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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.

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Ooni Of Ife’s New Wife, Yeyeluwa Silekunola, Enters The Palace With Grace, Elegance [PHOTOS]

Gbemileke Ajayi



Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, Ojaja II, has received his new Olori after the necessary rites have been performed, the Palace said.

“Her Majesty, Olori Moronke Naomi Silekunola Ogunwusi is the new Yeyeluwa Oodua. Necessary rites fully performed,” a terse message from the Palace said.

See the photographs, courtesy of the Ooni’s Palace:

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Jim Ovia Takes Africa Rise And Shine Book Launch To New York [PHOTOS]

Peter Okunoren



The Founder/Chairman of Zenith Bank Plc, Mr. Jim Ovia recently launched his book, Africa Rise and Shine in New York.

This prestigious event happened on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly and had foreign dignitaries and private sector captains of industry in attendance.

Earlier, Africa Rise and Shine was unveiled in Lagos at Eko Hotel and Suites on September 17, 2018. The event had Nigeria’s Vice President, His Excellency, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, GCON(SAN), other government functionaries, traditional rulers and private sector stakeholders present.

Africa Rise and Shine is available for pre-order online at Amazon and in-store at Laterna Books and Roving Heights.

See photo excerpts from the book launch in New York below:

The Chairman of Flour Mills of Nigeria, Mr. John D. Coumantarosduring a meet-and-greet with the Author of Africa Rise and Shine, Mr. Jim Ovia at the Book Launch in New York

The Author of Africa Rise and Shine, Mr. Jim Ovia with the moderator, Zeinab Badawi on the podium at the Africa Rise and Shine book launch in New York

Mr. Jim Ovia holding up his book, Africa Rise and Shine during its launch in New York

The GMD/CEO of Access Bank, Mr. Herbert Wigwe; The Publisher of Guardian Newspapers, Lady Maiden Alex Ibru and Chairman of Coronation Capital, Mr. Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede during a meet-and-greet with the Author of Africa Rise and Shine, Mr. Jim Ovia at the Book Launch in New York

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We Can’t Pay New Minimum Wage — Governors

Peter Okunoren



Chairman of the Nigerian Governors’ Forum, NGF, Abdulaziz Yari, said yesterday that governors were not against upward review of the minimum wage, but lack capacity to pay it.

This is as indications emerged yesterday that organized labour might resume its suspended strike over the issue as early as November 6.

Briefing journalists on the outcome of the forum’s meeting with the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, Wednesday night, Yari said the issue was not just on the agreed figure to be paid by the governors but also the “ability or resources to take care of that agreed minimum wage.”

Noting that his colleagues made it known that they have no problem with a review of salaries but were being real, Yari, who is governor of Zamfara State, said: “The problem of the states is the capacity to pay what is agreed. As we are talking today, we are struggling with N18,000.

“Some of the states are paying 35 percent, some 50 percent and still some states have salary arrears. So, it is not about only reviewing it but how we are going to get the resources to cater for it.”

Yari’s statement caused a stir in the polity, yesterday. There was anxiety that labour leaders who met over the issue last night may call for industrial action. Some state chapters of the NLC, vowed to shut down the country if the minimum wage was not reviewed and implemented.

The NLC had demanded N30,000 as minimum wage, the governors proposed N20,000, while the Federal Government said it could afford N24,000.

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