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Rape, Death of Karen: Coalition unmasks mercenaries behind Pro-Premiere Academy NGOs

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***Blast Delta State Government for working against #Justice4Keren

The Intelligence Unit of the Coalition of Gender Based Violence Responders has unmasked those parading themselves as members of the Civil Society who met with Premiere Academy, Lugbe, Abuja last week.

Thereafter, they had issued a statement that showed that they were not interested in seeking the truth about why and how Keren-Happuch Aondodoo Akpagher died, but in diverting attention from the real events, that led to the death of the 14 year old girl after being hospitalised.
According to a statement on behalf of a phantom coalition of 15 Non-Governmental Organisation, its coordinator, Deacon Okezi Odugala said they were more interested in the last 48 hours of Keren-Happuch than any other event, saying that the medical procedure where she was hospitalized ought to be scrutinized.
Keren-Happuch, a boarding student of Premiere Academy, Lugbe, died on June 22, 2021 after she contracted sepsis from the condom left inside her by a rapist, an infection which spiked her bold sugar and led to her tragic end, according to medical reports.
Responding to Odugala and his coalition, which he described as phantom, Executive Director of Men Against Rape Foundation and Leader of the Gender Based Violence Responders, Lemmy Ughegbe said since the unfortunate self-serving and diversionary statement issued by Odugala and his cohorts, the Intelligence Unit (IU) of the responders has unmasked the phantom coalition assembled by Odugala.
“Our Intelligence Unit also found that Odugala is currently the Director General of Delta State Public Procurement Commission and is therefore in breach of public service rule by running a venture which detracts from his official mandate. We shall take this up with the Government of Delta State”, he promised.
Ughegbe also noted that Odugala, being an appointee of the Delta State Government, has tacitly implied that the oil rich state was protecting Premiere Academy from being called out to account for the events leading to the hospitalization of Keren.
He said “Delta State Government, through its appointee and Director General of the State Public Procurement Commission, Deacon Okezi Odugala is seeking to shut up people for calling Premiere Academy to account for what happened to Keren especially between the 15th and 16th of June, 2021. This position by Delta State Government can only earn it the status of a hypocrite given its rapid and clear reaction and support for the closure of Dowen College in Lagos following the death of a Delta Child, 12 year old Sylvester Oromini allegedly as a result of bullying and poisoning.”
“Governor Ifeanyi Okowa has earned a good reputation and if Odugala doesn’t represent the view of the state, he must call him to order and checkmate his meddlesomeness on a matter he lacks neither the capacity nor the official license”, he added.
Ughegbe also said “Our Intelligence Unit found that of the 15 NGOs, which make up the phantom coalition, 7 are unknown, unregistered and do not have a history of any previous work or advocacy recorded to their names.”
He listed the unknown or unregistered bodies to include Women Initiative for Value Empowerment, Manpower Development Foundation, Greenalive Initiative, Chikasi Youth Foundation, Phew Children Foundation, Centre for Cultural Heritage and Tourism Development and Bethel Rights Foundation.
Our Intelligence Unit also discovered that although the other organs are registered, they have no bearing whatsoever with issues around Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV).
The Intelligence Unit found that 2 of the other 8 organs are registered to focus on environmental issues and with no mandate to delve into issues around SGBV.
“Eziodu Initiative for Sustainable Environmental Development describes itself as an NGO working for environmental protection and sustainable development with special focus on rural communities in Africa and Greensphere Environmental and Community Development Initiative concerns itself with environmental issues also”, Ughegbe stated.
He also noted that “White Angels Foundation, which is part of the phantom coalition jumbled together by Odugala, was registered to focus on the promotion of the rights and health of Albinos and has nothing whatsoever to do with SGBV.
While Save The Child Foundation describes itself as “an NGO set up to fight Child Labour, the only record of any work or presence of Save The Child Foundation is a blog solely promoted by Emeka Obichukwu Ewenike, which he describes as a “topnotch blog for children, childcare, women and parental guidance.”
The Intelligence Unit also found that the known organs are all based in Delta State, mostly in Asaba and one in Warri.
“This shows the desperation of the school to shop for Civil Society mercenaries to help it out. Unfortunately, they are very disingenuous in how they have gone about it, Ughegbe noted.
He said “they should have searched Abuja well for CSOs with bias for SGBV to help them. But then, that will be a herculean task, which they cannot succeed with.”
It smacks of desperation and ineptitude to recruit people outside jurisdiction and based in Delta with no training or mandate around SGBV.
The Coalition of GBV Responders also sympathised with Premiere Academy over its crystal clear desperation that has led to using fictitious names to place lame and phony articles in the media in order to confuse the public by feeding them misinformation.
“I understand their desperation and I sympathise with them. All we are interested in his to get the rapist. And in their media propaganda, they talk of CCTV footages of 17th and 19th of June 2021. We are not interested in those ones. We are interested in the CCTV footages of 15th and 16th of June 2021. Those footages will explain what happened to Keren. Why is it so hard for them to make those footages available? Why?” the coalition leader queried.

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Associates, Friends of Late Cairo Ojuogboh plan befitting farewell

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***Want FG, Delta State to immortalize him

Associates, friends and family of Cairo Ojuogboh have come together to organize a befitting farewell for him under the leadership, directive and supervision of Chief Clark whom they described as the father of the nation
Ojuogboh a medical Doctor and former house of representatives member slumped and died in Abuja February 8, 2024 while watching the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) semi-final encounter between Nigeria and South Africa.
Senator Abubakar Gada who is the second chairman of the burial organizing committee unveiled the programe of activities to journalists in Abuja on Friday.
He said the program of Activities included National evening of Tributes in honour of Cairo Ojuogboh holding in Abuja on Sunday, 14th, April 2024 with Senator Ali Modu Sheriff as the Chairman.
Senator Gada described late Dr. Ojuogboh as an enigma and a personality that the nation will take a long time missing him as the mourning continues.

“He was a nationalist, Ojuogbo had no tribe, he had no ethnicity, he had no boundary, Cairo was for the country and indeed for humanity.
“When he suddenly passed on, it was with shock and disbelief which we are still battling to come to term with that reality.

“Cairo was a household name in Nigerian politics, Cairo was a friend.We miss you Cairo and we will continue to miss you.

“He has had his life dedicated to building bridges and reconciling the community, societies and indeed the nation tirelessly. God will surely give the family the fortitude to bear this loss.”

On the need for the Federal Government to immortalize him, he said Ojuogboh by his standing, naturally is an immortalised individual because generations yet unborn, will meet and reflect on his life and sacrifices for humanity as a medical doctor, as a politician, as a parliamentarian, endlessly.

“So, coming to specifics, Cairo is from Anioma in Delta state, he crisscrossed this nation in his effort to make society not only harmonious but consciously, development-oriented.

He called upon the government of Delta state to use health sector facility or infrastructure to immortalise Dr Ojuogboh.
“I will also call on the Delta State House of Assembly to immortalise, in addition to whatever respect, they will accord Dr Cairo, they as parliamentarian should immortalise him by having facility, state assembly facility, in Delta state to immortalise Cairo.

“Ojuogboh died during the semi final match the of African Cup of Nations, we have had loses but the most expensive and costly to the nation was that of Ojuogboh

“And so, sport family and the sport sector is hereby invited to immortalise, Dr Ojuogboh as a nationalist, patriot and a sport promoter and fan who believed in the unity that is guaranteed in sports and sportsmanship activities in the country.
“This is because sports happens to be one sector that unifies the nation so easily, so patriotically at all times and it is one thing that has no tribe or religion, or geographical limit. And it’s a reflection of the entirety of what Ojuogboh stood for and believed in.
“He lived and left this country while celebrating Nigeria’s success and victory in this formidable and socio-cultural and psychological sector, sports.

“For this, we call on all, without limits, these level of government to deservingly, reward and immortalise the name of Dr Cairo so that it will be for eternity.”

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Kogi Community, Monarch Celebrate Triplets After 17 Years Of Waiting

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OBA Frederick Durojaiye Balogun, the Olu of Apata and people of Akpata community in Oworo District of Lokoja Local Government Area of Kogi on Monday embarked on a wide jubilation as their queen finally delivered a set of triplets after 17 years of waiting.

The Queen, Olori Teniola-Faith Balogun delivered the babies in the early morning of Monday at the Federal Teaching Hospital Lokoja after 17 years of marriage to the Oba.

Oba Fredrick Balogun, the Olu of Apata whose Palace was agog with praise singing and dances as the people celebrated with the royal family, in apparent display of his faith, glorified the omnipotent God.

The elated Oba Frederick told journalists who visited him that God had been very faithful to his family over the past 17 years of waiting upon Him saying that they had put their trust in Him.

“This is our day of joy and rejoicing after receiving these precious gifts from God Almighty after several years of waiting and trusting Him.

“In fact, I am short of words to appreciate and thank God for what He has done for this royal family. No wonder people have gathered around to celebrate with us.

“Another impressive and wonderful thing our God has done for us is that the queen and the triplets are all in good health condition.”

He described the triplets as harbingers of good things to come and a sign that 2024 is a year of many good tidings coming the way of not just Apata community but Kogi and Nigeria as a whole.

The Oba also expressed gratitude to his family members, friends, people of Apata community and environs as well as the hospital management for standing by the family all through.

One of the chiefs, Elesho of Apata, Chief Ayodele Rufus-Balogun, in celebration mood, described the arrival of the triplets as “huge blessing” to the Apata community, the Oworo district and Kogi State.

“You can see for yourself how jubilant our people are over the birth of these triplets to our Oba. We are indeed grateful to God”, he said.

Mr Babatunde Adekunle, Secretary, Apata Community Development Association and close associate of the King, said year 2024 would remain indelible in the history of Akpata community.

“We are all gathered here singing and dancing because our joy is full with the blessing we have received from the Almighty God through our royal family”, Adekunle said. (Ends)

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Easter: REDAN President, Prince Adeoye Urges Nigerians to Pray for Nation

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The President of the Real Estate Developers Association of Nigeria (REDAN),Prince Akintoye Adeoye has urged Christians to prioritize prayers for Nigeria’s prosperity, peace, and unity during the Easter celebration.

In his Easter message delivered in Abuja, Prince Adeoye emphasized the significance of the Easter season as a period for spiritual reflection and national prayer. He extended warm Easter greetings to all members of REDAN and to Nigerians across the nation, highlighting the importance of embracing peace, unity, and hope as the country commemorates the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Prince Adeoye stressed the importance of unity and optimism for a brighter future in his message. “This Easter, let us unite in our prayers and believe that better days are ahead. By doing so, we can realize our goals for affordable housing and sustainable development in Nigeria,” he remarked.

Prince Adeoye also reaffirmed REDAN’s dedication to enhancing the nation’s economy through sustainable real estate initiatives. “Through collaboration and a shared vision, we can foster economic growth and make significant advancements in the housing sector,” he added.

The REDAN President, Prince Adeoye, called upon all members of the Association to uphold the association’s mission of providing affordable housing for all.
He reminded them to remain steadfast in the founding fathers’ ideals and objectives, emphasizing the importance of unity and commitment.

“As we celebrate Easter alongside our Christian brethren, let us not forget to pray fervently for our beloved nation,” Adeoye urged. He pledged that REDAN would continue to offer practical solutions to the government and key stakeholders in the real estate sector to address the housing deficit in Nigeria effectively.

Furthermore, Prince Adeoye declared his unwavering support for President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s Renewed Hope Agenda for Housing and expressed his commitment to elevating housing development in Nigeria to new heights under his leadership.

Prince Akintoye Adeoye concluded his Easter message by extending his best wishes for a peaceful, prosperous, and joyful celebration to everyone. He encouraged Nigerians to reflect on the teachings of Jesus Christ and to actively contribute positively to their communities and the nation as a whole.

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