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720 suspects arrested from ‘black spots’

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By Precious Igbonwelundu 

Lagos State Police Command on Sunday said it arrested 720 suspects during simultaneous raids on black spots across the 14 area commands in the state.


A statement by the spokesman, Olumuyiwa Adejobi, said the raids were done about 7am on Sunday. Items recovered included substances suspected to be cocaine, marijuana, locally-made guns with live cartridges, charms and items suspected to have been looted during the #EndSARS protests.


Adejobi said the arrests and recoveries followed the re-launch of the command’s anti-crime strategies. He added that areas covered were identified black spots, reasonably believed to be harbouring criminals and hoodlums.

The statement reads: “720 suspects were arrested, and incriminating items, including locally-made guns and life cartridges, charms, weed suspected to be Indian hemp, substances suspected to be cocaine and some items suspected to have been looted during #EndSARS violence, were recovered from them.

“The Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, had earlier warned and directed officers and men to move against lawlessness and criminality. He affirmed the command’s zeal to sustain the operations, even beyond the yuletide.”

Odumose has directed the Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) in charge of SCID to begin discreet investigation of the suspects for prosecution, Adejobi added.

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Benin Cult Clashes: Dead Bodies On The Streets (Graphic Video/Photos)

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The ancient city of Benin is currently witnessing one of it’s deadliest cult clash battle in recent times.

Verified report says about 28 people have lost their lives to on going cult battle. But words on the streets suggests the number is way more than that.

We at ONLY ANIMATED VIDEOS went round to gather some videos of some of the victims.

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Ladies Are Scared Of My Height – Cardoso Oluwatosin, Tallest Ex-Corper

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I don’t have girlfriend because ladies are scared of my height – Cardoso, ex-NYSC member

For human beings, many are created fat, some slim, some tall and some short.

Cardoso Oluwatosin Michael, from Lagos Island, has just finished his mandatory National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) in Minna, Niger State.

Cardoso graduated from The Polytechnic Ibadan where he studied science laboratory technology in 2018. His plan, for now, is to settle down with a wife and then travel abroad for his master’s. But there is a major problem: Getting a partner as his height, he says, is scaring away ladies from him.

From the beginning to the end of this interview, there was no dull moment with Cardoso as he opened up about his life, his parents, his past and future. The 6.9 footer wants to be a lecturer later in life and a renowned basketball player.

What is your height?

(Bursts into prolonged laughter) I know you will ask this question. I am 6.9 feet. The height is an advantage to me in the pursuit of my basketball career.

Do you see yourself as the tallest man in the country?

I have not moved round the entire country, so I wouldn’t know my position. But what I know is that I am one of the tallest people anywhere I have been to and it makes me highly distinct from others.

Which of your parents has similar intimidating height?

Neither of them has such intimidating stature but the two of them are a little bit tall and fat. However, there is one of my maternal uncles who is very tall and my mother used to tell me that I must have inherited the height from him; I also know that some of my father’s relatives are tall; so I must have inherited the height from both families.

Have there been instances whereby your parents made intimidating comments about your height?

Yes, yes. Though my father is late, my mother during conversation or argument with her occasionally will just pounce on me in Yoruba and say, “Iru omo wo niyi, o kan ga gogoro, nibo lo ti gbe giga re yi wa gan?”, meaning, “What type of child are you? You are just tall for nothing, in fact, from where did you get this your intimidating height?” And we will just laugh over it including those around and that is all especially since we know that being tall is not a disease or curse.

Do you feel bad or regret having this height?

It is mixed feelings depending on how it comes. My belief as a Christian is that God did not make a mistake to have given me this height because everything done by God is perfect.

Sad experience…

There was a day in Ibadan that I was embarrassed by a taxi driver; I wanted to enter his vehicle and he disallowed me from coming in as he drove me away as if I am not a human being. Speaking in Yoruba to me in a loud voice, the taxi driver said, “Young man, don’t come in at all o; in fact keep away from this car. I will not carry you because your height won’t give my other passengers their due space.” When this happens, as a student and as a normal human being, one would feel intimidated.

But anytime it happens, I quickly put it behind me and forge ahead and remain consoled that being tall is not a disease and that, somewhere, I will use this same height to my advantage. Sometimes when I have to travel, because I cannot sit just anywhere in commercial vehicles because of my long legs, I beg or abandon travelling especially when passengers refuse to vacate the front or side seats for me or wait for the next vehicle.

Problem shopping for wears…

Ah! This is another experience in life especially in the market because everything is double size for me! I have a lot of challenges in this aspect. I don’t usually see my trousers length, shirts size and other clothes in the market due to my height.

So, I usually call my junior sister to buy materials which I give to my tailor to sew to my taste and size.

Why not explore supermarkets and boutiques for shopping?

These are no-go areas for me because even if I can get my clothes’ size there, they will be too expensive for me. For shoes, they are even more difficult to get. But I have a shoe dealer who goes the extra mile to help me get sizes 49 or 60 depending on whether they are Italian or American.

Life at NYSC camp…

It is always easy for those with normal sizes to get their kits like khaki wears, sports wears and jungle boots among others easily but for me, it was not easy. Honestly, words cannot describe my experience while in camp. My first experience was when I got to the gate of the NYSC camp where I was confronted by officials of the NDLEA who bombarded me with questions but because I know my peculiar position, I turned every conversation to a joke and I remained the longest screened corps member to go into the camp and, even after then, some of them were still looking at me as a strange human being throughout our stay in camp.

When khaki trousers and jackets and jungle boots etc were being distributed, it wasn’t easy for me. The khaki trousers, jacket and vest given to me were too short. My jungle boots were undersized. I had to go to a tailor to add more yards of khaki to give me the right size of trousers and jacket and I also had to take my jungle boots to a cobbler to adjust to my size! Honestly, I went the extra mile to get these done.

Everybody in camp used to call me ‘Dogo’ (tall person in Hausa language) and I will just laugh. This attitude endeared me to everybody and made them love me the more. Honestly, despite all odds, I enjoyed myself in the camp.

Next level…

One of my next plans is to marry. I will like to marry somebody who is moderate to my height, the lady must at least reach my arms or a little bit short for the equation to be balanced.

Who is the lucky partner?

I had a partner formerly in Ibadan but we are no longer together and I am not dating anyone presently.

Are ladies intimidated by your stature?

Honestly, they are scared of my height and some run away from me. Out of about one hundred percent women I have met in my life, sixty percent of them run away from me just because of my height but later, some of them would come back to me because I used to take tutorial while in school and ladies also attend and so, if you don’t like my height, you will like my brain. Meanwhile, I feel comfortable on the basketball pitch and in church (Cherubim and Seraphim Movement Church, Minna) where I feel so free because there is love and no discrimination there. What I make ladies realize is that height is not a disease and I am not tall for nothing because I have a value for my life.

Plan for basket ball…

Basketball is really on my mind and in my blood and I will not leave it. I played in different schools and clubs while in school and I am really working on it and looking forward to the time I will become like Michael Jordan or Hakeem Olajuwon. What I need for now is for basketball talent hunters within and outside the country to locate me and fix me up and I am optimistic that I will excel in the game.

Message for people who are tall like him…

My message is “All things bright and beautiful, the Lord God made them all”. Anybody as tall as me should see it as a blessing from God and added advantage. This is because we have many things that others do not have and so they should be focused and don’t allow people to be their obstacle. They should see themselves as a blessing to their families, society, country and the world as a whole and should therefore pursue their goals with vigour until the goals are accomplished putting at the back of their minds that height or being extraordinarily tall, short, fat or slim is not a disease and should therefore be used more positively for the betterment of the society and for the glory of God.

Source:- Vanguard

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Uzezi Agboge: Why Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s “Zikora” is a Must Read

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Chimamanda’s newest short story, Zikora, opens you up a plethora of emotions. If you are familiar with her work, you expect nothing less. Still, it leaves you captivated.


This sensational story opens with a cold and unfriendly mother in the hospital and her daughter who is in labour. The reader is launched headfirst into the hospital room with a mom-to-be who is going through birth pangs for the first time in her entire thirty-nine years of living. She was familiar with getting pregnant, but this other side of pregnancy – labour – is a rude shock to her. “Nature must not want humans to reproduce,” she mutters.

Chimamanda’s powerful use of imagery grips the reader and entwines you into every contraction and discomfort the narrator describes, and the excruciating pains that bring Zikora to the brink of delirium as she starts to get upset at the nurses and doctors. First, it was the smaller nurse whose crime was her false lashes; then Dr. K who she had chosen for his compassionate eyes but his normalization of her pain, which should be biologically impossible for him to understand, made her second-guess her choice; and then the epidural doctor who, to her, doesn’t sound professional enough.

The transition through time in the story is not confusing; it is, instead, enlightening. Not so long ago, she was in a perfect relationship with a loving man, Kwame, who was a huge contrast to the man her cousin, Mmiliaku, had chosen as a husband. It’s surprising to the narrator and the readers how Kwame abandons her with the pregnancy. We are willful spectators to a blissful relationship that suddenly turns sour. And then while our narrator struggles to pull through nine months alone, she also tries to rationalize why the father of the child just bolted and left. But our narrator never judges him so we are left to be the jury.

We begin to wonder if she wrote and played a different script in her head from the beginning. Her expectations when she tells him about the pregnancy suggests she was so certain he would be welcoming of the idea. His claims of miscommunication cannot be thrown out the window too. When Mmiliaku tells her how possible it was for men not to have an idea about the workings of the female body, the narrator steps back in thoughts and gauges Kwame’s reaction to her getting off the pill and other statements she had made concerning the female body. We can sense a misunderstanding there. Did he assume she had an alternative for the pill? For a couple that talked about everything, it seemed absurd that they did not discuss this. Could she have already taken a decision for both of them the moment she decided to get off the pill? Could that have motivated his action to leave her? 

Now, at the jury box, do we try to rationalise his decision, or do we condemn him for insensitivity? Whatever we choose, it cannot be overflogged that he may have overdone it when he ignores her calls from the hospital and blocks her. 

Blocking her off his life would definitely not undo a baby, but that piques our interest in an assertion the narrator had of him: he had a boyish quality which she did not think was a cover for immaturity. With all that unfolds, you are left wondering if really it wasn’t just a cover for immaturity? A single point of view has its restrictions.

Her mother, who we may see as stiff, has been through her own fair share in life and understands what it is to hold your head high and strong as a woman and show no pain whatsoever. This, she expected from her daughter. After having her daughter, she suffered 3 miscarriages and an emergency hysterectomy, her husband decided to marry another wife to bear him sons and yet she bore all that with dignity and grace, and only when he decided to move out from the house did her daughter get a glimpse of her armor.

When we meet her father, she describes him as someone who “charmed everyone, and broke things and walked on the shards without knowing he had broken things”. It says a lot about who her father was, in comparison to her mother, and how his actions may not always have been well thought out as regards her feelings, but for the strains of culture, it may seem superfluous to blame him for remarrying or even blame him for moving out to set her half-brother straight. 

In the end, the liberal narrator is able to see that whereas her father broke things, she blamed her mother for the ruins. I believe at this point, we can say she begins to understand her mother.

This road to motherhood with Zikora did well to portray the diversity of human emotions, with no set way for human reaction. We see that not all mothers would be doting on their daughters in labour because “it’s normal”. Not all nice, loving, and exceptional boyfriends with family acquaintance will stick around when a baby comes, and not all mothers are in awe at the birth of their child. Zikora is seen to not know how to feel, she could articulate the feeling of pain from the stitching of her tear more than that feeling of awe when she held her baby in her arms. It was not until he cried from the pain of circumcision did that feeling of possessiveness overcome her, and the love flowed in torrents that she needed to affirm it loudly that he was hers. 

Zikora had an eventful road to motherhood and even though she is inexperienced and feels a longing for the father of her child, she is about to explore two other relationships that will change her in different ways: a relationship with her mother with whom she has found a new dependency to help with the child, and her own child through whom she has seen a softer side of the mother. The story which first began with a cold mother ends with two mothers overcome with different emotions. 

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