Saturday, April 21, 2018

In Lagos: Shoemaker in court for allegedly selling, wearing customer’s shoes

Farajimi allegedly sold some of the shoes a customer brought to him to repair and started wearing the rest. A shoemaker, Adekole Farajimi, accused of stealing seven pairs of shoes worth N35,000, was on Friday arraigned before a Badagry Chief Magistrates’ Court in Lagos State.Farajimi allegedly sold some of the shoes a customer brought to him to repair and started wearing the rest.The accused, whose address was not mentioned, was arraigned on a charge of stealing.Prosecutor, Sgt. Akpan Ikem told the court that the accused committed the offence on April 7, at Ajara Vetho area of Badagry.Ikem said that the shoes belonged to the complainant, Mr Segun Aladesunmi.“The complainant brought the shoes for the accused to repair, and after the repairs, the accused sold some of the shoes and started wearing the others.“The complainant reported the matter to the police and the accused was arrested,” he said.According to the prosecutor, the offence contravened Section 285 of the Criminal Code of Lagos State, Nigeria 2011.The accused pleaded not guilty to the charge.The Chief Magistrate, Mr Jimoh Adefioye, granted bail to the accused in the sum of N50,000 and two sureties in the like sumHe adjourned the case till May 18 for hearing.

Hardship: Nigerians in Delta risk lives to steal fuel from a petrol tanker

A concern for their safety appeared not to be of importance for some Nigerians captured scooping petrol from a tanker. The hardship faced in Nigeria has motivated desperate moves citizens who risked their lives in order to steal fuel from a fallen petrol tanker.A video depicting this has made it to Instagram. The incident which reportedly occurred along an expressway in Delta State featured a crowd arrive in groups just to fill their cans. They appear not to mind a possibility of an explosion while gathering fuel from the truck. ALSO READ: Can Nigeria end a year without an intense fuel scarcity problem?Loud chatters heard in the clip saw the looters show urgency in their goal to get as much petrol as possible. Church members in tears as pastor turns water to petrolA South African clergyman, Prophet Jacob, made some members of his church shed tears after turning water to petrol.Images portraying this was shared via Facebook on Tuesday, April 3, 2018.In the post revealed the spiritual leader as he got on his knees for a fervent prayer believed to be responsible for the magical change of the liquid. The ‘miracle’ occurred at the church’s Easter Friday Convocation.”During our Friday Easter Convocation prophet Jacob asked people to bring bottles of water from their homes and surprisingly said ‘DO YOU BELIEVE WE CAN TURN THIS WATER INTO PETROL ,continued by telling the congregation to bring the bottles on the alter and he prayed with militancy and instantly the color and the smell of the water change and caught fire which was so massive and people were moved into awe,” a post of Facebook reads.In the comments section, some Facebook users did not appear enchanted concerning the unique display seen only as magic.The doubts expressed mirrors the thoughts of many over miracles considered as odd.ALSO READ: Church members flog floor aggressively to fight spiritual enemyRCCG pastor revives dead wife with cloth anointed by Enoch AdeboyePastor Timothy Owoade of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), has shared a testimony concerning how he raised his dead wife with a cloth anointed by overseer, Enoch Adeboye.His experience was compiled in a Premium Times News report published on Sunday, April 8, 2018.Owoade’s spouse reportedly died during a family prayer session but it wasn’t meant to be the end for the woman according to the order at which things unfolded. While taking his wife to the hospital, the RCCG pastor remembered a piece of cloth earlier by the overseer.The formerly dead parter reportedly awakened after a concerned husband wrapped the blessed material around her.”During the March Holy Ghost Service which coincided with Mr Adeboye’s birthday, many people had expected him to bless holy oil or handkerchiefs for the congregation, but he said he had not been directed by God to do that.”Instead, he prayed to anoint clothes people wore that day, advising that they could be used during difficult cases for miracles.”One morning, last month, a pastor, Timothy Owoade, woke up early to pray with his wife in the bedroom before joining their children for the larger family prayers.”He recalled that as he prayed there was no response from his wife – not even the usual ‘Amen.’”Surprised, he tapped her and asked if she was okay, but there was no response. He quickly examined her and noticed she was dead.”He raised alarm which attracted the children and neighbours.”As they were taking her to the hospital, he remembered the clothes he wore to the March Holy Ghost Service, rushed for them to wrap around the corpse.”Amid shouts of praise, he said his wife came back to life before they got to the hospital, where she was certified okay,” the Premium Times News expressed in a report.

Chimamanda Adichie: Author says she became a feminist because she grew up in Nigeria

The author spoke with veteran journalist Christiane Amanpour about the #MeToo movement, feminism and LGBTQ rights in Africa. Celebrated Nigerian writer, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie was on CNN recently where she talked to veteran journalist Christiane Amanpour about the #MeToo movement, feminism and LGBTQ rights.The celebrated author who is most known for her books, “Half of a Yellow Sun” and “Americanah” spoke with Amanpour about getting raped at the age of 17 and how it shaped her into becoming a feminist.”I think I was a feminist before that, I’ve been a feminist for as long as I can remember, which is simply to say that as a child I was very much aware that the world did not treat men and women the same way”, Adichie responded. ALSO READ: Chimamanda Adichie is not in the business of answering silly questionsSpeaking about the origins of her feminist beliefs, the author said: “The kind of feminist discourse in the west, when people talk about first wave feminism, second-wave feminism, it doesn’t really appeal to me”.”I don’t feel a connection to me. It’s not my story. I became a feminist because I grew up in Nigeria and I observed the world””Why were women judged more harshly? Why were the cultural practices that had prestige only for men? It didn’t make any sense to me”, she added.Assault in her teensYou may recall that the author recently told the world that she was sexually assaulted at the age of 17. Speaking at the just concluded Stockholm Forum for Gender Equality, the author said that a big man in a media house assaulted her when she visited him for help in publishing her collection of poems.”I was so shocked that I did nothing for seconds but then, I pushed his hand away, gently, nicely, because I didn’t want to offend him.”, the author is reported as saying.In the spirit of the #MeToo movement, many asked why Adichie, being such an important role model for girls waited this long to tell her story.Icon livingIn recent years, the author has become a feminist icon in her own right. Much of this is down to her storytelling, and her speeches which have referenced in various works of contemporary art. The most notable of them is perhaps “We Should All Be Feminists”, a speech which American pop star, Beyonce interpolated in her song “Flawless”, off the “Beyonce” album.Chimamanda’s story will help many Nigerian girls who may feel alone and devalue by sexual abuse and assault, problems which our society has swept under the carpet for years.The author acknowledged that her need to address injustice often drives her to work but in recent times, she’s been making an effort not to let the social issues that affect her drive her storytelling.She also spoke against the anti-LGBT laws in many African countries, adding that it was immoral to criminalise something that isn’t criminal.

Arsene Wenger: Why did Arsenal manager resign on International Marijuana Day?

We have some theories. Some very interesting theories. After years of enduring Piers Morgan’s bullying, #WengerOut trends and Arsenal Fan TV, Arsenal’s manager, Arsene Wenger had finally announced that he will leave the club at the end of the football season.22 years after he took the helm, leaving is no small feat. Arsene Wenger had become so closely associated with Arsenal Football Club that for a short while, many of us younger football fans thought the man owned the club.I mean, it may not make sense now, but try explaining to a 7-year old without Google that a man named Arsene is not the owner of the club called Arsenal which he so happens to manage.The fact is that Arsene Wenger made a very important decision. The question though, is why did he choose to make this announcement on April the 20th, on International Marijuana Day?For years, 4/20 or April the 20th has been celebrated by lovers of cannabis culture as the world’s unofficial marijuana day. Young people celebrate by holding parties, pro-marijuana rallies and using the drug in groups. I have some theories as to why Arsenal’s manager decided to celebrate this day with his fans.The first is the most obvious.4/20 for the clarityImagine this; so Arsene Wenger wakes up in the morning and looks at his Audemars Piguet watch. It’s morning.”C’est magnifique”, he says to himself as he tries to begin the daily routine. As he scrolls through his mobile phone, a Google notification pops up. ALSO READ: World football reacts as Arsene Wenger steps downIt is a reminder that Chelsea won against Burnley. Besides it is the English Premier League table with Arsenal enjoying their birthright in the 6th position they’ve held on to like a lover.Arsene Wenger is suddenly reminded that he is looking forward to another season without Champions League football. Frustrated, he gets in his Peugeot and drives to North London and buys some herb on the street.”Oi, are you not Arsene Wenger?””I have no idea what you speak of, just don’t tell anybody that we’re selling Welbeck after the World Cup”, he says as he zooms off.At home, Wenger has a hit of the marijuana with his typical sophistication. Then, suddenly, in a flash of clarity, he sees everything people have been saying since. He sees Arsenal’s decline for what it is, from The Invincibles to low-cost tiki-taka and frauds like Marouane Chamakh.ALSO READ: Deadpool came to Lagos… and got stuck in trafficSad, disappointed in himself and very high, he locks himself in the bathroom and sends a text to the Arsenal board; “I have done you wrong. I cannot continue like this. I will leave at the end of the season” #WengerOut” Then, slightly relieved, he turns his phone and falls asleep.Blame Mourinho for the good newsThe other possibility is that Wenger had been thinking about leaving for a while. Pressure from the fans was there, but the board also wanted to make more money.Thing is, Wenger woke up this morning and the first text message he got was from his arch-nemesis, Jose Mourinho”Happy 4/20, it said. “I hope marijuana can help you and your boys get higher on the table. With Love. Jose.”Annoyed, he does his Google and finds out what 4/20 is about.Then the idea hits him, what better way to leave his fans in high spirits than to leave them while high.So he sends the e-mail, “Dear Arsenal Board, Goodbye.”ALSO READ: How did International Marijuana Day start?So, let’s be honest. It’s very unlikely that marijuana had anything to do with Arsene Wenger’s resignation. Friday’s announcement is simply the result of long weeks of planning and deliberation. One does not stay somewhere for 22 years and just decide to leave. Ask African dictators if you’re in doubt.Still, it’s worth celebrating that two important moments in pop culture have happened side-by-side on the same day.Arsenal fans are grateful, as the reactions on social media imply. Younger fans have whipped out the photo editing skills and put Arsene Wenger on pedestals he would be proud of.Arsenal’s manager may not have a blunt in his hand but I’d expect that he feels on top of the world right now.

In Ondo State: Man, 23, in football argument, allegedly hits another’s head with stick

The defendant, of no fixed address and occupation, is standing trial on a two-count charge of felony and unlawful assault. A 23-year-old man, Kingsley Ologunro, was on Friday brought before an Okitipupa Magistrates’ Court, Ondo State, for allegedly hitting a friend on the head with a big stick, during an argument on football.The defendant, of no fixed address and occupation, is standing trial on a two-count charge of felony and unlawful assault.The prosecutor, Insp. Zedekiah Orogbemi, told the court that the defendant, on March 22, around 10.30 a.m. at Igodan Lisa, Okitipupa, unlawfully assaulted the complainant, one Bayo Ogunsiji, by beating him up.Orogbemi said that the defendant, who had an argument over a football issue with the complainant, picked a big stick and wielded it on his (complainant’s) head, injuring him.He said that the offences were contrary to, and punishable under Sections 517 and 355, Criminal Code, Cap.37, Vol.1, Laws of Ondo State 2006.The defendant, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.The Magistrate, Mr Banji Ayeomoni, granted the defendant bail in the sum of N50,000, with one surety in like sum.He said that the surety must present one year’s tax clearance as part of the bail conditions.Ayeomoni adjourned the case until May 3 for further hearing.

In Abuja: Mechanic docked for alleged theft of television set

The accused, who resides at Kado village, Abuja, is facing a count charge of theft, an offence he denied committing. A 29-year old mechanic, Omotalo Balugu, was on Friday arraigned in a Karmo Grade 1 Area Court, Abuja, for allegedly stealing a television set from Summit Villa Hotel room.The accused, who resides at Kado village, Abuja, is facing a count charge of theft, an offence he denied committing.Police prosecutor, Dalhatu Zannah, told the court that Balugu committed the offence at about 10: p.m. on April 14, at Summit Villa Hotel, Life Camp Abuja.Zannah said that one Oko Edward, a security guard attached to the hotel reported the matter at the Life Camp Police Station.He alleged that the accused drove his car into the hotel premises, went into a guest room and stole 22 inches Skyrun television set, valued at N45, 000 and hid it inside his car boot.The prosecutor explained that the accused was about driving out of the hotel when the security guard on duty at the gate searched the car booth and saw the television.Zannah said the security guard raised an alarm which led to the arrest of the accused and he was handed over to the police for proper investigation.The prosecutor said that during police investigation, Balugu confessed to the crime and the television was recovered from him.The offence contravened Section 288 of the Penal Code.The judge, Mr Abubakar Sadiq, granted the accused bail in the sum of N30, 000, with a surety in like sum and adjourned till May 10 for hearing.

Suffering: Water scarcity fuels dangerous pushing among UNIPORT students

Three students of the University of Port Harcourt got into a nasty fight while queuing for water. A long water queue has introduced violent body shuffling among some students of the University of Port Harcourt, Rivers State.In a video shared on Instagram, a young man was seen having a confrontation with two ladies, who had earlier challenged him for attempting to fill his container before theirs.  This prompted a reaction that saw the male agitator get involved in a heated argument with one of the female aggressor.The incident which occurred on Thursday, April 19, 2018, offered an avenue for some trolling from some social media users who made a mockery of President Muhammadu Buhari’s viral statement describing Nigerian youths as lazy individuals. Ogun state residents fight each other to fetch ‘magical’ waterA report of a well bearing bright light has had the residents of Ofada, Ogun State, trooping out in large groups in order to fetch water from it.This occurred on Thursday, April 19, 2018, according to a video shared on Instagram. In the clip, a group of people were heard in a loud chatter as they anticipated their turn to have a scoop of the coveted water.   ALSO READ: Social media mocks school’s decision to shave hair of students with no BibleIt was gathered that some individuals travelled from far locations such as Lagos, in order to have a glimpse of the mysterious event. Images capturing this revealed a crowd holding out empty containers needed to gather some of the ‘loot’.

My Own Share: Ogun state residents fight each other to fetch ‘magical’ water [Video]

Some people were encouraged to travel far distances in order to catch a glimpse of a well bearing light. A report of a well bearing bright light has had the residents of Ofada, Ogun State, trooping out in large groups in order to fetch water from it.This occurred on Thursday, April 19, 2018, according to a video shared on Instagram. In the clip, a group of people were heard in a loud chatter as they anticipated their turn to have a scoop of the coveted water.  It was gathered that some individuals travelled from far locations such as Lagos, in order to have a glimpse of the mysterious event. Images capturing this revealed a crowd holding out empty containers needed to gather some of the ‘loot’.What social media users are saying about magical wellOn Instagram, the reaction from social media users highlighted the feeling of amazement that often welcomes mystical events.In Nigeria, there is a high regard for things generally considered as uncommon and this has given some IG devotees an opportunity to troll. A recent comment by President Muhammadu Buhari who appeared on the headline of international media houses reportedly described Nigerian youths as lazy – the ‘magical well’ incident proved to be an example of this according to a social media user.

Mace: You should know these 5 Nigerian symbols of power and what they mean

From a mace to the Nigerian naira, these symbols signify what power and authority are in Nigeria. Snatching the mace from the Senate’s chamber on Wednesday, 17 April 2018, must have been intended to incite the public reaction, not have people wondering what a mace is and why it’s so important. Yet that is what it has done. Symbols of authority and power exist in both public and private life, at nearly all levels. For obvious reasons, however, it is those closely associated with the government which are most popular. Like the mace, some have been elevated by the notoriety of the events that surround them. There are others that we only became aware of because they were rammed down our throats in social studies.Then there are the select few that have become symbolic simply by virtue of a person’s legacy and a course of events relating to them.Without much ado, here are 5 symbols of Nigerian power and what they mean:(1) The Mace: Anyone who even casually follows Nigerian politics is well aware of the mace, thanks, for the most part, to our special breed of lawmakers. ALSO READ: That time in 2000 when Chuba Okadigbo ‘stole’ the Senate’s symbol of authorityThe Nigerian Senate’s mace is an ornamental stick, around three feet long, and made of gold (or at least gold is one of its main components). Atop the mace sits a reproduction of the Nigerian coat of arms.  The mace is the Senate’s symbol of authority and must be present before any legitimate sitting can hold. The mace also precedes the Senate President when he arrives at the chamber which typically implies the start of plenary sessions.(2) The Nigerian Coat of ArmsNigeria’s coat of arms is one of the most memorable of our national symbols. It’s symbolism and all that it represents have been taught to Nigerian children in schools for decades (along with many other tidbits that have no real life usefulness). According to my social studies teacher (whose name I can’t remember for the life of me), the coat of arms features a black shield which represents Nigeria’s fertile soil.  Two white lines meet on the black shield to form a “Y” shape, referring to the Niger and Benue Rivers and their confluence at Lokoja. Two white horses sit on either side represent dignity. Atop the coat, an Eagle signifies strength. The coat of arms is treated as the country’s official seal. You will find it on just about anything that even reeks of Nigeria, on the money, embossed or stamped on documents, sewn into uniforms and printed on property.(3) The Naira:For all we know, there are no primary laws that prescribe that the Nigerian naira is a symbol of authority. We also know, however, that nothing says power like putting your name, billions and naira in the same sentence. After years of using the pound, Nigeria got its own currency, the naira in 1973. Since then, the naira has been used as a tool, a weapon and the ultimate achievement.  The Naira has solved disputes, created alliances, made grown men kneel before a governor, and done just about everything you’re still uncertain if you’ll ever achieve. ALSO READ: How Emmanuel Nwude sold an imaginary airport for 242 million dollarsNigerians will tell you to respect money but no one gets more respect than a man with money. Most of us know that power is the ultimate currency in Nigeria, but there are few better ways of showing and using it than financial wealth. (4)  The Nigerian Army’s Camouflage Colours:Many sad things can happen to you as a Nigerian living in Nigeria, but there’s sad and then there’s disastrous.Disastrous is when you’re feeling funky one afternoon and you choose to go out in your new camouflage shorts. It’s all lovely until, in biblical terms, woe betides you and you come by a Nigerian soldier or an army checkpoint. Our political history and the military’s forays into government (and their attendant high-handedness) have entrenched them as images of political power in our eyes.  Few things bring this to mind like the camouflage clours. The symbolism evokes the threat of extreme physical force and this is not lost on the army either. Civilians who are found wearing camo are roundly beaten or embarrassed, which although unnecessary, is what happens to you when you claim power than you don’t have.(5) Titles (Chief, Dr., Pastor etc):There are few things more underwhelming than finding out a person is not who they are. For example, you meet a person who has the title Dr. before their name. You take a leap of faith and assume the title implies that they have sense so you get close and learn. Then things stop adding up so one day, out of the blue, you ask them, “Where did you get your doctorate degree from?”.”It’s not a PhD. I got it after I finished my 6-month theology course at the Heavenly Lod Bible Seminary” Why do people go to such lengths to deceive people? ALSO READ: Skepta is now a chief in his hometown in Ogun StateNigerians love titles because even before they have the opportunity to prove just how much they know or have, the title precedes them as a sign of power and authority. Depending on awhat it is, a title can represent financial wealth, intelligence, spiritual power, political influence and many other forms of authority.

In Ekiti: Two policemen reportedly killed in fresh bank robbery (GRAPHIC PHOTO)

It was learnt that the armed gang raided a First Bank branch in Ifaki Ekiti on Thursday evening. Two policemen have reportedly been killed by armed robbers who attacked a bank in Ekiti State.It was gathered that the armed gang raided a First Bank branch in Ifaki Ekiti on Thursday, April 19.  Details are still scanty but reported said there may be more casualties in the incident.This is coming 14 days after at least 30 armed robbers attacked six commercial banks in Offa, Kwara state, killing at least 17 people.The affected financial institutions are; Union Bank, Eco Bank, Guarantee Trust Bank, First Bank, Zenith Bank and Ibolo Micro Finance Bank.ALSO READ: Police drag hotel owner, staff, guests to court over Offa robberyThe assailant also opened fire on the Owode Police station in the town leaving scores of officer dead.The police have since arrested 19 suspects in connection with the Offa robbery.

#LazyYoungNigerian: President Buhari needs to get his facts right about young Nigerians

President Buhari has accused Nigerian youth of being lazy. The real question though is whether his generation could make anything of the Nigeria they’ve left us with. President Buhari will be remembered for many things but eloquence and emotional intelligence will not be among them. Since becoming President in 2015, Buhari has churned out sexist comment after insensitive joke, but the latest which has spurned the hashtag, #LazyNigerianYouth is perhaps the one our memories will be most unkind to.Speaking at a gathering of world leaders at the Commonwealth Business Forum in Westminster on Wednesday, April 18, 2018, the President who enjoyed foreign education on the government’s tab and spent his entire career, nay, his life on Nigeria’s payroll, said of young people in the country that elected him into office, “About the economy, we have a very young population, our population is estimated conservatively to be 180 million. This is a very conservative one”, Buhari said in a video transcript shared on social media on Wednesday.“More than 60% of the population is below 30, a lot of them haven’t been to school and they are claiming that Nigeria is an oil producing country, therefore, they should sit and do nothing, and get housing, healthcare, education free,” he added.As one would expect, the range of reactions has been wide. Most young Nigerians are displeased, nay, angry at the statement and it is easy to see why.The gap between Nigeria’s youth and the older generation, particularly those in the seat of federal power, is as wide as the country’s problems.  After witnessing monumental shifts in the nature and direction of Nigeria’s course over the years, they see today’s youth as a bunch obsessed with social media. Where the rest of the world sees a nation of youth pushing boundaries in less than ideal conditions, they see a batch which would rather speak or garner attention with their voices and mastery of today’s technology than actually work.Which is the only plausible explanation for the rules and levies that have made drones and solar panels less accessible than they should be.It is a bit of a farce, when you think about it because the reason why young Nigerians are perceived as troublesome and demanding is that even before most of us “youth” were born, President Buhari’s generation made it clear that we did not matter in their grand scheme of things.At the time of Nigeria’s independence, President Buhari was just on his way out of Katsina Provincial Secondary School (now Government College Katsina).1960 was an optimistic year. Nigeria was quite literally a land flowing with milk and honey. It was the giant jewel and lion of Africa, a nation rich in resources that the rest of the world looked on to with optimism and envy.A story too familiarThere was arguably no better time to be a Nigerian. The country’s economy and institutions were at their strongest; students could get jobs straight out of secondary school or take advantage of strong infrastructure and start businesses of their own.ALSO READ: Atiku dismisses President’s claim about lazy Nigerian youthsBuhari was one of those who benefited from the good of these times; in the years after independence, he enrolled in what is now the Nigerian Defence Academy. In the space of three years, he enrolled in the Mons Officer Cadet School in Aldershot, England, and later, Army Mechanical Transport School in Borden, United Kingdom.Both study trips, as well as the future President’s upkeep, were covered by the Nigerian government, common at a time when it sent cadets who had completed their preliminary training at the Nigerian Military Training College, as the NDA was then called, to mostly Commonwealth military academies. There is no such practice now.In the decades that followed, Nigeria went from the continent’s crown jewel to a byword for mismanagement and sycophancy. The story is all too familiar. Over the course of successive military and civilian governments, a generation of Nigerians, particularly the political elite, raped Nigeria of its commonwealth. References abound. Generaal Ibrahim Babangida’s regime is seen as the cabal that legalised corruption. The Gulf War windfall, estimated at over 12 billion dollars, remains unaccounted for.IBB created a fiefdom, running an elaborate personal show with enough ruses and smokescreens to hold on to power.Then there’s Buhari himself. Nigeria is a free market economy and has been for a while. But somehow, Buhari’s socialist ideals have been like one of a leopard’s spot. His blatant disregard for law led to the Umar Dikko affair, an international shitshow that the country did not need. Just over a decade after Gowon’s nationalisation and the first installments of petro-dollars flooded the economy, Nigerians, having just blamed Ghanaians for basically everything, were being flogged to stay in line in a collapsing economy.For years, the country’s infrastructure has been left to decay. Universities became, and are still, hubs for campus cults and horny old men. Hospitals stopped getting funded, and doctors fled the country.Budget allocations were carted away in Bagco bags and Swiss accounts.When then-British Prime Minister David Cameron said Nigeria was a fantastically corrupt country, we found it hard to argue with a reputation that had been earned on our behalf.The culture of misappropriation has become so bad that Nigerians learned to expect their leaders to rob the treasury, a fair estimation considering how leaders like Babangida single-handedly eliminated the middle class and made the naira nearly worthless.Within that space of time, we became nearly impotent in every field of endeavour. The country was crippled to a point where the average Nigerian learned that getting by was all he could hope for.The oil wealth which we stumbled on in the 1970s was meant to be our salvation. But then, even as it is till now, that wealth was squeezed into the hands of a few who have used it to enrich families, lineages, cabals and collectives.What is oil money? Oil money is a story we read in books and watched in the news, and some were unlucky enough to see in the air and their water, but we have little beyond crime-ridden cities, soot and lawsuits to show for.Sitting here in 2018, what the generation before us has left is a barely functional country, one where rules and laws only work depending on how much power an individual commands.Nigeria in 2018 is a country with no middle class, no jobs, an infrastructure deficit, weak borders, an insurgency, weak educational systems, crippled infrastructure, a worthless naira and a bad reputation.It is a far cry from the country Buhari’s generation grew up in and took advantage of.Yet, despite the odds stacked against them, Nigeria’s youth are not lazy, far from it. Instead, young Nigerians, both home and abroad, are defying the odds and the handicaps they’re born with and into to do exploits, break boundaries and set new benchmarks.For every young boy on the streets of Agege, addicted to drugs for escapism because he can’t find work, there’s an Iyin Aboyeji in his 20s building networks, creating jobs and adding value.It is what we’re getting for a ‘Nigerian dream”. That those who make it here, do so in spite of the circumstances, not because of them.ALSO READ: Nigerian youths are not lazy, their leaders failed themIt is why, in reaction to President Buhari’s ill-advised statement, youth all over Nigeria are posting receipts to show why they are not lazy.These tweets refer to Nigeria’s burgeoning tech space which has attracted attention from the world’s biggest companies. They refer to the music scene, one which has flourished in international proportions without the government’s help. They refer to the stories of millions of young Nigerians making the best of the little they’ve been givenIt is proof that our President’s latest embarrassment is more an indictment of himself, his lack of context and emotional intelligence, a rare form of short-nearsightedness that predisposes him to blaming anyone except himself for the problems that should be too obvious to misinterpret.President Buhari needs to get his facts right, and I’m not referring to the allegation that 60% of the population is under 30. When people speak of Nigeria’s promise and potential nowadays, it is not about oil or cocoa, it is a reference to the booming human capital, the boundless talent, versatility and tenacity shown by young Nigerians in various fields of endeavour.Many have posited and with good reason that, if we are not careful, Nigeria’s biggest tragedy will be that it cannot make anything of its biggest resource: young people.It’s easy to see why. The stark reality that Buhari’s statement at Westminster makes clear is that the person most likely to run Nigeria for the next 5 years has no belief in the country’s greatest resource.If that’s not troubling enough, I have no idea what is.

Pay Me My Money! Warri sex worker rains nasty curses on man who won’t...

A sex worker did not appear pleased after a customer refused to pay an amount agreed for her services. A Warri prostitute expressed the deepest type of anger which saw her rain curses on a man who refused to pay for sex.The lady was heard in a video directing unfriendly remarks at her customer who had failed to uphold an earlier agreement to pay a sum of N2,000, for her services.  She was captured holding the man by his pants while neighbours tried to pacify her. What seemed of great importance to her was her money.Sex worker survives Nigeria’s hardship by sleeping with 5 men per dayA sex worker, Destiny Bassey, has admitted that she survives Nigeria’s hardship by sleeping with five men per day.The call-girl, aged 25 years old was apprehended alongside colleagues at the Collabor Hotel located in Iyana-Ipaja, Lagos.Her occupation fetches her a sum of N10,000 daily according to her comments expressed to Punch News. The amount is reportedly cash gathered after laying with each customer at a price of N2,000, for a round of sex. ALSO READ: Drunk couple caught having sex at a funeral serviceBassey, who noted that she entered the profession by her own volition uses part of the money she realises to groom a child living with village relatives.“Nobody forced me into prostitution. I have been hustling at the hotel for some years now.”I send part of the money I make to my relatives in the village for the upkeep of my child. I don’t have parents and my husband is dead.“I sleep with five men every day, so I make as much as N10,000. I pay the hotel N5,000 every week.”I wanted to save enough money for my education,” the sex worker revealed.A partner, Bright Effiong, who earns lesser than the 25-year-old, also shared a similar account. The pair were paraded at the headquarters of the Lagos State Police Command on Tuesday, March 20, 2018.This is following a raid by men of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (FSARS). State police commissioner,  Edgal Imohimi, confirmed this in a chat with newsmen.

Mother’s Prayers Answered: Mum who works as a cleaner helps son get job, but...

The idea of working under her son seemed of no importance to a mum after helping him get a job at her workplace. A mother wore a delighted look having successfully secured a job for her son who had just completed a mandatory programme with the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC).The effort of the mum who works as a cleaner at an undisclosed company paid off and might mean that he becomes her boss after excelling in a test conducted by the organization.  But this does not appear to be a source of concern for the woman who could not hide a bright smile from her face.”This is a cleaner in our office who recommended her son (just completed NYSC for an opening. He passed the test and interviews, and just got his appointment letter.”You need to see how wide her smile is. God bless our mothers,” reads a comment which accompanied an Instagram post.ALSO READ: Widow turned bus conductor relies on weed to deal with Lagos ‘Agberos’Employee who called in sick at work meets boss on panel of new job interviewAn employee has revealed his encounter meeting having met boss who was a member of the panel at a new job interview. This was shortly after he called in sick from work.The man who tweeted from the handle @sapionist, on Friday, January 23, 2018, explained that the employer had encouraged him to visit the hospital for a proper check-up while graciously granting him a two days leave from the office. “I was scheduled for an interview today, so I called my boss yesterday informing him I wasn’t feeling fine & that I would love to visit the clinic.”He advised I go for proper checkup & he gave me 2 days off; I was shocked when I saw him among panelist interviewing us this morning!,” the narrator wrote.  His revelation received a bit of humour from followers who offered interesting submissions concerning the incident.

Serious Matter: Strange man shocks PH ladies after entering house naked to sweep

Some women in Port Harcourt could not hold back a feeling of shock at the sight of a naked man. A naked man received the attention of some women in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, after entering their compound with a broom and a dust pan.It was gathered in a footage that he visited the location in order to clean but residents doubted this as his true intent. A lady made this obvious in her interrogation of the strange looking man who was suspected to be a thief. In a conversation heard in the video clip, observers could not shake off a bad feeling about the intruder who had several body scars – a factor which made the Port Harcourt folks suspect him to be a criminal.ALSO READ: Lady robbed on Eko Bridge thanks Naija government for poor securityThief decides to rape lady who had only N100 at homeIn Badagry, Lagos, a suspected thief, Yusuf, chose to rape a woman who didn’t have enough money after visiting her residence to rob.According to reports, the suspect who was nabbed on Thursday, April 12, 2018, confirmed that he drives a truck in the day but robs on evenings. The cry of his victim, Mrs. Akanbi, however led to a botched operation.“I woke up around 1a.m. to find an unknown person in my kitchen with a knife.”Unknown to me, he had been to my bedroom where he collected my phone and the only N100 I had at home.”Immediately I asked who he was, he grabbed my hand and dragged me outside, threatening to kill me if I raised alarm.”On the way out, I discovered that the gate was opened, including my door. I begged him not to hurt me, that the only thing I had was the N100 note and my phone.”To my shock, he said I should allow him have sex with me quietly, since I had no money. At that point, I ran out and called for help.”It was then I realised that my neighbour, whose house the suspect had earlier gone to, were looking for the intruder.”He was eventually caught and handed over to the policemen at Badagry Division,” the victim stated in a report compiled by Vanguard News.

In Ondo State: Trader docked for alleged N328,000 fraud

The accused, of no fixed address, is standing trial on a count charge of advance fee fraud. A 48-year-old trader, Dele Felix, was on Thursday arraigned in an Okitipupa Magistrates’ Court in Ondo State for allegedly defrauding one Cecelia Azubike of N328,000.The accused, of no fixed address, is standing trial on a count charge of advance fee fraud.The prosecutor, Insp. Zedekiah Orogbemi, told the court that the accused on Feb. 19, at about 10:30a.m. at No. 40B, Hospital Road., Okitipupa, fraudulently collected N328,000 from the complainant, under the pretext of helping her to keep the money.Orogbemi said that the accused failed to return the money to the complainant on demand.He said the offence contravened Section 419 of the Criminal Code, Cap.37, Vol.1, Law of Ondo State, 2006.The accused, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.The Magistrate, Mr Banji Ayeomoni, granted the accused bail in the sum of N500,000 and a surety in like sum.Ayeomoni said that the surety must reside within the court’s jurisdiction and present a year tax clearance.He adjourned the case until April 30, for further hearing.