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Firm, church provide housing for displaced families in Lagos


SmallSmall, a Property technology company, has partnered The Elevation Church, to provide housing for displaced families affected by the demolition exercise at Jakande Lekki, in Lagos.

Mr Tunde Balogun, the Chief Executive Officer, Small Small Technology, said this in a statement on Tuesday in Lagos.

Balogun described the strategic collaboration as a beacon of hope in addressing the pressing housing needs of displaced families.

He said that it marked a significant stride towards ensuring secured, comfortable, and accessible housing for affected families.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the demolition was done by the Lagos State Government to recover the coastal road path for the Lagos-Calabar Highway project, under the Federal Government, to promote the urban renewal of the affected areas.

He said The Elevation Church spearheaded the resettlement plan after receiving over 100 requests for support from affected families, left homeless by the demolition.

Balogun said the partnership with Sm
allSmall ensured that the properties needed to resettle the affected families were swiftly provided and the rent for the families was covered.

He emphasised that the collaboration signified a transformative impact on Nigeria’s housing landscape.

‘Our mission to revolutionise affordable housing in Nigeria is fueled by an unwavering dedication to serve those in need,’ Balogun said.

Also, Naomi Olaghere, Co-founder, SmallSmall, said the partnership underscored the company’s unwavering commitment to foster positive change within the communities it served.

‘We are thrilled to embark on this journey alongside The Elevation Church, as we translate our shared vision into tangible solutions,’ Olaghere said.

Also, the Global Lead Pastor, The Elevation Church, Godman Akinlabi, said the church was committed to providing relief and necessary support to meet the diverse needs of its members and the community at large.

Akinlabi said the gospel being preached must transform both the souls of people and improve their qu
ality of life.

‘Our response to the housing emergency occasioned by Jakande Estate demolition is a testament to this commitment.

‘Through this partnership with SmallSmall, we have been able to provide critical housing assistance to many families displaced by the demolition exercise.

‘We are grateful for their willingness to collaborate with us, to support those in need,’ he said.

Source: News Agency of Nigeria

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World Health Day: 250 people receive free diabetes screening in Asaba


No fewer than 250 people have received free diabetes screening in Asaba, Delta, to celebrate the 2024 World Health Day.

Dr Peace Ighosewe, the Chief Medical Director (CMD) of Asaba Specialist Hospital, who led other management staff in organising the event, said the screening was part of efforts by the hospital to promote healthy living.

The World Health Day which was established on April 7, the founding date of the World Health Organisation (WHO) serves to raise awareness of global health issues and garner support for their resolution.

Ighosewe said that healthy living was key to good health for Nigerians.

She said there was need to create awareness on the importance of healthy living and that everyone had the right to access good health at an affordable cost.

‘We are also engaging in a health walk and talk, to celebrate the 2024 World Health Day,’ she said.

Ighosewe added that the event was also organised in line with the theme for this year’s World Health Day, which is: ‘Your Health, Your Right’.

T
he News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that a cross-section of Asaba residents including the Senior Special Assistant on Media to the Delta State Governor, Mrs Veronica Abang-Gwam, participated in the diabetes screening at the hospital.

Ighosewe further added that the general public was sensitised on the need to exercise regularly, to help maintain physical fitness and reduce the risk of chronic diseases.

‘Eat a balanced diet which will provide essential nutrients for optimal health; go for routine medical checkups to allow for easy detection, timely intervention and management of any health issues.

‘In line with the ‘MORE Agenda’ of Gov. Sherrif Oborevwori’s administration, the Asaba Specialist Hospital will continue to do its part, to empower members of the surrounding communities with the right information on the importance of prioritising healthy habits.

‘These healthy habits can significantly improve their physical health, mental wellbeing and quality of life,’ Ighosewe said.

Dr Dominic Uwadia, Con
sultant Family Physician and Head of Department, Family Medicine, Asaba Specialist Hospital, who also spoke at the event, said the hospital would continue to promote healthy living and disease prevention in the state.

Uwadia urged the people not to wait till they get ill before getting necessary medical attention.

Ms Faith Emetonjor, the Medical Laboratory Scientist of the hospital, also advised people to live a healthy life, nothing: ‘Your Health is Your Right’.

Source: News Agency of Nigeria

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The GMOs debate and task ahead of Nigerian scientists


The discourse on safety of genetically engineered crops categorised as Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) is heating up globally, including Nigeria.

Just recently, the Federal Government approved the commercial release and open cultivation of a new maize variety, Tela Maize, a genetically modified maize.

The development of Tela maize was led by researchers at the Institute for Agricultural Research (IAR), Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, who say it resists armyworm, stem borers and tolerates moderate drought.

At the commercial release of Tela Maize, Uche Nnaji, Minister of Innovation, Science and Technology, said the crop was a remarkable step at enhancing agricultural productivity to ensure food sufficiency in Nigeria.

‘It exemplifies our commitment to harnessing the power of biotechnology in addressing pressing agricultural challenges, enhancing crop resilience, and improving the livelihood of our farmers and citizens.

‘It also strengthens our position in the global agricultural landscape, fostering
economic stability and opening new avenues for trade and export,’ he said.

Still from a government’s standpoint, Dr Agnes Asagbra, the Director-General, National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA), recently said the pursuit of effective biosafety management and inclusive engagement was paramount.

According to her, the agency recognises the importance of diverse perspectives and expertise in shaping comprehensive solutions to biosafety challenges.

‘We have established robust frameworks and enforcement mechanisms to ensure adherence to national and international biosafety regulations and standards,’ she said.

Worthy of note here is that Mexico, the birth place of maize, has banned genetically modified corn which it says is not safe for human consumption and threatens the biodiversity.

Some other countries in Africa, Europe, Asia and the Americas have also banned the importation and cultivation of GMOs over safety concerns.

The skeptics of GMOs in Nigeria posit that the science and technology backing trans
genic crops is not clear enough.

They express worries on the inherent hazards GMOs pose to biodiversity, food safety, and the health of Nigerians.

More so, they argue that GM crops contain chemicals that could predispose humans to deadly ailments, damage soil health and phase out traditional seeds as both cannot co-exist.

At the forefront of the kick against GMOs, is the Centre for Food Safety and Agricultural Research (CEFSAR), a Non-Governmental Organisation.

CEFSAR has consistently urged the Federal Government to be mindful of the acceptance and deployment of genetically engineered crops, categorised as GMOs due to safety concerns.

Prof. Qristtuberg Amua, CEFSAR’s Executive Director, said that Nigeria did not have the requisite laboratory infrastructure to test and verify the safety of the GMOs products in the food industry.

He argued that the regulatory framework had no provision for labeling GMOs which invariably would deny consumers of the right to make knowledgeable decision of what to eat to and
what not to eat.

The professor contented that GMOs were laced with chemicals which could lead to extinction of indigenous crops and a dependency on chemical-intensive farming methods.

He said the primary objectives of CEFSAR were to preserve native seed varieties, research sustainable agriculture practices and promote agro-ecological farming systems.

‘Others are to support local and indigenous farming communities, and educate farmers and stakeholders in the immediate society.

‘We first of all begin with all those who consume GMOs in the form of modern crops that are being promoted in this country.

‘And also, if you look at the venue of this engagement, it is the Federal Ministry of Justice, and a lot of the intrusion that is coming through GMOs is coming through policies and laws.

‘And a lot of these policies pass through clearance from this ministry.

‘So, we believe that by initiating this conversation, we are attracting attention into the concerns of GMOs,’ he said.

Amua said he was hopeful that the
advocacy would gain momentum because important stakeholders would begin to talk about it and draw the attention of the government and consumers to the dangers inherent in pushing for GMOs.

According to the academic, food security has an intricate nexus with national security as a hungry man is angry man.

‘We have observed that parts of issues of national security are born out of aggression between individuals or groups.

‘But beyond that, a crime is fueled when the larger population is hungry; they don’t get food to eat and that translates to poverty.’

The don said that in the present context, today, it was being said that food was scare in Nigeria and it was because certain food production areas in the country had been attacked consistently for over a decade.

He said the attacks on food production had displaced people and initiated food scarcity.

‘Because they cannot farm, we have food scarcity; so you can see, on one hand, national insecurity produces food insecurity.

‘Now, take a reverse of it; becau
se there is national food insecurity now, it is going to perpetrate further our national insecurity, in the sense that you have people taken away from their farms.

‘A lot of farmers have been chased into camps.’

He said that CEFSAR’s observations indicated that there had been a lot of misinformation or deception targeted at some people in government-those who were at critical point of driving policy.

According to him, the essence of the campaign is to attract attention and partner with government and in its capacity on education of the citizens on issues concerning GMOs.

‘I am a professor, a scientist. I have conducted some of these researches myself.

‘So, I believe that with me involved in this conversation, the people in government who genuinely have been misinformed or deceived, will pick interest and begin to ask the relevant questions,’ he said.

Sharing similar sentiments, Dr Nnimmo Bassey, Director, Health of Mother Earth Foundation, said there was need to stick to agro-ecological methods of food
production.

Bassey said that available data showed that 70 per cent of small scale farmers fed the world through agro-ecological principles and techniques.

‘So why do one want to jump into something that produces your food in a system with so many uncertainties?-a system that laces your food with pesticides, chemicals and insecticides.

‘We need to ban them; we don’t need GMOs. Nigeria and indeed, Africa, has all it takes to grow food, to produce food that can feed our people and also export to other countries,’ he said.

Deserving no less attention, Dr Segun Adebayo, Director, Operations, CEFSAR, argued that GM crops could cause increased pesticide runoff into water sources; thereby posing a huge dangers to the soil, human health and the environment.

Adebayo said there was a correspondence between the consumption of GMOs and the surge in health issues such as cancer and organ failure, particularly among young persons.

According to him, everybody who eats is a stakeholder in the business of food.

‘You ar
e what you eat; you have to be concerned about what you eat; that is the reason we are having this engagement.

‘The first step to being healthy is your food,’ he said.

Adebayo urged Nigerians to be wary of GMOs and promote the natural food and stressing the imperative of creating a balance of knowledge to equip the public with the opportunity with consumption choices.

As the GMOs controversy rages, critical stakeholders hold that Nigerian scientists should intensify research on transgenic crops rather than depending on foreign research outcomes for what we consume.

Source: News Agency of Nigeria

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Journalists, CSOs immortalise rape victim with ‘Tears from the Grave’


Some journalists, Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), parents and others gathered in Abuja on Wednesday to honour Miss Karen-Happuch Akpagher, who allegedly died from rape.

The occasion was the launch of a book ‘Tears from the Grave,’ aimed to immortalise Karen-Happuch.

The book was written by Mr Lemmy Ughegbe, a journalist and gender activist.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Karen-Happuch was a boarding student at Premiere Academy, Abuja.

She died on June 22, 2021, as a result of sepsis infection she allegedly contracted from rape.

The rapist also allegedly left condom inside the late student.

Ughegbe promised to do his best to get justice for the deceased, saying that he would continue to remind the nation of the case until justice would be served.

He said that writing ‘Tears from the Grave’ was challenging, as talking with the deceased’s mother was traumatic.

‘I get traumatised each time I have discussions with her.

‘She said she was even afraid of loving her boys because she loved
Karen and the world took her away.

‘She said if she would love the remaining children, the world might also take them away,’ the writer said.

Ughegbe said that after three years of Karen-Happuch’s alleged rape, the police had yet to tell her mother what happened to her.

He urged that the fight to rid the society of sexual and gender-based violence should be collective.

Dr Kelechi Ofoegbu, Chairman of the occasion and Executive Commissioner, Corporate Services and Administration, Nigerian Upstream Petroleum Regulatory Commission, urged victims of rape to speak up.

Ofoegbu, however, said that if the victims could not speak up, the society must be sensitive enough to be their voices.

‘We should be human, aware and sensitive to the fact that people are crying around us, we must be sensitive enough to intervene,’ he said.

Grace Ike, an aspirant for the post of the Chairman, Nigeria Union of Journalists, Abuja Chapter, said that the book launch demonstrated collective resolve to confront and eradicate rape.

A
ccording to her, it is heartbreaking when individuals, regardless of age or gender, fall victims of rape or defilement.

She said that rape and defilement always left their victims in physical and psychological anguish.

She said that Nigerians were confronted daily with distressing accounts of girls and women enduring unspeakable trauma due to sexual violence.

The mother of the deceased, Mrs Vivian Akpagher, while narrating her ordeal, said: ‘I was hurt and pained when I lost Karen.

‘I have struggled through the years but I believe God is with me.

‘At some points, I found it really hard.

‘Nineteen years ago, I gave birth to her. She returned to me shattered in 2021. She was my confidant, my friend.’

Vivian described her ordeal as two years of an unending storm.

‘The grief may be unending but I am happy you are all here to hold my hands,’ she said.

NAN reports that some others at the event also spoke against rape, urging the police to conclude investigation on Karen-Happuch’s case and bring the culprit
to book.

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Eid-el-Fitr: Tinubu urges sacrifice, integrity for national rebirth


President Bola Tinubu has urged Nigerians to continue to make sacrifice and exhibit integrity for national development.

Tinubu said this after observing the Eid-el-Fitr prayer at the Eid Ground at Dodan Barracks on Wednesday in Lagos.

The President also called on Nigerians to continue to have faith in his government and remain patriotic citizens.

Tinubu said that the Renewed Hope Agenda of his administration, aimed at bringing prosperity to Nigerians, was being diligently implemented.

Encouraging Muslims to extend the values of sacrifice and resilience beyond the fasting period, Tinubu emphasised the need for Nigerians to prioritise the exhibition of love for their country.

”The resilience and sacrifice that we have shown and made during these months should be preserved.

‘Be a kind and cheerful giver. We must love our country more than any other country, because this is the only one we have.

”We must continue to protect the integrity of our government and leadership. The Renewed Hope Agenda is alive
, well and fine, and Nigerians should continue to be very hopeful. Without hope, there is no salvation.

‘Without hope, there is no development. Without hope, there is no life. Eid Mubarak,” the President said at the end of the prayers led by the Chief Imam of Lagos State, Sheikh Sulaiman Abou-Nolla.

Earlier in his sermon, the Chief Imam urged Nigerians to shun all acts of violence, ensure peaceful co-existence, and continue to have faith in the country.

He asked those in leadership positions to remain faithful to their oaths of office and work towards alleviating the suffering of the less privileged.

”Let us not forget our brothers and sisters in Gaza and other areas of conflict,” the Chief Imam said.

He offered prayers of God’s guidance, wisdom, and protection for the President and the Lagos State government, as well as for peace and stability in the country.

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High tariff will lead to electricity theft- FCT residents


Some electricity consumers in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) have urged the Federal Government to reconsider the recent tariff adjustments in order to deter instances of electricity theft.

Business owners, primarily printers operating in areas such as UTC and Murg Plaza in Area 10, FCT, expressed their concerns to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday.

They said that the current high cost of electricity could potentially lead some consumers to bypass their meters.

NAN reports that the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) had raised the electricity tariff for Band A customers from N68/KWh to N225/KWh.

Band A customers, who receive electricity supply for at least 20 hours per day, are directly impacted by this increase.

These business owners, who rely on heavy equipment for their operations, expressed apprehension regarding the implications of the elevated tariff.

They argued that such a high increase to N225/KWh would significantly strain their businesses, especially amidst the
prevailing economic challenges in the country.

Mr Amos Okolo, a printer, acknowledged the government’s initiative to provide 20 hours of electricity, but stressed that the associated cost is prohibitive for business owners.

He highlighted the financial strain it would impose, leaving little to sustain both his business and family.

Mr Samuel Kolawole, another printer, shared same sentiments, emphasising the adverse effects of the high tariff on businesses.

He advocated for a reduction in the tariff to ensure affordability for both affluent and lower-income consumers.

While recognising the benefits of extended electricity supply, he stressed the importance of pricing that is conducive to business operations.

Similarly, Mr Abel Ajibola, a graphic designer at Murg Plaza, commended the government’s intentions, but criticised the exorbitant nature of the new tariff, particularly for small businesses.

He noted the need for a tariff review to prevent instances of electricity theft stemming from unaffordable pr
icing.

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Sultan urges Muslims to seek knowledge, pray for leaders


Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar, the Sultan of Sokoto and President General of the National Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), has encouraged the Muslim Ummah to actively pursue knowledge to strengthen their faith.

In his Eid message on Wednesday, Abubakar emphasised the importance of continuing to pray for leaders and prosperity of the country.

‘We should express gratitude to Almighty Allah for granting us the gift of life and good health, allowing us to observe the 30 days of fasting and celebrate Eid-el-Fitr.

‘Today marks a significant day in Islam as Muslims worldwide commemorate the conclusion of Ramadan and the Eid-el-Fitr festivities.

‘Moreover, let us perpetuate the spirit of compassion and support for one another, as demonstrated during the month of Ramadan, and extend assistance to those in need,’ he appealed.

The Sultan commended the Sokoto State Government, under the leadership of Gov. Ahmed Aliyu, for its commitment and collaboration with Muslim scholars to foster unity.

He also praised th
e government’s ongoing efforts to support the less privileged, civil servants, and ensuring the security and progress of the state.

Meanwhile, Gov. Ahmed Aliyu urged the Muslim community in the state to uphold the virtues of Ramadan to attract Allah’s abundant mercy and forgiveness.

Aliyu, in his Eid message to the Muslim community following the conclusion of the 2024 Ramadan fast, implored affluent individuals in the state to continue demonstrating compassion and generosity toward the less fortunate to earn Allah’s blessings.

‘I am aware of the numerous acts of assistance provided by some of our affluent citizens to the needy in our society, which is truly commendable.

‘On our part, the government has allocated significant resources to aid the less privileged and vulnerable groups throughout the state,’ he stated.

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Tinubu observes Eid-el-Fitr prayer in Lagos, urges religious tolerance


President Bola Tinubu on Wednesday, joined Muslim faithful to observe Eid-el-Fitr prayers at the Dodan Barracks in Ikoyi, Lagos.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the President, accompanied by top government functionaries, arrived the Eid praying ground at 10:02 a.m.

Tinubu, who spoke to the Muslim faithfuls through the Lagos State Deputy Governor, Dr Obafemi Hamzat, urged them to be tolerant and empathetic towards one another.

‘We should sustain the good behavior, though Ramadan is over. We have no business fighting one another. We should have religious harmony.

‘The empathy and love that we showed during the Ramadan, must continue; Ramadan has gone, good behavior is not gone.

‘Let us give to the needy. Always show charity. May Almighty Allah guide us and protect Nigeria,’ the President said.

Earlier, while leading the prayer session, Grand Chief Imam of Lagos, Sheik Sulaiman Abou Nolla, said fasting had great blessings.

While noting that fasting was one of the five pillars of Islam, the
Imam said the month of Ramadan is the month of grace, mercies, forgiveness and acceptance of prayers.

The cleric called for unity among Nigerians, stressing that togetherness and unity in diversity remained key to national development.

While calling on government across all levels to provide succour to the people, the cleric urged the citizens to be disciplined, law-abiding and ensure peace and harmony in various communities.

He prayed for God’s guidance and protection for the President, Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos state and their lieutenants as they make decisions that would benefit the people.

Some of the dignitaries at the prayer ground included, former minister of works and housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola and Minister of Blue Economy, Alhaji Gboyega Oyetola.

Others are the Lagos Council of Traditional White cap chiefs, Tinubu’s Private Secretary, Hakeem Muri-Okunola and Lagos Head of Service, Olanode Agoro among others.

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Nollywood actor Junior Pope dies in Anambra river


Nollywood Actor, Junior Pope Odonwodo, popularly known as ‘Jnr Pope’, on Wednesday lost his life in a boat mishap in Anambra.

Samuel Olatunji, a filmmaker, who took to his Instagram page to disclose the sad development said that the deceased with three others were involved in the accident on Anam River, while going to a movie location.

Olatunji wrote ‘Junior Pope passes on??.

‘Sad day for Nollywood. Four actors including Jnr. Pope fell into Anam River on their way to location and their bodies have been recovered.

‘What a sad day for Nollywood. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. Multiple sources confirmed this sad development to us.’

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Junior Pope, in 2006, joined the Nollywood industry and started attending movie auditions as well as acting minor characters in movies.

He usually played the role of a bodyguard, palace attendant, and servant in movies.

In 2007, he rose to fame after acting in the Nollywood blockbuster movie, ‘Secret Adventures’, a m
ovie directed by Tchidi Chikere.

He acted in more than 150 Nollywood movies which include: ‘Secret Adventures’, ‘Mad sex’, ‘Bitter Generation’, ‘Vengeance of Bullet’, ‘The Cat’, ‘The Generals’, ‘Wrong Initiation’ among others.

In 2010, he won the award for Nollywood Most Promising Actor in Nigeria at the Entertainment Factory Awards.

He is known for acting criminal, villain, armed robber, militant and hitman roles in movies alongside Emma Ehumadu, Sylvester Madu, Zubby Michael, Jim Iyke, Alaso Wariboko, Gentle Jack, Hanks Anuku, Jerry Amilo.

Other awards he won include Best Actor in a Supporting Role at the Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards and Best Actor of the Year at the Africa Movie Academy Awards among others.

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Grootfontein woman allegedly murdered by husband


A 40-year-old woman was allegedly murdered by her husband at Grootfontein Tuesday night.

The woman was employed as a radiographer at the Grootfontein State Hospital.

The Namibian Police Force’s regional commander for community affairs in the Otjozondjupa Region, Senior Inspector Maureen Mbeha, in an interview with Nampa said the woman’s next of kin are yet to be informed of her death, thus her name could not be released.

She said the incident occurred around 23h00 on Tuesday in Extension 5, when the deceased was reportedly stabbed multiple times with a kitchen knife by her husband, who allegedly also poured acid on her body.

The 48-year-old husband then attempted suicide by drinking some of the acid, said Mbeha.

When the police arrived at the couple’s residence, the man was still fighting for his life and he was transported to the Grootfontein State Hospital. He was then transferred to the Katutura Intermediate Hospital under police guard on the same night.

Mbeha stated that by Wednesday morning, the s
uspect was reported to be in critical condition at the Katutura Intermediate Hospital.

The couple have a minor daughter, and police investigations into the matter continue.

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Businessman allegedly shot during robbery attempt at Ondangwa


A businessman at Ondangwa was allegedly attacked and injured by armed robbers on Tuesday shortly after withdrawing N.dollars 50 000 from a local bank.

Chief Inspector Thomas Aiyambo of the Namibian Police Force’s Oshana Community Policing Sub-division confirmed on Wednesday that the incident occurred around 11h00 at the Aluminium and Glass workshop, which is the victim’s business, in the Omwandi area.

It is reported that 45-year-old Josafat Shilongo withdrew the money from the bank and drove to his workplace. Upon arrival, he was informed that he was likely being followed by two suspects.

‘It is further alleged that the two suspects immediately charged towards the victim, who ran into the workshop with one of his employees as the robbers started shooting,’ he said.

During the confrontation, the victim sustained a gunshot wound to the stomach, but the suspects were unable to seize the money. They fled the scene immediately thereafter, Aiyambo said.

The victim was rushed to the Ondangwa private hospital,
where he is currently admitted in a stable condition.

No arrests have been made yet.

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Amadhila’s neighbour narrates ordeal which led to her death


WINDHOEK: The stabbing of 29-year-old Frieda Amadhila, who allegedly died at the hands of her 22-year-old ex-boyfriend early Monday at her residence in Windhoek’s Ballot Street, has left neighbours and loved ones shocked.

Narrating the ordeal to Namibian Police Force (NamPol) senior investigator Joseph Ndokosho and Nampa on Tuesday, Arno Steyn, a neighbour of the deceased, said he witnessed the alleged suspect arriving at the deceased’s flat around 21h15 on Sunday, knocking on her window.

Steyn informed the man that the light in Amadhila’s room had been on not long before that, not suspecting any danger ahead.

‘Around 00h48, I woke up from a loud knock on my door. I jumped out of bed and ran to the door as it was not locked. It is usually safe here and I sometimes don’t lock my door. I asked who it was and a man replied,’ he said.

Steyn was however reluctant to open the door as he did not know who it was.

He then told the man to move away from his door, locked the door and called the City Police, who arr
ived five to 10 minutes later.

The suspect, who is currently hospitalised under police surveillance, had by then allegedly driven Amadhila to Katutura State Hospital, where she was declared dead upon arrival at around 01h07.

According to Ndokosho, the suspect is in stable condition with a self-inflicted stab wound in his neck.

‘Observations indicate that the deceased’s door was broken open with a hard metal object. She was stabbed three times in the chest and on the arm with a kitchen knife and scissors,’ he said.

Steyn described Amadhila as a quiet, kind, and reserved person, who always joked with him whenever she helped him to open the gate.

Amadhila’s aunt, Connie Nepando, also described her as a quiet person, ‘with a golden heart.’

‘She is a daughter and a friend to my children and this news is very confusing for me, she was a lovely person and we can only remember her as such,’ said Nepando.

Nepando said she never met the suspect but was informed by her niece’s friends that the couple separated in
January.

Richard Tjipepe, a former schoolmate of the deceased, said he will remember their long talks about the future, the Namibian economy, and the future of female leaders.

‘I will miss Frieda for her forward-thinking and challenging debates and conversations. She was very opinionated and could easily find challenges in any scenario and visualise a solution, she simply had clarity,’ said Tjipepe.

Police investigations into the matter are ongoing.

Source: Namibia Press Agency