Education is Oil of Life – Granddaughter Proves It


Patrice Iye Duile

On the first day at school, some children cry as they part with dad or mum, depending on who takes them to school.

It’s different with my grand daughter Patrice. Aware she was going to school to start her first year, she was up before light and tapped her parents to prepare her. She practically slept with what was to be her lunch box by her side.

Dressed up she was all smiles and off she went.

Desperate Nigerian Declares Self Catholic Priest


Innocent Omage Malgwi

Desperate to be regarded as priest of the Catholic Church, one Innocent Omage Malgwi has started parading himself and seeking rehabilitation and honor as one.

He had senior secondary education at St. Joseph Minor Seminary Zaria. He was not accepted for the Major Seminary so he got admitted into the Federal University Yola for a degree programme.

In his second year in the University, he applied to the Catholic Diocese of Yola for admission for training as priest under the Diocese. He was accepted and sent to the Spiritual Year formation for evaluation. However, within that year 2016, he was found unsuitable and expelled.

Innocent Omage Malgwi

Later he reportedly acquired some priestly garments and started going to rural areas to play on people’s ignorance claiming to be a priest of the Catholic Diocese of Yola.

Currently, he is believed to be operating in parts of Kaduna, North Central Nigeria.

Communicating Unpopular Decisions


Kevin Eikenberry

unpopular decisions

Communicating unpopular decisions is a task that all leaders will tackle at some point in their career. In a recent workshop, I was asked for tips to do this with greater confidence and skill. I wanted to share my answer here so you could benefit also.

I have six ideas to help you prepare for and deliver these potentially unpopular or negative messages.

Don’t wait

Once the decision has been made, share it with others; even if it is unpleasant news.  Procrastination won’t make the news any better, and the longer you wait the more anxiety will grow and perhaps gossip will begin.  Once there is gossip around the situation, your communication job gets even harder.  Once you have a decision and needed information, rip off the band-aid and share the decision.

See their position

Yes, you have a decision to deliver, but you will be more successful in delivering it if you understand the position, perspective and concerns of your audience first.  Think about what you think they will be thinking, anticipate their concerns and worries and address them as best you can in your communication. You won’t know all their concerns, but the more you address those you do recognize upfront, the easier and more effective your communication will be.

Be clear

Describe the bad decision clearly.  Be careful not to vacillate or leave openings for possible changes that don’t exist. Describe the decision, what it means and what the next steps are.  You don’t need to be blunt (and if you have worked to understand their position you likely won’t be), but you owe it to people to be clear on the decision, even if it is unpopular and unpleasant.

Acknowledge resistance

You already know this will be one of those unpopular decisions, so you know there will be resistance. Most people don’t want to deal with or acknowledge the resistance, which is a bad idea. Just like the pressure builds in a can of soda when you shake it; if you don’t acknowledge the resistance to the decision or change, the resistance will continue to build. You don’t have to have all the answers or agree with the resistance to give people a chance to share it. Some of the energy that the resistance creates will be reduced simply by allowing it to surface and be shared.

Make it a true conversation

Too often unpopular decisions are announced in an email, or quick announcement, without the chance for people to ask questions and respond.  The best way to help people understand the decision (and to use the advice above) is to create a real conversation. That doesn’t mean sharing the decision and then simply asking for questions; it means creating time and space and encouraging questions and conversation.

Talk about the future

When you help people see the future, you may help them move past the unpopular decision and see the value in the future after that decision.  This isn’t a magic pill or a guarantee, but as you help people see the future, they will begin to move towards it, getting past the decision itself.

These actions likely won’t transform an unpopular decision into a joyful one – but they will help you and your group move past the decision to a future that can be more successful.

UK Firm Doing PR For Nigerian Govt for £21,600 Monthly Collapses


By checkpointcharley on 19. September 2019

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Pagefield Global, a UK-based public relations firm, the Federal Government of Nigeria paid £21,600 (N8.5 million at current interbank rate) monthly for “public affairs and public relations advice”, has suddenly collapsed before the expiration of the contract.

The contract, which was officially documented in May 2019, was entered for the Federal Republic of Nigeria on behalf of Dayo Apata, solicitor general of the federation, Cable reports.

Documents obtained by the newspaper show the actual payment for the service as £21,600 (N8.5 million at current interbank rate) to be paid per month on a one-month notice period.

Copies of exhibits to the registration statement filed before the US Department of Justice (DOJ) pursuant to the foreign agents registration act (FARA) of 1938, as amended, were obtained by the online newspaper.

The act requires all US individuals that are agents of a “foreign principal” to register with the DOJ within 10 days of entering such agreement. It defines a “foreign principal” is “not only a foreign government, but also a foreign political party, person, or organization outside of the United States, and any entity organized under the laws of a foreign country or with its primary place of business in a foreign country.”

In its ‘Exhibit A to registration statement’ dated May 2, 2019, a copy of which was obtained by TheCable on Wednesday, Pagefield Global listed the “Federal Republic of Nigeria” as the foreign principal the company entered the agreement with.

The statement with registration number 6675, was signed by Stuart Leach, Pagefield Global chief executive officer (CEO), and listed Apata as Nigeria’s representative.

The exhibit B, with the same registration details noted, however, that the contract was not documented in writing.

It said: “There is no written contract between the parties. Our understanding is that we will be paid £21,600 per month by the Federal Republic of Nigeria, on a one month notice period.”

In the description of the activities required, Pagefield stated: “Public affairs and public relations advice and monitoring, undertaking outreach and relationship building with various stakeholders and the media in connection with legal disputes that the Solicitor General is conducting on behalf of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”

According to the report, the company confirmed that “the activities on behalf of the above foreign principal include political activities as defined in Section l (o) of the Act.”

Although the statement listed May 31, 2020 as the expiration date, the company reportedly shut down in early September.

PR Week, a leading online PR platform, reported the closure on September 11. It quoted a spokesperson of the company, founded in 2017, as confirming the incident.

The firm was co-founded by Mark Gallagher and had Oliver Foster as chief executive, Sara Price as founding partner and Gráinne Warner as finance director.

British Airways, University of Warwick, Hugo Boss and Santander Bank were said to be among its clients.

Nigeria Police Announces Arrest of Another Female Serial Murderer


September 20, 2019 Samuel Ogundipe

Nigerian Police on patrol
Nigerian Police

The police in Port Harcourt have announced the arrest of yet another suspected serial killer linked with the recent killings targeting women in the city.

In an announcement late Thursday, the police described Gracious David West as “the notorious serial killer” behind a string of fatal assaults on young women in Port Harcourt and its suburbs.

The police have not provided specifics of the murders linked to Mr David West, especially on the motive, the victims identity, when and where she was killed.

Residents have been gripped by fears since the first body of a woman was reportedly found at a hotel three months ago.

Residents said at least 10 female bodies with a similar pattern of strangulation had been found in separate hotels around Port Harcourt within the period. The police said they were only aware of eight cases.

Police said Mr David West had allegedly admitted responsibility for smothering one of the women.

The police identified him as a member of Degbam, a cult gang dreaded across the state for its crude tactics, especially beheading of targets.

The police erroneously named the suspect’s local government of origin as Buguma, which is actually the headquarters of Asari-Toru Local Government Area and not an LGA in itself.

The police also circulated a video showing Mr David West owning up to an attack on a woman with whom he had checked into a hotel. The suspect’s face appeared to match the one seen in a viral footage from a hotel security camera on September 18.

Still, the short confessional video posted online by the Force Headquarters did not contain Mr David West’s admission to the remaining suspected serial murders.

A day before Mr David West was arrested, Rivers police commissioner, Mustapha Dandaura, told reporters two suspects had been taken into custody for their roles in the deadly attacks.

Reporters were also told at the briefing that one of the suspects was arrested in Port Harcourt and had made ‘confessional statement’.

The suspect reportedly tried to smother a sex worker during dispute over payment, police said.

The commissioner’s announcement on September 18 appeared aimed at placating irate women who had besieged the Rivers police command office in Port Harcourt to condemn him for seemingly downplaying the attacks “because the targets were commercial sex workers”.

The women said the police should be more scientific with their handling of the murders rather than feeding the public with speculations.

They also demanded better security at hotels and other public facilities in order to curb the violence.

Mounting fear

Although the police had received commendations for making arrests, the confusion being created by the officers’ marking of every suspect as “the serial killer” could aggravate fears of apprehensive residents that the killer remained at large.

While Mr David West admitted stabbing his victim before strapping her with a pillowcase, the police said the suspect arrested on September 18 “tried to smother his victim”.

Still, neither narration matches the pattern of strangulation observed in most of the cases linked to the Port Harcourt serial killing.

Police spokespersons in Port Harcourt and at the Force Headquarters did not return requests seeking additional details about the murders and arrests late Thursday.

372 kidnapped victims freed as dialogue with militants continues in Zamfara, North West Nigeria – Official


September 23, 2019 Agency Report

372 kidnapped victims have been rescued and 240 guns surrendered by repentant bandits, in Zamfara State, Northwest Nigeria.

The State Commissioner of Police. Mr Nagogo, Chairman of the Peace Dialogue and Reconciliation Meeting, said the bandits terrorizing some states in the country were not only Fulani herdsmen.

“The bandits comprised of people from many tribes. It is not restricted to Fulani as is being assumed,” he said.

He accused the outlawed vigilante groups, popularly known as “Yansakai”, of being responsible for the various security challenges, saying that the attacks on communities were reprisals to extrajudicial killings by the group.

Mr Nagogo expressed satisfaction with the success so far recorded since the inception of the committee.

“In the past, some of the major markets were closed due to insecurity, but today, all our markets are open and Fulani people move freely without any problems.

“With this development, l can say that over 90 per cent success has been achieved,” he said.

The police official urged people to support the peace dialogue committee with prayers and information that would widen its reach and facilitate the success of its mission.

He said that the meeting at Bakura would open room for more consultations with various parties involved in the crisis, including the outlawed “Yansakai”, Fulani leaders, royal fathers, among others.

“I was in this state as a Deputy Commissioner of Police some years back. I later left but was sent back by the Inspector-General of Police to carry out this assignment.

“I was involved in this kind of negotiations during the previous administration. l am in the picture of all security challenges faced by this state.

“This is the fifth emirate we have visited for reconciliation meeting. We have seen positive results from the peace dialogue and consultations.

“In all the emirates visited, we have not recorded any problem; it has been a success story,” he said.

In his remarks, the Emir of Bakura, Bello Sani, thanked the state government for initiating the peace dialogue committee and appreciated the committee for their visit to the emirate.

“We have not witnessed much security challenges in this area. We don’t have the outlawed vigilante group (Yansakai) here and have never witnessed bandit groups or camps, but we are happy to be part of the peace process,” he said.

Mr Sani, who noted that the problems of Fulani herders/farmers clashes had not been much in the area, blamed the rising conflicts on population explosion and unemployment, as well as government policies on grazing reserves.

The monarch appealed to Zamfara government to expand the Ruga settlement project to cover all the 14 local government areas so that all areas would benefit.

Mainasara Ganarawa, Chairman, Miyetti-Allah Association, Bakura Local Government chapter, in a remark, regretted that cow theft was still rampant in spite of the peace initiative by the state government.

“Our herders are facing problems of cattle rustling and lack of adequate grazing reserves to feed their animals,” he added.

Abdullahi Yahaya, Sarkin-Noma of Bakura, in his remarks, said that farmers would continue to maintain the long-existing peaceful relationship with Fulani herders in the area.