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Tokyo 2020 Shocker: Nigeria’s wrestler Odunayo Adekuoroye defeated in round of 16


Nigeria medal hopeful in wrestling Odunayo Adekuoroye has lost her 57kg weight category fight in the ongoing Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

Adekuoroye was defeated by fall by Anastasia Nichita of Moldova in a shocking turn of events.

She was leading 8-2 before Nichita won through pin in the round of 16.

If Nichita reaches the final, Adekuoroye may have an opportunity to vie for a bronze medal through the repechage.

In wrestling, a pin (or fall)
is when you put your opponent on his/her back with any part of both shoulders or both shoulder blades of your opponent in contact with the mat for two seconds. When you pin your opponent, the match is over and you are the winner.

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Décor Hacks to Make Your Office Space More Appealing


Your office space is where you will be spending most hours of your days and, eventually, years of your life. Therefore, you need to come up with ways that can make everything more fun and much closer to home.  Here are some fun ways that you can get to revamp your office space and remove the boring aspect. But, first, sign up with the au online casinofor the top gaming and big real money wins today!

Add More Colour to the Whiteboard

Instead of maintaining your slate or whiteboard just for professional purposes, apply a little trim or design to give it some individuality. Using washi tape, Highlighters, or some other easy-to-clean alternative, you can easily bring even the most mundane routine to life. Eventually, you won’t be so terrified to view all of your upcoming events.

Keeping Notes                      

Rather than hanging documents to the side or gluing credentials to the front of your pc, keep notes close at hand with colourful note organizers. Make things more exciting by displaying inspiring quotations or thoughts that will give you hope all day. And, even though things may get a little bit heavy in the office, you will have something to keep you going.

Some Magnet Colour

Even if you aren’t expecting a full workplace renovation, there are simple ideas to bring some personality to your cubicle wall. For your magnet board, choose colourful magnets and push pins. It’s an easy and inexpensive method to make a statement. And because they’re so little, you can really go crazy with vivid colours.

Some Decorative Bookends

Bookends are not only for that ancient, online casinos Canada, dusty study!  Therefore, get that image out of your head. There are many new, stylish, and even eccentric alternatives available that you will like. Your books, papers, manuals, and folders filled with data will appear much nicer resting between something lovely.


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MAN IN THE NEWS: DCP Abba Kyari, the super cop entangled in Hushpuppi’s fraud case


Abba Kyari, the deputy commissioner of police, is in dire straits. The celebrated police chief has now been embroiled in the cyber fraud case against Hushpuppi, the embattled Nigerian socialite who — according to the US court filing —accused him of taking a bribe to arrest his fraud accomplice.

Hushpuppi, whose real name is Ramon Abbas, was infamously arrested in the UAE in June 2020 alongside 11 of his associates over allegations bordering on hacking, impersonation, scamming, bank fraud, and identity theft.

His extradition to the US came after the UAE police had carried out a special operation dubbed ‘Fox Hunt 2’. Hushpuppi was accused of defrauding 1.9 million persons of N168 billion. The Instagram celebrity was later arraigned and detained at the Metropolitan Correctional Center (MCC) in Chicago ahead of trial.

On Wednesday, he pleaded guilty to a money laundering charge on him, standing the risk of 20 years jail term.

Not many saw it coming but it is here all the same: Kyari was dragged into the saga after the US department of justice quoted Hushpuppi as telling the court that he bribed the DCP to jail Chibuzor Vincent, an associate with whom he was locked in a dispute over how to share $1.1 million proceeds of a fraudulent deal with some Qatari business executives.

Vincent was said to have alerted the victim and told him he was being scammed by Hushpuppi’s syndicate. It was on this basis, the court documents stated, that Hushpuppi was said to have contacted Kyari to facilitate his arrest.

Hushpuppi alleged that Kyari sent him photos of Vincent in jail and followed this up with a bank account number to which a wire transfer should be made for the successful arrest and detention of his co-fraudster.

As news of the alleged dealings with the embattled socialite became public knowledge, Kyari denied the allegations. He said he only facilitated Hushpuppi’s purchase of native clothing and that there hadn’t been a bribe. The DCP added that Hushpuppi made a distress call after threats were allegedly issued to his family by Vincent. But Kyari’s indictment won’t be the first to be made against the top police boss.


Supercop tasked with high-profile assignments

Kyari, born March 17, 1975, leads the inspector-general of the police intelligence response team (IGP-IRT). He is regarded as a no-nonsense investigator and has a track record of being saddled with high-profile assignments. Kyari led the operation that led to the arrest of Chukwudi Onuamadike, the notorious kidnap kingpin better known as Evans, in 2017.

Most recently, the crack investigator, who has won the police medal for courage three years in a row, was deployed to probe the attack on Samuel Ortom, Benue state governor.

Gunmen had opened fire on Ortom’s convoy while he was visiting a farm in Benue on March 20, 2021.

The governor had accused “herders” of carrying out the attack and Mohammed Adamu, the former IGP, subsequently deployed Kyari’s team to investigate the incident.

“The Team, led by DCP Abba Kyari – a no-nonsense investigator – consists of operatives from the Tactical Investigation Units of the Force Intelligence Bureau (FIB) and other experienced, crack detectives with specialized competencies in crime scene investigation and reconstruction, ballistics, fingerprint analysis and other core areas of forensics,” Frank Mba, police spokesman, had said.

But despite his well-publicised sterling qualities as a police officer, Kyari has also been accused of several acts unbecoming of a supposedly model cop.


N41 million ‘extortion’ case

In October 2020, Kyari was accused of extorting N41 million from one Afeez Mojeed, a Lagos-based businessman. Mojeed claimed the extortion was done in 2014 when Kyari was the officer in charge of the now-disbanded special anti-robbery squad (SARS) in Lagos. The accuser said he unsuccessfully sought justice at the Independent Corrupt Practices And Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) and National Human Rights Commission (NHRC).

In a petition filed on October 22, 2020, through Salawu Akingbolu & Co, and addressed to the Lagos judicial panel of inquiry for victims of SARS-related abuses, Kyari and his officers were accused of forcefully taking about 32 items from Mojeed’s house during a raid in 2014. The businessman, who was at home with his pregnant wife, an 18 month-old son, and mother-in-law, said he thought it was a robbery.

He said phones, cheque books, bank cards, and documents were taken. After ransacking the house, Mojeed was reportedly taken to the SARS office in Ikeja where he was detained for 14 days. He was later “arraigned on a trumped-up charge” of stealing N97 million. In the documents, it was alleged that for over one year during which the matter was in court, the police “never showed up or brought any witness”.

“They forcefully took his wedding ring and that of his wife from them, opened their wardrobe and took the sum N280,000 and the sum of N50,000 was also taken from his car, after which the Honda Accord (2008) model was seized and taken away till today,” the petition read, adding that the charges against him were later struck out in court.

Narrating his ordeal, Mojeed said while in detention, “the police under the supervision and threat of Abba Kyari (OC SARS) forced him to sign three Zenith Bank cheques in the sum of N150,000 each, making N450,000 on October 22 to 23, 2014 and gave the sum to Alabi Olawale Nurudeen who is one of their cronies to withdraw”.

The police allegedly obtained a password to his bank card and withdrew another N395,000 between October 20 to 23, 2014.  Allegedly on the directive of Kyari, Mojeed was taken by “one Inspector Fola, Corporal Bolu and Corporal Akeem to Diamond Bank Ajah branch on October 23 and 24 to forcefully transfer N41 million and N800,000” from his corporate account into the account of one Obinna Edward, whom Mojeed stated he had never seen or heard of before.


Alleged asset seizures, ‘extrajudicial’ killings

In 2018, Amnesty International and the NHRC accused Kyari of illegally depleting the assets of one Collins Ezenwa, a suspected criminal, after his team shot the man dead. Ezenwa’s wife, at the time, said Kyari and his team withdrew money from her late husband’s account and pocketed millions in from his hotels.

Kyari denied corruption amongst his team but did not categorically address the allegations made by Ezenwa’swife.

Before the hearings of the Lagos judicial panel on #EndSARS, Kyari’s squad had been accused of extrajudicial killings. In late 2019, a federal high court sitting in Jos, Plateau had threatened to jail Abubakar Mohammed, the then-IGP, and Kyari, for disobeying its orders.

This was after the duo failed to produce a suspect, Nanpon Sambo, who was alleged to have died in police custody in Abuja.

Years after that incident, Kyari — who recently made headlines after he was spotted at the lavish funeral of Obi Cubana’s mother — now finds himself in the law’s crosshairs.

The revered criminal hunter is now being hunted for his alleged sins.


culled: TheCable

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Jeff Bezos set to become first billionaire to travel into space


Jeff Bezos, chief executive officer of Amazon, is set to become the first billionaire to travel into space.

In an Instagram post on Monday, Bezos announced his plans to take the trip on July 20 alongside his brother, Mark.

The date marks the 52nd anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing.

“Ever since I was five years old, I’ve dreamed of travelling to space. On July 20th, I will take that journey with my brother. The greatest adventure, with my best friend,” Bezos wrote on Instagram.

The duo, alongside a third person, will travel on the first crewed flight of New Shepherd, a suborbital spacecraft developed by Blue Origin, a rocket firm founded by Bezos in 2000.

The company is auctioning the third spot with the current highest bidder at $3 million as of the time of filing this report.

“On July 20th, New Shepard will fly its first astronaut crew to space. We are offering one seat on this first flight to the winning bidder of an online auction,” a statement on Blue Origin website reads.

“The winning bid amount will be donated to Blue Origin’s foundation, Club for the Future, to inspire future generations to pursue careers in STEM and help invent the future of life in space.”

New Shepard rocket-and-capsule combo is designed to autonomously fly six passengers more than 62 miles (100 km) above Earth into suborbital space. The rocket will fly the passengers high enough to experience a few minutes of weightlessness and see the curvature of the planet before the pressurized capsule returns to earth under parachutes.

The flight would take place 15 days after Bezos stepped down as CEO of Amazon.

With a net worth of $187 billion, according to Bloomberg, Bezos will become the first billionaire to record such a milestone in space travel if the plan is executed.

In February, SpaceX, a space company owned by Elon Musk, had also announced plans to send its first all-civilian crew to space at the end of 2021.

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Who will win the NBA Championship?


The regular season is over. The playoffs are in town now. That means that in just a few weeks time another name will be inscribed onto the Larry O’Brien trophy.


The only question that remains is who will win the NBA Championship?


So, who will win the NBA Championship?


Philadelphia 76ers


His brother might be one of the best three point shooters in NBA history but it’s Seth Curry – not Steph – that will fancy their chances of winning the NBA Championship in 2021.


The 76ers topped the Atlantic Division with a 49-23 record and now lead in their playoff series against the Wizards; that is largely down to the impact of Tobias Harris’ 37 point haul but they are far from a one man team.


Harris has been pretty sensational all season whilst pretty much every side in the league would love Joel Embiid, who led the team on points, rebounds and blocks in the regular season, on their roster.


Curry himself knows how to sink a shot too whilst Ben Simmons is allowed to create amongst those players as well. The 76ers will give anyone a good game but their fate might come down to fitness because, after all, their track record on that front is somewhat patchy.


Utah Jazz


To be honest, making a case for the Jazz to be considered contenders for the NBA Championship is pretty easy; just look to the stats.


They racked up 52 wins during the regular season, which means they’ve tasted defeat less than any other side but they also did so with the biggest points differential (9.2). Its these reasons that give us confidence that they’ll come back strong against the Grizzlies. 


The other thing that goes massively in their favour is the fact that they have an array of talent in their ranks – not just a star player or two.


Rudy Gobert, who has averaged 13.5 rebounds per game this year, is as good as any defensive player in the league and his name might figure in the list of most underrated players this season (click here to see TwinSpires list of most underrated players in NBA history).


Mike Conley and Donavan Mitchell have been incredible whilst Bogan Bogdanovic showcased his quality with 29 points in their last game. If most of them turn up, they’ll have more than half a chance.


LA Lakers


That’s right, next up in our list of teams that might win the NBA Championship is the LA Lakers. They obviously have double the motivation of the other teams too; not only will they want to win the title but it would also see them clinch back to back Championship crowns. They’ve not done that since the 2009 and 2010 double


Their playoff campaign didn’t get off to the best start but they’ve levelled up against the banana skin that is the Phoenix Suns and that first game loss won’t mean much come the end of the seven game series. The likes of LeBron James and Anthony Davis will prove crucial.


They suffered injuries galore through the season but with one of the best defenses in the entire league, they’ll be a tough nut to crack and another triumph isn’t beyond the realms of reality.


Brooklyn Nets


We’ve just spoken about the fact the Lakers are strong at the rear with some of the best defensive players in the NBA in their ranks. Well, Brooklyn can boast some pretty damn impressive talents too although they’re more focussed on scoring points.


The Nets have long been earmarked as the leading horse in the Championship race and, if they do go all the way, it will likely lead to some mouth-watering basketball.


The trio of Kyrie Irving, Kevin Durant and mid-season trade James Harden is frightening with a combined points per game average of 78.4 over the course of the season.


Throw into the mix Blake Griffin, who they acquired in free agency and boy do they have a chance. In fact, you could probably go as far as to say they will have underachieved if they don’t hold that trophy aloft come July 2021.


There you have it, our look at the teams we expect to challenge for the NBA Championship.

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Joseph Akahan, Shittu Alao — four service chiefs who died in plane crash


The shockwave of Friday’s military aircraft crash is still rocking the country. The mishap makes it the third time a military aircraft has been involved in a fatal accident within the past three months — claiming the lives of at least 20 officers in that fraction of time.

Condolences have been pouring in for families of the victims of the unfortunate incident.

Ibrahim Attahiru, chief of army staff, was one of those who died in the crash. Barely four months into his service, he was forcefully ejected by the cold hands of death in circumstances that have, historically, been a peril to Nigerian service chiefs.

Attahiru is the fourth service chief that the country will be losing aircraft mishaps.



Akahan was a 30-year-old, who was appointed as Nigeria’s chief of army staff a couple of months before his death, in May, 1967.

It was the inception of the Nigerian civil war, Akahan, after a visit to the frontline in Nsukka, returned to his hometown in Gboko for a brief rest.

He then commenced the journey back to Makurdi, Benue state capital.

He had barely left his native land when the helicopter conveying him crashed.

He and two pilots in the aircraft did not survive the crash.



Alao died at the age of 32, just two years into service as Nigeria’s chief of air staff.

He showed promise and intent as he was one of the young officers who was capable of taking the wheel of the Nigerian Air Force from foreign hands and leading it successfully.

He died in active duty while taking a solo flight in an L-29 aircraft. He encountered bad weather somewhere around Benin and ran out of fuel while straining to navigate the fog.

His attempt to make an emergency landing was terminated by trees and the aircraft crashed. He did not survive it.



Unlike others on this list, Azazi died after he had left service.

He was first appointed chief of army staff in 2006 by former President Olusegun Obasanjo. Then he was named chief of defence staff by the administration that came after, led by the late Musa Yar’Adua.

He was replaced by Paul Dike in 2008 and he retired from the military subsequently.

He was tapped to be the national security adviser (NSA) by former President Goodluck Jonathan in 2010.

He was sacked in June 2012 owing to the rising security challenges in the north.

Just a few months later, he died in a helicopter crash around Okoroba Village in Bayelsa. He was aboard the aircraft with Patrick Yokowa, former governor of Kaduna, and none of them survived.

They were returning to Port Harcourt airport after attending the burial ceremony of the father of Oronto Douglas, a special adviser to Jonathan on research and documentation.



The 54-year-old only replaced Tukur Burutai as chief of army staff in January.

As the country’s security situation worsened, some Nigerians called for the removal of the service chiefs, and President Muhammadu Buhari heeded.

Attahiru was appointed alongside Lucky Irabor, chief of defence staff; Zubairu Gambo, chief of naval staff; Isiaka Amao, chief of air staff.

Attahiru was on an official trip from Abuja to Kaduna when the aircraft encountered inclement weather, according to military authorities.

He and his entourage of 10 officers died as the aircraft nosedived aground.


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The Top Nigerian Footballers of 2021


Nigeria is always a country that has punched well above its weight, and nowhere is this more clear than in the world of sports and entertainment. Nigerian athletes rank among the most successful and visible figures in the worlds of Olympic sports, basketball, cricket, and, of course, football.

Not only is the Nigerian national squad becoming a force to be reckoned with on the global stage, but many homegrown footballers have swelled the ranks of some of the best leagues on Earth. With that in mind, read on to find out which Nigerian footballers are the very best in the world in 2021. 

1. Wilfred Ndidi

Leicester City midfielder Wilfred Ndidi has enjoyed one of the most meteoric career journeys of the past 12 months, going from a bit-player to one of the most prominent figures in English football. While his performance had been middling prior to the 2021 season, his stellar performances this year so far have ensured that all eyes are on him.

From scoring the first goal of the season for Leicester City to playing an instrumental role in securing Leicester’s first-ever FA Cup win, Ndidi is now regularly featured on the latest sports betting news sites. Platforms such as Bet365 now devote extensive coverage to the Foxes, demonstrating this player’s success. 

2. Semi Ajayi 

The 27-year-old defender, Semi Ajayi is certainly busy these days, playing both at the English club West Bromwich Albion and for the Nigerian national squad. After a spell playing for various European U-20 squads and a few loan periods for mid-level English clubs, Ajayi seems to be making a big name for himself. Following a stellar set of performances throughout his first few games with Bromwich, Ajayi is most definitely one to watch in the months ahead. 

3. Joe Aribo 

Midfielder Joe Aribo currently players for the Rangers in Scotland, as well as the Nigerian national team. Although his previous career prior to rangers was decidedly more low-key, with stints at lesser-known clubs such as Crawley FC, it seems that this is a player on the cusp of greatness. Despite being new to a club as iconic and prominent as the Rangers, he has a 100% success record so far, scoring in almost every game and catching the attention of the entire Scottish League. 

4. Kelechi Iheanacho

Another Leicester City player, Kelechi Iheanacho is one of the more established players on this list, who is worth looking out for. Commentators assumed he was destined for great things back in 2017, when Leicester poached him from Man City for £25 million, and it would seem they were correct. He has been ranked as one of the top players in the most recent FA Cup season, with his 17 goals proving to be vital to Leicester’s victory in May. Keep an eye out for Iheanacho during the next transfer season. 

These are some of the top Nigerian footballers to watch right now. Stay tuned to find out more about where these star players end up.

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FLASHBACK: Dogonyaro’s coup speech that overthrew Buhari on August 27, 1985


Joshua Dogonyaro, a former commander of the Economic Community of West African States Monitoring Group (ECOMOG), is dead.

Dogonyaro, aged 80, died Thursday at the Jos University Teaching Hospital, Plateau state.

He will be remembered, among other things, as the officer who read the coup speech that ousted Muhammadu Buhari, then military head of state, and brought in Ibrahim Babangida on August 27, 1985.

Here is the full speech below.

I, Brigadier Joshua Nimyel Dogonyaro, of the Nigerian Army, hereby make the following declaration on behalf of my colleagues and members of the Nigerian Armed Forces.

Fellow country men, the intervention of the military at the end of 1983 was welcomed by the nation with unprecedented enthusiasm. Nigerians were unified in accepting the intervention and looked forward hopefully to progressive changes for the better. Almost two years later, it has become clear that the fulfillment of expectations is not forthcoming.

Because this generation of Nigerians and indeed future generations have no other country but Nigeria, we could not stay passive and watch a small group of individuals misuse power to the detriment of our national aspirations and interest.

No nation can ever achieve meaningful strides in its development where there is an absence of cohesion in the hierarchy of government; where it has become clear that positive action by the policy makers is hindered because as a body it lacks a unity of purpose.

It is evident that the nation would be endangered with the risk of continuous misdirection. We are presently confronted with that danger. In such a situation, if action can be taken to arrest further damage, it should and must be taken. This is precisely what we have done.

The Nigerian public has been made to believe that the slow pace of action of the Federal Government headed by Major-General Muhammadu Buhari was due to the enormity of the problems left by the last civilian administration.

Although it is true that a lot of problems were left behind by the last civilian government, the real reason, however, for the very slow pace of action is due to lack of unanimity of purpose among the ruling body; subsequently, the business of governance has gradually been subjected to ill-motivated power play considerations. The ruling body, the Supreme Military Council, has, therefore, progressively been made redundant by the actions of a select few members charged with the day-to-day implementation of the SMC’s policies and decision.

The concept of collective leadership has been substituted by stubborn and ill-advised unilateral actions, thereby destroying the principles upon which the government came to power. Any effort made to advise the leadership, met with stubborn resistance and was viewed as a challenge to authority or disloyalty.

Thus, the scene was being set for systematic elimination of what, was termed oppositions. All the energies of the rulership were directed at this imaginary opposition rather than to effective leadership.

The result of this misdirected effort is now very evident in the country as a whole. The government has started to drift. The economy does not seem to be getting any better as we witness daily increased inflation.

The nation’s meager resources are once again being wasted on unproductive ventures. Government has distanced itself from the people and the yearnings and aspirations of the people as constantly reflected in the media have been ignored.

This is because a few people have arrogated to themselves the right to make the decisions for the larger part of the ruling body. All these events have shown that the present composition of our country’s leadership cannot, therefore, justify its continued occupation of that position.

Furthermore, the initial objectives and programmes of action which were meant to have been implemented since the ascension to power of the Buhari Administration in January 1984 have been betrayed and discarded. The present state of uncertainty and stagnation cannot be permitted to degenerate into suppression and retrogression.

We feel duty bound to use the resources and means at our disposal to restore hope in the minds of Nigerians and renew aspirations for a better future. We are no prophets of doom for our beloved country, Nigeria. We, therefore, count on everyone’s cooperation and assistance.

I appeal to you, fellow countrymen, particularly my colleagues in arms to refrain from any act that will lead to unnecessary violence and bloodshed among us. Rest assured that our action is in the interest of the nation and the armed forces.

In order to enable a new order to be introduced, the following bodies are dissolved forthwith pending further announcements: (a) The Supreme Military Council (b) The Federal Executive Council (c) The National Council of States. All seaports and airports are closed, all borders remain closed.

Finally, a dusk to dawn curfew is hereby imposed in Lagos and all state capitals until further notice. All military commanders will ensure effective maintenance of law and order. Further announcements will be made in due course. God bless Nigeria.


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Meet the six-year-old Nigerian who juggles school with mechanic work


At the age of six, Benjamin Ekechukwu should be having fun with his peers at home after school or roaming the streets like many of his contemporaries would do.


But the precocious kid has a bigger dream that transcends his age.


Benjamin wants to become an auto mechanic and is currently learning at a workshop in his area in Benin, Edo state, to hone his passion.


With his determination, the little boy has continued to pull the strings and won the hearts of those who earlier doubted his ability due to his age.


 “I am learning how to grind valve on top of a cylinder. This is called valve (points), this pushing cup, here you have pin, cap, spring and crankshaft while this is the top cylinder,” he told BBC Pidgin.


Benjamin’s first major challenge was convincing Chidinma Ekechukwu, his mother, that he is up to the task.


Chidinma said she had initially opposed his decision to learn the work because of what people would say.


She added that she soon realised that her son won’t throw in the towel despite flogging him.


“When he told me that he wants to learn work, I felt bad because of what people would say. I knew people would definitely talk and that’s why I tried to stop him. I even used to beat him to stop the work but he still won’t give in,” she said.


“Whenever I leave the house for the market, he would have gone to his place of work before I come back. He has been learning the work for about eight months now.”


Benjamin’s impressive stint so far has, however, convinced his mum and she is currently one of those backing the young boy’s ambition.


 “What he (Benjamin) is currently doing is not different from what other children go to school to study. I don’t see anything wrong with it because it’s is really good. There’s nothing like having a skill of your own,” she added.


“Some people will think that he does not go to school but that’s not true. He is currently in primary two and what he is learning does not affect his academic in any way. He goes to school regularly. I wish he would stop the work but if I do that, he would start crying at home.


“My plan is that when he completes his secondary education, I will enroll him in a technical school so that he can read more about the work and continue after graduation.”


Like Benjamin’s mum, Emmanuel Tochukwu, owner of the mechanic workshop, earlier doubted the boy’s ability to grapple with the energy and resilience required for the work.


But he was also stunned by the kid’s dedication to learning and overall productivity.


“Benjamin beats my expectation in a great way because when he approached me at first that he wants to learn work, I assumed that it would be difficult to teach him considering his age,” he said.


“In fact, at the initial stage, I told him that I can’t teach him because he is too small to learn the work. But when I saw the zeal in him, I decided to give him a chance. At the outset, I normally give him minor works to do but I noticed that he does whatever task given to him perfectly.


“He also learns faster than those older than him. There are lots of things he can do currently as far this work is concerned. The only thing he cannot do now is to handle some of the sophisticated machines we use here because of his age.

 “I also entrust him with some valuable items at work because he is very composed and knows how to keep things safe. However, considering his age, there things that I don’t allow him to do to avoid tampering with his growth.”

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Likely causes of death while asleep

Why do people die in their sleep? Explore some of the most common causes and how sleep disorders like sleep apnea, snoring, and insomnia may contribute to a higher risk of never waking up.

Cardiac Arrest

A death that is associated with the heart could be attributed to several medical conditions, including sudden cardiac arrest (SCA), myocardial infarction, arrhythmias (abnormal heart rhythms), and congestive heart failure (CHF). One common effect from all of these heart conditions is the failure of the heart to pump enough blood to the rest of the body, which can be fatal.

Respiratory Arrest

The lungs and the heart complement each other. As such, when one system fails, the other will most likely follow. One type of breathing that is indicative of impending death is called the Cheyne – Stokes respiration or periodic respiration. It is characterized by deep and fast breathing, followed with a gradual decrease before going for a temporary stop in breathing or apnea. The pattern repeats with each cycle lasting up to 2 minutes.

Respiratory failure can happen due to a chronic, degenerative disease, such as:

Chronic Bronchitis



Pulmonary fibrosis

Cystic fibrosis

Lung cancer

Status asthmaticus

Pulmonary embolism

It is also possible for the lungs to fail because of some changes in the muscles or the nervous system, just like in the case of myasthenia gravis or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).

Moreover, there are cases of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) in babies less than one-year-old. The exact cause is unknown, but it is believed to be associated with defects in the portion of the infant’s brain that is responsible for breathing and arousal from sleep.

Sudden Unexplained Nocturnal Death Syndrome

SUNDS or sudden unexplained nocturnal death syndrome was first recognized in 1915 in the Philippines. It was originally called bangungut (“to arise and moan;” the word for “nightmare”) in the Tagalog language. In Hawaii, they call it Dream Disease.

The exact cause of SUNDS is unclear, but it is associated with acute hemorrhagic pancreatitis, Brugada syndrome (a condition that causes disruption in the normal rhythm of the heart), and structural heart disease. Moreover, SUNDS is prevalent in young adult Southeast Asian men who are otherwise healthy.

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Have you heard of people dying while sleeping inside their car with their AC on? That’s more likely due to carbon monoxide poisoning.

Carbon monoxide (CO) is a colorless and odorless gas that can be fatal if too much of it is breathed into the lungs. And unless you are using a CO detector, you can hardly notice its presence. It can be found in the fumes from running cars, gas ranges, furnaces, grills, stoves, water heater, fireplace, dryer and so on.

How does it kill? An increase in the levels of carbon monoxide can compromise the amount of oxygen that is flowing in your blood. When this happens, the blood that circulates in the body is carrying more of the toxic carbon monoxide, instead of oxygen. This ultimately leads to shock, or in the worst-case scenario, death.

What happens if you are awake? If there is an increased level of carbon monoxide inside your car or in your environment while you are awake, you may experience symptoms like dizziness, headache, or an upset stomach.

Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is the most common of all the types of sleep apnea, and it is more likely the culprit why a person may die in their sleep. Apparently, OSA is a serious sleep disorder. It causes one’s breathing to stop and start repeatedly while sleeping.

This type of sleep apnea causes your throat muscles to intermittently relax and cause blockage in your airway during sleep. Hence, there’s the term “obstructive” in its name. Snoring is one noticeable sign of sleep apnea. It is estimated that about 22 million Americans struggle from sleep apnea, and 80% of these cases are undiagnosed.

How does OSA kill? When the airway is obstructed, it can suddenly compromise the level of oxygen that is running in the blood. If a person is already at risk for heart attack and stroke, then OSA can trigger a sudden cardiac event or brain attack that can cause one’s untimely demise while asleep.

It pays to know all of these things before it’s too late. People may say that once it is your time, you can’t do something about it. This statement is quite preposterous because doing preventive measures and knowing what to look out for can definitely help in staying away from impending and untimely death.

For instance, you can do something to address your snoring problem and there are treatments for sleep apnea that you can try. There are also medications, treatments, and surgeries that can address a respiratory or heart problem. And of course, one can stay at an affordable motel to sleep at instead of sleeping inside the car with the AC on.