Saturday, 12 November 2016
Friday, 11 November 2016
One of Nigeria’s wave making gospel artistes in the United Kingdom, Sophia Godwin a.k.a Sophy-Yah has something interestingly laudable for soul winners to embrace. The drop dead beauty who was the cynosure of all eyes at the recently concluded Panache Global Entertainment Awards, UK where she was honoured with the prestigious ‘’Outstanding Achievement In Music and Community Support awards is set to drop a new single, Come and See.
According to the talented R n B gospel crooner, the new single, Come and See which is one of the soul-anointing songs in her forthcoming album drops on Friday, November 18th, 2016, ‘’the special number, is a thanksgiving song and a reflection of God’s goodness and the promises of what HE can do to better our challenging situations’’.
t when she was just 13 has touched many lives with her spiritual messages across churches, Christian seminars as well as ministering to lost souls with a view to conquering the world with Good News.
Her musical prowess, dynamism and impressive track records as an international artiste must have informed the reason she was chosen to join the selected-few of velvet-voiced choir team that recorded the British Broadcasting Corporation theme song, First Step during the 2012 Olympics in the United Kingdom and as if that’s not enough, the soul singer has shared platforms with notable gospel stars such as Chevelle Franklin, Noel Robinson, Bob Fit, Original, King Arthur, Madelene Kerzner, Sonnie Badu to mention a few.
The management of the UK based artiste, Sophy-Yah has concluded arrangements for the release of the sophomore single, Come and See which will be available for download on SoundCloud and other music sites, and the talented gospel songstress will also be having an album listening party as soon as everything is completed.
Sophy-Yah is the newest bomb waiting to explode in the gospel music industry, and the happily married woman of substance who’s a graduate of Business Marketing from the prestigious University of Wales is blessed with adorable daughter who’s taking after her mother’s soul-winning steps. She is blessed and privileged to be one of God’s chosen vessels to preach HISwords in this end time. Sophy-Yah is presently the music ambassador for the renowned London based female Christian organization, International Women of Power-IWoP.
Wednesday, 9 November 2016
NIGERIAN NAVY ARRESTS MT SEA EUNICE, DESTROYS MORE ILLEGAL REFINERY SITES
The operatives of the Nigerian Navy (NN) deployed by NNS PATHFINDER have arrested MT SEA EUNICE for alleged involvement in illegal oil bunkery activities. Preliminary investigation revealed that, while the vessel was nominated to load 400 Metric Tones (MT) of Automotive Gas Oil (AGO), it was discovered that she had about 1,000 MT of AGO onboard even as the final process for loading approval was not completed. The vessel would be handed over to relevant prosecuting agency for further action.
Similarly, the patrol teams deployed by FOB BONNY on 1 Nov 16 raided Ogbunku and Bolo Creeks in Rivers State. During the raids, the team destroyed 2 illegal refineries, 1 Cotonou boat and 6 storage tanks containing suspected illegally refined AGO. Other items destroyed include 4 storage tanks of suspected stolen crude oil and 3 speedboats carrying 8 drums each of suspected illegally refined AGO. Additionally, the patrol team recovered 3 outboard engines of 40 Horse Power capacity and 3 pumping machines.
Furthermore, on 3 November 16, FOB ESCRAVOS patrol team raided an illegal refinery site at Sara Creek and Ekpemu Community in Warri South West LGA, Delta State. During the raid, the patrol team destroyed 50 cooking points, 9 Cotonou boat containing large quantities of suspected stolen crude oil and about 1000 jerry cans of Dual Purpose Kerosene (DPK) In another development, NNS PATHFINDER patrol team raided an illegal refinery site around Ogu-bolo and Degema LGAs of Rivers State and destroyed 5 illegal refineries as well as one Cotonou boat carrying 50 drums of illegally refined AGO.
Consequently, the NN is once again sending a strong warning signal to vessels and elements operating in the maritime domain to avoid the temptation of engaging in criminal activities as the service would not tolerate any form of economic sabotage and security breaches in the area.
Tuesday, 8 November 2016
L-R: Director of Social Affairs, Africa Union Commission, Ambassador Wale Maiyegun; Lagos State Deputy Governor , Dr (Mrs) Oluranti Adegbule, King of World Beats, King Sunday Ade, Governor of Lagos State, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode and His Wife Abimbola ,The Minister of Information and Culture,Alhaji Lai Mohammed at the 2016 All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA) at Convention Centre, Eko Hotels, Lagos on Sunday 6, November 2016.
L-R: King Of World Beat, King Sunday Adegeye (KSA),Governor of Lagos State, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode and His Wife Mrs. Abimbola Ambode; Minister of information and culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed; King of Comedy, Alibaba and President/Executive Producer,AFRIMA, Mike Dada at the 2016 All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA) at Convention Centre, Eko Hotels and Suites, Lagos recently.
The event witnessed an array of officials of the African Union and African music superstars; AFRIMA past winners; 2016 nominees; top government functionaries; members of the diplomatic corps, corporate Africa, stakeholders in the creative/ entertainment industry in Africa, media executives, and music artistes.
With 42 countries of the African continent in attendance including African Union officials, Nigerian Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbanjo, was represented by Senator Babafemi Ojodu.
Meanwhile, an art-loving Ambode had on Saturday November 5, hosted foreign delegates and nominees of AFRIMA, ambassadors and the Deputy Minister of Tourism and Hospitality Industry, Zimbabwe, Honourable Anastarcia Ndulovu, to a dinner at the State House, Ikeja.
Also present were artistes, AFRIMA nominees and a host of other media executives.
While welcoming his guests at the Governor's Lodge, Ambode reiterated Lagos State's vision of making the city an undeniable entertainment capital of Africa, as well as being the hub of creative expressions in the continent. This, he opined, will open up the economic-viable state for more foreign and local investors.
The governor, who was accompanied to the November 6, AFRIMA 2016 awards ceremony by his wife, Abimbola; the state's Deputy Governor, Dr. Mrs. Oluranti Adebule, and hundreds of government officials including commissioners, has successfully placed Lagos as the first state in the country and on the continent to officially host thousands of Africa's stars in the city.
Prior to the prestigious occasion, the African Union had targeted four cities as potential hosts for the continental awards ceremony. These cities were: Calabar (Cross River State), Lagos (Lagos State), Port Harcourt (Rivers State) and Uyo (Akwa Ibom State).
However, having considered which state has the most motivation to host AFRIMA in line with its values; which has the strongest vision in tourism, culture and entertainment, the AU announced Lagos as the Host City for AFRIMA 2016 on August 15, 2016. END
Saturday, the 5th of November 2016 was and will remain memorable to Egbu people of Imo State who played host to one of Nigeria's young and finest administrators, public servant per excellence and orator of uncommon wisdom, Chief Osita Chidoka OFR, Ike Obosi, as a Guest Lecturer during the third session of the Seventh Synod held at St. Mark's Anglican Church, Diocese of Egbu.
His deep and sound Anglican background came to fore when he regaled the distinguished audience with brief but rich Anglican history.
Igbo which he termed "Uche, Uchu na Egwu Chukwu" Restoring & promoting the values for the twenty first century - the role of the church".
According to him, the choice of his message (lecture) stems from the fact that lots must have been said of Politics, the condition of the country, the promises, the gap between the promises and performance of Nigeria.
In his well delivered message, Chidoka dissected the topic to the utmost understanding of even a child. His core message was encapsulated on restoration of values of Ndi Igbo. He reiterated the fact that the Igbos are reputed for common sense, wisdom, discretion, intellect, knowledge & of course, innovation (Uche), doggedness (uchu) and respect for life & fear of God (egwu Chukwu).
Chidoka noted that today’s world is a world that has changed so much. He said during one of his discussions with his father who turns 90 years on the 12thNovember he told him that from when he was born in 1926 up till 1940s the difference in time and scope was very little, but as from 1970 to 2016 “the world seem to have changed in quantum leaps.”
“Things that were unimaginable have happened, things you couldn’t think about or conceptualize in your brain now come to pass. And that is the spirit of the twenty first century. We have seen the world move in great strides. We have seen the world change so much that technology has made things we considered inconceivable now present with us.” He said.
Chidoka said: “But in all of these changes something has remained very significant, there are timeless unchanging values that support these changes we are seeing. That is why when the Igbos gather and complain about marginalization, deprivation, bad state of roads, I say to them, it is because we as a people have somehow departed from the values that made us who we are”. “I say before we think about external issues affecting us, we have to come back to the issues that are within us and the ones that are within our control”.
He tasked Ndi Igbo to imbibe those values that made it possible for Nnamdi Azikiwe to go to America, come back from America with nobody to work with, he sent a group of eight (8) young Igbo people abroad, waited for them to return and by the time they came back, it took Igbos twenty years to cover the gap between them and the Yorubas in Engineering, law, public service & other professions. He noted that in the 1960s, the South East region was the fastest growing regions in Nigeria and Africa as a whole. The South East of Nnamdi Azikiwe which he handed over to Michael Okpara was the South East which was reputed to have built universities, built palm plantations from palm kernel. The major export then was palm kernel. This was possible because the Igbo's of then relied on Uche, Uchu & Egwu Chukwu,” he said.
The deep soul searching message came with intermittent references to some events from the book, Arrow of God written by Chinua Achebe. While buttressing the point on "Uche", he made particular reference to why Ezeulu in Arrow of God sent one of his sons to school to learn the white man’s language sensing that the white men may be in their town for a long period of time. Ezeulu by sending his son to learn the white man’s language wanted to make sure his family was not cheated or schemed out on any privilege from the white men by the few who understood the white man’s language.
Chief Osita Chidoka went on to state that ‘uche’ common sense has been the major driver of technology, growth and innovation.
Continuing he said: "Igbos were very skillful that when they got to some part of America they were the ones that were able to plant and tend tobacco because they came with skills of yam planting". Igbos are reputed for hard work ‘Uchu’.
The former Minister noted that the Igbos are not known for violence, he said: “In Igbo land it’s an abomination to spill blood, it’s equally an abomination to steal yam in most parts of Igbo land. The Igbos hold sacred so many principles, we have natural fear and respect for the unknown such that when Christianity came it was easy for us to accept it because Christianity reaffirmed our love and respect for human life, it reaffirmed our respect for that which is unseen, it reaffirmed our respect for fellow human beings. And that is the fear of God, which was why the Igbos didn’t know the word corruption and till now there is no Igbo word for corruption simply because it is alien to us, the Igbos”. He said.
Chidoka maintained that the church has a critical role to playin restoring the true Igbo values, pointing out that “our true value of ‘uche’ (common sense) has been replaced today with respect for ‘ndi nnukwu nmanwu’ (the wealthy).” “We have stopped respecting the hard work of our hands and now respect riches/fame, irrespective of the means such sudden wealth was acquired.”
The former Minister in his lecture made references to the songs of both Late Chief Osita Osadebe and Oliver De Coque. “Osadebe in the 1970s released an album titled ‘Peoples Club of Nigeria’, in the album Osadebe likened members of peoples club to men with good and exemplary characters in Nigeria, he never mentioned that they were rich men.” He said.
“All the businessmen Osadebe mentioned in that album were men with credible source of livelihood. It was until Oliver De Coque came that the praise of people with dubious and suspicious characters took over with his album ‘enwere nnukwu nmanwu new otinkpu, nnukwunmanwu puta obodo enwelu oso, otinkpu anaeti gidigi buugwueze’ then he will start naming all the 419ners and calling them ‘obu nnukwu nmanwu’. So the ‘nnukwunmanwu’ phenomenon came into Igbo land, then we saw 419 people become House of Assembly members, we saw them become Sirs and Knights in churches, we saw them become example of what the Igbos are not, we saw them detract from the principles that propelled us.” So the church has serious responsibility to restoring the good values of Igbos.” He added.
“Look at governance in the South East, the southeast has no business waiting for federal allocation every month to run the south east. Before the civil war, eastern region as the fastest growing economy was paying the salary of his workers, was building roads.” “When Ukpabi Asika came back in 1970 after the war and set up the government, he was running it from the resources of the east central state then as it was and with little help from the rehabilitation efforts. It was the federal government’s appropriation of the mineral resources of the country that led to this new federal allocation syndrome.”
Chidoka said those in Igbo land who feel that Nigeria has not treated them well should hold their leaders accountable. He said: “instead of us turning the monthly allocations to a capital for developing the state, we turned it into a consumption capital, security vote, build bridges to nowhere and to load their pockets with that which has been received as the seed capital.” “When a farmer receives yam seedlings and ends up eating the head of the yam, he will definitely not have yam to plant during the next farming season”.
“So we were eating the capital and we are thinking how the south east can develop. There is no reason why the south east regional zone should not be the first to build an internal rail system to be moving our people and their goods around. There is no reason why the south eastern region would not be the first to ask the federal government to hands-off the federal roads in the south east and allow us to build our roads for the survival of our own people, I’m saying this because at the end of the day our value system is one that promotes merit, equity and growth.”
In conclusion Chief Chidoka who graced the occasion as a guest lecturer to the synod with his wife Iyom Chidinmasaid: “What we need in Igbo land today is not the ‘nnukwunmanwu’ syndrome but the ‘ndi eziomume’ syndrome. He however called on the church to take up the responsibility as the prophet of the Old Testament in vision.
PRNigeria Receives Global PR Award on Crisis Management … Dedicates Award to Nigerian Media and Security Agencies
Doha, Qatar: The International Public Relations Association (IPRA) has presented Golden World Award (GWA) in Crisis Management to Image Merchants Promotion Limited for its PRNigeria’s counter-insurgency and security consciousness campaigns.
The Golden World Awards (GWAs), often dubbed the ‘Oscars of PR’ are the world’s most prestigious PR awards in various categories.
The IPRA President, Bart de Vries described the PRNigeria’s campaign as one of the most successful crisis communication strategies that entails creative innovation, media relations, social media and event management to win the Golden World Award in Crisis Management.
The President added that in determining the winners of various GWA categories, which included Grand Prix and UN Awards among others, the IPRA judges spent the greatest parts of their sessions working in small teams. He said: “This year’s GWA entries saw a marked rise in using cross-media approaches, including innovative and creative use of social media, video or animation. The 2016 IPRA GWA Winners also showed progress in measurement, integrating varied research perspectives, adopting measuring models and applying an evaluation.
Receiving the award, the founder of PRNigeria, Mr. Yushau Shuaib, dedicated the GWA to Nigerian Media and security agencies for their collaboration in ensuring a secured and safer society through timely and responsible information dissemination.
Shuaib said: “We dedicate this award to the Nigerian media and security agencies, especially the military, security, intelligence and response agencies for their efficient and mutual relationship towards enhancing synergy on the security consciousness and the war on terror campaigns.
“We also acknowledge the heroism of many silent heroes whose names are hidden from the media spotlights including investigate journalists and security personnel who sacrifice their lives for our safety. We commend the gallantry of Late souls: Lt-Col Abu-Ali , Flt-lt Onyeka Nwakile Wing Commander Chimda Hadima and many others who died in the struggles and those that are wounded and nursing their injuries.
“The PRNigeria, which has been at the forefront of projecting the commendable efforts of our military counter-terrorism operations will add voice to ensure that their death and sacrifices will not be in vain. We are glad to serve as the consultant in cementing the wonderful mutual relationship of the critical stakeholders in crisis communication.”
Also, speaking at the event the President of African Public Relations Association (APRA), Yomi Badejo-Okusanya commended the three PR companies from the continent who won different categories of GWA at the occasion. They include Nigeria’s Image Merchants Promotion on Crisis Management, Angola’s Djembe Communications on Publication and Ghana’s Stratcomm for UN Award on Gender Equality.
Other recipients at 2016 IPRA GWAs included Global PR icons from America, Europe, Asia and Middle-East. They are: Weber Shandwick, Ogilvy and Mather, FleishmanHillard, Hill+Knowlton Strategies, SPN Communication, Porter Novelli, Alfa-Omega, MSLgroup, Grayling, Havas PR, ActionAid, Shell and Dentsu PR.
Saying that Midnight Crew is one of the gospel music group in Nigeria that you will always want to listen to is like stating the obvious.
The news here is that, the most celebrated gospel Crew is celebrating 15years anniversary as a musical group. No doubt, their music is always spirit filled.
It will interest you to know that, they were actually eleven in number when they started in 2011 but the quartet of MIKE Abdul, Odunayo Ojo Onasanya, Pat Uwaje King and Gbenga Oyebola, known simply as the Midnight Crew have kept their wits about them for nothing else but for the love of what they do and enjoy doing.
When the group was asked on what have them stuck together for that long years, they said "It’s not been very easy but we made up our mind to go all the way as long as God stands by us . The very funny thing is that, we see very far." Midnight Crew revealed.
Midnight Crew's style can be described as a unique brand of world music that is boldly eclectic, refreshingly original and swaying with real African rhythm.
And after 15 years of turning local content into a global phenomenon, these praise ambassadors have a message to the entire world; "Let’s use Praise & Worship to promote Godliness in every Nation".
i must commend the management of Anambra Broadcasting Service (ABS) for releasing a statement following the abominable trailing act of lesbianism and sex video of the former crowned winner of Miss Anambra 2015 competition, Miss Chidinma Okeke. The statement by the ABS signed by its management, has condemned the act in clear terms and disassociated itself from the saga. I Miss Seyifumi Hunters the founder/President MISS BIKINI NIGERIA INTERNATIONAL personally condemned and disassociate with such highly immoral act by Miss Chidinma Okeke for i believe this saga will serve as a lesson to unforeseen lesbians hiding under the Pageantry umbrella as no Pageantry condoles immorality among models/Pageants I wish to make a clarification on Pageantry and individuals as figure:- The Pageantry is a highly dignified business/organization which some people/models come as saints with lots of vision and legacy for human, while some come already spoilt as bad eggs ready to infect on others and knowing fully well that this girls/models are all adults and have their own mind set and migrates from different background but during the year of service we try as much as we could to sanitize and position the minds of this young brilliant ladies for a positive tomorrow. Having condemned in clear terms this immoral behavior as suggested by the alleged lurid content in circulation and do not condone such even on any of my pageant/models or queen found with such immorality. The state Government Authority-. It is on record that The Miss Anambra Beauty Pageant has been a platform to empower Anambra women and celebrate the Anambra state rich cultural heritage, Miss Chidinma Okeke having been opportune to represent such a magnificent Office for Anambra State, through the office of The Miss Anambra pageant, I will like the Anambra State Government to also disassociate Miss Chidinma Okekes and co accomplist lesbian act as not part of our culture as NIGERIANS using the noble office and Legal rights in bringing Miss Chidinma Okeke and Accomplist to the legal act law ******* as Nigerian legal law of 14 years imprisonment which I believe will alert others in their consequences to face if any other person is caught on such act of Lesbianism or homosexuals.
I must commend the management of Anambra Broadcasting Service (ABS) for releasing a statement following the abominable trailing act of lesbianism and sex video of the former crowned winner of Miss Anambra 2015 competition, Miss Chidinma Okeke.
The statement by the ABS signed by its management, has condemned the act in clear terms and disassociated itself from the saga.
I Miss Seyifumi Hunters the founder/President MISS BIKINI NIGERIA INTERNATIONAL personally condemned and disassociate with such highly immoral act by Miss Chidinma Okeke for i believe this saga will serve as a lesson to unforeseen lesbians hiding under the Pageantry umbrella as no Pageantry condoles immorality among models/Pageants
I wish to make a clarification on Pageantry and individuals as figure:-
The Pageantry is a highly dignified business/organization which some people/models come as saints with lots of vision and legacy for human, while some come already spoilt as bad eggs ready to infect on others and knowing fully well that this girls/models are all adults and have their own mind set and migrates from different background but during the year of service we try as much as we could to sanitize and position the minds of this young brilliant ladies for a positive tomorrow.
Having condemned in clear terms this immoral behavior as suggested by the alleged lurid content in circulation and do not condone such even on any of my pageant/models or queen found with such immorality.
The state Government Authority-.
It is on record that The Miss Anambra Beauty Pageant has been a platform to empower Anambra women and celebrate the Anambra state rich cultural heritage, Miss Chidinma Okeke having been opportune to represent such a magnificent Office for Anambra State, through the office of The Miss Anambra pageant, I will like the Anambra State Government to also disassociate Miss Chidinma Okekes and co accomplist lesbian act as not part of our culture as NIGERIANS using the noble office and Legal rights in bringing Miss Chidinma Okeke and Accomplist to the legal act law ******* as Nigerian legal law of 14 years imprisonment which I believe will alert others in their consequences to face if any other person is caught on such act of Lesbianism or homosexuals.
For inhabitants of Oluwole Estate in Ogba,Lagos, it was fun galore last Saturday when De United Foods Industries Limited, the manufacturers of Indomie noodles stormed the Estate with its ongoing Neighborhood Carnival, tagged “Celebrate you like no other”.
Remember the promo kicked off weeks back and was held penultimate Saturday at the LSDPC Estate in Agege Pen Cinema Lagos. Many consumers have come to appreciate the brand for its ability to respond to the yearnings of its customers. While many were going home with packs of indomie products,Cash prize of 100,000.00 naira was presented to a winner of the on going consumer rewarding promo.
19 Adeyemi street, Agege emerged the 1st winner of 2 cartons of Indomie along with 100,000 naira cash upon presentation of 50 different caricatures wrappers of Indomie. While presenting the cash prize to him, Mr Jide Adebiyi, the Area Marketing Manager,explained that the promo is basically about bringing the products closer to its consumers and also to appreciate them for their patronage and loyalty over the years.
“We need to bring the product closer to them, and also we have to appreciate the children and parents for their patronage over the years while we desire to remind them that Indomie will not disappoint them in bringing out more products to satisfy their needs towards enjoying their indomie like no other.”
The promo is for all and winners are to redeem their gifts upon presentation of either 20 or 50 different cartoon characters, as it is not a raffle draw.
While the people of Oluwole Estate we're excited about having Indomie team in their neighborhood, the products consumers in Epe were also not left out and they were treated to best of music and children entertainment.
The Neighborhood Carnival is expected to be taken round the nation.
Monday, 7 November 2016
The Next Movie Star (NMS) Africa, has, yet again, demonstrated its staying power and firmness of purpose by defying the current hard-biting recession in Nigeria and forging ahead with the 12th Season and of what has now become Africa’s most consistent Reality TV Show.
“The 12th Season of NMS, which we tag Supercharged Edition, is underway!” Sola Fajobi, (NMS Producer) delightedly exclaimed at a News Conference yesterday.
“The Economy is biting but we are forging ahead. We’ve been here for 11years. Have discovered more talents for Africa than any other Reality TV Shows. We have been up. We have been down. And on our 12th year, we have the fortitude to succeed, even when our backs are up against some ‘recession’ wall. And those are some qualities we instil in our Housemates, especially, during our Training and Grooming (T&G) Session – strength of character, strength of mind, moral strength.”
The T&G holds for 2 weeks at a Resort Centre, and it is meant to polish and prepare the Housemates for stardom. The Supercharged Housemates of 2016 have already been selected after some rigorous auditions held in Ghana, Liberia, and Nigeria. In Nigeria, regional auditions where first held in Lagos, Abuja and Port Harcourt before a final National Audition in Lagos.
Auditions were judged by veteran Actors in the shape of Nobert Young, Segun Arinze, Bukky Ogunnote, and Kingsley Ogboso. They were joined by two respected Journalists – Shina Oyetayoand Sunday Adebayo.
30,000 prospects registered this year alone. 1000 were auditioned. Out of this number, 13 were picked from Nigeria, 4 from Ghana, and 2 from Liberia. After 30 Days in the House, a Winner will emerge; will be rewarded with a Brand New Car, Cash, and lots for Movie Contracts.
“The 2016 Winner,” Fajobi guarantees “will obviously be a Supercharged Winner. He or She, along with the entire Class of 2016 will join the growing list of Super stars we have discovered for the entertainment industry in Africa since 2005.”
Tonto Dike, Uti Nwachukwu, VJ Adams, Annie Idibia, Tamara Eteimo, Belinda Effah, Kevin Chuwang Pam, Karen Igho, Kingsley Ogboso, and a Celebrity host of many others are talents The Next Movie Star has produced for the entertainment industry in Africa, since the Show began 12 years ago
Sunday, 6 November 2016
The suspect, Yusuph Ahmed, 19, from Offa, Kwara State disclosed this to interrogators at the RRS headquarters in Alausa, Ikeja on Friday afternoon.
Ahmed, who was arrested in Oshodi on Friday after dispossessing a passenger of his phone, stated that he along with over 50 teenagers sleep in Oshodi under bridge and that it is from here they eke out a living by stealing phones and robbing passers-by of the valuables.
Ahmed, who has been sleeping under Oshodi Bridge since he was 13, stressed that even though he doesn’t follow those who rob amongst them out all the time, he knows all of them.
“I sleep in Oshodi Under Bridge. We are like 50 or 60 teenagers sleeping there. The adults sleep in Ori – Pako. I was 13 years old when I started sleeping there. I keep my cloth there.
There are equally those who do not sleep because they go from one place to the other in Oshodi to rob. They rob late at night and very early in the morning.
After the death of my mother, my father abandoned us. He stopped taking care of us leaving us to fend for ourselves.
Even the school, he stopped paying the monthly N600. I had to resort to packing granite to pay the monthly N600 for school fee.
At a point, I couldn’t cope with the fee. I was just 12. I dropped out and I decided to run to Lagos. Since then, Oshodi Under Bridge has been my home.
Any phone I stole, I sell to Mohammed or Kudus. They are beggars in Oshodi. They buy most of the stolen phones from us”, he stated.
However, the stolen phone, a Tecno Y6, was recovered from Ahmed’s brother.
The second suspect, Yusuph Agbaje, 25, from Oyo State, was arrested in Agege for stealing a Blackberry curve from a commuter.
Responding to the development, the Police Public Relations Officer, Suprintendent Dolapo Badmo Badmos, Police would leave no stone unturned in get rid of criminal elements within the state, adding that, parents monitor the activities of their wards.
The suspects have been transferred to the Lagos State Taskforce.