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Nigerian lady, Emmanuella declared wanted for claiming to be a lesbian

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A Nigerian lady identified as Emmanuella Shyllon, has been declared wanted by the   Nigeria Police Force for declaring herself as a lesbian.

The indigene of Ogun State, South West Nigeria is facing stiff opposition after she announced on the social media that she is a known lesbian in Canada.

Recently, Shyllon had openly supported lesbianism on a social media platform, saying, “I am so sad and not very pleased with myself because I missed out on this year’s pride parade march which is themed ‘Here There Everywhere.’ Yes the gay society, we are everywhere and we need to create more awareness in the world so we can continually live in a space free from stigmatisation, isolation, hate crime, fear, humiliation amongst others.

“Our movement is usually symbolized with flags with the rainbow colour wherein red stands for life, orange for healing, yellow for the sun, pink for sexuality, green for nature, turquoise for art, indigo for harmony and violet for the soul. I love this gay and lesbian community so much simply because it promotes, protects my human rights. And respect my sexual orientation as a proud lesbian.

“This community LGBTQ+ protects all we gays and lesbians in the world irrespective of our culture, background, belief and skin colour. Regardless, I love women and I am not afraid to show it to the world. I am a proud lesbian. LGBTQ+ to the world!”

It appears the declaration offended the sensibilities of some Nigerians, who are averse to same-sex relationships.

In Nigeria, the anti same-sex Act stipulates that, “Persons who enter into a same-sex marriage, contract or civil union commit an offence and are each liable on conviction to a term of 14 years in prison.”

The law, signed by former President Goodluck Jonathan in 2014, also states that, “Any person who registers, operates or participates in gay clubs, societies and organisations or directly or indirectly makes public show of same-sex amorous relationship in Nigeria commits an offence and shall each be liable on conviction to a term of 10 years in prison.”

Stemming from this, some Nigerians on the social media have accused Shyllon of corrupting the minds of the younger generation to practise same sex marriage/orientation, which they described as illegal, ungodly and uncultured.

The young lady is described as being a bad influence, who needs to be curbed out of her society in Nigeria.

Commenters on her post said Shyllon had so much effrontery to have posted “such a disgraceful and ridiculously shameful act of being proud as an LGBTQ.”

Our correspondent gathered that her family and friends back home seem to have rejected her due to what they called her “shameless sexual orientation.”

On the 13th of July, a Sharia Law official, AbdulAzeez Ibrahim, had made a formal complaint at the Area G Police Station, stating that he saw Ms Emmanuella A Shyllon’s post on her Facebook page (Emma Shyshy), “promoting and encouraging lesbianism and declaring herself one, against the law of Nigeria her country.”

Ibrahim had made reference to a post in which Emmanuella Shyllon had captioned a group photo thus: “Being a lesbian means that I have the opportunity to love what is not common and I am okay with that. I do not have to feel bad, hide my true identity or be fed up with life because of my sexual orientation. I love being with women. It is who I am, it is simply love. Love is love regardless.”

While asking that the lesbian be declared wanted, Ibrahim said, “It is very obvious that Emmanuella A Shyllon poses a bad influence to the future of Nigeria and she should be dealt with accordingly if found anywhere in the country.”

The police, it was gathered, have therefore, ordered the arrest of Shyllon any day she steps her feet on the Nigerian soil. This is to get her prosecuted and jailed if found guilty.

However, it was gathered that the said Ibrahim had also mobilised men all over Nigeria, giving them an order to attack Shyllon or stone her to death, in what can be described as jungle justice.

It is not clear whether or not Emmanuella would be in Nigeria anytime soon as efforts to reach her for comments proved abortive.

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Don’t take luggage you don’t know its content, NDLEA warns travellers

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The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency has warned travellers against taking any luggage that they don’t know its content from anyone while travelling.

The agency’s Director of Media and Advocacy, Femi Babafemi, shared this information via his X account on Sunday.

Justifying his advice, he disclosed that two students, including a PhD student, ran into trouble when bottles of codeine syrup were discovered in luggage they were carrying for a female friend studying abroad.

The statement read, “A PhD student and another student studying abroad got into custody because bottles of codeine syrup were found in the luggage they picked for their female friend abroad.

“They would have been jailed if #ndlea_nigeria had not worked hard to ensure the owner was put on the next flight home….

“Reason why we warn you not to take any luggage you don’t know its content from anyone.

“Video shows how bags of opioids were concealed among spare parts coming from Onitsha heading to Mubi in Adamawa.”

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8 nabbed for allegedly vandalising railway sleepers, petroleum pipeline in Bauchi

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Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (), Bauchi Command, has arrested eight suspects for allegedly vandalising railway slippers, petroleum pipelines in the state.

NSCDC Commandant in the state, Mr Ileboye Olajide, who disclosed this while parading the suspects on Thursday in Bauchi, said that the suspects were also arrested for allegedly being in possession of fake currency notes.

Olajide said that the suspects were of three categories of offenders apprehended in one week.

“We got information from our people on the field that some people were vandalising railway sleepers at Dangubi village, along Gombe road.

“We immediately moved to the area and caught them with the 33 already removed sleepers. The suspects involved were actually four; two were arrested while two are at large,” he said.

The NSCDC commandant said five of the suspects were involved in vandalism of a petroleum pipeline at Kangere village on Gombe road in Bauchi Local Government Area, saying that they were handed over to the command by the Nigerian Army artillery unit.

He listed the items recovered from them to include: four motorcycles, various 25-litre cans of petrol and about 10 empty cans.

Olajide said that the suspects were caught while siphoning petroleum products, adding that they had confessed to the act.

The commandant added that another suspect was arrested for being in possession of fake 2,000 dollars in his house.

“Information provided by a woman he previously gave fake 100 dollars led to his arrest,” he said.
According to him, all the suspects will be handed over to relevant agencies after the conclusion of investigation for possible prosecution.

Olajide, however, warned that those nursing the idea of vandalising national infrastructure in the state to think twice, as they would not go scot free under his watch.

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Five suspects remanded for armed robbery in Ibadan

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Five men were remanded in a detention facility by the Iyaganku Magistrates’ Court in Ibadan on Tuesday over allegations of armed robbery.

The suspects identified as Abiodun Solomon (24), Abdulahi Alejolowo (26), Emmanuel Ayobami (31), Kazeem Saka (37), and Taofeek Lawal (35), with undisclosed addresses, are accused of conspiracy and armed robbery.

According to the prosecutor, Insp Olalekan Adegbite, the defendants allegedly committed the offense around 2 a.m. on January 8 in the Olode neighborhood of Ibadan. Adegbite stated that the defendants assaulted individuals in the neighborhood using weapons and proceeded to rob them of their cell phones, jewelry, electrical gadgets, cash, and other valuables.

The prosecutor said that these actions contravened Sections 6(B) and 1(2) of Nigeria’s Robbery and Firearms Laws of 2004.

However, Magistrate Oluwabusayo Osho declined to accept the defendants’ plea due to jurisdictional limitations and instructed that the case file be forwarded to the Director of Public Prosecutions for legal guidance. The matter was adjourned until April 29 for mention.

This incident follows a similar case reported  last Friday, where the Iyaganku Magistrates’ Court remanded three men – Jiya Adams (44), Joseph Abidoye (39), and Femi Adetunji (40) – on allegations of kidnapping. The accused individuals, also without disclosed addresses, faced charges of conspiracy, armed robbery, and abduction.

Magistrate Olaolu Olanipekun adjoined the case till May 13 for further hearing after directing the prosecution to duplicate the case file and send it to the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) for legal advice.

The prosecution counsel, ASP Anthony Igori, alleged that the defendants, along with others, attacked an expatriate and proprietor of Saco Nigeria Ltd., Mr. Mohammed Il-Saheed, stole his Samsung cell phone valued at N800,000, and abducted him, collecting a N35 million ransom before releasing him after six days in captivity.

These incidents underscore the ongoing efforts by law enforcement to address criminal activities in Ibadan and uphold the rule of law.

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