Wife tells court pastor husband starves family


A 38-year-old woman, Chioma Orji, has pleaded with an Agege Customary Court, Lagos, to dissolve her marriage of seven years.

The mother of two accused her husband, Wisdom Orji, of being irresponsible and uncaring to her needs and those of her children.

Chioma, who has the custody of the children, claimed that her husband had failed to provide money for their feeding and hospital expenses.

She said, “Since the children and I left his house, he hasn’t been paying their allowances. He is supposed to pay N10,000 monthly but he pays N6,000, claiming he needs to get steady first and later on, he would adjust.

“The two children fell sick due to malnutrition and cold; how can N6,000 settle their expenses in the hospital? He is a pastor and he heads a church. He is living comfortably and he owns a car, why should he say he doesn’t have money to for the upkeep of his own children?”

The husband didn’t refute the allegations against him.

He said, “This is the money I can afford for now. I don’t have any other place I get money except through my work. That I own a church and I have a car doesn’t mean I am comfortable.

“This is all her fault because she doesn’t take care of the children properly the way a mother should. When I get back on my feet, I will restore the amount to N10,000. That is all I can afford for now, she has to manage with that.”

The president of the court, Mr. Emmanuel Sokunle, however, asked Mr. Orji to submit a letter of apology containing the fact that he could not afford the previous amount for that period and a promise that he would restore the amount immediately money starts coming in.


Nigerian phone seller arrested with N27m hard drug

The drug trafficker

The drug trafficker

Published on August 21, 2012 by pmnews ·

Simon Ateba

Officers of Nigeria’s National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, have apprehended a 26-year old man in connection with 8.5kg of methamphetamine concealed inside metal pipes, the agency said on Tuesday.

The suspect, Afunaya Thaddeus Izunna, who sells phone accessories at Ikeja, Lagos, southwest Nigeria, was found at the weekend to be in possession of the drug during the screening of passengers on Ethiopian airline flight to New Delhi, India.

The drug, NDLEA claimed, is worth N27 million and was discovered when anti-narcotic officers insisted in searching the metal pipes inside his luggage.

The NDLEA Airport Commander, Mr. Hamza Umar said that the drug with a total weight of 8.5kg is one of the highest seizures recently recorded at the Lagos airport.

“This is one of the largest seizures recorded at the Lagos airport in recent time. It was a clever mode of concealment but I am glad we were able to detect it and the suspect apprehended. The case is under investigation” Hamza stated.

NDLEA quoted the suspect to have disclosed that he is married with 2 children.

“I am a trader. I sell phone accessories at Ikeja to take care of my wife and two children. It was a friend that gave me the metal pipes that I should take them to India for a fee. I did not know when, how and where it was packed. I was only given the bag containing the pipes. Unfortunately, when I got to the airport during screening, NDLEA officers discovered the drug and I was arrested. This is my first time of smuggling drugs. I hope my wife will understand and forgive men,” NDLEA quoted the suspect as saying.

NDLEA Head of Public Affairs, Mr. Mitchell Ofoyeju, said the suspect will soon be charged to court.

He did not give any date.

Insecurity: Army Captain Cautions FG

A retired Army Captain, Chief Ibrahim Abdullahi has cautioned the federal government on the need to come up with a safety measure to tackle the contemporary security challenges that has paralyzed socio-economic activities in the northern part of the country. He urged the government to review the enlistment into military and paramilitary in a chat with our reporter at his residence at Keffi. Abdullahi believes that this would go a long way in addressing the insecurity in country. He frowned against the enlistment of people with questionable characters into security. “Our security has been compromised by the politicians. In the olden days of recruitment, district heads and traditional rulers play a pivotal rule by rejecting people with questionable character; but today it is based on god-fatherism, he fumed. Politicians are given probability to present candidates of their choice, a step which he said is a problem to the entire community they come from. While those that are capable and enthusiastic to work are left elsewhere to flounder on the street because of lack of milieu, he also recommend the federal government to make certain that the loopholes that potent immense jeopardy to the country are addressed. The former army chief also called on the federal government to take practical steps to stop the present porous nature of the nation’s borders, saying unless the linkages are blocked the incessant bombings in the country by mercenaries from neighbouring countries will not stop. Abdullahi commended President Goodluck Jonathan for appointing a knowledgeable security officer as the National Security Adviser in person of Muhammed Sambo Dasuki, saying the appointment was at the right footing. “Nigeria needed a clear-cut caliber of security adviser that will take the realm to a fortunate pose, expressing displeasure that the northern part of the country was inundated by explosions. The north is descending to the abyss with bombings” The appointment of Dasuki did not take long time that he travel to the crisis prone state of Borno to reconcile with members of the invincible Boko Haram sect, He also eulogize the National Security Adviser on the holistic approach he takes, calling on Nigerians to be security conscious and be heedful of their environment, saying safekeeping ought not be left alone on the existing security machinery, advising the general public to report any abnormality in their vicinity to security outfit next-door to them.

Divorced almost 50 years ago, 85-year-old couple to remarry

Lena Henderson and Roland Davis got married as teenagers in Chattanooga, Tenn., during World War II. On Saturday, the 85-year-olds are getting re-hitched in Buffalo, nearly 50 years after they divorced, according to Cupid’s news cherubs.

“I always thought it might happen,” Davis, a military vet whose second wife died in January, told the Buffalo News. “It was always in the back of my mind. We’re just thankful that we could get back together.”

“I think we just kept thinking about each other all the time, even though we were so far apart,” said Henderson, a widow after her second marriage.

After divorcing in 1964 — nobody is saying why — they kept in touch, even as Davis moved around the world. His new wife even used to call Henderson for advice. They last saw each other in 1996 at a family funeral.

“The way they would act to each other never indicated there was anything but a friendship between them,” their youngest daughter, Renita Chadwick, told the Buffalo paper. “My mother never had a harsh or contrary word to say about my dad, and my dad never had anything but loving remarks to make about my mother.”

“Every person I share this story with smiles, cries or laughs,” Chadwick said.

Davis proposed over the phone at Easter. He arrived in suburban West Seneca from Colorado Springs with an engagement ring “pinned to my T-shirt” so he wouldn’t lose it.

With four generations of family watching, including the four children they had while married, the forever lovers will re-tie the knot at a church, which they didn’t do as teens.

A reception will follow, but, once again, no honeymoon trip.

“I’m just happy that we’re here,” said Davis.

“You don’t think people are going to get married at this age,” he added. “”We’re just thankful we’ve lived this long and that we’re still here. We have a lot to be thankful for.”