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Amosun Commiserates With Wole Soyinka over Daughter’s Death.


Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun has expressed his deepest condolences to Africa’s first Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka on the death of his daughter, Dr Iyetade Soyinka, who died at the age of 48.

In a press release signed by his Senior Special Assistant on Media, Mrs Funmi Wakama, Senator Amosun described the death of Iyetade as “most unfortunate and regrettable.”

“It is most unfortunate that the cold hands of death has snatched away Dr. Iyetade Soyinka at the prime of her life, when her knowledge and expertise would have been invaluable to her immediate family and the society at large. Our heartfelt sympathy goes to Professor Wole Soyinka and his family at this trying period, although we know that only God can comfort him”, the governor said.

Amosun, who also extended his heartfelt condolences to the mother, children and other family members of the deceased, prayed to almighty God to grant the family the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.

Source: African Examiner.

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Gun Problem? 2013 Had Fewest Police Deaths by Firearms since 1887.


A new report finds that the number of law enforcement officers killed by firearms in 2013 fell to levels not seen since 1887.

The annual report released Monday by the nonprofit National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund also found that deaths in the line of duty generally fell by 8 percent and were the fewest since 1959.

According to the report, 111 federal, state, local, tribal and territorial officers were killed in the line of duty nationwide this past year, compared with 121 in 2012.

Forty-six officers were killed in traffic-related accidents, and 33 were killed by firearms. The number of firearms deaths fell 33 percent in 2013.

The report credits an increased culture of safety among law-enforcement agencies.

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Source: Newsmax.com

Nobel Laureate Soyinka’s Daughter Dies.


By SaharaReporters, New York

Iyetade Soyinka, a daughter of Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka, has died. Ms. Soyinka, who was born June 6, 1965, died at the University of Ibadan Teaching Hospital where she was being treated for an undisclosed ailment.

The death was disclosed in a statement signed by Jahman Anikulapo, an aide to Mr. Soyinka, one of the world’s foremost dramatists and winner of the 1986 Nobel Prize in literature. The statement noted that the late Iyetade Soyinka was a student at the Staff School and Queens School, Ibadan before she studied Medicine at the University of Ibadan.

Mr. Anikulapo’s statement described the deceased as “affable, intelligent and sometimes capricious,” adding that she “struggled with her health in recent years.” Despite her health woes, the late Iyetade Soyinka “greeted every day with a smile and doted on her two children.”

The statement, which was issued on behalf of the deceased’s family, revealed that Ms. Soyinka “took ill quite suddenly and passed away while being treated at UCH, Ibadan.

“Iyetade leaves behind two children, both parents, numerous siblings, nieces and nephews.”

No funeral arrangements were announced in the statement. SaharaReporters was unable to reach Professor Soyinka before press time.

GAO Report: Social Security Doesn’t Know Who’.


The Social Security Administration doesn’t verify all its death reports, a new government report says, leading to problems when it comes to paying survivors’ benefits.

“SSA’s methods for processing death reports may result in inaccurate, incomplete or untimely information for users of its death data,” says the Government Accountability Office in its report.

“Consequently, this could lead to improper payments if benefit-paying agencies rely on this data.”

The SSA is responsible for cross-matching data on dead people, so that federal agencies can avoid paying out benefits to people who are no longer alive, reports The Washington Times, and so that they can pay accurate benefits for surviving family members.

The agency also maintains a “Death Master File” that is available to the public, but the data may not be entirely accurate, the GAO report indicates.

Auditors said SSA verifies death reports from several places, including state records, families, funeral directors, the post office, banks, and other places it considers accurate.

“Because SSA does not verify death reports from sources it considers most accurate, the agency risks having erroneous information in its death data, such as including living individuals or not including deceased individuals,” the GAO report said.

The SSA is also inconsistent in how it shares its data, the auditors revealed. Some agencies share with the SSA, but it does not always share back.

The GAO recommended that SSA develop better plans for verifying death reports and sharing them with other government agencies.

“Only with more accurate and complete data can these agencies reduce the risk of paying deceased beneficiaries,” auditors said. “However, because SSA has never analyzed the risk posed by errors or processes that could result in errors, it is not fully aware of steps that would be needed to address them.”

The government pays out billions in improper death benefits, according to the Office of Management and Budget. In fiscal year 2012 alone, agencies paid out $108 billion in improper payments, including millions of dollars a year in subsidies to dead farmers after the Agriculture Department did not verify where the money was going, the GAO said.

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By Sandy Fitzgerald

Edo Court Judge Orders Police To Exhume Four Bodies In The Ute Police Murder Case.


 

David Ugolor of ANEEJ spearheaded the fight to get justice for the Ute 4
By Saharareporters, New York

A Coroner’s Court Judge ordered the Edo and Nigerian State Police on Monday to exhume the bodies of four persons for examination by medical experts to ascertain the cause of death.

The four men will killed by Nigerian Police officers in the Edo State Command in the Ute Community on the Benin by-pass in November.   The police argued the four men were robbers.

The story was reported by SaharaReporters on December 7th 2013

Counsel for the deceased, Benjamin Iluobe Esq who, told reporters it was a landmark judgement, “The order was a proper one because we are tired of the arrogant use of power by the Nigerian Police on citizens.  They killed the Ute 4 to make the public believe they were fighting crime.  This is bad for a democratic society, and a flagrant violation of the right to life and a right to a fair hearing.”

During the hearing, the Nigerian Police Prosecutor, Inspector Adah John requested more time for the police to prepare for the case.  The deceased counsel argued the police were served notices of summons but the human bodies were subject to decomposition, and that was the matter before the Judge.

The African Network for Environment and Economic Justice, Executive Director, Rev. David Ugolor told SaharaReporters, “We’ve been advocating for the end of extra-judicial killing with impunity by the Nigerian Police Force. It was confirmed in court the police didn’t even obtain the necessary documentation to bury the so-called suspects, yet they hurriedly buried them.”

“We urge Nigerians to join the struggle to sanitize the Nigerian Police; if this does not concern you today it will tomorrow when your household, friend or relation is affected.”

PHOTONEWS: Deji Of Akure-An irony Of Death.


 

In August 2013, the Deji of Akure , Oba Adebiyi Adegboyega Adesida, his family, and well-wishers paraded the streets of Akure to dispel death rumors.

The city was agog with the Deji carried shoulder high by palace guards in a show of happiness that he was hale and hearty, ironically, death was lurking in the corner as the traditional ruler of Akure kingdom died yesterday at the palace a week after he had a high profile wedding for his son in Nigeria.

Source: SAHARA REPORTERS.

Outrage over N.5 million church burial levy, commercialisation of funerals.


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This weekend, it was a time of bashing for churches, both orthodox and Pentecostal, over the commercialisation of funerals, which ordinarily should be a time of sorrow and the offering of condolences to the bereaved.

Writing on her Facebook wall, Maero Ozako, a Lagos-based writer and newspaper columnist, expressed shock over the new practice by some orthodox churches to charge as much as half a million naira before they agree to bury a dead member.

“I have asked…Oh, it is true that when you lose any parent or relative who were members of the orthodox churches, you are called to a meeting where you are given a levy, as low as 500k…No pay, no burial. We really should be ashamed,” she wrote yesterday.

Elsewhere on some of the Yahoo! communities, members were expressing outrage over the commercialisation of funerals by the Pentecostal churches. The issue became topical due to what happened during the funeral of Nigeria‘s late number two man, Rear Admiral Mike Akhigbe (retd.).

Vin Modebelu, writing from vin.modebelu@yahoo.com, brought the issue before members of nigerianworldforum@yahoogroups.com, writing:

“Bishop collect monies from mourners..!!!!

“It pains me to point out that some of these churches have gone to far on money affairs.

the Funeral of Gen Ahigbe….still going on..but a few minutes ago…on NTA TV..live.

People got up …

“Headed to the front to drop HUGE monies in the front.

“The sad part..is that they were busy navigating around the CASKET making left to bend down and drop off their heavy loads .

“Crowding out the Casket….for people to see them.

“The BIG boys of Nigeria are all there ..seeing all these things.

“I think these bishops and church elders must be corrected on this hunt for monies when ever the see the opportunity

“They gave communion around the casket.

Funeral Service should be Funeral service…nothing more..nothing less.

“It is about the dead person in front of them.

“Not a Fund raising services.

“I do not think that I am the only person who saw this dismay.

“This is more than a state funeral and the Bishop saw the window to collect monies from mourners ..!!!!

“This is very sad.

“They say that they need the monies to expand.

“They buy jets to do it.

“they build houses and buy great ones in places were the poor are contributing to their riches.

“We should stop contributing that much.”

Responding to the post, Ezeana Igirigi Achusim, wrote from pachusim@yahoo.com, saying: “But who are the guys unloading the cash? Their conscience could be bothering them. And they really believe that the good Lord will forgive them all their sins if they unloaded part of their loot the first chance they get to be in any church under any circumstances. In other words, they were performing sacrifices and the church cannot stop them.

“Under some domestic religious practices I know of, the priest will not accept a sacrifice unless the sucker explained why. And the first demand by the priest would be how to make full restitution to the victim. But the imported religion? They grab the loot and bless the looter and forget the victims. And the looter goes out to loot some more so he can give more to the bishop so all can be forgiven so he can loot some more. It is a mind game.”

On his part, Abraham Madu (abraham.madu@yahoo.com) wrote: “I mourn for what we as a race have become. I mourn the slow manner we love money than giving respect to the dead in our society. But then I stop mourning because death is equalizer, their days will come. What goes up, must come down.”

Source: Radio Biafra.

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