Nollywood Actress Mercy Johnson shared this picture of herself and her lil princess who was disturbing her while she was preparing for AMCVA, “She won’t let me make up ooooo..Princess purity wer mudiafo…Ready for my hair and make up but my madam won’t let me lol “ she wrote.
Most ladies would be glad to be proposed to but Anita Joseph rejected her boyfriend’s marriage proposal last month. In an interview with with Encomium she said…
“I rejected it because I cannot be a full housewife. He wants me to quit acting and become a full housewife. But I am not that type that sits at home all day. I love working. I love being busy. He said when we get married, I will quit acting.I have known him for two years and we have dated for a year.I don’t want to disclose his identity, all I can say is that his name is Mr. M. He is a good guy but he can stab you when he gets jealous. He is so possessive.”
“He knows who I am. Why wouldn’t he know? He saw me on television before we eventually met. He has been following all my movies. He is not in support of my career. He wants me to quit after marriage. He doesn’t want me out because he doesn’t like my involvement in love scenes. He doesn’t want people to be looking at me and me exposing myself because of romantic scenes.Of course, I have marriage in mind. But I am not in a hurry to walk down the aisle.”
It took a while to rouse eight-year-old Sophia Shaidu, as she lay on her stomach on a bed in the children’s ward of the Aniyun Hospital, Gbagada, Lagos. The nurse who had taken our correspondent in to see her was happy that the girl could at least fall asleep after days of excruciating pains that kept her awake. “Some people are here to talk to you,” she was told. Sophia spoke only Ebira language. She does not understand English; not even pidgin English because her guardian did not enrol her in school after she was brought to Lagos to work as a housemaid about three years ago. So, our correspondent was only able to speak to her through an interpreter. One thing was immediately clear when Sophia finally sat up with a considerable pain: dark marks dotted her body from her neck to her ankle. She hung her left arm awkwardly, which made her flinch at the nurse’s touch. “We are planning to do an X-ray on the arm. It’s likely she has a fracture there,” the nurse said. “The marks on my body are from beatings,” the girl later explained. Sophia said that after one of such beatings, she had not been able to use her left arm, which was now swollen, hard and discoloured at the elbow area. The girl pointed accusing fingers at her guardian, Bashir Shuaibu, who is from Kogi State. But what brought Sophia to the hospital was more dire and life-threatening than just the marks on her body and the fractured arm. The little girl has a gash that is about six inches in diametre on her buttocks. It was created by sore, said to have developed after several beatings by Shuaibu. Sophia said each time he spanked her, her buttocks swelled up and before it healed up, he spanked her again. She told our correspondent that her parents asked her to live with him to make a living. She said, “We are not related. My parents asked me to live with him in Lagos so that I could work and make money to take care of myself. “He beat me almost every day and I don’t usually know what I did wrong. Anytime he beat me, I would scream and ask him what I did wrong, but he would not say anything. He would just continue to beat me. “He usually beat me in the buttocks. I got a wound after a beating and I could not sit. He beat me on the same spot every day. He used wire and spatula (what Yoruba call orogun).” Shuaibu is married and has a young child. Our correspondent asked if his wife ever joined in the beating as well but the girl explained that the wife usually told him to stop when the beating became too much. “The last time he beat me (last week Friday), madam complained again and said it was his beating that made my buttocks have sore. She then said they had to take me to the hospital.” When our correspondent visited the hospital in company with the Director of the Esther Child Rights Foundation, Mrs. Esther Ogwu, who is handling the case, the girl’s buttocks had been wrapped in a heavy dressing. But a doctor who treated the girl was so alarmed by what he saw that he took many photographs before he dressed the wound. “She still has a long way to go. Because of the extent of the injury, it cannot heal on its own. She has to undergo skin grafting. That cannot even be done at the moment, she has to remain in observation for a while,” the doctor said. The flesh on Sophia’s buttocks when she was brought to the hospital was oozing pus and had to be scraped off, leaving a large gash. The picture of the naked wound was so horrific that Saturday PUNCH could not publish it. When our correspondent asked Sophia if she ever thought about running away because of the physical abuse, she said she thought about it but she didn’t know where to run to. “I like my mother but I don’t want to go back to our village. My mother told me when I was leaving home to remain in Lagos and work,” the girl said. She said her mother did not know what she was passing through because she had never spoken with her since she was brought to Shuaibu’s house to work three years ago. She does not know her mother’s phone number. The girl said the man had told her parents that she would be enrolled in school, but that never happened. Shuaibu who was arrested and detained at the office of the Lagos State Taskforce has been released on bail. The hospital said he had not been forthcoming with the fund for the treatment of the girl. Shuaibu, who claimed he still intended to put the girl in school, said he only spanked her when she acted stubbornly, lied and defecated in the house. “Her parents are my relations. She is lazy and does no work. I did not know she had injury on her buttocks because she was hiding it. It was when we noticed it that we brought her to the hospital. I really regret that something like this happened to her,” he said. Ogwu said cases of extreme physical abuse on housemaids were becoming common in the country because perpetrators were not being jailed for such crimes. She said, “When we were contacted by nurses at the hospital and we visited the girl, what I saw was something I almost could not handle emotionally. I cried because I simply could not understand that a human being would do that to a child. “Is it that people do not know that physical abuse or any kind of abuse of a child is a serious crime? Or is it that people believe they can bribe the police and get away with this kind of crime when they are arrested? It is just very sad. “That child cannot be normal again because the money required for her treatment cannot be paid by the man who committed the crime. The only choice we have left is to see if the state government can wade into the matter and get her treated in a government-owned hospital.” She said the parents of the girl should be prosecuted along with the man who perpetrated the abuse. Our correspondent contacted the Chairman, Lagos State Task Force, Supol Bayo Suleiman, to find out what arrangement had been made to hold Shuaibu accountable for what he did. Suleiman said he was released on bail with sureties and had been directed to report to the task force office daily. He said, “Referring to the girl as a housemaid is incorrect because the man said they are relations. He was just trying to help the family of the child. The only mistake he made was that he did not bother to check if the spanking he gave the girl to correct her had left a physical injury on her. He was just trying to correct the girl to do what is right. “You know when a girl defecates on the bed everyday and one has tried to correct her with no change, he may have to punish her to ensure she changes. But it is unfortunate it led to this kind of thing in this case.” When told that the man’s ‘correction’ showed numerous marks of spanking all over the body of the girl, Suleiman said “Truly, spanking a child should have limits. But in this case, it’s just unfortunate that it led to such injury.” He explained that his office was still handling the issue to ensure that proper care was given to the girl. The Child Rights Act 2003, Section 14 states that “Every child has a right to parental care and protection. No child shall be separated from his parents against the wish of the child except for the purpose of his education and welfare.” Section 11 of the law also criminalises various forms of abuse of a child, one of which is the extreme physical abuse that Sophia has suffered.
Barely few months after they called off a six month industrial action, the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, and the Federal Government may clash again that could result into university lecturers embarking on another strike.
There is palpable tension in Nigerian universities, with ASUU boycotting the ongoing Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System, IPPIS, seminar in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
The university lecturers are threatening to down tools again if the government insists on getting them to join the new payment platform.
Recently, the Federal Government directed all its Ministries, Departments and Parastatals, MDS, to join the computerised payment platform to reduce corruption and human error in the payment of salaries.
As part of measures to bring universities into the programme, the government distributed IPPIS forms to lecturers all over the country through the National Universities Commission, NUC.
However, ASUU members in Port Harcourt, Rivers State did not turn up for the seminar which kicked off on Monday in Port Harcourt
Also, a similar programme that was held in other geo-political zones of the country is also said to have been boycotted by members of the union.
A source from the University of Uyo told newsmen that ASUU had barred its members from attending the Port Harcourt seminar.
“The vice chancellor had intimated us about the seminar but based on the directive from our union, we cannot honour the invitation for the programme.
“ASUU is not against the computerised salary system but we are saying that the policy does not favour the peculiar nuances of the academia.
“For instance, the IPPIS does not recognise the peculiarity of the academic environment and cannot meet our payment needs. Our members go on sabbatical, act as adjuncts and we engage in regular recruitment of staff which are not addressed on the IPPIS platform.”
Having experienced the failure in the payment of monetisation, the source hinted that the union would not allow its members to be part of the new payment system.
It would be recalled that the University of Ibadan chapter of the union had early in January barred its members from filling the IPPIS form.
Attempts to speak with the National President of ASUU, Nasir Faggie, on the issue failed as he would not take calls or respond to a text message sent to his telephone.
Cardinal Anthony Okogie has warned the Pastor of the Household of God Church International, Chris Okotie, against talking out of ignorance or else he will be disgraced very soon.
Pastor Okotie, while criticising the Catholic Church in a Sunday sermon, had said the church is “a counterfeit church set up by Satan.” He also said Catholics “bow to idols and crucify Jesus every Sunday when they eat bread claiming they are eating Jesus’ body.” Okotie added: “They (Catholics) are not Christians and have never been.
They don’t know Jesus. They believe that when they eat bread on Sundays, they are eating the body of Jesus. It’s ritual.” In his reaction to Pastor Okotie’s comment that “all Catholics will go to hell”, Cardinal Okogie said it is wrong for Okotie, a 55-year-old pastor, to speak on what he knew little or nothing about. In a chat with Punch, Cardinal Okogie said, “It is always good to talk on what you know, not on what you do not know.
The problem we have today is that a lot of people put their mouth in what does not concern them because they want people to know that they too are there; that they can be reckoned with. “I don’t think that is
the way to do things, no.
I think the best thing is to always put your mouth where God puts it, if you don’t want to be disgraced.” You may wish to know that Pastor Okotie, who had divorced two wives, recently bought a Rolls Royce 2014 worth N120m to mark his 30 years as born-again Christian and 27 years as a pastor.
This is not good. A Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200 carrying 239 people lost contact over the South China Sea on a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, raising fears that the plane might have plunged into the pacific ocean.
The plane, carrying 227 passengers and 12 crew members, lost communication two hours into the flight in Vietnam's airspace at 1.20am local time, China's official Xinhua News Agency reports.
The aircraft left Kuala Lumpur for Beijing 12: 11 am on Friday and had been expected to arrive China at 6:30 am but lost contact with traffic controllers over the South China Sea between Malaysia and Vietnam.
Passengers were from 14 countries, including 153 from China, 38 from Malaysia, seven Australians and four Americans.
Search & rescue have begun and families and next of kin of passengers and crew have been notified. The last time a plane went missing like this, the plane, an Air France aircraft, was eventually found in the Atlantic Ocean, resulting in the deaths of 228 people. This was in 2009.