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“No one is safe”, Lawmakers call for state of emergency

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Worried by the spate of adductions across the country, the House of Representatives yesterday passed a resolution calling on the government to urgently convene a security summit in order to come up with strategies on how to combat the ugly development.

The House said the security summit should include all security agencies in the country, all mobile service providers, the House committees on national intelligence, and all arms of the military and police forces.

The lower chamber mandated its committee on Legislative Compliance to ensure compliance with the resolution and report back to the House within three weeks.

The resolution followed a motion on matters of urgent public importance by Hon. Babatunde Kolawole (APC, Ondo) on the “need for the Federal government to declare a state of emergency on kidnapping in the country.”

The House noted that in the last 10 years, the incidence of kidnappings for ransom in the country has escalated to an alarming degree and reached such a point that no one feels safe in the country.

The lower chamber expressed worry that Nigeria is now seen as the world capital of kidnapping, as kidnap cases in the country have risen from 475 reported cases in 2011 to over 1500 cases annually at present.

It added that according to NYA, a London-based firm that gathers intelligence on crime, as at 2014, Nigeria was number 5 on the list of global kidnapping hotspots.

Leading debate on the motion,  Kolawole sympathised with the families of the two principals and students of Lagos State Model College,  Epe, who were kidnapped last Thursday and noted that kidnapping for ransom had become a daily occurrence in the country.

The lawmaker said  because most of the victims are not prominent persons, most of the kidnap cases are not reported.

He said apart from the fact tat no one is safe in country at the moment, including school children, the menace of kidnapping is scaring foreign investors away from investing in Nigeria.

According to him:  “We need foreign investors to come and invest in our country. But each time they want to come, they are advised that Nigeria is not safe. We have to address this issue. I am calling for an urgent security summit that will involve all the security agencies, including GSM service providers, so that we can provide a lasting solution. No one is safe. Even our children in school are not safe.”

On his part, Hon. Anayo Nnebe (PDP, Anambra) expressed regret that kidnapping are allowed to spread all over the country. He said that when the issue first started in the South-East and the South-South, the rest of the country felt unconcerned.

He said that only now that kidnappings are a regular occurrence across the country are government and security agencies taking some action, particularly when prominent people are affected.

The lawmaker, who stressed that the government owe a duty to secure all Nigerians irrespective of their social and economic status said the security agencies should also be proactive when ordinary Nigerians are kidnapped.

Contributing to the debate, Hon. Olayonu Tope (APC, Kwara) said that it was sad that the House was just dealing with the matter now, when it ought to have spoken out on the issue a long time ago.

“We are no longer safe. When the other zones were shouting we did not do anything. Let us take this serious. Security agents should put their house in order,” he said.

Speaking on the motion, Hon. Alhassan Ado Dogowa (APC, Kano) said there was an urgent need for the government to declare a state of emergency on security in the country.  He said the kidnappings have became so widespread that even ordinary people are now affected.

“We have no better time for us to rise to the responsibility than now. We have to do something to protect our people. We must ensure that the security of the people of the country is guaranteed.”

Some prominent Nigerians kidnapped for ransom in recent times include Mrs. Margaret Emefiele, wife of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) governor, Godwin Emefiele; former Minister of Environment, Laurencia  Mallam and her husband, Pius and Hon. Sani Bello Mashi, a member of the House of Representatives from Kastina State.

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12-year-old boy kills landlady as condition to be initiated into a cult

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A 12-year-old boy, who allegedly robbed and killed his landlady at Abraka, Ethiope East Local Government Area, Delta State, yesterday, was among those paraded for various offences by the state Police Command, yesterday.

 

The state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Zanna Mohammed, who briefed reporters on the arrest of over 60 kidnappers, robbers, murderers, cultists and ritualists in the last three weeks, said the teenager confessed that he committed the act because a cult group told him that one of the conditions for initiation was that he must have been involved in a criminal act.

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Super Falcons striker, Asisat Oshoala, comes to Falz defence with regards to statement about glorifying fraudsters

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Nigerian professional footballer, Asisat Oshoala, who plays as a forward in the Chinese Women’s Super league for Dalian Quanjian F.C., took to her Instagram to express deep concern about how people are now proud to be fraudsters.

 

 

In Falz’ defense, she insisted fraudsters shouldn’t be glorified.

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Zimbabwean Church leader in s*x scandal as photos naked photos and sex acts with 33 girls is exposed

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A Zimbabwean church leader, Nyasha Light Nyatsungo is enmeshed in a sex scandal and might also be facing legal action, after his ex-girlfriend flooded social media with his nude photo.
It was gathered that the Nyatsungo allegedly sent a nude picture of his Cape Town based ex–side chick, Shingi Mavenge, to his other girlfriend only identified as Beula who later broadcasted it on social media.
According to H-Metro, in an apparent fit of rage, Mavenge posted a WhatsApp chat she had with Nyatsungo’s wife identified as Nyasha Nhahumbi as well as a group chat with some of her former lover’s concubines.
According to Mavenge, she has gotten information that Nyatsungo has at least 33 girlfriends and has ditched his wife of eight years.
She adds that Nyatsungo bedded a girl who was their neighbour as well.
Mavenge said that the church leader’s wife revealed that they even consulted their local pastor in Mutare who failed in his attempts to mend Nyatsungo’s ways.
According to H-Metro, Nyatsungo, a married father of two, has denied ever circulating the picture, labelling Mavenge as a bitter woman whom he just flirted with on Facebook and nothing more.
“This Nyasha guy must be stopped in his tracks. He is going to pay for all the damage that he has done to me. He was the only one who had that leaked picture and I am shocked why he would forward it to some other girl,” fumed Mavhenge who is working on taking legal action.
 
“I started dating this guy in 2015 and never knew he was married. He lied.”  fumed Mavenge yesterday.
“That guy is full of lies and at some point, we opened a group chat with his wife and some of his girlfriends. He normally targets single mothers” added Mavenge.
H-Metro was furnished with six other cellphone numbers of his girlfriend that include Fadzai, Mutsa, Essy, Juliana, Barbra among others. Mutsa confirmed she once had a relationship with Nyatsungo have since terminated it since she discovered he was married.
Mavenge confirmed they met once in Johannesburg when she had to fly from Cape Town to meet her man sometime in April.
“That night he didn’t even have money. I had to pay the R800 for the accommodation as he had no money. He wanted to have sex with me but I flatly refused. He even wanted it without protection and I said No. he looked terrible with clothes in a plastic shopping bag. I want to write a letter to Pastor Rex who is the head of (the church) in Harare so that this guy be stopped with his tricks and lies,” added Mavenge.
When contacted over the phone in Mutare Nyatsungo confirmed he knew Mavenge but never had a relationship with her.
“I know her and we once flirted on Facebook. We never had a relationship as she is alleging. I don’t know why she is bitter. I haven’t seen the nude pictures she is talking about but I heard about it from Beula. We live in a democratic country. She can go ahead and sue me if she feels her rights have been infringed upon. All the allegations she is making are false and I don’t know her motive in trying to tarnish my image,” said Nyatsungo.
He said he was still with his wife whose phone rang without response yesterday afternoon. Despite his denials, H-metro was furnished with pictures of Nyatsungo and Mavenge, the time they met in April.

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