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Fire razes over 100 shops in Calabar market

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Goods worth millions of Naira were on Friday night destroyed by fire which gutted over 100 shops in the popular Marian market in Calabar, the Cross River State capital.

It was gathered that the fire, which started from one of the shops in the fruit section, spread to other shops.

An eye witness, Ojah Ojah, said the fire outbreak started around 8 pm on Friday.

He said,

“The fire started from one of the shops when electricity was supplied to the area. We saw a spark from one of the shops and before we realise, the fire had extended to other shops.

“We called on the Fire Service but they could not respond on time. It took the intervention of the Nigerian Navy fire truck to help in containing the fire.”

One of the victims, Eme Bassey, 54, said her watermelon worth N300,000 including her shop were all destroyed in the inferno.

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Bassey said,

“Three days ago, I received a supply of watermelon worth over N500,000 from my distributor in Makurdi. I usually sell and make payment to him, but this fire outbreak has rendered me hopeless for now.

“I don’t even know where to start because my shop was burnt to ashes. This is too painful for me to bear under this harsh Covid-19 period.”

Director-General of Cross River State Emergency Management Agency, Princewill Ayim, who went for an on-the-spot assessment, sympathised with the affected traders.

“We are here to assess the extent of damage and to also document the affected traders with a view to ameliorating their situation, especially at this period of Covid-19 pandemic.

“The state government is very responsive to cases of emergencies like this, I can assure you that something will be done to assist the victims,” he said

 

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I was famous in Akure before my wife hypnotised me into marrying her – man tells court

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A Mapo Customary Court in Ibadan, Oyo State, on Tuesday dissolved a three-year marriage between a caterer and mother of one, Bukola Obadipe, and her husband, Ayodeji, over deception and laziness.

Bukola, who lived at Alakia-Airport area, had petitioned the Customary Court to dissolve her marriage. Testifying before Chief Ademola Odunade, the court’s President, she said that her spouse had no milk of human kindness in him because he often went out to eat outside without making provisions for her and their child.

“Ayodeji promised me heaven and earth before I eventually married him, but tortured me with starvation and irresponsibility.

“Then, I decided to work harder for our mutual upliftment and survival. However, I noticed that he kept undermining all my effort by just feeding fat on my little earnings and refusing to work.

“If I got him a job, Ayodeji would not work but chose to play around, return home to eat and sleep.

“In fact, he never did anything when I became pregnant until when surgery was performed on me during delivery.

“Ayodeji prefers to follow politicians around for crumbs and tell lies against me,” Bukola said.

The respondent consented to the suit, but could not deny most of the allegations levelled against him.

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Instead, Ayodeji who resides at Oke-Itunun area raised new issues as to why he wanted the court to dissolve the marriage.

“My lord, Bukola has completely ruined my life since I came across her.

“I was a famous Fashion Designer in Akure and tailoring was so profitable for me before Bukola brought bad luck to my business and life.

“I wooed her on Facebook and the first time she visited me in Akure we had sexual intercourse together and that was the last straw that broke my camel’s back spiritually.

“Bukola hypnotised me into marrying her and I unconsciously followed her to Ibadan where I became jobless and started washing her wears for her.

“She made me abandon my tailoring profession and took me to a lonely place in Ibadan where she turned me to a peasant farmer.

“The only hope I have now is the only child we had together, her father himself described her as a devil incarnate,” Ayodeji explained.

The Court’s President pronounced the marriage dissolved in the interest of peaceful living.

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He awarded custody of the only child in the marriage to the petitioner and directed the respondent to pay N4,000 as the child’s monthly feeding allowance in addition to paying her school fees and other welfare.

The court president advised young men and women to be mindful of where and how they come about their lovers. (NAN)

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I got their father’s permission, says 28-year-old man accused of raping, impregnating two teenagers

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A 28-year-old man accused of raping and impregnating two teenagers – who are siblings – has told the police he committed the act with their father’s permission.

WuzupNigeria gathered that the suspect, one  Nduka Anyanwu, had been having carnal knowledge of the girls, 13 and 17 years old, since they were in primary school.

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He was, however, arrested, on Monday, by the Ikotun Police Division of the Lagos State Command, after a pregnancy test that the girls’ mother insisted must be done on them showed they were pregnant.

During interrogation, Anyanwu reportedly said he engaged the sisters in sex with the permission of their father, Christian Onyechi.

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The girls’ father was understood to have been arrested.

Efforts to get confirmation proved abortive as the Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer [PPRO], Bala Elkana, did not pick calls put through to him just as he did not reply a message sent to him.

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BUSTED! Covid-19 task force officials apprehended while allegedly raping girl for not wearing face mask

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Some Covid-19 task force officials were recently apprehended in Anambra state while allegedly raping a girl for not wearing a face mask.

According to social media reports, the task force officials were nabbed while allegedly sexually molesting a girl they accused of flouting the Covid-19 protocol.

The task force officials were accused of taking advantage of the girl in their vehicle at Nkpor community of the state. The incident which attracted the attention of some residents of the community led to the destruction of some parts of their vehicle.

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The information was shared on Facebook by, Chinedu Saint Bede Onwuka who wrote;

“Suspected members of Anambra covid-19 task force were caught molesting and a having carnal knowledge of a young girl inside their vehicle at Nkpor – whom they claimed flouted the law mandating the wear of Facemask in the State.”

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Recall that, a 32-year-old widow in Rivers state alleged that policemen attached to the Sakpenwa Police Division, Tai Local Government Area, arrested her on Tuesday, July 28, for not wearing a face mask, then took her to a guest house where one of them raped her at gunpoint.

She narrated:

“I was returning from Bori to Port Harcourt when I met some police officers at a checkpoint. They arrested me for not wearing nose mask. They kept me long there with them.

“Thereafter they carried me from one place to the other, claiming they want to take me to the police station but never took me to any police station.

“After some time, they took me to a guest house where one of them raped me till dawn. His name is Inspector Peter Iba of Sakpenwa Police Station.”

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