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Ex-husband stops new lovers from getting married

A Kenyan nurse and her groom were left speechless on Saturday after her ex-husband stopped her wedding through a court order.

The nurse Faith Nthoki Mutua was set to wed Benjamin Malonza at the African Inland Church (AIC) in Kikima, Mbooni when a court official brought an order to bring the wedding to a standstill.

Wedding planners, guests and hundreds of church members were barred from accessing the church premises by a contingent of police officers who had pitched tent at the entrance, the Kenyan Standard newspaper reported.

The church leader Reverend Samuel Mwania announced that the wedding had been cancelled until the case was discharged in court.

The groom, Malonza, 35, whose name was misspelt as Matata in the order grudgingly accepted his fate.

Malonza, an electronic engineer described the events of that day as fateful and that nothing might be as stressful as planning a wedding that ends up annulled.

He termed the entire process as money waster well-orchestrated by their opponent and their Sh2m wedding upshot as horrifying.

“This was a bit malicious, why would he serve us with court papers on the D-Day? We had already done bookings, invitations sent, guests had started trooping in and then this happens”.

The Standard identified the alleged disdained ex-husband as Jackson Muthoka, a military policeman who is reported to have paid school fees for the bride (Faith) at the Kenya Medical College (KMTC) with a promise of marrying her.

He would later marry her as second wife in customary procedures. They had a baby-girl before parting ways.

Faith currently works as a nurse at Sultan-Hamud sub-County hospital.

They will appear at the Makindu law court on May 3.

Mixed reactions over Buhari’s UK trip

The Presidency on Saturday night said President Muhammadu Buhari could govern the country from anywhere in the world.

It stated that so long as the President’s absence was for a short period, he did not need to inform the National Assembly.

The Presidency also said Buhari, while in the UK, was exercising authority as the President since his absence would be for 10 days and not up to 21 days.

In a response to an enquiry on the issue by Sunday PUNCH, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Garba Shehu, made a reference to Section 145 (1)(2) of the 1999 Constitution to make a defence for Buhari.

When asked why Buhari did not inform the National Assembly of his trip, Shehu replied that it was not necessary.

He stated, “No, that is not necessary. The President can exercise authority from wherever he is as he is currently doing.

“This is a relatively short absence. If you check Section 145 (1) and (2) of the Constitution, you will see that the law is only infringed upon when such absence extends to 21 days.”

The President had jetted out of the country on Thursday, last week.

Meanwhile, both the presidential liaison officers in the National Assembly and officials in the offices of the President of the Senate and Speaker of the House of Representatives could not confirm the transmission of a letter by Buhari notifying the legislature about his trip as of Saturday night.

When contacted on Saturday evening, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters (House of Representatives), Mr Umar el-Yakub, declined to speak to one of our correspondents.

Also, the Special Adviser to the President of the Senate on Media and Publicity, Alhaji Yusuph Olaniyonu, could not confirm receipt of the letter by his principal as of Saturday night.

 

SAD…Another traditional ruler dies at 116

Obobanyi of Ohionwa

The Obobanyi of Ohionwa in Ihima, Okehi Local Government of Kogi State, Chief Jeremiah Akaava, has died at the age of 116.

A statement issued by the Ohionwa clan in Lokoja on Saturday said that the monarch died in the late hours of Friday.

It said the deceased spent 36 years on the throne.

The statement, signed by Mr Yusuf Itopa on behalf of the Ohionwa Clan, described the late monarch as a man who stood for peace, unity and progress of Ohionwa, Ebiraland and Kogi and Nigeria as a whole.

The clan expressed its gratitude to men and women of goodwill who appreciated the late Obobanyi’s role as a unifying force in the land and consequently showed love and respect to him while alive.

The late monarch has since been buried.

Vigilantes arrest two suspects in Ekiti

Two suspects were on Friday nabbed by local hunters in connection with the armed attacks and killings at Iyemero Ekiti in the Ikole Local Government Area of Ekiti State.

This arrest came about 11 days after some assailants, suspected to be herdsmen, attacked Eda in Iyemero Ekiti in the night and killed two persons.

The Police Public Relations Officer, Ekiti Command, Mr Caleb Ikechukwu, said the arrested suspects were being detained at the police headquarters in Ado Ekiti.

Ikechukwu said, “Our men have begun an investigation into their case and they will be charged to court upon conclusion of our investigation.”

Following their arrest by the local hunters, the monarch of the community, the Olu of Iyemero, Oba Ebenezar Ogungbemi, was said to have called the Police Commissioner, Mr Asuquo Amba, who sent his men to arrest them and take the culprits to Ado Ekiti.

The head of local hunters in the town, Mr Jimoh Eisikin, said the suspects were arrested by his men around 1am on Friday.

According to him, the local hunters working with the security agencies laid an ambush for the herdsmen at Eda and arrested them while on a mission to attack the village, saying, “These herders had been raping our women and killing our people in the last six months.

“During the onslaught leading to their arrest yesterday, two of our village hunters were macheted by the evil doers. But for the fact that we were prepared, we got them arrested after chasing them into the bush.

“We brought them to Iyemero and tied them down at the village square with close security monitoring,” he said.

Sources in Iyemero Ekiti said Eda farmstead had been raided by the suspected herdsmen no fewer than five times within the last two months just as the monarch, Ogungbemi, said the assailants were out to sack the residents, who were predominantly farmers and to take over the land.

Consequently, Governor Kayode Fayemi had ordered the immediate construction of a police post in the town and also ordered the deployment of combined forces of security agencies and local hunters to patrol the town up to its boundary with Kwara and Kogi States.

WARNING… 5 ways to escape attack when travelling

Travel can be exciting but also scary at times. But when you’re venturing into a destination that you are unfamiliar with, you have to be more cautious in order not to fall victim to roughnecks. Nevertheless, follow these safety tips to protect yourself and ensure a happy and secure journey.

Don’t show off your cash or valuables

Keep your cash separated, with some spending money easily accessible and the rest hidden, so that you’re not showing off a big wad of cash every time you pay. Although it’s tempting to have your smartphone out constantly to look up directions or take photos, be mindful of your surroundings.

Leave an itinerary and emergency contact

After booking your package on Jumia’s hotel and flight marketplace, and you are ready to  unplug, a mistake you should never make is to go under the radar, especially if you’re traveling alone. Leave your itinerary with a trusted friend or family member back home, and try to check in with him or her every day. That way, if something happens, they can alert authorities on your behalf.

Confirm visitors with the hotel desk

You’re in your hotel room and there’s a knock on the door from someone claiming to be maintenance or housekeeping. Before you let this person in, call the front desk to verify that someone from the property needs access to your room. Criminals have been known to pose as hotel workers in order to get inside the rooms.

Scan a copy of your passport

Before you leave, scan a copy of your passport, email it to yourself and take a photo of it to save on your smartphone. That way, if you need your passport while out (but it’s locked up in your hotel safe), you’ll have access to all your details. Plus, if it’s stolen, getting a replacement will be much easier.

Bring only what you need

Only bring a passport with you if you’re travelling abroad, and always avoid bringing your Social Security card or birth certificate with you, the report advised. Also, don’t bring all of your credit and debit cards; choose instead to carry only a select few. If you do bring sensitive documents with you on your trip, lock them up in a hotel safe or other secure location.

Don’t post location or agenda on social media

Sharing your agenda or location on social media allows potential thieves to keep track of where you are, making it easier for them to time a crime. Instead, wait to post about your trip until you get home

Why I want my 16yr-old marriage dissolved– Wife

An Oke-Bola-based trader, Olabisi, has pleaded with a Mapo Customary Court in Ibadan, Oyo State, to dissolve her 16-year union with her husband, Paul, “because he is too sex hungry and often rapes her.”

Testifying before court president Ademola Odunade, Olabisi, a mother of three, said that her husband might sniff life out of her if the court did not separate them because he usually rapes her.

“My lord, I made up my mind to call it quits with Paul because there is no peace in our marriage.

“Paul often subjects me to untold brutality in the process of sleeping with me.

“If he does not succeed in raping me, he beats or rains curses on me.

“Paul is forever requesting for sex and I fear that he might turn me into something else if I don’t leave him,” she told the court.

“In fact, he is a terrible drunkard and even quarrels with our 15-year-old first child.

“Paul never fends for the children and me, let alone showing concern about their education.

“Due to his irresponsibility, I have moved away from Paul’s home since March 4.”

The defendant, who earned his living as an entertainer, consented to the suit but denied the allegations leveled against him.

Paul, a resident of Oke-Ado area of Ibadan, submitted that he was pleased with his wife filing the divorce suit because she was a dishonest partner.

“My lord, Olabisi made up her mind to leave me because I caught her conspiring with thieves.

“A gang of armed robbers have been keeping stolen money and other items in her custody and I complained bitterly about it.

“Before I returned home on that day, Olabisi had packed her belongings.

“In addition, she is a wayward wife because she sometimes left home for three days fornicating around.

“It is not true that I don’t cater for the children.

“Also, I have never forced Olabisi into having sexual intercourse with me,” Paul said.

Odunade held that there was no more reason keeping the union since the duo have expressed their interest to separate.

He, however, awarded custody of the couple’s three children to Olabisi and directed Paul to pay N12,000 monthly for the children’s upkeep, in addition to being responsible for their education and other welfare.

(NAN)

Buhari supports Guinea Bissau’s election with $ 500, 000million, electoral kits, 10 motorcycles, others

President Muhammadu Buhari has donated the sum of $ 500, 000 million, 350 units of electoral kits, 10 motorcycles, five Hilux vans, and two light trucks to the Government of Guinea Bissau.

According to a series of tweets on verified Twitter handle of Presidency Nigeria @NGRPresident, Buhari made the donations in response to an urgent request for assistance by the Government of Guinea Bissau towards the country’e election.

“The President graciously approved support to the country’s election process including 350 units of electoral kits, 10 motorcycles, 5 Hilux vans, 2 light trucks and US$500,000.

“In his capacity as Chairman, ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State, Pres Buhari, this morning, directed Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Geoffrey Onyeama, to undertake an urgent mission as his Special Envoy to Guinea Bissau, in the company of ECOWAS Commission President,Jean-Claude Brou.

Why court dissolves 7yr-old marriage in Ibadan

The president of Mapo Customary Court in Ibadan, Oyo State, Mr. Ademola Odunade, on Friday dissolved a seven-year marriage between Kaosara Aderinto and Emmanuel over deception.

Kaosara, a hair dresser, prayed the court to dissolve the marriage because Emmanuel deceived her into believing that he was a Muslim.

Odunade, after careful assessment of the case, dissolved the union, citing irreconcilable differences and threat to life as reasons.

He, however, awarded custody of the two children to their mother, Kaosara.

He also ordered Emmanuel to pay a monthly allowance of N10,000 for the children’s upkeep, in addition to being responsible for their education and other welfare.

Narrating her ordeal, Kaosara, who lives in Oleyo area of Ibadan, said, “All along during our courtship, Emmanuel deceived me into believing that he was a Muslim. That was why I agreed to marry him.

“However, on getting to his home, things changed completely as Emmanuel started forcing me to follow him to Church.

“Besides, Emmanuel’s mother began to be a pain in my neck because she started finding fault in anything I did in the house.

“The house in which we lived is our joint effort and I would have stayed with him, but his mother will not allow me a moment of rest,”  she alleged.

In his response, Emmanuel, who agreed to the divorce, denied that he deceived the petitioner into marrying him.

Emmanuel, a civil servant, however, argued that the plaintiff could not properly cater for the two children because she is always busy.

He, therefore, prayed the court to grant him custody of the children.