Showing posts with label Nigeria. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Nigeria. Show all posts

Thursday, 3 July 2014

Ozekhome call for change of Nigeria’s name to Airegin

ABUJA- A federal government delegate, Chief Mike Ozekhome, SAN yesterday called for change of the present name of Nigeria to a proposed one called “Airegin” because according to him, the name Nigeria was twisted by the colonialists and it would make a clean brake from the past.

Speaking yesterday while contributing at plenary during debate on report of committee on Political Restructuring and Forms of Government with Gen. Ike Nwachukwu and Mohammed Umara Kumalia as co- Chairmen, Ozekhome also called for a reversal from the present National Anthem to the former and older one which was written by Taiwo Akinwumi, adding that the old flag that was designed with the rising sun on it should be re-introduced against the backdrop that it was peculiar with all parts of the country.

Wednesday, 4 June 2014

Jonathan can’t stop corruption except– CAN

Jos – The Plateau State Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, Rev. Soja Bewarang has said it will be difficult for President Goodluck Jonathan to curb or eradicate corruption in the country except every citizen gives his/her support in the fight. Rev. Bewarang noted that corruption is sin and conquering corruption means eradicating sin which is not possible as long as man lives on the earth. Speaking yesterday in Jos with Vanguard in an interview, the CAN Chairman said if every citizen be it a farmer, teacher, business person, politician takes a bold step and say no to corruption, the scourge will be curbed and the country free from it. He said, “As long as man lives on the earth, sin will continue to exist and corruption is sin. If each Nigerian would say no to corruption in the farm, in the classroom, in business, in the market, if we will all take a position and say to ourselves; I will not be corrupted, neither by giving or receiving bribe, we will overcome corruption. “The President is doing his best but his effort alone cannot stop corruption except we take the bold step to stop sin, support him in stopping corruption for development to take place in this country”. He described as “laughable” the recent claim by the Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar that Muslims are being marginalized in the country asking, how can the Muslims be the marginalized? It is politics. According to him, “This is laughable. How can Muslims be marginalized? They have been leaders in this country for many years, they have all the resources and the privileges. Who own the big businesses in Nigeria? For the Sultan to say such is laughable, I don’t even want to believe he said such”. As an advice to the citizens of the State, Rev. Bewarang called on the people to be united and love one another as continuous fighting will help no one. His words, “We have come a long way, by this time next year, we will have a new governor, my problem is who will take over. We are to pray for God to give us a credible person who will continue and improve on the developmental strides of the incumbent governor. “We will not be happy a person who will turn the hand of the clock backward. I call on us all to be security conscious, be united and love one another because we do not have another State we can call our own. As an elder, my desire is leave a better Plateau that the coming generation will enjoy till the Lord returns”. He condoled with the families of those who lost their loved ones in the recent blasts in Jos, pray for the quick recovery of the injured and urged every citizen “irrespective of denomination and faith to participate in activity that will add value to the State”.

Wednesday, 28 May 2014

4 killed in night attack in Kuru near Jos

Jos – The Plateau police command has confirmed the killing of four persons by unknown gunmen on Tuesday night in Wat village, Kuru, in the Jos South Local Government Area of the state.

Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Edo,Protesting youths shut down Benin Airport

BENIN—THOUSANDS of youths from oil producing communities in Edo State, yesterday, grounded activities at the Benin Airport for three hours, protesting delay in the appointment of Edo State Commissioner into the Board of the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, by President Goodluck Jonathan.
The youths threatened to shut down all oil wells in the state if the President failed to appoint a commissioner representing the state on the board of the commission in the next one week.

The youths had last month issued a 21-day ultimatum to the President to appoint an NDDC Commissioner in the state or face the wrath of people in the oil producing communities.
Yesterday’s protest disrupted activities at the Benin Airport after the youths blocked the exit gates, sending passengers back thereby creating tension on Airport Road.

Edo State Police Commissioner, Mr. Foluso Adebanjo, doused the tension when he appealed to the youths to allow people move into the airport. The protesting youths dispersed at 11a.m., after the intervention of the Police.

Mr. Iyamu Culture, who spoke to newsmen, said the protest followed expiration of the 21 days ultimatum issued to the President to appoint an NDDC commissioner for the state.
He said: “We are protesting because the situation is affecting youth development in Edo State. As we speak, the NDDC has resolved to empower youths in all the nine Niger Delta states. With the non-appointment of Edo State NDDC Commissioner, Edo youths might not benefit from that. Projects have also been put on hold in the state due to the non-appointment of a commissioner. We are urging Mr President to act by appointing a substantive commissioner from any quarters as long as the person is from an oil producing community.”

Monday, 26 May 2014

Dangote endorses new cement classification by SON

LAGOS — Following the release recently of the classification of cement and its uses by the Standard organization of Nigeria (SON), leading cement manufacturer, Dangote Cement Plc, has expressed its satisfaction and support for the move, pledging to abide by the classification.
Already, the company said it had complied with the grading of cement and had gone ahead to produce to specifications rolled out by the regulatory authorities.

The SON in the wake of the building collapses across the country and the attendant controversies on the quality of cement being produced in the country, summoned a meeting of a stakeholders in the building and construction industry.
SON, in the new classification exercise, warned members of the public to adhere strictly to the stipulated application of cement types and save the nation the embarrassment of incessant structure failures.

Group Managing Director of Dangote Cement Plc, Devakumar Edwin, while addressing a group of Kenyan businessmen, who visited the Ibese cement plant of the company, weekend, said the decision to embark on the high quality grade was to help Nigeria stem the tide of collapse building and commended SON for the bold move, pointing out that Dangote was ready to support the regulatory body in the onerous task of ridding the nation of structure failures.
He said: “After 28 days, the 32.5 grade gives  a strength of 32.5MPA, whereas the 42.5 grade gives a curing of 42.5MPA i.e 30 per cent higher in strength.”
Mr. Edwin said in Lagos that in spite of the high quality grade of Dangote Cement, it has not increased its price for the product.

Speaking also at the Public Hearing, Director General of SON, Joseph Ikem  Odumodu, said the restriction placed on the use of low grade cement is important to mitigate the problem of collapse building in the country.
 Contributing, President of the Cement Manufacturers Association of Nigerian (CMAN)  Engr  Joseph  Makoju, said the 42.5 grade is superior cement over 32.5 and that Nigeria used to produce and import 42.5 before the coming of 32.5MPA.

Saturday, 24 May 2014

Nigeria at war with unknown enemies– Jang

Gov. Jonah Jang of Plateau, on Friday, said Nigeria was at war with unknown enemies and urged well meaning people to rise to the country’s defence.

Jang made the remark when he visited the scenes of the Tuesday twin bomb blasts in Jos after cutting short his medical trip abroad.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), reports that 78 persons were confirmed dead and several others receiving treatments for injuries.
“This is a different type of war from the wars that we all know; these are enemies that are unknown.
“And these are the worst enemies that you can fight because you don’t know where they are coming from, you don’t know where and how to tackle them until suddenly you are taken by surprise as it is now’’, he said.
The governor was of the view that most of the perpetrators of the heinous crimes were non-Nigerians, employed by the evil people in Nigeria to kill Nigerians. “These people are being sponsored, they come to a place. They don’t stay on trees, but with people.
“We are made to understand that they bring in these bombs not as bombs but they bring them as materials and assemble them in one of our houses.
“Why is it difficult for people to report such cases?’’ he asked. The governor said that some of the activities of the terrorists could be checked if Nigerians were more security conscious.
“We must be suspicious of everything not just cars, we must be suspicious of everything and we must always call the security numbers given to the public by security agencies to report complaints’’, he added. Jang further advised politicians to stop using the emergency situation as the one Nigeria has found itself to gain cheap political advantage.
On the Kidnapped Chibok girls, Jang said “we are all sad about the disappearance of these girls and the Federal Government is working seriously with the international community to locate where they are. “Do they want the President to go to Chibok, to go go the bush to search for the girls himself?’
’ According to him, some of those in the streets marching against the government are those who had held government positions and could not perform.
Jang told politicians to assist the government by also using their connections to proffer solutions instead of discrediting the President.
“This is our nation, we don’t have any other nation to go to, Africa is looking up to us, we are the biggest black population and we are behaving as if we don’t know who we are. “We are all Nigerians, when the time of politics comes, we must play politics but when the time for emergency like this one comes, we must face it squarely and address it’’, he said.
He said the state government would clear the busy Terminus Market where the bombs exploded to avoid a repeat of such incident. (NAN)

Thursday, 22 May 2014

Nigeria urge U.S. to return $500 million Abacha loot to country

“General Abacha was one of the most notorious kleptocrats in memory, who embezzled billions from the people of Nigeria while millions lived in poverty.”

Despite its inability to adequately explain how the more than $500 million Sani Abacha loot recovered from Swiss authorities was spent, the Federal Government has filed an application at a Washington DC District Court requesting that another $500 million (N75 billion) stolen by the late military dictator,

Alleged! How Governor Akpabio passed to law a bill to enable him get N200 million annual pay,after leaving office

Godswill Akpabio of Akwa Ibom State
Barely a year to his exit from office, Governor Godswill Akpabio of Akwa Ibom State has initiated a law to enable him pocket a whooping N200 million in annual pay after his tenure expires.

Mr. Akpabio is also  demanding other benefits including a new house, brand new cars, furniture and luxurious living for the rest of his life.

The controversial law, which was exclusively obtained by PREMIUM TIMES, is known as Akwa Ibom State Governors and Deputy Governors Pension Bill 2014.

U.S. deploys Army troops to help find abducted Nigerian schoolgirls

TO augment efforts to find Nigerian schoolgirls who were taken hostage by Boko Haram, the United States has deployed 80 troops to Chad.

   The White House announced this Wednesday in a significant escalation of Washington’s contribution to a crisis that has drawn global consternation.

    Quoting a White House statement, the Washington Post stated: “these personnel will support the operation of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft for missions over northern Nigeria and the surrounding area.” President Barack Obama is believed to have notified Congress about the deployment.

Tuesday, 20 May 2014

Chief Beck Hitler commend Jonathan, Tompolo over Maritime varsity Okerenkoko, Gbaramatu Kingdom, Delta State

President Goodluck Jonathan and Chief Government Ekpemupolo alias Tompolo,  have been commended for the successful flag-off of Nigeria’s first Maritime University in Okerenkoko, Gbaramatu Kingdom, Delta State.

Monday, 19 May 2014

ABDUCTED CHIBOK GIRLS: Boko Haram drops demand for release of Students

Boko Haram Leader,Shekau

LAGOS—Boko Haram, which abducted more than 200 schoolgirls in Borno a month ago, has backed down on its demand for a release of its top commanders by government before the abducted girls could be released.

It has also emerged that President Goodluck Jonathan has banned all his ministers and presidential spokespersons from commenting on any issue relating to the campaign by the Federal Government to rescue the girls. This came as the Defence headquarters warned against unauthorised visits to the areas of operation by tourists and journalists, saying such venture was risky.

Friday, 16 May 2014

Jonathan cancels visit to Chibok

The much awaited official visit by President Goodluck Jonathan to Chibok Local Government Area of Borno state slated for today (Friday) has be pastponed indefinitely.
Sources said, the pasponment of the visit became necessary due to some important engagement.

Chibok, is in south and about 140 kilometres drive from Maiduguri, the state capital. It would be recalled that some gunmen suspected to be Boko Haram terrorists invaded Chibok on April 14th this year and abducted over 250 schoolgirls writing their final year S.S.C.E examinations, out of which 54 escaped, a situation that has attracted global outrage with some world leading countries offered help to Nigeria on how best to safely rescue the girls.

Wednesday, 7 May 2014

Chibok Schoolgirls: U.S. to deploy security personnel to Nigeria – Abati

President Jonathan spoke to U.S. Secretary of States, John Kerry, on the phone.
President Goodluck Jonathan, Tuesday, welcomed and accepted a definite offer of help from the United States of America in the ongoing effort to locate and rescue the girls abducted from the Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State, three weeks ago.
This was disclosed in a press statement by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Reuben Abati, on Tuesday evening.

Mr. Abati said the “offer from President Barack Obama which was conveyed to President Jonathan by the United States Secretary of State, Mr. John Kerry in a telephone conversation which began at 15.30 Hours today, includes the deployment of U.S. security personnel and assets to work with their Nigerian counterparts in the search and rescue operation”.

Saturday, 3 May 2014

Getafe draw tatters Barcelona title hopes

(AFP) – Barcelona’s slim hopes of retaining their La Liga title were all but ended after they were held 2-2 at home by struggling Getafe on Saturday. The Catalans now trail leaders Atletico Madrid by three points with just two games remaining and having played a game more, whilst Real Madrid are just three points further back but with two games in hand over Barca. Lionel Messi opened the scoring with a fine finish, but Barca were pegged pack when Angel Lafita levelled just before half-time. The Spanish champions improved going forward after the break and deservedly went back in front when Alexis Sanchez drilled the ball home 23 minutes from time, but they were stunned in injury time as Lafita rose to head home Jaime Gavilan’s cross to secure a vital point for Getafe. “We have committed errors that are unbecoming of the professionals we are,” Barca midfielder Sergio Busquets told Canal Plus. “There are two games remaining and we will try to play them with honour because the league is practically lost. We hope that next season will be different.” A video tribute was played along with a minute’s silence to mark the death of former Barca coach Tito Vilanova before kick-off in the Catalans’ first home game since he passed away at the age of 45 on April 25. Possibly affected by that emotional start to the game, the hosts began slowly but went in front with their first clear opening on 23 minutes when Messi swept home Dani Alves’s low cross to register his 41st goal of the season. Pedro Rodriguez should then have made it 2-0 when he raced onto a wonderful through ball from Messi, but Getafe keeper Julio Cesar did well to narrow the angle and turn the Spanish international’s effort behind. Instead, Getafe were level in controversial circumstances eight minutes before half-time when Lafita controlled Pablo Sarabia’s looping free-kick before firing low into the far corner. The goal was initially ruled out by the assistant referee for an infringement by Lafita, but referee Jose Antonio Teixeira Vitienes overruled his colleague and allowed the goal to stand. Barca could still have been back in front before half-time had Sanchez chosen to shoot rather than square the ball to Messi when well-placed inside the area. However, Gerardo Martino’s men upped the tempo of their game at the start of the second period and Cesar did well to parry a thunderous volley from Messi three minutes after the restart. Sanchez then struck the bar as the ball looped up off the Chilean’s chest before Pedro forced another good save from Cesar. Barca did finally go back in front midway through the second-half as substitute Cesc Fabregas had an instant impact when his low cross fell perfectly for Sanchez to rifle home his 20th goal of the season. The home side should have added to their lead in the closing stages as Alves somehow headed wide Messi’s pinpoint cross from close range before the Argentine was at fault himself when his attempted lob over Cesar dropped onto the roof of the net. They were nearly made to pay nine minutes from time when a slick Getafe counter-attack ended with Sarabia’s fierce volley being brilliantly held on the line by Jose Manuel Pinto. However, there was nothing the keeper could do to prevent Lafita powering home his second of the afternoon in stoppage time to move Getafe three points clear of the relegation zone.

Insurgency: Jonathan doing his best-Gowon

A former Head of State, retired Gen. Yakubu Gowon, has urged Nigerians to support the Federal Government in its bid to tackle security challenges in the country. Gowon made the call late on Friday in Lagos while speaking with newsmen after chairing a dinner and award night organised by the Ikeja Branch of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA). He condemned the reports credited to some foreign media that President Goodluck Jonathan was not doing enough to address insecurity. “I can tell you this and I know this, the president is doing his best and do not listen to the sort of news you hear from foreign press talking as if the government is doing nothing. “He is in consultation with the military chiefs, he is in consultation with all the governors and all the political parties to be able to join hands to deal with this problem,” said Gowon, who prosecuted the Nigerian civil war. The elder statesman said the government needed time to effectively deal with the Boko Haram insurgency and bring the conflict to an end. He added:“No matter how weak your opponent is, it is going to take time to be able to resolve the issues which led to the conflict. “It took us about two-and-a half years to be able to end the civil war but what is important is how you end it and how you are able to reconcile and get things back to normal.” He also advised political parties to stop trading blames or use the present situation in the country to their own advantage. Gowon, the founder of a non-denominational religious group — Nigeria Prays — said it was the duty of the media to ensure that the people understood the problems. The media should also let the people know that those involved were doing their best to deal with the situation, he added. Speaking earlier on the occasion, Gowon had urged lawyers to fight all forms of injustice in the country. “I enjoin you to defend the cause of all classes of men but more so, the down- trodden and ensure that the last hope of the common man is not dashed. “You must fight injustice in the society without allowing monetary gains to cloud your sense of judgment.” Also speaking, Gov. Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State, commended lawyers for partnering with the state government toward creating more access to justice for indigent citizens. Fashola, a lawyer, who was represented by Mr Ade Ipaye, the State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, said their responses to the state’s Public Interest Law Partnership (LPILP), were overwhelming. He said:“After the recently concluded Lagos Pro Bono Week, over 120 law firms have now signed with us to offer pro bono services. “With this development, we are now able to get to a lot of people who are awaiting trial in the prisons. “We are now able to render services to aggrieved persons in the society, who ordinarily will not be able to afford legal representation in their quest for justice.” The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Chief Judge of Lagos State, Justice Ayotunde Phillips and former President of the Court of Appeal, retired Justice Ayo Salami and Prof. Akin Oyebode, a law teacher and former Vice-Chancellor of Ekiti State University, attended the event. Others include Mr Olutoyin Ayorinde, the State Commissioner for Physical Planning and Mr Femi Adesina, the President, Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE). The late activist, Chima Ubani, was given a post-humous award by the NBA. (NAN)

Patience Jonathan: 'll lead protest to chibok

The first lady, Dame Patience Jonathan, has promised to stage a protest march to Chibok, Borno State, if the abducted schoolgirls were not released. Jonathan said this in Abuja after a meeting with governors’ and ministers’ wives, female senators, commissioners and more than 200 women from various groups at the State House in Abuja.‎ The meeting was to seek the actual whereabouts of the kidnapped girls. According to her, a committee will be inaugurated to include wives of all relevant stakeholders at a meeting scheduled for May 4. She said that refusal of any of such relevant stakeholders to be contacted for the meeting would also lead to a mass protest. “I cannot perpetuate hearsay and rumour; I must have facts to tell the international community. “We will set up a committee to seek the truth as women. “If any of those we call refuse to come, we will take the protest to Chibok. “I do not mind being shot as long as they return our girls to us safely, we are tired of the kidnapping,” she said. *Patience Jonathan Jonathan said that the first ladies of Cameroon, Chad, Niger and various other countries had called to ask questions and offer assistance on the matter. “They intimated me of their readiness to help, they also asked me questions that I could not answer ‎and as women we are the last hope of this nation. We cannot fail our fellow women and the nation. “‎If need be, we will call on the northern elders to help us so that our children and husbands will not die,” Jonathan said.‎‎ ‎ The ‎Head of WAEC, National Office, Mr Charles Eguridu, at the meeting gave a clarification over the number of students enrolled for the examination in the school. Eguridu said that those registered in the Government Girls School, Chibok include a total of 530 made up of 395 girls and 135 boys. “The school had been reverted to a mixed school but the name remained Government Girls School. “We were able to relocate 189 of the total number to write their exams at another village called Uba‎,” Eguridu said.‎ Others who spoke at the meeting included Mrs Yemisi Suswan, Sen. Nenadi Usman and Prof. Sarah Jibril.(VANGUARD)

Presidential Media Chat holds 4th May 2014

Nigeria’s President, Goodluck Jonathan is set to host its Seventh Presidential Media Chat tomorrow. In a statement tweeted by the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the President, Dr. Reuben Abati, it was stated that members of the public were called upon to send questions they will like President Jonathan to address via twitter to @ mediachatng1. Another of his tweet reads: “T​he Presidential Media Chat will be broadcast live on the network services of the NTA, FRCN & VON, at 7pm tomorrow,May 4, 2014. “

Ibadan Building collapses, leaves one dead

A tipper driver identified as Kabiru was trapped yesterday under the debris of a 2-storey building which collapsed at Ologuneru in Ido Local Government area of Ibadan city. Divine providence, however, made dozens of others working at the uncompleted building site escape unhurt. As at the time of filing this report, all rescue efforts made by officials of Oyo State Government, Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, Federal Road Safety Corps and other agencies as the crane brought to the site could not lift the heavy debris up to rescue the man. The building One of the survivors who preferred anonymity said there were many of them mixing granite and cement to deck the middle floor of the building. According to them, before the collapse of the building, there was a deafening noise around 2pm which made all of them to run out of the building”. ”But, one of us was about coming out but the building had collapsed. We struggled to rescue him and others. The man under the debris is a tipper driver. ”He had supplied many loads of granite. He was told to transfer one of the heaps of granite to another place. When his boys were trying to reload the granite, he said he wanted to have a short nap having told his boys to wake him after loading the sand.” Heaps of mixed concrete, bags of cement, bags and shoes of the workers littered the place. Due to the failure of some security agencies to rescue the trapped man who many believed, must have died, the youths at the site became hostile. Our photo journalist, Mr. Dare Fasube was lucky to have escaped being lynched by the irate mob. The engineer supervising the project was said to have run away immediately the building collapsed. Despite the incident, some of the survivors were still asking an elderly man how they would get their wages.

Distance self from Clark junaid caution Jonathan

Junaid Mohammed,second republic lawmaker yesterday, dismissed the sacking of President Goodluck Jonathan’s Political adviser, Ahmed Gulak, as non-consequential as long as other loquacious elements in an outside the administration continues to speak for Jonathan. Mohammed, who is a delegate at the ongoing National Conference, told our correspondent that Jonathan needed to do away with men and women, who exert negative influence on him while trying to pose as patriotic Nigerians. Mohammed said the sacking of Gulak alone and leaving other elements who constitute a minus to his cabinet, would do more harm than good to the President. The politician said that Gulak, who created more problems than solutions for Jonathan, should have been sent packing before now. He said: The removal of Gulak is a good step taken at the wrong time: it has been overdue and has already created a lot of problems for the man, who appointed him because he specialised in personal attacks instead of offering solutions when occasion demands. Mohammed particularly asked Jonathan to distance himself from Ijaw Leader, Chief Edwin Clark, whom he said, has continued to make despicable utterances that create more problems in the land rather offer the advice of a statesman that he claims to be.(VANGUARD)

Father of 3 kills daughter over plate of rice

A 29- year-old man, Kingsley Ekeret, is currently cooling his heels at the Homicide section of the Rivers State Criminal Investigations Department, SCID, for allegedly beating his seven- year-old daughter to death, for eating his plate of rice. The suspect, a commercial bus driver who hails from Nto Osung community in Ikot Ekpene LGA of Akwa -Ibom state was saddled with the responsibility of catering for his three children alone, after his wife reportedly abandoned them. He returned home at about 7pm on April 12, 2014, hungry and went for the pot of rice he had prepared before leaving for work only to meet an empty pot. Report said he angrily charged at Favour and unleashed his beastly tendencies on the innocent girl on discovering she was the one that ate the food. Neighbours said that explanations by the ailing child that she shared the food with her siblings when they were hungry fell on deaf ears. Her health, as gathered, aggravated and unfortunately she died hours later. Corpse kept in same room with siblings Preliminary investigation, according to the command, revealed that on noticing the motionless state of his daughter, Kingsley placed her body at a corner of his one room apartment in Obeama, Oyigbo Local Government Area where his two other children of ages two and three respectively were sleeping. He, thereafter, wrapped the corpse in one of his clothes at the wee hours of the next day and armed with a shovel, he reportedly dug a shallow grave behind his apartment where he buried the remains of Favour and went about his normal business. But the bubble burst after the caretaker of the building, one Ugwu, who noticed the unusual disappearance of Favour, demanded for her whereabouts from her father. Ekarete was said to have told the care-taker that his daughter took ill and was rushed to a hospital in Umuebulu community where she died. Curious Ugwu reportedly insisted on seeing the corpse, promising to assist in providing money to bury her, a request the suspect refused to oblige. A resident who spoke on condition of anonymity toldSaturday Vanguardthat “ the caretaker informed a neighbour, one Pastor Emeka Onuoha, of Jesus Reigneth Ministry of the situation. While the accusations ensued, policemen attached to Afam Police division who were on patrol were flagged down by the Pastor, consequent upon which Kingsley was arrested and later transferred to the State Criminal Investigations Department.” Suspect claims deceased was poisoned In his statement to operatives of the Homicide section, Kingsley exonerated himself from the crime, giving rather different accounts as to how his daughter died. At first, he said: “ She died as a result of neglect by her mother. She left me to carter for my three children alone. I usually go out everyday to toil for what they will eat. She apparently died out of neglect.” At other time, he said , “Maybe she was poisoned. You see, being poor, I deposited my telephone with a Hausa man that sells rice, with a promise to collect it back when I pay. It was the rice I prepared for them that morning ,without knowing it was poisoned.” It was gathered that at a point, he became incoherent with his words. Efforts to get him take the operatives to where the remains of the child was buried failed at first as he reportedly claimed he buried her along the road, on his way back from the hospital. He further stated that he had deposited the body in a mortuary at a neighboring village. Urged to take them to the places, he turned around and claimed he has forgotten the exact place. Truth unfolds The truth about his alleged involvement was later unfolded when his parents visited him at the SCID. His father was said to have told operatives that Kingsley called him on the phone, informing him that he had mistakenly killed his daughter. They`narrated his strange behaviour even towards the mother of his children who ran away from home to avoid his excesses. Kingsley’s father also narrated how his son had called him immediately after the murder. Body recovered When it became apparent that his game was up, he reluctantly took operatives and members of his family to the shallow grave he dug behind his apartment where part of Favour’s body was reportedly seen wrapped in a blue cloth. Efforts to reach mother of the children have reportedly seemed futile. The Rivers State Commissioner of Police , Mr Tunde Ogunsaki, who described the act as a violation of the child’s right to survival and development as well as lack of parental care and protection said the suspect would need to go through psychiatric test apparently to ascertain his mental state before he would be charged to court. His assertion followed claims that Kingsley might be mentally deranged.(VANGUARD)