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News Update, Tuesday, 31/05/2022

** Methodist Prelate, Uche, others regain freedom

** Labour Party Convention: Peter Obi emerges Presidential candidate

** Pat Utomi steps down for Peter Obi at Labour Party presidential primary

** Oyetola releases N1.1bn for payment of pension

** Uzodimma, Ekweremadu, Adamu hold marathon meeting at APC secretariat

** Yoruba Ronu urges Southwest delegates to vote Tinubu

** Atiku meets Wike after presidential primary, begs for support

** Jonathan’s name missing as APC set to screen Tinubu, Amaechi, others

** Group faults South-East exclusion from PTDF scholarship interviews

** Court remands APC presidential aspirant, Okorocha over alleged fraud

** Alleged fraud: I’m innocent, says Okorocha as court orders remand till May 31

** EFCC uncovers another N90b fraud involving suspended Accountant – General

** NSCDC boss vows to end illegal operation, gets minister’s assurance for more govt. support

** Another explosion rocks Kabba in Kogi State

** Kabba explosion: We received 11 injured- Hospital management

** NECO extends 2022 registrations

** Nationwide blackout looms as electricity workers threaten strike

** Dambazau defects from APC, says it’s time to move on

** Jonathan jets to Italy as APC finalises plans for Convention

** Oyegun chairs APC Presidential screening panel

** Insecurity: Zamfara govt relocates NYSC camp to Gusau

** NPC begins masters’ training for trial census

** IPOB sit-at-home grounds Imo

** Hungary busts Israeli-led money-laundering ring

** Arsenal’s White withdraws from England squad

** My Bayern story has ended -Lewandowski

** Boehly completes Chelsea takeover

** Marcelo confirms Real Madrid exit after 16 years after Champions League victory *******


UK Offers Work Visa To Graduates From World’s Best Universities

The United Kingdom has said it will grant work visas to graduates from the world’s best universities in an expansion of its post-Brexit immigration system that is designed to attract the “best and brightest” workers.

Upon exit from the European Union, Britain has ended the priority given to EU citizens and had since introduced a points-based immigration system that ranks applicants on qualifications and language skills to the type of job offered to them, Euronews reports.

But the country has faced a tight labour market for several years compounded by Brexit and COVID-19 and companies in manufacturing, logistics and the food sector which has urged the government to loosen the rules for entry-level jobs.

Under the new scheme announced on Monday, graduates with a bachelor’s or master’s degree from the top 50 universities abroad can apply for a two-year work visa and will be allowed to bring family members with them.

Those who receive doctorates can apply for a three-year visa. Successful applicants will then be able to switch to longer-term employment visas, the government said.

Britain’s finance minister, Rishi Sunak, said this would enable Britain to grow as an international hub for innovation, creativity, and entrepreneurship.

“We want the businesses of tomorrow to be built here today – which is why I call on students to take advantage of this incredible opportunity to forge their careers here,” Sunak said. 

Under the new scheme, applicants must have been awarded degrees no more than five years before the date of application.

Eligible universities must appear in the top 50 rankings of at least two of the following: the Times Higher Education world university rankings, the Academic Ranking of World Universities and the Quacquarelli Symonds world university rankings.

The most recent list of eligible universities from 2021, published online by the UK government, comprises more than two dozen U.S. universities, as well as institutions in Canada, Japan, Germany, China, Singapore, France and Sweden.

The government said candidates must pass a security and criminality check, and be able to speak, read, listen and write English to an intermediate level.

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Okada riders on rampage, set houses on fire in Abuja over death of 2 colleagues

Over 100 motorcyclists have reportedly attacked Same Global Estate in the Lokogoma area of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja over the death of their two colleagues.

DAILY POST gathered that trouble began in the area on Sunday, when a motorist hit the Okda riders and ran into the estate for safety.

The attack, according to an eyewitness, was aimed at apprehending the motorcyclists who was trying to escape being lynched.

A police source told DAILY POST that the FCT command has taken over the area to enforce peace.

The command’s spokesperson, Josephine Adeh, could not be reached for comment as of press time.

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Deceased GLO Nigeria Accountant, Folake Abiola Drank Pesticide – Lagos Police Confirm Suicide Rumours

Afolake Abiola, a female accountant with telecommunications giant, Glo has allegedly committed suicide in the Lekki area of Lagos State.

The 47-year-old woman had reportedly ingested a potion of a popular pesticide, resulting in her death.

She committed suicide by allegedly drinking ‘chemical substance’ on Friday, at her residence, number 1 Abayomi Kukomi close in Osapa London, Lekki.

This was confirmed by the spokesperson for the Lagos State Police Command, Benjamin Hundeyin who said it was pure suicide.

He added that the deceased had since been buried after the family requested for her corpse.

He told SaharaReporters, “It’s true, the police were there, she drank pesticide (name withheld to discourage more usage). The family initially wrote to the police to demand her body, and the body was released on compassionate grounds. She has since been buried, she was buried on May 27.

“The whole family came together to request for the body. It’s confirmed that it was suicide; she drank pesticide. The bottle was on the floor.”

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Bomb Explosion Hits Kogi

An explosion in Kabba, Kogi State, has thrown residents into confusion.

The incident was said to have occurred opposite Mannajot Petrol Station on Sunday evening, with a yet-to-be-ascertained number of people feared injured.

Details of the blast are still sketchy but a security source linked the bomb explosion to the Islamic State-backed faction of Boko Haram, the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), formerly known as Jamā’at Ahl as-Sunnah lid-Da’wah wa’l-Jihād.

ISWAP had in April claimed responsibility for an attack on a police station in Adavi Local Government Area of the state.

During the attack, three policemen were killed while the station and two vehicles were burnt.

The latest development comes a few days after about three persons were confirmed dead and many others injured in an explosion that occurred in Kabba.

Saharareporters had reported how military intelligence showed that ISWAP is moving towards the Southern part of Nigeria.

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Nigerians Have Intelligent People But Allow Killers, Thieves To Lead Them – Catholic Bishop

Most Reverend Jude Arogundade, Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Ondo, on Sunday, said if Nigerians are not wary, they would vote those with ‘dubious characters’ into power, by 2023. 

Arogundade, who berated the main political parties for handing over their party tickets to candidates with questionable characters, said it is time for Nigerians to confront those planning to lead the country. 

The cleric spoke at an event to mark this year’s World Communications Day with the theme “Listening with the Ear of the Mind”. 
At the event held at Sacred Heart Cathedral Church, Akure, in Ondo State, Arogundade specifically knocked the All Progressives Congress (APC) government led by President Muhammadu Buhari, over its failure to promote unity and ensure progress in the country. 

Arogundade lamented that the country has no progress under the current government, stressing that the attitude of politicians to the ongoing university lecturers’ strike, killing, and kidnapping of people, is sickening. 

While observing that Nigeria is a richly blessed country, the cleric added that the nation has no justification to be in its current state of quagmire. 
Arogundade said, “APC has so much to answer in this country to prosperity, we all belong to this country. Workers were on strike and the man in charge of labour wants to contest the presidency. People are being kidnapped every day and nothing has been done to address this.

“Somebody who had been indicted in the scandal that is international is being presented to be president. Are we all stupid? Can’t we wake up? It is getting to that time for confrontation, we will confront everything that comes to us with whatever power we have.

“No dignity, no sense of humanity in this country and we present them to represent us. They cannot even stand on their ground; no confidence. How will the world take you seriously and this is the opportunity to confront them.

“Yes, I don’t mince words; this country has the best of minds and I have had the opportunity to study in this country and other parts of the world.
“Nigerians are very intelligent people, very hard-working and refined. But why is it that we allow those that are not presentable to govern us in this country? When you present the worst, how will you be proud of them? How will you present those that they cannot even manage their homes and personal affairs to come and manage this country?

“Those who have a history of stealing, killing and others and you want to make them president, you just give them blank cheques to turn everybody to slaves.
“How can somebody that we all handed over our sovereignty to be looking for people to sell our lands to and even his spokesman came out to threaten everyone.

“They don’t listen, listening is understanding and acting in accordance with the truth. So listening with the heart means that you listen and be touched in the heart and in sincerity of the heart for a better place.

“Our world is so confused today and not just in our country, Nigeria, but all over the world and it is because we are so disjointed. The harmony that is supposed to be between the mind and the heart and reasons have been so disjointed and that is why everybody is on his own.”

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Finally, Kunle Adeyanju arrive Nigeria

Finally, Kunle Adeyanju has just arrived Nigeria

He arrived on Sunday to cheers from the massive crowd who had earlier gathered in anticipation of his arrival.


Abductors of Abuja-Kaduna train passengers issues fresh ultimatum

The earlier threat to stop feeding the over 60 abducted passengers of the Abuja-Kaduna bound train and to start executing the victims has been withdrawn.

The spokesperson of Sheikh Ahmad Gumi, Malam Tukur Mamu, the ‘Dan Iyan Fika, confirmed to DAILY POST that the earlier threat by the abductors of the ill-fated train passengers to start killing them had been withdrawn.

Sheikh Ahmad Gumi’s spokesman, who was privileged to open a channel of communication with the terrorists through one of their leaders, Abu Barra, explained that, “I can authoritatively confirm that the earlier threat to stop feeding the over 60 abducted passengers of the Abuja-Kaduna bound train and threat to start executing the victims was successfully withdrawn on Saturday afternoon.”

Malam Tukur Mamu further explained that it was as a result of ongoing engagement with the Abu Barra-led abductors.

According to him, a temporary truce that would enable government facilitate action was indeed reached with the abductors.

As a result of serious and frank engagement, he said the bandits had agreed to continue to take care of their victims, including providing them with medical first aid services.

Sheikh Ahmad Gumi’s spokesman confirmed that the bandits gave the government another two weeks, effective from Monday, 30th May, to release their teenage children before any talk that may lead to the release of some of their victims.

Tukur Mamu urged the government do the needful, as soon as possible, as many of the victims have serious health challenges in view of the rainy season.

The spokesman explained that his decision to accept the mediation efforts was purely on humanitarian grounds and as part of the sacrifice and commitment of Sheikh Dr. Ahmad Gumi to contribute to lasting peace and security across the North, especially the North West.

He further explained that in view of the encouraging development, it remains to be seen how government would react to ensure the immediate release of the kidnapped victims that have now spent two months in captivity.


Real Madrid beat Liverpool to lift UCL

Real Madrid players

Spanish giant Real Madrid emerged winner of the UEFA Champions League on Saturday night, beating Liverpool by a lone goal. 

Like they did in 2018, Madrid beat Liverpool to the trophy in Stade de France, Paris, winning their 14th European title. 

First 45 minutes of the highly competitive game saw both teams go into the first half break with no goal.

Vinicius Junior, however, broke the deadlock for Los Blancos, tapping in a low cross from Fede Valverde in the 59th minute. 

Liverpool pushed harder to get an equaliser. But thanks to Thibaut Courtois, who made brilliant saves in the game, blocking Mo Salah and Sadio Mane from scoring at different times in the game. 

Liverpool’s revenge mission against Madrid and chase for seventh UCL title could not be accomplished as Madrid put up solid defence until the blast of the whistle.


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Osinachi’s Family reportedly fixes burial date, hints on returning bride price

The family of the late gospel artist, Osinachi Nwachukwu, has fixed a date for her burial.

Osinachi’s family reportedly fixed June 25, 2022 for the burial of the “Ekwueme” crooner.

The deceased family insisted that Osinachi would be buried in her father’s compound at Isuochi, Abia State, instead of her husband’s house.

According to BBC Igbo, the family are also contemplating returning the singer’s bride price, DailyTimes gathered.

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Headies organizers report Portable to Police over threats to co-nominees


‘Coordinators’ of Adamawa gubernatorial primaries arrested with cash

Two alleged coordinators of the campaign of Aishatu Dahiru (Binani), an Adamawa governorship hopeful, have been reportedly arrested with a huge stash of cash ahead of the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship primaries in the state.

The arrested coordinators alleged the money was for APC delegates.

Binani who currently represent Adamawa central in the senate is reported to be the candidate with the biggest war chest in the governorship race.

The coordinators were arrested around 8pm when a combined team of security operatives reportedly stormed one of the locations where the cash sharing was being coordinated.

Apart from the men arrested and the money recovered copies of filled out commitment forms with details of the delegates were also recovered from the scene.

A senior police officer who was part of the operation was reported to have said the operatives are on the trail of the delegates who had already filled the forms and collected the cash using their details contained in the forms.

He said they were also combing other locations in a manhunt for vote buyers working for all aspirants in the primaries.

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Court decides Jonathan’s fate today, ex-President gets waiver

A Federal High Court in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, will on Friday (today) rule on the eligibility of former President Goodluck Jonathan to contest the presidential election even as The PUNCH learnt on Thursday that the Presidency cabal led by the President’s influential nephew, Mamman Daura, had thrown its weight behind Jonathan.

This is coming at a time the All Progressives Congress granted the former President a waiver to contest.

Speaking with one of our correspondents on Thursday evening, one of Jonathan’s aides said, “The road is now fully clear, we give God the glory.”

Another source, in a message sent to our reporter noted, “GEJ has finally been given the waiver, he will contest on Sunday.”

Sources told The PUNCH that Jonathan had given the condition that he would only join the race if he was endorsed by the President supported through a consensus.

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News Update, Friday, 27/05/2022

** 2023 elections’ll be fair, Buhari insists

** Tinubu set Ondo on path of prosperity, says Akeredolu

** Gbajabiamila cleared to contest sixth consecutive term

** 2023: I have offers to be Vice President — Gov Zulum

** Buhari travels to Malabo for AU extra-ordinary session

** 2023: INEC warns against dangers of monetization of Nigerian politics

** Niyi Akintola withdraws from Oyo guber race

** Sanwo-Olu declared winner of the Primary election

** Primaries: Only Sanwo-Olu cleared to contest APC governorship in Lagos – Electoral C’ttee

** Lagos APC: Why only Sanwo-Olu participated in primary – Electoral Committee

** 2nd Term: “I’m grateful to God, delegates, leadership of APC, Sanwo-Olu after Primary

** Lagos CP assures safety of journalists in Lagos

** PDP panel declares Adebutu as Ogun gov candidate

** Liman Isah Kantigi emerges Niger PDP guber candidate

** Again, Abba Kyari begs court to grant him bail over death threats in prison

** Muhammed Abacha won Kano PDP governorship primary

** Come to Macedonia and help us, APGA leadership begs Senator Abaribe
to join party

** Abba Kyari is safe in custody, no threat to his life ― Correctional Service

** Female APC aspirant
kidnapped on election day

** Group calls for inauguration of NDDC board

** Stella Oduah issues ultimatum to NYSC to retract scandalous statement or be sued

** Buhari departs Abuja for Malabo

** Drug Trafficking: Abba Kyari and six others reappear in court

** Abba Kyari alleges threat to life in prison, begs court to revisits bail application

** Supreme Court reserves judgement on 2022 Electoral Act

** Stella Oduah to NYSC – Provide counter evidence or admit letter is fake

** INEC lists challenges ahead of 2023 elections

** Jack Dorsey quits twitter board

** Strike: ASUU sympathises with varsity students

** Stella Oduah gives NYSC 48-hrs
hours notice to retract statement

** Yaman wins Kwara PDP Governorship ticket

** Biden to receive Korean boy band BTS at White House

** Fire destroys aid donated for Ukrainians in Greece

** 11 babies die in Senegal hospital fire

** Jose Mourinho’s Roma wins first Europa conference League

** Wimbledon to remove ‘Miss’, ‘Mrs’ from female winners’ names –Report *******


Photonews: BankyW loses PDP ticket again after being declared winner


We Swore An Oath Not To Disclose What Happened At Hilton Hotel – Employee Tells Court

One of the workers at Hilton Hotel where a postgraduate student of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Timothy Adegoke, was allegedly murdered has said the management of the hotel asked all staff members to delete pictures taken on their phones after the body of the deceased was found.

Magdalena Chiefuna, the hotel employee, said the staff members of the hotel were made to swear an oath not to disclose what happened regarding Adegoke’s death.

She also told the Osun State High Court on Wednesday that no doctor was called and that the police were not notified about the discovery of the body of the deceased.

In her evidence, the second defendant, Chiefuna, said she was on duty on November 6, 2021, and gave evidence of how the body of the deceased was found in Room 305 of the hotel.

Under cross-examination by human rights lawyer, Mr. Femi Falana (SAN), the witness said that the deceased was found dead on November 7 but that a doctor was not called to attend to him or pronounce him dead.

He also said the death was not reported to the police as they took an oath of confidentiality in order to protect the hotel business.

She also admitted that she and some staff members were summoned to the house of the first defendant, Dr. Ramon Adedoyin (hotel owner), who asked the receptionists to delete the pictures of the accounts captured on their telephones.

Even though the Managing Director of the hotel, Raheem Adedoyin asked them to deny that the deceased lodged in the hotel, she disclosed all that happened to the police when she was arrested on November 12.

Answering another question by Mr. Falana, the witness said she did not know whether the receipt of the money paid for two nights by the deceased had been submitted to the police by the hotel management. The witness said that Dr. Adedoyin did not visit the hotel even though he was informed of the death of the deceased on November 7.

Also, Professor S.O. Ojo, who gave evidence for the defence, was part of the team of 8 pathologists who conducted the autopsy on the body of Adegoke.
He was led in evidence by the counsel for the second defendant, Mr. Kunle Adegoke (SAN). In his evidence-in-chief, Ojo said that he ruled out violence as the cause of death.
But under cross-examination by Mr. Femi Falana SAN, Ojo said that he could not say anatomically if the “deceased died of a natural cause”.
When Mr. Falana SAN drew his attention to the report of Dr. Waheed Oluogun who supervised the exhumation of the body of Adegoke, Ojo said that he could not comment on the report as he did not witness the exhumation. 

Mr. Falana then asked him to read the aspect of Dr. Oluogun’s pathology report where he said that the body of Adegoke was wrapped with a blood-stained duvet without exposure to any part of the body and that Adegoke was found in a supine position with two different types of ropes around his ankles and the neck. But Ojo insisted that he was not involved in the exhumation of the body.

The cross-examination of the witness by other defence counsel will continue on Thursday.

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Presidential aspirant, Peter Obi pulls out of PDP’s presidential primary election, announces resignation from the party

Presidential aspirant, Peter Obi pulls out of PDP’s presidential primary election, announces resignation from the party.


ASUU Polytechnic Lecturers, Others To Get N34 billion Minimum Wage Arrears

The federal government says it will spend about N34 billion as arrears of minimum wage consequential adjustments in the education sector effective from 2019.

The Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige said that this was to resolve the lingering crisis in the sector.

Mr Ngige made this known while speaking with journalists on the prolonged strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), and others on Tuesday in Abuja.

He said that the beneficiaries of the minimum wage consequential adjustments included the members of the striking ASUU and their counterparts in the polytechnics and Colleges of Education.

According to Mr Ngige, universities will get N23.5 billion, polytechnics N6 billion and Colleges of Education N4 billion, bringing the total sum to N33.5 billion.

The minister, while giving update on the ongoing strike, said committees were set up during the last tripartite meeting of the government and university based unions.

He said they were given a fortnight to turn in their report, adding that they were still working and their reports were being expected at the end of the week.

“Those committees are working. The one on NITDA is testing the three platforms, the government’s Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System (IPPIS).

“Also the University Transparency Accountability Solution (UTAS) of ASUU and the Universities Peculiar Personnel Payroll System (UPPPS) of the non-teaching staff.

“They have started the testing last Thursday. The National Salaries, Wages and Incomes Commission (NSWIC) has issued their amendment circulars.

“The unions also have copies to take care of responsibility and hazard allowances wherever it has not been properly captured,” the minister said. 

Mr Ngige assured that there might likely be wage adjustments as the government intensified efforts to streamling wages through the National Salaries, Incomes and Wages Commission.

“For example, we have done for police . It wasn’t envisaged that we should do it in pockets. But you can see that police has been done.

“You can also see university teachers saying that their own should be done immediately, since we have done police. So, something is being done. It was part of the 2009 negotiation they had with the government then.

“So, the committee of Prof. Briggs is on it, discussing with the university unions and their employer, the Federal Ministry of Education. They will bring up something for government to see.

“There are other people. The doctors are complaining about brain-drain, this and that. Their hazard allowance has to be touched and it was touched by close to 300 per cent.

“From N5,000 paid across board for each person, the least person in the health sector is getting N15,000, while the big ones are getting N45,000. So, that is the quantum leap.’’ he added.

The minister therefore, appealed to ASUU and other university-based unions to suspend their strike so that academic activities could resume once again in public universities across the country.



Lagos School Teacher Flogs 12-year-old Boy Over Homework, Victim Vomits, Dies

Emmanuel Amidu, a Junior Secondary School 2 pupil of Simple Faith Schools, Agbara area, has died at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Surulere in Lagos State.

The victim’s father, Akinola Amidu, claimed that the 12-year-old was flogged by a teacher when he went to school on Thursday, May 12, 2022, Punch reports.

According to Akinola, his son started vomiting shortly after the beating and was rushed to a hospital, where he died.

He accused the school management of covering up his son’s death and protecting the mathematics teacher, one Steven, who allegedly flogged Emmanuel for not completing his assignment.

Affirming that it was at LUTH that he lost his son, he said that the management of the school quickly contacted the Morogbo Police Station at Agbara to report that his son died from vomiting.

Akinola demanded the arrest and prosecution of the teacher, as he urged the state government and the police to give the family justice.
“I was at home that Thursday because I was on leave. I recall that Emmanuel asked me for money to buy a new exercise book and I gave him N500 to buy the book and give the remaining change to his sister.

“Later that day, I was called by the management of the school that Emmanuel was vomiting. Meanwhile, this was a boy who left home without any health issue. I had to go to the school and we moved him to a hospital.
“I later learnt that the whole thing started after their class teacher, Mr Steven, beat the whole of his class for not completing their mathematics assignment.

“Emmanuel was actually using my phone torchlight to do his assignment a day before, but I had to collect the phone from him and his sister because I needed to be in contact with the office. We had issues with our electricity at home.

“It was at LUTH that I lost my son. Meanwhile, the management of the school quickly ran to the Morogbo Police Station at Agbara to report that my son died from vomiting.
“How can somebody just die from vomiting if nothing triggers it? The management of the school is trying to protect the teacher.”

According to the report, Emmanuel’s 13-year-old sister, Rachael, said her brother vomited after he was beaten.
However, the school Principal, Adetayo Akanji, described the incident as unfortunate. He said “I was there when Emannuel died on Friday and it was unfortunate that it happened this way. Yes, Steven flogged the whole class for not doing their sums, but not with the intention to hurt them.

“Some hours after that, he (Emmanuel) placed his head on his desk and he started vomiting, after which water was poured on his head.
“When he started to vomit, the proprietor called me and we took the boy to the hospital. In fact, the father joined us when he was taken to LUTH where he and I were running around to get prescribed drugs for him. But before we came back, he had given up. Our school reported the matter at the Morogbo Police Station.”

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Namadi Sambo’s Son Asks Delegates To Return His Money After Losing PDP Ticket

After securing just two votes at the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) primaries in Kaduna North Federal Constituency of the House of Representatives, Adam Namadi, son of former Vice-President Namadi Sambo, has reportedly asked delegates to refund the N2 million each he doled out before the election.

Namadi, who had promised to add N1.5 million to the amount given to each of the delegates, secured the least votes among the three contenders.

The delegates raked in millions of naira from the aspirants who appeared in a hurry to outspend one another.

At the end, Samaila Suleiman, the incumbent representative of the constituency carried the day as he defeated Namadi and Shehu Usman ABG.

Suleiman, who recently decamped from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to the PDP, won with 22 votes against Shehu Usman ABG who polled 14 votes.

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Two Policemen Shot, One Killed During PDP Primaries In Cross River

Two policemen have been shot at the venue of the Peoples Democratic Party’s House of Representatives primaries in the Obudu Local Government Area of Cross River State.

The primary election is to nominate a candidate of the party in the 2023 general elections for the Obudu/Obanliku/Bekwara federal constituency. 

The rescheduled primaries were billed to hold at a school, Handmaid’s International Nursery and Primary School along hospital Road, according to Cross Rivers Watch.

One of the policemen, who was at the main entrance identified by his colleagues as Martins Mbang died on the spot after he was shot while the other who was at the rear has been rushed to the hospital for treatment.

Supporters of some of the aspirants were protesting for unknown reasons and opened fire on the policemen.

Several shots were fired for about six minutes which were said to be tense. 

The shooters were eventually chased away while the PDP members strategised on what to do next.

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Photonews: Ruling APC Postpones Screening Of Osinbajo, Tinubu, Other Presidential Aspirants Indefinitely

Ruling APC Postpones Screening Of Osinbajo, Tinubu, Other Presidential Aspirants Indefinitely


Photonews: Ruling APC Postpones Screening Of Osinbajo, Tinubu, Other Presidential Aspirants Indefinitely

Ruling APC Postpones Screening Of Osinbajo, Tinubu, Other Presidential Aspirants Indefinitely

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Christians Protest Deborah’s Killing Over Alleged Blasphemy

Some Christians took to the streets to protest the killing of a Sokoto student, Deborah Yakubu, over alleged blasphemy.

The Christian Association of Nigeria had earlier called on Christians to protest on Sunday (today) Deborah’s killing.

Deborah was on Thursday, May 12, stoned to death and set ablaze on the premises of Shehu Shagari College of Education by an angry mob over alleged blasphemy.

These are pictures of the protests in Oyo State and Badore Ajah, Lagos

Credit: Facebook| Adelaju Oluwaseyi Taiwo, Olayiwola Michael Akanji, TVC

Crime Religion

Christians Protest Deborah’s Killing Over Alleged Blasphemy

Some Christians took to the streets to protest the killing of a Sokoto student, Deborah Yakubu, over alleged blasphemy.

The Christian Association of Nigeria had earlier called on Christians to protest on Sunday (today) Deborah’s killing.

Deborah was on Thursday, May 12, stoned to death and set ablaze on the premises of Shehu Shagari College of Education by an angry mob over alleged blasphemy.

These are pictures of the protests in Oyo State and Badore Ajah, Lagos

Credit: Facebook| Adelaju Oluwaseyi Taiwo, Olayiwola Michael Akanji, TVC

Crime Religion

Christians Protest Deborah’s Killing Over Alleged Blasphemy

Some Christians took to the streets to protest the killing of a Sokoto student, Deborah Yakubu, over alleged blasphemy.

The Christian Association of Nigeria had earlier called on Christians to protest on Sunday (today) Deborah’s killing.

Deborah was on Thursday, May 12, stoned to death and set ablaze on the premises of Shehu Shagari College of Education by an angry mob over alleged blasphemy.

These are pictures of the protests in Oyo State and Badore Ajah, Lagos

Credit: Facebook| Adelaju Oluwaseyi Taiwo, Olayiwola Michael Akanji, TVC


I’m Qualified To Be President, I Eat ‘Garri’ Daily, Amaechi declares

Former Minister of Transportation and presidential aspirant on the platform of the All Progressives Congress, Rotimi Amaechi, has stated that he is more experienced than any presidential aspirant in Nigeria, especially because he came from a very low background.

Amaechi made the statement when he met with delegates of the APC in Niger State on Thursday ahead of the party’s primary elections, saying that he could easily connect with the poor as he used to, and still, eat ‘garri’ three times a day.

The former minister stated that, apart from his vast experience, having served and delivered as Speaker, Governor, Minister, and Director-General of two successful presidential campaigns, there existed a difference between him and other aspirants, a fact that he was a better-experienced politician and a people-person.

“Another difference between me and them is that I am a politician, they’re not. The difference is that I can walk to you and I’ll talk, discuss with you.

He added that his humble background had afforded him the opportunity to understand the plight of the common person and relate easily with them.

“I can connect easily with the people. I wasn’t born into a rich family. My father was a poor man, and the only English my mother knows how to speak is pidgin English. I ate garri three times a day, and I still eat garri three times a day till today, so I know poverty”, he said.

He told the people of Niger that he understood their problem of insecurity therefore he had an idea of the problem bedeviling the state.

“I know what you’re suffering, I was governor of Rivers State when they were kidnapping two months old children, and I never slept until everybody slept.

“But in six months, we brought down insecurity in Rivers State,” Amaechi said.

He opined that now is the time for the people of the North and all Nigerians to stand by him, as he did for the country when he supported the emergence of the President Buhari, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), without looking at whether he was from the North or South.

“When everybody was fighting me, saying ‘he’s supporting a northern candidate, he’s supporting a Hausa/Fulani candidate,’ I remained steadfast that I was supporting a Nigerian candidate. Now it’s your turn to,” he said.

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Video: Students Storm Ooni’s Programme In Osun, Protest ASUU Strike

Students, on Saturday, stormed the venue for a programme, Royal African Young Leadership Forum, an initiative founded by the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi. The students protested the lingering strike action of the Academic Staff Union of Universities.

The programme was designed to award young Nigerians and youths with outstanding leadership roles.

The programme, which had popular #ENDSARS activist, Rinu Oduala, Governor Akeredolu’s son, Babajide Akeredolu, and 98 others as nominees for the awards, was held at Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State, where the students of the institution stormed the hall, displaying placards and chorusing “End ASUU Strike!” continuously.

It was gathered that the students had come to the venue with the expectation of the presence of the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, with the same aim of expressing their displeasure with the continued closure of schools over the strike action of staff unions across public institutions in the country.

The Vice President had visited Osogbo, the state capital on Friday as part of his consultations ahead of the 2023 presidential election.

Speaking to our correspondent, one of the students, who had gathered under the aegis of Fund education Campaign and Concerned Nigerian Students, Omowumi Ewatee, said, “We came to protest the strike, the Vice president is part of the problems of the strike.”

“They cannot be coming to our school that is closed due to strike and be doing political publicity in the same school,” she said.


Houses set ablaze, many injured as mob searches for Bauchi lady over alleged blasphemy

There’s palpable tension in Bauchi over an alleged blasphemy by one Mrs Roda Jatau, who was said to have shared a video in a WhatsApp group in which a convert ‘insulted’ the Prophet of Islam.

According to a source, Mrs Jatau works with the Bauchi State Primary Health Care and is originally from Gombe, but married in Warji local government area.

Reports from the area indicated that Muslim youths mounted a search for the lady immediately after Jummaat prayers, but could not find her because she had been whisked away to safety.

Consequently, the irate Muslim youths destroyed properties belonging to Christians in area and set a few buildings ablaze.

However, a Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) leader in the state said he has informed the Commissioner of Police and the Senior Special Assistant to Governor Bala Mohammed of the development.

He also called on the Christian community in the state not to allow the situation to degenerate, even though they have to protect themselves from the attackers.

The police is yet to issue a statement as at the time of filing this report.

This is coming few days after Deborah Samuel, a student of Shehu Shagari College of Education, Sokoto, was lynched and set ablaze by her colleagues over alleged blasphemy.

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