Education News

LAUTECH OWNERSHIP: Makinde pays thank you visit to Oyetola

Oyo State Governor, Engineer Seyi Makinde, said on Monday that politics and other considerations cannot distract him and his colleague governors in the South-West geopolitical zone from cooperating to ensure development of the zone and Nigeria.

He warned naysayers and detractors to quit trying to drive a wedge between him and other governors, adding that such persons should look elsewhere.

According to him, politics and party affiliations will not cause a division among the governors.
Governor Makinde stated these when he paid a thank you visit to his counterpart in Osun State, Chief Gboyega Oyetola, over the amicable resolution of the age-long ownership crisis which had rocked the Ladoke Akintola University,(LAU
TECH), Ogbomoso, for years.

Governor Makinde added that Oyo and Osun States demonstrated that an amicable resolution of the seeming intractable ownership crisis was possible and that the decision would ensure that LAUTECH returns to the pinnacle of excellence, which it was renowned for, years back.
A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Mr. Taiwo Adisa, indicated that the governor stated these while speaking at the Executive Chamber of the Osun State Governor’s Office.

The statement added that Makinde commended Governor Oyetola for the statemanly role he played in the process.
This was as the Osun State governor also expressed confidence that Makinde would implement the MoU on the resolution of the LAUTECH ownership to the letter, declaring that the Oyo State Governor is a man of honour.

In his speech, Governor Makinde maintained that a lot of people had been reading wrong meaning into the recent dissolution of the joint ownership of LAUTECH, describing it as being against the spirit of regional cooperation.
He said, however, that the decision by Oyo and Osun States to have a divorce over LAUTECH ownership would pay off in the long run.

“To the naysayers, they should look for other things that will divide us. Politics has not divided us. Party affiliations did not do that. LAUTECH did not do it. And we will continue to cooperate for the progress and prosperity of both states, our zone, and our country,” he said.

According to Governor Makinde, the visit to Osogbo was to appreciate Oyetola for the role he played in the process that led to the amicable resolution of the issue, noting that without Oyetola playing that role, the problem could not have been solved.
He said: “I came here to basically thank my brother, Governor Gboyega Oyetola, for the role that he played, which eventually led to us being able to resolve the LAUTECH issue.

“So, I came to thank Governor Oyetola. Without him playing that role of being a statesman, we could not have solved the problem.
“There have been a lot of thoughts, insinuations out there in the Press but what we have both done is to put the interest of our children that are students of that university over and above politics, partisanship and ego.

Yes, somebody said that we failed because, in the spirit of regional integration, oneness in the region, we should have been able to jointly manage the institution. “And I said that position was well-thought-out and lucid but they missed the point.”
He explained that the joint ownership of LAUTECH led the university to experience challenges and setbacks, noting that the need to find a lasting solution to the challenges led to the dissolution of the joint ownership.

“The point is, the joint ownership, over the years, has become really challenging in terms of funding, in terms of even the stakeholders in there. When you go into LAUTECH, you have Oyo Forum, you have Osun Forum. They come in to whisper to me and they also come in to whisper to the governor here.
“In the middle of that, the institution was closed down for several years. And I said to those people that there are several ways to skin a rat but what is important is, we want to get results. We want to get our children back to school. We want to get the university to a point where it can fulfill its original mandate, which is to train graduates that will be impactful in our environment, in our state, in our region and in our country.

“So, what both of us have done is to come together to say that this problem has lingered over several years, over several regimes and we have had different players. When it started, it was PDP and PDP in Oyo State. Later, it was APC and APC. But now, PDP and APC solved the problem. So, for us, we are all winners.”

The governor also appreciated the Osun and Oyo States teams led by Emeritus Professor Olu Aina and Professor Deji Omole, noting that the work they did and the roles they played in resolving the issue would be appreciated by generations to come.
The governor further noted that that there would not be any discrimination against Osun State indigennes in LAUTECH, explaining that students from the two states will continue to have the privilege of owner-states.

“On a final note, I have said it before now that in LAUTECH, there is no Oyo Forum anymore. There is no Osun Forum anymore. There is only a LAUTECH forum.
“So, both Osun and Oyo States students there will continue to have the privilege of the owner-states.

There will be no discrimination. The field structure is the same and the products of LAUTECH, whether from Oyo or from Osun, we look forward to them contributing immensely to the progress and development, not only of Oyo and Osun States but of Nigeria because that is the mandate of that university.”
In his remarks, the Osun State Governor said that the disengagement of Osun from LAUTECH ownership was done in a painstaking process midwifed by the NUC, which lasted for almost a year, noting that the decision was taken in the interest of students, staff of the university and all stakeholders.

He maintained that he and Makinde put politics aside to address the ownership issue in a way that would take care of the interest of the two states.
He noted that while Oyo would have sole ownership of the institution, the chances of students and staff of Osun origin would be protected.

“It was good enough that we have decided to have joint ownership of the University but, sometimes, you have issues of funding, management. We have a marriage that is not working, you don’t keep it until the marriage dies naturally. You seek divorce voluntarily and it is a win-win situation for the two states.

“So, if people say they are not happy, they are not happy because they don’t understand the intricacies involved in joint ownership. The students have had cause to suffer a lot through issues of crises of management. Sometimes, politics come into it, especially when you don’t have the same party in the two states.

“There is no year that we didn’t have a crisis in LAUTECH for the past 15 years. Must it continue to be in crisis? No. So, there is a need to take decisions when it is desirable to do so,” Oyetola said.

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Corruption News Politics

ICPC Uncovers $919,000 Kept In Secret Account By Government Officials Since 2014

The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission has discovered the sum of USD 919,202.07 (approximately N450 million) fraudulently hidden in a bank account by some officials of the Federal High Court in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

The ICPC said it acted on a petition instituted against the officials and has therefore obtained an interim forfeiture order on the money.

Investigators in the Rivers State office of the commission traced the money that had been hidden to an interest yielding account.

On discovery of the hidden money, the ICPC through its lawyer, Dr Agada Akogwu, filed an ex-parte motion for an interim order of forfeiture of the funds.

In a statement, the ICPC said Justice Mohammed Sani of the Federal High Court, Port Harcourt, in his ruling, granted the commission’s prayers for interim forfeiture of the said sum pending the final hearing on the matter.

The judge further ruled that the “orders of the court directing the interim forfeiture shall be published in any daily newspaper within 14 working days for any person interested in the said property sought to be forfeited to appear before the court to show cause why the final forfeiture orders are not made in favour of the Federal Government of Nigeria.”

The matter was adjourned to 14th December 2020 for reports and final forfeiture hearing.

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Health World News

Deadly Legionnaires Disease Spreads In Portugal, 200 Tested Positive

The Legionnaires disease, another fatal infection, is spreading faster than projected as about 200 Portuguese have been diagnosed to have contracted the disease.

The Legionnaires disease, which was being curtailed from spreading, had infected over 100 persons in less than a week with nine deaths recorded.

An illustration of Legionella bacteria, the cause of Legionnaires’ disease (Roger Harris / Science Photo Library)
SI Noticias, a local media in Portugal, reported that since October 30, seven people have died from the disease, and two others died at the Póvoa de Varzim Hospital Center / Vila do Conde.

Asa, a resident of Matosinhos, a city in Portugal, said residents were being tested for the virus daily for the commencement of treatment before it escalates.

“My family just went for consultation and testing at a Hospital Pedro Hispano. We saw many who are being treated, and everybody in the community is scared,” he said.

The disease, which is also spreading in the United States, caused the State Department of Public Health to launch an investigation after a man was suspected of having died after he was infected.

Portugal and the United States are the two countries with the most recorded cases of the rare, but potentially life-threatening disease.

The disease has also been recorded in Canada, England and China in recent times.
Legionnaires is caused by a bacterium commonly associated with water systems. Legionella occurs naturally in freshwater environments, like lakes and streams.

There is no vaccine currently available for Legionnaires’ disease, but precaution methods are being taken to curtail the widespread of the virus.

It is often categorized as being community, travel or hospital-acquired based on the type of exposure.

Of the reported cases, 75–80% are over 50 years, and 60–70% are male.
About one in 10 people who get sick from Legionnaires’ disease will die, according to the Centre for Disease Control.

Worldwide, waterborne Legionella pneumophila, is the most common cause of cases, including outbreaks. Legionella pneumophila and related species are commonly found in lakes, rivers, creeks, hot springs and other bodies of water. Other species including L. longbeachae can be found in potting mixes.

Infection can occur by aspiration of contaminated water or ice, particularly in susceptible hospital patients, and by exposure of babies during water births. There is no direct human-to-human transmission.
Prevention of Legionnaires’ disease depends on applying control measures to minimize the growth of Legionella and dissemination of aerosol, according to the World Health Organisation.

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Crime Education Local News

Gunmen Kill Associate Professor In Benue

Gunmen on Saturday evening killed an Associate Professor with the University of Agriculture Makurdi, Karl Kwaghger, in Makurdi, the Benue State capital.

According to The Nation, Kwaghger, who was a lecturer in the Mechanical Engineering Department of UAM, graduated from the same university and was offered employment where he rose to the rank of an Associate Professor.

It was revealed that the lecturer was cornered to a dark side of the street by four men who stabbed him several times around 9.30 pm at opposite IBB square in Makurdi.

A private security guard within the vicinity of the incident said he was on a routine patrol and found the man in his pool of blood on the ground, crying for help.

The security guard said he contacted his boss on the phone, who immediately called the B Division Police Station but the victim died shortly before help came his way.

The killers made away with his Avenza vehicle and phones.
The police confirmed the incident, saying an investigation had commenced.

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Corruption Sports

We Need N81 Million To Cut Abuja Stadium Grass, Says Sports Minister, Dare

The Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr Sunday Dare, has said that the government needs N81 million to cut the grass that has taken over the Moshood Abiola National Stadium in Abuja.

He made the revelation while speaking during a seminar organised by the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria.

The minister said he had reached out to the Abuja Environmental Protection Board for an assessment of the stadium, which was built in 2003 with N53 billion on a 29 hectares (72 acres) of land, Daily Trust reports.

“We approached AEPB to come to see what can be done to clear the grass and weed in the stadium and they told us it would cost us N81m.

“If we tell Nigerians we used N81m which is not even available; there will be an outcry. The funds are not there for us, and that is why we are partnering with private investors to bring back the key components of our infrastructures,” he said.

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Crime Local News

Robbers Attack Christ Apostolic Church In Ogun, Abduct Members During Vigil

Men of the Ogun State Police Command have arrested five armed robbers who attacked members of a church, beat them to a stupor, and kidnapped one of them.

The robbers reportedly invaded a Christ Apostolic Church, situated at Gudugbe Alagbon area of Wasimi in Ewekoro Local Government Area of the state.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi, disclosed this on Sunday in a statement.

Oyeyemi noted that the suspects – Abubakar Ibrahim, 38; Sulaiman Yusuf, 32; Ismail Yusuf, 20; Umar Aliu, 26 and Yinusa Musa – were arrested on Thursday.

The PPRO added that they were arrested the same day they robbed the church members, following a distress call made by the shepherd in charge of the church, Obisesan Seye.

According to the PPRO, the shepherd told the police that his church was invaded about 1:30 am by six men who were armed with dangerous weapons.

Oyeyemi said, “The hoodlums beat some members of the church to a stupor before dispossessing them of their valuables.

“As if that was not enough, the hoodlums abducted one Mojisola Atolagbe while leaving the church.
“Upon the distress call, policemen attached to Ewekoro division swiftly moved to the scene, combed the forest where the hoodlums escaped to thoroughly, and their efforts paid off when five amongst the gang members were apprehended in the bush.

“The victims of the attack have identified all the arrested suspects while the sixth one is being hunted for.”

The PPRO said some weapons such as one cutlass, two sharp-pointed cudgels, and assorted dangerous charms were recovered.

He said the Commissioner of Police, Edward Ajogun, had ordered the immediate transfer of the suspects to the state Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department for discreet investigation.

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Zabarmari: Zulum leads horrified kinsmen to bury 43 farmers killed by Boko Haram

Governor of Borno State, Professor Babagana Umara Zulum was at Zabarmari early morning on Sunday, to lead kinsmen and other residents, still in shock, for the funeral of 43 farmers slaughtered by the Boko Haram insurgents.

Though the victims lived in Zabarmari, a farming community in Jere Local Government Area, famous for rice cultivation and local processing, they were attacked on Saturday, at Koshebe village, a place in Mafa Local Government Area.
Zulum, during his visit was told that death toll was yet to be fully ascertained.

“Your Excellency, as you have seen here, 43 corpses were buried, but others have not been retrieved from the scene of the incident. Nobody can tell you the exact number of people killed. Some of the victims are still missing” a resident (name concealed, told the Governor).

Zulum addressed the bereaved community.
“First of all, accept my deepest sympathy over this carnage, once again, that affects all of us and every human with conscience. I am told some persons are still missing. We have been discussing with the military since yesterday, Insha Allah the remaining people will be traced soon.”

The Governor while speaking to journalists said, “It is disheartening that more than 40 citizens were slaughtered while they were working in their farmlands. Our people are in very difficult situations, they are in two different extreme conditions, in one side they stay at home they may be killed by hunger and starvation, on the other, they go out to their farmlands and risk getting killed by the insurgents. This is very sad. We are still appealing to the Federal Government to ensure recruitment of more our youths in the CJTF and hunters into the Nigerian military and the Civil Defence so that they can form part of the agro rangers that will protect farmers. We need many boots to protect farmlands and our youths understand the terrain. We will not lose hope because we have to remain optimistic about ending the insurgency” Zulum said.

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Education News

Boko Haram Slaughters Over 40 Rice Farmers In Borno State, Outshines The Nigerian Army

Emerging report reaching Page 36 on Saturday night, indicates that at least 44 Rice Farmers were killed by suspected Boko Haram terrorists, while harvesting their crops, in Borno State.

Sources in Zabarmari, a community in the State, known for Rice Farming, stated that the Farmers were attacked as they were working on a Rice Field, at Garin Kwashebe.

The Farmers were attacked on Saturday, as residents of the State were voting to elect Local Government Council Officials, for the first time in 13 years.

The sources said that the Farmers “were rounded up, and summarily slaughtered by the armed insurgents”.

Hassan Zabarmari, a former Chairman of a Rice Farmers Association in the State, confirmed the incident.

“It was a sad incident that took place at about 11am, today. The Farmers were attacked at the Garin-Kwashebe Rice Field, and according to reports reaching us since afternoon, about 40 of them were killed.

“But we have been receiving conflicting information on the casualty figures, some said it was up to 50 Farmers that were slaughtered.”
A member of House Representatives, Ahmed Satomi, who represents Jere Federal Constituency, also confirmed the incident in an interview.

He said: “It was a very sad development that happened today, at Zabarmari Rice Field general area.
“Farmers and Fishermen were killed in cold blood. We have so far received 44 corpses from the farms, and we are preparing for their burials tomorrow by God’s grace.”

The Lawmaker added that the Farmers “were attacked, because they had on Friday, disarmed and arrested a Boko Haram gunman, who had been tormenting them”.

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Nigeria needs prayers – President Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has urged Nigerians to continue to pray for peace and stability.

Buhari made the call in his address at the 70th anniversary of the Qaddriyya on Saturday in Kano, NAN reports.

Represented by Sabo Nanono, Minister of Agriculture, Buhari said prayers would foster unity and help crush security challenges.

The Nigerian leader urged the youths to use federal government empowerment programmes to learn trades and become self-reliant.

The President commended Qadiriyya leader, Sheikh Qaribullah Nasiru-Kabara, for his support and spiritual intervention over the years.

The Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar, and the Emir of Kano, Aminu Bayero, urged Nigerians to live in peace and continue their supplication for the nation.

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Six Killed In Lagos-Ibadan Expressway Accident

Six persons on Saturday died in an accident, which involved a truck and a Honda Pilot Sports Utility Vehicle in the Ogere area of Lagos-Ibadan highway.

Sector Commander, Federal Road Safety Corps in Ogun State, Ahmed Umar, confirmed that the incident happened around 7:00am.

According to him, the road crash was caused by speeding and loss of control on the part of the SUV driver.
He stated that the driver of the Honda Pilot marked LSR 525 FY, was on “lost control of the vehicle and subsequently rammed into the moving truck with registration number KRV 716 ZV”.

Umar added that an injured passenger was taken to Idera Hospital, Ogere, for treatment while the deceased were deposited at FOS morgue in Ipara.

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Crime Scandal

Lady Murders And Chops Her Mother Into Bits Over A Prophecy In Akwa Ibom State

A woman has been arrested for allegedly killing her mother and chopping the body into pieces in Urua Aran, Ikot Ekpene, Akwa Ibom.

According to sources, the incident happened on Friday and was found out by a business partner, with whom the deceased traded petty goods.

Reports say, after several knocks on the door without a response, the visitor proceeded into the room, only to be greeted with the rude shock.

An alarm was raised and the suspect was allegedly caught asking people to buy ‘cow’ meat not far from her house. She was bundled to the scene of the crime where it was discovered, a bowl containing body parts of the deceased.

However, the suspect confessed to the crime. Reports have it that the suspect is allegedly battling a psychiatric disorder.

It is not yet clear if the killing was induced, but it is said the alleged killer had a history of insanity and had returned from a therapist where her deceased mom had sought a cure for her, not quite long before the incident occurred.

It’s also reported that the suspect was given a prophecy that her mother was a witch which might have prompted her to carry out the horrible act.

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Special Reports

Ancient Ife Artefact Returned To Nigeria From Netherlands

Nigeria has taken delivery of an ancient Ife Terracotta head from the Kingdom of Netherlands.

Lai Mohammed, Nigeria’s Minister of Information and Culture, received the artefact from the Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to Nigeria, Harry van Dijk, on Thursday.

Mohammed said the return of the terracotta head after hundreds of years was a milestone in seeking the return of other antiquities taken away from the country.

He said, “It gives me profound joy to receive this very important antiquity, an Ife Terracotta, which is dated to be at least 600 years old. I am even more delighted that our efforts at pursuing the return of Nigerian antiquities, which we launched last November, have started yielding fruits.

“One way of generating income for the country is if our cultural properties are exhibited around the world to a fee-paying audience, on the basis of the proper agreement that acknowledges us as owners and confers the right benefits on us.

“But this is not possible for as long as most of them adorn the museums and private collections of others, who describe them as their properties.

“Let me state here that Nigeria believes in joint international efforts to put a stop to illicit export and import of cultural goods. The issue of cultural property should not be a ground of rancour and discord among nations.

“That is if nations choose to tow the path which the Kingdom of The Netherlands has chosen by insisting on justice, fairness and amity.”

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Education News

BREAKING: ASUU agrees to call off strike, to receive N70bn

The Academic Staff Union of Universities has agreed to call of its eight -month strike which has grounded academic activities in the public universities .

The union leadership reached the consensus during a meeting with the government team led by the Minister of Labour and Employment , Dr Chris Ngige, in Abuja , on Friday .

The government also pledged to increase the total payment to the union to N 70 billion.

This is happening one week after the Federal Government accepted the demand by the ASUU that they be exempted from the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System .

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News Politics

Niger Delta militants who bombed oil pipelines in Bayelsa make 5 demands to Nigerian govt

A newly formed coalition of 36 militant groups in the Niger Delta region, Continuous Emancipation of Niger Delta, CEND, which recently attacked gas and crude oil pipelines in Bayelsa State, has issued six demands to the Federal Government.

CEND, in an electronic mail by a self-styled General Officer Commanding, GOC, River Lord, aka Adaka Bor, obtained by the Vanguard, said the government should quickly handle the demands, otherwise it would continue “destructive attacks” on oil and gas facilities.

The statement said: “Our demands include the relocation of the headquarters of all oil and gas companies operating in the Niger Delta; Federal Government should pay 13 per cent derivation directly to oil and gas producing communities; demilitarization of the entire Niger Delta and fiscal and true federalism.”

“Other demands are the repositioning of the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, and the Presidential Amnesty Programme, PAP, in line with its core mandate and community participation.

“Among those in the coalition spread across the region are Supreme Egbesu Resource Fighters, SERF, Niger Delta Resource Control Force, NDRCF, Emancipation of Niger Delta, END, Reformed Movement for Emancipation of the Niger Delta, RMEND, Niger Delta Adaka Boro Force for Resource Control and Niger Delta Joint Task Force, NDJTF,” the statement said.

It continued: “The new coalition of 36 militant groups, Continuous Emancipation for the Niger Delta CEND has made bold it threat to carry out destructive attacks on oil and gas facilities across the Niger Delta region, as the group has once again claimed responsibility for bombing of gas and crude oil pipelines in Ikarama community in Yenagoa Council Area of Bayelsa state.”

“The pipelines which were completely destroyed by the attacks is operated by Shell Petroleum Development Company, SPDC and the Nigerian Agip Oil Company NOAC in Ikarama community, Bayelsa State.

“We are prepared to carry out our threats to the letter without any iota of fear as we have the capacity to bring the oil and gas facilities in the Niger Delta to rubbles if our demands are not meant.

“The same fate that befell crude oil pipelines in Golubokiri in Nembe and Ikarama in Yenagoa local government areas of Bayelsa state within the last two weeks will be the story everywhere oil and gas installations are located.

“Attacks will be carried out with utmost precision and intelligence that cannot be comprehended by the forces of evil against the development of the abandoned region,” the militants added.

“In the coming days, there will be series of attacks on major oil and gas installations in the Niger Delta simultaneously because they are well prepared to push the pawn to the other side of the board without fear and harassment from security agencies and the federal government.

“We want to warn all foreign nationals that this is the time to leave the Niger Delta region, as the attacks which will be total in the coming days, will not spare them. Al foreign embassies should as a matter of urgency evacuate their citizens”.

“All our field commanders have been briefed not to show mercy on any oil and gas installations no matter its location until the federal government meets our demands which are critical to the emancipation of the long neglected region,” the group said.

CEND asserted: “If we do not act now, our children will ask us questions that we will not have answers to, our communities will go into extinction because of underdevelopment, environment degradation and pollution”.

“The struggle will not end until we see genuine efforts to develop the region, imagine the East -West road that connects the six states of the Niger Delta is in a deplorable state even worse than a death trap and if crude oil was being transported by road, probably our roads would have been better.”

“The federal government and international oil companies are only bothered about how to lift crude oil without any present or future plan to develop the region. The blood of Isaac Adaka Boro and Ken Saro Wiwa will not be in vain,” it concluded.

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Crime News Politics

Almajiris are potential Boko Haram in waiting if not addressed – Zulum

Borno State Governor, Prof. Babagana Zulum on Thursday warned that if the Almajiri system is not completely overhauled, the Northeast may end up having to deal with an army of youths who may join the dreaded Boko Haram insurgents to torment the people.

He spoke at the third northeast Governors’ forum meeting in Yola, Adamawa State.
Chairman of the forum, Zulum said another issue which unquestionably needed to be urgently tackled is the Almajiri phenomenon and its associated challenges which are increasingly having a telling effect on the overall socio-economic development of the society.

“Unless the Almajiri system is completely overhauled along the lines of its original objectives, we may end up having to deal with an army of perhaps untrainable youths who inadvertently become vulnerable to the influence of social misfits like kidnappers and bandits and even terror groups like the Boko Haram insurgents.

“It is a problem common to all of us and it needs both multi-dimensional and individually selective approach, based on the general and specific peculiarities of the system in each State. As for us in Borno State, I have already set up a High Powered Committee to forensically and comprehensively look into the system, particularly its attendant issues of begging and unsavoury learning environment and determine whether or not such characteristics are integral part of the system or the result of a deliberate or inadvertent negligence on the partof the proprietors.

“On the short term, the Committee will advise Government on how to improve the learning environment, the academic standard as well as the status of the pupils, while as a long term measure, the Committee is to look into the possibility of integrating the Sangaya system into the overall Western education system. These are some of the measures we have taken so far on the Almajiri system,” he said.

Zulum said it was pertinent to table the problem for a thorough and meticulous deliberation with a view to coming up with pragmatic and impactful ways of addressing the issue or even replicating the Borno example by setting up a committee with broad terms of reference, that should cover the entire sub-region.

He added that there is also the daunting phenomenon of youth unemployment in the North East which is increasingly becoming a serious cause of concern not only to the sub-region but the entire country as well.

“As we have discovered recently, the EndSARS protest was one of the direct consequences of youth unemployment which unfortunately degenerated into youth restiveness, with its concomitant effects, particularly on governance.

“We must therefore find ways and means of creating opportunities for our youths to be gainfully employed or actively engaged in useful activities, in order to ensure that they do not constitute a menace or pose a danger to society. Education is key to achieving these objectives and therefore we must work towards ensuring that our education system is resuscitated and reinvigorated to meet up the socio-economic needs and developmental requirements of our society.

“On the economic front, we must renew our commitment to collectively harnessing the vast and diverse resources we are endowed with, in order to build a prosperous and economically sustainable society for both the present and future generations,” he said.

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Corruption News Politics

Despite video, Lai Mohammed denies announcing N5m hate speech fine despite video evidence

Despite video evidence to the contrary , the Minister of Information and Culture , Lai Mohammed, has denied announcing an increment in the fine for hate speech from N 500 , 000 to N 5m .

Mohammed, who on August 5 , 2020 , announced the decision of the National Broadcasting Commission to increase the fine for hate speech stated on oath that he did not do so.
The minister said this in a counter-affidavit in response to an originating motion filed before a Federal High Court in Lagos , by human rights lawyer , Inibehe Effiong.
Effiong is challenging the imposition of N 5m fine on Nigeria Info 99 .3 FM Lagos and the threat by the National Broadcasting Commission to punish other broadcast stations in the country over alleged hate speech.

In an affidavit deposed to by a Litigation Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture , Sunday Ojobo , the minister stated that he never announced the fine.

The affidavit further read, “ Paragraph 19 is denied. The 2 nd defendant ( Mohammed ) did not announce an increment in any fine for hate speech from N 500 ,000 to N 5 ,000 , 000 or any other because there is a governmental body or institution mandated to regulate and enforce the Nigerian Broadcasting Code .”

The minister further stated that the constitution allows for human rights to be suspended for the sake of national interest .

He wrote , “ The Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria provides for derogation from fundamental rights in the interest of public safety , public order and for the purpose of protecting the rights and freedom of other persons.”

Mohammed further stated that the NBC Act gives the commission the power to sanction stations that contravene its code .

The minister also argued that Effiong was not directly affected by the NBC sanctions and therefore lacked the legal right to challenge NBC ’ s Code.

He added , “ The 1 st respondent ( NBC ) has powers in determining and applying sanctions including revocation of licences of defaulting stations which do not operate in accordance with the broadcast code and in the public interest .

“ A public affairs commentator , anchor of programmes and the media are not to use their platform to incite public violence or disorder or in a manner detrimental to the national interest .

“ It is within the purview of the Federal Government of Nigeria to maintain public safety , public order in the interest of all citizens of Nigeria to avoid breakdown of law and order .

In its response to the suit , NBC insisted that it had the right to sanction errant stations .
In an affidavit deposed to by a litigation clerk, Kabir Fabode , from Adeola Adewara and Co, the commission stated that the applicant was not a broadcaster and therefore lacked the right to challenge its actions .

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Corruption Lifestyle Local News Politics

Campaigning for Buhari in 2015 was my greatest mistake in life, says Ogunfuwa

A traditional leader in Ogun State, Joseph Ogunfuwa, has expressed his regrets campaigning for President Muhammed Buhari in 2015.

Mr Ogunfuwa, who is the Babalaje of Remoland in Ogun State, said Mr Buhari has disappointed him and the generality of Nigerians.

He spoke at a public lecture he held in Sagamu to mark his 80th birthday.
Mr Ogunfunwa said Mr Buhari he used to know is not the same person he now sees.

”What I regret most in my life was the do or die campaign I did for you, Mr President, during the 2015 general election. I was over confident that among the self-proclaimed leaders hustling for the presidency at that time, you President Muhammadu Buhari were the only person who appeared to me to be able and capable of saving our great country.

“Some of my friends deserted me, they thought I was crazy to repose huge confidence in you as you are no longer a military man but a politician. Today, I realised I was wrong and they were right. Mr dear President, you still have two and a half years to turn things around to restore the confidence I reposed in you in those days.

”That is my message to our politicians, President, povernors, lawmakers, senators, Christians, Muslims, traditional rulers and others,” he said.

Although a practicing Christian, Mr Ogunfuwa, at the event said he has not renounced his membership of all the fraternities he belongs to, arguing that all religions are secret cults.

“I have not renounced or resigned my membership of any of those fraternities to which I belong. Also, I have not changed my faith. I remain a Christian of the Anglican Communion and I have no intention whatsoever of changing.

In the same vein, the son of former President Shehu Shagari, Aminu Shagari, who is a three- term House of Representatives member, had apologised to Former president Goodluck Jonathan for supporting the then All Progressives Congress candidate, Muhammadu Buhari, who won the 2015 Presidential election.
This was despite the fact that Buhari had in 1983 toppled the democratically elected government of Shagari.

Aminu, however, apologised to Jonathan following what he described as Buhari’s inability to effectively tackle some of Nigeria’s challenges.

He said, “Let me use this opportunity to tender a public apology to former President Jonathan and seek forgiveness because I helped to divide the Peoples Democratic Party and bring down his government, but, I have found out that what we thought about his stewardship was not entirely true.

“I expect President Buhari to also ask for forgiveness having found out that most of the things he accused my dad’s and President Jonathan’s administrations of are not true.”
Speaking on the current state of Nigeria, Aminu said “I am very disappointed.” He noted that Nigeria’s only hope is in good governance.

“I believe if we get it right in this aspect of our national life, our story would turn from bad to good within a short time. With emphasis, all we require is a credible and sincere leadership that will maximise our God – given talents and resources. A lot of us committed so much to bring this administration on board. As an individual, I assumed that, if nothing else, we would get the issue of security right, and every other thing would follow.”

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Kidnappers Kill Monarch In Ondo State

Oba Adegoke Adeusi, the Olufon of Ifon under Ose Local Government Area Ondo State, has been murdered by gunmen suspected to be kidnappers, SaharaReporters can report.

Oba Adeusi was killed on Thursday evening at a spot around the Elegbeka axis of the town.

The monarch was returning to his palace from Akure, the state capital, when he was killed.

A security source told our correspondent that Oba Adeusi was earlier kidnapped before he was killed.

The source said, “The king had earlier attended the meeting with all Obas in Akure and while on his way he was kidnapped which caused apprehension in the community.
“But while we were trying to ensure his rescue, we saw that he had already been killed by the kidnappers. It is very sad.”

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Nigeria Is Third Most Terrorized Country, Report Reveals

A new report, the Global Terrorism Index, has ranked Nigeria the third terrorism most impacted country in the world.

According to the report, which was released on Wednesday, the number of deaths attributed to Boko Haram in the country increased by 25 per cent from 2018 to 2019.

This year’s report ranked Nigeria for the sixth consecutive time since 2015 as the third country with the worst impact from terrorism, globally.
Afghanistan is top on the list, followed by Iraq.

Syria, Somalia and Yemen are ranked fourth, fifth and sixth respectively.
GTI said despite the rise in the number of casualties from Boko Haram attacks in the North-East, Nigeria was the second to record a fall in violent deaths after Afghanistan in 2019.

The report indicates that Nigeria remains the most terrorised country in Africa with huge economic and financial loss.

Excerpts from the report reads, “Nigeria had the second largest fall in total deaths, owing largely to a 72 per cent reduction in fatalities attributed to Fulani extremists.

“Despite this decrease, the number of deaths attributed to Boko Haram increased by 25 per cent from 2018 to 2019. Renewed activity by Boko Haram in Nigeria and neighbouring countries, including Cameroon, Chad and Niger, remains a substantial threat to the region.

“In 2019, Boko Haram carried out 11 suicide bombings causing 68 fatalities. Suicide bombings accounted for six per cent of all terror-related incidents by Boko Haram in 2019, marking an 89 per cent decline from their peak in 2017. Boko Haram was responsible for Nigeria’s deadliest terrorist attack in 2019 when assailants attacked a funeral in Badu, Borno State.

“At least 70 people were killed and 10 others were wounded in the attack and ensuing clash. The two main factions of Boko Haram, the Islamic State West African Province and the followers of Abubakar Shekau, are both engaged in an insurgency campaign against the Nigerian Government.

“Violence by the two main factions of Boko Haram have taken a large toll on the civilian population, particularly in North-East Nigeria, where continued attacks have internally displaced more than two million people and caused a further 240,000 Nigerian refugees to flee to neighbouring countries.”

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A little boy has been offered scholarship by Nigerian Gospel singer, Sinach, after a video of the boy educating people on importance of water and energy went viral on the internet.

In the video, the sachet water hawker could be seen trying to convince someone to buy water from him.
As his marketing strategy, the boy would define water, list qualities of good water, and discuss importance of water while focusing on its energy giving feature.

Being in an era of a dreaded global pandemic, he would also go ahead to discuss the role water plays in helping the body system fight against novel Coronavirus.

When he is sure to have fully educated his potential customer on why they need to drink enough water, he would then proceed to plead with his potential customer to please buy water from him.

However, as God would have it, it caught the attention of award winning Nigerian gospel artiste, Osinachi Joseph popularly known as Sinach.

Who has indicated interest to offer the “pure water” seller scholarship to enable him go back to school so that his intelligence doesn’t end up a waste.

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CACOVID to rebuild 44 police stations, donates N100bn for arms

The Central Bank Governor , Godwin Emefiele , has said the Coalition Alliance Against COVID – 19 will rehabilitate all the police stations that were damaged in the country as a result of wanton destruction and lootings that followed the recent EndSARS protests .

Emefiele spoke during a press briefing in Lagos on Wednesday at the office of the CBN.

He also disclosed that CACOVID had so far spent N 43 . 27 bn on the acquisition of medical equipment and supplies , and food palliatives for the vulnerable , among others.

The CBN governor said the alliance planned to spend N 150 bn on youth empowerment.

He said , “ CACOVID has committed to fully rehabilitate all 44 damaged and destroyed police stations nationwide in a bid to restore provision of security in affected locations.

“ To further strengthen the security apparatus in the country , CACOVID has committed to provide over N 100 bn to procure equipment and gadgets for the Nigerian Police Force over the next two years ; as our contribution to fully modernise the Nigerian Police. ”

He said its preliminary analysis indicated that unemployment , particularly among the youth , was a critical factor behind the unrest.

As a result , he said , CACOVID had committed to create a high impact youth development programme that would provide technical and vocational education to over four million Nigerian youths over the next five years.

“ Over N 150 bn is expected to be deployed towards the set up and implementation of the youth development programme , which will be available at select training centers across the country , ” he said.

Emefiele said selected students on conclusion of the programme would be certified by the appropriate standards board and would be eligible to receive loans to support their entrepreneurial pursuits.

So far , he said , over N 25 bn would be domiciled in a fund to support these entrepreneurial pursuits, which would also include acquisition of related equipment to conduct business activities.

According to him , these efforts represent some of the essential steps that were important in rebuilding trust and preventing future unrest within the communities.


NMA begins indefinite strike in Imo

The Imo State branch of the Nigeria Medical Association has downed tools.

The group announced the commencement of the strike on Wednesday in a statement signed by its Chairman , Dr Chidiebere Okwara.

The statement disclosed that the 21- day ultimatum which the association gave the government to meet its demands expired on November 9 , 2020.

According to Okwara , the association extended the ultimatum by 14 days following a meeting with state governor , Senator Hope Uzodinma , which expired on November 22, 2020.

He said the NMA was engaged in a struggle for the survival of the medical profession and improved level of medical care in the state.

Okwara said , “ All our demands hinge on the revival of the undergraduate and postgraduate medical training in our only teaching hospital , restoration of the dignity of the medical profession through the institution of the appropriate wages in all state establishments, improved infrastructure and fair and friendly private practice environment . ”

“ We have had many meetings with the government without any tangible result . There is no better time than now to remain resolute for the common good.

“ While the strike lasts , we shall remain available and open to the government for an amicable resolution of these challenges . ”


Argentine Football Icon, Maradona Is Dead

Argentine football icon, Diego Maradona, is dead.

He was 60 at the time of his death from heart failure.

The World Cup winner was in November hospitalised following poor health.

After initially being discharged from hospital to continue treatment from home, the soccer legend died on Wednesday morning after suffering from cardiac arrest.


Adamu Garba Absent In Court During Case Against Twitter CEO

Former presidential aspirant, Adamu Garba, has absented himself from court in a suit against Twitter Chief Executive Officer, Jack Dorsey.

Garba had dragged Dorsey to court for endorsing and supporting the recent #EndSARS protest in Nigeria.
Tope Akinyode, a lawyer, who joined the suit to defend Twitter, revealed that both Garba and his lawyer were not in court, forcing the judge to adjourn the case.

Announcing his joining of the suit against Twitter and its CEO, Akinyode said, “I’ve filed court processes to challenge @adamugarba’s lawsuit against @jack and @Twitter. Jack’s support for Nigeria’s cause is commendable. We’ll protect our freedom of expression and resist the move to ban Twitter in Nigeria.”

In the notice of joinder filed in the case, Adamu Garba v. The President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and nine others, Suit No: FHC/ABJ/CS/1391/2020 and sighted by SaharaReporters, Akinyode said he was an avid user of the online microblogging platform, Twitter, adding that it had been a significant avenue for him and other Nigerians to air their opinions and exercise their freedom of expression.

The lawyer said his tweets and that of many other Nigerians have formed a bedrock of public discourses, which have shaped and are still shaping government decisions.

Garba had instituted a $1bn lawsuit against Twitter and its founder, Dorsey, at the Federal High Court Abuja, over his role in the #EndSARS protests, which had led to violence across the country, resulting in the destruction of properties and loss of lives.

Jack was accused of actively supporting the funding of the #EndSARS protests across the nation as disclosed by Adamu Garba through a series of tweet posted on his official Twitter handle on Tuesday, October 20, 2020.

The motion on notice was brought pursuant to order II Rules 1, 2, 3 of the Fundamental Rights (Enforcement Procedure) Rules, 2009 and Sections 34(1), 35(1) and 41(1), and 43 of the 1999 constitution.

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Protect universities, others, Reps charge FG

The House of Representatives , on Wednesday, has raised the alarm over a spread of the recent attacks on the Ahmadu Bello University , Zaria , in Kaduna State to other institutions of higher learning in Nigeria.

The House called on the Federal Government to “ urgently and without further delay ” erect a secure wall round the campuses of the ABU as was done for the University of Maiduguri in Borno State and the Gwagwalada campus of the University of Abuja.

This , the House stated, is necessary in order to “ forestall incursions from the bandits and other miscreants . ”

The House also called on the Inspector -General of Police, Mohammed Adamu , to “ urgently and without further delay ” establish units of its Mobile Police Force personnel at the institution , particularly at the Phase 2 segment of its Samaru campus to ensure the security of lives and property at all times.

The House further called on the Chief of Army Staff , Lt . – Gen . Tukur Buratai , to also “ urgently and without further delay ” establish a battalion of the Nigerian Army at the southern border of the ABU “ to forestall incursions into the campus from that end , which has attained a certain notoriety in this regard. ”

In addition , the House mandated its Committees on Tertiary Education ; and National Security and Intelligence to liaise with the Federal Ministry of Education , the Chief of Army Staff , the Inspector General of Police and other relevant agencies of government to implement the resolutions and report back within three weeks.

A member representing Sabon- Gari Federal Constituency in Kaduna State , Mr Garba Muhammad, had moved a motion of urgent national importance , titled ‘ Urgent Need to Address the Security Threats Posed by the Phenomenon of Banditry , Particularly Kidnapping and Abduction , to the Ahmadu Bello University , Zaria , and Other Tertiary Institutions Across the Nation . ’

Moving the motion, which was co -sponsored by some other members from Kaduna , Messrs Tajudeen Abbas, Shehu Balarabe , Muktar Ladan and Ibrahim Hamza, Muhammad said the spate of insecurity in Nigeria has been “ a matter of grave concern to all well – meaning patriots for several years now . ”


Senate summons communications minister Pantami

The Senate on Wednesday , mandated its committees on Legislative Compliance and Communications to summon the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy , Isa Ali Pantami.

The panel was asked to impress on the Minister , the need to implement the resolutions of the Senate regarding security issues related to the mandate of his ministry.

The red chamber took the decision following a resolution after the consideration of a motion on the spate of growing insecurity in Nigeria.

The Senator representing Taraba South, Emmanuel Bwacha, moved the motion, rising under Order 42 and 52 of the Senate Rules.

He noted that the rate of insecurity in Nigeria had not only increased astronomically but had reached a melting point.

Bwacha said the unfortunate development had led to kidnapping , banditry, armed robbery, assassination and other criminal activity in the country.

He said , “ The assassination of the Nasarawa State APC Chairman and other high profile cases are still fresh in our memories.

“ A Chinese national was recently abducted in my community , his whereabouts is still unknown.

“ There is growing suspicion of complicity of officials of state saddled with the responsibility of protecting the lives and properties of the citizens but compromised in the process.

“ This is heightened by the arrest of several security operatives involved in armed robbery and kidnapping activities across the country.

“ It is only in Nigeria that communication facilities can be used without a biometric process , no valid identification of passport details ( in the case of foreigners ) in place to check abuse , ” the senator added.

He added that bandits and terrorists now negotiate for ransom using telephones and get away with it.

He said , “ How can we be so negligent and insensitive to the safety and security of citizens ?

“ Senate is concerned that the confidence between the protected and the protector is being increasingly eroded resulting in the breakdown of law and order as demonstrated in the #EndSARS protest which was subsequently hijacked by miscreants.

“ The Senate further notes that political permutations across the landscape are attracting politicians to recruit criminals for the purpose of destabilising the corporate existence of Nigeria.

“ These evil intents can be easily achieved given the poor control over communication facilities viz inability of our security apparatus and service providers to effectively manage this all – important sector , ” Bwacha said .


Buhari inaugurates 5,000bpd refinery in Imo

The President , Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd . ) , has said the realisation of the refinery roadmap that was rolled out two years ago will enable Nigeria to export petroleum products to neighbouring countries and other markets.

Buhari said this on Tuesday at the inauguration of the 5 , 000 barrels- per- day Waltersmith Modular Refinery and the groundbreaking for a 45 , 000 – bpd plant in Imo State.

He commended Waltersmith Group , an indigenous oil firm , and the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board for the collaboration that led to the construction of the refinery.

He directed the Ministry of Petroleum Resources , the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation , the Department of Petroleum Resources and all other relevant government agencies to provide all the necessary support to the refinery with regards to access to crude oil and condensate feedstock.

Buhari said , “ We rolled out our refining roadmap in 2018 , to address challenges in the downstream sector . After many years of government giving out modular refining licences without any coming on – stream , we are today seeing a commissioning within two years.

“ The plan to commence the expansion of this refinery to 50 , 000 bpd capacity , to refine crude oil and condensate , is a demonstration of the economic reform Nigeria is undergoing . ”

According to the President , the refinery roadmap includes the rehabilitation of the existing refineries , collocation of new refineries and construction of greenfield plants.

“ The realisation of the refinery roadmap will ultimately lead us to becoming a net exporter of petroleum products, not only to our neighbouring countries but to other wide markets , ” he said.

The Chairman , Waltersmith Group , Mr Abdulrazaq Isa , said the refinery would deliver over 271 million litres of refined petroleum products yearly , including kerosene , diesel , naphtha and heavy fuel oils , to the domestic market.

He said the refinery started operations in November and had already supplied five million litres of petroleum products to the domestic market .

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UNIOSUN Student, Ikire Campus Commit Suicide After Posting Motivational Quote On His WhatsApp Status

It was a black tuesday in the whole community of Ikire, Osun State as a young vibrant student of UNIOSUN killed himself.

The young boy goes with the name Juba is a 100 level student of the Theatre Arts Dept of UNIOSUN. He was alleged to have killed himself after he posted a cryptic message on his WhatsApp status about Suicide.

His close pals in school shared the message he posted on his Status, and few hours later the news of Juba drinking a Sniper broke out.

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UNIOSUN Student, Ikire Campus Commit Suicide After Posting Motivational Quote On His WhatsApp Status

It was a black tuesday in the whole community of Ikire, Osun State as a young vibrant student of UNIOSUN killed himself.

The young boy goes with the name Juba is a 100 level student of the Theatre Arts Dept of UNIOSUN. He was alleged to have killed himself after he posted a cryptic message on his WhatsApp status about Suicide.

His close pals in school shared the message he posted on his Status, and few hours later the news of Juba drinking a Sniper broke out.

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General Gowon left with half of the Central Bank – Member of UK Parliament says

The UK parliament on Monday November 23, debated a petition seeking to impose sanctions on Nigerian Government officials involved in the shooting incident that occurred during the Endsars protest in Lekki on October 20.

The debate stemmed from a petition started by Silas Ojo. The petition garnered more than 220,000 signatories, crossing the 100,000 mark needed for a petition to be debated by the lawmakers.

However one of the highlights of the debate was moment a member of the parliament urged his government to place sanctions on Nigerians who flee to the UK with ill-gotten wealth. He also spoke about Nigeria’s former military ruler, Yakubu Gowon’s alleged looting of the Central Bank of Nigeria.

He said;
“What we are seeing in Nigeria today is part of that story. It is a tragedy we are all witnessing because we see things falling apart.

“The problem this time is not foreign pressure known as colonialism. The pressure instead is corruption and violence and attempts at control (of power).

“We need to call out the corruption, we need to use the powers that we have in this country to stop those who are profiting from the wealth of that great nation and hiding it here.

“Now some people will remember when general Gowon left Nigeria, he took half of the Central Bank, so it is said, and moved to London.

“We know today, even now in this great city of ours, there are sadly some people who have taken the wealth of Nigerian people and hidden their ill-gotten gains here.

“We know that our banks sadly have been used for that profit or that illegal transfer of asset and that means that the UK is in a unique position in being able to actually do something to really exert pressure on those who have robbed Nigerians.”

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