One of the Libya returnees, Azizat Omoniyi, has recounted her experience and regretted leaving Nigeria at a tender age, abandoning her education and deceiving her father before traveling.
On Wednesday night, 330 Nigerians stranded in Libyan cities of Tripoli and Benghazi, were evacuated by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) and Federal Government.
21-year-old Omoniyi who was part of the returnees disclosed that a friend convicted her to travel to Libya and earn a monthly salary of ₦120,000.
She revealed how she raised two million naira from prostitution to bail herself from trafficker in Libya.
Omoniyi said: “I will never advise anyone to think of travelling out of this country aimlessly.
“We don’t appreciate what we have until it is lost. Anyone thinking of travelling without set and achievable objectives should forget it,
“From my father’s custody, a friend convinced me to meet her in Ibadan where I was introduced to the idea of travelling to Libya where I was told that I could work and receive a monthly salary of ₦120,000.
“I deceived my father that I wanted to establish a business and he gave me ₦800,000, but I used it for the Libyan trip through the desert.
“I became a slave and prostitute in Libya; I am not lying, I raised equivalent of ₦2 million as a prostitute to free myself from my trafficker.
“I want to go back to school. I stopped schooling at SS2 and have learnt my lessons. “The lessons are very, very bitter, I wasted my life.
“I do not know my father’s location. I lost everything that I thought I could bring back home when the police raided our house and threw all of us into prison.
“We were dispossessed of our savings and property. I lost the phone in which l had my father’s contact.”
Court Orders DSS To Allow Nnamdi Kanu ‘Maximum Possible Comfort’
A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has ordered the Department of States Services (DSS) to allow Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), the “maximum possible comfort” in its facility.
Justice Binta Nyako, the trial judge, gave the order at a court session on Thursday.
Ifeanyi Ejiofor and Aloy Ejimakor, the lead lawyers to Kanu, had on November 18, said his client has not been allowed to change his clothes by the secret service since he was arrested.
Raising an oral application in court on Thursday, Ejiofor reiterated his claim and pleaded with the court to give an order for his client to be given maximum comfort.
In her ruling, Justice Nyako told the separatist leader’s counsel that a custodial centre is not a “five-star hotel” where he can receive maximum comfort.
She, however, ordered the DSS to provide Kanu with the “maximum possible comfort”.
She also ruled that he should be allowed to have a bath whenever he wants, change his clothes, eat properly and practice his faith.
In a statement signed by Ejimakor and issued after the sitting, he noted that during the hearing, there was a total absence of security operatives in court and around the outer perimeters as was the case during previous proceedings.
The lawyer stated that Kanu was not in court and there was no officer from the Department of State Service to explain why, but said from his observation, both the court and the DSS might have concluded that his presence in court was not strictly required in the sort of application that was moved in court on Thursday.
He also claimed that the court did not grant Kanu’s legal team the leave to move their application challenging the jurisdiction of the court to continue the trial.
The statement read: “Recall that we had filed such application, arguing that the extraordinary rendition of Kanu constitutes a constitutional barrier to his trial. The court ruled that the application was not calendared for hearing today. That it will be heard at the next adjourned date.
“The court, after going through what it said is a tight judicial calendar, moved the date of the next hearing backwards from 19th to 18th January 2022. The court ruled that it will entertain all outstanding applications at the next hearing date, and proceeded to make the following Orders: That Mazi Kanu be given maximum comfort possible in the detention facility. That he be allowed a change of clothing.
“That he be allowed free practice of his Jewish faith including access to his Jewish religious materials. That the DSS obey all previous orders granted in the matter, including allowing Kanu any visitor of his choice. That Kanu be permitted, at his option, to mingle freely with other inmates or any other persons at the detention facility.”
Kanu, who jumped bail in 2017, was re-arrested and subsequently repatriated to Nigeria from an undisclosed location on 27 June “through the collaborative efforts of Nigerian intelligence and security services”, according to Abubakar Malami, the Attorney-General of the Federation.
He was re-arraigned before a Federal High Court in Abuja on 29 June and ordered to be remanded in the custody of the DSS.
The trial was stalled after the DSS failed to produce Kanu in court on 26 July, the adjourned date for hearing.
Justice Binta Nyako, the trial judge, adjourned the case till October 21, 2021, when judges were expected to have resumed their annual vacation.
The Federal Government had slammed an amended seven-count charge against Kanu.
Kanu was eventually produced in court on 21 October and pleaded “not guilty” to an amended seven-charge bordering on treason, treasonable felony, terrorism and illegal possession of firearms among others filed against him by the Federal Government.
Justice Nyako adjourned the case till January 19 and 20, 2022, for the continuation of trial.
Ex-Senate President Joseph Wayas dies at 80
Joseph Wayas, a former Nigerian senate president of the Second Republic, has reportedly died in London at 80.
It was gathered that the octogenarian passed on after a long illness in a London hospital.
Wayas was born on May 21, 1941, in Basang, Obudu, Cross River State.
He completed his secondary education at Dennis Memorial Grammar School in Onitsha before moving to the United Kingdom to study at Higher Tottenham Technical College in London.
The former Senate President also attended Birmingham’s West Bromwich College of Commerce, Science, Technology, and Aston University.
Wayas was the third Senate President from 1979 to 1983, when the region was snuffed out by a coup that installed then-General Muhammadu Buhari as Nigeria’s head of state.
Wayas was one of the founders of the now-defunct All People’s Party. In 2002, he joined the opposition People’s Democratic Party.
Professor Ben Ayade, governor of Cross River State, has announced the death of Dr Joseph Wayas, the Second Republic Senate President.
Wayas’ death was described as “a monumental loss to Cross River State in particular and Nigeria as a whole” by Cross River State Governor Ben Ayade.
“As a state, Cross River is in pains as we mourn the passing of our illustrious son,” Ayade’s special adviser on media and publicity, Christian Ita, said.
“He was a rare gem. Dr Wayas’ demise is indeed a monumental loss to our dear state and Nigeria.”
According to the governor, “as Senate President, Dr Wayas contributed to the deepening of Nigeria’s democratic ethos through his robust and vibrant leadership of the upper legislative chamber.
“And since his retirement from active politics, the former Senate President had been playing a fatherly and stabilising role in the politics and affairs of our state.”
He expressed his condolences to Dr Wayas’ family, assuring them that his death is a collective loss and that their grief is shared, adding, “we are with you in this time of grief.” We keep you in our thoughts and prayers.”
Oyo State: Islamic cleric worries over arrested relative by the army
Sheik Taofeeq Akewugbagold, a popular Islamic cleric in Oyo State, appealed to Governor Seyi Makinde regarding the release of his relative, identified as Azeez, who was reportedly arrested by the Nigeria Army.
On November 18, Azeez was detained at his home on Alhaja Sara Street, Cele, in Oyo Town, by soldiers from the Operation Burst Office. Handcuffed and blindfolded, he was taken to an unknown destination.
The cleric said that the 52-year-old detainee was suspected of assisting Sunday Igboho in bringing money into the country. Another rumour, he added, was that the detainee was acquainted with the hoodlums that assaulted the Medium Security Custodial Centre Abolongo in Oyo.
According to Akewugbagold, Azeez is a farmer, a transporter, and a prominent member of the All Progressives Congress in the state with no criminal record and was unaware of these events he’s accused of.
The family had reported the issue to Oyo police and gone to Operation Burst Office in Oyo, but no information on his location was supplied to them.
When approached by the media, the Commander of Operation Burst, Adamu Abubakar, said he was aware of the arrest but that the order came from Abuja. “I am aware of the arrest, but it is from Abuja. The family had contacted me and I told them it is beyond us here.”
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