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New Telegraph Saturday Editor, Waheed Bakare, is dead


New Telegraph Saturday Editor, Waheed Bakare, is dead

A Saturday Editor of the New Telegraph newspaper, Waheed Bakare,  is dead.

According to reports, Mr Bakare died on Sunday evening after a brief illness. Bakare could be buried on Monday according to Islamic rites.

The Muslim Media Practitioners of Nigeria (MMPN) mourned his death in a statement late Sunday by its national president, Abdur-Rahman Balogun.

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The group described the deceased as “a thoroughbred journalist”, “humble and wonderful personality” and a devoted Muslim.

According to the statement, the deceased recently took part in the financial contribution of Covid-19 palliatives by a coalition of 55 Muslim groups in which MMPN is a member.

Bakare was appointed New Telegraph’s Saturday editor in 2015.

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He joined the defunct The Comet newspaper in 2000 and moved to The Punch in 2001, where he was head of Punch Metro (2011), news editor of Sunday Punch (2013) and feature editor of Sunday Punch. (2013).

He is a 1997 graduate of English Language, University of Ilorin.

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In 2014, he obtained a Master of Art in English Language from the University of Lagos.


TRAGIC! Pretty lady allegedly poisoned to death by friend after she was gifted an iPhone 11 (Photos/Video)



A yet-to-be-identified Nigerian lady has lost her life after a friend allegedly poisoned her during her birthday party in Benue State capital, Makurdi.

According to reports making rounds, the deceased who turned a year older some days ago organized a little get-together that had her circle of friends and loved ones in attendance.

However, while the birthday party was ongoing, the celebrant who was showered with expensive gifts that include the highly coveted iPhone 11 at the party suddenly slumped, threw up for some minutes, before giving up the ghost.

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An eyewitness who gave details on the story wrote;

“She was poisoned at her birthday party last night. She was gifted iPhone 11 too…It’s obvious one of the girls she calls friend is behind it.

While dancing she slumped and was vomiting then died, it happened in Makurdi, Benue state. Stupid, envy and jealousy”.

See her photos below;

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See Instagram post below;

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Murder/suicide: LASTMA official kills lover, self over alleged infidelity



Homicide detectives of the Lagos State Police Command have commenced an investigation into an alleged attempted murder and suicide by a Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA), Emmanuel Mekuri, 47.

Mekuri, a resident of Araromi area of Morogbo allegedly stabbed himself to death after stabbing his live-in lover, Patricia Ogunshola, 37, on the right thigh.

It was gathered that the incident occurred around 1 am in front of Ogunshola’s 13-year-old daughter.

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According to The Nation reports that this incident is the second spousal homicide in two weeks on grounds of alleged infidelity.

Trouble was said to have started between the couple after Ogunshola accused her partner of infidelity.

The duo was said to have had an argument that degenerated into physical fighting around past midnight.

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Although it was unclear which of them introduced a knife in the fight, The Nation gathered that Mekuri stabbed the woman on her thigh and aimed for her head but she fled the room.

Mekuri allegedly stabbed himself on the stomach such that his intestines came out and he died on the spot.

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The teenager, said to be the man’s stepdaughter, was said to have raised alarm and attracted neighbours’ attention who called in the police.

Detectives were deployed to the scene immediately and a knife covered in blood was found.

Confirming the incident, police spokesman Bala Elkana, a Superintendent (SP) said investigation was ongoing, adding that the woman was in stable condition.

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Kaduna: 33-year-old woman buries her baby alive



According to a report by Sun News, a 33-year-old woman identified as Hauwa on Saturday allegedly connived with her 35-year-old elder sister, Zainab, to remove her foetus and bury it in a shallow grave at People’s Club Hotel in Tudun Wada, Kaduna.

An investigation by Sun News revealed that both sisters who reside close to the hotel facility checked in Friday night after they paid N2,000 accommodation fee to execute their chilling plan.

Sources within the area say the young woman was well known though they could not ascertain the age of the pregnancy, noting that she must have carried out the dastardly act due to a paternity issue surrounding the pregnancy or due to family pressure.

“Hauwa is a well-known pregnant woman around here. She came around yesterday to book for accommodation. No one ever thought that she had such a thing in mind. What we don’t also know is whether she gave birth before daybreak or someone helps her removed the baby,” a source who spoke in confidence stated.

“This morning, someone who is not staff at the hotel sighted them from a distance when she and her sister were digging the spot where they buried the baby. It was unfortunate.”

An eyewitness, Bello Abdulmumin, who claimed to have seen them said: ‘I just came in and I saw two women around 11 am this morning with stick digging somewhere there (pointing to the area).

“After they finished digging, they dropped something there and covered it with sand. I drew someone’s attention to it and we tried to check what was planted there.

“The moment we saw blood, I then asked the other man to leave the spot and that was how we went to inform the police who came and arrested the two of them.

“I know the two of them, Hauwa and Zainab, very well because they live around here. The elder sister Zainab should be around 35, while Auwa should be 33,” the witness narrated.

When this correspondent visited the Angwan Sanusi Police Station at Tudun Wada where the case was reported, the two women were sighted with their hands cuffed.

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A credible source suggested that the baby had died and it has been taken to an undisclosed hospital for forensic examination.

As at the time of this report, details on how the foetus was removed by the two sisters were sketchy, with the police spokesman promising to give an update on the case later in the day as he claimed to be on official assignment outside Kaduna town.

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