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The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) says it will liaise with Nigerian Police Force, Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) among others to curb illegal “organ harvesting” in the country. Julie Okah-Donli, who disclosed this at a press conference on Wednesday in Abuja, described “organ harvesting” as a new dimension in human trafficking. Organ harvesting is a reality in many parts of the world where people are dubiously sedated on a surgeon’s table and their organs removed one after the other. The NAPTIP boss emphasised that such practice had become booming business in 21st century across the globe. She, however, said she had directed NAPTIP’s investigation department to liaise with the police in an event of any reported case of ritual murder to ensure that it was not a case of illegal harvesting of organs. She said “illegal organ harvesting and trafficking have become business ventures whereby organs of victims of human trafficking are harvested unwillingly and sold. “Trafficking for sexual and labour purposes seem no longer a quick money making venture for traffickers, who are not ready to wait for years for their investment to yield desired results. “Perpetrators have now found a quicker way in illegal harvesting of organs of unsuspected victims who are lured with various tricks. “Some are also informed that their organs will be taken for a fee and they will be taken care of but as soon as the organs are removed, promises made will not be fulfilled, while the victim is left to die.” Okah-Donli noted that some family members of sick people who got tired of being on the waiting list for organ transplant sometime resort to buying organs from “black market” without knowing the source of such organs. She emphasised that removal of organs for transplanting could only be carried out by professionals in medical field, saying that “in a bid to save our lives or lives of our beloved ones, we loss our humanity.” She urged NMA to conduct a “Soul Search” concerning its members’ involvement in such act. The director-general reiterated the agency’s commitment to engage Federal Ministry of Health to tackle the menace in the country. “My vision and determination is to present a specialised crime fighting agency that will be foremost in the suppression and elimination of trafficking in persons with specific attention on awareness creation, advocacy, enforcement of law, capacity development. “I am also determined to ensure comprehensive rehabilitation of victims of human trafficking to enhance the dignity of all persons in line with international best practice.”

Nigerians have been urged to retrace their steps and return to God before the situation of the country gets out of hand. The Founder and President of Christ for Africa Ministry International, Apostle Bukky David said this during an exclusive interview with our reporter. Apostle David who noted that Nigerians have forgotten God and taken the management of the country into their hands, implored them to return to God as a river disconnected from it source, cannot survive. "The situation of the country has gone beyond what human being can handle, we need to go back to God and pray, we need to retrace our steps, when a river is disconnected from it source, it will dry up. We have taken it from God, saying we can handle it and that is why he is looking at us, if we can all go back to God, from the rulers to the ruled, God is ready to help us." The General overseer also posited that another solution to the country's problems is putting credible people in official posts and not people who would monetize such posts. Speaking on  the church first anniversary with  the theme, "God of calling". The convention is an annual programme which comes up every second week of December.He said" For the anniversary, we are expecting Gospel Christian association of Nigeria, Osogbo chapter, Pastor Ayorinde and Pastor Bimbo from Lagos and other anointed men of God. Government officials are also expected and we are working towards inviting the Governor." Pastor David also listed the achievements of the church which include the dead being made to hear, the dumb speaking and the dead being brought back to life."When I received the call, when Jesus appeared to me, he told me to take healing to the nations of the earth and it has been happening, blind eyes have been opened, dead brought back alive, people just think Bible is just a newspaper, a comic, that it is just a but it's not just a story. "By the grace of God, a boy came back alive and deaf has heard and dumb has spoken in this ministry, also we have healed HIV and these things are on record, we have them on videos. "The last time I traveled to Dubai, there was a man that has been booked for operation but by the grace of God and our encounter, the operation was cancelled and the man is hale and doing fine. Apart from that, we have been bringing lives from the darkness into light." Apostle David added. He however stated that the challenge of churches in Nigeria is the rate of fake pastors. "The major challenge facing pastors in Nigeria, apart from leadership challenges, is the rate of fake pastors but thank God CAN is checking that, they are checking those not registered and it helping."

A Customary Court in Mapo, Ibadan, on Tuesday dissolved a 21 year-old marriage between one Ibrahim Tajudeen and his wife Idowu over laziness and irresponsibility. The President of the court Mr Ademola Odunade, who granted Idowu’s request for dissolution of the marriage, said a peaceful coexistence between husband and wife was necessary in any marriage. “It is our duty as a court to ensure peace wherever there is trouble. “The union between Idowu and Ibrahim has ceased to be henceforth. “Custody of the three children produced by the union is awarded to Ibrahim,” Odunade said. Narrating her case, Idowu, a mother of three, told the court that Ibrahim was a lazy and irresponsible man. “My lord, Ibrahim is so lazy to the extent that even when I took it upon myself to get him a job, he chose to be lazy. “I have tried times without number to ensure that he is productively engaged, but Ibrahim kept telling me that he is not strong. “Besides, he is so troublesome that I can no more cope with his troubles. “Worst still, I have been reduced to almost nothing because Ibrahim does not give the children and I any form of care. He neither clothes our nakedness nor does he provide for our food, we are just there. “I am principally responsible for the children’s education and other needs.” She said she was also responsible for the payment of the house rent since 2016. “There is no more love between us, please, separate us,” Idowu pleaded. However, Ibrahim denied all the allegations against him and rejected the divorce suit. “My Lord, I have a well established car wash service and so it is not true that I am lazy. “I provide Idowu’s needs according to my capability. “I have been responsible for everything in the house and I will continue to perform my duty,” Ibrahim said.

The police said that an Indian man who tried to protect his daughter from sexual harassment and complained to authorities has been burnt alive. Police officer RA Pandey said that Narmada Sahu, 45, died at a hospital in Madhya Pradesh state late on Sunday. Pandev said that the victim’s relatives alleged that his 16-year-old daughter was routinely harassed by a neighbour and that Sahu complained to police in August. He said the neighbour demanded that Sahu withdraw the complaint. Police said on Sunday the neighbour barged into the victim’s house with two friends, poured kerosene on him and sett him on fire. “We have arrested the three attackers, lodged a criminal case and launched investigations,” Pandey said. Sexual violence has been a focus of public attention in India since the gang-rape and murder of a student in New Delhi in 2012.

Dr Rose Chukwuma, a marriage counsellor and psychologist, on Saturday said more women were embracing the concept of having children outside wedlock to avoid marital disappointments. Chukwuma, in an interview in Abuja, said that single parenting, which was once frowned upon due to cultural and religious ethics, was fast becoming the norm. “More women have come to the conclusion that men no longer take marriage seriously. “Women are scared of either finding out that their partners might be involved in infidelity or being hurt in other ways, thereby causing them to rule out the thought of getting married. “More women are also becoming financially independent, with many of them having their own jobs and businesses, thanks to the gradual achievement in equal rights across the world and improved education. “However, most women naturally want to become mothers so they decide to have children without the attachment of a man,’’ the marriage counsellor said. The psychologist added that some women would rather have children while single to prevent eventualities of being unable to have children with future partners. “Women normally get pressured by society to get married but it seems the pressure is having less effect on women these days. “Women don’t want to be pressured into getting married but they know that as they age, their ability to have children reduces, so they rather have a child when they can while searching for their potential life partner,’’ she said. Chukwuma said that there were favourable ways for women who were open to the concept to have children without depending on a life partner. “Modern day women don’t want to stress themselves with the issue of a possible divorce after being dedicated wives. “There are opportunities made available for women who wish to start a family unit without a man, these include adoption, artificial insemination and the old-fashioned mode of pregnancy. “We should keep in mind that most of the women who choose to get pregnant the normal way usually don’t request for financial support from the man chosen to get them pregnant.’’ “Some people are opposed to the idea of women having children alone because they believe that single parenthood is not good for children; however, we have seen many people who were raised by single parents that became wonderful adults. “We just hope that the concept of marriage becomes strengthened over time but I support any w

Ebonyi state has launched a programme designed to tackle malaria menace in pregnant women. The programme, Transforming Intermittent Preventive Treatment for Optimal Pregnancy (TIPTOP), was launched in Ohaukwu Local Government Area, selected for the pilot project. The programme is sponsored by Jhpiego, an international non-profit health organisation affiliated with Johns Hopkins University; the group was founded in 1973 and initially called the Johns. The Country Project Manager of TIPTOP Nigeria, Dr Bright Oji, who spoke, said that the essence of the implementation was to protect pregnant women from malaria. Oji said that malaria in pregnant women causes abortion, low birth weight in babies, as well as contribute to maternal deaths. Oji said that the effort of the team was to ensure Intermittent Preventive Treatment in Pregnancy (IPTP), reaches all women in the community. “With support coming from UNITAID, Jhpiego and her partners, we will be implementing TIPTOP to reach all pregnant women in Ohaukwu LGA. “The state was selected on the basis of malaria prevalence rate to further complement our ongoing efforts with Maternal and Child Survival Project, “Oji said. Oji said that Jhpiego would work with other agencies like the National Malaria Elimination Programme (NMEP) that is charged with the responsibility of coordinating all malaria prevention and control activities in Nigeria. She listed other agencies to include, Reproductive Health Division of Family Health Department, World Health Organisation (WHO), World Bank and other stakeholders. “I urge all and sundry to accept, own it and support it as it belongs to everyone. We will enter every home, family and kindred to ensure success of the implementation, she added. Mrs Rachael Umahi, wife of Ebonyi governor, commended the efforts of Jhpiego. “I commend the courage of Jhpiego for all its interventions and programmes in the state and the country at large. “The choice of Ebonyi and Ohaukwu LGA in particular for the project is a welcome development, “ Umahi said.

Nollywood actor Segun Arinze has said that social media is helping to destroy so many celebrity marriages. Arinze, who was married to Anne Njemanze, said celebrities aren’t “helping themselves” by putting their private lives on social media. “I have had my share of it,” he said, speaking to LIB “remember I had a broken marriage.” He said: Social Media is helping to destroy so many marriages and a lot of our so-called celebrities are not helping themselves by putting their marriages and relationships on social media. Your private life should be private. I have had my share of it, remember I had a broken marriage before I remarried again. Learn to keep your private life private and your public life public. You don’t let the whole world come into your life and see what you are doing because the same people who are seeing you today and going to mock you tomorrow. As a public figure, it’s really tough being a public figure. Celebrities need to separate their private lives from the public, show what’s necessary if it’s important. It’s really crazy how everybody post about their private life on the Internet, looking for likes and all that. Social media has its advantages in terms of reaching out to fans, marketing

The three-year old marriage between a popular radio presenter, Omotoke Makinwa and her estranged husband, Maje Ayida has hit the rocks. An Igbosere High Court in Lagos on Thursday dissolved the union, citing husband’s adulterous lifestyle. Makinwa is the co-host of the ‘Morning Drive’ on Rhythm 93.7FM, a blogger and an author. She had on March 9, 2016, asked the court to dissolve the marriage on the grounds that the husband committed adultery. Justice Morenike Obadina, while delivering judgment held that Ayida filed an answer to the petition but did not give oral evidence in support of it. She said the position of the law was settled as pleadings did not amount to evidence. “Pleadings on which no evidence was led are deemed abandoned. Therefore, Ayida’s evidence is deemed abandoned. “The effect being that the petitioner’s evidence is unchallenged and uncontroverted,’’ she ruled. The judge said the issue of cruelty which the petitioner (Makinwa) relied on was established because of the “mental and emotional stress” she was subjected to by her husband. He said Makinwa had sufficiently proven that the husband committed adultery and continued to flaunt his adulterous relationships even to her face. “I hold that the marriage has broken down on grounds of intolerable behaviour. “I hereby pronounce a `Decree Nisi’ dissolving the marriage between Makinwa and Ayida which was administered at the Federal Marriage Registry, Ikoyi, Lagos, on Jan. 15, 2014. “The order Nisi shall become absolute three months from today unless within that period sufficient cause is shown why it should not be made absolute,” Obadina said. Makinwa had told the court that her husband committed adultery with his mistress, Anita Solomon, adding that the relationship produced a child. She said since their marriage was contracted, the husband had “behaved in a way she could not reasonably be expected to continue to bear”. She also said the husband was cruel towards her, adding that their differences became irreconcilable. During the trial, the petitioner (Makinwa ) testified in court and tendered some documents including their marriage certificate which were admitted in evidence. In her testimony, she said that after their marriage was contracted in 2014, cohabitation with her husband ceased on Nov. 8, 2015, without any child from the marriage. She also told the court of an instance where her husband threatened separation and even drafted a separation agreement because she discovered that he bought a ticket for his mistress to travel to London. The first respondent (Ayida) who replied to the petition when served, however, instructed his counsel, Mr T. O. Lawal, not to continue with the defence. Ayida through his counsel, therefore, foreclosed all evidence. The mistress (Solomon), who is the second respondent, refused to join issues with the petitioner.

Swaziland’s King Mswati the III has married 19-year-old Siphelele Mashwama, daughter of Swaziland cabinet minister, Jabulile Mashwama as his 14th wife. According to sources this is coming after many weeks of speculation, Maravi reports. The new bride for the Swazi King has been confirmed by royal festivities overseer, Hlangabeza Mdluli. He made the revealed that the new bride is currently in New York in the United States, where the 49-year old King is attending the United Nations General Assembly. Mdluli told local journalists on Sunday, while the King was about to board his flight to the New York, that the King has officially made his choice of the new wife. Siphelele is King Mswati’s latest and youngest wife in terms of age. His other wives include: Inkhosikati LaMatsebula, Inkhosikati LaMotsa, Inkhosikati LaMbikiza, Inkhosikati LaNgangaza, Inkosikati LaMagwaza (deserted), Inkhosikati LaHoala (deserted), Inkhosikati LaMasango, Inkhosikati LaGija (deserted). Others are Inkhosikati Magongo, Inkhosikati LaMahlangu, Inkhosikati LaNtentesa, Inkhosikati LaNkambule, Inkhosikati Ladube and Inkhosikati LaFogiyane. King Mswati, also known as Ngwenyama, “the lion,” is said to have over 13 children, which include his eldest daughter HRH Princess Sikhanyiso, Sibahle Dlamini, Makhosothando Dlamini, Majaha Dlamini, and Tiyandza Dlamini. Others are Sakhizwe Dlamini, Saziwangaye Dlamini, Bandzile Dlamini, Lindaninkosi Dlamini, Mcwasho Dlamini, Temtsimba Dlamini and Temaswati Dlamini, among others. It’s a common tradition for the Swaziland King to choose a wife every year. Last year, the Sherburne-educated King chose a new bride during the well-known Reed Dance ceremony, (also known as Umhlanga). The Reed Dance ceremony is an annual Swazi and Zulu tradition held in August or September. In Swaziland tens of thousands of unmarried and childless Swazi girls and women travel from the various chiefdoms to Ludzidzini to participate in the eight-day event, and would-be brides are publicly checked to ascertain their virginity. Swaziland is one of the world’s last remaining absolute monarchies. It has, according to Unicef, the highest HIV/Aids prevalence rate globally. Some 210,000 Swazis were living with the HIV infection. Swaziland, with a population of 1.2 million, ranks 112 out of 131 on the 2016 Global Hunger Index. About 77 per cent of the Swazi population relies on subsistence farming for their livelihood


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