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Straight from the Headlines! What Everyone was Talking About This Week



Hello Everyone and welcome to another round up of major stories that made headlines in Nigeria this week.

It has been an eventful week. A few hours ago, President Goodluck Jonathan fired both his National Security Adviser and the Defence minister. His spokesperson, Mr. Reuben Abati did not give further details of the changes but said that Andrew Oweiye Azazi has been “dropped and replaced by Sambo Dasuki” a retired colonel. Bello Haliru, the defence minister was also dropped, Mr. Abati said

Although the week started on a sour note with bombings and violent attacks in Kaduna and Yobe states leaving many dead and even more people injured, later on in the week, the Joint Military Taskforce recorded some success and arrested three leaders of the Islamic sect, Boko Haram.

However, one major story that caused an uproar in the country was the sentecing to death of a 26-year-old man, Obinah John, to death by hanging for robbing one Dorothy Olaniyi of N1,705 and peak milk in sachets valued at N400. What is even more alarming about his case is the fact that the convict has been arrested since 2005 and recently got this absurd sentence.

Here’s a recap of some of the events that made headlines across the country this week:


The Kogi State Police Command has arrested four pastors and three others for allegedly attempting to cheat some people during a revival programme in the state. They are Bishop Bamidele Abraham of Eagle Kingdom Church, Pastor Chuks Ingalis Kelvin, Pastor Chinedu Okosisi and Pastor Samson Prince. The others are Osita Chuckwu, Samuel Ike and Nnenanaya Anthony Ikechukwu, all from Rivers state. The state’s Commissioner of Police, Muhammed Kastina, said the suspects, who pretended to be pastors were arrested while conducting ‘deliverance’ for people during a revival programme organized by one of them in Lokoja. “Mid way into the programme, one of the attendees felt uncomfortable with the manner in which they were conducting the deliverance, which was by asking people to donate money for the launch of a book by the host pastor, Bishop Bamidele Abraham and then lodged a complaint at the command,” he said.


A new pan-Yoruba group, Apapo Oodua Koya, (AOKOYA) said that it has “trusted” information that Boko Haram, the dreaded extremist Islamic group, is likely to attack Lagos and Ibadan in the next few days or in the month of July. “Boko Haram thinks the best way to get attention is through sustained attacks, but the surest way to dominate national discuss and stir critical opinions is to take the battle to the country’s economic hub, which is Lagos and Ibadan,” the group said in a statement in Ibadan signed by its Secretary for Internal Affairs, Alhaji Mufatau Adedoyin. “That is the new thinking of the Boko Haram leadership.” AOKOYA expressed regret that the political leadership of the South West has no concrete plans to curtail the “almost inevitable” suicide bomb attacks that the Islamic group may unleash on the largely urbanized Yoruba region.


A three-day screening for candidates seeking admission into University of Nigeria, Nsukka, was on Tuesday called off over suspicion that question papers for the test had leaked. Only candidates who scored the mandatory 200 marks in the last Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination are eligible to write the test. The UNN post-UTME tests started on Monday for candidates seeking to study sciences and related courses. However, on Tuesday, when candidates slated to write the test were seated and answer scripts were being shared to them, the authorities of the university called off the entire exercise. The sources and some of the exam candidates who spoke to newsmen alleged that an unidentified employee of the university leaked the question papers.


The militant Boko Haram sect has revealed that it plans to launch further devastating attacks on churches and government buildings in the coming days and weeks. On the heels of this week’s escalation of sectarian violence in Kaduna State, the sect said it planned to make the month of June 2012 the bloodiest month yet in its violent and bloody campaigns against those it tagged infidels. A contact for the sect told Online Media, SaharaReporters that his group’s planned attacks would be focused and bloody. The group’s spokesperson claimed that Boko Haram had moved some 300 suicide bombers to attack churches in Southern Kaduna as well as Plateau State. The source also stated that the sect was determined to exact massive revenge for the Muslims killed in the Jos and Southern Kaduna areas.


The Commissioner of Investigations of the Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB) Captain Muktar Usman, has said that it will cost Nigeria $5.6 million to establish a laboratory where flight recorder otherwise known as black boxes will be analysed and decoded. Usman, who appeared before the National Assembly Joint Committee investigating the recent crashes involving Dana Airlines in Lagos and a cargo plane in Ghana, said, “We don’t have the capabilities here to download the recorders. But the government is making investment in that regards and hopefully by next year, we may be able to conclude the payments and have the laboratory established in Nigeria.”

A Jos High Court on Thursday 21st June, 2012 sentenced a 26-year-old man, Obinah John, to death by hanging for robbing one Dorothy Olaniyi of N1,705. The convict was also sentenced to death for robbing Olaniyi of two rolls of peak milk in sachets, valued at N400. He robbed the woman on November 18, 2005 in her shop at Gada Biu, Jos at gunpoint. But John’s counsel, Mr. Tobechukwu Kekemeke, rejected the prosecutor’s claim, and accused the police of “not telling the truth about the gun” said to have been used by John. Kekemeke pointed out that the police presented three statements, with only the last indicating a confession by the accused that he used a gun against the victim.


Ambassador Olusegun Olusola, television playwright, seasoned broadcaster, diplomat and defender of African refugees, died on Thursday after years of meritorious service to home and country.  Aged 77, he died after a brief illness. Late Ambassador Olusola was former Nigeria Ambassador to Ethiopia, a native of Iperu Remo,Ogun State, and Founder/chairman of African Refugee Foundation, AREF. A veteran Broadcaster, Diplomat and ace Television Producer, late Olusola was born at Iperu-Remo on March 18, 1935. He worked with  Nigeria Broadcasting Service (now FRCN), Ibadan as Broadcasting Officer, 1955 –1959, Executive Producer, WNBC/WNTV Ibadan, 1959 – 1964. May his soul Rest In Peace.


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


  1. tbn

    June 22, 2012 at 11:23 pm

    Wow, I must say its been a turbulent week in the country… May GOD help this country o. I am surprised that people are still being sentenced to death. I thought that there was a moratorium on the death penalty, and that we were mooing towards its eventual abolishment of it. Its not fair for a man to be sentenced to death for stealing such a meagre amount of money, when our leaders are stealing billions and swinging their arms on the street without any care. However on the other hand i believe it was the means by which he robbed the woman i.e. with a gun, that was taken into consideration in the sentencing, because the criminal code/penal code provides that armed robbery wld carry the death sentence. All in all its been ages since Nigeria actually carried out a sentence carrying the death penalty, because they want to internationally compliant with international human rights law expectations, so he’ll probably be in prison for a very long time and not be hanged. Poor man.

  2. minilavander

    June 22, 2012 at 11:47 pm

    Sentenced to death for stealn in thousands….. So wot ll happen to those who steal in millions… Notin!! Absolutely notin …..dis country sef…sincerely dnt knw wat to say

  3. christy

    June 23, 2012 at 12:03 am

    Why no go dube them,instead of seeking salvation,all d masses do is to be harping around looking for guick fix solution from one churches to the other.I always watch with dismay how the real doctrine of d bible has be relegate to the background.The guestion I keep asking myself daily is”what has happen to our blockhead self seeking congregation? Why do we stamp out what the real Bible principle? A church who preach abt salvation no longer have members,they keep on hopping from one church to the other either seeking for instant succex or husband,were offering are now given openly,with much appraise !give ur car and ur house for offering and you will have double!are we so daft to be led astray by this so called fake pastors nd prophet wen the bible is all dere for us to assimilate??or has the Bible been altered in anyway??

  4. Tinie_tempress

    June 23, 2012 at 1:39 am

    If they finally sentence a man who had been awaiting trial for 7 years to death for stealing N1,705, what will they do to the politicians, governors and head of states who have robbed Nigeria of everything?! This is really absurd! And as for the boko haram group inflicting terror in the country, killing innocent Christians and even issuing ultimatums..,God is not asleep, He is watching all of you. Punishments worse that those that befell pharaoh and the Egyptians when the refused to let the people of Israel go will take you all (perpetrators, sponsors and supporters) by surprise.

  5. Y

    June 23, 2012 at 3:11 am

    How does a person get sentenced to death by hanging for theft? But then again he had a gun and even though he did not shoot the victim, the presence of the gun made that a possibility. But death by hanging? And yet everyday I read on here about evil scumbags that rape children and get 3 years in jail and fine!

  6. Gbemmy

    June 23, 2012 at 5:27 am

    Was their no good news during the week ?

    • UsaveOne

      June 24, 2012 at 8:46 am

      Gbemmy there was good news during the week. The Good news is Jesus Christ Is Lord!

  7. Tosin

    June 23, 2012 at 9:19 am

    I can’t wait for Jona to Obama the Bokos.

  8. Shee

    June 23, 2012 at 9:57 am

    Nigeria needs help. boko haram, this chaos you are causing and innocent lives you are wasting and the people that are behind it. May God have mercy on you. You think you have everything nice and planned. Power will change hands soon. God bless Nigeria.

  9. austin

    June 23, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    its rilly rilly absurd to give d death penalty for such a crime… God ! ! Wat is dis country turning into…. Well gudnite baba olusola… may soul rest in peace.. God help us o

  10. anon

    June 23, 2012 at 2:28 pm

    Death by hanging from obvious hunger robbery? Our laws are outdated!!!
    BH I refuse to write their names, its time some groups stand up to them

  11. faith

    June 23, 2012 at 4:22 pm

    i agree with tinie tempress

  12. charles

    June 24, 2012 at 4:59 am

    I can only imagine what the other countries like the US think about us. Bad gorvernance, Cyber crime, Money laundering,Terrorist attack. Our nation bleeds and we are the cause.

  13. iamdsam

    June 24, 2012 at 7:45 am

    The christians in the North better fight back. Being optimistic that these attacks will stop one day is not the solution. And concerning the man that was sentenced to death by hanging, I will say it is not fair. What about our politicians that steal billions upon billions of naira? They still go to the press but we don’t arrest them. What a country???… 2go @iamsammy tweet @iamdsam

  14. Richard pocket

    June 24, 2012 at 11:20 am

    D govt is so wicked 2 sentence hm 2 death after 7 yrs of trial. Wot wil they do 2 dis sect of Boko haram’s ploting a massive bomb attack at lagos nd ibadan. I ve every reason 2 tel u dat Jonathern’s govt is d worse govt nigeria ever had. He shuld b fighting those wicked sect nt hanging nd sentencing people 2 death.

  15. obinna john

    June 24, 2012 at 11:52 am

    chrstians should try n make peace with in them selfs so dat people should stop killn us na.let churches come 2gether as one.pls.

  16. dynasty

    June 24, 2012 at 4:06 pm

    Just because of #1,705…what about Bankole,Balogun and many of our politicians who indulge themselves in fraud…why is our politicians above the Law? This is shit…I’m against our government

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