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Psychologist gives insight into rising cases of incest



A few months ago, a video went viral on social media depicting a 25-year-old lady fighting her father’s decision to remarry after her mother’s death. The shocking revelation was that she considered her father the love of her life, revealing a disturbing history of their relationship. She claimed her father had initiated a sexual relationship with her when she was 17, and since then, she had never been involved with any other man. The lady was devastated to learn that her father intended to remarry after thwarting the efforts of four suitors interested in her.

Shortly after this incident, another video surfaced featuring a woman named Mrs. Nweze, who admitted to engaging in a forbidden relationship with her son, Obinna. She expressed a desire to end the incestuous act, explaining that her son had manipulated her into believing it was necessary for his business success or his life would be in jeopardy. The consequence of their actions was the dissolution of her marriage and strained relationships with her other sons, leading her to seek reconciliation with her family.

These cases are part of a disturbing trend of incestuous relationships in Nigeria, involving fathers and daughters, mothers and sons, and siblings. The narrative highlights instances where societal norms and cultural values are eroding, leading to an increase in such taboo practices.

In July 2023, a 46-year-old man named Jude was arrested for allegedly impregnating his two daughters in Abuja. The revelation came to light when one of the daughters reported the matter to her fiancé, a police officer. The accused father and his wife were accused of attempting to cover up the pregnancies.

Similarly, in March of the same year, a 43-year-old man named Abiodun Oladapo was arrested in Ogun State for allegedly impregnating his 19-year-old daughter. The victim, who was five months pregnant at the time, disclosed that her father had been coercing her into a sexual relationship since February 2022, threatening harm if she revealed the truth.

The rise in incestuous relationships is seen as a consequence of the weakening of societal norms, increased individualism, and the influence of Western culture, including the prevalence of explicit content online. Dr. Leonard Okonkwo, a Consultant Psychologist, emphasized the impact of societal norms on curbing such behaviors in the past. He mentioned the psychoanalytic theory, suggesting that improper handling of the attachment between a father and daughter during certain developmental stages could lead to incestuous relationships.

Dr. Okonkwo also noted that the emphasis on sexual freedom and the erosion of cultural values contribute to the normalization of taboo behaviors. He explained that while fantasy might mislead individuals into thinking there is nothing wrong, societal norms and legal consequences still act as deterrents.

The article raises questions about the mental health implications of such behaviors, emphasizing that abnormal behaviors, even if not classified as insanity, warrant professional help. The cases discussed underscore the need for a comprehensive approach involving cultural education, mental health awareness, and legal measures to address and prevent incestuous relationships.

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BVN, NIN requirement: CBN keeps mum as deadline expires



The Central Bank of Nigeria has kept mum as the deadline for banks to restrict customers’ accounts without a Bank Verification Number or National Identity Number has expired.

DAILY POST recalls that CBN, in a notice on December 1 last year, signed by the Director of Payments System Management Department, Chibuzo Efobi and Director of Financial Policy and Regulation Department, Haruna Mustapha, asked banks to restrict tier-1 accounts or wallets without NIN or BVN.

“For all existing Tier-1 accounts/wallets without BVN or NIN: Effective immediately, any unfunded account/wallet shall be placed on ‘Post No Debit or Credit’ until the new process is satisfied.

“Effective March 1, 2024, all funded accounts or wallets shall be placed on ‘Post No Debit or Credit’, and no further transactions will be permitted. The BVN or NIN attached to and/or associated with all accounts/wallets must be electronically revalidated by January 31, 2024”, the statement partly reads.

However, CBN acting spokesperson, Hakama Sidi has yet to respond to calls from DAILY POST on Friday over the fate of banks’ customers without NIN or BVN.

Meanwhile, in a telephone interview with DAILY POST, the President of the Bank Customers Association of Nigeria, Dr Uju Ogubunka, appealed to CBN for a deadline extension.

According to him, though many accounts have NIN or BVN, there are still many without the requirement.

“At this point, the best thing for CBN to do is extend the deadline for bank customers to have their NIN or BVN”, he told DAILY POST.

A source who preferred anonymity in a tier-1 bank told DAILY POST that no customer account had been restricted owing to the NIN or BVN requirement.

“At the moment, no customers’ accounts have been restricted. Customers in the last three days have trooped in to update their account”, he said.

DAILY POST reported that bank customers were in a last-minute rush to meet the NIN and BVN requirement deadlines as they besieged their respective banks.


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Gov Mbah signs New Enugu City, ENSIEC bills into law



On Friday, Governor Peter Mbah of Enugu State officially approved the New Enugu City Development Agency Bill, the Enugu State Geographical Information System Service Bill, and the Enugu State Independent Electoral Commission (ENSIC) Amendment Bill, turning them into law. The signing ceremony, witnessed by Enugu State House of Assembly Speaker Uchenna Ugwu at the Government House in Enugu, marked significant steps in the state’s governance.

Governor Mbah clarified the purposes of these laws during the signing event. He highlighted that the New Enugu City Development Agency Law grants administrative authority to oversee the development of a new city master plan, aimed at accommodating both present and future generations. The Enugu State Geographical Information System Service Law, on the other hand, focuses on automating and digitizing processes for service delivery, beginning with land-related matters.

Regarding the ENSIEC Amendment Law, Governor Mbah noted its alignment with constitutional amendments concerning electoral bodies, ensuring compliance with the evolving legal framework.

Explaining the rationale behind the New Enugu City Development Agency, Mbah emphasized the government’s forward-thinking approach to governance, addressing the need for urban expansion to accommodate the growing population. He underscored the significance of having a master plan for future generations to prevent urban congestion.

Furthermore, Mbah elaborated on the Enugu State Geographical Information System Service, emphasizing its role in fulfilling the administration’s promise to streamline land administration processes and provide efficient services. He highlighted the agency’s mandate to manage property information systems and facilitate digital platforms for accessing services and making payments.

Governor Mbah expressed gratitude to the State House of Assembly for their support and swift passage of these executive bills, acknowledging the importance of collaboration in driving the state’s development agenda forward. He emphasized that progress and success hinge on the collective efforts of all stakeholders, including the legislature.

In conclusion, Governor Mbah affirmed his administration’s commitment to fulfilling its promises and leveraging legislative support to enhance governance and service delivery in Enugu State.

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Tinubu’s presidency not by chance – Shettima



Vice President Kashim Shettima asserts that Asiwaju Bola Tinubu’s rise to the presidency is not coincidental but a divine blessing due to the sincerity of his character. Shettima made these remarks during a courtesy visit by the Nigerian Christian Pilgrim Commission (NCPC) delegation at the Presidential Villa in Abuja on Friday.

“The path leading to Tinubu’s presidency wasn’t accidental. He is known for his consistent sacrifices for the nation’s welfare. His success is viewed as a divine reward for his genuine intentions,” Shettima stated.

He stressed the importance of leaders fostering unity, highlighting Tinubu’s significant role in offering an alternative political platform within Nigeria’s system.

“Tinubu has made sacrifices and facilitated unity. He provided a haven for those facing political persecution and offered an alternative platform when others struggled for recognition,” Shettima elaborated.

Shettima urged Nigerians to be patient with Tinubu’s leadership, emphasizing that his presidency is not a coincidence but a deliberate journey towards national success.

He also charged the newly appointed NCPC Board to demonstrate unwavering commitment to their duties and reminded them of the importance of religious dedication in addressing national challenges.

“All of you were selected based on your religious commitment. We cannot overlook the issues within our system. It’s essential for all of us to strive for positive change to achieve the Nigeria we envision,” he concluded.

Previously, Bishop Stephen Adegbite, the Executive Secretary of NCPC, expressed gratitude to President Tinubu for the opportunity to serve on the board and praised Vice President Shettima’s outstanding leadership, citing his support for the Church and peace efforts in Borno State.

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