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SPONSORED BY CHIQUEMAGAZINE.COM: Inspired by Nigerian weddings and a longing to showcase African music and lifestyle, Elfike Film Collective, a collaboration of Africa’s leading powerhouses – EbonyLife Films, FilmOne Distribution, Inkblot Productions and Koga Studios have put together a romantic movie full of suspense ”The wedding party”

”The wedding party” premiered to the press yesterday at the Filmhouse IMAX Lekki, and will hit all Cinemas come December 16th 2016.

Mo Abudu as (Executive producer), attended the screening alongside Banky W, Adesua Etomi, Ireti Doyle, Kemi Adetiba, Alibaba, Sola Sobowale, Ayo Makun among others.

Bank W, Adesua Etomi & AY
Banky W, Adesua Etomi-and-AY

The Cokers
It is the first time industry giants will partner on a film project and with the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) recognition, it shows that Collectives can grow and prosper the continent’s film community.

In a question and answer segment, Banky W when asked how he got the role, revealed to PMNews that he ”auditioned and was picked and so he made up his mind not to carry last as he was acting with professionals on the set of his first movie, thereby he didn’t have a choice but to give it his best shot”

Written by playwright Tosin Otudeko and directed by Kemi Adetiba. ‘The Wedding Party’ is a first of its kind initiative designed to raise the bar in African storytelling through unrivalled technical achievement in filmmaking and creative media arts.


Set in Lagos, Nigeria, The Wedding Party is the story of Dunni Coker (Adesua Etomi), a 24 year old art gallery owner and only daughter of her parents about to marry the love of her life, IT entrepreneur Dozie (Banky W). The couple took a vow of chastity and is looking forward to a ground-breaking first night together as a married couple.

Alibaba and Sola Sobowale- the Coker’s who were set to show off their affluence played the role of Dunni’s parents while the wealthy Onwuka’s, Iretiola Doyle and Richard Mofe-Damijo played Dozie’s parents. Both mother inlaws were at loggerheads with each other as the duo wanted to reveal who was the most influential and wealthiest.

The Coker’s who were given second place to the groom’s family ended up beating the Onwuka’s to a grande entry at the wedding while the guests could not help but give a dancing ovation.


Dozie-and-ex Rosie

While the event planner Zainab Balogun who is constantly on her hands and toes, bent on giving her client the much anticipated wedding, Mrs Onwuka has concluded plans on making Dunni’s life miserable since she refused marrying her class except her darling Dozie.

Wedding guests will have to take their seats and see whether the wedding succeeds or if the groom’s association of ex-girlfriends will disrupt the day’s proceedings. One thing is certain ‘The Wedding Party’ will be the talk of town.

The movie was first announced in April 2016 screened for the first time on Thursday, September 8, 2016, at the opening night of the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) as a selection of the Spotlight City to City programme.


Other casts include Richard Mofe Damijo (RMD), Beverly Naya, Emma OhMyGod, Lepacious Bose, Somkele Idhalama, Daniella Brown, Ikechukwu Onunaku, Enyinna Nwigwe, Kunle Idowu, Sambasa Nzeribe, Hafiz Oyetoro amongst others.

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SPONSORED BY X365TV.COM: The Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium in Benin was filled to capacity as the new governor of Edo, Mr Godwin Obaseki, took the oath of office on Saturday.

The main bowl of the stadium and the outer precincts were filled to capacity during the ceremony.

Among the dignitaries at the occasion were the Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, Gov. Mohammed Abubakar of Bauchi State, Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State and Gov. Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun.

Also present were business mogul, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, and the APC governorship candidate in Ondo State, Rotimi Akeredolu.

The ceremony also had in attendance a former military head of state, Dr Yakubu Gowon, and ministers including that of Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed.

The inauguration ceremony was also graced by traditional rulers from across the three senatorial districts of the state as well as youths and market women who were all dressed in different attires.

Obaseki is taking over from Adams Oshiomhole who had served two terms of four years.

Obaseki defeated the candidate of the PDP, Mr Osagie Ize-Iyamu, in the Sept. 28 governorship poll in the state.

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SPONSORED BY X365TV.COM: Godwin Obaseki has been sworn in as the fifth civil Governor of Edo State.

Obaseki was sworn in by the Chief Judge of the state, Justice Cromwell Idahosa, after taking the oath of office at about 12:20pm, amidst jubilation and administration from a large crowd of supporters.

The Deputy Governor, Philip Shuaibu, took his oath of office earlier at about 12pm.

Godwin Obaseki 1

Godwin Obaseki 2

Godwin Obaseki 3


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“Democracy is tricky; it sometimes ends up as a parody of itself. When the people clamour for change, they can vote with their hearts, and prove impervious to plain sight reason, and overlook likely pitfalls. We can only hope that Donald Trump does not become the symbol of the change that Americans are seeking. That would be sad indeed for the free world.” – Reuben Abati, “Anything Can Happen in America”, The Guardian, March 6, 2016. 

Earlier this year, I had written a piece titled “Anything Can Happen In America”, from which the quote above is excerpted, but I had virtually no idea that the outcome of the 2016 Presidential election could be so shocking, unthinkable and unbelievable. I was like the pollsters, the cultural activists, the Nobel Laureates, the American media establishment and the global community, minus Russia and Vladimir Putin, a Clintonite. I stood with her. When the unthinkable happened on Tuesday, and Americans chose as their 45th President, Donald John Trump, the real estate developer, reality television celebrity, a complete outsider who stumbled on politics and turned it into a celebrity show, I could only ask: how did it happen? The triumph of Trumpism, a byword for incorrect conduct, misogyny, hate, racism, nativism, isolationism, anger, and defiance is sad news for the world. It is an assault on the ideals of American democracy. Trump’s triumph has left America more divided than it was a week ago, and the prospects of that nation rescuing itself from the tragic mistake it seems to have made may take long in coming. 

The same country that champions it the most has exposed the underbelly of democracy, that beloved option for global leadership, ironically. Democracy is said to be driven by the values of good rather than evil, of humanity as opposed to inhumanity, individual freedom and rights rather than oppression, inclusion as different from exclusion but the same model of governance hands over power to the majority. As we have seen, the majority may not necessarily represent the will of all the people, or even the real majority, it is the choice that is made by the voting majority or as determined by the guiding rules as in the case of the United States: and no matter how stupid, illogical or unreasonable that choice may be, it is taken as the voice of the people and it is binding. This dictatorship of the determined majority has nothing to do with popular opinion or goodwill, but the actual choice that is made according to the guiding rules of the game. Democracy, relying on the strength of numbers and local rules has fed many countries with statistically right but logically wrong outcomes.

The outcome in the United States this week is completely confusing. And that explains why there have been protests across America by those chanting “notmypresident” to express their dismay over Trump’s surprise win. This is the first time in a long while that the outcome of an American Presidential election will leave the entire country so tragically divided the morning after. Even the international community is in shock. Trump’s triumph is a threat to the liberal standards on which the global order is anchored. Hillary Clinton in her concession speech said her defeat is “painful and it will be for a long time.” Not necessarily for her but for America and the rest of the world. The deepest cut is in America’s heart; the wound that has been inflicted therein by Americans themselves will be felt for a long time to come. This year’s American general election should inspire a deeper interrogation into the nature of democracy and its many pitfalls. The people of the United States had a plain choice between good and bad alternatives. More than any other American Presidential candidate in this election, Hillary Clinton got the most impactful endorsements, yet she did not win. If the rest of the world had been asked to vote, she would have won by a landslide, but it was up to the Americans themselves to choose their own President, and they have just told us to mind our own businesses in our countries.

Hillary Clinton is urbane, experienced, charming and gifted. She has proved her mettle as First Lady, Senator and as Secretary of State. She won the Presidential debates, ran a dignified and organized campaign and won the confidence of every critical constituency. Bernie Sanders who ran against her for the Democratic party’s ticket and Donald Trump, as well as their agents in many places threw mud in her direction, but the polls favoured her to the last minute. The pollsters have been proven wrong by the choice that America has made. Hillary Clinton gave hope to generations of women across the world. Her emergence as America’s President would have broken the glass ceiling at the most powerful spot in the world, and energized young men and women across the world. America has decided to spit in the face of history and opt for misogyny birthed by ultra-conservatism. Confronted with the obvious choice of a decent, tested and experienced woman who could have given them the prize of two Presidents for the price of one, they chose a foul-mouthed, egoistic, bombastic, free-wheeling outsider with a wife whose body shape and naked assets would be part of a yet uncertain legacy. America’s future post-Trump’s triumph is uncertain because what Trump stands for, the little that we know about that, raises nothing but anxiety, definitely not confidence. America has as President in waiting a man elected on the wings of sheer populism and racist, nativist propaganda. 

His campaign was anchored on the hate-propelled belief that the only way to make America great again is to shut out Muslims, blacks, immigrants, intruding neighbours from Mexico and Latin America, keep Americans for Americans only so they can have jobs and prosper, and the spin that America is not safe in the hands of women whom he considers fit only as objects and pieces of decoration. By voting Trump, America with its intriguing electoral college system, which robs a popular candidate on technical grounds, has deleted the triumph of American-led neo-liberal progressivism in the global order. The sad news in part is that this is also a growing trend in Europe, the equivalent of Brexit. Trump’s triumph is however worse than Brexit. It is not likely “to make America great again.” It is more likely to reduce, if not jeopardize America’s influence as a stabilizing force in the global system. Donald Trump as Presidential candidate repudiated America’s commitments within the global system. He says he will pull out US troops and command stations in Europe and Asia. If he keeps to his words, he could create such instability across the globe that would result in countries which otherwise depended on the United States looking out for themselves security-wise. 

Trump is perhaps America’s nemesis: too much rationalization and over-simplification of everything was bound to get the United States into trouble. The chasm between the American establishment and its ordinary people has been blown open. Washington is a living symbol of correctness on every stage, but now the people have rejected Washington and its politics. There have been about 44 female Presidents across the world, and now, the most powerful country in the world has proven itself to be less progressive than India, Bangladesh, Brazil, South Korea, Liberia, Ireland, Sri Lanka, Argentina, Croatia, Nepal, Taiwan, Chile, Costa Rica, Philippines, Indonesia, Iceland, Malta, and even Kosovo! America preaches inclusion and unity in diversity, but the white, blue-collar and middle-class Americans who voted majorly for Donald Trump have shown that the average American is not interested in diversity; they want America to themselves alone. America is not a country of nationalities, it is a country of immigrants, and yet the settled immigrants want to shut the door of the land of dreams to others. Donald Trump exploited their fears. He has proven that it is possible to become President by appealing to the people’s basest instincts. Shameful. Trump, Machiavelli’s “great-great-grandson” has through dirty tricks created a revolution from which even the same party that saw him as an outsider and treated his emergence as flag-bearer as an accident has benefitted. 

The Republican Party owes its ascendancy in the White House and Capitol Hill to this outsider who brought the tactics of Machiavelli, soap opera and television shows to push a failing party back to reckoning. Trump is neither Republican nor Democrat; he belongs to the party of the streets, of a racist American street motivated by a determination to reverse the misfortune of disappearing jobs in inner America, inability of make ends meet, pay children’s school fees or live decently. Americans chose Trump because he spoke the language of the streets and projected himself as their messiah. He projected himself, in his own words, as the champion of “the forgotten men and women of our country…People who work hard but no longer have a voice. I am their voice”. And so the people think, and so they voted for him so enthusiastically they even handed him the battleground states of Ohio, Florida, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and North Carolina, which secured his victory and ended the emerging Clinton dynasty. He is the candidate of America’s children of anger. 

Trump’s organized blackmail and dirty job may have given him the biggest job in the world but it will not sustain him there or make him a great President. The easiest thing to do is to promise the people change by pulling down the sitting government and the entire political Establishment. In Trump’s reckoning, he did not just defeat Hillary Clinton; he has defeated Barrack Obama, the entire Washington Establishment and its allies. Inexperienced, badly prepared and ignorant, as is the common consensus, Trump has to run the most complex governance system in the world. He can repudiate his campaign promises and turn 360 degrees. This is not beyond him. In the last year, his position on anything and everything has changed from one stop to another. Or he may choose to fulfill his bizarre promises and imperil the American Presidency and the global order. One option will expose and ridicule him. The other may fetch him the aggrieved assassin’s bullet or a one-term Presidency that could end up either as a tragi-comedy or a nauseating farce. The fulfillment of the Simpsons’ and Michael Moore’s prophecy is the highest point of America’s disillusionment. Soon enough, America will learn, at substantial cost, new lessons about its new reality. Take it easy, Hillary. Destiny is what waits for every person behind the dream. 


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SPONSORED BY CHIQUEMAGAZINE.COM: Super Eagles Captain, Mikel Obi, has assured Nigerians that the team would deliver win in the World Cup qualifier against Algeria at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium on Saturday.

The Eagles’ Skiper’s assurance is contained in a statement by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) spokesperson, Ademola Olajire in Lagos.
The statement quoted the 29-year-old midfielder as saying that the team was determined to earn the match’s three points.

It restated that all the players appreciated the importance of the game and its ramifications for Nigeria’s march to a sixth FIFA World Cup finals.
“We all know what this match means, why we have to give everything. Yes, we started the race well by winning in Zambia, but we have to approach this match even more seriously.

“The Algerians will come with determination and they will play hard, but we will play harder.

“The World Cup is the biggest stage; every player wants to be there. I am happy we have such a young and energetic team.
“I played at the World Cup in Brazil in 2014 but there are many of these players who have never been to the World Cup. They want to be there,’’ it quoted Obi as saying.

The statement added that the dogged playmaker insisted that the team was looking forward to nothing less than victory against the invading Fennecs of Algeria.

“Three points; that is what we will be playing for. We are committed and the visit of the Vice-President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo to our training in Abuja has motivated us the more.’’

Nigeria represented Africa at the 1994, 1998, 2002, 2010 and 2014 FIFA World Cup finals, reaching the Round of 16 in 1994, 1998 and 2014.
Nigeria and Algeria are Africa’s best teams at the last World Cup finals in Brazil, each eliminated in the Round of 16 on the same day.
While Nigeria fell to France, Algeria were pipped by Germany.

The rivalry between Nigeria and Algeria at the senior level is one of the fiercest in African football.
Nigeria beat Algeria to win her first Africa Cup of Nations in 1980; 10 years later, Algeria beat Nigeria to win her first Cup of Nations.

Algeria beat Nigeria to qualify for her first FIFA World Cup — Spain 1982; Nigeria beat Algeria to qualify for her first FIFA World Cup — USA 1994.
The first meeting between both teams at the All-Africa Games that Nigeria hosted in 1973 ended 2-2.
Algeria enjoyed a three-match winning streak against Nigeria between October 1981 and March 1982. Nigeria has won the last four confrontations between both nations.

The Super Eagles have never lost a World Cup qualifying home match outside of Lagos.
They have lost only one out of six World Cup qualifiers played in November, winning the remaining five.
The Algerians hit Uyo on Thursday evening with a delegation of 61 persons, aboard a chartered flight, and will have their official training on the pitch of Godswill Akpabio International Stadium on Friday evening.

They were received at the Ibom International Airport by NFF Deputy General Secretary, Dr Emmanuel Ikpeme and Protocol Officer, Emmanuel Ayanbunmi.
The match officials, led by Hassan Osama Atta Ibrahim El Manan (match commissioner from Sudan), slept in Lagos on Thursday to hit Uyo on Friday.
The referee is Gambian Bakary Papa Gassama, with Jean-Claude Birumushahu (Burundi) as assistant referee 1; Marwa Range (Kenya) as assistant referee 2 and Maudo Jallow (Gambia) as fourth official.

Jean-Olivier Mbera from Gabon will serve as referee assessor and Kenyan Nicholas Chumba Musonye will be security officer. The match kicks off at 5 p.m. on Saturday. (NAN)

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SPONSORED BY BUY656.COM: Super Eagles Technical Adviser, Gernot Rohr, has revealed the reason behind John Mikel Obi’s current travails at English Premier League club, Chelsea.

Mikel, the current Super Eagles captain, has yet to make a substitute appearance for Chelsea in all competitions this season despite featuring fleetingly for the Stamford Bridge club in pre-season.

Rohr has now explained that Mikel has failed to play competitively for Chelsea so far this season because the club’s manager, Antonio Conte, “is punishing him” for representing Nigeria at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

Mikel was Nigeria’s captain at the 2016 Olympics, impressing as the “Dream Team” won the country’s only medal – a Bronze – at the Games.

“I spoke about this with Mikel and the club’s technical director (Michael Emenalo). Mikel is training very well and he plays games in training with the big players at Chelsea.

“There is a reason why Mikel is not playing for Chelsea right now and that reason is because he played for Nigeria at the (2016) Olympics.

“He was punished for that (by Conte) “I cannot punish a player who loves his country and shows that he loves the Green jersey,” Rohr said at a press conference yesterday ahead of tomorrow’s FIFA World Cup qualifier between Nigeria and Algeria in Uyo.

Rohr then hinted that the Chelsea man is certain to start tomorrow against the Fennec Foxes.The trainer, however, stated that he is not certain if Mikel will play the entire game or be substituted at some point against the Algerians.“He (Mikel) is here with us and he is fit and I hope he can play for 90 minutes against Algeria, but if it is not possible, we shall see.

“He is a big player so if he tells me on Saturday he can play for 90 minutes, great but if he says he cannot, then I will also listen to him.“If he is substituted, we have other players who can come in for us so it is not really a problem for us.

“I have seen Mikel in the training sessions and he is okay and fit.“He played a lot of games at the beginning of the season at the Olympics and has also played two games with us (Super Eagles) against Zambia and Tanzania.

“I have big confidence in him and if he says ‘it is okay’, then it is okay but when he says ‘it is not okay’ then it is not and I will listen to him,” Rohr explained.


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SPONSORED BY HIRING234.COM: Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Onnoghen yesterday, vowed to continue with the fight against corruption in the judiciary.

Onnoghen’s inauguration by President Muhammadu Buhari followed the expiration of the tenure of Justice Mahmud Mohammed as the CJN yesterday. The new CJN will serve in an acting capacity till his appointment is confirmed by the National Assembly.

At the brief ceremony held in the Presidential Villa, Abuja, President Buhari urged Justice Onnoghen to use his position to assist the government in tackling the three most identifiable problems of corruption, economy and physical insecurity facing the country.

Buhari noted that Onnoghen was assuming office at a trying time for the country, a situation he said required the cooperation of the judiciary to develop the country .

He stressed the need for the judiciary to specifically assist the executive in reinvigorating the country in terms of security and managing it efficiently, while making sure that the economy was resuscitated and the security of doing business was guaranteed.

Earlier in his brief remarks after‎ taking the oath of allegiance, Justice Onnoghen described the moment as overwhelming. He assured the president of the fullest cooperation of the third arm of government, especially at the existing stage of the nation’s development and the fight against graft.

While thanking Buhari for the confidence reposed in him, the acting CJN promised to continue from where his predecessors had stopped in the struggle to build a better judiciary for the country.

The 66 year-old Onnoghen who became a Justice of the Supreme Court in 2005, said: “‎At this state in our development and thought programme, I assure you of the fullest cooperation of the third arm of government in the continuation of the war against corruption and misconduct in the judiciary.

“Where my predecessors stopped I intend to carry on from there, modify certain areas but with the general ultimate aim of having a better judiciary befitting the nation Nigeria.‎ Thank you for the confidence reposed in me and by the grace of God we shall succeed.”

Justice Mohammed ‎urged Nigerians to assist the government “to fish out those corrupt elements within the judiciary.” Fielding questions from State House correspondents immediately after the ceremony, the former CJN said there was the need to fight with vigour in order to deliver a clean judiciary for the nation, and assist in revamping the economy for the interest of Nigerians.

Earlier yesterday at the valedictory session held in his honour, Justice Mohammed had reiterated that the independence of judiciary remained a prerequisite for efficient functioning of the society. He said the judiciary as an institution must be protected and carefully handled.

His words: “The independence of the judiciary is a condicio sine qua non for any civilised society to function effectively and peacefully. It is an institution which, more than any other, must be protected, sustained and carefully handled. We must therefore continue to guard the eternal flame of justice in our land in order to ensure that it is not extinguished.

“Where the rule of law is absent and due process disregarded, then the sentinel of civilisation is missing and I am sure we would not desire to see the results that such loss causes.”

Despite the allegations against the third arm of government, Justice Mohammed said he was proud of the judiciary, noting that Nigeria as a nation owed the sector gratitude for guarding the nation’s democracy against threatening political winds.

“Our nation owes the judiciary a debt of gratitude for standing firm in the face of contrary winds that threatened to blow our nation’s democracy off course.

“During the run-up to the 2015 elections, our judicial officers withstood immense pressure in order to guarantee a level playing field and smooth transition of government, which ensured that we were spared a re-enactment of the June 12 saga.

“In fact, the courts, thus securing the electoral process, disallowed so many frivolous matters aimed at truncating the electoral process.

“I must particularly commend the Supreme Court for refusing to be intimidated or influenced by any candidate or political party, and I make no apologies for the firm stand that we took in our decisions. I am proud to be a part of the Supreme Court which refused to be cowered into truncating the electoral process. I am proud to have headed this noble arm of government and steering it through some very stormy waters.

“I am proud of the Nigerian judiciary. Indeed, the need to protect the institutions of the judiciary from undue influence was a key concern of mine during my tenure,” the former CJN said.

Meanwhile, the Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee against Corruption, Prof. Itse Sagay ( SAN) yesterday said that judges arrested for corruption should defend themselves and not accuse others of persecuting them. Sagay’s position was contained in a statement he issued yesterday in response to “frequent enquiries by members of the press.”

The statement read: “Two Justices of the Supreme Court affected by the DSS raids of Saturday 8th October, 2016, have been quoted as stating that Hon. Minister of Transport, Mr. Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi once attempted to induce them to favour the APC in an election petition.  This outburst by the two justices is surprising, considering that it is totally unrelated to be raids of their premises, their arrest and subsequent charges before our courts. Men of that status should not indulge in such diversionary activities in the midst of grave and ominous charges facing them.  I would have thought that they would use the time at their disposal to prepare their defences against the serious charges they are facing.

“In any case, given their statuses as Supreme Court Justices, even in the middle of the adversity confronting them, they should not have engaged in a distraction totally incompatible with the dignity and respect that their high offices attract.

“It is demeaning for them to abandon their legitimate defence in order to smear a high official of the Buhari government, which latter, they probably consider to be the source of their predicaments.  Mere allegations cannot have enough weight to affect the position of such a high official as Amaechi, otherwise knowing the disposition of Nigerians for putting people down, no office holder will be safe in this country.  It is therefore improper and ridiculous to compare the position of the justices in whose houses millions of naira and hundreds of thousands of dollars were allegedly recovered, to that of Amaechi against whom there is only the mere ipse dixit of the judges.

“This sudden anti-Amaechi narrative is consistent with the objectives and interests of the chief promoters and funders of judicial corruption during election petitions.  These powerful opposition politicians are well known.  To be more specific, they are from Rivers and Akwa Ibom States.  They are the ones who financed judicial corruptions and brought that great institution, the Judiciary, to its knees, after the 2015 elections.

“These allegations are intended to undermine and weaken the Buhari Federal Government, by depriving it of the service, input, ideas and productivity of some of its brightest stars.  This is intended to set the stage for charging the government with ineffectiveness and cluelessness.  In other words, it is an attempt to reduce the image and perception of this Federal Government to the low level of their own late and unlamented government.“Therefore, the call for Amaechi to step down is malicious and vindictive.  It should be ignored with complete ignominy.”

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SPONSORED BY 234NAIRA.COM: A father of two has been arrested by a local vigilance group in Igbogene, a suburb of Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital, for allegedly stealing a pot of soup and wraps of cassava meal popularly know as ‘fufu’.  

The local security caught the 35-year-old father of two, Kaduna Eradiri, red-handed in the process of consuming the pot of soup and over a dozen wraps of fufu from a canteen in the area in the wee hours of Thursday.

According to head of the Igbogene vigilance group, MoneySweet Asomo, the accused was apprehended around 2:00a.m. yesterday. Asomo said the accused, who is married and an indigene of Akassa community in Brass Local Council, claimed that hunger and economic hardship led him to steal the pot of soup and the foodstuff in order to feed his family.

“We were on patrol around 2:00a.m. When we got to the Timida School area, we saw a man at a local food joint eating. We questioned the culprit and he confessed to have stolen a pot of soup, some wraps of fufu and half basin of garri. He claimed it was the economic hardship that led him to the heinous act.”

The Guardian, however, gathered that the paramount ruler of the area, the Obenibe XI of Epie Kingdom, Hope Green Adike, intervened and asked them to parade him round the community with the stolen item as a deterrent to others. 

Enatimi was also made to eat from the stolen item in the presence of the indigenes of Igbogene and made to go away with the items. When contacted, the owner of the shop said she had given the permission to let him go , saying she did not have money for police case.

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SPONSORED BY X365RADIO.COM: U.S. president-elect Donald Trump arrived at the South Lawn of the White House for talks with U.S. President Barack Obama on the transition of power, a White House official said on Thursday.

The men are holding a closed meeting in the Oval Office.

Trump is also to meet later with Republican congressional leaders, while vice president-elect Mike Pence meets with Vice President Joe Biden.

Obama vowed on Wednesday to have a smooth transition between their presidencies, in spite of their “significant differences.’’

Unhappy President Barack Obama shakes Donald Trump, President-elect

Unhappy President Barack Obama shakes Donald Trump, President-elect

Trump will be sworn in on Jan. 20 to take the reins of government from Obama, who is completing his constitutionally limited second four-year term.

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SPONSORED BY X365RADIO.COM: U.S. president-elect Donald Trump arrived at the South Lawn of the White House for talks with U.S. President Barack Obama on the transition of power, a White House official said on Thursday.

The men are holding a closed meeting in the Oval Office.

Trump is also to meet later with Republican congressional leaders, while vice president-elect Mike Pence meets with Vice President Joe Biden.

Obama vowed on Wednesday to have a smooth transition between their presidencies, in spite of their “significant differences.’’

Unhappy President Barack Obama shakes Donald Trump, President-elect

Unhappy President Barack Obama shakes Donald Trump, President-elect

Trump will be sworn in on Jan. 20 to take the reins of government from Obama, who is completing his constitutionally limited second four-year term.

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