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Scandal

Over 20 Dead After Eating “Fried Meat” Served By A Yahoo Boy At A Birthday Party In Ogun State

No fewer than 20 persons have lost their lives after eating fried meat served at a bar, Titi’s Concept at Alagbole-Akute, Ogun State.


From information gathered, the deceased persons have allegedly been used for ‘ritual purposes’ by an unidentified cyber fraudster who served them fried meat.
Several stories circulating on social media had it that the deceased persons ate noodles at a birthday party on Saturday, March 20, got home and at midnight, started vomiting blood before they gave up the ghost.


Some persons have also alleged that the food served was pepper soup which might have likely been poisoned.
However, a source told SaharaReporters that her apprentice, who was at the bar on the date of the incident said the so-called internet fraudster drove into the bar on a Thursday and ordered drinks for everyone, which he repeated the following day – Friday.


On Saturday, 20th of March, the alleged fraudster-cum-ritualist drove into the bar and also paid for bottles of beer while he announced it was his birthday.
She said the ‘Yahoo boy’ then went to his car where he got a cooler of fried meat and asked everyone to have a bite while sipping their drinks.
“It was at this point that my apprentice noticed his phone was missing. He wanted to capture the scene, make a video or take pictures and post but he couldn’t find his phone so he was more interested in getting the phone than the meat they were sharing. The bar attendants already gave him a bottle of beer paid for by the Yahoo boy and he drank from it before he left to look for his phone. Nothing happened to him, I think whatever caused the death should be the meat because he brought it out from the booth of his car, no one knows where he got it from.”


According to her, 25 people from the incident are now confirmed dead as against the figure given on social media – 50.
She said, “The story is very true. I think it is a ritual not food poisoning. The Yahoo boy has been coming to the bar; that place is a place where they smoke, drink, anyone can declare that he will foot others’ bills so it was not new when the guy came the first day to say he would pay for all the drinks. Guys there were happy; the second day, the same thing and the third day, he said it was his birthday that he brought some fried meat in his car so he started distributing to them, telling them to use it to step down (take it along with) the chilled beer he bought for them. They were so happy and started eating.


“From what I heard, at midnight, they would wake up and say, we ate last at City Concept, start vomiting blood and die. Like 25 of them are dead now. 10 at Keredolu, another 10 at Jolasco close to Lambe and another 5 at Alagbole. I can’t tell if the figure is up to 50 because some people who were not accustomed to going to the bar might have been there on that day to take a piece and return to their houses. None of them died at the bar, no one lodged in there, it is not a hotel.
“The Yahoo boy did not die; he simply ran away. He has been declared wanted. His car is even parked at Ajuwon there, some people wanted to burn his car but they were advised against doing such so that the culprit would be traced.
“The police are aware of the incident, they even wanted to go and lock up the hotel but when the owner heard of it, she called them and asked why because she did not produce the beer in her hotel and moreover, the beer was opened for each person at their own request. It was not like it was opened behind them and that was not the first nor second time they had come to the bar to drink.”


Another source told SaharaReporters that a 19-year-old boy who was at the scene of the incident also vomited blood before he died.
She said the boy, who was the son of her mother’s friend, has now been buried.
“He was at the bar; he ate and drank beer too. He vomited blood and died; he has now been buried. His mother and my mother are friends.”
A Twitter user, @UdehEmm22446501, who claims he stays in the area where the incident occurred said, “Last week, the candlelight procession for one of the dead victims was done in my area…the supposed birthday was done in a hotel, I still believe the hotel is functioning now. Someone was contacted to cook the food as I heard the person is on the run.”


Another user, @Titi_Wunmi tweeted, “Happened around my area. Let’s just be careful of how we eat at parties and please stop taking food home from parties just because it is free. It is risky. Someone lost 3 kids from this. It is very sad. I am so sure more than 50 people died because some must have come from faraway and must have died on getting home. Some said the celebrant left the country that same night, so it’s not (a case of) food poisoning.”

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Politics

Our government has failed to improve the lives of Nigerians — Osinbajo admits


Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has said the Buhari administration has been unable to improve the overall well-being of Nigerians since coming to power in 2015.
Osinbajo who made the admission during the closing of the 19 Joint Planning Board (JPB) meeting with the theme “National Development Planning in Nigeria: Issues and Challenges,” in Abuja on Friday, said improving the lives of Nigerians has been be at the heart of policy of the Buhari administration, but blamed poor implementation for poor outcomes.
“To be meaningful, our planning processes must lead to tangible outcomes in the form of growth that exceeds population growth, real growth in the sense of growth which creates jobs, opportunities and circumstances for the well-being of the people,” Osinbajo said.


He said that it was important when drawing up national plans to take account of the interests of the more vulnerable members of the society.
“This is why social investment and social protection are at the heart of the Buhari Administration’s policy interventions.
“Indeed, top of mind for Mr President is how to lift 100 million Nigerians out of poverty in this decade as we radically re-engineer the productive base of our economy in agriculture, manufacturing, mining and the digital and creative sectors.”


The Vice President said that priorities for planning are the structural transformation of the economy from low value-adding activities to high value-adding activities and increased job opportunities for our huge youth population.
According to him, sometimes the implementation failures were due to resource and capacity constraints, but we must also ponder on the possibility that our plans might in some cases, not realistic and not grounded in our objective reality.


“ In other words, is the lack of implementation due to the fact that our visions and plans have been unduly fanciful.”
The meeting that started on Wednesday was organised by the Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning, in collaboration with states ministries of budget, economic planning and other relevant stakeholders.

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Politics

2023: PDP set to waive nomination fees for youths


The National Reconciliation and Strategy Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party has recommended that any aspirant seeking to contest for elective position on the platform of the party who is under the age of 35 years should be exempted from the payment of nomination fees.


The proposal was contained in a one-page letter dated March 25, 2021, signed by the Chairman of the committee and former Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, and addressed to the party’s National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus.


The committee also advised the National Working Committee to immediately recommend to the National Executive Committee that the party constitution be amended to the effect that “only persons not less than 18 years old and not more than 35 years can contest for the position of Youth Leader at all levels of the party structure – wards, local government, state and national”.


The committee explained that the recommendation was a result of the meeting it held with the party’s National Youth Leader and other youth leaders across the 36 states of the nation on March 9, 2021 “in furtherance of its mandate to resolve disputes, reconcile aggrieved members and foster cohesion and unity within the party”.


The youths, the committee noted, presented some requests during the meeting and the demands were deliberated upon by the committee on March 22, 2021, following which the two-point recommendations contained in the letter were agreed upon.
The implication of the recommendation on waiver of the nomination fees for youths aspiring to various offices means that where the party guidelines for instance demand that a gubernatorial aspirant pays N20 million for nomination form and N1 million for Expression of Interest form, any aspirant below the age of 35 years will get the nomination form at no cost, while they only pay the N1 million Expression of Interest fee.


The measure is believed to be aimed at easing the burden of participation in the political process on the youths and encourage them to purposefully and positively utilise the new constitutional provisions on the age requirements for political office holders, otherwise called the Not Too Young to Run Bill.

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Politics

Nigeria’s Democracy Not Complete Without Tinubu, Says Sanwo-Olu


Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo has lauded the contributions of Bola Tinubu to the development of Nigeria, saying the country’s democracy cannot be complete without him.


Sanwo-Olu made this known on Sunday via a statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Gboyega Akosile, while felicitating with the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) on his 69th birthday.


While describing Tinubu as a visionary leader and a rare mentor with exceptional abilities in various areas of human endeavours, he said the APC leader is a political pathfinder, nationalist and detribalised Nigerian, who has contributed in no small measure to the socio-political and economic growth of the state and Nigeria as a whole.


“The story of Nigeria’s democracy cannot be told without the name of the Jagaban Borgu written in gold. Thousands are today direct beneficiaries of his political benevolence,” Sanwo-Olu said.
“As a pathfinder, Asiwaju charted the developmental trajectory of modern Lagos, raising the bar of governance and public service in the State and indeed, Nigeria. A cheerful giver who cares about the welfare of the people, Asiwaju personifies tolerance and humanity.”


The governor also rejoiced with the family of the former governor, especially his wife, Senator Oluremi Tinubu, friends, political associates, APC chieftains and members across the country on his birthday.
He added, “On behalf of my adorable wife, Ibijoke, the good people of Lagos State and entire members of our party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), I felicitate with our leader and mentor on his 69th birthday.


“As you march on to a higher pedestal in life, may The Almighty go with you every step of the way and may you accomplish more in the service of our dear country and humanity.”

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Local News

Barrack Obama’s Grandmother, Mama Sarah Dies

Mama Sarah Onyango Obama, the grandmother of former US President Barrack Obama, is dead.


According to Nairobi News, her demise was confirmed by her daughter, Marsat Obama, who said her mother died at the Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Teaching and Referral Hospital, Kisumu at 4.45am on Monday.


She had been admitted to the hospital on Sunday morning.
The family is making arrangements to have her buried today (Monday) at the Muslim Cemetery in Kisumu.
“We are trying to see whether we shall be able to bury her today and if not, we shall bury her tomorrow,” a relative said.


Obama’s father, Barack Obama Sr., was born in Kogelo, a rural village in western Kenya. He left for studies on a scholarship in the United States where he met a white woman, Ann Dunham, at the University of Hawaii.

The couple got married but divorced when the younger Obama was two years old. His father returned to Kenya where he died in a car crash in Nairobi in 1982. The StraitTimes reports that Mr Obama never really knew his father, whom he met only once when he was 10, but he felt a connection that eventually took him to Kenya in 1987 in search of his roots.

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Crime

Eight RCCG Members Kidnapped On Their Way For Evangelism In Southern Kaduna

Eight members of the Redeemed Christian Church’s evangelism team, Trinity Sanctuary, Kaduna have been kidnapped.
Eyewitness account said they were kidnapped on Friday on their way for evangelism in the Southern Kaduna axis.


The Kaduna State Police Command spokesman, Mohammed Jalige, could not be reached for comments.
A statement from an eyewitness driver made available to journalists read in part: “Eight members of the evangelism team of the Redeemed Christian Church, Trinity Sanctuary Kaduna, were kidnapped this evening on their way to do evangelism in Southern Kaduna. They were kidnapped after passing Kachia.


“My contact called to tell me about the kidnap. He was told by an eyewitness, a driver in his neighbourhood, who said that he narrowly escaped being kidnapped but that the RCCG members’ bus must have been apprehended because they were following him.


“To confirm the story, shortly after my contact called me, a sister, who is a member of the Middle Belt Prayer Group, informed me that members of her church ( the RCCG) were kidnapped this evening on their way to Southern Kaduna. So let us commit them to God in prayers for their release. Pray that God intervenes in His way.”

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Crime

Lagos businessman shot dead for questioning Police search


A 45-year-old Lagos businessman, Jelili Bakare, has been killed by a trigger-happy policeman identified as Jonathan.


The deceased was killed because he demanded to know why the policeman wanted to search him.
Jelili was relaxing at Quinox Lounge in Sangotedo, Ajah, when Jonathan asked him to submit himself for a search.


He, however, got angry and opened fire when the latter simply demanded an explanation.


The state Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, and some senior officers have since paid a condolence visit to the late Bakare’s family and a trial has been ordered.

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Crime

Lagos businessman shot dead for questioning Police search


A 45-year-old Lagos businessman, Jelili Bakare, has been killed by a trigger-happy policeman identified as Jonathan.


The deceased was killed because he demanded to know why the policeman wanted to search him.
Jelili was relaxing at Quinox Lounge in Sangotedo, Ajah, when Jonathan asked him to submit himself for a search.


He, however, got angry and opened fire when the latter simply demanded an explanation.


The state Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, and some senior officers have since paid a condolence visit to the late Bakare’s family and a trial has been ordered.

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Crime

EFCC arrests mother and son for alleged N50million internet fraud


Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Lagos Zonal Office, have arrested one Ibeh Theophilus Uche, alongside his mother for their alleged involvement in computer-related fraud to the tune of about N50million.


The 28-year-old suspect, who’s CEO 10 Kobo Wine Place in Ikotun, Lagos, was arrested recently in his room in Radisson Blu Anchorage Hotel, Victoria Island, following credible intelligence reports about his alleged criminal activities.


During interrogation, Uche, who presents himself variously as Rachael Armstrong , Keanu Reeves, Rebekah Schwarzenberger, Keanu Private, Elizabeth Hortman and Stefan Paulson, confessed to being into Bitcoin investment scam, romance scam and identity theft.


The suspect also confessed to have defrauded his victims to the tune of about N50million, since he started the criminal activities in 2020.
Investigations revealed that the suspect had been using a First Bank account belonging to his mother, who is one of his accomplices, to launder the proceeds of his alleged criminal activities.


Items recovered from the suspect include, a Mercedes Benz S550 2015 Sedan car, a Lexus RX 350 SUV 2016, one iPhone 11 Pro Max; one iPhone 12 pro max; two MacBook Pro laptops; a PlayStation 5; an iPad and a small Nokia touch phone, among others.

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Entertainment

BMW drops UFC fighter, Israel Adesanya, as brand ambassador over rape comment

Nigerian-born UFC star, Israel Adesanya, has lost his BMW endorsement, following his comment about raping his fellow fighter, Kevin Holland in an online video. Adesanya received lots of backlashes after he posted a video on his Instagram stories, where he told Holland, “Bro, I will f….n r*pe you,” as part of what was meant to be “fight talk.”


The 31-year-old was due to be unveiled as the face of BMW New Zealand on Monday, March 29, however, in a statement released on Friday, March 27, the German car manufacturer said it has cancelled the endorsement deal.


“Due to the comments made by an athlete online, we have reviewed our pending association with said athlete and we have decided not to push forward with a specific ambassador for the brand at this time in New Zealand,” the statement reads.

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Entertainment

BMW drops UFC fighter, Israel Adesanya, as brand ambassador over rape comment

Nigerian-born UFC star, Israel Adesanya, has lost his BMW endorsement, following his comment about raping his fellow fighter, Kevin Holland in an online video. Adesanya received lots of backlashes after he posted a video on his Instagram stories, where he told Holland, “Bro, I will f….n r*pe you,” as part of what was meant to be “fight talk.”


The 31-year-old was due to be unveiled as the face of BMW New Zealand on Monday, March 29, however, in a statement released on Friday, March 27, the German car manufacturer said it has cancelled the endorsement deal.


“Due to the comments made by an athlete online, we have reviewed our pending association with said athlete and we have decided not to push forward with a specific ambassador for the brand at this time in New Zealand,” the statement reads.

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Entertainment

BMW drops UFC fighter, Israel Adesanya, as brand ambassador over rape comment

Nigerian-born UFC star, Israel Adesanya, has lost his BMW endorsement, following his comment about raping his fellow fighter, Kevin Holland in an online video. Adesanya received lots of backlashes after he posted a video on his Instagram stories, where he told Holland, “Bro, I will f….n r*pe you,” as part of what was meant to be “fight talk.”


The 31-year-old was due to be unveiled as the face of BMW New Zealand on Monday, March 29, however, in a statement released on Friday, March 27, the German car manufacturer said it has cancelled the endorsement deal.


“Due to the comments made by an athlete online, we have reviewed our pending association with said athlete and we have decided not to push forward with a specific ambassador for the brand at this time in New Zealand,” the statement reads.

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Local News

Photonews: Burna Boy Visits Port Harcourt, Meets Gov. Wike After Grammy Win

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Politics

Governors turned herdsmen into bandits – Miyetti Allah


Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore has blamed State governors for banditry in the North.


Spokesman of Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore, Saleh Hassan, said pressure from governors turned some herdsmen into bandits.
Hassan said herders, who lost their cattle and businesses, resorted to banditry in the North.


Prior to the resurgence of banditry, herders have been on the loose.
Across Nigeria, the crisis between herders and farmers have lingered.
Amid the crisis, banditry surfaced in some Northern parts of the country.
States like Zamfara, Kebbi, Niger, Katsina and Kaduna States have witnessed the sting of bandits, with students being their major target.


However, Hassan in a statement yesterday, said: “The crisis of bandits in the north-west is because of some of the activities of the governors in the past.


“They put pressure on the herders. They lose their cattle. They have no business. Now, they have joined bandits. They are not spirits. They have reasons why they emerged as bandits.


“If you destroy grazing, you are going to create another problem. They destroyed their economy. They have no cattle and they got radicalised.
“Our members are peaceful herders. We have bandits; we have criminal elements in the forest. They are not necessarily herders.”

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Corruption Crime

Lagos CP Arranges Redeployment of CSP Francis Ani Over Harassment, Illegal Detention of Tunde Abass


Lagos Commissioner of police, Hakeem Odumosu has ordered immediate redeployment of CSP Francis Ani, the DPO, Onipanu Division and some of his boys over harassment and the illegal detention of Tunde Abass and one Kabir Mohammed at Onipanu on Friday, 19th March, 2021.


Tunde Abass was tortures by police at the Onipanu Division for recording scene of harassment and forceful arrest of Kabir Mohammed at Onipanu Area of the State on Friday 19th March, 2021 at about 5pm while being stopped for extortion.
Tunde Abass intervened by challenging the wrongful doing of police, and as well streaming the scene live on Facebook. His intervention didn’t go well with the policemen, who promptly pounced on him and almost killed him.


The police boss took the decision on Wednesday, 24th March, 2021, after he perused the report of the investigation into the incident that had gone viral over gross violation of Tunde’s human rights by the notorious DPO and his boys.


The Commissioner of Police has thereafter condemned the act as unprofessionalism and excess use of power, which sends signal to the world that the command is into acts of extortion and wild lawlessness agains law-abiding citizens.


Although there are doubts on the genuineness of CP Odumosu himself, as he is also allegedly in the character of deploying his armed men to brutalize peaceful protesters but plays to the gallery on individual officers’ cases.
It is also in question why deployment should be his resort, when such erring officers ought be punished, paraded like other criminals and even dismissed.

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Politics

North can’t be threatened into submitting to separatist agenda


The Northern Elders Forum, NEF, yesterday, described as unfounded the fear that the recent manoeuvre by separatists in parts of the country will threaten the North’s political fortune, ahead of the 2023 elections.


NEF’s spokesman, Dr. Hakeem Baba-Ahmed, who stated this in a statement in Abuja, described the wave of irredentism sweeping the nation as the brainchild of some politicians desperate to occupy the highest office in the land.


He said: “We have followed recent developments, events and utterances from many quarters, all of which suggest that our country is at a defining moment that will determine its fate and the security of all Nigerians for a long time to come.


“It is no exaggeration to say that our country has never been so threatened by a combination of weak and ineffective governance and a determined effort from many quarters to capitalise on this weakness to attack the foundations, which give all citizens and communities some comfort that we are not headed for almost certain, irretrievable disaster.


“It appears that many groups and persons, who have public standing, political adventurers and upstarts believe that it is open season to intensify attacks on the foundations of our co-existence through acts that provoke, frighten or otherwise cast doubts over the capacities of those who have sworn to protect the nation and citizens.


“These groups’ activities suggest that they perceive a vacuum, which provides a perfect setting for questioning the legitimacy of the Nigerian state, its ability to fight against subversion and other acts of hostility and its commitment to uphold the rule of law.


“The only voices being heard are those which demand the balkanisation of the country, or encourage dangerous politics and other acts that pitch some communities against others.
“The disturbing silence from responsible Nigerians and the capitulation of hitherto influential groups to politics of the gutter is creating a dangerous space, which further erodes the chances that a rational approach to the triggers to these provocations can be found.
“The Northern Elders’ Forum recognises the historic opportunity for leaders, elders and other Nigerians who believe in acting responsibly to step up now and retrieve the country from imminent disaster.


“The forum restates its commitment to sit and discuss all the challenges facing the country with responsible groups and leaders.
“It understands that many of the provocations and threats are directly related to manoeuvers for 2023, as well as attempts to hurt and weaken the North by making it the culprit behind all manner of grievances, real or contrived. People who believe they can intimidate or threaten the North into submitting to their demands are grossly mistaken.


“The North also wants a Nigeria, which addresses at least a minimum of its requirements, and these are many. Like all other Nigerians, it believes this country must meet particular and general interests, and no group’s interest is superior to those of the others.”
Baba-Ahmed, however, warned that Nigeria’s democratic process must not be made hostage to dangerous and shortsighted politics.


“There is a long way to go before 2023. There are politicians who think weakening the country is their best guarantee for achieving their goals. Groups which are floating irredentist agendas to blackmail others do not impress the North.
“At the most minimal level, attacks on Fulani communities who live peacefully with communities in the South must stop.”
“No Nigerian should be threatened or ordered to leave any part of the country because it pleases other Nigerians that he does so. Elected leaders must rise to their responsibilities of protecting citizens and their property,” he added.

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Education

Senate, Alumni Decry Discrimination Against Polytechnic Graduates


Senate President Ahmad Lawan and other stakeholders in the education and labour sector, on Monday, described as undesirable the discrimination against graduates of polytechnics in the country.


Lawan and the stakeholders spoke during the opening session of a two-day public hearing on a “Bill for an Act to abolish and prohibit discrimination between first degrees and Higher National Diplomas for the purpose of Employment in Nigeria and other matters connected therewith.”


The public hearing was organized by the Senate Committee on Tertiary Institutions and TETFUND, chaired by Senator Ahmad Babba Kaita.


Stakeholders in the technological education including the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics, National Board for Technical Education, Forum of Nigeria Polytechnic Alumni Associations, National Association of Academic Technologists, Committee of Federal Polytechnic Rectors, among others, called on the Federal Government to end the dichotomy between B.Sc and HND graduates in the country.


Lawan, represented by Senator Olalekan Mustapha, said, “The public hearing is timely especially towards addressing the existing discrimination between B.Sc and HND.”


He said, “This dichotomy has really affected a significant number of people in a way considered undesirable hence the agitation for amendment of the existing laws to calibrate the standard to attain balance for solidarity, equity and fair play devoid of discrimination of graduates be it University or Polytechnic.”


The National Chairman of polytechnics alumni association, Obialor Ibebuike in his memoranda which was also signed by the National Secretary of the association, Goke Ishola, and other stakeholders supported the Bill.


The polytechnic alumni said, “China recently converted 600 universities to well-funded research-based Polytechnics to further boost their industrial and economic growth.
“The same strategy had earlier been adopted by South Korea. This we believe, is the way to go in the country if we are really serious in catching up with the developed world.”


The association added that “Another sore point is the protracted issue of a commission to superintend and supervise Polytechnic education in Nigeria.
“If the Universities and Colleges of Education have their own commissions, why not the Polytechnics?
“The Senate should use this opportunity to create the National Polytechnics Commission without further delay.”


The alumni association lamented serious discrimination in workplaces despite the fact that the admission process for both the university and polytechnics and universities are the same.


The National Coordinator of HND stakeholders, Sebastien Onyemaobi, in a 34 – page memorandum submitted to the committee said the dichotomy which started in 1955 during the colonial regime must stop.


Meanwhile, the representative of the Head of Service, Dr Emmanuel Meribole who serves as Permanent Secretary, Service, Policies and Strategies in the office of Head of Service of the Federation, said there would be a need for a review of the curriculum of Universities and Polytechnics before the dichotomy could be abolished.


He said while dichotomy at entry-level into public service between University and Polytechnics graduates has been removed, that of progression of level 14 upward is still there, as a polytechnic graduate will have to acquire a postgraduate diploma or Masters degree before advancing further from level 14.


The Chairman of the committee said all the views and submissions made by the various stakeholders will guide the Committee in its final report.

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Local News

Insecurity: We Are In A Critical Situation – Defence Minister


The Defence Minister, Minister of Defence, Major General Bashir Magashi, on Monday, said Nigeria is in a critical situation following the insurgency in the northeast, banditry in the northwest and attacks in other parts of the country.


He stated this during a summit national security and defence summit held at the National Defence College in Abuja.
“We are in a critical situation that requires the understanding, buy-in, support and collaboration of important stakeholders and key players in this strategic option and national task,” he said while restating the imperative of kinetic measures to address the current security challenges in the country.


“This is important to minimize distractions and maximize civil support in order to facilitate operational success and mission outcomes.
“It is in this light that I consider this National Defence and Security Summit organized by the DHQ as both apt and timely. I therefore affirm and declare my support for it,” he added.
The Minister also called for support from the civilian populace and other major stakeholders to facilitate operational success and mission outcomes.


While lauding the timely nature of the summit, Magaji regretted that some “merchants of violence are threatening to tear the very foundations of our nation; a time when diverse manifestations of security threats dot the landscape and impact individuals, communities and almost all sub-national entities in disconcerting ways; a time when fear and uncertainty pervades the land; and a time when global indicators of national insecurity give room for serious concern.”
“Physical insecurity in Nigeria expectedly, has both forward and backward linkages to different shades and forms of national security. Indeed, it is linked to political instability, economic under-development, and social inequalities.”


Nigeria has been experiencing serious of security threats ranging from terrorism and banditry in the northeast and northeast, militancy in the southsouth, cultism in the southwest among several others.
The country has been battling terrorism for more than decade which has killed 36,000 people and displaced hundreds of thousands in the northeast.


The Islamic State of West African Province (ISWAP) split from the jihadist group Boko Haram in 2016, and has since become a dominant threat in Nigeria, attacking troops and bases while killing and kidnapping passengers at bogus checkpoints.


On March 1, jihadist fighters burnt down a United Nations humanitarian compound in the town of Dikwa after dislodging troops, killing six civilians.
Nigeria’s jihadist violence has spread to neighbouring Chad, Cameroon and Niger, prompting a regional military coalition to fight the insurgents.

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We will deal with you – Army Chief tells Dokubo, Igboho, others


The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt. -Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru, has said that the Nigerian army has resolved to deal with secessionists who are threatening the peace of the country.
He vowed to ensure that those inciting disintegration such as the Yoruba activist, Sunday Igboho who recently declared the Oduduwa Republic and his South South counterpart, ex-militant, Asari Dokubo are all dealt with.


General Attahiru gave the warning while speaking in Uyo at the first Commanding Officers’ Workshop 2021.


Recall that Asari Dokubo, a leader of the Niger Delta Peoples Salvation Force, recently declared the formation of Biafra Customary Government (BCG).


Similarly, Sunday Adeyemo, popularly known as Sunday Igboho, a self-acclaimed Yoruba activist, last week declared Yoruba as a separate nation and demanded the secession of South-West states from Nigeria.
But Attahiru vowed that the country would remain integrated, adding that the army in collaboration with other security agencies will deal with separatists agitating for secession.


“The Nigerian Army under my leadership would remain proactive and jointly work with other security agencies to decisively deal with threats facing the nation.


“The Nigerian Army under my watch remains resolute and is poised more than ever before to decisively deal with individuals or groups that threaten the peace, security and stability of our great nation,” he vowed.

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Entertainment Politics

“FG Will Support Stars like Burna Boy & Wizkid With N300 Million Loan” – Osinbajo


Nigerian Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo has disclosed that National Council for Arts and Culture in collab with the Bank of Industry, has secured a loan worth N300 million for the country’s creative industry.


According to People’s Gazette, spokesman to VP Osinbajo, Laolu Akande, in a statement, on the 21st of March, said the vice president disclosed this at the opening of Ogidi Studios, a Lagos-based world-class creative complex owned by the Temple Company. The Vice President revealed the committee has committed to an investment of N25 billion as initial funding for developing the Nigeria Creative Centre at the National Theatre, Lagos.

He stated;
“The sector will receive support from the Central Bank of Nigeria’s Creative Industry Funds Initiative, an initiative that gives financial support to the technology and creative sector at single-digit interest rates. The Bank of Industry, in collaboration with the National Council for Arts and Culture, has also secured a N300 million loan package for the creative sector. The package provides the funds to the sector at single-digit interest rates with a tenor of four to five years.”


Prof. Yemi Osinbajo made reference to Burna boy and Wizkid for taking the entertainment scene by storm and winning the Grammys. According to him, the environment is ready to produce more creative talents. He said;
“On March 14, Burna Boy and Wizkid took the entertainment industry by storm, winning the Grammy Awards and established themselves as amongst the best musicians in the world. Burnaboy won in the ‘Best Global Music Album’ category for the ‘Twice As Tall’ Album and Wizkid; the real Starboy, in the Best Music Video category for his feature in the song ‘Brown Skin Girl”.

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Politics

Promoters of Oduduwa Republic introduces currency


A Yoruba group has launched the currency for the proposed Oduduwa Republic.


The image of the currency, known as “FADAKA, was posted on Twitter via the group’s handle, @OduduwaRepublic, on Sunday.


“Oduduwa National Currency shall be called ‘FADAKA’ Meaning Silver .. or short as just ‘FAD’ Here is a 20 Fadaka Sample Banknote,” the secessionist group tweeted.


DAILY POST had earlier reported that Yoruba Historian, Banji Akintoye and activist, Sunday Igboho during the passing week, declared the sovereignty of the Yoruba.


Akintoye and Igboho, among other Yoruba leaders, said that the South West was no longer under Nigeria.


They had insisted that this was not a time to talk about restructuring, resource control or a new constitution but rather the Yoruba to secede from Nigeria.


They called on people of the region to work together for the independence of the Yoruba nation.

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Promoters of Oduduwa Republic introduces currency


A Yoruba group has launched the currency for the proposed Oduduwa Republic.


The image of the currency, known as “FADAKA, was posted on Twitter via the group’s handle, @OduduwaRepublic, on Sunday.


“Oduduwa National Currency shall be called ‘FADAKA’ Meaning Silver .. or short as just ‘FAD’ Here is a 20 Fadaka Sample Banknote,” the secessionist group tweeted.


DAILY POST had earlier reported that Yoruba Historian, Banji Akintoye and activist, Sunday Igboho during the passing week, declared the sovereignty of the Yoruba.


Akintoye and Igboho, among other Yoruba leaders, said that the South West was no longer under Nigeria.


They had insisted that this was not a time to talk about restructuring, resource control or a new constitution but rather the Yoruba to secede from Nigeria.


They called on people of the region to work together for the independence of the Yoruba nation.

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Entertainment

I would have won the Grammy years ago if not for our leaders – Burnaboy


Nigerian singer, Damini Ogulu popularly known as Burna Boy, says he would have won a Grammy in 2013 if the country had a leadership that takes the youths seriously.


Recall that Burnaboy had won the ‘Best Global Music Album’ category at the 2021 Grammys. Speaking in an interview with BBC Africa on Saturday, the award-winning singer said he would have achieved the feat earlier if he had the right environment and support.


“If the environment was conducive and we had leadership who took the youth seriously and certain infrastructure in place, I probably won’t be winning a Grammy in 2021. I probably would have won in 2013 or 2014.
I’m basically the stone that the builders refused when it comes to, you know, being here (in music). I was very relieved because I deserved it. I was hoping a situation wouldn’t happen where I didn’t get what I deserved, “ he said.


Burna Boy said his experience should inspire others that they can succeed regardless of the odds. “I saw this moment happening back in 2012. I just realised it (the music struggle) was bigger than me. It’s like I used to do this on the streets and everyone is going crazy, but now I don’t see anyone better than me.


So, it’s like this is serious now. Anything is possible. Whatever situation you may be in wherever you find yourself doesn’t really determine your future or stop you from not considering your dreams as being dreams.


In the end, we’re in an environment that doesn’t believe in itself before they even think of believing in you.”

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I Ran Kilometers To Escape Death As Herders Attack, Says Governor Ortom


The Governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom, has narrated how he ran for close to two (2) kilometres after suspected armed herdsmen, numbering about 15, attacked him in his farm at Tyo-Mu community, near Makurdi, the state capital, yesterday morning.


The visibly shaken governor, who explained that the incident happened at about 11a.m, said it took the grace of God and the bravery of his security personnel to repel the attackers.
Ortom has been in the forefront of the fight against criminal herdsmen, claiming they had been killing his Benue people in their plot to take over their ancestral lands.


He ensured a law was enacted by the state House of Assembly against open grazing of cattle in the state as cattle destruction of farmlands has been a source of conflict between native farmers and herdsmen.

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Local News

FRSC officials assist woman in labour to deliver after being stuck in traffic


Some of the officers of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Oko-Afo outpost of Lagos State Sector Command, rendered assistance to a woman in labour while in transit on Thursday.


The Sector Commander of the Corps, Commander Olusegun Ogungbemide, in a statement by the FRSC Public Education Officer in Lagos, said that the assistance became imperative to save the pregnant woman and her baby.


“At about 0832hrs on Thursday night while on patrol at Area K Police Station in Morogbo, a Mazda bus transporting passengers stopped in front of the team and lodged a complaint. The complaint was that a pregnant woman was in labour.


We quickly used the patrol vehicle to convene her to the nearest hospital, and to the glory of God she was safely delivered of a baby boy,” he said.

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Education

SUG President allegedly poisoned to death after being sworn in


The president of the National Union of Benue State Students at the Benue State University, Makurdi, Manasseh Agudo, has died from suspected food poisoning.


Agudo died on Wednesday only about a month after he was sworn in on February 20, 2021. The students had held their convention in February 2021 at the Volleyball Court of the Aper Aku Stadium in Makurdi, where Agudo emerged as the winner.


SaharaReporters learnt that some days after his swearing-in, he fell ill and on Wednesday, he passed away. Agudo died on Wednesday evening at the Benue State University Teaching Hospital and his body had been deposited at the BSUTH Mortuary.
“I reached out to the late NUBESS president’s family to confirm his death. They said the young dead from infection suspected to be poison. He suffered from this infection for days shortly after he resumed office as NUBESS president elect. If it is true that he was poisoned, then I cry for the future of our Benue State.


I spoke to this dude during the Nasarawa State Polytechnic protest and he issued a good warning to stop the arrests of innocent persons,” a source told Sahara Reporters.

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Crime

Army Personnel Disguised as Passengers, Nab Kidnappers in Niger State


A group of Nigerian soldiers have caught some kidnappers attacking some places in Niger State.


According to a viral video, the soldiers disguised as passengers to patrol some dark places where kidnappers are known to operate from when the kidnappers strike.


Thinking they were ordinary passengers, they came out to kidnap them but were caught by the brave soldiers.

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Crime

EFCC Arrests 18 Suspected Internet Fraudsters in Sagamu Ogun State


Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Lagos Zonal Office, have arrested 18 suspected Internet fraudsters in Ogun State.


The suspects are: Ibrahim Oreniyi Atolani, Tijani Faruk Ayobami, Yisa Ademola Ibrahim, Olukoya Aliu Temidayo, Sulaimon Sharafdeen Adebayo, Adebayo Abiodun Mustapha, Lateef Aremo Shina, Ali Mukit Olamilekan and Tajudeen Taiwo Hassan.


Others are: Aina Ayomide Oluwapelumi, Adetola Yusuf Omogbolahan, Adekoya Ibrahim Olamilekan, Oreniyi Sulaimon Olalekan, Tiamiyu Olamide Babatunde, Ojetola Michael Timileyin and Ajetunmobi Bariu Toyosi.


They were arrested at Remo Majestic Hotel, Shagamu, Ogun State during an operation by Operatives of the EFCC on Wednesday, March 17, 2021.
Items recovered from the suspects include exotic cars, mobile phones, laptop computers, Wi-Fi and modem devices.


The suspects will be charged to court as soon as investigations are concluded.

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Buratai, other army officers used Boko Haram as business at the expense of our lives — Soldier revealed


A Nigerian army officer engaged in the fight against Boko Haram has alleged that immediate past army officers were using Boko Haram war as a lucrative business to make money at the expense of their lives.


He also alleged that soldiers at the front have been using outdated weapons to fight Boko Haram and ISWAP insurgents.


The soldier, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the troops still use guns recovered from the Biafra Army after the civil war ended in 1970.


He said, “Some of these guns were bought by (Chukwuemeka Odumegwu) Ojukwu for the Biafran Army during the civil war. They were handed over to the Nigerian government after he and other leaders of the Biafra Army surrendered to General Yakubu Gowon.


“The bombs given to us by Buratai were made over 50 years ago as well, so we hardly use them,”.
The Nigerian Army had recently accused 149 soldiers of the 153 Infantry Battalion, Marte of abandoning the Boko Haram insurgency fight and fleeing over alleged inadequate provision of arms and ammunition.


It was gathered that the soldiers absconded from duty after insurgents attacked their camps, leaving scores of their colleagues dead.

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