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News Update, Wednesday, 30/06/2021

** Nnamdi Kanu has been arrested and brought back to Nigeria – AGF Malami

** Court remands Nnamdi Kanu in DSS custody

** FG launches portal to track Nigerians in Diaspora

** Senate passes bills to establish Health Sciences Varsity, ICT Institute

** Nnamdi Kanu: Stop pampering bandits, terrorists, HURIWA tells FG

** Senate passes N329.963bn budget for FCT

** Afenifere to Buhari: send bill on restructuring to National Assembly

** Terrorism, greatest threat to human existence – Monguno

** 23 years after: Sanwo-Olu re-launches Jigi Bola Free Health Mission

** Reps to summon FIRS, fault banks as $30bn revenue probe begins

** Matawalle finally defects to APC

** Makinde sacks Oyo State executive council

** Lagos rewards 900 civil servants with long service award

** Zamfara Senator resigns from PDP

** TB Joshua: Synagogue church gives updates on burial arrangements

** We haven’t appointed TB Joshua’s wife as successor – SCOAN

** Lagos Cooperative Societies hit two million membership

** Navy conducts clearance, recovery operation in Borno

** Police kill kidnappers while collecting ransom in Kogi

** Woman delivers baby at government function in Ebonyi

** Court jails ex-South African President Zuma

** Canada mandates new cars to be zero-emissions by 2035

** Serena Williams weeps as injury shatters 24th Grand Slam dream

** England beat Germany 2-0 to reach Euro 2020 quarter-finals

.** We raised money for Siasia to fight FIFA ban – Sports Minister

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Davido’s aide, Obama DMW, is dead

Singer Davido’s aide, Obama DMW, is dead. He reportedly died today, June 29, at Ever-care hospital in Admiralty Way, Lagos.

It was gathered that he had complained of having breathing difficulties and drove himself to the hospital, where he was admitted for treatment. Unfortunately, he died a few hours later.

Sources reveal his corpse has been deposited in the mortuary and will be buried tomorrow, June 30.

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FG arrests IPOB leader, Kanu, to face trial in Abuja

Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), has been arrested and extradited to Nigeria to face trial.

The Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami(SAN), announced this at a press conference in Abuja on Tuesday, June 29.
He revealed that Kanu was arrested and brought back to Nigeria on Sunday, June 27. He said the arrest followed a collaborative effort between security agencies in Nigeria and the Interpol.

Malami further disclosed that Kanu would be taken before the Federal High Court in Abuja for continuation of his trial on charges bordering on terrorism, treasonable felony, unlawful possession of firearms and management of an unlawful society.
The IPOB leader had fled the country after a Federal High Court in Abuja granted him bail in 2017.

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Synagogue Church Releases Funeral Plan For Late TB Joshua

The funeral arrangements for the late Prophet TB Joshua will start from July 5th to July 11th, 2021. Some of the services will be private and some open to the public but all will be broadcasted.

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Former S. African President, Zuma, sentenced to 15 months imprisonment

South Africa’s former president, Jacob Zuma, has been sentenced to 15 months by the highest court in the country.

He was sentenced on Tuesday, June 29, for contempt of court after he failed to appear at a corruption inquiry earlier this year.

According to BBC, Zuma failed to appear at the inquiry led by deputy chief justice Raymond Zondo in February, after which the inquiry’s lawyers approached the constitutional court to seek an order for his imprisonment.

The inquiry is examining allegations of high-level graft during Zuma’s period in power from 2009 to 2018. Zuma denies wrongdoing and has so far not co-operated.

“Mr Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma is sentenced to undergo 15 months’ imprisonment. He has to appear before police within five days,” a constitutional court judge said, reading out the court’s order.

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“Anything that happened was because I felt really tired, has nothing to do with a man” – Lady allegedly dumped by her Boyfriend

On Monday afternoon, Instablog9ja reported that a lady attempted suicide because her boyfriend dumbed her. The Lady whose name is Yunus Mariam has came out to debunk the rumour.

She made this known on her social media platform in the early hours on Tuesday. She wrote “Anything that happened was because I felt really tired… has nothing to do with a man… and I really wish I could explain it to you but I really can’t … I am sorry I put you all through the stress and worries… When you die, it is really not about you but those who love you… It will be unfair to everybody”

Meanwhile, a close friend to the lady who pleaded anonymity reached PurpleWorld, requesting that people should desist from saying the unnecessary, rather they should do well to send words of encouragement.

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News Update, Tuesday, 29/06/2021

** APC announces date to commence sale of forms for congresses

** CJN Tanko swears in 18 new justices for Court of Appeal, tells justices to avoid juicy, irresistible temptations

** Reps investigate $30bn alleged revenue leakage

** INEC expects 20m new voters as CVR commences

** Restructuring: ACF places northern lawmakers on red alert

** Yoruba Nation: Ilana Oodua talks tough ahead of Lagos rally

** Sunday Igboho Gives Fresh Update On Planned Yoruba Nation Rally In Lagos

** NANS meets Sheikh Gumi, seeks release of abducted students

** Anambra Election: Andy Uba seeks support of other APC aspirants

** Anambra Guber: Ngige calls for cancellation of APC primary

** Alleged fraud: ICPC to arraign ex-JAMB Registrar, Ojerinde July 6

** Abducted Ekiti monarch regains freedom

** One dead, several injured as masquerade worshippers and Muslims clash in Osogbo

** LASG tasks consultant pharmacists on patient-centred care

** PDP, Akeredolu trade words over pending Supreme Court verdict

** Travellers stranded in bush as Abuja-Kaduna train breaks down, second time in 12 hours

** Delta spends N1.3bn monthly on pensions -Okowa

** CBN moves to crash rice price with sales of 9m tons paddy to millers

** NDLEA seizes 2,100kg drugs, arrests 311

** IPMAN Western zone directs members to shun proposed strike

** US opens study windows in Enugu, Benin

** EU allows data to keep flowing to Britain

** Spain beat Croatia 5-3 to reach Euro 2020 quarter-finals

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Buhari reacts to Niger Delta Avengers’ threat to shutdown oil production

President Muhammadu Buhari has reacted to a threat issued by the Niger Delta Avengers on Saturday to sabotage oil productions facilities in the country.
Below is a statement from the President on Sunday signed by his media aide, Femi Adesina.

“The media was on Sunday awash with threats and demands by the group to embark on economic sabotage through bombing of critical oil and gas installations unless certain demands, including development of the Niger Delta, and restructuring of the Federation, were met.”
“It is, however, curious that the threat was coming less than 48 hours after President Muhammadu Buhari met with the leadership of the Niger Delta and Ijaw National Congress (INC), at the Presidential Villa, and the germane issues had been responded to, especially call for restructuring of the Federation, and the inauguration of a Board for the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).”

“For clarity and record purposes, below is full text of the speech by President Buhari on Friday, June 25, 2021, which renders any sabre-rattling rather unnecessary:
“I warmly welcome all the Elders of the Niger Delta and particularly the National Executive of the Ijaw National Congress, under the leadership of Professor Benjamin Okaba. I thank you for paying this courtesy visit not too long after your election in April, and swearing-in last May.”

“I also want to congratulate you all for your election and to add that a lot of responsibility is placed on your shoulders, especially coming from the fact that the Ijaw National Congress was almost without leadership for some time.
“As the symbol of the collective voice of the Ijaw people, which is one of Nigeria’s main ethnic groups, the existence of a focused and people oriented leadership would go a long way in articulating the demands of the Ijaw people and making sure these demands are made part of the national discourse.

“I particularly note your ten point demand to the Federal Government in your inaugural speech and assure you that this administration is frontally addressing them.
“I am equally concerned about the rate of environmental degradation in the Niger Delta and as you are aware the HydroCarbon Pollution Remediation Project has started work with remediation efforts in Ogoni land and I have directed the Minister of Environment to ensure that the projects are implemented with a high percentage of local content and inclusion of the surrounding communities.

“Similarly, the National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency, under the same ministry of Environment is working to make sure that oil spills are reduced and new ones prevented. As you are also aware, all the responsible agencies of government have been directed to ensure that they enforce compliance by the International Oil Companies to international best practices.
“In addressing your call for immediate restructuring, the National Assembly whose responsibility it is to ensure that our constitution responds to the call for a restructured Nigeria, has already concluded regional consultations and as soon as they finalise the process, necessary action would not be delayed on my part.

“In the same vein, your call for creation of two additional states and more local government areas for the Ijaw people is a legislative matter, which should naturally be handled by the National Assembly and seeking concurrence at the state levels.
“I completely agree with your call to allocate operational licenses for marginal fields to Ijaw people. However, like you know, the process of granting licenses is guided by laid down rules and regulations, most of which even favour local content and local contractors. I see no reason why they should not be granted such licenses if they qualify.

“On the issue of fair and balanced appointments to reflect federal character principles, I re-affirm that this has always been my focus and would continue to be because I have always seen Nigeria as a country where everyone should be given equal opportunities.
“A contentious issue that has been a subject of discourse amongst the Ijaw people of recent has been the need for the Niger Delta Development Commission to live up to its billing by delivering the required succour to the people of the region. Based on the mismanagement that had previously be-devilled the NDDC, a forensic audit was set up and the result is expected by the end of July, 2021.

“I want to assure you that as soon as the forensic audit report is submitted and accepted, the NDDC Board would be inaugurated. However, I would like to implore you that the Ijaw National Congress should play a more active role in making sure that the mismanagement that occurred in the past is not repeated.
“I am particularly happy to note your call for promoting ownership of modular refineries by the Ijaw people and I will urge you to interphase with your sons who are involved in the processes of establishing these refineries, especially the Honourable Minister of State Petroleum Resources to actualize this quest.

“Like you well know, completion of the East-West Road is top on my infrastructure agenda and I will look to its speedy conclusion. Again, the occasional disturbance by youths in some communities along the route to construction work would require your close attention and guidance.
“Furthermore, we have made considerable progress with the construction of the Bonny to Port Harcourt Bridge.
“I am very happy with the recent affirmation of your belief in a United Nigeria and while I thank you for standing with me, I will also implore you to use your leverage in making sure that we keep working together to keep this country a united, indivisible entity, so that we can tackle our problems together and overcome our challenges together.

“I would like now to commend Professor Okaba for your emphasis on supporting the fight against insecurity by developing internal control mechanisms as well as working with other institutions in the country to address our current security challenges.
“While I thank you once more for this visit and I will continue to count on your support as we work towards resolving our current challenges.

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Crime Scandal

There’s Much More To Ataga’s Death Than Alleged Murderer’s Confession – Family

The Family of Late Super TV CEO, Michael Usifo Ataga who was brutally killed on June 15, has urged the police to go beyond the confession of the alleged killer in their investigations.

In a statement by Rickey Tarfa & Co, solicitor to the family, hinted at the possibility that the actual perpetrators of the crime may be covering their tracks.

The statement, titled ‘Libelous Publications In Respect of Murder Of Michael Usifo Ataga: Demand For Restraint By Social Media Practitioners/Persons,’ urged those behind malicious social media publications to refrain from publishing falsehood that impinges negatively on the integrity of the deceased, wife, and children or face lawsuits.

“We hereby admonish the publishers of these stories to employ whatever shreds of decency and decorum they can find in themselves to desist from their false and misleading stories and let the investigating authorities carry out an effective investigation in the hope of apprehending the perpetrators of this heinous crime and their accomplices,” read the statement signed by Olusegun Jolaawo, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), on behalf of the law firm.

“Yes, we know that Chidinma Adaora Ojukwu has been arrested and yes we know that investigation is continuing. Our client is, however, convinced that there is much more to this than is already apparent from the police investigation.”

The statement noted that there are several “malicious” publications in circulation planted to embarrass and malign Mr Ataga, his wife, Brenda, and their family “and to serve as a smokescreen to enable the perpetrators of the heinous crime cover their tracks.”

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News Update, Sunday, 27/06/2021

** FG, Lai Mohammed disown anti-press bill

** Buhari: War on drugs more deadly than insurgency

** Tinubu will make a good president – Olubadan

** NDLEA busts 253 drug suspects in Osun

** Anambra speaker Okafor rallies support for Soludo

** Buhari: WADA not just a slogan but a call to action

** Olubadan endorses Tinubu for 2023 Presidency

** AAAN gets FG’s nod for National Unity Campaign

** World’s Largest Flag Unveiled In Ibadan

** Murder Of Usifo Ataga: ‘Why We Can’t Take Action Yet On Our Student’ —UNILAG*

** NDLEA Arrests 253 Suspects In Osun

** Ondo University Shut As Gunmen Rape Four Female Students

** About 10.6million Nigerians are actively abusing cannabis – NDLEA Boss

** Court sentences man to life imprisonment for sodomy in Jigawa

** Police rescue four abducted women in Zamfara

** Soldiers Engage Bandits In Gun Battle, Kill Scores, Recover Arms

** Dino Melaye reveals plans to remarry

** Marwa: NDLEA has seized over N90bn worth of drugs in five months

** Niger Delta Avengers names woman Tu-ere as new leader, Field Commander

** Scores of bandits shot dead in fierce gun-battle with troops in Zamfara

** Boko Haram, ISWAP pick AlKhuraishi as new leader

** Borno Govt suspends French NGO over shooting training at Maiduguri hotel

** Matt Hancock resigns as UK Health minister

** Date for Joshua, Usyk match confirmed

** Messi in advanced talks over new Barcelona contract

** Denmark crush Wales to reach Euro 2020 quarter-final

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Scammed Investors Want Davido, Rema, Other Celebrities Arrested For Endorsing Fraudulent Ponzi Scheme, Racksterli

Nigerians have called on security operatives to arrest some celebrities, including David Adeleke, popularly known as Davido, Divine Ikubor, known professionally as Rema, and Williams Uchemba for endorsing and advertising a Ponzi scheme company, RackSterli, which has allegedly defrauded many people.

The celebrities had been seen in viral videos promoting the platform, prompting people to invest in it.
“I wanna introduce you guys to one of the biggest investment platforms in Nigeria. There are a lot of opportunities over there… It has been very, very reliable for the past six months. We’ve had great recommendations,” Davido said in one of the videos seen by PurpleWorld.

The Ponzi-like initiative, owned by one Chidi, popularly known as Blackgold, offers its subscribers different packages, including Standard, Diamond, Premium, Ruby, Platinum, Emerald, Gold up to Topaz. They are 11 in separate packages.

A check by PurpleWorld on on Saturday showed the RackSterli’s website has crashed, leaving investors due for payment stranded.

Some subscribers who invested in the scheme without getting returns since last year are lambasting the celebrities for promoting it.
“All the celebrities that endorsed the scheme should be arrested too. Davido, Williams Uchemba supported the brand and they got us into this. Now the so-called Racksteri investment ran away with our money after buying himself a Brand New G. Wagon days after his accident,” Akintunde Mayowa Johnson told SaharaReporters.

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Boko Haram, ISWAP Reunites In New Video, Appoints Khuraishi As “Leader of all Muslims”

The leadership of the Islamic State of West Africa Province, ISWAP, have mended fences with the Jama’atu Ahlussunnah Lidda’awati Wal Jihad (JAS) faction of Boko Haram.
This is coming weeks after the death of Abubakar Shekau, former leader of the JAS faction.

The Boko Haram leader was said to have killed himself with a bomb “when he observed that the ISWAP fighters wanted to capture him alive”.

In a 13-minutes long video obtained by PRNigeria, an army of terrorists belonging to the rival extremist groups reunited themselves after individually placing their hands atop one another while chanting words of solidarity to demonstrate their reuniting and togetherness.

They then pledged their allegiance to one Aba Ibrahim Al-Hashimiyil AlKhuraishi, whom they unanimously ordained as ‘Khalifa Muslimai’, translated as “The Leader of all Muslims”.
In the clip, four insurgents, drawn from the defunct Boko Haram and ISWAP sects, were seen pledging their loyalty to their new commander while speaking in Arabic, Hausa, English and Fulfulde.

One of the speakers confirmed the report that intelligence services played critical roles in creating divisions in the camps of the terrorists when he claimed that “the enemies succeeded in dividing us, but we are now back.”

In the latest video released by Boko Haram, the terrorist element that first spoke extended his greeting to their new Leader, Khuraishi, thanking him for eventually bringing them together.
Pledging his loyalty, he said every Boko Haram member and ISWAP should be happy that they are now united.

Another terrorist, while speaking in Hausa, ‘warmly’ greeted Al-Hashimiyil Khuraishi, assuring that he and his colleague-insurgents would not disregard his orders and commandments.
He expressed delight that they are now back as one indivisible entity after the mutual hatred that hitherto divided them gave way.

Another ISWAP fighter, who was wielding a sophisticated gun hung on his neck, thundered:” What is left now is Jihad. We will not stop fighting the unbelievers. All the disbelievers have entered trouble.”
According to the daredevil terrorist, every Boko Haram and ISWAP member must be ready to fight under their new leader’s directive for them to survive and succeed.

ISWAP had in 2016 broke away from Shekau’s Boko Haram faction, alleging it disagreed with the late extremist leader over his excessive use of force, especially on Muslims in areas under his influence.

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Lagos State # EndSARS Judiciary Panel Awards N10m To Kolade Johnson’s Family

The Lagos judicial panel has awarded the sum of N10m to the family of the late Kolade Johnson.
Kolade Johnson was shot during a raid by police officers at Onipetesi area in Lagos, while watching an English premiership match between Tottenham and Manchester United on March 31, 2019.

The incident sparked outrage on social media, after which the police authorities identified Ogunyemi Olalekan, a police inspector, and Godwin Orji, a sergeant, as the officers involved in the shooting.
Following an orderly trial, Olalekan was dismissed from the force after he was found guilty, while Orji was acquitted.

Chairman of the Lagos panel, Doris Okuwobi, announced the compensation at the sitting on Friday.
The award was received by the mother of the deceased.

Thirteen petitioners — including Johnson’s family — were compensated with a total of N83m at the sitting on Friday.


DSS Invites Controversial Islamic Cleric, Sheik Gumi

The State Security Service, also known as the Department of State Services (DSS) has invited controversial Islamic cleric, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi, for questioning.
The VOA Hausa reported the DSS invitation, days after a controversy between Gumi and the Nigerian Army.

Speaking on an interview on ARISE Television on Wednesday, Gumi had alleged that security agents played a role in the insecurity plaguing Nigeria by collaborating with the bandits who engage in killing and kidnapping for ransom.

The Nigerian Army had replied to Gumi, same day saying his statement is both sad and unfortunate.

The Director, Army Public Relations, Brig Gen Onyema Nwachukwu, had said that “the sweeping allegation peddled by the scholar is not only sad and unfortunate, but a calculated attempt to denigrate the Nigerian military and undermine the sacrifices of our patriotic troops, who are working tirelessly to restore peace and stability across the country.

“It is essential to remind ourselves that these same military, being accused of connivance, are the ones who recently put their lives on the line to rescue abductees of the Government Secondary School, Birnin Yawuri from kidnappers.
“While the army will not attempt to excuse the possibility of black sheep amongst its fold, it must be stated unambiguously that it will not condone any form of sabotage or aiding and assisting the enemy by any personnel, as provisions for dealing decisively with such acts are crystallised in Section 45 (1) of the Armed Forces Act CAP A 20 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004.

“It must also be pointed out, that while the military is very much receptive to constructive criticism, it should not be perceived as a gateway for derogatory comments that have the potential to embolden criminals. It is also necessary to reiterate that patriotism must be taken to a trajectory where subversive conversations on the state are brought to the barest minimum.

“Opinion leaders are enjoined to demonstrate patriotism in building the peace, rather than being agents of distabilisation, thereby aggravating the current security challenges facing the nation.”
Gumi is known for making controversial statements regarding bandits and killer herdsmen.

On Wednesday, he had described bandits and killer herdsmen’s atrocities as “a tribal war,” accusing the government of taking sides.
“What you call banditry when you cross to the other side, you find out Nigeria is fighting a tribal war,” he explained.

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News Update, Friday, 25/06/2021

**Buhari travels to London for medical checkup Friday

** Gumi now mouthpiece for bandits, terrorists, says IPOB

** Sheikh Gumi will set Nigeria on fire – Omokri

** APC is focusing on its promises — Sanwo-Olu

** Soyinka billed for PEN America event to honour Louis Gates Jr

** Sanwo-Olu’s 2 years record commendable, says Bagudu

** Lai Mohammed: 476 online platforms established to bring down Buhari’s govt

** Sanwo-Olu: Celebrating a kind-hearted achiever at 56

** FG meeting with Twitter is like putting the cart before the horse – Falana’

** Lagos leads as Nigeria logs 44 new COVID-19 cases

** MURIC reviews 2021 UTME, says hijab-wearing females delayed

** Nigerian Air Force seeks collaboration with NUJ

** 2023 Presidency: Gov. Bala Mohammed begins consultation

** FAAC: How FG, states, LGs shared N605.95bn

** Court grants Baba Ijesha N2m bail

** Kano CJ approves appointment of 34 Sharia Court judges

** Ondo carjackers crash in Ogun, arrested in hospital

** 25 years after: Sanwo-Olu gifts 1996 Olympic Gold medalist, Chioma Ajunwa house

** Senator Peter Nwaoboshi suspended by PDP

** 2021 UTME: NIN helps in checking multiple malpractices, restores credibility—JAMB

** Biden says his government will go after illegal gun dealers

** UN canvasses 225m COVID-19 vaccine doses for Africa

** 99 people still trapped in Florida building collapse

** Tokyo 2020: Nigeria qualify for women’s 4x400m relay

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Final year student takes Nigerian University to court after he was expelled for criticising state governor, demands N20m

Nigerians react as student sues university for expelling him over social media post.

The expulsion letter which was signed by the university Registrar, John E. Udo, also reads that the man is barred from entering the campus premises.

Premium Times reported that Isang who was a finalist of the department of agricultural engineering had accused the governor in an article on Facebook of failing to fulfil his financial promise to graduating students in 2017.

The post which was made by the student using a pseudonym, Afrosix Jaara, where he accused the governor of ‘scamming’ the students reads in part:
““It’s 2 years and 166 days since he promised, yet none of the graduands received a naira even the first class graduands were unattended to when they went to his office.”

In a letter that was made available on Facebook intimating the university of the court action, the student’s plea includes a demand of N20 million for damages, reinstatement into the campus without encumbrances.

Nigerians react to the development
Abasiofon Ossom said:
“When I read the headline, I thought maybe he insulted the governor or rained abuses on him on social media. Upon reading through, I found out it’s just a reminder.
“How does that breach matriculation oath? What kinda oath is that?
“This is nonsense.. bullshit.”

Oti Chukwuebuka Nnaemeka commented:
“But somebody in France slapped President Macron and was only sentence to three months in imprisonment.
“If this young man can be expelled from school for criticizing the governor, however destructive or constructive, I wonder what will happen to me now if I go to Akwa-Ibom State and give their governor and VC of AKSU five dirty slaps for intolerance and short-fuse.”

Omavowa Priinces stated:
“Power Drunk Administrators! Yet they abuse Buhari wen the real tyrants are in d States! The Court will settle it, nonsense Registrar.”

Duke Nwokealisi remarked:
“I wonder what this country is turning into, even if he wrote an article about the Governor or government, has freedom of speech gagged in this country? The young man should be reinstated immediately.”

Meanwhile, previously reported that
Taraba University had expelled a student over an alleged social media post criticising the governor.
According to an email sent to by one Jen Jibrin, the university had earlier instituted a disciplinary committee against Israel over his numerous social media posts criticising Governor Ishaku and the vice-chancellor of the university.
The committee, according to Jibrin, described his social media posts as inciting and politically motivated.
Israel reportedly asked the disciplinary committee if there was any law in the university that prohibits students from using social media as a platform for expressing their views on governance in the state but the committee kept mute.

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Nigeria is poor. The only option is to borrow — Senate President

Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, on Thursday, apprised President Muhammadu Buhari of the activities lined up by the National Assembly, saying after the meeting that Nigeria is a poor nation that has no option but to borrow to fund infrastructure.

Fielding questions from correspondents after the meeting at the presidential villa, Abuja, he, however, assured that the legislature would not be frivolous in granting Executive requests for loans.

According to him, such requests would be subjected to thorough scrutiny to be sure that they are necessary and when approved, the use of the loan would be monitored through oversight.
“What I want to assure Nigerians here is that we are not going to be frivolously supporting or approving loans for the executive arm of government.

Whenever we have to approve any loan, we have to insist on the details of what projects will be funded by those loans. We’ll have to look at the conditions that are attached to the loans.

Our options are really very limited as a country. First, we don’t have the necessary revenues, Nigeria is poor, we shouldn’t deceive ourselves.

Nigeria is not rich, given the circumstances we live in, given the challenges we have; our resources are so low, our revenues are so low and therefore, the option of not doing anything, just to sit because we have no money, we shouldn’t go for infrastructure development, is not even an option worthy of consideration,” he said.

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‘Contribute 20Million and give to your chairman, we are coming for it” – Robbers write Osun Community

Anxiety and confusion have overwhelmed residents of Olopa estate, a community in Ofatedo, Egbedore local government area, Osun state after robbers sent a notice of intent to rob the area.

The notice, which was handwritten and partly in Yoruba language, ordered that members of the community contribute the sum of N20 million to avoid being robbed individually, Vanguard reports.

The robbers also said the N20 million hitherto contributed, should be kept with the community chairman for the robbers to pick upon arrival.
It reads, “Notice, this is to inform you that, we, thieves are coming to rob every house in your community or you should contribute the sum of N20 million and keep it with your community Chairman for us to pick up when we come.

“We are coming with full force and we will kill any of your securities that intend to disturb us.”
A resident, Tejumade Adewale hinted that the letter had created a lot of confusion in the community as some residents have stopped sleeping at home.
He, however, said the community had witnessed an increased presence of local security operatives since the notice was sent.

“Despite that, the community has increased the presence of local vigilantes in the area, some residents only come home during the day to pick what they need and return to their shops without returning home to sleep at night.
“We call on security agencies to come to our aid and should treat the issue seriously,” he said.

Reacting to the development, Osun Amotekun Field Commandant, Comrade Amitolu Shittu said the corps is aware of the letter and well prepared for the “visitors”.

He added that the threat is empty but adequate security has been put in place to curtail them.
“We have heard of the threat, but we believe it is an empty threat; notwithstanding, security has been beefed up in the community to check any eventualities,” he said.

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Borno School Suspends 30 Nursing Students For Not Welcoming Buhari During Presidential Visit

At least 30 students have been suspended by the management of the Borno State College of Nursing and Midwifery for refusing to welcome President Muhammadu Buhari when he visited the state on June 17.

A letter of suspension from the college to one of the students obtained by SaharaReporters showed that they were suspended for one week from June 21 to June 28 over the action.

The letter reads, “You are hereby suspended from the college for one week with effect from today 21st June 2021 for disobedience of executive order to welcome the President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari GCFR, GCON (on the 17th of June 2021).
“You are expected to report back to college on the 28th of June 2021 along with your parent or guardian.”
Speaking to SaharaReporters, a staff member of the school said about 30 students were affected.

“Thirty of the students were suspended, not one. I don’t know when it now became compulsory to go and greet the President in the sun. Even we staff members were forced to go and welcome him,” he said.

SaharaReporters had on June 17 reported that the state governor, Babagana Zulum, paid N350 million to mobilise the crowd for the visit of Buhari to the state.
It had been exposed that the governor considered the spending necessary to ensure that the Nigerian leader was not booed during his official visit to the state on Thursday.

SaharaReporters had reported that there were fears ahead of the President’s visit that he would be greeted by protesters or booed because of the insecurity in the state.
“It cost Zulum N350 million to mobilise the crowd they touted as Buhari’s supporters,” a source in Borno State government had told SaharaReporters.
“When President Buhari visited Lagos last week, they had to fly him over the city in a chopper because of a hostile crowd,” another source had added.

Governor Zulum had earlier urged residents to show appreciation to President Buhari during his visit.
The governor in a statewide broadcast on Tuesday gave reasons the people of the state should honour the President when he arrived in Maiduguri.
Borno is the epicentre of insurgency war in Nigeria.

The state has been at the end of incessant deadly attacks by terrorist groups–Boko Haram and the Islamic State West African Province (ISWAP), and many residents have grown frustrated with the Buhari government.

Ahead of his election in 2015, Buhari promised to defeat Boko Haram but six years into his government, that promise has not been fulfilled.
In February 2020, residents of the state booed the President as his convoy drove in and when it was leaving Maiduguri, Borno State, during a condolence visit.

The residents were heard shouting in Hausa “Bama so, ka samu a kunya.” Meaning “We don’t want you, because you have disappointed us.”
Buhari, during his recent visit to Borno, however, said he was committed to serving Nigerians as a result of the love shown to him.

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President Muhammadu Buhari will proceed to London, the United Kingdom on Friday, June 25, 2021, for a scheduled medical follow-up.

He is due back in the country during the second week of July, 2021.

Femi Adesina
Special Adviser to the President
(Media and Publicity)
June 24, 2021

Crime Education

How I stabbed Super TV CEO to death, 21-year-old UNILAG student speaks

A 21-year-old undergraduate of the University of Lagos, Chidinma Ojukwu, has narrated how she stabbed the Chief Executive Officer of Super TV, Usifo Ataga, to death in the Lekki area of Lagos State.

She spoke at the Lagos State Police Command headquarters in Ikeja on Thursday after she was paraded as a suspect by the state Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu.

Odumosu said Ojukwu was arrested at her parents’ residence in the Yaba area of the state on Wednesday night.
Ojukwu, a 300-level student of Mass Communication, said she had been in a romantic relationship with Ataga for about four months before the ugly incident.

Ojukwu said she and Ataga were “having fun” when an argument broke out and she stabbed him twice.
She said, “We were in the lodge smoking. He was trying to make advances on me. I was tired and he became violent on it. I let him have his way. Towards afternoon, he ordered roofies. We took it together and ate food. He became high. I was still not happy with the first one (sex) that we had, so, I was staying on my own, smoking and drinking. He, too, was on his own.

“He came to me and I was like I am not happy with what he did. I was like, ‘You don’t help me, you don’t assist me with anything, you are just playing with me around’. He was like, ‘Take my ATM and withdraw what you want’.
“He later became violent trying to get to me and I was resisting and defending myself. At some point, he hit my head on the wall and I also retaliated.

“At some point, he was chasing me around the kitchen cabinet. I took a knife and stabbed his neck. I approached the door and he followed me. I stabbed him twice on the neck side. I threw the knife to the bed and he was going for it but I also went for it. He dragged the knife with me and it broke and he fell on the floor.”

The undergraduate also disclosed that after stabbing the late CEO, she withdrew N380,000 from his account using his ATM card.

While the owner of the rented apartment where the tragic incident took place had been arrested, Odumosu said Ataga’s accounts had been blocked to prevent further withdrawals by those taking advantage of his untimely death to deplete the accounts.


Corruption Education

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Entertainment News Scandal

Breaking: Court Releases Baba Ijesha on Bail, Adjourns Matter

The Special Offenses Court on Sexual & Domestic Violence sitting in Ikeja has granted Baba Ijesha Bail on N2million Bail bond with a family relation and a lawyer as surety.

The court therefore adjourned to 26th and 27th of July.
His family and legal team are currently working to perfect the conditions.


IPOB kills security agents but herdsmen only kidnap children for money —Gumi

Ahmad Gumi, Islamic cleric, says it is unfair to compare the activities of criminal herdsmen with those of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).

The cleric, who is known to have access to bandits, said herdsmen’s crimes weigh significantly lesser than those of IPOB.
Speaking on Arise TV on Wednesday, Gumi called for “fairness” in the comparison between the two groups, saying one “is killing our gallant men” while the other is “kidnapping children to make money and not to kill them”.

“IPOB is attacking the police, the army, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and other government institutions; killing our men in service,” he said.
”And the herdsmen are kidnapping children not to kill them but to get money; so how can you compare somebody who is killing our gallant men directly to somebody who is kidnapping children to make money and not to kill them. Look, we need some fairness in what we are doing.”

Bandits have kidnapped over 800 school children across the north since December 2020.
The security challenge has led to the death several students, notably the killing of five Greenfield University students.

Since IPOB launched its militia arm called Eastern Security Network (ESN) a few months ago, attacks on security operatives and government infrastructure have surged. A number of security operatives have been killed by the militia.

Credit: PressExpress

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News Update, Thursday, 24/06/2021

** Insecurity: Buhari meets Northern govs in Aso Villa

** Decision on work from home order
for review soon — SFG

** Only South West has properly managed its diversity – Jonathan

** Lawan clears air on Chambers’ Leakage, calls for rehabilitation of National Assembly

** Soludo emerges APGA governorship candidate in Anambra

** Lagos HOS commends Sanwo-Olu for supporting MDAs

** Senate approves establishment of Federal University of Medicine, Abeokuta

** Obasanjo head of AU Observer Mission speaks on Ethiopian election

** Sanwo-Olu says Adiyan water project almost done

.** Lagos plans to make 2021 Public Service Week celebration remarkable and extra-Ordinary – Muri-Okunola

** CACOL commends ICPC over Farouk Lawan’s conviction

** NIN exposes more than 500,000 fake UTME candidates

** Ladoke Akintola University of Technology Alumni Association Launches a Website

** We won’t succumb to pressure from criminals to lift curfew – Wike

** Osun spends N35b on retirees: Oyetola

** AVC congratulates stakeholders as LASU is rated top young varsity in Nigeria

** Oyo College of Education set to award degree, completes affiliation with Ajasin Varsity

** UTME results out today: JAMB Registrar

** NYSC blocks relocation of 1,000 corps members

** 10 members of Fulani family die after taking herbal mixture

** Buffet delivers $4.1b to charity, quits Bill and Melinda Gates

** Fans at Tokyo Olympics allowed to clap not cheer

** Sweden beat Poland 3-2 at Euro 2020

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Photonews: National Assembly Roof Leaks, Buckets Used To Collect Rain Water

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Photonews: National Assembly Roof Leaks, Buckets Used To Collect Rain Water

Corruption Politics

Photonews: National Assembly Roof Leaks, Buckets Used To Collect Rain Water

Corruption Politics

Photonews: National Assembly Roof Leaks, Buckets Used To Collect Rain Water