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Sunday, 19 August 2018

2019: The Big Battle For PDP Presidential Ticket Hots Up

Now that it has become obvious that former President Olusegun Obasanjo, who has always supported whoever emerged president is interested in a change of leadership in Aso Rock, the battle now is who becomes the candidate of the opposition to face President Muhammadu Buhari of the APC.

Who among the top contenders will emerge?

The Punch's Olusola Fabiyi writes on the problem likely to be faced by the main opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party while picking its presidential candidate for the 2019 elections

By this time four years ago, the Peoples Democratic Party was battling to hold on to its precious members. Despite being the ruling party at the centre at that time, the party was not considered priceless to some of its die-hard members, who were then considered as its first eleven.

In droves, they trooped off from under its umbrella to pick the broom of the All Progressives Congress. The mass exodus that hit the PDP then which was arrogantly managed by the national leadership of the party, made it to become the opposition party in 2015.

It was the first time the party, which had proudly boasted that it would rule for 60 unbroken years at the centre, tasted defeat at the federal level.

Almost four years after, the party had yet to recover from the shock bestowed on it by the disappointed electorate and its members.

Conversely, things seem to be changing for the once rejected stone, as some of those who had earlier pronounced it dead in 2014, have returned to give life to it.

Their action was largely sequel to the treatment they allegedly received from the APC, which they helped formed. The ruling party came as a result of merger of three major political parties, which were the defunct Action of Nigeria, All Nigeria Peoples Party and Congress for Progressives Change.

The joining of the trio by a faction of the PDP, then known as the New PDP, solidified the APC and made it potent to deal a deadly blow on the then ruling party during the 2015 elections.

The celebrations in the new ruling party however became sour when it was time to enjoy perks of office, after the APC formed the government.

Majority of those who felt that their lots would be better in their new abode allegedly experienced disappointment. Hence, one after the other and like the Biblical prodigal son, they have been returning to the party they once disparaged and called awful names.

Eleven men in the race 
Interestingly, majority of those who led the exodus team then and have retraced their steps, are also among the aspirants seeking the presidential ticket of the party. Notably among them are a former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar; a former Speaker of the House of Representatives and Governor of Sokoto State, Aminu Tambuwal; a former governor of Kwara State and President of the Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki; and a former Governor of Kano State, Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso.

Those who remained behind in the party and refused to be debased by the mass departure then and are now seeking the presidential ticket are a former Governor of Kaduna State, Senator Ahmed Makarfi: Governor of Gombe State, Ibrahim Dankwambo: a former Governor of Jigawa State, Sule Lamido and an Entrepreneur, Datti Baba-Ahmed and a former Minister of Special Duties, Tanimu Turaki (SAN).

The duo of a former governor of Sokoto State, Attahiru Bafarawa and a former governor of Kano State, Ibrahim Shekarau though initially of the non-operational ANPP, have remained with the PDP.

Both of them are also seeking to fly the flag of the party during the February 14, 2019 presidential election.

The Governor of Ekiti State, Mr. Ayo Fayose, who was the first to declare his presidential ambition, is believed to have fallen by the way side from the race. Besides being considered as not very optimistic about realising his dreams, the PDP, of which he is the chairman of its Governors’ Forum, has zoned the ticket to the northern part of the country. Thus, some consider the declaration by Fayose as another razzmatazz.

Dilemma of picking a suitable candidate 
No doubt, the calibre of political bigwigs who have returned to the PDP, and the qualities of those considered as ‘landlords’ in the party, may have compounded the problem its national leadership is probably facing in choosing who will face the presidential candidate of the APC, President Muhammadu Buhari, in 2019.

All the aspirants, who have openly announced their ambition, have pronounced themselves the best candidate for the race. Almost all of them also see President Buhari as a candidate they can defeat, if fielded by the party.

“I can match President Buhari’s integrity for integrity and I have what he does not have: I have education, I have knowledge, I have the fear of God, which he doesn’t have. Even if you have a good sales team, you need a good product. And I am that product. I can assure you that I am not made in ‘Taiwan’.

“Since 2015 that we lost the election, many things have changed. It is no longer about the platform alone but also about the candidate. We must be able to come up with a candidate that has strength of character to wrestle Buhari and pin him to the ground (should he emerge the APC presidential candidate),” Turaki boasted.

Atiku, who has also been meeting delegates across the country, believes no one is better suitable for the ticket than himself.

Though he says he is qualified, he is not desperate to be President. “I will never leave the PDP and I will support any presidential candidate that emerges so long the process is transparent,” Dankwambo told our correspondent.

Makarfi, who was the acting national chairman of the party when it ran into turbulence, and joined others in rescuing the party from the hands of its erstwhile National Chairman, Senator Ali Modu-Sheriff, is also anchoring his campaign on his stewardship at the party and his state.

The expected joining of the race by Saraki, Tambuwal and Kwankwaso, will definitely make the race interesting, but tedious for the Prince Uche Secondus-led National Working Committee.

Both Saraki and the governor of Sokoto State, who are considered as big fishes, have tactically indicated their interest in running for the position.

While Saraki said that “I’m consulting and actively considering it (running for the Presidency)… I believe I can make the difference,” Tambuwal said that he had been under pressure from various quarters to contest the presidency. He promised to make his decision known after a few days.

So, how would the party make a probable choice from the arrays of these presidential aspirants? The Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the party, Senator Walid Jibrin, said that the board would meet with all the aspirants to discuss on whether it would be feasible to have consensus candidate.

He said, “We are seriously considering the possibility of bringing the aspirants together, with a view to seeing if we could get a consensus among them. But we are happy that we have a large number of them aspiring. This is a proof that the PDP is a party to beat in 2019.”

Asked what would happen if the aspirants failed to agree on a consensus, Jibrin said that there would be no other option but for them to go into election.

He, nonetheless, assured those that recently defected into the party, that they would not be treated as outsiders. “But we will also not forget the roles played by our hardworking old members, especially when the PDP was almost dead,” he added.

See The Plane Biafra Leader Ojukwu Used In Fleeing From Nigeria During Civil War (Photos)

Nigerian businessman and senator, Ben Murray-Bruce, has taken to social media to share pics of the airplane which late Igbo leader, Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu used to flee Nigeria to Ivory coast towards the end of the civil war.

Ojukwu was a Nigerian military officer and politician who served as the military governor of the Eastern Region of Nigeria in 1966 and later became leader of the then Republic of Biafra.

Ben Bruce who posted the photos, wrote; "This is the plane Ojukwu left Nigeria with and fled to Ivory Coast after the civil war. Nigeria should fix this plane & send to a museum."

Top Tips For Pregnant Travellers

Travelling while pregnant is a no-no for some women. But the truth is you can still travel regardless of the fact that you are pregnant. You simply need to follow these tips shared by Jumia Travel to keep you safe and ensure you have a safe trip.

Choose your destination wisely
Long-haul flights can be uncomfortable during pregnancy, and there are plenty of great destinations closer to home. Ideally, try to choose somewhere within a two-hour to three-hour flight. It's much easier to relax and enjoy your holiday when you know that there are good shops and medical facilities nearby. Try not to go too far off the beaten track, and do a little research online before you go. 
Plan ahead
A little forward thinking can help you make the most of your time away. Make a list of all the things you want to take with you, just to be on the safe side. Allow plenty of time for travel. This includes giving yourself regular rest breaks and toilet stops, as well as extra time for any delays. If you are delayed, use it as an extra chance to have a nap or break. Take a travel pillow to help relieve your back on hard chairs, or for use as a headrest if you have a long wait.
Pack sensibly
Staying comfortable is even more important when you're pregnant. The right clothes, shoes and accessories can make a real difference. If you're likely to do lots of walking, take comfortable shoes or trainers. Pack a range of clothes to help you stay cool on hot days and use light layers to stay comfortable when the temperature dips. 
Take it easy
Pregnancy is the perfect excuse to kick back and enjoy some real relaxation. Before your pregnancy, you may have unwound by doing things like adventure activities, non-stop shopping or long sightseeing tours. Now that you're pregnant, try to take a break from such demanding activities. Getting plenty of rest will help you feel better and give you enough energy to enjoy your holiday to the full.
Appreciate the food
Travelling is a great chance to try different cuisines and enjoy an even more varied diet. Delicious fruit, freshly-baked bread and spicy dishes are just some of culinary highlights of any holiday. Now you’re pregnant, a few extra precautions will keep you feeling well while you enjoy some local flavours. Eating healthily while you're away is often easier than at home. Include as many fruits and vegetables as possible.
Enjoy the journey

Whether you're travelling by car, train, boat or plane, there are a number of easy steps you can take to make your trip more comfortable. Try to do some simple stretches every hour or so to help minimise swelling, heartburn and leg cramps. If possible, get up and wander around every so often. Or if you're driving, try to take a break at least every hour and a half.

Okorocha Facing Tough Times In Bid For His Son-in-Law

The Chairman of the All progressives Congress in Imo State, Daniel Nwafor, on Saturday said Governor Rochas Okorocha cannot determine the governorship candidate of the party for the 2019 general elections.

He stated this after presenting the keys to the 27 Sienna vehicles bought for the chairmen of the party in all the local government areas of the state.

He insisted that members of the party would determine the party’s candidate for the governorship election next year.

He noted that the party recognised the governor as the leader of the party in the state, but that his choice of his Chief of Staff, Uche Nwosu, as his preferred successor would not affect the credibility of the party’s primary.

Nwafor said “It is normal, personal and democratic for the governor to prefer a particular aspirant as his successor but it will not affect our primary election.

“The governor has only one vote. The party will determine who will be our governorship candidate and the Imo people will determine who will be the next governor of the state.”

Applications for 2019/2020 Chevening Scholarships are open

Applications are open

Applications for 2019/2020 Chevening Scholarships are open between 12:00 BST on 6 August 2018 and 12:00 GMT on 6 November 2018. Applications for some Chevening Fellowships are also now open.
Please read information on this page carefully prior to applying.

Chevening Fellowship applications

Information specific to your fellowship can be found on the fellowships' programme page.

Chevening Scholarship applications

Applications for Chevening Awards can only be submitted using the Chevening online applications system, available through the 'Apply' button on your country/territory's page.
Prior to starting your application, please ensure you have the following ready:
  • Valid passport or national ID card
  • University transcripts and degree certificates (undergraduate, postgraduate)
  • Three different UK Master's course choices
  • The names and details of two valid referees
Please note that if you are shortlisted for an award, you will be required to log into the online application system and request a reference from your referees. The request will generate an email to the referees and they will need to submit the reference by 25 February 2019.
  • English language (if requirements already met) 
  • UK Master's university offer (if requirements already met)
You can submit your initial application without these optional documents and upload them to your application at any point to 11 July 2019. Please note that if you are eventually conditionally selected for a Chevening Scholarship, it is essential that you provide evidence that you meet the Chevening English language requirements and that you have at least one unconditional offer from an eligible course by 11 July 2019 in order to remain in the process.


It is recommended that you read the guidance pages to help you submit a strong and eligible application:

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Chevening in Nigeria

Applications for 2019/2020 Chevening Scholarships are open between 6 August and 6 November 2018.
Chevening is the UK Government’s global scholarship programme that offers future leaders the unique opportunity to study in the UK. These scholarships are awarded to outstanding professionals from your country and beyond to pursue a one-year master’s degree in any subject at any UK university.
Chevening provides fully-funded scholarships, leaving you free to focus on achieving your academic goals and enjoying the experience of a lifetime. You will live and study in the UK for a year, during which time you will develop professionally and academically, grow your network, experience UK culture, and build lasting positive relationships with the UK.
If you have ambition, leadership potential, and a strong academic background, we encourage you to apply to study in the UK, a classroom like no other.

How to apply

Applications for 2019/2020 Chevening Scholarships are open from 6 August. They close on 6 November 2018 at 12:00 GMT.  

Applications can only be submitted using the Chevening online application system, available through the 'apply' button on this page.

Required documents

Prior to starting your application for a Chevening Scholarship please ensure you have the following ready:
  • Valid passport/national ID card
  • University transcripts and degree certificates (undergraduate, postgraduate)
  • Three different UK master's course choices
  • Names of two referees who know you in a professional or academic capacity
Please note that if you are shortlisted for an award, you will be required to log into the online application system and request a reference from your referees. The request will generate an email to the referees and they will need to submit the reference by Monday, 25 February 2019. If your referees do not submit by this deadline, you will be unable to proceed with an interview.

Selection updates and timelines

Once you apply for a 2019/2020 Chevening Scholarship you will receive email updates about your application status at each step of the selection process. You can also check your status on the online application system. Log in using the details you registered with. Take a look at the Chevening application timeline and our FAQs for a better understanding of the upcoming stages of the selection process.


Due to the large number of applications received, we are unable to provide individual application status updates or feedback to unsuccessful applicants. Please do not contact your British embassy or high commission with application enquiries.

Application guidance

You may wish to review the guidance below to help you with the next steps.

Notice: We have been made aware of agencies offering assistance on Chevening Scholarship applications for a fee. We can confirm that these agencies are not approved or endorsed by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the Association of Commonwealth Universities, or the Chevening Secretariat. We advise potential applicants against the use of these services in the strongest possible terms. Use of a paid for service for Chevening applications is not permitted. 

What is included?

  • university tuition fees
  • a monthly stipend
  • travel costs to and from the UK
  • an arrival allowance
  • a homeward departure allowance
  • the cost of one visa application
  • a travel grant to attend Chevening events in the UK


Chevening is funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and partner organisations. Our partners contribute to Chevening in various ways, helping us to develop talented individuals from across the globe who will go on to be future leaders and decision makers.
The below partner organisations co-sponsor Chevening Awards in your country, enabling us to offer more Chevening Scholars the opportunity to study in the UK.
If your application is successful and you have applied to study a subject or degree programme supported by one of our partners, you will be considered for a co-sponsored Chevening Award.
Find out more about our partner organisations, the areas of study they support and why they have committed to supporting Chevening in your country by reading their profiles.



Apply Now: Bertha Scholarship at University of Cape Town

The Bertha Centre for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship was established as a specialised unit at the UCT Graduate School of Business (GSB) in 2011, in partnership with the Bertha Foundation, a family foundation that works with inspiring leaders who are catalysts for social and economic change.
In early 2018, the Bertha Centre celebrated six years of pioneering work in the field, with the inaugural Centre Review.
Through this partnership (Foundation & Centre) the GSB strengthens its commitment to transformation and equality and UCT's strategic goal to address key development challenges facing Africa.
The Bertha Foundation supports activists, storytellers and lawyers across the world, who are working to bring about social and economic justice, and human rights for all. The Bertha Scholars at the GSB are part of this global Bertha Foundation network.
To date the Centre has awarded over R7 million in funding to more than 60 students from across the African continent.

What does the scholarship offer? 

The Bertha Scholarship covers full or partial costs of the MBA (both full-time and the modular programme) and MPhil in Inclusive Innovation programmes at the University of Cape Town’s Graduate School of Business.
The scholarship entails joining an illustrious cohort of alumni, and a thriving community of dynamic change makers. Being a scholar is about joining a collective, as much as it is about propelling your own professional and personal trajectory.


"The Bertha Scholarship quite literally changed my life. I was at a point in my career where the next step was vague. I knew that I wanted to get involved with work that had more social impact. I had also been accepted at the GSB where the social entrepreneurship focus was perfectly aligned. The Bertha Scholarship not only alleviated the financial pressure of doing the MBA, but allowed me to completely embrace social entrepreneurship and social impact." - Karimi Mwendia Fondaumiere (Modular MBA, 2012)
"Having access to the Bertha Scholarship gave me access to a higher education that I would’ve otherwise not afforded. Through the scholarship and the network of the Bertha Centre, our organisation Lumkani, which was in its infancy at the time, had access to finances and the right individuals to grow our young social enterprise." - Francois Petousis (MPhil, 2014)
"The scholarship put me in between two worlds - the MBA and my social justice background. Without the scholarship I would not have gone to business school; I would not have learnt these new institutional languages. The space gave me the tools to create business models and organisations I hope to see in the world, but also forced me to strengthen my social justice work through various institutional struggles at the GSB." - Ella Scheepers (MBA, 2015)

Who does the scholarship seek to support?

The Bertha scholarship is offered to innovators, entrepreneurs, out-of-the-box thinkers, system-entrepreneurs, change-makers, social activists and cross-disciplinary candidates from any field provided they are actively involved in the exploration of social, environmental and/or economic justice using innovative approaches.
In doing this, the Centre aims to diversify the student body at the GSB, by enabling scholars who might not have been able to study at the institution, and investing in their journey to increase their social impact as their career evolves.
The Centre recognises the systemic impact of nurturing cross-disciplinary/sector relationships and networks, and therefore are committed to growing its Scholar Alumni Community.

Am I eligible?

You are eligible for a Bertha Scholarship:
  • if you meet the admission requirements of the university for your selected course of study.
  • if you are an African citizen or permanent resident.
  • if you are an entrepreneur who has started or worked with a social/green/entrepreneurial innovative idea that seeks social and/or economic change.
  • if you are an entrepreneur who has worked on advancing social justice and pioneering inclusive opportunities through social innovation within an organisation.
  • if you demonstrate strong leadership qualities within your field.

If you are interested, follow these steps to apply:

  1. Submit your MBA or MPhil in Inclusive Innovation programme application before the respective deadlines to the GSB.
  2. Submit the Bertha Scholarship Application Form which should include:
  • Your UCT GSB application number received from the GSB Admissions Office
  • Your contact details and your CV uploaded.
  • Your answers to the three essay questions, which shows how the degree programme at this stage in your career will help to accelerate impact in your area of work/interest and how it will contribute to society as a whole.
  • Your short [no longer than four minute] video.

Note: You will only be able to take up the Bertha Scholarship if you are successfully admitted to the UCT GSB programme for which you have applied.
Your submission will be assessed and you will only be contacted if you have been selected for an interview with the scholarship selection panel.

Timelines - 2018

1. Applications Open1 August
2. Application Deadline31 October
3. Scholarship shortlisting (internal committee meeting)19 - 20 November
4. Shortlisted applicants invited for interview23 November
5. Interviews26 - 27 November
6. Scholarship committee meeting (internal)4 - 5 December
7. Scholarships offered7 December

Learn more about our past Bertha Scholars here on our Bertha Alumni page.

Contact The Bertha Centre

Tel:  +27 (0)21 406 1524 / 1514 or +27 (0)76 365 4440

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Does the scholarship apply to international students who have not lived in an African country? Candidates must be citizens or permanent residents of any African country.
  2. Does the scholarship apply to an MBA at any other university?The scholarship is only available for courses offered by the University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business.
  3. Would the scholarship be available to Modular MBA students as well?Yes
  4. I have completed the online scholarship application; do you need anything else from me?You will need to complete the programme application process for your course of study. This is a separate application to the Bertha Centre's scholarship application process and is a requirement. Please see UCT GSB application processes here.
  5. What supporting documents do I need to send with my scholarship application?Applicants must supply the following documents:
        - Your short three/four minute video
        - A copy of your CV.
        - A cover letter/motivational letter.
        - Your UCT GSB student registration number.
  6. Video Guidelines:  The video should be an expression of yourself - feel free to be as straightforward, or as creative, as you wish to be. There is no need for a professional production - using your mobile phone is fine.  
Click here to apply:


Thursday, 16 August 2018

Really??Saraki Steps Up, To Contest For President In 2019

Senate President Bukola Saraki is stepping up to the big challenge for 2019, indicating he's interested in running for President.

He told the news agency: “I am consulting and actively considering it. I believe I can make the change."
He also revealed the deal he struck with the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) prior to his defection from the All Progressives Congess (APC), according to Bloomberg.

The Senate president said: "If a government can go and lock up an arm of government — and it’s never happened in our history — we should all be very concerned, we should not be surprised that they would use security agencies for elections.”

To win the PDP ticket at the party’s primary on Oct. 5 and 6, Saraki would need to beat other presidential aspirants, including former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, former Jigawa State Governor Sule Lamido, former Kaduna State Governor Ahmed Makarfi, former Minister Tanimu Turaki, Gombe State Governor Ibrahim Dankwabo and Sokoto State Governor Aminu Tambuwal.

Saraki said Nigeria needed to be governed by a genuinely pro-business administration that will be able to tackle recurrent security issues.

He said: “Most of the inflows that have come in are merely hot money, and that is because the oil price has gone up. Investment in the real sector is not seen.

“The private sector, in my view, has probably taken a position that the confidence is not there in the government.

“The country requires a government that is truly pro-business and a president that sees himself as a chief marketing officer.

”There has been a persistent disregard for due process and a lack of neutrality for some of these issues. For you to have credible elections, you must have safe elections. Security agencies are actively getting involved in the politics.

“The fundamentals of whatever we are going to develop is going to be based on sound democracy, credible elections, freedom of choice of Nigerians. If we don’t have that as a foundation, then everything else cannot happen.”

“If we are going to have a subsidy, we should have a budget for it. Because once we have a budget for it, the private sector can also play a role in the importation of petroleum products. And if the private sector plays a role, definitely the cost of the subsidy will go down and there will be more efficiency in the delivery of products. But in the environment we are in today, where it’s only the Nigerian National Petroleum Corp. that’s doing that, it’s going to be inefficient, it’s not going to be transparent.”

Six Things Your Skin Is Telling You About Your Diet

Everyone has those days, the ones when you look in the mirror and just don’t love what you see. Whatever your skin issue is, there are ways to fix it that go beyond seeing dermatologists or applying moisturising creams. In fact, revamping your skin can be easier than all that. Sometimes all you have to do to say goodbye to your skin hang-ups is to make simple dietary changes. 
This said, Jumia Food shares the things your skin is telling you about what you eat.
Foods that are high in iodine can trigger acne— for this reason, being cautious with what you eat is highly recommended. If you experience acne, you should evaluate your diet for iodine-rich foods. 
Early signs ageing
The quicker you eat the fewer nutrients your body absorbs. The experience of chewing, tasting, and swallowing food can cause greater nutrient absorption by your digestive system. Skin ages when it's deprived of essential nutrients like proteins, vitamins, and minerals. If you're not absorbing enough, your skin isn't getting enough — therefore ageing your skin. Eat mindfully and enjoy your food to get the most benefit.
Dry skin
Dehydration sucks the moisture out of all your body's systems — your skin included. While thirst might be invisible, your dry skin is not. If you're experiencing dry skin on the regular, you probably need to be drinking more water or at least eating more hydrating foods.
Stretch marks
Stretch marks usually happen more often when you have less zinc in your body. This is due to zinc's crucial role in repair and healing. To mitigate the physical appearance of stretch marks, eat more spinach, shrimp, seeds, and other foods with a high zinc content.
Oily skin
Oily skin signifies your diet is too high in dairy. So, if your skin oil has gone into overdrive and you find yourself dealing with daily dampness, you might be drinking too much dairy.

This skin condition is as a result of eating much animal protein (meat, fish, poultry, eggs and dairy). To tackle eczema, you should get rid of animal protein from your diet. In other words, you should become a vegetarian for the sake of clearing your skin of eczema.

Nigerians Built Beautiful Keke That Works Without Fuel (Photos)

A company in Aba, Abia State, has manufactured a unique Keke that works without Fuel, Oil, etc. They said they're ready for mass production.

More photos of the new Keke below;


Detained Journalist, Jones Abiri Freed After 2 Years In Detention

Jones Abiri, the Nigerian journalist detained for over two years by DSS has been released. He was eventually released on Wednesday evening after he met his bail conditions.

Mr Abiri was detained by the State Security Service for two years without trial over allegations he was linked to armed militancy in the Niger Delta.

Premium Times reports that despite local and international pressure, Nigerian officials including the Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, claimed Mr Abiri is not a journalist and tried to justify his illegal detention.

Mr Abiri, publisher and editor-in-chief of Weekly Source Newspaper was eventually granted bail by an Abuja court after he was charged to court following public outcry.

The court last week reviewed his bail conditions which were eventually met on Wednesday evening.

Mr Abiri’s lawyer, Samuel Ogala, also told a reporter his client’s trial continues at the Abuja magistrate court in Zone 2, Wuse on Thursday. 

Innocent Man Spends 2 Years In Prison Just For Taking Female Neighbour To Hospital

A man who was falsely accused and imprisoned for "killing his neighbour" after taking her to the hospital, has regained his freedom after two years. 
The man identified as Mr Chidiebere Onwumere, a native of Umuagbaghagha village in Osisioma area of Abia state, was jailed after being accused of killing his neighbour, late Uzochi Chinyere, who lived in same compound with him.
How did this injustice happen?

Narrating his ordeal to Abia Facts Newspaper after his release from prisons in Afara, Umuahia on Tuesday, Mr Chidiebere who was full of praises to God for vindicating him after two years of suffering for a crime he knew nothing about, said it was in his bid to save a neighbour that caused him to suffer this injustice.

He said, "I came back to where I was residing at Umujiji, Isiahia Osisioma around 6pm after 2 weeks in my village where I went to harvest and process palm fruits only to see my neighbour lying helpless and very weak and I decided to assist her to the hospital with the help of other neighbours since none of her blood relations was around".

"A pastor who resides within the neigbourhood took us with his car to a nearby hospital called Shiloh hospital where the doctor after examining her asked us to deposit 5,000 naira to enable him conduct a text that will determine exactly what was wrong with her, I and some other neighbours contributed the money and made the deposit, when the result came out the doctor told us that she was on substance overdose and was knocked out by the illegal substance, he assured us that he will treat her and she will be well again".

"The next morning Mr Promise the elder brother to the deceased, arrived the hospital and insisted on taking her away to another hospital against the doctor’s advice, but he insisted and took her to an unknown destination".

"After a few days Promise came back to our compound and took me to World Bank police station Aba where he handed me over to the police claiming that I beat his sister to death".

"Despite pleas by neigbours and other relations of the deceased that my hands are clean and that there was a doctors report stating that their sister died of substance abuse, Promise insisted and filed a murder charge against me and I was arraigned on suit no. U/520c/2016 and remanded in prison custody since June 2016 till date if not for Barrister Jerry Uzosike who God used to vindicate and bring me out of prison today".

Barrister Uzosike after leading Chidiebere out of prison asked him to go home to his family and reintegrate himself back into the society, insisting that the system must seek ways to not only address such injustice but design a befitting compensation for victims of injustice.

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