Nigeria Elections: Party Agent Nabbed in Lagos with N3.2m Cash
In the ongoing Nigeria elections, there have been reports of various incidents of violence and malpractice. Two recent incidents in Lagos highlight some of the challenges faced by voters and the authorities in ensuring a fair and peaceful electoral process.
Firstly, a party agent was arrested in the Oshodi area of Lagos with a large sum of money – N3.2 million in cash. According to reports, military personnel on patrol had received a distress call about voter harassment by thugs and were en route to investigate when they intercepted some individuals at a polling unit. One of the party agents was carrying a bag that caught the attention of the military personnel, who demanded to know its contents. After some hesitation, the agent opened the bag to reveal a large amount of cash in naira notes. The agent’s identity has been withheld.
Secondly, a woman who identified herself as a ward leader in the Ejigbo area of Lagos was arrested along with a herbalist on the Isolo/Egbe road. Military personnel received a distress call reporting a voter whose skull had been broken by a thug, and while attending to another call at the Borokini hall on the same axis, they flagged down a tricycle with three passengers. The woman claimed she was on her way to her ward in Ejigbo, while the other two passengers said they were going to vote. However, when the two men were searched, one of them was found to be wearing knitted charms around his waist. Upon further inquiry, the woman admitted to hiring the services of the herbalist and the other passenger to accompany her to her ward. All three were taken into custody by the military.
These incidents highlight the challenges faced by authorities and voters in ensuring free and fair elections in Nigeria. The use of cash and other forms of inducements to influence voters is a common practice in many parts of the country, and the presence of thugs and other violent elements can intimidate voters and disrupt the electoral process. The use of charms and other forms of spiritual protection by some voters also adds another layer of complexity to the situation.
The authorities have a responsibility to ensure that the elections are conducted in a peaceful and fair manner, and to take decisive action against any individuals or groups who engage in malpractice or violence. Voters also have a role to play in upholding the integrity of the electoral process by refusing to be swayed by inducements or threats, and by reporting any incidents of malpractice or violence to the relevant authorities. Only by working together can Nigerians ensure that their democracy is strong, vibrant, and truly representative of the people’s will.
TASUED Lecturer Arraigned by ICPC for Demanding Sexual and Monetary Gratification from Female Student
The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) has arraigned a lecturer of the Tai Solarin University of Education (TASUED) for demanding sexual and monetary gratification from a female student of the institution. Dr Balogun Olaniran, who was the Head of the Department of Religious Studies at TASUED, was brought before Hon. Justice Osinuga of the Ijebu-Ode High Court, sitting in Ijebu Ode, Ogun State on a one-count charge for violating Section 8(1) (a) of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2000.
According to the statement by the ICPC’s spokesperson, Mrs Azuka Ogugua on Friday, the defendant was arraigned on Monday 27th March 2023. The ICPC Counsel informed the court how the defendant demanded sexual benefits or a payment of N100,000 from a female student with a promise to alter her academic grades between October and November 2021.
The charge read, “within the jurisdiction of this honourable court, corruptly demanded sexual benefit or payment of the sum of N100,000 for himself from (name withheld), a female student, on account of a favour to be afterwards shown her in the discharge of his official duties as a lecturer and Head of Department of Religious Studies at the Tai Solarin University of Education, Ijagun, Ijebu Ode, to wit, offering to alter her academic grades from fail to pass in courses with codes EDU 311 and EDU 312.”
Despite pleading not guilty, the trial judge, Justice Osinuga admitted the defendant to bail of N500,000 with a surety in like sum. The surety must provide evidence of 3 years of tax clearance and evidence of means. The matter was then adjourned to the 11th of May 2023 for the commencement of trial.
It is important to note that the Tai Solarin University of Education (TASUED) had previously suspended Dr Olaniran Balogun, who was declared wanted by the ICPC for allegedly abusing his office and demanding gratification on August 28th, 2022. The university management had relieved Balogun of his position and had placed him on interdiction until he cleared himself of all allegations of misdemeanours brought against him by the anti-graft agency.
This case highlights the rampant issue of sexual harassment and corruption in educational institutions in Nigeria. It is important for authorities to take strong actions against such actions to ensure that students are not subjected to such unethical practices. The ICPC’s action against Dr Olaniran Balogun is a step in the right direction in addressing the issue.
Canadian Government Condemns Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill
The Canadian government has recently condemned the Anti-Homosexuality Act of 2023, which was passed in Uganda and is now awaiting President Museveni’s assent. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Pierre James Trudeau has strongly denounced the law, calling it “despicable” and stating that it directly violates the rights of LGBTQ communities around the world. He urged world leaders, particularly those in the Commonwealth, to reject the legislation and condemn it in the strongest terms possible.
In response to the passage of the Anti-Homosexuality bill, the Canadian government summoned Uganda’s envoy to Canada, Ambassador Joy Ruth Acheng, who is also the Dean of the African Group. She was grilled for hours by the Canadian authority, and it was demanded that the Ugandan government withdraw the law immediately. The Canadian government threatened to sever all bilateral engagements and partnerships, including suspending visa rights, if the Anti-Homosexuality law is not repealed.
It has also been revealed that the Canadian government has withdrawn various mandates from Acheng as the Dean of the African Group and has revoked her invitation to attend the address by US President Joe Biden to the Canadian parliament. The Canadian authority has further announced the decision to suspend permission to allow Acheng to participate in any subsequent high-level meeting until the law is withdrawn.
The Canadian government is considering options to support the LGBTQ community in Uganda and has warned that no tourists or investors from Canada will come to Uganda if the bill is not withdrawn. Trudeau has asked lawmakers to “reconsider” the bill, which has been described as “appalling and abhorrent.” Canada also intends to cut diplomatic ties with Uganda once the proposed law is not withdrawn by the government.
The US government has also urged Museveni to block the legislation passed by lawmakers, and officials are publicly floating the idea of economic sanctions on Uganda, even if it hampers development dollars aimed at preventing the spread of AIDS. The United States government warned Uganda of dire consequences if the bill is not withdrawn. US President Joe Biden emphasized the need for more synergies to defend human rights across the world during his address to the Canadian parliament last week.
The actions of the Canadian and US governments demonstrate a commitment to protecting the rights of the LGBTQ community and promoting equality worldwide. These countries are leading by example in condemning discriminatory legislation and taking concrete steps to support marginalized communities. It is hoped that other world leaders will follow suit and take similar actions to ensure that the rights of all individuals are protected and upheld.
Mr Eazi Makes History with Four Certificates and First Nigerian to Win Latin Grammy
Nigerian singer, songwriter, and entrepreneur, Mr Eazi, has made history by becoming the first Nigerian artist to win a Latin GRAMMY and receive nominations in four categories at the 21st edition of the annual Latin GRAMMY awards. His nominations and win were for his contribution to the albums of J Balvin and Bad Bunny.
Eazi was a featured artist on the song Arcoíris off ‘Colores – J Balvin’ which won the Best Urban Album category, and also on ‘Oasis – J Balvin x Bad Bunny’ album in the same category. Mr Eazi’s contributions on both Oasis and Colores were widely acclaimed for their genre-bending sound and innovative approach to Latin music. The featured tracks COMO UN BEBÉ and Acoiris have garnered over 198 Million streams and 54 Million streams respectively on Spotify alone, helping to bring a fresh perspective to the projects.
He has now officially received certificates for being a featured artist on Oasis by J Balvin/ Bad Bunny for Album of the year 2020, being a featured artist on Oasis by J Balvin/ Bad Bunny for Best Urban Album 2020, being a composer on Colores Album of the year 2020, and being a featured artist on Colores by J Balvin – Best Urban Album (Winner) 2020.
Mr Eazi’s success in the Latin music world is a testament to his talent and his commitment to breaking down barriers and creating a truly global sound. He has proven that music transcends borders and that with hard work and dedication, one can achieve anything. His achievements have also served as an inspiration to other African artists seeking to make a mark on the global stage.
In addition to his music career, Mr Eazi has also made significant strides as an entrepreneur, launching emPawa Africa, a talent incubation program that helps emerging artists from Africa to build their careers. His success in both music and entrepreneurship has made him a role model to many young Africans.
Mr Eazi is scheduled to release a new body of work later this year, and fans are eagerly anticipating what promises to be another groundbreaking project from the talented artist. With his recent accomplishments, there is no doubt that he will continue to push the boundaries and cement his place as one of the most innovative and dynamic artists in the industry.
Medical Doctor Arrested for Disclosing Patient’s Information Online
A medical doctor, Kadev Kenneth Kelvin, has been remanded in the federal correctional facility in Makurdi on allegations of cyber stalking. The Benue state Magistrate Court sitting in Makurdi remanded the accused after he made a Facebook post on March 12, 2023, where he revealed that he stitched the lacerated anus of the Benue State publicity secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, Bemgba Iortyom, after he was sodomized in Abuja prison in 2017.
According to the first information report by the police, a criminal petition was received by the Commissioner of Police written by D.K Iorhemba and Co as Barrister and Solicitors on behalf of Bemgba Iortyom, the PDP Publicity Secretary, Benue State. The report stated that Kadev Kenneth Kelvin, a medical doctor who works at Kadev Health Systems Services of No.9 opposite Holy Covenant, Otukpo Road, Makurdi, made damaging comments about Bemgba on 12/03/2023 at about 11pm while chatting with one Gabriel Terungwa Shange. He was reported to have said, ‘my brother, if Bemgba Iortyom wants to go dirty, just inform me, the day he found out that, I was the medical doctor that stitched his lacerated anus when he was sodomized in Abuja prison in 2017, he blocked me.’
Following an investigation by the police, the medical doctor was arrested and the statement made on Facebook was screenshot for evidence, and he confessed to committing the said offense. The police said the offense contravenes section 24(1)(a)(b)(i) of the Cyber Crimes Prohibition and Prevention Act, 2015.
During the court hearing, no plea was taken for want of jurisdiction. The police prosecutor, Inspector S. O. Itodo, informed the court that the investigation into the matter was still in progress and asked for another date to enable the prosecution to prove its case.
In conclusion, cyberstalking is a serious offense that can lead to severe consequences, as seen in the case of Kadev Kenneth Kelvin. It is important to note that social media platforms are not a place to make damaging comments or defame others, and users must exercise caution and restraint in their online interactions. It is essential to be mindful of the impact of our words and actions, both offline and online.
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