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BLACK, WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH: Former US Diplomat Engages Makoko residents on Voting Rights no

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Chief Dr. Atim Eneida George

In commemoration of the Black and Women’s History Months, Dr. Atim Eneida George, a former Public Affairs Officer of the US Embassy in Nigeria, has engaged residents of Makoko community in Lagos to sensitize them on their voting rights and women empowerment.

The event, hosted by CEE-HOPE Nigeria, a nongovernmental organization (NGO) working with young people in marginalized communities, and sponsored by the United States of America’s Embassy in Nigeria, attracted several stakeholders from within the community and beyond.

Dr. Eneida George, the celebrated former diplomat of African-American descent and currently living in the USA, recalled the pre-civil rights era in the USA where African Americans were disenfranchised and marginalized from governance and general decision-taking processes in their own country.  According to her, even with the right to vote, the black population in the USA still faced a major huddle due to their then low literacy level. She therefore advised the younger generation present to take governance process.

“Democracy, governance and education are interwoven. To the young ones, your education is your key to anywhere you want to go,’ she said. ‘Regardless of your situation now, focus on your studies, regardless of the barriers, do not be discouraged, you can change the world and you can raise a wonderful institution like CEE-HOPE and make impact in the lives of several others. Especially to the girl child, education is essential because If you educate a boy, you educate an individual, when you educate a woman you educate a nation”, she added.

Dr. George who attracted several awards and recognition in the course of her long duty post in Nigeria including the traditional title of Yeye Araba of Ife, further reiterated that, “governance is too important to be left in the hands of a selected few. All and sundry should play effective roles in governance either by voting or by being voted for.’
Emmanuel Agunze, Founder, Makoko Dream School and a Nelson Mandela Washington Fellow, noted that one of the reasons for the decline in participation in governance at the grassroots levels is because of the challenges that are encountered during the voting process.
He noted that the process of securing voters’ card, poor facilities at voting centers and violence are some of the many reasons people, most especially women have been discouraged to vote.
Dr. Atim Eneida George and some Makoko traditional chiefs, and staff of CEE-HOPE.


A Community Leader, Mr. Agbodemu Ishola Musbau said so many Nigerians are responsible for voting wrong persons into power because they are rather satisfied to vote for persons who would induce them with money and food items than to vote for those who would serve genuinely.

The event attracted several local chiefs from across Makoko as well as women leaders, youth leaders pupils from the Diaspora School and the Makoko Dream School, both in Makoko.

One of the local chiefs, Chief Albert Ayide (aka Baale Jeje), thanked CEE-HOPE for the opportunity of the program which he described as very enlightening and asked for a repeat of such for more enlightenment. He however noted that despite the efforts of their community members to participate in governance by voting for people they believed were suitable, they are not getting the dividends of good governance.  He also pleaded for educational support, lending more support to the ongoing work of CEE-HOPE in Makoko, in addition to programs that would empower women.
Chief Dr. Atim Eneida George and some Makoko women.

Other chiefs present include Alase Agoyon Francis, Baale Shemede Emmanuel, Baale Panke Victor, Oluwo of Makoko Olaiya, Aji Steven and the immediate host, Chief Adewale Akintimehin (aka Alfa). There were also officials from the USA Embassy in Lagos.
Earlier in his opening remarks, a Board of Trustees member of CEE-HOPE Nigeria and veteran journalist, Lekan Otufodunrin appreciated the guest speaker for choosing CEE-HOPE and Makoko as beneficiaries of the event which he described as highly empowering to the participants.

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67-Year-Old Man Attempts To Jump Into Lagos Lagoon After Losing Job

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A 67-year-old man, Oluwatoye Bamgboye, decided to end it all on his 67th birthday by attempting to jump into the Lagoon from the Third Mainland Bridge, Lagos.

He was however rescued by officials of the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) of the Lagos State Police Command patrolling the axis on Tuesday afternoon.

Bamgboye, who hails from Oju-Ore in Ogun State, said he was frustrated and wanted to end it all having lost a job he newly secured.

He said he had secured the job only to be told that it had been given to someone else on the day he resumed.

Bamgboye, in a statement by the RRS, said a personal challenge made him sell his house, land and car yet he couldn’t solve the problem.

He added that he obtained a loan but the problem still persisted.

“He explained further that, he secured a job and on the resumption date, he was informed that the job had been given to someone else,” the statement added.

“Today being my birthday, I have decided to end it all. The burden and the frustration is too much for me to bear. My wife has abandoned me in the process,” Bamgboye was quoted in the statement.

The police said he had been conveyed to the Adekunle Police Station, adding that efforts were in progress to contact his family members.

Source: ionigeria

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Police arrest Soldier For ‘Robbery’ In Yobe

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Three suspects, including a soldier, have been arrested by the Yobe State Police for criminal conspiracy, housebreaking, and armed robbery.

The suspects were said to have invaded the Damaturu residence of one Hajiya Aisha Usman of Sabon-Pegi-ward at midnight.Armed with deadly weapons, including an AK 47 rifle, the suspects were said to have carted away the sum of N250,000 cash, 307 Peugeot saloon car and Nokia handset belonging to the victim.

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n a statement on Saturday, the Police Public Relations Officer of Yobe command, ASP Dungus Abdulkarim, said the suspects have inflicted serious injuries on the victim and her son, Ahmed Umar, aged 17 years after tying them up with satelite cable wire.

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How Teenagers Beheaded Girlfriend For Money Rituals In Ogun

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Soliu, boyfriend to the victim

There was confusion in Oke Aregba community in Abeokuta, Ogun State capital, on Saturday, when some teenage boys were caught burning the head of a girl, said to be in a relationship with one of them, for alleged money rituals.

Daily Trust correspondent gathered that a community security guard, one Segun Adewusi, had in the wee hours of Saturday observed that the boys were burning something suspicious in a local pot.

It was gathered that the security guard immediately alerted the police at Adatan station, who went to the scene to get three of the boys arrested as one had fled before police arrived.

A source, who confirmed the incident to our correspondent, said the slain girl, identified as Rofiat, was a resident of Idi-Ape.

She was a girlfriend to one Soliu, who is now in police net.

Soliu was said to have lured the girl to his room, where he held her down and asked one of his friends to slaughter her with a knife.

“The arrested suspects were identified as 17-year-old Wariz Oladeinde from Kugba, 19-year-old Abdulgafar Lukman from Kugba and Mustakeem Balogun from Bode Olude, all in Abeokuta. Soliu was the boyfriend of the girl, he ran away, but was later arrested.”

WARIZ OLADEINDE, ABDULGAFAR LUKMAN and MUSTAKEEM BALOGUN

“They killed Rofiat, cut her head, packed the headless body in a sack and started burning the head in a pot. They told the police in the presence of a mammoth crowd that they wanted to use it for money ritual.

“The police have taken the body away to a mortuary,” a source told our correspondent on Saturday.

The Ogun State Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, confirmed the incident.

Oyeyemi the three young boys have been arrested by men of Ogun state police command.

He said, “On interrogation, the arrested suspects confessed that what they were burning in the local pot is the head of the girlfriend of their escaped accomplice.

“They confessed further that the girl who was simply identified as Rofiat was lured by her boyfriend simply identified as Soliu to where she was murdered by four of them, after which they cut off her head and packed the remains in a sack, and dumped it in an old building.

“They subsequently led policemen to the building, where the dismembered body was recovered and deposited at general hospital mortuary for autopsy. The short cutlass and a knife used in cutting off the deceased head were also recovered.”

Source: Daily Trust

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