Also speaking, the former Governor of Kaduna State and Life President Katsina Polo Club, Alhaji Lawan Kaita, after bowling the first half of the tournament, acknowledged MTN for its support of polo. He also urged all participants to always play by the rules.He described the telecom company’s relationship with Nigerian Polo as an endearing one and assured the cheering crowd of a most memorable time in Katsina.As one of the most glamorous polo events in Nigeria, the MTN sponsored polo fiesta lived up to its billing with two Coommasie Cup, two Talba Cup and the Opening General Hassan Cup games taking the centre stage on the first day of the event.In the first game of the event, Katsina Samraj outpaced Katsina Evergreen Land 7-61/2 in the opening game of Coomassie Cup. Port Harcourt Strata Base overwhelmed local rivals, Port Harcourt Shabbaz 3-2 in a fiercely contested second match.The race for the Talba Cup got underway with Yola Yelwa and Kaduna Amana clinching impressive wins to set the pace in the intermediate Cup chase. Kano Bagauda came from behind to secure a morale boosting 5-4 victory in the General Hassan Cup opener to close the day on a high note.Major prizes at stake in the MTN international polo festival include the much-coveted Nigerian Cup, which is the biggest cup. Other are the MTN Cup, the President’s Cup, the Governor’s Cup, Nagogo Memorial Cup, Maidabino Cup, Dikko Memorial Cup and the Beginners’’ Cup among other individual awardsShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram MTN/KATSINA INT’NAL POLOThe prestigious MTN International Polo Tournament got off to a great start in Katsina last Saturday, with 32 top polo teams vying for honours.The event that attracted a huge crowd to the Sir Usman Nagogo venue saw an impressive opening ceremony conducted by officials of the Nigerian Polo Federation (NPF), and other top government and private sector dignitaries.The tournament, which has visiting teams from other cities like Bauchi, Kaduna, Kano, Minna, Port Harcourt, Sokoto, Yola, Zaria among others, was also accorded the royal blessing of the Emir of Katsina and Life Chairman Nigerian Polo, His Royal Highness, Alhaji Abdulmumuni Kabir Usman.Speaking during the opening ceremony, General Manager Consumer Marketing, MTN Nigeria, represented by MTN’s Regional Trade Marketing Manager, Abdulhamid Hassan, thanked the Nigerian polo family for patronizing the MTN brand, urging them to make good use of the various innovative products and services offered by the company.“The Polo family in Nigeria and MTN has become a symbolic one, based on shared values. We are thankful to all Polo enthusiasts for the opportunity to have supported the development of the king’s game in Nigeria thus far,” Hassan said.
Police in Totota, Bong County, have arrested and remanded a 33-year-old man identified as John Mulbah for allegedly beating his girlfriend Alice Sam to death.According to Police accounts, the incident occurred last Sunday when John Mulbah accused his fiancée of responding to what he considered as a suspicious mobile phone conversation with another person.The police information further stated that while Alice was conversing, her husband-to- be, John Mulbah forcibly took hold of her phone on suspicion that she was in a conversation with a lover.The Police report revealed that a scrimmage ensued when Alice tried to recoup her mobile phone from her betrothed but John, according to the police, put on an insolent posture releasing a blind man slap in Alice’s ear and stepping in her stomach, leaving her unconscious. Alice Sam was pronounced dead by health workers on duty at the Phebe Hospital upon arrival on Sunday night.The investigation maintained that the deceased early last year underwent surgery when she gave birth to Mulbah’s son who, following her death, now lives with Alice’s mother in Totota. Many of Totota’s residents who spoke with this newspaper disclosed that John Mulbah and Alice have had a long history of conflict over phone conversations.Some of the residents told this reporter that the deceased on many occasions complained of her boyfriend searching through her phone for strange numbers.The residents narrated that John had constantly accused his fiancée of having outside relationships, a claim they said the deceased had always denied.There were mixed reactions among residents of Totota, with some describing John’s action as out of mistrust, while others labeled him as cruel and wicked.Meanwhile, police at the Totota depot have charged John Mulbah with murder and processed him to be sent to the Gbarnga Magisterial Court for arraignment.The remains of the deceased have been deposited at the St. Kennedy Funeral Home in Gbarnga.According to police, the suspect blamed his action on the work of the devil and pleaded for forgiveness.The police said they were informed by suspect John Mulbah that on many occasions he had suspected his girlfriend of being in a relationship with another man.He told the police that he did not intend to take the precious life of his wife-to-be but to penalize her by seizing her mobile phone for a short period of time.John, a father of one is appealing to the family members of his late girlfriend for pardon and said it was the work of the devil.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Triangular love affair…suspect still on the runAs the Police continue to hunt for the prime suspect in the murder of Linden taxi driver Claude DeJonge, who was stabbed to death on Thursday, a post mortem report showed that the man, formerly of Lot 915 South Amelia’s Ward Mackenzie, died from shock and haemorrhage caused by multiple incised wounds.Dead: Claude DeJongeThe post mortem was conducted by Government Pathologist Dr Nehaul Singh at the Georgetown Public Hospital on Friday. However, the suspect, Corwyn Arthur, also called ‘Cross eye’, 34, of Central Amelia’s Ward, remains on the run, but has been communicating with relatives of the woman with whom he shared a secret relationship.The eldest son of the woman told Guyana Times that the suspect has been in communication with him and his mother via telephone, and has since confessed to committing the crime.“We are the only two people he talking to…he told me he deh over the river (Wismar) at the back of some Wisroc,” Cleon Samuels has stated.He recalled that the suspect informed him via telephone that he burned all his clothing on Wednesday evening prior to committing the crime. Although the young Samuels remains in shock, he is worried about his three younger siblings who had witnessed the incident. “They are traumatised,” the young man stated.“He (the suspect) call me and he say, ‘Cleon, you know what I do?’…We left shock because this boy does come…and we does cook and enjoy we self,” Samuels said in disbelief.Samuel further added that the suspect informed him that he was going to take his own life, but he urged him to rethink his decision. A Police source has confirmed that the suspect has not been apprehended, and that ranks in the division are searching every possible area to make sure he is caught.DeJonge was reportedly killed in an apparent triangular love affair on Thursday morning, while in bed with his girlfriend at her Lot 1074 Cinderella City, Amelia’s Ward home.DeJonge was found at about 00:10h lying motionless in a pool of blood next to the front door. He was clad in trousers and his body bore several stab wounds to the neck, shoulder and abdomen.Based on information received, the now dead man had shared a common-law relationship with his girlfriend Tanya Samuels, 35, for approximately 11 years.However, it is believed that the mother of two and the suspect, Corwyn Arthur, shared a secret relationship, and as such, he would periodically sleep over at her house.It was reported that the relationship ended in December 2017, but Arthur would still visit Samuels’s home under the pretext of being a family friend. On Wednesday evening, the suspect reportedly visited the woman’s home, where he saw DeJonge.At the time, the suspect was smoking marijuana, which annoyed the now dead man, who asked him to leave the premises.An argument erupted between the two men, but the suspect left after DeJonge summoned the Police. In retaliation, the suspected later sent threatening messages to DeJonge’s phone, informing him that he would “make his life a living hell”. Instead, he stabbed the man to death during a scuffle after he entered Samuels’s premises.