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Thank God it’s Friday again!

Hello everyone and welcome to your weekly round up of news stories that made headlines across the country. At Bellanaija, we are so grateful that you all have decided to join us here today.

It’s the third day of another new month and we are delighted to once again, go over the hottest news stories for the week.

Here’s a recap of some of the stories that made headlines this week:

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A 3 storey building located at No. 3 Anikantamo street, Lagos Island East Local  Council Development Area (LCDA) collapsed on Wednesday, resulting into injuries sustained by occupants. The eight-year-old building is located in Anikantamo area of Victoria Island near Adeniji Adele and collapsed around 1p.m, without giving any sign. Rescue workers raced to the scene and began checking the rubble for any signs of life. The spokesman for the National Emergency Management Agency, Yushau Shuaibu, confirmed the incident to newsmen.  According to one of the occupants of building, identified as Mr. Ibrahim, he said that the building caved in at 1:00 pm when the developer and his  construction team were trying to patch (reconstruct) one of the dilapidated  pillars of the building.

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A major tragedy was averted at Dunamis International Gospel Church of the  Federal Capital Territory, FCT on Wednesday when a piece of an explosive suspected to be a bomb  tucked  under a seat in the children’s session of the church was discovered and was quickly defused. The explosive concealed in an Auminium container was discovered under a seat in the children section of the church at about 9.30pm. The church service had barely finished when the item was discovered. There was tension in the church when the discovery was announced. The Head of the church Technical Unit, Godstime Asuquo, who spoke with journalists on Thursday morning, said the personnel of the FCT Anti -Bomb squad were immediately contacted to detonate the explosive.

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The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), on Thursday, disclosed that it has arrested a suspected drug trafficker, Obivuko Ifeanyi, with 210 grammes of substances that tested positive for cocaine. Obivuko, who was apprehended at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos, had allegedly inserted the drugs into his anus. He was said to have been detected with the aid of the body scanner during the inward clearance of passengers from a Turkish airline from Brazil. The Agency’s Airport Commander, Hamza Umar, described the incident as unusual, calling insertion by men “a rare and dangerous mode of drug concealment.” Hamza also said that Obivuko had taken a big risk by showing up at the airport with the drugs.

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52 prostitutes were arrested on Thursday night, as officials of the Lagos State Task force on Environmental and Special Offences (Enforcement) Unit stormed Isaac John and Toyin Street in Ikeja, Lagos. According to PM News, the task force acted on a report published in The NEWS magazine of this week about prostitutes taking over the area and that Thursday was going to be the ladies’ night. The task force officials first of all carried out a survey of the area around 10 pm and went back to the office to strategise only to strike around 12 am and arrested the suspected prostitutes whose ages range between 18 and 34 years. They were taken to the task force office in a Black Maria. The raid was massive as several armed policemen carried out the onslaught.

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A 40-year-old man, Victor Nnanna Onyemaechi from Amibo village in Umuahia South Council of Abia State was arrested by the state’s police command for allegedly having sex with a neighbour’s goat. It was learnt that the man was tied to the goat and paraded round the village before he was handed over to the police by the traditional ruler of Amibo community. When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, DSP Udevioti Ezekiel, confirmed the incident, adding that the suspects has been charged to court under Section 214 Subsection 2 of the Criminal Code.

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A 25-year-old man identified as Femi Owolabi was on Thursday paraded by the Oyo state Police Command for allegedly raping  a four-year-old girl. The suspect who is being detained at the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID), Iyaganku, Ibadan, allegedly committed the crime on  July 30. According to the Deputy Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr. Clement  Adoda, the  mother of the victim, upon her discovery that the innocent girl had  been defiled, reported at Agugu Police Division. She was quoted by the police as saying that  her little daughter came out of  the suspect’s room with blood stain all over her legs. “She reported further that on a closer observation, she discovered that the  girl was bleeding profusely from her private part. On receipt of the report,  detectives went after the suspect and got him apprehended.”

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The Emir of Fika in Yobe State, Mohammed Idris, on Friday, escaped an attack by a suicide bomber at the Potiskum Central Mosque. Toyin Gbadegesin, the state’s police spokesperson, said the bomber tried to get close to the emir after the Friday prayers, but was prevented by a police officer. He said that as the bomber was making frantic moves to push himself through the crowd to reach the emir, a police officer suspected his movement and pushed him down. In the process, one of the concealed explosives detonated and killed the bomber, while five police officers and two civilians sustained injuries. The emir was unhurt.

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What do you think about the stories that made headlines across the country this week. Are there any other news stories you’d like to share with us?

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

20 Comments

  1. ruby

    August 3, 2012 at 8:29 pm

    As for that idiot dat defiled a four year old…he is sick…very sick….

  2. Princess of Zion

    August 3, 2012 at 8:38 pm

    The pregnant drug smuggler was most shocking!

  3. habba!

    August 3, 2012 at 8:55 pm

    it should be DEATH SENTENCE for Raping any girl under the age of 16! i dont care just straight up kill them because this seems to becoming popular in Nigeria! also DEATH for the drug smuggler!

    • Lani

      August 5, 2012 at 7:41 pm

      There should be a death sentence for raping anybody. Women over the age of 16 don’t deserve rape. Nobody does.

  4. tama

    August 3, 2012 at 9:06 pm

    God help my dear country..
    P.S. I don’t trust all this news about trying to bomb a mosque..

  5. Vero

    August 3, 2012 at 9:13 pm

    As a victim of child sexual abuse, my heart bleeds profusely each time I read stories of young children getting raped. What can a grown man possible find attractive in a young child’s body? Is Nigerian society aware of the lasting damage on the victim that child sexual abuse causes? Till this day, as a grown woman, I cannot tolerate or stand sex. It causes me anxiety. As a result, I made the conscious decision never to get married. Parents need to raise their sons right especially in our country Nigeria. Its like many of the males there lack self control so much so that some will have sex with a goat. Its very sad and pathetic.

  6. tbn

    August 3, 2012 at 9:31 pm

    I can never understand why someone would feel aroused by a child, this is such an evil thing to do, I think those who do this are very sick in the head and should be locked away and the keys thrown away better still a stone tied to their necks and get them thrown into the sea. God help us, this world has really become insane. When i hear stories like this i just want to tie my kids to my apron strings and take them everywhere with me. God have mercy on us and protect our innocent kids from devilish human beings. The man having sex with a goat is definitely crazy, in his own case the humiliation of being tied to the goat and paraded all over the village is almost enough punishment.

  7. faith

    August 3, 2012 at 10:20 pm

    How do I feel?..bad!

  8. christy

    August 3, 2012 at 10:29 pm

    Abeg BN,I no fit laugh jare,a man having sex with a goat????v

  9. Emmanuel

    August 3, 2012 at 10:59 pm

    any guy dat rap 4yr girl na mumu.e own mumu na village goat hold it 4 him when dey goat give e co start to dey chop grass

  10. purplepearl

    August 4, 2012 at 3:20 am

    Sick! Sick !!Sick !!!!

  11. Turn turn turner

    August 4, 2012 at 3:58 am

    @habba, so the ones who rape those aged above 16 are better human beings? Pls let’s not kid ourselves…all rapists are animals irrespective of who or what they rape.

    I too have been a victim in my childhood. I don’t advocate the death sentence, I’d prefer for them to have their tools of rape surgically removed permanently. They wake up from the surgery and are never able to even consider sex again.
    You shouldn’t be in possession of anything you can’t act responsibly with. End of.

  12. marvel

    August 4, 2012 at 7:29 am

    Come, I am glad that I do not know that child’s mother cos I would beat her into a coma. I have never seen more idiotic women who keep allowing their children to wander about the place. What the hell was she doing unsupervised in a man’s room? How can you trust people just like that? I am neurotic with my children because one would be amazed about the level of sexual deviants (mostly males) in that country. They hide their gold jewelry and then leave their children who are supposed to be priceless to wander. Idiots!!
    Just wait until those prostitutes speak. You will not be shocked of the percentage that claim they were raped by the police. The Lagos Police should provide a red light zone so these pips can pay tax like others and stop the pretence jor…

  13. Usaveone

    August 4, 2012 at 8:03 am

    By the way can somebody tell me if that Goat looks sexy…? Humans behaving badly!

    Check: http://usaveone.blogspot.com

  14. Camron

    August 4, 2012 at 11:45 am

    I disagree with you Marvel. the boy who raped the little girl might have been a neighbour and its difficult to stop children from playing with neighbours. ok your children stay at home right?? what about children who are raped right in the house from their househelps, relatives??? lets just pray for God’s protection over our children. children and even adults are raped everywhere and everyday and in most cases its not about carelessness from the children but just lack of self control from the idiots who carryout such dermonic acts. people like these should rot in jail.

  15. ola

    August 4, 2012 at 11:58 am

    you will surely have story to hear in Nigeria..more news and gist here at http://www.gistyinka.com

  16. Africandecor(click)

    August 4, 2012 at 12:57 pm

    *sigh* 25 yrs old raping 4 yrs old (smh)….. such ridiculous stories.

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  17. Laila Ikeji

    August 4, 2012 at 3:18 pm

    hmmm, sad really. rape is a very important issue we need to find a solution to. or a much more severe punishment to.
    http://www.LailaIkeji.com

  18. QueenofEverything

    August 6, 2012 at 12:37 pm

    oh my goodness… the mind does boggle when sexual atrocities and pervesions pervade a supposedly godly society… words are not enough… aaargh

  19. Bianca

    August 10, 2012 at 8:02 pm

    I can’t understand the reason boko boys would want to bomb their own,a northerner , a muslim,an emir at that.Some things are not adding up,could it be that this guys are not from nigeria as it is rumoured,that they are hired to carry out these attacks.

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