How Nigerian Footballer Godwin Okpara Raped Me for Two Years

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This is the story of Tina, the teenage girl who was serially raped by Super Eagles star, Godwin Okpara. She has released a book, detailing how the sexual assault went on for two years.
 
In the book titled, “My Life Has A Price”, the victim narrates how she was adopted at age 13 by the Okparas and taken to France. Then Linda, Okpara’s wife, enslaved her and turned a blind eye to the sexual abuse she suffered in the hands of Godwin Okpara.
 
 
This is a part of Tina's sad experience chronicled in her sexual abuse story:
 
Why did you decide to write this book?
For a long time, I refused to talk about my story. I refused all articles, interviews. One day, I told myself that if I refused testifying, other girls will continue to experience modern slavery. There will be other unhappy children, other “Tinas”. This is what gave me the courage.
 
Why did you title the book, My Life Has A Price?
It was proposed by Virginia Fuertes, the editor with whom I worked. I immediately found that corresponded to my story. My life has a price since Godwin Okpara gave money to my parents to buy me. But my life has also a price worth far more: the price of tears, fear and courage. 
 
Considering what you went through in your adoptive parents’ home, do you blame your dad for letting you go through all those?No. My father believed in doing what was best for me. He believed sincerely in giving me the opportunity to study in France and have a better future. The Okparas told him that I would go to school and when Linda Okpara made trips to Nigeria, she went to see my father and lied: “Oh yes, Tina works well in school, etc…”
 
Have you been able to get over the traumatic experience?
In part, yes. Because I was able to go back to school and get a job. Because I work with seniors and I feel useful. Because people have helped me: educators, my lawyer, friends. But I still have crying spells and nightmares. I wanted to write this book also to get it out of me. It came out, but it remains inside.
 
You had a secret notebook while going through the harrowing experiences. Did the raw material for the book come from the jottings you made?
Initially, I was not thinking about it. These notebooks were used to dump all my sorrow, all my hatred for Linda. It was my lifeline and my friend. But when I started writing the book, I took out the books. It was very hard to read everything.
 
You portrayed Mamie as cunning and subtly wicked. How were you able to cope with her?
At one point, I thought she might be my ally. But very quickly, I realised that she was spying on me, denouncing me and I learned to be wary of her. She did this because, as everyone in the house, she was afraid of Linda. And finally, she witnessed my tortures without saying anything.
 
What actually gave you the strength to survive the ordeal?
When I appeared on French television, a presenter first made a summary of the book and my life. Meanwhile, on a giant screen behind me, they ran images of Godwin Okpara as Paris Saint-Germain player. It was horrible. At the end, the presenter of the show turned to me and asked: “Tina, how did you survive that?” I was prepared to answer a lot of questions, but not that. There was a silence on the set of the show; I felt all members of the audience watching me. And a tear ran down my cheek. I was looking for the answer and it came. I said: ‘For the love of my father.’ It’s true. During all these years of suffering, I thought of him. I did not want to disappoint him. I remembered his kindness, his love. I also thought much about my mother, who was in heaven.
 
Did Godwin Okpara show any amorous interest in you before he actually raped you?
I do not know. In any case, he never tried to seduce me. He took what he wanted, suddenly, without love, without feeling, just for fun.
 
When did it occur to you that the Okparas didn’t have good plans for you?
I gradually realised when my school year was always delayed and at the same time, I had more work to do at home. And Linda was gradually changing her attitude towards me. At the beginning, it was ‘Tina, please, can you do that for me?’ Later, it became: ‘Tina, do this. Tina, why have you not done this yet?’ The day she spat it in my face that schooling was not for me because I was too stupid, I lost all hope.
 
You portray Linda as actually controlling Godwin in your book. Could you tell me how the couple met each other and got married?I do not know how they met. Linda had a great influence on her husband. She was older, I think, and more authoritarian. He was afraid of her, I think.
 
Why do you think Godwin didn’t have the courage to challenge Linda over the way she was maltreating you?On the football field, he was perhaps a courageous defender, but in life, he behaved like a coward. He was afraid of her. She dominated him psychologically. He was the child and she the mother. And I think he was not opposed to her because I was not important to him. I was something like a piece of furniture. You do not argue with your wife because she abused a table or chair.
 
In your book, you said Godwin gave your father some money. Did Godwin actually buy you? Or is the money a kind of price he paid for you?I think the Okparas were malignant. They gave N30,000, the equivalent of 375 euros to my father, telling him that it was a gift. It was better hidden. In fact, they purchased me without my father’s knowledge. I believe that my father did not sell me .
 
The couple are still serving their jail terms. But you didn’t write about what happened to their children. Where are their children? Who is taking care of them?After the arrest of Godwin and Linda, they were placed in foster homes. For them also, this story is a disaster. I often think about them because I loved them.
 
How long did it take you to write the book?
It took an entire year.
 
You wrote the book in collaboration with Cyril Guinet. Could you explain the nature of collaboration?I did not know Cyril before writing this book. This is a journalist, who has always been interested in issues of child slavery around the world. For example, he went to Haiti to denounce ‘Restavec’, a traditional slavery of poor children. He knew my story by attending the trial of Okpara. As luck would have it, he contacted Maitre Peron, my lawyer, years after the trial. But the day before he called, I had just told my lawyer that I was considering writing my story. I told Cyril my story and he wrote, asking me questions along the way. We both worked several times a week. I cried a lot during these sessions and I gained weight. I even had to see a shrink not to sink. Then he sent me the chapters to re-read. In re-reading my story, I cried every time. But I was happy because the book faithfully captures my story.
 
What lessons have your experiences taught you?
Hope. This is the most important lesson. I also learned that I was stronger than I thought because I survived.
 
Where actually did you grow up in Lagos before you went to stay with your uncle?
I grew up at Shomolu, Bariga, in Lagos.
 
What was the relationship between your dad and the Okparas?
My father knew Godwin Okpara thanks to football. Godwin, when he was young, had played in a company where my father worked.
 
Does your past experience affect the way you relate with people now?
I do not know. I cannot say how I would relate with people if my life had been different.
 
Are you in any relationship now? What plans do you have for the future?
Like all girls of my age, I dream of Prince Charming. I want to be in love, get married and have children. I always dream of having a large family: two boys and two girls.
 
Do you intend relocating to Nigeria very soon?
Maybe to see my family, I have returned several times since.
 
In your book, you gave the impression that your father was poisoned? Do you still believe that?
He died in a very mysterious way.
 
What native language did your parents speak. Where are you originally from in Nigeria?
At home we spoke Alago our native language and Yoruba. I come from Nassarawa State.
 
Considering what you went through, are you satisfied with the judgment?
At the trial, I said all I wanted was a halt to the torture. I wanted to go to school and have a normal life, not to be a slave. Nobody should be a slave in the 21st Century. I told the judges: “If people like Godwin Okpara, if they want to pay to see him play football, release him but withdraw me from them.” Years in prison, it is normal in terms of what they have done. But that won’t give me back my childhood and my innocence.
 
Why did you think the couple behaved the way they did to you?
You should ask them. But I think they behaved so partly because others had done so before them and others are still doing it. For a certain part of the population, exploiting children is not wrong.
 
It is a tradition; it has always been this way and they do not understand why it should stop. Unfortunately, Linda and Godwin Okpara are not isolated cases. And today as I am answering your questions, there are many other ‘Tinas’ who suffer. This must stop.
 
You may wish to know that Godwin Opkara is currently serving a 10-year jail term in France, while his wife, Linda, will be in jail for 15 years.

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New Born Baby Dumped At Kaduna Cemetery Found Alive With Maggots All Over His Body

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A baby boy supposed to be eight-day-old was found wrapped inside a bag and abandoned at a cemetery in Kakuri, Kaduna South local government area of Kaduna State yesterday. The boy, who had maggots coming out from every opening on his body, was still alive, according to two good Samaritans who located him in the area.

Mr. Robert Ogbole, a student of Bayero University Kano and Miss Grace Yahaya, a Kaduna State athlete who found the baby, narrated their experiences to newsmen at the Kakuri police station where it was taken to after receiving first aid at a nearby hospital in Kakuri.

Ogbole said: “I was at home at about 11: 30 am when my younger brother (Mike), who passed through the cemetery to the football field came with a report that he heard the sound of a baby inside a bag at the cemetery. So, I quickly called my neighbour (Grace), and we ran to the place. “On getting there, we found this baby boy rapped all over with cloth and was kept in the cemetery, so we picked him and this my neighbour helped to unwrap him, the baby had maggots coming from every opening of his body but was still alive.

“We then took the baby to Young Men Christian Association (YMCA) clinic in Kakuri where the baby was treated before we brought him to the police station.

“The nurse at the clinic confirmed that the baby should be about a week old and probably would have been in that condition for about four days,’’ she said.

When contacted, the Kaduna Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Aminu Lawan, confirmed the incident. “When the baby boy was brought to our police station in Kakuri, our men immediately swung into action. We have taken the baby to the Saint Gerard Catholic Hospital for necessary medical investigation and treatment. At the end of the treatment, we will process all the documents and hand over the baby to the social welfare for further necessary action.

Meanwhile, the PPRO said, the police will carry out necessary investigation with a view to unveiling the perpetrator of such dastardly act.
 
Culled from Leadership report

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Fela’s Kalakuta Museum Officially Opens Today

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The home of late Afrobeat Legend, Fela Kuti has been turned into a museum. The museum was financed by Lagos State Government in other to promote cultural heritage and mark 74th birthday of the legendary musician. All Fela’s chattels including his clothes, shoes, etcetera. See more pictures after the cut.
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

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TB Joshua and Kingson’s Wife (1)

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Again, Prophet TB Joshua was in the news recently for another controversy. This minister and his organisation; The Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN) remain the most controversial Christian personalities in the world today. There are doubts over their emergence, miracles, prophecies, source of power and other activities.

In fact, every action of this prophet or any news from his synagogue is always received with suspicion by the Christian community, the media and even unbelievers. So, few weeks ago, when Adelaide Tawiah; the wife of the Ghanaian former premier league goalkeeper Richard kingson was reported to have confessed on a television programme organised by Joshua that she was a witch and was responsible for spiritually sabotaging her husband’s football carrier and also rendering him impotent, I knew it was going to be another ‘rain of bashes’ for the Arigidi-Akoko born self-styled preacher. Kingson who has previously played in the Premier League for Birmingham , Wigan and Blackpool, has failed to find a new club since being released from Bloomfield Road last year and has also lost his place in the Ghana national team.

The couple went to be prayed for and as the prophet was casting out the ‘evil spirit’ from Mrs Kingson, she fell down and began to confess, “I messed up Richard’s life ever since we got married. I used my evil powers to trouble his career, I’ve been working on him spiritually to the point he could not perform in bed,” Imagine that! On television! Before her husband and the congregation! Before the whole world! She has since denied being a witch or responsible for her husband’s misfortunes. She said she was spiritually manipulated by TB to make those confessions. She says she has been very supportive of her husband’s carrier and never worked against him. Kingson has also denied that his wife is a witch. But all these are coming late because the damage has already been done.

Remember this is the same woman who saved Kingson from shame in 2006 when she advised him not to take a $300,000 bribe to let in two goals during a match against the Czech Republic at the 2006 World Cup in Germany . This tempting amount was against the paltry sum of $8,000 that was the winning bonus for the match. She told her husband not to involve in such dirty deal because her love for him is not for money. She has also stressed that her husband knows how inspirational she has been to his goalkeeping career.

Prophet Temitope Balogun Joshua, fondly called TB Joshua is not new controversies. Remember, when Chris Oyakhilome visited him sometime ago. That singular action caused so much uproar in the Nigeria Christian circles and the media promptly feasted on it. The ‘vibrations’ from that crisis dictated the headlines for the major newspapers and magazines for so many weeks. The Nigerian Christians were confused.

Though they had permanently placed TB as a false prophet, but they didn’t know what to do with Chris Oyakhilome; who later claimed that he shares the same father-in-the- lord with TB, and was going to the synagogue to learn healing from the prophet. This shook the whole nation. Many ministers of the gospel reacted. People like Chris Okotie chided Oyakhilome and also began to dissect TB’s operations; describing him as a high occult manipulator. Trust him to use known and unknown words to drive home this point. It was virtually media a war between them. I still remember some of those headlines: ‘The War of the Chrises’, ‘Crisis of the Chrises’, ‘Oyakhilome Replies Okotie’, etc.

It was later that we were made to know that the publicity given to the Oyakhilome’s visits to the Synagogue was arranged by TB and his media assistants. The same people that did the ‘work’ are now saying so. Have you watched the video produced by one Bisi and Agomoh? Bisi said she was the head of TB’s media team and Agomoh, the former Deputy to the prophet. The pictures and the confession in this video are simply shocking, revealing, unbelievable and unprintable.

They graphically, in details, with clips, pictures narrated how this man abuses women; whites, blacks, minors, choir members, sisters of same parents, wives of his workers and pastors, etc. Even Bisi confessed she was also mercilessly, thoroughly abused, used, manipulated and rendered useless by this man. She showed her pictures when she came newly to the synagogue and the ones while leaving to show how she was virtually turned into a ghost through sexual abuse and spiritual manipulation.

They also revealed how the so-called miracles and healings take place in the synagogue, how people are hired to do fake confessions, the media manipulations, how they arrange words of knowledge and wisdom, the source of the man’s power and influence, his hatred for true ministers of the gospel; how he marches on their pictures making powerful incantations against them.

They also talked about his hit squads, rituals, deceits, hatred for whites, love for money, etc. I mean on video. It is a must-watch. And remember these are his erstwhile confidants. Insiders! You will get very very angry in the spirit after watching the video. I watched it objectively, comparing it with other facts that I have. And if these things are fake, why have the producers not been sued for defamation up till now?? But are these men truly fake prophets or anti-Christ?

How do you know a fake prophet or a fake place of worship?? We will continue next week, God bless!

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Aluu Killing Suspect Parade in Port Harcourt (PHOTO)

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The Police, Tuesday paraded the suspected killers of the four students of the University of Port Harcourt at Omuokiri-Aluu in Rivers state.

The Police Commissioner spoke Tuesday at the Police Headquarters in Port Harcourt, while parading the suspects. Three of the suspects, who were allowed to field questions from newsmen, confessed that policemen arrived Omuokiri-Aluu community before the four students were murdered.

One of the suspects, Mr David Ugbaje, said he saw two policemen when the four students were being beaten, adding that one of them pleaded that the boys should be set free.

He said the other policeman joined the mob in beating the students.
According to him, the four students were accused of robbery, adding that the mob marched the four students to a compound on Coca-Cola Street to confirm if they truly went there to see a tenant, Mr Bright, as they alleged.

Ugbaje, a cobbler, said he and other neighbours in the compound had to push the riotous mob out of the compound where Bright lived when it became obvious that the mob wanted to lynch them there.

He said the man they allegedly went to see was not at home.
When asked if he did not join in beating the students, he said he only hit the students twice.
Ikechuckwu Louis Amadi and Lawal Segun in their separate comments, also said they saw policemen at the scene of the sad incident.

Lawal, a taxi driver, said he was not part of the mob that murdered the students but claimed to have pleaded with the mob to release the students.

On his part, Amadi said he saw four police men while the students were being beaten, adding that the angry mob insisted they were not going to release the boys to the policemen.

Others paraded were Alhaji Hassan Welewa, 59; Lucky Orji, 43 ; Cynthia Chinwo (F), 24; Ekpe Daniel, 30; George Nwadei, 30; Gabriel Oche 33; Ozioma Abajuo, 23; Chigozie Samuel, 22; Endurance Edet, 27 and Uwem Akpabio, 30.



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House boy Steals N25m worth of Jewellery from General Olu Bajowa’s Wife

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Thieves appear to be targeting the treasure boxes of wives of Nigeria’s retired generals with another case of a house help who stole the jewellery of the wife of General Olu Bajowa.

Last month in Kano, thieves stole the N20million jewellery of Mariam, wife of the late Nigerian dictator, General Sani Abacha.

The latest incident happened in Ibadan. The suspect, Kingsley Aimekhu , a house help of the former acting Military Governor, South East Region and River States and ex- Ondo State Gubernatorial candidate, General Olu Bajowa, stole the jewellery, worth N25m from the wife of the General.

Aimekhu has been arrested and currently cooling his heels at the police cell alongside his accomplice, Alhaji Umaru Haruna .

Haruna buys and sells stolen property at Sabo Area of Ibadan, capital of Oyo State. The alleged thief stole the property in the General’s house in Ibadan.

The alleged thief who was on the run for some days was eventually tracked down by policemen attached to the Monitoring Unit of Oyo State Police Command.

We gathered that luck ran out of the thief when Mrs. Bajowa suspected that the only person that could do such a job was her ex-house help which led her mentioning him to the police.

We gathered that the police succeeded in arresting him through his friend who led them to where he was hiding.

Confessing, Aimekhu said that he sold the jewellery to Alhaji Haruna at Sabo at the price of N13m adding that the Alhaji specializes in buying stolen property adding that out of the N13m, he bought Volkswagen Bora car.

Aimekhu stated that he worked for his victim for two and half years before he was sacked stressing that he decided to go into stealing because he was jobless.

Narrating how he was arrested, he said, “I know everything about the house and I know when my master will not be around. So, on September 29, 2012 around 9a.m, I went to the house knowing that nobody would be at home. I jumped in and went to my madam’s room and stole her jewellery, wrist watch and other things.

He disclosed to us that he has a house in Ibadan which he built from the proceeds made from criminal acts.

Haruna, who bought the jewellery, admitted that though, he bought it at N13m; he knew that it was more valuable.

The new Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr. Mbu Joseph Mbu also paraded a 300 level Mass Communication Student of Leads City University, Ibadan identified as Nurudeen for his involvement in internet scam.

The suspect who was arrested at a Cybercafé where he was carrying out his dastardly act confessed that he got into internet scam so that he could better his life and improve his quality of life.

He said that he made $10,000 in the space of three months from his first operation and $7,000 from the second operation.

According to him, he bought a jeep of about N7m from the proceeds of the scam.

“Nigeria police are making mistakes. The whites who we get money from are fraudsters themselves. They want to make fast money but at the end, we are faster than them.

The two white ladies from United States of America were trying to make illegal money from me and I beat them to it by making illegal money from them. I asked them to send the money if they wanted me to do what they wanted from me and what they wanted is fraud too”.

He further confessed that whenever he is on holiday, he does not take his vehicle home so that his parents would not question him adding that his parents are not aware of what he is doing”.

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“Don’t Marry outside RCCG, don’t Marry a jobless Man” – Pastor Adeboye advises members

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In a faith-based programme, that was aired on Dove TV, the General Overseer of The Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor E.A Adeboye, spoke on the subjects of Marriage, Music and many other things. Here’s an excerpt of the sermon:

Excerpts:

There is a difference between enthusiasm and unruliness. As unstoppable youths we need to be enthusiastic but not unruly.

Out of all the instruments mentioned in the bible for praising the whistle wasn’t mentioned! The whistle isn’t allowed in church, leave it for the football field!

MARRIAGE advice for the Ladies

It is better to remain single than to marry or  than to marry the wrong person! Marrying the wrong person is like living in hell on earth and divorce isn’t an option!

Don’t ever think you can marry somebody and change the fellow, if the person doesn’t change before you get married it is a settled case!

If you marry just because a guy is rich, tall and handsome but he not a true child of God, you are heading for trouble! Goliath was Tall, king saul was lanky but he lost his crown. Don’t marry a fool.

If a guy is following you to church just to get you , you will know! some guys are in church just to deceive you but the bible says by their fruits you’ll know them. Bible didn’t say by their words you’ll know them , some guys have sweet mouth! Don’t marry a sweet talking demon, watch their fruits!

If you marry someone who doesn’t believe in holiness, you are the one who dug your own grave yourself cos you’ll only be wife NO 1, many others are likely follow!

Romans 8:31: The reason RCCG weds with the bible instead of a ring is because the bible can never change, the word of God stands forever but a ring can be removed at anytime!

Those who will reach the top must be peculiar! There is always room at the top but only few will get there.

Don’t marry a man who has no job!

Before God gave Adam a wife, he gave him a job! If he says he is a contractor, ask him for evidence of his previous contracts because you might just be the contract he is on about!

MARRIAGE advice for the GENTs

Don’t marry a Delilah! Don’t marry for beauty . Proverbs 31:30 says beauty is vain.

Don’t ever marry outside the church and you have no reason to marry outside RCCG. The reason is that If you are both from the same church even when trouble comes it is easier for the pastors to handle it!

Don’t marry a girl simply because she can sing! In the choir there are some people that can sing but they are falling angels! Marry a prayer warrior! If a girl cannot pray for 1 hour, don’t marry her.

Don’t marry a girl who is lazy! Don’t marry a girl who cannot cook, she needs to know how to do cores and cook because you cannot afford to be eating out all the time.

Don’t marry a girl who is worldly! If you do, you have carried what you’ll worship for the rest of your life!

Advice on MUSIC.

Music is not music unless it is organised. It must have rhyme, rhythm and repetition.

While the right kind of music keeps the devil away, the wrong music can invite demons.

The number one reason why God chose David to be king was because he was a musician singing the right songs!

It is possible to have wonderful music, music that will refresh you and bring God down without making noise. When the bible talks about making a joyful noise to the Lord, it was talking about shouts of Halleluyah.

In your gatherings, check the lyrics, rhyme and rhythms of your songs you use in worshipping God. As much as youths might not want to sing hymns all day, make sure the songs you sing are really glorifying God not just noise.

Advice on EVANGELISM

As youths, take evangelism seriously! Use your youthful strength for God and be proud to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ. Ecclesiastes 12:1

It takes only a few people to cause a riot the universities, why can’t a few unstoppable youths get up and start a riot to the kingdom of darkness?

RCCG is in many nations all over the world today because your parents worked hard in their youths. When the founder, Pa Akindayomi, died, RCCG was only in Nigeria and I was only 38 when the church was handed over to me. Other youths and I took evangelism seriously! We worked hard to bring the church to where it is now, today RCCG is in many nations of the world! IT IS YOUR TURN to take the church forward.

Joshua 1:1-9, Deuteronomy 34:9: We are to build on the foundation that has been laid for us by our fathers.

The elders are the foundation, the youths are the flowers! It’s a dangerous thing to be a flower, people pluck flowers but hardly do people touch the roots!If you stay connected to your roots, you’ll not dry up.

The one who is UNSTOPPABLE is the one who wouldn’t allow sin to come in because our God is a Holy God!

If you will worship God with good music not just noise , if you’ll witness without compromising, if you will be different and ready to stand out for Christ, if you are willing to pray with ceasing then you’ll be UNSTOPPABLE.

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Woman delivers 3-legged baby in Kastina state

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For residents of Sabon garin Kuraye, a sleepy community at Charanchi local government area of Katsina state, Friday the 28th of September will remain indelible in their mind as it marked the day the community witnessed the birth of a child with three legs, Muazu Elazeh reports

When labour met her that day, Maryamu Bala, as all expectant mothers do, expected to be delivered of a normal healthy baby.

After a few hours, the child was delivered in the wee hours of Friday. It came out like every other child except that, unlike other children, it had a third limb with complete features of human legs.

It was observed that the baby’s third leg which sprung out at its waist, has the complete features of human limbs except that it looked smaller than the two normal legs.

Not surprising however, residents of the community, most of who confessed to seeing the situation for the first time in their lives, reportedly thronged into the house of Mallama Maryamu to catch a glimpse of the baby, which most of them described as one of the wonders of almighty God.

“We marveled at the sight of another limb and were at first taken aback but then, we consoled ourselves with our faith in almighty Allah and the belief that He can do whatever He wishes” Malama Hadiza Galu, 33, a resident of Sabon Garin Kuraye, said.

Although hospital officials had certified both the baby and the mother to be in “sound health”, residents of the area described the situation as rare even as some appeared filled with awe as they gazed at the sight of the baby.

Speaking to LEADERSHIP WEEKEND, Mallam Abdurrahman Sale, the child’s grandfather said “the whole thing is surprising and it is a lesson for humanity. But as a Muslim, I know there is nothing Allah cannot do and I think this is one of His countless wonders.”

Malama Maryamu, mother of the baby, told our correspondent that it was her sixth child and while carrying the pregnancy, she never felt any abnormalities and so had no inkling at all that the baby would be born with the rare condition.

“I never felt any different from my previous pregnancies and I had a very smooth delivery” said Mallama Maryamu , noting that in all of her twenty eight years, “I have never heard of or seen a child born with these features.”

“When the child came out with three legs, the first thing I did as a Muslim was to recite ‘Suratul Fatiha’ and ‘Kalmatul shahada’ after which I thanked God for the blessing.”

“My prayer since the delivery has been to ask for God’s intervention so that if it is possible to remove the third leg, let it be removed and if it is not possible, May Allah bless the child for us and help him grow up to realise what he has been destined to become in life” she added.

She was, however quick to appeal to well- meaning citizens and the local government council to assist the family with needed funds to embark on surgery.

Although the the Transition Management Chairman of Charanchi Local government, Alhaji Mustapha Galadima could not be reached, the Vice chairman, Musa Kalla Bala Kuraye said the council had sent a delegation to the child’s family and assured of necessary support noting, “we will foot all the bills incurred at the cause of the surgery and we have given the parents our word to support them in all ways possible.”

Dr Sabiu Giade is a consultant, Pediatrics and the Chief Medical Director of Turai Yaradua Maternal and Child Hospital. He told our correspondent that what is erroneously referred to as ‘third leg’ is ‘ parasitic conjoined twins’ noting, “it is actually supposed to be a set of conjoined twins but the other part did not develop.”

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Pastor Lured My 14 Years old Daughter Into Bed

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Ngozi Offor yesterday told an Abuja Chief Magistrate Court how Senior Pastor Basil Princewill of Mountain Movers Fire Ministry allegedly defiled her 14-year-old daughter (names withheld) and made her undergo an abortion after she became pregnant.

The pastor, Apostle Basil Princewill and Pauline Okoh were charged with criminal conspiracy, impersonation, intimidation, force and assault, which are offences contrary to Sections 97, 179, 397 (B) and 268 of the Penal Code.

The woman, who was led in evidence by Prosecutor Bulus Samuel, said her daughter told her that the pastor invited her for a deliverance exercise and requested for oil as well as handkerchief. She alleged that on the appointed day, the pastor asked her daughter to undress and when she tried to protest, he slapped her.

“He is feared so much in the church and known as papa,” the mother said. She alleged further that the pastor poured oil on her daughter and told her that the next part of the exercise is supposed to be performed by her husband but since she does not have one, he will represent him.

“He undressed himself and put a handkerchief on my daughter’s head, which made her dumb before having carnal knowledge of her,” the mother alleged.

She said when the pastor discovered that her daughter had missed her period; he made her undergo an abortion. The woman also told the court that people in the church thaught the pastor was a lawyer because he usually writes in his fliers, almanac and books that he read law and philosophy. A copy of the flier and almanac were tendered as exhibits in the court.

When the prosecutor then sought to know whether the woman had the original copy of the medical report in court, she said photocopies were submitted to the police while the original was at home. The prosecutor then sought for adjournment in the case so that the victim’s mother can tender the required documents, which were not in her possession in court.

The defense counsel objected to the request and urged the court to compel the prosecutor to tell the court the nature of the document. He said the prosecutor ought to have been prepared for his case, adding that the document from the evidence is a scan test certificate that should be presented by a medical doctor.Senior Magistrate Shuaibu Ahmed adjourned the case to November 13.

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3 UNIPORT Students Burnt Alive For Stealing Phones And Laptops

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Three University of Port Harcourt students named Ugonna, Aladdin and Chidiaka were this morning badly beaten and burnt alive by indigenes of Aluu community for allegedly stealing phones and laptops in an off campus hostel.

Instead of calling the police and getting them arrested, these people put tyres over the heads of these students who were not armed and burnt them.

Then they took pictures, filmed it and spread it around. This happened today in Port Harcout. We are gradually losing our humanity in this country. The boys were all in their early 20s.

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