Nigeria:Woman seeks divorce over husband’s constant battery

A housewife, Basira Musa, on Tuesday pleaded with a Kubwa Grade 1 Area Court‎ in Abuja for the divorce over alleged battery.

Musa said that her 10-year-old marriage to one Tasiu Miko had been characterised by constant battery.

She told court that Miko was also accusing her of stealing his money and that he had no respect for her parents.

The petitioner said that the union, which had produced two kids, had been a nightmare for her due, to constant beating by her husband.

She, therefore, prayed the court to dissolve the marriage forthwith.

Miko, however, pleaded not guilty to Musa’s allegations, saying that ‎he was still in love with his wife, whom he described as his cousin.

He said also that he had never insulted Musa, pointing out however, that she tore his clothes because he brought a second wife to their matrimonial home.

The Judge, Mr Mohammed Marafa, gave the couple two weeks to reconcile their differences “since the respondent is still in love with his wife.’’‎

He adjourned the matter until December 8 ‎ and told the parties to come to court with their parents.

NAN

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Several abortions while dating cause of my childlessness – Wife

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A hotelier, Oluwafemi Ajadi, on Monday asked an Agege Customary Court in Lagos to dissolve his 16- year old marriage to his wife, Chinwe, over threat to life and infidelity.

But Chinwe, 35, amid tears, urged the court not to grant the petitioner’s application on the grounds that she had aborted several pregnancies for him before their union was legalised.

The petitioner, a native of Ibadan in Oyo State, told the court that he was no longer interested in the marriage.

Ajadi, who lives at No. 26, Bamgboye St., Mushin, Lagos, described his wife as arrogant and a trouble maker.

“My wife is a party freak; I warned her to desist from moving around with bad friends but she did not heed my warning.

“ She also likes frolicking with different men.

“She is not caring and lacks respect for the institution of marriage; please separate us, I can no longer live with her,” he said.

The respondent, who denied the allegations, pleaded with the court to save her marriage.

Chinwe, who hails from Imo, described her husband as a drunk and wife beater.

She alleged that the petitioner beats her at will and abuses her emotionally because she could not conceive.

“My husband usually drinks to stupor and misbehaves and this usually leads to serious misunderstandings between us.

The respondent, who vowed to resist the planned divorce, said: ” l have aborted on several occasions for him before legalising the marriage and have wasted the better part of my life.

“In spite of my husband’s attitude toward me, l still love him and do not want the marriage dissolved,” she said.

Reacting to the court’s plea to him for a change of heart, however, the petitioner urged it not to waste its time in appealing to him, saying he was committed to the dissolution of the union.

“I wasted several millions of naira on the respondent through Invitro fertilization (IVF) but lost the pregnancy due to her stubbornness and nonchalant attitude,’’ he said.

The court’s President, Mrs Ibironke Elabor, who advised the estranged couple to keep the peace, adjourned the suit till Dec. 14 for judgment.

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Chinese ‘rooftopper’ unwittingly films his own death as he plunges from the top of a 62-storey skyscraper

This is the moment an internet star known as ‘China‘s first rooftopper’ fell to his death from the top of a 62-storey skyscraper.

Wu Yongning, 26, was doing pull-ups at the top of the Huayuan International Centre in Changsha, the capital of Huan Province, when he lost his grip and fell.

Harrowing footage captured the moment he let go, plunging 45ft on to a terrace below where his body was later found by a window cleaner.

The incident was captured on a camera that Wu had placed on another part of the building to record himself.

Wu Yongning’s girlfriend, who refers to herself as Jin Jin, told the Beijing News that he was due to ask her parents’ permission to marry her two days after the stunt.

Has a groundbreaking drug trial found a cure for Huntington’s?

A cure for Huntington’s disease could be in the pipeline following the results of a groundbreaking new drug trial.

For the first time, scientists have been able to correct the defect that is responsible for the devastating neurodegenerative disease.

The results, hailed as the ‘biggest breakthrough in 50 years’, saw 46 patients of the incurable disease given an experimental drug.

University College London researchers discovered the pill lowered their levels of toxic proteins in the brain.

The drug, dubbed a ‘tremendous step forward’, was also found to be safe – despite fears it could lead to meningitis.

For the first time, scientists have been able to correct the defect that is responsible for the devastating neurodegenerative disease

Professor Sarah Tabrizi, lead researcher told the BBC: ‘I’ve been seeing patients in clinic for nearly 20 years, I’ve seen many of my patients over that time die.

‘For the first time we have the potential, we have the hope, of a therapy that one day may slow or prevent Huntington’s disease.’

Professor Tabrizi, director of UCL’s Huntington’s Disease Centre, added: ‘This is of groundbreaking importance for patients and families.’

Huntington’s disease is a genetic disorder that affects the central nervous system and leads to involuntary movements, difficulty talking and memory loss.

The condition, which affects 8,500 adults in the UK and around 30,000 in the US, occurs as a result of a fault in the huntingtin gene.

On average, patients live for between 10 and 20 years after their diagnosis.

The results, hailed as the 'biggest breakthrough in 50 years', saw 46 patients of the incurable disease given an experimental drug

The results, hailed as the ‘biggest breakthrough in 50 years’, saw 46 patients of the incurable disease given an experimental drug

The huntingtin protein itself is vital for the development of the brain, but the genetic error leads to it instead killing brain cells.

HUNTINGTON’S DISEASE: THE FACTS

Huntington’s disease is an illness caused by a faulty gene in your DNA (the biological ‘instructions’ you inherit which tell your cells what to do).

If you have Huntington’s, it affects your body’s nervous system – the network of nerve tissues in the brain and spinal cord that co-ordinate your body’s activities.

Huntington’s can cause changes with movement, learning, thinking and emotions.

Once symptoms begin, the disease gradually progresses, so living with it means having to adapt to change, taking one day at a time.

Living with Huntington’s disease can be very challenging. Getting the right information and support is vital and we’re here to help.

Huntington’s is not something you can catch; it is inherited. Every child conceived naturally to a parent who carries the Huntington’s gene has a 50% chance of inheriting it.

The new drug works by silencing the faulty huntingtin gene – stopping the creation of damaged proteins in the brain, the BBC reports.

Having proved successful on animals, the British researchers looked to investigate the drug’s effects on human patients.

For the trial, the patients were injected with the drug into their spinal fluid at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery.

Alongside its benefits at reducing the amount of huntingtin, the volunteers were found to tolerate the drug well.

However, the team remain adamant that more research is needed to prove that lowering levels of huntingtin could lead to a possible cure.

The results of the Roche-owned drug, which was created by Ionis Pharmaceuticals, are expected to published in a journal next year.

Professor John Hardy, who was awarded the Breakthrough Prize for his work on Alzheimer’s, welcomed the findings.

He told the BBC’s James Gallagher: ‘I really think this is, potentially, the biggest breakthrough in neurodegenerative disease in the past 50 years.

‘That sounds like hyperbole – in a year I might be embarrassed by saying that – but that’s how I feel at the moment.’

Professor Hardy believes the findings also offer hope for Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease, both of which see a build-up of toxic proteins in the brain.

Nobel Peace Prize Winner Warns That Nuclear War Is One ‘Tantrum Away’

Total nuclear destruction is “only one impulsive tantrum away,” this year’s Noble Peace Prize winner warned while accepting the award for an international anti-nuclear weapons campaign.

“The threat is real. We have avoided nuclear war not through prudent leadership but good fortune. Sooner or later, if we fail to act, our luck will run out,” Beatrice Fihn, executive director of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), said during a ceremony in Oslo on Sunday.

“The risk for nuclear weapons use is even greater today than at the end of the Cold War. But unlike the Cold War, today we face many more nuclear armed states, terrorists and cyber warfare,” she said. “A moment of panic or carelessness, a misconstrued comment or bruised ego, could easily lead us unavoidably to the destruction of entire cities.”

ICAN has since its 2007 establishment worked to draw attention to the catastrophic consequences of nuclear weapons and promote a treaty-based prohibition of them, according to the Nobel Prize’s website.

Beatrice Fihn, executive director of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, embraces Hiroshima survivor Setsuko Thurlow (center) during the Nobel Peace Prize's award ceremony on Sunday. Berit Reiss-Andersen, leader of the Nobel Committee, stands to the left. (Norsk Telegrambyra AS / Reuters)
Beatrice Fihn, executive director of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, embraces Hiroshima survivor Setsuko Thurlow (center) during the Nobel Peace Prize’s award ceremony on Sunday. Berit Reiss-Andersen, leader of the Nobel Committee, stands to the left. (Norsk Telegrambyra AS / Reuters)
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During a news conference on Saturday about ICAN’s work, Fihn included mention of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and President Donald Trump, who in recent months have engaged in mutual verbal threats and name calling over Pyonyang’s nuclear weapons program.

“These weapons do not make us safe, they are not a deterrent, they only spur other states to pursue their own nuclear weapons,” Fihn said, according to The Associated Press. “If you are not comfortable with Kim Jong-un having nuclear weapons, then you are not comfortable with nuclear weapons. If you’re not comfortable with Donald Trump having nuclear weapons, then you are not comfortable with nuclear weapons.”

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