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The rate at which young Nigerians are getting involved in heinous crimes outside the shores of this country is pretty alarming. This week, two young Nigerians got sentenced to long jail terms – one for 30 years and one for life imprisonment in different parts of the world on the same day! 25 year-old Farouk Abdulmutallab, was given a mandatory life sentence in the United States with no option of parole by US District Judge Nancy Edmunds for his attempt to detonate a bomb on a Detroit-bound flight. While in London, 20 year-old Sodiq Adeojo was sentenced for his involvement in the murder of another Nigerian, 17 year-old Sylvester Akapalara.

The sad thing is that these young men come from influential families and their actions have raised several debates regarding the moral standards of Nigerians living abroad.

Farouk is a graduate of Mechanical Engineering from the University College, London and son of a prominent former Chairman of First Bank PLC, Umar Abdulmutallab. Whereas, Sodiq is the son of a popular Ibadan Politician, Alhaji Yekini Adeojo. His brother Qudus, 18, and a 16-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, were cleared of their part in the killing. It’s hard to imagine what must be going on in the minds of their family members right now.

And still, less than a week after the Acting Inspector General of Police, Muhammed Abubakar, ordered that no policeman should mount any roadblock again, his order is still being violated with the killing of two drivers at one of such points in Lagos this week.

While we continue to say prayers for our dear country, Nigeria, let us not forget to be worthy ambassadors wherever we are and start from our actions to be the change that we desire.

Let’s recap some of the events that made headlines this week.

IN THE NEWS

 

Heavy storms ravaged different parts of Lagos state on Monday, February 13, 2012, killing some people and leaving others injured with lots of people losing properties. Yaba, Ikoyi, Obalende, Ejigbo, Lekki and Ajao Estate were some of the areas hardest hit by the storm.

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A policeman was killed in Kaduna on Tuesday February 14, 2012 while trying to detonate a bomb in the Angwar Sarki area of Kaduna. The dead policeman, Sunday Badangwas attached to the Anti-Bomb Squad and was on the team that raced to the scene after a bomb went off in the area. After the first bomb exploded, soldiers who moved to the scene discovered a second bomb and invited the Police Anti-Bomb squad.
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Gunmen attacked a Nigerian Federal Prison, on Wednesday February 15, 2012 freeing 118 inmates and killing a guard in the central state of Kogi. At least 20 inmates declined to escape after the jail break, while 25 of those freed were re-arrested early Thursday February 16, 2012.

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Three policemen attached to the Igando Police Division, allegedly killed two drivers at an illegal check point for refusing to give them a bribe in the early hours of Wednesday, February 15, 2012. According to eyewitness reports, the victims were on their way to work on a motorcycle and were flagged down by the policemen who demanded money from them but they refused to part with any money. As they were about to speed off, one of the policemen opened fire. The bullet perforated the back of the man on the passenger seat and burst out from his front and entered the back of the man who was riding the motorbike.

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US District Judge Nancy Edmunds has sentenced Nigerian born ‘underwear’ bomber Farouk Abdulmutallab to mandatory life sentence. The judge ruled on Thursday February 16, 2012 after Farouk pleaded guilty in October to eight charges, including the attempted murder of 289 people on board Detroit-bound Northwest Airlines Flight 253. Dressed in a white skull cap and loose white t-shirt, Abdulmutallab showed no emotion as Judge Nancy Edmunds handed down the maximum sentences for each count.

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An Old Bailey Court in London on Thursday, February 16 sentenced a Nigerian Sodiq Adeojo to 30 years in prison for his involvement in the murder of another Nigerian, 17 year-old promising athlete, Sylvester Akapalara on December 29, 2010. Sodiq Adeojo, 20, was part of a group from Brixton’s GAS Gang who chased Sylvester and two friends. The victim, a promising 400-metre runner with Herne Hill Harriers – was hit in the neck by a bullet near the top of a Peckham tower block.

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An automobile accident on Azare- Potiskum road in Bauchi and Yobe states on Thursday, February 16 claimed 32 lives. The Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) confirmed this and added that 18 people were crushed in multiple accidents at the foot of the Niger Bridge in Anambra State.

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A time bomb linked to the Islamic sect Boko Haram was recovered in Kaduna on Thursday February 16, 2012 at the Kabala Doki Police Barracks yesterday with children playing with the deadly object. The children at the Kabala Doki Police Barracks, which is also known as Mounted Troop, were already playing with the explosive before it became clear what it was.

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A total of 122 students graduated with first class degrees out of 8,159 students at the University of Lagos. The institution had a two-day convocation ceremony between Wednesday February 15 and Thursday February 16, 2012. Out of the total number, 4,375 received first degrees while 3,784 received post-graduate degrees.

How do you feel about what happened in the country this week? What other stuff happened that you would like to share?

Have a great weekend!

Adeola Adeyemo is a graduate of Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from University of Lagos. However, her passion is writing and she worked as a reporter with NEXT Newspaper. She believes that anything can be written about; anything can be a story depending on the angle it is seen from and the writer's imagination. When she is not writing news or feature articles, she slips into her fantasies and creates interesting fiction pieces. She blogs at www.deolascope.blogspot.com

24 Comments

  1. Style by Cesca

    February 17, 2012 at 8:21 pm

    There’s so much violence in Nigeria right now. Praying for the country.

    http://www.stylebycesca.blogspot.com

  2. mabel

    February 17, 2012 at 8:28 pm

    the same story every day this is country without order

  3. Ex-Unilag babe

    February 17, 2012 at 10:58 pm

    I graduated yesterday. Yipeeeeee

  4. Ex-Unilag babe

    February 17, 2012 at 10:59 pm

    But why are these young men spoiling our name now? How can a 25 year-old be sentenced to life in prison and show no remorse?????!!!!!!!!

  5. confused mother

    February 17, 2012 at 11:01 pm

    Its sad, really sad. Sometimes i fear for the future of my children if i continue to bring them up in the US. Maybe i should take them back to Nigeria and raise them. Young people around here see crime as a normal thing and there are several wrong influences here.

    • Crystal

      February 20, 2012 at 8:48 am

      Believe me, it’s the same in Nigeria too. Just continue to bring them up inthe way of the Lord & uphold them with prayer.

      The moral decadence is everywhere.

  6. Duyi

    February 17, 2012 at 11:02 pm

    At least this week’s news wasnt filled with so much Boko Haram activities. But it was gloomy nonetheless

  7. Hello

    February 17, 2012 at 11:03 pm

    This is what you get when you dont train your children properly. Spoilt brats who will disgrace you and commit such crimes.

  8. G.I

    February 17, 2012 at 11:06 pm

    I dont understand how Unilag comes up with such large number of first class graduates every year. Do they dash them? In OAU, its rare to see a first class graduate and when you see one, you’d have respect for them.

  9. ijeoma

    February 17, 2012 at 11:07 pm

    Seeing the faces of these young people recieving such sentences makes me weep. So sad. I wonder what kind of future they would have

  10. Prayer

    February 17, 2012 at 11:10 pm

    May God continue to disgrace Boko Haram and their activities. They will not succeed in taking more lives again in Jesus name..Amen. And may the soul of that policeman who died while trying to defuse a bomb rest in peace. Amen

  11. Toma

    February 17, 2012 at 11:12 pm

    If the IG thinks he can stop his men from mounting illegal road blocks by sending a mere order, then he is in for a long wait. Even at the back of my street now, they are there, ripping innocent people off their hard earned money. Its just sad that they use their guns anyhow. Imagine shooting at someone for refusing to give you a bribe. When is all this going to stop?

  12. Yaba

    February 17, 2012 at 11:14 pm

    That storm on Monday was quite scary.

  13. kelly

    February 17, 2012 at 11:35 pm

    God is still on the throne!

  14. madman

    February 18, 2012 at 1:44 am

    boring ***yawns***

  15. mee

    February 18, 2012 at 1:45 am

    Hi Bellanaija,It seems you ve been misinformed,Alh.Yekini Adeojo has no son by the name Sodiq Adeojo.

  16. Ester

    February 18, 2012 at 7:07 am

    ok, thanx for headlines
    http://www.mrs-ca.blogspot.com

  17. elo

    February 18, 2012 at 4:26 pm

    all thanks to God

  18. too blessed to be cursed

    February 18, 2012 at 5:16 pm

    Re: moral standards of Nigerians living abroad: Train a child in the way he/she should go, when he/ she is older, he/ she will not depart from it.I don’t think the geographical location has to do with much.There are also killers in Nigeria(the Arowolo, boko haram, the guy that killed Suzy Q etc), the only difference is that Western worlds are no respecters of persons.If a rich man commits any crime in Nigeria, it is swept under the carpet.There are good people everywhere& bad people are everywhere.Parents should be responsible for their kids (not just providing for them financially and materially, but also their moral upbringing)It is so sad seeing what the youths of today have become.We definitely need prayers.

  19. onpoint

    February 19, 2012 at 2:13 pm

    too blessed to be cursed has said it all. We need to continually pray 4 this country and her leaders 4 in her peace shal we find ours! We keep pasn d buck as tho we r not part of the problem. It takes the Grace of God to keep one’s sanity wit d the recent events. God,show mercy even when/where we deserve judgement!

  20. Madun

    February 19, 2012 at 5:58 pm

    Is that alhaji yekini adojo’s son?

  21. Theodora

    February 20, 2012 at 9:03 am

    Someday soon all will be well…praying for my dear country

  22. RONKE

    March 18, 2012 at 7:54 pm

    the worst thing is one of these guys is innocent, sodiq adeojo didnt kill sylvester akapalara

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