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Husband seeks divorce over wife’s alleged adulterous acts

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Angered by his wife’s alleged adulterous acts, Mr Joel Ocholi, on Monday approached an Igando Customary Court in Lagos State to end his 10-year-old marriage.

Ocholi accused his wife, Felicia, of adultery, saying that she displayed her ex-boyfriend pictures in their room.

“On several occasions, I have ordered her to remove the pictures and stopped calling the man but she refused. When I could no longer condone it, I removed those pictures and burnt them.

“Felicia started moving around with men when my business was no longer flourishing,’’ he said.

The 45-year-old printer said that his wife had been denying him sex for two years without reason.

He said that his wife returned the bride price to him, claiming that he was not man enough and that he could no longer take care of her and that she wanted a divorce.

“She removed all our enlarged pictures hanged in the sitting room, our photo album and destroyed them. She also gathered all our uniform clothes and burnt them,’’ Ocholi said.

The petitioner described his wife as a heartless fellow, saying that she was jubilating when his mother died and that she told him that he was the next person to die.

Ocholi said that his wife was uncontrollable and that she wanted to be the man in the house.

“She does things in her own way and does not take my advice.

“When our pastor came to us and begged us to lend him N2 million, I told our pastor in the presence of my wife that we do not have money.

“My wife went to borrow N1 million each from my brother and her colleague in the office and gave it to our pastor without my knowledge.

“I got to know when there was a fight between her and our pastor over the money. It is three years now, the money had not been paid, I am the one paying her debt in instalment to my brother,’ Ocholi said.

The petitioner, however, pleaded that the court should end the marriage and that he was no longer interested.

He said that the love he once had for his wife had faded.

Responding to the allegations, the 40-year-old business woman, Felicia, denied having extra-marital affairs but accused her husband of infidelity.

“A woman brought a boy of three-year old to our house at 11p.m., claiming my husband is the father and that she had come to take her rightful place but when I queried Joel, he said nothing.

“He borrowed money from me that he wanted to use it to do something important but later confessed that he used the money to rent an apartment for the woman,’’ Felicia said.

The mother of one said that she returned the bride price because her husband wanted to kill her.

“My husband told me that he went to an herbalist to get something to put in my body that if I sleep with another man, I will die and that the herbalist advised him not to do it.

“That was why I returned the bride price because my life is no longer safe in his house,’’ she said.

The respondent said that she assisted her husband with a business but he never gave her a dime from the proceeds of the business, saying that he did not provide for her and the only child of the marriage.

Felicia said that her husband refused to leave his family house.

“There was an agreement when we got married that after we build our house we will move out of his family house. We now built two houses of six flats in Lagos, yet Joel refused to leave,’’ she said.

Felicia urged the court to grant her husband’s wish for the dissolution of their marriage.

After listening to the submissions of the couple, the Court’s President, Mr Adeniyi Koledoye, advised the parties to maintain peace and adjourned the case to June 13, for further hearing.

Defence/Security

Police confirm arrest of housewife over husband’s death

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The Delta State Police Command has confirmed the arrest of a housewife, who allegedly killed her husband, Mr Uzougbo Iwebunor, on Friday May 15, in Issele-Uku, Aniocha North LGA of Delta.

 

Command spokesperson, DSP Onome Onovwakpoyeya, told News Agency of Nigeria on Friday in Asaba that the suspect was in police custody.

 

“I can confirm that we have the woman in custody over the death of her husband.

 

“However, we don’t know what actually happened that caused the death of the husband.

 

“The police have commenced investigation into the matter with a view to unraveling the circumstances surrounding the case,” Onovwakpoyeya said.

 

A brother to the deceased, Mr Henry Iwebunor, who spoke to newsmen, alleged that his brother was stabbed to death by the wife while asleep.

 

“On the fateful day, my brother had gone to bed with his wife, however, I was surprised to get a call that my brother has died in the night.

 

“When I asked his wife what went wrong, she told me that my brother suddenly woke up at mid-night and hit his head on the edge of their iron bed and slumped.

 

“However, there is evidence that my brother was stabbed to death, because there is stab wound between his shoulders and the left side of his neck.

 

“Before this incident, the wife has been at loggerhead with my brother over his refusal to write his will.

 

“She has been forcing my brother to write his will, a development that had cause so much quarrel  in the family,” Iwebunor alleged.

Edited By: Edith Bolokor/Donald Ugwu (NAN)

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Actress Lori Loughlin, husband to plead guilty to U.S. college admission

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Full House” actress Lori Loughlin and her husband have agreed to plead guilty to U.S. charges they conspired to fraudulently secure their daughter’s admission to the University of Southern California, federal prosecutors said on Thursday.

Loughlin, 55, and her husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, 56, have agreed to serve two months and five months in prison, respectively, under plea agreements filed in federal court in Boston.

They are expected to plead guilty on Friday to conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud. Loughlin and Giannulli also agreed to pay fines of $150,000 and $250,000, respectively.

U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling in a statement said the plea deals ensure “these defendants will serve prison terms reflecting their respective roles in a conspiracy to corrupt the college admissions process.”

Their lawyers declined to comment.

Loughlin and Giannulli are among 53 people charged with participating in a scheme where wealthy parents conspired with a California college admissions consultant to use bribery and fraud to secure their children’s admission to top schools.

The consultant, William “Rick” Singer, pleaded guilty last year to facilitating cheating on college entrance exams and using bribery to secure the admission of parents’ children to schools as fake athletic recruits.

Prosecutors allege Loughlin and Giannulli agreed with Singer to pay $500,000 in bribes to have their two daughters named as fake University of Southern California rowing team recruits.

The couple had been scheduled to face trial in October alongside other parents. Their lawyers previously contended they believed their money was being used for university donations.

By Friday, 24 of the 36 parents charged will have pleaded guilty, including “Desperate Housewives” star Felicity Huffman, who received a 14-day prison sentence.

The longest sentence a parent has received was the nine-month term imposed on Douglas Hodge, the former chief executive of investment firm Pimco.

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Housewife, 18, says she killed husband to avoid defilement

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A housewife, Salma Hassan, 18, who allegedly stabbed her husband to death, has said that she did that because she didn’t know that sex was part of marital obligations. 

Salma, who is being detained by the Police Command in Bauchi, told newsmen that she killed her husband, Mohammed Mustafa, because she thought he was “just trying to defile me”.

“I didn’t know that sex is a marital obligation. On that day, when he approached me for sex, I refused because I have never been involved in it before.

“I thought he wanted to rape me but he got angry and was trying to force himself on me. He started beating me.

“I picked up a knife to scare him away but he kept coming and I didn’t know when I stabbed him with the knife in his chest,” she said.

Salma further explained that she had already given her statement to the Police and did not know what would become her fate.

“I wouldn’t have done it if I knew better about marital obligations,” she claimed.

The News Agency of Nigeria , reports that the suspect was paraded before newsmen in the north-eastern state’s capital.

Mr Philip Maku, Police Commissioner in the state, also showed newsmen a knife Salma allegedly used to commit the crime at her home in Itas-Gadau Local Government Area of the state.

The Police officer explained that the suspect was arrested on April 24.

“On April 24, one Haruna Musa, a resident of Itas-Gadau, reported the matter at Itas-Gadau Division. He complained that one Salma Hassan stabbed her husband.

“The husband, Mohammed Mustapha, was stabbed on the chest. He sustained injuries and was rushed to the General hospital, Itas–Gadau for treatment but died soon after arriving at the facility.

“The suspect was arrested and has confessed to the crime. Exhibit recovered from the suspect was one knife,” he said.

While answering questions from Journalists, Salma said she stabbed her man because she didn’t know that sex was just another part of marriage. 

“I thought he was just trying to defile me. No one told me about this aspect of marital union,” the young woman said.

Edited By: Gregg Mmaduakolam and Ephraims Sheyin (NAN)

 

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Businesswoman seeks divorce over husband’s drunkenness, refusal to pray

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A businesswoman, Hassana Shuaibu, on Thursday begged a Kubwa Grade 1 Area Court to dissolve her marriage to Shuaibu Abdullahi over his drunkenness and refusal to pray.

She reminded the court she had earlier sought dissolution of  her marriage in court on same grounds, sometime in June , 2018.

She said that Abdullahi entered an undertaking in the said year, to desist from his attitude but had failed to do so.

” My husband still drinks beer and refuses to perform the five times obligatory Islamic prayers.

” He has also refused to observe the Muslim fast, I pray the court to dissolve my marriage on grounds of his drunkenness, refusal to fast and dislikeness, ” she said.

She also told the court that she got married to Mr Abdullahi over 30 years ago under Islamic Law and is blessed with six children.

Abdullahi, however, pleaded guilty and begged the court to give him time to settle with his wife, adding that they had grown up children and grandchildren together.

The Judge, Muhammad Adamu ordered the parties to settle based on Abdullahi’s admission and said the marriage would be dissolved if settlement fails.

He adjourned the matter until May 27 for report of settlement and continuation of hearing.

The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that Abdullahi, a cleaner at Efab Metropolis Estate, Dutse Express, Abuja, signed an undertaking to stop drinking after his wife filed for divorce in June 2018.

He also promised to share his salary into two, keep half of it to himself and give the other half to his wife for upkeep.

Edited By: Sadiya Hamza (NAN)

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Gov. Bello tasks ministry on improved animal husbandry

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Gov. Abubakar Bello of Niger, on Wednesday, charged the state Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries to intensify efforts on animal husbandry production as an integral part of his administration’s agricultural transformation agenda.

Bello made this appeal when he visited the state Livestock Improvement and Breeding Centre at Tagwai Dam in Bosso Local Government Area of the state.

The governor lamented that the progress and process of developing unique species of cattle at the centre was slow and promised to meet with the ministry to fast track its development.

“The previous administration imported many of the Bonsmara breed from South Africa with the hope that by now, we should have been doing artificial insemination, so that over time, we will be able to improve on our local breed, especially the bokolo breed.

“It is a wonderful programme but unfortunately, I have to find out why we have not made much progress,” he said.

According to him, the whole idea of the centre is to have improved generation of cattle for more qualitative milk and beef production.

He disclosed that the state government had partnered with a South African firm on Bonsmara, a disease-resistant cattle semen supply.

“The state government has sponsored four veterinary doctors to South Africa for training in artificial insemination,’’ he said, adding that there would be an improvement on the production of milk.

The governor said that a crossbreeding between the Bonsmara and the local boakolo species of cattle production were effective in the state, saying it was time for such an effort to be redoubled.

He said that with the Bobi Grazing Reserve, it was time for government to assist the herdsmen with artificial insemination to get the rare cattle of 500kg- 600kg that could produce high quantity of milk of 10 litres per day instead of two litres daily.

Edited By: Edwin Nwachukwu/Yemi Idris-Aduloju (NAN)

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Bring my husband’s killers to justice—wife of slain Anambra youth leader  tells Police

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Wife of a slain youth leader at Isuaniocha, Awka North Area of  Anambra, Mrs Sylvia Okoye, has cried out to the Police Command in the state to fish out her husband’s killers and bring them to justice.

The 48-year-old deceased, Angus Okoye, was found dead on Dec. 17, 2018  at the boundary between Isuaniocha and Nawgu, after he was allegedly kidnapped from his home.

The police had reportedly arrested three persons in connection with the crime.

While calling for justice at a media briefing in Awka on Saturday, the wife of the deceased, described her husband’s death as cruel and gruesome.

She said: “My husband’s death was cruel and wicked.

“The attackers have made his six children fatherless and I am now a widow struggling to survive and cater to our children.

“Life has not been easy since my husband’s death.

“I don’t have a job.  I go around doing menial jobs and farming to feed the children.

“Since 2018, three suspects have been arrested and investigations are ongoing in Abuja.

“Early this year, the suspects were transferred from Homicide Section, Force Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (FCIID), Force Headquarters, Abuja to Anambra Police Headquarters, pending arraignment in court.

“But we got information that the suspects have been released by the police.

“This is unacceptable. I want my husband’s killers to be brought to book.  I want justice.”

Okoye appealed to the police authorities to bring all the culprits to book to deter others from perpetrating similar crimes.

“My husband’s corpse is still at the mortuary.

“We want justice so that my husband’s spirit can rest in peace, “she added.

Also speaking, Mr Chuka Ilodigwe, a community leader, said that the news of the suspects’ release was a shock to the community.

“We are working with some Human Rights groups and we have petitioned the Inspector-General of Police, the Police Service Commission, and the Commissioner of Police in Anambra.

“Even, the youth of our community wanted to carry out a protest in April, but due to the COVID-19 lockdown, they were restrained.

“So, this is another case begging for justice and we appeal to the Nigerian Police Force to do the needful,” Ilodigwe said.

Reacting, the Police Public Relations Officer, Anambra Command, Mr Haruna Mohammed told the News Agency of Nigeria that he could not comment on the matter as it was being handled by the Force CID and not the police command in Anambra.

Reaching out to the Deputy Inspector-General of Police, Michael Ogbizi, Force CID, he told NAN that the Commissioner of Police and the CP. Legal Department of the Force in Anambra, were handling the matter.

Edited By: Chinyere Nwachukwu/Emmanuel Yashim (NAN)

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Lockdown: Okonjo-Iweala, husband donate to women in Abia community

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A former Minister of Finance, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, and her husband, Dr Ikemba Iweala, have donated bags of 50kg rice  to the Women Wing of Umuda-Isingwu Development Union in Umuahia North LGA of Abia.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the bags of rice were presented on the couple’s behalf  by a community leader, Chief Chris Onwuegbu, to the executives of the union, on Thursday.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Okonjo-Iweala, a former Managing Director (Operations) of the World Bank, was recently appointed World Health Organisation’s Special Envoy for the newly-inaugurated Access to COVID-19 Tools Accelerator.

Onwuegbu said that the gift was to ameliorate the suffering of the women due to the lockdown induced by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Onwuegbu lauded the  U.S.based couple for the gesture.

According to him, the couple has contributed much to the development of the community.

“They are so passionate about our wellbeing that there is no single progressive group in the community they don’t belong,” he said.

Responding, Mrs Ugonma Iheoma, Chairperson, Women’s Wing, Umuda-Isingwu Development Union, expressed gratitude to the couple for the donation.

“It is not the first time she and her husband are helping us in this community. We are blessed to have her married to our community.

“She is a humble and a kind-hearted woman. The husband is always giving her support ,” Iheoma said.

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Police arrest husband over wife’s death in Jigawa

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The police in Jigawa have arrested a 30-year-old man in Ringim Local Government area of the state over the death of his 17-year-old wife.
The Spokesman of the state police command, SP Abdu Jinjiri, confirmed the arrest to the News Agency of Nigeria on Saturday in Dutse.
He said that the police in the local government area received a report from Kankaleru village on April 21, at about 8 am, that at about 6.30 am. of the same day, a newly-married lady was found dead in her matrimonial room.
Jinjiri gave the name of the lady, who, he said, lived in the same address as her husband, as Hansa’u Audu.
“Upon receipt of the information, the police rushed to the scene and took the body of the lady to the hospital where it was confirmed dead by a doctor.
“The police strongly suspected the husband of the deceased and arrested him for interrogation.
“Investigation revealed that at about 4 am, the suspect went to her (the deceased) as husband, but she turned down his request, as he was not the one she intended to marry, in the first place.
“In the process, he was suspected to have used serious force on her to satisfy his desire and she consequently died,” Jinjiri said.
According to him, the case is under investigation at the State Criminal Investigations Department (SCID).

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(Reopened: Funke Akindele, husband to serve 14-day community service, be isolated for flouting distancing regulation

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For flouting social distancing regulation by hosting a birthday party,  Nollywood star, Funke Akindele and her husband, Abdul-rasheed Bello, have  been each fined N100,000 by an Ikeja Chief Magistrates’ Court.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that the Chief Magistrate, Yewande Aje-Afunwa, also ordered that they should serve 14-day community service amongst other sanctions.

“The defendants shall pay a fine of N100, 000 within three days from today. They are to serve community service for a period of 14 days – for three hours from 9am-12pm daily – excluding Saturday and Sunday,” she said.

The chief magistrate held that the community service should  be done in any public place in Lagos.

“The defendants shall be made to visit 10 important public places in Lagos State to generate awareness of the COVID-19 pandemic and the consequences of non-compliance with the laws created to curb the spread of the disease.

“Each defendant shall provide the names, addresses and GSM numbers of every person who attended the party within 24 hours.

“In order to ensure that COVID-19 does not spread, the defendants shall be immediately held in isolation for 14 days in a place only known to the Lagos State Ministry of Health.”

Earlier while reading the sentence, Aje-Afunwa reprimanded  the couple for their action and said that the sentence would serve as a deterrent to others.

“The gathering was a reckless and irresponsible act. When thousands have died or have been infected and the whole world is mourning it is callous for an individual to throw such a huge party.

“While governments are paying millions to flatten the curve, the two defendants were strengthening the curve by throwing a party.

“Have the two defendants lived up to the expectations of the public and teeming youths that look up to them? The answer is, ” No,” she said.

The chief magistrate, however, noted that the couple had no prior criminal record and had looked remorseful and after the sentence the general public will be put on notice of the consequences of flouting the social distancing directives.

NAN reports that following social distancing guidelines, less than 20 persons were allowed into the courtroom.

The prosecution team was led by the Attorney-General of Lagos, Mr Moyosore Onigbanjo (SAN).

The state Director of Public Prosecutions, Mr Yhaqub Oshoala.

Messrs  Abayomi Alagbada and Akeem Fadun defended the couple.

Earlier during their arraignment, Akindele  and Bello plead guilty to a count charge of flouting the social distancing regulation  of Lagos State Government.

According to the prosecution, the couple committed the offence on April 4 at  their residence  located at No. 9, Gbadamosi St., Amen Estate, Ibeju-Lekki, Lagos.

The prosecution said  that the couple  gathered more than 20 people at the residence,  contrary to the state’s Regulation 8(1)(a) and (b).

 

It said that their action is punishable under Section 58 of the Public Health Laws of Lagos State, 2015.

Addressing the court after the charge was read, Onigbanjo said that the couple held a birthday party at their residence with many people in attendance.

“This is contrary to the social distancing directive contained in the regulations issued by the Governor of Lagos State pursuant to the Infectious Diseases Act.

“Particularly, the defendants flouted Regulations 8(1)(a)(b) and 17(1)(I) of the Lagos State Emergency Regulations 2020.

“My lord, the defendants’ offence is punishable under Section 58 Public Health Laws of Lagos State 2015.

“The defendants having pleaded guilty, I urge the court to convict them accordingly,” he prayed.

After the submission, Akindele and Bello were asked if the facts ascertained by the state against them were true.

“It is true though there are one or two exemptions,” Akindele responded  in tears.

“Yes, it is true but there are some exemptions,” Bello said.

Reacting to their responses , Aje-Afunwa said that the couple should not give a “partial answer” or  a plea of not guilty would be entered against them.

Following the assertion of the chief magistrate, the couple said they were admitting all the facts brought against them by Lagos State, and thereafter pleaded guilty to the charge.

Alagbada, in his allocutus (plea for mercy), said that the couple was first-time offenders and decent members of the Lagos society.

“They have two young children who need the attention of their parents, and one of them is very ill.

“The first defendant (Akindele) is an Ambassador of Lagos State, she advocates that people should pay their taxes and she uses her talent to advance the cause of the state, she used to do it and will continue to do it.

“I urge my lord to consider this relationship which will continue after now.

“I hope my lord will play a role in ensuring the relationship between the first defendant and Lagos State continues,” he submitted.

The counsel added that they  were role models to young people, many of whom were at the party on that day.

“The offence was committed in ignorance, and majority of the people in the house that day reside there,” the defence counsel said.

NAN reports that Akindele was arrested by the police on April 5 for flouting the social distancing order of the Lagos State Government.

The actress had on April 4 hosted numerous people including Azeez Fashola (alias Naira Marley) to her husband’s 43rd birthday party at their home located at Amen Estate, Eleko Beach Road, Ibeju-Lekki, Lagos.

Videos of the party were posted and circulated on various social media platforms.

According to the police, efforts are ongoing to arrest Naira Marley and others featured in the video.

Edited By: Edwin Nwachukwu/Ijeoma Popoola
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