Monthly Archives: May 2012
On the 23rd was the agreed date to leave lagos for Ibadan where the event was being held, 2shotz asked the organizers come pick him up at his house: 13 sobo siffre street, arowojobe estate, mende, Maryland, near suya spot:
By 3pm the organizers of the event arrived at 2shotz house to pick him up, he then said he’s coming with two extra persons, he’s PA and an artiste with the name ruffcoin.
We provided the car “rover salon car” (4 doors) after a while 2shotz entered the car and they drove out, in less than 10mins he said the car doesn’t have an air conditioner, that we should get another car.
Without fail, we got a SIENA SPACE BUS, 2shotz and his team refused to join the car and used the team “this industry na parkaging, we gats enter car with ac” they now said for them to show up, we must pay the sum of 50,000 extra, They called this charge: (The Driving Inconvenience Charge). After a long deliberation and argument, 2shotz then said ok, the organizers should give him 30,000 instead of the 50,000.
The time was already past 6pm, while the other event crew in a bus had left since 3pm, so we had no choice than to leave lagos without 2shotz, which made the organizer spent an extra 10,000 which wasn’t budgeted for.
The following day the organizer went back to lagos to pick 2shotz (24th May 2012) which was the event day, 2shotz and his team arrived by 12pm, leaving the organizer another un-budgeted expense of 16,000.
Immediately on his arrival, he was escorted to his hotel suit (2 rooms charlet), shortly 2shotz requested for 6 girls and drinks, in less than one hour all he asked for was provided for him and his team.
Event was scheduled for 6pm, 2shotz didn’t show up, as at about 10pm one of the organizer went ahead to check up on him, 2shotz was drunk and asleep with his team and girls. The following morning he woke up and requested 8,000 for his cab fare back to lagos.The job 2shotz was paid for wasn’t achieved or was in a bit supported by him.The students of lead city university request a re-fund and sound this as a warning to Nigerian Artiste not to engage in fraud”. The Evidence below shows the conversations between 2shotz and the event organizers on twitter.
Tension mounts in Opi, Nsukka Local Government Area, Enugu State as masquerades took turn in the series of rape stories synonymous with the community. The alleged rape of a female student, Ngozika Ugwu, presented mixed feelings and reactions to what may have bedevilled the community in the recent past.
Rape stories in Opi, a community in the university town of Nsukka, have occupied major national dailies, hitting banner headlines, from the three quarters that make up the community, Idi, Ogbozalla and Ibeku.
In 2011, the story of the rape of women between 70 and 80 years spread like wild fire in the country, raising eyebrows on the motive for such inhuman and barbaric act by, especially, youths of the community. Some of them were fingered and allegedly arrested, interrogated by the police but could not be persecuted because of want of evidence.
Following this development, Ada Enugu Women Organisation led by Mrs. Kate Ezeofor stormed the community for a church service at St. Charles Catholic Church parish, Opi to cleanse the land and the old women that were defiled.
Few months later, Opi women took to the streets in protest of yet another rape at Ogbozalla–Opi. The protest attracted the quick intervention of the Chairman, Nsukka Local Government Council, Mr. Tony Ugwu who invited all the stakeholders in the community to discuss the ugly development and proffer solutions. Though it was later discovered that the protest had political undertone, the council boss brokered peace to the satisfaction of all.
Barely few months of enjoying peace in the area, masquerades took turn in the series of rape stories in the community by defiling a 28-year-old undergraduate nursing mother. The victim told Crime Alert in tears that the trauma of the rape will forever live with her but stated that she had forgiven the rapists.
While narrating her ordeal, she appealed to local, state and federal governments to ensure that truth prevails in this country by fighting for the poor masses. Ngozi, who dropped out from her NCE programme at the Enugu State College of Education (Technical)due to lack of funds after her ordeal, called on concerned Nigerians to come to her aid to enable her go back to school.
She also hinted that the release of one of the suspects on the flimsy excuse that he was going to write his JAMB examination was not encouraging, attributing it to the fact that her family is poor and helpless.
It happened on March 21, 2012. There were three masquerades that day but two were spotted and people started running. I was going to fetch water and as people were running, I equally ran and hid somewhere until the two masquerades passed. After the masquerades passed, I came out and continued with my journey. Soon, I heard a child saying that another masquerade was coming. I didn’t see the masquerade but people were running and I ran to enter into someone’s house.
The masquerade emerged from a corner (apiam way) and pushed me into the building where I was running to. I tried to escape but could not. It caught up with me and started beating me. What surprised me was that the masquerade said it has been looking for me for long and had now caught up with me. I sought to know what I did to deserve such treatment and at the same time pleading for forgiveness but it continued with its threat.
This time, it swore to take me to a bigger masquerade inside the forest, saying it has been long I had been insulting them. My cries for help and that I was a nursing a baby fell on deaf ears. As the masquerade was dragging me along, a man with wrapper came and pleaded with the masquerade to leave me but it refused, saying that I have insulted them for too long. It insisted on taking me to the bigger masquerade which will compel my clan to bring a cow as sacrifice. All my pleadings with the man who came to my rescue failed. The masquerade dragged me to a bush path,threw me on the ground fell on me. It held me on the neck to prevent me from shouting and blocked both my eyes and nose. At this stage, I nearly lost consciousness until one man came and rescued me from its grip. He removed the face of the masquerade and that was how he was identified. As soon as he was identified, he ran away.
More people gathered there and helped to take me where I was given first aid treatment at a chemist before I was taken to St. Joseph Hospital, Opi. I didn’t know when I was taken to the hospital. When I started gaining consciousness, I did not see my pant and my bra was torn. It was then I realised that the masquerade raped me. Fear gripped me that the masquerade may have transmitted HIV/AIDS into me.
Doctor’s report altered
We went to Nsukka police station and reported the incident. I was surprised that police did not come to the scene of the incident to investigate my claims. What the police did was to take me to a police doctor, Mercy Clinic along University Market Road, Nsukka. It is surprising that a doctor will give evidence against me in a case of rape I reported. Later, police invited me to their office for interrogation.
When I tried to give details of what happened, they shouted that I should shut up and go straight to speak on the doctor’s findings on the case. Surprisingly, the Police asked me to write a letter of apology claiming that the doctor’s report said I was not raped. I did not read the report nor see it. I was forced to write an apology by the police.
While all these were happening, no police officer came to the hospital to take my statement. All the time, nurses would remove drips from my hand so that I would go to the police station to honour their invitation. The masquerade was allegedly arrested and hurriedly released on the flimsy excuse that he was going to write JAMB exams.
Pleas for forgiveness
While I was still recuperating, the mother of the suspected person in the masquerade came and pleaded that his son should be forgiven. I told his mother that I have forgiven him. What annoyed me most was that some of his relations which included a policeman that works in Enugu, returned home and instead of sympathizing with me, they took sides in favor of their brother. At a stage, I was forced to go to the police station to close the case.
No refund of expenditure
The police said that I should not be paid what my family spent in the case and that the family of the suspect should only pay for my hospital bill. The rapist family paid the hospital bill grudgingly. Later, the police invited us again and this time, they asked me to write that I was not raped and I was forced to write that I was not raped. The boy who raped me gave police his name as Asogwa Ifeanyi but people who knew him said, his real names are Ugwunshi Ifeanyi.
The police did not also make efforts to invite the witness in the case while the investigation was going on rather, after they concluded that I was not raped, they tried to invite him but he ignored them.
I dropped out from Enugu state college of education (Technical) due to lack of fund. I was a second year student when I dropped. I entered the tertiary institution in 2007/2008 session. For now, it is very difficult to continue with my education after all I have gone through. My father is a mason (Brick layer) at Uzo-Uwani L.G.A, Enugu State. We are five children born to my father and mother.
I am the only daughter.
Police reacts when Crime Alert visited Nsukka Police station, it was gathered that the incumbent Divisional police officer had not assumed office when the matter was incidented but a senior police officer who pleaded anonymity disclosed that a case of assault, occasioning harm was reported at the station but not rape as claimed by the lady stating that the people of the area are very troublesome. “Any small thing in the area, they will term it rape and rush to the press. You can trace the lady to Opi and find out from her, all that was reported is a case of assault occasioning harm.”
Police Doctor speaks
The police doctor, Dr. Ugwu who reportedly examined Ngozika told Crime Alert that he can’t remember such a matter any longer. “I meet different cases and patients on daily basis. Give me sometime to get across to the police to find out the very incident”.
Investigations by Crime Alert revealed that the elders in the community, on hearing the rape story, took action by banning masquerades from operating in the area regretting that youths cashed on masquerade which are meant for entertainment to perpetuate all sorts of evil, painting the community in a bad public image. They also reportedly resolved that the family of the masquerade rapist must bring a cow to cleanse the land, or else they will be ostracized. Source: Vanguard Newspapers
Gunmen abducted an Italian engineer on Monday in Kwara State, central Nigeria, Italy’s foreign ministry told AFP on Thursday.
“We can confirm an Italian engineer has been kidnapped. We don’t yet know why or by whom,” said the ministry spokeswoman. Italian officials were in contact with Nigerian authorities and the man’s family, she added.
The ministry would not confirm the man’s identity. “As in all hostage cases, we cannot risk jeopardising the situation by releasing sensitive information,” said the spokeswoman.
Italian building and civil engineering firm Borini Prono confirmed that one of their employees had been abducted on Monday, but would not release further details.
“We’re waiting anxiously for a development,” a Borini Prono spokesman said. “We have a representative in Nigeria who is working closely with the government, local police and Italian embassy.”
Borini Prono works mainly on road-building.
According to Nigerian police reports cited by the Corriere della Sera newspaper, unidentified armed men snatched the engineer as he inspected road-draining works in the city of Ilorin, the regional capital.
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Phillip Phillips will NOT have kidney surgery today as scheduled, because he’s burning up with a fever … TMZ has learned.
As we first reported, Phillip has a serious congenital kidney condition that produces kidney stones so large they cannot pass. The condition has virtually debilitated his right kidney — requiring 8 prior surgeries.
Phillip has had a flare-up through almost the entire “American Idol” competition, requiring a stent that was surgically inserted two months ago — causing the singer extreme and continuous pain.
We’re told Phillip now has a bad sinus infection that has triggered a high fever. As a result surgeons will not operate.
We’re told the surgery has been rescheduled for early next week.
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The school authority has asked all students to leave the school premises before 11am this morning. The school will be shut down for two weeks. Also the school ALUMNI has taken the federal government to court over the re-naming of the iconic institution.
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With the renaming of the university, the identity will inevitably change. International partners are likely to continuously seek clarification/reassurance that Moshood Abiola University, Lagos, is the same University of Lagos that they had a relationship with. This also has serious implications for the certificates issued by the university and its teeming alumni who carry the university’s certificates and degrees. It will also have serious implications for current students whose certificates may bear the new name, Moshood Abiola University, Lagos, especially if they wish to go abroad for further studies, as many foreign institutions would ordinarily think the Moshood Abiola University, Lagos is a new university.
Their certificates are likely to be held in abeyance until satisfactory clarifications are made. Thus, such students may suffer for actions that they had no hand in making. The argument here is that as an identity tag, names should not be changed arbitrarily. Otherwise, there will be confusion about identity and identification, and there may be a denial of access to certain privileges and opportunities. International travellers who have passports bearing different names can attest to this.
There is no doubt that the decision to change the name of the University of Lagos would have been taken after deliberation by the Federal Executive Council. It is also indisputable that the owner or proprietor of a structure, organisation or institution can decide to change the name as it pleases. Therefore, it is indisputable that the Federal Government has the power to change the name of one of its institutions – in this case, the University of Lagos – as it pleases. However, weighty decisions such as the renaming of an international academic institution should be taken only after a careful consideration of the pros and cons. What are the pros and cons in this instance?
Could the desire to honour a well-deserving national icon have been achieved through a different decision with minimal negative consequences?
Chief M.K.O. Abiola deserves this honour by the Federal Government and much more. Perhaps, what the government could have considered doing is to name some other federal institutions or structures that would not have as much destabilising consequences as renaming the University of Lagos. Or the government could have established a new university which can be named after the democracy icon. In another vein, it may be argued that as a national hero, the honour accorded the late Abiola should not be restricted to the South-West – the geopolitical zone that he came from – perhaps naming a befitting structure in the Federal Capital Territory would have accorded him a better national honour. This is an undemocratic way of honouring the icon of democracy in Nigeria!
There was no consultation with the stakeholders (the University Governing Council, the management, the University Senate, the staff and the students, the alumni, etc.) before the order for renaming was announced.
In this regard, it stands to reason to observe that the leeway to take arbitrary decisions such as this without carrying the stakeholders along is one of the reasons for the foot-dragging by the government about the granting of university autonomy in Nigeria! The renaming by fiat has serious implications for institutional autonomy.
Arbitrary decision-making, political interference and erosion of university autonomy are also part of the reasons for the relatively low ranking of Nigerian universities in the global ranking of universities. It is unimaginable for any government or political leader to change the name of Oxford University or Cambridge University or Harvard University or any other international university! Whatever we do, we should adopt the Best Practices. We should also go in the direction of international institutions in order to ensure better ranking of our universities and to ensure that our universities are accorded the respect they deserve and that they occupy their rightful place.
So, what is in a name? The Yoruba believe that a name has implications for a person’s behaviour (This is what they mean when they say oruko nro o). Moshood Abiola University, Lagos (MAUL) – what does it mean to maul somebody or an institution?
Now that the Federal Executive Council has ordered the renaming of the University of Lagos, the next question is: what impact is the renaming going to have on the fortune of the university? How does the Federal Government intend to make the renaming reflect in the funding and infrastructural development of the university? Apart from image problems, as well as social and psychological consequences for the university and its stakeholders, the renaming of the university will also have serious financial implications, including the cost of changing name plates, tags, advertisement, etc. It could also lead to a reduction of reputation, which may also have financial implications, It would be interesting to know how the Federal Government plans to assuage these effects. Also, what are the legal implications? The University of Lagos was established by an Act of Parliament. Of course, it may be argued that the same government that ordered the change of name would also effect the necessary legal changes.
This is an unpopular decision that the government would be best advised to rescind, as it is likely to have more negative consequences than positive ones.
Again, what is in a name? Whatever name we call it, the University of Lagos will remain the University of First Choice and the nation’s pride!
We may conclude by noting in the usual parlance as follows: “By the order of the Federal Government of Nigeria, the institution, formerly known as the University of Lagos, is now to be known as Moshood Abiola University, Lagos. All former documents remain valid”.
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