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Dubai ruler suspects wife of cheating with bodyguard

According to media reports, cracks have appeared in the marriage of Dubai ruler, Sheikh Mohammed al Maktoum to his wife, Princess Haya.

He reportedly suspected her of having ‘inappropriate contact’ with her British bodyguard when he found them together during a surprise visit to their London home after returning from a joint wedding of three sons in Dubai.

Family sources said he was ‘shocked’ to find his 45-year-old wife with the bodyguard at the lavish residence and immediately demanded she return with him to Dubai. She refused and stated that she is set for a royal showdown which could be the UK’s most expensive divorce.

The Sheikh flew home to Dubai – while his wife and their two young children remained in London.

He later posted a poem to social media that alluded to the alleged close relationship.

He wrote: ‘You betrayer, you betrayed the most precious trust, and your game has been revealed.’

The billionaire ruler is said to have harboured concerns about the close relationship between his much younger wife and the former army officer who provided security for the Dubai royal family.

Princess Haya, one of his six wives, lavished gifts on the bodyguard, while senior royals were critical of the closeness between the pair. A family source said: “The Sheikh came back to the house unannounced and found his wife with the bodyguard. His suspicions were confirmed.

“Having left for his sons’ wedding he was not expected to be back so early.

“He did not tell the staff he would be coming back and arrived unannounced at the house where he found his wife and the bodyguard. They were too close for his liking.”

The couple are already embroiled in legal tussle for custody of their children.

Princess Haya, the youngest of the sheikh’s six wives, is said to be hiding with her children in her £85million mansion while her husband is trying to obtain a court order to have his children returned to Dubai.

AFCON 2019: Buhari congratulates Eagles, asks team to stay focused after beating Cameroon

President Muhammadu Buhari was elated on Saturday, following the Super Eagles victory over the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon in the ongoing African Cup of Nations hosted by Egypt.

He congratulated the team on the 3-2 win over the lions, saying that it was “delightful.”

Nigeria edged Cameroon out of the AFCON in one of the Round of 16 games played in Alexandria on Saturday.

Buhari’s congratulatory message was contained in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina.

The President urged the Eagles and their handlers to remain focused as they progressed in the championship, saying that they still had some hurdles to overcome ahead.

The Presidency stated, “President Muhammadu Buhari congratulates the Super Eagles of Nigeria for making progress in the African Cup of Nations Egypt 2019, after a delightful win over Cameroonian football team.

Cameroon’s player react to their loss during the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (CAN) Round of 16 football match against Nigeria

“President Buhari recognises the hard work, team spirit and sportsmanship the boys have exhibited in the tournament, which are good signs for a team destined to excel.

“With yet more hurdles to scale before lifting the diadem, the President urges the team and their handlers to remain focused and determined, assuring them of the fervent prayers and support of all Nigerians.”

Adeboye speaks on COZA rape scandal, gives advice to pastors

Pastor Enoch Adeboye, the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, has admonished upcoming leaders of the pentecostal movement to exercise ethical discretion over their sexual proclivities, saying he declined hiring a female secretary as one of the precautions against potential rape allegations.

“When you find yourself facing youthful lust, flee,” Mr Adeboye said Friday. “You may say I’m old fashioned, I agree. I’ll never have a private secretary who’s a woman.”

Adeboye’s comments, delivered at a monthly programme of the church Friday night, marked his first public reaction to the latest rape scandal to consume a famous preacher and founder of one of Nigeria’s biggest churches.

Biodun Fatoyinbo was accused last month of violent sexual misconduct by Busola Dakolo, a former member of his Commonwealth of Zion Assembly, COZA. Mrs Dakolo’s allegations, recounted in a video interview with YNaija, sparked wholesale condemnations and protests for the preacher’s resignation.

Adeboye, 77, and popular across all segments of the Nigerian society, declined to directly mention Fatoyinbo in his sermon, but said he was compelled to address the issues around the scandal, nonetheless.

He also acknowledged the authority of both the Christian Association of Nigeria and the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria to directly address allegations of sexual violence and misconduct against pastors.

The Christian bodies have come under public pressure to demand better accountability from their member churches amidst growing allegations of misconduct against senior preachers, including Suleiman Johnson and Temitope Joshua. They all denied the allegations.

Both associations have made passing remarks about Mr Fatoyinbo’s scandal, but appeared incapable of exerting any disciplinary measures over the preacher, who resigned voluntarily on Monday despite denying the allegations.

Pastor of Commonwealth of Zion Assembly (COZA), Biodun Fatoyinbo
Pastor of Commonwealth of Zion Assembly (COZA), Biodun Fatoyinbo

But “I feel compelled to say some things to those that are young and up and coming ministers,” Mr Adeboye said, according to a transcript of the programme posted on Twitter. “There is nothing hid that shall not come to the open or made manifest. Mark 4:22.”

Adeboye said young preachers should take extra safeguards around women — especially those out to ensnare them — because they would be less believed by the public should any claim of misconduct break out.

“When a woman accuses you of something, nobody will listen to you whether you’re right or wrong,” he said. “Be wise!”

Adeboye said his advise may sound too outdated to the younger generation, but that it had worked for him since he was ordained in 1975.

“It is better to be old fashioned and live than modern and die,” he said.

Although most of Nigeria’s major preachers have continued to avoid publicly commenting on the rape allegations,  Adeboye has widened the list of those who have spoken out.

Earlier this week, two Lagos-based preachers, Sam Adeyemi and Poju Oyemade, sympathised with alleged rape victims of  Fatoyinbo and other colleagues in Christ, and called on pastors to be more scrupulous on their relationship with female followers.

 

Nigeria beat Cameroon 3-2, qualify for quarter-finals

Odion Ighalo scored twice and teed up Alex Iwobi’s winning goal as Nigeria eliminated defending Africa Cup of Nations champions Cameroon after a thrilling 3-2 victory in Alexandria on Saturday.

China-based forward Ighalo bundled home a scrappy opener but Clarence Seedorf’s Cameroon hit back through Stephane Bahoken and Clinton Njie with two quick-fire goals before half-time.

Nigeria drew level as Ighalo volleyed in his second just past the hour and he then turned provider to play in Iwobi to steer home three minutes later and set up the prospect of a highly anticipated quarter-final clash with hosts and favourites Egypt.

Controversy trails murder of Nigerian insurance boss in South African hotel room

 

Elizabeth Ndubisi-Chukwu, deputy director-general of Chartered Insurance Institute of Nigeria (CIIN), bid her colleagues goodnight and went to bed after the closing dinner of the conference of the African Insurance Organisation (AIO) in Johannesburg, South Africa, on Wednesday, June 12.

On Thursday morning when she was scheduled to travel back to Nigeria, Ndubuisi-Chukwu neither showed up for breakfast nor was she seen at the airport prior to departure. Her colleagues were said to have rushed down to the Emperor Palace Hotel where they lodged- a 10-minute drive from the O.R. Tambo International Airport, Johannesburg. Her phone rang but she didn’t answer the call. Hence, the door was forced open and she was found dead.

Ndubisi-Chukwu with some of her colleagues

While Ndubuisi-Chukwu was initially believed to have died in her sleep overnight, an autopsy report from South Africa’s Department of Home Affairs revealed the unexpected. The death certificate issued said the 53-year-old mother died of “unnatural causes consistent with strangulation”.

The death certificate

The South African police service were said to have taken up the case, while the hotel was alleged to have prevented the police from having access to its CCTV cameras and other evidence that may help investigations.

Abike Dabiri-Erewa, executive chairman, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), said CCTV footage showed no one entered the deceased’s room despite the autopsy report that her death was unnatural.

Result of the autopsy

“Update on Ndubisi. Our CG in SA along with the deceased’s brother are on the sad incident. Cctv showed no one entered the room. Autopsy showed she died of unnatural cause. An officer from the HC detailed on the case, working with SA police. Will keep you updated,” Dabiri-Erewa tweeted.

Abike Dabiri-Erewa

@abikedabiri

Update on Ndubuisi. Our CG in SA along with the deceased’s brother are on the sad incident.Cctv showed no one entered the room. Autopsy showed she died of unnatural http://cause.An  officer from the HC detailed on the case, working with SA police. Will keep you updated https://twitter.com/chidiodinkalu/status/1146909072760987648 

Chidi Odinkalu@ChidiOdinkalu
Replying to @ChidiOdinkalu

In this release by the Chartered Institute of Insurance of #Nigeria #CIIN, Colleagues who were with Uju Ndubuisi on her fateful last trip to the AIO Conference in South Africa tell of their last encounters with a much loved colleague#WhoKilledUjuNdubuisihttp://inspenonline.com/insurance/encounters-with-late-ciin-ddg-ndubuisi-chukwu-at-aio-conference-in-johannesburg/ 

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However, a few hours after Dabiri-Erewa’s post, Emperor Palace Hotel posted a tweet, saying the South African police had not requested the required footage.

“Our heartfelt condolences go out to family and friends. Emperors Palace management is deeply saddened by this incident. The matter is currently being handled by the SA Police Service,” the hotel said.

Ndubisi-Chukwu with her two sons and other family members in Nigeria

“Emperors Palace is fully cooperating with the SAPS and has given permission to view any required footage – however, as of yet, SAPS has not requested it.”

Chidi Odinkalu@ChidiOdinkalu

There’s ths hotel in South Africa @EmperorsPalace where guests cn be killd & they go into practised stonewalling. Our sister, Uju Ndubuisi, was killed there on or about 13 June. They’ve said nothing. Pls spread the word abt this deadly destination & ask them

Emperors Palace@EmperorsPalace

@AriyoAristotle Our heartfelt condolences go out to family and friends. Emperors Palace management is deeply saddened by this incident.
The matter is currently being handled by the SA Police Service.

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Olubunmi Bello@bunmmy2008

But you guys are refusing access to CCTV footage and so on, making the SA police to back down on the issue?

Emperors Palace@EmperorsPalace

Emperors Palace is fully cooperating with the SAPS and has given permission to view any required footage – however, as of yet, SAPS has not requested it.

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Chidi Odinkalu, human rights lawyer, expressed displeasure over the case, wondering why no action had been taken 25 days after the incident.

In series of posts on Twitter, he said Ndubuisi-Chukwu’s killers denied her teenage son of a loving mother.

“So, @abikedabiri, there u go: 25 days after our sister, Uju Ndubuisi was killed by strangulation in her hotel room inside @EmperorsPalace, SAPS hasn’t asked for footage. Is that normal? & from where did u get ur info as to what CCTV showed, ma’am?” he asked.

Chidi Odinkalu@ChidiOdinkalu

So, @abikedabiri, there u go: 25 days after our sister, Uju Ndubuisi was killed by strangulation in her hotel room inside @EmperorsPalace, SAPS hasn’t asked for footage. Is that normal? & from where did u get ur info as to what CCTV showed, ma’am? https://twitter.com/EmperorsPalace/status/1147086787157905413 

Emperors Palace@EmperorsPalace
Replying to @bunmmy2008 and 2 others

Emperors Palace is fully cooperating with the SAPS and has given permission to view any required footage – however, as of yet, SAPS has not requested it.

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Responding, Dabiri-Erewa said: “I’m sure all will be unraveled.Her family fully involved with an officer assigned to the case I cannot make any deductions but we will ensure the truth is revealed”

Abike Dabiri-Erewa

@abikedabiri

I’m sure all will be unraveled.Her family fully involved with an officer assigned to the case I cannot make any deductions but we will ensure the truth is revealed https://twitter.com/chidiodinkalu/status/1147057828353515520 

Chidi Odinkalu@ChidiOdinkalu
Replying to @abikedabiri

U may wish to look at this document, ma’am. It wasn’t just death by any “unnatural cause”; it was “unnatural cause consistent with strangulation”. Just imagine – as u work this case – the last moments of a mother in her room by herself having life manually wrung out of her….

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In a statement announcing Ndubuisi-Chukwu’s demise, Richard Borokini, CIIN’s director-general, said she left a legacy in the industry.

“It is with great sadness that we wish to inform you of the passing on to glory of the Deputy Director General of the Chartered Insurance Institute of Nigeria, Mrs. Elizabeth Uju Ndubuisi-Chukwu who joined her maker on Thursday, 13th June 2019,” he said.

“Mrs. Ndubisi-Chukwu was a dedicated staff of the Institute and was a valued member of the Institute since she resumed duties at the Institute on the 9th April 2016.

A champion she was!

“During her time at the Institute, she consistently championed the ideals of the Institute, promoting the insurance Industry agenda with her expertise and experience. In particular, the CIIN Breakfast Seminar Series, a program that has become a feature in the insurance industry is one of the legacies that she leaves behind.

“Mrs. Uju was kind and always had a pleasant disposition to her work and in all her relations with everyone. At this difficult time, her family and friends constantly remain in our thoughts and prayers as we pray they find the strength to go through this period. We urge you to equally keep them in your thoughts and prayers.

A touching tribute on her memorial page reads: “No one is truly dead until the ripples they create in the world die away. The ripples Mrs. Uju Ndubisi Chukwu has stirred in her time at the Institute and in the Insurance industry will last for a lifetime. She will be sorely missed by all.”

Many Nigerians have been killed in South Africa, which has a record of xenophobia. The death toll of Nigerians killed in the country has been on the rise. Over 120 have lost their lives since 2016.

Between April 6 and April 9, 2019, three Nigerians were killed at different locations in the country. In May, another was allegedly killed by the South African police.

Ndubisi-Chukwu with her sons

When he visited Nigeria last year, President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa blamed the persistent killing of Nigerians in his country on “criminals”, vowing to bring perpetrators to book.

“There has been quite a number of incident in our country where foreign nationals some of whom are Nigerians have lost their lives and are being attacked. I will like to say here and now that, that has been as a result of criminal activity among our own people which we are focusing on from a criminal element point of view,”he had said.

“I want to state here and now that South Africans do not have any form of negative disposition or hatred towards Nigerians and in the main Nigerians in South Africa and a number of places of our country live side by side. So, I want to dispel this notion that when a Nigerian looses his or her life in South Africa, it is as a result of an intentional action by South Africans against Nigerians. That is simply not true. You will know that South Africa has a number of challenges, one of which is criminality which is all pervasive.”