A Zimbabwean Magistrate will continue tomorrow, the trial of a woman, who beat her husband for attending a church different from hers.
Susan Mudzengi, 43, turned her husband, Paul Ndlovu, ten years her senior, into a punching bag on 20 May after the man returned home having attended the African Apostolic Church. She is a facing a charge of domestic violence and public indecency.
She was formally charged 22 June.
The woman is a member of the Apostolic Sect run by a Johanne Masowe. She was slammed with the additional count after she stripped at a police station to avoid being detained in the cell.
Prosecutor Munyonga Kuvarega told the Beitbridge Magistrate, Goodswill Mavenge that Ndlovu is the headmaster at Nottingham Primary School in Beitbridge.
As reported by Zimbabwean NewsDay, Kuvarega said on May 20 this year Ndlovu returned home from church and Mudzengi started shouting at him for attending the Apostolic church.
“Ndlovu was served with supper by his daughter and when he finished eating, Mudzengi grabbed him by the neck and pushed him to the floor before she sat on him and assaulted him several times with fists. The accused also destroyed Ndlovu’s Bible, anointing oil and Mwazha’s(his pastor’s) picture.
“The complainant managed to escape and reported the matter to the police, leading to Mudzengi’s arrest.
Mudzengi was arrested on June 17, but on arrival at the police station, she became violent on learning she would be detained.
She removed all her clothes in full view of male police officers and other people at the station. She then threw the clothes away. Female police officers later grouped around her and forced her to wear her clothes before she was escorted into the cells.
A soldier, Victor Chukwunonso, said to be a gang member of the notorious kidnap kingpin, Chukwudimeme Onwuamadike, aka Evans, has been arrested by the police.
Chukwunonso, lance corporal, with Army No: 09/NA/64/6317 is attached to the Nigeria Army Band Corps, Abatti Barracks, Surulere, Lagos State.
The police said the soldier, who hails from Onitsha, Anambra State, confessed to have participated in three kidnap operations with Evans, and got N6.5m.
In the course of investigations, Evans was said to have mentioned the soldier as one of his accomplices, leading to his arrest on Friday at Ojo by operatives of the Inspector General of Police Intelligence Response Team, led by Abba Kyari.
The police on Saturday said the soldier confessed to his involvement in three kidnap operations, adding that a manhunt has been launched for other members of the gang.
Meanwhile, the Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of administration, Lagos State Command, Dansuki Galadanchi, denied a report that the command released one Emeka who allegedly facilitated the abduction of his boss, Chief Donatus Duru, by Evans.
Duru, a pharmacist, had escaped from Evans’ detention camp at New Igando in Lagos.
The DCP said the suspect was arrested, charged to the Ebute Meta Magistrates’ Court and was remanded in prison afterwards.
He added, “But it came as a surprise to the police, when a television station reported that the suspect escaped from our custody. Emeka was never in our custody. We charged him to court immediately we arrested him.”
The General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, has said he still irons his wife’s clothes.
Adeboye said this on his official Twitter handle on Saturday.
The renowned pastor, in a series of tweets on humility, said, “I still iron/press my wife’s clothes when I’m allowed to. If you are a true leader, you must always be ready to serve, even when no one can see you.
“If you find a RCCG pastor that is not humble, then it means I wasn’t the one who ordained him or her.”
Lure Hsu, who will soon be celebrating her 42nd birthday, has disclosed the secret behind her youthful look. The 42-year-old lady who has become an internet sensation told Friday Magazine;
“Moisturizing is so important – in fact, ageing, fine lines and other skin problems moisturising can reduce.
In addition, to keep skin healthy the sun is also very important, but not excessive exposure to it – especially in the summer.
Although the sun is not always hot, you should still use sunscreen as sunned skin is drier and make small spots and small fine lines easier to appear. Think everything is simply moisturizing well and not over-exposing yourself to sun.”
She further disclosed that she eats less meat and more fibre, plus high protein foods and exercise are also parts of her routine.
Lure also suggested that her fans take a cup of black coffee every morning, have as few sugary drinks as possible, eat less greasy food, eat more fruit and vegetables.
June 21 of every year is a special day in the history of music since it was initiated by France in 1982 as Fete de la Musique; World Music Day. It is celebrated across the world to mark the beginning of summer solstice, that is, the longest day of the year.
Since its inception, the World Music day has been adopted by over 120 nations. This year’s celebration was not an exception as musicians from all genres and ages, amateurs and experienced, celebrated the day with events such as street, park, garden, stadium, station, hall and all concert with free performances.
Nigeria relatively was part of the countries that celebrated the day, as Lagos State reflected the day with about 12 events, held simultaneously across Lagos metroplolis.
Nigerian music stars including King Sunny Ade, Bez, Omawumi, performed at some of the venues of the event tagged: The Make Music Lagos, held at the Balmoral in Federal Palace Hotel, Victoria Island, organised by Showgear limited and partners.
Sunday Tribune spoke with some musicians on the current state of the music in Nigeria and the way forward:
The Nigerian music industry is taking a new height; the old generation musicians are not resting on their oars and the new (generation) artistes are bringing in new discoveries in diverse ways to reach their own generation. So far, the industry has witnessed different kinds of music and I am particularly happy with the development the industry is witnessing in recent times and as a result of these potentials, Nigeria is already in the lead in Africa and I won’t be suprised if we take over the the number one position in the world.
Like I used to say, we were limited because of technology, but technological advancement is giving today’s musicians several opportunities to reach out. Also, it presents a new window of opportunity for the present day musicians. In our days, right from school, we were taught how to be humble, respect elders, among other good qualities, which influenced our thoughts and entire lives. This really helped me to be among the best composers. I feel it is crucial to go back to out root.
Music is powerful, and it is ideal any musician understands the power and rudiments of music because it can make or break an individual or society. Don’t forget that you cannot give what you don’t have. This is why l preach morals in all my works and this is one of the reasons records I did 40 years ago is still relevant even among the youths today. Positive thinking would only deliver positive a message, especially at a time like this when musicians need to come out en masse to preach love and unity in the country; I want to strongly advice the new generation musicians to connect to this. The World Music Day should serve as an eye opener to all musicians, individuals and government. We all have a role to play in restoring sanity to the industry and society at large.
The World Music Day symbolises happiness and joy around the globe. These two are the key elements of music, even when music is employed to criticise societal ills. The day is significant as a platform to reflect on the past to shape the present for the future. This was evident in the concerts arranged to mark the day: a mixture of old, new and young.
The potency of music lies in messages and the general beat; they are complimentary in such a way that one must not overshadow the other. This is one lesson young artistes must learn. Generally, I tend to agree with the discipline that was the driving force among old artistes, and I commend this to new artistes as a platform to reach the sky.
Music in Nigeria is coming out of the woods. We are past the lack of appreciation by our people locally which were the case in the past and now getting the nod from beyond our shores. The size of the industry and its impact on the economy are also noteworthy. It has become the fall-back of many unemployed youngsters and largely positive and one is happy about the prospects.
Since its ascendancy in the league of industries locally, music has scored a major as far as influence is concerned. Economically there is a growing engagement of music stars as brand ambassadors for products and services to aid their marketing and raise sales. Politically, artistes have been actively waging war on the decision of persons and political groups who take power at various levels. Recent cases was 2Face’s protest which got the attention of the government and the ongoing Nathaniel Bassey-led Halleluyah Challenge bringing spiritual rebirth to many through social media and even the effort of artistes on matters arising such as The Chibok Girls’ case.
Our music needs to be widened a lot more. The space is currently choked with a mono sound, which does not cater to the palette of the fans. Nigerians want more genres and we have talents all over. The media needs to help highlight some of these talents and help keep older ones in our consciousness. That is the making of a true industry. Corporate bodies and government should also hasten and double up interest on piracy and creating the environment for creativity to contribute more to the wealth of the nation. As for the up-and-coming and A-list artistes, let us keep making great music and remember that making music short of the standards would not make us goo anywhere. Real artistes need to actively establish structures that sift the chaff from the wheat. Above all, let us keep music playing, because our history is not contained only in books, but also in songs.
I commend musicians across the Nigerian nation and the world on the World Music Day. Those of us who have been given the special gift to spread joy to mankind with our beautiful art of music must recognise that what we have is a rare privilege. At a time when many across the world are under tremendous stress and strife stares so much at mankind in the face, we must compellingly speak the language of music, the language of love, a language that knows no boarders and use our special gift to reduce hate, bring people together and put a smile on the faces of God’s children
Musicians across Nigeria need to understand that they have an important role to play in providing a soothing balm on the frayed nerves of many in the Nigerian nation and pouring cold water on the dangerous fire of hate being lit by some across the country. Nigerian musicians must deploy themselves as agents of peace across the country as COSON would continuously watch their backs.
The Kano State House of Assembly constituted an eight-man Committee to investigate the allegations of funds mismanagement levelled against the Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II.
Sanusi, the former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), has been accused of mismanaging N4 billion which he inherited from Emir Ado Bayero, his predecessor, he has since denied the allegation.
This is the beginning of Emir Muhammadu Sanusi’s travails.
Who is Muhammad Sanusi
Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, was born (31 July 1961), also known as Emir Muhammadu Sanusi II, is the Emir of the Kano Emirate serving since 8 June 2014.
He was crowned as Emir of Kano, after the death of his grand uncle Ado Bayero (who died on 6 June 2014).
Mallam Sanusi was a successful banker and was a former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria. He was appointed on 3 June 2009 by late President Umar Yar’adua for a five-year term, but was suspended from office by President Goodluck Jonathan on 20 February 2014 after claiming that a $20 billion fraud was committed in the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC). Mallam Sanusi is the grandson of Muhammadu Sunusi (The 11th Fulani Emir of Kano ). He was a career banker and ranking Fulani nobleman, and also a respected Islamic scholar.
He is the direct son of Ambassador Aminu Sanusi, a career diplomat and technocrat that served as the Nigerian Ambassador to Belgium, China and Canada, who later served as the Permanent Secretary of Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
He became the Central Bank Governor of Nigeria when there were systemic problems in the banking sector. The banking sector was battling with liquidity problem and many were struggling to meet their financial obligations.
He launched a crusade aimed at sanitising the banking sector which was at the edge of collapse going by the result of the joint audit conducted by the banks depositors’ insurance scheme (NDIC). He achieved his aim of transforming the banking industry along the lines of good corporate governance and international best practice.
He returned the banking sector to profitability by removing the toxic funds with the establishment of AMCON (Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria).
The radical Muhammadu Sanusi
Kano state, a state in Nigeria, is noted for producing radicals in the Northern Nigeria. The politics of Kano seems to be different from the mainstream Northern establishment that is conservative and promoting the bourgeoisie.
The foremost late politician, Aminu Kano promoted the politics of the “talakawas” in the first and second republic. He led the Northern Elements Progressive Union (NEPU) during the First Republic against the Northern Peoples Congress (NPC) in the 60s, and Peoples Redemption Party (PRP) against the National Party of Nigeria (NPN) in the late 70s.
Malam Aminu Kano, believed that the poors “Talakawa ” must be truly and genuinely represented at all levels of governance to reflect their yearnings and aspirations. Sanusi Lamido aligned with this philosophy.
Late Dr Bala Usman was another radical that had a great influence on him. Emir Muhammadu Sanusi II makes no bones about his radicalism. His Royal Majesty admits openly and unabashedly that he is a radical and he is quick to credit late Dr. Yusuf Bala Usman, as the patron saint of his radicalism.
Late Dr Bala Usman, was a one time head of History Department of the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, the one of royal blood from Katsina who decided to pitch his tent with the commoners and who freely espoused the radical philosophy of socialism and the rights of the downtrodden. He became famous for speaking truth to power and for his radical views as well as his exemplary conduct in the pursuit of what he believed in. The late Bala Usman was truly a man of the masses who lived by what he preached.
The Emir graduated from the same University, Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria, where he obtained a bachelor’s degree in Economics in 1981.
Sanusi took his radicalism to the banking world. As the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, he was expected to be the banker of the government and be loyal to the President. His radicalism made him to criticise the government he was serving, publicly accusing that monies were missing from the account of the state owned oil company, Nigeria National Petroleum Company (NNPC). He made this revelation when he was being queried about his financial expenditures as the CBN Governor.
The National Assembly invited him to shed more lights on the allegation because it became a national embarrassment. The government viewed this as an act of disloyalty and he was subsequently suspended from office.
While in suspension, he was appointed the Emir of Kano when his predecessor died in office.
The role of traditional rulers in a democratic setting is expected to be a linkage between the government and the grassroot. They are custodian of culture, mores and values, promoting community development, and maintaining peace and stability in their domains.
Radicalism is at variance to the function of a traditional ruler because it is view as antagonistic to constituted authorities. In the case of Emir Sanusi, he was unable to manage this role effectively.
The Western-educated ruler broke with royal tradition, speaking out about the need for social reform in a deeply conservative region, pitching him against political and religious interests.
He was condemning policies and programmes of the state government at public fora.
He made some critical and inflammatory comments on religious and family issues.
In one instance, he called for the regulation of marriage to second wives. He warned men who could not cater for their family not to marry more than one wife.
He blamed the conservative Northern leaders and elders for the under development of the Northern region.
In another breath, he criticised the Governor Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara State, a Northern state, for saying the outbreak of meningitis in his state was God’s punishment for peoples’ sins, insisting “That it is not an Islamically correct statement to make.”
He accused the Kano state Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje and the lawmakers of mismanaging the state resources on a trip to China to secure $1.8 billion in funding for a light rail project, at an investment forum attended by Ganduje and other Northern governors.
The continuous public criticisms of the Emir was pitching the people against the government of Kano state. The constituted authorities were alarmed!
However, Muhammadu Sanusi being the Emir of Kano, is also the head of the Kano Emirate Council.
Sanusi’s predecessor, Ado Bayero oversaw the transformation of the Emirate under Nigeria’s federal constitution that subjects Northern Nigeria’s Emirates to political leaders. He also supervised the management of funds of the Emirate council.
In the administration and supervision of the traditional institutions in Nigeria, the local government was given the supervisory authority with the backing of the state government through the state assemblies.
In exercising its authority, the Kano state Assembly inaugurated an 8 man committee to investigate eight offences allegedly committed by the Emir of Kano.
Some of the allegations were:
Accusing the state governor, Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje and the state legislators of mismanaging state resources while on an official visit to China.
*Making remarks in Kaduna on the proposed Kano light rail project which had tarnished the image of the government and the assembly as well.
*Allegation by the Emir that the state governor and his entourage wasted one month in China seeking for loan to construct the light rail in the state.
* Intentionally attacking President Muhammadu Buhari whenever he got an opportunity to speak at a public gathering. This contravened the culture of traditional institution.
*Embezzlement of funds belonging to the emirate council.
*Tarnishing the image of the emirate by assigning his daughter to represent him at a public function, introducing strange religious issues and involvement in politics.
Also, the Kano state Public Complaints and Anti-Corruption Commission initiated an investigation on Kano emirate council over alleged embezzlement of over N6bn in three years.
The probe centres on the use of six billion naira ($19 million, 17 million euros) of palace funds to pay for luxury cars, chartered flights, phone and internet bills as well as other personal expenses. He was accused of living ostentatious lifestyles by acquiring state of the art automobiles and flying in chartered private jets to functions both within and outside the country
There is no doubt that the Emir had been extravagant in his spending and it remains yet to be seen, any visible projects he has inagurated or supported since he became the Emir, to bring succour to the poor he claimed to be defending.
The grandfather to Emir Sanusi, Muhammad Sanusi I was dethroned under a similar circumstance in 1963 by the then Northern government headed by Sir Kashim Ibrahim during the British colonial rule.
The grandfather subsequently resigned from office, to avoid disgrace and chose to go on exile in Azaure, Bauchi state where he spent 20 years and died.
Is history about to repeat itself?
To save the Emir from the looming disgrace of being removed from office, the probe panel was suspended following the intervention of several prominent Nigerians including acting President Yemi Osinbajo, former military rulers, General Ibrahim Babangida, General Abdulsalami Abubakar, and the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III.
The prominent Nigerians prevailed on the Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, to ask the state assembly to let go of the probe in the interest of peace in the state.
Ganduje accepted and appealed to the lawmakers to “temper justice with mercy” and allow peace to prevail.
It was reported that the Emir had admitted his mistakes and apologised to the Governor.
I beleive this act is contradictory of a government that made fight against corruption a strong pillar of its administration.
How could they succumb to the pressure of not investigating the Emir?
This is the second time the Emir will be accused of allegation that borders on financial improprieties, but none have been successfully concluded.
With the current state of affairs, it seems the oligarchs have triumphed over Emir Muhammadu Sanusi. He has been caged and humbled. His holier than thou attitude has been put in check.
Like a wounded lion trying to take his pound of flesh, The Emir sacked his Senior Private Secretary, Alhaji Isah Bayero, over what was described as alleged sabotage.
Isah Bayero was sacked after he was accused of leaking information on the expenditure of the council’s funds to the media.
This is the reality of our times in Nigeria. There is no sincerity on the part of our leaders. Every action taken is always sacrificed on the altar of politics, self interests and are self serving.
We are watching if the Emir has been finally caged or would he damn the consequences and continue with his radicalism?
A man in Anambra state caused pandemonium at a burial ceremony after he stormed the event to let out his anger on the corpse by throwing it off its platform.
The pandemonium which was witnessed in Nnewi South L.G.A, Anambra State, on June 23rd was reported to have started over several issues between the man known as “Who Know Man” and the deceased.
According to report, “Who Know Man” married two wives but had issues with the first wife who died 3 years ago, the unresolved issues he had with his dead wife however prompted him to storm her burial ceremony after he had refused to bury her and abandoned her body in the mortuary.
CFRMagazine reported that the deceased’s body had been in the mortuary for 3 years when “Who Know Man’s” second wife died leading him to agree to bury the second wife while the first wife’s body remained in the mortuary.
Villagers and community leaders were however reported to have stood against his move to bury the second wife while the first remained in the mortuary adding that according to Igbo tradition and custom, he was supposed to bury the first wife first.
“Who Know Man” was however reported to have ignored all warnings and proceeded to schedule the burial ceremony for 23rd June 2017.
The relatives of the first wife however stormed the event and led to a Nollywood movie-esqe scene as the elder brother of the first wife took “Who Know Man” unawares by going to the mortuary, claiming the body of his sister and then appearing at the burial ceremony as earlier as 8:00am to lay their late sister to rest.
The relatives of the first wife proceeded to bury their dead in the space meant for the second wife which led to a free-for-all fight between the husband, relatives of the first and second wives.
In the fracas, one of the coffins was thrown to the floor and the content spilled forth.