Zone 2 Police Public Relations Officer, Dolapo Badmus has reacted to the recent arrest of 77 Nigerians by the FBI for fraud related crimes.

According to Badmus, 'this is indeed shameful to us as a nation and it calls for sober reflection. That 77 out of 80 suspects involved in a syndicated and organised crime of fraud described by FBI as the largest online fraud scheme in United state is indeed appalling! I'm still asking these questions;
1. What went wrong?
2. Why do our youth derailed from successful achievements to becoming fraudsters?
3. Why are fraudsters celebrated more than hard workers?
4. Why would youth defend illegality even at their own expense?
Why? Why? Why?
Have we paused to imagine the impact this massive discovery “will” or “may” have on our nation? Have we taught of how negatively this will affect our youth wanting to do legitimate business home and abroad? Have we paused to think about how this will rub off on us individually as Nigerians and collectively as a nation! Oh mine.
Well, to everyone engaging in fraudulent activities claiming they are taking back what the oyinbos took from their forefathers be rest assured you will rot within the four walls of the jail your forefathers help them built...and for parents and family members urging their loved ones to perpetrate fraud, be rest assured that you will cry over them! 
I want FBI and the whole world to know that those ones caught are not full representation of what Nigerian youth stands for! Nigeria youths are vibrant, hardworking and resilient! Please treat them (the suspects)as per their father's house and family name....kindly give chance to the good and honest Nigerians. (Wait! Is that a woman I’m seeing amongst in cuffs?! Gosh!)

The wedding ceremony of Princess Fatima, daughter of Sultan of Sokoto Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar, and her husband, Mahmoud Yuguda, son of former Governor of Bauchi state Isa Yuguda was held today in Sokoto state. 

The weddin rites of Princess Fatima took place at the Sultan Bello Jima’at Mosque. Emir of Bauchi, Alhaji Rilwanu Suleiman Adamu received the Sokoto Princess' on behalf of the groom after the bride price was paid.

Photos from the wedding ceremony of Sultan of Sokoto
The federal government's delegation to the event, was led by Chief of Staff to the President Abba Kyari. The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha and Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu were part of the delegates. 

The Chief Imam of Abuja Central Mosque, Professor Shehu Galadanchi, Chief Imam of Ghana, the Sarkin Malamai of Sokoto, Sheikh Buhari Sirdawa and others leading clerics within and outside the country were present at the event. 

Photos from the wedding ceremony of Sultan of Sokoto

The Chief Justice of the Federation, the Inspector General of Police, Governors of Kebbi, Sokoto, Zamfara, Imo, Osun, Plateau, Adamawa and Enugu states as well as former Governors of Bauchi and Sokoto states, Adamu Mu’azu and Attahiru Bafarawa also attended the event. 

Traditional leaders from Kano, Argungu, Etsu Nupe, Iwo and the South East turned up for the event.  Here are more photos below; 

Photos from the wedding ceremony of Sultan of Sokoto
Photos from the wedding ceremony of Sultan of SokotoPhotos from the wedding ceremony of Sultan of SokotoPhotos from the wedding ceremony of Sultan of SokotoPhotos from the wedding ceremony of Sultan of Sokoto
Photos from the wedding ceremony of Sultan of Sokoto

Photos from the wedding ceremony of Sultan of Sokoto
Photos from the wedding ceremony of Sultan of Sokoto

Photos from the wedding ceremony of Sultan of Sokoto

Ace Nigerian music producer, Temitayo Ibitoye a.k.a Tee-Y Mix held his traditional marriage with his wife, Ivie Ogbonmwan today August 24. 

Ivie Ogbonmwan is said to be a HR and recruitment consultant. The traditional wedding of the couple which was held in Edo state, had some family members and friends in attendance.

Here are first photos from the wedding...

First photos from the wedding ceremony of Tee-Y Mix and Ivie Ogbonmwan
First photos from the wedding ceremony of Tee-Y Mix and Ivie Ogbonmwan
First photos from the wedding ceremony of Tee-Y Mix and Ivie Ogbonmwan
First photos from the wedding ceremony of Tee-Y Mix and Ivie Ogbonmwan
First photos from the wedding ceremony of Tee-Y Mix and Ivie Ogbonmwan
First photos from the wedding ceremony of Tee-Y Mix and Ivie Ogbonmwan

Sonia Obi-Okode, an advocate against sexual abuse has called out her father's half-brother who she claimed took away her childhood and almost left her damaged. 

Sonia said the sexual abuse she was subjected to by her half-uncle whose name she gave as Mr. Ebubedike, started off when she was 5 and also progressed to watching pornographic movies. This reportedly affected her studies and also got her diagnosed with PTSD, years after she got married.

She further revealed that she later found out Ebubedike had also abused other kids in their family, both boys and girls. The activist stated that she decided to speak up for others bullied into silence, because she knows the pain and psychological problems it brings.

She wrote; 

Here lies the Face of the evil who took my Childhood and left me almost damaged. 
Dike Obi My Father's half kid Brother who he brought to Lagos to give a better life. Enrolled him in the Prestigious Kabe College in Festac. He and my Uncle Chukwudi were given nearly equal opportunities.
Uncle Chukwudi would grab the opportunity he was given and run with it. Drunk in Focus and Determination. He won his Race. He achieved.
Ebubedike on the other hand didn't use his opportunities, His gratitude to my Parents for all the time and money Invested was to be a social Deviant and start to Abuse me sexually.
I cannot remember the exact day but I remember being spanked by my elder sister for something I did. I was around 5 years old.He called me aside and told me he had something that could make me grow big. I will be unbeatable. Imagine the Joy in my little eyes as I saw my self as the new Cat woman of the Obi dynasty.
The first time keeps ringing in my head like church bell. He pulled down his trouser(He was never one to wear shirts at home) ,Brought out his Manhood and commanded me to suck. He ejaculated in my mouth and asked me to swallow what he referred to as "Yoghurt and Milk"(Semen). I did. I wanted to grow big. I didn't know it was wrong and I was just 5. It progressed to "Blue films" and asking me to watch and learn from those women in the movie. I did. I wanted to grow big
REALIZATION: My Parents always said only the guilty hide. One day, during the milk extraction and swallowing exercise, The gate moved. The speed at which he got up,wiped my mouth and adjusted everything made him look like the speed of light. I wasn't sure why since he was nourishing me to grow but I kept mute.
Next up, my eldest got spanked by my aunt. She was crying so much and I went to him to ask if he could give her some milk to grow big. The way he screamed at me,I could feel the fire from his eyes that flowed to his lips as he threatened me. He said he would kill my daddy. My dad has a small frame ,this ebubedike is tall and huge,He would kill my father (I thought in my little mind). I and my Father have a bond. I am daddy's girl. So saying that,He got my attention.
OPENING UP: Years went by and he continued,this time forcing his way with his fingers through my innocence. Then One day, I asked my cousin Ogechukwu " Am I growing big? I mean I still get spanked up and down. She looked at me,laughed and said" You look your age na" Hey God! After all the milk and yoghurt? Then I opened up. I told her everything. Oge,went from red,to purple, to Pink and back to her fair complexion. She was silent. I don't remember how it went but I know he left our house for good shortly after.
EFFECTS: My studies failed woefully. I was distracted. Addiction to Ponography,Emotional imbalance. I was a troubled teen. I had the worse kind of bitterness that no one understood. They say your anger no fit boil stone. My temper could boil a rock.A little confrontation would lead to the worse kind of Physical abuse from me. I was Judged. No one understood. People said I was possessed. I trusted no one. I grew up Fast.
This abuse opened me up to more abuse. I got married and as I watched my children grow,I became paranoid. I was diagnosed with PTSD. I had relapses,Suicide Ideations. I would stay weeks without seeing my kids or having a bath because I just want to die. Tobore Anne got me help. Tobore Mit Ovuorie got me Free sessions for therapy and I got my drugs at absolutely no cost. I was ashamed of my past but I learned to speak. I got redemption.
I found out Ebubedike had abused other kids after me,Boys and girls. Some my Cousins,others relatives. Unfortunately, he lives with his underage daughter and I fear she might be a victim. I beat myself up for not speaking earlier. Maybe my cousins and other kids would have been saved or maybe not.Some have been bullied to silence like they have been doing in recent times to me. So I speak for others. NEVER AGAIN!
I have decided to advocate against child sexual abuse and rape because I know the pain and psychological problems it brings.
I want to say a big thank you to all those who held my hands when I was struggling. Nedy Mathias Mmiliaku Genevieve Olu Bunmi Mazel TovKingsley Ughe Linda Ibezim Linda Ozuluonye Anene-Daniels Chizoba Ibeto Ekezie .Words wouldn't be enough to say thank you. Your words of encouragement have held me up to this point.
Vanessa Koby thank you for telling everyone to allow me handle this the way I would choose. I am grateful. I love you a lot. Aunty Loretta Nwabugwu Epuechi , thank you nnem oma.
My name is SONIA OBI OKODO, I was a victim of Child sexual Abuse and Rape,I survived. I AM THE UNBROKEN!

Activist, Sonia Obi-Okodo calls out her half-uncle who she alleged sexually abused her
Activist, Sonia Obi-Okodo calls out her half-uncle who she alleged sexually abused her

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has dissociated itself from the N13 million allegedly given to suspected Kidnap kingpin, Alhaji Hamisu Balla, a.k.a Wadume for the Presidential election.

Wadume in his statement allegedly confessed being given N13 million by the APC, but spent N7 million of the money for the election, in addition to collecting about N6 million from an unnamed sitting governor.    
Reacting to the claim, National Publicity Secretary of the APC, Mallam Lanre Issa Onilu said the party has no budget for political thugs, stressing that it would be better for the suspect to name who gave him the money.
“It is expected that the alleged kidnapper, having come face to face with justice, would throw whatever he could lay his hands on into the fray. In any case, our party did not have budget for thugs.  
“Unlike the period when the ruling party dipped hands into the public treasury to fund political campaigns and elections, APC had to rely on its own resources. Even if we had all the money, we would never allocate money for kidnappers and murderers. That era ended with PDP.  
“Perhaps, he can name whoever gave him money. Definitely, it was not APC. From his purported confession, he claimed to be a PDP member before he went on to contest under another party.”

Hamisu Wadume has revealed how he got introduced into the life of crime following his re-arrest by the police after some soldiers enabled his escape when first taken into custody by some police officers. 

The Taraba-born kidnap kingpin said he was first introduced into crime by one Babangida Musa, shortly after he dropped out of school on completion of his junior secondary education. 34-year-old Wadume said he was formerly a member of the People's Democratic Party (PDP) but dumped it for the All Progressives Congress (APC)

He further revealed that he helped the APC to win the Presidential and Senatorial election in his hometown, Ibi in Taraba state. 

He told newsmen “I am 34 years old and married to four wives. I have only four children as two of my wives are yet to conceive. We are eight of us from my mother’s womb and my parents are dead. Due to financial constraint, I had to drop out of school after Junior Secondary School. I attended Government Secondary School, Ibi,” he was quoted by Saturday Sun as saying.
“In Ibi, we are farmers and my father used to be a fisherman. Based on the experience I got when I normally followed him to the river, I started buying and selling fish. It is not easy to catch it by yourself because of the waves and for fear of dying, I decided to restrict myself and was only buying and selling fish. I used to make as much as N5, 000 on a daily basis. I did that for years till I gathered enough money to start my own fish pond.
“I continued in that business till six years ago when my friend Babangida Musa introduced me to the business of buying and selling guns. He imports them from neighbouring countries and sell to me. I am a youth leader, so I have a strong relationship with a lot of bad boys that is why I knew that I would surely excel in the business.
“I started buying only AK-47 rifles from him at the price of N400, 000 and sold them to my customers at the price of N750, 000. Some of my customers are Yakubu Yamaza and one Halilu. Yakubu buys them in large quantities because he normal sells the guns to Fulani bandits and others. He is one of my constant buyers.
“Halilu is a notorious kidnapper and I preferred selling AK-47 rifles to him as a way to guarantee that he will not pick me up one day. In fact, his gang members almost got me but when I told them who I was, they released me. I cannot recall the number of AK-47 guns that I sold to him. I swear to God, I have never kidnapped anybody but I know a lot of them who are kidnappers. They normally buy AK-47 guns from me.
“I was making so much money, so I decided to use the money to buy cars and motorcycles for commercial purpose. I am also a politician and a youth leader. I made so much money from politicians.
“I joined politics about 10 years ago while I was a fish farmer. I was very active and that was why I was made the Sariki Matata (youth leader) of Ibi town. I started as a member of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and switched over in 2015 to All Progressives Congress (APC). In the 2019 election, APC won the presidential and senatorial election in Ibi town. During the governorship election, I switched over to PDP and assisted them to win. In politics, if you want to make money, one needs to join the winning team. I couldn’t get the ticket of PDP or APC to contest for State House of Assembly. Luckily, Young Democratic Party (YDP) accepted me but I still lost the election.
“As a youth leader, money meant for the youth was given to me. I am to mobilize them, hire thugs where necessary and make arrangement for weapons that can be used to protect our people. There is a lot of killing in my state, so it’s wise to always protect yourself in-case of any attack. It was during 2015 and 2019 elections that I made so much money to acquire cars and houses.
“On the day he was rescued by some soldiers, he added “On August 7 at about 6pm, I was in my house with some family and friends when policemen arrived and arrested me. Everyone was begging them, but they said that I am a kidnapper and handcuffed my legs and hands.
“On our way, we passed through three checkpoints. The first was that of the army and after identification, they allowed us to go. The second one was that of mobile policemen and they also allowed us to continue. It was at the third checkpoint that we wasted a little time but they allowed us to go after the policemen convinced them that they were real.
“Five minutes after we left that point, an army patrol vehicle started shooting at us. Our vehicle got hit and summersaulted severally. When we finally crashed and stopped, everybody was alive except for bullet wounds. The bullets hit part of my scrotum.
“The soldiers quickly rescued me and took me to a red saloon car and we drove off immediately. Initially, I thought they were bandits dressed in military uniform and wanted to kidnap me. It was when we got to Captain Balarabe’s house that I knew that I wassafe.
“The Captain was there and he called the DCO of Ibi Police Division, one ASP Aondona Lorbee. He came to the house and told the Captain that he could not find the key. They then brought an iron cutter and cut the handcuffs on my hands and legs.
“I was outside when I saw the soldiers drive in with four dead men. They dropped them on the ground and I realized that these were the people who arrested me. I was shocked because they were all alive after the vehicle summersaulted.
“Even the DCO saw the dead bodies and just looked at them and left the compound. While the dead bodies were still on the ground, I decided to find my way before anyone will know that I was there. One of the boys that I saw in the compound used his motorcycle to take me to the house of one of my friends, Saidu.
“By then the news of my arrest and escape has spread everywhere. I immediately rented a speedboat and escaped to Tunga village in Nasarawa. I slept there and also used the opportunity to contact my family members. The ones in Ibi told me that soldiers came to the house to look for me, that they asked that I should not allow police to catch me. It was better for me to come to them first as they will guarantee my safety.
“I refused to go back because I was already scared that they killed those policemen. I knew that if they catch me, I will be killed. I ran to my Uncle’s house in Kano. I went there because, he is related to my late mother and the house that he is living in belong to me. He only advised me to report myself to the police and stop running. I decided to stay away from the border because it’s guarded by the military and my face is now known by all.
“It was my uncle who called a doctor to treat the bullet wound that affected my private part. It is possible that I cannot use it again because of the damage and I discovered that when I wake up in the morning, I no longer have erection.
“While I was hiding, friends who knew where I was collected N3 million from me. They said that they were going to use it to pay journalists, so that they will be writing good report about me. It was when I was arrested, that I knew that they did not do anything. I was terrified when men in mufti broke into our house in Kano. I thought they were hired to kill me till I discovered they were policemen.
“I did not ask soldiers to kill anyone. I was happy they rescued me, but I’m happier that police has rearrested me and I’m still alive.
“I am not a kidnapper but I supply arms to different gangs. I make enough money as a businessman. I know that I have committed a crime selling guns; I am willing to change for good.”

The Imo state police command has arrested and paraded a housewife identified as Chinasa Ukaonu, for selling her baby for N500k after delivery. 

The plan to sell her baby was set in motion after she told her husband Promise Ukaonu, that she was going to stay with her brother for a while at Mbaitoli in the 8-month of her pregnancy. However after sending over a message of losing the pregnancy shortly after, Chinasa turned up at a baby factory where two nurses, Esomonu Dorothy and Eke Catherine delivered her of the baby. 

Suspecting foul play, Promise reported the incident to the police. Upon being arrested, the mother named the two nurses who helped her out during delivery and also revealed she sold her baby for N500k to one Mrs. Chioma Amadi. 

The State Police Commissioner, Rabiu Ladodo said the paraded suspects will be charged to court after investigation has been concluded. He also confirmed that the baby has been recovered. 

Wale is the owner of a multi million Naira perfume company called Sapphire scents.

Wale was once known for his controversial reply over Coza Pastor’s rape, which he is also a strong member of the church.

Sapphire scent has the likes of Cee-c Tonto, Regina Daniel’s etc as their brand ambassadors.

Today Wale has taken to his Instagram page to congratulate Khafi for winning the endurance Challenge and also emerging as the new owner of INNOSON FOX.

Congratulations to Khafi for her double winning today.

Just few weeks after the Saudi authorities executed Kudirat Afolabi for drug trafficking and Saheed Sobade, another Nigerian, reportedly nabbed with 1,183 grams of cocaine powder in Jeddah.

According to reports, twenty three (23) Nigerians would be executed at anytime in Saudi Arabia, for drug-related offences. They were convicted for contravening the narcotic and psychotropic substances that are punishable by death.

Saudi documents revealed that they were arrested between 2016 and 2017 at King Abdul-Aziz International Airport, Jeddah and Prince Muhammad bin Abdu- Aziz International Airport, Madinah having concealed the banned substances in their rectums.

See their names below:

Adeniyi Adebayo Zikri

Tunde Ibrahim

Jimoh Idhola Lawal

Lolo Babatunde

Sulaiman Tunde

Idris Adewuumi Adepoju

Abdul Raimi Awela Ajibola

Yusuf Makeen Ajiboye

Adam Idris Abubakar

Saka Zakaria

Biola Lawal

Isa Abubakar Adam

Ibrahim Chiroma

Hafis Amosu

Aliu Muhammad

Funmilayo Omoyemi Bishi

Mistura Yekini

Amina Ajoke Alobi

Kuburat Ibrahim

Alaja Olufunke Alalaoe Abdulqadir

Fawsat Balagun Alabi

Aisha Muhammad Amira

Adebayo Zakariya.

Manchester United striker Alexis Sanchez is expected to join Inter Milan on Monday.

Gazzetta dello Sport says the 30-year-old, who has struggled for form at United, is in negotiations with the Serie A side over a season-long loan deal from Old Trafford.

And now the transfer is near with clubs likely to finalise the terms of the deal on Monday.

They report that both clubs are hopeful of agreeing the move after increasing the salary figure to £4.2million.

Inter Milan welcome Leece in their opening Serie A match on Monday night and Sanchez could reportedly be in attendance before undergoing a medical the next day.

Chelsea matchwinner Tammy Abraham admits his double was a dream come true after victory at Norwich City.

Abraham repaid manager Frank Lampard's faith in youth as his two goals against Norwich helped Chelsea to their first win of the season.

In a frantic start, Abraham opened the scoring inside three minutes for the Blues, whose starting line-up had an average age of 24 years and 208 days - their youngest in the Premier League since February 1994.

But Norwich equalised just 156 seconds later, Todd Cantwell finishing from close range from a Teemu Pukki cross.

Mason Mount restored the Blues' lead midway through the first half with his second goal of the season, but the Canaries soon pulled level once more as Pukki slotted in from a tight angle for his fifth of the campaign.

Chelsea dominated the start of the second half and were rewarded through Abraham's second - an unstoppable drive past Tim Krul - before Kurt Zouma had a goal ruled out by the video assistant referee after substitute Olivier Giroud was judged to have fouled the Norwich keeper.

Abraham said at the final whistle: "We knew coming here was never going to be easy, it's always tough. We started off on the front foot, we knew we had to. We conceded but we came in to dressing room and knew there would be more chances.

"It is something I have always dreamed about doing. To score for my childhood club. To get into the first team and to start scoring goals. I am just happy I can help my team."

On getting three points, he added: "I wouldn't say it's a relief but we knew we had to win. The first two games of the season were tough. We came here knowing we needed the three points."

Bishop Wangivi of Joy Springs Church in Kiambu, Kenya has been accused of snatching the wife of a man whose wedding he presided over. 

The distraught husband, John Kanyua said he lost his wife of 26 years, Leah Wambui to the randy Bishop after he approached her to become an assistant pastor in his church. The businessman admitted not taking the Bishop's consistent admiration for his wife seriously until he took off with his wife. 

Kanyua revealed that he got suspcious of his wife's amorous relationship with the Bishop after he started visiting his house in the morning, spending the entire day locked in with her. The Bishop however ran away with his wife after he sought the intervention of the local administration and members of the clergy.

“This fueled the issue further as the pastor later ran away with my wife and children and rented a house in a nearby market where they live,” he said.

He further disclosed that he has been contacted by his wife's parents to accept repayment of the dowry he paid to them to pave way for the new wedding of their daughter. Kanyua hower said he refused the offer. 

“This is unacceptable and I wouldn’t sit back and watch someone take my family. If the government does not intervene, I will choose my ways. It has taken me a lot to grow the family all those years. I will not allow the wedding to continue. I can also seek legal redress. Let her stop soiling her name and ask for forgiveness, then I will take her back,” he said.

The Bishop's wife of 34 years, Agnes Wangivi also confirmed the incident. The mother of three recalled having Leah over for family dinners though in the absence of her husband and on invitation of her own husband.

"I strongly objected the appointment, but he was determined to have his way. I confronted Leah and threatened her not to play games with my husband. She looked innocent, and I gave in. 
“ I started questioning their friendship. I confronted Kanyua to keep his wife away from my husband, but he seemed blindfolded. My husband developed cold feet on his family and ran away to Leah in 2015,” she said.

Agnes said she still cannot understand why her husband got tired of her despite the challenges they went through to build their lives in their younger years.

“We have gone through a lot when we started the church to grow it. To have all the property we have, we went through a lot, and then someone wants to throw it away by marrying a stranger. I can’t allow this,” she said. 

Rema got a spot in former US President, Barack Obama's 2019 summer playlist with his hit song 'Iron man'. 

Barack Obama in his Instagram post, said he has been listening to the 44 songs on his summer playlist with his wife, Michelle and decided to share it with his followers. He wrote; 

With summer winding down, here’s a sampling of what Michelle and I have been listening to — some new, some old, some fast, some slow. Hope you enjoy.?

Commenting on the list the Mavin Records act made, Don Jazzy wrote; 

@barackobama knows what’s up. Check out REMA on number 42. cc @heisrema#Mavin

A Nigerian father has promised to warn a church member that called his daughter 'my wife' during a church program last night. 

The Twitter user who took to the platform to express his displeasure with the phrase, said it is one of the red flags he told his kids to report anytime someone says it to them. He tweeted; 

My second daughter has just reported to me that someone called her "My wife" in church Last night. That phrase is one of the red flagged phrases that they are told to report anytime someone says it to them. I am warning the guy on Sunday. Protect your kids...

Nigerian man promises to warn church member for calling his daughter

President Muhammadu Buhari has called for the abolition of slavery in all modern forms in a opinion article he published in The Washington Post to mark the  International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition.  

See the article below...
Four centuries ago, the first 20 documented African slaves arrived on the shores of Virginia. In the years that followed, millions more were shipped in dehumanizing conditions across the ocean and enslaved. Slavery had, of course, existed before. But this indicated the beginning of a mechanized trade that saw human beings reduced to property on an unprecedented scale.  
Despite the fact that descendants of African slaves have made valuable contributions across society, they are still dealing with the effects of this poisonous legacy. They still have to navigate its everyday manifestations, such as discrimination, racism or lack of access to resources and opportunities.
This must not be overlooked or forgotten.  Yet, as we reflect on this day, International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and Its Abolition, it is clear slavery did not only thrive then. It still thrives today. Across the world it is estimated there are as many as 40 million men, women and children living in forced servitude. They are the industrial victims of a business many believe was abolished hundreds of years ago. They are the modern enslaved.  
Their exploitation appears in many guises, though usually unrecognized as slavery. Many victims are unseen, hidden beneath opaque supply chains. Others are hidden in plain sight, entrapped by circumstances that rob them of autonomy. In any case, their labor, often dangerous, is no product of choice, and its conditions are self-perpetuating.  In Africa, its modern forms include debt bondage, the enslavement of war captives, commercial sexual exploitation and forced domestic servitude.
Holding people held against their will, controlling their movements and forcing them to work for the sole profit of others — wherever they are — is slavery today and always.  The abolitionists of the 19th century succeeded more than any before: By working to extinguish the transatlantic slave trade that had claimed 15 million victims, they laid the groundwork to ensure it did not manufacture millions more. But their work is not done. We must take up their examples as we forge a path forward to eliminate modern-day slavery in all its forms.  
Slavery, once again, has become entwined in the global economy — and it is largely unseen. For instance, most of us might know in principle that the mining of cobalt crucial to our smartphones might have used forced labor. But what do we know of those that experience it? Just as personal testimony and resulting public pressure led to the passing of the Act for the Abolition of the Slave Trade in Britain in 1807, these stories must be told and used to inform policy.
Once heard, they can elevate visceral reactions, driving the public pressure needed to ensure the application of anti-slavery laws.  One distinction from then and now is important: the costs. From records, adjusted for today’s prices, the cost of a human-being-as-property was valued on average at $40,000. Today, it is just $90, sometimes even lower. We must remember that slavery is not simply a campaign of hatred; it is the pursuit of profit. One way to extinguish it in its current forms, therefore, is to make it economically unfeasible.
This means making sure that any anti-slavery laws have bite, come with strong penalties and are enforced.  It is also vital to have a robust tip-off and reporting system. Where this once meant detecting ships, today the signs are less conspicuous. The public must be shown how to see what is hidden in plain sight, particularly signs of suspicious behavior. This might seem broad. But vagueness should not give rise to reluctance to report anything that could be smuggling or forced servitude.
If something doesn’t look right, report it, for you could be securing another human’s freedom.   In Nigeria, our anti-trafficking agency has rolled out the “Not for Sale” campaign to protect against the deceptions of human smugglers, helping those who might be vulnerable to false promises see through the ruse and say no. These prevention programs are crucial.  The appearance of slavery today might have changed.
The institution has not. There are no radical solutions to conjure, only political will. But on this, we can learn from the past, the shadows in which modern slavery proliferates today.  It is not enough to mark this 400th anniversary. We must use it as a platform to eliminate slavery in all its present-day forms. We should reflect in memory to find a better future, one that should ensure freedom for all.

Nollywood actor, Femi Ogedengbe has reacted to the viral video of a lavish party held by one of the suspects arrested by the US' Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for alleged fraud.

The video captured moment the first suspect on the FBI list, Valentine Iro and his wife were sprayed with dollars at their event. 

Reacting to the viral video, the actor turned security guard in the United States said the video shows what Nigeria as a country idolizes and celebrates. According to him, 90% of such Nigerians buy their way into political offices after living a life of crime abroad. 

Femi concluding by stating that encouragement of sudden wealth is why the Nigerian society is stagnant. He wrote; 

Valentine Iro. Number 1 on the FBI list.... This is Exactly what Nigeria as a Country Idolize and Celebrates. No more Hard work and honour... So, A few of us Nigerians that Decides to take the slow but steady route appear to them like fools....After this life Abroad, 90% End up Buying their ways to Political offices Yet we Wonder How we got here at this corss road as a Nation. The more Our Society continues to Encourage this type of sudden wealth, we will continue to be stagnant because his likes is the pool from which we now source leadership materials . Una doo! _Femi Ogedengbe

Ugandan actress Anne Kansiime's boyfriend, Skylanta seems to have had enough of being trolled over his look and he has dragged his critics over it. 

Skylanta said the troll comments took a toll on him before now, but he developed a thick skin after he saw a video of Ugandan social critic Frank Gashumba saying that anyone you talk about is bigger than you. 

Actress Anne Kansiime

Telling his critics to focus on getting themselves out of poverty instead of tormenting him, Anne Kansiime's boyfriend further revealed that he has forgiven them all. The Ugandan reggae star wrote; 

“I have seen many people troll me on Facebook saying I look like Scooby doo( that actually caught me off guard), saying am way too small ( I don't have the size of a real man) whatever that means!!!! And many other random insults from a few rotten apples (just like how my teacher Nyeko Makmot used to refer to heeiiraazz). 
"At first it used to bother me and then I saw that video where Frank Gashumba was saying that "the mere fact that you are discussing sheilla means that she is bigger than you"
"Most of these people that preach negativity are coiled up in their 1 room apartment(English for muzigo) Chewing on a Rolex from last night (Been there, done that) wishing they were in this small man's shoes. I am a Christian and I will follow the words of our Lord Jesus Christ "Forgive them father they know not what they do" But also I think this ka hot mama has everything to do with my peace of mind!!!”

Actress Anne Kansiime

Kansiime and Skylanta started dating in Decemvber 2018, 11 months after her marriage to Gerald Ojok packed up. 

A Jamaican man identified as Leon Haughton was detained for almost three months in the United States after bringing in bottles of honey from the Caribbean island that customs agents mistakenly believed to be liquid methamphetamine.  

Haughton’s long ordeal began on December 29th 2018 at Baltimore-Washington International Airport when customs agents had a dog sniff his bags. Inside they found three bottles duly labelled as honey that Haughton, a 45-year-old father of three, uses to sweeten his tea.  

According to the charging document, the agents suspected him of transporting liquid methamphetamine, and placed him in detention. Laboratory results from Maryland took more than two weeks to arrive: they were negative. Haughton thought that was the end of it. He was wrong.

The bottles were sent to a second laboratory in Georgia after the first was judged to be insufficiently equipped to analyze the liquids. Although he had a green card granting him legal residence in the United States, Haughton’s arrest set in motion a detention process with the US immigration service.  

His lawyer had enormous difficulty contacting immigration authorities and for good reason. The US government had been partially shut down as a result of a budget impasse between President Donald Trump and Democrats over his demand for funding to build a wall on the border with Mexico.

The tests in Georgia, meanwhile, finally confirmed that Haughton was indeed transporting honey. He was freed on March 21, 82 days after he returned from vacation. Unable to work for three months and far from his children, Haughton lost his two jobs as a cleaner and construction worker. “They messed up my life,” he told the Post, looking back on a bitter ordeal that even honey will be unable to sweeten.
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