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A Wedding Like No Other

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Jide and Kemi’s parents are friends, so they spend a lot of time in each other’s house. Their parents would tease them about ending up as husband and wife, but they both knew that was never going to happen; or so they thought! Jide is five years older than Kemi; and they saw each other like big brother and little sister especially because Kemi’s parents have five girls and Jide’s, five boys.

Years later, Jide at 24 finally got admission to study his dream course, Computer engineering in Unilorin; he had been turning other admissions down because he was not getting this course.  At this time, Kemi was 19, she was just rounding up her training in makeup and bead making. This was a rule in Kemi’s home because her parents did not think it was wise for them to go into the University immediately they were done with secondary school.

Distance was not an issue for Jide and Kemi, they kept in touch through all the media available. But 2 years later, Kemi was still finding it difficult to make her papers; she was battling with math especially. Her father was not ready to send her to a private school even though he could squeeze out the money. Jide came home for the holiday, and Kemi poured her heart out to him in tears. If she had not spent a year learning that stupid makeup and bead, she felt she would probably be in school now like her mates.

Jide calmed her down and promised to help her with her maths while he was around. While he kept trying to lighten her mood, one thing led to another and for the first time Jide and Kemi made out! This was an eye opener; their chemistry was explosive and with their strong friendship, they both knew that they were meant for each other!

A year later, Kemi had passed her maths and got admission to a university in Lagos instead of her hometown Ilorin but she was over the moon to be free of the 3 years and counting she had spent at home. Her relationship with Jide was public now and their parents were openly hinting at them to get married as soon as they were done with their education.

Two years later, with a very moderate strike in between, Jide came out top of his class at 29.  He was no longer interested in working for anyone, so with help from his parents, he transformed the tutorial business he had started while in school into a full-time business.  At 30, Jide was doing great at his business and he was sure that he was in the right career path, but he needed his woman by his side, and he did not think he could wait for two years or more to have his Kemi to himself. So, he took the first step by proposing to her.

Kemi and Jide’s parents were excited about the proposal, but they also had concerns about Kemi getting pregnant while still in university or dropping out of school due to the stress of motherhood. Now one day while Kemi and Jide were over at her place, Kemi’s family Nurse- Aunty Titi walked in, said her pleasantries and was about to go to the kitchen to gist with kemi’s mom when Kemi wisely asked her to wait a minute and asked for her help.

Nurse Titi told them that with contraceptives, they could have it all,be it an education, career and even a well-planned family. One of the methods she advised Kemi to go for was Sayana Press, a new contraceptive injection that works for 3months. She told Kemi that it is very private and no one will know she’s on it. She also said that it is convenient-since she only needs one shot every 3 months so it would not interfere with Kemi’s studies. And finally that it is not even painful because the needle is so small unlike other injections she knows.

Jide was also curious, so he asked if it was affordable, but Aunty Titi explained that Sayana Press will cost her just N500 at her own hospital. So without wasting time, Kemi agreed on when to go to the hospital where Aunty Titi works so she can get counselled some more and get this her Sayana Press. Before she could thank Aunty Titi, Kemi’s mummy that was stylishly eavesdropping from the kitchen gave a very big shout. “Ope O! Oya Let the preparation begin!!! This is going to be a wedding like no other!”

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Lagos Policemen Brutalise PUNCH Journalists For Covering #EndSARS Protest

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Lagos Policemen Brutalise PUNCH Journalists For Covering #EndSARS Protest

Two PUNCH journalists, Femi Dawodu and Segun Odunayo, were on Wednesday brutalised by policemen guarding the Lagos State House of Assembly in Ikeja.

The duo had gone to cover events around the Alausa area, a major demonstration ground of the #EndSARS protesters calling for a total overhaul of the Nigeria Police Force.

According to the PUNCH, both Odunayo and Dawodu were recording a live video of activities in the area when the policemen accosted them and ordered them to stop the recording.

After showing the policemen their identity cards, indicating that they are journalists covering #EndSARS protests and monitoring compliance with the government-imposed curfew, the policemen became annoyed and pounced on them.

Odunayo said the policemen tortured them for four hours, adding that they stripped them of their clothes, laid them on the floor, beat them with a stick and guns, and took a video recording of them while torturing them at the Lagos State House of Assembly.

Odunayo said, “Femi and I were at the Secretariat in Alausa around 7 am and were doing a live video of the activities going on in the area. We were heading back to the expressway when a group of armed policemen accosted us at the Lagos State House of Assembly roundabout and immediately collected our phones. We showed them our ID cards, but they refused to let us go.

“What got the policemen annoyed was that we saw them using a stick and a rubber to beat a young man, and during the live video, they heard me saying that they were beating someone. So, after they arrested us, they tortured us and demanded that we should do another live video denying the statement, but we refused.

“Each Time we refused, they slapped us, used a stick to beat us, used the butt of their guns to hit our heads and bodies after stripping us of our clothes. All they wanted was for us to do another live broadcast to claim that we lied and we didn’t because we told the truth.”

Dawodu said it took the intervention of the state Police Public Relations Officer, Muyiwa Adejobi before they were released at the Alausa Police Station, adding that before their release, the policemen took their details, including their addresses, took a video record of them and threatened to go after them if any negative report was published about what happened.

He said, “The policemen were transferring the aggression of what is happening regarding the #EndSARS protest on us. They later took us to the Divisional Police Station in Alausa, and if not for the DPO, the policemen guarding the LSHA that arrested us would have done more grievous things to us.

“The PPRO and the DPO later spoke with them, and we were released.

“But despite his intervention, we were told to write statements. They collected our details, address, took video recordings of us making false statements during the torture, and threatened to use it to blackmail and go after us if we end up doing any bad report against them.”

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CCTV At Lekki Toll Gate Was Not Removed -Lekki Concession Company Says

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CCTV At Lekki Toll Gate Was Not Removed -Lekki Concession Company Says

Lekki Concession Company in their press release has debunked the rumour that the Lekki Toll Gate CCTV camera was not removed.

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According to the press release by the company which condemns the unlawful killings of the peaceful protesters said no one gave the order for the removal of the Closed Circuit Television System as the CCTV is still intact as of the time of this report.

Speaking further, the concession company revealed that if the CCTV was to be removed, it would require the use of machinery to reach the heights that they have been installed.

Read the release report below;

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Government official has a hand in the present situation of the country – Babangida

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Government official has a hand in the present situation of the country – Babangida

Former Military president of Nigeria, Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida has disclosed that the government has a hand in the mayhem going on in the country.

The 79-year-old made this remark owing to the massacre in Lekki toll gate and other parts of the country. He quoted Gen. Sani Abacha and disclosed that any insurgency that exceeds 24hours is being manipulated by the government.

Taking to his Twitter page he wrote;

“Once again, I will like to quote Late Gen. Sani Abacha: “Any Insurgency that lasts more than 24 hours, a government official has a hand in it.”

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