Sunday, December 30, 2012

Nigeria's First Newspaper, Iwe-Irohin, Resuscitated after Some Years (Happy!)

Nigeria's first Newspaper, Iwe Irohin, has been resuscitated after 140 years of its demise. The newspaper was founded in 1859 by a missionary named Henry Townsend in Abeokuta, Ogun State. Iwe Irohin was published bi-weekly in Yoruba and English language and ran for about 8 years before its demise in 1867. It's been brought back by the Nigerian Union of Journalists, who launched it's first edition just last week

Nigerian State Outlaws Cruelty To Chickens, Ducks

Chickens: Jigawa state bans man’s cruelty
A Nigerian state has guaranteed chickens and other poultry birds such as chickens, guinea fowl, duck and pigeon a new lease of life, at least a better, gentler handling by man, before they end up in the soup pot or the barbecue stove.
Nigeria’s Jigawa State has banned their maltreatment by man and has threatened to prosecute traders, who do so in the state. The Chairman, Consumer Protection Agency in the state, Alhaji Abdulkadir Hadejia, gave the warning during a sensitisation exercise at Furji Market in Yankwashi Local Government Area.

Heartless Madam Tears Her Maid’s Private Part With Razor In Onitsha

Police in Onitsha, Anambra state have arrested a middle-aged woman, identified as Uchenna for reportedly breaking her maid’s hand with a pestle and cutting her private part with a razor blade.
The victim, identified as Chisom Nwafor was living with her mistress at Osuma Street where she was allegedly manhandled. The 10-year-old victim who hailed from Enugu-Abo in Enugu State while narrating her ordeal said that Uchenna returned on a Sunday morning and started beating her and used razor blade to tear her private parts.

Two Men And One Woman Arrested After Severed Pig’s Head Was Left At Mosque Doors

Two men and a woman have been arrested after a severed pig’s head was left at the doors of a Muslim place of worship. Police were called on Boxing Day morning after the sick gesture was discovered at the entrance to the community centre in the Thurnby Lodge area of Leicester.  The centre was being used by a local Muslim group – who found the offensive object when they came to unlock the automatic front door at 7.30am. Shocked Muslim locals today expressed their disgust at the ‘attack on their culture’ as Islamic law strictly forbids the eating of pork and many consider pigs to be unclean animals.

Mother Faces Jail For Drowning Her 4-Year-Old Son

Patricia Corby held her 4-year-old son suffering from autism under inches of water until he was lifeless. Now she faces life in prison. Corby, 37, sobbed in court as she pleaded guilty Thursday to killing her son, Daniel, according to 10 News. The San Diego mom was so distraught that a superior court judge stopped the proceedings to allow her to compose herself.

Photo: Shark Bites Off Surfer’s Fingers

An unlucky surfer had part of his hand bitten off while he was in the water near the town of Port Macquarie in Australia, reports have said. Radio New Zealand reports; The 29-year-old was surfing when he was attacked by what is believed to be a bull shark on Friday morning.  An Ambulance Service spokesperson, Michelle Hoctor, said the man was bitten on his right hand and leg, and had lost an index finger and a knuckle. Nearby patrolled beaches were closed as a precaution, but a Surf Life Saving spokesperson, Donna Wishart, says shark attacks in the area are uncommon.

Two Children Killed After Their Father’s Lover Crashes Car On Their Way To Cinema

Two young sisters died after a car driven by their father’s new partner veered off a road during a trip to the cinema.Jessica Portor, seven, and Tamzin, ten, were visiting their father Allan over the Christmas break when the Ford Focus crashed into a ditch before rolling into a wooden gate. Both girls suffered severe head injuries and were pronounced dead at hospital.

Two Sweaters Knitted By Myanmar’s Suu Kyi Sell For ₦19M

A presenter displaying one of the sweaters

Myanmar’s cash-strapped opposition party is tapping into the prestige of its leader, Aung San Suu Kyi. Two sweaters hand-knit by the leader have been auctioned for $123,000 (N19,206,450).  A green-and-white sweater with a floral design sold at a Friday night auction to an anonymous bidder for 63 million kyat, or $74,120 (N11,573,838). On Thursday, a Myanmar-based radio station won a bidding war for a multi-coloured V-neck that fetched $49,000 (N7,651,350). 

Gov Idris Wada Rejects Treatment Abroad

Governor Idris Wada of Kogi State may not be flown abroad for the treatment of the injuries he sustained in the accident involving his convoy on Friday, his doctors have disclosed. Doctors at the hospital where the governor was receiving treatment hinted, yesterday, that Wada rejected the option of flying him abroad for further treatment after undergoing what was described as inter-locking nail surgery on his thigh broken in the crash.

Swaziland Police Ban ‘Rape-Provoking’ Miniskirts

Women in Swaziland risk arrest if they wear miniskirts or tops which exposé part of their stomach as they will be violating moral standards, a police spokesperson has said.  “The act of a rapist is made easy, because it would be easy to remove the half-cloth worn by the women,” Wendy Hleta was quoted as saying.  Offenders face a six-month jail term under the ban, which invokes a colonial criminal act dating back to 1889.


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