Wednesday, August 31, 2016


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We say a very goodbye to August as we welcome the ember months of the year, 2016. We pray that the good lord will keep us from every evil till the end of the year. We at  wish you well in these ember months. CHEERS!!!

Nigeria to experience solar eclipse tomorrow, public advised to remain calm

A solar eclipse will occur in Nigeria on Thursday, September 1, between the hours of 7:15am and 10:03am with slight variations in actual timing across the country, the National Space Research and Development Agency (NSRDA) said.

A press statement by the Head of Media and Corporate Communications, Dr Felix Ale, appealed to the general public not to panic or attach any spiritual interpretations to this event. He said the eclipse cannot be observed with naked eyes, as this could cause damage.

In the Federal Capital Territory Abuja, there will be a partial eclipse, with an obscurity of 60 per cent, and the first contact at about 7:17am, with maximum eclipse at 8:32am and end at 10:00am.

Lagos will experience its first contact with the eclipse at 7:15am, with a maximum eclipse occurring at 8:32am and ending at about 10:00am. The Agency has arranged a viewing centre tomorrow to enable members of the public, pupils and students from various schools to view the eclipse using specially designed viewing instruments provided by the space Agency.

The viewing centre which has been set up by the Agency will be open to the public on Thursday 1st September, 2016 from 6:45am for school pupils and students to observe the annular eclipse as part of its continuous programmes to expose Nigerians and students to matters concerning astronomical environment.

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Saturday, August 27, 2016

OAU: Update on Harmattan Semester 2015/2016 Registration

All students are hereby assured that access to OAU eportal will be UN-INTERRUPTED throughout the registration period from today, Tuesday 23rd August, 2016.

Computer Center staff will be available from 8am till 6pm daily to resolve any issue that requires ICT specialist intervention related to the student registration process.

LASU Sanctions Students Over Indecent Dressing

The Lagos State University authorities (LASU) has issued warning letters to 84 of its students over indecent dressing.

It was learnt that one of the students who was suppose to contest in the forth coming SUG election was also disqualified because of this.

Eight among the affected students are final year students,43 in 100 level,20 in 200 level,and three in 300 level.

Further analysis shows that 24 of the students are from faculty of Management Science, 18 from faculty of sciences, faculty of Education and Social Sciences were recorded as 11 students each and the faculty of communication has four students.

It was reported that the Students Affair Department (DSA) of LASU gave the letter to the students for going against the dress code of the institution.

Usain Bolt, most decorated sprinter of all time

Usain Bolt is one of the most watched athletes of all time. Born 30 years ago, the Jamaican sprinter has been regarded as the fastest human ever lived. He is the first man to hold both the 100 metres and 200 metres world records since fully automatic time became mandatory.
He also holds the world record as a part of the 4×100m relay. He is the reigning World and Olympic champion in these three events and the most successful sprinter in history.
A nine-time Olympic gold medallist, Bolt won the 100m, 200m and 4×100m relay at three consecutive Olympic Games. He gained worldwide popularity for his double sprint victory at the 2008 Beijing Olympics in world record times. Bolt was the first to win consecutive Olympic 100m and 200m titles (2008 and 2012).
An eleven-time World Champion, he won consecutive World Championship 100m, 200m and 4×100m relay gold medals from 2009 to 2015, with the exception of a 100m false start in 2011. He is the most successful athlete of the World Championships and was the first athlete to win three titles in both the 100m and 200m at the competition.
Usain Bolt is ending his Olympic career by claiming an unprecedented “triple triple” and his ninth gold at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
His achievements in sprinting have earned him the media nickname, “Lightning Bolt,” and his awards include the International Association of Athletics Federations World Athlete of the Year, Track & Field Athlete of the Year, and Laureus World Sportsman of the Year (three times). He has stated that he intends to retire from athletics after the 2017 World Championships.
Bolt’s earnings
The Jamaican sprinter is in a class of his own in terms of his marketing prowess. His competitors are not his fellow track stars, but global icons like Argentine football star Lionel Messi, American basketball star LeBron James and Portuguese football star Cristiano Ronaldo.
Bolt has 10 global partners, along with seven regional ones. Sportswear maker, Puma, is his biggest backer with a deal worth north of $10m (N3.4bn) a year.
His relationship with Puma started way back in 2002, and his $10m-a-year deal is by far the most lucrative in athletics.
So far in 2016, he has made $32.5m (N11.1bn) in earnings — $2.5m (N850m) from winnings and $30m (N10.2bn) from endorsements.
He is the only track star who made it onto the Forbes list of highest-paid athletes, coming in at No. 32.
His other sponsors include the watchmaker Hublot as well as Gatorade and Virgin Media, with deals ranging in value from $1m (N340m) to $4m (N1.4bn).
Prize money in athletics events is relatively low. Though he earns $10,000 (N3.4m) for every race he wins in the Diamond League, he is often paid appearance fees of up to $400,000 (N136m) per meet.
Another big earner for the Jamaican athlete comes from Bolt’s character in the Temple Run mobile gaming franchise, which has more than a billion downloads.
Homes and cars
Despite his international success, his main base is not far from home. One of Bolt’s biggest purchases is his mansion in the Norbrook housing complex in Kingston, Jamaica, which he bought at an undisclosed figure.
In 2009, he also bought a home in Rum Cay Island in the Bahamas for an unknown fee. He only described the home as “magnificent.”
It makes sense that the world’s fastest man enjoys reaching high speeds on the road. One of the track star’s most lavish purchases is a $105,000 (N36m) black Nissan GT-R.
Never content with just one, Bolt also owns a special-edition gold GT-R. This one, however, was given to him by Nissan after he won three gold medals at the London Olympics in 2012.
The ace sprinter has also been spotted driving a Ferrari F430, which costs $217,000 (N73.8m).
Bolt was also given a blue coloured BMW M3 by Puma, his principal sponsor, sometime ago.
As well as hard partying and luxury purchases, he also gives back to his community as he regularly donates sports equipment to his alma mater and other various community projects in his country.
One of his biggest hobbies is music. He has been performing DJ sets in public since 2010.
When it is time to travel around the world — including hanging out with lots of famous figures, including British royal, Prince Harry — Bolt travels in style, often by a private jet.


Martin Luther King Jr.
“Now there is a final reason I think that Jesus says, "Love your enemies." It is this: that love has within it a redemptive power. And there is a power there that eventually transforms individuals. Just keep being friendly to that person. Just keep loving them, and they can’t stand it too long. Oh, they react in many ways in the beginning. They react with guilt feelings, and sometimes they’ll hate you a little more at that transition period, but just keep loving them. And by the power of your love they will break down under the load. That’s love, you see. It is redemptive, and this is why Jesus says love. There’s something about love that builds up and is creative. There is something about hate that tears down and is destructive. So love your enemies. (from "Loving Your Enemies")” 
― Martin Luther King Jr.A Knock at Midnight: Inspiration from the Great Sermons of Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr.

HEY! JAMB Admission Status Checking Portal For 2016 Enabled

This is to inform all 2016/2017 UTME candidates that they can now proceed to JAMB Portal to check their admission status.

Below are the guidelines to check your admission status;

-Visit the checking portal by clicking here
-Enter your JAMB Registration Number in the space provided.
-Click on your “Check admission status” to view your admission details.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Cristiano Ronaldo wins UEFA Best player award 2015/2016

Real Madrid and Portugal striker Cristiano Ronaldo this evening defeated Antoinne Griezmann of Atletico Madrid/ France and Gareth Bale of Real Madrid/ Wales to win the prestigious UEFA best player award 2015/2016.

Cristiano Ronaldo helped Real Madrid win the Uefa champions League and was a major player as Portugal beat so many top European countries touted as favorites to win the EURO cup.

Posting a photo of him carrying the award on Instagram, he wrote ''Very happy and proud to win such a special award. Thank you to my team mates from Real Madrid and Portugal!

So Sad… Four World Bank Officials Drown in Ekiti River

Four persons, including a man believed to be the son of a World Bank contractor, have drowned in Egbe River in Egbe community of Gbonyin Local Government Area of Ekiti State

According to PUNCH, they were said to be working on a World Bank assessment mission to the river and had commenced work on Tuesday night.

The report stated that they were said to have come from Development Dams and Irrigation Scheme, Kaduna State.

Sources said they drowned after their boat capsized. The four occupants who didn’t wear jackets died, and the remaining three survived.

The chairman of Gbonyin Local Government Area, Folasade Akinrinmola mobilised local fishermen who retrieved the bodies of the dead.

Akinrinmola said that she was notified of the incident by the traditional ruler of the community.

“We immediately mobilised a rescue team and an ambulance and those wearing life jackets were rescued. The rescued people were the ones who told us that others were still in the water. Their bodies were later retrieved by the local fishermen.

We believe that they were there based on some of the proposals we had written on the dam and how it could be put to use; and we believe that the World Bank had started work on the river based on the call,” she said.

The bodies of the victims have been deposited at the mortuary in Ode-Ekiti, headquarters of the council area.

The Public Relations Officer of the Ekiti State Police Command, Alberto Adeyemi, confirmed the incident, adding that “they must have come from the federal ministry, because dams are owned by the Federal Government. Their boat capsized; four of them died, while three survived”.

Photo Credit: Nigerian Tribune and Bellanaija

Wednesday, August 24, 2016


The management of University of Ilorin (UNILORIN) has released admission screening registration instructions for 2016/2017.

However, the registration portal is yet to be enabled for that purpose. Similarly, the admission cut-off marks for the various departments is yet to be released.

We will keep you updated on that.

Meanwhile, below are the admission screening registration instructions;

-Candidates are to visit
-On Admission Menu displayed on the left-hand side, click "Pre-Admission Screening Instruction" and read carefully.
-Type in your JAMB Registration Number and SURNAME in the boxes provided. Carefully type in your JAMB Registration Number as any error committed will not allow your details to be displayed. Thereafter,
-UTME candidates should click on the Get Details button for your JAMB information;
-DE candidates should click OK button on the dialog box displayed and enter your names; and
-Click on Make Payment link to go to WEBPAY page. Note: UTME Candidates who are qualified for the courses originally chosen can proceed to make payment by supplying the required information. However, UTME Candidates who are not qualified for the course originally chosen are advised to change their course as indicated on the payment page. Note the sum of N2,500 is charged for change of course.

Make Payment
-Select your ATM card type (e.g Verve or Master Card)
-Enter your Card Number
-Enter Card Expiry Date and the card CVV2 (the 3 digits on the reverse side of the card and lastly enter your card pin; and
-Then click on Pay.

Please note: (Do not Refresh your browser while the process is going on to avoid multiple deductions from your account. If nothing is displayed after 10 minutes, close the browser and restart again).

-After Login, click on Continue Registration Link on the main menu.
-Fill in your other bio-data and necessary details truthfully on the webpage. All candidates should upload their Passports by clicking on Browse button and select your picture. Your Passport must not be more than 20KB.

-Acceptable format (JPEG)
-Picture must be digital passport photograph
-Resolution must be at least 200 DPI
-Dimension should not be less than 251 × 297 pixels
-Each photograph should capture head and top of the shoulders so that the faces take up to 70-80% of the photograph.
-Show the eyes looking directly at the camera
-Show skin tone naturally
-Have a uniform red background
-Maximum of 20kb

-Signature must be clearly scanned
-Acceptable format (JPEG)
-Resolution must be at least 200 DPI
-Dimension should not be less than 134 × 33 pixels
-Signature should be in black ink and should be on a plain background (no lines)
-Signature must be clear and bold
-Maximum of 15kb
-On completion of bio-data. click on Next Step button then click OK on the message dialog box.

All Direct Entry (DE) candidates should complete the Institution of choice and click on Save then click OK on the message dialog box.
On completion of choice of Institution click Next Step button.

For Direct Entry (DE)
Direct Entry candidates are required to select their Higher Academic Qualification(s) from the drop down and click on Save. On the dialog box click OK;
To add more Higher Academic Qualifications click on qualifications drop down to select your additional qualifications click on save; and Click on Next Step.

All candidates (UTME and DE) are required to supply their O' level (O/L) details as follows:
-Pick Number of sitting(s) by clicking on the drop-down button
-Enter all the required O' level (O/L) details; and
-Click on Submit button then click OK on the message dialog box.
-Pre-Admission Screening Registration form;
-Payment Receipt.

Note: All candidates are expected to be at the screening centre an hour before their scheduled time and with the above printouts

National Assembly Is Broke: Ali Ndume Declares

Senator Ali Ndume made a shocking claim stating that the Nigerian national Assembly is broke and is having problems meeting up with its financial obligations.

Ndume said this in reaction to newspaper reports that the legislature was facing financial challenges, he said that the situation was so worrisome that legislators were not receiving their allowances as and when due.

“I know that the whole country is in financial difficulty, not only National Assembly.

I have been in the National Assembly since 2003 but things keep getting worse; I think they paid us last month’s salary on the 16th of the following month or thereabouts,” Ndume told newsmen in Abuja.

He said it wasn’t only lawmakers facing this problem, but other arms of the government are also facing a lack of funds.

“It is not only with the National Assembly, some states have not been able to pay salaries for six months, one year.

Some states were even asking their workers to go and farm for two days and work for the other three days in a week.

Even in the Presidency, they have tightened their belts on their expenditure and so, it’s a general phenomenon in the country.

We used to receive running costs or allowances quarterly but now it is monthly and it doesn’t come as and when due,” he said.

He also hit out at claims that lawmakers had an easy life and also stated that the presumption that lawmakers were corrupt is a false one.

“If the national assembly is so corrupt and you can make much money, then tell me one national assembly member that is living in luxury after leaving office.

Some of my colleagues who lost out in the 2015 election are struggling to pay their children’s school fees, some of them are even struggling to take care of their health.

If national assembly was where you come and make a lot of money, how come one year after leaving you cannot meet your basic needs,” he said.

Ibrahimovic set to break Manchester United's 91-year-old record

– Zlatan Ibrahimovic aims to write his name in United’s history books 
–A strike against Hull City will equal a 91-year set by Jimmy Mason 
– The veteran striker has scored three winning goals for the Red Devils this season

Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic is one goal away from breaking the club’s 91-year-old record if he scores against Hull City on Saturday, August 27. Ibrahimovic headed the winner against Leicester City in the community shield. The summer signing from Paris Saint Germain has been in blistering form since his arrival at Old Trafford, scoring three goals in the opening two matches of the Premier League. If the Swede finds the back of the net against Hull, he will equal Jimmy Manson’s incredible feat of the 1924/1925 season. Mason is the only player to have scored in three consecutive games of his debut for Manchester United. However, 34-year-old Zlatan has showed no sign of aging as his 100% start of the season seems to have ended the Red Devil’s previous goal scoring problems. Jose Mourinho will be pleased with the striker’s performance so far after the veteran scored all United’s winning goals against Leicester City, Bournemouth and Southampton respectively. Both United and Hull are joint top on the league table with six points from two matches and a strike for Ibrahimovic will make him joint with Jimmy Mason’s record.  Ibrahimovic’s headed goal against Southampton marked his 400th career goal as professional football player.

Naira Crosses 400/$ Mark At Parallel Market After FX Ban On 9 Banks

The naira crossed the 400-per-dollar mark on Wednesday to trade at 402 to the foreign currency at the parallel market.

The naira, which traded around 396/$1 on Tuesday, depreciated rapidly on Wednesday after the ban of nine banks from all foreign exchange markets in the country.

The interbank market closed at N305 to the dollar on Tuesday, but is currently trading at N335 at the interbank market.

On Tuesday, it became public knowledge, that the Central Bank of Nigeria(CBN) had banned nine deposit money banks from the foreign exchange markets.

The banks were prohibited from the forex markets for hiding over $2.1 billion belonging to the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) from the Treasury Single Account (TSA).Baba Ibrahim, a bureau de change (BDC) operator, who spoke to TheCable, said the market was reacting to the information.

“The market no good,” he said. “We are now buying dollars at 400, and selling at 402. Pounds is selling at 520 today, from about 507 yesterday. The barred banks may not sell to us.”

The CBN had said anyone who defaults either the TSA guidelines, or the forex market guideline would pay for it.

“The CBN may take action against any FXPD that fails to comply with the standards set forth in these Guidelines. Such action will vary depending upon the type of non-compliance, but may range, for instance, from fines, suspension from any or all FX operations for a period of time to termination as an FXPD,” CBN had said.

I Did Not Bring Buhari To Power – Obasanjo

Former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo on Tuesday debunked newspaper reports quoting him as saying that he and a few others brought President Muhammadu Buhari to power.

He dismissed the reports as baseless, untrue and calculated attempts to smear him.

Obasanjo, who is in Jalingo, Taraba State, said President Buhari was overwhelmingly voted by many Nigerians.

“ No single individual or group can claim that glory,” he said.

During a courtesy visit to Governor Darius Ishaku, Obasanjo spoke about the economic potentials of the state.

He said the Mambila Plateau in Taraba had the potential of becoming the hub of tea production in Africa.

He expressed determination to promote the tea production potential of the state using his connections and experience.

“ The Taraba tea factory is a symbol of national greatness. The tea potential of this state can attract global demand and earn the nation foreign exchange,” he said.

Obasanjo noted that beside tea, the state also had potentials in cattle rearing, poultry, power generation, among others.

“ The livestock potential of this state surpasses any kind of cattle rearing known in this country.

“ likewise in poultry which of course is in commercial quantity.

“ The Mambilla Hydro-Power Project, if completed, has the capacity to generate more than half of our power demand in this country.

“ Therefore, Taraba is indeed a blessing to this country,” Obasanjo said.

There are over 50,000 hectares of land suitable for tea production on the Mambilla Plateau.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016


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Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida has revealed that the toughest encounter in his military career was during the Biafra civil war. The former head of state gave this revelation during his 75th birthday which was celebrated in Minna, Niger state on Wednesday, August 15. NAN reports that Babangida said during the Biafra war, he trekked from Enugu to Umuahia and also sustained serious injuries. “Movement from Enugu to Umuahia was very tough and challenging because you need to be physically fit to be able to undertake that kind of journey on foot. “We had to go through the jungles and the hills. I think it was my toughest encounter in the army because that was where I got wounded in April 1969.” He said he joined the army to protect Nigeria and being in the “military means that you must subject yourself to a constituted authority to execute all the tasks assigned to you by the government.” He noted that being a soldier was tougher than the work of a president and explained that the constitutional role and international treaties made it possible for military personnel to serve anywhere in the world. He said as a commander, the lives of the people you lead depend on you. “If they have faith in you they follow you. If you have faith in them you go along with them. “So, it is more challenging than being a president,” He said the president had the advantage of interacting and discussing with people on how to solve the country’s problem. “Being a military officer, you are the only one leading your troops hoping on you. If you lead them wrongly, you will kill many of them. “So, I consider the military more challenging than the political job.”

Friday, August 12, 2016


Paul Pogba at Manchester United's AON training base
Manchester United’s Paul Pogba is banned for the club’s season opener against Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth. The FA announced that the midfielder will miss the season opener alongside club teammate Chris Smalling, Tottenham’s Moussa Dembele and Robert Huth of Leicester City.
The 23-year-old’s two bookings in last season’s Coppa Italia, in the win over Inter in March and the final against AC Milan in his final outing for Juventus, has been transferred across to England.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016


Pogba-Man U-JuveWhen Paul Pogba left in 2012,he told Rio Ferdinand, "I am leaving to be the best." Being an ambitious player, he left for the italian club, Juventus where he won four Serie A titles, and became one of the best midfielders in the world. I am a united fan but it really pains me that we have to pay that much(93 million pounds) to bring him back having left for a meagre fee as a teenager. Anyway, my prayer is that he delivers, and with the help of other new signings and the old players, take the club back to its position which is the top. Paul Pogba is an example of determination and I learned from him. He said he wants to be the best and today, he is the most expensive footballer in history.
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Monday, August 8, 2016

$37,000 Facebook International PhD Program 2017/2018

Facebook Fellowship Program is open to full-time PhD students (domestic and international) enrolled during the current academic year and studying computer science, computer engineering, electrical engineering, system architecture, or a related area. This scholarship is provided to encourage and support promising doctoral students who are engaged in research areas related to computer science and engineering. Eligibility - Applicants must be Full-time PhD students who are currently involved in on-going research. - Applicants work must be related to one or more relevant disciplines. - Applicants must be enrolled during the academic year(s) that the Fellowship is awarded. - Applicants must be PhD students who are enrolled in an accredited university in any country. Application Process The mode of application is online. Applicants are advised to visit this LINK TO APPLY Application Deadline The application deadline for this scholarship is on1st November 2016

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Kidnapped At Ife And Dumped Inside A Jungle In Kwara – OAU Student Shares Unbelievable Survival Story

A female student of Obafemi Awolowo University has told a story of what happened after she was taken hostage and released inside a jungle.

Saturday, July 23, 2016, was one day that will always give 18-year-old Praise Adelakin nightmares. That day, a journey from Ile-Ife, Osun State, to Ibadan, Oyo State, that was supposed to take her about two hours only, almost turned out to be a journey of no return.

A 300 Level Law student of Obafemi Awolowo University, Praise had gone to the school in the morning of that day to check whether her things were still intact in her hostel before resumption after some weeks of strike by lecturers in the institution.

Around 4pm, when she ensured she had put everything in place, she left for the Mayfair Motor Park in the town to board a bus going to Ibadan, where her family resides.

All things being equal, she should have been back in Ibadan by around 6pm on the same day, but by 12 midnight of the following day, she found herself in Ilorin, Kwara State.

Narrating the incident to our correspondent in Ibadan on Tuesday, she said, “We’ve been on strike for some weeks. Meanwhile, freshers had resumed three weeks before the strike, but due to the action, they were also sent back home. On July 23, I decided to go to school to check if my things were still intact and probably whether they had allocated my space (at Moremi Hall) to someone else. I got there and saw that my things had been scattered; my mattress had also been taken away with my buckets and other things, so I had to go round the rooms to gather them together. When I did that, I put them in my locker and locked them up.

“When I finished all that, I decided to return home and that was around 4pm. I had arrived in school by 11am. So I went to the Mayfair Motor Park in Ife to get a bus back to Ibadan. It’s a popular motor park in the town because it’s a public one. When I got there, there were only two passengers in the bus and the driver was hanging around somewhere. All the same, I entered the bus to wait until we had enough passengers to take off. As of 7pm, we were only nine in the 18-seater white Mazda bus. It was getting dark, so everyone started complaining. We begged the driver to take off and told him that while on the way, it was possible he would get more passengers. He agreed and we took off.”

Praise and other passengers were happy the driver heeded their pleas. Nothing in the driver’s appearance or the look of the bus suggested anything sinister. After all, they boarded the bus in a motor park, Praise thought.

The journey proceeded normally until the driver swerved off the major road. He told them it was a short-cut to Ibadan. But the path turned out to be a ‘long-cut.’

She continued, “There is a university outside Ife town called Oduduwa University. A few minutes drive past it, our driver said he wanted to pass through a short-cut. He said because it was weekend, there was traffic in front. So he took us through the route. When we turned to pass through the so-called short-cut, we saw a bus in front of us and there was another bus behind us. It was a bushy path, but we were not so afraid because of the other two buses which were also taking the route. We thought it was a route which would take us to Ibadan faster.

“As we were going through the path, we got to a junction where we saw that the bus which was in front of us was already parked. The passengers had disembarked. As we got there, we were also flagged down by a group of about five men; our driver stopped and he himself ordered us to get down. Everyone was shocked and we wondered what was happening, but nobody talked. We were all just looking. The bus behind us was also stopped and all of us passengers in the three buses were up to 40. They asked us to lie face down. At that point, I became afraid as I knew something was wrong. As I lay down, I quickly sent a message on my phone to my dad, reading, ‘Dad, I am held hostage and I don’t even know where we are. I think I am in danger. Please pray for me.’ I could use my phone to send the message because when they ordered us to lie down, the men went for a meeting at a nearby bush, together with our driver. My dad called me back after a few minutes, but I couldn’t pick it. The phone rang out. When they heard that my phone rang, they came back and collected my phone and others’. After collecting our phones, they went back to their meeting.

“After a while, they returned and surprisingly, they asked the passengers in my driver’s bus to get back in. They instructed our driver to go and ‘dismiss’ us off. I was afraid. I thought ‘dismissing us’ meant ‘killing us.’ Our driver looked disappointed, so he shouted at us to get in; he was now holding a gun. Everybody kept quiet. Then he drove away inside the bush till it was really dark. When it was around 10pm, he started dropping us one by one. He would drive for about 10 minutes, drop a passenger and give him or her their phone and bag, then drive for another 10 minutes, drop another passenger, and on and on like that. He would spread the phones out and ask the person to pick their phone. It finally got to my turn and I think I was the sixth passenger to be dropped, I can’t remember full well because at that point, I had become so confused.”

When Praise got out of the bus, it was then that it dawned on her that she was in another world, in the middle of a forest and the screech of insects. By then, tt was around 11pm.

“He stopped me at a T-junction and gave me my phones, but they were already dead, so I couldn’t contact anyone. When he dropped me, he told me I was at Share (Kwara State). I didn’t know where Share was then. It was very dark, around 11pm. The village was quiet. Anywhere I turned to, it was forest all around me. I got to know later that Share was very close to Niger State. It’s a border town between Kwara and Niger states,” she said.

Suddenly, in the midst of the the forest and darkness, she heard the sound of a motorcycle coming towards her direction.

She continued, “I flagged down the rider and he stopped. I asked him, ‘I was told this is Share. Please, where is the nearest town or somewhere where I can get help from?’ The man simply said, ‘Ilorin.’ I know Ilorin quite well because my grandparents stay there, I once schooled there and my aunt still lives there. I got on the motorcycle and he took me from the jungle to Ilorin. When he dropped me, I could recognise the area and found out that the place was actually close to my aunt’s house, around Basin area.

“I asked him how much I should pay him. He just nodded his head and zoomed off. He didn’t utter a word or ask for money. Meanwhile, I was lucky my phone came up again, so I quickly called my dad that I was in Ilorin and that I was near my aunt’s place. He quickly notified my aunt that I was coming.

“I was dumbfounded. From where the motorcyclist dropped me, I trekked to my aunt’s house for some minutes and when I got to the door, around 12 am on Sunday, I knocked. She was a bit scared because she was expecting no one. She asked who was knocking. I replied, ‘It’s me, Praise.’ She retorted, ‘Which Praise?’ I said, ‘Praise Adelakin.’ She asked again, ‘Praise Adelakin from where?’ We often talk and so she recognised my voice. She then said someone should open the gate for me. She just didn’t know what to do when she saw me in the middle of the night.”

In the morning of that Sunday, Praise’s parents came for her in Ilorin to take her back home. But up till now, she has yet to recover from the incident.

She said, “I wouldn’t know what happened to the other passengers in the two other buses. I’m still trying to get over it because I’m still scared of boarding buses right now. I used to enter any bus as long as I see people inside it, but my experience has taught me to be more conscious. I am still amazed. It was not the first time I would board a bus from the park, and it is even a public park. It wasn’t a lift.

“My parents came over to Ilorin to pick me up on Sunday to return to Ibadan. They said they immediately started praying for me when I sent them the message. They also told me they went to the police station in Ibadan and contacted another one in Ife to report the incident, but the police said they couldn’t do anything about it.

“The police said they should go to MTN office to track my phone to know where I was. MTN said they needed a police report, which the police couldn’t give because they didn’t know about the incident. Everything was complicated. They said they had to resort to prayers throughout the night. I just thank God I am still alive to tell this story. I don’t know what would have happened to the passengers in the two other buses. I will be back to school this weekend as the strike has been called off.”

Could she describe the driver, his conversation with his fellow suspected ritualists and the area they were taken to?

Praise said, “I didn’t hear their conversation because they really went far away, but they could still monitor us. They talked in low tones. I can’t really describe the area but I know it’s a few minutes’ drive after passing the Oduduwa University that he branched into the bush.

“Our driver was wearing an ankara dress that day; he has an average height and dark-complexioned. Except one old man, almost all other passengers were students. I suspect that the drivers of the other two buses too belong to the gang because they all held the meeting together.”

Praise’s father, Timothy Adelakin, who is a pastor, said when he received his daughter’s message that she was in danger that day, his heart jumped out.

He said, “I just thank God for how He acted in the situation. When she was about leaving Ife that day, she called to say she was returning home and I thought she should be home two hours later. We were attending a prayer meeting in the church; we were rounding off when her message came in that I should pray for her. She said they were held hostage and she didn’t know where they were.

“When I got her text, I told the church members what had happened. I called other pastor colleagues to pray for us. We prayed again till 11pm. Around midnight, her aunt called me and said, ‘Speak to Praise.’ The next voice I heard was hers. I was filled with joy.

“I would like the authorities to investigate this incident because it is surprising that a driver from a public park could do this. They must have been doing it before. Praise told me the passengers of their bus and the two other buses were mostly students, so I am worried what would have happened to her colleagues. I have already instructed her never to board private cars and she doesn’t do it. But with something like this happening in a public park, it is worrisome.”

Meanwhile, Saturday PUNCH learned that the Mayfair motor park closes by 4pm and vehicles no longer load passengers from the park after this time.

The Chairman of the National Union of Road Transport Workers, Ife 1 Branch, Mr. Gbadegesin Asiyanbi, when visited at the park, said Praise could not have boarded the bus from inside the park at the time she got there.

Asiyanbi said activities at the park close by 4pm, after which any driver is allowed to pick passengers on the road irrespective of where they come from.

He said, “There are no kidnappers in our motor park. I have never heard of anything like that. There is no way such thing can happen, we know ourselves, our members are true drivers.
“We lower our flag by 4pm and as you can see for yourself now (around 5:30pm when Saturday PUNCH visited on Thursday), there are no vehicles on queue, so anybody who boarded a vehicle between 6 pm and 7 pm here and is claiming they boarded it from our park is either ignorant or telling lies.”