29 December 2012

Nigeria: Human Interest Stories of 2012

There were a lot of human interest stories in the outgoing year, 2012 from virtually all the states of the federation. Weekly Trust compiles some of the famous stories that made news headline.

Robbed of a manhood

For Ayuba Halilu, 12-year-old boy, was done a permanent damage by his neighbor Tukur Iliyasu who cut off his manhood together with the testis, cut his neck and stomach and left to die in a nearby bush after accompanying him to fetch firewood on January 2, but as fate will have it he was rescued by the Police and some good Samaritans who took him to the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Teaching hospital where he was transferred to Federal medical centre, Gombe,After all necessary examiations,the parents were advised to either allow for him to remain a male without genetalia or gender reassignment to turn him into a female.

Kano's 'black Friday'

The commercial city of Kano was shaken to its very foundation when multiple bomb blasts were recorded on January 20. The attacks occurred at different places which includes Zone One Police Headquarters along BUK road, headquarters of the state Police command Bompai, the state security service headquarters at Giginyu as well as Three Police stations at Yar'akwa, Farm centre and Sabongari. The passport office of the Nigerian immigration service was also not spared. The channels Television reporter Mr Enenche Akogwu was also killed in the attacks claimed by Jama'atu Ahlis sunnah lidda'ati wal Jihad also known as Boko Haram. The attacks claimed more the 250 lives of armed men and civilians.

Potiskum Cattle Market massacre

It was a gory tale and a pathetic scene when on May 2nd, armed robbers in a retaliatory mission attacked a cattle market in Potiskum town killing at least 43 people, injured about sixty two people, burnt and shot dead 50 cattle in the evening of that day. The gunmen blocked the entrances to the market, hurled explosives and opened fire on fleeing people hours after the traders repelled a robbery attempt and lynched one of the robbers.

Nasarawa baby born without limbs

On Tuesday, May 22, 2012, Mrs Abigail Danboyi, 26 of Danbaki village in Wanba local government of Nasarawa state delivered a baby girl Named Miracle,with no hands and legs but with a neatly cut umblical cord. She later died after nine weeks of endless cries from morning till night resting only during breast feeding.

Zaria man gets new manhood

Earlier in the year it was good news for Malam Muhammed Sirajo Musa from Zaria city because his severed manhood caused by an accident in 2009 during Eid-ul-fitr was replaced in an Egyptian hospital by one Dr Ahmad Shawakiri by extracting muscles from his arms and buttocks molded a manhood with those muscles and planted it by the side of his buttocks in a surgical procedure that took about 16 hours for it to mature. After three months, it was removed and placed where his manhood used to be.

Youngster banished for love in Zamfara

Coming from Zamfara was a news in May this year that a young man Jafar Ibrahim was banished by a Shariah court located at Unguwar Gwaza Gusau the capital of Zamfara state to Kaduna state so as to allow his girlfriend Hajara to get married. The lovebirds became so emotionally attached that even her parents cannot separate them. Despite given 50 strokes of cane each and a fine of 5,000 for him ,these did not deter them as they continue seeing each other,finally the parents have to accept the marriage proposal and the man who already paid the bride price withdrew to allow the two lovebirds to get married.

Rabiatu, Arewa's first female truck driver

For Hajiya Rabiatu Abubakar Mashi,a mother of two and a divorcee, it was dreams come true as she is now trailer Driver with Dangote Cement Company in Obajana.Rabiatu who learnt driving under her master from Dutsen-ma Katsina state said she has been to many part of the country and even beyond.

Husband set court ablaze for dissolving his marriage

If Ubale mai-Nama had envisaged what the outcome of the case he took to Upper Sharia Court in Funtua Town katsina state will be, he would have shelved the idea. Mai-Nama had a disagreement with his wife and took the case to court for the court to safeguard the marriage, but the court eventually dissolved it, prompting him to set the court ablaze on the 14th of June and stood watching as it consumed the building with over 40 years case files lost, the judges office, the chamber and the registrar offices.

Katsina dad-beating sisters

Two sisters, Halisa, 28 and Aina'u 26 of Tudun-wada quarters, katsina were arraigned on Friday the 22nd of June for beating up their Father Mallam Junaidu over a debt of N45, 000, 00 which he owed them. "They dragged me out of the toilet naked and pulled me on the ground in an attempt to eject me from my house, their mother ordered them to carry out the act in order to embarrass me. It was my son Muddaha that saved me," Malam Junaidu told the court. But they have since reconciled and he has forgiven them saying "If I don't forgive them they will suffer in life.And I don't want them to suffer for the consequences of their wrong doings to me."

Female pilgrims deported from Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabian authorities started the deportation 171 out of the over 1000 female pilgrims for alleged failure to travel with their muharram (male relatives) on the 26th of September. For Amina Jalingo, their detention was a terrible experience, in tears she narrated her experience, "we were held in Madina for two days without food. None of us could sleep because it was so cold, most of us collapsed on the floor.

Lady murdered by Facebook friends

Cynthia, a 24 year-old daughter of Major-General Frank Osukogu, was found dead in a hotel room on July 22, in FESTAC town Lagos.

She was allegedly murdered by two cousins Okumo Nwabufo 33 and Ezeke Oliseloka. They confessed that during their interaction they discovered that she is a businesswoman, therefore came to the conclusion that she was rich. One of the suspects paid for her air ticket and accommodation. When she arrived, they drugged her with Refinol, which they injected into her the three packs of Ribena they served her.

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