Photos from the burial ceremony of 21-year-old Nigerian lady, Itunu Babalola has been shared online.
Itunu Babalola is the Nigerian businesswoman who was jailed in Ivory Coast after her house was burgled. She had reported the theft to the police and a suspect was caught.
However, a police officer in Ivory Coast, who is related to the suspect fingered in the robbery, allegedly tried to get Itunu to drop the case and allegedly offered her money which was less than what was stolen.
When she refused to drop the case, she was accused of human trafficking and was charged to court. She was jailed for 20 years over a crime she didn’t commit.
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News of Itunu’s death was shared weeks ago and it was reported that she died after contracting an infection in prison.
Here are photos from her burial ceremony;
Constitution Review: Reps seek creation of additional 111 seats for women
The House of Representatives Ad-hoc Committee on Constitution Review has recommended the creation of 111 additional legislative seats in the National Assembly to be occupied solely by women beginning from the next general election.
It also recommended the creation of two additional seats per senatorial zone to be reserved for women in state Houses of Assembly and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
This was as the Committee voted against the creation of state police.
The provision for the insertion of state police was stepped down after 14 members voted against it, while 11 voted in support.
The Chairman of the Committee, who is also the the Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rep Ahmed Idris Wase, however, noted that the provision had sailed in the Senate.
At its meeting, which was attended by its consultants, the committee adopted changes to section 48, 49, 71, and 91, which deal with composition of the Senate, House of Representatives and state Houses of Assembly to create additional seats for women.
The report of the Committee, according to its Chairman, is to be submitted to the entire House for adoption before the end of February.
The law would create an additional Senate seat for women in each state of the Federation and the Federal Capital Territory and two additional seats for women in the 36 states and the FCT reserved for women.
The proposed law also stipulates that these additional seats would be in addition to the existing seats in both the Senate, House of Representatives and state Houses of Assembly, which women shall still be entitled to contest.
The law is also proposing three additional seats for women in state Houses of Assembly to be produced on senatorial basis and will take effect from the next general election, after the life span of the current Assembly.
It also proposed that no Nigerian shall be discriminated against on the basis of sex, age, disability or health status.
The Adhoc committee however stepped down consideration of the clause which deals with immunity for Presiding Officers of the National Assembly and state Houses of Assembly as well as judicial officers.
It also stepped down consideration of provision which tends to take away the powers of the National Assembly to ratify or domesticate international human rights treaties.
It would also prevent security agencies from parading suspects arrested and accused of offences, describing it as form of torture, inhuman or degrading treatment.
This would amend Section 34 of the constitution to read “for the purpose of subsection 1(a) of this section, torture, inhuman or degrading treatment include parading arrested persons by the police or any other law enforcement agency.”
Governor Ortom reacts to his criticism by the Presidency
The Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, has reacted to his criticism by the Presidency.
This followed a statement by President Muhammadu Buhari’s spokesman, Garba Shehu, after his interview on Arise Television.
In the statement, Shehu took Ortom to the cleaners.
Reacting on Wednesday through his spokesman, Nathaniel Ikyur, Ortom said his criticism of Buhari is constructive and issues based, insisting that the All Progressives Congress-led government has regrettably failed the people and mortgaged the future of Nigerians with its unending borrowings.
He said: “Governor Ortom in the Arise TV interview raised fundamental issues every reasonable government should be bold enough to address without qualms. The Governor decried the rate at which the sovereignty of Nigeria is daily being compromised with the activities of armed Fulani herdsmen that have continued to kill and sack communities across the country.
“The President Buhari’s state of Katsina is badly hit with the activities of these terrorists. It is the President’s failure to secure Nigeria that has allowed terrorists to take over most states. This is not the making of Governor Ortom.
“Benue State where Ortom governs, like many states across the country is severally attacked and people sacked from their ancestral lands by armed Fulani terrorists. The result is that, more than 1.5 million Benue citizens now live in squalor in IDPs not fit for human habitation.
“From north to south, insecurity pervades the landscape of Nigeria with even the military looking helpless in face of superior firepower of the armed terrorists. Should Governor Ortom keep quiet in the face of this?
“For more than a year, the Governor has been shut out from seeing the President. Is this too a lie? Did Governor Ortom lie when he said that under President Buhari’s administration, the dollar skyrocketed from N190 in 2015 to almost N600 in 2022?
“In the Arise TV interview, Governor Ortom reiterated his call for the President to convene a national security summit to find ways out of the present state of insecurity. Is this not a more reasonable position from a Governor that cares for the unity of this country? What is the President hiding that he is afraid of such a convocation?”
Ikyur said Ortom in the said interview kicked against the reintroduction of cattle routes in the country “because it is akin to returning the citizens to the stone age. It is a gross abuse of Nigerians.
“It is therefore curious that, Garba did not address the issues Governor Ortom raised in the interview with Arise TV. Rather, he went about chasing shadows, trying in vain to paint the governor in bad light. In doing so, he turns to accuse the governor of funding a militia group.
“This is the height of irresponsibility. It is on record that since 2015 when President Buhari came to power, Fulani terrorist groups have been emboldened, killing and taking over positions in most parts of the country and rendering citizens destitutes in the own land.
“These are glaring facts that this APC-led government of President Buhari has become inept and clueless and unable to protect the sovereignty of the Nigerian State. These are issues Governor Ortom sought to ask the President to address.
“Rather than take the advise Governor Ortom offers for the collective good of the nation, Garba Shehu and those hired to insult the Governor finds it easy to ignore the weighty issues that bothers on national security but rather go about in circles.
“It is uncharitable and truly a betrayal of hope for the President Muhammadu Buhari government who has consistently blamed past administrations to now find it convenient to accuse Governor Ortom of blaming others before him.
“This is ridiculous and has exposed the Buhari government of being bereft of ideas and indeed empty of tackling the nation’s myriad of problems. The government boasts that it has recovered loot from past public office holders. This is commendable. But where are all the recovered money?
“It is a sad commentary that even with the acclaimed loot recovered, borrowing has become synonymous with the Buhari government. As at the last count, the current APC government led by Buhari has regrettably mortgaged the future of Nigerians with the unabating borrowing.
“The World Bank in its November 2021 update on Nigeria reported that eight million more Nigerians were added to the poverty level in less than two years. This report debunked President Buhari’s claim that he took 10.5 million people out of poverty in six years. For sure, this is not Governor Ortom’s footprint.
“I make bold to say that the Ortom government in Benue State is a responsible administration that hearkens to the yearnings and aspirations of the citizens. Governor Ortom in 2015 inherited pensions and salary arrears of over N70billion.”
Ikyur in the state restated that Benue State had regularly paid workers salaries since 2018 “and to end the challenges of retirees, the State Government domesticated the PENCOM Law. Through the efforts of the Benue State Pension Commission, the state has saved more than N4billion from contributions of civil servants and the state government. And Governor Ortom is determined to leave the state better than he met it.
“Governor Ortom’s electoral value is not in doubt. He has been winning elections and will continue to do so because of the confidence the people have in him. But we challenge Garba Shehu to attempt contesting for a councillorship position in his home state of Jigawa and see if he will receive the kind of support Ortom gets.
“This is the reason why the Governor and his colleagues are committed to the resolve by the leadership of the PDP to rescue Nigeria from the misrule of the APC-led federal government. And so no amount of distractions from a hundred Garbas would distract him from serving the people.”