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Lagos State Police arrest two people for homosexuality and declare Melvin Omokhafe Ogbedebi wanted.

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Two suspected homosexuals have been arrested and the hotel has been cordoned off while investigations continue. They are being held by the Lagos State Task Force and will soon be brought to justice,” he said.A resident of the area, who identified himself as wala, told the newspaper that the police arrested the suspects at about 3.30pm on 8 June 2023.He added that this was not the first time the hotel had housed homosexuals.The arrested suspects are Mr Timothy Ebube, 25, from Owerri North Local Government Area and Mr Amos Roxwell Ola, 29, from Ikere Local Government Area of Ekiti State.

Timothy Ebube, when questioned on how he became gay, confessed to the Lagos State Police that he started having an affair with Mr Melvin Omokhafe Ogbedebi, from Edo State, who first introduced him to homosexuality. (Grindr) in November 2018 and approached her with a chat message to be his partner.In June 2019, the Edo State Police Command found Mr Melvin Omokhafe Ogbedebi guilty of homosexuality with Late Musa Ibrahim, from Reno Local Government Area of Kano State, At the scene of the incident, Mr. Musa Ibrahima was beaten by the angry youths of Aiyegunle community in Akoko Edo Local Government Area of Ếtate of Edo, but died before he could be taken to an undisclosed hospital, but Mr Melvin Omokhafe Ogbedebi escaped before security personnel reached the scene of the crime.Mr Melvin Omokhafe Ogbedebi has been on the police wanted list since June 2019, when the Edo State Police Command said he was wanted for homosexuality, the Lagos State police spokesman said.

Nigeria is one of the countries that prohibit homosexuality.At a workshop held in June, Garba Abari, Director General of the National Orientation Agency (NOA), expressed his sadness at the cases of homosexuality reported in the country.”The wearing of tattoos, dreadlocks, sagging trousers and hair painting have become a fashion among our young men and women”, he said. Under the Nigerian Penal Code, people detained on charges of being homosexual can face up to 14 years in prison. While LGBTQ+ Nigerians have always been criminalised under colonial-era bans on same-sex sexual relations, the situation has become more fragile in recent decades. In 2013, Nigeria strengthened its ban on homosexuality by passing the Same Sex Marriage Prohibition Act (SSMPA). While the name of the law suggests that it is only about marriage equality, its scope is actually much broader. According to Human Rights Watch (HRW), the law prohibits same-sex couples from cohabiting and bans any form of “public demonstration of a loving relationship between persons of the same sex”. It also prohibits LGBTQ+ organisations from operating openly in the country.According to some reports, police violence against Nigeria’s LGBTQ+ community has increased dramatically in the eight years since the law came into force.In May 2023, at least 47 people accused of being gay were arrested after a police raid on a birthday party, during which attendees allegedly engaged in “homosexual initiation”. Although a judge finally released the men last year, their case was dropped due to a lack of responsiveness from the prosecution, instead of a full acquittal. This means that those charged could be re-arrested at any time for the same allegations.The persecution of LGBTQ+ Nigerians has particularly intensified under the presidency of anti-gay leader Ahmed Bola Tinubu, according to the Initiative for Equal Rights (TIER), a human rights group based in the country. According to a 2022 report, 643 human rights violations were recorded in the past year, despite the low reporting rate among transgender, intersex and female people.The Lagos State Police Command informed the media on June 9, 2023, in Ikeja Lagos State, the police spokesman said that the two suspects will be immediately charged with persecution, which is punishable by law, 14 years imprisonment under Nigerian law, The command also said that Mr. Melvin Omokhafe Ogbedebi, who has been on the run since June 2019, will be hunted down and arrested to face the law, the police said it is working with other deputy security agencies in the country to ensure that there is no escape for the fugitive suspect, Mr. Melvin Omokhafe Ogbedebi.The command also announced the arrest of a serial rapist, Onuorah Obi, of No 1, Buari Oloto Street, Ago Okota, on June 6, 2023.The victim, ‘f, 25, of Ago Okota, said the suspect raped her and recorded nude photos and videos of her.”The police swung into action and arrested the suspect. A search was carried out,” the command said.The command appeals to well-meaning Nigerians to report Mr Melvin Omokhafe Ogbedebi to the nearest Ếtate of Police, wherever he may be in the country


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A Perfect Symphony of Flavors: Glenfiddich’s Unforgettable Sensory Journey at RSVP Lagos

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In the era of fine dining, the renowned Single-Malt Whisky brand takes guests on a gastronomic voyage where flavor meets finesse. The premium Single-Malt Whisky brand elevated the Grand Yozakura experience for guests by combining Japanese-inspired food with specially created cocktails in partnership with Chef Alex Stumpf and Professional Mixologist Robin Abrahamsson at RSVP in Lagos, Nigeria. The evening unfolded into a rich tapestry of multi-sensory delights, echoing with laughter, animated conversations, and the delightful clinking of whisky glasses. Enyinna Nwigwe, Glenfiddich Nigeria’s Brand Ambassador, guided the tasting session with whisky aficionados, discerning clientele, and friends of the brand.With a velvety texture that dances on the palate, the whisky reveals an array of flavors—subtle ripe fruits, delicate florals, spices, and oak, all expertly captured in signature drinks like Champagne Cascade, Whiskey Wonderland, and Sweet Symphony. Complementing these libations were a delectable array of dishes, from tantalizing starters to decadent desserts. The culinary artistry showcased by the esteemed Chef and Mixologist seamlessly blended classic Japanese nuances with modern twists, captivating palates with an array of mouthwatering creations.“This experience was born from our desire to celebrate Glenfiddich’s remarkable Scottish whisky legacy, spanning 137 years. The Grand Yozakura whisky embodies the craftsmanship and dedication that have defined Glenfiddich as one of the world’s premier distilleries. Every sip unveils unique flavors and tasting notes, designed to enthrall your senses,” shared Enyinna Nwigwe, Glenfiddich Nigeria’s Brand Ambassador.Since its introduction, the Single-Malt whisky brand has become more than just a premium whisky; it is a symbol of mastery, collaboration, and the pursuit of excellence. The brand inspires whisky connoisseurs and enthusiasts to go out on a voyage of taste and exploration with every sip, where each experience is memorable, and every moment is cherished.Raising their glasses to this occasion, guests showed their profound appreciation for the art of whisky making and tasting, as well as the brand’s commitment to excellence!For more information about the brand, visit:www.glenfiddich.com

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Eid-el-Fitri: Make Clean Environment a Habit

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– LAWMA boss appeals to Lagos residents

The Managing Director/CEO of the Lagos Waste Management Authority, LAWMA, Dr. Muyiwa Gbadegesin, has urged Lagos residents to make clean environment a permanent habit that goes beyond occasions and festivities.

He said this in a release by the agency where he congratulated the Muslim faithful on successfully completing the Ramadan fast, leading to the celebration of this year’s Eid-el-Fitri.

Gbadegesin noted that personal hygiene and environmental cleanliness formed integral teachings of Islam, that should become permanent features of our daily living beyond the Ramadan period.

He said, “Islam teaches cleanliness at the personal level, at home and the environment. Islam abhors filth and dirtiness anywhere around us. I appeal that we make this great teaching a permanent feature of our daily lives and living. Whatever we put into the environment is what it will give back. Therefore, let us maintain good hygiene at the domestic front as well as the larger environment, all for our own good”.

While wishing them happy celebrations, he urged them to shun reckless waste disposal at street corners, road medians, side walks, black spots and other unauthorised locations, warning that LAWMA enforcement personnel had been mobilised, to apprehend defaulters for immediate prosecution.

The LAWMA boss assured that PSP operators would continue to work optimally, while the agency would provide backup services in areas that require such, urging motorists to drive with caution, to ensure safety of sanitation workers on major roads during the festivities. 

He further appealed to residents to contact LAWMA customer care, to report service gaps for quick intervention.

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ALX Empowers Female Entrepreneurs for International Women’s Day

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Lagos, March 4th, 2024 – As the world prepares to celebrate International Women’s Day, ALX Nigeria, a leading tech career accelerator, hosted a special engagement to honour and celebrate its female learners and entrepreneurs. The event served as a platform for female entrepreneurs to showcase their business ideas and vie for the chance to win a business grant provided by telecoms giant, 9mobile. Additionally, ALX announced the relaunch of its Tech Startup academy, ALX Ventures which includes a Founder’s Academy, an accelerator, and a fund. The celebration, which was held on March 2nd at the ALX Costain hub, Lagos, brought together a diverse group of aspiring female entrepreneurs, industry leaders, and supporters of women in tech. Attendees were treated to a series of inspiring pitches from female entrepreneurs, each highlighting their innovative ideas and entrepreneurial spirit.

DSC_0467: (Seated) L-R: Country Marketing Manager, ALX Nigeria, Seun Babajide-Duroshola; Hub Operations Manager, ALX Nigeria, Helen Eboagwu; Country General Manager, ALX Nigeria, Ruby Igwe and ALX Gold Fellow, Divine Ukonu, with the participants of the International Women’s Day edition of the ALX & 9mobile Pitch Your Business Competition held in Lagos recently.

One of the highlights of the event was the announcement of the business grant winners. Chisom Ukachukwu, ALX Salesforce Learner and winner of the ALX & 9mobile Pitch Your Business competition took home the grand prize of five hundred thousand Naira, Adediran Irebamiji, from ALX Founders Academy won three hundred thousand naira as the 1st runner up, while Winifred Nnamdi, ALX Data Science Learner, won a hundred thousand naira, as 2nd runner-up. Thanks to the collaboration between ALX and 9mobile, several other deserving female entrepreneurs received funding to further develop and scale their ventures, empowering them to make a lasting impact in their communities and beyond. In addition to recognising the achievements of female entrepreneurs, the event also marked the relaunch of ALX Ventures, the tech startup academy arm of ALX. This initiative aims to provide aspiring entrepreneurs with the necessary skills, resources, and support to turn their tech-based ideas into successful businesses. Speaking about the event, Ruby Igwe, Country General Manager of ALX, emphasized the importance of supporting women in tech and fostering a culture of collaboration and empowerment. “At ALX, we believe in the power of female entrepreneurship to drive innovation and change. Events like these not only celebrate the successes of women in tech but also serve as a reminder of the importance of supporting one another on our journey toward success. We are thrilled to see the incredible talent and potential showcased today and look forward to continuing to empower and uplift women in the tech industry,” Igwe emphasized. As the world commemorates International Women’s Day, ALX remains committed to championing diversity, equity, and inclusion in the tech ecosystem, paving the way for a more inclusive and prosperous future for all. To be a part of the inspiring ALX community, visit alxafrica.ng.

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