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Keyamo withdraw as Stephanie Otobo’s counsel as Otobo disclaims Keyamo



More drama has continued to unfold in the Stephanie Otobo saga as the scandal involving a Canada-based stripper and aspiring musician, Stephanie Otobo and Apostle Johnson Suleiman of Omega Fire Ministries, Auchi, sprung more surprises as the lady’s lawyer, Festus Keyamo has filed a plea to relinquish his position as counsel to Miss Otobo in court.

The Canada based night club stripper and musician had earlier alleged Apostle Johnson Suleman , president and founder of  Auchi, Edo state based Omega Fire Ministries as her secret lover who promised her marriage and breached the promise to marry.

Recall that Otobo went to Apostle Suleiman’s church in Auchi during the monthly Fire Night programme (an all-night vigil programme) on Friday night of January 26th to confess before the mammoth crowd that she was used by “some powerful politicians and men of God” to destroy the character and reputation of Apostle Suleman.


To strengthen her resolve to free her mind from her manipulators she has deposed to an Affidavit of Disclaimer, stating, interalia that the statement of defence filed at Ikeja high court, purportedly on her behalf by Keyamo was a ruse and a huge scam. According to Otobo the statement and photographs exhibited by Keyamo in the court processes did not emanate from her.


She averred that she was invited to Keyamo’s chambers to sign a bundle of documents. When she asked what the bundle of documents were meant for, she was deceived and told they were to be sent to the Nigeria Police to release her phone handset seized from her in March 2017 when she was arrested by the Police for blackmail and extortion, following the complaint of Apostle Suleman.


With the black eye served on Keyamo by Otobo’s affidavit of disclaimer,  the lawyer quickly ran to Ikeja high court where the civil suit filed by Apostle Suleman against Otobo came up for hearing seeking to withdraw as Otobo”s counsel.

In the said letter,  Keyamo’s chambers surprisingly admitted that,  they never knew any known address of their client (Stephanie Otobo)  , a lady they defended so profusely.

Meanwhile, Apostle Suleman has vowed through his counsel to report the lawyer to the appropriate authorities including the Legal Practitioners Disciplinary Committee. He is said to be very bitter about the manner Keyamo handled this saga and the deliberate manipulation of facts to defame his character.


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Naked couple found dead in car



A naked couple found dead in a car are believed to have suffocated after turning on the engine to keep warm while allegedly having sex.

The 39-year-old man and 44-year-old woman’s bodies were discovered by police in a locked garage in the city of Bottrop in western Germany’s North Rhine-Westphalia state.

Investigators said the naked couple, whose names have not been released, appeared to have turned on the car engine to get warm, leading to their suffocation.

Nobody had noticed the car engine had been left running for hours behind the metal gate of the garage which is located behind a commercial building.

Police opened the garage door because the man’s family had reported that he had been missing for days.

Meanwhile, officers in the city had also started an investigation into the woman’s sudden disappearance.

Police said there appeared to be no evidence of a crime but forensic scientists were working hard to establish exactly what happened. Tests are being carried out to ascertain CO levels in the blood of the couple

A police spokesman said, “At the moment all evidence points to an accident.

“To put all doubts to rest, the public prosecutor ordered an autopsy be performed on the bodies.”

(UK Mirror)


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Nigeria ranks 11th country with highest newborn deaths




A new global report on newborn mortality released by the  United Nation Children’s Education Fund, UNICEF, has ranked Nigeria the 11th country with the highest number of newborn deaths.


A statement made available to newsmen by UNICEF Communication Specialist, Eva Hinds on Monday in Abuja, noted that globally,  one million children do not survive beyond 24 hours after birth.


Making reference to the 2016-17 Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS) conducted by the Federal Government which placed the rate of newborn deaths in the country at 37 per 1000 births, UNICEF’s Executive Director, Henrietta Fore, noted that the national average  hides the differences between the 36 states and the slow progress in some of them.


While noting that the situation in Nigeria was improving though progress was very slow, she lamented that global deaths of newborn babies were still alarmingly high particularly among the world’s poorest countries, even though majority of the deaths were preventable.


“Every year, 2.6 million newborns around the world do not survive their first month of life. One million of them die the day they are born.


“Globally, in low-income countries, the average newborn mortality rate is 27 deaths per 1,000 births, the report says. In high-income countries, that rate is 3 deaths per 1,000. Clearly, we are failing the world’s poorest babies.


“While we have more than halved the number of deaths among children under the age of five in the last quarter century, we have not made similar progress in ending deaths among children less than one-month-old.


“The report notes that 8 of the 10 most dangerous places to be born are in sub-Saharan Africa, where pregnant women are much less likely to receive assistance during delivery due to poverty, conflict and weak institutions. With the newborn mortality rate of 29 deaths per 1,000 births, the global estimates rank Nigeria as the 11th highest on newborn deaths.”


On his part, UNICEF Nigeria’s Representative, Mohammed Fall, has urged the Federal Government to double its efforts by recruiting, training and managing a sufficient number of health caregivers with expertise in maternal and newborn care.


He also stressed in the need for the Nigerian government to ensure all health facilities were adequately equipped, make the provision of life-saving drugs and equipment for every mother and child a priority and empower the citizenry to demand and receive quality health care.


Fall noted that “a fair chance in life begins with a strong, healthy start. Unfortunately, many children in Nigeria are still deprived of this.


“MICS data tells us that the trend is improving but urgent action needs to be taken for Nigeria to reach the Sustainable Development Goals. It cannot afford to fail its newborns today,” he said.


Lamenting a shortage of well-trained health workers and midwives to serve as life-saving support babies need to survive, UNICEF has disclosed that plans were underway to launch a global campaign,  Every Child Alive, to demand and deliver solutions on behalf of the world’s newborns.


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Man arraigned for allegedly stealing phone from altar



The police on Monday arraigned a 26-year-old man, Toyin Sunday, at a Badagry Chief Magistrates’ Court, near Lagos, for allegedly stealing a mobile phone worth N7,000 from a church.

The accused, whose address was not mentioned, is facing a charge of stealing.

The prosecutor, Inspector Akpan Ikem, told the court that the accused committed the offence on February 14 at the Cherubim and Seraphim Church,  Akorokoji area of Seme, in Badagry.

The prosecutor said the phone was the property of one Noah Gbeliho.

Ikem said the accused entered the church building through an entrance door that was left open, saw the cell phone by the altar and stole it.

According to the prosecutor, the complainant saw the accused before he left the premises of the church after allegedly perpetrating the act.

The prosecutor said the offence contravened Section 285 of the Criminal Code of Lagos State, 2011.

The accused, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.

Chief Magistrate Jimoh Adefioye granted bail of N20,000 to the accused and a surety in like sum.

He adjourned the case until March 12 for mention.

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