Thursday, 30 March 2017

Kemi Olunloyo Granted Bail!

A Magistrates’ court in Port Harcourt, today granted bail to popular blogger, Kemi Omolulu Olonloyo, and Samuel Walson, publisher of a local tabloid in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

The two publishers are facing four count charges of publishing defamatory and malicious story against the General Overseer of Salvation Ministries, Pastor David Ibiyeomie.

Chief Magistrate, Alatuwo Elkanah Fubara, in his ruling granted the two accused media practitioners bail in the sum of two hundred thousand Naira with credible sureties who reside in Port Harcourt.

The court also struck out one of the charges on cyber crime against Kemi Omolulu Olonloyo for lack of jurisdiction to try the matter.

The matter has been adjourned to May 4 for hearing.

Sunday, 26 March 2017


The certificate scandal involving the senator representing Kogi West Senatorial District, Dino Melaye, may be far from over, as his name was not found on the Ahmadu Bello University alumni website, SUNDAY PUNCH reports.

Melaye’s trouble began on Monday, March 20, when an online news medium, SaharaReporters, reported that the senator did not graduate from ABU for his first degree.

The senator had claimed that he obtained B.A in Geography from the institution.

Melaye had boasted that he was currently a student in ABU pursuing his seventh degree, adding, “Go round all the UNIS (universities) I attended in digging more.”

A day after the news broke, Melaye, while speaking on the floor of the Senate, also addressed himself as an “authentic graduate” of ABU.

On Saturday, an exhaustive online search conducted by our correspondents – from the 1998/1999 alumni set to 2007 – for Melaye’s name on the website of ABU Alumni Association did not give any result that shows that the embattled lawmaker is a graduate of the school.

His name, Daniel Jonah Melaye, as it appeared on a statement of result by the university, when searched, returned with zero result.

When SUNDAY PUNCH searched for ‘Daniel,’ ‘Jonah’ and ‘Melaye’ separately, different names came up.

A search for ‘Melaye’ brought up only one result: Melaye Sunday Ola (Biology Education), who graduated in 1980.

Another search for ‘Jonah’ came up with four different names: Bawa Jonah Seth Besanhi (BSc Geography; graduated in 1973); Birga Jonah (BSc Geography; graduated in 2007); Kaigama Jonah Ishaku (BSc Geography; graduated in 2011); and Ndasala Jonah (BSc Geography; graduate in 1987).

There were 10 results when ‘Daniel’ was searched: Abin Daniel John (BSc Geography; graduated in 1978); Adamu Kantsan Daniel (Institute Of Education Geography; graduated in 1992); Aniro Daniel Rabo (BSc Geography; no graduation date indicated); Atenji Daniel E. (BSc Geography; graduated in 1986); Beshiru Daniel (BSc Geography; graduated in 1980); Dada Daniel Adefila (BSc Geography; graduated in 1979); Awubra Daniel Akinkwe (Geography; graduated in 2002/2003); Daniel Bosede Biddy (BSc Geography graduated in 1983); Daniel Dogara Garba (BSc Geography; graduated in 2010); and Daniel Ezra Jatau (BSc Geography; graduated in 2011).

When our correspondent called the ABU Public Relations Officer, Mr. Adamu Mohammed, about 8pm on Saturday to find out why the senator’s name was not on the alumni website, his line rang out. On the second trial, the line was switched off.

A text message also sent to his mobile line on the matter had yet to be replied to as of press time.

When SUNDAY PUNCH contacted the President, ABU Alumni Association, Prof. Ahmed Tijanni-Mora, he said only the university could confirm if Melaye graduated from the institution.

He said, “The registrars of universities are in the best position to provide information about who attended their universities or not.”

Last week, ABU’s spokesman, Mohammed, when contacted by The PUNCH promised that the institution would come out with its position on Wednesday, which it failed to do as of the time of filing this report.

Saturday PUNCH’s March 25 edition had obtained a document which revealed that the senator got a statement of result with the logo of ABU.

The statement of result read, “This is to certify that Daniel Jonah Melaye having completed an approved course of study and passed the prescribed examinations as, under the authority of the Senate been awarded the Bachelor of Arts (Geography) with Third Class honours.”

The statement, issued by the Office of the Registrar, Academic Office, was dated February 3, 2000, and signed by B.B. Mshelthlila.

It was, however, observed that while the statement of result had the name “Daniel Jonah MELAYE”, the senator’s National Youth Service Corps discharge certificate, which was issued on July 8, 2001, read “Melaye Daniel;” his diploma certificate issued by the University of Jos on August 3, 2006 read “Daniel Dino Melaye”, and his Senior School Certificate in 1992 read ‘Melaiye Daniel Jonah O’ with Melaye being wrongly spelt.

Similarly, the University of Abuja, which Melaye claimed he had also attended, refused to comment on whether the senator obtained a master’s degree from the institution.

The Vice Chancellor of UNIABUJA, Prof. Michael Adikwu, responding to an inquiry by one of our correspondents on Saturday, said, “Issues of certificates should be directed to the registry. I heard that (allegation against Dino Melaye) also, but I will find out later.”

Saturday, 25 March 2017

Photo: Woman Beats Teenage Son To Death!

The police in Ogun State have arrested one Bisola Olukoya for allegedly killing her 16-year-old son and burying him secretly.

The housewife was said to have hurriedly buried the deceased in alleged connivance with her husband and ran away from the house.

Confirming the arrest to newsmen on Friday, the state police Command Public Relations Officer, PRO, Abimbola Oyeyemi, said, “The suspect committed the crime at Onifade-Itele town of the state.

“One Mrs Bisola Olukoya of 40, Ifelodun Street Onifade Itele has been arrested by the Ogun State Command for beating her 16 years old son Toheeb Olukoya to death.

“The incident happened on March 17.

“The suspect, while beating the deceased, used a plank to hit him on the head, after which the boy fell down and died.

“Immediately the information got to the police, the Divisional Police Officer in Itele Division, Lukmon Adejumo, led the detectives to investigate and the suspect was later traced and arrested at Iyana Ipaja in Lagos.”

The PRO appealed to the public to always control their temperament especially when correcting their wards, noting that, “The Commissioner of Police, Ahmed Iliyasu, has ordered the immediate transfer of the suspect to Homicide Section of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, SCIID.”

Friday, 24 March 2017


Barely five days after a medical doctor committed suicide by jumping into the Lagos lagoon, operatives of the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) on Friday rescued two women who attempted to commit suicide.

The women, in two separate incidences attempted to jump into the lagoon from top of the Third Mainland Bridge and Carter Bridge in Lagos respectively.

One, Abigail Ogunyinka, succeeded in jumping into the lagoon at the Carter Bridge but she was rescued by divers who quickly fished her out from the lagoon.

The other woman, Taiwo Titilayo Momoh was rescued while attempting to jump into the lagoon from Third Mainland Bridge.

The two women gave reasons why they attempted to commit suicide.

Ogunyinka said, “I am owing two Micro-finance banks. One N60,000 and the other N90,000 and the banks have been troubling me. I have looked all through and there is no help. I don’t want to face embarrassment. I took my househelp along with me and I told her we were going to the market. I took her along so that she would tell my people and those that I am owing that I did not run away with their money. I wanted her to tell them that I had ended my life but she was the person who raised the alarm when I plunged into the lagoon. If I had known, I wouldn’t have gone with her because, I am going back to the same problem.”

On her part, Momoh who also blamed financial problem to her suicide mission said:”I am blaming the police and the people who rescued me. I am a trader in Balogun market and I took goods from four foreigners who trusted me. I am owing $10,000, $5000, $7000, $12,000 and $2,000 and I was swindled by a Bureau De Change operator. Since I was duped, I have not been sleeping. It is as if I am carrying a heavy load. Please, I am owing Ritmam , Helen and Mathias. Help me to beg them to forgive me. I have not been sleeping .I see those that I am owing in the dream. I am dying of lack of sleep.”

Thursday, 23 March 2017


The police in Lagos State have recovered the body of a banker, identified only as Ken, who reportedly died on top of a woman during marathon sex at a popular hotel located at NNPC junction in Ejigbo area of the state.

Ken, who worked with one of the new generation banks in the state (name withheld), reportedly died while having sex with his married lover, one Ebere Nwachukwu.

Confirming the incident on Tuesday, the Divisional Police Officer, DPO, SP Folorunsho Afolabi of the Ejigbo Police Division told PM Express that the body of the man had since been deposited at a hospital in Lagos state.

According to him, the incident happened on Saturday night.

The DPO said it was gathered that the deceased told his wife he would not be able to come home that Saturday night due to workload at his office.

According to the report, his wife believed him while unknowingly the husband had checked in with his lover, Nwachukwu at the hotel for a night of illicit sexual spree.

Unfortunately for the lovers, Ken collapsed during the act and Nwachukwu, out of fear immediately contacted the hotel management who rushed the deceased to the General Hospital, Isolo.

On getting there, doctors certified him death and his corpse deposited at the morgue.

The police boss noted that Nwachukwu was then arrested and detained at Ejigbo Police division over his death.

“Investigation into the matter has commenced as we await the autopsy report to know the real cause of his death,” the DPO said.