Only A Revolution Through Presidential Candidate, Sowore Can Save Nigeria, Peter Obi Is Not Messiah – Okey Ndiribe

A former Vanguard Newspaper journalist, Okey Ndiribe, has said that the presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi, is not the messiah for Nigerians in the 2023 general elections as he is being presented.

Ndiribe, who was Obi’s supporter, made a U-turn on Monday when he made a post on his Facebook page, expressing his support for the candidate of the African Action Congress (AAC), Omoyele Sowore, saying that only revolutionary system can save Nigeria from its present social and economic quagmires.

“Only a social revolution can usher in the change Nigerians so earnestly yearn for. A bourgeoisie who is still tied to the apron-strings of his class cannot introduce any fundamental change with power. He can only implement cosmetic changes that cannot transform our society into what the masses desire.

“He cannot unshackle Nigeria from the chains of neo-colonialism and international finance capital. The earlier Nigerians realize this, the better for all of us. For now Sowore, I think, most closely represents the symbol of the liberation movement that can start the process of implementing a national agenda that could guarantee freedom from imperialism and genuine progress for our people,” Ndiribe wrote.

Reacting to Ndiribe’s post, a Facebook user, Onome Amawhe, wrote, “I like this. Peter Obi is not the messiah,” to which Ndiribe replied and said, “He is not. My initial enthusiasm about his emergence was anchored on the hope that he could at least reduce Nigeria’s cost of governance which appears to be the most scandalous in the world.

“It is crazy that the ruling class does not want to make any concession in this regard despite the fact that Nigeria has become the poverty capital of the world.”
Meanwhile, with the fact that Ndiribe was Obi’s supporter, some Facebook users including Felix Abugu, asked the journalist to check his Facebook account as he might have been cloned.

However, responding, Ndiribe said, “I have neither been cloned nor hacked. This has been my position for decades. It took Peter Obi’s 2nd visit to IBB, to rouse me from my recent political slumber.”

On his sudden switch to Sowore, he said, “I knew him right from his student days. I knew why he had to travel to the US. However, I am more attracted to the movement he is presently leading and its ideology. It is closer to my own ideology.”

Meanwhile, it would be recalled that Ndiribe had supported Obi and once posted on his Facebook page that “Obidatti campaign organisation should as a matter of urgency translate all matters concerning Obi and Datti in Hausa, Yoruba and Igbo and other languages; both their campaign manifesto, the administration of Peter Obi when he was the Governor of Anambra State, the capabilities of Datti to make a positive change in the life of Nigerians, let the materials be used to reach the Northern, Western and Eastern parts of Nigeria for better understanding by the rural dwellers.”

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NDLEA Burns N194bn Worth Of Cocaine Seized In Ikorodu

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, on Tuesday, destroyed 1.8 tons of cocaine worth N194.7 billion that was recently seized in a warehouse in the Ikorodu area of Lagos State.

The warehouse was raided earlier in September, while the barons were picked from their hideouts in different parts of Lagos.

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Unidentified Gunmen Attack Enugu Army Checkpoint, Soldiers Feared Killed

Unknown gunmen attacked an army checkpoint at Obeagu-Amodu on the Amechi-Agbani route in Enugu State’s Enugu South Local Government Area, killing unspecified numbers of soldiers and police officers.

At around 7:30 on Tuesday morning, the onslaught started to gather momentum.

Sources claim that the thugs attacked the checkpoint in a Toyota Sienna bus and two Lexus Jeeps.

The checkpoint had previously been targeted by gunmen three times; the attack on Tuesday was the fourth.

No fewer than 12 people were killed in the earlier attacks, including roughly eight police officers.

According to sources cited by Objectv Media, as gunmen stormed the checkpoint, they started fire on the combined police and military squad right away.

Sources said that all of the soldiers and police officers at the checkpoint were slain, despite the fact that the number of victims was still unclear.

Some unconfirmed reports said that while three soldiers were injured to varying degrees and managed to escape the attack, two cops and three soldiers were all slain.

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2023: Consider Age, Physical Capacity, Mental Before Voting – Catholics, Northern Elders Caution Nigerians

The Catholic Laity Council, and the Northern Elders Forum have urged Nigerians to vote in the 2023 presidential elections after carefully evaluating the candidates’ ages and capacities on both a mental and physical level.

The Catholic Laity Council of Nigeria, CLCN, pleaded with Nigerians to avoid sentiments and take the age and health status of candidates into consideration before voting, even though the northern elders said they would take these factors into consideration when deciding which presidential candidate to support.

It also recommended people to support the candidates whose platforms and economic plans may help Nigeria escape her current predicament.

NEF insisted that after a thorough but fruitful interrogation, its preferred candidates for the Presidency would be one with strong mental and physical capacity to govern Nigeria and address the pertinent security and economic challenges facing the nation. NEF claimed that its option of a consensus presidential candidate was still open.

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Robbers Attack AIT Executive Director, Amarere In Abuja, Near Facility Managed By DSS

Some robbers have attacked the executive director of DAAR Communications Plc, Mac Imoni Amarere, carting away valuables from him.

Amarere, a DAAR Media Academy student and the host of Peoples-Politics-Power on Africa Independent Television, was reportedly attacked and robbed on Monday night while waiting at the traffic lights, close to the Community Staff School in Asokoro, Abuja.

Amarere was beaten and robbed at a traffic signal stop, according to a statement released by the Nigeria Union of Journalists’ chapel at DAAR Communications Plc.

The statement reads, “The attention of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, DAAR Chapel, has been drawn to an unfortunate incident of the attack on Our Executive Director, DAAR Media Academy and Anchor, Peoples-Politics-Power on AIT, Mac Imoni Amarere.

“Amarere was attacked, robbed while observing traffic rules not far from the Community Staff School, Asokoro, a facility owned and managed by the DSS in Asokoro, on Monday evening, September 26.

“Fortunately, there’s no bodily injury but he lost some valuables to the miscreants, his driver sustained minor injuries. Colleagues are encouraged to be more vigilant as we obey traffic lights in the City Centre, especially at night.

“The police is called to increase check points and surveillance, especially at roads ongoing construction and by strategic traffic lights. We call on colleagues to keep looking out for yourself and others.”

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Photonews: Mikel Obi announces the end of his career as a professional footballer

Mikel Obi announces the end of his career as a professional footballer

Crime Lifestyle Scandal

Woman Confesses To Lying Against Man Who Was Jailed For 20 Years For Rape

A Zimbabwean woman has confessed to lying against a man who has been in prison for eight years, serving a 20-year r.ape sentence.

Simbarashe Chadiwa was handed a 20-year sentence for the r.ape of a 10-year old minor.

The “victim” now 18, came out clean after a string of misfortunes befell her and her family.

She said; “That man never r.aped me but I was under so much pressure that I ended up wrongly implicating him.

“That action has been haunting me daily such that I can no longer live with the fact that there is someone out there who is suffering for a crime that he never committed in the first place.

A lot of misfortunes are also happening at our home, which makes me suspect it has to do with the grief on the part of Simbarashe, hence my decision to come clean.”

The lady further revealed that the passing of her mother who recently d!ed of a mysterious ailment triggered her confession. She added that a w!tch doctor told her to do the right thing.

Brother of the serving inmate, Tapiwa Chadiwa, said last weekend when they visited Harare Central prison with the good news, Simbarashe literally broke down.

Chadiwa said; “He could not hold a discussion with us, he was simply drowned in tears.

“The fact that it has taken this long to finally have justice prevail was overwhelming for him.

“We were all so emotional we could not go into a decent talk to chart the way forward.”

Simbarashe and his friend visited the girl’s homestead, where the latter intended to see the family maid, who was his lover.

The girl’s mother was away in Botswana. When the mother returned, she queried why her daughter seemed to be having a limp in her walk.

This led to the chain of events that ended with the conviction.

Education Politics

New FG’s Circular Stops Reopening Of Varsities

The Federal Government has made a U-turn on its directive to vice chancellors, asking them to reopen universities, which had been shut due to the ongoing strike of the Academic Staff Union of Universities.

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Photonews: Bauchi secondary school students protest separation of boys from girls

Bauchi students protest separation of boys from girls


Oyetola, Adeleke In War Of Words As Tribunal Begins Sitting

Osun State Governor Adegboyega Oyetola and Governor-elect Ademola Adeleke are at war over election petition, as the tribunal is set to begin sitting today.

The Election Petition Tribunal had fixed September 26 for the beginning of sitting to hear the election petition on Osun 2022 governorship election, which Oyetola filed against Adeleke and Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) seeking the cancellation of 749 polling units because of alleged over voting.

He wanted the tribunal to declare him as the winner.

Ahead of the sitting, the Chief Press Secretary to Oyetola, Ismail Omipidan, in a statement yesterday explained that the decision to challenge the outcome of the July 16 governorship poll should never be seen as an attempt to impugn on the integrity of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

He noted that Oyetola’s decision should rather be hailed as it was aimed at deepening the country’s democratic values and its electoral system.

He expressed confidence in the ability of members of the tribunal to do justice in the case, noting that the outcome would make INEC to fill some gaps that might have been noticed ahead of the 2023 general election.

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Nigerians Marching For Peter Obi Are Hungry People Paid N1,000 – Dino Melaye

PDP Presidential Campaign Committee spokesperson, Dino Melaye has rubbished the nationwide rallies organised in support of the presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi.

The former lawmaker said the so-called Obi supporters were just hungry Nigerians paid N1,000 to N,2000 and assembled to stand and say that they are ObiDients.

Melaye made the comment on Arise TV’s The Morning Show while reacting to the ObiDient rally that held over the weekend in Abuja.

According to him, the forthcoming presidential election is between the PDP candidate and the other flagbearers.

He added that the former Anambra governor’s presence at the recently concluded governorship election in Osun State is proof that all his ‘support’ cannot translate to votes.

He said; “Just like if you go to court they’ll say Federal Government vs Dino Melaye and others and this particular case you have Atiku Abubakar and others including the APC, Labour Party, SDP, NNPP all of them are others in this regard.

“And I want to tell you that to assemble crowd is just to bring out money. Mobilization is very very cheap in this country.

“People are hungry. If you go to Nyanya, Mararaba people were being loaded in buses from Lugbe and every part of the country to stand and say they’re supporting…let them to the election.

“I think Peter Obi was in Osun. He spoke in Osun, and we saw the result of the Labour Party in Osun – 2700 votes – while PDP was counting four hundred and something thousand votes…so it’s not about the commercial mobilization of the people.

“Nigerians are hungry definitely if you go to Mararaba today to say you need 5000 people with the blow of a whistle, they’ll assemble and collect their N1000 or N2000. It is not the match on the streets that will determine the votes.

“We’re talking of proper votes and Nigerians know that Atiku is speaking to the issues. We’re not on hype movements.”

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Vulcaniser Sets Self On Fire In Osun, Says Wife Of 2 Months Frustrated Him

A vulcanizer who resides in Lagos state, Muritala Afolabi, is currently on admission in a hospital after he set himself ablaze in Iree, Osun state last Friday, September 23.

Muritala was rushed to the hospital by neighbors who heard him screaming after sustaining severe burns on his body.

In an interview with Punch, Muritala said he decided to commit suicide having been subjected to emotional torture and frustration by his wife. The 30-year-old artisan said he got married to his wife in July 2022 and since then, the woman had made life difficult by allegedly cursing and abusing him.

“I just thought of ending it. That Friday, I went into a filing station, bought fuel and went to a forest behind Baptist High School, Iree, and set myself ablaze.

I thought of what I was passing through and it made me to decide to end my life. Poverty and repeated curses of my wife made me to lose hope. I married the woman just in July this year.

Some people heard me when fire was burning my body and rushed to the scene. They rescued me and brought me to hospital.”

When contacted by our correspondent on the phone, Muritala’s wife, Ifedolapo, denied cursing him.

“I don’t know why he decided to k!ll himself. I am his wife. I am yet to have any child for him.”

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Retired Soldiers Protest In Abuja

Some retired soldiers are protesting salary and pension gaps among the ranks of serving and retired military personnel on Monday in Abuja.

The protesters are seen with mats and banners.

One of the banners they carried, said, “Review the wide disparity in pay and pension across the ranks of servicing and retired personnel”

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Education Politics

ASUU STRIKE: Nigerian Government Orders Vice Chancellors To Re-open Schools, Immediately Commence Lectures

The Federal Government through the National Universities Commission has ordered vice-chancellors to re-open schools and allow students resume lectures.

This was made known in a letter signed by the Director, Finance and Accounts of the NUC, Sam Onazi, on behalf of the Executive Secretary of the commission, Professor Abubakar Rasheed.

The letter which was made exclusively available on Monday was addressed to all vice-chancellors; Pro-Chancellors and chairmen of governing councils of federal universities.

“Ensure that ASUU members immediately resume/commence lectures; Restore the daily activities and routines of the various University campuses”, the letter partly reads.

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Juventus And France Midfielder, Paul Pogba Admits To Hiring A Witch Doctor To Be Protected Against Injury

Juventus and France midfielder, Paul Pogba, has admitted to hiring a witch doctor but not to put a spell on France team-mate Kylian Mbappe, like his detained brother, Mathias Pogba claims.

Mathias and other suspects charged with trying to blackmail Pogba out of more than £11million, claim Paul Pogba, the 29-year-old France and ex-Manchester United midfielder, tried to cast evil spells on Mbappé, 23, because of he was jealous of the PSG striker.

Five of the suspects, including Matthias are now on remand and facing up to 20 years each in prison over a range of charges including ‘extortion in an organized gang’.

They claim to have recorded a video showing Pogba speaking to the witch-doctor, who calls himself ‘Ibrahim the Great’ and charges as much as €100 (£88) an hour for his services.

Pogba denies that his hiring of the witch-doctor had anything to do with Mbappé saying he ‘never intended to harm anyone’.

Pogba instead told investigators working for France’s Central Office for the Fight against Organised Crime (OCLCO) that he was ‘looking to be protected against injury’ and ‘also to help poor kids in Africa’ he was in connection with through an aid organisation.

Two judicial sources in Paris confirmed the revelations and the transcript from interviews completed last month as they worked on the explosive investigation.

Pogba is currently under police protection while ruled out of playing because of injury.

Further horrifying details from the investigation include Pogba describing how he was threatened by two hooded men brandishing assault rifles after being lured into a flat in Chanteloup-en-Brie, in the eastern suburbs of Paris on March 19.

He was in the city on international duty, four days after a burglary in Manchester which saw his wife, Zulay, and the couple’s two young boys threatened.

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Crime Insecurity

My Wife Just Had A Baby, Suspected Kidnapper Wails

A suspected kidnapper, John Iyon, has pleaded for forgiveness as he claimed that his wife was just delivered of a baby boy.

In a viral video, Iyon, who was handcuffed claimed he had only participated in two kidnapping operations before his arrest.

Crying, he said, “Forgive me, make una forgive me, my wife just born sef, a boy.”

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Politics Religion

God Has Not Shown Me Nigeria’s Next President – Pastor Kumuyi

The General Superintendent of Deeper Life Bible Church Pastor William Kumuyi has said that he has not received any revelation from God on the next President.

He however promised to make it known once he receives the revelation from God.

Kumuyi said he cannot question God why he has not revealed who the next President would be to him.

Kumuyi spoke with reporters in Minna at the Global Crusade with Kumuyi (GCK) with the theme: “God of all possibilities” on Saturday.

He said: ” I cannot tell you a lie. God has not shown me anything. He has not found it fit to tell me. He does not tell everybody, everything.

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Nokia Officially Announces Its New Phone, Nokia X50 Pro, See Features


Nokia officially announces its new phone Nokia X50 Pro

Specifications of the phone:
• 6.4 inch screen with 120 GHz power
• Super AMOLED screen with +FHD resolution with 404 pixel density with 144 Hz frequency
• Battery capacity 7000 mAh
• 200 megapixel rear camera
12MP Wide camera with 2.2 lens Aperture – 2MP deep camera with 2.4 lens aperture
• 32 megapixel front camera with 2.0 lens aperture
• Fast charging 33 watts
• Available in many colors including blue, white and black
• Harmony OS
• 12 GB RAM
• 5G communication technology 5G
• Internal memory from 128 up to 500 GB

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Crime Insecurity

Lagos Police Apprehend Buses Loaded With Ammunition In Ikorodu

PHOTOS: Lagos Police Apprehend Buses Loaded With Ammunition In Ikorodu

The Lagos State police command, has apprehended two buses loaded with large quantity of live cartridges, three dismantled motorcycles at Poromope Estate, Ijede Road, Ikorodu, Lagos State.

In a statement signed by the Police Public Relations Officer, Benjamin Hundeyin on Saturday, the operatives of Ikorodu Division also made some arrests.

Hundeyin said, “Preliminary investigations indicate that the suspects, Tukur Abdullah ‘m’ aged 35, Muazu Telim ‘m’ aged 50 and Dahiru Idris ‘m’ aged 36 were on their way to Katsina State.

“The suspects, recovered exhibits as well as the vehicles, with registration numbers KMC 438 YK and KMC 394 XF have been transferred to the Lagos State Command Headquarters, Ikeja for further investigations.”

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Call For Referendum Continues As Led Trucks Station At United Nations Headquarters

A big led truck has been stationed close to the United Nations Headquarters in New York, by a Coalition of self-determination groups such as Freedom from Nigeria (FFN), Ilana Omo Oodua Worldwide (IOOW), Oodua People’s Sovereign Movement (OPSOM), Igbo National Council (INC), Middle Belt Patriotic Front (MBPF), Yoruba Nation Mega Rally, USA, National Council of Women Society (NCWS), United Middle Belt (UMB), etc to campaign against terrorism, banditry, attacks on farm Lands and genocide in South and Middle-Belt Regions of Nigeria and to demand for a Referendum for the Indigenous People of Nigeria to Decide on their Sovereignty at the Ongoing United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) 2022.

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WhatsApp Is Full Of ‘Billing’, Asisat Oshoala Laments

Nigerian footballer, Asisat Oshoala, has lamented about the rate at which people beg on messaging app, WhatsApp.

She even suggested that the app should be renamed ‘Billing’ App.

She said this on her Twitter handle on Friday.

Oshoala said that people mostly use the app to beg for money saying in Pidgin English, “You see that WhatsApp ehn, them suppose don rename as Billing app, cus you see that green App ehn, na billing full am. Who curse that app ‘edakun’? “

‘Billing’ is a slang for begging for money.

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Insecurity Politics

APC Chieftains Abducted As Bandits Attack Kaduna Governorship Candidate’s Entourage

Some chieftains of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kaduna State have been reportedly kidnapped in an attack along Kaduna-Kachia highway in Kaduna State.

The attack occurred on Thursday, September 22, at Tashar Icce, which is some meters from Kujama community in Kajuru Local Government Area of the state.

The team was on its way back from Kafanchan after a political meeting with Christian leaders in Southern Senatorial District.

On the entourage were; the DG Campaign Uba Sani Campaign Organization, Prof Sani Bello, Mainan Zazau, Director of Organization , Engr Namadi, Special Adviser to the Governor, Alhaji Ahmed Maiyaki, Engr Jamilu, Personal Assistant to Senator Uba Sani, other aides and security operatives.

A politician who escaped the attack, described the incident as terrible, saying about five vehicles were affected. He said the bandits opened fire sporadically.

He also said some of thee people in the entourage sustained gun injuries while two people were kidnapped.

It was gathered the governorship candidate, Senator Uba Sani, was not part of the team that was attacked as he had travelled to Abuja from Kafanchan.

His Campaign DG, Sani Maina, Ahmed Maiyaki, a Chieftain of the party, and a few others escaped unhurt.

Among those kidnapped are the APC House of Assembly candidate in Kajuru simply identified as Mr Madaki and the Vice chairman of APC in Kajuru Local Government Area, Ruben Waziri.

Ben Maigari, a relative of the Vice Chairman, confirmed the incident and said they were yet to be contacted by the bandits.

“They were attacked; the bandits blocked the road and opened fire on the entourage and other moving vehicles. My brother, Ruben, was abducted alongside Madaki because they were in the same vehicle,” he said.

It was gathered that two other buses were attacked around the same time, with two people feared killed while others were taken into the forest.

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Photonews: Church Awards Females With Certificate After Successfully Passing A Virginity Test


My Receptionist Has A Better Degree Than Obi – Reno Omokri

Ex-aide of former president Goodluck Jonathan, Reno Omokri has made a mockery of the Labour Party (LP) presidential candidate, Peter Obi’s degree.

The emergence of the degree certificate of LP’s principal has continued to elicit reactions.

Following a series of criticisms about Obi’s education at the University of Nigeria Nsukka, his spokesperson, Valentine Obienyem, published his Bachelor’s Degree certificate (Second Lower) in Philosophy obtained from the institution in 1984.

Reacting, Omokri compared his receptionist’s degree to that of Obi, claiming the former’s was better than the latter’s.

Tableshaker blasted the ‘Obidients’ noting after all the buzz about their ‘saviour’ on social media, he can only boast of Second Class degree in Philosophy.

He tweeted: “Even my receptionist while I was in government has a better degree than Obi. After all this noise on social media, it is only a Second Class degree in Philosophy that your messiah has? Zenith Bank will not even employ such an educationally challenged character!”

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ISWAP Terrorists Announce Presence In South-West Nigeria, Claim Responsibility For Attack On Police Vehicle In Ondo

According to ISWAP in a statement seen by SaharaReporters, the attack which was carried out by “soldiers of the caliphate” occurred in Ipele, Owo Local Government Area of the state.

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 says its men attacked a police vehicle in Ondo State.

According to ISWAP in a statement seen by SaharaReporters, the attack which was carried out by “soldiers of the caliphate” occurred in Ipele, Owo Local Government Area of the state.

It claimed the fighters targeted an operational vehicle of the police with machine guns, which led to its damage. The group was however silent on if there was a casualty or not.

The attack if truly executed by ISWAP could be a hint that the terror group is making an incursion into the South Western part of Nigeria.

ISWAP had claimed expansion into Abuja, Kogi, and Taraba in the last six months.

In May 2022, the group said it was behind an explosion that rocked the ancient town, Kabba in the Kogi West Senatorial District.

Kabba is the headquarters of the Kabba/Bunnu LGA and the people speak a dialect of Yoruba called Owe.

The town is less than 10 minutes from Akunnu-Akoko and Ajowa-Akoko in Ondo State and less than 20 minutes from Omuo in Ekiti State.

When SaharaReporters called Funmilayo Odunlami, spokesperson for Ondo State Police Command, she did not answer nor return the calls.

A text message sent to her mobile line had not been replied to at the time of this report.

The terrorists were said to have detonated explosives in the church after which they proceeded to fire shots at the congregation.

The Nigerian government swiftly said the attack was likely carried out by ISWAP but the state government said it had reservations about the claim.

Interior minister, Rauf Aregbesola, told journalists after a National Security Council meeting that “we have been able to locate the imprints of the perpetrators of that attack and from all indications, we are zeroing in on the Islamic State of West African Province (ISWAP).”

On August 9, Lucky Irabor, Chief of Defence Staff said gunmen behind the attack have been arrested.

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Gunmen Abduct 3 Police Officers In Ogun

Gunmen have kidnapped three policemen in Ogun State Command in broad daylight. the police officers were abducted on Thursday at Wasinmi, in Ewekoro Local Government Area of Ogun State.

Findings have shown that the kidnapped cops arrived in Ogun State from Zone 2, Onikan, Lagos State, for an investigation.

They were said to have been duly booked at the police division in Wasinmi before they left for their place of primary assignment.

A police source told our correspondent that the officers, led by Inspector Oladipo Olayemi, were kidnapped on the road by their abductors, who allegedly accosted them at about 2:30 pm. The source said the commercial driver, who conveyed the cops, escaped by a whisker from the kidnappers.

It was further gathered that the Divisional Police Officer in Ewekoro had led his men in search of the missing policemen.

Contacted, the Ogun State Police Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, confirmed the incident.

Oyeyemi said, “People were kidnapped, but only one policeman is involved.“

Oyeyemi added that the police are on the kidnappers’ trail, assuring the victims would be rescued. “We are on the trail of the kidnappers. Do you think we are going to keep quiet? We will get them and rescue the victims unhurt,” he said.

He added that men of the anti-kidnapping unit are on the kidnappers’ trail.

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Building Collapses In Lagos

A building has collapsed on Sonuga Street, Palm Avenue, in the Mushin area of Lagos State on Friday.

The Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, Dr Olufemi Oke-Osanyinyolu, confirmed the development to our correspondent on Friday.

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Education Politics

ASUU’s Failure To Resume Despite Court Order Is Legal, Lawyer Says

By Qosim Suleiman September 23, 2022

A human rights lawyer, Inibehe Effiong, has said the failure of the striking Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to resume as ordered by a court on Wednesday could be legal as long as a stay of execution application has been filed “together with a notice of appeal.”

A judge, Polycarp Hamman, of the National Industrial Court of Nigeria (NICN) sitting in Abuja had granted an interlocutory injunction application by the Nigerian government to restrain ASUU from continuing with the strike pending its determination of the substantive suit.

While ASUU said it is appealing the court order, many Nigerian students have asked if it would not amount to contempt of court if the union fails to suspend the strike before the appeal is heard.

But speaking on PREMIUM TIMES’ Twitter Space on Thursday, Mr Effiong said it would be legal to continue with the strike if the union already filed a motion for stay of execution alongside the application for an appeal.

He said: “A stay of execution may be granted on terms where an appeal has been filed or when an application is made to the court. I am aware that a decision was taken to appeal and I am also aware that that appeal is to go with a motion for stay.”

Also speaking on the Twitter Space, a former Welfare Officer of ASUU at the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, Chijioke Uwasomba, confirmed that the union has filed an appeal at the appellate court.

“First thing this morning, our lawyers have appealed and they have also asked for a stay of execution,” he said on Thursday.

He noted that the disputes that resulted in the strike could have been easily resolved if the government was committed to funding public education.

Mr Uwasomba also condemned the government’s stance on ‘No Work, No pay,’ insisting that teaching was the only aspect of the lecturers’ work affected by the strike.

He noted that research and community service being engaged in by the lecturers have continued unhindered for the past seven months.

‘Court won’t resolve dispute’

Both Messr Effiong and Uwasomba stated that legal option would not bring an end to the dispute between the Nigerian government and the aggrieved lecturers.

Mr Uwasomba said the option would rather complicate the conflict.

He accused the government of being irresponsible and having no regard for the Nigerian people.

On his part, Mr Effiong suggested that both parties return to the negotiation table, noting that “litigation is not the best way to resolve the issue.”

While he called on both parties to find a middle ground, he noted that returning to class without any significant achievement will be counterproductive.

He said: “If you tell students to go back to classes and then they do not get any difference – nothing is felt in terms of impact, nothing is seen in terms of positive outlook from this strike– what would have been the essence of staying at home for seven months.”

He called on the federal government to implement the agreements reached with ASUU “but I’m also saying that ASUU must also be mindful and amenable to areas where some form of compromise can be reached because ultimately, there has to be a compromise.”

‘ASUU should uphold students’ right’
Meanwhile, Mr Effiong charged ASUU to also stand up for the rights of students being trampled upon in some public universities.

The human rights lawyer condemned cases where some university management proscribed the student union and its activities.

“When it comes to the issues affecting the students in this country ASUU does not seem to exude the level of passion that we all see when they have matters relating to the agreement with the federal government,” he said. “So after the strike, I hope that ASUU will go back to their various branches and begin to interrogate how they can be more effective in responding to concerns by students, both against lecturers who are victimising students and against university management that are also clamping down on the rights of students to organise and also speak for themselves.”

Business Economy Entertainment Politics

We’re Quiet About Exchange Rate But Listen To Asake – Fapson

Actress Dorcas Fapson has slammed Nigerians, especially youths for ignoring the rise in the exchange rate.

Concerned about the issue of forex in recent times, the British-Nigerian media personality couldn’t conceal her apprehension particularly as it concerns the exchange rate of pounds to Naira.

Fapson claimed despite the situation, people have rather made up their minds to listen to Afrobeats rave of the moment, Asake than speak up about it.

Expressing grave concern about the forex inflation, the presenter wrote: “Pounds going to N900/1. We are all keeping quiet and listening to Asake Continue.”

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Education Politics

We Will Order Vice-chancellors To Re-open Universities – Ngige

The Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, on Wednesday, noted that the government would order vice-chancellors to re-open universities.

The minister made this known in a statement made available to our correspondent on Wednesday night.

“The court ruling does not preclude us from going on with further negotiation and consultations. The pro-chancellors met Mr President and made some demands, such as topping up government offers and seeing whether there could be some bailout.

Mr President said in considering it, he will consult stakeholders. So, he is going to consult everybody.”

Ngige also noted that he welcomed the intervention of the House of Representatives in the ASUU imbroglio, saying he was happy that the Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila said they were going to meet the President.

Credit: Native Reporters