Hoodlums have burnt down a farm belonging to Ex-President, Olusegun Obasanjo, Politics Nigeria has learned.
A huge mango plantation belonging to Obasanjo at Howe community in Gwer East Local Government Area of Benue state was burned down around 2 pm on Saturday.
The 140 hectares plantation was razed by yet-to-be indentified arsonists following disagreements with the locals over compensation for the piece of land that originally belonged to the state government.
Confirming the indigent, the Gwer East Local Government Chairman, Mr Emmanuel Ortsega, said it was deliberate sabotage by hoodlums. He said: “the fire on the 139 hectares farm was started at about 2 pm on Saturday by hoodlums and nearly half of it is gone. It was clearly a sabotage.
“It was strange that there was fire outbreak in the farm because the farm was properly safeguarded, so it was obvious that it was sabotage.
“We summoned a meeting of stakeholders and leaders over the matter in order to fish out the perpetrators and by the grace of God we have already apprehended four persons and investigation is still ongoing to fish out more culprits.”
Some of the graduating students of the Kogi State University, Anyigba, have registered their outrage over the “ridiculous amounts of money” awarded by the state government to First Class and Best graduating students.
KSU authorities awarded N2000 cash prizes to students who bagged first class at their respective departments, while it awarded a sum of N5000 to overall best graduate of the institution.
One of the aggrieved first class graduating students shared his cheque with SaharaReporters on Monday with the United Bank for Africa slip showing a paltry sum of N2000 as reward for academic excellence by the university
The cheque was dated 26th January, 2022.
The money was given to the graduates during their recent convocation.
“This was at a recent convocation. N2000 was given to all first-class graduating students and N5000 to the overall best graduands,” the source said.
Some education experts have lamented that the paltry sums show that the political leaders do not value the academic prowess of youths, as they would rather lavish taxpayers’ money on frivolous and mundane activities.
It had been gathered from page 28 of the programme booklet that, “Faculty of the Social Sciences; Prof Onigu Otite Prize for the best graduating student in the Department of Sociology/Anthropology, Value (N1000), Onwuneme Victory A.
“Nigerian Deposit Insurance Corporation Prize to the best graduating student in Economics, Value (N1000), Okafor John Chimezie; Chief Enoch Ifediora Oil Prize to the best graduating student in the Department of Geography, Value (N1000) Ukata Nkemakonam; Sir Odumegwu Ojukwu memorial prize to the best final year student in the Faculty of Business Administration, Value (N1500) Nwankwo Esther.”
Some university workers drew comparisons between the university’s show of shame at its prize and award night and secular shows and awards such as Big Brother Naija, where the winner takes prizes worth millions of naira.
The Nigeria Police Force has invited Instagram cleric, Prophet Adelana Adekunle Solomon, popularly known as Oba Solomon, for questioning.
In a letter seen by SaharaReporters, the police said the cleric known for his controversial preaching on social media was invited over a petition against him.
“The office is investigating a matter reported to the Assistant Inspector General of Police, Zone 2 Police Command, Onikan Lagos,” part of the invitation letter read.
“In order to facilitate investigation, you are requested to report to the office in-charge of Zonal Complaint Response Unit, CSP Olukode Taofiki with GSM No. 08063250810 on 2nd February, 2022 by 1000hrs.”
When SaharaReporters reviewed Solomon’s Instagram page, several posts critiquing the Nigerian government and members of the All Progressives Congress were seen.
The latest was about him criticising the National Leader of the party, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.
The former Lagos governor had recently declared his intention to run for the country’s president in 2023.
“If I am a true Prophet of God, Tinubu will not become the President of Nigeria and he becomes the President, he will not spend 4 years before he will die,” the cleric had said in the video.
The embattled former head of the Nigeria Police Force’s Intelligence Response Team, Abba Kyari; and a nightclub celebrity, Obinna Iyiegbu aka Obi Cubana, were some of the guests that attended the wedding of Maina Alkali, the son of the Inspector-General of Police, Alkali Baba.
The wedding took place at the palace of the Shehu of Borno, Abubakar El-Kanemi, in Maiduguri, the capital of Borno State, on Saturday.
The Lagos State University has urged singer, Bella Shmurda to return to school to earn his degree.
The university said this while wishing him a happy birthday on Friday.
Bella Shmurda, whose real name is Akinbiyi Abiola Ahmed had on his birthday said he had no regrets dropping out of school to face his musical career.
He tweeted: “I now worth over half a billion streams (550millions streams to be precise). I for still Dey lasu Dey wine and dine with carryovers and stranded with nothing in my pocket… forever glad I did my thing.”
Reacting via its official handle, LASU said, “Happy birthday #fineboybella Glad you have come this far pursuing your dream. Also glad #LASUOfficial played a part in your beautiful story because Univ. don’t make people rich, only incubate them to find and achieve purpose. BTW, please come back to class and earn your degree❤”
A Nigerian doctor, Dr Harvey Olufunmilayo has advised against toilet rolls after using the convenience.
The doctor, who is popular on Twitter advised the use of soap and water or wet towels instead of toilet rolls, which he claimed are harmful to the anus.
Dr Olufunmilayo tweeted, “Never use toilet roll after you sht. Never use toilet roll after you shit. Can tear your anus, waste of time/money leaves your anus dirty and smelly.
“Can give you urine infection, stains your pant/boxers with sh*t. Toilet rolls are harmful for your anus.
“The real problem with a toilet roll is that it actually does not clean your anus properly. What a toilet roll does is to take off the top sh*t and smear the rest of the sht across your anus (and anus hair if you have some). This leftover sh*t can cause you medical problems.
“So what’s the best way to clean your anus after you sh*t? Use soap and water! Washing your anus with soap and water after you shit remains the most effective way of cleaning. If no soap (or time), The next best way is to use water only. If no soap and water, Use wet wipes.”
One person suspected to be a student of the Kwara State Polytechnic (Kwarapoly) has been feared killed in a raid by operatives of the Special Investigation Bureau (SIB) of the state command of the Nigeria Police at Oyun area in the Ilorin East local government area of the state, located near the state-owned institution.
PurpleWorld gathered that the incident happened at Lajolo community, a settlement located near the institution and is inhabited by a number of students of the Kwarapoly.
The detailed situation leading to the death of the person was still sketchy at the time of filing this report. However, PurpleWorld gathered that there was a raid/operation on Friday night till Saturday morning by the law enforcement agents, while some residents of the community reportedly prevented arrest by the security operatives.
It was gathered that the security operatives had left the scene on Friday night and returned to the area Saturday morning to carry out their assigned duty to the displeasure of the people.
The Police, it was gathered shot in the air amidst a tense situation that later ensued, while a stray bullet reportedly hit some people inside their houses in the area.
It was also gathered that the situation led to a chaotic situation in front of the Kwarapoly gate as students reportedly blocked the road in protest of the reported killing of the victim of the incident by the police.
Also, it was gathered that the situation prevented some students of the tertiary institution from writing their ongoing first semester CBT examinations on Saturday, while unconfirmed reports had it that the school management had agreed to reschedule the exams to a later date.
The crate depot of the International Brewery, Ilesa, Osun State, has been razed by fire.
It was learnt that firefighters prevented the spread of the inferno to other places so that no life was lost to the incident.
The incident, according to residents, started late night on Friday till the early hours of Saturday.
Spokesperson for Osun State Fire Service, Ibrahim Adekunle, who confirmed the incident, noted that as of Saturday morning, firefighters were yet to completely subdue the fire.
He explained that the bush burning around the location of the brewery probably triggered by cigarette butts was strongly suspected.
“From our records, the fire started around 6 pm on Friday and men of Osun State Fire Service and those of Federal Fire Service immediately deployed to the scene.
“The place affected is the brewery crate depot where empty crates or crates with empty bottles were kept. As of this morning, (Saturday), we are yet to completely subdue the fire due to the nature of the items kept there. But we have restricted it to a place. It can’t spread again.
“We have not done a comprehensive investigation yet but we strongly suspect bush burning, maybe triggered by cigarette butts.
“However, we have been able to restrict it to a place. It can’t spread again. We can’t say the loss yet because we have not collected details of what was kept in the depot from the management. No casualty was recorded,” he added.
A pastor serving with the Presbyterian Church, Yaba, Lagos State, Reverend Nkanor Okon, has clarified that marrying more than one wife is not a sin before God.
The man of God said this in a post on his Facebook page which has generated several comments.
He said only pastors, bishops, priests are prohibited from marrying more than one wife.
The pastor, who is also a lawyer, wrote:
. “I repeat, polygamy is not stated anywhere in the bible to be sin.
“Only the Pastors, Bishops,Priests are prohibited from getting married to two or more wives. That, not because it’s sin, but, to Paul, it would distract them from full dedication to service of God. So that they’ll be able to manage their homes and the Church well.
“If you have what it takes to marry two wives, that’s your choice. God won’t judge you. You’ll not break any biblical law.
“But if you took the vow to marry one wife – in Court or Church, then stay with one wife. You sin if you break your vow.” The post read.
Moyosore Salihu Ajao, a Professor of Anatomy at the University of Ilorin, has raised the issue of the insufficient number of human dead bodies available for practical teaching in medical institutions in Nigeria.
The professor disclosed this while speaking at the 214th Inaugural Lecture of the university, expressing that the shortage affects the students.
Ajao said, “They are never sold in the market in any part of the world. Since human anatomy is the science that is concerned with the structures of the human body, these structures cannot be fully understood from written descriptions to dimensional pictures or plastic models.
A Nigerian Man, Mathias Ezeaku, the founder of Igbo loves themselves Charity foundation and a freedom fighter, has renounced Christianity and burnt Bible to ashes after three days of healing challenge with a pastor of Fishers Kingdom Ministry Worldwide, Apostle Chinyere, which ended without result at Nkpor in Anambra State.
It all started when Ezeaku took to social media where he dared all the Pastors in Africa to prove to him that Jesus Christ truly exists and has the powers to heal. Many pastors rejected the challenge and paid deaf ears to him but Apostle Chinyere accepted the challenge.
He accepted and they both made an arrangement and hosted a three-day healing program. The young man brought four physically sick persons for her to heal and she insisted that they should be engaged in a dry fasting. Three days passed without a result, Ezeaku became angry and aggressively disgraced the preacher, and burnt his Bible.
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has reviewed charges and rates for banking activities in the country.
This was disclosed in the CBN new ‘Guide to Charges by Banks Other Financial and Non-Financial’ according to findings by DAILY INDEPENDENT.
The apex bank said the guideline applies to charges by Banks Other Financial and Non-Financial under its licence or regulation.
The document revealed that the CBN has reduced the charges on some transactions including Standing Order Charge (In-Branch); ATM Maninance Fees; Electronic Fund Transfers and Bulk Payments among others.
In the latest guideline, CBN said Standing Order Charge for intra-bank will be free compared to the N300 in the 2017 guideline.
For Interbank Transfers, the CBN cut the charges to a maximum of N50 per transaction compared to the N300 held in 2017.
Bills Payment (Including Bills Payment through other E-channels) is Negotiable subject to a maximum of N500 per beneficiary payable by sender, a review from the N1,200 or 0.75 per cent for a biller or merchant to pay.
Electronic Funds Transfer has also been reviewed downwards to N10 charge for a transaction below N5000; N26 for transaction of N5001 to N50,000 while transactions above N50,000 will be charged N50.
Withdrawals on other banks’ ATMS have been reduced from N65 to N35 after the third withdrawal within the same month.
The CBN also reduced ATM Bill Payment from N100 to N50. Debit card maintenance charges that were N100/Month have been removed in the new guideline.
The founder of Salvation Ministry, Pastor David Ibiyeomie, has cursed internet fraudsters popularly called ‘Yahoo boys.’
Ibiyeomie, who was preaching in his church recently, said Yahoo boys would get into an accident with a car because their activities have led to the death of some persons who they have scammed off all their retirement benefits.
He also laid curses on police officers who released arrested Yahoo boys after collecting bribes from them.
The clergyman said: “Let me tell you, these Yahoo boys. Stop! I am a man of God. You kill people everyday. When you ‘Yahoo’ somebody, it is stealing. Don’t quote it anyhow. It is stealing. Most people, all their retirement benefits, you take it and people die. I curse you in the name of Jesus.
“It is a demonic, satanic way of getting money. Which kind of money is that? You are a thief. No matter how you colorize it, you are a thief. You love stealing! I curse the root of it. Do you know how many people you have killed? “Scam kills people. Some people, the whole of their retirement benefit..You scam them and say you are buying a car. What nonsense? You will get accident with that car!”
He added, ”And to the police, all the Yahoo boys, jail them, arrest them. If you take bribes from Yahoo boys, that money will kill you! That blood money that you take will kill you. You know why? They stole from somebody who died. You now collect money and release them. You and your family die with it. Police stop taking that kind of money.”
The Founder of Dowen College, Lekki, Lagos, Dr. Olumide Phillips, has stepped down from office.
Phillips, who served as board chairman of the institution, also announced their (board) retirement in a statement signed by Tomi Borisade.
Part of the statement read, “The founding members of the Board of Governors including the founder and Chairman of the Board, Dr. O. Olumide Phillips, have decided to retire and pass the baton of change to a new generation of seasoned professionals who will run with the vision, leadership passion, commitment and values they have worked rigorously to establish.
“This will also enhance communication and effectiveness with the Parents Teachers Forum.”
The school added that it is working with the Lagos State Ministry of Education and has taken on board their guidance and suggestions concerning various areas of improvement.
They also promised to implement infrastructural changes to the hostels and school facilities to enhance safety and oversight within the school premises.
The management concluded by commiserating with the family of late Sylvester Oromoni, praying that the school never experience such an unfortunate incident again.
Recall that Dowen college was shut down in December 2021 following the protests and outcry after the death of Oromoni.
A 3-year-old girl, Mutmaina Azeez, has been abducted from her parents’ residence in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital by an unknown lady.
The father of the victim, Azeez Ahmed, told DAILY POST on Wednesday, that the incident happened at their residence, Aiyetoro community of Zango-Kulende Quarters in Ilorin, at about 4.30 pm on Monday.
“I received a call from my wife that she has been looking for my daughter and that she is nowhere to be found.
“After that, I called her back and someone picked up the call that they were looking for her, that my wife went out to repair the school bag of our daughter, saying she left the children in the house and will be back soon.”
Azeez, however, explained that while the wife was out to collect the school bag, an unidentified woman sneaked into their house to lure the children to follow her to a party.
He said on their way, some people who knew the girls queried where they were going, but the unknown lady cleverly told the elder sister of the abducted girl to go back to the house and call the remaining children for the said party.
People in the neighbourhood noticed that the unknown lady had been in the area for several minutes before the incident.
“For three days now, she is nowhere to be found and we have not received any call from the abductors demanding for any ransom whatsoever,” the disturbed father lamented.
“I actually told her (my wife) to return the school bag to the child on Sunday, because I travel a lot. I am not based in Ilorin and she went to collect the bag from the repairer for use the following day.”
On the possible identity of the lady, Azeez said the elder sister of the abducted girl, Marydia, who is about seven years, described the unknown lady as wearing a face cap and fair-complexioned between 18-20 years old.
He said the matter had been reported to the state police command headquarters in Ilorin, the ‘E’ Police Division, Kulende and the headquarters of the Department of the State Services, DSS.
Azeez appealed to the state government and security agencies in the state to double their efforts in protecting lives of citizens, describing the present insecurity in the state and country as absurd.
“What we are seeing in the Kwara State presently is absurd. I only hear this kind of incidents, I am just feeling it now that it is happening to me.”
He commended the security agencies where he reported the matter to, saying they showed they are ready for action, but “all I want is my daughter to be rescued.”
Nigerian woman are the highest consumers of skin-whitening creams in Africa, according to CNN report. The data drawn by CNN ranked Nigeria as the top consumer of the creams. The data explained that 75 per cent of women in Nigeria patronise whitening products. This is followed closely by Senegal at 60 per cent, Mali at 50 per cent and Ghana at 30 per cent. Whitening creams are cosmetic products that reduce the melanin or pigment in the skin to make it appear lighter.
The skin-whitening industry predominantly caters to women worldwide and people of colour in every region. These creams contain ingredients that work to decrease body’s production of melanin. Melanin is responsible for the pigment in the skin made by cells called melanocytes. But many of these creams have been found to have dangerous side effects and are unapproved for use.
The National Union of Road Transport Workers’ (NURTW) activities have been suspended indefinitely at Eyin Eyo, Church Street and Idumota Bridge, on the Lagos Island area of Lagos State.
Last Thursday, factions of the NURTW clashed over the control of motor parks on the Lagos Island area of the state, leaving several people, including traders and commuters, injured.
Lagos Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu The fracas, which extended to Friday, also paralysed business activities.
However, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Transportation, Oluwatoyin Fayinka, on Tuesday announced the suspsion of the Union’s ativities at a stakeholders meeting comprising NURTW, Central Business District, CBD, and Lagos State Market Women Association (Iya Oloja General and Iya Oloja of Lagos Island) held at Alausa, Ikeja, to address the crisis often caused by activities of transport union members.
Fayinka explained that the Lagos State Parks Monitoring Authority will resume work at Eyin Eyo, to prevent further acts of violence.
“The Rapid Response Squad, RRS, has been directed to deploy Armoured Personnel Carrier (APC) on Idumota Bridge to deter motorists from driving against traffic in compliance with traffic rules and regulations.
“They will also enforce the suspension of the NURTW within the axis and simultaneously flush out the Oju Opake boys lurking along Plaza around Church Street axis,” Fayinka affirmed.
Suspension of all activities of the transport union at Church Street and John Street, particularly Keke Marwa and Mini Buses (Korope) was also announced by the Special Adviser.
He asserted that the RRS, in collaboration with the state police command, would ensure safety of lives in the area.
“State security operatives are hereby put on red alert to ensure safety and security of lives and properties in Lagos Island and environs,” Fayinka stated.
Fayinka who expressed her displeasure at the wanton looting and destruction of their goods in shops around Idumota area, applauded the position taken by State Government, the Iya Oloja, Lagos Island, Alhaja Risikat Odumosu.
“We will not stand back and watch our properties destroyed by miscreants from now where,” she stressed as she appealed to the state government to come to their rescue.
The Super Eagles on Tuesday morning quietly returned to Nigeria from the ongoing 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Cameroon without fanfare.
The players and officials returned via a chartered flight from Garoua, where they played four matches.
They arrived at 1:10am at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja, received by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) officials.
The NFF officials were led by their General Secretary, Mohammed Sanusi, accompanied by the federation’s executive committee members Yusuf Ahmed and Shehu Dikko.
A large chunk of the players and officials came down from the aircraft, alongside a large number comprising members of the supporters’ club and media personnel.
The aircraft later headed to Lagos, where it dropped off the few remaining players and officials while the rest headed to the Transcorp Hilton.
Sanusi welcomed the players and praised them for their efforts in Cameroon, saying it was now time to look ahead to the task of qualifying for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.
”You have tried your best. It was just unfortunate that you failed to reach the final. But, right now, what is left is the unfinished business of qualification for Qatar 2022,” he stated. “We should put behind us 2021 AFCON and start preparing for the final qualifiers.”
The team captain Ahmed Musa explained that the team had put behind them the disappointment of failing to reach its target at the 2021 AFCON.
”We are now looking forward to the World Cup qualifiers against Ghana’s Black Stars in March. But right now, it is back to club business for us,” he said.
The Super Eagles, after three wins in the competition’s first round, which earned the tag of favourites, could not go beyond the second round.
They lost 0-1 to Tunisia in a match that saw them reduced to 10 men just after the hour mark.
The players are expected to return to their respective clubs abroad in the next one or two days.
Lagos Rapid Response Squad (RRS), led by its Commander, CSP Olayinka Egbeyemi this evening arrested the two principal suspects in the constant clashes in Idumota and its environs which has intermittently crippled commercial activities in the area.
The arrest was effected today at a meeting where the two NURTW members along with some other stakeholders converged.
The latest clash which occurred last week Thursday reportedly led to the death of a victim while commercial activities were paralyzed in the area for some time until a joint team of police officers were deployed immediately to the area to restore peace.
Kunle Poly and Sego are presently being transferred to Zone II, Onikan, Lagos.
The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria and the Nigeria Customs have clashed on Twitter over claims the operatives of the latter got access to restricted area.
In a statement issued on Monday, FAAN had accused a customs officer of forcefully gaining entrance into a restricted area.
Reacting via it’s verified handle, Customs said, “Saying that a gate is restricted to Customs in an international cargo airport shows lack of understanding of NCS roles. Could it be that the gate is being made available for Smugglers?”