10 facts about Lawyers Table Tennis Open(Mfon Usoro cup) that may interest you

The training for the 2019 Lawyers table tennis Open(Mfon Usoro cup) kicked off last Saturday at the National stadium,Lagos with many new participants showing up to prepare for the annual show down among lawyers.

The event which started in 2009 has come a long way and has built its own history.
Below are 10 facts about the sporting event that might interest you.

L-R Mrs Mfon Usoro,Yahaya Olarewaju,Tittilayo Osagie and Mr Paul Usoro at the 2018 Lawyers Table Tennis Open(Mfon Usoro cup)

10 facts about Lawyers Table Tennis Open(Mfon Usoro cup)

  1. The total Prize money for the female category is higher than the Male category.This is because Mrs Efe Etomi in support of the event has a special Prize for the Female winner.
  2. Since the female category started in 2010,only two female Lawyers have won it.Titilayo Osagie has won it eight times while Yetunde Martin’s won it once in 2017.
  3. In 2018,for the first time in the history of the event,a lawyer from outside Lagos won the trophy .His name is Yahaya Olarewaju from Lokoja
  4. Lawyers table tennis Open(Mfon Usoro cup) is the biggest sporting event among lawyers in Nigeria. With lawyers from more than 15 states participating since inception.

5.In the 2018 finals,first time participants in the tournament took the 1st,2nd and 3rd positions in the mens’ finals.

6. Adedayo Oshodi is the only lawyer who has played in all the tournaments since it started.

7. Only two young Lawyers have won the male championship since inception. In 2010 it was won by Wale Oduwole who was called in 2004.In 2016 it was won by Kabir Adeleke called in 2011

8. No young lawyer has ever won the female category of the event.

9. Tunji Abdulhameed has won the championship the most wining it in 2013,2014,2015 and 2017

10.The event is officiated by Professional umpires from the Nigerian Table Tennis Federation.

NSCDC arrests man for defiling 14-year-old daughter

The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Lagos Command, has arrested a 46-year-old man, Mr Chinedu Ifeleka, for sexually abusing his 14-year-old daughter.

According to a statement by the Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the corps, Mrs Kehinde Bada-Okoli, on Monday in Lagos, the suspect was arrested on Sept. 6 at Mapowu Street, Ojo, Lagos State.
The Corps said the suspect, Chinedu, started abusing his daughter in 2016, when she was 11-years-old.
“The incident, according to the corps, occured twice while she was 11 years old.

“The girl said she reported to her mother but no action was taken,” the corps said.

The victim, according to NSCDC, said her father sexually abused her again on Aug. 9 while her mother was away at her paternal grandmother’s place.

“The daughter said her father woke her up at about 2:25am to start touching her inappropriately after which he had carnal knowledge of her,” the Corps said.

NSCDC said the suspect, Chinedu, in his statement admitted committing the crime but, insisted that he had carnal knowledge of his daughter only once.

“The victim’s mother, Mrs Florence Ifeleka, in her statement said she was scared to report the incident because her husband threatened to deal with her if she did,” the NSCDC said.

The Lagos State Commandant, Mr Cyprian Otoibhi, while presenting the suspects to newsmen said, “the suspect will face the full wrath of the law as he would be handed over to the appropriate agency for further investigation and prosecution.”

Source: Daily Trust

Complaint lodged at the ICC against Nnamdi Kanu, IPOB

Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, has been dragged before the International Criminal Court, ICC, in the Hague.

A criminal complaint was lodged against Kanu at the ICC by one Thomas Carroll of GAYLORD POPP, LLC, acting on behalf of the Incorporated Trustees of Make Nigeria Better Initiative, MNBI.

In the complaint, the ICC was also asked to order his arrest and prosecution.

In the criminal complaint dated 2nd September, 2019, the body anchored it’s complaint against Kanu on the fact that he issued a threat to attack President Muhammadu Buhari, during his recent visit to Japan to attend the 7th Tokyo International Conference on African Development, holding in the City of Yokohama, Japan from August 28-30, 2019.

According to MNBI, “Apart from the recent physical attack carried out by the group against former Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, by IPOB in Nuremberg, Germany, acting on the orders of the accused, similar threats have also been issued against the five south east governors, including Governors David Umahi of Ebonyi, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu, Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia and Willie Obiano of Anambra State.

“IPOB also put on notice Ndigbo leaders such as the President-General of the Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Nnia Nwodo, whom it accused of supporting “Operation Python Dance” which was launched by the Nigerian Army in the South-East in 2016 in the wake of protests by IPOB members who were causing havoc and forcefully demanding secession from Nigeria.”

MNBI prayed the court for the following request:

“That the ICC Prosecutor opens an investigation of the Accused on her own accord under Article 15 (1) of the Rome Statute;

” That the ICC Prosecutor also formally “submit to the Pre-Trial Chamber of the ICC a request for authorization of an investigation” of the Accused under Article 15 (3) of the Rome Statute;

“That the ICC Prosecutor obtain International Arrest Warrant for the Accused from the ICC in accordance with Articles 58 (1) (a), 58 (1) (b) (i), 58 (1) (b) (ii) and 58 (1) (b) (iii) and proceed to arrest the Accused from wherever he is hiding so he can face their trial.

“That the ICC Prosecutor compels the Accused upon conviction under the Rome Statute to pay the sum of $1,000,000,000 (One Billion US Dollars) as punitive damages for causing death, injury and maiming of several Nigerians through his acts of terrorism.

“That the ICC Prosecutor compels the British Government to expeditiously begin the process of cancelling the citizenship of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, entering an Exclusion Decision and or Order barring him from all territories of the United Kingdom so he can return to Nigeria and face his treasonable felony trial pending before Honourable Justice (Mrs.) Binta Nyako sitting at the Federal High Court, Abuja.”

Source: Daily Post

SERAP Asks African Commission To Sue South Africa, Seeks $10bn For Victims

The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has sent an open letter to Mrs Soyata Maiga, Chairperson of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights and the commission’s members requesting them: “to urgently submit a case on the escalating xenophobic attacks against Nigerians and other African citizens in South Africa to the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights and to seek an effective remedy and reparation for Nigerian victims.”

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