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



Wow! It’s the last Friday of the year already. Goodevening and welcome to the Straight From the Headlines slot on BellaNaija where we recap major stories that made headlines across the country this week. We are so glad you could join us here once again.

The week has been very eventful as usual. Just a few hours ago, sad news filtered in that the Kogi state governor, Idris Wada was involved in a fatal auto crash which claimed the life of his ADC.

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


The Kogi state Governor, Idris Wada was on Friday seriously injured in an auto crash. The governor was initially rushed to the Emergency Ward of the Kogi State Specialist Hospital in Lokoja after the accident, which occurred on the bad Lokoja – Ajaokuta expressway, around Salem University. Wada and his convoy were returning from an official assignment and were close to Lokoja, the state capital before the accident occurred. The governor’s Aide-de-Camp (ADC) died instantly at the scene of the accident.


The Police in Lagos have intensified efforts to arrest persons involved in the storage of fire crackers that exploded, burnt houses and killed one person on Wednesday at the Jankara Market. It was gathered that the police at the Area A Command, Lagos Island, have embarked on seizure of firecrackers from hawkers and users within the area. Investigation shows that the importers and some dealers in the firecrackers were on the run after the fire incident. Mr Sadiq Isa, a community leader who described himself as a coordinator at the state governor’s office, said: “Any building found containing firecrackers will be sealed immediately and anyone found with them will be prosecuted.”


There was uproar at Afero village on Lekki-Epe Expressway, Lagos this week as officials of the Lagos State Government demolished a sprawling church, the Pure Fire Miracles Ministries International (PFMI) in a controversial manner. Lagos Task Force men, accompanied by officials from the Ministry for Physical Planning and Urban Development (MPPUD), stormed the church to enforce an eviction ordered by the government. The ministry demolished the building over allegation that there was no approval for the construction of the building.


A former pastor of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Bankole Solomon, earlier this week criticized the General Overseer of the church, Pastor E. A. Adeboye, for allowing politicians like President Goodluck Jonathan, into their annual RCCG Holy Ghost congress and turning it into a political congress. According to a statement released by Bankole who said he left the church as pastor in 2010 but still worships there, the church programme has now turned to a ‘supermarket where charlatans and political opportunists come shopping. However, he released another statement later on apologising to Pastor Adeboye and his wife for his statement.


Nelson Mandela has been discharged after 19 days in hospital during which he was treated for a lung infection and gallstones, the South African government said on Wednesday. The former South African president, who is 94-years-old, was admitted on 8 December to a Pretoria hospital. It was the longest time he had spent in hospital since his release in 1990 from 27 years in prison. Maharaj, who was a political prisoner with Mandela in the 1970s, thanked the South African public and media for their prayers and good wishes and for respecting the elder statesman’s privacy


The Canadian High Commission has reduced the waiting period for visa applicants from 60 days to 10 days. A source at the High Commission told News Agency of Nigeria that the country was now opening up and accommodating more visitors and travellers from across the globe. “Because of this, a lot of Nigerians are sending their children to study in Canada and this has led to a backlog in the number of visa applications. This informed the mission’s decision to reduce the waiting period from 60 days to 10 days,” the source added.


The Kwara State Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps, Christopher Ademoluti, on Wednesday said the FRSC had put the minimum age of commercial drivers in Nigeria at 26. He said underage commercial drivers were responsible for some of the road crashes in the country. “We want to put the minimum age of a commercial driver in Nigeria at 26 to enable them to have the experience, maturity and expertise to drive and convey people, unlike the current system where we have underage people driving commercial vehicles. With the new driving licence, we want to have all the data of the commercial drivers.”


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. jyde

    December 29, 2012 at 2:31 am

    From my point of view,the only worthwhile thing that happened this week,is the fact that NELSON MANDELA is still alive.
    Nijah politricktians can kiss my black nyash.
    Iclose mouth joor.

  2. e-bukun

    December 29, 2012 at 2:45 am

    26? really though?

    • errrr

      December 29, 2012 at 5:47 am

      That’s so stupid.

      So all the drunk ass danfo and molue drivers are underage drivers abi?

      Instead of them to address the deep issues like how there are NO drivers tests to get a license and how NO one knows proper driving rules in Nigeria.


    • Ms Catwalq

      December 29, 2012 at 8:45 am

      It’s for COMMERCIAL drivers. Like buses etc

  3. tbn

    December 29, 2012 at 5:16 am

    @Bellanaija, when did they start calling Nelson Mandela maharaj? lols. He is known as madiba and not maharaj oh.

    • OLA

      December 29, 2012 at 1:26 pm

      @tbn, re read the tab about Mandela, then you will find peace!!! itk :p

    • Iris

      December 29, 2012 at 9:23 pm


  4. Princess

    December 29, 2012 at 3:04 pm

    Dumb ass pple… How wud they be able to confirm pples real ages when u cn go to any hospital to get birth certificate…!

  5. Truth Hurts!

    December 29, 2012 at 8:09 pm

    @ OLA Hahahahahahahah. Humorous! Just made my day..

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