not to heat up the polity.

“Nigeria has enough on its hands already and true patriotism demands that all hands be on deck to salvage the near-helpless situation. Let us squarely face the tangential and ignore the peripheral. Nigeria should be on our mind, not fishing for men or rabble-rousing.

“MURIC salutes the Sultan of Sokoto for his self-control, unparalleled tolerance and robust appetite for moderation. We urge him to ignore all sorts of provocation and continue in his chosen path of statesmanship and responsible leadership.”

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