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Mohbad’s Story and Lessons from Discovery ID

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By Pascal Wike

Several Nigerians are perplexed with the revelation from the pathologists who conducted the autopsy on the late Nigerian rapper and singer, MohBad.  This signals a dead end to a case that has drawn keen attention both at home and abroad. According to the pathologist, the deceased’s body had decomposed by the time the test was conducted so they couldn’t determine the cause of his death.

To thousands of Nigerians like me who follow real-life crime documentary series on  Discovery ID, the news was a shocker. It negates everything we have come to know and see in the series we watch.

These are some of the key lessons learned from years of Discovery ID docuseries and how they relate to this case:

Autopsy can reveal cause of death in exhumed bodies: Having watched several episodes of “Evil Lives Here” on Discovery ID, I’ve seen how forensics help unravel mysteries behind crimes. If properly done, an autopsy can detect the cause of death even if the body has been buried for months. Mohbad’s body was in the grave for less than a month before the autopsy. He was buried September 13, 2023 and exhumed for autopsy September 21, 2023. Many homicide cases worldwide have been solved after victims’ bodies were exhumed. For more eye-opening crime series, tune in to ID Channel on GOtv Channel (103).

All criminals leave a trail: There’s no perfect criminal. They all, inadvertently, leave a trail at the crime scene or on the victim’s body. It’s up to the investigator to trace and find the clue. This is why investigators cordon off crime scenes and will do everything to get the body, even when it is buried. It’s not as easy as it sounds though. It requires painstaking analysis and can take years of rigorous documentation. Great detectives thrive on this challenge, provided they receive proper support from authorities. Should a detective be interested in the Mohbad case, and has a strong institutional backing, then this is surely not the end of it.

Crime knows no borders: Nigeria serves us daily doses of negative news that make us think the country is the deadliest place to live. But my experience watching the Discovery Channel has taught me otherwise. Crime knows no boundaries and the Western world battles more crimes than we realise. As technology advances, so do the sophistication of the criminals.

High-tech tools key to crime investigations: Another significant lesson from Discovery ID is the role of forensics in crime investigations. A lot of criminals who evaded justice in the 80s and are now paying for their crimes in the 21st century, thanks to advancements like DNA technology and many wrongfully convicted individuals now get justice. Given the increasing crime rate, and uncertainties around the Mohbad’s death, Nigeria needs to invest heavily in forensic technology.

Pay attention to your neighbour: Africans once embraced a communal life. Our parents always wax lyrical about how their early days were all about community upbringing. We have now tilted heavily to the Western cultural norms, where every man minds his business. This can come with dire consequences, as I’ve learned on episodes of “Nightmare Next Door” on Discovery ID. Mohbad’s case is a sad reminder. The singer had, on a few occasions, cried for help and some believe the lyrics of his songs subtly signalled for help but Nigerians didn’t pay attention. This is what happens when we leave every man to carry their cross when a bit of support could have averted the tragedy.

I recommend the Discovery ID channel (GOtv Channel 103) to every Nigerian. It provides insights about today’s crime world and the lessons learned can be essential for personal security.

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Gov AbdulRazaq Announces Minor Cabinet Reshuffle

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Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq has effected a minor cabinet reshuffle involving four commissioners.

Those affected are the Commissioner for Social Development Hon. Afolashade Justina, who moves to Women Affairs; and the Commissioner for Women Affairs Hon. Bosede Olaitan Buraimoh who switches to Social Development.

Hon. Commissioner for Youth Development Nafisat Buge moves to the Ministry of Environment, whose Commissioner Hon. Shehu Ndanusa Usman moves to the Ministry of Youth Development.

The cabinet reshuffle takes immediate effect.

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Kwara Gov excited as Nigerian Army launches CBT Centre in Igbaja

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  • Gov hails Army’s support for internal security, seeks respect for security agencies
  • Army Chief lauds Gov’s support in Kwara, North Central • Gov attends Igbaja Day, now Taiyese of Irese Land

Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq on Thursday advocated more appreciation for the sacrifices of the security agencies, including the Nigerian Army.

He said the military has played important roles to support civilian authorities at all times, including at a time when the country was under intense pressure from hostile non-state actors.

The Governor spoke in Igbaja, Ifelodun LG of the state, at the commissioning of a Computer Based Testing (CBT) center, a special intervention project of the Chief of Army Staff (CoAS), Lieutenant General T. A. Lagbaja.

The project was executed by Major General Adelokun Eyitayo, a serving military officer and native of Igbaja Land, who also launched his three books, titled: ‘Life of Prince Daud and Spirituality; Tears for Suni and Titi; and The Boy on the Highland’.

“This Computer Centre means a lot for the socioeconomic growth of this community. Not only does it nudge members of the community towards acquisition of necessary skills for this age; it opens up new frontiers of socioeconomic benefits for Igbaja and communities around it,” the Governor said.

“I am also fascinated by the spirit behind this project. It is timely and necessary. The need for better military-civil relations cannot be over-emphasized. Recent developments in our country again suggest a need to deepen citizens’ appreciation of the sacrifices that our security forces make to keep us safe, stabilise the fabric of our society, and ward off every threat against the Nigerian state.

“Over the last two decades, the military has played very important roles to support civilian authorities at all times, including at a time when our country came under intense pressure from hostile non-state actors.”

AbdulRazaq commended the Federal Government and the Chief of Army Staff for establishing the CBT centre that he said will aid skill acquisition and boost socioeconomic growth of the area.

“We therefore cannot thank the federal government and our military enough. We must appreciate and honour members of our security forces, including military personnel deployed in internal operations and during emergencies, and cease all attacks on them,” he added.

The commissioning attracted various dignitaries, including the CoAS Lieutenant General T. A. Lagbaja, who was represented by Maj Gen Obinna Onubogu; the Elese of Igbajaland Oba Ahmed Awuni Arepo III; and Igbaja CBT Project Executor Major General Adelokun Eyitayo; among others.

Lagbaja, for his part, said the execution of the project further affirms the transformational drive of the Nigerian Army towards achieving its constitutional responsibility through a non-kinetic line of operations.

The Army Chief thanked Governor AbdulRazaq and the people of the state for their continued support for the operations of the Nigerian Army.

“The Nigerian Army has received tremendous support from your government. It is also gladdening to note that we have enjoyed cordial working relationships with you over the years, and your support has contributed immensely to our operational success within the state and the entire North Central region,” he said.

Maj Gen. Eyitayo thanked CoAS for the approval of the project and his unwavering support for its delivery.

He also appreciated the Governor for directing the purchase and supply of his three books for the use of students of public secondary schools in the state.

The Governor, meanwhile, attended the 2024 Igbaja Day celebration, where he urged the people of Igbaja to continue to recognise the rich cultural heritage and diversity that makes the community to be unique.

He congratulated the Elese of Igbaja, the Jagunmolu of Igbaja and founder of Al-hikmah University Chief Oladimeji Igbaja, and all sons and daughters of Igbaja community on the celebration, requesting them to continue to unite for accelerated growth.

“Let us embrace and celebrate our diversity, and continue to build bridges of understanding and empathy,” the Governor said.

“As you are aware, our administration has embarked on various projects that touched the lives of everyone across the state, including Igbajaland. We will continue to do more to improve the lives of our people.”

Chief Oladimeji, who was excited by the Governor’s culture of arriving early for events, praised AbdulRazaq for time management, and how the administration has executed many laudable programmes and projects in the town and elsewhere.

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Africa needs to be competitive, says Chike-Obi, Fidelity Bank’s Chairman

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Africa needs to be competitive and efficient in its area of strength, according to Mustafa Chike-Obi, the Chairman of Fidelity Bank, who spoke with CNBC Africa’s Kenneth Igbomor on the sidelines of the AFREXIMBANK Annual meetings in Nassau, the Bahamas.

Chike-Obi emphasized the importance of focused and sharp leadership in harnessing the continent’s strengths to achieve prosperity. He highlighted the need for Africa to identify areas of competitive advantage in producing goods and services efficiently to unlock its full potential.

He pointed out that success stories in areas like sports demonstrate Africa’s potential when leveraging advantages. However, he stressed the crucial role of collaboration and seamless interaction among African nations and regions for sustainable development.

The chairman urged for enhanced integration to facilitate the movement of goods and services across the continent, emphasizing the necessity to work collectively towards common goals.

Chike-Obi also addressed the importance of prioritizing Africa’s strengths, such as power supply, through cohesive policies and agreements to drive economic growth. He emphasized the need for coordinated banking policies to promote financial integration within Africa and with external partners, emphasizing the significance of streamlined banking services and transactions.

The Chairman highlighted the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) as a significant opportunity for economic advancement but called for more practical implementation to ensure its effectiveness. He underscored the importance of execution in translating policies into tangible outcomes for the African people.

Reflecting on the annual meetings and the discussions on trade and investment, Chike-Obi reiterated the critical importance of collaboration for Africa’s progress, emphasizing that unity and concerted efforts are essential for realizing the continent’s potential.

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