Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Renmoney has disengaged over 300 employees as it looks at using technology to handle more aspects of its business operations.
Renmoney Microfinance bank is one of the top personal and business loan providers in Nigeria and has been in the business for over 7 years now.
According to insider reports; this decision by the Fintech company is in response to the organization’s move to go fully digital in some aspects of its operations.
This is in addition to the recent sack of 391 sales officers.
However, a statement by the organisation denied the COVID-19 economic slap might have a hand in the massive layoff.
Renmoney had announced that it invested in technology that will allow its operation digitally without needing the inputs of direct sales agents; thereby cutting down significantly on the time it takes to satisfy a customer’s needs.
According to the statement, this is in a bid to serve customers better and faster.
Direct sales channel operations like loan application, opening savings or fixed deposit accounts, will now be done using digital platforms; which will include a mobile app that will be launched soon.
According to a report; one of the major reasons for downsizing is usually an economic/financial crisis; and despite what was officially reported, there might also be some economic undertones.
An insider source is of the opinion that the sack may not be entirely hinged on the said ‘new technology’. He adds that he suspects that “shareholders’ interests” may be the culprit.
Similarly, an affected staff, pleading anonymity, agrees that the layoffs resulted from some internal issues that have been on for some time. However, he says they were compensated accordingly.
SuperSport viewers on DStv and GOtv have been witness to a great Premier League season thus far, and one of the top performers of the 2019-20 campaign in England’s top flight has been Gabonese striker Pierre-Emerick Aubamey
The Arsenal hit-man has netted 17 goals in the Premier League this season – a number bettered only by leading scorer Jamie Vardy (19 goals) of Leicester City. Aubameyang’s form has added to his legacy at the Gunners, where he has scored an incredible 61 goals in 96 appearances across all competitions since his arrival from Borussia Dortmund in January 2018.
And yet in that time, the 30-year-old has tasted zero trophy success with the Gunners. He has been a runner-up in both the Carabao Cup and the UEFA Europa League, but that’s not a good enough return for a player regarded as one of the best goal-poachers in the game today.
Hence, it is little surprise that ‘Auba’ is being strongly linked with a move away from Arsenal, as he prepares to enter the last year of his contract (which will lapse at the end of the 2020-21 season). The main candidates to secure his signature include La Liga giants Barcelona and Real Madrid, as well as the Gunners’ Premier League rivals Manchester United.
The speculation has been strongly highlighted in the British media, especially at this time of reduced football activities, but the player himself explained earlier this month that he remains happy at the Emirates.
“I try to always be ready, whatever happens. I am a guy who tries to be always ready,” Aubameyang stated. “I love the fans here and when I was younger I used to watch Arsenal because they had always great players, and yeah they won trophies as well. So I think it’s really a pleasure to be here, I’m really happy. I think that’s the feeling.”
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta, on the issue of Aubameyang’s future, has said: “For me, it is very easy. I want to keep him under any circumstances.”
With both player and manager happy for the relationship to continue, surely Aubameyang will remain at the club? It’s not that simple. Should Arsenal fail to qualify for next season’s UEFA Champions League, it would add further fuel to the speculation fire and lessen the likelihood of a contract extension.
This would mean the Gunners will miss out on the last chance to recoup a significant amount of the £56million they spent to sign Aubameyang from Borussia Dortmund just over two years ago – and with the possible absence of funds from the UEFA Champions League, a decision with such financial ramifications cannot be taken lightly.
Essentially, Aubameyang’s future at Arsenal may very well depend on how they perform when the Premier League season resumes. If they can make up an eight-point deficit to the top four (with a game in hand) then the African star may well stick around in London for years to come. Anything less and Gunners fans may have to brace themselves for the departure of yet another major player.
Until live sport resumes, SuperSport has converted its line-up to thematic channels for the foreseeable future. Fans of football can tune into SuperSport 3 to ‘Relive the Premier League’, while SuperSport 7 features ‘Relive the Best Football’, with a mix of the Premier League, UEFA Champions League, La Liga, Serie A and FIFA Documentaries.
Pierre–Emerick Aubameyang –
Appearances (subs) 26 (0)
Minutes played 2305
Yellow cards 3
Red cards 1
Shots per game average 2.5
Passing accuracy 72%
Key passes per game average 0.8
Dribbles per game average 0.5
Fouled per game average 0.5
- N200m to the Federal Government of Nigeria through the CBN
- N50m to the Lagos State Government
- Donation of 10,000 test kits to the NCDC
- Approved PSA Inventory on DStv and GOtv worth N550m
- N400m commitment to safeguarding income of cast and crew of various productions
MultiChoice Nigeria has announced a number of initiatives to support the Federal and Lagos Governments’ efforts in ameliorating the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak in Nigeria.
The leading entertainment and media company’s contribution in the fight against COVID-19 includes cash support of N200m and N50m to the Federal and Lagos State Governments respectively, the donation of 10,000 certified test kits to the NCDC, Public Service Announcement COVID-19 prevention tips in English, Pidgin, Ibo, Yoruba and Hausa languages as well as approved inventory worth over N550m highlighting the NCDC’s COVID-19 Helplines and PSAs on more than 10 channels across DStv and GOtv.
The company will also cover the remuneration for engaged creative industry professionals whose productions have been disrupted, with a committed sum of up to N400m.
As seen in the most hard-hit countries, the availability of test kits and supplies for medical personnel have been some of the biggest challenges in fighting the pandemic. The outbreak has also had a direct impact on individual businesses and general economic activities.
Nigeria’s creative industry has been particularly affected, with ongoing productions suspended in response to government’s advisory on public gatherings and social distancing.
MultiChoice Nigeria’s intervention, in line with its values as a responsible corporate organisation and leader in the media and the creative sector is aimed at supporting the authorities in fighting the pandemic and reducing its attendant impact on Nigeria’s national economy.
According to the Chairman MultiChoice Nigeria, Mr Adewunmi Ogunsanya (SAN) “We are donating 10,000 certified test kits to support the great work being done by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and the Federal Ministry of Health. In addition to these, we are also contributing N250 million to the Federal and Lagos State Governments’ efforts in providing adequate healthcare delivery facilities to fight COVID-19.
We are doing this because we recognize the impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has on Nigerians and the economy. We hope our contributions to NCDC, the Federal and State Governments, alongside other donations, will go a long way towards effective management of the outbreak.”
Additionally, John Ugbe, the CEO of MultiChoice Nigeria added, “We have committed N550million worth of inventory to public service announcements in our indigenous languages in addition to English and Pidgin to ensure that every Nigerian understands how to prevent COVID-19 or call for help through the NCDC helplines.
Also, the creative industry salary payment of up to N400 million will offer a much needed financial reprieve for producers, actors, and technical talent currently contracted to MultiChoice Nigeria, whose livelihoods have been disrupted by the pandemic.”
We all have a guilty pleasure genre that we can’t help but get stuck into. For some, this is the marvellous world of medicine – the heart-pounding life-and-death situations and nail-biting drama.
If medical drama is your cup tea, here’s a healthy dose of some of the most impressive medical shows to celebrate World Doctors’ Day today (30 March) and to keep you entertained during the first week of April!
New to the medical drama genre is New Amsterdam follows Dr. Max Goodwin as he becomes the medical director of one of the United States’ oldest public hospitals, aiming to reform the neglected facility by tearing up its bureaucracy in order to provide exceptional care to patients. Don’t miss these riveting series weekdays on M-Net City channel 115 at 1 pm.
The Good Doctor
Already in its second season, The Good Doctor features a young surgeon with his own set of illnesses. Despite living with autism and savant syndrome, he faces his fears and relocates to join a prestigious hospital’s surgical unit. Isolated and alone, Shaun Murphy uses his extraordinary medical gifts to save lives, despite the scepticism of his colleagues. Catch the latest episode Monday, 30 March on M-Net City, DStv Channel 115 at 10:40 am WAT.
Can you believe it’s in its 16th season already? Well, for a fictional series that continues to pull on the heartstrings of the young and old, there’s no stopping the surgical interns, residents, and attending doctors at the Seattle Grace Hospital. Keep up to date by watching the latest episode Monday, 30 March on M-Net, DStv Channel 101 at 7:00 pm WAT and see how your favourite characters develop into seasoned doctors while trying to maintain their personal lives and relationships.
If one new episode of Grey’s Anatomy per week isn’t enough to satisfy your sitcom urges, hop on over to The Resident on Tuesday, 31 March on FOX, DStv Channel 125 at 7:45pm WAT. Similarly, it focuses on the lives and duties of staff members at Chastain Park Memorial Hospital, while delving into the bureaucratic practices of the hospital industry.
Dr Christian Will See You Now
Doctor Christian Jessen, a well-respected British physician, television presenter and writer takes on the cases of real patients who need medical assistance. The new, honest and emotional series starts Wednesday, 1 April on Real Time, DStv Channel 155 at 2:50 pm WAT. Tune in as the doctor races against the clock in an attempt to make as many house calls and appointments as he can within a 12-hour shift.
Based in the colourful city of Johannesburg, Cathy Davies uses innovative techniques and methods to save lives in South Africa. Treat your inner medical fanatic to back-to-back episodes of the first season of Outpatients, Saturday, 4 April on FOX Life, DStv Channel 126 from 11:50 am WAT to 8:00 pm WAT.
Medical dramas will never go out of style. But if you can’t wait for another dose of your favourite show, we’ve got your prescription right here on DStv.
For more gripping shows, download the DStv Now app for live streaming or to take control of your subscription.
SuperSport viewers on DStv and GOtv have enjoyed a fantastic 2019-20 Premier League season to date. During this period of reduced football activity, here are the best and worst transfers in the Premier League during the January transfer window.
Mbwana Samatta – Genk to Aston Villa
Mbwana Samatta became the first Tanzanian to not only play in the Premier League but also score a goal, netting on his debut in a 2-1 loss to Bournemouth on 1 February. He signed for a reported £8.5 million from Belgian side Genk and it is hoped that he will help the Lions avoid relegation.
“It always gives you confidence when you score,” explained the Taifa Stars captain. “It all comes from the group, they try to help me because I’m a new player and I try to adapt very quickly to help the team.”
Bruno Fernandes – Sporting Lisbon to Manchester United
The Portugal international has hit the ground running at Manchester United following a move from Portuguese giants Sporting Lisbon, for a fee which could rise as high as £67.6million. He has thus far scored twice and grabbed three assists across all competitions, and was named Premier League Player of the Month for February.
“I think it’s been a terrific impact and the first signs are he looks like a top player. He is always on the move, always wanting the ball has got a great touch and makes double movements, a bit like Scholesy [Paul Scholes] used to do,” said United legend Bryan Robson of Fernandes’ impact.
Steven Bergwijn – PSV Eindhoven to Tottenham Hotspur
The Netherlands international has been impressive for Tottenham, as he has hit the back of the net twice in five Premier League matches following a move worth a reported £26.7million from Dutch giants PSV Eindhoven.
He picked up an ankle injury which threatened to end his season but he has vowed to recover as quickly as possible: “I’m making progress. I can walk now, so that’s good news. It was bad, but we’re making progress and I’ll come back stronger.”
Nabil Bentaleb – Schalke 04 to Newcastle United (loan)
The Algerian midfielder, who is on loan from German side Schalke 04, has found it difficult to break into Newcastle United’s starting line-up, having featured in only three Premier League matches – all of which the Magpies failed to win.
“They are unbelievable,” Bentaleb says of Newcastle’s fans, who are known for their passion. “I am really proud to play for this club.”
Takumi Minamino – Red Bull Salzburg to Liverpool
The Japanese attacker joined the Reds from Austrian champions Red Bull Salzburg for the bargain fee of just £7.25million. So far he has made just three substitute appearances in the Premier League as he faces stiff competition from Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah.
“I think I’m still [learning] to fully understand the team, but I still hate to wait. In order to make an instant impact and make a contribution to the team, I’m doing my best every day,” he told Liverpool’s official website.
Gedson Fernandes – Benfica to Tottenham Hotspur
The Portugal international was expected to fill the void left by Christian Eriksen at Tottenham when he joined the club from Portuguese giants SL Benfica for an undisclosed fee, but he has featured in only four Premier League games as a substitute. He remains a talented prospect but will need to step up his game when the season resumes.
Until live sport resumes, SuperSport has converted its line-up to thematic channels for the foreseeable future. Fans of football can tune into SuperSport 3 to ‘Relive the Premier League’, while SuperSport 7 features ‘Relive the Best Football’, with a mix of the Premier League, UEFA Champions League, La Liga, Serie A and FIFA Documentaries.
By Prince Walters Eziashi
It has become important that I let the world know the exact events in Idumuje-Ugboko, from 2015 to date, particularly due to the falsehoods the public had been fed with in the last few days through the social media particularly facebook.
These falsehoods are the handiwork of certain individuals being recruited to smear the name of an illustrious son of Idumuje-Ugboko, Prince Ned Nwoko. The townsmen know that God has continued to use Ned Nwoko to put smiles on the faces of both the indigenes of Idumuje-Ugboko and mankind in general.
Idumuje-Ugboko kingdom, in Aniocha North Local Government Area of Delta State, was founded by Nwoko and others who migrated from Idumuje-Uno. A chieftaincy tussle that erupted in the 18th Century AD brought about the migration. The kingdom shares borders with other villages, which are Ekpon, Ewohimi and Ohordua communities of Edo State in the north; Igbodo and Ummunede Communities, both located in Ika North-East L.G.A, in the west.
On its south, the kingdom borders Onicha-Ugbo Community, in Aniocha North L.G.A, while sharing boundaries with Idumuje-Uno and Ugbodu communities in the east, both of which are in Aniocha North L.G.A, all in Delta State. Idumuje-Ugboko is made up of four (4) federating villages, namely Ogbe-Obi. Ogbe-Ofu, Atuma, and Onicha-Ukwu.
As regards its traditional institution, Idumuje-Ugboko is headed by a king, who is to supported by four traditional chiefs. These chiefs are Iyase-Onowu, from Atuma; Odogwu-Abi and Ozah-Okita, from Ogbe-Ofu; Isama-Akwe, from Ogbe-Obi, and Uwolo-Agba, from Onicha-Ukwu. Each of them representing the four villages earlier mentioned. Aside the chiefs, the king, in consultation with the royal family, may elect deserving individuals within or outside the kingdom to be part of his governing council.
The role of these principal chiefs are as follow: the Iyase is the traditional prime minister. He is also the mouthpiece of the Kingdom and head over the other chiefs. In this wise, the Iyase is the king’s second-in-command. On his part, the Odogwu is the traditional defense minister.
The others, being Ozah, Isama, and Uwolo, hold their designated titles till their deaths, except they are found wanting and removed from their positions. And where they are accused of any misdeed, the chiefs are given a fair hearing to make a defence. Equally, Omu is regarded as the spiritual head of the all women in the town and she is usually addressed as Her Royal Highness.
The holder of Omu traditional title is nominated by the people of Ogbe-Ofu subject to the approval of the king (obi). Aside this, the Omu has control over markets and resolves disputes among women in the town. The distribution of roles among the traditional title holders is to ensure smooth administration of the kingdom.
More so, the town’s traditional institution has other coordinating structures and responsibilities assigned to them. One is the Onotu, (in charge of land and other related matters). Members of the Onotu include Iyase Odogwu, Ozah, Isama, Uwolo, and others who are nominated by chiefs and the Obi. Another is Dibie, which is headed by Eze-Dibie and saddled with the role of handling spiritual matters in the kingdom.
The other is Ikpala, a group of red cap chiefs occupying privilege positions and being exempted from communal works. Also is the Development Union, which oversees developmental efforts in the community. The head of the union is addressed as President-General and has other members, who form the National Executive Committee. The union has branches anywhere indigenes of the kingdom reside around the world. These branches are headed by Branch Presidents. In addition, the town has a Land Allocation Committee, which is headed by the Iyase (traditional Prime Minister).
He is assisted by other principal chiefs and representatives of the four federating villages. The committee allocates community land to anyone or corporate organisation that applies to build any structure for developmental purposes and upon verification of such application. The categories of projects allowed for this purpose include schools, factories, recreational facilities, hospitals.
As regards decision-making, the highest policy-making organ of the town is the Town General Assembly, otherwise known as Izu-Ani. This organ comprises the Obi, the five principal Chiefs, other chiefs, members and representatives of the four federating villages. While participation in the meetings of the assembly is open to everyone, only representatives of the federating villages are allowed to vote anytime a decision is to be taken. Furthermore, ad-hoc committees are set up for specific purposes, if the considered necessary.
Also, the modus operandi within individual federating units is to appoint a head, known as Diokpa. He has the power to summon village meetings, after consulting with major chiefs from the village and also with the heads of Idumus (Quarters), known as Diokpala-Eboh.
In spite of its democratic structures, Idumuje-Ugboko has one king, whose heir apparent must not be seen nor heard while reign of his father-king lasts.
The people of Idumuje-Ugboko Kingdom, from 2015 till date, are in the tight grip of those claiming to be above the laws of the land and the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. On 16th March, 2015, Hon. (Prince) Ned Nwoko through his company, Linas International Limited, applied to HRM Obi Albert O. Nwoko III, JP; (MON) for 90 hectares of land for the establishment of gulf course/university. He had earlier been granted 33 hectares for diary farm, thus the fresh application was aimed at extending the initial parcel of land granted him in 1999/20000. Aside the dairy farm, the parcel of land was also meant to host an international golf course and a sports university to be known as Stars University. Following, the king convened a meeting of the Obi-In-Council (hereinafter referred to as the Council) to discuss the request by Linas International Limited.
This meeting held early April of 2015 and it was resolved that a meeting of the four federating villages, known as Izu-Ani, meet to take a decision. The meeting held with attendance of the traditional principal chiefs and Prof. Somayina Gabriel Nwoko OON, the Izu-Ani secretary. Also, the meeting was attended by the leadership of the kingdom’s development union, led by the then President-General (Late Mr. Bennet Odor). The project was lauded and other decisions taken are as follow:
The application should be approved and a letter of approval be written by the king to Linas International Limited
That rather than sell the land to Linas International Limited, the Kingdom should go into partnership with the company.
That the land to be allocated should be mapped out from the kingdom development land and that the tenant-farmers on the land should be compensated.
That an Enlarged Land Allocation Committee to be headed by the Iyese, be set up comprising representatives of the four federating villages and development union.
The only terms of reference of the committee which will be headed by the Iyese was to workout modalities for the implementation of the decisions of the kingdom, locate/communicate the location of the piece/parcel of land and raise a memorandum of understanding between Linas Int’l on the one part and Idumuje-Ugboko kingdom on the other part.
The role of Iyase as the head of Land Allocation and other Related Matters Committee is replicated across the sixteen communities in Aniocha North.
Based on this decisions, the king (Obi), wrote to Linas International Limited, through Hon. Prince Ned Nwoko, on 10th April 2015 communicating the community’s decision.
The Enlarged Land Allocation Committee met several times to discuss and search a land space conducive for the project. The land was inspected and found to be suitable. The land earmarked for development projects the Community covers form the kingdom’s boundary from Onicha-Ugbo through to Igbodo and Umunede towns. It’s from t this earmarked land that the community mapped out 90 hectares of land.
The said land had earlier been a subject of dispute for 13 years between Onicha-Ugbo and Idumuje-Ugboko towns and was being adjudicated upon by the High Court of the Midwest. The legal dispute was finally settled and a consensus judgment was entered into in 1969 between the two ctowns.
The judgement also had that anyone could farm the land but must not cultivate cash crops, and that farmer would not be compensated for any part earmarked for developmental projects provided the farmer was given time to harvest the crops so planted.
On 11th day of July, 2015, then President-General of the Community Development Union, late Mr. Bennet Odor convened a meeting of major stakeholders to discuss the setting up of the proposed golf course and university. At the meeting were former Presidents-General, chiefs, and notable indigenes including Prince Chukwunonso Justin Nwoko.
During the meeting, Prince Ned Nwoko explained the state of the project. Those at the meeting were delighted over the information and pledged support for the establishment of the gulf course/university. At the meeting, Mr. Sunday Felix Banye spoke glowingly of Prince Ned Nwoko and lauded his decision to site such projects in Idumuje-Ugboko. Following, the development union wrote to the Aniocha North Local Government Council 23rd November, 2015 to convey support for the project and the land allocated for it. Based on the allocation, Prince Ned Nwoko and Linas International Ltd compensated genuine tenant-farmers working on the land and paid the mandatory allocation Administrative fees.
A handwritten acknowledgement copy, signed by Prof. Somayina Gabriel Nwoko, OON, is available. Having met all traditional requirements, Linas International Ltd, wrote an Application for Customary Right of Occupancy to Aniocha North Local Government Council. It is noteworthy that the proposed university project work is ongoing and being built to meet the standards being set by the National University Commission (NUC) Basic Mark (Bismarck). We are anticipating take off of the university by 2020/2021 Academic session, after getting approval of the Nigerian University Commission, (NUC).
GENESIS OF THE CRISIS AND CRIMES COMMITTED
Crisis started in the community when Prince Chukwunonso Justin Nwoko, a son of the late king (Obi), produced a letter disproving the allocation of the land for the golf course and university. The said letter, dated August 12, 2015, was circulated and read in churches, which is contrary to the custom and tradition of the community. The letter shocked community. The people behind this are Prince Chukwunonso Justin Nwoko, Prince Ejimofor Fredrick Nwoko, Prince Richard Obiajulu Nwoko, Dennis Uwadiegwu Nwoko and their agents/privies. Notable indigenes sought to consult the king to ascertain the authenticity of the letter, but were blocked by the masterminds. At the time, the king had grown old, weak, and unaware of the plot to scuttle the projects. Based on this, Prince Walters Eziashi a former President-General of the community development union (2008 – 2012), on September 14, 2015, petitioned the Commissioner of Police, Delta State Command. He demanded an investigation into the veracity of the two letters being claimed to have been written by the king. He also urged the police to unravel and prosecute the masterminds.
The Police diligently investigated the petition and, on February 24, 2016, summoned Prince Chukwunonso Justin Nwoko, Ejimofor Nwoko, Richard Obiajulu Nwoko and others indicted in the petition. Furthermore, the police forwarded the report of its investigation to the office of the Delta State Director of Public Prosecution, DPP, for advice. The DPP approved the police indictment and recommended prosecution of the masterminds.
They were subsequently charged before Chief Magistrate Court 1. Asaba (with suit No SMC/420C/20016). The court granted the suspects bail, but subsequently revoked same due to the latter’s failure to keep to the terms. They had jumped bail since 2017 and failed to appear in court after the prosecution closed their case.
Earlier, Prince Chukwunonso Justin Nwoko, Richard Obiajulu Nwoko, Ejimofor Fredrick Nwoko and others had approached the Issele-Uku High Court to challenge the decisions of the community. They sued Aniocha North Local Government Council, Prince Ned Nwoko, and Linas International Limited, claiming the process of the land allocation was false. The case, with Suit No. HCI/2/2016, is ongoing at the Agbor High Court as it has been reassigned to another judge by the State’s Chief Judge. Permit me to bring to your notice that on the 18/6/2019, the Court ruled in the defendants (Prince Ned Nwoko and Linas International Limited) favour and awarded a cost against the claimants (Chukwunonso and others). Also, it is noteworthy that one of the claimants, Prince Edwin Izeonyeunor Nwoko deposed to an affidavit at Issele-Uku High Court, withdrawing from the case. Prince Edwin Izeonyeunor Nwoko claimed he had been deceived by Prince Chukwunonso Justin Nwoko into filing the suit. While this was going on, Prince Chukwunonso Justin Nwoko kept petitioning the Inspector-General of Police against innocent indigenes of the Kingdom who were averse to his plot. In his several petitions to the IGP, Prince Chukwunonso Justin Nwoko and his cohorts, through their counsel ESENWAH & ESENWAH, accused Linas International Ltd, Prince Ned Nwoko, and others of forging Obi of Idumuje-Ugboko’s signature. They were equally accused of harassing, intimidating and threatening the life of Prince Chukwunonso Nwoko. The accused were arrested and release after the police found the accusations against them to be false. Despite their exoneration, the petitioners’ lawyer persisted by writing another six-page petition dated 17th March, 2017. In the fresh petition, they accused Prince Ned Nwoko, Chief Christopher Ogwu, Prince Walters Eziashi, Kennedy Iloh, Bennet Odor of harassment and forcefully entering and desecrating the palace. The accused were again invited by the police and subsequently granted bail after they were found to be innocent. The Umu-Omorhusi family held a meeting attended by Prince Chukwunonso Justin Nwoko, Richard Obiajulu Nwoko, Ejimofor Nwoko, Dennis Uwadiegwu Nwoko Barr. Nbanefo Nwoko amongst others. At the end of the meeting, held in the palace on 8th December, 2015, a communique was issued and same was published in the Vanguard Newspaper of 28th December, 2015.
Based on the support of the family, the Kingdom, national leadership of the development union, Linas International Limited approached the office of the Executive Chairman of Aniocha North Local Government, applying for a Customary Rights of Occupancy to enable the partnership commence the process of meeting the preliminary basic requirement of the National University Commission (NUC) for the university project. Following, the Council Chairman, who was satisfied there was no dissension, issued a Certificate of Customary Right of Occupancy on 16th February, 2016 and 20th July 2016, respectively. Unsatisfied, Mr. Samson Osakwe and two others filed a suit at the Issele-Uku High Court, Delta State, against Prince Ned Nwoko. They sought an order of court restraining the defendants but would later abandoned the suit after pre-hearing on Friday 10th February, 2017. The court subsequently struck out the case on the 26th day of April, 2018.
Prince Chukwunonso Justin Nwoko and others through his Junior Brother Barr. Prince Nbanefo Nwoko continued to use legal ambush by filing frivolous suits and writing petitions against the innocent to delay justice in a bid to deny the innocent people of Idumuje-Ugboko kingdom their right to fair hearing and justice which they believe they deserve. While the criminal proceeding against them was ongoing at the Chief Magistrate Court Asaba, they approached a Vacation Judge at Delta State High Court, Effurun in suit No.EHC/M/74/2017 claiming enforcement of their human right. In The Matter of An Application for an Order for Enforcement of Fundamental Right between Prince Martin Nwoko and 4 others for themselves and their family against the Inspector-General of Police and 5 others. They have consistently technically delayed this suit using same to stop Police from investigating their several crimes and criminalities as well as stopping the criminal proceedings at the Chief Magistrate Court, Asaba. Happily, for the innocent victims of Prince Chukwunonso, Mbanefo and their group’s heinous crimes against humanity, this case with Suit No. EHC/M/74/2017 was finally dismissed and struck out at the Agbor High Court on the 3rd Day of June, 2019.
DEATH OF THE KING.
While all these were going on HRM Obi Albert Nwoko III; JP; MON who has been kept incommunicado by this cabal headed by Prince Chukwunonso Justin Nwoko (his son) and group, passed on as news filtered out that he died on 6th February, 2017, under questionable circumstances which is still under investigations by the police. Without recourse to the customs, tradition and culture of the Idumuje clan as embedded in the 1937 Intelligence Report of Idumuje Clan by R.B. Karr, Prince Chukwunonso, Prince Richard, Ejimofor, Barr. Nbanefo not only buried the king same day (6/2/2017) by themselves without the five principal chiefs present but Prince Chukwunonso Justin also appointed himself king within an hour of the purported burial forcing a 90years old man from Atuma village one Mr. Odinfono who holds no traditional title and or relevance in the community contrary to the traditions of the people to sit him on a chair he claimed was traditional stool as king. This action is not only a taboo but an abomination not only in Idumuje clan but in the entire Anioma land. This further polarized the kingdom from the criminalities of Prince Chukwunonso and his cabal.
Thereafter, Prince Chukwunonso the self-appointed king and his cabal began their reign of terror. First, if anyone disagrees with him, he ostracize the person from the Kingdom. He ostracized Prof Prince Somayina Gabriel Nwoko OON a retired Professor of Agricultural Economics, University of Ibadan and the Community/Palace Secretary who later died under mysterious circumstances. Next he purportedly ostracized the late oldest man and immediate past head of the Umu-Nwoko Royal family who owns the crown he purportedly took forcefully, Late Diokpa Prince Onwuamaonyeukwu Esuzor Nwoko, a Grandson of Obi Nwoko I,( the founder of Idumuje-Ugboko Kingdom), Hon, Prince Ned Nwoko, Prince Danny Nwoko (current fourth (4) oldest living among Umu-Nkeze Omorhusi where Prince Chukwunonso belong), Prince Akaba Nwoko (current third oldest living among Umu-Nkeze Omorhusi where Prince Chukwunonso belong) and forty-one (41) other members of the community. The only crime of these individuals was that they tried to redirect him and his gang from their acts of banditry and terrorism. He equally claimed he has ostracized the Iyase and Odogwu and Crown Prince Solomon Eziokwubundu Nwabuokei Nwoko (the Obi Designate and Real descendant of Nwoko), Prince Uche Nwoko (another claimant to the throne), Prince Walters Onyeisi Ugochukwu Eziashi (a Great-great grandson of Nwoko I) who he perceived as his major enemies because they condemned his banditry and many atrocious acts.
Precisely between May 18 – 25, 2017, Prince Chukwunonso Nwoko and his gang in a terrorist frenzy imported mercenaries, assassins, thugs and native doctors into Idumuje-Ugboko kingdom. The native doctors were to prepare charms to make the thugs invincible as they unleashed mayhem by attacking different homes, individuals, destroying properties, setting houses ablaze, shooting, vandalizing cars and beating up people including the second in command (2i/c) in the kingdom, Iyase (Traditional Prime Minister) Chief Christopher Ogwu and the Odogwu of the kingdom Chief Sunday Edemodu in a bid to silence opposition to his usurpation of the revered throne of Idumuje-Ugboko kingdom and this led to the murder in cold blood of one non-indigene motorcyclist (Okadaman) Cyprian Kumiolun a native of Benue State whose father Mr. Ugbolo Kumiolun and brother Moses Kuniolun appeared before the Obis at Idumuje-Unor recently asking for the copse of their son/brother who was murdered in cold blood in front of Idumuje-Ugboko palace. It will be noted also that Mr. Kennedy Iloh died as a result of the mayhem unleashed on him by thugs who kidnapped him and took him to the palace where he was subjected to turture. The thugs wielded dangerous weapons including guns, machetes, battle axes, daggers etc. The Police have since invited the suspects and the matters are in various courts of competent jurisdiction including the case of terrorism against the suspects in CHARGE NO. FHC/ABJ/11/19 instituted by the Federal Government of Nigeria through the Federal Ministry of Justice, Abuja. Four of the suspects were arrested and charged before the Federal High Court who has granted them bail on stringent conditions.
In a case with Suit No. HCI/6M/17, Between: MR, IIKHOMU OMEZI (APPLICANT AND INSPECTOR-GENERAL OF POLICE AND 5 OTHERS, a suit filed at the Delta State High Court, Issele-Uku by Ikhomu Omezi (a suspect in the mayhem), the Judge in his judgement delivered on Tuesday 12th December, 2017 ordered among other things that an investigation be carried out by the relevant authorities who should investigate the murder allegations and possibly prosecute the culprits.
Several Warrants of Arrest have been issued by Courts of competent jurisdictions against Prince Chukwunonso Justin Nwoko and his cabal since 2017 till date from the Chief Magistrate Court, Asaba, Chief Magistrate Court, Issele-Uku and the Federal High Court, Abuja. The latest warrant of arrest is dated 18th June, 2019. Thugs loyal to Prince Chukwunonso Justin Nwoko and his cabal also attempted to set Hon. Prince Ned Nwoko’s compound and the proposed university site ablaze but failed due to the intervention of security agencies drafted to the place.
Between the mayhem of May 18 – 25, 2017, there have been several peace efforts to address the crisis but Prince Chukwunonso Justin Nwoko and his group have rebuffed all such peace moves. First of such peace move was the Aniocha North Traditional Rulers Council, there was another peace move by the Assistant Inspector-General of Police Zone 5, Benin-City in a meeting held at the AIG’s Conference Hall, AIG Office, Benin-City on 1st June, 2017. Again was the peace move by the Obi of Idumuje-Uno (the clan head) which never held because Prince Chukwunonso Justin and his group refused to honour the invitation. Another peace move was by Anioma Congress. Some members of Umu-Omorhusi family under Prince Danny Nwoko and Prince Edwin Nwoko made moves to bring peace but rather than listening to these his uncles and kinsmen, Prince Chukwunonso Justin and his cabal ostracized Prince Danny Nwoko and members of his peace committee from the family and threatened to deal with anyone who associates with them. There were many other peace moves but all were rebuffed by the cabal. Furthermore, Prince chukwunonso Justin Nwoko and his cabal were alleged to have been selling off huge land areas belonging to Idumuje-Ugboko kingdom without approval.
After the demise of HRM Obi Albert Okwuwadiegwu Nwoko III; JP; MON, the descendants of Nwoko (known as UMU-NWOKO) the founder of Idumuje-Ugboko, under the leadership of Diokpa of the family, held a meeting at the residence of the Diokpa Prince Onwuamaonyeukwu Esuzor Nwoko and deliberated on the issue of the kingship. They did this as rightful heirs to the throne. A communique was issued at the end of the meeting, held on 24th August, 2017. On the 3rd day of October, 2017, the Head of the Family Diokpa Onwuamaonyeukwu Esuzor Nwoko (a grandson of Obi Nwoko the founder of Idumuje-Ugboko) deposed to a three-page affidavit at the Delta State High Court, Issele-Uku affirming the decision of the family whose duty it is to present the crown Prince and Obi-designate to the community that PRINCE SOLOMON EZIOKWUBUNDU NWABUOKEI NWOKO, a great grandson of Obi Nwoko I, founder of Idumuje-Ugboko kingdom, is the legitimate heir apparent and Obi-designate. In line with tradition, as stated in the 1937 Intelligence Report by R.B. Karr on process for installation of kings in Idumuje clan, the Umu-Nwoko royal family in a letter dated 29th June 2018 to the Obi-In-Council presented PRINCE SOLOMON EZIOKWUBUNDU NWABUOKEI NWOKO as the King (Obi) designate of Idumuje-Ugboko. The Obi-In-Council in line with the functions of their office as tradition demands equally in a letter dated 2nd July, 2018 to the Aniocha North Traditional Rulers Council, conveyed the decision of the Umu-Nwoko Royal family for necessary actions. This letters were accompanied with an affidavit in support of Application deposed to by the Obi designate, Prince Solomon Eziokwubundu Nwabuokei Nwoko.
Prince Solomon Eziokwubundu Nwabuokei, the great grandson of Obi Nwoko I (founder of Idumuje-Ugboko kingdom) and his nephew Prince Walters Onyeisi Ugochukwu Eziashi a great, great grandson of Obi Nwoko I (founder of Idumuje-Ugboko kingdom) filed a case on the 17th of November, 2017 at the Delta State High Court, Issele-Uku with Suit No. HCI/38/2017, seeking among other things, a declaration that conceding Idumuje-Ugboko throne to any descendant of Justin Nkeze Omorhusi is an illegality. Also, to declared that the reign of Justin Nkeze as Obi Omorhusi II and later in 1942 as Obi Nwoko II and that of his son Obi Albert Nwoko III as kings of Idumuje-Ugboko was an aberration, an error and illegality that was contrary to and against the Native laws and custom and culture of the people as embedded in the 1937 Intelligence Report by R.B. Karr. The matter has passed pre-hearing stage and is ongoing at the Delta State High Court, Akwukwu-Igbo.
RECENT CRIES FOR JUSTICE BY THE OPPRESSED
On 8th day of February, 2018, the helpless people of Idumuje-Ugboko after suffering the mayhem unleashed on them between 18 – 25 May, 2017 engaged the services of M.A. ABDULRAMAN & ASSOCIATES CHAMBERS who on their behalf sent an S.O.S to the Inspector-General of Police in a letter dated 8/2/2017. As law abiding citizens of Nigeria, a petition was written to the office of the Attorney-General and Minister of Justice of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in a letter dated 16th July, 2019, captioned: REPORT OF DISCRIMINATORY HIGH-HANDEDENESS LIKELY TO CAUSE PUBLIC BREACH OF PEACE, TOTAL BREAKDOWN OF LAW AND ORDER AND RIOTS WITH POSSIBLE LOST OF MANY LIVES AND PROPERTIES IN IDUMUJE-UGBOKO KINGDOM OF ANIOCHA NORTH LOCAL GOVERNMENT ANREAI OF DELTA STATE, NIGERIA. In the petition the aggrieved people requested the Honourable Minister’s intervention and investigation into these human rights abuses including the recent murder of an innocent okada rider , Mr. Cyprain Kumiolun, death of Mr. Kennedy Illoh and a result of the turture he received in the hands of the thugs and many other atrocities of these individuals who parade themselves as being above the law.
Upon the petition to the office of the Human Right Commission of Nigeria as well as to the office of the Attorney-General of the Federation through a letter dated 12th July, 2018, the office of the Director of Public Prosecution of the Federation in a letter dated 27th June of 2018 to the office of the Inspector-General of Police to carry out a diligent investigation into the matter. Prince Chukwunonso and his cabal were severally invited to appear before the Inspector-General of Police but in their usual characteristics, rather than honour the invitations, they rushed to the High Court, Issele-Uku where they instituted a case of fundamental human right against the Inspector-General of Police and others in Suit No. HCI/4M/2018. All in a bid to avoid Police arrest, prevent Police investigations and possible prosecution by the authorities. But because justice cannot be caged or denied, the case with Suit No. HCI/4M/2018 was dismissed and struck out by the Court in a Ruling by Justice C.O. Ogisi of the Delta State High Court, Issele-Uku on 10th day of October, 2018. The Police, armed with this Enrolled Order of Court commenced investigations and due diligence investigation reported back to the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions of the Federation where a case of terrorism was established against Prince Chukwunonso Justin and ten (10). We were notified of the charges preferred against the suspects in CHARGE NO FHC/ABJ/CR/11/19. The suspects have consistently in the gangster’s frenzy refused to appear in court. The Federal High Court issued Warrant of Arrest against them. Four out of the eleven suspects have been arrested and brought before Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court, Abuja.
At the peak of Prince Chukwunonso and his cabal’s brutality on the people, eighteen members of the kingdom approached the Kwale High Court in Suit No. HCK/61/2018, seeking the enforcement of their fundamental human right against Prince Chukwunonso Justin and others. The Court in a ruling on the 30th day of July, 2018 granted an Order of Injunction against Chukwunonso Justin. Among the Relieves granted were: Restriction from parading himself as an Obi (king); Restriction from suspending the Chiefs and or ostracizing any member of the community. Unfortunately, Prince Chukwunonso Justin has blatantly refused to obey these Orders of Court of Competent jurisdictions. Prince Barr. Mbanefo Felix Nwoko (Junior brother and Counsel to Prince Chukwunonso Justin Nwoko, who addresses himself falsely as the Counsel to the Royal Family and Idumuje-Ugboko community, a position nobody appointed him to and a position he does not occupy) has severally boasted to the members of the community that as long as he lives he will ensure that his senior brother Prince Chukwunonso reigns over all no matter whatever means he uses. He has thrived in falsehood against the ethics of legal profession. He has a case of forgery against him in Charge No.CMA/420/2017 COP V Nbanefo Felix Nwoko pending at the Magistrate Court Asaba. The activities of Prince Barr. Nbanefo Felix Nwoko became so embarrassing that the integrity of the legal profession became threatened hence a petition was raised against him to the Legal Practitioners Disciplinary Committee, NBA House, Abuja. Correspondences on the petition has been exchanges and investigation is ongoing.
The revered throne of Idumuje-Ugboko has been vacant since the demise of the last occupant Obi Albert Okwuwadiegwu Nwoko III on 6th February, 2017. For anyone to address Prince Chukwunonso Justin, whose grandfather changed their family name from Omorhusi to Nwoko in 1942 as king is an abomination against the land. There are traditional procedures for installation of an Obi in Idumuje clan,in particular and Anioma land in general. The traditional installation of an Obi is only done by an Onihe after he has been cleared by the royal family and not by any old man who holds no traditional relevance and or title. If anyone is to be address as an Obi of Idumuje-Ugboko, that person is none else but Crown Prince Solomon Eziokwubundu Nwabuokei Nwoko, who has been presented by the Umu-Nwoko Royal family before the Obi-in-Counsel and before the Aniocha North Traditional Rulers committee in 2019. The Aniocha North Traditiona Rulers Committee has suspended all actions on recommending anyone to the governor of Delta State as obi-designate of Idumuje-Ugboko until the courts rules on Suit No. HCI/38/2017 ongoing at the Akwukwu-Igbo High Court.
It is also the height of wickedness and inhumanity for anybody to accuse Hon Prince Ned Nwoko of any involvement in the ongoing suits before the courts, particularly the terrorism case at the Federal High Court Abuja. This is because Prince Ned Nwoko is neither a complainant nor did he recommend the prosecution of the suspects.
All the people seek is justice.
By Prince Walters Eziashi writes from Idumuje-Ugboko
In the same vein, 500 mattresses were donated to Lagos State towards equipping its isolation centres used for the treatment of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Commenting on the donation of 700 mattresses, the Chief Executive Officer of Mouka, Raymond Murphy, said “The well-being of the Nigerian people is the reason why we are in business. Mouka exists to provide comfort to Nigerians and we stay true to our mission even at this period of national crisis”.
The donation to Abule Ado victims was made through the Lagos State Government to affected families who are in dire need of assistance due to havoc wrecked by the pipeline explosion.
The 500 mattresses for the isolation centres were presented to the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Local Government and Community Affairs, Dr. Taiwo Olufemi Salaam, who represented the Commissioner of the Ministry, Dr. Wale Ahmed, at the State Secretariat Complex, Alausa.
Present to receive the 200 mattresses for Abule Ado victims, was the Director General, Lagos State Emergency Management Authority (LASEMA), Dr. Damilola Oke-Osanyitolu; at LASEMA office. Both donations were made on Monday, March 30, 2020.
Murphy affirmed that as a responsible organisation, the management of Mouka deemed it necessary to assist the government in bringing succour to victims of the Abule Ado pipeline explosion that led to the loss of lives and property, as well as Nigerians infected with the COVID-19 virus, who are currently being treated at the various isolation centres in Lagos.
“Mouka sees itself as a partner of the government during this crisis. We need to play our part in providing the necessary support required by victims of the gas pipeline explosion. We commend the effort of the Lagos State Government in rehabilitating the victims of the fire. We pray for the departed souls, may they rest in peace. We also pray for those who were injured, may God perfect their healing, and for those who have lost their property, may God replace in many folds”.
The company’s CEO mentioned that the donation of mattresses to isolation centres for COVID-19 was aimed at enhancing government’s effort in providing appropriate treatment for infected persons and also at curtailing the pandemic which has been at the front burner of world leaders.
While receiving the products, Salaam, who was elated at the enormous support, said the intervention was timely, as assistance from private organisations is needed at this crucial time to boost the state’s healthcare facilities.
Also, Oke-Osanyitolu commended Mouka’s effort towards reducing the anguish of victims of Abule Ado fire disaster which has rendered many homeless and in severe health conditions, stating that the donation would be distributed effectively.
Mouka has also joined the Federal and State Governments in appealing to citizens in the country to adhere to measures at combating the spread of COVID-19.
As far back as early February 2020, Mouka had begun raising awareness for Corona Virus prevention on its social media platforms. The company advises citizens to wash their hands regularly, stay at home, and keep to social distancing guidelines when in public, among others.
Mouka manufactures quality brands such as Wellbeing orthopaedic mattresses, Dreamtime water-resistant mattress and Mondeo Spring mattress. Other products on its stables include Mouka Mozzi, an innovative brand of insect repellent products and wide range of pillows for a comfortable sleep.
For Oluwaseun Ayodeji Osowobi, (a COVID-19 survivor) Monday, 30 March, 2019 will linger in her memory, that was the day she was discharged from the Infectious Disease Hospital, IDH, Yaba where she battled to live. She was struck down by the deadly Coronavirus.
Her journey to the dreaded IDH, began when she tested positive for Coronavirus after returning to Nigeria from the UK post-Commonwealth event. She felt ill thereafter and decided, as a responsible person, to self-isolate.
On Monday, she was the only young female discharged from the hospital among the five people who beat Coronavirus. There were four other men.
She recounted her experience in series of tweets on her twitter page.
“I was on drugs daily. Sometimes, I‘d take 8 tablets in the morning, 13 tablets in the afternoon, 10 at night. My system threw everything out!
“Water, food, soap & all disgusted me. But I’d look at the wall & force myself to stay hydrated — drank ORS. I FOUGHT TO LIVE! I FOUGHT!
“The next days were tough. No appetite. The nausea, vomit & stooling was unbearable. I’m a blood type A & #COVID19 dealt with me. I thought I was going to die & contemplated a succession plan for @StandtoEndRape. Life finds ways of throwing LEMON at me. I’ve struggled with coming forward, but I want to inspire hope.”
According to her, “Days after, the doctors shared a good news that I tested negative. I shared this news with family & friends! My blood sample was taken & I also tried to donate my plasmapheresis to help others. I hoped to be discharged.
“I waited to be discharged, but for two days, nothing happened. I was unsure of what was going on. Why haven’t I been discharged? Should I be in the same ward? Could I get reinfected? I was worried but remained calm.
“On the 3rd day, doctors said, “well, we worked with the info we had of you testing negative, but one result came back positive. You’ll stay a few more days. You know we take nose, mouth & sputum samples.
“Am I still positive flushed face?” I asked.
“No, you’re negative,” the doctor replied.
Oluwaseun Ayodeji Osowobi before she tested positive. She was in UK for meeting
“The doctor apologised for the delay. I was anxious to go home but remained calm. I wanted to be free from this pain. I continued the medication and asked to be in a separate ward. Sadly, I remained in the same ward as all others rooms were full.”
Osowobi added: “My ward had people who were positive. What if I get re-infected? For them, I was a beacon of hope & they needed me gone to register the progress. My family & friends were becoming anxious.
“People in my ward who earlier celebrated the news of my result suddenly lost hope. Why are you still here? You shouldn’t be here with us. You should be separated from us now,” People in my ward muttered.
“I tried to calm them. Today, I am PROUD to inform you that I MURDERED COVID-19 & have tested NEGATIVE TWICE! I HAVE BEEN DISCHARGED. I bless God for His mercies. The nurses at IDH Yaba were fabulous. They deserve accolades for their hard work.”
Osowobi thanked Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu for coming to see her, as well as Prof. Akin Abayomi, saying that the food was good, coupled with his smiling face with heart-shaped eyes.
“Thanks to everyone who called, sent messages and tried to contact me. I am grateful and well. This experience reminded me of the value of friendship. Some people I refer to as friends speculated about this, but never reached out to check. Thank you still. Back to the grind smiling face with open mouth and tightly-closed eyes
“Coronavirus is NOT a death sentence. People can survive and I HAVE! We should encourage people to get tested & stop the stigma. Practise social distancing and stop the spread.
“To every young person out there, please give your lungs a chance to beat this. Can I encourage you to stop smoking & live a healthy life at this time? A healthy lungs is KEY! This another phase of my life & I HAVE won! I celebrate my resilience and strength. Call me SURVIVAYO Smiling face with 3 hearts,” she added.
Lagos State Government on Monday discharged five coronavirus patients at Infectious Disease Centre, Yaba Mainland Hospital.
This brings to eight the total number of discharged patients from the Centre.
The patients who had been quarantined at the isolation centre for weeks looked stable and unruffled.
Although, the discharged patients preferred annonimity, they expressed joy and satisfaction over the treatments they received.
While thanking the State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu for his support and proactiveness, they pleaded that the workers at the Centre should be given life insurance.
While speaking to the press, one of the patients said, I came in here on the 15th and after the test showed positive, I was asked to come back the next day.So i was admitted here.
“Initially, there were hitches but it later turned out fine. The health workers did fine, all our challenges were attended to. I’m a living witness together with my other colleagues.”
He gave an impressive hope, saying people should not panick as the virus could be defeated.
“We can beat it, i want to assure others that this is not their resting place. Encourage yourselves, take your medications and in no distant time, you will get out of here.
“I want to appeal to the federal government and Lagos State government that, they should remunerate all those workers who have volunteered to work accordingly, so as to serve as encouragement to others, adding that, “If they are not here as first responders, many would have died.”
Another patient said, “I was admitted last Sunday. Initially there were challenges, the following day, they brought bed, mask and some equipment.
“Apart from what my colleague said, the workers should be insured. Proper insurance will let people do what they have to do.
He narrated a scenario where the workers could not attend to him because he tested positive, saying “they went back and I slept off, I woke up around 3 a.m. So they deserve life insurance to encourage them to do their job.”
Oyo State Governor Seyi Makinde has tested positive for the novel coronavirus.
“I just received my COVID-19 confirmation test result. It is POSITIVE. I am asymptomatic and will continue to self-isolate,” Makinde tweeted on Monday evening.
“I have designated Prof Temitope Alonge, former Chief Medical Director of the University College, Ibadan, as the Head of COVID-19 Task Force while I recover fully.
Please continue to comply with all the directives from the COVID-19 Task Force.
Stay home, stay safe,” he added.