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July 20, 2019

Food: CBN to partner state governments on livestock, dairy production


The Central Bank Governor, Mr. Godwin Emefiele, has expressed the readiness of the apex bank to provide a wide range of agricultural opportunities for the country by assisting state governments not only in the areas of rice and cassava production but most importantly in the development of livestock and diary business.


The CBN Governor gave the indication in an interview shortly after a closed-door meeting with the Governor of Niger State, Abubakar Sani Bello, on Thursday in Abuja.


He explained that under the livestock and diary development programme, the apex bank is wants to encourage the production of milk from different parts of the country beginning with Niger state.
“We intend, hopefully, to get Mr. President to come in to launch the first Grazing Reserve that is going to be resuscitated under the programme that we are putting in place,” Emefiele said. He added that funding would be provided by the CBN to the private sector entities adding that they would be expected to recover their money from the milk that is going to be sourced from the livestock.


“The private sector will work directly with the CBN and the state. They will invest by providing the pastures, seedlings and the infrastructure that will also guarantee constant supply of water to enhance the production of quality milk,” he further said.


Also speaking, Governor Sani Bello expressed optimism in the ability of the CBN to facilitate the take-off of such massive project in the state adding that the apex bank has initiated different programmes to promote agriculture in the country.
He said there was no going back on development of grazing reserves in the state because it is the best solution to curtail the Herders/Farmers conflict and also develop one of our areas of comparative economic advantage.


“We will develop our grazing reserves where we can keep the herders and provide the infrastructure so that they can get better yield with regards to milk and beef,” Governor Sani Bello said.
He confirmed that the state government will, in the next three months, flag off its over 30,000 hectares grazing reserve in Bobi, Mariga Local Government Area of the state, adding that government is also in the process of gazetting seven other grazing reserves in parts of the state.
“We have about 20 grazing reserves in the state, only two (Bobi and Girin) have been gazette but hopefully, overtime, we’ll develop others,” he said.


He stated that developing the grazing reserves also provides opportunity to the private sector to invest and put in daily services in the dairy and beef production assuring that, shortly, the state will start showcasing that the project is economically viable and can also address conflicts between herders and farmers.


“I think, in the long run we are on the right track and we are getting all the necessary support from the CBN. Hopefully, within the shortest possible time, we’ll see some result,” the governor stated. News Express
July 20, 2019

Osinbajo meets Ooni of Ife meet behind closed doors


Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Friday met behind closed doors with the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi.


The meeting lasted for about fourty-five minutes at the Vice President’s office in the State House.
He didn’t speak to journalists at the end of the meeting with the Vice President.


The Ooni had paid similar visit to President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday.
At the end of the meeting with President Buhari on Thursday, he declared that he was in the Villa over rising insecurity in the South West region of the country.


On Thursday, he also declared that Yorubas don’t want war and that there was need for more federal might in the area in order to flush out trouble makers and sustain peace. (The Nation)
July 20, 2019

Zuma pulls out of corruption inquiry


Former President of South Africa Jacob Zuma has withdrawn from the corruption inquiry, saying that he would no longer give evidence in the probe over his administration.

 
Zuma’s lawyer Muzi Sikhakhane according to Times Live, wrote to disclose that his client would no longer be giving evidence to the inquiry.


He wrote:
“You will recall that on Monday, I expressed my reservations that a commission, which is a creature of statute, which has set out ground rules, writes a letter in June to say ‘we are calling your client in terms of no rules’.
“We expressed our reservations because this commission at all times has to comply with its ground rules.


“Basically, our client from the beginning was treated as someone who must come and answer, as someone who is accused. Everyone [every witness] who came had a grievance against him.
“We said our client sat waiting to be treated just like you treated [other witnesses].
“This commission does not know who is guilty, it’s trying to find out.


“A legal process must be cleansed of prejudices which come from outside… We therefore submit to you that there is something irrational about a parallel approach to the witness.
“We’ve come to tell you that because of the reservations we’ve raised and our experience in this room that my client has instructed me that he will take no further part in these proceedings.” (NAN)
July 20, 2019

6 Traditions Every Couple Should Start From Their First Year


Finally! You are now 'official', and you feel that you do not have to do so much anymore since you are both by your side till death do you part.

Nonetheless, it does not just end at the vows; you have to be involved in a lot of things to spice up the already made dish for it to retain the taste that you desire (or even taste way better).

Here are few traditions that every couple should start from the first year:



1. Communication

This is always important and never loses its relevance. You and your partner should communicate every day from the beginning of your marriage till forever. It could be about the little ‘nothings’ to the big ‘somethings’ never forget that everything matters.


2. Getaways

Pick up your calendar and set out time to have a lovers getaway; it doesn’t always have to be out of the country, if you cannot afford that you can start with the states within the country or even places within the state (as Jordan Spark sang, one step at a time there is no need to rush).



3. Quality time

The world is a very busy place and if care is not taken, it can be very overwhelming, so make out time to be with each other and really be with each other (not absentmindedly or for routine sake). You can go on date nights from time to time, movie nights, game nights, cook together, take long walks, play games, karaoke, workout etc.



4. Writing

You might think that the only writing you should be doing is at work or when planning to go grocery shopping. We never stop writing even if it is as little as a scribble. Couples should try to make it a habit of writing to each other; it could be poems, love letters, appreciation letters etc. You do not have to be an Achebe or a Soyinka; all you have to be is you.



5. Honouring Milestone

This is a very important practice as it shows how far you have come and how much you recognize that; it might mean a lot to your spouse. You can have a little 2-man party to this effect or buy each other gifts; appreciating each other.



6. Goals

It is important to set goals; you can decide to set a joint goal and individual goals after which you will have a lovely round table to discuss each other’s growth and failings with the mind of providing ways to be better.


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July 20, 2019

Virginity test: Man rapes daughter to confirm

A 37-year-old guard, Wasiu Orilonise has publicly confessed that he raped his 15-year-old daughter for verification of her virginity and protection.

Wasiu who appeared in Oyo State Magistrates’ Court sitting in Ibadan, however, appealed to the court to forgive him as he did that only to confirm if her daughter was still a virgin.
The prosecutor, Mr Sunday Ogunremi, told the court that the accused had sometime in December 2018 at Omo village, Agbofieti, Ibadan, in the Ibadan Magisterial District, raped the victim without her consent.


Ogunremi said the offence was contrary to and punishable under Section 34, sub-sections 1 and 2 of the Child Rights Law of Oyo State of Nigeria, 2006.
The plea of the accused was, however, not taken during the arraignment.
When the Chief Magistrate, Mr Taiwo Olaniran, sought to know what pushed him into defiling his biological daughter, Orilonise said since he lost his wife a few years ago, he had been taking care of the victim and her siblings.


He told the court that he committed the act in order to protect his daughter.
Orilonise said the incident happened when he was trying to ascertain if the victim had lost her virginity, adding that upon discovering that she was still a virgin, he started having sex with her regularly before she would leave for school and at night.


The magistrate berated fathers who were fond of sexually abusing their daughters and other under-aged girls, saying they were allowing the devil to use them to destroy the society.
He ordered that the accused be remanded in the Agodi Prison pending legal advice from the Director of Public Prosecutions and adjourned the case till July 30, 2019. (NAN)
July 20, 2019

Nigerians abroad now live in fear - NGO

The Centre for Protection of Nigerians in the Diaspora (CPND), says many Nigerians living abroad are now in palpable fear as a result of Xenophobic attacks, especially in South Africa.

The President of CPND, Alex Orji made the assertion on Thursday during the candlelight procession in honour of the slain Nigerian Insurance chief, Mrs Elizabeth Ndubuisi-Chukwu, who was killed in a hotel in South Africa.


The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the procession was held at the Liberty Bridge, Maryland Lagos.
Orji said that that Nigerians deserved better treatment from the South African Government away from the killings being experienced.


“The reason for these ugly incidents was because the government of South Africa refused to act on those killings.
“It has got to the level that the woman killed was just visiting South Africa, with this ugly trend; there is a need to speak out veraciously. Nigerians have been so good to their South African hosts.
“No one is allowed to take another mans life; the killers should be made to face the full wrath of the law.
“I will also implore people to always check on their people living abroad since we are now in the age of social media where contacts can be made easily,” he said.


The Presidential Candidate of the African Action Congress (AAC) during the last general election, Omoyele Sowore, who attended the candlelight procession, urged the government to constitute a strong diplomatic team to meet with the countries involved.


“Obianuju was an industrious woman killed in South Africa in spite of the fact that she was not a resident. This type of brutality has been going on too frequently and we need to address it.
“Nigerians are getting killed almost every day; we need to be protected by our government and the governments of those countries where they reside in either legally or illegally.


“Government needs to constitute strong a diplomatic committee to look into these issues of wanton killings to find a lasting solution.
“The truth is that most Nigerians are now living in palpable fear of attacks, especially in the South Africa where they are experiencing Xenophobic attacks,” he said.
Contributing, Mofe Oyatogun of Star FM, condemned the xenophobic attacks on Nigerians, adding that the killing of Ndubuisi-Chukwu should be a wake up call for the government.
“The people of South Africa have no reason for killing Nigerians, moreso, they also have their people residing in Nigeria unmolested.


“I remembered all the efforts Nigeria had to put up during the apartheid regime and how my mum fed several South Africans in our home, so is this how they want to reward us?
“Nigerians are wonderful hardworking people in spite of derogatory remarks against us in certain quarters, we deserve to be treated with respect; so we are calling for justice,” she said.


Speaking, Adetola Olubajo, the President, Nigeria Union in South Africa,said that what Nigerians are demanding is justice for the slain woman and others unjustly killed in that country.
“What we want is justice for her and nothing more. If we have been fair to the South Africans in the face of provocations, while they have their own businesses here, their government should know better.
“What we want is for those perpetrators of her murder to be brought to justice,” Olubajo said. (NAN)
July 20, 2019

How to Survive a Long Engagement



After getting engaged the next step is the wedding right? Well, it’s not always like that; 3 years gone and there’s still no plan for the wedding.

Having a long engagement can be a breeding ground for doubts, insecurities and anger. Letting it get to you can take a toll on your head and disrupt other planned activities. With so many reasons for an extended engagement, here are suggested ways to survive the long wait:

There are no rules
Ignore what people are saying. There are no rules as regards timing for getting married. Besides, it is actually a good idea to enjoy your time as fiancés. Since this is a different stage for both of you, you will be needing quite some time to adjust. It is also a great time to agree on ways to settle different issues including disputes because you will be needing it for your marriage to last long.

Be discreet
If you’re both aware that it may take time to get married, try not to make a public proposal. This can save you from too many awkward questions or conversations. As exciting as getting engaged can be, try not to also tell too many people about it. It helps reduce the pressure you may have put on yourself.


Be ready for Questions
It’s unavoidable. You may be bombarded with questions by a lot of your closest pals and family members. Make sure you and your fiancé have ready-made answers for all of the questions. Understand as well that it should not bother you if they do not respect your reasons. Whatever the case, make sure they don’t pull you down with their words.

Budget Consistency
If one of the reasons you’re getting married at a later time is because of money, make sure you’re consistent about saving up together for your wedding. Save up every month. It will be very disappointing if you end up not having any money after getting engaged for a while.


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Thursday, 18 July 2019

July 18, 2019

COZA pastor rape latest: CAN disowns officials that back Fatoyinbo

The Christian Association of Nigeria has said it did not approve of the solidarity visit paid to the embattled senior pastor of Commonwealth of Zion Assembly(COZA), Biodun Fatoyinbo, who was accused of rape by the wife of singer, Timi Dakolo, Busola, and another anonymous lady.

“The attention of the President of CAN, Rev. Dr. Samson O. A. Ayokunle has been called to a report and a video clip going round that Christian Association of Nigeria has sent her officials to Commonwealth of Zion Assembly(COZA) Church to stand by the Senior Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo on the rape allegation against him,” CAN’s national director of legal and public affairs,” Evangelist Barrister Kwamkur Samuel Vondip said in a statement.

“This message is to categorically inform the Christian leaders, the general public and all lovers of truth that CAN or the President of CAN did not approve and knows nothing about such a solidarity visit,” he added.

In viral footage, the president of CAN Abuja, Reverend Jonah Samson and CAN President North Central, Reverend Israel Akanji on Sunday addressed the COZA members pledging supports for Fatoyinbo.

“I assure you that we are with you and we will continue to be with you. We are in support of the church. We are in support of your pastor. We stand by him and this church will continue to match forward,” Reverend Jonah said.

This, however, provoked backlash on social media as many condemned the association of taking sides without investigation.
Evangelist Vondip said the two officials did what they did on their own and affirmed that they “would not jump into passing judgment without a thorough investigation of the matter.”
“The President of CAN is in communication with the President of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN), Rev. Dr. Felix Omobude and has given the right to investigate the allegations to PFN and then revert to CAN,” Evangelist Vondip said.

“We can tell you that PFN has already constituted a panel that is investigating this matter and in less than two weeks, the outcome of the investigation will come out, ” he added.
Busola Dakolo accused Fatoyinbo of raping her when she was a teenager in an interview. She described how he allegedly groomed her as she attended his then fellowship group, Divine Delight Club – which later transformed into Coza – giving her books, visit her at home, singling her out to sing at meetings and driving her around in his Mercedes.

She claims he then came to her family home early one morning when her mother was away and raped her in the living room, as her sister slept upstairs.
Afterwards, she said Fatoyinbo went to get a bottle of Krest, a fizzy lemon drink, from his car and forced her to drink it, saying: “You should be happy that a man of God did this to you.” She was 16.
He allegedly raped her again a week later on his car bonnet, after insisting on driving her home. Dakolo claimed he said: “You’ll be fine. This thing is not a new thing. Men of God do this.”
She said after she told her family what transpired between the pastor and her, he came to her house with other senior members of the church and apologised, saying the alleged rapes were “a weakness” and “an act of the devil”.

Fatoyinbo denied the allegations saying: “I have never in my life raped anybody even as an unbeliever and I am absolutely innocent of this.”
A few days after another former member of the church alleged that Fatoyibo raped her.
She said the incident happened in 2017 at the Fatoyinbo’s house.
The pastor has since issued a statement saying he was taking “a leave of absence from the pulpit” to “submit to the concerns of (his) spiritual mentors”, and that he did not understand all that was happening. (The Guardian)

July 18, 2019

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July 18, 2019

We don't know whereabouts of remaining Chibok girls - FG


After more than five years Boko Haram terrorists kidnapped some Chibok schoolgirls, the Nigerian Government has said it has no idea about the location of the girls.


“It is true that the government has no information on where the captives are held, otherwise it would have seized the location and recovered the girls using all means at its disposal,” a presidency spokesman, Garba Shehu, said in a statement on Monday.


On 14 April 2014, Boko Haram, the violent extremist group abducted 276 girls from their school dormitory in Borno State. 57 of the girls managed to escape en route, but the group would eventually confine 219 of them.


Out of the 219 girls kidnapped, 107 have so far made it home: four of them by Nigerian military/ para-military intervention, and 21 of them were initially released in October 2016 after negotiations between the Buhari administration and Boko Haram, 82 more were freed in May 2017.


Since then, nothing more has been heard of the remaining 112 young women and five years on.
The government in its recent reassuring commitment to secure the release of the remaining girls “by peace or by force”, was prompted by a book written by a British Sierra Leonean journalist and lead reporter CNN Africa, Isha Sesay.


Sesay in her book titled Beneath the Tamarind Tree explores Boko Haram’s 2014 kidnapping of 276 schoolgirls. She combines the released Chibok girls’ stories with her own journalistic experiences to powerful effect.


The presidency while reacting to the book calls the book “a good book on Chibok, hampered by misrepresentations.”
Shehu said it was wrong of the author to say of the President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration “don’t know who to negotiate with” because Boko Haram had split into factions.
Boko Haram split when Islamic State named Abu Musab al-Barnawi as the group’s leader in August 2016. The other main division is led by Abubakar Shekau, Boko Haram’s most recognisable figure.
Shehu, however, said the split “had the effect of making negotiation and reaching an agreement a more difficult talk.”


But he said the “country and our international partners are still engaged through third parties with the terrorists.”
Shehu said the release of some girls is a “milestone” but believes the job is not “complete” until the remaining Chibok girls and Leah Sharibu.


Sharibu was abducted alongside over 100 schoolgirls by a faction of Boko Haram from their boarding school in Dapchi village, Yobe State in February, 2018.
Most of the students were released after four weeks. However, Sharibu was held back after she reportedly refused to renounce her Christian faith.


The presidential spokesman noted that government is not “giving up and we happy that the individuals, groups and nations partnering with the administration have continued to show interest in securing the release of our daughters.” (The Guardian)
July 18, 2019

Herdsmen: Anarchy looming in Nigeria — CAN


The Christian Association of Nigeria, Southeast zone, has raised the alarm that anarchy was looming in Nigeria if urgent measures were not taken to address the worsening security situation in the country.


CAN, which lends its support to the Ohanaeze Ndigbo, called on the people of the zone to rise up and defend themselves.
This is coming on the heels of the murder of Afenifere leader’s daughter, Pa Fasoranti.
In a statement issued by its Chairman, Bishop Dr. Giddy Okafor, and the Secretary, Rev. Dr. Scamb Nwokolo, CAN Southeast also welcomed the Federal Government’s suspension of the controversial Ruga project.


The statement formed part of the communiqué issued by the group after its emergency meeting in Enugu.
They declared that “the Federal Government should not implement in any form, any programme that shall lead to anarchy in this country.
“We vehemently reject, condemn and oppose any form of forceful appropriation of individual or communal land to herdsmen or cattle nomads in the guise of Executive Order, Act, Law or Federal Government programme in Nigeria and the Southeast in particular.


“That cattle rearing is a private business, as such the Federal Government should not induce crisis or create undue tension in the states of the Federation, more so when Southeast is still recovering from the havoc of civil war and do not wish such to happen again in any form. Business is by negotiation not imposition.


“That we implore the Federal Government for the interest of peace, unity and mutual co-existence and tolerance to totally rescind, abrogate and jettison any action or inaction or by amendment or otherwise that shall lead to the implementation of RUGA or cattle colony, or with other names that shall depict giving herdsmen or nomadic cattle owners right to acquire or takeover or confiscate land of individuals or indigenous communities forcefully through the apparatus of government.”


CAN urged Ndigbo not to panic “regarding the threat from some Northern groups led by one Abdulazeez. Our land shall never be allowed to be taken by force by anybody in any guise.
“Let us continue to pray and watch. Let everybody be prepared to defend themselves as directed by Ohanaeze Ndigbo.”
July 18, 2019

10 sailors kidnapped off Nigeria coast


Ten Turkish sailors were taken hostage by armed pirates off the coast of Nigeria early on Tuesday, shipping company Kadioglu Denizcilik said, adding that another eight sailors were safely aboard the ship, according to Euronews.com reports.

 
Kadioglu said its Turkish-flagged Paksoy-1 cargo ship was attacked in the Gulf of Guinea as it sailed from Cameroon to the Ivory Coast without freight.
It gave no further details as at time of going to press. (Agency report)
July 18, 2019

Reps ask IGP to shut down Edo Assembly

The House of Representatives has asked the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, and the Director-General of the Department of State Services (DSS), Yusuf Bichi, to shut down the Edo State House of Assembly.

This followed the adoption of a report of the House ad-hoc committee set up to investigate the crisis rocking the state Assembly on Wednesday.


On July 9, members of the lower chamber of the National Assembly considered a motion seeking to take over the functions of the Edo Assembly, in line with the Constitution.
They had also constituted a committee led by Abdurazak Namdas to investigate the crisis and recommend actions to be taken by the House.


Shortly after considering the report of the panel on Wednesday, the lawmakers adopted it and asked the heads of the police and DSS to seal the Edo State House of Assembly.


In line with the recommendations of the report, they agreed that Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, in the interest of peaceful coexistence of the state, “Should issue a fresh proclamation within one week in line with Section 105(3) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended), stating the date, time and venue (of the inauguration), and publish in any national daily and television station.”


“That all actions taken by the 7th Assembly members should be declared null and void pending proper inauguration.
“That all members of the Edo State House of Assembly, both those who have been inaugurated and those who have not been inaugurated should dissolve their factions in the interest of peace and stability of the House, with the view to moving the state forward.


“That the Inspector-General of Police and the Director-General, Department of State Services, should shut down the Edo State House of Assembly and provide adequate security to allay further fears of intimidation and threat as alleged by members-elect,” the adopted report also recommended.


The lawmakers also resolved that “Where recommendations 1, 2 and 3 above fail, the National Assembly should invoke the provisions of Section 11 (4) of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) to take over the state House of Assembly until the situation normalises.” (Channels TV)
July 18, 2019

Boko Haram attacking Borno town


Boko Haram is currently attacking Jakana, a Borno town, according to a breaking news by the onlinr edition of Daily Sun on Wednesday night.


"Residents said the insurgents were  sighted at the small town at about 6:30pm; they had started firing into a military base in the area," the report said.


It added that "scores of residents have reportedly fled into the bush."
Jakana, located along Maiduguri-Damaturu highway, is some 41 kms to the capital, Maiduguri.

Tuesday, 16 July 2019

July 16, 2019

Famous activist, Joe Okei-Odumakin marks birthday with public school students


Birthdays are usually a very memorable and special day in the life of every human being. It is also a day that calls for reflection, for some people, it is a day to just wine and dine, have fun and it goes on for the rest of their life. Whilst for some, it is a moment of impact and leaving enduring legacies behind.

For famed rights activist, Dr Joe Okei-Odumakin, it is a moment of mould and birthing great and sound leaders of character and competences. 

Spurred by her burning passion to see that every child is in school and feel safe, she led her team to Agidingbi Senior Grammar School, Ikeja, where she went in school uniform with the collaboration of Ambassador Saidi Balogun, President of Golden Movies Ambassadors of Nigeria.

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The Principal, teachers and students of the school were elated to have the 2013 International Woman of Courage Award recipient, decked in secondary school uniform to inspire the young stars in the school.

Welcoming the celebrant to the school assembly, Mr. Kola Odesanmi, the Principal, Agidingbi Senior Grammar School, lauded Dr Joe’s unconventional and spirited initiative of identifying with students of public schools on her birthday. Her presence with the young minds will sure inspire them towards greatness in life.

In his words, “it has gone down into history today that Africa’s most courageous and front-line Activist, Dr Joe, came into this school in uniform with a movie star, Ambassador Saidi Balogun, to charge our students that they can attain any height that they aim at in life, provided they remain focused and dedicated to their studies.”
Speaking to the students, Ambassador Saidi Balogun noted that education is the only and surest way out of the danger posed by ignorance. He further advised the students to desist from truancy and bad influence of peer pressure. 

Also speaking to the students, the Area Commander of Nigeria Police, Area F Divisional Command, Ikeja, Assistant Commissioner of Police, ACP Olasoji Akinbamilayo, charged the students to inculcate the habit of reading their books as this is the only way to measure up with any great mind in the world. 

‘’Your background or present challenges have nothing to do with the glorious height that is ahead of you, if you remain disciplined and dedicated to your studies.” 
Speaking further, he noted thus, “in our own time, we read without electricity light, we came from very poor background but our dedication to our studies, hard work and the grace of God have brought us to where we are today.”

While expressing her profound appreciation to the students, teachers, principal and other well-wishers present, Dr Joe relayed that she is a product of public schools in Nigeria. She used the medium to appeal to governments across states to give proper attention to public school funding and ensure that the learning environment are conducive for learning. Speaking further, Dr. Joe advised well-meaning Nigerians to also support the efforts the government to make education compulsory for all and free for every child. “Together, we can,” she concluded.


July 16, 2019

Suspected killers of Fasoranti’s daughter in police net


The police have arrested some suspects allegedly involved in the killing of Mrs Funke Olakunrin, daughter of the Afenifere leader, Reuben Fasoranti. A spokesman for the Ondo State Police Command, Mr Femi Joseph, confirmed this on Monday.

According to him, the suspects were arrested when a team of security operatives stormed the forests in the area near Ore in Ondo State.

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He said investigations were still ongoing while suspects would be paraded as soon as possible.
Mrs Olakunrin was killed by armed men on Friday last week while travelling along the Benin-Ore Expressway in south-western Nigeria.

Her murder has sparked outrage from individuals and groups across the county, especially from leaders in the south-west region.
Some of those who condemned the killing were former President Olusegun Obasanjo and Nobel Laureate Professor Wole Soyinka, who decried the security situation in the country.
But the Presidency has warned against politicising security and called on various leaders across the country to be mindful their language and its potential consequences.

The arrest of the suspects was made public one day after the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, gave assurance that Olakunrin’s killers would be apprehended soon.
Mr Adamu had directed the deployment of a team of security operatives from the Force Headquarters in Ondo to work with police command there and ensure that Olakunrin’s killers were arrested and brought to book.

Those deployed in the state included operatives from the Force Criminal Investigation Department (FCID), the Intelligence Response Team (IRT), and the Technical Intelligence Unit (TIU). Channels TV
July 16, 2019

Fashion: A Guide To Wearing Pastel For The 21st Century African Man


More and more designers are making efforts to close the fashion gap between genders. For one, menswear designers have been experimenting more with traditionally non-masculine colours like pastel and for many metro-sexual men, this is a welcomed development. 
 

Pastel colours are a big trend at the moment and from high end to high street, we’ve spotted quite a number of celebrities and influencers rocking the hues. For something that makes a pretty serious statement, pastels can be surprisingly easy to wear. However, as with any new style you’re venturing into, you have to carry out a little research before diving into pastel.

When wearing pastel, you have to consider your skin tone. Wearing the wrong colour can leave you looking very unpleasant. Those with fairer skin tones can end up looking washed out by soft pastel colours so, stick to more vibrant shades. If your skin tone is on the darker end, you have more flexibility and can rock almost any pastel shade.



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The venue to which you’re wearing the outfit too also matters. As with most things, there’s a time and place, so always read the dress code before you decide on how to style your pastel look.

Pastel colours work in a range of settings, from smart events like weddings and fashion shows to casual ones like hangouts with friends. Pastels can also be ideal for a laid-back office dress code or an after-work event so you’ve got many places to rock this trend to. Since pastel looks are already soft enough, avoid pairing with slogan or pattern shirts to keep the look sophisticated. 


Check out the different ways some of our favourite celebrities and influencers have styled pastel colours…

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July 16, 2019

OAU to generate its own electricity from October ― VC


The Vice-Chancellor of Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, Osun State, Professor Eyiyope Ogunbodede, on Monday disclosed that the institution has commenced power generating project that would make it exit national grid by October 2019.


Eyitope who made this disclosure while declaring open African Institute for Science Policy and Innovation International Biennial Conference at OAU explained that the project started in 2017 and the completion period is two years.


According to him, “The university is working with a Rural Electrification Agency that would provide a gas-powered turbine and will generate 8.0 megawatts of electricity for the institution.”



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 Ogunbodede further added that “because of the fast pace of the work, the project will be delivered by October ending. We are now very sure that by the end of October, Obafemi Awolowo University will be generating its own electricity and what that means is that we will be off the national grid.”

He expressed optimism that by the time the project is delivered, the university will be saving between N35 and 65 million being the cost of energy consumption monthly.


While observing that the university daily energy needs is below six megawatts, Ogunbodede said that the gas turbine that will power the university and its teaching hospital is capable of generating over eight megawatts daily, stressing that some neighbouring communities to the university would also benefit from the excess energy that the turbine would generate.


The VC lamented that “one of the key challenges we have a university is the very unstable supply of energy. In fact, it is so erratic that you cannot plan any meaningful research. We are working with the Rural Electrification Agency to provide for us a gas-powered turbine that will generate 8.0 megawatts of electricity.”


“What we use as a university is between 5 and 6 megawatts daily and with 8.03 megawatts, we will be comfortable and have excess.


“We pay between N35 and N65 million per month for electricity. By the time we start generating our own electricity, that cost will drop,” Ogunbodede remarked. (Nigerian Tribune)
July 16, 2019

Death of Fasoranti’s Daughter: Watch your utterances — Presidency


The Presidency on Monday cautioned leaders in the country to be mindful of their utterances and its potential consequences following the unfortunate killing of the daughter of Afenifere leader, Pa Reuben Fasoranti.


Mrs Funke Olakunri was killed on Friday on the Kajola-Ore road in Ondo State by those the police described as “armed robbers”.


A statement by the President’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, issued in Abuja, warned against politicizing the tragic death of Olakunri.
“It is incumbent on all leaders across the country to consider their language and its potential consequences.


“Insecurity is an issue that Nigeria must face together as one nation – united.
“Times of tragedy like these are not the time for politics. It reveals only disrespect for the departed and her family.


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“And we hope that those who stand in positions of influence recognise and understand this,” the statement said.


It added that President Muhammadu Buhari had already issued a statement expressing his heartfelt condolences to the family of Mrs Funke Olakunri and followed up with a telephone call.
“The Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo has in addition, paid a visit to the grieving family in Akure, Ondo State.


“Her death is a tragedy. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family,” the statement added. (NAN)
July 16, 2019

Rape Saga: We don’t support Pastor Fatoyinbo — CAN


The leadership of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has refuted the claim that they are behind Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo on the alleged rape allegation.


This followed a new video that surfaced online, where some representatives of CAN visited the Abuja branch of the Commonwealth of Zion Assembly (COZA) during last Sunday’s church service,
The video reportedly shows the CAN officials pledging to stand by Fatoyinbo, who has been accused of rape by Mrs Busola Dakolo, the wife of popular singer, Timi Dakolo, and another anonymous lady.


Mrs Dakolo granted an interview where she alleged that Fatoyinbo, who was her pastor, allegedly raped her in her father’s apartment when she was 17 and had sex with her on other occasions.




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The news was greeted with widespread condemnation and a protest was staged in front of COZA churches in Abuja and Lagos.


These prompted Fatoyinbo to step down as the senior pastor of the church.
He later released a statement, denying the allegation and vowing to challenge his accusers in court.
The Abuja CAN Chairman, Rev. Jonah Samson and its Northcentral counterpart, Rev. Israel Akanji, addressed COZA congregation last Sunday in Abuja.


Refuting the claimed support for Fatoyinbo, Pastor Adebayo Oladeji, the Special Assistant (Media and Communications) to CAN President Samson Ayokunle, told The Nation on phone that the church leaders were not there to support the alleged crime.


He added: “What happened is this: they did not support the pastor of COZA, Biodun Fatoyinbo. The Chairman of CAN Abuja, Reverend Jonah Samson and CAN Chairman for Northcentral, Reverend Israel Akanji, who addressed the congregation, did not pledge their support; they did not endorse Fatoyinbo.


“I want you to go to COZA video and listen to it. These leaders told them that COZA is located within our jurisdiction. ‘That is why we came here to tell you that we are praying for your pastor and members of the church.’ That’s what they said. They did not say Fatoyinbo committed the crime or he did not do it. They did not say that Fatoyinbo is guilty or not. That issue did not come up.”


Also, the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN) has set up a three-man panel to investigate the rape allegation.
A PFN source told our correspondent that the investigating team had started work and several things were being put into consideration.


The source said: “Another update is that the PFN has set up a three-man panel to investigate the allegation. Just wait and see what the panel will come up with. It will interest you what will be revealed.” (The Nation)
July 16, 2019

New convert kidnaps 5-year-old girl, demands N1m ransom

A kidnap suspect, identified as Ahmed, who allegedly abducted a five-year-old girl in Yenagoa, capital of Bayelsa State, has demanded N1 million ransom, the victim’s mother, Mrs Williams Koroye, has said.

Koroye told our Correspondent that that the girl, Peace, was abducted in their residence at Akemfa 1 on Wednesday by the suspect.
She described Ahmed as a new Christian convert and member of her church.
She, however, appealed to the suspect to release her daughter unconditionally, saying that her family could not afford the ransom.


She also appealed to security operatives to intensify efforts to rescue the girl.
Narrating the incident amidst tears, Koroye said that her daughter was abducted, while in the custody of her siblings.


She said that she went for a church programme on Wednesday evening but came back to discover that the little girl was missing.



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 She alleged that the suspect left the church programme for her house and allegedly tricked her children to gain access into house.
She said that he allegedly told the children that he was sent by their father to buy fuel, adding that he took the girl along with him.


Koroye said: “The man who did this is Ahmed. He hails from Sokoto and is our family friend, residing in our neighbourhood here at Akemfa 1.


“He is a new convert, who embraced Christ and has been our acquaintance and member of our church, the children know him and believed him.
“When I came back and they told me that Ahmed took the girl, we immediately checked his house and discovered that he has left.


“He had earlier asked me to give him my phone to take photographs with.
“It was when it became clear that he absconded with my baby that I realised that he deceived me in order to take my phone along with my baby.
“It was when my husband came back and said he did not send Ahmed on any errand that it became clear that he was up to a sinister plot.
“He later called and asked for N1 million. I am surprised because he knows that we cannot raise that money.


“So we are praying for God to intervene so Ahmed can release my daughter unconditionally.”
When contacted, SP Asinim Butswat, the Police Public Relations Officer in Bayelsa, said that the command had commenced investigation and manhunt for the suspect.
Butswat said that so far, no arrest had so far been made.
July 16, 2019

Passengers injured as bus rams into cattle on Ekiti highway


Four commuters yesterday sustained severe injuries in an accident involving a commercial bus and herds of cattle at a steep portion of Efon Alaaye-Esa Oke highway, close to the border between Ekiti and Osun states.


The herdsmen were said to have occupied the road with their cows, when the vehicle said to be on top speed, ran into the cows killing seven of them in the process.




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 The Nissan Mazda bus somersaulted into the ditch where four wounded persons were brought out of the bus alongside other occupants.

An eyewitness told journalists in Ado Ekiti that seven cows were killed and that death could have been recorded but for the swift response by operatives of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) who evacuated the victims.


The source explained that the bus was coming at a high speed and was negotiating a bend very close to Ita Ore Junction in Efon Alaaye when it suddenly ran into the cattle numbering over 1,000. He said the driver of the bus lost control and rammed into the moving cattle before he swerved off the road and plunged into a ditch.


The FRSC Public Relations Officer in Ekiti, Mr. Mohammed Olowo, confirmed the story. Olowo said only one person was wounded contrary to the eyewitness account, which stated four.
“It was even a surprise to many that nobody died owing to the severity of the accident, but seven cows died during the collision,” he said. (The Guardian)
July 16, 2019

Tragedy in Lagos: 4 killed, many injured as container falls on passengers


It was a black Sunday in Lagos as a truck leaden with a container rammed unto passengers and a commercial motorcycle operator (Okada rider) killing four persons in the Agboju area of the state.

The truck had a brake failure and ran into the victims while the container on the truck fell on passers-by injuring many others.

As of the press time, the news was sketchy, but a senior police officer who spoke on the condition of anonymity as he was not supposed to speak to the press said: “Yes it is the truth. A truck conveying a container ran into some passengers at Agboju Bus Stop and killed four persons.

“Many people were injured too. I don’t know how many that were injured, but about six persons have been rushed to the hospital. We are trying to evacuate the bodies of four persons crushed by the container.

“We have been warning truck drivers that the roads are bad and that they should keep their vehicles in order. We have also warned them to lace their containers, but they won’t do that. It is pathetic because more people who sustained a varying degree of injury may give up the ghost.”

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The police officer said the divisional police officer of Agboju, CSP Chike Oti and his team were busy keeping vigil in the area to prevent hoodlums from cashing in on the situation to cause a breakdown of law and order.

The officer said: “The timely intervention of the police saved the situation as aggrieved youths in the area wanted to kill the truck driver and set trucks within the area on fire. The area is tensed as the youths have barricaded the road setting borne fire with used tyres. The driver has been arrested and he is in protective custody of the police.

A resident, John Udor, however, blamed bad road and negligence of government agencies for the tragedy. “The government should expedite action on the road repairs. The roads are in terrible state. More so, government agencies such as the Federal Road Safety Corps, the Police and the Lagos State Management Agency (LASTMA) are treating truck drivers as lords while they are busy chasing commercial bus drivers and private car owners as Ebola patients.

“That is why truck drivers can bring in all kind of rickety vehicles to the state. That is why a truck will be carrying containers without lacing them. The government should take action on this issue of all manners of trucks that enter into Lagos.”

The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO ), DSP Bala Elkana, said he was yet to be briefed by the Agboju DPO. (The Sun)