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Nigeria:Court orders six strokes of cane on man for stealing ladder

Court orders strokes of cane

A Karmo Grade 1 Area Court, Abuja, on Friday ordered that 28-year-old man, Ibrahim Yunisa, be given six strokes of cane for stealing a ladder.

Yunisa, of no fixed address, had pleaded guilty to one-count charge of theft and begged for leniency.

The Judge, Alhaji Abubakar Sadiq, told the convict that he mitigated the sentence because he pleaded for leniency.

Sadiq said the court might not be lenient with him the next time he appeared.

The Prosecutor, Mrs Florence Avhioboh, told the court that the convict committed the offence on Oct. 12.

She said the theft was reported at Karmo Police Station by Jacob Friday of Mararaba area in Nasarawa State.

She added that the convict, who was found with the ladder at Dape village, Abuja, could not give satisfactory explanation on how he got it.

Avhioboh said Yunisa had confessed that he stole the ladder at a building under construction in Abuja, an offence against Section 288 of the Penal Code.


Nigeria:My husband seeks his father’s permission before intercourse, wife tells court

Court remands two brothers over alleged firearm possession

A 22-year-old housewife, Rashidat Adewuyi, told an Idi-Ogungun Customary Court in Ibadan on Friday that her father-in-law slept on the same bed with her and her husband whenever he visited them.

Rashidat made the statement on Friday when she testified in a divorce petition filed by her husband, Lukman Adewuyi.

She said her marriage of two years with Lukman had been  characterised by agony and regrets due to interference by her father-in-law, who never allowed her to have free access to her husband.

According to Rashidat, her husband always takes permission from his father on every issue between her and her husband.

“Even he seeks his father’s permission before intercourse and my father-in-law always sleeps on the same bed with me and my husband whenever he visits.

“I used to dress or change my pants in the bathroom because my father-in-law would not leave our one-room apartment whenever I wanted to dress up,’’ she said.

Rashidat further said that her father-in-law instigated her husband to file the petition so as to have total control over him.

She urged the court to grant the prayer of the petitioner but that he be given responsibility to maintain the only child of the relationship.

Earlier, Lukman had pleaded with the court to dissolve the  marriage on the ground that the respondent wanted to stab him to death.

He said his wife was in the habit of cursing him and threatening to kill him whenever they had a quarrel.

“There was a particular night that she brought out a knife and wanted to stab me because another woman called my cell phone number.

“It took the intervention of my landlord before she agreed not to stab me and such incident made me to file a divorce suit,” Adewuyi said.

The President of the court, Chief Mukaila Balogun, and the court assessors, Aare Samotu and Ganiyu Alao, made efforts to prevail on the couple to resolve the matter amicably but failed.

The court, thereafter, ordered the dissolution of the marriage as the parties wished.

Balogun also ordered the plaintiff to pay N3,500 as monthly feeding allowance for the only child of the union and warned the parties to maintain the peace and stay away from each other.


Nigeria:How I will spend my $250,000 World Food prize money — Adesina

A former minister of Agriculture, Mr Akinwumi Adesina is setting up a fund for financing African youths in agriculture.

The project will be funded with the $250000 money attached to the 2017 World Food Prize (WFP) Laureate award conferred on him in Des Moines, the USA on Thursday.

Adesina emerged winner of the global award by the WFP for his dogged determination and practical commitment to boosting agriculture and food supply chain both as minister of agriculture and President of the African Development Bank (AfDB).

He commended his staff for the shared passion to feed Africa.The former minister expressed gratitude to ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo for nominating him as the minister.

Adesina also thanked former President Goodluck Jonathan for giving him the opportunity of his life to serving his country, Nigeria, as a minister and President Muhammadu Buhari for his strong support to achieve the feat.

He said:“There wouldn’t be any rest for me until Africa feeds itself and for that, we need the youth.

“And so even though I don’t have the cash in my hand, I hereby commit my $250,000 as a cash prize for the WFP award to set up a fund fully dedicated to providing financing for the youth of Africa in agriculture to feed Africa.

“A day is coming very soon when the barns of Africa will be filled and all her children will be well fed when millions of farmers will be able to send their kids to school.

“Then you will hear a new song across Africa; thank God our lives are better for us,’’Adesina said.The Governor of Iowa, Kim Reynolds, who officially declared Adesina as the 2017 laureate winner of the WFP, said he was a man who grew out of poverty to create wealth.

Reynolds said that the laureate commitment and dedication in agriculture had impacted on lives of many, not only in Africa but around the world.

Former President of Ghana, John Mahama, attended the ceremony and other dignitaries from Nigeria and African countries

Abdulmutallab sues U.S. over free speech, religious rights


Farouk Abdulmutallab, the Nigeria-born underwear bomber who is serving a life imprisonment   in the United  States of America for terrorism, has filed a suit against the US government for allegedly denying his free speech and religious rights.

Abdulmutallab,30, was jailed for trying to set off a bomb in his underwear during a flight from Amsterdam to Detroit on Christmas Day 2009.

He is being held  at the United States Penitentiary-Administrative Maximum Facility in Florence, Colorado,USA.

The convict, in the suit filed  in a Colorado federal court, claims authorities of the  prison  are violating his constitutional rights by not allowing him to communicate with the outside world or practice his religion as a Muslim.

He also alleges that the authorities are repeatedly force feeding him during a hunger strike using “excessively and unnecessarily painful” methods.

Besides,he accuses the Justice Department of  restricting his communication, including not allowing him to talk to his nieces and nephews since his solitary confinement was based on a special administrative measures imposed on national security grounds.

According to him, white supremacist inmates are  also let loose to harass him during prayer times.

His counsel, Gail Johnson, said in a statement that prisoners “retain fundamental constitutional rights to communicate with others and have family relationships free from undue interference by the government.”

He added: “The restrictions imposed on our client are excessive and unnecessary, and therefore we seek the intervention of the federal court.”

The Northwest Airlines flight that flew him from Amsterdam to Detroit on the fateful day had  289 people on board.



Trump Reportedly Joked That Pence ‘Wants To Hang’ All Gays

Trump Reportedly Joked That Pence 'Wants To Hang' All Gays

President Donald Trump joked that Vice President Mike Pence “wants to hang” all gay people, according to a profile of Pence published in The New Yorker on Monday.

The article, entitled, “The Danger of President Pence,” details various viewpoints held by the socially conservative vice president that clash with Trump’s. Two sources told the magazine Trump has teased Pence about his stances toward religion, abortion and the LGBTQ community.

“A longtime associate” of Trump and Pence was quoted in the article saying that the president likes to let his VP “know who’s boss” and that Trump asks people who stop by Pence’s office, “Did Mike make you pray?”

After a legal adviser told Trump and Pence that many states would probably legalize abortion if the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, Trump was said to have turned to Pence:

‘You see?’ Trump asked Pence. ‘You’ve wasted all this time and energy on it, and it’s not going to end abortion anyway.’

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When that meeting shifted to discuss gay rights, according to the article, Trump pointed to Pence and joked, “Don’t ask that guy — he wants to hang them all!”

Pence’s views on equal rights have long stirred concern in the LGBTQ community. As Indiana governor, he signed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act in 2015, which essentially gave businesses the right to refuse to serve gay people. He has supported so-called gay conversion therapy and has been called “one of the most anti-LGBT politicians out there.