My wife always tears my boxers to rape me, man tells court

By Ayobami Adeoye 
boxer“My wife has turned my boxers to rags as she always tears them to rape me,” a retired soldier, Gafaru Rodoye, told an Igando Customary Court in Lagos yesterday.
According to him, his wife, Idiat, with whom he had five children in their 20-year old marriage, always raped him. “My wife always rapes me; she had turned all my boxers to rags to achieve her selfish aim,” he said.
The petitioner said that his wife was in the habit of threatening his life through beating and that he was afraid she might kill him one day. “I had to run away from my 16-flat building to rent an apartment elsewhere just to avoid her frequent beatings, but she trailed me to my new apartment to fight me.
Gafaru said that his wife poured hot water on the new wife that was brought for him from the village by his family. He begged the court to end their 20-year old marriage, saying he was no longer in love as his life was in danger.
However, Mrs. Idiat Rodoye, 44, businesswoman, denied all the allegations, saying her husband was a womaniser. “My husband runs after anything in skirt; he always sends me packing from the house whenever he wants to bring in another woman.
“He once sent me out with the children for three years. After sending me out, he had married six different women, but none stayed long with him. He will always come back to beg me to pack back,’’ she said.
The mother of five said she never raped her husband, that it was normal for husband and wife to make love. She urged the court to grant her husband’s wish that she too was tired of the marriage and no longer in love.
The Court President, Mr Adegboyega Omilola, adjourned the case to April 5 for further hearing.

Nigerian Girls Too Expensive To Date- IK Ogbonna

Some men have lamented in the past that Nigerian ladies very expensive to date because of their high taste for material things. As some would say, taking a Nigerian lady out for shopping is like signing one’s death warrant.
IK Ogbonna may have confirmed this believe as he stated in a recent interview with Hip TV that he is happy dating his foreign lover because he does not have to worry to buy the pretty lady Brazilian hair, which is now a craze among Nigerian ladies.
IK Ogbonna is an actor that has been making waves since venturing into the movie world. He was romantically linked with Ghanaian actress, Juliet Ibrahim, who divorced her husband recently. The handsome actor was even rumoured to have been the cause of the actress’ troubled marriage.

Not too long ago, pictures of him with his girlfriend, Sonia, flooded the internet.


Mile 12: the market Lagos would have loved to hate

By Wole Oyebade, Gbenga Akinfenwa and Eniola Daniel  

A section of the new market at Ogere PHOTO: GBENGA AKINFENWA
A section of the new market at Ogere PHOTO: GBENGA AKINFENWA
It is noisy. It stinks. It is a traffic hell generator. It is a gunpowder keg of ethnic inferno. (It exploded, recently, killing about a dozen people.) But it is a cool cash cow: a vibrant money spinner, which some analysts exaggeratedly suggest, could even make the economy of not-so-endowed African countries blush. Reason, perhaps, that barely a week after it closed the popular Mile 12 market in Ketu, the Lagos State government was forced to reverse its anger.
“The re-opening was as a result of the outcome of the stakeholders’ meeting held between the market men and women, traditional leaders in the Agiliti and Maidan communities, residents and Community Development Association (CDA),” said Steve Ayorinde, Commissioner for Information and Strategy, in a statement. According to Ayorinde, the meeting had both been satisfactory and had secured the cooperation of all interested parties involved in the market’s operations.
Body language experts monitoring the motions of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode might have sworn the market was gone for good, concluding the helmsman had finally found a loophole to actualise an idea the state government had tinkered with for years: relocate the sweet nuisance. Even the traders believed this was it. But body language, like all languages, can be quite unpredictable, especially when stakes are high.
While the market was shut, an interesting drama was unfolding elsewhere. Like a wife thrown out of the house in the middle of the night by a furious husband, the traders had sought refuge with one of Lagos’ cousins, who lived next door – Ogun State. Did the neighbour attempt any games with his kinsman’s spouse?
Unable, perhaps, to resist the tempting voluptuousness of the lady, the Ogun State government began to spew promises from both sides of the mouth. At Kara market, along Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, where the traders had moved in with livestock sellers, Governor Ibikunle Amosun paid them a visit, and vowed to provide a convenient space for their activities. Three days later, the traders had, all to themselves, 300 hectares of land at Ogere! There were also talks of “new market complex”, “boreholes”, “secure and healthy environment”, “modern market fitted with a fire service station”, “modern stalls”, “a police station”, and “other services”!
Twenty-four hours after the traders arrived Ogere, Lagos State announced it had re-opened Mile 12 market.
The Guardian visited Ogere market on Thursday. Though bulldozers had cleared the place, there were no physical structures yet; only makeshift stalls made from bamboo and palm fronds. But for two boreholes, yet to be put to use, other infrastructure promised by the Ogun State government had not yet materialised. Could a slow down have hit Ogun’s bid to rehabilitate the traders?
As buying and selling went on, market leaders were seen busy allocating plots to the traders. Though, the magnitude of business in the market cannot be compared to that of Mile 12, some of the traders said they are nevertheless satisfied with the new location, a place they claimed would immune them from discrimination.
The Guardian observed that the setting was organised, having motor parks and roads, keys to taming congestion and disorderliness.
One of the traders, Abdullahi Ibrahim (Small Ghaji) said work is ongoing at the site. According to him, the traders are optimistic the Ogun government would fulfill all its promises on developing the market.
Ibrahim said many of his fellow traders have returned to Mile 12. But he explained that this was only to ensure the sale of stocks they already had before the clash erupted.
“We are selling goods better than our friends that returned to Lagos. We prefer this place to Mile 12. Here, we have enough space to display our items; the vehicles bringing them have space enough to park. We don’t need to go back to Lagos because all that we need, including buyers, are trooping here daily. Many people have decided not to return because of fear that anything could still happen. There, in Mile 12, we didn’t have enough space to operate like we do here,” said Ibrahim.
Another trader, Abdullahi Sanu Kure, said: “We are happy, here, because we don’t have any limitations, and there is no discrimination against us. Lagos State government gave us a space of three months after which it would relocate us to another place. Why do we need to go back when we have alternative. Though, I made more profit in Mile 12, I know that things will definitely improve, because a lot of people are coming all the way from Lagos to buy goods from us.”
Kure said the plots of land allocated to the traders were given free. He, however, could not say what costs might accrue if Ogun State government eventually develops the market. He praised the security measures on ground, adding that some of the traders have already rented apartments at Ogere town.
As at press time, the office of the Ogun State Commissioner for Agriculture, Mrs. Ronke Sokefun, was not forthcoming with reactions on the Mile 12/Ogere markets issue. Her media aide refused to comment, and maintained his superior was also unavailable.
But earlier, when she visited Kara, Sokefun had stressed: “We learnt that the traders from Ketu have relocated here (Kara). While we welcome them, we need to ensure that they are orderly and systemic. They just took over, here, without recourse to government. This is not their location; this place is meant to be a cattle market. They will still be here pending when we conclude the provision of necessary infrastructure at a convenient location. Provision will be made for the security of the Yoruba people and the Hausa. They need to work together in unity. I have met with the two Serikis (local chiefs); we would ensure there is a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the government, to ensure we don’t have any breakdown of law and order.”
The deadly clash and wanton destruction notwithstanding, there is no indication Lagos State will re-enact any lightening speed relocation of its Mile 12 market traders, like its Ogun State counterpart. While Ogun arrived at its decision in less than two days, Lagos has had more than a decade of lamentations and considerations. Following its stakeholders’ meeting, the state is boasting it has achieved a great feat: an agreement on “relocation of the market to another suitable place, as the existing market can no longer contain the traders.”
While making the announcement, Steve Ayorinde was, of course, quick to add that Lagos is home to all and that its government will continue to make the business climate attractive to investors.
“Other major agreements at arrived with the various stakeholders include…ban on the use of commercial motorcycles in the area; peaceful co-existence among all ethnic groups in the market and environs; and removal of all shanties and illegal attachments/structures within the market area,” said Ayorinde.
The nitty-gritty of the meeting between Lagos State and the traders might never be known. Observers, however, think the haste at which the traders agreed to be ‘relocated’ is suspect. Would traders swap a most strategic and lucrative location for another, just like that?
According to the Financial Secretary of the Mile 12 Market Association, Shehu Usman, the traders, the community and the government are all on the same page on the issue of relocation, and the market executives will be meeting with the state government to discuss the relocation programme. “This (relocation),” Usman said, “will help increase the economic growth and development (of the market) and provide better infrastructure and reduce traffic congestion.”
When The Guardian visited the Mile 12 market, last week, it noted that normalcy had returned.

ICAN Urges Banks To Support SMEs

By Eniola Daniel
THE President, Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN), Mr. Olufemi Deru, has urged banks and other organisations to support small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to with accessible loans.
  The president made this call during the institute’s visit to First Bank of Nigeria (FBN) headquarters in Marina, Lagos.
  In his words: “I want to appeal to the bank to support entrepreneural initiatives by creating a special platform for members who are willing to engage in business, especially SMEs to have easy access to loan.”
  The president, while speaking on his agenda for 2016, said “the pillar of my presidency is to encourage entrepreneurship.”
 He called on accountants to sharpen their entrepreneurial initiatives, saying “ we cannot continue to be auditors, there is no business that accountant are not involved which is why we should not be afraid to take on entrepreneurship initiative.”
He explained that “we need more people of integrity and accuracy”, adding  “ I also want members to be sponsored for training programmes, conferences in other institutes. We have accountants like Iya Oloja of Ikeja who are now into business because accountants do business better.”
  Reacting to the call, the Group Executive, Commercial Banking group, FBN, Popoola Seyi Oyefeso said “we have a lot of chartered accountants in First Bank, including the managing director and deputy managing director, and we are very proud to be member (of ICAN).”
   While promising to support the activities of the institute, Oyefeso also gave the record and role of First Bank in ICAN. ”First bank pays a lot of premiums on training. We have the biggest training facility in banking in Nigeria, and the bank sponsors many accountants to attend the annual conference and the bank will continue to improve on that,” Oyefeso said

7 Most Prominent Public Secondary Schools In Nigeria And Their Famous Alumni

It is generally believed that Nigeria’s education system currently thrives on past glory and that the ‘good ol’ days’ are light years behind. While this belief may not be totally out of place it could be refreshing to know that things have not always been this bad. In spite of the steady but certain decline, some of the older institutions still enjoy the benefits of the reputation they have earned over time and are still held in high esteem till date.

The list below is a profile of seven of Nigeria’s most popular and prominent public secondary schools as a means of remembering the good old days. The schools are mentioned in no particular order and the list should not be taken as a ‘best of schools’ list.

Happy reading…

Barewa College, Zaria
The present day Barewa College was established in 1921 by then Governor General, Hugh Clifford as Katsina College. Prior to 1949, when it was moved to the more central location of Zaria with the

Will rerun end dirty supremacy fight between Wike, Amaechi?

It is a classic tale of love turned sour. Rotimi Amaechi and Nyesome Wike used to be inseparable. They are both from the Rivers East senatorial district. While Amaechi is from Ikwere local government, Wike hails from Obio Akpor local government within the same district.
Wike literally rose to prominence in his early political days on the back of Amaechi. Through the benevolence of the immediate past governor of Rivers State, he became a local government chairman. He then served as Chief of Staff to the current Minister of Transportation.
When it was time to recommend a nominee from Rivers to former President Goodluck Jonathan, Amaechi turned to his trusted Chief of Staff. Wike became Minister of State for Education in 2011. But from that point, their collaboration ended. Wike got to Abuja and forgot his boss in Port-Harcourt.

Buhariwatch: Before the honeymoon expires…

By MARTINS OLOJA | 19 March 2016 | 4:00 am

Soon and very soon, the president and his men will realize the import of an ancient saying that has been credited to so many that indeed “no condition is permanent”. Today, the prevailing condition is that President Muhammadu Buhari and his men should be tolerated as change is a gradual process. But that condition is not going to be permanent. The clouds are already gathering for the rain of questions over the promise of change. Verily, verily, they will know that the condition that prevailed for the emergence of the Buhari presidency has been largely responsible for the unduly long honeymoon that will be over soon. Really, from April, a month to the celebration of one year in office, there will be some moment of truth that will jolt Abuja about the nature of Nigeria’s civil society and indeed the real colour of Nigeria’s mass media.

The honeymoon period has been responsible for the not-so-journalistic reviews that have been dominating the media space. Indeed, the media space has not reflected the state of the nation. And as a newspaperman, I have met some honest elders of the land who have noted that President Buhari has been quite lucky with the honeymoon as so many issues have gone awry. The other day, one of our elders in the media, Mr Gbolabo Ogunsanwo who was so frustrated by what some others have called Afghanistanism in journalism, set the tone for what will happen after May 2016 when he identified so many roles in the polity that are desperately in search of actors. Most of the roles will be previewed and reviewed very soon.

And so, it is time to tell the governing party, the friends of the presidency and their managers to drop their stale strategy of blaming the previous administration for all the ills in the land at the moment. It will soon occur to the Abuja’s big men that people will after next month ask for account of stewardship of this administration. I mean time is ticking for a review of leadership that we have had and its impact on the populace. The Buhari administration will soon realize that it is not easy to keep frogs in a wheelbarrow. Soon and very soon, we will like frogs in a wheelbarrow decide whether to jump down or remain there. And very soon, we the real people will then clear our throat and ask questions about the journey so far beyond the quick fixes of fighting corruption. It will be clear soon when the cock crows at the dawn of May 28 May 2016 that we need more than fighting corruption to fix the country’s broken walls.

Time to overhaul wobbly presidential bureaucracy…

But before the expiration of the honeymoon, let me state that I am fully persuaded that the president should use the one-year in office appraisal and celebration time to overhaul his (presidential) bureaucracy. I mean that the starting point of the reform he needs to carry out is the office of the president and all affiliated offices called the presidency. As I told the State House Correspondents in a keynote at a retreat in Kaduna on 11 December last year, “the presidency is more than the State House or Aso Presidential Villa….”

Therefore, there is a sense in which we can claim that there exists a correlation between the quality of the presidential bureaucracy and operational efficiency of the presidency. I mean the starting point of “dynamic capabilities” is the quality of the men and women that assist the president in his peculiar office. And that is why even the constitution provides for this in Section 171, which deals with “presidential appointments”.
The presidential bureaucracy and the president’s Men

The following are principal actors in the special bureaucracy that should define the colour of presidential efficiency or deficiency:

• Secretary to the Government of the Federation;
• Head of the Civil Service of the Federation;
• Permanent Secretaries;

Non-constitutional Offices in the presidency

• Chief of Staff to the President (Created by President Obasanjo in 1999 as borrowed from the U.S Presidency)
• Principal Secretary to the President;
• Special Advisers/Special Assistants; etc, although there is a reference to advisers to be approved by the Senate to assist the president.

The Secretary to the Government of the Federation
The most prominent office inside the villa appears to be the Chief of Staff’s but the most significant is the SGF’s, a unique creation of the constitution. According to Adegoroye (2015), the office arose from the evolutionary development of Nigeria as a nation. The office does not have any parallel either in the UK’s Whitehall or in the U.S White House. According to Ajulo (1998), it began as Central Secretary during the Lugard administration and Chief secretary to the Government who was principal adviser to the governor and the accredited spokesman of the government from the time of Clifford in 1919 until self-rule in 1957.

According to Adegoroye (2015):

“In terms of mandate, the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, is to coordinate and monitor implementation of Government policies and programmes, and serve as think tank and technical backbone of the presidency…”

There are (7) seven Permanent Secretaries attached to the SGF’s office to assist in the coordination of specialized offices, namely:

• General Services office;
• Cabinet Secretariat;
• Special Services Office;
• Ecological Funds Office;
• Political & Economic Affairs Office;
• Special Duties Office &
• Bureau of Public Service Reform.

The Office of the SGF is the focal point of the presidential bureaucracy. It is the secretariat of the cabinet or executive council of the federation and the defence and security council.
The office of the SGF keeps record of the presidency (as the presidential library).

As I had added to the State House reporters last year, “What this means is that there is no way we can cover the presidency well without covering the presidential bureaucracy, which extends to the following:

• Head of the Civil Service of the Federation;
• Chairman of the Federal Civil Service Commission;
• Bureau of Public Service Reforms;

I have gone to this extent to enable us deepen our understanding of the importance of the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation. I have been covering the Presidency from Dordan Barracks to Abuja’s Presidential Villa for the past 26 years. And so from experience and profile of the office, President Muhammadu Buhari needed more than just a close friend for the Office of the SGF when he appointed the current one. This is not to disparage the current office holder. The truth we need to speak to powers in Abuja for the benefit of all of us is that the federal bureaucracy is a broken wall that needs to be rebuilt through a coordinated reform. And so from the hierarchy, the SGF is to coordinate the other bureaucrats including the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation and even the Federal Civil Service Commission. There is therefore, no doubt that the person to do this should have been a top serving or retired civil servant who must have been a retired permanent secretary or its equivalent. Past governments have preferred retired or serving permanent secretaries.

As I have observed, there are more than six permanent secretaries in the office of the SGF. The one to supervise these permanent secretaries should have been at least a top civil servant who understands the public service system. There is yet another reason to go for a seasoned technocrat or bureaucrat. The President left office as military head of state about thirty years ago. Though the vice president is a public intellectual, he served only as attorney-general of a state. That is why the SGF should be a knowledgeable public officer who knows how Abuja’s bureaucracy works and, of course, why it has not worked. Despite criticisms of retired and serving top civil servants, as “evil servants” in the context of massive corruption being investigated in the bureaucracy, there are still so many good and knowledgeable ones even outside political circles that can fit the bill. Besides, the current Chief of Staff is not credited with remarkable experience in the mainstream public service. He too reportedly retired from banking long ago.

What is more, the current permanent secretary in the State House is also inexperienced. Surveys have revealed that he was a State House Counsel and somehow he was appointed a permanent secretary and returned to the State House. Therefore, if you look at the profile of the current presidential bureaucracy, it will be discovered that there is too much inexperience. Even the new Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, with due respect, does not have enough fire in her belly to drive reform that the civil service requires today. Besides, the current Federal Civil Service Commission (FCSC) does not have an agile head that can work ruthlessly to purge the service of mediocrity, ineptitude and corruption.

Therefore, all the president’s men who usually rise to please the president by attacking anyone who points out some institutional weaknesses should note this: We want the president to succeed. He is the only hope at the moment. If President Muhammadu Buhari cannot fix Nigeria at this moment, we are doomed. I am convinced that he has personal integrity and capacity to do it. But let no one be deceived that miracles will happen if the men and women he has chosen to do the job of fixing our broken walls are incapable. Ask a well-known cleric, T.D Jakes, he will tell you, “miracles too do not just happen.
Before we begin to talk about the capability of his cabinet next month, let the president do some introspection, and appraisal about the quality of the bureaucracy in the presidency. And here is the thing: If you want a football club like the Barcelona and Real Madrid, you should look for your Lionel Messi and Christiano Ronaldo.

Tears as Ladipo traders fault midnight demolition

By Eniola Daniel
Year 2016 is not a good time for traders in Lagos State. While many market men and women are grappling with the dire times precipitated by the scarcity of dollars, fear of the state’s demolition squad battle-ready with their efficient bulldozers have given many sleepless nights since the turn of the year.
   It began with the leveling at Oshodi market, then the taskforce team moved to Daleko market in Mushin and razed it down. Nearly 24 hours after government announced its intention to relocate the troubled Mile 12 market, the taskforce visited Ladipo auto spare-parts market yesterday at Toyota bus-stop on Apapa-Oshodi expressway and demolished a section of the multi-billion naira market.
   This latest act didn’t come to many by surprise, as the market had been in the news for the wrong reasons in recent weeks. However, the supremacy battle between Owoyemi family and Odo-Aladura community over a portion of land had led to severe skirmishes that had claimed lives forced abrupt closure of the market several times.
   Speaking with The Guardian, Vice President of the market, Mr. Jude Chika Nwankwo, criticized the state government for demolishing over 300 shops without prior notice to the shop owners and market leaders. “It is so sad that an elected government can do this to its people. We were not given any notice to leave before today, we only came this morning to see ruins of our shops.
   “Why should the government come like a thief in the night to do this. Our security man called me around 2:00 am and informed me of the presence of some government officials and policemen who came with caterpillars. I immediately put a call through to the Commissioner of Police at 2:15am to inform him of the situation. All he said was that there is no problem; that his men will be there to stop any illegal demolition.
   “We are all family men now left with nothing to do, government have close our source of livelihood; we are now helpless. Many of the items in the shop have been looted except for some heavy spare parts difficult to carry. Personally, I don’t know where to go from here. I have incurred huge debt with the last consi
gnment I got due to the dollar issue and now this,” he lamented.
   However, another trader said unidentified persons suspected to be thugs carried out the demolition. According to him, the thugs who attempted to demolish it recently before traders prevented them had to come around 3:00 am to demolish the market and hurriedly left before the traders arrived in the morning.
   “There had been crises for some weeks after the same thugs invaded the market and attempted to demolish it but the traders mobilized themselves and chased the thugs away. That invasion resulted in serious fracas between the traders and thugs during which many traders sustained injuries. One of the traders, Anene Utasi, was attacked. He was rushed to LUTH where he eventually died.”
   A visibly angry trader who was rescuing remnant of his goods yesterday lamented failure of the government to issue any notice. “I kept N830,000 here yesterday but cannot find a penny. Everything has been looted. I had goods worth N16.8 million buried under the rubbles, should I carry all the goods on my head to my house? Do they want to turn us into armed robbers?” he asked.
   There were skeletal activities at the other section of the market not touched yesterday as other traders shutdown in solidarity with those who lost their wares to the demolition. There was also a heavy presence of policemen stationed at the market to forestall any violence.

We are not at war with our host, Galadima ….Police are taking advantage of the situation- motorist

By Eniola Daniel
Deputy head, Hausa community, Mile 12, Abdu-hami Galadima has stated that the Hausa community in Mile 12 is not at war with the host community as and hope to find a lasting solution to the riot and looting that persist in the market.
 He stated that the current crisis in the area would not be allowed to degenerate to what happened in 1999 where hundreds lost their lives and property worth billions of dollar was lost.
The talk in some quarter that we are at war with our landlords or want to take over their land is wicker, problem still happen among family members, if something happen, their should be a way to make peace. It is impossible to take someone properties unlawfully.
We are still at a lost over what happened
Some of the Yoruba boys in this area have nothing doing than to harass our boys and collect money from them; they collect money from vehicle that plies this area and start rioting our little thing, enters peoples shop and loot their properties.
The trouble broke out in Agiliti in the presence of police; the Yoruba boys started burning Hausa residence and cars and our boys responded by retaliating but we in the house of Seriki do not know the genesis of the problem.
   We heard that one of or boys who is a commercial Motor-cyclist took a Yoruba woman to Agiliti to and fro and while in Agiliti they went three different location in the area that suppose to cost N300 but the woman gave him N50 but when the boy demanded for full payment, the woman started abusing him but he later collected the N50 and said ‘God will judge’ and the woman slapped him while leaving and then, he parked and responded by beating the woman, while this was going on, people came out and started beating the boy instead  of settling them.
  We defended the area even before the arrival of any security agents, we don’t have a house of our own in this area but some us have been living here even before the arrival of the market. And we can only appeal for cooperation with our landlords, we are here to do business not here for war.”
  According to a source from the Yoruba community, which other people attested to, stated that the trouble started over non-adherence to traffic rules by the Okada operators who are majorly people of Northern descent and who ply one-way on the newly constructed Mile 12, Oniyanrin Agiliti Road.
 “the commercial motorcyclist hit one of the residents, a Yoruba woman who sustained severe injuries. This attracted sympathy from co-residents, who argued that she should be taken to a nearby hospital at the expense of the rider, the notion he refused and called his colleagues from the same ethnic group, during which a fight ensued.  Some community leaders amicably settled this matter. Unfortunately, the victim died on the following day, a development that drew the anger of the woman’s friends and subsequently led to fresh crisis on Thursday.
   The Hausa who attacked us were escorted by Police, Police pursued us with tear-gas to paved way for the attack, they enjoyed the backing of police, they send us a way to destroy our properties
  We are living under the constant fear of attack by the Hausas, they are threat to us
But it was a business as usual for some security agent who were seen collecting money from vehicles passing the area, one of such officer who was collecting money from motorist is Olumoyegun Segun who was posted close to Maidn Primary school, Mile 12.
  One of the residents who spoke with The Guardian said the officer were not doing enough to prevent looting “We gave Metro Patrol officers N20, 000 when we saw some people gathering yesterday, Friday and we suspected the gathering and call on the police to go near the area to look after our shops but they never did, they allow the guys to scatter our men shops and cart away with their goods but whenever we gather as we normally do, police came around and dispersed us.
  The Nigeria police stops vehicles plying the area and collect money; if you don’t carry anything, they will just search and let you go but if you carry goods they will collect money from you .

Residents protest neglect, military role as Ambode visits Mile 12 Market chairman says closure of Mile 12 increasing losses

By Wole Oyebade and Eniola Daniel
AS the tense security situation in Mile 12 recedes following the bloody clash in the area last Thursday, allegations are trailing the role of military personnel drafted to the area to ensure peace between the Hausa and Yoruba community.
   Some residents have accused security operatives of taking sides with a section of the community to the detriment of the other settlers.
   According to a resident, Olawoyin Adebayo, during the renewed attacks on Friday, “the Hausa residents who attacked us were escorted by the police. And they went ahead to destroy more properties. We now live under the constant fear of attack by the Hausas,” he said.
   Refuting the claims, a resident of Agiliti Street in Mile 12, Mr. Danjuma Jubril, said it was not true that they were aided by policemen to wreck havoc at the weekend.
   According to him, they had on Friday pleaded with police authorities to provide adequate security for the burial of their people killed in the clash on Thursday. “The tense security in the area was not conducive for proper interment of the dead.
   “The burial ground we use is at Agiliti. Some of the corpses were inside the Agiliti River and we could not bury or retrieve the bodies because of the security situation. So, we had to send message to the DPO in charge of this area that we need police escort to bury them. That is what is being misinterpreted to mean that police are on our side.”
   Jubril, who said he was born at Mile 12 more than 30 years ago, blamed the deadly clash on hoodlums extorting money from commercial motorcyclists and trucks carrying food items.
   However, chairman of the Mile-12 Market, Alhaji Haruna Muhammed, has said the partial closure of the market has added to the traders’ losses. The clash, which started on Wednesday night, left many dead with properties and goods destroyed. The development compelled the Lagos State government to close the market temporarily.
   According to him, the partial closure of the market affected mostly those selling perishable foodstuffs and all kinds of fruits. “We have 25 trucks with perishable foodstuffs in them, yet to be offloaded. The traders are only waiting for government’s directive.
   “But for those that brought in tomatoes, they are at a loss because the tomatoes had spent some days in the truck before it got to Lagos. There are many more trucks that have been here now, but we asked them to wait in Ibafo in Ogun State until this issue is resolved,” he said.
   Meanwhile it was business as usual yesterday for some security agent posted to the troubled spot as they were seen collecting money from vehicles plying the area.
   According to an affected resident, the policemen are doing little to prevent looting at the market.
   “Some of the traders contributed N20,000 to the patrol officers to secure our wares, but they have always turned a blind eye to those loitering around the market to loot. Instead, they are busy stopping vehicles and extorting money from motorists,” he said.


Buhari in Dramatic U-turn, Registers Nigeria as Member of Islamic Coalition ...

Terrorism: Buhari confirms Nigeria’s membership of Saudi’s Islamic coalition


President Muhammadu Buhari has confirmed Nigeria’s membership of the Islamic Coalition Against Terrorism being spearheaded by Saudi Arabia amidst speculations of alleged plan to Islamise the country.
The President made the disclosure in an interview he granted to Al-Jazeera during his recent visit to Doha, Qatar, while the interview was aired on Saturday.
When asked whether Nigeria was part of the Islamic coalition, Buhari answered in the affirmative.
He attributed the reason behind the decision to the fact that there are terrorists in Nigeria who claim to be Muslims.

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