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COZA: Femi Falana explains his relationship with the Dakolos


Timi and Busola Dakolo

Mr Femi Falana, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, has said his chambers is not holding brief for Mr Timi and Mrs Busola Dakolo.

The human rights lawyer said he was contacted after the Dakolos had written their petition.

Falana who clarified his position to the Punch said he only intervened when the family expressed fear over their petition.

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He said, “They wrote their petition before contacting us. When they met us, they expressed the fear that their petition might not be investigated. We intervened by requesting the police authorities to investigate the complaint. The IG has already granted the request…”

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Recall that the Falana on Monday confirmed that the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, had ordered the transfer of the case between the embattled Senior Pastor of the Commonwealth of Zion Assembly, Biodun Fatoyinbo, and the Dakokos to Lagos.

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He said this was because the Dakolos were the first to submit a petition to the police over the rape allegation against Fatoyinbo.

He said the IG also asked that the petitions of the two parties be consolidated.

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Nigerian man in search of a companion for his 60-year-old mom



A Nigerian man has taken to microblogging platform, Twitter to seek for a companion of his 60-year-old mother as he says he’s ready to become a step-sibling.

According to Ajibade Adedapo, his mother is a sexagenarian and if anyone has a dad that is a widower, divorced and rich, they should reach out to him.

He wrote on his page alongside photos of his mother,

I want a companion for my mom, she is in her 60s…if you have a dad that is a widower or divorced and rich…Reach out to me, we can be step brothers and sisters.

More photos of his mum he shared below,

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Sudan to ban female genital mutilation, allow non-Muslims to consume alcohol



Sudan will permit non-Muslims to consume alcohol and strengthen women’s rights, including banning female genital mutilation (FGM), its justice minister said late on Saturday, in a reversal of almost four decades of hardline Islamist policies.

About 3% of Sudan’s population is non-Muslim, according to the United Nations.

Alcoholic drinks have been banned since former President Jaafar Nimeiri introduced Islamic law in 1983, throwing bottles of whisky into the Nile in the capital Khartoum.

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The transition government which took over after autocrat Omar al-Bashir was toppled last year has vowed to lead Sudan to democracy, end discrimination and make peace with rebels.

Non-Muslims will no longer be criminalised for drinking alcohol in private, Justice Minister Nasredeen Abdulbari told state television. For Muslims, the ban will remain. Offenders are typically flogged under Islamic law.

Sudan will also decriminalise apostasy and ban FGM, a practice which typically involves the partial or total removal of the external genitalia of girls and women, he said.

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Women will also no longer need a permit from male members of their families to travel with their children.

Nimeiri’s introduction of Islamic law was major catalyst for a 22-year-long war between Sudan’s Muslim north and the mainly Christian south that led in 2011 to South Sudan’s secession.

Bashir extended Islamic law after he took power in 1989.

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Sudanese Christians live mainly in Khartoum and in the Nuba mountains near the South Sudan border. Some Sudanese also follow traditional African beliefs.

The transition government led by Abdalla Hamdok runs the country in an uneasy coalition with the military which helped remove Bashir after months of mass protests.


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Men attend ‘school for husbands’ in Burkina Faso



Surprisingly there is a school for husbands in Burkina Faso which aims to men how to be better husbands.

According to the reports, 1,600 of these schools have been built so far in the country.

Mr Gnoumou regularly attends these discussions and takes pride in having changed his behaviour.

“I would often fight with my wife and even hit her,” he reflected recently. “When you hit someone, you are aware that what you have done is not right.”

Today, he offers a lot more help around the home, Martine says. He fetches water and wood and does other household chores. And he hopes to inspire other men, as well.

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