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A 24 yr old Nigerian Lady, Titilayo Basirat Bello is currently fighting the battle of her life in far away Canada.

Bello is battling to prevent the Canadian Border Service Authority in Ontario from deporting her to Nigeria, her country of birth in what appears to be a case of illegal stay.

Perhaps that is not the big story. The problem is the risk of spending the next 14yrs in jail if she eventually steps her feet on Nigerian soil again. This is because Bello practices same sex. She has even gone ahead to marry her lesbian partner, one Toyosi Hassan. The couple got married on 8th March, 2017 in Ontario.

Canada became the 4th country in the world and first outside Europe to legalise same-sex marriage in 2005 with the enactment of the Civil Marriage Act that permits for same-sex union. Bello and her partner took full advantage of the law. However, it is a criminal offense in Nigeria ad carries a 14yr jail sentence.
This is the situation Bello has found herself, with a little solution in sight for the lady who escaped her country in 2015 for fear of female genital circumcision due to be carried out on her by her father.
Investigations reveal that Bello, with the support of her mother, who was against the dreaded traditional custom of her people, relocated to Lagos from their home in Ibadan. With the support of her Mum and a few family members, she was able to muster some finances and she moved over to Canada to start life anew.

That was where she met her fellow Nigerian partner, Toyosi. One thing led to the other and both got married afterward.

There is also the story purportedly revealed by Bello’s Mother that her father belonged to a dreaded secret cult who normally offer the blood of their offsprings for sacrifice, perhaps the reason she was vehemently against her daughter being circumcised years before she escaped to Canada…Bello’s family members fear right now is that she will be slammed into jail because of her same-sex status if she is eventually deported to Nigeria.

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GTBank suffers mass staff resignation




The  IT division at GTBank has suffered a continual decrease in personnel within the last six months. It has caused a significant technical lacuna and work overload for current employees. Reports reaching 1st News have it that GTBank has been slow in promoting its staff; inadvertently triggering a wave of exits into the labour market which had attractive offers for their talent.

The shortage in manpower is bringing about increased workload; and mounting pressure on the remaining IT employees.

One staff said, “I was handling one application then it doubled as a result.”

Another one also: “There’s a particular team where three members left in the space of one month. Now, four people’s responsibilities are being juggled by one person.”

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And yet another staff said, “The pressure is crazy. One person is doing three people’s jobs all in the name of efficiency. That’s why our cost to income ratio will always be the lowest in the industry.”

An undisclosed source said the frequent loss of experienced workers without commensurate hiring resulted in gaps in technical capabilities.

He said: “The application I am managing was handled by two people; but my partner has gone to join another team. If I’m leaving now, a new person can’t cram; and get a good grip of everything in my handover note within 3 weeks. We simply need more people on the team!”

This gap is often reflected when there is a service downtime towards the end of the month caused by server overload. During this period, transaction volume increases due to salary payments; and other month-end payments; leading to more pressure on existing resources.

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Pyramids’ Road Trip Video to Aba Stadium, a Wake up Call, Says Egbe




The Chief Executive Officer of Monimichelle Group, Ebi Egbe, has called on the federal government to do something on the state of the roads in the country, declaring that the state of the Port-Harcourt Aba Road has become a bad advertisement for the country.

The poor state of the federal highway came to the fore over the weekend when Egyptian side, Pyramids Football Club who flew in the club’s private jet landed

at the Port Harcourt Airport and made a video of the horrible road trip to Aba and posted it on the social media, calling it a shame.

Pyramids held Enyimba 1-1 in Aba yesterday but qualified 5-2 aggregate for the semi final of the CAF Confederation Cup.

But Egbe whose outfit constructed the Enyimba Stadium turf noted that the Egyptians deliberately wanted to paint the country in bad light by showing the video to the world.

Egbe was however quick to add that government on its part also need to avoid the country being embarrassed by her international visitors by fixing our roads.

“That video by Pyramids is to me, a wake up call for us to not only fix our stadiums but also fix our roads.

“Teams that come to Aba to play have always commended the playing turf. We need to get it right on all fronts. This is why I am appealing to the federal government to get our roads fixed.

“Our teams would return to the continent next term and it would be a shame if teams from other countries that are far less endowed come in and mock us that we ve got no good roads in the country,” Egbe stressed

He further charged the various state governments to also upgrade their stadium facilities just like other countries are doing.

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