Friday, 13 April 2012

Police uncover baby factory in Akwa Ibom •Doctor pays pregnant girls N70,000

Police have uncovered a mysterious factory where young girls are made to conceive, give birth and the babies later sold to suspected ritualists and other members of the public in Uruan Local Government Area in Uyo capital of Akwa Ibom.

The young mothers are paid N70,000 each after a successful delivery.

The state Commissioner of Police Umar Gwadabe who briefed newsmen on the development and other breakthroughs recorded by the state police command, disclosed that the said illegal home is owned by one Dr Wisdom Mbaba and is located at Ekpene Ukim, in Uruan Local Government Area of the state.

Gwadabe said following a tip-off from a concerned citizen of the area, the police raided the place and about seven young women, between the ages of 18 and 20 were rescued from the said operation, while the suspected proprietor of the home, Dr Mbaba, escaped but his wife, Effiong, was arrested.

One of the girls rescued, Aniebet Okon Sunday said she had gone there to abort a five-month-old pregnancy but the doctor told her to stay with him, promising that he would pay her for the baby, which she agreed to and was paid N70,000 after delivery.

“My friend took me to Doctor Wisdom when I was pregnant and wanted to do abortion but the doctor said I should stay and give birth. I did not even see the baby that I gave birth to. I don’t know if it was a boy or girl. It was taken away before I was able to stand up. But doctor gave me N70, 000,” Miss Sunday narrated.

However, Dr Mbaba’s wife Effiong who is currently in police custody, admitted that her husband was a specialist in abortion but claimed he had stopped doing the business for some years now.

Asked whether she was running the business with her husband she said, “No, I don’t know anything about the business. I run a shop where I sell foodstuffs and others things.”
However, the state commissioner of police said his men had been equipped to contain any security challenges in the state.

 Culled from Nigerian Tribune.

Rivers: Man kills girlfriend, buries her in room

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Wednesday, 11 April 2012

Gone Too Soon,Steven Kanuba

To many now, the death of  the famous Tanzanian actor Steven Kanumba is still like a nightmare, they just want to wake up. He left this world at age 28.

There are conflicting reports about how he died, some say he was in a fatal auto crash on his way back home from a night out while the story generating the most buzz claims he died from a fall, as a result of being pushed by his girlfriend Elizabeth ‘Lulu’ Michaels,19.

Some reports also go on to say Lulu is currently being held in custody.

This great loss has thrown Tanzania into mourning with condolence messages pouring in from politicians and colleagues alike, with fans trooping to his home in Dar es Salaam to pay their respects.

Steven Kanumba
Steven Charles Kanumba was born at Ngokolo in Shinyanga on January 8, 1984, he was the only son of Charles Kusekwa Meshack Kanumba and Flora Mtegua. He was enrolled at Bugoyi Primary School after which he joined Mwadui Secondary School. After completing Form Two at Mwadui, he moved to Dar es Salaam Christian Seminary where he completed his Form Four Education.

    Kanumba pursued further education at JKT Jitegemee Secondary School in the city and by 2002 he was already a member of the famous Kaole Artiste Group, participating in a number of television shows on ITV Station. Before joining Kaole, Steven had already displayed talent singing church songs and acting in school productions.

While at Kaole, he participated in various shows with TBC1 included ‘Jahazi’, ‘Dira’, ‘Zizimo’, ‘Tufani’, ‘Sayari’, ‘Taswira’, ‘Baragumu’ na ‘Gharika’ which gave him a lot of fame. After leaving the group in 2006, he started his film acting career with a company called Game 1st Quality.

Among awards won by artiste Kanumba are IJUMAA Sexiest male bachelor of the year-2006, Best Actor of the Year (Baab Kubwa Magazine)-2006 The Best Actor in Tanzania (Hollywood John Wayne International Awards)-2007, Honorary Award (Tanzania Film Vinara Awards)-2008, Best Actor-2007-2008 ya (SHIVIWATA) na Uigizaji Bora na Mtayarishaji Bora-Filamu Central-2010.

 Some of the films he would be remembered for are ‘She is My Sister’, ‘Dar to Lagos’, ‘Cross My Sin’, ‘The Director’, ‘Hero of the Church’. He also worked with leading Nollywood artistes including Mercy Johnson, Nkiru Silvanus, Femi Ogedegbe and Ramsey Nuoah.

                                               Rest in Peace Steven Kanumba!!!