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President Buhari under attack over killing of Catholic priests, others

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The Catholic Archbishop of Abuja, His Eminence John Cardinal Onaiyekan and the Director of Legal and Public Affairs of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Kwamkur Vondip, have brought President Muhammadu Buhari under fire over recent killing of some Catholic priests and other Nigerians.

They expressed concerns over increasing insecurity in the country, saying that Nigerians were no longer safe anywhere.

Vondip and Onaiyekan were reacting to the recent killing of Catholic priests in Enugu and Taraba states when they spoke to the Nation.

They expressed sadness about the development and faulted government’s method of security operations.

Onaiyekan said, “The insecurity is getting out of hand and it is affecting everybody. In a way, we can say that we are not surprised that even the priests are not exempted from the general insecurity in the land. It is not as if those hoodlums or the bandits will take their time to make sure that they do not kill a priest. They don’t seem to have any sense of horror about anything.

“The only thing I can say about this is that my priests are also being killed. It only shows how terrible the situation is. And I must say that I am also sad when we saw President Buhari himself speaking on the issue and insisting that the people responsible for killing the reverend father should be fished out.

“On one hand, I commended his efforts, and on the other hand, we should ask too that not only the reverend fathers but all those who are killed; those who killed them should be fished out. Everybody’s life is precious and it is given by God. We are praying on this issue and doing our part.

“Everybody knows what President Buhari should do to stop this menace and I am sure Buhari also knows what to do. There is no excuse because the rate of insecurity we have in our land, no matter under what name, weather it is insurgency of Boko Haram or banditry in the Northwest or herdsmen killings in the Middle Belt or kidnapping, we have never had it so bad.

“The government should have known that their efforts so far have not yielded adequate results. It is the duty of government to make sure that people are safe in the country. You do not have to be in the opposition to know that. When they themselves are travelling on the road, don’t you see how they protect themselves?

“They always have armed policemen with them. That is a clear sign that the road is not safe. If the road is safe, would they need so many soldiers and policemen to protect them? If they are using so many soldiers and policemen to protect themselves, what about the rest of us?

“The matter is serious and we are not at war. Other nations are tackling their security challenges.”

Vondip on his part, added, “For a nation as big as Nigeria, something is wrong with our security setup. With the kind of leadership we have and what they say on daily basis about their willingness to fight insecurity and crime, you can see that all is not well.

“My belief is that there is something underneath. There are a lot of compromises, and many of our national leaders know this. Some people are compromising in the same circle. The same people that are meant to protect the people are the ones arranging these killings, just like you saw in Taraba State between the police and the military. That incident should not be taken lightly.

“My suggestion is that the investigation should go beyond that, beyond what is happening, because a lot of our military men are being killed in the North. Each time the military is embarking on any operation, they will be ambushed. It is not a normal situation.

“There people that are leaking vital information to cause confusion and their purpose is either they have a project they are fighting for or they are having some financial gains.

“We have a nation with highly educated people, but you have not found anybody taking time to investigate that there should be an independent opinion on what is happening from security experts. But we seem to be quiet.

“So, anybody who speaks against it will seem to be speaking against the government, as if we are not living in this country.”

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Performance rating : PDP, APC lock horns in Osun

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The ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, in Osun state, and the main opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, were at each others’ wit end over the weekend.

The two political parties were at loggerheads over the purported performance rating by the World Bank, in which Osun state was reportedly adjudged the best.

Reacting to this development on Monday through a press statement signed and made available to newsmen in Osogbo, the capital of Osun, the Director of Publicity for APC in the state, Mr Kunle Oyatomi has challenged the PDP to disprove this raring or “bury their heads in shame “.

According to him, failure of PDP to controvert the rating of APC led government in the state as the best in terms of performance by the World Bank’s assessment portrays them as shameless elements.

“Nothing can be more dishonourable than the recklessness with which the PDP had been spreading outright falsehood and misleading propaganda against the APC government in the last eight years.

“So pervasive had been the PDP propaganda and lies that it virtually created a negative impression across the country that Osun was being plundered and misgoverned by the APC

“Today, however, to the utter shame and disgrace of the PDP, the World Bank has declared Osun the best performing state in Nigeria on rural access and mobility projects.

“Besides, the Bank singled out the state as a strong performer on project implementation in the country. The fact speaks for itself.

“Of especial importance to any objective observer should be the World Bank’s statement that highlighted, ‘the high sense of diligence and commitment displayed by the state government that earned it the award.

“We dare the PDP and its Chairman to produce facts and figures to prove the World Bank wrong”, the statement read.

The PDP, in a swift reaction has described performance rating of APC as ‘fraudulent and unorthodox’ saying the party has woefully failed the people hence, the desperate move to seek for foreign cover up.

It said people that are completely alien to the state without deep knowledge of the political environment could not be said to be real.

Hon. Soji Adagunodo, the Chairman of PDP in the state stated this in a release made available to journalists in Osogbo.

Adagunodo alleged that the governor of the state, Mr Gboyega Oyetola after his abysmal performance had to take such steps to give himself and his team the undeserved rating.

“The strange World Back officials , whose real identities are even shrouded in secrecy and fraudulent in details cannot tell us how good or bad the performance of a government is than the people who have been impoverished by the APC maladministration.

“If Oyetola wants to be genuinely rated, he should sample peoples opinions from Igbona and Oja’ba Markets in Osogbo, Owode and Oja Timi markets in Ede, Akinola market in Ife North, Oja Titun in Ile-Ife, Atakumosa market in ilesa ,Olufi market in Gbongan , Obada market in Odeomu, Owode market in Apomu , Odo ori market in iwo, Olobu market in ilobu , Olufon market in ifon , Alara market in Ara , Alamisi and Monday markets in ikirun. These are the authentic people that accurately rate your performance.

“Also, various abandoned projects that littered the state with billions of Naira making their way into private pockets are there for people to see”, Adagunodo said.

Osun PDP said all what APC and governor Oyetola is doing is to embark on propaganda in his latest efforts to disabuse the minds of the people against the inhuman treatment being meted out to Osun people.

“Governor Gboyega Oyetola is hereby advised to face real governance instead of the old style of using padded propaganda that they are used to which has become obsolete and no longer reliable to deceive people into voting for them, because people are now wiser and are already counting the APC days,” Adagunodo said.

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My wife has sex with someone in our bedroom – Husband tells court

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A 35-year-old unemployed man, Tayo Owoloye, on Monday told an Igando Customary Court in Lagos State that his wife brings her lover into their bedroom for sex.

Owoloye is seeking to end his 11-year-old marriage to his wife, Modinat.

According to him, their 11-year-old daughter told him that her mother brings a man home and she makes love to him.

“I once saw her love chat on WhatsApp with a man called Timothy, when I queried her, she quickly deleted those messages. I reported her to her two eldest sisters.

“She is also having affairs with another man, called Stanley.

“Modinat came to my mother’s burial in Ondo State and left that same day, I later discovered that she came with Stanley and both of them lodged in a hotel that day.

“I was still in my village when Modinat called that she was sick and admitted, I rushed to Lagos the following day and I was told by the nurses that a man came to pass the night with her whom I later discovered to be Stanley.

“When I confronted Stanley, he confessed that he is in a relationship with my wife but begged for forgiveness.

“I decided to know more about Stanley so I searched for him on Facebook, I saw pictures of him and my wife which was taken inside our bedroom and on our bed.”

Owoloye presented to the court, printed pictures from Stanley’s Facebook page, as evidence.

The petitioner said that he moved out of their matrimonial home when his wife said she needed space.

“There was a day we had a misunderstanding and she got me arrested; at the police station, I was asked to give an undertaking that I will not return to my house, till today I have not gone home.

“Two weeks after I left the house, my wife changed her marital status on Facebook from married to divorce and also changed her surname to her maiden name.

“Our neighbours called to tell me that Stanley always comes to pass the night in our house, confirming our 11-year-old daughter’s earlier affirmation.”

According to him, Modinat has been denying him sex since December, 2018.

The husband said that Modinat was always threatening his life with knife and that he was afraid as she may carry out her threat one day.

However, the respondent, Modinat, who welcomed the divorce suit, also accused her husband of infidelity.

“My husband had been cheating on me without my knowledge; I got to know last week when I went to his family house, where I met his new wife and a baby of about six month old.”

The 30-year-old trader denied having affairs with Timothy and Stanley.

“I sell watermelon, Timothy is my customer while Stanley comes to assist me in my shop.

“The picture of Stanley and I that my husband saw on social media was taken in the sitting room, not bedroom as he claimed.

“Stanley came to stay with me when I was admitted at the hospital because my husband travelled for his mother’s burial and there was nobody to stay with me.”

The mother of three said that her husband had turned her into a punching bag.

“My husband is a wife-beater, he once beat me that I lost a pregnancy, and I have several scars on my body due to his frequent beatings.

“On one fateful day, he beat me, tore my clothes and pushed me out of the house naked.

“Our neighbours clothed me, I went to the police station to report the matter and he was invited.

“When the police asked me what I wanted, I said I needed space, that he should leave the house for me for some time upon which he was asked to give an undertaking that he would give me space as I requested. ”

Modinat said she denied her husband sex because “I don’t have feelings for him anymore.”

The Court’s President, Mr Adeniyi Koledoye, after listening to the estranged couple, urged them to maintain peace and adjourned the case until Sept. 26, for judgment

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Champions League: Lampard names three Chelsea players eager to take on Valencia

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Chelsea manager, Frank Lampard, has identified Mason Mount, Tammy Abraham and Fikayo Tomori as the three Blues players that are excited to take on Valencia in Tuesday’s Champions League group stage clash at Stamford Bridge.

Lampard said this over the weekend following his side’s Premier League 5-2 victory over Wolves at Molineux.

Mount, Abraham and Tomori all scored in Chelsea’s victory over Wolves but Lampard believes the trio are eager to feature for the West London club against Valencia.

“It’s certainly a good feeling to see the team play the way they did,” Lampard was quoted by Sky Sports as saying.

“We need more clean sheets, that’s something we continually need to work on.

“But, yeah – the Champions League.

“It is the top club competition in world football and I’m sure Mason and Tammy and Tomori are all excited for it.

“All the players should be, all players love the Champions League – and I’m looking forward to my debut as a manager.”

The kick-off time for the match is 8pm.

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