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A man survived 3 days in an upturned boat at the bottom of the ocean while crayfish ate his skin. Now he works as a diver.

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A man who made headlines for his harrowing story of surviving three days inside a capsized boat at the bottom of the ocean has retrained as a diver.

The story of how Harrison Okene became the lone survivor of the overturned Jascon-4 tugboat in May 2013 was widely reported around the world.

Working as a ship’s cook off the coast of Nigeria at the age of 29, Okene was in the bathroom when a wave hit his boat, overturning it and sending it 100 feet below the surface.

After struggling to open a jammed door while water filled the vessel, Okene eventually settled in an air pocket.

In order to survive, Okene drew on reserves of ingenuity and faith, he told The Guardian in a recent interview.

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He had torches and the meager supplies of food and cola that he managed to gather, he told the outlet.

In the water around him, crayfish nibbled at his skin, he said. He stayed down there, sitting on a small improvised raft, for nearly three days.

“I tried to kill the fear in front of me,” he said. “Because one thing that can kill you fast is fear. That panic that comes at you, it kills you before your real death comes. Because the moment you start panicking, you use too much oxygen.”

According to Eric Hexdall, a specialist in diving medicine at Duke University, the volume of air he was sitting in would have given him roughly 56 hours, National Geographic reported soon after the incident.

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Bodycam footage of the rescue shared by the Associated Press shows the dramatic moment that divers found Okene.

It shows a pale, floating hand that the diver initially assumed belonged to a dead body. “We found one, yeah,” the diver says.

But as the hand grips his own, the diver says: “He’s alive! He’s alive!”

The camera, which was submerged, comes above water level to reveal Okene sitting in a pocket of air, surrounded by debris. “Hold him there, just keep him there — reassure him, just pat him on the shoulder,” the diver says.

After the rescue, Okene paradoxically found himself still drawn to the ocean, he told The Guardian. For him, the water had always been “a very peaceful place.”

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The incident proved to be a turning point, he told the outlet.

In 2015, he decided to retrain as a diver. “I have faced a lot of my fears in my life, and I decided to face this once and for all,” he said.

Okene now makes underwater repairs on oil and gas facilities, and can dive to a maximum depth of 165 feet, the outlet reported, far deeper than the site of the shipwreck that almost claimed his life….READ FULL ARTICLE

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My Wife Made A Surprising Demand Over $1.9 Billion Purportedly Paid To My Bank – Lai Mohammed

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Former Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, has recounted how fake news almost ruined his 40-year-old marriage….READ FULL ARTICLE

Naijaonpoint reports that the former Minister made this known on Thursday in Ogun State while speaking at an event tagged: “A Day with Alhaji Lai Mohammed” organized by the Mass Communication Department of Olabisi Onabanjo University.

According to him, after the fake report about a purported $1.9bn allegedly paid into his bank account, his wife woke him up at midnight, demanding that she should be one of the signatories of his bank account to prepare for any eventuality.

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The former Minister also stated that even his friends and many other people were begging for money after seeing the fake report.

He called on Nigerians to team up in the fight against fake news, stressing that until one becomes a victim, we may not know the gravity of fake reports.

He said,“The menace of fake news is a menace that must be tackled by all of us; this is something that nearly cost me my marriage of about 40 years.

“While we were in government, there was fake news that I had $1.9bn in my bank account and unfortunately, many people believed this falsehood, including my wife.

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“One day, my wife woke me up in the middle of the night and spoke in Yoruba, She called me: ‘Daddy’, and I said, ‘Yes, what is it?’ She said, ‘we all know that death can come at any time; we may say it wouldn’t be this early but it may be, but whatever happens, it will be good if you make me one of the signatories to your bank account to prepare for any eventuality’”….READ FULL ARTICLE

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Regina Daniels supports husband’s bill to create Anioma State in Delta

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Actress Regina Daniels Nwoko has publicly endorsed her husband, Ned Nwoko’s bill in the National Assembly, which seeks to create a new state, Anioma State, in Delta State….READ FULL ARTICLE

In a video shared on social media, Regina Daniels passionately supported the creation of the Anioma state, highlighting the historical struggles and victories of the Anioma people.

She urged everyone to back her husband’s bill, emphasising that the time has come to make the creation of Anioma State a reality.

In her native language, she stated: “I want to talk about the Anioma people.”

Switching to English, Regina elaborated: “Anioma is indeed an endowed culture, it possesses the classical characteristics of oneness, a shared history, robust culture, language, traditions, and features that set us apart from other local governments in Delta State yet, uniquely connects us to the south-eastern state.

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“As a true daughter of Anioma, I am immensely proud of the recently sponsored bill for the creation of Anioma State by my beloved husband and our distinguished Senator Ned Munir Nwoko.”

The actress emphasised the significance of the bill, stating, “I believe the passage of this bill will heed the clarion call for the creation of the sixth state in the south-east, addressing a long-standing injustice.”

She added: “I lend my voice to support the Recently sponsored bill by my husband and our distinguished Senator for the creation of Anioma State. The creation of Anioma state is long overdue. The 50years struggle of our Ancestors must not be in vain. This is the time to make it happen @princenednwoko.”...READ FULL ARTICLE

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Ndume: My removal as senate chief whip an act of God | I stand by all my statements

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Ali Ndume, senator representing Borno south, says he stands by his comments made in a recent interview granted to Arise Television….READ FULL ARTICLE

During the interview, the former chief whip of the senate alleged that the administration of President Bola Tinubu is populated by kleptocrats.

Following his comments, Ndume was removed as chief whip of the senate by the All Progressives Congress (APC). The party also asked the lawmaker to resign as its member.

Speaking during an interview in Abuja on Friday, Ndume said he said nothing wrong, noting that his removal as the chief whip of the senate was an “act of God”.

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Thereafter, Senate President Godswill Akpabio removed the lawmaker as the vice-chairman of the appropriation panel and appointed him to head the senate committee on tourism.

Speaking on the incident for the first time, Ndume said he reviewed his interview and also got feedback from friends and elders but was told that he did not say anything that is not true.

“I have reviewed the interview I granted. I also shared with friends, leaders, elders in this country to review and get back to me to tell me if I have said anything that is not true or that is wrong in that interview,” he said.

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“Unanimously, the people I shared with and my conviction too, tells me that I didn’t do anything wrong, I did not say anything wrong and therefore, I want to state that I stand with all my statements in the interview I granted.

“The party that recommended me to be removed as being the chief whip of the senate, I take that as an act of God.

“It is God that gave me that position, and it is God that took that through APC, so I bear no grudges.”

Ndume rejected his new appointment in the upper legislative chamber.

“I learnt that I have been appointed chairman of tourism. I want to state here that I beg to decline for two reasons,” he said.

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“You must do something that you are interested in, I’m not a tourist, I don’t have a visa to any country as I am speaking to you.

“I have never been to China, India, France except America that I schooled, and London I used to go, but even at that, I can’t remember going to any of these countries.

“I’m not experienced in that. I will prefer to be an ordinary member; besides I have committees that I’m already content with.”…READ FULL ARTICLE

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