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Outrage as Nigeria police detain journalist over source of story

Nigeria

Civil society groups and online activists are demanding the release of a Nigerian journalist arrested by police over a report he filed in connection with a security seige on the legislature last week.

Samuel Ogundipe â€" a security reporter â€" for the privately-owned Premium Times newspaper according to reports is being asked to disclose the source of a police report meant for the president.

The newspaper reports that police used a false pretext to get the journalist to present himself to t he station where he has since been detained.

A Premium Times report said the journalist was been held strictly on the orders of the Inspector General of police, Ibrahim Idris, who has expressed misgivings about their report on his activities.

The police apparently invited a female colleague on a different issue â€" which turned out to be untrue. The colleague was detained along with the paper’s managing editor who had accompanied her.

She was made to call Ogundipe who arrived on orders of his managing editor, he was detained whiles the other two employees were released.

Media and human rights groups have since Tuesday evening heaped pressure on the government and police to release the journalist.

Most online activists insist that the journalist was not obliged to disclose his source, they went on to bemoan the abuse of power by police on the same day that the acting president had ordered an overhaul of an anti-robbery squad, SARS.

Source: Google Nigeria | Netizen 24 Nigeria

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Why single Nigerian women battle to rent homes

Why single Nigerian women battle to rent homes

Yinka OladiranImage copyright Duru Azubuike/Duru Studios
Image caption Yinka Oladiran says landlords expect a woman to be accompanied by a man

Many landlords in Nigeria suspect single women of being prostitutes, making it difficult for them to rent apartments.

A successful career woman, Olufunmilola Ogungbile, 30, never thought that she would be sleeping on a friend's couch after five months of apartment-hunting in Abeokuta city in south-western Nigeria.

She had moved f rom Lagos after securing a good job with the Ogun state government as a project administrator. Despite being financially independent, she struggled to find an apartment in middle and upmarket areas because she was single.

"The first question the landlord would ask me is if I'm married?" Ms Ogungbile said, "I'd say 'No', and they'd follow with, 'Why not'?"

She was often left puzzled.

"What does my marital status have to do with me getting a place to live in?"

'We want decent people'

Ms Ogungbile said the discrimination was widespread.

"Ninety-nine per cent of the landlords I met did not want to rent to me because I am a single woman," she told the BBC.

"Most landlords and agents would tell me, 'Can you bring your boyfriend or your husband?' In these kinds of apartments, we don't like boys coming in. We just want decent people."

Image copyright Gloria Yusuff
Image caption Many landlords believe women do not earn enough to pay the rent

Ms Ogungbile believes the hurdles she faced are down to cultural expectations - marriage is a benchmark used to measure decency.

"In this part of the world, if you are not married then you are a prostitute," she added.

Sylvia Oyinda - a product manager in the retail sector in Lagos, Nigeria's throbbing metropolis - agrees that the stigma makes it difficult for single women to rent in Nigeria.

Ms Oyinda, 31, was engaged when she started looking for an apartment. Landlords refused to meet her without her fiancé.

"There is a saying 'small girl, big god' that describes young single women who rent alone or squat with other females.

"The saying refers to single women who have sponsors, typically older men, who pay their rent," she said.

'Men have more money'

Ms Oyinda believes landlords assume most young single women are like this.

"The three landlords I met all refused to show me their apartments. They would tell me, 'Don't bother.'"

Out of frustration she stopped scouting on her own. On the fourth attempt, she went with her partner, to whom she is now married, and was taken seriously. The couple eventually settled for a four-bedroom flat in the high-end area of Lekki.

Olufunmilola Ogungbile on her five-month flat hunt:

Image copyright Olufunmilola Ogungbile

"Part of fighting the stigma was me refusing to bring a partner because that was part of the criteria before they would hand me the key"

Coleman Nwafor, a landlord and property owner, said he does not discriminate, but most of his tenants and buyers are men because they have more money.

"Most single ladies are under the responsibility of their parents or a lover. You can never tell what will happen after the first year. And every landlord wants a tenant who will pay without stress and renew their contract once it expires," he told the BBC.

"Most single ladies are not working. There are more jobs for men than women in Nigeria. That is just the way it is."

'Landlords try to police women'

Yinka Oladiran, 25, who moved from New York to Lagos in May 2016 to pursue a career as a TV presenter, said she lived independently in the US and wanted to maintain her freedom in Nigeria.

Image copyright Gloria Yusuff
Image caption Many landlords feel that couples are more reliable tenants

She also wanted to reduce a three-hour commute to work from her father's home, but she could not rent an apartment without her father giving his consent to landlords.

"There were landlords who said they did not want to rent to me until they had spoken to my father to make sure that he was OK with it, even though I was paying with my own money," Ms Oladiran told the BBC.

"My opinion didn't matter. The landlords try to police women," she added.

After searching independently for more than six months, she finally got an apartment in April 2 017.

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However, she said she felt constantly undermined by security staff, especially when she came home late from work, as they often asked her who she was visiting.

"For that to even happen over and over again was very insulting," Ms Oladiran said.

As for Ms Ogungbile, her five-month hunt ended last week when she finally moved into a studio flat.

She said she secured it through a letting agency which focused on her income rather than her gender or marital status.

The 30-year-old, who is now excited about painting her new home in her favourite colours - purple and lilac - believes she fought back against discrimination in her own little way.

"Part of fighting the stigma was me refusing to bring a spouse or a partner because that was part of the criteria before they would hand me the keys," she said.

Source: Google Nigeria | Netizen 24 Nigeria

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Osinbajo Remains Buhari's Running Mate for Nigerian Election

Nigerian media reports that Senior Special Assistant to the President Garba Shehu said President Muhammadu Buhari is retaining as his running mate Vice President Yemi Osinbajo. Garba Shehu, personally close to Buhari, is a credible source.

Domestic and international observers generally see Osinbajo as highly competent and his tenure as vice president a success. The Lagos business community, highly critical of Buhari’s economic policies, will welcome the prospect that Osinbajo will continue as vice president. He has been generally lauded for his role as acting president during Buhari's absences, most recently for his handling of a blockade of the national assembly by certain members of the security services.

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Osinbajo is sixty-one and a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), the highest cohort of Nigerian attorneys. He is a senior partner in one of the largest and most prestigious Lagos commercial law firms and is also a senior Pentecostal pastor of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, a Nigerian indigenous Christian denomination that has established a presence all over the world. (It has three congregations in the Maryland suburbs of Washington, DC, alone.) Osinbajo says that he is merely “on loan” from his church to the vice-presidency, and that he retains his pastoral office. Osinbajo is a part of the Yoruba establishment. His wife is a granddaughter of Obafemi Awolowo, generally counted as one of the fathers of independent Nigeria and a Yoruba political patriarch.

Osinbajo’s name on the presidential ballot increases the likelihood of Buhari’s reelection in 2019. He will be highly influential with the Yorubaâ€"one of Nigeria’s three largest ethnic groupsâ€" who are concentrated in Lagos and the southwest, balancing Buhari’s deep, personal popularity in the Muslim north.

President Buhari’s health is a serious concern; he is once again on a “medical vacation” in London. As is usual among African chiefs of state, there is no transparency about his health. Should Buhari win reelection in 2018 and pass away in office, Vice President Osinbajo would then assume the presidency and as incumbent and be well-placed to win the presidency in 2023. If President Buhari serves out a full second term, Osinbajo would still be in a strong position to win the presidency. Under Nigeria’s informal system of power rotation every eight years between the predominately Muslim north and the mostly Christian south, 2023 will be the south’s turn. Osinbajo is a southern, Yoruba Christian who is broadly popular. It is hard to identify another southern Christian politician with his political strengths.

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UpSource: Google Nigeria | Netizen 24 Nigeria