The wife of a computer programmer whose husband was reportedly arrested in gestapo style has spoken out.
According to SaharaReporters, Titilayo Adeyeun, the wife of a computer programmer, Michael Imoleayo, whisked away from his house on Friday morning by security operatives, said the men, some of whom were dressed in military camouflage, tore the net to their room and threatened to shoot them.
Titilayo said the men switched off the streetlight before surrounding the house.
In an exclusive interview with SaharaReporters, she said the military men had their helmets on while others were clothed in black bulletproof. According to her, only two of the men were in plain clothes.
“I heard footsteps at the back of my room around 2:30 am,” she says. “The footsteps sounded like people matching in twos. I peeped from the window, but I didn’t notice the uniform at first, I just saw men with guns.”
Titilayo said she thought that armed robbers had come in. She said she crept out of the room to where her husband was sleeping, informing him of her observation.
“The armed men already awakened Michael as the dogs were barking,” she said
Titilayo said her husband took his whistle to inform the whole compound.
“When he blew the whistle, the armed men said from outside, ‘you people should not try anything funny, you are outnumbered, just calm down, we are here for questioning,” She recalled. “We switched on the light and peeped again….we saw that they were up to 20 armed men in our compound.”
“They spoke to us again, but one of them just tore our window net with his gun. The window was half-open. He pointed the gun from the burglarproof. He said, ‘you guys should just come out, we are not here to harm you. If you don’t come out, we are going to fire.
“When we got outside, the soldiers – they were dressed in their camouflage, had surrounded the whole house.
“One of the men in plain cloth was on the two-seater very close to my husband, he was telling him things. I tried to move closer to hear what he was saying. But two of those armed men came in between us and pointed the gun at me to move back.”
The armed men eventually forced her and Michael’s aged mother, who was also at the scene, into different rooms and locked up.
Feeling agitated and confused, she broke the door open and saw her husband fully dressed and following the men out of the house.
She added, “I was asking questions, and nobody was replying to me; my husband was looking at me. He couldn’t say a word to me.
“Finally, one of them said they were taking him for further questioning and that they would bring him back. They refused to tell me who they were or where they were taking him to and when they would get him back.
“I tried to follow them, but at a point, one of them said, ‘Madam, please if you don’t go back now, we will shoot.’ They parked the vehicles very far from the house.”
Titilayo said her husband, Michael, was not on the streets of Abuja during the EndSARS protests.
“I could not believe what was happening, I only see things like this in the movies,” she says.
After they whisked her husband away, she said she visited the police divisions in Iddo and Lugbe, as well as the state and federal criminal investigation departments, but none would speak to her.
The arrest of social media commentators is becoming the norm in Nigeria despite the outcry.
In August 2019, a social media critique, Abubakar Idris, was whisked away by unknown men in Kaduna. Security agencies have denied involvement in his disappearance.
Jopearl, the fashion model made has been trending on social media after she claimed she is a side chick to singer Burna Boy.
Jopearl revealed in a video that she has been Burna Boy’s side girl for two years and she is tired of being sidelined from the limelight.
She is on Instagram with the handle @_jopearl and a check on her page showed that she posts what we would consider as extremely hot photos on the app.
Jo Pearl who feels she has been sidelined for too long after agreeing to be a side piece to the grammy-nominated singer took to her Instagram page to share her experiences with the singer and how she found out he was in another relationship on social media.
In two videos on her Instagram page, the 23-year-old narrated how she met and fell in love with Burna Boy before he started dating Stefflon Don.
Burna Boy’s alleged side chic, Jo Pearl calls him out.
For our #BellaNaijaWCW feature this week, we shine the spotlight on and celebrate Adaeze Akpagbula, co-founder of Farmspeak Technology, an agritech startup committed to eliminating extreme poverty amongst African farmers by increasing productivity, promoting efficient resources use and enhancing farm profitability.
Farmspeak leverages technologies such as intelligent electronic sensors, internet of things (IoT), data analytics, and artificial intelligence to drive data-driven agriculture that reduces wastage and improves overall farm productivity.
Currently, Farmspeak is helping poultry farmers improve their yield with its technology. Its PenKeep device works with an intelligent electronics sensor which when installed in a Pen house collects micro climate data like temperature, humidity, air quality etc and wirelessly transmits the data to a cloud server where advanced computational models help to make sense of what is happening in the pen house. The device gives the farmer total control over the micro climate in the pen house as he/she can monitor and control those environmental parameters.
Farmspeak does not just help farmers get optimum yield, it also links them to the right buyers after harvest, helping them save storage or feeding cost for crop farmers or livestock farmers respectively.
Adaeze holds a bachelors degree in Agricultural and Environmental Engineering from the University of Ibadan. She’s also one of the 200 digital startups selected for Forbes’ first Digital Startup Accelerator program in Nigeria where she made it to Top 15.
We celebrate Adaeze for helping farmers increase their yield and income and we’re rooting for her.
In an age where large physical concerts are not possible due to the pandemic, we can easily remember the great concerts that we’ve had in the past. You cannot mention concerts without thinking of Buckwyld ‘n’ Breathless who have brought Nigerians several amazing shows over a decade.
Activities marking the 10th anniversary of Nigeria’s premiere fully-scripted concert brand, Buckwyld ‘n’ Breathless came to a crescendo at the Lekki Leisure Lake venue of the Buckwyld n Breathless Beach Bash on November 29, 2020.
It was a befitting climax to a series of activities to celebrate the milestone and thank the cast, crew, sponsors and friends of the game-changing concert brand. The high point of the night was the unveiling of the lead headliner for the 2021 edition – quadruple threat Banky W and the theme, “The Evolution”.
Banky W expressed delight to headline the 2021 edition. It’s interesting to note that he co-hosted the inaugural concert in 2010 with MI. Banky W used the opportunity to announce a brand new album in 2021 and a B’n’B performance to remember at “The Evolution”.
Preceded by the B’n’B: The Re-Definition television special (which ran on HipTv, Pop Central and Nigezie) and B’n’B: The Roundtable, the Beach Bash feted guests alongside pop icons 2Baba and Banky W.
Key B’n’B players present included Executive producer Efe Omorogbe, co-execs, Rhiemen “Phenom” Omorogbe and Helen Emoh Abutu, Andre Blaze (host/creative resource), Elsie Uvie Oluku (ticketing solutions), Mike Igbelabo (choreographer/talent management) and Don L3 (music director). Co-executive producers Edi Lawani and Kingsley James were unavoidably absent.
Distinguished guests present included Ruggedman, Elajoe, Padita Agu, Sam Onyemelukwe (Trace), Osam (Naija FM), Tony Unu, Neville Sajare (Nevada Bridge TV), Nwanne Okafor, Ruffcoin, Remi Adeleke (Cruise Events), Victoria Nkong (Qtaby), Tomi Falade (Independent), Toun Banjo (Pop Central), Ikhane Akhigbe (AbOriginal), Dan De Humourous, Bamise Oye (Trophy) and Tunde Demuren (EME), Titi Kuti, Frankie Ogbole, Justin Ige (Creative Legal), Loveline Nnabude among many others.
The fun-filled event hosted by Andre Blaze had fans sharing their favourite B’n’B moments over the years. Efe Omorogbe, CEO Buckwyld Media paid glowing tribute to 2Baba for his role in birthing the brand and expressed profound gratitude to all who had supported the brand from day one. In his words, “Without them, there would have been no Buckwyld n Breathless”.