The ‘Testimony’ Of Brother Cyprian, Killer Of Army Colonel In Kaduna By Olusegun Adeniyi

“Come and join me in singing Halleluyah, Jehovah Jireh has done me well…come and join me in singing Halleluyah, Jehovah Jireh has done me well…”

With members of his family and well wishers in tow, the congregation in a frenzy and the choir bleating out the song he had specifically requested, there was no doubt that Brother Cyprian was a very happy man as he jumped up and down while dancing to the altar. Of course, many people in the Church, who had been given a sneak preview of the “testimony” that led to the thanksgiving, had also concluded the “miracle” could only have come from God. Given the microphone to speak for two minutes, Brother Cyprian shouted: “Praiseeeeeeeeeee the Looooooooooooord!”

“Halleluyah!” the congregation chorused again and again as Brother Cyprian repeated the chant. And then, he spoke: “I don’t know how many of you have ever come face-to-face with death before but I prophesy to the life of everyone in this church that just as it happened in my case, whoever wants to take your life will replace you.”

There was a thunderous shout of “Amen!” from the congregation before Brother Cyprian continued: “To cut a long story short; last week in Kaduna, in the course of my work, I wrestled with a man who was holding a gun in his hands and was more powerful than me. But as we fought, the gun exploded with a loud bang and the man who was fighting me took the bullet and died. Can there be anything more miraculous than that?”

“No!”, shouted the congregation as the choir belted another song which Brother Cyprian had also requested ahead of his testimony: “We are serving a God of miracle, I know, yes, I know; we are serving a God of miracle, I know, yes, I know…”

If Emeka Okeke Cyprian who led the gang that killed Col. Samaila Inusa, the late Chief Instructor at the Nigeria Army School of Infantry in Jaji, Kaduna State, had not been caught, that is the kind of “testimony” he probably would have given, considering the way he has been telling his stories. But fortunately, he is now in detention awaiting trial for murder along with four other accomplices.

Apparently because they feel proud about the investigation that led to the arrest of the suspects, the Police authorities have allowed journalists free access to the detained members of the gang (Chijioke Ugwuanyi, Abdulahi Adamu, Ibrahim Kabiru, Ebere Precious and Emeka Okeke Cyprian) that allegedly abducted and later killed Col. Inusa in Kaduna. And in all his interviews, Cyprian, who admitted to personally shooting the Colonel, never forgot to mention God, in a narrative that portrays him almost as a victim who survived by some divine intervention.

So “generous” in spirit was Cyprian that he even admitted lecturing the man he was dispossessing of his property that he (the late Colonel) was too big to agonise over a car since he could always buy another one if he stayed alive. But things did not exactly go the way Cyprian planned it. “I told the man to lie down in the bush. He asked for water, but when I was about to give him the water, he dived at my gun and tried to remove the magazine. I was shocked. He gave me a head butt and beat me so much. But I held tightly to the rifle and we struggled on the floor. I don’t know what he touched but the trigger could not fire. If not for God, the man would have killed me. Luckily for me, the trigger fired and I shot the man. I didn’t know that the man was an army officer at the time. He was very strong,” said Cyprian.

From that account, it is easy to see the way Nigerians have so made God in their own image that they would use His name to justify and rationalize anything, including the most heinous of crimes. And because of that, it is also easy to understand the rot within our society in virtually all sectors. But before I come to the real essence of my intervention, it is noteworthy that the confession of the suspects has helped to dispel two theories. First, it is now clear that those who jumped to the dangerous conclusion that the Colonel was killed by the Shiites in “retaliation” for what the military did to their leader and members last December in Zaria were way off the mark. Second, the account of Cyprian shows clearly that our military officers are very courageous, contrary to the image painted of them as a result of the mismanagement of the Boko Haram insurgency.

It is even all the more remarkable that the revelation came at a period another Colonel in the Nigerian Army, Charles Nengite, beat 380 other postgraduate students to the top position at the United States War College (USAWC), Carlisle, Pennsylvania–a performance adjudged the best by any foreigner in the last 38 years.

In his own case, the late Col. Inusa did not struggle with the criminals before he was led away apparently to protect his wife who was allowed to disembark from the vehicle. But once on neutral ground, he fought and his death looked somehow accidental because he did not know there was still a bullet left inside the gun panel, according to the account of Cyprian in one of his interviews. Therefore, a combination of Nengite’s brilliance and Inusa’s bravery indicate that we still have a respectable military institution.

However, we must come back to the subtext of Cyprian’s narrative which is about how religion has become not only a tool for manipulation but also for exploitation in our country today. That explains why, when I see a public official (whether Christian or Muslim) making noise about his/her faith in the conduct of government business, I am always very suspicious of such people. But the politicians I fear the most are those who would mix religion with policies because they are dangerous to the health of our society.

It is within this context that I want to place my column of last week. Incidentally, because I was slightly indisposed between Monday and Wednesday, I had to cancel my editorial meeting and initially decided I was not going to write. But when I eventually did, I highlighted, in a lighter mood, some of the issues in the public domain without much elaboration. One of those issues I touched is the crisis of Hijab as part of uniform for Muslim female students in Osun State public schools. Although I dismissed the issue in just four paragraphs, that was enough to earn me a call from Governor Rauf Aregbesola who spent more than 15 minutes expressing his displeasure on how I was “unfair” to him in my summation.

In explaining the history of Hijab which he said has nothing to do with the state government and predated his coming to office, Aregbesola said: “A Judge, who happens to be a Christian, ruled against wearing Hijab in Lagos public schools and the media applauded the judgment. The Muslim group that lost did not take the law into their own hands, they went on appeal while the state government moved in to get a political solution. But now here is the problem: Another Judge, who happens to be a Muslim, delivers a judgment in Osun affirming the use of Hijab and rather than those who lost to go on appeal while we try and find a solution through dialogue, as it was done in Lagos, all hell was let loose with the media accusing me of what I didn’t do. Is that fair?”

According to Aregbesola, at no time did he introduce Hijab wearing into Osun schools. “Segun, let me tell you something that you may find interesting: I have one wife and she hardly wears Hijab; the same with my daughter. So if I cannot enforce wearing Hijab in my own home, how would I enforce such policy in a whole state?” asked the Governor who reminded me that I had, on three different occasions, taken jibes at him in my column (I remember only two) on his governance style in Osun State.

Before I continue, I must place it on record that my brief intervention last week was not because I share the position of those manipulating their children to be rebellious to authority by cladding them in some ridiculous robes to school in Osun State but rather because, as I said earlier, I abhor religious politics. And while I had on two previous occasions expressed misgivings about some of the choices made by Aregbesola, they were about critical issues of development in Osun State and not religion. But as I also assured the governor in the course of our telephone conversation last weekend, I have nothing personal against him even as I feel reassured by his explanation on the Hijab crisis. I therefore hope that the Christian leaders in Osun State will be true to their calling by embracing dialogue while seeking to resolve whatever differences they have with the authorities on the issue.

However, we must come back to Cyprian because he helps us with a better understanding of our country and some of the problems we now grapple with. It is evident that the average Nigerian has a special God of his/her own invention that is different from the One we know from the Bible and Quran: It is one that demands no accountability from worshippers. For instance, in September 2014, four armed robbery suspects (three men and one woman–two Christians and two Muslims) were paraded in Lagos. Asked whether they ever used charms, one of them replied: “We don’t use charms but what we do before any operation is serious prayers to God. During such a prayer sessions, we usually ask God to protect us and ensure that the only people we rob are sinners.”

Praying before committing a serious crime? Only in Nigeria! Yet, it is that sort of mindset that explains why, despite the fact that no government business is ever conducted in our country without supplication to God to “take control”, personal gains as opposed to public good still drive most outcomes. Interestingly, notwithstanding the mutual antagonism by adherents of the two foremost religions, when it comes to looting public treasuries, there is usually collaboration between and among public officials of both faiths. As an aside, even in the membership of the Cyprian-led criminal gang that allegedly killed Col. Inusa, the two religions are also fairly represented: three Christians and two Muslims!

To the extent that religion plays a crucial part in forming identity and values, the fact that many Nigerians profess God and Godliness is ordinarily a good thing. The challenge is that this profession is not reflected in either the personal character of the ordinary citizen or in our national character as a country. That perhaps explains why my favourite passage in the Bible remains James Chapter Two, Verse 18: “But someone will say, ‘You have faith, and I have works.’ Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works.”

Incidentally, one regret I have (though with my long-time friend, Laolu Akande, as spokesman to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, I can still rectify) is that I don’t even know how Aso Rock chapel looks like from inside despite working at the Villa for three years. Since I had my own place of worship where I also had responsibilities, I never had the opportunity to attend any Sunday service at the Villa Chapel even with all the entreaties from Chief Mike Oghiadome. Rather interestingly, from the moment Dr. Goodluck Jonathan became acting President in February 2010, I was bombarded with requests from politicians and businessmen who sought my help in getting them to worship at the Villa!

Indeed, throughout the tenure of President Jonathan, access to the Villa Chapel was almost like getting your name into the Biblical Book of Life. I understand the same thing now happens at the Villa Mosque that was not so popular under my late boss because, when his health was good, he worshiped at the Central Mosque every Friday and when it became bad, he performed his prayers within the Residence.

Since President Muhammadu Buhari observes his Jumaat prayers at the Aso Rock Mosque, I won’t be surprised if politicians who profess Christianity now also perform ablution while lobbying to pray with him every Friday, given the crowd that I hear now throngs the place these days. Obviously, for such people, the object of their worship cannot be the God in heaven. Yet, it is not only a sad story but one that has devoured the very foundations of values across all spheres of our personal lives and our collective destiny as a nation.

All said, I suspect that the politicians who throw up religious controversy periodically are not so naive. They understand that faith holds a deeper grip on the average Nigerian than loyalty to nation or state. To that extent, these periodic crises are deliberately orchestrated diversions to take the attention of the public away from clear and present matters of bad governance: inability to fulfill basic obligations, refusal to render accountability in the use of public resources, lack of capacity to ornate creative solutions to pressing public concerns etc.

The tragedy really is that, as things stand today, if only a tenth of the number of fanatical adherents of the various religious sects who populate our public space stay true to their preachments, Nigeria will not be a better country. Therefore, until we separate the worship of God from the hypocrisy of our leaders, they will continue to impose their greed, incompetence, hate-mongering and bigotry on whatever public space they occupy in the country as the “Will of God” while they divide and conquer us in pursuit of their personal agenda.

800 Days Without Chibok Girls

When on Wednesday, 30th April, 2014, Waziri Adio (current NEITI Executive Secretary) and I left THISDAY editorial Board meeting to join some public-spirited Nigerians to march in the rains over the abduction of the Chibok Girls, we never imagined we would still be on this same issue more than two years after. Unfortunately, yesterday marked exactly 800 days that the girls have been in captivity and despite the Change of government in Abuja, nothing really has changed regarding the fate of those girls.

Yesterday at the Unity Fountain, I joined the BringBackOurGirls (BBOG) coalition to mark the day with Mrs Oby Ezekwesili reading a statement she co-signed with Mrs Aisha Yesufu where they raised salient questions. In her remark at the session, Mrs Edith Yassin reminded those present that many people, including those with whom they started BBOG, had moved on. It was very telling indeed that only 26 members were present yesterday.

However, it was Mrs. Aisha Yesufu who has never failed to show up at the Unity Fountain come rain come shine, who spoke in a manner that roused those present. “We have stayed here for more than two years and only one of our girls has been found yet it seems as if the world has moved on. One can conclude that the Nigerian authorities have definitely moved on. But we cannot move on for as long as those girls remain in captivity”, Mrs Yesufu said before she added: “I am sure if it was one of those elite schools in Abuja that was attacked by Boko Haram with the children carried away, the Nigerian government would have moved with all its might to rescue them. But because the Chibok girls come from poor parents, even though they are hardworking Nigerians, we have failed them in their time of distress.”

Mrs. Yesufu said what the handling by the authorities of the abduction of the Chibok girls has demonstrated is that some Nigerians are more important than the others “yet those we actually count important are mostly people who should hide their heads in shame”. She also narrated some of the experiences of Chibok parents that had visited their sit-out. “In this same place, we heard a Chibok father who said his daughter was home because of N300 for which he had to work hard before sending her back to school only to hear the next day that she had been abducted. He expressed his guilt for sending his daughter to school, as if he did the wrong thing. I also remember one of the Chibok mothers who told us here that her daughter would always come back from school to say with her education, she would one day wipe away her tears not knowing that it was that same education she was seeking that would give her (the mother) tears,” said Mrs Yesufu.

Notwithstanding the solemnity of the occasion, if there was one thing I took away from yesterday’s session of the BBOG in Abuja, it is that until the Nigerian authorities can successfully account for each of those remaining 218 Chibok girls, the tragedy will remain an open sore for our country. But we must nonetheless thank God for the tenacity of the BBOG members who keep sacrificing their time and energy on a very noble cause. They remind us every day that Nigerians are neither lacking in humanity and compassion nor is our country as divided as we are often made to believe.

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Alleged Lagos Wife Killer Dies In Custody After Chemical Ingestion

Jafaru Sougie, the man who allegedly murdered his wife, Rose, in Oshodi, a Lagos suburb, is dead.

The 48-year-old man died on Friday morning at the Police Hospital, Ikeja, where he has been on admission since May 26.

The Edo State indigene was alleged to have poisoned himself by drinking chemicals and was vomiting in the bathroom when one of their children, Richmond, woke up to discover the incident.

It was gathered that the man whom the police had doubted his mental state, never recovered from effect of the harmful substance he ingested.

It was learnt that none of his relatives showed up while he was in custody.

His only brother who visited him in the hospital was said to have disappeared after he was told that money would be needed for his treatment.

Our correspondent gathered that Sougie emaciated throughout his stay in custody.

His body has since been deposited in a mortuary pending the conduct of autopsy.

Sougie who allegedly killed his wife in the wee hours of May 26, was found vomiting in the bathroom of their room and parlour apartment at about 4am by their son, Richmond.

Richmond who ran into his parent’s room to inform his mother of her husband’s condition, was the one who found her corpse and then raised the alarm.

Confirming his death, the spokesperson of Lagos Police Command, Dolapo Badmos, said the deceased never recovered.

“I confirmed that the man died this morning at the hospital. He has been on admission since then. He did not recover from the poisonous substance he took. He was also not taking his medications. All attempt to rescue him so that investigations can be conducted failed.”

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Buhari To Name Looters May 29, Vows To Punish Pipeline Saboteurs, Killer Herdsmen

President Muhammadu Buhari said in London yesterday that the names of corrupt Nigerians will be made public in a speech he intends to deliver on May 29.

He also said that such corrupt individuals will be prosecuted.

Besides, all those involved in blowing up oil installations and sabotaging investments in the Niger Delta region will not go unpunished.

He spoke with journalists on the sideline of  the Anti-Corruption Summit.

Buhari said that he has already directed the Chief of Naval Staff and other service chiefs to fish out the brains  behind the attacks.

He said: “What I know is that I was elected by the whole country and the least I can do is to keep the country together somehow. I assure you we will develop the capacity to do it.

“If you can recall, the militants, I appointed a retired Brigadier General (Boroh). When I give people assignment, I develop terms of reference for them and I allow them to do their work. I understand the problem. I spoke with the Chief of Naval Staff and other service chiefs to work with him and help him to make sure that those who are blowing the installations, sabotaging investments in Nigeria, we will deal with them eventually.”

The President also said  the Federal Government is investigating allegations that it has reneged on the amnesty programme.

“They are saying that the agreement on amnesty, including payment and training and employment were not being met. These are their allegations.

“So we put this officer who is from there to revisit the agreement and get them and see which part of the agreement the Federal Government needs to fulfill.

“The fundamental thing is that we have to secure Nigeria before we can manage it efficiently. I assure you that we are going to do that. Try and develop confidence in our ability to do it eventually.”

On the killer herdsmen, Buhari said they are non-Nigerians who came into Nigeria from Libya.

His words:” because of what happened in Libya, when Ghadaffi, during his 43 year-regime, trained some people from the Sahel militarily. When his regime was overthrown, those people were dispatched to their countries. They found themselves in the Boko Haram and others.

“It is a major regional and virtually African problem now. There is one called Al Qaeda, there is Boko Haram and so on. It is a governmental project now to trace them, disarm them, try them and discipline them.”

He said the Fulani herdsmen  “culturally do not stay in one place; they move with the season.

“Normally, harvest is complete much earlier in the North. They have to go southwards for greener pasture.

“Initially, there was what they call cattle routes and grazing areas. They were marked. Infrastructures were put in terms of dams and veterinary clinics.

“Later, the big ogas that came, took over these places and turned them to farms. If we have like 500 cattle, if they do not eat for 24 hours or they want water, you can’t stop them.

“But what they used to do then, if anybody goes outside, he would be arrested, taken before a court and he is fined. If he can pay, the money is taken and given to the farmer. If he can’t pay, the cattle is sold and the farmer is paid. So, people are behaving well.

“So, when people came and took away the land for the cattle route and grazing area, you find out that from Kaduna to Bayelsa, Nigerians are fighting cattle rearers now.

“When I was in PTF, we made a comprehensive study of cattle routes and grazing areas throughout Nigeria. So, I am referring the Governors’ Forum to it and the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development. Let them see what they can do and save the situation.”

He said: “So far, what has come out, what has been recovered in whatever currency from each ministries, departments and individuals, I intend on the 29th to speak on this because all Nigerians are getting from the mass media because of the number of people arrested either by the EFCC, DSS. But we want to make a comprehensive report on the 29th.

On whether the names of those indicted will be published, he said: “Yes, eventually, it has to be done because we want to successfully prosecute them. But you know you cannot go to the courts unless you have documents for prosecution.

“People signed for these monies into their personal accounts, their banks gave statements that the money is there, when it came, how much and so on.”

Also speaking on allegation of selective prosecution, Buhari said: “That is an accusation against the law enforcement agencies. But I assure you that we do not interfere. Try and get those who are now under arrest, you will find out it is across the board.”

On 2016 Budget implementation, he said: “It depends on the efficiency of the technocrats. Yes, we have six months to implement the budget. You know why there was a delay. There is something called padding. I have been in government since 1975. I was governor of what is now six states: Borno, Yobe, Bauchi, Gombe, Adamawa, Taraba, that used to be North East. Then I was in Obasanjo’s cabinet, Petroleum for three and a quarter years. I was Head of State for 20 months.

“I hadnever heard about that one padding until this year. And what does it mean? It means that the technocrats just allowed the government to make its noise, to go and make the presentation to the National Assembly. They will remove it and put in their own.

“When we uncovered this, we just had to go back to the basics again. Ministers had to go again and appear before the Minister of Budget and National Planning and make presentations again. This was clearly brought out by the Minister of Health.

“I saw with my own eyes, nobody told me. I was watching NTA and he appeared before a committee that said the minister should come and defend his budget. He looked at what was presented to him as his budget and he said he had nothing to defend, that that was not what he presented.

“Subsequently, we discovered that it was not only the ministry of health. So they allowed us to talk rubbish as government and they do what they like.”

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Wi-Fi: A Silent Killer That Kills Us Slowly By Babangida Ruma

Wi-Fi stands for wireless networks and it means we don’t have to use cables to connect our electronic devices. Wi-Fi is everywhere and it is present even in places where it is not needed. Its mainly used by mobiles and mobile manufacturers give out instructions with them for their proper use.

But the most common scenario is we are getting exposed to Wi-Fi signals, which cause long-term damage to our health.

Wireless devices including mobiles and tablets connect to a router through Wi-Fi signals. These Wi-Fi signals are actually electromagnetic waves, which are harmful for our body.

 

Most people ignore the risks due to lack of proper knowledge. Over time these signals cause harm to our vital functions. Even British Health Agency has confirmed that Wi-Fi signals have a bad impact on growth rate of both people and plants.

 

Exposure to Wi-Fi for long term can cause following problems-

Ø  Chronic fatigue

Ø  Ear ache and loss of concentration

Ø  Frequent and severe headaches and lack of sleep

 

We can’t survive in today’s world without technology and it’s a true fact. So following certain steps we can enjoy the benefits of technology and keep our health intact at the same time.

 

 

 

 

These steps allow us to handle router safely and use it when required.

 

Ø  Switch off the Wi-Fi device when you are going to sleep

Ø  When you don’t need just it switch it off

Ø  You can replace cordless phones with wired ones for minimize   exposure.

Ø  Do not keep them in kitchen or bedroom.

 

 

Danger of Wi-Fi to human brain.

 

Wi-Fi is convenient but many have raised doubts concerning the safety of unseen forces that permeate everything around us. Since the introduction of Wi-Fi in 1997, researchers have performed dozens of studies to explore the subject. The results are clear and shocking — Wi-Fi can negatively affect overall health and brain health, especially in children.

 

 

Affects Cell Growth

 

When a group of Danish ninth graders experienced difficulty concentrating after sleeping with their cell phones by their head, they performed an experiment to test the effect of wireless Wi-Fi routers on garden cress. One set of plants was grown in a room free of wireless radiation; the other group grown next to two routers that released the same amount of radiation as a cell phone. The results? The plants nearest the radiation didn’t grow. 

 

Derails Brain Function

 

Just as the Danish high schooners noticed problems with concentration, scientists have begun to look at the impact of 4G radiations on brain function. Using MRI technology, research performed just last year found that persons exposed to 4G radiations had several areas of reduced brain activity. 

 

Reduces Brain Activity in Females

 

A group of 30 healthy volunteers, 15 men and 15 women, were given a simple memory test. First, the entire group was tested without any exposure to Wi-Fi radiation — no problem. Then, they were exposed to 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi from a wireless access point for about 45 minutes. During that portion of the testing, brain activity was measured and the women had a noticeable change in brain activity and energy levels. Sorry ladies! But guys, don’t get too comfortable.

 

Neutralizes Sperm

 

Because we’ve known for a long time that the heat generated by laptops kills sperm. Well, now it turns out that heat isn’t the only threat to a man’s virility. Research has found exposure to Wi-Fi frequencies reduce sperm movement and cause DNA fragmentation. Both human and animal testing has confirmed that exposure negatively affects sperm. 

 

May Impact Fertility

 

And, it’s not just sperm. The results of an animal study suggest that some wireless frequencies may prevent egg implantation. During the study, mice exposed 2 hours a day for 45 days had significantly increased oxidative stress levels. The cellular damage and impact on DNA structure from exposure suggests a strong possibility of abnormal pregnancy or failure of the egg to implant

 

Limiting Exposure and Staying Healthy

 

Although melatonin and L-Carnitine offer nutritional defense, they don’t block exposure. And that’s very hard to accomplish. Look at coverage maps from cell phone companies, or notice how many Wi-Fi networks your smart phone prompts for you to join. We’re surrounded and bombarded by electromagnetic radiation. Blocking exposure is difficult but there are a few small steps you can take. For one, do not keep cell phones, laptops, and tablets close to your body. And if it’s not being used, shut them off (your wireless router too). There are also a number of devices available to counteract electromagnetic frequencies.

 

 

Babangida Ruma

Information Communication Technology Specialist 

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South African Appears On Video Claiming To Be Killer Of Foreigners; Issues 14-Day Warning

The video you are about to watch may change your views on life permanently.

You are strongly urged to watch this video with careful composure.

There are no scenes of violence in the video however it does contain very disturbing speech.

The individual in this video who says he goes by the name, Sergeant Mabutu Butu Meseko Zuma, Ngugu, with his alleged friend, ‘Maseko,’ claims to be a South African behind the killing of many  fellow African foreigners in the country in the recent xenophobic unrest plaguing the nation that has government undertones.

This fellow praises and promises more killing of foreigners in South Africa.

South Africa’s president, Jacob Zuma’s son has been accused by opposition activist Julius Malema of verbally promoting the xenophobic attacks.

We reported recently South Africa’s minister of small business actually suggesting support for looting against foreigners unless the ‘foreigners’ teach South Africans their ‘trade secrets.’

South Africa has deployed its army to Johannesburg and other violent regions.

Watch the video

 

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