The war to change the narrative of widows and how they are poorly been treated by the society received a massive boost on Saturday as widows from various tribe and religion converged in Abuja to take stoke and share their bitter experience and access the way forward.
The gathering which was organized by Widows Hub, a Non- Governmental Organization gave platform for widows to get to know each other ,share their experience and find a solution on the way forward.
In an opening remark, the Executive Director of Widows Hub ,Mrs Mercy Joe-Blankson said that Widowhood is not an option to make a woman become a begger.
Mercy, while addressing the participants said she knows how it feels because she is a widow and having two children to carter for is never an easy task, especially in Africa where the in-laws care less about the wife of their late brother or son.
“it has happen it has happen but life must continue, When I lost my husband Joe-Blankson in a boat mishap while trying to save the fourteen passenger ,the whole nation Nigeria applauded my husband’s sacrifice”.
“My Husband died trying to save 14 persons from drawing and in the process lost his life, many promises where made but never fulfilled and so am left with the reality of life, but that didn’t define me instead it made me strong”.
Mercy also said her NGO will provide a platform for widows to heal and provide opportunity to help widows find their feet again in the society, free legal advice ,accommodation for widows who needs urgent place to lay their head as a result of been unable to meet up with rent and many others.
She also warn that widows must desist from turning their self to men cheaply or friending a married man all for the sake of he meets my financial needs.
While the widows narrated their stories a very touching one was when one Mrs Chira Chigozie ,whose husband died in a motor accident involving the government of Edo States convoy .
The widow said nothing was done to compensate her or the family and since then she has been on her own trying to survive she demands the NGO to help her get justice.
Another widow whose husband was a serving police man before he died also narrated her ordeal and how the Nigerian police show little or no concern at all ,and up until now the police is yet to pay her late husband entitlement.
It was a moment of tears and pains as each of the widows took time to share their bitter experience in the hands of their oppressors.
Speaking with the press after the section ,Mrs Mercy said the primary aim of her NGO is to give voice to widows and see how they can heal from the pains ,she said all the stories will be followed up and justice will be demanded for the widows where necessary .
The NGO is solely funded by the founder ,Widows Hub, Mercy Joe-Blankson.
Mercy is the widow of Joe-Blankson who died in a boat mishap while trying to rescue fourteen passengers on board, he died trying to rescue the number fourteenth passenger.
Tailor Defence: Travel To U.S. If You Are Sure , Falana Tells Abba Kyari
Femi Falana, Human rights lawyer has challenged Nigeria’s deputy police commissioner Abba Kyari to submit himself to the jurisdiction of the District Court in the United States if he is not guilty of allegations against him.
Mr Kyari had denied any wrongdoing on Thursday after the news of his embroiling with Nigerian Internet fraudster Ramon Abass known as Hushpuppi, in a multimillion-dollar fraud.
Court documents revealed an order to arrest and detain Mr Kyari after Mr Abbas pleaded guilty to large-scale cyber fraud in the U.S. recently. The documents also exposed how Mr Abbas bribed Mr Kyari to arrest one of his gang members following a dispute presumably over the proceeds of crime. The police officer arrested and detained the gang member.
Claiming no wrongdoing, Mr Kyari, in a statement on Facebook, narrated how Mr Abbas called him two years ago to complain about a person threatening to kill his family.
He said the suspect was released after discovering there was no threat to anyone’s life, “and they are longtime friends who have money issues between them.
“Nobody demanded a kobo from Abbas Hushpuppi,” claiming that he only introduced Mr Abbas, who paid N300,000 to his cloth vendor.
“Later, he saw some of my native clothes and caps on my social media page, and he said he likes them, and he was connected to the person selling the clothes, and he sent about N300k directly to the person’s account,” added Mr Kyari. “The native clothes and caps (five sets) were brought to our office, and He sent somebody to collect them in our office.”
Reacting to Mr Kyari’s claims, Mr Falana said, “The United States and Nigeria have an extradition treaty which covers the offences allegedly committed by CP Abba Kyari.”
“If the police officer insists on his innocence, he may want to submit himself to the jurisdiction of the district court in the United States. Once the request is received by the federal government, the attorney general will commence extradition proceedings in the federal high court.”
Additional details in the indictment file contained how Mr Kyari left his job as a police officer and travelled to Dubai to enjoy a good time with Mr Abbas, who lived at Palazzo Versace in the Emirati commercial capital.
Banditry: We Are Available to Help, Boris Johnson Tells Buhari
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said that the UK is available to assist Nigeria in its war against terrorism.
Johnson stated this while holding bilateral talks at the sidelines of the Global Education Summit in London on Thursday.
President Buhari had earlier reviewed the security situation in the different regions of the country, while PM Johnson pledged Britain’s preparedness to lend a helping hand.
“We are available to help,” he said.
At the meeting, the two leaders agreed that in a bid to bring the various forms of terrorism to an end, then it is important that the judicial process runs without interference, no matter who was involved.
According to a communique by the President’s special media aide, the two leaders equally discussed how to increase trade between the two countries, develop solar and wind power, the leadership of the Commonwealth going forward, and other matters of mutual interest.
Nigeria’s power needs and efforts which are being made, as well as initiatives geared at achieving food security, were also brought to the table.
IGP Orders Action on FBI’s Allegation Against Abba Kyari
The Inspector-General of Police has ordered a review of the allegations against Abba Kyari, a Deputy Commissioner of Police.
Kyari has been accused of being bribed by suspected billionaire fraudster, Abbas Ramon, also known as Hushpuppi, but he denied the allegation.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) had also asked Nigerian authorities to track down Kyari over an allegation that the cop received money from Hushpuppi to help jail his associate.
Spokesman of the police, Frank Mba, in a terse statement, made available to newsmen in Abuja, said the Inspector-General of Police, has ordered an internal review of the allegations.
The statement read, ”Sequel to the receipt of allegation and indictment processes from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) against one of the personnel of the Nigeria Police Force, DCP Abba Kyari, the Inspector General of Police IGP Usman Alkali Baba psc (+), NPM, fdc has ordered an internal review of the allegations.
”The Nigeria Police Force reaffirms its commitment to the pursuit of justice and the strengthening of its professional relationship with the FBI and other international partners.
”Further developments on this case will be communicated to members of the public accordingly.”
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