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Gunmen abduct Kogi chairman of Miyetti Allah

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There is tension in Lokoja, Kogi State, following the abduction of the state chairman of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN), Alhaji Wakili Damina.

Kogi Secretary of MACBAN, Mr Adamu Abubakar, told newsmen in Lokoja on Tuesday that Damina was abducted on April 30 by some armed men dressed in army camouflage.

He reported witnesses as saying that the abductors, numbering about eight, came in a white bus at about 12 noon to forcefully take away the chairman from his house at Chikara village in the Kogi Local Government Area.

Abubakar said that he was informed of the incident about an hour later by a younger brother of Damina who claimed he witnessed the incident.

The secretary said he immediately called the phone number of the missing Chairman but it rang out.

He said that Damina’s number was switched off when he repeated the call about an hour later.

“Since then, his lines have not been reachable and all efforts to know his whereabouts have proved abortive,” he said.

Abubakar said that he immediately notified the commissioner of police of the development, adding the state government was also informed through the Special Adviser to the governor on Security Matters, Mr Jerry Omodara.

The secretary said that he and some members of the association visited the Nigeria Police Force headquarters, Abuja, to know if Damina was in their custody but they said no.

He also said that a search party raised by MACBAN had visited other places, including abattoirs in and around Abuja but did not find any clue.

Commissioner of Police, Mr Ede Ayuba, said that the police are yet to locate the whereabouts of the chairman.

The commissioner said that immediately he was informed of the incident, he called Damina’s phone severally but there was no response.

Ayuba said efforts to get detailed information about the incident from the Divisional Police Officer in charge of the area where the incident happened were unsuccessful as the matter was not officially reported to him.

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DRAMA: Couple who snatched mad woman’s baby meet waterloo -Suspects admit guilt, trade blame

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Wife: My husband didn’t tell me he was impotent, he starved me of sex for 16 years

Husband: My wife didn’t tell me she has damaged womb, can’t bear children

It was a dramatic moment at Agwa Tashi community, Obi Local Government Area, Nasarawa State on Monday as a couple, Mr Thomas Agba and his wife Mary, were arrested by a combination of some vigilante group members and a few elders of the community for stealing a new born baby belonging to a mad woman.

The couple, who before now were resident in Akwanga Local Government Area of Nasarawa State, had been married for 16 years without an issue. Their relationship had begun when Thomas, an indigene of Kokona LGA, met Mary, who hails from Wamba Local Government Area, and proposed marriage to her. They agreed to get married after a courtship that lasted about six months.

It was gathered that the couple agreed not to have sex before they would get married. Mary, however kept secret the fact that she had lost her womb during an abortion she had as a spinster while Thomas also kept secret the fact that he had been impotent from birth.

Speaking in an exclusive interview with our correspondent, Mary said: “Before I got married 16 years ago, my husband and I never made love.

“He was the first to suggest that we should not have sex until he paid my dowry. He always told me that we should wait until we got married. Unfortunately, I never knew that he was avoiding sex because he was impotent.

“Since we got married, he has not been doing his job as a husband and that always made me sad.

“Each time I confronted him with sex issues, he would either say he was not in the mood or ask that we should adjourn the matter till the next day.

“For 16 years, he kept giving me one excuse or the other, so we never had sex.

“Barely a year after our marriage, I discovered that he was an impotent man. There is no complete man on earth who will spend one year with a woman on the same bed without sex, more so your own wife.

“Many times I tried to seduce him by giving him the best of romantic kisses and wearing sexy clothes at night just to entice him, but his manhood would not stand at all.

“To make matters worse, he has never asked me for sex since we got married.

“I was depressed by the situation, so almost every night, I cried and cried because I didn’t know what to do.

“Right inside me, I also know that I don’t have a womb to conceive a baby even if my husband was a man. But the truth is that I love him so much and I did not want to commit adultery or cheat on him.”

Mary added that since her womb got damaged, it was clear to her that she would have a problem with child bearing when she got married.

She said: “Whenever a new couple gets married and later gives birth, I feel happy for them. But when I realise that I will never have the same experience, tears roll down my cheeks. The joy of every family is to bear children.

“Sometime late last year, I woke up early in the morning and summoned courage to tell my husband the truth. I told him to his face that he is an impotent man and there is no way he can impregnate me for us to bear children.

“He admitted it, telling me that he grew up to discover that he was impotent. I also seized the chance to tell him that I also cannot bear a child because my womb is damaged.

“I told him that even if he was man enough, it would be impossible for me to take in. I them suggested that there were two options open to us since we were both tired of people asking why pregnancy had not come.

“I suggested that we should adopt a baby and move to another location to give the impression that it is our biological baby.

“On a second thought, I remembered that there was a mad pregnant woman around our area, so I decided that we should monitor her, draw her close to us and take her baby as soon as she was delivered of it instead of going through the long process of adopting a child in Abuja.

“We both agreed to the idea and I started drawing the mad woman close to me by providing for her needs and somehow she became used to me.

“She hardly spoke, but due to my closeness to her because of the food I was giving her, she managed to tell me how she was impregnated by a man whose location she could not really say.

“She also said that she was expected to give birth in July, although she ended up delivering in September.

“She went into labour in the night on September 7. Around that time, she was always in our compound, because I was providing for her necessities and our house was not far from the main road.

“We immediately rushed her to the hospital and after about five hours of labour, she was delivered of a baby boy. We spent two days in the hospital to normalise her.

“While we were in the hospital, I sold the idea of snatching the baby from the mad woman to my husband and change our base from Akwanga to  Lafia.

“When she was discharged from the hospital, with my husband’s car, we left the hospital in Akwanga, drove straight to Lafia and headed straight to Awe LGA where we arranged for a friend who is a medical personel to give her some injection to calm down her breast milk.

“We dumped her somewhere in Awe LG and returned to Agwa Tashi in Obi LG with the baby.

“The mad woman’s deficiency, which we took advantage of, is that she hardly talks. She prefers to talk alone than to talk to people.

“I had already bought baby food and feeding bottle and prepared hot water in case he would start crying on the road.

“So we abandoned the mad woman in Awe and relocated to Obi to settle there temporarily. Our intention was to move back to Lafia after one year and settle there permanently.

“My husband is a businessman.”

Our correspondent gathered that while many people around Akwanga had noticed the sudden disappearance of the mad woman, none felt any need to probe into her case.

Mary said: “One week after, the new born baby was not feeling so strong, so we took him to Dalhatu Araf Specialist Hospital for treatment.

“As we were trying to locate the children ward, we did not know that a former neighbour of ours in Akwanga was involved in an accident and was admitted at the hospital.

“His wife saw us with a baby and was visibly shocked. From that moment, she knew that we must have snatched the mad woman’s baby, more so because she knew that the mad woman was close to us and her whereabouts had become a source of concern.

“She quickly returned home and informed a few other people who later told some members of the vigilante group about our new location.”

Mary, who pleaded with the team not to thank her over to law enforcement agents, said she could not bear any child because her womb was damaged by a quack doctor during an abortion she had as secondary school pupil, adding that she did what she did out of frustration.

She said: “When I met Thomas about16 years ago, he loved me so much and I equally loved him. So, when he proposed marriage to me, I quickly obliged and could not tell the truth because I didn’t want to lose him.”

Also speaking, Thomas, who also pleaded that security agents should not be involved in the matter, admitted that he was impotent, adding that desperation to have a child led him to accept his wife’s proposal.

He said that they both have themselves to blame for not being sincere about their conditions from the outset.

He said: “We both lied to each other and it landed us in this mess. Please and please, you people should have mercy, pity our condition and look at our case. It was desperation to have a child that led us into this evil plan.”

The couple has since led some members of the vigilante group to Awe in search of the mad woman.

The matter was yet to be reported to the police at press time as the vigilante men insist on finding the mad woman before involving the police in it.

Linus OOTA, The Nation

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Prophetess, woman sentenced to life imprisonment over killer love potion in Rivers

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A High Court sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, has convicted and sentenced one Prophetess Edina Lovely-Worleru to life imprisonment for preparing a love potion for her client, one Onyaema Bright Worlu, who laced the concoction in a meal that poisoned and killed her lover, Isreal Georgewil. The trial Judge, Justice Adolphus Enebeli, while delivering judgment on the matter which started sometime in 2012, found the two women guilty of manslaughter.

The duo were charged for murder over the death of Georgewil, but the judge, having considered the facts presented by the parties and the relevant laws of administration in the Rivers State criminal code, convicted and sentenced Worlu and Lovely- Worelu to life imprisonment without an option of fine. According to Enebeli, the prosecution was able to prove their case with the state ment of the first defendant, Bright-Worlu, at the police station where she voluntarily stated that she administered the said love potion to her man-friend.

She added that the love potion was prepared by her prophetess in order to make the deceased grant any financial request she makes, pointing out, however, that she didn’t know that the concoction would kill him. The court held that Bright – Worlu could not prove that she was ignorant that the supposed love potion could kill Isreal Georgewil. Lovely-Worleru had described herself as a Prophetess with a spiritual church in Rumuche community in Emouha Local Government Area of the state, just like the late Georgewill was also a prophet in another spiritual church within the community. Reacting to the judgement, the Principal Prosecution State Counsel, Chidi Ekeh, said the judgment means justice for the deceased and his family, and for the state and the country at large.

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Three die after woman allegedly poison four stepchildren in Yobe

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The Yobe State Police Command has arrested a 22-year-old woman, Khadija Yakubu, for allegedly poisoning and killing three of her stepchildren in Malaria Huta community, Potiskum Local Government Area of the state.

The Police Public Relations Officer of the state, ASP Dungus Abdulkareem, in a statement on Friday said the suspect poisoned the tea drank by four children of her husband’s first wife.

The victims were identified as Umar Haruna, 12; Maryam Haruna, 11; Ahmed Haruna, nine and seven-year-old Zainab Haruna.

Abdulkareem, “Findings indicated that the children have been rushed to a hospital after taking the tea prepared by the suspect, Khadija Yakubu, in the early hours of Friday. Three of the victims died while receiving treatments and one remained unconscious.

“The suspect has been apprehended and is in custody. Investigation has begun to ascertain the remote and immediate cause of the incident. She will be charged after investigation.”

Dogara Bitrus, Punch News

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