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Straight From The Headlines! What Everyone Was Talking About This Week



It’s been a long, interesting week and we are so glad the weekend is finally here. Good evening BellaNaijarians! Thank you for joining us once again at the Straight From The Headlines slot where we recap major stories that made headlines this week.

There has been a mixture of sad, interesting and hilarious events making the headlines in Nigeria during the course of the week. Sadly, eight secondary school students died after being hit by a truck in Ogun state. The leader of the Catholic church, Pope Benedict XVI who joined Twitter last week sent out his first Tweet this week.  Comic actor, Victor Ifeanyichukwu got Nigerians laughing when he rode to the venue of his wedding in a truck.

Here’s a summary of some events that were trending across the country this week.


A 27 year old Nigerian woman, Franca Abumen, reported as being a commercial sex worker living in Rome, Italy, has met her untimely death in the hands of yet to be identified persons who brutally murdered her and dumped her body in the woods of Stifone, between Narni Waters, in Rome. Franca’s body was found 24 hours after she was murdered on Sunday December 9th after her friends reported her missing when she failed to return home from a night of work. Franca was found in the woods with her ankles tied and a black cord around her neck. Police believe she was sexually assaulted and strangled. The police in Rome are investigating the case.


There was a mild drama at the Ejigbo Magistrate’s Court, Lagos on Tuesday when the court was told that the respondent in a civil matter before it died before the suit was filed. The respondent, Bosu Felix Agunbiade, died eight years ago. The landlady, Mrs. Funmilayo Oshinaike of 5, Araromi Street, Ejigbo, Lagos, dragged her dead tenant to the court to recover arrears of rent totalling N450, 000 and take possession of the apartment. Elizabeth Agunbiade, wife of the respondent, who was present, told the court that her husband died eight years ago and her landlady knew, but still went ahead to file the suit.


Eight students of Itori High School, Ewekoro local government area of Ogun state, were killed on Wednesday when a truck loaded with granite swerved off the road and rammed into the school children by the roadside. Eyewitness account has it that the incident occurred just immediately the students left their school and were heading home. The truck was said to be coming from Abeokuta, the state capital when it veered off the median, having poured it’s content, to ram into the students. The unfortunate incident incurred the wrath of the villagers who took the law into their hands by smashing cars and other vehicles in sight.


Pope Benedict XVI sent out his first tweet on Wednesday, a week after joining Twitter. His main account is @Pontifex which is in English but he has seven other linked Twitter accounts. The other seven have a suffix at the end for the different language versions. The German version is @Pontifex_de, and the Arabic version is @Pontifex_ar. The tweets will be going out in Spanish, English, Italian, Portuguese, German, Polish, Arabic and French. The pope already has over a million followers on all his accounts.


A Lagos High Court in Ikeja on Thursday dismissed a suit by some commercial motorcyclists (Okada riders) in Lagos State challenging the state’s traffic law banning their operation on some designated off-limits roads in the state. Justice Aishat Opesanwo dismissed the suit “in entirety,” including all the Okada riders’ 10 declarative prayers, as lacking in merit. The judge upheld the submissions of the state government and the House of Assembly that no road had been designated by the National as a federal highway in accordance with provisions of the constitution.


The Senior Pastor of Kingsway International Christian Church (KICC), Matthew Ashimolowo has completed the multi-billion naira KICC University situated at Ode Omu, Osun state. KICC University sits over 500 acres of land. The University would be structured around six faculties and 22 mainstream departments. The Schools of Medical Science and Pharmacy in the College of Medical Sciences as well as the Faculty of Law are to run faculty/school-based degree programmes.  The University would run a total of 59 academic programmes.


The Lagos State Police Command has arrested a manager and a housemaid for killing their boss, Alhaja Sikirat Eko, in Omole Phase 1, Lagos State. Eko was said to be running a restaurant and bar in her compound, where she lived alone with the maid. The suspects allegedly killed Eko at her home and kept her corpse within the premises. They continued to run the restaurant, giving neighbours and customers the impression that the deceased had travelled. They ran out of luck when relatives of the deceased came on a visit. After the case was reported at the police station, her corpse was found inside a well where they threw it tied to a generator.


Nollywood comic actor, Victor Ifeanyichukwu officially walked down the aisle with his wife of over 12 years and mother of his four children, Roseline Nchelem in Port Harcourt this week. Famously known as Adams Picolo, Osuagwu decided to add colour to his wedding by riding in a truck down to the venue of the wedding. After the couple exchanged marital vows, they both mounted the truck through a ladder alongside Nollywood actor Francis Duru and his wife, Adokiye who acted as the Best Man and Chief Bridesmaid respectively. The ‘wedding train’ led by the brigade band and a Rapid Response Squad (RRS) police team, navigated through the streets of Port Harcourt.


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. ada

    December 14, 2012 at 7:06 pm

    May d parents of dead children have d hrt to bear this irreplaceable lost…smh…

  2. chinco

    December 14, 2012 at 7:19 pm

    The prostitute was probably killed by a client. The job is not without its own risks…sad!!! So many sexual predators out there.

  3. irregadeless

    December 14, 2012 at 8:49 pm

    I still don’t understand some will choose a career in sex..I have one boyfriend which I’m engaged to,and guilt still overwhelmed me,whenever I made out to..God be with the parents of the student that met their untimely death..sad.

    • e-bukun

      December 16, 2012 at 4:17 pm

      Because out in the world, the struggle is real

  4. Slim

    December 15, 2012 at 11:47 am

    Irregardless u r funny,I feel u though..

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