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Couples Disagree Over Custody Of Only Child

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A 42-year-old fashion designer on Tuesday pleaded with a Grade‘ A’ Customary Court, Agege, Lagos, to dissolve her union with her spouse with whom she had co-habited for eight years.

The petitioner, Olabisi Onile, who lives at 5, Murphy Akins St., Oke-Odo, Lagos, asked the court to dissolve the union on the grounds that the spouse did not care for her and was threatening her life.

She also wants the court to grant her the custody of the only child of the union, saying that she was in a wrong relationship with her spouse, Kamardeen Salaam, and did not love him anymore.

“I got to know him through a friend and we started a relationship which led to pregnancy.

“Being a traditional doctor, he gave me a native drug to abort which I took and the pregnancy went down.

“He did not take me to his people and I forced him before he could allow me to know his brother,’’ she said.

Onile said she got pregnant again but did not know until the pregnancy was four months.

“When I told him, he told me that he would abort it for me.

“I was afraid and ran to my home town in Ekiti and I did not leave there until I delivered that baby. I called him and he told me to come with the child to Lagos which I did.

“All through the time we lived together, he refused to give me and the child money for feeding. He did not care how we fed and I single-handedly took care of my baby, ‘’ she said.

Onile also told the court that when the only child, Oluwapelumi, was  five years old, Salaam  threw her out of the house and took her child to his brother’s house in Ibadan.

“For two years, I was not allowed to see my child, he denied me access to  Oluwapelumi, yet he is threatening to hurt me.

“I want the court to dissolve anything we might have had together and grant me the custody of my child,’’ she said.

However, Salaam, 46, who lives at 174, Iju, Road, Lagos, denied all the allegations levelled against him.

“I have been a caring father and a good man; Olabisi is adulterous and does not come home until late in the night.

“She has not been faithful to me and one of her hobbies is lying so there is no way you can know when she is telling the truth.

“She does not respect me and so I support the divorce but I pray the court to grant me the custody of my child,’’ he said.

The Court President, Mr. Emmanuel Sokunle, told them to maintain the peace and ordered Salaam to bring the child to court at the adjourned date.

He adjourned the case to July 23 for judgment.

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Women Educators Seek Solution To Insecurity In Rivers

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Women under the auspices of Women Educators Association of Nigeria (WEAN), in collaboration with the #SaveOurLives Campaign, have embarked on seeking solutions to the ravaging insecurity in Nigeria.
At their recent meeting in Port Harcourt, the women met with various victims of all forms of attacks that have constituted different shades of insecurity in the state.
During the meeting, which was hosted by the leadership of Women Education Centre in Port Harcourt, victims of violent attacks narrated their experiences, and also proffered solutions to vices that have resulted in insecurity in different parts of the state.
Most of the victims, who narrated their ordeal, were women who were involved in sea piracy and robbery attacks at different parts of the state’s waterways and roads, as well as rape, some of which led to death.
Solutions proffered include: a call on government at all levels to empower women, who are more vulnerable; create jobs for the youth, who are key players in the vices; and for parents to be closer to their children in order to be in better position to check them from indulging in such vices.
They also called on government to check trending situations of people getting suddenly rich with no explanation as to how they got the wealth.
Making her contribution, the Principal of Women Education Centre, Port Harcourt, Pastor Ateli Nwachukwu, called on the government to de-emphasize possession of certificate, while encouraging entrepreneurship, as well as “saying no to the rich getting richer, and the poor getting poorer” syndrome.
Nwachukwu, who was the moderator of the meeting, stated that “any society where there’s marginalisation, where there’s dichotomy between the rich and the poor, if the margin is large, these vices are bound to occur, because a hungry man is an angry man”.
Speaking in a post-meeting interview, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of WEAN, Sylvia Briggs, said the meeting is intended to create an enabling environment for victims of violence to share their experiences to create relevant awareness for the authorities.
According to Briggs, who coordinated the meeting on behalf of #SaveOurLives Campaign, “this forum is intended to create space for participants to share their experiences with regard to different shades of insecurity that they have encountered”.
Such experiences, she explained, “will be looked into, together with solutions proffered, and be presented to government”.

By: Soibi Max-Alalibo

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Media Women Tasked On Journalism Of Responsibility

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Members of the Nigeria Association of Women Journalists, NAWOJ, Rivers State Chapter, have been charged to practise “ journalism of responsibility “. The chairperson of the association, Mrs Susan Serekara Nwikhana, gave the charge two days ago in a one day capacity building workshop organized for members in collaboration with West African Network for Peace Building (WANEP) in Port Harcourt.
Mrs Nwikhana noted that journalism of responsibility which according to her, can only be achieved by presenting the facts to the audience to hold their opinion on the presented facts, remains a sure way to gaining the public’s credibility as well as enhancing the media’s reputation to the public.
She maintained that such could go a long way to debunk the age long myth that complete objectivity is not obtainable in journalism practice, as journalists are said to lack the will to be entirely separated from their personal view points despite their averred claims to objectivity.
Commenting on the topic of the event, ‘ the role of the media in the implementation of the Rivers State action plan on 1325, and, identifying fake news, facts and the journalist’, Mrs Nwikhana noted that the topic could not have come at a better time than now, considering the importance of information dissemination to peace building or escalation of conflicts in the society.
Corroborating the stand of the media women’s boss on factual presentation of information, a guest speaker in the workshop, the south-south zonal director of Business Day Newspaper, Mr Ignatius Chukwu, the principal responsibility of every journalist is to report the fact notwithstanding the resultant effect.

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Oba Extols The virtues Of Women

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The new Oba of Ogba Land, His Eminence, Barrister Nwachukwu Nnam Obi (111), has expressed great value and respect for the women folk.
This happened last week as a delegation of members of the Association of Women Journalists, NAWOJ, Rivers State chapter, visited the palace of the late Oba, His Eminence, Sir (Dr) Chukwumela Nnam Obi (11) OON, JP, FNATT, Oba (Eze Ogba) of Ogba Land on a condolence visit to his family.
The royal father who spoke lovely of his mother, sisters and wife, recognized and acknowledged in no mean measure, the value of women to the development of the society.
He confessed a high indebtedness to the effort of women around his life for successes he ever achieved in life.
His words; “ whatever I have become today, women contributed so much to it hence I hold them so close to my heart”, were clear demonstration of the extent to which he appreciates the immeasurable role of women in societal development.
Relating his resolve to keep to the later, the legacies, wishes and aspirations of his late father, he said “ my father had longed to have a woman serve in the capacity of the vice president of Nigeria. It had also been his dream to have some obnoxious traditional rules within our domain amended in favour of women, especially as it partains to sharing of family inheritance “
He thus promised that his kingdom would continue to ensure that women are put in their right place, while issues that bothers on their well being would always be given a priority consideration.
In her response, the Chairman of NAWOJ, Mrs Susan Serekara-Nwikhana, appreciated the gesture, especially his resolve to carry on the existing relationship between his late father and the body of women journalists in the state.

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