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Christians seek refuge after series of Jihadist attacks.

 
Concerned about a rise in violence against Christians in Burkina Faso, Pastor Jacques Ouedraogo changed the time of his Sunday service as a precaution. He believes this is what saved his life.

Later, his church was one of two targeted by gunmen on May 12 in the town of Dablo in a series of deadly attacks on churches and a religious procession in the last two weeks in Burkina’s formerly peaceful Central North region.

“I could have been one of the martyrs who fell on Sunday,” said the priest.

“We’ve told ourselves our turn will come. Today Christians are potential targets. We’re all scared.”

In the wake of Sunday’s bloodshed, he and hundreds of residents fled Dablo. The town had previously served as a safe haven for some of the thousands displaced by violence in the country’s northern Sahel region, which has become a stronghold for militant groups with links to Islamic State and al Qaeda.

Around 90 kilometres south of Dablo, the city of Kaya has become a refuge for those newly displaced, including a farmer, who asked to be identified by the name Te Wende. Along with his wife, mother, grandmother and two children, he was warned by neighbors to flee.

“When the shooting started, they called us straight away and told us to run far away,” he said.

“We don’t know where they came from or what they really wanted,” he said.

On Thursday, the United Nations warned that the Central North region had become the new epicentre for attacks.

The recent targeting of churches threatens to upend traditionally peaceful relations between the Muslim majority and Christians, who make up a quarter of Burkinabes.

“I call on Christians not to panic and not to yield to the temptation of vengeance, because that could be blind,” the Bishop of Kaya, Theophile Nare, said at a meeting of bishops in the capital on Friday.

The first church attack occurred in late April, when gunmen killed a Protestant pastor and five congregants. Subsequently, a Catholic priest and five parishioners were killed in the Dablo attack and a further four Catholics died in an attack on Tuesday.

No one has claimed responsibility, but the Burkinabe government has blamed “terrorist groups … attacking religion with the macabre aim of dividing us.”

Violent attacks linked to the strengthening jihadist insurgency have surged this year in Burkina as well as across the broader Sahel region, an arid expanse of scrubland just south of the Sahara desert.

Militants have also worked to sow ethnic tensions between farming and herding communities in Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger in order to boost recruitment among marginalised communities.

On Thursday, Islamic State’s West African branch claimed responsibility for an ambush that killed 28 soldiers this week in Niger, one of the deadliest attacks against the military in Niger’s west in recent years.

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Nigerian university suspends student for calling vice chancellor ‘foolish’ on Facebook.

A student of Akwa Ibom State University (AKSU), Ikot Akpaden,
A student of Akwa Ibom State University (AKSU), Ikot Akpaden, has been suspended “indefinitely” from the school for allegedly calling the university vice chancellor ‘foolish’ on Facebook.

The student, Joy Nkanang, was in her second year in the department of performing arts before her suspension on May 9.

Ms Nkanang, from Akwa Ibom State, on May 5 made the following post on Facebook: “AKSU what is happening? A dry cleaners shop was robbed last night along college road….”

Ms Nkanang’s Facebook post, PREMIUM TIMES learnt, was about the increase in cult activities and insecurity around the university campus.

The post attracted some comments, including one Facebook user calling for a protest against insecurity in the university.

“No…. we don’t want to spoil the schools image…. foolish vc,” Ms Nkanang wrote on the social media site, in response to the call for protest.

The university’s attention was drawn to her “foolish vc” comment which the authority, in the suspension letter, described as “gross misconduct” and a “breach of matriculation oath”.

Ms Nkanang would remain suspended from studies and barred from entering the campus until the conclusion of investigation on her case, the university said.

The suspension letter, signed by the school registrar, John Udo, said Ms Nkanang admitted before a meeting with university officials that she did call the vice chancellor foolish.

But a source who witnessed the meeting proceedings said the student was not allowed to make any comment when she appeared before the officials.

“They just asked her where she’s from in Akwa Ibom and who her father is.

“At the end of the meeting, they told her she is dismissed from school. She knelt down and begged, but nobody listened to her,” the source said.

Ms Nkanang declined comment when PREMIUM TIMES contacted her, Friday evening.

Akaninyene Ibanga, the spokesperson of the Akwa Ibom State University, told PREMIUM TIMES, Friday evening, Ms Nkanang may be recalled or expelled from the university when the case is “determined”.

Mr Ibanga said the suspended student is yet to be invited to appear before a disciplinary committee of the school.

Eno Ibanga, a professor, is the vice chancellor of the university which is owned by the Akwa Ibom State Government.
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How CCTV saved me- Doctor detained for trying to rescue RCCG suicide victim.

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An Abuja-based medical doctor, Daniel Eitokpah, who was detained after trying to revive a suicide victim, Michael Arowosaiye, has described his exoneration as providential.

Arowosaiye, who was a gospel artist with the Redeemed Christian Church of God, had reportedly hanged himself on Tuesday at Sunnyvale Estate, Lokogoma District, Abuja.

An Instagram user, Eitokpah Henri-Paul, had posted a series of videos on Wednesday, with a caption that read in part,

“My brother, a medical doctor, along with two onlookers were detained for trying to help resuscitate a young man who committed suicide yesterday. The police have him held for no reason; they named them as suspects, and asked them to write statements without any reason for detaining them.”

Daniel, who graduated from Ternopil State Medical School, Ukraine in 2016 and completed his house job at the National Hospital, Abuja, is a National Youth Service Corps member.

The doctor, in an interview with our a PUNCH correspondent, said he lived in Sunnyvale Estate, where the incident occurred on Tuesday evening.

“I went to a friend’s place within the estate; she had made a pot of soup for me, so I wanted to pick it up. On my way out of the place, just walking to my car, two blocks away where the incident happened, I saw some men, about five guys. One of them was shouting for help. Rather than enter my car, I walked towards the small crowd to find out what was happening.

The guy shouting for help was saying, ‘There is someone inside the house—at the back—hanging himself.’ He kept repeating it and I was trying to be careful to understand the scene and what was going on. I initially thought it was a kidnap attempt, so I tried to distance myself from the people.

An Abuja-based medical doctor, Daniel Eitokpah, who was detained after trying to revive a suicide victim, Michael Arowosaiye, has described his exoneration as providential.

Arowosaiye, who was a gospel artist with the Redeemed Christian Church of God, had reportedly hanged himself on Tuesday at Sunnyvale Estate, Lokogoma District, Abuja.
 
An Instagram user, Eitokpah Henri-Paul, had posted a series of videos on Wednesday, with a caption that read in part,

“My brother, a medical doctor, along with two onlookers were detained for trying to help resuscitate a young man who committed suicide yesterday. The police have him held for no reason; they named them as suspects, and asked them to write statements without any reason for detaining them.”

Daniel, who graduated from Ternopil State Medical School, Ukraine in 2016 and completed his house job at the National Hospital, Abuja, is a National Youth Service Corps member.

The doctor, in an interview with our a PUNCH correspondent, said he lived in Sunnyvale Estate, where the incident occurred on Tuesday evening.

“I went to a friend’s place within the estate; she had made a pot of soup for me, so I wanted to pick it up. On my way out of the place, just walking to my car, two blocks away where the incident happened, I saw some men, about five guys. One of them was shouting for help. Rather than enter my car, I walked towards the small crowd to find out what was happening.

The guy shouting for help was saying, ‘There is someone inside the house—at the back—hanging himself.’ He kept repeating it and I was trying to be careful to understand the scene and what was going on. I initially thought it was a kidnap attempt, so I tried to distance myself from the people.

“I asked him, ‘If you know there is someone hanging himself inside the house, why don’t you go and help him?’ He said he was scared as there were dogs in the house. So, I asked the neighbour standing by, ‘Can you go to the back and peep over the fence to see if this is true?’ He ran there, confirmed it and came back shouting, ‘It’s true, there’s someone there hanging himself.’”

That prompted us to quickly go inside; we actually scaled the fence and ran to the back of the house where we saw the guy. He was hanging on a wire but his feet were touching the ground, and I ran to him, held him off the ground to free his neck from the strain of the wire.

The other guys came and took the wire off his neck. We placed him on the floor. I assessed him, checked for a pulse, but there was no sign of a pulse. So, I immediately started performing CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation).

“I continued doing CPR, thinking this thing just happened but there was still no response; his body was stiff. I did CPR until a bystander said, ‘Don’t worry, he’s dead. You have tried.’ So, I stopped. Honestly, it was like a dream to me. I think as I was doing CPR, someone was calling the police and the estate security,” he stated.

He explained that the chief security officer in the estate arrived before the divisional police officer, who came after about 20 minutes.

He said, “There were about 10 of us that actually entered the house to rescue that guy, but most of them left when they heard that the police were coming. So when the DPO got to the scene,  it was just a few of us that were around—me, the man who saw the guy hanging himself and the neighbour, who was like the deceased’s flat mate.

We explained to the DPO everything that happened, how we heard a guy shouting for help and went there. I explained to him that I thought it was something that had just happened and tried to resuscitate him.

“I explained everything I did to him and his response was, ‘You are a doctor. You should know that you are not meant to tamper with the evidence.’ I tried to explain to him that the information we got was that the guy was in the act; if there was an iota of life in that guy, at least, we should give him a chance.”

Daniel noted that the DPO, from the moment he appeared on the scene, kept addressing him in a demeaning manner.

He said they were taken to the police station from there; and while at the station, he overheard the DPO tell the Commissioner of Police that three suspects have been arrested in connection to the incident.

“Shortly after, the commissioner of police came in and I heard the DPO telling the CP, ‘We have arrested three suspects.’ I felt that the statement meant a lot. The DPO, the CP, my father, my pastor and church members of the deceased went back to the scene of the suicide.

“God just had it that there were CCTV cameras around the house. There was one directly facing the entrance of the boys’ quarters where the guy had hanged himself. That was our saving grace.

“It showed everything—how the suicide took place. Immediately they saw we were not guilty, they made a call to the police station to prepare for our release,” he said.

Asked if the experience would discourage him from helping victims in the future, he said, “Definitely. I have spoken to many of my colleagues after this and the advice they gave me was, ‘Daniel, this is Nigeria. When you see something happening, just keep walking.’”
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Suspected Cult Leader Re- Arrested Two Years After Jumping Bail.

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Two years after he had jumped bail, a suspected leader of a cult group in Oaogbo, simply identified as Taoreed Adebayo, popularly known as Small Rugged was re-arrested by men of security operatives in the state.

Adebayo was re-arrested along Ikirun-Osogbo road after trailing him for several months.

Men of Special Anti-cultism carried out the arrest of the cultist kingpin.

Speaking on condition of anonymity, an eyewitness said the policemen trailed the suspect to the area where he was arrested and took him to the police headquarters at Ring Road.

Small Rugged was said to be the leader of the Eiye Confraternity in Osun State and he was arrested and arraigned in court for committing several offences two years ago and was subsequently granted bail.

He was, however, reported to have jumped bail.

A police source said, “we have arrested Taoreed Adebayo, aka Small Rugged. He was said have been evading arrest for the past two years that he was granted bail by the court.

“It is true that he is the leader of Eiye Confraternity in Osun State. He is also the operational partner of one Esubiyi, who is presently in Ilesha Prison for cases of murder and armed robbery.

“Adebayo, Esubiyi and one late Hammed Olugbodi killed one Bode at Sadiat area in Osogbo and went away with some valuable items, including cash of N4million.

“They also killed one Adedeji at Tinumola Estate in Osogbo and shot one Ibidun Alaamu at Church Street in Osogbo and the victim lost his sight.”

The State Police Public Relations Officer, SP Folashade Odoro, confirmed the arrest.

She noted that the state Commissioner of Police, Mrs. Abiodun Ige, was aware or the arrest, adding that investigation have commenced on the matter.

Odoro added that the Police boss in the state has also directed that the suspect be arraigned in court after proper investigation.
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Anambra: Police foil robbery attack, nab suspect, recover 2 bombs.

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Twenty-two-year-old Prince Oyi has been nabbed by the Anambra State Police Command for robbery in Obosi, Idemili North Local Government Area of the state.

The suspect was arrested by the team work of a police patrol team attached to Isiuwulu Division and officers of the operation Puff Adder following a distress call at Minaj area, Obosi.

A statement by the state Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, SP Haruna Mohammed, reads in part: “On15/5/2019 at about 03:00 a.m., following a distress call at Minaj Area odume,Obosi in Idemili North LGA of Anambra State that Armed robbers were operating at the residents of Akuruno house behind ST Jerome church Area, Police Patrol teams attached to Isiuwulu Division and operation Puff Adder responded swiftly and arrested one Prince Oyi 'm' aged 22 years with a fabricated pistol.

“Suspect, along with his accomplices now at large was intercepted operating at the Estate and engaged the Police into a fierce gun encounter. They were overpowered and forced to abandon their mission.”

One live cartridge and four expended cartridges were recovered from the suspect even as the PPRO said that the case is under investigation while effort is being intensified to apprehend other fleeing suspects in order to bring them to justice.

Meanwhile, the Command has also recovered two unexploded ordinance (UXOS) suspected to be explosives at Enu Orji village, Amawbia, Awka South Local Government Area of the state.

According to Mohammed, the bombs which weighed approximately 60kg each, 54 inches length and 6 inches width were successfully evacuated and secured.

While saying that no act of sabotage is suspected, the police spokesman said: “On the 16/05/2019 at about 3:50pm there was a report that some objects suspected to be Unexploded Ordinances (UXOs) were discovered at Elu Orji village Amawbia in Awka South LGA of Anambra State.

“Following the report, explosives ordinance disposal unit of the Command (EOD) rushed to the Scene and cordoned off the Area to prevent explosion and casualties. The objects were confirmed to be unexploded ordinance (UXOs) left over war time bombs.”

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Son hacks father to death during argument in Ogun.

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The police in Ogun has arrested one Babatunde Olagesin for allegedly hacked his father, Taiwo Olagesin, to death with a cutlass.

It was gathered that a tense argument broke out between the father and son on Monday, May 6, 2019 in their residence in the Ijoko area of Ogun State.

The suspect had wanted to leave home for Oshodi, Lagos State, around 6am, but was prevented by his father, who insisted that he (son) would accompany him somewhere.

Taiwo reportedly brought out a cutlass to scare him into complying with is directives.

But Babatunde was said to have struggled to collect the cutlass from his father, using it to cut his father in the stomach in the process.

According to a police source, “The boy had a misunderstanding with his father. He said he wanted to go to Oshodi to ‘hustle’ (make money), but his father said he needed to follow him somewhere. The suspect claimed that his father brought out a cutlass to scare him and locked the doors leading outside.

“They started struggling with each other to get hold of the cutlass. He claimed he did not know when the cutlass pierced his father’s stomach. Before people could separate them, the father had slumped and started bleeding. He gave up the ghost before he could get medical care at the hospital. The suspect was about 30 years old.”

A resident of the diseased neighbourhood, who gave his name only as Seun, said the tragedy could have been averted if Babatunde’s mother was at home that day.

He said, “I was not around when the incident happened. It was when I returned from work in the evening that I learnt about it. From what I learnt, he always had problems with his father. His mother who usually cautioned him was not at home on the day the incident happened. The father had asked him to follow him somewhere but he insisted that he was going to Oshodi to work, which led to a fight. He hacked his father to death with a cutlass.”
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Why we rob only women -Suspect.

 Why we rob only women -Suspect
The police have nabbed three suspected members of a robbery gang, which specialised in snatching exotic vehicles from women in the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Abuja.

The trio , identified as Ego Ike, Obinna Igwe and Adamu Nuhu, were  arrested at their hideout in Abuja and Kaduna State, after they robbed a female staff of the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS)of her vehicle, while she was returning home from work.

The suspects were said to have taken the vehicle, a 2016 Toyota Corolla, to Katsina State, before it was smuggled into Niger.

According to The Nation ,upon interrogation, the suspects explained that they targeted women because women can’t put up stiff resistance like  men.

The suspects also disclosed that most of the vehicles they robbed were mainly Toyota products because of the huge demand for it in the market.

Ike, 30, was quoted as saying that he took to crime because he lost all his life savings  to gambling.

He said: “ I am  a native of Anambra State and I  went into crime because I  lost the N6 million I was using to run my  clothing business to gambling. I am a primary school dropout. I was formerly a spare parts  dealer at the Ladipo market, Lagos, but I  moved to Abuja in search of  greener pasture and when I couldn’t find my bearing, I pressured my father to sell his  only land in the village and he sent me to Istanbul Turkey, with the money.  I stayed in Istanbul for three years; I worked and saved  close to N6 million. Then I started importing clothes into Nigeria.  I was supplying several shops around Abuja and Lagos State, but in 2016, one of my friends introduced me to a sport betting game and I lost all my money.

‘’My resident permits in Istanbul expired and I had no money to renew it. I became frustrated and I met Linus in one of my brother’s houses in Jai area of Abuja and we became friends. He introduced me to an armed robbery gang  which had Obinna and Yellow as members and we stole a Toyota RAV4 Sport Utility Vehicle from a woman who was driving into her house in Shafar Road, Abuja,and we took the car to Kaduna.

‘’We gave the car to Nuhu, and he offered to pay N200,000. We also accosted another woman in Buhari area of Abuja. Another woman driving a Toyota Matrix and stopped in front of a shop to buy something; we approached her, snatched the car from her and  took it to Kaduna.

‘’We were paid N270,000 for the car. We didn’t know that the woman who owned the Toyota Matrix works with the Federal Road Safety Corps. The third car we stole was also from a woman who was driving a Toyota Corolla car at Kado Estate in Abuja. We used Yellow’s car to collect the woman’s car. We blocked the woman’s car with Yellow’s car and collected it from the woman. We took the car that night to Niger Republic, but at the Katsina border, Linus and I came down from the car, took a bike and crossed into the country, while Yellow and a man, who I don’t know, took the car into Niger Republic but the Nigerien police stopped them and arrested them.  We targeted women because we don’t use guns and women are an easy catch and most of them are not security conscious. We target Toyota cars because they are easy to sell and the demand for it is on the high side.”
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Navy, truck drivers clash over extortion in Apapa.

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The Lagos Port Complex Apapa was on Friday thrown into pandemonium as personnel of the Nigerian Navy clashed with truck drivers over alleged extortion causing chaos within the port area.

ET gathered that the fracas, which disrupted port activities Friday morning, ensued when the truck drivers led a protest against naval operatives managing traffic on the Apapa Wharf Road.

Unconfirmed report said two people were killed in the fracas.

According to an eyewitness account, “The truck drivers are complaining over the navy continued presence on the road. So this morning; they reacted against the naval operatives. We heard the drivers mobilised and destroyed the shanties that the naval men use to shelter themselves to collect money on the Ijora Bridge. Later the naval men mobilised themselves and started shooting.”

When contacted, the Chairman, Association of Maritime Truck Owners (AMATO), Chief Remi Ogungbemi told our correspondent that the drivers were protesting against harassment, extortion and brutality of the taskforce headed by the Nigerian Navy.

He said, “We have been asking the authorities to withdraw naval personnel on the road henceforth because their excesses is becoming too much. We can no longer tolerate their militant approach. They are very inhuman and maltreating the drivers. At times, they smash the light of the truck; destroy the headlamp and that is not the best. We are comfortable working with Lagos Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) and the Federal Road Safety Corp (FRSC) but Navy should go back to their barracks.

“They (Navy) are supposed to pass truck directly from Lilypond to the port but they will on their own pass the trucks outside Lilypond while those at Lilypond would not be attended to. Even some trucks that NPA officials passed out from Lilypon; Navy sometimes will return them back to Lilypond. They are just passing the trucks indiscriminately and it looks as if NPA does not have control over their excesses.”

The truck drivers had on Thursday accused the Navy of scuttling the call-up system arrangement and use of the Lilypond terminal as a transit park by the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) to ease traffic.
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DSS warns group allegedly calling for revolution.

 
The Department of State Services, DSS, Friday, condemned the alleged call for revolution in the country.

It also accused the organisation it called the Nigeria Continuity and Progress (NCP) of being responsible for the alleged revolutionary call.

DSS spokesman, Peter Afunanya disclosed this in a statement.

He dismissed the group as being unpatriotic as it allegedly called for a revolution and forceful change of government.

He added, “The Service is aware that the group is working in tandem with a body of subversive agents and adversaries of the Nigerian State.

“The aim is to create an atmosphere of insecurity and use same to cause disaffection among the people.

“It is evident that the misguided group and its cohorts have also planned to instigate widespread violence against the government in order to actualize their infamous agenda of forceful change of regime”.

Further, DSS said given its constitutional mandate of ensuring the internal security of Nigeria, it would stop at nothing to achieve this.

It also affirmed that the Service would continue to work with other sister agencies and stakeholders to ensure that every segment of the populace pursues their legitimate aspirations in an environment devoid of fear or hinderance.

Part of the statement reads, “The DSS not only supports the consolidation of democracy in Nigeria, but will leave no stone unturned in rooting out persons or groups desirous of truncating the process or undermining the country’s peace and corporate existence.

“The Service will, therefore, not condone any form of extra-judicial activities or methods designed or adopted by persons or groups to subvert constituted authorities.

“Consequently, aggrieved politicians are enjoined, for the umpteenth time, to desist, forthwith, from plans to take laws into their hands or engage in acts capable of breaching the peace. Instructively, defaulting persons will surely be brought to book”.

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I will send Iyabo Ojo to prison, says controversial journalist, Kemi Olunloyo.

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Controversial journalist, Kemi Olunloyo has vowed to send ace actress, Iyabo Ojo, to prison for tainting her image.

Ojo, who had early earlier vowed never to reply any comments about her from Olunloyo, took to Instagram during the week to lambaste her for insulting her daughter, adding that she would send her (Olunloyo) to prison if the action repeats itself.

Ojo also dared Olunloyo to reveal the incriminating evidence she had always claimed to have against the actress.

But in an interview with The Punch on Friday,  said, “I have been ill for a while as I have been suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder but saw what Iyabo Ojo posted online about me. Iyabo is going to prison; she is going to be arrested because she committed perjury. I posted a court document and it revealed that she lied under oath. If you lie under oath in the law court, it is called perjury. If we were in the US, the crime could earn you about 30 years in prison.

“Initially, when I posted the court document on my Instagram page, Iyabo Ojo and her colleagues raised a red flag and Instagram had to pull down the post. I appealed their action but nothing was done, that was when I realised that if Instagram pulls down your post, you cannot appeal it; and if you continue they would deactivate your account. An eight-page letter was sent to me with her phone number.”

Olunloyo insisted that she never insulted the actress’ daughter. She said it was bloggers that twisted her words to manipulate the readers’ attention and attract traffic to their sites.

She said, “Iyabo Ojo did not need to challenge me to release the evidence I have on her because it is already in my book. If I release the letter right now, my unreleased book will not sell as it should. That is my point. My lawyers have given me the go-ahead to release the evidence I have on her but I cannot (do that) because my book may not sell. I was not the one that called Iyabo Ojo’s daughter a ‘runs girl’ (sex worker) as she claimed. It was bloggers that spun the headlines to what would suit them.

“That is why I say that all our Nigerian bloggers are illiterate. I did not call the girl a ‘runs girl’. I addressed everything in one of my posts. It was a writer that sent me a letter calling her a ‘runs girl’ in training. I have a letter that I can use against Iyabo Ojo and people have called her to tell her to apologise to me for tainting my image; instead, she has continued to insult me online. She has vowed that she will not apologise to me because she does not know what I have against her, and now, I have new information against her. Muyiwa Ademola called me early Wednesday morning, and we spoke for two hours. He kept telling me to forgive her and leave everything to God. It is only a few people that are privy to the letter that I have against Iyabo Ojo.”

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