A 35-year-old Michigan woman was in a critical condition on Friday after she was attacked with a sword by the father of her three children, who claimed that God personally told him to do it.
The woman whose identity wasn’t revealed underwent surgery at the Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo, following the attack which happened early on Friday morning in Battle Creek.
Authorities together with Battle Creek firefighters and paramedics from Lifecare Ambulance were called at 2:43 a.m. Friday to the woman’s apartment in the 5200 block of Teal Run Apartments near Glenn Cross Road on Battle Creek’s south side.
Police said they found the woman severely injured with multiple stab wounds. Her thumb and index finger from one hand were severed and found on the floor of her bedroom, packed in ice and sent with her to the hospital. She also had severe injuries to her ankles and feet.
Detective Sgt. Todd Elliott, supervisor of the detective bureau, confirmed that the helpless woman was attacked with a 3-foot long replica samurai sword by her ex-partner.
He told Battle Creek Enquirer that the woman suffered multiple injuries to her hands, arms, legs and torso.
Elliott said the couple’s 13-year-old son also was awakened and attempted to intervene and pushed his father away from his mother and may have grabbed a steak knife and attempted to stab his father. The man suffered a cut on his hand but Elliott said officers are not exactly sure how he was injured.
“It could be he saved her life with his quick actions. He intervened and made the (911) call,” Elliott said about the boy. “It was very brave what this young man did.”
The two other children, a boy 10, and girl 4, also were in the apartment but none of the children were injured, Elliott said. They were taken from the scene by family members.
Elliott said the woman tried to escape and was found by medical personnel at the front door of the apartment. The man left in his car after the attack.
But after his son called 911 and told police his father was the attacker, he was arrested later that Friday and taken into custody without incident.
The Calhoun County Prosecutor’s Office, today issued a warrant and arraignment in district court is expected on next week Tuesday.
James Hope College Records Remarkable 100% Scores ( A* – C GRADE) In IGCSE Results
True to its stance on academic excellence, James Hope College excelled in the just concluded Cambridge IGCSE examinations, recording 100% (based on A* – C grade) in14 registered subjects including English language, Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, ICT and Additional Mathematics.
James Hope College, is one of the educational initiatives under the Jim Ovia Foundation, which offers its students world-class education at a subsidized rate. James Hope College is also supported by an endowment fund and currently has 40% of its students on full scholarship. It is located in the serene environment of Agbor, Delta State.
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ASUU Gives Conditions To Suspend Strike
The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) Thursday gave conditions upon which the prolonged industrial action will be suspended.
“The Academic Staff Union of Universities @ASUUNGR have asked @AsoRock to release N50 billion to demonstrate its commitment to the revitalisation of public universities, in line with previous agreements with the union,” ASUU tweeted.
The union said the N50 billion will form the first share of the N220 billion federal government agreed for the project this year and add to the N20 billion earlier released for the year.
It also disclosed that the union has “submitted its suggestions and awaits a meeting with the government next week.”
The lecturers are demanding improved funding of universities and implementation of previous agreements with the government, which led to the strike that started November 4, 2018.
Although the minister of labour, Chris Ngige, last Thursday said the government has approved N20 billion to be used to offset the outstanding arrears, ASUU said they are still awaiting its payment.
“Government promised to release the shortfall in salaries by January 18th, that’s a day away. Let’s wait and confirm that they’ve released it.”
“The union has submitted its suggestions and awaits a meeting with the government next week,” he added.
Atiku’s US Trip: So Much Ado About Nothing —– Tunde Ajose
For good watchers of the Nigerian politics, one thing has come to stay in our political experiment at getting it right in this country and that is the ability for smart politicians to easily sway the electorates with mundane issues.
The campaigns are no longer issue based but media sensationalism.
Latest of such was the sudden appearance of the former Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar in the United States of America! Then one begins to wonder why the opposition would think such is the needed magic wand to win the election.
And the euphoria may not be unconnected with the report that Atiku was barred from entering the States because of his fraudulent nature but the question is, why would any serious opposition believes such action would immediately translate into winning the Aso Rock.
One would have wondered why Atiku has chosen to travel with the current senate president, Dr. Bukola Saraki? Could it be that he actually traveled under the diplomatic immunity of Saraki’s official delegation?
Diplomatic immunity is a form of legal immunity that ensures diplomats are given safe passage and are considered not susceptible to lawsuit or prosecution under the host country’s laws, but they can still be expelled.
We need to be circumspect as we move forward as a nation and be more discerning. The current government of Nigeria is focused more than before in ensuring that Nigerians, regardless of the class or status has a befitting country they could fall back to and call a home.
It is quite obvious that while the opposition are playing to the gallery, the presidential campaign organisation of president Mohammad Buhari is busy rolling up its sleeves and getting down to fields where the real electorates are and connecting with them.
This past week especially has been full of activities for the president despite his age. Within a spate of two weeks, Buhari had sat down to two interviews in-between journeying from the length and breadth of the country in getting the message of hope down to the people.
The president does not rely on his privilege as an incumbent, but insisted on talking to his people and ensuring that Nigerians are united as they go to polls come February.
No one is in doubt that his message also resonates well with the citizens as they troop out en masse to welcome and listen to what he has to say. With the multitude of crowd recorded today as he presented the gubernatorial flagbearer of the party to the good people of Delta State and the ovation that greeted it, there is no doubt that Buhari is truly loved.
As we count down to the elections, Nigerians need to bear it in mind that the 2019 election is about building on a new foundation which the present government has been able to achieve in the first four years and giving the solid foundation out to the marauders to destroy along with the better forgotten 16years in power.
If Atiku is in the United States today, there is no way the intelligence agencies of the federal government of Nigeria would not know about it.
Tunde Ajose, a political commentator, writes from Lagos.
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