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Tuesday, 21 May 2019

May 21, 2019

Evicted illegal Zamfara miners invade Osun; kidnap and terrorise residents

Indications have emerged that the illegal miners evicted recently in Zamfara State, have found their way to Osun State and are now terrorizing the people of the State of Living Spring.

Not too long ago, gunmen abducted a professor of Orthopaedic surgery at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Prof. Olayinka Adegbehingbe, at the Ikire-Apomu axis of the Ife-Ibadan Expressway.

The erudite Professor regained his freedom two days after his family and well-wishers parted with the sum of N5.045 million as ransom fee.
According to him, the abductors had initially demanded N30 million but later collected the lesser amount for his release after much negotiations.

“The Federal Government needs to invest more in security, we need to know the identity of people coming in and going out of the town, state and the country at large.

“The people who abducted me were Fulani herdsmen, and they had guns and multiple rounds of ammunition, as well as different dangerous weapons,” he said.
Equally, the wife and son of the Deputy Director and Head Public Relations, Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA), Adegbenro Adebanjo, escaped death by the whiskers, when gunmen attacked the vehicle in which they were travelling on the same axis.

Adebanjo said: “From what I was able to piece together it was a clinical operation by professionals.”
Before then, the state had witnessed a plethora of abductions and this has put the people of the state on edge as residents now live in fear while travelling within or outside the state. Some have even abandoned some routes.

“Those going to Ife from Gbongan prefer going to Osogbo to connect Ilesha and then Ife, said an indigene of the state who spoke to Sunday Telegraph on condition of anonymity.

The development, according to Sunday Telegraph investigations, has forced the well to do and highly influential individuals in the state to hire the services of security outfits who now serve as their body guards.

The criminal acts became imminent and alarming in the state when illegal mining activities in Atakumosa West Local government in the state increased with the influx of people said to be of Fulani/Hausa extraction.

They are believed to have come in from Katsina, Kano, Niger and Sokoto arriving the state in trailers to mine gold and other mineral resources.

Investigation revealed that these illegal mining activities are being carried out with impunity and up till the time of this report, the heinous acts are continuing unabated.
Some believe that, those assigned to regulate the activities of the illegal miners had been bought over by highly influential people in the society, who reports say are the brain behind the illegal act in the local government.

Governor Adebgoyega Oyetola confirmed this recently, when he cried out that people flushed out of Zamfara State have invaded Osun.
The governor charged the residents to be watchful of those they offer accommodation, adding that they should assist the police by reporting suspicious movements to them.

Also, about four weeks ago, the Zone XI Command of the Police arrested three kidnap suspects, Jimoh Adamu Omotayo, Abdullahi Budah and Umatilla Ahamed in their various hideouts.
They were said to have been terrorizing indigenes of the state with their nefarious activities before nemesis caught up with them after they abducted a 46-year-old Salihu Ahmed in his farm at Agbeye village, Odo-Otin Local Government Area of Osun State.

The Coordinator, Advocacy for Advancement of Peace and Harmony in Africa Initiative (ADAPHAI), Osun State, Comrade Sola Lanrewaju, decried the impunity with which illegal mining was being carried out in the areas, and attendant criminal activities around Ijesha Land.

Lanrewaju maintained that, the economy and security of people in the areas are in serious jeopardy, as mining activities continue to drive farmers from the farms and threaten the ecology of the area.

“Imminent danger is looming in Osun State, the suspension of illegal mining in Zamfara and other states in the North West has a multiplier effect here in Osun State, as we observe serious influx of illegal Northern miners into the state.”
Also weighing in, a community leader in Osun State, Chief Adebisi Adesoye, said that, with the presence of the illegal miners, the state is sitting on a keg of gun powder.

Chief Adesoye who condemned the state government which he said has not addressed the issue of foreigners who perpetrate illegal acts in the state, warned it to act fast on the issue to avert calamities at the end of the day.

The State Police Command said it would do its best to ensure the safety of life and property of the residents. The Command’s spokesperson, Mrs. Folasade Odoro, maintained that, regular meetings are being held among different ethnic groups in the state to discuss on why they should live in harmony. (New Telegraph)

May 21, 2019

Reps Speaker: North plans last-minute shocker for Gbajabiamila

Some Northern elements are planning to pull the rug off the feet of Honourable Femi Gbajabiamila in his speakership bid, when it will be impossible to save his candidacy, Sunday Tribune has reliably learnt.

A source close to Aso Rock Presidential Villa disclosed that the plot might not be unconnected with a political storm gathering against the national leader of the ruling party and Gbajabiamila’s main sponsor, Senator Bola Tinubu.

The source said the parliamentary leadership politics appeared to have become so overwhelming for the Lagos strongman that he wasn’t even showing expected interest in the much-discussed ministerial politics regarding the South-West.

Gbajabiamila, the current House Leader, is the front-runner for the speakership seat, but the combination of zoning and godfather apron attachment is reportedly threatening his chances in the North, where two governors on the platform of the ruling party are said to be coordinating the last-minute surprise package, to again, thwart Femi’s ambition.

Both governors are very close to President Muhammadu Buhari, whose support for Gbajabiamila, is perceived by the other camp as being passive.
While one of the governors is allegedly using subterfuge to relate with the Tinubu camp, the other doesn’t plainly care.

They are carrying a candidate who they plan to carry through the contest. Expectedly, their candidate isn’t from the South.
An ally of one of the governors told Sunday Tribune that “the battle is just beginning. You will see what they (Tinubu’s camp) will see in days ahead. We know Femi (Gbajabiamila) is just another instrument in his (Tinubu) hands.

“But we will ensure that he (Tinubu) loses all steam even before 2023. They (Tinubu’s camp) have no strategists. They don’t always know the battle to fight. You will see the real battle soon.”

The Villa-connected source had earlier revealed that Lagos technically producing Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo and trying to grab the speaker seat would not sail through both at home and elsewhere.

“Are we the only one in the South-West trying to corner everything. VP is from you, your wife is bidding for something in the Senate. Your boy wants to be Speaker. Is it only Lagos that is doing APC and is it only oga that is playing politics,” the source sarcastically queried.

Another source introduced a different dimension into the alleged one-man power-grabbing agenda when he went rhetorically: “How much did he (Tinubu) even contribute to the election?

“There was even no account rendered for the money we contributed. The time is almost here for the whole truth to be told the world. What was their (Tinubu’s camp) contribution that they want to corner everything?”

It was learnt that Gbajabiamila is attracting more enemies because his aspiration is being seen as just a stepping stone for his godfather to build a nationwide network for his rumoured presidential ambition in 2023, when political power is expected to return to the Southern part of the country.

Though Tinubu is yet to declare such an ambition, his close allies have confirmed they talked him into giving the presidency a shot when Buhari’s constitutionally allowed two terms are done.

Tinubu is allegedly supporting Gbajabiamila and by extension, Ahmed Lawan for Senate presidency seat to deploy supporters of the duo in the National Assembly as coordinators for his presidential project, in their constituency and senatorial domains.

Those from the lower chamber, allegedly to be known as constituency coordinators, are said to be of greater factor to the success of the project, hence the utmost importance of ramming Gbajabiamila into the speakership seat. Sunday Tribune
May 21, 2019

300 level varsity student slumps and dies during football game

Tragedy struck at the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile Ife, Osun State, when a 300 level student, Omotola Akorede of Department of Microbiology slumped and subsequently died while playing football.

The incident occurred at the university training ground pitch and all efforts to resuscitate him were abortive.
He was said to have been rushed to university medical centre for first aid treatment but gave up the ghost at the centre.

The incident threw the entire university in a sorrowful mood even as the university confirmed it.
It was gathered that Akorede was playing left back during a novelty match and  suddenly fell down while standing with fellow defenders, started having breathing difficulty and rushed to the health centre, where he later died.

The University Registrar, Margaret Omasule, in a statement confirmed the sad development saying all medical measures taken to save the student’s life proved abortive.

Accordimg to her, “I regret to inform the university community that one of our students, a part three student in the Department of Microbiology, Omotola Akorede Kayode, died suddenly this morning, Friday, 17th of May, 2019.

“The report had it that the student was playing football with his colleagues when he suddenly slumped. He was subsequently rushed to the health centre where he was confirmed dead on arrival. All resuscitation measures proved abortive.” (INDEPENDENT)

Monday, 20 May 2019

May 20, 2019

Pandemonium in Ondo State hospital over missing corpse of a new born baby

There was pandemonium at the Ondo State Specialists Hospital in Akure, Ondo state capital, over the missing corpse of a dead baby in the morgue of the hospital.

It was gathered that the newborn baby and his mother were brought dead to the hospital from the police hospital, Akure and their remains were deposited at the mortuary of the government-owned hospital on Wednesday.

A family source explained that the family of the deceased were surprised to meet only the remains of the mother on Saturday when they came for the mother and her baby but the deceased baby was missing.

The source said, “When the family of the deceased got to the hospital mortuary today ( Saturday), to collect the remains of the dead, they only saw the body of the mother and the placenta but they could not find the baby. The mortuary attendants could not explain how it happened. ”

He added that the family members of the deceased almost caused crisis in the hospital premises following the incident, but the family of the deceased reported the matter at the police station.

Speaking on the development, the state Commissioner for Health, Dr Wahab Adegbenro, who described the incident as unfortunate, said the matter had been handed over to the state police command for onward investigation.

Adegbenro said: “We have handed the mortuary attendants to the police to do the investigation. We will be waiting for their investigation,”
The Ondo State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) Mr Femi Joseph, who confirmed the incident, said the Command had begun an investigation into the mysteries surrounding the disappearance of the corpse of the newborn baby. On the morgue of the Ondo Specialists Hospital, Joseph said the hospital officials would be invited for questioning but nobody had yet been arrested over the incident, as at the time of this report.

He said: “We have not made any arrest for now but we have commenced an investigation into the matter. We will invite the workers of the hospital, especially those working at the mortuary section,” (Tribune)

Thursday, 16 May 2019

May 16, 2019

Shocker! Lagos herbalist defiles two nieces aged 10 and 14, for six years

An Ikeja Chief Magistrates’ Court, on Tuesday, remanded a 64-year-old herbalist, Taiwo Ilesanmi, in Kirikiri Prisons for allegedly defiling his two nieces, aged 10 and 14, for six years.

Chief Magistrates P. E. Nwaka ordered that Ilesanmi should be kept behind bars, pending an advice from the Lagos State Director of Public Prosecutions.
Nwaka adjourned the case until June 13 for mention. The plea of the defendant was not taken. Ilesanmi, who resides at No. 2, Kulade St., Abesan in Ipaja, near Lagos, is facing charges of defilement and rape.

Earlier, the Prosecutor, Insp. Christopher John, told the court that the defendant committed the offences from 2013 to April 2019 at his residence. John said the defendant had been sexually molesting his two nieces ages 10 and 14 years for six years.

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“The complaints who stay with the defendant could not take it anymore, so  the 14-year-old, reported the matter to one of their neighbours, who reported it to the police, ” he said.

John said that the girls told the police that the defendant molested them anytime his wife was not around and threatened to kill them if they told anyone. “The defendant was arrested and brought to the court,” he added.

The offences contravene Sections 137 and 260 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015, and provides life imprisonment for offenders.  (NAN)
May 16, 2019

Coup against Buhari? Military blows hot, unleashes security agents on suspects

The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) on Tuesday dissociated the Armed Forces of Nigeria (AFN) from a document calling for the overthrow of the Muhammadu Buhari democratically-elected administration.

Navy Capt. Muhammed Wabi, Deputy Director of Defence Information accused a group, “Nigerian Continuity and Progress (NCP)’’ as being behind the document.
Wabi alleged that the document called for the setting up of an “interim government’’ in place of the elected government.

“The Armed Forces of Nigeria (AFN) wishes to dissociate itself from the rascality and intentions as espoused in a document being circulated by a faceless group named Nigerian Continuity and Progress (NCP) calling for support of a revolution to oust the current democratically elected government and in its place establish an illegitimate interim government.

Shocker! Lagos herbalist defiles two nieces aged 10 and 14, for six years

“The AFN outrightly condemns the undemocratic and demonic actions of the author of the document.
“Accordingly, members of the public are enjoined to discountenance the content of the documents being circulated by NCP and equally condemned in totality, the call to derail our hard earned democracy,’’ the statement said.
Wabi said that the AFN was “very mindful of its constitutional responsibilities’’ and would not be misled into any act that would undermine democracy as enshrined in the 1999 Constitution as amended.

“The AFN remains unflinchingly loyal to the Constitution, as well as President Muhammadu Buhari and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria."

The statement said all relevant law enforcement agencies had been advised to unravel those behind the seditious document for appropriate actions. (NAN)
May 16, 2019

UNN student dies after drinking insecticide

A 400-level student of the Department of English and Literary Studies, University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN), identified as Chukwuemeka Akachi, on Monday, allegedly committed suicide, the police have confirmed.

Mr Ebere Amaraizu, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), in Enugu state, who confirmed the incident to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday, describing it as “pathetic and unfortunate”.

Amaraizu said: “The suicide of a UNN 400 level student of the Department of English and Literary Studies on Monday is pathetic and unfortunate.
“Police will investigate circumstances surrounding the suicide.”
An eyewitness account said that Akachi went to an uncompleted building on Sullivan Road, Nsukka, where he drank two bottles of “Sniper’, an insecticide, and slipped into coma.

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He said that the deceased was discovered by some passersby, who reportedly saw him in a state of coma.
He said that the people, mainly students, raised alarm before he was rushed to UNN Federal Medical Centre.
It was further learnt that he was later moved to University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital, Ituku Ozalla Enugu, where he was confirmed dead by doctors on duty.

According to the eyewitness, Akachi posted a suicide note on his Facebook wall shortly before he committed suicide, as follows:
“Forgive me. In case you are the one who found the body, I am really sorry. It had to be someone you know.
“I have chosen Jo Nketaih’s poem as my suicide note: “They said you came looking for me. I don’t drown, I was the water,
“Where do atheists go when they die! Lol. Amen.”
Also, Akachi was said to have posted on his Facebook on May 12 that “My mental health has been on life support for a while now. Thanks to those who call. Text. Visit.
“Speak to me. May we always remember. May we never forget. You May have added a few hours, months or days to my time here. But you know life support is expensive right?
“Thank you for trying. Amen.”

Asenior security personnel in UNN Security Department, who pleaded anonymity, also confirmed the incident, adding that the report was brought to them on Monday morning.

He said this was not the first time Akachi wanted to commit suicide, adding that on two occasions, he had drunk kerosene and petrol to kill himself but was rescued.

“But on Monday he drank Sniper and was rushed to UNN Medical Centre first, but was later moved to UNTH Enugu, where he was confirmed dead. (NAN)
May 16, 2019

Terrorists are now in charge of Nigeria ─ Tunde Bakare

The serving Overseer of the Latter Rain Assembly, Tunde Bakare, says terrorists are in charge of Nigeria.

Pastor Bakare who spoke during a service at his church said the country had been taken over by bandits, kidnappers, killer herdsmen and looters.
He described them as the “commander-in-chief” of the nation.
“It is evident that the bandits; criminals, killing people every day; those kidnapping people over the place; and cattle rustlers and killer herdsmen terrorising the people are in charge in this country; they are the commander-in-chief,” he said.
“Nobody seems to know what to do anymore; the terrorists are in charge. They have even extended their regime to these areas. They now kidnap lecturers; doctors are no longer safe.
“The whole nation is under the control of terrorists. But in the name of the Lord, Nigeria shall be delivered. I shall witness the deliverance and greatness of Nigeria.”
Bakare also took on Garba Shehu, presidential spokesman, for comparing the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders’ Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) to Afenifere and Ohanaeze.
Describing the comment as shameful, Bakare said anyone in his right senses would not make such comparison.

He said excluding the Arewa Consultative Forum, north socio-cultural group, from the comparison implies that the presidential spokesman is saying ACF is superior to Ohanaeze and Afenifere.
“It is shameful for anyone to compare Miyetti Allah with Afenifere. Such a person cannot be in his right senses to think that Miyetti Allah and Afenifere and Ohanaeze are the same,” Bakare said.
“How can a group that has been rated as the fourth most deadly group in the world by the United Nations, a group of terrorists, be the same as Afenifere?
“How can a group that kills people, rapes women, destroys houses be on the same scale as Afenifere? Do Afenifere members carry weapons?

“And to show the true colour of the person doing the comparison, he left out the ACF from his comparison as if that one is above everybody else.

“If you have to put Afenifere and Ohanaeze on the same scale as Miyetti Allah, why did you exclude the ACF? Is it not to tell everyone that the ACF is superior to other groups in the country?” (New Telegraph)

Tuesday, 14 May 2019

May 14, 2019

FCTA demolishes popular Abuja night club

The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has demolished Caramelo Lounge, weeks after some girls were arrested at the popular Abuja night club.

Early on Monday morning, bulldozers, under the supervision of some officials of the FCTA were seen demolishing the building allegedly without prior notice.

This is coming weeks after arrest of strippers in the club.

However, the FCTA’s claim justifying the demolition is that the club is located in a residential area, saying, “the use of the building violates Abuja Master Plan.” (Tribune)
May 14, 2019

Restore middle class in Nigeria, Imumolen begs FG

President of Unique Employment and Empowerment Initiative Foundation, Dr. Christopher Imumolen has advocated for the reintroduction of the middle class in the country if the leaders still dream of binging the country back to her once –upon- a -time greatness.

According to Imumolen, the total elimination of that all-important class from Nigerian polity either by act of omission or commission has caused the country decades of monumental backwardness and concentration.

This, he said, has sadly resulted in total loss of our once hard earned core values as a people. “This traced to the continued depreciating standard of living of the citizenry which presently shown that the current  high class and lower class syndrome has brought more harm than good, with its attendant imbalance of high profile crimes and sundry in the society today,” he opined.

Imumolen made this call during an interactive session with media men on Saturday in Lagos.

He said that one of the people-oriented decisions the present APC-led federal government should take to redress that particular wrong of the past is to set machinery in emotion that would restore the middle class in the polity without further delay.  He added that doing so would be one step forward to alleviate the current economic hardship among the citizenry.

Imumolen who spoke on the topic titled, “Tackling the Economic Downturn in Nigeria: The Role of Federal Government, and UNIC Foundation in Revival of the Economy” appealed to the ruling class to imbibe the culture of implementing programmes that would touch more on the lives of the people than continued impoverishment of the unsuspecting and largely ill-informed populace.

“Nigeria still has a great chance to return to her then fast fledging glory if the will is there to implement those values that have long been abandoned by the government.  The present crooked system that have left Nigerians more like destitutes and refugees in the supposedly country of milk and honey.  Sadly, the privileged few have been misappropriating these resources to the disadvantage of the larger Nigerians. As a way to assist the government in empowering the people, UNIC Foundation has been in the forefront in the past six or more years in the provision of employment and empowerment programmes to Nigerians. It is our core mandate and we would continue to ensure we sustain that,” he said.

The UNIC Foundation boss said he’s aware that certain laudable and positive initiatives by  government are constantly being frustrated by some bad eggs within, and advised government to be more proactive, vigilant, responsive and above all, transparent in order to earn the will of the people.

“Let me restate that we at the UNIC Foundation have been doing more in the area of scholarships using the World Bank model to ensure transparency and spread. We provide that space of who the people turn to in times like these. UNIC Foundation also  gives grants to business men, women and the youth to sustain their various businesses with workable mechanism to effectively monitor their steady progressive after intensive training,” he further stated.

The UNIC Foundation President said his outfit has been engrossed in this exercise for empowerment for past six years without regrets as the Foundation adopts close monitoring of the funds provided.

“Our partners and other donor countries have been quite encouraging. We have grown this NGO to at least 5,000 people attending our seminars. And we have assisted more than 500 people from March 2019 to date.” He disclosed.

On how to come out of the present downturn, he advised governments at all levels to encourage entrepreneurs and support them with generous tax incentives and enabling environment for businesses.

Imumolen said his organization will hold give educative, informative and refreshing modern business tips to entrepreneurs on May 21 at the Oriental Hotel, Lagos and will use the opportunity to further discuss the way forward for the Nigerian economy.

News Express
May 14, 2019

Bishop calls for more prayers, tasks clergy wives

The Anglican Bishop of Etsako Province in Edo State, Right Rev Bishop Jacob O B Bada, on Sunday stressed the need for more prayers, specifically tasking women, especially wives of the clergy, to pray for their husbands.

He explained that if there are praying wives, there is a God that answers prayers.

Bada spoke as a guest preacher at St. Jude’s Anglican Church, Adazi Ani, Anaocha Local Government Area of Anambra State on the occasion of the 3rd Session of the 11th Synod of Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion, Province on the Niger, Diocese of Awka.

He blamed failures on the expectations from men of God, the laity particularly in the Anglican Communion and wives of the clergy.

Speaking on the theme “The victory that has overcome the world even our faith”, the Bishop urged clergy wives to be steadfast in prayers even as he encouraged Christians to make God relevant in their lives at all material circumstances and shun being yoked together with unbelievers in order to experience the uncommon testimony of God’s grace.

He regretted that laziness has crept into the Anglican Church members’ prayer lives, adding that it has subsequently deprived many from exercising their faith.

The Anglican Bishop said: “There is need to renew your prayer lives, even add fasting to it for the family’s liberation.”

While describing Ndigbo as the Hebrews of Nigeria in Africa, Bishop Bada said: “Igbos love God and have served God with all their might including their wealth and therefore would be rewarded by God adequately, but their actions should not fail God’s expectations no matter the precarious situation.

“The yoke of bondage would be broken in the lives of the congregation after the Synod. Families fighting over mundane things and earthly property should show love and tolerance.”

On his part, the Bishop of Awka, Anglican Communion, Right Reverend Alexander Chibuzor Ibezim, said that though money is important in evangelism, God is more interested in a Christian’s spiritual life first before their wealth or talents.

In his remarks, the state governor, Chief Willie Obiano, enjoined various religious organisations in the state to preach love and tolerance at all times irrespective of denominational differences, saying: “We worship same God through Jesus Christ.”

He called for unity of purpose in the state even as he appealed to the citizenry to avail themselves of the opportunity of the Anambra State Health Insurance Scheme to reduce hostage of patients in various hospitals after discharge because of inability to pay hospital bill.

The synod was attended by 27 Bishops including Archbishop on the Niger, and Bishop of Nnewi, Right Reverend Godwin Okpala, former Dean, Archbishop Maxwell Anikwenwa, and traditional rulers. News Express
May 14, 2019

China hits back at US, announcing tariffs on $60bn worth of US goods

China said Monday it will impose tariffs on $60bn worth of US goods from June 1, in apparent retaliation after Washington announced plans to tax almost all Chinese imports.

Beijing will hit a number of US imports with tariffs ranging from 5% to 25%, according to a statement by the Tariff Policy Commission of the State Council — China’s cabinet.

The announcement came after the latest round of trade negotiations to resolve disputes between the world’s top two economies ended Friday without a deal.

US President Donald Trump has increased tariffs on $200bn worth of Chinese goods to 25% and ordered the start of a process to impose new duties on another $300bn worth of items.

The response was announced after Trump on Monday warned Beijing not to retaliate.

“China should not retaliate — will only get worse!” the US president wrote in a series of tweets on trade.

But Beijing also appeared to dig in.

“China will never surrender to external pressure,” foreign ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang said at a regular briefing on Monday.

Global markets remain on red alert over a trade war between the two superpowers that most observers have warned could shatter global economic growth and hurt demand for commodities like oil. (AFP)
May 14, 2019

Fear grips Anambra community over alleged plans by royal father to build mosque

Fear and apprehension have taken over Neni community, in Anaocha Local Government Area of Anambra State, following reports that the traditional ruler of the community, Chief Anthony Enukeme, is working towards building a mosque in the town.

According to the report, Enukeme connived with some unidentified people outside the state to attract the Mosque to Neni as part of the grand plan to Islamise the state.

Reacting to the accusation, Enukeme, said that though he does not discriminate against any religion, it was not true that he was planning to build a mosque in the state.

The royal father, who is the Chairman and Managing Director of TONIMAS Nigeria Limited and president of the Anambra State Council of Traditional Prime Ministers, denied the allegation saying that it is the figment of the imagination of some social media practitioners.

A statement he issued on Monday to journalists said: “My attention has been drawn to the falsehood and unpalatable insinuation being peddled in the social media that I am planning to build a mosque for the Hausa community in Neni, Anaocha Local Government Area of Anambra State with a bid to Islamize the state.

“The publication is not only malicious and ridiculous, but a deliberate ploy to tarnish the good image I have garnered over the years. I am not planning to build mosque in the community, or planning to donate land for the Hausa community in Anaocha Local Government Area for a cemetery as alleged.

“The purveyors of the ugly and unwarranted publication and attacks only intended to cash in on my rare achievements, philanthropy and humanitarian services.”

He called on those concerned to rather join hands with him to promote peace and tranquility in the state and focus on issues that unite instead of wasting their time on irrelevancies in the social media. News Express
May 14, 2019

Why 1.2m JAMB candidates may not gain university admissions in 2019

Last Saturday, the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) released the much awaited Unified Tertiary Matriculations Exams (UTME) which was written in April this year.

A breakdown of the figure indicated One million, eight hundred and eighty six thousand, five hundred and eight students (1,886,508) sat for the exams but JAMB only released results of one million, seven hundred and ninety two thousand seven hundred and nineteen (1,792,719) withholding the results of over thirty thousand candidates.

While the action of JAMB in releasing the results may have relaxed some nerves, especially parents and candidates, who sat for the mandatory entry point exams into any Nigeria tertiary institution, a deeper and careful analysis of the figures indicate over 1.2million qualified candidates may not after all gain admission into Nigerian University.

According to the National Universities Commission (NUC), Nigeria presently has 43 Federal Universities, 48 State Universities, and 79 Private Universities.

These 170 ivory towers have a combined carrying capacity oscillating between 520-540,000 slots. What this portrays is, the balance of university admission seekers from the 1,886,508 million that sat for JAMB in April this year will be distributed to the various polytechnic/Monotechnic and colleges of education spread across the country.

Some will out rightly remain at home for want of space. This elimination process is aside post-JAMB some universities do require.

Above portrait may seem like a dashed hope to some but it is not completely gloomy, this is where the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) steps in to mop up the excesses.

With the amendment and eventual presidential assent of the NOUN act in December last year, graduates of the University can now attend law school and the mandatory youth service which hitherto an exemption certificate from NYSC suffice.

With the evolution and revolutionary overhaul carried out by the Vice-Chancellor Prof. Abdalla Uba Adamu, little wonder why both local and foreign universities in Africa are feasting on NOUN course materials to get rich educational nutrients.

Aside from posting its study materials online for free download which by the way is a measuring gauge for quality of materials, the University may pass as the only internationally connected university in the country.

Partnership with open University of UK, Sussex University, Commonwealth of Learning (COL) Canada, Indrah Ghandi open university of India, Open university of South Africa (UNISA), African council for Open and Distance Education (ACDE) and International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE).

These partnerships bring in global best practices and as well sets higher academic benchmarks.

Ambrose Bernard Gowong is the Communications Officer Africa Centre of Excellence on Technology Enhanced Learning , NOUN Abuja. (NAN)
May 14, 2019

Sanusi resigns after Ganduje’s installation of new Emirates’ heads in Kano

Haruna Sanusi, the District Head of Bebeji Local Government Area of the Kano State, on Monday resigned his appointment.

His decision was in opposition to the installation of heads of new emirates by Governor Abdullahi Ganduje and loyalty to the Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi.

Daily Nigerian reports that the traditional leader cited “health ground and recent changes in the emirate system” as reason for his resignation.

The state now has five emirates: Kano, Rano, Gaya, Karaye and Bichi. All Emirs would have equal powers and are to be on same first class status as Sanusi.

The new heads include Aminu Ado Bayero, son of late emir of Kano, Ado Bayero, who is the pioneer emir of the newly established Bichi Emirate.

The Emir of Gaya is Alhaji Ibrahim Abdulkadir Gaya; the Emir of Rano is Alhaji Tafida Abubakar Ila while the Emir of Karaye is Dr. Alhaji Ibrahim Abukakar ll.

As it stands, Kano emirate headed by Sanusi has 10 local governments: Kano Municipal, Tarauni, Dala, Nassarawa, Fagge, Gwale, Kumbotso, Ungogo, Dawakin Kudu and Minjibir.

Rano emirate will control Rano, Bunkure, Kibiya, Takai, Sumaila, Kura, Doguwa, Tudun Wada, Kiru, Bebeji.

Gaya emirate has Gaya, Ajingi, Albasu, Wudil, Garko, Warawa, Gezawa, Gabasawa LGAs.

Karaye, Rogo, Gwarzo, Kabo Rimin Gado, Madobi, Garun Malam LGAs will be under the Karaye emirate.

Bichi emirate will control Bichi, Bagwai, Shanono, Tsanyawa, Kunchi, Makoda, Danbatta, Dawakin Tofa, Tofa local governments. (Agency Report)
May 14, 2019

Soyinka compares Leah Sharibu to Mandela, blasts delayed US terror designation of Boko Haram

At an event at the prestigious Georgetown University in Washington, United States, Nobel Literature Laureate Prof. Wole Soyinka paid a poignant tribute to heroine Christian schoolgirl Leah Sharibu in an ode to Leah and Chibok last week.

Likening Leah to iconic human rights champion, late Nelson Mandela of South Africa, Soyinka said we must “celebrate the exception who said ‘no’  ”, as it reminded him of Mandela who refused conditional release from prison.

Reciting the ode titled: “Mandela comes to Leah”, Soyinka said, “No”, she said, “faith is not of compulsion ... her torch undimmed in the den of zealots.”

Prof. Soyinka said he could only recite excerpts from the ode because he broke down the last time he had tried to read it.

He also did an epic takedown of a Georgetown professor’s claim that poverty and desperation were behind Boko Haram terrorism.

He said that it was ideological bordering on the metaphysical and we should not underestimate it. “We’re dealing with something much deeper,” he said; and recalled the son of a former Chief Justice of Nigeria who was upper middle class but who disappeared with his family to join ISIS abroad.

“There’s a will to deny the possibility of horror and evil. We have reached a point where we have to go beyond the material analysis of this phenomenon. It goes beyond poverty and marginalisation. The ideology of sheer morbidity.”

Soyinka deplored the 20 American intellectuals who wrote, protesting against the proposal to designate Boko Haram as a Foreign Terrorist Organization actually saying it would interfere with their “scholarly research,” adding, “took my breath away.”

“Some were my friends (but) there they were in all seriousness simply because they had a very wrong analytical approach to this problem.”

“We must simply jettison the language of political correctness. Political correctness is turning African continent into the graveyard of freedom and liberty if we don’t call things by their proper names...”

“We’re dealing now with the toxin of power which barely manifests itself under the cloak of religion.”

Also on the panel with Soyinka was the ambassador who belatedly announced Obama’s decision to designate Boko Haram as an FTO as then top US diplomat for Africa Assistant Secretary of State, Linda Thomas Greenfield.

Greenfield pleaded impotency in responding to the Chibok abductions due to denials by many as to what happened which she said was her biggest challenge.

“I had this feeling of impotency – a superpower who couldn’t do anything...I still feel it...there’s no more frustration to be in and I felt frustrated.”

She also mentioned a recent attack in Nigeria where girls were taken the previous week.

Ambassador Greenfield paid tribute to some of the girls whom she had met as being strong, saying she was also traumatised just watching the drama “Chibok: Our Story”, which preceded the panel discussion.

International human rights lawyer Emmanuel Ogebe, who led the successful advocacy effort to designate Boko Haram as a Foreign Terrorist Organisation, thanked the cast and producer/playwright of “Chibok: Our Story”, Wole Oguntokun for giving voice to the Chibok situation despite efforts of the government to silence the advocacy.

He mentioned the sad news that Leah’s 16th birthday is coming up in captivity on May 14, and the good news that one of the escaped Chibok girls he brought to school in the US was graduating with an associate degree in science the same week.

While stating that he forgave Ambassador Greenfield for the Obama administration’s delay in designating Boko Haram as a Foreign Terrorist Organisation because she delivered the good news, Ogebe noted that the Chibok girl graduated from college without one dime of US government support in the past five years.

“We can’t bring back the girls, but we can all do something,” he added.

Ogebe and Ambassador Greenfield had testified together before the US Congress on the day the FTO designation was announced - she represented the Obama administration while Ogebe and a Boko Haram victim represented civil society.

The panel event was part of the Currents Festival at Georgetown University where the Chibok play, which has performed in Nigeria and Rwanda made its US debut to rave reviews.

Wole Oguntokun, an acclaimed producer/playwright, is a protégé of Soyinka.

News Express
May 14, 2019

You can request to search a policeman before he searches you — Force PRO

The Nigeria Police Force says Nigerians have the right to search its men in select circumstances, a report by Punch has revealed.

The Force PRO, Frank Mba, said this in a statement on Monday titled, ‘(Part 2) Tips For Safe And Cordial Conduct During An Arrest.’ The Police said if an officer is about to search a citizen or a property, that citizen has the right to first search the policeman in order to ensure that no evidence is planted.

According to the NPF, Nigerians also have the right to demand to know the reason for their arrest whenever an arrest is about to be made.

The Force spokesman further stated that in some instances, Nigerians have the right to demand that an arrest warrant is presented before allowing themselves to be apprehended. (Channels TV)

Sunday, 12 May 2019

May 12, 2019

Don’t pay after two weeks outage, NERC tells electricity users

The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) on Friday said that the Meter Asset Provider (MAP) regulation has stopped the electricity Distribution Companies from collecting energy and service charges after two weeks of power outage.

Its chairman, Prof. James Momoh, broke the news at the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) launch of the MAP in Abuja.

The MAP regulation, according to the General Manager, Finance and Management Services, Mr. Abudukadir Shetima, who represented him, has insisted the meters must be installed not later than 10 days after payment.

He added that should the DisCo refuse to replace a malfunctioning meter after two days, the customer is not expected to make any payment.

He noted the commission, the distribution companies and the customers have their deadline to provide the meters to the customers at the required time.

He said the regulation was designed in a manner the consumer that regards the consumer as the king in the Nigeria Electricity Supply Industry (NESI) value chain.

The customer, he said, is expected to have the best services he can have.

According to him: “Deadlines were provided in the regulation for the DisCos, even the commission so that we don’t delay so that the customers get the service at the time that it is required.

“For instance, if a meter is about to be installed, it must be installed within 10 days of making payment. There will be sanctions of that deadline is not met.

“Number two, to ensure there will be sanction the MAP has been asked to provide a bank performance guarantee that will be called upon. So they will lose money if they delay in providing the meters even by one day.

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“Number two, if the meters get bad, they will be replaced by the MAP without any payment for the entire ten years period. If the meters don’t work they must be replaced within two days, if they are not replaced within two days, the customer will not make the monthly customers service charge payment. That payment will be seized.

“Another part of the regulation is that if there is a prolonged outage and they are out of electricity for months, in addition to other measure that the commission is taking to address those kind of scenarios, the customer will not pay for the meter service charge and will not even pay for the electricity if there is outage for more than two weeks.”

Listing the objective of the regulation, Momoh said the first important objective is the removal of estimated billing in order to remove the controversies around it.

He added: “The customers are happy to make the payment. The second issue is revenue assurance; happy customers will be willing to pay.

“Nigerians are willing to pay for the services they can get so that there will be revenue assurance and that will impact on the industry as a whole.

“Currently, the revenues in the industry are not sufficient to  enable investments and better services. So, it is like a vicious circle and this this metering is intended to correct that problem.”

Speaking, the AEDC Managing Director, Engr. Ernest Mupwaya, revealed that altogether the company has planned to meter the customers in its franchise areas with 900,000 meters.

He said that bearing in mind that the customers would increase, the meter vendors would also cater for their metering.

He said: “In all, 900,000 customs have been scheduled for metering in AEDC franchise area in the first instance. Being a moving target, we are aware that the number may increase and as  it does, the vendors will take them along.”

The representative of the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission, Omajo Nwachukwu, warned the parties not to compromise the process in the implementation of the regulation.

She insisted that customers that are not comfortable with buying their meters with loans from the commercial banks should be allowed to purchase them directly from the Meter Assets Providers. (The Nation)
May 12, 2019

Tips for Newly Married Sex Newbies

If you are a virgin on your wedding night, although it's natural to feel some apprehension about wedding night sex, you shouldn't.
There's genuinely no need to worry. Take a deep breath and read our helpful tips below.
  • Sex Talk Before The Big Day
It's essential to talk to your spouse about their feelings towards wedding night sex, and chances are they are also feeling some apprehension as well.
Get important topics like safe sex (if you don't plan on getting pregnant immediately), preferences, and mood enhancers out of the way.
If your partner is not as inexperienced as you are, it may help to discover what rocks his or her boat.
  • Communicating During Sex
Communication in bed it the key to being a great lover. It's natural to want to stay silent, but you can easily go years without being pleased or pleasing your partner, a lose-lose for everyone!!
Give your partner verbal or non-verbal (hint 'ringtone') cues to know what works and what doesn't, and ask them to do the same. Try asking questions like, "Can I try..." or "Does that feel good?", if that's uncomfortable for you (which shouldn't if you relax and understand that you both want the best of each other), try reading their body language.
  • Will It Be Painful?
Some pain and blood are normal when women lose their virginity. It's always a good idea to have lots of foreplay. It gets you both relaxed and in the mood for more.
You may also want to have a good lubricant on hand; even if you use a lubricated condom, extra lube will make it an even better experience.
  • Will He Be Able to 'Keep It Up'? What Happens if He Can't?
Performance anxiety is real for many men, the wedding, future responsibilities and many other pressures can add to his anxieties and failure to launch.
If this happens, take things slow, snuggle with each other or find other romantic activities to do - whatever the case, do not add pressure to an already stressful situation, it is relatively normal not to have sex on your wedding night.
  • Will I Be Any Good? How Can I Wow My New Husband or Wife?
Practice makes perfect. You're likely going to feel a little awkward, and that's typical. Don't take yourself too seriously and enjoy the moment.
  • Feel good about your body!
I can't stress this point enough! You should already feel confident knowing your spouse loves you, and confidence is sexy. It helps to have the right body image.
Do what you need to do to feel confident and beautiful, both inside and out. Buy some sexy lingerie, set the mood with scented candles, groom your lady or manly bits, and spend a little extra time pampering yourself before the big day.
Bottom line, don't get so hung up on having everything go perfectly, it will only stress you out. Live in the moment, be gentle (or playful) with your partner and focus on how amazing it is to finally be in each others' arms as a married couple.

May 12, 2019

7 Things To Do To Spice Up Your Relationship

Relationships are never always a plethora of crimson emotions. For the most part, it requires commitment and constant dedication to each other.

It may be difficult for couples who have expended all of the places and thought processes they know and have. However, this is why write-ups like this are created.

First, when you understand that the human mind is vast, then the possibilities of spicing up your relationship are endless. We have compiled some seven simple things to do to rejuvenate your love life:

#1. Surprises

The element of surprise is one of our favorites. Simply because nobody has ever gotten tired of surprises. Surprising your partner can come in different ways. It also doesn’t mean it’s something you both haven’t done in a while. Instead, it’s more of the extra effort you put into doing it.

For instance, showing up at your partner’s office with chocolates and movie tickets can do a whole lot for your relationship.

#2. Send Love Notes
We have come to realize that more than the big ones, it’s the little things that matter the most. Sending random love notes to your spouse anywhere can really spark a lot happiness within. It also boosts their confidence in you and increases the level of trust and respect they have for you.

#3. Create a music Playlist of memories
Music always creates memories. One of the best memories you can give your partner is creating a playlist that is centred around the periods you met and your budding relationship. You can have him/her listen in a room filled with candles and sweet-smelling perfumes.

#4. Write Random Letters
Go back to the days when lovers wrote letters to each other. Whatever medium you’re using to send the letters doesn’t really matter. Although we recommend using mails or hard copies for the letters. This is because your letters will always be on their mail and they can go back to check them anytime they wish to remember.

#5. Go on random Breaks
We don’t mean break up with your partner. What we mean is taking breaks randomly. It’s best to always save up for these breaks. This is especially necessary for couples who are too overwhelmed with work. Always make time for random relaxing periods with your partner.

#6. Give Compliments
Giving compliments is just perfect. It boosts the mental state of your partner as well as their confidence. Giving compliments even during your lowest periods will always add spice to your relationship.

#7. Give Gifts
No matter how little your gifts are, always give gifts to your partner at the most random periods. It shows how you’re still much in love and interested in them.

May 12, 2019

NSCDC intercepts suspected Indian hemp valued at N72m in Lagos

Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) Command in Lagos state said it had intercepted weeds, suspected to be Indian hemp valued at about N72 million.

The NSCDC Commandant in the state, Mr Tajudeen Balogun, who disclosed this to newsmen on Friday in Lagos, said that the drugs were intercepted by operatives of Marine Unit of the command, in Badagry.

He said that the operation was carried out at about 2 a.m. on Thursday during a routine patrol. Balogun said that 20 bags, each containing 80 neatly packed weeds in a boat were intercepted at Topo Badagry, adding that two occupants of the boat jumped into the water and escaped. Civil defence parades robbery suspects in Kogi

He said the command, in collaboration with other security agencies in Badagry, was on the trail of the suspected peddlers of the drug. Balogun said that they were also investigating where the substances came from and their destination.

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“We intercepted 20 bags, each bag contained 80 small packs valued at about N45, 000 per pack. “We are investigating whether the suspects were bringing them to Nigeria or taking them out to the neighbouring country.

“I commend my men for this feat. If these substances had entered Nigerian states, they can increase the crime of all sorts. “We are reaching out to agencies in charge of drugs before they will be destroyed.

“We will not just release the weeds to any agency; we will ensure that these weeds are destroyed. “There are syndicates in this business; we are on their trail,” Balogun said. (Vanguard)