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Relations, friends eulogise Charity Maduka at Night of Tributes in Lagos

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By Moses Akaigwe
Funeral rites for the Vice President of the Coscahris Group, Mrs. Charity Nchedo Maduka {nee Ikedife}, who died recently, began in Lagos on Monday with a Night of Tributes where relations, friends and Christian leaders took turns to extol her virtues.
At the well attended event held Queens Park, Victoria Island, the late wife of billionaire businessman and President of the Coscahris Group, Dr. Cosmas Maduka, was variously described as very humble, generous, amiable, honest, hardworking and a truly Godly woman who was a quintessential Christian.
Leading off the flurry of tributes was the deceaseds friend of 35 years and fellow faithful, Mrs. Ayo Akintade, who described her as very courageous, a rare gem and a true Christian that never backed out in the service of God, even when she had health challenges.
She is an example of what a true Christian should be, She remarked.
To another friend of the family, Dr. Charles Mgbe, the departed was a stabilising factor. She was glue that held the Cosmas Maduka family together and the woman behind the throne.”
In his tribute, the late Mrs. Madukas brother, Kenneth Ikedife, recalled that her 63 years-old sister surrendered her life very early to God – accordingly to him, at a time it was almost a taboo to be born-again; unlike today that it is fashionable for people to just go to church and be identified so.
Ikedife got an ovation when he informed the guests that his sisters devotion to God met a match in another firebrand Christian, Dr. Cosmas Maduka, adding that at a point, their pace as husband and wife was too much for me to follow.
He disclosed that many beneficiaries of late Mrs. Madukas generosity, including those whose house rent and childrens school fees she was paying, jave been calling him on phone with some of them crying profusely. And I end up being the one consoling them, rather than them consoling me.
Fred Amobi, who apart from being the Executive Director Operations, Coscharis Group, has been close to the Madukas, said the departed was a virtuous and capable wife who was more precious than rubies.
There are many virtuous and capable women in the world, he stated, but you Charity Maduka surpass them all.”
Amobi waxed both poetic and biblical in his tribute: “Her husband can trust her,and she will greatly enrich his life. She brings him good and not harm all the days of her life.
“She goes to inspect a field and buys it; with her earnings she plants a vineyard.
“She is energetic and strong, a hard worker. She makes sure her dealings are profitable; her lamp burns late into the night.
Eulogies also came from Dr. Mrs. Nneka Omotoyinbo, who urged all to emulate her simplicity as Christian who would rather be identified as a God fearing woman than as an affluent person.
Most of the speakers found it difficult to talk about Mrs. Maduka in past tense, including Adegoke Osunniyi, a lawyer, who described her as a quintessential Christian lady, who belonged to a family which despite their wealthy, are still very humble.
The eldest child of the Maduka siblings, Cosmas Jr. Maduka, spoke glowingly of his late mother, saying she was a woman known for her integrity and hard work.

Mum was a remarkable woman; a God-fearing woman. She was a virtuous woman that personified integrity, hard work, and a charitable heart. Her dedication to her family is something I strive to emulate and provide for my family every single day.
Relevant biblical passages were read by the daughter and daughters-in-law of the deceased, including Romans 38, verses 35-39, by Charity Maduka, her daughter.
Present at the Night of Tributes very important guests, including former governor of Anambra state, Peter Obi; APC chieftain, Joe Igbokwe; and Chisco Group Chairman, Dr. Chidi Anyaegbu, among many others.

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New Zealand PM Ardern cancels her wedding as Omicron rages

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New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has cancelled her wedding as the nation imposes new restrictions to slow the community spread of the COVID-19 Omicron variant, she told reporters.

New Zealand will impose mask rules and limit gathering from midnight on Sunday after a cluster of nine cases of the COVID-19 Omicron variant showed community transmission from the North to South islands after a wedding.

A family travelled by plane from the North Island capital of Auckland to a wedding in the South Island attended by 100 people.

The family and a flight attendant tested positive.

New Zealand would move to a red setting under its COVID-19 protection framework, with more mask wearing, and a cap of 100 customers indoors in hospitality settings and events such as weddings, or 25 people if venues are not using vaccine passes, Arden said.

“My wedding will not be going ahead,” she told reporters, adding she was sorry for anyone caught up in a similar scenario.

Asked by reporters how she felt about her wedding cancellation, Ardern replied: “Such is life.”

She added, “I am no different to, dare I say it, thousands of other New Zealanders who have had much more devastating impacts felt by the pandemic, the most gutting of which is the inability to be with a loved one sometimes when they are gravely ill.

“That will far, far outstrip any sadness I experience.”

Jacinda’s wedding to Clarke Gayford this summer was rumoured to be fast approaching. Some reports said it was fixed for this month.

But no specific date has actually been announced.

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Kalu meets Abdulsalami Abubakar

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Chief Whip of the Senate, Orji Uzor Kalu, on Saturday night paid a private visit to former Head of State, General Abdulsalami Abubakar.

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Kalu who made the announcement through his verified Facebook page, revealed that his discussion with the former president centered on national issues and peaceful coexistence of Nigeria.
He wrote: “ Tonight, I paid a visit to the former President of Nigeria, General Abdulsalami Abubakar, to greet him for the new year. We also discussed major national affairs and peaceful coexistence of our nation.”

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Lagos police arrest NURTW members amid calls for ban

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By Moses Omorogieva/Lagos

The Police Command in Lagos State on Saturday said that its men arrested some members of the National Union of Transport Workers ( NURTW) who clashed on Lagos Island on Friday.

The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) , CSP Adekunle Ajisebutu, disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos on Saturday.

Ajisebutu did not mention how many people were arrested and where they were being detained.

He added that normalcy had returned to the Island as more operatives had been deployed there.
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“The police have quelled the crisis. Sufficient facilities were deployed in the area immediately we received a distress call and normalcy was restored.

”Investigation into the crisis is ongoing,” he said.

Two factions of the NURTW clashed over the control of some motor parks on the Island on Friday.

The videos of the clash went viral showing the hoodlums using dangerous weapons against each other

The arrests come amid call by Accord Party for a ban on the notorious union in Lagos.

Lagos State chapter of the Accord Party called on Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu to proscribe the union following repeated violence by its members.

The Publicity Secretary of the party, Mr Dele Oladeji, in a statement on Saturday called on Sanwo-Olu to tame the members of the NURTW by proscribing the union with immediate effect.

“Again, the members of the NURTW were enmeshed in a deadly fight on Lagos Island which was reported to have resulted in the untimely death of some four youths.

“This deadly clash created a security scare, in which innocent and hardworking residents of Lagos had to scamper into shops, crevices, under table and inside gutters for dear lives.

“Many rushed into shops and were locked in with the shop owners, just to stay away from stray bullets or being caught up in the fracas.

“Traders were forced to shutdown their businesses, which led to the loss of transactions running into billions of naira.

“We advise the Lagos State governor to, with immediate effect, proscribe the NURTW for a peaceful and safe Lagos city.”

The spokesman said that the recent violence was one too many among the members of the NURTW in Lagos State.

Oladeji said that though members of the union were always in the habit of killing themselves during such fracas, their action had always defied the security set up in Lagos State and had always created a state of insecurity among residents.

“Ask an average resident of Lagos, and they will tell you they live and commute in utter fright of these ‘union boys’ daily on the streets and roads.

“Gov. Sanwo-Olu should rise up in service to residents of the state and proscribed these lawless group for a safer Lagos State,” he added.

He said that NURTW factions were known to frequently engage in free-for-all over power tussles at different locations and parks.

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