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The face-off between Nigeria and South Africa seems to have come to a reasonable end following the apology of the South African government to Nigeria for their actions. This came after the South African government sent a letter of apology to Olugbenga Ashiru, the Foreign Affairs Minister for deporting 125 Nigerians over the alleged possession of fake yellow fever vaccine cards.

At a news conference in Pretoria on Thursday, March 8th, 2012, South Africa’s deputy foreign minister, Ebrahim Ebrahim and officials from Nigeria’s embassy in South Africa pledged to re-establish a bilateral diplomatic commission and to exchange information on vaccinations more freely.

The action by the South African government spurred retaliatory actions by the Nigerian government, leading to the deportation of 131 South Africans from Nigeria. There were also threats to end bilateral trade relations between the two countries following the rift.

However, it came as a relief to both parties when Mr Ashiru said that Nigeria had accepted the apology, adding that a South African envoy was expected soon to formally apologize for the row.

With peace restored on that front, it is hoped that there would be more of such positive developments in other sectors of the country as we pray for peace and restoration.

Here is a recap of some of the stories that made headlines in Nigeria this week:

A 26 year-old Nigerian, Ishola Adeyomi Adeoye, has been convicted for raping a 14 year-old girl in October 2010. Ishola, from Bermondsey met the 14 year-old girl in Plumstead in October 2010 and took her back to his home in Woolwich. Fully aware of her age, he gave her alcohol, waited until she passed out and then raped her. The victim awoke in the morning and was not aware of what she had been subjected to. Later that same day, having returned home, she began to feel pain and realized that something may have happened. After making a report to the police, a DNA test proved she had been raped. He was sentenced to eight-and-a-half years in jail following a week-long trial at the Old Bailey.

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Three Boko Haram members lost their lives last weekend when a bomb exploded at a compound suspected to be used as a bomb-making factory in Kaleri Ward, London Chiki Area of Maiduguri Metropolitan Council of Borno State. Residents of the area, which is adjacent to the University of Maiduguri, were thrown into confusion when the bomb went off and killed the sect members. It also forced most of the fear-stricken residents to flee the area, which was immediately taken over by security men. Relics of the sect’s men and their family members were however strewn about, as the remaining members fled the area for fear of being apprehended.

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A man believed to be mentally unstable beat all security points and gained access to the restricted area of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos on Monday, March 5th, 2012. He broke the glass at the boarding gate after beating all security checks, according to sources at the nation’s flagship airport. After getting to the airport tarmac, the mad man was said to have started shouting “I want to go abroad; I want to go to Europe. Please give way for me to go.” The General Manager, Public Affairs, FAAN, Akin Olukunle, confirmed the incident stating that the man had been arrested and if it was established that he was mentally challenged, the police would take him to the rehabilitation centre for treatment.

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Army troops in city of Maiduguri on Monday, March 5th, 2012, shot dead three suspected members of the Islamist Boko Haram sect as they allegedly tried to burn down a school.  Three of the suspects were shot dead while two others were shot and injured. Men of the Joint Task Force interrupted five suspected members of Boko Haram trying to burn down a school in the heart of Maiduguri metropolis. A number of homemade explosives which they allegedly intended to use in burning the primary school in the Lamisula district of the city were also recovered. In less than two weeks, at least a dozen public and private schools in restive Maiduguri city, hotbed of Boko Haram, have been burnt by members of the sect.

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Hundreds of people were rendered homeless on Tuesday, March 6th, 2012 when the FCT Development Control Department demolished what it described as “illegal structures” in Galadimawa off Airport Road, Abuja. The affected residents scrambled to pack their belongings from their buildings while others watched in amazement as their homes were pulled down. Galadimawa village is home to many civil servants, police officers, artisans and jobless individuals who cannot afford the exorbitant rents charged by landlords in other parts of Abuja.

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A police officer serving in Rivers State police command on Tuesday, March 6th, 2012 committed suicide in Port Harcourt. Mr. Ben Ugwuegbulam, the command’s spokesman, confirmed this development, saying that the said officer shot himself on the chest, after he had shot and wounded an Inspector. He said the late corporal and the inspector he shot were both on the same beat at the Platgeria Company on Plot 278, Trans Amadi area of the Port Harcourt metropolis. He further stated that the spokesman said the Inspector was responding to treatment, while the AK-47 rifle used by the Corporal has been recovered.

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Unidentified gunmen, suspected to be adherents of Boko Haram Islamic sect on Wednesday, March 7th, 2012 night, attacked yet another police station located in Gombe State, killing four officers including the Divisional Police Officer, DPO, in charge of the station, Superintendent Abubarkar Sadiq. The attack occurred at the popular Ashaka Cement Factory in Bajoga town, Funakaye Local Government of the state. The Gombe Divisional Police Station in the state capital was attacked penultimate Friday resulting in the killing of some officers and a few civilians in the process.

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Solarin Muyiwa

 

A 33-year old man has poured hot water on his daughter’s private part, for licking soup in the pot. The incident happened in Ikorodu area of Lagos State, Southwest Nigeria. The girl, a 14-year old Junior Secondary School II student is currently undergoing treatment at a government hospital while the father, Mr. Solarin Muyiwa has been arrested by the Social Welfare Department of the Ministry of Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, WAPA, and will be arraigned in court soon.

 

 

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Driver of a popular transport company narrowly escaped mob action in Enugu after crushing a six-year-old girl, Safiya Sanusi, to death while overtaking on the wrong side of the road. He is, however, in police detention, after the police rescued him from the mob. The deceased and five of her school mates were on their way home from school when the accident occurred. The driver of the vehicle escaped from the irate mob that was angered by the dangerous driving which resulted in the accident. Although the company has offered N100,000 compensation to the deceased’s family and a promise to foot the bill of the little girl’s burial, the father, however, rejected the offer.

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Two hostages, a Briton and an Italian, who were kidnapped in Birnin-Kebbi, Kebbi State and held hostage since last May by Islamic sect, Boko Haram, have been killed in an attempted rescue operation in Sokoto. In his immediate reaction, President Goodluck Jonathan, condemned the killing of the two kidnapped foreigners before they could be rescued by a joint security raid, adding that those who were responsible had been arrested. The effort to free Chris McManus, from the North West of England, and his colleague Franco Lamolinara was launched by British Special Forces and the Nigerian army.

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The NYSC State Coordinator, Oyo state, Mrs Sekinat Idowu, said during the orientation of the 2012 Batch “A” corps members on Thursday, March 8th, 2012 that corps members would be trained in martial arts while at the orientation camp. She said that the training was for self-defence adding that the new training schedule was part of the Federal Government’s policies toward ensuring that the scheme became an enduring instrument in the transformation agenda of government.

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How do you feel about the news that made headlines 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. serena mariposa

    March 9, 2012 at 9:28 pm

    hew God! not one exciting news…we don jam!

  2. emeka

    March 9, 2012 at 10:12 pm

    Things are goin wrong…I feel bad.

  3. TeeTalks

    March 9, 2012 at 10:12 pm

    I like this section of BN! good job

  4. doppleganger

    March 9, 2012 at 10:15 pm

    and more bad news!!!

  5. chinco

    March 9, 2012 at 10:24 pm

    D man who poured hot water on his daughter’s private part shd rot in jail.I wonder how dat is even possible; obviously he has molested that girl before. Mscheewww! Stupid man. LoL @ martial arts in camp. I’m thankful all d 9ja n SA fuss is over anyway.

  6. chee-chee

    March 9, 2012 at 10:30 pm

    Hmm, it is well with Nigeria. All these stories are really disheartning.
    The story of d police corporal and inspector doesn’t add up for me. How can someone shoot and (only) injure another person, and then proceed to commit suicide by shooting himself, on the chest for that matter!!! Doesn’t just add up!

    • chee-chee

      March 9, 2012 at 10:32 pm

      With an AK47 for dat matter

  7. faith

    March 9, 2012 at 10:33 pm

    I can understand y some1 would go τ̅☺ Lagos international airport τ̅☺ shout dat he wants τ̅☺ leave d country …he ȋ̊§ not MAD atall…

  8. Juwon

    March 9, 2012 at 10:54 pm

    Martial Arts… PLease when will Nigeria become realistic in their decision making and start focusing on things that are relevant. How about you make these corpers happy by posting them to their states of origin. Apparently today some corpers died in Imo, how about the deal with cause of that and make sure it never happens again. These are things of great relevance. NOT martial arts!!!!!!!

    And the Oga raping a girl…. I sincerely hope you get paid back by your own coin when you go to jail…

  9. kuden jacob

    March 9, 2012 at 11:13 pm

    it’s a job wel done. Keep it up.

  10. Japheth

    March 9, 2012 at 11:21 pm

    9ja thumb up for the reaction against south africa. I even wanted to break my mtn sim and start using Glo. One thing that make me luv 9ja is if u slap me i slap u back. Lol, 9ja dey vex o.
    About d idiot dat pour hot water on her daughter private part, he would have been burned alive b4 d police got there. That’s why i like Warri. Still on Delta boy.

  11. mary007

    March 9, 2012 at 11:32 pm

    What can we say? the one hundred thousand compensation is an insult!
    BH should be brought down by all means, they are getting out of hand!
    As for that convicted rapist I am glad!
    Always have known Nigerians commit suicide, glad its all in the open now.
    As for Nysc people are making more money off the scheme than its really worth

  12. maddie

    March 10, 2012 at 1:00 am

    why wont things go bad..ordinary celebs you people will not support…go thru the comments on this site..u will see so much hatred and jealousy and envy …so what do you expect in totality…ohoooo…you people shd keep bringing the good down
    ! very soon there will be nothing/no one to celebrate in this pitiful country!..hisses!

  13. Purpleicious Babe

    March 10, 2012 at 2:41 am

    My hearts and soul bleeds for the British and Italian men that were brutally murdered. They were only trying to do good.

    My heart goes out to their family. Although, I feel like why should I pray but I will, Lord, you said nothing is impossible for you to do, which I believe. You said if you seek me, you will find me. Lord, do not hide your face from this terrible situations.

  14. dontmention

    March 10, 2012 at 3:29 am

    bella naija…u honestly need to create a like botton bc these comments r bruttally honest n on point as they r funny….none of it is laughing matter but the comments help take away the painful reality….God neeeds to deliver us…..

  15. Myne Whitman

    March 10, 2012 at 5:26 am

    NYSC to start learning martial arts? What? Are these people for real?

  16. @chudypee

    March 10, 2012 at 8:30 am

    I can totally imagine how most gals would cope with the martial arts scheme… Well, someone said something about corpers being posted to the state of their origin, the whole purpose of the scheme is for the corpers to go else where and learn the culture of others but that purpose is defeated now, with all the bombings in the north…

  17. Ataka uwa

    March 10, 2012 at 11:11 am

    Nigeria should please as a matter of urgency and pride document every human being living within its borders. Citizens and foreigners alike. Not as if we will deport foreigners or start treating them differently but i think Nigerians deserve to KNOW this information. The figures might be shocking but every modern society does whatever it takes to have this figures. This documentation can help us in so many way. Enough of this disrespect from poorer and richer countries alike. An average Nigerian is a goood and proud person. A goal getter. Our leaders should please stop holding us back and allow us take our rightful place in this world.

  18. Theodora

    March 10, 2012 at 11:47 am

    Okay…..even dough its still bad news all the way, this week is better, First am happy this SA AND Nigeria matter don end. secondly only one man beat security for airport, those security men should be changed. Thirdly the martial acts is a welcomed idea incase them jam boko haram for where them dey serve Lol.and Fourthly that man should be jailed for life….But in all Nigeria my country i still hail thee

  19. lamiloly

    March 10, 2012 at 4:03 pm

    eight and a half years my foot, he is a rapist he deserves a much longer sentence

  20. UsaveOne

    March 10, 2012 at 6:11 pm

    Wait… Good news is coming at the cinema near you!

    Check… http://usaveone.blogspot.com/

  21. Austin

    March 10, 2012 at 10:49 pm

    there is dis story bout dbanj and don jazzy parting ways…. Bella aint talking bout dat.
    As to all d news for dis week, i am speechless bcos if i talk wetin i get for mind, na 100page rins o. D only fin i shld say is dat we hope for a better new week ahead, in Jesus’ name… Amen

  22. Tonia

    March 13, 2012 at 8:25 pm

    Its sooooo shameful dat foreigners were kidnapped SINCE MAY 2011 and for heaven sake and d president of that country(nigeria) culdnt do anythin abt them Since may 2011-March2012 wen dy were killed??? Wait a mintue, is it that he wsnt awear dat foreigners were kidnapped in his country were he is d president??? Gosh!!! I feel so ashame being a nigerian. That shows his level of nonchalant and laxity in a whole president mcheeeeeeew. What a shame. Hisssssss

  23. Audrey

    March 28, 2012 at 8:52 am

    I can’t find any other place to send this so I’ll write this here. Why does it seem like Bella is at a standstill? Its been weeks and you guys still have the same stories on here,same pictures,same features.why? what is happening? This weekly news feature for instance was done on March 9th and its March 28th today? any answers?

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